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Daily Archives: December 8, 2016

Special Feature

U.S. Export Duties on Canadian Lumber to Cause Market Chaos and Soaring Prices

By Russ Taylor
Wood Markets
December 7, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

In WOOD MARKETS’ new five-year Softwood Lumber Chapter forecast, U.S. duties on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. are expected to cause short-term chaos after they are announced in early Q2/2017. This new development alone completely changes all previous outlooks as a new approach to “managed trade” by the U.S. kicks off the 5th U.S.-Canada lumber war… While the initial shock and impact of export duty rates of 25% will cause some initial chaos and mill curtailments in Canada, quickly escalating U.S. lumber prices will bring much of the curtailed production back online, but depending on the amount of the final duties. This trend becomes even more critical starting about 2019 when we forecast the first “supply gap”, as we don’t see enough other lumber supply being readily available to meet overall projected U.S. demand (at a conservative housing starts forecast) without bringing back more Canadian lumber imports. “This means that Canadian lumber will need high prices to increase exports to the U.S.,” commented Russ Taylor, “and starting in 2020, record-level lumber prices are forecast in the U.S. market.”

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Froggy Foibles

Woodland Wizardry – Experts working their magic to save Harry Potter tree

By Jon Lockett
The UK Sun
December 7, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

TREE experts have been asked to work their magic and save a historic tree which had a starring role in the fifth Harry Potter film. The aged Cedar of Lebanon tree, which stands in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, needs emergency ‘surgery’ to stop it from toppling over. The huge specimen appeared in The Order of the Phoenix when Severus Snape endures a flashback to being bullied by Potter’s father James and Sirius Black. Snape – played by the late Alan Rickman – is seen dangling upside down from the top of the impressive tree which has become a favourite with Potter fans from all over the world.

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Business & Politics

B.C. wood high-rise is the talk of Asia

By Tom Fletcher, reporting from Japan
BC Local News
December 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TSUKUBA, JAPAN – The completion of an 18-storey student residence tower at UBC has caught the attention of Japanese architects and engineers, raising the profile of a Penticton-based company and B.C.’s wood industry as a whole. …Structurlam engineered wood components are also used in striking wood structures including the Richmond Olympic Oval, UBC Okanagan’s fitness centre in Kelowna, the Mica Heli-Ski Lodge at Revelstoke, Armstrong Arena and Elkford Community Hall. …China is a tough market for Structurlam, but Randy Pratt [president of B.C. housing developer Adera Capital Corp., parent company of Structurlam Products] says they’ve had some success with resort and golf course clubhouses, and large recreation centres for housing developments like the one Adera is building at its South Ridge Club townhouse complex in South Surrey.

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Universal Forest Poised on Inorganic Growth, Runs Risks

Yahoo! Finance
December 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

We issued an updated research report on Universal Forest Products Inc. UFPI on Dec 6, 2016. The company engineers, manufactures, treats, distributes and installs lumber, composite wood, plastic and other building products. It currently has a market capitalization of approximately $2.1 billion. After the release of third-quarter 2016 results on Oct 18, shares of Universal Forest Products yielded a return of 7.2%, outperforming the return of 2.5% by the Zacks categorized Building Products Wood industry. We believe that Universal Forest is working diligently to improve its products and services to tap new market opportunities. In the nine months ended Sep 2016, the company’s new product sales grew 16% year over year.

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Lumber Coalition Files Petition Against Canadian Imports

By Molly Priddy
Flathead Beacon
December 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

… Zoltan van Heyningen, spokesperson for the U.S. Lumber Coalition, said in an interview with the Beacon that the petition for relief was a necessary step to get the Canadians back to the negotiation table to hammer out a new U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement… “Where we are today and the fact that we ended up filing cases is a direct result of Canada flat-out failing to engage in this process,” van Heyningen said. “It’s a compromise agreement. But we need something that works. Canada simply wanted something that only works for them.”… Despite claims that Canadian companies have purchased into American companies, thus creating a less-united front when it comes to the agreement, Tester said from his perspective in Washington D.C., the timber and lumber industry is largely in lockstep seeking an agreement. Van Heyningen said the same.“It’s been one of many Canadian talking points,” he said. “The irony is it’s the exact reverse.”

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Pulp mill and 200 jobs lost over power price hike

By Peter de Graaf
New Zealand Herald
December 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Plans to build a $300 million pulp mill near Kaikohe – bringing hundreds of millions of dollars and an estimated 200 jobs – have been shelved due mainly to an Electricity Authority proposal to hike the price of power in Northland. The mechanical pulp mill was to have been the centrepiece of an industrial park at Ngawha making use of electricity and surplus heat from Top Energy’s new geothermal power plant, and had been touted as Kaikohe’s economic saviour. The plant would have cost up to $300m, employed 200 people and created many more jobs in the community.

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Global wood based panel market forecast to exceed $35 billion by 2023

IHB – The Timber Network
December 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Valued over $16 billion in 2015, the global wood based panel market size is anticipated to grow at CAGR of over 13% and exceed $35 billion by 2023. In 2014, China wood based panel market accounted for more than 50,000 products for manufacturing and trading enterprises, employing more than 10 million workforce and generating an output of USD155 billion. The utilization by these enterprises exceeds 520 million and the value of exports was USD75 billion in 2014. However, the sector suffers from a poor image due to quality scandals. In 2015, Italy has recorded gain of 7%, with an optimistic business climate for the third consecutive quarter.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Builder explains the benefits of CLT during Toronto Wood Solutions fair

By Don Procter
Daily Commercial News
December 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The first cross-laminated timber (CLT) building in the U.S. — a four-storey, 92-room “blast resistant” hotel for military personnel in Alabama — has sold builder Jeff Morrow on the advantages of the pre-engineered wood product. …Morrow is the program manager of the Timber & Innovations Group of Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships LLC, which erected its first building using CLT in Australia seven years ago. Calling CLT “plywood on steroids,” he says there are several reasons why a builder might choose it over traditional steel and concrete construction, including lower labour costs and speed of construction. Poor soil conditions is another reason. “CLT can have about a fourth of the weight of cast-in-place concrete,” he says, noting that can substantially reduce the soil remediation costs required for a foundation.

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3 theories why the devastating Cambridge fire spread so quickly

By Nik DeCosta-Klipa
Boston Globe
December 7, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Scores of Cambridge residents had their lives rocked over the weekend when a 10-alarm fire ignited and ripped through a residential neighborhood. Within hours, a raging fireball had damaged a total of 16 buildings, decimating several and displacing more than 125 people. Cambridge Assistant Fire Chief Gerard Mahoney told the Associated Press it was the largest fire he’d witnessed in his 33-year career. …the fire began at a triple-decker home [that] was undergoing a “complete renovation,” according to the Globe, a fact which likely perpetuated the fire. According to Willette, the removal of the inner sheathing, like plaster or sheetrock, exposes the wall studs, floor joists, and ceiling rafters. That opens up a void of space in which the fire can progress very rapidly. …The building that sparked the blaze appeared to have open wood-frame porches, which could trap the fire underneath and contain the heat, allowing the blaze to “roll around and spread rapidly outside the back of the building,” Willette said.

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Forestry

Canada’s National Identity Is Tied To Our Natural Environment

By Michael Rosen, RPF, President of Tree Canada
Huffington Post Canada
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Blessed with an abundance of spectacular natural wonders, Canadians have always tied much of our national identity to nature. During my recent trip to China, I was reminded that Canada’s lakes, rivers, forests and mountains are also the first things that spring to mind when people around the globe think of our country. However, outside all of those beer commercials and tourism ads is the reality that 82 per cent of our population now lives in urban areas — four out of every five people. This dichotomy of Canada, the stereotype, and Canada, the reality, is why I was given the great honour to speak at the 1st International Forest City Conference in Shenzhen, China.

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13 research projects deploy genomics to address challenges in Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors

By Genome Canada
Canada Newswire in The Province
December 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL – Science plays a critical role in providing the evidence necessary to harness the power of Canada’s natural resources in a way that is sustainable, innovative and leads to jobs that grow the middle class. The knowledge emerging from genomics can help those in the natural resource and environment sectors take advantage of new opportunities, which drive sustainability, growth, productivity, commercialization and global competitiveness. Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $32 million in federal support for 13 large-scale applied research projects that will help multiple sectors and regions within Canada use genomics to solve long-standing challenges. In addition, $78 million will be invested in these projects by co-funders from provinces, international organizations and the private sector, among other partners. 

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Aerial gypsy moth treatment planned in Saanich

By Ministry of Forests, Lands and natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has applied for a pesticide use permit to aerial-spray 186 hectares in Saanich with a spray approved for use on organic farms, to eradicate a growing population of gypsy moth and minimize the risk they pose to forests, farms, orchards and trees. Trapping and monitoring results over the past year indicate a growing gypsy moth population in the proposed treatment area around Elk Lake. If left untreated, the moth could spread to new areas of the province via vehicles, containers, rail and Swartz Bay ferry terminal. The ministry has proposed up to four aerial applications of Foray 48B between April 15 and June 30, 2017, to control the moth. 

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Exploring for natural resource opportunities now easier

By Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An easy-to-use website that helps British Columbians explore for land-based opportunities was launched today by Minister of State for Rural Economic Development, Donna Barnett. The new Natural Resource Sector (NRS) Online Services website makes it easier for clients to get the information they need to successfully apply for natural resource related authorizations. The application process is also faster, with the use of smart forms, application guidance and activity- and land-based assessment tools. The explore features on NRS Online Services provide application assistance to help clients understand what is needed to complete a land-based authorization application. 

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Green Jobs BC Conference promotes green economy

By Janet Southcott
The Powell River Peak
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…But, according to a recent Green Jobs BC conference, marrying a healthy environment with long-term, well-paying sustainable jobs is something everyone will need to accept in order to stem the flow of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Green Jobs BC is a coalition of BC Federation of Labour, Hospital Employees’ Union, BC Government and Services Employees’ Union, Sierra Club, David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, Columbia Institute, The Tyee and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. …At the foundation of the conference were five pillars. Each pillar represented an opportunity for the green economy. A strengthened, sustainable forestry industry matched with local value-added manufacturing was targeted by the Green Jobs BC conference. This moves away from the export of raw logs and toward jobs and skills developed within communities such as Powell River.

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Woodlot contaminated, Yukon woodcutter must pay cleanup costs

By Vic Istchenko
CBC News
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Yukon woodcutter who left a contaminated mess on his woodlot has been ordered to pay cleanup costs. Charges were laid under the Environment Act and the Forestry Act against Romeo Leduc, the operator of Duke Ventures firewood services. His woodlot is about 10 kilometres north of Marshall Creek, in the Haines Junction area. Leduc was convicted in Yukon territorial court on Tuesday for ignoring fuel spillage and storage rules at his woodlot, and refusing to clean oil-soaked soils and debris left behind. Court was told that environmental affairs analysts with the Yukon government have now deemed the site contaminated.

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Neskonlith Indian Band in timber battle with BC government

By Kelly Hayes
Global News TV
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band has decided not to attend the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Que. because she has more pressing issues to deal with at home. The band is in a battle with the British Columbian government over logging. More than two dozen hectares of timber are being harvested near the Neskonlith band’s reserve, near Chase. The band feels it should have been consulted. “Even though the government put us on small reserves, we still hold the territorial title to our lands, which also includes those trees on our land. So when there is logging that’s happening, they need to come and talk to us,” Neskonlith Indian Band Chief Judy Wilson said. The band said the logging is going to have an impact on the watershed, as it has in the past.

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New website eases exploring natural resource opportunities in B.C.

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

People interested in land-based opportunities in B.C. will now have easy access to information and making applications thanks to a new website. Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett was in Williams Lake Wednesday to officially launch the Natural Resources Sector Online Services portal. “It’s a one-stop shop,” Barnett said of the new website during a media conference held in the FrontCounterBC office at 640 Borland Street. “Everything is being brought together to ease the ability to be active on the land base.”… Hardman said people using the site to apply for permits or opportunities for such things as placer mining, logging or even beekeeping, will find information on the site.

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Bus lanes could spell bad news for Halifax’s ‘tree lawns,’ researchers say

By Moira Donovan
CBC News
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Halifax’s transportation strategy could see the strips of grass that run beside some Halifax roads paved over to make way for buses — but the city shouldn’t be quick to sacrifice those “tree lawns,” say two Dalhousie University researchers. The municipality’s proposed integrated mobility plan could include a bike network, better sidewalks and wider streets with bus-only lanes. But James Steenberg, a postdoctoral fellow studying urban forest ecosystems in Halifax, told CBC’s Information Morning there are tradeoffs to consider.  He said the city has relatively few patches of public land on which to plant trees. With an aging tree population, the tree lawns, or strips of grass between sidewalks and roads, are an important site for regenerating the urban forest.

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The forests’ perfection

Guest Opinion by Rob Kelly – co-founder of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies
The Missoulian
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoulian’s recent series chronicling Montana’s historical role in forest liquidation should be a wakeup call to all who love public forests, endangered species and nature. The overarching message, however, seems to be deliberately misleading us in the wrong direction, away from the obvious reasons we have environmental laws, away from best available science, and away from a vast body of accumulated knowledge best understood by biologists and ecologists. Avert your gaze, away from the key role local, grassroots forest activists have played in slowing the rate of forest-ecosystem destruction/liquidation. When the age-old cover story to dupe the public isn’t working, propagandists admit to a limited version of the truth, while withholding the most damaging facts from public scrutiny – a gimmick called “limited hangout.”

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Pacific Coast Lumber gives dead Central Coast trees new life

By Sally Buffalo
The Tribune
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When dead and rotting trees are cleared from Cambria’s ailing Monterey pine forest, most end up chipped, chopped for firewood or even chucked in a landfill. But a small portion are finding a second life as rustic cabins, benches, tables and other wood products milled and handcrafted at Pacific Coast Lumber off Prado Road in San Luis Obispo. The one-of-a-kind creations — highlighting each log’s unique grain, burls and edges — are part of a pilot project aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as Cal Fire and Cambria residents work to clear thousands of trees dead and dying from drought and bark beetles.

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Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests

By Michael Casey and Patrick Whittle
Associated Press in WWLP News 22
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PETERSHAM, Mass. — In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree. The bug is one in an expanding army of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States. Scientists say they already are driving some tree species toward extinction and are causing billions of dollars a year in damage — and the situation is expected to worsen.

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Stockton professor wins Governor’s award for forest plan advocacy

By Michelle Brunetti
Press of Atlantic City
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Stockton University Professor of Environmental Studies George Zimmermann won a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Wednesday for his advocacy of the school’s forest management plan. The awards were given out at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton in Trenton. The forest plan was approved by the Pinelands Commission in 2013, and is the first comprehensive forest management plan for public land within the Pinelands, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Environmentalists sue VA to save old forest

Indy Star
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A group of environmentalists filed an injunction and a temporary restraining order Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in a last-ditch effort to preserve about 15 acres of old-growth forest slated to be razed for a national cemetery. The legal action, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, says the VA violated the National Environmental Policy Act by not looking for alternative locations for the veterans cemetery and not taking appropriate action to hear from the public.

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Going forward by looking backward: Tradition and science meet in Cherokee forest plan

By Holly Says
Smoky Mountain News
December 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Over the course of thousands of years lived in the Southern Appalachian mountains, the Cherokee people had pretty well developed a system of relationship with the land that ensured they harvested what they needed to live while leaving enough to ensure future generations would yield the same benefit. But then there was the arrival of Europeans, years of conflict, the removal, and the establishment of the Qualla Boundary under the supervision of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It’s been a long time since Cherokee land was truly managed in the Cherokee tradition, but with the impending approval of a new forest management plan the pendulum is swinging back closer than it’s been in a long time.

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UK forestry company targets Irish growers

By Ciaran Moran
Farm Ireland
December 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A major British forestry advisory and marketing company is now touting for business from Irish growers following the re-cent launch of Euroforest Ireland. The Irish arm of the business has been formed from the merger of existing concerns Eastlog Harvesting and Forwood Forestry with Eurofor¬est to create Euroforest Ireland… “Our goal is to replicate the Euroforest business model in Ireland which has proven successful in the UK, benefiting forest owners and allowing the forest industry to expand,” said company chairman David Symons.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Peterborough recognized by state wood energy council

By Ashley Saari 
Monadnock Ledger Transcript
December 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Peterborough was recognized on Tuesday by the N.H. Wood Energy Council for their use of wood fueled heat in four town-owned buildings. Charlie Levesque of Antrim, a member of the Wood Energy Council presented the Select Board with four plaques… According to Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett, the wood pellet boilers installed by the town in recent years save the town about $5,000 a year in fuel costs. “Peterborough’s actions with their wood pellet boilers have reduced their fuel oil use by over 17,000 gallons per year and, as a result, reduces carbon emissions over 160 tons per year, said Levesque.

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Survey shows 80% of UK public supports biomass and waste energy

Bioenergy Insight
December 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UK — There is strong public support for producing bioenergy in the UK from both biomass and waste, according to a new survey carried out for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The YouGov survey, commissioned by the ETI, questioned over 5,300 adults to gauge public perceptions of bioenergy in the UK, and found that 74% of people surveyed support producing bioenergy from biomass and 81% support producing biomass from waste. Generating energy from waste and being a renewable source of energy were seen as the most positive features of bioenergy and the public would be comfortable with a mix of imported and domestic biomass feedstocks.

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Putting A Price On Nature Will Turn Climate Commitment Into Action

By Ian Lifshitz – North American Director, Asia Pulp and Paper Group
The Huffington Post Canada
December 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

APP seeks to solidify approach to forest conservation at COP22. Countries around the world made significant progress last month in working towards the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) now offers a great opportunity for countries to be part of an historic initiative against global warming. …Forest conservation and restoration are considered one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods to combat climate change, a fact that was reiterated on November 8, during Forest Action Day. Businesses need to be economically invested in the survival and protection of our landscapes. 

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