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Daily Archives: April 14, 2016

Business & Politics

Acquisitions At Stella Jones

Seeking Alpha
April 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Stella-Jones is a healthy company with a strong balance sheet and a history of growing through acquisitions, creating strong synergies from those acquisitions… On October 2nd, 2015, Stella-Jones completed its acquisition of the shares of Ram Forest Group and Ramfor Lumber. On September 1st, 2015, Stella-Jones completed the acquisition of Treated Materials in Rison, Arkansas. On April 7th, 2015, Stella-Jones completed the acquisition McCormick Piling and Lumber, a provider of untreated wood poles. Many companies are criticized for being rabid acquisitors. However, SJ seems to strategically acquire companies in particular locations to expand its supply and distribution networks.

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Klamath joining suit over timber funds

Herald and News
April 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A coalition of Western Oregon counties, including Klamath, has declared their intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for allegedly violating timber regulations. In a news release Tuesday from the Association of O&C Counties (AOCC), the coalition said they will challenge BLM in federal court over violations of the O&C Lands Act. Passed by Congress in 1937, the act set standards for the sustainable management of 2.5 million acres of forestland throughout 17 Oregon counties. Specifically, the act said no less than 500 million board feet of timber will be harvested annually and timber proceeds will be split evenly between counties and the federal government.

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Warm Springs’ timber company shuts down

Statesman Journal
April 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…On Tuesday, the tribes announced in a news release that mill operations are shutting down because of tough financial conditions that stem from a reduced log supply. The 49-year-old sawmill employed more than 80 people. At their meeting last week, Tribal Council members authorized closing the mill in light of its financial condition, according to the release. According to Spilyay Tymoo, the tribes’ semimonthly newspaper, the mill owes money to the tribe — its primary creditor — as well as logging companies and other “nontribal entities.” The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, which last year had initially resisted approving further tribal timber harvests because of the money problems at the mill, recently issued an order that prohibited harvests indefinitely. 

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports decreased by 12% in February

Lesprom.com
April 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Exports of Southern Pine lumber remained steady in February, amounting to 51.7 million board feet, as Southern Forest Products Association said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.  This volume represents a boost of 12% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 23% when compared with the first two months of 2015… Imports from Canada alone recorded a 68% increase during February, totaling 1.56 Bbf; just over 90% of that volume was SPF. Through the first two months of this year, softwood imports are up 48% when compared with the same period a year ago.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mass timber building tour an informational start

Build it with Wood Blog
April 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

With the Mass Timber Conference in Oregon officially concluded, NEFF’s Emily Kingston reflects back on the conference’s kick-off event: an all day tour of Portland’s leading mass timber buildings. Emily, NEFF’s Build It With Wood project coordinator, joined 100 other conference attendees in donning hard hats as they explored Portland on an all-day tour. The mass timber buildings were in varying stages of completion, from under construction to fully completed and in use. The five buildings that were on the tour were Framework, The Hudson, Albina Yard, The Courtyard, and Clay Creative.

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Global Cross-Laminated Timber Market Report 2016

Business Wire
April 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

DUBLIN–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Cross-Laminated Timber Market – Industry Trends, Manufacturing Process, Plant Setup, Machinery, Raw Materials, Cost and Revenue” report to their offering. Cross-Laminated Timber Market – Industry Trends, Manufacturing Process, Plant Setup, Machinery, Raw Materials, Cost and Revenue provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up an instant noodle manufacturing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the Cross-Laminated Timber manufacturing industry.

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Forestry

The World Needs Sustainable Forestry: Efforts to Greenwash Harmful Logging Need to be Stopped

NRDC Blog
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is facing increasingly vitriolic attacks from various industry trade groups and players in Canada, who argue that the FSC’s policies—specifically their move toward requiring protection of threatened intact forest landscapes—will cause them to lose access to significant wood volumes they need to maintain their current operations. Meanwhile, to keep up volumes of “sustainably harvested” wood products, the largest Canadian operators have begun promoting the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)—a logging industry created certification scheme that lacks transparent and independently verified audits and markets harmful logging practices as “sustainable.” It’s an example of expert greenwashing.

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City of Powell River council weighs Powell River Community Forest grants

Powell River Peak
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River’s non-profit societies will have to wait a while longer to find out the official decision on their Powell River Community Forest fund grant applications. Corien Becker, City of Powell River interim chief financial officer, provided council with a verbal report at its Thursday, March 31, finance committee meeting, detailing the status of 17 grant applications and the projects being recommended by the Powell River Community Forest board. Out of the applications filed, 13 are being recommended and four are not. “It seems a bit drawn out, but it’s just the process,” said councillor Russell Brewer, finance committee chair. Brewer said he expects a written report on the board’s recommendations to be discussed at the city’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, April 19, and then go to a council vote at the first meeting in May.

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UNBC researchers to test tropical tree for water treatment properties

Prince George Citizen
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Could the ground-up roots of a tree native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas be the answer to water treatment troubles in remote Canadian communities? That’s a possibility University of Northern British Columbia professor Chris Opio and graduate student Chandehl Morgan are investigating with regard to the moringa oleifera. On Wednesday, they retrieved 11 of the trees that have been growing since they were planted about six months ago in a greenhouse at the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Lab and began experiments that are expected to take until the end of this year to yield the answer. Studies conducted in the United States have shown the seeds, when ground into a powder, are 99 per cent effective in eliminating faecal coliforms in water. But that means waiting for the trees to mature while the roots can be uplifted without killing the tree.

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Nanaimo couple donates beloved property

Nanaimo News Bulletin
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Surrounded by camellias, magnolias, dogwoods and numerous other plants sits the home of avid horticulturalists and nature lovers Peter and Anneke Van Kerkoerle. Located in south Nanaimo, the Van Kerkoerles have called the property of more than four hectares their home for nearly five decades. But earlier this year, the Van Kerkoerles, who are now in their late 80s, made the decision to donate their property to the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust, an organization that aims to protect and promote natural land values within the Nanaimo region. …Peter spent his professional life working in the forestry industry as a horticulturalist and analytical technician… The couple have been members of the land trust since the organization was founded in the 1990s. Their property, which was recently named the Parnassian Woods, is located next to NALT’s native plant nursery on Frost Road. The land trust also conducts guided tours of the Van Kerkoerle’s property.

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Speaking of a future in forestry

By Randy Edison
The Norwester
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Newfoundland — There wasn’t necessarily a lot new in what Forestry and Agrifoods Agency Minister Chris Mitchelmore heard at an industry engagement event in Wooddale last week, but there is one matter he intends to make an immediate priority. The minister said he heard lots about the limiting nature of the current Crown permit procedure. It guarantees access to timber for just one year. He was previously aware of the issue. “When I worked in private lending … one of my first actions was doing investment during the downturn (in the forest industry) in terms of a purchase of an harvester and it was difficult knowing that the harvester only had a one-year permit. That’s difficult to take to the bank and get financing.

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US Green Building Council’s New LEED Change a Boon for Forest Industry and Landowners

By John Green
Forests2Market Blog
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council recently initiated significant certification changes that will have an extensive, positive impact on America’s forest products industry as well as private forest ownership… Tom Martin, president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation said, “This is a milestone for family woodland owners, Tree Farmers, and forest conservation in America. Family landowners are a critical group of individuals that steward our forests, providing local sustainable wood fiber while also conserving clean water and air, wildlife habitat, and ensuring the overall health of our forests.”… “Markets for wood products help us conserve our forests,” noted Dr. Salem Saloon, ATFS member from Brewton, Alabama. “We as landowners have annual costs for management and taxes. Markets that want sustainably managed wood encourage landowners to earn income to replant, restore and keep forests as forests.

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IUCN Approves SFI for Membership, Advancing Sustainable Forestry and Conservation Science

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been granted membership in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an organization devoted to helping the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with almost 1,300 government and NGO members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. “We are so pleased to join this network of conservation-minded organizations. Biodiversity conservation is central to both IUCN’s and SFI’s mission. SFI is committed to quantifying the conservation impact of certified forests and responsible sourcing of forest products through programs such as the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. Membership in IUCN will give us access to important tools and expertise to help this
work,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.

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Arizona wildfire forecast: Conditions in place for ‘disastrous season’

The Arizona Republic
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona’s wildfire toll already is mounting well in advance of the traditional fire season, with almost twice as many fires in the first quarter of the year compared with last year, state officials say. Current conditions, with high fuel levels and exceptionally dry and high temperatures, eerily resemble those of the catastrophic 2002 and 2011 fire seasons, according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Management… Although Arizona’s fire season is generally considered to run from late May through the onset of the monsoon season, each year it appears more clear that fires no longer are confined to a single season. They have become a continual threat, burning earlier and later in the year.

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Video: Drone Shows Devastation Of Bark Beetles On Drought-Stricken Yosemite Forest

sfist
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bark beetles. They are not a new phenomenon for California’s pine forests, however our ongoing drought, now in its fourth or fifth year depending on who you ask, has stressed the trees to the point that they’re no longer producing much sap. This means that the trees’ natural defense against the beetles — the sap which drips out and envelops them after they’ve eaten some bark — isn’t as plentiful. This means that the beetles are succeeding in killing more trees, and as a result they’re also reproducing in greater numbers and spreading across forests. The upsetting but beautiful drone footage above, via Dane Christensen, shows how many trees in this one forest have been affected — you can see by the brownness of their needles.

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With climate change, year-round fire season alarms experts

San Fransico Gate
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The first Alaska wildfire of 2016 broke out in late February, followed by a second there just eight days later. New Mexico has had 140 fires this year, double the number in the same period last year, fueled by one of the warmest, driest winters on record. And on the border of Arizona and California this month, helicopters dumped water on flames so intense that they jumped the Colorado River, forcing the evacuation of two recreational-vehicle parks. Fires, once largely confined to a single season, have become a continual threat in some places, burning earlier and later in the year, in the United States and abroad. They have ignited in the West during the winter and well into the fall, have arrived earlier than ever in Canada, and have burned without interruption in Australia for almost 12 months. A leading culprit is climate change.

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Climate Change Is Drawing Alaska’s Moose Onto the Tundra

Yahoo News
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As longer and warmer summers increase the abundance and size of shrubs in far northern Alaska, moose have expanded beyond the boreal forest limits and onto the tundra, according to a new study. University of Alaska ecologist Ken Tape, the lead author of the study, believes that the expansion of moose onto the tundra is one of the first definitive examples of a climate change–driven shift in a large land mammal’s distribution… “Moose and snowshoe hares, up until a century ago, were boreal forest species,” he said. But now “you have these boreal species coming up and competing with Arctic species, like the ptarmigan. We don’t know what the outcome of that will be,” Tape added. “It’s the borealization of the Arctic.”

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Tree death across the globe

By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl, Illinois Renewable Energy Association
The Rock River Times
April 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

IL – While environmentally essential, the war on carbon emissions has obscured a related problem which occurs in our immediate environment: the global decline of forests and trees. Some us remember the devastating impact of dutch elm disease on elms lining the streets of Midwest cities. While they have not totally disappeared, a forester friend suggests young elms last about 25 years before the disease prematurely ends their lives. We see their remains, stripped of bark, slowly decaying in our woodlands. An existing threat to our woodlands is the loss of mature oaks thought to be the result of oak wilt. Many of them lived for hundreds of years. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Denley: Ontario’s power generation ads hide the real story in the dark

Have you seen the advertisement Ontario Power Generation has been running on TV lately?
Ottawa Citizen
April 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The message is simple. At OPG, coal power has been eliminated, leaving the government-owned power company’s product 99.7-per-cent greenhouse-gas-emissions free… Unfortunately, the OPG ads tell only a small part of the story. What really happened is that the provincial government reduced OPG’s scope dramatically and shifted much of our power production to the private sector… That still puts it ahead of OPG’s plant in Thunder Bay. That one is expected to operate the equivalent of only five full days a year. Its power will be 25 times more costly than other biomass. It was supposed to boost the forest industry by burning wood byproducts, but its required fuel can only be bought outside of Canada.

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Data firm backs wood as best choice for biofuels

Biofuels International
April 14, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Wood is the best feedstock choice to be converted into biofuels because it is the oldest energy source on the planet, according to a US-based data firm. In a statement, North Carolina-based Forset2Market said wood works as a logical choice for biofuels because “the number of trees growing in the US has increased by more than 50% in the past 60 years” and “the wood supply chain is mature and stable”. For project developers and investors pursuing greener replacements for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals, the choice of feedstock is a critical early decision point, the organisation said.

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Scientists are exploring Amazon rainforest’s link with climate change in £4m project

April 14, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A £4 million science project is being launched to understand the links between the world’s largest rainforest and the climate. The three-year programme funded by the Government’s Newton Fund will bring together scientists and organisations from the UK and Brazil to examine the relationship between the Amazon rainforest and climate change. Professor Stephen Belcher, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre which is leading the UK’s contribution to the project, said: “The Amazon has a fascinating two-way relationship with the world’s climate… “The research programme aims to understand more about the factors affecting the forest, such as land-use change and carbon stocks, and use these factors to improve global climate models.”

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General

Scientists are exploring Amazon rainforest’s link with climate change in £4m project

April 14, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

A £4 million science project is being launched to understand the links between the world’s largest rainforest and the climate. The three-year programme funded by the Government’s Newton Fund will bring together scientists and organisations from the UK and Brazil to examine the relationship between the Amazon rainforest and climate change. Professor Stephen Belcher, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre which is leading the UK’s contribution to the project, said: “The Amazon has a fascinating two-way relationship with the world’s climate… “The research programme aims to understand more about the factors affecting the forest, such as land-use change and carbon stocks, and use these factors to improve global climate models.”

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