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Daily Archives: March 18, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Coming Soon: Buildings Made From Tequila Waste!

Care2
March 17, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The company Plastinova is working with two local tequila-makers in Jalisco, Mexico to turn leftovers from making tequila into a composite building material. The leftovers – called agave bagasse – are key to creating this recycled composite lumber that’s stronger and more durable than the ones on the market today. …The agave bagasse is key to this material, because it’s stronger than materials like wheat straw that are in composite lumber currently on the market. …Along with turning food waste into something useful, this new composite lumber would keep tons of plastic waste out of landfills and replace conventional lumber, protecting forests. Would you pay a premium up front for a sustainable, food-based building material? 

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Business & Politics

Norbord and Ainsworth expect their merger to complete on March 31

Lesprom
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Norbord Inc. and Ainsworth Lumber have been informed by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice that it has closed its review of the previously announced combination of Norbord and Ainsworth. Norbord and Ainsworth expect the transaction to be completed on March 31, 2015. On December 8, 2014, Norbord and Ainsworth had entered into an arrangement agreement under which Norbord and Ainsworth would merge to create a leading global wood products company focused on oriented strand board (OSB) across North America, Europe and Asia.

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Don Cayo: B.C.’s Energy Future — Government role vital to propel clean, sustainable alternatives

Political policies trump market forces in determining the pace of projects
Vancouver Sun
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — If market forces were the only thing driving clean, alternative energy projects in B.C., today’s low oil prices would be even worse news for this industry than for LNG… But market forces aren’t the only — or, in some cases, even the main — factor driving green energy initiatives. At this point in the game, government policies — and hence the political considerations that drive these policies — determine how far and how fast the industry will grow… When former premier Gordon Campbell decreed his zero-emission policy for future electrical generating plants in B.C. back in 2007, Jaccard said, it not only forced BC Hydro to scrap two proposed coal-fired plants. It also opened up the province’s hydro grid to new power sources, thus hugely boosting activity — and, not incidentally, employment — in fields like run-of-river, wind and biomass.

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Fire report missed Lakeland manager

Prince George Citizen
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lakeland Mills’ general manager Mike Richard never received a copy of an internal report on a major fire at the sawmill just a day before the Babine Mills explosion until a similar blast rocked Lakeland Mills three months later, a coroner’s inquest heard Tuesday. As a result, Richard was not aware dust had burned in the air when the blaze ignited at the sawmill’s large headrig on Jan. 19, 2012. In other testimony, the incident has been described as coming close to what occurred at Babine on Jan. 20, 2012 and what would occur at Lakeland three months later, on April 23, 2012. Richard said Lakeland became more concerned about the level of sawdust in the mill following a Feb. 6, 2012 visit by two WorkSafe B.C. officials, but still considered it to be a fire hazard not an explosion hazard.

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Brian Gallant says changes coming to forestry deals

Former PC government signed forestry deals with J.D. Irving Ltd. and other companies
CBC News
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Brian Gallant has reiterated that his Liberal government will make changes to industrial forestry agreements signed by the previous Progressive Conservative administration. Gallant made the comment in question period on Tuesday, in response to Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch. “There will be changes when it comes to forestry,” Gallant said. “We’ll continue what was working, and will listen the concerns of New Brunswickers and improve the plan.” Fitch cited a J.D. Irving Ltd. forecast of 7,800 jobs it will create over three years “largely due to the PC forestry program” and asked Gallant to leave the plan and its agreements unchanged.

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Firm to convert sawdust, pine needles into jet fuel

Red Rocks Biofuels of Fort Collins gets financial support to build a $200 million refinery in Oregon.
The Denver Post
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Terry Kulesa can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse, but he can make a pretty fair jet fuel out of pine needles and sawdust. And Kulesa’s company, Fort Collins-based Red Rocks Biofuels, is a step closer to doing that as it announced Tuesday a partnership with Flagship Ventures to build a $200 million refinery in Oregon. Flagship, based in Cambridge, Mass., is a venture-capital firm managing a $900 million portfolio. “These are the guys who are going to help us get over the finish line,” said Kulesa, Red Rocks’ CEO and co-founder. In September, Red Rocks received a $70 million federal grant to build the Lakewood, Ore., refinery. Flagship will add capital and investors, Kulesa said.

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Fresno resident joins lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators

The Business Journal
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A Fresno resident has joined a class action lawsuit filed against Lumber Liquidators, Inc. after a CBS News “60 Minutes” investigation found high levels of formaldehyde in Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by the chain. Patricia Cottington of Fresno is one of five plaintiffs in the lawsuit claiming to have purchased laminate wood flooring products containing levels of the carcinogen that violate California Air Resources Board regulations. According to court documents, Cottington purchased $1,440 worth of laminate flooring on or about Aug. 9, 2014, from the Fresno store at 2955 S. Orange Ave. Product labels stated the laminate flooring was California compliant for formaldehyde.

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No clear-cut answer: Forestry groups say checkoff battle is not over

Farm Dairy
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Forestry Association has yet to take an official stance against the proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order. But it may be coming soon. At its annual meeting earlier this year, many OFA members were surprised to learn a hardwood checkoff proposal was still being considered by the USDA. “The proposal has been floating around for several years by some folks in the industry,” said John Dorka, Ohio Forestry Association executive director. The USDA had previously accepted comments, Dorka added, but “the understanding was (the hardwood checkoff) would not be moving forward.” He said the association board is still considering its position on the checkoff.

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Japan’s plywood production decreased by 0.4% in 2014

Lesprom
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Japan’s total supply of plywood in 2014 including imports was 6,297,400 cubic metres, 2.6% less than 2013 but the supply has been over 6 million cubic metres for four straight years, ITTO reports. Domestic plywood production was 2,806,200 cubic metres, 0.4% less than 2013. In this, softwood plywood was 2,617,100 cubic metres, 0.4% less. The shipment of softwood plywood was 2,523,400 cubic metres, 5.6% less with monthly average of 212 cubic metres, 12,400 cubic metres less than 2013. Total imported plywood in 2014 was 3,491,100 cubic metres, 4.2% less with monthly average of 292 cubic metres, 12,800 cubic metres less than 2013.

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APP focuses on third-party forest clearance in move towards zero deforestation target

Supply Management
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The carton board and packaging business said its Forest Conservation Policy Implementation Plan (FCP) for 2015 onwards would prioritise issues including dealing with forest encroachment and illegal logging by third-parties, peatland best management practices, social conflict resolution, wildfire prevention and management, workers’ rights and sustainable wood supply. APP’s priorities have been informed by the Rainforest Alliance’s evaluation of its FCP since it was established in February 2013. The Alliance said that APP had made “moderate progress” towards meeting its commitments.

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The later Chinese Spring Holiday period has seen a dramatic rise in Chinese log stocks. But availability of pruned logs locally has been tight

Interest.co.nz
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The domestic log market continues to have strong demand for higher value pruned and unpruned logs. Some domestic mills are seeking more pruned logs than available and are having to make do with a proportion of unpruned logs in the meantime. The export log market moved sideways in February impacted by the Chinese Lunar New Year and Spring Holiday although very favourable ocean freight rates and a weaker Kiwi dollar have supported NZ$ at-wharf-gate prices. CFR prices in China (US$ prices of logs delivered to China ports) have declined from US$130/JAS m3 to reported prices as low as US$115 currently.

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‘Shell-shocked’ 60 staff lose their forestry jobs

Gisborne Herald
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

AT least 60 Gisborne-East Coast forestry workers have lost their jobs as harvesting contracting company HarvestPro is caught up in the financial difficulty of its parent company Kiwi Forestry International. Last Thursday five Gisborne forestry crews arrived at work to find their work site in lock-down. “We were told to get any chainsaws we personally owned and then to get back in the van and go home. It was unreal,” one worker told the Herald. Another stunned worker said for the first time in 40 years he found himself unemployed. “I am shell-shocked. I don’t know what I am going to do.” Tonight workers will find out if they have been paid — notification of the wages is normally sent out tonight and the money is available on Fridays.

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Monarto sawmill fire causes up to $3 million in damages

ABC News, Australia
March 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A sawmill fire at Monarto, south-east of Adelaide, is expected to leave a damage bill of up to $3 million. About 30 workers were at the Old Princess Highway site when the fire broke out at about 12:00 (ACDT). Sawmill director Garry Tucker said the fire began during the workers’ lunchbreak. “The moulder had been running extremely well all morning,” he said. “They knocked off for lunch and three minutes later the smoke was going up. “We think it was an overheated bearing. In the moulder, there’s sawdust everywhere, and once the saw dust starts, it doesn’t take much to send it off.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC honoured at Wood Design Awards

Prince George Citizen
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was nothing wooden about the reaction to the Wood Innovation And Design Centre, when the engineers and architects of the province got to share their reactions to the new building. …When the trophies were handed out, WIDC was easily the tallest tree in the awards forest. There were nine awards given in the standard wood design categories, and WIDC did not receive any of those nor did any other northern B.C. construction projects, but when it came to the specialty awards, the big sticks went to bat for WIDC. The engineer trophy went to Eric Karsh of Equilibrium Consulting Inc. in Vancouver. He was cited for groundbreaking use of of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the building of Ronald McDonald House BC.

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First use of cross-laminated timber for tilt-up balloon construction wins award

Other winners in the B.C. Wood Design Awards include the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George.
Canadian Consulting Engineer
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The 2015 Wood Design Awards for B.C. event were held on March 2 in Vancouver, with more than 360 people attending. ….Among the winners was Eric Karsh, principal of Equilbrium Consulting in Vancouver, who won the Engineer Award and had three award-winning structures.  These included the Ronald McDonald House, which is the first in North America to be built using tilt-up “balloon” construction with cross-laminated timber, and the UBCO Fitness and Wellness Centre in Kelowna which uses organic shapes cut from sheets of three-ply cross-laminated timber to form elegant roof and column elements.

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Fire at Peel Memorial site raises alarms bells with residents and community leaders

Inside Halton
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

BRAMPTON— Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused a blaze that ripped through a construction site on the old Peel Memorial Hospital grounds last night. …Construction had recently started on a new 350,000-sq.-ft. health campus. Bowman said wooden forms that are supporting the new concrete that was being poured caught fire and quickly spread.

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Valmet Tissue Technology Award granted to modification of hard wood pulp for tissue production

Yahoo UK Finance
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The winner of Valmet Tissue Technology Award was announced at the Tissue World Conference, Barcelona, Spain… The award and the USD 25,000 prize amount was granted to Abdus Salam, Graduate Student from North Carolina State University, USA. The purpose of the Valmet Tissue Technology Award is to promote university students` or scientists` work to develop environmentally sound products applicable to the tissue making processes. The award is granted every second year and the winner is selected by a panel of jurors representing universities, scientific organizations and Valmet. The focus area for the award this year was environmental efficiency. Mr. Salam is awarded for his work on modified hardwood pulp for tissue production. 

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Forestry

A half dozen projects that are for the birds

TreeHugger
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Birds are an integral part of any ecosystem they inhabit. Birds help control insects and rodents. They disperse seeds, helping to bring new life to disturbed areas. And birds are pollinators, critical for flowering plants, trees and shrubs. When birds and their habitats are at risk, so is the wider environment. Birds depend on certain habitat conditions for survival — conditions that can be supported through balanced and sustainable forest management. In the United States alone, there are over 800 species of birds, with nearly 200 considered species of concern and almost 70 regarded as endangered or threatened.

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After missing watershed forum, resident writes letter to pose a few questions to TimberWest

Comox Valley Record
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the “Re-Think Our Watershed,” forum hosted by the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy group up at the Stan Hagen Theatre on Feb. 24. I had a couple of questions that I was hoping that representatives from TimberWest might have been able to answer for us. So perhaps if I raise them now, the company could kindly respond via this paper, and address some of the concerns we here in the local community have had for some time?

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Forest ministry plans prescribed burns for Chimney Lake

Williams Lake Tribune
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is planning a series of controlled burns near Chimney Lake and Felker Lake between March 17 to April 10, 2015 weather conditions permitting. These prescribed burns will be managed by the ministry’s Recreation Sites and Trails Branch and will be conducted with the assistance of Wildfire Management Branch staff from the Cariboo Fire Centre. These low-intensity fires will be managed by the ministry’s Recreation Sites and Trails Branch and will be conducted with the assistance of Wildfire Management Branch staff from the Cariboo Fire Centre.

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B.C. Green Party MLA changes position on controversial wolf cull

Globe and Mail
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A prominent environmental voice in B.C. is supporting the province’s controversial wolf cull, saying an endangered mountain caribou herd “will be extinct this year” if the predator population is not reduced. Andrew Weaver, the Green Party’s only MLA, previously expressed concern about the cull, and wrote to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in January asking for a justification for the plan. … He says the ministry’s response has persuaded him wolves are responsible for most of the recent deaths in the South Selkirk caribou herd near B.C.’s border with Washington and Idaho, which now numbers about 18 individuals.

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Weed spraying begins in fire zone

Blue Mountain Eagle
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DAYVILLE – An aerial weed spraying operation will begin Thursday on 13,000 acres in the Murderers Creek basin, in the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area near Dayville. The Bureau of Land Management will conduct the herbicide application to help the habitat recover from last summer’s South Fork Complex Fire, which burned across more than 60,000 acres in the basin. “Herbicide applications are intended to limit the spread of invasive winter annual grass species like Medusahead rye and cheat grass,” said Dan Marvin, wildlife area manager. “Winter annuals pose a significant threat to the ecological health of the area and function of wildlife habitat by replacing the bitterbrush, sage-brush and other forage wildlife need.”

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Lawmakers consider reforms to herbicide spraying rules

Associated Press
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Legislature is working on reforming Oregon’s regulations governing aerial spraying of herbicides on industrial timberlands. The Oregonian reports that Eugene Democrat Sen. Chris Edwards has convened a workgroup on the issue. It holds its first session Tuesday in Salem. Edwards is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. He says current regulations are not protecting people who live near industrial forestlands, but it remains to be seen what reforms are politically feasible. Oregon regulations currently require spray buffer zones along fish-bearing streams, but not around schools or homes. 

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Predicting Gov. Kate Brown’s environmental record: Oregon environment news

The Oregonian
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kate Brown’s environmental scorecard as a legislator wasn’t as pristine as John Kitzhabers, but environmentalists point to her University of Colorado conservation degree and her anti-logging stance on the Elliott State Forest as signs that her governorship will be one of environmental stewardship. The Bend Bulletin delved into the issue in a recent story, noting that as a member of the state senate, Brown focused more on social issues. That earned her an 87 out of 100 on the Oregon League of Conservation Voters’ annual scorecard compared to former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 95. But, as OLCV’s executive director points out, The scorecard “doesn’t tell you how they are going to act as governor.”

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Editorial: Forest Service should listen to rural residents

Albany Democrat-Herald
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

 …In fact, the first listening session is scheduled for today, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way. …Wednesday night’s listening session will be held, at the same hours, in Seattle, at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a convenient location assuming you have access to a small plane.  The third and final session is scheduled next Wednesday night in Redding, Calif. …Now, to be fair, these are just preliminary affairs as the Forest Service gears up to update the Northwest Forest Plan, which limited old-growth logging on federal lands and put in place environmental protections for wildlife like the northern spotted owl.  But if the Forest Service is serious about hearing a wider variety of perspectives, it should be planning some additional listening sessions.

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Judge overturns ‘test case’ logging project

Capital Press
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A timber project aimed at testing new harvesting strategies on federal forests was rejected by a federal judge. A federal judge has overturned the approval of a timber project that environmentalists claim is a “test case” for increased logging of mature forests. The White Castle project calls for harvesting trees up to 110 years old on 187 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management property near Myrtle Creek, Ore. The BLM intended for the project to demonstrate the “variable retention” model, in which patches of trees are harvested to recreate “early successional” habitat consisting of shrubs and other plant life.

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Century-long Cascades forest study may rewrite textbooks

Biomass has accumulated for 150 years – until … ?
KTVZ.com
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore.  A century-long study in the Oregon Cascades may cause scientists to revise the textbook on how forests grow and die, accumulate biomass and store carbon. In a new analysis of forest succession in three Douglas-fir stands in the Willamette National Forest, two Oregon State University scientists report that biomass – a measure of tree volume – has been steadily accumulating for 150 years. In the long term, such a trend is not sustainable, they said, and if these stands behave in a manner similar to others in the Cascades, trees will begin to die from causes such as insect outbreaks, windstorms or fire. “Mortality will occur in the future,” said Mark Harmon, professor and Richardson Chair in Forest Science at OSU. “It just hasn’t arrived.”

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Ames’ state forest nursery faces possible closure

Ames Tribune
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A tight Iowa Department of Natural Resources budget may force the State Forest Nursery in south Ames to close later this year after nearly eight decades in existence. By Iowa law, the 98-acre nursery has to be self-supported through income made by the sale of plant materials produced there. However, the nursery has been losing money annually since the 2007 fiscal year, including more than $500,000 over the 2014 fiscal year, because of decreasing demand for seedlings. The DNR’s state general fund budget, meanwhile, dropped from $22 million last year to $15 million in 2015, leaving the agency ill-equipped to make up for the difference.

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LSU AgCenter: State’s forestry industry is healthy and growing

University of New Orleans
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass. “Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said. Speakers from the German Pellets plant in Urania and Cool Planet in Alexandria topped the agenda to discuss woody biomass, according to Hutchins.

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Bangor council to revisit support for Katahdin national park

Bangor Daily News
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor City Council will consider next week a resolution to decide whether the city supports the proposed creation of a national park and recreation area in the Katahdin region. But after hearing nearly an hour of public comment from supporters and detractors from across the state, a council committee decided Monday it will rewrite a resolution proposed by Councilor Sean Faircloth to declare support for the project. Voting 3-2, the council’s Business and Economic Development Committee approved the amendment proposed by Councilor Josh Plourde to rewrite the resolution.

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Stockton aims to save its surrounding forest

Philly.com
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – George Zimmermann calls it a “living classroom.” Leaving PowerPoint presentations and books behind at Stockton University, the professor leads his students into the Pine Barrens that surround the Atlantic County school like a vast emerald ocean. They walk among shortleaf pines, white oaks, red maples, and Atlantic white cedars while taking up tough questions: How can they manage the forest’s health? How can they protect it from fires, pathogens, and insects? For the first time, students will try to answer these questions during regular field visits as Stockton’s 1,500-acre forest becomes a sprawling laboratory.

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Governor puts the brakes on two dozen conservation projects

Bangor Daily News
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The news that Governor Paul LePage was refusing to permit the LMF Board to use bond money to complete its projects drew attention from the media, environmental and sportsmen’s groups, landowners, and legislators. Today, unfortunately, we learned that the news was true. Sarah Demers, a former staff member at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and now the new Executive Director of the LMF program, took the board through a series of briefings on available funding, status of bond issues, and details of current projects. 

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UF/IFAS study: Forest managers hindered in efforts to use prescribed burns to control costly wildfires

University of Florida
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forest managers would prefer to use prescribed burns every few years to help prevent costly wildfires and rebuild unhealthy ecosystems, but hurdles like staffing, budget, liability and new development hinder them, a new University of Florida study shows. Fighting wildfires is costly. The U.S. government now spends about $2 billion a year just to stop them, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. That’s up from $239 million in 1985. …As it turns out, prescribed burns should be done every few years to prevent wildfires or reduce their severity, depending on weather and the type of ecosystem land managers are trying to protect, according to the survey. 

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North Coast forest industry no threat to forests or wildlife

North Coast Timbers
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THERE appears to be a confused understanding of regional economics by several groups, particularly Labor and the Greens. Building on this region’s competitive strengths would appear to be a lot sounder strategy than the constant condemnation of high quality, sustainable economic opportunity. When arguing for an end to the native forest industry, the very solution that is being proposed – that is, turning all State Forests into National Parks, is sadly lacking in any substance whatsoever. …We have ample opportunity for a very sustainable tourism, manufacturing, food and hardwood timber industries with potential to grow even further with new value-adding opportunities. I’d suggest we get out of the way from those who are genuinely trying to make this happen.

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Minagri and indigenous organizations sign forestry law

Peru this Week
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) signed a forestry law with indigenous organizations yesterday that establishes land rights and an economic program. Minagri together with the seven major Amazonian organizations …yesterday participated in a ceremony that enacted Law No. 29763, Forest and Wildlife Law, according to El Comercio. “The forestry sector can be another engine of the economy,” said Juan Manuel Benites, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation. With this law will allow the Peruvian economy to tap into forest resources, while at the same time, respecting the land right established within its legal framework.

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Labor plans to scrap controversial cable logging trial on North Coast

ABC News Australia
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A planned trial of cable logging in native forests on the North Coast will not go ahead if Labor wins this months election. The state opposition has announced it will ban cable logging across the state if it takes Government. The proposal received significant opposition from conservationists. It involves rigging a cable above the forested area, and removing trees from above – allowing logging in steep terrain. Steep, native state forests around Nambucca, Urunga and Bellingen have been earmarked for the trial, and the practice is used overseas.

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China to ban commercial logging of natural forests in key zones

ECNS.cn
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Commercial logging of natural forests in key zones will be stopped by 2020 as part of a slew of reform steps to promote ecological progress, Chinese authorities announced late Tuesday. State plantations are also asked to reduce harvesting from man-made forests for business purposes by 20 percent by 2020, the central government said in an announcement on the reform management of national forest farms and zones. China logs about 49.94 million cubic meters of natural forest each year and started a landmark pilot program in key forest zones in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province to ban all commercial logging of natural forests last April.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ten years on, forest biorefinery a ‘modest success’

Experts at the International Forest Biorefinery Summit agree that the kraft pulping process must continue to thrive
Canadian Manufacturing
March 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

MONTREAL—Canada’s kraft pulp mills are uniquely suited to be the hub of what’s called the integrated forest biorefinery. Kraft pulp mills convert wood chips to cellulose pulp by chemical processes, and often produce green electricity for sale to the grid. With add-on processes, many of which are still at the demonstration phase, kraft mills could produce a wide range of bio-based chemicals and fuels. Opening the International Forest Biorefinery Summit in Montreal in February, Sweden’s Peter Axegård highlighted the importance of the kraft mill as the heart of the integrated forest biorefinery.

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UK plans first new coal power station since 1974 – and it burns forests too!

The Ecologist
March 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new coal and biomass-fired power station could soon be built at Drax in Yorkshire, already the UK’s biggest coal burner, writes Almuth Ernsting. It comes with a weak promise of possible ‘carbon capture and storage’ – an expensive, inefficient technology shunned elsewhere. As the Government’s nuclear dream fades, could this be its equally flawed replacement? Drax power station in Yorkshire burns more wood than any other plant in the world and more coal than any other the UK. And soon it could break two new records. It could become the site of the UK’s first new-build coal power station since 1974 (when Drax’s existing plant opened) and the first larger power station in the EU to be subsidised as a Carbon Capture and Storage project.

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Striking a balance on developing bioenergy

FAO
March 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Bangkok, Thailand – While the price of fossil fuels has seen a considerable fall in recent months, demand for bioenergy products is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, alongside the growth of crops for food, a senior official with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, made the comments during a Keynote presentation to a gathering of Thai Agricultural Engineers in Bangkok.

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