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Today’s Takeaway

BC Throne Speech Has Eye on Softwood Lumber

Tree Frog Forestry News
February 16, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

BC’s Lieutenant Governor addressed the “softwood lumber crisis” during Tuesday’s Throne Speech, noting the government’s intent to name an envoy to Washington. Shortly thereafter Premier Clark announced the appointment of “former Canfor CEO and federal cabinet minister David Emerson“. His mission—to go where no man has gone before. Just kidding—he was there last round and knows the territory well.

Reporting strong year-end results today are Conifex and Acadian Timber. Daishowa-Merubini, Manning Forest Products and the Ontario Power Generation are featured for their respective bioenergy expansion projects.

March 1 is the start of the fire season in Alberta [seriously] and the government is “deploying firefighting equipment across the province in preparation”. Forest Minister Oneil Carlier says “a dry winter has elevated the fire risk unless there are notable spring rains”. Other western jurisdictions are gearing up as well, due to “extended drought conditions and insect infestations”, according to reports from California (the Fresno Bee) and Colorado (the Summit Daily News). The latter references “a tree casualty increase of almost 30 percent in the last seven years”.

And you can support Forest Ontario’s tree planting and forest education efforts through your local “socially responsible community-minded retailer”, the LCBO. We’ll raise a glass in toast of that.
— Tree Frog Editors

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Forestry

Province rolls out plan for wildfire season

By Emma Graney
Edmonton Journal
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Water tankers hired to fight fires in Alberta will see their contracts re-extended to 120 days when the province’s wildfire season begins March 1. The new Forest and Prairie Protection Act means Albertans will also face increased fines for abandoning campfires or burning during bans, and corporations can be fined up to $1 million for fire safety breaches. What’s not clear is how much the province will this year put toward fire prevention programs or its base wildfire management budget, which received cuts in 2016. The government was slammed last year for cutting its water tanker contracts by $5.1 million and its base wildfire management budget by a further $9.6 million.

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COFI Announces Winners of Forestry Photo Contest

Council of Forest Industries
February 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, B.C. – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine and prize sponsor London Drugs, today announced the winners of the Forestry Photo Contest. “The photos we received truly captured the story of the forest industry, from innovation, commitment to sustainability, and sense of community,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI. “This contest was an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the forest sector in B.C., and diversity of the people and the communities who are a part of it.” Of the 151 submissions received, ten photos have been selected to appear in the print edition of January- February edition of CFI Magazine with the overall winning photo featured on the cover. Winners were also selected four categories — innovation, people, community and environment. Prize sponsor London Drugs is awarding the overall winner an Olympus TG-870 all-weather camera, with category winners receiving London Drugs gift cards and photo books.

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Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Plan Officially Endorsed by All Planning Partners

By Canada Fisheries and Oceans and the PNCIMA Initiative
Marketwired
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC — The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) Plan will foster effective marine use planning and strategic ocean management that promotes the health and protection of marine ecosystems in the Northern Shelf Bioregion of the Pacific Ocean. Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, together with the MLA for West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky Jordan Sturdy on behalf of the Honourable Steve Thomson, British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Chief Marilyn Slett, President of Coastal First Nations; and Bruce Watkinson, Gitxaala Nation Fisheries Director on behalf of Robert Grodecki, Executive Director of the North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, have announced their endorsement of the PNCIMA Plan.

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BC Forest Discovery Centre Gets Boost From Co-Op

By Kasi Johnston
My Cowichan Valley Now
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Discovery Centre is one big step closer in the “Full Steam Ahead” Project to restore the shay locomotive. Peninsula Co-Op donated 20-thousand dollars to the project. Chair of the Fundraising Committee Jack Peake says this donation is significant to bringing the restoration project close to completion. Penny Sopel is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager with Peninsula Co-Op. She says the historical value of the BC Forest Discovery Centre to the Cowichan Valley was a key motivation behind the donation. The donation brings fundraising to $80,000, out of their $125,000 goal.

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Seeds planted for Hamilton’s urban tree strategy

By Matthew Van Dongen
Hamilton Spectator
February 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city wants you to help grow a new urban forestry strategy. Council signed off on $150,000 last year to hire a consultant to lead the creation of a strategy to grow, monitor and protect Hamilton’s urban tree canopy. The two-year study is expected to include plenty of public feedback and consultation with environmental groups and agencies, said by project lead Cathy Plosz. Eventually, the strategy will guide decisions about planting and maintaining trees in urban Hamilton — ideally, with help from beefed-up monitoring numbers. “What inventory numbers we have right now are quite out of date,” said Plosz — particularly since the city began cutting down thousands of trees the invasive emerald ash borer killed. “Knowing what we have will allow us to better manage the canopy in the future.”

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LCBO raises funds for Forests Ontario

By Forests Ontario
Canada Newswire
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Starting February 26th, the public can support Forests Ontario by making a donation at any of the more than 650 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for Forests Ontario will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until March 31st. Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Our mission is to ensure a greener future by planting healthy and abundant forests across the province. …The LCBO also generously supported Forests Ontario through the donation box program in 2016, raising funds for our 2016 Community Planting Weekend, which brought together hundreds of volunteers to regreen public spaces all across Ontario.

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Colorado’s 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen fires

By Dan Elliott
Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Officials say Colorado has about 834 million standing dead trees, threatening to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from forested mountains. The Colorado State Forest Service said Wednesday that the number of dead trees has risen nearly 30 percent in seven years. They are most visible in forests infested by the mountain pine beetle and the spruce beetle, which have together attacked more than 7,900 square miles in Colorado. Dead trees can burn more intensely than living ones. They can also worsen erosion, contaminating runoff from rain and melting snow.

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Colorado forest woes increase as Summit County braces for new beetle

By Kevin Fixler
Summit Daily News
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly one in every 14 standing trees in Colorado forests is dead, and the possibility of even more in Summit County could come as early as this summer. A study released Wednesday by the Colorado State Forest Service out of Colorado State University calculated an estimated 834 million dead trees, many of them succumbing to two beetle epidemics. That’s a tree casualty increase of almost 30 percent in the last seven years. …The new report notes that nearly 3.4 million acres across the state are affected by the pine beetle — 143,000 acres of it in Summit dating to 1996. Eagle County has lost 194,000 acres to the mountain pine beetle in that same span, and Routt saw 345,000 acres of logdepole destroyed.

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Popular hiking spots face clear-cutting

By Alison Morrow
King 5 News
February 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAMISH BAY, Wash. – Oyster Dome and Wallace State Park, both popular hiking spots, may open to logging and clear-cutting later this year despite rallying cries from conservation groups. Three hiking friends recently used their film production business to push momentum to save the Oyster Dome area, one of their favorite trails. …”The Oyster Dome is one of the most beautiful views in the state. If there’s anything we can do to prevent the logging of the area, we wanted to do what we could to make sure that didn’t happen,” Clark said. Clark and his business partners recently learned that 125 acres in the Blanchard Forest area just south of the popular Skagit County trail is slated for timber sale this summer. …”Every single business in the valley benefits directly or indirectly from recreation,” Pearce said. But schools and other county departments benefit from timber sales. The state says it has to allow logging.

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New timeline for revised Blue Mountains Forest Plan

By George Plaven
East Oregonian
February 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It may be 12 years overdue, but the U.S. Forest Service is inching closer to revising the outmoded Blue Mountains Forest Plan. A final environmental impact statement, or EIS, may be ready by the end of June, according to Victoria Anne, revision team leader. The final EIS was expected before the end of 2016, though staff turnover has further delayed what has already been a lengthy process. In addition, the Forest Service has crafted two new plan alternatives based on a year’s worth of feedback from local communities and stakeholders. When completed, the Blue Mountains Forest Plan will form the backbone for land management on the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests. But there is still plenty of work left to do, even after the agency’s environmental analysis is finished.

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Central Sierra Recovery and Restoration Project gets $3.3 million to improve nearby forest ecosystems

The Fresno Bee
February 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Extended drought conditions and insect infestations have caused extensive mortality of many tree species throughout the Sierra Nevada, bringing the threat of falling trees, potential for extreme wildfire intensity with associated risks to communities and loss of habitat for wildlife, according to Sierra National Forest officials. To combat these issues, the Sierra National Forest and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) aim to implement the Central Sierra Recovery and Restoration Project. The agencies have been awarded $3.3 million, officials announced Feb. 10, to implement the project to continue to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public forests and grasslands connect to private lands.

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Bill Seeks to Ban Appeals on Salvage Sales in Burned Washington Forests

By Doug Nadvornick
Spokane Public Radio
February 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Washington House committee is considering a bill that would ban the public from appealing salvage sales of burned timber on state land. The bill is sponsored by Okanogan County Republican Representative Joel Kretz. Kretz says the intent of the bill is to remove some of the obstacles to harvesting timber that has been overrun by wildfires on state land. He says speed is important in those cases because burned timber can lose its value quickly. Revenue from the sale of timber on state land goes to a school construction fund. “My concern is that we’ve got a lot of timber with the revenue that goes, I mean we’re trying to fund schools right now. A lot of money goes into the school trust and just by a simple appeal with no skin in the game, those can be halted and the wood loses value.

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Oregon Counties Sue Federal Government Over Cascade-Siskiyou Expansion

By Dave Blanchard
Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In his last days in office, President Obama expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National monument on the Oregon-California border. Now, a group of counties that gets revenue from logging lands within the monument boundaries is suing the federal government. Tim Freeman is the president of the Association of O&C Counties. He said the lost revenue will lead to fewer county services “like public health and mental health and libraries and museums and law enforcement and really creating important livability for communities around the state.” …Dave Willis is the chair of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council. He helped push for the original monument, and the expansion. He said the lawsuit is a waste of taxpayer money and calls the monument a “gift.”

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Sandy Creek Nature Center timber harvest part of managed forest project

By Lee Shearer
Athens Banner Herald
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

First they set the woods on fire at Sandy Creek Nature Center, and now they’re harvesting timber. That’s not the kind of activity usually associated with a nature center, but it’s all according to plan, and for good reason, said Mike Wharton, operations administrator of Athens-Clarke County’s Leisure Services Department. It’s the next big step in a long-term “managed forest” project on about 30 of the nature center’s 225 acres, aimed at creating better wildlife habitat and demonstrating the principles of sustainable forestry on small tracts, he explained. It should even generate a few thousand dollars for the nature center from the sale of timber, Wharton said.

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Experts: Tree-killing beetle infestation creeping further into Georgia

By Adrianne Haney
11alive.com
February 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — A shiny jewel-colored beetle that’s killed hundreds-of-millions of ash trees in the United States is creeping further into Georgia, experts say. And a local school is taking the lead on finding a solution. The bug is called the Emerald Ash Borer. And while the name may conjure up a pretty picture, Dr. Nathan Lord, said the beetle is poised to cause significant damage to both the environment and the economy. “They’re destroying all our ash trees,” he said. Lord is a first-year assistant professor at Georgia College and one of few who studies this species of beetle. …Lord says all 16 ash species in the U.S. are at risk, thanks to the aggressive nature of the bug. Once an infestation takes hold, trees die within two or three years.

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Harvesting trees essential to wildlife management

By Ronnie Weston
Kait8.com
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK – Every year, a few hunters who enjoy public land hunting on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) wildlife management areas will arrive to their traditional stand location only to realize that their favorite tree to hang a stand in has been removed by a logging operation during the summer. The feeling of being displaced can be heartbreaking at first, but the change is necessary if hunters hope to continue having excellent results on the public land owned by the AGFC. Martin Blaney is the statewide habitat program coordinator for the AGFC. He’s heard from many concerned hunters and even state representatives about logging operations during his 31 years implementing forestry practices for wildlife habitat on WMAs. But there is much more going on in tree harvests than money. The forest management practices are necessary if we wish to continue meeting the habitat needs of wildlife in the future.

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State studies impact of greater timber harvest

By Marshall Helmberger
Tower Timberjay News
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

REGIONAL— The plan by Louisiana-Pacific to build a siding plant near Cook has turned up the heat on a long simmering debate over harvest levels on state-managed timber lands in northern Minnesota. It’s a controversy that had largely disappeared in the wake of the closure of several board plants in the region in the late 2000s. High wood prices combined with the fallout from the 2007 housing collapse precipitated the shutdowns, which reduced demand for the state’s timber resources by about one million cords a year. But with the new siding plant potentially consuming up to half a million cords annually, state officials and representatives of the timber industry are worried that increased wood demand could cause another spike in timber prices, putting renewed financial pressure on the state’s wood products manufacturers.

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Sparta Council asked to look at Newton logging plan

By Bruce A. Scruton
New Jersey Herald
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


SPARTA — The township has been asked to take a hard look at, and possibly pass legislation about, the plans by the Town of Newton to do some forestry and logging work on land it owns surrounding Morris Lake, Newton’s reservoir on the slopes of Sparta Mountain. Appearing before the Sparta Township Council on Tuesday, Sylvia Solaun, of the group Friends of Sparta Mountain, asked the council and Township Manager William Close to look closely at the plan and, if possible, pass an ordinance that would “put the burden on Newton, not the people of Sparta, if something goes wrong.” On Monday, the Newton Town Council approved contracts with a contractor to log two parcels of land, totaling 23 1/2 acres. One parcel would be mostly cleared, leaving just a few trees, while the second parcel would be “selectively trimmed.

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Mass tree-planting plans ‘could ruin Scottish landscape’

By Chris Green
inews.co.uk
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The SNP’s plans to increase the amount of woodland in Scotland in an attempt to fight climate change risks damaging the nation’s “dramatic open views and vistas”, according to mountaineering and gamekeepers groups. The Scottish Government has proposed increasing the amount of woodland cover from 17 per cent to 25 per cent by 2050, with a commitment to planting 10,000 extra hectares of trees between now and 2022 included in its draft Climate Plan. The SNP’s plans to increase the amount of woodland in Scotland in an attempt to fight climate change risks damaging the nation’s “dramatic open views and vistas”, according to mountaineering and gamekeepers groups.

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Company & Business News

Premier Christy Clark names David Emerson BC Trade Envoy to the United States

By the Office of the Premier
Government of British Columbia
February 14, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Today, Premier Christy Clark has announced the appointment of former Canfor chief executive officer, federal cabinet minister and B.C. deputy minister David Emerson as the B.C. Trade Envoy to the United States to work with Canada and the new administration in the United States in securing a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. “I am extremely pleased that David Emerson has accepted the role of B.C. Trade Envoy to the United States,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We are very fortunate to add his experience and expertise to our softwood lumber team as we stand up for B.C.’s forestry workers. This sends a strong signal that we are interested in finding a long-term solution to this wasteful dispute even as we remain determined and prepared to take on any softwood litigation and win.”

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Conifex Announces 2016 Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

By Conifex
MarketWired
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Conifex Timber today reported that adjusted EBITDA* in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased to a record $9.3 million from $8.5 million in the previous quarter and $7.3 million in the same quarter of 2015. In 2016, adjusted EBITDA was a record $33.6 million, compared to $7.7 million in 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, we had net income of $5.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.4 million or $0.07 per diluted share in the previous quarter, and a net loss of $0.3 million or $0.01 per share in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

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Tax break on power proposed for Catalyst

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

North Cowichan has joined eight other municipalities from across B.C. who are asking the province to exempt some of their major industrial users of electricity, including Crofton’s Catalyst pulp and paper mill, from the provincial sales tax. The PST exemption was recently recommended to government by the BC Commission on Tax Competitiveness in the 2017 provincial budget. The mayors are stating that the PST exemption would help protect and support forestry jobs, especially in communities hosting electricity-intensive mills, like the Crofton mill which employs more than 600 people. The mill manufactures pulp, paper and value-added wood products.

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Guichon Delivers BC Throne Speech with Eye on Site C and Softwood Lumber

By Rebecca Dyok
My Cariboo Now
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon addressed the softwood lumber crisis that could have a negative impact on BC during Tuesday’s Throne Speech. Guichon says several high-profile officials will be heading south of the border very soon. “Your government will name an envoy to Washington to make sure BC has continued access to the American market working with the forestry sector and the federal government to secure a new agreement on softwood lumber.” Guichon added the province is still on track to be free of any operating debt by 2021. A fifth consecutive balanced budget is expected to be tabled by the BC Liberals.

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Catalyst investigates spill

Powel River Peak
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A minor spill of ground limestone caused by equipment failure at Catalyst Paper Corporation’s Powell River operations has been reported to regulatory authorities, according to company vice-president and mill general manager Fred Chinn. Chinn said the incident occurred on Saturday, February 4. “We had an unforeseeable equipment failure that resulted in a relatively minor discharge of ground limestone into a storm drain,” said Chinn. He added the limestone is not harmful to people or the environment. In paper-making, the stone material is used to increase paper brightness, buffer alkalinity and for some opacity.

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Strong Year-End Results

By Acadian Timber Corp.
MarketWired
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Acadian Timber Corp. (TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results(1) for the year ended December 31, 2016. Acadian maintained its momentum and posted another year of strong results, generating Free Cash Flow of $19.4 million resulting in a payout ratio of 86%, comfortably below our target level of 95%. “Acadian posted another year of strong performance and we believe we are well positioned to maintain this momentum in 2017. Our operations continue to perform very well in the current market environment and we maintain a strong balance sheet,” commented Mark Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian.

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Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation

By Jody Porter
CBC News
February 13, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations in the northwestern corner of the province. “We are completely committed to working with all partners to identify all potentially contaminated sites, and to creating and implementing a comprehensive remediation action plan for the English Wabigoon River,” said a statement issued Monday from the minister of environment and the minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation. …Mercury was dumped in the river that flows through the two northwestern Ontario First Nations by Reed Paper, upstream in Dryden, Ont., in the 1960s and early 1970s. Recent scientific reports show the water is still contaminated.

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Forest products: Modern, sustainable and key for Clatsop County

By Luke Whittaker
The Daily Astorian
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

The Daily Astorian interviewed Hampton Lumber Mill Manager Lois Perdue. How did you get started in the lumber industry? “I grew up in a small town in NE Washington where the timber industry provided the community with the best-paying jobs. I applied right out of high school, began working and learning our business.” What is the most difficult part of your job? “Finding the right people to join our team, and once we find them, getting them trained up. The timber industry isn’t all manual labor positions as a lot of people believe. We have skilled positions we are trying to fill every day. Most of the time we are filling these positions within because we are unable to find people on the outside. This can be challenging if the need is immediate. However, training members of our own team also creates growth opportunities for the people working for us. I am an example of this type of opportunity.”

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Alabama company buys closed biomass power plant in northern Maine

By J. Craig Anderson
Portland Press Herald
February 16, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States


A shuttered, 24-megawatt power plant fueled by wood chips in Penobscot County is expected to come back on line by the end of June, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the area. An Alabama-based company called 42 Railroad Ave LLC has signed a deal to purchase the biomass power plant in Stacyville, formerly operated by Sherman Development, for an unspecified amount from Niagara Worldwide LLC after four years of negotiations. The deal makes 42 Railroad Ave the owner of one of the largest privately owned power stations in the United States.

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Forestry leader says PNG industry facing challenges from China

emtv.com.pg
February 16, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Papua New Guinea’s forestry faces fierce competition and pricing challenges, Chief Executive of the Forest Industries Association, Bob Tate, tells Business Advantage PNG. He says developments in China are troubling for the sector. Tate says the weakness in export markets ‘is mainly a function of both economic downturn in China and the Chinese government embarking on a program of restructuring their industry. ‘They’re closing a lot of their smaller producers, and they’re moving aggressively into forest plantation establishment.’ Tate says China is expanding its range of bamboo products, which is proving to be very successful. It is bad news, however, for those countries that export traditional wood products to China.

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Analysis: New investment deal for forestry is welcome but the devil will be in the detail

By Joe Barry
Irish Independent
February 15, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Good news has been a scarce commodity in the agricultural sector in recent months but the announcement that the European Investment Bank, along with others, is to support a €200m investment in Irish forestry confirms that the industry here has finally come of age. This is a marvellous ­endorsement of timber- growing as a sound additional farm enterprise as well as a solid investment. …It was also good to see that Coillte are planning to replant more than 35,000 hectares and construct and upgrade over 1,600km of forest roads. …Those who have condemned forestry in the past should by now realise that they were criticising an exciting and viable land use option, with international appeal, that brings prosperity to rural areas and enables farmers, especially those with marginal land, to increase their income and provide security for the future.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Two regional companies approved for bioenergy grants

Peace River Record Gazette
February 15, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Daishowa-Merubini International Ltd. (DMI) and Manning Forest Product Ltd. (MFP) have been announced as approved applicants for the Bioenergy Producer Program (BPP). …The short-term $60 million program, being funded through carbon tax revenues, is expected to support 500 direct jobs, while helping to reduce carbon emissions by 1.5 megatonnes, according to the release. Peace River based DMI has been approved for an 18 month, $4.8 million dollar grant for a bioenergy electricity generating project. Manning based MFP, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., has been approved three 18-month grants totalling $945,000 for wood pellet, electricity and heat bioenergy projects. Details on both DMI and MFP projects approved under the program are forthcoming.

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Ontario Power Generation expands opportunities for advanced wood pellet producers

Wood Pellet Association
February 15, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is proud that one of its members – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – operates the Thunder Bay Generating Station, which is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to employ advanced wood pellets as the sole primary fuel. OPG is seeking to expand its experience and knowledge about advanced wood pellets. To this end, the company is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada on a project aimed at evaluating advanced biomass fuels for use in power generation and other industrial sectors. Note: the generic term “advanced biomass” is intended to include all methods of thermal upgrading (torrefaction, steam treatment, carbonisation, etc) that are intended to improve the characteristics of the beneficiated fuel (calorific value, grindability, water resistance, etc).

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NZ forests could be absorbing 60% more CO2

By Jamie Morton
New Zealand Herald
February 16, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Our forests and other land areas may be sucking up to 60 per cent more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than previously thought and we can likely thank our native trees for much of it. That’s according to new research led by National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) scientists, who further found much of the new-found uptake is occurring in the southwest of the South Island. Carbon dioxide is a primary greenhouse gas and responsible for most of the human-induced warming in the atmosphere. …New Zealand’s forest carbon uptake played a key role in meeting our commitments under the Kyoto Climate treaty and is expected to play an important role in meeting the country’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mass Timber Construction Starting to Take Root in U.S.

By Kendall Jones
Construct Connect
February 15, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Mass timber construction has garnered a great deal of attention recently, especially when it comes to constructing tall buildings. Over the past decade, tall wood buildings have popped in Europe, Australia and Canada. Initially, these tall wood buildings were topping out at around 10 stories. This is changing rapidly as a race to build the tallest has recently emerged with taller structures being proposed and announced. The concept of tall wood buildings and mass timber construction hasn’t taken off in the U.S. like it has in other parts of the world, but that is slowly starting to change. Currently, the tallest modern mass timber building in the U.S. is the seven-story T3 in Minneapolis that was just completed last year. This is set to change as interest has grown and a handful of tall wood projects are underway or expected to start construction this year.

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General

Standing Up for Forestry

By Elaine Macdonald-Meisner
250 News
February 15, 2017
Category: Uncategorised


Prince George, B.C.- The Stand Up for the North Committee has organized a series of meetings to bring forestry issues to the fore. Meetings have been set for Prince George, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Williams Lake in mid March Spokesperson Peter Ewart says the context of the meetings has more to do with the Softwood Lumber Agreement and the pending decision on what the Annual Allowable Cut will be “That was the main context, at the same time, forestry should be a front and centre discussion during the Provincial Election in our opinion, but the context of the annual allowable cut and the softwood lumber agreement are really important reasons for why we wanted to have this.” Ewart says it is time for new arrangements with the Province that would see forest based communities getting a share of the revenues from the forestry sector.

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