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Business & Politics

FORESTING COULD TAKE HIT IN OCTOBER

My Bulkley Lakes Now
June 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Foresting in Northern BC could see a severe drop following the summer months. With the Canada/USA Softwood Lumber Agreement expiring in October, the foresting industry could take a major blow. Without an agreement, the local economy could be greatly affected and Northern BC unemployment rate could rise further. The rate went from 6.9% in 2013 to 8% in 2014. Edmison Mehr Chartered Accountant Jeanne MacNeil says there are only speculations this point, but the threat is real. “We don’t know what’s going to happen come October. The last time they didn’t have a Softwood Lumber Agreement in place, every log export stopped,” she says. “Anything to the States was halted.”

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B.C. forestry wages too high to cut lumber here

Letter to the editor
Alberni Valley Times
June 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Duncan – Unbelievable to hear negative raw log exports comments from Mayor Mike Ruttan and MLA Scott Fraser without facing the facts and reality. Their comments all miss the number one point. The lumber industry is now competitive, and to be competitive, B.C. forest manufacturing WAGES have to come down lower. If our mills cannot produce the lumber at a lower rate of employee wages, then what is the point of having a large inventory of lumber that is not selling? This means that mills close, but with log exports, we still have taxpayers working, many in fact.

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Taiga’s fiscal year 2015 sales have increased by 12.9%

Canada Newswire press release
June 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNABY, BC, – Taiga Building Products Ltd. (“Taiga” or the “Company”) today reported its financial results for fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. The Company’s consolidated net sales for the year ended March 31, 2015 were $1,348.7 million compared to $1,194.3 million for the last fiscal year. The 12.9% increase in sales was largely due to stronger demand in all major markets, especially in Canada.

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Firefighters continue to battle hotspots at site of massive waterfront fire (VIDEO)

TB Newswatch
June 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


THUNDER BAY – What is still left of the former Great West Timber property on Water Street was smouldering rubble Thursday afternoon. The massive fire lit up the night sky of Thunder Bay’s north side Wednesday evening. There was little firefighters could do after the massive blaze broke out in a vacant sawmill on the Buchanan-owned former Great West Timber property on Water Street. Twenty-seven firefighters, six pumpers and two aerial-ladder trucks attended the fire that night, and as of 11 a.m. Thursday two pumpers still remained as fire suppression efforts continued into the afternoon.

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Stella-Jones Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Ram Forest Group

Marketwired
June 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC– Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the shares of Ram Forest Group Inc. and Ramfor Lumber Inc. The signature of a non-binding letter of intent in respect of the proposed acquisition was reported by Stella-Jones on April 29, 2015. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ram Forest Products Inc. and Trent Timber Treating Ltd., Ram Forest Group manufactures and sells pressure treated wood products and accessories to the retail building materials industry. Ramfor Lumber is a lumber purchasing entity serving Ram Forest Products and Trent Timber Treating.

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Low wood prices hurting rural economies, woodlot manager says

Young foresters say they want sustainable logging to lead to sustainable jobs
CBC News
June 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest sector could be a way to pump much-needed money back into rural New Brunswick’s economy but low prices are killing the industry, according to a woodlot manager. “The biggest barrier we’re facing in restoring the Acadian forest and doing good forestry is are the low prices for wood that are being paid in New Brunswick compared to the rest of North America and in particular the Maritimes,” said Dale Prest, a woodlot manager for Community Forests International (CFI). Prest says he plans to sell 600 tons of wood to the local mill for about $6,000 but he says the same wood travelling the same distance to a mill in Nova Scotia would sell for more than $15,000.

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State timber near Index fetches $1.4M in auction

Herald Net
June 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources auctioned timber on 119 acres of state land near here for $1.41 million on Wednesday.The sale of the trees in an area known as the “Deer Wrap” was approved in 2014. But the state halted the process earlier this year after an environmental group in Seattle raised concern about what it called potentially unstable slopes below the harvest area. …A state panel approved logging the area last month after officials said there was little risk it would trigger a slide. …On Wednesday, Interfor Corporation, one of the largest lumber producers in the world, outbid two other companies for the timber.

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Praise for forestry safety council

Radio New Zealand
June 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Its creation was a key recommendation of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel which was established to assess the sector, after the death of 10 workers in 2013. Since then improved safety measures have seen that number drop to one fatality in 2014 and one death so far this year. The new Forest Industry Safety Council will be chaired by Dame Alison Paterson. Forest Owners Association president Paul Nicholls said the council would be able to influence safety on the forest floor and add to safety initiatives already implemented.

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Women encouraged into Scottish forestry jobs

BBC News
June 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A £300,000 initiative to encourage more women to consider forestry as a career is being launched at the Royal Highland Show. Four of the top public sector jobs in this field are now held by women but only 30% of the workforce in the Forestry Commission is female. The Scottish government is introducing a variety of schemes. They include a skills programme with hands-on forestry training for young women. More than 80 women have already been trained but the extra funding will support another 20 female trainees.

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Minister tells advisers to keep opinions on Forestry Tasmania out of the media

ABC News, Australia
June 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Resources Minister Paul Harriss has gagged members of his ministerial advisory council on forestry. It follows calls this week from the council’s deputy chairwoman Sue Smith to dismantle Forestry Tasmania and sell its assets. Council members, including Ms Smith and the minister, met for several hours in Hobart today. After the meeting, Mr Harriss said the council had reaffirmed its support for the Government’s policy to maintain Forestry Tasmania as a government business. “As to Sue Smith’s comments, I’ve discussed personally with Sue … and Sue has agreed, as do all members in the ministerial advisory council, that public and personal opinions are not appropriately ventilated through the media,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building green in a red-hot market

June 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs. Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space… “Community Health Systems are doing Green Globes on their buildings, a competitor to LEED. And what we have been finding is that people who are in green buildings are more productive, and it is really measureable in the number of sick days and number of hospital stays. If you can get everyone to take one less sick day a year in a huge corporation, that is incredible cost saving.”

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Building green in a red-hot market

June 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs. Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space… “Community Health Systems are doing Green Globes on their buildings, a competitor to LEED. And what we have been finding is that people who are in green buildings are more productive, and it is really measureable in the number of sick days and number of hospital stays. If you can get everyone to take one less sick day a year in a huge corporation, that is incredible cost saving.”

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Timber-framed equestrian centre completed by Castanheira & Bastai in Portugal

Dezeen Magazine
June 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos conceived this horse-riding centre in northern Portugal as a group of four connected house-shaped structures with sloping walls and exposed timber frameworks (+ slideshow). Named the Equestrian Centre, the building was designed by studio founders Carlos Castanheira and Clara Bastai for a site near Cabo do Mundo beach in Leça da Palmeira, a coastal region to the north of Porto. This stretch of coastline bordering the North Atlantic Ocean is also home to the Piscinas de Marés – the seminal seawater swimming pools completed in the early 1970s by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, who is a regular collaborator of Castanheira’s.

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Forestry

Grizzly bears wander into Manitoba polar bear territory, new research shows

CBC News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan are marveling at the photos taken from their wildlife cameras set up in Manitoba’s Wapusk National Park, showing grizzly bears outside of their typical habitat. Photos that researcher Doug Clark tweeted out Thursday show grizzlies, polar bears and black bears in the vicinity of one camera mounted on a fence post in the park, roughly 100 kilometres southeast of Churchill, Man., within seven months of each other.  “Seeing all three species of bear in Canada and in North America, at one spot, ‘unique’ doesn’t even begin to describe it. There are only a couple of places where you’d even have the potential for that in North America and Wapusk National Park is the only place where that amount of overlap has been documented,” Clark said.

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Video: Celebrate the Big Trees in Stanley Park

Vancouver Sun
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VIDEO — Big Trees Weekend in Stanley Park takes participants to the top of the park’s tallest trees June 20 and 21.

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Forest fire crews mopping up Carr’s Landing fire

Vernon Morning Star
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ? Lake Country Fire Department along with forestry crews responded to a forest fire in the Carr’s Landing area Wednesday night after what’s believed to be a human caused fire. The blaze is now under control and six initial attack crews remain on the scene Thursday morning, mopping up the blaze. The fire was initially actioned by a helicopter and four air tankers that responded to a fire above Juniper Cove Road in Lake Country yesterday.

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ELF report finds major biodiversity

Coast Reporter
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) convened a meeting on June 10 to hear the highlights of a recently completed report from conservation biologist Wayne McCrory on the biodiversity of the proposed Elphinstone Park expansion. According to McCrory’s findings, about 30 per cent of the area that ELF would like to have designated as parkland has been logged, with another 40 per cent slated for clear-cutting. His report suggests that logging be restricted to what has already been done, with the remaining 70 per cent left intact. “We found out that most of the Elphinstone study area is blue-listed,” McCrory said. Blue-listed means that an area of the forest contains species of special concern. They’re not endangered yet (red-listed) but a radical environment change could bump them off the blue list.

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Logging truck crash near Bamfield shows need for new road

Alberni Valley News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A June 10 logging truck accident on the Bamfield Main is a clear indicator that the unpaved road needs to be improved, said Huu-ay-aht executive director James Edwards. “This is a road that the province has forgotten. There are communities, there are people, there are tourists, there’s an economy… there are life stories at the end of this road.”… “It [the truck] ended up colliding with a bridge and partially went over the bridge,” he said. “In the process, one of its exterior fuel tanks was ripped off and diesel fuel did leak.” The driver, who was a subcontractor for Island Timberlands, was taken to hospital but the nature of his injuries were not exactly known.

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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – June 19

Wawa News
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There was one fire reported on July 17. Cochrane 7 has since been declared out at 0.1 hectares. By the early afternoon of June 18, Cochrane 6 is the only active fire in the region. It is being observed. The forest fire hazard ranges from low to high throughout the region. The areas of greatest concern include broad swaths of the centre, northeast and southeast of the region.

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Community forest to provide public natural area in Van Buren County

Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Habitat for rare and endangered species and a recreation area for people living in Kalamazoo, Mattawan, and Paw Paw soon will be the benefits of a community forest in Van Buren County. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy has been awarded $150,000 from a U.S. Forest Service program to acquire the property for the Lime Lake Community Forest by 2017. At that point the forest will be open to the public. A parking lot and other amenities will be added at a later date. The forest also will be managed to improve and maintain habitat for rare and endangered species, such as Mitchell’s satyr – one of the world’s rarest butterflies, found only in Michigan and Indiana.

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EXPERTS’ FIRE FEARS: ‘Turning the forest into toothpicks’

The Press Enterprise
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Richard Minnich spent six summers in the 1960s as a teenager volunteering at a Boy Scout camp in the San Bernardino National Forest. Minnich said he used to lead groups on miniature forest-thinning exercises during those days, chopping down small trees that were crowding larger ones. “Some of the kids were offended by it,” he recalled. But he told them the towering pines left behind would become stronger, with less competition for water, and that their efforts would reduce the chance of fire burning the camp. Now an outspoken scientist at UC Riverside, Minnich has long maintained the forest is overgrown and desperately in need of a robust thinning campaign – more aggressive than the one the U.S. Forest Service is pursuing around towns.

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Wind-driven Lake fire near Big Bear jumps to 10,000 acres; 74-year-old hiker rescued

Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 10,000-acre wildfire burning near Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest is now the largest blaze on California forestland this year, fire officials said Thursday. The Lake fire quickly grew in the afternoon from 1,500 acres to 7,500 acres because of dry, windy conditions, said Anna Bribiescas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. By 7 p.m., the fire had spread to 10,000 acres, making it the largest blaze this year on the state’s national forests. …But the blaze, which is 5% contained, grew overnight, moving east as it consumed timber and threatening several structures. …About 500 fire personnel, 32 engines, five air tankers and seven helicopters for night-time flying and an air attack plane were deployed to battle the moderately fast-burning fire as it moves closer to camps.

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Western wildfires: Blazes burn in 4 states amid hot weather

The Missoulian
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, where temperatures are rising Thursday. Here’s a look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them. …Two wildfires are burning outside Anchorage, one that tripled in size and forced the evacuation of campsites on the Kenai Peninsula and another in the heart of Alaska’s dog-mushing community that firefighters have kept from growing. …A smoky brush fire near a rural Arizona community was contained mainly to a dry riverbed, allowing most of the hundreds of evacuated residents to return home.

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U.S. Senate bill could increase wildfire prevention spending

The Oregonian
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The cost of worse and worse wildfire seasons goes beyond lost lives, charred homes and blackened forests and grasslands. Another casualty is funding for wildfire prevention, including programs to clear the dangerous underbrush that can help fuel yet another massive fire. During an expensive fire season, a chunk of the money used for firefighting is transferred from prevention programs within the U.S. Forest Service or the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Forest Collaboration in Northeast Washington: Part 1: Duane Vaagen

Evergreen Magazine
June 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber industry people who don’t trust forest collaboration believe that those of us who participate in collaboratives are sleeping with the enemy.  Environmentalists who would rather sue than participate in collaboratives think that environmentalists who collaborate with us are sleeping with the enemy. So it’s unanimous. We’re sleeping with our enemies. I don’t care what our critics think. Collaborative groups, ours included, are solving political problems that should never have become political problems, and those problems are the reason why our forests are dying and burning before our very eyes.

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Proposed national park supporters, foes debate in East Millinocket

Bangor Daily News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — To its fans, the proposed 150,000-acre national park can help revitalize the Katahdin region.To its foes, the park is a long-dreaded job-killer. About 175 regional residents attended a debate over the proposal from Roxanne Quimby family scion Lucas St. Clair. The town-sponsored debate followed an anti-park rally and comes in the runup to non-binding park referendums in Medway and East Millinocket later this month. The four debate participants hit on familiar themes. St. Clair and Kristen Brengel from the National Parks Conservation Association pitched the park as a jobs producer and the National Park Service as an outstanding creator of business opportunity and environmental preservation with a 100-percent success rate.

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Washington County wildfires considered suspicious, regional ranger says

Bangor Daily News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DAY BLOCK TOWNSHIP, Maine — Rangers with the Maine Forest Service were called to Day Block Township in Washington County, where three suspicious wildfires were reported within about a quarter mile of each other early Thursday afternoon. The fires began around 1 p.m. along a stretch of Route 9 just west of Wesley, Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier said Thursday evening. He said he believes a human element was involved because the fires began about the same time, were fairly close together and occurred on both sides of Route 9, two on one side and one on the other.

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Jay Sullivan named interim head of forest resources and environmental conservation department

Virginia Tech News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 18, 2015 – Jay Sullivan, professor of forestry economics and management, has been named interim head of Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. “As a senior faculty member, Dr. Sullivan brings a wide knowledge of the department into his role as interim department head,” said Paul Winistorfer, dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. …“I continue to be in awe of how important forests are to our well-being economically, socially, and environmentally,” Sullivan said. “They are fragile, yet renewable and robust.”

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Once And Future Nut: How Genetic Engineering May Bring Back Chestnuts

National Public Radio
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

But now, the American chestnut could return as a bionic, blight-resistant tree, thanks to genetic engineering and a group of dedicated forest “biotechnologists” at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project. Through a series of genetic tweaks worked out over a 25-year period, researchers have bequeathed the chestnut a highly protective gene that bananas, cocoa, wheat and barley have already evolved on their own. So far the transgenic seedlings are proving to be at least as resistant to blight as the hybrid or Chinese chestnuts currently under cultivation in the U.S.

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Alabama’s timberland acreage increases to 23 million acres

Dothan First.com
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

All it takes is a drive down virtually any road in Alabama for one to come to the conclusion that there is an abundance of timberland – commercial forestland – in the state. This conclusion is substantiated by 2014 Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) data which shows that the amount of timberland in Alabama has increased to an all-time high of 23 million acres. The only states in the nation having more timberland than Alabama are Georgia and Oregon. These 23 million acres of timberland account for 69 percent of Alabama’s total area, an increase of 360,000 acres since the year 2000. Despite the perception of some that trees and forests are vanishing, FIA data also shows an increase in timber volume over previous years.

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224 businesses come out against Katahdin-region national park

Bangor Daily News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MEDWAY, Maine — Opponents of a proposed 150,000-acre national park and recreation area east of Baxter State Park held a rally Thursday, during which they presented a list of 224 businesses directly employing more than 3,900 people that don’t want to see the plan realized. Possibly the strongest single display of opposition to the proposal since Lucas St. Clair began leading the call for a park in 2012, the businesses include some of the biggest logging, papermaking, forestry, land management and trucking companies in the state. One businessman, Tom Gardner of Lincoln, said he feared that state loggers would have their access to Maine woodlands compromised by the National Park Service.

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Dairying swallowing NZ forests, gathering told

Stuff.co.nz
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand’s wood industry offers a solution to the dairying’s carbon emission problem but is being hurt by dairying’s expansion, a Nelson function has heard. Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association board chairman Brian Stanley told about 40 industry and community representatives at Trailways Hotel on Wednesday night that the dairying boom was eating into forest blocks and threatening the security of the wood supply. “In the central North Island we’ve lost 100,000 hectares of forest land in the last few years to dairy farming. It’s not a wall of wood any more, it’s a hedge,” he said. 

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‘They don’t know what they’re missing’: Italians outraged at French minister’s Nutella bashing

The Telegraph
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ROME — Italy has reacted with indignation to comments from Segolene Royal, the French ecology minister, that the chocolate spread Nutella should be boycotted because it leads to deforestation in the tropics. Royal urged people to stop eating the hazelnut spread that is beloved of generations of schoolchildren because it is made from palm oil, which comes from vast plantations in south-east Asia. “We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it’s made with palm oil,” she said in an interview on the French television network Canal.

You’re really spoiling us: has Ferrero been wrongly accused over Nutella? from The Guardian

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Logging unsustainable if Leadbeater’s possum is to survive, says Zoos Victoria

Support given for Great Forest National Park in central highlands.
The Sydney Morning Herald
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The head of Victoria’s zoos says the scale of logging in the state’s central highland forests is environmentally unsustainable and has backed the creation of a new national park as giving key endangered species the best chance of survival. A letter sent by Zoos Victoria chief executive Jenny Gray to the state-owned timber company VicForests in January says recent scientific modelling had led the zoos to form the view that rates of highland harvesting could not be viewed as “ecologically sustainable”. The rules for logging in the central highlands would not save the state’s critically endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, from extinction, she said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Public airs views on railway ties

Williams Lake Tribune
June 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Atlantic Power Corporation heard many concerns about its proposal to use rail ties for fuel from the public during its open house Wednesday in Williams Lake. The contract for the company’s biomass-fuelled electricity generation with BC Hydro is up in 2018 and as the company seeks to renew that contract it is also looking for alternative fuel sources because of the downturn in the forest industry. “People are asking if the rail ties will make the air quality worse,” said Terry Shannon, environmental manager of Western operations. “Will there be an increase in air pollution? Yes in some cases, no in other cases.”

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Unbiased Reporting Does Exist

Executive Editor Tim Portz celebrates a rare bit of balanced industry observation recently published by E&E Publishing.
Biomass Magazine
June 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Frequent readers of Ash Content know that one of my biggest professional frustrations is the lack of solid, well-researched and well-reported stories in the mainstream press about the renewable energy industry generally, and the pellet industry specifically. While E&E publishing, publishers of EnergyWire, ClimateWire and other online news outlets may not qualify as mainstream media, they have authored and published one of the most straightforward stories about the ongoing wood pellet industry debate I’ve read in quite some time. I urge you to give it a thorough read.

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Greenfield passes first local biomass law in state

The Recorder
June 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GREENFIELD — The town has passed the state’s first local ordinance strictly regulating — and in some cases banning — large-scale wood-burning power plants and other waste-to-energy plants from being built in Greenfield. Opponents of such projects are thrilled.Tom Neilson of Silver Lane said the town needed an ordinance like the one Town Council passed on Wednesday night, which prohibits waste-to-energy facilities and industrial wood-burning “biomass” plants like the one that was proposed by Madera Energy Inc. for the industrial park in 2009, though he said it could have gone even further. The ordinance still allows anaerobic digesters and residential wood stoves. Neilson said burning wood is “extremely dirty,” because the smoke it emits is full of toxins.

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Drax declares biomass conversion nearing 20 million tonnes of carbon saved

June 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Drax is close to saving 20 million tonnes of carbon emissions, after replacing coal with sustainable biomass in two of its generating units, the company announced this week. The UK’s largest power station, which claims to be the country’s biggest green energy producer, also revealed this week that it hopes to reach the 50 million tonne mark in 2017. The power station in Yorkshire, which provides about eight per cent of the UK’s power, is currently converting a third unit to renewable biomass as part of a long-running plan to reduce its reliance on carbon intensive coal. However, the project has faced fierce criticism from some environmental groups who have questioned whether the company’s commitment to delivering sustainable biomass delivers tangible emissions reductions.

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General

NZ export log prices rise in June as demand lifts in China

Scoop.co.nz
June 18, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices rose from a three-year low this month, helped by a decline in the kiwi dollar and increased demand in China, the country’s largest market. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs increased to $86 a tonne from $83 a tonne in May, snapping three months of declines, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The AgriHQ Log Price Indicator, which measures average log prices weighted by grade, rose to 89.38 from 88.40 last month.

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State timber near Index fetches $1.4M in auction

HeraldNet
June 18, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources auctioned timber on 119 acres of state land near here for $1.41 million on Wednesday.The sale of the trees in an area known as the “Deer Wrap” was approved in 2014. But the state halted the process earlier this year after an environmental group in Seattle raised concern about what it called potentially unstable slopes below the harvest area… On Wednesday, Interfor Corporation, one of the largest lumber producers in the world, outbid two other companies for the timber. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company got the lumber for $321 per million board feet. A board-foot is a piece of wood 1-foot square and one inch thick. Interfor has until Sept. 30, 2017, to cut the trees.

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