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Business & Politics

FPInnovations and Institut Technologique FCBA Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The agreement aims at pooling knowledge, providing access to new marketsand launching common projects
FPInnovations
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Montréal (Québec) – November 16, 2015 – FPInnovations, a Canadian technological research institute and world leader in research and development of scientific solutions for the forest industry, and the Institut Technologique FCBA (Forêt Cellulose Bois-construction Ameublement), a technical industrial centre in France, active in the forest/wood/furniture industries, are proud to announce that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop research partnerships and a framework for information exchange between their respective organizations.

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Fighting Over Forests Is Now Routine in U.S.-Canada Relationship

Bloomberg News
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. and Canada have for decades fought over the lumber trade. Now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is about to be initiated into the knotty world of timber relations, specifically regarding glossy magazine paper. Four Canadian companies — Catalyst Paper Corp., J.D. Irving Ltd., Port Hawkesbury Paper LP, Resolute Forest Products Inc. — say they plan to fight a U.S. decision in July to impose import tariffs of as much as 20 percent on specialty paper, which is also used in newspaper inserts. The dispute comes amid a rise in the number of trade cases launched by U.S. manufacturers on everything from steel to paper as the greenback has surged. Countries hit with duties include Australia, Portugal and Indonesia.

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Growing B.C. food exports could surpass forestry

A low Canadian dollar and several recently-signed trade deals have given B.C. food exports a boost
Business in Vancouver
November 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A dramatic increase in B.C. food and beverage exports is leading manufacturers to wonder whether food could surpass forestry as B.C.’s biggest manufactured category. “If you take food and beverage from the Statistics Canada data now, it’s going to be the largest component of manufacturing in the province,” said Marcus Ewert-Johns, B.C. vice-president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.“It’s going to surpass wood, if wood doesn’t keep booming, related to housing starts or something in the U.S.”  September data from BC Stats shows agriculture and food exports have grown 22.8% year-to-date, while fish exports are up 17.3%.

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Resolute Forest Products Closes $156M Acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings

Street Insider
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products announced the acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of at-home and away-from-home tissue products, including recycled and virgin paper grades. …Based in Florida, Atlas Paper manufactures branded and private label tissue products for the at-home and away-from-home markets. It offers both virgin and recycled products, covering economy, value and premium grades. …”We are excited about becoming part of a larger, diversified company that views the tissue market as a cornerstone of its future,” stated Jim Brown, president and chief executive officer of Atlas Paper Holdings, Inc.

Resolute enters tissue market with $156-million purchase of Atlas Paper from The Canadian Press in the Globe and Mail

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Shortage of affordable logs, tough economic forces buffet Montana timber industry

November 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

At Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge, about 50 of its 160-person workforce got pink slips this fall – but owner Sherm Anderson says the sawmill and timber company is still losing money. “We laid off one shift, and all that does is slow down the bleeding, to where you think you can absorb the loss,” he told MTN News. “It doesn’t make you profitable. … The question is, how long can that go on?” Sun Mountain isn’t alone; almost all of Montana’s sawmills and lumber plants have seen cutbacks in hours or personnel this year. A perfect storm of market and other forces is bludgeoning an iconic Montana industry that already has shrunk dramatically in the past three decades, from more than 30 mills down to nine solid-wood sawmills today.

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Montana Land Board Concerned About Weyerhaeuser Land Access Policy

News Talk KGVO
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The possible purchase of Plum Creek land in western Montana by Weyerhaeuser has already raised concerns among Montana Hunting groups, but now state officials are beginning to question the purchase as well. State Auditor Monica Lindeen’s Land board Adviser Jeff Barber says she raised questions about the purchase during Monday’s Montana Land Board meeting. …“What is Weyerhaeuser’s policy exactly?” Barber said. “How will they implement it in Montana? What have they done it elsewhere? There are a number of state lands that are within holdings of Plum Creek’s property, what is going to happen with public access on those state lands? There is the potential here of impacting over 700,000 acres of land that the public can access right now.

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Timber Products plant in Medford takes on major upgrade

New plywood operation will improve production and energy efficiency
The Mail Tribune
November 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Amid rising foreign competition and diminishing returns from aging equipment, Timber Products Co. has embarked on an ambitious makeover of its Medford hardwood plywood plant. Phase I of the project is well under way, with S.B. James Construction Management both demolishing the existing 61,200-square foot wood structure and replacing it with an 88,800-square-foot prefabricated steel structure that will house updated veneer dryers, optical grading scanners and stackers, replacing decades old equipment. “This is a major reinvestment into our operations to increase efficiencies and utilize current technologies so we can compete in the global market,” said John Wasniewski, Timber Products’ regional manager for Oregon Panel Products. “

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Bullock admin puts state money toward boosting timber harvests – will it work?

November 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

State-managed forests provide a steady supply of logs to Montana sawmills – but the Bullock administration is hoping its help can increase the harvest from federal, private and tribal lands as well. “We have really made it a priority to put logs on the trucks, keep our sawmills open and essentially help our watersheds and our forest health,” Gov. Steve Bullock said in a recent interview. “I think we’re seeing some significant things happen at the state level.” U.S. Forest Service and timber-industry officials compliment the Bullock administration’s initiative, which has committed or spent at least $5.5 million in state money toward the efforts. Whether it can make a difference soon enough for the industry remains to be seen.

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Bullock admin puts state money toward boosting timber harvests – will it work?

November 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

State-managed forests provide a steady supply of logs to Montana sawmills – but the Bullock administration is hoping its help can increase the harvest from federal, private and tribal lands as well. “We have really made it a priority to put logs on the trucks, keep our sawmills open and essentially help our watersheds and our forest health,” Gov. Steve Bullock said in a recent interview. “I think we’re seeing some significant things happen at the state level.” U.S. Forest Service and timber-industry officials compliment the Bullock administration’s initiative, which has committed or spent at least $5.5 million in state money toward the efforts. Whether it can make a difference soon enough for the industry remains to be seen.

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Georgia-Pacific and U.S. Lumber Expand Distribution of Engineered Lumber to Baltimore Area

PR Newsire
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA– Georgia-Pacific Engineered Lumber and U.S. Lumber have announced that U.S. Lumber will be distributing Georgia-Pacific’s engineered lumber products into the Baltimore market. “We are pleased to add Baltimore to the list of current markets where U.S. Lumber distributes our Wood I Beam joists, GP Lam LVL and FiberStrong rim board,” said Paul Watterson, general manager for Georgia-Pacific Engineered Lumber. “Their experience selling specialty wood products has been a great fit with our engineered lumber strategy.” In addition to Baltimore, U.S. Lumber currently supplies the full line of Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber products at their distribution centers in Atlanta, Raleigh, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Greenville, S.C.

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Verso considers selling Jay mill in restructuring effort

Franklin Sun Journal
November 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

JAY — Verso Corp. announced Monday it is looking for ways to restructure its balance sheet and explore opportunities to raise funds to meet financial obligations, including the possible sale of its Androscoggin Mill and related hydroelectric facilities. The news follows the August announcement that the company would shut down a paper machine, a pulp dryer and permanently eliminate 300 jobs at the Jay mill. The paper machine and dryer were shut down in October and September. Employees will either take early retirement or lose their jobs beginning Dec. 1. That would leave about 560 workers at the mill. The effort, including idling a Kentucky mill, is in response to a continuing decline in demand and oversupply of products.

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Georgia Forestry Commission donates fire safety gear

WFXL Fox 13
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Students in the Fish and Wildlife Management program at Southern Regional Technical College’s Tifton campus can now conduct prescribed burns safely thanks to Georgia Forestry Commission. GFC donated fire shirts and pants to students in the program on Monday. They also are allowing the students to make use of fire shelters which will be housed at the GFC Tifton command center whenever they need it. Ken Parker, Wildland Fire Specialist with Georgia Forestry Commission said they were at a prescribed fire burn council meeting and it was brought to their attention that Southern Regional Technical College’s program that conducts prescribed burning was in need of some personal protective equipment and they had a surplus of equipment in storage that had been purchased for another program a while back.

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Catalyst Paper Operations sues Bengal Converting Services claiming breach of contract in alleged nonpayment

The Pennsylvania Record
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A Delaware-based paper business is suing a Pennsylvania firm alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in a monetary dispute. Catalyst Paper Operations Inc. sued Bengal Converting Services of Linfield in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Aug. 19. According to the complaint, the plaintiff is a paper manufacturer and supplier, while Bengal is a paper converter that fabricates one form of paper into another. The suit states that Bengal had a business relationship with a third party and its affiliates, referred to collectively as NewPage Corp., wherein NewPage sold paper to Bengal from its mills in Wisconsin and Maine. 

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Finnish Forest Industries Federation re-elects Jussi Pesonen as Chairman

Lesprom
November 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation re-elected Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM-Kymmene, as its Chairman for the third year running. “Three important themes stand out in forest industry lobbying, and the Finnish government plays a role in all. First of all, the government must hold on to its promise that industry’s costs will not be increased during this term. Cost pressures can be mitigated by quickly adopting Emissions Trading Scheme compensation in full,” Mr Pesonen said. “Secondly, the labour market requires urgent reform. The government must reduce unit labour costs, if the central labour organisations fail to do so. The labour market expects the government to be consistent regarding all decisions related to working life,” Mr Pesonen said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Surrey fire chief discusses safety in wood construction

The Canadian Wood Council
November 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

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Architectural firm wins provincial award

Northern Ontario Business
November 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nelson Architecture’s inspired use of wood in the construction of an elementary school addition was rewarded with a design award at the 15th annual WoodWorks event in Toronto, Nov. 12. The Kenora-based boutique firm took home the Northern Ontario Excellence Award for the kindergarten addition onto École Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Kenora. Judges were drawn to the use of glulam in the 10,000-square-foot addition, which was grafted onto the existing school, built in 1970. Glulam was incorporated as the structural system with a low-slope wood deck for the Kenora Catholic District School Board project. The use of exposed wood was intended to form a connection with the children inside to the outside world.

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Paper mill closing leaves gap in C&D wood market

Construction and Demolition Recycling News
November 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The idling of a paper mill in Oregon has dried up the market for lower grade scrap wood in that region, causing a local government agency to rescind a landfill ban. An online notice from the Metro Portland agency lists “treated wood, laminated wood, railroad ties, painted wood and other construction waste” as materials that can now be landfilled. Portland’s Metro Council rescinded the prior ban after the announced idling of the former SP Fiber Technologies paper mill in Newberg, Oregon, by its new owner WestRock. “That mill burned about 350 tons of the Portland region’s wood waste every day, keeping that wood from being buried in a landfill,” says Metro Portland in its Metro News online article.

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2015 Building Code Conforming Wood Designs Published

Woodworking Network
November 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

LEESBURG, VA – The 2015 Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), a joint publication of the American Wood Council (AWC) and the International Code Council (ICC), is now available. The free download, along with 2012 and 2009 versions, is available here: http://www.awc.org/codes-standards/buildingcodes/ccwd. CCWD concisely summarizes provisions related to the use of wood and wood products as they appear in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). Most notable are the easy-to-use tables provided in CCWD for determination of the maximum building size for eight common occupancy groups using the newly formatted height and area tables of the 2015 IBC.

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Are ‘Treescrapers’ the Future of Dense Urban Living?

The Atlantic City Lab
November 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Passive House designers are the Fremen of the architectural world. They look at buildings the same way that Dune’s noble desert tribe thinks about water. For the Fremen, the stillsuit is an essential tool for capturing moisture on a harsh desert world at all costs. For the Passive House designer, designing a building involves sealing it to retain energy and heat at all costs—or rather at low costs. So when I asked a Passive House designer for his thoughts about a relatively new and unconventional type of building design, he replied with the kind of concern a water-conscious Fremen might feel looking at a leaky faucet on Arrakis. Call it the treescraper: It’s a building type that is every bit as fantastical as the giant Shai-Hulud sandworms of Dune. 

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Forestry

Forest Service increases tracking of 4FRI progress

Arizona Daily Sun
November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As of October, Good Earth Power AZ had thinned 5,142 acres of trees across northern Arizona since it acquired the 300,000-acre Four Forest Restoration Initiative phase one contract in 2013. That’s compared to the company’s initial projections that by 2015 it would be thinning 45,000 acres per year. While the speed of Good Earth’s thinning progress isn’t what many local officials would have hoped, the company is still in compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract, Forest Service officials said. In an effort to speed things up though, the Forest Service in August modified Good Earth’s contract to require the company to create an operating schedule for each thinning task order. T

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Winlock mill owner pleads guilty to trafficking in illegal maple trees

Longview Daily News
November 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Winlock lumber mill owner has pleaded guilty to trafficking in highly prized big leaf maple timber that was cut illegally on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Harold Clause Kupers and his company, J&L Tonewoods, admitted purchasing multiple cuts of wood without requiring the seller to show a valid Specialized Forest Products Permit, the Justice Department announced Monday. Kupers faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least $159,000 in restitution when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle on Feb. 8, according to the Justice Department.

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Forest vegetation removal would conserve more water

Does eliminating juniper trees put more water into the aquifer?
Prescott Daily Courier
November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Calling it a win-win-win situation, Craig Brown, chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, said a potential biomass processing plant near Paulden could bring 100 jobs to the area. In addition, it could eliminate the necessity for county involvement in fuel mitigation services and prescribed burning on land in five forests. Best of all, it would allow rainwater to saturate deep enough to recharge the aquifer. Still in the exploration phase, the project, called Watershed Restoration and Management Plan, would involve an outside company to bring in low-impact equipment and clear acres of land of juniper, pinyon and chaparral.

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Timber-sale litigation on national forests: What is its true effect?

November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Montana’s timber industry struggles to survive in a difficult market, its boosters also are pointing to a perennial obstacle they say is a drag on the industry: Legal challenges by environmental groups. “Excessive litigation from extreme environmental groups is one of the biggest challenges and greatest barriers to timber management,” says U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. “It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money, and what suffers is our forests.” The issue of lawsuits challenging timber sales is not new. But it’s come to the fore in recent months, as the industry faces increasing economic challenges. Groups filing the challenges say they’re being cast as a scapegoat for the industry’s woes, which are mostly market-driven.

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Timber-sale litigation on national forests: What is its true effect?

November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Montana’s timber industry struggles to survive in a difficult market, its boosters also are pointing to a perennial obstacle they say is a drag on the industry: Legal challenges by environmental groups. “Excessive litigation from extreme environmental groups is one of the biggest challenges and greatest barriers to timber management,” says U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. “It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money, and what suffers is our forests.” The issue of lawsuits challenging timber sales is not new. But it’s come to the fore in recent months, as the industry faces increasing economic challenges. Groups filing the challenges say they’re being cast as a scapegoat for the industry’s woes, which are mostly market-driven.

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Indian sandalwood oil producer ramps up production to supply new markets

ABC News Australia
November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indian sandalwood oil producer Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) is poised to break into new markets thanks to an expected 10-fold increase in the size of its next harvest. The company, which has an Indian sandalwood plantation in Kununurra, in the far north of Western Australia, said it planned to harvest 300 tonnes of sandalwood heartwood next year. TFS managing director Frank Wilson said while 300 tonnes was still “not a large amount”, it would allow the company to supply new markets. “It makes a big difference. Up until now we’ve only had enough production to supply a few of our customers, the majority in the pharmaceutical industry,” he said.

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Fires crews busy as blazes burn across South Australia

ABC News Australia
November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fire crews have battled a number of blazes across South Australia as the mercury climbed into the 30s, and even higher in western parts of the state. Country Fire Service crews responded to multiple grass, scrub and stubble fires including a blaze which burnt about 360 hectares in Woolshed Flat in the mid-north. Adelaide’s temperature had exceeded the forecast maximum of 34C for the city by mid-afternoon and in western regions of the state the highs went above 40C in places including Port Augusta, Tarcoola and Nullarbor. A watch and act message was issued for Yundi on the Fleurieu Peninsula where three fixed-wing aircraft dropped water on the blaze near Kyeema, close to Kuitpo Forest, south of Adelaide.

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Vast Forest Fires in Indonesia Spawn Ecological Disaster

Associated Press in ABC News
November 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of New Jersey. The fires have finally died down with the arrival of monsoon rains, but too late for his crops, which are far too measly to sell. “We had not seen the sun in a two-and-a-half months,” said Rusli, 34, from Riau province, in eastern Sumatra, among the six hardest-hit provinces. “How can we harvest the fruit?”. The ecological disaster has inflicted a staggering toll on the region’s environment, economy and human health: 2.1 million hectares (8,063 square miles) of forests and other land burned, 21 deaths, more than half a million people sickened with respiratory problems and $9 billion in economic losses, from damaged crops to hundreds of cancelled flights.

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Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

By George Monbiot 
The Guardian
October 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing to explain why it was happening or how it might be stopped. Then they would ask their financial correspondents how the disaster affected share prices, before turning to the sport. As you can probably tell, I don’t have an ocean of faith in the industry for which I work. What I did not expect was that they would ignore it. A great tract of Earth is on fire. It looks as you might imagine hell to be. The air has turned ochre: visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 metres. Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships; already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate. It is almost certainly the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century – so far.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Run, Forest, Run

The Walrus
November 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sierra McLane stretched a rubber swim cap over her head, snapped her goggles into place, and swung her leg up and over the lowest branch of a gnarly whitebark pine tree. Her Ph.D. advisor, Sally Aitken, had sent the University of British Columbia student to Whistler to collect hundreds of pine cones in summer 2007, and the gear was her protection against sap. The whitebark is one of seven endangered tree species in Canada. More than 100 years ago, invasive fungi first started wiping out the conifers. Along with hungry mountain pine beetles, the fungi have pushed the tree to the brink. Global warming has provided its own pressures. A gloomy study by the United States Forest Service predicts that 97 percent of the pine’s native slopes will be too hot for the species past 2100, leaving little hope for the slow-growing tree, which can take up to eighty years to produce large crops of cones.

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Lawsuits, questions, accusations embroil biomass plant

Summit Daily
November 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

…The biomass plant had been operating for less than a year without a certificate of occupancy from Gypsum or a temporary certificate of occupancy. Eagle Valley Clean Energy was testing the plant, but the tests somehow morphed into full-time operation, said Gypsum town officials. That ended when the conveyor belt caught fire, causing about $200,000 in damage, according to the incident reports. The $56-million plant has been idle since that fire, 11 months ago. The rubber conveyor belt is being replaced with a metal configuration.Eagle Valley Clean Energy attorney Sarah Baker says it’s expected to re-open by the end of the year.

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EPA Chief Comes to N.H. to Boost Biomass

New Hampshire Public Radio
November 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The Obama Administration’s top environmental regulator, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, was in New Hampshire today promoting the use of wood as a fuel. McCarthy took a tour of sawmill in Middleton that burns leftover wood scraps to generate electricity and to heat its facility. McCarthy says that burning wood for electricity can be an important part of a low-carbon future, but under the President’s new Clean Power Plan — which mandates a 32 percent reduction in emissions nationwide from 2005 levels by 2030 — only energy from biomass harvested using sustainable forestry practices will count as carbon neutral when calculating state emissions. 

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Watching waste wood become energy

November 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MIDDLETON — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., took a close look Monday morning in Middleton at an environmental success story — a local business that uses waste wood to make energy. The biofuel system Shaheen was touting is the environmental pride of LaValley Middleton Building Supply & Diprizio Pine Sales, Inc. on Kings Highway. It is a wood-fired, steam turbine generator that turns waste wood produced at the facility into electricity. Shaheen hailed the system as a step in the right direction toward reducing carbon emissions and contributing to sustainable forestry. “To have a company like DiPrizio’s that has been in this community for decades to take this kind of initiative to employ more people and to continue being competitive is really important,” Shaheen said Monday morning. “This is a story we want to tell.”

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Watching waste wood become energy

November 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MIDDLETON — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., took a close look Monday morning in Middleton at an environmental success story — a local business that uses waste wood to make energy. The biofuel system Shaheen was touting is the environmental pride of LaValley Middleton Building Supply & Diprizio Pine Sales, Inc. on Kings Highway. It is a wood-fired, steam turbine generator that turns waste wood produced at the facility into electricity. Shaheen hailed the system as a step in the right direction toward reducing carbon emissions and contributing to sustainable forestry. “To have a company like DiPrizio’s that has been in this community for decades to take this kind of initiative to employ more people and to continue being competitive is really important,” Shaheen said Monday morning. “This is a story we want to tell.”

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General

Shortage of affordable logs, tough economic forces buffet Montana timber industry

November 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

At Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge, about 50 of its 160-person workforce got pink slips this fall – but owner Sherm Anderson says the sawmill and timber company is still losing money. “We laid off one shift, and all that does is slow down the bleeding, to where you think you can absorb the loss,” he told MTN News. “It doesn’t make you profitable. … The question is, how long can that go on?” Sun Mountain isn’t alone; almost all of Montana’s sawmills and lumber plants have seen cutbacks in hours or personnel this year. A perfect storm of market and other forces is bludgeoning an iconic Montana industry that already has shrunk dramatically in the past three decades, from more than 30 mills down to nine solid-wood sawmills today.

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