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Daily Archives: January 22, 2016

Business & Politics

Don’t Forget Forestry- Says Mayor

250 News Prince George
January 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – In his welcoming remarks to the BC Natural Resource Forum, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall called for attendees to remember the importance of forestry. He reminded the delegates to the BC Natural Resource Forum that forestry has been the driving force in natural resource activity for many years. “So when we take a look at what we have to offer from a resources perspective in the northern part of the province, it (forestry) really is the driving force and the engine in my estimation that makes this province grow.” Mayor Hall says it is important for the federal government to “understand, what a benefit and what an economic driver northern BC is.”

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Canfor Announces the Purchase of Wynndel Box and Lumber

Canada Newswire press release
January 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Wynndel Box and Lumber Ltd., located in the Creston Valley of British Columbia. Wynndel Box and Lumber produces premium boards and customized specialty wood products sold under the brand name WynnWood. It has access to exceptionally high-quality fibre, and will advance Canfor’s ability to produce a broader mix of higher value specialty products. The acquisition of assets includes a sawmill located in Wynndel, BC with an annual production capacity of 65 million board feet, and approximately 65,000 cubic metres of annual harvesting rights in the Kootenay Lake Timber Supply Area.

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ENTREVESTOR: Remsoft brings big data to environmental issues

Chronicle Herald
January 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Big data and environmental sustainability have become hot topics in recent years. New Brunswick’s Remsoft has been analyzing big data for decades, a foresight that has made the company a world leader in land and forestry management. The large volume of data relevant to a particular business or sector can be analyzed for insights that lead to better business decisions and higher profits. Andrea Feunekes, Remsoft’s CEO and president, started the Fredericton company 24 years ago with her husband, Ugo Feunekes, Remsoft’s chief technical officer. Over the last five years, Remsoft’s growth has accelerated, she said, thanks to its early development of a software platform that allows computational analysis of a company’s information.

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Forecasters struggle for accuracy as US housing starts grew steadily in 2015

Forecasting housing starts has been elusive, but it is critically important as new residential construction represents one of the largest consumption segments for lumber and panels
International Wood Markets
January 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The US Census Bureau & the Department of Housing & Urban Development released its December and total 2015 statistics on new residential starts in the U.S. (see below). There were no real surprises with the data, but predicting U.S. housing starts has been virtually impossible for analysts and economists. WOOD MARKETS has conducted its own U.S. housing forecasts since 2007 when about that time, consensus forecasts became wildly inaccurate. Since then, WOOD MARKETS has repeatedly highlighted that a structural change has been occurring in the U.S. housing market and the use of traditional economic models will not work until much later in the cycle. 

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Fruitland company buys Emmett sawmill

Idaho Statesman
January 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Woodgrain Millwork Inc., which makes doors, mouldings and windows, announced Thursday that it bought the sawmill from Gem Forest Products. Woodgrain Millwork gained control of the equipment and lumber on the site as part of the purchase. Other details about the transaction were not disclosed. The mill closed last month, said Lt. Gov. Brad Little. In February, Woodgrain Millwork employees will begin two to three months of work processing the mill’s existing inventory, the company said in a news release. Crews will take several more months renovating the mill before it begins operating permanently later in the year. “This is great news for Idaho and particularly for my little home town,” Little said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

T.O.’s debut six-storey wood-frame development

REMI Network
January 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Heartwood the Beach Condos is poised to become Toronto’s debut six-storey wood-frame development. The collection of 40 luxury suites, set to rise on the northeast corner of Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue, is scheduled to enter construction this spring. Its associated building permit application marked Toronto’s first since a Jan. 1, 2015, Ontario Building Code change lifted the height limit on wood-frame structures from four storeys to six. Fieldgate Urban, along with project partner Hullmark Developments, got out in front by selecting a site that was already zoned for six storeys — a rarity in a city where much of the zoning is outdated.

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Portland project uses Oregon-made CLT

Oregon Forest Resources Institute
January 20, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – Advanced wood products are making a major breakthrough this month, with the first use of U.S.-produced cross-laminated timber panels in a building-wide structural system. The CLT panels are being installed at Albina Yard, a creative office development in north Portland. The second of four installations of Oregon-made CLT panels on the project will occur early next month. The third tier of panels is scheduled to be installed a few weeks later, according to the project’s developer and contractor, Portland-based Reworks Inc. Construction on the 16,000-square-foot creative office building in the vibrant Mississippi District began last fall and is expected to be completed by July. The building owner is Albina Yard LLC. The project architect is LEVER Architecture, and the structural engineer is KPFF Consulting Engineers.

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Opinion: A year after Avalon blaze, no action on fire safety

NorthJersey.com
January 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Avalon fire highlights the problem with lightweight wood-frame construction of large buildings, which endangers not only the lives of the people living in them but also the lives of our firefighters, who must combat blazes and rescue anyone trapped inside. Since the Avalon fire, multiple groups have been working to get changes made in the state building code, with no success. This type of construction is so dangerous that truss warnings – similar to the hazmat warnings on tankers carrying hazardous materials — are placed on the outside of the building, alerting first responders. Firefighters and others are calling for restrictions on the height and size of these buildings, as well as masonry fire walls between buildings and sprinklers in the void spaces.

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The Dutch (Obviously) Are Building a Bike Lane Out of Wood

The first-of-its-kind path is a lot more eco-friendly than concrete and supposedly just as durable.
CityLab
January 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A city in the Netherlands is trying out what might be the most Dutch plan yet conceived: a bike path made of recycled wood. The first of its kind in the world, the proposed path near the city of Emmen would be surfaced not with the usual asphalt or tarmac but with paving slabs formed from wood chips packed together with organic resin. To give the path an even daintier carbon footprint, it will be lit with eco-dynamic LED lighting made with bio-composite that lights brightly only when passing riders trigger sensors. The idea behind the path is to cut the use of conventional, less eco-friendly materials such as concrete and aluminum, which require fossil fuels in the production and are far less easy to recycle.

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Forestry

Oil and gas operators pass Wildfire Act audit

BC Forest Practices Board
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Venturion Oil Limited, ARC Resources Ltd. and Tervita found the companies complied with requirements of the Wildfire Act in the Lower Beaton landscape unit, within the Peace District. Audited activities included mechanical land clearing for facility sites and right of ways, portable wood chipping, and maintenance of right of ways. “The board randomly selected the Peace District for an audit and decided to look at oil and gas activities, as they are the primary resource operators on the land in this part of the province,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “We were pleased to find these operators met most legal requirements related to preventing wildfires.

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Museum celebrates logging locomotives

Campbell River Mirror
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you like to take a walk in the woods around Campbell River you have probably come across old railway grades, or even remnants of old trestles. The Museum at Campbell River’s new temporary exhibit brings the time when those railways were built and in operation back to life. Logging Locomotives is a photographic exhibit that features a selection of the Campbell River region’s more prominent logging camps, and their trusty steam engines. From the comical tales of Lamb Lumber’s combined logging camp and farm operation, to the tragic wreckage of Bloedel, Stewart and Welch’s iconic Shay, this new exhibit explores some of the stories from the history of our logging industry.

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Fostering the future of forestry

Campbell River Mirror
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The only thing missing was the sawdust. Carihi’s Multi-Purpose Room was full of student projects, industry professionals looking for prospective talent and informational displays touting the benefits of forestry Tuesday – including some of the equipment used in the trade. It was all part of the school’s annual Forestry Day. Jason Kerluck, who teaches the school’s forestry program, was directing traffic around the room, touting his program to prospective students and directing current students to various booths and industry representatives who circulated, as well.

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Documentary chronicles the strange tale of logger-turned-environmentalist Grant Hadwin

Calgary Herald
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sasha Snow’s shorthand description of his documentary, Hadwin’s Judgement, doesn’t really do it justice. On the phone from his home in England, the filmmaker says part of the challenge was to find a way to tell a tale that was essentially about “a man who is not available and a dead tree.” Not really the sort of slogan that sings out from a movie poster and Snow admits there was some early concern about how the unsettling tale of Grant Hadwin would translate to celluloid. It wasn’t that the story didn’t have its fair share of drama. Based on John Vaillant’s 2006 book Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed, it follows the startling transformation of Hadwin from B.C. forest engineer to crusading environmentalist who, with one strange and destructive act in 1997, became a hated environmental “terrorist.” 

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BC Hydro files civil claim against Site C protesters

Victoria Times Colonist
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Hydro is taking legal action against campers blocking Site C dam construction on the south bank of the Peace River. The Crown utility filed a civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday against a number of individuals camped at the Rocky Mountain Fort. “On Tuesday of this week, we filed a civil claim in relation to a small number of individuals who have been preventing contractors from safely undertaking some clearing work on the south bank of the Site C dam site,” BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald told the Alaska Highway News Wednesday. “It is unfortunate that we need to take legal steps, but we need to consider the interests of our customers if the project schedule and costs are affected.” 

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New State BLM Chief Takes Helm

SCV News
January 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

New State Director Jerry Perez is now on board for the Bureau of Land Management in California. Perez started in his new position on Jan. 11, succeeding California State Director Jim Kenna who retired in October. Perez brings significant experience to his new position. He comes to California from Oregon, where he has served as State Director for the BLM Oregon/Washington Office since 2012. Prior to coming on board with the BLM, Perez worked for the U.S. Forest Service in a number of positions that include Deputy Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region in Utah; Forest Supervisor on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky; Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest in California; and National Litigation Coordinator in the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Idaho Fish and Game will keep monitoring wolves improperly collared in wilderness

Helena Independent Record
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials intend to monitor four wolves they improperly radio-collared in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during an elk research project. “The only way to remove those collars would be to go back in with helicopters,” IDFG spokesman Mike Keckler said Thursday. “And we’re reviewing what happened — taking another look at our procedures to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.” The four wolves were collared between Jan. 7 and 9 when IDFG used helicopters to capture 30 adult elk cows and 30 calves for a population study in the wilderness area. On Wednesday, Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark issued a notice of noncompliance to IDFG for exceeding the limits of a special use permit to fly helicopters for the elk project.

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Forest giants: Hawaii Big Tree Competition underway

Hawaii Tribune Herald
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Big Island is home to some big trees, according to results from a national competition, and now island residents can try and pad the list even more. The annual Hawaii Big Tree Competition, sponsored by American Forests and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is inviting people to nominate trees they think might be the largest in the state. There are 21 eligible Hawaiian species categories. Eight of those categories are occupied, all by trees on Hawaii Island. Reigning winners include a sprawling 40-foot wiliwili in Waikoloa Dry Forest, a 73-foot manele in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and four trees in Pu‘u wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve: a 32-foot kolea lau nui, a mamane with a 165-inch circumference, an olopua with a more than 42-foot crown spread and a papalakepau with a more than 52-inch circumference.

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Study: Logging Forests Won’t Increase Water Supply

KCET.org
January 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A controversial 2015 report that suggested logging California’s forests could increase the state’s water supply got it wrong, according to a new study released late last week. The 2015 report by the Nature Conservancy had suggested that thinning forests in the northern Sierra Nevada as a fire management strategy would also increase flows downstream, adding to the amount of water available to rivers and reservoirs. But that study was based on flawed assumptions, according to a review of more than 230 hydrological studies released Friday. The new study, conducted by veteran hydrologists Jonathan Rhodes and Christopher Frissell, concludes that any increases to water supply from logging would be localized and short-term, and that California would pay the price in water quality, forest biodiversity, and public safety

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Linn may have a case

The Register-Guard
January 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When a single county gallops forth with a class-action lawsuit against the state, the first image that comes to mind is Don Quixote. But Linn County’s plan to challenge the Oregon Board of Forestry’s stewardship of lands held in trust for 15 counties and 150 local governments could amount to more than tilting at windmills. The state would be well-advised to take this case seriously. Roger Nyquist, chairman of the Linn County Board of Commissioners, has felt for years that the state is shortchanging rural communities by failing to manage the trust lands in ways that would yield the greatest possible amount of timber revenues that could be obtained without violating state or federal environmental laws. The Board of Forestry tipped him toward action last year when it asked the Legislature for money from the general fund to supplement its budget.

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Join the battle against emerald ash borer

Pine Journal
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When emerald ash borer was discovered in Duluth’s Park Point neighborhood in October, Carlton County took notice. “It’s a concern because it’s so close by. What’s 20 miles?” said Les Peterson, supervisor for the city of Cloquet’s street and park departments, adding that Cloquet started an inventory of ash trees on boulevards and in city parks this fall. For his part, Carlton County Land Commissioner Greg Bernu figures it’s only a matter of months before the invasive beetle makes its way to Carlton County, best case scenario. …Carlton County is considered a high risk area for the emerald ash borer, according to the U.S. Forest Service, as the Park Point infestation marked the first discovery of the tree-killing pests in northern Minnesota.

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Widespread death of evergreens predicted in American Southwest

Mongabay
January 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Researchers published a paper last month in the journal Nature Climate Change predicting widespread death of needleleaf evergreen trees in the Southwest United States by the year 2100 due to global warming. Trees have already suffered mightily as historic drought conditions exacerbated by climate change have persisted across large portions of the Southwest, causing substantial tree death even among drought-resistant species. The U.S. Forest Service said last year that as many as 12 million trees had been killed by the drought in California alone.

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US Forest Service rejects proposed forest route for pipeline

Associated Press in Canadian Business
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the proposed route of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia because of concerns over the project’s impact on an endangered salamander and other resources. In a letter this week to federal regulators, the Forest Service said the builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will have to consider alternate routes through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests. Besides cow knob salamanders in Virginia, foresters also cited concerns about northern flying squirrels in West Virginia and red spruce restoration areas along the proposed pipeline route. The Forest Service described the two species and forestland as “irreplaceable.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Paris climate agreement and forests

Will the COP21 agreement encourage growth in investment in sustainably-managed forests?
Asia & the Pacific Policy Forum
January 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…So what did the Paris agreement say about forests? The good news is that forests have been formally recognised in the Agreement. Article 5 requires Parties to take action to conserve and enhance sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases, including forests. It also encourages parties to implement and support activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and highlights the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon (ie. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and other forest-related actions). ..Apart from long-term finance, countries need to establish scientifically robust emission baselines against which they can demonstrate future emission reductions.

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