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Special Feature

Linneborn Prize 2016 – Prize Awarded to Prof. John (Jack) Saddler

Dr. Saddler is one of only three people from outside of Europe who have received this honour in the more than 20 yrs it has been awarded.
European Biomass Conference – EUBCE 2016
June 6, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, International

The EUBCE 2016 is proud to announce this year’s winner of the Linnerborn Prize 2016 – Dr. John (Jack) Saddler, Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy and former Dean, Faculty of Forestry at the UBC. “Professor Saddler is a pioneer and innovator into why pretreatment, fractionation and enzyme hydrolysis have to be optimised to provide the front-end of a Biorefinery and he has contributed to many policy-related issues through work with organisations such as IEA”. As a senior research scientist, Dr. Saddler has been involved, for more than 30 years, in various national and international organizations that have advanced the global understanding of how woody biomass can be converted to useful fuels and chemicals. 

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Business & Politics

Novik Acquires Exteria Building Products, as Industry Leaders Join Forces

Canada News Wire in Montreal Gazette
June 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec — Novik®, a premier manufacturer of shake, stone and accessory products that replicate the natural beauty and texture of wood and stone, acquired Exteria Building Products of Miami, FL, effective June 2, 2016. Clearview Capital Fund III, LP, principals of Novik since 2014, completed the purchase from an affiliate of Graham Partners, owner of Exteria Building Products and its co-investors. Clearview Capital® is well known in the building products industry for having created and built the AZEK® brand of cellular PVC trim, deck and railing products.

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Domtar Begins Construction of the Infrastructure for the Installation of Its Second Generating Unit

Businesswire Press Release
June 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WINDSOR, Quebec–Domtar is proud to announce an investment of $ 36 M for the installation of a second generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor (Quebec) Mill. This investment will improve the energy efficiency of the mill while reducing production costs. The Domtar Windsor mill, where the first 30 MW generating unit was inaugurated in 2001, still bears witness today to the Company’s commitment to innovation and sustainable development. “With its two generating units, the Windsor mill will become one of the major producers of renewable energy in the Eastern Townships. Our total production capacity will reach nearly 50 MW and will allow us to feed the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of 12,800 single-family dwellings,” declared Éric Ashby, Director of Domtar’s Windsor mill.

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Finally, Courage to Counterpunch the Green Bullies

By Marita Noon
Town Hall
June 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When the name Resolute was chosen in 2011, …the Canadian company… likely didn’t know what a harbinger it was. Today, it stands alone, set in purpose, with firmness and determination. Displaying the rare courage to stand up to the typical environmental extremists’ campaign of misinformation and shaming designed to shut it down, Resolute Forest Products is fighting back. …Patrick Moore, one of the original founders of Greenpeace, is disappointed that the group that originally wanted to help, is now an extortion racket. He told me: “I am very proud to have played a small role in helping Resolute deal with these lying blackmailers and extortionists” …Resolute is counter-punching the green bullies—and it’s about time. 

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Rob de Fegely named New Forestry Tasmania chairman

Matt Smith
The Mercury
June 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

FORESTRY Tasmania has a new chairman, Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein announced this morning. Almost six months after former Forestry boss Bob Annels stepped down, Mr Gutwein has announced Rob de Fegely has assumed the role. “Mr de Fegely has 36 years of experience in the Australian forestry industry,” Mr Gutwein said. “Mr de Fegely is a co-chair of the Commonwealth Government’s Forest Industry Advisory Council and national president of the Institute of Foresters of Australia, a past director of VicForests, and was previously the non-executive chairman of Cape York Timber.

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Södra increases in May lumber sales in Sweden to 275 thousand cubic metres

Lesprom
June 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Södra has increased lumber supply in May 2016 to 275 thousand cubic metres, company reported. “This is a clear signal that the use of wood in building construction is increasing, which is positive for the whole of Sweden,” said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area. “It promotes the transition to a fossil-free society.” According to company, the year-on-year sales growth ranges from 12 to 15%. The Swedish market accounts for 35% of the total company’s market and is the largest single market for Södra’s sales of construction timber to industry and the building trade.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cellular concrete building credibility in the industry

By Ian Harvey
Daily Commercial News
June 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greg Baker has seen the future of concrete block and it’s light — half the weight with double the bang for the buck over traditional block. …Bringing innovative products to the construction industry is always difficult since traditional materials are a known factor and many owners, architects, engineers and contractors are risk averse and reluctant to be the first to try a new concept. However, Baker says, recent changes to the Ontario building code to permit six-storey wood buildings has opened a niche. “They still have to have fire resistant stairwells and elevator shafts and this product is perfect for that,” he says. “So we’re also working with the Wood Council of Canada.”

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How USGBC’s Certified Wood Pilot Program Helps Advance Sustainable Buildings

By Tom Martin, President and CEO – American Forest Foundation
Sustainable Brands
June 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the governing body for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, made a significant announcement. To encourage more responsibly sourced building materials, USGBC will now allow wood products, from forests certified by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and other standards to earn a LEED credit through a new alternative path. This is a win-win addition that will help advance the business of “green” building and promote environmental sustainability in the industry. The importance of this new pilot program cannot be underestimated. 

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Reimagining the Western town

By Tyler Allen
Mountain Outlaw magazine: Explore Big Sky
June 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Thinktank believes the environmental impacts of its projects are paramount, and is building the second stage of the Lark Hotel using cross-laminated timber construction—an innovative design method incorporating prefabricated, solid wood panels that are environmentally low impact compared to conventional methods. According to Caldwell, it will be one of the first structures of its kind in Montana. While it’s 10-15 percent more expensive than using traditional building materials, Caldwell says it’s worth the cost to be on the leading edge of green building and to address climate change. “It’s the most responsible way to build, period,” he said. …“Using wood construction in our urban environment is the best way of helping rural communities,” he says, adding that archaic building codes favoring steel and cement have slowed cross-laminated timber’s development in the U.S. “There’s a paradigm shift that needs to happen to use wood [in construction] again.”

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Why Scientists Want to Add More Wood Pulp to Our Food

Munchies.vice.com
June 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Just a couple of months ago, cheese lovers were in an uproar when it was revealed that quite a few brands selling “Parmesan” cheese were filling their faux fromage with cellulose, a.k.a. wood pulp. The outrage! But while strangely dusty Parmesan doesn’t pair well with San Marzanos, ingredients derived from wood may actually have a place in the future of food. Scientists are now saying yogurts, baked goods, and meats of the future could all actually benefit from the addition of a little bit of wood. Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland published a report stating that wood-derived polymers like xylan, fibrillated cellulose, and lignin could improve the texture of foods and could even help lower cholesterol. …Some wood-based ingredients have been legal for a long time—cellulose, the offender in the fake Parmesan cheese incident, among them.

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Task force responds to Edgewater fire with report on lightweight construction

By Myles Ma
NJ.com True Jersey
June 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

EDGEWATER — A taskforce of architects has published a report on lightweight construction in the wake of the 2015 fire that destroyed an Edgewater apartment building. The report is an attempt to set the record straight after the wood-frame construction at the Avalon Edgewater apartment complex was widely implicated in its destruction, Justin Mihalik, president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, said. “It burns, but if protected correctly, it can survive a fire as we’ve seen many times over here in New Jersey,” he said. …”We don’t believe wood should be excluded from this type of construction,” Mihalik said. “We believe, if anything, we can make it more safe than it is now.”

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Demand for Bourbon Causes Wood Worries in Kentucky

River City News
June 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Stacked inside warehouses around Kentucky are millions of bourbon barrels. The name of the distillery stamped on the casks differs from warehouse to warehouse, as does the aging whiskey inside. But each barrel has at least one thing in common: the type of wood it is made from. That wood is white oak, a water-tight wood distilleries need and federal law requires to age bourbon. But there is not enough white oak to meet demand, say bourbon industry representatives who testified yesterday before the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. “We need forests the size of Rhode Island populated with white oak just for our use,” said Jason Underwood with Sazerac, the parent company of Buffalo Trace and Barton 1792. Underwood said his company’s demand for white oak has reached “crisis” proportions as Buffalo Trace and the company’s other distilleries ramp up bourbon production each year.

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Forestry

Timber under review

Castanet
June 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Practices Board will examine activities of the B.C. Timber Sales program and timber sale licence holders in the Okanagan-Shuswap Resource District during the week of June 6. Auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, road, silviculture and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. …The ecology in the district is one of the most complex in the province with seven biogeoclimatic zones, ranging from wet interior hemlock/cedar forests to semi-arid sagebrush. The area is also highly used for recreational purposes and includes numerous community water sources, which make managing forest activities challenging.

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New California drought threat: Bark beetles and tens of millions of dead trees

Chico Enterprise-Record
June 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oroville – More rain arrived in Northern California this year, which is good news overall. Yet, more bad news is lurking in the forest: Bark beetles. In fact, those bark beetles are lurking in backyards throughout Butte County. Trees were under stress the past few years due to lack of water. Bark beetles have an easier time attacking trees when the forest is in poor health. The adult insects work their way under the outer protective bark, feed on the soft inner bark, and lay eggs for the next generation. If trees are already stressed, they can die. A few dead trees is manageable. Yet, the estimate is that 29 million dead trees are in California’s once-lush forests, said John Gulserian, Butte County’s emergency services officer.

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Sudden oak death threatens Oregon’s economy

The World Newspaper
June 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BROOKINGS — Curry County Commissioner David Brock Smith’s eyes widen in amazement as he scans the landscape near Brookings. In what was once a completely lush, green forested area, more and more pockets of either dead or dying trees now cover the scenery. And the culprit, sudden oak death, is not new. First found in Curry County in 2001, sudden oak death is a forest disease caused by the non-native, invasive plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. It not only infects and kills tanoaks, primarily through the formation of girdling cankers, it also causes twig and foliar disease to a list of over 120 species of trees, shrubs, herbs and ferns, including Douglas fir, rhododendron and huckleberries. What started as a 9-square-mile quarantine zone in 2001 has now increased for the seventh time to encompass an area covering 515 square miles in Curry County — over 30 percent of the county.

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Nothing clear-cut about Sparta Mountain logging controversy

NJ.com
June 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


Some see forest, some see trees. Some call it logging, others call it woodlands management. Some say it is wildlife habitat restoration, others claim it is wildlife habitat destruction. What is happening on Sparta Mountain is good or bad, depending on whom you ask. For the golden-wing warbler, it’s good. That’s the idea, anyway. “But what about the black bears, the turkeys and the bald eagles,” said John Paul Endress, of nearby Beaver Lake. “They don’t like an open forest. Where do they go?” Most environmental battles have definitive lines. The green team vs. the black hats. Preservers vs. polluters. Open space advocates vs. developers.

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Alarming videos show forest collapse

New Zealand Herald
June 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest & Bird has released two dramatic videos showing how Northland’s forests, which are undergoing a masting event this year, are collapsing due to chronic underfunding of the Department of Conservation and lack of pest control. With a $20 million emergency response to southern beech forest masting confirmed for this year’s budget, Forest & Bird said it is worried that Northland’s collapsing forests will be forgotten by the Government again. Forest & Bird says DoC in Northland needs an extra $10-20 million over 10 years to turn the situation around. “The severe under-funding and restructuring of DoC means there is no pest monitoring and response plan for Northland forests,” Forest & Bird’s Northland conservation advocate Dean Baigent-Mercer said.

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Forest Fires

Preparedness lesson from Fort Mac crisis

Post Media News in Timmins Press
June 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

With northern Alberta still reeling from the wildfire that forced evacuation of Fort McMurray and area, the federal environment commissioner this week released a report that Canada is not adequately prepared for severe weather. This as extreme weather events are expected to become more frequent and intense due to climate change. Aside from heartbreaking personal losses, there is a stiff monetary cost to all Canadians: In the past six fiscal years, the report notes, the feds have spent more on recovery from “large-scale natural disasters” than in the previous 39 years combined. Logical response is to focus on disaster “mitigation” — anticipating and planning for potential disasters — by not building on floodplains, for example, or by making sure buildings can hold up to major storms.

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‘It’s massive’: One N.L. firefighter’s experience on the job near Fort McMurray

CBC News
June 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the 11-person team from Newfoundland and Labrador helping to fight the wildfire in northern Alberta says the experience has left a lasting impression. “The fire is just massive. Once you get up in the air you can see it’s for miles and miles every way,” Mitchell Hunt, a conservation officer from the Northern Peninsula, told CBC Radio’s The Corner Brook Morning Show. “There’s no other word for it. It’s massive.” The forest fire, which began sweeping through parts of Fort McMurray more than a month ago, causing a city-wide evacuation on May 3, has now receded from residential areas although it continues to burn out of control. Hunt is in the midst of a 14 day-straight stint fighting the fire, and said each day is a long one. “Twelve, 15 hours a day and more, in really hot conditions,” he said.

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MNRF issues warning it is illegal for flying drones near forest fires

Kenora Daiy Miner & News
June 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

In an Northwest Region Forest Fire Situation update release on June 2, there was a reminder to the public that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), also known as drones, are not allowed near fires.  Jonathon Scott, fire information officer at the Northwest Region Forest Fire Management Centre, said there has been a recent sighting of a drone near a fire. “It looks like it’s occurred on Nipigon Fire 14 on May 23. It’s still under investigation by Transport Canada,” said Scott. “I don’t think it directly violated the airspace, it was just sighted.” This is the only incident noted to date. Flying UAVs or drones around forest fires is illegal and dangerous. Having drones in the airspace is a distraction to pilots, firefighters and other emergency workers. These distractions could lead to putting the lives of the public or safety of homes at risk.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Making the Nay-Sayers Understand the Forestry Sector

By Elaine Macdonald-Meisner
250 News
June 6, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West


Prince George, B.C.- It is touted as a renewable energy source, but there are still challenges facing Bio-Energy. In the Northern Interior of BC, the major challenge is access to fibre. In the wake of the Mountain Pine Beetle, all who depend on forestry are pressed to have access to the resource. As was witnessed just a week ago, one company (Pinnacle Pellet) has curtailed operations for 9 to 10 months as the fibre source issues are detailed and the facility retooled to handle what may be a change in type of supply. Bill Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics LLC in Maine in the U.S. and a recognized expert in the wood pellet sector. His company largely ships pellets to power plants which are integrating wood pellets into their fuel sources as a substitute for coal. “One of the major challenges is to get the message out that this ( substituting pellets for coal) is a sustainable solution for moving us from a heavily carbonized power sector to a decarbonized power sector.”

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What Charles Koch really thinks about climate change

By Jim Tankersley and Chris Mooney
Washington Post
June 6, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Koch, “And making wood pellets, subsidizing making wood pellets, I mean, we’re back in medieval times, we’re going to burn wood. And shipping them to Europe. How is that reducing CO2? And we’re going to put a tax on natural gas, on BTUs, here, so we’ll be making less chemicals and fertilizers here, and we’ll be doing it in China, where they make it out of coal gas, and per unit the production has five times the CO2 emissions. So these things don’t make sense.” Koch’s point about wood pellets suggests a surprising alignment with many environmentalists and scientists, who have raised concerns about the potential carbon consequences of burning wood for electricity.

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Forestry group tours Drax Biomass

Monroe News Star
June 6, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Drax Biomass played host to a diverse group of international scientists and forestry experts at Morehouse BioEnergy on Monday, following an international conference in Little Rock. Jim Guldin, a supervisory research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and program chair for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations workshop, said the tour was comprised of an international group of scientists who study forest management with a focus on sustainability. The IUFRO workshop, which is held every two years, was in Little Rock last week. At the conference, attendees share research and knowledge on alternative forest management strategies. “We had about 50 scientists attend the meeting, and after the meeting, about 20 took part in this four-day post-conference tour,” Guldin said.

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