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Business & Politics

The Profit of Interfor Corp (IFP) Expected to Increase

MyInforms
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Analysts await Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) to reports earnings on November, 5. They expect $-0.18 EPS, down 212.50 % or $0.34 from last year’s $0.16 per share. After $-0.21 actual EPS reported by Interfor Corp for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -14.29 % EPS growth. The stock decreased 2.15% or $0.27 on November 3, hitting $12.31. About 344,194 shares traded hands. Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) has declined 35.42% since March 30, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.17% the S&P500.

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Western Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

MarketWatch
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Western Forest Products Inc. (WEF) (“Western” or the “Company”) announced results for the third quarter of 2015. The Company reported a record third quarter adjusted EBITDA of $28.7 million in 2015, a 44% increase from $20.0 million reported in the third quarter of 2014, and a 2% decrease from $29.2 million of adjusted EBITDA reported in the second quarter of 2015. Improved lumber demand from Japan, resilient Western Red Cedar lumber markets, strong opening log and lumber inventories and the weaker CAD contributed to a third quarter adjusted EBITDA increase of $8.7 million over the same quarter last year. 

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Catalyst reports strong Q3 results

Canada Newswire press release
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC,  – Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) today reported significantly improved third quarter 2015 results after investing in capital expenditures in the first half of the year to strengthen its North American operating platform and create a solid foundation for delivering sustainable improved financial results. Adjusted earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the third quarter was $38.8 million and adjusted EBITDA before specific items was $39.4 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of negative $19.2 million and adjusted EBITDA before specific items of $9.7 million in the second quarter of 2015.

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Siskiyou rail line opens for business

For first time in 7 years, tracks to carry payloads through Ashland
Ashland Daily Tidings
November 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Can you hear that lonesome whistle blowing? You just might in coming days or in the weeks and months to follow. The Siskiyou rail line that connects Ashland and Weed, Calif., closed for seven years, officially opened Monday and should see its first traffic by mid-week. … The refurbishing of rail, ties, bridges and tunnels on the Siskiyou was paid in part by a $7.2 million dollar TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant from the U. S. Department of Transportation and a like amount from regional rail and timber interests, says Bob Ragon, administrator of the Coos-Siskiyou Coalition in Roseburg.

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Newberg paper mill closure leaves few options for 127K tons of Portland scrap wood

Portland Business Journal
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Metro will need to find a new facility to process hundreds of thousands of tons of reclaimed wood each year. The local governing body sends the bulk of greater Portland’s salvaged timber to a Newberg paper mill to burn as biomass. Now, with news of the facility’s pending closure, officials are scrambling to find alternatives. Metro is working with DEQ and local facilities, as well as its own two solid waste transfer stations, to address the changes caused by the closure, slated for Nov. 15, which will also leave 171 workers jobless. That paper mill processed roughly 88 percent of the reclaimed wood from the greater Portland area, which it burned in its boilers to create steam and electricity and power the mill. Last year, it received about 127,000 tons of wood.

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Sweetwater Energy closer to building plant in Mt. Iron

NNCNOW.COM
November 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Eveleth, MN — The Iron Range is one step closer to getting a new business that could help create more than a hundred jobs. “His team found us and learned that we had a cutting edge technology that actually works,” said Jack Baron, the President and COO of Sweetwater Energy. Based in New York State, Sweetwater Energy extracts sugar from timber and waste wood to create industrial alcohol which is used in cosmetics and detergents. The company wants to build its next plant in Mt. Iron. The company says Northern Minnesota is a perfect fit for them.

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Lumber Liquidators: Q3 Will Show Further Deterioration Of Fundamentals

Seeking Alpha
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL) was finally able to quantify one of its major unknown liabilities last month, and the market reacted quite favorably. Strangely, even six months after Homeland Security and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raided its Toano headquarters, the stock was still north of $100, and until the 60 Minutes Formaldehyde report the market was more focused on disappointing quarterly earnings than any kind of DOJ settlement. For a few days at least, it seemed to be a harbinger of positive things to come. 

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Maine Legislative Leaders Touring Paper Companies

Maine Public Broadcasting News
November 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s top legislative leaders will be touring paper companies across the state this month to talk with operators and workers about the industry, which has faced setbacks but is still a crucial part of Maine’s economy. Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, says leaders plan to do a lot of listening. “What polices we have, what’s affecting our employers, particularly in this case the folks in the forest products industry,” he says. “We want to hear from the folks that are creating jobs.” Thibodeau says there are some success stories in the Maine forest products industry, such as the increased tissue-making capacity at the mill in Baileyville

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Tree diseases and pests threaten the UK economy

The income generated from timber plummets when tree disease strikes, leaving woodland owners with huge losses
The Telegraph
November 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry economics expert Graham Taylor is warning that the impact of tree disease on the UK economy could be in the billions. Taylor is the managing director of Pryor & Rickett Silviculture, which manages about 20,000 hectares of woodland in England and Wales. He is focused on the creation of economically resilient woodlands in the face of threats from tree pests and diseases. Contrary to popular perception, many private woodland-owning clients are not “asset-rich landed gentry” or industrial-sized timber producers. A proportion are from middle-income sectors and have bought woodland as an investment, perhaps as an alternative to a pension.

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Stora Enso negotiates production cutbacks

EUWID
November 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso is planning production cutbacks on account of declining levels of business activity on various extra-European softwood-lumber markets. The concern had already started associated negotiations with employee representatives on temporary layoffs at the Honkalahti and Uimahraju pine sawmills and the two spruce sawmills in Kitee and Varkaus in the third quarter. The group states that the negotiations for the four Finnish sites were concluded in the first weeks of October, with the result that Stora Enso can temporarily lay off employees for periods of up to 90 days. However, to what extent the group will exploit that possibility has largely not been conclusively defined yet. So far, it has only been decided that lumber production in Varkaus will initially be continued in only single-shift operations from 1 January 2016.

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Malaysia’s timber exports totalled US$3.77bn

Wood Based Panels
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Malaysia’s timber sector exports totalled RM10.46bn in the first half of the year. Wooden furniture exports accounted for the biggest share of wood product exports at RM3.33bn (31.8% of the total), reports the International Tropical Timber Organization. Plywood exports ranked second at RM2.25bn (21.5%) followed by sawnwood exports at RM1.47bn (14%). Log exports comprised just under 10% of all wood product exports at RM998m in the first half of this year. Exports of wooden furniture were mainly from manufacturers in Peninsular Malaysia. Furniture exports from Sabah and Sarawak combined contributed barely 1% to total furniture exports.

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Sappi completes sale of Enstra mill

Pulp & Paper
November 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sappi yesterday announced that it has completed the sale of its Enstra mill to Corruseal. The agreement with Corruseal regarding Enstra Mill includes the recycled containerboard and kraft papers business produced on PM6, as well as the fine paper and security paper portfolio produced on PM2. With the sale of Enstra Mill, the production of Sappi’s much loved Typek copy paper has moved to Sappi Stanger Mill in KwaZulu-Natal. Sappi has invested and committed in 2015 and 2016 capital upgrades to secure Stanger Mill as a world-class office and tissue paper producer.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pioneer Millworks’ Reclaimed Wood Experts to Share New Products and Design Ideas at the 2015 Greenbuild Expo

PR Web in Virtual-Strategy Magazine
November 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Farmington, NY – Pioneer Millworks’ team of leading wood experts will travel to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 Greenbuild Expo, the premier sustainable building annual event. They’ll join more than 600 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services, and technology available in today’s market. While renewing their commitment to eco-friendly practices, they will share new products, including naturally textured reclaimed Hemlock and custom finishes.

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Olympus Partners sells Woodcraft Industries

Thomson Reuters’ peHUB
November 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Stamford, Connecticut-based Olympus Partners is pleased to announce the sale of Woodcraft Industries, Inc. to Quanex Building Products Corporation. Woodcraft is a leading provider of hardwood and engineered wood doors and components to kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturers. With 13 production facilities and four distribution locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Woodcraft offers unmatched product breadth and best-in-class customer service. “Olympus has been a great partner to Woodcraft, supporting growth initiatives, operational improvements and broadening our product offering. They have helped to position us well for continued growth as industry tailwinds accelerate,” commented Dale Herbst, CEO of Woodcraft.

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Timber tower blocks to shoot up in towns and cities

CFPA Europe
November 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

High sustainability levels, short construction times and low weight mean that timber construction systems are becoming increasingly sought after. This also applies to timber tower blocks which, with suitable fire protection, can be made equally as safe as other forms of tower block. Timber has great potential as the new sustainable building material in cities and, in future, we will see many more timber structures. Not least timber tower blocks. This was the clear impression left following the theme day ‘Gentænk træ’ (‘Rethink Timber’), which took place at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen earlier this year. Here, DBI and CINARK assembled a number of experts from Denmark and abroad to present the opportunities for using timber instead of steel and concrete or in hybrid solutions whereby timber is used along with steel and concrete.

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Lumber Yard Disaster? No, Just a Crazy Belgian Street Sculpture

November 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Walk along the Rue de Nimy in Mons, Belgium, and you might think an EF-5 tornado just ripped through a Home Depot. Looming above the street is an insane structure of wooden boards, whose improbable angles, gaping holes, and kaleidoscopic colors seem to defy both logic and gravity. The eviscerated shipwreck-looking installation, titled “The Passenger,” is the work of Belgian conceptual artist Arne Quinze, who when not making public space more surreal in Europe dabbles in flammable, monumental Burning Man architecture. About this latest project, which measures 141 feet long and 52 feet high, Quinze writes (forgive the grammar):

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Forestry

BC salmon farmers aiming to clean up their image

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

Google “fish farms” and “B.C.” and the top-ranking website that comes up is farmedanddangerous.org from a coalition of environmental groups that includes the David Suzuki Foundation and T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation. For more than a decade, they have waged an effective public relations war against B.C.’s salmon farming industry, which they say is a threat to wild fish stocks. While fish farming’s rap sheet for alleged environmental crimes is long, the biggest concern remains that farmed Atlantic salmon can spread sea lice, bacteria and viruses to wild Pacific salmon stocks. In an attempt to address the concerns over fish farming, the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) last week published its first sustainability report, and it has committed $1.5 million in funding over five years for new research, to be overseen by a 13-member science advisory panel headed by Don Noakes, a former director for the Pacific Biological Station.

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Forestry greenwash

Letter by Ronda Murdock, Parksville
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I believe the ‘Locals set Guinness record’ story (The NEWS, Oct. 8) to be nothing more than greenwashing, promoting the perception that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is environmentally friendly and good for forests. I wonder if the volunteer tree-planters are aware that SFI, a North American forest certification program, was developed by the American Forest and Paper Association, the largest wood products manufacturers in North America. I hope the school group tree planters know about the other certification program, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and I hope they know some of the differences between industry’s SFI system and the global, multi-stakeholder FSC system.

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David Suzuki wins Vancouver’s highest honour

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

Dr. David Suzuki received Vancouver’s highest honour on Oct. 30 when Council voted unanimously to award him the Freedom of the City. Suzuki was granted the award for his long-standing environmental activism and efforts to educate the public about the natural world, stretching back a quarter-century. “Dr. David Suzuki has dedicated his life and career to educating and inspiring us all to take care of our planet and all who live here,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Council also planted a western red cedar tree in Suzuki’s honour on the grounds of City Hall last Friday, in recognition of his continued leadership in inspiring people to care for the planet.

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Cool Weather Leads to Average Year for Forest Fires

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cool weather this past summer kept the number of forest fires in Newfoundland and Labrador on par with the 10-year average of 120 fires. The Provincial Government recorded 128 fire starts in 2015. An early spring on the Avalon Peninsula created a high number of grass fires which kept ground crews busy in April and May, however, there were no large forest fires in the province this year. …In total 3,866 hectares were burned in Newfoundland and Labrador during the official forest fire season; this is well below the 10-ten year average of 35,000 hectares. While eastern Canada experienced mainly a cool, wet summer that was not the case for western parts of the country which experienced one of the worst fire seasons on record. Forest fire personnel and equipment were drawn from all over Canada to assist including seven forest fire fighters, six incident management personnel and one water bomber from Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Ontario forest fire season relatively quiet, with 666 fires

CBC News
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It was a relatively quiet year for forest fires in Ontario, with 666 fires recorded across the province between April 1 and Oct. 31, 2015. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) said in total, forest fires consumed 39,312 hectares of Ontario’s forests. That’s half the number of forest fires and a third the area that would be destroyed in a typical year, based on the 10-year average. The Northwest Region of the province witnessed 352 fires. Of those, 163 of the fires were caused by people, while 189 were due to lightning strikes. Kenora and Dryden regions were active early in the season, while the far north experienced more fires later.

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Parks Canada wants to restore boreal forest

Cape Breton Post
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

INGONISH – Parks Canada started a four-year project last year with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and other partners to restore the boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. “We’ve been studying this for 15 years and the scientific evidence is there to show the moose browse has caused the forest to convert to grassland,” said Parks Canada resource conservation officer Derek Quann. “The forest health issue can be traced back to the spruce budworm days and the forests haven’t regenerated.” Large areas that were once forest were unable to regenerate as moose browsed any seedlings that grew more than 30 cm high. These over-browsed and stunted trees have started to die and have now been replaced by a thick mass of grass and ferns.

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In Defense of a Diversity of Forestry Practices

By Dr. Erin Kelly, Assistant Professor, California Registered Professional Forester #3001
The LumberJack
November 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Humboldt State Climate Crisis Club has petitioned the forestry department, in part “to end their teachings re; ‘harvesting forests’ (clear-cut practices in any form or given terminology) in focusing now upon the crucial part forests play in these unprecedented climate times.” As faculty in the HSU Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources, we welcome the opportunity to address recent concerns raised by the Climate Crisis Club about forestry, sustainability, and climate change. Faculty in our department have diverse backgrounds and, as a consequence, ask diverse research questions about the relationships between forest management and climate change.

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Forest waste in Central Oregon has potential

COIC to study biomass, in hopes of creating new industry
The Bend Bulletin
November 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council is launching a wide-ranging study into how debris generated from forest-thinning projects might be put to better use. Forest managers cut thousands of tons of brush, tree limbs and small trees each year in Central Oregon, primarily to reduce the risk of wildfire. Collectively known as woody biomass, the material can be useful to several industries, but much of it is burned in slash piles during the wetter, cooler months of the year. Scott Aycock, community and economic development manager for the council, said the organization recently received a $121,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and the Statewide Wood Energy Team. The money will help the organization find out more about the woody biomass generated in Central Oregon and identify opportunities to connect the materials with companies and organizations that can use it.

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Judge: Timber firm must face lawsuits in Oso slide disaster

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

A King County Superior Court judge has rejected a bid by a forest landowner to be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits filed by survivors of the Oso landslide and the families of those who died. In an 11-page ruling released Monday, Judge Roger Rogoff wrote that “significant evidence” exists from which a jury could determine that a Grandy Lake Forest Associates representative knew “that logging in the areas where he logged would increase the risk of landslide.” Rogoff’s ruling helps set the stage for a trial scheduled for next June as plaintiffs seek damages in the aftermath of the massive landslide that killed 43 people and destroyed dozens of homes on March 22, 2014.

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Bridger-Teton National Forest a poster child for neglect

WyoFile
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Bridger-Teton National Forest receptionist Dorothy Neckels’ new office exudes a welcoming warmth with maps, displays, brochures and posters greeting visitors to her 3.4-million-acre reserve. …To some, the erosion is the result of policies that target land-management agencies to undermine local support and drive a states’-rights agenda. Others disagree, or point to clunky congressional budget restrictions, particularly the way the Forest Service must cut fall programs to pay for firefighting in big fire years. In either case, many federal lands and the programs supporting them are on life-support, and the Bridger-Teton is a showcase example.

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Flathead National Forest officials mulling over salvage timber sales on burned areas

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

KALISPELL – Officials with the Flathead National Forest are looking at the possibility of conducting salvage timber sales on some the forest that burned during this summer’s fire season. Resource managers are targeting two of the largest burns, the Spotted Bear Ranger District and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Officials hope to salvage the Bear Creek and Trail Creek Fire areas. The project is still in early stages of discussions and officials still have to complete a study of the area before submitting the proposal. If the sales are approved, they will likely take place within the next three years.

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A long-term plan: Feds killing barred owls to try to save endangered spotted owls

Yakima Herald Republic
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YAKIMA, Wash. — Scientists tell us 99.9 percent of all of the species that have ever existed on Earth no longer exist. Many disappeared because of global cooling, global warming, cataclysmic eruptions or asteroid impacts. Some disappeared because they got eaten or couldn’t get enough to eat. They were outcompeted. Mother Nature is an unsympathetic landlord. Man, on the other hand, while at times an inconsiderate tenant, becomes very compassionate — in the most lethal sense — when taking his turn at Mother Nature’s helm. Case in point: We’re in the process of killing 3,600 barred owls in several areas around the West, including the forested hills surrounding Cle Elum, in hopes it will slow the population decline of northern spotted owls. And that may be only the start.

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State, federal agencies focus on cold-water habitat for fish

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, ORE.—Oregon and federal officials will work over the next three years on plans to locate, protect and restore sections of cold-water habitat for migrating fish in the Columbia and lower Willamette rivers, according to an agreement released on Tuesday by NOAA Fisheries. The agreement is included in an updated plan reviewing Oregon’s standards for water temperature. Known as a biological opinion, the revised plan was ordered by a judge two years ago as part of a settlement with an environmental group that twice challenged the standards in court. According to the plan, the warmest temperatures allowed under state standards may harm nine fish species unless cold-water zones are implemented.

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Oregon dumps mulch on burned ground to prevent flooding

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

PENDLETON, Ore. — Helicopters are dumping thousands of pounds of wood mulch on Oregon’s Malheur National Forest three months after a wildfire tore through the area. The mulch is supposed to slow soil erosion and prevent flooding through the fall and winter, reported The East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1MEWxSx). The wildfire destroyed more than 40 homes and spread over 171 square miles in the Canyon Creek Complex earlier this summer. The mulching is part of the Burned Area Emergency Response plan developed by Malheur Forest staff and local landowners. Without enough vegetation to soak up moisture, the main concern in the area is flooding. 

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Eco groups troubled by Gov. Brown’s solution for bark beetle damage

Southern California Public Radio
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some forestry experts are turning a critical eye on Governor Jerry Brown’s emergency proclamation to deal with the native bark beetle infestation, and they find the details worrisome. On Friday, the governor’s office said the four-year drought has made many California regions vulnerable to bark beetle infestations, so millions of dead trees will need to be culled and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) will be suspended to expedite the actions. The lumber will be used by wood-burning power plants. The proclamation also said die-off “worsens wildfire risk,” but studies show that is not true. Brian Nowicki of the Center for Biological Diversity said CEQA was enacted to help ensure scientifically-based forest management. “You really need the review that CEQA would provide,” he told KPCC.

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California dead tree ‘emergency’ could fuel wildfires, El Nino floods

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Calling it “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week, asking for swift removal of dried-out trees either through controlled burns or as feed for biomass energy plants. …he governor is asking various state agencies, including Caltrans and Cal Fire, to identify the areas where dead trees pose the highest risks. “He is directing state agencies to remove dead and dying trees in those areas,” said Greg Renick, information officer with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Southern Region. He said the governor is asking the state to provide counties in affected areas with heavy equipment, such as wood chippers.

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Despite crashes, helicopters are vital to tree industry

Statesman Journal
November 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Helicopters are critical to harvesting the Christmas trees grown on Oregon’s more than 500 licensed Christmas tree farms. They’re used because they’re fast and allow trees to be removed without bringing heavy equipment into muddy areas. Christmas trees are a $110 million a year business in Oregon. Despite their utility, helicopters can — and periodically do — crash. A helicopter crashed Monday while harvesting trees in Polk County near Sheridan. Blane Hayes, the Applebee Aviation pilot, was uninjured. Crashes while harvesting Christmas trees happen on average once every 1.5 years. 

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Independent Review Hails Management of Pennsylvania’s State Forests

from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
PR Newswire
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG, Pa.,  — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings continue to affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management. “Once again our state forests were deemed ‘well-managed’ in an official certification reflecting the pride we take in overseeing our state forest system for many values and uses, while maintaining its long-term health and viability,” Dunn said. “Auditors were very pleased with our management and dedication of staff, and I extend thanks to districts involved in this year’s audit for another job well done.”

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Texas Signs Good Neighbor Authority to Keep Our Forests Healthy

News release from the Texas A&M Forest Service
Everything Lubbock
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Taking care of America’s lands and natural resources is a big job. No single organization can do it alone. Knowing that we are stronger together — the USDA Forest Service has entered into a Good Neighbor Authority agreement with Texas A&M Forest Service to help conserve, protect and manage their Texas forests and grasslands. Thursday, Oct. 22, Mark Van Every, forest supervisor for the USDA Forest Service National Forest and Grasslands in Texas, and Tom Boggus, Texas state forester and director of Texas A&M Forest Service signed a Good Neighbor Authority agreement. “This concept of neighbor-helping-neighbor helps ensure that our national forests in Texas are well managed and stay healthy,” Van Every said.

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Ash trees under threat if harmful borer beetle finds way to Britain

The Guardian
November 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A tiny beetle could wipe out Britain’s ash trees much faster than the established ash dieback disease which is expected to eventually kill millions of the trees, according to the government’s leading authority on pests and pathogens threatening UK forests. “The emerald ash borer is moving uncontrolled through Russia. It flies long distances, moves quickly and can reproduce in the UK,” said Nicola Spence, chief plant health scientist. The beetle has not has yet arrived in the UK, but she warned: “There is a high risk of it being introduced and establishing itself.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Paper sizes up Canadian wood pellet heat sector

Biomass Magazine
November 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

A new paper by FutureMetrics outlines reasons for the small size of the Canadian wood pellet industry, which include a small domestic heating market, low prices of electricity in some provinces and unfamiliarity with pellet heat technology. The entire Canadian wood pellet heating market is about the size of the Northeast U.S. market, according to FutureMetrics, at about 360,000 metric tons per year. In contrast, the U.S. consumes about 3.3 million tons for heat each year, in pellet stoves and boilers, or about ten times more than Canada.

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Ethanol from wood cellulose a local, sustainable alternative

Washington State University News
November 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT, Wash. – Most ethanol sold in the Pacific Northwest is made from corn grown in the Midwest. But ethanol from cellulose – the cheapest, simplest biofuel produced from wood – could be sustainably produced from locally grown poplar trees. A new video by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest, a consortium of education and industry partners including Washington State University Extension, explains how cellulosic ethanol is helping prepare the Pacific Northwest for a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry.

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Funding could see a new community wood fuel hub

Kingsbridge Salcombe and South
November 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

FUNDING has been received to begin a project for a local wood fuel hub, bringing together local farmers, landowners and the community. The South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network, or SDCREN, has secured funding from the Regen SW Community Energy Accelerator Devon County Council fund. The funding will help investigate and initiate the first building blocks of a local wood fuel hub where local farmers, land owners and the community can work together to source affordable wood fuel, boost the local economy and create employment. This work follows a SDCREN study into biomass as a suitable fuel for South Devon and a very successful ‘wood fuel from hedges’ event in March this year in South Pool, organised with the Devon Hedge Group.

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Rooftop bug collectors find climate change already affecting species

Treehugger
November 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In 1992, Ole Karsholt and Jan Pedersen started collecting bugs in light traps on the roof of the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. A quarter-million bugs later, their data on 1543 species of moths and beetles provides astounding evidence that the we don’t need to wait for 2°C of warming before seeing significant effects of temperature change on the insect community. As might be predicted, the insect “specialists” — bugs that eat only a single species of plant — experience temperature changes more dramatically than generalists. “Earlier studies have confirmed that specialist species also respond rapidly to destruction of their habitats, so we are dealing with a very sensitive group of animals” according to postdoc Philip Francis Thomsen from the Center for GeoGenetics, one of the authors of the study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

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