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Today’s Takeaway

Australia: Same Same But Different

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 14, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

What do the following news story excerpts have in common today?
•  Bikers protest legislation allowing logging in forests marked for protection 
•  Citing their industry’s sustainability, workers seek an increase in timber supply 
•  Environmental groups are trying to kill the timber industry
•  A proposal to allow logging sparks calls for government intervention
•  Forests in National Parks have been ravaged by extreme fires

They are all from down-under. “Same same but different”… as they say.

Wood pellet manufacturers in both Canada and the United States are increasingly diversifying their feedstock according to Seattle-based Wood Resources International LLC. “There has been a clear shift from logs to residues in the US south, while BC pellet companies are increasingly supplementing their sawmill residues with forest residues in the form of tree tops and branches.”


In other news, Business in Vancouver is featuring a story on the “
BC Raw log export” debate. Asked if they support a ban, Horgan (NDP) “hesitates” and Weaver (Green) says “no”. And the World’s 10 Most Incredible Buildings Made Entirely of Wood are featured in a new book by William Hall, titled “Wood”, which is described as a “fresh, surprising look at the world’s best timber architecture“.
–Tree Frog Editors

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Forestry

United Nations Says Canada’s Largest Park Under Threat, Calls for Site C Review

By Andrew Nikiforuk
The Tyee
March 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If the federal government continues to avoid its environmental responsibilities, Canada’s largest national park could soon be listed as a “world heritage site in danger” due to threats posed by energy development and nearby hydro dams, says the United Nations. …“The time is now to finally give this project the scrutiny it deserves and to establish a basis for informed and balanced decision-making still currently lacking,” says an 85-page UNESCO World Heritage Centre report released last week. …In addition to the recommendation on Site C, the report listed another 16 recommendations that are necessary for the Canadian government to fulfill if it wants to avoid placing the region on the growing UNESCO list of “World Heritage Sites in Danger.”

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Campbell River featured in video series on forestry friendly communities

Campbell River Mirror
March 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


A new initiative showcasing B.C.’s coastal forest sector includes Campbell River in its video series. “Coast Forest Products Association, the Truck Loggers Association with their members and forest sector partners, launched the initiative to demonstrate the importance of the role forestry plays and has played for many years in coastal, resource-dependent communities,” Rick Jeffery, president and chief executive officer of the Coast Forest Products Association, say sin a press release. “Forestry Friendly Communities celebrates the proud history and rich future of the B.C.’s world-leading forestry sector.” Mayor Andy Adams is featured in the video.

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James Bay First Nations attending workshop on dealing with polar bears

By Peter Cameron
The Globe and Mail
March 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Environmental stewards from First Nations on the coast of James Bay will be gathering in northern Ontario this week to learn how to best deal with polar bears that are straying into their communities. Karen Cummings of the Polar Bear Habitat, a polar bear reserve in Cochrane, Ont., says several James Bay communities had polar bears within their town limits for the first time in years in 2016. Cummings says she knows of at least eight instances between December 2015 and December 2016, and adds that climate change is believed to be behind the increasing number of bears moving into towns in search of food. She says polar bears are a new problem for certain northern Ontario communities such as Moose Factory — where a polar bear turned up at the dump — and are very rare for communities like Kashechewan and Attawapiskat.

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Opponents say Crown land licence would chop down forest health

By Michael Gorman
CBC News
March 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Helga Guderley is hoping to notch a hat trick. Twice, the former Université Laval biology professor has fought to change Natural Resources Department plans since she moved to Boutiliers Point, N.S., and twice she’s been successful. T… What’s in Guderley’s sights now, along with others, is a pending licensing agreement between the province and WestFor Management Inc., a consortium of 13 mills, for management of Crown land in western Nova Scotia. While a deal is not yet in place, Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines said talks continue between his department and the group, with eyes on a 10-year licence with a renewal and review option after five years.

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Tester, Daines resume effort to overturn lynx decision

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have rounded up a lengthy list of supporters for a bill to overturn a federal court decision on lynx protection. Republican Daines and Democrat Tester join Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota, on the bill to reverse the Cottonwood decision, which found that the U.S. Forest Service must do a top-level review of new critical habitat for lynx under the Endangered Species Act. The decision name refers to the Bozeman-based Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, which won the case before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year. The ruling was essentially confirmed when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Forest Service appeal in October.

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Resource Minister trumpets forestry ties with mountain bikers, as they protest outside Parliament

By Emile Gramenz
ABC News, Australia
March 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mountain bikers have staged an action-packed protest in front of Tasmania’s Parliament House, as the State Government formally tables contentious legislation to allow early logging in forests once marked for protection. The legislation will open up 356,000 hectares of forest that was protected from logging under a moratorium until 2020. Resources Minister Guy Barnett said the Government’s plan would secure about 700 jobs in the forestry industry, and celebrated ties between mountain bikers and forestry. Mr Barnett said co-operation between the two groups proved tourism and forestry could work together. But mountain bikers are concerned that some of the area to be opened up will affect the acclaimed Blue Tier mountain bike trails in north-east Tasmania.

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‘They died of thirst’: Extreme conditions wipe out forest over 1000 kilometres

By Peter Hannam
Sydney Morning Herald
March 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The death of mangrove forests stretched over 1000 kilometres of Australia’s northern coast a year ago has been blamed on extreme conditions including record temperatures. About 7400 hectares of mangroves strung along the Gulf of Carpentaria died in a single month in early 2016 because of the unusual warmth, a prolonged drought and an El Nino that reduced local sea levels by about 20 centimetres, said Norman Duke, head of the Mangrove Research hub at James Cook University. Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to meet gas producers this week.  “Essentially, they died of thirst,” Dr Duke said, adding that the sea-level drop triggered a “highly significant loss of tidal waters”.

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‘Locking up’ forests results in super hot fires

Letter by Maurie Killeen
Gippsland Times
March 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is disturbing and unfair to the Heyfield community to see the letters from people with a leaning to green movement ideals advocating the locking up of native forests and all will be fine for the forests and their future. During the past 50 years since the introduction of ‘locking up’ native forests to National Parks and reserves, our forests have been ravaged regularly with extreme hot fires events. It cannot be argued otherwise. It is clear that the letter writers have a limited knowledge of what is needed to maintain and preserve our native forests. They have been brainwashed over many years that protection of the forests lay in and the closing down of the resource, thinking this will be best long term outcome for our native forests in Victoria.

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Tasmanian logging plan raises objection

Australian Associated Press in 9news
March 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A proposal to allow logging access to more parts of Tasmania’s wilderness has sparked calls from an environment group for federal government intervention. Liberal Resources Minister Guy Barnett on Tuesday tabled a bill to unlock an extra 356,000 hectares of forests for harvesting which he says will save 700 jobs as supply of sawlog runs dry. “Advice from Forestry Tasmania that obtaining Forest Stewardship Council certification will impact on the quantity of high quality sawlogs it can harvest underlines the need for this legislation,” the minister said. “Up to 15,000 cubic metres per year of sawlog may no longer be available.” The move means wildlife-rich forests are facing destruction along with rare and endangered species, conservationist Bob Brown says.

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Company & Business News

West Fraser Management Transition

By West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
Canada Newswire
March 13, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – West Fraser announced today that Larry Hughes will retire as Vice?President, Finance and CFO at the end of March 2017. Ted Seraphim, President and CEO said: “Larry has contributed greatly to West Fraser during his 10 years as part of our senior executive team. Before joining West Fraser he was our outside legal counsel and served on our Board from 2002 to 2005. Larry has played a pivotal role in the growth of West Fraser and we have all benefitted from his practical approach and thoughtful advice.” West Fraser is pleased to announce that Chris Virostek will become Vice?President, Finance and CFO upon Mr. Hughes’ retirement. Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA and has held a number of senior financial roles at Masonite International Corporation since 2002, most recently as Senior Vice?President of Strategy and Corporate Development.

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B.C. raw log exports to Asia soar

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
March 14, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

While B.C. forestry companies face a long-term decline in the annual allowable cut in the Interior, thanks to the mountain pine beetle infestation, B.C. companies on the coast have been exporting raw logs, mostly to China, in record volumes in recent years. …So, should the B.C. government ban or severely restrict raw log exports?… Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said he doesn’t support a ban on log exports. He would rather see incentives given to the pulp and paper industry, which could use some of the low-value logs currently being exported. “But differential taxes between logs that export, versus logs that stay, is one way. Appurtenances is another way.”…B.C. Forestry Minister Steve Thomson insists that only 7% of the trees cut on coastal Crown land are exported.B.C. Forestry Minister Steve Thomson insists that only 7% of the trees cut on coastal Crown land are exported. Asked if an NDP government would bring back appurtenance rules, Horgan hesitated, saying that any regulatory changes need to be considered within the context of ongoing softwood lumber negotiations with the United States.

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Leveling the playing field

By Derek Clouthier
Truck News
March 13, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The B.C. Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is hopeful the provincial government’s announcement that it intends to review the forest industry’s problems will help level the playing field for all who are employed in the sector. The issue of contractor sustainability has been at the forefront of the TLA’s advocacy efforts for years, and executive director David Elstone said that undertaking has been about much more than rates. “It is about creating the conditions within the industry that will allow independent contractors and owner operators to work with the major license holders (their employers) in a sustainable manner, to be able to hire and train workers to operate safely, to invest in innovation and equipment to reduce costs and, at the end of the day, to be able to pay their bills and plan for the future,” Elstone said, adding that a weakening of the supply chain has put the entire industry at risk.

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Forest Products Commission postpones woodlot hearing

By Connell Smith
CBC News
March 14, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s Forest Products Commission has put off a two-day hearing that is key to the regulatory authority of the province’s woodlot marketing boards. The appeal to the commission was launched by JD Irving Limited, AV Group, W & R Gillespie Ltd, and several forestry contractors after the Southern New Brunswick Forest Products Marketing Board tried to assert its regulatory authority under the Natural Products Act over wood sales in its provincially designated territory. …SNB Board Chair John Sabine says his group was hoping to get through the hearing process as soon as possible. He says JDI’s practices are unfair to many woodlot owners. “95 percent of our membership cannot ship to JDI under any price or any condition, we’ve just been shut off totally,” said Sabine.

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Hundreds of timber workers march in Melbourne in support of ‘clean, green’ Heyfield Mill

By Stephanie Anderson
ABC News Australia
March 14, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Workers from the Heyfield sawmill in Gippsland have gathered in Melbourne, arguing their industry is sustainable and urging the Victorian Government to increase the amount of timber supplied. The sawmill is facing closure as negotiations for timber supplies have stalled between the Government and the mill’s owner, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods. More than 100 workers came together outside the offices of the Victorian Government to send a message to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. John Tyquin, who has been working at the sawmill for 30 years, said closing the mill would lead to a boom in imports at the cost of local jobs.

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D-Day looms for Gippsland timber mill and hundreds of jobs

By Richard Willingham
The Age
March 14, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Environmental groups have been infiltrated by extremists trying to kill off Victoria’s timber industry, the chairman of an under-pressure Gippsland mill has said. The fate of 250 jobs at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ mill in Heyfield, and thousands more in the supply chain, is in the balance after the decision by the state-owned VicForests to offer the mill lower than expected timber contracts. Earlier this year VicForests said it could offer the company only 80,000 cubic metres of timber this year, and even less in the coming years because of dwindling supply. The Hermal group, which bought the mill from Gunns in 2012, says that without 135,000 cubic metres of supply guaranteed every year, hundreds of jobs will be lost.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Residues climb as wood pellet feedstock

Construction & Demolition Recycling
March 14, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Wood pellet manufacturers in both the United States and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of scrap materials, according to an analysis by the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR), published by Seattle-based Wood Resources International LLC. A growing source of fiber furnish in both countries consists of sawmill byproducts and forest residues, together accounting for more than 80 percent of the total feedstock in British Columbia, Canada, and almost 50 percent in the U.S. South. Over the past 10 years there has been a clear shift in fiber-sourcing for pellet manufacturers in the U.S. South from logs to residues, says the NAWFR… In British Columbia, pellet companies have moved from entirely relying on inexpensive sawdust from the local sawmills for its fiber furnish to increasingly supplementing its dominant fiber source with forest residues in the form of tree tops and branches left after harvest operations

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Government of Canada invests $43 million in clean technology innovation

By Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canada Newswire
March 13, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Technology and the innovation it helps promote are key to the future of Canada’s economy. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting technologies that will advance our environmental objectives, create jobs and stimulate growth in the clean tech sector. …The second project is led by Canfor Pulp Products Inc., a leading global producer of premium pulp and paper products that is also one of North America’s largest green energy producers. The $13-million non-repayable contribution through SDTC will enable Canfor to further develop and demonstrate a technology that will take what is a currently a waste product from its production processes and develop it into a low-cost biofuels product. Canfor’s new biocrude could be refined by existing refineries into next-generation biofuels and biochemicals that can be easily integrated into conventional fuels markets.

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Academics and IEA slam ‘misleading’ Chatham House bioenergy report

By Liz Gyekye
Bioenergy Insight Magazine
March 13, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading. The group of academics from across the world and the IEA state that the report “does not present an objective overview of the current state of scientific understanding with respect to the climate effects of bioenergy”. They are urging the Chatham House author to “reconsider flawed policy recommendations”. …The report gives an inaccurate interpretation of the impact of
harvesting on forest carbon stock, proposes a misguided focus on short-term carbon balances and overstates the climate change mitigation value of unharvested forests.

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Generating energy from used wood

Phys.org
March 14, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Switzerland is not fully exploiting a significant source of clean energy: 173,000 tonnes of used wood could be re-used producing valuable heat and power energy today, in addition to the 644,000 tonnes of used wood already being used. This was the conclusion reached by a nationwide survey conducted by the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. Nearly 1 million tonnes of used wood… were produced in Switzerland in 2014. Sustainable energy could have been generated out of 817,000 tonnes of this wood, but only 644,000 tonnes of used wood were actually used producing heat or electricity. The additional used wood available would suffice to supply heat, at 80% efficiency, to some 80,000 average households during the cold season and provide enough power for 40,000 average homes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Discover Québec-Made Furniture through Jean-Claude Poitras’s Furniture Favourites!

March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – The Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (QFMA) invites the public to come and discover Québec-Made Furniture during Open House Weekends, April 1-2 and 8-9. In issuing this invitation, the QFMA is teaming up with well-known multidisciplinary designer Jean-Claude Poitras, who is introducing his Furniture Favourites, a selection of great finds he is sharing with the public to display the creativity and diversity of Québec-Made Furniture. For the second straight year, the public will be able to visit four residential units that have been furnished with Québec furniture, in collaboration with the QFMA and Maison Éthier. The furnishings are the signature work of designers overseen by Jean-Claude Poitras. But this year Jean-Claude Poitras has gone a step further in showcasing Québec-Made Furniture. “I want to give exposure to Québec creativity by spotlighting the furniture makers through their outstanding products,” he remarks.

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Nova Scotia’s first six-storey all-wood residential complex begins to take root

By Don Procter
Daily Commerical News
March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Halifax architect is helping to “revolutionize the potential” for development in a low-density central Dartmouth neighbourhood by erecting Nova Scotia’s first six-storey all-wood residential complex. Called the GardenView, the complex will feature 69 rental units, a mixed-use podium and an underground parkade for 58 vehicles. The objective is to provide affordable but not subsidized rental housing, said project architect Tom Emodi, principal at TEAL Architects+Planners. Using wood rather than concrete or steel helps achieve that objective because of wood’s lower costs, Emodi told the crowd during a seminar at a workshop held by Ontario Wood WORKS! in Vaughan recently.

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Discover Québec-Made Furniture through Jean-Claude Poitras’s Furniture Favourites!

March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – The Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (QFMA) invites the public to come and discover Québec-Made Furniture during Open House Weekends, April 1-2 and 8-9. In issuing this invitation, the QFMA is teaming up with well-known multidisciplinary designer Jean-Claude Poitras, who is introducing his Furniture Favourites, a selection of great finds he is sharing with the public to display the creativity and diversity of Québec-Made Furniture. For the second straight year, the public will be able to visit four residential units that have been furnished with Québec furniture, in collaboration with the QFMA and Maison Éthier. The furnishings are the signature work of designers overseen by Jean-Claude Poitras. But this year Jean-Claude Poitras has gone a step further in showcasing Québec-Made Furniture. “I want to give exposure to Québec creativity by spotlighting the furniture makers through their outstanding products,” he remarks.

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2016: LEED In (Reverse) Motion – Part 3

By Jerry Yudelson
Reinventing Green Building Blog
March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In this blog, we continue to show LEED results from 2016 in various building sectors. Overall, the total number of LEED new construction projects, as shown in nonresidential new construction and core and shell certifications, fell 21% below 2015 levels, to only about 1,500 projects, down about one-third from the peak in 2013. Total certified project area fell in 2016 and has only grown 6% in the five years since 2011. What does seem clear from these and other data is that LEED is favored by very large commercial and corporate office projects in major cities, but is disfavored by just about every other type of project in just about every other location.

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A promising industry

By the Editorial Board
The Register-Guard
March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A quiet revolution is going on a corner of the wood products industry with potentially far-reaching economic implications for Western Oregon. It involves the use of “mass timber” — engineered wood products made by bonding layers of wood together at right angles, including cross-­laminated timber, nail-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber. A bipartisan bill has just been introduced in Congress that would create a research and development program for building tall structures using mass timber. …Not surprisingly, this fledgling industry is facing strong — and loud — opposition from other industries that make their money from other construction materials, such as cement and concrete. Opponents insist use of mass timber products will result in buildings all over the country burning to the ground or falling down. In reality, mass timber has been in use in Europe and Canada for years, including in buildings far taller than those currently being built in the United States.

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The World’s 10 Most Incredible Buildings Made Entirely of Wood

By Natalia Rachlin
Architectural Digest
March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

From Sweden to Thailand, these stunning structures prove the inimitability of natural materials in architecture. At once humble and luxurious, raw and refined, wood—in all its many forms—is surely one of the most versatile materials on the planet. In fact, Wood (Phaidon, $49.95) is also the apt title of a forthcoming book by William Hall, which pays homage to this natural wonder’s enduring appeal. More specifically it looks at its manifold architectural applications: From a strikingly angular pine heartwood church in the west of Norway to a library facade composed of locally sourced twigs in the countryside near Beijing, the new tome features 170 structures from all around the world that make innovative and beautiful use of timber. The book is thematically structured in chapters like Form, Landscape, and Light, and includes works by some of today’s most notable architects (Sou Fujimoto, Tadao Ando, and Peter Zumthor among them), as well as less widely known contemporary names and late greats like Le Corbusier.

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TTF agrees third party testing for non-EU hardwood ply

Timber Trades Journal
March 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) National Panel Products Division has unanimously agreed mandatory third party species testing and third party product performance testing for all panels placed on the market from outside the EU. The move represents further action by the TTF to ensure product performance in hardwood plywood, following on from last year’s agreement to enact mandatory third-party verification of marine plywood for TTF members. The TTF said there had been ongoing concerns about hardwood plywood being imported to the UK, particularly Chinese-made products. It said the latest decision would help eliminate the unfairness borne by many EU-based manufacturers and allays their concerns about the “unjust” effect within the plywood market. END OF STORY

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