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Sustainable landscape management needs a practical push

GFIS - vor 3 Stunden 20 Minuten

Forthcoming event will foster talks between land use competitors By Kerstin Reisdorf Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who lives off the land just got along? If farmers could grow crops without irreversibly damaging the soil or cutting down forests to grow monocultures? If conservationists could ensure the biological diversity in the same area? If the chocolate factory could purchase […]

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Greens fight post-fire logging in Idaho

GFIS - vor 8 Stunden 34 Minuten

The U.S. Forest Service's conclusion that post-fire logging projects in northern Idaho do not threaten animals and their habitat is full of holes, environmentalists say in Federal Court.

Protected: Old growth forests are important for environment and economy

GFIS - vor 10 Stunden 4 Minuten
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Voma and Westas Pihlava invest in Valutec timber kilns

International Forest Industries - Do, 29/09/2016 - 18:45

Valutec has won contracts to supply timber kilns to two sawmills in western Finland with a distinguished heritage, namely Voma Oy and Westas Pihlava. The mills are investing in three batch kilns and one FB continuous kiln, with kiln commissioning planned for early 2017.

“Valutec is an experienced supplier. This investment will give us access to proven solutions combined with the latest technology,” says Pekka Luoma, owner and CEO of Luoman Puutote, which Voma Oy has been part of since 2014.

The mill is situated near Parkano, Finland and was operated under the previous owner as Marjolahden Saha until production at the mill ceased in 2008. Luoman, a company specializing in garden structures, has resumed operations at the mill. The company is now expanding its efforts by investing in three batch kilns, which are equipped with pressure frames and are designed to dry center cut pine in dimensions ranging from 32 to 50 millimeters. The total capacity is approximately 20,000 cubic meters per year.

“It’s also important to us that Valutec provide on-site service in Finland,” explains Pekka.

The second contract secured over the summer was with the Westas sawmill Pihlava, not far from Pori, about an hour’s drive from Parkano and Voma.

“Pihlava chose an FB continuous kiln with a capacity of about 55,000 cubic meters per year. Like with Voma, we aim to have the kiln up and running in January of next year,” says Mikko Pitkänen, General Manager at Valutec OY.

The contract with Westas also included Valutec’s Valmatics control system for ten of the sawmill’s existing kilns.  For about three years now, the sawmill and Raunio are part of the relatively young company Westas Group, which is owned by CEO Pekka Kopra and A. Ahlström Kiinteistöt Oy.

“Both Pihlava and Voma have a long history and we appreciate the chance contribute to their continued development. An investment in kiln equipment is always long-term, and is also a matter of constantly refining the way of working. Here in particular, Valmatics is a powerful tool,” explains Mikko Pitkänen.

For further information, please contact: Mikko Pitkänen, General Manager, Valutec OY Tel. +358 400 889 806 mikko.pitkanen@valutec.fi

Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 18:41
Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on: innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change; and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

Wood-Mizer introduces new line of Log Splitters

International Forest Industries - Do, 29/09/2016 - 18:07

Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading portable sawmill manufacturer, introduces three new log splitters to their diverse line of wood processing equipment. Manufactured in the USA, Wood-Mizer’s new log splitter line is designed for farm operations, small businesses, and commercial wood splitting companies.

Offering three portable, heavy-duty log splitter models, the Wood-Mizer FS300, FS350, and FS500 Log Splitters offer many unique features to the log and wood splitting market. Portability, bi-directional splitting, uniform firewood production, and an efficient and ergonomic operator location make Wood-Mizer Log Splitters a profitable investment for firewood producers. “Throughout our history, Wood-Mizer has been committed to providing the best quality equipment to process logs into marketable wood products,” said Wood-Mizer COO Darryl Floyd. “The introduction of our log splitting product line now offers firewood producers a safe and efficient product backed by the high-quality and service you expect from Wood-Mizer.”

FS300 Log Splitter

 One-directional splitting

 Honda gas 390cc engine

 29 ton splitting force

 22 GPM, 2-stage hydraulic pump

 1 full cord/hour production

FS350 Log Splitter

 Bi-directional splitting

 Honda gas 390cc engine

 29 ton splitting force

 22 GPM, 2-stage hydraulic pump

 Up to 2 full cords/hour production

FS500 Log Splitter

 Bi-directional splitting

 Honda gas 630cc engine

 42 ton splitting force

 28 GPM, 2-stage hydraulic pump

 Up to 3 full cords/hour production


The Wood-Mizer FS300, FS350, and FS500 Log Splitters are now available to order in North and South America. Visit http://www.woodmizer.com/logsplitters or call 800.553.0182 for more information.

About Wood-Mizer

Since 1982, Wood-Mizer has earned the reputation as the world’s largest manufacturer of portable band sawmills with tens of thousands of bandmills sold around the globe. Today, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable sawmills, industrial headrigs, resaws, edgers, kilns, log splitters, material handling equipment, bandsaw blades and blade maintenance equipment for woodworking hobbyists and forestry professionals all over the world. For nearly 35 years, Wood-Mizer has provided top quality wood processing equipment and exceptional customer service for people who want the freedom of sawing their own lumber for projects or production. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit www.woodmizer.com.



The Bamboo boom that went bust for investors. Featuring EcoPlanet Bamboo, Citadel/Highpoint Trustees and Emerald Knight

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 17:22
On Tuesday, 3 April 2012, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme about a company called EcoPlanet Bamboo. The company was establishing a bamboo plantation in Rama, Nicaragua, part-funded by “the world’s first bamboo bond”. EcoPlanet Bamboo aimed to raise US$12 million to fund the company’s plantations. The bond started life in 2011. Here’s Camille Rebelo, […]

CEPI Definitions and Concepts

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 17:10

This document provides definitions of terms used in the European Paper Industry statistics reports, in particular CEPI's Annual and Key Statistics as well as its Sustainability Reports. It is for the use of both providers and users of European paper industry statistics. It is divided into nine sections covering all aspects of the industry, from its structure to the raw materials used and grades of paper produced. It also covers terms used for environmental, energy and social statistics. More information and details related to the definitions reported in this document can be found in additional annexes, listed on page 47.

Evaluating Mexico’s Payment for Environmental Services Scheme

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 16:22

To address rapid deforestation and degradation, Mexico’s National Forestry Commission operates the largest program of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Latin America. This activity is the first attempt at applying rigorous evaluation methods to a large-scale PES program, to extract valuable lessons learned for informing similar programs elsewhere.


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Southern Yellow Pine Lumber: Quarterly, YTD Price Update

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 15:58

The composite southern yellow pine lumber price inched down during week 38 of 2016 to the $373/mbf mark. While prices have remained fairly steady through the summer months, this number is 14 percent above its January 2016 starting point of $326/mbf, and 26 percent above its 2015 week 38 price of $297/mbf.

Help us design our next website!

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 14:20
While the PEFC website has become one of the most important sources of information on forest certification globally, we realize that we can serve you better. We want to ensure that you find what you are looking for easily, that information relevant to you is right at your finger-tips. This is...

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More Benefits of Cool Mountain Air

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 14:00
In mountainous areas, cold air flows along the surface of the earth from mountain tops to valleys, and as it moves, it dramatically affects local temperatures. “Many ecosystem processes – including carbon uptake and storage – are affected by temperature,” says…Read more ›

The common diseases you might find on a...

Forestry popular - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:26
The most common hardwood tree diseases and pathogens found on trees in the yard and a forest. You can prevent and control many tree diseases.
Kategorien: Forestry US

Massive downturn in Bangkok ivory market as Thailand implements national ivory action plan

GFIS - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:06
Johannesburg, South Africa, 29th September – Surveys by TRAFFIC have found a huge fall in the amount of ivory openly for sale in Thailand’s Bangkok markets over the past two years from a high of 7,421 ivory items in 2014 to just 283 products by June this year – a 96 per cent drop.

One of the largest, most beautiful hickories...

Forestry What's hot now - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:04
Shellbark Hickory grows to large proportions, has beautiful shaggy bark with edible hickory nuts enjoyed by wildlife and humans.
Kategorien: Forestry US

Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America

Forestry What's hot now - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:04
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Kategorien: Forestry US

A brief but concise explanation of history and...

Forestry What's hot now - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:04
A history of natural wildfire beginning and chemistry needed for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.
Kategorien: Forestry US

3 reasons to purchase a Christmas tree before...

Forestry What's hot now - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:04
The weekend after Thanksgiving is when most Christmas tree buying occurs. You should consider shopping for and buying a Christmas tree earlier.
Kategorien: Forestry US

The most important tree measurement when...

Forestry What's hot now - Do, 29/09/2016 - 13:04
Learn more about why diameter breast height is one of the most common measurements of a tree and how it's used.
Kategorien: Forestry US

Toscotec Achieves A New Record For Steel Yankee Width In Rebuilding Project At ST Tissue

PaperIndex TimesNews - Do, 29/09/2016 - 12:43
Sept 29,2016 --Toscotec has been chosen to supply ST Tissue in Franklin, Virginia, with the widest Steel Yankee ever to be manufactured. ST Tissue F-5 machine will be converted to produce bathroom tissue and kitchen towel.

The market leader in Steel Yankee Technology, Toscotec will rebuild the dry-end section and redesign the F-5 machine to convert it to dry crepe tissue.

The current paper machine configuration, consisting in a forming section, nip-press section, dryers section and Reel drum, will be converted to dry crepe tissue machine keeping the existing fourdrinier and redesigning the nip-press section to felt run arrangement which includes new Toscotec dry end equipment. Toscotec scope of supply includes TT SuctionPressRoll-SPR1045, an under machine broke pulper TT MachineBrokePulper-MBP75, and a TT SYD-12FT x 257” face width (6530 mm), the widest Steel Yankee Dryer ever manufactured.

The TT SYD-12FT, second generation rib design, fits the customer needs thanks to the high drying capacity performance and energy saving concept which includes Toscotec’s Patented Head Insulation.

All the existing drying drums will be removed, and a new Toscotec tail feeding system will be provided and installed between the Toscotec Steel Yankee and the existing pope reel.

Erection supervision, commissioning and start up will be performed by Toscotec Service Team. The PM5 conversion is part of a plan of investments that ST tissue has decided to implement with the aim to follow the market's demand.

About ST Paper & ST Tissue
Founded in 2007 by Sharad Tak and his son Sahil Tak, ST Paper & ST Tissue operate in Oconto Falls, WI and Isle of Wight, VA, respectively. In 2012 the Tak's purchased a portion of a shuttered paper mill in Isle of Wight, VA from International Paper and transformed it into a tissue mill by 2013. In the process, ST Tissue helped revitalized the surrounding communities by bringing back almost 90 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs


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