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Froggy Foibles

Trees trained to grow into furniture

Gizmag
June 2, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Much of our furniture is made from timber. The wood to make that furniture has to be harvested from a felled tree which is then milled, sawed, planed, sanded, put back together with glue and screws, and finished. Wouldn’t it be easier to avoid most of these steps and simply coax a tree to grow into a piece of furniture? That way, it would be one-piece, inherently strong, and could potentially last many years longer than assembled furniture. Gavin Munro thought this too, and about a decade ago set about achieving this goal. He now creates furniture by cajoling trees to grow into one-piece items that are not only inherently practical, they are also eminently beautiful.

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These newly discovered marsupials basically sex each other to death

Washington Post
June 2, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Every year, antechinus marsupials get it on until the males all drop dead. Researchers classified two new species of Dusky Antechinus, mouse-like creatures that engage in suicidal reproduction, …theMainland Dusky Antechinus, found in southeastern Australia, has been elevated from sub-species to a distinct species. And the newly discovered Tasman Peninsula Dusky Antechinus, found in southeastern Tasmania, already faces the threat of extinction due in part to loss of habitat and feral pests, researchers said. Their proclivity for ferocious, suicidal sex frenzies aren’t helping them any. …the “yearly male suicide mission” cuts the population in half, leaving enough spiders and insects for the mothers to eat while raising the offspring.

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Business & Politics

Canfor Pulp one of BC’s sustainability leaders

June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am very pleased to share that Canfor Pulp was recently recognized as a leader in sustainability with the FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award. Canfor Pulp won its award in the Industrial sector for an upgrade made at our Prince George mill that significantly reduced our use of fossil fuels. Thanks to our partnership with FortisBC, we were able to upgrade the chain used in our rotary lime kiln to a more thermally efficient version. This change allowed the chain to increase the heat transfer to the lime, thereby reducing the natural gas required to process the lime. As a result, we reduced our natural gas use by 67,000 gigajoules in the first 18 months after project commissioning and the savings continue. This is equivalent to saving the gas required to heat approximately 400 homes in BC for a year. 

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Nak’azdli getting cut of resource wealth in traditional territory

by Gordon Hoekstra – Government, industry reaching out to forge economic benefit deals in the North
Vancouver Sun
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a ghostly scene on the Nak’azdli reserve with a cold fog hanging in the March morning air. Along the Stuart Lake Highway that cuts through the middle of this First Nation community, there is a steady stream of industrial traffic: Huge, mudspattered pickups, flatdeck trailers loaded with heavy equipment, logging trucks with their trailers bunked on the way to pick up logs deep in the forest, and semitrailers carrying supplies or wood chips. The rattling, incessant traffic is testimony to the resourcebased economy in the Northern Interior. In the past, the First Nations in the area had to fight to get a piece of the action.

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Canfor Pulp one of BC’s sustainability leaders

June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am very pleased to share that Canfor Pulp was recently recognized as a leader in sustainability with the FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award. Canfor Pulp won its award in the Industrial sector for an upgrade made at our Prince George mill that significantly reduced our use of fossil fuels. Thanks to our partnership with FortisBC, we were able to upgrade the chain used in our rotary lime kiln to a more thermally efficient version. This change allowed the chain to increase the heat transfer to the lime, thereby reducing the natural gas required to process the lime. As a result, we reduced our natural gas use by 67,000 gigajoules in the first 18 months after project commissioning and the savings continue. This is equivalent to saving the gas required to heat approximately 400 homes in BC for a year. 

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Woodland Owners to talk about Northern Pulp

The NG News
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

 Calvin Archibald of Next Generation Forest Management will be giving a presentation on Northern Pulp from the perspective of a forestry contractor and woodlot owner on Saturday. Anyone interested in this and learning more about Nova Scotia’s woodland owner community and woodlot management is being encouraged to attend the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners annual general meeting being held in Truro.The meeting is set for Saturday at the Holiday Inn on West Prince
Street. The registration desk and coffee will open at 9 a.m. with the
meeting to commence at 9:30 a.m.

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Seattle-Snohomish Mill closing in midst of lumber glut

The Herald Business Journal
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SNOHOMISH — The city’s last remaining mill is shutting down after almost 75 years.The Seattle-Snohomish Mill, a family-owned company that has been in business since 1941, plans to close this summer, laying off 68 people.The company expects to shut down the sawmill at 9525 Airport Way by the end of this month when it runs through the last of its logs. The firm’s planing mill, which produces surfaced, finished lumber, will likely close by the end of July, said Megan McMurray, the mill’s president.The market is overloaded with lumber, and there is too little demand, McMurray said. She doesn’t expect that to change any time soon.

Last Snohomish lumber mill closing after 75 years from The Associated Press

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OSHA: Fatal incident reported at mill in Old Town

Bangor Daily News
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Old Town Police Department are investigating a fatal incident that happened Tuesday afternoon at the mill in Old Town. …Expera spokeswoman Addie Teeters said in a brief statement Tuesday afternoon that the person involved in the incident, was a contractor, not a regular mill employee. The contractor was pronounced dead at the scene, Teeters said in an update Tuesday evening.

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Lawyer: Rumford layoffs prove Bucksport mill shouldn’t have closed

Bangor Daily News
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The lawyer representing 58 former Bucksport millworkers has asked a federal judge to consider recent layoffs at the Catalyst paper mill in Rumford as evidence the U.S. Department of Justice should have required more divestments from Verso Paper Corp. in the purchase of its larger competitor, NewPage. …The antitrust settlement required Verso to sell its mills in Rumford and Biron, Wisconsin, to Canadian competitor Catalyst Paper Corp. at a price of $62.5 million to reduce the market control of the combined Verso-NewPage. In a letter sent May 26, Tucker argued Catalyst’s May 22 announcement that it would lay off about 50 employees because of a prolonged shutdown of its No. 12 paper machine indicates it is supporting an increase in the price of coated paper since the Verso merger.

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New partnership hails major step change in Scottish biomass market

Scottish Construction Now
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A renewable energy specialist has formed a partnership with a boiler-maker to develop large biomass projects. Scot Heat & Power Ltd and Cochran Ltd have signed a joint agreement that will see them working closely together on the development of industrial biomass projects. Broxburn-based Scot Heat & Power Ltd is one of Scotland’s largest independent suppliers of biomass fuel stock, including wood chip and pellets, while Cochran Ltd, based in Annan, is the UK’s oldest and largest supplier of industrial steam and hot-water boiler plant.

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One of world’s largest paper companies ends forest destruction in Indonesia

The Sydney Morning Herald
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Jakarta: One of the world’s largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests. Loss of forest habitat through pulp and paper logging and palm oil plantations has pushed endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, rhinoceros, elephants and the orangutan closer to extinction. Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) announced in Jakarta on Wednesday it had completely eliminated deforestation under its new sustainable forest management policy.

Indonesian Paper Giant April to Halt Deforestation from The Wall Street Journal

Press release from Greenpeace

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Employee-owned paper mill closes, with almost 475 jobs lost

Co-operattive News
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Employee-owned paper mill Tullis Russell has gone into receivership, with almost all its 475 employees losing their jobs. Tullis Russell Papermakers, which was founded in 1809 and manufactured board for cards, covers and packaging from a 100-acre site in Markinch, Fife, had been making significant losses for several years. The final blow came when its most valuable customer went bust. Parent company the Tullis Russell Group began the transfer from family to employee ownership in 1986 and completed an all-employee buyout in 1994. Its two other subsidiaries, Tullis Russell Security & Speciality Coating, in Cheshire, and Tullis Russell Image Transfer, in South Korea, will continue to trade as employee-owned under the group.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Vancouver architecture firm proposes timber skyscraper for Paris skyline

Vancouver Sun
June 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

Vancouver architect Michael Green, who co-wrote the book on building skyscrapers out of wood timbers, has a role in an audacious proposal to construct the world’s tallest to stand as a beacon on the Paris skyline. At 35 stories, the wooden tower Green’s team is proposing would have to be approved as an exception to Paris’s existing height limits for wood structures, but he hopes winning the bid could be the “Eiffel-Tower moment” for the acceptance of tall timber buildings he has been advocating for close to a decade. It is an example Green uses frequently in speaking. Gustave Eiffel’s 301-metre tower “blew the socks off the entire idea of how tall you could build a building,” he said in an interview.

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WoodWorks Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 U.S. Wood Design Awards

National Award Program Celebrates Innovation in the Design and Construction of Non-Residential and Multi-Family Wood Buildings
Business Wire press release
June 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON—WoodWorks, an educational initiative providing free technical support and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, is now accepting nominations for its 2016 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The awards recognize excellence in wood design, construction and engineering, and showcase innovative buildings that demonstrate wood’s strength, beauty, versatility, cost-effectiveness and sustainability. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2015.

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A cool, curvy house for a music lover: Saving trees to hear the birds sing (photos)

The Oregonian
June 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

For his client, a music lover, architect Robert Oshatz orchestrated a modern, wood-and-glass house that has a curving, cedar ceiling and other acoustic-enhancing shapes and materials. More than amphitheater-quality sound, however, the Wilkinson residence, in a forested part of Portland, artfully blends two fields: Architecture and music. …Oshatz designed the modern residence on a steep slope in 1997 for music appreciator Roy Wilkinson who wanted to hear the birds sing. After the house was built in 2004, it was called a “treehouse” because Oshatz placed the main rooms at an elevated, leafy canopy level and created a floor plan to save all the trees on the site.

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Rayon producer commits to forest protection policy

Supply Management
June 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Indian manufacturer produces 20 per cent of the world’s supply of the material, made from wood pulp fibres, which is widely used in clothing and textiles. The commitment applies to wood and pulp sourcing for all its mills, and the company will not source fibre from endangered forests or endangered species habitat, such as Indonesia’s tropical forest and Canada’s boreal forest, unless meaningful conservation plans are in place. At least 30 per cent of trees felled to produce pulp for fabric originate in the world’s ancient and endangered forests, according to Canadian environmental group Canopy which helped Aditya Birla develop its new policy.

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Forestry

Tree Canada Planting Programs

Panoptic News
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Tree Canada, a charitable not-for-profit organization, is committed to working with its corporate, government, and individual partners on tree-planting programs, including providing “ReLeaf” to areas suffering damage from natural disasters, offering funding to communities for fruit-bearing trees, greening school grounds, and more. The trees we plant are a living legacy that benefits communities for decades to come. Tree Canada has several new tree planting funding programs that through community participation will benefit our urban forest!

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Is B.C. a Third World backwater?

By Tom Fletcher
Blackpress News
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – We might call ourselves Super, Natural or even The Best Place on Earth, but how is B.C. viewed around the world? Ever since U.S. billionaires and their environmental clients decided more than a decade ago to supervise our society, the impression that British Columbia is a primitive colonial backwater in need of “saving” has only been reinforced. In late April, the province and coastal aboriginal leaders announced completion of marine planning areas for Haida Gwaii and the North and Central Coast. U.S. activists knew about the announcement weeks before the legislature press gallery did, and a documentary crew was sent up to advance the narrative of the saving of the “Great Bear Rainforest.” Within minutes of the announcement, the World Wildlife Fund website trumpeted the creation of the “Great Bear Sea,” continuing the penchant of outsiders for renaming large parts of B.C. to fit their marketing strategies.

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Forest Industry Alert: 5 things you need to be on top of when working in the woods during fire season

Forest Practices Board
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

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N.W.T. forest firefighters get weekend off to battle fatigue

CBC News
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Most Northwest Territories fire fighters were given last weekend off, with the territorial government suggesting that it wants to address the issue of fatigue early in what has already become an above-average fire season. …”So the more you give a person the chance to rest their mind and their body, allow them to recover and relieve the stress that comes with the position, the better able they’re going to be able to come in as best they can without risking themselves or others.” Crews were trained and put in place by the territorial government earlier than usual this season in preparation for a hot, dry May and June.

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Recent audits reveal Wildfire Act Issues

BC Forest Practices Board
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A review of forest and range practice audits from 2013 and 2014 finds about half the audits had no issues and half had non-compliance with legislation or areas requiring improvement, according to a report released today. Of the problems found, one-third involved problems with wildfire prevention. “We published 23 audit reports and 12 of those found 24 practices that either didn’t comply with provincial forestry legislation, or were not considered good practice,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “Of most concern is the trend we are seeing in problems related to the Wildfire Act and the requirements to prevent wildfires on logging sites.”

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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – June 2

Wawa News
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As of June 2, there are currently no active forest fires in the region. Most of the region is experiencing a low to high hazard, with a majority of northeastern Ontario falling within the moderate to high range. We advise Ontarians to exercise caution when enjoying fire-related activities. …Ontario continues to support Alberta and Yukon firefighting efforts. Currently there are 143 personnel in Alberta along with pumps and hose equipment from Ontario, and 74 personnel in Yukon.

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Oregon wildfire danger expected to heat up in July

Fire seasons imposing restrictions on open burning are starting in the southwestern corner of the state.
Associated Press
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Oregon is expected to see above-normal wildfire danger starting in July, and fire seasons imposing restrictions on open burning are starting in the southwestern corner of the state. The National Interagency Fire Center’s latest report on nationwide wildfire potential shows much of Oregon at normal in June, with drier areas of the state moving into above normal. By July, above normal fire potential spreads across the Northwest, and continues through September. “The focus of above normal fire activity during the core of the fire season will likely be in the Northwest,” the report said.

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California Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nearly Extinct Humboldt Marten

North Coast
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ARCATA, Calif.— The Environmental Protection Information Center and the Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act. The Humboldt marten is a cat-sized carnivore related to minks and otters that lives in old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon. Most of the marten’s forest habitat has been destroyed by logging, and the remaining martens in California likely number fewer than 100 individuals. Consequently, California’s Humboldt martens are at grave risk of being lost entirely from the state.

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$4 million fire-prevention grant ignites passions in Oakland

Associated Press
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OAKLAND, Calif. — A $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills has ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region. Oakland officials and the city’s fire department are keen to accept a $4 million federal grant to clear young eucalyptus trees and other plant species not native to the area. They say clearing away the trees and brush will help prevent another deadly firestorm like the one that whipped through the hills in 1991.  …Some residents and environmentalists argue that low-lying brush, so-called “ground fuel,” is the primary concern rather than the 500,000 eucalyptus trees dotting the hills.

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Tree identification book helps people ID tree species in Michigan

Holland Sentinel
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. “What Tree Is That?” is an easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide a must-have, user-friendly resource. The full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes and textures so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.

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Mulberry Creek land added to Pisgah National Forest

Greenville Online
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HICKORY – Pisgah National Forest, which covers more than a half-million acres of heavily forested mountains, mile-high peaks, waterfalls, streams and rivers along the eastern edge of the mountains of Western North Carolina, just added another 517 acres of important conservation land thanks to federal money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The property is near Mulberry Creek in Caldwell County. The Trust for Public Land bought the property for $1.7 million and sold it to the Forest Service for the same price, in two separate transactions, according to a statement from the land trust.

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Bhutan breaks Guinness record for tree planting

BBC News
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A team of 100 volunteers in Bhutan has set a new world record by planting 49,672 trees in one hour. They smashed the previous record by almost 10,000 trees. It had been set by an Indian team three years ago. Bhutan’s planters gathered in the capital, Thimphu, for their feat, which Guinness World Records confirmed. The government of the mountainous Himalayan kingdom lays great emphasis on protecting the environment. Bhutan has more than 75% forest cover.

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Project’s biological controls and monitoring keep lid on Wales’ forest pests

Horticulture Week
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Lead agency Forest Research has worked with foresters to release a host-specific predatory beetle, Rhizophagus grandis, to control the great spruce bark beetle, Dendroctonus micans, an exotic pest from the European mainland. IMPACT project manager Tim Saunders told the conference: “Dendroctonus has spread through much of the spruce forests of Wales, but its numbers are contained by its predator. We now know that current controls are working, even in the furthest corners of Wales.” Meanwhile, the combined use of nematodes and fungi has succeeded in reducing numbers of the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) in Welsh forests by up to 90 per cent

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Logging companies plundering Congo’s rainforest: report

Reuters
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo’s forests, undermining efforts to protect the world’s second largest rainforest, a campaign group said on Wednesday. London-based Global Witness said in a report that none of Congo’s 87 million euros ($97 million) of timber production appeared to comply with international timber trade laws. Over half of the Congo basin’s 500 million hectares of forest are in Congo whose forests boast the fifth greatest diversity of animals and plants in the world.

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India to launch forest certification system

Pulp and Paper News
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In order to promote sustainable management of forests India will launch its own forest certification system, according to a press release from PEFC. “With forestry in India being at a critical crossroad, the decision to develop our own national forest certification system will be an important driver to promote the sustainable management of our forest resources,” said KK Singh, Chairman of the Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF).

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EU adopts new sustainable forestry strategy

June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Europe’s forests and forestry sector provides our economy with a multitude of benefits, ensuring good quality of life, as well as sustainability, jobs and added value. Employing over 3.5 million people, the forestry sector is Europe’s third largest employer, sitting directly behind the metal and food industries. Over 450,000 forest-based businesses contribute seven per cent to EU GDP while only 60 per cent of annual new-grown wood is felled. Wood is a resource of major economic significance in rural areas.

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How many tree species are found in the world’s rainforests?

Mongabay.com
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s tropical rainforests are likely home to 40,000 to 53,000 tree species, argues a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Analyzing abundance data spanning 657,000 individual tress across 11,371 species, Ferry Slik of Universiti Brunei Darusallam and 140 other researchers developed estimates for each of the world’s three major tropical regions: the Indo-Pacific, the Americas, and continental Africa. They conclude that Asia and the Americas are the most speciose when it comes to trees.

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EU adopts new sustainable forestry strategy

June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Europe’s forests and forestry sector provides our economy with a multitude of benefits, ensuring good quality of life, as well as sustainability, jobs and added value. Employing over 3.5 million people, the forestry sector is Europe’s third largest employer, sitting directly behind the metal and food industries. Over 450,000 forest-based businesses contribute seven per cent to EU GDP while only 60 per cent of annual new-grown wood is felled. Wood is a resource of major economic significance in rural areas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of Europe’s Pellet Industry

NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal in the Europe has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.
NPR
June 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

CORNISH: So first give us a sense of the scale of the U.S. wood pellet industry. I mean, how big are we talking about, and how much is Europe buying from us?
WARRICK: It is big, and it’s also very new. Just a few years ago – 10 years ago – you couldn’t find any of these pellet mills, these places where pellets are made. Now there’s at least two dozen of them, mostly in the Southeast, a few elsewhere in the country. And they are sending millions of tons of these wood pellets to Europe as fast as they can make them. There are so many of these that there are now two ports in the Southeast that are dedicated just to sending wood pellets to the Europeans.

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Pollution and Climate Change Are Deforming and Killing Alaska’s Frogs

This may not be a forestry story, but this is the Tree FROG News!!
Take Part
June 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The other day I walked past a car with a bumper sticker that read, “I brake for frogs.” That’s a great message, but here’s the irony: Those very same brakes could be one of the factors contributing to the worldwide decline of frogs and other amphibian species. Brake pads, those things you need to change on your car, contain copper. Every time you brake, the pads shed an infinitesimal amount of copper onto the road, which can then run off into nearby streams and lakes. The copper, when combined with other environmental factors, is apparently bad news for frogs. That’s the gist of a study published this week in the journal Ecosphere, which found that even the smallest traces of copper can have big consequences for amphibians.

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Lawyers trade arguments before Mass. Appeals Court on stalled East Springfield biomass project

The Republican
June 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

SPRINGFIELD – A seven-year effort by Palmer Renewable Energy to build a biomass wood-burning plant in East Springfield was back in the news this week as lawyers traded arguments before a Massachusetts Appeals Court panel regarding if the project should proceed. A three-judge panel heard arguments from a lawyer representing Palmer Renewable Energy, the developer and from a lawyer representing project opponents.The court will decide if it should uphold a ruling by the Massachusetts
Land Court last August that authorized building permits for the biomass
project. A decision is possible within 90 days.

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Groups fear loss of SC forests to fill Europe’s energy needs

The State
June 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

South Carolina’s role in the increasingly controversial wood pellet industry could expand with the construction of a new shipping terminal at the Port of Charleston. Energy companies Abengoa and Kinder Morgan are asking federal regulators for permission to each build an export terminal. Wood pellets would be made in South Carolina and shipped to Europe to fuel biomass plants, according to documents filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the plans are causing a stir with forest protection advocates, who forecast an explosion in growth of pellet mills.

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Angus King has the right idea with commitment to locally produced energy from wood

Bangor Daily News
June 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

It’s a shame that Mary Booth’s prejudice against biomass led her to attack Sen. Angus King in her May 28 BDN OpEd. King has shown real leadership on energy and the environment with his bill, S.1284, “to clarify the treatment of carbon emissions from forest biomass.” This is good news for Maine, where for three decades biomass has been an integral part of the state’s $8 billion forest economy, which supports nearly 40,000 jobs (direct and indirect) statewide. Maine’s loggers and foresters alike appreciate the ability to make use of every part of a tree. Not so long ago these limbs and tree tops would have decomposed in the woods. If sawmill sawdust weren’t used for bioenergy, it would be overflowing landfills.

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How Europe’s climate policies led to more U.S. trees being cut down

The Washington Post
June 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

OAK CITY, N.C. — For the sake of a greener Europe, thousands of American trees are falling each month in the forests outside this cotton-country town. …Soaring demand for this woody fuel has led to the construction of more than two dozen pellet factories in the Southeast in the past decade, along with special port facilities in Virginia and Georgia where mountains of pellets are loaded onto Europe-bound freighters. European officials promote the trade as part of the fight against climate change. Burning “biomass” from trees instead of coal, they say, means fewer greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But that claim is increasingly coming under challenge.

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