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Daily Archives: March 29, 2017

Today’s Takeaway

Trees to the rescue while Trump overrides climate program

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 29, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Although we didn’t post them all—the National Post, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Washington Post—have all got the story: Donald Trump is going to roll back Barak Obama’s rules aimed at tackling global warming. The Washington Post says the move is like “kneecapping America’s efforts to fight climate change”, a phenomenon that Trump has called a hoax. Trump’s push for “clean coal” got Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s attention saying, “I know clean coal sounds like an oxymoron but so does President Trump”. A story from New Zealand is promoting a new campaign called Trump Forest, in their words “in honour of one of the world’s biggest idiots”. Launched by a cap company called Offcut the goal is to raise money to regenerate forests lost to wildfire in the Christchurch region of NZ.

Concurrent with the political news on climate change, science has found yet more ways that forests can help reduce the impact. An international study published in Nature “affirms the value of forest conservation and protection policies in the fight against climate change”.

With British Columbia in the fast lane to a provincial election, the United Steelworkers are launching a campaign “to raise awareness of issues important to working families”. Accusing the Christy Clark government of tossing aside worker health and safety, USW Director for Western Canada, Stephen Hunt says “John Horgan …will make the right choices for working people [while] …making life more affordable”.

— Tree Frog Editors

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Froggy Foibles

Trump Forest Launches in New Zealand

Scoop Independent News
March 29, 2017
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

New Zealand and global businesses are being urged to contribute to a worldwide forest in honour of one of the world’s biggest idiots, US President Trump. Trump Forest is a global initiative designed to combat climate change. It launches today in New Zealand with 1,000 native trees pledged by cap company Offcut. The trees will be planted on Christchurch’s Port Hills to help regenerate wildlife following devastating fires earlier this year. Trump Forest launches as President Trump bends over to the fossil fuel industry with moves to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. …“It makes me so angry. We at Offcut felt like we had to do something about it; at least so we can one day look our grandchildren in the eyes and tell them we tried to do something about Don’s extremely dangerous incompetence.”

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Forestry

Exemption granted to cut trees in forest above Nelson to reduce beetle, wildfire risk

By Timothy Schafer
The Nelson Daily
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A project to help lower the Douglas fir bark beetle population in the forest above Nelson and reduce the wildfire risk potential has given a local lumber company an exemption to cut trees in an otherwise restricted area. Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd has had a retention visual quality objective granted to it by the province for polygon 158 — directly above and to the southeast of Nelson — to allow the falling of Douglas fir trees through a Douglas fir bark beetle trap tree program, said Kalesnikoff spokesperson Tyler Hodgkinson. “The exemption was granted as a Douglas fir bark beetle infestation has been identified and Kalesnikoff requires this to carry out a trap tree program to control the beetle population with hopes to lower the population,” he said. The hillside above Nelson is primarily Douglas fir, Hodgkinson noted, so if the beetle was left unchecked more of the trees could become infested and die. 

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Audit of range practices finds issues

BC Forest Practices Board
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


VICTORIA – An audit of two range agreements for grazing cattle in the Thompson River Natural Resource District found that the rancher met most requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, but the presence of cattle feces in a stream diverted for drinking water did not comply with the legislation, according to a report released today. “Auditors found that the rancher did not ensure the protection of water that is diverted for human consumption,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Cattle were defecating in a stream that is used by one household to supply drinking water.” “Auditors also found that the rancher’s cattle had impacted stream beds and stream banks at one location near a water dugout, and another stream-side area was at risk of being damaged by cattle,” Ryan added.

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Introducing the board of the new BC Parks Foundation

By The Ministry of Environment
Government of British Columbia
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An iconic wildlife painter, an internationally recognized leader in the renewable energy industry and a recipient of the Order of British Columbia known for her advocacy work with Aboriginal peoples are among the board members of the new BC Parks Foundation. The 10 members of the BC Parks Foundation board are: Karla Rockwell (board chair), Robert Bateman, Ross Beaty, Ric Careless, Les Doiron, Daniel Johnston, Eric Peterson, Sophie Pierre, Jim Standen. The BC Parks Foundation will help generate private revenue, to be spent on promoting and enhancing the experience in BC Parks.

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Campbell River Aboriginal students to get trades training at VIU

By Mike Davies
Campbell River Mirror
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of 10 Aboriginal students from the Campbell River area will soon be getting a unique educational opportunity thanks to a new partnership between Nanwakolas Council and Vancouver Island University (VIU). The participants in the partnership will complete a five-week “Road Builder Foundation” course at VIU to give them an introduction to the skills required in the road building and forestry machinery sector. The course will provide them an overview of the industry including safe work practices, environmental requirements, introduce them to the tools and equipment used in the industry and the principles of civil engineering. Additionally, completion of the program will satisfy the Industry Training Authority’s prerequisite for entry into their Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Apprenticeship program.

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Burlington’s $1.4M EAB action plan to see more than 3K trees removed

By John Bkila
Inside Halton
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than 3,000 trees are targeted for removal this year in the city’s 2017 action plan to battle the devastating emerald ash borer. Burlington council approved a readjusted $1.4-million 2017 action plan in its management of the emerald ash borer (EAB) Monday (March 27) night. It also approved a one-time funding of $300,000 from the tax rate stabilization reserve fund to assist in delivery of the program this year. The director of roads and parks maintenance will provide council with further review of the city’s EAB management strategy and a 2018 action plan in the fourth quarter of this year. City staff has been dealing with the EAB since 2009, as the invasive pest continues to create devastating forestry losses in excess of hundreds of millions of trees to date throughout Ontario, Quebec and the U.S., according to a staff report.

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Cougar discovery ‘exciting,’ but unlikely to impact forest management in Ontario, says biologist

CBC News
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The discovery of the body of a cougar in northwestern Ontario is significant, but don’t expect it to spark big changes in how northwestern Ontario’s forests are managed, says a wildlife biologist in Thunder Bay, Ont.  The finding was “quite exciting to hear about,” said Ted Armstrong, adding that if it’s verified as wild, he believes it will be the first confirmed specimen of the animal in the province.  But although cougars are listed as endangered in Ontario, Armstrong said he’s doubtful that the discovery will lead to any direct implications for forest management.  For that, Armstrong said there would likely need to be a better understanding of the cougar population, and where they live, which would be hard evidence to gather given how seldom the creatures are spotted. 

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2017 U.S. Wildfire Season Off to an Intense Start

Yale Environment 360
March 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Wildfires have consumed more than 2 million acres of U.S. land so far this year, nearly 10 times the long-term average and a punishing start to this year’s wildfire season, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Massive grass-fed fires across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, fueled by strong, dry winds from the southwest, claimed the lives of seven people and thousands of cattle earlier this month. While California was relieved of its worse drought conditions this winter, parts of the U.S. South and Midwest are still experiencing less-than-average rainfall. Oklahoma City, for example, has gotten only 0.01 inches of rain this month, less than 1 percent of its average March precipitation, reported USA Today.

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Dust plays prominent role in nutrients of mountain forest ecosystems, researchers conclude

By Jim Erickson (University of Michigan) and Ron Podell (University of Wyoming)
University of Michigan News Service
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

ANN ARBOR—Scientists have known for decades that tropical places like Hawaii, with lush landscapes and vegetation, nutritionally benefit from the dust that blows from Asia. Now, a team led by University of Michigan and University of Wyoming researchers demonstrates that airborne dust can also drive the evolution of nutrient budgets in mountainous forest ecosystems. The study, which involved research sites in California’s Sierra Nevada and Central Valley, showed that dust dominates the nutrient budgets in mountainous forest ecosystems despite continuous replacement of depleted soils with fresh bedrock via erosion.

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It’s time to return to managing national forests for their multipurpose uses

By Phillip Kitchel, member of the Port of Port Angeles Timber Advisory Committee
Peninsula Daily News
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Statewide in 1990, the U.S. Forest Service harvested 817 million board feet, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. In 2015, that harvest level had dropped to 101 million board feet. In our region, the Olympic National Forest harvested 103 million board feet in 1990. By 2015, that number had dropped to a harvest level of 15 million board feet. The reason: the Northwest Forest Plan promoted by then-President Bill Clinton and the lack of any “matrix” lands in the Olympic National Forest….Our public lands can’t be properly maintained without funding, and the primary source for this funding has historically been from the revenues from timber sales — sales that for 25 years have been virtually nonexistent.

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Oregon Treasurer Backs Away From Move To Privatize Elliott State Forest

By Jeff Maples
Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in southwestern Oregon may be staying in public hands after all. Treasurer Tobias Read — who cast a crucial vote last month to proceed with the sale — announced Tuesday that he sees a “path forward” for keeping the forest in public hands. Read said in an interview that it is too early to proclaim certainty that the forest would remain public, but he added, “I would not be making this statement if I did not think that I had a reasonable degree of confidence that this is achievable.” The newly elected state treasurer, a Democrat, shocked Gov. Kate Brown last month when he joined forces with Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson to move forward with the sale of the forest.

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Court Tells USFWS To Reconsider Protections For Coastal Martens

By Jes Burns
KLCC.org
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal court ruled Tuesday that wildlife managers must reconsider a decision to deny endangered species protections to the coastal marten. The red-orange mink relative was once believed to be extinct — a victim of the fur trade. But small populations have been found in the coastal mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided the marten did not qualify for listing under the Endangered Species Act because the population was not small enough or isolated enough to be at risk of going extinct. But the Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center argued in court the coastal marten population is perilously low. …American Forest Resource Council lawyer Lawson Fite said in an email statement the ruling does not require the agency to change its mind and recommend federal protections.

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House, garage and 150 acres burn when prescribed burn escapes in Brantley County

By Terry Dickson
Florida Times-Union
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A home, a garage and up to 150 acres of woodlands burned in Brantley County on Tuesday after a prescribed burn got out of control southwest of Nahunta, the Georgia Forestry Commission said. The fire originated near Britt Still Road, a graded road off U.S. 301 south of Nahunta, and trucks and firefighters from five Brantley County departments and Charlton County were wetting down the hot spots Tuesday night around a burned auto garage and a destroyed mobile home. … The Forestry Commission had 11 personnel working the fire including six on tractors plowing breaks, the two helicopters and a plane monitoring the fire from the air, Bass said.

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Welcome to London’s urban forest: interactive map plots trees across the capital

By Alexandra Simon-Lewis
Wired
March 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International


London is an urban jungle. Beyond the glass and steelwork that lifts the Shard above London’s skyline, or the portland stone of St Paul’s Cathedral, greenery can be found flourishing across the city. Now, a map designed by the Greater London Authority offers an in-depth illustration of the population density and species variety of trees across our capital. Street Trees is an interactive map showing the locations and species of more than 700,000 trees, in 23 varieties such as apple, birch, oak and willow. The map data was compiled from 2014-2015 and is dedicated, in particular, to trees along roads or public paths, as well as those in public open spaces, such as small parks. This means that, when hovering over larger London parks, the map may show up as a blank space. But don’t be fooled – it’s just a way of raising awareness of the trees that spring up where nobody usually looks.

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Company & Business News

Merritt mayor wants local lumber to remain in the Nicola Valley

By Michael Potestio
Merritt Herald
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Merritt’s mayor doesn’t want to see local lumber leaving the community. “[That timber is] ours and we feel very strongly that it should be staying here,” mayor Neil Mendard told Minister of Forests Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson when the two met at city hall last week. Menard, chief administrative officer Shawn Boven and councillors Linda Brown, Diana Norgaard and, via phone, Coun. Dave Baker spoke to minister Thomson, his deputy minister Rick Manwaring and Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. At issue was the timber that’s leaving the Nicola Valley as a result of Tolko closing its Merritt mill last December, and moving the logs to be processed at its other operations. “We’ve kind of been through the hoops in this area in the last few years, and we want to do everything we can to hang on to the timber that belongs in our particular area,” Menard told Thomson.

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James A. Pattison Acquires 500,000 Shares of Canfor Co. Stock

By Don March
Financial Market News
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Co. insider James A. Pattison bought 500,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 23rd. The shares were acquired at an average price of C$17.41 per share, with a total value of C$8,705,000.00. Shares of Canfor Co. opened at 17.80 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $2.36 billion and a P/E ratio of 15.67. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $17.40 and a 200 day moving average price of $15.34. Canfor Co. has a 12-month low of $11.96 and a 12-month high of $18.52.

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Johns: 2017 federal budget ‘falls short’

By Elena Rardon
Alberni Valley Times
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns is not satisfied with the Liberals’ 2017 federal budget. The Canadian federal government announced its official 2017 federal budget on Wednesday, March 22, and Johns was most critical of what seemed to be missing. “There’s no new money to support the forestry industry,” he said. “We know the forest sector is going through some very difficult times right now, and they failed to provide some support.” For the west coast, where mill layoffs have become more and more frequent, Johns said this is a concern. “It’s a huge opportunity and a missed opportunity to build full time jobs, especially with recent closures of mills,” he said. “In light of what’s happening in the local economy, this is very important.

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Steelworkers Launch B.C. Election Campaign

By The United Steelworkers
Canada Newswire
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNABY, BC – The United Steelworkers (USW) is launching a campaign to raise issues important to working families during the coming British Columbia election and elect a government that will make decisions that are in the best interests of our province – not the people who make big political donations. …”We’ve lost over 35,000 forestry jobs and log exports are at a record high. We’ve seen temporary foreign workers hired over British Columbians in mining and we’ve seen the health and safety of workers tossed aside so Christy Clark’s financial supporters can make more money. It’s time for working people to stand together and elect a government on their side,” Hunt says. Hunt says John Horgan and the BC NDP are focusing on the things that matter to everyone – not just the people who give big political donations.

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Good Earth proposing wood plant south of Grand Canyon

By Wendy Howell
Williams News
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Coconino County Planning and Zoning is planning a public hearing March 29 regarding a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) request for a 40-acre wood processing facility south of the Grand Canyon near Valle. Kevin Ordean of Roots Composting and Good Earth Power Soils, Ltd. has requested the TUP to process wood chips and wood poles associated with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative with the U.S. Forest Service. Ordean entered a strategic partnership with GEPAZ in 2015 to produce a line of enriched soil products to be sold and distributed throughout the Southwest. Flagstaff-based Roots became part of Good Earth Power Soils, Ltd., the soils and bagged goods division of GEPAZ. A press release in 2015 stated Roots Composting planned to expand the composting operation to a 37-acre site in Williams, where GEPAZ planned to build a mill and processing facility.

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Canfor Corp. makes debut in El Dorado

El Dorado News Times
March 29, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

EL DORADO — Canfor Corporation made their official debut in Union County with a meet and greet held at the El Dorado Conference Center on Tuesday. Canfor purchased Anthony Forest Products Company, located in El Dorado, in October of 2015. Anthony Forest Products “will continue to operate with the same management, sales and manufacturing teams,” according to an Anthony Forest Products’ press release. Canfor Corporation was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. . …David Calabrigo, senior vice president of Canfor said the management team at Anthony Forest Products is what really attracted them. “We’re committed to this mill and to this community, and we’re committed to the history that the Anthonys built to run this mill,” Calabrigo said.

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Resolute Announces Start-up of New Tissue Machine at Calhoun

By Resolute Forest Products Inc.
Canada Newswire
March 29, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

MONTRÉAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc.  is pleased to announce the successful start-up of its new tissue machine in Calhoun (Tennessee). The first tissue parent roll was produced on February 28, 2017. The machine will continue its scheduled ramp-up through 2017 and is expected to be producing at maximum capacity toward mid-2018. With its fully operational converting facility, converted tissue products sold from Calhoun are now manufactured entirely from parent rolls produced on-site. …With its state-of-the-art machine, three converting lines and integration of pulp from the existing Calhoun pulp mill, this will be one of the most efficient and cost-competitive tissue operations in North America once full production is achieved, positioning Resolute as a key player in this growing market segment.

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NRW ‘did not have wool pulled over eyes’ over £39m timber deal

BBC News
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The chief executive of Natural Resources Wales has denied the organisation had the “wool pulled over our eyes” by a sawmill operator given a 10 year timber contract that was criticised by an audit. As part of the deal, the firm was meant to have built a saw line by Friday. Despite questioning by AMs, Emyr Roberts did not give a clear answer as to whether that has happened. He said the deal – an effort to deal with diseased larch – was a success. Although he was happy with the decision, Mr Roberts admitted that documentation was “not good”, that there should have been more discussion with Welsh Government and that the executive board could have had a greater role in scrutinising the deal.

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Exports of logs double in 2016

By Shaun Turton and Mech Dara
The Phnom Penh Post
March 29, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Despite a ban on the export of timber to Vietnam and the creation of a much-publicised anti-logging task force, Cambodia last year still exported nearly $33 million dollars’ worth of unprocessed logs to its eastern neighbour, a volume more than double that of 2015, according to Vietnamese customs data. The figures, collected by US NGO Forest Trends, reveal that in 2016 Vietnam imported 139,306 cubic metres of logs from Cambodia, a sharp rise from 59,292 cubic metres in 2015 and just 460 in 2014. The imports saw a staggering spike in November and December of last year. Of the total volume of logs, which was valued at $32.86 million, 56 percent was received by Vietnam in November and December, with 43 percent in the latter month alone.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood

By Misti Crane
Phys.Org
March 28, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Forests play a complex role in keeping the planet cool, one that goes far beyond the absorption of carbon dioxide, new research has found. Trees also impact climate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, an important influence that should be considered as policymakers contemplate efforts to conserve forested land, said the authors of an international study that appears in the journal Nature Climate Change. “Forests play a more important role in cooling the surface in almost all regions of the Earth than was previously thought,” said study co-author Kaiguang Zhao, assistant professor of environment modeling and spatial analysis at The Ohio State University. “This really affirms the value of forest conservation and protection policies in the fight against climate change,” Zhao said.

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Trump to sign executive order that will unravel much of Obama’s plan to curb global warming

By Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin
The Associated Press in The National Post
March 28, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. As part of the roll-back, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The regulation, which was the former president’s signature effort to curb carbon emissions, has been the subject of long-running legal challenges by Republican-led states and those who profit from burning oil, coal and gas.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

92 Secondary Wood Products Manufacturers Earn SFI Chain-of-Custody Certification

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC — Ninety-two secondary manufacturers of the Wood Products Manufacturers Association (WPMA) simultaneously earned certification to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody (COC) Standard, making this the largest single group to certify to the SFI COC Standard at once. Wood products sold as certified to the SFI COC Standard allow these hardwood organizations to be eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through the LEED Alternative Compliance Path. “Architects and builders want assurances that their buying decisions are also sound environmental choices. Using hardwood products certified to the SFI standard is a way for our members to supply the products to their customers that are required to earn the LEED credits architects are seeking as a part of today’s green initiative,” said Philip Bibeau, WPMA Executive Director.

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U.S. plywood makers file petition to curtail “surge” of Chinese imports

By Powell Slaughter
Furniture Today
March 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood has filed “critical circumstances” petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce to stop what it said is a recent surge of Chinese hardwood plywood imports into the United States. The move is in response to what the coalition called “an illegal attempt to flood the market before the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.” In November, CFTHP, a group comprising 12 U.S. hardwood plywood manufacturers, filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking duties on Chinese plywood imports. In December, the ITC voted 6-0 to move forward on the petition, referring the case to DOC for investigation. The coalition’s new 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% or more.    

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‘More manufacturers needed’ to jumpstart mass timber industry

By Linda Baker
Oregon Business
March 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

I caught the tail end of yesterday’s Mass Timber Summit, a Business Oregon-sponsored event timed to coincide but not to be confused with the much larger Mass Timber Conference that starts today in the Oregon Convention Center. The session I attended featured an audience Q&A and an overview of challenges and opportunities associated with developing a mass timber industry in Oregon.  Mass timber is the name for the very large, very strong engineered wood panels used in commercial construction, the most recognized being cross-laminated timber, or “CLT.” During this still early stage in the game, the dialogue seems to toggle between boosters who view the panels as a solution to a variety of ills — the affordable housing crisis, climate change, rural economic decline — and pragmatists, who caution the state has a long way to go before mass timber catches on as a mainstream building material.

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Chief: Apartment building inspected 50 times before blaze

By Emery P. Dalesio
Associated Press in WPXI News
March 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH, N.C. – An apartment building under construction in North Carolina’s capital city had been inspected 50 times, most recently on Monday, before it went up in flames near an entertainment district, the fire chief said Friday. Several other buildings were damaged when the fire broke out Thursday night, some of them severely, Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said at a news conference. A firefighter suffered minor injuries and five people were treated for smoke inhalation, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building’s wood-framed construction burned quickly, McGrath said. He said the structure had been inspected 50 times and met all code requirements. “Unfortunately, this building is at the stage when it was extremely vulnerable, before sprinkle systems got in, fire resistant walls were put up,” the fire chief said.

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Office with arched openings shows off the beauty of cross-laminated timber

By Lucy Wang
Inhabitat
March 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Increasing numbers of architects are celebrating the strength, beauty, and sustainable properties of cross-laminated timber. Japanese architecture firm Junichi Kato & Associates shows off how the timber can be used as both a structural and finishing material in the Santo CLT Office. Built in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture, this nearly 140-square-meter office building houses warm and welcoming workspaces with arched openings. Inspired by the climbing kiln in Shigaraki, a town famous for ceramics, Junichi Kato & Associates introduced an arch-shaped continuous frame into the building structure. A raised wooden terrace wraps around two sides of the building and is partly shaded by the roof overhang. The walls and floors are constructed from cross-laminated timber, while foam insulation and low-e glass improve energy efficiency.

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Transformation of concrete eyesore adopts latest in CLT and Glulam timber tech

Architecture and Design
March 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

BVN Architects will recruit several new age engineered timber products from around the world for its upcoming alteration and addition of a 1970s concrete building in NSW. The team will refurbish and extend an old Telstra training centre building at North Strathfield in Sydney, which has become the new home for the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School. The project is the second stage in the total redevelopment of the building, the first being the fitout of the ground floor which opened in April 2015 for students in kindergarten to year 2. …But while renders of the finished school are striking, and its claim to be an environmentally-friendly model for adaptive reuse in the context of our growing cities is sound, it is the building’s structural composition and interior finishes that are currently making headlines. The building has been called the first Australian school of the timber age and will be fit with a new Glulam portal frame, cross laminated timber (CLT) walls and a unique CLT slab/acoustic ceiling system.

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