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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
May 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: Trading activity in the SPF dimension lumber market was lackluster, but few prices suffered from downward pressure. Order files, helped by mills basing some of their lead times on railcar supplies, helped buoy prices. Declining futures contracts left buyers cautious. Recent pricing trends persisted in Southern Pine #2 dimension pricing. While most prices continued to increase, 2×6 #2 remained weak.

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Investment in Australian woodlots pays off for Alberta

Calgary Herald
May 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — An Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund investment into private woodlots in Australia is paying huge dividends since more than 2,500 square kilometres of land was purchased out of bankruptcy following the 2008 global recession, says AIMCo chief executive Leo de Bever. De Bever said the $400-million investment in 2011 paid a nearly $100-million return this year after the bankruptcy issues were resolved and the Great Southern Plantations started to produce forestry products. “This is a perfect example of why it pays to be a long-term investor,” he told an all-party legislature Heritage Fund committee meeting Tuesday.

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Resolute renews pact with Unifor

Northern Ontario Business
May 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal’s Resolute Forest Products are delighted with employee support for the renewal of collective agreements in Canada. “We are delighted with the strong support expressed by our employees for the agreement entered into between Resolute and Unifor,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau. “This agreement will help us keep our Canadian pulp and paper mills competitive and preserves our position as a financially strong and reliable supplier for our customers,” said Richard Garneau, company president-CEO. An agreement in principle was entered into between Unifor and the company on May 8 to renew the collective agreements for a four-year period.

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Closed mill rehires many of its workers

The Daily Courier
May 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CAVE JUNCTION — Lonnie Rollins, Larry Mason and Lonnie Adams wore big smiles last week as they chatted with Rough & Ready Lumber owner Jennifer Phillippi. The three men with 75 years of combined experience at the mill were rehired in the past few months, after the entire workforce of 87 was laid off a year ago when the mill shut down….  Now the mill is set to spring to life again in early July, thanks to a $1 million Business Oregon loan and $4 million in state and federal tax credits that will pay for upgrading the small-log mill to handle logs as small as 6 inches in diameter.

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Bedford sawmill fire believed to be accidental

Associated Press
May 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BEDFORD, Va. — Bedford County authorities say sparks or an electrical problem likely caused a fire that damaged a sawmill in April. The Bedford County Fire Department tells media outlets that there are no indications that the fire was suspicious. The April 23 fire at Central Virginia Pallet and Stakes Inc. caused about $75,000 in damage. Several hotspots smoldered for more than two weeks.

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Outback council hopes resurrected sawmill boosts jobs

ABC News, Australia
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A western Queensland council is negotiating to buy a timber mill to help keep locals employed in the small town of Tambo. The Blackall-Tambo Regional Council says it is finalising a sale agreement for the Tambo sawmill. The facility was owned by the nation’s largest cypress processor, NK Collins, which went into liquidation last year. Mayor Barry Muir says the council also needs to negotiate with the State Government for a timber licence.  “The mill has the potential to create employment for somewhere between
12 and 15 people, which is a big thing in a small town like Tambo,” he
said.

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Stora Enso in talks with Valpaco about sale of Corbehem

EUWID
May 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso is in talks with a potential buyer for its Corbehem magazine paper mill in France. Arnoud Montebourg, the French Minister of Industrial Renewal, said the company was conducting “exclusive negotiations” with the consortium Valpaco about a possible sale of the site. Local media reported that the potential buyer would present a business plan at the beginning of June.

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Oversupply chops log prices

Bay of Plenty Times
May 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There has been a major drop in the prices of log exports, driven by a buildup of inventory in the main market, China, which is contributing to “a bit of a slowdown” of log exports handled by Port of Tauranga, says commercial manager Leonard Sampson. “It’s not a significant change at this time,” he said. “This month we’ve noticed a small reduction in shipping volumes, but at this stage it’s hard to say whether it’s a market correction or just a blip. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC Engineering Program Lead Named

250 News
May 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Just as the winter wrap is peeled away from the Wood Innovation Centre, UNBC is revealing who will lead the programs that will be housed at that facility. UNBC has announced that Dr. Guido Wimmers will be the inaugural program lead for the proposed Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program that will be housed at the WIDC.  With a background in sustainable engineering and architecture, he will help build a curriculum that will give students the skills they need to find innovative new ways to use wood and improve on existing wood engineering.

UNBC names wood engineering lead from The Prince George Citizen

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Slowing The Insect Invasion

Risk analysis finds savings for homeowners and local governments of excluding invasive pests like the emerald ash borer outweigh added cost to imported goods
McGill University
May 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis), a recent insect immigrant to North America carried in with the wooden packing material of imported goods, is projected to cause over a billion dollars in damages annually over the next decade. International standards now require expensive fumigation or heat treatment of wood pallets and crates to prevent the inadvertent import of new wood boring insect pests in shipping materials. Preventative treatment is worthwhile when the cumulative damages of widening infestations are considered, report scientists in Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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The Secrets Behind the UK’s Biggest Timber Building

Sourceable
May 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK’s largest timber building – William Perkin High School in Greenford, West London – has officially opened. Built to a very tight programme – the school had to open within 12 months of construction work starting – engineers Ramboll chose to use cross-laminated timber for the William Perkin High School. The four-storey superstructure was built in only four months using 3,800 cubic metres of Austrian prefabricated timber panels, weighing in at 1,700 tonnes and covering a combined floor and wall area of 22,500 square metres.

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Forestry

Dr. Trevor Stuthridge named Executive Vice President of FPInnovations

from FPInnnovations
Canada Newswire press release
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, – Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations, is pleased to announce that Dr. Trevor Stuthridge has accepted the position of Executive Vice President at FPInnovations effective July 1, 2014. In this role, Dr. Stuthridge will be responsible for leading FPInnovations’ operations divisions through effective leadership, management and support of its key resource, employees. In addition, he will be responsible for the Preventative Health and Safety Strategy across the organisation and champion the development and delivery of the Operational Strategic Plan.

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The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Announced

Canadian Institute of Forestry
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Charlottetown, PEI  – The Canadian Institute of Forestry – Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) is pleased to announce that, during a meeting today with its National Executive, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales endorsed a new international student exchange program. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award will recognize outstanding students in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) and encourage their personal and professional development through employment experiences.

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Squamish Forestry centre Lease in works with District

Squamish Chief
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Squamish politicians and logging history buffs are hammering out a lease agreement to pave the way for a forestry centre.  On May 20, District of Squamish officials voted to entertain an offer to lease land to the Sea to Sky Forest Centre Society. T… Once council approves the centre’s final design, the district and society will enter a 25-year lease agreement. …The Squamish Forest District consists of 1 million hectares. Industry officials estimate logging annually pumps $50 million into Squamish. It’s one the district’s largest industries, directly employing approximately 350 people in the Sea to Sky Corridor, industry officials estimate.

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Co-operation needed for urban biodiversity

The Star Phoenix
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The marvellous complexity of biodiversity needs a helping hand to thrive in an urban landscape, says the manager of Saskatoon’s naturalized areas. Monarch butterflies coevolved with milkweed, a plant that is toxic to other insects and animals, but which is the only food the Monarch’s larvae can eat; a pair of black cap chickadees will need 9,000 caterpillars to feed a nest of six fledglings before they can feed themselves; chickadees don’t want to fly more than about 70 metres from the shelter of one tree to another; alfalfa attracts honeybees and shelters small mammals; and cattails and bulrushes clean heavy metals from water.

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Opinion: Volume vs. area

Why the two types of forest tenures matter to B.C.
Vancouver Sun
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In an attempt to help the forest industry get back on its feet in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is proposing to change how it deals out rights to cut down trees by shifting from primarily “volume-based” to “area-based” allotments. At a glance, this change may seem like a small matter of semantics. It’s not. The final decision will have important implications not just for B.C.’s forests but also for the jobs and revenues that depend on them. The government currently awards a mix of two types of forest tenures to companies and communities, but volume-based tenures dominate the landscape in the Interior, the area hit hardest by the mountain pine beetle.

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Forests are getting the B.C. Rail treatment

Letter by Anthony Britneff
Victoria Times Colonist
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Given recent reports by the Forest Practices Board and audits by the province’s auditor general, Forests Minister Steve Thomson’s claims about forest sustainability and no overcutting border on the absurd. The Forest Practices Board estimates that the area in need of replanting is in the order of two million hectares, and reports overcutting of non-pine trees in the Morice and Prince George areas of the province. The auditor general finds that the health of animals, plants and ecosystems in the province is dire, and says the Forests Ministry has been operating for a decade without any objectives (vision, goals) for the timber resource.

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UPDATED: WorkSafe BC begins investigating into fatal logging accident west of Nelson

The Nelson Daily
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Communications Officer Alexandra Skinner-Reynolds said WorkSafe BC has commenced an investigation into a fatal logging accident that happened Monday in the Nelson area. Skinner-Reynolds said the provincial body received the call Monday of the accident. The Nelson Daily learned the accident occurred in the Smallwood Creek Forestry area approximately 12 kilometers west of Nelson. “It was reported to WorkSafe BC at 10:15 a.m. that a forestry worker received fatal injuries after being struck by a log,” Skinner-Reynolds told The Nelson Daily. “The employer is AF Timber.”

Nelson man killed in logging accident from The Nelson Star

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Area-Based Tenure: Neither Good nor Evil

Coast Forest Products Association
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Casting these complex issues as battles of good versus evil just means we all lose,” notes Dylan Jones, President of Canada West Foundation on the politicking surrounding resource development. As we near the end of the area-based tenure public consultation initiated by the Province of British Columbia, we see a ramping up of these types of rhetorical characterizations to the detriment of the development of good policy.

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Crews hope rain, backburn will quench forest fire threat in Saskatchewan

Canadian Press
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

STANLEY MISSION, Sask. – Crews battling a forest fire near a northern Saskatchewan aboriginal community are hoping rain and a backburn will help extinguish the blaze. Steve Roberts, the province’s executive director of wildfire management, says the 4,900-hectare fire is about 10 kilometres from Stanley Mission. “We’ve got obviously days of work ahead of us — a 4,000-hectare fire is a large piece of landscape,” Roberts said in a conference call Monday.

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Montreal West launches vaccination program to fight Emerald Ash Borer

Town will partially reimburse cost for new treatment
CBC News
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Town of Montreal West has unanimously passed a resolution it hopes will help protect trees against the Emerald Ash Borer. It will reimburse residents half the cost of vaccinating their ash trees, up to a maximum of $250. Trees have to be less than 30 per cent infested and they must be injected before the end of the growing season. Town councillor Elizabeth Ulin says it’s a good investment. “These ash trees are some of the hardest working residents we have here. They clean our air, they increase our property value, they help soak up storm water. We can’t afford to lose them,” said Ulin.

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Forest Fire Situation Update – Northeast Region

Wawa News
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three new fires were confirmed as of Friday, May 23, all of which were human-caused. Kirkland Lake District, Fire Number 2, is out at 0.1 hectares and is located in the Englehart area. Cochrane District, Fire Number 2, is out at 0.5 hectares and was located eight kilometres west of Fort Albany. The District of Cochrane had a third fire which is out at 1 hectare, two miles west of Attawapiskat.

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Wrangell timber sale plan moving forward

CoastAlaska News
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is moving closer to selling old-growth timber stands on roaded areas of Wrangell Island. Tongass National Forest officials have been planning the timber sale for years. District Ranger Bob Dalrymple says it’s moving closer to reality. “It’s a large timber sale on Wrangell Island. It was established … several years ago and the primary purpose of it is to ensure timber volume to support the timber industry,” he says. Officials will provide a sale update during an Economic Development Committee meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in Assembly Chambers.

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Firefighters attack Central California blaze

Associated Press
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif.— Firefighters swarmed to the Central California foothills on Tuesday, attacking a blaze that had grown to 1,300 acres in two days. Officials urged some residents east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County to leave their homes, as fire crews work to tamp down the flames before they grow too large to handle. In an extreme dry year like this, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said, they are attacking it from all angles. “We’re fighting this fire not only on the ground but also in the air, helping to slow this thing down,” Berlant said.

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Forestry hires bring industry experience, conservation expertise to DNR

Wisconsin State Farmer
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Four new hires in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources forestry division bring extensive industry and environmental management experience to their new roles in providing support to Wisconsin’s forest products industry. The forest products services program provides assistance to Wisconsin’s wood products industry while promoting sustainable forestry practices and balancing the needs of multiple forest stakeholders. The forest products services team maintains an online wood-use database for industry, provides education and outreach support, supplies forest inventory data and supports forest products research.

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Beetles and Climate Change Helped Create This Huge Wildfire in Alaska

Slate.com
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the weekend, a megafire blossomed along the southern coast of Alaska, spreading smoke as far as Fairbanks, more than 500 miles north. For Alaskans, it could be a sign of what’s to come. The fire now covers 284 square miles, making it one of the largest ever recorded in the Kenai Peninsula, according to Pete Buist of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. “A fire this large stands out,” said Buist, who’s logged 47 years fighting fires in Alaska. This particular fire has grown so large as a result of “years of spruce bark beetle infestation,” he told me.

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Members of advisory committee named for Tongass National Forest land management

The Associated Press
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — Members of an advisory committee have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide recommendations on changes in Tongass National Forest management. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has told Tongass managers to begin changing from old-growth trees to younger harvests, CoastAlaska reported. Vilsack oversees the U.S. Forest Service. The committee’s goal is to find a compromise among environmentalists, loggers, tribal groups and government agencies for managing the country’s largest national forest. 

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New Rules Make It Easier To Log Damaged Federal Forestland

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased rules for logging millions of acres of Northwest forestland considered to be at risk of catastrophic fire. These are forests where insects and disease have damaged trees and other vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires. These forestlands now have a special designation that allows a streamlined process for logging on larger tracts. By removing some requirements for environmental reviews, the designation speeds up the process of approving logging operations that are designed to improve forest health and reduce the risk of fire.

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Is out-of-state firewood a threat to Colorado trees?

State Forest Service warns against transporting firewood
Summit County Citizens Voice
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — It may be a little like the Dutch boy putting his finger in the leaky dike, but Colorado Forest Service officials are warning that transporting firewood from place to place may increase the spread of invasive tree-killing bugs. Moving firewood even short distances increases the risk to Colorado’s native forests and urban trees. With the 2013 detection of the highly destructive emerald ash borer in the City of Boulder, and ongoing bark beetle epidemics in the state’s mountain forests, the Colorado State Forest Service wants to be sure people are aware of the risks associated with moving firewood.

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Transfer of public lands would benefit Montana

by Sen Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls,
The Missoulian
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s a big idea and it’s rightfully reaping big debate nationwide. Can and should states assume control of federally held public lands within our borders? Many colleagues and experts throughout the West have studied the issue intensively, and we now believe there’s no reason why we can’t. The challenge is to get the facts on the table, put protections in place consistent with Montana values, and prepare our state agencies for an orderly transition. …Shifting to state-based public land ownership would mean Montanans – not
Congress, the president or any other state – would decide how much
access, use, protection and production we would want to see.

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Raging Alaska Wildfire Grows But Fighters Make Progress

NBC News
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An evacuation advisory was lifted Monday for some residents near a 158,000-acre fire roaring through Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula as firefighters who’ve labored for almost a week began to get a grip on the situation. Most of the Funny River Fire, which started a week ago, was burning inside Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. While it grew significantly overnight — from about 170 square miles to 250 square miles, larger than the city of Chicago — more than 600 firefighters made “excellent progress” extending containment lines west of the fire near the town of Kasilof, about 75 miles south of Anchorage, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.

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Indonesia’s haze from forest fires kills 110,000 people per year

Mongabay.com
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Haze caused by burning peat forests in Indonesia kills an average of 110,000 people per year and up to 300,000 during el Niño events, while releasing hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, warns a new report from Greenpeace. Sumatra: Going up in smoke argues that peatland and forest protection are the best way to protect the region from the effects of haze. The report focuses on Riau, a province that lies just across the Strait of Malacca from Singapore and accounts for 75 percent of all peat fires despite representing only 5 percent of Indonesia’s land mass.

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Labor to vote against Tasmanian Government’s bid to ditch forest peace deal

ABC News
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition is set to vote against the Government’s legislation to dismantle the forest peace deal. Labor Leader Bryan Green is the first Opposition MP to speak on the bill in State Parliament. His party’s position has been unclear since it lost the March state election. Mr Green told parliament there was too much uncertainty over wood supply and the legislation to reclassify 400,000 hectares of forest for logging would mean conflict was likely.

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Blom Kartta to cover 200 000 hectares of forest land in Finland

Pulp and Paper News
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The project includes aerial photography, laser scanning and forest inventory analysis.  Tornator Oyj and Blom Kartta Oy have signed an agreement for an extensive cooperation for remote sensing based forest inventory. The project will cover about 200 000 hectares of forest, owned by Tornator in various parts of Finland. The agreement will last until 2016. The project includes aerial photography, laser scanning and forest inventory analysis.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ewart: Canada’s natural resources brand is broken

Calgary Herald
May 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Canada’s traditional “brand” as an industrious producer of its abundant natural resources – the fabled hewers of wood and drawers of water – is largely broken and a new report says it’s going to take boots on the ground and a lot of hard work to fix it. The Canada West Foundation report is critical of the ad hoc approach to building public support for resource development, questions the usefulness of industry advertising and urges the federal government to stop over-promising and under-delivering on climate change.

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Power plants fuelled by sawmill, logging waste to produce electricity this year

BY GORD HOEKSTRA
Vancouver Sun
May 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex’s $100-million wood-fuelled power plant was put on hold two years ago because financing fell through, but it is now back on track. The B.C.-based company expects to be producing power at the Mackenzie site in northern B.C. by the end of September. …the Conifex plant will be one of the first major stand-alone biomass power producers since a plant was built in Williams Lake in the 1980s. …“In terms of a stand-alone electrical generating facility, this is certainly the first in a long time, and the biggest,” said Pat Bell, Conifex’s executive vice-president and a former B.C. forestry minister.

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Vines choke a forest’s ability to capture carbon, Smithsonian scientists report

Science Codex
May 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tropical forests are a sometimes-underappreciated asset in the battle against climate change. They cover seven percent of land surface yet hold more than 30 percent of Earth’s terrestrial carbon. As abandoned agricultural land in the tropics is taken over by forests, scientists expect these new forests to mop up industrial quantities of atmospheric carbon. New research by Smithsonian scientists shows increasingly abundant vines could hamper this potential and may even cause tropical forests to lose carbon. 

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Wood-waste biofuel to cut greenhouse gas and transform shipping industry

Nanowerk
May 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.  Alternative sustainable fuels are urgently needed in the marine transport sector due to stringent upcoming regulations demanding reduced sulphur and carbon content in diesels and oils from January 2015. Aston University (UK) scientists are involved in the ReShip project, which will use low quality wood waste, chippings and unmerchantable wood left in forests after logging has occurred to produce new biofuels.

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Bioenergy push needs land ‘three times the size of the UK’

Euroactiv.com
May 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A planned doubling in Europe’s use of crops and wood for fuel, transport and heating by 2030 will leave a 70.2 million hectares (Mha) land footprint, equivalent to the combined size of Poland and Sweden, according to a new report by the Vienna University. In 2010, the global footprint from EU bioenergy demand equalled the total land area of a country the size of Sweden, says the paper ‘A calculation of the EU bioenergy land footprint’. …The combined total of 70.2Mha would be “three times the size of the UK,” say Friends of the Earth, who commissioned the report.

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General

Arrests Highlight Threat to Ancient Redwoods

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

You’ve probably seen counter tops or furniture made from redwood burl. The richly colored, swirling grain is prized for its beauty and can fetch a hefty price. A coffee table or bar top can sell for thousands. That kind of money – combined with a largely unregulated market for the wood – has proved irresistible to poachers in the northern California forests. Marshall Neeck is chief ranger at Redwood National and State Parks. “They’ve been sneaking into the park, quite often at night, and with a chainsaw they cut off that burl material.” He explains that burls are bumpy growths around the base or on the sides of redwoods. And they’re a key part of how the giant trees reproduce.

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