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Daily Archives: March 3, 2015

Opinion / Editorial

Largest Forest Sector Mission to India Puts Spotlight on Canadian Wood

Forestry Innovation Investment
February 26, 2015
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada

Representatives from the Canadian forest industry recently returned from India having seen firsthand the strength and potential of India’s economy, including opportunities to sell more Canadian wood to a country that may soon overtake China with the largest population in the world. The nine-day market exploration was organized by Forestry Innovation Investment’s office in Mumbai, in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada, the Canada Wood Group, and the High Commission for Canada in India. A total of 26 participants from 17 companies and three trade associations joined the trade mission making this the largest-ever Canadian forest delegation to visit India.

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Business & Politics

Interfor Appoints Bart Bender Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Stockhouse.com
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – INTERFOR announced today it has appointed Bart Bender as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, effective April 1, 2015. “Bart is a proven industry leader who has built a reputation of delivering exemplary customer service backed by a strong commitment to operational excellence,” President and CEO Duncan Davies said today. “Over the past three years, Interfor has doubled in size and offers the broadest range of lumber products to customers around the world. Bart will play a key role as we continue to pursue our growth strategy and position our Company for long-term success.”

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Former WorkSafeBC head not slated to testify at coroner’s inquest

by Gordon Hoekstra – Union says he would have key knowledge about fatal mill explosion
Vancouver Sun
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two of the former top guns at WorkSafeBC are not scheduled to testify at a coroner’s inquest into the Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion that killed two workers in 2012. The United Steelworkers union says its request was rejected to have former WorkSafeBC president and CEO David Anderson and former vice-president in charge of investigations Donna Wilson called as witnesses. The inquest, overseen by chief coroner Lisa Lapointe, began Monday in Prince George. Anderson and Wilson held their positions during the Lakeland explosion and another deadly sawmill explosion at Babine Forest Products earlier in 2012, both fuelled by wood dust. Anderson retired in 2014 and Wilson left WorkSafeBC in 2013, after a three-year stint, for another job.

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Men killed at B.C. mill worried about possible fire after previous blaze, inquest hears

Lakeland Mills: The April 2012 disaster at Prince George mill also injured 22 men
Prince George Citizen/Canadian Press
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE — A coroner’s inquest into an explosion at a sawmill in Prince George has begun with testimony from the wives of the two men who were killed in a blaze. Joanna Burrows described Alan Little as an intelligent man who liked to read and write poetry and was a good listener. “I had an assumption of what a mill worker would be like and I was surprised at the complexity of his personality,” Burrows said Monday at the inquest looking into the April 2012 disaster that also injured 22 men. She said that about a year before the fire, her husband had become increasingly stressed as management put more emphasis on productivity and her husband suffered chest pains and was grinding his teeth.

Both Lakeland Mills’ explosion victims were concerned about dust levels, coroner’s inquest hears from The Prince George Free Press
Workers Knew Beetle Dust Dangerous Says Witness from 250 News

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OFIA Celebrates Forest Sector Growth in Ontario

March 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – The Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA) 72?d Annual Meeting celebrated the forest products sector’s role as a sustainable economic engine and employment generator in Ontario’s green economy. Opening the event, Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA, explained ‘By actively choosing Ontario’s renewable forest products, government and citizens are actively participating in our province ‘s prosperity and supporting one of the ‘best-managed natural resources in the world “. Provinces across the nation are benefiting from the recovery in Canada’s forest sector.

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Contractor pulls out of Pictou County mill precipitator construction

Cape Breton Post
March 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW (TC Media) – The company that was supposed to install the new recovery boiler precipitator at Northern Pulp has pulled out. Clyde Bergemann Power Group told the company last week that they will no longer be fulfilling the installation portion of their contract, mill manager Bruce Chapman confirmed. Initially Clyde Bergemann was to be responsible for the engineering, design, supply and installation of a new recovery electrostatic precipitator system including ESP, ductwork, foundation, structural steel and black liquor mixing system. The total value of the contract was approximately $20 million.

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Pic Mobert takes charge in forestry

Northern Ontario Business
March 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Taking an ownership stake in a shuttered White River sawmill proved to be the perfect entry point for the Pic Mobert First Nation to finally participate in the forestry industry. The northeastern Ontario community of 900 members has mobilized a logging company this winter, Magwayyawk Forestry Services, which not only supplies fibre to the nearby White River Forest Products, but serves as a training vehicle to encourage locals to become entrepreneurs. “It’s a novel thing that we’ve done where we’ve formed a company with our customer to cut wood and leverage off some of their capabilities,” said Norm Jaehrling, Pic Mobert’s CEO.

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OFIA Celebrates Forest Sector Growth in Ontario

March 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – The Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA) 72?d Annual Meeting celebrated the forest products sector’s role as a sustainable economic engine and employment generator in Ontario’s green economy. Opening the event, Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA, explained ‘By actively choosing Ontario’s renewable forest products, government and citizens are actively participating in our province ‘s prosperity and supporting one of the ‘best-managed natural resources in the world “. Provinces across the nation are benefiting from the recovery in Canada’s forest sector.

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Lumber Liquidators: The ‘60 Minutes’ report is wrong

Fortune
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

‘We stand by every single plank of wood and laminate we sell all around the country,’ company says. Lumber Liquidators is defending itself against allegations that the retailer’s hardwood flooring fails safety tests. The specialty retailer of hardwood flooring is in the crosshairs of a report by television news program “60 Minutes,” which aired a special on Sunday that alleged the company sold flooring with higher levels of formaldehyde than permitted under California’s health and safety standards. The news has badly bruised Lumber Liquidators’ stock since last week, when media reports said the “60 Minutes” report would cast Lumber Liquidators in a negative light.

’60 Minutes’ Is Right To Raise Questions About Lumber Liquidators’ Toxic Floors from Forbes
Lumber LIquidators Refutes 60 Minutes’ Claims of CARB Violations from The Woodworking Network

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Lumber Liquidators stands behind products as stock plunges

Associated Press
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

TOANO, Va. — Lumber Liquidators is refuting a “60 Minutes” report that raised health concerns about some of its laminate flooring products and pushed its stock price to its lowest level in more than two years. In a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lumber Liquidators said all of its laminate flooring meets the safety standards set by regulators throughout the U.S. The defense came the day after “60 Minutes” aired findings that some of Lumber Liquidators’ flooring made in China had high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. The tests by three certified labs concluded the amounts of formaldehyde failed to meet California’s emissions standards.

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Simpson Lumber names Dave McEntee as president

Lesprom
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

….Simpson Lumber will continue to own the ongoing Simpson Door Company operations and is excited about the future prospects of this business. Simpson will continue its strategic review of its lumber operations in Shelton, Washington, which was not part of the Interfor transaction. Simpson announced several management changes as a result of the transaction. Dave McEntee has assumed the role of president of Simpson Lumber. Dave will be responsible for Simpson Door and the Shelton Lumber Operations.

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Sale of Longview Simpson mill to Interfor Corp. finalized

The Daily News Online
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Interfor Corp. announced Monday it has completed its $94.7 million deal to buy four Simpson Lumber Co. sawmills, including Simpson’s Longview mill, where 96 workers are currently employed. Interfor, a company with home offices in Vancouver, B.C., reduced the Longview workforce by about 15 percent during the acquisition, although production levels are expected to remain stable. Simpson employees were asked to apply for a position with Interfor. Not every employee chose to do so, Brandt said, although she did not say how many applied.

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Finnish Papermakers Embrace Online World as Slump Ends

Bloomberg
March 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finland’s paper industry is making a comeback after a decade-long decline. But it won’t be by making paper. The industry is reinventing itself — 140 years after the first pulp factory gave birth to Finland’s chemical forest industry. Cardboard boxes and wood-based chemicals now stand to become staples as the industry crippled by the emergence of the Internet embraces opportunities brought by online shopping and renewable fuels. The companies are starting to invest after years of cutbacks. Stora Enso Oyj and Metsa Board Oyj are betting on renewable packaging as online shopping grows. Stora is building a consumer-packaging mill in Guangxi, southern China, to cater to a growing middle class in the world’s second-largest economy.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2015 Wood Design Awards in BC honour the best in architectural and structural wood design

Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC
Canada Newswire press release
March 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Innovative architectural and structural design in large wood buildings, including mid-rise and commercial structures, headlined the 2015 Wood Design Awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) this evening. The 11th annual event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use. More than 360 people attended this year’s celebration of wood, including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government and industry sponsors.

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Dunbar Senior High School Sets LEED Schools v2009 Project World Record

PR Newswire
March 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON– Gilbane Building Company announces Dunbar Senior High School was awarded U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Schools v2009 Platinum certification – making the high school project the highest rated and only Platinum LEED BD+C: Schools v3 – LEED 2009 project worldwide to receive 91 out of 110 points. Designed by Perkins Eastman and Moody Nolan and built by Smoot/Gilbane a Joint Venture… The project incorporated …sustainably harvested wood products, increased acoustical performance for the learning environments, recycled materials, use of regional materials, storm-water quantity and quality controls, utilization of innovative wastewater technologies, and 95 percent construction waste diversion.

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Georgia’s Legislation Banning LEED for State Buildings is Much Ado About Nothing

Green Building Law Update
March 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Georgia General Assembly House Bill 255 is proof that the “wood wars” surrounding the LEED green building rating system continue to be waged. That said, the specific bill is Much Ado About Nothing. Despite that the previous much debated LEED credit for FSC Certified Wood is gone from LEED v4, the new MRc3 credit, “Building product disclosure and optimization – sourcing of raw materials” is a new source of controversy. To receive the credit, a project must use “at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products.” For wood products, the credit requires products “certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or USGBC-approved equivalent” (.. and, apparently, there are no such approved equivalents). 

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World’s tallest wooden skyscraper planned for Vienna; city’s fire service concerned

City Metric.com
March 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Unlikely as it sounds, wooden skyscrapers are a thing these days. As we noted last year, concerns about the environmental impact of steel and concrete are driving some architects and designers back to wood as a more eco-friendly alternative… A planned tower for Vienna, however, is due to leapfrog both in terms of scale and height. The HoHo project in Vienna’s Seestadt Aspern area will feature two wooden towers, the tallest of which will stretch to 25 storeys and 84m. The towers will be 76 per cent wood; Kerbler, the firm behind the designs, claim the material will produce 2,800 tonnes of CO2 when compared to a similar sized tower built from concrete. However, according to the Guardian, the plans didn’t go down so well with the Viennese fire department.

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Forestry

Effort on to block sale of Wilkinson’s Wildwood site by Land Conservancy

Nanaimo Daily News
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stewards of Wildwood Forest want to block the sale of the Yellow Point property that Merv Wilkinson logged sustainably for decades before he donated it to The Land Conservancy in 2000. The Ecoforestry Institute Society was created to manage the land after it was donated to TLC. A covenant on the title says it can’t be developed, but EIS members are concerned that a private owner may harvest the valuable timber then subdivide it. “The Land Conservancy has an offer on the table for $860,000 from a private property to buy the property,” said Kathy Code, an EIS board member and organizer of a push to block a private sale of the forest.

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Protest against forest herbicide spraying in Kent County [Updated]

NB Media Co-op
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three people have been charged for their role in a protest against herbicide spraying in September 2014 in Kent County. They’re facing fines of $20,000. Miramichi. A group of Kent County residents opposed to the aerial spraying of herbicides on the public forest have been protesting at the site of Forest Protection Ltd. at the Miramichi Airport on Highway 11 since Tuesday, September 9. The day before, a dozen people blocked a Forest Protection Ltd. vehicle for several hours in Village Saint-Pierre, near Rogersville. They were concerned by the lack of safety displayed on a truck carrying the herbicides.

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This data project could help save forests being destroyed by insects

Gigaom.com
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new project that combines satellite data, airplane mapping data and on-the-ground field data of the forests of the Pacific Northwest over several decades could help researchers better manage future forest insect outbreaks across the globe. The project, published in the journal of Forest Ecology and Management recently, was conducted by researchers at Oregon State University. The study is the first of its kind to combine these various data sets about the effects of two common insects on the forests of Oregon and Washington across so many years (1970 to 2012). 

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Senators singing timber industry’s favorite tune

Letter by Steve Kelly
Billings Gazette
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester are years away from their next election, yet they can’t seem to quit campaigning for unsustainable, mandated logging targets and deregulation of long-standing federal statutes that protect America’s forests, water quality and wildlife habitat. Singing the timber industry’s favorite song in perfect harmony, this senatorial duet longs for “the good old days.” Tester recently told Montana Public Radio “… every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.” False, 100 percent false. The Big Lie theory is a fundamental tool in disseminating political propaganda. Lies help sell a case weak on facts.

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Wildlife Researchers to Give Public Close-Up, Real-Time View of Big Game Fieldwork

U.S. Geological Survey
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LARAMIE, WY — Seeking insights to help moose, elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep populations, researchers from the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Geological Survey and other partners will spend much of March capturing animals on their winter ranges in western and southern Wyoming. Members of the public will have an opportunity to closely follow the work. As scientists did during deer captures earlier this winter, researchers with the UW-headquartered Wyoming Migration Initiative and personnel from Game and Fish plan to live-tweet the approximately three weeks of research activity and provide Facebook posts about the animal captures multiple times a day.

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Federal land transfer is a bad idea

Flathead News Group
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands belong to all of us. They do not and should not belong to the states in which they exist. These federal lands are much too important to be managed by state agencies guided by politicians. With federal ownership, each of us has a potential say in how these great landscapes are managed, no matter their location. Montanans can influence how the Tongass National Forest in Alaska is managed. Alaskans or citizens of any state have a right to help determine how the Flathead National Forest is managed. That is as it should be. These lands have multiple benefits for the entire country — the production of clean water, wilderness, diversity of natural habitats for wildlife, a variety of outdoor recreation pursuits, selective harvesting of second-growth timber, and mining at appropriate sites.

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Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

Associated Press
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by the timber industry seeking to strip Endangered Species Act protection from a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests. Environmentalists say the ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., should mark the end of a 15-year legal battle over logging trees used by marbled murrelets along the coasts of Oregon, Washington and northern California. The American Forest Resources Council had argued that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted arbitrarily and capriciously in designating the U.S. population of marbled murrelets distinct from birds in Canada, despite a line in the law saying political boundaries are a valid reason.

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Satellites Give Scientists A Better View Of Forest Insect Outbreaks

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You might call it the forester’s version of Google Earth: new satellite mapping that’s giving scientists a clearer view of insect outbreaks in Northwest forests. A study published this week describes how scientists with Oregon State University have combined new satellite imagery with older data from airplane and ground surveys to show in unprecedented detail where insects are damaging trees in the region. Study co-author Garrett Meigs said these new maps create an atlas of insect-caused tree mortality that allows scientists to identify hotspots and zero in on possible causes. “With this new technique, we can now see actual vegetation change from insects,” he said. “We can identify both the hotspots as well as the actual amount of change that’s occurred there.”

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Forestry industry working hard on safety changes

NewsTalkZB.co.nz
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A long time safety campaigner in the forestry industry says the sector is beginning to make some major changes.  The forestry safety summit begins in Rotorua today. One of its key speakers Wiremu Edmonds says the industry has learnt the lessons from a tragic couple of years.  “There’s not too many areas I haven’t been in, but myself being involved in the industry, I’ve seen some big changes in what we’re doing.” Keynote speaker and British Columbia Forest Safety Council CEO Reynold Hert says it’s important industry leads change.

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Forestry needs more carrot and less stick

Sector that offers so much deserves equality writes Stuart Goodall.
Scotsman.com
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In life, everyone wants to be treated fairly, to be judged objectively on the evidence. The forestry and wood sector is no different. The sector has changed almost beyond recognition from the 1970s and 80s, but that change has gone largely unnoticed. Forestry and wood makes a massive contribution to rural Scotland – it supports 40,000 jobs, drives annual investment of around £50 million and delivers economic growth. Without planting trees and making wood products, Scotland hasn’t a hope of meeting its world-leading climate change targets, especially if it also wishes to support rural communities, increase biodiversity and deliver a wide range of social and recreational benefits.

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Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry, study finds

Sydney Morning Herald
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say. Deforestation has long been known to cause temperature increases in local areas, but new research published on Tuesday shows a potentially wider impact on monsoon rains. While releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, deforestation also causes changes in how much light reflects off the earth’s surface and the amount of moisture in the atmosphere from plants transpiring. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore used a model simulating atmosphere circulation, as well as photosynthesis, transpiration, warming of the ocean surface and ice melt.

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Harvesting Tasmania’s forests for future sawlogs

ABC News, Australia
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In Tasmania’s north-east, native forest logging is entering a new phase. Forestry Tasmania has contracted AKS Forest Solutions to selectively harvest a large area of native forest between Avoca and Bridport. But far from clear-felling, the contractors will leave the very best trees to become top quality eucalypt sawlogs. About 1,000 hectares will be logged selectively this year, so that dominant trees are left to grow on. AKS Forest Solutions director Tony Stonjek and forester Greg Williams will run the five-year project. Mr Stonjek said after clear-felling in the 1980s, two coupes of 30 year-old eucalypts have now been successfully logged. “Sawlogs for the future, which is forestry in its purest form,” Mr Stonjek said.

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Time key to changing forestry fears

NewsTalkZB
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An American forestry safety expert says the biggest challenge facing the industry is people’s safety beliefs. The forestry safety summit is underway in Rotorua today. The forestry industry in British Columbia has undergone a huge safety transition over the past few years. Keynote speaker and CEO of British Columbia Forest Safety Council Reynold Hert says it takes time to change the culture of an industry. “Initially when we were starting on this, a lot of people would have just said, ‘this is a different and challenging industry and injuries are simply going to happen’.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity

News Scientist.com
March 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Munching insects may halve the anticipated increase in forest land’s ability to act as a carbon sink. Carbon dioxide stimulates tree growth, so forests are expected to get a boost as atmospheric concentrations of the gas increase in the coming decades. Their ramped up rate of photosynthesis should in turn use up more carbon dioxide, leading to a convenient natural carbon sink. Previous studies showed increased carbon dioxide levels upped the rate of photosynthesis in trees by approximately 50 per cent. Bugs, however, could lessen this capacity dramatically, according to a new study. “Insects may change in response to elevated carbon dioxide levels and limit or compromise the capacity of forests to serve as carbon sinks,” says Richard Lindroth, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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USDA publishes final BCAP rule

Biomass Magazine
March 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with its recently published final rule, there are some key changes being made to the program, including matching payment and funding amounts, material eligibility and project areas. BCAP, which was originally launched in the 2008 Farm Bill, provides up to $25 million each year in financial assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land who wish to establish, produce, and deliver biomass feedstocks to a qualifying energy facility.

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How an Oregon forest is helping Chevy meet its carbon goals

Biz Journals.com
March 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Ecotrust Forest Management Inc. has closed on an agreement to sell the carbon credits for a 980-acre forest it manages on the Oregon Coast to General Motors’ Chevrolet brand. Chevrolet will retire the credits in connection with its 2010 carbon reduction initiative commitment to retire up to eight million tons of carbon emissions. Ecotrust Forest Management is a for-profit arm of Ecotrust, a Portland nonprofit established by Spencer Beebe to pursue business models that support people as well as the environment. Led by Bettina von Hagen, it manages and consults on forestry practices that improve forest health

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Drax publishes biomass supply data in bid to address sustainability concerns

Coal giant hails its position at heart of Europe’s ‘biggest carbon reduction project’
BusinessGreen
March 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Energy giant Drax has sought to alleviate concerns about the environmental impact of its ambitious plans to shift from coal to biomass power, publishing comprehensive new sustainability data alongside its annual report last week. The company last week confirmed that pre-tax profits rose last year to £166m, as the company continued work on “Europe’s largest decarbonisation project whilst producing eight per cent of the UK’s electricity”. The report revealed that a third of the power plant’s generating capacity is now the result of biomass generation, adding that its third converted biomass unit is due to come online in the third quarter of this year.

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