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Business & Politics

China Slowdown Not Hurting Demand for B.C. Wood Products

250 News
December 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The economy may be slowing down in China but Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson says that doesn’t mean bad news for B.C.’s wood sector. He made the comment Wednesday during a teleconference from Beijing while in the midst of the provincial government’s Asia Trade Mission to China and Japan. “Certainly the people are aware of the overall economic situation here,” said Thomson. “But what we have found in all of our engagement here, from the forest sector, is continued strong growth and continued opportunities for the sector.” He added the growth comes from China’s strong focus on meeting climate change objectives. “With a focus on the use of wood as an environmentally sound building material,” said Thomson.

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Luxor Achieves Profitability for the Ninth Consecutive Quarter

GlobeNewswire
December 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Luxor Industrial Corporation (OTC:LXRRF) (TSX-V:LRL) is pleased to provide an update on corporate activities and reports 9 consecutive quarters of profitability. Luxor’s sales for the 9 month period ending September 30, 2015 were $ 2,645,607 compared to $ 2,221,118 for the same period in 2014. The net profit before other items for the 9 month period ending September 30, 2015 was $ 368,806 compared to $403,708 for the same period in 2014. The profit for other items, $ 131,592, was gain on settlement of debt for the 9 month period ending September 30, 2014. 

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Thomson’s on a mission

By Wayne Moore
Castanet Kelowna
December 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new wood home designed to promote the use of B.C. wood products has opened in the heart of Tokyo. Forests Minister and Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson was on hand to open the home, which will serve as an office and showroom for the B.C. Wood Specialists Group. The group promotes the use of B.C. wood worldwide. “This new facility will allow Japan’s developers and builders to experience first-hand the beauty of B.C.’s wood products and learn more about the many advantages of B.C. timber,” said Thomson. The showhome was unveiled during Thomson’s forestry-themed Asia trade mission.

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‘We will still always be a mill town’: Tales of making paper in Bucksport

Bangor Daily News
December 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

When Verso Paper Corp. in Bucksport closed, a way of life died. A history had already started to crumble, and a once thriving enterprise began to fade from the town’s landscape, almost ceasing to exist. Left — in the form of a painful reminder — is the quiet, almost skeletal sprawl of the mill. And the memories. Bucksport poet laureate Pat Ranzoni watched as it all happened and was grieving as well, longing for a time that seemed to be disappearing — a time of papermaking families. “When they announced the mill was going to close I began to see how much it felt like a death and realized that it wasn’t like a death — it was, in fact, a death,” Ranzoni said. So she decided to do something about it. Words are Ranzoni’s power. She turned to them in her time of need and created a public display called “Still Mill: Poems, Stories and Songs of Making Paper in Bucksport, Maine, 1930-2014.”

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Fire damages Irving Sawmill in Nashville Plantation

Bangor Daily News
December 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE PLANTATION, Maine — A firefighter suffered minor injuries early Wednesday morning as volunteers from four local departments battled a small fire for nearly five hours at the Irving Sawmill in this rural Aroostook community, according to Ashland Fire Chief Donald Bouley. He said the fire started about 4:30 a.m., when employees were doing maintenance in a building. Sparks from a grinder are suspected of having ignited the blaze. “It was between shifts, and employees were evacuating when we got there,” Bouley said.

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Timber industry executive Evan Rolley rejects ‘conspiracy theories’ raised in call for Forestry Tasmania royal commission

ABC News Australia
December 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The executive director of timber company Ta Ann Tasmania has been granted a right of reply in Federal Parliament to comments made by independent MP Andrew Wilkie. The Denison MP had tabled a document and addressed Parliament in June calling for a royal commission into subsidies to state-owned Forestry Tasmania. Mr Wilkie said Evan Rolley, who was the managing director of Forestry Tasmania from 1994 until 2006, should be the first witness to the inquiry. The citizen’s right of reply was tabled in Federal Parliament today and incorporated into Hansard. The right of reply details Mr Rolley’s concerns about the document. “The documents presented by Mr Wilkie were never discussed by him with me to check on any matters of fact,” Mr Rolley said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Renewed agreement advances wood use in China

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian and B.C. governments renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese National Ministry of Housing and Urban Development today. The memorandum is an important part of developing and growing markets for high-quality, sustainably produced Canadian wood products. The signing took place during the 2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. The Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development is responsible for drafting policies, laws and development plans related to city, village and town planning and construction, as well as the building industry and municipal works. The ministry also sets national standards for construction projects, including directing housing construction and managing the real estate industry.

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Sydney Morning Herald Controversial timber treatment plan gets nod at Goulburn rail hub

Sydney Morning Herald
December 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A controversial plan to treat timber for transport with a potentially toxic substance looks set to roll out in February after reassurances of risk management from the developers of a proposed rail hub in Goulburn. Goulburn councillors approved Chicago Freight Rail Services’ plan seven votes to one at their meeting on Tuesday. The Braidwood Road project was given the go-ahead subject to strict conditions, including an EPA licence and a management plan for the safe management of methyl bromide. The approval came despite the lack of a response from NSW Health on the project. The chemical, which is toxic to humans at high levels, will be used to fumigate timber brought to the rail yard for eventual export.

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Wooden Version of The Empire State Building Could Be The First Sustainable Skyscraper

December 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

For years, skyscrapers have been constructed from steel and concrete. …However, Metsä Wood, a Finnish wood products producer, and Michael Green, renowned sustainable Canadian architect, have designed a wooden version of the Empire State Building in an effort to prove that sustainable construction is possible when designing tall buildings. …Metsä Wood and Green are seeking to promote the importance of wood in construction. They’re joining thousands of others who have also made a commitment to use more wood in their construction efforts. …The partnership hopes that this new method of construction will show the world that it’s possible to reduce steel production. This is all a part of their “Plan B” campaign, which shows that wood should be a viable option when building large buildings. They’re also promoting the use of wood in design and structural changes in existing buildings.

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New Zealand Green Building Council welcomes new Chair

Scoop Independent News
December 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is delighted to announce that Mary Jane Daly was elected as new Chair last night. She replaces outgoing Chair Tim Hooson of Jasmax, who has led the NZGBC Board for the past two years. Mary Jane Daly joined the Board of the NZGBC in 2011. She is also an Independent Director of Kiwi Property Group Ltd, Airways Corporation of New Zealand, and a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission. Her last corporate executive role was Executive General Manager at State Insurance. Her previous roles include Chief Financial Officer for IAG in NZ, and Group Treasurer and Risk Manager at Fonterra.

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Forestry

Loggers to bring sports back

Powell River Peak
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Organizers of Powell River’s logger sports are working on sprucing up Willingdon Beach in preparation for this summer’s return of the once-famous games. Powell River residents who grew up with logger sports rallied this summer to bring the event back after more than a decade in hiatus. The terraced area of Willingdon Beach Park, originally created to host the games, was paid for by local loggers. But now, more than 15 years later, the terrace logs are rotting and the area needs a fix-up if the show is to go on. “I have a vision for bowl seating there,” said event organizer Bob Marquis. “We don’t mind helping out with the park and building a legacy.”

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Tumbler Ridge Geopark becomes UNESCO Geopark

Tumbler Ridge News
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Global Geopark program has always been supported by UNESCO, but last week, the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark joined 119 other Geoparks in becoming, officially, a UNESCO Global Geopark. …According to UNESCO, Geoparks are unified areas with geological heritage of international significance. “UNESCO Global Geoparks use that heritage to promote awareness of key issues facing society in the context of the dynamic planet we all live on,” says the Geopark website. …For Canada, it means two Geoparks—Tumbler Ridge and Stonehammer in New Brunswick—will be recognized as UNESCO Global Geopark sites.

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Moose harvest underway on North Mountain

Cape Breton Post
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAPE NORTH — The moose population reduction program on North Mountain in Cape Breton Highlands National Park resumed Wednesday and will continue through to Dec. 18. Parks Canada launched the hunt in November, but it was temporarily called off when about 30 protesters entered a restricted zone and confronted the hunters. Coady Slaunwhite, public relations and communications officer with Parks Canada, said public safety for all involved will continue to remain Parks Canada’s top priority. “Parks Canada is working with the RCMP to provide safety and security and has restricted public access on North Mountain during the harvest except to allow through traffic along the Cabot Trail,” Slaunwhite said.

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UNB woodlot cracking down on loose dogs, mountain bikers

Dogs owners told to keep pets on leash and mountain bikers need to stick to trails
CBC News
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The University of New Brunswick is cracking down on dogs and mountain bikers in its woodlot south of Knowledge Park Drive in Fredericton. Signs have been put up at the entrances saying all dogs must be on leash, owners must stoop and scoop, and mountain bikers must stay on the main trails. Jason Golding of UNB says the signs are needed to make the woodlot safer for students and other groups that have agreements with the university. Golding is in charge of forest operation planning at UNB and says he fields calls weekly during the summer from people complaining about dogs running wild in the forest. It’s been getting worse in the six years he’s been on the job, he said.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation marks 13 years as ‘the voice of the forest’

Grassroots blockade against logging trucks north of Kenora, Ont. started on Dec. 2, 2002
CBC News
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the beginning, Randy Fobister of Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, disagreed with community members who were stopping logging trucks from entering their traditional territory, but 13 years later the deputy chief says “it’s really important the blockade is still there.” A community gathering was held on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the blockade that started on Dec. 2, 2002. People continue to maintain the site and “protect the land”, Fobister said, even as the community considers whether blockade is the appropriate term for what they’re doing. He also balks at the word ‘activism’. …The work of community members to protect the land now has the support of
the chief and council and has also raised awareness at government and
industry levels, Fobister said.

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Norfolk’s inventory of dead trees will be huge

Simcoe Reformer
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SIMCOE – Some priorities in Norfolk may have to wait while the county confronts its large and growing inventory of dead ash trees. No one knows the size of the problem. All that can be said with any certainty is that it is huge. “It looks like we’re going to have to stop making improvements to this county while we remove ash trees,” Waterford Coun. Harold Sonnenberg said Tuesday at Norfolk council. “This is astounding.” Sonnenberg was responding to a report which says 1,300 ash trees on county land have been identified for removal so far. The estimated cost of next year’s cutting program is $638,000. No one knows how big the final tab will be.

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MSU partners with Chinese university on forestry program

WTVA Topelo Columbus
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University has signed a memorandum of agreement with a Chinese university to offer a dual degree program in forestry. The agreement was signed with Shandong Agricultural University on Monday. MSU says students who partake in the program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from MSU and a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from SDAU. SDAU students who complete three years of study at their home institution will also be eligible to transfer to MSU as part of the dual degree program.

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Chippewa County project receives urban forestry grant

Upper Michigan Source
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that grants totaling $91,070 for urban forestry projects statewide will be awarded to 12 recipients in nine counties. The city of Sault Ste. Marie was awarded $3,000 for a community forestry education and training project. The competitive grant program, a cooperative effort between the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service, funds projects that help create and sustain local urban forestry programs. This year grants were awarded for community tree inventories, management plans, education and training activities and Arbor Day projects that enhance and promote urban and community forestry in Michigan.

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Tongass EIS proposes transition to young-growth harvest

Alaska Journal of Commerce
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The future of timber management in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is beginning to take shape. On Nov. 20, the U.S. Forest Service released the first draft of an environmental impact statement, or EIS, needed to amend the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan with five alternatives for managing the federal forest that dominates the region. At nearly 17 million acres, the Tongass is the nation’s largest national forest and encompasses about 90 percent of Southeast Alaska. An emphasis to shift away from harvest of the forest’s old growth hemlock, spruce and cedar is evident in the Forest Service’s preferred EIS option. 

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Catherine Novelli: Forests are nature’s built-in climate regulators

San Jose Mercury News
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forests are breathtaking places. I experienced this when I visited Redwood National Park for the first time many years ago. I stood on the forest’s floor, like so many people before us, awe-struck, gazing up at the towering trees which were so old but continued to do so many invaluable things. This is true of forests everywhere. Aside from their physical beauty, they provide homes for a countless range of diverse plants and animals. They provide timber for construction and fiber for paper. And crucially, they act as the earth’s lungs. Forests capture carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and release pure oxygen in its place. Forests are nature’s own built-in climate technology. Humans have had a give-and-take relationship with forests for millennia. But our taking has grown out of balance.

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Playing a bigger role

Smaller governments could have a bigger impact on endangered species
Powell Tribune
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From 1980 to 2015, the number of threatened and endangered species rose from 280 to almost 1,600, and one-third of them live in national forests and grasslands, according to Jacque Buchanan, deputy regional forester for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Meanwhile, state and local governments are seeking to play a bigger role in helping endangered species because the Endangered Species Act is not as effective or efficient as it should be, according to the Western Governors’ Association. The ESA has a success rate of about 1 percent and costs American taxpayers millions of dollars in court costs — funding that could be better utilized to preserve wildlife.

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In Our View: Stop Burning Through Cash

The Columbian
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Peter Goldmark’s job is putting out fires — both literally and figuratively. As the state’s Commissioner of Public Lands and the head of the Department of Natural Resources, Goldmark finds his time increasingly being taken up by the prevention and suppression of wildfires. Last year, after all, was the worst wildfire season in Washington history — until this year came along. In 2015, more than 1 million acres of land were burned in more than 50 fires throughout the state; more than 300 homes were destroyed; and three firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service were killed while another was severely injured. “I can’t stand by and watch this happen again,” Goldmark told The Seattle Times. The difficulty in dealing with wildfires was demonstrated by the fact the Paradise fire in the Olympic National Park was finally extinguished two weeks ago — in mid-November.

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1000 jobs now open for the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest

KXRO Newsradio
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Anyone looking to get their foot in the door with the US Forest Service has a huge opportunity. The Forest Service announced that they are hiring 1,000 temporary positions for the spring and summer jobs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Anyone local looking to apply can do so now at USAJOBS.gov, and searching for “Forest Service” in Washington. Jobs are available throughout the NW, including locally. Park Ranger and Forestry Technician positions are currently available in Quinault as well as other locations in our region.

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Plan for replanting: Environmental, timber leaders hope to move project forward

The Union Democrat
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than two years since the 2013 Rim Fire, the Stanislaus National Forest is seeking input on a proposed plan to replant trees across 21,300 acres that burned in the historic blaze. Timber industry and environmental leaders in Tuolumne County who disagree over some aspects of the plan are hoping to work together in the coming months on a compromise that would keep the project moving forward. “I think you’ll find agreement from everybody here that something needs to be done out there and needs to be done quickly,” said logger Mike Albrecht, who owns Sierra Resource Management in Jamestown and stays active in issues affecting the local timber industry.

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Don’t Move Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Wood in the Black Hills

South Dakota State News
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RAPID CITY, SD – People stocking up on firewood in the Black Hills should use caution in cutting or buying pine firewood so that they are not also moving mountain pine beetles. “Trees that became infested from this summer’s flight contain live larvae under the bark. The larvae can continue to mature and emerge next summer as adults even if the wood has been cut into firewood,” says Greg Josten, South Dakota Department of Agriculture state forester. “We do not recommend people collect or move firewood from trees attacked this year. Trees attacked this past summer can be identified by the pitch tubes along the trunk and their green needles.”

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Fire salvage logging proposed at Mount Adams

The Columbian
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TROUT LAKE — Comments are being sought by Dec. 20 on a proposal by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to do salvage logging on approximately 250 acres that burned in this summer’s Cougar Creek Fire. The five proposed salvage units are roughly between Aiken Lava Bed on the west and Snipes Mountain and Bunnell Butte on the east. The fire burned 54,000 acres of which 5,607 were on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Almost 3,000 acres of mature forest burned on Forest Service land. A Forest Service team will evaluate the proposal during this winter. A decision in expected by late winter 2016.

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Ore. county blasts Congress for wildfires

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers
Natural Resource Report
December 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

County Faults Congress for National Forests: Wallowa County Commissioners in Sept. approved a resolution blaming the US Congress and President for destructive national forest wildfires and “the deplorable conditions for restoration or sustainability of the forest.” The resolution states that years of Commission collaboration with federal agencies had not resolved the intractable gridlock of wrong-headed laws, rules and plans that block urgently-needed US Forest Service management—which could curb catastrophic wildfires, treat dying forests, and produce valuable timber harvest.

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Forest staff trims acreage in Rim fire replanting plan

Conifer seedlings would go on less acreage than earlier proposed
The Modesto Bee
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SONORA – The Stanislaus National Forest has reduced by nearly a third, to 21,300 acres, the land it proposes to replant in the Rim fire area. A timber industry leader said he was disappointed by the new plan but hopes to work with other interested parties to get the project moving. An environmental leader objected to using herbicides to help the conifer seedlings survive, but he too said he hopes for compromise. The forest staff had proposed in February to replant 30,065 acres but reduced it following a closer look at conditions left by the massive 2013 fire. Both proposals are a small percentage of the 257,314 acres in the burn area.

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Forest fire risk heightened

The Dominion Post
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest fire in Wairarapa highlights the risks posed by rapidly drying vegetation and changeable windy conditions. Wairarapa Rural Fire principal fire officer Phil Wishnowsky says the current fire at Whareama, east of Masterton, shows the vulnerability of our forests. “This is a very good example of exactly what can happen. Even though we’re just in the spring, we’re not in the middle of summer yet. Even under the conditions as we’ve got them, we can have a disastrous fire,” he says. The early part of spring bought periods of rain but recent weeks have only been peppered with short bouts of drizzle which has done little to dampen down the situation.

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Andrew Heald: Forest growth can help in many ways

REDUCING carbon is just the start of it, writes Andrew Heald
The Scotsman
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When forestry is mentioned in international environmental meetings, the focus tends to be on intact landscapes, particularly rainforest. UK forestry hasn’t had a significant role in discussions on climate change or carbon storage. However, the UK is the third largest net global importer of timber (after China and Japan) and has woodland cover of only 12 per cent (one-third the EU average), so there is huge potential to do more. So it was welcome that Nicola Sturgeon chose her speech at the recent World Forum on Natural Capital in Edinburgh, which attracted 500 delegates from almost 50 countries, to reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to plant 100,000 hectares of woodland by 2022 – a challenging but very achievable target.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest Product Industry gets priority at Paris Climate Change Conference

Wood and Panel
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased that the United Nations Climate Change Conference now underway in Paris has designated as Forest Action Day to consider the contribution of forests and forest products to climate change solutions. Prince Charles and others at the Paris meeting were talking about the vital role forests play in stabilizing the global climate by sequestering the carbon dioxide that causes climate change. With more than 9% of the world’s With more than 9% of the world’s forests, Canadian trees absorb tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide to the benefit of the entire planet. “This vital role of storing carbon continues in products made from tree fibre,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

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Boeing launches biofuel project using Canadian forestry industry waste

Air Cargo Week
December 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Boeing is working with the University of British Columbia, SkyNRG, and members of Canada’s aviation industry, on a project to use waste from the country’s forestry industry as biofuel. The parties involved will use leftover branches, sawdust and other waste to create sustainable biofuel. The consortium includes Boeing, Air Canada, WestJet, Bombardier as well as research institutions, and has been awarded funding from the Green Aviation Research and Development Network of Canada. Boeing Commercial Airplanes managing director of environmental strategy and integration, Julie Felgar says: “Sustainable aviation biofuel will play a critical role in reducing aviation’s carbon emissions over the long term. Canada is in a terrific position to leverage its sustainable forests to make environmental progress for its aviation industry and other transport sectors.”

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Climate change brings opportunity, risk for Canada’s forestry sector

Globe and Mail
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Canada’s forestry industry expects to be a clear winner as the world looks to transition to a lower-carbon economy, although climate change is posing threats to the sector as well as offering opportunity. …While many tropical countries are losing their forests at an alarming rate, there is not such widespread loss in Canada, which has the world’s third-largest forest cover following Russia and Brazil. The federal government is claiming credit for forest management practices that it says will contribute significantly to meeting its commitment to reduce GHG emissions. …However, the Canadian position does not take into account the loss of forests from fire or the resulting release of GHGs.

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Biomass, Biofuel, Biopower, and Bioenergy: Sound So Cool But Wreck the Climate and Rip Us Off

Worse for the Climate than Fossil Fuels
Huffington Post
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

…Governments justify subsidies for bioenergy by flawed carbon accounting policies and a myth that bioenergy is “carbon neutral.” This myth asserts that the regrowth of plants recaptures the carbon released from bioenergy, thereby preventing carbon from accumulating in the atmosphere. However, regrowth of plants can never be guaranteed, and even if regrowth occurs, it takes too long for bioenergy to be carbon neutral. Regrowth typically takes several months for agricultural crops and to up to 450 years for wood. Though the carbon-neutrality myth has been disproven–for example, by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences–it persists tenaciously in government policies, even in President Obama’s otherwise beneficial Clean Power Plan.

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Forest monitoring capabilities bring major benefits to REDD+ implementation

PR Newswire
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The fate of tropical forests will again be a topic of this week’s UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) negotiations in Paris. This time, however, the discussion of tropical forests takes on even more importance because scientists are now able to estimate forest carbon content and CO2 emissions with a much greater degree of accuracy. A new paper led by Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) Senior Scientist Scott Goetz, published today in Environmental Research Letters – Reviews, presents the capabilities that currently and will soon exist to measure, monitor and verify the carbon stock of tropical forests to meet the needs required by the UN REDD+ program. REDD+ is a mechanism for financial reward for developing countries’ verified efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while also ensuring safeguards on livelihoods and preserving biodiversity. 

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Major forest countries pledge to reverse deforestation

Essential role forests play in long-term health of our planet recognised
The Irish Times
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Leaders of major forest countries have pledged to provide “strong, collective and urgent action” to promote equitable rural economic development while slowing, halting and reversing deforestation and increasing forest restoration. In a session hosted by former president Mary Robinson, this shared vision was endorsed by leaders from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Peru, the UK and the US. A joint statement said they recognised the “essential role forests play in the long-term health of our planet, in contributing to sustainable development, and in meeting our shared goal of avoiding dangerous climate change”.

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COP21: Fingers point as threat from Papuan forest fires increases

Scoop Independent News
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

While countries consider their climate change options for the future at COP21 in Paris, forest fires and the ensuing pollution have been growing problems in Indonesia. …Papua, which had 353,191 hectares of land burned, stands behind Sumatra (832,999) and Kalimantan (806,817). …Pusaka spokesman Yosafat Leonard Franky said three companies were responsible for the fires. “We do not believe the Papuans are the perpetrators of forest fires,” he said. “We are more inclined to think that there are other parties who deliberately set fire to the forest, because perhaps in the future they need land for oil palm plantations and other agriculture.”

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General

Wooden Version of The Empire State Building Could Be The First Sustainable Skyscraper

December 3, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

For years, skyscrapers have been constructed from steel and concrete. …However, Metsä Wood, a Finnish wood products producer, and Michael Green, renowned sustainable Canadian architect, have designed a wooden version of the Empire State Building in an effort to prove that sustainable construction is possible when designing tall buildings. …Metsä Wood and Green are seeking to promote the importance of wood in construction. They’re joining thousands of others who have also made a commitment to use more wood in their construction efforts. …The partnership hopes that this new method of construction will show the world that it’s possible to reduce steel production. This is all a part of their “Plan B” campaign, which shows that wood should be a viable option when building large buildings. They’re also promoting the use of wood in design and structural changes in existing buildings.

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