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Today’s Takeaway

Softwood Lumber Board Joins Esteemed Group

Tree Frog Forestry News
December 16, 2016
Category: Today's Takeaway

If you’re one of our 15,000 readers who depend on the The Tree Frog News to stay current, you should be aware of the “esteemed” organizations who enable us to provide the news free of charge, starting with our newest sponsor, the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB).

Formed in 2012, the SLB leads an industry-wide effort to grow the market for wood in the US and is—in our opinion—the principal reason “increased wood use” stories have dominated the news in 2016. Prior US efforts were sporadically funded and too short lived to yield enduring results but thanks to the SLB, and their programs like WoodWorks, wood construction is now chic! Click here to learn more.

In today’s news, we have a story from the Softwood Forest Products Buyer about the “revolution that is transforming the built environment“. Not surprisingly, this National Building Museum exhibition in Washington DC is SLB inspired. 
Elsewhere, the importance and growth of “wood-based thermal energy” is featured in two new reports, one out of Michigan State and the other by the FAO.
Oh and lest you forget – only one week of shopping left until Christmas!
— Tree Frog Editors

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Business & Politics

Your house was likely built with Canadian lumber, and it’s reigniting a trade war

By Christopher Burns
Bangor Daily News
December 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A wave of cheap imports is threatening jobs in Maine. Only, they aren’t coming from China or Mexico but from the forests of our largest trading partner: Canada. For years, the U.S. lumber industry has alleged that Canadian producers have an unfair advantage because they harvest most of their wood from publicly owned forests, where they pay cheaper prices to cut timber. When that wood, primarily used to build houses, is unloaded in the U.S. market, it hurts local lumber manufacturers who employ thousands across Maine.“All that wood coming across the border depresses prices, forcing producers to sell their wood at cheaper prices or shut down,” Eric Kingsley, a forest industry consultant and vice president of Innovative Natural Resources Solutions in Portland, said… Jeff Easterling, president of the Northeast Lumber Manufacturers Association in Cumberland, said “there’s a lot of frustration” among mill owners over the last year about the softwood lumber talks because of the inability of the two governments to reach an agreement.

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Support agreement with Kejriwal Group for recapitalization of Catalyst Paper is terminated

WoodBizForum
December 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Catalyst Paper Corporation was informed that the supporting parties had terminated the support agreement with Kejriwal Group International (KGI). According to the company’s announcement, pursuant to such support agreement, the supporting parties would have voted in favor of the proposal by KGI to acquire Catalyst. The four largest shareholders of the company holding or controlling approximately 79% of its outstanding common shares including Mudrick Capital Management, Cyrus Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Stonehill Capital Management had entered into a support agreement with KGI in the mid-2016. Catalyst Paper was not a party to the support agreement, nor has it been a party to the discussions that led to it.

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Lumber exports to U.S. face restrictions

by Jim Hilton, professional agrologist and forester
Williams Lake Tribune
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Participating in trade agreements (NAFTA or TPP) with the Americans seems of little value since restrictions on some products are forced on Canada by strong U.S. lobby groups. With the expiry of the last softwood lumber agreement the U.S. lumber lobby groups have, as expected, launched another court challenge which will allow them to force taxes or quotas on the export of lumber from Canada. So we now enter a long negotiation period while the restrictions with unknown consequences begin. According to Harry Nelson and Noaio Hotte at the faculty of forestry UBC, the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute has crystallized around two options: a tax or a quota. The differences may appear merely technical, but they would mean vastly different things economically depending on the size of the operations.

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Continuing to Build Market Access for Coastal Forestry on Asian Trade Mission

By Rick Jeffery
Coast Forest Products Association
December 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Minister Steve Thomson. The Province’s focus for this mission was to further broaden and enhance market diversification for the B.C. forest sector across global markets. More than 25 senior executives from provincial forest companies and associations toured Japan and China amplifying the latest efforts to maintain and expand the industry’s overseas market reach as well as strengthen key Asian markets.

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Regional economy looks promising

By Barry Gerding
Kelowna Capital News
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Thompson Okanagan region will continue to a driving force behind B.C.’s overall economic growth in 2017, according to the latest economy forecast from Central 1 Credit Union. …But like the rest of the province, resource-based industries have an impact on the Okanagan Thompson region, with the downturn in Alberta’s oil patch having an impact on local job commuters, and the uncertainty hanging over the stalled U.S.-Canada softwood lumber talks. “The lumber situation is a concern across the Interior for communities reliant on the forest industry, as it looks like there might be some sort of tariff imposed on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. in 2017 if an agreement isn’t otherwise reached,” Yu said. But Yu added a potential tariff, depending on the amount, won’t have the same hardship on the industry it might have 10 or 15 years ago, because the industry mills have become more efficient through capital investment, and the ongoing push to open up Asian lumber export markets.

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Tolko Industries should have done more to help laid off workers in Merritt: Union

By Ashley Legassic
Infotel News
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – It’s been more than two months since Tolko Industries announced they’d be shutting down production at the Merritt mill and tomorrow is the day workers will be sent packing. The union representing those employees, United Steelworkers, says it is disappointed with the way the company handled the shut down, saying workers should have been entitled to the three days of stat pay in December. “Had the date been Jan. 2… the workers would have been entitled to their Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day stats,” USW local 1-417 president Marty Gibbons says. “We’ve asked the company to honour these and pay them anyways, the company has refused.”

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B.C.’s economy to grow in 2017, but regional divide exists: credit union

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A B.C. credit union says Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will lead the province in economic growth next year while other regions of the province will grow slowly. Central 1 Credit Union says housing prices in Victoria and Kelowna will stabilize in 2017 after big price jumps this year. Metro Vancouver is expected to show what it describes as a “modest” decline in median home values of four per cent. …Bryan Yu, the credit union’s senior economist, says the province’s economy remains on a “solid footing.” …Yu also warned that uncertainty surrounding a new softwood lumber agreement and the “likelihood” of tariffs is a risk for lumber production.

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Domtar–Hawesville Mill Presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Surfky News
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FRANKFORT, Ky.  — Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Domtar in Hawesville yesterday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,053,309 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness.  “Congratulations to Domtar in Hawesville for earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “Days like today allow us to showcase some of the most safety-conscious businesses in the Commonwealth and their employees and celebrate their commitment to workplace safety. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, we applaud their hard work and look forward to many more years of a strong partnership.”

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Swedish output to fall by around 450.000 m³

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
December 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Owing to closures and production cuts, Sweden’s softwood lumber output is expected to fall by an estimated 450,000 m³ per year in 2016/2017. According to the latest industry report “Skog&Ekonomi” by Danske Bank, the closures of the Ramkvilla, Torsås, and Djursdala sawmills announced by Södra and the removal of a shift at the Monsterås works alone will account for 325,000 m³ per year. At Rörvik Timber, too, the out-put is to decrease by some 190,000 m³ per year due to the sale of production facilities and cuts in the volume produced by the Boxholm works. The closure of the Sikås sawmill of Norra Timber will entail the loss of another 100,000 m³ per year.

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Slovenia: Value of purchased roundwood increased by 71% in October 2016

Lesprom
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Slovenia’s roundwood purchased from private owners in October 2016 was worth Euro 6.5 million, which is about 19% less than in the previous month (mainly due to the lower quantity of purchased wood), as the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The value of purchased sawlogs and veneer logs was lower by about 21%, of pulpwood by about 8% and of other industrial roundwood by about 19%. On the other hand, the value of purchased wood fuel was higher by almost 35%.

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Greenpeace, WWF Cut Ties With Indonesia Pulp and Paper Giant

Associated Press in the New York Times
December 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Greenpeace and WWF have suspended their relationship with one of Indonesia’s leading pulp and paper companies, saying it didn’t live up to promises to improve its environmental record. The two organizations were members of an advisory committee for Asia Pacific Resources International, better known as April, that the company set up to help it meet conservation commitments. Both conservation groups said they withdrew from the committee because April dug an extensive canal to drain peatland on an island off Sumatra, in violation of government policy and its own commitments, and provided misleading information about that, among other reasons.

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UN agency reports rises in wood production and demand for bioenergy

India Blooms
December 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to new data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global production of wood products has been increasing for the past six years, while wood trade saw a slight decline. “Our data registers a healthy growth in the global production of wood products and a rapid growth in production and trade of relatively new products […] indicating that the forest industry is adapting to changes and has huge potential to become a key player in emerging bio-economies,” said Mats Nordberg, FAO Senior Forestry Officer. The data also suggests that the growth in the production volume ranged from between one to eight per cent, and was mainly triggered by the continuous economic development in Asia, a recovering housing market in North America, and expansion of the bioenergy targets. In addition, FAO reported a small decrease in global trade value of wood and paper products from $267 billion in 2014 to $236 billion last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber City Exhibit

Softwood Forest Products Buyer
December 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) recently celebrated the opening of its Timber City exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Curated by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura of Boston-based architectural design firm ikd, Timber City explores the many benefits offered by state-of-the-art mass timber construction, including strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty… According to SLB CEO Steve Lovett, “The innovative mass timber wood products and building technologies featured in the Timber City exhibit are at the beginning of a revolution that is transforming the built environment. As an industry, we are very excited about what these mean for our businesses, our employees, and the communities in which we live and work as we change the way America builds.” Timber City is on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. until May 21, 2017.

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WoodWorks Leads Blast Testing Project for Cross-Laminated Timber

By Beth Payne
D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations & CLT
December 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – WoodWorks, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service and the Softwood Lumber Board, conducted a series of live blast tests on three cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures at Tyndall Air Force Base. All structures remained intact and matched modeling predications with acceptable levels of damage under significant explosive loading. WoodWorks will release a full analysis of testing results when available. The results will be used to further expand the use of wood solutions for Department of Defense applications and other blast-resistant construction. The CLT structures—each two-story, single-bay structures with anchorage to an existing concrete slab— were constructed in full by Lendlease over a period of eight days. Each structure was constructed using a different grade of CLT … and included window and door openings … consistent with an actual building. 

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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: Pioneer Millworks

By Steve Buchiere
Finger Lakes Times
December 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

FARMINGTON — Jonathan Orpin can’t save all the dilapidated buildings and barns across America. He can, however, rescue some of the wood that made them. The CEO and founder of Pioneer Millworks and two sister companies has made it a mission to save vintage wood from those old buildings, as well as other sources like wine barrels from Finger Lakes vintners. Those reclaimed woods — they’re found in just about every state — are featured in homes and businesses nationwide. Using reclaimed materials is good for the environment, Orpin said, explaining that before wood reclamation became popular, most of the materials ended up in landfills. It also reduces the need for virgin timber, he added.

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Forestry

Court awards nearly $14M to Island First Nation

BC Local News
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A federal tribunal has ruled a Vancouver Island First Nation should get more than $13.8 million in compensation for government failure to ensure it was properly compensated for two decades of timber harvesting. On Monday, the Canadian Specific Claims Tribunal awarded the Port Alberni-area Huu-ay-aht First Nations that sum in connection with logging that took place on the former Numukamis reserve between 1948 and 1969. The decision confirms what the Huu-ay-aht should have been compensated in today’s dollars and follows a 2014 ruling that Canada had not acted in the band’s best interests in a deal that left the First Nation with far less than it should have recieved for its timber.

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Ten years after: Jubilee wetland deal reached

by Kristen Douglas
Campbell River Mirror
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ten years after a unique wetland near Jubilee Parkway was destroyed, city council has approved a remediation plan that involves property as compensation as well as the recreation of a portion of the wetland. …On Monday, nearly three years after the remedial action notice was first presented to Parkway, council came to a decision on a remediation plan that Parkway will need to abide by. That plan includes restoring 0.54 ha of two endangered trembling aspen forested wetlands on the perimeter of the former fen wetland, as well as compensation in the form of 2.1 ha of forested land owned by Parkway to the west of the wetlands. The forest land is adjacent to Woods Creek and a wetland riparian area complex.

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Removal of ash trees resumes

By Elliot Ferguson
The Kingston Whig-Standard
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city has kicked off the latest phase in its fight against the emerald ash borer. This week, city contractors started removing about 500 ash trees on city property that had been identified as vulnerable to the invasive insect. “This is the startup of our removal program that will go into 2017,” said Troy Stubinski, manager of public works. “We are removing trees that are infected, but there is potential that there are some trees that are not infected yet,” Stubinski explained. “But the key to the program is getting ahead of the curve, because if you wait until a tree reaches infestation and starts to fail, then the cost to remove that tree can be quite a bit more because your options for removal are limited.”

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N.S. public are recognizing forests are well managed

by Jeff Bishop, executive director of Forest Nova Scotia
Chronicle Herald
December 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

No one cares more about Nova Scotia’s forest than the 6,100 forest industry professionals who make their living taking care of it. Our forests are a dynamic and renewable resource. We harvest our forests and they grow back, often healthier and more productive than they were before. They provide our province with environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits, particularly throughout rural communities. Nova Scotia’s valuable, diverse and sustainable forests cover 3.7 million hectares, or 71 per cent of the province. There are more forests growing in our province than 100 years ago, though our population is double what it was back then. Every day, members of Forest Nova Scotia ensure Nova Scotia’s forests are healthy and sustainable. Today, modern forestry operations require highly skilled, educated and well-trained forest professionals.

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Lac Seul First Nation Investigates Forestry Opportunities

Net News Ledger
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SIOUX LOOKOUT – BUSINESS – The Lac Seul First Nation’s Obishikokaang Resources Corporation (ORC) has been awarded $160,000 from the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) to investigate potential forest economic developments in the Lac Seul and Slate Falls area with respect to: Transportation/access improvements, Value-added wood processing, Cost reductions in fibre transport, Merchandizing yard, Multiple employment opportunities for community members. The study began on September 13th and will finish on March 31st, 2017. The SPI-supported project has a truly regional scope, bringing together communities and industry stakeholders to discuss mutually beneficial opportunities in forestry and infrastructure development. 

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U of T profs host event to preserve environmental data ahead of Trump presidency

Canadian Press in Cape Breton Post
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — As the U.S. presidential inauguration grows near, researchers at the University of Toronto are kickstarting a movement to preserve environmental data they believe could be at risk under Donald Trump’s leadership. A group of professors is planning what they call a “guerrilla archiving” meeting in Toronto on Saturday, the first such event in a broader project to find and capture sensitive information currently available to the public through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The event — a collaboration with the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library — will also serve as a blueprint for future archiving sessions, including one planned at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees, Part One

Editorial By Bill Hudson
Pagosa Daily Post
December 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Let’s talk about tree farming for a moment. Drive eastward a few hundred yards out of downtown Pagosa Springs — or drive a few hundred yards westward out of uptown Pagosa Springs — and you are practically in the middle of nowhere. As you look around, you see tree-covered hills and mountains for as far as the eye can see… But there is another group of people who look around at the forests and see an economic resource: timber. And many in this group also own acres of private forests in Archuleta County — and unknown to many of us, are maintaining and upgrading these forest lands in hopes of one day harvesting useful forest products. To many, the forests are something we value as a stunning visual backdrop to our “small town” lives.

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Salmon habitat in Tongass National Forest in Alaska protected

By Cliff White
Seafood Source
December 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The United States Forest Service has finalized an amendment to its management plan for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska that will seek to better conserve more than 70 salmon and trout streams within the reserve. Located in Southeast Alaska, the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest is home to old-growth forests and prime spawning grounds for Alaska’s native salmon populations. The new measures instituted by the Forest Service include the limiting of logging in the Tongass 77, “a collection of the most important and productive wild salmon areas on the forest,” according to a press release from Trout Unlimited’s Alaska chapter.

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Bureau of Land Management Takes Ownership Of 5,000 Acres Of Blackfoot Valley Land

By Beau Baker
Montana Public Radio
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 5,000 acres of land in the Blackfoot Valley north of Potomac has been transferred from private ownership to the Bureau of Land Management. The Nature Conservancy Thursday finalized the sale of former Plum Creek timber land to the BLM. Bebe Crouse is a spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy in Bozeman: “Well I think what it does is put it into public ownership, and that’s going to protect the public access of that land for a long time,” Crouse says. “It also connects it with some adjacent BLM land within that Blackfoot River corridor.

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Humans have now carved up the Earth’s wilderness into 600,000 little pieces

By Chris Mooney
Washington Post
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scientists Thursday provided a global quantification of one of the most pervasive, but least recognized, ways that humans are marring the coherence of the natural world — by building endless numbers of roads. Roads fragment natural habitats, and the more of them there are, the smaller and more compromised those habitats become. At the same time, roads give humans access to remote, once pristine regions, where they can begin logging, mining, accidentally (or intentionally) starting fires and much else. In the Amazon rain forest, for instance, the fragmentation of the landscape that occurs because of deforestation — to which roads also contribute — upends the entire nature of the ecosystem. 

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Delegation Says Final Tongass Plan Has Dire Implications for Southeast Economy

The Sit News
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Forest Service issued a Final Record of Decision for an amendment to the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP) last Friday, marking the final step of a two-year process. In response to the plan, the Alaska Delegation expressed their displeasure with the final plan saying it has dire implications for the economy of Southeast Alaska. The Delegation says the Record of Decision (ROD) rushes to lock in the proposed transition to young growth timber rather than following the recommendations of the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC).

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Look at total forest health

Letter by Brad Rouse
Asheville Citizen-Times
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I read with great interest the editorial from Sen. Thom Tillis in your Dec. 11 edition, “Be Proactive on Wildfire Prevention.” I certainly agree that we should take actions to protect ourselves from wildfire. I agree that the Forest Service budget is now consumed by fighting wildfires, and that reform is needed. Maybe fighting wildfires needs to be put under FEMA. Get the Forest Service back to managing the forest. We do need to be more resilient and I applaud Sen. Tillis for reaching across the aisle to find solutions. But let’s make sure that we look at the big picture. …So please, Sen. Tillis, reach across the aisle for bipartisan climate solutions too. Be proactive on wildfire prevention by being proactive on climate. Be the good doctor, not just the salesman at the drug store.

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National Plantation Dev. Programme yields result

Business Ghana
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ghana has planted about 190,449.92 hectares of trees under the national plantation development programme, as at December 1, 2016. Dr. Gloria Djaney Djagbletey, Head of Forest and Climate Change Division of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-FORIG), who disclosed this, said that the only specie being planted was Teak. At the opening of a three-day annual review and planning session of FORIG, the theme, “Making research findings relevant to end users,” Dr. Djagbletey suggested the planting of Cedrela and other tree species. The National Forest Plantation Development Programme was launched in September 2001, to accelerate the rate of establishment of forest plantations.

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Low prices forcing beef farmers to switch grazing land to forestry

by Declan O’Brien
Irish Independent
December 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A huge acreage of good quality grazing land will be planted in the coming years as a result of poor returns from beef, a leading agricultural advisor has predicted. Responding to the findings of Teagasc’s Annual Review and Outlook 2017, Eddie McQuinn said there was increased interest among drystock farmers in forestry and he predicted that planting would become even more popular as profit margins in beef remained low. Although the Teagasc study found that gross margin in single suckling and cattle finishing rose to €464/ha and €461/ha respectively, McQuinn pointed out that these returns were based on direct payments rather than profits from farming.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pinnacle, NORDEN sign contract for transport of wood pellets

By Erin Voegele
Biomass Magazine
December 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has announced a nine-year contract to transport pellets for Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Under the contract, starting in 2018 NORDEN will transport 3.5 million metric tons of wood pellets from Vancouver and Prince Rupert in western Canada to Europe. According to NORDEN, it will make eight shipments per year for Pinnacle using Supramax vessels. Each trip is expected to take approximately 65 days.

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Study: Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Phys.org
December 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations. Subalpine forests will follow their climate up the mountain, in other words.But new research published Dec. 15 in the journal Global Change Biology suggests this may not hold true for two subalpine tree species of western North America. According to the study, Engelmann spruce may not move to higher elevations as temperatures rise, and its lower-elevation boundary could recede upslope, so its overall range could shrink. And the hardy limber pine may advance upward in a warmer climate, but likely at the same slow pace as in today’s climate.

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Wood-based thermal energy is the key to producing sustainable and renewable heat

By Bill Cook
Michigan State University Extension
December 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Almost everyone is aware of old-fashioned fireplaces, wood stoves and outdoor wood boilers. These devices offer benefits to the residential user. Sometimes, there are air quality issues associated with the devices, often due to the use of wet fuels and excessive damping of the air flow. However, there are a range of advanced, highly efficient and very dependable technologies for residential, commercial and institutional applications, especially for schools, hospitals, municipal facilities and similar structures. Advanced wood chip systems work well when heating spaces of more than about 50,000 square feet, although this breakpoint is not set in stone. Capital costs of advanced wood chip systems are higher than those for fossil fuel systems, but operating costs are lower. Current low prices for natural gas have increased the payback period for wood chip systems, if there is access to natural gas.

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General

WoodWorks Leads Blast Testing Project for Cross-Laminated Timber

By WoodWorks
BusinessWire press release
December 15, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Videos are now available showing a series of live blast tests on three cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures at Tyndall Air Force Base, conducted by WoodWorks in cooperation with the US Forest Service and Softwood Lumber Board. Post-test observations were exciting. All structures remained intact and matched modeling predictions with acceptable levels of damage under significant explosive loading. The results of this testing will be used to further expand the use of wood solutions for Department of Defense applications and other blast-resistant construction. 

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