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Louisiana Pacific losing first of 2 press lines in late March

The Wilkes Journal-Patriot
January 16, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROARING RIVER, North Carolina — Louisiana Pacific announced plans to cut jobs at the company’s plant in Roaring River Thursday in connection with a shift in production there. Breeanna Straessle, LP senior manager said the company won’t publicly announce the number of jobs being cut until all impacted employees are notified. …The reduction in employment is resulting from the plant being transitioned from a fiber siding plant to a strand prefinishing facility, said Straessle. “The conversion will unfortunately result in adjustments to our workforce. …“To support LP’s focus on prefinished strand-based solutions, we plan to invest approximately $10 to $15 million in LP Roaring River over the next few years to transition it,” she said.

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Kathryn Fernholz of Dovetail Partners to Chair SFI Forest Management Task Group

Dovetail Partners Inc.
January 16, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Kathryn Fernholz

(Washington, D.C.) – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has announced that Kathryn Fernholz, President and CEO of Dovetail Partners, will serve as Chair of the Forest Management Task Group during the SFI Standards Revision Process. “Having external expertise to facilitate the SFI Forest Management Task Group helps strengthen the revision process. The SFI Standards are developed through an open and inclusive process involving the many different people and groups who know and care about our forests, and help SFI advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. Kathryn Fernholz has a long association with the SFI Standards and two decades of experience working in the area of forest and chain-of-custody certification.   

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A Maine Paper Mill’s Unexpected Savior: China

By Ellen Barry
The New York Times
January 15, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — During the deepest part of last winter, a van pulled off the highway and followed the two-lane road that skims along the Penobscot River, coming to rest beside the hulk of a shuttered pulp mill. The van’s door slid open and passengers climbed out: seven Buddhist monks from China. …He stepped back and watched as the monks wandered from the boiler houses to the limekiln to the pulp mill, chanting, burning candles and gently tapping a gong. …The most startling thing about Ms. Zhang was her promise that Nine Dragons would operate the mill for 100 years, long enough to employ Mr. Edwards’s children and grandchildren. “People don’t go back and redo these mills, they just don’t,” Mr. Edwards said. “Mills get torn down or scrapped out. And here’s Old Town in the middle of it, coming back to life.”

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20 on ’20: Evolving forest products industry aims for more progress

By Maureen Milliken
Maine Biz
January 13, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Patrick Strauch, on left

A collaborative strategic planning process, workforce development initiatives and a continued focus on new technology will keep the forest products industry moving forward, Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council says. The key is to find workers. “We’re seeing a market change take place and we want to make sure we’re diversifying our economy and looking for the right opportunities,” Strauch says. “No one has forgotten that from 2014 to 2016, five pulp-paper mills closed, thousands of jobs were lost, and those losses affected families and communities across the state,” Strauch says. “But adversity has also pushed our industry forward. In the past few years we’ve seen — in just a back-of-the-envelope tally — about $1 billion in investments, which have revitalized Maine’s forest products industry.”

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Verso aims to stave off board takeover

The Iron Mountain Daily News
January 8, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

With a showdown just weeks away over a takeover attempt, Verso Corp. has filed a presentation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its upcoming annual meeting in New York. The company is asking shareholders to reject board nominations by a group of three private equity firms that own nearly 10% of outstanding Verso stock. At the annual meeting, stockholders will consider and vote on the election of seven directors. They will be asked as well to authorize the sale of the Androscoggin mill in Maine and the Stevens Point mill in Wisconsin for $400 million to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC, a Pennsylvania producer of specialty paper. Since 2017, Atlas Holdings, Blue Wolf Capital Advisors and Lapetus Capital have made several unsuccessful bids to acquire Verso, which is based in Miamisburg, Ohio. …Verso says Atlas/Blue Wolf is pursuing a self-serving agenda and its nominees have conflicts of interest.

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Indiana legislature should act to protect state forests

Editorial Board
The Pharos Tribune
January 7, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Before European settlers arrived in the late 18th century, about 20 million acres of Indiana — or 85% of the state — were covered by forests. Twenty-first century Indiana still has about 5 million acres of forest land, but only a small percentage isn’t exposed to exploitation for timber or development. The Department of Natural Resources oversees 150,000 acres in state forests, scattered in 15 pockets mostly across southern Indiana. …So it’s easy to understand why protesters reacted strongly when the DNR sold the rights in November 2017 to log a portion of the Yellowwood State Forest in Nashville. …The Yellowwood controversy shined a spotlight on increased logging in state forests. …A renewed effort to assure that our dwindling forest lands are treated as a precious natural commodity deserves careful consideration in the legislative session that begins in earnest Jan. 7. 

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Drax Biomass appoints new leader for US operations

The News-Star
January 6, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Matt White

Drax Biomass, Inc. announced Monday that Matt White will become its new Senior Vice President and run Drax’s US biomass operations from its Monroe headquarters. …Drax Biomass uses the port in Baton Rouge/Port Allen and three compressed wood pellet plants. …The company recently announced plans to increase the amount of biomass it supplies to its own power station in the UK from 1.2 million to 5 million tonnes per year. …Drax Biomass is a subsidiary of the UK energy Drax Group. It employs about 190 people in Louisiana and approximately 65 in Mississippi.

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Enviva facilities have generated hundreds of tons of air pollution a year, critics say

By Justin Catanoso
The Charlotte Observer
January 3, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Every day, Silverleen Alston walks out the door of her Northampton County home and finds a powdery dust everywhere: around the house, on the car. “I can wash it away, but it comes right back,” said Alston, who lives in Garysburg near the wood pellet manufacturer Enviva, which opened in 2016. … In addition to their concerns about biomass worsening climate change rather than reducing it, critics of the wood pellet manufacturer Enviva have accused the company of generating large amounts of air pollution in the communities where its plants operate in North Carolina. “The biomass industry is nothing like the clean, sustainable answer to climate change it paints itself to be,” said Patrick Anderson, an attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project in Atlanta, which has investigated wood pellet manufacturers and their smokestack emissions nationally. “In fact, it is a major source of air pollution.”

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Molpus Woodlands Group Purchases 86,605 Acres in East Texas

Molpus Woodlands Group
Business Wire
December 17, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

JACKSON, Miss.–The Molpus Woodlands Group, a timberland investment management organization headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, has, on behalf of two clients, successfully purchased approximately 86,605 acres of timberland in east Texas. Located in east Texas and comprised of properties with over 75 years of management, these timberlands provide exposure to broad timber markets that represent the diverse spectrum of pulp, paper, lumber, and panel producers across east Texas. Molpus plans to include these timberlands in its certification with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standard. …Molpus’s forest certification program is a key element of its commitment to incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies and practices into investment analysis and decision-making.

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Forest Industry Continues to Boost Georgia Economy

All On Georgia
December 18, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A new report shows Georgia’s forest industry continues to deliver strong results for the state’s economy. According to a Georgia Forestry Commission report provided by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, total economic activity generated by the state’s forest industry rose to $36.2 billion between 2017 and 2018. Additional gains were recorded in employment and wages and salaries, as documented in the “2018 Economic Benefits of Forestry in Georgia” report. “The state’s forest industry supports more than 148,000 jobs in Georgia,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Director Chuck Williams, “and each of them contributes significantly to our quality of life. From everyday products such as lumber and paper to environmental services such as clean air, clean water and wildlife habitat, Georgia’s forests impact everyone.”

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$240M investment will extend production life of York County paper mill

By Ken Elkins
Charlotte Business Journal
December 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CATAWBA, NORTH CAROLINA — A large paper-making plant southeast of Rock Hill is getting a breath of new life with the infusion of $240 million from its new West Coast owner. New-Indy Containerboard will extend the production life of a 63-year-old operation in York County by as much as another 40 years, executives say. The facility, which at last count employed about 430 workers, will convert to the production of containerboard used to make cardboard boxes. Founded as Bowater, the operation is located in Catawba. …Rick Hartman, New-Indy COO, told The Herald in Rock Hill that the tax incentive was key to saving the jobs at the plant. …The plant operated for decades as a pulp and newsprint-making unit of Bowater Inc. and, later …to Resolute Forest Products. …The process of converting the Catawba mill to containerboard from its current coated paper operation should take about 10 months, Hartman told The Herald.

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Fallout from tariffs: A Fayette County lumber mill feels impact of U.S.-China trade war

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HOPWOOD, Pa. — Just off the National Pike in this tiny Fayette County village, a lumber mill for close to a century has sawed and processed logs into wood boards used for floors, cabinets and furniture. …Since China slapped hefty tariffs on U.S. exports of wood and lumber in July 2018, Northwest Hardwoods’ Hopwood mill is one of many hardwood plants across the country cutting production and reducing workers’ schedules. Northwest recently closed two mills in other states. …On Friday, the U.S. and China said they had reached a trade deal that would eliminate U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in phases. As part of the deal… China will commit to buying more U.S. products but details on if and when it would eliminate tariffs on U.S. imports were not immediately available.

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As it sells its Jay paper mill, Verso tries to stave off a corporate coup

MaineBiz
December 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Verso Corp., which is in the midst of selling its paper mill in Jay, is now in the midst of defending itself from an attempted takeover. It’s not clear if the corporate chess game will affect the sale of the mill and another in Wisconsin for $400 million… But Verso has nominated a new director for its board — and will soon propose another — as alternatives to a slate proposed by an investor group that’s trying to gain control. …the board said it is recommending for election …Robert K. Beckler, who most recently was president of packaging solutions for Atlanta-based WestRock Co.. Verso Co-Chairmen Alan Carr and Gene Davis will not stand for re-election …saying,”we believe that [the investor group] spurned bidders that have made several attempts to own or control the company, have chosen to pursue a proxy fight in order to further their continued efforts to obtain control of the company and its prospects.

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Mike Birkeland to lead Minnesota Forest Industries and Timber Producers Association

Business North
December 9, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Mike Birkeland

Mike Birkeland was hired Dec. 6 as the new executive vice president of Minnesota Forest Industries (MFI) and the Minnesota Timber Producers Association (TPA), the trade groups announced Monday. He succeeds Wayne Brandt, who passed away in September after helping lead the two forest products organizations for 30 years. Since 2001, Birkeland has worked at Grand Rapids-based Lake Country Power, the past 13 years as its director of member service and community relations. For seven years prior to 2001, he was regional communication manager for Potlatch Corporation in Cloquet.  “Mike has a lot of passion and knowledge about the forest products industry, as well as the diverse skillset necessary to deal with our ever-changing industry,” MFI Board Chair John Bastian said.

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Enviva awarded construction permit for Alabama pellet plant

By Erin Voegele
Biomass Magazine
December 2, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Enviva released a statement on Dec. 2 announcing the Alabama Department of Environmental Management has approved a permit allowing Enviva to construct a wood pellet facility in Sumter County, Alabama. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in early 2020, subject to final investment approval. Construction is expected to take approximately 15-18 months. The plant’s planned permitted capacity is expected to be 1.15 million metric tons. The plant, however, would initially be constructed to produce 700,000 metric tons of wood pellet per year. The facility could be expanded to 1.15 million metric tons of production capacity in the future. The plant would primarily take in a mix of softwood and mill residues sourced from areas within approximately 75 miles of the plant.

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Logging company buys 550K acres of UP timberland for $300M

Associated Press in UpNorthLive
December 2, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MARQUETTE, Mich.— A New Hampshire-based logging company has purchased more than a half-million acres (202,342 hectares) of timberland in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Company says it recently sold 555,000 acres (222,577 hectares) of UP timberland to an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company for $300 million in cash. Company officials said in a news release that those woodlands will be managed for “sustainable timber production” by Lyme Great Lakes Forest Company. Lyme is expected to keep the former Weyerhaeuser employees who have managed the land, which sustains a mix of hardwood and softwood acres.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Five Stories Tall and Made of Wood

By C.J. Hughes
The New York Times
January 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Exposed wood may be a familiar sight in some 19th-century buildings in New York City. …the only timber that is visible in a near-natural state is on the floor. But Frame Home, a new Manhattan-based development firm, is trying to change that. …First, Frame Home had to address the city’s fears about using a form of engineered wood for its residential buildings that is typically banned by the building code over concerns about its strength in relation to fires. But the company was granted an exception to the code. …While wood can be pricier than concrete, labor costs can be much less, developers say. In fact, because Frame 283’s cross-laminated timber arrived in prefabricated sections, it took only about two weeks to put up its main structure.

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Trex Heats Up Outdoor Living With New Fire & Water Collection

By Trex Company
Yahoo Finance
January 16, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WINCHESTER, Va.,  — The already ‘hot’ outdoor living category is about to get even hotter! Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, announces the launch of Trex® Outdoor Fire & Water, a collection of stylish and durable outdoor fire features, water elements and decorative planters. The new products will be officially unveiled later this month at the 2020 International Builders’ Show (IBS). “Trex Outdoor Fire & Water is a natural extension of our ever-expanding product portfolio,” said Adam Zambanini, president of Trex Residential Products. “The pieces in this new collection are ideal complements to our high-performance decking and lend ambiance and style to create an ultimate outdoor oasis.”

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Majority of plastic recyclables in Halifax being turned into synthetic lumber

By Aly Thomson
CBC News
January 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, Canada

It’s possible the plastic shopping bags that you recycled last week could eventually be turned into a bench you’ll one day sit on. That’s because the majority of plastics recycled in the Halifax area are now going to a local company that turns the waste into plastic lumber. Andrew Philopoulos, manager of Halifax’s solid waste division, said about 80 per cent of municipal plastics are being recycled at Goodwood Plastic Products Ltd. …The material is then manufactured into synthetic lumber, wharf timbers, guardrail posts and agricultural posts. …He said his company’s product has been used by Dartmouth’s LakeCity Plastics to create outdoor furniture like park benches and picnic tables.

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Columbia Forest sells innovative patent back to Owensboro cabinet maker

By Meghann Richardson
The Owensboro Times
January 5, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Columbia Forest Products (CFP) announced last week they have sold its Cabinotch Division to Cabaxis Inc, an affiliate of Phillip Crabtree, the originator and creator of the award-winning cabinet box system. Crabtree, vice president of Phill’s Custom Cabinets, lives and works in Owensboro and said the success of the company comes from his 64 local employees. “I couldn’t do it without the employees here they are the ones who come in every day with a smile on their face, bust their tail and enjoy what they do,” he said. Crabtree sold the patent to CFP back in 2011 and with the sale, Cabinotch and Cadaxis will now be under one roof.

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Michigan State University STEM building helps fight climate change by storing carbon

Fox 47 News
December 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

LANSING, Mich. — Cross-laminated timber (CLT) — which consists of large structural planks glued together to form beams and columns — used in MSU’s STEM facility will store carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. Glulam beams during construction of the mass timber used in the new STEM Teaching and Learning Facility. If you’ve been on the Michigan State University campus in the past several months, you’ve likely spotted the construction around the former Shaw Lane Power Plant, adjacent to Spartan Stadium. …This state-of-the-art facility will be made with mass timber, which includes glulam (glue-laminated) columns and beams and cross-laminated timber (CLT), making this structure the first of its kind in the state and a national example for wood infrastructure. …“Sustainable forestry and long-term storage of carbon in wood structures is an important strategy for fighting climate change,” said Rich Kobe, a forest ecologist and chair of the MSU Department of Forestry.

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Forget the log cabin. Wood buildings are climbing skyward – with pluses for the planet.

By Doug Struck
Chicago Tribune News
December 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…Builders see engineered wood and CLT as a way to construct midrise structures faster and cheaper. City planners see a fast track that could help reduce housing shortages. Architects love its light weight and look. And some environmentalists tout its ability to lock up carbon to combat climate change. …Advocates envision a radical shift in construction, with wood buildings of seven to 18 stories sprouting wholesale in cities, drastically reducing the cement and steel that generate tons of greenhouse gases. …Not all environmentalists are on board, though. The Sierra Club contends that nearly two-thirds of trees’ carbon is lost to the atmosphere when forests are cut and milled, and replanting young trees does not always offset that loss. …The timber structures, proponents believe, will be as long-lived and energy-efficient as those made of steel or concrete. The concrete industry hotly contests these assurances. …Nationwide, the possibilities depend in part on the availability of the engineered wood.

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Forestry

Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

By Michael Rubinkam
The Associated Press in the Billings Gazette
January 16, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year, according to a Penn State study. The study represents researchers’ first attempt to quantify the destruction caused by the large, colorful planthopper. First detected in the U.S. in 2014, in Pennsylvania’s Berks County, it has since overrun the state’s southeastern corner and spread into nearby states including New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. Economists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences estimated the financial impact on nurseries, vineyards, Christmas tree growers and hardwood producers. …The state’s $19 billion forest products industry would be especially vulnerable. Pennsylvania, with its vast unbroken stretches of forest, is the nation’s No. 1 producer of hardwoods.

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Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests

By Gabriel Popkin
Science Magazine
January 15, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A potential ally for one of North America’s most embattled trees has passed its first big test. A tiny predatory beetle that researchers have been rearing and releasing into forests appears to be doing damage to an aphidlike pest that poses a deadly threat to ecologically important eastern hemlock trees, a 5-year study has found. The result marks a rare success for forest scientists aiming to use introduced insects to battle pests, a strategy called biocontrol. Researchers caution that hemlocks are far from safe, however, because it is unlikely the beetle alone can defeat the pest. But the news “gives some cause for encouragement,” says Aaron Ellison, an ecologist at the Harvard Forest, who is not involved in the work. …Since the 1980s, however, hemlocks have come under an ever-widening assault from the hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny insect native to Japan that sucks sugars from hemlock needles, killing trees.

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International Lidar Mapping Forum Announces First Keynote of 2020 Conference Program

By International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF)
Yahoo Finance
January 15, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, DC — The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) has announced that Tara O’Shea, Director of Forest Programs at Planet, will give a keynote presentation titled Combining Remote Sensing & Analytics Technologies: Emerging Environmental Applications. This highly anticipated keynote, the first of several available to both ILMF and the co-located ASPRS Annual Conference attendees, will kick off three days of conference programming on March 23, 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. During her presentation, Tara will examine the explosion in the availability of remotely sensed data over the past decade and its impact on emerging environmental and climate applications. …Registration for the 20th edition of ILMF, taking place with the ASPRS Annual Conference and the MAPPS Federal Programs Conference, as part of Geo Week 2020, is now open.

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Op-ed: Indiana’s yellowwood trees ‘unlike any other on the planet’

By Allen Pursell, The Nature Conservancy in Indiana
IndyStar
January 12, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Three years ago, on behalf of The Nature Conservancy I supported the designation of a portion of Yellowwood State Forest as a High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF). My reason for doing so was clear: I wanted to save the yellowwood tree. Happily, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has done just that. The new HCVF will ensure rare yellowwood trees remain part of the Indiana landscape. The 591-acre HCVF will be called the Yellowwood Conservation Area at Yellowwood State Forest. Beautiful and rare, yellowwood trees are a state-endangered species in Indiana. They occur naturally in Indiana only in Yellowwood State Forest and Brown County State Park, which is the northern end of their natural range. The tree’s name comes from the yellow coloration of its heartwood, which has been used to make furniture in the past.

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Christmas tree growers report good year, despite challenges

By Susan Haigh
Associated Press in Agri News
January 9, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

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Grant aimed at boosting endangered candy darter’s comeback

The Associated Press in the Washington Post
January 13, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An endangered fish could get a boost from grants aimed at restoring its population in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and use it for a program to increase numbers of the candy darter, which was listed as endangered in 2018. The DNR will collect candy darters, breed them at a fish hatchery in White Sulphur Springs and release them back into state streams. …The rainbow-colored fish has lost nearly half its population since the 1930s. …Another threat is development that pollutes the streams with sediment. In December, the U.S. Forest Service halted a logging project in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest to protect the candy darter.

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Days Left For Public Comment On Massive Georgia Forest Management Plan

By Grant Blankenship
Georgia Public Broadcasting
January 8, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Forest Service is in the planning stages of a massive, perhaps even first of its kind forest management project at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. The Foothills Landscape Project takes in a little over 157,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest, a little over twice the footprint of the city of Atlanta, running in an arc from the Tennessee border north of Chatsworth over to Rabun County. …What Israel and others plan to do is use everything from prescribed fire to herbicides and commercial logging to thin out forests left too dense by almost 100 years of artificial fire suppression. …That wild urban interface is about a quarter of a million people live in communities nestled up against some of the targeted forests.

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Project Canopy promotes community forestry grants

By Project Canopy
Fiddlehead Focus
January 8, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county and municipal governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs.  Project Canopy, an entity of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service, anticipates that $100,000 will be available to support community forestry projects. In the planning and education realm, a $10,000 maximul award is offered. Projects support sustainable community forestry management, and efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests. In planting and maintenance, the maximum award is $8,000. Projects increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

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Department of Natural Resources seeks black spruce cones to alleviate seed shortage in northwest and northeast Minnesota

January 7, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking the public’s help in collecting black spruce cones to alleviate a shortage of black spruce seed in northwest and northeast Minnesota. To address this, the DNR needs an additional 800 bushels of black spruce cones within the next few weeks. The DNR relies on individual collectors to provide cones to the state forest nursery. “This shortage will significantly reduce our ability to seed new black spruce forests this spring,” said Mike Reinikainen, forestry silviculture program coordinator for the DNR. The nursery dries the cones, extracts the seeds and sells the seed to land managers. Approximately 6,000 acres of black spruce in Minnesota are replanted each year with seeds from the nursery.

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Tree cutting starts around Bass River fire tower

By Michelle Brunetti
The Press of Atlantic City
January 4, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BASS RIVER TOWNSHIP — …acres of trees are being removed around the Bass River State Forest fire tower to increase visibility for fire spotters. Workers with Advanced Forestry Solutions were collecting downed logs this past week, lifting them with huge power tongs and putting them on a tractor to be turned into wood chips, firewood and — for the larger, better logs — lumber. “It will come back on its own, and (the native trees) are not as tall as white pines,” so they won’t block the tower, said Colin McLaughlin, 47, owner of the Pittsgrove, Salem County-based company. …Professional forester Bob Williams, of Pine Creek Forestry in Laurel Springs, Camden County, is an advocate for controlled burning and periodic cutting of trees from limited areas. He called it a way of opening up more varied habitat for wildlife and removing fuel from the forest.

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‘America’s Forests’ speaks for the trees

By Ben Bolton
Mother Nature Network
December 17, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forests keep our planet cool, clean the air we breathe, create jobs and so much more. So it’s about time they got their own TV show. “America’s Forests” highlights the people and places shaped by forests, and the viewer meets them all with the help of host Chuck Leavell, who may be best known as the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, but he’s also an accomplished tree farmer. “We do stories about any aspect of forests in America,” Leavell tells MNN. “It could be anything from how our forests filter our water, how they clean our air; the making of fine furniture out of wood; the process of building musical instruments out of wood.” …Leavell also knows trees could use some help telling their story. He travels the country explaining why forests are the answer to many of the world’s problems.

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Dr. Daniel Unger receives national award for forestry education

By Sarah Fuller
The Gilmer Mirror
December 11, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Daniel Unger

NACOGDOCHES, Texas— Dr. Daniel Unger, Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professor of spatial science within Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, was awarded the 2019 Carl Alwin Schenck Award from the Society of American Foresters during the SAF National Convention held in November in Louisville, Kentucky. The national award recognizes individuals who display a notable and sustained record of excellence in forestry education through outstanding service to the field and the development of dynamic, personal teaching methods. “To be recognized by my fellow colleagues at the national level regarding my commitment to forestry education throughout my career is a humbling experience,” Unger said. “I truly enjoy interacting with the students on a daily basis.”

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State Forestry Budget is Critical to the Health of Our Hardwood Industry and Our Forests

By Jeff Stant, Indiana Forest Alliance & Ray Moistner, Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association
Inside Indiana Business
December 6, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For the last several decades, the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association and the Indiana Forest Alliance have disagreed and at times clashed over issues involving the management of our state forests, but recent joint meetings have revealed one very important area on which we can both agree and have pledged to work on together to find a solution that benefits all Hoosiers and our state’s forest resources. Retirements and resignations combined with extended delays in refilling positions due to budget constraints limit the ability of the Division of Forestry to service private landowners and effectively manage the growing Classified Forest & Wildlands Program. Indiana prides itself on being compliant with standards developed within industries. Given the current staff shortages, our ability to be compliant with our Forest Stewardship Council requirements is currently at risk.

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Philadelphia launching 10-year ‘urban forest’ plan after startling tree decline

By Frank Kummer
The Morning Call
December 5, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Despite efforts to increase Philadelphia’s tree canopy, the city has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields worth of leafy shade in the last 10 years. So the city is creating a 10-year Urban Forest plan to reverse the trend. The effort begins Thursday with a citywide “Tree Summit” at the Discovery Center in East Fairmount Park — a gathering of arborists, educators, and community leaders organized by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Office of Sustainability. The announcement comes on the heels of a decade-long look at how the tree canopy — a measurement of the layers of leaves, branches, and stems trees provide — fared from 2008 to 2018. …“The report doesn’t tell us why, it just tells us that we lost canopy,” Smith-Fichman said. Trees could be dying from old age, or heat or insects.

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Chuck Leavell’s life is about music, protecting forests

By Russ Corey
Times Daily
December 5, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Chuck Leavell

FLORENCE — Shoals music fans will have a chance to learn a little more about Allman Brother, Rolling Stone and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Leavell on Dec. 14. …But Leavell’s life is not all about music. In 1981, his wife, Rose, inherited a large amount of forest land near Macon, Georgia, and it fell upon them to protect the land and manage it for forestry purposes. He became an advocate and has written three books on protecting forest lands.  “Forever Green” is about the history and hope of the American forest, another book is a children’s book about a tree farmer and the third book deals with smart growth for growing a better America, he said. …He travels around speaking on the topic and has received recognition over the years for his dedication to the land, including the recent “Superhero of the Earth Award” he received from Ted Turner’s Captain Planet Foundation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Renewable wood energy has a critical role in fighting climate change

By John Keppler, CEO Enviva
The Charlotte Observer
January 7, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

John Keppler

I had the privilege of founding Enviva more than 15 years ago with the simple purpose of fighting climate change with effective solutions that could be implemented immediately. Today, Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal, and wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. …In the UK, a core Enviva market, coal now accounts for less than 2% of electricity generation, down from one-third 10 years ago, due in part to the wood pellets we provide. …Unfortunately, the News & Observer this week published a series on renewable wood energy and Enviva, seeking to tell a very different story of the role we play in fighting climate change. To be clear: we welcome rigorous journalism, but such reporting must be based on a balanced view of the facts and science, not anti-forestry activism.

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Failing a Basic Test of Integrity in Journalism

By Brian Rogers, Furture Forests + Jobs
Inside Science News Service
January 7, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

When a state is 61 percent covered by forests and forest products ranks as a top industry, you’d expect reporters covering the state’s forest products industry to do so fairly and solicit input from a broad range of stakeholders. Unfortunately, this was not the case in a recent, major series of reports from the Raleigh News & Observer that delved into the environmental credentials of renewable wood energy, a major component of the state’s forest products economy.  The reporting was done by two anti-forestry activists with a demonstrated bias and opposition to one of the most basic tenets of journalism: objectivity. It’s an insult to the hardworking men and women who make North Carolina an international player in the forest products industry, as well as journalism as a whole. 

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Announcing… COUNTDOWN, A Massive Global Collaboration to Tackle the Climate Crisis Powered by TED and Leaders from Policy, Business, Science, Story-telling and Civic Engagement

By TED Conferences
Cision Newswire
December 4, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Today TED and Future Stewards with Christiana Figueres announced Countdown: a global collaboration to turn the tide on climate change. The name Countdown refers to the necessary reduction to zero net greenhouse gas emissions … A summit of 1,000 leaders and influencers …will be held in Bergen, Norway from October 6-9, 2020. The following day – 10.10.2020 – will be celebrated as a major global gathering made up of thousands of connected local events in cities, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces around the globe—coordinated by the global TEDx community and other partners. Countdown content will be promoted by YouTube, and many YouTube creators will be invited to take part both in Bergen and at local events being held around the globe. …Content will focus on five big questions including POWER: How rapidly can we move to 100% clean energy? BUILT ENVIRONMENT: How can we re-engineer the stuff that surrounds us? We need regenerative economics and a materials revolution.

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