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Daily Archives: October 23, 2015

Special Feature

New Report: Local Planning Commitments and Logging near Wells Gray Park

The Forest Practices Board has released a new report.
BC Forest Practices Board
October 21, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 1999, residents of the Upper Clearwater Valley and the local forest district agreed that the corridor of private and public land surrounding the road leading to Wells Gray Provincial Park had unique values. The values were documented in guidelines in a local resource use plan. The guidelines were endorsed by the district manager, who was pleased about the trust that had developed between business, government and individuals. Little harvesting occurred in the area until 13 years later, in 2012, when the licensee who operates in the area went to the referral group with harvest plans and explained how the plans followed the guidelines. The referral group disagreed. The licensee tried to get comments on the operational plans but the residents’ concerns were more strategic than operational and the residents viewed government as breaking its agreement with them. They complained to the Board that the guidelines were not being followed.

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Froggy Foibles

‘Timber Kings’ star makes car out of a single piece of western red cedar

CBC News
October 22, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s not just for show, you can actually take it for a spin.  CBC Daybreak Kamloops got the first sneak peak into a car made out of a single piece of western red cedar. It’s all hush-hush until the big launch of it later this year.  “It has a lot of character, not just a round car. It has fins that are actually part of the original tree,” said Bryan Reid Sr., founder of Pioneer Log Homes of B.C. and one of the stars of HGTV Canada’s Timber Kings.  The tires are rubber, the axles and frames are metal, the wheels aluminum but the rest of it is all log. The cedar rocket — as they call it — could possibly be the only wooden car in the world and is gunning for the title of the fastest log car in the world.

Pioneer Log Homes Ltd. owner Bryan Reid Sr. (left) and project engineer Gerald Overton Sr. stand with a cedar log which has been made into a race car. It is expected the creation will garner Pioneer Log Homes Ltd. a world record while raising money for veterans. From the Williams Lake Tribune who also has a version of this story.
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Business & Politics

Truck Loggers Association weighs in on Trans Pacific Partnership

My Comox Valley Now
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association says it’s hoping Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau follows through with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Liberals didn’t take a firm position on the TPP during the campaign, saying they wanted to see the details before making any decisions. David Elstone is the Executive Director of the TLA. He says people in the coastal forest industries need open access to as many markets as possible.  Elstone says the TLA is also encouraging Trudeau to heed premier Christy Clark’s call to make negotiating a new softwood lumber agreement with the US a top priority.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper might need approval to buy alternate power

The Chronicle Herald
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper may have to jump through an extra hoop if it wants to buy renewable power from an independent producer under the province’s new retail electricity system. The Point Tupper mill can’t be a customer in the retail market for the next four years without approval from the provincial regulator, Nova Scotia Power says. The Cape Breton operation needs the Utility and Review Board’s blessing because it has a separate power rate, the power company said in a recent regulatory filing. “The terms of that tariff are that Port Hawkesbury Paper cannot take service under another tariff without approval of the (board),” Beverley Ware, a spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power, said Thursday.

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Boise Cascade Company Reports 2015 Third Quarter Net Income of $22.0 Million on Sales of $991.6 Million

Market Watch
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade or Company) BCC, +2.65% today reported net income of $22.0 million, or $0.56 per share, on sales of $991.6 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. …”Both of our businesses delivered good volume growth in our key product lines during the quarter, but weak commodity prices constrained our top-line revenue growth. Despite the product pricing headwinds, Building Materials Distribution performed well and delivered its best quarter since 2006.

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Montana’s Congressional Delegation fighting for fair timber trade

ABC Fox Montana
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – Government officials are raising their concerns in support of the fair treatment of Montana’s timber companies. The Softwood Lumber Agreement, which balanced trading of timber between the U.S and Canada, expired on October 12th, leaving Montana’s Congressional Delegation scrambling for a new compromise. Timber mills across the state will now have a harder time getting fair trade value for their lumber. Canadian companies are able to produce lumber at a significantly lower cost than the U.S, mainly because log prices in states like Montana are determined by market value, but Canadian logs are priced by Provincial governments. Therefore, Canadian timber producers have the advantage of being able to sell logs at lower costs to American companies.

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Flathead company creates eco-friendly product

ABC Fox Montana
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – As part of the Montana timber week, a Flathead company opened its doors to the public to showcase its product that many hope will revolutionize the construction industry. SmartLam in Columbia Falls is one of the first manufacturers of cross laminated timber in the country. Experts describe it as “ply-wood on steroids” and say in addition to providing a good strength ratio it has the added bonus of being more eco-friendly than other building products. “The wood on the stump is always growing so you’re always producing more wood every year, where as concrete and steel what’s there is there and you can’t make any more of it. Wood is constantly reviewing itself,” said Dennis Krueger, SmartLam Sales Manager

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Collins, King say paper tariffs could hurt 2 Maine mills

Bangor Daily News
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation testified before federal trade officials Thursday morning regarding increased tariffs on Canadian paper imports they’ve characterized as a double-edged sword for jobs in Maine. …The tariffs stand to help the paper mill in Madison, the lawmakers testified, but could harm two Canadian paper producers that together employ about 1,200 people in Maine. “While I strongly support relief to these hard-working American men and women and the companies that are being injured as a result of illegal government assistance, I want to note that it is my belief that the Department of Commerce should have reviewed all four Canadian producers of supercalendered paper to ensure a fair and accountable process,” Collins wrote in a prepared statement.

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Lumber Liquidators pleads guilty to environmental crimes

Associated Press in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NORFOLK, Va. • Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty Thursday to environmental crimes related to importing flooring manufactured in China from timber illegally logged in eastern Russia, the habitat for the world’s last remaining Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. The Toano, Va.-based company entered a plea agreement to one felony and four misdemeanors in U.S. District Court. As part of the agreement, the company agreed to pay $13.2 million to end a federal investigation. The Justice Department said the financial penalty is the largest ever imposed for illegal timber trafficking. Sentencing was set for Feb. 1. According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Lumber Liquidators should have known the flooring manufactured in China was made from illegally sourced Mongolian oak. However, the company failed to heed “red flags” as required by the company’s own internal procedures, the court papers say.

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Rumford mill reports inadvertent discharge into river

River Valley Sun Journal
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RUMFORD — About 15,600 gallons of hot water and pulp fiber were accidentally discharged from the Catalyst Paper mill into the Androscoggin River on Thursday afternoon, mill spokesman Tony Lyons said. Lyons said a malfunctioning meter that measures water clarity allowed water to be released into the river when it should have remained within the mill’s treatment facilities. “This was non-contact cooling water that typically goes into this particular sewer, but in this case it had come into contact with some paper fiber and normally when it goes into the sewer there is a turbidity meter that at the point of discharge determines whether it is clear water or not clear water,” Lyons said. “The turbidity meter in actuality was not functioning so it actually discharged this water with paper fiber in it to the river.”

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Port of Tauranga cautious on log exports to China

The slowdown in dairy and log exports is weighing on the outlook for two of the country’s port companies.
Radio New Zealand News
October 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Port of Tauranga has forecast flat earnings this year because of soft dairy, and log markets are affecting cargo volumes and offsetting gains in container volumes. …”The big issue on our radar is what happens in China particularly with log exports, which is a very big part of our business,” said chief executive Mark Cairns. He said latest reports from China suggest falling stocks and a rise in prices, but the company is staying conservative about the trading outlook for now. …The port is reliant on aluminium, dairy and forestry volumes, and Mr Chapman said competition among the country’s port companies to fill larger container ships, prompted its own move to set up a regional freight hub in Invercargill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wonders of wood

Prince George Citizen
October 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The building has a name that has to be lived up to, and Emily Carr University is already well on its way to being the innovators of wood design called for in that title. The Vancouver-based university is moving in and setting up its engineering programs that will focus on ways of making wood work for society well beyond lumber and linear furniture. It’s something their faculty has been catalyzing for years, and it is anticipated to reach new heights with a UNBC partnership and industry connections in the heart of the forest industry – at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in downtown Prince George. It’s where art and industry come together, with a wooden foundation for the future.

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Forest Service seeks to give cash for wood products

Juneau Empire
October 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals for its 2016 Wood Innovations grant program. On Tuesday, the USFS said it will award approximately $5 million to projects that “substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets.” Grants can be to a maximum of $250,000 and typically cover two to three years of expenses. Past proposals have included new wood products created from local timber and marketing efforts for local wood products.

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Hampshire College’s new administration building produces own heat, electricity, water

GazettNet
October 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

When it opens in March, the R.W. Kern Center is expected to be a model for how sustainable building practices can be pursued, said Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash. …Lash said the 16,000-square-foot building will be the largest timber-frame structure constructed in the Northeast in at least a century. …The building’s framing lumber is produced in New England and eastern Canada, and, along with the plywood, is entirely certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The engineered wood is produced by Bensonwood in Walpole, New Hampshire. Wright also noted that the plywood does not contain chemicals such as formaldehyde. The thick wood walls will be filled with cellulose material, made up primarily of recycled newspapers, and the windows will also be highly energy efficient. Much of the wood, along with the concrete floor, will be left exposed.

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Forestry

BCTS postpones logging on Reed Road cutblock

Sunshine Coast Reporter
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) has postponed logging operations at its Reed Road cutblock while it considers options. Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) hailed this as a victory earlier this month. “BCTS has deferred or postponed the Reed Road [Timber Sale Licence] – it has not been dropped or removed from our timber inventory,” BCTS planning forester Norm Kempe said. “We are considering our options at this location. The [Sunshine Coast Regional District] has indicated an interest in establishing regional parkland in the area. We have asked to be kept informed of the rezoning process.” ELF forest campaigner Ross Muirhead said the area, if it is preserved as a park, could be a great asset for the entire region. Muirhead estimated the size of the area at between 20 and 30 hectares.

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Kalesnikoff presents new five-year logging plan

Nelson Star
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kalesnikoff Lumber has given the public until Nov. 1 to comment on its new forest stewardship plan for its licences in the Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake areas.The five year plan was first made public in August, and Tyler Hodgkinson, the company’s woodlands manager, presented it to the Regional District of Central Kootenay board this month. But Hodgkinson told the Star later that the plan won’t be much help to the public much because it is written in legalese. “Once it is approved, it is considered a legal document,” he said. “You would have to be a lawyer or have a degree in forestry to understand it.”

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Frank White passes at 101

Sunshine Coast Reporter
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Frank White, pioneer, raconteur and author of bestselling books, died Oct. 18 at his home in Garden Bay. …He built on his early start to follow the trucking boom that hit BC in the 1930s and 1940s, pioneering highway freighting then truck logging. In the 1950s he became a small-scale “gyppo” logger before moving to the coastal fishing village of Pender Harbour, where he operated an excavating business, a gas station and a municipal water system. Along the way he endured shipwrecks, topped 200-foot spartrees, fought forest fires, got physical with log rustlers, built houses, built boats, raised a family, dabbled in politics, built early computers, buried a beloved wife and daughter, travelled the world and wrote books.

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Angell Woods: Montreal to spend $3.5M to buy part of West Island forest

CBC News
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Montreal will spend $3.5 million to acquire a 78,500-square metre expanse of land in the West Island and add it to the protected l’Anse-à-l’Orme nature park. The property at 575 Elm Avenue in Beaconsfield is part of the Angell Woods forest. The acquisition of the land – about the size of ten CFL football fields – would extend l’Anse-à-l’Orme nature park to Highway 20.  In a written statement, Beaconsfield mayor Georges Bourelle said the extension could eventually lead to a north-south recreational corridor linking with Cap-St.Jacques.

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Revitalizing for the future: Nova Scotia forestry group aims to educate, support woodlot owners

Hants Journal
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CALEDONIA – Forestry services and other related industries have suffered recently in Nova Scotia, but a group of partners in western Nova Scotia is coming together to try and change that. The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is teaming up with groups like the Federation of Woodland Owners, La Foret Acadienne and the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association to hold a series of public information sessions and consultations with private woodlot owners to discuss what resources are available to them and what they need. They hope to connect landowners with resources and services needed to not only profit from their woodlots, but to increase the health of those in a sustainable way.

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Thinning, burning trees in Elkhorn WMA not good for habitat, wildlife

By Michael Garrity – executive director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies. 
Helena Independent Record
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tom Kuglin’s article in the IR on Oct. 15 about the Forest Service’s proposal to thin and burn trees in the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Area deserves a follow-up on the importance of thick, dense forests for a wide variety of wildlife. Whitebark pines are in steep decline because of global warming. Unfortunately, in the attempt to restore habitat in the Elkhorns the Forest Service erroneously intends to treat whitebark like they grow in a tree farm. But they don’t. They are high-elevation trees and, just like lodgepole pines, whitebark naturally grow in thick stands for protection from the wind. If you thin them you actually create a much higher risk of the trees being killed in Montana’s cold and windy winters, the exact opposite of whitebark regeneration.

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Battling beetles: thinning planned for Newberry caldera

2,938-acre project would also target disease
The Bend Bulletin
October 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sap dripping from lodgepole pines this year came as the first sign of an insect invasion mounting in the Newberry Volcano caldera. By next year, trees killed by the mountain pine beetle should stick out from healthy trees — because of their telltale red needles. “We are just starting to get a new beetle outbreak,” Amy Tinderholt, recreation team leader for the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest, said Thursday. Hoping to curb the outbreak before it leaves widespread dead and potentially dangerous trees standing in campgrounds around Newberry National Volcanic Monument, the national forest plans to thin out lodgepole stands there. The caldera is home to Paulina and East lakes. The “Shield Insect and Disease Project” would cover 2,938 acres in the caldera about 20 miles east of La Pine, according to the national forest.

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Cass County Board: Agreement to improve forest roads

Pineandlakes Echo Journal
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BACKUS – Cass County commissioners approved an agreement with U.S. Forest Service Tuesday that will enable more revenue from forest service timber sales to be used locally to improve forest roads. The USFS representative from the Walker office Darla Lenz said about 30 percent of USFS timber sale proceeds currently come back to the local office. The USFS uses this money to contract road maintenance on some of the forest service roads. Some of those roads also are township roads in the county’s unorganized township areas.

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Sheila Spores honored for silviculture work

Sit News
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – Tongass National Forest Silviculturist Sheila Spores was awarded a prestigious national Silviculture Excellence Award for her outstanding performance and support of the Forest silviculture program. “Sheila is a true advocate for silviculture,” said, Forest Staff Officer Charles Streuli. “She has created and maintained key contacts in the public and private sector advocating for professional forest management policies and projects. Sheila’s many accomplishments include facilitating and coordinating the completion of the Tongass Young Growth Strategy and being a key player in the development of the Forest Planning and Projection Model.”

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Fire Season Is Over and it Was a Big One

Kuna Melba News
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Idaho Department of Lands said that this year’s 5-month long fire season was one of the worst on record. Nearly half of the 300 reported fires were human caused at a cost of $80 million in fire suppression. Idaho taxpayers will be on the hook for nearly $60 million. The total number of fires on lands protected by the State of Idaho was a fairly typical 89 percent of the 20-year average, while the number of acres burned was huge – 594 percent of the 20-year average. Most of the fires were less than 10 acres in size, but 14 required the use of incident management teams. One of the largest of the fires this year in terms of cost was the Clearwater Complex fires near Kamiah.

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Meetings set for Forest Plan revision

East Oregonian
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PENDLETON — The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision on the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests. Each meeting will discuss a certain topic or feature of the plan, which provides a framework for future management decisions. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires each national forest to prepare a forest plan and revise it every 10-15 years to address changing needs and conditions. The current plans for the three Blue Mountains forests were last updated in 1990.

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Bush Puts Western Lands On Campaign Agenda. Will Other Candidates Do The Same?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his plan for managing public lands and natural resources Wednesday in Reno. His suggestions ranged from giving states more control over federal lands within their borders to moving the Interior Department headquarters to a western state. The announcement could be a sign that natural resource issues will play a more prominent role in the 2016 election than they have in the past. “The last two election cycles there was very little discussion of public lands and energy resources on public lands. I think that’s going to be different this time around,” says Matt Lee-Ashley, Senior Fellow at the politically progressive-leaning Center for American Progress.

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Wildfires Likely the ‘New Normal’ for Bastrop

The Texas Observer
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Smoke still lingers along the back roads of Bastrop County, the sweet scent of pine wafting through the charred trunks of 50-year-old trees. The landscape calls to mind the aftermath of other natural disasters: the twisted path of a tornado or the still, watery remains after a hurricane. Experts say wildfires in Bastrop County are happening with greater frequency and intensity — a troubling trend for an area that’s grown more than 30 percent since 2000. A combination of factors is at work, they say. Rising temperatures and worsening drought — effects of climate change — are exacerbating natural conditions that make Texas prone to wildfires. Making matters worse is population growth among the pines.

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Behind-the-scenes effort seeks harmony on WNC forests plan

Carolina Public Press
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Three years down and two to go for revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan. According to the current timetable, the revised plan should be approaching the finish line. But a lot of planning remains to be done as the federally mandated process inches forward again this fall. Some of that work will take place publicly. Some is taking place behind the scenes. That includes trying to establish harmony between groups of stakeholders with diverging ideas about forest management. The re-planning process will set the agenda for two national forests spanning most of Western North Carolina over the next two decades.

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EU aid ‘ineffective’ against illegal logging – auditors

BBC News
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An EU aid programme aimed at curbing the trade in illegal timber was poorly managed and often failed to achieve effective partnerships with developing countries, EU auditors say. The Court of Auditors examined the €300m (£217m; $335m) spent by the EU on forestry projects in 2003-2013. Aid was poorly spent in some African countries, the report said. It also criticised the failure of Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain to tighten their rules on timber. By not implementing the EU timber regulation, they sent a “negative message” to other timber-producing countries, they said.

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New colonies of Leadbeater’s possum discovered in logging forests

The Sydney Morning Herald
October 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The politically sensitive and critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum, which is also happens to be Victoria’s animal emblem, is again proving a challenge with the discovery of dozens of new colonies in forests on Melbourne’s northern doorstep that are open to logging. In recent months government and community surveys have found 71 new colonies of Leadbeater’s possum in the central highland forests. That has prompted dozens of new 200-metre logging exclusion zones to be established across the patches of forest in the state’s central highlands where the possum populations are being discovered.

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Environmental winner announced

Scoop Independent News
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The winners of the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015 have been announced, with an incredible line-up of organisations showcasing that world-class innovation is thriving in New Zealand! Bayer New Zealand sponsors the “Innovation in Agribusiness and Environment” category, and Managing Director Holger Detje is proud to announce the winner in this category as Fibre-gen for its HITMAN PH330, an acoustic tool that sonically tests the tensile strength of a tree in its entirety before it is cut down. This allows the tree to be segregated into construction strength timber, and timber for other uses. “One of the reasons we are so impressed by this entry is that it’s a tool that can help reduce waste as well as saving money in the timber industry,” says Detje.

 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Premiers agree to attend Paris climate summit

By Bruce Cheadle
Canadian Press in BC Local News
October 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s premiers huddled by teleconference call Thursday and agreed that everyone not facing an election campaign will attend December’s climate change summit in Paris with prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau, The Canadian Press has learned. Monday’s surprising Liberal majority has cleared the path for an invigorated Canadian presence at the United Nations climate conference, known as COP21, that begins Nov. 30. Trudeau, who was not part of the premiers’ conference call, promised to invite the provincial leaders to Paris if elected, recognizing the leading role provinces have taken on the climate policy front over the past decade. …”There has never been a global movement to put a price on carbon at this level and with this degree of unison,” World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim said in a release.

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Good to burn wood

The Chronicle Journal
October 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Generating stations in both Atikokan and Thunder Bay are waving the environmental flag for being leaders in sustaining healthy forests while using its byproducts to produce renewable bioenergy. Wednesday was National BioenergDay across North America and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) opened the doors to its Thunder Bay plant for tours. The plant switched to biomass pellets this past January, ending the burning of coal. The coal storage area of the property was levelled and seeded with grass and rests beside mountains of biomass pellets. Mike Martelli, senior vice-president of hydro thermal operations at the Thunder Bay plant, says the switch to pellets saved more than 55 jobs at the plant and has spinoff economic benefits throught the operation’s suppliers.

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Drax power station criticised for biomass by US environmental group

BBC News
October 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An American environmental group has criticised a UK power station over its use of biomass or wood pellets. Drax cuts down trees in the US and converts them to wood pellets to burn at its plant near Selby, in North Yorkshire. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said the operation has become so large it “threatens to destroy ecosystems that can never be replaced”. Drax denied this, saying the wood was “sustainably sourced”. Andy Koss, Drax’s Chief Executive, said: “We are very confident everything we do is sustainably sourced. “There are very strict regulations in the UK and Europe, we have to comply with these. All the biomass we source is audited as well.”

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