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Business & Politics

Logging contractor dispute results in Port Alberni sawmill layoffs

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products (TSX:WEF) has resorted to layoffs at its Port Alberni sawmill, says the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), but not because of falling revenue. In fact, the company last week reported a doubling of fourth quarter earnings over Q4 2014, and year-over-year, the company’s annual revenue for 2015 grew by $1 billion – a 4% increase – compared with 2014. …The TLA says the mill has a log shortage – but again, not necessarily due to a shortage of timber.  Rather, the contractor that supplies the mill is in a dispute with the company over how much it is paid to cut and haul logs, according to the TLA. … “This week our warnings came true,” Elstone said in the release. “The
TLA has been saying for some time that the large forest companies who
control much of coastal B.C.’s public timber harvest are threatening the
timber supply chain and putting rural

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Public comment for Woodfibre LNG project open until March 1

The Vancouver Observer
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal government is opening up the floor to public commentary on the controversial Woodfibre LNG project. If given final approval, the $1.6-billion processing and export facility would be built at the former Woodfibre pulp mill site, roughly seven kilometres southwest of Squamish, B.C. It would produce roughly 2.1 megatonnes of liquified natural gas per year and result in up to four new tankers travelling through shipping lanes in Howe Sound per month. The project has been hotly-debated due to the risk it may pose to local whale, dolphin, salmon, herring and shellfish populations, which have slowly been returning to Howe Sound since the closure of the Woodfibre pulp mill in 2006 and the upgrading of waste water treatment plants at the nearby Port Mellon pulp mill and Britannia Beach mine site.

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Coastal Timber Supply Chain Threatened, Communities At Risk

Truck Loggers Association
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – A mill shutdown in Port Alberni that resulted in close to 100 workers being laid off is symptomatic of a much larger problem as timber harvesting contractors up and down the BC coast are struggling to be sustainable in the face of consistently low rates. Western Forest Products (WFP) Alberni Pacific Division mill sent home the workers due to a log shortage caused by the company’s dispute with coastal logging contractors. “This week our warnings came true,” said David Elstone, RPF, the Executive Director of the Truck Loggers Association. “The TLA has been saying for some time that the large forest companies who control much of coastal BC’s public timber harvest are threatening the timber supply chain and putting rural communities at risk.”

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Budget OK with business in BC even without tax reform

Business in Vancouver
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Given the pounding B.C.’s mining sector has taken, the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) had hoped to see some relief for the sector in last week’s provincial budget. …Mining and forestry already get a PST exemption on big-ticket machinery and equipment. But mines also spend an enormous amount of money on electricity, which is subject to the PST, and some B.C. mines are currently teetering on the brink of closure. …Although disappointed with the absence of PST reforms, the BCBC generally praised last week’s budget. So did other industry associations, including the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and the Truck Loggers Association. …Peacock credits the provincial government with aggressively marketing B.C. products – from seafood to wine and lumber – in Asia for the increasing value of B.C. exports [including] …$5 million for marketing B.C. wood and lumber products in India

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Northern Pulp sentencing postponed on Fisheries Act charge

Pictou County mill pleaded guilty last month to releasing effluent into water inhabited by fish in 2014
CBC News
February 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp will have to wait until March 24 to find out its sentence for releasing liquid pulp and paper waste into a waterway in June 2014. The company was supposed have a sentencing hearing in provincial court in Pictou on Wednesday, but it was postponed until March. In January, Northern Pulp pleaded guilty to releasing effluent into water inhabited by fish. On June 10, 2014, a leak in an effluent pipe forced a shutdown of the Pictou County mill. The pipe carries 90-million litres of pulp waste each day from the mill site at Abercrombie Point, under the East River, to a treatment facility at Pictou Landing.

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Pellet Capacity Shake Out

Biomass Magazine
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

At the beginning of 2015, Biomass Magazine was tracking 46 different pellet production projects in various stages of development, not already in active construction. Together, these 46 projects represented over 9 million tons of production capacity, and industry insiders began wondering and worrying about rampant overbuilding. …As 2015 played out, however, the dollar strengthened, mild winters characterized most of the pellet-consuming world, and low-cost producers gobbled up emerging demand in Asia. Simultaneously, stories about start-up challenges for similarly sized production facilities began to circulate. Investor confidence began to unravel. Throughout its 2015 plant data confirmation efforts, Biomass Magazine confirmed that development activities had ceased at 16 of the 46 pellet projects under development but not yet in construction.

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USDA Sets Dates for the Softwood Lumber Research and Promotion Program Referendum

USDA Forest Service
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that a continuance referendum will be conducted among eligible domestic manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber from Aug. 1 through Aug. 25, 2016. The referendum will allow eligible domestic manufacturers and importers to vote on whether to continue the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order. The program will continue if it is supported by a majority of voting domestic manufacturers and importers who also represent a majority of the volume of softwood lumber represented in the referendum.

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Plum Creek no more: Weyerhaeuser merger finalized

Flathead Publishing Group
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The purple was replaced with green last week as the $8 billion-plus merger between Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek was finalized. Temporary Weyerhaeuser signs have been placed over the Plum Creek signs at its offices and mill entrances. Local mills will continue to run under the merger the company announced recently, but some jobs outside of manufacturing at the company’s “Cedar Palace” office, which include secretarial, accounting, information technology and other administrative jobs remain in doubt. About 100 people work in the cedar palace. Manufacturing accounts for 650 jobs. Weyerhaeuser spokesman Anthony Chavez said the company couldn’t comment or give a timeline as to how many jobs may be lost in the merger, but he did note there would be some “duplication” of roles.

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Daines, Zinke Request Canadian PM Prioritize Montana Issues

KMMSAM
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prioritize Montana issues in discussions with Canada. In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, Daines and Zinke requested that the USTR prioritize Montana issues as they prepare for Prime Minister Trudeau’s upcoming state visit including the renegotiation of the expired Softwood Lumber Agreement and wheat grading. “As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit to Washington, D.C. on March 10 is rapidly approaching, we request that you prioritize a few issues critical to our constituents and Americans across the country during any working meetings or negotiations that may occur during the visit,” Daines and Zinke wrote.

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Timber shortage forces saw mill layoffs

ABC Fox Montana
February 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Officials with Stoltze Land and Lumber say they had to lay off about a dozen employees last week. The layoffs occurred to the night shift at the saw mill and were due to a shortage of logs with the early breakup this year limiting logging truck access. We’re told Stoltze hopes to be able to hire those employees back this spring once logs become available again.

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Resolute Forest Products Celebrates an Injury-Free Workplace by Giving Back

WBOY
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products employees are celebrating an injury-free work environment by giving back. The corporate office awarded them $10,000 for having no work related injuries recently. Employees divided the money among four local charities. Today, they gave $2,500 to the Union Mission in Fairmont. Employees also helped prepare and serve lunch. “It helps you realize that there’s more to the job than just the job. You’re able to get out and do things in the community and it helps bring everybody together,” said Anthony Rowan of Resolute Forest Products.

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Lumber Liquidators Cancer Risk 3 Times Higher Than Previously Reported: What You Need To Know About Flooring Formaldehyde

Medical Daily
February 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Last year, 60 Minutes aired an episode revealing that Lumber Liquidators — which sells hardwood and laminate flooring throughout North America — was exposing its customers to toxic levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that’s associated with cancer and other health problems. …Now, the CDC has released a revised statement noting that their calculations were inaccurate and the risk is much higher than previously believed. The statement explains that the CDC’s indoor air model originally “used an incorrect value for ceiling height,” leading them to miscalculate health risks “about 3 times lower than they should have been.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Roofing Zone and PAMA new exhibits for this year

Journal of Commerce
February 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Buildex Vancouver 2016 takes place Feb. 24 and 25 at Vancouver Convention Centre West. The annual trade show, which bills itself as the largest event of its kind in Western Canada, is aimed at people working in design, construction, renovation, property and project management, architecture and engineering. Buildex is expecting more than 450 exhibitors this year and more than 70 educational seminars. Approximately 14,000 visitors are expected to attend. …Buildex Vancouver 2016 will also feature pavilions from the Canadian Home Builders Association BC (CHBA BC), BC Wood Specialties Group Association (BC Wood) and the Canadian Passive House Institute West (CanPHI West). The CHBA BC pavilion will feature exhibits by members of its own association, plus members of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association.

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Session explores the expanding world of wood buildings

Journal of Commerce
February 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. seems to be topping out when it comes to tall wood structures, with roughly 250 wood buildings built, under construction or planned in the province. At the University of B.C., an 18-storey student residence is touted to be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world, once complete in 2017. As research and pilot projects push the boundaries, and heights, of wood highrises, a Buildex Vancouver session on Feb. 25 will explore the growing number of options. “There’s been a lot of learning about what works best,” said Graham Finch, a building science specialist and professional engineer with RDH Building Science. “Better practices for mid-rise and taller buildings has become a new area.”

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Portland Gets on Board With Tall Wood Construction

February 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Framework building, planned for Portland’s Pearl District, will be a mixed-use retail, office and residential space, and will rise 12 stories above the street. Its structure will be supported by cross-laminated timber (CLT), an engineered wood product that is stronger and safer than traditional wood building materials. Oregon has a growing CLT manufacturing industry, and it’s a natural place for America’s first tall wood building. …Given the global momentum behind reducing our carbon footprints, it’s somewhat surprising that large-scale wood construction is still rare. Wood is sometimes used as a structural component, but the International Building Code (IBC), cuts wood construction off at six stories. Why limit height? Because of events like the Great Chicago Fire. Or the Great Fire of London. Or the Great Baltimore Fire. You get the idea – fire is bad for a city, and wood is notoriously flammable.

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Timber bill stalls in House

Daily Sun News
February 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Legislature is no longer considering a bill that would have granted tax breaks for the use of a product known as cross laminated timber. Opponents of the bill cited what they believed to be unintended consequences jeopardizing the safety of at-risk populations, including the disruption of the market place for building/design products, and the unintended consequences on an already tight state budget.

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Forestry

Sask. government scrapping 20-kilometre criteria for fighting forest fires

CBC News
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The government of Saskatchewan is scrapping a controversial policy that has been used to prioritize forest fires. Under the policy, the province could let forest fires burn unless they were within 20 kilometres of a community. Many northerners criticized that policy during last year’s record-setting season of wildfires. They said once a fire was within 20 kilometres of a community it was too late to stop it. The change was announced Tuesday by Environment Minister Herb Cox. “It may, in fact, end up with us attacking, sooner, some fires maybe that we didn’t before. But we’re still going to look at the same criteria, the same flexibility — that our priorities are going to be for human life, for communities and for critical infrastructure,” said Cox at a news conference.

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Tiny western toads put economic, environmental squeeze on village of Nakusp

The Vancouver Observer
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — A small southeastern British Columbia community known widely for its annual toad-migration festival is divided over the issues of forestry jobs and protection of the tiny amphibians. The western toad migration near the Village of Nakusp attracts tourists every summer to Summit Lake to fill buckets with the toads and carry them safely across Highway 6 to forest habitat. The mass migration is a moving carpet of brown toads as more than a million migrate from the lake across the highway to forested habitat where they live for four or five years before returning to the lake to breed.

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City councillors push for new homeowners to commit to planting trees, shrubs

Edmonton Journal
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton’s mature elms and other boulevard trees are falling victim to infill development at an alarming rate, city councillors heard Tuesday. Several community members endorsed a new city plan to make new homeowners plant new trees on newly developed lots. But they said more action is needed to protect public trees. “Damage to boulevard trees is almost taken for granted,” said Bev Zubot, planning analyst for the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. …After debate, councillors endorsed the new plan to require new homeowners to plant a minimum two trees and four shrubs for lots up to 10 metres wide. Homeowners with wider lots will be required to plant more trees. The person who applies for the permit will have to leave cash or a letter of credit with the city for the value of the landscaping. 

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B.C. anti-logging petition warns of a Kootenay region toad road to nowhere

Globe and Mail
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Up to one million toads can cross the road safely in southeast British Columbia thanks largely to a provincial government program, but what they face on the other side – when they hop into a forest now slated for logging – is raising public fears. Protesters have blocked an access road near Summit Lake, just outside the village of Nakusp in the Kootenay region, to stop logging crews from going into an area used by masses of western toads. A petition opposing logging is in circulation, and on Tuesday, the issue got a higher profile when a leading environmental group issued a statement saying “one of the great wildlife migrations in the world” is at risk.

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Environmental cleanup begins after wood chip truck crash at Cameron Lake

Alberni Valley News
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A semi-truck carrying woodchips remains in Cameron Lake at an unknown depth after driving off the Alberni Highway at approximately 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21. The 2002 Freightliner Truck and trailer was heading inbound to Port Alberni when the driver lost control and drove off the highway near Angel Rock according Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Forman. The truck’s trailer leaned and flipped, dragging the tractor over the concrete and into the lake, spilling oil and Hemlock wood chips. The driver, a 45-year-old male and passenger, a 49-year-old female, both from Campbell River, escaped the vehicle with relatively minor injuries and were treated by BC Ambulance personnel. The truck had approximately 500 litres of diesel and approximately 100 litres of hydraulic oil on board according to the Ministry of Environment. 

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Western Forest Products’ good practices noted in audit

BC Forest Practices Board
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Western Forest Products Inc.’s (WFP) operations in the Campbell River district found that planning and practices complied with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. “The board is pleased that we have two notable practices to report in this audit. One is WFP’s use of an electronic bridge ledger to track each structure and ensure it has met legal requirements and minimized safety and environmental risks. The other is WFP’s use of a terrain risk-management strategy to avoid potential damage to the environment,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “These two practices are in use across all of WFP’s operations and should be considered by other licensees.“

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The British Columbia Community Forest Association releases the 2015 Community Forest Indicators Report

BC Community Forest Association
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The British Columbia Community Forest Association (BCCFA) released its 2015 Community Forest Indicators report today, which summarizes the economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits of community forests. Community forestry is an innovative form of forest management that provides communities with the right to manage local forests for local benefit. Every community forest is unique and each one strives to generate benefits as defined by the community. To better understand these benefits, the BCCFA developed a system of eighteen indicators to measure and track the contributions made by operating community forests. 

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Tiger cat Powered LX830D Feller Buncher

Tigercat
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new LX830D feller buncher for steep slope felling applications is Tigercat powered to meet North American Tier 4 emissions requirements. With tight tuck boom geometry and minimal tail swing, the Tigercat powered LX830D feller buncher is a powerful, yet compact machine well suited to selective felling and clear fell applications. The LX830D takes steep slope felling to the next level with a number of improvements aimed at service access, ergonomics and hydraulic efficiency. The 245 kW (330 hp) Tigercat FPT C87 Tier 4f engine is housed in a completely redesigned upper enclosure with significantly improved right hand side visibility. 

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Logging conference brings buzz to Eugene

The Register-Guard
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Innovations in cable-assisted logging equipment will be among the cutting-edge technologies on display starting Thursday at the 78th annual Oregon Logging Conference. “Every year the reason for the show is to bring out the latest technology,” Rikki Wellman, executive director for the logging conference said Tuesday. Cable gear helps loggers cut down trees on slopes. The three-day conference includes the largest logging equipment show west of the Mississippi River, she said. It is free to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lane Events Center.

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Controlled Burns To Continue

Payson Roundup
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rim Country residents can expect more large, controlled burns this week to create a buffer zone around forested communities. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will most likely conduct a 732-acre burn around The Knolls subdivision and The Rim Club from Monday through Thursday. This 732-acre burn will affect the Payson, Star Valley and Round Valley communities. Smoke will linger in the area through the weekend. Crews will then move over to the junction of Forest Roads 198 and 199 and east of Shoofly Ruins. This 800-acre burn just northeast of Payson will affect the communities of Star Valley, Payson, Mesa del, Freedom Acres and Beaver Valley. Smoke may linger in the area through the weekend.

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Letter: 4fri Boondoggle

By Ted Paulk
Payson Roundup
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) has been one of the biggest rip-offs in Arizona’s forest clearing history. Millions of dollars have been given to a company, headed by a former Forest Service executive. This company submitted the worst bid when the project was started, yet was awarded the contract. This company was supposed to have cleared perhaps 60,000 acres by now, yet the completed cleared amount is around 6,000 acres. Now the Forest Service wants to spend more money to help a company that has not performed … millions more. …Senators Flake and McCain … are you aware of this fiasco taking place in our state?

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Two Ketchikan USFS employees recognized

KRBD Ketchikan Radio
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two Ketchikan-based U.S. Forest Service employees have been nationally recognized for their work to protect and restore fisheries and watershed resources on the Tongass National Forest. Dennis Landwehr has been honored with a Rise to the Future Field Soil Scientist award; and Ron Medel was chosen for a Rise to the Future Lifetime Achievement recognition. Rise to the Future Awards are the U.S. Forest Service’s highest national recognition for watershed resources. …Medel was recognized for his 28 years of work in fish management on the Tongass and in the Alaska Region. 

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest considers land purchase near Pacific Crest Trail

The Siskiyou Daily News
February 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Michigan-California Timber Company that discussed a possible real estate transaction with the U.S. Forest Service proposing to purchase 10,589 acres of Michigan-California Timber Company land.  …Currently, Michigan-California Timber Company provides a 10 foot wide easement on either side of the PCT for hikers and campers; however, many individuals in the area are going further onto the property, which places the Michigan-California Timber Company at risk for liability. The property in question is also not a strong timber producer. T

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State forester: Wood harvesting near Quimby’s land part of larger plan

Bangor Daily News
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TOWNSHIP 4 RANGE 8, Maine — Maine Forest Service Director Doug Denico says he has been planning since November 2015 to reopen a logging road and replace a bridge on land proposed for a national park because the state’s wooded parcel beyond has “cried out” for more forest management. Denico said the forestry right-of-way agreement through land owned by the family of entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby is among several easements the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands will be using to harvest wood on state parcels over the next year. He said the plan is not politically motivated, despite Gov. Paul LePage’s Feb. 12 announcement the state would reopen the easement to prevent a “federal takeover” of the land that could threaten access to the state’s parcel.

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Forest fires threaten wipeout for Siberian conifers as deciduous trees take over

Global warming spells doom for boreal forests with potentially dramatic implications for carbon release in dark taiga.
The Siberian Times
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Climate change is behind a rise in forest fires which are having a direct impact on the tree balance in Siberia, according to a new international study. This shows that conifers are failing to re-establish after these giant and destructive blazes. Instead deciduous trees are growing in their place, says the author of the study Susanne Tautenhahn, at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Jena, who worked with a team that included scientists from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. ‘Boreal forests are one of the largest stores of carbon on Earth, and two-thirds of these forests are located in Siberia,’ said Tautenhahn.

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WA anti-protest laws spark rally outside Parliament House

Australian Associated Press in Brisbane Times
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hundreds of protesters including the Maritime Union of Australia and other activist groups have rallied outside the WA parliament about anti-protest laws. The bill, which would allow for the arrest of protesters who lock themselves to objects such as trees or machinery, passed through the upper house without amendment last week. It is now set to get the nod in the lower house as the Liberal state government has the numbers. Greens MP Lynn MacLaren says the protesters are going to get louder as next year’s state election nears. She got cheers of “Yes!” from the crowd when she asked if those who had protested against Woodside’s Browse gas project and old growth logging had done the right thing.

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How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease

Yale Environment 360
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people. In Borneo, an island shared by Indonesia and Malaysia, some of the world’s oldest tropical forests are being cut down and replaced with oil palm plantations at a breakneck pace. Wiping forests high in biodiversity off the land for monoculture plantations causes numerous environmental problems, from the destruction of wildlife habitat to the rapid release of stored carbon, which contributes to global warming. But deforestation is having another worrisome effect: an increase in the spread of life-threatening diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. For a host of ecological reasons, the loss of forest can act as an incubator for insect-borne and other infectious diseases that afflict humans.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Smog may not hurt a forest’s carbon-sucking ability, contrary to conventional wisdom

Science Magazine
February 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Scientists have long worried that air pollution could amplify climate change by hurting the ability of forests to grow and absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). But a new study questions that conventional wisdom when it comes to one key pollutant, low-level ozone. Past studies have tended to assume all trees react equally to ozone, but the new research suggests prolonged ozone exposure creates winners and losers in forests, tilting the balance toward smog-hardy species without hurting the forest’s CO2-trapping abilities.

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General

Renowned panel puts LEED under the microscope

Journal of Commerce
February 23, 2016
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

LEED is coming under scrutiny as five green-building consultants from the U.S., B.C., Alberta, and Ontario tackle the question of whether LEED is still relevant in 2016 at this year’s Buildex Vancouver, which takes place today and tomorrow at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Renowned panel puts LEED under the microscope. Panel organizer and moderator Andrée Iffrig, LEED AP, said the five speakers are all renowned in the field, hold diverse views and can speak freely as the session is not sponsored by the Canada Green Building Council, which oversees the LEED program in Canada. She says she doubts such a panel would have been formed a few years ago. “It would have seemed unprofessional,” she said, as panel members have LEED credentials, but added the time has come to put the 10-year-old Canadian program under the microscope. “This is not about LEED-bashing, but we do need to ask some questions.”

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Portland Gets on Board With Tall Wood Construction

February 24, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

The Framework building, planned for Portland’s Pearl District, will be a mixed-use retail, office and residential space, and will rise 12 stories above the street. Its structure will be supported by cross-laminated timber (CLT), an engineered wood product that is stronger and safer than traditional wood building materials. Oregon has a growing CLT manufacturing industry, and it’s a natural place for America’s first tall wood building. …Given the global momentum behind reducing our carbon footprints, it’s somewhat surprising that large-scale wood construction is still rare. Wood is sometimes used as a structural component, but the International Building Code (IBC), cuts wood construction off at six stories. Why limit height? Because of events like the Great Chicago Fire. Or the Great Fire of London. Or the Great Baltimore Fire. You get the idea – fire is bad for a city, and wood is notoriously flammable.

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