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Today’s Takeaway

Demand for wood increases forest productivity and carbon storage

Tree Frog Forestry News
July 28, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

A new report by Forest2Market links the “increased demand for wood fibre” to “greater forest productivity and a significant increase in the amount of forest inventory available for storing carbon“. 

The Canadian government announced a plan to protect the boreal caribou population, “three months after a wildlife conservation group took the environment minister to court”.

Wildfire experts in Europe and North American say “out-of-control wildfires will likely become more frequent as global temperatures soar under climate change”. And “you don’t have to be near a forest fire for it to affect your health” according to Healthline as “the intense smoke and heat can cause cardiac arrest and heart attacks“.

In company news:

  • Western Forest Products indefinitely curtails its Somass Sawmill (Port Alberni)
  • Tolko to upgrade OSB line at re-opened Alberta mill (High Prairie)
  • Hefler is clawing its way back from the financial abyss (Middle Sackville)
  • Tembec shareholders approve takeover by Rayonier (Montreal)
  • Formaldehyde Concerns Grow with Weyerhaeuser’s joists (Denver)

Finally, George Brown College plans to construct Ontario’s first Tall Wood institutional building, a 12-storey, carbon neutral facility in Toronto.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

How a Canadian Timber Company Is Using U.S. Racketeering Law to Go After Greenpeace

By Paul Barrett
Bloomberg Businessweek
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

For several years, Greenpeace has been mounting a multimedia campaign against Canada’s Resolute Forest Products, one of the largest timber-and-paper companies in the world. Called “Resolute: Forest Destroyer,” the campaign accuses the company of endangering the Boreal Forest, a vast evergreen swath that covers a third of northern Canada. In response, Resolute has taken the extreme step of suing Greenpeace in the U.S. for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). …A federal judge is expected to hear Greenpeace’s motion to dismiss the Resolute suit this fall. Unsettling though it may be to watch a litigant wrap its free-speech fate in a revolting porn magazine, I predict Greenpeace will have the better of the constitutional argument. The First Amendment offers activists a strong shield.

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Federal government announces plan to protect caribou after legal action taken

Canadian Press in the Times Colonist
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government has come up with a proposed plan to protect Canada’s threatened boreal caribou population, three months after a wildlife conservation group took the environment minister to court over the matter. The plan released Thursday night notes that the provincial and territorial governments have primary responsibility for the lands where the caribou are found. But it says federal officials will require reports on progress to ensure that protection and recovery efforts are effective. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society filed an application for judicial review in Federal Court last April, accusing Environment Minister Catherine McKenna of not telling Canadians how the caribou are being protected.

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Forestry Consultant Who Warned of Timber Overcutting Continues Court Battle

By Judith Lavoie
DeSmog Canada
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite a legal setback, Martin Watts is vowing to continue his crusade against what he believes are inaccuracies in provincial data used to determine the annual cut allowed each year in B.C. forests. Watts, owner of FORCOMP Forestry Consulting Ltd., claims he was blacklisted by the provincial government after he went public with concerns that corrupted data and unvalidated computer models were being used in the Timber Supply Review Process, which is used by the Chief Forester to set the Annual Allowable Cut. …In a decision released this month Master Carolyn Bouck ruled that the Notice of Civil Claim was likely to fail at trial because the pleading was “verbose and confusing.” The claim cannot stand in its present form, but the plaintiffs ought to be given an opportunity to plead their case, Bouck wrote, giving Watts an opportunity to file an amended notice of civil claim before Aug. 31.

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Fires used to be much more common according to UBC research

By Max Winkelman
BC Local News
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New research from the University of British Columbia (UBC) indicates wildfires used to be a lot more common in the Cariboo. Wesley Brooke is a Master of Science student at UBC who for his thesis has been studying the Knife Creek Block of the Alex Fraser Research Forest, which is on the east hand side of Highway 97 just north of Knife Creek Road and the 140 Mile area. He’s been examining trees for fire scarring. While the data gets less reliable the further back in time because fewer trees date back that far, Brooke found evidence of 22 fires between 1619 and 1943. The time between the fires varied but averaged one every 15 years.

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‘Mixed messages’ plagued early response to Fort McMurray wildfire, municipal review concludes

By David Thurton
CBC News
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents in Fort McMurray, Alta., received “mixed messages” about the threat and proximity of the wildfire barrelling towards their community last year, which resulted in one of Canada’s largest evacuations ever, a municipal review concludes. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo report, released Thursday, examined the local response to the 2016 wildfire, officially known as the Horse River wildfire. “Had we arrived at a common understanding of the situation earlier,” fire chief Jody Butz said at a news conference Thursday in Fort McMurray. “The timing of the May 3 mass evacuation may have been different.”

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Apple highlights its sustainably managed forest project in new video

By Michael Potuck
9to5Mac
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Apple has published a new series of videos in celebration of Earth Day that both highlight the company’s green energy efforts and explain some of the science behind clean energy today. The video series includes comical illustrations and narrations from Apple execs including VP Lisa Jackson. Curious enough, the video published today to Apple’s YouTube channel is titled “Earth Day 2017 – Can an apple grow a forest?” even though we’re months past Earth Day. Like the previous videos, this new one is narrated by Apple executive Lisa Jackson (along with others) and gives more insight into the lengths Apple goes to protect the environment.

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Editorial: Wildfire funding should be the priority

Bend Bulletin
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would make it easier for a variety of groups to gain access to federal lands. …That’s all well and good. In Central Oregon, it can feel a bit ironic coming as it does at the same time the Forest Service considers limits on access to local wilderness areas. But the bigger priority for Congress on public lands than Wyden’s recreation bill should be wildfire disaster funding. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, introduced in June by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, would make a long overdue change in the way the U.S. Forest Service pays for fighting wildfires. It would allow disaster funds to be tapped to pay for wildfires.

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Forest Service, Alaska Native Corporation Transfer Land

Associated Press in U.S. News & World Report
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SITKA, Alaska  — The U.S. Forest Service and an Alaska-based Native corporation announced the transfer of 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of land from the Alaska Native corporation to the Admiralty Island National Monument. The land is part of the 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) Sitka-based Shee Atika Corp. logged between 1984 and 2002 after the Sitka urban corporation selected it as part of its land entitlement under the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act. Under an agreement between the Forest Service and Shee Atika signed in July 2016, the land is being purchased in segments by the government with funds appropriated by Congress under legislation championed by the Alaska Congressional delegation, the Sitka Sentinel reported Wednesday.

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Lawsuit halted fire mitigation work in area now burning near Lincoln

By Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two Lincoln-area wildfires are burning within an area the Forest Service approved for fire mitigation work starting this year, but is currently under federal court injunction. Now a coalition of groups and individuals will get to weigh in on the court case and urge a federal judge to allow the project to proceed. Late last summer the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest greenlighted a timber and prescribed burning project called the Stonewall Vegetation Project north and northwest of Lincoln. Within a 24,000-acre project area, the agency approved commercial logging and thinning on 2,100 acres and prescribed fire on 2,700 acres.

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Let Swan Forest Initiative die

By Keith Hammer
Missoulian
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Why won’t Lake County Conservation District Chairman Jim Simpson respond to our concerns about his Swan Forest Initiative that would have Montana take over logging of 60,000 acres of wildlife-rich Flathead National Forest and share the alleged profits with Lake County? It appears Montana could turn a profit only by claiming it would get three times the price for its logs and by over-logging fish and wildlife habitat. The Flathead National Forest Plan’s logging analysis is based on actual stumpage/log values and shows it loses about $100 on each load of logs sold. Simpson flat-out refuses to tell us why he uses a stumpage estimate three times larger than actual values to show a profit should Montana instead control the logging.

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How Forest Fires Can Endanger Your Health from Miles and Miles Away

Health Line
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The dangers from wildfires can spread far from the flames. The health impacts include cardiac arrest and heart attacks. You don’t have to be near a forest fire for it to affect your health. Summer wildfires have hit multiple areas of California scorching tens of thousands of acres. In Europe, forest fires have affected a number of countries and caused dozens of deaths in Portugal. The intense smoke and heat of a forest fire are clearly causes of immediate dangers to those in its path. However, the flames can also cause unexpected health threats, including heart attacks, for those fleeing the fire or just living nearby. Past research has found those living near forest fires are at increased risk for major cardiac events while smoke is in the air. Tiny particulates from wildfire smoke can travel through the air and increase the risk for cardiac events in people who are miles away, even in areas that aren’t acutely affected by the flames.

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Smokey’s Corner: Striking a social and ecological balance towards a healthy forest

By U.S. Forest Service Customer Service Representative George Garnett
Ruidoso News
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The word fuel may bring to mind materials such as coal, oil or gasoline that are burned to produce heat or power. However in forest terms, fuel refers to live and dead trees, shrubs, grasses and any other material naturally found in the forest that will burn. Hazardous fuels is a term that firefighters, foresters, and other forest resource management specialists use to describe situations where there literally is too much vegetation on a landscape that becomes available to fuel a wildfire. The current management of these forest ffuels involve the use of two primary tools, thinning and prescribed fire treatments. …The goal of the Greater Ruidoso WUI Working Group is to promote the creation and maintenance of healthy forest conditions. Research has shown that treatments to reduce fuels can significantly modify fire behavior and severity and reduce environmental damage caused by wildfire, which in turn can reduce the risk to firefighters, destruction and cost of fire suppression and post-fire rehabilitation efforts.

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Forest2Market Report Shows Increased Demand for Wood Fiber Leads to Forest Growth

By Forest2Market, Inc.
Euro Investor
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Charlotte, NC — As the debate about the carbon benefits of generating electricity in Europe from wood pellets manufactured in the southern United States continues, a new Forest2Market report shows that growth in demand for forest products (e.g., lumber, paper, packaging and wood pellets) has led to greater forest productivity and a significant increase in the amount of forest inventory available for storing carbon. The report, Historical Perspective on the Relationship between Demand and Forest Productivity in the US South, analyzes US Forest Service data and other scientific research to understand the relationship between changes in demand and supply from 1953 to 2015. …“Unfortunately, much of the discourse about the forest products industry’s impact on forests and carbon has focused on only one side of the story: harvesting trees,” says the report’s lead analyst and author, Hannah Jefferies. “This ignores one of the most basic tenets of forestry: grow trees.”

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Womens history: Forestry reevaluated

Nordic Forest Research
July 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Usually we think about big, strong men cutting down huge trees when talking about forestry in the past. But the truth is a little bit different and now a swedish researcher wants to make women visible – they have had part in forestry for a long time. Women have been part of forestry in different ways for a long time, but they didn’t gain any attention and still don’t. There is a risk that they will remain invisible if no one changes it. The women studying here at the forest faculty at SLU (Swedish Agricultural University) sees a lot of men, both historically and today, in forestry. But a lot of women have been working actively in the forest during the period up to 1950, says the SLU researcher and professor in forestry history Lars Östlund to Skogen.se.

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Forest Fires

Witness to Monte Lake wildfire believes flicked cigarette butt to blame

By Karin Larsen
CBC News
July 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Darcy Lynn didn’t see who flicked the cigarette butt out of a car driving in front of hers. But she did witness the immediate aftermath: grass at the side of Highway 97 bursting into flames igniting the Monte Lake wildfire southeast of Kamloops which has now grown to 150 hectares. “We came around the corner from Monte Lake and saw a puff of smoke, and as we got closer, we saw flames erupt,” said Lynn. “We pulled over and grabbed all the extra water bottles in our van and ran back and started trying to put it out near the side of the road, but the wind picked up and whooshed the fire right up the hill. It caught the fence on fire, and then moved back into the trees and the trees started to candle.” Lynn said the entire scene unfolded in mere seconds. “It was insane,” she said.

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B.C. wildfire status Thursday: wildfires grow, putting communities on edge

By Amy Judd
Global News
July 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfires continue to wreak havoc in the B.C. interior and more people have been forced to flee their homes. A rapidly moving fire near Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, forced two evacuation orders Wednesday night covering 60 properties, and prompted the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to declare a local state of emergency. A further 58 properties are under an evacuation alert. …The evacuation order for Williams Lake was lifted Thursday, almost two weeks after residents were forced to leave their homes. …It will be another nervous day for the residents of Clinton as unpredictable weather fuels the Elephant Hill wildfire. …The B.C. Wildfire Service says it is preparing for a very busy few days ahead and it is expecting a number of new fires to start. The weather will not be helping matters.

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‘One less spark is one less wildfire’: Fire danger restricts logging, open fires, smoking

KVAL 13
July 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – Fire danger is high in the the Oregon Department of Forestry’s South Cascade District. That includes parts of Eastern Lane County and Northern Douglas County. When temperatures rise, so do restrictions on industrial operations. Restrictions rage from a Level I to a Level IV. For the timber industry, the restrictions impact the hours that they operate and the equipment that they are allowed to use. South Cascades Fire District is currently at a Level II. Out in the forest, that means chain saws and other machinery are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. “And for good reason,” said Todd Payne, CEO of Seneca Timber Industry in West Eugene. “They don’t want to be out there in those conditions to risk any type of fires start.”

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Portugal again battles raging forest fires

eNCA
July 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MACAO, Portugal – Forest fires raged in the early hours of Thursday in central Portugal, cutting off roads and forcing thousands to flee just a month after deadly blazes left more than 60 people dead. The biggest blaze is in Serta, in the Castelo Branco region, where more than a quarter of the country’s firefighters attempted to halt its progress. Portugal has been battling fresh fires since Sunday in the centre of the country, forcing the evacuation of around 10 villages. “The fire has spread throughout the afternoon,” Portuguese civil protection spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said Wednesday, though there were hopes that the wind and temperatures would drop overnight, making the firefighters’ work easier.

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Company & Business News

Tolko to upgrade OSB line at re-opened Alberta mill

By Tamar Atik
Wood Business
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko has ordered two pocket batch feeders to upgrade its OSB line at its re-opened High Prairie, Alta., mill. The OSB mill was restarted in June 2017. It had been closed since 2008 prior to that when the North American housing market fell and forced the mill to shut down. Production is expected to resume in the first quarter of 2018. “We are confident that current improvements in market conditions are sustainable and that customer demand for Tolko oriented strand board products will remain strong,” said Tolko president and chief executive officer Brad Thorlakson in a release. …Once fully operational, the mill is expected to directly employ approximately 175 people.

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TimberWest Safety Leadership Awards Recognizes Three Outstanding Contractors

TimberWest
July 25, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest works with an exceptional group of contractors who coordinate and manage close to 1,000 people out in the woods every day. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the experience and capability our contractors, and their staff, bring to the job. In fact, many of the best ideas on how to improve efficiencies and safety have come from our contractors working on the ground. The collaboration between TimberWest and our contractors helps to maintain a strong, healthy, competitive coastal forest industry. Our first, and most important, shared goal is getting everyone home safely every single day. To achieve this goal, we all recognized a step-change in workplace culture was required.

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BC premier says ‘hopeful’ of softwood lumber deal with US in August

By Lesley Wroughton
Reuters Canada
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

WASHINGTON – British Columbia Premier John Horgan said after talks with Trump administration officials on Thursday he was hopeful a dispute between Canada and the United States over softwood lumber could be resolved before NAFTA talks begin in mid-August. Horgan told Reuters he saw no reason why the dispute should be part of the three-way North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico, which begin on Aug. 16. Horgan met separately with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington this week over an escalating trade dispute with Canada over softwood lumber exports, which is a major industry for the West Coast province of British Columbia.

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Softwood Lumber Deal Is On Its Way, Horgan Says

By Dirk Meissner
Canadian Press in Huffington Post Canada
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says Canada and the United States are close to reaching a softwood lumber trade deal that could come as early as next month. …Horgan said talks between Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross are ongoing and it appears they are close to reaching a market-share agreement. …The B.C. premier met with Ross and Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade secretary, and one of the top officials in charge of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Horgan also met with Washington state Rep. Congressman Dave Reichert, who sits on the Ways and Means committee overseeing tax-writing policy. “I just wanted to make the case again to these senior representatives that B.C. wants a fair deal,” Horgan said. “We want to make sure it’s a deal that is in the interests of B.C., and as the largest player on the Canadian side in terms of market share, we want to make sure they understand we are not prepared to give and give and give.”

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Western Forest Products Indefinitely Curtails Somass Sawmill

Western Forest Products Inc.
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – Western Forest Products Inc. today announced the indefinite curtailment of its Somass Sawmill, located in Port Alberni, B.C. The Somass Sawmill has been temporarily curtailed since February 2017, prior to which it operated on a single shift basis. Western intends to offer voluntary severance to its Somass Sawmill hourly employees. The difficult decision to indefinitely curtail operations is in response to the lack of log supply to operate the mill efficiently, as well as the uncertainty caused by duties recently applied to Canadian softwood lumber products sold into the United States. Western is focused on reducing costs to remain competitive. Cost reductions will be delivered through operational consolidation. The Company expects to offset lost production from Somass by increasing production at its other operations on Vancouver Island.

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Western Forest Products shuts operations at Port Alberni, B.C. sawmill

Canadian Press in CBC News
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada West

Western Forest Products says it’s indefinitely curtailing operations at one of its mills on Vancouver Island. The company said in a statement that the Somass sawmill in Port Alberni, where it manufactures western red cedar, has been in limbo since February. Before that it only operated with a single shift. Western Forest Products said it intends to offer voluntary severance to its 77 hourly employees at the mill. The union said it was hoping for a different outcome. …The company said it is focused on cost reductions to remain competitive, and the decision came amid a lack of log supply to operate efficiently, as well as uncertainty caused by duties recently applied to softwood lumber products going from Canada into the U.S.

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Hefler clawing its way back from the financial abyss

By Jamie Risdon
The Chronicle Herald
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Iconic Hefler Forest Products in Middle Sackville is reinventing itself under new management after a turbulent year that saw its assets scooped up after the previous owners sought creditor protection. “We’re taking it slow and easy,” Stan Mason, president of Hefler Forest Products, said in an interview. “There are 20 people here who are employed and we’re taking care of them.” The sawmill, which used to employ an additional 35 people and produced 60,000 board feet per day before it shut down at the end of last year, is still closed. Those workers have lost their jobs. But the kiln is back in operation due to a new, two-year contract, loosely estimated to be worth a few hundred thousand dollars, and drying lumber for another sawmill, Ledwidge Lumber in nearby Enfield. Hefler Forest Products is also bringing its planer mill, which is used to smooth out rough lumber, back to life. “We’re working for a sawmill that’s got a very high-speed planer and they can’t handle this particular product,” said Mason.

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Tembec shareholders approve takeover by Rayonier Advanced Materials

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press in the Chronicle Journal
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Shareholders in Quebec forestry firm Tembec have overwhelmingly endorsed a friendly takeover offer by Rayonier Advanced Materials, a chemical products company based in Florida. About 95 per cent of shareholders who voted were in favour of the deal, valued at C$1.1 billion — well above the two-thirds support required. The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of year. Although Rayonier is not constrained by any written guarantees, it has committed to maintain a Canadian head office and further invest in the company, which is good news for employees, said outgoing Tembec CEO James Lopez.

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Formaldehyde Concerns Grow As More Homeowners Discover Issues

By Rick Sallinger
CBS 4
July 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Weyerhauser is blaming a fomula change for a problem that has forced evacuations and kept people from hundreds of homes around the country. Formaldehyde inside the basements of the homes have caused odor issues and potential health risks. …According to CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida, in the short term the chemical can cause headaches, chronic respiratory infections and constant fatigue. Long term exposure could lead to cancer. The problem joists are made by Weyerhauser. The company issued a statement that it will cover the cost of temporary housing. It said the formula that was changed was applied at a facility in Louisiana.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change could lead to more forest fires – expert

By Tanya Foubert
Rocky Mountain Outlook
July 27, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

An expert on forest fires in Canada says hotter weather due to climate change could result in more forest fires and smoky air each year. Dr. Mike Flannigan, a University of Alberta professor and director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science has confirmed through his research that the hotter it is outside, the more forest fires there will be. He said with climate change gradually increasing average temperatures, the increased heat would result in more forest fires. He pointed out that since the 1970s the annual area that has burned as a result of forest fire has doubled. …On average in Canada each year, there are 7,000 forest fires and an estimated 2.5 million hectares burned, as fire is a frequent occurrence in the country’s boreal forest.

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Climate change will feed wildfires: experts

By Dominique Schroeder
Phys.org
July 27, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Out-of-control wildfires like the ones that brought destruction to southern Europe, North America and parts of South Africa in recent weeks will likely become more frequent as global temperatures soar under climate change, experts say. More than 10,000 people had to flee raging fires in southern France this week, and several villages were evacuated in Portugal just weeks after another blaze killed more than 60 people there. In South Africa in June, nine people died and some 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes as fires raged through the drought-stricken Western Cape region, while this month some 40,000 people have had to flee wildfires in western Canada, where officials declared a state of emergency. In California, some 8,000 people were evacuated last week ahead of fires that razed vast swathes of forest.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

George Brown College to Build Ontario’s First Tall Wood Institutional Building — A Carbon Neutral Home to Tall Wood Research Institute

George Brown College
New Kerala
July 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — Continuing its leadership in the evolution of green and sustainable building methods, George Brown College plans to construct the province’s first Tall Wood institutional building. The planned 12-storey, carbon neutral facility will be home to a Tall Wood Building Research Institute. The Arbour will serve as a living laboratory both during its construction and once complete, where students and researchers will learn to design, construct, operate and monitor climate-friendly buildings. It will be located on George Brown’s Waterfront Campus, to the north of the LEED Gold certified Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences. The college recently purchased the land from the City of Toronto. In the fall, the college will launch an international design competition among the firms uniquely qualified to undertake such a project.

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Turning Up the Heat – Fires Test Performance of Tall Wood Buildings

By Rebecca Wallace
USDA Forest Service
July 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…In order for wood structures to rise above six stories without special building official permission, changes to the International Building Code are needed. It’s a tall order, but researchers from the Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) recently completed a series of fire tests (link is external) that will address concerns about the fire performance of wood buildings and help take them to new heights. In cooperation with the American Wood Council, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (link is external) (ATF), and the Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry, FPL researchers recently recreated five fire scenarios in a two-story, full-scale test building constructed using CLT. The results were promising. …The test building, constructed at the ATF’s Fire Research Laboratory (link is external) in Beltsville, Maryland, consisted of two identical, furnished one-bedroom apartments. The scenarios tested various arrangements of exposed and unexposed CLT with open doors between living and sleeping areas.

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Legislation prompted by Edgewater fire stalls as Prieto meets with lobbyists

By Nicholas Pugliese
North Jersey.com
July 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Legislation to help prevent another fire like the one that ravaged a large apartment complex in Edgewater has stalled… It took two years following the Edgewater fire in January 2015, which destroyed the homes of some 500 people, for Prieto to introduce his legislative response to the disaster — a delay he attributed to months of working to earn the buy-in of various “stakeholders. …The American Wood Council has also lobbied Prieto to amend portions of A-96, while the New Jersey Building Material Dealers Association has come out against A-97, according to lobbyist disclosure forms. On the other side of the debate are fire officials like Edgewater Fire Chief Thomas Jacobson, who doesn’t think Prieto’s legislation goes far enough. “I still would rather see noncombustible materials used in buildings of that magnitude, you know, concrete, steel, something that’s not going to burn.”

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The Wood Awards 2017 shortlist revealed

Specification Online
July 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Twenty outstanding structures have been nominated for the Wood Awards 2017 shortlist, featuring some of Britain’s best architectural designs in wood. The judging panel, led by architect Michael Morrison of Purcell, visit all the shortlist projects in person, making this a uniquely rigorous competition. The shortlist will be showcased at the London Design Fair (Stand B05, Hall T2), Old Truman Brewery, September 21-24. Winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on November 21, by ceremony host Johanna Agerman Ross, Founder of Disegno magazine and Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the V&A.

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Lendlease breaks ground on Candlewood Suites hotel at Fort Drum

By Eric Reinhardt
Central New York Business Journal
July 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Lendlease, a global construction and real-estate development firm, has started work on Fort Drum’s future Candlewood Suites hotel after breaking ground on the project July 18. …Lendlease is based in Sydney, Australia with U.S. headquarters in New York City. …Lendlease crews will build the hotel with cross laminated timber (CLT), a building product made from layers of pressed lumber board, as described in the Lendlease release. CLT offers builders “maximized strength and durability with added sustainability and conservation benefits, and is projected to achieve significant energy savings when compared to typical hotel buildings of the same size for the same climate.”

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nHouse Kicks off ‘Crowd Fund’ Raise to Deliver Mass Housing Solution

July 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON — In a construction industry first, new modular housing brand, nHouse, has turned to crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, to raise development funds and has already raised over a third of its £495,000 target. The rapid take up highlights industry and investor confidence in modular housing as a solution to providing much needed homes. …Award winning architect Richard Hywel Evans, who designed the nHouse, explained why offsite construction has come of age: “Thanks to the advent of new materials like Cross Laminated Timber, new technology and the support of the banks in providing mortgages this sector has now reached a tipping point. From my desk, I can use my computer to instantly instruct precision saws in a house building factory to cut wooden house panels to within a millimetre of my exact requirements.

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General

nHouse Kicks off ‘Crowd Fund’ Raise to Deliver Mass Housing Solution

July 28, 2017
Category: Uncategorised

LONDON — In a construction industry first, new modular housing brand, nHouse, has turned to crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, to raise development funds and has already raised over a third of its £495,000 target. The rapid take up highlights industry and investor confidence in modular housing as a solution to providing much needed homes. …Award winning architect Richard Hywel Evans, who designed the nHouse, explained why offsite construction has come of age: “Thanks to the advent of new materials like Cross Laminated Timber, new technology and the support of the banks in providing mortgages this sector has now reached a tipping point. From my desk, I can use my computer to instantly instruct precision saws in a house building factory to cut wooden house panels to within a millimetre of my exact requirements.

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