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Today’s Takeaway

Pierre Lapointe steps down from FPInnovations

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

After ten years at the helm of FPInnovations, Pierre Lapointe is stepping down. Known for his passion for research and innovation, Pierre’s legacy includes “the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant, the first cellulose filaments demonstration plant and a lignin extraction plant“.

In a reversal of investment trends, US/Florida-based Rayonier is moving to buy a Canadian forest products company, Tembec. Although if completed, the friendly takeover will be “headquartered in Montreal“. 

US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced $8.3 million in grants to “expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets”. Examples of past projects include “biomass district energy systems, biochar and water quality, and the resiliency of cross-laminated timber structures“. Further on the latter topic, Construction Drive has a feature article titled “Mass timber 101: understanding the emerging building type”.


Kudos to TimberWest and T-MAR Industries for improving logging safety by installing cameras on their grapple yarders. And kudos to the Lake Cowichan Gazette writer who helped her readers understand that a “
grapple yarder is similar to the game at the fair where you try to grab a stuffed toy by controlling a grapple with a joystick“.
— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

FPInnovations announces that President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Pierre Lapointe, is stepping down

By FPInnovations
Canada Newswire
May 25, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

On behalf of the Board of Directors of FPInnovations, Mr. Yvon Pelletier, Chairman of the Board, announced today that Pierre Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations is stepping down from his position. A selection process will be started over the next few weeks and Pierre will remain in office until his replacement is appointed – likely sometime this Fall. “I am very grateful for the work Pierre has done since taking office on December 1, 2008,” says Mr. Pelletier. “Under his leadership, FPInnovations has positioned itself as Canada’s Forest Sector Innovation Hub thanks to many landmark projects”. Indeed, Pierre led projects such as building the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant in partnership with Domtar; implementing the first cellulose filaments demonstration plant in the world in partnership with Kruger; as well as creating a Lignin extraction plant in Thunder Bay in partnership with Resolute Forest Products. Pierre is known for his energy and dynamism, and above all, his passion for innovation and research.

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Pulp stats: Softwood weak on faltering Chinese demand

By Paul Quinn
RBC Capital Markets
May 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

PPPC reported World-20 market pulp stats for the month of April. PPPC World-20 pulp stats for April showed shipments remained flat y/y, with weakness in softwood shipments (-4.2% y/y) offset by strength in hardwood (+4.3% y/y). Global days of supply were flat m/m, with a slight uptick in softwood inventories (+1 day of supply m/m) again offset by a slight decline in hardwood inventories (-1 day of supply m/m). Regionally, shipments to China declined significantly m/m (-21.6% m/m) but remain 3.5% above April 2016 levels.

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Florida-based Rayonier makes US$807-million friendly takeover offer for Tembec

Canadian Press in Vancouver Metro
May 25, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL — A Florida-based company is moving to buy Tembec Inc. in a friendly takeover deal that values the Quebec-based forestry company at US$807 million, including assumed debt. Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., says the proposed deal announced this morning would create a more diversified company with a Canadian headquarters in Montreal. Tembec shareholders are being offered C$4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a Rayonier share, subject to a cap on the total amount of cash or shares that will be issued. The purchase price is 37 per cent above Wednesday’s closing price for Tembec on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The proposed takeover requires approvals from courts, regulators and shareholders and is expected to close in the second half of 2017. …Tembec CEO James Lopez said Rayonier is an ideal partner, given the complementary nature of their products, expertise and resources.

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USA imported 16% less lumber from Canada in Q1

EUWID – Wood Products and Panels
May 25, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The USA imported a total of 8.456m m³ of softwood lumber from Canada in the first quarter of this year which, according to the figures from the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), equates to a reduction of 16% against last year. After imports in January had still been slightly higher than a year earlier at +1.6%, the FAS recorded reductions of 30% and almost 15% respectively for February and March. Owing to the comparatively high softwood lumber prices on the US market in the first quarter, the value of the Canadian deliveries increased 15% to $1.418bn; the value per unit rose by a good 36% to $167.7/m³. The FAS also recorded a reduction in US softwood lumber exports for the first quarter. 

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Sawmill steps up to support annual Cochrane Fair

By Lindsay Seewalt
Cochrane Eagle
May 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Spray Lake Sawmills is the horse that has taken the lead in the way of donations for the coming fifth annual Cochrane Fair. The local lumber kings are donating $15,000 to the Aug. 18 to 20 weekend event that will also host the annual Cochrane Classic Bullriding on the Saturday evening. The sizable donation makes it possible for the Ag Society to bring in the West Coast Lumberjack Show – which will run eight shows throughout the course of the weekend. The lumberjack event will include axe throwing, log cutting, and rolling and audience participation events.

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Logset makes new dealer agreements in the US

By Logset
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
May 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Finnish forestry machine manufacturer Logset Oy has signed a distribution agreement with U.S.-based Fabick CAT and U.S.-based Milton CAT to market Logset products. Under the terms of the agreement, the new dealers will provide sales, parts and service for Logset harvesters and forwarders throughout their service territories. The Fabick CAT territory includes the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as major parts of Missouri and Illinois. The Milton CAT territory consists of New England and upstate New York. The initial shipment of machines?is scheduled for June. The Great Lakes Region and the Northeastern United States is a key market for Logset. The area has embraced the Scandinavian cut-to-length (CTL) method of logging, and both Fabick CAT and Milton CAT are leading suppliers of CTL solutions in their territories.

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Two sent to hospital after fire at Douglas County Forest Products

By Ian Campbell
The News-Review
May 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WINCHESTER — A mill employee and firefighter were sent to the hospital for minor injuries this morning after a silo caught fire in the lumber yard of Douglas County Forest Products, according to fire officials. At approximately 2:59 a.m., emergency personnel received several calls about an explosion in the area of the mill. When fire crews arrived on the scene in the 300 block of Del Rio Road, a silo and three wood chop shaving bids were on fire, according to Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler. Shoufler said the explosion was caused by oxygen being introduced into areas where a build up of heat and gas needed only a source of oxygen to combust. Wood dust may have added to the explosion’s fuel load, which aided in lighting the silo and surrounding duct work on fire. Shoufler said these types of fires are often caused by a spark that is generated from the operating machinery that gets into the wood dust and smolders, creating pockets of heat and fire.

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Legislators Differ On Elimination Of Forestry Mill Tax

By Ken Krall
WXPR
May 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Two Northwoods legislators have differing opinions on the repeal of the state’s Forestry Mill tax. The tax is the state’s only property tax. Governor Walker has proposed eliminating the Mill Tax and replacing it with money from the state spending. Authorized in 1924, this revenue source has supported forestry programs that facilitated the successful recovery from the ‘cut over time’ when there was no Northwoods as we have today. In 2014, the tax was estimated to be about $25 dollars for a $150,000 home. At a recent meeting, Republican state legislators Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Jeff Mursau disagreed on the tax’s elimination. Both legislators say even if removed, the programs will be funded for the next two years.

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US and Canada have rough history regarding timber

By Matthew Clark
GSA Business
May 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

It’s a battle that has lasted since the Reagan administration and one that may not be concluded anytime soon. The war over lumber imports from Canada has risen back up to the spotlight after the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed a preliminary subsidy duty on Canadian softwood lumber products at an average of 20%. …As potential summer talks surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement start to heat up, the timber issue could be a factor in those talks, or it could be set aside and dealt with on separate terms. “The answer is not litigation because that will raise the price of Canadian timber which has an impact on homebuilders,” Wilkins said. “Leaders will have to exercise some political capital and find some middle ground.”

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Australia’s forestry sector continues to “break records”

By Alice Burnet
Bellingen Courier Sun
May 25, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International


Despite the local campaigns in the Bellingen Shire aiming to reduce or in some cases cease logging, a report today says the country is cutting down more trees than ever.The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report intimates Australia’s forestry sector is continuing to enjoy some of the best conditions in its history. The report, Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2016, showed that the volume and value of logs harvested reached record levels in 2015–16. ABARES acting executive director, Peter Gooday, said the figures show that Australia’s log harvest exceeded 30 million cubic metres for the first time in 2015-16, valued at over $2.3 billion.

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Sawmill’s future is uncertain

Country News
May 25, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Australia — Victorian timber workers in the Latrobe Valley are reeling from news their sawmill has been slated for ‘‘possible’’ closure, with 160 jobs on the line. Latrobe City Council’s Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan said news that Carter Holt Harvey was consulting with staff on the possible closure of its Morwell sawmill was devastating to the community. ‘‘Still reeling from the 750 job losses brought about by the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, this news will raise concern and anxiety around our economic resilience and strength,’’ she said on Tuesday last week. …The company says fires since 2003 burned 15 per cent of its log supplier Hancock Victorian Plantations’ pine estates and the new trees planted would take at least 28 years to mature.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Housing, construction boom not enough, report suggests

By Steve MacNaull
The Kelowna Daily Courier
May 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kelowna’s economy might not be as stellar as it lets on. For the past couple of years, the city has given off an air of affluence as housing prices have soared to new highs, the tech sector has taken off and construction seems to be happening everywhere. But, the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia paint a picture of jerky progress and doubts for the future in their newly released Thompson-Okanagan Regional Check-Up. “Economic growth slowed in 2016 and prospects for 2017 are uncertain,” said Karen Christiansen of the Chartered Professional Accountants, who is a partner at MNP in Kelowna. …While there may be jobs in construction and high tech, the Thompson-Okanagan region lost 11,500 jobs last year in the manufacturing, transportation and trucking, and trade sectors. Over half of the cuts in manufacturing were associated with the downturn in wood product manufacturing, yet there was an increase in softwood lumber logging in 2016.

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Mass timber 101: Understanding the emerging building type

By Hallie Busta
Construction Dive
May 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Building tall with structural wood is the aim of many research-minded project teams these days. But the building type is largely outside the scope of current building codes in the U.S., meaning each project requires ample — and often costly — testing to prove it will perform equal to or better than it would if it were made of materials like concrete and steel. …To learn more about how mass-timber construction will scale up, as well as to define what’s currently included in the purview of mass-timber construction for low-, mid- and high-rise projects, we spoke with Andrew Tsay Jacobs, director of the Building Technology Lab at Perkins+Will.

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Multifamily Developer Confidence Dips in First Quarter as Market Levels Off

National Association of Home Builders
May 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), dropped seven points to 48 in the first quarter of 2017. The MPI has not had a reading of under 50 since the fourth quarter of 2011. The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that a number above 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are improving than report conditions are getting worse.

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U.S. Forest Service Awards Grants to Expand and Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Products Markets in 19 States

USDA Forest Service
May 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds from 36 business, university, nonprofit, and tribal partners in 19 states for a total investment of over $45 million. …This year the Forest Service received 114 proposals, highlighting the expanding interest in using wood as an innovative building material and renewable energy source. …Of the 38 projects funded, 26 focus upon expanding wood products markets, and 12 increase wood energy markets. Projects address a wide range of issues that include increasing capacity at mass timber manufacturing facilities, testing the resiliency of cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures against explosives, establishing biomass district energy systems, and examining the use of biochar in restoring water quality.

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New Home Sales Slip in April After Strong Start to Year

National Association of Home Builders
May 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in April dropped for the first time in 2017, falling 11.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales numbers for the first three months of the year were all upwardly revised, and the March sales pace was the highest since October 2007.

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Melbourne mixed-use project brings together Passive House and CLT

By Willow Aliento
The Fifith Estate
May 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International


Abbotsford in Melbourne’s inner north is set to become home to what might be Australia’s first multi-storey mixed use building that brings together two of property’s hottest sustainability trends – Passive House and Cross Laminated Timber. Developer and construction company Pirovich is proposing building ranging in height from six to nine storeys designed by Fieldwork, the sister company of small-footprint developer Assemble. …He said the architects asked the developer if it would consider CLT for the project during early design stages. “I thought, ‘Yes, why not?’” Mr Pirovich said there were many upsides to using CLT for both the developer and builder, in terms of speed of construction, improved site safety and less need for onsite labour. “Instead of 30 people onsite, you have a crew of five carpenters.”…“There are no downsides really, not for us as the construction company, not for the neighbours, not for the owners and occupiers.”

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Forestry

B.C.’s fire season off to a slow start

By Randy Shore
The Vancouver Sun
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fire season in B.C. is off to a slow start thanks to wet spring weather that didn’t ease up until last week. There are 15 forest fires currently burning in the province, but only two of those have been upgraded to wildfires of note status, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. “On this date a year ago, we had 303 fires to date, which had burned over 90,000 hectares,” said spokeswoman Claire Allen. High winds have made life difficult for 26 firefighters battling a 200-hectare fire near Mount Robson, east of Tete Jaune Cache. The fire has not been contained, but crews are focused on just two active spot fires. “The visibility is very poor in the valley, so it’s hard to know exactly how big that fire is,” said Allen. A smouldering ground fire at Cooper Creek about two kilometres northwest of Lumby has been contained at four hectares. Helicopters and airtankers doused the fire with retardant on Tuesday.

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Locals wondering if small debris fire led to Lumby wildfire

By Charlotte Helston
InfoTel News Ltd
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LUMBY – While the cause of a wildfire burning near Lumby remains undetermined, some locals say they saw a small fire smouldering in the same area one week ago. Jackie Pichette drives people up Cooper Mountain for hang gliding and paragliding activities and says last Wednesday, May 17, she noticed a small, unattended debris pile smouldering on Cooper Creek Forest Service Road. “It was just smoky and smouldering,” Pichette says. Believing the pile to be on a Tolko cutblock, she left a message about the debris fire with the company. She also notified the logging school, run by Charles Bloom Secondary, thinking it may be in their wood lot, but was told it was outside their area. Returning to the site in the following days, Pichette did not see anyone attending to the fire, which continued to smoke as recently as Sunday when she saw it last. 

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Canada North Resources Expo coming to Prince George this week

By Master Promotions
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“The Equipment to Get the Jobs Done” will be in focus at the third edition of the Canada North Resources Expo, taking place at the CN Centre in Prince George this Friday and Saturday, May 26th and 27th.  This is one of the region’s most popular heavy equipment trade shows, featuring the leading companies and products that are part of Northern Canada’s varied resources sectors – including forestry, heavy construction and major resources infrastructure. …The Canada North Resources Expo is produced in partnership with the Resources Expo Society, a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to facilitate training and educational opportunities in the central and northern B.C. resources sectors. 

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New cameras makes logging safer

Lake Cowichan Gazette
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ensuring the safety of forestry workers has led to the installation of cameras on front-line equipment in some operations in the Cowichan Lake area, and across the province. Following the lead of the TimberWest forest company and Campbell River’s T-MAR Industries on logging sites in northern Vancouver Island, TimberWest’s contractors that are working in the southern section of the Island, including in areas around Cowichan Lake, have installed newly developed cameras in their grapple-yarding operations. Grapple yarding, a mainstay on the B.C. coast for decades, is a procedure that pulls felled timber off steep slopes to a collection point. The grapple yarder is similar to the game at the fair where you try to grab a stuffed toy by controlling a grapple with a joystick.

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Insecticide treatment for Thunder Bay ash trees

Thunder Bay Newswatch
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Injection treatments for nearly 900 Thunder Bay ash trees will begin this year to slow the spread of the destructive Emerald Ash Borer. The City of Thunder Bay plans to inject hundreds of trees in the urban forest with a biopesticide to protect them against the Emerald Ash Borer. A request for bids from contractors is posted on the city’s website. The city’s Forestry and Horticulture Section wants 850 selected trees to be treated this summer with a product called TreeAzin. It’s described by the distributor as a botanical injectable insecticide formulated with azadirachtin, an extract of neem tree seeds. It says TreeAzin provides up to two-year control of Emerald Ash Borer and other insect pests. 

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Ninth Circuit Court Clears Way for Big Thorne Timber Project

By Mary Kauffman
SitNews
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – In a majority decision yesterday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a lawsuit over the Big Thorne timber project on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The federal appeals court has now cleared the way for logging in the Tongass National Forest, marking a major win for Alaska’s timber industry and a significant defeat for environmentalists. Big Thorne is the largest project on the Tongass in over 20 years, and its 8,500 acres of logging will take 148.9 million board feet of timber. Prince of Wales Island, the third largest island in the country, is about the size of Delaware. …“In a resource-centered state, we must be able to responsibly develop our resources,” said Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth. “I’m pleased the Big Thorne Timber Sale can continue to move forward and hope that we will see more sales in the future that properly balance conservation with economic need.”

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Timber company seeks $3.3 million from State Land Board after failed Elliott State Forest sale

By Saphara Harrell
Coos Bay World
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — Lone Rock Timber Management Company, the sole bidder on the Elliott State Forest, says it will sue the state for $3.3 million after the sale of the property fell through. The attorney for the Roseburg-based timber company sent an email to the land board members and the Department of State Lands (DSL) Director Thursday, informing them of the company’s intent to sue and seek tort claims for misrepresentation and negligence. In the email, Lone Rock’s lawyer Gregory Miner wrote that the company believes it has suffered $1.3 million in out-of-pocket losses and lost $2 million in business opportunity.

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Bureau of Land Management proposing Marysville-area forestry project

By Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment and will hold a public meeting on proposed thinning and prescribed burning on about 5,000 acres near Marysville. The BLM administers about 14,000 acres in the Marysville area about 20 miles northwest of Helena. Last year the agency sent out a scoping letter for a proposed project in the area aimed at addressing fire danger, beetle kill and conifers encroaching on other vegetation. On Tuesday, the BLM released an environmental assessment, asking the public to weigh in on work for about 5,000 acres…. One aspect of the project includes removing conifers near water sources and fencing to prevent grazing as willows regenerate. Conifers would also be removed where they encroach in some sagebrush habitat. To address areas of high tree mortality and density on 3,700 acres, the BLM proposes thinning including some commercial harvest, plus prescribed burning.

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Project Underway to Save Minnesota’s Iconic Conifers

By Christopher Anderson, The Nature Conservancy
PR Web
May 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The Nature Conservancy announced today that it is planting native spruce, pine, and tamarack trees this year and next to help ensure conifers endure in Minnesota’s Northwoods. By carefully selecting its sites, the Conservancy plans to create “conifer strongholds” where the native trees can thrive even under the warmer, drier conditions projected for the Great Lakes Region. A diverse mix of the iconic trees once made up 70 percent of northeast Minnesota’s forestland, but today conifers constitute about half that number. “These conifers really dominated in most of northeastern Minnesota,” says Meredith Cornett, science director for the Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. “If we tried to restore them everywhere they once were, we don’t think it would be a successful or sustainable strategy.”

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Contentious forestry bill enters committee stage in upper house

By Rob Inglis
The Advocate
May 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As Treasurer Peter Gutwein prepared to hand down the 2017-18 state budget on Thursday, the Hodgman government’s forest legislation was examined in the Legislative Council. On the eve of budget day, Legislative Councillors gave their second reading speeches regarding the polarising bill, which would open up about 356,000 hectares of Tasmanian forest to logging. The session went late into the night, eventually passing the second reading and progressing to the committee stage. Resources Minister Guy Barnett said this was “welcome”. On Thursday, MLCs commenced analysing the bill clause-by-clause. The Tasmanian Forest Agreement, brokered by the former Labor-Green government, sought to reconcile the forest industry with conservationists, securing continued wood supply while also identifying and protecting areas of high conservation value.

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Raging forest fires swallow up 8,000 hectares in Russia’s Far East and Siberia

TASS Russian News Agency
May 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Wildfires have torn through more than 8,000 hectares in Russia’s Far East and Siberia. In the Krasnoyarsk Region alone, the total area engulfed by forest fires has surged ten-fold in the past day, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service reported on Thursday. “As of midnight, the area engulfed by forest fires in the Krasnoyarsk Region increased more than ten-fold over the day reaching 4,000 hectares. In the Irkutsk Region, wildfires are raging through area of more than 800 hectares, while in Buryatia its gone to some 500 hectares, in Tuva 200 hectares have been scorched, and in the TransBaikal Region slightly more than 100 hectares were burnt. Minor wildfires are being reported from the Tomsk region (80 hectares). In all, the forest fire area in Siberia is 7,000 hectares,” the service said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bio-based solutions for a low-carbon economy in Canada

By Paul Lansbergen, Forest Products Association of Canada
Canadian Biomass Magazine
May 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

There is considerable talk in government circles of how Canada can improve its innovation performance. Earlier this spring, the federal government tabled its ‘Innovation’ budget. A key plank of this budget is moving forward with its committed investment in clusters and networks, which in the words of the government, is “intended to catalyze private sector dynamism, bring a critical mass of stakeholders together and connect their ideas to the marketplace”. At the same time, Canada needs to address climate change and that means shifting to a low carbon economy. Canada’s forest products industry is already a leader in both areas and is working hard to advance bio-based solutions for a low carbon economy. …Seeing broader opportunity for Canada, FPAC has recruited partners like FPInnovations to develop a bioeconomy supercluster proposal.

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Forests Get the Short End of the State Climate Funding Stick

By Leanna Sweha
The Davis Vanguard
May 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

One of the state’s critical climate goals is to maintain forests as net carbon sinks. Sadly, data shows that California’s forests have become net greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters, due to insect infestation, drought and catastrophic wildfire. The state acknowledges the important role of forests in slowing climate change and providing other ecosystem services. Yet, it has invested only a small fraction of the needed funding in sustainable forestry. Forestry experts explained at a legislative hearing earlier this year how California’s forests became net GHG emitters. State and federal fire suppression policies increased the number of trees per acre by a factor of four over the past century. …A logical step would be to invest significant funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (the account that holds Cap-and-Trade auction revenues) in sustainable forestry programs. But it basically would be a first step, because so far, we’ve barely directed any of these climate funds to forests.

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Budget: Forest planting efforts ‘failing’ NZ climate targets

By Jamie Morton
New Zealand Herald
May 25, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Budget “fails to prepare” for the scale of tree-planting needed for New Zealand to meet its Paris Agreement commitments on climate change, a national forestry owners group says. Among the Government’s climate-related spending this year is $19.5m for the Afforestation Grants Scheme (AGS), designed to encourage the planting of more forestry to help lock up atmospheric carbon. Earlier this week, the Government announced another 5.5 million trees would be planted this winter. But the Forestry Owners Association today said the AGS “just scratches the surface” of what was needed. “There is plenty of private money, both within New Zealand and offshore that would invest in tree planting if the policies impacting on land use and land values were to put forestry on a level playing field with pastoral agriculture,” the group’s president, Peter Clark, said.

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