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Business & Politics

Mexico agrees to recognize Canada’s lumber certification program

Certain lumber producers now able to export wood to Mexico with phytosanitary certificate, according to CFIA
Canadian Manufacturing
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

OTTAWA—A trio of federal ministers are heralding Mexico’s agreement to recognize Canada’s heat-treated lumber certification program as a win for wood exports. Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, International Trade Minister Ed Fast, and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford expect Canadian wood exports to increase under a new agreement with Mexico that will see certain wood product producers be able to export wood to Mexico with a phytosanitary certificate. Canadian lumber producers accredited under a heat treatment program overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will now able to export wood such as spruce, pine and fir to Mexico without the certificate.

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Giant OSB merger between Norbord and Ainsworth approved by shareholders

IHB
January 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Norbord shareholders and Ainsworth shareholders and optionholders approved the previously announced proposed combination of Norbord and Ainsworth by way of a plan of arrangement. The transaction was approved by approximately 99.46% of the votes cast by all of the Norbord shareholders eligible to vote at the Norbord meeting and approximately 98.45% of the votes cast by minority shareholders of Norbord.

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Norbord Reports 2014 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
January 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Norbord Inc.  today reported adjusted EBITDA of $90 million in 2014 compared to $287 million in 2013 on 31% lower North American benchmark oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated adjusted EBITDA of $54 million versus $255 million in the prior year and European operations delivered adjusted EBITDA of $47 million versus $46 million in the prior year. In the fourth quarter of 2014, Norbord recorded adjusted EBITDA of $15 million, unchanged from the previous quarter and $14 million lower than the fourth quarter of 2013.

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B.C. coroner announces inquests into deadly mill explosions in Prince George, Burns Lake

Canadian Press
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Coroners Service has decided to hold separate inquests into the deaths of workers in two sawmill explosions in 2002. An inquest into a blast at Lakeland Mills in Prince George is scheduled to begin on March 2. Proceedings into an explosion at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake will get underway on July 13. Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe announced last year that a single inquest would be held to examine the deaths of the four men who were killed on the job at both sites.

Babine mill explosion inquest separated from Lakeland inquest from The Prince George Free Press
Two inquests, not one, for sawmill explosion deaths from The Prince George Citizen

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Campbell River, Black Creek businesses among Island’s best

Campbell River Mirror
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bailey Western Star Trucks Inc. of Campbell River and Daldas Farms Ltd. of Black Creek were among the top award winners at the 15th Annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, held Thursday night at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. …Other category winners were: Forestry/Wood Products Company of the Year: Coastland Wood Industries of Nanaimo.

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Family Applauds Decision to Hold Coroner’s Inquest in Burns Lake

250 News
January 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C. – Maureen Luggi is applauding a decision by BC’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe to hold a separate inquest into the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion in Burns Lake. “The explosion happened in Burns Lake, it impacted the entire community. The entire community is still in need of closure and healing regarding this and it’s important that the truth come out in the Village of Burns Lake, not the City of Prince George.”

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Raymond James Raises Canfor Pulp Products Price Target to C$20.50

WKRB News & Analysis
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products had its price target upped by Raymond James from C$18.50 to C$20.50 in a research note issued to investors on Friday. The firm currently has a strong-buy rating on the stock. Raymond James has also updated their ratings on a number of other stocks in the last week. The firm downgraded shares of Legacy Reserves LP from an outperform rating to a market perform rating. Their analysts now have a $20.00 price target on that stock. 

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Coaster new TLA executive director

Coast Reporter
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sunshine Coast resident David Elstone has been named the new executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. The announcement was made just in advance of the 72nd annual convention and trade show held Jan. 21 to 23 in Victoria. “We’re excited to bring someone as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as David onto the TLA team,” said TLA president Don Banaksy. “David also brings an interesting community perspective to the TLA. He lives in Roberts Creek with his wife and children and has done so for the last 14 years.

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Plum Creek Timber reports 4Q earnings of $68 million

Lesprom
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. announced 4Q earnings of $68 million, or $0.39 per share, on revenues of $428 million. 4Q earnings include $2 million after-tax, or $0.01 per diluted share of insurance recoveries related to the fire at the medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant in Montana earlier in the year, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Earnings for the 4Q 2013 were $40 million, or $0.24 per share, on revenues of $331 million.

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Tacoma paper mill part of industry mega-merger

The News Tribune
January 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A major Tacoma employer, the former Simpson Tacoma Kraft paper mill, is likely to have a new name on the door this summer after its new owner, RockTenn Co., announced a merger Monday. RockTenn, which acquired the mill just last May from Simpson, announced it intends to merge with MeadWestvaco Corp. to form a yet unnamed company to produce paper and corrugated cardboard for consumer and industrial packaging. The merger’s total equity value is nearly $16 billion. The combined company with operations in 30 countries is expected to generate annual sales in excess of $15.7 billion.

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Arauco Acquires Suddekor Laminate Paper Plant for TFL Panels

Woodworking Network
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA, GA – Panel producer Arauco North America expands its capabilities with the purchase of Suddekor’s paper treating business in Biscoe, NC. Arauco, which acquired the assets January 26, now has the ability to impregnate decorative paper with melamine based resin for the production of its thermally fused laminate (TFL) panels. The Biscoe facility will supply Arauco’s five laminating centers located in Albany, OR; Bennettsville, SC; Moncure, NC; Sault Ste. Marie, ON, and St. Stephen, NB.

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Södra reduces softwood prices, and raises price of hardwood logs

IHB The Timber Network
January 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

As the market for sawn timber gradually deteriorated towards the end of 2014 and the uncertainty in the market remains, Södra is making a minor adjustment to the prices of its sawable softwood range. Conversely, the trend for sawn hardwood timber is positive and demand is favourable, thereby meaning that an upward adjustment can be made for birch and oak logs, Södra says in a press release.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Woodworking Network Launches Annual Industry Awards Programs

WoodWorking Network
January 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Lincolnshire, IL – Woodworking Network, North America’s leading source for news, design and technology trends in the wood industry, has launched a call for entries for two long-standing awards programs, Closets Top Shelf Design and Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio. Closets Top Shelf Design honors designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio honors custom woodworkers for their outstanding craftsmanship. Both competitions are highly-regarded in their respective segments and draw entries from around the United States and Canada. 

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Can B.C. lead the world in building tall wood towers?

BC Business
January 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2011, Bill Downing made a pivotal investment decision. The president of Penticton-based Structurlam Products, a heavy timber maker, had been touring wood manufacturing plants in Europe’s Alpine region for years, trying to decide whether or not to introduce their unique product to the North American market. Cross-laminated timber (CLT), dense wood panels developed by the Swiss in the early ’90s, was touted as an alternative to concrete—and a key technology to building taller wood towers. Setting up the infrastructure back home wouldn’t be cheap. … Structurlam is taking spruce, pine and fir—all abundant in B.C.—and “tripling its value” per square metre by manufacturing CLT. …“It’s a specialty product, but the demand is building. It’s not going crazy, but it’s growing.”

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Green Building Initiative Recognizes ASHRAE for Their Four Green Globes Achievement

Global Newswire
January 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

PORTLAND, Ore. — Green Building Initiative (GBI), a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices and providers of the Green Globes® rating system, congratulates ASHRAE on achieving the highest rating, of four Green Globes, on their international headquarters. Jerry Yudelson, Green Building Initiative’s president, presented the rating system certificate to ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix during ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference held this week in Chicago, Illinois. 

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Letter: Why don’t Americans build fireproof homes?

Letter by Daniel D. Reiff, Ph.D., Architectural Historian
The Buffalo News
January 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Every time I see news accounts of large apartment complexes, great mansions or family homes utterly burned to the ground by misadventure, arson or forest fires, sometimes with loss of life (to say nothing of all the contents), I ask myself: Why does America still build combustible and dangerous houses? We are one of the few advanced countries in the world where that is legal. My wife and I recently visited in-laws in northern Italy for two weeks, and their eight-room house was just as comfortable, with ample windows, as any contemporary house in the states, but – like virtually all modern houses in Europe – their home is fireproof.

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Carlsberg may soon be serving beer in cardboard bottles

Quartz
January 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Carlsberg is developing the world’s first fully biodegradable bottle for its beverages. The “Green Fiber Bottle” will be made from sustainably sourced wood fiber or paper pulp—think of the material used in egg cartons and protective packaging for electronics products—and will be much lighter than glass bottles, according to the company’s Senior Packaging Innovation Manager, Håkon Langen. “It will be a new look and feel. It will be non-transparent, non-breakable and with a visible fiber structure,” he told Quartz.

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Bank Considers Constructing Wood High-Rise in Portland

WoodWorking Network
January 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND — California-based Beneficial State Bank is considering constructing an 11-story multi-use wood building in Portland’s Pearl District that would house corporate offices and affordable housing. Kat Taylor, the bank’s CEO, said the company filed an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a wood-framed building, according to Portland Business Journal. …Last year Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. teamed up with Oregon State University researchers to determine how CLT made from lumber might catapult Oregon wood products to the forefront of construction innovation and technology. 

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Edgewater apartment fire prompts building code concerns

New Jersey 101.5
January 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The massive blaze that destroyed an apartment complex last week has ignited a conversation about the state’s building standards regarding multi-family dwellings. …Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus) announced that he’s pursuing legislation and will work with the Department of Community Affairs and code officials to craft it. In a conversation with Townsquare Media, Prieto said the sprinkler system was up to code at the Avalon at Edgewater, but stricter standards could have resulted in less damage. Sprinkler heads were installed only inside apartments, per residential rules.

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Fraunhofer scientists research natural fibers

Reinforced Plastics
January 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Scientists at the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research are researching the potential of hemp, flax, cotton and wood fibers as cheaper and more sustainable alternatives to glass and carbon fiber. …variants derived from hemp, flax, cotton and wood are about as affordable as glass fibers, and have a lower density than … glass or carbon. Moreover, when incinerated at the end of their life cycle, the natural fibers produce additional energy without leaving residues. However, their durability and stability don´t reach that of carbon fibers. Therefore, depending on the application, the scientists are looking into combining carbon with various bio-based textile fibers. 

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A Sustainable Flame Retardant for Timber Buildings

Sourceable
January 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Scientists have developed an eco-friendly process for increasing the fire resistance of timber that also dramatically increases its strength. The fire-proofing of buildings made from timber materials is an issue of paramount importance in most parts of Australia… While methods for fire-proofing timber materials already exist, most of them involve treatments that employ substances that are noxious or hazardous to human health. Researchers from Stony Brook University have developed a new type of timber flame retardant that is not only sustainable and environmentally friendly, but also radically raises the strength of treated materials.

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Forestry

Truck Loggers & Chevron Fund New VIU Scholarship

Nanaimo Business News
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two new $5,000 scholarships funded by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and Chevron have been awarded to students in the Heavy Equipment Operator program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson presented the awards to VIU students Jesse Creighton and Breanna Thompson at the TLA Convention & Trade Show in Victoria January 23. The new scholarships for VIU’s Heavy Equipment Operator students were created by the TLA and Chevron in response to the TLA’s labour market analysis, which predicts the coastal forest industry will need 4,700 skilled workers over the next decade.

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Outdoor school initiative shifts from Comox to Cumberland

Comox Valley Record
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new outdoor school [will soon operate from] the Village of Cumberland’s Coal Creek Historic Park. …It is an outdoor educational program designed to offer a unique early childhood learning experience for 3-5-year old children. …It aims to encourage preschoolers to engage their environment through art, music, games, physical activities and group learning. …The model for this nature educational program is comprised of two components: Ecology and Adventure Education 

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Don’t take Cowichan’s water for granted

Letter by Dr. Goetz Schuerholz Chair CERCA
Cowichan Valley Citizen
January 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

First: no doubt about the scientific evidence of clear cutting the upper Cowichan River watershed being a significant root cause of the erratic and increasingly untimely inflow of water into Lake Cowichan. It is well documented that large scale clear-cutting and the destruction of micro-watersheds dramatically reduce the waterretaining capacity of a natural multi-layered vegetation cover. Although we are blessed with very high precipitation along the West Coast of Vancouver Island and B.C., heavy rainfall, generally concentrating on winter-and early spring months, will result in increasing frequency of downstream flooding and rapid run-off, unable to re-charge replenishable aquifers along the way if the destruction of microwatersheds continues.

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Sustainability the key to local forestry

Trail Daily Times
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s no getting around the fact that tree stumps look less appealing than a healthy forest. But Trail made a lot of green from Violin Lake logs last year, so it’s unlikely the city will cut future financial gain through forestry. Sustainability is key for the local industry – and a must for the family-owned business that has logged the area for more than 60 years. “The timber that is harvested supports many hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in our communities,” says Mark Semeniuk, ATCO Wood Product’s chief operating officer. “And ultimately becomes a myriad of products that can be found in our homes and in lumber stores around the world.”

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Wolf kill last hope for BC caribou herds

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the B.C. government last resorted to shooting wolves from helicopters in the 1980s, an emotional public outcry forced a retreat. In the B.C. tradition, sensation-seeking urban media and protesters led the way. An outraged reporter named Pamela Martin marched a BCTV crew off the road near Fort St. John to expose this presumed crime against nature. With a metre of snow and temperatures dipping to -40, they didn’t get far, but public sentiment was aroused enough for politicians to overrule wildlife biologists. This winter, while snow reveals the wolves’ location from the air, the choppers and rifles are out again. And my heart goes out to the biologists and First Nations hunters who face this grim task.

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Saskatchewan and Alberta Team Up to Fight Pine Beetle

West Central Online
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of Saskatchewan and Alberta have decided to renew their agreement, from 2011, of helping each other control the population of the Mountain Pine Beetle. This beetle has destoyed over 18 million hectares of forest (five times larger than Vancouver Island) from British Columbia through Alberta — about 120 kilometers from the Saskatchewan border. Research has confirmed that the beetle can survive in jack pine, which could put Saskatchewan at risk. 

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David Coon calls for new forest policy

CBC News
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Green Party Leader David Coon says the failure of a Fredericton sawmill is also a failure of provincial policy. Coon contends the recent collapse of Maritime Fibre and Energy could have been avoided and shows the need for a new provincial forestry policy. He says the mill could have diversified a forestry market now dominated by big industrial players, but the deck was stacked against it. “We hear the rhetoric about entrepreneurship and innovation, and certainly the investors in this independent mill were applying all of that, but they were getting nowhere near the kind of assistance and support from the government that the big forestry companies seem to be able to get.”

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Denis Landry misses deadline for Crown forestry changes

Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry promised on Dec. 10 to take 6 weeks to review forestry deals
CBC News
January 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Gallant government has missed its own deadline for deciding whether it will alter contracts signed with large forestry companies by the former Progressive Conservative government. Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry said on Dec. 10 that he needed six weeks to review the Crown forestry agreements. Landry said he wanted to take the time to review his options to avoid ending up in court against the Irvings and other forest companies. The natural resources minister’s own deadline has now passed.

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Waterloo to replace 217 trees destroyed by emerald ash borers

CBC News
January 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Waterloo plans to spend more than $100,000 this year to replace ash trees that were destroyed by emerald ash borers in 2014. The investment was announced during a council meeting on Monday night by Eckhard Pastrick, Director of Environment and Parks, who said the city lost 217 ash trees last year….That means the cost of dealing with the emerald ash borer will go up annually, but Pastrick says the city is well prepared, with $3 million set aside to be used over a 10 year period.

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Environmentalists protest ‘test case’ logging project

Capital Press
January 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmentalists want to stop an Oregon timber project they claim is a “test case” for clear-cutting trees on the verge of becoming “old growth” stands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved logging on 187 acres near Myrtle Creek, Ore., as part of the “White Castle” pilot project, which the non-profits Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands believe will set a precedent for harvesting mature forests. The groups claim the White Castle project is a “politically driven” attempt to increase logging on BLM property in Western Oregon to buttress “struggling timber-based economies” that should be enjoined by a federal judge.

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Scientists call on Obama to stop logging in old growth forests

Mongabay.com
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Seven conservation societies have joined a campaign to push the Obama administration to end old-growth forest logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The American Fisheries Society, American Ornithologists Union, American Society of Mammalogists, Ecological Society of America, Pacific Seabird Group, Society for Conservation Biology, and The Wildlife Society are calling for the Forest Service to accelerate transitioning logging away from old-growth forests into secondary forests that were originally harvested in the 1950s. …environmentalists say that sales of old-growth timber has actually increased to a level not seen in twenty years.

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Disturbances have big effect on carbon uptake in southeastern forests

Summit County Citizens Voice
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — Forest disturbances, such as fire, disease, and cutting, as well as the impacts of land use change, may be slowing the carbon uptake of southeastern U.S. forests, according to a new U.S. Forest Service study. The research shows that future carbon accumulation rates are highly sensitive to land use changes. Land use choices that either reduce the rate of afforestation or increase the rate of deforestation are key factors in future forest carbon accumulation, the scientists concluded in their report, published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Schumer joins National Forest push against wooly adelgid

Ithaca Journal
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

U.S. Sen Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has joined the call to wipe out hemlock wooly adelgid in Finger Lakes National Forest. The hemlock wooly adelgid is an invasive insect that feeds on and kills eastern hemlock trees. The pests invaded New York in 1987, and in 2009 wooly adelgid turned up in the Finger Lakes National Forest. A public meeting and hike are scheduled Saturday for forest rangers to discuss their plans for killing the invasive pest. …”The USDA has laid out an ambitious plan to try to control this invasive species within the Finger Lakes National Forest, and this plan is a step in the right direction toward implementing the pest-control methods we need throughout the state,” Schumer said in a news release.

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Viet Nam set to further bolster community forest management

Agroforestry World Blog
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Community forest management in Viet Nam is expected to be strengthened through an initiative of the Viet Nam Forestry Administration with support from the World Agroforestry Centre and the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change. The Forest Protection Department and the Production Management Department of Viet Nam Forestry Administration (VNFOREST) could be potential bodies charged with supervising community management of forests, according to participants at a multi-stakeholder planning workshop in Hanoi on 16 January 2015 called Roadmap for Institutional Development of Community Forest Management in Viet Nam.

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Forestry certification alternative offered

Radio New Zealand
January 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand forest growers and processors will have a new choice open to them this year for certifying the sustainability of their products. A new industry body, the New Zealand Forest Certification Association, has just been accepted to represent New Zealand in the largest international programme for verifying forests are sustainably managed. Association chair Dr Andrew McEwen said the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) had more than 260 million hectares of certified forests. He said about half of the forests here were already certified under another scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Does Anyone Hear When a Tree Falls in Our Suburbs?

Sourceable
January 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

….Yet sometimes the poor old tree isn’t to blame. It is usually the end game in a long story often involving a plethora of actions, faults and events that date back to the minute the tree was planted in the ground. It’s so easy to get emotive over trees when storms create havoc like they have across Australia in the last year. Climate change aside, the storms that ravaged Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane left a mark on society, whether it be physical, health or emotional damage. Unfortunately, the hysterical response is to call the tree lopper, close the parks, and get the trees out of our yard, out of our street, away from our parks and anywhere else there might be people…and that is usually after the event.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Bio-Economy: An Exciting Future for the Forest Products Industry

Forest Products Association of Canada
January 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The future of the forest products industry will be all about the likes of nano-technology and the bio-economy. Along with traditional wood, pulp and paper, renewable wood fibre is being used in a wide variety of bio-products including green energy and bio-chemicals. Catherine Cobden, has helped shape the transformation of the industry from her perch as executive vice-president at FPAC and as a board member of FPInnovations. Catherine was instrumental in the ground-breaking bio-pathways studies led by FPAC and she continues to work with academic researchers and others to encourage innovation in the sector. Read below for Catherine’s views and comments on the importance of the bio-economy to Canada’s forest products industry. – David Lindsay, President and CEO, FPAC

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Northern MN tree population may shift

During a three-year study, University researchers examined how climate change could affect northern forests.
Minnesota Daily
January 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

 Northern Minnesota forests are home to many trees, like spruces and firs, which may not survive as climate change progresses, according to a University of Minnesota study published last week. The research, which is a part of a project called B4WarmED, found that boreal trees, which currently dominate Minnesota’s northern forests, thrive in cooler climates. And as warmer temperatures encroach on the region, those trees could be overtaken by other trees, like maples and oaks, which thrive in warmer climates. Researchers tested the effect of warmer temperatures on boreal trees along the Canadian border over three years to better understand the potential impact of climate change on northern Minnesota’s tree population.

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To Avoid Worst Consequences of Climate Change, Solutions Must Include Land Use Sector

Union of Concerned Scientists
January 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that reducing emissions from the land sector must be part of a global climate solution in order to close the “emissions gap,” … the land sector involves activities that are fundamental to the human experience; growing food and constructing homes and clothing. …the land sector is unique in its ability to suck up carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soils and trees. The proactive nature of the land sector makes it different from all other emitters …The report suggests that taking steps now to cement this post-2020 action to reduce emissions from agriculture, deforestation and forest degradation while increasing carbon sequestration will be essential to closing the emissions gap.

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