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Business & Politics

Lumber deal extension hyped by industry, trashed by union

Northern Ontario Business
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The two-year extension of the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement is being lauded as “good news” by Ontario and Quebec forest industry groups. Jamie Lim, Ontario Forest Industries Association president, was pleased that industry issues were reflected in the announcement made by federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ed Fast, Jan 23. “This endorsement of the extension by the central Canada industries is based on current economic conditions which have, even without the competitive constraints of the (softwood lumber agreement), shuttered much production and reduced substantially Central Canada’s export capacity.”

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Tembec first-quarter loss widens

Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Tembec expects its quarterly results will improve for the rest of the year after net losses surged in the first quarter because of internal maintenance downtime and unexpected global pulp price declines. The Montreal-based forest products company said Thursday that it lost $16-million, or 16 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 24. That compared to a loss of 11 cents per share a year earlier, or $11-million.

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New commercial NCC plant proves growing momentum for innovative forest products

by FPAC
Canada News Wire press release
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says the opening of the world’s first nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC) plant in Canada is clear evidence of the rapid transformation of the forest sector and its growing role in the emerging bio-economy. Leading edge research by FPInnovations has led to the official opening today of the CelluForce plant in Windsor Quebec which will fabricate NCC for eventual use in such products as paints and coatings, films and barriers, textiles, and composites.

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Domtar to buy European diaper maker

Reuters
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp. (UFS-T87.550.360.41%) said it will buy European diaper maker Attends Healthcare Ltd for 180-million Euro ($233.52-million U.S.) as the Canadian paper maker looks to strengthen its personal care segment amid volatility in its core business. “Demand for incontinence care products in Europe is strong, and our intent is to double earnings within the next five years,” said Chief Executive John Williams. …”The acquisition of Attends Europe moves us further along the path we started down last summer and it consolidates our ownership of the Attends brand on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Mr. Williams.

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Domtar to grow personal care business with European buy

Reuters
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian paper maker Domtar Corp said it will buy diaper maker Attends Healthcare’s European business for 180 million euros ($233.52 million) to strengthen its personal care segment amid volatility in its core business. Domtar, like Tembec Inc, has been grappling with weak selling prices and high input costs. Tembec, which produces lumber, paper and pulp, posted a wider first-quarter loss on Thursday. Domtar, one of North America’s largest producers of uncoated freesheet paper, bought Attends’ North American operations in August 2011.

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Dust levels high at mill weeks before blast: WorkSafe BC

CTV News Video
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

A WorkSafe BC report written just weeks before a devastating fire levelled a sawmill in northern B.C. says dust levels in the facility’s basement were more than twice the acceptable level for workers’ health. High dust levels in places like sawmills can pose respiratory difficulties for workers and can also be an explosion hazard, but Al Johnson, WorkSafe BC’s regional director, said Wednesday it’s too early to speculate whether dust played a role in last week’s conflagration at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake. “Certainly, sawdust can be combustible and combustible sawdust can lead to an explosion,” said Johnson. “There needs to be a source of ignition, so just having sawdust around won’t spontaneously combust, if you will.”

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Destroyed Burns Lake sawmill warned of unsafe levels of sawdust in December

justine hunter AND rod mickleburgh, Globe and Mail
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Safety experts will be looking at a buildup of wood dust as one of the possible causes of the deadly explosion that levelled a Burns Lake sawmill, after an inspection report found unsafe levels of sawdust at the mill not long before the blast. The report, released by WorkSafeBC on Wednesday, dealt only with the respiratory impact of the dust accumulation on plant employees. But Al Johnson, a WorkSafeBC technical expert on sawmill safety, pointed out that dust, as it accumulates in a sawmill, can also be a fire hazard. …However, it did not recommend immediate enforcement, and mill owners were given until Jan. 30 to devise a plan to reduce the dust exposure to employees.

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Destroyed sawmill cited for dust levels

December inspection found unsafe conditions
BY JONATHAN FOWLIE, VANCOUVER SUN; WITH FILES FROM DOUG WARD AND GORDON HOEKSTRA
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The Burns Lake sawmill that exploded Friday was cited last month for unsafe levels of sawdust, an inspection report from WorkSafeBC reveals. Dated Dec. 28, 2011, the inspection report found “workers in various positions in the sawmill are exposed to pine wood dust in excess of the exposure limit.” The inspection report noted these excessive levels suggest “current ventilation systems and water misters are not adequately protecting some workers.”

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Support for mill workers left jobless ‘amazing’

By Cheryl Chan
The Province
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Fund gets offers of aid from across Canada, U.S
Donations are pouring in to help families and victims affected by the Burns Lake sawmill explosion. About $30,000 has been donated to the Burns Lake Tragedy Fund to assist the community, which was reliant on the now burned-down Babine Forest Products plant as its primary industry. “In my wildest dreams, I was thinking that we’d have $20,000, but we had that in the first day,” said Burns Lake Rotary Club president Terri Dickson, whose group oversees the trust fund. “The outpouring of support has been stunning and just amazing.” The money is earmarked to help the community in the long term, when employment insurance runs out for workers who lost their livelihood in the Friday explosion, which claimed two lives and injured 18.

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Union reaches tenative deal with Crofton mill boss

897 SunFM News
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One union local at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill has reached a tentative agreement with its employer, which still requires approval by the membership. The deal is necessary for Catalyst Paper Corp. Ltd. to move forward with its debt restructuring plan. The company has a deadline of Jan. 31 to have new contracts with all its unionized workers, even though the present collective agreement with the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada doesn’t expire until April 31. The first vice president of the PPWC’s local 2, Kevin McPetrie, said it wasn’t the easiest agreement to reach.

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Until dust do us part: The Youbou mud and dust problem

Lake Cowichan Gazette
January 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CVRD Area I and F directors Pat Weaver and Ian Morrison are aiming to reduce dusty roads on either side of Cowichan Lake. The dust and mud problem, which effects both Youbou and Honeymoon Bay has plagued its residents for years – and they’ve had enough. Many have pointed the finger at logging companies whose semi-trucks returning from off-road logging sites deposit mud, dust and other debris alongside the highway and Youbou Road. Youbou resident Don Beldessi is overly upset at the conditions the dust and mud has caused.

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Future of Eacom sawmill and jobs is uncertain

Sunday fire destroyed Eacom’s McChesney mill in Timmins
Timmins Times
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is still no firm indication about the future of 120 jobs at the Eacom Timber Corporation McChesney sawmill in Timmins which was destroyed by fire Sunday night. “We are still assessing the situation,” said mill manager Guy Fleury Wednesday. He explained that although the sawmill part of the operation was destroyed, other parts of the operation were not. “The planer mill is unaffected, so we’re going to be running it for a couple of weeks here and then we’re going to be making some decisions,” said Fleury. “We’re also running the dry kiln right now and we’re running the planer. So some part of the operations have started up and we’re still assessing the damages at the sawmill,” said Fleury, adding that no further information could be released at this time.

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Idle speculation continues at NewPage mill

Cape Breton Post
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER – The province and NewPage don’t have a clear-cut definition of what constitutes a hot idle at the Point Tupper paper mill. Earlier this month, the province announced it will help finance maintenance costs at the mill up to a maximum of $5 million until the end of March, while its sale is negotiated. A hot idle involves maintaining machines and equipment so they can be quickly restarted. There is only a broad description of what is considered a hot idle, Nova Scotia Natural Resources spokesman Dan Davis said. “(It) means the machines will be maintained from time to time, as necessary, under the watchful eye of the monitor (Ernst & Young),” he said.

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N.H. industry sees hope in extended lumber deal

New Hamshire Business Review
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The United States and Canada have announced a two-year extension of the Softwood Lumber Agreement, which those in New Hampshire’s lumber industry say is good news. “Most everybody that I know that’s producing softwood lumber right now would think it’s positive,” said B. Manning, sales manager at Durgin & Crowell, which has manufactured eastern white pine lumber in Springfield since 1976. Under the deal, the Softwood Lumber Agreement, which was due to expire in 2013, will remain in effect through October 2015. It was originally enacted in 2006 to put an end to a divisive and ongoing trade dispute between the two countries. The dispute stemmed from the claim by those in the American logging industry that the Canadian government was unfairly subsidizing its timber. Most Canadian timberland is owned by provincial governments, which were charging private firms low fees to log on government land.

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Montana sawmills should benefit from continued restrictions on Canadian imports

Rob Chaney,
The Missoulian
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DEER LODGE – A renewed deal restricting Canadian lumber imports should be good for Montana sawmills, wood products dealers agreed on Wednesday. The United States and Canada signed a two-year extension of their softwood lumber agreement on Monday. “It’s pretty important they went ahead and renewed it,” said Sherm Anderson, owner of Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge. “Once the housing market rebounds, it will be an issue for everyone.” The treaty grew out of disputes in the 2000s where American lumber firms accused Canadians of unfairly subsidizing timber sales on provincial public land. Before the original deal was signed in 2006, the U.S. government had levied almost $5 billion in tariffs and fines on Canadian lumber exporters.

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NRLA recognizes lumber leaders

Home Channel News
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East

The Northeastern Retail Lumber Association’s Industry Recognition Dinner presented a wealth of leadership, including Lifetime Achievement honoree Joseph Lauto of Great Jones Lumber Corp. The Wednesday night event, a highlight of the 2012 LBM Expo held at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., was headlined by the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joseph F. Lauto, of Great Jones Lumber Corp. in New York City.

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Springfield zoning board revokes Biomass plant permit

CBS3Springfield
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) – It’s been a battle between petitioners. For more than two years now, the City of Springfield and Palmer Renewable Energy have been fighting over whether the plan for the Biomass plant on Page Boulevard should be allowed to move forward. Tonight in the latest of many meetings on the issue, resident after resident said no. The proposed plant would burn about 99,000 pounds of waste wood an hour. And that’s why residents living around the area began the fight against it. “I think it was the right decision. I think it was a simple decision to make,” said Patrick Markey, who spoke against the plant tonight.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Green Home Furnished with Sustainable Wood Products

About My Planet Blog
January 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When it comes to reducing your environmental impact, you have dozens and dozens of choices today that weren’t available years ago. What’s more, you needn’t break the bank to opt for the eco-friendly choice, with a wider range of affordable green alternatives. An excellent way to make your home earth-friendly is to furnish it with sustainable wood products. This type of furniture relies on wood sources that can be replenished to keep up with demand. Harvesting timber is not a bad choice if it is done right. The Forest Stewardship Council offers certification for products that meet their standards of excellence and sustainability.

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Forestry

Alberta government serves logging protesters with enforcement order

Canadian Press
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. – Officials with Sustainable Resource Development have yet to move in on protesters who want to stop logging in a foothills recreation area in southwestern Alberta. “We’re following our due process. We’re not being heavy-handed here,” department spokesman Duncan MacDonnell said Wednesday. “There’s something to be said for that.” Protesters set up camp two weeks ago in the Castle Mountain area to block logging trucks owned by Calgary-area forest company Spray Lake Sawmills. Sierra Club Canada said Wednesday that a rotating picket line and outfitters camp were still stopping Spray Lakes staff from getting in.

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TRU receives support from City for logging truck driver training

Welcome to Williams Lake News
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City Council voted unanimously tonight to support TRU’s industry-collaborative Logging Truck Driver Training Program. TRU and industry stakeholders, including the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), the Interior Loggers Association (ILA) and Tolko Industries Ltd are submitting an application to the Labour Market Sector Solutions program.

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Environmental groups raise alarm about forestry on Flores Island

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Environmental groups are raising concerns about possible logging on Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound. The issue surfaced after Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. applied to the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for heli-drop zones. Although those applications were received, as of January 25 the ministry had not received an application for a cutting permit. Environmental groups are concerned that if the permits go through, it will greatly impact the natural ecosystem. “There is so much scientific evidence coming in now that these ecosystems are rare and should be protected,” says Dan Lewis, executive director at Friends of Clayoquot Sound. “It’s not like there are square blocks of old growth forests out there. They are actually in a valley. When you have an intact watershed, it means it’s functioning the way it was designed to function, with no industrial impact.”

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The Castle holds out

Despite reports, logging protest still going strong
Fast Forward Weekly
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Reports that government officials broke the picket line in the Castle-Crown wilderness area January 23 were greatly exaggerated, say protest spokespeople. Gordon Petersen, president of the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, says the protest camp is intact and operational. Petersen says he read a news story on the evening of January 23 about the camp’s eviction. A member of the ad hoc Stop Castle Logging group immediately went to the site to see if the story was true. Petersen says the false eviction report to the media was “from the government spin doctors, and it’s most irritating.” He confirmed government officials from the Department of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) did visit the camp at around noon that day.

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Healthy Forest Report Calls for Transformative Change in Long Term Forest Management

Opinion 250 News
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- After a year of gathering input from the public, stakeholders and communities, the Health Forests- Healthy Communities Initiative has issued a set of recommendations that call for long term stewardship of B.C’s Forests. …The report says the public has an expectation that the Provincial Government will manage the Crown Lands, ( which represent 94% of the Province) in the public’s best interest specifically to protect social, cultural and economic values over the long term and provide residents with expected products and services.

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Mont St. Bruno project will destroy forest: group

by Michelle Lalonde
Montreal Gazette
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Luxury Condo Project developed by Liberal Senator
As heavy machinery plowed into an ecologically sensitive forest next to Mont St. Bruno Provincial Park on Wednesday to begin work on a luxury housing development, local and national environmental groups appealed to Quebec’s environment ministry to intervene to save the forest. On Monday, St. Bruno’s town council approved a contract for an engineering firm to take soil samples and analyze the terrain to prepare for the housing project, known as Domain de la Futaie. The land is owned by Liberal Senator Paul C. Massicotte, whose real-estate company Proprietes Sommet Prestige Inc. intends to build 30 luxury homes on the six-hectare site. On Tuesday, reacting to the arrival of the firm’s heavy equipment and the destruction of several trees in the process, a local conservation group wrote to Environment Minister Pierre Arcand, pleading with him to stop the project.

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Nature Conservancy of Canada reintroducing Acadian forest in region

Sackville Tribune Post
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Regional Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff members are excited about a project currently under way in Southeastern New Brunswick that has them breaking the mold when it comes to their traditional area of focus. As their name suggests, the NCC is primarily in the business of conservation, but work has begun on a 160-acre parcel of land in Baie Verte to recreate an Acadian forest. The pristine piece of coastal property, which was acquired last year by the NCC, was previously home to a Girl Guide camp, and prior to that it was farmland.

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US to unveil new forest rules

Associated Press
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, are set to be released Thursday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. A summary was obtained by The Associated Press. Vilsack said in an interview that the rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. The new rules strengthen a requirement that decisions be based on the best available science and recognize that forests are used for a variety of purposes, Vilsack said. “I think it’s a solid rule and done in a collaborative, open and transparent way,” he said.

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INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY LETS USERS EXPERIENCE THE FOREST THROUGH AUGMENTED REALITY

PSFK
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Funded by NFB, Canada’s public producer and distributor, Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison directed Bear 71, an app-enabled interactive documentary and installation in Utah. The work presents a powerful story from the perspective of a female grizzly bear who comments on the Banff National Park rangers tracking her to reveal insights on the relationship of wildlife to the digital world. The emotional narrative provides insight on the conditions of wildlife in the age of networks, information exchange, and digital surveillance and more importantly draws a striking parallel between how the web tracks people to gather information and how animals are surveilled to provide security.

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New Forest Planning Rule Seeks to Restore the Nation’s Forests through Science and Collaboration

USDA Forest Service Press Release
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signaled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s intent to issue a new planning rule for America’s 193-million acre National Forest System that seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of our rural communities, by releasing online a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. Today’s action honors the commitment made by Secretary Vilsack in his 2009 speech on forest management, and by the President in the America’s Great Outdoors Report. USDA and the Forest Service carefully considered nearly 300,000 comments received on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement issued last February, to develop the agency’s preferred course of action for finalizing the planning rule.

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Senators seek state control of federal railroad grant lands

Oregon Capital News
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

SALEM, Ore.- Two legislators want to bring control of federal railroad lands back into the hands of the state with a new bill proposed for February’s session. State Senators Fred Girod, R-Lyons, and Jason Atkinson, R-Central Point, have proposed a bill requesting that the federal government give “full management authority” of the Oregon and California Railroad grant lands to the state government. The lawmakers say this change would resuscitate local economies and better protect forest health. Currently, rural counties receive federal money intended to replace revenue lost because the lands belong to the federal government instead of the state, according to the senators.

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Thinning work: Loggers remove beetle-killed trees from Bitterroot campgrounds

Ravalli Republic
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEST FORK – The campers braved snowy roads, logging trucks and falling trees last Monday to come see what was happening to their favorite spot in the woods. Way up the West Fork, they traveled to the Alta Campground where Jim Dunn’s family crew at C&L Tree Management were hard at work making the campground safe for next year’s campers. The visitors hopped over downed trees and dodged piles of slash to inspect their choice camping spot. After seeing the loggers had left the best and largest trees in the campground behind, they picked their way back to their car and headed home. West Fork Ranger Dave Campbell wasn’t surprised at all the campers had made the trip deep into the Bitterroot National Forest.

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Lincoln project demonstrates new approach to logging

Helena Independent Record
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

LINCOLN – The buzz of Jim Critchlow’s chainsaw cuts through the quiet forest northwest of here, where 700 people lived in the late 1800s. Today, the only remnants of this historic town site are buried under snow as are many of the early residents, who lie in the cemetery up the road. Like those early residents, many of the lodgepole pines here also have died, and on this windy winter day Critchlow is laying those to rest at a rate of about two a minute. Since this is a historic site, though, the logging here is being done as lightly as possible by the crew of Barry Smith Logging Inc., and Smith is delighted to hop into the cab of his custom Komatsu long-reach log loader to show how it works.

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Lawmakers may consider stricter timber-theft law

The Columbus Dispatch
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

Lawmakers might reconsider the criminal penalties for timber theft after a southeastern Ohio man complained that no one was prosecuted for harvesting more than $4,000 worth of trees from his property. Larry McCartney, 70, of Glenford, said he has been trying to get state officials to take his case seriously for more than a year. Walnut, cherry, oak and maple trees were illegally cut from land he owns in Perry County in the fall of 2010 by a logging company working on a neighbor’s land. Officials from the state’s Department of Agriculture have told McCartney that his case is a civil matter and that they don’t have jurisdiction or enforcement authority.

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Warrensburg logger killed in accident

Post Star
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

KINGSBURY — A Warrensburg logger died Wednesday afternoon while cutting logs off Aviator Way just north of Hicks Road and the Warren County airport, police reported. Maurice DeMars, 66, of Pratt Road, was cutting logs at about 3:40 p.m. when a large log rolled off the top of a pile of 18 or 20 logs and onto him, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Other loggers working with him found him, police said. DeMars was cutting logs by himself at the header, the place where the workers were leaving the logs once they skidded them out of the woods, according to Sgt. Nick Spiezio of the Sheriff’s Office.

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World’s giant trees are dying off rapidly, studies show

Ecological ‘kings of the jungle’ being toppled by forest fragmentation, severe drought and new pests and diseases
The UK Guardian
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The biggest trees in the world, known as the true ecological kings of the jungle, are dying off rapidly as roads, farms and settlements fragment forests and they come under prolonged attack from severe droughts and new pests and diseases. Long-term studies in Amazonia, Africa and central America show that while these botanical behemoths may have adapted successfully to centuries of storms, pests and short-term climatic extremes, they are counterintuitively more vulnerable than other trees to today’s threats. “Fragmentation of the forests is now disproportionately affecting the big trees,” said William Laurance, a research professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. “Not only do many more trees die near forest edges, but a higher proportion of the trees dying were the big trees.”

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About 350,000 Nicaraguan Young People to Work in Forestry Jobs

Prensa Latina
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Managua – Nicaragua will reforest in 2012 some 15,000 hectares as part of an environmental protection plan that will have the support of 350,000 young people, said the coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo. Murillo stressed the importance of further strengthening the country’s forested area, as part of the strategy to address climate change issues, which have direct consequences in altering rainfall patterns and the behavior of agricultural crops.

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Tasmania’s sham forest deal should be torn up, says Senator

TImberbiz.com.au
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“THE CURRENT debate over who should be doing what, if anything, in 430,000ha of possible High Conservation Value Tasmanian forest actually highlights a much more serious issue with the Tasmanian forests agreements – it’s a sham deal and it should be torn up,” says Coalition Forestry Spokesman Senator Richard Colbeck. “As much as it might pain me to say so, Bob Brown is correct when he says the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for Tasmania’s forests states the 430,000ha claimed by environment groups (ENGOs) as HCV will be immediately put into interim reserves while it is assessed to determine whether in fact the HCV exists and if will be protected in the longer term. The IGA goes on to say that if it is not possible to meet contracted supply from outside those areas then companies will be compensated financially from the adjustment package rather than receive logs,” the Senator said in a stinging rebuttal of the “deal”. “In effect, the State and Commonwealth Governments are in breach of their own IGA. This demonstrates yet again the Federal Government’s incapacity to implement any policy without stuffing it up.

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Almost half of Poland’s forest PEFC certified

Pulp and Paper News
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Only one year after the first PEFC certificate was issued in Poland, more than 4 million hectares of forests are now certified to PEFC. “We have experienced an unprecedented demand for PEFC certification in the past year, with almost half of Poland’s forests now certified to PEFC,” said Krzysztof Jodlowski, the Chairman of PEFC Poland. “This demand is not entirely surprising: In Poland, the PEFC standard is the only forest management standard that has been developed by local stakeholders in a participatory process. It incorporates the knowledge of Polish forest managers with their long history and tradition of responsible practices and therefore best meets local requirements and expectations.”

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Logging of primary rainforests not ecologically sustainable, argue scientists

mongabay.com
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tropical countries may face a risk of ‘peak timber’ as continued logging of rainforests exceeds the capacity of forests to regenerate timber stocks and substantially increases the risk of outright clearing for agricultural and industrial plantations, argues a trio of scientists writing in the journal Biological Conservation. The implications for climate, biodiversity, and local economies are substantial. Reviewing an extensive body of recent scientific literature, Philip Shearman of the University of Papua New Guinea and Australian National University, Jane Bryan of the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Tasmania, and William F. Laurance of James Cook University conclude that dominant harvesting practices in tropical forests do not allow enough time for forestry recovery, leading to significant degradation of biodiversity and carbon stocks.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Province Puts Money Into Bio-Economy Research

Opinion 250 News
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Province is giving $700 thousand dollars to FP Innovations to gauge the extent of the bio-economy in B.C.. That project will also help industry identify cost-effective fibre for new projects, including areas which have been hit by the Mountain Pine Beetle. The province hopes this investment will help forest companies create new jobs as they turn what is now considered a waste product into a valued bio-product. FPInnovations will also assess mills in the B.C. Interior for opportunities to add innovative bio-product streams to their current operations.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon

Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
USDA Press Release
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB will operate a 25 million gallon per year biorefinery, which will be constructed on an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, along the Columbia River. …The feedstock will consist of approximately 30 percent agricultural residue, such as wheat straw and corn stover, and 70 percent woody biomass from a local hybrid poplar farm. This poplar biomass carries a Forest Sustainability Council (FSC) certification, giving this cellulosic ethanol project particular merit as a model of environmentally-responsible, sustainable feedstock dependence.

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