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Business & Politics

FPInnovations launches FPInnovations Associates

New service for small & medium enterprises (SMEs) in Secondary Wood Products Manufacturing sector
FPInnovations
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pointe-Claire, Quebec – November 5, 2015 – FPInnovations is pleased to announce the launch of FPInnovations Associates, a new service for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Secondary Wood Products Manufacturing sector across Canada, which offers a cost-effective alternative to partnering with FPInnovations. This unique and comprehensive service aims to support the sector’s competitiveness by providing businesses with direct access to one-stop, specialized help, and a customized Web platform. FPInnovations carefully studied the needs of SMEs and created FPInnovations Associates to open up a world for SMEs looking to benefit from a wide range of expertise and resources tailored to their needs. 

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Stella-Jones Reports 2015 Third Quarter Results

Marketwired
November 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC-  – Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) (“Stella-Jones” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015. “Stella-Jones’ solid performance in the third quarter was driven by our ability to respond to healthy demand in the railway tie and residential lumber categories. Our growing profitability reflects evolving market conditions in the untreated railway tie market and efficiency gains throughout our continental network. Moreover, we further expanded our reach through a strategic acquisition in Arkansas on September 1, 2015 and the conclusion of the Ram Forest Group Inc. and Ramfor Lumber Inc. (“Ram”) acquisition on October 1, 2015,” said Brian McManus, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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TPP text reveals almost two dozen Canada-U.S. side deals

Canadian Press in MacLeans Magazine
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Canada has signed almost two dozen side letters with its trading partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including an agreement with the United States to combat illicit trade. Canada also signed a side agreement with Japan that appears to protect the exports of British Columbia logs, a key sticking point between those countries in the multi-layered negotiations. …Another letter between Canada and Japan appears to confirm that the current Canadian regime on the export of B.C. logs remains in place. The export of logs is heavily controlled by the federal and provincial governments, which drives up their cost to foreign buyers. …Timber had become a sticking point between Canada and Japan. Canadian government documents previously obtained by The Canadian Press said Japan was pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports.

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After Months of Planning, Luxor Enters Into Letters of Intent to Acquire Two Wood Framing Businesses in Canada and the US

Yahoo Finance
November 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Luxor Industrial Corporation (LXRRF) (LRL.V) (“Luxor”) is pleased to announce that on November 4, 2015, it entered into two non-binding letters of intent to acquire wood framing businesses in Canada and the United States. Such businesses are involved in the pre-turnkey framing of housing projects in Canada and the United States.
In Canada, Luxor has entered into a letter of intent to buy the book business and certain assets of Colt Builders Inc. of Alberta (“Colt”). 

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Taiga’s Q2 sales up by 1.2%, but margin hurt by declining lumber prices

Canada Newswire press release
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNABY, BC, – Taiga Building Products Ltd. (“Taiga” or the “Company”) today reported its financial results for the three and six months ended September 30, 2015. Sales for the second quarter increased to $388.0 million from $383.6 million in the same quarter last year. The increase in sales by $4.4 million or 1.2% was largely due to increased demand in the US. Gross margin for the second quarter was $33.6 million compared to $34.4 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin percentage for the second quarter was 8.7% compared to 9.0% for the same quarter last year. The gross margin percentage for the current quarter was impacted by a decline in commodity prices.

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Plan B required in Strait mill case

By Roger Taylor
The Chronicle Herald
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Just how lucrative is Port Hawkesbury Paper’s glossy paper business? Many Nova Scotians imagine the mill owner’s profits are pretty good, since it is assumed the maker of supercalendered paper can remain profitable and still pay millions of dollars in trade penalties to the United States government. The U.S. Department of Commerce has ruled Port Hawkesbury Paper’s exports into that country have an unfair price advantage over American competitors due to the aid it receives from the Nova Scotia government. The department imposed a tariff because it is estimated Port Hawkesbury Paper is saving at least $24 million per year in electricity costs, compared with what the previous owner of the mill was paying.

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Weyerhaeuser focuses on growth areas at Community Leaders Briefing

The Longview Daily News
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. will make new investments in its Longview sawmill and continue developing business at its liquid packaging plant in spite of slumping markets, company officials said at a community briefing at the Cowlitz County Event Center Thursday. In the next few weeks, the sawmill will get a new swing machine to speed up log handling and processing, said Erik Wilson, sawmill operations manager. Wilson wouldn’t say how much the swing machine would cost, but said it was a “significant” investment similar to installation of another swing machine last year. “It’s been a good year for the sawmill,” Wilson said, highlighting how the 240-employee mill has met goals for production and safety.

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Lawmakers tour Maine mills in advance of paper industry conference

Bangor Daily News
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s top legislators began a tour of the state’s paper mills on Thursday, as part of the lead-up to a summit focused on the future of the industry that has endured numerous closings and layoffs in recent years.  Thibodeau. R-Winterport, and House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, announced the tour would start Thursday in Madison at the UPM Madison mill and in Skowhegan at Sappi’s Somerset mill. The tour is coordinated with the Maine Pulp and Paper Association, which will host a summit on Nov. 17 at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn. The group is set to tour the Woodland Pulp and St. Croix Tissue mills in Baileyville on Nov. 12.

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Local mill improves efficiency/environmental friendliness

ABC 10 News NOW
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AMASA — A manufacturing mill in the U.P. known for making courts for college and NBA teams received a federal grant to improve their efficiency. Connor Sports manufacturing mill in Amasa has made basketball courts that thousands of college games have been played on throughout the U.S. The plant received a grant award check from the U.S. Forest Service. “The requirements is either to replace fossil fuel or to upgrade existing wood energy systems,” said Don Peterson with Renewable Resource Solutions, “to be more efficient. We’re not just looking at utilizing wood but using it in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.”

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Caribou lumber company expands north into St. John Valley

Bangor Daily News
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FORT KENT, Maine — A fifth generation family-owned lumber business from Caribou is expanding north after Thursday’s announcement that S.W. Collins Co. has purchased Quigley’s Building Supply in Fort Kent. The S.W. Collins company is taking over the 72-year-old Quigley’s Building Supply, which opened in 1944 after the Quigley family purchased H.W. Coffin Lumber & Building Materials, according to a Thursday afternoon press release. Samuel Wilson Collins started his business a century ago when he built a sawmill in Caribou. “We believe all current [Quigley’s] employees will be staying,” Justin Dubois, the Fort Kent store manager, said Thursday afternoon “The goal is to keep everyone.”

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Lawmakers tour paper mills, seek input to help solve industry struggles

WCSH6
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — In the past two years, Maine has lost hundreds of paper mill jobs, and there will be hundreds more layoffs by year’s end. To help make changes, Maine’s legislative leaders toured three paper mills Thursday including Sappi’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan. The Skowhegan mill is considered one of the state’s strongest performing mills because of investments it’s made in the facility. It employs more than 700 workers. Legislative leaders from the Maine House and Senate toured this mill and others to find out about the challenges. “We want to learn we want to listen so we can be ready to take action when we go back into session,” said Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves

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Resolute Forest Products Benefits Marion County Economy

WBOY-TV
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FAIRMONT – Tucked away in a secluded area of Marion County, recycled paper is being made. Resolute Forest Products Fairmont Pulp Mill creates recycled bleached kraft pulp. Bringing in waste paper, it turns it into paper for a variety of new products. “If you buy a paper product like a greeting card or a ream of printer paper, if there’s a recycled logo on it, there’s a good chance that recycled portion was manufactured here at the Fairmont Mill,” said Ginger Bower, Director of Pulp Sales at the Fairmont Mill. That production benefits the local economy in a big way. More than half of the mill’s employees are from Marion County. Fairmont Mill General Manager Brian Wilmouth says they try to keep as much business as possible close to home.

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Forestry sector experiences negative growth amid fires

Jakarta Post
November 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Amid the persistent land and forest fires, the forestry and logging sectors experienced contraction in the third quarter. The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded negative growth of -2.72 percent compared to last year’s third quarter. “Forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have reduced timber production of industrial forests in Riau and Kalimantan,” BPS deputy head of balance and statistics analysis Kecuk Suharyanto told a press conference on Thursday. Although the agency had yet to conduct a specific study on the impact of the fires on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), Suharyanto said that impacts could be seen in the agriculture sector’s slowdown.

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Port has a bear month

Plain sailing in October has given the port results close to its record.
Gisborne Herald
November 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

EASTLAND Port had a near-record month for cargo over the Gisborne wharf in October thanks to good weather conditions that made shipping movement plain sailing. A total of nine log ships came and went from Gisborne last month and they took away more than 231,000 tonnes of cargo. “The nine ships averaged 25,745 tonnes a load,” said port services manager Deane Craw. “Thankfully there were no significant weather events last month so loading was not disrupted. It was a very good month. The total cargo handled is not a record but it is close to the port’s monthly record.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Students, parks giving dead ash trees new life in Richmond Hill

York Region
November 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Where some see death and destruction, high school teacher Leed Jackson sees beauty, potential and the circle of life. Now, his students see it, too. …But the woodworking teacher at the Toronto Waldorf School in Thornhill is turning lemons into lemonade, helping his students turn the dead wood into furniture and works of art. …Thanks to a partnership with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and Sawmill Sid Inc., the wood from Richmond Hill’s ash trees was milled and donated to the school. …Grade 12 students have made benches for the community, Grade 8 students are using the wood for stools and this week, Jackson is helping Grade 9 students build dovetail boxes.

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Forestry

Forestry alive and well at the 7th Annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards

Truck Loggers Association
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry had a good showing at the 7th Annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards last month which is good news for the whole sector. Lincoln Douglas accepted the Business of the Year – 10 or more person enterprise award for his company, K&L Contracting/Links Contracting. Quatern Limited Partnership, a logging company co-owned by Quatsino First Nation and Western Forest Products, accepted the Joint Venture of the Year award. “The TLA recognizes the rights and title of First Nations and our members are working to build mutually beneficial partnerships,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “So these awards highlighting First Nations successfully building forestry business are inspiring. In fact, one company— K&L Contracting/Links Contracting—is a TLA member.”

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Quesnel Lobbies on Behalf of Forest Sector

250 News
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel, B.C. – Quesnel City Council is lobbying B.C. Premier Christy Clark on behalf of the community’s forest sector. Council approved Mayor Bob Simpson’s letter to the premier this week in support of an 18 month old request by West Fraser for PST relief for Quesnel River Pulp and for the premier to take immediate steps to reduce energy costs at both Quesnel River Pulp and Westpine MDF. Simpson says the requests would make those companies more viable and provide a better incentive for energy efficiency investments in those plants. He says it’s a conversation that’s been going on in Quesnel for some time and is hoping Premier Clark will provide some relief in time for the 2016 provincial budget. “So we give the certainty needed to attract investment into our community and keep those mills operating.”

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Another delay in protection of Nunavut’s ancient Arctic forest: minister

Feasibility study for Napaaqtulik territorial park postponed
Nunatsiaq News
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nunavut’s unique fossil forest has been around for 50 million years — but it looks as if the mummified remnants of this ancient Arctic forest on Axel Heiberg Island will have to wait a little longer yet to garner protection. Nunavut’s environment department says it’s carrying over the $215,000 earmarked for a territorial park feasibility study for yet another year. “It is our intention that in the 2016-17 fiscal year, we will complete feasibility studies for a new park at Napaaqtulik on Axel Heiberg Island,” Johnny Mike, the environment minister, said Nov. 3 in the committee of the whole meeting to discuss his department’s budgetary requests.

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Université Laval’s Forêt Montmorency has secret cache of snow

Montreal Gazette
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forêt Montmorency, an exceptional Nordic skiing domain north of Quebec City, is part of the vast wilderness and conservation area of La réserve faunique des Laurentides. …Managed by Université Laval and part of its faculty of forestry, geography and geomatics (the study of land data), Forêt Montmorency is the world’s largest forest research and teaching university, conferring degrees in forestry engineering. Its specialties include land surveying, biology, conservation, sustainable forestry development and fish and game management. Exploring the uses of the natural resource of snow is an aspect of the faculty’s eco-research. Snow leads us to ski vacations, with a unique twist.

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Nova Scotia mill group set to begin cutting on huge tract of Crown land

West For consortium gaining access to 566,600 hectares of Crown land west of Highway 102
CBC News
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of mills is about to get access to a large area of forested Crown land in Queens, Shelburne, Digby and Yarmouth counties. The parcel is 566,600 hectares — roughly the same size as Prince Edward Island — and basically represents all the Crown land west of Highway 102, which runs between Truro and Halifax. Approximately one-third of the parcel was once owned by Resolute Forest Products Ltd., former operator of the now closed Bowater-Mersey paper mill in Liverpool. A group of mills have now formed a consortium under the name West For. Final details are being worked out with the province, but associate deputy minister for the Department of Natural Resources, Allan Eddy, says 16 mills were invited to participate.

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CN, Tree Canada celebrate planting more than 60,000 trees

The Sackville Tribune Post
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SACKVILLE, N.B. – With its partner Tree Canada, CN recently celebrated a successful project that saw 60,000 trees planted just outside of Sackville to restore a heavily-degraded area of the Acadian Forest in New Brunswick. Since 2013, CN has planted a total of 900,000 trees throughout the country as part of reforestation projects with Tree Canada, with 510,000 trees planted in 2015 alone. For the New Brunswick project, a diverse range of Acadian Forest tree species were planted on a recently clearcut property. The property will now be managed to ensure maximum survivability of the planted trees and to ensure a healthy, diverse forest typical of the region is sustained, and never to be clearcut again.

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Big Penalties For Oregon Pesticide Sprayer That Ignored License Suspension

Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The penalties keep coming for Applebee Aviation. After suspending the company’s license for a year, seeking a court order to stop it from spraying and fining it $40,000, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced fines totaling $180,000 for the helicopter company and its owner, Michael Applebee, along with a five-year license suspension. The fines and license suspension mark the largest penalties ever in a case of aerial pesticide spraying in Oregon. The practice of spraying chemicals on tracts of forestland after clearcut logging has long been controversial. It recently caught the attention of state lawmakers, who voted this past session to increase penalties for sprayers who break the rules.

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Feds: Forest towns should become more resistant to fires

Idaho Statesman
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO – Forest-dwelling communities in the West must do a better job at making their homes resistant to wildfires so that wildland firefighters can better defend those homes and surrounding forests, federal, state and local officials said. The officials meeting on Thursday in Boise said that’s one lesson learned following one of Idaho’s worst fire seasons with more than 1,300 fires and about 1,200 square miles burned. About 30 officials also considered other aspects of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy approved in April 2014, and that includes firefighter response and making landscapes resilient to fire. “We will always prioritize life and property as a very high priority,” said Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure of the U.S. Forest Service. “But when you draw resources into the community to protect life and property, you’re drawing them away from the larger landscape. That larger landscape has some critical values. It’s the watershed for communities. It’s the economic livelihood for some communities.”

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Board of Forestry boosts no-logging buffers along streams

Associated Press in the Washington Times
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – Forest officials have voted to expand no-logging buffers along streams on private timberland in western Oregon to keep water cool enough for salmon. The Oregon Board of Forestry adopted the rules on Thursday, despite protests from logging interests. Riparian zone buffers would increase to 80 feet on medium-sized streams and 60 feet on small streams, with the option to not cut any trees or to do thinning on part of the buffer. The new rules won’t apply in the Siskiyou region, which was left out of the buffer expansion.  Currently trees must be left uncut 20 feet from streams on private timberland – though some additional feet are required where a number of trees must be maintained.

Logging Limits Added Along Streams in Oregon from Oregon Public Radio

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I’m a scapegoat, helicopter spray company owner says of $180,000 fine

The Oregonian
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced $180,000 in new fines and a five-year license suspension for a helicopter spraying company whose questionable practices were exposed by a whistleblower. …Company owner Mike Applebee said his firm was being used as a scapegoat. The aerial spraying of herbicides, used to control weeds that sprout after timber is clearcut, has been scrutinized by state lawmakers after continuing complaints from neighbors about chemical drift. “People from Eugene south do not like pesticides,” Applebee said. “If there’s a problem with pesticides and people don’t want it, we should figure out what to do about it — not beat down on Mike Applebee.” Applebee said he complied with the state’s suspension when he found out about it.

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Thinning won’t protect forests from wildfire

By George Wuerthner
Helena Independent Record
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One of the assumptions behind federal legislation like the Resilient Federal Forest Act supported by Congressman Zinke is that more thinning of our forests will halt or significantly reduce large wildfires. Yet the scientific evidence for such a conclusion is ambiguous at best. Any number of studies have found that thinning usually fails under severe fire conditions. A large percentage of fires in the Rockies are burning through forests of lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, Douglas fir and other forest types that tend to burn at long rotations of 50-500 years or more. Large fires are the norm in these forest types, not a consequence of “fire suppression” as falsely asserted. These forest types, when they burn, commonly burn as “mixed severity” to “high severity” fires.

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Road closures eyed in Medicine Bow’s Pole Mountain section

Associated Press in the Billings Gazette
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments on a proposal to close many of the roads and institute a seasonal road closure in a popular recreation area between Cheyenne and Laramie. The Pole Mountain section of Medicine Bow National Forest draws crowds from Laramie, Cheyenne and the Colorado Front Range. It’s a popular place to camp, climb, hunt, hike and ride off-road vehicles. But vehicles are rutting roads and damaging the landscape in some areas. …The seasonal closure would help protect wintering big-game animals and their offspring. The seasonal closure also would avoid the need for emergency road closures to prevent damage during soggy spring weather, Medicine Bow National Forest spokesman Aaron Voos said Thursday.

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Cass County Board: Landscape of the timber industry changing

Brainerd Dispatch
November 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WALKER—Land Commissioner Joshua Stevenson informed the Cass County Board Tuesday the market for the county’s timber is getting pulled both up and down and has gone in new directions. Some people were burning turkey droppings, mixed with wood chips. When bird flu hit the Minnesota turkey industry last spring, that cut off the turkey dropping supply for these burners. So, Stevenson said, loggers cutting Cass timber sold their logs to companies shredding it to feed burners having no turkey droppings to burn. This was a totally new market, he said. In the near future, a trade agreement with Canada will expire, he said. That leaves a potential for a flood of Canadian timber into the northern U.S. market and prices being driven down, he said.

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Will Indonesian Fires Spark Reform of Rogue Forest Sector?

By Lisa Palmer
Yale Environment 360
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Massive fires in Indonesia caused by the burning of forests and peatlands for agriculture have shrouded large areas of Southeast Asia in smoke this fall. But analysts say international anger over the fires could finally lead to a reduction in Indonesia’s runaway deforestation. The fires that blazed in Indonesia’s rainforests in 1982 and 1983 came as a shock. The logging industry had embarked on a decades-long pillaging of the country’s woodlands, opening up the canopy and drying out the carbon-rich peat soils. Preceded by an unusually long El Niño-related dry season, the forest fires lasted for months, sending vast clouds of smoke across Southeast Asia. 

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Forest management plan to begin first phase at Crescent Lake in Southington

Meriden Record-Journal
November 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SOUTHINGTON — Tree harvesting will begin next week as part of the forest management plan at Crescent Lake. Town Councilor Dawn Miceli said planning took several years but the first phase is ready to begin. The UCONN College of Agriculture and Natural Resources developed the plan. Recommendations include tree thinning in certain areas and removing invasive species. Assistant Town Planner Dave Lavallee said one third of the mature trees on a 24-acre area will be harvested starting next week. Lavallee expects the work to be completed by August. The trees to be harvested have been marked with blue paint. A log storage area will be established on Shuttle Meadow Road.

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Moose study continues to gather info

Lake Placid News
November 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…A year later, the research has already yielded some interesting results. Seven of the nine cows sampled last spring had calves, a good sign for the population here. What struck Tabor most, though, was the habitats moose were showing up in. “I think most people think the moose are going to be up there in the dark woods of the Adirondacks, but really the moose are more in places where we’re cutting trees,” Tabor said. “The most moose we’ve seen were in the Franklin and Clinton County easement lands and in Saratoga, near the Great Sacandaga Lake. Down there, there’s some timber harvest going on. Moose can be pretty elusive for such a large animal – adult males can weigh in at 1,200 pounds – but their size also means they need to eat. A lot.

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Lonely Planet stands by advice to visit Tasmania’s pristine wilderness before it is ‘compromised’

ABC News, Australia
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet is standing by its latest advice to travellers to visit Tasmania before its wilderness is “compromised”, rejecting suggestions of political interference. A new book and website urges visitors to make the trip soon due to growing environmental threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. “In Tasmania, the peace accord between pro and anti-logging forces has been torn up by the new State Government, keen to unlock old-growth forest for export,” the guide says. “Now is the time to experience these astounding wilderness areas before compromises are made.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

PEI government installing biomass burners at sites around province

The Guardian Charlottetown
November 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Seven more biomass installations are in line for government facilities early next year, says Energy Minister Paula Biggar. Already in place at 13 government properties, Biggar says the heating method reduces greenhouse gas and supports local industry. “Biomass heat is a local, renewable, carbon neutral resource, and government is leading the way for biomass heat,” she said. …One tonne of biomass chips can produce up to four megawatt hours of heat, which displaces approximately 580 litres of fuel oil. …“With good planning, biomass wood chips are a renewable, inexhaustible resource, as long as the forests are managed sustainably,” said LeBlanc. “Selective thinning of Island forests for use in biomass ensures less crowding of the superior trees, better access to sunlight and water, and all in all, leads to improvements of the health of the forest.”

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Biomass-fired power plants in the UK meet new challenges

Ukrainian Biofuel Portal
November 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Burning wood is the most popular renewable energy source in Europe. It is considered to be environment-friendly. However, the recent data reveals that the situation is opposite. …Energy producers assure, that biomass is absolutely safe and green source of power. …However, the scientists warn that biomass-fired power plants are not that harmless as they are claimed to be.However, the latest data reveals that the situation is far contrary. Supposing that the new-grown trees are able to neutralize general carbon emissions made by biomass-fired power stations, a new issue arises. The point is that it takes several decades for trees to become mature enough for that.

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