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Daily Archives: December 1, 2016

Froggy Foibles

Rare hair ice spotted in Highlands

BBC News
November 30, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

One of our Weather Watchers spotted this rare “hair ice” earlier this week. She told us, “We had a sharp drop in temperature [on Sunday] and you often find it when you don’t see any other frost about. It’s one of my favourite weather finds.” Hair ice, also known as ice wool or frost beard, is a highly unusual type of frost that forms on dead wood. The strange, candyfloss look is caused by a fungus called exidiopsis effusa. The action of the fungus is to enable the ice to form very thin hairs – with a diameter of about 0.01mm – and to keep this shape for many hours when temperatures are close to freezing. …A study by scientists at the University of Bern in Switzerland, published in July 2015, linked the formation of hair ice to the exidiopsis effusa fungus.

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Business & Politics

Softwood lumber dispute forces Quebec to hire special envoy while B.C. looks to Asia

Canadian Manufacturing
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

… Quebec has hired a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Chretien, to represent the province at the talks. Chretien is meeting with U.S. officials next week and has said previously he expects very difficult negotiations. Meanwhile, the looming trade dispute with its largest market for 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. 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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Canadian railways positive about Trump despite concerns about lumber quotas

CTV News
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Canada’s two largest railways are positive about the impact of a Donald Trump presidency despite some concern about the possibility of quotas being placed on lumber exports. Senior executives from Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways told a transportation conference Wednesday they’re not worried at this point about the U.S. president-elect’s threat to alter the North American Free Trade Agreement. CP Rail president Keith Creel said Trump’s attention in threatening changes to the trade deal is targeted mainly at Mexico, not Canada. And he sees potential benefits if Trump moves forward with a US$1-trillion infrastructure program and cuts the U.S. corporate tax rate to 15 per cent. A large stimulus program would increase demand for Canadian raw materials including aggregate, cement, steel and chemicals.

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Doherty returns from US capital talking softwood lumber

By Brenden Pawliw
My Prince George Now
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George-Cariboo Conservative MP, Todd Doherty is back from Washington D.C. speaking on softwood lumber. Doherty co-chairs the Softwood Lumber Task-force and says American retail and consumer groups are not happy with Ottawa after failing to negotiate from a position of strength. He adds if tariffs are levied in March, the ramifications will be felt for several mills near Prince George. “We could risk losing two mills south of Prince George with the loss of up to 400-500 jobs and a quarter of the municipal tax base. These jobs where the average family could be 2.5 to 3 people per family equates to 1,200 people that could be displaced.”

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Time To Look At Western Forest Products

By Christopher Lackey
Seeking Alpha
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products is a timber company with a $740 million market cap whose operations are concentrated in British Columbia on Vancouver Island and on the coastal mainland. Timber is a decidedly out-of-favour sector right now, and Western tends to move with, or underperform, its Canadian peers such as Canfor, Interfor, West Fraser, Domtar, and Acadian, as you can see below. It’s been a bad year for all of them and only Domtar and Interfor have eked out positive returns.

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B.C. looks to China as U.S. lumber lobby retaliates

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SHANGHAI – Six years ago, B.C. forest companies were selling large volumes of lumber to Chinese builders for concrete forms or earthquake-resistant roof trusses assembled onsite using hand tools. After the U.S. housing market collapse of 2008, rapidly urbanizing China briefly passed the U.S. as B.C.’s biggest lumber customer. Western-style suburban homes began to catch on with an expanding middle class. Now, as the U.S. lumber lobby presses for import duties on Canadian lumber for a fourth time, China has changed course again. A mass movement from rural areas to cities has pushed urban sprawl and choking air pollution to the top of the government’s worry list.

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Local MLA selling lumber

By Colin Darce
Castanet Kelowna
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute hurtling towards litigation, a trade mission to Asia led by Forests Minister Steve Thomson carries more significance than usual. Thompson, the Kelowna-Mission MLA, is leading a delegation of 25 senior industry representatives on a tour of Japan and China in an attempt to diversify B.C. wood markets. Japan is worth $760 million to the B.C. wood industry, with China being the province’s second most valuable market at $1.2 billion. “It’s critical that we continue build and maintain those relationships,” Thomson said from Shanghai.

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Ontario sawmill Lavern Heideman & Sons modernizing with $16.9M expansion

Canadian Manufacturing
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

EGANVILLE, Ont.—A third-generation sawmill west of Ottawa is spending $16.9 million to bring its facility up-to-date. Under the expansion project, Lavern Heideman & Sons Ltd. plans to modernize its infrastructure, purchase new equipment and consolidate some of its operations at its mill in Eganville, Ont.—not far from Pembroke, Ont. The project is expected to create 18 new jobs at the sawmill, which opened in 1974, as well as increase the company’s production and exports.

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International Paper (IP) Completes $2.2B Acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s Pulp Business

Street Insider
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper announced that it has completed its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business for approximately $2.2 billion in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments. Because the transactio is a purchase of assets, International Paper expects to realize a tax benefit with an estimated net present value of approximately $300 million. International Paper expects annual synergies of approximately $175 million by the end of 2018, which will require the need for one-time costs of approximately $85 million. “This transaction positions International Paper as the premier global supplier of fluff pulp and enhances our ability to generate additional cash flow,” said International Paper Chairman and CEO Mark Sutton. 

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Timber suit could bring county millions, but increase harvest

By Katie Frankowicz
The Daily Astorian
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Monday, Clatsop County received something it has been expecting for weeks: formal notice of a $1.4 billion class action lawsuit that includes 15 counties and dozens of local taxing districts. By late January, the Board of Commissioners will need to decide whether or not to remain involved in a legal clash that could bring millions of dollars to the county — or could, as some fear, dangerously increase harvest on county forestland and hand over control of these lands to the private timber industry. The lawsuit, filed by Linn County earlier this year and backed by the timber industry, alleges the state has failed to maximize revenue from the timber lands it manages on the counties’ behalf.

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Montana’s small mills ponder future of timber industry

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – From the gateway on Half Moon Road, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber looks a lot like it did in 1923. About 200 truckloads of logs roll through every week. They get dumped in muddy yards, awaiting their time in the sawmills. The roar makes it hard to talk, even outside the big metal sheds. “It looks the same on the outside, but we work really hard to be competitive on the inside,” Stoltze resource manager Paul McKenzie said on a recent tour of the 120-acre mill site. “We use our brains more and our backs less. There’s a lot fewer injuries.”

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Maine looking for rainmaker to revive forest markets

By Kevin Miller
Portland Press Herald
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The LePage administration is seeking help to “stem the slide of Maine’s forest products industry” and identify additional wood markets following mill closures and other events that have rocked the state’s forest-based economy. The Maine Forest Service plans to hire a temporary “point person” – or a firm – to find ways to strengthen and expand a key part of the state’s economy that the agency says is “at a critical turning point.” The closure of five Maine paper mills in two years, global competition and shrinking demand for so-called biomass products have, for the first time in three decades, left some woodland owners without a market.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wolfe Island Passive: Building With Cross-Laminated Timber

Green Building Advisor
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Our plan for the cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction process was to do one floor a day. As days are short in December, and darkness comes soon after 4.30 p.m., we started as early as we could. Wall panels are 110 mm thick (about 4 3/8 inches), to be insulated on the outside with rigid wood fiberboard. We started with the west wall, which had to be braced until other walls were put into place. Pieces were moved into position with a crane, and placement was crucial. Every millimeter counted, so the crane operator was a very important part of the team.

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North Loop’s wooden building a U.S. first

KARE 11 TV
December 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS — There is a new building open in the North Loop that is unlike any other in the country. T3 Minneapolis at 323 North Washington Avenue is the first modern tall wood building in the United States. T3 stands for timber, technology and transit. Wednesday afternoon, a launch party was held to celebrate its opening. Construction started in July 2015 and T3 opened in early November. It offers 224,000 square feet of office and retail space… The building was designed by Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver and Minneapolis-based DLR Group.

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America’s largest modern timber building pieces together like LEGO

By Lucy Wang
Inhabitat
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The nation’s largest timber building has officially opened its doors in Minneapolis. Designed by Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture and Architect-of-Record DLR Group, the seven-story tower is the first modern wooden building of its kind to have been built in over 100 years. Created from prefabricated timber panels, the 224,000-square-foot building’s structural system was quickly pieced together like LEGO blocks on-site at a speed far exceeding conventional steel-framed and concrete buildings. Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, T3 mimics its historic warehouse neighbors with its blocky shape, but steers clear of the heavy bulk. The wooden building’s structural system—mostly cross-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber—weighs approximately one-fifth of similarly sized concrete buildings. 

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Tallest timber building in the U.S. opens its doors

By Robert Dalheim
Woodworking Network
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS – The seven-story T3 tower features 220,000 square feet of prefabricated CLT timber panels and nail-laminated timber cladding. It became the largest timber building in the U.S. when it opened Wednesday in Minneapolis. Designed by Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture and Architect-of-Record DLR Group, the office building is named T3, which stands for Timber, Technology, and Transit. “As businesses compete to attract and retain staff, T3 offers a modern re-interpretation of the historic building that appeals to young professionals,” says Architect Michael Green. “It celebrates the robust character of historic wood, brick, stone and steel buildings, but provides state of the art amenities, environmental performance, and technical capability needed for competitive businesses in Minneapolis.”

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Could new product be future of green building materials?

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

Companies are increasingly looking for circular-economy approaches to design — and use — durable products that can be reused or recycled at end of life. Noble Environmental Technologies says its technology is helping customers do just that: recycle their waste streams into new building materials for reuse. And the company says it can partner with virtually any business to help it close the loop while reduce its manufacturing costs and waste produced, reports Environmental Leader. Starbucks, for example, could recycle coffee grounds and commercial waste and convert it into materials used to build stores, furniture and packaging, the company says. And Walmart could recycle all of its retail store paper and cardboard waste and convert it into home décor, furniture products, retail shelving and displays, officials say. Noble Environmental says its building material product, called Ecor, makes these scenarios possible and profitable.

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Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt completes angular youth centre in Hampshire

By Alyn Griffiths
Dezeen
November 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Recessed windows set into the facades of this youth centre in the English town of Tadley feature faceted timber-lined frames that contrast the building’s dark fibre-cement cladding. Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, an architecture practice based in nearby Basingstoke, designed The Point to provide the local community with facilities including multipurpose halls, a music room and recording studio, a cafe and an outdoor recreation space. …Timber is also used for the entrance, and to frame sliding glass doors that connect the ground-floor spaces with the courtyard. The wood provides a warm contrast to the dark fibre-cement panels that extend across the walls and roof.

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Forestry

Coast Log Handling – “LEAN” Delivering Outcomes not Endless Debate

Coast Forest Products Association
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As background, the Coast Log Handling Project was the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operation’s (FLNRO) first foray into a Lean process with an industry partner. It has proven to be a resounding success – not only in delivering on its objectives but also, on enhancing the collaboration between government and industry. Further, it is also paving the way for incorporating Lean into other projects. For the log handling file, the Lean Working Group was co-chaired by FLNRO and Coast Forest, led by John Marchesan and managed by Steve Laberge. Since its inception in July 2015, all parties have indicated satisfaction with the process and agreed significant progress has been achieved on the cost reduction target. 

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Kinder Morgan protesters aim to revive spirit of Clayoquot Sound in fight against pipeline expansion

By Bethany Lindsay
Vancouver Sun
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The battle plan is still being drafted, but First Nations and environmentalists are promising to take the fight against Kinder Morgan’s pipeline plans to the streets, the courts and the legislature. …One model is the protests of the 1980s and 90s that secured the protection of Clayoquot Sound from logging. A key lesson is to keep up the pressure, Hudema says. …The Clayoquot Sound movement had support from a wide range of British Columbians and strong leadership from First Nations — two elements that are already in place in today’s anti-pipeline movement, according to Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee.

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TLA Convention set for Vancouver, Westin Bayshore

Truck Loggers Association
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Forestry – In it for the Long Run—The forest industry is the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. TLA members live in these towns, build their businesses in and around them, support local community groups and are vital to the economic health of the entire province. This year’s convention will examine the current state of the industry and what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors and their suppliers. Our strength is in our roots and we want contractors to be in it for the long run!

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Registration Open for 2017 ABCFP Conference and AGM

Association of BC Forest Professionals
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Registration is now open for the 2017 ABCFP annual forestry conference and AGM, February 22-24 at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre. The 2017 theme, Changing Landscapes, New Opportunities, focuses on new challenges and opportunities facing BC’s forest sector. Among the challenges speakers will discuss are how best to engage the public, genomic research into how trees are adapting to climate change, and managing for cumulative impacts. Featured speakers will address opportunities from working with Aboriginal Peoples, new wood and fibre-based products, and BC’s new Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda. There is also a pre-conference research symposium: How Managing for Risk, Wildlife Habitat, and Growth and Yield Impacts Timber Supply.

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UBC Okanagan Study: Researcher says management of pine beetle not working

Kelowna Capital News
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles—pheromone baiting—may actually help the pest’s population increase, UBC research shows. A study by Rebecca Tyson, an associate professor of mathematics at UBC’s Okanagan campus, used mathematical modelling to examine several mountain pine beetle management strategies used in Banff National Park. The two-year simulation, which included then PhD candidate Shaun Strohm and University of Calgary professor Mary Reid, compared four separate management strategies: no management (monitoring only), pheromone baiting, tree removal, and finally, pheromone baiting combined with tree removal. Other management strategies are prescribed burning and clearcutting—which Tyson says cause severe changes to the landscape and have not been proven to stop the spread of the beetle.

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Watch Campbell River change over 32 years

By Alistair Taylor
Campbell River Mirror
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forests around Campbell River shrink and roads expand in Google Earth’s new timelapse feature. From 1984 to 2016, Google’s satellite view shows the expansion of logging cutblocks west of the city and the urban footprint of the city itself grow. New major roads like the Dogwood extension through the restored Beaver Lodge Forest Lands and the Jubilee Parkway and Highway 19 suddenly show up and subdivisions grow east of the new highway. Timelapse is a global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 32 years, Google says. 

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OPINION: Crown land ‘progressively’ managed in global context

December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recent commentary in The Chronicle Herald about forest management in Nova Scotia has, I believe, become too polarized and misleading. A recent letter is critical of Jonathan Porter, an employee of the Department of Natural Resources and formerly a senior manager of the Bowater Mersey Paper. As a member of the 2010 advisory committee on biodiversity, I participated in interviews with Mr. Porter which were always professionally constructive and informed. Under Mr. Porter’s authority, Bowater facilitated establishment of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute Cooperative. Bowater participated in establishing the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, collaborative biodiversity plot monitoring and species-at-risk management.

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OPINION: Crown land ‘progressively’ managed in global context

December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recent commentary in The Chronicle Herald about forest management in Nova Scotia has, I believe, become too polarized and misleading. A recent letter is critical of Jonathan Porter, an employee of the Department of Natural Resources and formerly a senior manager of the Bowater Mersey Paper. As a member of the 2010 advisory committee on biodiversity, I participated in interviews with Mr. Porter which were always professionally constructive and informed. Under Mr. Porter’s authority, Bowater facilitated establishment of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute Cooperative. Bowater participated in establishing the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, collaborative biodiversity plot monitoring and species-at-risk management.

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State estimates nearly $1.7 million in Jefferson County timber revenue for 2016

Cydney McFarland
Peninsula Daily News
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — Timber harvesting in Jefferson County is expected to generate $1,689,000 for the county during 2016, according to the state Department of Natural Resources’ most recent estimates. DNR representatives presented the third-quarter county income report to the Jefferson County commissioners Monday morning. According to a letter sent to Commissioner Kathleen Kler by DNR, the county will see an estimated $87,000 more from timber sales than was expected in July’s second-quarter report.

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National Forest Foundation Announces the 2017 Southeast Alaska Capacity-Building Grant Opportunity

Your Alaska Link
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, AK — Yesterday, the National Forest Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region announced the sixth year of capacity-building funding to benefit the Tongass National Forest and the communities that depend on it. The Alaska Region of the Forest Service manages almost 22 million acres of land within the Chugach and Tongass National Forests to meet needs for a variety of goods, services, and amenities while enhancing the Forests’ health and productivity and to foster similar outcomes for State and private forestland across Alaska. The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship grant program provides grants of $5,000 to $24,000to enable community-based organizations and collaborative groups to increase their capacity to facilitate and/or implement watershed or landscape-level restoration projects.

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Rain brings relief from wildfires

By Emmett Gienapp
Times Free Press
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Finally, the parched and burning tri-state region has gotten its first taste of game-changing rain that may put a dent in the many wildfires afflicting it. A little over a week ago, this year was shaping up to be the driest on record for Chattanooga, but the recent deluge could put the area in a more reasonable range if it continues, as meteorologists suspect it might… According to Barys, the pattern that has plunged portions of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama into record drought levels is breaking down enough to permit the much-needed rainfall.  

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Hidden Valley Nature Center receives forestry education award

By Ali Stevenson, Midcoast Conservancy
Lincoln County Wiscasset Newspaper
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Midcoast Conservancy is proud to announce that its Hidden Valley Nature Center was recently awarded the Know-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District 2016 Award for Excellence in Forestry Education. The sustainable forestry program at HVNC is aimed at improving the forest, water quality and wildlife. HVNC’s forestry practices also focus on recreation, education, and conservation. In 2014, Hidden Valley Nature Center won the prestigious Maine and Regional Outstanding Tree Farm Award. The forestry program at HVNC begins in the woods with a forest management plan prepared with help from Midmaine Forestry’s Barrie Brusila, an experienced forester serving many private and public landowners. 

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Maine groups get money to fight invasive forest pests

Associated Press in Portland Press Herald
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA – Maine’s state government is giving money to a pair of groups to tackle the problem of invasive forest pests. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is giving $35,000 to the Maine Association of Conservation Districts Employees Committee and $5,000 to the Saco River Recreational Council. The agriculture department says the money will support the groups’ efforts to provide outreach and education to get residents interested in protecting Maine forests. The department also says the two awards will expand outreach about invasive forest pests to all 16 counties in the state.

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Students Learn about forestry, jobs and conservation

Kennebec Journal
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LEEDS — Approximately 150 students from the Buckfield Schools, Monmouth Academy, and Leeds Elementary School recently hiked across fields, along skidder trails, and into the woods at the Kennebec Land Trust’s 360-acre Curtis Homestead Conservation Area to learn about sustainable forestry, land conservation, wildlife and local history, according to a news release from the trust. The annual Curtis Forestry Days provides opportunities for students to learn about Maine’s forestry heritage, career options, and how local lands, including those in their own families, play a role in conservation efforts and local wood economies.

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Fungi may be forestry’s friend

By Laurel Stowell
NZ Herald
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand — Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere look likely to benefit some plants more than others, Rangitikei farmer and forester Denis Hocking says. In temperate climates like New Zealand’s, it’s looking as though forestry species like pines and eucalypts will benefit, while pasture grasses will not. It appears the extra CO2 only helps if no other nutrients are lacking. Mr Hocking has been reading about soil fungi in the journal Science, and says these virtually invisible life forms seem to be flavour of the month. Less than 10 per cent of the New Zealand species have been identified.

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Trees may increase air pollution on city streets

The Guardian
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

London — City trees, popularly thought to remove pollutants and improve urban life, may also increase the amount of foul air that people breathe, says the UK body which gives independent health guidance to national and local government.“Leaves and branches slow air currents, causing pollutants to settle. They may also act as sinks for particulates and chemicals that may have direct or indirect effects in air quality. Air quality [under trees] may deteriorate at street level near vehicles,” says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) in new draft guidance for local government to combat air pollution.

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Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds

By Camila Domonoske
Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An annual study released by the Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year. That’s the second year in a row that deforestation in the Amazon quickened; last year, the pace rose by about 24 percent. The estimated deforestation rate, released Tuesday by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), is based on satellite imagery. The institute found that from August 2015 to July 2016, the Amazon rainforest was deforested at an estimated rate of 7,989 square kilometers (more than 3,000 square miles). …The Brazilian newspaper Estadão reports that many observers had been prepared to see an increase in deforestation, but not one this high.

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Which tropical forest conservation strategies are proving most effective?

By Mike Gaworecki
Mongabay
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A multitude of conservation strategies are currently deployed across the tropics in order to curb deforestation, preserve biodiversity, and mitigate global warming. But conservationists and researchers often point to a need for more and better evaluations of the effectiveness of this diversity of conservation initiatives in order to determine what actually works and what doesn’t. A collection of studies published by the journal PLOS ONE earlier this month seeks to fill this knowledge gap by evaluating the effectiveness of numerous tropical forest conservation policies and programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including certification schemes, community-based forest management, forest law enforcement, payments for ecosystem services, and protected areas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The role of forestry and agriculture in mitigating climate change

By Peter Holmgren CIFOR
Climate Action Program
December 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Paris Agreement and The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a raft of new and challenging global targets for people, the environment, business and development. SDG 13 directly embeds the climate change challenge in the framework… For forestry, some linkages are explicit, such as SDG 15 concerning the sustainable management of forests, which relates to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+); and SDG 12, covering corporate responsibility, sustainable consumption and production. At CIFOR, we have concluded in our new strategy that forestry links to all 17 SDGs. This way, we emphasise the essential contributions that forests and trees make to all aspects of sustainable development, including the climate change challenge.

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Is Burning Wood CO2 Neutral?

The Energy Collective
December 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States, International

The EU and US have declared, “Burning wood is CO2-neutral”. East Europe and the US Southeast still have significant areas with forests. Starting about 2005, major parts of these forests have been harvested by means of clear-cutting. In 2016, about 6 million metric ton of wood pellets will be shipped from the US Southeast to Europe for co-firing in coal-fired power plants. The EU authorities in Brussels have declared these coal plants in compliance with EU CO2/kWh standards, because biomass is renewable and the CO2 of wood burning is not counted.

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A Path For Forests And The Planet

By Michael Jenkins
Huffington Post
December 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

On November 19, the 22nd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) ended in Marrakesh. It was at COP 21, just last December in Paris, that 195 countries came together to adopt the historic agreement to mobilize global action against climate change… Working at the front lines, Forest Trends fought to ensure that forests were at the center of the Paris Agreement, and now over 100 nations have identified forest conservation and restoration as part of their strategies to fight climate change. Indeed, simply conserving and restoring our world’s forests could carry us a quarter of the way toward avoiding catastrophic global warming.

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Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

By Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Biomass Magazine
December 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24… The strategy sets out concrete measures and goals for Finland to reach the energy and climate goals for 2030 that have been agreed upon in the Government Program of Prime Minister Sipilä and the EU… Energy taxation will be used to encourage primarily using forest chips and forest industry byproducts for the combined-heat-and-power (CHP) production and the separate production of heat… The increased domestic production of advanced transport biofuels will also increase the use of forest-industry byproducts and forest chips… The production and use of biogas will increase, and growing Finnish business will develop around it… The decline of carbon sinks in Finnish forests will be prevented by fortifying the growth and carbon binding capacity of forests in the long run.

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