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Business & Politics

FPInnovations and Naturex partnership

Collaborative innovation between two leading players of the Canadian forestry industry and specialty based natural ingredients sector
FPInnovations
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Montreal (Québec), Avignon (France) – FPInnovations, the world leader for the research and development of solutions promoting the forestry sector’s competitiveness, and Naturex, the global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, are pleased to announce their strategic partnership to develop active molecules derived from Canadian forest biomass for food industry and cosmetics applications. FPInnovations and Naturex will combine their know-how in managing natural resources and the preservation of biodiversity as well as their scientific and technological expertise in the research of active molecules.

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Canfor closes on US$93.5M Anthony Forest Products acquisition

Company adds to growing presence in southern U.S. with buy
Canadian Manufacturing
November 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER—Canfor Corp. has closed on its US$93.5 million acquisition of El Dorado, Arkansas-based Anthony Forest Products Co. AFP operates five facilities across Arkansas and Georgia, including a sawmill, two laminating plants and two chip plants. It also runs a Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., joist plant through a joint venture. “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,” Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor, said. Among other areas, the acquisition will add to Vancouver-based Canfor’s Southern Pine lumber capacity and expand its footprint in the southern U.S.

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Teen charged with arson in mill site fire

The Albany Democrat-Herald
November 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SWEET HOME — A 14-year-old Sweet Home boy has been charged with second-degree arson in connection with a Saturday fire that destroyed storage buildings at the former Willamette Industries mill site in downtown Sweet Home. Charles James Marvel, 14, of Sweet Home was taken into custody about 6 p.m. Sunday. According to Sweet Home Police Sgt. Jason Van Eck, witnesses said they had seen a group of juveniles skateboarding on the property shortly before the fire was reported by numerous passersby. “We interviewed five juveniles individually and four of them said it was Marvel who set the fire,” Van Eck said. “The investigation isn’t complete and there will be follow-up interviews to come, but all of the witness statements indicated he started the fire.”

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International wood company brings new jobs to Magna

Deseret News
November 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MAGNA — An international lumber company has chosen Magna as its first permanent manufacturing site, evidence that the township’s economy is thriving and growing, Salt Lake County officials said Monday. “Universal Forest Products is the newest employer in this economic renewal of Magna,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams during the company’s ribbon cutting ceremony. The Michigan-based company manufactures construction, industrial and retail wood materials in 90 facilities throughout North America and Australia. “The Office of Township Services has been priming Magna for greater economic development by investing in infrastructure improvements and promoting the community’s services, workforce potential and quality of life,” McAdams said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Slow uptake on wood mid-rises in Ontario Northern Ontario Business

Northern Ontario Business
November 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s a steep learning curve for Ontario’s construction and design community to adapt to building wood mid-rises. Despite changes to the Ontario Building Code last January allowing six-storey wood buildings, up from the previous limit of four, there’s been no surge of building activity as architects, contractors and clients are still warming to the idea of this new, elevated, green building option. “It’s a question of moving an entire industry,” said Steven Street, a technical advisor for WoodWorks, a division of the Canadian Wood Council. “It takes time.” The code changes are similar to that of British Columbia, the first province to adopt mid-rise wood-frame buildings in 2009. But in Ontario, there are more stringent safety requirements requiring the use of non-combustible materials in areas like stairwells.

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Ten months after Edgewater blaze, fire safety codes unchanged

NJ.com
November 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Nearly 10 months after a devastating fire in Edgewater prompted pledges to toughen New Jersey’s building codes, the codes have been updated but the sections dealing with fire safety issues raised by the blaze have not changed, state officials say. …Since then, fire safety officials and concerned citizen groups have targeted those sections of the code allowing multi-story, multi-family to be built using lightweight wood construction. Weinberg said she is “extremely disappointed” that tougher fire safety measures were not adopted. “We are at no progress,” she said.  Weinberg is especially disturbed because Avalon Bay, the real estate developer that built the 408-unit complex in Edgewater, is planning another one in Teaneck, her home town.

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Council considers launch of committee to facilitate taller wood buildings

Concrete Products
November 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Wood Council (AWC) has requested that ICC establish the Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, which would investigate the feasibility of cross laminated timber and structural composite lumber for construction exceeding current International Building Code height limitations. With a five-year term culminating in the 2018/2019/2020 I-Codes Cycle, the AWC-bankrolled committee would develop prescriptive criteria for tall wood projects, including type of construction, plus height and area consideration, for prospective 2021 International Building Code inclusion. Joining building material and product interests as target members would be architects and engineers, building and fire officials, plus fire protection experts.

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project^ Receives $1.5 Million Grant as a Winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition

PR Web
November 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

project^, a Portland-based values-driven real estate developer, announced that they have received, on behalf of Framework, LLC, a one and half million dollar award from the USDA, Softwood Lumber Board and Binational Softwood Lumber Council for their submission, Framework, to the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the winners of the Competition at a press conference in New York City on September 17, 2015. Two winning development teams were granted a combined $3 million in funding to support the development of tall wood demonstration projects in New York and Portland, OR.

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Safety experts say newer construction burns hotter, faster than old

WSOC Charlotte
November 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Newer may not always be better when it comes to fire safety at home. Safety experts have studied current homebuilding materials, and they have found homes built in the last 30 years are burning hotter and faster, putting lives in danger when a fire breaks out. …Several studies are proving newer homes are not holding up to fires like older ones do. They burn faster and hotter, creating a higher risk for flashovers and fire deaths. …Experts are arguing it’s because of the materials builders are using now. …Experts contribute those fast burn times not only to what your home is built out of, but what’s inside. Much of our furniture now is made of synthetic materials that can act like fuel for a fire, making time tighter to get out.

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Green building market grew 12.81% in 2014

Greentech Lead
November 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Green building market witnessed a healthy growth of 12.81 percent in 2014. The growth is driven by rise in green building construction and government initiatives promoting sustainable environment propelling the growth. The green building materials market is witnessing an increase in the adoption from the healthcare segment, and although it is still in the nascent stage in the APAC region, Europe and the Americas emerged as the early adopters of green building materials. According to the report, many countries, notably the US, Singapore, India, Australia, France, and Malaysia, have framed policies to support green building construction. Increased demand for green building materials has also been witnessed in the commercial and office buildings and residential buildings segments.

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Forestry

Students explore forestry careers

Castlegar News
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Teachers at Stanley Humphrey Secondary School (SHSS) have launched a club to introduce students to jobs in forestry. Members of the Kootenay Forest Connections Club were at the Armoury in Trail on Friday, learning to rough-cut wood with the help of the 44th Field Engineer Squadron and Atco Wood Products. Trent Coombs, SHSS social studies teacher and master corporal in the 44th, set up the day’s activity. “I contacted Scott [Weatherford, CEO of Atco,] and then being a master corporal in the armed forces, I got this going, and [the students have] got a good idea of what some options are,” he said. Don Liszt, shop teacher at SHSS, demonstrated rough-cutting the wood with help from Coombs, Warrant Officer Fiessel and Sapper Dewell.

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Redevelopment, urban tree removal raise city residents’ concerns

Business in Vancouver
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Chances are Jackson takes a similarly dim view of the bid a small contingent of petitioners is making to save a Hornby Street maple tree destined for falling with the rise of Burrard Place by Reliance Properties Ltd. and Jim Pattison Group. Trees lost to redevelopment have been a hot topic on the west side, where dozens have been cut in defiance of amendments to city bylaws designed to protect the urban forest, estimated at 18% of the city in 2013. Downtown has the city’s second-lowest concentration of trees, at just 8.3% (only Strathcona is lower, at 5.9%), which has drawn attention to the few that exist – such as the stately maple on Hornby Street. However, the city also hopes to maintain tree counts at 2013 levels through 2017, while encouraging new plantings that will expand the urban forest by 150,000 trees by 2020.

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Drones tested to help fight blazes in difficult B.C. wildfire season

Vancouver Observer
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Drones flying above wildfires in British Columbia last summer hampered aerial efforts to control the blazes. But around the same time, the province was also using the unmanned aerial vehicles to determine if drones could be used to help fight wildfires. The B.C. Wildfire Service contracted two commercial drone companies in July and August to soar above the Boulder Creek and Elaho fires near Pemberton and the Rock Creek fire just north of the Canada-U.S. border. “It was very much kind of a small-scale trial to see how they could integrate, what kind of products they could generate for us,” explained chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek.

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Employment program engages First Nations youth in forestry training

Northern Ontario Business
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sixteen years after launching, the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program is in expansion mode. The program engages First Nations youth aged 16 to 19 from around the North to live and work for six weeks at a facility operated by Outland Camps. There they learn about forestry, archaeology, geography, dendrology, sustainable energy sources, entrepreneurship, Aboriginal mentorship, and more, while being paid to do hands-on work for the camp. Since its inception, the program has graduated 355 participants, and many go on to post-secondary education or careers in industry. … After six weeks following the regular rhythm of a workday — early bedtimes, hard work, eating healthy meals, learning policies and procedures, engaging with industry leaders and like-minded peers — the youth start to exhibit new, healthier behaviours and attitudes.

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Forestry model keeps wood flowing

Northern Ontario Business
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Almost five years into his tenure as chairman of Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC), Daryl Skworchinski still maintains it’s the right concept to manage the flow of Crown fibre on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Skworchinski, who also serves as CAO for the Town of Marathon, estimates the economic impact to the participating communities and First Nations is likely in the “multi-millions of dollars.” The payroll of the corporation’s management team of foresters and silviculturists accounts for close to $1 million, and it’s had a positive impact on area businesses and trucking companies hauling wood to area mills.

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Horror in the forest: Wildfires leave their mark on 9.4 million acres

Watchdog Arena
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Visions of torched trees leaning corpselike over an ashen landscape where death and despair lurks over millions of acres are unfortunately not scenes from a science-fiction horror movie. This nightmarish vision is what remains following the burning of millions acres of trees and grazing land in the western wildfires of 2015. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting, several large wildfires in nine states have been reported in the last week, and are still wreaking destruction. From this year to date, the center has reported over 9.4 million acres have been burned in 53,798 fires across the country with the highest concentration in western states.

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Timber company faces litigation for Oso mudslide

Associated Press in The Longview Daily News
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT, Wash. — A King County judge has ruled that a timber company that says its logging had nothing to do with the deadly landslide in Oso in 2014 will have to convince a jury. The Daily Herald reports that Grandy Lake Forest Associates failed to convince a judge that a trial is unnecessary to see if the company bears any responsibility for the March 22, 2014 slide. The company argues that timber operations near the slide were not a cause of the slide, and that it was instead media attention that made Grandy Lake a target for litigation. Lawyers for those suing the company say clear-cutting in 2004 allowed more rain to percolate into a hill that already had a history of slides, contributing to the disaster that killed 43 people and destroyed dozens of homes.

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Proposed Flathead conservation easements would keep luxury homes out

The Missoulian
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITEFISH – More than 10,000 acres in the Flathead Valley that would be “prime candidates for future luxury home development” would be protected under proposed conservation easements now up for public comment. … The properties are owned by the family-owned F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. “The family members are committed to carrying on the company’s 100-year wood products legacy and keeping its lands in commercial timber production,” the draft EA says, “but pressure to convert these properties to uses other than timber management grow stronger each year.

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Teams assess forest damage in wake of Grizzly Bear fire

Fire still burns, but damage control begins.
Wallowa County Chieftain
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Grizzly Bear fire continues to crackle over 82,569 acres in the Wenaha-Toucannon Wilderness area, but hydrologists, soil scientists and wildlife biologists are already on the ground assessing the damage. A group of scientists from varying backgrounds is assembled to create a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, said Joani Bosworth, public affairs officer for the Umatilla National Forest. No timber salvage of any kind is done in wilderness areas, but the BAER team does analyze the impacts to the land and looks for areas vulnerable to washout that may silt streams and rivers and endanger fish.

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Forest management: Legislation solves two problems

Letter from Morrie Stevens, president, Boone and Crockett Club
The Missoulian
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The first problem arose when wildlife managers lost one of the most effective producers of wildlife habitats: timber harvests. Though forestry has always been partly about habitat and partly about valuable wood products, Montana’s wildlife habitat has suffered as timber harvests have dropped precipitously over the past two decades. Our federal forests have become overgrown, which crowds out forage for big game and game birds. More than 5 million acres in Montana are currently at risk to insects, disease and catastrophic fire. Attempts to remedy this problem using timber sales and thinning projects, which provides the successional habitats wildlife need, also reduces fuel loads and creates jobs, have been derailed by over-analysis followed by appeals or litigation.

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Wyoming Game and Fish supports forest thinning project

WRAL
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is supporting a U.S. Forest Service plan to thin and burn 20 square miles of Bridger-Teton National Forest in the northwest part of the state. But Game and Fish also urged the Forest Service to make some changes in order to protect wildlife. For instance, to safeguard nesting, roosting and perching habitat for bald eagles, Game and Fish asked forest managers to save some trees larger than 2 feet across. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the proposed project area is located between Teton Village and the Snake River canyon.

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Senator: President Obama ‘hypocritical’ for bending rules to get Capitol Christmas tree

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

JUNEAU — A 74-foot Lutz spruce tree that once stood near Milepost 15 of Seward Highway is on a cross-country journey to become this year’s official Capitol Christmas Tree. While many Alaskans are excited about the annual honor going to the Last Frontier, including Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, the move is not entirely without criticism. During a momentary break from a special session on issues related to the state’s pursuit of an 800-mile gas pipeline, the senator gave a floor speech railing against how a road was built into Chugach National Forest to cut down this tree, in spite of federal restrictions against logging there and much of Alaska. As Giessel sees it, restrictions on the timber industry should be relaxed. “This took actually an exemption from federal law to cut down about a half dozen trees to build a road that’s prohibited in this area to harvest a tree where timber harvest is not allowed,” Giessel said.

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Forest ‘Vulnerable To Destruction’

Report highlights threat of Arizona fires
Payson Roundup
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thinning and restoring forest lands can yield about $10 to $100 in benefits for every dollar spent, according to a report issued by Arizona Forward. Forest restoration projects not only protect mountain communities from wildfires, they provide huge benefits in protecting the water supply of all the largest cities in Arizona, concluded the report by the coalition of utility companies, environmental groups and forest advocates. “Some perceive forest health issues are only relevant in Northern Arizona. Too many of us are oblivious to the impact forest ecosystems have on everyone who lives in the Grand Canyon State from Flagstaff to Phoenix and all the way to Tucson and beyond,” said Diane Brossart, president of Arizona Forward.

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Forest & Bird video shows Northland forests dying

Stuff.co.nz
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

At the rate we’re going the Far North will have “ghost forests” within years, a prominent conservationist says. Drone footage released on October 29 by Forest & Bird shows examples of dead and dying native trees across Northland’s forests. The online videos show areas of Russell, Otangaroa and north Whangaroa native forest reserves that reveal the white skeleton branches due to massive numbers of possums eating their leaves. Forest & Bird Far North conservation advocate Dean Baigent-Mercer says Northland forests are in a state of collapse due to mounting numbers of pests.

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3200 Acres of Trees Illegally Logged in Panda Habitat at UNESCO Site

Hardwood Floors Magazine
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Almost 3,200 acres of natural forest in the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in China have been logged illegally, according to a Greenpeace Investigation. The amount of trees felled in the Sanctuaries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is equal to 1,814 soccer fields. “The extent of illegal logging in this precious area is shocking,” said Pan Wenjing, deputy head of the forest and ocean of with Greenpeace East Asia. “These findings seriously undermine the Chinese government’s efforts to preserve its and the world’s natural heritage.”

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Berries show ancient Fortingall yew tree is ‘changing sex’

BBC News
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Perthshire yew tree, believed to be one of the oldest in Europe, has started changing sex. The Fortingall Yew, reputed to be up to 5,000 years old, has started sprouting berries on one of its upper branches – something only female trees do. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, said it was “quite a surprise” to find berries on the tree, in the churchyard of Fortingall. The berries have been collected for protection and to be studied. Their seeds will be included in a project to conserve the genetic diversity of yew trees around the world. The tree is said to be one of the oldest living organisms in Europe – according to local legend, Roman prefect Pontius Pilate was born in its shadow.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Youths across US suing to push government on climate change

Associated Press in the Longview Daily News
November 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change. They say their generation will bear the brunt of global warming and that government at every level has an obligation to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere, as a “public trust” for future generations. The Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust has been leading efforts to file lawsuits or administrative petitions in every state and against the federal government. Some of the youth-led cases have been dismissed, while others are pending in states including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Oregon.

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