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Daily Archives: August 19, 2016

Special Feature

Meet the Green Dream Interns at The Greenest Workforce

Forest Products Association of Canada
August 19, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Through their careers initiative – The Greenest Workforce – The Forest Products Association of Canada is giving young people a taste of forestry work life. These post-secondary students each had a four-month paid internship in one of the diverse fields that make up Canada’s forest products industry. The Green Dream Blog features student blog posts that describe their experiences as they set out down a career path in Canada’s Greenest Workforce. Watch for more coverage about what these aspiring forestry professionals are doing! Check out their blogs.

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Forestry internship opens doors for TRU grad Olivia Watt

Infotel News
August 18, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – When Thompson Rivers University grad Olivia Watt initially applied for a Green Dream internship the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) was offering, the Canfor Human Resources intern did not anticipate what would happen next. … Since starting her full-time job in May with Canfor’s human resources department and talent acquisition team, Watt has been fully engrossed with her job’s responsibilities that include assisting with job postings and coordinating interviews. Within this role, Watt regularly interacts with candidates and operations staff and has also been able to learn about various career paths within the forestry industry.

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Business & Politics

On softwood lumber, Canada and the United States still ‘far apart’

By Aaron Wherry
CBC News
August 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada and the United States remain “far apart” on several important points concerning a new agreement on softwood lumber, according to the Canadian government’s chief negotiator. Testifying before the House of Commons committee on international trade on Thursday, Martin Moen, an official with the department of Global Affairs, said there have been a dozen face-to-face meetings and numerous teleconferences between Canadian and American officials. But, he added, the two sides have yet to agree on the structure and details of market share, appropriate exclusions, the treatment of high-value products, anti-circumvention provisions and joint market development.

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Canada, U.S. disagree on softwood lumber issues as deadline approaches

By Andy Blatchford
Canadian Press in Globe and Mail
August 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — With a fall deadline approaching, Canada’s chief negotiator in the softwood-lumber talks with the United States says the two sides remain far apart on several key issues. Martin Moen told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that negotiations for a new softwood deal have continued at an intensive pace with engagement reaching the highest levels between the countries. But despite the efforts, Moen acknowledged that reaching a deal by the fall deadline will be a challenge. Industry, he added, should prepare for the possibility that there will be no agreement and the risk Canada will be forced into litigation.

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Crofton mill cleaning up after chemical released in air

Cowichan Valley Citizen
August 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An apologetic Catalyst Paper said Wednesday it is working hard with Crofton residents to clean up after a fine spray of pulping liquor escaped from the pulp mill and landed on nearby properties. .” …Contacted Aug. 17 for an update, Brian Houle, environmental manager at Crofton, explained that “On Saturday morning, from 9:25 to 10:05, about 30 minutes, unknown to us, a mechanical failure here in the mill resulted in a fine mist — a very small volume but a fine mist spray — of spent cooking liquor was ejected from a crack in a flange. And that mist became dry particles and was deposited on our neighbours downwind of us.”

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Sawlog Costs Have Fallen Faster Than Lumber Prices in Russia the Past Two Years

from Wood Resources International LLC
Business Wire press release
August 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE—The sharp depreciation of the Russian Rouble has resulted in substantially lower sawlog costs for the sawmilling industry in Eastern Russia during 2015 and 2016, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Lumber prices in Russia have also declined the past few years, but not at the same rate as prices for sawlogs, and as a result sawmills in Siberia have become some of the most profitable sawmills in the world. Softwood lumber production in Russia was practically unchanged from 2014 to 2015, according to official statistics. Domestic consumption fell by almost ten percent, while export volumes were up from 21.7 million m3 in 2014 to 23.1 million m3 in 2015.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SmartLam cross laminated timber receives ANSI/APA certification

Woodworking Network
August 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. – SmartLam Technologies Group, the first manufacturer of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) products in the United States, today announced it is now certified under the American National Standards Institute approved ANSI/APA PRG 320-2012 Standard for Performance-rated Cross-Laminated Timber.  SmartLam Cross Laminated Timber is an engineered wood building system made from several layers of solid lumber boards, stacked crosswise to each other and bonded together with a non-VOC and formaldehyde free adhesive. This provides dimensional stability, strength and rigidity, making the product a viable alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many applications. The standard adopted by ANSI details the manufacturing and performance requirements for quality assurance.

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Forestry

ELF expecting injunction

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is expecting the company that won a BC Timber Sales (BCTS) auction to harvest in cutblock A87125 on Mount Elphinstone to apply to the courts to have a blockade removed. ELF set up camp on a road leading into the cutblock, which is near the Twist and Shout mountain biking trail, in June shortly after BCTS put it up for auction. Sunshine Coast RCMP officers were at the blockade Aug. 16. “Our officers attended the area on Tuesday to help foster peaceful communication between the parties involved,” said Const. Harrison Mohr. “We will continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance as needed.”

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Private regulations issue in Alberni’s watershed: Bell

by Katya Slepian
Alberni Valley News
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The difference between how privately owned and Crown land is managed continues to be a problem for Port Alberni’s China Creek watershed, according to Patrick Bell, a Masters of Art in Planning candidate at UBC. Bell was presenting his report titled ‘Forest Harvesting and Water Quality: A Case Study of the China Creek Community Watershed’ on behalf of the Watershed Forest Alliance, a group that has been advocating for more cautious watershed management and less disruptive logging for years. “Logging usually requires the construction and use of roads, which are the dominant source of sediment in most parts of the watershed,” said Bell.

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Can’t have it both ways

Letter by Ross Muirhead, Hans Penner, Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF)
Sunshine Coast Reporter
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regarding the Aug. 12 letter “Bullying tactic” from David Elstone of the Truck Loggers Association and his comments regarding an ad that ELF ran in your paper. The ad was an information piece listing the name of the logging company that secured a contract to clear cut timber within the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion area. This park expansion is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional District as an Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaw. Yes, the ad did name the owners of the logging company who happen to be residents of this region. The intention was to inform them of the OCP’s objectives, and as the ad stated, request that they contact BC Timber Sales with a proposal to move the cutblock outside of the park expansion area, creating a win-win solution insofar as these local contractors can then harvest timber in tree farms (previously planted areas) and at the same time, respect the spirit of the OCP to secure all remaining Elphinstone forests that have never been impacted by industrial-scale logging.

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Log hauling fatality

By Carmen Weld
Castanet Kelowna
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC and the BC Coroners Service are investigating after the owner of a log hauling company was killed on the job in Prince George. According to the BC Forest Safety Council, on Aug. 9, 2016 a man was jump starting a tractor around his shop when it moved inadvertently, pinning him under the rear wheels. “Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased,” wrote the BCFSC in a press release. This is the third fatal incident within the last 10 months that has involved equipment or vehicles rolling over workers. A worker in Fraser Lake and another in Ladysmith were killed while doing maintenance underneath a log truck and a heavy-duty truck respectively.

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‘Beloved’ small-town mayor waves goodbye to office

By Jon Hernandez
CBC News
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The resignation of a small-town mayor has been bittersweet for many of the residents of Midway. Randy Kappes served as the mayor of Midway since 2008, and is best known for banding with a group of residents to reopen the town’s sawmill a few years after it had shut down and laid off nearly 200 employees. …But Kappes has his own place in the town’s history books. He played a major role in getting the town’s sawmill back up and running after its previous owners went bankrupt in 2007 and left the future of the town in question. After the facility closed and nearly 200 workers were laid off, a group of Midway residents came together to purchase the mill in hopes of jump-starting operations. The deal was partly financed by the Village of Midway under Kappes’ leadership.

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Five-year plan details available timber allocations to area mills

Kenora Daily Miner and News
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The draft five-year management plan for the Kenora Forest officially opened for a 30-day public review and comment on August 17. The draft plan outlines the proposed sustainable harvest, access and reforestation in 12 units of the Kenora Forest from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022. The plan represents the second phase of the 10-year Kenora Forest management plan under the provincial licence held by Miitigoog Limited Partnership. The plan was authored by Kurt Pochailo, professional forester at Miisun Integrated Resource Management Company with participation by the Local Citizens Committee. Kenora district Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry represents Ontario in the administration of the Kenora Forest.

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Clear cutting beside Keji – DNR proposes 100 hectares of clearcuts on national park boundary

By Jonathan Riley
Cape Breton Post
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KEJIMKUJIK – The Department of Natural Resources has proposed a clearcut right up against the boundary of Kejimkujik National Park. DNR posts all planned cutting on provincial crown land on its online Harvest Plans Viewer at https://nsgi.novascotia.ca/hpmv/. On Aug. 2 DNR posted a proposal to clearcut 100 hectares of forest adjacent to the southeast boundary of the national park. The proposed cuts run right up to the park boundary and are within 500 metres of Loon Lake. Chris Miller, the national conservation biologist with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, worked on the Parks and Protected Spaces Plan with the provincial government. He says this proposal is a surprise.

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Wyden calls on Peru to step up fight against illegal logging

KTVZ
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

WASHINGTON -Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on Peru on Wednesday to take additional measures to combat illegally harvested and traded timber, following a new report on continuing shortcomings in Peru’s efforts to enforce its own forestry laws. Wyden requested the report earlier this year. “The report provided by Peru demonstrates that it has much more work to do to enforce its laws and to stop trade in illegally taken timber,” Wyden said. “Illegal timber costs American jobs and damages ecologically critical rainforest. I strongly urge Peru’s new government to promptly act on the recommendations provided by the Obama Administration today, and that U.S. Agencies — particularly U.S. Fish and Wildlife — redouble their efforts to identify and interdict illegally taken timber.”

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Boise Forest Chief brings Lund’s firefighting team back

By Rocky Barker
Idaho Statesman
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Boise National Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz said the 81,000 Pioneer Fire is not going out soon and with the current weather forecast may even become more active. “We still have a lot of fire in the forest,” Seesholtz told the Idaho Statesman Thursday. That’s why Wednesday Seeholtz made the decision to keep a Type One Incident Command team, managing the firefight when the two separate teams currently leading the fight leave early next week. And by the luck of the draw, the team led by Beth Lund, who spent more than 20 years as a fire officer on the Boise National Forest and already has done a stint on the Pioneer Fire, will return.

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Pearce says reopening Mescalero Saw Mill could restore jobs and safer forests

Ruidoso News
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce says he’s working to organize a joint meeting between senior U.S. Forest Service officials and Mescalero Apache tribal authorities that he said could lead to thinning of up to 200,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest. Pearce said it would also provide incentive for reopening of the Mescalero Saw Mill in Alamogordo, which tribal officials have told him they would like to operate again if they could insure a reliable supply of timber and forest biomass for a long enough time to justify the startup cost. Large-scale thinning can not only mean greater margins of safety from wildfires but also lead to restoration of lumber industry jobs, he said.

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Oregon, county spar over timber lawsuit seeking $1.4 billion

By Mateusz Perkowski
Capital Press
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBANY, Ore. — Linn County shouldn’t be allowed to represent other counties in a lawsuit seeking $1.4 billion from Oregon over its forest management practices, according to the state’s attorneys. It’s also impractical for the case to proceed as a class action due to the different forest circumstances in each county, the state’s attorneys claimed during oral arguments Aug. 17 in Albany, Ore. ..Linn County is seeking class action status for the lawsuit, permitting it to represent the other counties in the case. Scott Kaplan, an attorney for Oregon, said the problems in managing the case as a class action would be “enormous.” The counties donated 183 separate parcels of land to the state, each of which contains different slopes, tree types, waterways and federally- protected species, he said.

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Our view: Could anyone have stopped the Canyon Creek Fire?

East Oregonian
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Sunday, The Oregonian distributed a special 20 page report, the culmination of a year-long investigation into the Canyon Creek Fire. That fire destroyed 43 homes and nearly 100 other structures on August 14, 2015 near the town of Canyon City in Grant County. It was a journalistic endeavor that produced a fascinating product. Two reporters for the newspaper, Laura Gunderson and Ted Sickinger, spent nearly a year digging through documents, conducting interviews and questioning the U.S. Forest Service’s initial response to the small, lightning-caused fires that two days later united into a conflagration that could not be stopped. In our opinion, the devastating and tragic conflagration was caused by a region-wide lack of resources precipitated by one of the worst fire seasons in the Northwest.

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Federal management hurts forests

Lake County Leader
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It is common practice for our government to threaten curtailment of federal funding if a state fails to comply with certain of its policies. The following example shows how the entire forestry industry has been destroyed basically through mandated and enforced federal restrictions and regulations. Montana is getting closer to 50 percent dependency upon federal funding with controls. Meanwhile government is going after our land, water, natural resources and even our “minds.” Some years ago Gary Callihan, well versed in the European proven technology of using forest fuels to produce electricity, attempted to introduce that concept to Montana. This common sense operation would have helped solve the problem of over-grown and dying trees on mismanaged federal lands, while providing renewable energy production and ongoing productive mill operation.

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Montana Wildlife Federation lauds Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project’s creators

By Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A certain “bully” president made an appearance in Helena Thursday as part of a ceremony honoring the creators of a collaborative forest management plan in the Blackfoot Valley. President Theodore Roosevelt, portrayed by impersonator Adam Lindquist, made camp on the lawn of the Montana Historical Society along with the Montana Wildlife Federation to present the federation’s newly created Collaborative Conservation Achievement Award to the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project steering committee. The project, first proposed more than a decade ago, has generated attention during the last few months as several conservation groups reinvigorated the call for Montana’s congressional delegation to push legislation forward.

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Put Timber Policy in the Hands of Loggers

Letter by Art Reynolds
The Chronical
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, D.C., political dignitaries met in June of last year to discuss forestry issues. Let’s take a look at one of the issues that was discussed at that conference. At the head of the list is how to deal with the 40 percent damage inflicted on our national forest system. 40 percent? That’s a lot of wood! We have a little over 900 million acres of national timber here in the U.S. We are looking at trillions in lost revenue of the finest building material on the planet because of poor forestry management, resulting in out-of-control forest fires….What we have now is a debate or haggling among non-professional loggers
over non-profitable suggestions among several competing governmental
agencies that has been going on for years now. And what good has it
done?

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MSU students selected to provide land management policy recommendations to federal agencies

Montana State University
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN — Two Montana State University students have been selected as members of a student committee that will offer policy recommendations to public land management agencies. Smith Wells, a graduate student from Helena in MSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences in the College of Agriculture, and JD Figura, a junior from Bozeman in MSU’s Department of Ecology in the College of Letters and Science, will participate in the third National Student Congress on Public Land Policy for Land Management. The event is scheduled for Sept. 8-11, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is sponsored by the Public Lands Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District.

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Weather, not tree density, determines fire behavior

August 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There are now about 66 million dead trees in the forests of California. The main cause being drought and bark beetles. Intuitively, one would think this would increase the fire hazard in the forest. However, among forest researchers, there is overwhelming consensus that weather (hot, dry, windy conditions) determines how wildland fires behave, not the density of dead trees or snags. Cambria’s weather, in contrast, is generally cool, moist and only on occasion windy. Trees larger than a few inches in diameter are not consumed in fires: Only the outer bark is burnt up, and so the majority of dead trees in the forest do not significantly influence fire behavior. Besides, once trees die, combustible oils begin to dissipate and the needles fall making it more, not less, difficult for flames to spread through the forest canopy.

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Rim Fire Reforestation Decision Signed On Date Fire Ignited

My Mother Lode
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sonora, CA – The Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jeanne Higgins on Wednesday signed the Rim Fire Reforestation Record of Decision (ROD) ironically on the same date the fire broke out three years ago. The draft decision was released at the end of April, as reported here. It included four different sets of strategies for reforestation to be used over 40,000 acres along the Rim Fire footprint. For instance, one section will have manual herbicide applied and seven different planting strategies utilized, with the trees per acre planted ranging from 152-303. This is the third phase of recovery efforts to address and enhance important ecological, economic, and social objectives for the burn area and surrounding lands and communities, according to forest officials.

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Federal lawsuit targets Ochoco thinning plan

Group questions changes for Walton Lake area
The Bend Bulletin
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


An environmental group has sued the U.S. Forest Service, arguing that a plan to thin trees surrounding popular Walton Lake in Ochoco National Forest needed a fuller environmental review and public comment process. The nonprofit League of Wilderness Defenders’ lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Oregon argued that the Forest Service had illegally avoided an environmental review of the proposed work. The effects of the thinning would be extremely noticeable and would turn the forest surrounding the lake into an open, parklike dry pine forest, the group said, citing a Forest Service analysis of the project. The lawsuit also argues that the project would commercially log old growth fir trees and hundreds of large trees “in a national forest that already has too little old forest and too few large trees.”

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Northern Colorado Fire Shows Old Firefighting Techniques Don’t Work In Beetle-Kill Forests

Colorado Public Radio
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 36,724 acre Beaver Creek fire in Northern Colorado has been burning for more than eight weeks. Firefighters say it’s so different it has forced them to rethink the way they’ve approached wildfire suppression for 100 years. The reason? The fire is burning through a forest floor covered with trees killed by spruce beetles. The U.S. Forest Service reports that since 1996, beetle outbreaks have impacted roughly 4.3 million acres of forest in Colorado and Wyoming. The stands of dead trees can be seen around many parts of the state. And that creates a unique environment for fighting wildfires. …This creates almost a jungle-gym for firefighters, making fighting the fire on the ground very difficult — and unsafe. Strong winds and even the motion of helicopter rotors have toppled standing beetle-kill timber.

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Maine forest products adviser not planning to work with federal team

Central Maine
August 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Maine’s senior forest products adviser and an industry liaison for Gov. Paul LePage said he hopes a federal team deployed to the state to come up with an economic plan for the forest products industry is successful, yet he has no plans to get involved in their efforts. Rosaire Pelletier, senior forest products adviser to LePage, made the comments even as members of the team said Thursday that it will be critical for state, federal and industry leaders to work together if the project is to work. “Do you think I should run after them?” Pelletier said in an interview. “My focus is on attracting investors to the state of Maine.”

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Mobile technologies wanted for primary sector event

Connex Event Innovators
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Now in its 5th year, MobileTECH has firmly established itself as one of the leading cross-industry technology events in New Zealand. MobileTECH attracted close to 350 attendees from the agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries in 2016. It has become a key meeting place for technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters and the next generation of primary sector operators. CONNEX: Event Innovators, the team behind MobileTECH, have just announced that next year’s event is going to run on 22-23 March 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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1600 jobs at risk if overharvesting of Northland pine forests continues

The Northern Advocate
August 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Overharvesting of Northland pine forests to satisfy a global demand for timber could force the closure of the region’s wood processing businesses and loss of jobs for about 1600 workers. Northland wood processors say, at the current rate of 4.8 million cu m of radiata pine harvested in the region each year, supplies would plummet to 2.2 million cu m by 2030 if harvesting is not scaled back. The country’s wood processing leaders held a meeting in Whangarei last month with senior government officials and political leaders to discuss an acute log supply shortage to Northland mills.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ontario pledges $4.5M for Thunder Bay bio-refinery pilot plant

CBC News
August 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

FPInnovations to oversee develpment of pilot plant in Resolute pulp and paper facility. The Ontario government announced plans on Thursday to invest $4.5 million into a bio-refinery plant to produce eco-friendly products in Thunder Bay. The grant will assist FPInnovations establish a pilot plant, which will help with the production of green chemicals from wood for use in industries such as mining and construction, as a replacement for petroleum-based chemicals. “This investment will help Ontario’s forestry sector grow and help to create jobs in Thunder Bay, said Michael Gravelle, the Minister of Northern Development and Mines and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, in a release.

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Bio-refinery to be built in Thunder Bay

TB Newswatch
August 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – For a decade or more industry leaders have been trumpeting bio-chemicals as a potential savior for the forest sector. It’s a giant step closer today. On Thursday FPInnovations announced it will build a fully functioning bio-refinery plant in Thunder Bay, paid for in part by $4.5 million from the province and $3.5 million from Resolute Forest Products, who will host the facility. To start, the company’s president and CEO Pierre Lapointe, the venture will employ between five to 10 people. But once the research and development stage is complete, a much bigger production facility could be calling the city home, providing many more jobs.

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General

Weather, not tree density, determines fire behavior

August 19, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

There are now about 66 million dead trees in the forests of California. The main cause being drought and bark beetles. Intuitively, one would think this would increase the fire hazard in the forest. However, among forest researchers, there is overwhelming consensus that weather (hot, dry, windy conditions) determines how wildland fires behave, not the density of dead trees or snags. Cambria’s weather, in contrast, is generally cool, moist and only on occasion windy. Trees larger than a few inches in diameter are not consumed in fires: Only the outer bark is burnt up, and so the majority of dead trees in the forest do not significantly influence fire behavior. Besides, once trees die, combustible oils begin to dissipate and the needles fall making it more, not less, difficult for flames to spread through the forest canopy.

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