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Today’s Takeaway

Collaborate to grow the pie, not just split it

Tree Frog Forestry News
January 27, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

With the National Association of Home Builders reporting today that US “new single-family homes sales have reached their highest yearly total in a decade” (rising 12.2% in 2016), it’s hard not to recall the words of your Marketing 101 prof and the power of “growing the pie for all”. 


COFI CEO Susan Yurkovich appears to agree in a Globe and Mail article on whether Canada will “
double down on China and other further-flung markets”. As for China, Ms. Yurkovich notes that their “economic growth has fallen from its soaring highs”, and thus her emphasis of the potential for Canada and the US “to band together to promote wood as a sustainable building product, increasing domestic demand in both countries”.

Per an article in Buiding Design + Construction titled “Mass timber: From What the Heck is that? to Wow!”, its clear that the opportunity to grow the pie is real. According to the author John Caulfield “Big timber is sprouting up in cities in North America and abroad”.

Also on softwood lumber—in a break from the positions of some Canadian rivals and the Quebec government, “Tembec is open to lumber export quotas in a break from Canadian industry”.

And finally, employees from the US National Park Service have launched a “Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump” in response to attempts to “muzzle federal climate change research”. The tweet: “More redwoods would mean less #climatechange”.

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Business & Politics

Can we send our softwood to China if U.S. hardens its stand?

January 27, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With its chief trading partner awash in uncertainty, will Canada’s softwood lumber industry double down on China and other further-flung markets? It’s complicated. …But even though China has become a growing partner for Canadian softwood since the early 2000s, circumstances are aligning against a much deeper relationship. Logistical problems prevent most of the industry’s landlocked companies from shipping substantial quantities of lumber overseas. China’s economy has slowed down, and its appetite for lumber is shifting. And some industry players remain optimistic about their opportunities in the United States. “Maintaining secure access to the U.S. market is really important to our sector while we continue to explore other opportunities,” says Susan Yurkovich, chief executive officer of British Columbia’s Council of Forest Industries, which represents the sector in the province’s Interior.

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Ditidaht First Nations and Partners Create a Legacy of Learning

TimberWest
January 25, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This past summer, the youth of Ditidaht First Nations shared many action packed days of adventure at a local summer camp. Interestingly, the summer camp all the kids were keen to join was focused on education, culture and literacy. Ditidaht First Nations have hosted Summer Literacy Camps, made possible by Frontier College, a national literacy organization, for the past two summers. The focus of these camps is to empower kids and support ongoing learning opportunities. Ms. Hutton has been leading the program at Ditidaht and has seen the impact that the camp has had on the community. “With support from Frontier College and our sponsor TimberWest, we have seen many kids return for a second year of the program. The best part is that we are seeing these kids advance before our eyes—everything from their confidence to their skills, and the joy and happiness they get from schooling.  

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Truck Loggers convention wraps up with big announcement from Clark

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is welcoming a provincial government review aimed at addressing inequities in the industry and planning to do more to engage the communities where its members work. David Elstone of Roberts Creek is the executive director of the TLA, which wrapped up its annual convention in Vancouver Jan. 20. Elstone calls the contractor sustainability review announced at the convention by Premier Christy Clark “the most significant announcement for forest contractors in almost 20 years.” As the TLA sees it, the balance between the contractors who do the logging and the big tenure holders they harvest for has tipped over the years to the point where the contractors are finding it harder to stay in the black.

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Causes of Domtar fires likely linked

By Cam Fortems
Kamloops This Week
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Investigators believe back-to-back fires at Domtar’s Kamloops pulp mill earlier this month were linked, but such a theory is not conclusive. Crews from Kamloops Fire Rescue were called to the mill late in the evening on both Jan. 17 and 18 for similar small fires in the steam plant area. Ray Webster, an investigator with Kamloops Fire Rescue, said the cause of the first fire can be traced to a leak in a six-inch hydraulic hose. That leak in the pressured line sprayed fuel on a nearby steam pipe, causing the fire. “The second one we’re not 100 per cent sure,” Webster said, adding investigators believe oil from the earlier leak entered the metal-clad wall and later caught fire. “Both fires literally happened six feet away and a day apart.”

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Keep B.C. logs here in province, says NDP leader

CBC News
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. NDP says raw log exports are costing British Columbians jobs that could otherwise remain in the province. In a news release, NDP leader John Horgan said the province has lost 30,000 forestry jobs since the B.C. Liberals took power in 2001. Horgan attributed that loss to raw logs being exported for processing elsewhere. “The only logs that leave B.C. should be the logs that we can’t use in B.C. communities, in B.C. mills and B.C. wood-product manufacturing,” Horgan said in the release. Raw log exports have risen about 120 per cent since 2001, the release said, and about 500 per cent over yearly averages during the 1990s. Horgan said the export increases are due to the policies of Christy Clark’s Liberal government.

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Tembec open to lumber export quotas in a break from Canadian industry

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press in CTV News
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada, United States

MONTREAL—Eastern Canadian lumber producer Tembec says it’s open to quotas on exports to the United States, in a break from the positions of some Canadian rivals and the Quebec government. While chief executive James Lopez agrees that Canadian lumber should be exempt from restrictions because provincial systems are now market-based, he’s advocating for a compromise to secure a new agreement. Lopez said he’s willing to accept limits on access in the belief that increasing home construction will ultimately result in higher lumber shipments and the supply of B.C. lumber is falling. “We could live with a quota system,” he said in an interview Thursday before Tembec’s annual meeting.

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Tembec reports financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 24, 2016

Tembec
Canada Newswire
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended December 24, 2016, were $370 million, as compared to $354 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated a net loss of $9 million or $0.09 per share in the December 2016 quarter compared to a net loss of $28 million or $0.28 per share in the December 2015 quarter. The December 2016 quarter included a non-cash loss of $16 million related to the translation of US dollar denominated debt. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $34 million for the three-month period ended December 24, 2016, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $29 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $57 million in the prior quarter.

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AF&PA Elects New Chair, Announces Officers at Winter Board of Directors Meeting

The American Forest & Paper Association
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the election of Clearwater Paper Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Linda Massman as the new AF&PA Board Chair and released the 2017 slate of AF&PA Board officers. Top industry leaders participated in the association’s Winter Board of Directors Meeting in Washington on January 26. “The American Forest & Paper Association Board represents preeminent industry talent and vision, and I am honored to lead our members in accomplishing our key advocacy priorities for the coming year,” said Massman. “Our agenda targets regulatory reform, comprehensive tax reform, transportation efficiency measures and trade policy. On all, we will provide ideas for forward-thinking policy improvements that allow our businesses to compete at home and around the globe.”

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New home sales post highest yearly total in decade

By National Association of Home Builders
Wood Business
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 12.2 per cent in 2016 to 563,000 units, the highest annual rate since 2007, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. New home sales fell 10.4 per cent in December 2016 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 536,000 units. “We are encouraged by the growth in the housing sector last year, and by the fact that builders increased inventory by 10 per cent in anticipation of future business,” said Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

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Trade war would injure Idaho’s farmers and economy, but Trump could help timber industry

By Rocky Barker
Idaho Statesman
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

As he promised in the campaign, President Donald Trump dumped the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, pleasing his supporters and labor leaders. …Many North Idaho Farm Bureau members, for instance, link NAFTA to the decline in the timber industry in their communities. The whole story is more complicated. The industry was affected not just by NAFTA but a longstanding trade dispute with Canada. Back when American timber companies were cutting up to 9 billion board feet of timber in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia’s industry sagged and the province propped it up with cheap prices for trees to keep its rural communities alive. Those prices undercut the market and the U.S. timber industry. Companies like Boise Cascade, already facing supply issues because of environmental fights, were forced to close mills across the region.

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Maine’s $13M bailout of biomass plants will mean jobs, but at a cost of $23,700 each

By Darren Fishell
Bangor Daily News
January 27, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — To keep their share of a $13.4 million bailout over the next two years, two Maine biomass plant operators have promised to keep 87 people employed, according to agreement details disclosed for the first time this week. The bailout, which was sought by the logging industry after several paper mill and biomass plant closures, also promises to restore employment in the woods. … Each of those 87 biomass plant jobs, according to estimates from the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine in legislative testimony, support about more than two logging jobs. Roughly, this estimate means the bailout could support about 283 jobs, directly and indirectly. This means about $23,700 in taxpayer dollars will support each job, per year of the agreement.

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 29% in November

Lesprom Network
January 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Exports of Southern Pine lumber remained strong in November, amounting to just under 62 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents a hefty increase of 29% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 16% when compared with the first eleven months of 2015, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during November roughly break down as 34.4 MMbf dressed, 8.1 MMbf rough, and 19.3 MMbf treated lumber.

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Tropical Forestry Services buys profitable Northern Territory banana, melon farm

ABC News, Australia
January 27, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A mixed horticulture farm in the Northern Territory’s Douglas-Daly has been bought by Indian sandalwood producer Tropical Forestry Services (TFS). Mike and Margot Black’s farm Early Storms produced watermelons and mung beans and was the only large-scale banana farm in the Top End. …Leaked documents in 2016 revealed an NT Government department had warned against TFS’s intention to grow 15,000 hectares of sandalwood, suggesting there would be insufficient water available to support the expansion. …”So it is not correct to say forestry is using all the water in the Douglas-Daly — at best they will probably use 20 per cent of water allocation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mass timber: From ‘What the heck is that?’ to ‘Wow!’

By John Caulfield
Building Design + Construction
January 12, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Big timber is sprouting up in cities in North America and abroad. After years of feasibility studies and design proposals, buildings six stories or taller constructed primarily from pre-engineered wood products are being considered in cities around the world. In London, one proposal, called the Splinter, would rise to 100 stories. In Chicago, Perkins+Will (in collaboration with Thornton Tomasetti and the University of Cambridge) has designed an 80-story high-rise with 300 duplex apartments. If built, River Beech—a key component of P+W’s master plan for the Riverline development—would be made almost entirely from mass timber.

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Wood: Photographs of the world’s best timber architecture, available in a new book

By Katy Cowan
Creative Bloom
January 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood is a visually stunning celebration of one of the world’s best timber architecture, showcasing a spectacular selection of wooden structures from the last 1,000 years and highlighting the beauty of a material that enriches our everyday lives. Beautifully illustrated and demonstrating the material’s extraordinary range, Wood is a new book that offers the perfect introduction for architects, aesthetes, students and anyone with an interest in creativity. Featuring images of projects from some of the most influential and innovative architects of the last century as well as striking and memorable buildings by contemporary architects, Wood reveals architects’ ongoing fascination with timber. 

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Forestry

Millennials support natural resource development

By Colin Craig, Manning Centre, Calgary
Winnipeg Sun
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

When you see news stories showing millennials protesting an oil and gas, mining or forestry project, note that those protesters are actually in the minority and don’t represent their age demographic. That’s great news because Canada’s natural resource sector is very important to our economy and tremendous potential exists with continuing to develop the sector in an environmentally friendly manner. We know young people overwhelmingly support expanding development of the natural resource sector because of new polling research conducted for the Manning Centre. The data shows that 81% of Canadians aged 15-34 support “expanding development of the natural resource sector.”

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B.C. government should do more for forest industry: Port McNeill mayor

CKNW News
January 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland is taking the provincial government to the chopping block on the forestry industry. Ackland says the government needs to take a look at their priorities and give more attention to the industry. She says 150 mills have closed in B.C. over the last 15 years. “We’re shipping a lot of that opportunity overseas, and we’re shipping them to Asia the logs, the raw logs, but many of them are going to mills in the United States, those are jobs that could be here in B.C.” Ackland says the government should get mayors and First Nations around the table to discuss rebuilding jobs in forestry.

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ELF stages brief blockade

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A handful of Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) supporters blocked a forest service road leading into lots being logged by Island Timberlands Jan. 24. Logging has been underway on the company’s private managed forest land off Lockyer Road in Roberts Creek since late last month. ELF’s Hans Penner said the group agreed to dismantle the blockade following a phone call with Island Timberlands representatives shortly after crews were turned back early Tuesday morning. Penner said ELF hopes to convince the company to leave wider buffers around Flume Creek, a popular walking trail, and a cluster of Sitka spruce standing on Crown land near the boundary of the Island Timberlands falling zone.

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Alberni’s own timber king

By Kristin Dobson
Alberni Valley News
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A locally born and raised construction entrepreneur has been chosen to be featured on a national television reality show. Luke Koning, owner of Koning Construction, feels the opportunity will be a chance to showcase the west coast and what is offered in custom home building. Koning started his business almost five years ago in Nanaimo, where he and his wife, Jaclyn, also from Port Alberni, now live. …When a previous customer recently purchased a log home plan from Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake, Koning and his crew were asked to take on the construction. Pioneer Log Homes also has its own HGTV program, Timber Kings, which follows the careers and behind-the-scenes work of the company. It has become renowned for its unique log homes and the house is one of Koning’s most challenging projects to date. …Watch for the episode, which will be the season finale, to air in March.

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What’s it like to live with a historic landmark on your doorstep?

By Jesse Johnston
CBC News
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is a natural phenomenon on the front lawn of Husain Shaikh’s home in the Kennedy Heights area of Surrey, B.C. A red cedar tree, known as the Rock Tree, has sprouted through a glacial split in a massive boulder, and now towers over the family homes that make up Shaikh’s classic suburban neighbourhood. He says he knew he wanted to live in the Rock Tree home from the moment he laid eyes on it. …Shaikh moved into his home eight years ago and every year he brings in an arborist to inspect the Rock Tree. Nearly 20 years ago, the Friends of Kennedy Park Community Association fought to save it when a developer proposed a new subdivision for the area. The Sto:lo and Kwantlen First Nations were consulted and they determined the Rock Tree was a sacred site. Council gave the tree heritage designation and the new subdivision, including Shaikh’s home, was built around it.

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Sault College gets $3.6M for three programs

By Elaine Della-Mattia
Sault Star
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Northern Development and Mines MPP Michael Gravelle made the announcement at the Northern Road campus Thursday. The money is the final touch to create the new Institute for the Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship (iE3), build a Centre for Studies in Early Learning and Care and develop a new 437-square-metre Waterfront and Tennis Centre for students and the community. …The iE3 institute, an $18.4 million project, will allow industry and academia to collaborate in areas of vital importance to the North, including the IT sector, the management of forestry, water, wildlife and energy resources.

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Algonquin lumberjack squad aiming to finish a cut above

By Hallie Cotnam
CBC News
January 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


Algonquin College’s loggersports team is off to the 57th Annual McGill Intercollegiate Woodsmen Competition, where they’re hoping to carve out a name for themselves. Fans of the Canadian Football League may know them as the plaid-clad lumberjacks who celebrate touchdowns by chainsawing logs during Ottawa Redblacks home games. But this weekend the Algonquin team is expanding its repertoire, competing in events such as the axe throw, water boil and pole climb. The competition is one of the annual events organized by the six-school Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association.

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Lumberjack glam: UM celebrates 100th Forester’s Ball

By Abigail Lynes
Great Falls Tribune
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In old mining days, a boomtown would be up and fully running within a year. At the University of Montana, one will go up in a week for the school’s 100th Foresters’ Ball. The Foresters’ Ball is a student-run annual event held at the University of Montana where a gym on campus is converted into an 1890s-style logging town to raise money for scholarships. The ball should be big this year, publicist Carly Andlauer said, as many alumni are planning to come out for the event. “It’s kind of just always been a way to celebrate forestry in Montana and share a really fun event with the community,” Andlauer said.

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5M acres of Colorado trees destroyed by spruce beetles, mountain pine beetles, other beetles

By Deb Stanley
The Denver Channel
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — More than five million acres of trees have been destroyed by beetles in Colorado. While the mountain pine beetle is declining, the spruce beetle is the most damaging forest insect pest right now, according to an aerial survey by the Colorado State Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service. The spruce beetle impacted 350,000-acres of higher-elevation trees statewide last year with the largest infestations are in southern and central Colorado, officials said. Since 1996, spruce beetle outbreaks have killed trees on more than 1.7 million acres in Colorado. The mountain pine beetle has impacted 3.4 million acres statewide in the last 20 years.

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Whitefish forest project OK’d to begin this summer

By Heidi Desch
Daily Inter Lake
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Widespread prescribed burns and some timber harvesting has been OK’d for the mountains above Whitefish. The Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuel Reduction project is touted as an effort to prevent wildfires that could impact municipal water supply. The project is also aimed at addressing disease concerns. Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber last week issued a decision finding no significant impact for the project following an environmental assessment. The project, which includes 1,114 acres of forestland, is expected to be implemented this summer. “The purpose is that by treating the forest we hope we can reduce the chance of wildfire in the future,” said project leader Deb Bond.

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Forest-rich western states push to renew funding

By Bartholomew Sullivan
Statesman Journal
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


WASHINGTON – A Forest Service program that pumped millions of dollars into rural communities has expired leaving more than 700 counties and 4,000 school districts facing sharply reduced revenue-sharing timber harvest payments….The money went to rural schools, roads and emergency response programs in 720 forested counties and also permitted improvements within Forest Service lands. Counties could be reimbursed for search and rescue costs on federal lands and funds could be used to establish wildfire plans. …“If Congress fails to renew this longstanding commitment to forest communities, counties across the United States will face dramatic budgetary shortfalls and critical services will be impacted,” said association spokesman Chris Marklund.

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Lawmakers ask Congress to research uses of forest-fire by-product

By Luke Perkins
Durango Herald
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – A resolution supporting research, development and use of biochar unanimously passed both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly this week. It will be sent to a long list of government officials, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado’s congressional delegation. Resolutions are sometimes referred to as “lists to Santa Claus” by legislators because they have no power but represent a request from the Colorado General Assembly. …Biochar is the product of a process called pyrolysis, which is the breakdown of organic materials, in this case trees, at high temperatures with low oxygen, that occurs during such events as forest fires.

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Chile’s timber industry says over 40000 hectares lost to fires

By Rosalba O’Brien
Reuters in Business Insider
January 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SANTIAGO – Wildfires sweeping across Chile have destroyed more than 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of forestry land belonging to companies, most of it growing pine and eucalyptus for the wood, pulp and paper industry, an industry association said on Thursday. The worst wildfires in Chile’s modern history are ravaging wide swathes of the country’s central-south regions, burning through forests and into neighboring towns. The fires continued to rage on Thursday as hot, dry conditions continued, despite a massive firefighting effort that has drawn help from other nations including Mexico, Colombia and France. Local media reported nine people have died as a result of the fires, most of them firefighters and police officers. As of Thursday, some 250,000 hectares of land had been affected, the government said.

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Chile battles devastating wildfires as international help pours in

By Anthony Esposito
Reuters
January 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The worst wildfires in Chile’s modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country’s central-south regions, as a massive Boeing 747-400 Super Tanker arrived on Wednesday on loan from the United States to help extinguish the blazes. “We have never seen something of this size, never in Chile’s history. And the truth is the (firefighting) forces are doing everything that is humanly possible and will continue to do so until the fires are contained and controlled,” President Michelle Bachelet said, as she visited the hard-hit Maule region. …International help from France, the United States, Peru and Mexico has been pouring into Chile as the fires swept through forested hills and into neighboring towns, scorching homes, industry and the region’s world-renowned vineyards. The country last week declared a state of emergency.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Study shows N.S. has ‘strong potential’ to produce alternative fuel

Chronicle Herald
January 26, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new study shows the province has “strong potential” to produce alternative fuel from renewable sources like wood chips and tree bark. According to a study released on Thursday from Nova Scotia’s Innovation Hub — an industrial, applied-research initiative — the liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and power marine vessels. And this all could be generated from a biorefinery, which is a facility that converts natural, biological material to fuel. The fibre could come from byproducts produced by forestry operations, such as wood chips and tree bark, as well as from farm crops and municipal solid waste sources. “Developing a biofuel sector in our province will give us an innovative alternative to fossil fuels and spark economic growth,” said minister of natural resource Lloyd Hines in a news release.

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National Park Service staff step up campaign against Trump

Associated Press in Herald and News
January 26, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly interned in camps and parks during World War II. A day after three climate-related tweets sent out by Badlands National Park were deleted, other park accounts have sent out tweets that appear to defy Trump. One, by Redwoods National Park in California, notes that redwood groves are nature’s No. 1 carbon sink, which capture greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. “More redwoods would mean less #climatechange,” the park said in a tweet.

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Alaska Natives to protect land for California carbon program

By Rachel D’oro
Associated Press in San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — An undeveloped Alaska coal field, California’s offsets for carbon pollution and thousands of acres of forest are the unlikely players in a complex agreement that is expected to generate millions for an Alaska Native organization. The agreement protects the land from development and sets up financial benefits for the Chugach Alaska Corp., a regional Alaska Native corporation representing 2,500 Aleut, Eskimo and Indian shareholders around Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Many largely rely on commercial fisheries and a subsistence lifestyle. The corporation will preserve 115,000 acres of its forested land that will be used to calculate credits purchased by California polluters through the state’s “cap and trade” program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s not an unusual move, with protected forests in Michigan, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona feeding into the program, said Dave Clegern, California Air Resources Board spokesman.

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General

Can we send our softwood to China if U.S. hardens its stand?

January 27, 2017
Category: Uncategorised

With its chief trading partner awash in uncertainty, will Canada’s softwood lumber industry double down on China and other further-flung markets? It’s complicated. …But even though China has become a growing partner for Canadian softwood since the early 2000s, circumstances are aligning against a much deeper relationship. Logistical problems prevent most of the industry’s landlocked companies from shipping substantial quantities of lumber overseas. China’s economy has slowed down, and its appetite for lumber is shifting. And some industry players remain optimistic about their opportunities in the United States. “Maintaining secure access to the U.S. market is really important to our sector while we continue to explore other opportunities,” says Susan Yurkovich, chief executive officer of British Columbia’s Council of Forest Industries, which represents the sector in the province’s Interior.

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