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Another American sawmill picked up by British Columbia company
Business in Vancouver
The trend of British Columbia forestry companies buying up American sawmills continues, with Canfor Corporation being the latest to go shopping in the American southwest.
Canfor announced the acquisition Sept. 30, of Southern Lumber Co. Inc. for $48.7 million. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2015.
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Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension offer landowner workshop on agroforestry practices
Landowners interested in learning more about two agroforestry practices — silvopasture and riparian buffers — can attend a daylong workshop on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Warrenton, Virginia, hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Many practices fall under the broad category of agroforestry, which is the integration of trees into agricultural systems.
AWC statement on National Manufacturing Day
American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding National Manufacturing Day held recently. The recognition seeks to bring attention to the skilled labor shortage manufacturers face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Lumber production in the US jumps 5 percent
Lumber production in the U.S. totaled 18.395 billion board feet from January to July 2014. This represents an increase of 5 percent as compared to the same period of last year, Random Lengths reports.
Wooden skyscrapers could be the future of flat-pack cities around the world
When American engineer William Le Baron Jenney designed the world’s first skyscraper in Chicago in 1884, no one believed in his unconventional technologies. His lightweight steel frame relieved a structure of its heavy masonry shackles, enabling it to soar to new heights. Perplexed by this trade-in of solid brick for a spindly steel skeleton, Chicago inspectors paused the construction of the Home Insurance Building until they were certain it was structurally sound.
Tide turns to waste-sourced biofuel for greener wash
Most laundry detergents work to remove dirt, but in a "world first" two major companies are now adding agricultural waste to their product in a bid to cut its environmental impacts.
DuPont and Procter & Gamble have teamed up to use cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural waste in the Tide detergent brand in North America, with Tide Coldwater set to become the "first brand in the world to blend cellulosic ethanol in a scalable and commercial way."
Using science to beat fires
Idaho Statesman via Times-News
The Moose Creek district ranger for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest had spent five days trying to manage the lightning-sparked Johnson Bar Fire with direct attack.
Dropping buckets of water from helicopters was not working. Firefighters were building fire lines as fast as they could, but they couldn’t catch the blaze.
New approach to boosting biofuel production
MIT News Office
Yeast strains are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry.
“Toxicity is probably the single most important problem in cost-effective biofuels production,” says Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT.
US investigation into illegal timber imports a 'sea change'
Inter Press Service
A year after a U.S. company was accused of engaging in the systematic importing of flooring made from illegally harvested timber, pressure is mounting on federal agencies currently investigating the allegations.
In September 2013, federal authorities executed search warrants of two of the offices of Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty flooring company in the U.S. The company was suspected of importing illegally logged hardwood from far eastern Russia, in contravention of U.S. law.
USDA guarantees $91 million loan for Louisiana biofuel plant
The USDA says it will guarantee a $91 million loan to help finance an advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
The plant is being built by a company called Cool Planet at the Port of Alexandria in Louisiana. The loan, by Silicon Valley Bank, is being guaranteed under USDA's Biorefinery Assistance Program.
North American timber harvest up another 3 percent
Timber harvests in North America were up for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, reaching 510 million meters-cubed, based on analysis by Wood Resource International. Despite an annual increase of three percent each of the past four years, harvest levels in North America are still substantially lower than what they were before the great recession.
1st commercial quantities of cellulosic ethanol from woody biomass marketed
Scientists and engineers — including several at Michigan Technological University — have been talking for years about biofuel, particularly cellulosic ethanol, which is fuel made from trees and other woody plants. The stumbling blocks have been huge and progress, slow. But the Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuels Standard mandates that cellulosic ethanol be blended into gasoline for use in vehicles, so the need is immediate.
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