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Daily Archives: April 25, 2016

Business & Politics

Letter: TLA responds to Tyee’s “Experts Grade Premier’s Forestry Teaching Moment”

Truck Loggers Association
April 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark’s anecdote about the impact of harvesting fewer trees during her speech at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Kelowna last week was to make the point that this province’s forest resource is vital to our province’s success. Awareness of that fact is often ignored—sometimes intentionally—by the detractors of our great forest industry.  Logging the forest resource provides tax revenues that finance the healthcare, education and social services British Columbians have come to rely on. So when conservation voices trump those of the forest industry (rightly or wrongly); it does threaten the livelihoods of families in communities throughout the province. And it undermines our society’s ability to provide the goods and services we depend on. 

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Nobody will go to jail for Canada’s biggest stock scandal

by BARRIE McKENNA
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the final frames of the movie The Big Short, the narrator laments that no one on Wall Street ever went to jail for fraud in connection with the 2008 financial meltdown. Canada’s Sino-Forest scandal is headed for a similar denouement. More than four years after Canada’s largest publicly traded forest products company collapsed under the weight of fraud allegations, top Sino-Forest executives are about to face the music. Ya, not so much. The final chapter in this sad saga is being played out before an Ontario Securities Commission panel, where lawyers began making their closing arguments this week in one of the longest and most complex securities cases in Canadian history.

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How a Maine paper mill learned to love not making paper

Bangor Daily News
April 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WESTBROOK, Maine — Sappi Paper’s mill in Westbrook has remained standing in the 21st century by learning to let go. The mill staked its future on paper with the key of not sticking to things, allowing paper-backed patterns to be pressed into synthetic materials, laminate flooring, leather and other products. The mill has shed thousands of jobs since hitting peak employment levels in the 1950s but carved a path to profitability through a spate of tough times and recent closures in the industry. Donna Cassese, chairwoman of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association and managing director of wood resource strategy for Sappi, said the mill is one example of how not all of the state’s paper industry is dead or dying, but it is “changing and evolving.”

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New mill a test of APP’s green credentials

The Straits Times
April 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Last year’s fires in Sumatra destroyed timber plantations bigger than Singapore that supply Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper company, a report from green groups shows. The damage, while hitting the company’s bottom line, raises wider concerns about how the company will feed one of Asia’s biggest pulp mills, now nearing completion in South Sumatra province. A dozen non-governmental organisations (NGOs) last week expressed concerns the company could be forced to renege on a pledge to use only plantation timber to supply the mill and two others in Sumatra.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CLT needs change in codes, increased demand to become ‘game changer’

Construction Drive
April 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In addition to benefits for the wood industry, CLT advocates say that its increased use would necessitate more workers to cut timber, mill lumber and manufacture the CLT panels. Some also believe that if wider use is permitted in commercial applications, wood could be as in demand for those structures as it is in the residential industry. …Closer to home, in August of last year, construction started on a 220,000-square-foot, seven-story all-wood office building in Minneapolis (current photos and video). The building has a concrete foundation, as per building codes, and steel connectors for the wood panels, but the building core, floor plates and structural columns are wood.

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Evacuations Ordered Near 5-Alarm Construction Site Fire in Arizona

NBC News
April 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A huge fire erupted at an Arizona apartment complex construction site Saturday evening, blowing embers onto nearby homes and causing the evacuation of residents, officials said. The fire in Gilbert began at around 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET), and swelled to four and then five alarms. The fire ripped through the construction site and around 120 firefighters, including those from neighboring cities, responded. …”With wood frame, it’s going to be exposed wood which is going to burn hotter and faster,” Hildebrandt said. “With the winds kicking up we had a hard time containing it right away.”

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Engineered timber could be a boon to the Oregon wood products industry

The Register-Guard
April 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Solid as steel. Sturdy as concrete. Cross-laminated timber carries these claims and hopes for boosting Oregon’s wood products industry. …Advocates of the engineered wood say it has the potential to become a major product in commercial construction. But advocates acknowledge that a couple of things would have to happen first. Building codes in the United States will have to be revised to allow the use of panels in large buildings, and architects, developers and builders will have to demand the material for their projects. … D.R. Johnson President Valerie Johnson said cross-laminated timber could expand the market for wood products in the Northwest….We have interest coming from virtually every state in the West and Southwest,” Johnson said. “The breakthrough … is building larger and taller structures with wood by using very strong, very durable, large mass timber components.”

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Corn Board Manufacturing Demonstrates Eco-Friendly Pressed Wood Alternatives at Earth Day Texas 2016

Business Wire
April 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East

Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc., an eco-friendly manufacturer of pressed wood alternatives, will demonstrate several applications of its technology at Earth Day Texas (EDTx) 2016 taking place in Dallas April 22-24, 2016. Corn Board Manufacturing uses a patented technology to turn corn stover biomass (corn stalks, leaves, and corn cobs left in the field after harvest) into a durable, environmentally friendly product called CornBoard™. CornBoard can be used to replace wood in thousands of products and applications, including pallets, furniture, action sports equipment and door cores. Harvesting corn stover and turning it into CornBoard can help save millions of trees. 

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The new trend to construct taller wooden commercial, high-density residential buildings of wood will grow markets for NZ Radiata pine

interest.co.nz
April 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…Around the world, there is an emerging trend to construct taller wooden commercial/high-density residential buildings. Whilst this might seem to have little relevance to forest owners in New Zealand, there is good reason to be interested and excited in this development. NZ Radiata pine performs relatively poorly as an unmodified structural sawn lumber (in comparison to, say, Douglas fir and other pines). However, it performs very well as the base wood-fibre for components of multi-storey buildings (and other structures). ….Such wood components include cross-laminated-lumber – CLT, laminated veneer lumber – LVL and finger-jointed, edged-glued beams). If you then add the environmental sustainability of NZ Radiata pine (most plantations in NZ are FSC® certified) and the environmental benefits of building with wood (CO2 sequestration, low imbedded energy and good thermal qualities), you can quickly become quite excited about the prospects for NZ Radiata pine.

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Forestry

B.C. bats face ‘gut-wrenching’ disease threat

Victoria Times Colonist
April 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. bats are facing a “gut-wrenching” threat to their future that could have serious agricultural and economic repercussions, says the Ministry of Environment’s small mammal specialist. White nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in eastern North America, was confirmed in a brown bat found mid-March near Seattle.B.C. authorities are operating under the precautionary principle that the syndrome has already spread here, Purnima Govindarajulu said. Ten dead bats from B.C., about four of them from Vancouver Island, are being tested at the provincial lab for white nose, she said. Scientists hope the bats don’t have the disease and if they do, the higher level of bat diversity in B.C. will mitigate the dire effects occurring in the East. There, the devastation of insect-eating bats has cut into pest control for agriculture and forestry. Scientists stopped counting after the death of six million bats in eastern North America, Govindarajulu said.

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Lumby legacy suggested

Vernon Morning Star
April 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pressure is building in Lumby to see a legacy created for one of the community’s oldest businessmen. Wally Chaput, now 91 years old, started Chaput Bros. Logging in the community which he grew up in. “A lot of truck drivers got their first shot at driving at Chaputs, and Wally and his brother Eddie employed a lot of men with their logging outfit and gravel business, thus contributing to the economy of the village,” said Jo Ann Wallace, in a letter to Lumby making the request. “I would like you to consider naming the oval, or another park or street, after Wally Chaput.” The village is sending the request to the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee for consideration.

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Large tract of at risk species of trees being protected in northern Nova Scotia

Canadian Press in the Cape Breton Post
April 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

PUGWASH, N.S. — A forestry company is donating a large tract of land that includes at-risk species of trees in northern Nova Scotia. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says Bonnyman and Byers Ltd. is turning over 167 hectares of forested land near the Pugwash River in Cumberland County. The swath includes Eastern White Cedar and Black Ash trees, two species at risk in the province, with the cedar forest one of the largest stands in the Nova Scotia. The conservation group says Eastern White Cedar is listed as vulnerable and Black Ash is listed as threatened under the province’s Endangered Species Act.

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What Does a Dying Forest Sound Like?

As temperatures rise, scientists scramble to pinpoint trees in danger of drought
The Smithsonian
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

You can actually hear a tree dying. No, it doesn’t scream in pain as a denim-clad lumberjack joyfully chops its trunk. However, during the increasingly common periods of extreme drought and heat, a tree’s slow desiccation becomes audible through a microphone pressed to its trunk. “It sounds a little like popcorn popping—little cracks and pops,” says William Anderegg, a biologist at Princeton University. …So what makes the snaps and pops? The sounds are the result of a failure in the plant’s xylem, the bundles of tubes that draw water and nutrients from the roots out to the limbs, similar to how arteries replenish the human body with oxygenated blood.

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W. Oregon plan attacked from all sides

The Capital Press
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This protocol appears to be in play as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management puts together its Western Oregon Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement. The plan will guide BLM leaders in the decades to come as they try to manage the 2.5 million-acre legal mine field of forests and other public land in the western portion of the state. …Neither the timber industry nor the conservation industry liked the plan, which, by our lights, offers the hope that some level of balance may ultimately be achieved. …The conservation industry objects that the plan somehow offers the timber industry too much, an argument that can best be described as far-fetched. About 75 percent of the land covered by the plan is protected from logging.

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Thousands of Sierra trees getting cut to prepare for summer

The Fresno Bee
April 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NORTH FORK Once bathed in deep green, the forests in the foothills and Sierra east of the San Joaquin Valley are increasingly turning reddish-brown as drought- and beetle-weary trees die by the month. It is a somber warning of a potentially dangerous summer. That ominous unnatural color reveals the homes of Western bark beetles, who bore into ponderosa pines, their tree of choice, and carve tiny pathways into drought-stricken trees that possess too little sap to eject the insects, as they had before the drought. …A study next month examining trees from the air is expected to report a near doubling of the 29 million trees already reportedly dead or dying. In 2014, it was already a crisis when 3.3 million trees had fallen prey to the infestation, said Daniel Berlant, communications director for Cal Fire.

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Trying to keep up with dead trees in California forests

Visalia Times-Delta
April 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…It isn’t clear how many trees are dead here and in other California forests. Last year, the Forest Service conducted an aerial survey of Northern, Central and Southern California, along with the Central Coast, and through photo analysis, determined an estimated 27.6 million trees were dead or dying in forests. That’s nearly nine times the 3.3 million dead trees identified in 2014. …But experts say there’s no doubt the number of dead and dying trees will increase from last year — probably by a considerable number, despite near average rainfall in the state over the past few months. …Tulare County is one of six counties in the state — including Tuolumne, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa and Kern — considered at high risk of fires and other problems due to the number of dead and dying trees throughout those counties.

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BLM’s Western Oregon Plan Angers Nearly All

Jefferson Public Radio
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management is generally NOT in the business of managing forests in much of the country; it’s usually the rangeland agency. But whether BLM likes it or not, it is obliged to manage federal forests in Western Oregon that were once lands granted to the Oregon and California Railroad (O&C). BLM recently unveiled its proposed final version of the Western Oregon Resource Management Plan, and nearly everybody with a stake in it has a problem with it. We examine the contents of the plan and reactions in a series of interviews, including reps from Cascadia Wildlands, Travel Oregon, The Association of O&C Counties, and the American Forest Resource Council. Hear the viewpoints, then make your own decision; the comment period stays open into early May.

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The unique challenges of conserving forest giants

Cell Symposia
April 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Large old trees are among the largest and longest-living organisms on earth. They occupy a revered position in the human psyche, appearing often in iconography, art, books, films, and other cultural expressions. Large old trees also play key ecological and ecosystem roles, having major influences on hydrological regimes, nutrient cycles, disturbance regimes, and the distribution and abundance of populations of their own and other species. Evolutionary and physiological advantages of being large and old include outcompeting other trees for light, water and nutrients, as well as high and prolonged levels of reproductive output. While large old trees have been the subject of many scientific studies, we argue that significant challenges thwart progress in researching and conserving them. 

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Forest Service proceeds with Elliston-area timber project

Helena Independent Record
April 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest on Friday issued a draft decision for a major forestry project south of Elliston. The Forest Service’s final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision for the Telegraph Vegetation Project proposes logging, thinning and prescribed fire on 8,100 acres of a nearly 24,000-acre project area. The projects goals include reducing hazardous fuels, improving firefighter safety and increasing the forest’s resilience to insects, disease and wildfires. Officials considered four alternatives leading up to Friday’s decision, with the chosen Alternative 4 the most aggressive in terms of acreage.

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Forest Around Community Being Cleared

Payson Roundup
April 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After a lot of activity in Tonto Village the past few weeks, the forest looks a bit sparse. There has been a logging company, Tri Star Logging from Snowflake, harvesting logs from around Tonto Village and Thompson Draw II. The project is under the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. More funds were recently received by the Forest Service to accelerate forest restoration projects in Payson, Pleasant Valley, Tonto Village, and along the Colcord Road and the 291 Road. Logs are being shipped to Noble Novo Star (a mill). Chips and slash are being shipped to Noble Novo power (a power plant) both located in Snowflake.

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Old-Growth Forests Provide Temperature Refuges In Face Of Climate Change: Study

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Old-growth forests in the Northwest have the potential to make the extremes of climate change less damaging for wildlife. New research out of Oregon State University shows complex forests do a surprisingly good job of regulating temperature on the ground – even compared to fully mature tree plantations. “On a sunny day, if you were sitting underneath them, you’d get a similar amount of shade,” says study co-author Matt Betts, an Ecologist at OSU. But the kind of forest makes a big difference on temperature. “The more structurally complex the forest, the more big trees, the more vertical layers – the cooler it was,” he says. The research showed differences as much as 4.5 degrees on warm days. Old growth forests also held in heat during cold weather. Overall, these forests have a moderating effect on temperature extremes.

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Legislators weigh costs versus protections of forestry licensing

VTDigger
April 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Legislators may require Vermont’s professional foresters to become licensed by the state, but foresters say the proposal isn’t needed and will raise costs. State officials say Vermont’s forests are so important that government should ensure they are managed according to sound practices. Supporters of the proposal also say it would protect landowners and their land. A study last year by the secretary of state found that forestry met the legal criteria for regulation, which involve protecting the public welfare. The proposed licensing law, H.355, passed the House last year and was referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee in January. That panel took testimony on it last week. The bill would set forth education requirements that some foresters say their colleagues don’t have and aren’t likely to get.

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SFA forestry students flying drones to help in study of environment

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

NACOGDOCHES, TX -During the last three decades, a lot has changed in how the earth is studied. Stephen F. Austin State University researchers are reaching new heights to look at the world from drones. Drones are lifting off under the watchful eyes and guidance of SFA forestry undergraduate students. Certified drone pilot Kai Busch-Petersen puts it best. “They’re going from toys to tools very quickly,” said Kai Busch-Peterson. …  The drone is a tool for making real-time measurements, surveying erosion, and even detecting litter along trails. Rather than climbing a tree, a drone is sent up among tree branches to assess for safety and disease.

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Tropical Forestry Services begins 1200 hectares of Indian sandalwood plantings in the Northern Territory

ABC News Australia
April 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indian sandalwood producer Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) has begun this year’s planting program in Northern Territory’s Douglas Daly region. TFS is expecting to plant around 1,200 hectares of sandalwood this year across its properties in the Douglas Daly and Katherine regions. Planting began at the company’s newly established Mustang Hill property two weeks ago, with around 280 hectares of sandalwood to be put in. …”Sandalwood, being a parastitic tree, we plant it with different host trees, and sandalwood feeds off the root systems of those trees. “So there is quite a lot of thought going in to planning that and how we get the best interaction between sandalwood and hosts.

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Ash dieback-resistant tree raises hopes over disease

UK Daily Mail
April 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists have made a “large first step” in efforts to tackle ash dieback by identifying the first UK tree with very high tolerance to the disease. Chalara ash dieback, which could kill millions of ash trees, was first identified in the UK in 2012 and experts fear it could have the same devastating impact on the country’s woodlands and landscape as Dutch elm disease in the 1970s. But a team of researchers from the UK, Denmark and Norway have identified genetic markers in ash trees which are tolerant to the disease, raising hopes of selective breeding to produce trees which are less susceptible to the ash dieback fungus.

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Chernobyl’s Silent Exclusion Zone (Except for the Logging)

The New York Times
April 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Zone of Alienation, as it is also known, is a rough circle with an 18-mile radius, fenced off with barbed wire. Access is strictly controlled, so that delegations and guided tours typically travel a few fixed routes. Outside those areas frequented by tourists, Stop Corruption said, under the guise of salvage logging of trees killed in wildfires, healthy pines are being felled in great numbers for sale in Ukraine and Romania, from where the timber may be resold throughout Europe. “We thought these incidents were isolated and unimportant, but when we started to investigate, it turned out the problem was gigantic and systemic,” said Vadim V. Vnukov, the group’s head lawyer. Lumber from Chernobyl, while not exactly glowing in the dark, would pose risks to anybody living in a house made from it, Mr. Vnukov said. …“There is a clear health risk here,” he said. “We ran into a system worked out over the decades, and under any government, this system of corruption was preserved.”

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Forest Fires

Premier plans to get tough on drones over wildfires

Prince George Citizen
April 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is pledging harsh punishment for people who fly drones over a wildfire, who are boating on a lake where an air tanker needs to fill up, or motorists or campers who go into restricted wildfire areas. “If you interfere with firefighting efforts you are going to be eligible for up to $100,000 fine and one year in jail,” said Premier Christy Clark during a press conference Friday afternoon at the Prince George Fire Equipment Depot on 22nd Avenue. “The biggest thing we are worried about at the moment is drones on the scene because it’s a new phenomenon and there are more and more of them. The problem with drones is it’s impossible to identify where they’re coming from. So as we’re talking about this we’re working with law enforcement and RCMP to figure out ways we can, for example, find a way for the drone owner to be identified.”

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Columbia Helicopters wins USFS contracts

Vertical Magazine
April 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

With fire season rapidly approaching in the Western United States, Columbia Helicopters is prepared once again to assist in battling wildland fires. The Oregon-based company has five aircraft under contract with the United States Forest Service (USFS) this season, and more helicopters could be made available if needed. “We have a long history of supporting forest service firefighting efforts with our aircraft, and are pleased that the U.S. Forest Service recognizes the value of our flight personnel and fleet,” said Jim Rankin, president of Columbia Helicopters. “The new Simplex [Fire Attack System] FAS tank system will allow us to fight fires in urban and forested areas.”

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Conditions Ripe for Wildfires in NJ

NJTV News
April 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Combine this time of year with dry conditions, low humidity and wind and you’ve got the recipe for wildfires. New Jersey is in the midst of a lingering dry spell and it’s got fire officials on high alert. “Today we’re on patrol due to the high red flag warnings and the way my section is broken into we coordinate the trucks into a northern, a central and a southern area and we’ll patrol those different areas,” said New Jersey Forest Fire Service Section Forest Fire Warden Ashley House. “Spring is our peak fire season due to the weather patterns and the fact that the forest isn’t ‘greened-up’ yet. It’s still dormant, the leaves are still trying to come out so the sun is beating directly on the forest floor,” said NJ State Firewarden/Chief Bill Edwards.

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Forest Fire Chars 7,900 Acres

WVTF
April 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Firefighters continue to battle a large blaze in the Shenandoah National Park. Spokesman Dan Bastion offered this update. “We’re at about 7,900 acres burned and at 40% containment, and of course this rain is helping. It won’t put the fire out, but it will slow it down, and with high humidity, lower temperatures, cloud cover makes it easier for the firefighters to get in closer and do some good work.” Officials ask the public to keep drones away from the forest fire to avoid conflicts with aircraft being used to battle the blaze. …So far, firefighters say they’ve been successful in keeping the blaze away from private property adjacent to the park and in protecting historic and environmentally important areas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

WestJet working with Drayton Valley in hopes of making aviation biofuel from wood waste

Calgary Herald
April 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

WestJet Airlines Ltd is hoping its new partnership with a central Alberta research centre will lead to the development of an environmentally friendly biofuel that will help the carrier reduce its carbon footprint. The Calgary-based airline is working with the Clean Energy Technology Centre in Drayton Valley to explore the feasibility of using organic material — such as wood waste — as a feedstock in jet fuel production. If the results of the initial study are positive, WestJet hopes that one day there could be an aviation biofuels production facility right here in Alberta. “We’d be a very interested end user,” said Geoffrey Tauvette, WestJet’s director of environment and fuel. “Biofuels represent for aviation the best opportunity to further reduce our emissions.”

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Old growth buffers global warming

Corvallis Gazette-Times
April 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest do a much better job of mitigating the effects of climate change than less complex forests, even mature tree plantations with full canopy cover, a new study from Oregon State University and U.S. Forest Service scientists concludes. While that might seem a tad obvious, the amount of temperature difference the researchers observed — 2.5 degrees Celsius, or about 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit — was well beyond what they expected to find, according to lead author Sarah J.K. Frey, a postdoctoral scholar with the Forest Biodiversity Research Network in the OSU College of Forestry. …“We’re faced with a changing climate but also the demand for wood,” she said. “This has the potential to be useful to managers if they’re trying to preserve old growth forests.”

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Export Industry’s Impacts on Southern Forests, Markets

Biomass Magazine
April 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Growth of the pellet export industry in the southern U.S.—from zero in 2008 to 3.6 million tons in 2014—has caused some to question the impact exporting pellet mills are having on forest inventory and wood fiber prices. Claims that this impact is significant and disastrous are largely exaggerated, however. Forest2Market’s data indicates that these impacts are eclipsed by the effects of a range of supply and demand factors in the region, including increased demand from pulp, paper and panel manufacturers and supply restrictions. Overall, forest inventory in the U.S. South increased by nearly 1.2 billion tons between 2000 and 2014. Data shows that pulpwood harvests for export facilities are a small fraction of overall harvests when compared to harvests for nonpellet facilities.

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General

Forestry opportunities useful for First Nations

by David Walkem is chief of the Cooks Ferry Band, president of Stuwix Resources Joint Venture and a board member of Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Prince George Citizen
April 22, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Certifying a forest to a sustainable forest management standard is an important way for managers to assure their markets and the general public of the sustainable forestry they practice on their lands. It also helps indigenous communities ensure our values are reflected in the management of those forests. Beyond defining sustainable forest management practices, forest certification standards include recognition of indigenous values and rights on the land and provide for an independent, third-party audit of those forestlands. …As a registered professional forester, I believe the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification standard not only meets these requirements, but is complementary to the sustainable forest management commitments that indigenous land managers have made to their communities.

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