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Deforested habitats leave migratory birds ill-prepared for journey north

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-04-15 07:14
To many in North America, the sound of birds among the early spring trees is the sound of renewal: after a long, cold winter, the colorful warblers and vocal thrushes have finally returned, bringing with them the promise of warming weather. It’s a seasonal phenomenon as old as time — but one that’s in peril […]
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Regional Differences Pose Profitability Challenges for North American Sawmills

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-04-15 03:07

Beginning in 4Q2017, prices for domestic and export Douglas fir logs in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) rose steadily before they spiked in 2Q2018 to record levels. The phenomenon occurred when North American lumber prices also surged to record highs. While regional lumber producers in the PNW couldn’t fully capitalize on high lumber prices due to their equally high log costs at the time, producers in the US South were perfectly positioned to take advantage of the market and maximize profits.

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UNECE Event Recognizes Local Governments’ Role in Achieving SDGs

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-04-11 11:50
The event sought to enable the exchange of views and knowledge sharing of good practices and successful planning strategies. UNECE Executive Olga Algayerova acknowledged the need for the UN to give mayors and local governments more space to discuss practical action and solutions to achieve the SDGs. Urban areas comprise over 75% of the population in Europe, 80% in North America and almost 50% in Central Asia.
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Engineered wooden bike of LVL origins

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-04-09 01:01
Although wooden-frame bikes may not be a common sight out on the street, they’re plentiful at events such as the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. So, what makes one stand out there? Well, it helps if it’s made in a non-traditional manner – which is the case with Normal Bicycles. Source: New Atlas The metal bike frames that we’re used to consist of tubes, which are joined together via either welds or lugs. Many wooden frames, on the other hand, consist of two carved-out sides that are bonded together down the middle. Normal Bicycles, based out of Buffalo, New York, splits the difference – its frames are made of wooden tubes. “It’s multiple layers of maple veneer, laminated together,” said designer/builder Chris Kudla, describing his tube-making process. “By doing that, I can make the wall thickness a lot thinner, and also have these long sections of tubing that I can cut to length. It helps with stiffness, the weight, and also manufacturing.” It should be noted that there’s also a thin layer of carbon fibre lining the inside walls of the tubes. Those tubes are joined to one another using an aerospace-grade aluminium alloy and titanium fasteners. A marine finish is also applied, to keep the wood from being damaged by rain, snow or salt. The ride quality of the resulting bike is said to provide a solid connection with the road, but without the bumps and shocks. As far as weight goes, the custom gravel bike that was being showcased at NAHBS weighs a claimed 10.2 kg. Chris and his wife/business partner Jessica also had one of their cheaper, production Urban Scout commuter bikes on display – it tips the scales at 11.3 kg. Pricing for the Scout ranges from US$3200 to $3550, depending on the package. The gravel bike, on the other hand, is worth around $6000. “I’m an engineer doing woodworking,” Chris said, describing the origins of his unique approach. “Most of the time it’s woodworkers doing woodworking, so I think that’s where it comes from.”
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Spring Snowmelt: Transportation Woes Stall North American Lumber Shipments

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-04-02 03:03

Most “lumber talk” across North America over the last week has centered around the Montreal Wood Convention, a great event that draws the sawmill industry together every year. Attendees reported well-stocked inventories but a lag in production because deliveries to many parts of the US were stymied as severe flooding has taken over large swaths of the Midwest and the Northeast. Rail lines continue to flood and bridges are washed out all over the Midwest, so important transportation hubs like Memphis, TN, and Chicago, IL, are experiencing severe delays, backlogs and lack of rail car arrivals.

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What’s Driving Forest Industry Growth in the US South?

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-03-20 04:18

As I wrote in the first installment of this blog series, it’s nearly impossible to overstate the impacts that the Great Recession of 2008 had on the North American forest products industry. The sudden plunge of the housing sector had cascading effects that immediately influenced the entire global economy.

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Tiny song bird makes record migration

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-03-19 06:18
The bird's trek between its breeding grounds in the central and western boreal forest of North America and its winter home in the Amazon Basin is one of the longest songbird migrations recorded. Describing a route arcing across North America and including a transoceanic flight to South America, the study confirms an epic migration journey that scientists had long suspected but not yet proved. Tracking their route is key to solving the birds' decline.
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LIGNIA new distributor for SE Asia with Global Timber

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-03-19 01:45
Modified timber business LIGNIA Wood Company has announced a new distribution partnership that covers much of Europe and South-east Asia with Global Timber, one of Europe’s leading timber companies. Source: TTJ Online Global Timber, based in Aarhus in Denmark, has the largest warehouse in northern Europe for hardwoods, with stock purchased on six continents. In addition to its European sales, it also has a significant presence in South-east Asia. The agreement between LIGNIA and Global Timber covers an initial five-year period. LIGNIA Yacht will be sold across Europe on a joint exclusive basis and LIGNIA and LIGNIA Fire (the latter when it comes on stream in 2019) across the Nordic countries exclusively. Global Timber will also sell LIGNIA and LIGNIA Fire in South-east Asia via its offices in Malaysia. LIGNIA is FSC-certified softwood that is modified in the company’s new manufacturing plant in Barry, Wales and then turned into a wood with all the aesthetic beauty and working properties of many popular hardwoods such as Burmese teak or European oak. Applications are varied depending on product and include yacht decking, joinery, decking, flooring and cladding. “We’re already working with leading distributors in the UK and North America and I’m delighted to say that Global Timber will be a very important element in our development now across Europe and Asia,” said Steve Rogers, LIGNIA’s commercial director. “Thanks to Global Timber, LIGNIA is now available from their Danish and German depots anywhere in Europe within 48-72 hours.” “Expanding our product line-up to include LIGNIA reinforces our goal of providing our customers with the most innovative products on the market,” added Peter Baek, Global Timber’s CEO. “We look forward to introducing the LIGNIA products to our clients, and together, developing the market for modified timber products.”  
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Super variable California salamander is ‘an evolutionist’s dream’

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-03-18 01:04
The ensatina is a fairly common salamander. From southern British Columbia in Canada to northern Baja California in Mexico, it can be found lurking under logs in forests along the entire western coast of North America. But it’s in California where the little amphibian’s story takes an intriguing turn. Literally. Depending on where you are, […]
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American manufacturer of sawmill and woodworking equipment Wood-Mizer announces the expansion of production in Indiana

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-03-14 05:00
According to the corporate press service, Wood-Mizer announces plans to expand its production facility in Batesville, Indiana. The expansion project, which is scheduled to begin in March 2019, will increase production areas by 53 thousand square feet. Wood-Mizer North America President Darryl Floyd noted that “the expansion of the Batesville facility will allow Wood-Mizer to […]
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SCS Now Offers Certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Chain of Custody Standard

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-03-12 09:00

Emeryville, Calif., Mar 12, 2019 - SCS Global Services (SCS) is pleased to announce that it is now offering chain of custody certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody Standard. SFI is a leading, credible certification in North America for responsible forest products. This new service offering leverages SCS as a one-stop shop for the wood and paper industries, providing clients with increased efficiency for dual and triple chain of custody certification to the major three forest sustainability standards. SCS is also currently undergoing accreditation for, and will soon be offering certification services for SFI Forest Management and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standards.

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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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