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The cause and effect of lumber's price surge

Categories: Today's Takeaway
Apr 18, 2017
Tree Frog Forestry News

In two separate updates, RBC’s Paul Quinn speaks to the cause and effect of the recent surge in lumber prices. First is the US Census Bureau report showing “US housing starts in March are up 9.2% while permits are up 17% (year/year)”, and second is the Western Wood Products Association report that shows “shipment and production volume growth to date in 2017".

On the trade file, Port Hawkesbury Paper has some good news from a NAFTA panel that directs the US Department of Commerce to “reconsider issues on which the department based imposing border duties”. Elsewhere on lumber, the Globe and Mail reports [in a subscribers only story] that—“as part of an increasingly aggressive stance in the trade war”—US lumber producers are “expanding their attack on Canadian exporters by adding New Brunswick to the list of provinces targeted for tariffs”.

Finally, the National Wood Flooring Association announced the winners of its 2017 Wood Floor of the Year contest during the Wood Expo last week. Impressive craftsmanshp and design! And students at the University of Wisconsin are learning about the healing power of forests which—according to student Micah Hoger—include “traditional herbal medicines and outdoor therapy for people who have physical or mental illness".


--Tree Frog Editors 

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Froggy Foibles

Ranchers watch lone beaver herd curious cattle on Sask. pasture

Categories: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2017
Canadian Press in Regina Leader-Post

ITUNA, Sask. — It’s about as Canadian as a cattle drive can get. Ranchers northeast of Regina are shaking their heads after watching a herd of curious bovines slowly follow a beaver across one of their pastures. Adrienne Ivey and her husband Aaron were out checking their 150 cattle near Ituna on Good Friday when they noticed something odd. The cattle were gathered together and walking slowly behind a beaver, with some of the heifers lowering their heads to get a closer look at the furry cowboy with a funny-looking tail. When the beaver stopped, the herd would stop, and then follow again when the rodent resumed its stroll.



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Forestry

Analysis: BC Liberal's promised ban on grizzly hunting in Great Bear Rainforest met with skepticism

By Tom Reissman

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2017
The Vancouver Observer

After weeks of negative news coverage regarding its connection to trophy hunters and donations from trophy hunting groups, including the US-based Safari Club International, the BC Liberals attempted to regain the narrative by promising to “work with the Coastal First Nations towards the elimination of the grizzly bear hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest,” while at the same time “continuing with the science-based approach to the bear hunt elsewhere in the province.” It is worth remembering that Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, made a similar announcement back in February of 2016, when he mistakenly told reporters that “The agreement today as we announced retires the commercial hunt for grizzly bear for the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Sask. wildfire officials preparing for ‘average’ forest fire season in 2017

By Ryan Kessler

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2017
Global News

Saskatchewan’s wildfire crews are preparing for an average season of forest fires, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment. Across Saskatchewan, government figures show moisture levels have ranged from average to above average. “Significant snowfall over the weekend in many areas has provided additional moisture,” the spokesperson said in an email. Along with runoff, wildfire factors include timing and speed of the snow melt, precipitation, water table levels, forest fuel conditions and temperature. A warmer than normal summer is forecast in Canada, which raises the probability of more fires countrywide, according to University of Alberta meteorologist and professor Mike Flannigan.

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Forestry front and centre

By Sharon Vanhouwe

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2017
My Coast Now

The Mid Island Forestry Initiative has the potential to unlock 3,200 hectares of timber for harvest, create forestry jobs and provide a guaranteed flow of timber for mill operations for years to come. The party that forms the next government still has to sign onto the deal. Douglas White, Councillor and Chief Negotiator for the Snuneymuxw First Nation says the Initiative would see some of the last remaining Crown land blocks with forestry potential on Mount Benson and Mount McKay opened up to logging. He says the Crown land blocks have been in a holding pattern for decades because of the complexities of reconciliation so this Initiative is ground-breaking. (END OF STORY)

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Critical stretch of roads used during Timmins forest fires set to receive upgrades

By Kyle Gennings

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 17, 2017
CTV News

If you drive far enough south down Pine Street in Timmins, the pavement breaks away into more than 100 miles of bush roads. For lumber companies and forest fire fighters, it’s an essential artery. “People think that it's only used by the forest industry, but that's incorrect,” said Jolanta Kowalski, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. “It is used specifically for fire and emergency services." Pine Street or Grassy River Road connects Timmins to communities further south, like Gogama; the roadways proved essential in fighting the Timmins 9 forest fire. Now, the province is offering $70 million for upgrades to the forestry companies that maintain the roads; a budgeted increase of more than $10 million. “Repair, or improvement, or bridges or whatever the case may be, and that would be the forestry companies letting us know and we would be reimbursing,” said Kowalski. There are 20,000 kilometres of roads like it across the north.

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Prescribed burns in Toronto's Lambton Park and High Park scheduled for tomorrow after briefing in Lambton Park

By the City of Toronto

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 17, 2017
Canada Newswire

TORONTO - Prescribed burns in sections of Lambton Park and High Park are scheduled to take place tomorrow (April 18) as current forecasts predict optimal weather conditions on Tuesday. ...A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems but does not harm larger trees. Prescribed burns are part of the City's long-term management plan to protect and sustain Toronto's rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. Parks, Forestry and Recreation hired a Fire Boss with extensive prescribed burning experience to create the 2017 burn plans and implement them with assistance from City staff. Toronto Fire Services and the police have been notified and they will assist if required.

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New era of western wildfire demands new ways of protecting people, ecosystems

By University of Colorado at Boulder

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
Phys.org

Current wildfire policy can't adequately protect people, homes and ecosystems from the longer, hotter fire seasons climate change is causing, according to a new paper led by the University of Colorado Boulder. Efforts to extinguish every blaze and reduce the buildup of dead wood and forest undergrowth are becoming increasingly inadequate on their own. Instead, the authors—a team of wildfire experts—urge policymakers and communities to embrace policy reform that will promote adaptation to increasing wildfire and warming. "Wildfire is catching up to us," said lead author Tania Schoennagel, a research scientist at CU Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. "We're learning our old tools aren't enough and we need to approach wildfire differently." This means accepting wildfire as an inevitable part of the landscape, states the new paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Forest Service may see busy Central Oregon fire season

By Mike Allen

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
KTVZ

BEND, Ore. - The snow has melted at the lower elevations in Central Oregon, and the U.S. Forest Service is preparing for this year's wildfire season. They're going through weather projections for the next few months, trying to get a handle on what this fire season could look like. Precipitation is an obvious predictor, and a lot of rain could push back fire season a while. But about half of all wildfires are caused by one natural event, and it's one that's pretty difficult to predict. "Last year, we were really dry but we didn't have a lot of lightning," Central Oregon Fire Staff Officer Alex Robertson said Monday. "So that kind of made it less of a fire season, but the fuels and the dryness of everything was right at where it would be on any given year." As for precipitation, the Forest Service said it's looking like a normal season ahead of us.

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Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail

By Mateusz Perkowski

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
Capital Press

...A bill imposing new notification requirements for aerial pesticide sprays in Oregon forests was voted down 3-2 despite several changes proposed by its chief sponsor. Timber industry representatives complained that the original language of Senate Bill 892 would have unreasonably complicated the timing of pesticide applications, which must often be shifted due to weather events. In the original bill, timber companies would have to conduct spray operations within two days of the scheduled date submitted to a statewide notification system. In an attempted compromise, Dembrow proposed delegating the length of the notification window to the Oregon Board of Forestry. Dembrow’s proposed amendment would also have directed the Board of Forestry to exempt uninhabited areas from the spray notification requirement. Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said that Oregon’s notification requirements are “lacking” compared to other states.

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Bitterroot Forest to unveil proposed large forest restoration project in Sapphires

By Perry Backus

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
Ravalli Republic

Bitterroot National Forest officials are hoping that people will have plenty to say about Gold Butterfly. The forest restoration project in the Sapphire Mountains east of Corvallis is the largest the Bitterroot Forest has proposed in at least a decade. With the potential of treating upward of 10,000 acres between Burnt Fork and St. Clair Creek, the Gold Butterfly project is still in the early planning stages, said Stevensville District Ranger Tami Sabol. On Tuesday, April 18, Sabol and others will introduce the proposal during a public meeting at the Corvallis High School library, 1045 Main Street, in Corvallis. Sabol said the process of going out this early to the public on a project is unique. “In the past, we ask people for comments during the scoping period,” she said. “We know this area is a highly cherished place for all sorts of folks. We want to engage that local knowledge.”

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National forest takes steps to prevent next beetle epidemic

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
Associated Press in KFGO

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Though the 20-year mountain pine beetle epidemic in Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota has ended, U.S. Forest Service officials plan to continue fighting against the tree-killing insects. A new effort has begun called the Black Hills Resilient Landscapes Project. If the project is approved, forest managers will spend the next decade improving forest conditions by removing dead trees, igniting controlled burns and churning patches of soil to encourage new tree growth. Another major focus is adding a variety of tree types to the forest so prevent the spread of the beetles.

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State, Audubon Hoping to Move Forward with Logging at Sparta Mountain

By Tom Johnson

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 18, 2017
NJ Spotlight

If the state approves a plan to clear up to 200 acres of trees at the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area, it will move forward without certification by the well-regarded Forestry Stewardship Council. The New Jersey Audubon Society withdrew from the Forest Stewardship Council application process, meaning it will not have to abide by standards adopted by the group governing how to manage high-value woodlands. The Audubon Society has angered many other environmental organizations over its plan to log portions of the forest in the New Jersey Highlands, a plan foes says imperils drinking water supplies used by millions of residents. The dispute focuses on how best to manage protected woodlands — in this case a mature forest of 60-year-old mixed hardwoods.

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The Healing Power of Forests

By Connor Schoelzel

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 17, 2017
The Pointer (University of Wisconsin)

...Micah Hoger, a practicum student in the Environmental Education program at Schmeekle Reserve, presented to a full room about how nature can be used alongside traditional medical practices. “Our forests and natural areas are not just habitat for animals and recreational areas, they can also provide effective therapy and treatment for people who have physical or mental illness that do not have the desired responses to traditional therapies,” Hoger said. ...In addition to educating the audience about herbal medicine, Hoger explained how spending time outdoors can have positive health impacts, citing two different studies done by the University of Maryland Medical Center. “Many doctors are finding that it’s all a matter of balance,” Hoger said. “These methods of treatment can be used for people that don’t respond the way that the doctors want them to respond to traditional methods.”

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Forest land sale revived by lawmakers, environmentalists

By Nick Bowman

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Apr 16, 2017
Gainesville Times

Thirty parcels of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest would be sold if a bill from Georgia lawmakers introduced this legislative session clears Congress. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, have restarted a years-old effort to sell 30 isolated parcels of the forest, almost 4,000 acres of federal land spotting the area around the national forest in Northeast Georgia, to willing buyers. ...Forest Service staff worked with The Nature Conservancy’s Georgia branch to identify the pockets of national forest ripe for sale. The Conservation Fund and the Trust for Public Land are also involved in the effort. The Nature Conservancy has worked behind the scenes for about six years, lobbying lawmakers and cajoling support from other, skeptical environmental groups, trying to get the legislation through Congress, according to its director of government relations, Thomas Farmer.

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Future sustainability still left unanswered

By Ruth Forrest, Member for Murchison

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Apr 18, 2017
The Advocate

The message to me as been clear and unequivocal. Major employers in the sawmilling industry in my electorate of Murchison fear job losses if the government’s plan to unlock currently protected forest proceeds. Major employers, Ta Ann and Britton Brothers, have indicated their opposition to this move by the government. Genuine concern has been expressed that jobs are likely be put at risk. Existing employees too have made it plain they fear job losses. I have recently been accused of following the dictates of the Salamanca set and voting against the wishes of my electors, so I’m doubly conscious of doing what’s best for my patch as I always seek to do. I am even happier if it coincides with the interests of all Tasmanians. The timber industry is gradually gaining confidence after the collapse of Gunns and the last thing we need at this stage is for any more setbacks or risk to jobs.

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Hundreds of acres affected as firefighters battle forest fire in Cork

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Apr 17, 2017
The Nationalist

A number of units of Cork County Fire brigade battled a large forest fire this afternoon in the Kealkil area of west Cork. Bantry Fire Brigade shared a dramatic video of the blaze as they warned motorists that smoke was reducing visibility in the area. Bantry Fire Station Commander Ian Vickery said they did not know the cause of the fire but it had spread over hundreds of acres. “The fire was a major blaze, and affected an area of forestry with a plantation of young trees in a remote rural area. “It spread to both sides of the road. In the video we shot you are only seeing a small portion of the fire, it was also behind the person recording the clip.”

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Company & Business News

US Housing Starts: Slightly below expectations

By Paul Quinn

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; United States
Apr 18, 2017
RBC Capital Markets

The US Census Bureau released new residential construction statistics for March, with housing starts coming in a bit below consensus expectations, while housing permits were just ahead of consensus. Looking at the key single family segment, starts were +9.3 y/y but down -6.2% vs. February... US housing permits of 1.260MM (SAAR) were just above expectations of 1.250MM – Total permits were +17.0% y/y and +3.6% m/m against the (upwardly revised) February rate of 1.216MM (revised from 1.213MM)... Canadian housing starts in March averaged 254K – This is +24.7% from 2016 and 31.0% above the 10- year average. 

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Lumber Stats: Shipment and production volume growth to start 2017

By Paul Quinn

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; United States
Apr 17, 2017
RBC Capital Markets

Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) released softwood lumber stats for the month of January... North American lumber production and shipments saw increases while inventory levels grew (both y/y and m/m); operating rates were lower in the US and flat in Canada. We continue to believe the slow-and-steady rebound in the US housing market will support improved lumber markets for the foreseeable future.

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Contrarian Investors: Can Canfor Corporation Become Great Again?

By Joey Frenette

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 14, 2017
The Motley Fool

Canfor Corporation is one of the largest softwood lumber producers on the planet. The company has lumber mills in British Columbia, Alberta and in the U.S. Canfor has over six billion board-feet worth of production capacity in western Canada, about 73% of the company’s total capacity, and 27% capacity in the southeastern U.S. The stock is still down nearly 40% from its high in the early part of 2015, but it has since started to rally this year. If you’re a contrarian investor looking for a rebound play, then you might want to add Canfor to your radar. Lumber is a key material needed in the construction of new houses. Sure, new-house-growth construction has been slow over the past couple of years, but it’s likely that we’ve hit a turning point as the American economy starts to heat up again under the Trump administration, which is expected to strengthen the U.S. economy over the next few years.

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[G&M Subscribers Only] U.S. lumber producers eye New Brunswick with coming tariffs

By Brent Jang

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 13, 2017
Globe and Mail

[NOTE: This story is only available to Globe and Mail Subscribers] U.S. lumber producers are expanding their attack on Canadian exporters by adding New Brunswick to the list of provinces targeted for tariffs. A group led by the U.S. Lumber Coalition petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce in November to challenge what it calls Canada’s unfair subsidies for softwood lumber. Since then, the lobby group has stepped up its campaign, playing hardball in a letter last week to Wilbur Ross, the new U.S. Commerce Secretary. ...The strategy to corral New Brunswick is part of the U.S. lumber industry’s increasingly aggressive stance in the trade war against Canada, broadening the scope of complaints. ...Irving said in a letter this week to Mr. Ross that in New Brunswick in 2015, “Crown stumpage rates in the province exceeded private stumpage prices,” and the market isn’t distorted.

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Globe says Resolute, others see N.B. added to hit list

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 17, 2017
StockWatch

The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that U.S. lumber producers are expanding their attack on Canadian exporters by adding New Brunswick to the list of provinces targeted for tariffs. The Globe's Brent Jang writes that a group led by the U.S. Lumber Coalition petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce in November to challenge what it calls Canada's unfair subsidies for softwood lumber. The Atlantic provinces have escaped U.S. tariffs and quotas over the decades in the long-running softwood dispute dating back to 1982. The strategy to corral New Brunswick is part of the U.S. lumber industry's increasingly aggressive stance in the trade war against Canada, broadening the scope of complaints.  

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NAFTA panel sides with Port Hawkesbury Paper

By Nancy King

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Apr 17, 2017
Cape Breton Post

POINT TUPPER, N.S. — Port Hawkesbury Paper has received some good news in its battle against costly duties leveled against it by the U.S. Department of Commerce. A NAFTA panel has sided with Port Hawkesbury Paper in directing the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider issues on which the department based imposing border duties, including the electricity rate paid by the mill. A North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) panel recently ruled in favour of the Point Tupper paper mill in the latest step of the lengthy process that began in 2015. The five-person panel was comprised of three officials from the U.S. and two from Canada. “The allegations that were made by the Department of Commerce and our defence of them were shared with the panel and then the panel reviewed all of the facts … the decision was certainly in support of our defence that the allegations were in our opinion not accurate,” Marc Dube, business development manager with Port Hawkesbury Paper, said in an interview Monday.

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Idaho farm groups advance Bangerter for Ag forest post

By Rocky Barker

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Apr 17, 2017
Idaho Statesman

Idaho farm groups are promoting a Melba rancher for a key post overseeing the U.S. Forest Service in the Trump administration. The Idaho Food Producers are lobbying to get Layne Bangerter, currently serving as deputy associate administrator at the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appointed as the Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for environment and natural resources. Bangerter could not be reached for comment. The job would put him in charge of the Forest Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services and bring $165,000 a year. ...Bangerter faces tough competition for the post. A wide coalition of groups, led by the American Forest Resource Council, support Erica Rhoad, House Resources Committee Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Federal Land. Rhoad is a former lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and the Society for American Foresters.

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Pence, Ross Head to Far East; China in Enforcement Hot Seat

By Rossella Brevetti and Brian Flood

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Apr 17, 2017
Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Seoul. Or is it Tokyo? Those are two of the stops Vice President Mike Pence will be making this week during his four-nation, 10-day swing through Asia. Enforcement will also be in the news this week, with the International Trade Commission hearing arguments on a decision to dismiss U.S. Steel Corp.'s antitrust claim against Chinese steel producers. In addition, about $1.15 billion in yearly imports of Chinese hardwood plywood could move closer to anti-subsidy duties when the Commerce Department announces its preliminary determinations in a countervailing duty investigation.The Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood and its individual members—Columbia Forest Products, Commonwealth Plywood Inc., Murphy Plywood, Roseburg Forest Products Co., States Industries Inc. and Timber Products Co.—are pushing for the countervailing duties, as well as antidumping duties.

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Monte mill brings back 29 jobs, forecasts more

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
The Daily World

It was about a year ago that the owners of Montesano’s Mary’s River lumber mill on State Route 107 announced it would close. As a result, 38 people lost their jobs, the city lost revenue and the facility basically went idle. In the case of mills, when they shut down, they don’t always open again. So residents logically saw the end of a Montesano mainstay. The mill had been in operation for more than 40 years. It was in December last year, some nine months later, that dismay became fanfare as the city announced a pending deal with Fox Lumber, a Montana company, to revive the mill. The company had planned to hire back some 30 of the people who had lost their jobs when the mill closed in March 2016. Now four months later, the mill is employing 29 people. Five are returning workers, who had, in some cases, moved on and found new positions with companies elsewhere.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Yukon First Nation gets go-ahead for biomass boiler project

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 18, 2017
CBC News

Yukon's Teslin Tlingit Council is getting a boost from the territorial government, receiving $150,000 as they work to convert ten community buildings to biomass heating. The First Nation is planning to use the money to assist with labour costs in converting the buildings, which currently run on propane and electrical heat, to a district heating system using biomass boilers. According to Brad Stoneman, who is on the Teslin Tlingit Council's project team, the energy-efficient boilers, which run on wood chips, will be housed in container units, and provide the opportunity for ongoing local employment for the First Nation. "It provides the opportunity, the local opportunity, entrepreneurs to provide the wood chips under contract, for example to the project," he said. "We are not too sure... just how we

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Sierra Institute wins award for proposal to turn logging waste into energy

By Jane Braxton Little

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US West
Apr 17, 2017
The Sacramento Bee

TAYLORSVILLE - Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, a research organization focused on education and community collaboration, has won a $100,000 national competition for its entrepreneurial approach to solving challenges facing national forests across the country. The institute’s winning business plan capitalizes on California’s alternative energy markets and the woody material available in local national forests, which occupy two-thirds of the land base in Plumas County, where the institute is located. The proposal calls for a three-megawatt facility that would produce both heat and electricity. Located in Plumas near other wood-products businesses, it would be fueled by small diameter trees and logging waste and sell electricity to California’s energy market, said Greg Peters, a spokesman for the National Forest Foundation, the contest’s sponsor.

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Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass

By University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US East
Apr 17, 2017
Phys.org

In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with the insect's natural gift for turning wood to dust. According to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, when poplar wood undergoes a short, 3.5-hour transit through the gut of the termite, the emerging feces is almost devoid of lignin, the hard and abundant polymer that gives plant cells walls their sturdiness. As lignin is notorious for being difficult to degrade, and remains a costly obstacle for wood processing industries such as biofuels and paper, the termite is the keeper of a highly sought after secret: a natural system for fully breaking down biomass.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

UBC researcher sees future for flax and hemp as particleboard alternative

By the University of British Columbia

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Apr 17, 2017
Paper Advance

Wood scientist Solace Sam-Brew envisions a future where Canadian homes are furnished with products made from flax and hemp. Both flax and hemp are widely available in Canada, especially in the West," said Sam-Brew, a recent PhD graduate from the University of British Columbia's faculty of forestry. "It's worth considering their viability as alternative raw materials to wood for particleboard production. Particleboards are used in products like countertops, shelves and flat-packed furniture. For her PhD, supervised by professor Gregory Smith, Sam-Brew evaluated the characteristics of flax and hemp residues. She determined their physical and mechanical board properties by soaking and breaking hundreds of particleboards to test their strength and durability.

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Timber Innovation Act Introduced to Senate and House

By Jodi Helmer

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Apr 15, 2017
Farming Magazine

In the construction of tall buildings, steel and concrete dominate. Iconic buildings from the Empire State Building and Wills Tower to Trump International Hotel and Tower and the Chrysler Building were all constructed from these two popular building materials. A new bill hopes to add wood to the mix of building materials used to construct tall buildings. The Timber Innovation Act was introduced in the Senate and the House on March 7. The bill aims to create legislation to accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, focusing on the construction of buildings as tall as 85 feet high. ...The American Forest Foundation also supports the bill. CEO Tom Martin believes the legislation will give woodlot owners the tools to generate income from their properties while maintaining them as forests and protecting them from development.

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National Wood Flooring Association announces 2017 Wood Floor of the Year Contest Winners

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US East
Apr 17, 2017
Floor Daily

St. Louis, MO—The National Wood Flooring Association announced the winners of its 2017 Wood Floor of the Year contest during the Wood Flooring Expo held in Phoenix, Arizona. ...The Wood Floor of the Year Awards were developed to encourage and recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than 200 awards have been presented to NWFA member companies throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia and Finland.

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