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Today’s Takeaway

August wraps up but wildfires refuse to go away

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

More than “100 wildfires are burning in Northwest Ontario“, more than “320,000 acres are ablaze in Oregon“, the Missoula area is “in for another week of heavy smoke“, and “extreme wildfire conditions remain across the Idaho Panhandle“. In contrast, “calm conditions buoy crews near Kelowna” and some “Kelowna evacuees return home“. 

Responding to George Wuerthner’s column on logging and wildfires, a large group of fire experts are “setting the record straight on fuel treatment in forests“, while Oregon industry rep David Scott says, the “let-it-burn approach threatens forests and people“. Meanwhile, a BC First Nation is calling for a “moratorium on hunting until confirmation that sufficient wildlife have survived the fires“.

In business news, Tolko makes plans to “re-open its OSB mill in Alberta“, Domtar “inaugurates its second [forest biomass] generating unit in Quebec“, and the premier of New Brunswick is heading to Washington “in a final push to have his province exempt from softwood lumber duties“. 

Finally, Resolute is sending a “rail car full of lumber to Houston” to help rebuild after hurricane Harvey – thanks to VP Seth Kursman, a Houston alumnus.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

New allowable annual cut set for Cranbrook Timber Supply Area

Government of British Columbia
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for the Cranbrook Timber Supply Area (TSA) is set at 808,000 cubic metres, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today. The new cut level is a 10.6% decrease from the current allowable annual cut of 904,000 cubic metres set in 2008. Several factors have contributed to the reduced cut level in the Cranbrook TSA. … There are 81 wildlife habitat areas for the protection of identified wildlife in the Cranbrook TSA, including badger and grizzly bear.

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BC First Nation calls for moratorium on hunting in Cariboo after wildfires

By Ash Kelly
CBC News
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A First Nation in British Columbia’s Cariboo region is calling for a moratorium on hunting until officials can confirm sufficient numbers of wildlife have survived the wildfire season. Chief Stuart Alec of the Nazko First Nation is concerned that wildfires in his traditional lands in the Cariboo Chilcotin region may have dramatically reduced the number of moose and deer. …First Nations, scientists and government have previously raised concerns about the impact of timber harvesting and forestry roads on moose populations. The government increased the annual allowable cut in the region by 65 per cent to allow salvage logging of the trees killed by the mountain pine beetle, which led to more roads being built and increased logging in moose habitat.

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Petitcodiac residents shut down J.D. Irving presentation on forest spraying

By Marilyn Merritt-Gray
NB Media Co-op
August 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An abruptly called protest of local residents shut down a J.D. Irving presentation on forest spraying to Petitcodiac Village council on August 15. J.D. Irving Ltd., New Brunswick’s largest forestry company, is scheduled to spray in the area this summer. Petitcodiac Mayor Jerry Gogan told the opponents and the media that he had cancelled the J.D. Irving presentation and was working with J.D. Irving representative, Robert Fawcett, to reschedule the presentation at a larger venue in approximately two weeks. The Mayor said that the presentation would be open to the public. The residents, holding colourful signs calling for forest herbicide spraying to stop, expressed frustration that their tax dollars are being used to pay for the current spray program.

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Ingonish to host moose experts this week

Cape Breton Post
August 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

INGONISH BEACH — Moose experts from across North American are preparing to gather for the 51st North American Moose Conference beginning today in Ingonish Beach.Gerry Redmond says a moose is considered to be a “charismatic mega fauna, which just means a very charismatic large mammal that is found throughout the northern hemisphere of the world.” Redmond is a retired wildlife biologist from the Maritime College of Forest Technology in Fredericton. He is co-hosting the event with Graham Forbes of the New Brunswick Cooperative Fishing and Wildlife Research Unit. The conferences are held annually all over North America and every four years there is an international conference. Last year’s international conference was in Manitoba and next year’s North American conference is scheduled for Washington.

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Changes coming to US protected lands, but details unknown

By Brady McCombs and Matthew Brown
Associated Press in the Washington Post
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SALT LAKE CITY — Tribes, ranchers and conservationists know that none of the national monuments ordered reviewed by President Donald Trump will be eliminated, but the changes in store for the sprawling land and sea areas remain a mystery after the administration kept a list of recommendations under wraps. That left people on all sides of the contentious debate clinging to only shreds of information and anxiously waiting for more details. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told The Associated Press that none of the 27 monuments will be rescinded, but he said he would push for boundary changes on a “handful” and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining or other industries on the sites.

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US interior chief recommends changes on some protected lands

Associated Press in Herald and News
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BILLINGS, Mont. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won’t seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press for some boundary changes and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining or other industries on the sites. Twenty-seven monuments were put under review in April by President Donald Trump, who has charged that the millions of acres designated for protection by President Barack Obama were part of a “massive federal land grab.” If Trump adopts Zinke’s recommendations, it could ease some of the worst fears of the president’s opponents, who warned that vast public lands and marine areas could be stripped of federal protection.

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Forest business & timber refresh

By Rex Storm, Oregon Loggers Association
Oregon Natural Resources Report
August 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Governors Want National Forest Reform: Pointing to ‘significant dissatisfaction’ with national forest management, the Western Governors’ Association on June 28th approved a resolution that proposes a US Forest Service overhaul. The resolution resulted from efforts by WGA Chairman, Montana Governor Steve Bullock.  …Blue Mountain Forest Plan Delayed Again: Northeast Oregon’s forest sector and local communities will have to wait another six months for the now 15-year long US Forest Service planning effort to complete a statutorily-required forest plan for the Blue Mountains—Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests

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Setting record straight on fuel treatments in forests

By Dave Atkins, president Treesource.org, Dale Bosworth, U.S. chief forester, retired and 10 others
Montana Standard
August 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dave Atkins

Over the years, occasional guest columns have argued incorrectly that fuel treatments in our forests don’t affect wildfires. George Wuerthner’s column of Wednesday, Aug. 2, is among the most recent and misleading. We the undersigned are compelled to provide a more thorough and nuanced assessment of the value of fuel treatment.  First, we must clarify an oft-repeated distortion. Commercial logging and fuel treatment are not synonymous. Although fuel treatment can produce commercial products at times, the objectives of fuel treatment and commercial logging may be entirely different. …We have to ask what purpose “chronic objectors” have in slowing this beneficial work. People who deny the effectiveness of fuel treatment are conveniently ignoring the truth of basic physics and chemistry. 

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Guest Opinion: Let-it-burn approach threatens forests, people

By David Scott – executive director the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association
Mail Tribune
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Recent guest opinions in the Mail Tribune have suggested that severe fires are good, and that we shouldn’t take action to reduce heavy fuel loads on forests that are now burning. They oppose sensible forest projects that promote public safety and meet the needs of our natural landscape, then lecture us about the unsustainable costs of wildfire suppression as firefighters work to protect lives and property. Unfortunately, human considerations are not part of their equation. Jobs, smoke filled valleys, associated health problems as well as outdoor recreation take a back seat to their let-it-burn and don’t-salvage mantra. But the let-it-burn approach they espouse comes with environmental and economic costs that we all pay, including impacts to our local tourism and recreation businesses. 

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Plea: Don’t Cut Our Old-Growth Forests

Public News Service
August 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Ind. – When people are asked to name the most beautiful area of Indiana, Brown County is the answer most often given. People who live there and others who want to preserve its scenic beauty are fighting back against a plan to log in the Yellowwood State Forest. The Indiana Division of Forestry recently announced plans to log three adjacent backcountry tracts. The planned cut will impact the popular Tecumseh hiking trail. Longtime Brown County resident Dave Seastrom says the state is trying to convert the forest into a tree farm and is sacrificing habitat and threatened or endangered species.

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Plans to log Brown County backcountry area threatens century-old trees

By Sarah Bowman
IndyStar
August 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In a forest meant to be primitive and pristine, many conservation groups and community members say the state’s recently announced plans to log the Brown County woodlands are disturbing and disheartening. Earlier this month, the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry released proposals to log nearly 300 acres within the Yellowwood State Forest backcountry area. Designated in 1981, this wooded land was set aside to offer visitors an experience of a forest “much the same as it may have appeared a century and a half ago,” according to a DNR article from that same year. Forestry officials say the planned timber harvest fits in as part of their management of the backcountry as a “wilderness area.” Some advocacy groups and recreationists think otherwise.

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Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico’s national forests.  The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) for ten projects in the Carson, Cibola, Gila, and Lincoln National Forests. 

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Forestry Crisis Needs Addressing

By The New Zealand First Party
Scoop Independent News
August 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First is so concerned about the future viability of forestry in New Zealand we will host a “Forestry Round Table” in Whangarei tomorrow. “At present our forests are being plundered,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. “For example, in Northland trees as young as 16 years are being felled in the region when they should be 25 years old at least with 28 being the ideal. “Sawmillers and wood processors are being shut out trying to access logs as heavily subsidised foreign companies buy them up and ship them out.

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Forest Fires

Calm conditions buoy crews fighting B.C. wildfire near Kelowna

By Simon Little
Global News
August 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews battling an out of control wildfire just 20 kilometres east of Kelowna got something of a break overnight, but are far from out of the woods. The fire broke out on Thursday, and has forced more than 1,100 people from their homes. Calm conditions since Friday have kept the Philpott Road fire at about 465 hectares in size. …But while calm conditions have helped crews get a handle on the fire, it remains zero per cent contained and the hot, dry weather doesn’t show any signs of letting up. “[There are] no major wind events in the forecast, which is definitely good news. But also no precipitation ahead.

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Evacuees return home near Kelowna as BC wildfires continue to burn

Canadian Press in CTV News
August 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA, B.C. — Hundreds of people forced from their homes by a wildfire burning east of Kelowna, B.C., have been allowed to return, but others remain displaced. The Central Okanagan Regional District said an evacuation order for 263 properties was lifted Sunday morning and about 600 residents are now allowed to go home. About 400 other residents remain under evacuation order due to the flames, and people who have been allowed to return will remain on evacuation alert, meaning they must be prepared to leave again at a moment’s notice.

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More than 100 wildfires burning

The Chronicle Journal
August 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Seven new forest fires reported Thursday and Friday are heating up the Northwest region, bringing the total number of active fires to 135, according to Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services. The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across the region with some areas of extreme hazard in the north. Incident management teams are working on Nipigon District fire number 99 northeast of Nipigon as well as fires in the far north around Nibinamik and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nations. The province reports that “good progress” is being made to fight the fires. Mop-up continues on Nipigon district fire number 99 with crews digging out hot spots with hand tools, pumps and heli-bucketing.

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Oregon’s wildfires have burned over 300,000 acres and cost of firefighting has surpassed $100 million

By Dylan Darling
The Register-Guard
August 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…The large fires in Oregon have cost the state and federal agencies a combined $100 million to fight so far, said Brian Ballou, spokesman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland. The center organizes firefighting for the Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and other agencies. Separately, the state Department of Forestry has spent just under $14.3 million this year on fighting fires, department spokesman Jim Gersbach said. Over the past 10 years the state has spent an average of $34.3 million annually on fighting wildfires. Wildfire this year already has burned more than 300,000 acres in Oregon, Ballou said.

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Horse Prairie Fire sets southern Oregon ablaze

By Jonathan Bach
Statesman Journal
August 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are battling a blaze that started Saturday afternoon in southwest Oregon. The Horse Prairie Fire, which began 12 miles west of rural Riddle, already reached around 450 acres by early Sunday. Riddle is 23 miles south of Roseburg. While the fire wasn’t threatening any homes, it has destroyed some logging equipment in the area, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to department spokesman Jim Gersbach. Crews have been working to create fire trails around the Horse Prairie Fire. Roughly three-quarters of the fire had been trailed as of Sunday morning, according to the department. Firefighters were set to create trails along the fire’s southern edge.

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‘Extreme’ wildfire conditions in Idaho Panhandle forests

Coeur d’Alene Press
August 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

COEUR d’ALENE — Fire danger is “extreme” across the Idaho Panhandle, meaning that fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely, according local U.S. Forest Service officials. Even with slightly cooler temperatures, people are advised to be cautious, as firefighters continue to detect and suppress wildfires across the forest. Seven new fires were detected across the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Area in the last week. Two were caused by lightning and five were human-caused. Firefighters are working incredibly hard to successfully contain new starts and limit their spread. Contained fires will be monitored until significant rainfall is received.

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More than 320,000 acres ablaze in Oregon

The Oregonian
August 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The largest fire, the Chetco bar fire outside Brookings, covers nearly 108,000 acres, with about 1,700 firefighters at the scene. They had feared that strong winds on Saturday would drive rapid growth but they did not materialize. The fire grew but not by much. The fire is zero percent contained. It’s destroyed six houses and 20 minor structures. Fire officials will update the public at a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Brookings-Harbor High School. Here’s an update on other major fires in Oregon…

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Wildfire burning in Little Belt Mountains

By Karl Puckett
Great Falls Tribune
August 25, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire is burning the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in the Little Belt Mountains, according to forest spokeswoman Kathy Bushnell. It is located in Ditch Creek south of the Tenderfoot Creek drainage and east of the Smith River, in northwest Meagher County. Meagher County volunteer and Forest Service crews are working on it today, according to the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office.  The fire, sparked by lightning, was about 40 acres as of Friday morning, Bushnell said. Additional resources are being requested, she said.

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Western Montana fires update: Missoula area in for another week of heavy smoke

By Thomas Plank
The Missoulian
August 27, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

After two days of relief, smoke has once again moved into Missoula and the surrounding area. The Lolo Peak and Rice Ridge fires grew over a combined 5,000 acres Saturday, leaving plenty of smoke on the wind ready to pool in the Missoula Valley. Air quality was unhealthy in Lolo and very unhealthy in Florence, according to the Missoula City-County Health Department. Seeley Lake had hazardous air quality again Sunday morning, and the Health Department has advised residents to get out of Seeley Lake if possible to avoid health impacts.

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Company & Business News

Tolko lays out plan to re-open in High Prairie

By Richard Froese
South Peace News
August 25, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries Ltd. has laid out its general development plan to re-open its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Prairie in early 2018. A preliminary harvesting plan for the next five years was presented at an open house Aug. 17 at Peavine Inn and Suites. “The proposed harvesting plan has been drafted in consultation with Aboriginal, Metis and general communities,” says Joel Cornish, Tolko operations forester. “We’ve narrowed it down to a few areas.”

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Workers removing smouldering pellets from silo at Pacific Bioenergy

By Mark Nielsen
The Prince George Citizen
August 25, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Production at the Pacific Bioenergy has been put on hold after a low-grade fire broke out in one of the two silos containing the pellet plant’s finished product. Abnormal heat from the structure was first detected shortly after midnight Thursday, producing a billow of smoke, and material inside the structure continued to smoulder as of Friday morning, company spokesman Kevin Brown said. “There is fire but there is no flame,” he said. With Prince George Fire Rescue on standby, workers have been salvaging pellets and moving them to a new location while also filling the space with an inert gas to prevent a flare up. Brown said that’s likely to continue through the weekend.

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Domtar inaugurates its second generating unit at Windsor mill in Quebec, Canada

Lesprom
August 24, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada
Domtar inaugurates its second generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor mill in Quebec, Canada, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The start-up of its second generating unit, built for $36 million, will improve the energy efficiency of the mill produced from renewable resources while reducing production costs. In 2001, the Domtar Windsor Mill inaugurated its first 32 MW generating unit.

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New Brunswick premier to make final push in Washington on softwood lumber

By Kevin Bissett
Canadian Press in CTV News
August 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant

CHARLOTTETOWN — New Brunswick’s premier heads to Washington on Tuesday, to meet with a senior member of U.S. President Donald Trump’s cabinet, in a final push to have his province exempt from hefty duties on softwood lumber exports to the United States. It’s the second time in two months that Premier Brian Gallant will meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to make New Brunswick’s case — ahead of a final determination expected September 7. In June, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.

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Another growth in US H1 hardwood plywood imports

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

US hardwood plywood imports leapt to 788,315 m³ in the second quarter after soaring in the first quarter (+24%). The growth rate had thus weakened to 4% from April to June. The US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) reported that the biggest supplier was still China with a 49% share. However, statistics show that this country delivered 9% less than in the same stretch last year with 387,816 m³. Indonesia raised its hardwood plywood shipments to the US by 12% to 77,664 m³, while Russia sent 8% more or 102,978 m³ to this country.

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Removing a softwood trade splinter

By Chris Gillis
American Shipper
August 25, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

A handful of government officials representing the timber producing Canadian provinces met in Washington Thursday to encourage a “negotiated solution” to the long-simmering softwood lumber trade dispute between the United States and Canada. But the officials warned that the Canadian provinces are also “prepared to proceed with litigation on all fronts if a fair solution cannot be achieved.” The Canadian government officials included David Wilkins of New Brunswick, Raymond Chretien of Quebec, Jim Peterson of Ontario, Gary Doer of Alberta, and David Emerson of British Columbia. “Canada has demonstrated a willingness to be flexible in these discussions. We have tabled solid offers that respond to U.S. industry demands for a hard defined market share approach. 

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Canadian forestry company promises to help Houston rebuild with lumber shipment

Canadian Press in CP24
August 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, Canada

MONTREAL — Texans forced from their flooded homes by unprecedented water levels may get help rebuilding from a Canadian forestry company. Seth Kursman, a vice president with Resolute Forest Products, has committed to sending a rail car full of lumber to Houston once the storm-battered city begins to recover from the devastation wrought by hurricane Harvey. Watching footage from the storm-drenched city hit close to home for Kursman, who moved to Canada from Houston 15 years ago. …The former Texan said he’s already spoken with politicians in both Houston and the U.S. government who have expressed appreciation. The gesture comes at a tense time in softwood lumber negotiations between Canada and the United States.

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Timber markets lag, show promise

By Rob Sigler
Vicksburg Post
August 26, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Despite the combination of a middling timber market, a pine beetle infestation and wet weather doing Mississippi tree farmers no favors this year, the prospect of increased manufacturing gives reason for optimism long-term. Glenn Hughes, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said there are indications of an upswing for the state’s forest product industry. “We’ve got plenty of trees out there right now because the post-recession housing market has been slow to improve, so demand isn’t high,” said Hughes, who is based in the College of Forest Resources at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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Canada sees Maine governor as key ally on trade

By Colin Woodard
Portland Press Herald
August 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Canada’s foreign affairs minister this month revealed a secret weapon in trade negotiations with the Trump administration: Maine Gov. Paul LePage. LePage is a vital conduit for Canada to try to have its concerns heard by President Trump as talks over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement unfold, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a parliamentary committee Aug. 14. “I have been in close contact with him, I speak on the phone with him often,” Freeland, a former foreign correspondent and newspaper editor, told the members of parliament’s international trade committee. “He is an influential voice in this administration.” While LePage remains a polarizing figure in Maine, clashing even with legislative leaders of his own party, he is looked on as a potential ally and savior by many in Canada.

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Sumitomo carving out larger New Zealand timber supply

Nikkei Asian Review
August 26, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

TOKYO — Sumitomo Corp. seeks a 60% increase in its New Zealand lumber capacity by the year ending in March 2020, as the Japanese trading house anticipates growing demand in China and other parts of Asia. Sumitomo subsidiary Summit Forests New Zealand owns forests on the country’s North Island totaling some 29,000 hectares, as of the end of March. The unit plans to spend around 7 billion yen ($64.1 million) to expand its holdings to 36,000 hectares. Summit inked an agreement with landowners to acquire some 4,000 forested hectares on the North Island by September.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

George Brown tall wood build will be ultra smart too

By Don Wall
Daily Commercial News
August 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new 12-storey wood building project recently announced for a George Brown College site on Toronto’s waterfront has so many superlatives, innovations and firsts, it’s hard to keep track of them all. For starters, the Arbour, announced by the college in July, will be Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building. …It will also be energy positive, resilient and sustainable. Other descriptors George Brown is using are networked, intelligent, sensitive and adaptable. “It is not just a tall wood building, and low carbon, but it’s also going to be net positive, and it will be a smart building, so it will use information technology. It’s going to be planned so it is future proofed, so it is flexible and will adapt to changes in the future,” explained George Brown’s dean of the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology Luigi Ferrara.

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New Westport school estimated at $94 million

By Jeffrey D. Wagner
Fall River Herald News
August 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WESTPORT — Owners project managers for a grade 5 through 12 school building released some draft numbers on Thursday that are similar to estimates released in the spring — approximately $94 million for total costs, with the town assuming $55.2 million of costs. That was the higher estimate, as the lower estimate came out around $90 million. However, the School Building Committee voted on a steel frame, rather than a wood frame, which carries a higher cost of at least $2.1 million. …Dan Tavares and Richard Marks, both owner’s project managers with Daedalus Construction, were adamant about one opinion — steel construction is more durable than wood construction and could help the school last for 75 to 100 years. They also mentioned the fire hazards associated with the wood frame construction. 

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This Large Structural Frame is Made From Laminated Wood

Arch Daily
August 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Warren and Mahoney Architects’ design for the extension of Wellington Airport in New Zealand highlights the potential of using laminated wood in large-scale architectural projects. The structure of the facade is the result of recognizing the great versatility of laminated wood when designing large structures and complex shapes, allowing, in this case, to propose the construction of a straight piece that is curved to join the next piece. The southern extension to the Main Terminal Building is a new and significant project for Wellington Airport, providing a response to the Airport’s 2030 strategic goals and is the first major work to the Main Terminal Building since its opening in 1999. 

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Fire safety issues ‘whitewashed’ in long awaited review

By Michael Clifford
Irish Examiner
August 28, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THERE is a case to be made that the State and its agencies are spinning dangerously to minimise fire safety concerns about homes built during the bubble years. …The framework has its origins in a fire in a terrace of houses in Millfield Manor, Newbridge, Co Kildare, on March 31, 2015. The fire burned six houses to the ground in 25 minutes. …However, those who had bought homes in the timber frame construction estate, built in 2006, suddenly realised they were living in potential fire traps. They also had to accept that their homes were now unsellable. The fire occurred at a time when fire safety concerns specific to timber frame construction began surfacing in estates built during the bubble years.

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