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Business & Politics

Request comes to rename part of Vernon Ave. after late Downie owner

Revelstoke Review
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Revelstoke — Is it time to rename part of Vernon Avenue after one of the communities most important businessmen? Sharon Shook penned a letter to city hall asking that it rename the part of the street that passes through Downie Timber to Ross Gorman Way in honour of the co-founder of the company that owns the mill. Gorman, along with his brother John, was the founder of Gorman Bros., the company that rescued and revitalized Downie Timber in the late eighties… “Unfortunately, Ross Gorman has since passed away, so a personal cerernony for him is no longer possible, but it would still be an honour for the Gorman family,” she wrote… Council asked staff to look into the idea and report back.

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Western Forest Products Inc. Confirms New Annual Allowable Cut for Tree Forest License 39

Press Release by Western Forest Products
MarketWired
August 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA— Western Forest Products Inc. announces the results of an expected Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) determination for Tree Farm License 39. Effective today, the Chief Forester of the Province of British Columbia has determined a new AAC for the Company’s TFL 39 of 1,416,300 cubic metres. Taking into account land base changes, the new AAC represents a reduction of approximately 263,000 cubic metres from the previous determination, and is consistent with the Company’s expected result of this regularly occurring, legislated review process.

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New allowable annual cut level set for Tree Farm Licence 39

BC Government News
August 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Effective August 29, 2016, the allowable annual cut for Western Forest Products’ Tree Farm Licence 39 is 1,416,300 cubic metres chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today.  Tree Farm Licence 39 covers 360,487 hectares, with 148,879 hectares available for timber harvesting, and is made up of four distinct supply blocks. Block 1 is located on the Sunshine Coast near Powell River, Block 2 is near Sayward along the northeast side of Vancouver Island, Block 3 is on North Broughton Island and Block 5 is located along the Phillips River in the South Central Coast. The new allowable annual cut also includes a partition so that only 41,300 cubic metres per year can be harvested from Blocks 3 and 5 – the areas under the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Order – and no more than 1,375,000 cubic metres from Blocks 1 and 2.

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Hampton Lumber of Portland acquires Banks Lumber mill

The Oregonian
August 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Hampton Lumber has acquired the assets of the Banks Lumber Mill, just months after the Washington County mill had laid off its employees and ceased operations. Portland-based Hampton plans to upgrade the mill “to improve safety and productivity,” the company said in a news release. Hampton said in the release it will keep the mill shut for about six months. The mill, which closed about two months ago, had up to 60 workers at the time, Mayor Pete Edison said. During the closure, Hampton “will hire some of the workers laid off by the previous owner to help with mill improvements and employ a number of local contractors for the more technical electrical and mechanical projects,” the news release says.

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Marine Terminal creates good family-wage jobs

By Peter Overton
The Olympian
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

At Olympia Port Commission meetings, I have heard the same few citizens say they want to close the Marine Terminal. But in a statistically valid poll of Thurston County, Elway Research found that 71 percent of respondents disagree that the port should close the terminal and 79 percent agree that log exports support important jobs. The terminal creates family-wage jobs for longshoremen, truckers, tugboat and rail workers, among others. The multiplier affect creates jobs in industries they depend on. Closing the terminal would eliminate thousands of jobs and millions in local and state taxes that help pay the wages of community members who work for state and local government. 

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DNR releases forestry report

Greensburg Daily News
August 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GREENSBURG — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry released an updated report titled “Indiana Hardwood Industry: Its Economic Impact” this week detailing Indiana forests and their impact on the economy of Indiana. The report was originally released in 2005 and then updated in 2010 and again this year. According to the report, Indiana’s forests contribute $13.5 billion annually to the economy. Thanks to the amount of forests and hardwood manufacturing, the state is a leading producer of many different products. They include office furniture, manufactured homes, kitchen cabinets, caskets and hardwood plywood-based products.

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Woodland mill investment offers lessons to modernize Maine’s forest industry

by Paul R. LePage, Governor of Maine
Bangor Daily News
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Today in Baileyville, a place far from the concerns of the media or southern Maine politicians, St. Croix Tissue is holding a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of two new tissue machines and the start of their official operation. IGIC, the company that invested heavily in our state, as well as the workers, contractors and officials in my administration who have been working to achieve this accomplishment should be proud of their hard work and the jobs they have brought to Washington County. The opportunists who are showing up for a photo opportunity should learn the lessons of what led to this day, the challenges the company faces and how it is instructive for the entire forest-products industry.

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NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap released providing certainty for Shoalhaven industry

Milton Ulladulla Times
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The NSW Government’s strategic action plan to build a stronger, more competitive and sustainable forestry industry in NSW titled, the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap, has been released providing greater certainty and opportunity for the industry. The $2.4 billion industry is a significant employer in regional NSW and Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock has welcomed the plan. “Demand for wood is healthy and growing. It is estimated that Australian demand for forest products will increase by around 43 per cent by 2040,” she said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The world’s tallest timber building opens in Canada – ahead of schedule

By Mihai Andrei
ZME Science
August 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The towering Brock Commons, made completely from timber, were just completed, becoming the world’s biggest structure made from wood. …Wood is a sustainable material which is not only renewable but also stores carbon dioxide instead of emitting it, like concrete buildings. “This project should effectively demonstrate that mass wood structures can be commonplace,” said Russell Acton, principal architect on the project. …The cost is a bit higher than with concrete buildings, but not by much (approximately 8%). This is not prohibitive and we can expect other wooden skyscrapers to pop up, given their environmental advantages. Furthermore, if the residence is successful and other players are attracted to the market, then increasing demand will bring down the prices, making them competitive with conventional, concrete-based buildings.

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World’s tallest wooden residential tower nears completion

By Andy Williams
New Atlas
August 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brock Commons is not your average student residence. Rising to a height of 53 m (174 ft) above the campus of the University of British Columbia in Canada, it’s the world’s tallest wooden residential tower – and it recently topped out several months ahead of schedule. …Structurally, it comprises 16 floors of five-ply cross laminated timber (CLT) floor panels, a steel-framed roof, and concrete sections, including a base and stairwells. The building’s attractive facade consists of prefabricated panels which have the windows pre-installed. The panels are a high-pressure laminate cladding which contain 70 percent wood-based fibers, with steel stud framed sections. It rose remarkably quickly. After managing a single floor in the first week, the project then hurried along at a rate of two or more floors each week, with the entire wooden structure (not including the concrete sections or steel roof) finished in a mere 66 days.

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Updating code conforming wood designs

By Kenneth E. Bland PE
The Construction Specifier
August 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Designing large buildings with wood offers distinct design options typically not found in other structural materials, along with advantages in economics, energy efficiency, and other sustainability factors. However, building codes and standards are often perceived as too complex for designers and builders, so many provisions that allow for wood use in construction are seldom realized. The American Wood Council (AWC) has developed a document to demonstrate that modern building codes allow large, multi-story wood buildings in many common occupancy uses, with nothing more than a basic understanding of key code provisions required.

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Atlanta suburb alters building codes to prohibit wood-framed construction for tall structures

By Kim Slowey
Construction Drive
August 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, GA, has amended its building code to ban wood framing in buildings more than three stories high and bigger than 100,000 square feet, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Proponents of the ban on wood said that steel and masonry buildings are safer and last longer than those made of wood. However, Georgia Forestry Association and American Wood Council officials said this new building code would harm the wood industry. Most cities typically allow wood framing up to five stories, according to The Charlotte Observer. In addition, wood is generally cheaper and faster to install. As Sandy Springs is banning wood-frame apartment buildings, other developers and designers are pushing wood skyscrapers — or plyscrapers — all over the world, using cross-laminated timber (CLT). 

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Wood wins at ITC-SA timber construction awards

By the Institute for Timber Construction
Creamer Media’s Engineering News
August 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A prominent highlight on the local timber construction calendar, The Annual Timber Engineered Product Awards, hosted by the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on the 19th of August, showcased and rewarded top class workmanship in the fields of decking, timber frame construction and roofing. As part of the ITC-SA’s ongoing mandate to establish and maintain the highest standards in the timber construction industry in South Africa, the Awards are hosted every year in an effort to bring players in the timber construction industry together and to pay homage to members’ outstanding work of the previous year.

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Six storey glass encased wooden office block rises in Barangaroo

By Matt Cullen
The Daily Telegraph
August 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THE latest addition to Barangaroo harks back to the past but with the latest in design and technology to ensure modern longevity. The first ‘engineered timber’ office building in Australia is really starting to take shape. International House Sydney in Barangaroo South will provide 6850sqm of leasable area across six stories with the massive wooden beams visible through a “glass skin”. The wood is a mixture of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (Glulam) which is sourced from sustainably managed forests in Austria. With the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of the building the use of the engineered wood in particular the CLT which produces no waste during the production process.

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Forestry

Logging’s next gen

By Scott Jamieson
Wood Business
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The accepted wisdom is that Canada’s logging workforce leans to the older side, with succession planning a major issue facing the industry over the next five years. On average, that may be true, but to a great extent it depends on company size and, more importantly, location. The larger the company, the more demographics and succession are challenges. But above all else, the industry in Ontario and the BC Coast face the largest demographic challenges over the next five years.

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Mayor pushes Parks Canada to follow through on MPB strategy

By Dayla Lahring
Hinton Parklander
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Parks Canada has made a plan and mayor Rob Mackin is hoping they stick to it. Starting this fall Jasper park will start a series of prescribed burns in an attempt to fight the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB). “When I read the report, I felt like there was at least a solid acknowledgement now by Parks Canada that it is a serious issue,” he says. “Before that, we were seeing it but I didn’t really have a level of confidence that Parks Canada saw it as a serious issue.” The Mountain Pine Beetle Management Plan outlines a plan of attack which includes prescribed burns and using targeted single and multiple and patch tree removal. This will require funding from the province. Mackin says by putting pressure on Liberal MP’s, he’s hoping to help secure additional funds at a federal level.

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Squamish Nation forestry company gets good audit report

By the BC Forest Practices Board
BC Forest Practices Board
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Forestry Licence to Cut A82551, in the Sea to Sky Resource District, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. Planning and forestry activities on the licence were conducted by SN Forestry Operations Ltd., which is owned by the Squamish Nation. “We are pleased to see that this licensee carried out good forest practices and fully met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair.

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Sault pesticide company sold to Montreal buyer

By Lindsay Kelly
Northern Ontario Business
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sault Ste. Marie company BioForest Technologies, the maker of TreeAzin, a natural pesticide that destroys the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle, has been sold to a larger company. Last April, BioForest was acquired by Lallemand, a Montreal-based business that develops, produces and markets yeast, bacteria and specialty ingredients. The family-owned venture has products across sectors, including human and animal nutrition, pharma and health applications, and biofuels and distilled spirits. With the sale, BioForest becomes the Lallemand’s forestry unit within the company’s plant division.

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Why people are at the root of healthy forests

By Paige Goff, VP Sustainability and Business Communications, Domtar
GreenBiz
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…As part of its Sustainable Forestry Principles, Domtar is committed to working closely with local indigenous communities — who make up nearly half of those 300 million residents — to ensure the forests remain for generations to come.  The Sustainable Forestry Principles are an integral component of EarthChoice, Domtar’s broader sustainability platform which embodies the company’s commitment to full circle responsibility. These principles ultimately govern Domtar’s fiber procurement processes by requiring transparency, collaboration and accountability in all of their transactions.

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E-mail threats prompt USDA to close offices across the country, including Forest Service facility in Fort Collins

The USDA says offices in five states, including Colorado, have been impacted
Denver Post
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A group of anonymous e-mail messages prompted the closure of U.S. Department of Agriculture offices across the nation on Tuesday, including a U.S. Forest Service facility in Fort Collins. The USDA said the messages were received by the agency on Monday and concerned officials about the safety of department personnel. Officials did not elaborate. The closed offices spanned five states and six different locations, including Hamden, Conn.; Beltsville, Md.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Kearneysville and Leetown in W.V. The shuttered Fort Collins office holds the U.S. Forest Service’s building at 2150 Centre Ave., which houses the Canyon Lakes Ranger District headquarters for the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests. The Forest Service is under the auspices of the USDA.

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DNR updates Jefferson County on year’s timber sales revenue

By Cydney McFarland
Peninsula Daily News
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County is expected to see an increase in timber revenue this year, according to a Monday presentation to county commissioners. Commissioners met with representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources for their quarterly check-in on timber sales revenue. According to Drew Rosanbalm of the Department of Natural Resources, the county is projected to make $1.6 million in timber sales this year, which is up from last year’s sales, though exact figures on last year’s sales were not immediately available Monday.

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Forest service gives go ahead for Kuiu Island timber sale

Alaska Public Media
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An old growth timber sale recently announced in a Ketchikan newspaper has one conservation group scratching its head. That’s because this type of harvest — near valuable salmon streams — won’t be allowed in the future. The U.S. forest service is working on a new timber plan in the Tongass National Forest, which is expected to be finalized by winter. In the meantime, forest managers are moving ahead with timber sales under the old rules. …“You know, no one would know about it unless you’re reading the back pages of the Ketchikan paper,” Austin Williams said. He learned about it from a Trout Unlimited member in Ketchikan. Williams is the director of law and policy for the organization.

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Workers in logging/forestry, transportation top total worker fatalities in Oregon: report

Safety+Health magazine
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Portland, OR – The forestry and logging industry in Oregon, together with the transportation industry, accounted for 30 of the 62 worker fatalities recorded by the Oregon Occupational Fatality and Assessment and Control Evaluation Program in 2014, according to OR-FACE’s recently published annual report. Sixteen of the 62 deaths were the result of contact with an object or equipment, while violence and motor vehicle incidents each resulted in 11 deaths, the report states.

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Bogus Basin’s forest ‘is dying’; logging, rehab planned

Idaho Statesman
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The forest that provides the backbone for Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is dying and must be replaced, the Boise National Forest said Tuesday in a news release and video unveiling plans to deal with the problem. “The entire forest up there is dying,” said Stephaney Kerley, the ranger for the Mountain Home District of the forest. “… If we don’t do something right now, Mother Nature is going to take care of it for us.” A combination of dwarf mistletoe, which weakens trees and kills them slowly, and bark beetles, which swarm the weakened trees and kill them quickly, has decimated the trees at Bogus Basin. More than half of the Douglas fir trees are infected, Kerley said, and they’ll be replaced with other species to avoid the same disease.

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Meet the candidates for Oregon State Forester

Statesman Journal
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The public can meet finalists for the Oregon State Forester position at a forum in Salem on Sept. 6. There are two finalists for the job running the Oregon Department of Forestry: Mike Cafferata is ODF’s Forest Grove District Forester. He has a master’s degree in forest economics and a bachelor’s degree in forest management. Peter Daugherty is ODF’s Private Forests Division Chief. He has a Ph.D. in wildland resource science and a bachelor’s degree in forestry, and has worked for the department since 2007. The current State Forester, Doug Decker, plans to retire in October after three decades with the department and five years in the top job.

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‘Freaks on the peaks’: the lonely lives of the last remaining forest fire lookouts

By Rory Carroll
The Guardian
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For Levi Brinegar, alone atop his mountain, a storm can feel like the end of the world. Clouds swallow the peak, winds howl and lightning blazes. “The tower shakes. During the last one the windows cracked. The lightning was 50 feet away. It was like strobe lighting going off. It was crazy.” Brinegar, 26, endures this, and more, for $12 an hour. He could not be happier. He reckons he has the best job in the world. “It’s fun. I’ll definitely try to get back next year.” …In Montana, New Mexico and other parts of the west the numbers of staffed, operational lookouts has stabilized over the past decade, stalling, if not reversing, the trend towards obsolescence. It seems human eyes and intelligence can still do things that drones, satellites and infrared cameras cannot.

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It’s time for Port Angeles to confront another evil: dental floss

Letter to the Editor by Paul Ericksen
Peninsula Daily News
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Now that the People’s Army of Proper Dental Practices has emerged victorious in the Port Angeles fluoridation debate, I hope they will regard their success not as an end but as a beginning. Specifically, the use of the devil’s own tool — dental floss — needs to be addressed if we are ever going to “make Port Angeles great again.” This action is needed for two primary reasons… Being located in logging country increases the urgency of this issue locally. How many logging industry jobs have been lost due to people’s use of dental floss in place of biodegradable toothpicks?

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Like Tens of Millions of Matchsticks, California’s Dead Trees Stand Ready to Burn

By Cynthia Craft
New York Times
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

INVERNESS, Calif. — At the height of California’s fierce wildfire season, the Sierra Nevada and North Coast forests are choked with tens of millions of dead and dying trees, from gnarly oaks to elegant pines that are turning leafy chapels into tinderboxes of highly combustible debris. Ground crews wielding chain saws, axes and wood chippers are braving the intense summer heat in the Sierra’s lower elevations, where most of the pine trees have died. The devastation and danger are greatest in the central and southern Sierra Nevada, where the estimated number of dead trees since 2010 is a staggering 66 million.

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Gov. McAuliffe Announces Va. Dept. of Forestry to Receive More Funding

NBC News
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced more funding is heading to the Virginia Department of Forestry. The governor made the announcement in Augusta County on Monday, August 29. He said the new funding would help support jobs in the rural parts of the commonwealth, as well as protect the environment. “The Virginia forestry industry contributes more than $17 billion to Virginia’s economy each and every year,” said the governor. Some of the money will pay landowners to plant new pine trees after harvest, which state leaders say will maintain jobs in logging, timber and forestry.

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Mozambique faces race against time to end illegal logging

The southern African country is losing millions in lost taxes from illegal logging, much of it destined for China
The Guardian
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“We are cleaning the house now”, says Celso Correia. The young, smartly-dressed, minister for land, environment and rural development in Mozambique is talking about the corruption and illegal logging that has dogged the southern African country’s timber sector for more than a decade. As recently as 2013, a remarkable 93% of all the logging taking place in the country was happening illegally, according to a report from the nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). As well as leading to unsustainable levels of deforestation, the export of illegally logged timber was also depriving the country of tens of millions of dollars a year in lost tax revenue. The driving force behind this boom in illegal logging was China, the biggest importer of logs in the world.

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Robotics and automation changing the wood supply chain

By The Forest Industry Engineering Association
Scoop Independent News
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logistics within the forest industry is going through a major shakeup. Smart technology – robotics, automation, cloud computing, big data analytics and improved connectivity within the supply chain is reshaping how leading companies are adapting to and operating in the 21st century. Wood Flow Optimisation 2016, a technology series being run in both New Zealand and Australia in mid-September by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), will be providing local forestry and wood transport companies a rare insight into how these new technologies are being integrated – from the forest through to the wood processing operation or port. In the last couple of weeks’, we’ve heard about the giant steps being taken in New Zealand’s forestry industry with in-forest trials using teleoperation technology.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon capture and reuse takes big step forward, business models starting to emerge

Canadian Green Tech
August 31, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

CO2 Solutions Inc. will soon have its first commercial carbon capture and reuse plant after it inked an agreement with two key partners, marking yet another step towards the commercialization of the Quebec City company’s novel carbon capture and reuse technology. “A momentous occasion,” is the way that CO2 Solutions president and CEO Evan Price described it in an interview with Canadian Green Tech earlier this month… Not only will the 30 tonnes per day facility to be located at Resolute Forest Products Inc.’s pulp mill in the Saint Felicien region of Quebec show the technical viability of CO2 Solutions’ approach at a larger scale, but it demonstrates a business model for capturing and reusing carbon.

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Are Biofuels Worse For The Environment Than Petrol-Based Fuels?

By Javier Hasse
Benzinga
August 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Biofuels like ethanol or biodiesel release more carbon dioxide than petrol-based gasoline, a new University of Michigan (UM) study revealed. Contrary to popular belief, and what their name might suggest, biofuels are not so environmentally friendly after all. The key to this finding is at the farmland, where the raw materials for biofuels are first grown, UM Energy Institute professor and author of the study in question, John DeCicco, explained to the Detroit Free Press. Nobody was considering tailpipe emissions versus crop growth in the past, he added.

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Scientists have identified a key way the Amazon’s forests may adapt to climate change

By Chelsea Harvey
Washington Post
August 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West, International

The Amazon is famous for being one of the most diverse places on Earth — its forests are home to tens of thousands of plant species alone. And now, scientists are claiming that all of these different plants may be key to the Amazon’s survival during future climate change.  A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests more diverse forests are better at adapting to the changing climate. Using a model that simulates tree growth in the Amazon, the researchers found that as climate change causes some trees to die off, other plants in the forest — more suited to the new conditions — can grow in to take their place. In these cases, the composition of the forest does change, but it’s able to at least partially recover the amount of vegetation it had before.

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Amazon forests: Biodiversity can help mitigate climate risks

Science Daily
August 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress. Now for the first time, a team of scientists can show this in computer simulations of the Amazon region by accounting for its amazing diversity of trees. Biodiversity can hence be an effective means to mitigate climate risks and should not only be seen in the context of nature conservation.

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Forest Fires

Wildfires a growing reality for Vernon firefighters

By Richard Rolke
BC Local News – Vernon Morning Star
August 29, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

The Kokanee Road blaze demonstrates the risk in the woods for Vernon firefighters. The six-hectare blaze broke out Saturday afternoon and was tackled vigorously by the city’s career and volunteer forces throughout the weekend. While the department’s previous focus was primarily structure fires, interface blazes are increasingly common — particularly because the department is solely responsible for the Okanagan Landing area. “Ten years ago, I don’t recall setting up port-a-tanks and shuttling water,” said Keith Green, chief. “These remote locations were an eye-opener.”

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Crews rehabbing lines on Roaring Lion fire

by PERRY BACKUS
Ravalli Republic
August 30, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

With an appreciative eye, Brian Stearns watches the delicate dance being performed on the hillside just above him by a large, dust-covered excavator. Inside the machine, Dean Ehmann of the Sula-based Rocky Mountain Aggregates is carefully repairing the bulldozer-created rip in the ground that served as a fire line to stave off the Roaring Lion fire. Ehmann lightly feathers the machine’s huge shovel from one side to the other to pull the dirt back into the trench. Every so often, he uses the shovel to pick up some branches or a couple of rocks to drop on the repaired fire line. Stearns smiles as he watches Ehmann’s skill on display.

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Ash in Rogue Valley is from 5,000-acre Seiad Valley wildfire

By Mark Freeman and Ryan Pfeil 
Mail Tribune
August 30, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Steep terrain, still winds and tinder woods from years of drought helped the fast-moving Gap fire roar to more than 5,000 acres near Northern California’s Seiad Valley, triggering evacuations and unconfirmed reports of burned houses. Fire crews are working in the remote area today with little communication options as they attempt to assess the damage already caused in the two-day-old fire that continues to rain ash and pour smoke into the Rogue Valley. The fire, which ignited from an unknown source Saturday evening, is burning unchecked on Forest Service land about 18 miles northwest of Yreka, and it more than tripled in size since late Sunday evening, according to the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

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60% of forest fires in Kalimantan, Sumatra not on concession land

By Francis Chan
Jakarta Post
August 29, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Satellites detected almost 700 fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra last week, as the thick haze from land burning on the two Indonesian islands began blanketing the skies over Malaysia and Singapore. However, the data from Global Forest Watch (GFW) also found that 60 percent of the fires were spotted outside concession areas that were not managed by plantation firms. GFW, an initiative of American think-tank World Resources Institute, produces detailed maps and analyses of forest fires around the world. The latest satellite information from its website largely supports the findings of Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency.

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Forest fires burn out of control in Andalucía, Navarra, Castilla-La Mancha and Galicia

thinkSPAIN
August 30, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

FOUR regions are grappling with major forest fires that remain active across Spain, the worst of which has wiped out nearly 10,000 acres of land. According to the government of the land-locked northern region of Navarra, the blaze in Tafalla – started by a cigarette end dropped or thrown out of a car near kilometre 54.5 of the AP-15 motorway – the fire has been ‘stabilised’, but is still burning out of control and 4,000 hectares, or 40 square kilometres, have been destroyed. The towns and villages of Artajona, Mendigorría, Añorbe, Pueyo, Barásoain and Garínoain are under threat.

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