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Today’s Takeaway

Bulletproof wood, bio-based human body parts — and other bio-innovations

The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 14, 2018
Category: Today's Takeaway

Pirate-style wooden peg legs come to mind when thinking about “human body parts made out of wood“, but Norwegian scientists are talking nanocellulose, which together with nutrients and stem cells from an injured patient can help regenerate body tissue. Elsewhere, University of Maryland scientists demonstrate the bulletproof competence of “super wood“.

In other Wood news: the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) released its 2017 results—one billion board feet of new lumber demand—while the USDA has announced the referendum date to determine whether the SLB will continue for another five years. Meanwhile, APA – The Engineered Wood Association celebrated more than half a million publication downloads in 2017.

In Forestry news: heli-logging is being used to minimize the spread of Douglas fir beetles in BC; California’s timber battles have shifted from redwoods to Douglas fir; the Sierra Nevada is rethinking how it fights forest fires; and Colorado sees product opportunities after decades of pine beetle devastation.

Finally, another reason to hug a logger—BC logging truck driver saved a moose calf after it got stuck in a snowbank.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Special Feature

Canadian Forest Service research in Yukon tracks climate influences on forest recovery from forest spruce beetle outbreaks

By Lara Van Akker and Elizabeth Campbell, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
February 14, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yukon is home to extensive boreal forest that covers an area of approximately 28.1 million hectares (ha) and plays an integral role in the regulation of climate locally, regionally and internationally. Yukon’s forests contribute to the territory’s economy by providing wood and other forest products, local employment, regional development, tourism and recreational opportunities in addition to being valued as a vital cultural, social, historical and educational resource. …Boreal ecosystems are especially vulnerable to climate change. Melting permafrost, increased severity of insect outbreaks and drought are driving major forest changes …Potential exists for rapid ecosystem transitions, with parts of the boreal forest nearing ecological “tipping points” by the end of the century. Scientists are already beginning to see evidence of climate associated declines of spruce, pine and aspen in some parts of the boreal forest. 

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Business & Politics

Trump’s trade chief says NAFTA deal ‘very much in reach’ as Canada’s top negotiator says progress limited

By Daniel Dale
The Toronto Star
February 13, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Robert Lighthizer

WASHINGTON—In a significant departure from his previous public comments, Donald Trump’s trade chief expressed confidence Tuesday that the U.S. can reach a North American Free Trade Agreement deal with Canada and Mexico. “I think we’re making progress on NAFTA. There was a lot of anxiety at one point as to whether or not we’d be in a position where we’d have to withdraw in order to get a good agreement,” Robert Lighthizer. …It wasn’t all upbeat: Lighthizer’s remarks came after Trump criticized Canada for the second consecutive day. But his comments were the latest to suggest the Trump administration has generally brightened on the prospects of modernizing, rather than terminating, a deal the president has described as the worst in world history. …Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator, Steve Verheul, offered a more pessimistic assessment.

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Canfor’s 2017 Sustainability Report Receives Award for Second Year

By Don Kayne
Canfor Up Close
February 6, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bill Adams accepts award

Sustainability: it’s part of everything we do. From planning woodland operations to delivering products to customers around the world, we make sustainability a focus and a priority at Canfor. This is why it gives me great pride to share that Canfor has once again been selected by the Finance Sustainability Initiative (FSI) for the Best Sustainability Report in the Renewable Resources and Alternative Energy category. We are honoured to receive this award for a second year in a row, signifying our commitment to sustainability in all areas of our work and operations. This award proves that we are living up to our core value of being responsible steward of the environment, and that our significant contributions to the reporting aspect of business are leading the way towards a more sustainable world.

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Senate passes bills to boost jobs in Olympic Peninsula and across state

Sequim Gazette
February 14, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Kevin Van De Wege

Two bipartisan bills passed Feb. 12 by the Washington State Senate could spur job growth on the Olympic Peninsula and in rural and coastal areas across the state by boosting the timber industry, Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, said. Senate Bill 6140… could create jobs in rural communities by directing the Department of Natural Resources to evaluate state land, forestland, revenue streams and related management methods to make it easier to transact common-sense land swaps and help spur mill activity. “In past years, the state and our timber businesses have lost revenue on trees that were supposed to be harvested and were not,” said Van De Wege, who voted for both bills. “That’s not only a waste of valuable resources, it squanders opportunities to create family-wage jobs our Olympic Peninsula communities desperately need.”

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Latest bid to revive shuttered Katahdin mill promises 100 jobs

By Nick Sambides Jr.
Bangor Daily News
February 13, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A North Carolina manufacturer plans to create more than 100 jobs by becoming Maine’s first producer of a composite wood strong enough to replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings. LignaTerra Global LLC of Charlotte announced plans at Bangor’s Husson University on Tuesday to build a $30 million, 300,000-square-foot factory to produce cross-laminated timber. Planning to build on a 35-acre portion of Millinocket’s 1,400-acre former Katahdin Paper Co. LLC site, the company hopes to break ground in July and start production in 12 months, said Nick Holgorsen, CEO and co-founding partner of LignaTerra. One of two cross-laminated timber manufacturers in the country, LignaTerra aims to be the first investor to revitalize the site since parent company Brookfield Asset Management closed Katahdin Paper in 2008.

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Government pledges to retain EU timber rules post-Brexit, but will Boris sign up to Green Brexit vision?

By James Murray
Business Green
February 14, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Confederation of Timber Industries welcomes Defra support for EU timber regulations, but is the Foreign Secretary signed up to such high levels of regulatory convergence? The government has reiterated that it will retain influential EU forestry and timber rules post-Brexit, as part of wider efforts to support the timber industry and tackle illegal deforestation around the world. But the reassurance has come as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson prepares to argue that it would be “intolerable” and “undemocratic” for the UK to be subject to EU laws that it has no say over. Speaking last week at a parliamentary reception hosted by the Confederation of Timber Industries, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said the government’s commitment to transferring EU environmental legislation onto the UK statute book through the Withdrawal Bill would include forestry regulations.

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Living in the future: pre-fabricated homes tipped to be the solution to London’s housing shortage — assembled on site in just six days

By Lee Mallett
Homes & Property
February 14, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Prefabricated or modular homes are increasingly viewed as one answer to London’s acute housing shortage. Outer boroughs are seen as offering the best chance of delivering factory-made homes in large numbers. The Government’s new Housing Implementation Taskforce met last week for the first time, chaired by PM Theresa May, enthroning housing as the top public policy issue after Brexit. So what’s happening in the capital? …Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects says modular timber construction’s time “has definitely arrived. Seventy per cent of us will be living in cities by 2035 so we need to focus on mid-rise and higher density. “We welcome the ambition of an organisation like Legal & General, which has spent several hundred million pounds on a new CLT facility in Yorkshire.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

USDA Sets Referendum Dates for Softwood Lumber Research and Promotion Program

US Department of Agriculture
February 12, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that, as required by statute, it will conduct a referendum for eligible U.S. manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber to vote on whether to continue the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order. The referendum will be held from April 17 through May 14, 2018. The research and promotion program will continue if it is favored by a majority of domestic manufacturers and importers voting in the referendum, who also represent a majority of the volume of softwood lumber represented in the referendum. For more information about the board, visit the AMS or the Softwood Lumber Board websites.

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Softwood Lumber Board’s 2017 impact exceeds one billion board feet

Softwood Lumber Board
February 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The Softwood Lumber Board has released its 2017 results, which show continued year-on-year growth across key metrics of value to the industry. The results also stress the importance of the softwood lumber sector to the economy as a whole. Highlights include:

  • SLB-funded initiatives generated 1.02 billion board feet of incremental softwood lumber demand in 2017.
  • Since its inception in 2012, the SLB has created more than 3.6 bbf of new demand and resulted in an incremental $1.33 billion of revenue.
  • The SLB has delivered a total return on investment of $19.74 in incremental revenue for every $1 spent since 2012.

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Association promotes wood products and construction with extensive collection of resources and learning opportunities

APA – The Engineered Wood Association
February 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood design and construction professionals downloaded APA – The Engineered Wood Association resources more than half a million times from the association’s website in 2017. A trusted source for reliable and accurate wood product and design recommendations, APA continues to build and update its extensive online collection of publications, videos, CAD details, and educational webinars. APA’s recommendations for design and product installation combine the results of studies conducted at the Association’s research laboratory with knowledge gained from decades of field work. The resulting publications, CAD details, and System Reports are available on APAWOOD.ORG and promoted by APA’s experts in the field to builders, engineers, designers, code officials, and developers. APA field representatives also provide hands-on wood assembly and installation training to builder teams and contractors at no cost.

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Anchor tenant signs on at Millinocket’s shuttered paper mill

By Maureen Milliken
MaineBiz
February 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Millinocket’s Great Northern Paper mill site has its first tenant — expected to bring 100 direct jobs to the Katahdin region in the next five years. LignaCLT Maine LLC will build manufacturing plant on the site becoming the state’s first cross-laminated timber manufacturer. …The plant will also manufacture Glulam, a wood product for columns and beams that is also made with layers of dimensioned lumber bonded with moisture-resistant adhesives. …The University of Maine program’s focus is to advance new forest products technologies and bring innovative mass timber manufacturing to Maine. DeWitt [president of the nonprofit Our Katahdin] said the LignaCLT news is exciting, not only because it’s part of the hard-fought revitalization of the Katahdin region, but because of the technology itself. …”LignaCLT is in position to lead wood product innovation in Maine’s private sector and directly support related industries throughout the state and across the entire Northeast,” Michael Aube, president of EMDC added.

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Wood: A Sustainable Building Resource for the Future?

CRL Construction Insurance for the Venturous of Spirit
February 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

When you think about sustainable building materials, wood doesn’t always come to mind. But a growing trend suggests that it could indeed be an important sustainable resource. Wood comes from forests, so timber is technically a byproduct of deforestation, which in turn damages habitat and ecosystems. Wood is therefore not a clear choice for eco-friendly construction. With manufactured materials creating a large carbon footprint, however, building with wood is experiencing a resurgence. It is even being hailed as the only key renewable construction material. …Forests are important sustainable resources, with output that can replace the existing concrete and petroleum-based steel.

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Wood to build human body parts — and other bio-innovations

Deutsche Welle
February 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Experts around the world agree that bio-based products are essential for a sustainable society. …Bio-based materials such as bioplastics and nanocellulose — material extracted from cellulose — can be used to create sustainable products used in daily life, but also for medical and chemical applications. …The Norwegian non-profit research institute RISE PFI is working on human “body parts” made out of wood, or, more specifically, nanocellulose. Pirate-style wooden peg legs may be the first thing that comes to mind, but in this case, the wood refers to tiny fibers that form scaffolds, which together with nutrients and stem cells from the injured patient help regenerate body tissue. “With this very advanced use of a component from a bio resource, we can help the body repair an injury or a wound by itself,” Kristin Syverud, lead scientist on nanocellulose research.

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Scientists introduce bulletproof super wood (with video)

The News International (blog)
February 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Scientists have successfully engineered wood which with its bulletproof competence could be the sturdy construction material of the imminent future. The super wood plank has akin characteristics to carbon-fiber and can be utilized in edifice of buildings, cars and bulletproof jackets. In a footage released of the experimentation done a bullet can be seen going through three different barriers of natural wood, monolayer densified wood, and laminated densified wood. Out of the three layers, the laminated densified wood was seen grasping hold of the bullet and disabling it from passing through.

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Svart, a gorgeous hotel by Snøhetta will meet the world’s toughest energy standard

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
February 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

PassiveHouse is for wimps; The Powerhouse standard is crazy tough. And these Norwegians do it in the dark. The Norwegian Powerhouse energy standard is far and away, the toughest in the world. In fact, I once described it as “crazy talk”- the building is not only Net Zero Energy, balancing energy production and energy purchases over the course of the year. It’s not only Passive House. It is “plus energy”. …Svart is a hotel built north of the Arctic circle at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in northern Norway. The design “is inspired local vernacular architecture in the form of the “fiskehjell” (A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the “rorbue” (a traditional type of seasonal house used by fishermen).” It is built primarily out of wood, and supported on “weather resistant wooden poles stretching several meters below the surface of the fjord. The poles ensure that the building physically places a minimal footprint in the pristine nature, and gives the building an almost transparent appearance.”

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70 Story tallest timber tower tipped for Tokyo

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
February 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Sumitomo Forestry has a lot of wood to use up. Sumitomo Forestry, an industry giant in Japan, has a problem; most of their wood goes into building houses and with a shrinking population and a dislike of immigration, there are not a lot of houses being built. So they are pivoting to plyscrapers, and proposing a 70 story, 350 meter (1148′) tower for the Marunouchi district in Tokyo. It’s called W350, the plan being that it will be finished in 2041, the 350th anniversary of the founding of the company. I have previously wondered whether these tall towers are too much of a wood thing, but they are taking their time here and have an interesting rationale for it. Using a hybrid 9:1 ratio of wood to steel, Sumitomo Forestry aims to replace concrete, which is one of the world’s largest carbon footprint contributors. 

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Forestry

Heli-logging expanding to manage Douglas fir beetles

By Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
February 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WILLIAMS LAKE – The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is currently conducting helicopter-logging operations in the Williams Lake area to minimize the spread of Douglas fir beetles on Crown land. This heli-logging program has recently been expanded to the Chimney Valley in the area west of Dog Creek Road along Chimney Creek (south of Williams Lake). Helicopter flights in this added area are expected to begin on Feb. 14 or Feb. 15, 2018. Douglas fir beetle populations are higher than normal in parts of the Cariboo. The insects normally attack small groups of trees, and a significant infestation will weaken and eventually kill a tree over the period of about a year.

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B.C. logging truck driver saves moose calf from snowbank

By Melanie Law
Comox Valley Record
February 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vanderhoof man saved a moose calf last week, after it got stuck in a snowbank. Wayne Rowley, who hauls logs for logging company Dalchako Timber, was driving the Kluskus Forest Service Road west of Vanderhoof heading to work when something in the snowbank made him do a double take. “I came around the corner and it just caught my eye, ‘What is that sticking out of the snowbank?’ Curious me, I had to back up and have a look. “It was a little moose upside down, stuck. I could just see his feet sticking up in the air.” Rowley initially thought the calf was dead, but he walked down into the snow to check. “I couldn’t just leave him. I went a little closer and he looked up at me. ‘Oh, you’re still alive!’”

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New harvester technologies boost log value recovery

forestTECHX
February 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – In early March, a new international forest technology conference is set to bring the latest harvest planning technologies from around the globe to British Columbia foresters and harvesting operations managers. “With mechanized harvesting, new technologies in harvesters have been proven to lift log grades and outturn consistently. Internationally, Australian loggers have ben among most quickest early adopters of these automated measuring and monitoring software systems,” says conference organizer, Anthony Robinson, associate publisher of Logging & Sawmilling Journal (LSJ). He says that the forest companies in their focus group asked to see what the early adopters in the log value optimization field have done to make them work. …“In partnership with application specialists from Interpine, we are bringing the best people from Australia and New Zealand for the ForestTECHX delegates next month,” added Robinson.

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OPINION: DNR’s ‘science-based’ forestry mantra is a smokescreen

By Helga Guderley – Healthy Forest Coalition
The Chronicle Herald
February 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry practices continue to be a sensitive topic for Nova Scotians with the public demanding a stop to the use of forest biomass for power generation and reductions in clearcutting.  Given these concerns, Prof.  Bill Lahey of King’s College is carrying out an independent review of forestry practices.  The report is expected early in 2018. In the following, I consider two important roles that forests play in areas outside of the review’s narrow terms of reference: mitigating climate change and favouring tourism.  Furthermore, government claims that current forestry practices are science-based are missing a crucial point.  Different assumptions and values underlie pure and applied science.

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Fighting forests fires with fire

Editorial Board
The Press Democrat
February 14, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Californians have been loving our trees to death for a century, and changing course will require everyone to think differently about forest management. An independent government oversight committee has produced a plan and a needed slap of reality. …Because we love our forests, we’ve protected them. When there’s been a fire, firefighters contained it and put it out. It turns out that wasn’t always the best thing we could do. Decades of fire suppression allowed forest density to increase dangerously. …Those ancient, less-dense forests could tolerate periodic fires. In fact, lightning-sparked blazes were part of the natural forest life cycle. …The Little Hoover Commission… spells all this out in its new report, “Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada.”

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The California Timber Battles Shift to New Grounds

By Glen Martin
University of California, Berkeley
February 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

By the time California’s timber wars reached an uneasy truce in the late 1990s, some laudable things had been accomplished… Today, the news is pretty upbeat about the redwoods. …But that’s not to say the state’s timber conflicts are over. They’re not full-blown campaigns with the civil equivalent of armor, infantry and air support—more like a simmering insurgency characterized by intractable hotspots. And perhaps the hottest spot these days is Rainbow Ridge, an 18,000 acre tract on the headwaters of the upper and lower forks of the Mattole River. The battle over Rainbow Ridge isn’t about old-growth redwoods, however. It’s centered on Douglas firs. …As a species, Douglas firs are by no means endangered… But as with redwoods, most of the ancient Douglas fir forests have been logged.

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The pine beetle has devastated Colorado’s forests, but dead wood supply presents opportunity

By Deepan Dutta
Summit Daily News
February 13, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the past few decades, the mountain pine beetle has devastated a fifth of all Colorado forestland. Summit, Eagle and Grand counties were among the hardest hit, with thousands of acres of forest wiped out. But opportunity has arisen from their ashen remains, as local lumber and alternative energy industries have been able to make good use of wood from these blighted forests. The Colorado State Forest Service estimated that the beetle killed an eye-popping 3.4 million acres of forest. That’s about 800 million dead trees standing as potential fuel for the next wildfire to hit the state. …The CSFS estimates that a third of Colorado’s roughly 100 sawmills use beetle-killed trees for wood products. That lumber is used in a variety of different wood products, such as furniture, flooring, house frames, fencing material and as fuel for wood-burning stoves. The beetle-killed lumber is the same quality and just as useful as “live” lumber.

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Sparta hears complaints about state’s forestry plan

By Bruce Scruton
New Jersey Herald
February 14, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SPARTA, NEW JERSEY — The Township Council said Tuesday evening it would try to reopen a dialogue with the new administration in Trenton over the forestry plan for the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. At the council’s meeting Tuesday, three citizens spoke about the state’s plans to start logging today in two separate areas of the nearly 3,500-acre woodland, which includes the old Edison mine complex as well as the headwaters of streams that feed reservoirs that provide drinking water to much of New Jersey’s population in the northeastern part of the state. After nearly two years of controversy, including lengthy public comment periods, the updated plan was approved in March 2017.

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Wildfire warriors: the latest developments in aerial firefighting technology

By Jon Excell
The Engineer
February 14, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…developments in aerial firefighting technology are helping those battling the blaze gain the upper hand more rapidly. …The aerial firefighting process typically begins with the deployment of the sector’s special forces: so-called hot shots – elite wildland firefighters – and their even more exotically named colleagues, the smokejumpers, who risk their lives by parachuting in to the heart of fire-hit areas. …A wide variety of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are used. …Bob Gann’s [acting director at the Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting] team is at the forefront of exploring how technology can help firefighters meet this evolving challenge. A key avenue of research is the development of tools that could enable firefighters to tackle blazes at night. …Another way of addressing the human risk of flying at night, of course, is to remove the pilot altogether by using drones, or unmanned air systems.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative

By Mateus Perkowski
The East Oregonian
February 13, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Oregon’s forestry and environmental regulators would study “sequestering” carbon as a possible alternative to penalizing emissions under a bill before the House Agriculture Committee. Lawmakers are currently debating a controversial and prominent “cap-and-trade” proposal under which companies that exceed a ceiling on carbon emissions could buy credits from those that fall below it. Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating for a less publicized carbon-related bill that would require the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Forestry to evaluate using “natural ecosystems” to absorb and store carbon while promoting economic development…Supporters argue it would encourage discussions about thinning over-stocked federal lands that are prone to catastrophic forest fires. There’s also an opportunity to direct harvested timber toward novel products such as “cross-laminated timber.”

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French cement producers to burn more wood waste

cemnet – International Cement Review
February 14, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

French cement producers plan to lift alternative fuels use from 41 per cent of the fuel mix to 50 per cent by 2025. To support the initiative, they have set, in collaboration with the BTP’s Union of Recycling Companies, the goal to double the amount of wood waste used in the energy supply of the cement industry. …In addition to using around 300,000tpa of solid recovered fuels (SRF) and 120,000tpa of tyres, cement companies want to access around 0.5Mta of wood from the building industry. At present, this type of alternative fuel amounts to around 90,000tpd.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

By Erin Jeffrey
PF Olson
February 13, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

NEW ZEALAND — In December the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced consultation on the Zero Carbon Act will commence in May 2018… The Zero Carbon Act will provide the high level legislative framework for climate change policy. It will see New Zealand put a new climate change target for 2050 into law and establish an independent Climate Change Commission to provide advice to the government of the day. An interim commission will start to prepare advice for the government from March. The Ministry for the Environment (MFE) released further consultation on NZ-ETS.  …MFE work is progressing on how best to implement the in-principle decisions (auctioning, international units, a different price ceiling, co-ordination of decision making), forestry accounting, industrial free allocations and operational and technical matters.

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Health & Safety

Alberta’s creative sentencing options explore ‘restorative justice’

By Jean Sorensen
Journal of Commerce
February 14, 2018
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta has updated its Occupational Health and Safety Act to push forward more innovative creative sentencing options to the courts when dealing with injury or fatal incidents. Many of those options suggest funding safety courses through various associations. Ryan Davis, manager of course development for the Alberta Construction Safety Association, says when trying to find positive outcomes from a tragic incident, creative sentencing can often lead to funding for safety courses, which in turn can impact the industry. Davis said one of the advantages of working with stakeholders such as Safety in Schools is the ability to ensure safety messages land before the correct audience. …Paul Cashman, a spokesperson for the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association… sees the benefit in using this option.

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