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Daily Archives: February 25, 2016

Business & Politics

Conifex Timber’s 4Q revenues increased to $100.5 million

Lesprom
February 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Conifex Timber Inc. reported that 4Q 2015, revenues increased to $100.5 million from $95.2 million in the 4Q 2014. Operating income increased to $1.6 million in the 4Q 2015 from $0.6 million in the same quarter last year, as the inclusion of the results of our bioenergy segment more than offset a decline in operating income from our lumber segment. EBITDA increased to $7.3 million in the 4Q 2015 from $4.1 million in the 4Q 2014, primarily as a result of the contribution from our bioenergy segment. Revenues were $353.5 million in 2015 and $352.9 million in 2014.

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New interactive guide tells the story of forest products in the South

Phys.org
February 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A new storymap developed by U.S. Forest Service researchers allows users to interactively chart the ebb and flow of forest products across the southern states—and visually tells the story of the decline of the forest products industry in the South over the last decades. Using Forest Service Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data loaded onto the Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform, Southern Forest Products – An Economic Engine, provides a constantly updated guide to southern timber product outputs and the mills that process them, as well as showing change over the past decades. “This is the first of a suite of AGOL-based storymaps we’re developing using FIA data,” said Chris Oswalt, research forester with the Forest Service Southern Research Station FIA unit.

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Foreign forest owners must supply local mills

By The New Zealand Labour Party
Scoop Independent News
February 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Government needs to crack down on foreign companies that are buying up forests and selling logs overseas, leaving local sawmills short on supply, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash. “There’s no point in shipping logs overseas for processing when there’s local sawmills that can do the job. These businesses have invested in their mills for the long term, creating good local jobs, and should be assured of supply. “It is extremely concerning that foreign forestry companies are swooping in and buying up our trees to sell offshore, without considering the local community and businesses. “Local sawmills should have access to local logs at export equivalent prices. The Government needs to make sure these foreign companies are keeping them adequately supplied.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

N.B. hosting forest products conference

Wood Business
February 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Innovation in wood products design and manufacturing is reaching a rapid pace and it is critical that Atlantic Canada’s forest and wood product industries keep abreast of these trends. The tallest wood building in the world currently stands at 14 storeys. New construction technologies and engineered wood products have the potential to push the height limit of wood buildings to an even higher level. …On March 1 and 2, the UNB Wood Science and Technology Centre will hold a conference entitled Looking Ahead: Opportunities in Value-Added Wood. The conference will be held at the Moncton Coliseum and will feature an impressive line-up of guest speakers including Robert K. Irving, Co-Chief Executive Officer of J. D. Irving, Limited who will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon on March 1.

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Metal + Wood: a match made in — interior design — heaven

Huffington Post
February 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When it comes to interior design, balance is everything. When a space is well-balanced, it is not only esthetically pleasing to the eye, but it also gives a certain internal sense of gratification. Finding a satisfying balance when decorating a space can prove to be a challenging task. Such balance may be achieved -or missed- through different elements: lines, shapes, styles, colors, texture, pattern, light, proportion and materials. Many designers find that the integration of both Yin and Yang elements has the power of creating a natural perception of balance, due to the relation between masculine and feminine energy.

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Hemp at the heart of Western Australia’s first eco-village

ABC News Australia
February 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The project manager of Western Australia’s first eco-village, partly built with hemp, believes the finished product will add weight to the growing push for it to be widely used in the construction industry. Tendering contracts are out for the construction of 12 dwellings, due to be built in the WA south coast town of Denmark, about four and half hours from Perth. Project manager Paul Llewellyn said a key feature would be the combination of hemp hurd, the innards of the plant’s stem, and lime, which is used to render the traditional timber frames. “The two combine to form a lightweight masonry product, which is very thermally efficient, breathes and has lots of acoustic properties,” Mr Llewellyn said.

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Forestry

Glade residents outraged by plans to log in watershed

Nelson Star
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An emotionally charged meeting was held Feb. 17 in Glade regarding plans for Kalesnikoff Lumber and Atco Wood Products to log in the Glade watershed. About 60 people turned up for the meeting, the primary purpose of which was to hear a report on the hydrogeomorphic assessment of the watershed. The report was completed by Kim Green P.Geo., PhD, of Apex Geoscience Consultants Ltd. The purpose of the investigation was intended to assess the likelihood of adverse cumulative impacts to water quantity, quality and timing of flows at the Glade Irrigation District intake and to provide guidance for forest development to limit the risk of such impacts occurring.

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Wildlife Officials Allow Killing of 100 Spotted Owls in Klamath National Forest

Federal Biologists Conflicted Over Effects of Post-fire Logging
Center for Biological Diversity
February 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YREKA, Calif.— Federal wildlife officials authorized the U.S. Forest Service to kill up to 103 threatened northern spotted owls in 14 timber sales slated for auction this spring in the Klamath National Forest. The Westside Fire Recovery Project will clear-cut 6,800 acres on slopes above the Klamath River where lightning fires in the summer of 2014 affected owl habitat reserves. “Natural fires restored the forest after decades of fire suppression and gave spotted owls a kitchen full of food,” said Jay Lininger, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Owls can thrive with fire, but they cannot survive clear-cutting after fire.” In a biological opinion signed on Friday and released today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states that post-fire logging may “incidentally take” 74 adult owls and up to 12-29 juveniles, but will not jeopardize the continued existence of the forest raptor overall.

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Forest Service Seeks Public Input On Future Of Lewis & Clark National Forest

Montana Public Radio
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Beginning later this month, members of the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest Plan Revision Team will be seeking public input for recommended wilderness areas and land suitable for timber harvest. This is the third workshop to travel around for feedback. The first series happened in August and focused on what people thought needed to change to the current system. The second round of meetings took place in November, asking the community about the desired forest conditions they want to see in the future. Forest Plan Team Revision Leader Erin Swiader says they will be using interactive maps to gain feedback from community members.

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Forest Service seeks input on wilderness, timber inventories

Helena Independent Record
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


The Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest will begin public workshops next week seeking input on resource management as it develops a new forest plan. This is the third round of community meetings since the Forest Service announced last year it would write the new plan, and follows the release of required suitable wilderness and timber land inventories. The recently combined Helena-Lewis and Clark currently operates under outdated plans written in 1986. A forest plan guides decisions on the forest by establishing goals and objectives, creating standards for resource management and monitoring along with recommending timber and wilderness lands.

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Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

Science Codex
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

VANCOUVER, Wash. – It can take Mother Nature 1,000 years to grow a forest. But Nikolay Strigul, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Washington State University Vancouver, can grow one on a computer in three weeks. He and Jean Lienard, a mathematics postdoctoral researcher, created the first computer simulation that grows realistic forests down to the branches, leaves and roots of individual trees. They are using the simulation, detailed in a new paper in Royal Society Open Science, to determine how drought, warmer weather, more frequent wildfires and other climate-related changes will affect forests across North America.

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U.S. Forest Service hopes to recruit women to wildland fire crews

Fox 13 News Salt Lake City News
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The U.S. Forest Service is looking for a few good women. This week, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest announced a push to recruit women to be wildland firefighters. Forest Service directors say it’s not because the men aren’t a good job, it’s because they want more diversity. “We don’t have a lot of women, who are out fighting fire,” said Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor Dave Whittehiend. “We’d like to introduce them to that opportunity.” The “Women in Wildland Fire” program provides women with preparatory wildfire training and experience. The training allows them to become “on-call” firefighters for the upcoming season. Whittenhiend said it’s tough work, but it’s rewarding.

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Beetles attack Poland’s ancient forest, leaving the humans divided

Reuters
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bialowieza Forest sprawls across the border between Poland and Belarus, occupying almost 580 square miles of woodland and providing a home to bison, boars, beavers – and beetles. The beetles are a problem. The bark beetle, or Ips typgraphus, eats spruce trees, which make up a fair amount of the forest. Quite a few beetles showed up in 2012, and they’re still in the forest, gnawing on the spruces. Polish foresters who live and work in Bialowieza say they have a solution: let them cut down more spruce trees than they’re currently allotted, to save the rest. They hope Poland’s environmental minister will agree. Environmental campaigners are furious, the European Commission is displeased and UNESCO is unhappy, since it has listed Bialowieza – the last primeval forest in Europe – as a World Heritage site. But previous decisions by the environmental minister, Jan Szyszko, suggest he will side with the foresters.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Great Bear Rainforest deal expands carbon credits supply

by Derrick Penner – Value for First Nations now depends on finding demand for offsets
Vancouver Sun
February 24, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – For Harbour Air CEO Greg McDougall, there is a bit of symmetry in his company’s efforts to stay carbon-neutral. His airline’s float planes fly over large parts of British Columbia’s south coast, and the company buys some of the carbon offsets for their emissions from a program that generates carbon credits from preservation of the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s central coast, “right in our backyard.” The credits come from the Great Bear Carbon Project, which wasn’t front and centre on Feb. 1 when the province and First Nations finalized a historic agreement preserving 85 per cent of the region’s remaining temperate rainforest, but it was a key plank in that deal’s foundation.

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Building Big in British Columbia

Biomass Magazine
February 24, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nestled where the Nicola and Coldwater rivers join, Merritt, British Columbia, is the first major community along phase one of the Coquihalla Highway, which serves as a portal to all other major highways to the B.C. interior. Lying 450 miles northeast of Merritt is district municipality Fort St. James, which rests on the shore of Stuart Lake in the Omineca Country. Forestry is a leading economic contributor in each of these small communities, which are in the process of becoming homes to twin biomass power plants.

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Carbon limits among steps needed to save future

The Register-Guard
February 25, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change sets a goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to “well below” 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. But each nation is left to decide how to cut greenhouse gases. How can emissions be reduced to meet the new goal? It might be helpful to review a basic principle: The extraction and use of non-renewable resources (minerals, metals, fossil fuels) must not be allowed to forever impair the renewable resources (climate, water, forests) that are essential to everyone…Through practices such as fracking for natural gas and clear-cutting old-growth and mature forests, renewable resources that naturally sequester carbon are also being depleted and destroyed. The consequences now threaten human civilization.

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