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Milan: three million new trees will be planted by 2030

The European city, plans to plant 3 million new trees up until 2030 which might be helpful for the muggy, sometimes tropical weather.

We have been able to see some projects like the one from architect Stefano Boeri’s striking Vertical Forest residential towers, completed in 2014 near the Garibaldi train station, aim to improve not only air quality but the quality of life for Milan residents.

The World Economic Forum’s global agenda council also plans to help lowering city temperatures, creating more comfortable microclimates and mitigating air pollution.

This program that consists in boosting trees by 30% in the broader metropolitan area, will help absorb 5 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, four-fifths of the total produced by Milan.

By 2030, Milan hopes to increase that green canopy number to between 17 and 20%.

Read more: https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/which-european-city-hopes-to-plant-three-million-new-trees-by-2030-890894.html

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PORTUGAL: by stopping producing paper invoices we would be able to save 280 thousand trees per year

The environmental association Zero has made a study that concludes that by taking part of this mission we would be able to save something similar to 281 football fields.

The government of the country has expressed their wish to end paper invoices, but its time to put the idea in practice. Following what’s stipulated in Simplex+2018, which aims to contribute to the consolidation of a culture by simplifying and modernize it in Public Administration, benefiting citizens and companies, invoices should only be printed on paper if the client asks for it.

In this way, the Zero association decided to sum up all the information they got and so they discovered that during this year there were printed around 5,6 million thousand invoices admitting that the medium size of an invoice is A5 and that the paper has 75g/m2.

If you want to have a clean idea of what this means you can out it this way: if we stop to use paper invoices that would mean to save a forest with a size equivalent to 281 football fields.

If the government approves this measure in total, there would stop being discharged around 3 thousand tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Read more here: https://ionline.sapo.pt/637813

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NEW YORK: five million trees in 'forested natural areas'

After spending nearly two years collecting data from different 53 designated forested natural areas, researchers have carried out a big survey of New York City’s trees.

Although most of us won’t believe it, the true fact is that New York City is far greener than what we think. The study has revealed that there are over five million “forested natural areas” and 666,000 street trees.

Forested natural areas are places that look and feel as if you were in the woods or forests. Researchers found that the city has a variety of forests due to the rich geologic history and proximity to water bodies.

Native species still compromise about 82% of New York City’s forests stands while 40% of New York is considered ‘green space’, which includes parks, cemeteries and backyards.

About an eighth of this green space is considered forested natural areas.

That accounts for over 10,000 acres of natural lands, a significant proportion for a densely populated city.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6468641/The-urban-forests-New-York-revealed-New-study-finds-city-five-MILLION-trees.html

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Learn to decorate your home using classic wood.

Whatever the time of year, classic wood is an element that never fails to impress decorating lovers.

Classical wood can convey tranquility as a singularity. Some patterns and textures may be placed in monotonous interiors, although some aren’t easy to apply but add an elegant look.

According Parul Mittal, director of Greenlam Industries Ltd, “Add hints of colourful elements such as turquoise blues with different wood tones, a hint of mustard with sterling grey or a striking black shade for a contrasting view. Metallic accents emphasise the beauty of wood furniture — rose gold, brass, copper are all perfect combinations for your wooden accessories.”

Each house needs a different decoration: Camel color always matches well with light, brown can be mixed with gray, wooden stairs are quite popular this year provides a cheerful vibe to your home. The classic veneers also convey a natural look and wooden floors give a timeless and classy elegance to any interior. The criss-cross chevron pattern on the floors with the Herringbone helps raise the luxe factor of your home and geometric patterns create a subtle contrast and make the space incredibly modern and chic.

 

Read more: http://www.asianage.com/life/more-features/271118/recreate-classic-charm-with-wood.html

 

 

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Mass Timber is the future of American Cities

These are 4 projects that make us believe that timber is the new future for construction around the world. Japan also announced the plans of a supertall wooden skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041.

The year has seen milestones such as Oregon becoming the first U.S. state to legalize mass timber high rise buildings, MIT unveiling its technology-driven, prefabricated Longhouse, and the University of Arkansas beginning construction on the country’s first large-scale, mass timber higher education residence hall.

Check out the four timber projects in the United States:

1- Timber Towers in Philadelphia

DC Designers led by Sean McTaggart from Hickok Cole were shortlisted for the Skyhive Skyscraper challenge for the Philly Timber Towers project, demonstrating the viability of the mass timber high-rise as an alternative to steel and concrete.

2- 80-story River Beech Tower in Chicago

Architects at Perkins+Will, working with engineers at Thornton Tomasetti, have conceptualized an 80-story mass timber building in Chicago. The scheme features 300 duplex units using an exterior diagrid system that leverages the natural axial strength of timber.

3- Mass Timber Multifamily in San Francisco

Jose Brunner, a designer at DLR Group's San Francisco office, designed a modular timber tower atop a landmark building in San Francisco’s Mission District for the "Mission: Housing design competition."

4- Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor in Brooklyn, NYC

For the past few years, architect Jun Aizaki of CRÈME has been working on the Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor; a floating passageway he proposes should be made of wood.

 

Read full article here: https://www.archdaily.com/905601/4-projects-that-show-mass-timber-is-the-future-of-american-cities

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Australia: tallest timber building becomes a big step for eco-friendly construction

 

Developers around the world are using more and more every day timber materials for construction. Australia latest timber building which is also the tallest one, is an example of this. Made of a wood skeleton and glass façade it leaves the timber beams exposed becoming part of the aesthetic.

 

Opened last week the 25 King by Australian architecture firm Bates Smart is 147 ft tall and is located in Brisbane. This is today Australia’s tallest timber structure according to the developers and pushes the standards of building design for the commercial world.

 

Each floor is composed of huge V-shaped columns that were stacked on top on each other to support the timber slabs used for floorplates and exposed ceiling soffits creating a pleasant aesthetic inside.

 

We know that people want to connect to nature, and using timber on the exterior and interior of buildings helps complete the connection, making people feel more at ease within the built environment." says Philip Vivian, director of Bates Smart.

 

According to the architecture company this method of construction compared to conventional building practices brings 46% percent of reduction in energy use, 29% reduction in potable water use and a 74% saving in embodied carbon.

 

Other sustainable features include rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting, a greenery-covered wall in the entrance lobby.

 

Read more here: https://newatlas.com/australia-tallest-timber-building-tower/57392/

 

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The red squirrel was a species that disappeared in Portugal in 1980 but the researchers of the Department of Biology of the University of Aveiro concluded the recovery of these animals in the forests.

A study that counted on the help of hundreds of anonymous citizens, concluded that the red squirrel cross the border of the Minho until reaching the river Tejo and it’s out of danger in Portugal.

Until October 1800, red squirrels were seen between Minho and Tejo, a result considered "very optimistic" for the future of species in Portugal.

"Compared with the previous study carried out in 2001, which indicated the existence of squirrels north of the Douro River, there is now a great expansion of this species in the last two decades," observed Rita Rocha, coordinator of this work.

Rita Rocha warns for the protection of the habitat of the red squirrel and the preservation of the species, because its expansion depends on the forests and available resources.


Read more: https://www.publico.pt/2017/11/22/ciencia/noticia/esquilos-em-portugal-estao-fora-de-perigo-1793572

 

 

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The public bank of the University has the shape of a shell, created through two rows of curved slats.

Architecture students from the University of British Columbia and external partners were required to fabricate and assemble a wooden installation for the university's public green using computational tools.

The purpose of creating this bank is to show that, through robotic technology, it's possible to create a variety of structures through sustainable production. This bench was created through slats of wood through a sustainable production and the interior gradually introduces a curve that forms the bench so that the members of the public rest.

The bank was created with highly sustainable wood making it one of the most sustainable building materials in the world and are an easy and quick way for students to work with new techniques like robotic construction.

According to the team “This experimental structure demonstrates the new capabilities of the technology to develop innovative material applications that harness the unique properties of wood to animate public spaces” and added "Wood is a natural partner for these technologies because of the ability to easily mill and shape it with robotically controlled cutting tools."


Read more: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/02/wander-wood-pavilion-robotic-timber-fabrication-university-british-columbia-vancouver


 

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The best building in the world is a Brazilian wooden school.

Aleph Zero (Gustavo Ustavo and Pedro Duschenes) two young architects, along with their designer Marcelo Rosenbaum, designed the Children Village, a complex of light-touch environmental design.

  
The Children Village was considered the best building in the world. It’s a wooden building and clay brick, which doesn’t need air-con even in 45 degree heat. It was created by Gustavo Ustavo, Pedro Duschenes (architects) and Marcelo Rosenbaum (design), who won the Royal Institute of British Architects prize. The building has perforated, breathable walls that allow natural cross-ventilation.

According to Bradesco Foundation, the prize was given to Gustavo Ustavo, Pedro Duschenes and Marcelo Rosenbaum for considering that they are the kind who think they know everything and seemed like they would actually listen to what the students wanted rather than imposing their own ideas.

The project was created in the following way: they met with some of the 540 teenagers they would be designing for, developing games and workshops to understand how the students wanted to live together. The main aim of the design was to make a place that feels like a home from home for the kids.

“We could only transport light materials to the site, so we prefabricated the timber frame elements, but decided the heavy materials must come from the place itself,” says Gustavo Utrabo and he adds: “The challenge was to convince the students and teachers that the local materials of earth, bricks and timber could represent progress – that being modern didn’t have to mean glass, steel and air-conditioning.”

 

 

 

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/21/children-village-brazilian-school-riba-international-prize-best-building-in-the-world

 

 

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Forests have a critical role on the rising of climate changes

 

The Climate Alliance and The Earth Use has provided a declaration from 40 different scientists who defend the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of forests to limit the rise of global temperatures and try to keep them on the limit of 1,5ºC.

The scientists explain the five main reasons to protect our forests:

In first place, world forests have more carbon than the gas, fuel and coal which means its so important as or even more to stop deforestation such as the consumption of fossil fuels.

In second place, the scientists highlight the role of the forests in removing CO2 of the atmosphere which helps to avoid even worse consequences of all the dioxide carbon that is launched.  

Forests are responsible for taking 28% of the CO2 annually launched, and the oceans remove the other 25%.

Read the rest of the article here: https://greensavers.sapo.pt/florestas-tem-papel-critico-na-atenuacao-das-mudancas-climaticas/

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The best building in the world is a Brazilian wooden school.

Aleph Zero (Gustavo Ustavo and Pedro Duschenes) two young architects, along with their designer Marcelo Rosenbaum, designed the Children Village, a complex of light-touch environmental design.

 

The Children Village was considered the best building in the world. It’s a wooden building and clay brick, which doesn’t need air-con even in 45 degree heat. It was created by Gustavo Ustavo, Pedro Duschenes (architects) and Marcelo Rosenbaum (design), who won the Royal Institute of British Architects prize. The building has perforated, breathable walls that allow natural cross-ventilation.

According to Bradesco Foundation, the prize was given to Gustavo Ustavo, Pedro Duschenes and Marcelo Rosenbaum for considering that they are the kind who think they know everything and seemed like they would actually listen to what the students wanted rather than imposing their own ideas.

The project was created in the following way: they met with some of the 540 teenagers they would be designing for, developing games and workshops to understand how the students wanted to live together. The main aim of the design was to make a place that feels like a home from home for the kids.

“We could only transport light materials to the site, so we prefabricated the timber frame elements, but decided the heavy materials must come from the place itself,” says Gustavo Utrabo and he adds: “The challenge was to convince the students and teachers that the local materials of earth, bricks and timber could represent progress – that being modern didn’t have to mean glass, steel and air-conditioning.”

 

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/21/children-village-brazilian-school-riba-international-prize-best-building-in-the-world

 

 

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For your home to be your comfort spot, it doesn’t matter the quality of the wood or the brand. The decor should fit your lifestyle and your personal taste.

It is important to remember that all people are on average about 40% of the time at home, and for that reason, it is important that the decor is pleasing to you and conveys comfort.

Comfort is ideal when we are at home because that is where we relax after a long day and your comfort should match your experience. The products fit into your lifestyle and home from the very beginning. For this reason, it’s not ideal for retailers to create one-size-fits-all pieces, as each home must conform to their lifestyle. 

When you customize a piece, you’re choosing the style and dimensions to suit your specifications, not the other way around.

Buying your own custom furniture is an investment because it’s something you’re going to have for years to come. No matter where you live, you shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to furniture.


Read more: http://dailyhive.com/montreal/van-gogh-designs-amazing-custom-furniture-condo


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Eight wooden apartments with five-storey are being built in new zealand, will be priced up to $ 2.5 million.

 

 

The building is being constructed with "mass" timber and the material that is being used for the construction is wooden panels.

Three of New Zealand's wooden apartments have already been sold at prices between $ 1.1m and 1.8m with a ranged from 130 square metres to 230sqm. The apartments have an open area, large decks and views of the lake. The wood panels are being used as they are the materials indicated for the construction of buildings of medium height.

Construction is expected to start in the second quarter of 2019 and the project will be completed in the first quarter of 2020. They are made of a light weight, strong and fast building system.

Verry, Red Stag chief executive, said it was hoping to use Red Stag timber for prefabricated braced framing.
"Globally, there has been rapid growth in the use of engineered timbers such as cross-laminated timber and glulam for construction.  However, New Zealand is behind other countries such as Australia, Austria, Canada, England, and the USA in adopting engineered and panelised timber for construction. The whole project is a show case/case study on best practice and how to build with various timber solutions to achieve cost savings and the speed saving available from construction in timber," said him.

Read more: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/108614125/christchurch-apartments-showcasing-timber-construction-are-priced-up-to-25m

 


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How to find the perfect Christmas tree? Did you know that artificial trees cannot be recycled and their non-biodegradable materials take a long period to break down?

Since 2011, Robin Drummond and his stree farm, sell Christmas trees and have the great privilege of seeing families every year that buy new trees and watch the children growing each year.

Robin’s family created a farm where he began planting and growing Christmas trees, providing a habitat for wildlife. Drummond’s Christmas Tree Farm took on a mystical beauty. Robin Drummond and his family plant, grow and replace each tree once it’s been cut and they say that walking in nature and choosing a Christmas tree is a unique experience to enjoy with family.

The non-arable land could not be farmed for potatoes, but an idea of a relative was to make an Christmas tree operation, because purchasing a real tree contributes to the cycle of life.

“Real Christmas trees help the environment because there are birds in there, rabbits run around, it’s like a small wood. Every tree absorbs carbon dioxide and other gasses too while emitting fresh oxygen, so it’s nature’s filtration system,” he remarked.

 

Read more at: https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/finding-the-perfect-christmas-tree-is-easy-when-it-helps-the-environment-260463


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London: Wood Awards 2018 are coming up

Next week, in London, the Wood Awards will celebrate all the buildings that use this sustainable material on different cities around the world.

There are a lot of advantages that come from making constructions using wood as a main material, one of the advantages is how fast we are able to put up a building by using it.

Billed as the only truly sustainable building material, wood is branching out. Further down you will find some of the best uses of wood in construction around the world.

1) National Pride – Bloomberg London

Wooden Vortex Lobby uses 6,000 individual pieces of American Red Oak veneer.

 

2) Speed and Sound – London’s Freemen’s School

The swimming pool of this school has a massive structure of Austrian Spruce portal frames.

 

3) On the Home Front – Dewsbury Road, Dollis Hill

Domestic interiors are increasingly using a timber focus. Dewsbury Road is a notable small project that’s big on oak.

 

Found out more here: https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/interiors/design-news/celebrate-the-wonders-of-wood-a-natural-sustainable-and-easytouse-building-material-a125616.html#gallery

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Brazil: 7.5% of the forests were lost in seventeen years

This loss in Brazil is equivalent to 41.695 football fields as the one in Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, according to “Coverage Monitoring and Land Use in Brazil”.

 Back in 2000 the country had 4.017.505 km2 of this vegetation, but in 2016 the number went down to 3.719.801 km2.

Between 2014 and 2016, more than 62 thousand km2 of the national territory suffered modifications.  There was a big reduction of the natural vegetation area and agricultural area expansion.

The study was done by the research in the years 2000, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and aims to monitor the "dynamics of the territory, its processes of occupation and its transformations, through a spatial and quantitative monitoring of plant cover and land use throughout the country. “

Read more: https://noticias.r7.com/brasil/brasil-perde-75-das-florestas-em-17-anos-diz-ibge-12112018

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Portugal: In 13th Outober, the storm Leslie destroyed 3,500 trees in the Serra da Boa Viagem

The rehabilitation plan for the affected area may take several months and the cleaning work of the Boa Viagem mountain range will be complicated, with damages being greater than those assessed at an early stage following the storm.

 

The área had 190 hectares, but 83 were severely affected by the storm. There were larger trees: pine, eucalyptus and cedar planted between 1911 and 1924. The zone was divided into four sectors:

- A and B of medium destruction;

- C and D of severe destruction.

After an evaluation of the affected área, it was concluded that in sectors A and C, about 3,500 affected trees will have to be removed. However, this number may double at the end of the month and should last three to four months until all the wood is removed.

In fact, the ICNF assumed that the work of removing the trees that fell or were destroyed by Leslie's storm in the mountains of Boa Viagem would last about six months until the work was finished.

Sector B, located in the north of the forest park, may be the first to circulate the population, after the opening of access to cars, currently closed.

The joint intervention plan of the ICNF and Câmara Municipal intends to recreate an area of 136 hectares for the rehabilitation of footpaths and pedestrians, mainly in the western zone of the forest park, which is outside the forbidden zone and that was hit by the storm.

 

Read more: https://tvi24.iol.pt/sociedade/eduardo-cabrita/tempestade-leslie-fenomeno-tem-caracteristicas-muito-invulgares-em-portugal




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The timber market is constantly evolving due to the new Australian FSC standard.

The new Australian FSC standard has led large retailers to commit to selling only certified products from 2020.


According to Richard Colbeck, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the new standard will ensure sustainability is central to Australia's forest and wood products sector.

Colbeck says global demand for wood products is expected to quadruple by 2050 because consumers pay more attention to the origin of the product.

The timber industry should try to reach secure markets. Australian wood products must now be sourced from sustainably managed forests. The government must ensure that, in the future, forest exploration contracts will have the new environmental management requirements.

Forests must be managed sustainably to ensure the new national standard.

 

Read more at: https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/5753300/new-green-standard-for-australian-timber/?cs=7

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Portugal: Arganil hosts reforestation activities from Quercus and Zurich

On the 10th of November the “Aldeia de Xisto” will host a bunch of activities aimed to recover part of the area burned in the fires of October 2017. It comes from a partnership between Quercus and Zurich that compromises planting three thousand trees.

150 volunteers will take part of this mission, among employees of Quercus, clients and business partners of Zurich.

The action has the Chairman of the Board of Quercus, João Branco, the CEO of Zurich Portugal, António Bico, the Mayor of Arganil, Luís Paulo Costa and the President of the Union of Parishes of Vila Cova de Alva and Anceriz, Paulo Amaral.

"Unfortunately there is still a great way to organize our forest and make it resilient. Every year we suffer enormous losses and, therefore, initiatives and partnerships like this are very important for our activity. It is in this sense that we will continue to walk. We will continue to work actively in favor of the forest and conservation, "says the coordinator of the Quercus Bosques da Quercus project, Paula Nunes da Silva.

The Vila Cova de Alva reforestation follows an agreement signed recently between Quercus and Zurich Portugal, which aims to ensure the joint activities of nature conservation and environmental protection for the period 2018-2020.

Read more: http://greensavers.sapo.pt/aldeia-de-xisto-acolhe-acao-de-reflorestacao-da-quercus-e-da-zurich/

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Into the Wood, the exhibition of Japanese wood art, specifically focused on builders.

Indonesia's design studios work together to promote Japanese wood art companies and the area’s wood-based products to a much wider market.

The exhibition will take place on November 11 in Jakarta and will feature works by loggers who exclusively use materials that can only be found in trees located in Yoshino district of Nara Okuyamato. The program invites Asian designers the idea to promote the area’s wood-based products to a much wider market that were picked for the quality of their work that is reflective of Japan’s particular culture, craftsmanship, forest practices and respect toward nature.

Designer CH Style said the inspiration for his work came from “various things that exist in the natural world — clear air, the murmur of the stream in a pure river, the scent of a lush forest.

Visitors are expected to learn about the production and become inspired, to see how the products can be used practically at home.

 

Read more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/11/07/into-the-woods-explores-japanese-wood-artistry.html

 

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Plant a Seed: Brodheim Group launches campaign where for 1 euro they plant 1 tree

The aim of this campaign is to do something positive to the world by selling its products. The target it to reach 250.000 trees and all you have to do is go to one of the Brodheim Group stores where you can buy 1 tree for 1 Euro and plant this seed.

 This campaign is unique in the retail world and is taken by prestigious brands such Timberland, Vans, Burberry, Furla, Betrend, Guess, Tod’s and Carolina Herrera.

The Brodheim Group gives to each of its employees 16 hours representing 2 days of work for social and environmental actions. Every year, in mid-October, the Group's employees plant the trees sold that same year. The plantation is made with the supervision of competent entities, but the plantation of the trees is all done by the Group's employees.

So far more than 200,000 trees have been planted in Portugal, in the regions of Mirandela, Gavião, Almoster, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Pampilhosa da Serra and Mata Nacional de Leiria.

Find out how to contribute to this campaign here:  http://plantestasemente.com/campanha/

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London: Prince Charles plants an entire Forest for his grandson Prince George

These children can have everything money can buy, so maybe that’s the reason behind Prince Charles decision to bring beauty to the simplest things, such as planting an entire forest for his first grandson, Prince George.

“Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70”, the new documentary about Prince Charles life where he reveals he planted an entire forest, back in 2013, for his first-born grandchild, Prince George. A forest he plans to gift to George when he is older.

“As I get older, all I really long for is to plant trees,” Charles said. “I hope it will be quite amusing for George, as they grow up, and he grows up.”

All these trees were planted at Charles’ own arboretum at his Scottish home of Birkhall.

This is a gift with a big meaning for Charles as he’s long been committed to environmental issues, which is something his son, Prince Harry, recently spoke about.

“My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on a fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability,” Harry said while on tour in Sydney. “And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserve the most valuable resource we have – our planet.”

Read more: https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-charles-planted-forest-for-prince-george


 

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Forest conservation in Murça.

The Municipality of Murça is carrying out structural prevention actions to create conditions that will help the progressive reduction of forest fires.

The Municipality of Murça is creating a nature conservation plan to reduce the risk of fires, creating anchorage points, facilitating access to sites, providing escape routes for firefighters and the population.

After an evaluation of the parishes that need support of natural prevention, the Municipality of Murça has created a plan that aims to carry out structural prevention actions. The goal is to create favorable conditions to reduce forest fires.

The plan goes through the following procedures:

  - Improvement tools of risk management;

  - Develop prevention systems;

  - Fire fighting;

  - Structural, surveillance and combat prevention;

The Municipality of Murça is opening strategic paths to facilitate the access of intervention teams so they can reach the fire site more quickly and easily. It has also created an air landing zone in a strategic location and opening of water points.

Read more at: https://www.noticiasdevilareal.com/continuam-trabalhos-de-prevencao-e-valorizacao-florestal-em-murca/


 

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Ravenna Home, the new furniture brand from Amazon.

 

Amazon launches a new line of timeless everyday furniture, Ravenna Home.
Ravenna Home, the brand described as a classic and simple style, was created to decorate more easily, through a variety of sofas, chairs, tables, etc. And since the Ravenna Home collection is a unique brand from Amazon, customers receive free shipping and return of all products within 30 days of delivery, and orders can arrive at their doors within two days of purchase.
The brand has a collection of classy classics that has been available for sale since yesterday (October 29) which includes lighting, sofas, chairs, tables, benches, puffs, headboards and bar stools.
If Amazon is positioning Ravenna Home as a value line, prices are fairly affordable compared to other brands.

Read more at: https://www.pymnts.com/amazon/2018/new-brand-private-label-furniture-ravenna-home



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How to get warmer this winter?

 

Mesquite wood, it’s an ideal solution for us to warm up.
As everyone knows, the temperatures will drop. Therefore, many people are scrambling to get vital resources to heat their homes, and firewood suppliers also are scrambling to meet that demand.
There are many choices, but the most used has been mesquite wood, a type of wood, usually used for cooking. This wood has been the most popular because it’s considered the most economical. According to Gary Nunn, other types of for cooking fires are maple and fruit wood and he suggests hardwood, oak and pecan are good choice.
For all these reasons, the prices for fire-ready wood and wait time are climbing.

Read more at: https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/klbk-news/what-you-need-to-know-when-buying-firewood-this-winter/1532217498


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Adonis, the oldest pine in the world.

Adonis is the name given to the largest pine tree in Europe, in honor of the greek god of beauty and desire.


In the Pindo Mountains of Bosnia, located in Greece, there is a pine with more than a thousand years. A pine tree was found in the Pindo Mountains in northern Greece.

According to Swiss, German and American scientists, the tree will be 1075 years old. The scientists used the dendrochronological method to discover the age of the tree. This is the method based on the patterns of the trunk rings.  After extracting a sample from the tree trunk, they verified the existence of 1075 rings, one for each year.

 

Experts consider it as impressive how this pine could survive in such an unfavorable environment (all the empires, the Byzantine, the Ottoman, as well as all the people who lived in that region). But, incredibly, this forest has remained untouchable for thousands of years.

 

Read more at: https://expresso.sapo.pt/sociedade/2016-08-22-Adonis-a-arvore-mais-velha-da-Europa-1#gs.jmLY5Pg

 

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Citadel Outlets receives the 'World's Tallest Christmas Tree'

The live-cut shrub will be covered with over 18,000 LED lights and 10,000 ornaments. The big tree-lighting celebration will be held on the 10th of November.

To get the tree ready to transport to Los Angeles, some of the branches had to be removed but later they will be placed again once it’s ready.

The tree was selected as it is near the end of its lifespan but on the other hand, a dozen of trees have been planted where the giant once stood. It’s important to say that the removal of a tree is an important forest manicuring process that frees up forest space for smaller trees and keeps the forest healthy.

There will be a Tree Lightning Concert with Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson of “American Idol” and others, on the 10th of November where you’ll be able to see around 10,000 ornaments and over 18, 000 LED lights.

 

Read More: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Worlds-Tallest-Christmas-Tree-Arrives-at-Citadel-Outlets-498164781.html

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One for Hundred: the company that plants 100 trees for each item of wooden furniture sold

The brand was created In 2016 and is from Austria and produces more wood than it uses. Anna and Karl Philip Prinzhorn are the owners of this company and are looking to disrupt the design industry with their environmentally conscious business, so they decided to plant 100 trees for each item sold.

Recently, they went to Vienna Design Week and exhibited their collection that is made by using wood harvested from their own forests located nearby the city.

Every piece is custom made to order, so is available in a choice of woods, colors and finishes. But each product is always primarily made from solid wood.

"The material plays the lead role in the designing process," added Prinzhorn.

"My aim is to design products that are affordable, customizable and flat-packable. My carpenters and I work closely together to adjust and optimize the designs to make manufacturing as cost-efficient as possible, while at the same time not making any compromises in terms of craftsmanship and high quality."

They had previously lived and worked abroad, but after returning to Austria they took over management of a forest that has been in their family for seven generations.

They plant a mix of deciduous trees that are typical of our region, including ash and oak.

Visit their website here http://oneforhundred.com/

 

Read more: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/10/12/one-for-hundred-wooden-furniture-sustainable-vienna-design-week/

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$1.3 billion in timber loss after the hurricane Michael

Ferocious winds took a heavy toll on life, property and the timber industry in the heavily forested Florida Panhandle.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said that along with the $3 billion in timber losses, pulp mills, sawmills, and other production facilities were damaged in 11 of the top timber-producing counties in the state turning this into a catastrophic loss to the forest industry.

The eleven counties impacted are some of the top timber-producing in the state, which includes: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington. Forest products manufacturing facilities, such as pulp-mills, saw-mills and pellet, and Oriented Strand Board manufacturing also sustained damage.

 

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Have you ever wondered what wood species are considered to be Noble Wood?

Noble Woods are the ones that have long durability, good smell and can be used in different places and guarantee good stability.

Find out twelve wood species considered noble woods:

1) Amescla: used for boxes, civil construction, furniture, and others;

2) Angelim ou Angelim-pedra: a bit heavy but easy to work with. Mainly used for civil construction (doors and furniture, in general);

3) Cedrinho: economic and used for civil construction, furniture and packaging;

4) Champanhe: long durability;

5) Faveira: heavy type of wood, resistant to fungus;

 

Find out the rest of the species here: http://www.madecalmadeiras.com.br/madeiras-nobres/

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Know the different types and advantages of wooden decks.

Wooden decks are usually used in outdoor areas to make the environment more welcoming. The beauty of the material gives more prominence and comfort to the place.

 

There are two types of wooden deck: the modular and traditional wooden deck.

 

Modular wooden deck

The modular wooden deck can be used inside and outsider and is easy to install, doesn’t require a professional. There are two types of modular wooden deck:

- One of them has a rubber base;

- The other is the mini-deck, a pre-finished piece made of panels or wooden rulers.

 

 

Traditional wooden deck

The traditional wooden deck it’s formed by wooden rulers, that is, by separate pieces. The installation of the traditional deck is more laborious and requires a professional.

 

Advantages of the wooden deck

- Can be used over other coatings;

- Quick mount;

- Thermal comfort;

- Lower cost than cement floors;

- Sophisticated Visual.

 

 

Read more at: https://www.terra.com.br/vida-e-estilo/casa-e-decoracao/viva-decora/deck-de-madeira-45-inspiracoes-tipos-vantagens-e-manutencao,5c8169a7bf8a17c7f43b8ab3d6107d8cee8ae08r.html

 

 

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How long does a tree live?

The greatest curiosity of trees is their longevity, but it’s not yet known how long a tree can live.

Every day, we pass through different trees, which were planted at different times. But although we don’t know how long a tree can live, we know that there are species that can live to four thousand years.

Trees breathe our oxygen, provide us raw materials for medicines, furniture, papers, help regulate the climate and reduce air pollution, reduce wind speed, and are the habitat for various types of animals. For this reason, they should receive a good treatment of humans, which often doesn’t happen.

In São Paulo, in Santa Rita do Passa Quatro, there is a beautiful Jequitibá-rosa in Vassununga State Park that, according to the biologist Manuel de Godoy, the tree will be 3,020 years old.

For those who don’t know, Jequitibá-rosa is a species of tree of the family Lecythidaceae, symbol of the states of São Paulo, whose size and beauty gave names to the cities, streets and palaces.

 

The oldest tree in the world lives in California, is a Methuselah and is about 4,800 years old.

 

Read more at: https://www.tricurioso.com/2018/05/16/quantos-anos-vive-uma-arvore/

 

 

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A new way to work, creativity with cardboard and pallets.

Liam Hopkins, an English designer, had a pretty creative idea. It has created a warm and welcoming work environment.

Concerned with his work environment, Liam Hopkins developed a creative idea, a kind of cocoon with cardboard, pallets and pieces of wood used in transportation. Through this idea, it housed the tables and chairs in the matrix structure of Bloomberg Philanthropy in London.

To develop the design, this idea was inspired by cocoons and nests. However, the material used was the company's own garbage. The result is an intimate cave-like space, containing a large cardboard table, the overall length of the facility.

The chairs are made with 180 wooden pallets and 252 pieces of leather and the acoustic properties of the cardboard box add functionality to the meeting space.

The project is part of an art collective called "Waste Not Want It," which advocates the reuse of waste and waste to create innovative and inspiring pieces. Undoubtedly this is an example of waste reuse to create innovative and inspiring pieces.


Read more at: https://www.designboom.com/design/liam-hopkins-pupa-cardboard-habitat-for-bloomberg/

 

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In the Orford Bay, in British Columbia, more than 50 black bears live in live in forest and are the king of the forest.

Today the Orford Bay is the place for the sightseeing the popular black bear, mountains and their spectacular glacier covered peaks.

The forest in British Columbia is home to a quarter of Canada's black bears population and half of the country's grizzlies, along with whales, bald eagles, elk, sea lions, sea otters and maybe even a cougar or wolf if you're lucky.

Earlier in the summer, the black bears that inhabit the forest in Orford Bay, devour blueberries, wild whistles, salmonellae or strawberries in the forest.

The forest has salmon fish to ensure that the grizzlies have enough salmon to eat and mitigating the effects of past logging.

Grizzly viewing tours are a highlight for guests staying at Sonora Resort, a Relais & Chateaux luxury lodge accessible only by air and water in British Columbia's outer Discovery Islands.

Read more in: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ambergibson/2018/10/01/visit-vancouver-island-for-a-canadian-safari/#6b9e010153fa

 

 

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A new concept in the universe of saunas.

 

The cork is inserted in prototypes or finished products of companies like Nasa, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Ford and in the architecture, design of interiors and of clothing, footwear, among others.

Currently, cork is used as an essential component in the development of the most diverse industrial projects due to its technological characteristics:

- Natural product;

- Renewable;

- Non-polluting;

- Chemically inert;

- Impermeability to liquids;

- No release of toxic gases.


The portuguese company, Portcrill presents “Lusa”, an innovative idea, crossing the cork with the cedar, combining tradition and contemporaneity.

Portcril is a Portuguese manufacturer of high quality hydrotherapy products, namely Spas, Swim Spas, Turkish Baths and Saunas. Due to its motivation to innovate, for two years, it has developed a special technology that allows to customize the Spas according to the tastes and needs of each client.

 

 

Read more in: http://www.portcril.pt/produtos/sauna-9/lusa-8

 

 


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“As Portuguesas”: Portuguese shoe brand launches CORK Autumn/Winter collection

The brand is known for its shoes made of Cork material, first the flipflops, now it’s time for the winter shoes. You can find the shoes for sale in different places in the world.

“As Portuguesas”, launches the first autumn/winter collection and the chosen name for it is “City”. Composed of eleven different models the shoes will be for sale in Portugal, United States, Japan e North of Europe.

The shoes' sole is made out of cork and presents a natural felt, transmitting an idea of contemporary design with different conjugations of colors where there is no need for zippers, elastics or shoe laces.

Ecochic is promoting this collection and the eleven models are available from size 35 to 46. If you want to buy them online you can visit www.asportuguesas.shoes, the medium price is around 69.90€.

 

Read more here: https://mood.sapo.pt/moda-de-cortica-as-portuguesas-lancam-primeira-colecao-outonoinverno/

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Cuscuz Design: The Wood Sunglasses that made their way to Paris Fashion Week

Cuscuz Design is an accessories brand that reutilizes wood from kitchen furniture, pallets and doors to create fashion. Their recent release made the Paris Fashion Week passerelle, take a look at the story of a father and a daughter behind the fashionable wood sunglasses.

The brand was created by Ana Mendes while she was just a Design student at a Portugal University. Worried about the environmental questions today the brand is a finalist at the Fashion Film Festival, which results will be out until the end of October.

Bellow this article you will find the video up for the contest where you can see the production process of the objects that are made with reutilized wood. Ana Mendes reveals that most of the sunglasses have been kitchen cabinets, pallets, and even doors.

Cuscuz Design was projected between a father and a daughter, and the goal is to contradict the fast fashion where people buy the product while it’s a fashion item and all of the sudden throw it away. They want people to question themselves about their action by adopting consumption habits that contradict this fast fashion.

If you are interested in getting a pair of these sunglasses you can find them for sale in their website http://www.cuscuzdesign.com/ and you can find prices starting from 62 euros.

 

Read More here: https://www.publico.pt/2018/10/03/p3/noticia/pai-e-filha-usam-madeiras-em-fim-de-vida-para-criar-oculos-de-sol-1845902

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Portugal: 8.3 million Euros made by the resin extraction

Back in 2017, there was extracted a total of 8 thousand tons of resin paid at an average price of 1.04 euros. Which makes a total of 8.3 million euros on resin extraction.

According to Nature and Forest Conservation Institute if we return to 2012 the average price was one euro, in 2009 seventy cents and back to 2004 it was just forty cents.

In the decade of 1970/80 the production was around the 100 thousand tons and Portugal was one of the biggest exporters.

INCF reminds that resin extraction contributes to fire protection in the forests.

According to this Institute, at the moment there are registered in SiResin (Resin information systems, available since April 2016) 218 resin operators, that can work in one or more activities covered by the legal diploma that regulates this area (extraction, transport, storage, first transformation, importation and exportation).

 

Read More here: http://gazetarural.com/2018/09/20/extraccao-de-resina-em-portugal-rende-83-milhoes-de-euros/

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Australia: Midway invests $17 million on the Tiwi Islands

Midway Limited took over 30,000 hectares of Acacia mangium trees on the Tiwis last year.
The company also remind that by doing this investment they’re creating 20 new jobs maximising employment opportunities for Tiwi people.

CEO Tony Price the port had been loading five to six woodchip vessels a year, but Midway's investment wants to increase it increase to eight or nine.

"Low prices and low demand have made it really difficult [for the Tiwi plantations] over the last few years, but we're seeing a significant shift in market demand," he said.

"China has become a significant competitor to Japan, which has been our traditional market, so we've got some competition and [global] supply is tightening.

Chairman of Tiwi Plantations Corporation, Kim Puruntatameri, believes that this investment will be positive for the island.

 

Read More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-10-03/midway-invests-17-million-into-tiwi-islands-timber/10333174

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Mjøstårnet: watch the video of wood skyscraper rise in Norway

Mjøstårnetan is the latest all-wood high-rise to compete for the record of the world’s tallest. Watch a five-part micro-documentary produced by Moelven, the Scandinavian construction company behind the project, to take a look at the building project.

The building is 265 feet tall, the structure is a fascinating piece of engineering for its anti-fire features alone. It claims to be one of the safest buildings in Norway due to the use of glulam–or glued laminated timber.

They develop a lawyer of charcoal that stops the fire, keeping their structural integrity intact. “The glulam structures have such huge dimensions that they retain their load-bearing ability in the event of a burnout fire”.

The building will be ready in the spring of 2019 and will beat out the current holder of the title, the 173-foot timber dorm in Vancouver, by almost 100 feet.

Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzWLaTMhQIU

Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E-9d98PYwk

Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW0uVkqMvFA

Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHdoCoqf0ok

Episode 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2s-ouaaXvM

 

Read More here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90243414/watch-a-stunning-wood-skyscraper-take-shape-in-norway

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Peru: concerns about illegal logging

GPS-referenced trees that do not exist is one of the biggest problems. Loreto has seen a 300% rise in the number of logging concessions recently cancelled.

All the attempts to establish sustainable logging practices are encouraging illegal activities, numbers show that almost 70% of all the logging concessions inspected by Peru’s authorities have been suspected of “major violations”, and almost 50% have been cancelled “due to confirmed major violations.

Loreto is the location for more than 40% of the concessions and has seen a 300% rise in the number of concessions recently cancelled.

The requirement to declare which individual, GPS-referenced trees will be cut in a one or five year period has led many loggers to, among other strategies, invent the existence of trees, log in other areas, and then claim such trees came from inside their concessions and use the paperwork from such concessions to “prove” it.

Read More here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2014/apr/17/illegal-logging-plagues-peruvian-amazon

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16 Mexican Projects That Use Wood in the most amazing ways

Wood has been an indispensable material and is becoming a favorite between architects. Different regions from around the world have used it for specific climatic conditions. Mexico is one of them.

Mexico is an extensive country where different climates, resources and ways of life fit. Therefore the application of wood in architecture has been developed in a number of ways, from its structural use to produce roofs for Mayan huts to projects that seek to revive vernacular architecture.

Take a look at 16 Mexican projects that use wood in wondrous ways.

 

To see all images and building’s take a look over here: https://www.archdaily.com/902856/16-mexican-projects-that-use-wood-in-wondrous-ways/

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India: Over 200-year-old teak found in the Jannaram forest

It’s believed that the Teak tree found is over 200-year-old in Dongapalli Forest Beat under Jannaram Forest Range, earlier this month. This discovery takes back to the good times of rich glory of the wild of erstwhile Adilabad district.

The teak tree (Tectona grandis) is measuring 4.70 meters of girth and 20 meters in height was noticed during the ongoing beat-wise assessment of natural resources.

Jannaram Forest Divisional Officer Dr. K Ravinder affirms that the presence of the tree indicates the rich flora of this region.

“Dongapalli forest was dense and can be compared with that of Africa’s thick wild. Only forests of Adilabad are endowed with the oldest precious tree species. We could spot several other rare tree species during the assessment,” he shared.

 

Read More here: https://telanganatoday.com/over-200-year-old-teak-found-in-jannaram-forest

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2018 Timber Design Awards: Find out the Winners

The 2018 New Zealand Timber Design Awards released the winners for their creative and innovative use of timber.

Runner-up for the Supreme Award went to Cymon Allfrey’s Family Bach in Hanmer Springs. “An interesting redefining of the family bach as a series of separate yet interrelated buildings with shared common spaces,” the jury said. “A building where architecture hero’s wood and wood has hero’d architecture.”

Judges commented, “The remarkable achievements of all contestants show how wood is the perfect material to deliver more sustainable and resilient buildings. It’s fantastic to see the growing use of local products such as CLT, glulam, and LVL in a broader range of applications with some stunning results.”

Here’s the list of the 2018 winners:

1- The Family Bach by Cymon Allfrey Architects ;

2- Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana by Tennent Brown Architects;

3- Mt Pleasant Community Centre by Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism;

4- Seafood Research Centre, Plant & Food Research by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects;

5- Te Pa Tauira: Otago Polytechnic Student Village by Logic Group, Mason & Wales, Naylor Love, Kirk Roberts and Tricia Love Consultants;

6-  He Tohu Document Room by Studio Pacific Architecture;

7- Kumutoto Pavilion by Isthmus Group;

8- Pukapuka Road House by Belinda George Architects;

9- Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana by Abodo Wood;

10- Henry Fraser, University of Auckland for Newton Central Primary Scho

 

See pictures and read the rest here: https://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/2018-timber-design-awards-winners-announced/

 

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Brasil: The countdown to open the “Wood Hotel”

This will be the third hotel owned by the group House in the Mountain and it plans to open the doors on the 12th of October. The decoration of the hotel is manly made in wood and brings a cosmopolitan design to the city of Gramado, in Brasil.

The Wood Hotel is composed by twenty-three apartments all decorated with wood and neutral colours.
In every room and in the common areas in the hotel you will be able to see pieces of art from artists of that region. On of them is named “Topomorfose”, which is a texturized wood panel that involves the fireplace in the lobby area.

Rodrigo Bellora will look after the Wood Lounge Bar & Restaurant that will be opened to the public and will present slow food tendencies. This restaurant will use fresh ingredients from local producers.

Rafael Peccin, Marketing director of the House in the Mountain Group believes that this new hotel is an expansion project and hopes to open there more units until 2025.

The House in the Mountain group believes that the Wood Hotel is a great contemporary place to welcome young guests as it has a very personalized treatment and it wood be a hotel that could easily be find in London or even New York.

Read More: https://hoteliernews.com.br/noticias/grupo-casa-da-montanha-em-contagem-regressiva-para-abrir-o-wood-hotel-81150

 

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Thailand: Suvarnabhumi Airport’s wooden terminal & fire concerns

Planning of massive wooden structures for the passengers terminal in the biggest airport of Bangkok can be a risk due to fire problems and might violate construction laws, says the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).

According to EIT vice president Kecha Thirakome, the design of this new passengers terminal includes modular structures in multiple layers that, in case of a fire, could allow flames to spread fast.

After analysing the law, Kecha noted that Thailand adheres to US National Fire Protection Association standards, ban the use of wood in public buildings such as airport terminals because it’s so combustible. “If this massive wooden structure is allowed, it would violate national construction laws,” he said.

Neither the EIT nor the Architects Council of Thailand were involved in the design contest. Both have suggested AoT review the design in detail and, if a fresh competition is deemed necessary, include them in setting the terms of reference.

If the DBALP proposal goes forward, construction of the 348,000-square-metre T2 is scheduled for completion in 30 months and the terminal should be fully operational in 2021 or early 2022. It’s intended to accommodate more than 30 million passengers annually.

Read More here: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30353911

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Brasil: Bahia has a 50% decrease in firewood production in 2017

Due to the environmental legislation in which there’s a bigger control and severity of the operation that involves these species, there was a huge drop in the production of firewood.

The extractive wood production has been gradually replaced by production from planted forest areas (silviculture).

Since 2003, the national production of firewood by extraction of native wood has subsequently fallen in the country. These decreases in this type of production began 10 years ago, in 1993.

Between 2016 and 2017, the state also had a significant reduction in the production of coal from the extraction of native wood, from 100,490 to 53,078 tons: 47,400 tons less (-47.2%).

Thus, in 2017 Bahia stopped being the second and became the fourth largest producer of coal by extraction from the country, below Maranhão (128,525 t), Piauí (64,919 t) and Mato Grosso do Sul (64,990 t).

 

Read More here: https://www.correio24horas.com.br/noticia/nid/bahia-tem-queda-de-producao-de-lenha-de-mais-de-50-em-2017/

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Cork business to undergo changes

Cork stoppers business continues to thrive but coating units and insulation are suffering with the sales reduction and with the increase in cork prices, which is fair to say that there is a need to adjust the activity to the new reality.

“Amorim” company has realized that it is time to take new measures to reduce costs and enhance internal synergies.

This new reorganization may lead to a merge between three operations in way to simplifying structures and preserving the autonomy of each area. In fact, according to the company, “ the model of organization adopted more than 10 years ago is to maintain"

Comparing to its competitors cork numbers are still pretty much positive. Plastic stoppers are losing and aluminium capsules don’t threaten the leadership. Cork is a limited resource. The quality of this industry can’t be denied and the next step is to win the quantity challenge.

 

Read More here: https://expresso.sapo.pt/economia/2018-09-16-Amorim-Fusao--a-vista-nos-negocios--da-cortica#gs.hONGrGI

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Peter Reckling collects antique furniture from the Kent Library and restores them.

Roxanne Dunn, the librarian, considered Reckling a student worker due to his gesture of restoring a library.

 

A Southeast Missouri State University student has brought the historic chairs and tables back to life.

Reckling spent his days in the library, until he realized that some tables and chairs were no longer used and decided to do something to reuse the pieces of wood.

 

He decided to search historical items and restored the pieces from 70 to over 100 years. Reck was proud of his work and knew that the pieces of wood had a longer life due to his gesture.

Some pieces he was able to restore equal to the old photographs of the pieces and discovered when and how it was being used.

 

According to the librarian "Now we can actually display them with pride and it is as if we have been able to retrieve this story. These pieces are important to our story. They were here when the library was founded."

Reckling said.

“Honestly, they don’t build furniture like this anymore. And once it’s gone, it’s gone. There’s no replicating," he said. "There’s no handiwork or craftsmanship like this anymore. The ones today, they just have a heart. They have a character. Like for instance, this is Tiger Oak wood. This is extinct. This wood no longer exists in the world.”

Read more at: http://www.kfvs12.com/2018/09/18/student-brings-furniture-back-life-campus-library/

 

 

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Rustic furniture in modern homes, is it possible?

 

Learn to blend the rustic and modern and give a striking appearance in your home.

The rustic style makes the environment more comfortable and the modern style lighter. In fact, we all know that the rustic and the modern are opposites. But together they can make the space more beautiful and cozy. How?

The rustic style is usually created with wood, remembering nature. However, modern decor is known for the presence of lighter materials such as glass or aluminum furniture as well as contemporary design pieces.
Combining the comfort of the rustic style with the lightness of the modern, creates a contrast that leaves the house elegant and sophisticated.

  • In the room

The variety of decorating elements (carpet, sofa, curtains and tables) offers several opportunities to combine rustic and modern style. The curtains and rug can be rough, the furniture is wood, but put the soft colors all over the room.

  • On the balcony

The combination of the two styles is possible due to the proximity to elements of nature, but can’t overuse the furniture. The wooden beams with modern furniture can bring the ideal harmony for this type of environment.

  • In the bedroom

Put wooden furniture, but it shouldn’t be overstated.


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Learn how to get rid of wood larvae.

There are many reasons for insects to degrade wood. How you can prevent?

 

One of the problems of insects that penetrate the wood is humidity. There are larvae that feed on wood and wood products. Some xylophagous insects feed on trees, but do not attack the wood after cutting. But there are species that inhabit the wood after the cutting phase, which can pass into the dwellings, causing problems. The larvae lay their eggs which, when the larvae are born, penetrate the wood and they spend 2 to 5 years drilling wood.

 

How identify the problem?

Look for holes, whether in furniture, floors, pillars, panels and beams. Then press the area. If this area breaks easily, it is most likely to be an attack of xylophagous insects.

 

How to prevent?

- Assessing the existence of holes (inspecting timber and timber products when purchasing them);

- Firewood should be peeled, divided (to accelerate drying) and stored away from dwellings, but protected from atmospheric conditions;

- Reduce humidity with adequate ventilation and dehumidifiers.

 

What types of wood are infested by larvae?

Pallets and panels made of wood, packagings, firewood, wooden household articles (frames, broomsticks, bamboo products, wicker baskets and furniture).

 

 

Read more at: http://www.dnoticias.pt/madeira/como-eliminar-os-insectos-que-degradam-a-madeira-em-soalho-e-armarios-DD3665500

 

 

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Traders logging business was almost extinct because of illegal logging activities.

Timber dealers and suppliers in Edo State have lauded Governor Godwin Obaseki’s stance on illegal logging.

Obasek approved the union of a team of state officials to prevent the destruction of forest reserves and propose solutions to preserve public wealth because administration is committed to enthroning best practice in the management of forest resources in the state.

One of the dealers said: “The governor’s stance on illegal logging in the state is a huge relief for us who live on proceeds from this business."

 

And he still added. “If nothing is done to halt the activities of individuals and groups who log illegally, there would be no forest in the state in the future."

 

The state government is pondering “the setting up of a Forestry Commission made up of experts, the employment and training of well – equipped rangers, collaborations and partnerships with conservation groups, communities as well as the strengthening of existing laws to reverse the destruction of forests in the state.”

 

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/07/timber-dealers-suppliers-laud-obasekis-stance-on-illegal-logging-reforestation/

 

 

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Wood as low-carbon fuel poised WILL harm global forests

Europe’s policy to treat wood as a “renewable fuel” will increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world’s forests, according to Nature Communications.

Eight scientists from the United States and Europe estimate that this new policy will lead to the vast new cutting of the world’s forests. Nature Communications predicts that the use of wood for energy will result in the increase of 10 to 15 percent in emissions from Europe’s energy use y 2050.

Europe’s growing demand for wood will require additional cutting in forests around the world, but these researchers explain that global impacts will be even greater by encouraging other countries to do the same. Brazil and Indonesia will also try to reduce the effect of climate change by increasing their use of wood for bioenergy.

Bioenergy use in this form takes carbon that would otherwise remain stored in a forest and puts it into the atmosphere. Because of various inefficiencies in both the harvesting and burning process, the result is that far more carbon is emitted up smokestacks and into the air per kilowatt hour of electricity or heat than burning fossil fuels, the authors explained.

 

Read full article here: https://wwprinceton.edu/news/2018/09/12/europes-policy-treat-wood-low-carbon-fuel-poised-harm-global-forests

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Russia: Meet the Wood Airport’s still operating

We live in an era where glass and steel airports are everywhere. But the truth is that there are still wooden airports operating in Russia's Arctic regions and the Siberian wilderness. A different reality to the one we are used to, in these airports you won't find duty-free shops, fast food joints or big-name fashion brands.

Here’s a list of the Russian Wooden Airports, but please be aware that Although many of them see regular airline service, getting there can be quite an adventure.

1) Solovki Airport: the most touristy airport on this list, thanks to visitors who come to see the 15th-century Solovetsky Monastery, an architectural wonder also built entirely in wood, which has been granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO;

2) Letnyaya Zolotitsa: this airport serves a tiny settlement whose name translates as "Summer Gold." The 180 local inhabitants have the company of a colony of harp seals, a local attraction that keeps visitors coming;

3) Mezen: It was built during World War II at a spot that had already been hosting, since the 19th century, a weather station. It currently handles some 6,000 passengers per year;

4) Seymchan: during World War II it became part of a busy air corridor, the ALSIB, the Alaska-Siberian air route that delivered essential supplies from the US to the then-allied Soviet Union. Seymchan's airport, with its fairytale-like charm, was built in 1942 as part of that war effort;

5) Uorgalan, Nel'kan and Mar-Kyuyel': Uorgalan Airport is indeed located in a mountain area, but a very special one. The Kondyor Massif is a rare geological formation: an example of a perfect circular intrusion -- that is, a crater-like circle of mountains of volcanic origin.

 

See pictures and the rest of the list here: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/russia-wooden-airports/index.html

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Norway: Frame of the World’s tallest building is ready

Mjos Tower, the environmentally friendly and fire-resistant world’s tallest building, in Norway, has its frame completed.

The tower situated near and named after a lake located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Oslo, saw its last beam hoisted by a crane this week.
With a total of  85.4 meters (just over 280 feet), it has 18 floors.

Promoters say that using wood, a renewable material, makes it possible to reduce CO2 emissions compared to concrete, which is the primary material of residential buildings in cities.

Constructors say the building is fire resistant as it uses glue-laminated timber that will only burn when continuously exposed to flames.

The Mjos Tower will open on March 2019 and it will surpass its 49-meter counterpart Treet (tree in Norwegian), which previously held the record of the world’s tallest wooden building and is located in the western city of Bergen.

The Mjos Tower is to hold apartments, an indoor swimming pool, a hotel, offices, a restaurant, and common areas.

Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/305185/norway-builds-worlds-tallest-timber-tower/#ixzz5QKd2pBRx 

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New plywood product launched in the UK.

Banova Plus, the high quality panel based on balsa wood blades for structural components, accessories, furniture and exhibitors.

Banova Plus is the lightest plywood in the world with a balsa core and a high quality surface. It is a high quality light wood produced with certified balsa wood. The panel is coated with light wood and thin but sturdy surfaces and is easy to manufacture. This plywood is foldable, flexible, but retains incredible strength.

Banova Plus is sold only in the United Kingdom by Arnold Laver (UK's leading supplier of wood and building materials) and was pre-selected for the Innovation Prize in the Timber Trade Journal of 2018 (TTJ). According to Arnold Laver, this new product became very popular when it was put up for sale and has even been used on luxury yachts, furniture, billboards, etc.

Read more:https://www.businessupnorth.co.uk/yorkshire-firms-innovative-product-up-for-top-industry-award/

 


 

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The government of Pakistan, with the collaboration of the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization), intends to improve the pine forest.

The Government of Pakistan and FAO will contribute to improving the environment and livelihoods in Pakistan over the next 4 years through its project "Reversing deforestation and forest degradation in high-value Chilgoza pine pines in Pakistan"

Due to increasing population and lack of alternative livelihood opportunities, chilgoza forests are under constant pressure for timber. This is one of the reasons the chilgoza ecosystem in Pakistan is subject to negative impacts of climate change, but Chilgoza pine (pinus gerardiana) is an important member of the unique ecosystem of the dry and temperate ecological zone.

The government of Pakistan and FAO have decided to improve the pine forests of Chilgoza in the country.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), which is the largest public donor for projects aimed at improving the global environment, will provide financial support for the project.

Pakistan has a 15% stake in world pine production, but has the capacity to become the world's largest producer of pinion.

 

Read more: https://fp.brecorder.com/2018/09/20180905404758/

 

 

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The Amazon rainforest is losing the ability to absorb carbon.

 

Fires caused in the Amazon forest led to the removal of plant biomass.

Tropical forests are the largest carbon sinks on the planet. It makes more photosynthesis than it loses carbon by respiration and tends to increase its biomass. However, recent studies indicate that the Amazon rainforest will lose its resilience if deforestation increases by 5%.

Scientists have warned that the stability of Amazonian carbon stocks may be at risk. Paulo Artaxo, a USP professor, warned that the Amazon rainforest is becoming carbon neutral.

This is because live trees absorb CO2, however, dead trees emit the gas.

 

Read more: https://organicsnewsbrasil.com.br/meio-ambiente/capacidade-da-floresta-amazonica-esta-acabando-alerta-cientista/

 

 

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SINGAPORE: NTU Asia's largest wooden building

An investment of S$180m will make Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Asia's largest wooden building, the university revealed on the 27th of August.

The new wooden building is expected to be completed by 2021 and will be 40,000 gross sq m and it’s designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, one of the firms behind Changi Airport Terminal 4, the six-story building will house the Nanyang Business School as well as activities of several other colleges and schools, the university said in a press release.

Mass-engineered timber will be used for the construction, making it more environmentally friendly and require less manpower than traditional construction methods.

The university will also double the solar energy harnessed to power it to 9.9 megawatts by 2019, said Prof Suresh. This will supply between 7 and 10 per cent of the university's electricity needs.

 

Read More here: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-ntu-asia-largest-wooden-building-business-school-10657218

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Oregon: the first state to legalize Mass Timber High-Rises

Buildings can now exceed six stories in height under its state-wide alternate method, according to the American Wood Council (AWC).

On the 23rd of August, mayors from 19 cities around the world signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration, pledging to ensure all new construction is built with a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.

These cities have also promised that all structures—new or old—will meet net-zero standards by 2050. The signatory cities are Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, Mass. Paris, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., Santa Monica, Calif., Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Tshwane, South Africa, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Washington, D.C.

Read More: https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/this-week-in-tech-oregon-legalizes-mass-timber-high-rises_o

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The timber industry is becoming competitive.

India is a potential market for the Malaysian timber industry.

The timber industry is becoming competitive. Malaysia faces competitors such as China, Vietnam, Brazil and some African countries.

According to Malaysian experts and authorities, India is a potential market for the Malaysian timber industry, as it is a growing market in this field. However, despite the abundant raw material for wood products, India's position as producer of wood products and other tropical products has not improved.

Currently, Malaysia exports wooden furniture, plywood and sawn timber. The goal is to achieve higher exports of wood by 2020.

 

Read more: http://www.uniindia.com/~/malaysian-timber-industry-eyeing-indian-market-for-deeper-penetration/India/news/1332958.html

 

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The Congolese forest is rescued by the World Bank.

The World Bank has approved the funding of two REDD + projects in the investment plan of the Congolese REDD + Strategy to promote the green economy in Africa.

According to Julian Lee (World Bank environment specialist), this decision has contributed to reducing deforestation and economic development in northern Likouala and Sangha departments, accounting for more than half of Congo's forest área.

The development of the project was financed by the PIF (Forestry Investment Program) and CAFI (Central Africa Forestry Initiative) and will be implemented in the period 2018-2025. The project was developed to serve as a reference to mobilize the necessary investments for projects and programs.

 

Read more: https://www.journaldebrazza.com/banque-mondiale-secours-de-foret-congolaise-2/

 

 

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Increase in the price of wood in the USA.

Wood prices in the US increased dramatically in 2017 and the first half of 2018. 

At the end of the second half of this year, the price of wood reached the highest level in 30 years. Wood prices in the U.S., increased dramatically in 2017 and the first half of 2018. From January 2017 to June 2018, average US wood prices increased 40% and profits for sawmills in North America reached the highest levels (since 2005). This happened because wood prices have risen faster than sawlog prices.

During the same period, sawlog prices were practically unchanged in the U.S., South and rose about 28% in Western U.S, which generated higher gross margins in 2018 for sawmills. Wood costs are by far the largest and most important cost component when manufacturing softwood lumber and are often the factor that determines a lumber company’s competitiveness.

 

Read more: https://www.woodbusiness.ca/industry-news/markets/lumber-price-surge-results-in-record-profit-wrq-says-5114

 

 

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Reforestation of burnt forests.

 

New contests to support the forest, by regions of Portugal to reforest the burned areas and replace the eucalyptus by species of slow growth.

"New cycle of support to the forest" is the opening of "contest by region" that have as priority the recovery of burned areas. This initiative, worth 36 million euros, aims to recover burned areas and reforest eucalyptus areas of low productivity in areas of slow growing species.

The contest is divided into two phases. The first phase is to support two regions of the country: in the north of the country, worth 10 million euros and in the center, worth 12 million euros.

In the second phase, an additional 14 million euros will be offered to the regions of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, Alentejo and Algarve.

 

Read more at: https://www.cmjornal.pt/sociedade/detalhe/floresta-com-apoios-regionalizados-a-partir-desta-terca-feira

 

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Wood is entering Europe illegally.

The main timber exporting company in the Democratic Republic of Congo's rainforest is illegally operating on 90% of its explorations.

 

According to the non-governmental organization GlobalWitness, timber enters Europe through Portugal and France. In the report, it is described that they may have purchased timber without complying with the legal verification. These illegal operations include the lack of management plans, cutting trees outside the concession áreas and lack of implementing management plans within legal deadlines.
However, these companies deny any illegality.

 

 

Read more: https://www.dn.pt/portugal/interior/madeira-ilegal-do-congo-entra-na-europa-atraves-de-portugal-9510353.html

 

 

 

 

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The teak market is known for helping build strong wealth.

The teak demand has been growing in recent years because of its value and rarity.

Timber is gaining in popularity among investors and the pricesgrew at a rate approximately 3% greater than inflation.

Even so, we know that not all timber is the same and, in fact, teak wood has been a strong capital for investors in recent years, because of its value and rarity. In fact, teak is known to be fire resistant, insects and is used in garden furniture, decks and boat building. 

Most teak plantations are in Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica. The teak is a tropical tree, it has to be grown in tropical environments, like the equator. Therefore, we should opt to invest in teak in a place like Panama.

Read more: http://www.escapeartist.com/blog/why-is-teak-a-strong-investment/

 

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The man who wants to stop the hunting of animals for financial gain and illegal logging.

 

Hans Cosmas Ngoteya has decided to offer a sustainable alternative to protect the wildlife and forests of Katavi National Park.

Katavi National Park, a large western park in Tanzania, has limited economic opportunities due to lack of turimo, which has led the community in the region to kill wildlife or damage the forests. Hans Cosmas Ngoteya, an explorer and conservationist at Tanzania's National Geographic, didn't understand why anyone would kill wildlife or damage the forests of a national park.

"Why should anyone cut down trees without cause?"

"Why would someone steal for no reason?"

"If you go to the wild side, you're not a friend."

After doing a survey, he understood that the community was cutting trees out of necessity because the villagers needed firewood.

 

To solve the problem, Ngoteya decided to offer a sustainable alternative and created a biogas system that was fed by cow manure. He is hopeful that this will be a sustainable solution to protect the wildlife and forests of Katavi National Park and surrounding villages.

 

Read more: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture-exploration/2018/07/tanzania-village-logging-wildlife-balance-news/

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Exports and imports of the traditional furniture sectors are rising in UK.

More than 80% of UK market in wooden are made in the UK.

In several sectors the UK market is still dominated by its manufacturers. Exports from traditional furniture sectors has improved by 18% since 2016, but 60% of all furniture in the UK is imported with 45% of more traditional furniture sectors manufactured abroad. In fact, there is an increase in exports and imports, but,in several sectors the UK market is still dominated by its manufacturers. Futhermore, importers gaining 3% more of UK market.

The 80% of the wood corresponds: wooden furniture for offices, shops and kitchens, mattress supports and spring mattress.

Read more: https://www.furnitureproduction.net/news/articles/2018/08/1076979744-exports-says-bfm

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Growth of the timber sector.

 

"Timber prices have gone up substantially in the last year, and it is a very buoyant market. It is a good time to be harvesting and selling and buying. "

According to Patrick Porteous, the industry was valued at £ 1 billion last year for the Scottish economy and employing more than 25,000 people.

Patrick Porteous (Forestry Director) says that because of the growing timber industry the sellers are trying to profit, buyers want to reap the rewards of a growing industry and developers were also desperately looking for precious land to start new plantations and take advantage of the increase in prices.

While the market was on the rise, several landowners decided to sell their forests.

Highland economist Tony Mackay said: "While the timber industry perhaps only plays a tiny part of the Scottish economy at the moment - accounting for only 0.2% of Scottish economic output (GDP) - it is becoming more important in the Highlands and islands, wher it now represents 2% of the regional GDP.

 

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Discrepancies in wood prices in the US and Canada

Sawnwood imports continue to expand US, but Canadian tropical sawnwood imports lower.

More than 90% of the Kering sawnwood imported in June came from Malaysia. Last year, according to the American Hardwood Export Council, the US exported US $ 1.6 billion in hardwood lumber, $ 800 million in hardwood logs and $ 260 million in veneer to China.

However, Canadian tropical sawnwood imports lower in first half of 2018. In fact, them grew in June but year-to-date imports remained lower than at the same time last year.

Several trade associations are hopeful that costs will rise again, and possibly, reduce the housing market by making homes less accessible.


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Discrepancies in wood prices in the US and Canada

Sawnwood imports continue to expand US, but Canadian tropical sawnwood imports lower.

More than 90% of the Kering sawnwood imported in June came from Malaysia. Last year, according to the American Hardwood Export Council, the US exported US $ 1.6 billion in hardwood lumber, $ 800 million in hardwood logs and $ 260 million in veneer to China.

However, Canadian tropical sawnwood imports lower in first half of 2018. In fact, them grew in June but year-to-date imports remained lower than at the same time last year.

 

Several trade associations are hopeful that costs will rise again, and possibly, reduce the housing market by making homes less accessible.


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Marseille: a timber home built into the hillside

Built by architect Eric Castaldi, in 2003, as a series of stacked terraces, the 417 sq m timber house is on the market via Espaces Atypiques for €1.75m.

The French property unfurls across three levels, includes a curving swimming pool snaking its way along its hillside plot and flowing beneath the property’s lower ground floor.

Airy living spaces are set above, with huge glass windows and sliding doors that open onto shaded timber decks, overlooking the Bay of Marseille.

A twisting steel and wood staircase ascends from the colossal 148 sq m kitchen and living room. To maximize light flow through the height of the four-bedroom Marseille property, Castaldi has incorporated glass floor panels.

New owners don’t have to worry about the neighbours either: VM House sits on a 11,000 sq ft plot, surrounded by trees.

 

See more here: https://thespaces.com/2018/07/27/property-of-the-week-a-timber-home-built-into-the-hillside-near-marseilles/

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China: 'Greeting Pine' the tree that is in danger of being 'loved to death'

On one of the world’s most beautiful mountains stands one of China’s most famous tree that is now in danger maybe due to “human sweat”.

The tree is so well-known, it even has a bodyguard — Hu Xiaochun, the 19th Guardian of the Pine. “My main job is to protect and monitor the Greeting Pine everyday,” Hu told NBC News.  He also guards the tree from squirrels and monkeys that could damage its branches, and he’s there to support it through snowstorms and typhoons.

“Human sweat damages the bark, and we are trying to ensure that it keeps growing naturally," Hu said.

More than 3.3 million people visited Huangshan in 2016, with most of them stopping at the Greeting Pine, so named because of two large branches that appear to be welcoming guests with open arms, the Sixth Tone reports.

The concern over the tree's health comes as China increasingly focuses on environmental issues.

 

Read more here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/china-s-most-famous-tree-danger-being-loved-death-n899496

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Michelin: Tires with Wood by 2020

The plan is to use polymers derived from wood instead of oil. This could save money and maybe the planet.

The reason Michelin wants to use wood is that 80 percent of the material being used in tires come from oil. This new plan would see the oil replaced by elastomers found in wood chips. “It’s not a dream. We should have the first industry machine in 2020. And then the industry will ramp up from there,” Michelin’s Cyrille Roget, the worldwide director of scientific and innovation communication told Motoring.

The use of wood in tires means that parts of it will come from a different source, making them cheaper without sacrificing quality.

They believe that Michelin will be making some world-beating tires over the next decade, no matter what they’re made of. If they can reduce dependency on oil and cut costs in the process, it’s a win-win.

 

Read More here: http://www.thedrive.com/news/22331/michelin-wants-to-make-tires-with-wood-by-2020

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USA: MIT class students come up with a highly energy-efficient 'mass timber' building

“The Longhouse” is the name given to this mainly timber building designed by students who want to show the world that huge buildings can be built primarily with wood.

The building design will be presented this October at the Maine Mass Timber Conference, dedicated to the exploration of new uses of this material.

One of the research scientist in MIT’s architecture department explains that "in North America, we have an abundance of forest resources, and a lot of it is overgrown. There's an effort to find ways to use forest products sustainably, and the forests are actively undergoing thinning processes to prevent forest fires and beetle infestations."

The Longhouse uses massive beams made from layers of wood veneer laminated together (LVL), made into panels 50 feet long, 10 feet wide, and more than 6 inched thick. The pleated design of the roof is designed to accommodate solar panels and windows for natural lighting and passive solar heating.

While concrete production used in most of the world’s largest buildings involves large releases of greenhouse gases from the from the baking of limestone, construction using mass timber has the opposite effect.

 

Read More here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180807110334.htm

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Massachusetts forest: Aerosmith’s old tour van found in the forest

The van used by rock legends Aerosmith has been found during the filming of a US antique programme, American Pickers, by the hosts Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe.

The rusty vehicle was found behind a farm in Chesterfield, Massachusetts and its authenticity has been confirmed by former Aerosmith member, Ray Tabano.

No one knows how the van ended up abandoned in the forest but the owner of the property where it was located said the vehicle was there when he bought the land from someone who was supposedly connected with Aerosmith.

American Pickers paid Phil, the property owner, $25,000 for the van, with Wolfe calling it “one of the biggest and most iconic pieces of rock and roll history.”

 

Read more at: https://www.nme.com/news/music/aerosmiths-old-tour-van-discovered-in-massachusetts-forest-2364641#ZHFh2VLTL59HdX7J.99

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India: The man who created a forest on a desolate Indian island that now is home to tigers and elephants

His name is Jadav Payeng and he lives in the World’s largest river island – Majuli in Assam, India. Alarmed by the erosion caused to the landscape after floods and droughts he decided to start planting trees, the first one in 1979 and now his forest covers 1.360 acres.

Payeng created a forest that is bigger than New York’s central park and it is home to Bengal tigers, rhinos, vultures and 115 elephants.

He explains that in the beginning, it was very time consuming but today it has become much easier because the trees seed themselves. Nowadays, his biggest difficulties are the threats that come from poachers and illegal loggers.

Jadav says that ‘'Humans consume everything until there is nothing left. Nothing is safe from humans, not even tigers or elephants.”

101 India has created a short film titled “The Man Who Planted A Forest where Payeng reveals that he can still locate the first tree he planted where its solid frame is now towering above him.

Standing next to that same tree and patting its thick trunk he says “Without you, I would not have seen the outside world”. 

Read full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6034573/Jadav-Payeng-spent-40-years-planting-tree-day-create-forest-Majuli-India.html

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Wood Jewelry: The Latest Trend is Sustainably Sourced Wood

Katey Brunini and Vhernier are two designers who have turned to renewable resources for lightweight, fashionable accessories.

Women have left heavy jewelry home in part because of the time of year. In sunnier weather, “clients are attracted to wood’s warm luster and lightweight,” says Ward Landrigan, the chief executive officer of jewelry maker Verdura.

But wood is not just for summer; designer Katey Brunini points out that it is “a neutral that works as well with winter whites as a summer caftan.” It’s also eternal. “We can see it in artisanal crafts going back 6,000 years,”

Her sources for woods such as Costa Rican cocobolo follow rules from the Forest Stewardship Council. As for Brooklyn-based designer Mark Davis, in addition to sustainable American walnut and African Blackwood, he says he reclaims timber from old buildings because it’s a “dense wood that lived its life previously.”

 

Find more information about this jewelry and price here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-02/the-latest-trend-in-jewelry-is-sustainably-sourced-wood

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Sweeden: Fire destroys Forests

Portugal, Poland, and Austria have been offered through the EU's civil protection mechanism to Sweeden.

Some 27 fires are currently going across Sweden. Italy, France, and Portugal have sent water-bombing aircraft, while Norway, Germany, and Lithuania have provided helicopters.

The summer has so far been exceptionally hot and precipitation has also been unusually low, with parts of southern Sweden experiencing their driest summer on record.

The fires have raised questions about the impact of climate change and whether the extreme heat is the new normal. That’s raised concerns about Sweden’s ability to tackle such crises.

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Vietnam: wood sector suffers pressure from China

Vietnam earned 4.15 billion USD from exports of wood and wooden products in the first six months of 2018, marking an increase of 8.4 percent compared with 2017.

Reports from the Vietnam Forestry said that the US, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea remained the fourth largest importers of wood and wooden products from Vietnam, accounting for 78 percent of the country’s total export value.

At the end of 2016, Chinese enterprises snapped up materials from timber plantations in the Central Highlands and southeastern region, causing concerns over a lack of raw materials among domestic firms.

Vietnam plans to focus on investment in large-scale timber plantations, certification and affiliations with local forest growers to supply raw materials for the domestic processing industry.

Read More here: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/203650/vietnam-s-wood-sector-suffers-pressure-from-china.html

 

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USA: Timber costs might affect construction projects

Growing prices of imported lumber into the United States created an impact on home prices. Real estate salesperson believes that these increases could lead to instability in the housing market.

A New York Times article from June 2018 explains that the tariffs imposed on wood imported from Canada to the United States have played a role in the rise of home costs in the country.

By analyzing Central Texas area, we conclude that the increasing population pressures led to a rapid rise in home values over the past decade. For example, in Hays County the average market value for homes has gone up by 7.1 percent from 2017 to 2018, while commercial and industrial value rose by nearly 13 percent.

The cause of that increase in the overall value was due to the 2,600-plus new homes and 83 new commercial units built in the area.

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Melbourne: first timber office building to be built at Docklands

The most recent Woodwork office building with 8000-square-metre will be built at AsheMorgan’s The District Dockland and will be 80 % constituted out of prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT).

Melbourne’s Docklands is a prime spot to build CLT – constructed buildings, being home to more than 10- story Forte Buildings on Bourke Street.

The CLT Building is part of AsheMorgan’s $250 million reworking of the former.

This project comes during a strong year for timber building construction.

 

Read more: https://www.afr.com/real-estate/commercial/development/melbourne-to-get-its-first-timber-office-building-at-docklands-20180703-h126np

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29th annual WOOD 100: Share your success strategies

With a free submission and a September 7 deadline you will be able to join hundreds of innovative wood products manufactures in the Wood100: Strategies for Success.

If you’re a manufacturer of furniture, cabinetry, store, architectural woodwork or their secondary wood and panel products you can get your company profiled in the 29th annual WOOD 100, an exclusive report that details the production, marketing, and service strategies used to help North American businesses grow.

To qualify, your company must have generated annual sales of at least $250,000 since 2015 and have its primary business be the manufacture of a wood or panel-based finished product or component, such as a cabinet door, drawer, corbel or furniture leg.

The firms selected will be profiled in the special Leadership issue of FDMC/Woodworking Network, to be published in mid-October and posted online at WoodworkingNetwork.com.

 

To get more information visit: https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-100/wood-100-winners/woodworkers-share-your-success-strategy-wood-100?ss=news,news,woodworking_industry_news,news,almanac_market_data,news,canadian_news

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What do you think? Do trees actually talk to each other?

Suzanne Simard is an ecologist who discovered 20 years ago that treed do communicate with each other. How? Scientists say that it’s through a fungal network that they call the Wood Wide Web.

The ecologist did a study during the course of summer which trees received carbon from birch trees in the sun (opposite of what happens during the fall). Simard discovered this exchange takes place underground, through a “mycorrhizal network”, a relationship between a fungus and the roots of its host plant.

And in return for sugar and carbon, fungi release nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and water to the trees.

But as scientists discovered, it goes deeper. Fungi actually connect trees to one another, allowing them to share resources, call for help, and even wage war on each other.

 

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LIGNA 2019: 80% of the space is already booked

Even though we still a year apart from the world’s leading trade fair for machinery and tools for woodworking, the place is already more than 80% booked.

The event will happen between the 27th to 31st May 2019 and just to have an idea To put that in perspective last year LIGNA 2017 featured 1,520 exhibitors and occupied 130,000 square meters (1,400,000 sq. ft.) of display space.

“I'm pleased to say we're getting lots of first-time exhibitors, not to mention plenty of repeat exhibitors, many of whom are staging bigger displays this time around,” commented Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe's Global Director LIGNA& Woodworking Events.

This trade reunites companies from all around the world because it is considered the very best option when it comes to showcasing new products, presenting full-fledged plant and machinery in action, as well as for networking and comparing notes with industry peers.

 

Read More here: https://www.timberindustrynews.com/80-ligna-2019-space-already-booked/

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Interforst show: Into the woods with Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks

From the 18th-22nd July 2018, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks was for the first time represented with its own stand, in Munich.

If you were at Interforst show you were able to see on display specific vehicle variants and innovative implements based on the universal implement carrier, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog. This forestry all-rounder is tailor-made for year-round use by municipal forestry departments, private forest owners, forestry managers and contractors, according to Daimler.

The Unimog carrier series show its bandwidth and flexibility of the Unimog in forestry applications, and how fast, maneuverable, high in traction and environmentally friendly it is in forestry applications.

The Unimog has four implement mounting spaces at the front and rear, between the axles and on the chassis, allowing installation of quickly demountable implements and superstructures. This means that the all-rounder can also take on other jobs whenever nothing needs doing in the forests.

Find More About Unimog here: https://www.finchannel.com/oil-auto/automobiles-car-manufacturers/74740-mercedes-benz-special-trucks-in-woods-and-forests

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London adopts timber for construction just like the USA

Day by day, timber is becoming a popular material used to build high-rise buildings and turning into the preferred material used for construction by builders, designer, and architects.

Experts believe that timber buildings are going to be soon at the center of attention. In 2016, America’s first modern tall timber building was opened in Minnesota, comprising of seven stories and a structure built entirely from wooden slabs, columns, and beams. Its name, T3, which may not make sense to many at first glance, stands for timber, technology, and transit.

This building contains 224,000 square feet of office and retail space. The majority of the timber used to form the building came from trees that had been killed by pine beetles.

Michael Green Architecture is the agency who helped to create T3 believes that “T3 has broken new ground and is perhaps a prototype for future commercial mass timber buildings.

But why is timber becoming increasingly popular for creating tall-standing buildings? If you want to know it benefits take a look at https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/the-mass-timber-revolution-is-coming/43614/

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Portugal: The decrease of pine trees expands the eucalyptus area between 2010 and 2015

39% Of Portugal is occupied by forests.  The expansion of the species of eucalyptus was triggered by the transformation of 23 thousand hectares of wild pine, seven hectares of bushes and three hectares of agriculture.

According to data provided by the General Territory Directory (DGT), with an increase of 33 thousand hectares, the area occupied by eucalyptus lost 4 thousand hectares between 2010 and 2015, in which 2 thousand hectares were converted to urbanizations and another 2 thousand hectares went to agriculture.

In spite of the dynamics that occurred between 2010 and 2015, with the increase of eucalyptus area and the decrease of the area of wild pine, for 2015 pine tree continues as a predominant species (30.1%), followed by eucalyptus (25.4%) and cork oak (17.6%).

 

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One football pitch of forest lost every second in 2017

The scale of tree destruction, much of it done illegally, poses a grave threat to tackling both climate change and the massive global decline in wildlife. The loss in 2017 recorded by Global Forest Watch was 29.4m hectares.

In other key nations, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s vast forests suffered record losses. However, in Indonesia, deforestation dropped 60% in 2017, helped by fewer forest fires and government action.

New forests are being grown, in China and India for example, but the precise extent to which these offset the destruction of existing ones is not yet known, although it is clear that deforestation significantly exceeds afforestation. It is estimated that only about 15% of the forests likely to have existed before human civilization remain intact today: a quarter have been razed and the rest fragmented or degraded.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2018/jun/27/one-football-pitch-of-forest-lost-every-second-in-2017-data-reveals

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Teak and Alternative Hardwoods

The main reason that turned this type of wood highly prized was the fact that Teak can be used in many ways.

Its mostly used for outdoor applications due to its resistance to moisture, insects, and decay.

Teak may be found as the basis for patios, yacht flooring, or deck chairs, among other forms of wood objects that must withstand inclement weather

The truth is, the global supply of teak is quickly being outstripped by demand. Even though its plantation is more affordable, sustainable, accessible option than old-growth teak

These alternative hardwoods have distinct pros and cons, and it takes a discerning lumber expert to determine whether any of them are truly suitable for a project that calls for the unique qualities that teak brings to the table.

Read More: http://www.escapeartist.com/blog/comparing-teak-alternative-hardwoods/

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USA: forest economy continues to grow

A new record in the volume of timber harvested, in Virginia, has been reached with increases in hardwood and softwood comparing to last year.

These are values collected by the Virginia Department of Forestry’s analysis of the Virginia Forest Products Tax receipts from Fiscal Year 2017. “The rate of forest harvest is still well below forest growth in Virginia each year,” explained State Forester Rob Farrell.

Much of the increase in overall harvest volume is attributed to the addition of biomass (mixed species wood chips), which was first included in the forest products tax two years ago. 

Forest residue harvests have increased significantly. Along with the record harvest volume last year, there was also a record forest products tax collection of more than $2,578,000, much of which will go back to landowners through the Reforestation of Timberlands cost-share program. The Virginia Forest Products Tax was established in 1970 with support from the forest products industry to provide funding for forest protection and reforestation.

The estimated price paid to Virginia landowners for standing trees, also called stumpage value, increased to more than $339,225,000 last year due to increased demand for hardwood sawtimber. 

Read more: https://augustafreepress.com/virginia-forest-economy-continues-to-grow/

 

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Conifex has expanded Blue Wolf Capital Partners.

 

Blue Wolf Capital Partners has sold Suwannee Lumber Co. and Caddo River Forest Products to Conifex Timber Inc.

Conifex Timber Inc., a lumber company, purchased Suwannee Lumber Co. and Caddo River Forest Products, helping them grow, making them stronger. The company saw a capital investment opportunity to solve the shortcomings and build a stronger business.

In that way, Blue Wolf decided to invest in the company, modernizing the instalation, correcting long-standing environmental challenges and providing new health benefits and a medical clinic for employees. Conifex products are sold in the United States, China, Canada and Japan.

Read more: https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/suwanee-lumber-and-caddo-river-forest-sold-conifex-timber

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MYANMAR: International Yacht industry urges for its collaboration

The international alliance of yacht and associated organizations urges industry, organizations, governments, and NGOs to support the country’s efforts to reform forest management.

The Large Yacht Cluster (LYC) says that teak is prized in yacht making, not just for aesthetics, but also its durability and anti-slip characteristics and the fact that it does not warp, attract insects, or absorb moisture.

However, it gathers attention to the fact that banning trade in the timber will give place to less environmentally concerned markets, reduce support for Myanmar to strengthen environmental controls and undermine its ability to tackle illegality. 

But it also urges greater international harmonization of market legality requirements 'to ensure a global approach, a level playing field, and harmonized enforcement'.

Read More: https://www.timberindustrynews.com/international-yacht-industry-urges-collaboration-myanmar-sustainable-teak/


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USA: The wood market is on the rise.

The timber sector is going up, particularly in prices, since February 2017, when the preliminary import tariffs began.

This occurs due to several factos, such as: seasonal impact of summer forest fires in 2017, the severe winter weather followed by the shortage of wagons in 2018 and the continued strong demand for export markets.

This led to record wood prices that were reached in June for all species before deducting Canadian import taxes on US shipments. As a result, the sawmills are making incredible profits.

However, adequate supply chain management (from the company to the customers) is necessary in order to maintain operational results.

Read more: https://www.woodbusiness.ca/industry-news/markets/lumber-market-running-hot-5031

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External technologies contribute to the steady increase in the timber sector.

The construction of houses with wooden structure is an increasingly frequent option and is constantly increasing.

Scotfram, a leader in residential and commercial projects in the UK, is expanding to England due to demand for timber-framed houses to exploit the self-build market and grow in the market. Its annual turnover has increased to £ 2.5 million and its expectations are to triple over the next three years.

In fact, 83% of new homes built, use wood frame, compared with only 23% in England.

Currently the social shortage presents an opportunity for companies in the timber sector, since the shortage is associated with the construction of timber structures, and the residents will benefit from the reduction of the heating bills.

Read more: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/scotframes-impressive-growth-mirrors-that-of-the-timber-frame-market/43366/

 

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Russian Timber Sector Increases Production Capacity

The Russian timber sector is increasing its capacity, including in wood-based construction. In 2017 Russia GDP grew 1.5%, successfully taking the country out of economic recession.

The woodworking industries were part of this success, contributing 1.9% to GDP, with the sawmill sector achieving 2.2% growth and its further expansion reflected in a 60.7% increase in production and processing equipment imports.

The Market prices for Russian sawn softwood exports grew about 10% in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), driven by a number of factors, including demand on the domestic market.

Reflecting the migration to processed timber exports, Manzhouli, the major land port for Russian timber exports to China, achieved a record high volume of sawn timber handled, at 8 million m3 and saw a record low volume throughput of saw logs at 3.8 million m3. In 2017, Russian exporters also started to explore railway connections to China’s Sichuan province using container block trains.

 

Read More: https://www.timberindustrynews.com/russian-timber-sector-boosts-production-capacity/

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Attempt to escape political responsibility.

Nature conservation organization WWF argues that the last fires were not caused by eucalyptus or pine, but a myth that reflects attempts to escape political responsibility.

The Independent Technical Commission (ITC) concludes that the pine tree and the eucalyptus were the species that most burned in 2017 due to the fact that they are the dominant species in the zones of the country affected by the fires.

However, WWF presented a paper in Lisbon and Madrid, where it concluded that the causes and circumstances in which the great Iberian forest fires of 2017 occurred were not caused due to eucalyptus or pine. It is possible to accuse the territorial model and the absence of policies that did not promote coherent landscape planning.

It will require a twist of the two governments in the fight against fire.

Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/pais/1043279/nao-se-pode-culpar-o-eucalipto-ou-o-heiro-pelos-grandes-fogos

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Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada: limits domestic use of unprocessed timber

An amount of 25 million cubic meters per year of domestic consumption of raw timber has been limited for the duration of the ban on the export outside the customs territory of Ukraine (export) of unprocessed timber.

According to the amendments to the second reading of the document, the administrative and criminal liability for illegal logging and its further export outside the customs control (smuggling) has been significantly strengthened.

In particular, the Code on Administrative Offenses introduces the norm according to which illegal cutting and transportation, storage of illegally cut trees entails a fine of 15 to 30 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens (1 non-taxable minimum is 17 UAH), and on officials - from 75 to 150 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens (in current legislation - from 5 to 10 and from 7 to 12 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens, respectively).

In case of a repeated offense within a year, the amount of the fine is for citizens from 30 to 60 non-taxable minimums, for officials - from 300 to 600.

 

Read more here: https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/515655.html

 

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B.C. Taiga Building Products Ltd. buys Exterior Wood Inc.

With its headquarters in Burnaby, B.C., Taiga is expected to acquire all the shares of Exterior Wood for US$42 million.

The company has signed a deal to buy Exterior Wood Inc. for about $55 million. B.C. Taiga, believes that this acquisition will be a significant step forward in wood treatment business strategy of pursuing value enhancing opportunities.

Exterior Wood has been operating a wood treatment facility and distribution centre in Washougal, Wash., since 1977.

The company also services retail building supply centres throughout the Western United States and Canada.

 

Taiga is a wholesale distributor of building materials with distribution centres in Canada and the United States.

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China’s real estate sector is still considered as in bubble territory.

The housing market in China is said a major driver of wood product consumption.

It is assumed that the around 550 million square metres of residential housing was unsold in China and the figure had dropped by over 5% from a month earlier. The housing market in China is said to account directly and indirectly for as much as 30% of GDP and is a major driver of wood product consumption.

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Increase in the price of wood.

Increased price of wood provided construction expenses.

Annually, total residential construction spends rose 6.6 percent, due to the increase in lumber tariff is likely to impact construction spends, hurting housing affordability in markets across the nation.

Chief Economist at NAHB said, “The cost of softwood lumber makes up about 95 percent of the lumber that’s imported in the United States and about a third of the lumber consumed in the United States is imported. It’s a good example where trade produces a win/win situation.”

Read more: http://themreport.com/daily-dose/07-02-2018/construction-spending-rise

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MTW Research: timber-frame buildings set to top 60,000 units

With orders exceeding £700m pounds in value, the construction of timber-frame buildings is expected to reach 60.000 units this year, according to MTW Research.

With the timber-frame technology increasing day by day it is starting to be regarded as a “mass market”, rather than “the option”.

The market has experienced profit growth in 2018, with timber-frame homes set to account for almost one-third of the homebuilding market in the next few years, according to MTW’s forecasts.

“The government’s homebuilding fund is set to generate 150,000 new homes from SME housebuilders, with timber frame playing a very significant part in this growth,” said Mark Waddy, director at MTW. 

“This initiative – coupled with a rapid rise in overall housebuilding – has dampened housebuilders’ purchasing power, underpinning the timber-frame market’s profitability to some extent.”

There’s also a number of threats to the timber-frame market such as the concern around the risk of a slowdown in housebuilding growth impacting on the profitability of the timber-frame market.

 

Read More here: https://developmentfinancetoday.co.uk/article-desc-6595_Construction%20of%20timber-frame%20buildings%20set%20to%20top%2060,000%20units

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USA: Hammond Lumber expands with acquisition of EBS Building Supplies

Hammond based in the Belgrad expands itself to the wood market taking part of EBS bulding suplliers. 

Hammond Lumber Co., has been on the market for more than 60 years, has acquired EBS Building Supplies, a lumber and building materials company, with this Hammond, has earned 300 more employees, it has become the largest lumber and building materials dealer in Maine and ranks among the top-20 lumber and building materials dealers in the country.

Read more: http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20180628/NEWS01/180629937

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Swedish Capital to invest in Croatia wood sector

Swedish capital offers serious investment into Croatia’s wood sector through the Bjelin company.

800.000 squares of parquet where produced last year in Ogulin by Bjelin and has recently purchased land in the business zone where they are building a new plant.

It is expected that the construction of the new plant will last until the summer of 2019, after which the start of serial production is planned.

 

Read More here: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/business/28879-swedish-capital-lends-hand-to-croatian-wood-sector

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High Point: orders go up 15% comparing to last year

New orders for furniture registered their biggest year-over-year increase in April, jumping 15% compared with April 2017 but might slow down in May and June.

A big order month in April – with 79% of survey participants reporting increases, and several who were off pace down only a half or single percentage point – came on the heels of only a 2%

With the large April increase, year-to-date new orders were up 6% over the first four months of 2017.

April shipments rose 10% compared with April 2017, when they were only up 2% over April 2016. March 2018 shipments were also only up 2% over March 2017. Year to date, shipments were up 3% over the same period a year ago. In the first quarter, shipments were only up 1% over the first quarter of 2017.

The jump in April orders led to a 6% increase in backlogs compared with March, and were 6% higher than April 2017.

Factory and warehouse employment in April remained even with March 2018 but fell 1% compared with April 2017. March employee levels also were down 1% from March 2017.

Factory and warehouse payrolls rose 4% from April 2017 somewhat in line with the 10% increase in shipments. Payrolls were down 9% from March but that was likely due to more working days in March than in April.

 

Read More here: http://www.furnituretoday.com/article/555128-furniture-insights-april-orders-leap-15/

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Lufkin: Angelina Forest Products to build $100 million sawmill in 2019

After the close of Lufkin Industries, many feared for their town's economy.

But little by little industry returned with companies like P.I.D hiring those laid off from by GE, or new companies starting like Luftex Gears.

Now Angelina Forest Products recently announced they will join this trend and build a $100 million sawmill.

 

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Congo Forest: Portuguese loggers accused of over-exploitation

Portugal is one of the leading European importers of exotic wood. An investigation carried out over two years by Global Witness reveals that Norsudtimber is responsible for the illegal exploitation of 90% of the timber concessions it holds in the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Norsudtimber and its subsidiaries - Sodefor, Forabola and La Forrestière du Lac, of which the Trinidade brothers are partners - exploit endangered species trees along 40,000 square kilometers in this African country and controls 60% of the international timber trade.

One of the consequences is the destruction of habitats that were to be protected and home for endangered species such as the pygmy chimpanzee, as well as the emission of millions of tons of greenhouse gases such as CO2 due to massive deforestation. The trees of concessions owned by the company concerned need 100 to 230 years to reach their minimum diameter, but are subject to cutting plans every 25 years. And the local inhabitants do not get any benefits, guarantees the NGO.

"Norsudtimber is cutting the rainforest illegally and profiting from it, thanks to a secret corporate structure based on tax havens," accuses Jules Caron, one of the activists of this non-governmental organization that investigates the link between the exploitation of natural resources, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide. Companies accused of illegal deforestation are based in tax havens in Lichtenstein, Dubai or Hong Kong.

France and Portugal are the main European importers of these exotic timbers, with 78% of exports between 2013 and 2017 moving to Vietnam and China.

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China: imported 64% more sawn softwood from Europe

China has imported a total of 3.088m m3 of softwood from Europe, 64% more last year than in the previous one.

According to Chinese Customs figures, the main supplier was Finland, as in the previous year, where purchases rose by 84% to 1.683 m m³. This means that Finland accounts for 54.5% of all Chinese imports of sawn softwood from Europe.

The development of imports from Sweden and Germany was below average. In contrast, the Ukraine (+284% to 123,000 m³), Latvia (+124% to 94,000 m³) and Austria (+164% to 87,000 (33,000 m³) achieved well above average percentage increases.

Within ten years, China has increased its imports of sawn softwood from Europe by over 800%, or around 22 m m³. The main factors behind the increase were the growing population and massive migration to the conurbations, which has led to a significant increase in demand for housing, a trend that is still continuing. In recent years, the Chinese furniture industry has also established itself as an important buyer of sawn softwood.

 

Russia remained by far China's most important supplier of coniferous timber in 2017 with 14.124 m m³. Russia thus accounted for 56.5% of total imports. Canada was the second largest supplier with 4.972 m m³ (-2%).

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SYLVA WOOD: Russia will participate in the exhibition in China

Russia is one of the biggest forest resources we have in the world and will be participating in The International Woodworking Exhibition SYLVA WOOD 2018 that will take place in Shanghai between the 25th and 27th of June.

This is one of the largest world events in the field of timber processing bringing the together the world’s leading timber companies. Russia will participate in it for the second time following last years’ experience where there was interaction with the Asian partners and many mutually beneficial contracts were concluded.

"Russia occupies a leading position in the volume of forest resources in the world. Effective use of these resources is our national priority. We rely on strong centuries-old traditions and set ambitious goals - introduction of new production technologies, satisfaction of growing domestic demand and support for exports. Russia is taking part in SYLVA WOOD for the second year, and we see the movement, successful development of relations with our Asian partners. We need to further develop this vector, attract new companies, organize business missions for them and introduce them to our companies and regions," Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, said.

 

In 2018, the Russian exposition will be organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation jointly with Russian Export Center. Eight large Russian companies will demonstrate their products in Shanghai: Latat LLC, Eco-Group LLC, Ilim Timber LLC, Segezha Group LLC, Co. Ltd. WPM Kalevala, EcoHouse LLC, Ustyanskiy Timber Industry Complex LLC (RusTimber™), Italmac Timber Company Ltd.

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Woodworking cooperation between Belarus and the United Kingdom

Belarus and the UK will expand their cooperation in the woodworking industry as BelTA learned from the Belarusian timber, woodworking, pulp, and paper industry concern Bellesbumprom.

A meeting for UK business people and top managers of Belarusian woodworking companies and furniture producers affiliated with Bellesbumprom. During the talks, the British business people showed interest in various wood products from Belarus.

In particular, high in demand on the UK market are upholstered furniture and garden furniture, street furniture for mansions, building structures, decking, various materials and elements for furniture production, as well as entire furniture sets. Bellesbumprom's head Yuri Nazarov noted that the UK market is of huge interest for Belarusian woodworking companies. “We see great potential there. Last year Great Britain imported $2 billion worth of lumber alone. Such products are supplied by our neighbors from the Baltic Sea states, Germany and Poland. In a number of cases, the goods sold in the UK are of Belarusian origin. In fact, you buy Belarusian products from the middlemen, while we suggest working directly with Belarusian manufacturers,” he emphasized.

“This is true. We know that the products we buy, for example, from Lithuania or Latvia are made from Belarusian materials, and we are happy with their quality. At the same time, we want to forge direct contacts and work directly with Belarusian suppliers. Therefore, we are here today. We want to tour Belarusian companies and establish cooperation with them,” Partner and UK Sales Director of Kullik & Rullmann AG Lawrence Webster said.

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Russia lumber exports value goes 19% up in Jan – Apr 2018

 According to the statistics published by the Russian Federal Customs Office, between January and April 2018, Russia increased its sawn exports in value and volume terms.

During the first four months of this year, 2018, the total of sawn timber exports in Russia was 5.749 tonnes which means it was 3.2% more than during the respective period of last year.

The total value of the exported Russian sawn timber increased as well. In January – April came up to $1.378 billion having gone up by 19%

 

On the other hand, Russian logs exports went down on volume terms but increased in values terms. In January – April 2018, the Russian log exports came up to 5.78 million m3, having gone down by 7.4% year on year.

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Vietnam: new opportunities to boost prices to Australia

Vietnamese timber exporters have everything on their side to raise their shipments to Australia due to a trade agreement, a strong demand, and a favorable geographical location.

Following the General Department of Customs releases, right now Australia is one of Vietnam’s ten largest importers of wood and timber products, the figure estimated for the first five months of 2018 is around US$66.7 million, up 11.3% comparing to last year’s numbers.

Information’s from International Trade Centre shows that Australia’s wooden furniture sector imports are worth US$362.8 in the first three months of 2018, mainly from China, Vietnam, and Australia.

Research conducted by IBISWorld suggests that Australian consumers are open to imported wooden furniture and are mostly concerned about its quality, appearance, and price without a strong emphasis on the country of origin.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department of Export-Import, Australia’s growing demand for wooden furniture, Vietnam’s favorable location and tax preferences provided by the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement offer ample opportunities for Vietnam to boost its exports to Australia in the future.

However, Vietnamese enterprises should renovate the designs of their wooden furniture to suit Australia consumers’ taste, improve their product quality and lower their prices in order to convert these opportunities into profits.

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Baobab: Climate Change is destroying Africa’s ‘tree of life’

Baobab Trees were once capable of living for thousands of years, but due to the alterations earth is currently going through these trees are now becoming endangered species.

Morondava, Madagascar, the skyline in Senegal and Kruger national park are home to some of the largest trees in the world – baobabs. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, have trunks that can reach 30m in circumference or more.

There are nine species of baobab in the world, and Madagascar, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, is home to six.

While the cause of the die-off remains unclear, the researchers “suspect that the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part with significant modifications of climate conditions that affect southern Africa in particular”

In West Africa, it is also called the “palaver tree” because of its social functions: when there is a problem in the community, meeting under the baobab tree with the chief or the tribesmen would be synonymous with trying to find a solution to that problem; it reinforces trust and respect among members of the community. Its extinction would not simply be an environmental tragedy.

The tree grows in very harsh conditions but is completely adapted to its environment: it sheds its leaves during the dry seasons to reduce water loss; it has a tap root system long enough to reach moisture or even water, and the thick bark protects it from bushfires. From a scientific point of view, the baobab tree is truly a complete plant. The leaves are used in traditional medicine to cure infectious diseases, while the fruit is high in nutrients and is used to make healthy foods. The seeds yield oil that is prized by the cosmetic industry. The trunk stores water and can be harvested by thirsty travelers.

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Germany: new drying technique can reduce costs for biomass

Developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project, a new steam drying technique for wood can reduce transportation costs for biomass.

Information released by Fraunhofer IGB Institute explains that waste and other inferior wood is ground into chops. Wood Chips can also be used as fuel in thermal power plants and woodchip heating systems, but the high moisture content of wood can cause problems as the moisture increases the weight of wood chips making them more difficult to transport.

This new project aims to overcome problems like these through the use of torrefaction. This project had the collaboration of 10 partners and four of them from European countries.

Siegfried Egner, department head at Fraunhofer IGB and coordinator of the SteamBio project explains that the technique involves heating biomass in a steam atmosphere without oxygen. “The biomass has three main components—cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose—and this process eliminates the hemicellulose completely,”. The process also makes the material water resistant. Furthermore, the wood chips can be easily ground into a highly reactive powder or compressed into pellets.

Bruno Scherer, project engineer at Fraunhofer IGB said the SteamBio project uses a steam drying technology that was developed at Fraunhofer IGB, adapted to work at temperatures between 200 and 250 degrees Celsius.

"What is unique about the technology is that moisture contained in the biomass and vaporous products of torrefaction are systematically retained in the process chamber and themselves become the process medium. “In other words, we work with superheated steam,”

A pilot facility employing the process is currently operating in Spain, taking in pine, oak, beech wood, vineyard prunings and waste from olive oil production as feedstock.


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Master Robotic Technician at the Georgia-Pacific Plywood plant

The Corrigan facility is home to three PolyPatch robots that are designed to detect and repair imperfections in wood veneer during production.

Operating under the guidance of specially-trained technicians, these robots are increasing production efficiency while helping to create a better-finished product.   “Our robots can handle 525 plywood panels in one hour—about 1 panel every 20 seconds,” said Lee.  Normally, it can take twice that amount of time to treat the same number of panels.

 

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The top 5 World’s Tallest Timber Building’s

Timber is becoming each time more used on the construction of buildings. This is an ecologically sustainable and traditional material that has won the architectures and contractors heart.

 

Here is a list of the top 5 world’s tallest timber buildings.

 

1-    TALL WOOD RESIDENCE, VANCOUVER, CANADA, 53 METRES;

2- THE TREE, BERGEN, NORWAY, 49 METRES

 

3-    DALSTON LANE, LONDON, UK, 33 METRES

 

4-    THE CUBE, LONDON, UK, 33 METRES

 

5-    FORTÉ, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 32.3 METRES

 

 

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Ikea: will go green until 2030

Ikea has just announced a plan to go totally green by the year 2030. This is part of the Swedish company’s plan to couple sustainability efforts with a growth mentality.

The company is using what they call the “Three Roads Forward” strategy. For them, this means focusing on the ease with which people can access their products, the effect those products have on the environment, and how affordable their products are.

 

last year, the company unveiled a line of furniture that on top of being able to be assembled 80 percent faster, uses what they call “click’” technology so that the builder has no need for screws or wrenches involved. This makes their furniture a lot easier to move with, and thus able to be kept longer. Not to mention, recycling will be a breeze with no metal on wood parts. Beyond that, it’s a huge step forward for the company that consumes one percent of the world’s wood supply. These new design strategies are only part of the initiative, Ikea hopes to have implemented all nine of them by 2022.

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France exports of oak logs and prices rise due to demand from China

Chinese buyers of oak logs are willing to pay good money for it and to cut them into lumber creating a struggle in French sawmills to fulfill orders.

In other times French oak producers sold oak logs to the mill who then cut them into lumber to make products ranging from floors and furniture to coffins and wine barrels.

Today, private forest owners have started selling logs directly to Chinese buyers because they are willing to pay higher prices and do the processing themselves causing trouble in French sawmills who are short of wood and struggling to fulfill orders.

“The problem is that oak has never been as expensive in France and we, the processors, have never had as little of it," David Chavot, head of the Margaritelli Fontaines sawmill, said at the mill in eastern France.

Sawmills that have big stocks are safe at least for now but surely they will also face problems buying new stock as they cannot afford higher prices. The smaller one will lose customers and jobs, explained David Chavot.

Approximately 26.000 jobs are linked to the oak industry in France, making it the world’s third-largest producer. In March, about 80% of French sawmills had 30% less stock than they needed to fulfill orders.

Any job losses would be politically awkward for President Emmanuel Macron, who has made reducing unemployment a priority. The sawmill producers have appealed to him for help but a crisis meeting organized by France's farm minister with producers and sawmill bosses in March failed to secure a compromise.

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2018: higher prices for hardwood lumber

There has been a positive growth in hardwood but manufacturers must expect rising prices for hardwood lumber and panel products.

Forecon Inc., one of the oldest established professional forestry consulting firms operating in the hardwood regions of the Eastern United States, launched a report that says “Lumber prices for our major (by value) species have all shown heavy demand, and most have seen a consistent upward trend in price throughout 2017 and certainly coming into 2018.”

Black Cherry is another hardwood that is on the rise and is seeing higher demand from export markets such as China and other Asian countries.

One of the steadiest and strongest species of all continues to be red oak, which has set record export levels in volume and dollars this past year, and both international and domestic are staying strong in 2018. Forecon predicts sustained high prices for oak, keeping prices high and possibly climbing even higher into the summer months.

The influence of Asian markets is nowhere more obvious than in the hardwood panel market.

 

After China lost the trade dispute over dumping of hardwood panel products, significant tariffs were enacted and then postponed, but industry officials report prices have jumped even without the tariffs actually in place.

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UK: THE LIGHTEST PLYWOOD PRODUCT IN THE WORLD ARRIVES AT UNITED KINGDOM

Banova Plus, the lightest plywood in the world, is now available in the UK for the first time and is becoming highly popular providing a vast range of users, such as luxury yacht and motorhome builders through to packaging manufactures and furniture producers.

The product is being sold exclusively by Arnold Laver.  It features an innovative design that combines a balsa core with lightweight hardwood surfaces, in that way it can transform into a product that typically weighs half as much as conventional plywood, whilst being just a strong and robust.

In addition, Banova Superflex is an extremely flexible variation of the product that features a textile layer that can be easily formed to create curved shapes.

Terry Palmer, Category Director from Arnold Laver, says: “Banova is almost an optical illusion because it’s hard to fathom how such a solid product can weigh so little, whilst still being robust.  It’s also easy to process, without requiring any special tools or equipment and offers a consistent surface quality.  As a result, it’s ideal for any scenario that requires a high quality, natural looking product that is strong and crucially, very lightweight.

“We’ve already seen it successfully used to make exhibition stands, sculptures, mobile advertising boards, theatre sets, cargo crates and all types of lightweight furniture.  It’s also the ideal material for suspended lighting rafts, like those often found in high-end restaurants and hotels, because it can be easily fitted to ceilings and places little strain on mechanical fixing systems, as well as looking extremely stylish.

“In addition, it can be combined with scratch resistant surfaces, printed onto and even laminated, so it lends itself to an endless range of possibilities. There’s nothing else like it on the market, so it’s a fantastic addition to the innovative and vast product range that Arnold Laver is renowned for.”

 

For further information about Banova, call your local Arnold Laver depot or visit www.laver.co.uk

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European Bank invests €12.5m in sustainable Irish forestry

An investment of €12.5 million in sustainable Irish forestry has been announced by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Phil Hogan is a commissioner for Agriculture and said that controversy growing about monoculture and clear felling policies in Ireland are welcome for the sustainable projects which support biodiversity and landscapers and challenges related to climate change.

The money comes from an EIB natural capital finance facility (NCFC) which is expected to generate up to 400 million euros in green investment and conservation.

Irish EIB vice-president Andrew McDowell said that such investment was “a marriage of best business practice while meeting social and environmental concerns” and would produce “a good financial rate of return because the model of continuous cover forestry produces enduring and stable returns”.

Continuous cover forestry, also known as “close to nature” forestry, replaces traditional clear felling by felling individual trees or in small groups by cycles so that forest cover is maintained on a permanent basis, with less damage to water sources or soil erosion.

 

The forests maintained in this way are also claimed to be better resistant to disease and the effects of climate change and more able to sustain biodiverse habitats.

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Brisbane: The place where the World's tallest and largest timber office tower will be build

With the strength of concrete and steel but lighter and environmentally friendly, the world’s tallest and largest timber office won’t run the risk of burning to the ground and brings designers the hope that it will help revolutionize construction method.

The building is composed of laminated timber and layers of wood glued together under high pressure.

Developer Lendlease says the new method is faster and more environmentally sustainable compared to other methods with a lower carbon footprint and zero less waste and the wood is sourced from certified sustainably managed forests.

'Modules are pre-assembled at ground height and then lifted into place to form what looks like a wooden lego structure,' said General Manager for Lendlease building Tony Orazio.

The 45-meter building is protected from termites eating away at the structure as it rests on a concrete podium so that it is separated from the ground.

 

The building, located in Brisbane's inner north, is currently streaming ahead with construction scheduled to finish later this year as part of the $2.9 billion redevelopments of Brisbane's showgrounds.

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British Columbia’s forest sector making changes to survive

New technology and the demand for softwood lumber are changing the role of the traditional forester in British Columbia.

All the changes in technology, population, and the environment have affected the industry. Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), has been focusing on broadening training in skills that extend beyond the science degree that is the traditional first step for newcomers to the profession. It now includes ecology restoration, operations, and finance.

“Almost 800 of our 5,000 members are currently engaged in practicing forestry in some sort of urban setting,” says Michael Larock, the ABCFP’s director of professional practice and forest stewardship. “Urban forestry has higher social science content than some of the other science areas of practice.”

Political turmoil in the U.S. and Canada’s inability to fill the gap in the American lumber market have resulted in a number of reactions, said Yurkovich, president, and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. 

“There’s been a price response, so prices are very strong, and that is effectively pushing the cost of the duties to the U.S. consumer and lumber markets.

A recent ForestEdge LLC and Wood Resources International LLC report predicts that U.S. softwood lumber consumption will continue to rise from the lows of the 2008-09 global financial crisis.

It forecasts lumber consumption for non-residential construction will grow the fastest and increase its share of softwood lumber consumption from 11% in 2016 to 14% by 2030.

The need for lumber shows no sign of slowing, but significant barriers to B.C. companies remain in place. Market diversification is now a top priority for Yurkovich.

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Using Recycled Timber in Construction

There are benefits for consumers and the industry in giving old boards a new life. The commercial and domestic sector is addicted to recycled timber explaining the growth that the industry is experiencing.

As the value of high-quality new timber continues to rise, Anna Winneke from The Salvage Yard in Castlemaine, Victoria, emphasizes the importance of fostering a shared understanding about the value of recycled timber, between demolition contractors and building ‘strippers’. Salvage crews can remove up to 80% (by weight) of what would otherwise end up in a landfill. Building waste can cost as much as $70 per tonne to dispose of in Victoria so it is in the demolition contractor’s best interests to repurpose timber and other recyclables. 

The main problem that recycled timber businesses encounter when dealing with demolition contractors, is the lack of worksite coordination. Building strippers can save the demolition business a substantial amount of money, but they need time and space to remove materials safely and effectively. Often there is only a short time-frame for demolition work to be completed, meaning that adequate planning for stripping of recyclables is not allowed for. This problem is being met with a continuous effort from building strippers to engage with contractors at the planning stage and inform them of the many benefits of cooperating with the salvage industry.

If you are interested in getting to know the good, the bad and the ugly of recycling go to https://www.timbertradernews.com/2018/05/02/recycled-timber/

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Tree Trunks: ever wondered how they are cut to produce different appearances and uses?

Wood is one of the most used materials in the world, however many of us don’t know much about its manufacturing process and all the operations that are important for its performance.

Arch Daily explains how a trunk is composed clarifying all its parts and the many ways to saw a trunk and their results.

 

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BTW: €40m investment for Slovenian sawmill

The UK’s leading integrated forestry and timber company has announced its latest investment, the construction of a new sawmill, CHP plant and pellet manufacturing facility which will create 170 new jobs.

The investment will see the construction on three sites, including a modern sawmill in Gomilsko with state-of-the-art wood processing technology. Tony Hackney, Chief Executive at BSW Timber, said: “After seeing the success of our Latvian sawmill we were keen to explore new opportunities within The EU.”

The new sawmill will have the capacity to process an annual input in excess of 300,000m3 sawlogs, making it the largest mill in Slovenia. Its products will be available for the Slovenian market, however, BSW plans to build on its successful Latvian marketing model and predominantly export to international markets, such as UK, Southern Europe, North Africa, North America and Asia. Co-products from the Gomilsko mill will be transferred to Šoštanj where the Company will invest in CHP capacity and pellet manufacturing.

Mr. Hackney added: “From our experience, every direct job at BSW goes on to create an additional five across a range of relating industries, such as harvesting and logistics. This would mean that from our 170 new roles, up to 850 additional jobs could be created across Slovenia.

“We are really excited about the new development, and look forward to a successful future, building relationships with suppliers, stockists and the timber professionals in Slovenia over the coming years.”

 

BSW is set to begin construction in September 2018, with the aim to start production in early 2020.

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Sabah to temporarily ban timber exports: Shafie

This is a measure to be taken to ensure sufficient supply for the domestic industry, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He believes that it will help the local industry such as furniture, to grow. Shafie also says it will provide more employment opportunities to the people of the state.

"I will inform the forestry department and relevant authorities on the temporary export ban of timber until further notice issued by the state government," he said.

Commenting on the briefing, Mohd Shafie said he had explained to Yayasan Sabah regarding its direction as one of the state government's important agencies, on its role in developing human capital and skills from among the people of Sabah.

He said a clear direction was necessary to ensure the wealth owned by the foundation could be fully utilized by people in the state.

"As I have mentioned, Yayasan Sabah has enough resources in terms of a land bank, timber resources, and oil palm but it needs to be fully utilized by the foundation as its main revenue, instead of getting involved in activities in 'grey areas'.

 

On the bonus distribution under Amanah Saham Sabah to the people, Mohd Shafie said he would rather provide employment opportunities to the people as it was more sustainable than giving out bonuses.

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Brazil: Wood-based products exports overcome 2017’s levels

Comparing March 2017 to March 2018, Brazilian exports of wood-based panels have increased 19% in value, from $226.6 million to $270.4 million.

The value of pine sawn wood exports increased 13% between March 2017 (US$39.2 million) and March 2018 (US$44.3 million) while in terms of volume there was an almost 9% increase from 193,400 cu.m to 210,600 cu.m.

Tropical sawn wood exports also increased in March rising 10% from 34,600 cu.m in March 2017 to 38,100 cu.m in March 2018. The value of March tropical sawn wood exports increased 14% from US$15.3 million to US$17.5 million year on year.

There was a rise in the value of year on year pine plywood exports in March (+49%) in value in March. Exports increased from US$43 million to US$64 million year on year. Exports increased from 159,300 cu.m to 194,600 cu.m year on year.

Brazil’s tropical plywood, exports are modest but in March export volumes and values rose; from 13,900 cu.m (US$5.4 million) in March 2017 to 16,600 cu.m (US$7.1 million) in March 2018.

 

An almost 6% increase in the value of wooden furniture exports was recorded in March this year. Exports rose from US$42 million in March 2017 to US$ 44 million in March this year.

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50,000-year-old Kauri log to honour 9/11 heroes

On display in the SCM booth at Xylexpo 2018: a 40 by 6 ft. Antico Table, designed by Renzo and Matteo Piano, was created for the “Ground Zero...Ground Heroes” project after the terror attack in New York on 9/11.

Tane Mahuta in Maori means Millennial Kauri, which is New Zealand's largest and most famous tree.  This is also the oldest wood in the world. Dating back to the Jurassic Period these giants were felled by natural disasters more than 50.000 years ago and remained buried under many feet of mud.  They remained unchanged until the present.  Logs up to 240-ft. long and 27 feet in diameter have been recovered.

The Antico Table, designed by Renzo and Matteo Piano, was created for the “Ground Zero...Ground Heroes” project after the terror attack in New York on 9/11. The proceeds from five kauri tables, were then donated to the children of Italian-American firemen who lost their lives during the attack. The special iron base of Antico Table is the symbol of the Twin Towers wreckage.

 

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Open modular panel timber frame factory to open in Warrington

Countryside Properties has plans to open a closed panel timber frame factory in Warrington to help drive business growth.

The group’s mixed tenure partnership homes division is now bigger than traditional house building and will expand further following the acquisition of the Midlands-based Westleigh housing group for £135m in April.

This acquisition also included the Westframe timber frame factory based in Leicester, where Countryside plans to make further investment.

It also plans to invest £6m in a new closed panel timber frame factory of around 130,000 sq ft in Warrington. Equipment is due to be delivered in the second half of the year.

Once operational the new factory will service our northern and West Midlands regions with a total capacity of 1,500 units per annum helping to secure our supply chain for the longer-term.

Across the group, Countryside raised completions by 15% to 1,655 homes in the first half of the year to March 2018.

Private unit completions increased by 23% to 773 homes. Private average selling price selling prices dropped 11%to £392,000 driven by an increase in private completions from its Partnerships business, particularly the regional businesses outside London where average selling prices are lower.

Ian Sutcliffe, Group Chief Executive, said: “We continue to deliver our strong organic growth trajectory with robust trading in all regions. We enter the second half in great shape and our acquisition of Westleigh will further increase our momentum by expanding our geographic reach and mixed tenure delivery.

“With the continued strong growth in Partnerships and improved efficiency and returns in the Housebuilding division we remain confident of maintaining our sector leading growth over the medium-term.”

 

Partnerships now have 21,698 plots under its control, representing nine years’ supply at current volumes.

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The rise in timber prices calls attention to the need of planting trees

UK timber prices have gone up about 30% in just a year, according to newly-released figures.

Forestry Commission statistics showed a surge in the price of standing timber (trees not yet harvested) - up by 28.2 percent from March 2017 to March 2018. The price of softwood sawlogs went up by 20.8 percent in the six months to March 2018.

Confor said the price spikes reflected a booming wood processing industry and highlighted the need to increase tree planting significantly - to deliver more timber into markets and avoid reliance on imports. It also said there were real opportunities for farmers to diversify and plant a portion of their land with trees to create a more sustainable business model after Brexit.

"We are already the world's second-largest net importer of timber after China but the UK Government is still missing its modest tree planting targets," said Andrew Heald, Confor’s Technical Director.

"Confor is working with members and with governments across the UK to identify ways to bring more timber to market. It is vital that the major's growers, including the Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales, maximize all opportunities to do this."

 

Many farmers and landowners were realizing the benefits of planting part of their land with trees - to provide shelter for livestock, firewood in the medium term, and a cash crop and a more balanced business in the longer term. "For those who already have trees, but have maybe not managed them well - or who have timber in hard-to-access locations - now is a great time to have that asset valued and look at realizing a great price. When you have done that, you can re-plant the land and then consider extending the area covered by trees."

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Hickok Cole: Timber Towers for Philadelphia

Mc Taggart and his team at Hickok Cole Architects designed an interesting timber tower for Philadelphia in a way to make people realize what can be done with wood as an alternative to concrete and steel.

The architects mention some of the reasons that wood is good:

“The Timber Towers contain 58,761 m3 of wood products, easily replenished by North American forests in less than 3 hours. 73,278 metric tons of CO2 would be sequestered in wood. Total emissions savings are the equivalent to taking 12,073 cars off the road for an entire year.”

According to the architect’s cities have built skyscrapers with steel and concrete for more than a century. Even though they are iconic, full of innovation and prosperity, they continue to use materials that are incredibly harmful to the environment. Therefore, the time has come for developers, architects, and policymakers to return to wood, the only truly renewable material that we have on earth.

Even though someone from the concrete industry might claim that cutting trees can also cause problems, such as deforestation and damage in the habitats he explains that’s the reason why sustainably harvested wood with all their restriction on habitat destruction and the requirement for replanting is critical.

There is also a danger in over-promising and over-claiming (as he also re-forces that he does not believe that 98 percent of a tree is utilized) he also says that he is not convinced at all that sixty story wooden towers are an appropriate use of the material.

 

But believes that we learn from every experiment and proposal, and a lot of thought went into this one from Hickok Cole.


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Roundwood reaches consumption record level in Finland

The quantity of Roundwood used in the manufacture of forest industry products increased in 2017 for the fifth year in succession reaching the highest level in ten years.

About 70 million cubic meters of roundwood were consumed in 2017, which was more three percent than a year earlier. It’s higher level of consumption was in 2006 reaching the 76 million cubic meters.

The consumption of roundwood increased from the previous year in all forest industry branches and in all assortments. The chemical pulp industry consumed the highest amount of roundwood, nearly 33 million cubic meters. This was the highest amount recorded in the history of the industry. The total consumption in the sawmilling industry increased to 26 million cubic meters. The most important roundwood assortments were pine pulpwood at 17 million cubic meters, followed by spruce logs at 14 million cubic meters.

One-fifth of roundwood, or 14 million cubic meters, were consumed in the region of South Karelia. It was followed by the region of Kymenlaakso with its consumption of more than seven million cubic meters. In Central Finland, the consumption of roundwood increased to more than six million cubic meters, showing an increase of one fifth or one million cubic meters from the year before, Ylitalo says.

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EUTR and FLEGT licensing on wood trade

The future of the EU trade in tropical timber products relies on the impact of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

FLEGT licensed and CITES certificated timber products are the only products recognized by EUTR as requiring no further checks by EU importers to ensure their legal status.

For those suppliers of tropical timber products that are not FLEGT licensed, there are key issues surrounding the types of information that the EU importers will accept as assurance that there is a negligible risk of illegal harvest.

These issues have been highlighted in recent weeks by the prosecution of one UK importer for a failure to comply with EUTR in relation to sawn wood imported from Cameroon. The prosecution was solely focused on the company’s due diligence systems relating to its purchases of FSC-certified ayous from Cameroon in January 2017.

Although the prosecution acknowledged that none of the material imported was from an illegal source, the company was found guilty of failing to adequately check the legality of the timber when placing it on the market.

The company was fined £4000 in the second successful EUTR prosecution in the UK. The first was last year when a designer furniture retailer was fined £5000 for importing a sideboard from India without carrying out the required due diligence assessment.

In practice, given the extra due diligence steps required to import even FSC certified timber into the EU market, EUTR should offer significant market advantages to tropical suppliers of FLEGT licensed timber.

At present that applies only to Indonesia, which has licensed timber for the EU market since November 2016. The latest data from the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor, hosted by ITTO, suggests that this market advantage may be filtering through into a rise in EU trade with Indonesia for product groups like plywood and decking that have been an immediate focus of EUTR enforcement activity.

It’s also apparent that the rise in trade with Indonesia during 2017 was not universal across product groups. EU imports of wood furniture from Indonesia were flat during the year, while imports of Indonesian flooring and glulam declined.

 

The combination of EUTR and FLEGT licensing offer an immediate opportunity for Indonesian suppliers to retake share in those sectors – like decking and plywood - where Indonesian products are familiar to EU importers and already favored for their strong technical performance, but where demand has been dampened by concerns over the legality of wood supply.

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The new agreement between U.S. LUMBER and Midwest Lumber

The company will have a broader geographic footprint and expanded product mix. This combination is expected to provide more opportunities to employees, customers, and suppliers.

U.S. LUMBER President and CEO Jeff McLendon said: "We are thrilled to be adding Midwest Lumber to the U.S. LUMBER family. The Charpentier family and the Midwest Lumber team have built a fantastic business with a well-earned reputation for providing the highest level of service to both their customers and suppliers.  The Midwest Lumber acquisition advances our growth strategy by expanding our geographic presence and product mix and adds a great group of new people to our team. We're particularly pleased that combining these complementary businesses will enhance the value proposition we offer our trading partners."

Midwest Lumber Vice President of Sales Dave Charpentier added: " We are extremely excited to be joining forces with U.S. LUMBER.  Our teams share very similar cultures and core values based on honesty, integrity, and best-in-class service to our customers.  Becoming a part of U.S. LUMBER will enhance our ability to provide growth opportunities for our employees, customers, and suppliers."

Upon completion of the acquisition, Midwest Lumber will operate under its existing brand name as a division of U.S. LUMBER and will be led by current Vice President of Sales Dave Charpentier. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The companies expect to complete the transaction by early June, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Wood Flow 2018: Log measurement technologies forefront of June series

The main focus of this event that will happen this June is log measurement, scaling and tracking as this has been one of the biggest problems of the forestry sector.

A lot of different technologies have been trailed over the years though for a number of reasons haven’t quite lived up to the hype. 

Poor log measurements impact not only on the returns for the grower and the harvest and haulage contractors but can also have a major bearing on contractual business relationships. Although laser scanning has become a mature and more affordable technology for log measurement in forestry operations, it still remains expensive to adopt and, in some instances, difficult to implement in some real-life operations. Measurement, where payment is based on green weight, manual measurement or weight to volume conversion factors all, have their limitations.

 

As part of the upcoming WoodFlow 2018 series, Mauricio Acuna from the Australian Operations Research Alliance will present findings from recent trials undertaken with local industry using multi-view photogrammetry and commercial 3D image processing software. It’s being tested as an alternative method to automated volumetric measurement of truckloads. The study has also been investigating the accuracy of truck volume calculations using photogrammetric methods and 3D reconstruction software compared to manual systems.

 

Another technology that is being tested is smartphone technology region and internationally.
Very simply, log measurement in the bush, in a container or on the truck is undertaken by taking a photo with a smart device like a mobile phone. Piece count and volume data is recorded digitally and is able to be shared by the link. The system now has over 10,000 users and is used every day by the Estonian and Lithuanian State Forests. Lithuania is also the first country to make photo-optical measurement the official method for timber measurement. Vallo Visnapuu, Chief Executive Officer for Timbeter will be outlining just how the system works and is being used operationally by forestry and wood transport companies at the WoodFlow 2018 event.

Woodflow 2018 runs on 20-21 June 2018 in Melbourne, Australia and again on 26-27 June 2018, Rotorua, New Zealand. It’s run every two years for Australasia’s forestry managers, harvesting and wood haulage contractors and transport planners.

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Warming Climate might speed forest regrowth in eastern US

A new study has confirmed that the warming climate could speed the natural regrowth of forests on undeveloped or abandoned land in the eastern United States.

The results of a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest that as temperatures rise, faster-growing forests on lands that humans have left idle could play a bigger role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, say researchers from Duke University and Syracuse University.

The team conducted the experiment at six sites up and down the eastern U.S., from New York to Florida.

At each site, the researchers followed the early lives of four tree species that are common early arrivals in abandoned farm fields -- loblolly pine, black cherry, red cedar, and sweetgum.

Using plastic wading pools as planters, they grew the trees from seed in plots with varying soil fertility, and with and without different mixes of early succession plants such as broomsedge and goldenrod.

In each plot, the researchers also measured light availability, soil moisture, nutrients and other variables known to affect plant growth.

After two years, the tree seedlings grew faster at southern sites. But surprisingly, other plant species grew slower.

The results are important because average annual temperatures in the eastern U.S. are predicted to warm by five to nine degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.

Rising temperatures could also bring more droughts, Wright cautions. But in the absence of drought stress, even minor warming will likely accelerate the transition from field to forest.

 

This also means that north-eastern meadows that normally persist for decades may become shorter-lived, Fridley said. The forests that replace them probably won't mirror native forests, he added -- especially if cold-intolerant trees that are common colonizers of southern fields find it increasingly easy to survive and take hold in the north.


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German Parquet Production suffers a 4.1% fall

German Parquet Production suffers a 4.1% fall

In 2017, a total of 7.45m parquet to a value of €195.2m was produced in Germany.

The production volume was thus 4.1% lower than the figure of the previous year whilst the production value declined by only 0.2%. These figures were published by the German Parquet Industry Federation (VDP) based on production statistics of the Federal Statistical Office. The only marginal decline in the production value, according to VDP, is due in the first place to price increases which manufacturers implemented in response to higher prices for raw materials.

Predominantly responsible for the decline in production volume over the entire year was the area of multi-layer parquet. The statistics indicate a decline of 4.3% to 6.98m m² compared to the preceding year for this type of parquet. The corresponding production value, at €180.3m, was nevertheless just marginally below the value of the previous year. German strip parquet production declined by 4.7% to 222,069m², although it was possible to increase the production value by 1.6% to €7.8m. In the area of mosaic parquet manufacturing, manufacturers secured a slight increase in terms of quantity to 323,964m² as well as in terms of value to €7.1m.


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Cork: One of Nature's most extraordinary materials

Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber L.). It is 100 percent natural, reusable and recyclable, cork is, whether from the environmental, social or economic perspectives, one of the world’s most versatile materials.

It takes 25 years so that the cork oak can be stripped for the first time and it can only be considered that it has a high standard of quality for producing cork stoppers when it reaches 43 years old.

The first two harvests – the «virgin» cork and «secundeira» cork –, as well as that removed from the base of the tree, become the raw material for insulation, flooring, and products for areas as diverse as construction, fashion, design, health, energy production and the aerospace industry.

The tree is at its most active phase of growth between May and August, that’s when specialized professionals start harvesting. This is also the best time to strip it without damaging the trunk.

The cork oak is the only tree whose bark regenerates, acquiring a smoother texture following each harvest. Over the course of its lifetime, which on average lasts 200 years, it may be stripped around 17 times.

 

Cork Characteristics:

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Here comes another timber tower sprouting In Toronto

This might be the tallest hybrid wood and concrete tower in North America.

Designed by Patkau Architects of Vancouver, in partnership with MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto the jazzy Goldring Centre on the University of Toronto campus,  had Blackwell Structural Engineers design the foundations and structure to anticipate putting a tower on top. This wood building will be brought up together quite fast.

The Goldring Centre was designed to support a steel structure, but wood structures are light as well, so they were able to make the switch to a hybrid Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and concrete structure. There were also a number of incentives besides tall wood's trendiness right now, including government subsidies that promote the use of timber (it's big in Ontario).

Ontario is, in fact, going all out to get people using more wood, and has set up a Mass Timber Institute (MTI) run by Anne Koven, who says it will "animate and excite people and promote building with wood."

 

The Mass Timber Institute will be Canada's first collaborative network to focus on research, development and specialized education in mass timber design and construction. Once fully established, virtual classes will be taught along with opportunities for hands-on training, including living laboratory experiences at several of the demonstration projects.

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Kartell: Furniture maker works wood like shaping plastic

The Italian company Kartell, who is famous for producing plastic furniture has launched their wood furniture line.

A new proprietary technology and a special patent allow the wood in the "Woody" collection to be machined with a mold that extends the curvature of a panel, creating a chair frame with sinuous curves.

The Woody collection features three chairs, including two armchairs, and a footstool. Each piece combines a wooden mold with a plastic base and legs. Wood options include ash, striped rosewood, and princess wooed.

Bending or shaping wood into more intricate shapes has been a popular topic on Woodworking Network especially as of late.

One of the best methods we've seen is Pure Timber's Cold-Bend hardwood, which allows you to incorporate bent wood in furniture without having to steam bend the wood yourself.

 

Another method is the hot-pipe method. It's more intricate, but it could be better suited for smaller pieces.

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Vietnam: Wood exports to hit record high

Vietnam’s wood industry may reach a new record export of US$9 billion this year, due to firms’ purchasing the materials from new markets.

After spending nearly US$200,000 on importing a modern production chain in late 2018, locally-owned X26 Joint Stock Company in Hanoi has earned approximately US$1.2 million in revenue, over the past four months, from exporting its furniture products, up 10% annually.

In April, the industry enjoyed a record export turnover of US$750 million, raising the four-month turnover to a record US$2.65 billion.

Wood Land, one of Vietnam’s biggest wood product exporters, is reported to have signed export contracts for the whole year, with an expected turnover of US$55 million this year, up from US$50 million last year.

 

While enterprises’ production is improving, the global demand for Vietnamese wooden products has been strongly rising, focusing on key markets including the US – which imports 43% of Vietnam’s total wood exports, with China at 14%, Japan (14%) and the Republic of Korea (over 10%). Periodically, the export has tended to strongly increase in a year’s fourth quarter, while demand from these key markets has risen 20% a year.

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The Journey of wood-based Panels

After a reduction from 2008 to 2009, the market few up to 408M cubic meters, however, the pace of growth decelerated over the last three years.

The world economy is expected to experience fundamental changes, supported by decreasing oil prices, the slowdown of the Chinese economy, and the deceleration of the world trade. However, the demand from downstream industries in largest consumer countries is forecast to remain positive, backed up by wide product use, increasing regional integration, and positive conditions for wood-based panel manufacturing. The Asia-Pacific region will remain a key growth market.

China was the key world wood-based panels producing country with an output of about 204M thousand cubic meters in 2016, which accounted approx. for a half of total global output. The other major producers were the U.S. (8%), Russia (4%), Canada (3%), Germany (3%), Brazil (3%), Poland (2%) and Turkey (2%).

In China, production levels increased by +10.4% annually from 2007 to 2016, largely attributed to favorable economic conditions and growth of construction market. The other major producing countries showed mixed dynamics of wood-based panels output in physical terms. In 2007-2016 annual growth rates were especially high in Turkey (+6.5%) and Russia (+4.1%). Germany (-3.7%), Canada (-2.1%) and the U.S. (-1.1%) were major producing countries with an annual decline of wood-based panels output.

The U.S. continues to lead the globe in terms of imports of wood-based panels

The volume of global imports totaled 85.2M thousand cubic meters in 2016. In terms of dynamics, imports were generally in line with exports: this trade flows globally complement each other. In value terms, the total imports stood at $34.9B in 2016, this figure remained relatively stable over the last four years.

In 2016, the U.S. (12.9M cubic meters), Germany (5.6M cubic meters), Japan (4.2M cubic meters), China (3.5M cubic meters), Canada (3.4M cubic meters), the UK (3.4M cubic meters) and Italy (2.7M cubic meters) were the leading destinations of wood-based panels imports, together making up 42% of the global imports. Among the major importing countries China (+1.3% per year) gained the highest annual growth rates from 2007 to 2016. Despite a rapid acceleration in 2014-2016, the U.S. imports of wood-based panels still need to grow a bit more to regain its outset level. By contrast, Japan and the UK recorded a slight decrease with regard to imports, which contracted by -2.0% per year and -1.1% per year, respectively, from 2007-2016. In the other countries, imports remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.


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Gallons of Water Saved by Thinning Sierra Forests

There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say experts from UC Merced, UC Irvine, and the National Park Service. This might be a surprise for those who think of verdant forests as a sign of a healthy environment.

When it comes to the number of trees in California forests, bigger isn’t always better. Trees use a lot of water to carry basic biological tasks. They work as forest steam stacks raking up water stored in the ground and expelling it into the atmosphere as vapor, where it’s inaccessible to humans and forest ecosystems until it falls back to earth as rain and snow. This process — by which plants emit water through tiny pores in their leaves — is known as evapotranspiration (ET). And according to experts, excessive ET may harm a fragile California water system, especially during prolonged, warm droughts.

“Forest wildfires are often considered disasters,” said Richard Yuretich, director of the National Science Foundation’s Critical Zone Observatories program. “But in fact, fire is part of healthy forest ecosystems. By thinning out trees, fires can both reduce water stress in forests and ease water shortages during droughts. And by reducing the water used by plants, more rainfall flows into rivers and accumulates in groundwater.

Forested areas needing restoration are large, but potential changes in water availability are significant. The total effect of wildfire over a 20-year period suggests that forest thinning could increase water flow from Sierra Nevada watersheds by as much as 10 percent. But that assumes the state is willing to invest money and manpower to thin Sierra forests.

 

The U.S. Forest Service says that 6-8 of the 21-million acres it manages in California need immediate restoration. Another 58 million acres nationally also require restoration. For California alone, restoration costs are estimated at $5-10 billion. But according to study authors, restoration might help pay for itself.

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Scientists in Japan produce an alcoholic drink from trees

Researchers at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute have developed an alcoholic beverage made from tree bark, which it says resembles the qualities of an alcohol aged in wooden barrels.

The process involves pulverizing wood into a creamy paste then adding yeast and an enzyme to start fermentation. By avoiding using heat, the specific flavor of each tree's wood is preserved. They have produced tipples from cedar, birch, and cherry. The hope is to have the booze on shelves within three years.

Having experimented with both brewed and distilled versions of the alcohol, the team said that the alcohol presents better as a distilled beverage, with 4kg of cedar wood producing around 3.8 liters of liquid.

Wood fermentation is already used to produce biofuel, but that product contains toxins and is flavorless.

Researcher Kengo Magara acknowledged that “wood alcohol” might not be the most beneficial use of its resources, but referred to the venture as a “dream-inspired” project.

 

The government institute aims to commercialize the product with a private-sector partner and have the liquor on shelves within three years.

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From 'Internet of Things' to 'Internet of Trees'. How can technology help forests?

Smart forest is a project to develop applications for those who own forests park in a way that allows real-time monitoring of their property. It is being created by a group of Portuguese people after the bad period of fires that happened last year during summertime.  

Through a network of low-cost sensors, this project intends to anticipate the environmental conditions conducive to the occurrence of fires and to detect them at the beginning.

The information is then processed and displayed to users via a web-based HTML5-enabled dashboard to run on all devices.

Every time the system detects that something is wrong or suspects that there is a fire starting, the users will receive information and also a cell phone message, an email or even an automatic call.

The information gathered can be available in many ways, "Our idea is to build 'machine learning' algorithms and artificial intelligence to give another value to the information that is collected." These capabilities of analyzing information at various levels can be useful for forest producers, who will have a tool to control production or make estimates, explains Eduardo Henriques.

 

This system has a very big impact in our lives, for those who live near the forest it will be a great way to protect their belongings, it will help to protect the environment, the forests and the benefits that come with forests.

If you want to know more about the Smart Forest Project visit their website here: http://smartforest.pt/ 

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Wood Awards 2018: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design

Entries are now being accepted for this year's Wood Awards, which recognize the UK's best timber architecture, furniture, and products.

All buildings entered into the awards, which were established in 1971, must be built within the UK, while other products including furniture must either be made or designed within the country.

The Wood Awards are free to enter and are judged by an independent panel, which visits all of the shortlisted projects in person.

The deadline for entry is the 25 May 2018, with the shortlist set to be revealed in July and the winners announced at a ceremony on the 20 November.

 

Coastel House was the winner of the ceremony of 2017, a refurbishment by 6a Architects that showcased existing oak beams and added tapered oak columns to a home in Devon.

The categories for buildings are likely to be: commercial and leisure, education and public sector, interiors, private project and a small project.

 

Furniture and product categories usually include bespoke and production made. There will also be a student category that has two cash prizes of £1,000 for winner and £500 for the people's, which is open to those either in education or those who have left in the past 12 months.

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Get to know the Different Types of Wood for Woodworking at Home

Deciding which type of wood you should use for your home or a DIY project can be difficult and very confusing, especially if you are a beginner.

It is important to get to know the properties and characteristics of particular species of wood, otherwise, the result can be a failed project. As you scroll down you will find a brief description of some species of wood that you can use for woodworking at home.

1 – Pine

This is one of the cheapest and most widely available wood species for home woodworking. There are several varieties to choose from, depending on your location.
The color ranges from pale yellow to lighter shades of brown, though not too good at staining.
Depending on the variety and quality of the wood available, pine can be used for anything and everything, from full construction projects to windows and doors, paneling, and even furniture.

2 – Cedar 
       

Western red cedar is the cheapest and most commonly available in home center’s as well as lumber yards. it is also a great option for outdoor furniture and patio decks.  The wood has a fine grain and is very easy to work on. It glues extremely well and doesn't need much in the way of treatment against termites and other pests.

3 – Fir

Since it doesn't stain very well, the best solution is to apply a coat of paint. Due to its denser properties, fir is more commonly used in building and construction.
But due to its plentiful supply and affordable pricing, it is a great option for woodworking beginners to gain some early-on experience with home DIY projects.


4 – Maple

Maple is one of the most popular types of wood for making furniture. It is a moderately hard wood, with decent durability. There is also a softer variety commonly available in lumber yards, which is easier to work with. If you are a beginner, working with hard Maple can be a trying experience, so you may want to start with the softer version at first. Maple is ideal for all kinds of furniture, including larger bedroom furniture. They also make for good cabinets, tables, and chests, as well as in flooring and on veneers.


5 – Oak

A perennial favorite for making furniture as well as paneling and flooring, oak has a beautiful texture. It is resistant to moisture and can be used in outdoor projects as well. The wood is hard and heavy, and not very easy to work with for amateurs.  

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The newest Technology that can automatically identify & separate wood species

Research by FPInnovations has shown that it is possible to automatically separate Canada’s softwood species with a high success rate and will also boost productivity at a dry kiln.

Some of the advantages include reduced costs compared to manual classification, says FP, in addition to improving value, volume, and recovery during sawmilling operations.

The drying costs would also be improved through a better separation of species presenting variations in drying schedules.

Based on the results of a few tests conducted on Eastern species, the technology’s potential was demonstrated in planning operations; however, additional conditions must still be subject to more detailed validation (juvenile wood, moisture and temperature variation, multiple species, rough green lumber).

The proper separation of wood species at the various stages of log processing into lumber is a complex process, but one that could be advantageous to many sawmills. The development of an automated technology to identify and separate wood species at the stages of primary and secondary sawing as well as edging, trimming, and sorting, says FP, would make it possible to extract greater value from each log processed, taking the species into account at the time of processing.

Autolog’s Francis Paquin and FPInnovations’ Zarin Pirouz will speak about their technology at the upcoming OptiSaw - a one-day educational event in British Columbia June 5.


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Karachi: building a forest in the middle of the city

The Japanese method of mimicking nature, and growing forests in the heart of the city, as a way to combat the rising heat that is strangling the residents of big cities, has arrived to Pakistan and India.

As global heating is becoming a massive problem and the urbanisation pushes us all into concretised spaces, cities are starting to struggle with health impacts, such as discomfort and exhaustion, respiratory problems, headaches, heat stroke and heat-related mortality. If we go back to 2015, it is still very fresh the heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, which killed more than 1.200 people.

Rafi ul Hap, member of the Horticultural Society of Pakistan, says that the vanished trees and vegetation have decreased evapotranspiration which is “the natural cooling effects of shading and evaporation of water from soil and leaves”.

Governments are coming up with a lot of decisions to bring down the temperature, such as coating road with a light grey seal, greening rooftop and putting up solar panels. But there is a way much easier and not expensive to do it: to revive the forests.

Shahzad Qureshi, a young entrepreneur heading Urban Forest, has already grown a small forest in Karachi, showing that it is something that can be done.

When I stepped inside the 400 square metres of the concentric patch of trees, all local varieties, there was a visible temperature difference. Qureshi claims it to be a good 4 to 5 C degrees cooler inside the wooded haven than the periphery which is a huge unshaded tract of land in the residential colony of Clifton. The loud and constant chirping of birds drowns the distant screeching vehicles.

Abid Omar, who works with the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative (PAQI), an increase in greenhouse gases raises the temperature by radiative forcing. “Radiative forcing means that the energy that is normally reflected back to space stays trapped within the atmosphere by the accumulation of air pollution and greenhouse cases and causes the temperature to go up.”

To reduce the impact, he said, cities can plan “green zones” by increasing the number of parks and trees.

Another way, he said, was by creating “urban air corridors that help channel the flow of air through the city, bringing in fresh air from outside, and removing polluted air from within city centres”. An air corridor means a continuous flow of air by means of green zones through the city. “Like connecting parks in Karachi to Malir river or those in Lahore to the canals to create an air corridor,” explained Omar.

But is creating forests across the city enough?

Urban planner Farhan Anwar says while growing vegetation may be a good first step, unplanned inner city densification and human dependence on activities generating greenhouse gases – such as carbon and refrigeration gases need to be taken into account.

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The World’s largest single-domed tropical greenhouse in France

Designed by French architecture practice Coldefy & Associates, Tropicalia will span a colossal 215,000 sq ft and will feature a double-insulated, transparent shell-like roof on an unprecedented scale.

A one-kilometre-long pathway will run through Tropicalia will be build in Pas-de-Calais, connecting a variety of tropical landscapes as well as a thundering 82-ft waterfall and an Olympic-size swimming pool stocked with Amazonian fish.

Disconnected from the world outside, a kilometer-long walkway navigates the undulating terrain, allowing guests to take in views of animals, trees, and flowers.

Coldefy & Associates says that a natural greenhouse effect will provide a constant temperature of 28° C inside. It is assumed that some kind of ventilation will be used to maintain this temperature.

Tropicalia is expected to cost around $62 million and is a collaboration with energy company Dalkia. Don’t hop the channel just yet though – the project isn’t set to break ground until 2019, and will welcome its first guests in 2021.


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Forest cleaning and other actions in Portugal

More than 20 elements of the Portuguese Government spent the 24th of March doing cleaning actions and other forestry initiatives from North to South of the country.

The main goal of this initiative is to “make the country aware to this important national cause by collaborating directly in the effort being developed by municipalities, businesses and citizens to reduce the risk of fire."

After a lot of discussion around the short deadline for property owners to clean areas nearby houses and streets the government has decided to extend the date up to the 31st of May, from that day there will be charged fines to those who do not clean their forests or woodlands.

"The clearing of weeds is a step towards a more resilient and fire-resistant forest, a forest that contributes to the vitality of the rural world, which is a source of income for the population and employment of people," according to a press release issued by António Costa's office.

The owners are obliged to clean the weeds in a width not less than 50 meters around houses, warehouses, workshops, factories or shipyards and not less than 100 meters wide on the grounds around villages, campsites, industrial parks , logistics platforms and landfills.

 On land around villages, owners have yet to clear treetops four meters above the ground and keep them at least four feet apart, as well as cutting down all trees and shrubs within five meters of the houses and prevent the branches from growing on the roof.

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The TOP 5 forests to visit during your life

 

There are three types of forests: tropical, temperate, and boreal. They cover around  31% of the Earth's land surface. Scroll down and find out the forests you must visit in your lifetime.

 

1.     Pa Phru Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Thailand;

  • Known for its magnificent mangrove trees as well as its shockingly blue water;

 

2.     Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, Madagascar

  • Offers one of the most unique landscapes in the world — rugged terrain characterized by karst formations;

 

3.     Dragon's Blood Forest, Socotra, Yemen

  • 37% of Socotra's flora are not found anywhere else in the world.

 

4.     Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

  • Japan's environmental ministry included the forest on its list of "100 Soundscapes of Japan," a compendium of the country's most significant natural, cultural, and industrial noises.

 

5.     Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada

  • Canada's Great Bear Rainforest— the sole habitat of the white-furred Kermode bear, a subspecies of black bear — is part of the world's largest coastal temperate rainforest. Some of its most stunning natural features include fjords, granite cliffs, and glacier-capped mountains.

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‘Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa’ (documentary)

This documentary was produced by John D. Liu and the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), commissioned by Form Ghana Ltd.

It reflects the importance and impact of reforestation. It shows the effect of sustainable forestry on biodiversity and the wellbeing of those who work in− and live from the forests, as well as continuously providing timber.

Take a look at a short version of the documentation here:

 

If you want to know more visit this website http://newforestsforafrica.org/documentary/

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New rules for the timber sector in Mozambique

Mozambican Government established new rules for the timber sector, such as the prohibition of exportation of some wood species and exploration of others.

Last Tuesday the Mozambican activist Dulce Combo confessed that the new rules were a surprise for the timber sector and has serious doubts about the capacity to apply them apply them.    

The activist and coordinator of the Advocacy Campaign for the Promotion of Good Governance in the Forestry Sector, Dulce Combo, says that "It is a measure that has surprised the whole world: I do not know if we have enough institutional capacity to oversee and guarantee implementation,".

The Mozambican government forbids the export of "three of the species with demand in Mozambique" and will only be licensed for the domestic market, namely "chanfuta, umbila and jambire". The document also prohibits the exploration and collection of nkula wood, ironwood and mondzo.

From the point of view of Dulce Combo, if the authorities manage to guarantee the application ot these new rules, Mozambique will be stepping forward to stop the illegal logging, mainly because some of the species concerned have not yet been inventoried.

According to the new rules, the exit of wood of native species will only be authorized by means of the presentation of an annual plan of export and the fulfilment of criteria of establishment of industry.

The Government estimates that Mozambique loses around 140 to 187 million of euros annually due to smuggling of wood.

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500 thousand tress have been planted in Pinhal de Leiria

Due to the destruction caused by the fire last summer this area will be reforested through natural regeneration, with 300,000 trees being planted in the scope of voluntary actions.

Among the trees are several forest species such as pines, cork oaks, poplars, chestnut trees, oaks and beeches. The Nature and Forests Institute for Conservation (ICNF), explains that "About two thirds of the forest area will be reforested through natural regeneration, with the germination of tens of millions of plants. Another smaller area (about 4000 hectares) where natural regeneration will not be possible due to at the very young age of the stands of pines, will be reforested with the planting of a large number of trees”.

In spite of the similar plantings to the ones that have taken place in the Pinhal de Leiria, "in a general way, Spring and Autumn, are the seasons of the year in which the climate is usually more suitable for planting", the ICNF stated that "the weather conditions will determine the start and end of plantations "and that" it is not possible to determine with precision the stoppage of the reforestation process in MNL and its resumption ".

The fires of October 2017, which reached 36 counties in the central region, killed 49 and injured 70, and destroyed nearly 1,500 houses and about half a million businesses.

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Exports of Cork Industry continue to increase

For the last decade, the cork industry exports graph is a monotonous upward curve that is on the doorstep of billions.

Corks represent 72%, or 710 million euros. Some 40 million units leave Portuguese factories each year, which guarantee more than two thirds of the world market for wine bottle seals. Most are "natural corks", which is not to say that they are simple cork cylinders. They are subject to treatment and verification through modern technologies..

Even though millions of cork stoppers emerge from the mills, the product that stands firm in the sales leadership is the natural cork because "in the world, we drink less and less, but we drink more and better wine ",, says João Rui Ferreira,  which, he points out," is good news for Portuguese cork ". These corks, are more perfect and more expensive, they are the ones that are used in wines of superior categories.

If ten years ago the virtues between cork stoppers, screwcaps and plastic seals were often discussed on an equal footing, today cork seems to have won the battle. Studies by Nielsen's consultancy firm conclude that in the United States, China or the UK the use of corks allows producers to raise their prices by $ 3.87 to $ 7. Market studies also ensure that 97% of Americans or 83% of French people prefer unequivocally wines that are sealed with stoppers.

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Turning Reforestation into a Booming Business

The Nature Conservancy and World Resources Institute recently co-published "The Business of Planting Trees," which highlights what big business reforestation efforts have become. Their report highlights 14 businesses who have made their money off land restoration in four main sectors: technology, consumer products, project management, and commercial forestry.

For nature lovers, saying you can make money off planting trees may seem like a secondary issue to healing the Earth; but seeing potential payback in an investment means that more companies would be willing to branch out. Literally.

With technology in the forefront of developers' minds, Myanmar based start-up BioCarbon Engineering has tree-planting drones; the company has already placed 2.7 million mangrove trees in a delta of the Irrawaddy River. Their goal is to reach 1 billion with the help of their pod shooting drones.

Sofia Faruqi, who works for the World Resources Institute, told Fast Company that planting trees has become a less laborious and expensive process, so the impetus to do it has heightened.

“Technology is bringing down the cost of tree planting,” she explained. “We’re also seeing consumers take a greater interest in the environment, in particular in restoration and conservation. We’re seeing great political momentum with large government commitments being made in the last couple of years, and we’re also seeing business model innovation continuing at full speed. The confluence of these factors was not there even two or three years ago in the same way that it is now.”

A business circle that's actually a growth cycle for the Earth.

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73 Million Trees Are Getting Planted – The largest ever tropical reforestation

For the past 40 years, 20 percent of rainforests in the Amazon have been chopped down. The project in the Brazilian Amazon is using a new technique for planting trees that results in more, stronger plants–and hopes to cover 70,000 acres in new forests.

A wide variety of seeds from over 200 different species will be supplied by the Xingu Seed Network. Many volunteers collected these seeds from around the world and they’ll be dumped onto deforested land that has been damaged and burned, in order to replenish growth.

Developed in Brazil only a few years ago, the new planting technique is called muvuca. “In Portuguese, it means a lot of people in a very small place,” says Rodrigo Medeiros, Conservation International’s vice president of the Brazil program and the lead on the ground.

“If the world is to hit the 1.2°C or 2°C [degrees of warming] target that we all agreed to in Paris, then protecting tropical forests in particular has to be a big part of that,” M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, tells Fast Company. “It’s not just the trees that matter, but what kind of trees. If you’re really thinking about getting carbon dioxide out of atmosphere, then tropical forests are the ones that end up mattering the most.”

Luckily, deforestation has gone down over recent years. Back in 2015, Brazil pledged to restore roughly 30 acres of deforested Amazon and to increase renewable energy usage by 2030. In that time frame, they also wanted hydropower to factor in up to one-third of their total energy generation. This new project will open up 2,000 temporary jobs for locals and families can gain up to $700 per hectare (equivalent to 2.47 acres).

Despite the reality that millions of acres of rainforest are still disappearing, there are now more trees and other vegetation on the planet than there were in 2003.

 


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Ikea buys forest in Alabama

Ikea is one of the most well-known company for creating affordable furniture and is now focusing in becoming even more environmentally sustainable. This is the Swedish company’s forst forest purchase in the United States.

The forest is located in Alabama and it is 25.000 acre. In total, IKEA owns more than 250.000 acres of forests in European locations. The forest will be managed by a timberland and forest management firm Campbell Global, who works with 2.6 million acres of land around the world.

"Entering the U.S. market is a milestone for our investments in forests, and we believe we will learn a lot here while implementing our long-term approach to forest management and applying for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.” said Ikea's head of financial asset management Krister Mattsson.

Ikea owns over 400 wind turbines and 700.000 solar panels, and is also one of the world’s biggest buyers of FSC-certified wood, and launched a line of furniture made from recycled bottles and reclaimed wood.

They've also undertaken a new business venture: renting out and buying back their own furniture.

CEO and Chairman of Campbell Global, John Gilleland, said in a recent press release, “We are proud to be working with IKEA to promote our shared values. Responsible stewardship is the cornerstone of our culture. We are committed to managing sustainable, working forests to foster optimal forest health and provide direct benefits to local communities.” 

The Swedish Company currently has 355 large stores across 29 countries which receive 817 million visits a year. For perspective, that’s not even counting the 2.1 billion people that visit their website annually.

 

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Wood sector, in Portugal, to double importation values by the next years

The timber sector expects to double the import share in the next few years due to the lack of this raw material due to the fires last summer, said the representative of the association.

The president of the Association of the Wood and Furniture Industries of Portugal (AIMMP), Vítor Poças, confirmed that 30% of the wood used for furniture is imported and that this value might double in the following years. These comments were made after signing the contracts for the creation of 25 wooden parks by a consortium of 14 companies in that area.

According to Vítor Poças, the solution to the problem that the sector will have in a couple of years may be to use the same mechanism applied to the burned wood parks.

"If we have to send a boat or two wooden boats, you can not have a sawmill to buy a wooden boat by yourself," he said.

Therefore, the use of a consortium of companies in the sector allows to bring together "several advantages", in particular in terms of transport and financial capacity.

"This mechanism of joining us in a consortium for the construction of the parks could be a costuming for us to unite and join in the importation of the wood, because we will create capacity and financial muscle", so as "to overcome the deficit of wood that goes obviously happen in Portugal, "said Vítor Poças.

The president of AIMMP said that Portugal already imports "a lot of wood from Spain" and therefore "other places" like Eastern Europe or South America will have to be found.

 


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World’s tallest timber building will be built in Norway

The building "Mjostarnet" will be more than 80 metres tall and will stand 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world's tallest timber building.

 

It is named after its neighbour and Norway’s largest lake Mjøsa. The record-breaking construction will sit on the edge of the north-eastern tip of the lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo.  

The building will  include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. Moelven, a Mjøsa-local Scandinavian industrial group, will supply the timber constructions from local spruce forests required to construct the tower and the swimming pool area.

“We have reached 33 metres to date, meaning we have 48 metres to go,” says the inventor of the project, Arthur Buchardt.

Buchardt hopes that his ambitions to build the world’s tallest timber building may inspire others. “Through Mjøstårnet we demonstrate that it is possible to construct large, complex wooden buildings. The planned construction of the Norwegian Government quarter can become a wooden landmark internationally,” says Buchardt.

Mjøstårnet is the world’s tallest? According to director Rune Abrahamsen of Moelven Limtre AS, the answer is mainly because “HoHo-tower” in Vienna – which will stand 84 metres tall – will not be defined as a timber building.

 

Abrahamsen nevertheless emphasizes that for Moelven and the environment in general, it is important that smart wood solutions are used in as many buildings as possible, preferably in combination with other materials, regardless of whether the building is defined as one thing or the other. 

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A Veneer and Roundwood facility turns Douglas fir into quality Veneer sheets

A philosophy of consistent improvement and innovation has made Coastland one of the largest dedicated veneer facilities in North America.

The company remains versatile to changing market conditions by designing some equipment in-house and looking overseas for new solutions.

The company also operates two separate dryland sorts; Howe Sound Sort in Port Mellon and Menzies Bay Sort in Campbell River. To complete the veneer peeling process, Coastland also operates a drying facility on Annacis Island in Delta, B.C., where they have three dryer lines and a fourth dryer scheduled to be online in late June of this year.

The veneer production process begins with the use of either a Wagner log loader to unload logging trucks for direct input into the mill, or a Cat 980 loader for any loose log inventory that needs to be inputted into the process. Currently, the logs enter one of two saw lines for processing to 103 inches for the peeling process.

Green veneer is barged from Nanaimo to Coastland's drying facility inDelta. About 70 per cent of their veneer product is dried. The rest is sold in green form to people who dry it themselves and produce products such as plywood and laminated veneer lumber.

The Nanaimo facility produces 32 square foot (4x8 - foot) veneer sheets, as as fence posts and tree stakes from the cores.


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Arboricole – The Vertical Forest That Brings City Dwellers Closer to Nature

Vincent Callebaut is the Belgian ecological architect who won the the public vote of the “Imagine Angers” international design competition with a lush vertical forest designed as an innovative residential, multi-purpose environment.

For those who don’t know, Arboricole is a 50-apartment building complete with a bar, concert hall, brewery, and art spaces. This smart building uses plants and renewable energy technology for a functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing piece of architecture.
The competition pushed architects to help renew the landscape of Angers, France, Callebaut's design is an incredible example of new city living.

 One of the main attractions are the incredible plantlife that is incorporated throughout the building. “Living in an apartment at the heart of a vertical nourishing forest reminds us of our childhood dream,” the firm writes. There was made a thoughtful selection and placement of the plants allows for variation of air temperature and humidity to mimic the surrounding environment, and also filters light and shadow in a pleasing manner.

The planters that scale the building are connected, allowing rainwater to trickle from top to bottom and pool into a first-floor pond. And to finish things off, recyclable materials are used through the construction in order to bring things full circle.

By placing people in close contact with nature, the firm hopes to activate them into a better understanding about their environment, allowing them to more deeply enjoy the urban space. And though the design didn't win the main prize, the vote by the public demonstrates the positive impact Callebaut's work can make, even as a concept.


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Firewood Permits Available since the 2nd of April

Personal firewood cutting permits for 2018 are now available at all Bitterroot National Forest offices. These permits allow woodcutters to take up to 12 cords of firewood. A cord is the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.

The cost of these permits is $20 for a minimum purchase of four cords. Additional cords may be purchased for $5 per cord for a total of 12 cords per individual per year and can be purchased every week day at any Forest Service office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Personal use wood permits allow you to remove downed timber or to cut standing dead trees under most conditions on National Forests and Grasslands, and Bureau of Land Management lands within Montana, Northern Idaho, and portions of North and South Dakota. It’s important to check with the local ranger station to see if there are any specific local restrictions or requirements.

Woodcutter must carry their permits when harvesting wood, keep their vehicles on designated roads and trails, have an approved spark arrester on chainsaws and splitters and carry a shovel and fire extinguisher. No wood can be cut or gathered within 150 feet of streams, creeks or waterways.

Woodcutters should also use caution while driving on Forest Service roads. Many remain snow covered and icy at higher elevations. Roads at lower elevations are wet and muddy and the soft roadbed can easily be damaged by vehicle traffic.

For more information and guidelines check the firewood permit and firewood cutting handout available at all Bitterroot National Forest offices or visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot.

 

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To save our forests let’s start with the cities

Between 1960 and 2015, the world’s population more than doubled to 7.5 billion people. For the first time, more than half of us now live in cities. We have to start looking after cities so we can save our forests.

The world continues to lose tropical forests at an alarming rate and degradation, the process of diminishing the biological functions of forests, accounts for about a quarter of carbon emissions associated with tropical forests.

As there is more people living in the cities, the patterns of our lifestyle and consumption have been changing. Inhabitants of cities eat more animal based and processed food and as we know, use more energy as well.

All this increase the need for agricultural land to raise animals and grow the crops that feed them. At the same time, rising demand for housing pushes the boundaries of cities into neighboring forests and farmland.

Increasing levels of inequality, job and food insecurity in cities around the world means recent urban migrants often continue to rely on resources from forests both within cities and on the urban periphery, furthering accelerating degradation, deforestation and loss of biodiversity, as they adjust to a cash-based lifestyle.

So what is the solution if we are going to protect forests while accommodating this historical shift from the countryside to cities?

The landscape approach includes social, political and economic dimensions alongside ecological and physical ones. It’s not one-size-fits-all – each landscape has its own challenges and opportunities requiring a customized set of tools and addressing the varied land use concerns of multiple stakeholders. As a colleague of mine once said, it’s about muddling through – albeit with purpose – and being flexible enough to adapt to change.

 

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Cork Oak elected the European Tree of the Year

Planted 235 years ago the Portuguese cork oak “The Whistler” won this wednesday the title of the European tree of the year. The tree has become a tourist attraction in Águas de Moura especially to Asian tourists.

The Oak tree from Águas de Moura had a total of 26.606 votes  during the month of February.
According to UNAC - Union of the Mediterranean Forest, the Whistler, was named after being one of the bird that usually is on its branches. Planted in 1783, this cork oak has already been discarded more than twenty times. 

Secretary general of the UNAC, Nuno Calado, has highlighted the importance that this award brought to Portugal “This cork oak represents an enormous contribution to biodiversity and ecosystem services, the fight against climate change, as well as contributing to the Portuguese economy”

ICNF – Institute for the Conservation of Nature, added that “about a year and a half ago, we qualified the surrounding environment, limiting the access under the cork oak, creating a zone of contemplation, with bilingual information", revealing that it is the Asian tourists who most seek to see the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening to the Forests?

When talking about taking care of forests, it is not only a matter of what can forests do for us or what can we do for them. It is needed to look in the same terms to both sides.

On the 21st of March, the Forests International Day, Robert Nasi, director of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) talks about what is happening in the different forests around the world, and the importance of the private investment in the in restoration and CIFOR’s unique role.

 


 

Watch video here: https://forestsnews.cifor.org/55311/state-of-our-forests?fnl=en / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8FBIQhC92U

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The Evolution of the Miter Saws

These machines have been present for more than 100 years in the market, there have already been several changes related to the feedstock and versatility.

The miter saw was created by Whilhelm Altendorf in Germany in the year of 1906.
At the time, the idea was considered very innovative, it allowed for the first time to cut a perfect angle without the use of square, ruler, meter or pencil.

In 108 years of history the concept remains the same but there was a big development in the material used to build the machine also in the feedstock and technology used to make the cutting process more precise, productive and safer.

The evolution of the cutting technology has followed the steps of the world of technology.

Let’s think about the evolution of the raw materials for the elaboration of the furniture. "We had furniture made of solid wood. Today, we have the reconstituted wood panels (MDF, MDP, for example), and from there arises the need for appropriate machines ", says José Carlos Rehme, the senior business analyst of the Technological Services and Innovation sector of the Arapongas Senai (PR).

Another important element mentioned by Rehme is that the solid wood goes through several processes and, finally, the finish (painting, for example). 

 

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Woodworking machinery industry in Italy with great numbers

According to Acimall’s latest figures, 2017 was a very good year for the Italian woodworking industry. The value of production went up to 11.6% comparing to the previous year while the exports had a 7.1% increase compared to 2016.

On the top 10 export markets we can find the United States at number one followed by Germany, Poland and France. Domestic buyers spent a total of EUR894 million in 2017 compared to EUR743 million in 2016. Acimall believes that domestic sales could cross the EUR1 billion mark this year, a new record since 2001’s EUR900 million.

“Italian users are clearly going through a period of greater confidence which, combined with state incentives, is generating strong demand, exceeding even the most optimistic expectations,” said Dario Corbetta, Acimall director.

In the past few years, Italy’s wood and furniture industry experienced a tough season, which saw all investments reduced.

Corbetta added that upgrading machinery will enable Italy’s woodworking and furniture industry to leverage on technology and enterprise management systems to regain competitiveness.

Prices as of January 1 show substantial stability, with a 1.1% increase, the same trend recorded during the July-September period.

Most association members surveyed said employment will remain more or less the same.

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Amazon deforestation is close to irreversible changes

Scientists considered that deforestation rates ranging from 20% to 25% could turn Amazon's hydrological cycle unable to support its ecosystem. These irreversible changes will transform the landscape into degraded savanna with sparse shrubby plant cover and low biodiversity.

The article in the Science Advances journal was co-authored by Thomas Lovejoy, a professor at George Mason University in the United States, and Carlos Nobre, chair of Brazil's National Institute of Science & Technology (INCT) for Climate Change.

According to the authors, since the 1970s Amazon generates approximately half of its own rainfall, the question has been raised of how much deforestation would be required to degrade the region's hydrological cycle to the point at which it would be unable to support rainforest ecosystems. the tipping point would be reached if approximately 40% of the region were deforested. In this case, central, southern and eastern Amazonia would experience diminished rainfall and a lengthier dry season.

Climate change and indiscriminate use of fire by agriculturists during the dry season to eliminate felled trees and clear areas for crops or pasture have affected the hydrological cycle.

"Although we don't know the exact tipping point, we estimate that the Amazon is very close to this irreversible limit," Nobre said. "Deforestation of the Amazon has already reached 20%, equivalent to 1 million square kilometers, although 15% [150,000 km²] is recovering."

 

To keep the Amazon tipping point at bay, the researchers advocate not just strict control to prevent further deforestation but also the construction of a safety margin by reducing the deforested area to less than 20%.

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660,000 trees were planted in England’s largest forest for more than 30 years

 

Schoolchildren from Glendale Middle School in Wooler, Northumberland, helped planting 660,000 trees. The group was formed by pupils with ages between 9-10 years. This marks the beginning of the largest forest in England for a generation.

“For the rest of your lives, you will be able to see these trees growing. As you grow up, the trees will grow with you.” This was the message that the Project Manager, Andy Howard, shared with the group of children.

The children were shown and learnt how to plant oak and birch tree. Around 65,000 trees will be planted in the next few weeks, mainly Sitka spruce, but also oak, birch, alder, Western red cedar and Noble fir.

There will be a lot of benefits to the North-East economy, Environmental benefits include the restoration of a rare peat mire on the site and the extension of a buffer zone to protect red squirrels.

Mr Howard, whose two children also planted trees, said This is a hugely important and symbolic day, both for me personally and the forestry industry - and probably the proudest day of my working life."

Richard Greenhous, Director of Forest Services at the Forestry Commission, said: “Doddington is a remarkable project that has served as a learning experience for all of us, informing future processes, and leading us closer towards achieving the government and forestry sector’s ambitions to plant more trees in this country.”

 

The Doddington site is 354 hectares, with 268 hectares to be planted. 

 

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Angolan province of Namibe with large amounts of wood in hold

An interministerial commission is in the province of Namibe to assess the large quantities of timber retained, including 20 containers destined for China.

 

According to the Director of Forest Development (IDF) of Angola, Simeão Zau, the wood is retained in that province since January. The team will visit shipyards where the wood is stored for export and the procedures used in cutting.

 

“We are here to try to understand how 20 containers of wood from the province of Cuando Cubango can reach the Port of Namibe, without proper documents, "said the IDF director.

In the last forest season, there were constant reports in the social networks of dozens of trucks that circulated daily in several provinces of Angola, in the north, center and southeast of the country, loaded with logs for export, without any local transformation.

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New Brunswick believes pellets can help combatting climate change

In December 2016, the government of New Brunswick released its Climate Action Plan (CAP), The plan lists more than 100 action items to combat climate change including expanding energy efficiency and clean energy programs across all sectors and all fuels.

New Brunswick has four wood pellet plant producing about 190.000 tones annually, owned by Group Savoie, H.j. Crabbe & Sons, Marwood, and Shaw Resourcces. J.D. Irving is studying the potencial for a 100.000 tonne-a-year plant in St. Leonard, the feasibility of which is highly dependent on finfing a secure outlet for pellets.

A limited number of public institutions – schools, hospitals, and churches – have installed wood pellet boilers for heating. Some homeowners have installed wood pellet stoves as a lower cost alternative to oil and electrical heating systems. Yet the province’s wood pellet industry would be capable of so much more with the support and engagement of government and NB Power.

The government and NB Power should recognize that wood pellets are a cost-effective, reliable, sustainable, and carbon-beneficial fuel for replacing coal as has been proven at many power stations around the world. The government has also committed to phase out the use of fuel oil for heating publicly funded buildings.

There are technical and economic benefits of wood pellets over electricity, wood pellet heating appliances are commonly at least 80 per cent efficient, compared to 35 per cent efficiency for coal-generated electricity used for heat. Increasing the use of wood pellets for heat would help NB Power to reduce peak electricity demand during winter cold periods and enable its customers to lower their home heating costs. Moreover, a wood pellet stove can be coupled with a small emergency electricity generator to provide secure heat during power outages.

Transitioning to a Low-carbon Economy, the government has made a major commitment to combatting the effects of climate change. New Brunswick's wood pellet industry is well-positioned to play its plart, but needs the support and engagement of GNB and NB Power to make this happen.

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After Brexit, the UK guarantees to preserve FLEGT commitment

In relation to policy initiatives like FLEGT, the decline in the relative significance of the EU as an importer of timber products after Brexit will be mitigated by the commitment of the UK government and timber trade to continue to support the VPA process and EUTR.

Speaking at a meeting organized by the UK Confederation of Timber Industries in February, Therese Coffey, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), stated that: “When the UK leaves the EU, the Withdrawal Bill will make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.

That [includes] two regulations that the UK timber sector played a great role in shaping: the European Union Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Environment Governance and Trade Regulation”.

She went on to state that: “We are committed to supporting sustainable and legal timber and forest industries and recognize the value of the EUTR and the EU FLEGT initiative in assuring this."

This was believed to be the first time that a UK minister had made a definitive statement of this kind and was welcomed by the audience of forestry and timber sector representatives and leading businesses.

The UK timber sector was at the forefront in the development of the EUTR and the EU FLEGT initiative and the vast majority of our members support their retention post-Brexit,” said David Hopkins, UK TTF Managing Director, and Director of the CTI.

The EUTR is a business-friendly, flexible regulation to ensure goods are sourced responsibly, protecting the environment and business reputation. Abandoning the regulation [and support for the EU FLEGT initiative] now would cause unnecessary upheaval and market confusion.

 

I would like to thank the Minister for this commitment and giving us the certainty our sector needs.”

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Amazon Rainforest can become a savanna

At the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, in 2015, Brazil promised to reforest 12 million hectares of the forest until 2030. The Amazon accounts for 17% of its original area totally deforested. If you miss more than 20%, due to the misleading way, the forest is turned into a savannah, according to an article published in the journal "Science advances".

"We believe that the negative synergies between deforestation, climate change and indiscriminate use of forest fires indicate a tipping point, a point of no return, to transform the parts south, east and central Amazonia in a non-forest ecosystem if deforestation reach between 20% and 25%,"

The article was signed by the Brazilian researcher Carlos Nobre, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and by the American professor Thomas Lovejoy, from George Mason University.

"We believe that the negative synergies between deforestation, climate change and indiscriminate use of forest fires indicate a tipping point, a point of no return, to transform the parts south, east and central Amazonia in a non-forest ecosystem if deforestation reach between 20% and 25%,"

To reach the conclusion, the duo used the concept of "Savannah" of the Amazon, which began to be studied after discovering that forests will interfere with the rainfall regime. The Amazon Rainforest has estimated that half of the rainfall occurs as a result of moisture by evapotranspiration - the transpiration of trees - that reclaims the air currents of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Thus, if you lose a large number of trees, the Forest recycle less rain, with a greater chance of fires arise. In this way, the vegetation ends up being changed. The result is that fragments of forests have been transforming in Savannah, different from what we know.

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Ontario invests 3,2$ million in Columbia Forest Products

Ontario is investing nearly 3,2$ million in Columbia Forest Products' plywood mill in Hearst, Ontario and its hardwood veneer plant in Rutherglen, Ontario.

Over five years, the money will support Columbia's infrastructure project, enabling it to create and maintain nearly 350 jobs and support economic growth in the area. Columbia will modernize its equipment, maximize production capacity, increase competitiveness, and expand into new markets.

“A respectful working relationship between the Ontario government, our union partners and Columbia’s leadership team in Ontario continues to strengthen as evidenced by the ongoing expansion and modernization of Columbia’s Ontario hardwood plywood and veneer operations — a positive case study that witnesses complementary organizations working together to build a solid future for Columbia’s dedicated Ontario team members,” said Gary Gillespie, executive vice-president of Canadian plywood and decorative veneer operations at Columbia Forest Products.

“I am happy to see the investment we are making in northern Ontario, and the support this will provide to families in Ontario,” said Minister of Economic Development and Growth Steven Del Duca.

Columbia Forest Products is one of North America's largest manufacturers of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products. Columbia's decorative interior veneers and panels are used in high-end cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures.

 

By generating over 15,3 billion in revenues and supporting approximately 172,000 direct and indirect jobs, the forestry sector is a significant part of communities across the province.

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Portuguese brothers “Campana” and their first time working with wood

Humberto Campana and Fernando Campana are two Brazilian brothers very well known in the Art-Design sector. Recently they were challenged to build furniture with products from Portugal, the selected product was cork.

This is an invitation from “Experimenta Portugal” witch main theme is “Culture & Art” for this year.
The cork and the Portuguese furniture then serve as a motto for the work of the Campana brothers, who have never worked with these materials. The final result will be presented in São Paulo, in June, integrated into the schedule of homage to the Day of Portugal.

 

Regarding this challenge, Humberto Campana was in Portugal to meet the partners. During the visit, the designer said that the trip brought the awareness of his Portuguese heritage and more knowledge about cork: "It has always fascinated me, not only because it is an ecological material but because of its lightness. The texture, variety of applications and insulation enrich the possibilities of expressing, through this material, new concepts and gestures” he says.

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Architects Return to Prefer Wood

Economical, versatile and environmentally friendly engineered timber is the ‘new concrete’. At the same time, this stuff – wood – is so ancient that 18th-century theorists believed that Adam built the first house out of it in the Garden of Eden. Mild-mannered, unassuming timber has gone into a phone box and come out as a super-substance.

For a century, there was no safe alternative to concrete and steel but now some architects are turning to compressed wood for its surprising strength and beauty. But Glen Corbett, a fire science professor at John Jay College, thinks wood could fuel an inferno that firefighters can't fight

Some of the benefits of wood is that it can absorb humidity based on the surrounding conditions and temperature. This improves the indoor climate of wooden houses especially if the interiors are also decorated with wood. Studies of different wood species indicate that pine, being a soft wood, has the best capabilities in absorption and release of moisture.

 Recently, a research has shown that School children in timber buildings experience less stress, have fewer conflicts and concentrate better. These are findings from a Human Research Institute study where two classes, one located in a wooden classroom and the other in different surroundings, were compared.

Wooden interiors create a pleasant acoustic environment. The sounds can be described as “softer” than the ones in interiors designed with other materials. Wooden interiors also seem to have a calming effect on blood pressure and pulse.

After this quick growth in wood construction the question that remains is if wood building construction is safer than concrete and steel buildings.

 

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US hardwood lumber and veneer exports reached $ 96.74 million during 2017

The exportation of these products to the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region including Pakistan has reached $96.74 million in 2017 according to a statement released by the American Hardwood Export Council.

The announcement of these values was made during the opening of the Dubai WoodShow, according to the data released, exports of American hardwood lumber reached a value of $75.46 million and a volume of 92,273 cu m, marking an increase of 20 per cent and 17 per cent respectively over 2016.

A quarter of all US hardwood lumber shipped to the Mena region was destined for the UAE last year. A large percentage of what goes to the UAE is for re-export to neighbouring Gulf markets, as well as to markets further afield.

Increases were also seen in exports to Saudi Arabia (up by 10 per cent in volume to 6,539 cu m), and Jordan (up by 12 per cent in volume to 4,395 cu m). In addition, American hardwood veneer exports to Lebanon also increased by 27 per cent to reach a value of $3.317 million in 2017.

“As a result, the US is the number one supplier of temperate hardwoods to the Middle East. Timber is certainly experiencing a global renaissance as a preferred material and as architects and designers seek out natural material alternatives across a variety of applications, we expect to see American hardwoods becoming increasingly widely-specified in the region,” says Roderick Wiles, AHEC regional director.

 

 

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50% of Amazonian Species in Danger due to Climate Change

A study published on Wednesday shows that by 2080, biodiversity will be threatened in 33 regions unless we do something to change it. In all the regions climate isn’t the only problem, there are other threats to fauna and flora such as: urbanization, loss of habitats, illegal hunting, unsustainable agriculture, for example.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that "The world's biodiversity will suffer terribly for the next century unless we do everything in our power".
Plants also will be affected as they adapt more slowly and move less easily. Consequently, this can affect the animals that depend on them.

Conclusion: "Much more effort will be needed to keep the temperature rise at its absolute minimum," the WWF insists.

The Mediterranean, has three emblematic sea turtle species, they would see about a third of its plants, mammals and amphibians threatened at + 2 ° C if there is no possibility of adaptation.

 

This extinction does not just mean the disappearance of species but also a lot of changes in the ecosystems that provide vital services to people, such as food, tourism or research on future drugs.

 

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The Portuguese Company that Builds Modular Homes

People are starting to choose more and more modular houses even though this concept is new in Portugal and only now the banks have started financing credits for this type of construction.

Maybe because it’s ecologic and cheaper or maybe because it is way faster to build, people believe in modular homes more than they once did. Modular Houses tend to be a growing industry in the next decade.

JGDS is a home construction and remodelling company that sets itself apart from all others by exploring efficient, safe, functional, and modern home building concepts.

Nowadays you can design a prefabricated house for you with all you ever wished for. You can go for a more traditional style or you can go for a modern approach. It is possible to work and plan your dream house with the company you choose to run your project and discuss formats, finishes and other interesting design details. Remember that it is an expanding market and that new and better possibilities are always emerging.

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Earth Day is Coming but Forests Status is “dire”

Forests are one important element in the world but it’s alarming the way they keep disappearing. Earth day will be celebrated on the 22nd of April but what people don’t know is how human needs are killing the world's landmass.

Since 1990 the world has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of forests every hour.
rion Cruz, deputy director of forest and climate policy for Earth Day Network,  said "Forests are being eliminated at a very rapid rate and collectively we need to address this problem as quickly as possible. There's still time to do this, but that time is quickly running out."

Many other countries such as Brazil, Thailand, Congo and parts of Eastern Europe also have significant deforestation, according to United Nations data.

New infrastructure make very remote areas much more accessible for mining, farming or settlement, is also "often the precursor to deforestation," Rod Taylor, global director of the World Resources Institute's Forests Program, said.

If you are interested to know, here are two suggested solutions from conservationis:

  • Protecting the rights of indigenous people who live in forests, because they are often viewed as being the best stewards of the land.
  •  Promoting soil restoration and reforestation efforts, while working with governments and nongovernmental organizations to establish protective zones and employ more balanced land-use practices.

 

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The $20 million investment from Red Stag Group to Kiwibuild

 

The largest sawmill in the Southern Hemisphere, is thinking about investing more than $20 million on a large-scale cross-laminated timber plant. The plant is expected to be operational by mid-2019,  and to produce around 50,000 cubic metres of cross-laminated timber in just two years.

Red Stag invested more than $100 million developing New Zealand’s first ‘super mill and is now expanding its operations to the production of cross-laminated timber. New Zeland is one of the countries which wood manufactures can see a big potencial for their industry.

Recently earthquakes showed wooden buildings outperformed concrete and steel structures, this event made the wood industry grow even more in the construction area.

 Red Stag Group chief executive Marty Verry said “Our vision is that wood will be the norm in mid-rise buildings by 2030, and I can see the KiwiBuild target being achievable in the early 2020s as a result,”

We remind you that KiwiBuild programme aims to deliver 100,000 affordable houses over the next 10 years.

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Floresta: há 40 milhões de eucaliptos prontos a ir para o terreno

Um relatório divulgado nos últimos dias pelo Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF), mostra que os viveiros florestais têm actualmente certificados para 33,5 milhões de plantas certificadas e 10 milhões de estacas certificadas. Segundo comunicado destas associações, este material de reprodução florestal pode gerar a arborização e rearborização de mais de 35.mil hectares de eucalipto na atual época de plantação, com 24,4 mil hectares de eucalipto globulus seminal, 8 mil hectares de eucalipto globulus clonal, 1,8 mil hectares de eucalipto nitens e 1,1 mil hectares de eucalipto híbrido.

Preocupados com este cenário, responsáveis da Quercus e da Acréscimo pedem ao Estado que seja mais efectivo na fiscalização de modo a evitar de plantações não autorizadas de eucalipto, e em particular nas áreas afectadas pelos grandes incêndios de 17 de Junho e 15 de Outubro de 2017.

No sentido de combater a falta de legalidade, os riscos de abandono da gestão e assegurar a diminuição do risco social associado às plantações, a Quercus e a Acréscimo pedem ao Governo que aplique sanções efectivas aos responsáveis por plantações ilegais, tendo em conta os elevados riscos para as populações, sobretudo em regiões de baixa densidade populacional, como se constatou a 15 de Outubro último

A necessidade de rastrear, através da documentação fiscal que acompanha o transporte, o circuito de comercialização de eucaliptos, desde a saída do viveiro até ao local de instalação; bem como a necessidade de, no âmbito das validações e autorizações de plantações e replantações, incluir uma avaliação financeira e comercial aos investimentos comunicados ou sujeitos a pedido de autorização são apontadas como medidas urgentes para combater possíveis problemas neste sector.

 

De recordar que nos grandes incêndios de Pedrogão Grande e de Góis, as plantações de eucalipto ocupavam 60% da área florestal ardida. Importa ainda relembrar a forte tendência de envolvimento dos eucaliptais nas áreas ardidas registadas ao longo da última década (2007-2016), alertam os responsáveis por estas organizações ambientais.

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Canadian lumber producers buoyant about 2018 as duties expected keep prices high

The number of U.S. housing starts beat expectations by surpassing 1.33 million in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, with single family starts increasing 7.6 per cent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s figures. Housing permits approached 1.4 million.

Conifex Timber Inc. chairman and CEO Kenneth Shields said last week he also expects repair and remodelling markets will remain robust.

“With this favourable demand backdrop coupled with duties on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S., we expect lumber prices to remain strong in 2018,” he said during a conference call about its 2017 results.

The Vancouver-based producer said its earnings per share more than doubled last year as it posted record revenues that rose 15 per cent.

Shields added that the growth in demand is going to outstrip the increase in supply of lumber for the next 18 to 36 months in the U.S.

“Although prices could very well remain volatile, the trends will be pointing upwards, not down.”

Prices have been creeping up annually and stood at US$528 per thousand board feet for Western SPF lumber shipped from Canada, up from an average of US$278 in 2015 and US$401 last year.

At these prices, harvest reductions in British Columbia will likely be deferred while production will accelerate, Shields said.

Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said the thinking among Canadian producers has changed over the past year. They originally expected to absorb half the duties with the other half being passed on to consumers.

What happened was that producers pushed all of the duty to consumers and more, he said in an interview.

“They’re cautiously optimistic, but if you ask them internally they’re giddy inside.”

Quinn said lumber prices, which reached a nominal high last year, will abate once a new softwood lumber agreement is negotiated in a year or so after the U.S. government is forced by an administrative review panel to drop the duty rate.

Other large western Canadian producers are equally positive about the year.

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. CEO Ted Seraphim said North American lumber demand should grow by two-billion board feet per year, while U.S. production will only modestly increase by 750-million to one-billion board foot range annually.

Volatility last year over uncertainty about duties made buyers reluctant to buy lumber but Seraphim said he’s encouraged by the improving supply-demand fundamentals.

“Our longer-term view is really positive,” he said during a conference call.

Don Demens, CEO of Western Forest Products Inc., said record lumber prices largely offset the impact of U.S. duties as lumber revenues fell six per cent last year despite a 13 per cent decline in shipments.

The company has reversed plans to cut back on capital investments because of uncertainty in the softwood dispute.

“Our view is there’s not very much uncertainty anymore. We know the duties we have and we know the process ahead of us,” Demens told analysts last week.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage met with Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross February 7, pressing the U.S. for an exemption for New Brunswick and some Quebec border mills from softwood lumber duties, according to a U.S. government filing.

With New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant in attendance, LePage told Ross softwood lumber production in Maine is down since the duties were announced, pushing about 500 people each week onto the unemployment rolls, according to a summary of the meeting.

LePage said some Canadian producers are skirting U.S. duties by selling lumber to Cuba, which is then selling to Puerto Rico.

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USDA announces referendum dates for softwood lumber research and promotion program

The referendum will be held from April 17 through May 14, 2018.

The research and promotion program will continue if it is favored by a majority of domestic manufacturers and importers voting in the referendum, who also represent a majority of the volume of softwood lumber represented in the referendum.

To vote in the referendum, manufacturers and importers must have domestically manufactured and shipped or imported 15 million board feet or more of softwood lumber from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, to have been subject to assessments during that period and currently be subject to assessment under the program.

AMS will conduct the referendum by mail. AMS staff will mail ballots and voting instructions to all known eligible manufacturers and importers before the voting period. More information about referendum procedures is in Subpart B of the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order.

The softwood lumber program is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. The program was developed to strengthen the position of softwood lumber in the marketplace, maintain and expand markets for softwood lumber, and develop new uses for softwood lumber within the United States.

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Make wood products more valuable to customers

 

That was the view of Gene Wengert, the Wood Dr., who spoke on the final day of Wood Pro Expo in Charlotte, Feb. 16.

Wengert discussed the future of wood markets, and what manufacturers of wood products could do about imports, shortages and prices.

Lumber prices and demand are being driven by a number of factors, including the need for larger numbers of railroad ties for the trains hauling oil. Wengert said that railroad tie demand would lead to shortages or higher prices of No. 2 and No. 3 Common lumber.

There is no shortage of wood in North America, but there is a shortage of people to harvest the trees and to drive the trucks that deliver the wood. China is moving containers into U.S. woodlands and buying logs directly. Wengert estimated that 60 percent of U.S. sawmills have closed in recent years.

The Ikea purchase of a large tract of Alabama woodland is seen as a major story by Wengert, and he believes more wood product manufacturers will become more involved in their wood supplies.

He believes the U.S. needs to continue to improve yield and efficiency and use advanced marketing that emphasizes ecological and pollution benefits of domestic wood products.

The Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo will both return to Charlotte March 6-8, 2019, co-locating at the Charlotte Convention Center. 

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Timber production slowed by felling and logging problems

The weather-related problems that have been plaguing timber harvesting, logging, and transportation in many parts of Europe for quite some time have meanwhile led to restrictions in the output of the sawmilling industry in southern and central Sweden as well. Quite a number of sawmilling facilities have therefore been unable to obtain adequate supplies of logs in the past few weeks, preventing them from maintaining the hitherto high level of cutting and leaving them with no option but to throttle back their output. 
Owing to the absence of or insufficient frost, the permissible gross laden weight for log-transport vehicles on forest tracks has been reduced to 12 t in some regions; transport vehicles with a gross weight of up to 64 t are normally permitted on forest roads in Sweden.

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Australia to welcome new era for commercial timber construction

These proposed changes in the draft 2019 NCC builds on the program of work undertaken by FWPA, which saw similar changes for apartments, hotels and offices in the NCC 2016. 

The new proposal has achieved the support of the Australian Building Codes Board’s technical committee, with extensive modeling to demonstrate that timber construction systems can meet the required building and fire safety standards.

Timber construction systems permitted under the Code would include both traditional ‘stick’ framing and newer ‘massive’ timber building systems utilizing glue-laminated timber, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), as well as cross-laminated timber products.

FWPA national manager codes and standards, Boris Iskra, says that the proposed changes would allow builders and developers to use timber without having to undertake time to consume and expensive ‘performance solutions’ to gain building approval. The designs would just have to meet the deemed-to-satisfy requirements.  

“At FWPA, we do everything we can to remove unnecessary restrictions on the use of timber. In 2016, we were successful with introducing similar changes for apartments, hotels and offices – and now we’re on the brink of extending that to other types of buildings,” says Iskra.

“We’re proud to have successfully made the case to the authorities that timber can meet the required standards and would urge the timber industry and progressive builders and developers to make submissions supporting the proposed changes to the Code – it’s a great opportunity.”

Fire protection measures under the proposed changes include fire-protective grade plasterboard, fire-resisting cavity barriers, and a compliant sprinkler system, along with hydrants, hose reels and portable fire extinguishers as required.

In addition to all of this, timber also offers a number of sustainability benefits, according to Ric Sinclair, managing director of FWPA.

“Obviously, wood stores carbon dioxide over the life of the building, which other materials don’t. It performs well thermally, so it doesn’t require as much energy to heat and cool. It also lends itself to prefabrication and quick installation, meaning less disruption to neighbors and fewer truck movements,” he says.

“The other major advantage is the speed of construction. Time is money when it comes to building.”

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Myanmar: Volume of seized teak logs exceeds planned harvest

In the current fiscal year the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) planned to harvest 15,000 hoppus tons of teak.

Against this background, the authorities and civil society groups are seriously worried about the huge quantity which has been seized since it represents such a high proportion of the planned legal harvest.

In a related development, since 29 Dec 2017, the Forestry Department has suspended the auction of those logs rejected by MTE because of their poor quality. Such auctions, which are typically held across the country, have been temporarily suspended in an attempt to control illegal trading of Myanmar timber.

Currently, timber purchased by sawmillers during these Forestry Department auctions are not allowed to be transferred between regions and states and products manufactured from these logs shall not be exported.

However, despite the best efforts of the authorities, illegal timber traders and brokers continue to conduct log trading in Myanmar’s border towns. Demand for teak in border towns is driving up prices and this illegal trade is distorting prices for verified legal teak used by domestic industry making it difficult for them to operate profitably.

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Strong panels markets boost Norbord earnings

 

The company also achieved record production at nine of its 15 mills, while the Inverness OSB expansion project was also completed.

Peter Wijnbergen, Norbord's president and CEO, described 2017 as an outstanding year, with record adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of US$672m.

“US housing starts continued to improve, led by stronger growth in the single-family segment, driving increased North American OSB demand and prices,” he said.

“Our European business had another solid year due to record sales volumes and improved prices for all our panel products across our key markets."

He highlighted “great momentum” moving into 2018, with demand in all its core markets remaining strong.

“Meanwhile, our European business is poised for improved earnings next year as OSB substitution for plywood drives accelerated demand growth in our core UK and German markets.”

In Europe, shipments increased 5% over the prior year, with its mills running at 99% of capacity in 2017. In local currency terms, full-year average panel prices improved 11% from 2016.

 

 
 






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Lack of truck drivers are hitting Canada's forests products sector

Weyerhaeuser Co. chief executive Doyle Simons said Friday that availability of transportation services has been a challenge, especially in the past quarter.

"We, like other companies, are, in fact, seeing that type of tightness," he said during a conference call about the company's results.

Simons said the company faced truck and rail disruptions, mainly in December, and took a US$10 million to US$15 million hit in the fourth quarter.

"So as we move into 2018, we think that will continue to be a headwind in terms of availability but more so increasing rates both on the truck and rail side," he told analysts.

Nordbord Inc. CEO Peter Wijnbergen said during its conference call that transportation availability was a challenge during Christmas and early 2018.

Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said transportation issues is something all forestry producers are talking about.

"People have been talking about labour issues for awhile, it's just getting more acute now," he said from Vancouver.

He said companies have been able to offset the pressure with higher selling prices.

Shortages are a national challenge in many sectors, said Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

"What you're starting to see is a capacity problem in our industry due to a truck driver shortage," he said in an interview.

Laskowski said the trucking industry is struggling to convince young people to take up the profession in sufficient numbers to replace the 10,000 truckers who retire every year.

About 26 per cent of all truck drivers are over 55 years old, a larger percentage than other sectors, he said. The average age is expected to be around 50 years old by 2024.

The shortage is expected to reach 34,000 or as much as 48,000 by 2024, Laskowski said. That includes about 14,000 in Ontario and about the same number in Quebec. There are currently more than 200,000 truckers working in Canada.

Resolute Forest Products Inc., the world's largest newsprint producer, said the shortage of truck drivers has impeded its ability to ship lumber from its sawmills to its paper plants.

Recently-retired CEO Richard Garneau said the Montreal-based company slowed production in December after a shortage of truck drivers and harsh winter conditions resulted in a lack of wood chips at its Quebec pulp and paper mills.

"Certainly there was a shortage, but we're not the only one that is facing this reality," he said during a Thursday conference call.

The company, which also makes pulp, specialty papers and lumber, said it is trying to adjust by using larger trailers to haul the chips to paper mills and shipping more volume by rail.

Bob Matters, wood council chairman for the United Steelworkers union in British Columbia, said the shortage of drivers across the country comes down to demographics.

Young people aren't attracted to working long hours, often in harsh conditions for inadequate compensation, he said. Also zero tolerance and pre-employment drug testing is eliminating many potential recruits.

"That said I am not aware the shortage has actually impacted bottom lines (of forest companies)," he wrote in an email.

Trucking margins are so slim that many companies are unable to reward their labour force sufficiently to entice younger workers, Laskowski said.

The shortage is simply a question of supply and demand that can be addressed by better working conditions and compensation, he added.

"Those that maintain the approach of the past will no doubt encounter issues."

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Roundwood prices in Finland grew in October 2017

During the mentioned period, pine logs could be bought for EUR 58.42/m3, 1.91% more than in October 2016, while the price for spruce increased by 3.42%, to EUR 60.69/m3. Also, the price for birch logs grew by 3.28%, to EUR 48.40/m3.

Among the pulpwood assortments, pine was bought for EUR 27.37/m3 in October, 2.83% more than during the same period last year. Moreover, the price for spruce went up by 0.43%, to EUR 30.29/m3, while birch was the only to register a slight decrease of -0.94%, to EUR 28.24/m3.

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China is ready to plant 6.6 million ha of forest by 2020

The Chinese Government plans to plant 6.6 million hectares of forest – an area the size of Ireland – in 2018, a China Daily report stated, on Friday.

"Companies, organizations and talent that specialize in greening work are all welcome to join in the country's massive greening campaign," Zhang Jianlong, chief of State Forestry Administration, said. "Cooperation between government and social capital will be put on the priority list.”

According to China’s State Forestry Administration, the country intends to increase its forest cover to 23 percent by 2020. Zhang added that the country has spent over $82 million on planting forests in the past five years, increasing the total the forest cover to just about 208 million hectares.

The new forest areas will be built in the northeast Hebei province, Qinghai province in the Tibetan Plateau, and in the Hunshandake Desert in Inner Mongolia. Last month, the environment ministry said 15 provinces had already drawn up plans, with the remaining 16 aiming to do so this year.

Zhang said that, by 2050, 72 percent of the growth of the forestry industry will come from technological advancement. "Inadequate forestry resources were a significant cause of China's fragile ecology and the lack of ecological products," he said.

Following the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, China is angling to become more environmentally responsible and shed its long-held major polluter image.

The Asian superpower has prioritized sanctioning individuals or companies that are caught polluting or violating environmental rules. The government has also introduced “ecological red line” policies that require local governments to curb what they deem to be “irrational development” and construction near forests, rivers and national parks.

Zhang added that China aims to achieve 26% forest cover by 2035.

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The US imported 71% more softwood lumber from EU countries

The imports amounted to 2,192,672 m3 during the mentioned period, with the Netherlands being the top exporter (1,375,509 m3, up by 49%). Germany exported 238% more softwood lumber to the US, reaching a volume of 362,266 m3, while Sweden sent 58% more shipments, to 265,378 m3.

Thus, as the Canadian companies, which used to send most of the softwood lumber to the US, will now have pay duties, a reason why the imports from the European Union countries have become more attractive.

For the moment, Canada can't officially challenge the US tariffs until after final decisions are made about the level of duties to be imposed sometime this fall.

Canada and the US are trying to negotiate a new softwood trade deal to replace one that expired in 2015, but thus far have been unable to come up with a plan acceptable to the US Lumber Coalition.

Until further resolution of the issue, the US searches for new softwood lumber markets to fulfill the industry's demand.

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Austrian wood pellets price remains stable during January

The price of pellets in Austria seems to be stable in January. One tonne of pellets is more expensive than in December 2013 with only 0.1%. The price currently stands at 26.59 €-Cents/kg for a purchase of 6 tonnes. As compared to January 2013, the price rose by 1.6 €/kg or 6.4%

Wood pellets in bags cost an average of 4.32 € per 15 kg sack (when ordered by the pallet), an increase of 0.7% as compared to December and 6.4% over January 2013.

Pro pellets Austria calculates an annual average price advantage of pellets over fuel oil of about 45%. The kilowatt-hour of fuel oil had an average cost of 9.5 €-Cents in 2013, while pellets about 5.25 €-Cents.

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EU imports of furniture from tropical countries rising in 2017

 

In the first nine months of 2017, EU imports increased from all four leading tropical supply countries; rising by 3% from Vietnam to euro567 million, 4% from Indonesia to euro246 million, 11% from Malaysia to euro154 million and 16% from India to euro154 million.

There was also a significant rise in EU imports from Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE during the same period. In contrast imports from Brazil fell 8% to euro85 million and imports from Thailand declined 6% to euro45 million.

The increase in EU imports of wood furniture in the first nine months of 2017 was concentrated in the UK (rising 9% to euro546 million), Germany (rising 4% to euro185 million), Netherlands (rising 21% to euro142 million) and Spain (rising 31% to euro57 million).

Although the quantities are still quite limited, several smaller EU markets also recorded significant percentage increases in wood furniture imports from tropical countries in 2017 including Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Ireland and Greece.

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Timber industry needs to be alert to competitive environment

While European markets remain the traditional destination for EU softwood production a promising development has been the increasingly important role of exports to Asia, in particular China. Japan also remains an important export destination for European sawn timber.

The picture at the world level is quite promising but a possible source of risk is the UK market as Brexit could impact economy resulting in weaker demand. Another important challenge relates to the availability of softwood raw material. In the medium term, there is a significant shortage that could negatively impact the industry.

Analysts said that obtaining raw material will increasingly play a critical role in the expansion of the softwood sector.

While export market demand is likely to grow the Brazilian sawn timber industry needs to be alert to the competitive environment.

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World Forest Area Still on the Decline

 

Forests provide many important goods, such as timber and paper. They also supply essential services—for example, they filter water, control water runoff, protect soil, regulate climate, cycle and store nutrients, and provide habitat for countless animal species and space for recreation.

Forests cover 31 percent of the world’s land surface, just over 4 billion hectares. (One hectare = 2.47 acres.) This is down from the pre-industrial area of 5.9 billion hectares. According to data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, deforestation was at its highest rate in the 1990s, when each year the world lost on average 16 million hectares of forest—roughly the size of the state of Michigan. At the same time, forest area expanded in some places, either through planting or natural processes, bringing the global net loss of forest to 8.3 million hectares per year.  In the first decade of this century, the rate of deforestation was slightly lower, but still, a disturbingly high 13 million hectares were destroyed annually. As forest expansion remained stable, the global net forest loss between 2000 and 2010 was 5.2 million hectares per year.

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DEVELOPMENTS OF CORK OAK IN THE WORLD

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