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Fact-Based Research Dispels Forestry Myths

Natural Resources Canada responds to deforestation myths with new fact versus fiction publication

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada
Apr 14, 2015
Forests Ontario

TORONTO, ON - Recently, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding forest destruction and deforestation in Canada. While these issues are certainly important, there has also been considerable misinformation circulating on the subject. In response, Natural Resources Canada has released a fact versus fiction discussion on their website. The discussion, entitled Deforestation in Canada: Key myths and facts outlines several myths and misrepresentations associated with deforestation and uses scientific, fact-based knowledge to disprove inaccuracies.

Deforestation in Canada: Key myths and facts from Natural Resources Canada

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Injured logger air lifted to hospital

Man transported from forest with head trauma: WorkSafe BC

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2015
Alberni Valley Times

A private helicopter landed at the West Coast General Hospital carrying a logger reported to be suffering from serious head trauma on Thursday afternoon. A handful of emergency responders and hospital staff quickly brought the injured forestry worker into the facility's emergency department shortly after the aircraft landed at approximately 1 p.m. "The patient was, I believe, unconscious but breathing," said Capt. Randy Thoen of the Port Alberni Fire Department, which sent a medical response truck to the helipad to assist with moving the man into the medical facility. "Normally that would be an ambulance crew but my understanding was that, while the ambulance did arrive on scene, they were delayed so that's why we were called in to assist."

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Tree falls on men

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2015
Vernon Morning Star

WorkSafe B.C. is investigating a logging accident east of Lumby Wednesday morning that resulted in one man being airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital. Three men from an Enderby contracting firm were working in the bush 34 kilometres east of Lumby off Highway 6 and approximately 45 kilometres up a forest service road, in the Keefer Lake area, when a dislodged tree came sliding down the mountainside, striking the three men. Emergency personnel were called just before 8:30 a.m. after the loggers reported to the company that they had been injured. The contracting firm had first aid on-site.

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Province monitoring trumpeter swans near logging site

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Calgary Herald

A pair of trumpeter swans has returned to Kangienos Lake in the Ghost Valley, raising residents’ hopes that the birds will halt the logging planned in the immediate area. The large birds, which are a species of special concern in Alberta, returned earlier this month after spending time there last year. “They’re here,” said Lori Haywood, a landowner in the area and a spokeswoman for the Stop Clearcut Logging group. “They’ve been here for six years. “We’re hoping the birds’ presence will make the case that they should protect at least that part of the lake.”

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Allow nature to exist

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
Prince George Citizen

...Environmentalists are known for demanding that others take responsibility for their actions while they do not. Not only are they responsible through their avocations, protests and lobbying for the death of these animals but are responsible in part for planet wide environmental damage. ..."save a tree, don't accept paper grocery bags' which pushed plastic bags into the forefront. ..."if you drink tap you will die because of the contaminants in it" ...created a fear in people that caused them to turn to bottled water giving rise to the plastic water bottle ...These were hailed as great victories for the environmental movement, now these products are condemned by the same people, but they do not accept any responsibility for their part in these situations.

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Wilderness groups fear Park Act changes will increase industrial activity in B.C. parks

A river runs through it; so does a pipeline and a road

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 14, 2015
Business in Vancouver

To begin the ascent of Golden Hinde – the tallest peak on Vancouver Island in B.C.’s Strathcona Provincial Park – a climber first must spend two or three days on a trail that begins at a pullout near Myra Falls copper-lead-zinc mine. For the few British Columbians who have ventured onto this part of the map, the incongruity of an active mine inside B.C.’s oldest provincial park is hard to overlook. And it underscores the concerns that groups like the Wilderness Committee, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Friends of Strathcona Park have over Bill 4, which allows for research in provincial parks – research they fear could pave the way for industrial projects such as pipelines and logging roads.

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Foreign firm’s tree-planting practice in B.C. not sustainable, region says

by Mark Hume

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 14, 2015
Globe and Mail

A foreign company that has been replanting thousands of hectares of farmland with trees in British Columbia in order to claim carbon credits has been told the practice is not sustainable and is damaging local economies. In a letter, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) told the British-based multinational Reckitt Benckiser Inc. (RB) that its conversion of some 2,000 hectares of farmland into forest is troubling. “There are concerns that the tree planting on agricultural lands in the RDBN may have a negative impact on the region’s economy, as centrally located and productive agricultural land is taken out of production in the long term,” Bill Miller, chair of the board, wrote last fall.

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Wolf predation a serious problem for ranchers

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Williams Lake Tribune

Predation by wolves continues to be the biggest cause of cattle losses in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, according to Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association which represents about 1,150 producers throughout the province. “In that area it is our leading cause of death and cost to our producers,” Boon said during an interview for Cattle Country... Wolves continue to expand their territories and with the effects of the mountain pine beetle opening up more areas for harvesting of timber, wolves have the ability to travel farther and quicker.

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Tree falls on three loggers, requiring full scale rescue

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Global News

NEAR LUMBY — Emergency crews were called to a logging accident just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. Three loggers were hit by a tree near the Monashee Pass forestry road, east of Cherryville. “It was a logging incident. They were actually actively logging and one of the logs struck the three people on the line,” says RCMP Sgt. Rob Daly. The three were reportedly working down a 500 foot embankment when the tree fell on them. According to RCMP two of the loggers were able to get to safety on their own, while the third needed to be saved by a helicopter winch rescue team from Vernon Search and Rescue. The man was then airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital.


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City to ask Minister of Forests to get involved on Mount Macpherson logging issue

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Revelstoke Mountaineer

Revelstoke City Council has agreed to request the Minister of Forests to mediate discussions on potential logging within Mount Macpherson’s recreational area as the next step in the sensitive issue. Next year, BC Timber Sales, a semi-autonomous arm of the B.C. provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, plans to log an area that includes trails used by the Revelstoke Nordic Club and the Revelstoke Cycling Association (RCA). The plan has triggered passionate discussion and the creation of community group Citizens for Mount Macpherson.

Revelstoke council to ask ministry about plan for Mount Macpherson from The Revelstoke Times review

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9th Circuit denies Big Thorne injunction

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
KRBD

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion for an injunction that would have delayed the Big Thorne Timber Sale pending an appeal of a lower-court ruling. Thursday’s denial was the latest action related to the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. The U.S. Forest Service last summer made a final decision to move forward with the project, which includes about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest. Environmentalists, arguing that it’s critical habitat for deer and wolves, quickly sued to stop the timber sale. Lawsuits were filed in federal court by two separate coalitions of conservation groups.

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Tribes looking at land options

Private timber or acquiring national forest land an option

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Herald and News

The Klamath Tribes are still searching for a land base to fill the void left by the sale of the Mazama Forest. “Hopefully we’ll be able to find a replacement for the Mazama Forest and move forward,” said Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry. “I’m optimistic.” He said options may include purchasing any available private timber land or acquiring land within the Fremont-Winema National Forest. In February, the hard-won Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act was jeopardized after a Singapore-based company purchased 197,000 acres of land in Klamath and Deschutes counties.

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Oregon decides to buy wildfire insurance

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The state of Oregon has decided to continue buying insurance against the cost of fighting wildfires, even though it comes at a much higher premium and deductible. Tim Keith of the Oregon Department of Forestry says the state bought the $25 million policy from Lloyd's of London on Wednesday. Once firefighting costs go over $50 million, the policy will pay up to $25 million, with the state and private timberland owners splitting the premium of $3.75 million. Last year, state wildfire costs were slightly over $75 million.

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Questions about the revision of the forest plan

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Daily Inter Lake

Having participated in the preparation and review of the original Environmental Impact Statement and the Flathead National Forest plan of 1986, I attended the March 17 open house to see what changes were proposed. I was not surprised to see that most of the forest (with the exception of Tally Lake District and the “Island Unit”) was either proposed as new wilderness, wild and scenic creeks, or some other “look, but don’t touch” recreational area. This plan is supposed to determine the management emphasis for the next 15 years, but when an area is designated as wilderness or a wild and scenic river, this 15-year revision option no longer exists.

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4FRI contractor gets grant

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
AZ Daily Sun

The company that holds the principal contract on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative has received almost $250,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to facilitate a program to compost biomass thinned from the forest. Good Earth Power AZ, the company tasked with thinning almost 300,000 acres of northern Arizona's forests over the next eight years, announced the composting operation early this year. With the Flagstaff company Roots Composting now under its umbrella, GEPAZ's plan is to mix nitrogen-rich food waste collected in and around Flagstaff with carbon-rich wood chips to produce soil amendments.

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Missoula Ranger District plans prescribed burn

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
The Missoulian

The Missoula Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burning Friday and Saturday if weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and effective operations. The burning location is in the Blue Mountain Recreation Area southwest of Missoula. There are approximately 80 acres of ecosystem management burning located approximately three miles up Forest Road 365 from Blue Mountain Road. If ignition takes place, there is potential burning could limit public access in this area. For public safety, recreationists are asked to be aware of fire crews and vehicles in this area. Prescribed fire signs will be posted at the main Blue Mountain trailhead, Forest Road 365 as well as forest trails near where burning is taking place.

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Big Thorne timber injunction denied

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Juneau Empire

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an injunction requested by environmental groups, allowing the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island to move forward Saturday. The Thursday announcement follows a March appeal by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to the 9th Circuit over the U.S. Forest Service’s sale of 6,000 acres of old growth and 2,000 acres of new growth forestland to Viking Lumber, one of the last local lumber mills in the region. Plaintiffs asked for the sale to be halted while the appeal is considered. The injunction only applied to the old growth trees.

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Rocky Mountain National Park continues hazard tree mitigation, spraying

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
SkyHi Daily News

Bark beetles continue to be active in conifer trees within Rocky Mountain National Park. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property, according to Park officials. For several years, Rocky Mountain National Park has had a proactive bark beetle management program, and that will continue in 2015. The park will engage in mitigation efforts, including applying insecticide, removing hazard trees, prescribed burns, utilizing an air curtain burner, pheromone treatments and implementing temporary closures in a variety of park locations.

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Robert Ingram: Environmentalists blowing smoke

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
The Union

Do environmentalists like Chad Hanson and his newest disciple, Christy Sherr, care about our environment? Obsessively so. Are they honest in their attempts to “save” the Sierra? Absolutely not. Hanson, as high priest to the cause, deems all commercial logging of federal lands a crime against nature and will do or say anything to stop it. His latest humorous attempt, authored by Christy Sherr in The Union on April 1, borders on fantasy. Hanson and Sherr’s contention that a “Snag forest, or ‘complex early seral forest (CESF)’ created by high intensity fire (75 to 100 percent mortality) is the most ecologically diverse and wildlife rich forest habitat type in the Sierra Nevada.” Really? No, not really. Below are a few glaring gaps in their half-truths and faulty logic that just doesn’t pass the smoldering forest smell test.

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Forest Plan poised for more public meetings

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
East Oregonian

The Blue Mountains National Forests are working with community groups to set up another round of public meetings on the revised Forest Plan. The U.S. Forest Service is reaching out to community groups in Eastern Oregon for another round of public meetings on the much-maligned Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. Supervisors on the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests say collaboration is the best way to find common ground in the plan, which has been criticized for everything from closing off access to slashing timber jobs and heightening risk for large wildfires.

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9th Circuit considering Big Thorne injunction request

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
KRBD

A coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court. A temporary injunction was granted in late March by Anchorage-based U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline, but that order has expired. The emergency motion was submitted to the 9th Circuit on April 3, with a request for a decision by this Friday. Several lawsuits were filed last summer after the U.S. Forest Service made a final decision to move forward with the timber sale, which includes about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest.

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‘Trees aren’t sitting ducks’

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
The Durango Herald

Once one hears about the more than 100 bark beetles native to Colorado, who enjoy fine dining on our trees, it becomes amazing we have any forests at all. “But trees aren’t sitting ducks out there,” Colorado State Forest Entomologist Dan West told about 30 people who attended a forest-health workshop Wednesday evening at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. “They’re defending themselves. Healthy trees will flush resin out a duct, and when a female beetle tries to get in and lay her eggs, she’ll get stuck and die.” The problem that is leading to so much die-off in places such as Wolf Creek Pass is that many trees are not healthy because of the lingering drought – they’re stressed.

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Podium: Criticism of federal-to-state land transfer idea is a sign of traction

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Idaho Statesman

You can tell when an idea is gaining some traction, critics will attack it from all angles. The transfer of federal lands to Idaho, and other Western states, is one such idea. And it’s an idea whose time has come. If we go back to our history books, we see the federal government has already transferred more than 1.275 billion acres to the states and their residents since the country was formed. It is easy to forget states like Illinois and Missouri were once more than 90 percent federal land. This transfer process slowed down greatly in the late 1800s after the Western states were admitted into the union.

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Roger Phillips: Public lands deserve protection, not liquidation

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Idaho Statesman

Like many people, I was bewildered that U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently voted in favor of a resolution that could allow the transfer of federal lands to states. For the record, I think it’s a long shot at best the federal government will ever transfer title of its lands, but I will get to that later. It still concerns me that Idaho’s two senators are deaf to Idahoans’ loud-and-clear message to protect and preserve our public lands. ...What’s equally baffling is why these two senators would vote for this misguided legislation. Both have shown leadership and wisdom in managing federal lands.

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Owl conservation plans aid timber companies

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to reclassify the Northern spotted owl as endangered rather than threatened. Whether that will make a difference in regulation or recovery is anybody's guess.

Categories: Forestry
Region: US West
Apr 15, 2015
The Capital Press

Upgrading the Northern spotted owl to “endangered” status may bring more scrutiny to timber sales on public land but probably won’t effect companies that already have owl conservation plans in place, experts say. ...While that process would seem to carry the threat of increased regulation, most major timber companies already have federally-approved spotted owl Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) in place, said Gary Rynearson, forest policy and communications manager for Green Diamond Resources. The company owns timberland in Washington, Oregon and principally in Northern California, including 400,000 acres covered by an HCP. Such plans detail how logging and other activity can be carried out in areas inhabited by spotted owls.

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Oregon needs better spraying protections (OPINION)

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
The Oregonian

Late last month, loggers near Roseburg were harmed by pesticide from a helicopter spraying forestland. The victims were working at a site in Douglas County adjacent to the spray zone. "I had a raincoat on, but I could feel it on my face. I got blisters on my lips and tongue," said Marty Heyter, a retired logger who had been visiting his sons at the job site when the spray occurred. In the past year, we have heard chilling accounts from people who have suffered after they or their children, animals or drinking water were harmed by helicopter pesticide sprays intended for forestland. The Oregonian has provided strong coverage of incidents in Cedar Valley near Gold Beach, Douglas County and elsewhere.

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Like Strangers in Their Own County

In Skamania County, Wash., only 2% of land in the county is privately owned. The federal government controls 90% of all land use.

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
Wall Street Journal

In Skamania County, Wash., only 2% of land is privately owned. ...These public lands belong to everyone, yet the rural residents who live here have no authority over the federal land managers for active forest management, timber harvest for our community and forest health. The federal judges, environmental organizations and lack of congressional political courage continue to create the catastrophic fire conditions on public lands and continual degradation of county services for rural populations and urban visitors.

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Tighten Oregon’s forest spray rules

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
The Register-Guard

A legislative proposal to protect residents of rural areas against exposure to herbicides sprayed on private forest lands has been sent to a work group, ostensibly because the issue is so complicated that lawmakers can’t proceed until opposing groups reach a consensus. But it’s really not complicated at all: Oregon needs to catch up with neighboring states in regulating aerial herbicide applications. Senate Bill 613, the bill that has been punted to a work group, would tighten Oregon’s rules in three respects. First, the regulations would provide as much protection to people, livestock and crops as they currently do to fish.

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Navy still examining pursuit of permit for using Department of Natural Resources lands in electronic warfare training

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 16, 2015
Peninsula Daily News

The Navy still is studying whether to submit a permit request for the use of state Department of Natural Resources lands to conduct electronic warfare training. Peninsula Daily News erroneously reported Sunday that the Navy had decided not to submit permits after DNR announced it wasn’t interested in allowing its West End land to be used for the proposed training. Three of 15 sites the Navy has tagged in the Olympic Military Operations Area for the $11.5 million project — identified in Navy documents as sites 3, 12 and 14 — are on forested DNR land in West Jefferson County.

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Public lands transfer: Fix problems, don't start over

Letter to the editor

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
The Missoulian

Newspapers around Montana recently reported on a vote by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to facilitate the transfer of our federal public lands to state or private ownership. I hope he changes his mind quickly and goes back to his earlier promises of keeping public lands in public hands.... I struggle to see the reason why it would be beneficial to transfer land to state or private ownership. If history tells us anything, transfers usually lead to less public access. This happened in Arizona in December, when Congress sold U.S. Forest Service land to an Australian mining company.

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Wind, drought feed wildfire in Northern California

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
USA Today

Firefighters are battling a 185-acre blaze that recently ignited in Northern California. The Ward Fire sparked at about 5:30 a.m. Monday on private land, but brisk winds helped to spread the flames into the Plumas National Forest, northwest of Reno, Nev. and Lake Tahoe. More than 158 firefighters were on scene Tuesday fighting to put out the flames, according to Plumas National Forest Fire. A record drought in the West is expected to give an early start to wildfire season. Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Washington had their warmest winters on record.

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Column: Plant a tree, improve our public health

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
Independent Record

Next week, we honor our life-giving planet with Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 24). What better way to celebrate these springtime rites than by planting a tree? A growing body of evidence suggests that trees not only have aesthetic and environmental value, they benefit public health in many ways, too... Twenty-five urban and environmental specialists came together to explore what makes a vibrant community. Among the factors they considered were “urban forests.” They concluded that “trees are the key” to creating and managing sustainable communities and -- not incidentally -- to alleviating many public health challenges.

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Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in state climate targets

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
UC Berkeley

BERKELEY — A new study quantifying the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands finds that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The findings, published online today in the journal Forest Ecology and Management, came from a collaborative project led by the National Park Service and UC Berkeley. The results could have implications for California’s efforts to meet goals mandated by the state Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. 

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Timber family buys 30,000 acres of forest near Gualala

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 15, 2015
Press Democrat

A swath of coveted timberland near the town of Gualala is being sold to a Northern California family whose existing forest product interests include the Redwood Empire sawmills in Philo and Cloverdale, where logs from the site have been processed for some 30 years. The Roger Burch family, owner of Redwood Empire and its parent corporation, Pacific States Industries Inc. in San Jose, is expected to close escrow on the property in June, taking possession of nearly 30,000 acres of mixed redwood and Douglas fir at the mouth of the Gualala River currently owned by Gualala Redwoods Inc.

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Vt. commissioner warns of forest fragmentation

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 17, 2015
Times Argus

MONTPELIER — For the first time in a century, Vermont is losing forestland and the existing forests are being broken into smaller, fragmented parcels that threaten the state’s cherished relationship with those forests, Vermont’s top forestry official told lawmakers Thursday. Michael Snyder, commissioner of forests, parks and recreation, told members of five legislative committees that more than 80 percent of that land is owned privately, the landowners are getting older and 75 percent of Vermont is forested — making it the fourth most forested state in the country. As forest parcels get smaller through development and the splitting up of family parcels, managing forestland for things like timber or animal habitat gets harder.

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Obama bat protection decried as ploy to thwart oil and gas extraction, logging

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 15, 2015
The Washington Times

A tiny brown bat known for its long ears is giving the creeps to those fearful of its potential to make jobs in the East and Midwest disappear. ...House Natural Resources Committee Chair Rob Bishop connected the dots in a statement issued after the agency’s March 31 ruling, accusing the Obama administration of wielding the listing as a weapon against economic development on behalf of a species threatened not by industrial activity but by disease. “This decision flouts transparency and will fail to mitigate the real menace to this species, which is a disease called white nose syndrome — not human activities,” the Utah Republican said.

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DNR wants more green for trees: Officials tout Dayton proposal for more forestry money

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 15, 2015
Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI-- Officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry Division on Wednesday promoted an idea from Gov. Mark Dayton to add $2 million a year to the division’s $24 million annual budget over the next biennium. Forrest Boe, head of the DNR’s Forestry Division, told reporters on a press conference call that the potential budget boost would help make state-owned forests more sustainable and productive, increase the DNR’s ability to respond to forest health threats like the emerald ash borer, and modernize the agency’s data collection efforts.

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Resurrecting the Debris of Bygone Maine Log Drives for a New Generation of Consumers

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 15, 2015
MPBN News

MILLINOCKET, Maine - Before there was a road system, timber ... was transported by river. ... and floated ... to sawmills downstream. But not all of the logs arrived at their final destination - a portion sank to the bottom of a lake used as a temporary holding pool. ...Shafer has been working on a timber resurrection project for almost five years now. ... The wood must be retrieved, transported, tumbled clean, and milled. The logs are pulled up from the silty bottom of nearby Quakish Lake - the same lake where, 150 years ago, naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote notes for his journal as he paddled across. "This wood was cut before the civil war!" Shafer says.

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Tas forest review open for submissions

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Apr 17, 2015
AAP

THE management of Tasmania's public and private forests is again up for review with the state and federal government launching the latest assessment and calling for public feedback. FIRST signed in 1997, the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement aims to strike a balance of environmental, economic and social considerations, and applies for 20 years with a review each five years.  Community groups and individuals can make a submission at stategrowth.tas.gov.au/forestry/rfa until May 29, after which time the Tasmanian and federal governments will negotiate an extension of the agreement, which is due to expire in 2017.

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144ft beech in Sussex named Britain's tallest native tree

Beech tree on the South Downs in West Sussex is thought to be almost 200 years old and beat the previous champion by 3ft

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Apr 15, 2015
The Guardian

A beech tree standing 144ft (44 metres) high has been declared the tallest native tree in Britain. The tree, which is thought to be almost 200 years old, stands in Newtimber Woods on the National Trust’s Devil’s Dyke Estate in West Sussex, in the South Downs landscape. The discovery of a new record for the tallest native tree title was made by Owen Johnson, the honourable registrar for the Tree Register, a charity which holds records of more than 200,000 exceptional trees in Britain and Ireland. He was alerted to the possible new champion, one of a clump of trees planted together which has achieved its great height by continued competition to reach the light and being allowed to grow unmanaged for 90 years, by dendrologist Peter Bourne.

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Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; International
Apr 16, 2015
Associated Press

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace. On Thursday, Apple announced a new focus on using paper from trees harvested under environmentally sound conditions.

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Chinese logjam stunts forest harvest

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Apr 15, 2015
Radio New Zealand

The Forest Industry Contractors Association says a continuing log jam in the main Chinese market has led to the harvesting of logs from farm forests drying up in New Zealand. The association's chief executive, John Stulen, said four-and-a-half million cubic metres of wood was sitting in ports in China, resulting in lack of demand and a drop in prices. He said a trying aspect of conditions at the moment was that the farm forestry log market had collapsed. "Prices in China are just not high enough to support the harvesting in small forests, because of the high fixed costs to do with putting in roads and extracting wood." He said apart from those with long-term contracts, small forestry harvesting had more or less shut down.

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Company & Business News

Fire hits Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
Tri-Cities Now

METRO VANCOUVER — The cause of a stubborn fire at the Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody that took crews more than 12 hours to douse may never be known. A day following the Wednesday morning blaze, Port Moody fire chief Remo Faedo said at this point the cause of the fire was unknown and will be difficult to determine. He noted the damage to the planer mill was so severe, it's unsafe to do a complete investigation. However, Faedo did note that investigators don't believe the fire is suspicious in any way.

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Squamish schools to open after fire at Nexen Beach Terminal

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
CBC News

A fire at the dock at Squamish Terminals at Nexen Beach in Squamish, B.C., was reported to be mostly contained by early Friday morning. School district officials announced that because of improved air quality, schools would be open this morning, but students will be kept inside for the day as a precaution. Residents reported thick smoke, and noxious fumes last night, and into the early morning hours.

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Paper machine fire at Catalyst

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2015
Alberni Valley News

No cause has been determined yet for the paper machine fire that broke out at the Catalyst paper mill late in the evening on Thursday, April 16, Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley said. "It was a paper machine fire. So a paper machine fire is volatile, they flash up big really fast and die down often. This fire didn't die down, it was more sustained than we're use to seeing," Pley said. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire which was extinguished around 2 a.m. on Friday. "I'm not aware of anybody being injured," said Pley.

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Editorial: Treaty-making process needs reform

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
Vancouver Sun

These are uncertain times for a treaty process that was supposed to bring certainty to development encumbered by aboriginal rights. British Columbia foolishly sought to deny its obligation to deal with those rights for more than a century. Even when it did, about half of the province’s bands refused, in effect saying they trusted the courts more than the province. Now the process intended to bring closure to old injustices, assumptions and miscalculations once more seems off the rails — or shunted onto a siding, at least.

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Voting Green won’t split vote: May

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
Alberni Valley News

“Right now the Greens are on a roll on Vancouver Island,” May said, citing polling results on the Island as more than 21 per cent in favour of the Green Party. May said that the perception of an anti-logging Green Party shouldn’t turn off a forest industry heavy Alberni Valley. “We’re really committed to sustainable resource economies and the forest industry’s a really important part of that,” May said. “We need jobs, we need a sustainable economy. How do we re-imagine a forest industry so we can be competitive?” Key to that, according to May, is stopping raw log exports. “We want to see value added, we want to see jobs in the forest industry.”

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Fire at Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody, B.C. under control

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
CBC News

Flavelle Sawmill caught fire at about 10 a.m. PT Wednesday morning, billowing heavy smoke into the area near the waterfront at Moody St. and Murray St. in Port Moody, B.C. Everyone has been accounted for, said Cst. Luke Van Winkle of Port Moody Police. Fire officials said the fire was under control shortly after 11 a.m. There was heavy smoke and drivers were asked to avoid the area Wednesday morning.

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No title? No problem. Aboriginals can sue over property rights: appeal court

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect aboriginal territorial claims in British Columbia just as they would heed the rights of any other Canadian landowner, the province's highest court has ruled. A decision from the B.C. Court of Appeal paves the way for First Nations to launch lawsuits to protect their territory from private parties, even without proving aboriginal title. Two northwestern First Nations expressed vindication on Wednesday after a panel of three judges overturned a lower court ruling that denied them opportunity to sue the aluminum producer Rio Tinto Alcan.

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Chief Roger William speaks on recent Tsilhqot’in land title victory

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
250 News

Prince George, BC – Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William of the Tsilhqot’in people was in Prince George yesterday to talk about the importance of last summer’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Tsilhqot’in people’s land title case. Speaking at UNBC, He also discussed the role that the testimony of elders played both in the court case as well as the environmental review of the proposed Taseko/Prosperity mine at Fish Lake. In his presentation, Chief William asked the audience to go back to 1862 which was the date that a devastating small pox epidemic wiped out 80 to 90% of the Tsilhqot’in people.

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Malahat Nation moves towards treatyMalahat Nation moves towards treaty

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Cowichan Valley Citizen

The Malahat First Nation is one of a group of five that have now reached a major milestone in the treaty process. "It's pretty important," said Malahat Chief Michael Harry. "I'm quite proud of our table. We call our table the little table that could." Last week the Te'mexw Treaty Association, which includes the Malahat Nation, signed an Agreement-in-Principle with the provincial and federal governments. "Malahat has long waited for the Crown to truly fulfill its duties to our people and celebrate this step forward in achieving the respect and recognition that our people have long demanded," said Harry.

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Earnings take a dip for Catalyst in Q4

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
PrintCan.com

RICHMOND, BC—Catalyst Paper’s earnings, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was down in its fourth quarter to $6.8 million from $8.0 million in the third quarter. The company reported a net loss, excluding specific items of $10.4 million in its fourth quarter compared to $10.8 million in its third. The results were a due to increased manufacturing expenses, including higher rates for electricity, the indefinite curtailment of Paper Machine No.9 at the Powell River mill and the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine. 

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Labour talks on way to conciliation

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 16, 2015
Chronicle Journal

Contract talks between Domtar and 550 Unifor members at the Dryden pulp mill and woodlands operations are headed to conciliation. Negotiations begin on Monday. Contract negotiations broke down in late January and Unifor then applied for conciliation for 225 maintenance, production and office employees and over 325 log harvesting, chipping and trucking members.

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US exports of logs and lumber continue slide

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Apr 16, 2015
Journal of Commerce

U.S. exports of logs and lumber via ocean container declined year-over-year in January for the fourth consecutive month, partly because of declining demand from China and unfavorable exchange rates. After growing 9 percent in 2014, the trade outlook for logs and lumber for 2015 looks disappointing as the housing market restriction measures undertaken by top market China markedly cooled down the housing market in the second half of 2014.

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Weyerhaeuser donates more than 100K diapers to United Way

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Apr 15, 2015
The Dispatch

It's not stretching the point too far to say that 12 months of the year Weyerhaeuser in Columbus makes diapers, but one month out of the year it collects them, too. From March 4-25, employees at Columbus Cellulose Fibers and its Lowndes County partner Columbus Modified Fiber, along with many of their contractors and vendors, donated 106,929 diapers during the Weyerhauser-wide "Operation Diaper Drive." 

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More Bad News for Lumber Liquidators

The flooring retailer is offering consumers test kits to check formaldehyde exposure, but a lawsuit alleges that the kits are “inherently unreliable”

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Apr 15, 2015
Green Building Advisor

Accused of selling Chinese-made flooring that gives off dangerous levels of formaldehyde, Lumber Liquidators offered free test kits to any consumer who requested one so homeowners could check for themselves whether the air inside their homes was safe to breathe. But a lawsuit filed in California claims the test kits are provided by a third party paid by the retailer, do not use commonly accepted methods, and are basically faulty.

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Universal Forest Products CEO 'walking on sunshine' after earnings report

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US East
Apr 16, 2015
Mlive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -Universal Forest Products CEO Matthew J. Missad said he was "walking on sunshine" on Thursday, April 16, after the company reported a 41 percent increase in first quarter profits on a 14.3 percent increase in sales. Investors felt the same way as Universal's stock price closed at $56.20, up $1.52, or 2.78 percent at the end of trading on Thursday. The Grand Rapids-based lumber products company said each of its operating units showed strong growth, led by its industrial sector. Universal offers a variety of lumber related products through retailers and to manufacturers of lumber products.

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Hancock NZ chief McCallum upbeat on outlook for timber

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Apr 17, 2015
Scoop.co.nz

Hancock Forest Management (NZ), the local division of the world's largest timberland investment manager, is confident about the outlook for New Zealand timber. "The domestic market right now is on a pretty firm footing. There is some pretty solid construction activity in New Zealand right now," said Bill McCallum, general manager of Hancock's local unit, which sells 70 percent of its volume domestically. "We're very confident in the outlook for timber and New Zealand's ability to produce timber on a sustainable basis so our investors are confident about the outlook."

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Finland after the boom: 'Not as bad as Greece, yet, but it's only matter of time'

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Apr 15, 2015
The Guardian

As general election looms and recession enters fourth year, once boom city of Oulu has little faith in politicians after collapse of big timber and Nokia. The weakest economy in the eurozone this year might not prove to be Greece or Portugal, but Finland. The Nordic country is entering its fourth year of recession, with output still well below its 2008 peak. The north of Finland, home to the “Oulu miracle” that was built on the twin pillars of plentiful timber and mobile phone technology, has been hit in particular. Although a paper mill still dominates Oulu’s skyline, jobs in pulp and cellulose have moved abroad, while the collapse of Nokia’s handset business knocked the guts out of the local economy.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New Brunswick looks to tides and forests as power sources

Capital costs main hurdle to introducing technologies like tidal power and regional biomass plants.

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 15, 2015
CBC News


New Brunswick's forests and tides are regularly marketed as tourist attractions, but renewable energy experts say they could both play an important role in reducing the province's greenhouse gas emissions. A 2012 study carried out by forester Stéphane Bouchard said that byproducts from the wood industry in New Brunswick have the potential to generate up to 500 megawatts of power. "That amount of energy would represent about one third of the electrical baseload of the province," said Bouchard. "Everywhere in New Brunswick has the potential to use biomass for energy. Basically because there is forest everywhere in New Brunswick."

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American Companies Are Shipping Millions Of Trees To Europe, And It’s A Renewable Energy Nightmare

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States
Apr 16, 2015
Thing Progress

In late March, a loosely affiliated coalition of southerners gathered outside of the British Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia with an unusual concern: wood pellets. The group, primarily made up of outdoors enthusiasts and conservationists, had traveled from multiple states to British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford’s doorstep. Chief on their minds was the rapidly increasing use of the pellets, a form of woody biomass harvested from forests throughout the southeastern U.S. and burned for renewable electricity in Europe. According to the group, what started as a minor section of Europe’s renewable energy law has now burgeoned into a major climate and environmental headache.

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EIA annual outlook predicts bioenergy growth

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States
Apr 15, 2015
Biomass Magazine

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), which presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040 based on six different cases that reflect updated scenarios for crude oil prices. The six cases include the reference case, low and high economic growth, low and high oil price, and high oil and gas resource. The AEO2015 reference case predicts renewable electricity generation will increase by 72 percent from 2013 to 2040, accounting for more than one-third of new generation capacity. The total share of renewable generation is expected to grow from 13 percent in 2013 to 18 percent in 2040.

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UK acorn crop 'being hit by climate change'

Drop in abundance of acorn crop could be due to warmer years leading to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, Woodland Trust analysis concludes

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
Apr 17, 2015
The Guardian

Climate change could be affecting the quality of acorn crops from the UK’s oak trees, the Woodland Trust has said. Research using data recorded by members of the public for the trust’s Nature’s Calendar survey of the changing seasons has found that warmer years tend to lead to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, and as a result smaller crops. Professor Tim Sparks, from Coventry University, analysed more than 160,000 pieces of data and found that the more first flowering dates varied, the poorer the acorn crop was.

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Global Biomass Market Forecast - Assessment of Opportunities, Trends and Challenges 2014-2023

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
Apr 15, 2015
PR Newswire

LONDON -- Over the years to come, biomass will grow within the biopower, biofuels, and bioproduct sectors. About 70% of all biomass in the world is used in the residential sector, while 14% is used in industry and 11% is transformed into electricity, heat, or another energy carrier such as liquid fuel or biogas. Under the present market conditions, the majority of available renewable power resources including biomass power are yet to become cost competitive compared to non-renewable resources including coal and natural gas. Going forward, benefits from national level programs, energy efficiency incentives, and financial incentives targeting the expansion of the renewables market will create demand for additional biomass power capacity globally between 2013 and 2035. 

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

NWCB 2015 Outstanding Projects - Interior Residential: The Remy

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
Daily Journal of Commerce

The Remy is a master-planned urban village and the first six-story, wood-framed residential development permitted in British Columbia. It was developed, built and designed by Oris Consulting, Penta Builders Group, Cotter Architects and Jane McCutcheon Designs. ...The Built Green design focuses on making life more comfortable, conserving water and energy, and protecting the environment. ...Judge’s comment: “B.C.’s first six-story, wood-framed residential development features an eco-friendly design and modern living environments. The build team faced many challenges when a massive fire destroyed much of the project but did an excellent job of bringing the job to full completion despite the setback.”

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Coulson gifts city hall a new look

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 16, 2015
Alberni Valley News

City hall’s exterior is about to get a facelift courtesy of Coulson Forest Products. “Coulson Forest Products is donating the material to re-clad the exterior of city hall,” Mayor Mike Ruttan announced on April 9. CEO Wayne Coulson said that his company is donating $100,000 worth of cedar panelling to cover... portions of city hall. The installation of the new exterior is expected to cost $35,000 and will be completed by city staff. ...The cedar used in the panelling comes from the west coast of the Island, Coulson said, adding that his company tries to buy many of the logs they use from local first nations forestry operations. “This is 100 per cent local fibre. It grew here, it’s produced here, it’s manufactured here and it’s sold here.”

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Steering committee presents Sixth St. pedestrian bridge re-design to city council

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 15, 2015
Comox Valley Record

Tim O’Brien, a civil engineer and landscape architect, is part of the Sixth Street Bridge steering committee which had originally proposed a timber-framed bridge linking downtown Courtenay with Simms Park. A new plan calls for a cable bridge with a wood deck. On the park side would be steel supports tied to heavy blocks. The downtown side would feature a wooden archway and a plaza area. The 60-metre bridge would be wide enough to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and even an ambulance in case of an emergency — “but not too wide to make it too expensive,” O’Brien told Courtenay council Monday.

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Wood Industry Builds a Fire-Safe Future

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Apr 16, 2015
Durability and Design

WASHINGTON, DC—Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States? The American Wood Council thinks so, and is partnering with the nation's leading fire-protection group to find out. Jumpstarted by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the council will conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation and the Property Insurance Research Group.

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Beam Me Up

A "tall timber" alliance aims to position Oregon as a front runner in the glamorous new world of wooden skyscrapers.

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2015
Oregon Business

Created by the railroad, raised on timber jobs, Riddle, Oregon, population 1,180, has been ground down by timber’s downward spiral. As timber employment dwindled, so did Riddle’s services. Gone are the gas station, grocery store, retail shops and most of the restaurants and taverns that once did steady business. Gone too is much of the hope in this hamlet located 24 miles south of Roseburg. Now, an unlikely alliance of urban developers and architects, academics and timber industry executives may be about to reverse Riddle’s fortunes, and those of other timber towns, as they seek a new way of using trees to construct buildings.

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NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2015 “Stage One Entries Open"

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Apr 16, 2015
New Zealand Scoop

Showcase your examples of timber design excellence. Both local and international companies will be looking to NZ for timber design inspiration in 2015/16. This is New Zealand’s only Timber Design award event and allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders to showcase innovation using timber. One of the two new categories "Excellence in Engineered Wood Products" has been added to the award categories, due to growth of engineered timber buildings in New Zealand. The second NZ Wood new award is "Novel Application of Wood Award" for using new wood products or systems in a manner that characterises its unique features. 

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9 building materials made entirely from waste products

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Apr 15, 2015
City Metric.com

Building with Waste, a new book about, well, you can guess, may not sound like it should top your holiday reading list – but, construction geeks as we are, we found its premise fascinating. Every year, human settlements produce 1.3bn tonnes worth of solid waste products. The book argues that we could and should be putting this to good use as cheap, durable and green building materials. 1. NewspaperWood - This design comes from Norway, where over 1m tonnes of paper and cardboard are recycled every year. The wood is created by rolling up paper and solvent-free glue to create something not dissimilar to a log, then chopping it into usable planks. The wood can then be sealed so it's waterproof and flame-retardant, and used to build anything you would normally build with wood. 

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