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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Business & Politics

Pulp and paper celebrate special industry milestone

TB Newswatch
September 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Ontario’s forestry and pulp and paper industries celebrated 100 years of worker health and safety this past week. Workplace Safety North held an anniversary event at the Valhalla Inn. The not-for-profit organization focuses on ensuring every worker arrives home safe and healthy. The group has produced a special 100th anniversary video focusing on the history of Workplace Safety North. President Candys Ballanger-Michaud says their goal is to make sure no workers are hurt or killed on the job.

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Highest global sawmilling earnings are being achieved by mills located in the US South and now Russia

International Wood Markets
September 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

WOOD MARKETS’ biennial global benchmarking survey has continued to place the U.S. South as the highest margin sawmill region in North America – a place it has held since 2008 – as well as the top global earner in 2014 and into the first part of 2015. However, the new dynamic that hit the global sawmilling industry in 2014, and has continued significantly in 2015, is the ongoing decline in foreign currency exchange rates of major producing and exporting regions against the U.S. dollar. While lower costs also created a massive erosion of lumber prices in many markets around the world, some countries saw their fortunes change dramatically.

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St. Regis’ Tricon Timber cuts 90 jobs

KPAX
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ST. REGIS – Montana’s timber industry suffered another blow last week after Tricon Timber in St. Regis laid off nearly 90 employees. Tricon Vice President of Logistics Joe Zito told MTN News the stud market has suffered all year, and now buyers are holding off because they’re waiting to see what next month’s end of the U-S/Canadian softwood trade agreement will do to prices. …”Basically our lawmakers have to do something about that softwood agreement,” Zito said. “With the yen being devalued we also have to contend with…Canada sends their lower grade studs overseas, now that’s not profitable so that market will come into the US so now not only are we competing with higher grade product, but now we have to run the gamut of our product mix.”

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Paper mill crisis bring criticism from Governor LePage

WCSH6
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SACO, Maine – Tuesday’s announcement that the Expera Old Town will close came just a day after Lincoln Pulp and Fiber announced it has filed for bankruptcy, and may be sold. These latest pieces of bad news for Maine’s pulp and paper industry raise new questions about the future of thousands of jobs. Governor Paul LePage, as he did on Monday, was quick to blame the Legislature. Asked why he hadn’t been able to persuade lawmakers to support the policies he thinks will fix the problems, LePage replied, “You can’t fix stupid.” The Governor says Maine’s mills aren’t competitive because our electricity prices are too high. He wants bigger gas pipelines coming into New England, to drive down gas prices for power plants.

Gov. LePage blames mill closure on high energy costs, lawmakers from WGME

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CEO: After explosion, Lincoln mill lost cash, competitive edge

Bangor Daily News
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — With an uncertain future ahead of the Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill, company co-owner Keith Van Scotter laid out its past and the circumstances that led to its bankruptcy in written court testimony filed on Monday. It starts with the November 2013 boiler explosion. After that, Van Scotter wrote, the mill started leaking cash. The explosion and subsequent loss of a contract to a competitor in Indonesia led to about 185 layoffs about one month later. “Lincoln did not believe that insurance proceeds were sufficient to rebuild the boiler and maintain its customer base,” Van Scotter wrote in the filing Monday.

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Owners announce closure of Old Town pulp mill

Bangor Daily News
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — A Wisconsin-based company announced Tuesday that it will close the local pulp mill it purchased in 2014 by the end of the year, continuing the downward spiral of Maine’s paper industry. Officials with Expera Specialty Solutions blamed the closure on the declining value of the Canadian dollar, excess pulp supply in the marketplace and relatively expensive wood costs in Maine, according to an email from Expera spokeswoman Addie Teeters. The closure affects 195 workers at the Expera Old Town LLC facility, which has provided pulp for the parent company’s four mills in Wisconsin. Expera hopes to sell the local mill, according to Teeters.

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Swedish sawmills succeed in reducing inflated stocks

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Swedish forest industries federation (Skogsindustrierna) is assuming that the output and exports of softwood lumber in Sweden is going to increase in 2015. In its latest half-year report, Skogsindustrierna is forecasting an output of around 17.9m m³, which would equate to an increase of 0.6m m³ or roughly 3.5% against the same period of last year. Higher production figures are only expected in the south of Sweden where a variety of companies have completed several investment projects in the last twelve months with the aim of increasing their lumber output.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Council endorses policy to use local wood

Alberni Valley Times
September 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Monday city council voted on a policy to make better use of two municipal assets for building contracts. On the agenda was a notice of motion made at the Sept. 14 public meeting to develop a policy that “when and where feasible city construction requiring large beams and timbers come from the McLean Mill, milled form logs cut in the Community Forest.” The matter was brought up by Coun. Jack McLeman to better combine the resources available at the McLean Mill National Historic Site and the Alberni Valley Community Forest, two assets the city owns. McLeman said a policy to use local wood cut at the steam-powered mill does not necessarily mean the city would be paying more for contracts.

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Proposed new $350M Vancouver Art Gallery finally has a design — now to find the money

National Post
September 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — After years of false starts, back-biting and confusion, Vancouver has inched closer to landing a new, $350-million civic art gallery, with plans unveiled Tuesday that showcase a building that resembles a stack of books and will be made of wood, or so its Swiss architects hope. …Wood is a clever choice for building material. It reflects the city’s heritage and surroundings, and the B.C. government, one of the VAG’s perennial go-to funding sources, is keen to promote its use in modern construction. But there are potential problems. More research is required before wood can be considered the final material solution, said Christine Binswanger, an architect with the renowned, Basel-based firm Herzog & de Meuron, which the VAG hired last year to design its proposed new facility.

Another interesting spin on this story from the Canadian Press in the Chronicle Journal – Vancouver Art Gallery unveils new building design to mixed public review
One vote of approval for the new design from the Vancouver SunJeff Wall singles out wood exterior for praise in new VAG design
Alex Bozikovic describes the new designs for the Globe and Mail – VAG design proposal will change the way Vancouver thinks about its architecture

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Chuck Leavell: Wood can help save the planet

Fortune
September 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The co-founder and director of Mother Nature Network discusses the benefits of building with wood and how Europe is lowering its carbon footprint with wood pellets.

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$4.1 Billion Decking and Railing Market to Grow 3% through 2017 According to Principia Consulting Report

Business Wire Press Release
September 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MALVERN, Pa.–The overall decking and railing industry has been relatively stable over the last couple of years. Total demand for decking and railing materials in the North American residential market was valued at $4.1 billion based on supplier factory gate prices in 2014 compared with $3.6 billion in 2012. While the improving economy has had a modest impact on category demand, the increased sales in 2014 versus 2012 represent a shift to more expensive decking and railing materials. …Fifty-one percent of homeowners surveyed, who had recently built or planned to build a deck, stated that they don’t clearly understand the benefits of composite decking. To increase market share, composite manufacturers may consider increasing promotional efforts to educate the market on the benefits of composites over treated lumber, specifically capped decking materials and the advantage of lower maintenance requirements.

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Timber Tower Report Previews 42-Story Wood Skyscraper

Woodworking Network
September 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CHICAGO – A Timber Tower design for a 42-story wood tower, the tallest yet envisioned, has been published in a report by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), world renowned architects. Its carbon footprint is smaller than a steel tower. The building would be constructed using “Mass Timber Products,” says SOM, including CLT or Cross Laminated Timber, and mixes of species in the mass timbers. “The proposed structural system can be designed with mass timber products built up using different species and grades of wood. Potential species include: Douglas Fir – Larch (DF – L), Hemlock – Fir (HR), Spruce – Pine – Fir (SPF), and Southern Yellow Pine (SYP).

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Russian furniture company to construct a new woodworking plant worth 1 bn rubles

IHB The Timber Network
September 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Alexey Gorvedeev, the head of the Russian furniture holding “Mebel Chernozemya”, presented an investment project contemplating the construction of a new woodworking plant in Voronezh Region, Russia. The plant in question would focuse on added-value wood processing.  The estimated value of the project comes up to 1 billion rubles or about US$15,22 million. There will be created 300-500 new jobs. The plant is planned to manufacture sliced and sawn veneer, wood flooring, mouldings, and hardwood furniture.

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Forestry

Exploring the links between natural capital and productivity through the lens of the Forest Products Sector

By Michelle Brownlee, Sustainable Prosperity
Forest Products Association of Canada
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Sustainable Prosperity, in partnership with the Forest Products Association of Canada and others, recently launched a research project to explore links between productivity and natural capital. You can learn more about the project here. This 2-year research project looks at how our environmental and economic successes are linked – and aims to ultimately shed light on how we can optimize our practices and develop good policies. …To explore this further, we’re looking at the forest products sector as a case study . Canada’s forests are a form of natural capital that provides a flow of value to humans through the timber and other natural resources we extract from them. They also provide ecosystem services – this includes sustaining a habitat for biodiversity, storing carbon, preserving soils, purifying the air, moderating climate and providing a place for recreation and of spiritual importance.

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Forestry breeds against climate change

Nanaimo News Bulletin
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Survival of B.C.’s forests might depend on the industry that harvests them as global temperatures rise. A process, loosely called “assisted migration,” is part of the federal and provincial governments’ overall response to climate change that includes genetic and selective breeding research carried out by the forest industry, government and Genome B.C., a non-profit research organization that manages large-scale research projects. Selectively breeding trees for quality, volume and pest resistance has been ongoing since the late 1940s, but Vancouver Island-based forestry companies, such as TimberWest, now also plant trees tolerant to drought conditions to ensure future harvests.

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Orchards adapt seeds for dry conditions

Nanaimo News Bulletin
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“There was a Douglas fir beetle outbreak in the ’30s which was related to drought and a fire, so there actually is recorded history of what happens if we’re not prepared,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, TimberWest vice-president of sustainability and chief forester. To hedge against effects of climate change that can weaken forests and affect productivity for decades, forest companies rely on seed orchards, such as TimberWest’s Mount Newton Seed Orchard in Saanichton, where seeds are harvested from trees adapted for drier conditions and volume growth, quality and pest resistance. Seedlings from that seed are raised by private contractors, including Arbutus Grove Nursery in North Saanich.

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City sets ‘ambitious’ target to increase tree cover in community

Campbell River Mirror
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city is working towards what it considers an “ambitious” target to increase the amount of trees within the city limits. That goal is one of the main sticking points within the city’s new Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) which has been in development since 2011. City Planner Chris Osborne said the plan, which has a 20-year time frame, highlights the importance of retaining tree canopy coverage. “The UFMP seeks to increase the percentage of tree cover within Campbell River from its current level of 33 per cent, plus or minus two per cent, to 40 per cent (the Pacific Northwest bench march) by 2035,”

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Wildfire season ends, review process begins

One of the busiest wildfire seasons in Saskatchewan history is officially over.
Prince Albert Daily Herald
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wildfire Management branch of the Ministry of Environment put out the last two remaining fires with little fanfare roughly two weeks ago. It was a quiet end to a year that showed signs of trouble right from the start. “We got an early kick to the season,” Wildfire Management executive director Steve Roberts said on Monday. “The spring conditions came a little earlier and were a little drier. We actually saw a fair number of larger type fires early in the spring. (The) Torch Fire, Ridge Fire, fire up by Black Lake, they came earlier in the season for us, giving an indicator that things were a little drier, a little more volatile.”

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Province promises to help tend its deer

Oak Bay News
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government has promised to help deal with deer in response to pleas from municipal leaders around B.C. Responding to recommendations made by the Union of BC Municipalities, the province promised to create a Provincial Urban Deer Advisory Committee and provide up to $100,000 for future urban deer management operations. “The creation of an urban deer advisory committee will help ensure greater collaboration between municipalities and the Government of B.C. and provide the resources necessary for communities to make informed choices about how to resolve urban deer issues,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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Forests, fish and fifth graders

Alberni Valley News
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 350 Grade 5 students from the Alberni Valley took in all the forest had to offer at McLean Mill on Sept. 25. The kids were there as part of National Forest Week. “It’s all about getting the younger students engaged and understanding a little bit more about the forest industry and forest management,” said Tracy Andrews, a Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource resource officer for the Port Alberni office. “We’re trying to spark an interest in forestry as a career so they can make choices as they move through school.”

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Forest industry to take action after inspections reveal safety violations

CKNW News
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Safety Council is vowing to take action, after a WorksafeBC inspection blitz discovered more than 40 safety violations in BC’s forest industry in a one month period. It was prompted after four manual tree fallers lost their lives in July alone. Reynold Hert with the industry-created safety council says tree falling is a dangerous job, but they are doing everything they can to make it safer. “This concerns the whole industry. Every industry would like people who come to work in it to return home safely at the end of the day. And in particular, in the forests industry, many of our people, they are from small towns, so when there is a serious injury or a fatality, it hits everyone in that community very hard.” WorksafeBC says it inspected 44 work sites, issued 206 inspection reports, with 49 orders, between August and September.

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Forestry Connects Offers Behind the Scenes Look at Forestry in Ontario

Canada NewsWire
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

RENFREW COUNTY, ON – Since 2010, Forests Ontario’s Forestry Connects program has provided high school students the opportunity to visit forestry dependent communities for a behind the scenes look at Ontario’s forestry sector. This year, Forestry Connects kicked off on September 23rd in Renfrew County by welcoming 35 students from four schools both locally and outside of Renfrew County to take part in the program. …Students and educators then spent three days engaging with professionals and stakeholders in forest management and related industries. Students were able to see all steps in the forest management process including the planning, the harvesting, and manufacturing of the forest products. 

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Large trees—key climate influencers—die first in drought

Phys.org
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In forests worldwide, drought consistently has had a more detrimental impact on the growth and survival of larger trees, new research shows. In addition, while the death of small trees may affect the dominance of trees in a landscape, the death of large trees has a far worse impact on the ecosystem and climate’s health, especially due to the important role that trees play in the carbon cycle. “Previous studies at a few sites had shown that large trees suffer more than small trees during and after droughts, and our theory suggested this should be a globally consistent pattern, but this project was the first to test this hypothesis globally.” said Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nate McDowell, a renowned forest ecologist and plant physiologist who coauthored a paper in the journal Nature Plants highlighting this research.

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Senators Wyden, Merkley push for wildfire funding fixes

Both interim and permanent, long-term solutions sought
KTVZ
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked Senate leaders Monday to include emergency funding for wildfire suppression in any short-term funding agreement considered this week to keep the federal government running. They also asked for a permanent fix to the way that wildfires are funded so federal agencies can stop raiding fire prevention funds to pay for fighting these devastating wildfires. …Earlier this year, Senator Merkley led the effort in the Senate Appropriations Committee to pass a version of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, bipartisan wildfire funding legislation developed by Sens. Wyden and Idaho’s Mike Crapo.

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Watch: How fighting wildfires actually makes them worse

Science Alert
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As climate change advances, we’re seeing more and more wildfires burn out of control across the planet. As a result, more money and effort is being poured into firefighting and emergency services. But as the latest episode of MinuteEarth explains, this may actually be doing more harm than good. In fact, science shows that our best weapon against fire… is actually more fire. Thanks to the amazing work of firefighters, there’s been a steady decline in the number of wildfires burning in the US since 1970. But fires today also burn faster, hotter, and bigger than ever before, and the total area of land burned each year in the US has more than doubled in the same amount of time

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Congress Should Give the Government More Money for Wildfires

The New York Times
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…Congress needs to respond soon, because fires are only becoming a bigger burden. The Forest Service estimates that two-thirds of its annual budget could be dedicated to fire suppression and management by 2025. Climate experts are cautious about linking any single natural disaster — a major hurricane or flood, for instance — to global warming, and that reluctance extends to wildfires as well. And besides, forests fires have been a regular feature of the Western landscape for years. But scientists are widely agreed that climate change is creating the conditions that are likely to make fires bigger and more intense in years to come.

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Congressmen: Wildfire Funding Should Also Treat ‘Symptom’

Times Record
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

With national wildfire destruction out west nearing the 9 million-acre mark, President Barack Obama’s request to Congress for more funding to fight fires has been met with a call for policy changes that address the root of the problem. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, and others who support his Resilient Federal Forests Act that passed the House in July say the administration’s request for support of a Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would not “treat the symptom,” and would simply increase funding. Any funding should also allow the U.S. Forest Service to practice thinning and control burns that reduce fuel load and hamper wildfires.

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Forest policy reform that will make a difference

Letter by Rachel Fazio
Helena Independent Record
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A few questions a recent article on forest policy reforms didn’t raise or answer. Can we stop the largest fires? No, these fires are weather driven and only become containable when the weather changes. Can we prevent fires by massively increasing logging? No — see answer above — fires are weather driven and are not driven by vegetation conditions. Are fires, including large mixed-severity fires good for our forests? Yes, ecologically they create amazing habitat and restore forest ecosystems.

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BAER assessments continue in National Forests

Eureka Times-Standard
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A decrease in fire activity in the Six Rivers National Forest prompted a decrease in the number of personnel on incident management teams on Monday. Burned Area Emergency Response assessments are completed for all fires in nearby National Forests but the Gasquet Complex, River Complex and the Nickowitz Fire, BAER Public Information Officer Cathleen Thompson said. “For two months, we had a lot of fire activity on the Six Rivers. Now that things are winding down, we’d like to reach out to our communities to share information about this fire season,” Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. said in a U.S. Forest Service press release.

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Benton timber sale draws protest

The Corvallis Gazette-Times
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Several environmental organizations are protesting a timber sale in south Benton County even though it uses an approach touted as providing important environmental benefits. On Sept. 16, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold the Rainbow Ridge timber sale to Freres Lumber for $2.6 million. The Lyons company outbid three other potential buyers for the right to log the 135-acre parcel, located about 4 miles west of Alpine in the Coast Range. The sale won’t become final, however, until a resolution is reached on a protest filed by Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands and the Benton Forest Coalition. Terms of the sale call for the cutting of about 8.2 million board feet of timber, mainly second-growth Douglas fir.

Benton timber sale stalls after protest from the Associated Press in the Statesman Journal

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Fire season second costliest in history

Statesman Journal
September 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 2015 fire season so far is the second most expensive in Oregon history. To date, 946 wildfires have scorched nearly 95,000 acres of state-protected land, costing an estimated $76 million. That’s the most since 2013, when 1,119 wildfires fires burned nearly 105,000 acres, costing about $122 million. In all, three consecutive years of severe fires, brought on by the drought afflicting the entire West, has severely taxed state resources, fire officials told a legislative committee Monday. That doesn’t just mean money. During big fires, every Department of Forestry employee leaves their regular job to pitch in on fire duties.

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Video: Partnering on Sustainable Forestry in Florida

TreeHugger
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) created one of the world’s most recognized, independent, third-party forest management certification standards, and the Florida Forest Service has received its prestigious certification on 413,000 acres of state forests. In this video, see how SFI and the Florida Forest Service is making sustainable forestry a reality.

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Restoring Minnesota’s white pine

KARE11
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. — On a bright, blustery midsummer afternoon in a remote corner of Minnesota’s woods north of Grand Rapids, a solitary figure with a precious bag of white pine seeds plants the future, hoping to restore the past. “They’re little gems,” says Jack Rajala, who loves the white pine tree – the forest’s tallest tree with its distinctive, uneven branches. With his white beard and well-worn hands, Rajala looks the part of a lumberjack; but this day, he’s more like a gardener. “It is a garden, you know that,” says Rajala. It’s not your garden-variety garden. He spreads 500 white pine seeds this day in an area prepared for planting. Rajala’s walk through the woods is not a one-time effort; it is part of his three-decade quest to restore the broom-topped giant, which at one time was a major north woods species.

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Blackwater River State Forest certified sustainable

Pensacola News Journal
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, certified Blackwater River and Tate’s Hell State Forests, covering 413,000 acres, through one of the world’s most recognized and independent forest management certification standards, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. “We are proud of our efforts to ensure that the land and resources entrusted to the Florida Forest Service are managed responsibly and conscientiously. Thanks to certification programs, such as SFI, the public can remain confident that our state forests are managed in line with some of the highest standards in the nation and will remain healthy and productive for generations to come,” Putnam said.

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Forest rangers battling 100-acre wild fire in Adirondacks

Associated Press in NCPR
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SCHROON, N.Y. State forest rangers are battling a growing wild fire in the eastern Adirondack woods that has scorched about 100 acres since an unattended campfire sparked the blaze over the weekend. The Department of Environmental Conservation says about 14 forest rangers are fighting the fire Monday at Bear Mountain in the Essex County town of Schroon (skroon), 80 miles north of Albany. DEC officials say county 911 dispatchers received word of a fire around 1:20 p.m. Saturday in the area of Crane Pond in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.

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Indonesia sends force of nearly 21000 to fight forest fires as haze continues to choke region

ABC News Australia
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia has sent nearly 21,000 personnel to fight fires on its northern islands that have spread haze to neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, the country’s disaster management agency says. Heavy smoke from “slash-and-burn” clearances often comes from the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, where palm oil companies have large forest concessions. Indonesian efforts to halt the seasonal clearances have failed. This season’s haze has blanketed the region in a choking haze for weeks, pushing up pollution levels and disrupting flights, as it does every year.More than 135,000 Indonesians were reported to be suffering from respiratory diseases, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Controversial pellet plant opens in Lavington

Global News
September 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

LAVINGTON — Despite opposition from some residents, a pellet plant in Lavington is now up and running. “We are very pleased that the construction has been completed in a safe and efficient manner,” says Lavington Pellet president Leroy Reitsma. He says the plant is a $47 million investment in partnership with Tolko Industries and Pinnacle Renewable Energy. “Our new employees have worked hard to ready themselves for the task of safely operating this beautiful new state-of-the-art facility,” he says.  Some Lavington residents have spoken out against the location of the plant and the emissions it will be producing.

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Rutgers report assesses New Jersey bioenergy potential

Biomass Magazine
September 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A recent Rutgers University assessment on bioenergy potential in New Jersey found that the state producers over 7 million dry tons of biomass annually, over 4 million of which could be recovered and used to generate power, heat or vehicle fuel. The project was initiated to serve as an update of feedstock and technology assessments performed in 2007, and takes a fresh look at statewide waste and biomass resource by location, greenhouse gas reduction potential, and policy recommendations to propel New Jersey’s bioenergy industry forward. A major finding of the assessment, the potential 4.11 million dry tons of recoverable biomass could generate up to 654 MW of power, 6.4 percent of New Jersey’s electricity consumption, or 230 million gallons of gasoline equivalent, 4.3 percent of transportation fuel consumed in the state. 

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Biomass plant slated for Perry to bring 300 jobs

Gainsville Sun
September 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A Texas company plans to build a $60 million biomass plant that would bring 300 jobs to Perry in Taylor County. Applied Gaia Corporation of Houston would burn wood chips to create electricity as well as biochar for use by fertilizer companies through a newly created subsidiary, Perry Natural Technologies, said company President Deanna Slater. Perry City Manager Bob Brown said the plant will have some of the highest paying basic workforce jobs in the area, with starting pay over $40,000 plus benefits. Adding the jobs to the most recent unemployment data would have given the county the lowest unemployment rate in the state, he said.

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Lignetics acquires wood pellet manufacturing plant in Strong, Maine

Lesprom Network
September 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Lignetics, Inc. acquires assets of GF Funding LLC (whose facility was formerly known as Geneva Wood Fuels), expanding its footprint into Maine and upper New England, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Ken Tucker, CEO of Lignetics stated, “Completing this acquisition is in line with our strategy to continue to expand our geographic footprint in the U.S. and remain the market leader in the residential wood pellet industry.” Tucker added, “Geneva has great customers which we look forward to continuing to support with the help of Jeff and Lucinda Allen and the rest of the team in Strong, Maine, whose goal is to continue to provide a superior product and excellent customer service.”

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