Port Blakely leads the way

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As the debate continues over the proposed new federal spotted owl plan, the Oregonian takes an in-depth look this week at a unique arrangement between a timber company and the federal government over protecting the owl. The headline alone for the story indicates this isn’t going to be a typical tale of timber companies and environmentalists duking it out: “In … Read More

Easing regulations in Washington

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The Washington Forest Protection Association, the trade association for the state’s private forest owners, had its annual meeting last week, and the conversation veered from green building and the EPA biomass rule to development rights and conservation easements. But the buzzword was regulations, or rather, the desire for fewer regulations and a more predictable permitting process for forest landowners. “We … Read More

More time to have say on spotted owl plan

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As we wrote here and here, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is getting close to issuing a revised spotted owl plan and is taking public comment on the proposed plan. That 60-day comment period would have ended about now, but the feds just announced that the comment period is being extended another month, until Dec. 15th. This is good … Read More

What is the EPA up to?

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This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued guidelines for how states should interpret its new rules for greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this year those proposed new rules were announced and if passed, they would have killed the burgeoning biomass industry because they treated biomass plants just like coal and other fossil fuels. The new guidelines released this week at … Read More

LEED: “A new and unloved standard”

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The U.S. Green Building Council is now in the midst of voting (Oct. 25-Nov. 23) on new rules that could potentially let other forest certifications into the LEED green building standard. But it appears that no one is happy with what the building council is considering. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and some environmental groups aren’t happy because they want … Read More

EPA standing in the way

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The Oregonian’s opinion pages have been burning up this year with compelling debate on working forests, federal and state timber policy and the future of the timber industry. This month is no different. Earlier this month, the Oregonian editorial board wrote about the promise of biomass for the state’s economy and how it could all be threatened by a proposed … Read More

Leaning toward FSC in Canada

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There is more important news to come out of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) annual conference in Vancouver, B.C., last month. Monte Paulson, from the Canadian website The Tyee, (who we just wrote about) did another piece out of the conference that sheds a lot of light on how forest certification factored into the historic Canadian boreal forest agreement that … Read More

SFI takes Vancouver

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There’s been a lot of attention lately on the EPA’s proposed biomass rules and the new proposed spotted owl plan, but one issue that is also still going strong is the fight to get the U.S. Green Building Council to consider other forest product certifications. Right now the USGBC only considers the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the popular … Read More

EPA rule has high stakes

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The Oregonian had a good story recently about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes in its greenhouse gas emissions rules could threaten the burgeoning biomass industry. The EPA’s “tailoring rule” is something we’ve written about several times before, and the Oregonian does a solid job of outlining why the stakes are so high. Biomass, or using vegetation for … Read More

Draft spotted owl plan released

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As we wrote last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was expected to release a revised spotted owl plan very soon, and just this week, it did. One of the key points to make is the 181-page revised plan is a draft, and the government is taking comments for the next 60 days. Here is where you can send … Read More