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Special Feature

Deadline is this Friday – 2015 Wood Design & Building Awards

Canadian Wood Council
December 2, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada


The Wood Design Awards invites entries to the 2015 program, the only North American program honoring excellence in wood architecture. Entries should consist of building projects that show a wide range of wood product applications and demonstrate an understanding of the special qualities of wood, such as strength, durability, beauty and cost-effectiveness.  All projects completed in the period between January 1st, 2010 and September 15, 2015 are eligible for entry [except previous winning projects of the Wood Design & Building Awards]. A jury of prominent architects from Canada and the U.S. will review all entries based on various considerations such as creativity, appropriate use of wood materials in satisfying clients’ building and site requirements, innovative design.

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Business & Politics

What Will Happen to Conifex Timber Inc Next? The Stock Just Declined A Lot

FinancialMagazin
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Conifex Timber Inc (TSE:CFF) is a huge mover today! The stock is down 2.95% or $0.07 after the news, hitting $2.3 per share. About 38,000 shares traded hands or 49.22% up from the average. Conifex Timber Inc has declined 66.53% since April 28, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 64.90% the S&P500. The move comes after 9 months negative chart setup for the $48.14M company. It was reported on Dec, 1 by Barchart.com. We have $1.98 PT which if reached, will make TSE:CFF worth $6.74 million less.

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Millar Western Announces Discussions Regarding Potential Sale of Boyle

Canada Newswire press release
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Millar Western today announced that it is in advanced discussions to sell its Boyle lumber operation, including timber quotas, to Northland Forest Products Ltd. The terms of a transaction are not final, and the details of a transaction will only be provided if and when the parties enter into a definitive agreement in respect of a transaction. If a definitive agreement is entered into, Millar Western currently anticipates that a transaction would be completed before year-end. Until such time, there can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will be executed or that a transaction will be completed. Moreover, the closing of any transaction would be subject to Government of Alberta approval and other customary conditions.

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Haavalsrud Timber in Hornepayne Suspends Operations

Wawa-news
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s not even a month to Christmas, and the community of Hornepayne is reeling in shock. Last Friday (November 27th, 2015), the Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company laid off 146 workers at its sawmill in Hornepayne. The company has suspended operations for three weeks. Comments from the Mayor (Morley Forster) and the local union say that the mill could permanently cease production if it cannot increase its revenues, particularly regarding the production of electricity from the Becker Cogeneration Plant. In addition to producing lumber, Haavaldsrud also produces electricity by burning wood chips at the Becker Cogeneration biomass plant 

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The New Forest Beasts

I felt it was just a matter of time before the merger phase of the REIT game began
Flathead Beacon
December 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

That Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek are merging might have surprised some Montanans. Not me. Why not? Well, I guess it’s time to remind everyone America’s timber beasts are dead, replaced by a new kind of beast – Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Now, REITs have been around for a long time, prowling around building shopping malls, skyscrapers, apartment complexes and office parks. Congress created REITs in order to let small investors in on big-time real-estate partnerships. Sometime in the middle 1990s, Plum Creek (PCL) investor Laura J. Sloate (a brilliant woman, Google her) suggested PCL explore conversion from a Master Limited Partnership into a REIT.

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Large Inflow of Money Witnessed in Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.

Money Flow Index
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Shares of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE:PCL) saw an erosion of -0.16 points in recent session. During the trading, the value of each share was $50.93, dropping -0.3%. The shares saw high fund-flow as the composite value of all the upticks was $2.3 million and the total value of all the downticks was a mere $0.9 million. The net money flow was seen at $1.4 million and the up/down ratio was measured at 2.55. …On a different note, The Company has disclosed insider buying and selling activities to the Securities Exchange, Holley Rick R, director officer (CEO) of Plum Creek Timber Co Inc, unloaded 90,000 shares at an average price of $50.03 on November 19, 2015. The total amount of the transaction was worth $4,502,700, according to the disclosed information with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a Form 4 filing.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New BC Wood showroom and office launched in Tokyo

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

The BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood), which promotes the use of British Columbian wood products internationally, has a brand-new office and showroom in the heart of Tokyo to highlight the quality of value-added wood products from British Columbia. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson officially opened the facility during the 2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission. The new showroom illustrates the ongoing commitment by the B.C. government, the Canadian government and the forest industry to supply the Japanese market with value-added wood products. It will also allow the country’s builders and developers to learn more about the advantages of using B.C. timber.

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BC groups pushing for green building standards

Journal of Commerce
December 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Premier Christy Clark prepares to attend the United Nations climate-change conference in Paris, British Columbia’s government is also gearing up to release its draft Climate Leadership Plan. The plan could set the tone for building standards for years to come. …The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Urban Development Institute Pacific Region, and Pembina Institute spearheaded the Call for Action on Energy and Climate in the Building Sector. Its signatories would like to see the province set clear targets for the energy performance of new buildings. …”By pursuing these opportunities, we can reduce our carbon footprint while saving money, creating local jobs, and opening export markets for B.C.-made components and designs,” the statement says. “We can also ensure all British Columbians live and work in buildings that improve community health, happiness, and productivity.”

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Blades by Ed an international hit

Comox Valley Record
December 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

From the Comox Valley workshop of Ed Schum to table tennis enthusiasts across Canada, Europe and the Far East – that’s the international scope of Blades by Ed. …Schum discovered the best rackets are made of single-ply red cedar (RC) wood. “A multi-ply blade has several layers of glue in there. That makes it so hard and stiff that the ball comes off it very fast, but you lose control. To get the control back you have to pay a lot of money for the rubber – as much as $85 for each side, $170 just for rubber.” Schum says it is not necessary to spend that much money to play well if you use a single-ply RC blade. Red cedar is a relatively soft and elastic wood. The softness of the wood ensures that the ball stays on the racket a fraction longer than it would on a multi-ply blade, giving it good control and spin.

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Eco Prefab Homes Made from Natural SIPs

Jetson Green
December 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MAKAR, an architecture and design firm from Scotland is currently building very sustainable and eco-friendly homes. The homes they design are also constructed by local workmen, while the SIPs used to build them are all-natural and made from locally-source timber. These homes are also energy efficient and have very low carbon footprints. The homes they offer are prefabs made from so-called Natural Structural Insulated Panels, which MAKAR creates in their own factory. …MAKAR created a custom made closed panel system, which is made from timber and uses natural insulation materials, namely cellulose and sheeps’ wool. …The company is also experimenting with acetylated timber, while they are even developing their own solid wood panels, which can be held together with dowels. They are calling these Dowellam and they are very similar to cross-laminated timber panels. 

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Timber tower: Finland’s first wooden high-rise wins the Wood Prize

Wallpaper
December 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An energy-efficient trio of multi-storey timber-frame flats in the Jyväskylä suburb of Kuokkala have won this year’s Wood Prize, awarded by Finland’s Wood Information Centre. Not to be confused with the Wood Awards, the Wood Prize was established in 1994 to recognise outstanding Finnish wood architecture which advances research and development in timber construction techniques. Beating off stiff competition from nine other nominated timber-based projects, the Puukuokka Housing Block, which was also awarded the Finlandia Prize earlier this year, was victorious once again thanks to its pioneering modular system. Sitting eight storeys high, Puukuokka is built from prefabricated volumetric modules of cross-laminated timber, which slot together on site.

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Forestry

FSC Canada releases forest management standard for public consultation

FSC Canada
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada is proud to present a draft national forest management standard representing leadership in forest management. “FSC Canada’s four chamber approach to standards development ensures that certificate holders and buyers of FSC certified products are part of the solution to address challenging issues such as conservation, economic prosperity and community engagement” says Francois Dufresne, President of FSC Canada. Proactive and comprehensive, the standard aims to advance current practice. Significant adaptations include the reconciliation of Aboriginal Rights in forest management planning, protection of endangered species and recognition of progressive labour practices whilst confirming that forests are essential to sustain rural and northern livelihoods.

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Christmas tree cutting permits now available

BC Gov News
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbians interested in cutting their own Christmas tree should obtain their permit online or contact their local district or FrontCounter BC office. Local district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Free use permits are provided for personal use only – selling a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or cutting in an unauthorized area is illegal. No permits are available in the Chilliwack and South Island districts due to population density and tree demand. The ministry’s Christmas Tree website at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/xmastrees.htm provides links to online Christmas tree permits, FrontCounter BC and district office contact information, and the B.C. Christmas Tree Council’s website containing a list of tree farms and “U-Cuts” around the province.

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Little artist wins big Parksville

Qualicum Beach News
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A seven-year-old Nanoose Bay girl has been selected as one of nine winners province-wide in the National Forest Week art contest, the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) announced this week. Kaity Mercer, a Grade 2 student at Nanoose Bay Elementary, was selected runner-up in age 6-8 category for her colourful crayon portrayal of a forest scene. It features towering Douglas fir and pine trees, smaller saplings and underbrush, rocks with moss and birds, all under a smiling sun. …Mercer’s piece and those of the other eight finalists will be published in the ABCFP’s magazine. The art contest, now in its eighth year, is launched during National Forest Week as a way to help children learn about and celebrate the forests.

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Watkiss Way fir trees to be logged within week, Saanich mayor says

Victoria Times Colonist
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

All 4,900 trees on a private Watkiss Way property are being logged so fast they should be down “in about a week’s time,” Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell said Monday. …The property is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and logging the second-growth Douglas firs and cedars to grow hay is a permitted use. Vandekerkhove said it will likely take a year after the trees are gone to cultivate the soil before hay can be planted. …Vandekerkhove, who owns adjacent land, bought the Watkiss property for $1.2 million after it had been for sale for five years. Saanich considered the site for a park in 2013 but the proposal did not go forward. Before deciding to log the land, Vandekerhove sought consideration by Saanich this year for a proposal for a sewage treatment plant on the site that would have been hidden by trees.

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Saulteau First Nations supports wolf cull, chief says

Alaska Highway News
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The chief of Saulteau First Nations says he supports the B.C. government’s controversial wolf cull, saying the program is needed to shore up declining moose and caribou populations. The cull, which enters its second season this winter, will see around 200 wolves shot from helicopters in hopes of preserving dwindling caribou populations. “Moose, caribou, everything is getting hammered by (wolves),” Saulteau Chief Nathan Parenteau told the Alaska Highway News at a signing ceremony with provincial government ministers Nov. 22.

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Haida logging faces challenge of balancing profits with sustainability

by Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Almost a decade ago, as vice-president of Husby Forest Products, Bob Brash decried a tough new land-use plan for Haida Gwaii as a threat to the viability of commercial logging on the remote B.C. archipelago. Today, as CEO of Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo), Brash insists that the same plan — signed by the Haida and provincial government in 2007 — continues to pose forestry challenges while providing environmental protection. “I won’t shy away from the fact that in my opinion this is the toughest standard on the coast of B.C.,” Brash said. “It’s not easy for our foresters and engineers. They have to do a lot of homework, a lot of field work, and a lot of consultations. “It remains a challenge. It’s not easy.”

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Ben Carson’s claim that the federal government should ‘return’ public land to states

The Washington Post
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Carson, fresh off a briefing on public lands issues, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board that he would push for “returning” land from the federal government to states. The federal land transfer issue came into the national spotlight last year with the armed standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management. Land conservation and land transfer advocates are expecting this issue to emerge in the presidential campaign, particularly in the swing states Colorado and Nevada (where the next GOP debate will be held). …First of all, Carson is way off on the acreage: The federal government does not own 2.4 billion acres of land. The actual land mass of the United States is about 2.3 billion acres, and the federal government owns and manages about 640 million acres, heavily concentrated in 11 continental Western states and Alaska.

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A Southeast timber company waits in limbo

KTOO Public Media
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service released a plan that gives loggers a timeline for the transition to second-growth harvesting. The plan is currently open for public comment. A proposal to end clearcutting of old-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest has some Southeast logging companies concerned about the future. Susan Tyler runs Icy Straits Lumber & Milling in Hoonah with her husband Wes. It’s a family business and one of the few surviving timber companies in the region Wes has been harvesting trees in Alaska since 1967. For the past 34 years, he’s packed his truck with power saws, axes and wedges to drive along winding roads on Chichagof Island. Once in the woods, he searches for a tree the U.S. Forest Service has marked with paint, indicating it can be removed from the old-growth forest and processed into lumber.

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Gilead Fire spurring new growth in Bighorn National Forest

Sheridan Press
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SHERIDAN — More than 8,000 acres of the Bighorn National Forest that burned in 2012 are growing back, and the area’s wildlife stands to benefit. The Gilead Fire, which charred sections of the Bighorn Mountains northwest of Buffalo, has spurred plant regrowth, attracting grazers. Bud Stewart, public information specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, said that when forests with a heavy canopy are burned, the leaves and branches that once blocked sunlight make way for ground growth, enabling grass and other small plants to photosynthesize more easily. This brings in elk, deer and other grazing species to feed on the new grasses.

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Nature Conservancy releases management plan

Daily Record News
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Nature Conservancy’s new management plan for the Central Cascades Forest allows for recreational access in Upper Kittitas County, though conservation is the main goal. The nonprofit Nature Conservancy purchased 47,921 acres of forestland stretching from Cle Elum to Snoqualmie Pass from Plum Creek Timber Co. in December 2014. The deal totaled $134 million, and also included 117,000 acres of land in Montana. The purpose of the purchase was to safeguard clean water, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation, the group said. The management plan was released earlier this month, and the group has met with local governments and other groups about it.

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Salvage logging proposal underway on Kootenai

Daily Inter Lake
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Kootenai National Forest is finalizing a proposal for salvage logging on 92 acres of forest land that burned during last summer’s wildfires. Brian Donner, the district ranger for the Rexford and Fortine ranger districts, said the salvage sales are in three separate locations.   “At this time we’re just initiating our planning process,” he said. “We’ve identified on the ground what we think is appropriate, but then we have to do the [National Environmental Policy Act] process.” He said he hopes to put the sales out for bidding in the spring, with logging wrapping up by the end of next summer.

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Siuslaw earns national award

Corvallis Gazette-Times
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With almost all of the Siuslaw National Forest taken out of commercial timber production by the Northwest Forest Plan in 1994, most observers assumed its days as an economic driver in the region were over. But thanks to a highly collaborative approach that puts local people to work while protecting threatened species, the Corvallis-based forest has revived its timber program and advanced the goal of habitat restoration at the same time. The Siuslaw’s success will be celebrated Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., when it will receive the 2015 Chief’s Honor Award for Meeting America’s Needs. The Chief’s Honor Awards are the agency’s highest level of recognition. Thirteen projects in nine categories are slated to receive the honor this year.

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Editorial: A downward spiral of wildfires

House bill would remove unnecessary and expensive delays from vital forest projects meant to curb fires.
Wallowa County Chieftain
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The time has come for Congress to provide the legal and financial tools the U.S. Forest Service needs to better manage the 188.4 million acres of national forests. For decades the Forest Service did a world-class job of managing national forests under the multiple-use doctrine. Then, under the Clinton administration and now under the Obama administration, management of the national forests shifted to a doctrine of benign neglect, as timber sales and grazing tapered off and catastrophic wildfires multiplied. This year 54,493 wildfires burned 9.1 million acres of national forests — including 110,000 acres in Grant County — and the Forest Service spent $1.7 billion fighting them.

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Commissioners oppose Crater Lake Wilderness proposal

Herald and News
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Klamath County commissioners say the fire danger is too high to allow 500,000 acres around Crater Lake National Park to become designated wilderness. Tuesday the board unanimously voted to sign a resolution opposing Oregon Wild’s bid to classify a corridor from Brown Mountain to Crescent Lake as the Crater Lake Wilderness. “I think this is something Klamath County really needs to oppose,” said commissioner Jim Bellet. “There is already wilderness up there, there’s plenty. We just don’t need any other catastrophic wildfires.” …“Much of the forest within the proposed area is categorized as high risk for catastrophic fire,” the resolution reads. “We the Klamath County commissioners support and continue to enjoy Crater Lake National Park, but strongly oppose Oregon Wild’s proposal to designate a 500,000 acre ‘Crater Lake Wilderness Area.’ ”

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Rep. Kilmer to start series of public meetings on Olympic Peninsula Forest Collaborative with Forks gathering Friday

Peninsula Daily News
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer this week begins a series of public meetings featuring the Olympic Peninsula Forest Collaborative, an amalgam of timber-related industry and conservation groups and North Olympic Peninsula community leaders. The first of five get-togethers that will focus on Olympic National Forest will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S. Forks Ave., Forks, according to a news release issued Monday by Kilmer’s office. Rod Fleck, the Forks planner-city attorney who received official notice of the meeting Wednesday, said Monday the session with Kilmer was scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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Gary Morishima: The Hope Of Forest Collaboration And Anchor Forestry

Evergreen Magazine
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gary Morishima was born in a Japanese internment camp at Tulelake, California in July of 1944. He grew up in Seattle, graduated from Cleveland High School in 1962, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Washington. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Science and Environmental Management. In 1969, he founded his own company – MORI-ko LLC – which provides consulting services to Indian tribes, government agencies and private industry in areas pertaining to computer simulation of natural resource management systems, statistical analysis, forestry and fisheries management, workshop organization and conflict resolution.

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Marinette Co. sees record timber revenue, expecting surplus for second year

Fox11 News
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATHELSTANE — Just northwest of the small crossroads town of Athelstane in Marinette County is an 85-acre tract of land, deep in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The smell of damp, fresh-cut timber fills the air as does the sound of machinery and saws from a logging harvester. “I really enjoy being out in the woods all the time, being able to work on your own schedule, and be your own boss,” said Brian Jensen, who makes up the ‘B’ in J&B Logging, a subcontractor logging company he’s owned with his dad, Jim, for the last 10 years. This forest, crisscrossed by ATV trails, is just one piece of land that has been helping Marinette County see some record revenue that is helping bolster its bottom line. For the second year in a row, the county is projected to exceed its expectations for revenue from its timber industry.

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UW forestry steadfast in face of aging lumberjacks, globalization

High competition for overseas lumber markets is hurting Wisconsin wood producers
The Badger Herald
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Despite pressures of globalization and an aging workforce, the University of Wisconsin Forestry Department has no plans to change. With the largest number of forestry jobs in the nation, Wisconsin feels the shift in demand for wood products overseas acutely, according to DNR analysts. Demand for Wisconsin wood products has shrunk as digital media has increasingly diminished paper demand, but the shift from local to global markets has had an even greater effect, DNR analyst Andy Stoltman said. Wisconsin must now look to markets in India and Asian nations where it once relied on strong local demand, he said. Countries with more moderate climates have an advantage over Wisconsin lumber because tree growth is not interrupted by harsh winters, Stoltman said.

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Tallest American chestnut tree in North America found in Lovell

An official measurement of the tree will take place Wednesday afternoon in the Oxford County town.
Portland Press Herald
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The tallest American chestnut tree in North America has been discovered growing in a forest in the Oxford County town of Lovell. The American Chestnut Foundation, a nonprofit conservation group, said in a news release Tuesday that foresters with the Maine Forest Service and the University of Maine measured the tree at 115 feet in height. That exceeds the next-tallest known tree by 20 feet. An official measurement of the tree will take place Wednesday afternoon in Lovell. Several scientists and foresters will be on hand for the event. The tree is located on land bequeathed to the University of Maine Foundation by the family of Douglas Volk, a famous American portrait and landscape painter.

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Higher Timber Sales Bring Revenue For Some, Rising Costs For Others

December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Some county forests in Wisconsin are seeing record-high revenues from timber sales, but high prices for timber stands are benefitting some while others in the forest products industry are feeling the pinch. Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak said that they’re expecting a record year for the county’s timber sales. He said that’s helped with balancing the county budget amid increased demand for services. “That helps to fund not only the entire operations of the Forestry Department, but also provides money into general operations,” he said. Lisak said that they’re setting up a reserve fund in case markets change. Lake States Lumber Association President Scott Sawle said he hopes prices do fall for the saw mill industry.

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Bob Williams Earns National SAF Award

New Jersey Division Allegheny SAF
November 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Robert W. (Bob) Williams, CF was awarded the 2015 W.D. Hagenstein Communicator Award by the National SAF Board of Directors. The award was presented at the Society of American Foresters convention in November. The award “recognizes an SAF member who displays the ability, talent, and skill to lead innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and programs that increase the general public’s understanding of forestry and natural resources at the local, regional, or national level.” The nomination materials state that he is “…widely recognized as the point person for forest issues in southern New Jersey and beyond.

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Higher Timber Sales Bring Revenue For Some, Rising Costs For Others

December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Some county forests in Wisconsin are seeing record-high revenues from timber sales, but high prices for timber stands are benefitting some while others in the forest products industry are feeling the pinch. Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak said that they’re expecting a record year for the county’s timber sales. He said that’s helped with balancing the county budget amid increased demand for services. “That helps to fund not only the entire operations of the Forestry Department, but also provides money into general operations,” he said. Lisak said that they’re setting up a reserve fund in case markets change. Lake States Lumber Association President Scott Sawle said he hopes prices do fall for the saw mill industry.

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Fire crews leave Marlborough forest fire

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

Fire crews fighting a forest fire in Marlborough have passed control of the site to forestry companies on the eighth day of the blaze. Six remaining fire crews, including a relief crew from the West Coast, were withdrawn from the site of the Waikakaho Valley fire on Wednesday. Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority principal officer Richard McNamara said if all went to plan, fire crews would no longer be needed. “It gives fire crews a break and a chance to get our gear serviced, and it’s much cheaper for forestry companies to do that than for fire crews.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. VIEWS: Inconvenient truths of climate change

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Campbell River Mirror
December 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark and Environment Minister Mary Polak have joined the thousands of jet-setters in Paris to once again stage negotiations for a global climate treaty. …Now Justin Trudeau leads our biggest-ever delegation to COP21, as the Paris meeting is called. …Other countries have put new emission reduction proposals on the table for COP21. Danish environmental economist Bjorn Lomborg did the math, and concluded that if every major emitting country keeps its word this time, the total of all their efforts would reduce global warming by about 0.2 degrees by 2100. What? A statistically meaningless decrease after 85 years of energy austerity? That Lomborg, he’s just a “denier,” trying to get more publicity. Oh wait, here’s a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that finds the same thing – two tenths of a degree by 2100.

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Seeing the carbon for the trees

The Hill
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

As U.S. officials put the final touches on our national strategy for the COP21 climate talks in Paris, it is essential that one homegrown climate solution is not overlooked—America’s forests. The last five years have seen unprecedented investment in high barrier climate solutions like renewable energy with incredible success, so why not grab the readily accessible potential waiting in our own country? Forests are nature’s scrubbing devices, so good at pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that U.S. forests capture 15 percent or more of our carbon emissions annually. How much is that? More than all the carbon reductions projected under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

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Panel to select consultant for Nevada County biomass plant project

The Union
November 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A Nevada County panel that wants a biomass plant built here is reviewing the qualifications of potential project consultants and likely will make a decision before the year ends. Selecting a consultant to guide the project through the CEQA process, preparing a system impact study and getting a conditional use permit are essential to the biomass plant’s success. That consultant, once selected by the Nevada County Biomass Task Force, will take a year to 16 months to prepare the study, conform to California Environmental Quality Act and obtain the permitting, officials said.

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Coal plant gets green light to burn American wood pellets

The Telegraph
December 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

One of Britain’s dozen remaining coal-fired power plants is to be converted to burn wood pellets shipped in from North America, after the European Commission approved a £1bn subsidy contract for the project. RWE’s Lynemouth power station in Northumberland is due to close by the end of this year under environmental rules, but will now be resurrected as a biomass plant following EU state aid approval for the consumer-funded subsidies. The 420 megawatt plant, which produces enough electricity to power 450,000 homes, could be up and running again within 18 months, subject to a final investment decision early next year, RWE said. The decision also boosted Drax, the Yorkshire coal plant that is awaiting state aid approval of a similar subsidy contract for the conversion of one of its units to burn biomass.

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