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Opinion / Editorial

Renew the SLA 2006? … No thank you

By Russ Cameron
Independent Wood Processors Association of BC
November 2, 2015
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Independent Wood Processors Association (IWPA) keeps hearing that BC’s forest industry wants to extend, or roll-over as is, the now expired Softwood Lumber Agreement. But that’s not quite true. We do understand why the members of the influential BC Lumber Trade Council (BCLTC) want a roll over. They have exclusive and renewable access to the BC Public’s non-competitive timber resource. But the fact is that the majority of BC’s wood processors buy their wood competitively and don’t want a roll over. We may be small and we may only have the opportunity to make value added products from about 5% of the logs and lumber produced in BC, but there are a lot of us. Or should I say, there used to be a lot of us. BC has lost over half of its small family owned and operated wood processors in the last dozen years primarily due to the SLA 2006 and SLA inspired Forest Policy changes which allowed control of the non-competitive harvest to be consolidated into a very few hands. (Read More takes you to the IWPA homepage, follow link at the bottom of that page).

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Froggy Foibles

Caterpillars face a nightmare on elm trees from wasps

Norwalk Reflector
November 1, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

It starts cheerfully enough, on sunny days in the woods, on tree branches and leaves. Idyllic places. Peaceful. But then, the parasites come. They burrow into their hosts, feeding on their organs. Like the most evil storybook villains, they are as cunning as they are wicked. They save the most vital parts until the gruesome end, eating the heart and brain last, ensuring a long, drawn-out death. And like the most innocent of storybook victims, the caterpillars never see it coming. …“Like the movie Alien, they eat this thing’s insides. Then, when they reach the point of maturity, they burst out of the skin,” McCormac said. “And the caterpillar does not survive.”

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Mum stunned to discover ‘face of Virgin Mary’ in a tree outside her house

The UK Mirror
October 30, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

A woman claims to have seen the face of the Virgin Mary – in a tree outside her home. Paula Raferty said she first noticed the startling similarity when a neighbour of hers walked up to her and pointed it out. …Paula even suggested that it was so creepy it could be a witch, adding: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s very spooky, especially considering it is Halloween on Saturday night. …”I definitely wouldn’t want the Vatican looking at it as some kind of miracle as I would be mortified if it became a site for religious pilgrims. …The ‘face’ is thought to be an example of pareidolia – where people see things such as faces in clouds or a figure standing where a dressing gown hangs off the back of a door.

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Business & Politics

Montana, Canadian lawmakers discuss timber concerns (scroll down page to see)

The Missoulian
October 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Last week, Montana Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke met with Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer to urge him to begin negotiating a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. The agreement expired on Oct. 12 and is creating uncertainty for mills in Montana and across the country. The delegation requested that the Canadians come to the table to work out a deal to avoid future litigation and take current market conditions into account. Barring a new agreement, Montana’s mills are not guaranteed fair market competition, in part due to concerns with how Canada prices its raw materials. The recently expired Softwood Lumber Agreement placed export duties and volume restrictions on Canadian lumber when prices fall below a certain level, which helped to level the playing field between American and Canadian mills.

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Catalyst’s Biron employees honored

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

RICHMOND, BC — Two Catalyst Paper-Biron Division employees have been named recipients of the company’s 2015 President’s Award, according to a media release from the paper company. Jeanne Christenson, a controller, and Todd Jagodzinski, an electrical and instrumentation technician, were among the 21 employees honored throughout the company’s six divisions, which include Biron; Crofton, Port Alberni, Powell River, and Richmond Office & Surrey Distribution Centre, all in British Columbia; and Rumford Division in Maine. The program recognizes employees who have made a direct and beneficial impact on Catalyst’s financial performance and business results. 

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Canfor Announces the Completion of the Purchase of Anthony Forest Products

Canada NewsWire (press release)
October 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation announces that further to its news release dated September 28, 2015 the Company has completed its acquisition of Anthony Forest Products Company located in El Dorado, Arkansas (“AFP”). AFP operates six facilities including a sawmill and laminating plant in Arkansas, a laminating plant in Georgia, two chip plants and an I joist plant through a 50/50 joint venture. Don Kayne, President and CEO of Canfor said, “We are pleased to welcome Anthony Forest Products Company to our Southern Pine family which will add to the variety of quality products offered to our customers.”

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Terrace Bay Pulp fined $250K for environmental offences

Mill owner pleaded guilty to seven offences dating back to 2013
CBC News
October 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The company that owns the pulp mill in Terrace Bay, Ont. has been fined $250,000 after pleading guilty to seven offences under the Environmental Protection Act. AV Terrace Bay Inc. owns and operates the mill in Terrace Bay, where it converts wood to pulp. The offences involved failing to ensure runoff from the kraft pulping process was properly treated before being discharged into Lake Superior via Blackbird Creek, a spokesperson with Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change wrote in an e-mail to CBC News. It happened several times between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2013, sparking an
investigation by the ministry’s investigations and enforcement branch,
the spokesperson wrote.

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Mill fire still under investigation

The Albany Democrat-Herald
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SWEET HOME — Sweet Home firefighters spent Sunday evening dousing hot spots at the former Willamette Industries sawmill, while investigators continue to look into the cause of Saturday’s blaze. The former mill site houses a business, Family Pallet Lumber, as well as numerous vacant mill buildings. The department determined Family Pallet Lumber had not sustained any damage to its business. Battalion Chief Eli Harris said as best as the department can tell, the fire broke out in what had been an office area at 2210 Tamarack St. Most of the other buildings are open to the weather and likely wouldn’t have generated enough heat to cause the kind of damage that Saturday’s fire caused, he said. The fire destroyed an empty lumber storage building that had been several hundred feet long and several hundred feet wide. Eight units responded.

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Second Hagg Lake dam, costing hundreds of millions, would displace Stimson Lumber (photos)

The Oregonian
October 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The new and potentially controversial possibility of building a second dam just downstream from Scoggins Dam in western Washington County just hit the table. …But they also acknowledge that the proposal, however preliminary, is going to raise a ruckus. …The effects of a second dam wouldn’t stop with landowners. Due to geographical necessities, it would need to be built on the spot where Stimson Lumber Company has operated a sawmill since 1929. The company current employs 175 workers at the site. Relocation would be costly, Stimson CEO Andrew Miller said Thursday. But he’s not willing to rule it out, either.

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New Hardwood Sawmill Launch

Pallet Enterprise
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SPARTA, Virginia — It takes a lot of lumber to make a lot of pallets — lots of pallets. In the case of John Rock Inc., one of the top pallet manufacturing companies in the United States in terms of production volume, that’s about 100,000 pallets per week coming out of its plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. To put that in some perspective, it takes about five tons of nails daily to assemble that many pallets, and the company’s cut-up operations generate four truckloads of sawdust per day. John Rock has to haul in three-fourths of the lumber it needs and relies on more than 75 mills to keep it supplied. The plant is equipped with five lines of Brewer equipment to remanufacture cants into pallet components. “We use a lot of wood,” said Bill MacCauley, owner and president of John Rock.

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Governor’s summit continues discussion on adding value to Michigan’s forest products industry

MI Headlines
October 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EAST LANSING, MI – The Governor’s 2015 Forest Products Summit, held Wednesday in East Lansing, Michigan, brought together 150 representatives from industry, government, the financial sector and academia to continue actions started at the Governor’s 2013 Forest Products Summit to encourage growth of wood-using industries in the state.Michigan’s forest products industry contributes $17.8 billion per year to Michigan’s economy and supports 87,000 jobs. “In 2013, Gov. Snyder helped to initiate action to expand Michigan’s vital forest products industry,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “We took what we learned at that first summit and have used that positive momentum to move us even closer to our goals.

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Pallet Industry Loses Good Friend and Analyst

Pallet Enterprise
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Industry Mourns Loss: Jeff McBee, pallet lumber market analyst, loses battle with cancer. Leaves behind a personal and professional legacy. Jeff McBee, pallet lumber market analyst, loses battle with cancer. Leaves behind a personal and professional legacy. I can almost hear his friendly laugh echoing down the hallway while I write this obituary. There are some people who are just a bright light wherever they go, the kind of person who has many friends, and you look forward to chatting with on the phone. Samuel Jeffrey “Jeff” McBee Sr. was that kind of guy. As the market analyst for the Pallet Profile and Recycle Record, he regularly talked with pallet operations and sawmills around the country.

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Timber industry is making a comeback in SWAR

KTBS
October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Dierks, Ark. – Sawmills in the south were hit hard by the recession. A steep decline in the housing market accelerated plant closings and job losses. However, new research shows good news for the timber industry. A nearly $200 million Weyerhaeuser project in Dierks, Arkansas could be a sign of good things to come for the timber industry. Mayor Terry Mounts says the Dierks mill is number one in production for the company. “There’s an abundance of timber around us. You can go in any direction you want to, and you can have timber in this mill in just a short period of time,” said Mounts.

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Virginia Loggers Forge Bond with Carolina Firm: Triple W Logging equipped with all Cat forestry equipment

TimberLine Magazine
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUTNER, North Carolina — It’s a clear blue sky, finally. Triple W Logging is back to work after Hurricane Joaquin brushed the southeastern coast and another weather system not related to the storm delivered more rain to the Eastern Seaboard at about the same time. The sunny conditions are a welcome sight, and the crew of Triple W Logging is busy working its collection of Cat forestry equipment on a job right off Interstate 85 less than 15 miles north of Durham, N.C. Although the area has had a lot of rain lately, the deck is atop a knoll and is relatively dry. The tract where the company is working is 105 acres of mixed hardwoods and pine.

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Gail Clarke: Forestry an investment where money grows on trees Scotsman

Returns are as solid as the product, says Gail Clarke
The Scotsman
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…Our commercial forests are somewhat different, the deep green trees found there hardly change in appearance from one season to the next. That’s because they have been planted for the specific purpose of providing a raw material that is essential to a myriad of industries and, as such, they play a key role in Scottish exports both to other parts of the UK and overseas. For the investor in forestry, returns have been as solid as the product itself: the market in Scotland has out-performed all other forms of investment over the past 20 years in terms of rate of return. This trend is predicted to continue for the next 15-20 years with the current IRR (internal rate of return) being about 15 to 20 per cent.

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Norway’s plan to cut forest funding by 13% in budget overhaul

Carbon Pulse
October 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norway plans to cut its funding of forest protection initiatives 13% next year as part of a revised government budget to account for a record increase in asylum seekers. The move cuts NOK 378.3 million ($44.7 million) from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, which funds REDD+ and initiatives in developing forested nations including Brazil, Indonesia and Guyana. The move saw Norway raise its 2016 fiscal spending forecast and rolled back some of its planned tax cuts from its original 2016 budget on Oct. 7, which had not taken into account the sharp rise in people seeking to escape wars in Syria, Afghanistan and other conflicts, Reuters reported.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

GreenBuild 2015: reThink Wood Reaches 25,000 Influencers with Funded Program Exhibits

Softwood Lumber Board October Newsletter
November 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Softwood Lumber Board, through its programs, has a large presence planned at the 2015 GreenBuild International Conference and Expo, held at the Washington, DC Convention Center on November 18 and 19. GreenBuild is the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building and offers scores of educational sessions, LEED workshops, and presentations by many of the world’s leading green building experts. Nearly 25,000 designers, architects, and industry professionals attend the event.

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Andersen Construction says Oregon CLT project is on the ‘bleeding-edge’

Daily Journal of Commerce
October 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest universities — Western Oregon University — is using a new construction method on its latest building. The school chose cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels for the Richard Woodcock Education Center that Andersen Construction is building on the Monmouth campus in the Willamette Valley. Andersen recently placed 23 vertical CLT panels that will form two stairwells for the 57,000-square-foot building’s “collaboration hubs.” Andersen marketing manager Phil Kennedy said the two-story panels were selected both for their structural characteristics and to demonstrate the use of CLT.

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Wood from old Maine barns makes a splash in big-city decor

Designers and their clients covet the timber for use in homes, hip shops and restaurants.
Portland Press Herald
November 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Michael Costello knew right away that the heart pine in the old warehouse in Skowhegan was the real thing. …The wood from the warehouse, along with maple flooring from an 1840s-era textile mill in Biddeford, ended up getting new life in a barista training centre … in Manhattan. …Reclaimed wood from Maine is getting top dollar from homeowners, restaurants and businesses in the big cities of the Northeast as customers seek out both quality and beauty, and wood that has a story to tell. …“It’s really become quite important that it has a provenance,” observed Kris Cornish, executive director of the Maine Wood Products Association. “They like the fact that they’re having their coffee on a piece of wood from a mill in New England that generated wool for uniforms at some point, and now it’s being re-used and not just trashed.”

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Indian paper industry puts its best foot forward at Paperex

PrintWeek India
November 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

According to recent data, the country has 813 paper mills. There are a handful of associations to look after the interest of the industry. The Indian paper industry is often said to be fragmented. Not during Paperex 2015 though. All stakeholders of the industry, from paper mill owners to distributors to end consumers, were on the ground at Pagati Maidan in New Delhi, as the 12th edition of Paperex, the biennial international exhibition and conference on pulp and paper industry was inaugurated on 1 November 2015.

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Forestry

Boreal forest a focus at wildlife conference in Winnipeg

Thompson Citizen
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The boreal forest that covers much of Northern Manitoba and the rest of Canada as well was the focus of two sessions at The Wildlife Society Conference in Winnipeg Oct. 17-21, a gathering of more than 1,500 wildlife and conservation professionals from around North America. Two sessions concerning the boreal forest were hold Oct. 20, one focusing on conservation of North America’s boreal forest and the other on balancing development and conservation in Canada’s boreal forest, which encompasses more than one billion intact acres and more than a quarter of the world’s wetlands and also serves as one of Earth’s largest storehouses of carbon.

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Talk trees: Campbell River’s urban forest

Campbell River Mirror
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Help sow the seeds of Campbell River’s future urban forest by participating in an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Campbell River Community Centre. “The City and Greenways Land Trust have been working together to develop an urban forest management plan, and we’re now looking for public feedback,” explains Ross Milnthorp, the City’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture. The first phase of Campbell River’s Urban Forest Management Plan was completed in May 2015, and included a tree canopy inventory. The City is now seeking public input on the draft second phase of the plan, which establishes guidelines and actions to preserve and enhance Campbell River’s urban forest.

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Protest planned against logging in the Ghost watershed

Calgary Herald
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A protest to halt the logging in the Ghost watershed is scheduled for Saturday as a petition grows. The rally, which comes on the heels of a lone protest from a Calgary man last weekend, will be held at the intersection of Highway 1A and Highway 40 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It comes as a petition to sp the logging has surpassed 500 names. The logging has raised concerns in the Ghost Valley, where residents are worried it could damage the health of a sensitive watershed, increase the risk of future flooding, and disturb important habitat for both grizzly bears and trumpeter swans. It has also has resonated with Calgarians, because the area is one of the sources of the city’s drinking water.

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Letters: Industry poor stewards of our forests

Letter by V.E. Gaumont
Edmonton Journal
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“No industry’s more committed to a greener economy,” writes David Lindsay. As someone who spends a great deal of time hiking and exploring Alberta and B.C., I almost lost my lunch when I read this statement. It’s without fact and just more “tell them what they want to hear” garbage. Speaking of which, over 40 years I have seen tonnes of garbage left behind by the forestry industry — empty fuel barrels, plastic oil cans, cables, old equipment, just to mention a few items littering our forests. My wife and I have removed thousands of empty chainsaw oil containers and other garbage that could have been bagged and hauled out. It is rare when we go into a new area and not see evidence of forestry activity.

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Cull not needed; Cape Breton moose already disappearing

By Al Muir lives, Plymouth
The Chronicle Herald
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Moose sign had decreased significantly in the area, a decline that moose hunter guide Dennis Day attributes to the heavy snowfalls of last winter. Those snows, in all probability, were in part responsible for the decline I witnessed. The continuing decline of the herd due to the growth of vegetation above their reach, a population too large for the new habitat to sustain, and the resultant elimination of plants still within their reach cannot be discounted as limiting factors. …The planned cull of moose in these areas at this late stage in their cycle is little more than closing the barn doors after the cows have gotten out.

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Lane County agency fines logger for illegally burning demolished mobile home

The Register-Guard
October 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lane County air pollution regulators have fined a Dallas, Ore., logging company $3,822 for deliberately — and illegally — burning an old mobile home and a shop building as part of a logging slash burn northwest of Springfield in 2014. But whether the Lane Regional Air Protection Authority will ever be able to collect the fine is unclear. LRAPA earlier this month filed a default order and judgment against the logger, Harlan Howard Logging LLC. Company owner Harlan Howard confirmed to LRAPA that he burned the two buildings — which he owned — and he hasn’t contested the fine, LRAPA said.  Howard also confirmed that he had not taken the legally required step of having an asbestos inspection performed before destroying the buildings, LRAPA said.

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A look back at the 2015 fire season

Standard Journal
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — As the end of October nears, a five-month long fire season — one of the worst on record for northern Idaho — slowly cools off. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) and two timber protective associations have been fighting fire since May and are still mopping up fires. Together they have put out close to 300 fires that burned 75,000 acres, racking up close to $80 million in fire suppression costs – about $60 million of which Idaho taxpayers will pay. Fire managers are still encouraging the public to report fires as soon as they see smoke. Nearly half the fires we fought were human caused. 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.

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EDITORIAL: Don’t let bugs kill region’s trees

Colorado Springs Gazette
November 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A moth infestation threatens to kill trees in several scenic canyons of the Pikes Peak region. All affected entities should respond quickly with deadly force. …The defoliating moths exploded in the region’s forests this spring, stripping needles from Douglas and white fir trees, including those in popular scenic canyons. As explained by Gazette reporter Lance Benzel, the outbreak includes North Cheyenne Cañon Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and The Broadmoor Seven Falls. Stands of trees were stripped bare this summer as the insects ate the trees from top to bottom.

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4fri Making Slow Progress

Payson Roundup
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Good Earth Power continues to report progress in the most massive forest restoration project ever undertaken, as studies underscore the urgency of the effort. The company with a Forest Service contract to thin 300,000 acres of badly overgrown forest in Northern Arizona said it has now purchased additional equipment to increase its capacity to cut and haul 1,000 loads of brush and small trees each week. That should enable it to thin 27,000 acres annually. The project remains roughly two years behind schedule, with a relative handful of acres cut so far. The original contract called for Good Earth to thin about 30,000 acres last year and another 30,000 this year, but the contractors struggled to round up enough trucks and find or build mills that could handle the small-diameter wood has proven challenging.

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Forestry group: Oregon’s ‘standing dead’ trees are zombies in the making

Portland Business Journal
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Meet the standing dead — eaten by insects, charred by fire or racked by thirst. These are Oregon’s “zombie” trees. According to an analysis commissioned by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, more than 350 million of them are standing dead in the 14 million acres of Oregon’s national forest land. ”It’s a tale of two forests,” says Mike Cloughesy, OFRI’s director of forestry, in a statement. “About 17 percent of the trees on National Forest System lands in Oregon are dead, compared [with] 11 percent for other public lands and 8 percent for private and Indian lands.   While that number may not seem scary at first, it’s a potential nightmare because of the state’s sheer acreage of National Forest land.

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States find their voice on federal land use

Record Searchlight
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s a battle long fought, but seldom won: States want to gain control of federal land within their borders. …Those long odds, and a reluctance to spend state money on land management, have spurred some states to try a different approach. Instead of taking on the federal government in a futile fight for ownership, they are arming counties with money and expertise to help them convince federal officials to hew more closely to residents’ interests. Colorado is one of the states at the forefront of this new approach. This year, state lawmakers there approved $1 million in grants for counties that want to influence federal land use decisions. County leaders can use the money to hire consultants to evaluate data, provide scientific research or attend BLM coordination meetings. The law authorizing the grants also requires state agencies to provide additional expertise and assistance to counties when they ask for it.

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Conservancy buys forest land in Sunkhaze-Bradley corridor

Bangor Daily News
October 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MILFORD, Maine — More than 12,700 acres of forest land located next to the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge have been purchased by the The Nature Conservancy in Maine, partly because of a “mid-six-figure range” grant from TD Bank, the group’s acting director said Friday. The sale of the land, which is located to the east of the County Road, closed last week, according to Tom Rumpf, acting director for The Nature Conservancy’s Maine chapter. The property is called the Sunkhaze-Bradley corridor because it connects the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Sunkhaze Meadows with 9,277 acres of state preservation lands, called the Bradley unit. Now, it’s the Sunkhaze-Bradley Preserve.

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With 90% of the UK’s ash trees about to be wiped out, could GM be the answer?

Scientists have proposed a radical solution to help trees develop resistance to ash dieback. But critics fear there could be unpredictable effects
The Guardian
October 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Genetically modified ash trees could replace the 80 million expected to die in the next 20 years from a deadly fungus, scientists have proposed. The radical solution to the greatest woodland disaster of the last 50 years is being explored by research teams at London and Oxford universities with backing from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, science bodies and the Forestry Commission. With no hope of saving existing native ash trees from the “dieback” disease now spreading across the country, a GM solution could develop resistance faster than traditional breeding and start to repopulate woodlands within a few years, say scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.

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The fire that’s polluting more than all of the U.S.

Treehugger
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

For months, forest fires have been raging in Indonesia, destroying a rainforest already critically threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture. Not only are burning trees sending millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, perhaps even worse are the flames consuming peatland, a rich soil-like earth made up of decomposing organic material that can store as much as 3,300 tons of carbon per hectare. Peat can continue to smolder under the surface for months at a time. The human suffering caused by the fires is heavy, as toxic clouds of smog envelope Indonesia, as well as its neighboring nations in Southeast Asia. For the many endangered species that live in Indonesia’s rainforests, their home is shrinking all the more rapidly. … But one figure hit home to me more than any other: daily emissions from fires are more than the daily emissions of the entire U.S. economy.

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Deforestation ‘may have started west Africa’s Ebola outbreak’

EurActiv
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation may have triggered the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa, France’s Minister for the Environment, Ségolène Royal, told a London summit hosted by the Prince of Wales ahead of next month’s COP21 conference. Addressing the British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, representatives from forest nation governments and global companies, Royal said researchers believe the destruction of forest habitat brought bats, known to carry the virus, into greater contact with humans. “They had to clear the forest to begin subsistence agriculture and the deforestation has also been caused by mining activity and large-scale logging for export,” she told the high-level meeting at Lancaster House.

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Vast Amazon wildfire destroys forest in Brazil and threatens uncontacted tribe

The Guardian
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazilian rangers, firefighters and indigenous communities are battling against a wildfire that has blazed for two months and devastated some of the last Amazonian forest in the northern state of Maranhão, including part of the territory of an uncontacted tribe. The fire – which has spread across 100km at its peak – is thought to be the biggest in Indian territory for decades and has prompted the local government to declare a state of emergency.  It comes amid rising tension between indigenous “forest guardians” and illegal loggers, prompting speculation among officials and environmentalists that the blaze may have been started deliberately.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Union calls for an end to wasteful burning of slash piles

Kamloops This Week
November 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest union official is crying foul at burning of slash piles, like these seen in the past month in the region, that could be used for products or to create energy. Under the watch of government, B.C.’s forest industry continues to burn timber on the forest floor that could be used to create energy, a senior executive with Unifor has charged The slash burning of huge piles of trimmings and discard log ends also pollutes the valley’s air, according to a report compiled by a Kamloops medical group Rene Pellerin, an executive with Unifor Local 10-b and its former president, said members touring in the bush are collecting for him examples of woodwaste about to go up in smoke. “Eastern [Canada] mills are just appalled at what we’re doing here,” Pellerin said. “They’re starving for timber. They can’t run while we just burn this stuff.”

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DuPont to open $225M cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

Idaho Statesman
October 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

NEVADA, IOWA  – A refinery designed to make ethanol from cornstalks, leaves and cobs — not the grain itself — opened Friday in central Iowa, the culmination of a $225 million construction project and millions more invested in its engineering and design. The plant, owned by chemical and biotechnology company DuPont, will use the same bacteria that tequila distillers use to make ethanol instead of yeast, which is most prevalent in the ethanol industry. It’s one of the new innovations DuPont said it has incorporated into the plant, touted as the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant; DuPont expects it to eventually make 30 million gallons of the fuel additive a year.

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How can Minnesota implement efficient local energy that runs on wood?

Minn Post
November 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As we shift our energy system away from a few very large power plants and toward more localized and efficient clean energy resources, one opportunity has yet to truly take off in Minnesota: combined heat and power. Combined heat and power (CHP) takes much of the heat that is wasted during traditional power generation and uses it to heat a building or a water system. This efficiency creates big time energy and financial savings – so why hasn’t it been more widely embraced? Despite our leadership on energy policy more broadly, Minnesota hasn’t yet developed a robust public policy to encourage and implement efficient CHP systems economy-wide. Fresh Energy is working to change that. …One reason CHP makes sense for Minnesota is our local, natural resources – more specifically, our wood.

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Finland: Health threat as wood heat gets popular?

Alaska Dispatch News
October 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Wood use has risen in the past decade, but officials warn that its emissions may cause hundreds of deaths annually. As temperatures drop, more and more people in Finland are relying on wood to heat their homes. They include Maria Käld of the south-western city of Turku. “Every other day or so, I put about six pieces of wood in the stove and that keeps me warm for a couple of days,” she says. In the winter, she also lights the fireplace daily. Wood use has risen in the past decade, driven by higher electricity costs, lower timber prices and ecological concerns. 

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