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Daily Archives: March 18, 2016

Business & Politics

Stella-Jones acquires two more impregnation plants

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Through its US subsidiary McFarland Cascade Holdings, the listed Canadian Stella-Jones intends to take over all shares in the US-American Lufkin Creosoting and Kisatchie Group. Non-binding letters of intent were signed for both transactions on 3 February. If the planned Kisatchie takeover is effected, it is to include the takeovers of the US-American companies Kisatchie Treating, Kisatchie Pole & Piling, Kisatchie Trucking and Kisatchie Midnight Express. The Kisatchie Group has until now been owned by 440 Investment Group.

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Canoe Forest Products issues statement on water discharge incident

Canoe Forest Products Press Release
March 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canoe Forest Products can confirm a discharge of potentially contaminated water has occurred at the company’s plywood plant in Canoe, B.C.  “We have established the origin of the water leak that led to this discharge, and repaired the leak,” said Marcello Angelozzi, Canoe FP’s operations manager. “There is no longer any water being discharged from the plant. We are now working with provincial and federal agencies to determine what, if any, impacts there are as a result of this incident.”  On March 7, there was evidence of a water leak with accumulations of water in the glue room pit (where the glue used in making plywood sheets is collected). While the leak was being investigated, the increased volume of water was pumped out of the glue pit to collection vats outside.

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Shuswap spill exaggerated?

Castanet Kelowna
March 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A spill of chemicals into Shuswap Lake originated at an area plywood plant, but officials have assured the leak has been taken care of and no more water is being discharged into the lake. The company also claims the size of the spill has been exaggerated. In a prepared statement, Canoe Forest Products confirmed a discharge of potentially contaminated water occurred at the company’s plywood plant in Canoe, near Salmon Arm. “We have established the origin of the water leak that led to this discharge, and repaired the leak,” said Marcello Angelozzi, Canoe FP’s operations manager. “There is no longer any water being discharged from the plant. We are now working with provincial and federal agencies to determine what, if any, impacts there are as a result of this incident.”

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J.D. Irving’s new digester on schedule for commissioning Pulp & Paper

Part of a $450 million modernization project
Pulp and Paper News
March 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving announces that Phase 2 of the modernization project at its Irving Pulp & Paper Mill in Saint John, New Brunswick is about 95% complete.The project is part of a $450 million modernization — the largest pulp mill investment in Canada since 1993. To date, JDI has awarded over $90 million in contracts to 166 New Brunswick companies since the beginning of the modernization in 2014.The current Phase 2 of the modernization has created about 450 direct and indirect construction jobs at the pulp mill site in west side Saint John.

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Value of productive forestry land jumped 13.5% in 2015

Farmers Weekly
March 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sales of UK investment forestry have increased three-fold in the past five years to £137m, according to a joint report by Savills and Scottish Woodlands. The average value of productive forestry land increased nearly 13.5% in 2015 year-on-year to £8,615/ha. Prime spruce plantations are still fetching top prices but the market is becoming increasingly segmented, say agents. Nearly 52,000 acres changed hands in 2015, but like farmland, factors such as location and access are having a more significant bearing on prices paid than before, as well as timber species and plantation age.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Local carver sells unique totem pole

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
March 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ucluelet’s Hjalmer Wenstob recently sold a unique totem pole he carved out of two-by-fours. “I went to go carve and I was in Victoria looking for a piece of wood and there was none to be found so I thought we should make a carving about that,” Wenstob told the Westerly. “It’s a totem pole out of two-by-fours because that’s all the wood I could get. It’s a conversation on deforestation and a conversation on resource extraction in itself and it’s a piece of art.”

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Alberta celebrates wood excellence at Prairie Wood Design Awards

Journal of Commerce
March 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Edmonton – Wood WORKS! Alberta recognized architects, engineers and project teams pushing the boundaries of wood design at this year’s ninth annual Prairie Wood Design Awards gala. The Prairie Wood Design Awards program recognizes projects and organizations that advance the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy and innovation. The winning projects were selected from over 30 entries by a jury panel which included James Brown, director, Bing Thom Architects; Herbert Enns, professor, Department of Architecture University of Manitoba; and Stephen Teeple, principal, Teeple Architects.

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Architect: Composite materials, adhesives could ‘revolutionize’ construction

Construction Dive
March 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Another material that has the potential to be an industry game-changer is the multi-layer engineered wood product cross-laminated timber (CLT). According to the American Wood Council, CLT is highly fire resistant, renewable, sustainable and can significantly reduce a building’s carbon footprint because CLT panels store the carbon absorbed during a tree’s growing cycle. However, overcoming building codes and fire codes, as well as public perception of the safety of working or living in wood high-rises, will be a serious challenge for the plyscraper movement.

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ICC Tentatively Disapproves Controversial Proposal Barring Use of Fire-Retardant Wood in Certain Structures

Pro Sales
March 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Building code enforcement officials apparently have rejected a proposal that inadvertently would have amended the International Code Council’s (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) to in effect bar use of fire-retardant wood in multifamily structures. An ICC summary of preliminary results from online balloting conducted earlier this year show the controversial amendment (labeled in the poll results as proposal G170-15) was disapproved. The results have not yet been certified. Once certified, the disapproval means ICC’s Building Code Action Committee (BCAC) and wood interests will have dodged a bullet that was fired by mistake. The committee had intended merely to reorganize and clarify a chapter in the IBC. 

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France’s first wooden towers to be built in Bordeaux

Global Construction Review
March 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

France is to make its first attempt at timber tower construction with two tall wooden buildings in Bordeaux. The towers, reaching 50m and 57m in height, will be developed in the centre of the city by Bordeaux Euratlantique, a public body involved in modernising Bordeaux. The project team for “Hypérion”, the 18-storey (57m) residential tower, will include Eiffage, specialist wood contractor Woodeum, social landlord Clairsienne and architect Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés. When complete, it will contain 82 apartments. The 50m office tower is to be built by a team led by French developer Kaufman & Broad to a design by local architect Art & Build. This building, which has been dubbed “Silva”, will be 80% made from locally sourced cross-laminated timber (CLT) with glulam plywood bracing. 

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Forestry

Overreaction on watershed

Letter by Chester Machniewski, P.Eng,
Coast Reporter
March 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Am I alone in being heartily sick of the religious fervour attached to anything to do with Chapman Creek? While there is a rich history here on the Coast of considering the forest to be magical, complete with fairies, compounded with pseudo science, the reality is that the watershed would work just as well if it were composed of wheat fields. We seem to forget that Gibsons draws water from its aquifer, which is situated under the town itself! The local forests are all second, third and in some areas fourth growth and are basically farms. 

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for this fear that seems to be out there that there is a water
shortage, there isn’t – See more at:
http://www.coastreporter.net/opinion/letters/overreaction-on-watershed-1.2200454#sthash.kozyiyVA.dpuf

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Protesters urge action to stop logging

Coast Reporter
March 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) and its supporters converged on Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) headquarters March 10 with the message, “It’s time to bite the bullet and buy it.” “It” is a block of private managed forest land in the Chapman Creek watershed, owned by AJB Investments. The company started logging and road building on its property in early February and ELF has been blocking the main road in since Feb. 12. The 50-plus people who turned out were hoping to see the SCRD endorse an emergency motion crafted by ELF.

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New community forest issued in the Robson Valley

Government of British Columbia
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The creation of the Valemount Community Forest, represented by Valemount Community Forest Company, will help promote economic stability and employment opportunities, while enhancing the ability for local forest stewardship. Located in the Robson Valley, the Valemount community forest agreement covers 13,197 hectares and includes an allowable annual cut of 35,209 cubic metres. The agreement has an initial term of 25 years and is renewable for another 25-year term after 10 years. Broad community support has been shown for the creation of the community forest, which has been made possible through Valemount’s purchase of a portion of an existing Carrier Lumber licence. Engagement and consultation was also carried out with area First Nations.

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Work together to pass Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project

by Gordy Sanders, resource manager and Loren Rose, chief operating officer for Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co.
The Missoulian
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The wood products industry has a rich heritage in Montana. Our forests have sustained Montana families for decades. Pyramid Mountain Lumbers’ sawmill operation has provided employment for many in Seeley Lake, and wages paid have provided countless opportunities to mill and woods workers and has sent many a Montana child to college. Montana’s timber industry remains an important economic engine in parts of Montana. The wood products industry works hand in hand with state and federal agencies and other stakeholders to keep our forests healthy and reduce wildfire risk. In that cooperative vein, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project is a decade-long, landscape-scale, made-in-Montana project that provides certainty for jobs in Seeley Lake and the surrounding areas by continuing to put logs on trucks.

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Tribe, Allies Add Klamath National Forest to Westside Lawsuit

YubaNet
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAPPY CAMP, CA, – Today the Karuk Tribe, along with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, expanded their complaint over the Westside Post Fire logging plan to include the United States Forest Service and the Klamath National Forest. The Klamath National Forest proposal will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations. An alternative to the Project developed by the Karuk Tribe would result in about 33% of the logging that the Forest Service proposed, but would be far more protective of fisheries, water quality, and communities at risk of wildfire.

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As tree pests march toward Maine, timber industry makes strides

Experts lay out 70 ideas for minimizing the damage, even before the nasty spruce budworm arrives.
Portland Press Herald
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA — Maine forestland owners are better positioned to cope with the next spruce budworm outbreak but will have to adapt their harvesting and marketing practices to deal with a pest that has already defoliated 15 million acres in Canada. Those are some of the conclusions of a 77-page report released Wednesday on how the state is preparing for the next cyclical infestation of a pest that could cause severe economic damage to the state’s forest products industry. Described as the most damaging forest insect in North America, the spruce budworm is not yet killing trees in Maine. However, the number of adult moths showing up in detection traps is rising. Meanwhile, the line of “severe defoliation” caused by the insects is just 50 miles from the Maine border and creeping closer.

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General

Committee To Examine Future Of Timberland In Eastern Washington

560KPQ
March 17, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

An advisory committee focusing on forests in eastern Washington is holding a meeting next week in Wenatchee. The Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee will examine current and future plans for the timberland. Robin Demario with Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says a focal point of the discussions will be the Forest Restoration Strategy. The Tuesday meeting will include representatives of federal and state agencies, Indian tribes and citizen groups.

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