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Today’s Takeaway

Softwood Lumber – The Path to a Deal Could be Painful

Tree Frog Forestry News
February 17, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Plenty of takes on BC’s strategy meeting on softwood lumber today. Noting the Canadian government’s “considerable efforts” to get the issue onto the Trudeau-Trump meeting agenda, Canada’s ambassador to the US said “the US Administration see it as a small, regional issue”. BC-envoy David Emerson appears to agree in a Vancouver Sun Q&A. He suggests a strategy that focuses on those who “would be impacted negatively such as lumber retailers, the DIYs, the big developers and builders”. An alternative approach presented by Jim Hilton in the Williams Lake Tribune recommends that BC would be better off “developing value added industries that might be excluded from paying tariffs”.

Commenting on why the last deal wasn’t renewed, Emerson believes the US Lumber Coalition wasn’t “getting their way in dispute settlements” and “probably felt they were better off to go to trade war than to settle”. A story in ProSales supports this notion in that the outcome could increase lumber prices, combined with the fact that “demand is rising, the mills are maxed out and there’s not much room to increase production elsewhere”.

Finally, the American Wood Council commented on the City of Maitland’s effort to prohibit wood-frame multi-family construction to “improve the quality of the community“. CEO Bob Glowinski contends that the “only results of such an action would be increased construction costs and a decrease in the architectural beauty”. Hard to disagree with that!
–Tree Frog Editors

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Business & Politics

Premier, US ambassador ‘optimistic’ about softwood talks with Trump team

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says it’s too early to say how the Donald Trump administration will approach lumber trade, but he’s optimistic about the general approach to Canada so far. US Ambassador David MacNaughton visited the B.C. legislature Thursday to brief Premier Christy Clark and David Emerson, the former federal cabinet minister retained as B.C.’s new trade envoy in Washington D.C. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, MacNaughton said there won’t be clarity until a new commerce secretary is appointed to the Trump cabinet, but he has had good cooperation from U.S. officials including Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior advisor Steve Bannon and others.

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Promote value-added or advertise in U.S.?

By Jim Hilton, professional agrologist and forester
Williams Lake Tribune
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recent press releases indicate Canadian forest industry and government representatives are planning a campaign blitz in the U.S. intended to convince American politicians, consumers and lumber buyers that they need Canadian lumber to keep their housing industry flourishing. …We may be better off spending some of the campaign funds in developing value added industries that might be excluded from paying tariffs. …The wood products that are exempt from tariffs are trusses (assembled), truss kits, I Joist beams, garage doors, complete door and window frames and house kits. If Canadian lumber is shipped to the U.S. and trusses are assembled there, the lumber is taxed, but if the same lumber is used to make the truss in Canada the lumber is exempt.

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Western Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2016 Year-End Results

By Western Forest Products
Western Forest Products
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, British Columbia—Western Forest Products Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. The Company reported fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA of $33.8 million in 2016, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $29.6 million in the same quarter last year, and $35.7 million reported in the third quarter of 2016. Targeted increases in log purchases facilitated higher Western Red Cedar lumber production and sales volumes that largely offset the normal seasonal decline in fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA. Improved log and lumber pricing, continued strength in the commodity lumber market and greater lumber shipments resulted in a 14% increase in fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA, as compared to last year. Notwithstanding adverse harvest conditions, Western achieved its highest fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA in ten years.

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Q & A: David Emerson looks for windows of opportunity to resolve softwood lumber dispute with US

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

David Emerson, B.C.’s newly appointed special trade envoy on softwood lumber, has been both a former CEO of Canfor Corp. and the last federal minister of international trade to sign an agreement bringing a now expired truce to the long-running trade dispute. Postmedia News asked how negotiations in the trade war’s next round might unfold. Question. We knew the deal was going to expire in 2015 and that there was a one-year standoff period before either side took action, why couldn’t we have resolved it in that time? Answer. I know there were government explorations to try to get the softwood lumber agreement to carry on as it was. But at the end of the day, the (U.S. Lumber Coalition) felt they’d had enough of that agreement, they weren’t getting their way in dispute settlements and I think with the surging populism of the last couple of years, they probably felt they were better off to go to trade war than to settle.

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Softwood-lumber fight will be tough, new B.C. trade envoy warns

By Justine Hunter
The Globe and Mail
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s ambassador to the United States says the softwood-lumber dispute is the subject of substantial discussions between the Canadian government and the White House and says both sides are taking the issue and its potentially massive impact on thousands of workers seriously. But British Columbia’s newly appointed envoy on the file also added a cautionary note during a briefing with reporters after a meeting with the ambassador and Premier Christy Clark: The path ahead to a deal could be painful. . …Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, was at the table on Wednesday night for the strategy session. She said in an interview she was encouraged by Mr. MacNaughton’s positive message. But she cautioned that there is a lot of work to be done.

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Christy Clark, envoys, discuss Trump factor in softwood lumber negotiations

By Liam Britten
CBC News
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Premier Christy Clark says she is “confident” B.C. and Canada have the right team in place to negotiate a new softwood lumber agreement with the United States despite “unpredictable change” caused by the new Trump presidency. Clark expressed those sentiments at a Thursday news conference following a special cabinet meeting. That meeting was attended by Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, and David Emerson, who was recently appointed B.C.’s trade envoy on softwood lumber. “We got a briefing from them about what’s going on in the administration in the United States and talking a little bit about putting a plan together,” she said. “I’m confident with Ambassador MacNaughton and David Emerson … and of course our incredibly hard-working forest minister and a united industry in British Columbia, we have the team that we need to get an agreement.”

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Plans for massive subdivision revised to avoid views of mill

By Ron Seymour
The Kelowna Daily Courier
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Owners of a long-established sawmill don’t have to fear future neighbours will complain about their operation. Development plans for the massive Goat’s Peak project in West Kelowna have been revised to ensure homes are well away from Gorman Bros. Lumber. …“The issue of not interfering with Gorman’s Mill’s operation was a bit of a deal-breaker for me,” Mayor Doug Findlater said. “I was prepared to vote against this plan if we were not going to be able to satisfy Gorman’s. “It’s such a high employment and tax base, with a lot of support for charities, and the last thing we want to do is have people move into a neighbourhood on a hill overlooking the mill, and then start phoning and complaining about it,” Findlater said. “I’m very pleased there’s been an accommodation at this point.”

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Lumber sector in for the ride a lifetime

By Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — B.C.’s newly appointed envoy to the softwood lumber wars lost no time Thursday setting out what the long-running dispute with the United States is — and is not — all about. …But he says Canada should not assume that it would be a simple matter to “re-darn the old socks and we’ll be fine,” because a lot has changed since that last deal was done in 2006. “We really have to make a whole new assessment of the political landscape in the U.S., of the ownership landscape in terms of who’s in the lumber coalition and what are some of the regional sensitivities, and so on.” …“The reason, frankly, I think, that the U.S. protectionist lobby didn’t want to renew the previous softwood lumber agreement was we actually had in that agreement an expedited dispute settlement process that got us through disputes in a very timely way.”

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West Fraser Announces 2016 Annual and Fourth Quarter Results

By West Fraser
West Fraser
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, B.C. – West Fraser reported earnings of $79 million or $1.01 basic earnings per share on sales of $1,107 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and earnings of $326 million or $4.06 basic earnings per share on sales of $4,450 million for 2016. These results compare with previous periods as shown in the table below. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted earnings and Adjusted basic EPS as described in this News Release reflect the adjustments described in the tables referred to in the section titled “Non-IFRS Measures” of our 2016 Management’s Discussion & Analysis.

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Conifex Announces $8.1 Million Bought Deal Offering and $4.9 Million Concurrent Private Placement

By Conifex
MarketWired
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber today announced that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of investment dealers led by Raymond James and including CIBC World Markets to purchase, on a bought deal basis, 2,662,295 common shares of the Company at a price of $3.05 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $8,120,000… In addition, the Company will complete a private placement of 1,600,000 Common Shares to an existing shareholder at the Issue Price for aggregate gross proceeds of $4,880,000… The Company intends to use net proceeds of the Offering and the Private Placement to partially repay outstanding indebtedness, which may then be redrawn, as required, and used to fund expenditures related to the development of the El Dorado sawmill project and for general corporate purposes.

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Clark calls in Canada’s ambassador, special envoy to map softwood strategy

By Dirk Meissner
Canadian Press in National Newswatch
February 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — When it comes to negotiating a softwood lumber agreement, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she prefers an unpredictable American administration, rather than the previous disinterested U.S. government. …She said Barack Obama’s administration was focused on reaching the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and barely responded to Canadian attempts to talk about the softwood deal, which expired in 2015. “They just simply weren’t interested,” Clark said at a news conference after the cabinet meeting. “So, unpredictable change can sometimes be good if it means we have an administration that, for the first time in a long time in the U.S., is interested in getting this agreement resolved.”

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Are We Entering an Age of Lumber Price Hikes? Industry experts say yes

By Craig Webb
ProSales Magazine
February 15, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

It’s common for framing lumber prices to shoot up this time of year, then start dropping around May. But, a variety of factors make it likely that we’re entering a multi-year era in which the cost of wood will keep rising for quite a while, experts predict. Start with the now-expired Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) and the Jan. 6 finding by the U.S. International Trade Commission that Canadian softwood lumber had injured U.S. producers. That means countervailing duties could take effect after April 1 and an antidumping duty could arrive by July. Rumors are that the duties could total 30%. 

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Drax reports good operational year, discusses future in biomass

By Anna Simet
Biomass Magazine
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International


Drax Group has released its preliminary results for 2016, accompanied by a webcast presentation given by CEO Dorothy Thompson, who discussed challenges and successes over the past year, as well as some of the company’s future goals and prospects in relation to biomass conversions and wood pellet production. Thompson said Drax’s power generation business has a good operational year, highlighting the its state aid approval for a contract for difference (CfD) in December after a lengthy delay, and completion of the conversion of Drax’s third power unit to wood pellets. In 2016, 75 percent of Drax’s power generation was derived from biomass, Thompson said, granting it the title of the largest single-source of renewable energy in the United Kingdom, having produced 1.27 terawatt-hours (TWh) of renewable power.

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Russia log exports up in volume and in value in Jan-Dec 2016

Customs Today
February 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

MOSCOW — Final results of 2016 show that the Russian roundwood trade on the foreign markets is still getting more active. This conclusion can be made on grounds of the foreign trade statistics published by the Russian Federal Customs Service. Thus, in January-December 2016, Russian enterprises expanded roundwood exports both in volume and value terms. During the indicated period, the Russian log export reached 20.065 million m3, that is 3.21% more than during the respective period of the previous year when these figures came up to almost 19.44 million m3. The total value of the Russian exported logs during all twelve months of the last year grew year-on-year by 0.93%.

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Labour pledges $20m to a prefab factory

By Michael Neilson
The Gisborne Herald
February 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International


THE LABOUR Party has pledged up to $20 million to help develop a factory for prefabricated building materials and associated infrastructure in Gisborne, if elected this year. “One of the biggest strengths of the Gisborne region’s economy is timber, yet too many logs are being shipped straight offshore without jobs and value being created for locals. There is a definite need for a prefabrication plant in Gisborne, and a Labour Government would get in behind local aspirations to develop value-added solutions in the wood processing industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Transformative building technologies and innovations in wood building and design among topics at inaugural Vancouver conference

By WOOD WORKS! BC
Journal of Commerce
February 16, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Leading-edge expertise in wood design, construction, finishing and building science will inform and inspire British Columbia’s building and design professionals at the upcoming 2017 Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre — East. The conference is presented by Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council, and is part of Wood Week BC, four events happening over 10 days on the latest trends and topics on wood design and construction with a range of educational and networking opportunities.

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Report: Oregon leading mass timber movement

By The Oregon Forest Resources Institute
PR Newswire
February 16, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Oregon—Oregon is setting the pace for the nation in mass timber manufacturing, design and construction. A new report by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute offers insights from the architecture, engineering and construction communities on this burgeoning trend. Forest to Frame showcases the public and private partnerships contributing to a growing movement that’s redefining how apartments, hotels and offices are constructed. The 20-page report profiles Oregon developers, architects and contractors who are at the forefront of using advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) to build multistory structures – even skyscrapers – almost entirely out of wood. It also highlights prominent projects in the state that are changing perceptions about wood construction, including a 12-story timber tower in Portland that will be one of the first CLT high-rises in the United States.

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Wood-frame construction durable, affordable

By Robert W. Glowinski, President & CEO, American Wood Council
Winter Park/Maitland Observer
February 16, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Winter Park/Maitland Observer reported that the city of Maitland is looking into prohibiting wood-frame multi-family construction to improve the quality of the community. The American Wood Council, which is cited in the news report, submits that the only results of such an action would be increased construction costs and a decrease in the architectural beauty of Maitland’s multi-family and nonresidential structures. The citizens of Maitland would be hurt by such action and deserve better. ……Whether analyzed by life cycle cost or life cycle environmental impact, the data shows that wood construction outperforms competing materials. It does not make sense to prohibit use of wood construction when state-of-the-art building codes identify its safe, long-term, and resilient use – especially when the end result will mean more expensive housing for many Maitland residents.

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Work to start Scotland’s tallest timber building

By Aaron Morby
Construction Enquirer
February 17, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International


Off-site construction specialists CCG is set to start work on Scotland’s tallest cross-laminated timber residential housing project. The Glasgow development will consist of 42 flats built from cross laminate timber in a building rising to seven storeys. Located on Ellerslie Road in Yoker the building will also have stunning views over the River Clyde. CLT is a form of structural timber that offers a sustainable alternative to steel and concrete offering enhanced environmental efficiency standards and greater flexibility during the construction process. It was first introduced to UK in 2003 and since then it has been used extensively across the South East of England on buildings, some rising to around 10 storeys.

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Wood Construction Battles Climate Change Through Carbon Storage

February 17, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, thus it plays a vital role in mitigating climate change. Building with wood is a part of the solution, as wood is the only construction material that stores carbon… One of the most important ways to mitigate climate change is to find new ways of capturing carbon from the atmosphere. The construction sector can support these positive developments by using wooden construction materials that capture carbon for their entire life span. For example, timber products lock approximately 1 ton of CO2 per 1 m3 of wood… “If buildings were re-invented today, renewable materials would play a key role. A revolution of more climate friendly and sustainable building is possible with the help of well-developed, green building products. The rest is up to designers and constructors”, Werner concludes.

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Wood Construction Battles Climate Change Through Carbon Storage

February 17, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, thus it plays a vital role in mitigating climate change. Building with wood is a part of the solution, as wood is the only construction material that stores carbon… One of the most important ways to mitigate climate change is to find new ways of capturing carbon from the atmosphere. The construction sector can support these positive developments by using wooden construction materials that capture carbon for their entire life span. For example, timber products lock approximately 1 ton of CO2 per 1 m3 of wood… “If buildings were re-invented today, renewable materials would play a key role. A revolution of more climate friendly and sustainable building is possible with the help of well-developed, green building products. The rest is up to designers and constructors”, Werner concludes.

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Forestry

Burning for beetles

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the next couple of months Williams Lake residents can expect to see the smoke of slash burning piles due to the Douglas-fir beetle harvesting taking place around the city. When asked why the wood waste is being burned rather than being transported to Atlantic Power Corporation’s biomass-fired generating plant, a spokesperson for the ministry of forests said the main focus is to remove and destroy the Douglas-fir bark beetle as quickly as possible. “Under the terms of the contract, the requirement was to destroy the beetles,” the ministry spokesperson told the Tribune. “In this case, slash piles are being burned as it is a quick and cost effective treatment. Infested trees have already been shipped to the mill to be processed.”

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Drone takes flight

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
February 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kevin Cafferky says it’s an idea he’s been kicking around for three or four years, and recent concerns about logging in Roberts Creek gave him the final nudge into becoming custodian and operator of a community drone. … “How can we bring the people to the forest? That was very difficult, and very frustrating. So how to do we bring the forest to the people?” …The first flights were over the logging sites off Lockyer Road in Roberts Creek, and Cafferky said safety, respect and not interfering are the watchwords when the drone is in the air.

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Meetings to protest B.C. forest policies

By Frank Peebles
Prince George Citizen
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A series of meetings to protest B.C.’s forest management policies has been scheduled for the region. Peter Ewart, co-founder of the Stand Up For The North Committee, said these events will take place in Prince George, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Williams Lake. … Each meeting will have a keynote speaker – Ben Parfitt, forestry analyst for the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives – plus a set of support speakers from forestry unions, First Nations and other stakeholder groups. Joining the group in organizing these events were the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, the Council of Canadians, and the USW 1-425 labour union.

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Silver Lake — the summer of a lifetime for your kids

Silver Lake Forestry Centre
February 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Silver Lake and acres of surrounding forest provide ample room for campers to discover not just the wonders of nature, but the chance to learn, grow and thrive in a healthy outdoor environment.  There’s something very special about overnight camps—lessons learned here last well beyond paddling a canoe for the first time or the final campfire—they help shape young lives and inspire new goals and dreams. Silver Lake Forestry Center had been in operation for over 40 years and is known for offering quality forest education programs and outdoor camping experiences to young people between the ages of 7 and 16 years. The Camp includes a brand new lodge with full kitchen, 10 cabins that each sleep 8-10 people, 6 no-fee camping areas (first-come first-served, no reservations) and a beautiful lake that is fully stocked with rainbow trout. 

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Road deactivations opposed

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A request by the Horsefly District Board of Trade to halt the deactivation of logging roads in the Horsefly area has the Cariboo Regional District’s support. At its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, the board agreed to send a letter to local MLAs requesting a meeting about the roads. “We have tourism companies that are trying to put together packages that rely on using these roads,” CRD chair Al Richmond told the Tribune. “If you take the road out and make it impassable you can no longer enjoy the backcountry.” When forestry companies move out they are responsible for the liability so they deactivate the roads, Richmond said, but noted that is a short-sighted approach because it prevents access if there’s a fire.

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In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters

By David Moskowitz
Pique News Magazine
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…[The Selkirk Mountains are] also home to endangered mountain caribou, which evolved to use these vast forests to evade predators. To survive here, mountain caribou adopted a diet of arboreal lichens that only grow in abundance in forests close to a century old or older. Decades of industrial logging operations have destroyed and fragmented mountain caribou habitat, and their numbers have dwindled to perilous levels, with about 1,000 remaining. In some ways, the mountain caribou is like a Canadian version of the spotted owl. …Logging trucks stacked high with ancient cedar regularly rumble down Victoria Road, passing European-style coffee shops and inns, headed for Downie Timber’s sprawling mill on the edge of Revelstoke. …Kerry Rouck, corporate forestry manager for the Gorman Group of Companies, which owns Downie Timber and several other operations in the region, confirms that caribou protections have not reduced their logging on public lands.

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Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry turns 100 this year

By John Macfie, 32 years in the forest sector!
The Weekly News
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Expect lots of media coverage this year reminding us of the anniversaries of a couple of dates of national significance. July 1, 2017 will mark Canada’s 150th birthday. And April 9, 1917, the start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, will be remembered as the day we emerged as a nation to be reckoned with. Lost in the shadow of these towering monuments, where only a former employee like me might notice, is the 100th anniversary of the Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Take long view on Elliott

By the Editorial Board
The Register-Guard
February 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…But the board should adopt a longer-term perspective. The Elliott State Forest made money for the Common School Fund for 83 years, and has lost money for four years. Gains have exceeded losses by a ratio of 100 to 1. Lone Rock wouldn’t offer to buy the land if it didn’t see an opportunity to recover its investment and then some. On balance, ownership of the Elliott has been of great benefit to the state and, recent losses notwithstanding, owning the Elliott looks like a winning proposition in the future. An even longer-term perspective is worth considering. The Elliott is the biggest remnant of 3.4 million acres deeded to the territory, and then the state, of Oregon by the federal government for the purpose of supporting schools. The state spent the first several decades after statehood disposing of these lands as quickly as it could at bargain-basement prices.

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Logging The Road To Rural Economic Recovery

By TJ Martinell
thelens.news
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For many Washington rural communities reliant on state land timber sales, catastrophic wildfire seasons can deliver an economic one-two punch: local homes and businesses are damaged, while a significant source of employment goes up in flames. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can auction off fire-damaged timber on the 2.1 million acres of forested state trust they manage. However, often times many of these sales are delayed by appeals under a slew of state environmental laws and regulations, and the timber becomes unusable. HB 1710 seeks to limit those appeals by exempting fire-damaged timber sales from provisions in the State Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and review under the Pollution Control Hearings Board per forest land practices.

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New website features data on Oregon’s forests

By The Oregon Forest Resources Institute
PR Newsire
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore., — A new website from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute offers the latest data about Oregon’s forests and forest-based economy, on a mobile-friendly platform. OregonForestFacts.org serves as a detailed reference guide to Oregon’s forest sector. It features data from the newly updated OFRI publication Oregon Forest Facts 2017-18 Edition, including maps, graphs and statistics about forestland ownership, timber harvest, forest-based employment and wood products production. “OregonForestFacts.org offers a broad overview of Oregon’s forest sector, with compelling graphics that help communicate the important role sustainably managed forests have in our state’s economy,” says OFRI Director of Forestry Mike Cloughesy.

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Read, Richardson wisely thwart governor on Elliott sale

By the Editorial Board
The Bend Bulletin
February 15, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Despite facing a $1.8 billion shortfall in Oregon’s next biennial budget, Gov. Kate Brown wants to spend more than $100 million to break a deal the state made in 2015 to sell the Elliott State Forest. Luckily for common sense and financial responsibility, the governor was blocked this week by new members of the State Land Board, Democratic Treasurer Tobias Read and Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. But the fight isn’t over yet. …But Brown got cold feet when the environmental lobby went to work. Having heard from “hundreds of Oregonians,” Brown recently announced she wants to ignore the thousands of students across the state whose schools have depended on funds from the Elliott. Instead of gaining funds for education, she wants the state to buy the forest to preserve it, spending money the state doesn’t have.

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Clemson Extension growing longleaf pine tree stand for education

By Denise Attaway, college of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
Clemson Newsstand
February 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — Clemson Extension forestry and natural resources agent Ryan Bean has his sights set on turning three acres of land at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center into an educational opportunity for South Carolina landowners. Restoration of longleaf pine trees is important for enhancing the South Carolina landscape, Bean said. “At one time, South Carolina had 7.6 million acres of longleaf pines,” he said. “That figure has decreased and today the state has just 569,646 acres.” The Sandhill REC plot once was home to pecan trees used for research. Knowing the pecan tree research was no longer ongoing, Bean proposed a plan for a new research project and demonstration site.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How Two First Nations And A Small Canadian Town Tapped Carbon Finance To Sustainably Manage Their Shared Forest

By Allie Goldstein, Assistant Scientist at Conservation International
Ecosystem Marketplace
February 16, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over the past decade, the ownership regime at Cheakamus has also changed significantly as the B.C. government – which controls the vast majority of forestland in the province despite the lack of formal treaties – has begun a process of reconciliation with First Nations. In 2005, the government asked the Resort Municipality of Whistler (located in the heart of Cheakamus), the Squamish, and the Lil’Wat to submit a proposal to create a Community Forest, which would mean they had the right to manage and harvest the forest. The agreement became official in 2009, giving the First Nations and the local community economic control over the land for the first time in centuries.  ” …“Some parties wanted to continue to have a working forest, while others basically wanted to put a fence around it,” explained Joseph Pallant, who runs the offset project developer Brinkman Climate. “The compromise was ecosystem-based management.”

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Regional District of Nanaimo grants consent to change lender for Cedar bioenergy facility

By Karl Yu
Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 16, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regional District of Nanaimo directors have voted to enter into a consent agreement with Cedar Road Bioenergy. Cedar Road is contracted by the regional district to collect greenhouse gas at its landfill in Cedar and convert it to electricity. The agreement is necessary for the company to change its lender to Vancity credit union. “It’s something that the bank requires and that’s for their security, so if they’re lending money to Cedar Road Bioenergy, then that gives them security that in the event that there’s a default or some issue with their lending that they can take over operation of the facility,” said Randy Alexander, RDN general manager of regional and community utilities. “That’s RDN providing our approval, our consent that they can do that under our contract.”

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Pellet Fuels Institute qualifies 20th pellet producer to standards program

By The Plltet Fuels Institute
Biomass Magazine
February 16, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturing facilities to the PFI Standards Program. Fiber Energy Products’ Seymour, Missouri, facility and Forest Energy Corporation’s Columbia Falls, Oregon, facility both qualified for the program. The PFI Standards Program is a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel, now representing 20 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 33 facilities.

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