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Today’s Takeaway

Why won’t young people work in logging?

Tree Frog Forestry News
August 23, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Why won’t young people work in logging? According to a story in the Guardian, “The workforce is “ageing, and not growing fast enough to meet the demand for timber products.” But new harvesting methods and machines in Oregon could solve “industry’s millennial problem.” In safety news, the Tasmanian coroner “makes recommendations to reduce chainsaw-related fatalities” and a sobering story out of New Zealand about “forestry workers being killed at work”.

Softwood lumber headlines include: “European markets benefit as Canadian lumber tanks“; the US lumber industry “pushes for tougher duties“; and “It was Canada’s big prize: Is Chapter 19 still worth fighting for in new NAFTA?

A University of New Brunswick historian says that legal challenges by J.D. Irving could mean the “collapse of the provinces marketing board system for private woodlots“. 

Finally, a new report on wood’s fire resistance “expands off-the-shelf solutions for mass timber connections”; “wood-plastic composites are forecast to experience above average gains in demand through 2020″; and more images of Penda’s 62 meter high Toronto Tower concept in “Toronto and the beanstalk!

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

2017 Canfor Contractor Awards

By John Deere
Canfor CEO Blog
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor is fortunate to work with many exceptional contractors across our operations as part of our day-to-day business. This includes forestry contractors which harvest timber for us on our tenures in BC and Alberta and undertake challenging and extremely important work for us, delivering the fibre to supply our western Canadian operations. These companies play a vital role in our company’s success, which is why I greatly value the opportunity to thank and recognize excellence in their performance with the annual Canfor Contractor Awards. 

  • Top Canadian Contractor  – Clusko Logging Enterprises Ltd. (Vavenby operation)
  • Business Leadership Award – Peace Country Ventures (Grande Prairie operation)
  • Quality Award – M&H Logging (Kootenay Operation)
  • Safety Award – Andy Meints Contracting Ltd. (Houston operation)

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Promise may be last chance for Nova Scotia forests

By Jim Vibert
The Chronicle Herald
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you want your kids to remember what Nova Scotia wilderness looked like, you might get them out in the woods sometime soon. In its first term, the Liberal government failed virtually every test of forest conservation. Premier Stephen McNeil was forced to admit, during the spring provincial election, that there are “serious problems” with current forestry practices. He promised an independent review. The Sept. 21 throne speech will tell where that promise stands. If there’s some meat on the bones, the government may be serious. If the promise is merely repeated, skepticism is justified. If it’s missing altogether, grab the kids and head for the woods.

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Groups rally to oppose possible changes to national monuments

By Steven Mayer
The Bakersfield Californian
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Don Gray, member, Sequoia Forest Keeper

Some estimate that close to three-quarters of all giant Sequoia trees in the world are located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument that stretches into Tulare, Fresno and Kern counties. The goal of protecting that 328,000-acre national monument, the trees and the ecosystem that allows them to thrive was on the minds of about 100 people who rallied at Yokuts Park on a very warm afternoon Tuesday. “If they decide to reduce the size of that monument — or eliminate it — they’re going to be in court,” said Joe Fontaine, a Bakersfield native who has been advocating for the protection of the giant Sequoias since the 1960s. …Five national monuments in California, including the Giant Sequoia, are on a list of 27 being reviewed by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is expected to have a report ready for the president by Thursday.

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Community Voices: Sequoia Monument a treasure worth protecting

By Alison Sheehey, programs director of Sequoia ForestKeeper
The Bakersfield Californian
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alison Sheehey of Sequoia ForestKeeper

It is time to realize that no matter how the argument is framed, Giant Sequoia National Monument is not large enough to protect many of the unique biological, geological, and historical resources that exist within its parent government land Sequoia National Forest. The Monument should be expanded, not shrunk. An ecosystem is only whole when it includes the root zone and aquifer of that ecosystem. Giant Sequoia National Monument protects giant sequoias not just at the boundary of the canopies of sequoias, but throughout their expansive root system which includes the aquifer that supports these most massive living things on earth. The logging industry seeks to unsustainably log the watershed of the Sierra Nevada for short-term profit. Floods and landslides will ensue and loggers will inevitably cut themselves out of jobs.

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Fighting fire with fire: doctoral students help with prescribed burns

By Rob Novak
Colorado State University
August 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are by nature unpredictable and fierce. The science of wildfire behavior and management, as studied at Colorado State University, has evolved into a team effort that seeks to limit the damage caused by extreme fires by planning ahead. CSU students recently participated in a national program called Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges, or TREX. Created in 2008 by the Nature Conservancy Fire Learning Network, TREX provides interdisciplinary training to a diverse work force of fire and natural resource professionals. The program encourages cross-pollination between students and professionals in academic settings, natural resource managers, and fire management specialists to better integrate fire education, training, and experience within local communities.

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Bitterroot National Forest Approves Timber Sale Near Roaring Lion Fire

Montana Public Radio
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A timber sale that aims to reduce fire danger has been approved by the Bitterroot National Forest near last year’s Roaring Lion fire site. Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King announced Tuesday that Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake has been awarded a timber contract for the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project on the Darby/Sula Ranger District.  The project includes over 2,000 acres of National Forest System lands between Lost Horse Creek and Roaring Lion Creek southwest of Hamilton. The Forest Service says it will improve forest health and reduce hazardous fuels and lower crown fire hazards, while also restoring wildlife and native plant habitat and diversity. 

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New district ranger hired for Spotted Bear

Daily Inter Lake
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scott Snelson

Scott Snelson has been hired as the new Spotted Bear District Ranger for the Flathead National Forest. He replaces Deb Mucklow, who retired earlier this year. Snelson currently serves as the deputy forest supervisor for the 3.4 million-acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near Dillon. He’ll begin his new position in December. “Snelson brings a wealth of leadership, knowledge and skills to the forest,” Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber said in a press release. “His background is a wonderful fit for this diverse and complex district.” Before moving to Dillon, Snelson was the district ranger for the Laurentian District of the Superior National Forest in the Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota, where he was actively engaged in large-scale vegetation management and restoration programs.

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The job no one wants: why won’t young people work in logging?

By Jason Wilson
The Guardian
August 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On a steep slope just inland from Waldport, Oregon, a young forestry worker named Jared Foster is at the controls of a large machine called a forwarder. The machine, made by Finnish company Ponnse, looks like it was designed by Michael Bay. The front section contains a climate-controlled cabin, in which Foster sits, listening to a country music station as he works. The back features a large, articulated mechanical arm with a yellow claw, and a cage that can hold up to 20 metric tons of felled timber. The whole thing is tethered by a steel cable to a large stump at the top of the slope, to keep it from careening down the hill. In the cab, Foster manipulates a joystick that controls the arm, which gathers up felled Douglas Fir trees as if they were Jenga sticks. It’s taken him a year to master it, and his training has included time on simulators.

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Tasmanian coroner makes recommendations to reduce chainsaw-related fatalities

SafetyCulture
August 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian coroner urged banning children under 16 from using or owning a chainsaw as part of the recommendations he made in his findings into the six chainsaw-related fatalities in Tasmania. According to the National Coronial Information Service data, at least 99 people have died in Australia between 2000 and 2016 because of chainsaw use – 23 of these fatalities occurred in Tasmania. “Death as a result of the use of chainsaws and tree felling is prevalent in Australia and disproportionately so in Tasmania,” ABC quoted Coroner Simon Cooper in his findings. “Tasmania’s population is just 2.15 percent of the national population. …“The Forest Safety Code for Tasmania expressly states that no-one should ever attempt to fall a holding tree that has another tree hung up in it, as it is an inherently dangerous activity,” he said.

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More forestry workers being killed at work

By New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Scoop Independent News
August 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More forestry workers being killed at work – Woodhouse needs to take action. On Monday forestry worker Te Oho Mauri Piripi (“Piri”) Bartlet was killed at work. He is the second member of his family to have been killed at work in the forestry industry in a year. Te Oho Mauri Bartlet is also the fifth person to have been killed in forestry this year. 2017 is already the deadliest year in forestry since the horror of 10 deaths in 2013. CTU President Richard Wagstaff is worried that the industry is not doing all it can to keep forestry workers safe. “I have some questions for the Government and for Minister Woodhouse that need answers.”

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Forest Fires

Costs soar as BC fights wildfires

Canadian Press in BC Local News
August 22, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Carole James

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Finance Minister Carole James says the worst wildfire season in British Columbia’s history is expected to put a dent in the provincial budget as firefighters battle the largest blaze on record. “We’re tracking $389 million over the February budget estimate right now, and we’re only halfway through the season,” James said Tuesday as she released B.C.’s public accounts. She said firefighting costs will be included in next month’s financial update before the province releases its full budget in February. Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service said a record-breaking 10,200 square kilometres of forest and grasslands have burned across the province since April and the number is expected to climb with more dry weather ahead. “This is the highest area of land burned that we have ever had in the province’s history stretching back to 1912, which is the earliest we have got records on hand,” he said from Williams Lake.

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Remote wildfires continue to burn

By Trevor Crawley
Cranbrook Daily Townsman
August 22, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The East Kootenay region continues to be affected by wildfires, however, none are threatening any structures or communities, according to the Southeast Fire Centre. The Island Pond fire up near Canal Flats is currently in mop up and is no longer considered a fire of note after burning up to 1,200 hectares over the last few weeks and triggering an evacuation alert, which has since been rescinded. However, there are 40 active fires currently burning in the region, including a 1,214-hectare blaze in a remote area up the White River are that’s currently being closely monitored. Road closures also apply to the area, including the White River Forest Service Road starting at the 32-kilometre mark, the White-Schoefield Forest Service Road starting at the 78-kilometre mark and the White-East Fork Forest Service Road starting at the 60-km mark.

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B.C. wildfire status Tuesday: Calming conditions helping wildfire fight

By Paula Baker
Global News
August 22, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Calmer weather and falling temperatures are helping cool the wildfire battle in B.C. But another new storm is expected to arrive later this week that could cause more challenges for firefighters, particularly in the Cariboo Region. Four new fires were sparked between Sunday and Monday with only one of them being determined as human-caused. The area officials are concerned about this week’s storm impacting Williams Lake, where a number of fires continue to burn near the city. Conditions have eased around a wildfire sparked nearly two weeks ago in southeastern British Columbia, prompting the Regional District of Central Kootenay to rescind evacuation orders and alerts.

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Five homes burn in 98,000-acre SW Oregon wildfire

Associated Press in KTVZ
August 22, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BROOKINGS, Ore. – Authorities have designated a wildfire burning in southwestern Oregon as the top firefighting priority nationwide. Five homes have burned in the 98,000-acre (153-square-mile) blaze near Brookings, a coastal town near the California border. Greg Heule, a spokesman with the Incident Management Team, says more than 700 people are under mandatory evacuation. The wildfire began more than a month ago, but grew rapidly in the past week with low humidity and strong winds. There are nearly 800 firefighters on scene and many more crews are streaming in from other states and fires to battle the flames. No one has been injured in the fire.

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Crews battle wildfire in Voltaire Canyon off Curry St. in Carson City

By Kenzie Bales
MyNews4.com
August 23, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Voluntary evacuations were issued Tuesday in the area of Voltaire Canyon in Carson City after a brush fire broke out in the afternoon, according to the fire department The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is advising evacuations in the area west of Roventini Way and Paiute and Showshone streets on the Carson Indian Colony. The fire is believed to have been sparked by lightning around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Multiple fire agencies have been called to assist and air support has been requested. Voluntary evacuations were requested in the afternoon and remain in place for the Carson Indian Colony.

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Company & Business News

Forest Economic Advisors LLC to Purchase Wood Markets

Wood Markets
August 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Russ Taylor

WOOD MARKETS is pleased to announce that our company has been purchased by Forest Economic Advisors LLC (FEA) based in Massachusetts. The WOOD MARKETS team in Vancouver, BC will enhance FEA’s current products and services with more depth in terms of international supply trends and market dynamics and will provide more strategic analysis in global costs and trade flows. …Russ Taylor, formerly the President of the International Wood Markets Group, has assumed the role of Managing Director of FEA-Canada. Russ and his team will continue to spearhead the production of WOOD MARKETS’ key publications and Russ will remain available to lead independent research projects. 

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Wood components group Wood Component Manufacturers Association elects new officers

By Karen M. Koenig
Woodworking Network
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

GRAND RAPIDS – The Wood Component Manufacturers Association elected new officers to its board of directors at the annual Fall Conference and Plant Tour Event, held Aug. 21-23 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Elected to the WCMA board of directors are Todd Dennison of Brown Wood Inc., Mark Paisley of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. Leon Osborne of Osborne Wood Products was also elected to the board and will assume the role of vice president. Serving with Osborne on the Executive Committee are: Steve Mashl, Valley Custom Door, president; Steve Gerber, Gerber Wood Products, treasurer; and Sid Anderson, Anderson Wood Products Co., immediate past president.

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It was Canada’s big prize: Is Chapter 19 still worth fighting for in new NAFTA?

By Alexander Panetta
Canadian Press in the Victoria Times Colonist
August 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON — It was Canada’s ultimate prize in the original free-trade deal with the U.S.: a third-party arbitration system to judge whether punitive duties were being applied unfairly. On the final night of negotiations, after a tense phone call involving Brian Mulroney, Canada got what it wanted. It had been a high priority back then because Canadian industries were being clobbered with duties over allegations of unfair subsidies and product-dumping. …Statistics scraped off U.S. federal websites show a gradual decline from 34 U.S. anti-dumping investigations in the 1980s, down to about 25 in the 1990s, 16 in the 2000s, and only a couple this decade.Canada is now being asked to give it away. Washington critics have long detested Chapter 19 for its rulings on softwood lumber, its perceived violation of national sovereignty, and its alleged unconstitutionality.

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U.S. lumber industry pushes for tougher duties on Canadian softwood

By Brent Jang
The Globe and Mail
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. lumber industry is urging the Trump administration to extend punitive duties on Canadian softwood shipments indefinitely. …In a submission to the Commerce Department, a group led by the U.S. Lumber Coalition calls for tougher and longer-lasting action against Canadian producers. If the Commerce Department backs the U.S. lumber lobby, it means punitive duties would be in force for the foreseeable future – until there is a softwood agreement, which could take months or even years, industry analysts say. …The Commerce Department is expected to make its final determination on the issue of duties on Sept. 6. …In a joint rebuttal of the U.S. submission filed last week to the Commerce Department, the Canadian government and Canada’s lumber producers assert that COALITION’s arguments have no merit.

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European markets benefit as Canadian lumber tanks due to ongoing dispute with US

By Jonathan Dyble
Business Review Canada
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

With the US having imposed heavy duties on Canadian lumber imports due to an ongoing dispute between the two countries, the industry has suffered significantly. …“The Germans this time were poised to take advantage of it and I think that they have,” said CEO of the National Home Builders Association, Jerry Howard, in talks with Global News. Whilst others have benefitted, with Austrian softwood exports to the US up 178%, Romania 141%, and Russia and Sweden both around the 40% mark, German markets have really flourished at Canada’s expense. Whilst this is still a relatively small percentage drop… the industry has still suffered significantly, with as much as C$500mn so far being lost in countervailing and anti-dumping duties.

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Rayonier, Tembec receive clearance from Competition Bureau

By Tembec
Pulp & Paper Canada
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States
Rayonier Advanced Materials and Tembec have received clearance from the Competition Bureau of Canada, without condition, of the previously announced proposed statutory arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act involving the acquisition by Rayonier Advanced Materials of all of the outstanding shares of Tembec. In addition to clearance by….  As such, Rayonier Advanced Materials and Tembec have now received all required antitrust clearances.

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Former forest products company CEO Jake Kerr stays in the game

By Patrick Blennerhassett
Business in Vancouver
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jake Kerr

While attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the mid-1960s, Vancouver native Jake Kerr had some serious incentive to get high grades. The United States was at war in Vietnam, and the government had initiated conscription for young men – including foreign workers and students.  …After San Francisco, Kerr headed to New York to work in advertising for about four and a half years, then returned to San Francisco in the early 1970s. He then took a sixth-month leave of absence from his job to come back up to B.C. to help his father, Leslie Kerr, sell Lignum Forest Products LLP, as his dad was hoping to retire.  ..In 1972 he took the reins of the company, which his father had founded in 1946. When Leslie Kerr died in 1974, his son felt he had an obligation to stay in the family business.

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BC builders face unpredictable price hikes as wildfires rage on

By Don Procter
Journal of Commerce
August 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

With two of the largest lumber producing areas and both of the largest plywood/sheathing production regions in B.C. hit by wildfires for much of the summer, builders are facing unpredictable price hikes and diminished supply. And the problem isn’t about to go away anytime soon. To get mills back up and running after the fires are out can take weeks, in part because infrastructure, including roads and communities, has to be repaired and rebuilt. “We may not see logging resume until the end of September or early October in a lot of these areas,” says Pat Millsap, a commodity purchaser with Slegg Building Materials, one of Vancouver Island’s largest suppliers to the construction industry. …Slegg and other material suppliers have sought alternative sources of product. Panels and sheathing from Asia are an example, he adds.

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Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services quickly put out flames at Downie Timber

By Melissa Jameson
Revelstoke Mountaineer
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services were quickly able to extinguish a vehicle fire at Downie Sawmill on the morning of Tuesday, August 22. The cause of the fire has been deemed to be mechanical in nature. Firefighters responded to a 911 call about the fire just before 10 a.m. “Upon arrival, fire crews found a fully involved excavator and began an aggressive exterior fire attack on the large machine,” fire chief Rob Girard said in a statement to media. Girard said firefighters extinguished and overhauled the fire in just under 15 minutes. A total of 18 fire personnel, along with two fire trucks responded to the fire.

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Final blow? Historian fears for future of woodlot marketing boards

By Connell Smith
CBC News
August 23, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

A University of New Brunswick historian says the province could be witnessing the collapse of its marketing board system for private woodlots. William Parenteau, who has long watched New Brunswick forest policy, says any control marketing boards had in their industry is being lost. Much is at stake, he said, in the parallel challenges J.D. Irving Ltd. and other industry players have launched in court and through the province’s Forest Products Commission against the SNB Co-operative, based in the Sussex area, and its marketing board. “The system’s been diminished over the last 20 years,” Parenteau said. “So this would be, maybe a final blow.” “The marketing board may be there in name, but if [forestry companies] are able to do an end-run around it, and then favour certain larger contractors, what you’ll probably see is a consolidation of smaller woodlots. There will be a few winners and a lot of losers in that process.”

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Haslam visits sawmill in Savannah during statewide agriculture tour

By Mallory Cooke
WBBJTV.com
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam made several stops Tuesday in West Tennessee as part of a statewide agriculture tour. “I’m out to understand it better to see how we can help,” he said. Haslam visited Roach Sawmill and Lumber in Savannah, one of six stops Tuesday on the statewide tour. “Agriculture matters,” he said. “It matters to our state for jobs, for feeding our people and for the entire economy.” Roach Sawmill and Lumber accountant Brent McDonald showed the governor around their 40-person operation in Savannah, explaining how they break down logs into lumber and other products. “I really hope he shows the importance of agriculture in our community and also how we have incorporated technology into our operation,” McDonald said.

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Lincoln firm sues Stored Solar as claims of unpaid loggers and taxes mount

By David Fishell
Bangor Daily News
August 22, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

A Lincoln contractor has sued the operator of two troubled wood-to-energy plants that lawmakers hoped to prop up with part of a $13.4 million state subsidy. Fastco Corp. on Aug. 11 filed a complaint against Stored Solar LLC in Maine District Court in Lincoln, seeking about $34,000 in return for unpaid work on a job it stopped in mid-April at Stored Solar’s West Enfield plant. Notice of the complaint was filed Monday with the Penobscot County Registry of Deeds. The claims add to complaints from wood suppliers, who also said they’ve not been paid for months. The Town of Jonesboro, where the company has a second plant, is also seeking back payments for property taxes.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

By B. Rose Kelly
Princeton University
August 22, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels were deposited. They found a 176 percent increase in aboveground biomass — or the wood in the trees — within the 3-hectare area studied (7 acres). Their results are published in the journal Restoration Ecology. This story, which involves a contentious lawsuit, showcases the unique power of agricultural waste to not only regenerate a forest but also to sequester a significant amount of carbon at no cost.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Toronto and the beanstalk!

By Sarang Sheth
Yanko Design – Form Beyond Function
August 22, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Our cities are a assembly of steel, concrete and glass,” says Penda partner Chris Precht. “If you walk through the city and suddenly see a tower made of wood and plants, it will create an interesting contrast.” …A building devoted to being a celebration of everything natural would make a great urban as well as ecological landmark. That’s what Penda’s Toronto Tower aims at being. Designed to be built using a modular system of wooden live-able unite, the Toronto Tower when completed will stand at 62 meters high, with 4500 sq.m. of residential space and extra space for public spaces like cafes or daycare centers. Each housing unit would also be home to a large number of plants and trees growing in private gardens that are a part of each and every residential unit. These individual units would be made from CLT (cross-laminated timber) and would be built off-site and brought to the site for stacking in its unique format. Penda favors this method of construction since it is faster, quieter, uses less waste, is more environmentally friendly, and adds a dash of warmth and life to an otherwise cold, concrete-and-glass skyline!

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Composites get cool and cooler for 2017

By Brent Gwatney
MultiBriefs
August 22, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood-plastic composites are increasingly becoming a popular option for homeowners and builders who are looking for an alternative to traditional wood decking. …Composites are forecast to “experience above average annual gains in demand through 2020,” according to market researchers at the Freedonia Group. …Now, after years of innovation, two more breakthroughs in composites for this year are: Cooler composite deck surface technology…deck boards that optimize heat reflection. These boards absorb up to 35 percent less heat than conventional capped composites in similar colors. …Evolution toward customized deck board surface finishes.

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Report provides fire-rated solutions for mass timber connection assemblies

By reThink Wood
Canadian Forest Industries
August 22, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States
A new report available from reThink Wood demonstrates the fire resistance rating of glulam beam to column connections in Type IV construction. The findings support mass timber as a safe solution that meets, and in some cases exceeds, stringent fire safety standards for U.S. building design and construction. Arup, D.R. Johnson, MyTiCon and the Softwood Lumber Board partnered to complete three full-scale fire tests for glulam beam to column connectors. …”For the engineering community… these tests represent a significant step to ensure safety,” said David Barber, fire safety engineer and principal at Arup. “The opportunity to expand off-the-shelf solutions for mass timber connection assemblies provides both safety and economic benefits to U.S. building designers and engineers…” said Cees de Jager of the Softwood Lumber Board.

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Litco’s Molded Wood Products Certified BioPreferred By USDA

By Litco International, Inc.
Markets Insider
August 22, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

VIENNA, Ohio — Litco International, Inc. announced that Inca brand molded wood pallets and molded wood core plugs have been certified by the USDA’s BioPreferred program.  Litco, as a USDA BioPreferred Partner may begin labelling their products as Biobased. The BioPreferred® Program was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help showcase sustainable products and promote use of renewable agricultural resources. Inca pallets and core plugs are now eligible to affix the USDA Certified Biobased Product label showing they are Biobased products.

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Point B Inc. Develops 17000-Square Foot, Mixed-Use Building in Southwest Portland, Oregon

By Point B Inc.
Business Wire
August 22, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore.–Point B Inc., an integrated management consulting, venture investment, and real estate development firm is bringing much-needed creative office space to the John’s Landing neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. …The HoodWORKS architecture incorporates cross-laminated timber (CLT), exposed ceilings, and concrete floors, for a look that’s expressive, efficient and modern. The Point B Property Development team partnered with Koble Creative Architecture and Abbasi Design Works on the design for the building. “We’re applying cutting-edge construction techniques that will enable more efficient construction and sleek aesthetics,” says Point B Property Development Principal Eric Saunders. “Only a few projects using CLT are being done in Portland.”

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Technology taking timber taller

By Innovatek
Scoop Independent News
August 23, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Business as usual in the construction industry is getting something of a shakeup, as emerging trends in materials, technology and construction systems come together to create a whole new paradigm specifically around timber. Business as usual in the construction industry is getting something of a shakeup, as emerging trends in materials, technology and construction systems come together to create a whole new paradigm – specifically around timber. …In Australia, leaders like Strongbuild, Lendlease, Impresa House, Timberbuilt Solutions and Sekisui House’s Shawood operation are creating a real stir with projects that showcase how new engineered timber products combined with 3D design modelling and high-tech manufacturing technologies can achieve more cost-effective and efficient project outcomes.

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