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Business & Politics

Interior Health Awaits Test Results, Shuswap Lake Water Advisory Still in Place

Kelowna Now
March 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The second of two water advisories announced last week for Shuswap Lake is still in place as Interior Health awaits confirmation that the water is 100 per cent safe for all types of usage. On Mar. 15, the first advisory was put out after a spill of glue and fuel products into Shuswap Lake, northeast of Canoe, near the shoreline of Canoe Forest Products. At the time, the water intake from the lake for residents of Salmon Arm was shut off, and various other guidelines were recommended. A day later, the City of Salmon Arm intake was turned back on when they determined there was no risk to human health at that section of the lake.

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Northern Pulp fined $225K for ‘toxic’ pulp mill effluent leak

CBC News
March 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp has been fined $225,000 by a Pictou provincial court judge for the June 2014 leak of 47 millions of litres of “toxic” pulp mill effluent. The pulp mill pleaded guilty earlier this year to a single charge under the Federal Fisheries Act. A 36-inch pipe carrying effluent from the mill — at Abercrombie Point — to treatment lagoons at Boat Harbour ruptured at Pictou Landing. The mill waste spilled into a wetland and eventually into Boat Harbour. Provincial court judge Del Atwood accepted a joint recommendation for the fine from the Crown and the company, but said he needed more time to decide how to disburse the fine. The lawyers had agreed to the fine being split three ways: $75,000 to the Mi’kmaq Conservation Group in Pictou County, $75,000 to the Pictou County Rivers Association and $75,000 to be disbursed to eligible recipients affected in the area, including the Pictou Landing First Nation.

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Hornepayne mayor hopes help for struggling town will come soon

CBC News
March 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nearly four months after the sawmill in Hornepayne, Ont., shut down, there are still more questions than answers — and the community is now feeling the pinch of fewer paycheques. Hornepayne, about 500 km northeast of Thunder Bay, is home to about 1,000 people. When the sawmill closed unexpectedly late last year, CN became the major employer in the town. Now, the railroad is laying off workers too. …The most frustrating thing is the lack of information about what’s happening to the mill and co-generation plant, Claveau said. The mill is shut down, but the co-gen plant is still going, using raw logs — normally used in the mill — and shredding them, on site, to burn for electricity. 

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Stimson Lumber seeks support for N. Idaho conservation plan

The Spokesman-Review
March 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A wood products company that wants to prohibit development on a large tract of its North Idaho timberland but keep it open for logging and outdoor recreation is looking for legislative support even as Bonner County elected leaders mull the merits of the plan. Stimson Lumber Co. is seeking state approval of funding under the Idaho Forest Legacy Program for a conservation easement on more than 12,000 acres between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will take up the funding measure Wednesday morning, said Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough, who co-chairs the committee.

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Volume and value of West coast log, lumber exports down in 2015

USFS Pacific Northwest, Research Station
March 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. March 22, 2016. The latest data summarizing West coast log and lumber exports in the fourth quarter of 2015 were released today by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. The data—covering exports during October, November, and December 2015—were compiled and analyzed by Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist with the station. China decreased its West coast log and lumber imports in 2015 as a result of its domestic economic and national restructuring adjustment, but the country remains the leading market for West coast wood products, Zhou said.

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Seneca Sawmill in Eugene more than half way done with large upgrade

The Register-Guard
March 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Seneca Sawmill in Eugene is more than halfway through a $60 million equipment upgrade to its complex off Highway 99. The improvements should be complete this September, Chief Executive Todd Payne said on Tuesday. The investment by the family-owned company allows Seneca to adjust to a changing lumber market while increasing efficiency.
“This is all designed for the future,” he said. n many parts of the country, builders are buying more dry lumber, which has been dried in a kiln, than green lumber, which has not been dried. The upgrade, including new, larger kilns, will allow Seneca to dry more of the lumber it produces.

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The Forest Industry Needs an Elon Musk

Bangor Daily News
March 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The big news in forestry this week has been the announcement of the imminent closure of Madison Paper Industries. This is the the latest in a string of paper mill closures that has afflicted the state of Maine over the past decade (I recommend checking out Darren Fishell’s visualization of the crisis). The news, lamentable as it may be, only confirms what we already knew: the paper industry is well past its heyday; nonetheless, considering the importance of the pulpwood market for forestry, it is an announcement that has been on the forefront of my mind. From scanning most that has been written about this in the media, I don’t think it would be too controversial to say that the general perception is that long-term outlooks for forestry’s role in Maine’s economic future are bleak. 

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New hub for growing the forestry industry

Tasmanian Government
March 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Government is committed to creating jobs and committed to rebuilding the forestry industry. Today’s launch of the ARBRE Hub at Invermay is a step in the right direction to growing the forestry industry and making sure it has a sustainable future. The Hub will bring together the government, industry and the training sector to boost skills in the industry. Tasmania produces some of the best timber in the world and to unlock the potential of our forestry industry we need to develop new and higher value uses for the timber we produce. That’s why innovation and development is so important.

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Estonian lumber exports experience 4% decline

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the fourth quarter of 2015 Estonian exports of rough-sawn and planed softwood lumber declined by 4% vis à vis the comparative quarter in 2014 to 168,473m³. The decline could be compensated by an increase of 3% in the first nine months. According to preliminary information issued by Eurostat, exports in 2015 – at a volume of 702,864m³ – were thus 1% higher than the volume of the preceding year. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CSA Group Announces First Environmental Product Declaration for Cement Association of Canada

CNW in Vancouver Sun
March 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

CSA Group, a leading global provider of standards development and testing and certification services, announces the registration of its first environmental product declaration (EPD). The EPD was registered by the Cement Association of Canada for general use (GU) and portland-limestone (GUL) cements. EPDs provide a standard way to communicate the environmental impact of available products and as such are an important part of the life cycle assessment of a building. EPDs can measure environmental impacts from raw material extraction to the end product. They take into account critical factors such as overall energy use and efficiency, the materials that were used to make the product, chemical substances, emissions and waste generation. 

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UBC’s tall wood building to showcase prefab construction

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

When the 17 wood floors of the 18-storey student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC) start being constructed in May, the construction industry will watch to see how prefabricated wood components will speed up the build. The $51.5-million Brock Commons residence building will stand 53 metres tall (174 feet), house 404 students in 272 studios and 33 four-bedroom units plus have study and social gathering spaces with ground floor common areas for commuter students. It will also become the world’s tallest wood building. …Structurlam is providing five-ply cross laminated timber (CLT) panels measuring 2.8-by-four metres (for floors) and glulam columns, both pre-fitted with quick installation connections, while Centura Building Systems (2013) Ltd. is providing large prefabricated exterior panels, with cladding that is 70 per cent wood fibre.

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Wood effective in seismic upgrades

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

Wood WORKS! BC has just completed a case study that shows that wood is an effective building material in the seismic upgrades of schools in coastal B.C. “As our understanding of earthquake behaviour has evolved, more sophisticated approaches to the seismic design of buildings have been developed,” said Jim Taggart, the author of Seismic Design With Wood: Solutions for British Columbia Schools. “Well-designed, ductile wood buildings fare better and pose less risk to occupants than those constructed in heavier materials such as masonry and concrete.” The seismic advantages of mass timber structures, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber (NLT), stem from the fact that the forces that are unleashed in an earthquake are proportional to the structure’s weight and wood is much lighter than either steel or concrete.

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Wood prefab buildings only scratching the surface

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

The growing use of prefabricated engineered wood panel products — such as cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) panels — are only scratching the surface of what can be done to bolster innovation in modular building design. “They are helping but they are not yet spurring it (change),” said Wood WORKS! BC technical advisor Bill Billups, as B.C. designs more wood mid-height and tall buildings. Only an estimated one per cent of construction uses prefabricated components as industry still holds fast to on-site stick building. “It is something that we have got to get away from.” He divides wood prefab construction into three groups: single-trade manufactured panels (such as CLT and similar panels); multi-trade manufacturing (where panels are engineered with insulation or utilities) and volumetric (where complete finished living components are produced).

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Cardboard Lumber Brand Alta Board Announces Launch of Offering a…

Broadway World
March 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

There’s many good reasons for builders and DIY enthusiasts to look for alternatives for wood to use in their work, ranging from environmental concerns, to budgeting or aesthetics. …Stepping up to offer a very impressive resource in this area is Cardboard Lumber™ brand Alta™ Board. The brand’s Cardboard Lumber® is a true alternative to wood, where one piece of recycled cardboard is folded and laminated in the shape of a 2″x4″, providing an incredible amount of strength and performance at a 1/3 of the weight of wood and at a very attractive price point. …common uses of their Cardboard Lumber have included: building cardboard tables; cardboard crates; cardboard pet houses; chairs; displays; and much more.

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Weyerhaeuser’s new headquarters will show off its wood products

The interiors will be furnished with renewable, local lumber.
Daily Journal of Commerce Seattle
March 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

There is nothing ordinary about the origins of 200 Occidental. It was envisioned to last a hundred years, to fit within its historic context yet to be true to its times, and to lead by example in the renewal of the Pioneer Square neighborhood. … The sustainable benefits of wood will be evident throughout the tenant space. Wood will not only contribute natural beauty and warmth of the interiors, but also will tell the story of Weyerhaeuser’s business and commitment to sustainable forestry. Mithun embraced the client’s desire to showcase its products and incorporated the company’s lumber materials, oriented strand board and Parallam beams as flooring, wall and ceiling finish in key areas. Regionally sourced and renewable lumber will be featured in the core interior spaces and used in a number of furniture pieces throughout the design.

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Forestry

Vancouver hosts tree sale in bid to save urban canopy

Vancouver is running out of space to plant trees on public property, so the park board is selling cheap trees to convince people to plant on private land.
MetroNews Canada
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver wants to be green so badly, it’s practically giving away trees in hopes residents will plant them and add the urban canopy. The Vancouver Park Board is selling 3,210 trees for $10 apiece at its largest ever tree sale next weekend, where it hopes the subsidized price tag will entice residents to plant on private property. City of Vancouver residents can buy a maximum of three trees each and have their pick of 22 varieties with an average retail value of $75, including almond, cherry, apple, Garry Oak, purple lily magnolia and mountain hemlock. The sale will cost the park board more than $60,000 (it bought the trees for about $31 each).

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Great Bear agreements show the way

By Jens Wieting – forest and climate campaigner for Sierra Club B.C. 
Victoria Times Colonist
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The finalization of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements is more than just good news for this spectacular region and its inhabitants. The agreements by the region’s First Nations and the provincial government, with the support of Sierra Club B.C., Greenpeace, ForestEthics Solutions and a group of forestry companies, also provide guidance on how to address similar unresolved conflicts using evidence, respecting First Nations rights and seeking collaboration. …Protected areas cover 38 per cent of the land and include 42 per cent of the region’s rainforest. More forest, habitat and First Nations cultural values are being set aside under the logging rules based on ecosystem-based management. …Logging will be limited to 15 per cent of the forest under a new legal designation called “managed forest” (550,000 hectares), subject to the most stringent commercial logging legal standards in North America. 

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Pine beetle infestation triples in Jasper park

fitzHUGH
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mountain pine beetle continues to attack pine trees at an exponential rate in Jasper National Park and has the potential to overrun the park’s forests within the next few years. According to Parks Canada, just over 21,500 hectares of the park’s pine forests have now been colonized by the beetle, more than three times the amount mapped in 2014. A year earlier, the agency mapped 122 hectares. “Controlling the mountain pine beetle is not a workable solution,” said Salman Rasheed, Jasper’s resource conservation manager, during Jasper National Park’s annual forum, March 16. “Simply put, I think the rate of infection and the current climate conditions, as well as the amount of pine habitat that’s out there, makes eliminating the mountain pine beetle issue problematic,” he said.

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Fundraising set to begin for forestry centre in Squamish

Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society working toward creating location for exhibits and events
Squamish Chief
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A long-awaited dedicated forestry centre that would educate people on the importance and history of forestry to Squamish’s history is a step closer to becoming a reality. Members of the Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society presented their plan for the facility slated for south of the Squamish Adventure Centre at the committee of the whole on March 15. After the presentation, council granted the society a letter of support for continuing with the project. “I think it is fantastic,” said Councillor Ted Prior. The concept is to construct a 11,000-square-foot multi-storey, timber-frame building that would feature artifacts and host a variety of educational programming. “The overriding objective is to feature the latest and greatest in wood design and wood technology,” said Eric Andersen, a member of the society.

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Praise for Banff-Cochrane MLA

Letter by Kevin Van Tighem
The Crag and Canyon
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I recently got forwarded a copy of our MLA Cameron Westhead’s speech in the legislature responding to the Speech from the Throne. I was impressed by the values and issues he chose to highlight in characterizing the Banff-Cochrane constituency to his peers…..It’s also past time to revise the operating ground rules for forestry operations in our headwaters so that optimal water yield replaces sustained wood fibre yield as the primary consideration for planning timber harvest.

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Manitoba NDP talk roads, forestry on the campaign trail

Canadian Press in Global News
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG — Premier Greg Selinger says a re-elected NDP government would provide more help for infrastructure projects and the forestry industry. …Selinger also promises to create a forestry advisory council with indigenous leaders and industry to ensure northern communities a share of jobs and other benefits.

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Input sought on logging levels

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Public comments are being accepted on a discussion paper released this week as part of a review of the annual allowable cut for the Prince George timber supply area. The paper provides the results of an analysis that includes a base-case forecast calling for an initial harvest of 10.1 million cubic metres for 10 years, with an additional 3.2 million harvested by-catch, then declining to 6.35 million for 50 years before climbing to 9.85 million over the long term. …According to the paper, the maximum non-declining yield for the timber supply area is 6.8 million, and alternative projections show that maximizing the mid-term harvest flow by lowering the short-term harvest requires a 25-per-cent reduction from the initial harvest level. In turn, the mid-term harvest level would increase seven per cent.

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Marchers aim to stop logging on Benny Forest

Sudbury Northern Life
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A small group of supporters, numbering maybe a dozen people, of the Save the Benny Forest group marched through downtown Sudbury today, aiming to raise awareness of their efforts to stop logging on the forest northwest of Cartier. Clyde McNichol, who heads the group alongside his wife, Barbara, will be in a Sudbury court room on Thursday trying to seek an injunction to stop lumber company Eacom from logging on the Benny Forest. The couple owns and operates Camp Eagle Nest in the forest, a non-profit camp for at-risk youth. While marching, McNichol told NorthernLife.ca that he and his group are fighting alone. He said his band, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, isn’t backing his claim that Eacom is damaging the forest with its operations.

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Scientists believe beetle likely spreading ohia fungus

West Hawaii Today
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KAILUA-KONA — Burrowing beetles that colonize dead ohia trees and spread wood dust on the wind are being targeted as the likely cause of a swiftly spreading fungus that threatens the island’s forests. Although the movement of humans and animals through the forest helps disperse the rapid ohia death fungus, a plethora of ambrosia beetles and their dust — which can travel a couple of miles on the wind — help explain how the spores have managed to affect 35,000 acres within a few years, said J.B. Friday, an extension forester with the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service. “That means it’s going to be harder to stop,” Friday said. “We can have some control of people going in and out of the forest, but we haven’t much control over what blows in the wind.”

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Bark beetle-infested trees get the ax in Fremont County

KOAA
March 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FREMONT COUNTY – The Bureau of Land Management is about to chop down hundreds of thousands of trees in Fremont County, which have been attacked by bark beetles. Dead and dying spruce trees fill the forests of northern Fremont County, with hungry beetles leaving countless holes in their bark. The trees fight back, secreting, or “bleeding”, sap to try and push the insects from their burrows. Many have failed. “Because of warmer winters and less moisture, those defense systems have kind of been weakened, and so more bark beetles hit them,” says BLM forester Jeremiah Moore. “They have kind of less ability to defend themselves, and they’re dying off at a pretty alarming rate.” In total, about 2,000 acres of the targeted trees will be cut down starting late this summer.

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How wildfires pump millions into Washington’s rural economy

But would more money on prevention be smarter?
Crosscut
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Baileys, who already have one truck available for the U.S. Forest Service to call on at any time, are part of a small universe of firefighting contractors spread across the state of Washington. The private operators provide everything from fire engines to portable kitchens, shower trucks and mobile telecommunication hubs for the massive firefighting camps that spring up on the margins of large wildfires. And they not only help control the conflagrations but also provide the rural economies of Eastern Washington a sizable share of the millions of dollars that pour in to fight wildfires. …But the logging business got tougher and tougher, and in 2005 they sold the logging company. They started putting together their first fire truck soon after, and by 2007 it was rolling out to its first fire.

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Recommendations adopted for 60,000-acre forestry projects near Helena

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

A city of Helena-chartered collaborative adopted its report for the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest on Wednesday, commenting on proposed forestry projects for a 60,000-acre area south and west of Helena. The Ten Mile-South Helena Collaborative was formed in 2014 in response to Forest Service concerns about wildfire’s potential to pollute the city’s primary source of water, and to threaten homes from Rimini to Helena’s west end. The agency proposes logging and prescribed burning aimed at creating a mosaic, or patchwork, of different forest types with the goal of moderating wildfire and improving firefighter safety.

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NorCal Fire Recovery Plan Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Jefferson Public Radio
March 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

During the summer of 2014, wildfires burned more than 200,000 acres of the Klamath National Forest in northern California’s Siskiyou County. Last year, the US Forest Service proposed a program of salvage logging, replanting and hazardous tree removal. That plan faced opposition from environmental groups and the Karuk Indian tribe. Now, a modified version of the plan has been approved, and was immediately met with a challenge in federal court. Klamath National Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham says the decision to proceed with the plan comes after months of meticulous study and consideration of a wide range of viewpoints, from ….

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Early absence of pine beetles positive for foresters

NewsWest9
March 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LUFKIN, TX – It’s been two weeks since traps were put out all over the Pineywoods to detect the arrival of the invasive southern pine beetle and the early results are making foresters happy. “We’ve caught no southern pine beetle, and that’s the goal,” Invasive species specialist Mike Murphrey said. We don’t really care to. We have caught quiet a few other species. I don’t have the official count right now. We are still in the count phase.” According to Murphrey, prolonged droughts, especially during the growing season, historically have been associated with outbreaks of engraver beetles in North America. Murphrey said the older pine trees in the region are the ones that could be effected the most.

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What Does Restoration Look Like? Saving Hemlocks on the Grandfather Ranger District

HCPress.com
March 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…In the last decade there has been a drastic change in the forest communities of the southern Appalachians. Hemlock woolly adelgid, a small aphid-like insect from East-Asia, has decimated hemlocks in eastern North America. First introduced in a private garden near Richmond, Virginia, the adelgid has spread both north and south – from Georgia to New England. The adelgid attaches to the base of the hemlock needles, where it feeds on the sugars that are being transported from the needles to the tree. …Scientists have yet to find resistant hemlocks in the east, leaving active treatment as the only option to save these iconic trees. Maintaining hemlock forests is one of the main goals of the Grandfather Restoration Project, an 8-year collaborative project to restore 40,000 acres of forest on the Grandfather Ranger District as part of the national Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.

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Today’s gamers wanted to operate tomorrow’s high-tech forestry equipment in Tasmania

ABC News Australia
March 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In answer to a question “Where can this industry take me?”, Tasmania’s forestry careers hub says “Almost anywhere you want to go”. Colin McCulloch from the Tasmanian Forest Industry’s Arbre Training and Careers Hub said he found an answer in the latest forestry technology, when a 14-year-old “robotics expert” asked him that question this week. The Hub uses high-fidelity computer training on Finnish-designed simulators to give operators hours of practice before they go bush and work big expensive harvesting equipment. …At the opening of the Arbre Forest Industry’s Training and Careers Hub in Launceston, Tasmanian Treasurer and Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein said the wood and fibre sector remained vital to Tasmania, as a major export earner and local employer.

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Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

BBC News
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to a review of the evidence. The trees are being killed off by the fungal disease ash-dieback along with an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer. According to the research, published in the Journal of Ecology, the British countryside will never look the same again. The paper says that the ash will most likely be “eliminated” in Europe. This could mirror the way Dutch elm disease largely wiped out the elm in the 1980s. Ash trees are a key part of the treescape of Britain. You don’t have to go to the countryside to see them. In and around towns and cities there are 2.2 million. In woodland, only the oak is more common.

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Deforestation: Where is the world losing the most trees?

The Telegraph
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of forests per hour for the last 25 years, according to official figures. Experts warn that deforestation is a major issue facing the world, with the planet’s forests being depleted rapidly. A recent study estimated that there are three trillion trees on Earth, following the International Day of Forests. However, the planet has lost 1.3 million square kilometres of forests since 1990 – an area larger than South Africa, according to data published by the World Bank. While the Middle East and North Africa had the largest percentage increase in forest area between 1990 and 2015, the Latin America and Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa regions lost the most – with one in ten square kilometres of forest being lost.

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Forestry cries foul over copping cost of bridges

Gisborne Herald
March 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HARVESTING businesses just beginning decade-long efforts to chop down the East Coast’s ‘‘wall of wood’’ say it is “unfair” they are facing extra costs because the region’s antiquated bridges cannot cope with the weight of specialist equipment. Speaking at Gisborne District Council’s infrastructure and services committee meeting last week, Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said there was no issue with trucks of 44 tonnes crossing the bridges — the issue arose with the size of the load being carried. …However, speaking to The Gisborne Herald yesterday, company forestry manager Bert Hughes said it was not fair that the forestry industry was the only industry to incur costs when other industries used the same bridges.

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Timber volumes to double by 2035: COFORD

Irish Independent
March 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

COFORD* has just published an advance version of its latest report, All Ireland Roundwood Production Forecast 2016-2035. It shows that the roundwood supply from Irish forests will increase significantly over the next two decades, with almost all of the increase coming from privately-owned forests in the Republic of Ireland and primarily in the larger size assortments. The forecast net realisable volume will increase from 3.95 million m3 this year to 7.87 million m3 by 2035. There is a small dip in 2028 but this is followed by an upward trend to the year 2035.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rengo Yashio mill completes wood chip biomass power plant in Japan

Lesprom Network
March 24, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Rengo Co., Ltd. has newly installed a wood chip biomass power plant at its Yashio mill in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The newly completed power plant aims to diversify energy sources used for boiler fuel, which currently uses town gas as the primary fuel. The new power plant also aims to reduce CO2 emissions from Yashio Mill. The power plant uses woodchip, a by-product of construction, as its main fuel source, and will provide approximately 20% of the electric power required by the mill. In addition to promptly building upon the previous fuel switch from oil to the more environmentally-friendly town gas, Yashio Mill aims to thoroughly reduce CO2 emissions through the effective utilization of biomass resources.

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