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Daily Archives: September 23, 2015

Business & Politics

SLA likely to expire in mid-October

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

According to statements by Steve Thompson, British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between Canada and the USA, that has existed since 1996 and was last extended in 2012, will expire on 12 October. The Canadian daily newspaper “Times Colonist” quotes the statement given by the minister during his visit to Dawson Creek. Whilst Canada is interested in maintaining the existing arrangement, partly in view of the high level of softwood lumber exports to the USA, Thompson says the USA has not yet made any move to initiate concrete negotiations on an extension of the SLA. 

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Opinion: Canada can play hardball on softwood

By Roslyn Kunin, Troy Media – Strong demand and reduced supply is pushing up the price of lumber
Vancouver Sun
September 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

For the last half of the 20th century, one could easily and accurately predict conditions in the British Columbia economy using just one number. That number was U.S. housing starts.  The dividing line was 1.6 million starts per year. At this level or higher, the softwood-lumber driven B.C. economy was doing very well, thank you. Much below that and we were in trouble. While B.C. was heavily dependent on one customer, the United States, such a dependent position made us vulnerable. …But B.C. has not been standing still. As the report points out, Canada and B.C., which is the dominant province in the softwood lumber sector, are in an excellent competitive position. Demand for lumber is strong.

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US Pallet Market to Reach 1.9% Annually by 2.6 Billion Units to 2019

Digital Journal
September 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The total number of pallets in use in the US will increase 1.9 percent annually through 2019 to 2.6 billion units, supported by gains in US manufacturing and warehousing activity. Demand for pallets is forecast to expand 1.7 percent per year through 2019 to 1.4 billion units. When production activity and shipments fell during the 2007-2009 economic recession, pallet users had a significant number of pallets sitting idle and opted to utilize the pallets on hand to satisfy product handling requirements, purchasing pallets only when absolutely necessary. Wood will remain the most widely used material, comprising 84 percent of total pallet stocks in 2019 and 93 percent of the sales in unit terms. Wood strikes a balance between low cost and high durability and is suitable for use in most applications. However, because wood already accounts for such a large share of the total pallet market, opportunities for additional growth will be limited through 2019.

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K2 Log Exports sends off its first full load

Coos Bay World
September 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

NORTH BEND — The Super Sarah’s in port, and she’s got a big appetite for logs. For a week or so, the 574-foot log ship will be at the Ko-Kwel Wharf, just north of The Mill Casino-Hotel-RV Park, taking on the 5.6 million board feet of logs that have been accumulating on the K2 Log Exports yard for a few months. This will be the first full shipload of logs to leave the K2 dock, said Greg Aldridge, executive director for development with the Coquille Economic Development Corporation. K2 Log Exports, LLC, is a joint venture between CEDCO, the Coquille Tribe’s business arm, and Coos Bay-based Knutson Towboat Company, which has been transporting logs for a century.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Quebec hopes North America’s tallest wooden building will spark interest in “plyscrapers”

Global Construction Review
September 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Canadian contractor is about to begin work on a 13-storey apartment block made entirely from wood – with an aluminium facade. When complete it will be the tallest wooden building in North America. Nordic Structures’ 41m-high Origine will be constructed in Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres district. Planning for the building has taken more than 18 months, and has involved collaboration with federal and provincial governments, as well as research institutes.  To prove the proposed building’s fire resistance, Nordic’s team built a mockup of a wall and floor with the weight of 11 storeys applied on top to mimic the forces on the lower floors. The test showed that the Origine’s walls and floors could resist fire for 31 hours at 1,200°C, according to newspaper The Globe and Mail. 

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Artemano: Wood is ingrained in their soul

Montreal Gazette
September 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Nature is the perfect creator; we can’t outsmart it. This is the philosophy of Artemano. Nature is our guide and wood is our business. The imperfections found in wood are perfect and represent a life lived.” While he has three business partners, it’s easy to see why Finkelstein, who founded the ever-expanding company in Laval in 2002, is its visionary and main spokesman. …Indeed, a Zen-like feeling pervades Finkelstein’s showroom, which features contemporary furnishings made from exotic Indian rosewood, mango, teak, acacia and reclaimed wood. Beautifully designed cabinets, tables, chairs and custom-designed beds are arranged in a variety of settings, while several of Finkelstein’s photographs decorate the walls and whimsical mirrors, statues and pendant lighting add a sense of drama. 

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These wooden apartment buildings are a surprisingly beautiful replacement for steel and concrete

Tech Insider (blog)
September 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Remember that treehouse you loved when you were younger? Now it’s a luxury apartment building. On Thursday, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the winners of this year’s US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. Once they’re completed, the new apartments could model a future where we rely on environmentally-friendly wood instead of cement and steel to construct our buildings. The winning designs are both made entirely out of mass timber, a dense wood that’s resistant to fire, earthquakes, wind, and other elements. When mass timber burns, the outside chars rather than combusts. Heavy vibrations act more forcefully on heavy materials over light ones, making the lightweight wood actually safer than bulky steel in the event of seismic activity.

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Will Portland’s next skyline addition be a 20-story wooden tower?

Portland Business Journal (blog)
September 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Fresh off the news that Beam Development is planning to restore the Shleifer Furniture building into a hotel after the long-standing furniture business closes its doors, the developer has also set its sights on a wooden high-rise at the Burnside Bridgehead. Brad Malsin, owner of Beam Development, said his firm is considering a cross-laminated timber (CLT) building for Phase 2 of Block 75 at the Burnside Bridgehead. “We’d love to shoot for close to 20 stories,” he said. “We’re debating some kind of mixed-use and we’ll try to do some new angle on creative office.” Beam is well into its Phase 1 of Block 75 at the Burnside Bridgehead, a 10-story mixed-use project that it’s developing with Urban Development + Partners.

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Nelson architecture takes out national awards

Nelson Mail in NZ Stuff
September 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Nelson building firms are leading the country with unique designs after being recognised at a national awards ceremony.  Nelson-based architecture firms Irving Smith Jack Architects, CDT Consultants and Arthouse Architects were recognised at The New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards in Auckland. Irving Smith Jack Architects and CDT Consultants won awards for their work on a collaboration of new timber buildings on Upper Queen St in Richmond. They won the Excellence in Engineered Wood Products category. …The firms used a technology developed within the University of Canterbury known as pres-lam, where prestressed laminated timber technology was used as alternative to concrete and steel framing.

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Forestry

Canada Needs a National Urban Forest Strategy

by Michael Rosen, R.P.F, President of Tree Canada
Huffington Post
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Considering the environment never receives much discussion around election time, it should come as no surprise that the topic of urban tree cover is buried deep in the forest of political discourse, under a layer of heavy brush. However, I believe a big part of our national identity is tied to the environment, and our leaders should strive to improve the health of our communities and the Canadians who live in them. Two recent studies show a clear link between nature and personal well-being. Using data from Toronto, a team of researchers showed that having 10 more trees on your block can have self-reported health benefits akin to a $10,000 salary raise or being seven years younger.

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Teal Cedar Products near Chilliwack passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Teal Cedar Products Ltd. in the Chilliwack resource district found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities have complied with legislation, according to a report released today. “The audit found that Teal Cedar Products followed the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “We are pleased to find that Teal ensured its activities did not affect drinking water that supplies communities, including Mission and Abbotsford.” Teal’s operations were located near Pitt Lake, Norrish Creek, the west side of Harrison Lake, Sowaqua Creek (north of Hope) and Mowhokam Creek (north of Boston Bar).

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Can Walbran’s breakthrough green forest pact stand the test of time?

September 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is a fascinating irony to British Columbia’s often polarized discussions in the so-called “economy versus the environment” debate. It is how seemingly natural adversaries have worked together quietly, often over long spans of time, to devise solutions that both sides can live with. One example is the Great Bear Rainforest, the sprawling natural forest on British Columbia’s central coast that has now grown, thanks to protections kicking in, to an area equal to 7,800 Stanley Parks. Years since a landmark agreement ended British Columbia’s infamous War in the Woods, the final stages to secure the Great Bear will be reached this fall. Completion of the agreement is a monumental achievement – the largest successful conservation effort in North America – that carries the potential for replication elsewhere.

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West Fraser tree planting effort helps break world record

Williams Lake Tribune
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A team from West Fraser in Williams Lake helped break a tree planting world record last May, helping plant 202,935 trees in one hour. The event took place after Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and 29 teams of 25 to 100 people across North America planted trees in locations from New York City to Vancouver Island on May 20, 2015. “…Organized by SFI, the effort involved 1,165 volunteers from all ages and
backgrounds, including the forest sector, community organizations,
youth groups, conservation groups and SFI Implementation Committees.

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Alberta communities can access $800,000 in funding for wildfire protection projects

Canadian Underwriters
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Communities in Alberta will have access to $800,000 in funding this fiscal year for wildfire protection projects through the FireSmart Community Grant Program, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry announced last week. Municipalities, municipal districts, counties, Métis Settlements and registered non-profit societies located within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta are eligible to apply for FireSmart grants to a maximum of $100,000 per community, the ministry said in a recent statement. …The funding can be used to support fire preparedness planning, public education, and on-the-ground fire mitigation projects, like creating buffers between buildings and forest vegetation. Over the past 10 years, the FireSmart Community Program has provided approximately $5.8 million to 129 different communities in Alberta.

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Today’s land use balance is result of intensive, collaborative process

by Rick Jeffery, President and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association
Coast Forest Products Association
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Commission of Resources and Environment (CORE) Vancouver Island land use planning process that took place in the early 1990s was a comprehensive, multi stakeholder planning process. It resulted in the government enacting the 2000 Vancouver Island Higher Level Plan Order that achieved a hard won balance between environment, economic and social outcomes for land use in the region. …New developments will always arise, and the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan has provided a good, solid balance for sustainable forest management in our province that’s been celebrated around the world ever since. It has provided the balance envisioned. This is something we, here at home, should recognize – and it is in this context that one needs to view the expansion of the Walbran and current calls to boycott harvesting.

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Making a living foraging the forests of the Okanagan

InfoTel News
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CENTRAL OKANAGAN – When local forager Scott Moran talks about his work you can’t help but think of how romantic and daring it is — the ability to live off the bounty of the land and be self-sufficient — but the reailty is he puts a lot of hard work into creating this charming life. With names like lambs quarter, miner’s lettuce and chenopodium, and mushrooms like chanterelles and porcini, the harvest seems to bolster the romantic notion and even Moran’s description of early mornings spent driving to remote locations and long days spent clambering over logs and rocks, doesn’t quite kill the appeal of foraging.

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Real choices and a resource economy

Prince George Citizen
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Some argue Canada would be none the worse off by letting go of resource exports, particularly petroleum and coal. A few leading backers of this view want to end global trade deals and abandon the basic market-driven structure of modern civilization – a radical platform with limited appeal. Love it or hate it, what comes from the ground remains the unglamorous underpinning of western Canada’s provincial economies. The majority (though sometimes grudging) view is that Canada’s dependence on a resource-commodity economy is desirable and should remain a mainstay. …A survey of British Columbians conducted for Resource Works by Ipsos found 65 per cent of residents believe natural resources mean good opportunities for high-tech jobs; 72 per cent believed it is possible to create green jobs and grow the green economy within the natural resource sector. 

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Edmonton firm paves at nanoscale

Journal of Commerce
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Building roads over swamps and muskegs has always been a challenge. Having them stand up to the weight of modern mining and forestry equipment has been even tougher. PRS-Neoweb, a geosynthetic polymer road base, aims to fill that gap by employing the strength of a honeycomb cell structure, coupled with a tough nano-engineered material. Using the product as an underlayment, almost any material from sand to a variety of aggregates can be used to fill the cells, creating resilient permanent or temporary roads. …Neoloy — the proprietary material made of polyester nano-fibres — is something novel. “It’s like nylon on steroids,” he said. “The material is cheap like nylon and strong like Kevlar. The secret sauce in manufacturing gives it high tensile strength, dimensional stability, resistance to creep and the ability to withstand temperatures from -60 degrees C to +60 degrees C.”

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National Forest Week activities scheduled

Western Star
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The ecological impacts of wildfire and the importance of fire safety and prevention are the focus this week — National Forest Week 2015. Wildfire is a powerful and natural force that can bring healthy renewal to diverse ecosystems and has shaped our forests for generations, said Forestry and Agrifoods Minister Vaughn Granter via press release. It can also have a devastating impact on public safety, property and the forest industry — which is valued at $286 million annually, and employs over 5,000 people directly and indirectly — said Granter.

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Potato Patch Fire North Of Forest Lakes Now At 660 Acres

Payson Roundup
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The lightning-cause Potato Patch fire six miles north of Forest Lakes is now at 660 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire was discovered Sept. 11 and was at 300 acres Sunday. The fire is being managed to reduce hazardous forest fuels, improve wildlife habitat, enhance understory vegetation and prevent forest disease and pest. Smoke will be visible from the local communities and from State Highway 260.

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Q&A: Things to know about wildfires in California

Associated Press in The Missoulian
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — A pair of deadly wildfires in California has destroyed at least 1,700 homes and killed five residents, ranking among the most destructive fires in state history. They were among nine wildfires being battled Tuesday by more than 10,000 firefighters throughout the state. Here are some questions and answers about California’s deadly wildfires. WHERE ARE THE DEADLY FIRES? A wildfire in Lake County, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, has killed three people since it started Sept. 12. A blaze in Calaveras and Amador counties, about 125 miles east of San Francisco, has killed two people since Sept. 9.

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It’s time to take a modern approach to our forests

Statesman Journal
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, we are deeply troubled by the trend in the West calling for transferring ownership of federal lands to states. We are also deeply concerned about the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest – the 93,000-acre parcel that was once in federal ownership as part of the Siuslaw National Forest. While we commend Oregon’s desire to sell to a public trust to retain conservation values, there is no guarantee the forest won’t be sold to a private logging company where “no trespass” or “no hunting” signs and high access fees are often the result. What is overlooked in the loss of public lands is the recreational value they contribute to rural economies.

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Bloomberg View: California’s wildfires didn’t have to be this extreme

Salt Lake Tribune
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Warming temperatures and a historic drought made Northern California’s Valley fire faster to spread and harder to fight. But the bigger culprit, sadly but thankfully, was something under human control: forest mismanagement. There are five times as many trees per acre in this area today as there were 150 years ago, and the underbrush is twice as thick, according to Scott Stephens, a wildland resource scientist at the University of California at Berkeley. If smaller wildfires had been allowed to burn 20 years ago, the forest wouldn’t have grown so dense, and today’s flames wouldn’t have had the fuel to reach the canopy, consume the treetops and send embers flying, spreading the blaze and resulting in three deaths and the loss of some 600 houses.

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No need to cut public forests to achieve LePage’s heating goal

Bangor Daily News
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to aid “fellow Mainers who are most in need” with home heating assistance deserves further consideration, as it is a worthy goal. Most of the attention to his plan has focused on problems with his proposed source of funding (increased timber harvesting on public lands) and his political method (not releasing Land for Maine’s Future bonds). …It is not necessary to liquidate our public forests, nor to halt our land conservation programs to realize the financial rewards of investment in reducing our home energy costs. Let us support the governor’s worthy goal of helping our neediest neighbors by improving home heating efficiencies, first through cost-effective, publicly funded weatherization.

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Tasmanian Government accused of-re-hiring redundant forestry workers to fight summer fires

ABC News, Australia
September 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition has accused the Government of re-hiring forestry workers who had been made redundant as firefighting casuals. Earlier in the year, the state-owned Forestry Tasmania (FT) was restructured, which involved significant job cuts and fuelled fears of losing staff with firefighting skills. Labor leader Bryan Green also told Parliament firefighters who had lost their jobs were among those being re-hired for the upcoming season. He said it was not an economically viable approach. “We now know that staff are being re-employed as casuals for the approaching fire season, because of the serious concerns about FTs ability to fight fires,” he told Parliament.

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Chicken Nuggets and a Sea Change for Forest Protection

by Rolf Skar, Forest Campaign Director of Greenpeace USA
Huffington Post
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In 2006, something happened that may forever change forest conservation. Following a year-long investigation, Greenpeace published the Eating Up the Amazon report, detailing how the most diverse forest on Earth was being slashed, burned and turned into vast fields of soybean plantations at an alarming rate. In the 2004-2005 planting season alone, nearly three million acres were planted with soy where rainforest had recently stood. Much of that soy was shipped to Europe to feed chickens used by fast-food chains like McDonald’s. Fueled by people who didn’t want to buy chicken nuggets tied to rainforest destruction, a hard-hitting campaign took off around the world. To its credit, it didn’t take long for McDonald’s to act.

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Planting to save Malawi’s national tree

The Guardian
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Malawi’s critically endangered national tree, the Mulanje cedars, are a minuscule, dwindling fraction of the world’s 3tn trees. These rare trees grow atop a single imposing granite massif, Mount Mulanje, where illegal loggers are axing them to extinction. The Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust aims to reverse the cedar’s decline. With funding from international donors, it has provided forest guards, boosted tourism and organised an unprecedented tree-planting campaign. Rumoured to be the inspiration for Tolkien’s Lonely Mountain, Mount Mulanje, with its perpetual cloud cover, has a mystical ambience. Its namesake tree, grows to 50 metres, has pleasantly fragrant pale red wood and its sap is poisonous to insects and repels fungus and rot. These qualities make the trees rare and precious, commanding a hefty timber price.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Grants Will Fund Biomass Projects

Local groups enouraged to develop uses for wood
Payson Roundup
September 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Forests and woodlands across the state of Arizona need market development opportunities to facilitate on?the?ground restoration activities. Arizona State Forestry and the USDA Forest Service want to encourage commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private applications that use woody biomass generated from public lands and other land ownerships. Arizona State Forestry, with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service, is soliciting cost?share project proposals for woody biomass utilization projects.

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General

Can Walbran’s breakthrough green forest pact stand the test of time?

September 23, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

There is a fascinating irony to British Columbia’s often polarized discussions in the so-called “economy versus the environment” debate. It is how seemingly natural adversaries have worked together quietly, often over long spans of time, to devise solutions that both sides can live with. One example is the Great Bear Rainforest, the sprawling natural forest on British Columbia’s central coast that has now grown, thanks to protections kicking in, to an area equal to 7,800 Stanley Parks. Years since a landmark agreement ended British Columbia’s infamous War in the Woods, the final stages to secure the Great Bear will be reached this fall. Completion of the agreement is a monumental achievement – the largest successful conservation effort in North America – that carries the potential for replication elsewhere.

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