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Business & Politics

It’s Canada vs. the protectionists in the new world trade wars

October 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As a trading nation, Canada has much to lose if protectionism — clearly on the rise in the U.S. and Europe — gains more ground. Protectionist sentiment reflects a misunderstanding of how trade benefits the economy. The benefit does not come from a mercantilist maximizing of the surplus of exports over imports. …Trade agreements replace the state-to-state resolution of trade disputes, such as between Canada and the U.S. over softwood lumber. In trade disputes between nations, the larger country usually fares better in a political setting where power triumphs. Trade agreements instead resolve disputes mostly with investor-to-state settlements in an arbitral setting.

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Lumber battle to test new market realities

By Megan Cassella
Politico.com
October 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

U.S. lumber producers can expect a much different battlefield for a fifth round of acrimonious — and certainly expensive — litigation over lumber trade with Canada compared to the last skirmish in the early 2000s. New market circumstances could shield some of the biggest Canadian companies from the full brunt of retaliatory duties. But the U.S. industry enters the fight armed with several legal rulings from recent years that could bolster its argument that Canada is providing unfair subsidies through government pricing programs for timber. “I pretty much guarantee the U.S. coalition is very creative,” said Peter Clark, an Ottawa-based trade consultant. “They’re going to come up with other forms of arguments and other ways to impose high enough duties on the Canadians that you’re going to force some Canadian mills to curtail and slow the flow across the border.”

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How a manufacturer of railway ties became one of Canada’s best stocks

by Joanna Pachner
Canadian Business
October 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…The tech behemoths’ gains were dwarfed by those of this obscure Montreal-based manufacturer of utility poles and railway ties, two of the most pedestrian, old-economy markets around. The man in the CEO chair during that entire decade has been one Brian McManus, a former mechanic who, through a fluky combination of business acumen, family connections and sheer serendipity, landed the top job in 2001. When he joined, Stella-Jones Inc. had roughly $10 million in sales. Last year, the company recorded revenue of $1.56 billion; the percentage growth number would need a lot of digits. Even in a relatively sluggish economy, the company’s 2015 sales were up 25% over the previous year. In the past five years, the stock returned 432%. “We’ve had a bit of softness in our share price lately,” McManus grumbles.

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Canadian trade to take a loss if Democrats control the Senate, Mulroney says

By Ross Marowits
The Toronto Star
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL—Brian Mulroney is no fan of Donald Trump’s promise to rip up NAFTA, but the former prime minister says Hillary Clinton’s shift to the left is bad for Canadian trade, especially if the Democrats regain control of the Senate. The former Conservative leader told the Montreal Board of Trade that Clinton’s decision to accept the “wacky arguments” about trade put forward by socialist former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders is troubling. Clinton has come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement she worked on as secretary of state and criticizes NAFTA, which her husband enacted as president. …International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said protectionist forces in the U.S. should worry Canadians, especially relating to challenges in securing a new softwood lumber agreement.

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Lumber stand-still ends, but no deal announced

By Hannah Lawson
Whitecourt Star
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The one-year halt on the United States lumber industry’s ability to take legal action against Canadian softwood lumber producers passed last week, with no agreement struck yet. Last October, the most recent Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) of 2006 between the two northern countries expired, granting a one-year peace term for negotiations to take place before any trade investigations could be launched. Oneil Carlier, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA and Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, said at this point negotiations are “kind of” on hold, but there’s still a slim hope that a deal might be made before the end of President Obama’s term.

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Jobs to open up in lumber industry: Canfor

By Kevin Hampson
Daily Herald Tribune
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A good number of forestry jobs will be opening up in the region in the years ahead, says John Taszlikowicz, operations manager for Canfor in Grande Prairie. Speaking to County of Grande Prairie councillors on Monday, Taszlikowicz said his workforce is ageing following a decline of people entering the industry in the mid-2000s. “One of the things that continues to be an issue for us is the ageing workforce demographic,” he said while giving an update on Canfor’s Grande Prairie operations. “As our industry went through the downturn, the people that stayed in it are getting older and getting closer to retirement so we will be looking to fill those positions in the years to come.”

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What’s Propelling Western Forest Products Inc to Decline So Much?

Firsco Fastball
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Western Forest Products Inc (TSE:WEF) is a huge mover today! About 72,257 shares traded hands. Western Forest Products Inc (TSE:WEF) has declined 5.56% since March 14, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 11.10% the S&P500.
The move comes after 5 months negative chart setup for the $794.91 million company. It was reported on Oct, 19 by Barchart.com. We have $1.90 PT which if reached, will make TSE:WEF worth $47.69 million less. Out of 3 analysts covering Western Forest Products, 3 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 0 “Hold”. This means 100% are positive. Western Forest Products has been the topic of 7 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock has “Strong Buy” rating given by Raymond James on Wednesday, January 27.

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Reflections on a 44-year career from Tolko’s ironman

By Cole Wagner
Merritt Herald
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“That smell of the wood — when you’re cutting spruce, and it makes you hungry. It was nice, it was fun, cutting the raw wood. The wood was pure white, it was so white it would blind you when it came out. Like you had to wear sunglasses… Of course we didn’t back in the day.” Listening to Patrick Cullen’s scattered reflections on a 44 year career working at what is now the Tolko Industries mill — set to shut down at the end of the year — drives home a salient point about the character of Merritt’s blue collar mill workers. You can take the man out of the mill, but you can never take the mill out of the man.

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Zimmer Takes on Asia-Pacific Gateway Portfolio

By Greg Fry
250 News
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Bob Zimmer’s busy schedule just got a little busier. Interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose has appointed the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP critic for Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.zimmer This to go along with his current duties which include deputy critic for Families, Children and Social Development as well as his role as vice-chair for the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Committee. Just this week he was also named to the Conservative’s Softwood Lumber Taskforce with neighbouring MP Todd Doherty.

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Canfor hoping to take advantage of Chinese middle class market

By Trevor Snell
Q99Live
October 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the oil and gas industry continuing to struggle, the forestry industry is thriving. Members of Canfor addressed County Council Monday to deliver an update. One problem that continues to nag the sector is the Mountain Pine Beetle, which can still be found in bunches in the Grande Prairie area. “The trees tend to become challenging from a sawmilling perspective. The grade outturns of the lumber we produce are less than they would be in green fibre,” explained Operations Manager, Jon Taszlikowwicz. Taszlikowwicz adds that a middle class market is now emerging in China, and that is a market they hope to take advantage of.

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Uncertain Future for Lumber Exports

By Caeco Wood
Empire Media
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Negotiations for a new deal to regulate Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. are continuing as the protection of the latest softwood lumber agreement expired last week. As of Thursday (Oct. 13) the U.S. industry is free to launch new unfair trade actions against Canada, although new tariffs can’t be imposed until six months after a formal complaint is filed. With most U.S. lumber exports coming from B.C., the temporary period of free trade may be the calm before the storm for the B.C. industry. The Canadian and U.S. governments issued a joint statement, promising to continue talks towards a “durable and equitable solution for North American softwood lumber producers, downstream industries and consumers.”

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During National Forest Products Week, USDA Announces $7 Million to Expand Wood Products and Wood Energy Markets

United States Department of Agriculture
USDA News
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risks. These grants are available through the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Innovations Program. …Funding is available for a diverse range of activities, from facilitating the establishment of new building codes to support expanded use of wood materials to developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area. Funding may also support business planning and efforts to accelerate the manufacturing, market adoption and demonstration of innovative wood products, such as cross-laminated timber.

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Five Ways Agroforestry Can Grow Forest Products and Benefit Your Land, Your Pockets & Wildlife

By Jocelyn Benjamin
United States Department of Agriculture
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Much of the beauty in American agricultural landscapes is complemented by the trees in those landscapes. We depend on these tree’s products every day–from the paper our children use in school, to many of the fruits we eat, the wood burning in our fireplaces, and the wildlife habitat created by those trees and forests. Forests are vital to our economy, as well. Trees are part of forest ecosystems that play a critical role in our livelihoods, providing environmental, economic and social values. Agroforestry practices support agricultural production and help improve water quality and air quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat.

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Weyerhaeuser explores sale of Uruguay mills & timberland

By Karen Koenig
Woodworking Network
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – Weyerhaeuser Co. said it is exploring strategic alternatives for its timberlands and manufacturing operations in Uruguay, including a possible sale of the business. Weyerhaeuser established operations in Uruguay in 1997 and now owns more than 300,000 acres of timberland in the northeastern and north central part of the country. In June 2006 it opened a veneer mill and plywood operation in Tacuarembo, where it produces products such as Lumin plywood, made from plantation-grown loblolly pine and eucalyptus trees. A cogeneration facility and seedling nursery are also located at the site.

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Drax Biomass signs deal with environmental group to avoid timber in forested wetlands

By Stephanie Riegel
Great Baton Rouge Business Report
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-based Drax Biomass International—which stores the wood pellets it manufactures in those two massive white domes at the base of the Mississippi River bridge in Port Allen—signed a deal today with an environmental group, pledging not to source its timber from the cypress and tupelo stands found in forested wetlands like the Atchafalaya Basin. The pledge was largely symbolic. In the two years since the company began operating in Louisiana, it never has sourced its timber from forested wetlands. However, a DBI spokesman says it wants to be an industry leader in establishing best practices because others in the wood pellet and logging industry are eyeing the cypress-tupelo swamps as a potential source for mulch and wood pellets.

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West Fraser Expanding Newberry County Operations

Metro Columbia CEO
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

West Fraser, a diversified wood products company, is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations. The project is expected to bring $33 million in new capital investment. Established in 1955, West Fraser produces lumber, laminated veneer lumber, medium-density fiberboard, plywood, pulp, newsprint and wood chips, as well as energy through several bioenergy initiatives. Beginning as a small, three-man operation, the company has grown into the largest lumber producer in North America, operating facilities throughout western Canada and the southern United States. Located at 3287 College St. in Newberry, S.C., West Fraser’s Newberry sawmill directly employs 155 workers.

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Priceworth International acquires logging firm, gains rights to Sabah forest reserve area for RM260m

The Malay Mail Online
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR — Timber and sustainable forest management group Priceworth International Bhd’s (PWI) Singapore unit, GSR Pte Ltd (GSR), has acquired timber extraction and replanting rights on a forest reserve area comprising 101,161 hectares in Trus Madi, Sabah for RM260 million. GSR had signed an agreement to acquire the entire paid-up share capital of Rumpun Capaian Sdn Bhd from Transkripsi Pintar Sdn Bhd for RM260 million, it said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.

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Russia: plywood, particle board and fiber board production takes an upward turn

IHB – The Timber Network
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In 2016, Russian wood-based boards production seems to have taken an upward turn. In January-September 2016, Russian enterprises increased production of plywood, particle boards and fiberboards. Such a conclusion can be made based on the latest statistics provided by the Russian official statistics service Rosstat.  Thus, in January-September 2016, plywood production volume reached 2.8 million m3, that is 2.3% more than during the respective period of 2015. Moreover, the September plywood production figures are 1.7% higher than in September 2015, and 4.7% higher that in August 2016. 

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Wednesday is National Bioenergy Day – National Forest Products Week

By Peter Christian
KGVO News Talk
October 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics

On Wednesday, National Bioenergy Day, part of National Forest Products Week, is the time the U.S. Forest Service is emphasizing the importance of wood energy to Montana and to the entire country. …U.S. Forest Service said the week and the special day were set aside to honor all those involved in the wood and timber industries. …“In terms of the economy, there are a lot of jobs involved in the forest products industry,” she said. “Everything from the foresters who are putting together forest management projects and all the resource specialists in between, to the folks who are doing the harvesting to the truckers who are hauling to the mills that are actually processing the timber and then trucking it back to folks”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UBC Branches out into Tall Wood Structures Using BIM

By Erin Green
Engineering.com
October 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tall wood structures have been cropping up all over the news lately. Although it can be off-putting to designers that current building regulations can limit how tall these structures are, the technology behind building a skyscraper of wood is improving. As a material, wood has a sustainable aspect that can’t really be denied, so it’s no wonder that these structures are putting down roots in various countries, including the U.S. and Canada, to prove that they can stand tall. One of these buildings is the Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The 174-ft, 18-story building is a collaborative effort between Acton Ostry Architects Inc., structural engineering consulting firm Fast + Epp, tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann and prefab provider Structurlam—and it recently became the tallest mass wood, steel and concrete hybrid structure to date.

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Forestry

NIC Offers Coastal Forestry Training in Campbell River

BC Local News in Campbell River Mirror
October 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Limited seats are available for the four-month Coastal Forest Resource program in Campbell River this January, designed to give students an advantage in BC’s forestry industry. The four-month program provides students with hands-on skills and knowledge to start outdoor careers on the B.C. coast. Graduates say the program provided enriching career opportunities on the BC coast. Other graduates say they are thankful to learn essential skills and knowledge from veterans of the forest industry. Far from being a dying industry, Coastal Forestry graduates are in demand, with the Truck Loggers Association and Canada – B.C. Labour Market Development projecting 4,650 job openings in coastal forestry and logging industry over 10 years.

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Province ‘proposing to harvest’ trees in former birch reserve

By Chris Ensing
CBC News
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Newfoundland and Labrador government says its proposing to cut wood from a former birch reserve near Gander, despite concerns from cabin owners in the region. In a statement, a spokesperson with the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods confirmed the decision to open the area for proposals to harvest trees. “We are aware of concerns expressed by cabin owners,” the statement said. …Minister Steve Crocker told CBC Radio’s Central Morning there were no immediate plans for the birch reserve near Gander.  “This stand is included in the five year plan,” said Crocker. “But as of right now there is no harvest imminent.”

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Province to remove more forest cover before flooding begins at Muskrat Falls

The Chronicle Journal
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Newfoundland and Labrador government says more forest cover will be removed from the land in Labrador that will be flooded as part of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. The province issued a statement today saying the additional cutting is aimed at addressing concerns of critics who say the water will be contaminated with methylmercury if the trees are left to rot at the bottom of the planned 41-square-kilometre reservoir. Earlier this week, plans to start the flooding at the site west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay sparked protests and a number of arrests. Provincial Environment Minister Perry Trimper says the province is working with aboriginal governments in Labrador to improve oversight for the project.

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City forester leaves

By Jon Thompson
Thunder Bay News Watch
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Whether or not Thunder Bay applies a recommended 10-year strategy for confronting the invasive emerald ash borer, it will do so without the only city forester it has ever employed. Shelley Vescio has tendered her resignation after 21 years on the job.  “I have to admit, it’s bittersweet,” Vescio said on Tuesday. “I’m really going to miss the people I work with. We’ve got really dedicated people in this city; people who are trying to make change, who are looking at sustainability and a new crop of people who think progressively. I am looking forward to the change in work flow. It has been a heavy, heavy job.”

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What’s best for birds in fire-prone landscapes?

from Central Ornithology Publication Office
EurekaAlert!
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Two new papers from The Condor: Ornithological Applications demonstrate the complex challenges involved in balancing the management of fire-prone landscapes with the needs of wildlife in the American West. Salvage logging after a wildfire can provide economic benefits for local communities that depend on the timber industry, but what about birds that rely on recently burned habitat for foraging and nesting? Quresh Latif and Victoria Saab of the U.S. Forest Service and their colleagues assessed how well mathematical models predicting species distributions and guiding management decisions transfer from one location to another.

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Forestry professionals will gather in Madison to address nation’s forest management challenges

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
October 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

MADISON – Professional foresters from across the U.S. and Canada will gather in Madison on Nov. 3-6 for the 2016 national Society of American Foresters convention. The 1,500 or more attendees, who will gather at Monona Terrace, work for universities, all levels of government, the forest industry and as self-employed consultants. During the convention, they will explore the rich history of forestry, land stewardship and current issues related to the science, art and practice of creating, managing, using and conserving forests and associated resources. Wisconsin DNR forester Julie Peltier, who is serving as general chair of the 2016 Society of American Foresters convention, said the convention will provide the opportunity to showcase Wisconsin’s 17.1 million acres of forests and the social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits they provide.

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Arizona highway clouded by smoke, causing numerous accidents

By Paul Davenport
Associated Press in US News
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thick smoke from a blaze set to reduce wildfire risks blinded motorists Wednesday on the main highway across northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon, causing numerous accidents as haze clouded the freeway for hours and reduced visibility to 20 feet, officials said. The fire to burn dry brush and trees was set Tuesday in the Kaibab National Forest that surrounds Flagstaff, and officials knew that a wind shift overnight would send smoke toward Interstate 40. But they were surprised that it did not dissipate as predicted, said Brady Smith, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.

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Groups sue seeking protection for forest-dwelling fisher

Associated Press in Union-Bulletin
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Four conservation groups have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not listing the Pacific fisher, a small, weasel-like predator, as a threatened species. The lawsuit alleges the agency failed to consider the best scientific evidence when it decided not to provide the fisher protections under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco. Fish and Wildlife had proposed listing the forest-dwelling mammal as threatened in 2014 because of concerns over logging practices, illegal pesticide use by marijuana growers and other threats. In April, the agency determined fishers were not in danger of extinction. It said the best available science showed current threats aren’t causing significant declines in West Coast populations.

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Roaring Lion salvage project up for comment

By Kevin Maki
NBC Montana
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON, Mont. – The Bitterroot National Forest is asking for public comment on a proposal to log 45 acres of trees burned in the Roaring Lion fire near Hamilton this summer. Hazardous trees would be removed and salvaged near the Roaring Lion, Sawtooth and Ward Mountain trailheads. Those trails are now closed. The Forest Service said the harvest would reduce long-term hazardous fuels and provide raw materials for the wood products industry. Many private landowners have already started harvesting the burned trees on their own property.

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Family Trees: on the cusp of an historic accord on the Kootenai National Forest

By Tristan Scott
Flathead Beacon
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LIBBY — As third- and fourth-generation Montana loggers in a timber town that once stood out among the largest sawmill complexes in the world, one might expect Bruce and Chas Vincent to have adopted a defeatist attitude given the state of their beleaguered industry. …Yet the Vincent family has never been more optimistic about the future of forest management, in part because of the recent success of its efforts to stake out common ground with a slate of unlikely bedfellows serving on the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition. …“I have more hope now about cracking this nut than I did 30 years ago. I think we’re closer than ever to balanced forest management,” Bruce said.

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The Koen Experimental Forest

By Zoe Hoyle
USDA Southern Research Station
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Established in 1951 in northern Arkansas, the Henry R. Koen Experimental Forest (Koen) is covered mostly in oak-hickory upland hardwood forest and oak-pine stands. Named for Henry R. Koen, forest supervisor of the Ozark National Forest during the first half of the 20th century, the experimental forest was set aside to develop scientific principles for forest management. At 720 acres, the Koen is the smallest of the 19 experimental forests managed by Southern Research Station (SRS). …Today, the Koen serves as the fieldwork base for SRS upland hardwood research across Arkansas.

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Timberlands, forest products vital to S.C. economy, environment

Letter by Cam Crawford, President, SC Forestry Association, Columbia
The State
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Columbia, SC—The 13 million acres of South Carolina’s forests and timberlands improve the quality of our lives and are the cultural and economic foundation in rural communities. They contribute more than 90,000 jobs and add $18.6 billion to our state’s economy and save the government millions of dollars by helping to clean our air and drinking water and provide wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities. These forests, 88 percent of which are privately owned, are planted and replanted to produce the raw materials for products we use every day. Because timberland owners make long-term commitments to managing their forests sustainably and replant after harvesting, our state’s forested land has increased by more than 2 million acres since the 1930s. Today, those trees help offset 13 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions annually.

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A colossal clean up of the dying forest

By Brian Wilkinson
Sierra Star
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Tree climber Josh Gilliam, 28, from Fairplay South Carolina, has been around the logging business since he was a little boy, helping his dad after school at his uncle’s logging and tree service company. He currently works for BKW, a Pensacola, Florida subcontractor for Phillips & Jordan – the disaster relief company contracted by PG&E to remove dead trees on private property that pose a threat to public safety in the Mountain Area. Gilliam is part of a team of 85 to 100 men and women planning to work in Eastern Madera County for the next three to five years. There are about 250 additional Phillips & Jordan and sub-contractor workers spread out in nine additional counties in Central California doing the same work.

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Lolab Forest in Flames, Authorities in Slumber

Kashmir Life
October 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Authorities have been acting as mute spectators as priceless trees in Lolab Forest in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district is in flames from past three days. No measures according to locals have been taken to put out the fire that has engulfed Compartment Number 80 of Lolab in Zangli Forest Range. Locals told news agency CNS that Lolab forests have faced maximum brunt as in this Kamraj Division where fire have erupted dozens of times in the past consuming thousands of trees. “Fire has engulfed vast area of forests that includes North Lolab compartment-80. Forest Department is in slumber and no efforts are being made to douse the fire that has turned priceless trees and herbs into ashes,” they said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UNBC using bioenergy to heat residence

Prince George Citizen
October 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A University of Northern B.C. residence building is now being heated using bioenergy. Neyoh Residence has already seen a drop in electrical usage in the last two months, despite colder temperatures this year, the UNBC release said. Now it’s using 60 per cent of the electricity after working with the Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project this summer, and should offer an estimated $23,000 in savings each year. The project launched in 2014 to connect buildings to the university’s Wood Pellet Plant and the newly renovated residence was first in line. When the project is complete, it will connect four campus buildings, including both residences and the UNBC Childcare Centre, to the university’s pellet boiler. END OF STORY

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Jumpstarting the bioeconomy

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
October 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Bioeconomy group wants home-grown, wood-sourced heating solutions – Rolling out a strategy to better utilize the forest to combat the high price of heat and power may seem like it’s been stuck in neutral, but Dawn Lambe explains Northerners will start to see tangible results this fall. “We’re finally at the point where the doors are opening on biomass,” said the executive director of the Biomass North Development Centre. Her North Bay-based advocacy group intends to create a buzz this fall when they identify 13 “sweet spot” demonstration projects at their annual general meeting and conference in North Bay, Oct. 24-26.

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Groups seek to ax biomass ‘loophole’

by George Plaven
East Oregonian
October 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Environmentalists are calling on Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to remove provisions in legislation that would classify woody biomass as carbon neutral. More than 20 organizations from around the state have raised concerns about what the designation will mean for the climate, local forests and public health. Specifically, they say labeling biomass as carbon neutral could exacerbate global warming and encourage clear-cutting to feed more wood-fueled power plants. In a letter sent Oct. 12 to Democrats Wyden and Merkley, the groups argue that not all forms of biomass can be labeled carbon neutral. They want to see the Environmental Protection Agency continue with a multi-year study to determine the carbon footprints of different sources of material.

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More trees part of the answer to agriculture’s emissions

By New Zealand Forest Owners Association
Scoop Independent News
October 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Forest Owners Association is backing the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s call for more plantation forests to be planted in New Zealand to offset greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. The Chair of the joint Forest Owners Association and Farm Forestry Associations’ Environment Committee Peter Weir says the Commissioner has highlighted the role trees, both native and in exotic plantations, can play in reducing New Zealand’s total gas emissions. “Dr Wright’s information is timely. Tree planting by farmers and small scale forest investors has declined in the past few years, not risen, and our log processing industry needs the extra tree planting that Dr Wright is calling for,” Peter Weir says.

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General

It’s Canada vs. the protectionists in the new world trade wars

October 20, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

As a trading nation, Canada has much to lose if protectionism — clearly on the rise in the U.S. and Europe — gains more ground. Protectionist sentiment reflects a misunderstanding of how trade benefits the economy. The benefit does not come from a mercantilist maximizing of the surplus of exports over imports. …Trade agreements replace the state-to-state resolution of trade disputes, such as between Canada and the U.S. over softwood lumber. In trade disputes between nations, the larger country usually fares better in a political setting where power triumphs. Trade agreements instead resolve disputes mostly with investor-to-state settlements in an arbitral setting.

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County commissioners team up to help timber industry

By Kurt Wilson
Helena Independent Record
October 19, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

MISSOULA — County commissioners from throughout Montana came together to share ways of reviving their forest industry options during the annual Forest Products Week activities. And the best way to do that involves collaborating with lots of people who formerly fought one another, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester told the Montana Counties Forest Summit attendees in Missoula on Wednesday. “The timber industry got a bad rap in the 1950s, but we’ve got a different industry now,” Tester, D-Mont., said. “They’re as concerned about clean water and wildlife habitat as anybody.”

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