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Today’s Takeaway

Do woodchucks chuck wood?

Tree Frog Forestry News
February 10, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland “talks tough on trade with Trump team” in the Globe and Mail, warning that Ottawa is “ready to retaliate” if the President sparks a trade war with Canada and “imposes tariffs at the border”. The impacts of such a war are mentioned in many of the Q4 results today. In sum, Canfor reports volatile prices while Canfor Pulp looks bright in the short term, Interfor’s results are above expectation, Domtar has pluses and minuses, Rayonier says softwood duties will help and Mercer reports no surprises.

Do woodchucks chuck wood? Not if New Jersey state legislator John Wisniewski and Maitland City planner Barry Kalmanson (a suburb of Orlando) get their way. Referencing his effort to change the building code after the Avalon Bay fire in 2015, Wisniewski hopes that this week’s construction fire in Maplewood “will be a catalyst for action before our luck runs out”. Citing last year’s “wood-frame prohibition” in Sandy Springs, GA, Florida planner Barry Kalmanson says that wood framed houses may “look beautiful the day they’re built but 10 or 20 or 30 years later, that’s the problem.

Talking up TreeHugger’s favorite material—on the other hand—is Toronto’s Quadrangle Architects with their concept proposal for condo boxes made out of CLT to be “hung between the wind-shielding ‘wings’ of the CN Tower”. 

Monday is Family Day in BC so we’re splashing off with the tadpoles. Talk Tuesday.
— Tree Frog Editors

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Special Feature

Interactive Map of Canada’s Changing Forests

Natural Resources Canada
February 10, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Scientists and satellites unlock changes in Canada’s 348 million hectares of forests. Research scientists Mike Wulder and Joanne White compiled tens of thousands of satellite images obtained between 1984 and 2012 to produce the most detailed depiction of forest change at the national scale that has ever been generated for Canada. It’s now possible to see forest disturbances such as fire, harvesting and infrastructure across Canada even in the most isolated and remote areas. In addition to capturing the changes, the information allows researchers to measure how quickly Canada’s forests are recovering after these disturbances. 

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Forestry

Douglas fir beetle found on Mount Macpherson

By Alex Cooper
Revelstoke Times Review
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The dreaded Douglas fir bark beetle, which has resulted in massive clear-cutting on Boulder Mountain, has spread its wings to Mount Macpherson. The discovery could mean further logging of the mountain bike trail network, though foresters say they are still assessing the extent of the issue and no decisions have been made on future logging. “One of the things we’ve been doing over time is we’ve been monitoring it,” said Earl Hunt, a forester with BC Timber Sales, which is the land manager for the Macpherson area. “You have beetle in the Revelstoke area and you monitor it and you come up with various strategies on how to deal with it. We’re seeing an increase of activity in that area than what’s occurred in the past.”

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Associated Oregon Loggers honors Douglas County loggers

By Emily Hoard
The News-Review
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This year’s Associated Oregon Loggers awards went to two loggers from Douglas County, Katie Jones and Dave Brink. Brink, of Dave Brink Logging, won the AOL 2016 Logger of the Year Award while Jones of Mark Jones Trucking, Inc. and Boulder Creek Timber was named Woman of the Year. Jones and her husband Mark started Mark Jones Trucking, Inc., in 1982 in Roseburg. It was a log and flat bed truck operation. They added a logging division, Boulder Creek Timber, to the company in 2009. “I was in shock,” Jones said of being presented the award at the association’s 47th annual convention three weeks ago in Eugene. “I’m honored to be recognized but I wasn’t really trying to earn recognition, I just do what I do.”

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Conservation group refers Forestry Tasmania to Forest Practices Authority over road-building in Tarkine exclusion zone

By Simeon Thomas-Wilson
The Mercury
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAVE the Tarkine has referred Forestry Tasmania to the Forest Practices Authority with the conservationist group claiming to have uncovered illegal road-building in a wedge-tailed eagle breeding exclusion zone in the Tarkine. Head of Save the Tarkine Scott Jordan said two roads were constructed in the past month in the proposed logging coupe SR107E and within the 1km of a wedge-tailed eagle breeding exclusion zone. …A Forestry Tasmania spokesman said the organisation was committed to sustainable management of Tasmania’s forests including protection of threatened species. “Forestry Tasmania’s routine planning process identified the wedge-tailed eagle nest site. In accordance with standard procedures FT has implemented a permanent nest reserve around the nest,” the spokesman said.

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Winter migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico drops after one-year recovery

Associated Press in the Guardian
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27% this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday. The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico. …“The reduction in the area of forest they occupied this year is most probably due to the high mortality caused by storms and cold weather last year,” said Omar Vidal, the head of the Mexico office of the World Wildlife Fund.

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Forestry sector prioritised as Teagasc extends relationship with GMIT

By Conor Finnerty
Agriland
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new strategic partnership between Teagasc and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is set to focus on issues relating to the forestry sector. It is hoped the strategic partnership will help to develop academic and educational co-operation in areas of mutual interest. The President of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, and the Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, February 7. The MOU was signed at the Letterfrack campus in Connemara, the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology.

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Company & Business News

Freeland talks tough on trade with Trump team

By Adrian Morrow and Robert Fife
The Globe and Mail
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has warned the Trump administration that Ottawa is ready to retaliate if the new President imposes tariffs at the border, potentially sparking a trade war between Canada and its largest trading partner. Ms. Freeland, who met with Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in Washington Wednesday, said she delivered a message that Ottawa has no appetite for tariff walls and is not afraid to fight back. “I did make clear that we would be strongly opposed to any imposition of new tariffs between Canada and the United States, that we felt tariffs on exports would be mutually harmful to both Canada and the United States and that, if such an idea were ever to come into being, Canada would respond appropriately,” Ms. Freeland told reporters after her sit-down with Mr. Tillerson.

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Interfor Reports Year-End and Q4’16 Results

By Interfor Corporation
MarketWired
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver BC – Interfor recorded net earnings in Q4’16 of $26.6 million, or $0.38 per share, compared to $15.1 million, or $0.22 per share in Q3’16 and a loss of $3.5 million, or $0.05 per share in Q4’15. Adjusted net earnings1 (which takes into account the effects of share-based compensation expense and non-recurring items) in Q4’16 were $17.7 million or $0.25 per share, compared to $20.7 million, or $0.30 per share in Q3’16 and $4.5 million, or $0.06 per share in Q4’15….For the year, net earnings were $65.6 million, or $0.94 per share, compared to a loss of $30.4 million or $0.44 per share in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA was a record $199.6 million, eclipsing the previous record set in 2014.

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U.S. market, duties a good news, bad news story for Canfor

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s second largest forestry company, Canfor Corp., entered 2017 with a strong balance sheet and optimism that the demand for lumber in the U.S. and lumber and pulp products in China will continue to improve. The one dark cloud on the horizon is the likelihood that the company will have American countervailing and anti-dumping duties levied against it later in the year. Canfor is one of four large Canadian forestry companies – three of them headquartered in B.C. – being targeted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is now investigating charges that it is unfairly subsidized by Canada’s Crown tenure system – a never-ending story that almost always ends in Canada’s favour. It’s not yet known how much it will cost the company, should the U.S. trade commission impose duties on the company. A decision from the U.S. is expected in the second quarter of 2017.

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WorkSafeBC fines Mackenzie sawmill and pulp mill

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owners of a sawmill and a pulp mill in Mackenzie were each fined $75,000, according to an online posting at WorkSafeBC’s website. Canadian Forest Products Ltd. was levied the amount in September after officials notice on two separate occasions, maintenance being performed on machinery without ensuring it was locked out. …In both cases, WorkSafeBC said the workers were following the firm’s written procedures for removing lumber trapped within machinery, but these procedures did not meet lockout requirements. …In July, Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation was fined after a worker crossing a pulp bale conveyer deck at this firm’s mill was seriously injured when a co-worker inadvertently started the conveyer.  

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Volatile Lumber Prices Here to Stay Amid Trade Spat, Canfor Says

By Jen Skerritt
Bloomberg
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp., one of Canada’s top lumber producers, says fluctuating lumber prices are here to stay amid “the emotion and confusion” regarding potential duties on the country’s softwood exports to the U.S.Lumber prices are reacting to higher demand and also some producers reducing shipments amid a looming trade dispute between Canada and the U.S., said Wayne  Guthrie, a senior vice president at Canfor. Lumber shipments to China were stronger-than-anticipated at the end of 2016, he said Thursday on an earnings call.

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Make Way for 9 Axle Logging Trucks

By Elaine Macdonald-Meisner
250 News
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – In the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, forest companies are travelling farther than before to harvest merchantable timber. To make that more economical, nine axle trailers are being introduced. The extra six axles can increase the gross vehicle weight by 16% to up to 71 tonnes. It means trucks will make fewer trips to and from a mill. Because the load limit is increased, special reviews will need to be done on those public roads on which the trucks plan to travel to ensure they can stand up to that kind of pressure. An initial trucking route that has been approved is in the Vanderhoof-Fort St. James area.

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Domtar Corporation Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results

By Domtar Corporation
BusinessWire
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

FORT MILL, S.C.—Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today reported net earnings of $47 million ($0.75 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to net earnings of $59 million ($0.94 per share) for the third quarter of 2016 and net earnings of $57 million ($0.91 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $1.3 billion. Excluding items listed below, the Company had earnings before items1 of $47 million ($0.75 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to earnings before items1 of $71 million ($1.13 per share) for the third quarter of 2016 and earnings before items1 of $70 million ($1.11 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Rayonier Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

By Rayonier Inc.
BusinessWire
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) today reported fourth quarter net income attributable to Rayonier of $48.3 million, or $0.39 per share, on revenues of $220.5 million. This compares to net income attributable to Rayonier of $10.3 million, or $0.08 per share, on revenues of $137.1 million in the prior year quarter. The fourth quarter results included $42.6 million of income from a Large Disposition.1 The prior year fourth quarter results included $1.0 million of costs related to shareholder litigation.2 Excluding these items, pro forma net income3 was $5.7 million, or $0.05 per share, on pro forma revenues of $142.8 million versus $11.3 million, or $0.09 per share, on pro forma revenues of $137.1 million in the prior year period.

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Mercer International Inc. Reports Strong 2016 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results and Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.115

By Mercer International Inc.
Globe Newswire
February 9, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

NEW YORK  — Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq:MERC) (TSX:MERC.U) today reported strong results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Operating EBITDA* in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $57.8 million, compared to $61.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $47.9 million in the prior quarter of 2016. For 2016, Operating EBITDA was $185.7 million, compared to $234.0 million for 2015. For the fourth quarter of 2016, our net income was $18.5 million, or $0.29 per basic and $0.28 per diluted share, compared to $21.7 million, or $0.34 per basic and $0.33 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $11.9 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, in the prior quarter of 2016.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forestry expects little impact

By Richard Froese
The South Peace News
February 9, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many changes are expected in the forest industry with the new carbon tax, but it will have little impact on lumber prices, says an industry official. “The levy likely won’t affect prices at all, we take the price that the market gives,” says Brock Mulligan, communications officer for the Alberta Forest Products Association. High Prairie Forest Products general manager Lee Barton says the parent company West Fraser Timber Co. declines public statements on the carbon tax and referred comments to the AFPA. “The number one priority of the forest sector is the people who work in it,” Mulligan says in an e-mail. “We’re going to do everything we can to mitigate these costs and maintain jobs, but in a sector that has to compete with producers from all over the world, this can prove to be challenging.”

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Consider buying biomass plant

By the editorial board
Gainesville Sun
February 9, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

No one is going to swoop in and save Gainesville from the mistakes made with the biomass power plant. New climate-change regulations that benefit the plant appear unlikely under President Donald Trump. Even if such regulations came to pass, a growing body of science suggests that burning wood to produce power is the wrong way to address climate change. The nation’s natural gas boom continues, unabated by concerns over fracking or distribution pipelines. Solar power has become more competitive, leading other utilities to expand in that area rather than look to buy biomass power to diversify their fuel sources. All the possibilities that The Sun and some local officials had hoped would make the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center biomass plant more competitive haven’t come to pass.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Reaching New Heights

By Bruce Haden
Canadian Architect
February 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The world’s tallest contemporary mass timber building is nearing completion in Vancouver, presenting a pragmatic argument for how mass wood can be used for all types of buildings, from the audacious to the everyday. The new Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia will be the tallest contemporary mass timber building in the world when finished this May. The term “mass timber” or “mass wood” covers an array of approaches, usually referring to a structural system combining engineered wood columns and floor slabs. In Canada, the most commonly referenced technical innovation, and one of the ones behind Brock Commons’ structure, is the cross-laminated timber (CLT) slab, available in a variety of thicknesses for different span requirements.

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Toronto’s CN Tower could be cluttered with clip-on cross-laminated condos

By Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
February 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Toronto’s Quadrangle Architects, known to TreeHugger for its proposal to cover the city’s elevated highway with an even more elevated linear park, is at it again with another creative adaptive reuse- they want to cover the CN Tower, formerly the world’s tallest free-standing structure, with condominiums. …The architects explain in Dezeen: Quadrangle saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the tower with desirable market condominiums, in an excellent location with unparalleled views, while maintaining the building’s existing and successful functions. They propose building the condo boxes out of TreeHugger’s favorite material, Cross-Laminated Timber or CLT.

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Which Kind of Cutting Board is the Best – Plastic or Wood?

By Smriti Agarwal
NDTV
February 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…When you go shopping for the cutting boards you will feel trapped between choosing between plastic and wood. …Many people believe that plastic is the most sanitary cutting board material, especially since, unlike wood or bamboo, it’s safe to run through a dishwasher. However, a University of Michigan study found that “more bacteria are recovered from a used plastic surface than from a used wood surface.” The study also found that although a new plastic board could be disinfected, a knife-scarred plasti surface was impossible to clean and disinfect manually. …Wood shows the ability to halt the growth of and kill bacteria on its surface. Both new and used wooden cutting boards maintain this ability equally well.

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Weyerhaeuser puts the polish on its new OSB

Hardware + Building Supply Dealer
February 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Introduced at the International Builders’ Show in January, Weyerhaeuser’s newest oriented strand board product, Weyerhaeuser Diamond, is described as a top-quality engineered subfloor panel designed to provide industry-leading wet weather performance and superior strength. Bottom line, the product will help eliminate squeaky floors as it provides builders a “worry free” subfloor solution. “The new Diamond panel has been engineered to provide unmatched durability, backed by a limited lifetime warranty,” says Travis D. Perry, market development manager with Weyerhaeuser. “It’s specifically manufactured to resist inclement weather, while also saving effort in the installation process with our easy-fit tongue-and-groove edge construction. Diamond is a dream product for a builder because it reduces, or eliminates, steps in the installation process while providing superior panel properties.

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Developers continue to use ‘engineered lumber’ despite fire risks, Edgewater inferno two years ago

By Jay Dow
PIX11 TV
February 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Engineered lumber is infused with resins, and glues. Developers use it because it is stronger than ordinary wood, and they can use longer spans of it to build larger rooms. But as PIX11 showed in 2015 – right after the Edgewater AvalonBay fire – engineered lumber burns, and loses its structural integrity, much faster than natural wood. Industry insiders estimate that engineered lumber and manufactured are being used in more than three-quarters of New Jersey’s large, multi-family developments. PIX11 pressed AvalonBay to tell whether after two devastating fires in the last two years, it is considering discontinuing the use of engineered lumber. Especially when you consider how quickly a burning plank can give way under the weight of trapped residents or responding firefighters.

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Inkless Paper Discovered, Printed With Light & Reused 80 Times

By Joseph Young
The Merkle
February 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Yadong Yin, a professor of chemistry at the University of California at Riverside, along with his team of researchers introduced an innovative and revolutionary type of inkless paper that is printed with light, erased by heating and can be reused 80 times. …Essentially, the type of paper invented by Yin is a coating layer placed on top of a normal piece of paper. The coating is composed of nanoparticles made up of chemical analogues and titanium oxide which reacts to ultraviolet light in a specific way. Once ultraviolet light is shed upon the coating layer, electrons from titanium oxide moves away to the chemical analogues, allowing the blue coating layer to turn white. …An interesting element of this revolutionary printing process is that the paper can be reused if heated to 120 Celsius. Unlike the traditional recycling process, the resetting process of the coating takes 10 minutes. As soon as the coating layer is heated and left to cool, it can be reused 80 times to print letters or symbols.

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Maitland looks into stopping wood-frame construction

By Sarah Wilson
Winter Park/Maitland Observer
February 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The city of Maitland is working on hammering out a way to prohibit wood-frame construction for new buildings, and looking for cities statewide to get on board to make it happen. The Maitland City Council got behind the idea after the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission started researching it last fall. Last month the Commission requested that the City Council have the city’s lobbyist work to gain support across the state for the Florida Legislature to change Florida building code to allow cities to have more control over building materials used in its borders. The Commission’s proposal applied to all construction except detached single-family homes. “It’s all about quality,” Planning & Zoning Commission member Barry Kalmanson told the City Council at its Jan. 23 meeting. “If you want a quality community you have to build it right … Not Styrofoam, not wood-frame construction. It doesn’t work.”

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Wooden office building planned on Goose Island

By Ryan Ori
Crain’s Chicago Business
February 6, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A real estate developer known for building glassy skyscrapers is eyeing a smaller, first-of-its kind project in Chicago: a wooden office building on Goose Island. Hines Interests wants to build a timber structure on the site of Big Bay Lumber, a lumber yard on Division Street that closed in 2015, according to people familiar with Hines’ plans. Pending zoning approval, the project at 1017 W. Division St. is expected to be similar in size to a 220,000-square-foot office building that Houston-based Hines completed last year in Minneapolis. That seven-story building, called T3, was the tallest heavy-timber office building constructed in the United States in the modern construction era, when most commercial buildings have been built with concrete and steel.

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