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Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Is WOOD the ultimate diet food? Firm reveals no fat noodles made from trees

Daily Mail
November 19, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International


Japan has created some interesting and innovated products like selfie sticks, Bento lunchboxes and now, wood noodles. A textile company, that makes fibre rayon, is taking the term ‘going green’ to a new level by using cloth-making technology to turn tree pulp into noodles. Omikenshi, based in Osaka, is turning indigestible cellulose that’s mixed with konjac into fiber-rich flour, which the company calls ‘cell-eat’. Omikenshi is betting on a health-food market worth 1.2 trillion yen in 2013, more than double the level two decades earlier according to Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency.

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Business & Politics

Luxor’s Canadian Framing Division Mill Frame Inc. Signs First Contract in Excess of One Million Dollars with Quantum Place Developments

Globe Newswire in Nasdaq
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Luxor Industrial Corporation is pleased to announce that its Canadian framing division, Mill Frame Inc. has signed its first contract with Quantum Place Developments Ltd. of Alberta. The contract for the Raven Rock project located in Canmore is in excess of $1,000,000. MF Inc. is the exclusive framer for Quantum Place Development Ltd. In addition to providing framing, MF Inc. will be supplying pre-fabricated wall panels and precision cut engineered wood floor systems for the project commencing in November, 2015. In the forward period, Mf Inc. has several million dollars in letters of intent and signed off quotation sheets. The Company will advise details as contracts are signed.

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North Enderby Timber backed

Vernon Morning Star
November 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large Enderby business has overcome another hurdle in its bid to expand. The Regional District of North Okanagan has approved numerous variances for construction at the North Enderby Timber site on Highway 97A. “They are a larger employer,” said Denis Delisle, rural Enderby alternate director. “They are an existing business and a lot of the bylaws were brought in after they began operation and it doesn’t fit with what they are doing.” The variances include reducing the front yard setback of the log yard, waiving the requirements to screen the log yard, reducing the rear yard setback of the dry kiln and waiving the requirement that off-street parking be paved and curbed. However, the variances will only be issued if certain conditions are followed.

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BC Forest Industry prepping for trade mission to Asia

My Prince George Now
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest industry leaders from across the province are set to depart for Asia on a trade mission to build the Chinese and Japanese markets. “China and Japan are both important markets for BC forest products.” Council of Forest Industries President Susan Yurkovich said “Japan has been a market that has been in place for a long time since the 70s and we have made great inroads into the Chinese market in the last number of years.” Yurkovich says they will be spending their time meeting with government officials and industry leaders. They will also tour wood construction and manufacturing facilities and attend the opening of the new BC Wood office and showroom in Japan.

Press release from BC Government

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Millar Western closes its lumber mill in Boyle, Alta., 91 workers to lose jobs

Canadian Business
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BOYLE, Alta. – Millar Western says it is closing its Boyle lumber mill in northern Alberta indefinitely. The Edmonton-based company says softwood market conditions make it uneconomical to continue operating. The plant is to begin a phased shutdown starting next month be completed in February. Millar Western says the 91 workers who are to lose their jobs will be offered severance and other support. The family-owned company says its Whitecourt and Fox Creek operations will continue to operate at full capacity.

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US trade body to move ahead with duties against Canadian glossy paper products

Canadian Press in News 95.7
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to move ahead with a series of costly duties against Canadian mills that produce glossy paper products. The decision, posted today on the commission’s website, was part of the final phase of a countervailing duty investigation concerning supercalendered paper. Under a decision released last month the U.S. said it would impose duties ranging from 17.87 to 20.18 per cent against Canadian mills.

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TAYLOR: U.S. tariff pushes Point Tupper mill to seek other markets

The Chronicle Herald
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper LP is vowing to use the North American Free Trade Agreement to fight a penalizing tariff imposed on its paper exports to the United States. Management at the Nova Scotia mill was disappointed when the U.S. International Trade Commission announced Wednesday it would uphold a 20.18 per cent tariff placed on supercalendered paper produced by Port Hawkesbury Paper. A couple of U.S. paper companies filed a complaint with the Commerce Department that Canadian mills, especially Port Hawkesbury Paper, were being unfairly subsidized.

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Rentech’s Atikokan reached record wood pellet production

Lesprom
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rentech’s Atikokan facility in Ontario, Canada, achieved record production of approximately 1,850 metric tons of wood pellets for the week ended November 14. The plant’s design capacity is 110,000 metric tons per year, or 2,115 metric tons per week, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The Wawa facility resumed pellet production this past Friday, having been offline to modify the log in-feed system and complete the most critical phase of its conveyer replacements. Wawa has been operating at approximately 30% of design capacity since coming online, and is again shipping pellets to the port of Quebec, for delivery to Drax. We expect to complete the second phase of conveyance replacements at Wawa in the 1Q 2016, with the goal of operating at full capacity in the second half of the 2016.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper, government to file NAFTA appeal in tariff dispute

CBC News
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper has filed a North American Free Trade Agreement appeal in light of the U.S. government’s decision to uphold tariffs on the mill’s exports. The U.S. International Trade Commission released the decision papers on Wednesday, upholding a ruling that the U.S. paper industry was “materially injured” by imports of supercalendered paper from three mills in Canada owned by Port Hawkesbury Paper, Irving Pulp and Paper in New Brunswick and Resolute Forest Products in Quebec.  The federal government also announced it has concurrently filed an appeal with NAFTA on behalf of those provinces today. 

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Governor to Weyerhaeuser CEO: Keep timberlands free and open, or risk Montanans’ ire

The Missoulian
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock wrote the CEO of Weyerhaeuser on Thursday, asking for assurance that sawmill operations and public access to timberlands will not be affected by the company’s merger with Plum Creek. For his part, Bullock pledged to work with CEO Doyle Simons to “help the wood products industry grow,” touting his administration’s efforts to “promote active forest management in Montana.” The governor said he is “very concerned” that Weyerhaeuser “may not fully appreciate Montana’s culture” of open and free access to thousands of acres of commercial timberlands. In Oregon and Washington, Weyerhaeuser charges stiff fees for access to its land, requiring permits and leases. 

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Hearing set in mill expansion

Bonner County Daily Bee
November 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SANDPOINT ­— The Bonner County Commission is revisiting a conditional use permit to expand sawmill and woodworking operations at facility in the Selle Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The hearing is set for 2:15 p.m. in the first-floor conference room in the Bonner County Administration.   Ernie and Nancy Brandt obtained approval in August to expand their operations to add seven new buildings to accommodate expanded operations, in addition to office, shipping and storage space. The proposal, however, ran into opposition from neighboring landowners who are already weary of the smoke, dust, light and noise emanating from the site.

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Collins-Pine curtails timber production

Lake County Examiner
November 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Collins-Pine Lakeview Sawmill announced it will be curtailing production for the remainder of 2015, with the expectation of resuming full production in January, 2016. The curtailment was effective Friday, Nov. 13. The decision was based on the current lumber market, in particular pine products, which remains relatively weak resulting in excess finished product inventory available. Sawmill employees continued on the lines through the end of shifts on Nov. 13, with the planning mill continuing operations through Friday, Nov. 20. The sales and shipping departments will continue operations as normal through the remainder of 2015. While slowing production, the move is in no way an indicator of any permanent closure of the sawmill, the plan being to resume full production starting on Monday, Jan. 4.

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US trade board endorses tariffs to offset Canadian paper subsidies

Bangor Daily News
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. trade officials on Wednesday backed tariffs up to 20 percent on certain Canadian paper producers they determined to have received government subsidies that hurt American producers of supercalendered paper, including the mill in Madison. The vote from the U.S. International Trade Commission fixes tariffs on four Canadian producers of supercalendered paper, a decision sought by UPM Madison and Verso Paper, which own all of the production capacity for that grade of paper in the United States. The decision received quick rebuke from the primary target of the investigation, Port Hawkesbury Paper, and various provincial governments in Canada.

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$5.9 Million Bid Wins Auction for Lincoln Mill, ‘Almost Certain’ to be Dismantled

Maine’s Public Radio
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Gordon Brothers Group, a restructuring and investment firm, has submitted the winning bid to take over Lincoln Paper and Tissue’s mill. An attorney representing the United Steel Workers says it appears that Gordon Brothers will likely dismantle the facility. The auction, at the offices of law firm Bernstein Shur in Portland, lasted all day Thursday. There were four bidders vying to take over the Lincoln mill, which went into bankruptcy earlier this year. Gordon Brothers came out on top, with a bid of $5.9 million, according to the Bangor Daily News. Jeffrey Young, a partner with the law firm Johnson, Webbert and Young, represents the United Steel Workers, which still has 75 employees working at the mill. “This is a sad day really for the employees at Lincoln Pulp and Paper,” he says.

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Plum Creek plan takes first giant step

The Gainesville Sun
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Plum Creek Timber Company’s plan to develop thousands of acres in eastern Alachua County cleared a large hurdle Wednesday night when the county’s planning commission voted to send the plan to the Alachua County Commission for consideration. “It just holds out more promise for this community than anything we’ve ever been presented with and we probably never will be presented with again,” said Planning Commission chairwoman Jennifer Springfield. Plum Creek, the county’s largest landowner, submitted plans that encompass some 52,745 acres, with a maximum 3,380 acres that could be developed. The plan would allow for 8,700 residential units and 11.2 million square feet of urban development. Company officials believe the eventual development could mean thousands of better-paying jobs for many East Gainesville residents.

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One number that gives Maine’s paper industry hope

Bangor Daily News
November 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The paper industry ain’t what it used to be, but a recent survey of paper producers found new investment last year hit the highest point since 2003, at $173 million this year. That figure — about double the investment from 2013 — is a bright spot for an industry that has needed investment to upgrade machinery and become more efficient to compete against producers worldwide. State Economist Amanda Rector released the investment figures from a Maine Pulp and Paper Association survey Tuesday, as part of a presentation sizing up the state’s paper industry. Those figures, she said, show the industry continues to attract new investment and economic activity, beyond just having been and remaining a significant part of manufacturing in the state.

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NZ export log prices jump to 7-month high on China pickup

By Tina Morrison
Scoop Independent News
November 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices jumped to a seven-month high in November as demand picked up in China, the country’s largest market. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $92 a tonne from $83 a tonne in October, marking the highest level since April, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The AgriHQ Log Price Indicator, which measures log prices weighted by grade, increased to 92.51 from 88.41 last month. Log prices increased sharply this month as Chinese demand picked up to 70,000 cubic metres a day towards the end of October, and about 50,000-60,000 cubic metres a day in November.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood WORKS! Calgary Design Seminar

Wood WORKS!
November 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

We are delighted to be able to bring this seminar to the Calgary design community. All three sessions are new to Calgary and delivered by inspirational presenters. We hope you are able to join us for this rare seminar. Session One is TREET – The World’s Tallest Timber Building presented by Marina Trifkovic, Master of Architecture, ARTEC; Session Two is Norway 139° of Latitude in Wood Design presented by Michael Marshall, COO, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing, Cobble Hill, BCand Session Three is Mass Timber – Engineering Fabrication and Erection presented by Lucas Epp, BASc (Hons), Head of Engineering, StructureCraft Builders Inc., Vancouver, BC

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70% success rate for Two Sides in tackling Global Greenwash

Two Sides
November 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Two Sides, the global initiative to promote the sustainability of print and paper, has reported a 70% success rate in persuading global organizations to remove misleading green claims from their communications as part of its worldwide anti-greenwash campaign. 377 of the world’s leading corporations, including banks, utilities, telecoms and insurance companies have been researched and checked by Two Sides, exposing 240 of those companies to be using misleading greenwash statements in their marketing and communications activities. To date, 168 of those offending companies have removed their misleading greenwash statements as a direct result of ongoing lobbying by the Two Sides initiative.

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WSU’s Paccar building houses 5 R&D labs

The green-technology research center will focus on water quality, atmospheric sciences, and sustainable design and construction.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Wood-framed skyscrapers, resistant to fire and earthquakes and made from locally harvested wood, may someday dot the skylines of North American cities. A new building at Washington State University, opening early next year, is already leading the charge. The $45 million Paccar Environmental Technology Building, a 96,000-square-foot facility delivered by the design-build team of LMN and Skanska, is the first phase of the university’s plan to expand its campus core to the east. The building will house five of WSU’s longstanding research and development centers, all dedicated to tackling multifaceted environmental issues through interdisciplinary collaboration. Focus areas include sustainable design and construction, water quality and atmospheric sciences.

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The hidden properties of balsa could be a cash cow for PNG

ABC News Australia
November 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The demise of the cocoa industry in Papua New Guinea has led to a large number of people opting to grow balsa trees as an alternative source of revenue. Balsa trees grow fast, as high as 40 metres in five years, at which point they must be harvested or they simply rot. And as a result of over-supply and low international demand for balsa wood, that’s exactly what was happening in many cases in PNG. But Swinburne University PhD student Nathan Kotlarewski has stepped in with a suggestion for using balsa in a new way, an idea that has won him an International Green Interior Award, and one which the balsa growers say has saved their industry.

Find out what they are making in this story:

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Wood Solutions seminar series provides informative and inspiring look at timber

Architecture and Design
November 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A series of seminars presented by Forest and Wood Products Australia’s Wood Solutions in conjunction with Planet Ark provided an informative and inspiring look at wood and wood products to participants. Presented by keynote speaker Professor Alex de Rijke, the seminars saw an audience of leading design, engineering construction and property developers increasing their awareness of wood products through current case studies. Prof de Rijke also discussed the future of wood and wood products in the built environment. Increasing awareness of the use of innovative engineered wood products is an essential part of ensuring market acceptance of these high volume potential solutions.

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Forestry

Forestry Builds New Archery Facility In Nanaimo

Truck Loggers Association
November 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Generous donations from the forest sector are building dreams for a fast growing sport in Nanaimo—archery. Four forestry companies based in Nanaimo—Aggressive Timber Falling, Coastland Wood Industries, Dorman Timber and TimberWest—have donated five loads of second growth Douglas fir logs to build a new indoor archery facility over the winter for the Nanaimo Fish And Game Protective Association (NFGPA). Three of these four companies are Truck Logger Association (TLA) members—local small-to-medium sized forestry businesses providing jobs in Nanaimo. Ted Beutler, President of Aggressive Timber Falling and Chair of the TLA’s Safety, Training and Industrial Relations (STIR) committee, coordinated the donation. 

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Loon Lake upgrade project nearly complete

Maple Ridge News
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A dozen-year multi-million-dollar capital upgrade is mostly complete at the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre, setting it up for the next half century. The latest project was the completion of the new Bentley Family Hall, a 160-seat dining room made out of timbers harvested on site in the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, at the north end of 232nd Street. The hall’s grand opening took place Oct. 1. …Loon Lake was originally built in 1949 to house UBC’s Faculty of Forestry field camps.  In 2003, the UBC Research Forest, which operates Loon Lake, signed an agreement with the Canadian Cancer Society, designating Loon Lake as the home of Camp Goodtimes. …Much of the wood came from UBC’s own mill but Cedarland Forest Products, Andersen Pacific Forest Products, Western Canfor, West Fraser all donated material.

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Northumberland County has strategic plan for forest

Northumberland Today
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTHUMBERLAND – County councillors have adopted a strategic plan to develop the county forest. Having grown from 1,000 acres in size when it was created in 1924 to 5,500 acres now, the forest now includes 120 kilometres of multi-use trails plus a 3.2-kilometre accessible trail. The strategic priorities of the plan presented by forest manager Ben Walters during Wednesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council include maintaining and increasing the health and economic benefits of the forest land, together with using it to become a “cornerstone for economic development.” 

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Forestry, agrifoods and science policy

The Western Star
November 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Conservative Leader Paul Davis reinforced his commitment to making Corner Brook a leader in research on earth, air, water and plants. These areas are some of the vital elements at the heart of the forest, agriculture, agrifoods and environmental sectors. During a campaign stop in Corner Brook, Davis committed to driving growth and innovation in these sectors and other industries in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. He spoke about a number of policies related to ongoing work at the boreal ecosystem research facility located at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University — a collaboration between the university, the provincial and federal governments and the private sector.

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Bill offers hope for forest fuel reduction

Capital Press
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Proponents of forest fuel reduction to combat wildfires are hopeful the key part of a bill they back will become law soon as part of federal budget funding. As ranchers throughout the West deal with the aftermath of catastrophic summer wildfires, proponents of legislation to reduce fuel loads in federal forests say there’s a good chance it will pass Congress before the end of the year as part of funding the federal budget. The Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2015, HR 2647, was introduced by Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., a professional forester and engineer, on June 4. It was passed by 243 Republicans and 19 Democrats on July 9 and awaits a hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

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Forest seeking comment on East Fork timber project

Ravalli Republic
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the past few years, the residents of the Springer Memorial have brought in a wood cutter to clear out all the dead and dying trees near their homes. “We wanted to get all of this dead lodgepole pine out of here,” said Ron Skinner, one of the community’s longtime residents. “We don’t want our homes to get burned. Right now, we’ve done all that we can do. We hope the Forest Service will do the same.” The people who live in the unique subdivision set aside years ago for veterans and their families are just some of the residents of the remote upper East Fork of the Bitterroot. Skinner said residents in other developments have been hard at work reducing the fuel on their properties as well. “The biggest share of our properties are surrounded by national forest,” Skinner said. “If the fires of 2000 came again, we wouldn’t have any way out of here.”

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McCain and Flake Call for Ramped Up Forest Treatments in Arizona

KNAU Arizona Public Radio
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have called on the U.S. Forest Service to increase the scale and speed of large forest-thinning projects in the state. They say more work is needed to protect the forests from catastrophic wildfire. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. The project of most concern to the senators is the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. Nearly 2-and-a-half-million acres of the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests will be treated through 4FRI over the next two decades. Private contractors do the tree-thinning work and then use the wood products in a variety of industries. But Senator Flake says the Forest Service must open up more acreage to those companies for the project to work. He also says 4FRI’s pace has been inadequate.

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Logging alone won’t mitigate wildfire risk

Idaho Statesman
November 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Simplistic ideas have a mass appeal but can get you into trouble in a complex world.  Fred Birnbaum, of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, made another of those simplistic arguments in his Nov. 5 Podium column about the emotional topic of wildfires in Idaho. His theory: If we logged more of Idaho’s national forests, we would live in a world virtually free of fire. Birnbaum’s argument should be taken for what it is: an ideologically driven statement with a hidden motive. The Idaho Freedom Foundation believes Congress should sell Idaho’s public lands to the highest bidder. This argument is simply an attempt to scare Idahoans with misinformation. When scrutinized, their argument doesn’t hold up well under the facts. We agree that forest management, including careful logging, is one tool that can help reduce the impacts of fires in specific, localized cases. Beyond that…it’s smoke and mirrors.

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Forestry Students Win SAF QuizBowl

Michigan Tech News
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forestry terminology is no walk in the park. It’s full of taxonomy, long latin names; it deserves its own dictionary. The Society of American Foresters (SAF) gets this—and requires its student chapter officers to compete in an annual QuizBowl at their meeting. This year, the Michigan Technological University team took first place in the national competition. The students, all studying in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), are officers of the Student Chapter of SAF at Michigan Tech. The winning team members are Kaydi Picard, Mary Wachuta, Trevor St. John and Mitchell Beach; Devin Kohn was the team alternate.

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Former Congressman Taylor recognized for forestry career

Smoky Mountain News
November 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Former Congressman and Brevard resident Charles H. Taylor was recently named 2015 North Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year by the N.C. Forestry Association in recognition for a long career in forestry. Managing tens of thousands of acres of forest and cropland worldwide — but especially in the Southeastern U.S. — forestry has been a family tradition for the Taylors for more than 100 years. During the 16 years Taylor represented Western North Carolina’s 11th District in the U.S. Congress, he was the only licensed forester in Congress.

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Some Concerned Forest Service Bill Would Limit Input

Transylvania Times
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If approved, a federal bill concerning U.S. Forest Service management would eliminate options for public comment in certain situations. Public comment is currently alled under federal law regarding how the Forest Service considers taxpayer input. A version of H.R. 2647, or the “Resilient Federal Forests Act Of 2015,” passed the House in July and will go before the Senate during this session. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, who represents Congressional District 11, which includes Transylvania, voted for the bill. District 11 includes the majority of public lands in Western North Carolina. “I was proud to support H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, which implements a series of common sense reforms that will help the Forest Service better manage and administer national forests,” Meadows said in an email response Wednesday.

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Hunt for sunken treasure: Harvesting Tasmania’s forests submerged in man-made dams

ABC News Australia
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The magnificent forests of Tasmania’s remote west coast appear prehistoric, but hidden among the trees are a series of man-made hydro waterways that are barely 30 years old. Underneath the inky tannin-stained waters hides sunken treasure that one innovative company is bringing to the surface. Sustainable Forestry Solutions managing director Andrew Morgan said the project had been in planning for a long time. “It’s pretty surreal, its been a baby of ours for three years and to take it from paper drawings to actually standing at Lake Pieman and pulling out trees, it’s pretty monumental,” he said. The skeletons of giant eucalypts poke through the 50-kilometre long lake hinting at a wealth of forests underneath.

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Logging in native forests expected to continue

The Age, Australia
November 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A review of Victoria’s logging industry will examine the potential for new national parks in the state’s east but logging in native forests is expected to continue. In a release put out late on Friday the state government revealed long-awaited terms of reference for an industry taskforce it has established to navigate the explosive battles between loggers and environmentalists over the state’s native forests. The taskforce will investigate issues including protection of threatened species such as the Leadbeater’s possum, job protection and economic activity. Consideration of developing new forest plantations is also included.

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Fossilised Forest found in Norway: 380-million-year-old trees were so large and leafy they ‘triggered climate change and helped animals to flourish’

Daily Mail
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A prehistoric fossilised forest that helped trigger a dramatic change in the Earth’s climate around 380 million years ago has been discovered in Norway. Scientists found the preserved tree trunks and stumps, still where they had been rooted in the ground, on the island of Svalbard in Norway. The strange trees, which look like a cross between a palm and a fern, are thought to have formed part of a vast tropical forest that covered the area. At the time, during the late Devonian period, Svalbard would have been close to the equator. It is thought sediment from a nearby lake swamped the trees, killing them but then helping to fossilise them as it was transformed into rock over millions of years. Palaeobotanists who discovered the fossil forest said the trees appear to have been densely packed together. This could have led to rapid wreathing of soils and could have increased the amount of carbon dioxide being pulled out of the atmosphere.

Ancient Svalbard forest linked to climate shift – from the Associated Press in Yahoo News UK

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New ‘Forest 500’ report finds both public and private sector have long way to go on deforestation

Mongabay
November 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There have been a lot of high-profile pledges to halt deforestation from both the public and private sector lately, but new research shows just how far we still are from global consensus around efforts to keep forests standing once and for all. It’s now been over a year since the New York Declaration on Forests was signed by leaders from a number of governments, indigenous communities, multinational corporations and civil society groups who agreed to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020. That’s also the year that the 400 companies that comprise the Consumer Goods Forum pledged to achieve net zero deforestation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Study Underscores Importance of Forests and Forest Products in Mitigating Climate Change

SYS-CON Media
November 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is applauding an issues paper released by the Canadian Climate Forum that documents how forests and products made from tree fibre will play an increasingly critical role in the transition to a low carbon economy.
The study “Contributing to Climate Change Solutions” authored by scientist Dr. Stephen Colombo was released today at an event sponsored by FPAC. The paper explains how forests and trees play a dual role in mitigating climate change. Forests store vast amounts of carbon, a greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. Canadian forests absorbed 150 million tonnes of CO2 from the air in 2013, more than all of Canada’s emissions from cars and trucks in the same year.

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Climate change to slash polar bear numbers by 2050, Red List says

Associated Free Press in Yahoo News
November 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Geneva – Polar bears could see their numbers dwindle by nearly a third by mid-century, a top conservation body said Thursday, warning climate change poses the greatest threat to the king of the Arctic. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said a reassessment of the status of the polar bear in its famous Red List of threatened species confirmed the giant mammal’s status as “vulnerable”. IUCN said there were currently between 22,000 and 31,000 polar bears globally, but warned their numbers were likely to shrink fast, with the rapid loss of their sea ice habitat due to global warming.

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General

U.S. paper claims victory

VirginiaMN
November 19, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

WASHINGTON — U.S. paper product companies and workers claimed a victory with the International Trade Commissioner on unfair trade competition from Canada. The ITC voted to impose penalties on Canadian paper imports for unfair subsidization. The ITC action will put a countervailing duty order on Canadian paper imports to hold them accountable for receiving unfair subsidies that are damaging the American paper industry. A Canadian official said an appeal will be made under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Eighth District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken — all Democrats — testified before the ITC on the issue in October.

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