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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Forestry

Clear-cutting and values

Letter to the editor
Coast Reporter
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What is the value of a natural old forest and the thousands of species it supports? I consider the intrinsic values of such a life support system priceless, and not measurable in dollars and cents. …Some progressive countries, with progressive leaders, have entrenched the rights of nature and the right to a healthy environment in their constitution. Canada, under its present leaders, has entrenched only the rights of corporations and destroyers of nature. This is 19th century thinking, and should be relegated to history.

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Forest tent caterpillars chow down on Winnipeg trees

Caterpillar larvae typically feed on American Elm, Manitoba Maple, Green Ash and ornamental trees
CBC News
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest tent caterpillars are starting to chow down on Winnipeg trees, prompting the city to take action. The city’s insect control branch announced Thursday the start of its control program against the critters, which can quickly clear a tree to its bare branches. Spraying will begin May 31 at 9:30 p.m. throughout insect management area 49 and crews will continue to identify areas of the city — boulevards, city cemeteries and parks — where trees require treatment. Current surveillance information indicates that the forest tent caterpillar larvae are feeding on the leaves causing many small holes known as “shot hole” damage.

City puts bullseye on forest tent caterpillars from The Carillon

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Forest fire crews rescue baby owl named Norman

Boundary Sentinel
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Tuesday, May 26 the Sentinal Unit Crew from the Southeast Fire Centre discovered this baby owl on the Little Bobtail Lake fire. He had fallen from his nest and was too young to fly. He was rescued by a Wildfire Management Branch Falling Coordinator based out of the Cobble Hill Zone in the Coastal Fire Centre. A wildlife rehabilitation centre was consulted before the owl was rescued. He was taken in by Second Chance Wildlife Recovery Centre in Quesnel. Today, he will be flown to the OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society in Delta, where he will be raised with an adult male and female owl.

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New broad approach to managing publicly-owned forest resources

Williams Lake Tribune
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ben Parfit’s paper: Managing BC’s Forests For a Cooler Planet: Carbon Storage, Sustainable Jobs and Conservation will provide lots to think about regarding the greenhouse gas debate. This relatively recent (January 2010) article is supported by a research alliance led by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-BC) and the University of BC, along with some unions and conservation groups. The paper looks broadly at five topics: forest conservation, forest products and their role in carbon storage, wood as a source of green bioenergy, tree planting and carbon storage; and a carbon neutral philosophy in managing our forests.

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B.C. changes approach to environmental assessments

Globe and Mail
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When British Columbia weighs the environmental impacts of the proposed Woodfibre LNG Ltd. facility near Squamish, it won’t consider the project in isolation. Instead, the government will weigh how the plant could interact with other projects in Howe Sound, ranging from new subdivisions to a sightseeing gondola that opened last year. That approach reflects a new Cumulative Effects Framework being rolled out across the province that is designed to weigh the environmental, social and economic impacts of a project in relation to its surroundings. The province will use this approach in its environmental assessments.

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Benefits of clear-cut logging

Letter to the editor
Coast Reporter
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Having watched the forested slopes of Mount Elphinstone since 1930, having hiked through old growth, second growth and clear-cuts and having observed the operations from high lead and steam donkey to yarder and truck, may I comment on the letter “Clear cutting has no place” from your May 8 edition? The ridge of Mount Elphinstone has been logged progressively in five stages over the last 90 years. Each operation was a clear-cut and one (Burns and Jackson, 1941) included a burn. The east face of the peak was logged to the 3,500-foot level by the Johnson brothers.

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Wabasca wildfire under control, Alberta fire outlook remains grim

CBC News
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wabasca forest fire is now under control. On Tuesday the province allowed 5,000 residents to begin returning home to the northern Alberta communities of Wabasca and Bigstone Cree First Nation. While the number of wildfires in the province is down from a few days ago, the province’s emergency management agency is not letting its guard down. “No rain,” says spokesman Scott Long. “That is the biggest concern certainly for the foreseeable future. The conditions remain dry. There is the possibility of further lightning strikes in the coming days, so that is the biggest concern.”

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Alberta wildfires ‘invaluable’ experience for P.E.I. firefighters

2 firefighters will be able to share what they learn, says government minister
CBC News
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell says he’s pleased two Island firefighters will be helping to battle the wildfires in Alberta. The firefighters will join 20 colleagues from Nova Scotia to provide some relief and extra help as more than 50 fires burn. More than a dozen of the fires are out of control. Mitchell says it’s always good to help out another province and adds there are benefits for the Island as well. “The experience that the firefighters get when they attend these fire events in other provinces, you would normally perhaps not have on P.E.I.,” said Mitchell.

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Small communities still vulnerable to wildfires, says Forest Practices Board

Prince George Citizen
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government’s strategy for protecting communities from wildfires has worked for many larger communities such as Prince George, but has not been ideal for smaller ones, the Forest Practices Board said in a report highly critical of the slow progress made in B.C. In the 10 years since the release of the Filmon Report, which set out measures to prevent a repeat of the extensive damage that struck the Okanagan particularly hard in 2003, no more than 10 per cent of hazardous forest fuels have been treated, the FPB said in the report, issued this week. Part of the problem is that the current approach “requires numerous local governments to develop expertise and to use scarce resources and capacity to manage the wildfire hazard,” the FPB said.

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Safety conference this weekend

Prince George Citizen
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the features of this year’s Canada North Resources Expo is a focus on industrial safety. The inaugural Northern B.C. Safety Conference will be held within the expo, although it is a separate event. The organizing agency – B.C. Forest Safety – saw the benefit in partnering with the expo since so many people from the resource industries of the north would be there at the same time. “This conference is suitable for all workers, supervisors and owners working in the forest industry in northern B.C.,” said spokesperson Rachel Derrick.

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No new land-use plan for Macpherson, minister says

Revelstoke Times Review
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There won’t be a new land-use plan or a moratorium on logging on Mount Macpherson, says Steve Thomson, the Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations. I spoke to Thomson Monday morning after reading his response to a request by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District asking for more public consultation on logging Macpherson. (You can read the letter at the end of this article.) In his letter, Thomson expressed support for the land-use plans and consultation processes in place. The letter made no mention of the online petition that asked for a moratorium on logging and a new land-use plan.

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City to subsidize homeowners to immunize trees against emerald ash borer

The Peterborough Examiner
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Homeowners with ash trees on their properties will be able to get a subsidy on the cost of innoculating their trees against emerald ash borer this summer. A new program was announced on Thursday that will cover half the cost of treating an ash tree with insecticide. It’s organized by Tree Canada, a charity that encourages people to plant and care for trees. There’s $50,000 available on a first-come, first-served basis for homeowners to treat their ash. It’s a pilot project that Tree Canada is offering only in Peterborough. If it works well, said Tree Canada president Michael Rosen, it may be offered next summer in other cities across Ontario and Quebec.

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Domtar supports world record tree planting attempt

Canada Newswire press release
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN, ON – Tree planters working on the Wabigoon Forest made a huge contribution towards a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in 1 hour simultaneously in multiple locations by groups of 25 to 100. “We appreciate the effort by the tree planters of Brinkman and Associates Reforestation, working with us to put forward a significant contribution to this Guinness World Record attempt,” said Bonny Skene, Regional Public Affairs Manager at Domtar. “The future of our forests depends on the actions we take today– to ensure that the working forests in our region remain healthy and productive for generations to come.”

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Portland resident wins fight to reinstate timber licence

The Packet
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A few months ago he had a plane ticket purchased and was contemplating leaving his home, family and friends behind. Now he’s just looking for a place to cut. Gilbert Ash, a Portland man who had been trying to work out a problem with a permit to cut crown timber that he says was made by government in 1993, has had his licence reinstated.  The 60-year-old made his living as logger at a lumber mill that’s been in his family for close to 100 years. He found out 22 years ago that he was late in reinstating the permit at the time when forestry regulations concerning crown land changed; Ash was convinced an error was made.

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Industry’s challenge to create a new environmental vision, says US forestry identity

Beef Central
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

American forestry industry identity Bruce Vincent senses that society is ready for a new vision about the environment, and approaches to its management. Society is tired of hearing about what’s wrong with the environment, and instead is ready to start hearing about what’s possible, the third-generation logger from Montana told a Beef 2015 seminar audience recently. 

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Key habitat, other benefits in urban forested parcels

Statesman Journal
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Often when we think of wildlife habitat, we think of animals that make their homes in large forest ecosystems. However, what we don’t often stop to appreciate are the small, privately owned forests close to urban areas that comprise another source of essential habitat for Oregon’s wildlife. Roughly 87 percent of the 300,000 acres of wildland forest inside urban growth boundaries is privately owned. With more than 60,000 families owning forests ranging from 10 to 500 acres, these forestlands are a key component to meeting regon wildlife habitat needs. Such lands help provide habitat for deer, birds, mountain lions and other mammals.

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Feds distribute $20 M to Oregon timber counties

Associated Press
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Checks totaling $20 million are being sent to 18 timber counties in western Oregon under terms of a federal subsidy renewed by Congress. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday that the money is being distributed to the so-called O&C counties under terms of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The counties once received so much money as a share of logging on the so-called O&C lands that some didn’t have to levy taxes.

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Court Rules In Favor Of Rim Fire Logging

My Mother Lode
May 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sonora, CA — Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals nixed an argument by a group of nonlocal environmentalists that Rim Fire recovery logging threatens spotted owl habitat, effectively removing a potential log-jam to current clean-up efforts. According to Stanislaus National Forest spokesperson Rebecca Garcia, “The Ninth Circuit Court ruled in favor of the US Forest Service on the Rim Fire case, and so the U.S. Forest Service, the Stanislaus National Forest will continue forward on the Rim Fire recovery efforts.” She adds, as far as the work being done, “Nothing had never stopped.

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Reduce wildfire risk or we’ll pay more for fire disasters

The Missoulian
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires cost American taxpayers billions of dollars every year. Yet much of the cost is underestimated or under-reported. And these costs will continue to increase if we don’t reduce wildfire hazards. These are the messages of an international position statement from the world’s leading professional wildland fire organizations: the Association for Fire Ecology, the International Association of Wildland Fire and The Nature Conservancy. We’re accustomed to beginning each fire season with a threat assessment and closing with reports on the season’s price tag.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 6: Liz Johnson-Gebhardt

Evergreen Magazine
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Liz Johnson-Gebhardt is the Executive Director of the Priest Community Forest Connection, a land restoration and education group in Priest River, Idaho, a once robust logging and sawmilling town in the northern reaches of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. In this fascinating interview, she discusses her hopes and frustrations with forest collaboration and her own remarkable transformation from “typical granola” to her leadership role in Idaho’s oldest forest collaborative.

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A pain in The Pines

Ventura County Star
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pine trees in a historic grove above Ojai’s East End are among millions in California suffering from the drought and a beetle invasion. “We’re seeing trees weakened by the drought, and due to that we’re seeing increased bark beetle activity on the forest. And from this activity, we’re starting to see a lot of trees fade out and die,” said Greg Thompson, forester with the U.S. Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest. At The Pines, the fade-out is dramatic. Many trees have turned a reddish-brown, especially those on the southwest corner of the flat. A few dead trees have been felled by firefighters and lay in sections on the ground. Hikers who know the site say the trees began to perish en masse about a year ago.

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New BLM land management plan in the works

Herald and News
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking comment for a new land management master plan. The agency’s new Resource Management Plan (RMP) is being developed for 2.5 million-acres of BLM land that stretches from Portland to Medford and fans out to Coos Bay and Klamath Falls. At an open house held for the new plan Tuesday, Don Holmstrom, a field manager for the Klamath Falls BLM office, noted the plan currently being used to manage Western Oregon BLM land was released in 1995.

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West coast log and lumber exports decreased in first quarter of 2015

USDS FS Pacific Northwest Research Station
May 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore.  Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 272 million board feet in the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of nearly 16 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. During this same period, west coast lumber exports declined 4 percent in volume to 162 million board feet. The total value of these log exports decreased by more than 21 percent to $200 million, while, for lumber exports, the total value decreased by more than 3 percent to $123 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Forest health projects make communities resilient to wildfire

The Mountain Ear
May 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Why did you cut trees that were green and healthy? Why did you cut so many trees in this one area? What about the animals that are living in the forest? Why was so much woody debris left behind on the forest floor? When will you burn those piles? These are the questions that I help answer every day working as a community liaison for the U.S. Forest Service’s Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Forest health is an important part the U.S. Forest Service’s mission “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

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Expert: Ash borer beetle spread ‘inevitable’

Daily American Republic
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

They are mean, green, ash-tree-munching machines, and experts from the Missouri Department of Conservation say the tenacious insects are not going away anytime soon. The emerald ash borer, an invasive green beetle that attacks ash trees, continues to spread throughout Missouri. Department forest entomologist Rob Lawrence said residents and cities with a prevalence of ash trees should consider precautions. “This is something that is … going to spread across the whole state, so it is something we need to prepare for. It is inevitable,” Lawrence said.

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Less harvested timber and more forest regeneration in 2014, says INS

Business Review
May 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Harvested timber volumes fell by 6.2 percent, while the area on which were made regeneration works increased by 12.3 percent last year, the forest fund area increasing by 0.1 percent, according to data released on Wednesday by the National Statistics Institute (INS). The forestry area on December 31, 2014, compared to the same date in 2013, registered an increase of approximately 0.1 percent. This increase is mainly due to various refurbishments of wooded pastures and to the introduction into the forest fund of the degraded and treeless land.

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People power to help tackle tree disease

May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Citizen science and new technology are being combined in the fight against tree disease as part of Observatree, a new project launched this spring aiming to help protect the UK’s trees, woods and forests from harmful pests and diseases – existing or new. Over the past 12 months more than 200 volunteers across the UK have been trained as part of the collaboration between Forest Research, the Forestry Commission, Defra and Natural Resources Wales, FERA, APHA, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust, funded by the EU’s Life programme.

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Company & Business News

Will industry, residents crash on the beach of Oceanfront?

The Squamish Chief
May 28, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wave of industry representatives expressed concern at council Tuesday night over whether the Squamish Oceanfront development and its potential industry neighbours can coexist. Port and forestry representatives spoke at a district public hearing for two policy documents that have to be passed by council as conditions of sale for the Oceanfront property – the zoning bylaw amendment and Official Community Plan bylaw amendment. “Squamish Terminals does support the municipality in developing the SODC lands, but it must be done in a very careful and thoughtful process so it does not impact the current industrial operations nor the future of further expansion of business within the industrial areas,” said Ron Anderson, speaking on behalf of Squamish Terminals.

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Madill back to manufacturing swing yarders

Wood Business
May 28, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Madill Equipment, a Nicholson Manufacturing company, announced the completion of the first Madill 124 swing yarder to be manufactured in Canada since 2007. Madill was founded as a blacksmith shop in Nanaimo B.C. in 1909 and, during the 1950’s, began manufacturing equipment for the forest industry. In 1955, the first spar tree yarder was invented and over the next 55 years, Madill manufactured over 4,000 forestry machines including yarders, log loaders and feller bunchers, making them a world leader in purpose-built forestry equipment. During the collapse of the forestry industry in 2008, Madill went into bankruptcy. In 2011, Nicholson Manufacturing acquired the assets and IP, and began manufacturing the machines in Sidney, B.C. 

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Recession to unfold in Alberta, N.L., while B.C. powers ahead, economist predicts

Conference Board of Canada sees trade powering Canadian economy, while oil investment lags
CBC News
May 28, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Expect a recession this year in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, while British Columbia will have the highest growth, according to a new outlook from the Conference Board of Canada. …A combination of strong exports, especially of forestry and building products, and a hot housing market will have B.C. leading growth this year, with its GDP expanding by 3.1 per cent. …”Manufacturing is doing quite well in B.C., the forestry sector as well with the rebound in housing starts in the U.S., but British Columbia also the whole service sector is doing well,” she said in an interview with CBC News.

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Province pays out again for Holson Forest Products

Department says negotiations with RenTech still include Roddickton-based company
The Telegram
May 28, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government paid about $185,000 last year to help the struggling Holson Forest Products in Roddickton. In 2014-15, it offered up $65,000 for insurance costs on equipment at the company’s processing plant and another $120,000 for an engineering study and new business plan. It comes atop about $10 million in past public spending on a long-criticized and, so far, failed attempt at kick-starting wood pellet production on the island’s northern peninsula.

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Pulp mill gets new Nova Scotia order

May 29, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Thursday morning, acting environment minister Mark Furey issued an order stating Northern Pulp is not allowed to restart operations until its new precipitator is up and running. On Thursday afternoon, Northern Pulp general manager Bruce Chapman said the Pictou County mill was never planning to restart until after the machinery that removes harmful particles from the air is operational. “It was not a surprise,” said Chapman. “We have no doubt of our ability to meet the conditions of this order.” So why issue the order at all? According to Furey, it was a simple matter of regulatory housecleaning.

Government issues order to Northern Pulp from The New Glasgow News
Lumber LIquidators Refutes 60 Minutes’ Claims of CARB Violations from The Canadian Press

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Port of Port Angeles pares $320,660 from spending; topside repairs, logs lead losses

Peninsula Daily News
May 29, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Sinking log exports and topside repairs that were shanghaied to Singapore have led the Port of Port Angeles to trim its spending by $320,660 for 2015.  Although its operations aren’t “bleeding cash,” Finance Director Karen Goschen has told port commissioners that “our revenues are likely to be down for the year, perhaps as much as $1 million or $1.2 million.” …Log exports have fallen 20 percent due to a strong U.S. dollar, a slowing Chinese economy and a glut of logs in that country. The port, meanwhile, does not staff its log yard for peak activity but increases workers’ hours to meet demands.

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RusForest posts 1Q net profit of $1.7 million

Pulp and Paper News
May 29, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Swedish RusForest generated revenue of $5.6 million in 1Q 2015 compared to $ 8.4 million in 1Q 2014. RusForest recorded a net profit of $1.7 million in 1Q 2015 compared to net loss of $3.2 million in 1Q 2014. Adjusted EBITDA improved 48% year-on-year, with adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 million in 1Q 2015 compared with $1.3 million in 1Q 2014.  Anton Bogdanov, CEO of RusForest Management Company, commented: “The
first quarter of last year was marked by our first significant
breakthrough: reaching our first positive EBITDA.

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Northern port central to illegal timber trade

The Portugal News Online
May 28, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The associations said in a statement that there were Portuguese import agents implicated in the trade in illegal timber, following a two-year investigation by Greenpeace Africa.
The document said that Portugal is the second main destination of the illegal timber from Cotrefor (a logging company in the Democratic Republic of Congo) after France and that some of the companies that import the timber into the European Union through Portugal are African Logs, Global & Infinite Traders SAL, Neuholtz Investment Ltd, Angot Bois SARL and F. Jammes SAS.

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UPM Plywood increases both turnover and profit

EUWID
May 29, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

In the first quarter of 2015, cost reductions and rising demand for plywood have generated a year-on-year increase in EBITDA of 47% to €25m at UPM Plywood, the plywood division of Finnish UPM-Kymmene. The adjusted operating profit was up by 73% to €19m. Turnover, at €119m, improved year on year by 4%, and plywood deliveries increased by 6% to 199,000 m³.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Burning wood for power pollutes more than coal. Angus King’s biomass bill ignores this

Bangor Daily News
May 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East

What if someone told you that the best way to slow global warming is to pollute even more over the next 40 years? You’d say he was crazy, a climate change denier or worse. Yet this is exactly what legislation introduced by Maine Sen. Angus King would do. King’s bill, S. 1284, which clarifies “the treatment of carbon emissions from forest biomass, and for other purposes,” promotes cutting forests and burning wood to generate electricity as a replacement for fossil fuels, primarily coal, under President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the strategy for reducing carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Suspicious fire destroys apartment project (check the photos at end)

Journal of Commerce
May 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Officials believe a massive blaze that destroyed a four-storey apartment building near Langley B.C. was intentional. Langley deputy fire chief Russ Jenkins said crews received the call shortly before 4 a.m., May 17. It was framed up to about the third floor and no power, gas or services had been put in. It also occurred at night, ruling out the sun. “There was no cause for ignition anywhere so we are deeming it suspicious,” Jenkins said, noting that it is rare for the community to have arsons. The project was a 105 unit, four-storey wood-frame building planned for completion in May 2016.

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Carmody Groarke’s new White Cube gallery is an angular timber and plastic pavilion

Dezeen Magazine
May 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

London studio Carmody Groarke has used timber and plastic to build a temporary exhibition space for the White Cube art gallery in the grounds of a country house in East Sussex, England (+ slideshow). …Following the patterns of their previous projects, the architects selected materials they deemed suitable for a temporary structure – cross-laminated timber, plywood and clear polycarbonate plastic.

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Company has ambition on Titanic scale

May 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A BOLD property move by a Lanarkshire company is intended to pave the way for an innovative new manufacturing plant which would give Scotland a lead over the rest of the UK. The £100m turnover construction and development firm CCG – which already employs 600 people from its base in Cambuslang – has revealed plans to expand its off-site manufacturing expertise into another technology. It has bought a new 122,000 sq ft production plant called Titan at Eurocentral for £4.15m, where it is proposing to establish a factory manufacturing cross laminated timber (CLT) – a strong, highly efficient and ‘green’ building material which can be used in many commercial and residential structures.

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