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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Forestry

Going batty – why we need those spooky little creatures and what’s being done to save them

From the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
TreeHugger
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States


It’s Halloween and you’ve likely seen some bats decorating doors and windows around the neighborhood. As the only flying mammal on earth, bats have fascinated us for centuries, and often conjure up images of spooky creatures that fly in the night. They also play an important role in the environment by regulating insect populations.  But bat populations have experienced a dangerous decline in recent years. A disease called White-Nose Syndrome is wiping them out by the tens of thousands in North America, and conservation efforts are sorely needed to stop its spread. Bats have an important job in maintaining the balance of forest ecosystems.

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Dead, dying owls likely victims of northern Sask. summer fires

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Young snowy owls appear to be the latest victims of the massive forest fires that ravaged northern Saskatchewan this summer. Ten birds — some dead, some weak — have been brought to the province’s conservation officers in the last 10 days. Daryl Minter, spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment, said his department suspects the summer’s forest fires are to blame. The unusually high numbers of dead and dying snowy owls appear to have damaged respiratory systems, likely caused by exposure to heavy smoke during critical periods of development, he said. The weakened young birds are dying as they begin their migration south. “It just puts so much strain on them that they just can’t keep up with it,” Minter said.

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Kamloops aims to be more green with plans to increase tree canopy in the city

InfoTel News
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – Kamloops is looking to get a little greener by planting more trees and upping the canopy cover around the city. The plan would see additional tree planting on boulevards, in urban spaces and in city parks with a goal of increasing the canopy cover to 20 per cent from the current 12 per cent. Coun. Donovan Cavers dubs the goal as ’20 per cent by 2020′ — a timeline he suggests for the project. Parks operation supervisor Shawn Cook says the city’s 16,000 trees should be seen for their broad benefits. Research suggests trees increase the overall health and wellness of residents in cities. While many understand how trees help the environment by eliminating carbon dioxide and improving arid climate conditions, Cook wants residents to understand their economic benefits as well.

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Seminar aims to keep drivers’ eyes on the road

Alaska Highway News
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On average, one person dies every five hours on Canadian roads. It’s a statistic the B.C. Forest Safety Council, in co-ordination with Canfor, Drop It And Drive and Northern Health, is trying to change. On Nov. 6, a free distracted driving prevention education seminar and workshop will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel in Fort St. John. The seminar is open to anyone, but workers in the forest industry will be given priority. It’s designed to raise awareness amongst drivers, employees and supervisors, and will provide employers with the tools to create an effective corporate safety culture.

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Surrey art project called I Grieve takes aim at clearcutting trees

CBC News
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A collaborative art project called ‘I Grieve that protests clearcutting in Surrey is taking off online. Dozens of people have written the words ‘I Grieve’ on logs and stumps found in clear cut areas throughout the city. The artist then anonymously sends a picture of their work and a message to the creator of the project, Dave Dalley. Dalley was inspired when a wooded area near his home in Newton was cut down. …”This is not a protest,” he said. “We are not blaming anybody or finger pointing. This is a conversation that we all need to play a part in and it’s open for anyone to contribute.”

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Letter supports Ancient Forest

Prince George Citizen
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Calling for the Ancient Forest to be designated as a protected area, there is a public letter that already has more than 550 online signatures in support, including one from environmental activist David Suzuki. Circulated by Northern Wetbelt Working Group, a Prince George community advocacy group, the letter refers to reports by scientists, a forester, and organizations stating that “people in our community also want a much broader conservation vision for the inland temperate rainforest.” In 2008 a BC Forest Practices Board report recommended putting a stop to harvesting and instead proposed developing a conservation strategy.

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Spray Lake Sawmills takes stewardship seriously

By Brian Boyle
Cochrane Times
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
I have worked in the forest Industry for over 30 years… and have not come across the wasteland described in various letters from clearcutting. …Most of these advocate groups seem to be suffering from the NIMBY syndrome (Not in My Backyard) and it is amazing the number of log homes that are seen in these areas that have a wood burning fireplace. Wood fences and posts mark the property lines which would seem to come from these same harvest areas. The forest industry in Canada is tightly regulated and most companies belong to organizations such as Alberta Forest Products Association, Forest Products Association of Canada or other organizations such National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and FP Innovations. Spray Lake Sawmills is no different and has continued to show environmental diligence by attaining its Forest Stewardship Council certification.

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The prospect of a new caribou plan is a major concern in rural Quebec

from Montreal Economic Institute
Canada Newswire press release
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Some environmentalist groups suggest that forestry activities in Quebec should be considerably reduced—a measure that would threaten thousands of jobs in this industry, according to a new short documentary produced by the MEI in the North Shore region. The Vice President of the MEI, Mr. Jasmin Guénette, met with forest engineers, mill workers, and others on the ground in Baie-Comeau in order to give a voice to those who make their living from the forest. These stakeholders insist on the importance of the forest for local communities. They express their fears, especially faced with the prospect of a new boreal caribou protection plan, but they also testify to the efforts made to promote the peaceful coexistence of the caribou and forestry activities.

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Hundreds of ash trees to be cut down this winter in Kitchener

Waterloo Record
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KITCHENER — Some residents in northwest Kitchener will get a rude shock this winter, as crews cut down ash trees in an ongoing effort to manage the devastation caused by a destructive beetle. About 1,100 ash trees will be cut beginning in early to mid-November and continuing until the end of March, at a cost of about $150,000. The city began cutting down ash trees in 2012, about two years after the emerald ash borer was first discovered in the city, and tree cutting is scheduled to go on for another couple of years. The invasive beetle is expected to kill about 5,000 ash trees in the city — four-fifths of all ashes in Kitchener.

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Anti-anxiety dog meds made from tree bark studied in Ontario

CBC News
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Researchers from the University of Ottawa claim they’ve found a successful botanical anti-anxiety medication similar to Valium — for dogs. All the researchers need are vines from Costa Rica and sycamore bark harvested from trees in Windsor, Ont. …”It acts almost as well as Valium but it has none of the side-effects [Valium] is known for.” …The goal is to get the botanical anti-anxiety medication approved for human tests by Health Canada, Durst said. He hopes the product can eventually be used to help people experiencing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Wilderness advocates at Missoula workshop seek more youth in woods and work

The Missoulian
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

To get young people into the wilderness, skip social media in favor of personal contact. That’s the prescription offered by several panels of wilderness advocates wondering how to attract the millennial generation to jobs and stewardship. “Employers and job seekers really have to meet in the middle,” Darcy Shepard of Friends of Nevada Wilderness said. “Placing an ad in the newspaper may not be the best way to reach millennials. Watching your Twitter feed or Facebook may not be the best either. You’ve got to work the word-of-mouth.” Getting those conversations going across generations was a major theme of the 2015 National Wilderness Workshop currently meeting at the University of Montana.

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Freres Lumber buys BLM’s Belly Twister timber sale

The Albany Democrat-Herald
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Approximately 4,444 thousand board feet (MBF) of timber was offered for sale at oral auction by the Bureau of Land Management, Salem District, on Oct. 28. The Belly Twister timber sale was sold for $1,157,189. The property is 10 miles east of Scio, and was purchased by Freres Lumber Company Inc. for the appraised price. There were no other bidders on the parcel.

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Sheriff: Firefighters did all they could

Wenatchee World
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WENATCHEE — The four U.S. Forest Service firefighters who were overtaken by the Twisp River Fire Aug. 19 did all they could but couldn’t have saved themselves under the prevailing conditions. That’s the opinion of Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, whose office did its own investigation. The incident ended in the deaths of three of the firefighters and serious burns to the fourth, who remains hospitalized. The U.S. Forest Service is conducting its own, internal review and expects to issue a final report this spring. Two other federal agencies are also investigating. “In my opinion, there was nothing that could have been done,” Rogers said in a voice mail Friday while on a hunting trip. 

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West Yellowstone logging project can begin, federal judge says

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A logging project near a popular Nordic skiing trail system near West Yellowstone can move forward after a federal judge rejected complaints from two environmental groups. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen granted a summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a suit over the Rendezvous Trail forest thinning project, a plan to thin about 250 acres of forested land and build a few short segments of new roads. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Native Ecosystems Council sued over the project in 2014, claiming new road construction would increase motorized access and that the federal agency didn’t look closely enough at potential impacts to the environment and wildlife, namely the effects on grizzly bears and Canada lynx.

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How Green are Oregon’s Forest Management Practices?

Earth Island Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New documentary takes aim at clear-cutting and herbicide use on private forest lands. “Come out to Rockaway Beach and walk into Jetty Creek and you’ll feel that sense of outrage,” says Kate Taylor who lives in this small northern Oregon coastal town where she and her boyfriend run a fishing and travel guide business. Shortly after they’d settled into their new home there, the couple received a notice saying their water didn’t meet US Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards. Why? Because its source, the Jetty Creek watershed – water that runs off the steep forest slopes above the town – has been 80 percent clearcut and repeatedly sprayed with herbicides. The water requires extensive treatment and that has resulted in toxic levels of decontamination byproducts.

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Northern Arizona University researcher finds forest treatment contributes to increased snowpack

Northern Arizona Univerisity News
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Snowpack can be difficult to measure in the rugged, varied terrain of northern Arizona’s forests, and warming winters only complicate the picture. But a careful look into the past, layered with scrutiny of the present, reveals some welcome findings. After analyzing thousands of images from satellites and airplane-flown sensors, Teki Sankey, Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist, concluded that forest thinning increases snow accumulations on the ground and allows snow to linger during the spring melt. The combined effects increase the groundwater recharge that contributes to Arizona’s water supply. …“These results are encouraging for 4FRI,” Sankey wrote, noting that areas treated to that level “appear to have an optimum threshold for accumulating and maintaining snowpack.”

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Public Lands Commission slams the door on Governor’s demands

Bangor Daily News
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Legislature’s Public Lands Commission has slammed the door on Governor Paul LePage’s demand that revenue in the Public Lands Bureau be diverted to purchase wood stoves for poor Mainers and other purposes. At the Commission’s Tuesday meeting, not a single voice was raised to support the governor on this issue. …I won’t even try to report on the detailed discussion of road and forest harvesting issues, but that took up most of the meeting. The Commission appeared to agree that the legislature ought not to be dictating forest harvesting decisions, and that may turn up in their final recommendations due in December after their final meeting, scheduled for December 1.

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Dayton appoints Bemidji’s Preece as chair of state forestry council

Bemidji Pioneer
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BEMIDJI—Bemidji resident Kathleen Preece was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to serve as chair of the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, the governor’s office announced Thursday. Preece is replacing Robert Stine of the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education and will officially take over as chair on Monday. Preece, who was on the Information Management Committee as a member of the council, will end her term on Jan. 7, 2019. The Minnesota Forest Resources Council was established by the Sustainable Forest Resources Act of 1995 and promotes long-term sustainable management of Minnesota’s forests.

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Drought, other factors contribute to larger Texas wildfires

Associated Press in the Washington Post
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DALLAS — Larger, more threatening wildfires are occurring at greater rates as Texas faces lingering drought, consistent development — driven by millions of new residents and the spread of outlying suburbs — and changes in how the state’s land is used. Texas had 157,000 wildfires over a nine-year period ending in 2014, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Nearly 80 percent of those fires raged within 2 miles of a community, he said. “When I started, that was unheard of,” Stanford said. “Wildfires were a rural problem and not really a threat to communities.” Now those threats have turned perennial amid drought and development in areas that had been mostly rural. 

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A career path through the woods: Michigan’s next generation of forestry talent

Upper Peninsula Second Wave
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In Japan, people are encouraged to engage in the practice of Shinrin Yoku, or “forest bathing,” to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Katherine Armstrong reaps all the benefits of spending time around trees as well, but she doesn’t need a therapeutic getaway to the woods to experience them. She simply has to go to work every day. “Most people have to wait for a Saturday to go for a hike in the woods, and that’s what I do all day, most days–walk in the woods,” says the 38-year-old Michigan DNR forester who works in Kalkaska. “Hearing songbirds and seeing cool views over a river, you get to see a lot of neat places.” Armstrong is one of many young professionals in Michigan’s forestry industry. Though she was raised near Baltimore, it’s not unusual at all that she ended up working in the state that owns more forest land than any other besides Alaska.

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Swift parrot listed as ‘critically endangered’ by conservation authority

ABC News, Australia
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The swift parrot has been listed by a leading world scientific body as “critically endangered”, meaning the bird is heading for extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s foremost authority on endangered species, and has upgraded the status of the swift parrot to critically endangered. …Swift parrot researcher Dr Dejan Stojanovic from the Australian National University said logging of the bird’s habitat in Tasmania needed to be reduced. “It’s really a call to action to turn this trend towards extinction around,” he said.

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Aquino okays law on forestry practice

Sun Star
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill regulating the practice of forestry in the country. In signing Republic Act 10690 on October 23, the President recognized the importance of professional foresters in nation building and development. The goal is to develop and nurture competent, globally competitive professional foresters, who will observe the highest standards of excellence. The law, also known as the Forestry Profession Act, will govern the examination and licensure of professional foresters, supervise and regulate the practice of forestry in the country, and develop and upgrade the curriculum on forestry education. It will also develop the professional competence of foresters through mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as integrate forestry as a profession.

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Company & Business News

Mercer International Inc. Reports Strong 2015 Third Quarter Results Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.115

Global Newswire
October 29, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

NEW YORK, — Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq:MERC) (TSX:MRI.U) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Operating EBITDA* in the third quarter of 2015 was $61.1 million, compared to $67.6 million in the comparative quarter of 2014 and $50.0 million in the prior quarter of 2015. For the third quarter of 2015, net income was $23.8 million, or $0.37 per basic and diluted share, compared to $88.3 million, or $1.38 per basic and $1.37 per diluted share, in the comparative quarter of 2014 and $16.4 million, or $0.25 per basic and diluted share, in the prior quarter.

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Norbord Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
October 30, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. (TSX: NBD) today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $30 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $19 million in both the second quarter of 2015 and third quarter of 2014. The increase versus the two comparative periods is primarily due to higher shipment volumes and a number of cost improvements. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $22 million in the quarter compared to $11 million in both the prior quarter and the same quarter last year. European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $11 million in the quarter versus $10 million in the prior quarter and $11 million in the same quarter last year.

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Sun Wave owner questions legality of Watson Island settlement

Prince Rupert Northern View
October 28, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The debate surrounding ownership of Watson Island was thrust back into the spotlight this week with the owner of Sun Wave Forest Products calling the settlement agreement with the City of Prince Rupert “null and void”. A declaration signed by Sun Wave Forest Products owner Ni Ritao, published in the Northern View on Oct. 28, says the agreement entered into by Sophia Liu on behalf of the company on Aug. 20, 2013 was done without his legal authorization. …However, the City of Prince Rupert says the proper protocols were followed in reaching the deal and that evidence was provided to indicate Liu had the authority to reach the agreements in question.

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Future looks bright for Resolute: CEO

Chronicle Journal
October 30, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products CEO Richard Garneau is optimistic about the company’s future. In releasing the company’s latest report on Wednesday, Garneau said the company “is executing our strategy toward the Resolute of the future; building on the integration of two sawmills (in Ignace and Sapawe near Atikokan) this year. We’re focused on completing the Calhoun continuous pulp digester project (a mill in Tennessee). “The project remains on track for a late-December start-up. Once fully operational, we expect that it will grow our market pulp capacity by 100,000 metric tons and will reduce our mill-wide costs.

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EACOM offers clarification

Letter from Guy Fleury,, EACOM Timber Corporation
Timmins Press
October 29, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – In the Oct. 27 edition of The Daily Press I was interviewed by Alan S. Hale regarding EACOM’s $2.8-million investment in tech upgrades at our Timmins sawmill. I would like to reiterate how excited we are with these investments and the positive impacts they will have on our site’s competitiveness. I am compelled to write this letter to clarify some of the statements in the article that are either inaccurate or misleading. Regarding employment opportunities with EACOM, while the automation will reduce the number of graders on staff per shift, no EACOM employee will lose their job as a result of this investment.

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Domtar Corporation reports preliminary third quarter 2015 financial results

Canada Newswire press release
October 30, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

FORT MILL, SC, – Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today reported net earnings of $11 million ($0.17 per share) for the third quarter of 2015 compared to net earnings of $38 million ($0.60 per share) for the second quarter of 2015 and net earnings of $281 million ($4.33 per share) for the third quarter of 2014. Sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $1.3 billion. Excluding items listed below, the Company had earnings before items1 of $54 million ($0.86 per share) for the third quarter of 2015 compared to earnings before items1 of $39 million ($0.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2015 and earnings before items1 of $61 million ($0.94 per share) for the third quarter of 2014.

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Weyerhaeuser Reports Third Quarter Results

PR Newswire
October 30, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., — Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today reported third quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $180 million, or 35 cents per diluted share. This compares with net earnings of $133 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for second quarter 2015 and net earnings from continuing operations before special items of $178 million, or 33 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year. Third quarter 2014 net earnings of $1,153 million, or $2.15 per diluted share, included after-tax gains of $975 million from discontinued operations and special items, primarily related to the divestiture of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company.

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Timber export operations in central west suspended

ABC News, Australia
October 30, 2015
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

A volatile market has been blamed for a decision to suspend timber exports from the central west. The company PF Olsen secured a three-year deal last year to supply the Chinese market with 175,000 tonnes of wood from forests around Bathurst and Oberon. The managing director Pat Groenhout says log prices have dropped significantly since April this year and they have been unable to make a profit. He said they were working to redeploy about 20 staff. “We’ve got one harvesting crew operating, just supplying domestic products in that part of the world,” Mr Groenhuot said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

On the road to Paris – Climate change event

Forest Products Association of Canada
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

In partnership with the Canadian Climate Forum and the Canadian Wood Council, we invite you to tune in to our live webcast of the On the Road to Paris Climate Change event. Join as we discuss what Canada’s forest industry is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change as the world moves to a low carbon economy. The Canadian Climate Forum mission is to disseminate and apply evidence-based climate knowledge to advance decision making for a safer and more sustainable Canada. The Forum works collaboratively with multi-stakeholders from the public and private sectors to ensure that decision/policy makers have access to the most current, innovative climate science to ensure best practices in climate related adaptation and mitigation strategies. Webcast: fpac.ca/roadtoparis, Date: November 19, 2015, Time: 1pm – 4pm (EST)

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Climate Change, Wildfire Seen Transforming Northwest Forests

KUOW.org
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Previous modeling has shown that these Klamath and Siskiyou forests could experience a substantial long-term shift from conifer to this shrub-heavy chaparral. The shift will likely not be the result of just one variable – because forests are complex systems and what human do in the forests complicates the equation. But climate change – and the warmer and sometimes drier conditions it brings – will play a big part. Portland State’s Robert Scheller, who’s leading the Klamath Climate and Wildfire study, says established trees can likely survive some warming. Where climate change really kicks in is what vegetation comes back after large forest die-offs from wildfire, disease or bug infestation.

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Tinder meets environmental protection in deforestation app

Anyone can help track tree-cutting trends in Tanzania by swiping left and right on their smartphone, with citizen science tool
Climate Home
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

On dating app Tinder, you swipe right if you fancy the person pictured on your smartphone screen – and left if you don’t. In the latest citizen science tool from research institute IIASA, the same mechanism works to track loss of forest cover in Tanzania. The Picture Piles app, available on desktop, Apple and Android operating systems, presents before and after shots of patches of land from the sky. With a flick of the finger, users say whether trees have been cut down, helping researchers to monitor deforestation trends. “It’s easy to look at an aerial photo or high resolution image and say, are there trees there or not?” said IIASA researcher Steffen Fritz.

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Work begins on £100m Cheshire waste wood biomass project

Lets Recycle
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International


Construction work has started on a 21.5MWe waste wood biomass plant at the former Ince Park site in Cheshire, after developer CoGen Ltd announced it had reached financial close on the project today (October 29). The £100m biomass plant will use ‘Advanced Conversion Technology’ to process up to 170,000 tonnes per year of recovered waste wood in to enough energy to power around 40,000 homes over 20 years of operation. It will also qualify for 1.8 Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for the first 19 or more years of its lifespan.  According to CoGen, a long term supply contract for the waste wood feedstock has been agreed with Ince Park Renewables Ltd, while a long
term power purchase agreement has been reached with energy firm nPower
for the electricity, which the plant is expected to begin producing in
2017.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations Releases Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook

FPInnovations
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

FPInnovations has published the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook to help facilitate the design and construction of 5- and 6-storey wood-frame buildings across Canada. The handbook is intended to be used by early adopters and mainstream design practitioners to design mid-rise wood frame buildings in compliance with the National Code, Provincial Codes, and the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood. The growing interest in wood-frame construction as an economical and environmentally friendly type of construction, along with the growth in the urban population, prompted the regulatory authorities of many provinces to allow taller wood-frame buildings in the last few years. 

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VRCA celebrates Gold Award winners Journal of Commerce

Journal of Commerce
October 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) celebrated industry excellence in British Columbia at their 27th Annual Awards of Excellence, held on Oct. 21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. “This year we had 128 nominations that cover 37 projects estimated to be over $500 million worth in construction value,” VRCA president Fiona Famulak said.”There were a large number of projects that incorporated a lot of wood in their design, which is great to see, because that ‘s normally not what we see in the Industrial Commercial Institutional (ICI) industry.” Famulak highlighted the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, B.C. as an example of an innovative project utilizing wood. The WIDC went on to win a Gold award in the Manufacturers and Suppliers category.

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World’s tallest timber tower to be built in British Columbia

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
October 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fifty years ago, Many apartment buildings were built in the International Style, tall flat slabs of buildings with efficient layouts. Now Acton Ostry Architects are using this iconic 20th century style to build the world’s tallest timber tower using a truly 21st century material, Cross laminated Timber (CLT). I have described CLT as the dream material: it’s made from a renewable resource, it sequesters carbon, it is strong enough to replace wood and concrete in higher buildings, and right now, it helps use up some of the billions of board-feet of mountain pine-beetle infested wood that will rot if we don’t cut it and use it fast. The building is a new student residence for the University of British Columbia that the University president says is “a living laboratory for the UBC community. …No doubt the steel and concrete people will be out in force calling this a firetrap (thats what all the commenters are saying in the Vancouver Sun) However it is not. The architects note that “The conservative approach used for the design of the project is equally as safe as that for high rise buildings using a concrete or steel structure. “

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Readers Sound Off on All-Wood Buildings, Diversity in the Firefighting Ranks and More

Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

New Yorkers and others who care for the future of our cities should be skeptical about the wood industry’s grandiose claims that buildings made of “engineered wood” (meaning chemically treated) are “exactly the opposite” of structural materials such as steel and concrete when it comes to carbon emissions (“Spaces: And the Construction Material of the Future Is—Wood?” Sept. 17). Using wood in construction isn’t carbon capture—it is carbon catch-and-release. At some point all wood buildings will be demolished, with stored carbon returned to the atmosphere, affecting future generations. By contrast, 97% of steel byproducts can be reused, and 81% of all steel is recycled. …Concerning the flammability of a wood building…The argument goes, if a building meets current building and fire codes, it must be safe. The truth, however, is that a code-compliant building is the worst building we can legally build.

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Metro grant helps creative workspace take root in Portland’s Central Eastside

By Justin Sherrill
Metro News
October 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In Portland’s Central Eastside District, among the venerable old warehouses and workshops, a new six-story building is being constructed using the very old elements of wood and brick. This is not just a quaint Portland anachronism, however. Clay Creative, as developers Killian Pacific are calling the future industrial office and maker space, is being constructed using a modern take on a historical process called “mass timber,” and they’re doing it for reasons that are gaining traction in today’s fast-growing and more sustainability-minded region. …“Fifty percent of the dry weight of wood is carbon,” said Locke, giving a nearby beam a knock. “It’s pulled out of the air while the tree is growing, and it’s still there when the tree is cut down and turned into these wood products until the day that the building either burns or fall down and rot – so not for many, many years. So, wood is really carbon negative – you do spend energy making the timber product, but not as much as it already contains, and not nearly as much as you expend making other building materials like steel and concrete.”

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Meet Oregon’s 3 Sustainable Manufacturers of the Year for 2015

Portland Business Journal
October 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Three local companies took home top sustainability honors at the Business Journal’s annual Oregon Manufacturing Awards event, held Thursday morning. The Manufacturing Award winner for Product Innovation is a company that began with a lone sawmill in the southwestern corner of the state. D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. has remade itself into a cutting-edge firm on the forefront of new construction technology. The company’s cross-laminated timber panels are made by bonding layers of lumber to produce panels up to 10 feet wide, 60 feet long and 18 inches thick that can be used for flooring, walls and roofs. CLT panels can be made with shorter pieces of wood that can’t be used in traditional glued laminated timber beams, glum for short, as well as lumber from smaller diameter forest resources.

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