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Today’s Takeaway

US Senators introduce bipartisan bill to boost mass timber

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 18, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

US Senators bill would provide preference in federal building contracts for mass timber products. In related news: Mercer will provide mass timber materials for the Roosevelt Presidential Library; wood structures can reduce GHG emissions in the UK; New Hampshire rejects a carbon credits initiative in favour of a working forest; and the science behind forest carbon credits gets a boost. 

In other news: North Carolina updates its fire code related to wood-framed sites; a California bill seeks insurance-credits for wildfire mitigation; Ontario and Colorado prepare for their wildfire seasons; and Tasmania’s prescribed burning program may have a tourism impact. Meanwhile: the top prize in forestry research is awarded to University of Wisconsin-Madison’s John Ralph; and a US tree improvement lab uses DNA fingerprinting to solve an illegal-logging case.

Finally, Sandy McKellar on preserving and sharing the rich history of BC’s forests.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Canada’s 2024 budget: $53B in new spending, focus on housing

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 17, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canada’s 2024 budget prioritizes new housing, includes $53 billion in new spending. In related news: FPAC welcomes budget carveout for innovative building products; while other pundits focus on new taxes, climate implications and inflation concerns. In other Business news: Western Forest Products indefinitely curtails Alberni, BC mill; Domtar’s Tennessee mill is fined for emission; and Greif opens a new packaging mill in Dallas. Meanwhile, code changes allowing 18-storey timber buildings are welcomed by Element5, and the University of Northern BC.

In other news: New Brunswick takes firefighting readiness to a new level; a Washington state court clears way for carbon storage on public lands; the US Forest Service blames market factors for Dakota mill closures; US timber crisis has implications for the environment; and California researchers say arctic and boreal latitudes are warming fast.

Finally, on Earth Day April 22nd — thank active forest management and Montana’s loggers.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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International Paper prevails over Mondi, acquires DS Smith

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 16, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

International Paper prevailed in a bidding war with Mondi over the UK packaging firm DS Smith. In related news: Smurfit Kappa expands in North Carolina; and Paper Excellence receives fine for a gas leak on BC Coast. In other Business news: BC’s recognition of Haida aboriginal title is not a treaty; BC facing investor exodus amid uncertainty; and Canadian and US housing starts pull back sharply in March.

In Forestry/Wildfire news: Canada invests to train urban firefighters to battle forest fires; BC celebrates planting of 10 billion trees since 1930; US forecasters expect slow start to wildfire season; US creates old-growth forest amendment website; the US Endowment initiates risk assessments for national forests; and USDA research on the relationship between fuels and fire spread.

Finally, Copenhagen’s medieval Børsen goes up in flames as Paris’ Notre Dame restoration nears completion.

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The solution to Canada’s housing crisis is found in the forest

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 15, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The solution to Canada’s housing crisis can be found in the forest—so said Don Iveson at the COFI conference last week, but also Kapuskasing mayor David Plourde in Ontario. In related news: Premier Eby’s two-pronged fibre strategy for BC includes value-added manufacturing; Skeena Sawmill’s bankruptcy status remains unresolved; Oregon mill closures point to common challenges; and Sappi shifts the focus of its Maine paper mill. 

In Forestry/Wildfire news: Canada shares outlook on wildfire season, as Senate committee is encouraged to study the growing challenge; Montana’s fire challenge includes a forest health crisis; and Arizona looks to get ahead with prescribed burns. Meanwhile: mass timber showcases from British Columbia; Paris; Brussels, and Sweden.

Finally, Friday’s slideshow from COFI and a new postage stamp for endangered frogs.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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BC Industry, First Nation leaders partner to move forestry forward

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 12, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

BC’s Forest Industry and First Nation leaders are partnering to move forestry forward. In related news: Day 1 of the COFI conference focused on trade and economics, forest resilience and the ‘all important’ path forward for BC; Michigan’s forest industry bemoans the market slump; and Europe leads the pellet/bioenergy sector. In other Business news: Alabama’s Two Rivers Lumber is building a new mill; RoyOMartin modernizes Louisiana OSB plant; South Dakota’s Spearfish Forest is cutting back; and Montana Farmer’s Union pitches co-op to save Pyramid Lumber.

In Forestry/Wildfire news: Canada warns of explosive wildfire season; a US Senate committee calls for firefighter pay boost; UBC is studying firefighters’ respiratory health, a report says Alberta lost 6.6% of forests in 2023; a rethink on Stanley Park’s multiyear ‘mothpocalypse‘; forest owners sue PG&E for damages; the Arctic is burning and Vancouver Island’s first fire!

Finally, National Alliance of Forest Owners executive presents 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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BC, Ontario move to allow 18-storey timber buildings

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 11, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

BC building code changes now allow for 18-storey mass timber buildings. In related news: Canadian Wood Council applauds BC code changes; Ontario moves to upgrade its building code; and the case for tall wood buildings isn’t new. In other Business news: Allegheny Wood Products’ owner facing criminal charges; US inflation stays hot; what economists say about Canada’s rate hold; the Southern Pine lumber Community hosts its Spring meeting; and Southern Cypress Manufacturers elects its 2024 officers.

In Forestry news: BC moves to allow quicker access to fire-damaged timber; Alberta eyes greater reliance on wildfire technology; Vancouver releases Stanley Park logging stats; CO2 watchdog approves carbon credits for value chain emissions; the Washington State Society of American Foresters reflects on 50-years; and fears of a ‘forest collapse’ event in Western Australia.

Finally, COFI Conference 2024 kick-off reception was the scene of a forest sector reunion of sorts.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Canfor to close Jackson, Alabama mill, expand Fulton facility

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 10, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canfor announced a restructuring plan to optimize its operations in southern Alabama. In related news: Canfor’s new mill plan for Houston, BC may be delayed; Peak Renewables’ Alabama pellet plant nears commissioning; Origin Materials launches wood-based alternative; and a Washington bill spurs Rake Force’s biochar business. Meanwhile: A new study released by the BC Council of Forest Industries confirms BC’s forestry industry is a vital part of the province’s economy.

In other news: mass timber reaches new heights in Ontario, Vancouver and Seattle; ENGOs in the National Observer pan FPAC’s Forestry for the Future campaign; and Greenpeace says IKEA is sourcing wood from old-growth forests in Romania. Meanwhile: Quebec is on a wildfire fighter hiring blitz; Wawanesa announces wildfire grants; Purdue University hosts forest researchers’ workshop; Ontario’s professional foresters are set to meet; and the Biomass Power Association has a new name.

Finally, for the balance of the week, the Frogs will be reporting live from the COFI conference floor. Follow us here or see you there!

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Tenth consecutive heat record confounds climate scientists

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 9, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The 10th consecutive monthly heat record has climate scientist hoping its an El Niño-related hangover. In related news: EU court gives mixed ruling on member-nations’ climate obligations; and climate changes hurts-and-helps pine beetle reproduction. In Forestry news: West Fraser permanently ceases use of glyphosate; BC and Namgis First Nation discuss new forestry agreement; Oregon ENGOs debate barred owl kill proposal; and Swedish researchers use chemical composition to identify illegal timber

In other news: the Wolastoqey Nation has its say in court on New Brunswick title claim; West Fraser and Lake Babine Nation agree to consolidate forest tenure; Australia looks to expand wood energy as ENGO’s denounce similar efforts in Canada and the US; and the latest financial updates on Enviva and International Paper.

Finally, a sold-out BC Council of Forest Industries conference kicks off tomorrow evening in Vancouver… with the Tree Frog editors in tow! Hope to see you there.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Crews battle large fire at Acorn lumber mill in Delta, BC

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 8, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

A fire at Delta’s Acorn sawmill was extinguished on the weekend [Acorn was purchased by San Group in 2022]. In other Business news: Na̲nwak̲olas Council, Western Forest Products signed an agreement; Oregon’s C&D Lumber is closing; Montana seeks a buyer for Pyramid Mountain Lumber; and AHF acquired two of Allegheny Wood Products’ sawmills. Meanwhile: doubts creep in about a Fed rate cut, after blockbuster jobs report.

In Forestry/Wildfire news: a smoky summer expected as Canada’s wildfire season begins; BC premier David Eby and UBC’s Lori Daniels speak to BC’s wildfire preparations; US Pacific Northwest agencies collaborate on wildfire crisis; Montana plans to do more prescribed burning; and wildfires rage on Greece’s Crete Island. Meanwhile: Ontario plans to allow mass timber up to 18 storeys; COFI celebrates 50 years in Japan; and Alice Palmer opines on the future of BC forestry.

Finally, and sadly, Beadles Lumber CEO (Clarence Beadles) dies at 87; and international forestry expert (Herster Barres) dies at 90.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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New Brunswick Indigenous title claim called ‘an attack on industry’

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 5, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

In court, Acadian Timber calls the landmark Indigenous title claim in New Brunswick ‘an attack on industry”. In other Business news: Kruger temporarily suspends production at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper; AHF Products acquires two Allegheny Wood Product mills; and more on Home Depot’s SRS mega-deal. Meanwhile: Interfor’s education partnership with Northern College; and Jim Stanford on building a high-value forest sector in BC.

In Wildfire news: a report on how Alberta’s fires impacted forests and caribou; a study on the ignition source that destroyed BC Interior homes; Thompson Rivers University launched a new wildfire training centre; Montana earmarks millions to reduce its fire threat; Minnesota unveils a website with evacuation plans; and Arizona prepares crews for its fire season. Meanwhile: Oregon activists block old-growth logging; and an Australian forester opines on the decline of native forest harvesting.

Finally, for Wildfire Week—a new centre to advance wildfire research (University of BC), and software that tracks progress and treatment areas (Phoenix Connect).

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Canada’s wildfires blamed for rise in global loss of tree cover

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 4, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canada’s 2023 wildfire season is blamed for the increase in global tree cover loss (outside the tropics). In related news: tropical forest loss declined 9% in 2023; Garry Merkel defends the slow pace of BC’s old growth deferrals; Quebec wildfire fighter image wins world photo award; carbon credits revive a burnt forest in Montana; and a new report on the main source of recent CO2 emissions.

In Business news: Nelson Bennett on creating the investment conditions for mass timber in BC; new research on mass timber’s fire safety; the Drax Foundation lists $4.6M in community contributions; Maine Woods Company secures grant; and JM Lumber and Pallet is rebuilding after fire. Meanwhile: FSC Canada hires Sean Dolter as Director of Policy & Standards; Canada’s latest housing market report; and slow progress on addressing the US housing crisis.

Finally, for Wildfire Week—Bruce Blackwell opines on the risk of wildfires on private land and lack of guidance for landowners.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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West Fraser assumes solo reign of Cariboo Pulp Mill

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 3, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

West Fraser and Mercer announced the dissolution of their joint venture in the Cariboo Pulp and Paper. In related news: JD Irving was in court for the landmark New Brunswick First Nation title claim; Weyerhaeuser is accused of unionbusting in Alberta; Enviva’s bankruptcy effects others in the biomass industry; West Fraser upgrades its Williams Lake plywood mill; Quesnel River Pulp experienced a roof fire; and BC Coastal First Nations form a new investment consortium.

In Forestry news: a federal judge finalizes the return of large tree protections in Oregon; the US Endowment supports forest landowners in North Carolina; lightning found to have sparked Canada’s most destructive wildfire season; BC relocates its northern fire attack crew to Dawson Creek; and a record number of wildfires in parts of Brazil.

Finally, for Wildfire Week–using the past to predict the future (BC Coastal Wildfire Service) and teaching children about the good and bad of fire (Project Learning Tree Canada).

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Hines uses mass timber to de-risk its investment portfolio

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 2, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Hines, one of the world’s largest real estate developers, is using mass timber to de-risk its portfolio. In related news: the Portland Mass Timber conference explored material lead times, erection speed, and cost savings; and 15 incredible wood buildings courtesy of Architectural Digest. In Business news: West Fraser to permanently close its Perry, Florida mill; Pyramid Mountain Lumber’s last load of logs; and the latest on the shuttered Port Alice, BC pulp mill.

In Forestry/Climate news: ENGO’s question Canada’s GHG emissions from logging; BC affirms Haidi Nation title over Haida Gwaii; Quebec invests in forest industry training; and a Washington state judge blocks timber sale. In Wildfire news: Alberta’s wildfires season is off to a blazing start; Colorado announces wildfire grants; Florida deploys drones for prescribed burns; and California’s epic snowpack helped relieve its yearlong drought. 

Finally, improving the accuracy of fuel typingForsite’s contribution to Wildfire Week.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Biden administration restores threatened species protections

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 1, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The Biden administration moved to restore threatened species protections dropped by Trump in 2019. In related news: Wisconsin combats disease endangering oaks; US ecologists call for nature-based climate solutions; biochar’s growing potential in carbon sequestration; and an update on Canada’s promise to plant two billion trees. Meanwhile: Oregon raises the [wood] roof at the Portland Airport; and BC helps preserve the historic Martin Mars water bomber

In Business news: Home Depot expands in pro-market with SRS Distribution acquisition; fire extinguished at Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist in Eugene; US sets strict emission standards for trucking industry; Western Forest Products completes sale with First Nations group; and more on the Corner Brook mill subsidy in Newfoundland.

Finally, wildfire webinars in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and we kick off our second annual Wildfire Resilience and Awareness Week at the Frog.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Early signs point to another bad wildfire season

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 28, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The 2024 wildfire season has started and BC experts warn it’s likely to be another bad one. In related news: NASA quantifies how fire and drought effects the US West; Washington State is set to start prescribed burning; a NCASI webinar on fire ecology and forest resilience in Pacific Northwest; and Europe prepares for a challenging fire season of their own.

In Business news: the Baltimore bridge collapse impacts include lumber and pulpwood; the Financial Times opines on the DS Smith suitors; Canada’s forestry unions’ proposal to save BC’s forest industry; New England calls for more sustainable forestry; Conifex reports Q4, 2023 loss; and Belarus evades EU sanctions on imported timber. 

Finally, the Frogs are off for Easter, back Monday for the start of WildFire Resilience and Awareness Week [a Tree Frog News week-long feature in partnership with the Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee].

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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The Mother Tree idea is everywhere — but is it real?

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 27, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The journal Nature explores the Mother Tree idea as some ecologists say its been oversold. In related news: the US Supreme Court declines a challenge to California-Oregon’s National Monument; ENGOs say US consumption of palm oil is linked to deforestation; an EU group exposé on biomass as a renewable energy; and the EU’s Nature Restoration plan is deadlocked.

In Business news: International Paper creates bidding war over DS Smith; Montana mill closures a symptom of broader challenges; the looming shortage of Canadian wooden utility poles; Quebec supports FPInnovation’s truck platooning effort; US wood pallet industry secures exemption from EU requirement; Canada may precede US on interest rate cuts; and US consumer confidence remains stable in March.

Finally, a conversation with BC Forest Industry Leaders is coming to COFI in April.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Alarming trend of US mill closures comes with consequences

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 26, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The American Loggers Council calls ~50 mill curtailments in 18 months an ‘alarming trend with consequences‘. In related news: Michael Hoyt pans US logging as a means to improve forest resilience; BC considers new conservancies in Clayoquot Sound; Tree of Heaven called dangerous to BC’s Interior; and Florida researchers say tree diversity correlates well with US forest productivity.

In other news: US decarbonization targets big industry—including pulp & paper; EU members call for revision of anti-deforestation law; snowless winter sparks forest fire fears in Ottawa; and wildfire hot-spots include Wyoming, West Virginia, and Mexico.

Finally, conference updates by the BC Forest Safety Council and the BC First Nations Forestry Council.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Montana forest industry faces uncertain future amid closures

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 25, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Montana’s forest industry faces an uncertain future as Roseburg and Pyramid mill closures have a ripple effect. In related news: finally some truth on Montana’s mill closures; Missoula’s long history of lumber mills; Drax responds to report of chipping old-growth for pellets; and a Thunder Bay Pulp and Paper mill fire injures two. Meanwhile: the New Zealand Forest Owners have a new president; and the latest from the Softwood Lumber Board.

In Forestry/Climate Change news: the world is said to be warming faster than expected; Alberta scientists focus on the health impacts of global warming; researchers in Canada and South Africa look to the forestry value chain to mitigate climate effects; Ontario’s firefighter incentive payment plan is panned; and a new study on the effects of past fire-suppression bias in the US.

Finally, Captain Kirk shares his dream for life after death — I want to be a tree.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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West Virginia forest fires begets State of Emergency

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 22, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Extensive forest fires in several West Virginia counties resulted in a State of Emergency declaration. In related news: Ontario offers $5k bonuses to recruit wildland firefighters; and Northwest Ontario and Greece overhaul their response plans ahead of wildfire season. Meanwhile: Tolko passed its BC Forest Practice Board audit; BC’s new biodiversity framework may supersede the need for an endangered species law; and mill closures in Ontario suggest its time to ‘press reset‘ on the sector. 

In other news: Billerud is selling its idled Wisconsin Rapids mill; Drax faces air quality hearing on Washington pellet plant; the US EPA’s risk evaluation for formaldehyde is up for comment; and the Future Forest Economy Initiative invests $14 million in the US Northeast.

Finally, navigating transition— a 2024 COFI Convention preview.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Roseburg to close Montana particleboard plant, laying off 150

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 21, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Roseburg Forest Products will permanently close its Missoula, Montana particleboard plant. In related news: a call to action on the Seeley Lake mill closure; Mondi celebrates its Hinton pulp mill purchase; Tree Frog Veneer celebrates 20 years in Massachusetts; and mass timber showcases at Stirling Structural, Amazon Met Park, Clemson University and the University of Toronto. Meanwhile: FSC has a new US president; and previews of the  Montreal Wood Convention and the BC Log & Timber AGM.

In Forestry news: Canada’s Tree Seed Centre preserves genetic diversity; BC’s 2023 wildfire season caused ‘extreme glacier melt‘; dead trees present a fire hazard in BC’s Stanley Park and Ashland, Oregon’s watershed; and Arizona warns of explosive 2024 wildfire season. 

Finally, only you can prevent wildfires—Smokey Bear turns 80 this August.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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UN, Canada and US reports record warm winter warnings

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 20, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The warmest winter on record begets spring warnings in Canada, the US and around the world. In related news: David Suzuki says Ontario is logging too fast; unions want more say in the future of BC forest policy; a fired New Brunswick forestry college instructor seeks compensation; CalFire announces $10M for forest conservation; and Drax refutes ENGO old growth logging claims.

In Business news: what does Enviva’s bankruptcy mean for North Carolina; former Canfor Taylor mill to become a Western Canada logistics hub; the proposed Memphis urban lumber sawmill is rejected; more Seeley Lake, Montana mill closure aftershocks; and Mercer Mass Timber’s new construction services division.

Finally, tomorrow is the UN-declared International Day of Forests. How will you partake?

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Positive data on Canadian inflation and US housing starts

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 19, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canada’s inflation eased to an 8-month low in February, as US single-family housing starts approached a 2-year high, and US Builder sentiment rose for the 4th consecutive month. In other Business news: US senators say the EU deforestation regulation will harm the US industry; Pacific Northwest loggers seek to offset restrictions causing mill closures; Kruger is mum on new power agreement with Newfoundland; and West Fraser and Woodland Cree First Nation mark a new era of partnership.

In Forestry/Climate news: quantifying the impact of habitat disturbance on BC’s caribou herds; criticism mounts over tree clearing in Vancouver’s Stanley Park; BC launches new tracking technology, warns of pending wildfire challenges and early action on preparedness; and new warnings of unbridled wildfire in the Amazon rainforest.

Finally, can landmarks like the Eiffel Tower ever be truly green?

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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US announces $145M for climate resiliance and forest health

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 18, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The US Dept of Agriculture announced $145M for climate resilience and forest health… with $20M going to the US Endowment for underserved landowners, and half to projects throughout the US South. In related news: a new report says the US could triple its biomass production; Oregon’s wildfire funding legislation fails to pass; BC’s old-growth is under renewed scrutiny again—as the logging and forest hydrology debate continues; Australians protest native forest logging in Tasmania; and FSC certification faces a major challenge in Estonia.

In Business news: Nova Scotia grants an environmental assessment extension to Northern Pulp; Newfoundland & Labrador to support Corner Brook Pulp & Paper mill; Enviva’s bankruptcy could affect existing and planned mills in the US South; Timberlab plans to build a CLT mill in Oregon; and more on the Pyramid mill closure in Montana.

Finally, from sawmills to sports teams: The rise of Amar Doman’s business empire.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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US plan will boost biomass supply chain, advance biomanufacturing

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 15, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The US Dept of Agriculture released a plan to boost biomass production and related manufacturing initiatives. In related news: US tax breaks could fuel a wood burning boom; South Carolina task force to address supply chain challenges; and more on Enviva’s bankruptcy plan. In other Business news: Pyramid Mountain is closing in Montana; Hoffman Family buys Besse Forest Products in Michigan; Western Forest Products curtails its Chemainus, BC sawmill for 2-weeks; and Kalesnikoff COO speaks to his new CLT plans.

In other news: a new report says plastic recycling may be a scam; a BC Labour Code change draws industry pushback; US Senator Romney leads hearings on US wildfire policies; BC issues its first fire ban as fire-awareness drives more job seekers; and California looks to forestry to reduce wildfire risks.

Finally, its St. Paddy’s Day… and these boots are made for loggin’

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Unions say BC needs a plan for stable, economic fibre supply

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 14, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Vaughn Palmer, Rob Shaw and Andrew McLeod opine on forest sector unions’ call for a BC fibre supply plan. In other news: Fort Frances drops the ball on Ontario biomass program; Europe asks Japan to ban Russian wood imports; Australia’s first CLT plant comes with $2M in government funding; and more on Enviva’s bankruptcy and restructuring. 

In Forestry/Climate news: Canada’s wildfires may impact US air quality again; wildfires reduce Quebec’s long-term harvest targets; a BC court clears Teal Jones on road access closures; Oregon’s logging-curb said to hurt rural communities; Idaho is facing forestry workforce challenges; a Montana court halts road building due to grizzly bears; and Washington’s family tree farms reduce GHGs.

Finally, Swedish researchers use wood tissue’s chemical footprint to track illegal loggers.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Unions: decline of BC’s forestry ‘neither inevitable nor acceptable’

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 13, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

A new report by three workers’ unions says the decline of BC’s forest sector is “neither inevitable nor acceptable“. In related news: BC Premier Eby keynotes Forestry Workers’ Summit; Nova Scotia’s Bird Construction looks to mass timber; Ontario’s CHAR Technologies to build a biomass facility; Enviva restructures and files for bankruptcy; and the Finnish strike is taking an economic toll on pulp & paper producers.

In Forestry/Climate news: taking stock of Canada’s record wildfire season; NDP critic on Canada’s untracked logging emissions; a new study on threatened wildlife in Quebec’s boreal forests; BC looks to expand Clayoquot Sound protected areas; old-power lines threaten Texas forests; Wyoming issues wildfire mitigation report; and forestry news from Oregon’s latest legislative session.

Finally, giant redwoods in Scotland and tree felling in Vancouver’s Stanley Park?

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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US Lumber Coalition says FPInnovations’ funding is a subsidy

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 12, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

In a Dept of Commerce complaint, the US Lumber Coalition says FPInnovations’ research gives Canadian producers an unfair advantage. In other Business news: Australia invests $100M in forest & wood research; Hampton Lumber responds to Oregon’s conservation plan; an Ontario company unveils world’s first paper bottle machine; labour action in Finland leads to paper mill closures by UPM, Stora Enso and Metsä; and the BC Centre for Innovation and Clear Energy appoints Sarah Goodman CEO.

In Forestry/Climate news: Canada and Ontario commit funding for new protected areas; Ontario said to be ignoring the dangers forest firefighters face; BC is surprised by increase in firefighter applicants; and the National Council of Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) launched a new webinar series on wildfire management. 

Finally, a 100-page visual extravaganza by the Forest History Association of Alberta.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Oregon protects endangered species by limiting logging

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 11, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Oregon narrowly approved a habitat plan that protects endangered species by limiting logging. In related news: unions call for action to save BC’s forest sector; mill closures have South Carolina loggers facing collapse; Vermont loggers look for relief due to wet weather; and Godfrey Forest Products is building an OSB plant in Jay, Maine. In Forest Product news: UK softwood imports are up; Clemson University breaks ground on a mass timber structure; and the Paris Olympics’ architectural icon is a wood showcase.

In Forestry/Wildfire news: lessons from a new study on Canada’s 2023 wildfire season; Ontario firefighters question their preparedness; wildfire smoke workshops teach Albertans about health impacts; Calgary is preparing for an early wildfire season; Maine looks to employ more controlled burns; and Arizona will reduce fire risk with thinned buffer zones.

Finally, bioplastics—a sustainable solution or distraction from plastic crisis?

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Wood products key to reducing GHG emissions: new study

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 8, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

A new study says harnessing the ability of wood products to store carbon is key to reducing GHG emissions. In related news: New York leads the way with low carbon building announcements; mass timber makes headway with architects; Mondi recognized for StretchWrap—its paper replacement for plastic; IKEA looks to wood for sound-absorbing furniture; and more on Kalesnikoff’s expansion plans. Meanwhile: Conifex reports negative earnings; Canfor sees positive trends for lumber; and packaging manufacturers face reduce demand.

In Forestry/Climate news: Oregon narrowly approves conservation plan as loggers protest en mass; opposing views on forest restoration plans in Wisconsin and  California; a secret map suggests BC Forest Ministry is biased in favour of logging; and another First Nation expresses dismay over BC Land Act decision.

Finally, COFI adds keynotes Jason Krips and Louise Bender, celebrating a Private Forest Champion; and an auction for Evans Lake Forest Education camp.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Kalesnikoff to build mass timber mill in West Kootenays, BC

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 7, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Kalesnikoff announced plans to build a new mass timber facility in the West Kootenays, BC. In related news: JD Irving acquires Mill Services in Cobleskill, New York; workers lobby for restart of the shuttered Terrace Bay pulp mill; and the Steelworkers reach new deal with CN Rail. Meanwhile: the US trade czar opines on renewal of the North American trade pact; Brent Jang says natural gas is overtaking forestry in BC; and the latest market prognostications by ERA’s Kevin Mason.

In Forestry/Climate news: the US approved a new rule on GHG reporting by companies; a UK professor and climate scientist is sounding the alarm; Ontario braces for impacts of global warming; Minnesota experiments in forest assisted migration; Oregon is changing the rules governing logging; and a USDA feature on the origins of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Finally, WorkSafeBC’s first aid changes, and safety challenges faced by women in construction.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Canfor reports challenging year, Q4 loss of $117 million

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 6, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canfor’s 2023 financial results included a fourth quarter loss of $117 million. In related news: Kruger invests to increase tissue production; Enviva gets extension on bond payment; and Interfor appoints Christina Sistrunk to its Board. In Mass Timber news: a new report says BC needs upskilling and rail upgrades to grow production; how to address builder’s risk; and featured projects from New York and Portland. Meanwhile: US multifamily starts to decline in 2024; single-family shows signs of stirring; and Canada holds interest rates at 5%.

In Forestry/Climate news: Biden is urged to move on old growth protection; Oregon’s state forester recommends habitat conservation plan; a BC First Nation is disheartened by Land Act reactions; cellulose nanocrystals an opportunity for Quebec’s forest industry; and Nature Canada says government GHG review must include logging emissions.

Finally, BC wildfire workers can now take the time to focus on their own mental health.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Canada’s accelerator fund to trigger 750,000 housing starts

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 5, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canada says its housing accelerator fund will result in 750,000 new homes in the next decade. In related news: Mercer launched a mass timber erection division; Artificial Intelligence is coming to the construction sector; and forest investors must assess what to do with their trees.  Meanwhile: US LBM acquires Homestead Building Systems; and Do it Best and United Hardware plan to merge.

In Forestry/Climate news: BC seeks input on expanding the Great Bear Rainforest’s conservation area; BC’s fire prevention budget called inadequate given trends; a new Tongass forest plan will focus on climate change and tourism; ENGOs sue to block a California post-fire salvage logging project; and FSC says two of its New Zealand based certification bodies are required to improve.

Finally, David Elstone opines on the upside of British Columbia’s Land Act mess.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Sustainability organizations to share risk information on deforestation-free products

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 4, 2024
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Sustainability organizations, including FSC, formed a risk alliance to share info on deforestation-free products. In Wildfire news: Canada braces for another season of flames; Oregon sends a strike team to help fire-ravaged Texas; Michigan’s shaded fuel brakes prove effective; Alberta ups its wildfire emergency fund; a new study says BC’s forest fuel load data is inaccurate; and researchers say Washington’s wetter forests are at risk.

In Business news: Doman completes its acquisition of Southeast Forest Products; Millson Forestry Service secures an Ontario biomass grant; Irving upgrades its Saint John’s woodyard; UFP expands in Warrens, Wisconsin; opposition mounts to a biomass facility in Memphis; and Timberlink opens its new CLT mill in South Australia. Meanwhile: US construction spending is up, while the housing supply gap widens. 

Finally, NASA’s climate idea sounds like a children’s book, and 200 years of forest history through dioramas.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Ontario court judgement the largest First Nations’ settlement in Canadian history

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 1, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

A $10B Ontario court judgement is Canada’s largest First Nations’ settlement in history. In other Business news: Drax awaits UK subsidy decision as US and UK opposition mounts; OrePac acquires Western Timber Products; fires are reported at West Fraser’s OSB mill in Texas, and JM Lumber in Ontario; and more on Allegheny Wood Products sudden closure.

In Forestry/Climate news: Ontario announces $60M for forest biomass innovation; University of Northern BC’s glyphosate research looks at aggregate effects; Home Depot expands its commitment to sustainable forestry; FSC responds to a Greenpeace complaint; and Australia announces two new forestry research centres.

Finally, its National Invasive Species Awareness Week – here’s what you need to know. Also, the BC Forest Safety Council turns 20. Here is their latest video.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Vancouver approves policies to encourage mass timber towers

The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 29, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Vancouver City Council approved new policies to encourage more high-rise mass-timber construction. In related news: the ‘Future of Cities in Wood‘ exhibit comes to New York’s Skyscraper Museum; and related ‘game changers’ from Muskegon Lake, Michigan and Ottawa, Ontario. In Business news: Weyehaeuser announced a carbon sequestration agreement; Metsa’s Merikarvia, Finland mill is closing; Stella-Jones and Goodfellow report Q3 earnings; University of Georgia names Todd Petty forestry dean; and Forest’s Ontario announces award winners.

In Forestry/Climate news: fire expert Mike Flannigan tips his hand in favour of a National Wildfire Service; Suzanne Simard says climate bullying is in decline; Wood Mackenzie says bioenergy is a $500B opportunity; a lawsuit takes aim at US Forest Service’s timber targets; and an Oregon timber bill spurs lawsuit fears. On the Forest History front, Graeme Davis on Orillia, Ontario’s century of forest growth and renewal. 

Finally, must be a Leap Year… with efforts that focus on bamboo high-rises, and wood products without trees

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Texas wildfires force evacuations, prompt disaster declaration

Tree Frog Forestry News
February 28, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Massive wildfires burning in the Texas Panhandle forced evacuations and a disaster declaration. In related news: Arkansas is on heightened wildfire alert; Canada’s mild weather points to drought and wildfires; Arizona faces a critical situation; and Mississippi’s timber farmers face drought. Meanwhile: US and Oregon may sue PacificCorp for wildfire costs; how fatigue impacts log truck driver safety; Paul Fast’s new book on engineering with wood; and an overview of topics at this year’s approaching COFI conference.

In Business news: facing renewed pressure from ENGOs—Drax points to energy security benefits; Teal-Jones innovates with composite shingles; Rayonier Advanced Materials reports Q4 net loss; and more on Clearwater Paper’s acquisition of a Georgia paperboard mill.

Finally, John Mulinder says Nature Canada is “spinning” the truth on boreal logging.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Western Forest Products unveils first of 3 planned continuous dry kilns

Tree Frog Forestry News
February 27, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Western Forest Products celebrated the completion of the first continuous dry kiln on the Coast of BC. In related news: Paradigm Building Solutions will expand in Barriere, BC; Allegheny Wood Products closed suddenly in West Virginia; Domtar curtails paper production in Ashdown, Arkansas; and Enviva faces forbearance agreement deadline. Meanwhile: US new home sales are up in January; Southern Pine exports rose in 2023; and a Q&A with Wood Preservation Canada’s Natalie Tarini.

In Forestry/Climate news: Canadians are positive on idea of a national forest fire fighting force; a Yale symposium on the smoke problem coming from Canada’s forests; a California utility will pay $80M to settle a wildfire claim; and Washington’s wildfires are said to be driven more by fuel load than climate. Elsewhere: New Zealand may be too forest focused with its net-zero plans; and the EU backs new plan to protect its habitat and species.

Finally, ENGOs say Biden’s new Russian sanctions should also include timber exports.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

 

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Canadian forest sector leader John Allan dies at 78

The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 26, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

Starting on a sad note; John Allan, one of Canada most influential forest sector professionals, died February 23, 2024.

In Forestry and Climate news: BC and Ontario leaders express worry as fire season nears; a National Bank of Canada report says Canada could offset all its GHGs; the Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s upcoming trade mission to Taiwan; the pros and cons of California’s pellet mills; ENGOs pan changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act; and how European ecolabels promote sustainable forestry.

In other news: Mosaic and We Wai Kai First Nation sign logging agreement; US Forest Service Chief talks with Oregon loggers; Oregon officials are grilled over mill closures; Taiga Building Products reports positive Q4, 2023 earnings; US Homebuilders’ labour shortages ease; and EU’s pulp & paper demand is down.

Finally, a new category in the Tree Frog Forestry News — Forest History & Archives:

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Teamsters Canada warn of rail strike at CN and CPKC

The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 23, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The union representing Canada’s rail workers warns that a strike looms after CN and CPKC filed notices of dispute. In other Business news: Canada-US trade is said to be at an inflection point ahead of US election; the Steelworkers commend BC’s budget endorsement of mass timber; Alabama’s Phenix Lumber faces heavy fines after second fatality; and more on the WorkSafeBC investigation of the Canfor employee death in Prince George.

In Forestry/Climate news: a Q&A with US Forest Service Chief Randy Moore; Quebec First Nations take the province to task on forest consultations; a new study on the climate-effects of expanding forests; simulations point to more fires in the Pacific Northwest; a Canadian researcher on how genetic testing can be used to curb illegal logging; and the EU plans to establish a carbon removals certification framework.

Finally, Dave Coletto will keynote at COFI and Andrew Dunn plans another tour of Europe’s mass timber industry.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Amid melee, BC pauses proposed Land Act changes

Tree Frog Forestry News
February 22, 2024
Category: Today's Takeaway

The British Columbia government is pausing its proposed Land Act change, says it will further engage to ‘get this right’. Related perspectives include: 

In other news: a fire at Canfor’s Fort St. John mill was extinguished; Clearwater Paper buys Augusta, Georgia paperboard mill; Interfor winds down Philomath mill operations; Cascades reports Q4, 2023 loss; New Hampshire announces covid funding for pulp & paper mills; and Quebec launches call for northern development grants. Meanwhile, Russ Taylor’s China Outlook Report has been released and wildfire preparation updates from OregonOntario and BC.

Finally, the future of mass timber is good—or so say the pros in US, Brazil, and the UK.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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