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Froggy Foibles

Tree-Shaped Architecture Improves Efficiency of Phase Change Energy Storage Systems

Azom.com
June 11, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles

Researchers have discovered that when materials are melted along a tree-shaped pattern of lines, the efficiency of phase change energy storage systems can be improved significantly.Materials tend to melt quickly when the lines of heat propagate across the cold material, just like a tree’s branches, and the speed of melting can be gradually raised by enabling the tree design to evolve freely over time. This latest finding may pave the way for improving the performance of phase change energy storage systems. 

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Business & Politics

The Canada-USA softwood lumber agreement expires in 4 months

My Prince George Now
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The granddaddy of all trade disputes is getting ready to rear it’s ugly head again. The current softwood lumber agreement is set to expire in October. It has been in place since 2006 and was the result of a nasty 5 year legal battle between neighbours that killed thousands of forestry jobs across the country. The Minister of International Trade’s Office told My PG Now in a statement that they support a renewal of the current agreement with the same key terms. But the President of the BC Lumber Trade Council James Gordon says that so far, renewal talks between the two parties are not happening

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Western Forest Products to spend $30 million on Island sawmills

Victoria Times Colonist
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products is spending $30 million — most of it in Nanaimo — to upgrade three Vancouver Island sawmills. Lee Doney, company chairman, said today at the Duke Point mill: “Our harvesting strategies and continued demand for our western red cedar and specialty lumber products allows us to make the needed strategic capital investment at this time.” The $30 million is part of a $125-million capital plan by Western Forest Products to become more competitive and line up new markets. “We recognize we need to continue to invest in our operations to maintain our strong competitive position,” Doney said.

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$30-million investment to sustain coastal forestry

Government of BC
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO – Premier Christy Clark, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson helped Lee Doney, chair, Western Forest Products, celebrate $30 million in new capital investment in the Duke Point sawmill. Of the $30 million, $28 million will be invested in Western Forest Products’ Duke Point sawmill to modernize the sawmill, planer mill and install new autograding technology to improve productivity and reduce production costs. The company is investing $2 million in its Chemainus and Ladysmith sawmills. 

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Greenpeace responds to ‘eco-terrorist’ portrayal

Timmins Press
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Greenpeace is fighting back after members of North Eastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA) likened the environmentalist group to “eco-terrorism.” During a press conference this week, the mayors of NEOMA member communities, including Timmins’ Steve Black, announced that they were banding together to fight environmental groups such as Greenpeace, which they believe are making it impossible to start new forestry products in the region. Greenpeace has responded by denying any claims they are calling for a boycott of companies harvesting in the Boreal Forest. According to Greenpeace spokesman, Richard Brooks, the group has a problem with just one major forestry company harvesting in the Boreal Forest, Resolute Forest Products, and they don’t even operate anywhere near Timmins.

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Where pension savings go at Kruger ‘big stumbling block’ for workers

CBC News
June 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pensioners with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are in meetings this week with Kruger to discuss the company’s proposal to modify pension payments over three years. The company sent a notice to active and retired workers last month, asking to change the amount the company is putting into the pension plans. However, Gerald Parsons, head of the pension committee, said he wants to know where those savings would be going before the workers agree to anything. “We couldn’t get a handle on exactly where the money was going to go to so that’s the big stumbling block we got right now,” he said.

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Nippon mill in Port Angeles adding paper-pulper as part of expansion plans

Peninsula Daily News
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT ANGELES — Nippon Paper Industries USA has purchased a new paper-pulping machine to expand the range of products manufactured at its Ediz Hook mill. “We are repurposing the mill,” plant Manager Steve Johnson said Thursday. The two half-moon halves of the 9,300-pound pulper were being welded during its assembly Thursday in the plant parking lot as part of a $1.22 million project. Johnson said the apparatus will be installed on a platform next to the existing paper recycling plant in about two weeks.

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Harbor district gets federal grant for pulp mill, wastewater study

Eureka Times-Standard
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District was awarded a $155,000 federal grant to assess how wastewater discharge could be improved for peninsula communities and the district’s Samoa pulp mill site as new industries begin to move on to the site. District Executive Director Jack Crider said the U.S. Economic Development Agency grant was awarded after the county Board of Supervisors designated the pulp mill site as a “spot blight” in March 2014. “An EDA grant is a kind of tough one to get,” he said. “The county has been a great partner working to get it.”

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Final log cut at Simpson’s waterfront mill in Shelton

The Olympian
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SHELTON — The last log was cut at Simpson Lumber Co.’s landmark waterfront site in Shelton on Thursday morning, the log processed by double-cut sawyer Rick Glaser, who spent 44 years working for Simpson. Glaser joined the company at 18 and leaves it as a 62-year-old man. The 18-foot Douglas fir log took all of five minutes to cut, he said. “It was sad and real emotional,” said Glaser, who added that his daughter, Amanda, also works at Simpson, and watched her father complete his job one last time. Glaser plans to retire, but his daughter, 34, will have to find work, he said.

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Timber left standing on Department of Natural Resources trust lands while Peninsula mills shut down

Peninsula Daily News
June 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — Recent mill closures and Allen Logging Co.’s upcoming stoppage were hastened by the state’s failure to sell logs that were authorized to be sold on North Olympic Peninsula trust lands. . …The 247 million board feet of Olympic-region timber that was supposed to be sold from 2004 to 2014 but wasn’t sold — “arrearage” in forestry parlance — would have been enough to keep the shuttered Interfor sawmill in Beaver and planer mill in Forks running for four years and the idled Green Creek mill in Port Angeles running for about 12 years, said Rod Fleck, Forks city attorney and planner.

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German Pellets begins construction of sawmill

EUWID
June 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

German Pellets has begun preparatory work for building a sawmill at the Woodville facility in Texas. According to information from the company, the purchase of the plot of land for the works trading under the name of Woodville Lumber was completed just recently. The area, right next door to the pellet works there, has already been cleared. Development works are underway at the moment. German Pellet had already received the air permit for operating the sawmill in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Investors could pour billions into farm, forest protection: bankers

News Daily
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

LONDON – Protecting the world’s dwindling forests and making small farms more productive will cost hundreds of billions of dollars annually – money governments and charities do not have to spend, experts said at a London conference. Private investors could fill the gap, they said – but only if environmentalists and finance experts work together to create investment products that are financially attractive and effective in creating the right kind of change on the ground. “There are trillions of dollars of money looking for a home,” said Mark Burrows, a longtime investment banker with Credit Suisse. Getting investors to put that money into protecting the world’s “landscapes” will be crucial as governments and philanthropists can provide “only a tiny, tiny portion” of what is needed, he said.

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China’s lumber imports in April close to record high

IHB The Timber Network
June 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Demand for imported softwood lumber in China sky-rocked this spring after a slow period from August 2014 to March 2015. In February, import volumes were down to 860,000 m3 for the month, a two-year low. In just two months, shipments doubled to 1.7 million m3 for the month of April, the second highest monthly import volume on record. Year-to-date import volumes were 2.1 percent higher this year than during the same period in 2014, with Russian shipments having increased 13 percent. Russia’s share of total softwood lumber imports to China has climbed steadily the past four years from 36 percent in 2011 to approximately 47 percent for the first four months of 2015. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Urban forestry professor instrumental in establishment of new national rating program for sustainable landscapes

VirginiaTech
June 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Susan Day, associate professor of urban forestry in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, initiated national discussions in 2007 that culminated this week with the rollout by Green Business Certification Inc. of its new Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) rating system, a comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes… “Landscapes knit together the fabric of our communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. SITES is an important addition to our toolkit, and GBCI appreciates this opportunity to support this additional contribution to healthy, thriving communities and neighborhoods.”

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Architects design ‘world’s tallest’ wooden skyscraper

CNN
June 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Forget steel and concrete. The new material of choice for skyscrapers could be wood if Canadian architect Michael Green has his way. Green’s Vancouver-based MGA firm along with French architectural partners DVVD and real estate group REI France recently proposed what they claim would be the tallest wooden building in the world for Reinventer Paris, a design competition which sought new ideas for revitalizing architecture in the city. At 35-storeys tall, the tower at the center of the “Baobab” complex — which also includes a student hotel, green space, bus station and e-car hub — aims to help solve the French capital’s housing challenges in a sustainable, creative and environmentally-friendly manner.

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Forestry

Lytton 1,300-hectare wildfire forces evacuation of some homes

Fire is ‘engulfing everything’
CBC News
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Lytton First Nations Band has issued an evacuation order for 10 homes and an alert for another 65 properties because of a fast-growing wildfire south of Lytton, B.C. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch says strong winds gusting up to 80 km/h are driving the 700-hectare blaze, which is burning up a steep hillside on the west side of the Fraser river, roughly 100 kilometres north of Hope. Fire information officer Melissa Klassen says the fire was first reported around noon and has grown rapidly in size. Klassen says the fire is roughly 10 kilometres south of Lytton and moving north.

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Laser technology used in forest inventory

Williams Lake Tribune
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Most people are familiar with the use of radar for detection of airplanes or on ships for detection of hazards but for forest inventory a new system called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) or ALS (Airborne Laser Scanning) is relatively new to most foresters, even though it has been around for 25 years. It appears that it takes time for the technology to develop and for professionals to accept new concepts. Forest inventory has traditionally been done using airphotos which were used to stratify the forests into units (polygons) with similar attributes (species, age, heights , volumes, etc.) This classifying of forests was done using stereo pairs of photos which allowed the user to see the trees and landscape in three dimensions.

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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – June 10

Wawa News
June 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest fire situation remains relatively quiet. No new fires were confirmed by the early afternoon of June 10. Throughout the region, the fire hazard ranges from low to moderate. The areas of greatest concern are in the far north. Ontario continues to support Alberta firefighting efforts. Currently there are 104 personnel in Alberta along with pumps and hose equipment from Ontario, and 1 personnel in Manitoba on a training assignment.

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House of Natural Resources Committee to Vote on Forest Health Bill

Ammoland
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington, DC – On Thursday, June 11, the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee will vote on H.R. 2647, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015.” Introduced by Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR), this legislation will improve forest management as well as habitat for big game, game birds, and other wildlife. This bill would also allow the U.S. Forest Service to carry out multiple forest health projects and allows states and other entities to contribute funds for forest management. This bill benefits sportsmen and women by improving forest and wildlife health, and therefore opening access to federal lands and expanding opportunities for hunting, angling, and other outdoor recreation.

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Westerman bill on U.S. forest management gains ground

Northwest Arkansa Democrat Gazette
June 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Legislation by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., to speed up thinning of federal forests to curb wildfires passed Thursday in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, HR2647, was sent to the House floor on a nearly party line 22-15 vote. The bill would streamline environmental analyses, discourage litigation and limit the use of preliminary injunctions to make it easier for the U.S. Forest Service to execute management plans that include removing trees or brush, or selectively burning some areas to generate new growth.

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House Committee Endorses Bonding Requirement For Logging Lawsuits

Montana Public Radio
June 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

An attempt to strip a bonding provision from a new forest management bill failed Thursday on Capitol Hill. The bill, co-authored by Montana Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke, would require people who aren’t part of collaborative timber projects to post a bond before they could sue over over the projects. If they lose they’d be required to pay the federal government’s legal tab. Colorado Democrat Jared Polis today tried to amend that bonding requirement out of the bill. Polis told the House Natural Resources Committee that it robs people of the right to challenge illegal or improper projects.

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Local jurisdiction over forests clears a hurdle

U.S. House panel supports bill backed by Tipton
The Durango Herald
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers on Thursday advanced a measure aimed at offering local jurisdictions more control over managing wildfires on federal lands. The Resilient Federal Forests Act passed a packed House Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support.  The measure would allow the federal government to defer to local working groups some management of areas of national forests that would be designated high-risk for wildfires. The Department of Agriculture appoints members to state-based Resource Advisory Councils, including representation from industry, environmental and local governments. The measure would reduce the minimum number of required members to six.

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US Forest Service: 90 percent chance agency lacks money to fight fires

KATU.com
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Forest Service says there’s a 90 percent chance it will run out of money to fight fires this year. The lack of funds has led to what some call a vicious cycle that may lead to even more fires. Fighting fires is not cheap, and when the money for battling flames runs out, the Forest Service has to borrow it from other operations. That means prevention projects like clearing out excess trees and brush could be delayed. “This brush and debris is essentially fuel for future fires,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who’s been trying to solve the problem for years. Only Wyden says now it’s extremely urgent.

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Things that just don’t make sense

Herald and News
June 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Consider this: The spotted owl was not declining because of the timber industry, they are in decline because of the Barred Owl, proof of which is the states ordering to kill off the more aggressive Barred Owl to stop the “Survival of the fittest”. These are birds, they have wings and can fly to other parts of the forest till the new saplings can support their return. Stop killing off one species to protect the other, it is not natural, then bring back the much-needed timber industry to Oregon and get rid of the eco-idiots. Next: To fund the Klamath County jail, remove the “tiered protection fee” and make it a flat rate. Why should one person pay more for the same protection than someone else based on their home/property value?

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Northern spotted owl numbers rapidly decreasing despite efforts, scientists say

Associated Press
June 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After two decades of attempts to save the species, northern spotted owl numbers in the Northwest are still on the decline — and at a faster rate, scientists reported Tuesday. The threatened bird nests in old trees and is at the heart of a decadeslong struggle over the fate of the region’s old-growth forests. Scientists at a conference Tuesday in Vancouver, Washington, reported that owl numbers are dropping at an annual rate of 3.8 percent, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Glen Sachet. Five years ago, the rate was 2.8 percent. The scientists also said population declines are more widespread in the bird’s range from Washington through Northern California.

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Compromise will help protect our forests

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. House Republicans are resurrecting a plan from a few years back to speed up timber harvest on federal lands in the name catastrophic fire prevention. This time they are finding some support on the left. Representatives of the Obama administration have been receptive to some of the GOP timber management ideas. But those who try to exploit this strategy as just another way to overharvest national forests and cut timber and build roads into the last of the nation’s wild areas need to think again. That’s not going to fly, nor should it.

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Editorial: Congress fiddles while forests start to burn

Albany Democrat-Herald
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

So you say you’re not ready yet for Oregon’s 2015 wildfire season? That’s too bad: It’s started. Just since Monday, counties in the state’s southwestern corner have endured hundreds of lightning strikes and dozens of wildfires on state and federal lands. In fact, weather forecasters slapped so-called “red-flag” fire warnings on Hood River, Curry, Josephine, Jackson and Klamath counties, warning that a combination of winds, high temperatures and low humidity made for ideal fire-starting conditions. Even more alarming was this observation from a longtime Bureau of Land Management official in southwest Oregon: “This is the earliest that I can remember in a long time,” he said of these early blazes. “I heard someone say it’s burning like August out there.”

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Reforestation efforts continue on North Kaibab Ranger District

Southern Utah News
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Together, North Kaibab Ranger District personnel and a crew from MP Forestry Inc., of Medford, Oregon, were able to take advantage of this winter’s relatively light snow pack and reasonably mild weather to successfully replant another 485 acres of ponderosa pine seedlings in the Warm V project area that was severely damaged by the 2006 Warm Fire. During a three-week window in late spring, crews replanted approximately 100,000 seedlings, made possible in part by a $12,200 grant from the American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program, a program dedicated to restoring forest ecosystems.

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Fact Check: Kirkpatrick wrong on Arizona’s forest management history

The Republic
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….On April 23, in a Cronkite News article on the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick was quoted as saying, “Arizona’s never had clear-cutting.” Clear-cutting is the process of removing every tree from a given area. Clear-cutting occurred in Arizona throughout the 20th century, according to Paul Hirt, professor of environmental history at Arizona State University. Hirt said the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s in particular were dominated by the idea that clear-cutting was the proper way to manage forests.

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Thinning forests increase resilience to insects, wildfires

Tahoe Daily Tribune
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lake Tahoe’s forests are beloved by many for their beauty. Yet they are vulnerable. Tahoe forests, like those throughout the Sierra Nevada, have lost much of their resilience due to overcrowding caused by a century of fire suppression. The number of large trees in the Sierra Nevada has decreased by half while small trees have doubled since the 1930s. There are nine times as many dead standing trees and three times as many logs on the ground than in 1929. And, the dead wood in the forest today is smaller and more flammable.

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Forestry bureau seeks help with wildfire investigation

Standard Speaker
June 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state Bureau of Forestry is seeking the public’s help in its investigation of a series of suspicious wildfires in April and May that scorched hundreds of acres in Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties. Approximately 50 arsons, burning more than 1,000 acres, were investigated, the bureau is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions. The largest fires burned 674 acres in northern Carbon County near White Haven and 184 acres near Shenandoah, the bureau said in a release.

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China Introduces Series of Logging Bans, Forestry Official Says

Logging in certain areas to stop this year, then cease on state-owned and private land over the next two years
Caixin Online
June 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

(Beijing) – China is rolling out a series of bans aimed at protecting more of its forests, a forestry official says. Zhang Jianlong, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration, said a logging ban has already been put in place in some key areas, especially in the country’s three northeastern provinces, on trial basis this year. The prohibition will be extended to all state-owned forests next year, and logging on privately owned land will be stopped by the end of 2017, he said. The bans will cut timber output by 50 million cubic meters per year – the equivalent of 30 percent of logs, Zhang said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cloned Brazilian eucalyptus holds key to higher productivity

Financial Times
June 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Systematic cloning programmes are only one way in which Fibria and other Brazilian pulp companies are looking to increase productivity. If they have their way, the humble gum tree may soon be helping to solve many 21st-century problems, from the need for sustainable fuel to developing new materials for use in the automotive industry. The eucalyptus arrived in Brazil in the early 1800s, lush rains and strong sunlight suiting the resilient species. Around the turn of the last century, railways began planting the tree for use as sleepers and in steam engine burners.

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