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Business & Politics

Governments of Canada and Quebec Support Innovative Forest Sector Project That Will Lower Costs and Green the Production of Consumer Products

Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

THURSO, QC – Supporting innovation in the forest sector will result in more renewable options in the production of a range of consumer items – from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear. This will help address climate change, create new opportunities and markets for Canadian forest companies and sustain good middle-class jobs for Canadians. The Governments of Canada and Quebec will provide $12.5 million to Fortress Specialty Cellulose (FSC) Inc., in Thurso, Quebec, to install a new system designed to use birch wood to produce dissolving pulp, an ingredient that is used in many everyday products, including clothing, car parts and medical equipment. 

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Young Canadian researcher chosen to vie for global Innovation Award

By Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce that a PHD graduate from McGill University, Goeun Sim, has been chosen as the Canadian finalist for the global Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award, based on her exciting and environmentally leading proposal to advance innovation in the forest products sector. Dr. Sim’s research proposal is based on the novel development of smart multi-coloured wood based fabrics that are free of toxic chemicals using coloured nanoparticles as a dye. The resulting environmentally sustainable textile production would eliminate pollutants and the non-toxic cellulose yarns would be a value-added product for the forest industry.

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Belief, confirmation bias and softwood lumber

By Todd Whitcombe
Prince George Citizen
November 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…For some people, though, they are so certain their worldview is right they never question it, which brings me to the point I wanted to make today about softwood lumber. To no one’s surprise, the U.S. Lumber Coalition has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to restore the conditions of “fair trade” for softwood lumber. Yes, the battle of the woods is once again in full swing. The American government will impose duties on softwood lumber producers and our local economy will suffer the consequences. Ironically, so will the American consumer as these duties will mean higher prices for homes and for commercial lumber sales.

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B.C. log home maker has deep roots in Japan

BC Local News in the Vernon Morning Star
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NATORI, JAPAN – Wayne Brown winds through the Sunday crowd at Yuriage Morning Market, as vendors hawk fresh fish, vegetables, hand-crafted knives and other local products. Brown’s company, Baywest Log and Timber Homes, was one of the B.C. firms that donated specialty wood products to rebuild the market after the fishing village was wiped off the map by the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan in 2011. Reconstruction continues after the village of 5,000 people was hit by a wall of water cresting at eight metres high. About 1,000 people were killed, and five years later the site is being diked and raised by five metres before anyone can move back in. But the public market, built as part of a reconstruction project by the Canadian forest industry and the federal and B.C. governments, has risen from the devastation.

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Libs and NDP Won’t Stand Up to Forestry Donor, BC Greens Imply in Fundraiser Pitch

By Andrew MacLeod
The Tyee
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In an email to potential donors, the British Columbia Green Party is connecting the forestry stalemate in Fort Nelson to corporate donations made to the BC Liberal Party and the BC NDP. “With your help, we can elect a government who puts jobs before companies like Canfor,” said the pitch the Green Party sent on Nov. 26 under the name of their forestry spokesperson, Kamloops-North Thompson candidate Dan Hines. Representatives of Fort Nelson have recently criticized the provincial government for allowing Canfor to continue to hold two large licenses to harvest trees from public land in the area, even though the company closed its mills there in 2008. Instead of logging and creating jobs, the company has “hoarded” trees, they said.

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Market research: Alberta’s trade missions to Asia are putting a friendly face on business deals

By Emma Graney
Edmonton Journal
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Nov. 15, hot on the heels of Carlier’s return to Edmonton, Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous departed for a 12-day mission to Japan and China… Bilous — standing in the legislative building the day before his departure, yet to pack — said his sights are set on the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province, responsible for a fifth of China’s GDP. It is a region so glittering with potential that it’s home to a permanent Alberta trade office.The minister gets a bit of a sparkle in his eyes as he talks about potential of the   Asian market — trade opportunities, China’s growing middle class, South Korea’s love of Alberta beef, possible promise in the Asian lumber market. He gives the distinct impression that he wants to rub his hands together in anticipation of contracts to come. 

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Lawsuit of the week: Sawmill owners claim brokers’ mistake led to $10 million insurance claim denial after 2014 fire

Business in Vancouver
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In separate lawsuits filed in BC Supreme Court on November 10, San Industries Ltd., Meadow Creek Forest Products Ltd., Tricon Construction Inc., and Meadow Creek Cedar Ltd. sued the brokerage firms for rectification of the policy and negligence. San Industries, which owns a 50% stake in Meadow Creek Forest Products, claims owner Kamaljit Singh Sanghera met with the defendants in September 2014 about a property insurance policy for the mill site. …In the other action, Meadow Creek Forest Products, Tricon Construction and Meadow Creek Cedar seek rectification of the insurance agreement for mistakenly failing to include them as named insureds under the policy. The allegations have not been tested or proven in court and the defendants had not responded to the claims by press time.

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Reports show unresolved health and safety issues at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recent inspection reports from WorkSafe BC show health and safety issues are still a serious problem at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP). WorkSafe filed two reports in late October, and one this week, detailing 13 outstanding orders. WorkSafe also makes a connection between the shutdown of the paper side of the Port Mellon mill, which was announced in July of 2015, and the effectiveness of the joint health and safety committee (JOHSC). “They are the backbone of any safety program,” one report says. “However, the JOHSC used to be more effective than they are at present. Prior to the closure of the paper side it had several sub-committees. The sub-committees were casualties of the recent layoffs associated with the elimination of the paper side of the mill since many of the members on the sub-committees were no longer employed.” 

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Catalyst Paper wins fight over export duties to U.S.

By Lexi Bainas
Cowichan Valley Citizen
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper has fought its way out of what it considers an unfair duty on some of its paper entering the U.S. The company announced Nov. 21 that the U.S. Department of Commerce issued preliminary results in its expedited review of Catalyst, finding that Catalyst received a negligible amount of subsidies during the applicable period of review. That means, at least from this early report, Catalyst’s exports of supercalendered paper into the U.S. market would not be subject to countervailing duties. Joe Nemeth, Catalyst president and CEO, was pleased. “Today’s decision confirms that Catalyst did not receive any material subsidies from the Government of Canada or Province of British Columbia,” he said.

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Mystery buyer eyes Hefler Forest Products

By James Risdon
The Chronicle Herald
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A mystery buyer is kicking the tires ahead of inking a deal in January for all of iconic lumber company Hefler Forest Products’ assets in Sackville. In a statement filed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia last week, Hefler Forest Products president Floyd Gaetz revealed the buyer’s due diligence is expected to be completed by Dec. 5 and could lead to a deal being closed by Jan. 7.The buyer’s identity is being kept secret. Hefler Forest Products is refusing to say whether this is someone from Nova Scotia or in the forestry industry. But David B arrett, a member of Hefler’s board of directors and a minority shareholder, did say Friday he is still hopeful that the prospective buyer will keep the sawmill buzzing and its 59 workers employed.

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US expands hardwood exports to China

IHP – The Timber Network
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

2016 continues as a record year for US hardwood exports to China. In the first 8 months hardwood exports from the US increased 19% to USS1.082 billion. The world value of global exports of US hardwood was US$2.361 billion and China and Southeast Asia accounted for 46% and 8% of global exports respectively. China imported US$785 million in US hardwood sawnwood and US$263 million in hardwood logs.Red oak continued as the most popular timber accounting for around 40% of all US hardwood exports to China. US ash exports e xpanded 26% and China’s imports of cherry and walnut also increased in the first eight months of this year. [END]

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Sterling Lumber Company Announces Partnership with Oaktree

Business Wire
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX, Ill.–Sterling Lumber Company, one of the country’s largest providers of timber mats and ground protection solutions to energy, power, and infrastructure end markets, today announced an investment by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Oaktree has partnered with the Sterling family and management team to provide capital and strategic support to expand the Company’s abilities to serve both existing and new customers. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

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Tribe gets federal funds for lumber mill feasibility study

Associated Press in KFDA News Channel 10
November 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A southern New Mexico tribe has been awarded federal funding to evaluate the potential of reopening one of its lumber mills. The Mescalero Apache Tribe will use a $99,900 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a market feasibility study and a forest assessment for the mill once operated by Mescalero Forest Products. Tribal officials have testified before Congress in recent years that the closure of the tribe’s two sawmills eliminated jobs for nearly 300 workers. The mills were also a source of revenue for the tribe and a tool for forest management in the region.

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Korea Forestry Service awards examplary exporters

The Korea Herald
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Korea Forestry Service and the Korea Forestry Promotion Institute held its flagship awarding ceremonies recently for companies that have excelled in exporting forest-related products and paving way for the industry’s wider overseas advances, officials said Tuesday. The 2016 Forestry Products Pioneering Contest was held for the first time in August in a bid to foster overseas market entries of fresh, quality forestry goods. …The winners will receive plaques, 20 million won in entry fees for an exhibition held next year by KFS, up to 60 million won of funds to commercialize for overseas markets and advice from professional consultants. Extra points will be given if applied for export-related business by KFS. KFS and KFPI said they will annually hold the contest to pave the way for Korea’s quality forestry goods to successfully enter overseas markets.

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Swedish importer fails EUTR – fined for teak imports from Myanmar

IHB – The Timber Network
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Swedish court has fined a Sedish importer for failing to satisfy the EU Timber Regulation. This court decision is the first in Sweden to apply the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). The court said the company that imported the teak via a Singapore trader had violated this regulation as it was unable to provide sufficient evidence that it had met the due diligence requirements of the EUTR. The company in question was fined 17,000 Swedish kronor (US$1,700). Apparently the company has informed Sweden’s EUTR regulator that it will no longer source wood from Myanmar. The court’s verdict follows nearly a year of injunctions from Swedish authorities and an appeal by the company.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

NIR Technology Now Measures Kappa Number of Kraft Pulp

FPInnovations
November 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Vancouver, BC – FPInnovations, in partnership with FITNIR Analyzers Inc., announced the successful commercialization of an innovative new product using near infrared technology (NIR) to quickly and efficiently analyze the kappa number of kraft pulp. The unique approach determines kappa number in less than four minutes and eliminates the need for all associated chemicals. The kappa analyzer also does not rely on other parameters for measurement (such as sample weight) thereby reducing measurement error.  While NIR technology has been used in many industries with applications from pharmaceutics to food quality control, FPInnovations developed specialized expertise to apply this technology to the pulp and paper industry. 

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Governments of Canada and Quebec Support the Development of Cutting-Edge Wood Fibre Technology

By Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire
November 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

MASSON-ANGERS, QC – Canada’s forest sector is an important economic driver and employer: more than 200,000 Canadians work in this sector, including 9,500 Indigenous people. Investments that support innovation will help make Canada’s forest industries greener, more competitive and able to continue to provide good jobs for Canadians in communities across the country. The Governments of Canada and Quebec today announced that they will provide $12.5 million in funding to Papier Masson, in Masson-Angers (Gatineau), Quebec, to help the company introduce a new process — the first of its kind in North America — to produce wood fibre to be used in the production of wood-plastic composites. Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and MP for Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, and Luc Blanchette, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, made the announcement today in Masson-Angers, a municipality within the City of Gatineau.

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New opportunities open up in Japan for building with wood

By Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of BC
November 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey, 2×4 demonstration project and two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan, just outside Tokyo. The projects are located at the Building Research Institute, Japan’s leading government research organization focused on housing, building and urban planning. The institute has an extensive history of joint research and development with foreign organizations, including programs with the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations and Canada Wood. Completed in March 2016, the six-storey, 2×4 demonstration project (funded by the Japanese government) shows the viability of six-storey, 2×4, mid-rise structures made entirely from wood by incorporating “fireproof” features.

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Architect defends the ‘silly things’ people say about wood construction

By Don Proctor
Daily Commercial News
November 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the new breed of six-storey pre-engineered wood buildings rises in Canada, critics are slamming the product, making “all sorts of claims” to stifle the new sector’s growth, says one industry expert. Lloyd Alter, an architect and editor, gave a seminar at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair titled How To Respond To All The Silly Things People (and other industries) Say About Wood Construction. The seminar was one of several at the symposium presented by Ontario Wood WORKS!, a program of the Canadian Wood Council. Don’t take those claims seriously, says Lloyd Alter, an architect and editor, who gave a seminar at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair titled How To Respond To All The Silly Things People (and other industries) Say About Wood Construction. Alter, an adjunct professor at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design, exposed what he says are some of the myths about wood that are mostly coming from its chief competitors, the steel and concrete industries.

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New Energy Works Timberframers expands Farmington headquarters

MPNnow.com
November 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

New Energy Works Timberframers is in the process of building the first complete cross-laminated timber project in the state as its expands its Farmington headquarters. The new building will house its fine woodworking division, NEWwoodworks, and storage and shipping for its sister company, Pioneer Millworks. CLTs are large wooden panels, typically consisting of three, five or seven layers of dimensional lumber oriented at right angles and glued together, resulting in exceptional strength, dimensional stability and rigidity. The prefabricated wall, floor and roof panels can be installed quickly with little job-site waste. European countries have been utilizing the panels for multistory buildings with great structural, financial and environmental success.

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Green Star gets tough on emissions reductions

By Willow Aliento
The Fifth Estate Australia
November 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Buildings may soon be required to cut carbon emissions to 40 per cent below business as usual to qualify for a 6 Star Green Star rating, under sweeping changes now out for industry feedback… The Green Building Council of Australia’s head of market transformation Jorge Chapa told The Fifth Estate the changes were a way of enabling the industry to “put its foot down” and say “a sustainable building should be this.”… New provisions around engineered timber in the materials category will reduce the need for project teams to conduct a full lifecycle assessment to demonstrate materials including cross-laminated timber, laminated veneer lumber and glulam have a reduced environmental impact. Mr Chapa said that because these materials are generally used in smaller projects, with smaller budgets, reducing the burden of documentation and complex LCA modelling for project teams would be a major plus.

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Every green angle covered at paper facility

By Waqas Qureshi
Packaging News
November 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The pressure is on the manufacturing sector to come up with ever more innovative ways to become more sustainable. In the paper industry, the signs are that the message has come through loud and clear. Many mills have developed solid eco practices. One specialist in the corrugated sector, Smurfit Kappa, is determined to stay ahead of the game. It knows that the greener its manufacturing practices are, the better it is for the big name brands it works with. “FMCG companies only want to do business with companies they can trust. Our objective is to grow in the most climate neutral way” says Jo Cox, managing director of Smurfit Kappa’s Roermond Papier plant, located in the Netherlands.

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Forestry

BC Community Forest Association Newsletter November 2016

BC Community Forest Association
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

2016 Indicators Survey Coming December 1st – The annual BCCFA members’ survey will be coming out later this week. The Indicators Report is an essential communication tool in BCCFA advocacy work for community forests. Please set time aside in your schedules to contribute information from your community forest. he deadline for survey completion will be January 23, 2017 The Robin Hood Memorial Award for Excellence in Forestry – New Section in the Survey – At our conference and AGM in Lake Cowichan last May, Minister Steve Thomson announced the creation of a new award that will be given annually to the community forest that best exemplifies the values exhibited by the late Robin Hood and the community forest program. 

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NVIT alum wins national forestry award

By Cole Wagner
Merritt Herald
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A former Nicola Valley Institute of Technology student has been recognized with a national award, honouring First Nations people who choose to pursue a career in the forestry sector. Gregory Daniels, who studied at NVIT from 2012 to 2014, was recently named as one of two recipients of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth. Daniels, a 23-year-old who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in forest ecology and management at the University of Northern British Columbia, originally hails from the Canim Lake Band near 100 Mile House. He applied for the FPAC award in September, but said he never expected to be recognized – let alone to win, and be flown out to Ottawa to accept the award. “It was all pretty overwhelming – you just don’t really believe it’s happening while it’s happening.

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NDIT program supports high-tech in the woods

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of a Smithers-based business that uses cutting edge technology to get in-depth pictures of northern B.C. forests has plenty of kind words for Northern Development Initiative Trust. Without help from the NDIT’s forest innovation fund, Larry McCulloch of L.M. Forest Resource Solutions Ltd. says he would have had a much tougher time getting his venture, centred on a drone equipped with a heat-detecting camera, off the ground. …McCulloch’s drone and camera is primarily intended to help combat forest fires. “We can get temperatures of a fire as it’s burning,” McCulloch said. “We can also look at an area after a fire’s passed through and identify hot spots that still exist and some of those can persist for months. “They tend to follow the roots underground and they get into stumps. People can’t see them but they can flare up when the temperatures and the climate conditions are different.”

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College of New Caledonia features 12,500-hectare research forest

Ash Kelly
Maclean’s Magazine
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

From learning foundational map-and-compass skills to exploring the link between climate change and spruce bark beetles, students at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) spend a lot of time in the college’s 12,500 hectares of research forest. The two-year Natural Resources and Environmental Technology (NRET) diploma program is the only one in British Columbia with access to that kind of asset, which Richard Reich, the school’s new Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Forest Health, says gives students a leg up when they’re ready to enter the workforce. “These guys are actually working on the highest-level research projects that exist,” he says. “They’re answering the most important or most urgent forest-health-related questions the forest sector is dealing with.”

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OPINION: Does DNR employ science to direct harvest planning?

By Helga Guderley
The Chronicle Herald
November 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The scientific basis of the Department of Natural Resources forest management strategy has received considerable media attention recently.Mike Parker wrote an opinion piece in The Chronicle Herald (OPINION: May the forest be with you), with the central request that DNR show the science that supports its extensive use of clear cutting. In response, DNR Minister Lloyd Hines explained that his staff is trained in a wide range of sciences, from geology to entomology. Trained scientists may work for DNR, but do they carry out scientific studies and, more importantly, are their findings available as peer-reviewed publications? The obligatory validation of science comes through peer-reviewed and openly accessible publication of findings.

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Apple and The Conservation Fund advance forest protection efforts

Apple
November 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Apple today announced important progress in its efforts to protect working forests in the United States. The company, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, is donating the conservation easement across more than 32,400 acres of working forest in the US — the Reed Forest in Maine — to the Forest Society of Maine. Apple is also supporting the Fund’s donation of an endowment to the Forest Society of Maine, which will ensure that the easement can be monitored and enforced for centuries to come. Apple recognizes forests are a tremendous natural resource, and is committed to minimizing its impact by sourcing paper responsibly and using it as efficiently as possible. The company is working to protect and create enough responsibly managed forests around the world to cover all its packaging needs and produce fiber for generations. 

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University research team identifies the impacts of forest death on other continents

By Nicole Morin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A team of researchers across several universities recently demonstrated that forest die-offs can have dramatic effects on ecosystems continents away. Acres of forests across the country, particularly in the Four Corners area of the Southwest, are dying in great numbers. Research revealed that the cause of this anomaly is a combination of two factors: an unusually warm drought, dubbed a “global-change-type drought,” and beetles that weaken trees by eating them. The project was collaborative, featuring faculty from the UA, the University of Washington and Michigan State, each with their own specialty. Atmospheric sciences postdoctoral researcher Elizabeth Garcia from the University of Washington is credited with spearheading the project.

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Fewer suppliers means Christmas trees may cost more

Associated Press in the Mail Tribune
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Christmas trees in Oregon may cost a bit more this year as the supply of holiday firs in the state has dropped. An oversupply of trees in 2015 led some growers to leave the market, meaning there are fewer trees to go around this year, which could push prices slightly up, The Salem Statesman Journal reported. Tracy Fisher, a bookkeeper and office manager with Hupp Farms, located in the Silverton area, said the company has seen high sales and has turned down at least 50 inquiries for trees… According to the United States Department of Agriculture, harvest and sales of trees dropped 26 percent in 2015 compared to 2010. USDA statistician Dave Losh said growers planted an overabundance of trees compared to the demand for them and as supply outpaced demand, prices fell and growers left.

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Where does wood come from? Nature and business shape Montana’s forests

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRIMM MEADOW – What lesson should we take from a walk through this 500-year-old stand of Ponderosa pine?… One could look at the denuded country around Primm Meadow and feel outrage: How could anyone have thought this was a responsible way to manage a forest? But that’s like asking a Civil War surgeon why he sawed so many soldiers’ legs off. Lots of science and accepted business principles at the time backed up the logging that supplied what became the world’s largest plywood mill downstream at Bonner. Today, Montana supplies about 1.5 percent of the nation’s demand for lumber and plywood. 

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Hope for the whitebark: Reforestation and research aims to save iconic species

By Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The craggy expanses near timberline only look lonely at first glance. Within the gnarly tangles of one emblematic species, whitebark pine, exists a multitude of birds and mammals adapted to life in the high country. But the well-documented collapse of whitebark from an exotic disease and native insects has put the trees’ long-term survival in doubt, spurring reforestation efforts and scientific research to help it stay on the mountain. The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is in the throes of one such reforestation project west of Helena, planting 10,000 whitebark seedlings at Granite Butte near Stemple Pass. The planting is the third in the last six years in the wildfire scar from the 2010 Davis fire. The project includes monitoring every two years to judge success.

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Oregon, with Legislature’s help, must re-examine its priorities on Elliott State Forest

Editorial Board
Oregon Live
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The terrain near Coos Bay, in Oregon’s Coast Range, is steeply sloped, densely forested, and abundant in fish-bearing rivers and other wildlife. An 82,500-acre patch of it constitutes the Elliott State Forest, created on consolidated lands transferred to Oregon by the federal government with the mandate its riches be turned to money so children could go to school and build a life… This proposition should stop cold in its tracks – at least until the Legislature can probe and articulate the value of Oregon lands held in the public trust. Once covering more than 3 million acres, Oregon’s Common School Trust lands now comprise just 780,000 acres. Should the Elliott, the most abundant of the state’s forestlands held in trust, be next to go? Not yet, if at all.

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Work to reverse Cottonwood decision

By Duane Simons
The Missoulian
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In his recent Missoulian opinion, John Meyer criticizes U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for his tireless efforts to improve federal forest management and create good-paying jobs for our rural Montana communities. Readers shouldn’t fall for Meyer’s deflection. It is the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center that is wasting taxpayer dollars by suing the government to stop much-needed forest projects. Their litigation offers no practical benefit to the Canada lynx. But it will result in more bureaucracy and red tape, and no relief for our fire-prone forests… To save taxpayer dollars and support our economy, Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Ron Wyden should work with Daines to pass legislation that reverses the Cottonwood decision and codify the position held by our federal agencies. While addressing the Canadian softwood lumber agreement is also important, Meyer’s call for action on this issue is just further deflection.

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Mountain Oaks students take on Forestry Challenge

Calaveras Enterprise
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s coastal redwood forest became a classroom for students from the oak woodlands of the Sierra foothills Nov. 16 through 19 when 11 students from Mountain Oaks Charter School in San Andreas joined the 2016 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. An academic event for high school students in technical forestry, the Forestry Challenge is a statewide program started in 2003 in which students learn about ecology and forest management that provide communities with water, recreation, wood products and wildlife habitat. The event was held at Redwood Christian Park near Boulder Creek. This year’s program gave students the opportunity to assess an area of redwood forest that was harvested a year ago. Students collected data such as trees per acre, forest density and recent growth. 

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Raging wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee

By Bill Fuller and Jeff Martin
Associated Press in Times and Democrat
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA  — Raging wildfires fueled by high winds forced the evacuation of thousands of people and damaged or burned hundreds of homes and other buildings in a popular vacation resort town on the border of the Smoky Mountains National Park as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters battle the blaze. The winds toppled dead trees and fanned flames eating their way across forest floors dried out by a relentless drought that has spread across several Southern states and provided fuel for the fires in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. As a strong storm system approached some of the largest wildfires, the rain signaled new hope for firefighters working to extinguish the blazes. But experts predicted rains Tuesday from one storm system would not be enough to end the drought.

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PEFC Week in Bali – Thailand joins PEFC

IHB – The Timber Network
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) held its annual PEFC Forest Certification Week meeting in Bali, Indonesia themed ‘Sustainable Landscapes for Sustainable Livelihoods’, which saw a very positive 21st PEFC General Assembly for members, a series of workshops and two days of Stakeholder Dialogue open to all. The good news for the future of PEFC in Asia was the unanimous adoption of three more countries, including Thailand, bringing the number of National Governing Bodies to 46. The event was co-hosted by the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation.

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Lichens are an early warning system for forest health

By Amy McDermott
Science News – Society for Science & the Public
November 26, 2016
Category: Forestry

“Where there is pollution, there is a predictable effect on lichens,” Ecologist Linda Geiser says. Rare and delicate lichen species that are highly specialized to their habitat are some of the first to die out as air quality falls. Less-sensitive, generalist lichens hang on longer and, in some cases, even survive and expand. Both can signal problems to come. …Pollution builds up inside lichen tissues in proportion to its concentration in the wider environment. Anything poisoning lichens is also accumulating more broadly in the forest. Lichens and other supersensitive species begin to shift first, but the same contaminants may hit hardier plants and animals next. …The lichens are “like teeny living instruments,” Blett says. Studying them is an order of magnitude cheaper than installing human-made air-quality monitors.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Dead Sierra trees mean a new, extended life for a Fresno biomass plant

By Marc Benjamin
Fresno Bee
November 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Dead trees will continue being turned into electricity near Fresno for another five years after a biomass plant in Malaga got a contract to supply Southern California Edison. The contract ends concerns that the facility, which employs 25 workers and has a $3.5 million annual payroll, could close soon. The plant’s contract was extended twice this year because of dead trees cut down in the Sierra. The 24-megawatt plant was supposed to close Dec. 31 without a new contract. Utilities no longer were going to pay for electricity generation from biomass plants because the fixed price that supported the plants was expiring.

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Great results from testing UPM’s wood-based diesel in buses

By UPM Kymmene Corporation
Nasdaq Global Newswire
November 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Helsinki – UPM has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. The tests clearly demonstrated that UPM’s renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno, works just like the best diesel fuels. The laboratory tests of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel were conducted in the VTT Technical Research Centre (VTT) and field tests in Helsinki region bus traffic together with Helsinki Region Transport (HSL). The year-long bus field tests’ measurements were done by VTT, and the tests were also supported by Transdev Finland Oy, Volvo and St1. …The bus field tests were part of a larger BioPilot project coordinated by VTT. The goal of the project was to encourage companies to commercialise renewable energy solutions in traffic.

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