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Froggy Foibles

This Company is Turning Used Coffee Grounds Into Clean Fuel!

Categories: Froggy Foibles
Region: International
Dec 06, 2016
One Green Planet

Many of us rely on a cup of coffee, or quite a few cups of coffee, to get us through the day... Arthur Kay, came up with the idea to recycle used coffee grounds to create advanced biofuels and biochemicals. With the help of investors interested in clean, sustainable energy, he has recently been able to make his innovative idea a reality. Bio-bean is now making mass quantities of “coffee logs,” which burn hotter and for a longer period of time than wood does. Each log is made of the waste of twenty-five cups worth of coffee, and reduces emissions significantly.


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Forestry

Tree Canada to support 150 community greening initiatives nationwide

By Tree Canada

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada
Dec 06, 2016
Canada Newswire in the Edmonton Journal

OTTAWA, ON  - Proud to be a part of Canada 150, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Tree Canada, the nation's leader in tree-related programs and resources, today announced an exciting, new initiative, Tree to Our Nature, that will support 150 community greening projects across the country. Starting today, municipalities, community organizations, groups, schools and associations nationwide can apply to have a planting event held in their area. By sponsoring Tree Canada directly, businesses can also become involved by providing funding and volunteer labour to increase the scope of the projects.

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Logging permit near Chase raises territory and economic issues for First Nation

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Dec 06, 2016
InfoTel News Ltd

CHASE - A local First Nation is calling out the provincial government for approving a logging permit in the Shuswap without consultation. The Neskonlith Indian Band is requesting the province rescind a permit issued last week for logging 28 hectares near Harper Lake south of Chase and near reserve land. The band’s Chief Judy Wilson says in a media release the First Nation has “decision making authority regarding forestry in our territories.” “Our community and our nation have taken a very strong position regarding our title and rights, and jurisdiction regarding logging in Secwepemc territory,” she says in the release.

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Why Maritimers are rallying against chemical forest sprays

By Larkin Schmiedl

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Dec 06, 2016
This Magazine

Protests erupted across Nova Scotia this fall when forestry company Northern Pulp was approved for its latest round of aerial herbicide sprays. The controversial chemical, glyphosate, is banned in parts of Europe and for forestry in Quebec due to questions around its propensity to cause cancer. In the Maritimes, glyphosate’s recent history is troubling. Rod Cumberland, the former chief deer biologist for the Natural Resources department in New Brunswick, found that glyphosates are a major contributor to the province’s deer population collapse. It wasn’t until after he retired in 2012 that he made his research public. 

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Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests

By Michael Casey And Patrick Whittle

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States
Dec 06, 2016
The Associated Press in the Victoria Times Colonist

PETERSHAM, Mass. - In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree. The bug is one in an expanding army of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States. Scientists say they already are driving some tree species toward extinction and are causing billions of dollars a year in damage — and the situation is expected to worsen.

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Managed Fires, New Building Codes Save Lives, Water – & Forest

By Pete Aleshire

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Dec 06, 2016
Payson Roundup

Let it burn, baby, burn. That might make a great new Forest Service motto, according to the latest research on managing wildfires. Of course, that means towns like Payson, Star Valley, Show Low, Pinetop and other forested cities and counties would have to adopt building codes that will allow people to live with fire instead of making a futile effort to continue a century-long Forest Service effort to stamp out wildfires, according to other recent studies. Start with a 40-year experiment in letting fires burn on a 40,000-acre patch of Yosemite National Park in California. Shifting to a more natural wildfire pattern since 1973 has not only dramatically reduced big, forest-destroying fires, it has boosted forest health, increased stream flow and groundwater levels, improved resistance to drought — and cut firefighting costs, according to a study by researchers from University of California, Berkeley published in the scientific, peer-reviewed journal Ecosystems.

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State Land Board could agree to sell off Elliott State Forest

By Claire Withycombe

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Dec 06, 2016
Pamplin Media Group

The State Land Board — which consists of the governor, secretary of state and treasurer — is scheduled to meet Dec. 13 to consider selling the Elliott State Forest, an 82,500-acre parcel in Douglas and Coos counties. The state put the forest on the market for $220.8 million because it has been unable to produce ongoing revenue from the land for state schools — as mandated by the Oregon Constitution — due to logging restrictions in marbled murrelet habitat. A Roseburg-based timber company, Lone Rock Resources, teaming with the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, was the lone entity submitting a purchase offer by last month's deadline.

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Neighbors oppose Idaho plan to log cedar grove

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Dec 06, 2016
The Associated Press in KBOI 2 TV

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Idaho officials are considering logging a 40-acre grove of cedar trees to generate extra revenue, but they're facing opposition from nearby residents. The Spokesman-Review reports that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game thinks it could raise several hundred thousand dollars by selling timber from the trees near Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho. The agency's Coeur d'Alene manager, Chip Corsi, says that money would stay in the region and could be tapped for other projects. About 50 people who live near the grove have signed a petition asking Fish and Game to reconsider cutting down the cedars, which range from 80 to 120 years old.

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Unpacking The Science Behind The Northwest Forest Plan

By Jes Burns

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Dec 06, 2016
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Federal land managers are getting their scientific ducks in a row before updating the most important forest management plan in the Northwest.  The Northwest Forest Plan covers 24 million acres of public land run by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management. It went into effect 22 years ago.  “Since that time, there’s been a wealth of new science, a tremendous focus on new issues,” says Tom Spies of USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis.  Among these emerging issues are climate change, how the growing populations of barred owls affect sensitive spotted owl populations, and the consequences of long term fire suppression. 

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Opportunities for forest conservation and sustainability in the South

By Tom Martin, CEO American Forest Foundation

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Dec 06, 2016
Greenbiz

Our supply chains are linked to a global economy, whether you are talking commodities such as palm oil from Indonesia or coffee beans from South America. Even close to home, timber, pulp, wood fiber and biomass from the southern United States are all part of this global business. We also know that the source of these materials, our far-off tropical forests, savannahs and grasslands are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on land... Years of deforestation and other unsustainable industrial practices rightfully have left us concerned about these global forests and lands, and the wildlife that inhabit them. Many brands and supply chains are doing their part to step up and address this. Thankfully, in the United States, widespread deforestation is not common. We can thank regulations and ethical best practices set forth by the U.S. industry, conservation organizations and government alike. 

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S. Korea's afforestation project marks 50th anniversary: forestry chief

By Kim Boram

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Dec 07, 2016
Yonhap News

SEJONG -- South Korea's afforestation projects have successfully turned the bare territory into a green land for the past half century on the back of nationwide efforts to recover degraded forests, a high-ranking official handling forestry affairs said Wednesday. "The government had mapped out systematic policies to rehabilitate degraded lands for the past 50 years and the people actively participated in the government-led campaigns," Korea Forestry Promotion Institute (KFPI) President Kim Nam-gyun said in an email interview with Yonhap News Agency. "South Korea's reforestation plan is regarded as one of the most successful cases in the world in producing a substantial increase in forest coverage."

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Destruction of the Amazon rainforest increased 30 per cent over the last year, Brazilian government reports

By The Associated Press and National Post Staff

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Dec 06, 2016
National Post

SAO PAULO — The Brazilian government says that deforestation of the Amazon rainforest increased almost 30 per cent over the past 12 months. The country’s National Space Research Institute said on its website last week that 7,989 square kilometres of rainforest were destroyed by loggers, farmers and cattle ranchers between August 2015 and July 2016. During the previous 12-month period, 6,207 square kilometres were destroyed. The Brazilian institute did not mention forest fires as to blame for the tree loss, and it defines deforestation as the destruction of the primary forest cover through logging and land clearing.


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Company & Business News

Anticipated Duties on Softwood Lumber to Dampen Canadian Wood Products Industry Outlook

By the Conference Board of Canada

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Dec 06, 2016
Canada Newswire

OTTAWA - Canada's wood products manufacturers are on track to post pre-tax profits of $1.4 billion this year – their highest levels since 2004, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada's Wood Products Manufacturing Industry. Going forward, however, the imposition of U.S. duties on softwood lumber will slow export growth and weigh on the industry's bottom line. "With no end in sight for the longstanding trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada on softwood lumber and increasingly protectionist sentiment south of the border, it is more likely that Canadian producers will face trade action by the U.S. and heightened restrictions in the coming year," said Michael Burt, Director, Industrial Trends. "Trade action will likely come in the form of import duties, which would increase the costs of exporting to the U.S. 

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U.S. Lumber Coalition alleges Canadian lumber being sold at “less than fair value”

By Hannah Lawson

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Dec 06, 2016
Whitecourt Star

Peace is no longer in the long-standing lumber trade war between Canada and the U.S. after the U.S. Lumber Coalition formally announced on Nov. 25 it was petitioning the U.S. government to impose duties on Canadian products. Albertan trade representatives said they were disappointed but not surprised of the petition. “I think everybody in the industry is both disappointed and concerned,” Brock Mulligan, Alberta Forest Products Association director of communications, said. “The U.S. is a major market for our softwood lumber and obviously trade disputes are extremely disruptive.” In a media release, the Coalition said its petition alleges Canada’s timberlands are government subsidized to producers, and “Canadian lumber is being sold for less than fair value in the United States.”

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Could Canfor Pulp Products Inc Increase Even More? The Stock Just Had a Gap Up

By Darrin Black

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Dec 06, 2016
Frisco Fastball

The stock of Canfor Pulp Products Inc. gapped up by $0.02 today and has $10.66 target or 4.00% above today’s $10.25 share price. The 5 months technical chart setup indicates low risk for the $693.91 million company. The gap was reported on Dec, 6 by Barchart.com. If the $10.66 price target is reached, the company will be worth $27.76M more. Gaps up are useful for using as a support level and to some extent as a tradeable event. If investors already hold the stock and experience a price gap up, then its usually a good idea to hold the stock for a stronger up move. 

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Laid-off Weyerhaeuser workers search for answers

By Katheryn Houghton

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Dec 06, 2016
Daily Inter Lake

Six months after Weyerhaeuser announced it would shutter two of its three Montana mills, federal assistance programs have begun to filter into the Flathead Valley. But nearly half of the workers facing layoffs may not be eligible for the new benefits, according to Flathead Job Service. Last week, the Department of Labor announced laid-off Weyerhaeuser employees may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The program offers support in training, job search and relocation to wood-production workers who lost their job due to international competition. Weyerhaeuser announced in June it was closing its lumber and plywood mills. 

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Proposed Ngawha wood mill mothballed by government

By Edwin Mitson

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Dec 06, 2016
New Zealand Scoop

Plans to build a new wood processing facility at Ngawha in Northland have been put on ice by Northland Inc, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry for Primary Industries. It follows the publication of a study into the potential project by independent consultants Indufor, which looked at the local impact, resource availability and market demand for an integrated sawmill and mechanical pulp mill at Ngawha. Dr David Wilson, CEO of Northland Inc, argued the decision not to proceed is the right one. “While the study does identify potential, we have decided not to continue with further investigations at this stage. This is in part due to uncertainties arising from the Electricity Authority’s Transmission Pricing Methodology review and because of concerns raised by industry that need to be addressed,” he said.

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France: coniferous timber and lumber market in a crisis

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Dec 06, 2016
IHB The Timber Network

The results of 2016 are not likely to be satisfactory for softwood processors. At the latest wood auctions in November and December, most sawmill owners reported mixed results of their activities over the last twelve months. The decline in roundwood prices observed the fourth quarter of the year (see table below) reflects the volatility of demand in terms of volume of business and price pressure on board markets. The results of activity carried out in summer were not in line with expectations and no significant improvement was reported at the end of 2016. Industry professionals play it by ear and review the market situation on a daily basis. Large enterprises seem to suffer more than the smaller ones. "We haven't seen any positive changes on the construction lumber market since beginning of the season in September," says Fabrice Chauvin, CEO of Scierie Chauvin Frères.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change strategy needs forest biomass (Opinion)

By Paul W. Adams and Steve Pilkerton

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US West
Dec 06, 2016
Oregon Live

Citizens and policymakers should be wary whenever science is pointedly but selectively invoked to support a political agenda. A recent example is John Talberth's Nov. 3 guest opinion opposing the "carbon neutrality" of forest biomass energy. His commentary neither clarifies the realities of forest biomass in Oregon nor does it consider the benefits of using forest biomass energy as part of a comprehensive strategy to address both climate change and the health of Oregon's fire-prone forests. There is great irony reflected in the photo that accompanied Talberth's commentary, a scene from a lumber mill in Prairie City -- the same area where a 2015 wildfire burned 110,000 acres and destroyed 43 homes. Much of the forest that burned was federal land choked with unnatural levels of forest biomass, including dead and dying trees stressed by both high stand densities and recent climate trends that are expected only to get worse.

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MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

By Katie Fletcher

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US East
Dec 06, 2016
Biomass Magazine

MASSACHUSETTS -- Nov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. MESys is based in Bethel, Maine, where the company built its first pellet distribution facility. About a year ago, the company began constructing another distribution facility at a location in North Oxford to service its already established customer base around central Massachusetts, as well as provide the opportunity for more customers to receive pellets in the surrounding area.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

In The Future Skyscrapers Will Be Built Out Of Timber

By Jonathon Keats

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Dec 06, 2016
Forbes

Several years ago, the Vancouver planning commission received an unusual request. An architecture firm wanted to build an 18-story skyscraper out of wood. In Canada, like most of the world, building codes restrict timber structures to four stories, six at most... Moreover, architectural interest in this oldest of building materials is surging globally, bolstered by ecological concerns about the environmental impact of concrete and steel manufacturing. An important new exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau highlights the environmental advantages of building in wood, and also surveys the extraordinary range of innovation in contemporary timber architecture. Dozens of new and envisioned buildings are shown in elegant wooden models, and further elaborated in photographs and renderings.

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Trump Tower, the skyscraper and the future of urban development

By Kevin D. Murphy, Vanderbilt University

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Dec 06, 2016
Chron

George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. Now President-elect Donald Trump has his eponymous Manhattan skyscraper, Trump Tower... Trump Tower is loaded with polished metal and stone and clad in reflective glass. Will it stand just for the questionable taste of the one percent, or could it stimulate more creative, sustainable approaches to urban development?... Some of the most unique advances in skyscraper construction come from the use of a “new” material: wood. Wood may offer several advantages over metal construction. Most notably, it’s a renewable material. And new ways of engineering wood, like laminating it, also promise to make it as durable and strong as steel and lighter than concrete, which makes it less expensive to transport to building sites. Proponents of wood argue that substantial timber construction is actually more fire resistant than steel.


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Looking for green X-mas gifts? Think wood

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US East
Dec 06, 2016
Fergus Falls Journal

For holiday gift ideas, consider a locally made gift created from trees harvested in Minnesota. Wooden toys, handcrafts and keepsakes are a great green gift option. Wood is a renewable resource that is natural, nontoxic and eco-friendly. “Wood products are great green gifts for both kids and adults,” said Kristen Bergstrand, DNR utilization and marketing program coordinator. “Uniquely hand-crafted and individually customized wooden gifts are a wonderful option for a person who has everything.”... The Minnesota forest products industry brings $16.1 billion to local economies. The industry creates jobs and brings financial support to small and large manufacturing and retail businesses across the state.

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Danzer to add North American hardwood species to its offering of sliced flooring deck layers

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Dec 07, 2016
IHB The Timber Network

Hardwood specialist Danzer has further increased its capacity for sliced flooring deck layers. Last month, four new drying kilns have been put into operation, at its Darlington, Pennsylvania, facility. Danzer is now able to produce sliced flooring deck layers from all major North American species close to the resource. “Since Danzer has introduced sliced 3.0 to 4.0 mm thick deck layers for engineered hardwood flooring in 2012, the focus was on rustic European Oak”, says Greg Lottes, CEO of Danzer Veneer Americas and adds: “High-value North American species like American Walnut benefit even more from the better resource efficiency of our slicing process.” Danzer had started the construction work for four new Mühlböck drying kilns in Darlington, PA, in spring 2016.

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Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Globally Expected to Drive Growth through 2025

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Dec 07, 2016
MedGadget

Cellulose is the prime component of plant cell. Microcrystalline cellulose is partially depolymerized cellulose, obtained from wood pulp. It is also formed through some of the fungi, bacteria, algae or marine animals. It is insoluble in water and is primarily used as bulking and anticaking agent in production of food products. It is also used as a texturizer, emulsifier and as an extender in application such as pharmaceutical or personal care products. Wide usage of microcrystalline cellulose in manufacturing food products coupled with growing of the pharmaceutical excipient industry is driving the demand of microcrystalline cellulose market across the globe.

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