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Waiting on Pin(e)s and Needles

Tree planting teams awaiting official confirmation of Guinness World Record

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; United States
May 26, 2015
Forests Ontario

The trees are in the ground; now it's up to Guinness Worlds Record to confirm whether the multi-team tree planting record attempt on May 20th was successful. In total, 28 teams from across North America banded together to plant multiple sites in locations ranging from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Washington, D.C. The goal: Plant the most trees simultaneously within a one-hour period by teams of 25 to 100 people. The previous record holders out of India planted more than 40,000 trees in one hour back in 2012.

Locals attempt to break Guinness tree planting record from William Lake Tribune

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Ontario hazelnut growers look to pick up slack from blight-stricken B.C.

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada
May 26, 2015
Canadian Press

TORONTO - Ontario farmers are stepping in to feed Canadians' appetite for hazelnuts as the industry deals with a worldwide shortage, sky-high prices and the spread of nut-killing blight in British Columbia. The Ontario Hazelnut Association says Ontario farmers will harvest more than 240 hectares of the crop this year, up from 40 hectares last year. British Columbia, which had 330 hectares of hazelnut-producing orchards as recently as 2012, saw its harvest fall by more than 60 per cent last year and 2015 promises to be even worse. Linda Grimo, whose family has been growing hazelnuts in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., since 1972, said that gives Ontario growers a "huge opportunity" in the market.

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Fire Crews Look for Hot Spots at Little Bobtail Lake

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
250 News

Prince George, B.C. – With the Little Bobtail Lake fire 100% contained, the focus now is on any remaining hotspots within the fire perimeter.Infra red equipment was used this morning to locate those hot spots. The number of crew members on the scene is now 113, about one third of the number that had been working this fire at its peak. The investigation into who started the Little Bobtail fire continues, and the Wildfire Management Branch has more fires to deal with.

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Winnipeg's urban forest a monoculture at risk of being wiped out by disease

CBC analysis using city tree inventory data reveals never-before-seen picture of Dutch elm disease

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 27, 2015
CBC News

In the wake of increasing threats to Winnipeg's tree population, city officials undertook a massive project in 2009 to build an inventory of every tree on public space in order to help better protect its valuable urban forest. Nearly a hundred years of monoculture has made Winnipeg's trees vulnerable to disease, but the decision to take a detailed pulse of the situation was largely influenced by the looming threat of the emerald ash borer. It has yet to be found in Winnipeg, but has crept as far west as Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

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Comment: TLC has high hopes for Wildwood’s future

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
Victoria Times Colonist

Of all the properties The Land Conservancy of B.C. holds, none is more complex than Wildwood, a 31-hectare woodlot known as Merv Wilkinson’s ecoforest. The TLC board has been grappling over the best management and ownership structure, but is confident that a resolution will be reached soon for this much-loved property. There is an agreement that a special-purpose trust must be set up with the task of defining how the property is to be managed. Wilkinson owned the land for more than 60 years and developed a way of harvesting the timber through single-tree selection while retaining a natural forest structure by cutting less than its annual growth.

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Alberta wildfires: Thousands of evacuees told they can return home

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 27, 2015
Canadian Press

Many of the nearly 5,000 Albertans evacuated from their homes due to forest fires have started to be allowed to return home. Late Tuesday night, the Municipal District of Opportunity announced an evacuation order had been lifted for residents of the hamlet of Wabasca. The MD said RCMP would be on hand to supervise the return and warned that essential services in the hamlet might be limited or delayed for the time being. Officials also said reception centres would remain open in nearby communities on Wednesday and meals would continue to be served for those who couldn’t immediately get back home.

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Alberta wildfire near Wabasca forces 5,000 people from homes

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
CBC News

About 5,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a wildfire that has prompted the northern Alberta hamlet of Wabasca to declare a local state of emergency. On Saturday, Martin Beaver says he was at the heart of the wildfire now burning out of control. Now, he's camped out at an evacuation centre with his family, wishing he'd had more water to fight the blaze when he needed it. "I started fighting the fire," said Beaver, saying it had started at the dump in Wabasca on Saturday. "It spread so fast, I had it surrounded at first, I had it surrounded on the north side and it got away on the south side and I ran out of water."

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Investigators already working on fatal plane crash in Cold Lake

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 25, 2015
Edmonton Journal

Pilot William Alexander Garvie Hilts was killed Friday after his water bomber crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. He was flying a single-seater Air Tractor 802 for Conair Aerial Firefighting, a company contracted by the provincial government to fight wildfires in the area. “He was well-respected in the fire-bombing community and by all the folks he worked with,” Jeff Barry of Conair Aerial Firefighting said Monday. Hilts, 38, was in his fourth season of flying with Conair Aerial and lived most recently in Cranbrook, B.C. An investigation into the crash is underway.

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Powell River residents fight plan to log urban forest

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

Imagine the uproar if a company announced plans to log in Stanley Park. That’s the battle Sunshine Coast residents say they’re fighting right now — to protect “their” urban forest. Kylie Stanton reports. People in Powell River are fighting Island Timberlands’ plan to clear cut Lot 450, a massive urban forest within the city limits. Former Liberal MLA Judi Tyabji says instead of protecting the wilderness corridor that stretches from the ocean almost uniterrupted into the mountains, the city is looking to sell off portions of it for development. But because Island Timberlands has the logging rights to the trees, it needs to deal with them before any investors consider moving forward.

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Impact projections needed

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

British Columbia's auditor general says the province has failed to adequately address the long-term environmental impact of its resource-development decisions. Carol Bellringer issued a report Tuesday, saying that building roads, logging forests and exploring gas fields come with environmental, social and cultural consequences, but the government is not doing enough to consider them. Her report, Managing the Cumulative Effects of Natural Resource Development in B.C., makes nine recommendations, including giving the Forests, Lands and Resource Operations Ministry authority to manage a program that oversees the potential effects of resource projects.

Press release from BC Government

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Clearcut near Hope slide revives logging-versus-scenery debate

By Derrick Penner

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
Vancouver Sun

Within the mountain vista behind the stark, grey rock swath that marks the path of the massive 1965 landslide is a scraggly, rust-coloured bald spot that isn’t supposed to be there, or at least shouldn’t be as visible as it is. The case, identified in a 2014 B.C. Forest Practices Board audit, illustrates the increasing challenges of forest management to balance timber and recreational values. But with the interests of two major B.C. industries — lumber and tourism — involved, the incentives are there to get it right. “When we found this (visual-quality) problem in the Chilliwack audit, we were disappointed,” said Forest Practices Board chairman Tim Ryan.

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Forest fires rage near Manitoba towns, burning permits cancelled

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
CBC News

Fire crews battled blazes in dry, windy conditions near the towns of Cormorant and Sherridon in northwestern Manitoba, prompting the province to cancel burning permits and restrict campfires over large stretches of territory. Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship said on Tuesday that all permits had been cancelled in the region north of Flin Flon and Sherridon, south to Grand Rapids, west to the Saskatchewan border and east to provincial highway No. 6. Campfires were banned between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in four provincial parks — Bakers Narrows, Wekusko Falls, Grass River and Clearwater Lake.

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Innergex project sets back grizzly bear recovery

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
Whistler Question

Valhalla Wilderness Society welcomes efforts to raise awareness about B.C.’s declining grizzly bear population in the South Coastal Mountains through grizzly bear safety training sessions. The article, “PWA launches initiatives to protect dwindling grizzly bear population” (published in the May 4 edition of The Question), however, glaringly failed to mention that the recovery of grizzly bears in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has been severely set back by Innergex’s ULRHP, which is regrettably now under construction. 

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Minister seeks options to keep forests off farmland

By Tom Fletcher

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
Sooke News Mirror

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says reforesting farmland in B.C.’s Interior is contrary to the intent of B.C.’s agricultural land reserve, and he’s looking for a way to put a stop to it. British health and household products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Inc. has bought up more than 8,000 hectares of farmland from Prince George south to Quesnel, planting the land with trees and vowing to keep the forest on the land for 100 years or more. Local governments are concerned that long-time farming and ranching land is being lost, and farming communities will be weakened as a result.

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Boreal forest - Quebec and Ontario elected municipal officials and forest industry representatives form a united front to better promote sustainable forestry practices

Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
May 27, 2015
Canada Newswire press release

OTTAWA - In an unprecedented move, elected municipal officials and forest industry representatives from Quebec and Ontario met in Ottawa today to ask the various levels of government to step up their efforts to promote the sustainable forestry practices of Quebec, Ontario, and Canada on the international scene. ..."The sustainable use of forest resources is key to the way we use our lands and to the vitality of our communities in Quebec and Ontario. If our international customers stop buying products from the boreal forest based on misinformation, the thousands of workers in our municipalities who live off the forest will be the ones in danger," warned FQM director Jean-Pierre Boivin.

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Emerald ash borer continues to pose threat to Simcoe County trees

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
May 26, 2015
Orillia Packet and Times

Simcoe County Forestry has launched a communications campaign to educate residents, municipalities and stakeholders about steps they can take to protect their ash trees against the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB). ...It attacks all true ash trees, including white, black and green ash (mountain ash is not a host for EAB) and kills more than 99% of infected trees. The EAB was first discovered in Simcoe County in 2013. Simcoe County Forestry confirmed by 2014, EAB had been found in nearly half of the municipalities in the county.

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Forest Service announces $1.9 million for community forests

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States
May 26, 2015
USDA Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday more than $1.9 million in Community Forest Program grants to support local communities and preserve community forests across the United States. The Community Forest Program provides financial assistance grants to local governments, tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations working to establish community forests with a focus on economic and environmental benefits, education, forest stewardship, and recreation opportunities. The federal grants are matched with an additional $8.2 million in funding from other partners and represent a strategic investment in local communities.

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Changes in forest structure affect bees and other pollinators

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States
May 26, 2015
Phys.Org

Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists. The study shows how common present-day forest conditions affect pollinators, especially bees. "Bees prefer open forests," says Jim Hanula, a research entomologist at the Southern Research Station (SRS) Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants research unit. "We found that total tree basal area was the best predictor for how many bees would be present." Tree basal area describes the amount of space occupied by tree stems within a given piece of land.

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Timber spraying, and how cheap it is to silence legislators: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor

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

Spraying chemicals: Mike Gibson's recent letter to the editor (May 15) about spraying trees with pesticides recounts The Oregonian/OregonLive's article about Oregon legislators (notably Wayne Krieger, Brad Witt, and Chris Edwards) apparently being influenced by the financial support they receive from timber and chemical companies. The story detailed what appears to me to be lawmaker corruption, cronyism and lack of service to the citizenry. But what struck me most was the price — and how cheaply the votes of these legislators can apparently be bought.

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Hoot Owl restrictions lifted for Craig, Thorne Bay, and Wrangell Ranger Districts

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
May 26, 2015
Sit News

Ketchikan, Alaska – The Tongass National Forest today lifted the operational restrictions on active timber contracts on the Craig, Thorne Bay, and Wrangell Ranger Districts. “The readings from our weather stations showed a more moderate fire danger (vs. very high) over some of the Memorial day weekend so we are lifting the operational restrictions (hoot owl) for the Wrangell, Craig, and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts,” said Sale Administration Program Manager Ted Sandhofer. “We will continue to monitor the weather and implement restrictions if needed to protect forest resources and implement contract provisions.”

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Warm weather logging restrictions lifted

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
May 26, 2015
KFSK News

The U.S. Forest Service has lifted restrictions on logging companies on the Tongass National Forest because of a drop in forest fire danger over the weekend. The agency issued a notice Friday May 22nd placing the Craig, Thorne Bay and Wrangell ranger districts on “Hoot Owl” restrictions. That meant loggers couldn’t cut or yard trees, blast or weld during the warmer hours of the day, from noon to 8 p.m. The three districts are the only ones with active logging operations on the 17-million acre forest.

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Legal Battle Over Remote Forest Service Road Costs Elko County $250,000

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
May 26, 2015
Boise State Public Radio

Elko County's legal bills have exceeded $250,000 with no end in sight in a 16-year-old court battle with environmentalists and the U.S. government over control of a remote Forest Service road near the Nevada-Idaho state line. Assistant District Attorney Kristen McQueary doesn't expect a judge to rule before the end of the year on conservationists' latest attempt to throw out a settlement agreement between the county and the Forest Service. The Wilderness Society says the agency has no authority to cede control of the road running along the Jarbidge River, home of the threatened bull trout.

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HOT, DRY CONDITIONS MEAN BIG FOREST FIRE RISK

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
May 26, 2015
ABC New Jersey

JACKSON TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- The hot temperatures combined with the dry conditions means we're at a high risk for a forest fire. We've already seen a few wildfires burn hundreds of acres across New Jersey, including one on Monday night. On Tuesday, crews from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service were still in Jackson Township, setting small backfires and mopping up. A suspicious blaze blackened 25 acres near Reed Road inside the Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area.

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Hopes new forestry safety council will cut industry's high death toll

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
May 27, 2015
ONE News

It's hoped the forest industry's new safety council will save lives and enlighten other dangerous workplaces. The Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) was launched at Parliament last night and will be chaired by Dame Alison Paterson. The board will be made up of forest owners, contractors, workers, unions and Worksafe New Zealand. It was a key recommendation put forward last year by the Independent Safety Review Panel, set up to review the industry after a record number of deaths and injuries. Since 2010, 25 bushmen have been killed on the job and 800 more seriously injured.

Forestry safety council gets underway from Radio New Zealand News

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Thursday's budget dominates Tasmanian Parliament Question Time

Greens claim FSC bid on shaky ground

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
May 27, 2015
ABC News, Australia

The Tasmanian Greens used two of their questions to claim Forestry Tasmania's bid for accreditation through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was on shaky ground. Forestry Tasmania is seeking certification of its practices by the FSC, and auditors CSC are currently reviewing its management of the public forest estate. Franklin Greens MP Nick McKim told Parliament the auditors had identified "non-conformities" and "major non-conformities" so far, a claim the Resources Minister Paul Harriss did not deny despite being given two opportunities to do so.

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New WWF Study Highlights Strength of PEFC in Sustainable Forest Management

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
May 26, 2015
PEFC News

A new report released by WWF last week clearly shows that PEFC forest management requirements are to a large extent aligned with WWF’s own vision and objectives, demonstrated by PEFC meeting more than two-thirds of the WWF CAT indicators. The WWF Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) is a formalized methodology to evaluate and compare standards and certification systems based on WWF’s views and opinions and assesses in how far forest certification systems are aligned with the mission and objectives of WWF.

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Thursday's budget dominates Tasmanian Parliament Question Time

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
May 26, 2015
ABC News, Australia

The Tasmanian Liberal Government's second budget, to be delivered tomorrow, has again figured prominently in Question Time at State Parliament today. Job cuts and Forestry Tasmania's bid for international environmental accreditation certification also rated several mentions... The Tasmanian Greens used two of their customary three questions to claim Forestry Tasmania's bid for accreditation through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was on shaky ground. Forestry Tasmania is seeking certification of its practices by the FSC, and auditors CSC are currently reviewing its management of the public forest estate.

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Choice of chair underlines importance of forest safety

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
May 26, 2015
Scoop.co.nz

A safety council has been set-up, chaired by Dame Alison Paterson, to make forests safer places to work. Establishing the council was a key recommendation of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel that reviewed forest safety in 2014. The Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) was launched tonight at a function at parliament. Its board includes representatives of forest owners, contractors, workers, unions and Worksafe New Zealand. Funding will come from the Forest Grower Levy and from government – ACC and Worksafe.

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Company & Business News

Kootenay environment groups petitioning for new caribou provincial park

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 25, 2015
Revelstoke Times Review

With mountain caribou populations in the Selkirks in decline, a Kootenay environmental group is pressing a petition to establish a new provincial park to help protect the endangered animal. Last Wednesday, the North Columbia Environmental Society hosted Craig Pettit of the Valhalla Wilderness Society, who presented a proposal to develop a new wildlife preserve in the Selkirk Mountains. Its aim is to protect the dwindling regional mountain caribou population. Speaking to a group of 18 at the community centre, the Valhalla Wilderness Society circulated a petition to permanently protect 25,000 hectares of land that borders Glacier National Park.

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Petition calls for public inquiry into Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products sawmill blasts

United Steelworkers official Adam Connell is seeking names for a petition calling for a public inquiry into... 

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2015
Business in Vancouver

United Steelworkers official Adam Connell is seeking names for a petition calling for a public inquiry into the sawmill blasts that took place at Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products. So far Connell, who is in Prince George this week, has gathered 5,200 names and aims to have 10,000 by the time it’s presented to the provincial legislature this fall. A coroner's inquest into the Lakeland disaster, completed May 14, produced 33 recommendations to prevent similar events in the future, and a separate inquest into the Babine incident is set to begin July 13 in Burns Lake.

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Resolute Enters Into New ABL Credit Facility

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
May 26, 2015
Canada Newswire press release

MONTRÉAL - Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that it has entered into a new five-year credit agreement for a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility with an aggregate lender commitment of up to $600 million at any time outstanding, subject to borrowing base availability based on specified advance rates, eligibility criteria and customary reserves. This facility replaces the company's previous $665 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility, originally dated as of December 9, 2010, which was simultaneously terminated. 

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Lumber Prices Head Upward Along With Homebuilding

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
May 24, 2015
Woodworking Network

Prices for lumber futures contracts are beginning to rise, after drifting downward for months. China's building contraction and the winter hiatus knocked down prices, but they could jump dramatically, say analysts, as U.S. homebuilding surges. Lumber is traded in commodities exchanges future contracts, just like corn and soybeans, but the years long growing cycle means prices tend to be less volatile.

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Auburn Company Re-Mills Timber for New Life

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US East
May 26, 2015
Ithaca Times

...He started Levanna Restoration Lumber in 2002, naming the business after the road where he found the first structure that he deconstructed. ...“Initially I was salvaging them myself,” he said, “and I still get out there and do it.” He was also the chief scout, finding most of the old English-style barns that he loves simply by driving around and looking for them. “Now my name has gotten around,” said Holland, “and people call me.”

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Verso reports Q1 2015 results

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
May 27, 2015
Pulp and Paper News

Verso Corporation has reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015. Results for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 include: - Consummation of the NewPage acquisition. - Net sales of $806 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to $299 million in the first quarter of 2014.  Verso's net sales for the first quarter of 2015 increased $507 million, or 170%, due primarily to the addition of net sales resulting from the NewPage acquisition, compared to the first quarter of 2014.

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Greenpeace calls for probe into DR Congo wood trade

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
May 27, 2015
AFP

Kinshasa---Greenpeace on Tuesday called on the United States, Europe and China to launch probes into companies selling lumber from the Democratic Republic of Congo where illegal logging is damaging the country's forests. "Authorities must use every route open to them, including human rights and labour laws as well as conventions... to stop illegal and destructive trade," the environmental group said in a new report on the timber trade in the resource-rich country.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

OPG’s Biomass Brothers

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada; Canada East
May 26, 2015
Biomass Magazine

Within one year, Ontario Power Generation brought online two pellet-fueled power stations, both converted from coal. While Atikokan Generating Station uses traditional wood pellets to generate up to 200 MW of electricity, Thunder Bay Generation Station is a peaking plant that uses advanced biomass pellets. Ontario Power Generation has made a name for itself within the biomass power sector and broader electricity generation industry, with two very experienced employees heading up OPG’s activity in the space. 

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Transferring Dead Trees from Source of Wildfire Fuel to Biofuel

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States
May 26, 2015
USDA Blog

Trees killed by bark beetles have, for years, been a source of fuel for forest fires. Now, those very trees are being turned into biofuel and biobased products. This vast bioenergy resource—approximately 46 million acres—requires no cultivation, circumvents food-versus-fuel concerns, and may have a highly favorable carbon balance compared other forestry feedstocks. The problem, however, is that beetle-killed biomass is typically located far from urban industrial centers in relatively inaccessible areas, which means transportation costs are a key barrier to widespread utilization of this vast resource.

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Can Carbon Markets Help Oregon's Small Forests?

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US West
May 26, 2015
KUOW.org

When cancer comes calling, what if owners of small forest plots had another choice but to sell or to cut. That’s the premise of a pilot program being launched in Washington and Columbia counties of northwest Oregon... The source of the income: Emerging markets for sequestering planet-warming carbon dioxide. Are they serious? Well, they trademarked “A-Tree-M.” The idea is that family forest landowners can get cash now from cap-and-trade carbon markets like those in Europe and California, where power plants and others emitting greenhouse gases have to pay for the privilege. That money would offset polluters’ carbon emissions.

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PNG Forest Minister expects REDD+ to become law

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
May 26, 2015
Radio New Zealand

Papua New Guinea's Forestry Minister says PNG is close to bringing into law a UN programme aimed at reducing emissions and conserving forests. Douglas Tomuriesa says the framework for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) should become law in the current parliament sitting. The programme aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through forest management in developing countries, and is linked to the emerging carbon credits market. Mr Tomuriesa says legislation has passed through its first reading and the government has identified five major forest areas in PNG to conserve.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

New six-storey wood frame buildings will be a ‘huge challenge,’ fire officials say (& video)

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 27, 2015
Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - Fire officials are cautiously optimistic new six-storey wood frame apartment buildings can be safe, even in the wake of Friday’s devastating condo blaze. One man suffered minor smoke inhalation from the Clareview fire and hundreds of people had their homes destroyed. Fire officials say they were lucky the blaze didn’t start during the night. It burned up the side and into the attic of a four-storey wood-frame building, the highest allowed under the provincial building code for decades. On May 1, developers seeking a cheaper, quicker building option were granted the right to build six storeys and one local architect said he already has two buildings in the design stage.

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New biodegradable computer chip is made from trees

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US East
May 27, 2015
Slash Gear

As a way to combat the potentially toxic, metallic waste created by computer components that are thrown away, researchers from the University of Wisconson-Madison (UWM) have come up with a new kind of semiconducting chip--created from trees. It turns out that the actual conductive materials on a chip don't take up nearly as much space as the supporting materials, which are usually non-biodegradable plastics and metal. The researchers developed a method to create biodegradable chips from wood pulp, similar to paper. The chip's substrate, supporting base-layer is made from the wood-derivative cellulose nanofibril (CNF).

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