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Business & Politics

Tilting At Sawmills: America’s Shameful Approach To The Softwood Lumber Dispute With Canada

By Dan Ikensen
Forbes
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement the “worst trade deal ever negotiated.” If he were speaking on behalf of Canadian exporters or American consumers of softwood lumber, his point would have some validity. For more than 20 years, NAFTA has failed to deliver free trade in lumber. Instead, a system of managed trade has persisted at the behest of rent-seeking U.S. producers, egged on by Washington lawyers and lobbyists who know a gravy train when they see one. Those who consider the United States a beacon of free trade in a swirling sea of protectionist scofflaws will be surprised by the sordid details of the decades-long lumber dispute between the United States and Canada. Among those details is the story of how the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC) ran roughshod over the rule of law to manufacture the leverage needed to extort from Canadian lumber mills a sum of $1 billion… With that ugly history mostly expunged from the public’s memory, the U.S. lumber industry is back at the trough again

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Trudeau approves Trans Mountain pipeline, kills Northern Gateway

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made good on his election promise to kill the $7.9 billion Enbridge Inc. Northern Gateway pipeline project and has approved the $6.8 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Trudeau also approved Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project, which runs from Alberta to Wisconsin.  Within minutes of the announcement, environmental groups were sending out press releases essentially declaring war. In defending his decision at a November 29 press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau said no country in the world with Canada’s oil reserves would leave it in the ground. He said his government was committed to creating jobs and economic growth, while protecting the environment. He said the decision was based on science, not politics.

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New trade controversy between Canada and the U.S

By Modou Carr
HIBusiness
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

In a time Canada is faced with a housing crisis, an additional problem is not a welcomed situation but it seems the U.S is dishing out more problems for Canada. A new dispute between the two countries pressured an increase in prices in Canada.In September, the Canada Border Services Agency levied a temporal 277% tax on U.S. drywall imports after claims that manufacturers were selling the product at a lower price in the U.S undermining local suppliers… Bob Finnigan, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and a principal of real estate developer Heron Group of Companies was surprised that that dispute has come up just after the lumber trade disagreement. Such a disagreement has the ability to affect the entire construction sector.

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Government of Canada announces pipeline plan that will protect the environment and grow the economy

Government of Canada
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – A clear message has emerged through our government’s extensive consultations with Canadians: the economy and the environment go hand in hand. That is why we are pricing carbon pollution, making the most significant investment ever to protect Canada’s oceans and coastlines, instituting world-leading safety standards for pipelines by passing the Pipeline Safety Act, and have signed the Vancouver Declaration with the provinces and territories on clean growth and climate change. Our commitments to renewable energy, investments in clean energy and protecting our coasts and oceans will grow our economy while protecting the environment Canadians cherish. 

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PRT to acquire Weyerhaeuser’s Cottage Grove nursery in Oregon

Lesprom Network
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRT USA Inc. has come to an agreement with Weyerhaeuser Company to purchase its Cottage Grove, Oregon forest seedling nursery. The transaction is expected to complete in early 2017, once existing crops are harvested and shipped, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. First established as a container seedling nursery by Georgia-Pacific LLC in 1972, the Cottage Grove nursery has over 40 years of operating history. After several expansions it was acquired by Plum Creek Timber Company in 2000, when they bought Georgia-Pacific’s timberlands.

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Cantimber testing draws few complaints

By Karly Blats
Alberni Valley News
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cantimber Biotech says minimal complaints were submitted during the mill’s eight days of operation in early November. Cantimber underwent stack testing at the facility, near the corner of Harbour Road and Bruce Street, to check for potential chemicals in the volatile organic compounds (VOC) and to monitor emissions inside the building during full operation. A warm up procedure began on Nov. 3 and operations ran until Nov. 10. “This was the first time where we actually had a full operation of our new upgrade which is the secondary combustion chamber, which are designed to burn and destroy any VOC’s that are in the process,” said Michael Liu, director of project development and research at Cantimber. “Everything has to be going through the secondary combustion chamber to get burned and then it goes through the stack.”

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BC’s Forests Ministry showcasing softwood lumber in Asia

Kyle Balzer
My Prince George Now
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s Forestry Asia Trade Mission has shifted to China after spending a few days in Japan. The mission, led by Forests Minister Steve Thomson, is a continuation of strengthening and formalizing ties with multiple Asian markets, while pitching the exportation of softwood lumber. “China is a $1.2 Billion dollar market for us,” said Thomson via a teleconference from Shanghai. “So it has been a very successful start to the mission and we’re looking forward to the next few days as we continue to build those relationships.” The use of softwood lumber is a growing interest in BC’s second largest market for exports as a way to construct energy efficient housing.

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Budget surplus hits $2.24 billion, but B.C. braces for schools settlement

By Jeff Nagel
BC Local News in Victoria News
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s projected budget surplus has climbed further to an estimated $2.24 billion. Finance Minister Mike de Jong released that number as part of a generally upbeat second quarter financial update Tuesday. He cautioned B.C. is bracing for significantly higher education budget costs in the wake of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the B.C. Teachers Federation on classroom size and composition requirements. De Jong declined to provide an estimate. “It would be presumptive on my part and the government’s part to lay out our figure or unilaterally state what we believe that figure will be,” he said. “The fiscal plan is healthy and we are in a position to accommodate the results of the negotiation that is now underway.”

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U.S. tax reform could imperil Canadian advantage

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

To date, most of the hand-wringing in Canada’s business community over the prospect of a Donald Trump White House has been over trade with the U.S. But an expert in cross-border taxation and accounting says Canadian businesses and governments should also pay attention to Trump’s tax reform policies, which could make Canada less attractive to companies like Microsoft, which has built up a substantial presence in Vancouver. It could also trigger an outflow of talent from Canada to the U.S., which would have a much more competitive personal and corporate tax environment. Although the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be dead on arrival, a former American ambassador to Canada said he thinks there is a chance Canada could get a softwood lumber agreement signed. And even if Trump decides to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer points out that the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement is still there as a default trade agreement.

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Softwood dispute with U.S. sees B.C. looking to sell lumber in China, India

By Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press in The Globe and Mail
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — The prospect of a reignited trade dispute with the United States over Canadian softwood lumber exports has British Columbia looking for new customers in China and India. Mike de Jong, B.C.’s minister of finance, said Tuesday that America remains B.C.’s largest market for softwood lumber exports at a value of $3.3 billion last year, but the province is finding buyers in Asia. Since 1982, lumber trade between Canada and the U.S. has resulted in court battles and produced three managed trade agreements. The election of protectionist Donald Trump prompted the U.S. Lumber Coalition to recently petition the American government to impose duties against Canadian lumber. De Jong said B.C. is preparing a defence along with other governments and the industry against potential U.S. challenges. But it’s also mounting expansion efforts to buffer the Americans.

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Quebec wants to meet with Ottawa over U.S.-Canada softwood lumber dispute

Canadian Press in the Chronicle Herald
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC — Canada must create a loan guarantee program in order to ensure the country’s lumber producers continue to have access to the U.S. market, Quebec’s economy minister said Tuesday. Dominique Anglade added that she has requested a meeting with federal International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland on Dec. 8 to discuss the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the U.S. The dispute reignited last Friday after American producers announced they were formally petitioning the U.S. government to impose duties against Canadian softwood lumber producers. The U.S. lumber producers say Canadian lumber is being sold for less than fair value in the United States. Roughly 60,000 people work in Quebec’s forestry industry and access to the U.S. market is considered critical to supporting those jobs.

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Quebec government concerned about another Softwood Lumber war

CTV News Montreal
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Now, a year after SLA expired, a group called the U.S. Lumber Coalition has asked the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and the U.S. International Trade Commission, to impose duties on Canadian softwood exported to the U.S. On Tuesday Quebec’s Economic Development Minister argued lumber produced in Quebec is not subsidized and should not be subject to punitive tariffs. “Fundamentally, we’re talking about 60,000 people. We’re talking about 60,000 families, and those families are located everywhere in the province of Quebec. So I think that you have people sitting in their living rooms and watching this and thinking, ‘This is my Dad, this is my brother, this is my sister. They can really relate to this situation of the industry,” said Dominic Anglade. The impact of any trade deal will be massive. The U.S. housing market depends on Canadian softwood, with roughly one-third of American construction built with Canadian-sourced lumber. About 70 percent of Canadian softwood is exported to the United States.

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Stimson Lumber CEO elected 2017 AWC chairman

American Wood Council
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council today announced the election of Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller as the new AWC chairman for a one-year term, effective beginning January 2017. Allyn Ford, chairman of Roseburg Forest Products was elected the first vice-chairman and Danny White, CEO and president of T.R. Miller Mill Company, was elected as second vice-chairman. Current AWC board chairman, Boise Cascade CEO Tom Corrick, will serve as the immediate past chairman. Furman Brodie, vice president of Charles Ingram Lumber Co., was confirmed as a new member to the AWC board.

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Whither Weyerhaeuser? State’s largest landowner looms over timber industry

By Rob Chaney
Montana Standard
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Tom Ray does not speculate in public about Weyerhaeuser Corp.’s future. The former Plum Creek Timber Co. vice president, now Weyerhaeuser’s Montana resources team leader, remains an approachable and forthcoming representative of the timber industry — within limits. He wants it clear that the new owner of 786,000 acres of private timberland will continue the old Plum Creek tradition of allowing hunting and berry-picking on its property. He acknowledges that about 100 white-collar jobs will soon leave Columbia Falls when Weyerhaeuser finishes consolidating its management staff needs. That’s in addition to the closures of plywood and stud mills in Columbia Falls that ended jobs for 72 more workers.

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Marks Lumber receives wood innovations grant to continue track record of diversification

By Tom Kuglin
Independent Record
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…“In 1998 we built this big building, put in a planer and started making paneling and flooring specialty products,” said Steve Marks, president of Marks Lumber in Clancy. “That’s when our specialty product niche really took off.”… While most mills focused on producing raw timber, Marks Lumber invested in equipment to produce multiple products for the higher end specialty market. That niche and continual efforts to diversify products helped insulate the business from the often volatile timber market… Last month Marks Lumber received a nearly $220,000 wood innovations grant from the U.S. Forest Service as the company looks a new ways to use wood.

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Timber industry group files trade case against Canadian imports

Rome News Tribune
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Rome GA — A U.S. lumber industry trade group is working to balance what it says is an unlevel playing field between the U.S. and Canada in the softwood lumber market. The 2006-2015 U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement expired in the fall of 2015 and over the intervening months, the Canadian share of the U.S. market has increased from 29.5 percent to 34.1 percent, according to Hal Storey, vice president of S.I. Storey Lumber Co. in Armuchee…“It’s not just about the pricing; it’s the ability for Canada to ship all the way from British Columbia to Rome, Georgia, and have that lumber compete with production right down the highway,” Storey said. “In order for them to be able to do that it comes back to the numerous subsidies that are in place.”

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 18% in September

LESPROM
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Exports of Southern Pine lumber swung upward again to near record levels in September, amounting to just under 61.5 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents an increase of 18% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 15% when compared with the first nine months of 2015… Offshore shipments during September roughly break down as 29.3 MMbf dressed, 12.7 MMbf rough, and 19.4 MMbf treated lumber. Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. edged higher in September, reaching 1.32 billion board feet (Bbf), up 6% from the volume imported during September of 2015. Through the first nine months of this year, softwood imports are up 30% when compared with the same period a year ago. [END]

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New Hampshire biomass plant celebrates 10 years of operations

Biomass Magazine
November 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

After a decade of generating clean energy for customers throughout the region, the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Eversource’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, continues to be an engine for the state’s forestry industry and a successful generator of renewable energy. Eversource is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Northern Wood Power, which supports hundreds of forestry-related jobs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Northern Wood Power began operating in December 2006, permanently replacing a 50-MW coalburning boiler with one designed to burn wood chips and other clean wood byproducts, eliminating the need to burn more than 130,000 tons of coal annually.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2017 Wood Design Awards: NOMINATIONS OPEN

Wood WORKS!
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Do you know a deserving architect, engineer or owner of an innovative and inspiring wood project? Winners will be recognized before their peers, industry leaders and media at the much-anticipated annual Wood WORKS! BC awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre in March, when we celebrate excellence in wood building and design in BC and beyond. There is no fee required to nominate a project. Nominations are accepted in up to two categories and self-nominations are encouraged. Projects must have been completed in the past 3 years i.e. since December, 2013 and may not be resubmitted to win a second time in the same category. Please see the new International Wood Design category for out-of-Canada designers and projects. Nomination Deadline: December 16, 2016

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Fortress Paper Announces Hemicellulose Separation Project at its Dissolving Pulp Mill

By Fortress Paper
MarketWired
November 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd. is pleased to announce a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch. The Hemicellulose Project will allow the Company to advance its research and development in hemicellulose derivative products. Hemicellulose is a cellulosic sugar, which when extracted and processed, has high value-added by-product potential such as for biofuel and biomaterial feedstock. The Company anticipates that its development in hemicellulose products will provide it with an opportunity to enter the growing renewable raw materials market.

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Sino-Canada Wood Conference explores green building, recognizes competition winners

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of BC
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the second-annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Shanghai. The conference, with its theme of “Wood products for a greener future”, featured speakers discussing topics that include China’s forest policies, wood supply outlook and competitive landscape, how Canada is positioned to meet China’s demand for wood products, industrialization of wood construction and how sustainable wood products provide an environmentally friendly option for building demands, including for mid-rise and tall wood projects. Some of the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates participated in an industry panel on topics affecting the Chinese wood industry. The panel was moderated by Council of Forest Industries president and CEO Susan Yurkovich.

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New prototype plywood panels may be world’s largest

By Oregon State University
Phys Org
November 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A new massive plywood building panel developed by an Oregon company and tested at Oregon State University may be the largest such product ever manufactured. Builders are familiar with standard plywood sheets that measure 4-feet wide, 8-feet long and between a quarter-inch and more than one-inch thick. The new panels made by the Freres Lumber Company of Lyons, Oregon, can be as much 12-feet wide, 48-feet long and 2-feet thick. The company announced its new panels in October, capping more than a year of development and performance testing at Oregon State’s Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. “The results look very promising,” said Ari Sinha, assistant professor in OSU’s College of Forestry, who oversaw the tests. “This is a unique product with the potential for creating jobs in rural Oregon.” 

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Largest mass timber building in U.S. opens tomorrow in Minneapolis

By Olvia Martin
Architects Newspaper
November 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The seven-story, 220,000-square-foot T3 office building in Minneapolis’s North Loop district will become the tallest modern wood building in the U.S. when it opens tomorrow. Designed by Michael Green Architecture and the DLR Group, the T3—which stands for Timber, Technology, Transit—features cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber (NLT) clad in weathering steel. While the building resembles the nearby historic warehouses in the district, its efficient structural system is about one-fifth the weight of a similarly sized concrete building, according to StructureCraft, which worked on the project. Leaving the interiors bare also eliminated costly coverings. StructureCraft fabricated T3’s NLT panels in nearby Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was able to build 180,000 square feet of timber framing in less than 10 weeks. Typically, the estimated time of construction in a timber building is an average of nine days per floor.

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A walk in the woods of T3 timber building

By Hank Long
Finance & Commerce
November 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Minneapolis — How many office buildings smell like freshly cut timber and offer a wall of mounted bike racks as a form of utilitarian art? To date, there may be only one. This month developer Hines completed construction of T3, its seven-story 224,000-square-foot building at 323 Washington Ave. N. in the North Loop of Minneapolis. The Houston-based global real estate company touts the project as the first modern wooden office building of its size in the nation.
But it won’t be the last. Hines plans to develop similar office projects stamped with the T3 brand in other cities, including one underway in Atlanta. T3 stands for timber, transit and technology. The International Building Code has long limited the height of timber construction to six stories – presenting a challenge for large-scale office projects. But recent advancements in the pre-construction wood treatment process have real estate developers on the cusp of a timber renaissance.

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Timber’s popularity growing within commercial construction

By Steve Arel
Proud Green Building
November 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A European stadium. A Canadian office tower. An American high-rise. Projects that used to consume thousands of tons of steel and concrete are being built with arguably the world’s longest and most renewable industrial resource – wood. The North American timber construction industry has transformed significantly over the past decade. At the turn of the 20th century, steel and concrete widely replaced wood in the construction of commercial buildings. Nowadays, advances in fabrication techniques and connection engineering, along with a renewed interest in timber as an architectural medium and trends toward sustainable construction, are providing an environment for the re-emergence of timber in an array of projects.

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Belarusian Domostroenie to sell more wooden homes to France in 2017

Belarus News
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MINSK – The Domostroenie branch of the Shklov-based newsprint mill will ship 70 stick-frame house sets worth €1.4 million to the French company SARL Logibat in 2017. The agreement on shipments is supposed to be signed during the first Belarusian-French interregional forum on 30 November, representatives of the Belarusian timber, woodworking, pulp and paper industry concern Bellesbumprom told BelTA. SARL Logibat is a French real estate development company specializing in building entire housing estates out of wood. Apart from houses the Belarusian company intends to sell the sets to assemble auxiliary structures.

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Forestry

Dry Creek – Hydrology and Wildlife Concerns About a Large Cutblock

BC Forest Practices Board
BC Forest Practices Board
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A resident in the Boundary area was concerned that harvesting a large clearcut would negatively impact water and wildlife. The forest licensee, Interfor Corporation, was harvesting a large area within its tree farm license in part to convert low value pine to a more productive stand. The Forest and Range Practices Act sets a minimum cutblock size but allows forest licensees to harvest larger cutblocks, subject to requirements to conserve biological diversity at the landscape level. The effects of these larger clearcuts can be negative or beneficial, depending on aspects of hydrology or species of wildlife.

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‘We’re all knocking on wood’: Hope rainstorms will hit wildfires in U.S. South

Associated Press in the CBC News
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Raging wildfires fuelled by high winds forced of thousands of people in the U.S. South to flee and were believed to have wiped out an entire resort of more than 100 buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters. Rain had begun to fall in some areas, but experts predicted it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across several southern states and fuelled fires now burning for weeks in states including Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. …The rain forecast “puts the bull’s-eye of the greatest amounts right at the bull’s-eye of where we’ve been having our greatest activity,” said Dave Martin, deputy director of operations for fire and aviation management with the southern region of the U.S. Forest Service. The projected rainfall amounts “really lines up with where we need it,” Martin said Monday. “We’re all knocking on wood.”

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Mayor: 3 dead in Tennessee wildfires

CBC News
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A Tennessee mayor says three people have died in the wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said Tuesday afternoon that he didn’t have any details on the deaths. The mayor says authorities are going door-to-door to make sure everyone is safe. About a dozen people have been injured. Gatlinburg’s mayor says they firefighters are still battling hotspots and there will be a curfew in effect Tuesday night.

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Alpharetta Wins Georgia Urban Forestry Award

By Kristal Dixon
Alpharetta Patch
November 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALPHARETTA, GA — This month, the city of Alpharetta was presented with the Outstanding Streetscape Revitalization Grand Award during the 26th Annual Georgia Urban Forestry Awards. The awards are presented by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit whose mission is to sustain the state’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees. The annual awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for exemplary work in protecting and enhancing community forests throughout Georgia.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Vancouver depending on emerging biofuel technologies in green policy approved by council

By Matt Robinson
Vancouver Sun
November 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver city councillors passed a strict green building policy on Tuesday that requires developments built after May 1, 2017, to produce at least 50 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions through tightened building practices and reduced use of conventional natural gas for heating. It’s part of the city’s shift away from fossil fuels and toward reliance on electricity, district energy and renewable natural gas, a carbon neutral product also called biome thane. But that shift raises the question of whether there will be enough renewable natural gas to support future demand in Vancouver, much less the rest of the province.  A recent Canadian Gas Association report on the future of renewable natural gas described the fuel as “a significant and largely untapped opportunity for GHG emission-free energy,” but noted policy supports are needed to advance the industry.

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Ontario Considers Forest Incentives as Carbon Offsets

By Peter Menyasz
Bloomberg BNA
November 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is considering incentives for new forests on private and government land as carbon offsets to help the province meet its climate change targets. A market-driven approach to forest management would take advantage of the province’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas emissions that launches in 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests said. “Forest carbon offset projects may help overcome some of the current financial barriers to investing in forest management activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon storage,” the ministry said in a discussion paper posted Nov. 22 on the Environmental Registry. Offsets could be provided for measurable activities that reduce emissions or increase carbon storage that go beyond “business as usual” forest management practices, it said. 

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Home Care Assistance Promotes Carbon Sequestration By Planting 5,000 Trees

Ecopreneurist
November 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by an acre of trees is equivalent to the emissions created by driving a conventional car with an internal combustion engine 26,000 miles. In order to promote carbon sequestration and honor its present and former clients, Home Care Assistance will plant 5,000 trees during 2017. The trees will be planted in Tahoe National Forest in California and Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest.

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Indonesia shifts emissions-reduction burden from energy to forestry sector

By Fidelis E. Satriastanti
Mongabay
November 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

JAKARTA – Ahead of the recent UN climate summit in the Moroccan capital of Marrakesh, Indonesia shifted the burden for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions from its energy sector to its forestry sector, further solidifying the archipelago nation’s dependency on fossil fuels in the coming years. Indonesia’s country commitment for reducing its emissions, known as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, was settled last year at 29 percent by 2030, or at 41 percent with adequate foreign aid. Exactly where those cuts will come from, however, has been subject to a longer negotiation between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

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