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Daily Archives: January 25, 2017

Today’s Takeaway

Is it a case of the pot calling the kettle black? You decide.

Tree Frog News
January 25, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

A Canadian Press story hit the wires yesterday getting broad range pick up—Greenpeace is claiming that forest giant, Resolute, is using “intimidation tactics” in a recent lawsuit filing, that if successful, will put all public-interest advocacy at risk. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the pot calling the kettle black. Resolute initiated their case against the environmental group last year, saying that their campaigns were based on “sensational misinformation”, and that “Greenpeace is a global fraud”. The media will have more for us on this as the story unfolds, meanwhile, back at the Trump Presidential Office, the controversy continues…

Trump has placed a freeze on government hiring that has unions worried. It also has the forest sector wondering how this will affect seasonal firefighters. Will they fall under the exclusion for public health and safety? After last year’s fire season and the ongoing drought issues in states like California, this could become a hornet’s nest.

We’ll leave you today with some serene wood villas in Bali. These unique structures dance in front of your eyes, and are a tribute to the endless creativity afforded to architects and builders using wood.

–The Tree Frog Editors

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Business & Politics

Two Campbell River representatives join Truck Loggers Association board

Campbell River Mirror
January 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Campbell River now has two new representatives on the board of directors of the B.C. Truck Loggers Association. Bill Nelson of Holbrook Dyson Logging and Dorian Uzzell of Wahkash Contracting were elected during the association’s 74th annual convention earlier this month in Vancouver. “Of the three new directors who joined the board, two are from Campbell River,” say Mayor Andy Adams. Mike Richardson, TLA vice-president, is also from CR as are two associate members, George Lambert and Carl Sweet.

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TLA Daily Round Up for the 2017 Convention

Truck Loggers Association
January 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The daily round-up of what was said each day during the TLA 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show! Premier Clark announced her government’s contractor sustainability review for BC’s timber harvesting contractors. This is the most important announcement for contractors in almost 20 years. Premier Clark also announced the development of job training tax credits for on-the-ground training specifically for BC’s timber harvesting contractors. Today Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson elaborated on the contractor sustainability review announced by Premier Christy Clark yesterday.  

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Resolute, Canadian Forest Giant, Uses Trump-Linked Law Firm To Sue Greenpeace

By Colin Perkel
Canadian Press in The Huffington Post
January 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — A $300-million lawsuit filed by a multinational forest giant against Greenpeace under American racketeering laws enacted to deal with organized crime is simply an intimidation tactic that would set a dangerous precedent if successful, the environmental group argues in new court filings. In calling on a court in Georgia to toss out the suit, Greenpeace says Resolute Forest Products is trying to silence critics of its logging practices in Canada’s boreal forests. The approach, Greenpeace says in its filings, puts all public-interest advocacy at risk. “Allowing this threatens to open the floodgates for any plaintiff who disagrees with positions that any advocacy groups might take,” the filing states. “The collective burden on advocacy groups and the courts and the injury to open, public debate, could be extreme.”

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Trump hiring freeze leaves Forest Service workers wondering about firefighting jobs

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
January 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – Federal workers scrambled on Tuesday to interpret how President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze of civilian employees might affect seasonal firefighters and other part-time employees. Trump’s order, issued Monday, stated “no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.” “The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities,” the order continued. “In addition, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant exemptions from this freeze where those exemptions are otherwise necessary.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Are We Entering The Age Of Timber?

The Urban Developer
January 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timber towers may be the secret to more sustainable buildings, safer construction sites and liveable, breathable cities, says UK architect Andrew Waugh. Mr Waugh is currently getting ready to join a panel of speakers, including Michael Rose AM, Chairman of The Committee for Sydney, Joe Snell, Director of Snell Architects, and Mark Steinert, CEO and Managing Director of Stockland, at Green Cities 2017 as they unpack the success factors in density done well. In preparation for the panel, Mr Waugh said we are entering the age of timber. His opinion draws heavily from his first experience with timber construction, when his firm Waugh Thistleton built the nine-storey Stadthaus in Hackney – a building now considered the world’s pioneer timber residential tower.

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Dutch architects employ high-tech modernism for timber apartments

Architecture and Design
January 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

This 30-metre building in Amsterdam designed by Frantzen architects is unapologetically wooden. Its load-bearing structure is made from 410 cubic metres of pinewood CLT and glulam which have been left exposed for full view by occupants and onlookers. Its exposed trusswork, in particular, is a major feature of the building’s façade, forming a contemporary iteration of structural expressionism. Patch22 Residence in Amsterdam was designed by Frantzen et al Architecten, a Dutch firm who employed structural timber technology to differentiate the building from competitors during a housing slump.

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Council joins timber-first push

By Tom Snowdon
The Courier Mail
January 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Another Queensland council looks set to implement a timber-first policy as part of an industry push for its products to be used on more building projects. Gympie Regional Council is scheduled to vote on a motion to preference timber products before considering other construction materials at the weekly meeting today. The motion is expected to pass. Mayor Mick Curran said there were timber products now available that were comparable to concrete, which would be suitable to replace the approximate 82 wooden bridges in the region. “Historically, when (the wooden bridges) come up for replacement, it’s usually concrete products used,” Cr Curran said.

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Kengo Kuma unveils “blossoming” glass and timber villas for Bali

By Lidija Grozdanic
Inhabitat
January 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

From Ibuku’s gorgeous bamboo structures to D-Associates’wood and brick DRA House, Bali’s contemporary architecture strikes a delicate balance between contemporary and vernacular design. Among the most recent projects planned to be built on this Indonesian island is a cluster of six unique villas, a yoga pavilion and a greenhouse designed by Kengo Kuma.

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Forestry

Forest technology building better renewable resources

By Genome British Columbia
MarketWired
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Spruce trees are Canada’s most significant forest resource because they grow in almost every region across the country and are the largest species by the number. Spruce trees also produce high quality wood and fibre that is widely used in the industry. With roughly 400 million seedlings planted per year, spruce are the most reforested trees in Canada. Climate change and unpredictable forest product markets require innovative new tools and technologies for tree breeding programs to deliver reliable spruce stock for future seed and seedling production. A $10.5-million research project, Spruce-Up: Advanced spruce genomics for productive and resilient forests (Spruce-Up) is estimated to more than double the net economic output value of spruce forests, increasing the value of new trees and reducing losses due to environmental disturbances. 

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Tsay Keh Dene forestry company gets good audit report

BC Forest Practices Board
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of non-replaceable forest licence (NRFL) A62375 in the Mackenzie Natural Resource District, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. Planning and forestry activities on the licence were conducted by Chu Cho Industries LP, which is owned by the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation. “We are pleased to see that this licensee carried out good forest practices and fully met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Harvesting and regeneration activities were well done and we were particularly pleased to see fire hazard assessments carried out following harvesting and all hazards treated.”

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Cold can affect survival of mountain pine beetle

By Nick Kuhl
Lethbridge Herald
January 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mountain pine beetles have been a troubling issue for Alberta tree populations for many years. Winter generally helps decease the population of the pine beetles, but it won’t completely eliminate them. When left unmanaged, pine beetle populations can kill large numbers of Alberta’s pine resource. Mike Undershultz with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says pine beetles can easily kill six million hectares of pine trees valued at more than $8 billion. He adds, of the 25 major forest companies operating in Alberta, 14 rely on pine to continue operations. As it’s not realistic to be completely pine beetle free, infestation management has helped decrease populations.

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COFI Convention 2017: What you need to know

By Tamar Atik
Wood Business
January 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’re in the forest industry in B.C., you probably don’t want to miss the Council of Forest Industries’ (COFI) annual convention. As president and CEO Susan Yurkovich describes, “It’s the premiere event for the forest industry in Western Canada… The COFI Convention is a great opportunity to spend time with your colleagues, people from different companies, different supplier groups — it’s a gathering.”  Traditionally held in Kelowna or Prince George, the convention is taking a different route this year and being hosted in Vancouver. “We’re hosting it in the beautiful Convention Centre West, which has a fantastic use of wood in the structure, and is one of the buildings that demonstrates the beauty and applications of our product,” Yurkovich says.

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Montana farm groups optimistic about agriculture secretary nominee

By Tom Lutey
Missoulian
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS — Montana farm and ranch groups know little about President Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary but are being assured former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is a good hire. Perdue, a Republican, was tapped Thursday as the nominees Trump first floated in December were finishing Senate confirmation hearings. He has set to begin one-on-one visits next week with members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which includes U.S. Sen. Steve Daines… USDA includes the Forest Service, which Daines said needs to renew active management of U.S. forests, a goal most commonly associated with increased logging on federal lands in Montana.

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Washington County stays in timber lawsuit by default

By Peter Wong
Portland Tribune
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington County commissioners, on a tie vote Tuesday night (Jan. 24), opted to stay in a lawsuit led by Linn County that seeks to recover more than $1 billion from the state in past losses and future proceeds from timber sales on state forests. Washington County is the most populous of 15 represented by the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties. With $12.5 million in the year ending in mid-2015, the county was the third largest recipient of state timber sales. …Jan. 25 is the deadline for governments to opt out of the class-action suit. If they take no action, they remain participants in the suit pending in Linn County Circuit Court.

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Strong economy built on timber industry

By Andy Geissler, forester with the American Forest Resource Council
The Register-Guard
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Jan. 12 guest viewpoint headlined “Expanded monument could benefit economy” offers a strange and disturbing perspective on how economic value is placed on certain commodities, and likewise, how Oregon places value on its economy. The context is the expansion of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Southwest Oregon. The authors assert that “the economic value of tourism associated with an expanded monument would vastly exceed the value of timber that could be extracted.” I believe the flaw in this approach is that it assumes that whichever commodity generates the most economic value is inherently the “best” or most useful commodity… On the flip side, these proprietors turn up their noses at the timber economy as being antiquated, defunct and generally of less utility than tourist amenities.

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CASEE students take first place at forestry competition

The Reflector
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Students from Battle Ground Public Schools’ Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) finished in first place at a Future Farmers of America forestry career development event competition. The event was hosted by the Grays Harbor College Forestry and Natural Resources program and featured students from across Washington. …The district said that for the outdoor portion of the event, the participating schools competed as teams in compass and cruising practicums. Students used compasses to learn navigation techniques and measured trees by height and diameter at breast height, which is the standard practice of cruising timber.

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San Diego Adopts Urban Forestry Program With No Manager

By Andrew Bowen
KPBS
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted to adopt a five-year plan to better grow and maintain the city’s urban forest, but the program faces budget constraints and recently lost its manager to another city. The program does not contain any new funding or binding policies. Rather it’s an attempt to consolidate the city’s existing policies, as well as forestry management best practices, to improve the program’s efficiency. Best practices include choosing the right species and placement of trees so roots don’t damage streets or sidewalks. In a report to council members, staff said the economic recession and budget constraints have limited the city’s ability to plant new trees, trim its existing trees and educate the public on the program. They said the city needs more money “to implement a management program to achieve a healthy urban forest, particularly for street tree planting, watering and pruning.”

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Gov. Brown Talks Forest Management In Bend

By Kelly Bleyer and Brad Ford
KBND Radio
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, OR — Oregon Governor Kate Brown believes there is a way to grow the timber industry and protect the environment… She highlighted John Day-based Iron Triangle Timber as an example: “Because of the sustainable supply of wood on the Malheur National Forest, Iron Triangle is now in the process of reopening and upgrading a post and pole mill in Seneca, Oregon that’s been sitting idle for years.” In 2013, the Forest Service awarded a 10-year, $68 million contract to Iron Triangle, allowing them to accelerate restoration work over the next decade. “Thanks to this particular partnership, we’ve seen a 14% increase in timber harvest and a 16% increase in timber-related jobs as a result of partnerships like these,” said Brown. 

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The American chestnut tree has a good shot at making a comeback

By Cici Zhang
Scienceline
January 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Some researchers today are committed to restoring the ecologically and culturally significant tree in its original habitat, which once extended from Mississippi to Maine. Two approaches, selective breeding and genetic engineering, are under development to make the American chestnut resistant to blight. These methods could also give hope to conservationists who dream of reviving other native tree species, such as the American elm, that have also been wiped out by pests in the past century. But there is no agreement yet as to which approach will work best at saving the American chestnut. …The alternate approach, genetic engineering, involves inserting specific genes into the American chestnut to help it overcome the fungus. …Research geneticist Dana Nelson of the USDA Forest Service also objects to the genetic approach — but on an evolutionary basis.

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Timber supply shortage at Australia’s largest hardwood sawmill sparks push to increase plantation timber

By Bridget Fitzgerald
ABC News Australia
January 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forestry expert says the Victorian timber industry could be at risk of collapse after decades of mismanagement of native resources. The owner of Australia’s largest hardwood sawmill in Heyfield in Victoria’s Gippsland region announced last week it would have no choice but to shut down because it could not guarantee timber supply… Australian National University professor David Lindenmayer said the supply issue proved the need to replace native logging with plantation timber. As part of the School of Ecology and Conservation Science, Professor Lindenmayer has studied forest ecosystems and the effects of logging and fire in the Central Highlands of Victoria for more than 30 years. He said the forest in that region had been “radically overcut” for decades.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

San Diego adopts urban forestry plan to boost tree canopy, slow climate change

 By David Garrick
The San Diego Union Tribune
January 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Neighborhoods in San Diego, especially those in low-income and urban areas, would get significantly more trees under a five-year “urban forestry” plan the City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday. The proposal aims to help the city meet the goals of its ambitious climate action plan, which calls for increasing the percentage of San Diego covered by trees from 13 percent to 35 percent over the next two decades. Supporters said the 32-page plan would also boost property values, improve air quality, enhance wildlife habitat and shrink energy costs by reducing the need for air conditioning.

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