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Battling the Beetle: Pines in the Northwest are Under Threat

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; United States
Mar 26, 2015
Entomology Today.org


According to an article appearing in the April 2015 issue of National Geographic, more than 60 million acres of forest — from northern New Mexico through British Columbia — have suffered die-offs since the 1990s due to the spread of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). The beetles bore through the bark and create tunnels beneath it, where the females lay eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the bark as well.
But it gets worse. The beetles are fungus farmers that carry spores on their bodies. 

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Council nips idea of purchasing Wildwood Ecoforest

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 27, 2015
Cowichan Valley Citizen

North Cowichan will not attempt to buy the Wildwood Ecoforest. Coun. Rob Douglas tried to get council to at least look at the possibility but he ran into a wall of cogent arguments from both his colleagues and district staffers.  Douglas said that he thought that since North Cowichan already had a municipal forest it might want to add the land to it, even though it is located north of the Cowichan Valley. ...CAO Dave Devana agreed, pointing out that swaps and purchases have been going on for some time with companies like TimberWest and Island Timberlands. He also pointed out that the Wildwood property was being offered for sale by the Land Conservancy of B.C. at twice the price North Cowichan would normally pay for forest land of that size.

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Alberni watershed in the hands of forest industry

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 27, 2015
Alberni Valley Times

... Mayor Mike Ruttan has spoken earnestly about the "basic human right" to fresh water and insisted that Port Alberni must gain total control over the China Creek watershed, to ensure that residents here are guaranteed access to an essential resource. Island Timberlands currently owns land in the watershed, and logging on McLaughlin Ridge has made city councillors nervous. But the city doesn't have enough money to purchase the land. Can we trust forestry companies to safeguard our drinking water? Or should the government assert control? Is government more efficient than private companies at managing our natural resources?

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B.C. grassland protected, helping at-risk species

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - There's nowhere else in Canada like the sage steppes of British Columbia's southern Interior. The vast area is home to as many as 50 at-risk species and now a large patch of that is being protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The conservancy's purchase of 130 hectares of land expands the grassland Sage and Sparrow Conservation area to 1,350 hectares and connects two provincially protected areas that flank it. ...The new area also contains aspen and dry forest, making for a mosaic effect and further enhancing its diversity, she said.

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Hundreds jam career fair at Athletic Hall

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Alberni Valley News

Hundreds of people jammed into the career fair at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Tuesday, delighting organizers from both the AV Employment Centre and Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program (NETP). “It exceeded our expectations,” AVEC’s Bill Brown said... Sarah Ozog from Western Forest Products was promoting the forestry company’s First Nations partnerships with NETP. “We’ve had seven people trained and employed” through that partnership, she added. Jean Wylie from NETP echoed Ozog, saying they appreciate the relationship they enjoy with Western Forest Products. “We look forward to continuing,” she said.

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Where's our water?

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Alberni Valley News

“Water is definitely a basic human right. We need it, we have to have it, we can’t exist without it,” Port Alberni mayor Mike Ruttan told a crowd of concerned residents at Dry Creek on World Water Day. But doing without might become a reality for Port Albernians as a hotter than usual summer is slated to follow a milder than usual winter... “If you do not permit any logging in the watershed then you have a far greater retention of water in that area,” he said. This occurs because logging, even with timely replanting, reduces the natural filtration that old, well established root systems provide.

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Into the watershed

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Albernie Valley News

Island Timberlands will not stop logging in the China Creek watershed unless there’s a serious purchase offer on the table, says Morgan Kennah, Island Timberlands manager of sustainable timberlands and community affairs. The timber company believes that their logging practices don’t endanger the city’s drinking water supply. According to Kennah, Island Timberlands’ (IT) logging practices are sustainable and do take into account environmental values. “We live in coastal B.C. so there’s usually a creek somewhere, if not many creeks. So you’re looking at water, drinking water in this case, you’re also thinking of fish habitat,” Kennah said during a tour of the watershed last week.

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Clear-cutting threatens Echo Lake eagle colony

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Global News

Every fall, hundreds of eagles descend upon the Fraser Valley to roost in the treetops surrounding Echo Lake. Experts say there is no other place like it in the world. “This is eagle central. It’s the place that if you want to protect the largest concentration of raptors on earth, this is just about it here,” says Ken Wu of Ancient Forest Alliance. The area is a perfect marriage of mountain and river valley, sheltering the eagles from the wind while the perch upon the branches of the ancient Douglas Firs and Red Cedars. “It’s really the last of the last. It’s like coming across a sasquatch these days. this is a very special area,” says Wu.

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Lesley Fox: Minister Steve Thomson, D is for democracy

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Georgia Straight

Minister Steve Thomson, meet democracy. Democracy, meet the man ignoring you. Is that too on-the-nose? To be fair, it’s kind of hard for me not to be critical and sarcastic when I talk about the minister of lands, forests and natural resources. We at the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (the Fur-Bearers)—a solution-focused nonprofit society that’s been around about as long as Mr. Thomson himself—want to have a chat with our esteemed member for Kelowna-Mission. His political portfolio puts him in the position of creating policy for everything fur-bearing in British Columbia.

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Sts'ailes and FVRD sign MOU

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 25, 2015
The Agassiz Observer

Sts'ailes First Nations and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen and formalize the relationship between the two governing bodies. The MOU was made official at Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem last Thursday, March 19, with Chief Harvey Paul (Steq oye Kul) and FVRD Chair Sharon Gaetz signing in a ceremony steeped with Sts'ailes tradition. "With the Memorandum of Understanding we just signed, we signed an agreement to work together on a number of things," said Gaetz to the assembled officials. ...He cited forestry as an example, with the current model of Sts'ailes receiving only three per cent of logging rights and the need for a new, more equitable arrangement.

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Echo Lake home to diverse and endangered species

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 25, 2015
The Agassiz Observer

Preliminary surveys by biologists reveal diverse, endangered, and new species inhabiting the extremely rare lowland old-growth forest at Echo Lake west of Agassiz. Conservationists ramp-up call for the BC government to protect the area from logging. A biodiversity survey (ie "Bio-Blitz") of an extremely rare but endangered lowland old-growth forest between Agassiz and Mission, the Echo Lake Ancient Forest, famous for its bald eagles, has revealed that it is also home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. This includes many species at risk such as various bats, frogs, snails, dragonflies, and moss.

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Students receive Canadian Institute of Forestry ring (video)

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Mar 27, 2015
The Western Star

Adam White and Greg Brisbois were among nine recipients to receive the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) ring Thursday at a ceremony at the Greenwood Inn and Suites in honour of the forest resources technology program graduating class of the College of the North Atlantic. This is the 14th year that CIF has been recognizing forest technicians through the granting of the silver ring.

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How Does Wildlife Respond When Forest Management Helps to Reduce Wildfire Risk?

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States
Mar 26, 2015
USDA Blog

Forest managers in the western United States often face difficult choices when it comes to reducing wildfire hazards while also maintaining wildlife habitat in forests that have changed dramatically in the last century. The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and partners are working to find the balance between forest restoration and habitat conservation in a new era of forest management. To put the problem into context, you should consider how forests have changed in the last century. Over the past several decades, people have rushed to put out fires in what was thought to be a prudent attempt to save forest resources and the human communities that are increasingly blending with forests. 

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Partnership gives wintering U.P. deer new outlook

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States
Mar 26, 2015
Upmatters.com

The Department of Natural Resources and Plum Creek Timber Company are working together to manage more than 16,500 acres of industrial forest land for winter deer habitat. This unique partnership is focused on improving and maintaining conifer cover, which is essential to winter deer survival in the Upper Peninsula.  “This long-term project shows a serious investment by Plum Creek on how the land will be managed for wildlife and forest products into the future,” said DNR wildlife biologist John DePue. “Hemlock is a species that can live over 300 years, is a preferred winter food for deer, but is difficult to establish. Working together, our goal is to retain at least a 70-percent conifer canopy, because research has shown anything less reduces overwinter survival of deer.”

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Starkey Project receives national honor

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 25, 2015
USDS FS Pacific Northwest Research Station

LA GRANDE, Ore. March 25, 2015. The Starkey Project, one of the most comprehensive field research projects in the world, received the Boone and Crockett Club’s inaugural Conservation and Stewardship Award, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station announced today. The project was honored during the 100th-Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, PNW Research Station Director Rob Mangold, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Assistant Director Ron Anglin, and Starkey Project Team Leader Michael Wisdom were among those in attendance to receive the award.

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Judge allows South Fork timber sales

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 25, 2015
Hungry Horse News

A federal judge last month upheld a court ruling that allows two timber sales to go forward on the Flathead National Forest south of Hungry Horse Reservoir near Spotted Bear. The watchdog groups that challenged the timber sales have not exhausted the appeals process. Michele Draggoo, the Flathead Forest’s leader on the projects, said Thursday that the groups have 60 days from the Feb. 23 order to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2012, Friends of the Wild Swan and the Swan View Coalition sued the U.S. Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service over the Soldier Addition II and Spotted Bear River logging projects.

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77th Redwood Region Logging Conference

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 25, 2015
Willits News

The 77th Redwood Region Logging Conference was held this year in Eureka on March 19-21. This year’s theme was “Together We Are the Timber Industry.” Loggers had a chance to demonstrate their skills with axe and chainsaw; attend classroom training; and check out the newest equipment being offered for sale. The newest logging hardware and some of the oldest still operational logging equipment were both on display and being demonstrated for visitors to the conference. Educating students was a significant conference aim as nearly 1,600 students from the region held field trips to attend.

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Environmental groups challenge Tongass timber sale, seek injunction

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
Alaska Dispatch News

JUNEAU -- Environmental groups announced Thursday that they were appealing the Big Thorne timber sale, the U.S. Forest Service's biggest Tongass National Forest sale in years. The agency said it was disappointed that the sale it had spent years preparing was again being challenged. "It's just another legal roadblock that's really putting a wrench in us getting to our transition to young growth," said Kent Cummins, a Ketchikan-based spokesman for the Forest Service's Tongass office. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council and several other groups have sued to block the Big Thorne sale, but federal judge Ralph Beistline last week rejected their challenge.

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Timber sales aren't subsidized

Letter by Shawn Regan, Bozeman

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
Helena Independent Record

In a recent IR article, Mike Garrity of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies rightly points out that the Forest Service loses money on its timber sales (“Forest Service, senators agree on need for more logging”). But he is wrong to argue that taxpayers are therefore subsidizing the timber industry. ...The fact that the Forest Service loses money selling timber does not imply that timber buyers are subsidized. Think of it this way: If I purchase lumber from a store, but the store sells the lumber to me at a loss, have I been subsidized? Not necessarily, as long as I am paying what the lumber is worth. Even if the store loses money on the sale, I am no more responsible for its financial losses than the timber industry is for the Forest Service’s balance sheet.

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Federal aid to Oregon timber counties passes House, gains support in Senate

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
The Oregonian

WASHINGTON--Federal aid for timber-dependent counties in Oregon -- included in a crucial bill protecting Medicare payments to doctors -- passed the U.S. House Thursday and appears to be eventually headed to Senate passage. The federal aid, designed to help counties that have seen big declines in federal logging over the past two decades, would provide about $95 million to Oregon counties this year and $90 million next year, according to congressional estimates. The program expired last year and Oregon's congressional delegation was unable to revive it.  


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UM’s Wilderness Institute receives award for ‘Untrammeled’ film

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
The Missoulian

The University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute recently received a prestigious award for its role in producing “Untrammeled,” a film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Wilderness Institute Director Natalie Dawson accepted the Regional Forester’s Wilderness Champion Partners Award from the U.S. Forest Service during a ceremony March 17. The award recognizes Forest Service partners who have demonstrated a vision and passion for the National Wilderness Preservation System.

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Bitterroot Nat'l Forest proposes timber thinning project near Como

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
NBC Montana

DARBY, Mont. - The Bitterroot National Forest has released final plans to thin 2,500 acres of timber between Lake Como and Lost Horse Road, north of Darby. The Forest Service said the proposal is an effort to reduce fire risk, protect nearby private property and maintain the area's scenic nature. If approved, some areas would be put out to bid for logging. "We're hoping if we can thin out this area we'd give the older, larger trees a chance to defend themselves against potential beetle attack," said Darby Sula District Ranger Chuck Oliver. Oliver said much of the forest has grown too dense.

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Deschutes National Forest holds fire investigation class

Students get down on the ground to search for clues in burned forestland

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
Bend Bulletin

Figuring out what started a wildfire can be truly dirty work. “You’ve got to get dirty,” U.S. Forest Service Patrol Capt. Dan Smith said Tuesday, diving into burnt grass off of China Hat Road for emphasis. “Just do the breast stroke through the stuff.” The top law enforcement officer for the Deschutes, Ochoco and Fremont-Winema national forests, Smith is a fire investigator with 17 years of experience . This week he’s teaching his tricks and tactics to a mixed group of firefighters, police officers, deputies and detectives as part of a new class for the Deschutes National Forest.

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Senators seek solutions for ‘broken’ timber program

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Mar 25, 2015
The Montana Record

Congress should pass legislation streamlining logging and restoration projects on national forests to create rural jobs and reduce wildfire risks, logging officials told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. But a top Obama administration official said the Forest Service lacks the staff to significantly increase forestry work as more of its resources get siphoned off to fight wildfires in a hotter and drier West. There was broad agreement at yesterday’s hearing that the Forest Service needs to increase the amount of timber cut on national forests but little consensus on how to do that.

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'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Mar 26, 2015
NPR

Researchers say the new "super-termite" is even more destructive than other species and may carry a significant economic cost. ...In an article published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, they write that in Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species are mating and producing offspring. ...The resulting offspring are hybrids with coloration somewhere in the middle between the orange Formosan and the darker Asian termites. Chouvenc opens a plastic container containing a colony that's one year old. "These are the hybrids. So when we compare the number of individuals from hybrids to the parental species, they tend to be between 20 percent and actually 200 percent higher. So, it's almost double the number of termites compared to the parental species."

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Unity College offers ‘lumberjack camp’ honoring Maine’s timber heritage

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Mar 26, 2015
Bangor Daily News

UNITY, Maine – Can you cut it in Maine’s timber territory? If so, Unity College’s Maine Lumberjack Camp offers rigorous education in Pine Tree State forestry. From Paul Bunyan to the Discovery Channel’s “American Loggers,” Maine is timber territory, and now people can experience Maine’s logging heritage up close with a one-of-a-kind summer program. A limited number of participants will gain lumberjack skills and learn the history of forestry in Maine up close in the Unity College Maine Lumberjack Camp, developed by Unity College to showcase timber sports that are fast-paced, physical, and historically rich.

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China bans commercial logging in NE forests

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Mar 26, 2015
ECNC.cn

Commercial logging will be forbidden in key state forests in northeast China on April 1, said China's forestry watchdog Thursday. The State Forestry Administration (SFA) said commercial logging would be banned in state forests in Inner Mongolia and Jilin to assist in the recovery of China's wood resources. Before this, Heilongjiang, another heavily forested area in northeast China, banned commercial logging in state forests on April 1, 2014, the SFA said. Supervision will be stepped up to ensure that the ban is carried out in full, and violators will be punished, the watchdog said.

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Illegal logging, fear haunt remote Peru village

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Mar 26, 2015
St. Louis Post Dispatch

SAWETO, Peru (AP) — Illegal logging persists unabated in this remote Amazon community where four indigenous leaders who resisted it were slain in September, and the fear remains palpable. Even a police post the government established with 25 officers provides no comfort, villagers and environmentalists say. "It has neither the mandate nor the desire to start protecting the community," American philanthropist Alexander Soros told reporters last week after visiting Saweto by helicopter with activists from the Global Witness environmental group.

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How well are companies doing on deforestation? Supply-Change.org offers a new transparency tool

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Mar 26, 2015
Treehugger

Preventing deforestation has been identified as an important way of fighting climate change, but protecting forests is a challenge as the global demand for agricultural products rises. Tropical forests are particularly threatened by growing demand for soy, palm oil, beef, and wood pulp products. These products are linked not only with unsustainable deforestation, but also illegal logging activities. Last year saw several major efforts to combat this problem, with many of the biggest consumer goods companies promising to get products associated with tropical deforestation out of their supply chains. McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Nestle and General Mills all signed the New York Declaration on Forests, which aims reach net deforestation by 2020. But how well are these companies keeping their pro-forest comments?

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'How about that extension?' activists ask as forest exploitation moratorium deadline nears

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Mar 24, 2015
Mongabay.com

Less than two months before the expiration of an Indonesian forest exploitation moratorium set up under an agreement with Norway, activists called on Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar to extend the prohibition, as she promised to do after taking office last year. They also called on Siti to strengthen the moratorium, which bans new licenses for land-based exploitation in primary forests and on peat but does not address secondary forests and existing concessions and makes exceptions for "national development" projects – geothermal, oil and gas, electricity, rice, sugarcane – and any concession Siti's ministry chooses to allow.

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Company & Business News

Company President Last To Testify Before Inquest Adjourned

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 27, 2015
250 News

Prince George, BC – The last witness to take the stand at the Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Alan Little before it was unexpectedly adjourned earlier this week said there were ‘missed opportunities all the way along’ in the weeks and months leading up to the April 2012 blast at Lakeland Mills. Greg Stewart testified, that as he’s replayed the events leading up to the explosion, ‘there were steps individuals could have taken and they were missed.’ However, the president of Sinclar Group, which is two-thirds owner of Lakeland, said it remains a very complex issue in his mind. “It was a dust explosion that occurred, but how did we get to that point.”

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WorkSafeBC responds to inquest adjournment

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Prince George Free Press

WorkSafeBC says it wants more information regarding the suggestion Wednesday that it refused investigative materials prepared by CASE Forensics regarding the April 23, 2012 explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills’ sawmill in Prince George. .... “As you may be aware, the coroner has adjourned the inquest into the deaths of Alan Little and Glenn Roche in the April 23, 2012 fire and explosion at the Lakeland mill,” reads a statement issued Thursday from WorkSafeBC. “In regards to the issues that have been raised by the coroner, WorkSafeBC has made a submission to the coroner to provide further information on these matters. WorkSafeBC has and will cooperate fully with the Coroner’s Service throughout this inquest.”

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WFP raised sales to over CAD1bn for first time in 2014

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 27, 2015
EUWID

With a 6% increase in sales revenue to a total of around CAD1.037bn, Canadian Western Forest Products (WFP) succeeded in surpassing the CAD1bn mark last year for the first time in its history but its EBITDA and net result remained well short of the previous year’s figures at CAD108.5m and CAD68.4m respectively. The company believes the reductions in its results are mainly attributable to deterioration in market conditions in the second half-year 2014. The volume of log and lumber sales to China and Japan in particular slowed perceptibly.

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Loci 112 back home

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Mar 26, 2015
Alberni Valley News

The CANFOR steam locomotive—the 112 that has been sitting out in the weather for the last 45 years in Beaver Cove—was set on its permanent tracks on Tuesday, at the Alberni Pacific Railway roundhouse. Nickel Brothers, a B.C. company that specializes in heavy moving, took care of the transfer between a static display near Port McNeill, down Highway 19 and across Highway 4 to the 112’s new home. The B.C. Railroad Historical Association made a donation to the Industrial Heritage Society to make the move possible. [END]

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Miramichi Lumber to rebuild mill damaged by fire

Company also plans to open a new kiln and planer facility in Blackville

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Mar 27, 2015
CBC News

Miramichi Lumber plans to rebuild its sawmill in Miramichi and open a new planer and kiln facility in Blackville. The company says the electrical and optimization systems at its Miramichi mill were destroyed in a fire on Jan. 6. General manager Danny Anderson says the insurance process should be complete within the next few weeks and the Miramichi mill should reopen by the end of July.  Rough lumber from there will be taken to the new facility in Blackville for further processing.  Anderson says the Blackville facility will open in August creating 20 to 25 new jobs.

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Forest data cruncher plants roots in Stamford

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Mar 26, 2015
Stamford Advocate

An Israeli company has set up its main U.S. office in Stamford, as it sells a system that crunches data from aerial imagery of forests to help land owners determine the value of their timber and better plan logging operations. Intelescope Solutions has $8.3 million in backing from individual investors that the company has not identified.

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Backed by private equity, Sacramento firm buys biomass plant -- and is looking for more

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
Sacramento Business Journal

Sacramento’s Greenleaf Power has agreed to buy a 37.5-megawatt biomass plant in Connecticut. And with a pot of money from investors, it's looking for more deals like it. The Plainfield Renewable Energy plant in Connecticut opened at the end of 2013 and it burns waste wood, said company spokesman Matt Ross. Plainfield sells its electricity to Connecticut Light and Power under a long-term agreement.

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Columbia Forest Products Relaunches Wood Works Newsletter for Commercial Woodworking Industry

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Mar 26, 2015
Virtual Strategy Magazine

Columbia Forest Products, North America’s longstanding leader in the hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer industry, has relaunched Wood Works, a bimonthly e-newsletter focused on news and information of interest to members of the professional woodworking community. It’s a free resource delivered to the subscriber’s inbox – designed as a “quick read” covering news and practical tips for readers. The key audience segments for the Wood Works newsletter are cabinet shops, furniture builders and fixture manufacturers, plus the wholesale wood distributors that serve them.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Lilac, Hemlock, Maple: How Climate Change Is Transforming New England Plant Life

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US East
Mar 26, 2015
WBUR Boston

These waning March days, the trails are still coated in ice and snow at the Middlesex Fells, a sprawling reservation of woods and water just north of Boston. Around Spot Pond, the branches are bare on the beeches and alders, the dark green of pines the only vivid color in the gray-brown palette of early spring. It’s a scene that has changed little in more than 100 years — but may change dramatically in the coming half-century. If global climate change continues unabated, in 50 years “One could posit that Massachusetts would look an awful lot like Georgia or even northern Florida,” says Elizabeth Farnsworth, senior research ecologist at the New England Wild Flower Society.

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Roundtable: the sustainability of woody biomass

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
Mar 26, 2015
Environmental Finance.com

Chopping down trees for fuel is a controversial form of energy production. With demand predicted to grow rapidly, this roundtable organised by Environmental Finance with the support of GreenTrees and Gryphon Carbon Consultancy discusses the sustainability issues surrounding this fuel source, and what can be done to improve standards and certification

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

Arup's timber prefab Sky Believe in Better Building wins the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Mar 26, 2015
Inhabitat

Arup Associates won the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award with their Sky Believe in Better Building in London - the UK’s tallest timber structure. The architects completed the building in just a year. It took three months to take the project from inception to site thanks to the use of off-site prefabrication and modern timber construction systems. ...The building boasts glulam and CLT structure and uses pre-finished timber to create a tight envelope. Thanks to the use of timber, the building is insulated against and minimizes noise generation, which is proven to be crucial in the daily operation of campuses.

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