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Today’s Takeaway

Cedar Mill fire in McBride, BC

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 6, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The BKB Cedar mill in McBride, BC was destroyed yesterday by a fire that started early in the morning. Fortunately, no one was injured but losing this mill will have huge economic impact on this small community. Village councillor, Rick Thompson, said “the opening of BKB in 2013 was some much-needed good news after years of decline in the forest industry.”

Scientists at UC Berkley studying the impact of climate change on California forests are looking to the last ice age 14,0000 years ago to learn how trees adapted to warming temperatures.  “Cautiously optimistic“, Lisa Micheli, President/CEO of a forest reserve being studied, says “trees have strategies we don’t even know of yet“. 

The potential of mass timber and the benefits within are prevalent in today’s news. Examples include “Wood construction evolving to reach new heights” (Daily Commercial News), “Wood brings sense of comfort and familiarity to indigenous structures” (Journal of Commerce) and “UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts” (Mass Live).

Finally, the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) kicked off their annual forestry conference—one of Canada’s largest. The two-day event is packed full of prominent speakers such as architect Michael Green, envoy David Emerson and Premier Christy Clark. Stay tuned for live updates from the floor!

– Tree Frog Editors

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Special Feature

COFI kicks off their Vancouver Conference with a sold out Ice Breaker

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 5, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) kicked off their annual forestry conference—one of Canada’s largest— with a sold out Ice Breaker in Vancouver. The two-day conference promises to be an outstanding event given the expected attendance of more than 600 delegates and high profile speakers such as architect Michael Green, envoy David Emerson and Premier Christy Clark. Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI opened the conference and welcomed the delegates. The event sponsor, John Desjardins, National Sector Leader, Forest Products at KPMG shared the stage, emphasizing the importance of the event and the forest sector to KPMG. To view a few pictures from last night’s event, click the Read More below.

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Forestry

SFI Community Grants Feature Collaboration From 50 Different Groups Spanning North America

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, DC and OTTAWA, ON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced 11 community grants today that will advance the quality of life in communities across North America. SFI is bringing together a diverse range of people from 50 organizations to support community engagement projects that put SFI at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities. SFI engages local communities through a variety of initiatives including youth outreach, supporting Indigenous values, forest education programs, and green building projects for low-income families. ..“I’m excited to see so many groups coming together to learn about responsible forestry and building connections with local communities,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.

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Logging threatens Wells Gray caribou herd, petitioners say

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A petition campaign has been launched to stop logging outside the southern end of Wells Gray Provincial Park, saying the activity poses a further threat to the region’s dwindling herd of southern mountain caribou. The intent is to convince the federal environment minister that the provincial government is violating the federal Species At Risk Act by granting permits to log in the Upper Clearwater Valley…”Caribou don’t use it but what happens is when people log it, they bring it back to a stage that it supports deer and moose, which are the prey species of cougar and especially wolves,” Goward said…The logging is being conducted for Canfor In an email, a Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations spokesperson said only one cutting permit has been issued for the area at this time and only to salvage beetle-killed pine.

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Our Forests, Our People, Our Future launched by Forestry Task Force

By the City of Campbell River’s Forestry Task Force
WireService
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Campbell River’s Forestry Task Force has released their first video Our Forests, Our People, Our Future, which highlights the importance and influence that the local forestry sector has on our community.

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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council hosting public meeting for local First Nation communities

By Kyle Balzer
My Prince George Now
April 4, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is hosting an information session on the progress and system of Government-to-Government negotiations. The purpose is to introduce a new Pathway Forward Agreement that would see them and its seven member bands work on any outstanding issues with the province. Chief Terry Teegee says this includes forestry and stewardship. “It’s going to take a lot more time to finalize a final agreement to address the issues of the land question, and coming to terms with the province on how decisions are made it within our territory.”

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State forest advisory group seeks members

By Leila Kheiry
Community Radio – Ketchikan
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Six seats are open on the statewide Alaska Community Forest Council, a nonprofit advisory body to the state Division of Forestry. According to an announcement from the Division, the council promotes management of trees and forests within communities to maximize economic, environmental and social benefits. Seats are open in various categories: arborist, municipal planner, small-community service, industry/business, and members at large. The three-year terms start July 1st.

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Bigger is better for American wilderness

By Howie Wolke, Montana wilderness guide/outfitter
Billings Gazette
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When it comes to wilderness, bigger is better. From a human perspective, it is difficult to experience wilderness values such as awe, oneness with nature, solitude and challenge in isolated natural areas hemmed in by roads or noisy machines… Conservation biologists teach us that large, wild areas with connectivity to other wildlands protect native species populations from inbreeding, random loss of adaptive genetic traits, disease, and environmental events such as wildfire, flood or prolonged drought. Species with specific habitat needs such as old growth forest or undisturbed sagebrush steppe are particularly vulnerable to problems associated with small isolated habitats… As human population growth continues to explode, wildlands are increasingly impacted by adjacent human activities. Logging, mining, road building, poaching, urban sprawl, off road vehicles, livestock grazing… all serve to isolate wilderness areas.

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Text Messages Show the Pressure Placed on Oregon’s State Treasurer to Keep the Elliott State Forest as Public Land

By Nigel Jaquiss
Willamette Weekly
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Last week, State Treasurer Tobias Read flipped. On Feb. 14, the Democrat had joined Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, a Republican, in voting to sell the Elliott State Forest. Their votes outnumbered that of the third member of the State Land Board, Gov. Kate Brown, who opposed the sale. But last week, Read announced he’d changed his mind and could now vote to keep the forest publicly owned, saying Brown had presented him with “a viable alternative.” Read says rather than caving to political pressure, he responded to Brown’s office showing him the state could find a financially responsible way to transfer ownership of the Elliott from one state entity to another. Environmental leaders are skeptical of that explanation. They think pressure from Oregonians furious at his February vote for the Elliott sale made the difference. “His office was essentially locked down for a couple of weeks,” says Steve Pedery, conservation director of Oregon Wild. “The blowback was far more than he expected.”

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Need for managing forests is no myth

By Nick Smith, Executive Director, Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
Ashland Daily Tidings
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


A Daily Tidings guest opinion writer recently suggested forests shouldn’t be actively managed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, nor to address a tree mortality epidemic that is steadily creeping north from California. I imagine this would be news to those working on the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project (AFR) and its efforts to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the local watershed and to protect water quality and other conservation and economic values.,,,Certainly the science-based project recognizes the forest conditions are in an unnatural state, and a large fire will have serious consequences to the watershed. Various forest management activities are needed, including logging and prescribed burning, to achieve ecological restoration goals.

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Sonoma County’s forests face uncertain future

By Arthur Dawson
The Press Democrat
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

To look into the future of forests in Sonoma County requires finding a similar time in the past — or at least one as close as possible. And for that, scientists have turned to studying minute specks of pollen at the bottom of Clear Lake. “When considering the future of our forests,” says Professor David Ackerly of UC Berkeley, “the closest analogy for the present moment was the warming at the end of the last ice age, 14,000 years ago.” Pollen preserved in sediment at the bottom of Clear Lake recorded a dramatic change at that time from conifer-dominated forests to oak woodland… Today the Earth is heating up many times faster and, depending on who you talk to, warming over the coming century could match the rise after the ice age…No one knows how long it will take our forests to shift and adjust to the changing climate. The forest always lags behind the present; today’s trees sprouted and matured successfully under past conditions.

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Role of forests in bio-economy immense: Experts

By Seema Sharmal
Times of India
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DEHRADUN: The third day of the Commonwealth Forestry Conference at Forest Research Institute on Wednesday saw a plenary session on “Contribution of forests towards sustainable development goals”, where experts spoke about immense role of forests in bio-economy. Prof John Innes, dean, faculty of forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada, stated, “Forests’ economic values are increasingly being attached to varied services like carbon sequestration, bioenergy, provision of freshwater, recreational opportunities, and urban ecology, apart from timber. Hence, changing traditional forestry sector will need to accelerate if it is to succeed in the future. US $ 88 billion is derived from timbre forests globally.”

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Company & Business News

U.S. poised to hammer Canadian lumber with big tariffs

By Brent Jang
The Globe and Mail
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

The threat of U.S. tariffs soon being slapped on Canadian softwood-lumber exports hangs over Canada’s forestry sector… “The U.S. is asking for the moon – very high duties on a wider scope of products like pallets that never used to have a penalty before,” said Keta Kosman, publisher of industry newsletter Madison’s Lumber Reporter… RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Paul Quinn believes the effective date for countervailing duties will be May 1, and retroactive 90 days… The looming upheaval for Canadian lumber producers comes as delegates gather this week for the largest annual forestry conference in Western Canada. Nearly 600 people from industry and government are expected to attend the convention of the Council of Forest Industries, which represents producers in the B.C. Interior.

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‘It’s devastating’: Large fire destroys mill in McBride, east of Prince George

By Andrew Kurjata
CBC News
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire has destroyed a cedar manufacturing mill in the Robson Valley east of Prince George and crews from multiple communities are still fighting the blaze. It’s a major blow to the small village of McBride, which has just over 600 people. The burn started early in the morning at BKB Cedar Manufacturing in McBride according to company president Raj Basran. “We’re just trying to get our heads around it,” he said. “Thank God nobody got hurt.” The fire was first reported around 5:30 a.m. Nobody was working in the mill at the time. WorkSafeBC spokesperson Scott McCloy said officials have been deployed to offer support, but because no injuries have been reported, it’s not clear if they will have a role. He said RCMP currently have control of the scene. BKB is a cedar post and rail manufacturing mill with 35 full-time employees in McBride, making it a key part of the community of just over 600.

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McBride cedar sawmill burns down

By Kyle Balzer
My Prince George Now
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A McBride sawmill caught fire around 5 am this morning. Regional District of Fraser-Fort George spokesperson Renee McCloskey says multiple fire departments were called to battle the blaze at BKB Cedar Manufacturing. McCloskey says there appears to be no apparent threat to the public or surrounding area. No one was on site at the time the fire broke out, according to BKB President Raj Basran. “The mill itself is all burned up, and thankfully there’s no injuries and nobody was around at the time.

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Government of Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in begin work on new timber supply analysis

Yukon Government
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph and Yukon’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai today announced that the two governments have begun work on the review of sustainable timber harvest levels for the Dawson forest planning area. The review of sustainable timber harvest levels is part of ongoing collaborative work between Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Government of Yukon to implement the Dawson Forest Resources Management Plan. The review, known as a timber supply analysis (TSA), will ensure harvest levels remain sustainable over the long term. The timber supply analysis is a transparent process where the public and interest groups have opportunities to provide input.

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City of Prince Albert pays Domtar $5.1 million over tax assessment dispute

Canadian Press in CTV News
March 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — City council in Prince Albert, Sask., has authorized a $5.1-million settlement with Domtar in a tax dispute over the valuation of a pulp mill Domtar purchased from Weyerhaeuser in 2006. Domtar had argued the assessment of its property was too high for 2009 and 2010 and requested a refund. In a news release, the city said the settlement was negotiated by its legal team and formally approved by the two school boards involved and approved by city council on Monday night. The city will have to pay $2.85 million; the Sask. Rivers Public School Division will pay $1.58 million; and the Prince Albert Catholic School Division will pay $678,403.

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Cascades Consolidates Results of the Greenpac Mill and Increases its Ownership Stake in the Containerboard Company

By Cascades Inc.
Canada NewsWire
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC – Cascades Inc. is pleased to announce that results from the Greenpac Mill LLC  will now be included with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and operational results following changes to mill’s shareholder agreement.  “The change to the shareholder agreement is the result of a collaborative effort involving Cascades and our Greenpac Mill partners, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners. The modification will enable Cascades to better reflect our presence in the North American containerboard market in our public disclosures,” stated Cascades’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Mario Plourde.

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Rough & Ready Lumber Company Still Suffering from Losses Due to Recent Thefts

By Sam Marsh
KAJO
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Josephine County’s last lumber mill has closed, but the mill is still suffering from losses due to thefts. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the owners of Rough & Ready Lumber Company this week reporting the thefts of about $2,000 in various items stored at the mill. Due to a reduced timber supply, Rough & Ready shut down last year and laid off dozens of workers in the Illinois Valley. Because of the recent thefts, a surveillance system was installed to help protect the facility and equipment still on site. The owners said the surveillance cameras captured at least one person involved in the thefts. The person involved is reportedly known by the owners as a former mill worker and his current address is also known.

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Lumber prices remain strong as home values improve

By Rick Sohn
The News-Review
April 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Roseburg, Oregon — Lumber prices continue to be robust two months in a row. Logs are also strong. Home values continue improving with relatively brisk sales and building. Industry manufacturing has improved. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction, and housing markets, are compared… The log price is holding up at $720. The lumber price has also held for two months in a row, at $360. This is the highest price for studs since 2013, and before that, since 2005. 2013 was the year the snails-pace recovery began in earnest… Will the higher lumber prices stay up and be sufficiently strong relative to log prices, which is good for the local industry? It depends.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

University of California helps forest owners adapt to climate change

By Jeannette E. Warnert
University of California
April 5, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

To help California forest property owners adapt to the changing climate, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has produced a 13-page peer-reviewed paper that outlines actions owners can take to sustain their forests’ value even when temperatures rise. “Managers of forest land have always had to adapt to changing conditions – such as markets, urban encroachment, droughts and floods,” said Susie Kocher, UC Cooperative Extension forestry and natural resources advisor. “We wrote this paper to help forest managers better understand the evolving science of climate change and how they can help their forests adapt to the climate of the future.”

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Maine’s Forest Industry on Brink of Accessing Lucrative European Wood Chip Market

By AJ Higgins
Maine Public
April 5, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Maine still has lots and lots of trees, but the decline of the paper industry has devastated rural communities that depend on forest products. Wood chips, which are burned for fuel in biomass energy plants, are in strong demand in Europe, and have the potential to rejuvenate the forest products sector in Maine. The only problem is that they can’t be exported, because of all the pests and pathogens that could be spread to other countries. Now one Maine company has a solution to that problem. “This is a large capacity item here, we’ve kind of had to shuffle things around in the shop in order to make room,” says David Cook, the senior project manager at the Fastco Corporation in Lincoln.

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Logging Industry Fights to Keep Biomass Projects Going

WDIO Eye Witness News
April 5, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The biomass boilers in Virginia and Hibbing, known together as the Laurentian Energy Authority, have been running for 10 years now. And the contract to keep them going is for a total of 20 years. Xcel Energy was granted the ability to store more nuclear waste at their Prairie Island facility, and in exchange, was to buy renewable energy from the biomass projects. But Xcel and others are looking at possibly shortening that contract, as the cost per megawatt of biomass is now four times the cost of natural gas. That means customers are paying more for energy.  Range lawmakers have introduced bills about shortening the contract, in part, to help the Laurentian Energy Authority avoid a $10 million dollar penalty.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood brings sense of comfort and familiarity to indigenous structures

By Peter Caulfield
Journal of Commerce
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whether it’s the longhouse, the teepee, the wigwam or some other structure, indigenous architecture has usually included wood, says a Saskatchewan architect who is a member of Muscowpetung First Nation. “Indigenous architecture emphasizes both the variety and the volume of wood products that it uses,” said Ray Gosselin, a Regina architect and president of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects. The wood used in indigenous architecture is valued as a product of the earth and for its ability to retain or resonate with an ancestral spirit. “In addition, the type of wood that is used should come from the immediate region,” Gosselin said. “For example, my ancestors’ nomadic way of life required wood for teepee poles which was locally grown and which was easy to transport.”

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Rocky Ridge facility roof to reflect Calgary’s rolling hills

By Kathleen Renne
Journal of Commerce
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Purported to have the largest wood roof in North America, Calgary’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility in the city’s northwest quadrant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017 with the facility opening to the public in early 2018. “The shape of the building with its undulating roof is intriguing. It reflects the rolling hills of the surrounding landscape,” explains Trevor O’Brien of PCL Construction, the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility contractor… GEC Architecture, RJC Consulting Engineers and ISL Engineering, with the City of Calgary as developer, want to represent the natural features of the site, while creating an open-concept building.

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Derby Building Products and Snavely Forest Products Team to Broaden Distribution for New Tando Brand of Natural-Look Shake and Stone

By Derby Building Products
PRNewswire
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC CITY — Derby Building Products announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Snavely Forest Products, North Carolina Division, to distribute the full line of Tando exterior cladding products. Tando offers new, category-defining shake and stone products with natural and dramatic looks that replace traditional materials. “We’re excited to have Snavely Forest Products working with us to define new categories in shake and stone,” said Ralph Bruno, president, Derby Building Products. “Snavely Forest Products prides itself on introducing their customers to new products that will help their businesses grow and succeed, and has more than 100 years of experience doing so.”

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Wood construction evolving to reach new heights, says Green

By Don Procter
Daily Commercial News
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The building industry is one of the last large-scale “craft industries,” but it is breaking down and ripe for a big shakeup. That’s the message from Michael Green, of MGA, a Vancouver-based architecture firm that is a pioneer in the design of tall wood buildings. Speaking at a seminar recently at the Tall Wood Symposium in Woodbridge, Ont., Green told 200 delegates that most buildings today are built much like they were a century ago. That is contrary to the evolution of most consumer products. The automobile industry, by comparison, has made significant leaps with today’s vehicles built in high-tech controlled environments, he said at the Wood WORKS! Ontario event. The building industry still works with “unmanageable variables that control our process” such as weather, timelines, costs, safety and job skills.

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21st Century Fox continues green streak, uses more FSC wood for TV show sets

By 21st Century Fox
Forest Stewardship Council
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In 2009, Fox began with ground breaking green production of the very popular tv show ‘24: Live Another Day’, using 100% FSC-certified lumber for set construction. In 2016, they were able to green The X-Files using only FSC-certified plywood on-set.  Now in 2017, they’ve done it again with FX’s Legion, bringing that same level of ambition to going green behind-the-scenes. The initiative comes as part of 21st Century Fox’s broad commitment to minimizing its environmental impacts, growing sustainably, and inspiring others to take action. …The crew for Legion purchased 70% FSC- certified lauan plywood for set construction and managed to divert 55%of the waste from landfill, avoid 252 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

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Alder takes a (beautiful) seat at the small-scale logging table

By Robert Woolsey
KCAW Raven Radio
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Alder is undergoing a mini-revival in Sitka. The fast-growing hardwood was once maligned by loggers in Southeast as a trash tree. But as the industry shifts toward smaller-diameter, second-growth logs among the timber royalty of spruce, hemlock, and cedar, alder is showing economic potential. Last winter, a popular coffee shop in downtown Sitka retired its repurposed church pews and installed hand-crafted alder benches. In Part 1 of a 2-part series on alder, KCAW’s Robert Woolsey looks at how alder made its way into furniture in Sitka.

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UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

By Diane Lederman
Mass Live
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

AMHERST — Using the University of Massachusetts Design Building as a stage, state officials Wednesday talked about the viability and job potential in creating an industry to make the cross-laminated timber used in the building’s construction. The gathering was held to mark the release of a New England Forestry Foundation report detailing how creating the wood would be a boon to forests, the economy and the environment. Dan Sieger, state assistant secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that only about 2 percent of the state’s forest is used for building. Engineering cross-laminated timber would benefit the environment and “support the forest industry,” he said.

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