Hawai'i Forest Industry Association




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P.O. Box 5594
Kailua-Kona, HI
96745-5594

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President
Mike Robinson

Vice President
Lloyd Jones

Secretary
Mats Fogelvik

Treasurer
Peter Simmons





Kauai
William Cowern
Stephen Smith

Oahu
Nick Dudley
Lloyd Jones

Maui
Kip Dunbar
Mats Fogelvik

Hawai'i
Mike Robinson
Peter Simmons

At-Large
Don Bryan
Tai Lake
Larry Nitz
Bob Osgood
James Quinn
Sally Rice
Jay Warner
Ed Winkler
Aileen Yeh

Executive Director
Heather Gallo

Development Coordinator
Deborah Griffiths







In this Issue


 

Hawaii's Woodshow™ 2008
Special Announcement, Mark Your Calendars!


The Sixteenth Annual
Statewide Juried Furniture & Woodworking Show
of the Hawai`i Forest Industry Association

Scheduled for
Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd
Honolulu Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii

Marian Yasuda will be sending out the prospectus and entry forms shortly.

Stay tuned for more information on some of the new and exciting
components we will be presenting this year.

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Volunteers of Ka'üpülehu
By Yvonne Yarber Carter, Ka`üpülehu Outreach Coordinator


Photo credit: Yvonne Yarber Carter.

Our kupuna la'au-or elder native plants and trees of the dryland forest are slipping away without much notice by the general public. Many are shocked to learn that less than 5% of our Hawai'i native dryland forest remain and probably less than 1% may be considered healthy. The surviving scattered remnants of these once diverse thriving forests are perilously in danger of disappearing as well. This is true of dryland forests throughout our islands, and globally these habitats suffer similarly.

A 70-acre restoration project is located on the Hawai’i Island in the lee of Hualalai mountain at Ka'üpülehu. It is part of the broad similar landscape of South Kohala and North Kona that today is dominated by the highly flammable fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), which is not only invading native dryland forest landscape, but covering the lava flows that only a few years ago provided natural firebreaks.

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Land Clearing Options Workshop
A Recap of the June 7th Event


This HFIA and HFI sponsored workshop demonstrated two land clearing and mulching technologies on a parcel of land in East Hawai'i. It was a great success with approximately 30 people attending. The event was facilitated by Mike Robinson, HFIA President. Dr. J.B. Friday, UH Extension Forester, gave a talk on Best Management Practices. Glenn Bertelmann (Bertelmann Inc.) and team demonstrated his excavator with vertical mulching head. Mike Kraus (Tree Works) and crew demonstrated his Gyro Trac...

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Congratulations


Congratulations to Dr. J.B. Friday for receiving tenure and a promotion to Associate Specialist of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Dr. Friday has provided HFIA with valuable assistance for many years. He has also assisted our non-profit affiliate, the Hawai`i Forest Institute (HFI), as one of the editors of the Hawai`i Forest Journal and by serving as an HFI Director. The expertise and professionalism that Dr. Friday offers our membership and the general public, via the extension forestry program, is having a positive effect on Hawaii’s landscape. As Hawai’i continues its efforts to manage and restore its forests and promote the expansion of the forest industry, we hope to continue to benefit from Dr. Friday’s knowledge, expertise, and dedication to Hawaii’s forests.

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Meet HFIA Director Don Bryan
President & CEO, Tradewinds Forest Products LLC


Don Bryan is a professional forester trained at the University of Washington. He has been active in the forest products industry since 1967. Don is the Chairman of the Board of The Timber Exchange, which was founded in 1987. He was President of The Timber Exchange from 1987 until December of 2006.

Prior to founding The Timber Exchange, Don was Timber Vice President of the Campbell Group, an investment-banking firm, where he was responsible for timberland acquisition and management. During his tenure at Campbell, he played a key role in the first major timberland acquisition by a financial institution in the Pacific Northwest and the first investment by China in the US since World War II.

Don worked for 15 years for the Weyerhaeuser Company, where he served as a road engineer, timber cruiser/appraiser, timber and land purchasing manager, and district forester. During his career at Weyerhaeuser, he was in charge of planting 40 million trees on their Vail, Washington tree farm. He also purchased or traded 300,000 acres of timberland for Weyerhaeuser. Don was responsible for operations analysis and safety management on the Weyerhaeuser lands located on the slopes of Mt. St. Helens after the eruption in May of 1981.

Don has been working since 1999 on developing Tradewinds Forest Products and helping to establish a forest products industry on Hawai'i Island.

www.tradewindsforestproducts.com

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Articles of Interest
The Latest in Forestry News

Dryland diversity is slowly being reclaimed.
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Insect? Waiwi? Choice is yours Informational meeting to be held on county's strawberry guava plans The growing discord over a proposal to release a scale insect into a Puna forest to combat the spread of waiwi has led lawmakers to schedule a public informational meeting.
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Habitat goes solar Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity was fully funded for its request of $215,880 that will allow for the installation of solar water heating systems and thermal insulation for 32 Habitat-built homes.
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KIUC offers a taste of 'thinking beyond the barrel'.
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KULA — The Kula State Forest Reserve and the Polipoli State Park will reopen.
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Protocol for conservation violations may see revisions HONOLULU — The state Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved a move to revise the state’s procedures for dealing with conservation violations as an administrative procedure.
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Lingle: Hawai‘i must ease oil reliance Governor Linda Lingle yesterday said security trumps reliability when it comes to Hawai'i's energy production.
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Gov. Linda Lingle has released a $500,000 capital improvement grant to the Hawai'i Nature Center to build an environmental and recreational center at the Wailua Reservoir on Kaua‘i
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Garden teaches preschoolers sustainability. Work began before the check was in hand Saturday at 'Ae Kamali'i Preschool. Chainsaws whirred and people moved pieces of lumber and wheelbarrows of soil as Penni Taketa, co-director of the preschool, and MaryLee Harris, a master gardener volunteer, oversaw the operation with a handful of parent volunteers...
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Investors jump into forest carbon credits For the first time, private forest owners are finding ways to profit by not cutting down their trees.
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If exceptional, monkeypods stay The county Arborist Advisory Committee yesterday approved a letter recommending the Kaua‘i County Council enact an ordinance adding a pair of monkeypods in Old Koloa Town to the exceptional tree list.
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Forest industry wants slice of cap-and-trade pie A coalition of Oregon forestry companies and environmental groups wants to create a new revenue stream from what forests do best: suck up carbon emissions.
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Alternative energy firm gets state financing tool
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Koa logger fighting state over claims he illegally harvested trees.
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A Safe Haven: Ka'upulehu Forest place to nurture, protect plants, seeds.
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Cutting Costs for Renewables The costs of generating solar power will be on par with the costs of power made from fossil fuels like natural gas and coal...
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WildEarth Guardians requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invoke an emergency provision in the Endangered Species Act to protect 32 plant and animal species facing imminent extinction.
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Black twig borer impacts coffee harvest for years.
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Guava returns to profitability.
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A $1.97 million check sealed a deal Friday between Big Island property owners and the government, keeping 16,000 acres of Kona forest lands from ever being developed. The property -- 9,000 acres at the Kealakekua Heritage Ranch...
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Seed exchange offers a chance for everyone to grow.
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It's a good year for new books on tropical gardening.
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The USA Biomass Power Producers Alliance (USBPPA) represents 80 biomass-fueled power plants across sixteen states. USA Biomass members are the plant owners and operators whose fuels come from the forestry, ag, and urban wood waste sectors.
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Wood Pellet Properties, The Pellet Fuels Institute is helping pellet manufacturers create testing programs to help consumers know what they are buying.
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NH - $1 million Grant For N.H. Biomass Burner Project, Efforts to install a wood-fired biomass burner at the Fraser Papers mill are getting a boost from a group that invests in economic development projects.
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MI - Timber auction latest sign of slowdown, Record high fuel prices and the long-term shutdown of the Ainsworth plant near Cook have significantly reduced demand for timber stumpage in northern St. Louis County.
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ME - Stove Sales Heat Up As Price Of Oil Soars, Dealers are amazed at how quickly pellet stoves are being snapped up by customers wary of winter, and it’s barely summer!
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Canada - Western Forest Products announced sweeping cutbacks yesterday, laying off 2,000 loggers and sawmill workers  in the face of softening demand for cedar products.
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AK - Collaborative Community Forest Plan Steps Into Action, Local residents, conservationists, and Forest Service team up for forest groundwork.
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MT: The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) has just published a special forestry issue of its quarterly magazine.
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A Family Forest, When Benjamin Brandreth purchased 24,038 acres of Adirondack timberland in 1851, he was searching for a pristine lake to start a brewing business.
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WI - Effects of Logging Residue Removal on Forest Sites Three factors have limited the use of forest residues for energy production in North America: burning technologies; collection inefficiencies; and lack of knowledge of site impacts.
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Biomass Study Shows Forest Can Handle Harvest, Cutting small trees and brush for energy can be done without harming Minnesota’s northern forests, but the cost to do the work may be more than the profit.
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Elma, Ontario, CAN: When cutting down forests is the right thing to do
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Cutting down a tree is not a bad thing, "I think the problem is people don't understand that cutting down a tree is not necessarily a bad thing," said Beth Ciuzio, stewardship project director for the New Jersey Audubon Society.
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Woody Biomass Projects to Be $1.5 Billion Market by 2012.
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ID - Energy Prices Spark Return To Wood, Every time the U.S. realizes that it might not be able to afford its passion for petroleum, a funny thing happens. People rethink the value of wood as an energy source.
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Renewafuel LLC Plans Biomass Production Plant in Michigan Projected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2009, the plant will annually produce 150,000 tons of biofuel cubes from a sustainable composite of collected wood and agricultural feedstocks.
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FL: Green industries proving good for area businesses, Of all the ways to gauge Green Circle Bio Energy's effect on Northwest Florida and surrounding states, 1 million tons provides a good measurement.
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Louisiana Pacific Fetes New Plant, New Line of Lumber, Company announces the opening of its laminated strand lumber, or LSL, facility in New Limerick, Maine
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Rayonier Adds Website for Searching Timber Lands, Using the website, hunters can identify available timberland tracts and use an online auction process to compete for license agreements in the 2008-2009 season.
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NC - Rural Venture Fund Invests In Wood Pellet Manufacturer.
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WI - Hard work, head for business and lots of luck, lead to young loggers success
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Alabama Plant To Begin Producing Ethanol From Waste Wood
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Norway - Xynergo - The Company That Will Produce Diesel From Woody Biomass
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PelletEX LLC introduces its pellet manufacturing plants with production volumes starting at 35,000 tons per year.
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NASA Aircraft Examine Impact of Forest Fires on Arctic Climate.
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India - Archidply Mulls Timber Processing Plant In Gujarat
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NASA Aircraft Examine Impact of Forest Fires on Arctic Climate.
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OR - Bears v. Timber
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Study: The Dynamics of Bark Beetle Eruptions
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ME - Tour Of Diseased Trees Set
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Upcoming Conferences and Events

American Loggers Council 14th Annual Meeting, Sept 25-27
Montgomery, AL
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From Peril to Profit - Eastern Cedar Seminar, July 8-9, 2008
Oklahoma City, OK
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Forest Organic Debris & Slash Program, Friday, July 11th, 2008
St. Maries, ID
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Biomass Energy Workshop July 17th, Grand River Center
Dubuque, IA
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Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry, July 22- 24, 2008
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Pellet Fuels Institute, 2008 Annual Conference, July 20-22, 2008.
Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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MN - Kiln Drying Short Course, The 31st Annual Kiln Drying Short Course will be held August 11-14, 2008 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
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OR - The Western Stewardship Summit will take place September 24-26, 2008 at Bend Oregon
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International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
84th Annual Conference and Trade Show
July 26 – 30, 2008, St. Louis, MO USA
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Mahalo New and Renewing Members

Corporate ($300)
James E. Quinn-Member Manager, Hawaii Island Hardwoods, LLC

Business ($125)
J. Kelly Dunn-Wood Lathe Artist
Sally Rice-Vice President, Agro Resources Inc.
Gregg D. Smith-Owner, Gregg Smith - Woodturner

Individual ($35)
Shaun Fleming-Owner, Wooden Touches, Inc.
Danny Freeman-Owner, Kau Outpost
Andrea T. Gill
Dr. Arthur Hounslow-Retired Geochemist
Kelly Kaupu-Koa 'Aina Ventures
Michael M. Kraus-President, Tree Works, Inc.
George Newton-Owner, Newton Family Limited Partnership
R. W. Scheurenbrand
Kent Untermann-Koa 'Aina Ventures
Ben Yee-Koa 'Aina Ventures

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HFIA Membership
Your Membership Counts

Membership Benefits:

  • Issues of HFIA's monthly e-newsletter;
  • Monthly Articles of Interest linking you to articles about various happenings throughout the State of Hawai'i and worldwide;
  • The quarterly Agriculture Hawai'i magazine;
  • The opportunity to list your business in HFIA's website Resource Guide and Directory;
  • The opportunity to rent a space in HFIA's Honolulu Inter-Island Airport Display;
  • The opportunity to vote in the election for the Board of Directors and an invitation to mingle with fellow members at the Annual General Membership meeting; and
  • A special invitation to the Hawaii's Woodshow™ opening night reception.
Your dues also help support HFIA's many programs and activities:

Advocacy: A voice at the legislature and in public forums promoting policies and actions which will foster healthy and productive forests;

Forest Science: Demonstration of techniques to restore and protect species in dryland native forests;

Information Exchange: In addition to the monthly newsletter and Articles of Interest, public symposia have been sponsored by HFIA as well as participating in exhibitions, conferences, and special events;

Marketing: Research into market strategies for commodity wood products and fine crafted products have resulted in the implementation of the Hawaii's Wood™ brand and the related creation of marketing materials and tools; and

Education and Training: Workshops for woodworkers featuring nationally-known guest woodworkers are held annually; Opportunities for professional improvement for loggers, landowners and managers, and others.

Cost
Individual: $35.00
Business $125.00
Corporate $300.00

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About this Newsletter

This is the monthly newsletter for the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association.

If you have suggestions, content or images that you would like to contribute to the HFIA Association E-News please contact Development Coordinator, Deborah Griffiths, deb.hfia@hawaiiantel.net, or Executive Director, Heather Gallo, hawaii.forest@hawaiiantel.net.

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About HFIA
Managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests

The Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Hawai'i in 1989. Founded by and for people interested and directly involved in managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests, HFIA has a diverse membership of over 200 individuals and businesses including: woodworkers, forestry professionals, sawyers, ecotourism operators, educators, environmentalists, government officials and interested citizens.

HFIA is primarily a volunteer-based organization, with a small staff on the Hawai'i Island and two independent contractors on Oahu. The Board of Directors includes eight Island Directors and nine At-Large Directors.

Since its inception, HFIA has promoted active public awareness of Hawaii's unique forest resources. As reflected in its diverse membership, HFIA is extraordinary for its founding premise that sustainability is based on an encompassing acknowledgement of the environmental, aesthetic, cultural/historical and economic aspects of this resource. We welcome you to join us.

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Hawai'i Forest Industry Association - July 2008 Online Newsletter