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Forestry

Yellowstone to Yukon conservation anniversary celebrated

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; United States
Oct 21, 2014
Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Environmentalists are basking in a warm glow of satisfaction this week as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the largest and most successful conservation programs on the planet. "We're trying to share some good news with people," said Harvey Locke, one of the founding members of the Yellowstone to Yukon project, which is slowly creating a vast, interconnected network of protected mountain landscapes down the western spine of North America. "In the 1980s, we discovered that national parks as islands would not maintain their qualities through time," Locke said. "Even our biggest parks are vulnerable to losing their biggest animals over time unless they were part of a much larger system."

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In the Garden: Time to fall in love with trees again

Noel Kingsbury’s new book is a hymn to their importance, beauty and wonder

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 23, 2014
Vancouver Sun

Autumn is the perfect time to fall in love all over again with trees. Trees look fabulous all year round, but large deciduous trees are especially attractive in fall when their leaves change colour and gracefully drop away to reveal a beautiful and complex tracery of branches. This month I want to encourage you to get reacquainted with the beauty of trees and to deepen your understanding of their value and importance. This is a chance to get to know some of your favourite trees a whole lot better. To help, I recommend picking up a new book by Noel Kingsbury called The Glory of the Tree (Firefly Books, $39.94) as a guide and companion.

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Efforts underway to retrieve historical logging equipment

Collection has artifacts more than 100 years old

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
Powell River Peak

Powell River Historical Museum and Archives wants to return a long-lost sawmill to its rightful home. During City of Powell River Council’s Thursday, October 16, committee of the whole meeting, Bert Finnamore, the museum’s heritage manager, said he wanted to apprise the committee about the potential acquisition of the Anderson sawmill collection offered by Burnaby Village Museum. Acquiring this collection, that originally came from this area, would be a large opportunity, but to proceed, the museum would require permission to site the collection.

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European Gypsy Moth, an invasive species, resurfaces in Metro Vancouver

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
Global News

VANCOUVER – The City of Surrey is buckling down for a battle against an invasive species that has the potential to cause massive damage. For the first time in four years the European Gypsy Moth has resurfaced in Metro Vancouver. This time the infestation appears to have hit prime agricultural land in Cloverdale the hardest. Inspectors put up traps during the summer and found a far higher number of the gypsy moths than normal. The moth keeps coming back, despite widespread spraying campaigns.

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Urban forest should be an election issue in Whitby

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Oct 23, 2014
Durham Region

... What is your vision for protecting and enhancing our urban forest? Lush, healthy trees raise property values and make neighbourhoods much more attractive. Walk through Durham’s historic districts with their stunning maples and oaks at the peak of autumn colour right now and you’ll see what I mean. Trees make life much more comfortable, shading streets and sidewalks on hot summer days and blocking winter winds. The older a tree, the more character it has, the more beauty and value for wildlife.

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Woodlot Management Mentorship Program Field Day

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Oct 22, 2014
Atlantic Farm Focus

A Woodlot Management Mentorship Program Field Day will be held at Jim Crooker’s woodlot in South Brookfield, Queens County, Nova Scotia on Nov. 8. This free event is part of the new program that aims to create opportunities for family forest owners to learn from each other, and give experienced owners a chance to share their knowledge. The program is a partnership of Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, and the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. It is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

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Montreal Lake Cree Nation Certified to SFI® Standard to Enhance Forestry Operations and Community Sustainability

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Oct 22, 2014
CNW

A forested area in central Saskatchewan — more than half the size of Prince Edward Island — is now certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2010–2014 Standard. The Montreal Lake Cree Nation adopted the SFI Standard because of its ability to promote sustainable forest management by protecting water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and species at risk. Enhancing the economic sustainability of the community was another key factor in the decision to choose SFI. 

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In Oregon, helicopters spray weed killers near people under West Coast's weakest protections

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Oct 23, 2014
The Oregonian

Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland. The spraying happens under the Pacific Northwest's most industry-friendly regulations. Washington requires a wide no-spray zone around nearby homes. Oregon doesn't. Washington says when it's OK to spray, right down to setting a 7 mph maximum wind speed. Oregon doesn't. The Oregonian reviewed regulations in four states and found Oregon stacks the deck in favor of the timber industry.

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Daines should support legislation

Letter by Addrien Marx

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Oct 24, 2014
The Missoulian

In September, I traded in my well-worn and smelly backpacking boots for shiny heels and headed out to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act festivities at our nation’s capital, where I got a chance to sit down with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines. Back in Seeley Lake, I have a retail business that relies on both the timber industry and wildlands recreation. My customers are snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, mill owners and backpackers, loggers and outfitters. Obviously, the diverse use of our natural resources provides a broad financial foundation for me and other small-business owners in the area.

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Guest opinion: Montanans oppose giving away federal lands

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Oct 22, 2014
Billings Gazette

State Sen. Jennifer Fielder has suggested that a Utah county commissioner, Nevada state legislators and a Canadian negotiator know what’s best for us here in Montana. I’d like to think Montanans know what’s best for Montana. While transferring federal lands into state hands may be of interest to some people outside the state, it’s certainly not in our interest. Far from it. Montanans know that the BLM and Forest Service are by no means perfect at handling our federal lands. We also know that if the state were to take ownership of those 30 million acres, Montanans would be saddled with the $340 million bill it would cost to manage the land.

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New Southeast Climate Hub website contains information for producers and partners

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Oct 24, 2014
USDA Forest Service

As of this week, there is a new online resource for information about the USDA Climate Hubs: http://climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/. The site features a variety of national and regional content on climate variability and its effects on working lands-including a new suite of pages specific to the Southeast Hub. Within the Southeast Hub pages, you’ll find info on important regional assessments, data and research products, and key educational materials to help farmers, land managers, Extension agents, and other partners adapt to climate related stressors.

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Thune Calls For Additional Investment To Combat Mountain Pine Bettle

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Oct 23, 2014
Chadrad.com

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-U.S. Senator John Thune today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell calling on the FS to increase its 2015 investment in the timber harvest program to help fight mountain pine beetle infestation and maintain forest health in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). In January, the FS announced an additional $1.5 million for BHNF timber harvest in 2014. Thune’s letter notes that increased investment in the timber harvest program has received national acclaim and the Black Hills received the 2013 “Chief’s Award” as a result of the innovation and increased ability for the BHNF to reduce the spread of mountain pine beetle. 

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Beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products from 8 countries responsible for 1/3 of forest destruction

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Oct 23, 2014
Mongabay.com

Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world's forest loss, according to a new report. Those familiar with the long-standing effort to stop deforestation won't be surprised by the commodities named: beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products (including timber and paper). Nor will they be very surprised by most of the countries: Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay.  "The trend is clear, the drivers of deforestation have been globalized and commercialized", said co-author Martin Persson with Chalmers University of Technology.

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International engagement to kill our forest fires

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Oct 24, 2014
The Jakarta Post

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has never been a foreign minister or diplomat, but he has a keen sense of the world and the reciprocal interests it has with the national needs of Indonesia. As a businessman he had from early on linked his products to international markets and frequently participated in international fora. As a mayor he was internationally recognized and won several awards. Now there is the exciting prospect of extending his global view to the presidency. This will allow him to meet domestic issues with the power of broad perspectives.

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Satellites for smart logging

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Oct 22, 2014
Phys.org

Satcoms are helping to save our trees through more efficient use of our forests. Satellites are mapping forests, sending instructions to loggers, monitoring tree-harvesting machinery and coordinating log transport almost in real time. The Treemetrics company in Ireland, supported by ESA, has developed an all-encompassing device that uses hybrid satellite and terrestrial communications, and GPS. The display gives detailed mapping information, showing a harvesting machine's driver which trees should be felled and how the wood should be cut.

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Tree-rotting disease takes hold in Lancashire (& video)

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Oct 23, 2014
BBC News

There are fears the tree disease ash dieback could be taking a stronger hold in Lancashire. The Forestry Commission said the North West is among the worst areas in the country for the disease, especially in the Forest of Bowland. Colin Riley, Woodland Trust site manager for Lancashire, said 450 diseased ash trees were being destroyed, but the forest would be restocked in the new year with oak, beech, alder and willow.

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Company & Business News

Domtar jumps as Q3 profit soars on tax benefits, improved operating performance

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; United States
Oct 23, 2014
Proactive Investors

Domtar's shares surged in Toronto on Thursday after the company said its third quarter net profit soared on strong performance in its pulp and paper business. The company, which reports in US currency, posted net earnings of $281 million, or $4.33 per share, compared to a net profit of $27 million, or 41 cents per share, in the year ago period, when it was hit by $14 million in special items after-tax. Excluding these costs, and a deferred tax benefit of $204 million in the latest quarter, as well as other items, earnings came to 94 cents per share, versus 63 cents in the year earlier period. The latest results beat estimates for earnings of 81 cents per share. 

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Domtar Q3 adjusted profit beats estimates, company cautious on Q4 outlook

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Oct 23, 2014
Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Domtar Corp. says it had US$281 million of net income in the third quarter, helped by more than US$220 million worth of tax-related credits and improved operating earnings. Excluding the impact of fuel tax credits and US$2 million of restructuring costs in the quarter, the Montreal-based paper and pulp producer had US$61 million of profit, or 94 cents per share. 

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Wood pellets exports from North America to Europe plateaued during the 1H/2014

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; United States
Oct 22, 2014
WRQ

Pellet shipments from the US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the US South being up ten percent from the 4Q/13 to the 2Q/14, and Canadian volumes declining 25% during the same period, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The new expanding markets for pellet producers in Western Canada have instead been Japan and South Korea. Total shipments of wood pellets from North America to Europe plateaued in 2014 after almost four years of continuous increases. 

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Green push paying off for GP mill

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 23, 2014
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune

The Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill is starting to benefit from a series of infrastructure upgrades, meant to make operations more environmentally friendly and more profitable. The addition to products such as toilet paper, paper towel and tea bags, the kraft-process pulp mill, located 10 kilometres south of Grande Prairie on Resources Road, is selling electricity generated onsite back to the provincial grid. Three turbine generators onsite have a combined maximum capacity of 140 MW, far more power than the mill requires on-site. Put in perspective, that number is impressive.

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Injured sawmill explosion workers cry foul over WorkSafe BC treatment

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 23, 2014
Globe and Mail

John Engstrom was sitting in the lunchroom at the Lakeland mill, waiting for a seminar to begin, when a massive explosion blew out the wall to his right and sent an orange fireball toward him so powerful that it twisted the vertebrae in his neck. ... He survived, but today, 30 months later, Mr. Engstrom is battling to put his life back together. Sitting rigidly at a conference table in Vancouver on Thursday, he shuffled a thick sheaf of papers that chronicle his treatment at the hands of WorkSafe BC – the agency that is supposed to protect workers and care for the injured. After putting him under surveillance, the agency has declared him fit to work and is demanding repayment of benefits.

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Crew workers testify at inquest

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 24, 2014
Vernon Morning Star

Young workers and their training orientation were the focus of much of the final witness testimony into the mill death of an 18-year-old Lumby man in 2013. Bradley Haslam was killed during the early morning hours of June 15, 2013, in an accident inside Tolko’s Lavington mill. Haslam had been employed with the mill since March of 2013. Colton Thibault was the last of the younger workers employed as the mill’s clean-up crew to testify Thursday at a four-day coroner’s inquest into Haslam’s death, being held at the Vernon Courthouse. Thibault, now 19, told inquest counsel John Orr that he was hired by Tolko in May 2013, and that his orientation happened on his first day of work.

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Vancouver company's wearable particle monitor has industry interested

Nanozen’s device is half the size of a smartphone

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 23, 2014
Vancouver Sun

Vancouver startup Nanozen is a creating real-time, wearable particle sensor for use in mines, mills and other industrial locations where dust and other particles can lead to dangerous explosions and debilitating respiratory diseases. Nanozen founder Winnie Chu was working as a professor in environmental health at the University of B.C., teaching students about environmental monitoring, when she realized particle monitoring methods were falling far short of the need. “The current technology is not sufficient to protect workers or the community when concentrations exceed the acceptable level,” she said.

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One last holdup on B.C. railway tracks

by Tom Fletcher

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 21, 2014
BC Local News

VICTORIA – “Hands up.” That famous command is attributed to Bill Miner, an American career criminal who is also credited with B.C.’s first train robbery, at Silverdale on the Mission border in 1910. A more genteel, and of course perfectly legal, trackside transfer of wealth is underway in the B.C. legislature. It’s called the Canadian Pacific Railway (Stone and Timber) Settlement Act, and it provides for taxpayers to hand over $19 million to CP Rail to settle a lawsuit over historic logging, rock and gravel rights given to B.C.’s pioneering railway builders.

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Laser-guided revamp helps Edson sawmill shape its future

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
Edmonton Journal

EDSON — New computer scanning technology and other upgrades are helping the Edson Forest Products sawmill cut the most lumber possible from every log. The operation, acquired for $30 million in 2012 by forestry giant West Fraser, has been transformed from a specialty mill to a more efficient producer of dimensional lumber products for Canadian and other markets, especially the United States, Japan, China and South Korea. “To rebuild a facility like that is not inexpensive, but we’re really happy with the money we’ve spent and we think it’s going to be a great investment for the future,” Chris McIver, West Fraser’s vice-president of lumber sales and corporate development, said Wednesday. 

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Northern Pulp invites public to discuss mill at information sessions

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
CTV Atlantic

Northern Pulp is inviting the public to discuss its mill operation at information sessions in Pictou County Wednesday and Thursday. The provincially-mandated consultation sessions are required if the mill is to renew approval for its bleached kraft mill and effluent treatment system. Mill officials admit they haven’t done a good job communicating their message clearly. “Our product is sought after all over the world. It’s one of the best kraft pulps that you can find, so we’re building on that foundation with markets to improve the operation and part of that is improving the environment and that’s what this is about here today,” says David Kerr, vice-president of Paper Excellence.

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Fire destroys small sawmill

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Oct 22, 2014
Atlantic Farm Focus

Dennis O’Neill’s small sawmill near Woodstock, New Brunswick was destroyed in a fire Oct. 17. According to the Bugle-Observer, the wind direction protected O’Neill’s home and other buildings on the Bull Road property. But wood, logs lumber and equipment were lost. Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson did not believe the fire was suspicious. He speculated in the newspaper that it may have been started by lightning.  O’Neill was uncertain about rebuilding the sawmill. He had no insurance on the structure or the equipment.

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Record Volume of Southern Pine Lumber Exports to China

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Oct 22, 2014
Lumber Men Online

Exports of Southern Pine lumber to China are soaring, thanks to promotional efforts funded by the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP). Southern Pine lumber exports to China are expected to reach $54 million this year, a ten-fold increase since the U.S. wood products industry began promoting this species, grown in the southeastern United States. Meanwhile, Chinese demand for pressure-treated Southern Pine lumber, a key value-added item produced in the U.S., is forecasted to reach $15 million this year, an all-time sales record and 245% above levels five years ago. 

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Boise Cascade reports increased sales, profits

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Oct 23, 2014
Idaho Statesman

Boise Cascade Co.'s latest quarterly earnings report indicates $32.3 million in profits and $983.3 million in sales. Both figures are increases from the previous quarter and from the same quarter in 2013. Sales increased 12 percent from the previous year, while profits increased 104 percent. The building materials company attributed its gains to rising housing starts, which increased 9 percent from the previous year, and total construction starts, which rose 15 percent during that time. Wood product sales were particularly strong, increasing 26 percent from the previous year.

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Firewood: Hot commodity as Minnesotans get ready for winter

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US East
Oct 22, 2014
Minnesota Public Radio News

NEAR AKELEY - Loggers Tim, Dean and Duane White typically finish cutting winter wood for their home clients by mid-October, then shift to supplying timber to area lumber mills. This year, though, the mills will have to wait. Calls for firewood have doubled and the Whites are working against the clock to cut fuel for customers before it gets truly cold. "Usually we cut 500 cords. We've done that already this year," Duane White shouted over the roar of heavy machinery in the woods north of Akeley as he grabbed timbers with a swinging steel claw and dragged them through a car-sized circular saw.

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NZ trade deficit widens as exports slow

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Oct 24, 2014
News.com.au

New Zealand's monthly trade deficit widened more than expected in September as falling prices for logs and dairy products weighed on exports while imports were boosted by an incoming aircraft. The country's trade deficit widened to $NZ1.4 billion ($A1.30 billion) in September, from a revised August deficit of $NZ489 million and a shortfall of $NZ221 million in the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. That was nearly double the $NZ700m deficit forecast in a Reuters poll of economists. 

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Booming German pine lumber exports to Egypt

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Oct 23, 2014
IHB

In the first seven months of the year, German exports of sawn pine lumber have further increased. Year-on-year exports are +21% above the levels of last year. Particularly, shipments to Egypt and China, the first two main destinations, grew significantly by +709% and 30%. With over 67.385 cubic meters, total deliveries to the Netherlands are still +30% higher than exports in the reference period of 2013. On contrast, in line with the overall European softwood lumber trend, German exports to Japan have declined by -12%

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood waste possible heat source

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 24, 2014
Vernon Morning Star

Enderby could get into the energy business City council has instructed staff to do a market analysis of the sale of wood waste-generated heat from its biomass facility at the public works yard. “We will examine the possibilities about extending it to nearby commercial buildings and selling them heat,” said Mayor Howie Cyr. The city’s biomass boiler has about 100 kilowatts of available capacity that could possibly be sold. “Neighbouring industrial properties would typically use around 50 kilowatts each, which could be viable,” said Tate Bengston, chief executive officer, in a memo to council.

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Biomass identified as best option for Nelson energy system

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
Nelson Star

Work on a new energy system for a block of city-owned buildings in downtown Nelson is moving ahead, but is now expected to use biomass rather than geothermal heating. A feasibility study completed in August found biomass would make the most economic sense. It would use wood waste from local mills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,200 tonnes per year. The buildings expected to be included in the project’s first phase are the Civic Centre, community complex, curling club, and indoor soccer facility, which are all adjacent.

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Celebrate BC Bioenergy Day today

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
BC Government

VICTORIA - In recognition of BC Bioenergy Day, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Minister, Steve Thomson issued the following statement: “Today is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of the bioenergy sector to British Columbia and the world. “Bioenergy reduces waste, creates jobs, and helps this province meet its climate change goals. Bioenegy uses organic material like agricultural waste and forestry by-products to generate heat and energy. It's a viable, valuable source of clean energy.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

Adera silences critics of six-story wooden tower

North Vancouver’s first six-storey condominium building constructed with wood-frame construction may help silence critics of the nascent building system 

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Oct 22, 2014
Business in Vancouver

North Vancouver’s first six-storey condominium building constructed with wood-frame construction may help silence critics of the nascent building system. In 2009, the BC Building Code was changed to allow an increase in the maximum height for wood-frame residential construction from four to six storeys. Only a handful of such wood structures have been completed in Metro Vancouver, but 79 are under construction across the province, according to WoodWorks BC, a division of the Canadian Wood Council.

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Wood Manufacturing Council Readies Women for Non-Traditional Jobs

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada East
Oct 21, 2014
Woodworking Network

MONCTON, NB, CANADA - Local employers in Moncton, NB have shown great interest and confidence in the graduates of the Wood Manufacturing Council’s (WMC) recently completed “Women in Non-Traditional Trades” program. Nine of the ten participants who completed the training now have full time employment with firms in the area, invited to join our celebration for the ladies in non-traditional trades who are ready to begin working in the wood manufacturing sector.

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Wood more environmentally sound building material, OSU forester says

Oregon State University forestry dean touts advantages of building with wood.

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US West
Oct 21, 2014
The Capital Press

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Oregon State University College of Forestry Dean Thomas Maness gets excited when he talks wood. “I get excited about this stuff, so you’ll forgive me if I tend to go on a bit,” he said during a recent presentation at the Oregon Forest Industries Council annual meeting. “But this is important,” he said. “This is really important. We are producing something that is vital to human survival.” Earlier in the presentation, Maness said housing demands are increasing at a rapid rate, and, with the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion in another two or three decades, the demand isn’t expected to slow.

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