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Georgia Forestry Association applauds EPA administrator for recognizing carbon benefits of woody biomass

International Forest Industries - 1 hour 11 min ago
In celebration of Earth Day at Bleckley Elementary School, Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), made a landmark announcement for the agency recognizing that forest biomass is a carbon neutral renewable energy source.

COCHRAN, GA. (PRWEB) APRIL 23, 2018 Biomass

In celebration of Earth Day at Bleckley Elementary School, Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), made a landmark announcement for the agency recognizing that forest biomass is a carbon neutral renewable energy source. The Georgia Forestry Association applauds Administrator Pruitt for taking this decisive action. Biomass energy markets strengthen the economic viability, health and sustainability of Georgia’s 22 million acres of privately-owned working forests and the communities that depend on them.

“Administrator Pruitt’s announcement today reflects the clear scientific consensus on forest biomass,” said Andres Villegas, president and CEO of the Georgia Forestry Association. “The Agency’s recognition of biomass as a renewable, carbon neutral source of energy will maintain and enhance markets for small-diameter trees, which encourages landowners to invest in forest health, and ultimately, to keep their land in trees.”

Administrator Pruitt’s announcement affirms years of climate research that clearly and consistently documents the carbon benefits of forest biomass energy and recognizes the long-term natural carbon cycle of forests. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for example, points to sustainable forest management as playing a critical role in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is supported by more than 100 forest scientists.

“Georgia’s economic vitality is heavily dependent on working forests,” said Hugh Thompson, GFA chairman and President of Pierce Timber in Blackshear, GA. “This announcement will have a direct impact on rural Georgia, supporting jobs and continued economic growth for Georgia’s most sustainable industry.”

Healthy markets for forests have been shown to significantly impact the overall volume, health and vitality of Georgia’s forests. Georgia is recognized as a global leader in biomass production, leading the nation in the overall harvest volume and the export of wood pellets and wood chips. Georgia has been able to achieve this status while increasing overall tree volume since 1953. According to a recent report from the US Forest Service, Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data for 2016 showed overall net growth of Georgia forestland exceeding removals by 44 percent.

Located in the heart of one of the world’s most productive wood baskets, Georgia’s working forests have been sustainably managed – with landowners continually planting more trees than are harvested – for more than a century. They provide more than 144,000 jobs and $35.2 billion in economic impact to the state while providing clean air, clean water, diverse habitats, and recreational opportunities. Thanks to healthy markets for forestry – including 5,000 life sustaining products – and a commitment to public policy that supports forest landowners, Georgia is consistently ranked as the top forestry state in the nation.

About the Georgia Forestry Association
Since 1907, the Georgia Forestry Association, headquartered in Forsyth, Georgia, has served the state’s forest landowners, forest-based businesses and forest product manufacturers, advocating for a healthy business and political climate for forestry in the state. As the state’s authoritative voice in the industry, GFA works to engage its members and to help establish a foundation for their continued prosperity. The Association’s promise is to serve its members by keeping them protected, connected, and empowered. Learn more at http://www.gfagrow.org.

PHOTO:  Administrator Scott Pruitt with a group of forest landowners and forestry-related business owners in Cochran, GA.


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The Beck Group and Forest2Market announce sawmill TQ, a new data and analytics service for Southern Sawmills

International Forest Industries - 1 hour 30 min ago
The Beck Group (Beck) and Forest2Market, Inc. today announced a partnership to launch Sawmill TQ (Top Quartile), a new service for gathering and delivering Southern Yellow Pine sawmill benchmark data to industry members.

The partnership combines Beck’s sawmill benchmarking experience and knowledge with Forest2Market’s SilvaStat360 cloud-based interactive business intelligence platform. Sawmill TQ subscribers will have fingertip access to historic and current sawmill benchmark data that represents a large portion of the industry, is updated quarterly and available on a 24/7/365 basis, and lets mill managers focus on the key factors leading to their mill achieving Top Quartile financial performance.

Sawmill benchmarking allows mill managers to objectively identify competitive strengths and weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in key areas such as productivity, sales realization, log to lumber recovery and manufacturing costs. “It’s a heady time to be in the sawmill business – especially in the South as an unprecedented amount of capital is flowing to sawmills. Sawmill TQ is launching at the perfect time to help mill owners and mill managers understand their competitive position in the South’s changing sawmill landscape,” said Pete Stewart, President of Forest2Market.

Tom Beck, Chairman of The Beck Group said, “Forest2Market has excellent data on fiber costs and lumber sales values and Beck has been benchmarking Southern Yellow Pine sawmills for more than two decades. Combined, we offer unique data covering the whole Southern Yellow Pine lumber manufacturing chain, which we think will be very valuable for the industry.”

The Beck Group and Forest2Market are actively enrolling Sawmill TQ subscribers. The first quarterly release of data is scheduled for 3Q2018.

“Participating in Sawmill TQ is easier than ever,” said Bryan Beck, President of The Beck Group. “The last time we prepared a benchmarking study, participants spent hours manually filling out a workbook. Going forward, a straight data dump from current systems into a file that can be transferred to Beck is all that is required. Our goal is to make the process streamlined and simple, eliminating strain on resources.”

Please contact Bryan Beck, Pete Coutu or Joe Clark to arrange a personal meeting or online Sawmill TQ demo.

Bryan Beck
The Beck Group, Inc.

Pete Coutu
Forest2Market, Inc.

Joe Clark

About The Beck Group
The Beck Group is a forest products planning and consulting firm located in Portland, Oregon. In business for more than 35 years, the firm has consistently helped clients, ranging from the largest multi-national forest products industry corporations to small entrepreneurs, achieve better results (http://www.beckgroupconsulting.com).

About Forest2Market
Forest2Market, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was founded in January 2000 to empower participants in the global forest, wood products, paper products, biochemical and bioenergy industries to make exponentially better decisions by providing unique datasets and analytics, and in-depth supply chain and market expertise (http://www.forest2market.com).



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Atlas Engineered Products appoints Bill Woods as CFO

International Forest Industries - 2 hours 45 min ago

Atlas Engineered Products appoints M. William (Bill) Woods as CFO. Mr. Woods is a seasoned executive with management and executive experience in North American mining, manufacturing, biotech, telecommunications, transportation, and service industries. He has over 20 years of experience in senior and executive roles with established companies, as well as with various start-up and expansion scenarios.

He previously held the positions of CFO and COO of Athabasca Minerals, CFO of Cardio-Metabolics, CFO of Liberty Mines, and served as VP Finance for companies in the transportation, manufacturing, and business brokerage fields. His experience is diverse in both private and public company contexts.

Atlas Engineered Products is one of British Columbia’s leading suppliers of trusses and engineered wood products.

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Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Announces New Off-take Contract in Japan

International Forest Industries - 3 hours 7 min ago
Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. (“Pinnacle” or the “Company“) (TSX: PL) today announced that it has entered into a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Ube Industries Ltd. (“Ube”), a diversified Japanese conglomerate with annual revenues of approximately US$6 billion. Under the terms of the contract, Pinnacle will supply 70,000 metric tons per annum of industrial wood pellets to Ube beginning in late 2019.

“Japan has made a strong commitment to decarbonization, and biomass is poised to become an increasingly important part of the country’s energy mix,” said Robert McCurdy, Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle. “One third of our $421 million in contracted backlog in 2017 was with customers in Japan, and this new contract with Ube further builds on our strong sales momentum in this growing market.”

Demand for industrial wood pellets in Japan is accelerating, supported by the government’s Feed-in Tariff system. There are more than 10 new biomass projects currently in late-stage development in Japan. According to Hawkins Wright, a leading provider of market intelligence and analytical services to the international pulp, paper and biomass industries, the Japanese market represented 3% of global demand for industrial wood pellets in 2016 and forecasts this market to increase to approximately 10% of global demand in 2021 and 17% in 2026.

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer and distributor and the third largest producer in the world. The Company produces renewable fuel for electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, which are used by global utilities and large-scale power generators to produce renewable and reliable baseload power.

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Lonza – Backing Grown in Britain

GFIS - 5 hours 22 min ago

Entering its second year of support for Grown in Britain, Lonza Wood Protection is continuing to develop products and technologies which will help the timber industry make the most of our home grown timber species. Andy Hodge, Marketing Director at Lonza said “Grown in Britain is a fantastic organisation that is driving change for good […]

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Penn State says wilderness is too risky for outdoors clubs

GFIS - 10 hours 38 min ago

A near-century-old outdoor recreation club will now refrain from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness, according to officials at Penn State University.

Dawson College sets new standard for campus sustainability in partnership with Taking Root

GFIS - 12 hours 6 min ago

Garden of Peace We are proud to have Dawson College as a partner that has been offsetting its carbon footprint through Taking Root’s reforestation program for the past two years. This is but one small initiative within its “Living campus initiative”, a concept that integrates educational approaches under the vision of well-being for all and […]

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Billions of Gallons of Water Saved by Thinning Sierra Forests

GFIS - 15 hours 43 min ago

There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say experts from UC Merced, UC Irvine and the National Park Service working at the National Science Foundation Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (NSF SSCZO).

Billions of gallons of water saved by thinning forests

GFIS - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 22:02
There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say scientists. That may come as a surprise to those who see dense, verdant forests as signs of a healthy environment. After all, green is good, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to the number of trees in California forests, bigger isn't always better.

Get your cameras and phones ready – become the 2018 PEFC Photographer of the Year!

GFIS - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 17:20
It’s back!! The 2018 PEFC Photo Contest has begun, and we can’t wait to see what amazing photos will be coming our way! To enter is simple, check out www.pefc.photo to see if your country is taking part. Then head to Instagram and post your awesome forest photo using the contest...

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UNFCCC Outlines Lessons Learnt on NAPs, Caribbean Island States Launch NAPs

GFIS - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 16:32
The UNFCCC report compiles information on, among others, progress, lessons learned, gaps and needs, as well as financial and technical support received by developing countries and provided by developed countries, in the process to formulate and implement NAPs as at 9 February 2018. In relation to gaps and needs in particular, the publication recommends that stakeholders be aware of the linkages between national monitoring, and the evaluation and monitoring of NDCs, the SDGs and other global frameworks. NAPs from Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines address adaptation action in priority sectors.

Skeena Sawmills to build pellet plant this summer

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 15:10
A Terrace-based pellet plant may soon become a reality as Skeena Sawmills moves forward on its plans to begin construction this summer reports Terrace Standard.

The mill is reserving its official announcement on the estimated $20-million pellet plant until construction starts, but operations vice-president Roger Keery has confirmed the project is going ahead.

“All the major equipment is ordered,” Keery said, estimating that the company has already spent roughly $2 million on permits and equipment deposits.

The pellet plant will be built inside the large blue warehouse on the west side of Skeena Sawmills.

Construction is expected to start this summer, with the equipment arriving in June or July. Keery hopes to have it up and running by the end of this fall.

Terrace has had a long history of false starts around pellet plants in the past 10 years, with about six attempts in partnership with the Terrace mill.

“No one has ever been in doubt that there needed to be one,” said Keery.

“It’s just, how do you get to it?”

The pellet business is tough and there’s not a lot of money in it, he said, adding that it can draw a reasonable return if it’s managed well.

But it’s not the economics that is driving the Skeena Sawmills project forward.

“We’re building the pellet plant because it’s critical to our business,” Keery said. “We currently cannot operate our mill to its capacity because we haven’t got anywhere to dispose of the (waste) material we produce.”

Keery says about 30 per cent of harvested wood is unusable for lumber products, and until now Skeena Sawmills has been loading it into the Kitsumkalum landfill.

“But it’s now full,” said Keery of the landfill, “so we can’t do that anymore.”

The sawmill is now stockpiling its waste wood in anticipation of what’s hoped to be the pellet plant’s fall startup.

“There’s still some uncertainty (about the timeline),” said Keery.

Roc Holdings Ltd, the Vancouver-based investment company that owns Skeena Sawmills, is starting up a separate company called Skeena Biofuels to build and operate the pellet plant, but Keery says they are considering potential partnerships.

The plant will produce an estimated 75,000 tonnes of pellets per year, and although buyers have not yet been identified Keery said there’s been a lot of interest from markets in China, Japan and Korea.

So far three people, Gary Johnston, Nathan Bond, and Randy Coombes are employed to get the Skeena Biofuels plant up and running.

Once the plant is operational it will provide 12 to 15 jobs, probably two in management positions and 10-13 for operations and maintenance.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into designing our plant to be a state of the art pellet plant in terms of its efficiency, its environmental impact, and its impact on the neighbourhood in terms of noise,” said Keery.

The belt dryer, as an example, will use natural gas instead of wood fuel to dry the pellets at a lower temperature, minimizing wood exhaust.

The complete line of equipment will come from Prodesa, a Spain-based pellet plant and biomass equipment manufacturing company.

PHOTO:  Situated on the west side of Skeena Sawmills, the big blue warehouse on the left is the location of the planned Terrace pellet plant.

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Roseburg names Pete Hancock as Roanoke timberlands manager

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 14:57
Roseburg announced that Pete Hancock has accepted the position of Roanoke Timberlands Manager, effective May 7, 2018. In this role, Hancock will oversee the day-to-day harvest and land management activities on Roseburg’s 158,000-acre fee land base in North Carolina and Virginia.

A 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, Pete Hancock has built an impressive 17-year consulting, industrial forest management, and supervisory career. He joins Roseburg from GFR Forestry Consultants, where he has provided clients in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia with high-level timber sale, forest management, strategic harvest, and land use planning services for the past 12 years. During college, Hancock spent his summer months interning for International Paper. After graduation, he leveraged that experience into an Area Forester position in the Roanoke area until the properties were sold in 2006.

“On the operations side, Pete adds immediate value,” said Gabe Crane, Roseburg Director of Resource Operations and Marketing. “His extensive knowledge of local log markets and existing relationships with facilities and contractors in the area will seamlessly integrate our direct log and stumpage sales programs.”

“On the management side, Pete’s passion for best science-based planning, loblolly pine silviculture and the Roanoke land base line up with our long-term management principles and vision,” said Phil Adams, Roseburg Director of Timberlands. “Pete is a great fit for Roseburg, and we look forward to taking our management of the Roanoke timberlands to the next level together.”

Hancock will be based in North Carolina and report to both Gabe Crane and Phil Adams.

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Roseburg Promotes Keith Eibel To Director Of Chips And Coos Bay Terminal

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 14:39
As part of the recent restructuring of Roseburg’s Resource business, Keith Eibel has been promoted to Director of Roseburg’s chip business and the Coos Bay Shipping Terminal.

“Keith Eibel has been instrumental in establishing Roseburg as the largest exporter of wood chips in North America,” Senior Vice President of Resources Scott Folk said. “He has spearheaded our strategy to successfully grow and diversify our chip business, and under his leadership, we have become a major player in the Japanese chip market.”

Eibel joined Roseburg in 2008 as the manager of Roseburg’s chip business. His expanded duties now include the procurement and sale of chips to both international and domestic customers, the operations of Roseburg’s Coos Bay shipping terminal, and responsibility for our western fiber business including sawdust, shavings and woody biomass.

Prior to joining Roseburg, Eibel spent six years as chip manager for Weyerhaeuser and managed chip procurement for the company’s Albany and Springfield pulp mills. He worked for Willamette Industries for 23 years, primarily as fiber procurement manager. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Products.

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West Fraser’s CEO Ted Seraphim to retire in 2019

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 14:11
West Fraser announced Ted Seraphim’s plan to retire as CEO at the end of the 2Q 2019. West Fraser also announced the appointment of Ray Ferris, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, as President and Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. Ray will be appointed CEO upon Ted’s retirement next year.

Ray Ferris has been with West Fraser since 1997 and has progressed through a series of key leadership roles. He was appointed West Fraser’s Executive Vice-President and COO in 2016 and before that served in several executive positions including as Vice-President, Wood Products, Vice-President, Solid Wood and Vice-President, Lumber Operations.

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips and energy with facilities in western Canada and the southern United States.

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Kusiah McCullough, New Factory Representative For Pacific Northwest

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 13:56
Tigercat has announced that Kusiah McCullough has been appointed to the position of factory representative for Washington and Oregon.

Based in Shelton, Washington, Kusiah McCullough has been involved in many aspects of the logging industry in the Pacific northwest for his entire working career. His specialties include steep ground logging application with a lot of seat time in both the Tigercat LS855C shovel and the L870 series feller bunchers. Kusiah also has several years of experience managing field operations for various logging companies.

“I have operated almost every machine utilized in timber harvesting and I find Tigercat far superior to any competitive brand. The customer service, quality and safety of the machinery and the fact that Tigercat is at the forefront of modern logging techniques makes them the pinnacle of all timber harvesting machinery,” Kusiah comments.

With a somewhat unique perspective stemming from his experience as a machine operator and field manager, Kusiah will be primarily involved with product support and operator training. “I want to enable customers to safely and efficiently realize the full potential of the equipment they have purchased and to teach new and innovative techniques especially as they pertain to steep ground logging.”

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The new Russian forest management instruction has been officially published and will come into force on May 4, 2018

GFIS - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 12:51
The new Russian forest inventory and planning instruction has been officially published and will come into force on May 4, 2018. See more details in Russian here: Новая Лесоустроительная инструкция официально опубликована и вступит в силу 4 мая 2018 года

Tigercat Releases 602 Cable Skidder

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 12:31
In 2017, Tigercat developed and released its most compact skidder platfrom, the 602 series. The prototype 602 skidder was sent to France last summer to be fitted with a Belgian designed and manufactured swing boom for use in mountain regions of Europe.

Now the 602 is available as a cable skidder suited to pockets of North America and other traditional winch skidder markets. The 602 cable skidder is ideal for high value selective hardwood logging and for retrieving timber from steep slopes and gullies.

The 602 is equipped with the Tigercat FPT Tier N45 engine which  provides full emissions compliance for Tier 2 and Tier 4f , along with excellent fuel economy. Both engines deliver 125 kW (168 hp) at 2,200 rpm.

The machine has a fixed front axle with an oscillating centre section to achieve a very narrow overall width of 2,7 metres (106 in). The agility of the 602 is ideal in selective felling applications. The machine can access high value timber in steep terrain, while minimizing damage to the residual stand.

Maximum fuel efficiency is achieved by the use of Tigercat’s load sensing hydraulic system – only supplying the amount of oil that the various functions require for reduced engine load.

The 602 cable skidder offering has already attracted a lot of attention in the United States, where the first machine debuted at the Paul Bunyan show in Cambridge, Ohio this past October.

Bill Shufflebotham, based in Rockport, Illinois purchased the first 602 cable skidder. He states, “It’s the only quality small machine on the market. It’s easy to move at nine feet wide and it’s powerful”.

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