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Daily Archives: February 16, 2015

Business & Politics

Feds to introduce legislation that would force striking CP Rail employees to get back to work: source

Canadian Press
February 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government will introduce legislation to end a strike by more than 3,000 members of the Teamsters against Canadian Pacific Railway. A government source tells The Canadian Press the legislation will be tabled Monday morning. A notice to allow for introduction of the bill was placed on the Commons order paper late Friday afternoon. The strike against CP Rail began after contract talks failed to reach an agreement before the midnight deadline.

CP Rail employees on strike to be ordered back to work from CBC News

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Les Leyne: Work-safety rules get tougher

Victoria Times Colonist
February 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The new employment standards flow from the report on WorkSafe B.C. conducted by Gordon Macatee after the botched investigation into the fatal Babine and Lakeland sawmill explosions. The agency mishandled the cases to the point where charges weren’t considered possible because the evidence was obtained improperly. So the mill owners faced only administrative penalties. That prompted a wholesale review of WorkSafe. Macatee’s recommendations go well beyond the combustible-sawdust issue that was at the heart of the accidents. The report urged a revamp of the entire investigation and enforcement regime. The legislation reflecting his report will give the watchdog agency a whole new row of teeth, for use on any employer in the province. There’s a suite of “forceful tools” to deal with egregious, wilful and repeat offenders.

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Catalyst announces resignation of VP, Finance & CFO

Canada Newswire press release
February 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced today that Brian Baarda, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the company to advance his career in a more senior leadership role with another organization. “Brian has made a tremendous contribution to Catalyst since joining the company 25 years ago, says Joe Nemeth, President & Chief Executive Officer.” During his tenure, Brian held key leadership positions in both operations and finance, and played a critical role in many major projects and initiatives, including the recent acquisition of two US mills.

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Resolute and Greenpeace at loggerheads

Montreal Gazette
February 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is trouble in the forests of Quebec and Northern Ontario. Greenpeace, the environmental group whose tactics have led to arrests from Vancouver Island to Arctic Russia, is locked in a battle with Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products over the paper-maker’s logging practices in the slow-growing boreal forest. To convince Resolute’s customers to switch to greener suppliers, Greenpeace is using social media and spectacular protests. Last March, to bring the distant dispute home to Montrealers, Greenpeace activists scaled the cross on Mount Royal, draping banners that demanded justice for the boreal forest. Greenpeace has had some success.

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Is the economic impact of the labor disputes at West Coast ports just hype? (& video)

PBS Newshour
February 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In Canada today, 3,000 members of the Teamsters went on strike. They are in a dispute with the Canadian Pacific Railway over wages and benefits. Analysts say a prolonged strike would affect the flow of oil, lumber, auto parts and other products into the United States. Another labor dispute between ship owners and longshoremen has been going on for months now on the West Coast of this country. And, this weekend, the president dispatched Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to California to try to resolve it. For more about this, we are joined now from Los Angeles by Christopher Thornberg. He is an economist and a founding partner of Beacon Economics.

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Softwood Log Imports to China Slowed in the 4Q/14, but 2014 Was Still a Record Year

Wood Resources International
Market Watch
February 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE — China continued to dominate global log trade and was setting a new record high in the consumption of imported softwood logs in 2014. The seemingly endless increase in demand for wood raw-materials from the manufacturers of wood products in China has resulted in year-over-year import increases in eight of the past ten years. The total value of the imported logs has surged from 2.2 billion dollars in 2009 to 5.4 billion dollars in 2014, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Over the past five years there has been close to a doubling of the log volume being unloaded at Chinese ports with a majority originating from three countries; New Zealand, Russia and the US. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Demand Concrete Block

CCMPA
February 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Code officials ignored it. Developers ignored it. Wood you? Demand concrete block. It was built to code. It had working sprinklers. But as local firefighters pointed out, once the lightweight wood assembly caught fire, sprinklers were simply no match for the 5-alarm blaze that tore through this luxury apartment complex recently in Edgewater, New Jersey. It prompted local officials to declare a state of emergency, and displaced more than 1,000 residents. It also has resulted in several lawsuits against the developer for millions of dollars in damages. Though it begs the question: Who is responsible? The designer? The developer? The owner? Or building officials?

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Editorial: University of Mary Washington sets example for green construction

Fredericksburg.com
February 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

THE U.S. Green Building Council’s ranking of Virginia as fourth in the nation for green construction signifies it as a leader in sustainable initiatives. But a look at the council’s website reveals that a key factor for the designation is right here in Fredericksburg—specifically on the University of Mary Washington campus. Cited in the council’s report is the school’s new Information Technology Convergence Center, which is LEED Silver certified… Materials used inside the building are low vapor-emitting, including all paints, sealants, wood and other flooring.

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Concrete block manufacturers at it again, attacking wood construction

TreeHugger
February 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The embers were barely cool before the concrete blockheads in Canada were running full page ads in all the newspapers decrying the dangers of wood construction. They go on in their ad: …They are running these scary ads because the Province of Ontario, like many other jurisdictions, has changed its building code to permit wood frame construction up to six stories high. They do claim that the Edgewater building was “built to code”, but which code? The blockheads don’t mention that the fire was started by workers with a blowtorch who didn’t call 911 but decided that they could put it out themselves, delaying response by at least 15 minutes.

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Forestry

Who to believe on state of our forestry sector?

Letter by RAY TRAVERS, RPF
Vancouver Sun
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Forest Industry stands tall again, Opinion, Feb. 10 I am puzzled by the optimistic piece on the forest industry. In contrast, the winter 2015 Truck Logger BC magazine, reported that: 1. The Central Interior Logging Association office closed in the fall of 2014; 2. There are fewer buyers of yellow cedar logs at any price, with booms of inventory languishing in Lower Mainland storage locations;…Is someone seeing things better in The Vancouver Sun, or worse in the Truck Logger BC magazine, than they really are?

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TimberWest passes forestry audit

BC Forest Practices Board
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of TimberWest’s operations in Tree Farm Licence 47, near Campbell River, found legal compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, as well as the South Central Coast Order and the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan Higher Level Plan Order, according to a report released today. “The audit identified an area of improvement related to assessing wildfire hazards,” said Tim Ryan, board chair.

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Forestry is mismanged

Letter by Anthony Britneff
Vancouver Sun
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The old axiom, “if it is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t”, applies to the fairytale opinion piece penned by James Gorman and Rick Jeffery, the CEOs of two forest industry associations. Gorman and Jeffery write, “B.C. plants 200 million trees a year” which is a woefully inadequate number. The Forest Practices Board pointed out in a special report that the area of forestland that is economic and feasible to plant is in the order of 2 million hectares, the greatest area in need of replanting in B.C.’s history of forest management. The CEOs trumpet, “our forests capture two billion tonnes of carbon annually,” a statement that is pure bunkum given that our forests are net emitters of carbon.

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Forestry Agreement Decision Delay (radio)

CBC News
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Terry Seguin talks to NB’s minister of Natural Resources Denis Landry, about the controversial Forestry Agreement.

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That Clayoquot, clearcut sound on St. Margarets Bay

Chronicle Herald
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

St. Margarets Bay is seriously up in arms. Three huge clearcuts are proposed for the mouth of the Ingram River. People are readying chains and padlocks. Ringing in their ears, the echo of B.C.’s massive (and successful) demonstrations, “Clayoquot!!” Bay people know management of the province’s .6-million-hectare Western Crown Lands (less the 14,800-hectare Medway Community Forest and the proposed 14,800-hectare Mi’kmaq Forestry Initiative) is about to be handed over to a consortium of 16 mills. They say now is the time for the Department of Natural Resources to put paid to last year’s Western Crown Lands Conceptual Plan and much ballyhooed 2011 Natural Resource Strategy, idealistically entitled “The Path We Share.”

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Fallen trees, rickety bridges plague nation’s trails

USA Today
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

DENVER — The world’s largest trail system has fallen into significant disrepair thanks to budget cuts and ballooning costs to fight wildfires across America. The U.S. Forest Service’s 158,000 miles of trails across forests and grasslands serve 165 million hikers, motorcyclists, equestrians, mountain bikers and hunters annually, but only about 25% of the trails meet the agency’s own quality standards. Good trails make it possible to go deep into forests to find solitude, to track big game, and to appreciate the great outdoors.  Washed-out trails, rickety bridges and fallen trees pose a danger to
users who expect government lands to be well run, say advocates who want
Congress to give the Forest Service more money and resources to fix
things.

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Sating Southeast’s ‘timber famine’

HB87 would give DNR more leeway for sales
Juneau Empire
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The House Resources committee heard and held a bill that would give the Alaska Department of Natural Resources more latitude to fill the timber supply gap left by the federal government. Southeast Alaska’s timber industry — once an economic driver and now diminished to only a couple hundred jobs — relies on forest sales by the federal government. But those have dried up as litigation by conservation groups has become the norm. In a previous Empire report, Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said appeals and lawsuits have kept federal sales from going through and have dealt a serious blow to Alaska’s mills as they wait for raw material. Almost every large sale in the Tongass in the past 20 years has been appealed, litigated or both, he said.

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Arizona Public Service wants to use herbicides on federal lands

The Daily Courier
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona Public Service and the Salt River Project are seeking to use herbicides to control vegetation under about 4,000 miles of electrical power lines on federal lands in Arizona. The lines are located on all of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands and all the national forests in the state except the Coronado Forest. The electrical power companies generally try to keep their rights-of-way drivable if possible, APS Forester Mike Neal said. The proposal includes 360 miles of APS lines on the Prescott National Forest (the preliminary environmental assessment produced by an APS/SRP contractor contains an incorrect number for the Prescott Forest).

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Tongass transition back on the table

CoastAlaska News
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A citizens’ panel continues wrestling with the future of Southeast Alaska’s national forest. The 15-member Tongass Advisory Committee resumes meeting Tuesday in Juneau. Its agenda includes coming up with recommendations for speeding the transition from old-growth to second-growth logging at this meeting. But it has a longer mandate and members object to being rushed. The Tongass Advisory Committee is made up of logging, environmental, tribal, business and government representatives.

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Forest Restoration Plan Gaining Momentum

Key groups endorse 4FRI prescription
Payson Roundup
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service blueprint for restoring millions of acres of densely overgrown, fire-prone ponderosa pine forest has won a vital endorsement from a group of expert skeptics. The Stakeholder Group that practically invented this approach to forest restoration has now endorsed the draft of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The action appears to have settled a key dispute about the Forest Service approach to using timber companies to dramatically thin the forest while leaving the now-scarce old-growth trees alone.

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Conservation groups oppose federal land transfer, label proponents ‘extremists’

The Missoulian
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Montana conservation groups opposing the transfer of federal lands to state management are having their credentials questioned because of it, as well as being labeled “radical environmentalists” by some. But the groups, including the Montana Wildlife Federation and the Montana Wilderness Association, say they’re more than happy to talk about what they do and who supports them financially. “Like a lot of organizations, we accept funding from recognized philanthropic institutions that support our agenda of public access and conservation,” says Dave Chadwick, executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation. “And none of it is a secret.”

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Daines to hold forest management reform roundtables

The Missoulian
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Steve Daines will travel to Columbia Falls, Missoula and Bozeman this week to hold roundtables on forest management reform… Daines will meet with local stakeholders – including sportsmen, local elected officials, timber representatives, mill workers, conservationists and local business owners – to discuss the Senate’s work to develop comprehensive forest management reform legislation that grows jobs, improves the health of all 10 of Montana’s national forests, increases recreational access and secures a stable revenue source for Montana counties.

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The Existential Threat

Payson Roundup
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… That’s why we’re so excited about the growing support for the Forest Service’s Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI), perhaps the only way to prevent the next mega-fire. The most recent bit of good news comes in the form of a crucial endorsement of the Forest Service prescription for forest rejuvenation. The so-called Stakeholders Group consists of 30 wildly diverse groups, which spent years forging a consensus among local officials like Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, key environmental groups and even timber company officials on the need to log small trees and leave the remaining big trees standing.

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Two locals reappointed to state forestry board

The Times-Standard
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California Gov. Jerry G. Brown Jr. announced Friday that two Humboldt County democrats have been appointed to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Mark Andre, 59 of Arcata, and Michael Miles, 44 of Eureka, were both reappointed to the board, where they have served for five and four years respectively, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The position is not compensated and requires confirmation from the Senate, according to the release. Andre has been director of environmental services at the city of Arcata since 2006 and served on the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection since 2010.

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Montana Wood Products Association: Don’t transfer federal lands to state

The Missoulian
February 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Montana Wood Products Association warned legislators on Friday that trying to take control of federal lands would return the state to the “timber wars” of the 1980s and ’90s. “This issue is fraught with way too many questions than answers,” MWPA executive director Julia Altemus said. “The timber industry does not have time to deal with that. It muddies the waters, and it’s a distraction from what we need to be focusing on.” Altemus said the policy statement came in response to a slate of bills working through the 2015 Legislature to study or commit the state to manage or own national forests and other federal property. While the Wood Products Association decries the steep decline in access to timber on federal lands over the years, its board argues that state control wouldn’t help.

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U.S. logger urges prairie residents to take charge of policy debates

The Western Producer
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bruce Vincent has probably given his speech dozens of times, but he still tears up when the audience really “gets” his message.? The American logger and motivational speaker earned a standing ovation after he addressed the Sask-atchewan Beef Industry Conference Jan. 21 in Regina and urged producers to be advocates for their industry and the new leaders of the environmental movement. He gave a similar speech a day later at the annual Tiffin Lecture in Lethbridge.? …Vincent said he is a third-generation logger, but Vincent Logging of Libby, Montana, is a victim of a society that decided chainsaws were not part of its vision of the forest.?

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Guest Opinion: Legal poisons in our waters

Ashland Daily Tidings
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For decades, we’ve feared potential terrorist contamination of our water supplies. But spraying poisons on our roads, farms and forests for mere weed control? — Legal, throughout the state. The following example is but a flea-bite of what has been going on for the past several decades, in which we’ve also seen a dramatic rise in various diseases. What was once only correlation is now becoming clearer as causation, thanks to independent research — often, international. Recently, a local timber company notified the state of chemical ground application (banned on federal lands). …This is the annual nightmare in our rural community, together with aerial spraying of farms and forests and roadside applications.

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Our View: An aggressive approach with the feds and timber

Coos County begins to stand on its hind legs over timber federal payments issue
The World
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The commissioners held a work session with Gurney on Tuesday. And while it was in no official capacity, Gurney gave the commissioners strong advice on a new and bold approach the county should take regarding Coos Bay Wagon Road lands and the payments we receive from the federal government. Basically, it’s this: We estimate the value of the timber on those lands — which, by the way, has never been calculated in federal payments before — and send the U.S. government a bill. Up to now we’ve simply waited for the Bureau of Land Management to send the county funds every year based on what it thought the land itself was worth. Timber was always valued at zero. But Gurney has always maintained that the original 1939 bill establishing the wagon road lands required that the timber be valuated, too.

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State takeover: A look at land management legislation proposed by Sen. Fielder

The Missoulian
February 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, is behind several bills related to federal land management in Montana. Here’s a summary: Senate Bill 215: Prohibits the state from selling any federal lands transferred to the state. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB274: Prohibits the sale of any federal land in Montana. Hearing Thursday in Senate Judiciary Committee. SB298: Requires the attorney general to seek state’s 5 percent share from sales of any national forest land since 1889. Hearing Thursday in Senate Judiciary Committee.

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My Turn: Bills would do real damage to state’s forest industry

Concord Monitor
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In 2007, Gov. John Lynch signed into law the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a law that would assist the promotion of renewable sources of energy. All of this was attained with bipartisan understanding of our nation’s need to relieve our dependence on fossil fuels. Now, eight years later, this highly successful legislation is threatened. Three bills have been proposed that will either dilute or repeal the law entirely. Why?… Since the RPS was instituted, New Hampshire has seen new renewable energy projects developed employing people in power plants and in businesses that support these plants. In fact, New Hampshire’s forest products industry has expanded.

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Acres of trees down but forester says reservoir land will recover

Standard Speaker
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Logs, tree limbs and twigs lie pressed into the snow after loggers cut into a forest near the Humboldt Reservoir in Hazle Township. “Aesthetically, it looks like a moonscape now, but come June I’d be glad to take anybody back there to see what it’s like when it re-foliates,” said Paul Kowalczyk, a forester, who decided that the best plan for the oak trees on 76 acres was to cut them all down. A swarm of gypsy moths in 2009, followed by drought, killed the big trees on the land owned by the Hazleton City Authority, which supplies water to the region.

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Trials show phosphite halts kauri disease

Radio New Zealand
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists working on the kauri die-back programme have found a way to arrest the disease that is killing trees from Auckland to the Far North. Dr Ian Horner, from Plant and Food Research, said the horticultural chemical, phosphite, was proving very effective against phytophthora: the water mould that infects kauri through their roots. He said avocado growers used phosphite to ward off a similar disease in their orchards, and over the past three years, researchers had been using the chemical in field trials in four kauri forests. Dr Horner said the results were promising. “In the trees that had not been treated, many of the lesions, these big bleeding cankers at the base of the tree, were spreading and advancing up the trunk and will eventually cause death.

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China’s rosewood craving cuts deep into Madagascar rainforests

Prized timber is being felled illegally at increasing rate despite Cites ban and environmental outcry
The Guardian
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Another day draws to its end in Antanandavehely, a peaceful village on the eastern slopes of the Masoala peninsula, the largest nature conservation area in Madagascar. The last rafts, loaded with rosewood, pull into the river bank. As the loggers return, the atmosphere grows festive, infused with the smell of beer and the sound of dice clicking. Among the russet logs, exhausted by a hard day’s labour, Blandine checks the weight of the incoming cargo. Wearing a little black dress and sparkling jewels, she is a go-between for the big businessmen on the coast. Dipping into a bag full of banknotes she pays $135 for a two-metre-long log, generally weighing about 120kg, a fortune in this poverty-stricken country.

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Solomon Islands landowners on Kolombangara Island challenge logging approval for forest minister’s company

Radio Australia
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A logging company majority-owned by Solomon Islands’ forestry minister is facing a legal challenge from landowners keen to protect the cloud forest on Kolombangara Island in the country’s Western Province. The ground-breaking case has been in and out of the courts for five years and is due for its next appearance soon. It has been a long and tortuous road for the landowners who first brought legal action in 2010 to prevent Success Company Ltd logging cloud forest on the slopes of Kolombangara’s imposing volcanic mountain.

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Clear-Cut Issue: Global Brands Ranked (and Urged) to Address Deforestation

Brand Channel.com
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation is at last being acknowledged as a global problem, and nonprofit Forest 500, a modern-day Smokey the Bear, aims to stamp it out entirely. Forest 500 identifies, ranks and tracks companies, governments and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Of 250 companies ranked using a five-point scale developed by Global Canopy Programme, only seven received top marks: Groupe Danone from France; Kao Corp. from Japan; Nestle from Switzerland; Procter & Gamble from the US; and, from the UK, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and HSBC.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Kalispell man’s biomass project honored

Daiily Inter Lake.com
February 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The National Forest Foundation has announced that a team led by Kalispell native Stephen Jenkins was awarded the runner-up prize in this year’s Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. The competition awards prizes to the best entrepreneurial approaches that solve one or more of the challenges facing America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. Jenkins heads up the Biomass to Biomethanol Through Forest Remediation team at the University of Montana. The project uses low-value woody biomass from forest thinning and lumber mill operations to create methanol and liquid carbon dioxide. 

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Missoula team’s wood waste project wins $25,000 award

The Missoulian
February 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

About one quarter of all the wood cut on a logging project gets left in the woods. Stephen Jenkins thinks he has a way to make money off those leftovers. The idea that he and Jena Trejo came up with was good enough to win $25,000 as runner-up in the second Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge… “At 33 cents a ton, loggers would have to pay for any methods to dispose of it. I’m a wildland firefighter in the summers, and we spend a lot of time burning those slash piles. That’s tax money is lost, and it’s dangerous. We wanted to find a way to make it economically viable.” Jenkins and Trejo (who graduated from UM last semester) conceived a trailer equipped with a digester that turned branches, boughs and other wood waste into methanol and liquid carbon dioxide.

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Suwannee mill to make wood pellets for European power plants

The Gainesville Sun
February 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A catalyst zone created to lure industry and jobs to rural Suwannee County in return for state and county incentives has landed its second tenant with the announcement that a mill to make wood pellets for European and Asian power plants plans to open next to the new Klausner Lumber One mill. The Cornerstone Biomass Corporation pellet mill would employ about 70 people in factory jobs when fully operational, according to Frank Stankunas of Gainesville, a partner in the company. The mill plans to use wood waste from Klausner to make up to 200,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year to sell in Europe, Japan and Korea, where carbon-reduction requirements are driving demand for renewable energy sources, particularly at coal-fired power plants, according to a news release.

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SUNY POLY team receives $837K for development of nanoscale sensor

Saratogian.com
February 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Albany — The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering recently announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded $837,000 to support development of a first-of-its-kind nanoscale sensor to monitor the effects of climate change on trees. This cutting-edge device will be embedded inside trees to track the effects of global warming. Researchers from SUNY Poly CNSE and the University at Albany are spearheading the project with additional support from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse and Boston University.

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General

Forestry carbon emissions are increasing

Letter by JENS WIETING
Vancouver Sun
February 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Region: Canada, Canada West

The op-ed states that B.C.’s forests capture two billion tonnes of carbon annually. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, for the last decade, B.C.’s forests have been losing more carbon than they sequester. According to the latest provincial data, net carbon emissions from forest lands were 39 million tonnes in 2012. This carbon loss is equivalent to two thirds of B.C.’s official emissions, which don’t include forest emissions. Our forest emissions are a result of poor forest management such as clearcutting and slash burning, as well as the mountain pine beetle outbreak and increased wildfires.

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Burning the budget: Forest auctions reflect fire-caused fiscal woes, expert says

Rapid City Journal
February 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Like a lot of people who consider the Black Hills National Forest a treasured public resource, Darren Haar doesn’t think it’s a great idea to sell pieces of it to private owners. But, also like a lot of people, he wouldn’t mind having a pristine piece of it for himself and his family. Unlike a lot of other people, however, Haar had both the opportunity and the means to buy a chunk of the national forest. Haar’s purchase of a rectangular, 20-acre lot about 16 miles west of Rapid City is more than just a changing of hands of a piece of land. It also represents a shift in how the Forest Service spends its money, a shift brought about by the service’s concentration on fighting fires.

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