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Business & Politics

Canada’s Forest Products Industry: Growing a Greener Tomorrow

PaperAdvance.com
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As the voice of the Forest Products Industry of Canada in Ottawa, FPAC works closely with politicians, public servants, academics and stakeholders from other industry associations. We have strong partnerships with environmental groups and Aboriginal associations. We also participate with other public policy organizations in Ottawa and elsewhere. At a special reception on Tuesday June 2nd we invited many of our friends and colleagues to join us as we launched our environmental brochure “Growing a Greener Tomorrow”. This is the second themed brochure we have launched at a reception in Ottawa. Last year we partnered with Sustainable Technology Development Canada and FPInnovations to launch our innovation brochure “Expect us in the Unexpected”.

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CanTimber Biotech info session on June 23

Alberni Valley News
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new value-added wood biomass business is moving in to Port Alberni. CanTimber Biotech will hold a public information session about its establishment within the Port Alberni Port Authority terminal facilities on Tuesday, June 23 from 57 p.m. in the upper lounge of the AV Multiplex, 3737 Roger St. With the introduction made by the City of Port Alberni economic development department, the port authority has negotiated a long-term agreement for CanTimber to create and operate a new environmentally-sustainable, value-added wood-product business that will create upwards of two dozen direct full time jobs in Port Alberni, according to a port authority press release.

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Stephen Hume: Drought conditions threaten fish habitat, pulp mill jobs

River flows are way down on Vancouver Island, with some the lowest ever reported
Vancouver Sun
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNION BAY — Nowhere are the extreme drought conditions affecting the east coast of Vancouver Island more evident than in little streams like Hart Creek, not far south of Courtenay. On the heels of the driest May in the weather record and a June that’s on track for another record rainless spell, Hart Creek has already run completely dry and the three driest months are yet to come… Brian Houle, environmental manager at Catalyst Paper’s Crofton pulp mill, a major employer in the Cowichan Valley that requires about 120 million cubic metres of water a year to operate, said the company is “comfortable” with current flows and that reserves should carry through to early October.

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EDITORIAL: Does the cost of labour price us out of some markets?

John Harding – Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Glenn Sollitt and the federal Green Party have got this one right. Almost. Sollitt, the Green Party candidate for the Courtenay-Alberni riding, sent us a letter to the editor last week, extolling the value of Vancouver Island sawmills. More accurately, Sollitt was railing against raw-log exports. Our sister paper, the Alberni Valley Times, had a front-page story by Eric Plummer last week that revealed the fact that 480,000 cubic metres of raw logs were exported to overseas sawmills from Port Alberni last year. …The countries that buy those logs are the ones that get the benefit of the jobs. We get to buy expensive kitchen tables made somewhere else.

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No tax break for pellet plant

Vernon Morning Star
June 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new industrial activity won’t get a break from the tax man. Coldstream council voted unanimously Monday not to extend the Lavington industrial revitalization area to include the new Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet plant next to Tolko’s mill. “We have given enough benefit to Tolko by changing the zoning to allow for the pellet plant,” said Coun. Peter McClean. Had final adoption of the bylaw proceeded and the revitalization boundary area been extended, taxes for the operation would have been reduced by about $30,000 a year. While the industrial revitalization area was formed to encourage development, some residents told council Monday that the pellet plant should not get tax relief.

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Falling West Coast exports dampen loggers’ sales

Longview Daily News
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Fewer logs are leaving West Coast docks this year, as Asian demand shifts toward other regions because of the stronger U.S. dollar. That could mean fewer hours for longshoremen and logging contractors as timberland owners clamp down on harvests as a result. “The export market really has been declining for some time. It wasn’t too big of a problem when domestic markets were really strong, but those markets have weakened as well, so we are kind of cutting our harvest a bit,” said Bill Marre, a Vancouver-based general manager for Hancock Forest Management, which has locations scattered throughout the Northwest, the South and New Zealand.

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Roseburg Forest Products moving headquarters to Springfield

KPIC.com
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DILLARD, Ore. — Big changes are coming to Roseburg Forest Products in Dillard. RFP has announced it’s moving its headquarters to Springfield.  Officials with the company say they want to expand its resources to be able to recruit professionals who are in urban areas. They say the location is prime.  “The location is terrific for access both to Roseburg and Portland, and the airport,” says Human Resources VP Kellye Wise. “Having a regional airport at least close by was a huge benefit for us.”

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Weyerhauser says $57 million modernization vital

The Neshoba Democrat
June 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Several capital projects currently underway at Weyerhaeuser promise to transform an already productive operation into a top performer for years to come while placing a greater reliance on a dependable transportation system, company officials said. The company announced a $57 million capital investment at its Philadelphia lumber mill last summer. Construction is currently in progress with plans to install a new planer mill, two continuous direct fired kilns and sort and stacking equipment. A 38,000 square-foot facility to house the planer mill will also be built.

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Tiwi Islands start to stockpile woodchips at Port Melville for export to Asian paper mills

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The first truckloads of woodchips from the Tiwi Islands of the Northern Territory are being stockpiled at Melville Port for export to Asia later next month. The historic first harvest of Acacia mangium trees started yesterday in front of a large crowd of locals excited to see the project up and running. “I’m really proud and it’s really important for our people to see this [harvest], especially the young people, because we need to get them off welfare and get a job,” Tiwi elder Gibson Farmer Illortaminni said.

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10,000 Tasmanian jobs in manufacturing and forestry

Tasmania Senator Jacqui Lambie
Scoop Independent News
June 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has welcomed last night’s passage of the Renewable Energy Target legislation though the upper house. “The passage of this legislation was a great victory for Tasmania. Our state had been punished by deeply floored mainland RET laws which forced our biggest employers to effectively pay tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes – even though those businesses mainly use Renewable Hydro Energy.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Unique green educational opportunity in Southern Interior

The Nelson Daily
June 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Earlier this year, I had a chance to visit the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. The Centre, located in Penticton, is part of the South Okanagan and Similkameen campus of Okanagan College… With the exception of the gym floor, all wood used in the building is from BC, much of it pine from beetle-kill infected forests. Innovative structural solutions avoided extensive use of adhesives, preservatives and paints. The walls of the gymnasium use new technology, designed by the project’s structural engineers and are built with composite panels, a combination of concrete and glued laminated timber beams that are light and strong. The walls contain the heating and cooling piping with electrical conduits and ventilation built in – technology that is new to North America.

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City analysis reveals collapsed balcony ‘severely dry rotted’ despite plans complying with building code

The daily Californian
June 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A city analysis of the balcony that collapsed last week, killing six and injuring seven, revealed that the balcony was severely dry rotted at its breaking points. Based on the analysis announced Tuesday, city staff recommend that Berkeley adopt new and modified regulations, including stricter requirements for waterproofing, inspection and ventilation on new balconies and other areas exposed to weather. The regulations would also require regular maintenance inspections of both existing and new balconies, according to city spokesperson Matthai Chakko. These inspections would occur about every five years on all new and existing multifamily buildings and would begin within six months of adopting the new code.

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Fire sprinkler demonstration aims for change in Mass. building code

Boston Globe
June 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In an effort to build support for requiring sprinklers in homes, the National Fire Protection Association hosted a fire sprinkler demonstration on Moon Island Tuesday. During the demonstration, two identically furnished side-by-side rooms were lit on fire. The room without sprinklers was fully engulfed in flames within three minutes, said association spokesman Tim Travers. In the other room, sprinklers were activated when the room reached 150 degrees, and the fire was extinguished within a minute. The current building code, adopted by the state’s Board of Building Regulations and Standards, does not require fire sprinklers in newly constructed residential buildings… Full-dimension lumber is being replaced by pre-engineered wood beams in many newly constructed buildings, Travers added, and the sprinklers are needed to keep the beams from collapsing.

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Forestry

Selkirk College Forest Technology Students Shift to Mountain Classroom

The Nelson Daily
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trading textbooks for tools of the trade, first year Selkirk College Forest Technology Program students wrapped up their semester in the bush. Though outdoor work in the natural surroundings of the West Kootenay is a fixture of the nationally accredited two-year program, the semester ending ten-day field study session is an important send-off for the students who will be retuning for their second year in September. Over a two-week period, 26 students took part in a number of hands-on training exercises that complimented recently completed classroom study. “This is an important part of the program,” said Forest Technology Program Instructor Carol Andrews. “It’s a nice introduction for those students who don’t have a lot of experience in the field.”

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Logging the Ghost Part II: Trees tell weather, climate change stories

Global News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – The limber pine is one of Alberta’s oldest trees, and offers one of the oldest climate records in Alberta. The stories told by such trees are leading to calls for a new forestry management plan west of Calgary by residents of the Ghost Valley watershed. “The trees tell us much more about the weather and climate than what we’ve experienced ourselves,” said University of Regina geography professor Dr. Dave Sauchyn. One log can tell a 600-year story of the Alberta Foothills, and also gives scientists clues about climate change. “There’s more rain,” said Sauchyn.

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N.W.T. fires expected to flare up with hot, dry weather

Additional aircraft and fire crews being brought in
CBC News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hot, dry weather in most of the Northwest Territories over the next few days is expected to significantly increase the number of forest fires in the region. In anticipation of more fires, the territorial government says it’s commissioning extra air tankers and fire personnel. There are currently 45 firefighters working on wildfires in the Northwest Territories. There have been 76 forest fires in the territory so far this season. That’s about double the 25-year average for this time of year. “We are pretty much over any of the cool type of weather,” fire operations manager Richard Olsen said on Monday.

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Firefighters making progress on Lytton’s Cisco Road wildfire

Vancouver Sun
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the continuing hot and dry weather near Lytton, firefighters have made significant progress in containing the Cisco Road wildfire. The blaze south of Lytton is now 50-per-cent contained and firefighters are extinguishing hot spots beginning at the fire’s perimeter. They continue to conduct small controlled burns to remove potential fuels and keep the flames from spreading. Crews are now steering the fire to the west, where the rocky alpine slopes of the Fraser Canyon will limit the spread of the blaze.

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B.C. frogs threatened as animal extinctions are on the rise

Spotted owls and caribou are among endangered species in the province
CBC News
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Oregon Spotted Frog used to be common in the wetlands around the Fraser Valley but as their habitat turned into farmland, or urban development, the amphibian population declined.  Now the frogs are the most endangered amphibian in Canada. “The frogs across Canada are declining to the extent that at least three per cent of our known species are extinct,” said Monica Pearson, a biologist with Vancouver-based research firm Balance Ecological. “Across the planet 30 per cent are known to be endangered and another 30 per cent are threatened.”

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‘Elaho Giant’ — 1,000-year-old Douglas fir — saved by quick action of B.C. fire crews

National Post
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was scorched and blackened by fire, but thanks in part to the quick action of B.C. fire crews, one of Canada’s oldest living things will live to see another day. The Elaho Giant, estimated to be the third thickest Douglas fir on record, was caught in the middle of a 700-hectare fire that swept the woods outside Pemberton, B.C. over the weekend. The giant’s base was blackened, and when crews arrived on scene, the tree stood surrounded by ash and “danger trees,” trees that have had their root systems burned off and were at imminent risk of falling over.

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B.C. firefighters off to battle Yukon flames as dozens return home from Alberta

TimesColonist
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Thirty-one firefighters from British Columbia were expected to arrive in Whitehorse Tuesday night to help bolster the territory’s wildfire-suppression efforts. The Ministry of Forests says the B.C. firefighters included 10 three-person, initial-attack crews and one representative of the Wildfire Management Branch. Yukon’s request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates resources between provinces and territories. The ministry says the jurisdiction that requests the assistance bears the costs, and enough resources remain in the province to fight B.C. fires.

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Opponents block Wildwood move

Nanaimo News Bulletin
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of The Land Conservancy blocked a move that some say could have paved the way for the sale of Wildwood Ecoforest in Cedar to private interests. The conservancy, a non-profit land trust, is dealing with an $8-million debt and is attempting to fulfill legal requirements to creditors through a B.C. Supreme Court-approved plan. It held an extraordinary general meeting on June 12, where a special resolution for bylaw amendments was voted down. The resolution would have advanced the plan, but according to the Ecoforestry Institute Society, Wildwood managers, it included language that could have taken away Wildwood’s right to be held in the public domain.

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Oversight and management of the provincial silviculture program in Crown forests must be improved

Government of New Brunswick
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON (GNB) – In her latest report, released today to the legislative assembly, Auditor General Kim MacPherson concluded that while expenditures on silviculture activities over the past 30 years will contribute to increases in the future timber supply, there are deficiencies in the oversight, management and administration of the silviculture program. In particular, the Department of Natural Resources did not have processes to determine if annual spending of $29 million provides value for money to the province and to determine the expected future value from current silviculture expenditures. MacPherson noted significant government delays in providing strategic direction for Crown forest management from 2009 to 2014.

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4fri Contractor Struggles With Lack Of Trucks, Money

Criticism swirls around painfully slow progress
Payson Roundup
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Debate continues to swirl around the painfully slow progress in the largest forest restoration forest restoration effort in U.S. history. Good Earth Power AZ landed a 10-year contract to thin 300,000 acres of overgrown Arizona forests two years ago, but so far has thinned only a fraction of the anticipated acreage. The company has not yet built the new mills and wood-burning power plants it needs to process the huge volume of timber. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is intended to restore forest health and avert catastrophic wildfires without the billions of dollars it would cost taxpayers to thin some 6 million acres without relying on a timber company turning a profit from the wood it harvests.

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Paradise Fire grows to 800 acres in Jefferson County; blaze could burn for months

Peninsula Daily News
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — As of Tuesday afternoon, the lightning-triggered fire burning in Queets rain forest, known as the Paradise Fire, had scorched about 800 acres and was expected to grow, with a prediction that it could burn for four months. The Jefferson County fire, confirmed by aerial surveillance June 15, is inside Olympic National Park on the floodplain and hillsides north of the Queets River valley near Paradise Creek, 13 miles northeast of Quinault. It is burning in old-growth rain forest, with high canopies covered in rapidly drying lichen and moss and thick duff.

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Making a forest ready for 4FRI

AZ Daily Sun
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The bumpy forest road near Wing Mountain wound through acre upon acre of forest crowded with trees, a carefully chosen few marked with bright orange stripes. This area of forest is one of thousands of ponderosa pine stands in northern Arizona set to be thinned as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. The project hit a major milestone in April when the Forest Service completed the first environmental analysis, called the final Environmental Impact Statement, that calls for treatment on about 600,000 acres of forest.

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Supporting Local Rural Economies while Improving Forest Health

USDA Blog
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Calaveras County, nestled in the Gold Country and High Sierra regions of California, has a long and storied past. …In the past two decades, eight mills have shut down, leading to a decline in employment opportunities and economic capacity for these communities. At the height of the recession, unemployment in both counties ranged between nine and 26 percent. Small community schools were constantly threatened by closure for lack of adequate student enrollment. To help support the local community, the U.S. Forest Service, through the Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests, signed a partnership agreement with Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solutions (CHIPS) in 2011.

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Where 4FRI work will happen first

AZ Daily Sun
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service has started to prioritize where work will happen first within the 600,000 acres approved for prescribed burning and thinning under the first Four Forest Restoration Initiative Environmental Impact Statement. The EIS area covers the Coconino and Kaibab national forests, though the entire 4FRI area stretches across 2.4 million acres that also includes the Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto national forests.

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BLM seeking comments on timber near California border

Herald and News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Field Office is planning a vegetation treatment project in the southwestern portion of the Klamath Falls Resource Area just north of the California border. According to a news release, the proposed treatments include commercial thinning, pre-commercial thinning, brush mowing and hazardous fuel treatments of approximately 1,450 acres within the larger project area. Following the public scoping period, which ends Friday the BLM will prepare an environmental assessment to analyze the potential effects of various vegetation treatments on wildlife habitat, soils, hydrology and other resources in the New Hayden Fox project area.

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Tusayan Ranger District seeks public comments on forest restoration project

Williams-Grand Canyon News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – The U.S. Forest Service wants to treat 7,300-acre area on the Tusayan Ranger District (TRD) in the spring of 2016. The forest would implement the project by cutting down and removing ponderosa pine, pinyon pine and juniper trees as well as using some prescribed fires to treat the area. According to the Forest Service, the Randall Restoration Project would promote the establishment of under grasses, and browse species, enhanced wildlife habitat, provide firewood and Christmas trees for members of the public, protect the area from wildfires, leave a healthy, resilient forest and move the area towards desired conditions identified in the Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) for the Kaibab National Forest.

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Tent caterpillars infest Tillamook County, but threat is purely cosmetic

The Oregonian
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tillamook County’s trees will look considerably less verdant this summer. Tent caterpillars, larval moths that wriggle by the hundreds inside gauzy tents stretched between tree branches, are devouring their leaves. State forestry officials alerted the public Monday that the native Pacific Northwestern moth has invaded the county, chomping the leaves of broadleaf trees and shrubs down to nubs. “We’re hearing from local landowners that it’s quite an outbreak, particularly in areas near the forest,” said Joy Jones, an educator with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Tillamook County.

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Tiny Northwest fly could save East Coast hemlock forests, researchers say

OregonLive.com
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tiny Northwest fly could be the key to saving the East Coast’s hemlock forests. A team of researchers led by Oregon State University entomologist Darrell Ross believe the predatory silver fly could offer hope of controlling the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that has infested millions of acres of hemlocks from northern Georgia to Maine. “We could really be on to something here,” Ross said of the team’s discovery. The adelgid, a grey, fuzzy insect the size of an aphid, is native to Asia and the Pacific Northwest.

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Tasmanian forest road to attract tourists

The West Australian
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greater public access will be granted to Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness with the state government due to unveil a tourist drive through the region. Premier Will Hodgman said Wednesday will bring news of “an investment in road infrastructure that will allow more people access to the Tarkine”. “It will bring more tourists in,” he added. But the announcement coincides with calls from conservation groups to stop logging the state’s sensitive and admired northwest. …”We are very serious about preserving the natural attributes that attract people to our state, but equally so we can support so-called traditional industries such as mining and forestry,” Mr Hodgman said.

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Portugal forest fires in 2015 consume almost three times area of year earlier

The Portugal News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Almost three times as much forest has burned so far this year in Portugal than in the equivalent period last year, at 14,971 hectares, according to figures released on Monday by the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF). The institute’s provisional report shows that from 1 January to 15 June, there were 6,113 reported fires, 3,578 more than the same period of 2014. Of those incidents, 1,511 were full-blown forest fires and 4,602 were small bonfires and other flare-ups. The 14,971 hectares burned from January through mid-June compares with 5,525 hectares in the same period in 2014.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

White House Urged to Remove Wood-burning Power Plants From Plan for Reducing Greenhouse Pollution

Center for Biological Diversity
June 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON—Fourteen conservation groups today urged the White House to eliminate biomass energy—the large-scale burning of wood to create electricity—as a means of compliance under the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” which will regulate carbon pollution from power plants. …the conservation groups pointed out that the EPA has not identified any scientifically rational basis for treating biomass energy as a means of emissions reduction under the Clean Air Act. …“Burning trees for electricity hurts our climate by producing dangerous amounts of carbon pollution,” said Kevin Bundy, climate legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Obama administration’s power plant policies must be based on science, and the science clearly shows that burning trees for power will likely make the climate crisis worse.”

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Climate Change Calls for Science, Not Hope

New York Times
June 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Is the American approach to combating climate change going off the rails?… Now, environmental experts are suggesting that some parts of the strategy are, at best, a waste of money and time. At worst, they are setting the United States in the wrong direction entirely. It turns out that burning biomass — wood, mainly — for power produces 50 percent more CO2 than burning coal. And even if new forest growth were to eventually suck all of it out of the atmosphere, it would take decades — perhaps more than a century — to make up the difference and break even with coal. One study commissioned by the state of Massachusetts concluded that the climate impacts of burning wood were worse than those for coal for 45 years, and worse than for natural gas for about 90 years. Humans do not have that kind of time.

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Funding available for forestry carbon crediting program

The Chronicle
June 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Columbia County private woodland owners wishing to improve the health of their forests while participating in a regional carbon crediting program are eligible for financial and technical assistance that will soon be available through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. This funding is part of a new five-year project called “Unlocking Carbon Markets for Non Industrial Private Forest Landowners in the Pacific Northwest.” The project was selected for funding this year though USDA’s highly-competitive Regional Conservation Partnership Program. NRCS plans to invest $1 million in the project over the next five years, and partners are investing an additional $914,000. 

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Stanford researchers seek least destructive balance of agriculture vs. forests

Scientists show that deforestation can have vastly different impacts. 
Stanford News
June 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In the rush to feed the world’s growing population, many forests may as well have a bull’s-eye on them. If agricultural expansion is going to cause deforestation, does it matter where? Cutting the same number of trees in two different locations of a forest can have vastly different impacts, according to a study co-authored by four Stanford researchers. For example, clearing habitat from within a large, intact forest can do up to four times more damage to biodiversity and carbon storage than clearing the same amount of land on the forest’s edge. “If we’re going to lose more forest to agriculture, shouldn’t it be in the least destructive way possible?” said study lead author Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer.

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Tasmanian Government, Opposition welcome passage of amended RET legislation

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government and Opposition have both applauded the eventual passage through Federal Parliament of an amended Renewable Energy Target (RET). Last night, the Parliament passed a bill to cut the RET from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours. The legislation included allowing burning of native wood waste to be counted as a renewable energy source. Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said he thought the inclusion could lead to the construction of an industrial-scale wood-fired power station in the state.

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Renewable Energy Target: Greens accuse Government of creating ‘dead koala certificates’

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Greens have accused the Federal Government and Opposition of turning renewable energy certificates into “dead koala certificates”. Last night, the Parliament passed a bill to cut the renewable energy target (RET) from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours. The legislation included allowing burning of native wood waste to be counted as a renewable energy source. Greens co-deputy leader Larissa Waters said it was a “lifeline to native forest logging” that will revive the industry.

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A whole new dimension to woodland management

Harvesting and chipping entire trees is a woodland management system that is new to most of us but given the current demand for wood chip it appears to be a useful option. Everything, including the branches gets used up, so it really is only appropriate on dry sites that don’t require brash mats for heavy equipment.
Irish Independent
June 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

At a recent demonstration in a plantation of Sitka spruce and larch at Dungarvan, near Gowran in Co Kilkenny, we saw how the entire tree is harvested, stacked to dry for up to a year and then chipped and sold on to either power plants or the private sector. A lengthy drying period also allows the needles to fall off but even after a year, moisture content is often still over 40pc. Power plants can burn chip at up to 50pc moisture content but the smaller burners such as those used in large houses, nursing homes and small hotels require drier material.

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