International Paper Joins New American Forest Foundation Program

Sustainable ForestryThe American Forest Foundation (AFF) has announced that International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, has joined AFF and its partner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in supporting the newly-created Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) to enhance carbon sequestration in family owned forest land across the U.S. Continue reading “International Paper Joins New American Forest Foundation Program”

Plant a trillion trees: U.S. lawmakers offer fossil fuel-friendly climate fix

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed legislation setting a goal for the United States to plant a trillion trees by 2050 to fight global warming, a plan intended to address climate change by sucking carbon out of the air instead of by cutting emissions.

The proposed legislation reflects an acknowledgement by some in the Republican Party of rising voter demand for action on climate change, even as it seeks to preserve the economic benefits of a historic drilling boom that has made the United States the world’s biggest oil and gas producer. Continue reading “Plant a trillion trees: U.S. lawmakers offer fossil fuel-friendly climate fix”

Success of Microsoft’s ‘moonshot’ climate pledge hinges on forest conservation

forest conservationOne mechanism by which the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement incentivizes greenhouse gas reductions is via carbon offsets, payments that compensate nations, states and private landowners who agree to keep forests intact in order to preserve carbon storage capacity and biodiversity. Continue reading “Success of Microsoft’s ‘moonshot’ climate pledge hinges on forest conservation”

Is Mass Timber The Path To Sustainable Construction?

mass timber As people become increasingly interested in the sustainability in all things, building construction was bound to find itself under scrutiny. Steel and concrete are notorious for their large environmental footprints. But they’ve historically been the only suitable answer as the primary load-bearing material for large, and especially tall, buildings.

That may be changing. Mass timber – engineered wood members  used as structural components for buildings – is getting a lot of attention lately. “Mass timber is very exciting. It’s a long-term durable product. It’s a critical carbon storage tool,” said Mark Rudnicki, Ph.D., Professor of Practice for Forest Biomaterials at Michigan Technological University and Executive Director for the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute. “Plus, it’s cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing.” Continue reading “Is Mass Timber The Path To Sustainable Construction?”

Significant timber forest with energy developing potential for sale on 5,342ac

Llanbrynmair Forest, one of the largest privately-owned commercial forests in Wales, has been brought to the market by Savills. The 5,342ac forest is situated in the Montgomeryshire area of Powys, a region well-known for its timber production.

The forest provides a very rare opportunity to acquire a large-scale commercial forest complex that is effectively within a ring fence. It is made up of a number of individual plantations brought together under single ownership.

Discussing the UK market, James Adamson, head of forestry investment at Savills, said: “Due to the limited size of the UK market, finding a single commercial forest of this scale and productive capacity is very rare indeed. Continue reading “Significant timber forest with energy developing potential for sale on 5,342ac”

Wood industry urges passage of forestry management bills

The wood industry said it is hoping for the passage of legislation on land and forest management, which it expects to attract investment in the forestry sector from both domestic and foreign sources.

“Those bills that have been sitting in Congress for so long (and I hope they are) passed, to encourage investors, foreign or domestic,” Charlie H. Liu, chairman of Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA), told BusinessWorld via phone.

A number of bills are pending in Congress include the proposed National Land Use Act; the proposed Forest Limits Act, which allows Congress to delimit forest land and national parks where conservation measures will be in force; and the proposed Sustainable Forest Management Act, which seeks to prescribe sustainable forest management of former mine sites, as well as to regulate the use of forest resources, including those within ancestral land. Continue reading “Wood industry urges passage of forestry management bills”

Planting Forests is Key To Sustainable Living

Everyone is committed to making their lives more sustainable in the midst of global climate challenges. But oftentimes, people forget that the simplest of things will help mitigate global warming. Keeping forests, for one, can help lessen carbon storage in the atmosphere. The United Nations have highlighted in their reports the importance of keeping forests sustainable. They consider it a principal strategy in limiting the warming of the Earth.

In the United States, the government keeps the forests to serve as a carbon sink. The report of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 14.8 billion tons of carbon are stored in these forests each year. This rate is equivalent to offsetting about 16% of all emissions from the burning of fossil fuels annually. Continue reading “Planting Forests is Key To Sustainable Living”

‘Deforestation is a material risk that companies can no longer ignore’

While Unilever and Nestlé have made strides towards implementing no-deforestation policies, the vast majority of companies have not. Now some of the world’s biggest institutional investors are pushing for change through the Investor Initiative for Sustainable Forests, says Julie Nash of Ceres

As the cycle of forest fires burning through the Amazon has captured the world’s attention, institutional investors have seized the opportunity to shift the focus to some of the root causes of the problem: decades of poor forestry and land-use management and poorly managed agricultural supply chains.

Earlier this month, in the run-up to Climate Week New York, an unprecedented number of investors – 230 institutional investors representing $16.2trn in assets under management – issued an urgent plea to companies to take action against deforestation. Among the investors are some of the largest investment managers and asset-owners from around the globe, representing more than 30 countries. Continue reading “‘Deforestation is a material risk that companies can no longer ignore’”

Scientists say sustainable forestry organizations should lift ban on biotech trees

Look at anything made from trees—a ream of paper, a cardboard box, lumber—and it’s probably stamped with the logo of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or an equivalent organization. These nonprofits certify that forests are managed sustainably, and one common requirement is no genetically modified (GM) trees. But that ban hinders research and should change, researchers say in today’s issue of Science. The technology, they argue, has important potential to remedy many pressing problems facing forests.

“Having this restriction doesn’t make any sense,” says Sofia Valenzuela, a biochemist at the University of Concepción in Chile. Continue reading “Scientists say sustainable forestry organizations should lift ban on biotech trees”

How timber markets can help save tropical forests

Pile of Logs in Forest(Views and opinions of Gerhard Dieterle, the Executive Director of The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), an intergovernmental organization that promotes conservation of tropical forest resources and their sustainable management, use and trade.)

Some of the world’s biggest companies and markets are demanding proof that any imports of wood or wood products from their suppliers, are from legal and sustainable sources. Retail giants such as IKEA, Kingfisher and Carrefour have promised to only use certified and legally compliant timber. While The Lacey Act in the United States of America, the European Union Timber Regulation, Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Act and the Japan Clean Wood Act all require evidence of legality.

Such laws and purchasing policies, however, can be confusing for producers, importers and traders, who may be unclear on the documentation they need and the standards to which they must comply. This confusion can diminish market opportunities for tropical timber producers—especially those operating at a small scale and with minimal business capacity or support. Continue reading “How timber markets can help save tropical forests”