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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Forestry

Old growth forests are important for environment and economy

Coast Forest Products Association
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to UBCM Resolution C-27, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson re-affirmed government’s commitment to Vancouver Island’s old growth forests and stated there was no need to cease logging. The province’s old growth forests, including those on Vancouver Island, are managed for a multitude of resource values. There’s approximately 1.9 million hectares of Crown forest land on Vancouver Island, and over 840,000 hectares of that is considered old-growth. Over half of those old growth forests will never be logged. The Vancouver Island Land Use Plan designated areas for protection and areas suitable for resource development, including forestry. Over 13% of Vancouver Island’s land base is fully protected from development.

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Compromised for decades

Letter by John Dafoe
Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to John Gleeson’s editorial concerning Elphinstone Living Forest (“We need peace on the mountain,” Sept. 23), compromise has been the order of the day for decades. We have compromised biodiversity, water quality and lost economy. May I explain? • Native plant and animal communities need a reasonable amount of old growth forest, significant mature forest and a degree of “natural disturbance” to thrive. Let us presume that logging is a natural disturbance; in the Sunshine Coast region, it is a holocaust of disturbance.

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A thoughtful look at Mount Elphinstone

Letter by David Elstone, RPF, Roberts Creek resident and TLA executive director
Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’ve spoken to BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and confirmed the only trees being harvested in Block A87125 are mature second-growth less than 145 years old. There are some veteran trees in the stand – trees that survived the fire 400 years ago – and those trees are being preserved for biodiversity. …Over and above the local jobs created by the logging contractors, log sorts and small mills on the Sunshine Coast, BCTS generated $20 million in gross revenue from the Sunshine Coast in 2015-16. That $20 million helps fund important things like the $41 million budget for School District 46 and the $44 million expansion of the Sechelt Hospital. Timber harvesting on the Sunshine Coast supports the local economy and creates jobs so people can work where they live.

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UBCM convention: Politicians reject old-growth logging

Victoria Times Colonist
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…MacKinnon noted Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests are a limited resource. He said the province “routinely inflates” the amount of old growth remaining on the Island and the amount that is protected. “On productive forest land base, we’re down to about six per cent old-growth forest on southern Vancouver Island and much less than one per cent on southeastern Vancouver Island. “We’re also logging more than about 9,000 hectares of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island a year,” MacKinnon said. He said the resolution was not calling for an end to logging on Vancouver Island. “The day will come when we stop logging old growth on Vancouver Island and run our industry entirely on second growth. This resolution simply seeks that that comes sooner rather than later,” he said.

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Omineca Beetle Action Coalition on the ropes

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local politicians are scrambling to keep the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition alive in the face of an end to direct funding from senior levels of government. Formed in 2005 to develop strategies to mitigate the economic fallout from the mountain pine beetle epidemic. It will have gone through $5.6 million worth of funding from the federal and provincial governments by the time it’s wrapped up the last of its current tasks at the end of March 2017. But with the spruce beetle now threatening 156 square kilometres of forest north of Mackenzie and a looming downfall in the annual allowable cut, “it’s even more important than ever to have an organization like OBAC,” said Albert Koehler, one of two Prince George city council members who sit on the coalition’s board of directors.

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Paltry return on forest

Letter by Ross Muirhead, Elphinstone Logging Focus
Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The loss of another important intact forest on the Elphinstone slopes is very troubling, and in light of the tiny economic contribution that timber revenues will provide to the province, is equally shocking. The stumpage fees from this timber sale of approximately 23 hectares of old growth forest paid to the province is a paltry $1.3 million – the equivalent of an East Vancouver 30-ft. by 60-ft. property. Are residents getting enough value from these low-elevation, high-use forests? The locally based Peninsula Logging may pocket several hundred thousand themselves; however, what investment did this logging company put into the development of the product they’re benefiting from? Zero

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Weather killing Edmonton birch trees, researcher says

Researcher says Edmonton has lost 60 per cent of birch trees since 2008
CBC News
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A study is looking into why birch trees are dying off in the prairies and British Columbia, but a researcher says they can be saved. Natural Resources Canada started the study in 2008 to focus on the state of birch health. The study has examined over 300 birch tree plots in urban centres. David Langor, a research scientist working on the study, noticed birch trees were starting to die off at a rapid rate in 2003 and set out why. Langor says Edmonton has lost 60 per cent of its ;birch population since 2008. So far he’s found that the deaths are climate related. He speculates it’s a combination of drought and more frequent freeze-thaw periods in the winter.

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Judge ends logging protest injunction

Sunshine Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has lifted an interim injunction against blocking a logging operation on Mount Elphinstone, but the Sept. 27 decision leaves the door open for a new injunction. Peninsula Logging was granted an interim injunction in late August, naming Ross Muirhead, Laurie Bloom, Hans Penner and other protestors (John and Jane Doe). …TLA executive director David Elstone is also a resident of Roberts Creek, and he’s been closely watching developments on Mount Elphinstone.  Elstone told Coast Reporter this week that logging conflicts like the one around A87125 are not as common as they once were in the province, and he thinks if people knew more about how the logging is being done it would make a difference.

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Help rebuild Vancouver’s tree canopy

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This just in from the Park Board media office: Mayday, pagoda dogwood and crabapple trees want homes and a place to put down roots. But time is running out.  The Vancouver Park Board needs planting partners to help expand the city’s tree canopy if we are going to meet our goal of 150,000 new trees by 2020. We have planted almost half the trees to meet this ambitious goal. The Board is now selling 17 varieties of flowering, shade and conifer trees for only $10!

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B.C. municipalities support Vancouver Island push to save old-growth forests

by Kelly Sinoski
The Vancouver Sun
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Our old-growth forests are not a renewable resource,” he said. However, some Vancouver Islanders such as Cowichan Valley Coun. Al Sebring were against the move, maintaining municipalities should focus on local issues such as roads, water and sewer and not old-growth forests, the Site C dam or anti-poverty legislation. Charlie Cornfield, a councillor in Campbell River, and Port Hardy Coun. Fred Robertson added the issue should be debated regionally because it only affected the Island communities. “The motion could have a significant impact on the social fabric of small forest-dependent communities like Port Hardy,” Robertson said. “Nobody has talked to us or the First Nations.” The UBCM committee had recommended the motion be heard locally, but MacKinnon asked that it be raised at the convention.

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Premier funds water, firefighter help for communities

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Pentiction Western News
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In what looked and sounded like a road-test of her 2017 election campaign, Premier Christy Clark used her annual speech to municipal leaders Wednesday to announce new funds for water systems and benefits for forest firefighters. Speaking to a packed room of local politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria, Clark committed $148 million to a clean water and wastewater fund for communities. That funds a third of the costs, with federal contributions raised to 50 per cent, leaving local governments to raise the remainder. Clark praised B.C. Government Employees’ Union president Stephanie Smith for pushing to extend her union’s benefits to seasonal forest fire-fighters, several of whom joined Clark and Smith to address the media after her speech. Smith said about 200 firefighters will receive benefits this year, and more in future years.

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B.C. cities join push to halt Vancouver Island old-growth logging

By Jeff Nagel
BC Local News in Pentiction Western News
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. municipal leaders have thrown their weight behind a call to halt the logging of Vancouver Island’s remaining publicly owned old-growth forests. The resolution passed by a significant margin Wednesday at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. Metchosin Coun. Andy MacKinnon said the aim is to transition to a logging economy based solely on second-growth rather than the continued cutting of remaining old-growth. “The current model of liquidating the last stands of old growth on this island is not serving anyone well,” Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt said. “There’s less jobs. There’s less protection for drinking watersheds. There’s less biological diversity. And there’s major threats to the tourism sector.”

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Forestry activities near Mackenzie under audit

BC Forest Practices Board
September 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Chu Cho Industries LP on non-replaceable forest licence A62375, during the week of Oct. 3, 2016. Chu Cho Industries operates under the Economic Development Corporation of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation. The auditors will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, bridges, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The forestry licence expired in August 2015 and harvesting operations have been completed. The audit includes all activities carried out between October 2014 and October 2016.

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International forestry conference held in Kenora

By Ryan Young
Kenora Online
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Light is being shined on the forest sector in Kenora this week. An International Union of Forest Research Organizations conference is being held at the Clarion Lakeside Inn and Discovery Centre. John Pineau, a provincial leader with FP Innovations helping host the event, explained why it is being held. “Basically, people who work in what I’d call continuing education in the forest sector. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s extension, knowledge exchange, tech transfer,” Pineau said. “When it comes down to it, it’s communicating and educating people on how you do things in new innovative ways, and it’s exciting stuff.”

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Feds buy $4M of logged lands from Alaska Native corporation

Associated Press in the Washington Times
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska – A $4 million deal between the U.S. Forest Service and a southeast Alaska Native corporation will return 4,500 acres of heavily logged forest on Admiralty Island to wilderness. The Forest Service purchased the land on the west side of the island near Cube Cove with money from its Land and Water Conservation Fund. The deal announced earlier this month covers two of 13 parcels owned by the Sitka-based corporation Shee Atika, CoastAlaska News reported. The two parcels about 30 miles south of Juneau were once forested and acquired by the corporation under terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The land was logged for nearly two decades until 2002.

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Greens Fight Post-Fire Logging in Idaho

Courthouse News Service
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ ALENE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service’s conclusion that post-fire logging projects in northern Idaho do not threaten animals and their habitat is full of holes, environmentalists say in Federal Court. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued the Forest Service on Tuesday, challenging its approval of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Tower Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project, and the Grizzly Fire Salvage and Restoration Project. The Alliance says that burned forests provide important food and nesting resources.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Destruction of California Spotted Owl Habitat in Mature Forests in Sierra Nevada

Center for Biological Diversity
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Earth Island Institute today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to halt the logging of critical California spotted owl habitat on the Tahoe National Forest. Six owl territories are slated to be logged in the “Sunny South” project, all of which are important contributors to the overall owl population given the high degree of successful owl reproduction in these old forested areas. California spotted owls are in steep decline on national forest and private lands in the Sierra Nevada region and are being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act, due in part to the severe impacts of logging, which has significantly reduced the amount of mature forests.

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Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MORGAN HILL, Calif. Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday as cooler weather gave firefighters a boost in their fight against a wildfire that is burning through bone-dry brush and threatening hundreds of structures in a remote area of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. Mandatory evacuations were lifted for Santa Cruz County residents, but road closures remain in effect for non-residents. Evacuation orders remain in effect for neighboring Santa Clara County, where most of the 300 threatened structures are located, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The wildfire had charred more than 4 square miles and was 22 percent contained by Wednesday evening, said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean.

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Effort to thin Umatilla Forest makes sense

Union Bulletin
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Hans Rudolph with the Oregon Department of Forestry said recent thinning south of Tollgate saved at least one home during the Weigh Station Fire this summer. “This was the first time I, personally, had the opportunity to see an active fire go through a treated stand,” he said. Rudolph and his team hope to publish a study providing details on how the fuels reduction treatment impacted the severity of this fire. That promises to be helpful in curbing what most agree will be hotter, faster fires in the coming years. Athena resident Leonard Carter, who owns a cabin in Tollgate at an elevation of 5,042 feet, said these types of project are successful in reducing fire danger.

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4FRI watershed restoration work gets boost from volunteers

Arizona Daily Sun
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week, in the forest southwest of Lake Mary, a group of volunteers wound their way through ponderosa-covered slopes, rocky drainages and knee high grasses. Their goal was to find and follow the route that water takes as it flows from the flanks of Mormon Mountain, through the forest and into upper Lake Mary, one of Flagstaff’s main water sources. Along the way the men noted and recorded erosion, geology and vegetation details about the drainage as part of a data collection effort related to the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, northern Arizona’s 2.4 million-acre forest health project. The volunteer trip was organized by the Grand Canyon Trust, a Flagstaff nonprofit that has long been an active player in 4FRI.

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Woodpeckers warn of ash borer infestation

McCook Gazette
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

McCOOK, Neb. — What’s the first evidence of a possible EAB problem? A pretty good clue to the existence of EAB is an over-abundance of woodpeckers. “They know where the larvae are,” Dr. Harrell said. Look for woodpeckers’ cone-shaped holes in the tree bark. Dr. Harrell said typically the first evidence is an ash tree that is becoming “thin,” losing foliage within its canopy. From that point, arborists will look up-high for those tell-tale D-shaped holes and scrape back the bark with a draw knife. If they find tunnels and larvae, and adult-stage beetles, it’s all downhill from there. And homeowners and city tree officials will have some really tough decisions to make.

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American Bird Conservancy Wins SFI President’s Award For Putting SFI’s Scale To Work For Birds

Canada News Wire Edmonton Journal
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is taking an ecosystem-based approach to bird conservation that is benefitting birds in ways that help other species — including people. In recognition of this work and for partnering with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and many others who care about birds, ABC received the SFI President’s Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference. Examining the needs of a wide variety of birds helps build understanding of broader ecosystem health as it relates to sustainable forest management — the kind of forest management that also provides wider environmental benefits, like clean water and carbon storage, that support all life.

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‘Exceptionally wet’ year keeping loggers from getting wood to mills

WJFW
September 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TOWN OF LITTLE RICE – Dennis Schoeneck’s pickup truck sloshes through muddy logging roads these days. But he’d prefer it if a much larger truck could even make it down the path. …The summer of 2016 provided a lot more rain than sun for loggers like Schoeneck. He has about 40 to 50 truckloads of wood cut and just sitting. But logging trucks loaded with wood weigh too much to navigate the roads, which means all those logs — and sometimes workers — can only wait for dryer conditions. “When [my workers] ask, ‘What are we going to do tomorrow?’ And I say, ‘I don’t know.’ I’ve never remembered saying that this many times,” Schoeneck said.

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DNR board cringes at possible forestry move

Associated Press in the Portage Daily Register
September 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. — Department of Natural Resources board members are balking at potentially moving the agency’s forestry headquarters from Madison to northern Wisconsin. The 2015-17 state budget mandated the DNR prepare a move proposal. The agency included the proposal in its 2017-19 budget request. According to the plan, building a headquarters in Wausau would cost $5.9 million to construct and $10.8 million annually to run for 20 years. Leasing space would cost $1 million the first year and $9.4 million annually for 20 years. The board reviewed the proposal Wednesday in Black River Falls. Member Fred Prehn said he’s puzzled why anyone would spend that much money given the state’s tight financial situation.

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Five years left to solve horse chestnut problem

Pests or diseases have damaged most of Britain’s 470,000 horse chestnut trees and there are just five years left to find a solution, according to experts.
Horticulture Week
September 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In lowland England the “vast majority of places have leaf miner and it is here to stay”, said Dr Michael Pocock, organiser of the Conker Tree Science project and an ecologist at the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. “The project has been running for a few years and is coming to an end in terms of tracking the main thrust of the spreading of horse chestnut leaf miner.” He added: “In the long term, I don’t think it’s looking good for horse chestnuts.” While horse chestnut leaf miner causes premature leaf loss, it is horse chestnut bleeding canker that is likely to cause the demise of the tree in England, he added. “Bleeding canker is a much more serious problem because it can cause tree death. Once it enters the tree, it has basically got it for life and can hasten death.

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Company & Business News

North American lumber output increased by 3%

EUWID
September 29, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

The softwood lumber output in Canada and the USA was higher in the second quarter than in the same period of last year. Figures from the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) show that the output in Canada increased 2% to a total of 17.083m m³ and in the USA by 4% to 19.967m m³. The Canadian sawmilling industry thus failed to match the rate of growth of roughly 11% recorded for the first three months. The total North American output of softwood lumber thus amounted to 37.050m m³, which equates to an increase of roughly 3% against last year after growth of 6% had been achieved in the first quarter.

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Canada works to counter protectionist mood of U.S. election campaign

by DAVID LJUNGGREN
Reuters in the Globe and Mail
September 27, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Canadian diplomats are fanning out across the United States to talk up the benefits of trade with state and local leaders and counter what senior officials see as a worrying mood of protectionism swirling through the U.S. election campaign. Amid voter anger about the supposed harm done by international trade deals, both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have talked about altering the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement. That could have calamitous results for Canada, which sends 75 per cent of all its exports to the United States.

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Editorial: Bailing out Tolko in The Pas could make sense

Flin Flon Reminder
September 29, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s easy for commentators and so-called taxpayer advocates to sit back and wax philosophical about how the government has no place handing over taxpayer dollars to private corporations. But when you’re in a community about to lose its primary employer – as our neighbours down Highway 10 in The Pas are – it’s difficult to stand firmly atop that ideological foundation. Putting both politics and emotion aside, there is room for government subsidies in private business simply because there are times when taxpayers have more to gain by providing subsidies than by withholding them. In other words, if the government can provide, say, $5 million in support to a business, but still generate $10 million back in revenue by saving jobs, preserving property tax revenue, keeping people in the province and so on, then such a move may make financial sense.

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Editorial: Power players

Williams Lake Tribune
September 29, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was bad news and good news in Merritt this week. Tolko Industries announced Sept. 22 that it will permanently close its doors at its Merritt mill on Dec. 16. The closure will deliver a heavy blow to the Interior community with a direct loss of more than 200 jobs. …A few days later, however, Merritt Green Energy Limited Partnership announced Merritt will be the site of a new 40 megawatt, biomass-fired power plant for BC Hydro. The project will create about 250 jobs during the construction phase and some 80 new direct and indirect jobs during the plant’s 30-year operation.

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Pallister, union tight-lipped about potential deal to save Tolko mill

Canadian Press in CTV News
September 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG — Premier Brian Pallister won’t discuss details of a potential deal to save the Tolko Industries pulp-and-paper mill in The Pas in northern Manitoba. Tolko announced last month that it plans to close the mill on Dec. 2 because it is no longer financially viable. The move would put more than 300 people out of work. An international company — who no one will name — has sent a letter of intent about possibly buying the mill, subject to several conditions. Union representative Paul McKie says the deal still has hurdles to overcome but workers have a renewed sense of optimism. Pallister says he will not release any details until something is firmed up. “I don’t want to be premature in my comments and I don’t want to raise hopes,” he said Tuesday.

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UMaine, USM receive $116K for forest product support

MaineBiz
September 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

The University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine will receive a $116,667 federal boost to continue providing technical assistance to the state’s forest products industry. The program aims to bolster Maine’s forest products industry and the communities it supports by attracting innovation to the state and engaging Maine’s entrepreneurial community in research and development.  “The continued effort to strengthen the forest products economy requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, which is why we welcome this additional investment from the Economic Development Administration,” U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said in a joint statement.

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Weyerhauser To Boost Work At Millport Mill

Press Release at WCBI.com
September 29, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

MILLPORT, Alabama — Weyerhaeuser announced today it will make a capital investment over the next several years to upgrade its softwood lumber mill in Millport, Al. his investment, which is consistent with Weyerhaeuser’s existing capital plan, is designed to improve cost competitiveness and long-term mill viability. In addition, it will add jobs and expand product offerings. “We are extremely excited for this reinvestment opportunity at Millport that will benefit both our community and region,” said Steve Higdon, unit manager at Weyerhaeuser’s Millport lumber mill. “I also want to recognize our talented team of associates who work very hard to keep this mill safe and successful.”

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Timber industry is making a comeback

The Register-Herald
September 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Before coal, before natural gas, there was timber. Before statehood, timber was a major industry in what would become West Virginia. A century or so ago, the industry was overshadowed by coal and then natural gas. While West Virginia counties from the Eastern Panhandle to the southern part continued to hew timber, coal and natural gas became the headline industries. Despite boom or bust, coal, and eventually natural gas, dominated the state’s economic news. Now, as both extraction industries are facing trouble, timber is holding strong – domestically and globally. “I wouldn’t say we’re doing great, but we are holding our own,” said John Crites, president of Allegheny Wood Products Inc., a West Virginia-based timber company, with facilities in Raleigh and Greenbrier counties.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forester advocates for making logging debris affordable

Williams Lake Tribune
September 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Williams Lake forester is urging the business community and local politicians to lobby the provincial government, B.C. Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission to make it more affordable for companies to retrieve biomass fuel from the forest. Speaking to the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce at its regular lunch meeting Thursday, Tsi Del Del Enterprises manager Philippe Theriault told members the move comes as Atlantic Power Corporation has been granted an amended permit to burn up to 50 per cent rail ties at its biomass-fired generating facility in Williams Lake. For two years Theriault and Marcel Therrien ran a biomass grinding company in Williams Lake.

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Researchers make breakthrough in biobased materials

Univsersity of Washington
September 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications. The work is featured on this week’s cover of the journal Green Chemistry. Lignin is the second most abundant renewable carbon source on Earth. It is in all vascular plants, where it forms cell walls and provides plants with rigidity. Lignin allows trees to stand, gives vegetables their firmness and makes up about 20-35 percent of the weight of wood. The material holds great promise as a precursor for biobased materials and fuels, but it is also notoriously difficult to break apart.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Castlegar wins award for Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park

Boundary Sentinel
September 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Castlegar was one of six communities to receive Community Recognition awards from Wood WORKS! BC at the annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Victoria this week, in honour of the Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park. “We congratulate these six local governments for their visionary initiatives which resulted in beautiful new wood structures that truly enhance their communities and streetscapes,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC.

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Wood WORKS! BC awards BC local governments for leadership in wood use in community projects

BC Wood WORKS!
Canada Newswire press release
September 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Victoria, as Wood WORKS! BC announced the winners of the 2016 Community Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to local governments that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This is demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

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Deadline Extended for 2017 U.S. Wood Design Awards

from WoodWorks
Business Wire press release
September 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON—-WoodWorks, an educational initiative that provides free technical support and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, has extended the deadline for its 2017 U.S. Wood Design Awards to October 17, 2016. The awards recognize excellence in wood design, engineering, and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness, and sustainability.

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

Mississippi Business Journal
September 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in a grant match for the design studio. The design studio will be used by fourth-year undergraduate students at Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.

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CLT for Enduring Green Construction Infrastructure

Jetson Green
September 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

History’s timeline of structural innovations – from ancient Roman aqueducts to cathedrals with soaring rooflines, castles to neighborhoods of mass-manufactured buildings – reads like a primer of Buildings 101. Each has helped us refine our construction methods and building efficiencies, but over time that progress has cost our planet precious resources. Typical structural building components like masonry, concrete, and steel have large carbon footprints and require great amounts energy to produce. Concrete production alone represents roughly 5% of world carbon dioxide emissions, the dominant greenhouse gas. Weighted with data from the US Green Building Council that 40% of national CO2 emissions come from buildings, it is more than clear that we must reexamine our go-to for construction materials. Rather than reinvent, though, consider a return to our construction roots.

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