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Business & Politics

In March Producer Prices, Energy Rise

Builder Online
April 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

In The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly Producer Price Indexes report, declining prices in the service sector drove prices received by producers 0.1% in March. However, a 1.8% increase in energy goods spurred a 0.2% increase in goods, wrote Robert Denk of the NAHB… Softwood lumber prices rose 2.8% in March but have largely hovered in the current range over the last six months. A strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the US dollar in the early months of 2016 may be stemming the flow of Canadian lumber to the US putting upward pressure on prices. OSB prices declined for the fourth straight month in March. OSB prices have given back roughly a third of the 25% increase since mid-2015. 

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Viridis shutters BC pellet plant

Wood Working Network
April 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Despite substantial upgrades already underway at the Okanagan Pellet Co. plant, Viridis Energy Inc. announced it will cease operations at the West Kelowna, British Columbia, facility. Viridis cited recently discovered structural concerns, new storage and wood dust management requirements and associated costs for the decision to shutter the biomass operation. In an April 5 statement, the Vancouver, B.C.-based Viridis said it “has determined that such expenditures are not economically feasible in the current market environment.” Viridis said it will work with creditors on options for OPC, including a potential sale or joint venture, liquidation or relocation of the facility.

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Brink fined more than $150,000 for safety violations, hazardous dust

Prince George Citizen
April 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has levied fines totaling $151,680.49 against Brink Forest Products Ltd. Of that amount, $137,546.93 was for hazardous accumulations of sawdust in the Prince George lumber manufacturer’s chipper room, an enclosed room inside a production building, according to an online posting at the WorkSafeBC website. The potentially combustible material was found on almost all horizontal surfaces and fixtures and was in direct contact with potential ignition sources, including on electric motors, electrical junction boxes, and a rotating chipper disc. It was enough to prompt WorkSafeBC officers to issue a stop work order and have the dust cleaned out. As many as 20 workers were exposed to the possibility of an explosion.

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WorkSafeBC fines Carrier Lumber

Prince George Citizen
April 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George sawmill Carrier Lumber Ltd. has been fined $30,000 for high accumulations of hazardous dust. WorkSafeBC posted the fine in January, according to an online posting at the agency’s website, after the potentially combustible material was found on cable trays under machine centres; in the merchandising area (especially in the variable frequency drive room); in the chip screening area; on a waste conveyor; and on a hydraulic centre reservoir tray and metal wall sheeting near the tray… Investigators found the firm’s cleanup program was not being properly followed and was missing areas it should have included.

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84 Lumber Expands in Western U.S.

Modern Distribution Management
April 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

84 Lumber plans to establish a new office in Phoenix, AZ, and open at least a dozen new stores and manufacturing facilities in the Western United States within the next 18 months. The company’s expansion plans will nearly double its footprint in the west, where the company already operates 19 stores across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. The Phoenix location will serve as the company’s Western headquarters and will be run by Mark Mollico. [END]

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Breaking Ground

The Meridian Star
April 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEWTON — Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives from Biewer Lumber joined local and county officials to break ground on the company’s new $85 million sawmill in Newton Wednesday. The sawmill will create 125 jobs once operational. “This is a great day for Newton and the entire East Mississippi region as Biewer Lumber takes the next step toward creating 125 new jobs and significant capital investment in Newton County,” Bryant said. “I congratulate the Biewer team on this milestone and look forward to visiting the company’s state-of-the-art sawmill, once it is officially open for business.” The Newton facility, which will officially be known as Biewer Sawmill-Newton LLC, will expand Biewer Lumber’s mill production into the South. The company currently operates four sawmills in the Midwest, as well as three lumber treating/distribution centers.

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Plywood sector doing well, but log industry takes a beating

The Borneo Post
April 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING: After recent talk with Jaya Tiasa Bhd (Jaya Tiasa) management, analysts were positive after incorporating higher plywood sales and average selling prices (ASPs) offset by lower log ASP and production levels. According to Affin Hwang Investment Bank Bhd’s research arm (Affin Hwang Research), since late-2015, the escalating tropical log costs and depreciation of the INR against the dollar has pushed a major buyer – India, to source for lower-priced logs. “We cut our average log-price assumptions for Jaya Tiasa by about two to eight per cent for FY16-18E to US$215-220 per cubic meter (m3) to reflect lower market prices. On the other hand, we raise our plywood-price assumption by 14-16 per cent for FY16-18E to US$510-525/m3.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Eye-catching furniture that’s environmentally friendly

Vancouver Courier
April 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’re interested in buying beautiful, quality furniture, that’s environmentally friendly, furniture made from reclaimed old-growth lumber should be at the top of your list. “Old-growth trees are historic giants that slowly grew to immense sizes over a period of 1000-2000 years,” says Josh Hooge, co-owner of J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture in Vancouver. “… “The only remaining source of that old-growth lumber is from torn down structures like old barns and heritage buildings,” Josh says. “Almost all the old-growth trees were harvested more than 100 years ago. The only ones left are solitary giants found in protected parks and hard to reach mountainsides.”

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Capitol Hill’s forest champions helped secure win for wood

By Tom Martin
The Hill
April 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

This week the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it has created a new ‘alternative compliance path’ in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. While USGBC focused its announcement on the fact that this new path will discourage illegally sourced wood, what it really does, is open the door for builders to use more responsibly sourced building materials, including wood from family forests certified by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). …Now, USGBC’s new path will level the playing field in the market and reduce barriers to using wood products when the federal government uses the LEED system. And that is not the only positive outcome. This new path encourages the use of more American-grown wood. Previously, USGBC only recognized wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 

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Moelven Limtre AS and PEAB signed a laminated timber delivery contract for the bridge construction in Norway

IHB – The Timber Network
April 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Moelven Limtre AS and the construction company PEAB signed a contract stipulating delivering laminated timber for the bridge construction in Kongsvinger, Norway. The contract amount comes up to approximately 40 million Norwegian kroner, says the Norwegian website vareveger.no.  “The old bridge had a total load restriction of maximum 50 tons. Constructing a new bridge will allow us to raise a total load up to 60 tons. The new bridge is going to be built as a truss bridge and it will be made ??of laminated timber,” commented the project engineer Harald Bjerke. 

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Forestry

Experts Grade Premier’s Forestry Teaching Moment

Clark ‘educates’ kids by warning of their families’ livelihoods. Real educators say that’s not how it’s done.
The Tyee
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When children tell B.C. Premier Christy Clark they want to cut down fewer trees, she tells them that then their parents may not have work and will pay higher taxes, that their families will be poorer. Not cutting trees, Clark said last week at a Council of Forest Industries convention in Kelowna, means “less money for hockey equipment, less money for school, less money for trips and all those things.” Without logging, parents who lose their jobs in forestry “are going to have to start taking money from the government,” she said she tells young people… Robert VanWynsberghe, associate education prof at UBC, cautions adults against thinking that children aren’t able to form their own opinion. Both UBC professors also took issue with Clark speaking about trees only in terms of monetary value — or hockey gear.

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Company seeks injunction against logging blockaders

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

AJB Investments is going to court to try to get an injunction against demonstrators who’ve been blocking access to the company’s land in the Chapman Creek watershed for more than two months. The court petition names the group Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF), along with Hans Penner, Ross Muirhead, Jane Doe, John Doe and persons unknown. AJB started logging on part of its private managed forest land above the airport in early February. The company claims in court documents filed in Vancouver that because of the blockade that went up Feb. 12, they’ve had to leave more than 1,500 cubic metres of cut timber on the ground, which is now at risk of rotting and other damage that could lessen its value, or even make it unfit for sale. They also claim that if the blockade continues it will “interfere with AJB’s business as a going concern” and the company will lose revenue, while its contractors and their employees will also lose income.

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Vancouver Island University driving social and economic change across the Island

By John McKinley
BC Local News
April 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Today Black Press concludes its look at VIU’s impact on the social and economic landscape of the community with a closer look at how it is serving its original demographic — the towns and small cities north of the Malahat. …A major part of the university’s focus is changing that mindset, reaching out to high schools from Mill Bay to Port Hardy with a variety of accessible options that can awake young minds to employment possibilities or careers they can get passionate about. Crofton’s Anouk Borris is one such student. A 2013 Chemainus secondary grad, Borris was still exploring her options when she decided to speak with a counsellor at the Cowichan campus. She ended up in the forestry program because of her love for the outdoors, earned her two-year forestry diploma, and went right back to school to add a Bachelor of Science to her resume so she could pursue better opportunities in the field. She came for the convenience. She stayed for the opportunity.

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Still no word on slide report

Castanet.net
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is still no definitive word on when a report on a 2012 slide in Cherryville will be released. Cherryville director Hank Cameron said a freedom of information request was put in, and local officials were told in January the geotechnical and compliance and enforcement reports were almost ready to be released. Then in February, Cameron said Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources officials told him the reports would not be released because of privacy issues surrounding the possibility an offense had been committed, and then last week Cameron was told someone else was looking into the file. But after all that, there is still no word when the report will be made public, and that concerns Cameron.

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B.C. student working on improving work wear for women

Global News BC
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While more women are entering the trades, their work wear isn’t working for them. But one design student thinks she has the solutions. Linda Aylesworth reports.

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LEED Recognition for SFI and ATFS Is Good News for Forests and the Communities that Rely on Them

By Republican Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi and Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader of Oregon
Good for Forests – SFI Blog
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

When it comes to the health of our nation’s forests and the communities that depend on them, we occupy common ground. Another thing we share is our respect for the U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to create a pathway for more U.S. forests to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits. LEED credits are key to tapping into the emerging green building market. The Council’s recent decision to recognize products certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is something that we and many others have championed for years. It’s gratifying to see the work of so many people who care about forests and the communities that rely on them being recognized by this decision.

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UMass Amherst Recognized as a Tree Campus USA

Award to be presented during Arbor Day activities on April 29
UMass Education
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2015 Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management… The university achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

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In about-face, feds deny endangered species protections for Pacific fisher

The Oregonian
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Pacific fisher, a small, weasel-like predator whose numbers in Oregon’s forests have plummeted since European settlement of the West, will not join the federal endangered species list. Backtracking from a 2014 finding that federal protection was needed to save the fisher from extinction — amid pressure from wildfires, logging and pesticide use in the marijuana industry — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it won’t list the cat-sized furbearer. What changed? Federal wildlife managers now say those threats aren’t harming fishers as much as they’d thought. The animal’s real problem, they say, is a slow rebound from the trapping, hunting and habitat loss that decimated its ranks decades ago. “We don’t have a fisher habitat problem,” said Paul Henson, Oregon state supervisor for the fish and wildlife service. “We have a fisher shortage.”

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Carroll:?Consider tax breaks for trees

Custer County Chronicle
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The number of healthy trees in the Black Hills National Forest and subsequently the logging industry isn’t what it used to be, thanks to wildfire and the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. Because of that, says Frank Carroll, former U.S. Forest Service employee and owner of Forestry Management, LLC, the Custer County Commission should consider lowering property taxes to private landowners who maintain a healthy tree population meant for wood fiber production. At the April 6 meeting of the commission, Carroll said he wanted to get the conversation started on the possibility of rewarding those who lay out an approved plan to grow and maintain the trees for production, saying technology has not slowed the need for paper and that such a plan could go a long way toward supplying a logging industry.

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Weyerhaeuser commits three million acres in Washington and Oregon to support the reintroduction of the North American Fisher

PR Newswire
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., — Weyerhaeuser Company plans to commit up to 3 million acres of private timberland in Washington and Oregon to support a variety of conservation efforts focused on reintroducing the North American Fisher (Fisher) throughout the West. The Fisher reintroduction and conservation effort is being led by a variety of partners including: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), state wildlife agencies, conservation organizations and private forestland owners, like Weyerhaeuser. Today, the USFWS took a constructive step by recognizing the positive benefits of working forests when it determined the Fisher is not warranted for listing as a threatened or endangered species in the Northwest. Instead, it will cooperatively work with private landowners to encourage Fisher conservation. 

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Emerald Ash Borer Invasion Threatens City’s Ash Trees

Invasive Species Raises Questions About Fiscal Responsibility of City Tree Choices
New Brunswick Today
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Eighty-four percent of the trees proposed for Recreation Park are either non-native or at risk of succumbing to an invasive pest, according to a New Brunswick Today analysis. In 2012, the City of New Brunswick laid out a plan to improve the park, located on Pine Street in the Second Ward. The $2.3 million improvements include a skate park, community garden, multipurpose sports field and picnic area, as we reported. According to a planting schedule provided by the city, 126 trees will be planted in the park, 42 of which are Ash trees.

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Forest loss this century is driving many species towards extinction, warns new study

Birdlife International
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation since the turn of the century has driven at least 500 species of mammals, birds and amphibians closer to extinction, according to a newly published scientific study. Scientists from BirdLife International, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife in the UK), and universities in Wroc?aw, Rome, Grenoble and Queensland used Google’s ‘Earth Engine’ cloud-computing power to analyse high-resolution open-access satellite maps. “We measured the extent and change in tree cover between 2000 and 2012 within the distributions of over 11,000 forest-dependent birds, mammals and amphibians” said lead author ?ukasz Tracewski of the University of Wroc?aw, Poland. 

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Forest discovery: Trees trade carbon among each other

Eureka Alert
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Switzerland — Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbours. Botanists from the University of Basel report this in the journal Science. The extensive carbon trade among trees – even among different species – is conducted via symbiotic fungi in the soil. It is well known that plants take up carbon dioxide from the air by photosynthesis. The resulting sugar is used to build cellulose, wood pulp (lignin), protein and lipid – the building blocks of plants. While growing, the tree transports sugar from its leaves to the building sites: to the branches, stems, roots and to their symbiotic fungi below ground (mycorrhizal fungi)… The only way the carbon could have been exchanged from spruce to beech, pine or larch tree – or vice versa – is by the network of tiny fungal filaments of the shared mycorrhizal fungi.

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The World Bank and Forests: Four Questions about the Forest Action Plan

Center for Global Development
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last week, the World Bank released a new Forest Action Plan (FAP) following presentation to the Board’s Committee on Development Effectiveness. And the tagline for a high-level event during the Spring Meetings is “Think Forests: Why Investing in Forests is the Next Big Thing.” In light of the inextricable linkages among forests, climate, and development, it’s great that the Bank is stepping up to put its considerable weight behind forests. The FAP recognizes the role of forests in providing livelihoods for the poor, and the need to manage both trade-offs and synergies between forest protection and other sectoral objectives. But I do have a sense of déjà vu as this is the Bank’s third forest commitment in three decades.  

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The Trees That Gave Hong Kong Its Name Are Nearing Extinction Because of Illegal Logging

Time.com
April 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hong Kong, or “Fragrant Harbor,” is named for its incense trees. But illegal loggers, seeking the trees’ prized resin, could wipe out the territory’s last stocks — and with them, part of Hong Kong’s history. Ho Pui-han followed a marker left by poachers into the forest behind the Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong. The sign was easy to miss. Just a white circle and arrow painted on a palm-sized stone. Inside the dense woods the signals were more brazen. Pink, yellow and blue plastic ribbons hanging from branches led Ho up muddy banks and over rocky streams. The poachers she tracked don’t trade in tusks or pelts. They hunt incense trees, which are prized for their fragrant resin.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Allan Thompson Purchases Trees To Offset Carbon Footprint

Blackburn News
April 14, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority has received a symbolic contribution toward tree planting. Allan Thompson, the federal Liberal candidate in Huron-Bruce in the recent election, made a donation Wednesday to help offset his carbon footprint. During the election campaign, MVCA. General Manager Phil Beard had suggested to Thompson that he should use the Authority’s Footprints To Forests calculator to figure out the number of trees to plant to compensate for the fossil fuel he burned while driving around the huge riding.

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EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

Biomass Magazine
April 14, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 10 percent in 2016 and by 5.1 percent in 2017. Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 115,000 MWh per day in 2017. Waste biomass is expected to generate 60,000 MWh per of electricity this year, falling to 59,000 MWh per day next year. The elected power sector is expected to consume 0.246 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.259 quad next year. 

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