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Top Stories - November 18, 2015


EPA Fines Forestry Corporation $15,000 for Erosion Incident

A failure to implement effective erosion and sediment control measures at Tuckers Nob has resulted in Forestry Corporation of NSW being fined $15,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

From September to November last year, FCNSW undertook a clear-fell harvesting operation in Tuckers Nob State Forest followed by plantation re-establishment work which continued until late February.

EPA North Coast region manager Brett Nudd said Forestry Corporation heavy rain which fell on February 2 and 3 this year highlighted the lack of effective erosion and sediment control measures needed for the project.

"This (the rain) led to surface run-off which carried sediment into the Never Never Creek," Mr Nudd said.

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CLI Opens Geomembrane Fabrication Facility in California

Colorado Lining International, one of the world’s most experienced fabricators, contractors, and installers of geosynthetics, has opened a new geomembrane fabrication facility and construction office in Colton, California.

Strategically located east of Los Angeles, the new facility is less than two hours from four major ports: Long Beach, Hueneme, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This allows CLI to serve customers in the western region even more efficiently.

“The additional fabrication operation will offer faster service of stock materials for current and future customers based in the western United States,” says John Heap, President of CLI. “It will also bring CLI’s Hydro-Cap™ cover technology to the region—which is a growing market with a high demand for floating cover solutions. We are excited about the opportunity to grow our presence in this critical economy and offer water protection and storage options to a variety of industries and agencies.”

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Roadside Gumweed in Nevada Could be Used as Jet Fuel for the Military

Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of Nevada, Reno to convert roadside gumweed into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the military.

“The plant grindelia squarosa, known as curly top gumweed, has extractable hydrocarbons with the potential use as a biodiesel or biomaterials crop,” Miller, a professor in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, said. “Gumweed is native in Nevada and grows on the side of freeways and, more importantly, is an arid land crop that requires less water than other substitutes like alfalfa. Alfalfa takes five feet of water to grow while gumweed uses no more than a foot of water.”

The collaborators on the project planted the gumweed at the University’s Valley Road Field Laboratory and the Main Station Field Laboratory using minimal water and fertilizer resources. After growing and harvesting the gumweed, it went through biomass processing where it was broken down to liquid that smells like tar.

The final biofuel product from the chemical engineering process can produce up to 122 gallons per acre on a biennial basis on the semi-arid lands of Nevada. The crops would require minimum inputs of nutrients and water and have the potential to be converted into jet fuel, which has garnered the interest from the military – the largest fuel consumer in the United States.

Miller said the U.S. Navy is interested in using the biofuel as jet fuel. The project received $500,000 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and has the potential to supply up to 20 percent of fuel demand for the military.

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PGMS Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

John Doiron of Concord Hospital, Concord, NH was elected and installed as the 94th President of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) during the Society’s annual Awards and Installation dinner held on Friday Oct. 23 in conjunction with the 2015 PGMS School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, KY., Oct. 21-24. Doiron succeeds John Burns, CGM as the chief elected officer of the over 100-year-old green industry organization.

Additionally, PGMS members elected Marion Bolick, CGM of Collier County – Pelican Bay Services Division in Naples, FL as their President-Elect. Gerald Landby of Winona State University in Winona, MN was elected as Vice President and Jeff McManus, CGM of the University of Mississippi was elected as Treasurer/Secretary.

The six PGMS Regional Directors are as follows: North East Regional Director, Ted Heywood, CGM of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.; North Central Regional Director, Bruce De Vrou, CGM of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, MI; North West Regional Director,Joe Kovolyan, CGM of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.; South East Regional Director, Susanne Woodell, CGM of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.; South Central Regional Director Corey Ruff, of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX.; and South West Regional Director, Gerry Dobbs, CGM of Cordova Recreation and Park District in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Each Regional Director serves as a point of contact for Branch Presidents within their region, assisting with membership recruitment, and the development of new Branches within their respective region.

Directors at Large include: Cary Avery, CGM of the University of California, Davis in Davis, CA;Jared Rudy, CGM of Villanova University, in Villanova, PA.; and Diana Bramble of Washington D.C.

Paula Sliefert of The Toro Company in Bloomington, MN. will continue to serve as the Supplier Member Representative.

Thomas C. Shaner continues to serve the Board as the Executive Director and Stephanie E. Dodd will serve as Associate Executive Director.

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