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California firm converts forest waste into natural gas

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In California, a new technology developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converting scraps and small trees from forest thinning projects into renewable natural gas, was demonstrated for the first time ever in Auburn, California. In its first public demonstration, G4 used gas produced on site to fuel an unmodified, local truck.

G4 principal Matt Babicki said “This project demonstrates the potential for G4 PyroCatalytic Hydrogenation technology to transform forestry waste into high value, low carbon fuel, and support forestry communities with long term jobs to collect biomass and operate G4 renewable natural gas plants.”

The G4 technology uses raw, untreated forestry waste that otherwise has no commercial use. Competing technologies require clean wood chips, stripped of bark, from harvested trees that could be used for other purposes. The gas it produces is of the same quality as conventional gas, and can be used for any of its purposes, not just vehicle fuel. The G4 natural gas reduces fossil emissions by 86 percent compared to standard gasoline.

G4 received a $1.2 million grant from the California Energy Commission in 2011 to develop the demonstration plant. Placer County provided G4 with forestry waste from Tahoe National Forest, workspace and logistical support at its transportation yard in North Auburn, and assisted with the planning, coordination and preliminary environmental permitting for a potential larger-scale pilot facility in Placer County, California.

Renewable natural gas produced from forestry waste could serve a helpful role in alternative energy production, especially in heavily forested areas. Typically, forestry waste is burned where trees are felled to reduce wildfire hazards, which increases air pollution locally. Converting it into natural gas instead would reduce air pollution and increase the supply of sustainably-produced clean energy. Future production facilities near large sources of waste have the potential to provide jobs and other economic benefits to rural, forest communities.

See the original BiofuelsDigest story here: http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2015/09/19/californias-placer-county-debuts-wood-scraps-for-energy-technology/.

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October 5, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Columbia Forest Products manager Jim Sitts to receive conservation award

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Columbia Forest Products has announced that Jim Sitts, the company’s Appalachian timber manager, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Forest Conservationist of the Year award from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.

The recognition is part of North Carolina’s Conservation Achievement Awards program, honoring individuals and organizations that exemplify conservation activism in the state of North Carolina.  The award will be presented to Sitts at the Annual Governor’s Awards Banquet on September 12 in Raleigh.

Sitts is a 45-year veteran of the forest products industry and has been with Columbia Forest Products since 1981.  He is a Registered Forester in the state of North Carolina and has earned the designation of Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters.

T. Edward Nickens, chairman of the NCWF Awards Committee, commented on Sitts’ selection for the Forest Conservationist of the Year award, stating, “Jim understands the perspectives of companies in the industry as well as the importance of good forest conservation practices.  His deep knowledge and wide-ranging perspectives make his ideas and insights both realistic and achievable – and hence highly beneficial to furthering the habitat conservation and restoration goals of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.”

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August 10, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Woodworker creates art from unlikely sources

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The Miracle Woodworkers-Artistic Furniture’s booth can be found at many of the expos held from Davis County through Utah County, Utah, according to the Herald Extra.

One woodworker Alan Jones uses his talents to transform old, reclaimed, or damaged wood into custom furnishings.
His work is priced anywhere from $100 to $10,000 because no two pieces are ever the same. He encourages his customer’s to touch the wood before and after to feel the difference of his craftsmanship.

“This pine wood that I use takes me four times the work and effort to make the wood soft than someone who buys the wood at a home improvement store,” Jones said. “Some of my favorite pieces of wood are the ones that have been shot with BB guns and there are BBs in the wood.”

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May 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

Colorado nonprofit ReSource creates consignment space for craftspeople

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Denver furniture artist Katy Gevaris uses reclaimed tiles in her table tops, which will soon go on display at Boulder’s ReSource Yard, on a consignment “stage,” according to the Daily Camera.

ReSource, since 2010, has employed a woodworker to make furniture and other pieces from reclaimed supplies, so the consignment program is new.

Steve Cavanaugh, program manager of the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder, told the Daily Camera that the shift is part of a transition from making items, to teaching others how to use the reclaimed materials from ReSource for their own projects.

“We’re gearing more toward the educational standpoint in helping people do it on their own,” Cavanaugh told the Daily Camera. “It’s one thing for us to build furniture out of reclaimed materials, but another to teach people to do it themselves.”

ReSource, a nonprofit organization, has a mission to preserve natural resources by, among other things, recycling used construction items. Now with the program, their goal is to create a hub for artists, builders and craftsmen to be able to share their work with the community and display their work as a kind of inspiration to others, the Daily Camera reports.

Gevaris heard about ReSource through a class at University of Colorado called Green Technology. “The class was to build a piece of furniture out of reclaimed objects,” Gevaris told the Daily Camera. “She introduced me to ReSource, and I was on their mailing list when I saw they created a retail/showroom and I thought ‘I would love to consign with (ReSource).'”

“It gives people a different lens to look at things,” Cavanaugh told the Daily Camera. “It’s really about opening up people’s minds for what they can do with other people’s waste.”

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November 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

North Carolina woodworker sources wood from storm-felled trees

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Jason Van Duyn is a Raleigh, N.C., woodworker who makes his living using felled trees that local storms leave behind, according to newsobserver.com.

Although most of his wood comes from fallen chestnut, pecan and elm trees, Van Duyn (pronounced Van DINE), also purchases some exotic hardwoods. He told the News Observer that his local source includes about 30 species of wood that he uses to make functional pieces such as bowls and platters, as well as free-form sculptural work.

Van Duyn creates a variety of interesting decorative pieces, but his specialty is sculptural hollow forms with craggy natural edges.

“I really like the way the natural edges look,” he told the News Observer. “One of the reasons I like turning is that, as opposed to making furniture where everything is cut out, this is a lot more organic. You’re like a sculptor, taking a raw piece of wood and peeling it back.”

As do many sculptural woodworkers, Van Duyn chooses wood that has burls or spalting because he likes how it enhances the grain’s appearance.

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August 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

Weima trademarks ‘Destroy Responsibly’ recycling campaign

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Weima America (www.weimaamerica.com), a manufacturer of size-reduction machinery, has trademarked its “Destroy Responsibly” campaign.

The “Destroy Responsibly” phrase was originally developed in 2008 as part of a recycling campaign at The International Woodworking Fair. The program has since relocated to The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair, where Weima America is the Official Recycling Partner. AWFS Fair will be held July 24-27 in Las Vegas.

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July 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

Trees-to-Products summer conference offered in Virginia for teachers

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The Virginia Cooperative Extension from Virginia Tech is hosting its eighth annual Trees-to-Products summer conference, July 15-18, providing a chance for teachers to learn first-hand about Virginia hardwood forests.

Trees-to-Products is a professional development program designed to provide teachers with factual and credible information about Virginia’s hardwood forests. It is field-based, with trips to forests, a log yard, a sawmill and other relevant locations. The information in the program is designed to fulfill the Virginia Standards of Learning for biology, life sciences, economics, history and resources. It also includes training in Project Learning Tree activities, an environmental education program for educators.

“When teachers get to learn through hands-on activities and visiting a forest products manufacturing facility, they will get a better understanding of everything from how we manage forests to how we harvest the trees and manufacture the many products from the forest,” said Bill Worrell, a forestry and natural resources Virginia Cooperative Extension agent in Russell County who coordinates the program. “With a hands-on approach, the teachers get a better appreciation of the entire process of growing trees, managing trees, harvesting trees, making forest products like lumber, flooring and paper while practicing sustainable forest management to ensure the future of forests and the many benefits from the forest.”

The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Society of American Foresters sponsors the Trees-to-Products program. The program is funded by a grant from the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation.

This program offers 30 hours of professional development credit, including Project Learning Tree certification. The registration deadline is June 30. Registration is $25 and includes lodging and meals for the four-day, three-night conference. For more information and registration instructions, please visit www.anr.ext.vt.edu/enviroandnatres/programs/trees-to-products.html.

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June 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

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