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Business & Politics

Fed budget passes muster with business, industry groups

Northern Ontario Business
March 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

… The Forest Products Association of Canada was pleased about the government’s focus on climate change initiatives, innovation and research and development. With a heavy lean toward combating climate change, the budget included a $1 billion fund over four years to support clean technology for forestry and other resource industries, and $2 billion over two years for a Low Carbon Economy Fund. Morneau said that forestry is a good example where the government can facilitate the shift to a cleaner economy and ensure good jobs in rural areas. “Canada’s forest products industry is innovating and positioning ourselves to be part of the solution to climate change. We are producing an array of new innovative bio-products that can replace materials made from carbon-intensive fossil fuels,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor.

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Worker dies in collapse of wood chip pile at Nanaimo pulp mill

Victoria Times Colonist
March 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A worker at the Harmac Pacific pulp mill near Nanaimo has died after the wood chip pile he was standing on collapsed. Chris Fletcher, 37, of Nanaimo, had worked at the mill for four years and was a popular employee-owner, said company president Levi Sampson. “We’ve got extremely heavy hearts right now at Harmac.” The mill was shut down and workers sent home after the incident at 4 a.m. Friday, Sampson said. “We will reassess and start up some point in the future, but for right now, it’s just the right thing to take the mill down.” Harmac is a bleached softwood craft pulp mill operating around the clock. Investors and employees banded together to save the mill after its former owner went into receivership. It has more than 300 full-time employees and runs two production lines.

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Millar Western’s position in Sundance C Power Purchase Arrangement terminated

Canada Newswire press release
March 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON- Today, Capital Power Corporation (Capital Power) gave notice of its intent to terminate its role as Buyer of the Sundance C Power Purchase Arrangement (Sundance PPA, the Arrangement), effective March 24, 2016. As a result of Capital Power’s termination, Millar Western’s role as a member in the Power Syndicate Agreement (Sundance C) is also terminated. In 2001, Millar Western joined a multi-party syndicate headed by Capital Power to enter into the Sundance PPA. Capital Power has announced it is exercising its right to terminate the Sundance PPA under the Arrangement’s Change in Law provisions, following amendments to the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation that became effective in 2016.

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Worker dead after Harmac pulp mill accident near Nanaimo

Male worker in his mid 30s killed in early-morning industrial accident
CBC News
March 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A male worker in his mid 30s is dead after an early-morning industrial accident at the Harmac pulp mill near Nanaimo, B.C. Sgt. Cam Muir says officers responded to reports of an industrial accident around 5:30 a.m. PT Friday. RCMP stayed on the scene for more than seven hours. It’s still unclear what happened, but Muir says the man fell while he was working around a chip pile. A joint investigation by Nanaimo RCMP, WorkSafeBC, and the B.C. Coroners Service is underway but is still in its early stages. “We’ll look at all avenues of this investigation, including liability of the criminal code, any provincial statutes that might apply, as well as any work safe guidelines,” said Muir.

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United Steelworkers launch legal proceedings against Western Forest Products.

Alberni Valley News
March 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Steelworkers Local 1-85 has launched legal proceedings against Western Forest Products to fight for Franklin Division loggers who haven’t worked at all in 2016. However, WFP claims the problem stems from a rate dispute with a contractor, and that they have been working to get employees back to work in their mills. The Steelworkers filed a contracting out grievance which was supported by the courts, but has been appealed by Western Forest Products and is currently before arbitrator Vince Ready. On Tuesday, March 15 United Steelworkers Local 1-85 president Norm MacLeod was issued a written proposal from Western Forest Products asking for concessions from the union. He declined to elaborate on what the concessions were.

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AV Terrace Bay Receives First Delivery of Wood Fibre From Mkwa Timber LP

Lake Superior News
March 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Terrace Bay, ON  – AV Terrace Bay receives the first delivery of wood fibre from Mkwa Timber LP. This shipment comes following the February announcement of the agreement between Mkwa Timber LP and AVTB. This inaugural delivery of wood fibre is the first shipment since Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly Pic River First Nation) took possession of its new Ponsee harvesting equipment in January. Both parties are excited about the potential harvest capacity and the growing relationship between Mkwa Timber and AVTB. Mkwa Timber has become a significant fibre supplier and its wood fibre is part of AV Terrace Bay’s committed Crown fibre supply from the Pic River Forest, which is being sustainably managed by the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation. 

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New lives for Cornwall’s Domtar workers

Standard Freeholder
March 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

From looking after a multi-million-dollar machine to helping his fellow human beings, John Mondoux is one of the hundreds of former Domtar workers who has reinvented his occupation since the mill closed. “It’s definitely a major change, from dealing with my job to make paper, to taking care of people — a big difference, absolutely,” said Mondoux, 55, a personal support worker. Mondoux was one of the last to actually see the last roll of paper come off the No. 1 paper machine, on March 13. He was one of several workers interviewed by the Standard-Freeholder a couple of weeks later. …Although now nine years into his second career, he still remembers the pride he and his co-workers put into making fine-grade coated board that was used for the Trivia Pursuit board game and Hallmark cards among other products.

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The Defamation Case Against Greenpeace

Green Building Law Update
March 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you have not been following the defamation case against Greenpeace, with a key ruling expected from a Canadian court in the coming days, now is the time to come up to speed. The case is Resolute Forest Products Inc., et al v. 2471256 Canada Inc. d/b/a GreenPeace Canada, et al, pending in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Resolute alleges in its pleadings that in 2012 Greenpeace published defamatory articles critical of Resolute’s forestry and corporate practices, even after publicly retracting its claims after Resolute threatened litigation, and secretly disseminated them to Resolute’s customers. Resolute claims that Greenpeace wrongfully informed Resolute’s customers, investors and stakeholders that Resolute improperly harvested or sourced materials in Canada’s boreal forest, and that these falsehoods caused Resolute to suffer damages.

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Former Allen Logging workers to get job help

Peninsula Daily News
March 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — Forty-five mill workers who lost their jobs when Allen Logging Co. closed last summer are now eligible for federal job training assistance, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer announced. The idled West End workers can acquire new skills through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which helps those who have lost their jobs due to increased imports from other countries. …Allen Logging, which operated near the Hoh River in west Jefferson County for more than 60 years, closed in July. Company officials cited foreign competition for domestic private timber, regulations on harvesting trees from state and federal lands, an unpredictable wood supply and the low prices of foreign logs as reasons for the closure.

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Zip-O-Log’s expansion will allow Eugene mill to offer big laminated beams

The Register-Guard
March 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Zip-O-Log Mills in Eugene is already known for large lumber. Now it hopes to become a name for big beams as well. The company, at 2235 W. Sixth Ave., has a sawmill capable of putting out 52-foot beams. Soon, at a nearby location, it will have a glued laminated timber, or glulam, plant producing beams more than twice as long, at 115 feet. “We are hoping we can sell our first beam by the end of April,” said President Karl Hallstrom. Zip-O-Log Mills owns Pennington Crossarm Co., a few blocks away on West First Avenue, which produces cross­arms for utility poles. The glulam plant will occupy about half of the Pennington building. Hallstrom declined to say how much the plant will cost. Glulam beams are not a new product in the wood products industry, but they are something new for Zip-O-Log Mills.

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Seneca Sawmill completing $60M upgrade

KVAL
March 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – The Seneca Sawmill in Eugene is nearing the completion of a $60 million upgrade project. Seneca CEO Todd Payne says the impetus for the project was a “fundamental change in the marketplace.” That change was more demand for dry lumber, and less for “green” lumber over the last 10-12 years. Dry lumber, true to its name, means lumber with a moisture level of 18 percent or less. In response, Seneca is upgrading and installing new kilns, which use steam to dry out the wood. “It could be considered an oven or a toaster.” Payne says that the ability to dry its own lumber will allow Seneca to regain market share it has lost, and break into new markets.

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Look who’s telling Stimson Lumber what it can do with its land

Idaho Statesman
March 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Stimson then sought a middle approach, working with the Trust for Public Lands, its neighbors and the departments of Lands and Fish and Game to sell an easement that would limit development, protect habitat and open up access to the public. …The small-government, libertarian-oriented Idaho Freedom Foundation suggested Stimson was getting some kind of nefarious deal because it would continue to harvest and manage timber on this land — as the Forest Legacy program requires. Apparently protecting wildlife habitat and open space, providing access to hunters, horse riders and others, and managing the land for timber will “advance the interests of green radicals.”

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Horry County businesses ready for railroad’s return

Myrtle Beach Online
March 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

…“That’s what rail does,” said Bill Henderson, Corman’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Rail does two things. It should reduce the transportation cost for the customers, and it also opens up new markets.” In the case of Canfor Southern Pine in Conway, the lumber mill’s customer base has been limited by the cost of moving materials via truck. “Trucks kind of define how far afield you can ship,” said Michael Symons, Canfor’s director of transportation for U.S. operations. “Pretty hard to get it much farther than 400 or 500 miles on a truck economically. This [rail service] gives us options to reach our customers even as far afield as the Midwest, up the Northeastern United States, potentially into the Southwest. … Rail from Conway gives us an option to serve those customers with the product that we make in Horry County.”

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Maine’s forest products industry weathering paper industry woes

Some forestry sector businesses in Somerset County say their outlook is healthy
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
March 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SOLON — The flooring plant and sawmill at Kennebec Lumber Co. are bustling with activity on a weekday morning, as logs get measured and sliced into lumber and the boards are graded, stacked and prepared for shipping. Meanwhile, just up the road, construction is nearing completion on a new biobrick manufacturing facility that will turn sawdust from the mill into a heating oil and firewood alternative — the eventual new home of Enviro Wood Briquettes. And in Athens, to the east, a wood pellet manufacturer is looking forward to that form of fuel taking off. All three businesses are examples of growing areas in Maine’s forest industry sector amidst a recent series of paper mill closings and concerns about the state of Maine’s wood products economy.

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Court: Taxes on Domtar’s Port Edwards mill OK

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
March 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORT EDWARDS – Domtar Corp. was not overtaxed after its Port Edwards paper mill shut down in 2008, a state appeals court ruled this week, marking another loss for the company as it challenges more than $1 million in property taxes. The decision is important, in part, because had it cut the other way, the company would have been entitled to a refund of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the very region that was economically devastated by the mill’s shuttering. A three-judge panel on Wisconsin’s District 4 Court of Appeals on Thursday held that the state properly assessed the value of the former Port Edwards mill site between 2009 and 2011 at nearly $15 million for each year, even though Domtar contended it was worth only $2.3 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Growing Taller Wood Buildings takes place at Discovery Centre

Kenora Daiy Miner & News
March 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The setting was very apropos for the day-long Growing Taller Wood Buildings seminar on Thursday, March 24. Architects, engineers and anyone interested in using wood to build gathered at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, a fitting setting consider it’s own use of wood in the structure. Steven Street, technical manager with Ontario Wood WORKS! who hosted the event in association with the Kenora and District Business Chamber of Commerce, was one of the informative speakers during the festivities. Street discussed why Wood WORKS! decided to visit Kenora for the event.

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Wood Innovation Forum –

Office of the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks
Canada Newswire press release
March 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Earlier today, during his visit to the Montreal Wood Convention, Québec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Laurent Lessard, announced that a Wood Innovation Forum will be held in Rivière-du-Loup on October 31, 2016. He invited all the forest products industry’s actors to attend this unique event. “The year 2016 is a transitional year for the forest industry”, said Minister Lessard. “It is vital that innovation should be used as a means of reviving the forest sector, for the development of Québec as a whole and to ensure the future of many regional communities.

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Why we fight for concrete

Allen Hamblen, chairman of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
The News Tribune
March 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

During Washington’s 2016 legislative session, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association spearheaded an effort to put a stop to legislation that would have granted tax breaks for the use of a product known as cross-laminated timber (CLT). …We took a stand because the unintended consequences of the proposed legislation were far too egregious to be left unsaid. …First and foremost, NRMCA and our allies were quick to highlight the fact that CLT is an inferior product to concrete construction in terms of safety, sustainability and durability. Wood rots, molds and, worst of all, it burns. …It is concerning that this bill, and legislation like it, make it so designers, architects and builders will instead be far too concerned with price differential than safety.

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Forestry

Spruce beetle could be sign of ‘new normal’

Prince George Citizen
March 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An outbreak of the spruce beetle in the Omineca region north of Prince George could be a harbinger of things to come if the conditions that brought it to the fore remain in place in the coming years, according to a University of Northern British Columbia professor. Like its cousin, the pine beetle, deep cold is one of the insect’s biggest enemies, so the recent series of “almost Okanagan-like” winters in this region has done little if anything to halt the bug’s progress, Dezene Huber, a professor in UNBC’s ecosystem science program told The Citizen. Unlike its cousin, the spruce beetle prefers fallen trees and thanks to some major blowdowns, probably brought on by the more unpredictable and severe weather that comes with climate change, they’ve been getting an abundance of those,

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Endangered Alaska tree? Rapidly dying yellow cedar may be listed

Alaska Highway News
March 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU — One of these Alaska tree saplings is not like the others. Each one of its needle-covered branches resembles a feather, each feather comprised of green scales. Young yellow cedars like this one droop more than the common conifers, Sitka spruce and western hemlock. And on this Juneau trail, it’s the only yellow cedar in sight. Yellow cedars grow from Northern California to Prince William Sound. But in the southern portion of its range in Alaska, yellow cedar has declined so extensively, it’s classified as a severe forest die-off. Some conservationists worry that it could become the first tree to go extinct due to climate change. Reduced snow cover induced by warmer winters is considered the main cause of the die-offs. With less snow cover providing insulation, root systems can freeze.

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Opinion: Stop the litigation madness on Oregon forests

Statesman Journal
March 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s too bad that rural Oregon cannot make money by harvesting the paper created from timber-related lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. Because when it comes to natural resources, Oregon has gone litigation-mad. The latest episode is the well-intended but misguided lawsuit filed this month by Linn County. …But regardless of whether Linn County’s lawsuit succeeds, Oregon’s timber industry will never regain its heyday. Too many mills have closed, and automation has replaced many of the remaining jobs. (With the minimum wage increase approved by this year’s Legislature, the agriculture industry will take a similar route and strive to increase automation.) Fortunately, Oregon State University and the timber industry are developing new types, techniques and uses for Northwest wood products. But the industry faces competition from other products and from other tree-growing regions.

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Sudden Oak Death spreads in Nat’l Forest, public meeting to be held

KRCRTV.com
March 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUREKA, Calif. – The Six Rivers National Forest may be at risk of losing some of its oak trees. Jeff Jones, a forest vegetation programmer for the Six Rivers National Forest, said they have found sudden oak death in the southern most district of the forest. He said the infection has been spreading north from the bay area. Jones said losing the tan oak trees will not only affect the species that depend on them, but the beauty of the forest is at risk as well. “Almost 70 percent of the forest has Tan Oak, that’s a component of it.” Jones said. “So that has a great potential of affecting a good part of the landscape. And so we really want to do something to try and keep that from happening.” Jones said that losing the Tan Oak tree population can also increase the risk of fire during wildfire season. He said they are having a difficult time containing the spread of the infection.

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Conference on forests and wildfires draws dozens

Annual event is focusing on fire science and land management in Central Oregon
The Bend Bulletin
March 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Researchers, government officials, students and others gathered Thursday to dive deep into the complexities of forest management and fire science at an annual symposium held in Bend. The three-day event includes presentations and discussions along with field trips scheduled on Saturday in the Deschutes National Forest and other parts of Central Oregon. About 70 people attended morning presentations Thursday at Willie Hall on the Bend campus of Central Oregon Community College. Tim Ingalsbee, a co-director with the Association for Fire Ecology, an organization that promotes fire science in land management, said the event brings together many different perspectives and provides an opportunity for everyone to “learn from each other.”

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Seasonal firefighters struggle to win full-time job access

The Missoulian
March 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The path from seasonal work to full-time careers was supposed to get smoother for wildland firefighters after Congress passed a law improving their hiring procedures last year. But the bill got hamstrung by the federal Office of Personnel Management, according to its advocates. Last week, Sen. Jon Tester, who carried the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act in the Senate, had his staff meet in an attempt to fix the problem. “In the old days, it was much easier to compete under the civil-service system for jobs,” said Bob Beckley, a U.S. Forest Service project leader 

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A bird’s eye view of the forest

Surveyors track Colorado forest health from the air
Boulder Weekly
March 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Brian Howell has seen every tree in Colorado. As manager of the U.S. Forest Service’s aerial survey program, Howell spends hundreds of hours each year in the air, riding shotgun in a bush plane. His pilot loops around mountain ranges at dizzying proximity to granite cliffs. Howell and his co-surveyor munch ginger snacks to ward off nausea, while trying to map areas of our forests impacted by a complex range of pests and diseases. “It’s spectacular,” he says. “But it’s not for the faint of heart.” This year’s survey, released in January, adds another year of meticulous observations about the pests and diseases in Colorado’s forests.

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Clallam officials hear arrearage report: Murrelet, staffing, riparian zones faulted

Peninsula Daily News
March 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Call it the big three of arrearage. The marbled murrelet, riparian zones and staffing levels are the main reasons why the state Department of Natural Resources failed to sell 92 million board feet of timber that was supposed to be sold in Clallam County from 2005 to 2014, a top DNR official told the Clallam County Trust Lands Advisory Committee on Friday. The 20-member panel is gathering information to determine whether Clallam County should reclaim management of 92,525 acres of DNR-managed forest lands in the county. …Recommendations in the report prompted DNR to defer timber sales in the Olympic Experimental State Forest, a highly complex harvest unit on the west sides of Clallam and Jefferson counties.

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Crews fighting Kansas wildfires get assist from snow, rain

Associated Press in St. Louis Post Dispatch
March 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Firefighters grappling with the biggest wildfire in Kansas history got a welcomed Easter assist from pre-dawn snowfall over the hardest-hit area, though the looming prospect of flame-fanning winds threatened to undermine the effort. The National Weather Service said about a half an inch of precipitation in the form of rain and snow fell early Sunday southwest of Wichita in Barber County, which accounts for 427 of the 620 square miles scorched during the blaze that began Tuesday in Oklahoma before spreading into Kansas. Forestry officials in both states said Sunday the fires had been 45 percent contained, including roughly one-third of the blaze in Barber County. But shifting, stiffer winds were expected, potentially reigniting hot spots or extending flames beyond the fire line. 

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Wildfire burning in McDowell County

Asheville Citizen-Times
March 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A wildfire burning on state game lands in McDowell County near Lake James has now spread to some 300 acres across Pisgah National Forest, according to the U.S. Forest Service in Asheville. The North Peak Fire was reported Wednesday morning, March 23, in McDowell County, on North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Game Lands. As of Thursday morning, the fire is also burning on private and Pisgah National Forest Lands on the Grandfather Ranger District. The fire is burning through rugged terrain north of Lake James Road, East of Hankins Road, and south of Bald Knob, just north of Lake James and 5 miles northeast of Marion, N.C. The cause of the wildfire is currently under investigation.

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Data from 1800s can help researchers, forest managers maintain healthy forest ecosystems

University of Missouri-Columbia
EurekAlert!
March 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When seeking clues to how well conservation efforts are working in the present, sometimes scientists look to the past — and there may be no better historical record than the forest surveys conducted in Missouri by the Bureau of Land Management in the 1800s. Using these historical records, University of Missouri researchers were able to shed new light on how the interaction of natural disturbances, such as wildfires, and human actions shape forest conditions and the ecosystem services that forests provide today. …”It is informative to compare and contrast the conditions found in previous forests to current forests,” Hanberry said.

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Poland approves large-scale logging in Europe’s last primeval forest

Agence France-Presse in The Guardian
March 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Poland has approved large-scale logging in Europe’s last primeval woodland in a bid to combat a beetle infestation despite protests from scientists, ecologists and the European Union. The action in the Bia?owie?a forest is intended to fight the spread of the spruce bark beetle. “We’re acting to curb the degradation of important habitats, to curb the disappearance and migration of important species from this site,” the environment minister, Jan Szyszko, said. Szyszko vowed that the logging plans would not apply to strictly protected areas of the primeval forest that was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979. But under the new plan, loggers will harvest more than 180,000 cubic metres (6.4m cubic feet) of wood from other areas of the forest over a decade, dwarfing previous plans to harvest 40,000 cubic metres over the same period.

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Minister approves controversial logging plan for Poland’s primeval forest

Radio Poland
March 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Szyszko said at a press conference on Friday that the logging will be carried out to protect parts of the forest from the European bark beetle. However, one third of the Polish part of the forest is a national park, and it will not be affected by the logging. Woodcutters working for the State Forests National Forest Holding were entitled to log 63,000 cubic metres of wood from 2012 to 2021. However, with five years still to run, they have almost reached that quota. Minister Szyszko has agreed for the quota to be trebled, arguing that the bark beetle, which is currently affecting about half a million trees, endangers the forest. Nevertheless, environmentalists have argued that the forest has coped with the beetle for centuries. Protests against the action were held in 11 Polish cities earlier this month.

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Satellite Technology Aims to Combat Illegal Logging in Real Time

Inside Climate News
March 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A cutting-edge satellite-based alert system could help policymakers and conservationists put a dent in illegal logging by notifying users in real time of new bald patches in the world’s rainforests. The system, known as the Global Land Analysis and Discovery alert system, was developed by the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and Google, and uses an algorithm to analyze satellite images of tropical rainforests in Peru, the Republic of Congo and Indonesian Borneo in more precise detail than ever before. The goal is to provide high-resolution tree loss data across the most vulnerable swaths of forests, potentially helping researchers and officials catch illegal logging before too much damage is done.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Woody Biomass, Forest Operations in the Inland Northwest

Biomass Magazine
March 27, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

If forest restoration projects in the Inland Northwest region were to become major suppliers of woody biomass for bioenergy, government subsidies in the form of tax credits, loan guarantees or other types of financial aid will be essential. ..Managing invasive insects and disease requires prevention and suppression, but a one-size-fits-all strategy is misguided. Instead, what may have potential is an option tailored to individual forest types and site conditions, whereby a single action is used to achieve multiple objectives: specifically, active forest management to improve ecosystem functionality, lower fire risks, and generate woody biomass for innovative purposes. …Organized to address this issue was the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, which is funded with a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant.

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Oregon’s energy plan offers a glimmer of hope for biomass energy

March 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The wood-based biomass industry has fallen on hard times. Once a promising avenue for timber-dominated regions to diversify their economies, the industry is struggling to compete with plummeting natural gas prices or the more generous subsidies extended to other forms of renewable energy. Biomass facilities – which convert wood and other organic materials into electricity, heat or both – have shuttered across the nation. Western states are no exception. Biomass-generated electricity costs nearly twice as much as power from natural gas and the California Biomass Energy Alliance reports that 40 percent of the state’s biomass facilities are now idle. Oregon – another state with tremendous biomass potential thanks to its timber industry – has also seen projects come to a halt.

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Oregon’s energy plan offers a glimmer of hope for biomass energy

March 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The wood-based biomass industry has fallen on hard times. Once a promising avenue for timber-dominated regions to diversify their economies, the industry is struggling to compete with plummeting natural gas prices or the more generous subsidies extended to other forms of renewable energy. Biomass facilities – which convert wood and other organic materials into electricity, heat or both – have shuttered across the nation. Western states are no exception. Biomass-generated electricity costs nearly twice as much as power from natural gas and the California Biomass Energy Alliance reports that 40 percent of the state’s biomass facilities are now idle. Oregon – another state with tremendous biomass potential thanks to its timber industry – has also seen projects come to a halt.

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Delivering Renewable Energy From Irish Forests

March 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…Coillte, the state forestry company, is already at the forefront of mobilizing the bioenergy sector here in Ireland. Coillte now underpins the future sustainable energy supply of a range of industrial-scale clients through its regional biomass supply hubs. These long-term biomass supply contracts displace several thousand liters of imported fossil fuel per week by providing more competitive energy costs for the businesses concerned, thereby helping maintain competiveness and securing local jobs. Coillte plan to establish new hubs as new demand for wood chip arises. Through these regional hubs, wood chips are supplied to clients in the pharmaceutical, textile, industrial and hotel sectors and include companies such as Glaxosmithkline, Astellas and Radisson SAS.

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General

Delivering Renewable Energy From Irish Forests

March 28, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

…Coillte, the state forestry company, is already at the forefront of mobilizing the bioenergy sector here in Ireland. Coillte now underpins the future sustainable energy supply of a range of industrial-scale clients through its regional biomass supply hubs. These long-term biomass supply contracts displace several thousand liters of imported fossil fuel per week by providing more competitive energy costs for the businesses concerned, thereby helping maintain competiveness and securing local jobs. Coillte plan to establish new hubs as new demand for wood chip arises. Through these regional hubs, wood chips are supplied to clients in the pharmaceutical, textile, industrial and hotel sectors and include companies such as Glaxosmithkline, Astellas and Radisson SAS.

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