Monthly Archives: May 2020

Case against EU’s wood biomass policy thrown out of court

May 13 (Renewables Now) – The European General Court has dismissed a case brought by individuals and environmental groups from six countries to annul biomass provisions contained in the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive, ruling that the plaintiffs do not have a legal standing. ORIGINAL SOURCE: https://renewablesnow.com/news/case-against-eus-wood-biomass-policy-thrown-out-of-court-698719 In March 2019, plaintiffs from Estonia, France, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia and the US

Read more

Pandemic throws wrench into tree planting season

First, B.C.’s Interior forests were ravaged by beetles and forest fires, and now their recovery may be delayed by a virus. This year’s tree planting season in B.C. was expected to be the biggest planting effort ever, thanks to provincial and federal funding. But tree planting companies were delayed in getting contracts signed this year as they waited for direction

Read more

Klausner Lumber One Shuts Down; Employees Sue

LIVE OAK, Fla. – Austrian-owned Klausner Lumber One is seeking Chapter 11 protection for its Florida sawmill with more than $100 in debt.   Klausner reportedly shut down the mill abruptly March 16 – around the same time its Austrian-born management team returned to their home country due to fears of the virus. The company said it told workers they would be

Read more

Rayonier (RYN) Accomplishes Pope Resources Acquisition

Rayonier Inc. RYN recently completed the acquisition of acquire Pope Resources.The move is in sync with the company’s strategy of adding high-quality timberlands in strong log markets and will enhance the long-term value for shareholders. Moreover, Rayonier has assumed $45 million of Pope Resources’ term credit facility. This comprised a number of tranches with maturity dates ranging from 2025 to 2036

Read more

New Forests Announces Conversion of $1.3 billion Australian Forestry Fund to Long-term Mandate

SYDNEY, 8 May 2020 – International forestry investment manager New Forests announced the extension of its flagship forestry fund, the Australia New Zealand Forest Fund (ANZFF). Originally launched in 2010 as a 10-year, closed-end fund, ANZFF was converted into an extended long-term vehicle by agreement of the institutional investors in the fund. The extension includes a series of 12-year renewals,

Read more

Deadly Imports: In One US Forest, 25% of Tree Loss Is Caused By Foreign Pests and Disease

From a deadly fungus that showed its face in 1904 on an American chestnut in the Bronx to a nematode recently found to kill American beeches in Ohio, forests in the United States have faced more than 100 years’ worth of attacks from introduced pests and pathogens. But how much of a chunk are these invaders actually taking out of the woods? A

Read more

B.C. Officials Defer Stumpage Fees For Several Months To Aid The Forest Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is deferring a timber harvesting fee charged to forest companies in an effort to help the struggling industry survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said Thursday the government will not collect stumpage fees for the next three months. He said 45 sawmills are closed indefinitely or shut down permanently, affecting 7,000

Read more

April Storms Caused $4M+ In Timber Damage

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates the damage to the state’s timber resources from strong winds and at least 25 confirmed tornadoes April 13 tops $4 million. Seven teams of foresters conducted tornado storm damage surveys covering nearly 64,000 acres, surveying plots along tornado paths to assess the damage to the forest resource. The crews found that over

Read more

Paul Johnson, Host of the “Trees are Key” Podcast Reminds Listeners to Go Outside

College Station, Texas — Texas A&M Forest Service podcast, “Trees Are Key”, is reminding listeners to get outside and explore during stay-at-home times. Celebrating five years this spring, the short, weekly podcast helps listeners better care for their trees by featuring short lessons and weekly tree highlights. Paul Johnson, the Urban and Community Forestry Program leader, is the voice and producer behind

Read more

Google’s Parent Company, Alphabet, Cancels Plans For Toronto Smart City

Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs withdrew its plans for a “smart district” in Toronto on Thursday due to continued economic uncertainty, the company confirmed Thursday.  The project has been the focus of the Sidewalk Labs for the last few years, and would’ve been a demonstration of its vision to build “smart cities” around the world. In a blog post, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff

Read more

Tool Predicts How Forest Thinning May Increase Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada forest is an important resource for the surrounding communities in Nevada and California. Thinning the forest by removing trees by hand or using heavy machinery is one of the few tools available to manage forests. However, finding the best way to thin forests by removing select trees to maximize the forest’s benefits for water quantity, water quality,

Read more

Are Wood Pellets from Old Growth Forests Carbon Neutral?

Clear-cutting old-growth forests to produce wood pellets to replace fossil fuels in electricity generation would release more carbon into the atmosphere than it would save “for many decades,” according to a new scientific study. The findings raise questions about the wood pellet industry’s claims that their product is “carbon neutral” and that switching from burning coal to burning pellets would reduce “100

Read more

Florida Wildfire now 90% Contained

The two large wildfires burning in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are now 90% contained, according to the Florida Forest Service. The Hurst Hammock fire in Beulah burned through 1,191 acres, and the 5 Mile Swamp Fire in Santa Rosa County burned 2,215 acres, the Forest Service said. On Monday, crews continued to improve the established containment lines along with

Read more

The Hagenstein Lectures: Emerging Voices in Forestry

World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters invite you to join us for the fifth annual Hagenstein Lectures. We are honored to introduce you to our Emerging Voices in Forestry – all under the age of 45. This event highlights young professionals, fresh perspectives, and an evolving vision for the art and science of practicing sustainable forestry. Meet new friends and

Read more

West Fraser Timber withdraws 2020 production outlook due to COVID-19

VANCOUVER — West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. says it is withdrawing its production outlook for the year due to the uncertain impact of measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vancouver-based forest products producer says it expects output to be further hurt over the coming months from the novel coronavirus’s influence on the supply chain and market demand. Read

Read more

How is COVID-19 Impacting the Global Bioenergy Sector?

From Forest2Market>> The COVID-10 pandemic may have temporarily changed the way a number of businesses interact with customers, but those supporting essential industries who have remained on the “front lines” to minimize disruptions and downtime are true heroes during this challenging time. As essential employees, participants in the forest products supply chain have demonstrated real determination in delivering the forest

Read more

This Mossy Forest In Alabama Transforms Into A Bioluminescent Wonderland At Night

Hidden deep in Alabama, there’s an enchanting forest that holds secret magic. At twilight, the woods sparkle with bioluminescent light, a natural phenomenon that occurs in only a handful of places around the world. Dismals Canyon offers a bioluminescence night tour where you can watch as your surroundings glow with what looks like scattered blue stars.  Located in Phil Campbell, AL, Dismals Canyon is

Read more

Trail group sues Forest Service for allowing e-bikes on trails

SACRAMENTO (BRAIN) — A group of trail and forest advocates filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for allowing Class 1 e-bikes on non-motorized trails in the Tahoe National Forest without first conducting a public study. The lawsuit filed Oct. 23 cites a violation of the Travel Management rule, which limits motorized access to certain U.S. Forest Service trails.

Read more

If you see this plant growing in your yard, call the Forestry Commission immediately

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) – One of the top ten invasive plants in the world is here in Mississippi. It’s beginning to overrun land animal habitats around the gulf coast and Pine Belt. To give you details and tips on how to fight off the weed we spoke to the Mississippi Forestry Commission. It’s called cogongrass and it’s been in the

Read more