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Archer Forest Products to invest $15 million

International Forest Industries - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 11:18
Archer Forest Products, a supplier of wood pellets to the European industrial market, will create 35 jobs and invest $15 million in Brantley County, Georgia, as the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) reports.

Archer Forest Products is a division of Fram Renewable Fuels. Fram was established in 2005 as a significant, reliable and sustainable supplier of wood pellets to the growing European industrial market.

“Archer Forest Products, LLC is a very important project to the Fram Renewable Fuels Family due to its strategic location. Archer Forest Products, LLC will be supplying wood pellets to help Fram Renewable Fuels to meet increasing demand,” said Harold L. Arnold, President of Fram Renewable Fuels.

One of the first large scale producers in the U.S. Southeast, Fram has experience in raw material sourcing, pellet production, quality control and logistics. Archer Forest Products will be its fourth full production facility.

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Turning Rainforest To Furniture – Global Markets Gobble Up the Congo Basin

GFIS - Sat, 29/09/2018 - 02:34

The rainforests of Central Africa’s Congo Basin are disappearing before our eyes.  

New research is suggesting a major cause is demand for furniture in the United States – furniture manufactured from African timbers that in turn are imported from China.

A new study from the University of California examines timber exports from five Central African countries to China between 2001 and 2015.  

During that period, China more than doubled its wood imports from the Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest rainforest, and is now its biggest timber importer.

Trevon Fuller, lead author of the study, has little doubt that U.S. markets are a main driver behind increased pressure on African forests.  U.S. consumers have long loved low-cost Chinese flooring, furniture and plywood

Further, satellite data from Fuller’s team shows that forest loss in Congo Basin nations rose when timber exports increased. 

CHINESE THWART TIMBER SAFEGUARDS

While the U.S. is clearly part of the problem in Africa, China is at least as much of a worry. 

For example, in 2013, the European Union introduced the E.U. Timber Regulation.  It requires ‘due diligence’ from importers to verify that timber being brought into E.U. markets isn’t illegally harvested.

This slowed timber exports from the Congo Basin to the E.U., but China was quick to jump in and exploit the void instead. 

And the Chinese worry little about whether timber is illegally harvested or obtained via bribery, according to a wide range of sources.

When Gabon banned log exports in 2010 to encourage local wood-processing while stymieing illegal logging, China responded by quickly leaping into nearby Cameroon.

Just as bad, Chinese loggers want only round logs (raw timber), providing almost no opportunity for value-adding or local employment (via sawmilling or woodworking) by timber-producing countries.

This ensures that China maximizes its profits while local countries stay poor.

INSATIABLE CONSUMERISM

China is the biggest force behind a growing illegal trade that is stripping the native forests of many countries.  Many developed nations – such as the U.S., Australia, and E.U. – are now enacting laws to ban illegal timber imports.

But those laws do little to influence China’s aggressive behavior, or taming the dark side of the global timber trade.  

Ultimately, strong demand from consumer nations for cheap Chinese-manufactured furniture is driving a great deal of deforestation.

When the world wants cheap furniture, China will get it for them, one way or another.

Congratulations to Maja Krzic for being awarded the Award for Excellence in Open Education

GFIS - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 23:55
Congratulations to Maja Krzic on being the 8th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education. Dr. Maja Krzic’s leadership has been instrumental in transforming provincial, national, and international post-secondary soil science education by establishing the Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group with 30 Canadian soil scientists, media developers, students, and educators focused on developing […]

Fewer biofuels, more green space: Climate action researcher calls for urgent shift

GFIS - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 19:13
Growing and harvesting bioenergy crops -- corn for ethanol or trees to fuel power plants, for example -- is a poor use of land, which is a precious resource in the fight against climate change, says a researcher.

CPAWS Board Appoints Iris Almeida-Côté as new CEO

GFIS - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 14:09
OTTAWA, Ont. - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Iris Almeida-Côté as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 15, 2018.

Sustainability goes ‘live’ as CEPI unveils new sustainability platform

GFIS - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 09:13

 CEPI, the European association representing the pulp and paper industry, today unveils a dynamic ‘live’ sustainability platform which demonstrates, amongst other things, industry’s sustainability achievements.

“We are delighted to offer our members and the European industry at large a one-stop shop for all industry sustainability data and achievements” says Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General of CEPI. “The platform will be systematically updated once the new data becomes available; meaning our sustainability platform is always ‘live’ and up to date when you need it”.

The concept behind the platform

The new platform departs from the past practice of producing a new, ‘static’ sustainability report biannually. Building on CEPI’s more than twenty year history of being the focal point for third-party verified, industry data, all information on the site will be updated systematically multiple times per year. Users will be able to download the entire website as a PDF or pick and choose per policy section.

Pulp and paper company good practices, all in one place

The new platform also offers the possibility for companies across CEPI’s membership to display their good practices in the fields of bioeconomy, circular economy/recycling, environment, energy and climate change and forestry. The dedicated Good Practices section will be the focal point for researchers, journalists, policymakers and more seeking best examples from the sustainability leaders in our industry.

Key data for 2017 revealed

Following on from the publication of CEPI’s ‘Key Statistics’ in July, the new platform also reveals a wealth of data on industry’s sustainability achievements. Notably, new certification figures were made public showing that 83.2% of the pulp purchased by the industry is certified and that 70.7% of wood, woodchips or residues from saw mills purchased by the industry comes from certified forests.
Note to editor:

For press-related enquiries, please contact Ben Alexander Kennard, CEPI’s Communications Manager, at b.kennard@cepi.org
For general enquiries, please contact Jori Ringman, CEPI’s Deputy Director General, at j.ringman@cepi.org

Poland pushing forest agenda as climate host, leak shows

GFIS - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 08:47

Global declaration draft calls for new research from the UN science panel and for forest carbon stocks to be maintained by 2050

The post Poland pushing forest agenda as climate host, leak shows appeared first on Climate Home News.

Workshop training focuses on reaching key audiences with forest-related messaging

GFIS - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 00:00

Successful communication requires carefully developed messaging that ‘speaks’ clearly and directly to the most important target audiences, specialists in forest-related outreach explained during a training workshop for the Asia-Pacific Forest Communicators Network.


Amazon mangroves store twice as much carbon per acre as region's famous rainforest

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 20:53
Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon's waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region's famous rainforest.

World’s city greening experts gather in Vancouver

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 20:19
Vancouver will host the largest international conference on urban forestry ever held, with more than 700 urban greening experts from across the world assembling in Vancouver next week. Trees and green spaces are crucial components of our cities and towns. However, most cities are still losing trees and green spaces due to climate change, invasive […]

Experts, Stakeholders Discuss Added Value of Global Pact for the Environment

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 19:52
A conference to exchange views on a Global Pact for the Environment convened on the sidelines of the 73rd UNGA's high-level General Debate. ‘The Global Pact for the Environment: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Future of International Environmental Governance’ was organized by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Le Club des Juristes, with support from Iberdrola. An ad hoc open-ended working group established under the auspices of the UNGA will consider a UN Secretary-General report related to a Global Pact at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2019.

COFI Announces Scholarship Recipients in Celebration of National Forest Week

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 18:59

(Prince George, BC) – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the COFI’s 2018 Forestry Scholarships in celebration of the future of forestry during National Forest Week taking place across the country from September 23-29. “National Forest Week is an opportunity to recognize the 1 in 17 British […]

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After the flood: helping trees survive

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 13:19

Heavy rain in the drylands of Africa can be devastating for both trees and communities, and it is being made worst by climate change as extreme weather patterns sweep the globe. Trees uprooted by rain Recent torrential rain in West Africa has washed away soil and everything in its path, destroying these trees in the

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Event: 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 04:34

Organized as a targeted platform to update stakeholders on current and emerging sustainability developments in the palm oil industry, the 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018 will focus on: palm oil, agriculture and potential impacts on environment and climate change; progress and challenges of Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification; and wildlife conservation and deforestation. The conference will consider palm oil as an agricultural commodity and a sustainable development catalyst. The event is hosted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

“Transformative” LDN Project Shows Early Signs of Success in Brazil

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 02:35
The Recovery Units of Degraded Areas and Reduction of Climate Vulnerability initiative was established in 2016 with the objective of financing actions to address the main drivers of land degradation in the Caatinga biome. Early results are attributed to the project’s innovative approach, which simultaneously targets environmental, social and economic challenges associated with land degradation.

John Deere’s new midsized harvesters

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:18
John Deere has released two new midsized G-Series wheeled harvester models, the 1170G and 1070G. The availability of the Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) technology on the 1170G further increases operator efficiency, regardless of the application. Source: Timberbiz The midsize G-series Harvesters are powered by the 6068 Final Tier 4 engine, combined with standard Adaptive Driveline Control, the 1070G and 1170G models offer a powerful and productive solution. With Adaptive Driveline Control, the operator selects the desired RPM setting based on the operating conditions, and the system adjusts engine RPMs automatically to correspond with the engine load. The 1070G and 1170G machines are equipped with the TimberMatic H-16 control system. New MECA control modules, simple CAN busses and an optimized electrical system improves machine functions. The Processing Power Control system adjusts the processing power and fuel economy based on the work conditions and tree size. With three power level options, the system can anticipate the engine load and adjust as needed, improving both fuel economy and productivity. The 1170G model is available in two configurations: six-wheeled or eight-wheeled. The 1170G 6W model features a larger bogie, higher ground clearance and 125cc bigger drive pump, improving maneuverability. Two front tyre sizes, 24.5- or 26.5-inches (622.3- and 673.1-millimeters), provide more options for loggers based on their needs and offer a 125cc and 90cc drive pump respectively. The eight-wheeled model is an all-purpose machine that is ideal for thinnings and felling regeneration and designed to excel on soft terrain and steep slopes. The 1170G offers more hydraulic power due to the 125cc pump. The CH6 boom is available in a 32.8-foot (10-meter) or 37.1-foot (11.3-meter) reach, and can be equipped with H412, H413, or H414 harvester head. One of the key features on the 1170G model is IBC, a unique, state-of-the-art boom control system developed by John Deere. Using the system, the IBC sensors can detect the positioning of the harvester head, adjusting the trajectory of the boom in one continuous, efficient motion. Available for the CH6 boom, IBC ensures precise and efficient operation, as the operator no longer has to move the different sections for the boom individually, increasing machine productivity. The IBC system also features electrical end damping for the main boom movement directions. This dampens the cylinder end movements lightly and stops powerful loads in the end positions, ultimately making for smoother operation and improved durability of the boom. The 1070G harvester is suited for fragile terrain and thinning applications. Compact and easy to maneuver, the 1070G can operate in dense growth, and the wide tyres and balanced frame protect the terrain from damage. Equipped with a 180S boom, the machine is available in 8.6-, 10- and 10.8-meter reaches, and is compatible with an H412, H413, or H414 harvester head. ] The midsize G-Series models feature a new rear frame design, with the engine, hydraulic pump, cooler and tank package having been turned 180 degrees, lowering the rear frame and improving visibility.

Timber innovation awards in London

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:17
Safeguard Europe Ltd and a team of students from the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture have been named the winners of the TTJ Timber Innovation Award 2018. Source: Timberbiz The Award is comprised of two categories: Product Development, which celebrates pioneering product design throughout the industry; and Innovative Timber University Research, aimed at acknowledging the boundary-breaking work that university students are carrying out at both undergraduate and postgraduate level throughout the UK. Both category winners were announced at the TTJ Awards ceremony held in London, on 21 September 2018. Safeguard Europe Ltd won the Product Development category for its Roxil Wood Protection Cream, a thoughtful reaction to the European Biocides Directive that restricted use of biocide-containing products for timber protection against rot and decay. Over the last two years, Safeguard Europe Ltd has been honing its biocide-free timber treatment formulation, which included complex chemistry to create an inverted emulsion, and the development of a manufacturing technique new to the company. The resulting product, a silicone cream emulsion, is not only biocide-free; with just one coat, it weatherproofs the timber and protects it from the undesirable effects of moisture—all while retaining the timber’s natural appearance. In-house testing using QUV accelerated weathering suggests the cream can last for over 10 years. Rolando Madrigal Torres, Evgenia Spyridonos, En-Kai Kuo and Eleni McKirahan, four students from the Architectural Association’s innovative Design + Make program, won the University Research category for their work on the Sawmill Shelter. The project was an investigation into the limits of small section timber under tension, which involved an intricate and lightweight anticlastic timber net, and the resulting structure serves as a full-scale prototype for later builds by consecutive students at Hooke Park. The investigation’s general conclusion suggests properties of timber, when the proper techniques are applied, permit the formation of curved building structures of a large range, including anticlastic configurations. Sawmill Shelter can therefore form the basis for further research, highlighting the potential applications of timber in doubly curved structures. Runner-up of the University Research category was Joshua Mudie from the University of Bristol with his research Insight into mechanics of externally indeterminate hardwood–concrete composite beams, detailing how concrete and timber can be made to work together.

Digital toolbox to design and specify wooden buildings

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:17
Stora Enso and TRÄ Group have signed a joint development agreement. The aim is to improve the construction efficiency and increase digitalisation in the industry value chain. Source: Timberbiz The target is to make the design and specification of wooden buildings easier, attaining smarter manufacturing and construction. In the future, designers, builders, owners and residents in wooden buildings will have better tools for lifecycle management, based on facts received through sensors and data analytics. Stora Enso and TRÄ Group will establish a digital platform and toolbox that connects wood construction industry professionals throughout the value chain. The focus is on combining new digital technology innovations with Stora Enso’s wooden building components and experience to create new services. First services are planned to be launched in 2019. Stora Enso and TRÄ Group already have several projects on the go, including digital design tools, virtual reality and augmented reality visualisation of building data as well as different sensor data analytics applications. “We see great potential in making the end-to-end process – from design, via production all the way to the facility management of a building – more transparent and visible. Together with TRÄ Group’s experienced digitalisation professionals, we want to promote wood and its benefits as a renewable construction material,” Jari Suominen, Head of the Wood Products division at Stora Enso said.

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