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Today’s Takeaway

WOOD WEEK BC Ends on a High

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 7, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The 13th annual Wood Design Awards—a celebration of design and building with wood in BC—was held last night in Vancouver’s iconic convention centre with it’s ‘wood wall’ and North Shore mountains as backdrops. Topping off Wood Week BC, the award ceremony was one of four events over ten days focused on the latest trends in wood design and construction.

The prestigious Wood Champion Award was presented to Dana Westermark, Oris Consulting, of Richmond, who helped pioneer a significant new market sector for wood: “five- and six- storey mid-rise wood frame residential construction.” The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) added an international flavour with their first ever Certified Wood Award, which went to Hacker Architects of Portland, Oregon. And no – La La Land was not in the running.

Sticking with wood, two other noteworthy stories include:
• Famed British architect Andrew Waugh says “timber construction is the only way cities can build enough housing for their growing populations and keep within agreed climate change emissions reductions.
• Green building expert and author Jerry Yudelson observes the “precipitous decline LEED certifications” and asks why it hasn’t lead to “some soul-searching and a strong desire to improve the system on the part of the US Green Building Council.

Finally, Greenpeace says Resolute’s “lying claim is absolutely not true”. Using “freedom of speech” in their defense, Greenpeace argues that on matters of “public controversy”, it’s okay to attack your opponents with “forceful language and rhetorical hyperbole.” Hard to ‘Trump’ that.

–Tree Frog Editors

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Special Feature

WOOD WEEK BC capstone event a huge success

By Sandy Mckellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
March 7, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Looking up from the main podium, Lynn Embury-Williams called the conclusion of the 13th Wood Design Awards—it was not only the best attended event, with more awards than ever before, it was also the first time in thirteen years that the event finished ahead of schedule—lucky 13! The WOOD WORKS! BC team are to be commended for a sophisticated and well run evening. Of course, to pull off an awards ceremony of this size—with more than 100 nominations in 13 categories—is no small task. In fact (and because it’s impossible not to make reference to it), Hollywood could learn a few lessons from the professionals who put on this Oscars-of-Wood event. 

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Holzbau Pacific Northwest helps manufacturers connect on mass timber design

BC Forestry Innovation Investment
March 7, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a venue designed to showcase wood construction, UBC Forest Sciences Centre successfully hosted the first ever North American version of the Forum Holzbau—a timber construction forum held each year in Europe—and plans are underway to repeat it in the BC interior in 2018.  “A partnership between UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, UNBC, FPInnovations and Oregon State University, the February 23-24 event filled a critical gap in the information and training available for wood manufacturers and building professionals by addressing questions and technical solutions that will enable them to fully participate in the growing market for mass timber, tall wood, passive house and large multi-family wood structures,” said Jason Chiu, Managing Director, UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing.

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Forestry

Forester Mauro Calabrese acclaimed as new ABCFP president

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
March 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mauro Calabrese is the new president of the Association of BC Forest Professionals. He was acclaimed president during the association’s annual general meeting held in Prince George recently. Calabrese told the Tribune in his new role he plans to focus on enhancing trust with the First Nations and the public. His second focus will be around adding value to being a member of the association. “The duty of the profession is to uphold the public interest first and foremost,” he said. “Of course you do also have other interests you are required to uphold as well which are requirements of the association, of your employer and to the other members.” However, he added, there is a perception that the demands of the employer can take priority, but it is important to balance and ensure the public interest is number one.

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Minister hopes to chop down negative perceptions of forestry industry

By Forest Nova Scotia
Cumberland News Now
March 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines met with forestry insiders at the Athol Forestry Cooperative March 2nd in Amherst to share what many have felt they’ve known all along – not every load of logs comes from clear cutting. “We want Nova Scotians to understand our forest industry,” Hines said. “We have a proud of history of forestry in Nova Scotia – it goes back a long time – and understand the economic impact.” With independent data gathered by Gardiner Pinfold, Statistics Canada and Forest Nova Scotia in hand the minister outlined key findings, chief among them: less than one-per cent of the province’s forests are harvested annually, the bulk of which comes from private land owners.

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Gorsuch Willing to Limit Environmental Groups in Land Cases

By Holbrook Mohr and Garance Burke
Associated Press in the US News
March 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a willingness to limit the participation of environmental groups in lawsuits involving public lands, writing in one case that allowing conservationists to intervene could complicate and slow down the judicial process, according to an Associated Press review of his rulings as a federal appeals court judge. Gorsuch has spent a decade on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears disputes about public lands ranging from energy companies’ drilling rights to the use of off-road vehicles in national forests across six Western states. …”I think that his record, although the number of cases is quite limited, shows that at times it has led to decisions that one might consider environmentally favorable, and about an equal number of times it has led to decisions some might think are environmentally unfavorable,” Kochan said.

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Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood

By Washington State University
EurekAlert
March 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PULLMAN, Wash. – A meeting in a forest between a biologist and a mathematician could lead to thicker, faster growing trees. “Mathematicians like translating biological processes into numbers,” said Andrei Smertenko, assistant professor in Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry. “I’m a biologist, and I want to help grow stronger, better trees.” Breeding trees is a time-consuming and imprecise field, with breeders relying on a few genetic markers and what they can see. It takes years before they see the traits they’re looking for in a young tree. To help speed things up, Smertenko and his WSU Department of Mathematics colleagues Vladyslav Oles and Alexander Panchenko have developed a new model that could help make tree breeding much easier.

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Presentation highlights risk, solutions to West’s ‘megafires’

East Oregonian
March 3, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are getting bigger and hotter across the West, threatening communities and causing billions of dollars in damage as forests become more cluttered and prone to disease. That’s according to a presentation by Paul Hessburg, research landscape ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, documenting how the landscape has changed and what effect humans are having on fire behavior. Hessburg’s talk, titled “Era of Megafires,” is equal parts cautionary tale and call to action, mixing decades worth of research with short video clips to show how and why large fires erupt, the devastation they cause and what people must do to contain them in the future. … “I want you to feel more powerful,” Hessburg said. “We need to work toward making our forests fire-resilient again.”

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LePage’s campaign against North Woods monument will only hurt Maine

By Gail Fanjoy and Larry MacArthur, Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Bangor Daily News
March 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

… The designation of the national monument will attract talent to the region, ensure the sustainability of that land, and open it up for the enjoyment of the people of Maine and the nation. LePage suggests turning the monument land over for the state to manage, and once again, he misses the mark… Just like many places in our country, the Maine woods are already great — and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is its crown jewel. The campaign to tarnish it, open old wounds and discount the economic benefits it has created in its first six months needs to stop. It is the governor’s campaign against the national monument that will harm the economy of the Katahdin region, not the national monument… We hope that the governor will abandon his campaign against the monument.

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How nature creates forest diversity

By the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
EurekAlert
March 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests, especially tropical forests, are home to thousands of species of trees — sometimes tens to hundreds of tree species in the same forest — a level of biodiversity ecologists have struggled to explain. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and their colleagues in Australia are now providing a first model that elucidates the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying these natural patterns. “Forests in particular and vegetation in general are central for understanding terrestrial biodiversity, ecosystem services, and carbon dynamics,” says IIASA Evolution and Ecology Program Director Ulf Dieckmann. 

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Company & Business News

Greenpeace claims free speech protections as Montreal forestry giant accuses NGO of lying

By Colin Perkel
Canadian Press in Global News
March 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

TORONTO – A forestry multinational that is suing Greenpeace under American racketeering laws alleges that the activist organization’s recent court filings are essentially an admission that it lies, a claim the group forcefully denies… “This is the most significant development in the four-plus years of this saga,” Resolute vice-president Seth Kursman told The Canadian Press. “Greenpeace has admitted that they were lying about our forestry practices. Their campaign has been peddling falsehoods.” In its fight to stop the company’s lawsuit in Georgia, Greenpeace argues in a recent court filing that its criticism of Resolute’s logging practices in Canada’s boreal forests should be viewed through the prism of free speech rather than taken literally… “Speakers who engage in protected expression on matters of public controversy – like Greenpeace here – often use forceful language to make their point,” Greenpeace states. “They do not hew to strict literalisms or scientific precision, but regularly use words ‘in a loose, figurative sense’ to express ‘strong disagreement’ … and attack their intellectual opponents through ‘rhetorical hyperbole’.”

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New economic development strategy to build on rural advantages in the Peace River region

By Bill Anderson, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
Government of British Columbia
March 3, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Building on the economic benefits and jobs created by getting to yes on major projects and provincial investments in infrastructure, Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier today announced immediate investments and a long-term action plan outlined in B.C.’s rural economic development strategy that will create jobs and economic opportunities in the Peace River region. …To strengthen the Province’s commitment to supporting rural communities and in recognition of the unique challenges and opportunities they face, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett was recently appointed Minister of State for Rural Economic Development. Building on our Rural Advantages delivers on a key priority in the minister of state’s mandate letter.

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Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Talks Softwood Lumber At Provincial Conference

Magic 99
March 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is asking the provincial government to protect our lumber mills. Dave Canfield is the president of NOMA and says they had a productive meeting with the new minister of Natural Resources, Katherine McGarry at the Ontario Good Roads Conference. He says one of their main concerns is protecting Ontario’s market share in any future Softwood Lumber agreement.  Canfield says they have been stressing the importance of Ontario’s lumber industry, not only to the economy, but also to the province’s climate change targets. END OF STORY

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Firefighters use chainsaws to battle fire at lumber mill

KPIC
March 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – Firefighters used chainsaws to access a fire in the ceiling at a lumber mill Monday moorning, where they battled snow and ice in addition to fire. The fire spread into a duct that sent fire out onto the roof and a sawdust hopper. All told, the fire did an estimated $100,000 in damage to Rosboro Lumber Co, 2509 21 st Street in Springfield. Responding firefighters found fire and smoke coming from a compressor room that supplies air to the mill. The room contains two large compressors with electrical motors and a HVAC unit. The fire spread into the ceiling and a large duct work “blowing fire onto the roof catching exterior sawdust and electrical components to a sawdust hopper,” firefighters said.

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Hammond Lumber Co. Names Mike Hammond President/CEO

The Lincoln County News
March 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Maine-based Hammond Lumber Co. announced Monday, March 6 a transition in leadership with the appointment of Mike Hammond as president and CEO. The vice president for the past 20 years, Mike is following a natural succession, as did his father, Don Hammond, the president since 1997, who will become vice president. As a family-owned building-supply business, Hammond Lumber Co. has been in operation for more than 60 years manufacturing eastern white pine lumber and is one of the largest independent building-material retailers in the Northeast. …Nationally, Hammond Lumber Co. ranked 35th in sales on the 2016 ProSales 100 List. The company has 460 employees with 13 retail locations across Maine and is a long-standing manufacturer of high-quality eastern white pine lumber. In 2016, Hammond Lumber Co. had sales revenue of $151 million.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Many tree species in eastern US may be unable to adapt to changing climate, study finds

 By Justin Catanoso
Mongabay.com
March 6, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Evidence continues to mount for the toll climate change is taking on the ecosystems of the United States’ national parks and forests from coast to coast. The latest study, published in Global Change Biology by researchers at Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, predicts that warming temperatures across the eastern United States will alter the distribution of a range of tree species, leaving many too vulnerable to adapt to changing conditions. Of the 40 tree species studied, those found most at-risk are balsam fir, quaking aspen, and others related to northern spruce-fir and hardwoods… The research concludes that the most vulnerable species will need “active human intervention” to migrate quickly enough.

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Trees’ ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study

By the University of Western Sydney
Phys.org
March 7, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The ability of trees to offset carbon emissions has been questioned after a Western Sydney University study found common Australian trees are unable to store as much carbon as previously thought. Published in the Nature Climate Change journal, the research found that Australia’s iconic Eucalyptus forests are likely to need additional soil nutrients in order to grow and take advantage of extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The findings have significant implications for models used by international climate agencies, many of which assume that rising carbon dioxide will fertilise trees and result in more growth and capture of CO2 from the air. “The world pays a lot of attention to climate change modelling, including predictions on the amount of carbon that will be stored in trees,” explains lead scientist, Professor David Ellsworth, from the University’s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2017 awards event in B.C. celebrates the best in wood design and building

By Wood WORKS! BC
Canada Newswire
March 6, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Excellence in contemporary design and building with wood was celebrated this evening in Vancouver at the Wood Design Awards in B.C. More than 400 distinguished design and building professionals gathered for the 13th annual event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West), including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government, industry sponsors and guests. Winners and nominees of the Wood WORKS! BC 2017 Wood Design Awards were honoured and recognized for their leadership and innovation in structural and architectural wood use. The awards also marked the end of Wood Week BC – four events over 10 days that focused on the latest trends and topics on wood design and construction with a range of educational and networking opportunities.

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Ancient principles inspire architect’s wood structures

by WARREN FREY
Journal of Commerce
March 6, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver architect is using ancient principles and practices to create cutting-edge wood structures. Formline Architecture principal Alfred Waugh highlighted several projects that utilize the principles of aboriginal architecture at the recent Wood Design and Construction Solutions Conference in Vancouver. Wood plays a significant role in the design of these structures, Waugh said. He pointed to the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, which is designed in a similar manner to traditional longhouses. “We wanted the building to be inviting and a way to share culture rather than a ‘black box,'” Waugh said. “We wanted a plank house, but a transparent one.” While the design is based on traditional themes, new wood technologies are employed to make architectural ideas a reality.

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2016: LEED In (Reverse) Motion – Part 1

By Jerry Yudelson, Author – Reinventing Green Building
Reinventing Green Building Blog
March 7, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In 2016 LEED use in US higher education projects fell precipitously, declining more than 50% from 2015 levels. Talking to one higher education facility manager last month, he indicated that while the campus was going to continue to build to green building standards embodied in LEED, he saw no benefit to further certifications on future construction projects. He also said it had become a “hard sell” to campus administrators. So in one sense, LEED has succeeded in having its standards used; in another sense, it has failed to communicate enough value for the cost to get campus officials to use it… One would think that precipitous decline in the use of the LEED product for green building certification would occasion some soul-searching and a strong desire to improve the system on the part of the US Green Building Council, but there is no evidence that has happened. In fact, as I will comment in subsequent blogs, the response since 2014-2015 has been to double-down on PR and promotional activity, with no apparent effect on actual use of the product. 

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Black Butte Ranch Wins SFI Wood Works! Award

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 7, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Vancouver, BC — Using wood in innovative and beautiful ways to bring new life to the Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch — an iconic Oregon resort community near Sisters, Oregon — has earned Portland-based architects Hacker an award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The SFI Certified Wood Award is part of the North American Wood Design and Building Awards program. Hacker was presented with the award at the Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards in Vancouver on March 6. The ranch sits at the gateway to Oregon’s high desert. First planned in the early 1970s, the ranch is a vacation destination for many, and a year-round home for some.The new lakeside complex, complete with Sierra Pacific windows and other wood features certified to the SFI Standard, replaces the well-worn main pool facility and revives the heart of the ranch.

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Timber CLT construction the only way to build denser housing and cut emissions

By Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review
March 7, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timber construction is the only way cities can build enough housing for their growing populations and keep within agreed climate change emissions reductions, leading British architect Andrew Waugh says. London has a housing target of 50,000 new dwellings a year and to build those conventionally, with an average emissions footprint of 20 tonnes of CO? per dwelling, would see the British capital produce an extra 1 million tonnes of CO? annually, said Mr Waugh, designer of the world’s largest cross-laminated timber building, London’s Dalston Lane. But doing it out of CLT, means each dwelling absorbs a net 20 tonnes of the same gas, as the timber used absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows, said Mr Waugh, a speaker at Green Cities Australia in Sydney on Monday. That means a potential net reduction in CO? emissions of 1 million tonnes, he said.

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Ecocubo is an adaptable prefab cork & wood shelter for travelers

By Kimberley Mom
TreeHugger
March 6, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The recent growth in eco-tourism has translated into the “glamourous camping” or “glamping” trend, which encompasses anything a bit more comfortable than your regular tent or camper trailer. While some of these glamping options can be larger than necessary, some, like the Ecocubo, are on the smaller side to minimize its ecological impact. Designed by architect António Fernandes, Ecocubo is a modular cabin that’s built out of wood and cork. It’s easy to assemble and can be prefabricated and hauled onto the site. Its use of warm, natural materials on the exterior helps its boxy form blend in with its surroundings. 

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