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Today’s Takeaway

Local governments recognized for leadership in wood design and building

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

Six local governments were recognized by Wood WORKS! for leadership in wood design and building at the 2017 Union of BC Municipalities Convention. Meanwhile, six universities in Ontario hosted Timber Fever – a reality TV show-like contest that pits students against each other in a race to design and build a wood structure. In timber news, UMaine gets $455K for mass timber commercialization and Oregon’s push to use mass timbers takes a political turn.

In forestry news:

  • Michael Rosen (Tree Canada) speaks to the challenges of preserving urban forests
  • Doug Donaldson (BC Forest Minister) says extra staff required to process wildfire bills
  • Nature Canada and SFI recognize Inger Andersen from the Int. Union of Conservation of Nature
  • Tom Martin (American Forest Foundation) reports on the Fed’s impact on family forests
  • Rick Nolan (D-Wa) supports bill that would reduce reviews on federal forests
  • Robert Bonnie (former undersecretary) says “there will be fire” and Congress needs to invest in restoration now

Finally, Jasen Stock of New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association gives a pro-biomass retort to yesterday’s column on the use of biomass for energy. 

–Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

The State of Canada’s forests report

Natural Resources Canada
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada has rich forest resources and we manage them sustainably. Through The State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report, Natural Resources Canada provides the only national snap shot of Canada’s forests and forest industry. We’ve been tracking our journey towards sustainable forest management for 27 years. This year we celebrate Canada’s 150 years as a forest nation. Read about the history of Canada’s forest sector and how the sector is leading the way in the global bioeconomy today. Learn about how citizen scientists can help us better understand spruce budworm outbreaks, and how science-based systems are helping forest managers predict, monitor and manage forest fires. Read the message from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, visit our table of contents or download the full report as a PDF.

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4 Challenges We Must Overcome To Preserve Canada’s Urban Forests

By Michael Rosen, R.P.F, President of Tree Canada
The Huffington Post
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Today is National Tree Day (Sept. 27), a day for all Canadians to appreciate — and be reminded of — all the great benefits that trees provide. Trees, of course, are the infrastructure of the urban environment, offering shade and clean air, canceling noise, absorbing dust and water, reducing energy consumption, providing people with psychological and physical well-being and more.  Sadly, forest cover in Canadians cities has been declining over the past 20 years. Considering Canadians have always tied much of our national identity to nature, this is especially concerning when you consider that 80-plus per cent of our population now lives in urban areas — four out of every five people.  …Here in Canada, you might be surprised to learn there is currently no federal leadership strategy to preserve, protect and promote urban forests for their life-giving value to Canadian communities.  …There is also a severe lack of knowledge in the country when it comes to urban forestry, which is why Tree Canada advocated for the University of British Columbia to develop Canada’s first and only bachelor’s degree program in urban forestry back in 2015.

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Reducing the risk of wildfires: opinion

By Tim Ryan, Chair, BC Forest Practices Board
BC Local News
September 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tim Ryan

Sept. 24 to 30, 2017 marks National Forest Week in Canada. Established around 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, the origins were to encourage greater public awareness towards Canada’s forests. At the time, the greatest threat to forests came from forest fires, mainly due to human causes. Since then, National Forest Week, as it was renamed in 1967, has evolved to encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada’s forest resources – past, present and future. While much has changed in the last century, one could be forgiven for concluding that once again, the greatest threat comes from forest fires, only now due in large part to climate change.

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Seeing Canada through the trees: Why Canadians can lead the world in forest conservation

Dan Kraus, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Sault Online
September 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dan Kraus

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000  Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. Our forests are the reason why I’ve had days in the backcountry when I’ve encountered more tourists, such as Germans in the Yukon, or Japanese in Algonquin Park, than Canadians. … There are opportunities for Canada and Canadians to do more to become world leaders in forest conservation. In Canada’s north, we have a unique opportunity to create the world’s largest network of protected forests in the world. 

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Full crew responds to blaze south of Kamloops

By Cole Wagner
Merritt Herald
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A full response crew from the BC Wildfire service is currently battling a blaze 15 kilometres south of Kamloops near Lac Le Jeune. “The fire grew to about .65 hectares in size, so it was really small. It’s in full response right now,” said fire information officer Max Birkner. “There were six firefighters who went there yesterday, and there are six firefighters there today as well.” The fire was discovered late on Sept. 25.  “Initially it was suspected to be lightning cause — now it’s possible that it wasn’t. They’ve now sent fire origin and cause staff out there to investigate it,” said Birkner. The fire has been dubbed the “Hull Hill” fire, due to the its proximity to a hill of the same name. The Coquihalla Highway remains open in both directions despite the fire. (END OF STORY)

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EDITORIAL: Fire ban lifted prematurely

BC Local News
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Despite the provincial government green-lighting campfires across the province, our little slice of land known as the North Okanagan is still a tinderbox. And as such, local jurisdictions, including Vernon, Coldstream, Armstrong, Enderby and Spallumcheen, have decided to ignore the provincial governments’ lead and remain under a fire ban. “The wildfire risk remains high, despite the cooler temperatures. This measure will help prevent human-caused wildfires until the hazard level drops,” said Enderby fire chief Cliff Vetter.

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Questioning salvage logging

Letter by John Bergenske, conservation director, Wildsight
BC Local News
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Bergenske

With the colder weather and rain, wildfires are coming under control and plans for salvage logging are being put together quickly across the province. The science over the past two decades has been clear: salvage logging is risky for our natural systems and delays or even prevents ecosystem recovery. Fire salvage logging increases soil compaction, increases erosion and losses of organic matter (with effects on both plants and streams) and decreases the landscape water-holding capacity, potentially leading to larger floods and increased surface run off. The less logging after a fire, the better for our natural ecosystems.  …Poorly planned salvage logging can easily negate the benefits that fire provides. If we are going to salvage log, careful management is crucial. Green tree patches must be retained. Enlarged riparian buffers and green tree retention is needed to minimize impacts on rivers and streams.

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Sumas First Nation signs declaration in Abbotsford

By Kelvin Gawley
BC Local News
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Sumas First Nation unveiled a bold declaration asserting title rights over its ancestral territory at a ceremony on Friday. The nation’s chief and band councillors signed the Semá:th Declaration at their Sumas Mountain Road longhouse following song, dance and speeches. The declaration affirms the nation’s rights to all land, mountains, minerals, trees, lakes, rivers, streams and resources extending through its traditional lands beyond its small reserve at the foot of Sumas Mountain.

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B.C. Forests Minister says extra staff to process overdue wildfire bills

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Forests Minister Doug Donaldson says British Columbia is working quickly to reimburse contractors and businesses that contributed goods or services during this summer’s severe fire season. Complaints about unpaid bills surfaced from a restaurant in Kamloops that honoured food vouchers issued by aid agencies to hungry families displaced by the fires. Some businesses in the central Interior also said they had contributed equipment or expertise to the fire fight but were still waiting to be paid by the province. Donaldson says the province is thankful private contractors and businesses stepped up and as soon as he learned of the reimbursement problems, more than 1,000 invoices were processed in a single weekend. He says 50 additional staff members were assigned to ensure the backlog of unpaid bills is addressed.

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TimberWest to pave section of bypass road near Youbou

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest has announced it will begin paving a section of a private forest road near Youbou on Sept. 25 in an effort to help deal with dust and mud issues. …Company spokeswoman Pam Jorgenson said that, in addition, TimberWest will focus on its continued collaboration with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to minimize dust, mud and noise from industrial traffic in the area. She said that includes coordinating effective street sweeping, making additional improvements to the truck wash, and implementing solutions to slow down traffic.

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Federal forests bill new irritant for Nolan critics

By Marshall Helmberger
The Timberjay
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

REGIONAL— Federal forest management has become the latest flash point between environmental groups and supporters of industry, and this time it’s backers of industry, including Eighth District Rep. Rick Nolan, who are on the offensive. Nolan is one of only two Democratic co-sponsors of a measure that would, in effect, eliminate most environmental review related to timber management on federal forests, including the Superior and the Chippewa national forests in Minnesota. Minnesota Seventh District Rep. Collin Peterson, whose district includes no national forest land, is the other Democratic co-sponsor. …. Don Arnosti, conservation policy director with the Izaak Walton League, called the measure “sweeping and dangerous,” and said it is just now coming on the radar of conservation groups nationally. “We’re very concerned about it. This measure would override the Endangered Species Act, and it would eliminate the need for public involvement on any logging operations on the Superior or Chippewa,” said Arnosti. 

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New Incident Management Team Will Take Over Chetco Bar Fire This Weekend

By Sam Marsh
KAJO
September 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new incident management team is taking over the massive Chetco Bar Fire as activity on the nation’s largest blaze continues to wind down. The new team’s primary mission is repair work, erosion control and cleaning up lines that have the wildfire almost fully-contained at just over 191,000 acres. The US Forest Service reports approximately 367 miles of containment lines were constructed of which 130 miles were direct attack lines. Forest officials have asked that the recently renewed Biscuit Fire line be left intact in the event there is another large wildfire in the future. Illinois Valley Fire District Chief Dennis Hoke said there is still a couple days of work left on the east side of the Chetco Bar Fire in Josephine County. He said the fire camp at Lake Selmac is being demobilized and the helibase at the Illinois Valley Airport is also in the process of being shut down.

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Enough with the smoke

By Rich King
The Siskiyou Daily News
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…I recently read an editorial blaming the timber industry for the current state of our forests and the catastrophic wildfire seasons we have seen in the past years. This, despite more and more researchers chiming in and saying we need to bring responsible management back to our forests, especially publicly owned forests. …We need to get our forests back into a state where they have a much better chance of surviving fires that will eventually come. …there are actions that can be taken to make our forests more fire resilient. We can allow management to occur to prepare our forests for the inevitable. A “let burn policy” will only work in very isolated locations and circumstances, at least until we get forests back to where they need to be, given the modern climate we are experiencing. 

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Struggling Oregon county spent safety net money on pro-timber video, animal trapping

By Rob Davis
The Oregonian
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The six-minute video opens to ominous music and burning trees. After the flames are out, a narrator says, forests suffer from devastating neglect, turning into a “vast sea of dead, charred trees” that aren’t reforested because of a maze of confusing, contradictory environmental regulations. …It’s become routine for cryptically named interest groups to push changes in federal policy that industry wants. The surprising twist this time: Federal money paid for it. Douglas County, a local government so broke it closed all its public libraries earlier this year, funded Communities for Healthy Forests to create the video. And it did so with federal safety net money meant to ease rural Oregon’s dependence on timber revenue.

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Logging has helped protect our forests

Letter by Bill Kerr
Herald and News
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Regarding the Sept. 17, “Logging not necessary to head off major wildfires” (Luke Ruediger): This article is rhetoric from an environmental activist point of view. Two methods that reduce forest biomass are forest management and/or fire. …Today, forest health is declining, dead and down has become a large component of our national forests. Whether biomass removal is implemented for wood production, fire threat reduction, pulp production, or thinning, the process leaves the forest healthier, with fire breaks and with less fuel for wildfires.  …I have seen even-aged plantations stop a wildfire. Plantations are green. Green wood does not burn! If you have a wildfire in a “natural” stand, there will be enough dead and down to superheat the smaller green material and it will burn. This year all the major wildfires are on USFS- managed lands. Is this just a coincidence or a reflection of management and firefighting practices in national forests?

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‘There will be fire’: Congress fights over how to fund, respond to wildfires

By Josh Siegel
The Washington Examiner
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Democrats and Republicans representing states affected by wildfires say the problem demands the same attention as recent hurricanes, as fires have become larger, more frequent, deadlier and costlier, forcing the Forest Service to borrow from other government accounts when money runs out. …But lawmakers disagree on how to address the funding problem, with some Republicans pushing for any fix to be matched by forest management reforms that they say will address the root causes of fires and prevent them from being started in the first place.  …Bishop supports legislation introduced by Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., that addresses the funding issue, allowing extreme wildfires to qualify for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. …Opponents to Westerman’s approach say his bill weakens environmental reviews too much and encourages litigation against the Forest Service.

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New Report Released by the American Forest Foundation Shows the Impact of the Federal Government’s Support for Family Forests

American Forest Foundation
September 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The American Forest Foundation today released a progress report on the Farm Bill’s support for family forest owners, a 21-million-strong group of Americans who own the largest portion of forests across the U.S. Family forest owners own more than one-third of U.S. forests, more than the government or corporations. These forests help provide clean drinking water, habitat for wildlife, wood for homes and products, good-paying rural jobs and more. “Family forest owners want to do what’s right by the land,” said Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. …In the past 3 years, the Farm Bill’s forestry and conservation programs helped family forest owners conduct conservation efforts across 10 million acres, or more than 9,000 acres a day.

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Forestry: River log jams prompt rethink

By Mike Barrington
New Zealand Herald
September 28, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hancock Forest Management has gone back to the drawing board for a new look at a proposed crossing of the Mangakahia River to carry heavy machinery to harvest a pine plantation at Pakotai, 48km northwest of Whangarei. The company is redesigning the crossing after Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau and Te Mahurehure hapu objected to its construction during a meeting between Hancock, hapu representatives, the Northland Regional Council (NRC) and locals on Te Tarai o Rahiri Marae at Pakotai three months ago. The 125ha of pines to be harvested are in a 256ha block with steep slopes on the eastern side of the Mangakahia River near its junction with the Opouteke River just north of the Pakotai settlement.

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Mobile app uses real-time satellite data to strengthen forest and land rights

By Karla Mendes
Reuters
September 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RIO DE JANEIRO – A mobile app launched on Tuesday will allow indigenous people, forest managers and law enforcement officials in remote areas to monitor deforestation and fires regardless of connectivity, according to developers. “Forest Watcher” is designed to allow offline access to real-time satellite maps and data collected by Global Forest Watch, a U.S.-based charity that monitors changes in forest cover. The app displays forest changes on mobile devices by using their internal global positioning system (GPS) which does not rely on Internet connectivity. After installing the app and downloading maps, it directs users to areas where forests are being cleared, based on data collected by Global Forest Watch. They can capture photos and enter data about deforestation and upload them when back online.

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Company & Business News

Catalyst Paper’s corporate welfare

By Murray Dobbin, freelance writer
Powell River Peak
September 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Powell River’s current council, …may not be much different than the old city council when it comes to serving the interests of a single taxpayer: Catalyst Paper Corporation. It is extremely disappointing to see the finance committee, …recommend a paltry $300,000 increase in Catalyst’s taxes. …In 2007, Catalyst paid $4.94 million in taxes. In 2009, it played the bully and said it would only pay $2.2 million. Council, led by Catalyst cheerleader and then councillor Dave Formosa, immediately caved and agreed to lower the company’s taxes. Other Catalyst communities refused and received their full tax revenue, backed by the Supreme Court. Then a “revitalization” bylaw (it should have been called the corporate-welfare bylaw) officially lowered Catalyst’s tax bill to $2.2 million and since that time we have effectively paid Catalyst approximately $15 million (it now pays $2.8 million following an increase of a half million in 2014).

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Tolko lays out plan to re-open

By Richard Froese
South Peace News
September 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries Ltd. has reached a major step to re-open its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie. Staff welcomed the first truckload of logs on Sept. 14 to get the plant in gear after being closed in 2008. “It’s a milestone for the plant,” says mill manager Doug Stangier. …“The rest of the project is on target and we will be ready to start producing in January 2018 as planned.” When fully operational, the mill will employ up to 175 people directly and 225 more indirectly.

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Nature Canada and Sustainable Forestry Initiative Welcomes its 151st Member of Women for Nature

By The Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Canada Newswire
September 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Inger Andersen

OTTAWA, Ontario — Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest national nature conservation charity, is pleased to recognize and honour Ms. Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as its 151st member of Women for Nature. Ms. Inger Andersen, is being featured as a keynote speaker at today’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative annual conference in Ottawa at the Westin Hotel. SFI’s annual conference, with its theme: Forests. A Way of Life, is as an ideal venue to recognize Andersen because it brings together the foremost thought leaders from the fields of sustainability, conservation and youth outreach. More than 600 people attended Andersen’s keynote address.

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Revelstoke still relies on forestry

By Tim Collins
Revelstoke Review
September 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

… In Revelstoke, that statement is particularly true. Mike Copperthwaite, manager of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation commented on the report by emphasizing that it’s important for the residents of the city to remember that forestry is still at the heart of Revelstoke’s economy. “We’re a relatively small operation and we contribute about $5-million in economic activity. Downie (Downie Timber Ltd. and Selkirk Cedar) are ten times as big as us, so you can only imagine what impact they have,” said Copperthwaite. “…it’s easy to discount forestry as a thing of the past. That just isn’t the case and people should realize that.” Copperthwaite pointed to the fact that his industry provides a good number of well-paid technical jobs and that wages in the industry are generally well above average. That, he said, is the kind of employment that builds a healthy community.

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Collum’s Lumber expanding in Allendale

The Times and Democrat
September 27, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC, a producer of dimensional lumber and other wood products, announced the expansion of its Allendale County manufacturing operations. Creating 10 new jobs, the company is investing $2 million to construct a new warehousing facility on the site of its existing state-of-the-art sawmill operation. A fourth-generation, family-owned business founded in the 1930s, Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC has become a leading competitor in the Southern Yellow Pine regional lumber market. The company has expanded over the years, developing one of the most modern sawmills and planer operations in the Southeast. Along with dimensional lumber, Collum’s Lumber Products produces treated wood, poles, wood chips, biomass and remanufactured components.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

My Turn: Biomass is good for the environment and the economy

By Jasen Stock, executive director, New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association
Concord Monitor
September 28, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

David Brooks’s column headlined “My ‘burn wood for power’ argument goes up in flames” (Monitor front page, Sept. 26) offers an incomplete picture of how timber markets (in this case biomass) benefit New Hampshire’s forests and our environment. If you love our forests, if you want less development crowding out our beautiful hardwoods and softwoods, if you prefer healthier and more habitat for New Hampshire’s wildlife, then biomass energy and the logging and sawmill industries that support biomass have earned your, and Brooks’s, applause. While we continue to grow more trees than we cut (this has been true for many years), approximately two-thirds of the wood our forests produce is classified as low-grade. That is, it isn’t good enough to be sawn into lumber or used for veneer or made into wood flooring. The best use of it is to convert it into paper or energy, either as firewood or as woodchips for fuel for biomass energy plants.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC local governments recognized for leadership in wood design and building at 2017 Union of BC Municipalities Convention

By Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC
Canada Newswire
September 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Six local governments were recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention today in Vancouver for their leadership in the use of wood both architecturally and structurally in their community projects. Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood. …”We salute these winning communities for building their civic projects with wood, and for helping to build a wood culture in BC,” stated Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC. “We are seeing an unparalleled level of interest in wood by communities as they recognize the role wood can play in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their climate action goals. The result is the use of wood products and building systems in an array of community project types, sizes and applications as both a structural and architectural building material.”

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TimberFever competition reaches new heights

By Don Procter
Daily Commercial News
September 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada
Engineering and architecture students at six Ontario universities recently did something they don’t normally do in university — they collaborated on the design and construction of wood-frame structures as part of a 36-hour competition in downtown Toronto. It was the third edition of TimberFever, held once a year at Ryerson University. Based on a reality TV show, the annual contest pits teams of architectural science and civil engineering students against each other in a race against time to engineer, design and build a wood structure. TimberFever is the brainchild of David Moses, principal of Moses Structural Engineers. He sees it as a means of helping students understand the importance of the two professions working together on a design. But it is also about working with wood. “We recognize as an employer that the students we’re seeing out of school have almost zero exposure to designing with wood,” he points out.

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‘Mass timber’ tour will involve legislators, building officials

By Eric Mortenson
Capital Press
September 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND — Oregon’s push to use mass timbers in high-rise construction takes a political turn Oct. 3 when the Oregon Forest Resources Institute hosts a tour of wood building projects in the Portland area. A dozen state legislators or staff, some county commissioners, building officials and others, including a U.S. Forest Service representative, have committed to a day-long look at what advocates say potentially could revive Oregon’s timber industry. Products such as cross-laminated timbers and mass plywood panels have the size and strength to replace concrete and steel in modest high-rise construction. At least two Oregon mills are making the products, although the market is not fully established. Timm Locke, forest products director for Oregon Forest Resources Institute, or OFRI, said the organization hosts an annual tour and usually focuses on harvest technology and timber management.

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UMaine gets $455K for ‘mass timber’ commercialization center

Maine Biz
September 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The University of Maine System has landed a $454,532 federal grant to create a center to accelerate the use of Maine-sourced timber and engineered wood composites in place of steel and concrete for larger construction projects. In a joint statement announcing the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, said the funding would be used to create the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center as a resource for forest industry partners, trade organizations, construction firms, architects and other key stakeholders to revitalize and diversify Maine’s forest-based economy. Its chief focus would be to advance new forest products technologies and bring innovative mass timber manufacturing to Maine.

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soft architecture lab’s wood museum is rooted within scenic korean forest

By Lynn Chaya
Designboom
September 27, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In order to completely comprehend soft architecture lab’s vision for the award-winning mokyeonri wood museum — supported by korea forest service and organized by incheon metropolitan city — one must elaborate on the project’s namesake. mokyeonri, meaning ‘a harmony between trees from different roots’, identifies architecture as a series of spatial experiences, sensing diverse attributes of wood.  previously, timber structures commissioned by korea forest service have been unsuccessful in attracting visitors to wood museums, as the structures have been somewhat generic. in an attempt to spruce-up its image, soft architecture lab‘s mokyeonri wood museum enables visitors to experience wood through an atypical exhibition. accordingly, the design itself creates a spatial experience where one can uses their sense of smell, sight, hearing and touch within the architectural ambience, while harmonizing with the surrounding forest.

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