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Business & Politics

Canfor Southern Pine moves headquarters to Alabama

IHB – The Timber Network
August 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
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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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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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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Wood, Paper & Green Building

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

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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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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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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