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Complex, old-growth forests may protect some bird species in a warming climate

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 19:51
Old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate, scientists have found.

Malahat Nation and TimberWest Renew Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 19:39

Published December 14th, 2017 by TimberWest – Source Malahat Nation and TimberWest Forest Corp. renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that reaffirms both parties to their commitment to partner on cultural, environmental and economic opportunities around existing initiatives and future forestry operations. “Working with the Malahat Nation over the past four years on conservation initiatives and mutual business opportunities, has led to a number of …

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Barte Starker, member of prominent timber family, dies at 67

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 19:20

In 1985, Barte and his brother, Bond, established the Starker Lecture Series in forestry at Oregon State University. Both have been recognized for their service to their alma mater, jointly winning the College of Forestry’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and the OSU Foundation’s E.B. Lemon...(more)

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Surveying the Fury: Drones Count the Costs of the 2017 BC Wildfires

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 18:16
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are using drones to survey the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires in BC. Learn more

CPAWS Welcomes Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve Management Plan

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 16:07
YELLOWKNIFE – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) NWT chapter welcomes the release of the Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve Management Plan, the first for Nááts’įhch’oh, and is pleased that the plan considers both cultural and economic benefits for the Sahtu Dene and Metis of the Tulita District.

Host Country Agreement signed with Germany

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 15:00


EFI Director Marc Palahí with the Ambassador of Germany, H.E. Mr Detlef Lingemann

On 7 December 2017, a signing ceremony was held in Helsinki at the German embassy, to formally establish an EFI office in Germany.

EFI’s office is located in Bonn, and has been active since spring 2017. EFI Bonn coordinates one of the European Forest Institute’s main initiatives: the Resilience Programme. It focuses on forest-related resilience issues, including the integration of biodiversity in sustainable forest management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, forest-related risks, payments for ecosystem services and the role of forests and trees in climate-smart cities. The programme emphasizes work on the science-policy-society interface at a European scale, strengthening EFI’s policy support role.

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EFI Director, Marc Palahí
Head of Mission EFI Bonn, Georg Winkel


Photo: German embassy, Press office

American Wood Council elects Roseburg Forest Products CEO Allyn Ford as chairman | 15 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 14:45

The American Wood Council (AWC) elects Roseburg Forest Products CEO Allyn Ford as the AWC chairman for a one-year term, effective in January 2018.

Danny White, a director of T.R. Miller Mill Company, was elected the first vice-chairman, and Neil Sherman, executive vice president of siding at LP Corporation, was elected as second vice-chairman. Current AWC board chairman, Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller, will serve as the immediate past chairman.

Sean McLaren, vice president of U.S. lumber operations for West Fraser, was confirmed as a new member to the AWC board.

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides approximately 400,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs.

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Grown in Britain names its Woodland Hero 2017

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 12:48

Grown in Britain presented its annual Woodland Hero award to Sally Spencer, Contributing Editor on Timber Trade Journal, at a gathering in London on 14th December. Throughout her time on Timber Trades Journal (TTJ), the business magazine for the timber trading and timber-using sectors, Sally has taken an interest in British-grown timber. Frequently writing lead […]

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BC quick to adopt NZ traction assist harvesting | 15 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 12:25

WorkSafeBC – Mechanised harvesting machines could improve worker safety – It’s an exciting time for British Columbia’s steep-slope-harvesting forestry workers and employers. Approximately 25 new mechanised-harvesting machines equipped with winch-assist technology are operating in the province, and another 20 are anticipated to be put into use over the next two years on British Columbia’s rugged, often treacherous forested landscape.

These new machines can be used to fell, process, and forward wood to the roadside.

Advancements in mechanised steep-slope harvesting have the potential to improve occupational health and safety by getting more workers off the hill. But new technology also presents unique hazards and risks that employers need to identify, assess, and account for to prepare workers to operate new machinery safely.

Hand-falling is a dangerous occupation. The injury rate for manual tree fallers in B.C. in 2016 was 27.3 – by comparison the overall provincial injury rate for the same year was 2.21. Out of 127 accepted time-loss claims in 2016 for manual tree fallers, 30 were for serious injuries – 24 per cent. New technology that reduces the risk hand fallers face by allowing them to stay inside a cab while performing their duties, or operate equipment remotely, is a significant development for the safety of these workers; fully remote-controlled equipment is still relatively uncommon in B.C. and is currently limited to some yarders, carriages, and cameras on grapple yarders.

WorkSafeBC is keeping pace with these mechanical advancements by developing new health and safety resources so employers can ensure this equipment meets the requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Source: John Ligtenberg, WorkSafeBC

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New Forests has a war chest of up to $500 million | 15 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 12:09


Australian forestry company New Forests has a war chest of up to $500 million set aside for investing in New Zealand forestry.

Managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Mark Rogers, said the money had been recently raised from mainly European investors.

“We raised $873 million and we need to spend a big slab of it here, at least $400-500m for trees and infrastructure, but not trucking and harvesting because the locals to do that.”

“Pre-election we were thinking it might be quite difficult [to operate] but post- election it’s clear both sides understand that if foreign capital dried up in forestry, New Zealand would have a smaller sector.”

The Forest Owners Association said the Government would be keen to tap into these funds as well as other overseas investment for forestry, partly for environmental reasons.

“My understanding is that the new Government’s intention to see a billion trees planted in the next ten years was largely reasoned on plantation forestry being the only immediate and available tool to reduce New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions to a level anywhere near Paris Agreement commitments,” Association president Peter Clark said.

The Government has attached a rider to its policy on forestry investment to the effect companies need to develop local processing.

Rogers said besides having invested in forests, New Forests already owned a mill in Blenheim employing about 85, and was investing $10-15m into that in order to bring it up to scratch.

New Forests has four radiata pine plantations in New Zealand, totalling 18,800 hectares: Taupo Estate (3900 hectares), Wairarapa Estate (9700 ha, Blenheim Estate (4600 ha), and Southland Estate (600 ha).

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China log imports | 15 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 11:43


US logs dominate shipments through Yantian port – According to the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, log imports through Yantian Port in Shenzhen City were 961,900 cubic metres valued at US$203 million between January and October this year. This represents a 54% increase in the volume of deliveries. Some 85% of all log shipments arriving at the port were from the US.

In order to efficiently clear imported logs the number of sites for inspection and treatment at Yantian Port increased to 320 from 60. The speed at which logs could be fumigated and cleared was shortened saving money for importers.

New wood product trading centre – The Chongqing Traffic and Transportation Group has invested RMB2.5 billion to establish an international wood products trading centre in the Jiangjin Comprehensive Bonded Zone in Chongqing municipality. This is the third Special Customs Supervision Zone in Chongqing municipality.

The centre has an online trading platform for wood products such as logs, sawnwood, wood-based panels, wood pulp. The wood products trading centre will service western China.

Currently, timbers used for processing in the Chongqing region are sourced mainly from Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province so transport costs are high. Transportation costs will be lowered when the trading centre in Chongqing municipality is in full operation.

The Jiangjin Comprehensive Bonded Zone was established on 17 January 2017 and is located on Jiangjin Luohuang Industrial Park.

The centre covers an area of 2.2 square kilometres and is well placed combining port, road and rail links and will become an important centre in the Yangtze River Economic Belt as it links Chongqing, Kunming and the Tran-Asia Railway the starting point for the China/Europe International Railway Corridor.

Source: ITTO TTM Report

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Stefan Doboczky Reappointed CEO of Lenzing AG

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 11:40
Dec 15, 2017 --– At its meeting on December 13, the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG decided to reappoint Stefan Doboczky as Chief Executive Officer of the Management Board. Stefan Doboczky’s new contract will begin on June 1, 2018 and runs until the end of 2022.

“In recent years, Stefan Doboczky and his colleagues on the Management Board have been able to make excellent use of the favourable market conditions on the basis of the previous restructuring in order to transform an Austrian company with foreign investments into a truly global player with strong Austrian roots. This has created the basis for consistently pursuing the growth strategy we have embarked on with the entire team, even under difficult conditions, and thus securing the long-term future of the Lenzing Group. We are very pleased that Stefan Doboczky will continue to dedicate himself to these tasks over the next five years”, said Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG on the occasion of Doboczky’s reappointment.

In addition to Stefan Doboczky, the Management Board of Lenzing AG consists of Chief Commercial Officer Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Obendrauf and Chief Technology Officer Heiko Arnold.

Sappi Confirms Expansion Plans For Dissolving Wood Pulp (DWP) Capacity

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 11:39
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 15, 2017 -- Sappi Limited, the South African based leading global supplier of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), speciality and packaging papers, printing (graphic) papers and biomaterials has confirmed plans and ongoing projects to significantly increase DWP capacity by 2020. In particular, Sappi has started preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP Mill to ensure that the company would be in a position to increase the mill's capacity by up to 250,000tpa to meet strong projected demand growth.

Building on the previously announced debottlenecking investments which will increase the Saiccor Mill capacity by 10,000tpa by the end of 2018, work has also started at increasing the chipping capacity and modernising the Saiccor Mill wood yard. The new equipment for the wood yard is scheduled to be delivered and installed at the end of 2018, with start-up planned for January 2019. The wood yard investments will result in cost, quality, environmental and efficiency benefits to the Saiccor Mill and is also a major step towards preparing the Saiccor Mill to expand by a further 250,000tpa.

Sappi is also busy with the preparatory work to enable it to initiate the pre-requisite EIA (environmental impact assessment) process to study potential impacts, gather community input and model new technology benefits of the proposed 250,000tpa expansion, which would increase the Saiccor Mill's total capacity to over 1 million tpa.

The project has the potential to bring additional investments and jobs into the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa, increase foreign revenues for the country and further entrench South Africa as a global leader in forest products.

Sappi is also, as previously announced, in the process of expanding its dissolving wood pulp capacity at its Ngodwana Mill by 50,000tpa through debottlenecking projects. This work is scheduled for completion by August 2018.

At our Cloquet Mill, we are completing a study regarding the expansion of pulping capacity within our existing permit limits, maintaining our ability to make either DWP or Kraft pulp. It is envisaged that such an expansion would have the capacity to increase DWP production by around 30,000tpa and could be brought on line by mid-2019.

Collectively these current and planned investments demonstrate Sappi's commitment to respond to strong customer demand for additional dissolving wood pulp volumes.

Further updates on Sappi's expansion plans will follow during 2018.

Further information can be found at www.sappi.com.

About Sappi Limited
A global leader in dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions, Sappi Limited (listed and in the Top 40 on the JSE - SAP), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing facilities on three continents, in seven countries (eight operations in Europe, three operations in America and five operations in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

Sappi works closely with customers to provide relevant and sustainable dissolving wood pulp, paper (speciality, packaging and graphic), paper pulp, and biomaterial products and related services and innovations. Our market-leading range of paper products includes: flexible packaging, label, release liner, containerboard and fluting, coated fine papers, casting release papers and in our Southern African region newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers. These products serve the fashion, FMCG and industrial sectors. Our dissolving wood pulp products are used worldwide by converters to produce viscose fibre, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of household and consumer products.

We continue to grow into a profitable and cash-generative diversified business with an exciting future in woodfibre, a renewable resource.

Glatfelter Declares Dividend of $0.13 on Common Stock

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 11:36
YORK, Pa.--Dec 15,2017-- Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) today announced that its board of directors declared a $0.13 per share cash dividend on its outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2018, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 3, 2018.

Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered materials, offering innovation, world-class service and over a century and a half of technical expertise. Headquartered in York, PA, the Company employs approximately 4,200 people and serves customers in over 100 countries. U.S. operations include facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and sales and distribution offices in China and Russia. Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.6 billion annually and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT. Additional information may be found at www.glatfelter.com.

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International Horticultural Exhibition 2019

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 10:04

INBAR is delighted to be taking part in the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019. INBAR will be playing a large role in the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019: a six-month-long international event which aims to showcase “a new model of ecological conservation.” The Exhibition will be taking place in Beijing, China, between April and October. The theme […]

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Time to apply for NordGen’s and SNS’ forest scholarships

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 07:00
Do you want to participate in or arrange a forest workshop? Are you dreaming about a study visit but never had the opportunity? SNS and NordGen open up today for applications for a scholarship for young students or professionals working with forest management. The scholarship seeks to encourage education and…

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Forest activists celebrate collapse of WTO and EU-Mercosur negotiations in Argentina

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 04:18

15 Dec, Buenos Aires: The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) [1] celebrated the failure of two key trade negotiations, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, to reach a successful conclusion during negotiations in Argentina [2]. Both were projected to have detrimental impacts on forests, food sovereignty, and rights of local communities, issues that GFC defends. The WTO collapsed because of disagreements between the US and developing country’s like India, China, Brazil and others over public food stockholding …

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Forest fires in Maine: History and outlook

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 03:36

This was the year the West burned.

Ancestral Pueblo logging practices could save New Mexico pinelands

GFIS - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 03:24

Researchers look to the past to better fight fire.


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