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Today’s Takeaway

The evolving world of wood shredding

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 13, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Wildfire activity across BC is down sharply this year according the Kamloops Fire Centre. Compared to last year at this time “13 fires have burned 23 hectares, while in 2016, 57 fires had been reported, burning 774 hectares of timber”. The CBC reports that Wood Buffalo, Alberta isn’t taking any chances of “another monster fire” and thus are “actively lighting controlled fires in potential hot spots around Fort McMurray.” 

RBC’s Paul Quinn—is his weekly market update—focuses on Timber REITs and asks “whether a timberland correction is on the horizon?” While he agrees with RISI that timberland values are tending downwards in the South due to “concerns surrounding future growth in the region given the large oversupply of sawtimber inventories”, Quinn also notes that “higher lumber prices and imminent softwood lumber duties should support timberland values“.

In a story titled “the evolving world of wood shredding“, Biomass Magazine reports that preconsumer wood waste has been virtually eliminated”. However, “the level of wood debris in municipal solid waste and construction and demolition streams shows there is still room for improvement“.

Finally, Sir Anthony Robinson, a well-known English actor/author and host of the new TV program Coast to Coast is showcasing “the cycle of timber being grown locally, worked with at the sawmill and then cut down into components” by Tony himself. It airs in the UK tomorrow on Channel 5.

Happy Easter and we’ll see you on Monday.
–Tree Frog Editors

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Special Feature

BC Community Forest Association releases it’s third Community Forest Indicators Survey

BC Community Forest Association
April 13, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

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Forestry

Timber harvesting South of Highwood House

Letter by Norm Denney
Okotoks Western Wheel
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I have been hiking, hunting, camping, fishing and horseback riding in the upper Highwood and south of Highwood House for 65 years. …The forests there today are a reminder that our forests are a renewable, sustainable resource. We should understand that disturbance will happen whether it is fire, insect and disease, wind or weather. We have done a good job in protecting the area from wildfire… We need an alternative to create openings for forest renewal. Harvesting followed by prompt reforestation is part of a long term (100 years of more) plan covering the whole forest area. The amount removed each year insures sustainability.

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Canfor believes it can log responsibly

Letter by Peter Baird, RPF general manager, forest planning, Canfor Forest Management Group
Kamloops This Week
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor would like to provide an update on our harvesting plans in the Upper Clearwater area, understanding there have been concerns expressed by some community members. Over the past four years, Canfor has undertaken the environmental analysis and public consultation work in order to prepare cutting permit applications covering an area of approximately 180 hectares in the Upper Clearwater area. The volume harvested from these stands will be milled at our Vavenby sawmill, which reopened in 2011 following a $24-million investment to upgrade the facility. Canfor has invested significantly in the best science possible to guide our planned activities in the Upper Clearwater area, using data that supports a sustainable approach. 

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Fire season a slow burn

By Wayne Moore 
Castanet
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire activity across the province is down sharply this year, compared with the same time just 12 months ago. According to figures released today by the Kamloops Fire Centre, just three fires have started in the Kamloops region so far this fire season, burning 10 hectares of forest. In contrast, at this time last year, 10 fires had been reported, burning 121 hectares of forest. Numbers are similar provincewide. This year, 13 fires have burned 23 hectares, while in 2016, 57 fires had been reported, burning 774 hectares of timber.

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Political action needed on forestry

Letter by Ray Travers. RPF
Prince George Citizen
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


The 2017 provincial election is an opportunity for candidates to say what they will do to improve B.C. forestry – our most important public asset. Logging peaked in 1988 at 90 million cubic metres and has declined 25 per cent to 68 million. On the coast, since 1987, 50 of 80 mills have permanently closed – a decline of 62 per cent….To create conditions for forestry success, B.C. must: Place forestry above politics, like the Auditor General. A non-political permanent forest commission was recommended by Chief Justice Sloan in 1945, but never implemented. Adapt to climate change, by establishing science/management partnerships. Combine forest science with local knowledge of land. Restore the Forest Research Branch, terminated in 2011. Grow high quality wood to increase the value of our timber.

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Fighting fire with fire: Fort McMurray uses flames to burn dry spots

By David Thurton
CBC News
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo isn’t taking any chances with wildfire this year. Crews are doing controlled burns in the area, even though experts say the risk is low of another monster fire ripping through Fort McMurray in the next decade or so. On Wednesday, Wood Buffalo emergency services lit controlled fires in potential hot spots around Fort McMurray and will continue doing that throughout April. Brad Grainger, deputy chief of operations and technical services, said firefighters will burn away dead and dry grass that could ignite a wildfire. “Conditions are dry,” Grainger said. … Fort McMurray had 53 per cent less snow than usual this past winter, Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said in March, making the 2016-17 season Fort McMurray’s 10th driest winter since Environment Canada began keeping records.

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Accusations against Cowichan Estuary Restoration & Conservation Association irresponsible fear mongering

Letter by The Cowichan Estuary Restoration & Conservation Association
Cowichan Valley Citizen
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Accusations against CERCA irresponsible fear mongering. The rezoning application related to Crown leases in the Cowichan Estuary has taking an ugly turn. Somebody is deliberately spreading false rumors in the Valley, accusing CERCA of driving hundreds of jobs away from the estuary and the Cowichan Valley, deliberately amalgamating the rezoning issue with Western Forest Products sawmill operations in Cowichan Bay, two totally unrelated items. This likely politically motivated fear-mongering about job loss is totally unfounded and utterly irresponsible. To make it clear: there is no relationship between the rezoning issue CERCA opposes, for good reasons, and Western Forest Products Sawmill operations in Cowichan Bay.

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Columbia Shuswap Regional District calls for moratorium on logging by Swansea Point

By Barb Brouwer
Sicamous Eagle Valley News
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Columbia Shuswap Regional District electoral area directors are calling for a moratorium on logging in two areas and are asking the province to tighten up forest operations. At an April 4 EAD meeting, directors gave unanimous support to a motion to call for a moratorium on future logging activity in the Hummingbird Creek and Mara Lake basin due to the history of large debris flows. Directors will also ask Tolko Industries (Lumby) to hold public engagement meetings in Sicamous, Falkland and Silver Creek to provide information and answer questions regarding recent Forest Stewardship Plan amendments. Area D Falkland-Silver Creek director Rene Talbot said Tolko wants to log in areas that have been affected by recent forest fires in Falkland. 

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Region ready for fires

By Bryan Meadows
Chronicle Journal
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is gearing up for another forest fire season. Fire information officer Jonathan Scott said Tuesday that the Northwest region will have the same 101 (four-person) FireRanger crews as last year. Between April and May firefighting and aircraft resources are brought on and reach full complement by early May, Scott said, adding that fire crew leaders started on April 1 and have begun training/equipment preparations. On Monday, additional staff were hired on throughout the region. Waterbombers and air support remain the same as last year, with the MNRF’s nine CL-415 heavy waterbombers, three twin otters and four helicopters. The ministry also contracts out seven birddog aircraft, 10 detection aircraft and nine helicopters.

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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research congressional briefing on wildland fires

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists and fire experts are making landmark progress in developing new tools to improve the management and prediction of wildland fires, a panel of experts said at a congressional briefing today. The developments offer the potential of better protecting vulnerable residents and property from these extreme events, as well as reducing their costs. …”We’re at a turning point where new technologies and advances in basic research are enabling us to tackle a major real-world problem,” said University Corporation for Atmospheric Research President Antonio J. Busalacchi. “Federal and state agencies, firefighters, and scientists are all working together to develop a new generation of tools that will keep firefighters safer, reduce the costs of these massive conflagrations, and better safeguard lives and property.”

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Sue, Die or Keep Waiting

By Carl Segerstrom
Eugene Weekly
April 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Landowners in Oregon like Burns, who have had their health, property or water supply damaged by pesticide spraying, are left with limited options to hold the sprayers accountable under state laws that protect agricultural and forestry industries over people. The Oregon law commonly referred to as the Right to Farm and Forest Act (RTFF) allows landowners to sue neighboring timber or agricultural operations only in the case of “damage to commercial agricultural products; or death or serious physical injury.” …Recently proposed Senate Bill 499 in the Oregon Legislature, which died in committee, would have given private landowners the right to sue for damage to their water supply and would have lowered the personal injury threshold of the current law.

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U.S. Forest Service in Petersburg gears up for a fish pass project and timber sale

By Angela Denning
KFSK
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Petersburg Ranger District is gearing up for another season out in the field on the Tongass National Forest. As Angela Denning reports, a local project of priority is reconstructing a fish passage in Mitchell Creek. And there is a plan try and re-sell timber on North Kuiu Island. I meet with Dave Zimmerman in his office at the U.S. Forest Service building in downtown Petersburg. He’s the district ranger for the Petersburg area. …“Our job, the forest service, people want us to be stewards of this land,” Zimmerman said. … Currently, the district is reappraising timber on northern Kuiu Island for resale this year. They tried to sell it last year but Zimmerman says no one was interested until after the sale was over. So they are repackaging the deal with the hopes to have it sold by September. It is estimated to include 13 to 14 million board feet of old growth.

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Future in Doubt for Forest

Letter by Deschutes Redside
Willamette Weekly
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is Oregon, where we are still debating whether we should clear-cut old-growth trees on public land in 2017 [“This Land Is Your Land,” WW, April 5, 2017]. Half of the Elliott State Forest is made up of stands over 100 years old, but there is plenty of money to be made from thinning the younger stands. The Department of State Lands confused its obligation to make money off the Elliott with “maximize revenue.” Maximize in their minds meant selling it off to private logging interests. The state should keep it in public ownership, set aside the remaining old growth for permanent protection, and focus timber harvest on the younger stands.

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Congressman: forest transfer bill won’t impact funding to Tongass communities

By Joe Viechnicki
KFSK
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska Congressman Don Young Monday defended his bill that could give up to two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to the state of Alaska. Young was in Petersburg, a community that just passed a resolution opposing his legislation. Young told an audience in Petersburg that the municipality would not lose federal funding because of his bill and said he wouldn’t run for re-election if it did. Young’s bill HR 232 would allow states to select or purchase up to two million acres of National Forest land for logging or other uses….Young explained to a couple dozen residents why he’s supporting the bill.“The Tongass was not allowed to be selected lands when we became a state,” Young explained. “We were allowed 103 million acres of land as a state, of our selection of lands that were not reserved at that time and the Tongass was reserved. So the only land you have are the communities themselves. There are no other lands.”

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A tussle in Oregon raises concerns about handing land to states

The Economist
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DEEP in Oregon’s Elliott State Forest, past groves of 200-foot Douglas firs and bigleaf maple trees dripping with emerald green Spanish moss, Joe Metzler pulls over his Toyota truck and peeks over a precipitous slope covered in tree stumps for signs of elk. Mr Metzler, a retired coastguard rescue swimmer who looks a good deal younger than his 49 years, frequently hunts in the area. …Soon Oregon may sell 82,500 acres, or most of what remains of the dense forest, to a timber company and a Native American tribe. The proposal would allow public access on half the land. But sportsmen, who can currently roam the forest mostly as they please, worry it will be hard to reach or unsuitable for hunting. Environmentalists fret protections for threatened species would be relaxed. …The potential sale comes at a moment of great angst about public lands and increased scrutiny of state stewardship.

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Coast Range Forest Watch helps with Save the Elliott

Coos Bay World
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — Since 2013, Coast Range Forest Watch has been performing volunteer surveys for the endangered marbled murrelet in threatened coastal rainforests. Survey efforts have focused primarily on the Elliott State Forest where nearly 3,000 acres of murrelet nesting habitat has been documented over the last four years; protecting those areas from harvest and ensuring that those old growth forests will stand for future generations. This year may be Coast Range Forest Watch’s most critical survey season to date. The State of Oregon is in the process of selling the Elliott State Forest, and if the state moves forward with the sale to Lone Rock Timber Company Coast Range Forest Watch surveyors would be forbidden in the forest.

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Restoring Washington State Forestland

By TJ Martinell
The Lens
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

State lawmakers this week unanimously approved two bills directing the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to improve forestland health statewide as part of an overall wildfire prevention strategy. The vote comes after DNR officials warn of a potential outbreak of tree-killing bugs in eastern Washington, which they say is caused by the deteriorated forest conditions. It is one criteria they might use to identify which forest stands are most urgent need of restoration work as the department also begins preparations for the upcoming wildfire season.

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National Forest Foundation Announces Winner of 2016/2017 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge

By The National Forest Foundation
PR Newswire
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON  — The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016/2017 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. This unique competition provides awards for the best entrepreneurial approaches that help to solve one or more of the challenges facing America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. … This year’s winner, the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, submitted an innovative proposal that meets Barrett’s vision of the Challenge… The Institute’s proposal calls for a three megawatt combined heat and power energy facility powered by local, sustainably harvested wood, co-located with other wood-products businesses.

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Dobson Knob fire triples in size; containment grows

By Abigail Margulis
Asheville Citizen-Times
April 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


NEBO – The Dobson Knob fire, burning in McDowell County, nearly tripled in size Wednesday as it grew to about 1,400 acres by Thursday morning and containment of flames was at 15 percent, a 5 percent increase from Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service… The fire was initially estimated at 125 acres and grew to 200 acres by Monday evening. By Wednesday morning the blaze had spread across 550 acres and was considered 10 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Officials are still working to determine a cause. About 142 firefighters were battling the Dobson Knob fire as of Wednesday.

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New wildfire prompts evacuation of New Port Richey park

WFLA News Channel 8
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Two new wildfires broke out in Pasco County on Wednesday, proving just how serious the fire danger has become. WFLA Helicopter Eagle 8 discovered a second new wildfire while on the way to cover another fire in Pasco County. The second new fire is located in Hudson near New York Avenue and US 19. Large flames could be seen shooting from treetops. Embers from the fire caused the blaze to spread nearby. Florida Forest Service is calling this fire “South Wind.” The fire burned about 18 acres. 

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‘Death by a thousand cuts’: why Sydney trees need your help

By the City of Sydney
The Guardian
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Progressive Australians have embraced green living through recycling programs and annual “Clean Up” days, but many still have a blind spot when it comes to trees, the City of Sydney’s urban forest manager Karen Sweeney says. Taking the many benefits of tree cover for granted has meant losing greenery in favour of extra rooms, plunge pools and parking in the increasing competition for our space, time and energy. “It’s a death by a thousand cuts,” Sweeney says of the fight to maintain tree cover for residents in Australia’s densest local government area. “At the urban forest level we are losing canopy all over.” While Sweeney and her team are working in our streets and parks to increase overall cover by 50% within 15 years, most of the City’s 26sq km area is in private hands.

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Totes a maze! How a forester turned his financial crisis into an eco-friendly puzzle

By Diego Martin
The Guardian
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

What I really like about the Laberinto de Villapresente in Cantabria, northern Spain, apart from the fact that it looks very nice (especially from the air) is the idea behind it. The economic crisis in the eurozone has hit particularly hard here in Spain – but it affected Emilio Perez Carral very hard. He was a forester and had a business selling cypress trees. When the crisis hit he was left with thousands of trees, but rather than get rid of them he decided to do something creative – he designed a maze and planted the trees. He started the business with his daughter, who was in her 20s and unemployed too. That was four years ago (that’s how long it took for the trees to grow to the right size) and the maze finally opened this April. Now it is Spain’s largest maze and one of the biggest in Europe.

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The Malaysian Wood Industries Association inks MoU with Guangxi Forestry Industry Trade Association The Star Online

The Malaysian Star
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Wood Industries Association (MWIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Guangxi Forestry Industry Trade Association to promote collaboration and exchange of information between the two countries on timber trade. MWIA president, Datuk Low Kian Chuan, said the collaboration would create an information-sharing platform to strengthen cooperation on market development, technology, human resources, management and trade for mutual benefits. “The collaboration would also optimise the association member’s resources in planting as well as trading sawn timber, veneers and wood-working machineries,” he said at the MWIA 60th anniversary dinner on Wednesday.

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Are all urban forests equally beneficial?

By Helen J. Davies, Centre for Environmental Sciences and Dr. Kieron J. Doick, Urban Forest Research Group
Institute of Chartered Foresters
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Like Green Infrastructure, the term urban forest is often used in generic and overly-simplistic ways. Our definition helps to illustrate that the urban forest is a component of the wider green infrastructure and just as green infrastructure is comprised of various elements, so too is the urban forest. It is important to remember when discussing the urban forest that not all of its components deliver all of the benefits of urban trees. This fact is not well articulated in the current literature. …In our new Forestry Commission Research Report, we review the literature to show that single trees, for example, are particularly important in delivering the ‘shade provision’ ecosystem service….. The total amount of each of these components within an urban forest thus impacts the extent of delivery of these various ecosystem services. The profile of ecosystem service delivery will also differ between urban forests with different proportions of each of these components.

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Duncombe Sawmill, in Helmsley to star in Coast to Coast TV show with Tony Robinson

By Karen Darley
Gazette and Herald
April 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A RYEDALE business and the National Park will be the stars of the show during an upcoming episode of a new TV programme hosted by Tony Robinson. Episode five of Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast will feature the Duncombe Sawmill, in Helmsley, showcasing the cycle of timber being grown locally, worked with at the Sawmill and then used within the National Park… A segment of the fifth episode will focus on the circle of locally-sourced timber, following the FSC sustainable sawlogs being felled at Castle Howard, transported to Duncombe Sawmill and then cut down into components and made into a gate by Tony himself, with some help from the experts.

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PEFC invitation for public consultation

PEFC International
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PEFC invites you to comment on our revised Standard Setting standard – PEFC ST 1001:201X…This standard sets the rules for national standard development and revision. Core principles of the standard development are stakeholder engagement, balanced representation of different interests, consensus building, continuous improvement and transparency. The revised document introduces many improvements in document structure and clarity. More importantly, it introduces improvements to the standard setting itself… by far the biggest change is the further detailing of the periodic review.

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Company & Business News

Interfor Corp upgraded to buy as estimates look ‘too conservative’

By Jonathan Ratner
National Post
April 12, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Interfor Corp. was upgraded to buy from hold at TD Securities on expected productivity gains that will allow the company to take better advantage of climbing lumber prices… After recent meetings with Interfor’s management and institutional investors, TD analyst Sean Steuart believes good progress is being made. “In that context, and given the accelerating lumber market momentum, we believe that 2017 consensus earnings estimates are too conservative,” he told clients… While Interfor’s operating rates at U.S. South were only 78 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2016, Steuart expects utilization will move higher, as the company captures recent lumber market strength.

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Mercer Announces Acquisition of Sawmill and Bio-Mass Power Plant

By Mercer International Inc.
Globe Newswire
April 13, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

NEW YORK — Mercer International announced that it has completed, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mercer Timber Products GmbH, its previously announced agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of one of Germany’s largest sawmills and a bio-mass power plant, near Friesau, Germany, for approximately $55.1 million plus defined working capital of approximately $6.5 million. In connection with the Acquisition, Mercer announced that it has also successfully replaced the existing €25 million revolving working capital facility of its subsidiary. 

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…and on B.C.’s approach to the softwood lumber agreement

By Nikki Fredrikson
Invermere Valley Echo
April 12, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

On October 12th, 2015 the softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the United States of America expired. …Columbia River-Revelstoke riding candidates for the upcoming provincial election, recently shared their stances on the matter with The Echo. “The new softwood lumber agreement is being negotiated by the federal government. While we do need to stay involved and do what we can to help push it along, put simply, the agreement itself is out of provincial jurisdiction… the B.C. Liberals have taken a few steps to protect our province, but we could do better,” said independent candidate Justin Hooles… “Forestry is a sunrise industry in this province, and the B.C. Liberals and I are committed to standing up for our forestry workers”, said Clovechok.

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West Fraser donates $10,000 to project

By Meghan Payne
South Peace News
April 12, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) is one of Alberta’s eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Council’s (WPAC’s). The LSWC, established in 2007, has been working to raise awareness about watersheds, promote best management practices that lead to a healthy watershed, report on the health of the Lesser Slave watershed and engage watershed stakeholders in the development of an integrated watershed management plan that provides watershed management recommendations that when implemented lead to a sustainable Lesser Slave Lake. …The LSWC would like to thank our first major project sponsor West Fraser. They generously donated $10,000 to the LSWC on March 23, 2017.

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Timber REITs – Timberland correction on the horizon?

By Paul Quinn
RBC Capital Markets
April 12, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

This week, RISI’s Timberland Markets Report highlighted early signs of some US timberlands experiencing a market correction, citing modestly lower pricing and modestly higher discount rates for non-core timberland properties (which excludes pine plantations in the US South and Douglas Fir plantations in the Northwest). Overall timberland market trends cited include hardwood land values trending lower, flat to slightly weaker valuations in the Northwest, while quality pine values in the South remain firm (with industry insiders pointing to the recent RYN-FIA deal given the somewhat aggressive valuation of the transaction at ~ $2,500/acre, when adjusted for the leased land).

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Allyn Ford talks forestry at chamber meeting

By Emily Hoard
The News-Review
April 12, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Though the timber industry has faced recent challenges, Allyn Ford of Roseburg Forest Products has a positive outlook for the future of forestry. Ford discussed the state of the wood products industry at a Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. “Our industry is very complicated, in some ways very political, but also in some ways subject to different variables like Mother Nature,” Ford said. “There are some good things happening, it’s not all doom and gloom.” The U.S.’s recovery after the recession has been a long process, Ford said, and now the country is back to low unemployment rates. However, according to Ford, the recession has left workers across various industries with less confidence and more caution….The demand for remodels and infrastructural support, however, continues to increase, which Ford said is great for the wood products industry. He added he expects to see a higher level of stability in demand than in prior years.

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Investors say proposed energy park at former mill site won’t require more state aid

By Darren Fishell
Bangor Daily News
April 13, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Investors hoping to revitalize Maine’s forest products and wood-to-energy industries say their vision won’t involve asking for more financial help from state or local governments. Stored Solar plans to put together its latest Maine investment with a blend of private money and a federally backed loan for energy projects to get a $240 million biorefinery off the ground in East Millinocket. “We will not be asking for any assistance from state or local taxpayers,” Dan Cashman, a spokesman for Stored Solar, wrote in an email…. The company estimates the biorefinery would employ 102 people. LePage sees their project as “a concept to reinvent the forest products industry using Maine’s resources and new technologies,” according to spokesman Peter Steele….The company hopes that biomass subsidy can serve as a bridge to converting those plants into bio-energy parks that can help prove its model for turning a profit with biomass, a challenging industry in the face of cheap oil.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Evolving World of Wood Shredding

By Peter Streinik
Biomass Magazine
April 12, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The intelligent reuse of wood is not a new phenomenon. As one of the world’s oldest materials, this sustainable resource has been recycled or repurposed by mankind for thousands of years, but the wood processing landscape has continued to change extensively. In the U.S. and Canada, for example, preconsumer wood waste has been virtually eliminated, but the level of wood debris in municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition (C&D) streams show there is still room for improvement. There are at least 30 million metric tons of such recoverable material available in North America annually. Wood isn’t yet being best utilized in this respect, but awareness of the opportunity is growing.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

$1.5M grant supports testing laminated wood in seismic conditions

By Erik Gomez
Washington State University
April 12, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West


PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University researchers have received a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to develop guidelines that will help builders use more sustainable timber in high-rise buildings in earthquake-prone areas. Daniel Dolan, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University is working in collaboration with the Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Washington, Lehigh University, the University of Nevada at Reno, Forest Products Lab, and American Wood Council, to develop new designs for using cross-laminated timber (CLT) in buildings in seismic areas. The project is led by Shiling Pei at Colorado School of Mines. As part of the $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, the researchers will eventually test their designs for a 10-story tall, wooden building by simulating a real earthquake in a laboratory.

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