Japanese Demand for Wood Pellets Largely Fulfilled by North American Producers

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-03-12 02:08
Japan's consumption of wood pellets continues to increase significantly in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, as its government has targeted a “best energy mix” of roughly 4 GW of biomass-fired capacity by 2030. By then, Japanese demand for wood pellets will be upwards of 15 million tons per year—a staggering 3,000% increase from its consumption of roughly 500,000 tons in 2017.
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Ahlstrom-Munksjö coated products extends their product line of Aerobak™ liners for advanced composites

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-03-11 12:33
Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions Coated Products team announced today an extension to their brand of release liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. In collaboration with our suppliers and customers, the product was designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the challenges encountered with low tack prepregs and demanding ATL processes. This new line of products represents years of development and experience addressing the constant evolution of products used for the aerospace composite segment. / Ahlstrom-Munksjö
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Next-Generation Sawmills Must Master Supply Chain Efficiencies

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-03-11 02:06

The forest products supply chain is a complex system of resources, organizations, activities, people, information, technology and market conditions—all of which must interact to move a product from a supplier to a customer. Efficient and well-managed supply chains are critical in the US South’s sawmill industry because log costs represent the single largest operating cost and, unlike the sawmill industry in other parts of North America, average log inventories at southern yellow pine (SYP) sawmills are very low.

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From April 2019 Valmet will own the North American GL & V

Canadian Forestry News - Sat, 2019-03-09 05:00
To strengthen its business in North America, Valmet acquires GL & V, a global provider of technology and services for the pulp and paper industry. It is reported by the press service of Valmet. On 26 February 2019 Valmet entered into an agreement to acquire a new asset. The purchase price is approximately EUR 113 […]
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Smurfit Kappa expands production capacity for the production of Bag-in-Box packaging

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2019-03-08 05:00
For this purpose, the company recently acquired an enterprise in Texas, USA, according to the press service of Smurfit Kappa. Packaging Bag-in-Box is used for bottling premium wines. In North America, this packaging segment is growing rapidly in the beverage sector. There is also a growing demand for Smurfit Kappa packaging solutions for liquids: olive […]
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Landmark lawsuit against EU for renewable energy directive

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-03-07 01:51
In a landmark lawsuit filed on 4 March 2019 against the European Union (EU), plaintiffs from the USA and five EU Member States – Romania, Ireland, Slovakia, France and Estonia – claim that the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is devastating forests and increasing greenhouse gas emissions, by promoting burning forest wood as renewable and carbon neutral. Source: Timberbiz The case was filed in the European General Court in Luxembourg., The plaintiffs are asking the Court to annul the forest biomass provisions of RED II, which. would render the burning of forest wood ineligible for meeting EU Member State renewable energy targets and subsidies. Dr Mary S. Booth, director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity is the lead science advisor on the case. “The EU’s policy relies on the false and reckless assumption that burning forest wood is carbon neutral but burning forest wood actually increases emissions relative to fossil fuels,” she said. Such climate concerns are a key part of the case, but plaintiffs also underline how RED II is impacting their property, rights, and livelihoods. Bernard Auric filed a case on behalf of residents of Gardanne, a small, industrial, working-class town in the south of France. They have been fighting to end the disruption to their lives caused by the conversion of a former coal-burning power plant into a biomass-fired installation. “Since 2012 I have lived 300 metres from the power station in a neighbourhood particularly affected by noise, the fallout of smoke, wood chips, dust from passing trucks. It is impossible for me today to live and sleep normally,” resident Luc Le Mouel said. “The lack of sleep exhausts me. I am in a state of growing depression.” The case argues that subsidies are increasing demand for biomass, and therefore the logging of forests in Europe and North America. The plaintiffs represent areas that have been particularly hard hit, such as the US Southeast, Estonia, and the Carpathian Mountain forests in eastern Europe, where some of Europe’s last remaining primeval forests are being logged.
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Event: North American Forest Commission

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-03-06 10:06

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the North American Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region.

One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

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Lumber Demand: What to Expect Over the Next Five Years

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-03-06 03:01

As we recently noted in our detailed study of the wood residuals market, it’s nearly impossible to overstate the impacts—both immediate and long-term—that the Great Recession of 2008 had on the North American forest products industry. The effects in the US South, in particular, have created a market situation with both advantages and disadvantages for various stakeholders in the supply chain.

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Rethinking old-growth forests using lichens as an indicator of conservation value

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-03-05 03:36
Biologists propose a better way to assess the conservation value of North American old-growth forests -- using lichens, sensitive bioindicators of environmental change. Old-growth forests are usually defined by tree age, but the authors argue this overlooks the importance of biodiversity in those habitats. Lichens are the ideal candidates to measure this biodiversity. Scorecards with suites of lichens specific to these forests can be developed for use by conservation biologists and forest managers.
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Climate change is leading to unpredictable ecosystem disruption for migratory birds

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-03-05 02:00
Using data on 77 North American migratory bird species from the eBird citizen-science program, scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology say that, in as little as four decades, it may be very difficult to predict how climate change will affect migratory bird populations and the ecosystems they inhabit. Their conclusions are presented in a paper published in the journal Ecography.
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Softwood Lumber Prices Rise as Canadian Transportation Issues Hamper Deliveries

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-02-20 03:01

The spectacular rebound of North American construction framing dimension softwood lumber prices in early February continued as prices rose in response to transportation problems, mostly on Canadian railways. Severe weather hit many parts of Canada and the US, causing delays of shipments from softwood lumber suppliers. Customers, already low on inventory as they had been waiting for prices to come down, have been forced to buy specific items for immediate fill-in needs. Sawmills have responded by raising prices and going off-the-market on the most popular items because they didn’t want to quote too far into the future in the event that prices rise even higher.

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Climate change: Winters of future will be colder -- and also warmer

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-02-19 02:00
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Global warming will bring milder winter weather to much of the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe and North America. But some climate scientists predict those balmy winter days will be more frequently interrupted by extreme cold.
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Ontario building pushes limits in tall timber buildings

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-02-14 03:10
An age-old building material is making a 21st-century comeback in Ontario but under provincial rules, you can’t construct a wood-frame building more than six storeys tall — but new technologies and initiatives could change that. One of the University of Toronto’s latest building projects, a 14- storey academic building on top of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, is going back to basics — with a twist. Source: TVO This building will be constructed mainly of mass timber, and when it’s done, it will be one of the tallest mass-timber-and-concrete hybrid buildings in North America. The building material comes with a number of benefits — environmentally friendly, lightweight — and support from the Ontario government. Provincial rules don’t allow for the construction of wood-frame buildings of more than six storeys — the new U of T academic building was granted a building-code exemption as part of the Ontario government’s $3.15 million Mass Timber Program, which it launched last spring to jump-start the industry. The program’s other demonstration projects include a 12-storey building at George Brown College on Toronto’s waterfront, a condo development in downtown North Bay, and an eight-storey office building in Toronto. Mass timber is on the rise in Ontario, but it won’t become commonplace until building codes change (the Mass Timber Institute is already advocating for this), local supply chains make for cheaper prices, and large developers start using it. Today’s wood building products use what’s called mass timber, which is factory-made to be so dense and large-scale that it’s fire resistant. (We still have building fires because, even if you build with non-combustible concrete, steel, and glass, people fill buildings with flammable items.) “This is a new kind of wood product; it comes out of R&D and scientific research,” said Anne Koven, adjunct professor of forestry at U of T and a member of the newly formed Mass Timber Institute, which promotes research and education on the material. “It’s about taking wood and putting it together in different ways. It’s been engineered to have certain properties, to be stronger and fire resistant.” Today’s mass-timber building materials resemble a far sturdier form of plywood. The U of T building will be constructed with cross laminated timber. Such wood structures often end up concealed beneath drywall or panelling. But designers will sometimes leave the wood exposed so that it’s visible in interior spaces or on the exterior. Architects, builders, and academics are increasingly looking to mass timber because wood is a renewable resource. “Mass timber is much more environmentally friendly than steel or concrete,” said Ms Koven. The concrete industry is one of the world’s top producers of carbon, and steel is made from iron ore, a non-renewable, mined resource. Forests, on the other hand, reduce carbon. Modern forestry practices are making the industry more environmentally responsible. And wood is light, which means it’s ideal for towers on top of existing buildings, such as the one at U of T. Mass-timber products can be preassembled and then easily shipped to the building site. Because urban construction is so costly and causes traffic jams, New York City and London have been building more with preassembled mass timber — full walls, full floors, or entire rooms — in recent years. Most mass-timber projects in Ontario use materials imported from Austria and Germany, which have made this a specialty. There are well-established manufacturers in Quebec and British Columbia (most mass-timber companies in Canada make, design, and preassemble as part of their services), but Ontario’s capacity is set to grow. Ontario has ample forests, and 40% of all construction in Canada happens in southern Ontario.
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Nature's insurance plan

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-02-07 02:00
Climate change is having a devastating impact on the planet, despite Trump's bizarre intimations that the recent cold weather in North America is proof that global warming is welcome to "come back."
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SFI and AFF Join Forces to Grow Family Lands Certification

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-02-04 10:00

Washington D.C. - We are pleased to announce that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) have formed a new partnership to grow the amount of certified family and other small holdings in North America. Through this partnership, SFI and AFF are working together on a Small Lands Group Certification Module (Module), an innovative way to grow certified family lands and small holdings by building on the foundation of SFI's Fiber Sourcing Standard, and drawing on the strengths of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) forest management standard. 

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Carbon, climate, and North America's oldest boreal trees

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-02-04 02:00
In an age of unprecedented high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, the question of whether or not plants and trees can utilize excess carbon through photosynthesis is one of paramount importance. Researchers have observed what has been called the CO2 fertilization effect, whereby plants' rates of photosynthesis increase in response to higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, although this is thought to be dependent on various other factors such as temperature, moisture, nutrient availability, etc.
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Deadly disease and warming ocean are wiping out a key starfish species

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-01-31 10:01
A mystery disease outbreak that has devastated more than 20 species of starfish along the western coast of North America since 2013 has claimed yet another victim: the sunflower sea star (Pycnopodia helianthoides), a major predator within kelp forests in the Northeast Pacific. The “sea star wasting disease,” as the infectious disease is called, kills […]
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The Technologies Defining New Southern Yellow Pine Sawmills

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-01-29 02:51

With approximately 20 new sawmills expected to be completed between 2017 and 2022 and production capacity increasing by more than 25 percent, the southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber industry is changing rapidly.  This blog post, the second in our series about the North American lumber trade, offers a preview of the key technologies these new SYP sawmills will employ. 

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Scientists name 66 species as potential biodiversity threats to EU

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-01-29 02:00
North America's fox squirrel, the venomous striped eel catfish (SN: 4/29/17, p. 28) and 64 other species are now considered invasive threats to existing species in the European Union, scientists report online on December 12 in Global Change Biology. Emphasis on the word 'threat.' None of these organisms have been found yet in the EU, except for in captivity.
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