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Special Feature

British Columbia Announces Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda

By FPInnovations
FPInnovations
August 31, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, British Columbia – Agenda focuses on priorities and actions that address current and future needs. FPInnovations welcomes Wednesday’s announcement by British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Minister Steve Thomson, reinforcing the provinces commitment to the forest sector. Made in Prince George in the presence of industry stakeholders, Minister Thomson presented the Government’s vision as explained in three newly released documents that outlinesa strong competiveness agenda and focuses on priorities and actions across all sectors of the industry.

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Province unveils strategy to aid forest sector

by Mark NIELSEN
Prince George Citizen
August 31, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government released a strategy Wednesday to ease the impact of a looming fall-down in the annual allowable cut as the aftermath of the mountain pine beetle epidemic takes hold in B.C.’s forests. …A forecast shows the AAC for the Prince George Timber Supply Area diving from the current 12.5 million cubic metres available since 2011 to an expected 6.2 million cubic metres in 2020. Before the mountain pine beetle epidemic, it sat at 9.2 million. B.C.’s chief forester is expected to make a decision on the AAC this fall.  “It will be decades before the province’s timber supply returns to what it was before the mountain pine beetle infestation,” Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said as about 50 people – many from the local forest industry – looked on.

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Province sets agenda to address forest sector competitiveness

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
August 31, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government today released its agenda to enhance the competitiveness of B.C.’s forest sector so that it continues to make investments and provide family-supporting jobs in communities throughout the province. The agenda called “Strong Past, Bright Future” contains 49 strategic actions to address three key inter-related goals: healthy, resilient forests; diverse, globally competitive industry; and stable communities and First Nations.  B.C. is recognized worldwide as a leading jurisdiction for the production of high-quality wood products from sustainably managed forests. However, government recognizes the need to address the challenges that may undermine the industry’s ability to compete, from the impact of the mountain pine beetle on interior forests to market uncertainty.

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BC government unveils new agenda for the forestry industry

By Shannon Waters
My Prince George Now
August 31, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC government says it’s taking action to protect the province’s forestry industry with “Strong Past, Bright Future” – a multi-phased agenda to enhance and diversify the industry. It contains 49 items, including develop innovative new wood and wood fibre products, forest enhancement and management programs and investments in the timber supply through reforestation. The industry is facing a number of challenges at the moment, including rising costs for harvesting and transportation and an upcoming reduction in the allowable wood cut. “The reality is we are facing lower annual allowable cuts in many parts of the province as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic,” says Minister of Forests Steve Thomson.

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COFI Supports Provincial Plan to Address Forest Sector Challenges

By The Council of Forest Industries
Council of Forest Industries
August 31, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) supports the B.C. Government’s agenda released today with an action plan designed to address the challenges impacting the competitiveness of B.C.’s forest sector. “The B.C. forest industry has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “However, the sector in B.C. is facing significant challenges which, if not addressed, will further erode its competitive position in the global marketplace.”

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Coast Forest Products Association Applauds, Strong Past, Bright Future

Coast Forest Products Association
Coast Forest Products Association
August 31, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association and its member companies are very pleased to see the Province of British Columbia’s new competitiveness agenda released today. Aptly named, Strong Past, Bright Future, the agenda advances strategic goals, while maintaining the very stringent regulatory regime and environmental standards the forest industry must adhere to, in a manner that will serve to benefit thousands of British Columbians, which includes a segment of over 38,000 individuals who rely on the coastal forest sector daily.

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Business & Politics

Sprinklers contain fire at Downie Timber

By Alex Cooper
Revelstoke Times Review
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A sprinkler system is credited with containing a fire at Downie Timber Tuesday night, says the Revelstoke fire chief. Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services was alerted to a structure fire at the mill at around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. “Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke pouring from the rear of the compressor building and sprinklers activated,” said Girard in a news release. “We immediately ventilated and had an attack crew enter the structure for the fire attack.” Fortunately, the sprinkler system was able to contain the fire, the chief said. “Without sprinklers this fire would have been a completely different matter for us.”

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No buyer for idle pellet plant in Middle Musquodoboit

By James Risdon
Chronicle Herald
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Viridis had 30 bids, but no ‘credible offers’ for Musquodoboit Valley biomass facility—It’s quiet at the pellet plant in the rural community of Middle Musquodoboit. The 16 or so production employees who worked there were laid off last month. The only people left on the site are the administration staff and management team. Vancouver-based Viridis Energy owns the plant through its subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Limited, and in July decided it was no longer worth operating. There are loans of $5 million against the plant and it’s up for sale. But so far no-one has been in a hurry to buy.

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Port of Port Angeles commissioners state top four priorities

By Jesse Major
Peninsula Daily News
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Originally, the plan had 18 initiatives — too many for the port’s level of staffing and requirements of ongoing operations, a port official said. Port commissioners have narrowed down the top four priorities for the Port of Port Angeles’ strategic plan. During a special meeting Monday, commissioners told staff to focus on expanding maritime commerce, establishing and maintaining air service, promoting innovative value-added wood-products manufacturing and actively marketing vacant properties. …Commissioner Connie Beauvais pushed an initiative calling for promoting innovative value-added wood products while working to achieve a reliable and sustainable timber harvest. “Unless we encourage those industry people to come and unless we help to get that reliable, sustainable timber harvest for them, it won’t happen,” she said. “That is a resource we have right in our backyard.”

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Baileyville pulp mill completes $150M expansion into tissue market

Bangor Daily News
August 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — Rolls of tissue were passed around the dozens of people gathered Wednesday afternoon outside the local pulp mill, but not because anybody was upset. The atmosphere was festive as the crowd celebrated the formal opening of the St. Croix Tissue mill adjacent to Woodland Pulp. The expansion of the facility into the tissue market was hailed Wednesday by officials as a breath of fresh air in Washington County, long one of the more economically-challenged areas of Maine, and in the state’s troubled pulp and paper industry, which has seen the closure of several mills in the past few years.

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Mozambique: Government Planning to Ban All Exports of Logs

All Africa
August 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Maputo — The Mozambican government is proposing a total ban on all exports of unprocessed logs, regardless of the tree species from which they come, reports Tuesday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”. The national director of forests in the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Xavier Sakambuera, told the paper a bill on this matter has already been drafted and deposited with the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic. There have been many haphazard attempts in the past to outlaw the export of logs from particular species of hardwoods, but this would be the first blanket ban on the export of all logs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Old construction tech is new again at Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Vancouver HQ

by Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
August 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ok, we are late to this party: the Mountain Equipment Co-op headquarters in Vancouver won the Canadian Wood Council’s Wood Design Award- in 2015. I can only think that the reason we didn’t cover it last year was because it didn’t look much different than a hundred other wood buildings built a hundred years ago out west- mill decking on beams on columns. Meanwhile, we were seduced by Tall Wood and sexy high-tech Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), and what’s really new here? Whats new is what’s old.

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Q+A: SOM’s Benton Johnson on Testing a New Composite System for Tall Timber

By Wanda Lau
Architect Magazine
August 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The proposed Concrete Jointed Timber Frame structural system recently underwent a series of physical load tests with successful results. Timber is gaining ground as a viable structural system for high-rise buildings. Several tall-timber projects have been completed in Canada and Europe, and two domestic tall-timber projects are expected to begin construction soon, incentivized by prize money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. But Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) thinks timber can go further—and higher—if it is used in a composite system that combines the structural properties of wood with reinforced concrete. In a multiyear research effort led by Chicago-based associate Benton Johnson, the firm behind many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers proposes a Concrete Jointed Timber Frame, which employs mass timber for structural elements—beams, columns, shear walls, and floor planks—and reinforced concrete for connections.

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There’s a Tree in My Ski

By Wally Phillips and Matt Hansen
Powder Magazine
August 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Manufacturers use a variety of woods to build ski cores, most incorporating a combination of two or more to hit a balance between weight and strength. But as Moment Skis CEO Luke Jacobson says, “The wood core will change the way the ski feels as far as dampness or liveliness, but it also depends on how much carbon and fiberglass the ski has. It’s how you mix the ingredients that will be the biggest difference.” So while wood is certainly important, a ski’s personality depends on its layup. As a baseline, here are the most common woods found in skis:…

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What’s the Limit for Green Buildings?

By Karen Brown
NOVA Next
August 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Ever since the late-1990s, the highest standard for environmental building has been LEED-certification, run by the U.S. Green Building Council. With three different levels—platinum, gold, silver—builders can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points for a variety of measures, from energy conservation to water efficiency to healthy materials. But some critics of LEED—including those on the more extreme end of the environmental movement—felt it has become too commonplace. Builders can find loopholes in the certification process to receive partial credit and still come off as good citizens. “A system like LEED gives little pats on the back for doing good deeds,” says Emmanuel Cosgrove, director of the Canadian green-building organization EcoHome

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New wood: how it will change our skyline

By Greg Callaghan
The Sydney Morning Herald
August 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…”Mass timber” is the collective term used to describe this new suite of structural materials, which include cross-laminated timber or “CLT” (multiple layers of wood glued together at right angles under extreme pressure to form giant wall, ceiling and floor panels) and “glulam” (layers of wood jointed together along the same grain for beams and posts). And here’s another nickname for these woody high-rises: plyscrapers. Just as steel, glass and concrete revolutionised super-tall construction in the 20th century, it’s now likely that timber, which has been shown to be vastly kinder to the environment, faster to build with, with next-to-zero waste and far healthier to live with, will do the same as the new century marches on, leading to burgeoning new high-rise profiles in Europe, the US and parts of Asia.

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Forestry isn’t just about growing trees

Forestry Commission Scotland
August 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An inspirational exhibition launched at the Festival of Architecture is now touring Scotland, showcasing the best of architecture in Scotland, including examples of how Scottish timber can be used in design and construction. Scottish timber is a fantastic sustainable resource – it’s an endlessly flexible, versatile and adaptable material to work with – and there’s probably no end to the inventive ways that it can be glued, bent, carved, formed and shaped into something new. We work in partnership behind the scenes with businesses and people to develop and promote exciting ways to use Scottish timber. An example of this is Wood for Good, which promotes the increased use of timber in the construction industry.

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Forestry

235,000 Trees and Growing: TD Tree Days Sprouts up from Campbell River to St. John’s

By TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
CNW in Edmonton Journal
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is calling on volunteers from coast-to-coast to plant the seeds for another year of urban greening with the seventh annual TD Tree Days. As part of the flagship program, 50,000 trees will be added to the Canadian landscape at more than 150 community plantings throughout September and October, including 18 accessibility and diversity plantings. “Urban parks and green spaces are where we meet, relax and play. They are critical to making our cities and towns more vibrant and livable,” said Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group. “TD Tree Days encourages people from all communities and of all abilities to get together to green where they live, while helping grow and care for our urban forests.”

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Regina issues reminder to combat Dutch elm disease

3 cases of diseased trees noted so far this year, city says
CBC News
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regina officials are reminding citizens about the dangers of losing valuable trees to Dutch elm disease. On Wednesday, the city said three cases of Dutch elm disease had been confirmed in the city’s east end this year. The city noted that possession of elm firewood is prohibited under provincial regulations. “Do not transport elm firewood into the city from areas outside of the city,” the city said in a reminder note. “Nor should you store any elm firewood on your property, as this provides a safe shelter for the elm bark beetle which can carry Dutch elm disease to uninfected trees.” One of the measures used to combat the spread of Dutch elm disease is a seasonal ban on pruning elms.

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Nasty tree-killing bagworm making comeback in Windsor

After first being identified in 2008 in Windsor, bagworm became a significant problem by 2013
CBC News
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Windsor’s nasty bagworm is making a bit of a comeback with sightings of the tree-crippling parasite increasing throughout the city. Back in 2013 and 2014, the city had a major problem with bagworm, which quickly destroy evergreens by eating its needles. City staff say the bagworm is making a moderate return this year after a mild winter. It was also a much bigger problem two years ago, according to city forester Paul Giroux, but two cold winters kept them under control. “When the temperatures get down to -14 to -18C for any 24 hour period during the winter it greatly reduces the amounts of active eggs for that season, which turn into female and male moths,” said Giroux.

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Letter: Glade watershed concerns

By Laurel Edwards, Castlegar
Nelson Star
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To: Honorable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Atco Wood Products and Kalesnikoff Lumber Company are scheduled to begin logging the Glade Watershed as early as 2017 and plan to continue for the following five years. My concerns are many, but I will only speak of concerns and heightened liability as they pertain to you: the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Glade’s only connection to the main highway is the ferry that is a vital link as residents work, shop, receive medical services, attend schools, etc., on the other side of the river. The logging truck traffic that will be using the ferry will have a detrimental impact on the ferry itself, the landing and the flow of traffic.

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Goal to reduce clear-cutting, whole-tree harvesting abandoned: author

By Amanda Panacci
Chronicle Herald
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

When the Department of Natural Resources marked the half-way point of their 10-year plan for the Nova Scotia’s forests two weeks ago, it delivered an update on the progress made so far. Donna Crossland, who co-wrote a report that formed part of this long-term natural resources strategy, is appalled. This update shows the province moving away from key goals built into the strategy, including reducing clear cutting and whole-tree harvesting. “It was clear to me that they are not trying to reduce clear cutting by 50 per cent, and never have tried,” said Crossland on Tuesday.

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Banned From National Forests, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

By Nicky Ouellet
Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Zaitz started picking mushrooms in the Midwest this spring and followed them north as the season progressed. He’s now hunting morels in the Crown of the Continent region near Glacier National Park. At this point, Zaitz considers himself a professional. “I realized that if I really went at what I was doing, that I could potentially earn and make a living,” he says. …Usually, the U.S. Forest Service offers a special license to pick morels for commercial use in burn zones. But this year, managers in Montana decided not to issue any commercial licenses. In fact, it’s illegal to pick in burn zones in any of Montana’s National Forests. The ban is sending pickers like Zaitz underground. “There’s millions of dollars of mushrooms in the forest and they want to close that off,” says Zaitz.

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Oregon county rejects bid for more local control of U.S. lands

Associated Press in Herald and News
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE — Elected officials in an Oregon county rejected a proposed plan on Tuesday from a group of residents that sought greater local control over the management of federal lands. The development came as local officials in the West are wrestling with ways to have greater say in how the vast swaths of federal land are managed. The issue came to a head in Harney County, where an armed group from out of state seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and held it for 41 days. About half of Crook County in Central Oregon is public land, most of it managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

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A North Woods national park isn’t inevitable. Maine should push for a national forest instead.

By Heather Haskell
Bangor Daily News
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ever since a national park for the Maine woods was first proposed, I’ve kept my mouth shut. I’m not about to tell someone what to do with their land. But with the transfer to the federal government, more than 87,500 acres of the North Woods just became my land. And I get to have a say. So do you. But with that, we need to be educated to make a good decision. Many Mainers don’t know their options. Having served as a ranger in state and national parks from Baxter to Yellowstone, I’ve seen a lot of options here and from away. Everyone is assuming national monument status will lead to a new national park. Not so. The donor is pushing in that direction, but now we really get a say as well.

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Setback for Ruataniwha scheme as Forest & Bird wins appeal

By Jonathan Underhill
Scoop Independent News
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society has won an appeal against a proposed land swap by the Department of Conservation which would have allowed 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Park be flooded as part of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme that will provide irrigation for farmers. In a majority decision released today, the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court ruling that the director-general of conservation, Lou Sanson, was entitled to revoke the conservation status of the land that lay within the footprint of the proposed reservoir, allowing it to be flooded in exchange for a larger area of land with conservation value. In the High Court, Forest & Bird had challenged the DOC chief’s right to “trade away” conservation estate land held for recreational purposes under the Conservation Act for the benefit of commercial interests.

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Move to completely devolve Scottish forestry

By Gordon Davidson
The Scottish Farmer
August 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SCOTGOV has begun a consultation on proposals to complete the devolution of Scotland’s forestry sector. Scottish Ministers currently determine strategy and policy for forestry in Scotland – but the management of forestry, including Scotland’s National Forest Estate, has remained with the Forestry Commission, a cross-border public authority. The ‘Future of Forestry’ consultation confirms the Scottish Government’s commitment to keep Scotland’s forests in public ownership and reveals its plan to create a new body, ‘Forestry and Land Scotland’, to focus on the management and development of the National Forest Estate.

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Forest Fires

Dry conditions turn up the heat in the forest

By Timothy Schafer
The Castlegar Source
August 30, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The dog days of summer and dry temperatures have turned up the heat on the fire risk in the area. A province-wide caution over fire use has been issued — including campfires — as forest moisture is drying up in the relentless heat of late summer. The fire danger rating in the Southeast Fire Centre is currently “moderate” to “high” with pockets of “extreme” in the Boundary, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones, with the forest near Nelson still hovering at a moderate fire risk. But the dry conditions are beginning to cause some problems close to home — including a lightning storm Tuesday night in the Southeast Fire Centre, within the Arrow Fire Zone and Kootenay Lake Fire Zone.

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Wildfire near Lytton forces evacuation of more than a dozen homes

By Justin McElroy
CBC News
August 31, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

16 homes ordered evacuated, another 20 on alert—A rapidly-growing fire south of Lytton, B.C. has forced the evacuation of 16 homes. About 20 others are under an evacuation alert, meaning they may need to leave at any time. The evacuation order applies to all properties on the east side of South Spencer Road from 3800 South Spencer Road north to the boundary of the Papyum 27 Indian Reserve, said a news release issued Wednesday night from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Fire information officer Kelsey Winter says the fire burning near the Lytton First Nation is aggressive and fuelled by wind.

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Nez Perce Fire near Elk Park at 344 acres

Montana Standard
August 31, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


A wildfire in the rugged mountains east of Elk Park expanded to 344 acres Wednesday afternoon — nearly five times the 69 acres reported on Tuesday. Thirty-seven people are fighting the blaze, which up until Tuesday was being monitored daily by the Forest Service, but didn’t have manpower at the scene. The Forest Service news release said moderate fire activity over the past few days, along with more accurate mapping aided by a reconnaissance flight, determined that acreage had increased to 344.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Coming into Focus: Does Harvesting Wood for Bioenergy Impact Woodland Wildlife?

By Lisa Monroe
Pallet Enterprise
August 31, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Two recent studies by North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers looked at how harvesting woody biomass from forests for bioenergy affects the animals that live there. The first study included in-depth research by former doctoral student Sarah Fritts, who spent four years inventorying mammals, reptiles and amphibians on clear cut loblolly plantations in North Carolina and Georgia. She counted animals like toads, shrews, and rodents, concluding that there were no significant differences in wildlife impact based on the amount of biomass material that was removed, or whether debris left in the forest was piled or scattered.

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