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Daily Archives: August 29, 2016

Froggy Foibles

How To Get A Tree Planted For You Every Time You Have Sex

By Erica Gordon
Elite Daily
August 29, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Since you live on this planet, you obviously want to help save it, right? Condoms for Trees is a non-profit, environmentally conscious company that plants a tree for every condom sold. They’re set on restoring the forests while encouraging safe sex. When you use condoms from Condoms for Trees, every single condom you buy results in a tree being planted as part of a crucial reforestation initiative. By using Condoms for Trees you’re not just protecting yourself; you’re actually protecting the forests, too. To the men out there who aren’t ready to be fathers yet: You can feel good knowing you’re planting your seeds in an appropriate place for now.

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Business & Politics

Will the US and Canada start a trade war over lumber?

By Christopher Sands
The Hill
August 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The annals of U.S. trade relations with Canada, our largest trading partner, include a recurring dispute over softwood lumber: the kind of pine boards used mainly in construction and home improvement, as well as for paper. And a new dispute is looming at a very awkward time for the United States. Canada has vast forested acreage, most of it provincially managed “crown” land rather than private. With a small population relative to that of the United States, and a high degree of urbanization, there is less development pressure to clear land for farming, residential or other commercial use. Each year, provincial forest managers determine how much of the forest to make available for logging, and with what conditions (such as replanting and other environmental remediation).

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Forestry operations producing solid profits for District of Mission

Mission Record
August 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mission’s forestry operations are producing solid profits for the municipality. In the second quarter, the forest operations produced a net profit of $175,319, much better than an expected loss of $17,954. While the sales volume of logs was actually lower by 1,243 cubic metres, the return was better than expected, with each cubic metre selling for $22.40. The price of lumber has been strong for much of 2016, due to solid housing starts in both Canada and the United States and strong exports to Asian markets. In the first six months of the year, the forestry operations have shown a net profit of $744,063. The 2016 budget calls for a profit of $256,037 for the year.

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Softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the U.S. drags on

By Scott Bourgeois
News Talk 980 CKNW
August 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The trade dispute between Canada and the United States over softwood lumber is once again rearing its head. The previous nine-year trade deal expired last October, and a one-year holding period is quickly running out with both sides still far apart on a new agreement. University of Alberta Professor Greg Anderson tells the Alberta Morning News, he’s predicting a continued stalemate between the two sides. “We’ll end up with some kind of managed agreement not that dissimilar from what just expired,” says Anderson. “And that will hold us for five more years, maybe, and then we’ll start this process all over again.”

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Tolko Industries: Why they’re closing The Pas mill and what it means

Hundreds in The Pas and surrounding areas face job losses in December
CBC News
August 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the third time in less than a month, northern towns are facing tough times after a major employer announced it will close its doors. On Aug. 22, 2016, Tolko Industries announced that as of Dec. 3, 332 employees in The Pas will be without jobs. The privately owned B.C.-based forestry products company is set to close the town’s kraft paper mill, which it has been operating for the past 19 years. The mill has been operating for more than 40 years and is the largest employer in the northern Manitoba town.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

World’s tallest timber building topped off ahead of schedule

Proud Green Building.com
August 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Vancouver, Canada, the towering timber Brock Commons just had its final panel installed, making the dream of the world’s tallest timber building a reality, reports the website Inhabitat. In just 66 days – ahead of the original scheduled timeframe – the exterior of the Acton Ostry Architects‘ record-breaking design has come to fruition, which could bump up the projected fall 2017 completion date to next year’s spring semester. The final panel of the University of British Columbia student housing structure was lifted and installed earlier this month.

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Canada’s most ambitious new public building is a Montreal soccer stadium

By Alex Bozikovic
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada, United States

Imagine hunks of Montreal greystone, fractured, scattered and then lifted into the air. Now imagine this mineral mass held up by a lattice of textured wooden trusses: a piece of the earth, resting on brawny woodwork, defining a grand shelter for the community. That is the scene at the new soccer stadium in the city’s St-Michel district: an amateur sports facility that is one of the most ambitious and beautiful new public buildings in Canada. Designed by architects Saucier + Perrotte along with Vancouver’s HCMA, it shows Montreal’s and Quebec’s culture of design at its most ambitious and successful. …The roof above is a dramatic composition in itself, held up by a lattice of wood box beams that crossed at random-seeming angles and stretch as long as 69 metres. This is the work of Quebec fabricators Nordic Structures, a uniquely large-scale and sculptural use of engineered wood. This genre of structure combines pieces of cheap softwood into a large, strong and lightweight structure that has a vastly lower carbon footprint than steel. This could and should be an important new line of business for Canada’s forest industry.

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Atlanta suburb bans wood-framed construction in large new buildings

By T. Ortega Gaines
Charlotte Observer
August 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

If you look around Charlotte these days, a forest of apartments is rising: Many of the record number of new apartments under construction are large, wood-framed structures with hundreds of units, usually four or five stories high… But that’s not going to be the case anymore in Sandy Springs, a fast-growing municipality north of Atlanta. There, the city council approved a building code change that forbids using wood-framed construction for any future buildings taller than three stories and larger than 100,000 square feet. That would effectively exclude most of the new apartments under construction in Charlotte, except for uptown high rises built with concrete and steel. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the change in Sandy Springs building code, to which which developers and wood advocates objected.

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Forestry

Ministry of Environment urging British Columbians to be bear aware

By Shannon Waters
My Prince George Now
August 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been a bad month for BC bears. In the Revelstoke area alone, 9 bears have been destroyed in a little more than a week. The Ministry of the Environment is urging people to take responsibility and ensure that bears don’t have to die for the sake of public safety. It’s tricky time of year for our wild neighbours. “This is the active time of the year for bears,” says Dave Bakker with the Northern Bear Awareness Society. “With the waning berry crop that is slowly petering out right now, they’re going to turn their focus on to the other food sources that they remember or smell out.”

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Northern Alberta communities worried plan could cost jobs without doing much to protect caribou

By Gordon Kent
Edmonton Journal
August 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of northern Alberta municipalities wants more discussion of a provincial plan to protect an extra 1.8 million hectares of wilderness in hopes of saving the woodland caribou. Caribou Communities of Alberta says a report by mediator Eric Denhoff that the government accepted in June could cost jobs and hurt the petroleum and forestry industries without doing much to protect the threatened animals. “There wasn’t any consultation with our communities that are affected,” High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer said Sunday.

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B.C. wildfire costs top $100M, but still less than in 2015

Canadian Press in BC Local News
August 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. has spent $103 million fighting wildfires across the province since the fire season began April 1. Information officer Claire Allen of the BC Wildfire Service says that is less than half the amount spent in B.C. over the same period last year. She says $232 million was spent battling 1,772 fires between April and the end of August in 2015, while just 936 blazes have scorched about 990 square kilometres of B.C. woodland this year. That compares to the nearly 3,000 square kilometres of bush burned across B.C. in 2015.

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Tree planting sure isn’t what it once was

By Bethany Lindsay
Vancouver Sun
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tree planting is a job so demanding that when the BBC sent three young Brits to B.C. to give it a try, two didn’t even make it through the first week. “It really is the hardest job in the world,” said Dirk Brinkman, whose company, the Brinkman Group, hosted the three woefully unprepared twentysomethings at a camp in Prince George. When that episode of World’s Toughest Jobs aired in March, it showed the pasty trio grumbling about the tough physical work and the lack of creature comforts. Even lifelong tree planters will tell you the job requires Olympian levels of exertion and can be cruel in its monotony.

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Herbicide use in Nova Scotian Crown forests panned by Ecology Action Centre

Environmental group fears province is softening its position
CBC News
August 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ecology Action Centre is alarmed that the provincial Department of Natural Resources appears to be softening its stance on the spraying of herbicides on Crown forests. “I think it’s outrageous. Obviously the public is against this,” said Matt Miller, the forestry program co-ordinator at the centre. Since December 2010, the province has not put any funds toward herbicide use in forestry on either private or Crown land. Miller said that has reduced herbicide use on private woods, and had the effect of “essentially eliminating the practice” in Crown woods. Lately he’s been seeing signs that make him think that will change.

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Forest near Lincoln to undergo restoration

Great Falls Tribune
August 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A major forest restoration project has been OK’d for the Lincoln area that the U.S. Forest Service says will reduce fire hazard, promote a more diverse forest and respond to dead trees killed by mountain pine. It will also improve viable mature habitat to support big game and other wildlife, and provide timber products, the agency said. The Stonewall Vegetation Project area is about 24,010 acres in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. “It’s basically a vegetation restoration project,” said Michael Stansberry, Lincoln District ranger. A cornerstone of the project is reducing fuel loads in the forest to make sure the community is safe from wildfire, he said. The project area is about four miles north and west of the town.

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Southern pine beetle infestations on the rise in St. Johns County, much of Florida

By Jack Martin
St Augustine Record
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Insects no larger than a grain of rice are wreaking a not-so-small amount of havoc on pine trees throughout St. Johns County and the state. Forests in much of the northern part of Florida are experiencing southern pine beetle infestations that can spread and worsen if left unaddressed. The costs can be economic, aesthetic, recreational and ecological. As of Aug. 2, there were 173 documented cases statewide, 18 of which were in St. Johns County. Cases within the county have jumped up from the four that were identified as of June 22.

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China tops the world for having 70 million ha of planted forest

China Daily USA
August 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China is home to 69.3 million hectares of artificial forest, the most in the world, following more than six decades of afforestation work, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration. Total forest acreage has grown to 3.12 billion mu (208 million ha) from 1.24 billion mu in early 1950s, covering 21.66 percent of the land area, compared with 8.6 percent more than 60 years ago, Zhang said at a national conference on accelerating afforestation over the weekend in Hohhot. Zhang said the administration aims to have more trees planted in areas along the Belt and Road Initiative region, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and the Yangtze River economic belt.

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Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

Associate Press in Globe and Mail
August 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster. The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing a jumble of reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves, in the lightning storm Friday. Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told the AP it’s not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes, “but we have not heard about such numbers before.” He said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather, which could explain how so many were killed at once.

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Forest Fires

Progress continues to be made on Kokanee Road fire

By Richard Rolke
Vernon Morning Star
August 28, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire near Vernon’s Predator Ridge hasn’t expanded. Firefighters tackled the Kokanee Road blaze overnight and it’s being described as mostly controlled. “There was minimal growth and it’s estimated to be six hectares in size,” said Rachel Witt, a fire information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service, Sunday morning. The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, is generating minimal smoke and rain overnight proved beneficial.  “The overnight rain and cooler temperatures have aided firefighters from Vernon Fire Rescue Service in their progress,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, City of Vernon communications officer.

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Fire above Peachland

Castanet
August 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Wildfire crews are working to establish containment on the blaze above the former Ponderosa Golf Course. Air support is now grounded for the night. Fire information officer Rachel Witt says 24 firefighters will remain on site overnight to put out hot spots. While the wind did contribute to some flare-ups throughout the evening the fire is still considered a rank 2 blaze. Cooler temperatures are expected overnight and into tomorrow which will assist firefighters in controlling the flames. There is no plan to evacuate nearby homes as no structures are threatened.

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Wildfire blocking Yellowstone entrance smolders on

By Brennan Linsley
Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
August 28, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Firefighters chopped down trees and searched for hotspots on steep hillsides Sunday as they battled a wildfire that has blocked an entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Wildfire managers said their top priority is clearing a highway that leads to Yellowstone and protecting campgrounds, buildings and archaeological sites. They also are making sure there are no flare-ups or falling trees that could cause injuries or death. Strong winds blew down several trees Saturday, blocking some roadways. Travelers have been warned to be cautious on roads around the park that remain open.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Millions of trees on the way for ravaged B.C. forests, according to new climate plan

By Jon Hernandez
CBC News
August 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Climate Leadership Plan was met with lukewarm reviews last week, but the province’s reforestation industry sees the potential for a major surge in tree planting operations. To meet carbon reduction goals, the province has called for 300,000 hectares of forests damaged by wildfire and pine beetle be rehabilitated over the next five years in order to turn the forests back into a carbon sink. It’s titled the Forest Carbon Initiative. While the overall Climate Leadership Plan was panned by environmentalists who don’t believe it will lead to any meaningful reduction in GHGs, for many members of the province’s forestry sector, the commitment stands out.

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Determining Value of Existing Pellet Plants

By William Strauss
Biomass Magazine
August 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Low crude oil prices have driven the cost of heating oil in the U.S. below the cost of wood pellets for the equivalent energy in most locations. The impact on the heating pellet sector is very challenging in the Northeast, which is disproportionally reliant on heating oil compared to the rest of the U.S. At current prices, heating oil is about $200 cheaper per year. The gap has come down in recent months as pellet prices have dropped. But low heating oil prices combined with a relatively warm 2015-’16 winter have significantly dampened demand for premium wood pellets. 

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Wood fuel plan to cut plane CO2 branded as ‘pipe dream’

By Matt McGrath
BBC News
August 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Plans to cut airline CO2 using greener jet fuels made from waste wood have been dismissed as a “pipe dream” by environmentalists. Several high octane, waste-based biofuels are being tested by airlines as a way of curbing CO2. UN officials are set to endorse these fuels as a key part of global plans to stabilise aviation emissions by 2020. But critics say the plans are unrealistic and airlines are not taking the issue seriously… By using forest residue, supporters believe the new fuel can make a real and sustainable difference to airline carbon emissions as trees soak up CO2 as they grow and it is only the waste from their harvesting that’s used in production. “We are short cutting mother nature and sucking carbon directly out of the atmosphere, that maybe yesterday’s plane put into the atmosphere,” Andrew Hawkins told BBC News.

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