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Daily Archives: May 22, 2015

Business & Politics

Ottawa shoots down plans to ship historic warplane to U.S.

CTV News
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. forestry company is in a dogfight with the federal government over the fate of a historic warplane. Coulson Flying Tankers CEO Wayne Coulson wants to ship his Second World War-era water bomber to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., but Heritage Canada wants to keep the historic aircraft grounded on Canadian soil. The Martin Mars water bomber is one of a handful left over from the Second World War. Dubbed the Philippine Mars, the aircraft was repurposed after the Korean War to fight forest fires in B.C.

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Column: Impact of sawlog supply crunch reduced through co-operation

Williams Lake Tribune
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent article (May issue of the Logging and Sawmilling Journal) on highlights of a panel discussion organized by the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) in Prince George proposes a co-operative approach between government, industry and consultants on how to best use the fibre remaining at roadside after logging. COFI started by canvassing 19 interior forest companies to estimate what was happening in the bush. Estimates of residuals left after logging varied from 12 per cent of the harvest to 30 per cent. The panel members emphasized that “we need that fibre” and to extract it requires a re-definition of forest management including integrated planning and harvest regimes.

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Economy in mid-Island region expected to continue to improve

Nanaimo Daily News
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The economy in Nanaimo and the mid-Island region will likely improve in a number of sectors in the next two years, but forestry may never recover to its previous levels, according to Helmut Pastrick. …He said forest companies have been closing mills and curtailing operations on the Island since the industry was severely impacted by the downturn in the global economy in 2008. “It’s hard to imagine the forest industry returning to same output it was generating 30 to 40 years ago,” Pastrick said. “But the worst is over for that industry and those companies that invested in more efficient operations during the downturn will probably survive and will do much better in the coming years.”

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Leading indicators in April soar past expectations

CNBC News
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An indicator of U.S. economic activity jumped in April, widely surpassing analyst expectations and suggesting that the weaker growth in the first quarter may be over. The Conference Board said Thursday its Leading Economic Index rose 0.7 percent to 122.3 in April following a 0.4 percent increase in March, and a 0.2 percent decline in February. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had forecast the leading economic index to increase by 0.3 percent in April. “April’s sharp increase in the LEI seems to have helped stabilize its slowing trend, suggesting the paltry economic growth in the first quarter may be temporary,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board, in the press release.

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Lumber Set to Build on Its Rally

Nasdaq
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber prices are on the upswing–and a possible rebound in U.S. home building may keep them high. A government report on Tuesday showed U.S. new-home construction jumped 20.2% in April, to the highest level since November 2007. The report is the first good news for housing, which accounts for about 40% of U.S. lumber demand, following several months of lukewarm data. The housing surge, the biggest monthly gain in percentage terms since February 1991, is likely to extend a recent rise in lumber prices, analysts and traders said.

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Lumber Liquidators Stock Tanks After CEO Resigns

Wall Street Journal
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. fell as much as 17% Thursday morning after the company unexpectedly announced the resignation of its chief executive, Robert M. Lynch. Mr. Lynch’s abrupt departure comes as the hardwood flooring company continues to face pressure over the safety of its products. Thomas Sullivan, the company’s founder, will assume the role of CEO in the interim, and the company said it will conduct a national search for a replacement. John M. Presley, Lumber Liquidators’ lead independent director, has been appointed nonexecutive chairman. The appointments are effective immediately.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New bridge and boardwalk open

Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new Community Forest bridge and boardwalk was celebrated at Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden and opened jointly by Sunshine Coast Community Forest president Glen Bonderud and Botanical Garden president Gerry Latham on Wednesday, May 13. Shíshálh Nation musician Andy Johnson began the celebration with a welcome song from the bridge. Made from local wood products and built by local firm MPA Project Management, this amenity gives the public access to a newly dug pond and wetland. …The project was made possible by a Community Forest legacy grant, with the approval of District of Sechelt Council. 

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13 story timber tower to be built in Quebec City, will be tallest in North America

TreeHugger
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province of Quebec has a lot of trees and forests, and a nascent Cross-Laminated Timber industry. Now Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district is getting a 13 storey tower constructed of mostly CLT… Designed by Yvan Blouin, the building is a condominium being marketed as the Origine… The interior renderings don’t show any exposed CLT, which is a shame; it is lovely to look at. Perhaps the fire authorities are not yet convinced that it doesn’t have to be protected by drywall. It is being built by Nordic Structures … and will help pave the way for the development of a North American market for solid wood building products made in Quebec.

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Customers Drive Wood Products Certification: Purdue Study

Woodworking Network
May 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

For a third year AWI members participated in a Purdue University study about wood products certification. Released on April 22, the results reveal that 70.97% of the respondents said they enter the certified product market because of “customer request”. What were the other reasons? Among the survey respondents’ customers for certified wood products, 64.95% were for institutional customers (corporate offices, hotels, hospitals, schools, etc.), and the second largest at 43.30% were state governments.

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Carbon12, an 8 story wood building, proposed for N Williams

Next Portland
May 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Design Advice has been requested for Carbon12, an 8 story building proposed on N Williams Ave. The project will be the tallest wood building in Portland, with a structural system comprised of glulam columns and beams, with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor decking and shear walls. The project is being designed by PATH Architecture and developed by Kaiser Group, both owned by Ben Kaiser.

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Supercomputer unlocks secrets of plant cells to pave the way for more resilient crops

Nanotech-now.com
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Melbourne — The insights could pave the way for more disease resistant varieties of crops and increase the sustainability of the pulp, paper and fibre industry — one of the main uses of cellulose. Tapping into IBM’s supercomputing power, researchers have been able to model the structure and dynamics of cellulose at the molecular level. The work, which was described in a paper published in Plant Physiology, represents a significant step towards our understanding of cellulose biosynthesis and how plant cell walls assemble and function. The research is part of a longer-term program at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative to develop a 3D computer-simulated model of the entire plant wall.

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VTT converts lingocellulosic biomass to industrial chemicals

Biomass Magazine
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals: benzene, toluene and xylene. The aim of this research is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil in, for example, plastics, fuels, medicine and paints. Demand has grown rapidly for chemicals generated from renewable sources, creating a need for alternative, environmentally friendly production routes. Particularly sought-after chemicals include pure aromatics, such as the BTX chemicals benzene, toluene and xylene.

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Forestry

Video: Firefighters get a handle on wildfire near Prince George

Vancouver Sun
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Little Bobtail Lake fire that has gobbled up 25,000 hectares of forest in central BC is 45 per cent under control. More than 300 fire-fighting personal have been battling the biggest blaze in the province.

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Woodland caribou facing extinction

Prince George Citizen
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new study warns a type of woodland caribou is nearing extinction despite conservation efforts, and links that decline to significant habitat loss. “It’s a rather depressing story to have to tell and it’s one we wanted to let people know about,” said Chris Johnson, an ecology professor and one of the authors of the study, published in Biological Conservation in March. The researchers studied five sub-populations found in northeast B.C. to look at the connection between population levels and habitat loss for the central mountain caribou, which is considered “evolutionarily distinct.”

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Environmentalists call on TimberWest to suspend logging in Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver Sun
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups Thursday accused TimberWest of ramping up its logging in the Great Bear Rainforest in advance of an agreement on ecosystem-based management. The groups are asking the company to freeze its logging operations in the region until planning is complete and are urging the B.C. government to ensure no new cutting permits are approved until new stricter logging regulations — under negotiation between the province and First Nations — are in place. Greenpeace, ForestEthics Solutions and Sierra Club BC argue that TimberWest has significantly increased the rate of logging in the area since 2009, cutting more than 4,400 hectares of rainforest — equivalent to 11 times the area of Stanley Park. About one-third of the Great Bear is protected in parks and conservancies.

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LOCALS TAKE PART IN ATTEMPT TO WIN TREE-PLANTING WORLD RECORD

Castlegar Source
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sixty-seven volunteers and forest professionals planted 8,227 seedlings Wednesday at two Interfor harvesting locations in British Columbia’s Southern Interior as part of a North America-wide effort to set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously in an hour. Employees from Interfor and Greenpeaks Resource Management Ltd. planted Spruce, Douglas-Fir, Western Red Cedar, Larch and White Pine seedlings at Windfall Creek near Greenwood and Oatscott Road, east of Whatshan Lake. At Windfall Creek, they were joined by students, teachers and parents from Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary School.

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Protestors occupy cut block

Blockade results in temporary halt to logging in Lot 450
Powell River Peak
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Opponents to Island Timberlands’ harvest in Lot 450 are chalking up a victory after a blockade of forestry equipment has resulted in a temporary halt to logging. Nine women decided to take direct action and block a feller buncher parked in a cut block of the company’s private managed forest land in Lot 450 early Tuesday morning, May 19. Their action pushed the forestry company to withdraw the machinery and move it out of the area. The women issued a media statement later in the day. “After Powell River residents discovered trees marked for cutting with active bird nests in them, a group of women decided to protect trees containing nests,” the statement read.

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Nova Scotia wildfires almost all preventable ‘if people just thought’

Dept. of Natural Resources says it costs millions of dollars to fight those fires
CBC News
May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

People start 99 per cent of Nova Scotia’s forest fires and it’s costing millions of dollars to put them out, the Department of Natural Resources says. The department said pretty much every brush fire fought in the province last year was started by people, which is a much higher percentage than across the country. “Either through error, or carelessness or downright arson. I get from that that people don’t really understand the risks of lighting a fire outside,” says Jim Ruddderham, supervisor of wildfire management for the province.

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Invasive Pest Invades a National Comic Strip

USDA Blog
May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

merald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness week is May 17-23 and my tenure in a nationally syndicated comic strip is coming to an end, so it’s a good time to tell you how a new USDA employee wound up cartoon-ized. The Mark Trail strip—known for its environmental themes—just finished a six-week long storyline about the invasive EAB. The EAB, a small metallic green wood-boring beetle, destroys ash trees and is now found in 25 U.S. States. The Mark Trail strip features “Agent Abbey Powell from the USDA” and shares information about the EAB

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Exotic pests a continuing threat to our mountains

Smoky Mountain News
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I am writing on behalf of the Western North Carolina Public Lands Council, an advisory group appointed by the governor whose mission is to promote the protection, conservation, and sustainability of Western North Carolina’s natural and economic resources. …Recently the council has learned about the threat of forest pests such as the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and thousand cankers disease. These pests are not native to the U.S. so our trees have no natural defenses against them. Moreover, these pests can be transported great distances through the movement of firewood. There are currently no federal regulations regarding the movement of firewood across state lines, unless the wood is from a quarantined area.

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FWP proposes buying state land within WMAs

Helena Independent Record
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has proposed buying state trust lands within three FWP wildlife management areas. The WMAs are the Blackleaf, Sun River and Beartooth. The purchase would allow FWP to own and manage land it currently rents from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation within WMA boundaries. If purchased, these lands would be conserved and managed consistently with WMA objectives, according to an FWP press release. The money from the sale would allow DNRC to purchase other lands that allow public access and provide equal or greater trust revenue, the press release said.

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Wildland policy not right for conditions

Daily Inter Lake
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lightning-ignited wildfire has been a major force in the evolution of our native forests. Today we face an increased threat of human-caused fire in addition to a changing climate with shorter snow cover periods and longer summer wildfire conditions. In response to these well-known facts, forest managers endeavor to encourage establishment and growth of fire-resistant tree species, maintain desirable tree density and reduce forest fuel developments. The public supports these attempts to control wildfires on public land.

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The Challenges of National Forest Management

Mountain News
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… Emerging contemporary challenges involving the San Bernardino National Forest, said Stamer, include an increasing population using the forest for recreation, a growing interface between urbanization and the National Forest area, and wildfires and related forest health issues emanating from drought and climate change. These, coupled with the requirements of the traditional tasks of the Forest Service, amount to a work load that is consistently demanding. These tasks, Stamer said, include the functional areas of resource management; public use and enjoyment; facility operations; administration; fire and aviation; and commodity and commercial uses. The latter can include grazing, timber, forest products, minerals and non-recreational special uses.

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Road for logging project challenged in Selway River corridor

Idaho Statesman
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency’s decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Morgan and Olga Wright and Idaho Rivers United contends that the Forest Service made the decision without proper environmental analysis of impacts on the Selway Wild and Scenic River corridor. The lawsuit also contends that the road crosses the Wrights’ private property and declaring it public deprives them of a legal right to participate in the decision.

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State investigates spray crew exposure to herbicide

Associated Press
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two state agencies are investigating aerial spraying operations on private timberlands in the southern Coast Range, where a member of the spraying crew says he had to regularly take shelter from herbicides sprayed from a helicopter. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division said Thursday they were alerted through the Oregon Emergency Response System after truck driver Darryl Ivy quit his job on the spraying crew and went to a hospital last month complaining of blisters in his mouth and a swollen airway.

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Blm Looks To Public For Input On Plan

Management options include sustainable timber products on 2.5 million acres
Polko Itemizer-Observer
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

POLK COUNTY — Oregon Bureau of Land Management is holding a series of open houses and workshops on its draft resource management plan (RMP) and environmental impact statement for Western Oregon. Five of those meetings will be in Salem, including an open house on Thursday at the Willamette Heritage Center. #The draft RMP outlines how the BLM will manage its lands for the recovery of threatened and endangered species, providing for clean water, and producing a “sustained yield” of timber products, among other objectives. There are 2.5 million acres in Oregon, which includes a portion in Polk County. #There are five alternative management plans, which include a “no action” option, plus two sub-alternatives under consideration in the document.

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Narrow weed killer no-spray zones endorsed by House committee

The Oregonian
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Oregon House of Representatives committee on Thursday endorsed an industry-backed bill that would slightly restrict the aerial spraying of herbicides in Oregon’s forests. With little debate, the House Rules committee unanimously adopted an amendment to House Bill 3549 that would reestablish 60-foot no-spray buffers around homes and schools. Oregon currently does not require a safety gap between helicopters spraying dangerous chemicals and homes or schools — even those in session. The 60-foot buffer, in place in Oregon until the mid-1990s, revives a key part of reform proposals that had been dead.

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Forest Service aims to begin discussion on beneficial forest fires

Elko Daily Free Press
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELKO – With the fire season rapidly approaching, local U.S. Forest Service representatives have opened the dialogue on when to allow fires to burn for the benefit of the resources. The agency developed a map that designates land in the National Forest as either red or green zones. Troy Phelps, Forest Service district fire management officer who was been introducing county leaders to the maps, said if a fire ignites in any of the green areas, fire officials will determine whether it could help the health of the forest. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, we’re going to suppress them,” he said.

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An unprecedented, collaborative effort

The Hill
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yesterday morning, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to review efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse – a ground-dwelling bird whose habitat has shrunk by half over the past decades. We’d like to share our perspective about what’s really at stake when we talk about the bird. There are challenges in the iconic and unbroken sagebrush landscapes of the American West. Increasingly intense fires, invasive species and development are fragmenting rangeland that ranchers and farmers have relied upon for generations.

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Restore forests to slow climate change

The Sacramento Bee
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week, leaders from the United States and around the world gathered in Sacramento to sign an agreement to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. While it may seem far removed from the rainforests of California’s Klamath River basin, where I live, global warming hits very close to home. The new partnership includes tropical rainforest states such as Jalisco in Mexico and Acre in Brazil. Much like Northern California’s redwood region was prior to the post-World War II logging boom, the Amazon rainforest is rich in resources coveted by industries seeking to exploit them.

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Forest Service Officials Tour Controversial LBL Management Projects with Students

WKMS.org
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

United States Forest Service officials toured Land Between the Lakes with Southern Illinois University forestry students Thursday, discussing some of the land management projects that have recently stirred up controversy. The tour, open to the media, took place hours before LBL officials were scheduled to attend a closed meeting with concerned local leaders like Lyon County judge-executive Wade White. LBL timber program manager and acting environmental stewardship manager Dennis Wilson says necessary measures like controlled burns and logging elicit an emotional response from those that enjoy the park, but that science backs up what they are trying to do.

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Supporter squares off with anti-national park panel in East Millinocket

Bangor Daily News
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Opponents and proponents of a proposed 150,000-acre national park accused each other of spouting misinformation during an informational meeting on the plan Wednesday night at Schenck High School. Park supporter Matthew Polstein, who was not among the scheduled speakers, sparked the contentious debate with members of a panel during the event hosted by the Maine Woods Coalition, which opposes the park. The anti-national park event was organized in response to a pro-park informational meeting held last month at Schenck in advance of a nonbinding town referendum on the issue next month.

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Trees don’t just grow

North Country Now
May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

n response to “Tree Cutting” which ran in the May 9 issue of North Country This Week, the removal of trees and replanting is a complicated thing. While I don’t know the practices of the logger who buys timber; I assume they are running a home sawmill or selling firewood. Forest management by properly trained loggers and foresters will result in more valuable forests and healthy ecosystems. Trees don’t just grow. Forests left on their own don’t automatically result in a healthy environment. Weed trees like tartarian honeysuckle and European buckthorn tend to fill in and choke out everything else in forests, while providing no habitat value for any wildlife.

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‘Forestry and timber’: a sector with potential for growth and job creation

May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Economically, our forests produce wood, a natural resource that has its own economic structure. In ecological terms, they are a great source of plant and animal biodiversity and they help us fight against increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and have sources of drinking water… Socially, our forests fulfil the expectations of the French population: a place in which to walk, a landscape, culture, heritage, etc. So the forestry and timber sector is a growth sector because it’s sustainable.

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‘Forestry and timber’: a sector with potential for growth and job creation

May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Economically, our forests produce wood, a natural resource that has its own economic structure. In ecological terms, they are a great source of plant and animal biodiversity and they help us fight against increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and have sources of drinking water… Socially, our forests fulfil the expectations of the French population: a place in which to walk, a landscape, culture, heritage, etc. So the forestry and timber sector is a growth sector because it’s sustainable.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. government warns of limits on tree planting

Globe and Mail
May 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

After saying for weeks that the amount of farmland being lost to carbon sequestration projects in B.C. is not a significant problem, the provincial government has written to the head of a foreign company suggesting that it indeed is an issue of concern. British-based multinational Reckitt Benckiser has been buying farmland and replanting trees to sequester carbon, thereby taking the land out of agricultural production. But in a letter, the government has told the company it must get approval from the Agricultural Land Commission if it wants to register a covenant in B.C. that would allow it to trade carbon credits.

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Words from the Wise

Biomass Magazine
May 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

At this year’s International Biomass Conference & Expo, Biomass Magazine invited four executives from the pellet sector to a roundtable conversation about their businesses, teams and outlooks for the near future. Joining the discussion were James Roecker, CEO at Georgia Biomass; Bruce Lisle, CEO at Energex Pellet Fuel Inc.; T.J. Morice, vice president of marketing and operations at Marth Companies, and Ben Rose, CEO of Michigan Wood Fuels. The following are excerpts from their conversation.

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This Land is My Land

Private forest owners welcome the opportunities presented by growing pellet markets, but feel their story of sustainability speaks for itself.
Biomass Magazine
May 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

What environmental groups opposing the commercial wood industry must know is that invasive species such as the bark beetle are more destructive to U.S. forests than logging operations. In Colorado and Wyoming alone, an estimated 100,000 beetle-killed trees fall per day, according to the USDA’s Forest Service. The worst part? Bark beetles kill indiscriminately, offer no profit opportunity, provide zero value-added products to society, never replenish their lands and have no best-management practices to speak of whatsoever. They just destroy and move on. Their actions fly in the face of countless federal, state and local laws and regulations implemented to protect and conserve.

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Biomass will play a critical role in Europe’s energy future

Biomass is the only renewable, affordable energy source available on-demand. European countries need to make sure it is sourced sustainably, writes Philip Lowe.
EurActiv.com
May 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…Sustainable biomass is the only renewable, affordable energy source that is currently capable for both baseload and flexible generation. It can run constantly, or be quickly mobilised to fill an unexpected supply gap. So it provides a stable platform that can support intermittent renewable technologies, and help fill the space created by outgoing fossil fuels. Of course, biomass is not a ‘silver’ bullet. And investment in it should not stop us developing other renewables. But biomass is a necessary and complementary part of a diverse low-carbon mix – alongside gas, wind, solar and others – which feeds the grid.

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General

Column: Impact of sawlog supply crunch reduced through co-operation

Williams Lake Tribune
May 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

A recent article (May issue of the Logging and Sawmilling Journal) on highlights of a panel discussion organized by the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) in Prince George proposes a co-operative approach between government, industry and consultants on how to best use the fibre remaining at roadside after logging. COFI started by canvassing 19 interior forest companies to estimate what was happening in the bush. Estimates of residuals left after logging varied from 12 per cent of the harvest to 30 per cent. The panel members emphasized that “we need that fibre” and to extract it requires a re-definition of forest management including integrated planning and harvest regimes.

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