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Funding for new TRU chair

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
Castanet Kelowna

Thompson Rivers University has received a big grant towards creation of a chair position focussed on the future of our environment. The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia has granted $150,000 to the university in support of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) industrial research chair position. “This investment by the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. is the second major donation supporting reclamation research that will take restoration and climate change ecology to the next level at TRU,” said Alan Shaver, university president and vice-chancellor. “This investment will have a positive impact on the tools available to ensure the environmental sustainability of our region – one of TRU’s major strategic priorities.” Genome B.C. has granted $250,000 towards the position.

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2016 Interior Safety Conference

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 29, 2016
BC Forest Safety Council

Choose To Save Lives – Actively Participate in a Safety Culture—Plans are well underway for the 2016 Interior Safety Conference. Building on the success of the Northern BC Forest Safety Conference, the forest industry is working to build a similar event in the BC’s Interior. This event is being held in partnership with the Interior Logging Association Conference which is being held on May 6 and 7, 2016, also at the Vernon Atrium Hotel & Conference Centre. The conference will bring the latest health and safety information to those working in the forest industry. The conference’s goal is to bring together participants from every phase of the forest industry from harvesting to wood products manufacturing.

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British Columbia protects old-growth forests in South Coast Region

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
News - Province of British Columbia

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has established 6,482 old growth management areas (OGMAs) under the Oil and Gas Activities Act, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson has announced. The old growth management areas cover 186,198 hectares in 58 Landscape Units within the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District, the Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District and the Chilliwack Natural Resource District. These old growth management areas were originally established under the Land Act between 2000 and 2015, in consultation with First Nations and the forest industry, to protect them from forestry activity. By also establishing them under the Oil and Gas Activities Act, these areas are protected from oil and gas activity. The boundaries of the 6,482 old growth management areas have not changed.

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Blockade comes down, ELF keeps up pressure

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
Sunshine Coast Reporter

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has taken down its blockade and camp north of the Sechelt airport, after AJB Investments was granted an injunction against the protesters. ELF supporters had been blocking the company’s access to its property in the Chapman Creek watershed since early February. AJB went to court arguing that the timber already cut was at risk of rotting to the point of being unmarketable, and incomplete roads were at risk of eroding. ELF, on the other hand, wants to see serious negotiations between the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) and AJB for the purchase of the land (roughly 161 hectares, or 400 acres) before it’s too late to keep it from being logged.

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Celebrating Arbor Day: How responsible forest management helps fight deforestation

from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States
Apr 29, 2016
TreeHugger

Timber harvesting, for instance, does not necessarily constitute deforestation. Why? In cases where that harvest takes place as part of a sustainable forest management strategy, it doesn’t lead to the permanent loss of forest cover. If new trees are planted or if the forest is allowed to repopulate by natural regeneration — as is required by forest certifications such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard — the forest survives and thrives under responsible management. What’s more, sustainable forest management reaches way beyond harvesting; it includes responsible forestry practices that promote clean water, clean air, carbon storage, biodiversity and wildlife habitat conservation, all while providing jobs, improving our quality of life, and providing products we use every day from the books we read to the table where we sit with family and much, much more

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it won't set critical habitat for threatened bat Summit County Citizens Voice

Conservation groups say agency sold out to special interests

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
Summit County Citizens Voice

Federal biologists say they won’t designate critical habitat for a species of bat threatened by white-nose syndrome. The decision was immediately protested by conservation advocates, who claim the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service caved to industry pressure in making the decision. In a press release, the USFWS explained that designating critical habitat wouldn’t be prudent, because it might increase the risk of vandalism and disturbance to bats at hibernation sites and could hasten the spread of white-nose syndrome. The decision doesn’t affect the bat’s threatened status under the Endangered Species Act.

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Judge Won't Block NorCal Logging

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 27, 2016
Courthouse News Service

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge Monday refused to block a federal plan to open 2,000 acres of the Klamath River watershed to logging, a move critics said will threaten endangered species and increase risks of landslides and forest fires. The Karuk Tribe, the Center for Biological Diversity and three other groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in March, claiming its opinion authorizing the logging project ignores obvious harm to endangered coho salmon. After a hearing Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Maxine Chesney denied the motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Chesney found the groups were unlikely to succeed on their claim that the Fisheries Service opinion violates the National Forest Management Act, plaintiffs' attorney Tom Wheeler said.

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BLM plan draws fire from local official

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
Curry Coastal Pilot

Local elected officials close to the topic are none too pleased about the Bureau of Land Management’s recommended alternative selected as a way to sustainably log O&C lands while balancing the need to protect waterways and endangered species in the woods. The federal agency has been working for three years to update the 1995 Northwest Forest Plan, and announced its preferred alternative — Alternative B — last week.  It will allow logging of 278 million board feet — just less than half of what Oregon’s O&C county officials say is guaranteed to them under the O&C Land Act of 1937. Of that, 203 mbf could be cut from designated harvested areas — mostly in the Salem area — and the remainder can be thinned from other “reserve” or protected areas, for forest health.

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National forests: Joining the interests of many

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
The Missoulian

In his opinion piece of March 29, with its broadside against the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project and its advocates, George Wuerthner reflects many of the same disagreements over our national forests that have unfolded since their earliest days. John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, and Gifford Pinchot, who with Teddy Roosevelt was a prime mover in the establishment of our national forest system, ultimately severed a close relationship in disagreement over the uses of national forests. In a reaction against the exploitation of private lands in his day, John Muir saw national forests as preserves in which uses such as livestock grazing and most logging would be excluded and natural processes would dominate. 

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Disturbed Forest: The Forsaken Science of Healthy Forests

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 24, 2016
Wide Open Spaces

We’ve been favoring political science over environmental science in how we manage our forests. That has to stop. We need to disturb some forests. We need to step in and put the hand of man on the landscape…if we want the diversity of wildlife species to be abundant and thriving. Allowing all of our old growth forests to remain old growth forests is not sound management. It may be sound politically, but environmentally? Not so much. “To do nothing is as much a conscious decision as doing something,” says New England Regional Biologist Andy Weik. Weik is at the forefront of an environmental shift, to return some measure of old growth forests to young growth forests; for the health of the forests and wildlife populations.

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Chornobyl's urban explorers find evidence of logging inside exclusion zone

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Apr 28, 2016
CBC News

Urban explorers from Ukraine say they have discovered logging operations inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone and warn that irradiated wood is being sold to unsuspecting consumers. "I wouldn't want to live in such a house," Artur Kalmykov tells As It Happens host Carol Off. The computer programmer from Kiev visits the exclusion zone frequently because he says it relaxes him. On a recent trip to the zone, Kalmykov and his explorers, who call themselves "stalkers," found that an area they had visited a month or so earlier had been completely clear cut by loggers.

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Forest Fires

Editorial: B.C. could suffer another 'Summer of smoke'

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
Vancouver Sun

Research scientists report that additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the main culprit in the greenhouse effect, is stimulating forest growth at such a rate that carbon absorption is offsetting its release from beetle-killed B.C. forests. In fact, reports NASA, the entire planet has been “greening up.” That’s the good news. Now for the bad news. If carbon dioxide stimulates forest growth, thus storing more carbon in green wood, the warming it triggers can cause dryer, hotter summers during which more forests may burn, releasing carbon back into the atmosphere. And if 2015 went into the books as the hottest year in recorded history, 2016 is already in the hunt for a new mark — last month was the hottest March on record and Arctic sea ice cover reached a low not seen before.

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Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity

University of Vermont study

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Apr 29, 2016
Science Daily

Outbreaks by the mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm can actually reduce wildfire severity, surprising new research shows. The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes -- and some US forest policies. Forest scientists have found an unexpected 'silver lining' to the insect outbreaks that have ravaged millions of trees across western North America. While insect outbreaks leave trees looking like matchsticks, a new University of Vermont-led study finds these hungry critters significantly reduce wildfire severity. The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes -- and some U.S. forest policies -- which connect tree-eating insects with increased wildfire activity.

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The Latest: Utility says blame for 2015 wildfire is unclear

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
Associated Press in Washington Post

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on the cause of a deadly 2015 wildfire (all times local): Pacific Gas & Electric says it accepts the state’s finding that a deadly 2015 wildfire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line. But the utility says it’s not clear what caused the tree to fail or that its management of vegetation failed. The written response from PG&E on Thursday night came after the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it would seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from the utility. A state report says PG&E or its contractors had removed two gray pine trees from a stand in January 2015, exposing a weaker interior tree that failed and hit the power line.

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Pine beetles not responsible for wildfires, research shows

by Mark Hume

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
Globe and Mail

There have been growing fears in British Columbia that an increasing number of catastrophic wildfires could erupt because more than 18 million hectares of forest have been killed by a pine-beetle epidemic over the past two decades. But new research shows that beetle infestations affecting millions of hectares in the U.S. Pacific Northwest have not been causing more severe wildfires. “Insect outbreak areas may not be as much of a fire hazard as we previously thought,” Garrett Meigs, the lead author of the study, said in an interview on Thursday. ...The study, which analyzed 81 fires over 25 years, found forests that had greater insect damage burned with less severity – not more, as expected – regardless of drought conditions or fire size.

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Montana skipped over as Nevada gets wildfire equipment

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Apr 27, 2016
KRTV.com

GREAT FALLS - Officials in Montana earlier this month learned that the Treasure State would not receive a military firefighting system that would help during the upcoming fire season. The U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems will instead be relocated from North Carolina to Nevada. The equipment is used for large-scale wildland firefighting missions around the nation. Montana was skipped largely because of the timing of the move. Right now the Montana Air National Guard is still in the conversion process for the C-130 cargo planes, as it continues the transition from a fighter jet mission. This process will will not be over until sometime in Fall.

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California seeks $90 million from utility over wildfire

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
Canadian Press in The Chronicle Herald

SAN FRANCISCO — California officials say they will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line. The amount is the largest recovery sought by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which released a report Thursday detailing the cause of the fire that scorched remote Calaveras and Amador counties, about 125 miles east of San Francisco. The blaze that started Sept. 9 burned for three weeks, killing two people and destroying more than 900 structures, including about 550 homes. 

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Company & Business News

Canada can offer the U.S. TPP support for a new softwood lumber deal

by Rob Merrifield, senior counsel at Canadian Strategy Group

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Apr 29, 2016
Globe and Mail

Now that it appears that the ideological barrier has been overcome (at least until January, when a new president is sworn in), I wonder if Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can’t offer more to our two countries than warm platitudes and camera fodder. The United States and Canada are in a sweet spot to get two big things done and score significant wins for both leaders: a new softwood-lumber agreement and the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. ....What Canada needs is to give Mr. Obama an incentive to work in our favour. The sell on softwood could conceivably be much easier this time around, because Canada is in a position to offer something that the President actually needs: progressive backing for the TPP.

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Interfor Reports Q1'16 Results

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Apr 28, 2016
Marketwired

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--- INTERFOR CORPORATION (TSX:IFP) recorded Adjusted EBITDA1 of $33.4 million on sales of $433.9 million in Q1'16 versus Adjusted EBITDA1 of $35.8 million on sales of $411.4 million in Q4'15. Adjusted net earnings1 in Q1'16 were $2.6 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to $5.5 million, or $0.08 per share, in Q4'15. Net earnings were $0.8 million, or $0.01 per share, compared with net losses of $3.5 million, or $0.05 per share, in Q4'15.

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Norbord Reports First Quarter 2016 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Apr 29, 2016
Canada Newswire press release

TORONTO, - Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $61 million for the first quarter of 2016 versus $16 million in the first quarter of 2015 and $57 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The year-over-year improvement is primarily due to higher North American oriented strand board (OSB) prices and shipment volumes as well as lower resin prices and the weaker Canadian dollar. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $53 million in the quarter compared to $11 million in the same quarter last year and $51 million in the prior quarter. European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $10 million, $3 million higher than the same quarter last year and in line with the prior quarter.

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Thursday's analyst upgrades and downgrades

By Daryl Swetlishoff

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 29, 2016
Globe and Mail

Citing the closing of a lumber producer valuation gap, Raymond James analyst Daryl Swetlishoff downgraded Canfor Corp. to “outperform” from “strong buy.” “Our constructive stance on Canfor is a function of higher expected second half 2016 and 2017 lumber pricing, the company’s growing U.S. South footprint, declining lumber conversion costs, and robust expected pulp segment results,” said Mr. Swetlishoff. “Our outlook is tempered somewhat by B.C. Interior log cost inflation, as well as a narrowing valuation spread versus comp West Fraser.” [Scroll down in the article to read full Canfor story]

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Injury a work-safe reminder

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 29, 2016
The Kelowna Daily Courier

...“I made a personal choice to skip out on safety, and it was a very bad choice,” said Johnson. Johnson now works with WorkSafeBC, speaking at high schools and workplaces about workplace safety. “Safety is the most important thing on any job, and if you don’t think that, then you need to get your head checked,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to speak up. You have the right to refuse unsafe work, and my definition of unsafe work is whatever you think is unsafe. What counts most on the job is staying in one piece and getting home in one piece.” In 2015, there were 122 work-related deaths in B.C. — 72 caused by occupational disease resulting from exposure to asbestos decades ago, and 50 that resulted from traumatic injuries. There were two work-related deaths from traumatic injury in the Central Okanagan regional district last year.

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Local mill observes National Day of Mourning

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
The Merritt Herald

Today marks the date Canadians remember those hurt or killed on the job. Wearing black armbands, employees of Merritt’s Tolko sawmill gathered outside their office around a half-mast United Steelworkers flag to recognize the National Day of Mourning. Across Canada, April 28 has been designated as a day that workers, families, employers and others come together at ceremonies to remember those who have lost their lives on the job. Merritt sawmill superintendent Dwayne Thiessen told the Herald that last year the local mill experienced seven accidents in the first six months of the year that resulted in employees missing work. “Fortunately none of them were a high severity issue. All those individuals are back at work today,” he said noting that seven incidents in six months was a huge wake up call. He said Tolko hasn’t had an incident that resulted in an employee missing work since June 22 of 2015.

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Interfor Announces Election of Directors

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
The Canadian Business Journal

VANCOUVER BRITISH COLUMBIA – INTERFOR CORPORATION announced that all director nominees listed in the information circular for its Annual General Meeting held today, were elected as directors of Interfor. 

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Conifex Timber cooperates with Dunkley Lumber

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 29, 2016
EUWID

Canadian Conifex Timber signed a cooperation agreement on timber harvesting activities in the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area with the sawmilling company Dunkley Lumber on 12 April. According to the terms of the agreement, Dunkley acquires 50% of the shares in an undisclosed subsidiary of Conifex at a price of CAD20m. The subsidiary has felling licences for 300,000 m³ per year. The agreement provides for coordination of the two companies’ felling activities with the aim of optimising and increasing the log deliveries to the sawmills of both companies and to Conifex’ 36 MW biomass-fired power station that was put into service in Mackenzie in May 2015. END OF STORY

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Loggers anxious to work

By Karly Blats

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 28, 2016
Alberni Valley News

Franklin Division loggers who have been unemployed for more than four months, amidst a rate dispute between Western Forest Products and their woodlands contractor Island Pacific Logging, just want to get back to work. Loggers with the Franklin River crew haven’t worked since Dec. 22, 2015, and the extended period of unemployment is starting to tax their families, crew members say. “We came to this year expecting to go to work like normal,” said Jim Falconer, a Franklin crew member. “We come back to work and we are absolutely blindsided by a layoff that we have no control over.” The United Steelworkers Local 1-85 launched legal proceedings against WFP to fight for the Franklin crew, 1-85 president Norm MacLeod said.

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2016 NAWLA Vancouver Regional Meeting

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 22, 2016
Harder Blog

Record numbers jammed the elegant Vancouver Club’s Grand Ballroom yesterday afternoon, for the annual North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) Regional Meeting. Billed as The Lumber Marketing Event of the Year, NAWLA’s Executive Director Marc Saracco opened the meeting at 3:50pm. Presentations by three featured speakers were all very well-received: Cees de Jager, Chief Marketing Officer, Softwood Lumber Board, Daryl Swetlishoff, Senior Managing Director, Raymond James Ltd., Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO, COFI

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Brown slams Liberals on Northern policy

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 28, 2016
Thunder Bay News Watch

THUNDER BAY - Using a local mill as his backdrop, Ontario’s Tory leader blamed a decade of Liberal policy for shedding jobs in Northern Ontario. Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown returned to Thunder Bay Thursday for the 70th annual Northern Ontario Municipal Association conference. Prior to the conference, the opposition leader started the day with a tour of Resolute Forest with regard to making the company stronger. During an interview Brown explained since 2005 the Liberal government policy has helped wipe out the forestry sector with a job loss of 50 per cent. ...Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Bill Mauro responded to Brown’s comments later in the afternoon and said the opposition leader was “wrong.”

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Mercer International Inc. Reports 2016 First Quarter Results

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Apr 28, 2016
Nasdaq

NEW YORK -- Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq:MERC) (TSX:MRI.U) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating EBITDA* in the first quarter of 2016 was $45.3 million, compared to $61.3 million in the first quarter of 2015. In the first quarter of 2016, Operating EBITDA was negatively affected by approximately $6.8 million in foreign currency losses on our dollar-denominated cash balances and receivables. For the first quarter of 2016, our net income was $8.8 million, or $0.14 per basic and diluted share, compared to $13.6 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter of 2015.

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Timberlands up for auction Daily Astorian

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
The Daily Astorian

CANNON BEACH — Have an extra $2 million to $4 million lying around? Realty Marketing/Northwest is auctioning two parcels in a coastal tree farm near Ecola State Park that overlook Cannon Beach. The properties are some of the last timberlands owned by Weyerhaeuser in Clatsop County. “It’s what I call a real ‘green gold’ type of property, because there’s merchantable timber there now, and there’s timber that will be merchantable in 10 to 18 years,” said John Rosenthal, president of Realty Marketing. A western parcel of 156 acres adjoining both Ecola State Park and the Elmer Feldenheimer Forest Reserve is available for a minimum reserve of $1.8 million.

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EU tropical sawn hardwood imports rose 9% in 2015

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Apr 29, 2016
Lesprom

In 2015, EU imports of tropical sawn hardwood were 1.05 million cubic metres, 9% more than previous year. The value of EU imports increased by 15% to Euro 772 million, ITTO reported. The average unit value of tropical sawn hardwood imports into the EU in 2015 was Euro 732 per cubic meter, up from Euro 670 per cubic meter the previous year, the increase due to the euro being on average 20% weaker against the US$ in 2015 compared to 2014. While the rise in EU imports of tropical sawn hardwood in 2015 is encouraging, the volume of imports remains at historically very low levels.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Dear Congress: Burning wood is not the future of energy

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States
Apr 28, 2016
The Washington Post

...But the bill also would command the Environmental Protection Agency to “recognize biomass” — that is, plant matter such as wood harvested from forests — “as a renewable energy source” because of its “carbon-neutrality.” This is a rank example of Congress legislating science rather than allowing agency experts to make determinations based on facts, and the results could be very bad for the environment. Burning wood produces carbon dioxide emissions; the case for treating biomass energy as carbon-neutral is that, as plants grow back, they recapture carbon dioxide from the air. Yet burning biomass releases a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere all at once, and plant regrowth takes time. Meanwhile, scientists warn that the planet could reach climate tipping points soon. This alone is reason not to treat biomass and, say, wind energy as equivalent.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

Construction Corner: Portal helps organizations factor in climate change

By Korky Koroluk

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 28, 2016
Daily Commercial News

An Ottawa consultancy has unveiled a new online resource that’s designed to help organizations factor the impact of climate change into decisions relating to, among other things, infrastructure. Risk Sciences International launched its Climate Change Hazards Information Portal (CCHIP) at a mid-month symposium on adapting to climate change. The firm includes former Environment Canada engineers and researchers. CCHIP uses data from 40 global climate models among other sources. It tailors its information for specific locations and industry sectors. The idea is to help planners, engineers and decision-makers to make informed decisions relating to climate and severe weather.

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Aluminum Finish Made to Mimic Wood

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Apr 28, 2016
Durability and Design

Powder coating manufacturers Linetec (Wausau, WI) and Decoral System USA (Coral Springs, FL) have teamed up to offer a variety of wood grain finishes made for architectural aluminum products. The finishes are recommended for both interior surfaces, such as window frames, door panels, column covers, shutters, furnishings and hardware, and exterior applications, such as garage doors, fencing and soffits, Linetec says. “In our industry, we are seeing the use of real wood in applications like curtainwall mullions and interior window surfaces,” said Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. “The Decoral process gives us the ability to offer a similar look at less cost.”

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Old office building becomes worship space for relocated Bellevue church

The one-time office building now has a sanctuary wall made of CLT panels.

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US West
Apr 28, 2016
Daily Journal of Commerce (Seattle)

The building was transformed with a design by atelierjones into an inspirational space. “It's more than great,” Otis Gillaspie, co-chair of the design advisory committee for the new building, said. “I don't know where to start.” The highlight of the project is a 39-foot-tall wall in the newly created 5,000-square-foot sanctuary that is made of angled, undulating cross-laminated timber panels. The panels are lit by skylights and tall windows. The CLT wall was proposed by Susan Jones of atelierjones, whose Seattle firm has researched CLT use since 2010, and whose students in a University of Washington design studio studied the use of CLT in sacred places. Jones also designed and had built a house for herself that is constructed of cross-laminated timber. Still, she said, it was not a easy decision for the church to go with CLT. It is a new technology, especially to the U.S., and CLT had rarely been used in churches.

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New Zealand Green Building Council CEO Alex Cutler announces her resignation

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Apr 29, 2016
New Zealand Scoop

New Zealand Green Building Council’s chief executive, Alex Cutler, has announced that she will leave the organisation later this year. She has been in the role since May 2010. Ms Cutler will continue to lead the organisation during the recruitment process and work with the new chief executive to provide a smooth transition from a member perspective. New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) Board Chair Mary-Jane Daly says Ms Cutler has led the organisation’s growth and maturity in a number of positive ways. “She has brought new tools such as Homestar and NABERSNZ to the market, diversified NZGBC’s income streams and grown the business. In that time she has also served as Chair of the Construction Industry Council for two years, sat on the Building Advisory Panel to Government and represented NZGBC at the World Green Building Council.”

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Architect unveils design for 436-foot-tall wooden tower in Stockholm

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Apr 28, 2016
Construction Drive

The cross-laminated timber (CLT) skyscraper would feature 250 apartments, with those floors covered by a "perforated timber screen," and floor numbers covering the facade. The first seven levels would include shops, restaurants and a public terrace. According to the architect, the design for the building aims to serve as a model for a possible solution to Stockholm’s population growth. Berensson told Dezeen that building on car parks would reduce the number of cars in the city and provide more high-density housing. He also wanted to give a nod to CLT in his design, as Sweden has a significant wood industry, and CLT has only been used previously in shorter buildings.

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