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Daily Archives: April 18, 2016

Business & Politics

Survey confirms forest products’ green record

By Derek Nighbor, FPAC CEO
Chronicle Journal
April 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It was no great shock to hear recently that a Leger survey ranked Canada’s forest products companies as having the world’s best reputation for environmental practices. But it was still very gratifying. Canada’s forest products companies have worked extremely hard over the last few years to ensure that our forests are healthy and will remain so for generations to come, while still providing the sustainable harvests needed to support our communities. The nine-country survey found that international customers of wood, pulp and paper in the United States, Europe and Asia gave top grades to Canadian forest products companies for their products’ quality and sustainability, with special note being taken of the domestic industry’s respect for the law and its sustainable forest management practices. 

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Stressing Forestry’s Importance

250 News
April 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Forestry remains a driving economic force for B.C., it’s a message that Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall has been trying to drive home. Mayor Hall recently joined other forestry community Mayors in a special panel at the Council of Forest Industries Convention in sharing that message. Hall admits the message may have seemed to be singing to the choir ” Yes, in some respects, but for me, it was wanting to, as the Mayor of Prince George, let them know how important the industry is to us. I said at the conference that I felt the forest industry is the foundation of this community, that’s what this community was built on.” Mayor Hall says there has been a lot of talk about the natural resource industry in B.C., “We’ve been talking a lot about natural resources, LNG, mining, oil and gas, but forestry still needs to be part of that conversation. 

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RE: WFP’s Response to the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Press Release

Letter to the Alberni Valley News
Western Forest Products
April 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The TLA press release titled Profits Before Community Interest is an inaccurate criticism of Western Forest Products. In the past we have chosen not to respond to such releases but in this situation, our employees who proudly live, work, and volunteer in coastal communities deserve better. As do contractors that work with WFP as our partners. Business impasses do occur, butwe had hoped our industry had matured past rhetoric. A lot has changed over the past two decades in the Alberni Valley. Land use decisions have resulted in fibre supply reductions. WFP’s Crown tenure in Alberni (Tree Farm License 44) is now one?third the size it was in 1996. More than 70% of the fibre needed to run the two local sawmills is now sourced from WFP tenures outside of the region. This change is substantial and creates a new reality for Port Alberni.

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Canfor completes the acquisition of Wynndel Box & Lumber

Lesprom
April 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation has completed the acquisition of the assets of Wynndel Box & Lumber Ltd. located in the Creston Valley, British Columbia, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “We welcome the employees of Wynndel to the Canfor team,” said Don Kayne, President and CEO of Canfor. “We look forward to working together to continue to provide high-quality products and excellent service to our customers worldwide.” Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia with interests in BC, Alberta, Ontario, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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WorkSafeBC fines East Fraser Fiber for fifth time in eight months

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
April 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Mackenzie wood manufacturer is turning into a repeat offender as far as WorkSafeBC is concerned. As of the end of January, East Fraser Fiber Co. Ltd. had been issued five fines over the span of eight months, according to recently-updated posting’s on the agency’s website. The most recent, issued January 25, was a $67,769.10 levy after an inspection uncovered wood dust as deep as 10 centimetres (four inches) in direct contact with potential ignition sources, such as electrical cables and components, in the firm’s sawmill chipper room. “The firm’s own routine inspection had identified this room as needing cleanup about 10 hours before WorkSafeBC’s inspection,” the agency noted in the posting. With as many as 20 workers exposed to the risk of fire or explosion, the firm was told to stop work until the mess had been cleaned up.

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Canfor welcomes Wynnwood

Canfor CEO Don Kayne’s Blog
April 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Today, we announced the completion of Canfor’s purchase of Wynndel Box and Lumber. Also known as WynnWood, the company is located near Creston in southern British Columbia, an area known for its exceptional fibre.  Over the 100-year history of the company, WynnWood has grown to nearly 100 employees and has established a reputation for quality, including unmatched fibre, excellent drying and superior moulded finish.  The specialty products from this operation, when combined with Canfor’s strong and secure supply of Canfor RED premium quality fibre in the region, will form an integral part of Canfor’s growing specialty products business. 

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U.S. key for healthy sawmills: Resolute

The Chronicle Journal
April 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For Ontario and Quebec sawmills to prosper they need free, unencumbered access for softwood lumber exports to the U.S. market, Resolute Forest Products president Richard Garneau told Parliament’s Standing Committee on International Trade this week. “We need to be able to sell freely to the U.S. Indeed, that was the whole point of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA. Just about every industry enjoys free trade, except for softwood lumber,” Garneau said. Drawing on over 40 years of experience and leadership in the forest products industry across Canada, Garneau challenged the claims by some that the previous 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada, which expired last October, produced predictability and stability. …He went on to note that while Western Canadian softwood lumber producers benefited from China’s extraordinary economic development, logistical limitations meant that Asian markets remained out of reach for Central Canadian producers.

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Star of ‘Ax Men’ television show from Port Angeles eyes commissioner seat

Peninsula Daily News
April 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — A homegrown reality TV star wants to go into county politics. Port Angeles native Gabe Rygaard, whose family-owned Rygaard Logging Inc. is featured on History Channel’s “Ax Men,” has announced he will run for Clallam County commissioner. Rygaard said Friday he will run as a Republican for the District 2 commissioner seat being vacated by Mike Chapman, who plans to run for a 24th Legislative District seat as a Democrat. Filing week for the Nov. 8 general election is May 16-20. Rygaard, 44, is co-owner of the company founded in 1991 by his father, Craig. He said Friday his political priorities are creating jobs, keeping property taxes steady, fighting drug abuse and changing the culture of county government.

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Creston mill hit hard by Friday morning fire

Jefferson Post
April 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CRESTON-Firefighters made quick work of a short-lived blaze that occurred at Potter’s Lumber in Creston Friday morning, but it did not come without a cost. An unknown number of mill workers and loggers will be without a job for the immediate future, said emergency management officials. According to Ashe County Fire Marshal Bob Davis, the fire began around 5 a.m. at an isolated section of the mill, which is located at 13033 NC-88 West. “It started at an electrical motor where loads are loaded onto to the the debarking,” said Davis. “It was knocked down pretty quickly.”

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NZ export log prices hold steady in March

New Zealand Scoop
April 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices held steady this month as improved demand offset an increase in shipping costs. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs was unchanged at $119 a tonne in April, from March, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The in-market price of A-grade logs in China, New Zealand’s largest market, advanced to US$111/JAS from US$107/JAS last month as demand picked up following a slowdown in activity during the Chinese New Year holiday. Log inventories on Chinese ports stood at 3.6 million to 3.8 million cubic metres, with an offtake of 60,000 tonne a day, marginally less than the current volumes arriving at ports.

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New forestry leader

New Zealand Scoop
April 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Peter Clark, the chief executive officer of PF Olsen Ltd, has been elected president of the Forest Owners Association (FOA). He replaces retiring president Paul Nicholls. George Asher, chief executive officer of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust, has been elected vice-president. The association’s members own the majority of New Zealand’s plantation forests. It works closely with the Farm Forestry Association and is administrator for the Forest Levy Trust Board, which represents the interests of all forest owners. Clark has 40 years’ experience in forest operations and consulting in New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, China and the Pacific. He is a long-standing member of the FOA board and is on the board of the Wood Council of NZ.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Carver brings new life to traditional First Nations wood

CBC News
April 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Salish artist Luke Marston find calm in his carving, working away for hours with the cedar traditionally used by the First Nations for everything from their canoes to clothing. “It’s just like a meditative state where there’s no mind, you’re just empty-minded and working and being in the moment,” Marston told North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay. “You’ll be working forever and then all of a sudden realize that you’ve done this big huge section.” This month has a special significance for the Vancouver Island resident, as April 25 marks one year since his sculpture ‘Shore to Shore’ was unveiled at Brockton Point in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

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What the LEED Pilot for Wood Is and What It Is Not

By attorney Stuart Kaplow
Green Building Law Update
April 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council is to be applauded for the release last week of the new pilot credit MRpc102 – Legal Wood. There may be no single subject matter more discussed with over the 15 year history of LEED than forest product certification. And that this new pilot credit continues the discussion is positive. But make no mistake that this new alternative compliance path credit does not alter the existing LEED credit, NC v4 MRc3 that mandates, Wood products must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or USGBC-approved equivalent. That existing certified wood credit has only been achieved on 1,677 of LEED 2009 new construction projects, so despite all the discussion it has not been a market mover. The vast majority of LEED buildings have not pursued that credit.

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AWC offers special program designed for the code community

By Buddy Showalter, P.E., American Wood Council
Civil + Structural Engineer
April 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Code officials play a fundamental role in ensuring that all buildings within their jurisdiction are constructed in accordance with provisions of the governing building code. Ensuring compliance with modern building codes is essential to managing safety and protecting against potential hazards caused by fire, high wind, seismic or snow events. …To make sure the code administration and enforcement community is among the first to hear about the latest building code related wood design and construction information, the American Wood Council (AWC) developed and launched the Code Official Connections program. Participants receive instant access to building code-referenced AWC standards and resources, as well as technical support to assist in the evaluation of design, review of plans and inspection of wood buildings.

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Timber Supplier in Brisbane Applauds Changes to National Construction Code

PRWire Press Release
April 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Beginning 1 May 2016, builders will be able to build timber structures up to 25 metres high. They will be required to have fire sprinklers and fire-resistant cladding, among other requirements. These changes in the National Construction Code catch Australia up with numerous countries that have made similar changes.  Jack Kyle, Owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers based in Brisbane, is happy about the new construction code because it will eventually result in more affordable housing. … According to Mr Kyle: “This is great news, not only for the timber industry but for builders and developers of mid-rise apartments and anyone looking to buy or rent one at an affordable price. There is really no downside here. Timber is a natural insulator. We expect timber to provide the same benefits that it does in smaller buildings: lower heating and cooling costs and more consistent temperatures.”

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Isn’t it good, engineered wood

Architecture Now NZ
April 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Progressive Building talks to Jeff Parker, Wood Producers & Manufacturers Association technical manager, about the latest advances in timber – and takes a look at a couple of new products putting timber back on top of the construction heap. Progressive Building: How much is the timber industry in New Zealand worth on an annual basis? Jeff Parker: Figures compiled in 2014 by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research on behalf of the WPMA showed the timber industry – not including pulp and paper – was worth $2.83 billion. That figure includes export and domestic markets. PB: How much of the total output is exported? JP: 53 per cent. PB: How much of the ‘raw product’ is earmarked for the local construction industry?

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Forestry

UN agency and Google collaborate on satellite data tools to manage natural resources

Big News Network
April 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Google today announced plans to work together to make high-resolution satellite data a common tool in managing the world”s natural resources, ultimately boosting efforts towards the pursuit of sustainable development. Under the collaboration, the UN agency said that resource managers and researchers in many countries can gauge changing land uses of individual field-sized plots seen by “eye-in-the-sky” satellites, thereby improving abilities to assess a landscape”s carbon storage capacity or plan a nation”s approach to greenhouse gas emissions… the initial focus of the collaboration is in the forestry sector, where FAO said that national experts can use its software and Google”s accessible geospatial data archives ” in a few hours “.

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American Eagle Outfitters Supports Student Conservation Association with “Buy One, Get One Tree” Campaign

Global Newswire
April 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON — American Eagle Outfitters and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) today announced a unique “Buy One, Get One Tree” campaign designed to donate up to 100,000 trees in celebration of Earth Day. For every pair of… American Eagle Outfitters will donate $1 to have a tree planted through SCA, the national leader in youth service and stewardship… “Our ‘Buy One, Get One Tree’ campaign provides a rare opportunity to make both a fashion and an ecological statement,” said American Eagle Outfitters Global Brand President Chad Kessler. “American Eagle Outfitters shares our customers’ passion for the outdoors and preservation of our natural resources.

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Wondrous: large scale photos celebrate the ‘Great Bear’ at Science World

Vancouver Observer
April 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Great Bear Rainforest is the name coined by environmental groups in the mid-1990s to refer to a remote region of temperate rain forest on the British Columbia coast between Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska. In February, after a 20 year battle to protect the region, the B.C. government signed an agreement with First Nations, environmental groups and forest companies promising: “To protect 85 percent of the region’s old-growth forests, with logging in the remaining 15 percent subject to the most stringent commercial logging standards in North America…” To celebrate this historic agreement, and to illustrate a slice of the wide and complex ecosystem that makes up the Great Bear Rainforest, is the exhibit Wondrous – The Forest and the Sea of the Great Bear by photographer Andrew S. Wright at Science World: Telus World of Science.

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Forester Ken Day awarded city’s certificate of merit

Williams Lake Tribune
April 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alex Fraser Research Forest manager Ken Day is the latest recipient of the city’s certificate of merit. “For 25 years Ken Day has placed Williams Lake on the national and international stage,” said Mayor Walt Cobb as he made the presentation during Tuesday’s regular council meeting. “He has hosted hundreds of international delegates from across almost all the continents.” Foresters have arrived in Williams Lake to take part in tours, field trips and dialogue, Cobb added. “In the past two years Ken has hosted numerous guests from Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, plus over 100 students from around the globe as part of the international forestry students association conference.”

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B.C. forester laments lack of proper-fitting women’s safety and industrial wear

By Stephanie Ip
Vancouver Sun
April 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A long-time forester is lamenting the lack of properly fitted industrial wear available for women, something she says can put women’s safety at risk while out in the field. Catherine Brady, 33, has worked in forestry for the past decade and often works on Vancouver Island. In that time, she’s seen an increase in the number of women entering her field. The challenge, however, is that the availability of industrial and safety wear in women’s sizes and fits hasn’t increased to match that influx. “This is not just isolated to women in forestry. This extends to women who do access work, electricians who work outside, even flag girls,” said the North Vancouver woman. …Brady said it’s not a matter of looking good on the job; it’s that many of the items don’t fit or aren’t offered in women’s sizes, forcing them to purchase items in men’s sizing. 

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RE: Time for timber to face the harsh realities of their own making

Letter by Owen Graham, Executive Director, Alaska Forest Association
Sit News
April 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I’d like to offer a few corrections to the Boat Company letter that was posted on Sitnews on Friday, April 8, 2016. The Boat Company letter says Viking Lumber is threatening to close down unless they can continue cutting down old growth trees. What the Boat Company does not seem to understand is that sawmills cannot physically manufacture lumber without a log supply. It is just a reality, not a threat. … the old-growth trees are a renewable resource and all of the past timber harvest areas are fully restocked and growing very well. …The Boat Company is also misinformed about wildlife and logging. Wildlife populations are doing fine in the areas that we have harvested in the past. 

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West Coast fisher denied endangered species protections

Associated Press in Statesman Journal
April 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped its consideration to give the West Coast fisher — a small, weasel-like mammal predator whose population has nearly disappeared across the West Coast for decades — federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency had been considering listing the species as endangered since October 2014 due to concerns over logging practices and illegal pesticide use by marijuana growers, but since determined those threats weren’t as significant as previously thought.

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Our View: Fisher decision takes a balanced approach

The Mail Tribune
April 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made a reasoned, balanced decision not to list the Pacific fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Now it’s up to private timberland owners and others to live up to their commitment to support efforts to increase the animal’s population. The fisher, a member of the weasel family, inhabits forests in the Pacific Northwest and California. While several threats do pose a risk to specific fisher populations, none of those affects the entire population, and federal wildlife officials say the animal is not in danger of going extinct, making Endangered Species Act protection unnecessary at this point.

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Guest Opinion: We need a moon-shot for the environment more than ever

By Dominick A. DellaSala, Ph.D., chief scientist at Geos Institute
Mail Tribune
April 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This week, more than 193 nations will celebrate Earth Day… Forests in the Pacific Northwest were being clearcut at an alarming rate of 2 square miles every week, which nearly wiped out the spotted owl and salmon. Clearly, something had to be done. And, thankfully, millions of Americans demanded that Congress pass new laws to give us a healthy environment. Over the past four decades, political activism has led to hard-fought gains in civil rights, gender rights, social justice, and environmental policies, from the Clean Air Act to the Northwest Forest Plan.

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Clear-cutting destabilizes carbon in forest soils, study finds

Phy Org
April 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Clear-cutting loosens up carbon stored in forest soils, increasing the chances it will return to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and contribute to climate change, a Dartmouth College study shows. The findings appear in the journal Soil Science. Soil is the world’s largest terrestrial carbon pool. In northern hardwood forests in the United States, mineral soil pools store up to 50 percent of total ecosystem carbon. Logging and other land-use changes are a major cause of soil carbon release, but there has been recent interest to further understand soil carbon dynamics in forested ecosystems after logging. This is of particular importance in the northeastern U.S. because of the great potential for the use of biomass as part of a diversified renewable energy portfolio.

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Defender of Cambodia’s dwindling forests wins Goldman Prize

Associated Press in Washington Post
April 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The latest crackdown on illegal logging in Cambodia is “just a game” and big timber traders are winning, says Ouch Leng, a former government official who has spent two decades helping poor villagers fight poaching of precious tropical forests. Leng’s tenacious and perilous crusade to stop illegal logging and stop land concessions from forcing Cambodians out of their homes has won him a Goldman Environmental Prize, which honors grassroots environmental activism. The award follows recent announcements that Cambodian authorities plan to expand protected areas of the Southeast Asian country’s forests by about a third.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. continues to purchase carbon offsets, total now more than $50 million

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
April 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you thought the controversial B.C. Crown corporation Pacific Carbon Trust was gone, you would only be partly right. The agency was eliminated in 2013, along with it its staff of 18. But the work the trust carried out – acting as a broker of carbon credits – continues inside government, in the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat. In 2010, the B.C. government starting making schools, hospitals and universities reduce their net carbon emissions to zero, and as a result the public institutions were forced to pay to have outside projects reduce carbon emissions in their stead. These reductions are often called carbon credits or offsets. By the end of 2014, British Columbia had paid out $53.4 million to buy these carbon offsets from major forest companies such as Canfor and Interfor, energy companies such as ARC Resources, and increasingly from a First Nation consortium whose traditional territory encompass the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s central coast, according to data assembled by The Vancouver Sun.

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Forests’ carbon role lost on Oregon politicians

By Ernie Niemi, president of Natural Resource Economics
Register Guard
April 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Last month the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown enacted legislation to reduce the state’s emissions of carbon dioxide by requiring an end to Oregonians’ use of coal-fired electricity in 2035… Contrast this situation with our leaders’ reluctance to ban logging on Oregon’s publicly owned forests. These forests are important because they remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and, having done so for decades or even hundreds of years, they now store more carbon dioxide per acre than almost every other ecosystem in the world. Left to grow, the trees will reduce future climate change. When logged, though, more than 70 percent of the stored carbon dioxide will return to the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change.

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Legislators approve $13.4 million bailout of Maine biomass industry

Portland Press Herald
April 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA — The Legislature voted Friday to back a $13.4 million taxpayer bailout of at least two of the state’s six ailing biomass energy plants that support hundreds of logging jobs. The 25-9 vote in the Senate and the 104-40 vote in the House followed lengthy debate and closed-door negotiations. Legislative leaders sought to balance the goal of saving the jobs of loggers with the less attractive job of finding public money to prop up ailing power generators owned by multinational private-equity firms. At the end of the private talks, lawmakers agreed to avoid tapping the state’s rainy day fund for the bailout by diverting the money before it gets into the fund. …Despite external forces working against the industry, legislative leaders have been repeatedly drawn to the prospect of helping save the hundreds of logging jobs that depend on biomass. According to the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, an estimated 1,300 jobs are linked to the six plants left in Maine.

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Global Forest Products Industry is Part of the Solution to Climate Change

Confederation of European Paper Industries
April 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

São Paulo – The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations and its members welcome the signing of the landmark United Nations agreement to tackle climate change, set to take place on April 22… The global forest products industry has a highly significant role to play in the implementation of these targets… “This agreement is crucial to implementing some of the policies that consider biomass as carbon neutral when harvested from sustainably managed forests and to further recognize all positive contributions that forests and forest products provide in combating climate change.”

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Foresters: change RET law to let heat from wood waste plug RET gap

Financial Review (Australia)
April 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australia — Foresters say wood waste should earn renewable energy credits to help plug a huge gap in the Renewable Energy Target. But the industry says the law needs to be changed to allow credits under the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme for direct heat generation from wood waste. Only a fraction of the 5 gigawatts of new renewable capacity required to meet Australia’s Renewable Energy Target by 2020 is under construction as lenders shy away from financing new wind and large-scale solar farms in a surplus electricity market. However, a report by consultancy Energetix to be released on Tuesday says direct heat generation from wood waste and other “biomass” products plays a big role in Europe and could help plug the looming RET gap in Australia.

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