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Today’s Takeaway

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Tree Frog Forestry News
March 22, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The ongoing Stand up for the North Committee meetings were hosted in Williams Lake last week, where Peter Ewart and Ben Parfitt suggested that BC’s forest policies are “petrified“. They called for more community decision making to counterbalance corporate control by the “big forest companies for shutting mills down in B.C. while establishing new operations in the southern U.S“. Representatives from Unifor and the Wilderness Committee echo the call for changes to forest policy (specifically reducing log exports) in the Vancouver Sun today saying exports result in “continued bleeding of our forests and forest industry jobs.”

With the looming shortage of people in the forest industry, Mike Mordell, Michigan State University alumnus, provides a good example of the interesting and dynamic careers available in the sector. He talks about how he kept an open mind and followed an unexpected path after leaving school that allowed him to travel the world, stay in the industry and make a good living. Question is how do we use this positive story to entice more people to enter and stay in forestry?

Another amazing way to use wood (seriously there is no end!) has been developed to potentially purify water using wood’s anti-bacterial qualities. The KTH Royal Institute of Technology (in Sweden) is working on this and many other wood-based technologies.

— Tree Frog Editors

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Forestry

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Recipients Announced

Institute of Chartered Foresters
March 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC), the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and the Duchy of Cornwall are pleased to announce the four outstanding recipients of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Now in its third year, The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a UK-Canada partnership initiative between ICF and The Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall in the UK and CIF-IFC in Canada, funded by TD Bank. The distinguished Award is fully endorsed by His Royal Highness and it offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with those in Canada. Theresa Reichlin from the University of Toronto and Reginald Eddy from Fleming College were selected among talented competition as the Canadian recipients. While Daniel Haslam and James Broom, both from the University of Cumbria, were the selected recipients among top UK applicants.

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B.C., Lake Babine Nation on path to 25-year partnership

By Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Government of British Columbia
March 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia and the Lake Babine Nation have agreed to develop a 25-year roadmap to reconciliation. Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad and Lake Babine Nation Chief Wilf Adam have signed the Foundation Pathway Agreement. …The Foundation Pathway Agreement also strengthens Lake Babine’s participation in the regional forest economy through new forest tenure opportunities, partnership opportunities with BC Timber Sales, and new, innovative ways to work collaboratively with the Province and forest sector through development of a regional forestry forum.

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Community discusses forestry in Williams Lake

By Monica Lamb-Yorski 
Williams Lake Tribune
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Around 70 people came out to a touring forestry meeting Thursday, March 16, in Williams Lake. Audience members included professional foresters, forestry workers, millworkers, retired resource ministry employees, Mayor Walt Cobb, ranchers, union leaders, environmentalists and regional district directors. Peter Ewart with Stand Up for the North Committee and Ben Parfitt, resource analyst for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, were the keynote speakers. Ewart described today’s forestry policies as “petrified thinking,” using one example being the cancellation of the appertancy in 2003… Ewart also criticized big forest companies for shutting mills down in B.C. while establishing new operations in the southern U.S.

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Researchers successfully raise wasps to kill the emerald ash borer in Canada

Canadian Press in the Montreal Gazette
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of Canadian researchers say they have, for the first time, successfully raised wasps that will be used this summer as a weapon against an insect that is ravaging forests. Natural Resources Canada decided to rear their own wasps, named Tetrastichus planipennisi, to increase their number in an escalating battle with the destructive emerald ash borer beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in Canada and the U.S. Since 2013, the federal organization had been importing the wasps from their counterparts at the United States Forest Service in Brighton, Mich., and releasing them in 12 areas in Ontario and Quebec, said Krista Ryall, the lead researcher on the project.

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Quist calls public land transfer ‘nothing more than a theft from our grandchildren’

By Tom Lutey
Billings Gazette
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Keep Federal hands on public lands, but let the locals decide how they’re managed, Democratic U.S. House candidate Rob Quist told a group of Billings supporters Tuesday. Speaking to about 60 people on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn, Quist said federal lands were too important to recreation and jobs to be transferred to states. He cited recent land-transfer attempts by congressmen from Utah as a concern for the U.S. House. Democrats argue that such transfers to states would lead to land being sold to private buyers. “The transfer and eventual sale of our public lands is nothing more than a theft from our grandchildren and I will oppose this,” Quist said.

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Petersburg assembly tables resolution against Young’s forest bill

KFSK Community Radio Alaska
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Petersburg’s borough assembly will wait on voicing an opinion on federal legislation that could transfer up to two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to the state of Alaska. Assembly members agreed to table a vote on a resolution opposing the bill that has been introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young. The bill is called the State National Forest Management Act of 2017, introduced in January by the Alaska Republican. It would allow states to select up to two million acres of National Forest land for logging or other uses. States would have to pay for that land, exchange state land for it, or take it as part of an outstanding land entitlement.

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Linville Gorge fire more than doubles in size as firefighters burn fuel

By Bruce Henderson
Charlotte Oberserver
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A wildfire in the Linville Gorge wilderness has more than doubled to 1,300 acres, much of it from efforts to burn off fuels that could stoke it. The U.S. Forest Service said the 160 firefighters at the scene had 20 percent of the fire contained, up from 585 acres and 10 percent containment Monday morning. The White Creek fire is burning near iconic Shortoff Mountain at the southern end of the gorge in Pisgah National Forest. The current strategy is to starve the wildfire of the fuels it needs to continue burning. Firefighters are doing that by igniting low-intensity back burns to consume the fuel. “This fire is in the wilderness, so the firefighters are dealing with limited access due to (steep) terrain and the need to make minimal impacts to wildernesss,” said Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings.

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Official: Oklahoma wildfire is 99 percent contained

Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LONGTOWN, Oklahoma – A small but stubborn fire that destroyed at least nine homes in eastern Oklahoma is 99 percent contained, an Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman said Tuesday night. More than 100 residents in Pittsburg and Haskell counties, about 80 miles southeast of Tulsa, forced to flee after the fire started Monday were able to return home earlier Tuesday. Two evacuees and a firefighter who received minor injuries were treated and released, Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe said. The Red Cross is assisting those who lost their homes. More than 250 firefighters worked to tamp down the blaze Monday, with low humidity and high winds working against them.

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Maryland should put actual conservation back in the Forest Conservation Act

By Alison Prost
Washington Post
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

University of Delaware entomologist Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, finds it curious that the American news media lament the loss of tropical forests yet “have remained silent” about the destruction of local forests. In the past eight years, developers have cut down 14,480 acres of forest in Maryland without replacement, according to records kept by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Every day in Maryland, a forest area the size of four football fields is cut down to make way for new subdivisions, strip malls and other development. Of all places, this shouldn’t be happening in Maryland. Recognizing that forests were disappearing at an alarming rate, Maryland enacted the Forest Conservation Act in 1991. The law was intended to minimize the clearing of forests by developers. The FCA is not getting the job done.

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Confor supports calls for one-stop-shop forestry grants

Timber Trades Journal
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Confor has supported the “highly critical” report on Forestry in England published today by the government’s food and rural affairs committee. The report, published on International Day of the Forests, calls on the government to “reinstate a one-stop shop for forestry grants on day one of the UK’s exit from the European Union”. Confor supports the call but wants the government to start the process now, giving the Forestry Commission full responsibility for the process, and for hitting the planting targets. It said the Forestry Commission must return to its roots and be given responsibility to reverse a tree planting crisis which threatened to plunge England into deforestation. It called the current system for woodland creation as “overly complex and bureaucratic”.

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Online Database Maps China’s Last Undisturbed Forests

By Shi Yi
Sixth Tone
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China’s old-growth forests are vital to biodiversity but also under threat, say the organizations behind a new database aimed at protecting them. Wuhan University and Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) launched Nature Guardian, a website that maps and monitors forests, nature reserves, and more, on Tuesday, the International Day of Forests. According to the database, old-growth forests — those that have not been disturbed by logging or other human activity — constitute just 7.6 percent of all China’s forests and cover an area of nearly 158,000 square kilometers, or roughly twice the size of the Czech Republic. 

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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

The Guardian
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report… Overall, nature is an under-recognised healer, the paper says, offering multiple health benefits from allergy reductions to increases in self-esteem and mental wellbeing… Previous US research has found that that hospital patients with tree views from their windows were discharged a day earlier than those whose rooms faced walls. An extra 10 trees on a Toronto city block provided health benefits to residents equivalent to a $10,000 increase in annual income, or being seven years younger, another study in 2015 found.

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Company & Business News

The Trumpites have got it wrong on trade, and Canada shouldn’t shy away from pointing it out

By David Crane
The Hill Times
March 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

When Canada and Mexico sit down with the U.S. to renegotiate NAFTA, it’s important to understand what America First really is: an attempt to blame America’s economic woes on its trading partners, rather than itself. Through its bullying threats and actions, it is working to unilaterally rewrite the world’s trade and investment rules to its advantage, even if this means risking a global trade and currency war at a time when the global economy is still in a fragile state. …Renegotiating NAFTA is not just about softwood lumber, supply management, intellectual property rules, or other bilateral issues; it’s the first step in the Trump administration’s plan to demand concessions or threaten trade penalties on a worldwide country-by-country basis to reduce or eliminate bilateral trade deficits.

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Wood Pellet Association of Canada invites Canadian pellet producers to join safety committee

By WPAC Safety Committee
Biomass Magazine
March 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council. The Safety Committee’s purpose is to improve our industry’s collective environment, health, safety, and sustainability performance; to create a reputation with regulatory authorities and the public as an industry that is highly effective at managing environment, health, safety, and sustainability; and to learn and share best practices regarding environment, health, safety, and sustainability.

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Tolko’s community investment programs helping at-risk youth

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries is putting some of its Community Investment Program funds into helping at-risk youth served by the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District and the Nenqayni Wellness Centre Society. “Tolko has a long history of supporting community-based charities or groups that serve the health, wellness and protection of youth,” said Tolko communications manager Don Hanson. “The idea of the program is to select a specific cause that aligns with our values and is meaningful to Tolko and identify charitable organizations and community groups in each of our communities that support the cause.” Stefanie Hendrickson, Operations Coordinator of the Boys and Girls Club, said Tolko approached the club and offered the funding.

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Shipping raw logs out of B.C. is bleeding our forest industry and communities dry

Scott Doherty executive assistant to the Unifor National President and Torrance Coste, Wilderness Committee
The Vancouver Sun
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Early this month, a paper mill on Vancouver Island was forced to shut down for six days because of a “lack” of raw material to run the mill. The mill, owned by Catalyst, stands at the waterfront in Port Alberni, a city that was once the economic envy of much of Canada. At one time, it enjoyed among the highest average per capita incomes anywhere in the country. Yet one by one, the lumber, panel, pulp and paper and value-added mills that dominated the local economy either closed or scaled way back. What was once a poster child for what our forest industry could be is now a city with one of the worst child poverty rates in the province.Now, a bad situation is poised to get much worse. … If today’s temporary closure becomes tomorrow’s permanent loss, Catalyst’s closure will be a significant blow to the community.

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BC Conservatives pick Kelowna-Mission candidate

By Alistair Waters
Kelowna Capital News
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Conservative Party has chosen a candidate to run in Kelowna-Mission. Chuck Hardy will try and unset two-term B.C. Liberal incumbent Steve Thomson, the province’s forests, lands and natural resource operations minister. Hardy, a life-long resident of Kelowna who traces his family’s roots in the area back to his grandfather’s arrival on horseback in 1891, worked for City of Kelowna for 22 years before retiring. …In 2013, Thomson was re-elected in Kelowna Mission with just 56.8 per cent of the vote after winning it for the first time in 2009 with just under 54 per cent of the vote.

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INDUSTRIAL UPDATE: Softwood Lumber and West Fraser

By Mauro Calabrese
Williams Lake Tribune
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Softwood Lumber dispute between Canada and the United States dates back to 1872… The first modern day tariff was imposed on Canadian software lumber in 1982. A series of trade actions involving countervailing duties have since been imposed by the U.S. It is interesting to note that almost all of the plywood produced in B.C. stays within Canada and that the U.S. exports plywood into the Canadian market… West Fraser is the second largest softwood lumber producer in Canada and the fourth largest in the U.S. Only wholly owned U.S. lumber producers are part of the trade action against Canada… West Fraser has also diversified into non-tariffable products such as bio energy with wood waste energy plants, four plywood plants, a laminated veneer lumber plant, a medium density fibre board plant, a treated post plant and a value-added forest products plant.

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Design, Build, Improve: Celebrating JDI Engineers During National Engineering Month

J.D. Irving, Limited
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Civil, mechanical, industrial, chemical, electrical, naval, software – for JDI, the skills of our 1000+ engineering graduates are vital to our continued growth, modernization, and improvement. We celebrate their commitment to engineering excellence! To promote the profession and showcase our team, below are the stories of 11 JDI Engineers, what they enjoy about their projects and what sparked their interest in the profession.  We also celebrate the Atlantic Canadian Engineering Schools who great partners in building skilled graduates and co-op students – our next generation of professionals. 

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Michigan State University alumnus advises forestry students to be open-minded about careers in the dynamic lumber industry

By Russ White
WKAR Michigan State University
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Michigan State University alumnus Mike Mordell is executive vice president for international operations for Universal Forest Products International, a Universal Forest Products company. He says the lumber industry features a dynamic supply chain and that the business operates a lot like the stock market. “We might not be as sexy as dot-coms or Silicon Valley, but we’re integral to how the world and the economy operates. “Prices change. Most people, when they think about forest products, don’t realize that the products have to go to market,” says Mordell. “As a forestry student, what I knew a lot about was how to cut a tree, what happens to trees in a sawmill, and how to replant trees. But I didn’t have a good base of what happened once the tree left the saw mill.

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Lumber company plans Greenwood County expansion

GSA Business
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Lumber company Ackerson-Stevens Inc. is investing $490,000 and intends to create 15 new positions at its facility in Greenwood County, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Commerce. Located at 1 Quality Way in Ware Shoals, Ackerson-Stevens plans to expand its current manufacturing operations by renovating a 30,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing facility. Additionally, the company will upgrade machinery and expand its office space, according to the release. The expansion is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2018, and hiring for the new positions is underway.

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US Lumber Announces Strategic Growth Investment

LBM Journal
March 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — U.S. Lumber Group, a two step distributor of specialty building products in the Eastern U.S., announced in a press release that it has signed an agreement for a strategic growth investment from Madison Dearborn Partners (“MDP”), a private equity firm based in Chicago. Upon completion of the transaction, U.S. Lumber’s existing management team will remain in place and work with MDP to execute a strategy of pursuing geographic and product offering expansion.

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Loggers: State-subsidized biomass firm stopped paying in February

By Darren Fishell
Bangor Daily News
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — One company that has received thousands of dollars in state subsidies resulting from a 2016 biomass industry bailout designed to bolster Maine’s sagging forestry industry allegedly isn’t paying loggers. Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, said some of his members have not been paid by Stored Solar since early February. “For them not to be paid upward of four to six weeks, that’s 30 to 50 days beyond what they’re normally paid on,” Doran said. “That’s significant and for many of these family-based businesses, that can put them under. 

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Canfor Southern Pine’s Stimpson elected to AWC board

American Wood Council
March 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

LEESBURG, VA. – President of Canfor Southern Pine Fred Stimpson has been elected to the American Wood Council (AWC) board to complete the two-year term of Aubra Anthony who recently retired from Anthony Forest Products. Stimpson joined Canfor in 2013 and was appointed president in 2015. “AWC is pleased to have Fred join our board,” AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski said. “Fred is well known by many in the industry, having been involved for over 30 years. The AWC Board of Directors will benefit from his depth of experience on wood products gained from his time at Canfor as well as at both Scotch Gulf Lumber and Gulf Lumber Company before that.”

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Holmen signs agreement to acquire Rörvik Timber’s sawmill in Linghem, Sweden

Lesprom Network
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Holmen has signed an agreement to acquire Linghem Sawmill from its present owner, Rörvik Timber. The sawmill has a new saw line with capacity to produce 75,000 cubic metres per year. Logs more slender than those sawn at the Group’s Braviken Sawmill, 40 km from Linghem, are used as raw material. The purchase price is SEK 48 million ($5.5 million), as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. A planing mill is also included the sawmill, which employs 28 people. The takeover has been planned to take place on 28 April. Ongoing measures are being taken at Holmen’s two existing sawmills to refine the business. At Braviken Sawmill, two types of wood are now being sawn, distribution has been streamlined and the degree of added value is being increased through the construction of a wood treatment plant.

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Largest Sawmill in Southern Hemisphere to open in Rotorua

By Red Stag Timber Ltd.
Scoop.co.nz
March 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The worlds most advanced sawmill and the first ‘super-mill’ in the Southern Hemisphere is to be opened by Prime Minister Bill English in Rotorua this Thursday. A ‘super-mill’ is a sawmill that processes over one million tonnes of logs per year. There are a number in North America and Europe, but the Red Stag Timber mill is the first of this scale in this hemisphere. Having grown from the ashes of the Central North Island Forest Partnership receivership over a decade ago, the company has quietly been re-investing and building capacity… The number of sawmills in New Zealand decreased from 101 in 2003 to 53 in 2016, and forecast to decrease to 39 in the next five years. The rationalisation is an international trend driven by automation, economies of scale and unavailability of logs in some regions.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

DBC launches North American forest sector study

By The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation
Biomass Magazine
March 21, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation has launched an extensive research study on the North American forest sector, with specific focus on small forest owners. DBC was established under the Dutch ‘Biomass Sustainability Covenant’ to promote and achieve certification among small forest owners in North America. To this end, DBC has begun the development of a Stimulation Program with a 3 million Euro budget. The research starting now is a first step in the implementation of the Stimulation Program. The Biomass Sustainability Covenant states that 10 percentof the biomass used in cofiring for Dutch energy generation will be certified to the FSC or equivalent standard by 2023 at latest. …Most of the biomass that Dutch energy companies cofire, is in wood pellet form and originates from North American forests.

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Aggressive forest protection needed to meet US climate goals

By Mike Gaworecki
Mongabay
March 21, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more frequent and more severe. Despite how critical forest protection is to meeting these goals, it is not currently seen as a climate priority in the U.S. In fact, the report notes, some government and forestry industry actors even promote increased logging as a solution to climate change, which has led to the forests of the coastal Southern United States becoming the largest source of wood pellet exports to Europe in recent years…“We cannot log and burn our way out of climate change,” Dr. Bill Moomaw, a report author and Professor of International Environmental Policy at Tufts University, said in a statement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Museum pavilion planned as community project

By Barbara Latkowski
Prince George Citizen
March 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum has joined forces with an international group to build a new pavilion to shelter the museum’s most valuable rolling stock. The Timber Framers Guild, a group dedicated to promoting, supporting, honouring and advancing the craft of timber framing, will erect the 44-foot wide and 266-foot long structure this summer. “This project is also about providing learning opportunities about timber framing. There is a huge educational aspect of it,” said the museum’s executive director Ranjit Gill. Timber framing is one of the oldest forms of construction, reminiscent of times past when buildings were constructed using logs.

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Finding the middle ground for green building benefits

By Peter Mitham
Business in Vancouver
March 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Government and institutional landlords have historically driven innovation in the green building sector, setting the pace by outfitting large projects with innovative building systems that show what’s possible. Yet most commercial buildings aren’t the towers that define a skyline, but rather the small and often nondescript older buildings home to myriad small businesses. While upgrades have occurred to some of these buildings, the majority haven’t had the attention they deserve. “The average commercial building in North America is about 15,000 square feet, so there are millions of small buildings that are still very expensive to operate,” said Rick Rolston, CEO of Vancouver-based BuiltSpace Technologies Corp., one of the first local companies to start pulling data from building systems so owners could use it to improve decision-making.

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Wood frame apartment fire risks also exist in Denver

By Jennifer Kovaleski
The Denver Channel
March 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Following two massive fires at wood frame apartment complexes in Raleigh and Kansas City, Denver7 found many Denver apartments are wood-frame buildings and present the same fire risks. “It’s basically like burning a box of matches that are stacked up,” explained Melissa Taylor with the Denver Fire Department. According to Denver Community Planning and Development, more than 100 wood-frame apartment buildings have recently been built or are currently under construction in the city. “It’s very, very inexpensive and very common,” Taylor said. …Under Denver Building Code, which follows international standards, wood frame apartments are required to have tested sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and possibly fire retardant treated wood. However, those are some of the last steps of construction, which means they’re often not in place if a building catches fire during the early phases of construction.

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Timber frame sector ready to scale up capacity

Timber Trades Journal
March 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The offsite timber frame industry could “easily” scale up its capacity to 150,000 units per year to meet demand for new housing, a Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) organised meeting at Westminster has heard. Stewart Dalgarno, director of product development at the Stewart Milne Group, told the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries (APPG) meeting at the House of Commons of the industry’s potential to increase its current capacity of 100,000 units per year to 150,000 by 2020 given the right policy frameworks. “Housing is arguably the biggest social issue of our times, and a huge economic opportunity,” said Mr Dalgarno.

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Swedish Team Develops Portable, Eco-Friendly Water Filter from Wood

AZoCleantech
March 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology have used wood to develop a bacteria-trapping material, which is currently being examined for use as a water purification filter. This could then be used in areas without any infrastructure or clean water supply. The material, which integrates wood cellulose with a positively-charged polymer, is able to attract and bind the bacteria to the material surface, capturing the bacteria. It shows the potential for use in plasters, bandages, and packaging that destroy bacteria without discharging toxins into the environment. The Swedish research team, headed by Professor Monica Ek, is examining if the material could enable portable on-site water treatment in areas that do not have any facilities or wells to meet demand.

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General

Senate bill offers protection from aerial sprays

By Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics
The Register-Guard
March 22, 2017
Category: Uncategorised

…Oregon’s timber industries force rural communities to pay a high price for aerial sprays with illness and contaminated drinking water. Organic farmers risk significant losses when their organic certification is compromised. When these two industries clash, we all lose by favoring the timber industry. In Lane County alone the timber industry employs just over 4,000 — compared to the organic and natural products industry, which employs more than 15,000 people.

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