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Business & Politics

Canfor Reports Results for First Quarter of 2016

Canada Newswire press release
April 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER,  – Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP) today reported net income attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net income”) of $26.0 million, or $0.20 per share, for the first quarter of 2016, compared to shareholder net income of $1.6 million, or $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015 and shareholder net income of $29.3 million, or $0.22 per share, for the first quarter of 2015. The Company’s adjusted shareholder net income for the first quarter of 2016 was $20.9 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to an adjusted shareholder net income of $7.9 million, or $0.06 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, and an adjusted shareholder net income of $46.5 million, or $0.35 per share for the first quarter of 2015.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announces first quarter 2016 results and quarterly dividend

Canada Newswire press release
April 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (“CPPI”) (TSX: CFX) today reported net income of $23.1 million, or $0.34 per share, for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $29.7 million, or $0.43 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $28.0 million, or $0.40 per share, for the first quarter of 2015. The Company had no items affecting comparability in the first quarter of 2016. After adjusting for such items in the comparative periods, adjusted net income was $29.0 million, or $0.42 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $35.0 million, or $0.50 per share, for the first quarter of 2015.

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Fire at wood treatment plant doused

Prince George Citizen
April 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George Fire Rescue firefighters dealt with a blaze at Northwest Wood Treaters on Tuesday night. In all, 17 firefighters from four halls were called to the scene at 10553 Willow Cale Forest Road at 7:26 p.m. They found flames coming out of the roof of the boiler building with employees using an onsite fire hose to keep the fire in check. PGFR quickly knocked down the fire, assistant chief Denis Poulin said. Damage to the structure was estimated at $85,000. Firefighters remained on the scene for a further two hours. Cause of the fire was accidental, Poulin said. END OF STORY

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Doaktown Sawmill Expands Product Line and Grows Jobs

Irving Blog
April 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DOAKTOWN, NB: The JDI team at the Doaktown Value Added Center is excited to announce the launch of a new product line this summer. To meet growing consumer demand, the mill will start producing rough sawn board stained to give a weathered “barn board” look.  The team has been working on the project since late November 2015 and has recently entered into agreements with several suppliers to procure equipment and plans to be in full production this July.  Local New Brunswick suppliers of equipment to the new product line include XL Plating, based in Fredericton, as well as Sussex Machine Shop and Shadcomm (control panels and electrical installation) of Miramichi. 

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Don’t assume CEO of Sino-Forest knew everything going on in company: lawyer

By Alexandra Posadzki
CanadianBusiness.com
April 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – It can’t be assumed that Allen Chan, the former CEO of Sino-Forest Corp., knew everything that was going on within the forestry company before its collapse, Chan’s lawyer told a securities tribunal Tuesday. Emily Cole began delivering closing arguments in the Ontario Securities Commission case against five former Sino-Forest executives including Chan who stand accused of perpetrating fraud before the firm’s demise in 2012. Cole said Chan relied heavily on the company’s directors with regards to the company’s finances, adding that it was reasonable for him to do so given that their knowledge of Canadian accounting and disclosure rules surpassed his own.

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Chronology of the Ontario Securities Commission hearing into Sino-Forest

Canadian Press in the The Victoria Times Colonist
April 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Formed in 1994, Sino-Forest grew to become the most valuable forestry company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It was also the first and biggest foreign-owned forestry firm in China and conducted most of its business there, even though it was based in Ontario. That was before its collapse in 2012. Here is a timeline of the Sino-Forest case before the Ontario Securities Commission…

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SFPA Announces 2015 Sawmill Safety Awards

Southern Forest Products Association
April 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Nine Southern Pine sawmills – all members of the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) – are recent recipients of the 2015 Sawmill Safety Award. SFPA lumber manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. Division I includes sawmills that produce 50 million board feet or less; Division II covers facilities that produce 51 to 150 million board feet; and Division III includes mills that produce more than 150 million board feet annually. 

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Chinese company to build $1 billion mill in south Arkansas

Associated Press in The Victoria Times Colonist
April 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Chinese company Sun Paper announced plans Tuesday for a $1 billion mill in southern Arkansas, the paper company’s first facility in North America. Joined by Sun Paper officials to announce the project at the state capitol, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the project will create 250 jobs and is one of the largest private investments in Arkansas’ history. Company and state officials said they expected the project to employ 2,000 people during its construction and create an additional 1,000 jobs indirectly in the timber industry. “This project will be the most modern, the highest efficiency, the most environmentally progressive factory in the pulp and paper industry in all of North America,” Sun Paper Chairman and Founder Hongxin Li said.

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Georgia-Pacific Announces Closure Of Two Southern Plywood Mills

Southern Loggin’ Times
April 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific officials announced last week that the Crossett plywood mill is being closed permanently. On April 7, the company announced that the Crossett plywood facility and another in Talladega, Ala. were both being permanently closed. Georgia-Pacific Crossett public affairs manager Jennifer King said equipment at the Crossett plywood mill would be sold or scrapped, adding that the buildings would be removed for safety reasons. Operations at the Crossett plywood mill ceased in September of 2011, and King said the facilities are currently being used for storage of plywood and products from other mills.

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Nippon Paper eyes ‘roasted’ wood pellets as earnings source

Nikkei Asian Review
April 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TOKYO — Nippon Paper Industries will begin tests next spring on a process it plans to use to mass-produce efficient-burning wood pellets as a biomass fuel for electricity generation starting in fiscal 2018. The so-called torrefied wood gets its name from torrefaction, a process similar to coffee roasting. Wood is heated at relatively low temperatures for less than an hour to yield a substance that burns with double the heat volume of wood chips, effectively doubling the power generation efficiency. Despite global research on torrefied wood as a biomass fuel, few companies have taken the next step to develop a means of mass production. Nippon Paper intends to leverage its papermaking experience to quickly establish this as a source of earnings for its energy business.

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Wood residue exports poised to resume from southern Tasmania after residue bottleneck

ABC News, Australia
April 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Exports of wood residues could resume from southern Tasmania within months for the first time since the Triabunna woodchip mill was shut down five years ago. Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein announced the State Government is in negotiations with four parties to export containerised logs from Hobart. The Government first sought private sector solutions to a bottleneck of woodchips and pulp wood in the south last June and received 19 proposals. “These included export of logs in containers, bulk export logs, export of woodchips in containers, and biomass as well as other port options,” he told Parliament. “There was also range of possible, of contractual arrangement purchase at mill door, purchase at stump and agency arrangements as well.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SM2 Initiative Research Manager Named

April 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Pointe-Claire, Quebec – FPInnovations is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Constantineau to the position of Research Manager of its SM2 Initiative effective 25 April, 2016. The SM2 initiative will oversee research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies that have the potential to impact the global forest sector. These technologies are expected to maximize the usage of fibre currently being harvested and enable the creation of innovative bioproducts from the sub-product material produced during the manufacturing process.  Mr. Constantineau is well suited to this challenge with 30 years of experience in forest products and value-added wood-manufacturing operations and extensive experience in research, operations and business development across the forest sector.

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Wood Plastic Composite Market Worth 5.84 Billion USD by 2021

PR Newswire
April 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The report “Wood Plastic Composite Market by Type (Polyethylene, Polyvinylchloride, Polypropylene, Others), Application (Building & Construction Products, Automotive Components, Industrial & Consumer Goods, Others), Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, RoW) – Global Trends & Forecast to 2021”, published by MarketsandMarkets, The market is projected to reach USD 5.84 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 12.4% for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. Building & construction is the largest application of wood-plastic composites and constituted major share of the total wood-plastic composite market, by application in 2015. The growing demand for wood-plastics composites from the building & construction segment is anticipated to drive the demand in coming years due to the superior performance benefits, durability, and low maintenance cost of these composites as compared to that of conventional materials.

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Spreading like wildfire: Why wooden skyscrapers are springing up across the world

CNN
April 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States, International

An explosion of timber towers, either built or proposed, has gripped the architecture world over the past five years, every one seemingly a recorder holder in some respect. In 2012, the 10-story, 104-feet-high Forte residential block was erected overlooking Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour. It was the world’s tallest timber building until The Treet in Central Bergen, Norway, stole that title in 2014, with an extra four stories. Last year, the Cube, a 109-feet-high apartment block in London’s Shoreditch, became “the tallest cross-laminated timber structure in Europe,” according to its developers. In Canada, work has begun on the descriptively named Tall Wood Building, which will provide student digs at the University of British Columbia. …So why are architects branching out from concrete and steel? New types of ultra-strong timber are partly driving the trend.

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A pool of solid engineering

BC Local News
April 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver structural engineers Fast + Epp have won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence at the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC)’s 27th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala. The company was recognized for the structural design of the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey. The ambitious project involved designing the roof to resemble a gently undulating and metaphorically appropriate wave form. The superstructure was constructed using a highly unusual structural system, a novel hanging timber catenary roof suspended between concrete buttresses and free-spanning 55 metres.

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Construction Concerns: Bamboo

FireEngineering.com
April 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Bamboo is a subfamily of flowering perennial evergreen plant in the grass family. Giant bamboos are the largest members of this family. …Most bamboo harvested is wild, although some varieties are farmed for specific purposes. …Because it is a perennial grass, it does not have to be re-planted after harvest-like forest trees. …Because of its fast growth, easy harvesting, and lack of need to be replanted, bamboo is popular with modern builders and environmentalists as a “sustainable” product and a way to reduce the carbon footprint of a construction project. …When these products find their way into buildings and other structures, they will have been extensively tested in laboratories and with computer simulations. 

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First U.S. hotel to use cross laminated timber now completed

Woodworking Network
April 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Property developer Lendlease says it has opened the first hotel in the country to be completely constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the Candlewood Suites on Redstone Arsenal. The project, a partnership between the United States Army, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels, used the same strong timber and panels that make possible the wood skyscrapers that have captured the interest of architects and builders aroound the world. The 62,688 square foot structure includes 92 guest rooms, and utilized 1,200 CLT wall panels and 200,000 CLT fasteners. It took the 11-man Lendlease crew 10 working weeks to erect the building, which is a 40 percent reduction in crew size and man hours, and 37 percent faster than conventional framing materials and methods.

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Forestry

Why you should care about B.C.’s early snow melt

National Observer
April 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last year, raging wildfires ripped through British Columbia, burning homes to the ground, causing nearly $300 million in damage, and in some cases, even death. More than 90 wildfires are currently active throughout the province, and Premier Christy Clark has warned that if scorching temperatures continue, this could be the worst wildfire season in three decades. In 2013, catastrophic floods launched Alberta into 32 local states of emergency, displacing more than 100,000 people and claiming the title of ‘costliest disaster in Canadian history,’ with $1.7 billion in damage. Earlier this year, Ottawa set new official snowfall records as snarling storms swept Canada’s capital city, causing well over 100 vehicle accidents, and freezing people into their homes.

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Fredericton foresty students take inventory of city trees

There are over 22,000 street trees in Fredericton, student Kyle Buckley helped count them all
CBC News
April 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Fredericton now has a full inventory of street trees thanks to a two-year project completed by the University of New Brunswick forestry program. The Street Tree Management Plan is being called the first of its kind in the country. It involved 900 hours of counting, logging and analyzing the 22,000 street trees in the city. “A street tree is defined as any tree growing within six metres of a curb or roadside,” said Kyle Buckley, a graduate of the program. These are city-owned trees and exclude private and natural trees. The team of 17 students spent most of the fall semester gathering information about the trees such as species, size, diameter, height, global positioning system location, health condition and injury.

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Forestry Day: ESPN to film timber sports competition at Fort Missoula on Friday

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

We in western Montana can see it any ol’ day, but the Garrett Grothen Memorial Arena at Fort Missoula will be something special for the cameras of ESPN. …[Scott] Kuehn, of Bonner and the Society of American Foresters, is a former hot saw world-record holder and one of the founders, in 1978, of the annual timber sports competition held these days on Forestry Days weekend at Historic Fort Missoula. …Missoula last hosted the regional event and the televised portion of the competition in 2013 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. This will be the first time at the Grothen Memorial Arena at Fort Missoula, named for a beloved logging sports competitor who died in an avalanche in the Blackfoot Valley in 2002.

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Local land, local work

Forestry Training Academy prepares Prince of Wales residents for forestry opportunities
Juneau Empire
April 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Forestry Training Academy is an intense two-week course made possible by a collaboration between Sealaska’s Haa Aaní, LLC, the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Kai Environmental, the United States Forest Service and the State of Alaska. Its goal was to provide Prince of Wales residents with free forestry skills training. Organizers chose eight people to attend training in Thorne Bay through a competitive application and interview process open to all residents on Prince of Wales Island. The academy covered diverse topics in forestry such as timber inventory, logging operability, protection of fishery and karst resources, and deer habitat enhancement. Skills training included stream and land surveying, land navigation, first aid and CPR, as well as plant and animal identification.

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Outpouring of opposition to Port Ludlow Associates logging operation arrives at Jefferson commissioners’ meeting

Peninsula Daily News
April 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — Opposition to a logging project within the boundaries of the Port Ludlow master planned resort drew nearly 70 protesters to Monday’s meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.  The protesters arrived at the courthouse in a bus, filling the chamber. …Port Ludlow Associates, owner and operator of the Inn at Port Ludlow, sought to clearcut 144 acres within the boundaries of the resort but harvested about one quarter of that amount before the county stopped the process in 2015 due to citizen complaints. Port Ludlow Associates began the logging operation to finance other projects, according to company president Diana Smeland.

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Lesson learned from Moon Mountain Fire

by BRENT RACHER, President, New Mexico Forest Industry Association
Albuquerque Journal
April 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHEN WILDFIRES STRIKE, we typically only hear about the negative aspects, such as how many homes were burned and how many acres were destroyed. Fortunately, the Moon Mountain Fire, which recently started in Ruidoso and could have been catastrophic, is now being touted as a lesson well learned. …Recognizing the need for change, forest managers in New Mexico began work about 15 years ago that would help keep fires small when they started. As luck would have it, one of the places work had been completed was Moon Mountain, state trust lands within the Village of Ruidoso. Over the past 10 years, at least four different projects had been implemented to thin the forest and remove excess vegetation. When the fire got started on March 28th, it stayed on the ground, just like it would have in the old days.

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Growth in the forestry club

The Daily Evergreen
April 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After the recent return of the Forestry Major to WSU the student-led Forestry Club has bloomed. “I wish I had known about the club sooner because it’s been one of the most enjoyable clubs I’ve been a part of at WSU,” said Margaret Kreder, current treasurer for the Forestry Club and a senior wildlife ecology major, and forestry and music minor. The club has found much success this school year in various ways. “This year has been a very good year for the club. We have had and retained quite a few new members and have had some very successful events,” Kreder said.

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University of California Purchases Old Sawmill Site in Loyalton

YubaNet
April 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOYALTON, Calif. – The University of California will purchase the entire Sierra Pacific Industries property to develop a regional educational facility that will advance the study of wood and forest product technology, bio fuels, forest health and biomass energy production and cogeneration. Sierra County supervisor Paul Roen hosted a press conference on Earth Day (Friday, April 22) in Loyalton to make this announcement, attended by approximately 40 residents and community leaders. The Sierra Pacific Industries property consists of 212 acres of land zoned for industrial, business park or residential opportunities, and is located on the former sawmill site immediately south of the city of Loyalton. The purchase of this property has been under consideration since the spring of 2015.

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Local Governments Are Paying the Price for Global Trade’s Effects on Trees

April 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When a tree dies in a forest, it eventually falls to earth, disputably makes a sound, and inevitably decomposes to become fodder for future generations. When a tree dies in a city street, a private yard, or a public park, it becomes a lethal threat to people and property. City governments and property owners end up paying to safely dispose of the trunk, and the benefits that tree provided to its neighborhood are lost. In American cities from the Atlantic to the Midwest, this loss is all too real—and urgent. Local governments are digging deep into emergency funds to cut down ash trees that are plagued by a little green bug: the emerald ash borer. …Since the early 2000s, these creatures have killed tens of millions of ash trees across 25 states.

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Everything you know about forests is probably wrong

Journal Review Online
April 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

After listening to John Seifert discuss his career, it becomes clear that the biggest headache for any forestry manager isn’t science, the weather or uncooperative lumberjacks- it is the general public. The problem is all the people who don’t understand the body of science behind timber management and who become highly agitated whenever they see trees being harvested. Not only are harsh words spoken but nowadays social media is leveraged, lawsuits get filed, protesters start waving signs and the whole process of scientific forest management becomes a front-page morality play featuring virtuous tree-huggers versus the evil timber industry. In the middle of all this is Seifert, the Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

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International forest conservation finance is flowing to Africa

Mongabay
April 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

International financing for forest conservation in three key African forest countries — the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, and Liberia — has increased steadily since 2009, but each country faces unique challenges going forward, according to a trio of new reports. …Of the $264.3 million committed to the country, 57 percent, or $151.3 million, had been paid out by the end of 2014, Forest Trends found. Over the six-year period between 2009 and 2014, the DRC moved from preparatory and capacity-building activities to more advanced implementation of forest conservation initiatives.

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Asian wasp listed as threat to UK’s sweet chestnut trees

Forestry commission elevates oriental chestnut gall wasp to high-priority tree pest after 2015 outbreaks
The Guardian
April 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An Asian wasp that threatens the UK’s sweet chestnuts has been designated a high-priority tree pest for the first time. The oriental chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus) was first found in the UK last year, in Farningham woods near Sevenoaks in Kent, and a street in St Albans in Hertfordshire. On Tuesday the Forestry Commission said it was elevating the wasp to its list of high-priority tree pests because of the 2015 outbreaks. There are 268 pests on the UK Plant Health Risk register but just 12 are ranked as high priority because of their impact and likelihood, including the fungus that causes ash dieback, sudden oak death disease and the emerald ash borer.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change

Phys.org
April 26, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Drought could render the U.S. Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050 while Washington’s Cascade Mountains may require tropical and subtropical forest species, according to researchers using a new type of mathematical model at Washington State University. The Tolerance Distribution Model (TDM) is the first to use the tolerances of different types of forests to drought, flood and shade to determine how the forests may respond to future climate change. In contrast to existing methods, the new approach can be applied at a continental scale while maintaining a direct link to ecologically relevant stressors. Details of the WSU team’s work are available online in Global Change Biology.

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General

SM2 Initiative Research Manager Named

April 27, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Pointe-Claire, Quebec – FPInnovations is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Constantineau to the position of Research Manager of its SM2 Initiative effective 25 April, 2016. The SM2 initiative will oversee research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies that have the potential to impact the global forest sector. These technologies are expected to maximize the usage of fibre currently being harvested and enable the creation of innovative bioproducts from the sub-product material produced during the manufacturing process.  Mr. Constantineau is well suited to this challenge with 30 years of experience in forest products and value-added wood-manufacturing operations and extensive experience in research, operations and business development across the forest sector.

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Local Governments Are Paying the Price for Global Trade’s Effects on Trees

April 27, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

When a tree dies in a forest, it eventually falls to earth, disputably makes a sound, and inevitably decomposes to become fodder for future generations. When a tree dies in a city street, a private yard, or a public park, it becomes a lethal threat to people and property. City governments and property owners end up paying to safely dispose of the trunk, and the benefits that tree provided to its neighborhood are lost. In American cities from the Atlantic to the Midwest, this loss is all too real—and urgent. Local governments are digging deep into emergency funds to cut down ash trees that are plagued by a little green bug: the emerald ash borer. …Since the early 2000s, these creatures have killed tens of millions of ash trees across 25 states.

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Wood-And-Glue Skyscrapers Are On The Rise

And they could help fight climate change
Popular Science
April 26, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Thanks to advances in wood construction, the next generation of skyscraper might be made of spruce, not steel. Architects are designing wood buildings that ditch concrete and steel in favor of a more environmentally friendly material—one that could help fight climate change. Glue might the best thing to happen to the lumber industry. Adhesives permit manufacturers to cheaply produce wood products that are no longer in the shape of trees. …Lumber producers are now using über-powerful adhesives to assemble massive wood panels with the strength and durability of concrete and steel. Cross-laminated timber, as it’s known, is made of small planks bound together by a polyurethane adhesive.

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