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Tree Frog Forestry News
March 24, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Emerging from a den after a winter of hibernation, a “grizzly bear seriously mauled a forestry worker” on the BC coast. Although he suffered serious injuries, the quick actions of a fellow worker (and a can of bear spray) saved his life.

The lack of “specific reference to the forest sector” and the need to “get out in front of potential softwood lumber duties” are the bases of criticism directed at the Canadian government’s budget by opposition MPs and Labour leaders.  Also raising concerns on behalf of his membership is Russ Cameron, president of BC’s Independent Wood Producers Association. He notes that small wood producers “don’t have the resources to pay these kind of punitive fines” and last time around “54 of 107 of his members had to close their doors”.

Call it a slow news day if you must, but if electric cars are the future of clean motoring, this ‘Touraine Fruitwood’ mid-twentieth century Citroen vehicle could be the “next step towards an entirely eco-friendly vehicle”.

— Tree Frog Editors

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Froggy Foibles

Incredibly unique life-size car built almost entirely out of wood

By Dan Elsom
The Sun
March 24, 2017
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

If electric cars are the future of clean motoring, this could be the next step towards an entirely eco-friendly vehicle. An incredibly talented French cabinetmaker has constructed a world-first Citroen 2CV replica almost entirely out of wood. Michel Robillard of Loches, Central France, completed the production of the life-sized model earlier this month, using Touraine fruitwood to shape the mid-twentieth century Citroen.

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Forestry

Sharing Best Safety Practices Across the Forestry Spectrum: a look at Tidal Transport & Trading

TimberWest
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At TimberWest our goal is to get everyone home safely without harm, accident or injury, throughout their entire career. We understand that in order to accomplish this goal we need to constantly strive to learn best safety practices and adopt these learnings across our operations. And that is why in 2016, TimberWest consulted DuPont Sustainable Solutions, the world’s foremost safety consulting company, to assess our safety values, the state of our safety management, and the quality of our key safety practices. All of our staff and contractors were involved in this assessment. Once we were armed with the data, we understood the value of sharing the results with other forest companies, contractors, safety organizations, and with as many players across the forestry value chain as possible. 

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Range Agreements Pass Audit

BC Forest Practices Board
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


VICTORIA – The holders of two range agreements for grazing cattle in the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District generally met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, according to a report released today. “The Board is pleased to see these ranchers are meeting the majority of legislative requirements,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “However, our auditors found that one rancher had not turned any cattle out on its tenure in 2016, and the other rancher did not have the approved number of cattle grazing its tenure throughout 2016. Neither rancher had documented the adjustment to their grazing schedule to account for these changes, which is a requirement.” …“We determined these issues did not have any significant impacts, but the practices should be improved in the future,” Ryan added.

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On the road to a solid career: Aboriginal students learn road-building skills

By the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of British Columbia
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Province is providing $95,000 so 10 Aboriginal students in the Campbell River-area can learn the skills needed for employment in the British Columbia road building and forestry machinery sector. The program is being delivered through a partnership with Nanwakolas Council and Vancouver Island University (VIU). …There is another element to the overall training where students will have access to Vancouver Island University’s forestry/heavy equipment simulators. The technology used in these simulators replicates forestry and heavy equipment machinery and the unique training provides participants with an opportunity to try a wide variety of machines in a safe and educational setting.

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Hunting permit revenues will now go to wildlife management

By Ron Seymour
Kelowna Daily Courier
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

All money raised through hunting permits will now be put toward wildlife management and enhancement efforts, the provincial government announced Wednesday. The $9 million collected annually has gone to general revenues, but in the future it will be used for habitat protection initiatives, research studies on animal populations and similar programs. Hunters and guides applauded the announcement, saying it addressed their long-standing concern that wildlife management in B.C. had been seriously underfunded. “B.C. was the least-funded province in terms of wildlife management,” said Jim Glaicar, president of the BC Wildlife Federation. The government will create a new agency to oversee how the $9 million will be spent, with representation from a variety of stakeholder groups, said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

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Campbell River man receives provincial Medal of Good Citizenship

By Jocelyn Doll
Campbell River Mirror
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Danny Brown has received a Medal of Good Citizenship, the province’s newest honour, from Shirley Bond, minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, in recognition of his past and continuing years of volunteer work in the community. “I truly believe this medal was designed for people just like you,” she said at a ceremony on Thursday morning. …Brown uses his passion for history and his experience from 39 years of working in the forest industry to educate and entertain. At the museum, Brown gives students lively presentations on pioneer, fishing and logging history. When the museum’s 1930 Hayes-Anderson logging truck appears in parades and at local events, it is because Brown has taken on its care and maintenance.

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Forestry worker seriously injured in grizzly bear attack on central coast

By Katie DeRosa
Victoria Times Colonist
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Campbell River husband and father has serious injuries after being attacked by a grizzly bear in a remote logging camp north of Vancouver Island. Ryan Arsenault, a forestry engineer, was attacked Wednesday afternoon near Rivers Inlet at Draney Inlet, on the Central Coast, about 100 kilometres north of Port Hardy, said Arsenault’s boss, Larry Fedorkie. Another worker was nearby and came to Arsenault’s aid, using bear spray to deter the grizzly. “His quick actions certainly saved [Arsenault’s] life,” said Fedorkie, vice-president of Capacity Forest Management. Arsenault suffered serious injuries to his left arm, including tissue and muscle damage, a broken right leg and a severe laceration to his head. Arsenault, who is in his 30s, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital for treatment.

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Low risk of major wildfire in Fort McMurray this summer, researcher says

By David Thurton
CBC News
March 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The risk of another uncontrollable and devastating wildfire raging through Fort McMurray this year is low, says one of Canada’s leading wildfire researchers. Fort McMurray is still rebuilding after a wildfire tore through the area and forced almost 90,000 people to evacuate in May 2016. The wildfire made ash of 2,400 structures and damaged many more. University of Alberta wildfire researcher Mike Flannigan expects there may be small wildfires this spring and summer around the northern Alberta city, but he stresses the explosiveness and intensity of those fires won’t be as large or as damaging as the one that reached the city in May. This is because last year’s wildfire consumed most of the coniferous trees, which are more susceptible to wildfire and burn with a greater intensity.

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Cut block a cause for concern for some residents

By Trent Ernst
Tumbler Ridge News
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s hard to miss. If you’ve driven to or from Dawson in the last few months, chances are you’ve noticed it: a new cutblock that runs right up to the highway, starting at the parking lot from the newly built Quality Lake Trail. The trail itself is undamaged by the new cut block, but many consider the block an eyesore. This is concerning to Community Forester Duncan McKellar. McKeller says the block was planned to meet all the visual requirements, as well as to meet the Community Forest’s uplift for beetle killed trees. . …Before cutting the trees, the Community Forest has to run their plan past the visual landscape guidelines. …For this block, one of the main viewpoints is from the Quality Creek road. And, from that location, the new cutblock does indeed meet the visual guidelines. “When you’re driving, you’ll only see it for three or four seconds. If you modeled for every visual from every location, you wouldn’t be logging anywhere in the province,” he says.

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Nova Scotia beefs up firefighting arsenal with 4 new helicopters

By Pam Berman
CBC News
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources will face the 2017 forest fire season with some brand new equipment. One of four new H-125 Airbus helicopters arrived in February and a second one was scheduled to land in Shubenacadie, N.S., Thursday afternoon. Walter Fanning, the department’s executive director of regional services, was one of three officials who spoke to a provincial committee on resources Thursday morning. “All the pilots and engineers are very excited,” said Fanning. “This is a significant advancement in technology for us.” Last August, firefighters with Natural Resources battled a forest fire for 10 days near Kejimkujik National Park. The fire took place during extreme drought conditions in southwestern Nova Scotia. The third helicopter is expected this summer with the final one arriving in 2018.

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Acrimonious court case presses litigation over education on sustainable forestry challenge

By Reg Clayton
Kenora Daily Miner and News
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


The legal challenge playing out between Resolute Forest Products and the environmental organization Greenpeace in court rooms in Ontario and the United States has implications that extend beyond the two parties involved. …Meanwhile in Northwestern Ontario efforts to counter the “misinformation campaigns” regarding sustainable forestry in the province’s Crown forests focus on public education rather than litigation. ‘Trees are the Answer’ is the title of the program developed by the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association in partnership with the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities to counter the message perpetuated by groups and organizations ethically opposed to cutting down trees….The Ontario Forest Industry Association also takes a proactive approach on the issue with information about how public forests are managed in the province posted on its website.

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Collaboration is better than litigation

Letter by Leonard Wortman
Helena Independent Record
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After reading the article in the paper on February 22nd about a lawsuit brought against the Stonewall Vegetation Project and an opinion piece by Mike Garrity who is one of the serial litigants against this project, I felt I needed to respond. Keep in mind that Mike Garrity makes his living suing the Forest Service and conning naive, gullible people. His comments that the Forest Service is wasting $972,000 while destroying 5,000 acres of big game, lynx, and grizzly bear habitat is completely false and if Garrity can read at all, he knows it’s not true. …If these people truly cared about the environment, they would become partners on the collaboratives with the many folks and organizations that want to do what is best for the forest and those that use it.

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Eugene resident Paul Ehinger, longtime timber industry champion, dies at 93

By Theresa Novak
The Register-Guard
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Eugene timber-industry champion whose expertise made him a sought-after spokesman for decades died late last month. Paul Ehinger, 93, died Feb. 27. He had been retired about three years. Almost since he began his career in forestry in 1949, when he went to work for the Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Westfir, Ehinger’s ability to communicate made him a standout in an industry that saw big changes during his career. … Through the years, his lumber industry positions included serving as president of the Oregon Logging Conference and of the American Plywood Association. His work on industry committees enabled him to meet presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. In 1983, he established his own Eugene consulting firm, Paul F. Ehinger and Associates. His firm was known for keeping track of mill closures in the Pacific Northwest, as the economic recession, environmental restrictions on federal land and mill automation led to closures and job losses. He frequently was an expert witness in trials related to timber and forestry issues.

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Governor’s forestry ‘tax cut’ bad for business

By Patrick Durkin
Green Bay Press-Gazette
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If Wisconsin is open for business, why is Gov. Walker risking its $6.4 billion forestry industry… Unless you own woodlands or follow conservation news, you likely haven’t heard the guv’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-19 suggests eliminating Wisconsin’s forestry mill tax, which costs the average homeowner $27 annually. In its place, he proposes funding Wisconsin’s approximately $90 million annual forestry programs with general purpose revenuesThat’s a wash for this budget, but here’s the problem: When we debate Wisconsin’s next budget in 2019 and all state budgets that follow, our relatively modest forestry programs would compete for GPR funding with huge budget items like education, corrections, healthcare and transportation. Shudder. Forestry and its associated fish, wildlife and recreation management wouldn’t take a back seat. Lawmakers would boot it off the bus.

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Forester wants to update Bitterroot wildfire plan

By Kevin Maki
NBC Montana
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON, Mont. – The Roaring Lion Fire near Hamilton last summer was a tragic reminder of just how unforgiving wild land fires can be. But the fire that took 16 houses in one of the Bitterroot’s most devastating disasters was also a learning experience. Bitterroot Resource Conservation Development community forester Byron Bonney met with Ravalli County commissioners Thursday. He told them what we have learned from the Roaring Lion Fire and how preparing against crown fires can save property. He is also asking the county to research funding to update the Bitterroot’s community wild fire protection plan. Bonney said it is time to update the 11-year-old plan. He said areas that maybe weren’t such high risk a decade ago may be high risk today.

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Linville Gorge fire 80 percent contained

By Abigail Margulis
Asheville Citizen-Times
March 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEBO – Firefighters completed burnout operations on the White Creek fire Thursday, increasing containment to 80 percent. The fire, which was reported March 16, is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire is now estimated at 4,355 acres. Fire managers took advantage of Thursday’s weather conditions to finish burnout operations to secure fire lines with a focus on securing private property on the south end of the fire, said spokeswoman Lisa Jennings with the U.S. Forest Service. No additional burnout operations are planned unless weather conditions change. Friday’s focus was geared toward extinguishing remaining hot spots near fire lines, she said. The fire continues to burn within containment lines, and firefighters are working to monitor and patrol the area.

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‘Step change’ needed to create more woodland

By Helen Briggs
BBC News
March 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The amount of new woodland created in England last year amounts to under 700 hectares, an area little bigger than London’s Olympic Park. This falls far short of yearly targets needed to plant 11 million trees by 2020 and raise woodland cover from 10 to 12% by 2060, say MPs. Improving grant schemes for forestry is key to creating more woodland, their parliamentary report found. And it said safeguards were needed to stop ancient forests disappearing. MPs from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra) have published a report, Forestry in England: Seeing the Wood for the Trees, calling for the government to take action to increase woodland creation.

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Australians should realise we’re a responsible nation on timber logging and live exports with full

By Ed Gannon
Herald Sun
March 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WHEN is Australia going to trust and respect Australia? Why do we refuse to understand that sometimes we are best placed to handle sensitive issues? Why can’t we accept that we do it better, that we care, that we are responsible. In particular on the issues of forestry logging and live animal exports. We appear hellbent on eradicating both with hardly a thought as to what would be the alternative. Both are on the nose locally, yet both are highly regulated in Australia and subject to public scrutiny, unlike most industries. And both are at the mercy of blatant vote-chasing that could drive both industries offshore, achieving the exact opposite of what those opposed to the industries actually want. …The debate over timber and live exports is largely driven by ideology, not with any thought to the end game.

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Company & Business News

Lumber trade deal will hurt small independent producers

By Jim Hilton
Williams Lake Tribune
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

For those who didn’t attend the forestry meeting on March 16 you missed some valuable information on the ongoing soft wood lumber discussions with the USA. Russ Cameron president of Independent Wood Producers Association (IWPA) provided an update of the ongoing dispute… It is bad enough that the IWPA members are taxed along with major producers but they may also be subjected to retroactive fines on lumber already shipped to the USA. Small independent business don’t have the resources to pay for these kind of punitive fines and Cameron feels many companies may go out of business as has happened in the past… if the small value-added companies are to survive the next Softwood Lumber Agreement the big lumber producers will have to pay the entire cost of retaining their exclusive access to the non-competitive harvest (i.e. their long-term licences).

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Softwood Lumber’s cut of federal budget a ‘slap in the face;’ MP Doherty

By Spencer Gowan
My Prince George Now
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cariboo — Prince George MP Todd Doherty is livid about the lack of sufficient funding for the forestry industry in the 2017 federal budget.   …“Rural areas and forestry areas have been abandoned by this government. They’re going to have to fight with high technology sectors to get money for the development when all Canadians depend on our agriculture sector every day. The choices made by this government go against the good of our society. Will the Prime Minister support our agriculture sector?” Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau rebutted with “we’ve decided that it’s very important to make choices to invest in sectors where Canada has a competitive advantage.” One example he shared was agri-food. “This is a slap the face for the 400,000 Canadian Center directly or indirectly employed by forestry and the forestry industry in Canada,” says Doherty, “this perhaps gives us a little bit of insight as to why they’ve failed to get a deal done.”

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Brink scores win in ongoing legal battle with BCR Properties

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George lumber manufacturer John Brink will be standing on broader ground when his legal battle with BCR Properties Ltd. over a failed land deal heads to court. In a decision issued Thursday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church found he can add allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation to his claim. The sides are at odds over the state of a property in the BCR Industrial Site where a partially-completed sawmill now stands… 

Church also found the claim can be amended to allege that each party had a “duty of honest performance or good faith performance;” that BCR Properties had a duty to disclose the presence of the landfill, which created an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment.

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Kamloops union leader in Ottawa for softwood lumber talks

By Cam Fortems
Kamloops This Week
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A senior Kamloops union leader is in Ottawa this week with colleagues from B.C. to push the importance of a new deal on softwood lumber with the United States. Rene Pellerin, an executive with Unifor Local 10-B, said 40 delegates from his union, as well as Public and Private Workers of Canada and United Steelworkers, are meeting with government and opposition members to press the importance of softwood lumber. …“All light points to the fact we will be hit with a heavy tariff that will kill jobs,” Pellerin said. He pointed to trade action in the early 2000s that resulted in job loss. Pellerin said the union doesn’t want a repeat hit to what is a thinned-out sector today. “We’re trying to get in front of it and save some jobs,” he said. Pellerin met with Conservative MP Gerry Ritz this week, a former agriculture minister in Stephen Harper’s government.

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Gallant not happy with budget

By Stephen Uhler
Pembroke Daily Observer
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

It seems the federal government has decided to hit the pause button, based on its do-little 2017 spring budget. For Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant, the budget is worse than that as it adds to the debt and takes money away while doing very little in return. ….Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, said there is a number of good things within the budget under the $1.8 billion to support clean technology and innovation, both of which will help forestry thrive. “Innovation is big for us,” he said. “We need to upgrade our mills in order to stay viable,” so this money represents a great opportunity for them. “It is critical that the forest products sector is central to the government’s clean tech strategy. These investments will help our sector develop,” Nighbor said. The only catch is no one knows how the money is going to be spent and where.

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Timberwork: Marc Asselin calls on Justin Trudeau

The Siver Times
March 24, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

PRESSURE. The mayor of Alma, Marc Asselin, appeals to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make a clear case for the forest communities of Quebec in the softwood lumber issue. He took advantage of this status to invite in particular the Prime Minister to accelerate the talks with his American counterpart in order to conclude a new agreement on softwood lumber that recognizes the efforts made by Quebec in the modernization of its forestry regime. “Quebec has done its homework in 2013, with one of the most cutting-edge forestry regimes in the world, which is free market rules and contributes to the fair price of wood. It is imperative that these efforts be recognized as part of a new softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the United States, “said Marc Asselin.

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U.S. Producers Fight Back Against Surge of Chinese Hardwood Plywood Imports to the U.S. Prior to Trade Orders

Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood
PR Newswire
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood has filed “critical circumstances” petitions with the Department of Commerce, to stop a recent surge of Chinese hardwood plywood imports into the United States… The Coalition’s action means that, if successful, antidumping and countervailing duties will be imposed 90 days earlier than usual, subjecting Chinese hardwood plywood imports to duties of up to 100 percent or more. Commerce’s preliminary determination in the countervailing duty case and antidumping case are due no later than April 17, 2017, and June 16, 2017, respectively. This means that if critical circumstances are found, Chinese hardwood plywood imported as early as January 17, 2017 will be subject to countervailing duties, and Chinese hardwood plywood imported as early as March 16, 2017 will be subject to antidumping duties.

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LP saying little about siding plant investment

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

With paper mills shutting down and reducing production, the forest products industry has slowed in the last few years, leaving Minnesota with excess wood supply. Louisiana Pacific Corp. (LP) is taking a hard look at picking up slack in the area’s wood market. Developing plans for a new production plant in Northeastern Minnesota has been a months-long process for the company, with state planners hoping for new investment. If it occurs, the new LP plant would produce SmartSide composite wood exterior home siding, a proven product for the firm. Initially, LP took a serious look at expanding at its Two Harbors plant, which was established more than three decades ago. LP could have added a second line to quickly increase production to meet market demand. Company officials have said little, but State Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) indicated those plans fell through last May when LP decided the local wood supply was insufficient.

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As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries

By the Editorial Board
Bangor Daily News
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Last year, lawmakers approved a $13.4 million bailout for the state’s biomass industry….The aim of the deal was to keep Maine loggers working to provide wood to the biomass plants. Instead of helping the loggers directly, however, the scheme, which Gov. Paul LePage backed and signed into law — despite his recent claims to the contrary — requires Maine people and businesses to buy electricity produced at the biomass plants at above-market rates. …In exchange for the money, the two companies pledged to keep 87 people, including loggers, employed for two years. They must also buy 1.1 million tons of Maine wood waste each year. …This mess fulfills the concerns raised by lawmakers and others that giving taxpayer money to struggling biomass plants wasn’t the best way to help Maine loggers.

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Heyfield timber mill: Locals fear what will become of their town when mill shuts

By Nicole Asher
ABC News, Australia
March 24, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International


The country’s biggest hardwood sawmill is set to close next year, and people from the timber town of Heyfield, in eastern Victoria, are concerned about what that will mean for them. Heyfield has a population of nearly 2,000 people, and Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) is the town’s biggest employer. ASH employs about 260 people, but the economic impact of the mill spreads beyond its direct employees. Chief executive Vince Hurley announced last week the sawmill would close by September next year, with the first redundancies expected to happen at the processor’s green mill within months. The reality of what the mill’s closure will mean for the community is starting to sink in.

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Sawmill could fill lost jobs

By Delaney Couroupis
Riverine Herald Australia
March 24, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

With the closure of the Deniliquin Abattoirs last week, fourth generation Gulpa Sawmill owner Ben Danckert says it’s time to reverse the National Parks arrangement. Operations at the abattoirs were temporarily discontinued due to an unsustainable lamb market, leaving about 180 people without work for the immediate future. …‘‘This is a perfect example of why reversing the National Parks agreement is ideal; the red gum industry is stable and it comes from a renewable resource.’’ The Labor Government’s decision to turn local red gum state forests into National Parks in 2010 effectively ended the local timber industry, with more than 20 workers losing their jobs at Gulpa Sawmill. …‘‘The reversal back to working forests wouldn’t just impact the 30 people that would instantly be employed,’’ he said. ‘‘It impacts the whole region — the dry cleaning businesses that clean our overalls, fuel and oil companies, schools and supermarkets.’’

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Official opening of Rotorua’s ‘Super Mill’ (+video)

By Matthew Martin
New Zealand Herald
March 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

A little more than a decade ago Rotorua’s Waipa Mill was at the brink of closure, but $140 million later it is now Red Stag and the Southern Hemisphere’s first “super mill”. Prime Minister Bill English was at the Red Stag mill at Waipa today to officially open the mill’s new processing plant which has been operating for several months already. He was welcomed by the mill’s general manager Tim Rigter and board chairman Marty Verry who took him on a tour of the mill before he unveiled a plaque commemorating the occasion. …Deputy mayor Dave Donaldson, the Rotorua Lakes Council’s economic development portfolio leader, said it was great to see the mill’s owners had the confidence to invest in Rotorua, keeping the mill open and adding to its capacity. “It’s a fantastic addition to the timber industry here and is an extremely efficient and modern piece of infrastructure,” Mr Donaldson said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Leaked paper exposes EU countries’ abuse of climate loophole

By James Crisp
Euractiv
March 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the equivalent of global-warming emissions from 114 million cars. European Commission analysis, obtained by EURACTIV.com, exposed how by overstating their logging targets, governments scooped up carbon credits. These can be used to offset emissions from polluting sectors under the UN’s Kyoto Protocol. Forests remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Countries were rewarded for undercutting their exaggerated UN felling targets, which were reported to the European Commission. Forestry is not regulated under the bloc’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world’s largest carbon market. But efforts are underway to bring them under EU oversight in the draft Effort-Sharing Regulation.

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Definition of a carbon forest must change for farmers to benefit

By Pat Deavoll
Stuff.co.nz
March 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Farmers want the definition of a carbon forest widened so they can make the most of the Emissions Trading Scheme. Federated Farmers president William Rolleston said there were opportunities available through the scheme for farmers to use when they were planting trees. “But our [Federated Farmers] view is that the definition of a carbon forest is so narrow most of the practical situations where farmers plant trees [such as for erosion control, shelter belts and riparian plantings] don’t actually qualify.” …”If the government wants to encourage farmers to plant more trees they must include these [small] plantings in the definition of a carbon forest,” Rolleston said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

From Crashed Ice to new housing for those in need

By Alexis Ashworth
Ottawa Community News
March 23, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Locals and Canadians from coast to coast were excited to watch the thrills and spills of the Red Bull Crashed Ice event that took place in Ottawa earlier this month. But the story’s not over. More than a one-time spectacle, the event will have a life-altering impact for low-income families in the Ottawa region. This comes as a result of our partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests and to promoting the responsible procurement of forest products. In order to build the structure used in the Red Bull Crashed Ice event, SFI along with SFI program participants West Fraser, LP Building Products and JD Irving, donated more than $100,000 in wood products from forests certified to the SFI standard.  Further, SFI made it a condition of its donation that the wood will be reclaimed and repurposed for use by Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) and other Ottawa 2017 events. That’s where we come in.

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MVRDV unveils pair of stone towers for The Hague topped with “crown of terraces”

By Eleanor Gibson
Dezeen
March 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MVRDV has revealed its design for a pair of mixed-use towers in The Hague, which will feature natural stone facades that stagger into wooden outdoor spaces on top. Located in The Hague’s central business district, the Grotius towers will each include over 500 apartments, along with shops and restaurants, and parking on the lower floors. … The natural stone facade will change from lighter tones at the bottom to darker hues at the top, where the buildings will stagger into wooden terraces that provide residents on the higher floors with large gardens.

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“Use the natural resource in your own backyard”

By NZ Wood
Scoop.co.nz
March 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

New Zealand is missing a prime opportunity to combine its sustainable timber resources with an innovative manufacturing system to build faster and more efficiently.Use the natural resource in your own backyard says Australian developer New Zealand is missing a prime opportunity to combine its sustainable timber resources with an innovative manufacturing system to build faster and more efficiently. Daryl Patterson, Head of Operational Excellence at Lend Lease Australia, states Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is that missing link….“New Zealand is fortunate as all manufactured timber is made here. In Australia, we import manufactured timber as we don’t have the large timber resources to supply the raw product. “You also have the design talent, a market that accepts timber and local manufacturers who have invested heavily in the technology to deliver and supply CLT.”

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