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Daily Archives: May 7, 2015

Business & Politics

Christy Clark says B.C. will work with new Alberta government on climate change, pipelines

May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said she expects to get along well with Alberta’s premier-designate, Rachel Notley, even though Clark endorsed Notley’s opponent, former Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice. “I think it will be really positive,” said Clark Wednesday. “Canada’s better when the West works together.” “They’re interested in working together on climate change. We’ve got a lot, I think, to teach Alberta,” referring to B.C.’s carbon tax that’s been in place since 2008. “It would be fantastic if Alberta became a part of that.”

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Tolko Industries takes downtime at Quest Wood sawmill

Lesprom Network
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

May 07, 2015. /Lesprom Network/. As a result of log supply constraints and low lumber prices, Tolko Industries takes downtime at Quest Wood sawmill, effective May 4, 2015, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The company expects the curtailment will be one week in duration but may be extended based on log inventories and lumber price. “At current pricing levels we are evaluating the operating stance at all of our mills,” said Troy Connolly, General Manager BC Lumber. [END]

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Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Nelson Daily
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills. Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition. “I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily. “The big issue with this is Work Safe BC,” Connell added. “Work safe B.C. has not, and is not doing, what it was designed for. It was designed to make B.C. a safer place for everyone.

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Resolute Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2015 Results

PR Newswire
May 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL,  Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today reported a net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, excluding special items, of $30 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to a net loss, excluding special items, of $26 million, or $0.27 per share, in the same period in 2014. Sales were $920 million in the quarter, down $96 million, or 9%, from the first quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss was $33 million, or $0.35 per share, compared to a net loss of $50 million, or $0.53 per share, in the first quarter of 2014.

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Northern Pulp precipitator may start up by June

The Chronicle Herald
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp will use its annual 15-day maintenance shutdown in June to finish constructing and installing a $22-million recovery boiler precipitator. “Right now, final completion of the precipitator is a work in progress and we’re confident we can pick up most of the lost time, but it’s a wait-and-see,” Bruce Chapman, general manager of the Pictou County mill, said Tuesday in a news release. “This new unit will meet present, as well as future, Canada-wide environmental standards. While we are behind schedule on the final stage of construction, we expect to have the precipitator available for startup late June or early July.”

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City of Charlotte honors Domtar with Mayor’s International Community Award

Domtar receives honor for local philanthropic contributions
Stockhouse
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT MILL, SC – Domtar Corporation today announced it has accepted the Mayor’s International Community Award (MICA) for its outstanding charitable contributions in the Greater Charlotte area. Coordinated by the Charlotte International Cabinet and in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor, the MICA awards honor global companies with a presence in the Charlotte region for their contributions to local philanthropy. Domtar has a corporate office in Fort Mill, S.C., as well as a manufacturing facility in Rock Hill, S.C. Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter presented the awards Tuesday at a reception at the Booth Playhouse.

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Cascades continues to improve its financial results during the first quarter of 2015, notably due to a strong performance in the containerboard sector

Canada Newswire press release
May 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, – Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015. Mr. Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer, had the following comments on the first quarter results: “Despite the seasonality inherent to the first quarter of the year, we are satisfied with the financial results released today which represent an improvement, both on a sequential and year-over-year basis.

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Weyerhaeuser nearly doubles Oregon fee-access acres

Statesman Journal
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. has nearly doubled the acreage of its holdings that will only be available to hunters and other recreational users under paid leases and permits this year. The number of acres in Oregon under the timber company’s lease program has almost tripled from 38,132 acres in 2014, the inaugural year of the program, to 107,134 this year. Leases are granted via a bidding process and include more perks than access permits. The number of acres for which those permits will be sold has more than doubled from 320,062 in 2014 to 625,980.

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Former log-sorting yard up for auction

Buy a slice of logging history along the Lewis and Clark River.
The Daily Astorian
May 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Now is the public’s chance to buy a piece of logging history on the Lewis and Clark River. The 53-acre former sorting yard — owned by Campbell Global and last used by Astoria Forest Products before it relocated its entire operation to Pier 3 — is being offered at the Spring 2015 Real Estate Auction for Campbell Global, at a starting reserve of $393,000. It’s located at the corner of Loukas Lane and Fort Clatsop Road, just south of Fort Clatsop and Netul Landing, next to the Lewis and Clark River.

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Rayonier Spinoff Flawed, Investors Claim

The Courthouse News
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Rayonier Advanced Materials failed to disclose information about its timber stock and the cost of a corporate separation, causing stock prices to plummet once the truth emerged, according to a federal class action. Rayonier produces specialty cellulose fibers used to manufacture products such as cigarette filters, liquid crystal displays, impact-resistant plastics and pharmaceuticals. The company touts its special manufacturing techniques, which it says distinguishes it from “traditional” pulp or paper mills, and its environmentally conscious practices that help protect habitats and promote “sustainable harvesting and procurement.” RYAM is a spinoff of Rayonier’s performance fibers division.

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Boise Cascade Will Invest $43 Million in Plywood Plant Expansion

Woodworking Network
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FLORIEN, LA — Plywood and engineered wood products manufacturer Boise Cascade will invest approximately $43 million to upgrade and expand capacity at its plywood mill in Florien, LA. The company will replace two dryers and increase its capacity for manufacturing veneer products for its Alexandria engineered wood products mills, by adding log yard storage space and new press equipment. The Florien mill supplies veneer for Boise Cascade’s Alexandria, LA, engineered wood products mill.  Boise Cascade plans to begin expansion this summer with the dryers installed by the end of 2016 and all upgrades completed in 2017.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Research chairs in Precision Forestry and Advanced Wood Products

Atlantic Farm Focus
May 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Research chairs in Precision Forestry and Advanced Wood Products were announced May 4 through the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chairs Initiative. Their work will include research on new hybrid wood products for the construction of taller buildings and automated drones and technology that will reduce the environmental and financial cost of forest management. Each chair will receive $1 million in applied research funding over five years, plus two graduate research assistants and one research technician, valued at $175,000.

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OSU determining design values for juniper

Certification may open more uses for juniper wood products, which in turn could make logging and milling it more attractive.
The Capital Press
May 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS — About five times a year, architects call Scott Leavengood at Oregon State University to ask about juniper. Usually they have a client who wants to use the beautifully gnarly wood as an architectural detail such as exposed beams. Normally, architects and engineers can find wood design values — load-bearing properties and so on — by turning to a booklet published by the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau. Trouble is, “Juniper is not in there,” said Leavengood, director of OSU’s Oregon Wood Innovation Center. “It’s a market barrier right now.” Work at OSU this year could change that.

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Louisiana-Pacific plant to switch to making residential and construction siding

Winnipeg Free Press
May 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) is spending $95 million to convert its strand-board plant in Swan Valley into a mill which will produce siding for the residential, industrial and light-commercial construction sectors The conversion, which will begin late this summer and take until the fourth quarter of the year to complete, will add about 40 new jobs to the facility’s existing 160-employee workforce LP Swan Valley, as it will be called, will be the company’s first SmartSide siding mill in Canada. Plans call for the mill to be capable of producing panel and lap siding. It will also produce OSB panels based on market conditions.

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Will Wooden Skyscrapers Stand the Life Cycle Test?

Sourceable
May 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Architect Michael Green predicts that the future will see wooden skylines, with structures reaching as high as 30 storeys. Green also believes the greatest barrier to wooden building is education as opposed to engineering – he himself works from a 105-year-old, seven-storey wooden building office in British Columbia, Canada. Melbourne based Jack Haber, managing director of Tecbuild Systems, feels the new wave of skyscrapers will see architects exploring different materials – wood being one of them. He believes there is room for tall wooden buildings in cities and shorter buildings in suburban areas, though he feels there is room for a variety of materials.

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Forestry

Sacred woodlands now inviolable

Powell River Peak
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Millennium Park’s trees belong to the City of Powell River and its citizens. At a special announcement made Monday, May 4, Mayor Dave Formosa, flanked by Darshan Sihota, president of Island Timberlands, displayed a signed contract and a cheque drawn on the city’s First Credit Union account for $1,181,250. The Millennium Park forestlands and its trees now belong exclusively to the community. …“Today, we see the end of it,” Formosa said. “We came to a conclusion, with the help of the Powell River Community Forest, in evaluating the timber, agreeing what we could actually pay, and funding it. Here’s another win from our community forest.” Formosa said the agreement is one that not everybody is 100 per cent happy with, but the deal is done and the people of Powell River own the Millennium Park trees outright.

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Former MLA Judi Tyabji leads fight to save Powell River’s urban forest

Residents considering taking legal action to stop logging in their ‘Stanley Park’
CBC News
May 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


A war in the woods has erupted in Powell River, B.C., where a group of residents is fighting a plan to start logging Lot 450 — an urban forest within the city limits. “It’s our Stanley Park, that’s the best way to put it,” Judi Tyabji, the president of the Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society told The Early Edition’s Rick Cluff. “It’s not just trees. You walk in there, there’s otters, there’s cougars, there’s bears. It’s an ecosystem,” said the former Liberal MLA. The area in question is owned by PRSC Land Development Ltd, a partnership between the City of Powell River, Catalyst Paper Corporation and Tla’amin First Nation, but Island Timberlands holds the logging rights.

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Cathedral of wood ingrained with history

Powell River Peak
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the prospect of Island Timberlands dropping trees in the PRSC Limited Partnership lands is generating controversy, a huge structure on those lands that milled trees for decades might be allowed to stand, at least in part. For more than 40 years, Kelley Spruce processed mighty conifers, some so enormous that the logs had to be sawn in the millpond before the wood could be brought ashore for milling into dimension lumber. …A substantial portion of the spruce making its way through the Kelley Spruce milling complex was used for de Havilland Mosquito aircraft manufacture. These all-wood airplanes made significant contributions to the Allies during the war years, leading to victory in Europe in 1945.

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Group aims to block logging

Powell River Peak
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An environmental group based in Powell River intends to halt logging after releasing its bird nest assessment on Lot 450. Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society released the report Monday, May 4. “What it proves conclusively is that there are very high wildlife values there that are threatened by this logging activity and more caution is needed,” said Judy Tyabji Wilson, Pebble in the Pond president. Tyabji Wilson added that on the basis of the report Pebble in the Pond’s board of directors has decided to file an injunction against Island Timberlands. “We will be taking court action against them so that we can at least stop the logging until proper studies are done,” she said. “Time is of the essence.”

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Forest fires action heat up

Chronicle Journal
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ministry of Natural Resources fire crews were kept busy on the weekend responding to wildfires in the region. Fire information officer Jonathan Scott said that crews battled a total of eight new fires, including four in the Kenora district, two in the Thunder Bay district, and one each in the districts of Red Lake and Sioux Lookout. On Tuesday, there were two new fires reported in each of the Kenora and Dryden districts, and one in the Nipigon district. Two of three fires burning in the Kenora district are listed as under control (the largest is almost 300 hectares), with one 0.3-hectare blaze reported as not under control near Shoal Lake.

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Forest Service Expects Expensive Wildfire Season, Renews Call For New Funding Model

Boise State Public Radio
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A recent report published by the U.S. Forest Service shows that in 1995, 17 percent of the agency’s budget went to fighting wildfires. By 2014, those efforts took up 51 percent of the agency’s funding. Forest Service spokesperson Jennifer Jones says that should change. Jones says fire suppression is funded by taking an average of the wildfire costs over the last 10 years, and then applying that to the agency’s overall budget. She says that method doesn’t really work in an era of large and expensive blazes.

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New normal: more megafires

Wildfire Today
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee distributed this very interesting graphic on May 5 showing an “exponential” increase in the number of fires larger than 100,000 acres — what we call megafires. At first glance it appears to indicate that between 1983 and 1996 there were one or fewer megafires per year, but in the last 10 years there have been more than 30 each year. This interpretation is reinforced by the text on the left, “Number of wildfires, larger than 100,000 acres in size that burned each year“. (Emphasis, mine.) However, if you click on the graphic to see a larger version, you may notice that the years across the bottom are in groups of three. So the number of megafires are for three year periods, not individual years.

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Weather a major factor in record timber sales in Eau Claire County

WQOW
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Eau Claire – Two winters ago we experienced the coldest season on record in Eau Claire County. The first few months of 2014 were bitter and below average but it also helped kick off what is now a record year in timber sales for the county. News 18 spoke with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forest Department Wednesday. In 2014 the county made $1.4 million in timber sales. That’s about double from the previous year. 15% of that is split between the towns where logging is done like Wilson, Fairchild and Bridge Creek, to name a few. The amount they get is based on what percentage of forest acreage they have. Bridge Creek has 45% of the county’s forest land, so they got $93,000.

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Forest Service plans major logging, fire project near Banks

May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service is preparing to treat 1,600 acres in the Boise National Forest to get ahead of insects and disease using fast-track environmental review approved under the 2014 Farm Bill. Boise Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz has approved logging and burning within the Williams Creek Project area to increase forest resiliency on land west of Highway 55 in Valley County and just north of Banks. The project was within one of 50 landscapes the Idaho Department of Lands identified on behalf of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, submitted in a request to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Oregon coho salmon plan attacked by environmental groups

Associated Press
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two environmental groups are threatening to sue a federal agency over what they deem its failure to develop a recovery plan for the Oregon coast coho salmon. The formal notice of intent to sue was filed Tuesday by the Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild. The Oregon coast coho has been protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 2008. Despite this, the two groups say, the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to develop a recovery plan for the fish. The plan would entail reforming logging and other land-management practices, which the groups say contribute to the decline of the salmon.

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Die-off of millions of California trees concentrated in Sierra Nevada

LA Times
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ost of the millions of trees dying in California forests because of the state’s continuing drought are in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, scientists say. …Tom Coleman, forest entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service, discussed the issue Wednesday in an email exchange with the Los Angeles Times. …Currently, pine mortality is highest in the southern Sierra Nevada … In mid-April, [U.S. Forest Service Biologist Jeffrey Moore] mapped an estimated 10.45 million dead trees during these surveys. In Southern California, the Mt. Pinos Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest has seen the greatest tree mortality associated with drought and pine bark beetles.

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Zinke and Tester slam land-transfer provision in budget resolution

MTN News
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Montana’s Congressional delegation had different views of the budget resolution passed Tuesday evening by Congress, with U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) joining just 18 other House Republicans in opposing it. Zinke said he supported some elements of the budget resolution, like its aim of ending the Affordable Care Act and balancing the budget within 10 years. But, he said, it contained vague language that could open the door to the sale of federal lands. “Repealing Obamacare and balancing the budget remain on top of my list of priorities, however I will never tolerate our land being sold or transferred,” he said in a press release.

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100 acres of timber land burning north of Glendale

The News-Review
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

About 60 firefighters worked through the night to control the Peavine Creek Fire, which has burned about 100 acres north of Glendale. The fire was discovered at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday by motion cameras owned by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. The fire damaged two pieces of logging equipment but is not threatening any homes, according to a DFPA press release. Currently, about half of the fire has been trailed, meaning it has been inspected and controlled, with the goal to complete the trail on Wednesday.

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Aerial spraying bill returns, with industry approval

Statesman Journal
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Following highly publicized reports of people and pets being sickened by accidental exposure to aerial pesticide spraying, more than a dozen bills to tighten rules around aerial spraying were introduced in the Oregon Legislature. All were allowed to die in committee. Now, an industry-supported alternative is in play. House Bill 3549, sponsored by the House Rules Committee, has none of the provisions pushed by environmental groups. Those include notifying residents before spraying, establishing buffers around residential areas and non-fish bearing streams, and turning over spray records to a state agency.

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Forest Service slashes hit home

The Durango Herald
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Cuts to the San Juan National Forest budget are forcing officials to consider major changes to campgrounds, trails and other recreation sites. The Forest Service has seen the recreation budget for the San Juan National Forest continuously decline since 2006 when it was $2.5 million. Local Forest Service officials expect it will hit $1.7 million in 2018, said Brian White, the recreation staff leader for the San Juan National Forest.Campground closures, trail closures, new campground fees and changes to services in the forest likely will be necessary to make workloads manageable, he said.

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Reps. Gosar, Pearce Call on Kornze NOT to Combine New Mexico, Arizona BLM Offices

May 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after spearheading a letter with bipartisan support from his House colleagues to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze asking him to suspend any consideration of merging the Arizona and New Mexico state offices: “Relocating Arizona’s BLM office to Santa Fe defies commonsense and will lead to permitting delays, job losses, increased wildfires and less efficient land management. Furthermore, forcing 120 Arizona employees to uproot their lives and move to Santa Fe or lose their jobs is not normal workforce attrition.

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Labrador joins fight for federal lands, Simpson quiet

Idaho Reporter
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congressman Raul Labrador joined the effort to transfer land management to Western states, who believe they can handle the duties in more fiscally responsible ways. Labrador’s spokesman, Dan Popkey, confirmed to IdahoReporter.com this week that Labrador, a two-term U.S House veteran, joined the Federal Land Action Group. That group, founded by Utah Republican Congressmen Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart, will push the federal government to give states more power over lands within their own borders. “The federal government has been a lousy landlord for western states and we simply think the states can do it better,” Stewart said in a prepared statement released April 28.

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Tongass Advisory Committee has doubts

KRBD
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass Advisory Committee has been working for almost a year on a set of recommendations to help the U.S. Forest Service transition to second-growth timber. At the start of a three-day meeting in Ketchikan, members said they were confident their recommendations could lead to success, but they aren’t confident that the Forest Service will take those recommendations to heart. The Tongass Advisory Committee is supposed to talk about how best to move away from logging old-growth forest, replacing that with second-growth. They’ve talked about buffer zones, suitable areas for harvest, unsuitable areas, etc., but among their recommendations is an overhaul of how the U.S. Forest Service does timber.

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‘It was just so fast’: High winds propel flames through home, barns in Burlington

Bangor Daily News
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BURLINGTON, Maine — An incessant wind propelled a wildfire through a home, two barns, two motor vehicles and at least one shed as it consumed more than 50 acres of former hayfields on Long Ridge Road on Wednesday. No injuries were reported, firefighters said. The fire at 1473 and 1480 Long Ridge Road was among the most damaging of the half-dozen wildfires reported statewide. Fires also were reported in Marion Township, Waite, Long A Township, Soldiertown and Cooper. The Cooper fire, which destroyed about 3 acres, likely was arson, according to Maine Forest Ranger Jeff Currier.

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Forests are ‘key feature’ of food security landscape

BBC News
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global food and nutrition security but this role is currently being overlooked, a report suggests. The study says that tree-based farming provides resilience against extreme weather events, which can wipe out traditional food crops. It warns that policies focusing on traditional agriculture often overlook the role forest farming could play. The findings were presented at the UN Forum on Forests in New York, US. The report is the result of a collaboration of more than 60 leading scientists, co-ordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

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Forests are Still Essential in Fighting World Hunger, Maybe More Than Ever

Nature World News
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… Now, new research has shown that even deforestation could make things worse, as forests have proven themselves to be more important to global food security than previously thought. That’s according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date on the relationships between forests, food, and nutrition. The results were presented today at the United Nations Forum on Forests. More than 60 renowned scientists from around the world collaborated on the peer-reviewed publication “Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition. A Global Assessment Report,” which was coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

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Areas burnt by fires will triple in the Iberian Peninsula by 2075

Phys.org
May 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The impact of forest fires is growing on the Iberian Peninsula, and climate change is partly to blame. In order to evaluate the effect of an increase in temperatures, Spanish and Portuguese researchers have quantified the areas that will burn between now and the end of the century in the Peninsula. Climate model simulations reveal that burnt areas will triple as a result of global warming. Forest fires are not a new threat to the Iberian Peninsula, which is on constant alert despite control measures. By way of example, Portugal recorded the highest rates of burnt areas since 1980 due to fires between 2003 and 2005. In Spain, Galicia is no different: 2006 was marked by a high number of fires and burnt areas caused in part by human activity. Meteorological factors and the increasing impact of climate change are also to blame.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cheakamus Community Forest set to sell carbon offsets

CCF signs agreement with province
Pique News Magazine
May 6, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a lengthy process of agreements and review, the Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) will soon be able to sell its carbon offsets. On April 28, the Province of British Columbia and the CCF announced the signing of an Atmospheric Benefits Sharing Agreement that enables the creation and sale of carbon offsets. The agreement is the culmination of years of work, said CCF chair Jeff Fisher. “There are multiple stages and agreements throughout,” Fisher said. “You have to prove that your forest management is leaving trees standing, or growing more trees in addition to what would be required under the normal forest management laws of British Columbia, (and) you have to get a timber supply review completed that shows that.

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Biomass for downtown Enterprise studied again

Wallowa County Chieftain
May 6, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A $30,000 grant from U.S. Forest will allow Wallowa Resources to design and engineer plans to heat four downtown businesses with biomass. Wallowa Resources Community Solutions Inc. (WRCS), of Enterprise, has won a $30,000 grant to design and engineer the conversion of three public buildings in downtown Enterprise from heating oil to regionally produced woody biomass. The three buildings are the City Hall/Fire Station, the Enterprise Carnegie Public Library and Pioneer Guest Home.

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Novozymes to supply world’s first sawdust-based biofuel refinery

Reuters
May 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes has struck a deal to supply the world’s first refinery producing biofuel from sawdust. Novozymes is already a big player in the biofuel market, providing about 60 percent of enzymes used in U.S. production, which tends to use edible raw materials such as corn. But the company sees a big potential market in making biofuels from inedible materials — so-called advanced or cellulosic biofuels. The world’s largest industrial enzymes maker said on Tuesday it had agreed a deal with Finland’s St1 Biofuels, which will build and operate the refinery. Novozymes will provide the enzymes.

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