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Business & Politics

Canada takes glossy paper dispute with the U.S. to World Trade Organization

Canadian Press in the Chronicle Herald
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Canada is turning to the World Trade Organization in its challenge of a trade action by the United States that slaps a series of costly duties on Canadian mills that produce glossy paper. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has filed a request for consultations with the WTO. The notice represents the first step in the organization’s dispute-settlement process. The move follows Canada’s decision in November to request a binational panel review, under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada turned to NAFTA after the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to impose the duties on paper, which is used for a variety of products including magazines, catalogues, corporate brochures and advertising inserts.

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Jemi Fibre Corp. Reports Results for the Third Quarter Ended January 31, 2016

Stockhouse
March 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, British Columbia – Jemi Fibre Corp. (TSXV: JFI) is pleased to announce its third quarter results for the three and nine month period ended January 31, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for the three month period ended January 31, 2016 was $4.6 million on revenue of $25.4 million, compared to $4.5 million of adjusted EBITDA on revenue of $18.5 million for the second quarter of FY2016 and $5.1 million of adjusted EBITDA on revenue of $19.2 million for the three month period ended January 31, 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine month period ended January 31, 2016 was $13.2 million on revenue of $64.4 million, compared to $7.8 million adjusted EBITDA on revenue of $40.4 million for the nine month period ended January 31, 2015.

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Fuelling its future

Wood Business
March 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Before the recent collapse of oil prices, heading to the pumps was a painful experience for most logging contractors in Canada. A few years go, Frank Etchart, owner of Merritt, B.C.-based Nadina Logging invested in a new fleet of forestry equipment to counter the rising costs of fuel at his cut-to-length harvesting operation. The investment is paying off. The majority of Etchart’s new fleet consists of Hitachi forestry equipment provided by Wajax. His Hitachi fleet consists of five 210 processors equipped with Southstar harvesting heads, two 240 combination loaders and two tract loaders.

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Investigation into cause of Lavington pellet plant fire underway

InfoTel News Ltd
March 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON – The cause of a fire at a North Okanagan pellet plant yesterday is under investigation. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. yesterday, March 29, at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet plant off School Road in Lavington. No one was hurt and the blaze was brought under control by firefighters. In a written statement, Pinnacle president Leroy Reitsma says the fire occurred inside one of the dryers. Pellet plants use the dryers to dry out wood chips before compressing them into pellets.  “The plant was not in regular operation at the time of the event which occurred immediately following a day of maintenance procedures,” Reitsma says. “The cause of the fire is currently under investigation with our focus being on accurately determining the cause.”

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Time to Buy Canfor Pulp Products Inc After Today’s Huge Decline?

Franklin Independent
March 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Canfor Pulp Products Inc (TSE:CFX) is a huge mover today! The stock decreased 1.33% or $0.16 on March 30, hitting $11.88. About 20,653 shares traded hands. Canfor Pulp Products Inc has risen 8.66% since August 21, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.40% the S&P500. The move comes after 6 months negative chart setup for the $832.28 million company. It was reported on Mar, 31 by Barchart.com. We have $11.05 PT which if reached, will make TSE:CFX worth $58.26M less.

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Sawmill destroyed by fire

New Glasgow News
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters are on scene at Dave’s Lumber in Central West River (Nova Scotia). Departments were called out this morning to attend a fire at the sawmill. It was fully engulfed when the fire departments arrived. No one was injured in the fire. The fire is now under control with firefighters putting out hot spots. The cause is unknown at this point.

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N.S. accepts forestry land as debt payment from lumber company

Chronicle Herald
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government is picking up 3,242 hectares of forestry land in western Nova Scotia in exchange for debts owed the province by family-owned lumber company Freeman and Son of Greenfield. The land, in 19 blocks scattered across Kings, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Queens, and Annapolis counties, is owned by the long-time Queens County sawmiller. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines said Wednesday the properties are productive forest lands and have been rigorously evaluated by government as well as an independent appraiser for a fair market value of about $3.6 million.

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Governor general hears from Resolute CEO on investments in mills’ sustainability

The Chronicle Journal
March 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The CEO of Resolute Forest Products made sure to highlight the company’s sustainability practices during a visit from Canada’s Governor General. David Johnston was in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, making stops at city hall and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre before stopping at Resolute for a brief presentation and tour of the facility. “It’s an opportunity you don’t have very often,” said Richard Garneau, CEO of Resolute, of Johnston’s visit, adding they want to showcase the mill’s operations and sustainability practices. Garneau specifically zeroed in on the campaigns by environmental organizations claiming companies like Resolute are destroying Canada’s boreal forest. “I think this misinformation is taken by people that just don’t know what is going on with the forest and it becomes the truth,” he said.

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Mill reopening delayed until mid April

Saratoga Sun
March 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

By the middle of April, Saratoga residents will know whether the “No Truck” signs installed on Bridge Street are going to be effective or not. Gary Ervin, managing partner at Saratoga Forest Management, expects the mill to be back running at full capacity by then, with trucks again routinely hauling timber in and out of the complex. The work is moving slower than Ervin had initially predicted. When an early morning fire first disabled the plant on January 20, estimates of how long it would be out of operation ranged from three to five weeks. Ervin had previously said that he expected to be operational by “the first part of April.” As “the cruelest month” approaches, Ervin is pushing his prospective full re-opening date back again, this time to the middle of April.

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Latvian forestry industry exports grew by 1.2% in January y-o-y

The Baltic Course
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After a steep rise in previous months, growth of Latvian forestry industry exports slowed down in January 2016 with EUR 158.86 million worth of forestry industry products exported during the first months of 2016 compared to EUR 158.19 million in January 2015, informs LETA, according to the information from the Latvian Agriculture Ministry. In January, Latvia exported EUR 136.61 million worth of timber and timber products, up 1.2% year-on-year. During the first month of 2016, Latvia supplied its forestry products mainly to the UK (18.5%), Sweden (11.1%) and Germany (10.6%). Exports to the UK amounted to EUR 29.38 million, exports to Sweden reached EUR 16.84 million, and exports to Germany were EUR 16.84 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood advancements make new Kelowna Holiday Inn hotel possible

Journal of Commerce
March 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thanks to new technology, wood has become a viable construction material for residential multi-storey projects up to six storeys, according to one architect. The perception has been that wood construction wasn’t as safe as concrete and steel, and that it was a fire safety concern,” says Winnipeg-based architect Ed Calnitsky of Calnitsky Associates Architects, who has been commissioned to design a new six-storey Holiday Inn Express hotel being built in Kelowna. “There is now available affordable new technology that ensures new multi-storey wood structures will be both safe and fire-resistant.” The new 120-room hotel, being developed by Kelowna-based PR Hotels, will be unique, Calnitsky says.

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Québec-made furniture will be in the spotlight in April

CNW in Montreal Gazette
March 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – Starting this coming Saturday and for two consecutive weekends, Québec-made furniture will be in the spotlight through a new partnership between the Québec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) and the Open House Weekends (OHW) event. To mark the 20th edition of the event, four residential units will be furnished with made-in-Québec furniture by four designers, overseen by renowned designer Jean-Claude Poitras. But it begs the question: Why isn’t Québec-made furniture – whose quality, design, durability and comfort are undisputed – better known and more visible in residential and institutional places? …Another striking fact: the furniture industry is the hardwood forestry sector’s biggest customer, since 77% of Québec’s residential furniture is made of wood, of which the main species are sugar maple, cherry wood, white birch, oak, ash, beech, and American cherry.

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OSU gets grant to work on new wood products

Corvallis Gazette-Times
March 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oregon State University has received a $450,000 grant that it hopes will help lead to the use of new engineered wood products in the building industry. The money from the federal Economic Development Administration, goes to the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, a joint venture involving OSU and the University of Oregon. The center plans to take the lead in developing testing protocols that will help new wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) get certified for use in Oregon. “Code approval for new uses of wood products in these markets requires dedicated performance testing,” said Geoff Huntington, director of strategic initiatives for the OSU College of Forestry. “This testing is key to unlocking the engineered wood supply chain to meet growing demand.”

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In Sweden they are building high quality multifamily wood prefabs that we can only dream about here

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
March 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There are a few things we obsess about on TreeHugger, including modular prefabrication, tall wood construction and digital design. One doesn’t usually find them all in one place in North America, but in Sweden, it’s almost the standard. …The level of automation in the factory is way beyond anything you see in North America, where framing is done in factories much like it is done in the field. Here it is “screen to machine” – wood is fed into giant patented machines that feed, align and fasten the framing, to any level of complexity. …In North America, most modules are constructed with platform framing, where the wall sits on top of the floor and the ceiling on top of the wall. But because Lindbäcks designs for up to six storeys high, there will be a lot of pressure across the grain of the floor framing, so the floors and ceilings are hung inside the walls. You wouldn’t think that it would be a big deal, but wood is stronger on its end, and just that little bit of compression is beyond their tolerances.

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Using BIM to help solve the schools crisis

Construction News
March 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The team realised that using a modern method of construction was crucial to achieving a programme that would maintain a high-quality finish and a clean and safe environment in the middle of what was to remain an active school site. For these reasons, the project team selected cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam column and beam construction as the primary materials to form the structural frame. This was teamed up with a fully integrated building information modelling approach. …The use of offsite manufacturing allowed the structural frame to be taken off the critical path, reducing time on site. The CLT superstructure was completed in just 12 weeks and fit-out started on the lower floors even as the upper floor frame was being erected.

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Forestry

Where has all the cedar gone?

Haida Gwaii Observer
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a five-minute film with a decades-long story. Dale Lore is the former mayor of Port Clements and an ex-logger whose 40 years in forestry ended after the 2005 Islands Spirit Rising blockade — one of many community efforts, including chairing the Islands Community Stability Initiative, that Lore joined to try and protect Haida Gwaii from unsustainable logging. In Finding the Balance on Haida Gwaii, a short film playing on YouTube and at this weekend’s Haida Gwaii Film Festival, Lore says he knows the islands’ fight for better forestry has been long and hard, but it’s not done yet. “The problem is not everyone seems to share this vision,” he says in the film, standing in a cut block by a pile of waste wood. “If you look behind me, you’ll see the degradation we thought we’d solved with the Haida Gwaii land-use plan is continuing.”

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Merritt Timber Supply Area gets new allowable annual cut

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new allowable annual cut for the Merritt Timber Supply Area will be 1.5 million cubic metres, effective immediately, and will decrease to 1.2 million cubic metres on March 24, 2021, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today. This is a decrease from the 2.4 million cubic metres set in 2010, which included a temporary uplift to encourage harvesting of mountain pine beetle-killed trees. The new allowable annual cut is comparable to the cut level before the mountain pine beetle epidemic began. The Merritt Timber Supply Area is located in the southern interior region of the province and covers 1.13 million hectares. Of this area, about 590,000 hectares are available for timber harvesting.

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Prince George smoke raises questions about slash-burning

Slash burning is a common method of getting rid of debris left over from forestry harvesting operations
CBC News
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some Prince George residents are complaining about the smoke that blew into town over the Easter Weekend, but Forest Protection officials say the slash burning that caused it is a necessary measure to help prevent summer wildfires. Eighteen piles of slash — branches and other tree debris — were burned approximately five kilometres outside the city limits on Friday. Slash burning is a common method used by foresters to get rid of debris left over from harvesting operations. The debris is highly flammable and one of the “most effective ways to abate the fire hazard is to burn it,” said Brent Bye, Forest Protection Officer for the Prince George Fire Centre.

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Smoke from slash burning caused a spike in pollution

Prince George Citizen
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The smoke from the slash burning that descended on the city last weekend may not have significantly increased the 24-hour average for particulate but a University of Northern British Columbia professor says it did create a noticeable spike. Starting at about 9 p.m. on Friday, the level of fine particulate began to climb and by 3 a.m.Saturday, it had peaked at 140 micrograms per cubic metre at the Plaza 400 monitoring station, according to environmental sciences professor Peter Jackson. By 5 a.m. it had dropped back down to background levels, but had been high enough to send Prince George Fire Rescue out to search for the source, which led them to a half-dozen slash piles being burned on the Takla Forest Service Road.

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Sierra Club BC’s Google Earth Tool Shows Vancouver Island Old-growth in State of Emergency

Sierra Club BC
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA—A new Google Earth file, developed by Sierra Club BC, shows old-growth coastal rainforest has reached a state of ecological emergency across vast parts of Vancouver Island and B.C.’s South Coast. The Google Earth file, which can be downloaded from the Sierra Club website and studied with free Google Earth software, shows how little ancient forest is left as a result of decades of industrial logging. “With our Google Earth file, anyone can easily see the dire situation our forests are facing on Vancouver Island and the South Coast,” says Jens Wieting, Sierra Club BC Forest and Climate campaigner. …The Google Earth file reveals that almost half (46 per cent) of the landscape units now have less than 30 per cent of productive old-growth remaining.

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National Park News: Fire recap

The Jasper Fitzhugh
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was an eventful year for Jasper National Park’s Fire Management Team, dealing with 10 wildfires in the park and three prescribed burns. Fire danger in the park was rated as ‘High’ or ‘Extreme’ for more than a third of May through August. The moisture content of deep, compact, organic layers in the floor of the forest was extremely low, meaning fires were likely to burn deep and be more difficult to extinguish. The most significant wildfire that Jasper National Park responded to last summer was the Excelsior Wildfire in the Maligne Valley. A lightning strike on July 1, 2015 smouldered underground for nine days before coming to life on July 9, 2015. The wildfire was located along Medicine Lake, approximately 15 km southeast of the Town of Jasper.

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Disappearing forests (scroll down page to letter)

Letter by Leslie Wade
Chronicle Herald
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Where have all the forests gone? Someday we will be singing this song for Nova Scotia, as our forests are annihilated through poor forestry practices and inaction on the part of government. On March 24, I passed seven logging trucks filled with sticks — three-inch to four-inch “logs” — heading east on Highway 101. Too small for sawlogs, I imagine this waste was headed for the biomass burner in Cape Breton. Minga O’Brien was recently quoted in The Regional as saying the government “still has a colonial mentality to cut all our natural resources and exploit them as soon as possible.” Maintaining our natural resources is critical with climate change and extreme weather developing as a result of carbon emissions. Woodlots are valuable carbon sinks, home to wildlife, important for tourism, recreation and industry if maintained in a sustainable fashion.

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Conference focusing on Woods and Wild Animals

NG News
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

This Saturday the public is invited to attend a full day conference aimed at people who own or are interested in woodland. The event will be held at the Oxford Regional Education Centre at 249 Lower Main Street, Oxford. …Woodland owners will learn about sustainable ways to manage their forested lands, as well as meet other landowners. Some of the topics and speakers include: Wildlife population trends of deer, moose and bear by DNR wildlife biologist Mark Pulsifer; Silviculture and forest biodiversity funding programs by Dave Sutherland of the Association for Sustainable Forestry; Managing woodlands and blueberry fields utilizing a drone by Jason Stewart, RPF of Bragg Lumber and Oxford Frozen Foods; Potential impacts of climate change on Maritime forests by Anthony Taylor, RPF of the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton; Watercourse alteration program of Nova Scotia Environment by Kevin Garroway.

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Sustainable forestry advocate awarded for work in Algonquin

Muskoka Region
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HUNTSVILLE – A Huntsville resident’s advocacy for sustainable forestry education and management in Algonquin Provincial Park has not gone unnoticed. Gord Cumming, chief forester for Crown corporation Algonquin Forestry Authority, has won the Ontario Forest Industries Association’s Forest Sector Champion Award. The award recognizes a dedication to, and advocacy of, sustainable forestry in the province. Cumming was nominated and selected by the association board. Cumming, who has a forestry degree from Lakehead University and has worked with the forestry authority for 16 years, said the award was a welcome surprise.

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Statement: Natural Resource Defense Council and Greenpeace Urge Quebec to Reject Logging Roads in the Boreal Forest’s Broadback Valley

NationTalk
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WASHINGTON & MONTREAL – The Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace Canada today called on the Quebec government to reject a bid by logging companies to build nearly 50 miles of access roads into the heart of Canada’s Broadback Valley forest that would enable the clearcutting of an area covering the equivalent of 210,000 football fields. The logging plans threaten the last intact forests of the Waswanipi Cree First Nation. More than 30,000 comments by American and Canadian supporters of NRDC and Greenpeace Canada have been sent to the Quebec government since hearings on the proposal began in January 2016.

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Give states chance to manage small portion of U.S. forests

by Jim Gerber – U.S. Forest Service (for 30 years)
Idaho Statesman
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At a Feb. 24 House Appropriations Committee meeting on the Forest Service budget, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., suggested there might be some merit to selling off federal public lands. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, pointed out that the people of Idaho love their public lands because they use them for a wide variety of uses. They would not like to see them auctioned off. There is a better solution than to sell off federal lands. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has a bill that would create experimental areas of 200,000 or more acres in several states to see whether state management of federal lands is feasible. Labrador’s bill maintains federal ownership. Selling off the public lands is not the main issue, however. The bigger issue is that the federal lands are being mismanaged by the federal agencies to the extent we are in danger of losing their sustainability and biological diversity.

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Oregon’s Million-Dollar Cut Thanks To Forestry Pollution

Eugene Weekly
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

$1.2 million. That’s how much money Oregon won’t receive this year from two federal agencies due to its failure to protect water quality from logging in coastal watersheds. According to Nina Bell of Northwest Environmental Advocates, “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have said for 18 years that Oregon’s logging practices create dangerous levels of water pollution and harm fish.” Bell sent out a press release March 11 calling attention to the funding cut out of a $4 million pot of money that is a result of Oregon’s lack of progress in controlling runoff polluting coastal waterways. Oregon is the first state to lose the money, and the $1.2 million will go to other states.

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Old growth and young growth logging needed to sustain the current industry

by Shelly Wright, Executive Director Southeast Conference
Sit News
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Southeast Conference (SEC) a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic health of Southeast Alaska, gathered in Juneau March 15 & 16, 2016 for the Mid-Session Summit membership meeting. One of the subjects discussed at this meeting was the collapse of the Southeast Alaska timber industry. Bryce Dahlstrom, Vice President of Transportation for Viking Lumber stated, “Viking Lumber has about a year and a half of economical timber left to process. After that we are closing our doors unless more timber is sold by the Forest Service.” SEC has long been an advocate for resource development especially the timber industry and hearing this disturbing statement from our last remaining mid-size sawmill owner is devastating. Bryce went on to say that he is in despair over this decision to leave southeast, not because of the financial situation of his family, they have other opportunities elsewhere, but because of what the effects will be to the community he has grown up in.

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USFS roadless rule survives as high court opts not to hear appeal

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The lack of a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court means Alaska must follow the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Rule in its timber harvest, nearly ending 16 years of legal challenges to management of undeveloped forest. …Alaska has one remaining challenge aimed at the heart of the Roadless Rule, questioning the federal government’s ability to impose it in the first place. …The timber industry there has also shrunk. Graham said up to the 1990s, loggers and mill workers totaled about 4,000 employees serving five major lumber mills and two pulp mills. Today, Graham said, those figures have shrunk to about 400 workers and one major lumber mill, along with about a dozen small-scale mills. “In that country, most of the harvestable forest exists on the fringe of the ocean,” said John Gatchel of the Montana Wilderness Association, who has studied the Roadless Rule for years. “Once you go inland, a whole lot of the Tongass is ice and snow.”

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Timber management suit reflects bad policy

Bob Doppelt , executive director of The Resource Innovation Group
The Register-Guard
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scientists say we live in the “Anthropocene era,” a new geologic period in which human activities, not natural processes, determine the fate of life on Earth. This is unprecedented, yet many fail to understand the implications. The pending lawsuit announced by Lane County over the management of public forest lands that once belonged to the Oregon & California Railroad illustrates the problem. …The suit is being prepared in case the final BLM plan fails to set timber harvest levels high enough to meet the commissioners’ approval. …But the bigger issue is the effect of higher cut levels on our climate, which the commissioners don’t seem to comprehend. I asked a forest carbon researcher, Dr. Beverly Law, professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, about this. She started by emphasizing that Northwest forests are “one of the areas of the world where carbon is king.”

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Crews battling wildfire in Cherokee National Forest

Bristol Herald Courier
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNICOI, Tenn.—A wildfire is raging in the mountains of the Cherokee National Forest in Northeast Tennessee. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Terry McDonald said the fire started on private land and spread into the forest on Tuesday. The fire is about six air miles northeast of the town of Unicoi in the Unaka Ranger District. The fire is being managed by the Forest Service and Tennessee Division of Forestry. It has grown to about 150 acres in size and is believed to have been human-caused. As if 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 50 people were fighting the fire, assisted by two helicopters and three bulldozers. Additional fire suppression resources have been requested, McDonald said. Structures along Sciota Road and Whispering Pines are being protected by volunteer firefighters.

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Calls for Billions of People to Plant Billions of Trees

Huffington Post
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Diana Beresford-Kroeger appears to be following the dictum, “Make no little plans.” The 71-year-old self-described “renegade scientist” has a plan to put everyone on Earth to work planting trees. Her “Bioplan” calls on every able-bodied person to plant a tree a year for six years to bring back the world’s lost forests. Her work was the inspiration for a recent day-long, “Call of the Forest: Water, Climate, Spirit“ conference attended by more than 200 people in the Northern California seaside hamlet of Point Reyes. The event featured a special preview of Beresford-Kroeger’s forthcoming feature film, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, inspired by her book, The Global Forest.

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Forestry worker killed in remote Hawke’s Bay

Stuff.co.nz
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forestry worker has been killed after a tree fell on him in a forest north of Napier. The man was working on Pan Pac’s Pohukura forestry block inland from Tutira, north of Napier when a tree fell on him and crushed him on Thursday afternoon. Police and ambulance are on their way to the scene. The alarm was raised just after 1pm. The forestry block is isolated and can only be accessed by 4WD, police said. A 31-year-old Masterton man died when a tree fell on him while he was working on a forestry block near Tinui, between Masterton and Castlepoint, on March 10, and a forestry worker in his thirties died in a forestry block near Whangarei on Wednesday after he was hit by a log.

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Forestry death – a tragedy

New Zealand Scoop
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The fourth forestry fatality this year is a tragedy for the families and the sector according to WorkSafe Chief Executive Gordon MacDonald. “It is concerning to everyone in the sector including the regulator that there has been this rash of deaths in such a short period. WorkSafe is investigating the fatalities and will provide its conclusions to all parties as soon as they are complete,” Mr MacDonald says. WorkSafe was notified this afternoon that a contract worker was fatally injured while felling a tree in the Pohukura Forest north of Napier. An investigation have been started. “The sector had a terrible year in 2013 when 10 died, and in the two years following, performance improved following work by a combination of the sector itself, the then President of the CTU Helen Kelly and WorkSafe’s very directed forestry workplace assessment programme.

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Forestry deaths to be investigated

NZ City
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WorkSafe says it believes the forestry industry is heading in the right direction despite four worker deaths already this year. The Council of Trade Unions has called for an investigation into 2016’s record of forestry deaths, after a worker was crushed by a falling tree north of Napier. The workplace death took place at a Pan Pac forestry block, inland from Tutira at about 1pm on Thursday. The Council of Trade Unions said his death puts the country on track to rival 2013, its “most shameful year on record”, when 10 men were killed. CTU president Richard Wagstaff called on WorkSafe to investigate what’s happening in the forestry sector. “Are we seeing a correlation between the price of logs going up and more forestry workers being killed? This is totally unacceptable,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

FedEx plans to deliver ‘future of aviation’ with biofuels drive

Edie.net
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The world’s largest express transportation company is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass. FedEx, which operates a fleet of more than 600 aircraft, has forged an agreement with Colorado-based firm Red Rock Biofuels to purchase alternative jet fuel, which will support FedEx in its pledge to obtain 30% of jet fuel from alternative sources by 2030. As detailed in FedEx’s 2016 Global Citizenship Report, Red Rock is now contracted with FedEx to supply three million gallons of biofuel a year. This will be blended to provide seven million gallons of alternative jet fuel annually between 2017 and 2024, meaning at least 48 million gallons of biofuel will be produced under the agreement.

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Staving Off a Sunset

Biomass Magazine
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

…But three decades after California led the country in creating one of the world’s most viable biomass industries, the state’s sector is literally fighting for its long-term survival. A confluence of low natural gas prices, expiring power purchase agreements (PPAs), expiration of price guarantees on continuing PPAs, and cheap and plentiful solar alternatives have deeply cut into the state’s biomass-to-energy production.  In many ways, during his second term ending in 1983, current California Gov. Jerry Brown was the architect and inspiration behind the state’s once-burgeoning biomass industry. At one time, the state saw more than 60 plants incorporating a mix of ag waste, forest product waste and residues, as well as urban construction and demolition (C&D) waste.  

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Chasing the Snowpack

The Bend Source Weekly
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Findings of climate research being done by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station may eventually change the way Central Oregonians recreate. For two years, the research station has worked with resource managers in the Deschutes, Ochoco, and Fremont-Winema National Forests to study climate change affects on water, fish, vegetation, wildlife, and recreation on public lands. The research is led by Nobel Laureate David Peterson, who shares the 2007 Nobel Prize for his contributions on climate change, and Jessica Halofsky, a researcher at the University of Washington. “Everyone is very concerned about water in the future,” says Peterson, who holds a doctorate in forest ecology.

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Clean liquid fuel could reduce our reliance on non-renewable energy

The University of Manchester
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

For the first time, scientists have overcome the challenge of breaking down raw biomass without the need for chemical pre-treatment, and have produced record high amounts of clean liquid hydrocarbon fuel as a result. This brings us one step closer to lessening our dependence on fossil fuels, and is an important development in our shift towards renewable energy. …In plants, the woody material that is used to produce fuel consists of three different components: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Lignin is a challenge to the production of biofuels, as it is difficult to break down and convert into useful fuel, often requiring high levels of energy or the use of corrosive chemicals. Therefore, up to a third of plant material can go to waste or be burned as low-value fuel.

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Sh19 billion boon for forest sector

K24 TV
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Last week the world commemorated the International Day of Forests. During the celebrations, the United Nations, in its joint report with the Government of Kenya noted that the country could inject an additional Sh19.1b ($188) million in Kenya’s economy by improving efficiency in the forest sector. The Improving Efficiency in Forestry Operations and Forest Product Processing in Kenya: A Viable REDD+ Policy and Measure? report notes that by taking measures to conserve forests, Kenya will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 27 per cent. According to the report, illegal logging has contributed to the increasing reduction of vital forest products including eucalyptus, cypress and pines. 

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