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Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Iconic Australasian Tree Fossils Found In South America

RedOrbit
January 9, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Today in Australia they call it Kauri, in Asia they call it Dammar, and in South America it does not exist at all unless planted there; but 52 million years ago the giant coniferous evergreen tree known to botanists as Agathis thrived in the Patagonian region of Argentina, according to an international team of paleobotanists, who have found numerous fossilized remains there. “These spectacular fossils reveal that Agathis is old and had a huge range that no one knew about — from Australia to South America across Antarctica,” said Peter Wilf, professor of geoscience, Penn State.

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Business & Politics

Rentech selects CBI for pellet facility expansion

Continental Biomass Industries is designing a custom flailing/microchipping system for new Canada facility.
CDR
January 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Newton, N.H.-based Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) has begun a project to design and build three flail debarking and chipping systems for Rentech’s Canadian wood pellet facilities that are scheduled for installation in the spring of 2014. Rentech, which is seeking to become the largest pellet manufacturer in eastern Canada, is converting two decommissioned wood fiber board mills in Ontario for pellet production.

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TimberWest request for more time to protest proposed tax hike gets council okay

Courier-Islander
January 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

 TimberWest is calling time on the city’s plans to increase taxation of managed forest lands… This comes after financial consultant Al Kenning told city council the managed forest land tax rate in Campbell River is the second lowest out of 34 BC municipalities and while Campbell River has more managed forest lands that any other municipality, the city raises less money from that class than other Vancouver Island communities like Cumberland and North Cowichan. Kenning suggested that council could decrease the burden of residential taxpayers by bringing up the managed forest land rate and that of utilities.

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Domtar’s efficiency advantage

The Daily News
January 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The enterprise of Domtar’s Kamloops mill is all about converting wood fibre to paper-grade kraft, a business that’s gained multiple new efficiencies in the course of cutting power consumption. Taking 18 months from design to construction, and utilizing a $2-million subsidy from B.C. Hydro, the new system has replaced a pneumatic, chip-blower in use since the mill’s opening in 1965 with a mechanical conveyor-belt system.

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Salmon Partners Maintains Top Pick Recommendation for Conifex Timber

Salmon Partners
January 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We upgraded Conifex Timber Inc. to our TOP PICK in the lumber space on January 6, 2014, following the company’s appointment of Pat Bell into an Executive Vice President role to oversee the regional operations in Northern B.C. Conifex also announced the acquisition of Lignum Forest Products LLP (private), a Vancouver-based lumber marketing and distribution business. We believe that the acquisition should fit well with Conifex’s existing Fibre Marketing platform (which includes the former Welco Lumber enterprise) and enhance the its U.S. market reach. Furthermore, Lignum specializes in MSR lumber and Western Red Cedar—products which are complementary to Conifex’s existing mix.

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Miramichi Lumber shuts down

Atlantic Farm Focus
January 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. temporarily shut its doors on Dec. 31 leaving 75 mill workers and staff unemployed. According to the Miramichi Leader, the New Brunswick mill was in operation for 17 weeks last year and about 44,000 cubic metres of Crown saw logs came through its gate. The newspaper reported that Miramichi Lumber Products bought an additional 14,000 cm from private sources.

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Pastway’s to pick up the pieces after destructive fire

Barrys Bay This Week
January 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The night sky lit up sometime around 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 3 in Combermere, when a fire sparked at Pastway Planing. Deputy fire chief Stuart Hecht from the Madawaska Valley South Hall Fire Department was first on the scene. The deputy fire chief got the call around 6:30 p.m. And what he found upon arrival, more than surprised him. The fire had totally destroyed the bagger building, he said. “There was no way to save it, it’s a total loss,” he said.

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Forest contractors threaten to walk away from peace deal over protest boot camp

ABC News
January 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An industry signatory to Tasmania’s historic forest peace deal is threatening to withdraw from the agreement unless stronger action is taken against protesters. The Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA) was designed to end decades of tension and conflict, but a plan by some conservationists to host a protest boot camp in the Huon Valley next week has re-ignited the debate. Participants will be taught how to take direct action in forest protests, as part of a national campaign.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Flooring can make you sick

Designer suggests selecting options that cut down on volatile organic compounds
Vancouver Sun
January 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Flooring is one of the largest purchases homeowners can make for their space, but interior designers want people to think about more than just esthetics – they want them to consider potential health effects as well. As an eco designer, J.C. Scott has seen the change in the market with regard to the health and environmental impact of flooring. “In some states like California, there are regulations about the toxicity of flooring,” says Scott, principal designer at JC Scott Eco Designs in Victoria. “.. Wood flooring continues to be a popular choice, particularly a product called engineered wood plank. Scott says it has more stability than traditional wood flooring.

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International green guru to lead Green Building Initiative

Sustainable Business Oregon
January 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Building Initiative has hired an internationally renowned leader in green construction as its next president. The Portland-based nonprofit has tapped Jerry Yudelson for the job. The founder and past president of Yudelson Associates in Tuscon, Yudelson has written 13 green building books, is a LEED Fellow and has chaired the steering committee for Greenbuild, the country’s largest green building show. He is also an internationally recognized keynote speaker.

See the GBI press release here

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Forestry

A forest industry snapshot

By: Rick Jeffrey
Campbell River Mirror
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As we get set to put the finishing touches on 2013 in just a few weeks, it’s a good time to take stock of one of British Columbia’s most important industries – about where it is and where we’d like to see it go. The latest studies by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Coast Forest Products Association have unveiled an exciting snapshot of where coast forestry is today. It reveals a people-focussed industry that has undergone exciting transformations and emerged dynamic, modern, sustainable and high-tech.

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Nonprofit group supports sustainable forestry; has funding available

Campbell River Mirror
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As part of its ongoing efforts toward continuous improvement in sustainable forestry, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) opened its 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. SFI will invest in conservation research projects and collaborative partnerships that explain or inform the role of sustainable forest management in Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity. 

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UAlberta leads national collaboration to fight mountain pine beetle epidemic

Research network gets funding boost from NSERC to create new knowledge and tools to protect Canadian forests.
University of Alberta
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

(Edmonton) The federal government has given a University of Alberta-led research network of forest scientists and stakeholders a funding boost in hopes of turning the tables in its fight to protect Canadian forests from the spread of the mountain pine beetle. Janice Cooke, a researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences, received a $3-million Strategic Network Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to invest in her Turning Risk Into Action Network (TRIA-Net), an interdisciplinary team of scientists and forest practitioners from government, not-for-profit and industry organizations addressing the spread of the devastating forest insect.

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‘Log Books’ to get new home

The Squamish Chief
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Squamish’s forestry society is looking for a new home for the community’s wooden history. On Tuesday (Jan. 7), the Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society came to District of Squamish officials with a plan. Members hope to move the 14 large tree trunks carved with descriptions of the province’s forestry history from storage at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park to the Squamish Adventure Centre. Finding a home for the nine-foot-tall wooden “pages” has plagued the structures since artist Glenn Greensides created them in 2003.

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Seeking better balance in the boreal forest

U of Alberta
January 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An ALES researcher was awarded an NSERC Strategic Grant of $764,000 to develop tools to optimize the harvest of Alberta’s boreal forest while safeguarding its biodiversity and productivity. “This (study) is about balance, getting the wood supplies we need from (the boreal forest) while managing and protecting the biodiversity of the landscape for the future,” said Ellen Macdonald, a forest ecologist with the Department of Renewable Resources and the lead researcher on the project The three-year study will be conducted on the EMEND (Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance) site, an experimental forest located just northwest of Peace River. 

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Forest finalizes river plan

Jackson Hole News & Guide
January 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bridger-Teton National Forest has released a completed comprehensive river management plan for 315 specially protected miles of the Snake River headwaters.
The 230-page plan stems from President Obama’s 2009 signing of an omnibus lands bill, which included the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act. The act designated over 400 miles of the Snake and 12 of its tributaries as either “wild,” “scenic” or “recreational.”.. The designation prohibits land uses such as logging, mining and energy development within the river corridor.

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Scientists document gas development disturbing forest ecosystems

Statement Impact Pennsylvania
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

But scientists say the state’s surge in natural gas development is having new kinds of dramatic effects on its forests. It’s called forest fragmentation. It’s what happens when human development crisscrosses the landscape, carving up large swaths of contiguous forest into smaller pieces. The U.S. Geological Survey has found most of the disturbance from Lycoming County’s gas drilling is happening in sensitive ecosystems known as core forests. These areas are very different from edge habitat– that’s forest next to something else, like a grassy field, or a suburban home.

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Meade County Refutes Reports of Ineffective Mountain Pine Beetle Program

BIG81 – KBHB
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

STURGIS, S.D. – Meade County Commissioners disagree with the facts in a news report this week that the county cut more healthy trees than diseased trees during their mountain pine beetle program. The commission released a statement on Wednesday, refuting claims in the report. Meade County Humand Resources Director Jerry Derr says the recent news reports cite Meade County of cutting more healthy pine trees than mountain pine beetle infested trees in its (2012-2013) MPB cut-and-chunk program. He says the information in the reports is not factual.

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Native Seedlings to Return to Reforest Burned Areas

USDA Blog
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Decades ago, ripe cones were plucked from the tops of conifer trees in the San Juan National Forest and sent to Nebraska for storage in a U.S. Forest Service nursery. This winter, tiny seeds from those cones have been sown in the nursery with the big mission of returning home to create new forests in southwestern Colorado. Donations to the San Juan National Forest Plant-A-Tree Program will help return the little trees to their native environment in 2015, when 250 acres burned by the 72,000-acre Missionary Ridge Fire will be replanted.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

‘Hang on to your hats’ a threat?

War of words erupts over proposed pellet plant in Chase
Kamloops Daily News
January 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The dispute about a proposed wood-pellet plant in Chase has turned into a war of words between one of the project’s opponents and village councillor. Coun. Rick Berrigan accuses Joseph Thibeault of threatening him during a Committee of the Whole meeting in Chase on Tuesday night. Berrigan alleges Thibeault told council “you guys better hang on to your hats.” “That’s a direct threat,” Berrigan said Wednesday. Thibeault has told councillors to hang onto their hats before, he said. And the group, which is represented by Jocelyn Nash, accused councillors of being negligent to the needs of the community.

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Scientists document gas development disturbing forest ecosystems

State Impact
January 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Pennsylvania is no stranger to extractive industries–like coal and timber. By the early twentieth century its forests were decimated. Today they’ve grown back and trees are harvested in a sustainable manner. But scientists say the state’s surge in natural gas development is having new kinds of dramatic effects on its forests. Kevin Heatley lives in Lycoming County and has spent years hiking in the Tiadaghton State Forest .

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Trees Destroyed As New Zealand Climate Change Policy Fails

News of Malaysia
January 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WELLINGTON (Bernama) — Unwanted tree seedlings are being killed with herbicide as New Zealand’s attempts to mitigate the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change falter, Xinhua news agency reported. University of Canterbury forestry expert Professor Euan Mason said a large number of seedlings were grown by the university’s School of Forestry in response to the country’s emissions trading scheme, but many were destroyed after being left unsold during the 2013 planting season.

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NZ emissions trading scheme failing but could be fixed – expert

Fuseworks Media
January 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand’s initial attempt to mitigate the problem of climate change is on its last legs, a University of Canterbury (UC) forestry expert says. Professor Euan Mason says the Kyoto Protocol, which we ratified in 1997, bound New Zealand to keep its net emissions at 1990 gross emission levels between 2008 and 2012, but also tied the country to particular patterns of thinking about greenhouse gases. With a unique emissions profile, New Zealand could offer the world valuable solutions for developing nations if only we would accept the opportunity.

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