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Daily Archives: September 23, 2014

Business & Politics

Simpson Lumber may sell Longview mill

The Daily News
September 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Privately owned Simpson Lumber Co. may be offered for sale, according to a report by the Tacoma News Tribune. Among Simpson’s operations is a Longview mill, which opened in 2007, that employs about 85 full-time workers and another 10 temporary employees. The company also has mills in Tacoma, the location of its corporate offices, and Shelton in Washington, as well as in Georgetown, S.C., and Meldrim, Ga. According to the report, the 124-year-old company has hired a financial adviser to explore the possibility of selling the business. Simpson’s door-making operation, Simpson Door Co., in McCleary, Wash., is apparently not for sale. Sale of the lumber company would be the second major change for Simpson this year.

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Plum Creek workshop attracts opinionated crowd

The Gainsville Sun
September 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Alachua County government’s fourth and final public workshop on Plum Creek Timber Co.’s Envision Alachua sector plan application, which focused on transportation and economic development issues, attracted a roomful of opinionated residents Monday evening. The meeting room was so packed that some people ended up watching the workshop from another room down the hall. Many people who came supported Plum Creek’s plan, while others opposed it. Several proponents wore purple shirts and buttons to signify their support while some opponents wore green shirts promoting Stand By Our Plan, a local association that backs the county’s comprehensive plan.

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UK steps up softwood lumber imports

IHB The Timber Network
September 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

British imports of sawn and planed lumber have increased in value by 23% or almost EUR 120 million in the first half of 2014, according to the latest figures provided by Eurostat.
 Imports from the European Union countries, which represent more than 90% of all UK softwood lumber purchases, also grew by 23% (up to EUR 580,7 million) as compared to the first half of 2013. Notably those from Sweden (+23%), Latvia (+34%) and Finland (+17%), the first three main UK suppliers.

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Brazil says no to global forest plan

Associated Press
September 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW YORK — Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Brazil will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. A U.N. official disputed that claim. Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said Brazil was “not invited to be engaged in the preparation process” of the declaration. Instead, she said Brazil was given a copy of the text and asked to endorse it without being allowed to suggest any changes.

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Ikea Industry commissions sawmill in Stalowa Wola

EUWID
September 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Ikea Industry, in which the production operations of the Swedish Ikea group are merged, commissioned a large-scale sawmill for the production of pine lumber on 16 September at its 25 hectare site in the southern Polish location of Stalowa Wola. Prior to commissioning, IKEA Industry had registered annual roundwood requirements of 400,000 m3 with the internet auctions conducted by the Polish state forest agency Lasy Panstwowe, Warsaw.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario Creating More Choice for Wood Frame Construction

Government of Ontario
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is introducing safer, more flexible and affordable design options for the construction of wood frame buildings. Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood frame buildings can now be built up to six storeys high, raising the limit from four storeys. The changes give builders a safe option that can help make building a home more affordable and support more attractive, pedestrian-oriented buildings that enhance streetscapes while continuing to protect the safety of residents and firefighters. New safety requirements for wood frame buildings that include building stairwells with non-combustible materials and roofs that are combustion resistant now make Ontario’s regulations the most rigorous in Canada.

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Revolutionary New Building System Launches in Ontario

Canada Newswire press release
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Timber Block, the leader in customizable, energy-efficient, and quick-building quality homes is about to break ground and build up the Ontario market. The first of its kind, this flagship model home and design centre in Innisfil, ON, is located just off of Highway 400 en route to cottage country. Originating in Quebec, with celebrated reception in Europe, USA and Western Canada, Timber Block has finally landed in Ontario. Timber Block builds stunning homes fast. With the panelized walls pre-constructed and ready for installation, it allows these beautiful structures to be erected in a day, paving the way for the future of building.

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Canadian Wood Council Applauds Ontario’s Decision on Mid-Rise

Canada Newswire press release
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and Wood WORKS! Ontario are pleased with the announcement made today by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MPP Ted McMeekin, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, MPP Bill Mauro, and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, MPP Michael Gravelle, that Ontario will enact code changes to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys. Wood mid-rise construction is a safe, strong and sophisticated building solution. “We are very happy with the code changes announced today for Ontario,” says Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council. “These changes are the result of a lengthy, carefully considered process that involved a great deal of consultation and input from all stakeholders.”

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Forestry

David Suzuki kicks off environmental rights tour in St. John’s

Canadian Press
September 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

David Suzuki says it’s likely his last major campaign and it won’t be another bullhorn protest but a much higher goal: to enshrine clean air and water in the Charter of Rights. Canada’s famed environmental activist, now 78, can hear the blowback already. “People say: ‘That’s crazy. You want to try to get a change in our Constitution?’ Well, the Constitution wasn’t born perfect,” Mr. Suzuki said in an interview.

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Climate change devouring forest at alarming rate

Vancouver Observer
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A forest pest is doubling in size each year, expanding beyond its historic range and threatening to spread across Canada’s vast boreal forest.  But this time, it’s not the British Columbia mountain pine beetle. It’s the Quebec spruce budworm, a small caterpillar-moth that attacks evergreens.   The caterpillar-moth has munched its way across Quebec’s northern coast of the St. Lawrence River, roughly doubling in size every year since 2006. …The spruce budworm attacks primarily balsam firs and also white and black spruce. In 2013, the infestation covered 3.2 million hectares – about the size of Belgium or Taiwan – up from 2.2 million hectares in 2012.

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Minister Rickford Marks National Forest Week

Natural Resources Canada
Market Wired
September 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO– – Natural Resources Canada “National Forest Week is a celebration of our forests and trees – and their importance to the quality of life in cities, towns and villages across Canada. “Canada’s vast forests account for 10 percent of the world’s forest cover, and over 150 million of our nearly 400 million hectares of forests are internationally certified as sustainably managed -far more than in any other country in the world. “Our government recognizes that the forest sector is an important economic driver, contributing close to $20 billion to our nation’s economy.

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Celebrate National Tree Day by planting a native Canadian tree!

Maple Leaves Forever
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s National Tree Day, Wednesday, September 24th, is a great time to celebrate the benefits of native trees, and to plant them! Planting native trees contributes to our urban and rural tree canopy, providing shade cover and all the other benefits of native trees. When selecting a native species, we encourage Canadians to purchase a genuine native Canadian maple tree – our Canadian arboreal emblem.

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Agencies blow whistle on forestry self-policing

Problems with deregulation threaten to erode public trust in forest management, industry groups say   
Business in Vancouver
September 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Problems in British Columbia’s forest regulatory system are raising flags among a growing number of agencies and organizations, prompting some to say the province is at risk of losing public confidence in resource development. The alarm and the calls for change are coming from the watchdog Forest Practices Board, the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals. which governs foresters, and the Professional Employees Association that represents public sector professionals.

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Late season fire in Joe Rich

Kelowna Daily Courier
September 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A cool, long night and high humidity was expected Sunday to aid efforts to control a wildfire burning near Joe Rich. Aircrews had encircled the five hectare blaze with retardant before returning to base, provincial fire information officer Kelsey Winter said. “This time of year, fires tend to really lay down overnight,” Winter said at 7:45 p.m. Unlike the situation in the height of summer, temperatures drop considerably overnight now and the rising humidity levels also check a fire’s advance.

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Rare Alaska Wolf One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

Center for Biological Diversity
September 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SITKA, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and The Boat Company reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today requiring the agency to decide whether to grant Endangered Species Act protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf by Dec. 31, 2015. The Alexander Archipelago wolf is a unique subspecies of gray wolf found in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest that is imminently threatened by road building and logging of its old-growth forest habitat. 

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Competitive Standards Strengthens Oregon’s Forests

Forbes
September 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new study commissioned by Governor John Kitzhaber underscores the need for competitive, rather than restrictive, markets for wood and timber products harvested in Oregon. Existing building policies for sustainable wood products stifle, rather than foster competition. Specifically, the market for “certified” timber has been disrupted by unnecessary policies that limit the type of wood that enters construction projects designated as “green” and artificially inflate the demand for products certified by one organization.

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Public invited to forestry field day

Southeast Sun
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There are 22.9 million acres of timberland in Alabama, accounting for 68 percent of the total land area in the state. Private landowners own 85 percent of that land. A chance for seasoned private forestry landowners—or those interested in knowing more about the industry that generates over $21 billion in timber production and processing revenue each year— is available in Coffee County Oct. 16… “There will be four stations discussing a different forest management topic,” he explained. “Each landowner group will rotate to each station.” Topics to be covered include Dove Field Management, Hardwood Management, Mid Rotation Release and Wetland Management, Granger said.

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New Forestry Code can destroy Romania’s forests

Romania Insider
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The new project to change Romania’s Forestry Code, which was recently adopted by the Senate, does not ensure “real security” for Romania’s forests, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania, AmCham. “The amendments proposed under this draft law are far from solving the dramatic problem posed by the ongoing illegal deforestations and retrocessions,” said AmCham representatives. The project was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making forum, following an emergency procedure.

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Liberia signs ‘transformational’ deal to stem deforestation

BBC News
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid. Norway will pay the impoverished West African country $150m (£91.4m) to stop deforestation by 2020. There have been fears that the Ebola crisis would see increased logging in a country desperate for cash. Norwegian officials confirmed details of the deal to the BBC at the UN climate summit in New York. Liberia’s forests are home to a significant part of West Africa’s remaining rainforest, with about 43% of the Upper Guinean forest.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Global warming triggers surge in tree growth

Some species growing up 70 percent faster than 50 years ago
Summit County Voice
September 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

FRISCO — Some trees are growing up to 70 percent faster than just a half century ago, as global warming supercharges their metabolism, German researchers report in a new study published in Nature Communications. Three decades ago, forest dieback was a hot topic, with the very survival of large forest ecosystems seemingly in doubt. But instead of a collapse, the latest studies indicate that forests have actually been growing at a faster rate. The new data from the Technische Universität München comes from forest
plots that have been closely monitored since 1870. The forested areas
are also representative of the typical climate and environmental
conditions found in Central Europe.

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