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Today’s Takeaway

Notre Dame rebuild plans raises questions, begets offers

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 24, 2019
Category: Today's Takeaway

Although the cause of the Notre Dame fire is still unknown, France launched a redesign completion, amid questions about safety at historic sites around the world, and offers of sunken, salvaged timber from Ghana. In other Wood Product news: office buildings go beyond green with WiredScore, a 3rd party certification for digital infrastructure.

In Business news: the latest from Madison’s on lumber is not good; FEA Wood Markets 2018 billion board club includes these 15 producers; new bargaining dates are set for northern BC; Northern Pulp gets new info demands; the San Group updates its sawmill plans; and West Fraser to appear on Emmy-Nominated TV show.

Finally, Western Forest Products identifies and protects its big trees; while California researchers have sequenced the entire genomes of two giant redwoods.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Special Feature

Western Forest Products Announces Latest Plans and Progress in Ongoing Commitment to Identify and Protect Big Trees

By Babita Khunkhun
Western Forest Products
April 23, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – Big trees on the coast of British Columbia are revered for their biological and cultural value. As part of its sustainable forestry practices, identifying and protecting these awe-inspiring trees has been an ongoing focus at Western Forest Products. “Our team members share a great sense of responsibility toward safeguarding the forests under our care. We are proud to have formalized a big tree policy in 2016 that strengthened guidelines used by our forest professionals in the retention of big trees and we look forward to continuing to build on our big tree conservation efforts,” said Shannon Janzen, Vice President and Chief Forester, Western Forest Products. “We are protecting B.C.’s biggest trees using new science and technology and through consultation and collaboration with First Nations and academics to build on our forest stewardship at Western.” Through the use of LiDAR, Western has identified approximately 2,000 big trees that could meet the standards of the company’s big tree retention policy.

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Business & Politics

Softwood lumber prices continue dropping, US housing data troubling

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
April 22, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The latest data of US new housing starts and of home sales, for March 2019, is not encouraging. At a time of year when wood sales would normally be hot, this housing market softness is doing nothing to improve already dropping North America construction framing softwood lumber prices. Last week, Canadian sawmills and companies were closed Friday for usual observance of the Easter. The compressed week did not provide a boost to sales however, with demand significantly lower than it usually is for the season. Noticing that lower grade prices were less soft than standard grade, many producers of Western Spruce-Pine-Fir lumber switched from running #2&Btr to the Utility grades. …In the Pacific Northwest, Kiln-Dried Douglas-fir lumber purveyors couldn’t believe that they were still waiting for a wave of demand associated with spring construction to occur. 

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New bargaining dates set as mill owners, union try to reach a deal

By Michael Potestio
Kamloops This Week
April 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Contract negotiations for local forestry workers may come to a head next month as new bargaining dates have been set following a deal struck by a union shop in northern B.C. United Steelworkers (USW) and the Interior Forestry Labour Relations Association (IFLRA) will meet in Kelowna from May 15 to May 17 to discuss a new contract for workers who have gone without a new deal for nearly a year. USW 1-417 president Marty Gibbons told KTW the goal is to finalize a new contract as fast as possible. Complicating the matter for the Kamloops union is an agreement USW Local 1-2017 has signed with the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations (CONIFER) that will likely set a precedent for talks in the south. …The CONIFER agreement is a five-year deal retroactive to July 1, 2018, with two per cent increases each year. …Issues raised by the union include being locked into a long-term contract with small wage increases.

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FEA Canada’s Billion Board Foot Club 2018

FEA Canada – WOOD MARKETS
April 22, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steady Growth For Many Companies, But Headwinds Evident—The annual FEA Canada’s “Billion Board Foot Club” list of top global lumber companies showed further gains in production by those companies making the threshold. As it has since 2007, West Fraser is the world’s largest softwood lumber producer: in 2018, the company produced 6.6 billion bf. The Billion Board Foot list is based on companies with reported softwood lumber production exceeding one billion board feet (bf) on a nominal basis (or, for mills outside North America, in excess of ~2.3 million m3 on a net count basis). Fifteen firms made the list with a combined output of 36.7 billion bf nominal (61.9 million m3 net) in 2018, an increase of 1.1 billion bf from 2017’s 35.6 billion bf (+3.1%). This compares to total global lumber production of 223 billion bf nominal in 2018 and growth of an estimated 8% as compared to 2017. …The top five global lumber producers include (in descending order): West Fraser, Canfor, Weyerhaeuser, Interfor and Georgia-Pacific.

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San Group ups plans for mill, remanufacturing plant in Port Alberni

By Susie Quinn
The Alberni Valley News
April 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

San Group has decided to build its new sawmill at its Coulson Mill site outside of town, after members of the public complained about potential noise. The company had announced in December 2018 that it would build a new mill on a piece of land purchased beside Catalyst Paper. The change in the sawmill’s location was a socially conscious decision, said San Group CEO Kamal Sanghera. …Construction on the new sawmill began last week, with the arrival of the first of 25 trucks full of new equipment. Contractors from Bowerman Excavating were surveying the site last Wednesday, and the foundation was expected to be laid before Easter weekend. …The Sangheras expect the sawmill will be up and running manually in three months, and fully automated by October or November. 

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Province asking more pointed questions of Northern Pulp

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
April 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp got a long list of demands Tuesday from the Environment Department. The operator of the kraft pulp mill in Abercrombie Point will have to answer the 35 pointed questions in a focus report as part of the environmental assessment process for its proposed new effluent treatment plant. …The long list of new studies and updates to existing ones will likely set back the already much delayed project. The Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility, owned by the province and leased to Northern Pulp, is legislated to close next January. …The mill has one year to provide responses to the Environment Department’s additional 35 questions. Then the department has 14 days to advertise a 30-day public consultation period, 25 days to consider the responses received and provide a recommendation to the minister.

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West Fraser Appearing on Season 2 of Emmy-Nominated Tomorrow’s World Today

By West Fraser
WRCBtv.com
April 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PITTSBURGH — If a tree is harvested in the woods and no one is there to replenish it…what happens to our forests? The second episode of season two teaches fans about sustainable lumber manufacturing. The episode explores how West Fraser gets the most valuable wood products out of every log to supply the demand for lumber used in construction across North America. The episode also highlights how trees are replanted to replenish what is harvested, ensuring the continuation of a fully renewable, natural resource business. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to show how our employees use state-of-the-art technology to manufacture the sustainable lumber products featured on Tomorrow’s World Today,” said Chuck Watkins, Vice-President, U.S Lumber Manufacturing for West Fraser.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

France is seeking architects to redesign Notre Dame

Construction Canada
April 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

France’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has announced an international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire destroyed the oak-beamed structure and collapsed its spire. …The 91-m spire, made of wood and lead, had been the centre of long-running restoration work on the cathedral. It was being strengthened because the lead on the base had thinned over time, making the structure more fragile. …The investigators are focusing on two potential problems… the fire alarm system sensors… the elevators that were built for the construction workers. …In Ottawa, the Centre Block on Parliament Hill is in the beginning stages of its own major renovation expected to last ten years or more. …In preparation, officials are assuring Canadians they have put in place layers of protections to guard against fire and other hazards.

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When Office Buildings Go Beyond Green

By Joe Gose
The New York Times
April 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Developers and landlords have for decades sought green certification to help them attain a level of sustainability. …But as the industry for independent review grows, some organizations have started to offer verification in other areas. …The crowded field has left some wondering which ones are necessary and which ones are just marketing gimmicks. One of the best-known certification programs is run by the US Green Building Council… or LEED. …Top sustainability programs include Energy Star from the EPA and the Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative. …And as technology companies drive a greater share of office leasing, a growing number of landlords are turning to WiredScore to validate the technological proficiency. …Hines, a real estate developer based in Houston, has long been a believer in LEED and has adopted WiredScore standards. In Atlanta, the firm is nearing completion of T3 West Midtown, a timber office building with WiredScore’s highest certification.

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A huge spiralling tower was just built in the middle of a Danish forest to help bring people closer to nature

By Lindsay Dodgson
Insider
April 24, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There’s a forest about an hour from Copenhagen called Gisselfeld Klosters Skove, and within it is Camp Adventure — Denmark’s biggest climbing park. In the middle of the trees stands a new 45-meter tower which looks over the impressive scenery. The tower was designed by EFFEKT Architects with the goal of bringing visitors closer to nature. …In keeping with the natural theme, the tower is made from weathered steel and locally sourced oak which the architects said “blend in subtly with the surrounding natural context.” …On the opening day, 2,500 people visited the tower. It has also won several awards, including the German Design Council Award where it won Best of Best in the Concept category, the 2017 ICONIC Award in the Visionary Architecture category, and South Coast Denmark’s Best Tourism Initiative in 2018.

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Could Transparent Wood Become The Way We Build And Heat Our Homes?

By Amy Dobson
Forbes Magazine
April 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…Wood makes a great building material except for one thing—you can’t see through it. If you want a window you have to rely on glass, which …has a tendency to let in too much cold air. …researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a way to chemically treat wood so that it not only becomes opaque—even completely transparent at times—but also stores and releases heat during the course of a day. …According to researcher Céline Montanari, one-third of the world’s energy consumption comes from the building sector. A large part of that comes from systems to heat, cool and light the building. By creating a way to both increase the amount of natural light and release heat back in to the building as the temperature outside cools down, transparent wood can drastically reduce the energy footprint of a building.

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Ghanaian firm offers to supply timber to rebuild Notre Dame

Ghana Myjoyonline.com
April 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Ghanaian-owned company, Kete Krachi Timber Recovery (KKTR), has offered to provide timber salvaged from its Volta Lake concession to support the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral. The timber from Volta Lake will provide quality, beauty and character, without having to cut down a single living tree. …The estimated 1,300 trees felled for the construction of Notre Dame came from French forests of 1,000 years ago and were probably three centuries old when cut, it noted. …“The Volta Lake timber is from virgin old-growth forest that was submerged when the lake was created in the 1960s. This timber from primary tropical forest is ideal for Notre Dame from both a size and a conservation standpoint. Species such as afam, celtis, dahoma, danta, kaku, kusia, makore, obaa, odum, watapuo, tetekon, and papao are appropriate substitutes for oak.

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How to Tackle Safety Risks Rife at Historic Sites Around the World?

By Meaghan O’Neill
Architectural Digest
April 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The same day that the Paris cathedral tragically burned, a fire also broke out in the even older Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Considered the third most holy site in Islam, after the mosques at Mecca and Medina, construction on it was begun in 1035. …In the case of Notre-Dame, the decision not to install fire protection systems in the Gothic cathedral’s attic was quite intentional; officials deemed the oak framing too precious to mar with firewalls (though these were used elsewhere in the building) or sprinklers (which also posed a threat to artwork and relics). Instead, guards were on-site 24 hours per day to monitor the attic alongside an extensive network of heat and smoke sensors (that were not connected to the fire department). In hindsight, it was a drastically inadequate approach that also did not include a plan to evacuate visitors in due time. 

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After Fire at Notre-Dame, Questions Remain About Prevention, Cause, and Repairs

By James Russell
Architectural Record
April 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Days after fire raced through the attic of the beloved Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, experts cautioned that stabilization of the structure and rebuilding true to a heritage that stretches back to the 12th century would not be quick nor easy. The French government was well aware of the fire risk of the heavy-timber structure that supported the roof—so dense with beams and braces that it was referred to as “the forest.” …Protection officials assumed that the surface of the heavy oak timbers would char, slowing the penetration of heat and fire until occupants escaped and firefighters extinguished the flames. …Experts are now asking why there were not additional fire protections, such as sprinklers or fire-rated partitions to compartmentalize the attic. …A new wood attic would require more robust fire protection, possibly like the mist system… specified for the wood-framed attic of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in their 2015 renovation.

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Forestry

Protecting nature also fights climate change, says federal environment minister

By Bob Weber
The Canadian Press in the Vancouver Sun
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Catherine McKenna

Carbon taxes aren’t the only way to fight climate change, says federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Speaking ahead of an international conservation conference, McKenna said protecting natural areas can go a long way toward slowing the progress and mitigating the impact of global warming. “Nature isn’t linked to climate as much as it should be,” she said Tuesday, the day before the opening of the Nature Champions Summit in Montreal, which will bring together governments, businesses, Indigenous communities and non-governmental organizations. “We’re connecting it to climate.” Intact ecosystems can help protect communities against some of the worst impacts of climate change. Scientists often point to the role of wetlands in absorbing heavy rains or snowmelts, reducing flooding for homes and farms. …McKenna said Canada continues to make good progress on its commitments to preserve 17 per cent of its land mass and 10 per cent of its oceans and coastlines by 2020.

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Canada North Resources Expo set for May 24-25

The Prince George Daily News
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In one month, one of the region’s most popular heavy equipment trade shows is making its return to the CN Centre. Taking place May 24 and 25, the Canada North Resources Expo is a showcase of the leading companies and products that are part of Northern Canada’s resources sectors. This massive biennial event focuses … features four acres of indoor and outdoor space with tons of big iron, including equipment, machinery, products and technology geared to forestry, heavy construction, and major resources infrastructure. …Attendees can also plan to take in the 2019 Interior Safety Conference, in partnership with BC Forest Safe. This year’s theme is “Safety Responsibilities – Everyone’s Role” and the conference will include topics which include managing fatigue, marijuana in the workplace, human factors and workplace injury prevention using physiotherapy.

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Regional district has ‘serious concerns’ with B.C.’s caribou recovery plan

By Doyle Potenteau
Global News
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The deadline for public input on B.C.’s caribou recovery plan is May 31. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) says that’s not enough time to hear feedback and wants the deadline extended, stating the plan could affect a wide range of user groups. …The CSRD said it has “serious concerns” with the consultation process, as the plan has the “potential to result in backcountry closures.” It added that directors “voted unanimously to request the province conduct more extensive consultation.” As to why it’s seeking the extension, the CSRD said the proposal “plans for an increase in undisturbed habitat for the endangered Mountain Caribou species, as well as a review of logging practices, heli-skiing and road rehabilitation in caribou habitat areas. It also considers predator control programs and additional caribou captive breeding programs.”

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Caribou recovery and the Section 80 application

Letter by Virginia Thompson, Revelstoke
BC Local News
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Virginia Thompson

The last Caribou Recovery Plan of 2007 was undertaken as most herds were declining, although 40 per cent of core habitat was already protected in our Revelstoke Shuswap Planning Unit. …There are three aspects to recovery actions for caribou: recreation i.e. snowmobiling, skiing and heli-cat skiing, predator/prey control, and habitat protection/restoration. The last is the most foundational without which the other two will not work. …However, in the absence of habitat protection, this culling of moose, wolves, white tailed deer and now cougar will have to continue indefinitely and will not succeed in the long term. A Section 80 Application was undertaken under the Federal Species at Risk Act by environmentalists requesting a stop order on logging in mountain caribou critical habitat, particularly old growth critical habitat which is essential for this endangered species. Neither caribou nor old growth forest can be brought back once they’re gone.

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NDP hypocrisy a Jumbo thing

By Ian Cobb
East Kootenay News Weekly e-know
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ian Cobb

Sometime last week I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed, sneering at the haters and scoffing at the simps who quiver behind pseudonyms, when I saw a story about old growth logging on Vancouver Island. …The right loves to plunder nature and the left values it over revenue, so the story goes. While that tends to be more of a truism than not, I cannot help but call “BS” on the BC NDP. Who remembers Clayoquot Sound? …When the NDP took power in 1991 logging continued, as did protests. Did the NDP rush to Clayoquot Sound’s defence? Nope. …What is shocking is an apparent NDP government fail in the Port Renfrew area of Vancouver Island. “Plans to log old-growth forests near Port Renfrew have conservationists accusing the B.C. Ministry of Forests of endangering tourism in the area.”

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Forest Enhancement Society of BC Funded Fibre Recovery Project underway in Anahim Lake

West Chilcotin Forest Products & Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.
April 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ANAHIM LAKE, B.C.— West Chilcotin Forest Products (WCFP), a company owned by the Ulkatcho First Nation, is pleased to announce that work on a fibre recovery program is well underway thanks to the approval of funding by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC). Stephen James, Executive Director of WCFP said, “given the distance to markets for our forest products, enhanced utilization of our forest fibre has always been a struggle. With funding from FESBC, we can now start to do our part to fight climate change while at the same time provide much-needed employment for our band members.” The fibre recovery program is enabling WCFP to increase utilization of non-merchantable and undersize logs by providing economic support for the cost of harvesting and hauling of the pulpwood to Bella Coola to then ship to the Harmac Pacific pulp mill in Nanaimo.

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Environmental group hopes latest Tofino vacation inspires change in Justin Trudeau

By Andrew Bailey
The Westerly News
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent Easter weekend with his family in Tofino. …Prior to a publicized visit to the West Coast last July, Tofino-based environmental group Friends of Clayoquot Sound released a statement encouraging businesses to deny service to the Prime Minister due, in part, to the government’s Trans Mountain Pipeline purchase. …Friends of Clayoquot Sound campaigner Jeh Custerra told the Westerly News that he had heard Trudeau was returning to Tofino over the weekend and hoped for an opportunity “to hold him accountable.” …Custerra had attended the 35th anniversary celebration of the Meares Island Tribal Park declaration on April 21 and said he ran into the Prime Minister outside a local restaurant after the ceremony. …“When the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation prevented clear-cut logging on Meares Island, they safeguarded clean water and healthy habitat for everyone who lives in and visits Tofino.”

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BC Timber Sales in Arrow Lakes passes audit

The Revelstoke Review
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kevin Kriese

An audit of BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence holders in the Arrow Field Unit of the Kootenay Business Area found general compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report. “BCTS complied with requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act; however, auditors found that the TSL holders did not conduct required fire hazard assessments after logging,” said Kevin Kriese, Forest Practices Board chair. “They did remove slash that could pose a fire hazard as a standard operating practice, and so the lack of hazard assessments is an area of improvement for the future. “Unfortunately, lack of documented fire hazard assessments has been a recurring issue in our audits. We have previously published information for licensees on hazard assessment requirements.

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Private land conservation in Canada receives major boost

By Nature Conservancy of Canada
Cision Newswire
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners applaud a new federally-funded $100 million program to safeguard important habitats for species at risk. The Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP), announced today by Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will support privately protected areas in ecologically sensitive landscapes, from forests and endangered grasslands to wetlands and coastal regions. Nature Conservancy of Canada president and CEO, John Lounds, joined Minister McKenna for the announcement today in Toronto. The NHCP will result in new conservation of 200,000 hectares (more than 490,000 acres) over the next four years. That’s an area three times the size of the City of Toronto. The program will directly contribute to Canada’s Target 1, the nationwide initiative to protect at least 17 per cent of our land and freshwater and 10 per cent of our marine areas by 2020.

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Researchers sequenced giant redwood genomes to kickstart a 23andMe for trees

By Ula Chrobak
Popular Mechanics
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Today, you can send a tube of spit to a lab to learn about your ancestry and the health risks you’re predisposed to. Soon, scientists hope to create a similar tool for giant sequoias and coast redwoods—a 23andMe for trees. “That’s my dream,” says David Neale, plant scientist at the University of California, Davis. Now, he and a team of scientists from UC Davis, Johns Hopkins University, and Save the Redwoods League have completed the first major step to accomplishing this dream: sequencing the entire genomes of the two trees. “Getting a reference genome sequence for an organism for the first time is that necessary step to enable discoveries,” says Neale. …Scientists worry that this loss of genetic diversity also means the loss of genes that may have encoded traits to make the trees more drought or heat tolerant.

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Idaho’s forests need us as much as we need them

By the Idaho Land Board
The Capital Press
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With 40% of Idaho covered in trees, the management of our forests affects us all. All Idahoans benefit from the clean water, abundant wildlife habitat, recreation, and wood and paper products that healthy forests provide, along with many positive economic impacts. Arbor Day is April 26, a time to celebrate the benefits forests provide us, but also a time to reflect on how forests depend on humans for their continued health through active forest management — the sustainable cycle of harvesting followed by replanting of trees and using fire as a management tool to reduce overgrown vegetation. There are 21.4 million acres of forests in Idaho. About 10 million acres of federal forests in Idaho are overgrown, unhealthy, and prone to devastating fires.

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One million species risk extinction due to humans: Draft UN report

By Marlowe Hood
Phys.org
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves—to name but a few of the dwindling services rendered by Nature—poses no less of a threat than climate change, says the report, set to be unveiled May 6. Indeed, biodiversity loss and global warming are closely linked, according to the 44-page Summary for Policy Makers, which distills a 1,800-page UN assessment of scientific literature on the state of Nature.

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Taylor Guitars Makes History with Largest Recorded Planting of West African Ebony Trees

Guitar World
April 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Taylor Guitars is excited to announce the successful planting of 1,500 West African ebony trees in Cameroon’s Congo Basin region in an effort to help preserve the future of the species.  The planting, part of Taylor’s initiative called The Ebony Project, is the largest known planting of West African ebony—the impact of which Taylor hopes will be felt for generations. The project also planted an additional 1,500 fruit trees. The planting is part of a larger effort to plant 15,000 ebony trees by the end of 2020. Ebony has long been one of the most relied-upon tonewoods among makers of stringed musical instruments. …The U.S. State Department recognized Taylor with its prestigious Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), while interest from leading international institutions such as the World Bank resulted in the signing of a Public-Private-Partnership agreement between Taylor Guitars and Cameroon’s Ministry of Environment.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Renewable Energy Industry gears up for strategic summits on Biomass and Offshore Wind Power in Tokyo, this May

Cision Newswire
April 24, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TOKYO  — Supporting Japan’s plans to decarbonize its economy, CMT hosts two summits — annual 10th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power Summit and the newly launched – OWP Japan (Offshore Wind Power) in Tokyo from 13-16 May and 15-17 May 2019, respectively. …The annual Biomass Pellets Trade & Power Summit celebrates its tenth edition with global biomass buyers and sellers discussing Japan’s latest biomass power projects, biomass sustainability and certifications, investments, supply logistics, technologies, plus demand and supply trends. Summit’s keynote speakers are from – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Renova, Sumitomo Corporation, Government of BC, Kansai Electric Power Company.

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