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Today’s Takeaway

Forestry is the new ”sexy” sector.

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 9, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Facing “shortages of people with the right technology skills”—a recruitment challenge shared by the North America forest industry—New Zealand’s Brent Apthorp says forestry is different now because of the trend towards “multimillion-dollar, air-conditioned computerized cabs…with access to advanced and sophisticated technologies”. According to Mr. Apthorp, forestry is now “a sexy subject”.

Commenting on recent calls to ban log exports, Joel Wood—author of a 2014 study on how to reform BC’s log-export policies—claims that “banning log exports would be an economically harmful policy, and there are better policy options that could benefit the forestry sector and businesses”. Wood’s bottom line, “streamlining the process and reforming the PST are both better options“.

David Emerson, BC’s trade envoy on softwood lumber, called meetings held in Washington this week “good but prickly”. Other observations by Emerson include “the scope of this litigation is broader” and products like Coastal cedar “may now also get caught in protectionist measures”.  Further, there is uncertainty on the “degree to which softwood lumber is going to get caught up in the NAFTA negotiation”. Softwood lumber was specifically exempted from NAFTA last time.


Finally, the proposed US Timber Innovation Act—which will accelerate research and development of wood use in mass-timber construction—is “
picking up steam” in Oregon and Washington State amongst “both Democrats and Republicans“.
–Tree Frog Editors

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Business & Politics

Softwood lumber will be a battle again

By Les Leyne
Victoria Times Colonist
March 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some tactics have changed, and the opponents have upped their armament and rewritten some rules to their liking, but the war is the same. That was the assessment Wednesday from David Emerson, B.C.’s trade envoy to the U.S. on softwood lumber, after an initial tour of the battlefield. Canada is fighting a lumber coalition that “has legal framework that allows them to shake us down and drag us into multi-year negotiations … It’s designed to bring foreign suppliers to their knees. That part hasn’t changed.” …Emerson noted the administration is “still far from stabilized. There are an awful lot of gaps in terms of staffing the administration needed to carry out negotiations,” he told reporters on a conference call. Before hostilities truly begin, Emerson stressed the need for the Canadian side to hang together.

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US duties on Canadian lumber have broader targets

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
March 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

David Emerson, B.C.’s recently appointed Special Envoy to the U.S., met with American negotiators today to discuss softwood lumber in what he described as a good but “prickly” meeting… While the fundamental complaint is the same this time around – that Canada subsidizes its forestry sector through its Crown tenure system – Emerson said additional products, like Coastal cedar, may now also get caught in protectionist measures. “The scope of this litigation is broader,” Emerson said. “Products that were not included in the past have been included.” Another difference in the current attempts to get a new agreement is that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is now being reopened. Softwood lumber was specifically exempted from NAFTA… Although three of B.C.’s largest forestry companies now own more mills in the U.S. than they do in Canada, they are not allowed to be part of the American Lumber Coalition.

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B.C.’s softwood lumber envoy says long-term deal needed with U.S.

By Dirk Meissner
Canadian Press in The Globe and Mail
March 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s trade envoy on softwood lumber says the province is ready to fight on behalf of its lumber producers, but isn’t looking to become embroiled in a costly and lengthy legal battle with the United States. David Emerson was in Washington this week meeting with U.S. trade officials, senators and representatives of the National Association of Homebuilders about the expired trade deal between Canada and the United States. “We’re not negotiating, but we’re certainly setting the table, and I conveyed to the people I met with that British Columbia, as much of the rest of Canada, is not anxious to take a long, costly damaging [litigation] process,” he said in a telephone news conference Wednesday. …Mr. Emerson described his hour-long meeting with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, one of the U.S. Lumber Coalition’s chief advocates, as “prickly.”

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Better ways to boost B.C. than banning log exports

By Joel Wood, assistant professor, Thompson Rivers University and senior fellow – Fraser Institute
Victoria Times Colonist
March 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the provincial election a few months away, the contentious issue of log exports has emerged once again. Some politicians, policy analysts and unions have argued for a ban on log exports, whereas the current government has allowed limited exports of logs, but with an overly complex export-approval process. Banning log exports would be an economically harmful policy, and there are better policy options that could benefit the forestry sector and businesses. By preventing access to the higher log prices available in other countries, a ban would further suppress local log prices, hurting log owners, log producers and those employed in logging. …Rather than falling victim to the value-added fallacy of supporting jobs in manufacturing over jobs in primary sectors, B.C. could focus on getting the best prices for our resources by reforming and streamlining the current log-export process.

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Special Envoy: Softwood trade update: AUDIO

From the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of British Columbia
March 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Washington, D.C., — Special Envoy to the United States David Emerson has issued the following statement following productive meetings in Ottawa and Washington D.C. where he advanced British Columbia’s interests in softwood lumber: “Over the past three days, we have met with elected representatives, officials and stakeholders in Ottawa and Washington, D.C. “In Ottawa, we met with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Québec’s Representative to the U.S., Raymond Chretien. In Washington, we met with former and current officials with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, the National Association of Homebuilders and some key senators.

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Brink v BCR back in court

By Mark Neilsen
Prince George Citizen
March 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The long-running legal battle between Prince George lumber manufacturer John Brink and BCR Properties Ltd. over a failed land deal was back in court Wednesday as lawyers wrangled over the groundwork for a looming trial. Brink is alleging BCR committed civil fraud by failing to provide full disclosure of the state of a landfill that made up nearly a quarter of the 100 acres at 1077 Boundary Rd. in the BCR Industrial Site where he had intended to build a new sawmill and consolidate his other operations. A five-week trial on the matter had been set to start in January but was put on hold when Brink secured a new lawyer, Jon Duncan, to argue the case.

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Northwest Lumber Producers Watching Canada Closely: AUDIO

By Julie Sabatier
Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 6, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A long-standing trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada over softwood lumber is heating up again. Softwood comes from coniferous trees — pine, fir, and other timber native to the Pacific Northwest — and it’s exempt from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Last year, the U.S. sent $168 million worth of softwood lumber to Canada, roughly $31 million of it from Oregon. “It really boils down to the differences between the two countries’ forest industries,” said Naomi Christensen, senior policy analyst for the nonpartisan Canada West Foundation. …It’s unclear if a new agreement will be negotiated any time soon. Without an agreement, Christensen says she’s expecting to see tariffs on Canadian lumber coming into the U.S. by early summer. She cautions that while a new tariff could be good for U.S. producers in the short-term, it would likely have a negative long-term economic impact because it would increase costs for home builders.

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Global trade of softwood lumber has gone up 66 percent in seven years

By Wood Resources International LLC
American Journal of Transportation
March 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Global softwood lumber trade increased 12 percent year-over-year to reach a new record- high of 121 million m3 in 2016, per estimates by WRI. Since the global financial recession in 2009, there has been a steady climb in international trade of lumber, with shipments the past seven years having increased as much as 66 percent. While it is no surprise that China is a major driver for the dramatic rise in lumber shipments worldwide the past seven years, it is interesting to note that the US has actually increased softwood lumber imports more than China. …Lumber exports from British Columbia reached their highest levels since 2006 in 2016. Lumber shipments from the province to the US were up 25% year-over-year, while export volumes to Asia have fallen about eight percent.

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‘Sexy sector’ of forestry seeking staff with tech skills

By Yvonne O’Hara
New Zealand Herald
March 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International


Forestry is the new ”sexy” sector. Forestry workers are more likely to work in a multimillion-dollar, air-conditioned computerised cab on haulage or processing equipment with access to advanced and sophisticated technologies than on the ground as they did a few years ago. However, Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) president Ross Davis said while the industry was growing rapidly, a shortage of people with the right technology skills was affecting forestry contractors nationwide, including those in Otago and Southland. Mr Davis said the industry and Government must re-examine how school leavers were being prepared for employment and work and improve funding and access to technology skills training to meet the demand.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Diverse set of projects make up Wood Design winners

By Warren Frey
Journal of Commerce
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The wood industry is celebrating both excellence and innovation with a diverse slate of projects. The 13th annual Wood Design Awards were held on March 6 in Vancouver, showcasing wood projects and wood-focused firms from around the province, along with several projects outside Canada. There were 114 nominations in 13 categories for the 2017 awards. …”With wood now recognized for its ability to significantly reduce carbon impacts in our built environment and increase construction efficiency, it is playing a leading role in a design and building revolution,” Wood WORKS! BC executive director Lynn Embury-Williams said. “The relentless exploration of new frontiers with wood is the foundation of our awards program and the projects presented here this evening provide a view into the future.”

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Wood midrise structures part of ‘the missing middle’

By Don Procter
Daily Commerical News
March 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quality of construction, ease and speed of assembly, along with building costs, are factors architects must carefully evaluate when preparing designs for a new breed of all-wood midrise residential developments in Ontario. “As architects, technologists and designers, we need to be creative in providing the kind of densities that municipalities and new building code provisions are aiming for and still provide the housing products that builders know and want to build,” said Marco VanderMaas, director of design at Q4 Architects Inc., a Toronto residential architectural firm….He said wood midrises offer “lots of options to panelize and provide tools on site. Understanding them is essential to get the job done.” “Once the trades understand that building taller wood construction is a more sophisticated way of building, they can have systems in place to deal with strapping and other measures and complications readily and quickly,” he said.

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Cantwell, House and Senate colleagues introduce bipartisan Timber Innovation Act

The Daily World
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington State — US Senator Maria Cantwell, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, reintroduced the Timber Innovation Act Wednesday — bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as a building material Wednesday. According to a statement from Cantwell’s office, the legislation will accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, such a cross-laminated timber, focusing on the construction of buildings more than 85 feet in height — like the 12-story cross-laminated timber building currently in development in the Pearl District of Portland, Ore… Building on that momentum, the Timber Innovation Act would encourage investment through the US Forest Service’s Forest Products Lab and American colleges and universities to conduct research and development on new methods for the construction of wood buildings…. Adrian Blocker, Weyerhaeuser senior vice president of wood products, said, “There is enormous potential for mass timber and the Timber Innovation Act takes an important step forward to advance this new technology. 

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WoodWorks brings in-house expertise to a wider audience

Woodworks US Newsletter
March 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WoodWorks has built a staff of industry experts on all topics related to wood design. Our expertise is highly regarded by individuals, companies and organizations, and is now being brought to a wider audience via an updated webinar platform. One of our experts, Terry Malone, is a licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, Oregon and Arizona, and author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill and ICC. Terry has over 35 years of wood design experience, and continues to share his knowledge with practitioners in his role at WoodWorks. Terry consistently gets rave reviews for his workshops: “Honestly one of best seminars I’ve ever attended, from the standpoint of the depth of the topic, and the clarity and organization of the material. Especially useful given the scarcity of information on these topics (offset wood diaphragms, load paths, offset shear walls, etc.) elsewhere.”— Nashville workshop attendee

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LEED, Trump, The #Resistance, And Alternative Facts

By Jerry Yudelson
Reinventing Green Building Blog
March 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

We’ve shown in the past two blogs (and in next week’s conclusion to this series) that LEED has continued to stumble in 2016 in key markets for green building certification: higher education, K12 (secondary and elementary) education, healthcare and existing buildings. In fact, use of LEED in these all-important building sectors is basically de minimus. …However, for the past two years, under both old and new leadership, the US Green Building Council’s response has been not to undertake a wholesale revamping of the LEED system, but rather to double-down on PR, promotion and propaganda. Just last week, the USGBC took out very expensive ads (- a full page in the New York Times, Feb. 28th, page B3 – and two-thirds of a page in the Wall Street Journal) that propagated a number of false, misleading and in fact, “alternative facts” about LEED and green building.

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Congress gets a chance to back tall wood buildings

By Pete Danko
Portland Business Journal
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Tall wood buildings, a movement that’s begun to pick up steam in Oregon, would get a boost from the federal government under bipartisan legislation proposed in Congress on Tuesday. The Timber Innovation Act instructs the Department of Agriculture to work with the forestry products industry and institutions of higher learning on performance standards and research and development that could help commercialize “mass timber” products. The legislation also calls for the feds to run an annual tall wood building design competition, and would allow the USDA to dole out wood-innovation grants.

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Mount Vernon School District takes part in new construction program

By Kera Wanielista
Skagit Valley Herald
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

MOUNT VERNON — A new building going up at Jefferson Elementary School has the Mount Vernon School District as one of five innovators in school construction in the state. Construction on the school’s new detached cross-laminated timber classroom building began Tuesday, causing excitement among the students as they watched cranes move the walls into place. “This has been quite the entertainment factor for us,” Principal Tim Newell said. The district is one of five throughout the state to have received a $1 million grant to construct new classrooms using cross-laminated timber — prefabricated, solidly engineered wood paneling — as part of a pilot project promoted by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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FauxWoodBeams™ Custom Timber: Now Longer, Stronger, More Realistic

By FauxWoodBeams
PRNewswire
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

DEER PARK, N.Y.,—Manufactured with a higher density polyurethane material, the new Custom Timber faux beam from FauxWoodBeams.com has a more realistic finish and a higher quality and durability for both home and commercial settings. This durability is especially significant for strengthening the joints at mitered ends. In addition, this new line is a great choice for projects needing a “monster beam”. Now available in widths up to 36″ x 36″ and lengths up to 30′, Custom Timber can accommodate big projects without breaking a sweat. “This is one of our most, if not the most exciting product launch of the year,” said Steve Barron, co-founder of FauxWoodBeams™. “The beam’s material is extra strong to handle the new length options. This wider range of custom sizes is exactly what customers have been requesting.”

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Potential for Twists and Turns in Contracts for Sustainable Building

By Mark Stempler
Daily Business Review
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Sustainable building is booming in Florida. In 2016, the Sunshine State ranked fourth in the number of LEED certified projects in the U.S. at 204, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Florida now is home to more than 1,400 LEED-certified projects. LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used sustainable or green building rating system. In the U.S., more than 3,300 projects were LEED certified last year, pushing the national list to about 60,000. Plus there are many projects certified under different ratings systems such as Green Globes, the WELL Building Standard and others. Green building is prevalent across all sectors of the construction industry, including commercial, residential and health care.

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UAE taps potential of building wooden houses Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

New ideas and innovations were presented during the second day of the 12th edition of Dubai WoodShow and the first edition of Dubai International Furniture Accessories & Components & Semi-Finished Products Show on Wednesday (March 08). Many initiatives were also presented at the show, one of which targets building 100 per cent wood-manufactured houses in the UAE. “Statistics show that houses built using steel increase the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, followed by buildings made of concrete. While studies reveal that buildings using wooden building materials don’t only reduce CO2 emission, but also have positive impact on the environment by helping achieving sustainability,” said Juha Peltomaki, senior advisor from Finland.

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Metsä Wood: Temporary Wooden Market Hall Becomes Eye-Catching Landmark

March 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

ESPOO, Finland -The distinctive new building in Stockholm’s Östermalm is a temporary market hall that was built as a temporary space while the old market hall is being renovated. What nobody expected was the tremendous popularity of this “wooden box”, which ended up winning Sweden’s most prestigious design award. … In 2012, this well-established rendezvous point in Stockholm’s finest district faced a critical need for a complete renovation, and the city invited bids for the refurbishment project. …The solution for this challenge was to build a temporary building made of Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), so that the entire offering of the old market hall was still available under one roof.

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Self-sufficient Skilpod home generates all its own energy, pops up in less than a day

By Lucy Wang
Inhabitat
March 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Belgian construction company Skilpod has produced a prefabricated home that can generate all its own energy and pop up in as little as half a day. Designed by UAU Collectiv, the new #150 Skilpod solar-powered model is a zero-energy home constructed from cross-laminated timber and takes about 20 days in total to build in the firm’s factory in Geel. The timber modular home can be easily expanded and customized as needed and is insulated to passive standards. … The modular homes can be stacked together to create apartment blocks. All modules are made from cross-laminated timber, a material chosen for its strength, airtightness for high insulation, fire resistance, and carbon sequestration.

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Forestry

Some B.C. loggers get extra day off to catch up on sleep, improve alertness

By Courtney DIckson
CBC News
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some B.C. logging truck drivers are being given extra time off to catch up on sleep in order to help improve their overall health and alertness while on the road. Brad Bennett, Woodlands manager for Interfor at the Adams Lake sawmill, says logging truck drivers often work from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m during this time of year. “Studies have shown that people who go on to those early shifts … for five days and then go on to their normal life on the weekend can only do that for a period of time. After that, their sleep deprivation goes to a level that’s really impairing them,” said Bennett. Dan Todd, co-owner of Bill Todd Logging who is contracted to haul the logs for the mill, also noticed changes in his drivers after these shifts.

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Future of Conservation Authority lands under study

By Sara McCleary
Sault This Week
March 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is updating its Managed Forest Plan to maintain the health of its forests and to remain active in the provincial Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program. “This is the third managed forest plan for the SSMRCA. The most recent Managed Forest Plan expires on Dec. 31, 2017,” Christine Ropeter, assistant manager of the Conservation Authority, told Sault This Week. “A Managed Forest Plan sets the general direction for the forest being managed for the next 10 years,” said Ropeter. “It details the past, present and future objectives for managing the forest covering several themes: watershed protection; environment; financial stability; wildlife habitat; recreation; community involvement and communications; social, cultural, and educational research; and long-term forest health,” she said.

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If America’s public lands were a business, the GOP would be bungling the balance sheet

By Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
Los Angeles Times
March 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

American politicians have always been obsessed with running government “like a business.” They promise to make bureaucracies leaner and let the free market fix all our problems. Well, if America’s public lands were a business, shareholders would be shocked by the gross negligence of some of their top executives. Every American citizen owns stock in 640 million acres of federal public lands. We hire public servants to manage our precious assets for maximum return. For decades, we’ve taken these sizable holdings for granted, assuming they’re in good hands. …Rather than harness the power of public lands for maximum benefit, some politicians on the right — including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — are trying to repeal laws that safeguard ecologically vulnerable landscapes.

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This man is cloning old-growth redwoods and planting them in safe places (video)

By Melissa Breyer
Treehugger
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

David Milarch is on a quest to save California’s coast redwoods, some of the world’s oldest and largest living things; he may be saving the planet along the way. There is nothing like a coast redwood. Sequoia sempervirens is the planet’s tallest tree, soaring to heights of more than 320 feet into the sky. …In 1991, Milarch, an arborist from Michigan, literally died from renal failure, before being revived and springing back to life. There’s nothing like a near-death experience to inspire a new course in life, as was the case with Milarch. His new quest? To harvest the genetics of the coast redwoods and give them an assist in migration. …By cloning and replanting them in places where they once thrived but were lost, he is not only increasing their numbers but planting them in locations where they have a better chance of longevity. And the result is two-fold: Save the trees and save the planet (for humankind, at least, the planet will go on with or without us, but you know what I mean).

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Forest Service approves wildlife habitat project in the Elkhorns

By Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest announced it will proceed with a project in the Elkhorn Mountains south of Helena aimed at enhancing wildlife habitat. The Johnny Crow Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project includes prescribed burning and thinning in grassland and forest habitats. The project includes more than 13,500 acres of burning, hand-piling and slashing within a nearly 67,000-acre project area located about 10 miles from Townsend. The project area includes more than 37,000 acres of inventoried roadless area. Planning documents cite improvements to elk and deer range by removing encroaching conifer trees, benefits to nesting habitat for grassland birds, diversifying age classes of trees and promoting growth of white bark pine as goals of the project.

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Wyden Says Reduced Forest Service Payments Spotlight Need to Reauthorize SRS

By Sam Marsh
KAJO
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


US Senator Ron Wyden said Tuesday’s announcement of reduced Forest Service payments to Oregon spotlight the need for Congress to act quickly to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools funding. Congressional failure to reauthorize the SRS funding that’s brought almost $4 billion since 2000 to Oregon’s timber counties and schools means the Forest Service must revert to making payments that provide just 25% of the federal timber sale revenue from national forestlands generated in each county. …Wyden said Oregon counties depend on SRS funding to help pay for good schools, safe roads and reliable law enforcement. He said he will keep working on a long-term solution to give rural counties in Oregon and across the country certainty to plan their budgets and to provide crucial resources to their citizens.

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Clallam County sends letter to Department of Natural Resources on timber harvests, marbled murrelet

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners have weighed in on draft environmental impact statements for the state’s 10-year timber harvest target and protections for the marbled murrelet. Commissioners Mark Ozias and Randy Johnson approved Tuesday a hastily composed letter to the state Department of Natural Resources urging the agency to include economic impacts, including indirect jobs, in its analysis of the proposed sustainable harvest calculation for the next decade and long-term conservation of the threatened seabird. Commissioner Bill Peach was absent from the county meeting because he was serving as vice chair of the state Board of Natural Resources in a meeting in Olympia.

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Public lands an advantage for tech

Letter by Alex Philp, founder and co-owner, GCS Holdings, Inc. & founder and president, N-SITE LLC
The Missoulian
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When the timber industry can sit down with conservationists and ranchers can see eye-to-eye with recreationists – we need leaders who will listen and honor those efforts. That’s why the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project is so unique. It’s a Montana-made model for managing our lands – a much better alternative to selling off our public lands to the highest bidder or settling for top-down, one-size-fits-all land management directives from D.C. As a tech entrepreneur, our public lands provide a competitive advantage in my efforts to attract and retain world-class talent working on innovative tech solutions here in Montana. We owe a thank you to all of the people who have been dedicated to sitting down around tables to come up with solid answers on how to enhance recreation in the Seeley and Ovando areas, while also supporting timber jobs and reducing wildland fire risk.

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Picayune Strand fire now 6500 acres near Naples

By Scott Marcusky
Fox 4
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NAPLES, Fla. — The Collier County brush fire was lighting up the night sky with fierce flames and billowing smoke overnight Tuesday. At least 7,500 acres have been scorched from the fire so far, and it is only 40% contained. According to the Florida Forest Service, winds have died down and the relative humidity has increased, allowing firefighters an opportunity to gain access closer to the wildfire as fire activity decreased. During the evening hours, firefighters reported the sky looked like “Chinese lanterns” as the fire brands floated across I-75. One spot fire was detected at the Naples Landfill and quickly contained at one acre. Florida Forest Service’s firefighting bulldozers quickly encircling the wildfire with a dirt containment line which allows the wildfire to burn itself out.  

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West Virginia forester jobs could become ‘political’ under Agriculture, Senate Democrats say

By Eric Eyre
Charleston Gazette-Mail
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


A proposal to put state foresters under the West Virginia Department of Agriculture could politicize their jobs, Democrats in the state Senate said Wednesday. State foresters, who now work under the state Commerce Department, have civil service job protections. The foresters would become “will and pleasure” employees with fewer protections against being fired if the Division of Forestry moves to the agriculture department. “Their fears with this is, putting it under agriculture, it could become political,” said state Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan. On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee put off a vote on legislation (SB 183) to transfer the forest office.

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US Forest Service uses wildfire in Land Between the Lakes to prevent future fires

By Jason Thomason
WPSD Local 6
March 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES, Ky. – The U.S. Forest Service is using a fire that’s burned more than 120 acres in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area to prevent a disaster like the one Gatlinburg experienced in November. Lightning sparked the LBL fire last week. Turner Cemetery in Land Between the Lakes sits peacefully. Around it is a ring of black. “You can see where we burned right up to a nice spot around it,” said Land Between the Lake’s Environmental Stewardship Staff Officer John Westbrook. The cemetery sits near the Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail where the U.S. Forest Service is managing a lightening-caused fire. “All that was consumed by the fire was just the older vegetation,” Westbrook said.

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Long-awaited Leadbeater’s possum review underway

By Sam Darroch
Latrobe Valley Express
March 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A review of buffer zones around possum colonies in the Central Highlands forest, which are contributing to a shortage of timber resource availability, is underway and due for completion next month, the State Government has said. The 12.5 hectare harvesting exclusion zone around every Leadbeater’s possum colony sighted has been in the spotlight as a factor in VicForests’ reduced supply offer to Heyfield’s Australian Sustainable Hardwoods operation. Buffer zones were due to be reviewed once 200 colonies of the critically endangered species were observed, but with survey work and third-party reporting putting the number of sightings at more than 400, calls for action grew. With ASH facing potential closure, timber industry veteran of more than three decades and Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood joined the choir last week.

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General

Metsä Wood: Temporary Wooden Market Hall Becomes Eye-Catching Landmark

March 9, 2017
Category: Uncategorised

ESPOO, Finland -The distinctive new building in Stockholm’s Östermalm is a temporary market hall that was built as a temporary space while the old market hall is being renovated. What nobody expected was the tremendous popularity of this “wooden box”, which ended up winning Sweden’s most prestigious design award. … In 2012, this well-established rendezvous point in Stockholm’s finest district faced a critical need for a complete renovation, and the city invited bids for the refurbishment project. …The solution for this challenge was to build a temporary building made of Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), so that the entire offering of the old market hall was still available under one roof.

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