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Daily Archives: July 4, 2016

Business & Politics

BC Lumber Trade Council hopeful new softwood lumber deal will bring stability

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

BC Lumber Trade Council president Susan Yurkovich has responded to yesterday’s joint statement on softwood lumber by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama. The statement reads: “British Columbia lumber producers are pleased that the Canadian and U.S. governments have committed to continue intensive discussions with a view to achieving a renewed agreement on softwood lumber by the fall of this year. “Yesterday’s statement from the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States reiterated the importance of trade in softwood lumber for both countries, and set out the key features that have been the subject of discussions to date.

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UPM invests in its Kymi mill to strengthen its position in the global pulp market

Yahoo Finance
July 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM, Helsinki – UPM invests EUR 98 million in Kymi pulp mill in Finland to further strengthen its position as a supplier of bleached chemical pulp for growing consumer and industrial end-use segments like tissue, specialty as well as packaging papers and board. “Over the past three years we have significantly improved the production efficiency of our pulp mills. This EUR 98 million investment in Kymi will strengthen our position on the pulp market with competitive costs and low risk. After the completion of this project, we will have increased our annual pulp production capacity altogether by over 500,000 tonnes since 2013,” says Heikki Vappula, Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

EPA proposal would hit mill, St. Croix River towns

By Edward French
The Quoddy Tides
June 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

New water quality standards proposed by the federal government for the St. Croix River could cost the Woodland Pulp mill millions of dollars and also could affect a number of communities, including Baileyville and Calais, that discharge wastewater into the river. The proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would make more stringent 96 human health criteria as well as other standards related to bacteria, ammonia, pH, temperature, phenol and the state’s mixing zone statute. The EPA proposed the water quality standards to address various disapprovals of Maine’s standards that the EPA issued last year. The federal agency had disapproved of the state’s standards as a result of a lawsuit the state has filed challenging the EPA’s authority to set standards in Maine.

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Timber industry ready to contribute to building catch-up

New Zealand Scoop
July 4, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The timber industry believes the government’s announced boost to home construction, through a Housing Infrastructure Fund, needs to have a timber focus. Woodco chair, Brian Stanley, says the volume of housing resulting from Prime Minister John Key’s announcement during the weekend can only be achieved through giving priority to timber construction. “If we want that many houses to be built quickly, properly, and with sustainable materials, timber is the way to go. This is even more the case with the medium rise and high density dwelling construction which will be important in Auckland,” Brian Stanley says.

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Worst is over for paper producers as raw material prices drop

By Dilip Kumar Jha
Business Standard
July 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Paper mills in India are likely to see a turnaround in the near term, on account of a revival in demand from consumer industries and softening of raw materials prices, including pulp and coal. Thus, the worst is over for paper manufacturers in India. The latest study by Care Ratings shows that credit risk profiles of companies in the printing & writing (P&W) segment and packaging & paperboard segment in India to improve over medium term on the back of increased demand, softening raw material and lower coal prices.

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Forestry

Tribe files suit to stop Clear Creek restoration project

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
July 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, IDAHO – The Nez Perce Tribe is suing the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest over claims that its large-scale timber sale and rehabilitation project violates federal environmental laws. The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/29hU4O6 ) the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project is expected to produce 85 million board feet of timber, sustain more than 2,100 jobs and generate $60 million. The suit filed Saturday says the project will harm Clear Creek with sediment and negatively impact fish in the hatchery the forest manages.

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Man killed by bear experienced in dangers of the wilderness

By Matt Volz and Matthew Brown
Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
July 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the vast, wild forest that spreads from the shadows of the park’s rugged peaks. But there was seemingly nothing that former park ranger and longtime U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer Brad Treat could do when he surprised the bear while riding his mountain bike along a trail in that forest minutes from his home. Wildlife officials came up empty Thursday and Friday in their search for the bruin that killed Treat the day before, and they were not even certain what kind of bear it was or whether it was still in the area. A state wildlife response team set up traps, installed wilderness cameras and flew over the area in a helicopter, but it was not clear how long the search would continue.

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Missoulian Editorial: Time for action on stewardship project

By Missoulian editorial board: Publisher Mark Heintzelman, Editor Kathy Best and Opinion Editor Tyler Christensen
The Missoulian
July 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project was bundled together with two other collaborative initiatives from western Montana and introduced into the U.S. Senate as the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act for the first time in 2009. Although it was cleared by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in 2013, the proposal has never received a full Senate vote and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has yet to reintroduce it this session. Thankfully, Tester has been unwavering and unequivocal in his support for these homegrown forest management solutions. His stance falls in line with the results of a recent poll from the University of Montana that shows three in four Montanans embrace public lands as the treasure they are, and approve of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project specifically.

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Dartmoor beauty spot is battleground for Britain’s threatened woodlands

A couple who have cared for woodland on their Devon farm for five years face a costly legal battle with national park planners.
The Guardian
July 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The ethos is sound – to restore the woods to their ancient glory, to create a small, sustainable business producing timber and firewood, and to teach vanishing forestry skills to anyone keen to learn. They also try to have fun here at the Hillyfield woodland farm, near the village of Harbourneford in Devon, holding a “Woodland Olympics” with axe-hurling, wood-chopping relay races and logging with a horse rather than modern machinery. But the project on the edge of Dartmoor is in crisis after national park planners served enforcement notices demanding that simple structures crucial to the viability of the scheme, including a tented workshop, field kitchen and even two compost toilets, be razed. The planners say the structures are a “visual intrusion” – though they are not visible to anyone who is not within the 45-acre site – and harm the character of the park.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

One of the World’s Biggest Biomass-Fired CHP Plants Is Inaugurated

POWER magazine
July 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Fortum Värme, a company jointly owned by Finnish energy firm Fortum and the city of Stockholm on May 9 inaugurated a new biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the shores of Värtan, a strait in Sweden’s capital city. The Värtan CHP8 (130 MWe, 280 MWth), which began construction in 2013, will begin commercial operations in the fall (Figure 5). According to its developers, the plant will use forest residues and wood waste—sawdust, bark, and logging residues from local and regional sources around the Baltic Sea—as well as recovered heat from data centers to produce district heat for nearly 200,000 households. 

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Forest Fires

The Latest: California Sierra fire forces evacuations

Associated Press in The Washington Post
July 1, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Authorities say a wildfire in Northern California’s Sierra foothill grew to more than three square miles Friday, forcing 1,650 people from their homes as the blaze threatens structures. The fire started Tuesday afternoon, charging through inaccessible terrain and climbing out of a steep canyon along the middle fork of the American River. Nearly 2,000 fire crew members are battling the blaze about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The fire is threatening some than 2,600 homes, businesses and other structures. No damage to structures or injuries had been reported as of Friday. The fire was 12 percent contained. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says the Red Cross has set up an evacuation center in Auburn, near Sacramento and 140 miles northeast of San Francisco.

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A look at wildfires burning across the US West

Associated Press in The Washington Post
June 30, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…In the southern Sierra Nevada, a fire that killed two people and destroyed communities as it spread over nearly 73 square miles near Lake Isabella was 70 percent contained. A final tally counted 285 homes destroyed along with an AT&T microwave cell hub. Twelve residences were damaged. Two shelters remained open but all evacuations have been lifted. The cause of the fire, which erupted June 23, remained under investigation. …At least 400 homes about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento have been evacuated. The fire is threatening more than 2,400 homes, businesses and other structures. No damage to structures or injuries had been reported as of Thursday. The fire was 12 percent contained. …A wildfire burning through grass and sagebrush in the Boise foothills has destroyed a house and an outbuilding, but no injuries have been reported.

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