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Monthly Archives: August 2016

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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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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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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B.C. wary of deadly deer disease in Alberta

By Jeff Nagel
BC Local News
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial wildlife officials are concerned that a disease killing deer and elk on the prairies could soon spread into B.C. Chronic wasting disease, a degenerative nervous system condition similar to so-called mad cow disease, has been discovered in an animal 30 kilometres southeast of Edmonton. That’s the furthest west – by about 100 kilometres – that biologists have detected the deadly disease and the discovery intensifies concerns that infected deer may make their way to B.C. No infected animals have been found yet in B.C. but wildlife health staff are stepping up monitoring efforts in the Peace and Kootenay regions, where deer are most at-risk.

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Board to audit Canadian Resurgence Developments Ltd. near Stewart

BC Forest Practices Board
BC Forest Practices Board
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Canadian Resurgence Developments Ltd. on forest licence A16884 in the Coast Mountain Resource District, during the week of Sept. 6, 2016. Auditors will assess whether forest planning and practices carried out between September 2014 and September 2016 met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. Forestry activities subject to the audit are located northeast of Stewart, adjacent to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway and the Bell-Irving River.

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How British Columbia’s Coastal People Fertilized the Forest

By Jessa Gamble
Hakai Magazine – Coastal Science and Societies
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wild western red cedar forests of Calvert and Hecate Islands, off the British Columbia central coast, are a vision of untouched wilderness. Located about two hours by boat from the nearest village, these rugged islands seem to offer a vision of life without human interference. But even here, subtle cues belie the influence of the human hand. Trees bear the scars of timber extraction and bark stripping, and lines of boulders demarcate clam gardens, where indigenous people enhanced intertidal areas for shellfish. For at least 6,000 years, until the islands became less frequently inhabited around 200 years ago, clams were a staple food for the people along these shores.

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This Startup is Helping the Forest Industry Save Time and Money

By Jason Boies
Opportunities NB
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) program has become an essential component of New Brunswick’s incredible entrepreneurial ecosystem. CanCross Infrastructure, a Fredericton startup fresh from the TME’s Summer Institute accelerator, saw its beginnings in a TME-hosted classroom. Company co-founders Scott Allen, Thomas Bird, and Joshua White, say their business wouldn’t exist without the TME. …”Presently, we’re focused on New Brunswick’s forest sector. One of the challenges faced by that industry involves culvert stress alleviation. Culverts lying under roads are at risk of being damaged by the heavy weight of wood-carrying trucks. As a result, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DTI) has had to tell forestry trucks they cannot carry as much wood. This means trucks make more trips, and burn more fuel — this costs both time and money.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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Prince of Wales encourages sustainable forest management

By The New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Scoop Independent News
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HRH The Prince of Wales encourages sustainable forest management by supporting awards for young professionals in New Zealand and Australia. Two new forestry awards for New Zealand and Australia were announced at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Conference in Dunedin. The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry recognizes the achievements of an outstanding young forestry professional with a passion for sustainable forest management and a commitment to their national forestry institute. Two Sustainable Forestry awards will be presented annually, to one recipient from Australia and one from New Zealand.

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Latin American Leaders Call On Governors To Protect Forests

Blue and Green Tomorrow
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GUADALAJARA – Latin American indigenous and community leaders call on governors at climate meeting to partner with forest peoples to protect forests. With the fate of the vast forests their peoples call home threatened by the combined blows of climate change and large-scale development, Latin American indigenous leaders today warned governors meeting here this week that unless forest communities are drawn into the conservation process, efforts to address climate change will falter.

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Farmers receive big dividends for planting trees

Global Times
August 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Zhang Xinhai, getting as much as 100,000 yuan this time, is planning to plant more trees in the scheme. He finds this way of making money easier than others, as “there is no cost and I don’t have to worry about where to sell them,” he said. In 2013, a local company supplied 400,000 plants, free, to each participating household. Three years later the farmers had to return the trees to the company, in return for a dividend. Taking the survival rate of the trees into account, each household was expected to return at least 380,000 trees.  The company will sell these trees to northern Chinese regions such as Inner Mongolia and Shanxi for greening.

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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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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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Company & Business News

Canfor Southern Pine moves headquarters to Alabama

IHB – The Timber Network
August 30, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Canfor Corp.’s U.S. subsidiary Canfor Southern Pine, Inc. is relocating its U.S. headquarters from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Mobile, Alabama, according to a report by Lagniappe Weekly. Canfor Southern Pine began acquiring privately-owned lumber companies in the U.S. South in 2006, including Gulf Lumber Co. Inc. in Mobile in 2013. Gulf Lumber Co. is run by the family of Mobile’s mayor Sandy Stimpson. Sandy Stimpson left his position as Gulf Lumber Co.’s CFO in in 2012 to launch his mayoral campaign. Stimpson’s brother, Fred Stimpson, is the president of Canfor Southern Pine.

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

Revelstoke Review
August 31, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
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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New allowable annual cut level set for Tree Farm Licence 39

BC Government News
August 29, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
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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Marine Terminal creates good family-wage jobs

By Peter Overton
The Olympian
August 31, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
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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Hampton Lumber of Portland acquires Banks Lumber mill

The Oregonian
August 30, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
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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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: Company & Business News
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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DNR releases forestry report

Greensburg Daily News
August 30, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
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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NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap released providing certainty for Shoalhaven industry

Milton Ulladulla Times
August 31, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
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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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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Climate change will likely lead to more explosive fires in Southern California

By Sanden Totten
89.3 KPCC
August 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Southern California is home to some of the most diverse plant communities in the world, from coastal sage scrub and oak woodlands to conifer forests and inland chaparral. But where biologists see ecological niches, fire officials see fuel sources for wildfire. Many climate models predict that greenhouse gasses will create a hotter, drier future for California over the next century. And that will likely amp up the potential for big blazes on these varying landscapes, creating new challenges for firefighters. One plant community already feeling the heat is the high-elevation pine woodlands in places like Mount Baldy, Idyllwild and Big Bear.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

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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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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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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Harrison and White, Archier design new Parks Victoria office

By Louisa Wright
ArchitecthureAU
August 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Architecture firms Harrison and White and Archier have designed a new “green” home for Parks Victoria in Albert Park, Melbourne. …The “green” building will be constructed using an exposed hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT) and steel frame and external timber cladding that will be locally sourced. Screening will be achieved through timber and planting, while glass is used extensively in the office and flexible areas to strongly connect the spaces to the surrounding park landscape. The building uses natural light and mixed-mode conditioning to adjust to different seasons and has a light management system to reduce energy use. Windows open to allow air movement and connection to the outside. The services mostly do not use ceilings and will be exposed.

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