Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: October 20, 2017

Today’s Takeaway

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

The Tree Frog Forestry News
October 20, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The New York Times has a feature story on Iceland’s challenge to regrow its forests, which “the Vikings razed more than a thousand years ago“. In other forestry news: 

In Business news: a confluence of disasters is giving the US construction industry a strong dose of inflation; forestry stocks are forecast to trend upwards; Canfor’s Southern Pine operation will add a second shift; Northern Pulp would like a “do over” on protecting the view scape, and Asia Pacific Resources halts operations as its forestry permit is revoked.

Finally, more to-and-fro on the Greenpeace/Resolute front as Alberta MP Warkentin “excoriates the environmental group” while the San Fran Weekly profiles Greenpeace’s “call for support“.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

Read More

Froggy Foibles

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

By Henry Fountain
The New York Times
October 20, 2017
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

GUNNARSHOLT, Iceland — With his flats of saplings and a red planting tool, Jon Asgeir Jonsson is a foot soldier in the fight to reforest Iceland, working to bring new life to largely barren landscapes. The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change. But restoring even a portion of Iceland’s once-vast forests is a slow and seemingly endless task.  “It’s definitely a struggle,” said Mr. Jonsson, a forester who works for the private Icelandic Forestry Association. Even in a small country like Iceland, a few million trees a year is just a drop in the bucket.

Read More

Business & Politics

Building or Purchasing a U.S. Home? It’s Getting Even Pricier

By Vince Golle
Bloomberg Markets
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A confluence of disasters is giving the U.S. construction industry a strong dose of inflation. The roots of pricier building supplies stretch from the wildfire-stricken forests of British Columbia to the hurricane-affected coasts of Texas and Florida. Supply concerns and home-rebuilding efforts, along with U.S. duties on Canadian timber, have driven softwood lumber prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to the fifth-highest peak since 1986. For Americans whose homes were damaged by the tropical storms, bigger repair bills are in store. For those in the rest of the country, new-home prices may stay elevated as builders pass along the higher construction costs. …Higher costs of lumber and wood products for framing and sheathing, which accounted for almost 20 percent of the price of building a home in 2015, means property owners will receive inflated bills from contractors.

Read More

Thursday’s analyst upgrades and downgrades

By David Leeder
The Globe and Mail
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

In a research note previewing third-quarter financial results for Canadian forestry companies, CIBC World Markets analyst Hamir Patel raised his target for Mercer to $17 (U.S.) from $15 with an “outperformer” rating. Mr. Patel also raised his target prices for following stocks:

Canfor Corp. to $25 from $21. Consensus: $23.38.
Canfor Pulp Products Inc. to $15 from $13. Consensus: $13.35.
Conifex  Timber Inc. to $5 from $4.50. Consensus: $5.06.
Domtar Corp. to $47 (U.S.) from $44. Consensus: $42.36.
Interfor Corp. to $25 from $23. Consensus: $23.92.
Norbord Inc. to $54 from $53. Consensus: $49.98.
Resolute Forest Products Inc. to $6.75 from $5.75. Consensus: $9.82.
West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. to $75 from $67. Consensus: $71.

Read More

FSC Canada strongly supports proposal to include chapter on rights of Indigenous Peoples in NAFTA now under renegotiation

By The Forest Stewardship Council
Canada Newswire
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada, the leading independent certifier of forest management practices in Canada and around the world, strongly endorses the call for a chapter to be added to the proposed renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that recognizes and calls for the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of North America to be respected, according to the terms of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). FSC is reacting to the announcement on October 18, 2017, that the National Congress of American Indians had passed a resolution at its annual meeting, backed by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) of Canada, to support the inclusion of a chapter in a renegotiated NAFTA that references UNDRIP and ensures a final new NAFTA deal doesn’t negatively impact Indigenous rights.

Read More

Northeast BC sees $1.6 million in rural funding

Alaska Highway News
October 18, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local governments and non-profit groups in the Northeast are receiving more than $1.6 million in rural development funding from the province. The province announced last week seven groups will split $1,622,978 in rural dividend grants for a number of ongoing projects. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is receiving $300,000 to support the second phase of its aspen utilization project. That includes a fibre supply analysis, sawmill and veneer opportunity assessment, a markets and logistics assessment, and a business strategy that includes an investor attraction package, the municipality says. The municipality says it will leverage the grant with its own funding and funding from Forest Production Innovations as it tries to kickstart the local forestry industry and utilize its high quality aspen resource. 

Read More

Warkentin condemns attacks on forestry industry

By Kevin Hampson
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chris Warkentin

Local MP Chris Warkentin on Thursday excoriated environmental groups such as Greenpeace for waging “smear campaigns” against the forestry industry. In the House of Commons, the MP for Grande Prairie–Mackenzie voted in favour of a Conservative Party motion supporting forestry workers and denouncing attacks by “foreign-funded environmental non-government organizations like Greenpeace and ForestEthics.” “I’m voting for this motion because Justin Trudeau and his Liberals need to be reminded of the vital role that the forestry industry plays in the daily lives of Canadians in the Peace Country and across Canada,” Warkentin said in a statement. 

Read More

The other side of the Northern Pulp story

By Kathy Cloutier, Paper Excellence Canada
The Chronicle Herald
October 20, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In recent months, there has been much discussion in the media and other venues regarding Northern Pulp — harvesting operations (specifically in Wentworth), government loans, the recovery boiler precipitator and power boiler emissions. There is another side of Northern Pulp — several, actually. One of dedicated, hard-working employees who take pride in their accomplishments, whether it is in the area of production, maintenance, engineering, administration, business or forestry science. …As a landowner, could Northern Pulp have done things differently in the case of the Wentworth harvest? Yes, absolutely. As a corporate citizen and community member, protecting the view scape from the highway would be Northern Pulp’s “do over” if one were possible. …That being said, in areas of special circumstance, we can learn from this and look to co-exist more collaboratively as neighbours.

Read More

The Other Free Speech Debate

By Ida Mojadad
SF Weekly
October 18, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As backers of far-right speakers on campuses express free speech outrage, activists facing legal fallout from the institutions they challenge are asking for a signal boost. Greenpeace is one of multiple nonprofits targeted under an anti-racketeering law in recent years — most recently in a case by a logging company that could cost them $300 million in Canadian currency. Resolute Forest Products filed the suit in May 2016, claiming Greenpeace violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which allows plaintiffs to sue for three times the damages they suffered. …“Nobody has a First Amendment right to publish recklessly or intentionally false claims, which is what Greenpeace did here to Resolute,” Bowe told SF Weekly before the judge’s decision.

Read More

Unifor organizes NAFTA rally in Halifax on Friday

By Unifor
Canada Newswire
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – As part of a national effort to keep the North American Free Trade Talks focused on the needs of working people, Unifor is holding simultaneous rallies across the country on Friday. “The renegotiations are at a critical stage and it’s time for workers to stand up and push for improvements to rebalance trade,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “It’s about shifting trade deals from corporate rights to put workers and communities across all three countries first,” said Payne. The rally will be part of a Canada-wide action held in six communities including Halifax to encourage the federal government to continue to push for a better NAFTA.

Read More

Canfor’s Urbana sawmill will add second shift with firing of new drying kiln

Magnolia Reporter
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Canfor Southern Pine, the operating company for Canfor’s operations in the United States, has made an investment of $8.8 million for upgrades at its sawmill in Urbana (Union County). “We are installing a third continuous dry kiln so we can increase lumber production substantially and add a second shift early in 2018,” said Derek Ratchford, Canfor Southern Pine’s regional manager for Arkansas. “It will lead potentially to 36 new jobs at the mill, an increased demand on local harvesting operations, and help us meet the growing demand for quality southern yellow pine lumber in the U.S.” … Since the acquisition [of Anthony Forest Products] in 2015, Canfor has invested $7 million at Urbana with plans for an addition $13 million to be spent from now through 2020.

Read More

Asia Pacific Resources International halts Indonesia paper unit ops as forestry permit revoked

By Fergus Jensen
Reuters
October 20, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JAKARTA – Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) has suspended forestry operations at its Indonesian pulp and paper subsidiary after the government cancelled a long-term work plan citing environmental non-compliance. PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper’s (RAPP) work plan was cancelled on Oct. 17 because it did not comply with a regulation on peatland forests, according to a company statement sent to stakeholders dated Oct. 18 and reviewed by Reuters on Friday. … The cancellation has “put tens of thousands of jobs at risk,” the statement said. Criticism of palm oil plantation owners and companies like APRIL, Asia’s second-largest pulp and paper firm, intensified after catastrophic 2015 forest fires blanketed the region in choking smog.

Read More

Wood, Paper & Green Building

Women lead fulfilling careers as architects and engineers

By Peter Caulfield
Journal of Commerce
October 19, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Tanya Luthi

Jana Foit

This article describes three women who are immersed in the construction industry through their careers as engineers and architects. The profiles describe why they decided to embark on their careers and the fulfilment they get out of their jobs. …Jana Foit, architect: …Today she specializes in post-secondary education institutions, such as the UBC Earth Sciences Building, a five-storey structure that is the largest panelized wood building in North America. …Tanya Luthi, structural engineer: …Luthi said Fast + Epp offers New York something it lacks — expertise in mass timber construction. “There are many structural engineers in New York, but there isn’t much competition in mass timber construction,” she said. “And there is a growing appetite for wood in the U.S.”

Read More

Alberta duo spots opportunity lying beneath their (horses’) feet

By Tony Kryzanowski
Alberta Express
October 19, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Donna and Alex von Hauff

Wood shavings isn’t the most exciting product but horses love it and Alberta produces it in abundance. A …mother and son knew horses love wood shavings for bedding, and when they discovered that Alberta sawmills generate an abundant supply, they saw an opportunity to play matchmaker. …But spruce-pine-fir (SPF) wood shavings for animal bedding remains their main focus and their market extends well beyond horses…The von Hauffs’ leap from horse enthusiasts to suppliers to the equine industry is exactly what the province is hoping to encourage, said Toso Bozic, a bioenergy and forestry specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Alberta’s forest industry generates high volumes of waste products like wood shavings,” said Bozic. “We can help interested Albertans investigate the potential of these waste materials, and develop business plans around finding customers for them…”

Read More

New Energy Works Timberframers hold ribbon-cutting ceremony

Daily Messenger
October 19, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

New Energy Works Timberframers recently officially opened its cross-laminated timber building in Farmington, the first complete CLT in the state. The new building combines the strength of timber frame construction and CLT panels, cutting the wake for New York state in this construction method with its campus expansion. “CLTs are redefining what we think the concept of the high-rise is,” said Jonathan Orpin, founder and president of New Energy Works and its sister company, Pioneer Millworks. …CLT construction is an economically and environmentally conscious alternative to steel and concrete construction, a material that is new to the U.S. building industry. Both the walls and roof of the new 21,000 square foot building were constructed with CLT panels.

Read More

Forestry

BC Forest Discovery Centre – about to get a whole lot bigger!

BC Forest Discovery Centre
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Discovery Centre in Duncan will be highlighting modern forestry in their new exhibit called Forests Forever. Scheduled to open next summer, the exhibit will have some cool interactive displays and high tech elements. This exciting new video will show you how. Today’s forest industry and its benefits to society are not well understood. Research shows there is a danger that if the forestry industry doesn’t share its story, public support for forestry on the BC Coast will decline. You can help by clicking the read more below for how to support this program. 

Read More

Recovery Strategy for the Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) in Canada

Government of Canada
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Parks Canada Agency is the competent minister under SARA for the Whitebark Pine and has prepared this recovery strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. To the extent possible, it has been prepared in cooperation with Natural Resources Canada (Canadian Forest Service), the Province of British Columbia, the Province of Alberta, and any others, as per section 39(1) of SARA. …Success in the recovery of this species depends on the commitment and cooperation of many different constituencies that will be involved in implementing the directions set out in this strategy… All Canadians are invited to join in supporting and implementing this strategy for the benefit of Whitebark Pine and Canadian society as a whole. The consultation period is October 18 – December 17, 2017.

Read More

Impacts of Harvesting and Road Construction on Water Quality in McClure Creek

BC Forest Practices Board
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Board received a complaint from two water users on McClure Creek, north of Kamloops, about increased sediment loading in the McClure Creek drainage following harvesting and road construction by International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor). The complainants were concerned that the activities have resulted in a buildup of sediment at their domestic water system’s dam and water intake. The Board examined the licensee’s forest operations on the ground, and their planning activities at the cutblock and watershed level.

Read More

‘Fire came at us furiously and fast:’ Crowsnest Pass mayor thankful no lives were lost

By Sarah Rieger
CBC News
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Five helicopters and 43 firefighters are working to fully contain a wildfire near Coleman, about 230 kilometres southwest of Calgary. The province lifted the final evacuation orders for the Crowsnest Pass region Thursday morning, allowing all residents to return to their homes. The local state of emergency for the area was cancelled Thursday evening. The fire is now classified as being held. Highway 3 has been reopened, but the province is warning motorists to proceed with caution while driving through the area.  Evacuees are being asked to obtain re-entry information packages from the municipal office before returning home and are asked to avoid the area if possible to allow fire crews to continue working. …Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter told CBC News that while the past few days have been stressful, he’s grateful the municipality had no casualties and no homes were lost.

Read More

Langley author spins true sawmill tales

By Matthew Claxton
Langley Advance
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Fort Langley man who was a pioneer in Fraser Valley sawmills will be in Langley Saturday with copies of his new autobiography.It Can Be Done: An Ordinary Man’s Extraordinary Success is out now from Harbour Publishing. Donald “Chick” Stewart of Stewart and Rempel Sawmills wrote the book. …S&R Sawmills grew from one mill to five along the Fraser River and a workforce of more than 500 by the 1990s. Along the way, Stewart had some interesting adventures – including the time he headed down to the Co-op in Langley to buy some dynamite, to free up the mill’s logs from the ice on the frozen river.

Read More

Ymir logging decisions should be local

Letter by Richard White
Nelson Star
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I read with concern Will Johnson’s latest coverage on Ymir’s struggle to protect their fragile water supply. What’s unclear is why ILMA and BCTS “need” to log in our watersheds. Is it because all of the low hanging fruit lie in our watersheds? Is it because there is easy access in watersheds, access and infrastructure communities have built to protect their water? Why are BCTS and ILMA getting a pass on tax payer improvements? We are not, as Mr. Kalesnikoff suggests, “all on the same page.” Nor are Mr. Laroche and Ms. Mungall’s reassurances that the process will sort this out soothing. ILMA, BCTS and FLNRO are more than capable of hijacking that process. Examine the record.

Read More

Questions about logging in Nelson’s water supply

By Councillor Valerie Warmington
Nelson Star
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Valerie Warmington

This Monday, Oct. 23, Kalesnikoff Lumber will be presenting their plan for logging in the Selous Creek area at city council’s meeting. Selous Creek … is slated for selective tree harvesting in response to insect activity (Douglas fir beetle). One of the questions I have relates to how, or whether, forestry companies ensure that the removal of trees doesn’t impact water absorption and retention within soils. Another question relates to what precautions will be taken to ensure that logging does not stimulate soil erosion in the area. This is critical as erosion could lead to siltation in the creek, which could have huge impact on the treatment the Interior Health Authority requires Nelson to provide for its drinking water. …The interpretations of the relevant sections of the Forestry Act that I’ve heard suggest that, should logging cause sufficient siltation to require filtration, Nelson taxpayers would be responsible for coming up with the several million dollars it could cost.

Read More

Funeral for forests stretches along Halifax streets

The Chronicle Herald
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than 500 mourners staged a mock funeral march for the forests, carrying a coffin made of wood and several stuffed woodland animals and taking over several streets in downtown Halifax on Thursday afternoon. …The funeral march ended on Granville Street in front of Province House, where members of the Healthy Forest Coalition called on the provincial government to reverse its policy of allowing clear cutting, which they say is designed to benefit industrial interests outside Nova Scotia. … . “Clear cutting is also inhumane in the sense that it eliminates jobs. In Nova Scotia the number of jobs in the forestry sector — whether it’s cutting trees or actually doing something with the wood — has been going down, down, down over the last 20 years. “There are fewer and fewer jobs. However, we keep cutting the same amount of land. Fewer people are making the money and most of the money leaves the province.”

Read More

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

By Jim Camden
The Spokesman Review
October 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Maria Cantwell

The U.S. Forest Service would get new rules to help fight wildfires in some of its most at-risk areas under a bipartisan plan introduced Thursday by Northwest senators. The proposal would try to reduce the catastrophic wildfires that have plagued Western states in recent years by concentrating on federal forests with ponderosa pines, which some studies show are the most likely to be involved in expensive fires. It tries to walk the line between concerns expressed by environmentalists and supplies sought by the timber industry. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the bill’s prime sponsor, called it way to give the Forest Service new ways to reduce fires and protect communities. “This science-based pilot program gives the Forest Service tools to address wildfire in our most vulnerable forests and prioritizes cross-laminated timber.”

Read More

Timber Tour highlights bright spots in industry

By Mackenzie Reiss
Daily Inter Lake
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 30 hard-hat wearing locals climbed out of a bus in front of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. Thursday afternoon. Trucks stacked high with behemoth logs chugged past the visitors, who assembled around a handful of mill employees for the Flathead Timber Tour, which began at Stoltze and ended at Weyerhaeuser, both in Columbia Falls. The tour, which was hosted by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, was held in honor of National Forest Products Week, Oct. 15-21. The distinction was established by Congress in 1960 to celebrate the contribution of the forests to the country’s economy and well-being. Montana’s forest product industry employs more than 7,000 workers who were paid over $320 million in wages last year, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. …. The majority of that sector is devoted to wood manufacturing, followed by forestry support, logging and lastly, paper manufacturing.

Read More

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

By Janie Har and Michael R. Blood
Associated Press in the Washington Post
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continued assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people, a total that makes it the deadliest series of fires in state history. State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the preliminary dollar valuation of losses came from claims filed with the eight largest insurance companies in the affected areas and did not include uninsured property. The loss total was expected to climb “probably dramatically so,” Jones told reporters, making it likely the fires also would become the costliest in California’s history.

Read More

Tasmanian workplace anti-protest laws defeat doesn’t give protesters carte blanche, says legal expert

By Selina Ross
ABC News, Australia
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A constitutional law expert has questioned whether forest protesters will see any long-term benefits from the High Court’s decision to declare sections of Tasmania’s workplace protection laws invalid. On Wednesday sections of the 2014 law regarding forestry work areas were found to be at odds with the implied right in the Australian constitution to the freedom of political communication. The 2014 laws sought to give police powers to stop protests before they start, if they are on a business premises or an access area. …Brendan Gogarty from the University of Tasmania said the law was no longer workable and the State Government had been sent back to the drawing board. “A majority of at least four judges found so many parts of the Act to be unconstitutional that really the guts have been taken out of it,” he said.

Read More

Leadership transition to build on CIFOR’s success and impact

CIFOR
October 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Holmgren, Campos & Nasi

Bogor (Indonesia) — After five years as Director General for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peter Holmgren has decided to move on. Under his leadership, CIFOR has emerged as a leading international organization in forestry research, outreach and engagement, addressing development and climate challenges. …Peter Holmgren has served as the Director General of CIFOR since 2012. …“The Board of Trustees has appointed Robert Nasi as Interim Director General, starting November 1st,” announced Campos during CIFOR’s Annual Meeting in Bogor, Indonesia. Robert Nasi has worked with CIFOR for more than 20 years, most recently as Deputy Director General for Research.

Read More

Forest Cover increases by 5.3 percent in 4 years

Business Daily Africa
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Kenya lost five per cent of forest cover between 1990 and 2005. According to the World Bank, Kenya lost an average of 12,600 hectares per year of forest cover due to human settlement and illegal logging during the period. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics on the 2009 national population census revealed that 64.6 per cent of Kenya’s households depend on wood fuel. …The government through the Kenya Forest Service has put over 400,000 hectares of degraded public land under forestry. This has seen forest cover in the country increase by over five per cent in the last four years.

Read More

Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

By the University of Sheffield
Phys.org
October 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed. Scientists had previously assumed that cutting down trees caused major changes to local climates within tropical forests – something which would have a devastating effect on the animals living there. However, new research conducted by the Universities of Sheffield, York and Universiti Malaysia Sabah, shows logged forests on the island of Borneo were thermally indistinguishable from the nearby pristine forest. This is good news for the huge diversity of globally important species that live in logged forests, which may have previously been further destroyed or converted into agricultural land. The international team of scientists examined the impact that commercial selective logging had on local temperature 9 – 12 years after the trees had been chopped down. 

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Inquiry into wood-to-fuel plant feasibility requested

Revelstoke Review
October 20, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Revelstoke’s propane consumption could be replaced with fuel created from pulpwood, city council heard during a report by Cornelius Suchy… Revelstoke spends more than $12-million annually on imported fossil fuels, Suchy told council. The study looked in part at how a made-in Revelstoke approach to converting wood waste into energy could look. The Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, Downie, Stella Jones and Louisiana Pacific are all forest tenure holders in the Revelstoke area. In many of their tenures, there is hemlock timber. It remains “low margin” or “unprofitable” due to a high degree of rot, which doesn’t allow for the timber to be processed into dimensional lumber. …Hemlock remains a strong candidate for wood to fuel bioenergy.

Read More

Swedish NGOs raise sustainability concerns over Renewable Energy Directive

The Green News
October 19, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A group of Swedish NGOs has called on the European Parliament to dramatically enhance the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) due to concerns about the sustainability of the bioenergy industry. In the open letter to the MEPs, the NGOs outline their desire for radical improvements to proposals on bioenergy sustainability and transport biofuels in the Directive. The Parliament’s Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety Committee are currently reviewing the RED. MEPs are scheduled to vote on the Directive on 23 October 2017. Data from 2015 shows that bioenergy comprised 63 per cent of renewable energy in Europe, making up 10.5 per cent of all European energy production.

Read More

Valuable years lost for forestry

By the NZ Forest Owners Association
Scoop Independent News
October 20, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Peter Clark

The Forest Owners Association says the priority put on new forest plantings by New Zealand First entering the coalition presents an enormous challenge to the new government and industry alike. Forest Owners President Peter Clark says issues such as diminishing log supply in Northland and road infrastructure stress in Poverty Bay and elsewhere need to be addressed by government and industry working together. “We need to find solutions which will benefit all parts of the forest and processing chain, as well as local communities.” …“We’ve lost valuable years when there should have been more trees planted out to provide another income option for pastoral agriculture on marginal land and to increase wood supply for sawmillers. We’ve also had plenty of notice that trees are the only immediate lever the government has available to significantly offset industry and agriculture carbon emissions.”

Read More