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Daily Archives: January 19, 2016

Special Feature

Wood Awards Showcase Leadership in Architecture and Design Winners Announced

Canadian Wood Council
January 18, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2016 – The Wood Design & Building magazine is delighted to announce the award recipients for the prestigious 2015/16 Wood Design Awards program. Winning recipients were hand selected from over 140 online entries by an esteemed architectural jury consisting of:? Dean Maltz, Managing Partner at Shigeru Ban Architects,? Stéphan Langevin, Partner at STGM Architect, and? David Keltner, Principal at Hacker. Special awards were granted by the Canadian Wood Council as well as this year’s sponsors, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Western Red Cedar. Projects submitted to this year’s awards program pushed the boundaries of what is thought of as conventional applications for wood products – reaffirming wood’s versatility within construction. Both the International and North American projects displayed a well-articulated understanding of old and new techniques for wood in architecture.

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Business & Politics

Tolko to curtail 8” canter line at Lakeview mill

Williams Lake Tribune
January 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries Ltd. announced Monday it plans to curtail the eight inch canter line at its Lakeview Mill in Williams Lake effective March 4, 2016. It’s a move that comes because of the ongoing degradation in log fibre quality, increasing log costs and the continued downturn in the Chinese market reducing the demand for the mill’s number three and economy lumber, the company said. “The decision to curtail the canter line may affect approximately 30 people and may result in a change to the current schedule of the mill,” said Troy Connolly, senior general manager of lumber. “We have informed our employees and our HR team is currently working with local union representatives to mitigate the impact on any potentially affected employees.”

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“New day” for idled Iroquois Falls paper mill

January 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Iroquois Falls Mayor Michael Shea remembers his first meeting with Justus Veldman in the Porter Airways lounge in Toronto on Dec. 22, 2014. It was the same day the last roll of newsprint was coming off the No. 8 paper machine at Resolute’s soon-to-be-shuttered mill in the northeastern Ontario town of 4,500. Earlier that month, the Quebec forest products giant had decided to permanently pull the plug on the mill, putting 180 out of work. Prior to a meeting with Resolute’s corporate heads in Montreal, Shea extended a cold-call invitation to Veldman to ask if he was interested in joining him which the Sault Ste. Marie-based brownfield redeveloper enthusiastically accepted.

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Opportunities NB suing over $1M in Miramichi mill fire insurance money

Miramichi Lumber Products wants money from Lloyd’s Underwriters to restart operations
CBC News
January 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick government is going to court to get its hands on almost $1 million in insurance money for a fire that destroyed the Miramichi Lumber Products sawmill a year ago. Opportunities New Brunswick has filed a lawsuit demanding that Lloyd’s Underwriters pay it $992,559.70 — money the company says it wants to restart operations. But the province’s lawsuit says the company’s bank has agreed to sign over the money to the province under the terms of a 2009 loan guarantee. Lloyd’s has not yet filed a statement of defence in the case. The statement of claim was filed on Jan. 5. But Lloyd’s is also filing its own motion in court, saying it planned to pay Opportunities New Brunswick until Miramichi Lumber threatened to sue to stop it from doing so.

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Norbord Provides Update on Val-d’Or, Quebec OSB Mill

Canada Newswire press release
January 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO, Norbord Inc. (TSX: NBD) today announced that the Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has terminated the wood license associated with its curtailed Val-d’Or, Quebec OSB mill. Production at the Val-d’Or mill was indefinitely suspended in 2012 following persistently weak North American housing market conditions and lower demand for OSB. This development is not expected to have any impact on the Company’s financial results. “This is disappointing news, but in the bigger picture, we firmly believe that our Val-d’Or mill is the best alternative for the aspen pulpwood in that region,” said Peter Wijnbergen, Norbord’s President and CEO.

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“New day” for idled Iroquois Falls paper mill

January 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Iroquois Falls Mayor Michael Shea remembers his first meeting with Justus Veldman in the Porter Airways lounge in Toronto on Dec. 22, 2014. It was the same day the last roll of newsprint was coming off the No. 8 paper machine at Resolute’s soon-to-be-shuttered mill in the northeastern Ontario town of 4,500. Earlier that month, the Quebec forest products giant had decided to permanently pull the plug on the mill, putting 180 out of work. Prior to a meeting with Resolute’s corporate heads in Montreal, Shea extended a cold-call invitation to Veldman to ask if he was interested in joining him which the Sault Ste. Marie-based brownfield redeveloper enthusiastically accepted.

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AEG WoodFibre wins new supply contracts

Stock Market Wire
January 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Active Energy Group has announced that its AEG WoodFibre division has secured two significant new supply contracts for 2016, and that it is investing in a new softwood production line to augment its recently-upgraded hardwood processing facilities. Under the two 2016 supply contracts, signed on 15 January 2016 with Yildiz Entegre, the leading MDF manufacturer in Turkey, AEG WoodFibre has agreed to deliver up to 300,000 metric tonnes of its proven hardwood wood fibre product, as well as up to another 200,000 metric tonnes of its new softwood wood fibre offering. These significant contracts are expected to generate revenues of over USD50 million in FY 2016. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Penticton approves major addition to the Lakeside Resort

Pentiction Western News
January 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

RPB Hotels is showing its confidence in Penticton with a new 70-room addition to the Lakeside Resort. Construction will begin in March on the six-storey, all-wood construction of the building. Architect Nick Bevanda spoke to council on behalf of the Prystay family and RPB Hotels and described the building as a unique addition to the city. “It will be one of the leading projects in North America if it gets built,” said Bevanda, who explained there is an increasing trend of using wood construction in larger buildings. New technologies, he said, are allowing the construction of wood buildings of taller than six stories. Laminated wood products, like those from Structurlam, are key to the process.

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Forestry

??FPInnovations showcases forest sector innovation at the #BCTECH Summit

January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – Robots, drones & more cool tech! FPInnovations showcases the tech ingenuity of forestry at BC’s biggest ever tech summit, which opened today at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The two-day inaugural #BCTECH Summit shines the spotlight on BC’s vibrant tech industry, bringing some of the biggest names in technology including investors, researchers, industry and government officials to build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and encourage all industries to gain a competitive advantage by further connecting to the growing tech sector.

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SLRD looks to protect neighbourhoods from wildfires

Whistler Question
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It can make the difference between losing a building and saving it, Ryan Wainwright said. While the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) regularly works to address wildfire hazards on Crown land, it’s landowners who can make a big impact on preventing them from spreading, the district’s emergency program manager said. For the first time in its history, the district is receiving money from the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) and the province to specifically address fire issues on private property. “These projects, when done well, will make the biggest impact,” Wainwright said. The FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program will provide $10,000 to be put toward projects taken on by local groups.

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Heavy equipment operator students receive scholarships from the TLA and Chevron

Vancouver Island University
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two new $5,000 scholarships funded by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and Chevron have been awarded to students in the Heavy Equipment Operator program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson presented the awards to VIU students Jesse Creighton and Breanna Thompson at the TLA Convention & Trade Show in Victoria Jan. 23. The new scholarships for VIU’s Heavy Equipment Operator students were created by the TLA and Chevron in response to the TLA’s labour market analysis, which predicts the coastal forest industry will need 4,700 skilled workers over the next decade. “We know equipment operators are in demand and will be even more so in coming years,” said Don Banasky, TLA President. 

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??FPInnovations showcases forest sector innovation at the #BCTECH Summit

January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – Robots, drones & more cool tech! FPInnovations showcases the tech ingenuity of forestry at BC’s biggest ever tech summit, which opened today at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The two-day inaugural #BCTECH Summit shines the spotlight on BC’s vibrant tech industry, bringing some of the biggest names in technology including investors, researchers, industry and government officials to build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and encourage all industries to gain a competitive advantage by further connecting to the growing tech sector.

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Spearfish Canyon could become South Dakota’s next state park

The Chronicle Journal
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An area of the northern Black Hills that architect Frank Lloyd Wright once called more miraculous than the Grand Canyon may soon become part of South Dakota’s next state park. The Spearfish Canyon Foundation is writing a $750,000 check to Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp., covering most of the $800,000 needed to buy the 72 acres of former Homestake Mine property showcasing picturesque Spearfish Falls. The foundation will eventually hand title to the state of South Dakota, allowing the Game, Fish & Parks Department to repair a washed-out bridge and improve trails to reach the falls, said parks and recreation director Doug Hofer.

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Sky Valley logging plans draw criticism

Everett Herald
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GOLD BAR — Three sites slated to be logged near here have drawn the ire of conservationists.Concerns about forest practices and the state selling timber to be cut by the highest bidder have spurred a new nonprofit.Inessa Pearce, of Startup, has been talking to neighbors and voicing concerns to city and state leaders. She had the Skykomish Valley Environmental and Economic Alliance registered as a nonprofit last month.Pearce drummed up support from almost 300 people with an online petition to stop what she calls excessive logging near Wallace Falls State Park. Jean Fike, manager of the Northwest region for the Department of Natural Resources, said logging might seem concentrated in the Sky Valley but there are limits on how much timber can be cut in one area.

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Conservation groups oppose county class action lawsuit

The Albany Democrat-Herald
January 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND — The term “greatest permanent value” should not be simply defined economically, members of the North Coast State Forest Coalition said Friday in response to Linn County’s planned lawsuit against the Department of Forestry. Members of the coalition are the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Wild Salmon Center, Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited, Oregon Chapter of Sierra Club, Native Fish Society, Pacific Rivers, and Northwest Guides & Anglers Association. In a statement, Chris Smith, the coalition’s coordinator, said “greatest permanent value” refers to all Oregonians, not just the general funds of the 15 counties named in the lawsuit.

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Oregon Department of Forestry, Board of Forestry to continue to strive to manage state forestland for ‘greatest permanent value,’ despite potential litigation

Tom Imeson, Chair, Oregon Board of ForestryDoug Decker, State Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry
Tillamook County Pioneer
January 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Board of Forestry have long-standing and unique relationships with the counties where state forestlands are located. Based on direction from the Oregon Legislature and years of collaborative work with counties, we have built these relationships for more than 75 years and our desire is to continue these valued relationships moving forward. Formal advisory committees connected directly to the Board of Forestry, including the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee made up of representatives of these counties, have provided a welcome, ongoing and open forum for working together.

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Linn County’s $1.4 billion class action lawsuit many years in the making

The Albany Democrat-Herald
January 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wednesday was a hectic and historic day for Roger Nyquist and fellow Linn County Commissioners John Lindsey and Will Tucker. They announced plans to sue the state of Oregon — specifically the Oregon Department of Forestry — for $1.4 billion due to what the county sees as a breach of contract regarding state forest timber sales income directed to 15 Oregon counties, including Linn and Benton. …Since 1998, the Department of Forestry has reduced annual timber harvests, leading to decreased payments to the counties. The commissioners are alleging the state has breached a contract that dates back to the 1930s. …Nyquist said he’s confident a jury will find that the state has breached a 75-year-old contract with the affected counties that the forest lands would be managed to provide a steady stream of revenue from timber.

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Arizona State Forestry releases Forest Action Plan review and update

The White Mountain Independent
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The 2008 Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, prompted the development of Arizona’s Forest Action Plan requiring states, in order to qualify for federal funds, to complete a statewide assessment of forest resources and develop a statewide forest resource strategy. Currently, Arizona State Forestry receives federal dollars to protect communities from wildfire, assist private forest landowners, promote healthy forest practices and assist communities with their urban forests. State Forester Jeff Whitney appointed a task group with diverse representation to work with agency staff to develop the final Arizona Forest Resource Assessment and Arizona Forest Resource Strategy, completing both documents in June 2010.

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Our view: Forest plan revision must be a public process

East Oregonian
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s hard to know when to care about the Blue Mountains Forest Plan. The gargantuan document, which covers more than 5 million acres spread across three national forests and two states, has moved forward at a glacial pace. Little progress has been made in a decade and currently all alternatives have been pulled off the table. No one knows what’s even under consideration right now. But before they punch that gas pedal, we’d like to advise the USFS to keep the process clear and transparent, to take the thousands of submitted public comments into consideration, and to allow enough flexibility in the plan to incorporate future economic and environmental changes.  We editorialized a year ago that going back to square one was a bad decision, even though public comments were overwhelmingly against each of the alternatives the Forest Service had put forward.

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State forestry agency videos offer timber industry slant

Oregon Forest Resources Institute is funded by timber taxes, governed by timber interests
Portland Tribune
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a state agency created by the Legislature in 1991, lists one of its chief goals as providing “objective information about responsible forest management.” But critics say its materials seem more like propaganda. “I would call it greenwashing,” says Mary Scurlock, coordinator of the Oregon Stream Protection Coalition, comprising 23 conservation and fishing groups. Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s director of forestry, says many of its educational products are aimed at sixth-graders, not the general public, and therefore might lack the nuance an older audience would expect. However, this writers’ review of the 29 educational videos posted to OFRI’s website, oregonforests.org, which bills itself as “a site for all Oregonians,” found none that were balanced with viewpoints other than those of industry.

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Forestry group honors two

Daily Inter Lake
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Flathead Chapter of the Montana Society of American Foresters presented two achievement awards to members at its annual Christmas banquet. Heidi Trechsel was recognized as the Flathead SAF Chapter Citizen Forester, which recognizes noteworthy effort in advancement of the profession of forestry, public education and outreach and service to the organization.   Trechsel is a silviculturist for the Flathead National Forest and has recently been a vegetation specialist on the Forest Plan Revision Team. Allen Chrisman received the 2015 Field Forester Award recognizing members who have practiced forestry for at least 15 years and have demonstrated significant understanding and management at the local or regional scale.

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Knopp Introduces Plan For Wildfire Reduction

My Central Oregon
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bend, Ore. – For the last three years, wildfires have rampaged through Oregon and destroyed delicate ecosystems, polluted air quality, endangered rural communities, and also cost the state millions of dollars. In a recent legislative poll conducted by Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend), Central Oregonians made it clear that the reduction of wildfires, through sustainable forest management plans, is a top priority. …Today, Senator Knopp introduced a comprehensive forest management plan for wildfire reduction. The plan consists of Oregon’s entrance into a Master Good Neighbor Authority Agreement, an audit of money allocated for federal forest health, and also assistance for reforestation after devastating wildfires, which includes forest restoration by-products in green energy technology.

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Salvage logging planned for Marble Creek area

The Spokesman-Review
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has proposed a 173-acre salvage logging sale for an area that burned during the Marble Creek Fire last summer. The lightning-caused fire started about 10 miles south of Avery, Idaho, burning more than 3,200 acres of federal, state and private timberlands in the St. Joe River drainage, a popular recreation destination. About 1,200 acres of Forest Service land burned in the Marble Creek Fire.  Forest Service officials said the salvage logging would remove trees
hazardous to public safety and help prepare the site for future
re-forestation, while capturing the economic value of the burned timber.

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Kurtis Vaagen: Can Collaboration Replace Litigation?

Evergreen Magazine
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kurtis Vaagen is a third generation Washington lumberman, and the younger of Duane Vaagen’s two sons. Vaagen Brothers Lumber Company was established near Colville by the elder Mr. Vaagen’s father in 1952. His grandson, Kurtis, 31, handles special projects for the company, devoting a good deal of his time to the company’s relationship with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation. The tribe owns about 1.4 million acres of which 660,000 acres are prime timberland in Northeast Washington and sells timber to Vaagen Brothers. Mr. Vaagen was also responsible for daily operation of Vaagen Brother’s portable sawmill in northern Arizona, before it was leased to another company.

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South Dakota, Wyoming delegations work to increase BHNF timber sale program

NC1 News
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

South Dakota and Wyoming are joining forces to combat the negative impacts of the mountain pine beetle. U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) wrote to the U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to request that the agency increase its timber sale program for the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF) in fiscal year 2016. According to recent Forest Service statements, approximately 50 percent of the BHNF remains at high risk for mountain pine beetle infestation. The delegation wrote that salvaging and utilizing trees is better than allowing them to become infested or turn into fuel for forest fires that threaten the communities and forests of the Black Hills.

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New genetically engineered American chestnut will help restore the decimated, iconic tree

Phys.org
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

American chestnut trees were once among the most majestic hardwood trees in the eastern deciduous forests, many reaching 80 to 120 feet in height and eight feet or more in diameter. The “then boundless chestnut woods” Thoreau wrote about in Walden once grew throughout the Appalachian mountains. They provided habitat and a mast crop for wildlife, a nutritious nut crop for humans and a source of valuable timber. Because of their rapid growth rate and rot-resistant wood, they also have significant potential for carbon sequestration, important in these days of climate change. …After battling the blight for more than a century, researchers are using the modern tools of breeding, bio-control methods that rely on a virus that inhibits the growth of the infecting fungus, and direct genetic modification to return the American chestnut to its keystone position in our forests.

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‘Medicinal’ forest fungus chaga grows mainstream following

Bangor Daily News
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Rene Guay, one of Maine’s first chaga sellers, discovered the birch tree-based fungus kind of by accident. In 2010, a Canadian customer buying birch bark from his western Maine Spirit of the Woods business asked if Guay carried chaga, a hard, charcoal-colored fungus that grows mostly on birch trees as a parasite over the course of more than a decade. “I said, ‘What the heck is chaga?’” Guay recalled. …He didn’t know chaga had been used as a nutrient-rich tea and medicine among Siberians, Micmacs and other northern people around the world or that it was about to go mainstream. Six years later, Guay is a regular drinker of chaga tea, crediting it as an immune system booster, preventing what used to be annual bouts of bronchitis and colds, an anecdote similar to those of other chaga purveyors.

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Illegal logging ‘forced sandalwood quota cut’

ABC News, Australia
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The West Australian Government was forced to drop the annual harvesting quota of wild sandalwood because it took too long to tackle illegal logging, according to one of the state’s biggest harvesters.  Environmental group wants quota set even lower Environment Minister Albert Jacob announced last month that the harvest quota for wild sandalwood would be cut by 500 tonnes per year to 2,500 tonnes. The quota applies from June 2016 for the next 10 years. Wescorp Holdings chairman Tim Coakley said extensive illegal harvesting was reported years ago, but the Government had only recently acted to crack down on the practice, which meant stocks had been reduced.

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Man arrested as activists protest against logging at Lapoinya in Tasmania’s north-west

ABC News, Australia
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A man has been arrested during a protest against the clear felling of a Forestry Tasmania coupe at Lapoinya in the state’s north-west. About 70 people attended the mostly peaceful protest outside the 49-hectare coupe, organised by the Friends of Lapoinya Action Group (FLAG). Police said one man was arrested when they had to deal with nine people who they said entered the coupe illegally. Three were fined $280 each for contravening the direction of a police officer, but one man was arrested and taken to the Burnie police station. He was later charged with contravening the direction of a police officer, under Tasmania’s new Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014, the first to be charged under the new laws.

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AP PHOTOS: Rescuing Borneo’s threatened orangutans

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
January 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUNGAI MANGKUTUB, Indonesia — In a dense strip of peat swamp jungle along the banks of Mangkutub River in the heart of Borneo, a conservationist aims his tranquilizer rifle at an orangutan high in a tree and fires two darts. The giant, red-haired primate slides down the tree on its own and soon loses consciousness on the jungle floor. …Forest fires, often set illegally to clear land, have been an annual problem in Indonesia since the mid-1990s, but last year’s was the worst in nearly 20 years, when blazes spread across 2.1 million hectares (8,063 square miles). …”Recent forest fires have made it difficult for orangutans to find food and this is very dangerous for them,” said Ahmad Sayoko, coordinator of rescue and release mission. Most rescued orangutans were found in bad condition, apparently starving and some with cataracts. One had multiple air rifle pellets in its head and leg, a sign of conflict with humans.

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Police flag use of workplace protest laws for Lapoinya logging activists

ABC News, Australia
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Untested anti-workplace protest laws will be used if there is civil disobedience at a planned action against logging in Tasmania’s north-west, police say. The Friends of Lapoinya Action Group plan to protest from late morning against the harvesting of a 49-hectare regrowth forest on conservation grounds. Police will initially deploy four officers to the site where the group has organised a peaceful action. Acting Inspector Simon Conroy said powers under anti-workplace protest laws passed in 2014 will be used if required. “They range from simply removing protesters from the workplace, which would be the forestry coupe at Lapoinya, right through to arrest and prosecution” he said.

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Trees protected in revised Forestry Act

Taipei Times
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

he Forestry Bureau has announced regulations to protect trees of ecological, historic or aesthetic importance, the first national regulations to preserve non-forest trees. The regulations are part of revisions to the Forestry Act last year, which specify criteria according to which local governments can include trees grown on non-forest areas, including on private land, to their preservation lists. The criteria include trees that are more than 100 years old or give shade to an area of more than 400m2, as well as plantations that have regional significance or the existence of which is considered advantageous to local biodiversity.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Nova Scotia Power defends tariff proposal for renewable energy producers

CBC News
January 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Power is defending the suite of rates and tariffs it wants to impose on renewable energy producers who use its grid to get into the retail electricity business. “The tariffs are fair and transparent,” Nova Scotia Power vice president Mark Sidebottom told a Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board hearing. …Port Hawkesbury Paper also warned that so-called behind-the-meter customers who have their own private electricity source would for the first time be subjected to the transition tariff. “Electricity customers in Nova Scotia that may wish to take alternative electricity service behind the meter would actually be in a worse position than they would have been absent the introduction of the renewable-to-retail legislation,” Port Hawkesbury Paper lawyer James MacDuff told the board.

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American Forest & Paper Association: Biomass power is clean power

EP News Wire
January 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) recently joined a number of other industry groups in voicing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which was enacted in December.  The plan has attracted much scrutiny and a number of legal challenges over its expected costs and the jurisdictional authority of the EPA. “As large consumers and ratepayers, AF&PA members will face base rate electricity cost increases as utilities seek recovery of their compliance costs from the Clean Power Plan,” AF&PA Press Secretary Jessica McFaul recently told EP Newswire. 

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Report: Bioenergy is still a low-carbon ‘game-changer’ despite CCS cuts

New research from Energy Technologies Institute suggests bioenergy could be crucial in providing low-carbon heat
Business Green
January 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

It is more important than ever to scale up the UK’s biomass industry following government cuts to carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding, according to a new report released today by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Although ETI modelling predicts the greatest economic and environmental benefit from bioenergy will come when it is combined with CCS to deliver negative emissions, the report claims that even without CCS bioenergy can still deliver greenhouse gas emissions savings as long as biomass fuel is grown on appropriate, well-managed land.

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General

Wahkiakum County lobbying for timber bill

Longview Daily News
January 18, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Wahkiakum County commissioners are asking for the state’s help in upgrading its trust timberlands. The county has turned to Gov. Jay Inslee in hopes of passing legislation that would allow the county to be compensated for encumbered lands. The county had received money from its state managed timberland, but about 25 percent of its more than 12,000 acres were set aside for endangered species habitat in 1999, putting the land off limit to harvesting. The 3,000 acres set aside has been valued at approximately $30 million.

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