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Froggy Foibles

Seeking Bigfoot: Investigator believes Sasquatch lurks in North Carolina national forest

By WFMY
CBS News NC
November 2, 2018
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

TROY, N.C. – Follow the footsteps of a North Carolina legend. They’ll lead to dead ends, revealing more questions than answers in a mystery that has stumped even naysayers for centuries — the search for Sasquatch. That quest for clues often takes Bigfoot enthusiasts to Montgomery County. Nestled in the wilderness is an outlier on the outskirts of civilization — the Eldorado Outpost. …Cagle’s referring to the now-viral Squeaky Thermal footage, appearing to show a big creature peering into a campsite near the outpost. The man who captured it is a self-described avid camper-turned Bigfoot investigator.”It was the best night of my life, I guess!” recalled Michael Green. …I know what I saw. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m crazy. 

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Business & Politics

Boise Cascade will lay off 56

By Johnny Whitfield
The Courier-Times
November 17, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Just weeks removed from the joyous announcement of a new manufacturing facility planned for Person County, another company has announced it will layoff more than half its workforce. Boise Cascade has said it will close one of its two Roxboro divisions, resulting in the layoff of 56 workers in the laminated veneer lumber division. In a press release posted on the company’s website, CEO Tom Corrick said efforts to control expenses in that division had failed. “Unfortunately, despite great effort by the team, we have been unable to reduce manufacturing costs to an acceptable level,” Corrick said. The company will end its laminated veneer lumber production operation Dec. 31.

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Georgia-Pacific Completes $100-Million Lumber Production Facility In Talladega, Alabama

The Virginian-Pilot
November 15, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Today, Georgia-Pacific celebrated the official start of production at its newest lumber facility in Talladega, Alabama. The $100-million, 300,000-square-foot, technologically advanced plant took nine months to complete. The plant currently employs more than 130 full-time employees and will generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll. …”Georgia-Pacific’s new lumber facility in Talladega is the company’s eighth location in the state, which further shows that Alabama is a great place to do business,” Governor Ivey said. “Our amiable business climate and unparalleled workforce are why notable companies like Georgia-Pacific continue to do business in our great state.” …The Talladega plant is the first of three new lumber production facilities Georgia-Pacific will be opening in the Southeast by the end of 2019.

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Trade war with China impacting Rayonier Advanced Materials

By Mark Basch
The Jacksonville Daily Record
November 15, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Rayonier Advanced Materials says the trade war between the U.S. and China is having an impact on the company. …Rayonier AM Chief Executive Paul Boynton said the threat of tariffs on the company’s high-purity cellulose sales to China seems to be impacting its stock. “We are currently absorbing the 5 percent tariff, equating to about $2 million per quarter, and while we supply these products from our U.S. operations, we’re working with our customers to reposition production of these products outside the U.S. if necessary,” Boynton said. …Rayonier AM had not been in the lumber business since but it picked up seven sawmills in Canada as part of its acquisition of Montreal-based Tembec Inc. last year. …Although the decline in lumber prices may be hurting the stock as Boynton said, Rayonier AM said it expects prices to rebound.

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Deal proposes hurricane recovery money, tax break for tree replanting

By James Salzer
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 13, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Nathan Deal proposed $200 million worth of income tax credits Tuesday for landowners in southwest Georgia as incentive for them to replant trees destroyed last month by Hurricane Michael. The tax break was part of Deal’s package introduced as state lawmakers convened a special session designed to help fund the cleanup and rebuilding of southwest Georgia after the storm. “We have some important work to do today and this week,” House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, told his chamber as it opened for business. The tax break would aid both timber and pecan farmers who saw their trees destroyed by the storm. State officials said losses from the storm in the agriculture industry alone could reach nearly $3 billion.

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Who is Georgia Pacific?

By Laura Stone
Manning Live
November 9, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific has been a part of the Clarendon County business community since May of 2010, with a fully operational plant since February 2013. After purchasing the Grant Forest Products facility, Georgia-Pacific invested $29 million over the next three years to add infrastructure, catwalks and safety features before going live to produce oriented strand board, or OSB. Today, the plant is the largest OSB facility in the United States and the second largest plant in North America. Capable of producing 850 million square feet of OSB per year, the plant has the infrastructure in place to increase output to one billion square feet per year, although this would require a $20 million investment for additional equipment. To date, no plant has ever produced one billion square feet per year.

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Canfor to Acquire Elliott Sawmilling Co., Inc.

By Canfor Corporation
Cision Newswire
November 9, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation announces it has entered into an agreement to purchase Elliott Sawmilling Co., Inc. located in Estill, South Carolina for a purchase price of US$110 million, which includes normalized working capital. The purchase price represents a 4.3 times EBITDA multiple based on Elliott’s twelve months trailing EBITDA. The transaction will be completed in two phases with 49% being acquired on closing and 51% being acquired one year later. Elliott has a production capacity in excess of 210 million board feet and the sawmill consists of both large and small log lines. “We are thrilled to welcome the employees of Elliott to the Canfor team. Elliott has an excellent management team and produces high quality products that will align well with Canfor’s high-value product mix. Nash Elliott will continue as the General Manager after the transaction is completed,” said Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor.

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The Mathis Report: Project Grid is Rayonier Advanced Materials

By Karen Brune Mathis
Jacksonville Daily Record
November 7, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Rayonier Advanced Materials, which said Oct. 9 it will create 79 positions at its Downtown headquarters by 2022, is the code-named Project Grid that was approved in August for city and state incentives. Jacksonville-based Rayonier Advanced Materials, a specialty chemical company, said it would create the jobs following its acquisition in late 2017 of Canadian forest products company Tembec.  The company said the jobs will be professional and administrative roles to support its international operations and will average $69,520 annually. A news release said the Tembec purchase almost doubled Rayonier Advanced Material’s size to more than $2 billion in annual revenue and added more than 15 operating plants in Canada and Europe.

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Rayonier Advanced Materials Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

By Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Business Wire
November 6, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (the “Company”)  today reported third quarter 2018 net income of $38 million, or $0.60 per diluted common share, compared to $16 million, or $0.28 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2017. Year-to-date 2018 net income was $116 million, or $1.82 per diluted common share, compared to $30 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share for the first nine months of 2017. Earnings for both the third quarter and year-to-date 2018 periods increased due to the November 2017 acquisition of Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”).

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Boise Cascade to Cease Laminated Veneer Lumber Production at Roxboro, North Carolina

By Boise Cascade
Global Newswire
November 6, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade announced today the 60-day notice of a permanent curtailment of its laminated veneer lumber (LVL) production at the Roxboro, NC, facility. The Roxboro facility will continue to produce I-joists. The curtailment will affect approximately 56 employees, and the company anticipates ceasing LVL operations by December 31, 2018. “Unfortunately, despite great effort by the team, we have been unable to reduce manufacturing costs to an acceptable level,” said Boise Cascade CEO Tom Corrick. …”We expect no impact on our customers from this curtailment as we have additional capacity at our Alexandria, LA, and Thorsby, AL, engineered wood facilities” said Mike Brown, Senior Vice President, Wood Products Operations.

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Conifex’s Brett Bray Assures ‘Good Balance’ Won’t Leave Arkansas, Canada Dry

Arkansas Business Online
November 5, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Brett Bray

Conifex Timber Inc. of Vancouver, Canada, named Brett Bray vice president of U.S. operations in August. He oversees the company’s facilities in Glenwood, El Dorado and Cross City, Florida. Bray has nearly 30 years of experience in the timber industry and previously worked for Caddo River Forest Products, as general manager of the Glenwood facility. …The following is an interview: Why did the money behind Conifex see the Arkansas mills as a good investment?  “There were three main drivers to investing here in Arkansas. The first was that the mills have access to good, consistent volumes of quality sawtimber at an affordable cost. Second was the mills’ proximity to the strong Texas housing market, reducing transportation costs to get our products to our customers. Third was the supportive business and investment climate in the state of Arkansas, both at state and local levels.”

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Waratah Forestry Equipment celebrates 45th anniversary

Waratah
November 2, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Moline, Ill. – Waratah Forestry Equipment is proudly celebrating 45 years of innovation and serving customers in the forestry industry. The company pioneered mechanized harvesting with first-class products paired with unparalleled customer support. Established in Tokoroa, New Zealand in 1973, the company transitioned to meet local loggers’ heavy-duty delimbing needs creating a delimber-feller-buncher featuring a four-roller fixed head. Following that innovation, a red grapple processor for the Canadian markets marked the beginnings of the 600 Series and solidified its place as the original red head in the industry. Today, Waratah heads are found in all logging applications from felling on steep slopes, to cut-to-length hardwood harvesting at the stump, to processing on a landing or debarking on endless plantations.

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ND Paper acquires Resolute Forest Products’ recycled pulp mill in US

Compelo.com
November 2, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ND Paper has completed its acquisition of the Fairmont, West Virginia recycled pulp mill from Resolute Forest Products. Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, ND Paper paid $62m in cash. …The Fairmont mill manufactures and distributes recycled pulp used in a wide range of products, from packaging to tissue paper. Located in the northern part of West Virginia, the mill has an annual production capacity of approximately 218,000 metric tonnes, and is one of only three in the world that produces air-dried recycled pulp. ND Paper is a recently-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings), a leading global paper product manufacturer. ND Paper operates three pulp and paper mills in North America with diverse capabilities and combined annual production capacity exceeding 1.1 million metric tonnes.

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Sterling Recognized with Chicago Innovation Award

Benzinga
November 1, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PHOENIX, Ill. — Recognizing the significant economic and environmental impact of the TerraLam® site access mat, Sterling was presented with a Chicago Innovation Award during the 17th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. TerraLam is eliminating the false perception among contractors and utility owners that they must choose between sustainability and profit, because with TerraLam you get both. TerraLam CLT mats use sustainable southern yellow pine to create a site access mat that is lighter, faster, and longer lasting. TerraLam mats are used primarily in the electric transmission and distribution, oil and gas pipeline, and civil construction fields. Site access mats are used to protect sensitive or undisturbed soil in rights-of-way from tires and tracks of heavy construction equipment. …TerraLam was born out of extensive R&D and testing. To keep the mats light yet strong, Sterling selected renewable southern yellow pine with an optimized adhesive system for their next generation CLT mat.

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Waco’s Domtar diaper plant to close next year

By Mike Copeland
The Waco Tribune-Herald
November 1, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A local diaper-making plant that employs 145 people and is the ninth-largest taxpayer in Waco has announced it will shutter its plant on Texas Central Parkway as a cost-cutting move, probably by June of next year. …Company representatives met with Domtar employees Thursday morning to break the news about the closing, Domtar spokeswoman Tammy Waters said. The employees will receive severance packages and opportunities to work in other Domtar-owned facilities, Waters said. …“We’re closing due to what has become a challenging business environment that includes the rising cost of raw materials and a falling infant birth rate. We’ve had to adopt a margin-improvement plan.” …Domtar’s pulp and paper businesses “will enter 2019 in the best position in recent years,” but its personal care line is hurting.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Dunwoody puts 6-month hold on multi-unit construction

By Dyana Bagby
Reporter Newspapers
November 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A six-month moratorium on multi-unit building applications, permits and construction is now in effect as city officials say they need time to review the city’s fire safety codes and ordinances. It’s unclear how the moratorium will affect Grubb Properties’ proposed 20-acre mixed-use development in Perimeter Center that includes 900 condominiums… The moratorium comes after House Bill 876, dubbed the “wood bill,” went into effect on July 1. The bill prohibits local governments from banning wood-framed buildings that otherwise meet state building and fire codes. The new law erased Dunwoody’s 2014 ordinance that required commercial, office, apartment or condominium buildings more than three stories tall to be framed with noncombustible materials, such as metal or concrete. …Councilmember Terry Nall, who spearheaded the 2014 ordinance to prohibit wood-framed buildings over three stories tall, said in a written statement the moratorium is not tied to the “wood bill” or any possible future development.

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Sweeney Joins In Support of Fire Safety Measure

InsiderNJ
November 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Steve Sweeney

Atlantic City – Senate President Steve Sweeney joined with public officials, labor leaders and fire safety professionals today in support of legislation that would change the fire code to help protect residents and firefighters from the dangers of large-scale fires in light-frame residential properties. The bill, S-1261/A-135, sponsored by Senator Brian Stack and Senator Linda Greenstein, would establish several construction code requirements and a fire watch requirement to help limit the spread of fires in larger light-frame residential buildings. “We want to make fire safety a priority in New Jersey to prevent against the vulnerabilities of combustible materials that can allow fires to spread rapidly,” said Senator Sweeney… The bill would strengthen firewall standards in all new multi-family construction. It would prohibit lightweight wood construction, which uses prefabricated wood structures, on buildings over three stories.

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To reduce fires, proposed New Jersey law targets building construction with cheap wood

By David Matthau
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
November 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

It’s happening more and more in New Jersey. A building catches fire and by the time firefighters arrive, the structure is either completely engulfed in flames or it’s already burnt to the ground. Now, efforts are moving forward to address the root cause of the problem. Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate and Assembly that would change several construction codes and require more steel, concrete and fire-resistant wood be used instead of just lightweight wood and other combustible materials when larger apartment buildings and structures are constructed. Experts agree this would significantly slow the spread of any fire. Ed Donnelly, the president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, said this is really an issue of common sense. …He explained when buildings made of lightweight wood and pre-fabricated material catch fire, flames race through the entire structure and the building will rapidly collapse.

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Hurricane Michael Teaches New Home Building Lessons

By Jamie Gold
Forbes
November 7, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Hurricane Michael … survivors are still digging out from the massive storm that crashed into the Florida panhandle on October 10. The Federal Emergency Management Agency describes Michael as “one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall in [the] Continental U.S.” Aerial photos of the towns in Michael’s path show homes, businesses and entire neighborhoods blown apart, as if they’d been bombed. …“South Florida actually had a reasonable building code in place when Hurricane Andrew struck,” recalls Susan Millerick, director of public affairs of the Tampa-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. “What it did not have, and moved aggressively to correct, was a strong, consistent and funded code enforcement program,” she adds. …“We urge people to get the strongest roof they can get, tougher windows and doors, and to consider what’s in the walls with the same care as what they plan to put on the walls,” Millerick advises. 

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EXPO 2019: Robust Exhibit Sales

By Eric Gee, SFPA
Southern Forest Products Association
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

 Nearly 100 companies have contracted 80% of the available exhibit space for the 35th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2019 – to be held June 26-28, 2019 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. “Participation in Expo is approaching an early sell-out; most of the larger exhibit spaces are already occupied,” commented Eric Gee, SFPA’s exposition director. “Many of the exhibiting companies are determining the equipment they’ll bring for display in Atlanta, and some have expanded their exhibit space based on strong, pre-show orders,” he added.

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The Appalachian “Long Lodge” Optimizes Mass Timber Construction for Sustainable Design

By Vasundhra Aggarwal
Arch Daily
November 3, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The ‘Long Lodge’ proposal for residential cabins along the Appalachian Trail, recently named the Honor Award Winner of the 2018 Maine Mass Timber Design Competition, highlights simple yet creative ways to spotlight the possibilities and natural beauty of timber as a construction material. The winning four-person design team created a lodge that not only serves as a temporary living space but rather becomes a memorable spatial experience through the effects of the structural design choices. …Using glulam timber technology, the design features simple yet elegant maneuvers with the truss system. Though the building appears to have a single roof pitch on the exterior, the upside down truss creates two opposing slopes inside. With the ability to span large distances, the truss allows flexibility for the programs within the living wing. The void connecting the two wings acts as the central gathering porch accessible from both ends of the trail.

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A treehouse made from sustainable wood hides a luxurious interior

By Nicole Jewell
inhabit
November 1, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The sustainable builders at ArtisTree are known for creating some seriously beautiful and green structures. The company has just unveiled a charming treehouse located in a remote eco-retreat in Texas. Perched 25 feet in the air between two cypress trees, the Yoki Treehouse is an exceptional example of the company’s artistry and deep respect for nature. Located in central Texas, the Yoki Treehouse is Austin’s first treehouse resort at Cypress Valley. …Inside, the walls of the treehouse are clad in a warm birch wood, creating a cabin-like aesthetic. Again, an abundance of windows, including an all-glass front wall, allows guests to reconnect with nature. The interior design and furnishings were inspired by Japanese minimalism, while touches of Turkish decor add a sense of whimsy.

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Forestry

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Sells Most Timber For Harvest Since Early 1990s

By Danielle Kaeding
Wisconsin Public Radio News
November 19, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Timber sales on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have increased for the sixth year in a row. The forest sold 128.7 million board feet of timber this past fiscal year. Forest Supervisor Paul Strong said that’s the most timber sold on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest since the early 1990s. The forest has been able to sell more stands of timber for harvest through an agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under the Good Neighbor Authority, which allows the state to conduct management of national forest land. “They’ve been a steady partner delivering their share of this program for the last three years,” Strong said. The state sold 30.7 million board feet under the agreement, said Jeffrey Olsen, national forest specialist in the Good Neighbor Authority program with the DNR.

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Timber industry suffering after Hurricane Michael

By Shelly Campbell
WJHG-TV
November 15, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla.- You could say Kim Barber comes by the timber industry naturally. “We moved up here from south Florida in ’95,” Kim said. “My family, we own Chipola Timberland.” The family owns roughly 7,000 acres of trees–many of which are now on the ground after Hurricane Michael. “I’m still hoping I’m in a dream and I’m going to wake up in the morning and everything’s going to be back to normal, but it hasn’t happened yet, so I guess this is the new normal,” Kim said. Each year, the Barbers clear cut and replant, but recent heavy rains have also posed challenges. 

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Forestry work at Sparta Mountain to begin after Thanksgiving

By Bruce Scruton
The New Jersey Herald
November 15, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARDYSTON — Forestry work is scheduled to begin on a section of the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the area between Lake Gerard and Tamarak Lake. …The area to be worked will be about 17 acres in what is designated as Stand 33 in the forestry management plan approved for the wildlife management area in March 2017 after more than two years of controversy. …About a quarter of the existing trees in the 17 acres of work will be cut or girdled and left as standing dead wood. …According to the DEP, no heavy machinery or chemicals will be used, and none of the cut trees will be removed or sold. There have been signs of beech bark disease, and the forestry work may include treatments to slow the spread of the condition. …The New Jersey Sierra Club accused the DEP of a sort of “bait-and-switch.”

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Hurricane Michael Caused $1.5 Billion in Agriculture Losses, Mostly in Forestry, Timber

Florida Daily
November 12, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Florida suffered almost $1.5 billion in agriculture losses due to Hurricane Michael hitting the Panhandle last month, a new report from the state government finds. On Friday, outgoing state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced that the timber industry suffered the overwhelming majority of agriculture losses from the hurricane as that sector lost $1.3 billion while other agriculture industries suffered almost $200 million.  According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ preliminary report, the losses are as follows:

  • Total Florida agriculture: $1,481,843,193
  • Forestry: $1,289,023,465

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‘Untouched’ not always best forestry plan

The Greenfield Recorder
November 8, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MASSACHUSETTS — One hundred and ten years ago, a major forest fire swept through Wendell State Forest. One hundred and ten years later… when the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced its plan to start timber harvesting… Charlie Baker asking the governor to spare this “stately, 80-acre old oak forest that is just beginning to reach an old-growth condition. …Last week, state officials delivered their response — “No” — along with the rationale behind it. According to DCR’s experts, “untouched by human interference” is not necessarily the best course for forest management nor the best response to climate change. …DCR Commissioner Leo Roy… contends that, over the long run, it’s better to have trees that are of different ages and reach peak carbon-sequestering ages at different times.

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More than 400 foresters gather in Temple

By Mariel Williams
The Temble Daily Telegram
November 8, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More than 400 Texas foresters gathered in Temple Wednesday to share stories and acknowledge each other’s accomplishments. The Texas A&M Forest Service held its annual personnel meeting at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center. …Spokeswoman Linda Moon said she does not believe they have met in Temple before, but the service has historical roots here. “Temple is where forest conservation really started in Texas,” program leader Shane Harrington said. …The one-day forestry event features awards ceremonies and plenty of time for service staff to network and chat.

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Virginia Department of Forestry commitment to sustainability recognized

The Augusta Free Press
November 6, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Virginia Department of Forestry has certified all of Virginia’s State Forests to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and American Tree Farm System standards. These certified forests cover more than 68,000 acres. The state forests system is self-sustaining and receives no general funds, so they must support operations through timber sales like other private landowners. Certification of Virginia state forest lands demonstrates for Virginia landowners how certification can be part of their land management efforts while validating that working forests are sustainable. …“The market for forest products is international, and consumers expect assurance that their products are produced sustainably and support a healthy environment,” said Virginia State Forester Rob Farrell. “SFI and Tree Farm Certification provide an assurance that forest products from Virginia landowners are legally and sustainably harvested.”

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Trees Atlanta has new logo

By Pamela Miller
Atlanta Journal Constitution
November 5, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For the first time in its 33-year history, Trees Atlanta is changing its logo and tagline, according to a news release. Founded by a group of dedicated and like-minded civic leaders in 1985, Trees Atlanta started as a small group focused on planting trees in downtown Atlanta. Since that time, the organization’s mission has grown to include tree planting across Atlanta, restoration of local forests and greenspaces, youth and adult education, advocacy and providing vital conservation resources to the community. The nonprofit says it has grown in geographical reach as well – expanding the planting reach to include cities outside the original focused Atlanta core.

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The Outside Story: Southern pine beetles march north

By Joe Rankin
The Bennington Banner
November 2, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As if the emerald ash borer’s incursion into northern New England wasn’t enough, now there’s another potentially devastating forest pest marching this way: the southern pine beetle. Dendroctonus frontalis — the first name means “tree murderer.” But during outbreaks, they reproduce by the millions and can kill trees in a matter of weeks. “They’re one of the most aggressive tree-killing insects in the world,” said Matthew Ayres, a biology professor at Dartmouth College who has studied the species for 25 years. A relative of the mountain pine beetle… the southern pine beetle is native to the vast pine forests in the southeastern US. But now, thanks to a warming climate, the beetle is moving north. …”There’s no doubt that northern forests in New Hampshire and Vermont are going to be challenged in the next few years” said Ayres.

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State going ahead with Wendell logging project

By David McLellan
The Greenfield Recorder
November 4, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WENDELL — State officials have given a response to protesters who have been asking they cancel a planned logging project for over a month, “No.”  The proposed logging of 100-year-old oak trees in Wendell State Forest has drawn censure from nonprofit groups like RESTORE: The North Woods, who say that the project is unnecessary, has little or no economic benefit and is counterproductive to fighting climate change.  The protesters have been organizing protests along Route 2 in Erving to bring awareness to the project, delivered a petition with 1,148 signatures to Gov. Charlie Baker asking he cancel the project and at least one protester has delivered a Notice of Intent to Sue to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which is heading the project.  A DCR spokesman would not provide further information about the incoming lawsuit, calling it “pending litigation,” but did confirm the DCR office received the notice.

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After the Floods: People Across America are Standing for Forests

By Danna Smith, Dogwood Alliance and Reverend Leo Woodberry, pastor of Kingdom Living Temple
Global Newswire
November 1, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Leo Woodberry and Danna Smith

Florence, SC — The Following is a statement from the Dogwood Alliance: We are writing from ground zero of Hurricane Florence, where floodwaters wreaked havoc on our community. This was followed almost immediately by Hurricane Michael. …For the fourth year in a row in the South, massive flooding that has been scientifically linked to climate change has caused tremendous suffering with estimated economic costs totalling tens of billions of dollars. Meanwhile, there is an underlying issue too few are talking about — the connection between forest destruction in the U.S., climate change and the devastating impacts on vulnerable communities. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer and consumer of wood products. Logging rates in the Southeast alone — estimated at four times that of South American rainforests — are among the highest on Earth. …It’s time to move beyond the fundamental misconception that just because trees are green anything we make from forests must be good for the planet. 

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Georgia Forestry Commission’s latest damage assessment, $762 million loss

By Jeremy Spencer
All On Georgia
October 31, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Hurricane Michael’s damage assessment continues throughout the state. The hurricane has changed the landscape of southwest Georgia and much of Georgia’s agribusiness industry which has taken over a $2 billion hit. Many foresters met with the Georgia Forestry Commission last week to evaluate the damage to the industry. Hurricane Michael delivered over 125-150 mph winds to the area from all over southwest Georgia. A combination of geospatial analysis, aerial, and field examinations show damage to more than two million acres of forestland impacted by Hurricane Michael. Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black released the following update on Tuesday: “We knew that the damage estimates from Hurricane Michael would be fluid and difficult to pinpoint. That has certainly been the case regarding the forestry numbers, with the latest estimates from the Georgia Forestry Commission establishing timbers losses well over $762 million.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Fighting Climate Change Could Make New Hampshire Forests More Profitable

By Annie Ropeik
New Hampshire Public Radio
November 19, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

New research suggests New Hampshire forests could help store more climate-warming carbon dioxide while growing higher-value trees. The study, from Clark University and the Nature Conservancy, says better land management – especially reforestation – could store up to a fifth of America’s climate-warming carbon emissions.  The U.S. emitted about 5.8 billion tons of carbon in 2016. That carbon builds up in the atmosphere and leads to slow but steady warming that drives sea level rise, more extreme weather and other harmful effects of climate change. But trees can also store that carbon, preventing it from concentrating in the atmosphere. UNH forestry professor John Gunn says for New Hampshire’s forests to contribute more, landowners will need incentives to grow longer-lived, higher-quality trees.

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Film explores impact of burning wood for energy

Addison County Independent
November 8, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MIDDLEBURY — A screening of the film “Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” will take place on Nov. 13… According to the website (burnedthemovie.com), “‘BURNED’ takes a hard look at the latest false solution to humanity’s vast energy appetite: woody biomass. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the alternative energy savior for the power generation industry and of the people and parties who are both promoting and fighting its adoption and use. Using interviews with experts, activists and citizens, along with verité-style footage shot across the U.S., E.U. and U.K., the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the industry practices, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect their own health, their communities, the forest, and the planet’s climate.

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Attis Industries Launches Video Series to Demonstrate Bio-Based Technologies and Discuss Targeted End Use Products

By Attis Industries, Inc.
Global Newswire
November 5, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Jeff Cosman

MILTON, GA  — Attis Industries, Inc., a diversified company focused on innovation and technology throughout key components of the new economy, which include renewable fuels, bio-based plastics, healthcare and communications infrastructure, today launched a video series that will offer investors and interested parties additional information on the technologies and bio-based products offered under the Innovations division. In the video, Attis Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cosman and members of the Innovations team discuss the current inefficiencies in biomass processing and how the Company is taking the next steps to double the biofuel output from biomass. …Attis plans to convert its lignin into transportation fuels such as gasoline, diesel and/or jet fuel, which could double the fuel output of biomass, or to convert the lignin into various materials such as plastics, adhesives or carbon fiber.

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Health & Safety

Hornbeck man killed in job related accident

KTBS News
November 18, 2018
Category: Health & Safety
Region: US East, United States

FLORIEN, LA – A Hornbeck man died early Sunday morning in a job-related accident at Boise Cascade in Florien. The victim, 24-year-old Tory L. Rainer, was pronounced dead in the scene despite life-saving efforts, Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Rivers said the accident happened shortly after Rainer clocked in at 3 a.m. He headed to his assigned work area, which was down for maintenance, and began helping co-workers with changing out a lathe blade. That’s when the lathe swung down and pinned Rainer. Employees hoisted the lathe off Rainer and began CPR. They continued until paramedics arrived. Death was called on the scene, Rivers said. 

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Fatality under investigation at Boise Cascade plywood manufacturing facility

By Boise Cascade
Global Newswire
November 19, 2018
Category: Health & Safety
Region: US East, United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade is working with local authorities to investigate a fatal accident that occurred at the company’s plywood manufacturing operation in Florien, Louisiana. At approximately 3:20 a.m. on November 18th, an employee was performing maintenance repair on a piece of equipment. The details surrounding how the accident occurred is under investigation. …”We are saddened to report this tragic accident,” said Larry Hataway, Southern Region Human Resources Manager. “We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones. Counseling and support resources will be made available to his coworkers.” The Florien location employs approximately 420 people. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident. Boise Cascade has suspended operations at the site until further notice.

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With workplace fatalities up, BOCES buckles down on safety with ‘model’ forestry program

By Colleen Wilson
The Journal News
November 14, 2018
Category: Health & Safety
Region: US East, United States

The first thing John Madden shows his urban forestry students is how to properly adjust a hard hat and how to identify a worn one that could get a worker hurt. “There’s so few highly-skilled young people coming out to get into the industry and these industries are so dangerous, so without any skills it’s very easy to get seriously injured,” he said. Madden oversees the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Career and Technical Education program offered at Putnam/Northern Westchester (PNW) BOCES. The program has been around for 50 years but is getting new notice. Last month, a state agency recognized the program as a statewide model for other technical education programs.

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