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Business & Politics

EPS for Canfor Corporation (CFP) Expected to Increase

By Richard Conner
Consumer Eagle
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Wall Street await Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP) to release earnings on July, 19. Analysts forecast EPS of $0.23, up exactly $0.25 or 1,250.00% from 2014’s $-0.02 EPS. The expected T_CFP’s profit could reach $30.66 million giving the stock 16.07 P/E in the case that $0.23 earnings per share is reported. After posting $0.16 EPS for the previous quarter, Canfor Corporation’s analysts now forecast 43.75% EPS growth. The stock increased 8.36% or $1.14 on July 15, hitting $14.78. About 461,010 shares traded hands or 93.71% up from the average. 

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WorkSafe investigating Canfor mill fire

CFNRFM.ca
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vanderhoof RCMP and WorkSafe officials are investigating a sawmill fire. Police were called out to Canfor’s Plateau Mill 25 kilometres west of the community shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday. Vanderhoof Fire Services crews were able to quickly put out the small fire. Emergency workers treated and cleared all staff who were exposed to smoke. The fire was sparked by a welding torch near the edger machine during some routine maintenance. Without the quick action of Canfor employees and Vanderhoof fire crews, RCMP say the fire could have been much worse. (END)

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EPS for Canfor Pulp Products Inc (CFX) Projected to Decline

By N Frank
Press Telegraph
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wall Street await Canfor Pulp Products Inc (TSE:CFX) to release earnings on July, 19. Analysts forecast EPS of $0.22, up exactly $0.04 or 22.22% from 2014’s $0.18 EPS. The expected T_CFX’s profit could reach $15.04 million giving the stock 12.49 P/E in the case that $0.22 earnings per share is reported. After posting $0.34 EPS for the previous quarter, Canfor Pulp Products Inc’s analysts now forecast -35.29% negative EPS growth. The stock increased 5.27% or $0.55 on July 15, hitting $10.99. About 48,410 shares traded hands. 

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Firefighters battle blaze at Port Moody mill; workers douse fire at another mill

Canadian Press in Comox Valley Echo
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT MOODY, B.C. — Firefighters were battling a blaze at a sawmill on Monday afternoon in Port Moody, B.C. The Port Moody Fire Department asked people on Twitter to avoid an area around the Flavelle Sawmill Co. Ltd. Earlier Monday, RCMP credited the quick action of employees and management at a sawmill in Vanderhoof for quickly extinguishing a small fire. Mounties say there were no serious injuries at the Canfor Plateau Mill west of Vanderhoof. Police say the fire was started by a welding torch that was being operated during routine maintenance at the mill. WorkSafeBC and the Mounties were investigating.

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at Flavelle Cedar Mill in Port Moody

Evacuations and road closures lifted after fire burns for more than 5 hours
CBC News
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Moody firefighters spent more than five hours battling a fire at the Flavelle Cedar Mill in Port Moody. Coquitlam firefighters assisted with the fire along with the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service’s fireboat.Officials with the City of Port Moody said the fire started in the conveyor system and spread to the chip piles but did not extend to the sawmill itself. Rocky Point Park, including the pool and restaurants, were evacuated as firefighters worried about smoke blowing in that direction. …In 2015, there was also a fire at the mill, but it was quickly brought under control. B.C. Ambulance says it had paramedics on site, but no one required medical assistance.

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Fisheries, agriculture and forestry are still major economic drivers in the Atlantic economies

By Pat Bates – 17 years with the Irving Group of Companies in Atlantic Canada and 23 years with various federal economic agencies
Cape Breton Post
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On July 4, the four Atlantic Premiers met on Prince Edward Island together with the region’s federal cabinet ministers at the so-called “Barn Conference,” a gathering held in the converted barn of Federal Agricultural Minister Lawrence MacAulay. Under the newly formed federal Atlantic Growth Strategy and featung a pilot project to increase immigration by 2,000 persons in 2017, the Growth Strategy is more broadly based and targeted to increase job creation and innovation in the Atlantic region.   …Like it or not, innovation has maintained the primacy of natural resources in our economic sectoral mix for a long time.

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Fischer Lumber Celebrates 75 Years

Lumber Building Materials Journal
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Fischer Lumber of East Alton, Ill. is celebrating 75 years of service this week, the Advantage News reports. Fischer Lumber first opened in 1941 when C.C. Fischer and G.A. Fischer together purchased the Hale Lumber Company in East Alton, according to the company’s website. The company expanded in 1972 and moved to a larger location including an 10,000 square foot showroom. Chris C. Fischer, son of C.C. Fischer, purchased the company in 1981. In 1995 the company opened a truss manufacturing plant.

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UK timber import volumes continue to grow

Timber Trades Journal
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Latest imports stats compiled by the UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) show a 5% volume growth in the first four months of 2016 compared to a year ago. The TTF’s statistical bulletin puts the increase down principally to a rise in panel product imports from the likes of Brazil (+31% rise in softwood plywood) and Indonesia (+53% rise in hardwood plywood). The picture for softwood was different, with the value of softwood imports decreasing by around 7.5%. Sawn goods were down by around 8%, while planed goods were 6.5% lower, due to currency fluctuations. The TTF said countries outside the EU – such as Russia – seem ready to increase their shipments of the softwood to the UK.

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Assistant Minister for Forestry can unlock jobs and growth

The Australian Forest Products Association
July 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the re-appointment of Senator the Hon Anne Ruston as the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources with responsibility for forestry. Chief Executive Officer of AFPA Mr Ross Hampton said, “AFPA has a longstanding position that the Government should reinstate forestry to a full, rather than Assistant, Ministry and reinstate the name of the Federal Department as Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It is disappointing that Prime Minister Turnbull has not taken the chance to do this. However, forest industries will be very pleased that the Prime Minister has decided that the energetic South Australian Senator Anne Ruston, will continue in the role.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Brock Commons Sequence Video

Cadmakers Inc
July 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

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Construction of world’s tallest timber tower continues at UBC

Canadian Architect
July 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction of UBC Brock Commons, a record-breaking 18-storey mass timber development at the University of British Columbia, is well underway. …Structurlam Products LP, the provider of the mass timber package for the project, has manufactured the key building components — cross-laminated timber panels (Crosslam CLT) and glue-laminated columns (Glulam). Record-breaking construction is thanks to the fact that Structurlam products are manufactured to 1 mm of accuracy, allowing for expedited construction and quick installation. The lumber for UBC Brock Commons has been sourced exclusively from British Columbia’s second-growth forests through locally-based lumber partners Interfor, Canfor and West Fraser.

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Hardwoods Distribution now largest architectural materials and lumber distributor

By Bill Esler
Woodworking Network
July 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY, B.C. – Hardwoods Distribution Inc. says it closed on its buyout of he assets used in the business of Rugby Acquisition, LLC and its subsidiaries, collectively doing business as “Rugby Architectural Building Products.” The $107 million deal, first announced by Hardwoods Distribution in June, was concluded effective July 15, 2016. With the closing of the asset purchases, Hardwoods Distribution says it is now the largest distributor of high-grade hardwood lumber, sheet goods, and architectural grade building products. Including Rugby Architectural Building Products Hardwoods Distribution has a North American network of 62 distribution centers, as well as 1 sawmill and kiln drying operation.

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Build with Strength Video: The Concern with Cross-Laminated Timber Construction in Seattle

PR Newswire
July 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

SEATTLE, — Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), today released a new video expressing concern with the use of a wood product known as cross-laminated timber (CLT) in construction. The video joins an ongoing effort to inform the design / build and construction communities about the importance of utilizing strong and resilient building materials in the Seattle, Washington market. “Within the United States, cross-laminated timber is really a new material, a new process,” said Jon Narva, Director of External Relations for the National Association of State Fire Marshals. “

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WMC Releases New Labour Market Information Report

Wood Manufacturing Council
July 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC) is pleased to announce the release of its comprehensive new industry study; “Labour Market Information (LMI) Update for the Value-Added Wood Products Sector”. This study, undertaken by The conference Board of Canada, identifies our industry’s most pressing Human Resource challenges and provides strategic suggestions that can be incorporated into Human Resource programs, to ensure the healthy growth and development of the sector.

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Forestry

Tree Canada commits to urban replanting in Fort McMurray in wake of wildfire

Edmonton Journal
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort McMurray — After visiting the scorched areas of the Wood Buffalo region, Tree Canada is now committed to helping Fort McMurray rejuvenate its urban foliage. Following a helicopter tour of the area July 14, Tree Canada president Michael Rosen met with city officials, including Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake and urban forestry planner Stephen Fudge, to discuss how best to go about replanting the 10,000 urban trees that the city lost during the wildfire that began in May. “Fire is a natural part of the boreal forest, so it regenerates naturally quite well,” said Rosen, explaining why they won’t be replanting trees in rural areas. “So we’re looking more at people’s residences, like the 2,000-plus homes that actually burnt. We’re trying to give them that sense of normalcy when they finally come back and build their new homes.”

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Glimpsing the future: Researchers predict how fires will change N.W.T. forests

‘It’s not like the whole forest is doomed by any stretch, but there will be some changes’
CBC News
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of forest fire scientists are studying areas of forest in the Northwest Territories that have re-burned in the past 15 years to try and understand what the future boreal forest might look like. “We’re seeing more and more big fire years in the past decade or so,” said Daniel Thompson, a forest fire scientist with the federal government. “That means we’re expecting to have more fires in younger forest stands,” he said, which could result in a very different kind of forest in the N.W.T. “Trees have evolved to be burning every 70 to 120 years,” explained Thompson. “But if they’re now burning at 16 to 18 years, we’re wondering whether the seeds are going to propagate in the same way, are the plant communities going to react in the same way?”

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Manitoba’s UNESCO bid for boreal forest suffers setback

The large, rare swath of boreal forest on the Manitoba/Ontario boundary was expected to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site this week.
Metronews
July 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The push to have a large swath of rare boreal forest designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has suffered a setback. The forest, called Pimachiowin Aki, spans 33,400 sq. km. on the Manitoba/Ontario border. The forest is also home to several First Nations territories, and the Pikangikum First Nation pulled their support, said the Pimachiwin Aki Corporation Sunday. The First Nation pulled their support because of concerns about the UNESCO evaluation reports. …“We are all very disappointed that we encountered these challenges at such a critical time in the nomination process, after working on this project for 12 years,” said Pimachiowin Aki Corporation spokesperson William Young from his home in Bloodvein River First Nation.

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Alberta’s free roaming horses get birth control as part of pilot project

By Colette Derworiz
Calgary Herald
July 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the debate around Alberta’s free roaming horses simmers, a group conducting a five-year contraceptive pilot project to control their numbers say they’ve vaccinated a total of 73 mares. The Wild Horses of Alberta Society got permission from the Alberta government to try the birth control program in the Sundre area as the province determines how to best deal with the horses. “We are making progress,” said Bob Henderson, president of the society known as WHOAS. The society is part of an advisory committee, which also includes outfitters, ranchers, veterinarians, conservation groups and rangeland experts, that helps the province deal with the management of the horses. 

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Vancouver Island old growth on brink of collapse, environmental group claims

July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island’s forests are on pace for an ecological and economic collapse, according to new data collected by the Sierra Club of B.C. The environmental advocacy group is calling on the B.C. government to help phase out old growth logging in favour of younger second growth trees. “It’s urgent to enter this period of transition now and help industry move towards second growth logging in just a few years,” said the Sierra Club’s Jens Wieting. “Then we have a possibility to have old growth forest for tourism, as a carbon sink and for our children to enjoy in 50 or 100 years.” But the B.C. government is leery of sudden changes that might negatively affect the industry — one that contributes $2.5 billion to three levels of government and employs nearly 150,000 people.

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Thunder Bay city council delays decision on emerald ash borer

Council also calls on federal and provincial governments to fund ash borer treatment
CBC News
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay city councillors have delayed a decision on whether to adopt a proposed action plan to combat the emerald ash borer in the city. Administration was looking for approval — as well as $550,000 in the 2017 municipal budget — to start treating eligible ash trees with an injected chemical that destroys the invasive beetle and its larvae. Other trees would be removed and replaced with other species. After an hour and a half-long discussion, councillors voted to refer the matter back to city staff, citing a lack of detail in the report, and a desire to see other options explored, including ways to potentially bring the cost down, or recoup some of the money. The report is slated back sometime this fall.

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Council Preview: Money needed to fight pest, MTO talks overpasses

Thunder Bay News Watch
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — After a brief summer hiatus, city council meets again tonight, and the city’s urban forester will be asking council for funding to deal with the emerald ash borer. The invasive beetle has been found in Thunder Bay, and city staff are asking council for direction on what to do next.  Even if the city does nothing, simply removing and replacing the city’s 6,000 ash trees as they die would cost an estimated $7.6 million over 10 years. The borer is an invasive species, which can quickly destroy an area of ash trees.  City staff say dead trees must be removed as they represent a safety hazard. 

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Secrets to managing emerald ash borer may come from Peterborough

CBC News
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If Thunder Bay can contain the emerald ash borer, it may have the city of Peterborough to thank. Paul Hambidge, Peterborough’s urban forest specialist, said his city has been relatively successful in managing the emerald ash borer by treating trees early. Peterborough began chemical treatments around the same time the invasive beetle was confirmed in the community, and the city appears to be escaping major damage to its street and urban park trees by the insect. “We still don’t have a tree killed outright by emerald ash borer,” Hambidge said. “We found several infested ones which we’ve taken down and destroyed, and treated other healthy ones around them to try and slow the spread.” Hambidge said the biggest key to combating the ash borer is “buy in from everybody involved” — including city staff, council, the public and large private land owners.

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Landsat — The Watchman that Never Sleeps

United States Geological Survey
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In western North America, mountain pine beetles infest and ravage thousands of acres of forest lands. Landsat satellites bear witness to the onslaught in a way that neither humans nor most other satellites can. Since 1972, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellites have been the watchman that never sleeps with spectral bands capturing the subtle turning of green mountainsides into dying forests. From the ground, the extent of forest land damage is simply too large for field observers to quantify. But 438 miles above the Earth, Landsat satellites pass over every forest in the country dozens of times a year—every year—creating a historical archive of clear, composite images that tells the hidden stories of life and death in our nation’s forests.

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State signs forest management deal with federal government

By Matt Volz
The Olympian
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service on Monday for the state to play a bigger role in forest management on federal lands, which officials say will speed up backlogged logging projects. Forest management and the declining timber industry have emerged as major issues in this year’s governor’s race, with Weyerhaeuser announcing last month that it would close a Columbia Falls lumber and plywood mill. The closure will put about 100 people out of work in addition to 100 administrative jobs that are being eliminated or moved with Weyerhaeuser’s purchase of Plum Creek Timber.

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Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security

EIN News
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

While agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation, there is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry to build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of the FAO’s flagship publication The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 23d Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO). Forests play a major role in sustainable agricultural development through a host of channels, including the water cycle, soil conservation, carbon sequestration, natural pest control, influencing local climates and providing habitat protection for pollinators and other species.

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Forest Fires

Delta Firefighters’ Fast Response Averted Economic Disaster

Source: British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund
Canada NewsWire
July 18, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Delta, BC – Though it burned for three days, it was in the critical first few hours of a recent peat bog fire that Delta firefighters won their biggest battle, saving an industrial park from destruction and preventing what could have been a major economic disaster for the region. The fast, effective response – … likely saved millions in property loss, millions in lost tax revenues and thousands of jobs. …If the densely-packed lumber in the lumber yard had caught fire, the ensuing inferno would likely have spread quickly to other businesses. But the Delta fire fighters on duty that leaped into action, positioning themselves strategically between the fire line and the industrial park attacking hot spots and the leading edge of the fire, and protecting the lumber yard with an aerial water tower truck.

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Firefighter dies battling forest fire near Chibougamau

Montreal Gazette
July 18, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest firefighter based in Roberval died while fighting a blaze in the Chibougamau region Sunday afternoon. Re?gis Tremblay, 61, was at the scene of a blaze when he said he wasn’t feeling well and collapsed, said Ge?rard Lacasse, prevention and information co-ordinator for the provincial firefighting agency, the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU). Resuscitation attempts took place before he was rushed to a hospital in Roberval, where he was pronounced dead. It was Tremblay’s 30th season with SOPFEU. Lacasse said it was too early to tell what caused the death, but said the fire was not “intense” and was already under control. Tremblay was working on the fire for about an hour and a half before the incident.

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Firefighters battle wildfires across Wyoming

Associated Press in The Billings Gazette
July 18, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON — Wildfires continued to burn in western and southern Wyoming on Monday, with one blaze threatening Bondurant and forcing evacuations in the area. The Cliff Creek Fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest was spotted about 2:30 p.m. Sunday about 5 miles north of Bondurant, a town of less than 100 people in rural Sublette County, and quickly grew to scorch about 3 square miles. The fire, which was ignited by lightning, destroyed one pole barn. Authorities evacuated a guest ranch, rural residences and a campground in the area while they attacked the fire with airplanes and helicopters dropping retardant and water. The Teton County Sheriff’s Department began mandatory evacuations of Granite Creek Road on Monday afternoon between U.S. Highway 189/191 and Granite Creek Hot Springs. The Red Cross established an evacuation center at Pinedale High School.

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Fire season begins Thursday in Northwest Oregon

Statesman Journal
July 18, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


Due to increasing fire danger, fire season will begin Thursday in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northwest district. That means forest operators and the public must take special precautions in state, private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management forests protected by ODF in Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, Columbia, and Multnomah counties, and part of Lincoln County. For the general public, burning permits are required for open pile burning and burn barrels, and fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited. A countywide ban on open pile burning is in effect in Tillamook County, and all burning will be banned Aug. 1. Residents in other counties should check with their local ODF office or fire department to find out burning restrictions.

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Siberia is on track for a record wildfire season, but the Russian government is denying it

By Andrew Freedman
Mashable
July 18, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

It is fire season in Siberia, which means vast tracts of boreal forests are ablaze. As occurred in 2015, smoke is turning skies a bright orange across eastern Russia, China and other downwind areas.  The past few years have seen huge conflagrations in this region, due to a combination of forest management practices, firefighting policies, human-caused global warming and shorter-term weather fluctuations. NASA satellite imagery taken Monday, July 18, shows dozens of fires pouring smoke into the skies above sparsely populated areas of Siberia. These fires are a significant contributor to climate change, since when these forests burn they release planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biochar conference explores its use in forestry, agriculture

The Capital Press
July 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The conference, titled “The Synergy of Science and Industry: Biochar’s Connection to Ecology, Soil, Food and Energy,” happens Aug. 22-25 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. …Biochar is essentially charcoal produced by a pyrolysis process of heating biomass in a low-oxygen environment. The biomass fuel can include such things as logging slash or field straw, which is why it draws interest from the timber and ag industries, Researchers and industry advocates say biochar has multiple uses in agriculture and forestry. It can provide a quick fix to depleted soil by reducing acidity, retaining moisture and storing carbon. Conference Chair Tom Miles, founder of T.R. Miles Technical Consultants Inc., in Portland, said it’s already used by vineyards in drought-stricken California.

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Dirtier than coal: burning forests for ‘green’ energy

By Matt Williams
The Ecologist
July 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The UK imports millions of tons of American wood pellets every year to be burned in power stations for ‘climate friendly’ electricity, writes Matt Williams. But his recent visit to the southern US showed him that this practice is devastating beautiful, natural forests rich in wildlife – while the UK government’s own research shows that it’s worse for the climate than the coal it replaces.  …However, in many places along roads and rivers a thin screen, only three or four trees deep, hides a darker, shameful truth: huge clearcuts that are being driven by a new industry that has recently arrived in this part of the world. These clearcuts often lie right next to remaining stands of pristine forests, making the contrast and the impacts all the clearer. The effects and scale of this industry were at their most stark when we saw the pellet mills with their huge stacks of logs piled up.

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General

Vancouver Island old growth on brink of collapse, environmental group claims

July 19, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Vancouver Island’s forests are on pace for an ecological and economic collapse, according to new data collected by the Sierra Club of B.C. The environmental advocacy group is calling on the B.C. government to help phase out old growth logging in favour of younger second growth trees. “It’s urgent to enter this period of transition now and help industry move towards second growth logging in just a few years,” said the Sierra Club’s Jens Wieting. “Then we have a possibility to have old growth forest for tourism, as a carbon sink and for our children to enjoy in 50 or 100 years.” But the B.C. government is leery of sudden changes that might negatively affect the industry — one that contributes $2.5 billion to three levels of government and employs nearly 150,000 people.

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