Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily news for March 30 2020

Today’s Takeaway

Forestry still operating albeit at reduce levels

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 30, 2020
Category: Today's Takeaway

Forest companies are mostly operating albeit at reduced levels. Here are the headlines:

In other news: shuttered Fort Nelson Tackama Mill goes up in smoke; ENGOs on Canada’s climate crisis in managed forests; an Oregon forester on how forestry is misrepresented; and woody biomass’s carbon contribution for the global forest ecosystem. 

Finally; a few forestry event updates and an Easter Island Moai in BC?

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Special Feature

Cancelled and/or Rescheduled Forestry events due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 30, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing an event.

       
Event Old Date Location Status
Paper 2020 Mar 15-17 New York, NY Cancelled
ForestTECHx Mar 17-18 Vancouver, BC Sept 1-2
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Montreal Mar 24 Montreal, QC Cancelled
Montreal Wood Convention Mar 24-26 Montreal, QC Cancelled
International Mass Timber Conference Mar 24-26 Portland, OR Postponed TBA
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
BC Indigenous Forestry Career Fairs Mar 26-Ap 15  Multiple Sites, BC Postponed TBA
Spring Cottage Life Show Mar 26-29 Toronto, ONT Cancelled
COFI 2020 Conference Apr 1-3 Prince George, BC Cancelled
Canadian Woodlands Forum Meeting Apr 1-2 Moncton, NB Cancelled
Intermountain Logging Conference Apr 1-3 Spokane Valley, WA Cancelled
NY State Mass Timber Symposium NEW! Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference NEW! Apr 2-3 Syracuse NY Oct 29-30
BC College of Applied Biology Conference Apr 2-3 Kelowna, BC Cancelled
Ontario Professional Foresters Association Apr 7-9 Allison, ONT Postponed TBA
American Forest Resource Council AGM Apr 14-16 Stevenson, WA Sept 16-18
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Vancouver Apr 9 Vancouver, BC Sept TBA
The Timber Measurement Society Apr 7-9 Coeur d’Alene, ID Cancelled
Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase Apr 9 Sault St Marie, Ont Postponed TBA
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Postponed TBA
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo Apr 28-30 Milwaukee, WI Cancelled
Olympic Logging Conference Apr 29-May 1 Victoria, BC Sept 16-18
BC Saw Filer’s AGM and Trade Show May 1-2 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equip. Expo May 1-2 Richmond, VA Oct 9-10
Hoo-Hoo Club 48 Members Night May 7 Vancouver, BC Cancelled
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
American Institute of Architects Conference May 14-16 Los Angeles, CA Cancelled
WRCLA Cedar Summit and Cedar School May 13-15 Victoria, BC Cancelled
Northeastern Forest Products Equip. Expo May 15-16 Essex Junction, VA Oct 16-17
Forest Products Society Convention  NEW! May 18-20 Austin, TX June 22-25
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 NEW! May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference June 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled

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Froggy Foibles

Mysterious ‘face’ found in B.C. cliff near logging operation

By Gord Kurbis
CTV News
March 28, 2020
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI — A Port Alberni man is wondering if a recent logging operation on B.C.’s Central Coast has uncovered a giant face carved into a rock sheer.  Fred Thompson was driving a logging truck near Jennis Bay for a Powell River based company. He says the company has cleared a cut block and uncovered what appears to be a giant face.  Thompson says it reminds him of the faces seen on Easter Island.  “I think it’s too perfect to be natural. The nose is perfectly vertical to the earth and the eyebrows are 90 degrees to that,” Thompson told CTV News.  “You could probably put a square on it and you’d probably find it was damn close to square.”  Thompson says he was parked beside it in his truck for nine loads of logs and kept looking at the face wondering how it got there. 

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Business & Politics

Forestry businesses remain open across Canada with ‘essential’ designations

Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
March 30, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With the country settling into the reality of social distancing and non-essential business closures for the next few weeks, many provinces have included forest products as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of the designation, some Canadian producers are scaling back in response to uncertain markets for wood products. As of this morning, all provinces and territories are allowing forest products manufacturers and supply chain businesses to continue operating. Here are the conditions in which they are allowed to remain open…

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Carrier Lumber announces temporary shutdown

By Cheryl Jahn
CKPG Today
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – Carrier Lumber has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. This evening, it was announced its will suspend operations at its Tabor Planer. The sawmill will continue operations. It means the lay off of 35 employees. “We sincerely hope these layoffs will last only a short time, and that we will be able to bring our employees back to work as soon as possible,” states William Kordyban, President of Carrier Lumber. END

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Shuttered Tackama Mill goes up in smoke

Alaska Highway News
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tackama sawmill in Fort Nelson caught fire on March 26, with the cause not yet known. Twenty firefighters were called out around 10:30AM to put out the blaze. “We had the fire under control in roughly three hours, we cleared scene around 4 o’clock,” said Fort Nelson Fire Chief James Childs. The incident is still under investigation. Mayor Gary Foster said the fire has been deemed suspicious and the investigation will likely be turned over the RCMP. Canfor announced an indefinite closure of the mill in 2005, which became permanent in 2008. In January 2008, Canfor also announced the closure of its Polar Board OSB mill, its veneer mill, and plywood mill in Fort Nelson. While wage rollbacks kept the plywood open till the fall of 2008, these indefinite closures became permanent in 2011.

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Canfor joins other majors in slashing production

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
March 26, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. has joined other major forestry companies in cutting it production at sawmills, slashing capital spending and deferring retooling and upgrades. The cuts and curtailments are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only puts workers at risk…, but also has disrupted supply chains and reduced the global demand for lumber. “Our principal focus is ensuring the safety and well-being of our people through these unprecedented times, while taking the necessary actions to protect the long-term sustainability of our business,” Canfor CEO Don Kayne said. …Other large forestry companies also announced similar curtailments and capital spending cuts in recent days. Western Forest Products, West Fraser Timber and Interfor Corp. all announced temporary mill closures or production curtailments recently. In total, the curtailments announced by Canfor, Interfor, and West Fraser total 182 million board feet of lumber being taken out of production in Canada and the U.S.

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The province’s resource industries are still producing

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
March 30, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unlike many businesses in Canada… resource companies in BC last week were still building pipelines, producing lumber, pulp, paper and natural gas. But many have been cutting capital spending plans for 2020, reducing their workforces and deferring investments in new facilities or machinery. …BC forestry companies are cutting production at the Canadian and U.S. sawmills. …Western Forest Products announced it would shut down all of its sawmills for one week and will be looking to reduce capital spending. West Fraser announced it will temporarily cut production at its Canadian mills by 18% and its U.S. sawmills by 24% and will temporarily shutter its plywood mill in Quesnel. …Interfor plans to cut production by 60% at its Canadian and U.S. operations and to slash capital spending this year by $140 million. Canfor will take 70 million board feet out of production from its Canadian sawmills over a three-week period – a 40% reduction.

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‘Perfect Storm’ shutting Nova Scotia sawmills

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
March 29, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As of April 3 there will only be one large sawmill left buying wood in Nova Scotia. The secondary markets found for wood chips after Northern Pulp shut have been falling through as COVID-19 sent tumbling a series of economic dominoes. Without a market or even a destination for their wood chips this province’s sawmills are shutting the gates to their woodyards and some have already shut down production. “As of Friday night it will only be Irving,” said Andrew West, a log broker for HC Haynes of the Irving owned sawmill near Truro that is still buying wood. Elmsdale Lumber, Taylors Lumber in the Musquodoboit Valley, Williams Brothers in Barneys River, Ledwidge Lumber in Enfield and Scotsburn Lumber in Pictou County have all either closed their woodyard gates or announced their intentions to do so.

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Operations continue at Irving sawmill after employee confirmed to have COVID-19

By Alexander Quon
Global News
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of Nova Scotia’s cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed to be an employee at the Irving Sawmill near Truro, Nova Scotia. …J.D. Irving says that the employee has received the proper medical care and is self-isolating The employee’s last shift at the sawmill was on March 22, according to J.D. Irving. When the company learned of the individual’s diagnoses on Friday evening they identified any potential exposure to other employees. All potentially infected employees have been notified by the company and advised to call 811 if they present symptoms and will not return to the sawmill until further notice, J.D. Irving said. The company says they had already implemented increased cleaning and disinfection measures before the incident. …The company says that Nova Scotia’s department of public health has informed them that operations at the sawmill can continue.

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Employee safety top priority at EACOM

By Andrew Autio
The Timmins Press
March 27, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The EACOM Timber Corporation is proceeding with as much of its operations as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, given they are deemed to be an essential service by provincial governments of Ontario and Quebec. New measures have been implemented, however, during this unprecedented time, as the company says the No. 1 priority is the safety of its employees. …“We produce lumber, which the U.S. border closure agreement stipulates is essential and crucial to both the Canadian and American economies,” said Communications Advisor Biliana Necheva. …While the offices are shut down, sawmills and production facilities will remain in operation,” Necheva said. “We’ve had some employees in quarantine. We’ve had some people who have decided to self-isolate for all kinds of reasons. …Our intention is to continue production as normally as possible, while also implementing safety measures.” Wood harvesting in the surrounding forests hasn’t been impacted, to this point.

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Hawkesbury Paper to stand trial in January

The Cape Breton Post
March 26, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Port Hawkesbury Paper pleaded guilty, when in fact, the company pleaded not guilty and will go to trial in January 2021. SYDNEY — A provincial court trial date has been set for a Cape Breton paper company charged with violating the Wildlife Habitat and Watercourse Protection Regulations. Port Hawkesbury Paper, located in Point Tupper, Richmond County, is charged with three violations of the regulations that were alleged to have occurred between January and March 2019. The offences occurred during the harvesting of trees at Peggy Allan Lake in Grand Mira North. The company is charged with failing to leave 10 living or partially living trees for each hectare cut; failing to leave at least one clump of no fewer than 30 trees for each eight hectares cuts; and failing to ensure clumps of trees were situated at least 20 metres from the edge of the forest stand being cut.

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How one Twin Cities business owner views the path through the downturn

By Les Schafer
The Star Tribune
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Peter Scherer

A second once-in-a-lifetime economic downturn is underway when it might seem like the last one just ended. What became known as the Great Recession of the 2000s was officially over in June 2009. It was the longest of the post-World War II recessions. The unemployment rate peaked in Minnesota in 2010. It was more like a five-year downturn for 90-year-old Scherer Bros. Lumber Co. in Brooklyn Park. Had he and his colleagues in this family business not managed to survive that, CEO Pete Scherer said last week, they wouldn’t be as confident as they are as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. …It’s an interesting idea, that a terrible downturn that caused so much pain for so many people still taught leaders how to get through the hardest of hard times, and what they had to do to build and maintain a resilient organization.

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Forestry’s ‘vital role’ in producing key products in virus fight

By Lorna Thompson
The Northern Scot
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Fergus Ewing

THE forestry and wood processing sectors have been highlighted for their “vital contribution” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry’s production of key products, such as pallets, packaging, biomass fuel and face masks, is invaluable in these times, Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said. The minister said: “In these challenging and difficult times, it is imperative that essential goods, such as food supplies and medicines, and biomass fuel for hospitals and care homes get to the places where they are needed. This needs pallet manufacture and wood-fuel processing to continue.” …Scottish Forestry chief executive David Signorini said: “COVID-19 will undoubtedly have a longer-term impact on forest operations and on planting targets in Scotland. However, it’s clear that forestry has a major role to play in keeping Scotland moving.”

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Sticking Together in the UK

The Timber Trades Journal
March 30, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Last week was a whirlwind for all companies operating in the building supplies chain, with adjustments due to the government’s announcement of restrictions on certain business operations to slow the spread of coronavirus, writes TTJ editor Stephen Powney. It took about 24 hours for merchants, distributors, timber product manufacturers and construction companies to work out what they were allowed to do following the PM’s announcement on March 23. …The government subsequently made clear that… the entire timber supply chain has key worker status and can continue to work if safe to do so. …Many large UK timber sector companies are now on reduced operations – Britain’s largest sawmiller BSW Timber has suspended primary production on its sites. Timber engineering giant Donaldson Timber Engineering is among many companies to also suspend production.

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Komatsu Forest temporarily shuts down production in Umeå, Sweden

Lesprom Network
March 30, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Due to the closure of suppliers of critical components, Komatsu Forest will temporarily shut down its production of forest machinery at its factory in Umeå, Sweden. The company agreed with IF Metall on short-term work from April,13 through June, 21 for employees in production. “The background is that the corona pandemic has caused some of our suppliers to shut down their production, forcing us to shut down our production completely for three weeks, after which we intend to gradually increase production. However, our production plan assumes that our suppliers can start up their production according to plan and that restrictions on the spread of infection allow it,” says Jens Bengtsson COO of Komatsu Forest.

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‘Non-essential’ Timaru log exports remain on wharf

By Samesh Mohanlall
Stuff.co.nz
March 30, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW ZEALAND — Timaru’s log export trade has been further delayed due to the nationwide Covid-19 pandemic-related lockdown. Several thousand tonnes of logs were expected to leave the port on Thursday but Prime Port Timaru chief executive Phil Melhopt told Stuff on Monday that the logs would not be loaded as scheduled. Log shipments have been suspended since February 3 and a resumption was expected with bulk carrier Daiwan Dolphin due in port on Monday to load about 21,525 tonnes of cargo for China and Korea. …”They’re not viewed as an essential product so they won’t move until such time as this lockdown has been lifted or modified.”

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Forestry

As Canada’s forests become carbon bombs, Ottawa pushes the crisis off the books

By Barry Saxifrage
The National Observer
March 30, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

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COVID-19 and pulp mill closure a ‘perfect storm’ for Nova Scotia’s forestry sector

The Canadian Press in The Toronto Star
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX—The global COVID-19 pandemic is being described as the latest addition to the “perfect storm” facing Nova Scotia’s beleaguered sawmill industry, leading some companies to cease purchasing fresh supplies of logs.  Robin Wilber, the spokesperson for the Wood Products Manufacturers Association in Nova Scotia, says the recent mothballing of the Northern Pulp factory is combining with the challenges of depressed prices for some forestry products due to the global pandemic.  The owner of Elmsdale Lumber says he and some other sawmills in the province will stop buying new supplies of logs as of Friday, and instead use existing inventories of logs on their property as the COVID-19 crisis works its way through the global economy.   Wilber says the pandemic has intensified a crisis the industry was already going through in the Maritimes after the closure of the subsidiary of Paper Excellence in Pictou County.

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Forest management misrepresented and misunderstood

By Amanda Astor, field forester, American Forest Resource Council
Oregon Mail Tribune
March 29, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Amanda Astor

The Mail Tribune recently published a series of letters as part of a campaign against the Bureau of Land Management’s Bear Grub Vegetation Management Project. From my experience as an active public lands collaborator, grounded forester, wildland firefighter… I believe these attacks lack context and aim to induce fear. First, it’s important to note the lands within the BLM’s Bear Grub project area are at extremely high risk of catastrophic fire that, if left untreated, could leave Ruch, Jacksonville and surrounding communities vulnerable to the kind of devastation we witnessed in Paradise, California. With overly dense forests and a lack of management on these federal lands, this area is a tinder box waiting for a perfectly timed spark. The selection harvest management strategy identified in the BLM’s Resource Management Plan that was proposed in the scoping letter for this project is widely utilized to develop fire resilience across landscapes.

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$2M gift boosts Missoula’s National Forest Service history museum

By Kim Briggeman
The Missoulian
March 27, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bill Cannon

In the midst of a lot of bad news, here’s a nice change of pace: A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation Legacy Center in Missoula. Bill Cannon became enamored with the National Museum of Forest Service History after visiting the site west of the Missoula airport and smokejumper center 20 years ago — five years before the capital campaign for the center began but years after the dream of it was hatched. Cannon died peacefully last Nov. 11 at his home in Hood River at age 86. He left behind the national museum’s largest single donation to date.  “It’s always been a dream, but we’ve had lots of ups and downs,” Tom Thompson, president of the National Museum of Forest Service History, said Wednesday from his home in Littleton, Colorado. 

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Judge rules in favor of environmental groups on Hebgen-area logging project

By Brett French
Billings Gazette
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In an ongoing court battle, a federal judge has ruled that the Custer Gallatin National Forest failed to properly analyze the impacts on elk hiding cover and wolverines created by a 5,600-acre logging project near Yellowstone National Park’s western border. In an order dated March 26, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen said the Forest Service violated federal regulations but has until April 8 to submit arguments regarding the appropriate remedy. Christensen halted the same project in 2017 following the same lawsuit’s issues regarding the logging’s impact on Canada lynx.   The groups that sued the Forest Service are the Native Ecosystems Council and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.  …Jason Brey, Hebgen District Ranger, couldn’t comment on the litigation but said he remains hopeful the Forest Service can soon move ahead on work to protect homes in the area from a potential wildland fire.

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Arizona forest officials seek comment on restoration project

Arizona Daily Independent
March 29, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposed vegetation management project on the North Kaibab Ranger District that would improve forest health and vigor while also enhancing habitat conditions in the area.  The Burnt Corral Vegetation Management Project Environmental Assessment and all other project documents and maps are available for review on the Kaibab National Forest website. The project includes treatments designed to improve forest resiliency by creating conditions better able to withstand climate change and other threats such as unnaturally severe wildfire.  The project proposes the use of prescribed fire as well as the management of naturally-caused wildfire on up to 28,090 acres of the North Kaibab Ranger District. This reintroduction of wildland fire across the landscape would be supported by up to 17,765 acres of commercial and non-commercial mechanical vegetation treatments.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative collaborating with women changing the face of forestland ownership

By Janet W. Steele, Clemson University
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Clemson Cooperative Extension is collaborating with other agencies, organizations, and female‑owned natural resource management companies to host workshops to provide information to South Carolina’s women forest landowners. The workshops are based on the successful Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) program. The workshops address the information needs of female forest owners and support women in forest leadership roles. It is a collaborative project of the National Woodland Owners Association and the US Forest Service and supported by a Sustainable Forestry Initiative Community Grant. The project also leverages the expertise of the South Carolina SFI Implementation Committees to enrich the link between people and forests and engage female landowners.

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Brazil lost 7.6 percent of its forests from 2000 to 2018

By Victor Abdala
Agencia Brasil
March 26, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil’s government statistics agency IBGE published a study showing that the country lost 7.6 percent of its forest vegetation from 2000 to 2018. The area, 4.02 million km² (42.2 percent of the national territory) in 2000, shrank to 3.71 million km² (42.4%), as seen in the latest survey. In other Brazilian biomes—like the cerrado, the caatinga, and the pampas—losses were even more significant, totaling more than ten percent in the same time span. However, in the two last years of the survey—2016 through 2018—smaller losses were observed in both forested areas (-0.2%) and other biomes (-0.7%). The survey also found that the areas dedicated to farming grew 44.8 percent from 2000 to 2018, to 664.8 thousand km²—7.6 percent of the national territory.

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Fires Where They Are ‘Not Supposed To Happen’ In Australia’s Ancient Rainforest

By Nathan Rott
National Public Radio
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mark Graham

Nestled in the mountains of eastern Australia are fragments of an ancient world. Damp, dark and lush, they are some of the oldest ecosystems on Earth: temperate rainforests that have persisted since the days of supercontinents and dinosaurs.  The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia — and the hundreds of rare species that call them home — are the ultimate survivors, clinging to wet, wild patches of a continent that’s increasingly developed and dry.  But even these forests could not escape the country’s unprecedented fire season unscathed.  Standing barefoot in a shallow stream in Australia’s New England National Park, ecologist Mark Graham reaches down and grabs a charred piece of wood that’s washed up on a rocky bank. …”These are the deepest, wettest parts of the whole landscape, pure rainforest,” he says. “To see them burning… it was like this dissolution of the biosphere. It was like, ‘this is not supposed to happen.'”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Model: What increased woody biomass use looks like for the global forest ecosystem

By Adam Daigneault, University of Maine
Phys.org
March 27, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Incentivizing both sequestration and avoidance of emissions— using a carbon rental or carbon tax and subsidy approach—versus only a carbon tax encourages protection of natural forests by valuing the standing stock, according to a new study led by Georgia Institute of Technology. In their study, the research team—Alice Favero, associate director of Graduate Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy; Adam Daigneault, University of Maine E.L. Giddings Assistant Professor of Forest, Conservation and Recreation Policy; and Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental economics at Ohio State University—addressed the impacts of woody biomass demand on forest harvests, prices and related timber management issues. Their findings on the consequences of bioenergy policies on forests and carbon emissions are published in the journal Science Advances.

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Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance Announce Partnership

By The Longleaf Alliance and Enviva Holdings, LP
Businesswire
March 27, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BETHESDA, Md.–Today, Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance announced the signing of a five-year partnership to protect and restore longleaf pine forests, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in North America. Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance will collaboratively implement Enviva’s longleaf forest restoration plan. Longleaf pine forests are a critical forest ecosystem in the southeastern U.S. They are considered high conservation value forests because of their rarity and biodiversity value. Longleaf forests support some of the highest levels of small-scale species diversity of any forest ecosystem in North America. Well-managed longleaf pine forests provide critical habitat for 29 threatened and endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, the gopher tortoise, and the Eastern indigo snake.

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Enviva Holdings’s off-take contract with Sumitomo Forestry becomes firm

Lesprom Network
March 27, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Enviva Partners announced that its sponsor’s previously disclosed 18-year, take-or-pay off-take contract to supply Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., a major Japanese trading house, is now firm, as all conditions precedent have been satisfied. Sales under the contract are expected to commence in 2023 with annual deliveries of 150,000 metric tons per year of wood pellets. Enviva Partners, LP expects to have the opportunity to acquire this off-take contract, along with associated wood pellet production capacity, as part of a drop-down transaction from its sponsor. …John Keppler, Chairman and CEO of Enviva said, “our off-take contract with Sumitomo Forestry, which runs from 2023 to 2041, has become firm as our customer was able to complete its project financing and lift all conditions precedent to the effectiveness of the contract even amid current volatility and uncertainty in global markets. “

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Sawmill downturn disrupts winter biomass talks

By Jamie Aldridge
Argus Media
March 27, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Expectations of a downturn in sawmill activity — a likely result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — has prompted concerns over wood pellet raw material supply and stalled discussions for winter 2020-21 deliveries. A decline in timber demand, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, could prompt a decline in sawmill activity in the Baltics, North America and central Europe. Sawmill residues are a key wood pellet raw material, and a spate of closures would likely increase wood pellet production costs. …”The raw materials situation in the Baltics is deteriorating,” Swedish utility Vattenfall trader Rob Marcus said. European economies are slowing down forcefully, and the demand for lumber and wooden products is falling, meaning that a shortage of forestry and processing by-products is looming, he said. …Biomass market participants also voiced concerns about the sawmill markets in the US and Canada. Canadian wood pellet producers are particularly reliant on sawmill residues for their feedstock. 

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