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Business & Politics

Softwood Exports Rose, Lumber Prices Fell as Dollar Strengthened

Woodworking Network
April 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Seattle, WA – Softwood lumber exports were 5-8% higher in Canada, Russia and the Nordic countries in 2014, but lumber prices fell toward year’s end on a strengthening U.S. dollar and weaker wood markets in Europe and Asia. Global trade of softwood lumber has continued to trend upward ever since the global financial crises in 2008. In 2014, export volumes were up 5-8 percent for a majority of the largest lumber-exporting countries in the world, including Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Of the top 15 exporting countries, only Austria, the U.S., New Zealand and the Czech Republic reduced their export volumes in 2014 as compared to the previous U.S. year.

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Conifex Announces Completion of Continuous 72 Hour Run Test at Mackenzie Power Generation Project

Market Watch
April 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Conifex Timber is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Conifex Power Limited Partnership has achieved a significant milestone related to its bioenergy project by completing a continuous 72 hour run test at its 36 MW biomass power plant at Mackenzie, B.C. The successful completion of the run test, which requires formal acknowledgement by BC Hydro, was a critical requirement to achieve the commercial operation date (“COD”) in accordance with the existing Electricity Purchase Agreement (the “EPA”). Upon achieving COD, the plant will commence selling electricity under the EPA to BC Hydro.

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COFI Releases Audio and PDF Presentations from 2015 Convention

Council of Forest Industries
April 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

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Ruling throws port trucking into ‘chaos’

Surrey North Delta Leader
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Metro Vancouver is reviewing its options after a Federal Court judge found its new licensing system that sharply reduced the number of permitted container truckers was imposed unfairly. The new licence system cut up to 600 trucks from the system in January, resulting in layoffs to drivers, and spawning a lawsuit that challenged the port’s point-based system for deciding the winners and losers. The methodology gave an advantage to companies that applied early and was “procedurally deficient and profoundly unfair,” Judge Robert Barnes found.

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Forestry sector improving: MPP

Chronicle Journal
April 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry claims the forestry sector is “healthier” than it was in recent years. Bill Mauro said the Liberal government will be committing $60 million to forest access roads as well as making the forestry sector eligible for the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, which sits at $2.7 billion. This is the first time the forestry sector has been included in the fund. These two announcements follow the province’s commitment to make the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate program permanent while spending $120 million per year. Mauro said the forestry sector is still not where it was before 2005 but things appear to be improving.

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Mauro highlights forestry pieces in provincial budget

TB Newswatch
April 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – The Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry says the provincial budget will help boost the recovering forestry sector. Bill Mauro on Friday held a media conference where he identified $60 million for forest access roads and the industry’s eligibility for the $2.7 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund as two pieces in the budget that will provide assistance to the beleaguered industry. The budget, which was tabled by the Liberal government in Queen’s Park just one day prior, featured an increase to $60 million specifically earmarked for construction and maintenance of access roads to forestry sites.

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Judge upholds $17M verdict against bank in loan dispute

Associated Press
April 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. — A state judge has upheld a $17 million jury award to a western Montana logging company that went out of business after a bank seized stimulus money from its checking account to repay a loan that was not in default. District Judge Ed McLean also ordered First Interstate Bank to pay about $7.6 million in attorney’s fees and costs incurred by Kelly Logging Inc., the Missoulian reported. McLean’s ruling, filed Tuesday, said jurors heard testimony that First Interstate helped Kelly Logging apply for the federal stimulus loan, knowing it likely would not be enough to keep the company in business.

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Paper mill sees largest maintenance outage in recent memory

The Daily News
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States, International

The International Paper Bogalusa Containerboard Mill kicked off its annual outage on April 10. Because this year’s outage is an extended four-week outage — twice as long as a typical year — only half the mill went down on April 10. The full mill went down on Monday, April 20. “This may be the largest outage this mill has seen since the No. 8 Paper Machine went in 25 years ago,” said Mill Manager Bernie Chascin. “At the peak of the outage, we’ll have more than 1,200 contractors out here,” he added.

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Minister to outline the future of Forestry Tasmania this week amid renewed calls for its scrapping

ABC News, Australia
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of publicly-owned forestry company Forestry Tasmania will be mapped out during an address in State Parliament by Resources Minister Paul Harriss on Wednesday. Cabinet signed off on the Government’s response to a report on the viability of Forestry Tasmania on Monday. Mr Harriss said the Government intended to keep its election promise on the company. “The Government took to the election a commitment to put Forestry Tasmania onto a sustainable footing into the future, and we intend to deliver,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Build or Burn? Competition for Wood on the Rise

Stackyard
April 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood is becoming an increasingly popular raw material – and not just in the construction sector. More and more private households and municipal authorities are also using wood for heating. All of which is driving competition for this desirable raw material. A team of researchers has been investigating the ecological, economic and social impacts that this “run on wood” could have in Bavaria. 2010 marked a turning point for the timber industry. For the first time since World War Two, more wood was being used in Germany to produce energy such as heat and electricity than to create commodities such as construction materials, composite wood products or paper

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Tall timber is the future urban solution

Global Timber Forum
April 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tall building and especially tall timber building are a potential solution for meeting growing future needs for high density, low environmental impact urban housing development. This is the message from Benton Johnson, Associate at SOM Architects in Chicago, the practice behind the US Tall Timber Tower Research project. The latter came up with a blueprint for a 42-storey hybrid mass- or engineered timber and concrete apartment block, which SOM maintains is a viable propostion (pictured here).

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Forestry

Biologists seek clues to B.C. moose deaths

Population decline sparks state-of-the-art research
Vancouver Sun
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

FERNIE — If a moose falls in the forest, does anybody know? Based on a major five-year provincial study underway in the central Interior, biologists not only know but fly out on helicopters as soon as possible to determine cause of death. There are 175 moose fitted with radio-collars in five study areas, ranging from near Fort St. James south to the Bonaparte region northwest of Kamloops. When a collar, equipped with GPS technology, detects that a moose hasn’t moved for several hours, that’s a sign the animal is dead — and biologists are alerted by email. “It could be 11 p.m., but by the next morning we want to be up and already mobilized,” said Gerry Kuzyk, an ungulate specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. 

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First Nation Forestry Strategy Sessions

Union of BC Indian Chiefs
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The First Nations Forestry Council and First Nations Leadership Council invite your Chief and/or representative and your forest tenure representative to participate in a one-day forestry strategy session on forest resource revenue sharing and forest tenure models. In late 2014 and early 2015 three resolutions were put forward to the FNLC requesting that a strategy session be convened as soon as possible. In an effort to create as much dialogue and advancement on this very important issue facing our Nations we have engaged with the Province to implement initial regional strategy sessions (BC will be in attendance for portions of the sessions) during the month of May.

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Property owners left to deal with ash borer problem, including cost

Montreal Gazette
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Certain Montrealers will soon be paying to help the city control its emerald ash borer beetle problem. Property owners living in targeted areas with ash trees on their property will be required to either treat the tree with specific pesticides or cut it down if it’s considered too far gone, the latter to be done at their own cost. The city said Thursday that around 100,000 property owners — found throughout its 19 boroughs — will be contacted concerning the issue, all living in areas where traces of the invasive insect have been found in ash trees within 300 metres.

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Reforestation geared to mills, not moose

Letter to the editor
Chronicle Journal
April 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In addition retired MNR forester Ron Waito’s comments on the decline of moose populations here in the Northwest (Moose Decline Follows That of Forest Industry — CJ, April 21), I would like to add a little more detail on the management of our forests over the last four decades. I am a retired MNR resource technician and for the last 30 years to the present have been witness and part of the changes in MNR strategies in forest management. From the time I first started with the MNR in May of 1974 I have seen forest management plans emerge from token basic tree planting projects to management plans with very intensive strategies.

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Ontario Investing $60 Million in Forest Access Roads

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Government of Ontario
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is investing in forest roads which connect industry to Ontario’s natural resources, supporting local communities by growing the economy and creating jobs in the forestry, mining and tourism sectors. As part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history, the province is committing $60 million to the program in 2015-16. Ontario is also making the province’s forestry sector eligible for the $2.7 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to help increase production capacity and expand into new markets, while ensuring resources are managed sustainably. 

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Westside Fire Recovery Project stokes long-standing battles

April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Echoes of a 2013 fire ring through Siskiyou County’s post-wildfire recovery as two sides of the issue ramp up efforts to either oppose or push through the Klamath National Forest’s recovery plans. In 2014, several fires burned across the county for months, affecting approximately 215,000 acres, according to KNF. In response, the agency formulated its Westside Fire Recovery Project, which presents a set of potential alternative actions aimed at reducing future fire threat and restoring forested areas lost to the fire. The objectives, according to a KNF?newsletter, include reducing safety hazards across the project area, obtaining the maximum economic value from burned timber by salvaging while the wood is still marketable, promoting ecosystem sustainability and abating hazardous fuels near homes, communities, roads and utility corridors.

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Forest industry responds to latest O&C plan

American Forest Resource Council
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released draft Resource Management Plans for six districts in Western Oregon encompassing over 2.5 million acres of BLM-managed forestland, including the Oregon & California (O&C) Grant Lands, for public review and comment. Once finalized, these plans will replace Northwest Forest Plan-era plans and guide the future management of these lands, including outlining sustained-yield timber harvest levels as required by federal law….The over 2 million acres of O&C forest lands are of critical importance to the health of communities across 18 Western Oregon counties.

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No clear-cut answers in Hack and Squirt debate

Willits News
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The county continued its efforts to grapple with the issue of hack-and-squirt, otherwise known as frill-treatment, at a lengthy board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, April 21, that ran well into evening. Before the board was a non-binding resolution asking Mendocino Redwood Company for a voluntary 6 month suspension of the practice of killing and leaving dead trees standing, due to potential fire risk, until a third party could evaluated the risks. The resolution failed with Supervisors Dan Hamburg and Dan Gjerde voting yes, and John McCowen, Carre Brown and Tom Woodhouse voting no.

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Forest thinning as a profitable investment?

The Daily Californian
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Who knew that forest thinning would be a profitable investment? Leigh Maideria, Chad Reed, Nick Wobbrock and Zack Knight, all second-year MBA students at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, earned first prize at the the 2015 Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge with their pitch, “Blue Forest: monetizing the shared benefits of forest management in the United States.” The team was selected as the winner out of 250 teams from business schools around the nation. Even before the results were announced, Maideria commented that she felt “privileged to be a part of the 10 (finalists) … and honored to be representing Haas.”

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How average Oregonians challenged the timber industry – and lost

The Oregonian
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In March, she again made the five-hour drive north to Salem, hoping her legislators would listen. Seventeen months had passed since a helicopter repeatedly flew over Kathyrn Rickard’s neighborhood in Curry County while spraying weed killers. She and more than 20 neighbors complained about being exposed to the chemicals. Now, with the Legislature in session, lawmakers were closer to deciding whether to tighten laws for aerial sprays, used by timber companies to control weeds on clear cuts so trees can grow. Along with her neighbors, Rickard, a 51-year-old studying to be a medical assistant, had become a voice for the risks the practice posed.

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Preventing southwestern white pine tree disease

The Lumberjack Student Newspaper
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NAU has received $4.1 million to study the endangered southwestern white pine. The grant is the largest forestry-related grant ever awarded to NAU. One of the focuses for this research will be on white pine blister rust, a non-native tree disease introduced to the United States by trees from Europe. … Should it reach Flagstaff, it would kill off many white pines as well as other types of pine trees. “When you get into the higher elevations, they can be the only trees up there, so if you lose them you start to affect the watershed and the snowpack,” said Kristen Waring, an associate professor of silviculture and partner in the program.

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Forest supervisors on the move

AZ Daily Sun
April 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After 13 years at the helm of the Kaibab National Forest, Forest Supervisor Mike Williams will depart Arizona for a new job as the head of the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest in northwest Washington. When Williams leaves in May, he will be the third forest supervisor to leave northern Arizona’s forests since the beginning of the year. Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart left mid-April to become forest supervisor for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and Jim Zornes left his post as the forest supervisor on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in January for a job in the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain regional office.

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Congressman Tom McClintock Says ” The American People Want Our Forests Returned To Health”

House Natural Resources Committee
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Subcommittee on Federal Lands meets today to examine the government’s management of our forests and the effect its policies have had on both the health of our forests and the safety of our communities. Let me cut right to the chase. Over the past thirty years, we have seen an 80 percent reduction in timber harvested from our national forests, and in the same period a concomitant increase in acreage destroyed by fire. This phenomenon far predates the Western drought and was best summed up by a forester long ago who observed, “All that excess timber comes out of the forests one way or the other. It is either CARRIED OUT or it is BURNED OUT. But it comes OUT.”

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Westside Fire Recovery Project stokes long-standing battles

April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Echoes of a 2013 fire ring through Siskiyou County’s post-wildfire recovery as two sides of the issue ramp up efforts to either oppose or push through the Klamath National Forest’s recovery plans. In 2014, several fires burned across the county for months, affecting approximately 215,000 acres, according to KNF. In response, the agency formulated its Westside Fire Recovery Project, which presents a set of potential alternative actions aimed at reducing future fire threat and restoring forested areas lost to the fire. The objectives, according to a KNF?newsletter, include reducing safety hazards across the project area, obtaining the maximum economic value from burned timber by salvaging while the wood is still marketable, promoting ecosystem sustainability and abating hazardous fuels near homes, communities, roads and utility corridors.

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Forest Service Gets It Right

Payson Roundup
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Admittedly, the wheels grind exceeding slow — but this time the Forest Service got it right. The Forest Service has now completed work on the largest environmental analysis in history. Forest Service officials this week celebrate the analysis of a plan to use mechanical thinning and controlled burns to dramatically reduce the tree densities on 600,000 acres of ponderosa pine forests in the Kaibab and Coconino Forests. For a time, we feared the Forest Service would squander years of work by failing to adequately protect the remaining old growth, fire-resistant trees.

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A plague of pests in Oregon? Dry, warm winter has farmers and foresters on watch

The Oregonian
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This year’s abnormally warm winter — and a fourth straight year of drought conditions — has Oregon State researchers watching closely to see if a plague of new or resurgent pests could devastate agriculture across the region. Cold winters, after all, are what often kill problematic bugs, or at least keep their numbers in check. “We’re just on the edge of our seats,” OSU forestry professor Dave Shaw said. In 2014, also a warm year, bugs caused about $20 million in damage – mostly to fruit crops. A new stink bug has also flown its way to the Northwest for the first time in the past few years, and mild winters encourage its invasive spread.

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Guest Column: Let’s not go back to days of the “Timber Wars”

The Missoulian
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Marshall Woods (MW) Restoration Project proposes commercial logging and road building in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area (NRA). Unfortunately, this project has eroded into an argument about logging and its impact on forest ecology, pine beetles, fisheries, water quality, recreation and fire management. We’ve got the cart in front of the horse. The 1980 Rattlesnake Act, the U.S. Interior and Insular Affairs Committee of Congress report (filed just one month before the Act was passed), the 1986 Lolo National Forest (LNF) Plan, the 1992 Rattlesnake NRA Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) Management Direction and the 35 year management history in the NRA viewed collectively explain why the NRA hasn’t been logged since 1980.

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Rattlesnake logging proposal hinges on two words

The Missoulian
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the phrase “unsuitable for timber production,” what’s the important word? “Unsuitable?” Or “production?” Everyone agrees the “timber” grows in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area on Missoula’s northern edge. The Missoula Ranger District has proposed an extensive project to improve forest health across about 4,000 acres of the Rattlesnake and Marshall creek drainages. Early versions of the plan had widespread support, until scrutiny focused on a 225-acre commercial logging option along the most popular trail in the recreation area.

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Forest tent caterpillar numbers should be minimal, in most areas, this year

Inforum.com
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH — Forest tent caterpillar numbers crashed in 2014, a year they should have multiplied, surprising forest pest experts but leaving residents and visitors of northern forests grateful and their trees intact. Even better news is that the number of leaf-eating north woods caterpillars likely will be down again this year just when it was expected they would peak. That’s good for anyone planning outdoor reunions, weddings and camping trips in May and early June when billions of the caterpillars were expected to be writhing around the region.

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MN forest fire started from coals smoldering all winter in tree roots

Capital Journal
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ROSEAU, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources started a fire last fall that unintentionally sparked a wildfire this spring in Roseau County that burned 4,500 acres. Minnesota Public Radio News reports an investigation shows the April Palsburg wildfire started in a slash pile in northwest Minnesota near the Canadian border. Burning slash piles is a common for DNR forest management. Debris left by logging crews is pushed into piles and lit, making room for tree seedlings.

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Is state exploiting your public woods for cash?

Indy Star
April 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There’s one consistent theme in a new state forest plan: money — specifically, how forestry managers hope to use Indiana’s public woods to make more of it to compensate for shrinking budgets. Recently, foresters with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources released a four-year strategic plan that calls for continued timber sales as well as exploring plans to charge fees to access public woods and selling off some less-desirable land to acquire more. Some are deeply troubled by what they see as a trend of monetizing the state’s 158,300 acres of public woods. “The idea of public land is a uniquely American idea,” said Myke Luurtsema, a spokesman for the Indiana Forest Alliance.

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‘Arboreal Architecture’: Exploring the visual history of trees

The Stanford Daily
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


“Arboreal Architecture” is a new Cantor exhibition that characterizes trees as evocative subjects and as architects of human thought. The exhibit traces the artistic representation of trees across time and between various cultures. Trees are used as a metaphor for the knowledge structures that constitute our understanding of the world and as a mode of highlighting cultural differences. Built around the concept of exhibition as form, the arrangement of the pieces in itself reflects the connective, unifying nature of trees. The curator actively engages with the works on display, framing trees as diagrams, as embodiments of people, as elements of nature and as metaphor.

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What’s That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That’s Causing Quite A Stink

GPB News
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It’s springtime in Pittsburgh, and throughout the city, Callery pear trees are sprouting beautiful, white blossoms. But that’s just the problem. Simply put, these trees stink. “This whole place smells like dead fish,” says Sheila Titus. …Two decades ago, her grandson’s class planted a row of Callery pears across the street from her house. …Mike Dirr, a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia and an expert on woody plants, says at first, he advocated for the tree. …Native to China and Vietnam, the Callery, or Bradford pear, became the street tree of choice for American cities beginning in the 1950s. The beautiful, white flowering tree was disease-resistant and had the ability to grow in diverse climates and soil types.

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10 Disturbing Things You Didn’t Know Trees Can Do

EgoKick
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees are actually a lot more interesting than you think. They do much more than just stand there and grow. Check out some of the strange things they’re able to do. A tree known as the sandbox tree, is probably one of the most dangerous trees in the world. Its trunk bears many closely packed thorns, poison can be found in every inch of its leaves, bark and seeds, and worst of all the pumpkin-like seeds that protrude from it’s trunk explode like a shot fired from a gun. These seeds shoot out at a speed of 150 mph with a force similar to that of shotgun. These seeds can inflict serious damage on anything nearby. Being near this tree when it explodes is a good way to end up in the hospital.

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Britain’s oldest living thing is thought to be dying

9news.com.au
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An English churchwarden has warned that a 4,000-year-old tree, believed to be Britain’s oldest living thing, is dying. The ancient yew, which has a circumference of 11.5m, stands in Somerset’s St John the Baptist’s churchyard, lending a canopy of shade over a path leading to the church. The tree is planted on a mound, believed to be from the Bronze Age, and a pre-Roman chief is thought to be buried there. “Experts say it is 3,500 to 4,000 years old,” churchwarden Charles Doble told The Telegraph.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant details provided

Vernon Morning Star
April 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The proposed pellet plant in Lavington has been given the seal of approval from the Ministry of Environment. On Wednesday, a ministry representative made a presentation to Vernon School District trustees. “The ministry’s mandate is to protect the environment,” said Cassandra Caunce, director of environmental protection for the southern interior region. “Our approach to permitting is to use the cleanest available technologies that are economically feasible.” Caunce said it is expected that newer dryer technologies will enable the ministry to set more protective emission standards. “B.C. really is the envy of many other jurisdictions,” she said.

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USDA awards funds to expand, accelerate wood energy, product markets

White Mountain Independent
April 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded over $9 million for the expand and acceleration of wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states. In Arizona, two projects received nearly $354,000 in grants. “Working with our partners, the Forest Service is promoting deployment of new technologies, designed to convert previously unusable wood, including invasive species, for production of energy and new building materials,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “This funding also supports forest management needs on the National Forest System and other forest lands throughout the United States.”

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What went wrong with the GRU biomass contract

The Gainesville Sun
April 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A friend said the Navigant investigative review of Gainesville Regional Utilities was a page-turner. “Reads like a novel.” He is not a literary critic, but an economist who assigned the review to a class as a case study: How not to do a request for proposal. Besides narrating the contract negotiations with the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, the Navigant consultants propose tools for digging out of the hole we’re in. My favorite: Offer a “green choice.” By charging higher rates to “more socially conscious” customers to cover “the higher costs of biomass,” GRU can reduce rates for the rest. To volunteer, raise your checkbook and send a selfie to GRU.

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General

Over 40m m³ of softwood lumber exported by Canada

EUWID Wood Products
April 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Canada raised its softwood lumber exports by 5% last year to roughly 40.2m m³. The decisive factor for the increase was higher exports to the USA, Canada’s main market. These were 11% higher than the 2013 level at around 28.5m m³. The provisional figures from Statistics Canada of Ottawa show that in contrast the exports to Asia fell again for the first time since the increases achieved in exports in the previous years. At a total of 10.9m m³, roughly 7% less softwood lumber was exported to Asia whereby 5% less was sold to China at 7.6m m³, and 20% less to Japan at 2.2m m³. 

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