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Business & Politics

Message to new government: Canadian forest industry will help reach your economic and environmental goals

By: David Lindsay, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
Forest Products Association of Canada
October 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With the federal election now behind us, the new Prime Minister can and must promote the economy and the environment in the first few weeks of his mandate. The foundation for both future economic stability and environmental sustainability will be laid for decades to come based on two significant global initiatives — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. As the representative of an industry that directly supports 230,000 well paid jobs across Canada and is a world leader in green, sustainable forest practices, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) fully understands that economic and environmental policies are inextricably linked and cannot be viewed in isolation.

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Canada’s softwood lumber rematch with U.S. awaits Trudeau

by BARRIE McKENNA
Globe and Mail
October 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Justin Trudeau is barely off the campaign bus and he’s already facing his first major trade showdown with the United States. And it’s not over the Keystone XL pipeline, the Trans-Pacific Partnership or climate-change policy. The prime-minister-designate is about to get his introduction to the never-ending softwood lumber file. The most intractable trade dispute in Canada-U.S. history is back, and it’s about to get ugly. Cross-border skirmishes over lumber crop up at least once every decade. The time has come again, putting at risk an $8-billion-plus export industry. A nine-year-old lumber truce pact quietly expired in the late stages of the election campaign. The 2006 agreement, which ended the last round of trade litigation, managed the flow of Canadian lumber to the United States by imposing export charges whenever prices fell below a predetermined floor.

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Ledcor Resources and Transportation Wins Two Safety Awards for Programs in Forestry and Trucking

Market Wired
October 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SURREY, BC – Ledcor Resources and Transportation (LRT) is proud to be honored with two awards at the Safety Forum and Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Steering Committee in Surrey on October 22, 2015. LRT’s Forestry and Trucking Operations received the 2015 Achievement Recognition Award for TruckSafe Organizational Excellence, as well as the 2015 Achievement Recognition Award – Special Project Award for LRT’s innovative DriveSAFE Truck Driver Competency and Evaluation Program.

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American Forest & Paper Association Releases September 2015 Printing-Writing Statistics Report

What They Think
October 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

According to the report released on October 22, 2015, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4 percent in September compared to September 2014. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4 percent from August. Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments were slightly ahead (less than 1 percent) of comparable shipments in September 2014, the second increase in the past four months. Imports of UFS decreased 25 percent year-over-year in August. …The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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Maine congressional members critical of Canadian subsidies

Times Record
October 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Portland — Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation told the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday that Canadian subsidies provided to the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Nova Scotia have harmed Maine’s paper industry, and they urged the panel to adopt duties recommended by the U.S. Commerce Department. Sen. Susan Collins said at a commission hearing in Portland that communities like Madison, where Madison Paper has laid off more than 100 workers, “need immediate relief from the unfair advantages afforded by illegal subsidies.” “Madison’s workers — any of Maine’s paper mill workers, in fact — can compete and win. But they require a level playing field and the strong enforcement of fair trade practices,” Sen. Angus King said.

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Timber Tour examines wood products, supply

Daily Inter Lake
October 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Glacier Rim Fire and SmartLam provide learning environment The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce’s month-long celebration of manufacturing in the Flathead ended where manufacturing began in the Flathead — with its timber industry. The 2015 Timber Tour took place Thursday, and highlighted the resiliency of the industry, both in the field, where participants saw the result of the Glacier Rim Fire north of Columbia Falls, and in the manufacturing process itself — in this case at the SmartLam plant in Columbia Falls, where technology has responded to the market with an all-new product, cross-laminated timber.

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Loads of logs departing Port Angeles

by David Sellars
Peninsula Daily News
October 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

THE PORT OF Port Angeles’ Terminal 3 has been busy for the past couple of weeks with cargo ships taking on logs. Last week, Ince Point, a 509-foot-long vessel, departed Port Angeles for Taicang, China, with approximately 5.9 million board feet of logs harvested from Merrill & Ring’s private land holdings in Western Washington. This week, the 478-foot cargo ship Global Hero is dockside, taking on about 5 million board feet of logs bound for China. When it leaves Port Angeles, Astoria Bay will be next up in the queue. It is due to arrive in Port Angeles on Nov. 3. Invariably, when log exports are mentioned in this column, I field phone calls and emails from readers whose perception is that the exported logs are processed into lumber that is used to build furniture and knickknacks that are then imported back to the United States for sale in big-box stores.

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Dismal forecast for timber

Natural Resource Report
October 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Despite low mortgage rates and low unsold home inventories, the weak stud market, the expiration of the U.S./Canadian softwood trade agreement, and the low value of the Canadian dollar, do not bode well for the rest of the Fall. Trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2006. Studs are not looking good. They are approaching the mid 200’s. For context, the stud price in August, 2006 dropped to $220 from $275 in June, 2006. Significant recovery into the $300’s did not occur for 6 more years – until mid-2012.

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Sierra Pacific Industries promotes Aaron Sulzer to Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Lesprom
October 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) appoints Aaron Sulzer as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, effective immediately. Sulzer will oversee SPI’s lumber, millwork, and fiber sales as well as transportation, the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Sulzer has over 15 years of experience in the wood products industry, and has worked for SPI for 9 years, most recently as Manager of the Structural Lumber sales group. Prior to working for SPI, he held lumber sales positions at Blue Linx Corporation, Burns Lumber Company (a division of the Swanson Group), and Precision Pine & Timber.

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Fire at Weyerhaeuser temporarily shuts down conveyor system

The Longview Daily News
October 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Longview firefighters extinguished a fire at Weyerhaeuser Co. Sunday that shut down a hog fuel conveyor. Crews were dispatched to the pulp mill at 3401 Industrial Way after a fire sparked on the hog fuel conveyor delivering bark dust to Weyerhaeuser’s adjacent Norpac pulp mill, Longview Fire Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said Sunday. Cowlitz 2 firefighters assisted at the scene. Firefighters had to wait for the conveyor and electrical systems to be shut down before attending to the flames, Buzalsky said. The fire was initially difficult to find due to smoke engulfing the conveyor tunnel, he said. Once found, the apparent flames were quickly extinguished. Fire crews spent another two hours dousing hot spots burrowed deep inside the bark dust, which was inside a remote area in the conveyor tunnel, Buzalsky said.

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Lumber mill cited for repeated safety violations

Business Insurance
October 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

U.S. regulators cited a Georgia lumber mill for repeatedly exposing workers to safety hazards and have proposed a nearly $60,000 fine. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Arlington, Virginia-based Interstate Resources Inc., doing business as RB Lumber L.L.C., this week for two repeated violations for failing to provide fall protection equipment to employees working and walking on top of machinery and for exposing workers to electrical hazards, according to a press release issued Tuesday. The agency previously cited the company for similar violations in 2011 at its Riceboro, Georgia, facility. OSHA also cited the company for two serious safety violations, including exposing workers to unguarded machine parts and struck-by hazards, according to the citations.

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Irving Woodlands thanked by Maine for forestry work

Associated Press In SF Gate
October 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has recognized Irving Woodlands with an award that commends people and organizations for forestry and forestland conservation in the state. Gov. Paul LePage says the company is the recipient of the Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award. Representatives from the company received the award at a Blaine House event last week. Irving Woodlands has operated in Maine for more than six decades and owns more than 1 million acres of land in the state. Company officials say Irving harvested 2 percent of its land base in 2013. Maine TREE Foundation started the Wilkins award in 2004. The award is named after one of Maine’s longest serving professional foresters.

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Editorial: Economic hope for Hawthorne

The Gainesville Sun
October 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Few places in Alachua County need an economic shot in the arm more than Hawthorne. A Georgia-Pacific plant that had been the city’s main employer for decades closed in 2011, putting hundreds out of work. The closing had a ripple effect on other local businesses, and local schools have also faced struggles. So it’s no surprise that city officials and residents have greeted the Plum Creek Timber Company’s development plan with enthusiasm. This year, the company separated nearly 1,400 acres it owns near Hawthorne out of its bigger plan for eastern Alachua County.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Buildings of wood grow in B.C.

Sometimes, it seems, the Rocky Mountains are more than just a physical barrier in Canada.
Daily Commercial News
October 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

I have a friend who thinks they’re a psychological barrier, as well, which, he claims, is why we seem to hear so little of what’s happening in British Columbia. Maybe that’s why it came as a surprise to me to learn that B.C. is becoming a world leader in construction of tall buildings using wood. It was just about a year ago that a $25-million Wood Innovation and Design Centre was opened in Prince George, in the B.C. Interior. It was financed by the government and was built for the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). It’s 29.5 metres tall, six storeys, plus a mezzanine and a penthouse, and was built with wood from all parts of the province — Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, pine and spruce, as well as engineered wood products produced in B.C.

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Oregon wins $120,000 grant to study economic impact of new timber product on rural counties

The Register-Guard
October 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oregon has won a $120,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to look at what cross-laminated timber products could mean for rural counties in Oregon and southwest Washington. A southern Oregon firm, Riddle-based D.R. Johnson, last month became the first in the country to be certified to produce CLT products. These building materials are made by bonding together perpendicular layers of dimensional lumber, such as 2-by-4s, to create large panels used for walls, floors and roofs Oregon BEST, a government agency focused on clean technology innovations, in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership, will use the federal grant — plus $80,000 of in-kind contributions, to look at the potential economic benefits of commercializing CLT for timber-dependent communities in the region.

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Forestry

Planting a seed for the future of forestry

COTR’s Forestry Boot Camp is helping to build the skill level of our upcoming forestry workers
Kootenay Business
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is exciting news afoot, with more than $700,000 in Community and Employer Partnership funding allotted to provide more work experience in Cranbrook’s forestry industry. College of the Rockies (COTR) is giving participants of the Forestry Skills Boot Camp a chance to to learn about tree and other plant identification, brush saw and chainsaw operation, leadership, silviculture and Level 3 first aid. There will be both classroom sessions and hands-on work experience to give students a well-balanced education. Project-based labour market training provides groups of people with on- or off-the-job employment training and is a component of Community and Employer Partnerships, which were introduced in April of 2012, as part of the Employment Program of B.C. 

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Company owned by two Haida among those convicted of destroying prime fish habitat

by Larry Pynn: It will take centuries for the site to recover, fisheries biologist says
Vancouver Sun
October 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Haida said they would do things differently, that logging practices would be more sustainable and environmentally friendly than the old days. That’s not the scenario played out in Masset provincial court as a judge found three forest companies — one owned by two high-profile Haida — guilty of 20 counts each of environmentally destructive logging practices. Judge Michael Brecknell said the violations by Gwaii Wood Products Ltd., Howe Sound Forest Products Ltd., and I. Crosby Contracting Ltd. occurred adjacent to Highway 16 about 3.5 kilometres northeast of the Village of Port Clements on Graham Island, between June 24 and Oct. 20, 2010.

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New Rules for Off-Road Vehicles

KelownaNow
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s new regulations when it comes to off-road vehicle (OVR) registration and safety provisions. Starting on November 1st all off-vehicles on Crown land must be registered, following the passage of regulations in support of the Off-Road Vehicle Act. While operating an OVR riders must wear a helmet. If the vehicle has a seatbelt it must also be worn, and drivers must turn on their lights in low visibility areas while traveling on Crown land 30 minutes before sunset, and 30 minutes before sunrise.

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Documents indicate B.C. wolf cull linked to forest industry concerns

Globe and Mail
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s government has been meeting with the forest industry to develop plans to save endangered caribou, and the province appears to have launched its controversial wolf cull program to avoid putting further restrictions on logging. The wolf kill, which started last January, has drawn international condemnation from environmentalists, but the B.C. government has defended it as necessary to save dwindling caribou populations. … But briefing notes prepared for meetings between B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak and industry representatives in 2014 suggest the government was prompted by the forest industry to launch the wolf cull because of fears a federal recovery plan for caribou would demand more logging areas be set aside.

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LETTER: Forest stewardship plan raises concerns about 49 Creek

Letter by Mike Devine, Director, Blewett Conservation Society
Nelson Star
October 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With regards to Kalesnikoff’s upcoming forest stewardship plan No. 597, I have two concerns, one general and the other specific. My general concern is that lumber companies in this area are running out of suitable timber and with that will come more pressure to log into areas that were previously considered unfeasible due to lack of suitable profit and environmental considerations, and to log using archaic practices such as clearcutting which have been abandoned by many European countries in favour of more sustainable and less catastrophic methods.  There seems to be no legal means of preventing this. ….This is a
classic case of the fox guarding the hen house.

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Activists considering blockade

Sudbury Star
October 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An Atikameksheng Anishnawbek band member who says burial grounds and his family’s traditional hunting territory are being jeopardized by logging in the Benny Forest west of Sudbury isn’t giving up his effort to stop cutting and aerial spraying in the area. Clyde McNichol and his supporters say the cutting block closest to his people’s graves and his company, Camp Eagle Nest, has been at least temporarily saved from logging by Eacom Timber Corporation, following archaeological, environmental and traditional knowledge studies to assess the request by McNichol, along with his wife Barbara Ronson-McNichol, Chief Steve Miller and Geneva Lake residents to protect the forest.

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Community forest key to industry

October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The future of the province’s forestry industry could depend on the success of its first community forest project. That’s the message from Will Martin, board chairman of the Medway Community Forest Co-op. The pilot project sees a community group managing a portion of forest near Caledonia with the aim of creating local economic benefits while adhering to practices that support multiple opportunities and environmental stewardship. Pulp mills are important, said Martin, but so is thinking creatively about ways to grow the industry to help create new jobs and opportunities. That includes freeing up resources for new options or just letting existing resources grow long enough so they can be used in different ways.

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NASA and the U.S. Forest Service team up to design better fire shelters

Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

When 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots were trapped by a raging wildfire in Arizona in 2013 and died inside their emergency shelters, Mary Beth Wusk took notice. Then she took action. A materials expert at NASA Langley Research Center here, Wusk and her team develop new flexible heat shield technologies for spacecraft that must withstand blistering thermal loads on reentry. “I talked to the team: Is there any chance that we can take the technology that we’re developing for the heat shields and transfer them to an application for the fire shelters for entrapment situations?” Wusk recalled recently. They reached out to the U.S. Forest Service, whose National Technology and Development Center also was working on a fast-tracked redesign of its shelters after the Arizona wildfire tragedy.

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National Forest Finds 1000 Illegally Cut Trees

Adventure Journal
October 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Earlier this month, the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico discovered that several hundred trees had been cut down illegally, mostly like to clear a path for backcountry ski runs. The toll is actually far larger, the Forest Service said yesterday — up to 1,000 trees have been felled. “The best hypothesis at this point is that the damage was done by people who are trying to create their own run for skiing or snowboarding,” said Julie Anne Overton, a public affairs officer with the Forest Service. “The trees have been left on the ground, presumably because they assume they will be covered by snow and won’t interfere with their plans.” …Authorities have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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Oregon’s wildfire season is over for 2015, Forestry Department says

The Oregonian
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


The 2015 fire season is over, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared. Some rain and the arrival of cool, moist weather patterns prompted the declaration as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Oregon — and the West — experienced a third consecutive difficult wildfire season this year. As of Sept. 11, total wildfire costs totaled more than $211 million in Oregon and nearly $253 million in Washington, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fires in the Northwest and California destroyed thousands of homes and consumed more than $1 billion in federal firefighting costs. The U.S. Forest Service said last month that for the first time, it is now spending more than half of its budget fighting wildfires.

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Louisa County man named Iowa Tree Farmer of the Year

Associated Press in the San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa — There hasn’t been a crop on it in years, but the way Richard Stoneking sees it, his 185 tree-covered acres still are a farm. …Iowa Department of Natural Resources district forester Lisa Louck, who nominated him for the award, said Stoneking tops the list. “He is showing the care put into those trees is really going to have a great return, the quality of what is out there and the legacy it leaves behind,” said Louck …She praised Stoneking’s emphasis on not only diversity, but aesthetics, neither of which are traditional concerns of farmers planting trees. …The 72-year-old Stoneking has called this land home since 1956, when his father and grandfather bought it. He took ownership in 1971.

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Timber manager, contractor embroiled in legal dispute

Associated Press in Longview Daily News
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The contractor on a massive forest thinning project in northern Arizona and a timber manager split up over allegations of unpaid fees, insufficient funding and other issues, according to federal court documents. Portland, Oregon-based timber manager Campbell Global filed a lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court in Oregon against Good Earth Power AZ. Good Earth Power is tasked with thinning 300,000 acres as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. It brought on Campbell Global in October 2013. They parted ways in July but did not say why, citing confidentiality agreements. But Campbell Global filed a lawsuit last month, accusing Good Earth Power of breaching a contract. The timber manager said Good Earth Power owes nearly $3 million in outstanding fees

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Biologist: At least 100M trees stressed for water

The Union Democrat
October 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An alarming discovery suggests this year’s explosion of dead trees in the southern and central Sierra Nevada may only be the beginning of a much larger trend for California forests. While the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire estimates some 13 million trees have died due to the four-year drought, biologist Greg Asner, of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Palo Alto, believes there are at least 100 million additional water-starved trees throughout California — as much as 20 percent of the state’s forests. “You can fly over a tree and determine if it’s dead or not, but it’s really difficult to determine if it’s vulnerable,” Asner said. “We flew over the state of California and believe there’s something in the order of 100 million-plus trees in a chemically vulnerable condition.”

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Walden backs forest management bill

The Oregon Republican also said he supports Ryan as House speaker
The Daily Astorian
October 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUNRIVER — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden spoke of frustration with the U.S. Senate’s unwillingness to address forest policy and fielded questions on the uncertainty surrounding the House leadership during a presentation at the Oregon Forest Industries Council’s annual meeting here last week. Asked who is going to be the next speaker of the House, Walden, R-Ore., said: “I hope it is Paul Ryan, but I don’t know if he’ll do it.” Walden said he talked to Ryan, R-Wis., about replacing Speaker John Boehner, who is leaving his seat this month. Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, said Thursday he would seek the post.

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Forest Collaboration in Northeast Washington: Ron Gray Interview

Evergreen Magazine
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ron Gray is vice president of the Northeast Washington Forest Coalition, a forest collaborative group based in Kettle Falls, Washington. Mr. Gray is also fuels manager for Avista Utilities 50 megawatt, all biomass power plant at Kettle Falls. The facility is located at Kettle Falls, 80 miles north of Spokane, Avista’s corporate headquarters. The Kettle Falls facility makes up two percent of Avista’s diverse energy mix that provides safe, reliable power to the company’s 359,000 customers. But it is a vitally important two percent because it provides a market for 235,000 bone dry tons of woody biomass created annually by forestry and lumber manufacturing operations in northeast Washington and southern British Columbia.

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Productive ground: Lake Como logging underway in area first cut around 1900

The Missoulian
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…This particular 165-acre harvest unit is a fairly flat piece of ground that’s been managed for timber since the early 1900s. “This is good ground,” Brown says as a skidder arrives at the landing, dragging three large logs. “When it comes to working on public ground, this is about as good as it gets.” On average, Brown said the company has harvested about a truckload of logs from every acre. He estimates that every truck is carrying between 45 and 50 logs. The logging operation got underway about two weeks ago. On most days, it sends about 10 truckloads to the mill. Bitterroot Forest silvaculturist Cheri Hartless said this sale is in the area of one of the first large timber sales in the western United States around 1900. It’s been logged several times since.

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Eastern Hemlock are at risk in Michigan from pest

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid could have on eastern hemlock if this pest becomes widely established in Michigan.
Michigan State
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

What’s that conifer tree with the small needles and tiny cones growing underneath those hardwood trees? While it might look like a “lone sentinel” amongst all those hardwoods, Eastern or Canada Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carr.) is a special and valuable tree. While its use in the wood products and leather industry has diminished, this tree species is quite valuable for its wildlife and ornamental value. Unfortunately, a few small infestations of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) were recently discovered in western lower Michigan. This tiny sap-feeding insect is an invasive forest pest that has killed hundreds of thousands of hemlock trees in several eastern states. 

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Forest fires threaten endangered animal species

Antara news
October 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bandung, W Java – The ongoing land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have put the lives of endangered animal species there on the line, an environmentalist has said. “Of course, their condition has become a cause for concern. The smoke has disrupted the health of these animals. Furthermore, the forest, which serves as their habitat, has caught fire, while water resources are also limited due to drought,” research assistant of environment information center, Bumi Panda WWF Indonesia, Sani Firmansyah said here on Friday. Among the endangered species at the center of WWFs attention are tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans, he said.

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Greenpeace: Illegal logging in China is putting Pandas at risk

KYR News
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Panda sanctuaries in in southwest China are being put at risk due to illegal logging, a Greenpeace investigation has claimed. Greenpeace say that nearly 1,280 hectares (3,200 acres) of natural forest in the Sichuan giant panda sanctuaries have been illegally felled. The forest is home to around 30 percent of the worlds panda population, as well as other globally endangered animals such as the red panda, the snow leopard and the clouded leopard. Pan Wenjing, deputy head of the forest and ocean unit of Greenpeace’s East Asia branch said: “The extent of illegal logging in this precious area is shocking.

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6th Congress of the Southeast European sawmill industry starting in two days

IHB
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On 28th October, for the sixth time Slavonski Brod will gather over 250 representatives of the sawmill industry and forestry, timber traders and suppliers of technology from the Croatian and the South East Europe region as well as representatives of state administration, local government units, trade unions and the media. Traditionally, on the Congress will be presented a range of technology, innovation, environmental and market issues. This year’s sixth edition of the Congress of the Southeast European Sawmill Industry is announced in many European professional media. The representative of a leading German professional media Holz-Zentralblatt will be also present and will cover the wood processing and forestry in Germany.

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Centre plans public-private participation to revive country’s degraded forests

Step to help government reduce carbon emissions by 35 per cent by 2030.
The Indian Express
October 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Centre plans to revive 2.5 crore hectares of degraded forests through public-private participation (PPP) to meet its climate change plan target of reducing carbon emissions by about 35 per cent by 2030.  This was revealed by Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar on Saturday while talking to journalists.  Javadekar, along with Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, was here to lay the foundation for four-laning of the 37-km controversial stretch of National Highway 7 in Nagpur district.  “We are planning to involve the wood import sector to participate in the greening of degraded forests. It will work on PPP lines with the
private partner paying rent and sharing revenue with the government,” Javadekar said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Recapping National Bioenergy Day

Biomass Magazine
October 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Oct. 21 marked the third annual National Bioenergy Day. This year’s participation increased 30 percent over last year, with more than 60 organizations demonstrating their involvement with bioenergy. On what has really become the “North American Bioenergy Day,” top Canadian officials joined with a lung health nongovernmental organization to publicly state support for our industry. With continued support from the U.S. Forest Service, we produced a video on bioenergy, focusing on its role in the thriving forest products industry in northern Maine, as well as its role in keeping forests healthy.

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Is there fuel in those trees? Maine’s forests, distant hopes of alternative fuel revolution

Bangor Daily News
October 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States


Seven years ago, many in Maine held high hopes for a “marriage of manufacturing and technology” promised by a new owner of the longstanding Old Town mill. That owner, Patriarch Partners, planned — with the help of University of Maine researchers — to put Maine’s forests to work in a new way: by producing cellulosic, or wood-based, ethanol that would power our cars. A $30 million U.S. Department of Energy grant won by the mill’s previous owner, the bankrupt Red Shield Environmental, was supposed to help with the eventual launch of a biorefinery in Old Town. But the development of ethanol didn’t keep Patriarch Partners from going the way of Red Shield in 2014.

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Pulp fiction: Why wood is a dirty secret of clean energy

GreenBiz
October 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In England and across Europe, the most popular source of renewable energy is wood. But chopping down trees — many of them in the U.S. — and burning the wood heats the planet more quickly than burning coal. Yet plants such as Drax receive financial support to switch from coal to wood. That’s because of an entrenched loophole in the EU’s climate rules. That loophole treats electricity generated by burning wood as a “carbon neutral” or “zero emissions” energy source — the same as solar panels or wind turbines. …It ignores the decades it can take for a replacement forest to grow to be as big as one chopped down for energy — or the possibility that it won’t regrow at all.

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General

Forest Products Summit taking place in East Lansing

Associated Press in WTOL
October 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Governor’s 2015 Forest Products Summit is planned this week in East Lansing as part of an effort to encourage growth in the industry. The invitation-only event Wednesday at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center brings together industry leaders as well as representatives from government, the financial sector and education. The event follows the Governor’s 2013 Forest Products Summit. Officials with the Michigan Department Natural Resources and the office of Gov. Rick Snyder are among those participating. Organizers note that the state’s forest products industry contributes $17.8 billion a year to Michigan’s economy and supports 87,000 jobs.

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