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Business & Politics

Interfor Reports Q4’14 and Fiscal 2014 Results

Marketwired
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA,– INTERFOR CORPORATION (“Interfor” or the “Company”) (IFP) recorded sales of $389.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $37.4 million in Q4’14. These figures compare with sales and Adjusted EBITDA of $373.1 million and $45.4 million in Q3’14, and $315.3 million and $36.2 million in Q4’13, respectively. Interfor achieved a number of significant milestones in 2014 with record sales of $1.4 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $169.3 million. Lumber production in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 578 million board feet, up 11 million board feet or 1.9% compared to Q3’14 and up 108 million board feet or 23.0% compared to Q4’13.

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Canada, China on collision course over pulp-dumping allegations

Globe and Mail
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada is ratcheting up a simmering trade feud with China, calling on the World Trade Organization to investigate “discriminatory” duties on Canadian pulp. China slapped duties of up to 23.7 per cent on dissolving pulp from Canada last April, claiming the product was being illegally dumped. Ottawa acknowledged Thursday that efforts to resolve the dispute through consultation have failed, prompting it to launch a formal trade challenge in Geneva with a request to set up a dispute panel. The government rejects China’s contention that the specialty pulp – used to make rayon and other man-made fibers – is sold more cheaply there than in Canada.

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Canada asks for WTO tribunal to help resolve wood-pulp trade dispute with China

Canadian Press
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The federal government is seeking a World Trade Organization tribunal to help resolve a dispute over China’s move to slap duties on Canadian wood-pulp exports. Last fall, Ottawa filed a complaint with the WTO over Chinese levies on Canadian dissolving pulp, which is used to make rayon for clothing and other products. But the Chinese investigation into Canada’s concerns had flaws because it did not follow WTO rules, International Trade Minister Ed Fast alleged Thursday. “Due to the inability to resolve this matter through ongoing engagement with China, Canada is requesting the establishment of a WTO panel,” Fast said in a statement.

Forest industry welcomes trade action against China from The Forest Product Association of Canada 

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Higher log export profit will create more jobs, group says

Squamish forestry association lobbies district to support negotiations with province
The Squamish Chief
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… The forest industry contributes about 336 logging jobs and an additional 101 full-time jobs in the 1,100,000-hectare Sea to Sky District, according to the Squamish and District Forestry Association. Forestry in the district also contributes more than $50 million a year to British Columbia’s gross domestic product. At a community development committee meeting on Feb. 3, Squamish council members supported in principle a proposal to further alleviate restrictions from log exports for local forestry companies.

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New powers for WorkSafeBC after sawmill blasts

by Tom Fletcher
BC Government
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is giving WorkSafeBC new powers to shut down workplaces, impose penalties on the spot, collect evidence and compel payment of fines against employers who don’t comply with safety rules. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond has introduced legislation to complete the overhaul of WorkSafeBC in the wake of the 2012 sawmill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George that killed four workers and injured 44 more. The amendments will give the B.C. Supreme Court authority to order work to stop due to unsafe conditions and “expand the court’s authority to bar the worst offenders from continuing to operate in an industry,” Bond told the legislature Wednesday.

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Mercer International posts 4Q profit

Associated Press
February 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, British Columbia_ Mercer International Inc. (MERC) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company said it had profit of 5 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 46 cents per share. The pulp company posted revenue of $282.6 million in the period. For the year, the company reported net income of $113.2 million, or $1.81 per share, swinging to a profit in the period. Revenue was reported as $1.18 billion. Mercer International shares have climbed 12 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has climbed 45 percent in the last 12 months.

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Resolute inks framework deal with northwestern First Nations

Northern Ontario Business
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products held a signing ceremony for a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with six First Nations Chiefs to set out a framework for negotiating business agreements concerning the company’s operations in northwestern Ontario. The official signing ceremony was held Feb. 10, but an actual agreement has been in place since June 2013. The framework deal involves Couchiching, Seine River, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Mitaanjigamiing, Lac La Croix and Lac des Milles Lacs. Resolute said the agreement has resulted in contracts for construction at the company’s sawmills, transportation for hauling chips, biomass and lumber from sawmills, yard services to manage loading and unloading of logs, lumber and by-products, and log harvesting and delivery.

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Rayonier beats 4Q profit forecasts

Associated Press
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ Rayonier Inc. (RYN) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $8.9 million. The Jacksonville, Florida-based company said it had profit of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 9 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 8 cents per share. The forest products company posted revenue of $147.4 million in the period. For the year, the company reported profit of $99.3 million, or 76 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $603.5 million.

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Schrader calls for West Coast port peace

Portland Tribune
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Dist. 5) is part of bi-partisan group of U.S. House members leading a push to resolve the labor dispute that is disrupting shipping at West Coast ports, including the Port of Portland.  Schrader appeared at a bi-partisan press conference Thursday calling on the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to quickly resolve their differences and agree on a new contract. …Mastercraft Furniture, in my district, had to furlough 180 employees. Rod Lucas of Turner Lumber has had lumber sitting on the docks since November,” Schrader said.

West Coast Ports Slowdown Hurting Wood Manufacturers from The Woodworking Networ

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Harper Government supports mentoring opportunities for women across Canada in skilled and professional trades

Canada Newswire press release
February 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, today announced Government of Canada funding for a project to promote the advancement of women working in the Canadian woodworking industry through mentorship. The Wood Manufacturing Council is receiving $298,788 for their project, which will create and test a sustainable mentorship model for women employed in the woodworking industry in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. 

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Newer Homes Burn Faster, Safety Experts Warn

CBS Chicago
February 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

When it comes to the modern comforts of home, newer isn’t especially better. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports there’s a reason for that: more synthetic materials than ever before. …It’s in the construction of many homes, too, most commonly in the form of lightweight engineered I beams. They’re a favorite among builders because they’re strong and cheap, experts say. “The reality is that the engineered lumber is something that burns faster, will collapse faster,” Drengenberg says. Underwriters Laboratories found traditional lumber lasted about 18 minutes in a fire, compared to lightweight material, which last four minutes.

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Forestry

Column: Province’s forest industry in a global context

Williams Lake Tribune
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A paper by Haley and Nelson (FSC at UBC) discusses the value of understanding forest tenures and ownership patterns beyond B.C.’s borders. Public ownership in Canada is firmly entrenched with 77 per cent of Canada’s productive forestland being provincially owned with 16 per cent federally controlled (mainly in the Yukon and the NWT). The western provinces are mostly under provincial ownership (89 to 95 per cent) while the Maritime Provinces are 50 per cent privately owned. Table two shows the ownership pattern and administration of 12 developed countries around the world. B.C. and Canada have the most publicly owned forest land (95 per cent), Australia and Brazil have approximately 75 per cent with the remaining countries studied around 20 to 50 per cent.

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Log responsibly

Letter by Lynne Brookes
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Island Wetlands Institute recently stated that natural wetlands comprise only 5.6 per cent in all of B.C. and only 1.7 per cent of East Vancouver Island. … Of these few but disproportionately important wetlands in B.C., more than 70 per cent have already been lost to development and logging. Granted, we all need to live somewhere and we all use timber products but where and how we build and where and how logging occurs is of enormous importance. … Presently, the “business as usual” logging of what remains of the greater Hamilton Marsh forested wetlands is one more instance of local, national, and worldwide destruction of sensitive and environmentally valuable vanishing wetlands.

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Manitobans support protection of boreal forest, poll shows

The Carillon
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sometimes the numbers reveal a hidden public understanding of complicated matters.  A new poll, Manitobans’ Views Regarding Boreal Forest Conservation, shows most of us have that understanding of Manitoba’s northern boreal forest. And we want to protect it. We’re impressed with the level of support for a balanced approach… The results of this survey show Manitobans want to see their economy and communities prosper, but they want it done in a way that is respectful of the land and the people who live on it,” said Hank Venema, chief scientist of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Some 62 per cent of respondents favoured an even balance between conservation and development, compared with 34 per cent backing conservation as a priority and three per cent giving precedence to development.

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Nuxalk Nation sets its vision and strategies for the forest sector

The Talking Stick
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Communities face an amazingly complex set of challenges in the forest industry in BC today,” observes Nuxalk Development Corporation President and CEO, Randy Hart. “So this work on forestry management we have been undertaking with UBC has been very beneficial. In a packed Nuxalk community meeting hall in late 2013, students from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest Resources Management delivered the results of nine applied research projects they had undertaken in Nuxalk territory over the summer. The goal [was] to help Nuxalk complete their vision and strategic plan for management of their forests and community forest icence.

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Grave concerns about the lack of intervention on forestry strategy

Letter to NB Minister Denis Landry
Atlantic Farm Focus
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

This is to express grave concerns about the lack of our government’s intervention on the forestry strategy introduced by the Alward government. With every passing day, more wood is being cut from our Crown Lands without the permission of its owners—the people of New Brunswick. Seven years ago, in February 2008, the results of a comprehensive public survey (1) on forest management practices commissioned by DNR provided empirical evidence that industry was already harvesting too much fibre off Crown Lands and had too much control over our forests. As a cabinet minister at the time, you may recall that a tour organized to inform people about the results of this survey was cancelled by Donald Arsenault, then Minister of Natural Resources.

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States would be better stewards of most federal lands

R Street
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Tell the typical American that the federal government controls 640 million acres of land (close to 28 percent of the nation’s total area), and you’re likely to get a blank stare. The numbers are too large to contemplate, and for the most part, federal land is concentrated away from highly populated areas. Federal ownership in the eastern half of the country is relatively limited, but in the westernmost 12 states, federal holdings are vast, ranging from 29.9 percent of Montana to a whopping 84.5 percent of Nevada. Yet despite what East Coast elites may believe, federal land ownership has major implications for all Americans. These federal lands hold a large amount of untapped potential resources that could be developed to provide boosts both to our energy sector and to other parts of the economy.

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Transplanted redwood clones coming to Oregon Coast

Mail Tribune
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A thousand redwood saplings are headed from Michigan to Port Orford in hopes of staying a step ahead of climate change and keeping the species alive. These aren’t your average redwood trees. They’re clones from 2,000-year-old coastal redwoods and 3,000-year-old sequoia trees that David Milarch, co-founder of the Archangel Project, cut from the tips of branches growing from the stump of a tree cut down 123 years ago. Milarch, a horticulturist from Michigan, was told the cloning couldn’t be done, that the old stump was too old to collect viable material. The stump, located in an undisclosed area of Northern California, is 32.5 feet in diameter — 3 feet larger than the famous General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park, the largest known tree in the world.

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Tenmile group examines effects of forest management v. wildfire

Helena Independent Record
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tenmile-South Helena Collaborative Committee continued gathering information Wednesday for a planned recommendation to the U.S. Forest Service on a proposed 60,000-acre forestry project. The city of Helena organized collaborative questioned Forest Service and city personnel on the pros and cons of logging and prescribed burning as compared to a wildfire, specifically on water quality and soil health. While severe wildfire could not be eliminated, logging and prescribed fire can limit effects and speed up rejuvenation of plants and soils, officials said. “The choices are letting Mother Nature take care of fuels accumulation or do it in a more managed way to mitigate some of those impacts,” said Forest Service hydrologist Dave Callery.

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Wyden, Crapo file bill to renew timber county payments

Associated Press
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A bill to renew federal subsidies to timber counties has been filed in the Senate. The Secure Rural Schools program made up for federal timber revenues that declined as environmental protections reduced national forest logging, but it expired last year. Efforts to renew it failed in the lame-duck session of Congress. The latest version was filed Thursday by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Idaho Republican Mike Crapo. It calls for sharing $360 million with more than 700 counties across the country. The program has been particularly important in Oregon timber counties, which shared nearly a third of the total.

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Oregon fined 34 pesticide applicators in 2014

Statesman Journal
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thirty-four pesticide applicators were fined for violations last year, including a company that caused a mass bee die-off in Eugene, and one that sprayed a residential community, sickening dozens. The Oregon Department of Agriculture licenses about 12,000 commercial pesticide businesses and applicators. ODA’s Pesticide Program investigated 505 potential pesticide violations in 2014. The 34 fines it issued totaled $66,423. … An ODA investigation found that helicopter pilot Owen sprayed a residential area in Curry County with pesticides meant for a timber clearcut, applied a higher amount than allowed, and later lied about the pesticides used.

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New protected lands good for wildlife, all Montanans

The Missoulian
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montanans are fortunate people. The Crown of the Continent is one of the most magnificent natural areas in the world. In many places, the land still looks a lot like it did when Lewis and Clark portaged the Great Falls and ascended the Rockies. The lands in the Crown of the Continent region have a mix of public and private lands. These intermingled lands have been a part of Montana’s natural heritage for generations, and we sometimes take for granted the idea that they will remain so forever. Over the last few decades, however, transitions of timber companies into real estate trusts have left this legacy uncertain. Lands that were formerly managed for timber faced the possibility of being sold for development, with adverse consequences for wildlife habitat and watersheds.

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Juniper Tree Legislation for Logging and Research

Eugene Weekly
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s time for the Oregon Legislature to do its part to help solve eastern Oregon’s “juniper problem,” according to Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn). Since the 1870s, the trees have flourished to an unnatural and dangerous extent, Parrish says. “It’s more like a weed than a nice part of the forest.” Her proposal is to assist juniper harvesters to get the trees out of the dry soil and into the marketplace. However, some conservation groups have concerns about the bill. There are several small mills already pioneering juniper wood products. In July 2013, Gov. John Kitzhaber launched an initiative called the Western Juniper Utilization Group. Its aim is very similar to Parrish’s — develop incentives and infrastructure to harvest and distribute juniper wood.

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Viewpoint: Increased OHV use will hurt restoration goals

Ravalli Republic
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do you hunt or fish? Care about clean running water? Wildlife? Healthy watersheds? If you do, then it’s important you comment on the Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) Darby Lumber Lands (DLL) project. The BNF just released its DLL Environmental Assessment (EA). The 28,758 acre proposed watershed restoration and motorized recreation project will do lots of great restoration, but much motorized harm. The added motorized route mileage and subsequent traffic will hurt elk, elk habitat, and drive elk onto nearby private lands, denying hunting opportunities. It will further impair Rye and Sleeping Child creeks, and damage fisheries which include endangered bull trout. To understand the need for watershed restoration, and not more motorized routes, look at DLL history.

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Alaska senators introduce bill to curb land protections

The Hill
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska’s Senate delegation introduced a bill that would strip President Obama of his power to unilaterally protect land as national monuments. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, said they want to protect Alaska and other states from land and water protections that could hamper economic activitiy. “It is clear that this White House is more concerned with securing its environmental legacy than protecting the economic well-being of Alaskans,” Murkowski, chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a Tuesday statement.

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Daines Calls for Statewide Forest Management Reform

Republican senator holds statewide teleconference to address timber policy
Flathead Beacon
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Addressing questions and concerns about forest management reform during a statewide conference call Feb. 3, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, called for all 10 of the state’s national forests to furnish more jobs, greater economic opportunities in rural Montana and long-term, sustainable timber harvests. Daines, Montana’s freshman Republican senator, opened the call by introducing figures showing that the amount of harvested board feet of timber on the state’s national forests had shrunk in the past 27 years, from 624 million board-feet in 1987 to 113 million board-feet in 2014. “We need to find a path forward to create economic opportunities in rural forest counties, one that supports access for sportsmen and multiple use,” he said.

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Tongass chief ends 40-year Forest Service career

KTOO
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The man at the top of the Tongass National Forest is leaving soon. Forrest Cole will retire this spring after four decades with the U.S. Forest Service. He spent the past dozen or so years overseeing timber sales, habitat restoration and other agency efforts in Southeast Alaska. Before that, he worked in other positions around the Tongass. As forest supervisor, he’s headed up several revisions of the Tongass Land Management Plan, which charts the course of the forest. And he’s been a key player in the timber industry as it’s shrunk and searched for new directions.

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Use of herbicides in forests is strictly regulated already: Guest opinion

by Kristina McNitt, President of Oregon Forest Industries Council
The Oregonian
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For many Oregonians, forestry raises up an image of black-and-white photos of logging pioneers that line the walls of our state’s museums. It’s part of our rich history that we celebrate. But that image is becoming increasingly disconnected from the reality of how important Oregon’s forests are to the health of today’s environment and economy. There may be no more important resource to the future of Oregon than its forests.  To protect these forests, Oregon has some of the strictest environmental laws in the world, which have led to more scientific harvest practices. …Several studies of forest herbicides have been conducted by Oregon public agencies and none have found evidence that they impact public health.

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Annapolis seeks outside probe of forest law allegations

Investigation will parallel city’s into claims by former environmental inspector
Capital Gazette
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The City of Annapolis will use an independent investigator to examine claims the city is improperly implementing the Forest Conservation Act. City Attorney Michael Leahy told the City Council’s environmental matters committee Thursday his office would conduct its own review, but to avoid any chance if conflict of interest or bias he wanted to bring in an outside investigator. He plans to have the independent investigation underway by next week. “I take this issue very seriously,” Leahy said.

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Why deforestation-free claims might not stop forest clearance

Hundreds of companies are going deforestation-free, but this may not be enough to stop forest clearance for palm oil, soy, pulp and paper
The Guardian
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

So here is the good news. Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers, wants to go deforestation-free. For them that means stopping the conversion of natural forests, protecting high conservation value areas and good community relations, among other efforts. The company has worked with Greenpeace and TFT to develop its zero-deforestation programme, and invited Rainforest Alliance to evaluate progress thus far. That evaluation was just released, and the news is that APP suppliers have stopped destroying natural forests. Unfortunately, forest clearance by other third parties is still occurring.

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Warrazambil: a timber plantation with a difference

Fraser Coast Chronicle
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ANDREW Hurford is better known for milling durable eucalypts into quality flooring, and selling it into an eager market. … One of the company plantations lies north of Kyogle, on the foothills of the Border Ranges, where recent weather has conspired to create some of the most beautiful country around. Here, on the property known as Warrazambil, the landscape rises quite suddenly from creek bed to ridge top and at the height of the property there is a narrow but rich red soil plateau currently growing commercial blackbutt at the optimum ratio. And what is that magic number? In fact it is 1:100 and in the case of these blackbutt, that translates to 30cm in diameter and 30 metres in height, which doesn’t sound much until you consider the trees in question are just 10 years old.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NFF recognizes biochar, biochemical business ideas

Biomass Magazine
February 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The National Forest Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2014 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. This unique business concept competition awards the best entrepreneurial approaches that solve one or more of the challenges facing America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. Sponsor Craig R. Barrett, former chairman and CEO of Intel Corp. and current chairman of the NFF’s board of directors, described the purpose of this competition as, “stimulating new ideas and cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders.”

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Scottish bio-refining ‘a key new sector’

BBC News
February 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

High-value chemicals made from seaweed and industrial waste are being treated as a key new sector for support by the Scottish government. Among other opportunities for ‘bio-refining’ in Scotland is the use of forestry cuttings and residue from whisky distilling. Bio-refining is already worth nearly £200m to the Scottish economy. The aim is to reach £900m per year by 2025. …Timber products, including the tree stumps and thinnings that are not currently used, can also be bio-refined. Norway has taken the lead in this timber technology, and that know-how could be imported.

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