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Daily Archives: November 25, 2016

Business & Politics

Trudeau will regret not nailing down softwood deal before Trump era

By Konrad Yakabuski
The Globe and Mail
November 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Justin Trudeau-Barack Obama mutual admiration society is winding down with no end to the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute in sight, proof that even the best of buds can sometimes only agree to disagree. Canada’s rookie Prime Minister and the more seasoned U.S. President promised, at their first meeting last March, to move mountains to reach an agreement in principle for replacing the expired bilateral softwood lumber agreement within 100 days. All the two leaders could come up with by June’s deadline, however, was a joint statement vowing to continue talking in order to reach a deal “designed to maintain Canadian [softwood] exports at or below an agreed U.S. market share.”

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U.S. lobby group seeks investigation into Canadian softwood lumber

by Steven Chase AND Justine Hunter
The Globe and Mail
November 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Canadian timber producers are bracing for another costly trade war with the United States after Ottawa warned that a U.S. lobby group will fire the first shot Friday – with hefty American duties on softwood lumber from Canada expected to follow in the spring of March or April, 2017. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office announced Thursday that it believes the U.S. Lumber Coalition, a decades-old alliance of American softwood producers, is planning to formally request an investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce Friday based on the complaint that Canada is conducting unfair trade in softwood. The U.S. lumber lobby’s ultimate goal is to better restrict the amount of Canadian softwood – used for construction framing, for instance – entering the United States.

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U.S. expected to turn up heat on softwood lumber dispute with investigation request

Canadian Press in CBC News
November 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A spokesman for International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says the U.S. Lumber Coalition is expected to submit petitions to the Department of Commerce on Friday, requesting an investigation in the ongoing softwood lumber dispute. Softwood lumber is excluded from the continental trade agreement and lumber producers in both countries continually bicker over whether Canadian companies’ cheap access to public forests constitutes an illegal subsidy. Freeland’s press secretary, Alex Lawrence, says Canada is prepared for any situation and the government will “vigorously defend” the interests of Canadian workers and producers. At the APEC summit in Peru last weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the dispute with U.S. President Barack Obama and Freeland met with U.S. trade representative Michael Froman.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Painful Truth: Building the city of the future, literally

By Matthew Claxton
The Langley Advance
November 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

How would you like to live in a building made out of bricks grown from bacteria, lounging on furniture made from compressed fungus, while looking out through your windows of transparent aluminum? …Sure, there are some interesting innovations, many of them visible here in the Lower Mainland. The Langley Events Centre roof is held up by massive beams of engineered wood, and similar technology is being used to build an 18-storey dorm at UBC right now. …But houses are still mostly wood frame, high rises are mostly reinforced concrete. There are some hints of change. Wood seems like an old building material, but when you create super-dense engineered beams, you can do a lot of interesting things – including high rises, like that UBC dorm. But then there’s the stuff that goes inside the home, like furniture or drywall. Well, there’s Mycoboard, a product used in furniture that’s basically wood waste held together with mycelium glue – that’s biological ooze from mushrooms.

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How to reduce timber waste: put your logs through a CT scanner

By Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
November 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

TreeHugger loves wood construction, but a lot of wood is wasted, particularly if you are looking for the high quality clear stuff. But how do you tell what’s inside? These days, you can put it through an CT scanning machine for logs. …When I was in Haida Gwaii last year as a guest of the Rainforest Alliance to look at logging, I saw how a grader would inspect each log and based on experience, assign a grade. A big L meant “love log”- a really high value piece of wood that would do well in the market. Being able to look right inside a log with a CT scanner would probably would turn up a lot more valuable wood and more love logs.

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Dubai WoodShow 2017 launches ‘Timber Legality & Climate Change’ Forum

IHB – The Timber Network
November 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Dubai WoodShow 2017, in association with the International Technical Tropical Timber Association (ATIBT), will organize the Timber Legality & Climate Change Forum in Dubai from March 4-6, 2017. The conference will be held under the patronage of UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment and will discuss the potential of forests, share new technologies and renewable products, exhibit solutions in the timber industry, and call on governments, civil society, and the private sector to promote investment in forests. Through a memorandum signed with Dubai WoodShow, ATIBT will set up headquarters in Dubai to oversee preparations for the event until its commencement in 2017. 

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Yes, concrete is pretty much as terrible for the climate as we thought.

by Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
November 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

The MIT Technology Review publishes a post with the title Cement isn’t as terrible for the climate as we thought. …The authors of the study acknowledge in their conclusions, that the CO2 produced from fossil fuels used to cook the limestone is a problem. But hey, it’s not so bad. Because they now call the concrete itself a carbon sink and they can just capture the rest of the CO2. …In their dreams.  There is no doubt that this study (and the 43 percent number) will ping around the Build with Strength crowd, and will be used to attack the trend toward wood construction. But however you slice it, wherever possible we should be building with materials that sequester carbon right now instead of waiting for fifty or even a hundred and fifty years (and demolition to boot) for a quarter of the CO2 to be sucked back in. This is no justification for concrete, and the stuff is pretty much as bad for the climate as we always thought.

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Forestry

Feds move to ban common neonicotinoid insecticide, say use ‘not sustainable’

Canadian Press in the Lethbridge Herald
November 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The federal government is moving to phase out a common neonicotinoid insecticide after finding that it accumulates in waterways and harms aquatic insects. Health Canada has announced a 90-day public consultation period on imidacloprid, which is used on everything from cereals, grains, pulses and oilseeds to forestry woodlots and flea infestations on pets. Neonicotinoids as a class of pesticides have come under heavy scrutiny in recent years for their potential impact on bee populations. A study by Health Canada found that measurments of imidacloprid in surface water have been found as high as 11.9 parts per billion, while levels above 0.041 parts per billion are a considered to be of scientific concern. The government is proposing to phase out all agricultural usage and most other outdoor uses of imidacloprid over a period of three to five years.

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Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2016: RBC Champions Awards

November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Recognizing women who have shaped Canadian thinking, communications and culture. Anne Giardini, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University:A successful executive, lawyer, corporate director and author of two novels, Anne Giardini is a two-time Top 100 award winner. She’s a long-time leader within Canada’s resource industry, serving as president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, director on many related boards and a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. Giardini’s list of professional awards is as distinguished as her career and includes a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2013 and, most recently, the Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award.

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FSC Canada Releases New Version of its Forest Management Standard

Forest Stewardship Council
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – FSC Canada today published the second version of its National Forest Management Standard, emanating from intense public and stakeholder consultation over 2016. FSC Canada’s forest management standard revision process was undertaken to ensure the continued reliability and quality of its certification system, and that it meets the current needs of members and certificate holders throughout the country. “Our role as leaders in forestry certification is to meet the social, ecological, and economic rights and needs of the present generation without compromising those of future generations. In order to do so, it was imperative to update our certification standards to the changing realities of the forestry sector in the 21st century,” explains François Dufresne, President of FSC Canada, “We’re extremely proud of the work that our team has accomplished throughout this past year.”

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Changes to Board Membership Announced

By Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Cabinet has made a number of appointments to the Forest Practices Board. Tim Ryan will be staying on as chair of the board for a second term. Ryan has issued the following statements upon the appointment of Ken Higginbotham to the board, and the re-appointment of current members Marlene Machmer and Norma Wilson: “I am very pleased to have Ken Higginbotham join us at the board. Ken is best known in B.C. for his role as vice-president of forestry with Canfor Corporation. Before that he was an assistant deputy minister and a research branch director with the Alberta government’s forestry department and a forestry professor at the University of Alberta. Since 2015, Ken has chaired the BC Forest Safety Council and will continue in that role.”

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Gondola views now protected

Jennifer Thuncher
Squamish Chief
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Visitors to the Sea to Sky Gondola won’t see obvious signs of logging thanks to recently announced provincial guidelines. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has established scenic area and visual quality objectives for the Shannon Creek Watershed area around the gondola, it was announced Nov. 17. “With the new gondola being installed and the area being proposed as a community forest, we basically started to look and see what is the total visual area,” said Frank DeGagne, a forest, land and resource specialist with the provincial government. Logging in the area can continue, but is restricted, DeGagne explained, so that there isn’t a large cut area that can be seen while at the gondola. Those with a stake in local logging are supportive of the guidelines.

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COLUMNS: More from less with forest products

by Jim Hilton
Williams Lake Tribune
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After the recent presidential election some are warning that the softwood lumber agreement is going to be much harder to negotiate. U.S. lumber manufacturers will pressure the government to give them the competitive advantage while consumers will push for imports that will allow for reasonable lumber prices. With the reduced supply of logs anticipated because of the beetles and a reduced market for the lumber it would be wise to look for ways to get more value added products which may be outside the lumber agreement. A group of businesses in southeast B.C. is trying to convince the government to look at a fair distribution of logs to small value added businesses.

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Wildfire whisky: Canadian blaze leaves brewer with a surprising new drink

by Ashifa Kassam
The Guardian
November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When a wildfire that had flickered for days in the forests of northern Alberta suddenly changed course and started careening towards Fort McMurray this May, the city’s entire population was told to flee. But there was little time to spare: the flames could be seen in the distance and a thick cloak of smoke had already enveloped some parts of the city, said Baker, the head brewer at Fort McMurray’s Wood Buffalo Brewing Company. “We just turned off the brew, left everything in the kettle and headed out the door.” The order came just as Spike Baker was brewing a pale ale. …Lab tests came back with a surprise: the malt was safe to consume, but was completely altered by the fire. The finding offered Baker a tantalising opportunity to create what he described as a one-of-a-kind time capsule in the form of a stiff drink.

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Judge blocks Montana logging project in Canada lynx habitat Idaho Statesman

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, MONT. – A federal judge blocked a logging project northeast of Yellowstone National Park until federal officials analyze the effects of the project on Canada lynx that live in the area. A wildlife advocacy group that sued to stop the Greater Red Lodge Habitat and Vegetation Management Project in the Custer National Forest hailed the decision as a victory for the threatened species. “Lynx do not survive in areas with massive subsidized clearcutting,” Alliance for the Wild Rockies executive director Mike Garrity said in a statement. Gallatin-Custer National Forest spokeswoman Marna Daley did not return a call for seeking comment Wednesday.

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Amherst wildfire only 10 percent contained

By Megan Williams
The News Leader
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AMHERST – A Thursday morning update on the wildfire that is burning near the town of Amherst indicates that 10 percent of the fire has been contained. There are two fires in and around the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. One fire has spread to nearly 4,400 acres as of Wednesday morning within the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. The Mount Pleasant wildfire is approximately 12 miles northwest of the town of Amherst, a release said. About 10 percent of the fire has been contained, according to authorities.

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Firefighters spend holiday monitoring Georgia wildfires

Associated Press in Argus Press
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CALHOUN, Ga. — Nearly 100 firefighters are spending their Thanksgiving holiday mopping up and monitoring wildfires in north Georgia. WSB-TV reports (http://2wsb.tv/2fJGW5Q ) the state forestry commission is re-deploying the bulldozers and crews to different areas so that they can get to new fires more quickly. The firefighters that have been on duty for the past 14 days are being relieved by fresh crews coming in to help. Local churches have organized two Thanksgiving dinners for the crews to give them a feeling of home on the holiday. One dinner will take place in Dade County at 6 p.m. and the other in Gordon County at 7 p.m.

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Thirty-storey tree discovered on Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
New Scientist
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It’s definitely a contender. Africa’s tallest indigenous tree – measuring a whopping 81.5 metres – has been discovered in a remote valley on the continent’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. The colossus in Tanzania has matched Africa’s previous tree-height record established by a specimen of the introduced Sydney blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna) in Limpopo, South Africa, which died in 2006. Andreas Hemp at the University of Bayreuth in Germany first spotted a bunch of tall Entandrophragma excelsum trees while exploring Mount Kilimanjaro’s vegetation 20 years ago. But it was not until recently that he and his team were able to measure their heights accurately using new tools.

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Protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets – report

by Arthur Neslen
The Guardian
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife. Up to 65% of Europe’s renewable output currently comes from bioenergy, involving fuels such as wood pellets and chips, rather than wind and solar power. Bioenergy fuel is supposed to be harvested from residue such as forest waste but, under current legislation, European bioenergy plants do not have to produce evidence that their wood products have been sustainably sourced. Birdlife found logging taking place in conservation zones such as Poloniny national park in eastern Slovakia and in Italian riverside forests around Emilia-Romagna, where it said it had been falsely presented as flood-risk mitigation.

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Give equal opportunity to Forestry students

Letter by Hage Tatu, NERIST, Nirjuli
The Arunachal Times
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This article is in response to the recent advertisement for the post of 1 Block Technology Manager (BTM) … by Office of Director agri (Research) – cum- project Director Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Tawang. Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight few facts and inconvenience to the Director of Agriculture, Naharlagun, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh which are being faced by the forestry graduates. …Forestry as a 4 year professional course also comprise of main subjects such as Agro-forestry, Organic farming, Medicinal and aromatic plants, livestock management, Range land management, Hydrology and watershed management, Basic Horticulture, Ethno botany, Extension education etc. The main reason behind the creation of BTM and ATM must be to act as an intermediator between the Govt. and common people through which the advanced research ideas and technology are disseminated to the common people (fringe areas of the state). Therefore, in a tribal dominated state like Arunachal Pradesh, where people are directly or indirectly dependent on forest and its resources, it will be a great loss for the students as well as for our state by depriving the forestry graduates.

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Israeli firefighters ‘gaining control’ of forest fires that threatened Haifa

by Peter Beaumont
The Guardian
November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Israeli firefighters appear to be gaining control over fierce forest fires that had been threatening Haifa, the country’s third-largest city, and which forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes the day before. But as some fire crews were removed from the coastal city on Friday, teams continued to fight about a dozen other smaller fires around the country for the fourth day in a row. No deaths have been reported. The spate of fires – the most serious since a forest fire in 2010 that claimed 42 lives – has come after a period of unusually dry weather and has been fanned by dry winds from the east. Haifa was the worst hit with several hundred homes affected by the fires and parts of the city – where schools and other institutions remained closed – without electricity.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forestry offers opportunities for clean energy, expert says

Prince George Citizen
November 24, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forestry sector can play a key role in creating a sustainable future that makes better use of leftover material, converting it to alternative fuel sources. Susan Wood-Bohm was the keynote speaker at UNBC’s Doug Little Memorial Lecture Thursday night, named BioCleantech: New Opportunities for Canada’s Forest Sector. “BioCleantech which is the concept of using biological carbon – so carbon that comes from agriculture or forestry, or municipal waste, organic stream – to help us offset the carbon that comes from fossil fuels in a way that helps us to reduce our net greenhouse gas emissions in the country,” Wood-Bohm explained before her presentation. That’s one piece of Canada’s unique greenhouse gas profile, she said, that can focus on three key areas to meet its emissions targets.

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Biomass bill needs support

by Sherry Huber, former Republican legislator, owner of American Tree Farm System-certified tree farm
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
November 25, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Late last spring, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Senate passed a far-ranging energy bill. Led by Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and several of their colleagues, the bill included a unanimously adopted amendment recognizing the renewability and carbon benefits of biomass energy derived from wood and plant material. The amendment requires the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize biomass as a renewable energy resource, much the same as wind and solar. Now the Congress has reconvened, and the House-Senate Conference Committee should do its job and keep the biomass amendment in the energy bill. Critics claim that lawmakers have gotten out in front of science and that there is not enough evidence to definitely prove the environmental benefits of biomass. They are wrong.

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General

Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2016: RBC Champions Awards

November 25, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Recognizing women who have shaped Canadian thinking, communications and culture. Anne Giardini, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University:A successful executive, lawyer, corporate director and author of two novels, Anne Giardini is a two-time Top 100 award winner. She’s a long-time leader within Canada’s resource industry, serving as president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, director on many related boards and a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. Giardini’s list of professional awards is as distinguished as her career and includes a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2013 and, most recently, the Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award.

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