Forestry
Mar. 14, 2017 - Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and FPInnovations have announced three winners in the initial stage of the FPInnovations-ARCTIC Forest Inventory Challenge — Arbonaut Oy, Lim Geomatics Inc., and Object Raku Technology — a program designed to accelerate innovative technologies to support sustainable forest managements and job creation.
Mar. 7, 2017 - Apparel giant VF Corporation has released its first ever Forest Derived Materials Policy, which sets formal guidelines for the company’s purchasing preferences and use of sustainable forest materials and products.
Feb. 21, 2017 - B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced $150 million for the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia to plant tens of millions more trees, which will help fight climate change and create more than 3,000 jobs in rural British Columbia.
Feb. 6, 2017 - National tree planting charity Tree Canada announced a more than $1-million investment to restore the forests destroyed by the devastating Fort McMurray wildfires last year. Following overwhelming support from corporate partners and everyday Canadians, Tree Canada announced that plantings will begin this spring.
Jan. 17, 2017 - Wetlands and waterfowl in Canada’s boreal forest will be the beneficiaries of a new program launched by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and forestry sector leaders.
Jan. 16, 2017 - Resolute says it will donate $1 million over five years to assist with the creation of an industrial research chair sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC).
Jan. 10, 2017 - William Angus and Thomas Logan chose Windsor, Que., as the site of Canada’s first wood-based pulp mill in 1864. Today, with more than 150 years of continuous operation, the site now known as Domtar’s Windsor mill is the city’s largest employer.
Dec. 20, 2016 - Global demand for forest products such as pulp for paper, saw timber and wood pellets for fuel is expected to increase in coming years. To meet this need, University of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen, whose research has led to higher biomass yield in grasses, recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees.
Members of the Alberta Forest Products Association planted 74 million tree seedlings in Alberta’s forests during the 2016 planting season. This means that for every Albertan, 18 trees were planted this spring and summer. The industry replants an average of 2 trees for every 1 that is harvested.
For all armchair lumberjacks, Husqvarna has released the first virtual reality (VR) chainsaw game – Husqvarna Limberjack. Via the Steam platform, the game is now available to download world-wide for anyone that wants to test their limbing skills and compete for the new world championship title.
Alberta’s draft plan to facilitate the recovery of woodland caribou herds is facing criticism from wildlife conservation groups, CBC News reports. According to the CBC article, “The draft plan includes an experiment to fence a 100-square-kilometre area where caribou would be able to breed, and any predators that pose a threat to the enclosed herd would be killed.”
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and FPInnovations are launching the first-ever “ARCTIC Challenge” for the forest sector, to elicit proposals from cleantech innovators on solutions to current challenges. The ARCTIC Challenge focuses on remote sensing solutions for conducting forest inventories.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Division, one of the largest state forestry operations in the U.S., will implement Trimble's Land Resource Manager (LRM) solution to deliver a common platform and simplified processes. The LRM system will provide timely access to land management activities related to timber sales, silviculture, forest inventory and timber revenue.
Forests Ontario is pleased that with the release of its Climate Change Action Plan, the government of Ontario has reaffirmed the vital role of forests and forest management in addressing the challenge of climate change.
A forest certification advisory committee working with the Algonquin Forestry Authority on sustainable forest management within Algonquin Provincial Park in south-central Ontario has been recognized with the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Canada Stewardship Award for their leadership and personal commitment.
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