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Today’s Takeaway

Softwood Lumber the talk of the COFI conference

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 7, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

With less than three weeks until the US decision on lumber duties, it’s no surprise that the softwood lumber dispute is “the talk of the COFI conference”, particularly given the 600+ business, government, community and First Nations leaders in attendance. Stating that no one knows what the preliminary duty will be, Interfor CEO Duncan Davies said “what we do know is that it will be big enough to hurt and to be a motivator to settle”. Davies added “there is a massive incentive for the US Coalition to take this kind of action because it results in higher lumber prices and higher timber land values“.

Notwithstanding the concern, there was also plenty of optimism on markets, capital investment, safety trends, etc. Keynote speaker, architect Michael Green, inspired the audience with his personal ‘tall wood journey’, noting that despite the progress made, “we need factory built buildings with automobile assembly line-like processes—but with technology that allows every car produced to be unique”

Watch for more coverage of the COFI conference on Monday.

In other news, fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has “failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that harm coho salmon“. And Maine Sen. Angus King is among a group of U.S. senators that is launching a new Senate Working Forest Caucus that is “designed to protect jobs in the forest products industry“. 

–Tree Frog Editors

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Special Feature

B.C. forest industry convention highlights sustainability, innovation

By Susan Yurkovich – president and CEO of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries
Vancouver Sun
April 6, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week, almost 600 business, government, First Nations and community leaders have gathered in Vancouver for the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) annual convention, one of B.C.’s most important business gatherings, which comes at a critical time for our industry. This convention, our largest in over a decade, is being held in the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre West building. It’s a fitting venue because just as the interior of that building showcases the wide array of B.C. wood that has helped build our province, this year’s convention highlights the many companies, people and innovative ideas that have made the forest industry the province’s greatest economic driver for more than a century. 

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Increments of change: From early tall wood buildings to a global movement

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 7, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Architect, wood promoter extraordinaire and COFI keynote speaker, Michael Green inspired the forest industry audience with his ‘tall wood journey’, which he described as a “story about climate change and how we create the buildings we need to live”. Green noted that “despite the significant progress made by early adopters [like himself], it’s not enough”. In his view, the problem is “the construction industry is broken. Every building is different” and “we don’t learn from the past”. Green’s solution: “we need factory built buildings with automobile assembly line-like processes—but with technology that allows every car produced to be unique”. According to Green, “the means to propel this change is a world-wide, open-access, online education system”. Not surprisingly, Michael is also part of the solution in this regard given his leadership in the creation of a nonprofit organization called TOE (Timber Online Education), and the publication of a new book titled “Tall Wood Buildings“. 

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COFI Conference – CEO Panel

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 6, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Four BC Forest Sector CEOs were asked to comment on a range of topics. Duncan Davies (Interfor) provided an update on the softwood lumber dispute noting that “no one knows what the preliminary duty will be on April 24th. However, we do know that it will be big enough to hurt and to be a motivator to settle“. Davies added that “there is a massive incentive for the US Coalition to take this kind of action because it results in higher lumber prices and higher timber land values“. He was also very complimentary of the efforts of both the Provincial and Federal government, calling them “first class“.

Don Kayne of Canfor talked positively about market growth in the US, China and Japan in the near and medium term. Notable from his extensive travels is the “position wood products now hold as the sustainable, green building product of choice“. Kayne attributes much of that to industry and government coming together to “grow the pie” and the excellent, long term “efforts of our wood promotion organizations”.

Ted Seraphim of West Fraser spoke about the optimism and pride he feels and sees for the sector, “which is quite different than what you might hear in the media“. Seraphim notes that the proof is in the “capital investments being made” (which were $1.6 billion last year for his company alone), the “increased value being extracted from every log”, and the “positive trend in safety” (with accidents down 30% over the past five years).

Nick Arkle of Gorman Bros noted the different product focus his company takes with boards but at the same time emphasized the importance of working synergistically with the majors. “Its about getting the right log to the right mill at the right cost“. With respect to the softwood dispute and other issues, Arkle emphasized the importance of “ignoring the noise and sticking with what you’re good at”. The panel was moderated by well known industry champion Jess Ketchum.

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Forestry

B.C. to complete purchases of land along trail

By Sarah Petrescu
Victoria Times Colonist
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The last parcels of private land along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail will be bought by the provincial government and preserved for public use and treaty settlements. “The public wanted the trail protected, and the province stepped up and did that,” said Mike Hicks, Juan de Fuca electoral area director. The trail is a rugged 47-kilometre seaside hiking route that starts west of Sooke and finishes near Port Renfrew. It takes four to five days to complete. …In 2007, the province allowed Western Forest Products to remove 500 hectares of land from a tree farm licence to sell it. The controversial decision was lambasted in an auditor general’s report the following year as not being executed in the public interest.

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Safety of nine-axle logging trucks questioned

By Barbara Latkowski
Prince George Citizen
April 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Maybe bigger is better. But how safe would nine axle logging trucks be if they began making their way routinely through Prince George? This was one of the concerns voiced at a Prince George city council meeting on Monday. Council heard from members from the Nine Axle Log Haul Committee who are currently examining the introduction of nine-axle logging trucks to B.C. highways. The trucks are eight feet longer than conventional logging trucks and, according to the group, the extra axles will increase the gross vehicle weight by 16 per cent and up to 71 tonnes. “Even though they are larger, they are safer as they have greater braking abilities,” said Canfor supply manager Ken Pederson.

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Carrier Sekani First Nations, Province, Sign Pathway Forward Agreement

By Greg Fry
250 News
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and seven Carrier Sekani First Nations have completed a temporary, $24 million one-year agreement. Whubats’ut’en Nus Whetee Agreement – the Interim Pathway Forward Agreement – was signed the end of last month and according to the Province will “jointly improve stewardship, business and job opportunities in the forestry sector.” Victoria says the agreement “Includes measures to support Carrier Sekani forestry, business development and partnerships, and deeper participation in forest-resource management and environmental stewardship.” In addition to that, the deal includes joint initiatives to “boost the skilled labour force and promote new partnership opportunities between Carrier Sekani and non-Carrier Sekani forestry operators.”

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Nature-Based Environmental Competitions Take Over Province This Month

By Forests Ontario and Envirothon
Canada Newswire
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Throughout April, more than 700 Ontario high school students will participate in 2017 Ontario Envirothon Regional Competitions. The Ontario Envirothon has helped students acquire an education in environmental health and natural ecosystems since 1994. Students from 15 Ontario regions–from Toronto to Thunder Bay—will participate in interactive field trips to forests, parks, woodlots, and conservation areas. On-site workshops—led by professionals in forestry, resource management, natural sciences, and conservation–will focus on the science and sustainable management of soils, wildlife, forests and aquatic ecosystems. This year’s theme of Sustainable Farming will also broaden students’ understanding of the role of agriculture in Canada and steps being taken to improve sustainability.

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Forests Ontario wants to document these ‘living landmarks’

By Ellwood Shreve
Chatham Daily News
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forests Ontario is calling on residents across the province recognize Ontario’s living landmarks – heritage trees – as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th year as a nation. Chatham-Kent already has two trees recognized by the organization – an American white elm on Queen Street in Chatham and Shumard oak, located in Chatham’s Tecumseh Park. Both trees were nominated by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. The main benefit of recognizing these trees is education, said Randall Van Wagner, LTVCA’s manager of conservation lands and services. He noted the large elm tree that stands in front of the former OPP detachment, which is now an apartment building, was able to survive the deadly Dutch elm disease that wiped out most of the species in North America.

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Peterson receives accolades from Forestry Partnership

Pine Journal
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rachel Peterson, executive director of the Cloquet-based Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP), was recently awarded the Professional Development Award from the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership (MFRP). The award recognizes an individual’s service and leadership to the forestry community, and to advancing the mission of the MFRP to implement, coordinate, and educate members and others on scientifically based, and technically and economically feasible forest management practices. According to Aitkin County Land Commissioner Mark Jacobs, who nominated Peterson for the award, “No one has done more in logger recruitment and retention and in recognition of good performance, cross-training with field foresters, and many other things than has Rachel Peterson.

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Agencies collaborate on Forestry Training Academy

By Maria Dudzak
KRBD Ketchikan Radio
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In late March, 13 men and women attended a forestry training academy on Prince of Wales Island. The goal of the academy is to put local people in local jobs, and to gather data about area timber stands. This is the second year the Forestry Training Academy has been held on Prince of Wales Island. The two-week, free program prepares students for jobs in natural resources. It’s a collaborative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, and state and tribal agencies. The students selected to attend this year’s academy are all from Southeast Alaska. Four are from Ketchikan, one from Haines, one from Metlakatla and seven from Prince of Wales Island.

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Environmental Groups Threaten Lawsuit Over Oregon Logging Practices

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that harm coho salmon. One of the groups filing the intent to sue Thursday is the Center for Biological Diversity. It filed a similar notice three years ago, but held off on the lawsuit. Its endangered species director, Noah Greenwald, says the group was assured by the Forestry Department in 2014 that it would work with conservationists and the timber industry on a new management plan that would potentially protect salmon and streams. He says that has not materialized.

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Shenandoah wildfire highlights changing views of the forest

By Erika Howsare
C-VILLE Weekly
April 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

“This is going to be catastrophic.” That was Jeff Koenig’s thought on the second day the fire burned, last April 17, in Shenandoah National Park. …The area burned in the Rocky Mount fire—which likely resulted from an illegal campfire—had not seen a wildfire in 85 years. …It’s 11 months after the Rocky Mount fire, and Jeff Koenig again gazes over the burn area from the Two Mile Run Overlook. He unrolls a large map showing how the Rocky Mount fire progressed over the 14 days it burned. From a small purple area representing the day it started, April 16, a rainbow of ever-larger zones unfolds, through the red area where it was finally stopped on April 29. 

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When old growth beats old school: New forestry technique imitates old growth to capture more carbon and profit

By the University of Vermont
Phys.org
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As the planet warms, carbon markets are getting hot too. Forest landowners have been looking for ways to enter these markets, making money from their commercial timberland not just by selling logs—but also by demonstrating that their land is absorbing climate-warming carbon dioxide from the air. …But there’s a vexing question: what forestry techniques do the best job of maximizing carbon storage in trees and soil—while still allowing landowners to provide habitat for wildlife and harvest timber for profitable sale? New results from a fifteen-year study in Vermont come to a surprising answer: imitating old-growth forests enhances carbon storage in managed forestland far better than conventional forestry techniques.

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Fire crews containing 140 acre fire at Weyerhaeuser timber property

By Crystal Bailey
WCJB
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Forest Service crews worked to contain a 140 acre wildfire at a forest area owned by Weyerhaeuser, the timber company. Florida Forest Service specialists said it was started by lightning. The trees there are used by local customers. Forest Service crews contained 90% of the fire Thursday. The forest is right off SR 121 near Wood Resource Recovery. It was discovered by a Florida Forest Service airplane Wednesday night. Crews said the rain helped tame the flames. “The rain helped actually dampen fuels, the ground fuel, moisture,” said Jamie Rittenhouse, a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist. The team is assessing weather predictions to keep the fire under control. Rittenhouse said, “The next two days we got some high winds low humidity, so our key here in the original fire lines so a spark does not jump out and start another fire.”

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Maine’s King a member of new working forest caucus in Senate

The Association Press in The News Tribune
April 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BANGOR, MAINE — Maine Sen. Angus King is among a group of U.S. senators that is launching a new Senate Working Forest Caucus that is designed to protect jobs in the forest products industry. King, an independent, says he is joining the 11-member caucus to elevate policies that promote and preserve working forests. He says private working forests support more than 2.4 million jobs in the country, including equipment suppliers and transportation workers.

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New forestry skills and development programme unveiled

By Conor Finnerty
AgriLand Ireland
April 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for foresters has been unveiled by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle. The programme was launched by Minister Doyle at the Society of Irish Foresters (SIF) AGM in the Wicklow Mountains National Park HQ Office at Trooperstown, Laragh, Co. Wicklow. There are numerous advantages for professional foresters interested in engaging in such a CPD programme, Minister Doyle said. …The establishment of this CPD structure is set to upgrade the SIF’s current system; it is also included in the Knowledge Transfer and Information Action measure of the Forestry Programme (2014–2020).

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Solomon Islands Government suffers $93.1m revenue shortfall, in three months.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
April 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Department of Finance and Treasury has revealed the Solomon Islands Government fell $93.1 million short of its revenue targets during the first quarter of this year. Minister of Finance and Treasury Snyder Rini informed parliament that it was the worst situation as the country had ever experienced, with heavy rains between January and February affecting log exports blamed for the situation. The period extends from January1 to March 31. He said the other factor affecting revenue collection during the first quarter was the Chinese New Year.

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Polish law change unleashes ‘massacre’ of trees

By Christian Davies
The Guardian
April 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A controversial change to Polish environmental law has unleashed what campaigners describe as a “massacre” of trees across the country. The new amendment, commonly known as “Szyszko’s law”, after Jan Szyszko, Poland’s environment minister, removes the obligation for private landowners to apply for permission to cut down trees, pay compensation or plant new trees, or even to inform local authorities that trees have been or will be removed. The change came into force on 1 January and has led to a surge in tree-felling, with activists reporting newly cleared spaces in cities, towns and parts of the countryside all over Poland. …A professor of forestry, environment minister Szyszko, is openly disdainful of environmental campaigners and mainstream ecologists, espousing an environmental philosophy that critics describe as geared towards sacrificing Poland’s natural resources for the sake of economic development and the financial interests of foresters.

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Brazil’s land titles program improves Amazon forest protection: research

By Chris Arsenault
Thomson Reuters Foundation
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RIO DE JANEIRO – A Brazilian government program to formally distribute land to thousands of small-scale farmers is helping the country protect its vast forests, according to research presented to lawmakers on Wednesday. Launched in 2009, the Legal Land Programme has distributed more than 20,000 property title deeds to farmers in the Amazon rainforest in Latin America’s largest country. Independent analysis of the program based on satellite maps and government data, shows that land where title deeds had been distributed had 2 percent more forest left intact compared with territory lacking in titles.

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Laser sensors spot trees with larch disease

By Brooks Hays
United Press International
April 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers are using laser sensors to locate trees threatened by deadly larch tree disease. Scientists at Leicester University partnered with aerial mapping company Bluesky to conduct a series of laser scanning surveys, or LiDAR surveys, in England and Scotland. Larch tree disease is caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum.  …The pathogen was first identified in Britain in 2002 and has since infected several high-profile forests, including Epping Forest and the Forest of Dean. “Invasive tree diseases pose a huge threat to Britain’s forestry,” Heiko
Balzter, director of Leicester’s Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, said in a news release “Diseases like Dutch elm disease and sudden oak death can wipe entire tree species from our landscapes within a few years. Climate change increases the risk of new tree diseases spreading across the U.K.”

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Company & Business News

Softwood lumber agreement ‘critical’ to B.C. forestry sector, says industry council

By Jon Hernandez
CBC News
April 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

…In recent months, B.C. Premier Christy Clark has suggested that growing markets overseas, including the promising Indian market, could serve as a potential buffer to failed negotiations. But according to Susan Yurkovich, president of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries, the U.S. market remains crucial. “The U.S. is still our largest market by far,” Yurkovich told stand-in host Michelle Eliot on CBC’s BC Almanac. “So, achieving an agreement that maintains access to that important market is very critical to us.”  …”We’re starting to explore opportunities in India,” she said. “[But it’s] different than China, — [there’s] a different product mix, different requirements … [and] different transportation logistics, but we’re starting to dip our toe in that water.”

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B.C. warns of higher lumber prices for U.S. customers

By Brent Jang
The Globe and Mail
April 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

U.S. consumers and home builders stand to suffer with hefty U.S. duties looming on Canadian softwood lumber, British Columbia’s Minister of Forests warns. “Duties will translate into higher prices, will translate into higher construction costs. Higher housing costs ultimately impact the U.S. housing market and the U.S. economy,” Steve Thomson said in an interview on Thursday. “Free trade would be the ultimate objective, but that has not been the history on this file, and we’ve always done best when there’s a managed trade agreement.” …Mr. Emerson said last week that he does not think supply management in Canada – for products such as milk, eggs, cheese, butter and poultry – would be a good bargaining chip if softwood were to somehow get caught up in NAFTA discussions.

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Clark seeks Trudeau’s help for forest industry

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
April 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to formally request additional Employment Insurance coverage, funds for tree planting work and loans to forest companies as Canada braces for border taxes and trade barriers from U.S. President Donald Trump. Clark’s letter to Trudeau, sent last week and obtained by Black Press, notes that “unfair American tariffs” imposed in the latest softwood lumber trade dispute would hit B.C. harder than any other province. The letter calls on the federal government to announce measures by April 24 that were discussed at a recent resource ministers’ meeting. “The provinces have different priorities but there is broad agreement on the steps that need to be taken to support workers and communities put in harm’s way as a result of the softwood lumber dispute,” Clark wrote. “However, agreement is not enough. We need action.”

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EACOM purchases Sault plant

By Elaine Ella-Mattia
Sault Star
April 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Failure of the Canadian and U.S. governments to reach a new softwood lumber agreement has left the industry in limbo but EACOM is attempting to mitigate potential fallout of duties by diversifying its product base. The wood products company recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of AnthonyEACOM, now to be called EACOM Sault Ste. Marie. The engineered wood mill in Sault Ste. Marie employs just more than 50 workers who will be added to EACOM’s 1,1100 employee base. EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Eastern Canada woods products company formed in 2008. EACOM currently owns five Ontario sawmills and two Quebec sawmills as well as a remanufacturing facility in Quebec.

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Trump’s Building Promises Energize Lumber Prices

By Shelley Goldberg
Bloomberg
April 7, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

The lumber markets are off to a robust start in 2017, as U.S. housing data show that the number of new homes available — along with the sale of new homes — are rising, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Home builders are employing more people and their purchasing orders of raw materials are increasing, particularly in lumber. Lumber futures prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have been rising and could surpass their recent highs in late February. Technical assessments of the monthly trends in random length lumber, strenthen this argument. The chart below represents the current Random Lengths Framing Lumber composite price. The data compile the previous 11 years of monthly average price history, and the graph displays that data in five-year trends. The trend definitively points upward.

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NEW TIME FOR TIMBER: Biewer opens state-of-art lumber mill in Newton

By Cheryl Owens
Meridian Star
April 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

In recent years the operation of sawmills has changed significantly, replacing the manual labor of earlier generations with modern technology – evident at the new state-of-the-art lumber mill in Newton. The more than 120 employees who work at the mill are demonstrating a new set of skills as Biewer Sawmill-Newton LLC prepares for its ribbon-cutting on Tuesday. Plant manager Jason Otto said there is little hands-on-the-lumber work done by employees now. The biggest change is optimization and scanning – with everything automated using computers. …Headquartered in St. Clair, Mich., Biewer Lumber manufactures and distributes lumber and building materials for use by contractors builders, and do-it-yourselfers. Biewer customers include retail lumber yards, home centers, and manufacturers throughout the eastern United States.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

CN recognizes 32 customers for sustainability leadership under CN EcoConnexions Partnership Program

CN Rail
Canadian News Wire
April 6, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — CN today recognized 32 of its customers for their sustainability practices that are aligned with the objectives of the CN EcoConnexions program. The CN EcoConnexions Partnership Program selects companies that pledge to work to reduce their carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency – a central focus of CN’s sustainability objectives. The partners under CN’s recognition program include: Canfor, Domtar, Kruger, Resolute, Tembec, Verso Corporation, West Fraser and Weyerhaeuser… CN in partnership with Tree Canada will plant 100,000 trees in the spring in recognition of its customers’ commitment to sustainable business practices.

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The flawed thinking at the heart of the renewable energy swindle

By Bjorn Lomborg, Danish author and adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School
UK Spectator
April 6, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new report revealing that using wood pellets to generate electricity can actually speed up global warming should be the final nail in the coffin for the flawed policy of biomass subsidies. Policies designed to incentivise green energy use are not only having a dubious effect on climate change, they are destroying biodiversity and even killing many thousands of people. Wood (or to use the technical term covering wood, wood pellets and other burning matter like animal dung, biomass) is by far the most significant renewable energy source. In both the US and the EU, biomass is the single largest source of renewable energy. Owing to poverty, around three billion people globally cook and heat their homes with wood, twigs and dung. More than four million die prematurely each year because of the resulting indoor air pollution. 

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How one power plant is turning away from coal to embrace wood pellets and straw

By Anmar Frangoul
CNBC News
April 6, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Something of a biomass revolution is taking place in Denmark. Earlier this year Danish energy company, DONG Energy, announced it would stop “all use of coal” by 2023 and look to focus on sustainable biomass instead. At the Avedøre Power Station, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, a transformation has taken place: between 2015 and 2016 Avedøre 1, one of its power station units, was converted to use wood pellets rather than coal. The Avedøre 2 unit uses natural gas, oil, straw and wood pellets. DONG Energy says the biomass system has a capacity of 45 megawatts and is able to take 25 tonnes of straw every hour.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Brent Comber at Gray Conversations

Brent Comber
April 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In February, Brent was part of a panel that was moderated by Jaime Gillin from Gray Magazine. The topic of the discussion was wood as a material used for art, furniture, architecture and interiors rather than talking about its use as a building material. The discussion was fun and atmosphere relaxed. It was interesting to discuss the different approaches an architect would take to utilizing wood, as opposed to an interior designer or furniture maker. Also, how different climates, specifically the Pacific Northwest and Mexico, affect the abundance of the material incorporated into a design due to its availability, and what is required of it.

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Prieto, Tedesco to announce new fire safety legislation Friday

By Svetlana Shkolnikova
The North Jersey Record
April 7, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

EDGEWATER — Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco will visit the site of a massive 2015 borough fire today at noon to announce new fire safety legislation. The two officials are expected to reveal a bill that will address fire safety at multi-unit dwellings both during and after construction. They will be joined by the bill’s co-sponsors — Angelica Jimenez, Tim Eustace and Joe Lagan — in the General Assembly, and Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland. The announcement follows multiple failed efforts to toughen New Jersey’s building code in the wake of a blaze that destroyed a four-story, 240-unit building at the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex in 2015.

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Fieldwork architects propose Passive House with CLT for 9-level Abbotsford project

Architecture and Design Australia
April 7, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Developer Pirovich is planning a unique nine-level commercial building on Johnston and Nicholson Streets in Abbotsford, a suburb of Melbourne. Designed by Fieldwork Projects along Passive House principles, the new $20-million development located at 329 Johnston Street will feature cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, and will come complete with hanging greenery and a distinctive central staircase. The building will also hold secondary frontages to 236 Nicholson Street and 37 Hunter Street. Thanks to the CLT construction, the wall, floor and roof segments will be fabricated offsite, providing a carbon-neutral construction method, allowing for more economical foundations and shorter construction timeframes, and facilitating immediate access for follow-on trades.

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