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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Forestry

Alberta ready for wildfire season to start March 1

CBC News
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is preparing firefighting crews, aircraft and other equipment for immediate deployment as the wildfire season begins on March 1.  This comes on the heels of the fiery summer of 2014, considered to be one of the worst fire seasons in the province’s history. In mid-July there were more than 100 fires burning at once. Alberta crews responded to more than 1,400 wildfires in 2014, more than 60 per cent of which were caused by human activity, officials say. Officials are asking Albertans to take extra care while burning this spring as dry conditions and strong winds can fuel flames.

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LETTER: Meadow Creek example demonstrates need for legislative change

Nelson Star
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The news of Meadow Creek Cedar acquiring the Argenta Face has now been circulated by community mailing. I am writing to say that not all Lardeau Valley residents are of like mind. …The fact that the current licensee was allowed to mismanage the license for so long is the total responsibility of the Ministry of Forests. To shirk away from this responsibility by trying to offload it on to a new prospective licensee is not only unfair, but stands in the way of encouraging a responsible operator to take over. …as an ex-assistant ranger in the forest service, a holder of timber sales under the small business enterprise program, and a Crown woodlot licensee for 20 years, I know this situation would not have developed in times past. 

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Gypsy moth spray treatment planned for Surrey-Delta

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been issued a pesticide use permit to aerial-spray 4,576 hectares in Surrey and 204 hectares in Delta, with a spray approved for use on organic farms, to eradicate a growing population of gypsy moth and minimize the risk they pose to forests, farms, orchards and trees. An additional 26-hectare ground spray will be conducted on a rural property due south of the intersection of 172 St. and 56 Ave. in Surrey.

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Everything in the forest is suffering, says writer

Letter from Craig Bibby
Alberni Valley Times
February 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Everything in the forest is suffering. The fish in silty creeks, wildlife that can hardly walk through unburned slash, let alone find any food regenerating, and lastly people who no longer live and work in a sustainable community. Most of the forest on Vancouver Island, at least, it is not virgin timber but forest that has regrown since logging that started back in the 1800s. It would be very hard no matter what we do in the short term to stop the cycle of growth in the forest. …Professional foresters, logging companies, environmental-do-gooders, and the B.C. Forest Service need a swift kick in the a%$for their lack of responsible action in the forest and should quit hasseling the public with lack of access to forest land and the open cutting of firewood.

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West Kelowna wants more money from province for wildfire prevention

Global News
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WEST KELOWNA – The District of West Kelowna says it needs more money from the province for fuel mitigation projects to help prevent wildfires. Mayor Doug Findlater says the province spent $300 million fighting wildfires in the province last year, which was the third highest fire season in terms of hectares of land in the province’s history. “We think the province needs to step up to the plate and do a much more aggressive wildfire mitigation program,” says Findlater. Findlater says the way to do that is through fuel modification. “They basically remove the fuel on the ground and the lower branches of the trees and when a fire hits in that area it pretty much slows it down,” says Findlater.

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AAC In Williams Lake Significantly Reduced

250 News
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Williams Lake, B.C. – The new allowable annual cut for the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area has been reduced by 2.77 million cubic meters. The cut had been 5.77 million cubic meters since 2007 to allow the forestry sector to get the most economic value from trees ravaged by the Mountain Pine Beetle . …Not only is the impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle reflected in the new cut limit, the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Tsilhqot’in title area is also taken into account. That ruling removed 141,769 hectares of land from the timber harvesting land base so it can no longer be considered provincial Crown land.

Press Release from the BC Government

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Audit released on Panuke Lake harvest

Atlantic Farm Focus
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government says, “Clear cutting was the correct technical and scientific approach” for a forest harvest last summer, near Panuke Lake, Halifax County. The conclusion was reached by the Mersey Woodland Advisory Committee and an independent forestry auditor in a report that was released Feb. 26. “The community raised serious concerns and an independent audit has concluded that government’s judgment was the right harvest based on science regarding this clear cut at Panuke Lake,” Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill said. “We achieved that crucial balance needed to protect the forest while maintaining jobs in the province.”

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New video showcases logging in Algonquin

Muskoka Region.com
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HUNTSVILLE – Forests Ontario has launched a new video advocating sustainable logging in Algonquin Provincial Park. The three-and-a-half-minute video called Connecting to Our Forests features students visiting a logging operation in the park to learn about the forestry sector and the jobs and products created by the industry. It also provides comments from industry professionals, particularly those working in Algonquin Park, about the value of the industry and its modern practices.

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‘Avatar’ land: Disney unveils behind-the-scenes look at glowing forest

Hero Complex.LAtimes
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Disney has revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of its upcoming theme park attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.” The addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla., is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora, the lush home of the film’s blue Na’vi protagonists…  In the video, Cameron inspects models and walks in Disney’s version of Pandora’s bioluminescent forest; the ground lights up with each of his footsteps.

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Forest Service Chief lays out strategy, agency priorities in Senate testimony

USDA Forest Service
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington – In testimony (link is external)today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell cited five focus areas for the President’s proposed $4.9 billion Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the agency: restoring resilient landscapes, building thriving communities, managing wildland fires, promoting safety, and building diversity and inclusiveness. “This budget will enable us to more effectively reduce fire risk, manage landscapes more holistically, and increase the resiliency of the Nation’s forests and grasslands as well as the communities that border them,” said Tidwell.

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Is Wood Part of the Ecosystem?

Woodworking Network
February 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

There has been some controversy in the “forestry” world because so many academic forestry programs have transformed themselves into “ecosystems” programs over the last decade or so. That includes your beloved Penn State School of Forest Resources, which is now the Penn State Department of Ecosystems Science and Management. The main complaint against this trend is that this new definition of “those who study the forest” is too broad for potential employers to evaluate. And the main argument for this trend is that this new definition of “those who study the forest” is broad enough to encompass all the areas of interest in forestry…and then some. So, you see, it really is a matter of perspective.

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Increasing the value of forest certification starts with asking the right questions

How can stakeholders work together to deliver value based on the elements of forest certification they all agree on?
sustainable Packaging
February 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Bringing together stakeholders across a varied and complex supply chain can be an extremely rewarding, albeit challenging, prospect. GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition is leading a project that brings together the forest products supply chain to find strategies to better understand the value of forest certification and the best strategies for delivering this value. This group includes family forest owners, paper manufacturers, environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs), multinational corporations, loggers, paper merchants and many others. With such a varied group, and each bringing excellent ideas to the table, we have been most successful by starting with the right questions.

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Bulls and bugs: Four-year study examines pine beetle’s impact on elk habitat in the Elkhorns

Helena Independent Record
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“We’re looking at how the pine beetle affects elk habitat, with implications for how elk are distributed during hunting seasons,” she said. “That in turn will inform our game managers.” Little is known about beetle killed forests’ relationship with elk, with only a Wyoming study also looking at the impacts, she said. The Elkhorns are managed in partnership as the Elkhorn Cooperative Management Area by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service and FWP. The range is the only one of its kind nationwide that is federally designated and managed as a wildlife management unit.

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The northern spotted owl: after 25 years, has the Northwest Forest Plan saved the species?

DavidMckie.com
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Jim Geisinger remembers well the day in 1990 when the northern spotted owl was listed as a threatened species… There are fewer of them now than in 1990. “We were devastated and very frightened – we didn’t know what would happen next,” said Geisinger, a former logger who is now the executive vice president of a logging trade organization in Oregon. “It basically shut down the whole timber sale program.”However, despite the attempts to preserve the spotted owl, the population is decreasing by 2.9 percent per year. Although Caicco said they don’t have a definitive population number, an estimate from conservation group Defenders of Wildlife puts the U.S. population at less than 2500 pairs – which means approximately 75 pairs of spotted owls are lost each year.

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Pagosa Forest Restoration Project to Get Farm Bill Funding

Pagosa Daily Post
February 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will receive $859,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand fuels reduction efforts on public and private lands in the Fourmile area northwest of Pagosa Springs. The Fourmile Fuels Reduction Project was named last week as one of 15 projects across the country authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill to receive funding to help improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski Skeptical Of Forest Service’s Tongass Plan

AlaskaPublic.org
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell defended his management of the Tongass National Forest today to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the panel, says the service isn’t allowing enough timber sales to keep what remains of the logging industry in Southeast Alaska in business. Tidwell says he’s planning sales of 70 million board feet a year for the next two years. Murkowski was referring to the Endangered Species Act and an expected battle over the Alexander Archipelago Wolf.

Sen. Murkowski Questions Forest Service’s Commitment to Rural Communities from Alaska Business Magazine

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Elk herds rebound in North Idaho

F&G sees favorable signs in St. Joe River area.
Idaho Statesman
February 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Working to improve the quality of elk habitat. “Elk prefer younger forests that provide nutritious browse,” Wakkinen said. “The 1910 fire and large fires in the 1920s and 1930s created expansive shrub fields that were conducive to a growing elk herd. That, coupled with widespread predator reductions, resulted in a very robust elk population starting in the 1950s.” However, those forests have matured. They don’t provide enough nutrition and in some area’s they’re so thick that elk become more vulnerable to predation. The agency is working with the U.S. Forest service and other major landowners to give moose, elk and deer more consideration in forest management, he said. Prescribed fire and well-designed timber harvest are key to the effort.

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UGA professors recognized by Society of American Foresters for outreach, research work

University of Georgia
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Athens, Ga. – Two University of Georgia professors recently received awards from the Southeastern Society of American Foresters, which recognized them for their service to forestry education and research. Awards committee chairman Mathew Smidt recognized David Dickens and Michael Kane at the organization’s annual meeting on St. Simons Island. Dickens was awarded the public education/technology transfer award, and Kane received the research and development award.

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Is Small Farmers’ Firewood Use Burning up the Forests?

Union of Concerns Scientists
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, International

For many years, small farmers in developing countries have been blamed for deforestation because of the way that they make breakfast. While in developed countries nearly everyone cooks with fossil fuels, or with electricity generated by fossil fuels or hydroelectricity, in developing countries firewood still predominates, especially among the poorest people in rural areas. But is this really an important driver of deforestation—and thus a major contributor to global warming? A new study—the most in-depth and comprehensive look at the subject yet—says no.

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Forest Service positions likely to see hatchet

Citizen-Times
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The already-strapped U.S. Forest Service is facing deep cuts to law enforcement personnel, and in North Carolina, the agency is undergoing a reorganization that likely will eliminate at least some vacant positions, though it is unclear if existing staff may lose jobs. The state has 211 positions with 37 vacancies, and it has released a reorganization proposal for employee review, said James Melonas, deputy forest supervisor in the state. “We have shared a draft proposal with employees and have received comments, and we are going to incorporate some of those comments into the final document,” Melonas said. 

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Residents try to keep miracle pine tree alive

The Japan News
February 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima — A lone pine tree in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, which miraculously survived the tsunami that followed the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and has offered emotionally supportive symbolism for local residents, is in danger of dying, prompting locals to engage in preservation activities. The 25-meter-tall Japanese black pine stands about 50 meters inland in the city’s Kashima Ward. It is the last remaining tree of about 10,000 pine trees growing along the coast.  The tree is estimated to be over 200 years old and believed to be one of
those planted as a windbreak in the Edo period (1603-1867) when new
fields were developed in the district.

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Devastation from Phytophthora ramorum leads to rebirth of Welsh forest

A south Wales larch forest clear-felled due to disease is being replanted with a wider species range for timber, wildlife and amenity value.
Horticulture Week
February 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Around 650 hectares of larch affected by or at risk from Phytophthora ramorum have been felled in Afan Forest Park near Port Talbot. Natural Resources Wales has said the aim is to build a forest more resilient to climate change and potential new diseases, while also increasing biodiversity, improving water quality and reducing flooding. Its operational resources manager Andy Schofield said: “Like so many of the south Wales forests, this disease has had a significant impact, resulting in the felling of thousands of infected trees.

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Company & Business News

25 trucking companies expected in court over the port’s new licensing system

Global News
February 25, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than two dozen trucking companies are heading to BC Supreme Court today in an attempt to resolve an ongoing issue over a new licensing system implemented by the Port of Metro Vancouver. The United Truckers Association says hundreds of truckers lost their jobs on Feb. 1 due to licensing changes at the port. According to the port, the new system was put in place with the hopes of reducing “intense competition” between too many trucking companies who were undercutting each other. The introduction of a Truck Licensing System was a result of a plan announced by the federal and provincial governments in March 2014.

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B.C. court overturns $1.75 million in damages awarded after logging blockade

Canadian Press
February 26, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s top court says the province isn’t liable for nearly $2 million in damages suffered by a logging company as a result of a First Nations’ blockade. The case in the B.C. Court of Appeal pitted the provincial government, Moulton Contracting Ltd., and several members of the Fort Nelson First Nation against each other. It followed a lower-court ruling in December 2013, ordering the province to pay the company $1.75 million for failing to issue a warning about an imminent blockade to timber-harvest areas in B.C.’s northeast in 2006. The government appealed, and Justice Risa Levine says the main issue focused on the timber licence and who is liable for third-party interference.

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Conifex Focused on Power Generation Project

250 News
February 27, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Conifex has released its fourth quarter results, and reports net income of ‘nil’. The 2014 year end net income is reported as $4.6 million compared to $9.5 million for all of 2013. Yet, the company is painting a very positive picture that it just might launch another “capital expenditure plan”. Conifex says it intends to stay focused on the commissioning and start up of its Mackenzie power generation facility. The company expects the commissioning of the power generation facility to be near completion by the end of March and if the weather cooperates, commercial operations are expected to start shortly thereafter.

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Conifex Timber reports 4Q sales of $95.2 million

Lesprom
February 27, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Conifex Timber Inc. reported net income of $nil on sales of $95.2 million for the 4Q 2014 compared to net income of $1.1 million or $0.05 per diluted share for the 3Q 2014 and the 4Q 2013. The Company recorded net income of $4.6 million or $0.22 per diluted share on revenues of $352.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to net income of $9.5 million or $0.46 per share on revenues of $259.6 million in the prior year. The lumber segment recorded operating income of $1.8 million during the 4Q 2014 compared to $2.9 million in the previous quarter and $3.3 million in the 4Q 2013.

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Northern Pulp pushes back on environmental rules

February 27, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp is poised to appeal its industrial approval permit. “The IA, as it was issued on Jan. 30, we intend to appeal because it was a flawed document,” Bruce Chapman, general manager of the Pictou County mill, said Thursday. “It really hampers our long-term success as a business. “There are people who suggest that we will appeal this permit because we want to shy away from responsibilities, but that is not the case. Nothing can be further from the truth. We want to do better environmentally, and we will do better environmentally. But this IA is fundamentally flawed. It’s just not reasonable or fair.” 

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A lot of shaking going on: Sawmill manager ensures steady production numbers

Vicksburg Post
February 27, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

There’s a lot shaking in Mike William’s second-floor office inside the Anderson-Tully sawmill. Every few seconds, as new logs weighing thousands of pounds are loaded into the hardwood mill, the vibrations push and pulse though the building like a small magnitude earthquake. “I don’t even feel it really,” Williams said as the next log causes the floor in his office to vibrate. He’s had plenty of time to get used to the shake, rattle and roll of the sawmill business. Williams began working at the plant 19 years ago as a maintenance technician.

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 17% in 2014

Lesprom
February 27, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Southern Pine exports finished 2014 at a record volume of just over 552 million board feet (MMbf), a jump of 17% above the 2013 export total. Southern Pine lumber exports have more than doubled in the past five years, as the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. During 2014, the top three destinations for Southern Pine exports were China (107.5 MMbf), up 67%; the Dominican Republic (77.8 MMbf), up 4%; and Mexico (56.8 MMbf), down 4%.

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UPM sells 3,700 hectares of forest land in Finland

Pulp and Paper News
February 27, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

For a consideration of €11.2 million AXA Real Estate Investment Manager has completed the acquisition of three forest estates in Finland, covering 3,700 hectares in total, for a consideration of Euro 11.2 million with UPM. The transaction is AXA Real Estate’s first forest acquisition, on behalf of its clients, outside of France and marks the beginning of its strategy to diversify its portfolio in geographies where forestry-related industries account for a significant proportion of GDP.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Plundering the carbon sink

The extraordinary potential of Vancouver Island forests to sequester carbon is being lost due to government inaction.
Focus Online
February 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vicky Husband, one of BC’s best-known environmentalists and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of BC, states the situation in her typical forthright fashion: “Our forests are being completely plundered. It’s a cut-and-run approach that isn’t providing local jobs, isn’t going into value-added products, and certainly isn’t seeing money coming back into the pockets of the people of BC. Forest management in BC, as it is practised today, is none of those things.”

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Pellet plant concerns spread

Vernon Morning Star
February 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

School trustees are being urged to join the fight against a pellet plant. Lavington Is For Everyone made several requests to the Vernon School District Wednesday as part of its ongoing opposition to Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s plans for a pellet facility near Lavington Elementary. “There is an interest among the board to look at it,” said Kelly Smith, board chairperson, adding that some of the items may not fit within the district’s mandate. Among LIFE’s requests are that the district demand air quality monitoring from the Ministry of Environment. It also wants the district to ask the Interior Health Authority to get directly involved in the issue.

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California Carbon Auction Brings In $1 Billion! And Protects Forests

Sustainable Business.com
February 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California raked in $1 billion in first cap-and-trade auction of the year, and since they take place every quarter, it can look forward to about $4 billion in extra revenue this year… In April, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) issued the Yurok tribe over 800,000 offset credits in one of the first approved forestry projects. At the going rate of about $9 a credit, the tribe earns several million dollars to protect its forests, reports the LA Times.About half the land on its reservation is owned by logging companies and the tribe is using the proceeds to buy and restore its ancestral land along the northern California coast. “Due to the heavy logging activity that occurred around the Blue Creek Drainage, there’s been significant degradation of habitat as well as fish population, by 80-90% from what it had been historically.

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Scientists Warn Climate Change is Threatening World’s Most Expansive Temperate Rainforests

PR Newswire
February 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND, Ore. — International climate change and rainforest experts warned that without drastic and immediate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and new forest protections, the world’s most expansive stretch of temperate rainforests from Alaska to the coast redwoods will experience irreparable losses. Using global climate models, researchers assessed changes in temperature and precipitation from recent to future climatic conditions projected toward the end of the century if emissions from burning fossil fuels and deforestation continue to rise. According to the lead researcher, Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala, Chief Scientist of Geos Institute, “In the Pacific Northwest, the glass is half empty as the climate may no longer support rainforest communities like coast redwood.

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A Web of Sensors Enfolds an Entire Forest to Uncover Clues to Climate Change

Harvard’s experimental forest is wired up and down to study how changing conditions affect entire ecosystems
Spectrum.ieeee.com
February 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

…In 2010, Harvard Forest researchers decided to move to a wireless network. But tall trees and steep hills created dead zones that a traditional Wi-Fi network could handle only with scores of access points. A high-powered cellular system, on the other hand, would cost a lot of money and need regulatory approval. In the end, the project’s engineers concocted an ingenious hybrid of three kinds of wireless technology. Five towers poking above the treetops provide the main backbone for the network, communicating via 5.8-gigahertz radio links capable of very high data rates.

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Local Firm Works With S.C. Landowners For Carbon Offset Milestones

Wilmington Biz
February 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A Wilmington company has found success in its efforts to earn carbon offset credits on thousands of acres of coastal habitat in South Carolina, the firm announced Thursday. Green Assets Inc., an environmental asset development firm, said in a news release that it has completed the first-ever compliance-grade Avoided Conversion carbon offset project in the U.S. for the conservation of more than 3,700 acres near Charleston, South Carolina. Formerly an agricultural parcel, forestland next to Charleston’s Middleton Place, a national historic landmark that includes landscaped gardens dating to 1741, was incorporated into the project, the release said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Your Paper Prices Aren’t Going to Rise Anytime Soon

Folio Magazine
February 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Supply and demand for the coated mechanical paper used in magazines have been spiraling downward since the late 2000s, but the declines have started to level off in recent months. Demand has suffered as magazines have cut folio sizes and frequency, downgraded paper weights and moved more assets to digital; suppliers have played catch-up by reducing capacity through shutdowns. That dynamic has played out with consistent year-over-year declines in shipments and a steady dip in prices. Both of those trends are starting to ease up though. In April, shipments of coated mechanical paper increased for the first time in nearly two years, according to the American Forest and Paper Association, while 2014 also ended with shipments up more than 4 percent. 

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Column: Product innovations and technology important to industry

Williams Lake Tribune
February 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. needs to take a lead in new technology rather than following. A paper on “… Competitiveness of the Wood Products Sector in BC” by Thomas Maness describes the province’s engineered wood panels market position. According to the author “Much of the current technology used to manufacture engineered wood products was invented in Canada. However, the technology has more recently been adapted for southern pine, and [manufacturing] is growing in the south-eastern U.S. Nonetheless the level of technological sophistication is still judged to be higher in Canada, and oriented strand board (OSB) made from aspen is more consistent and lighter than that manufactured from southern pine. Therefore OSB may still present an economic opportunity in Canada for some time.”

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PRINCETON: Mayor to offer the state some recommendations on strengthening construction code

The Princeton Packet
February 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Mayor Liz Lempert was due this week to present the Christie administration with a series of recommendations to strengthen the state construction code in the wake of a fire at an AvalonBay apartment complex in Edgewater. Among other things, the proposals include requiring more sprinklers and having masonry stairwells, elevator shafts and firewalls from the foundation to the roofline with fire-resistant roofing materials, she said Tuesday. She was due to put the recommendations in a letter to the state Department of Community Affairs, ahead of a March 1 deadline to submit comments.

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General

Northern Pulp pushes back on environmental rules

February 27, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Northern Pulp is poised to appeal its industrial approval permit. “The IA, as it was issued on Jan. 30, we intend to appeal because it was a flawed document,” Bruce Chapman, general manager of the Pictou County mill, said Thursday. “It really hampers our long-term success as a business. “There are people who suggest that we will appeal this permit because we want to shy away from responsibilities, but that is not the case. Nothing can be further from the truth. We want to do better environmentally, and we will do better environmentally. But this IA is fundamentally flawed. It’s just not reasonable or fair.” 

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