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Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

Business & Politics

Northern Pulp ordered to fix air pollution problem

CBC News
April 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Northern Pulp mill has been ordered to install air pollution equipment — six years after a scrubber ceased to function. CBC News has learned the Pictou County mill must make the changes as the result of a new operating permit issued by Nova Scotia last May. The permit imposed dozens of conditions on the paper mill. Most of them have been met, but when Northern Pulp missed a January deadline to clean up its power boiler, the province issued a rare directive to fix the problem.

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Kruger makes pension pitch to mill workers, retirees

CBC News
April 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Retired and current workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper were scheduled to meet with management again Wednesday to discuss their troubled pension plan. Parent company Kruger also held four meetings on Tuesday, including one at night at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook with about two dozen unionized workers. Kruger officials are visiting workers to promote a plan that would extend the time period under which the company would put money into its underfunded pension plan. The fund is short tens of millions of dollars to meet its future obligations

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Mill workers vote to accept contract ultimatum

Chronicle Herald
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY – Northern Nova Scotia drew a sigh of relief Tuesday night after workers at the idled Point Tupper pulp and paper mill voted 85 per cent in favour of accepting a contract ultimatum from Pacific West Commercial Corp. “Our members did a lot of soul searching over the past couple of weeks,” said union spokesman Steve MacDougall. “Now that this is passed I hope people realize that the mill workers are not a greedy bunch and that we have taken this responsibility seriously.”

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NewPage workers vote to accept Stern offer

CBC News
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workers in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., voted overwhelmingly to accept a contract offer from a company that wants to buy the idle NewPage paper mill. Marc Dube of Pacific West Commercial Corporation, the parent company of buyer Stern Group, said it was good news for the mill. “Today’s successful vote outcome brings us one step closer to re-starting the Port Hawkesbury Mill,” he said in a news release.

Also in the Canadian Press

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Majority of workers vote to accept contract deal with pulp and paper company

The Guardian Charlottetown
April 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — More than 85 per cent of union members at an idled Nova Scotia paper mill voted Tuesday to accept a contract deal from the operation’s prospective buyer. Archie MacLachlan of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers union said that 85.6 per cent of those who voted accepted the offer from Pacific West Commercial Corp.  “We asked for them to vote for it and 85 per cent is a good endorsement of the recommendation,” he said following the late vote, adding that not all will be working at the mill if it reopens.

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Gunns continues holding pattern

ABC News, Australia
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian timber company Gunns has extended its five-week trading halt as it negotiates a $400 million capital raising. Gunns has told the stock exchange that it will provide another update on the plan next Monday. Its shares entered a trading halt early last month after the Richard Chandler Corporation pulled out of its bid to take up to 40 per cent of the company. A financial analyst believes the company is close to finalising the details.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Dead ash trees may find a home in Ottawa’s LRT stations

Ottawa Citizen
April 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The city is hoping to use thousands of tonnes of dead ash trees in the construction of its new light-rail stations, according to tender documents released Tuesday. But most of all, it just wants somebody to take all that wood off its hands as foresters feverishly cut ash trees down to try to stay ahead of infestations of emerald ash borers, tiny insects expected to kill practically all the city’s ashes over the next decade. The city expects to cut down trees at an escalating pace over the next few years, with the amount of wood to be disposed of rising from 2,500 tonnes this year to 5,000 tonnes in 2015. The city government itself owns about 75,000 ash trees, the documents say, never mind the ones on private land.

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Can green and grey infrastructure collide with benefits for Ontario?

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
April 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A province-wide coalition asking the province to support green infrastructure is pointing to social and economic benefits as well as ecological ones. The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition released a report, Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure… Co-authored by Ecojustice, [it] promotes urban forests, greenways and waterways, and “living” amenities such as green roofs and walls, engineered wetlands and stormwater ponds, and porous paving and ground surfaces. “Our urban forests are shrinking in most cities across Ontario,” says Janet McKay, a coalition member who is executive director of Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests.

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Georgia-Pacific and Sherwood Lumber Announce Engineered Wood Products Distribution Agreement

Source: Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and Sherwood Lumber Company
Digital Journal (press release)
April 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ATLANTA — Georgia-Pacific Wood Products and Sherwood Lumber Company have announced a new distribution agreement involving GP’s full line of engineered wood products (EWP).  The two companies have finalized terms that will provide for Sherwood Lumber to supply its dealers with a complete line of Georgia-Pacific engineered wood products, including Wood I Beam™ joists, GP Lam® laminated veneer lumber (LVL), FiberStrong® rim board and laminated beams.

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Forestry

Who decides which resource projects are ‘national’ in scope?

Globe and Mail
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The federal budget promised a streamlined review of pipelines, mines and other resource projects. And now Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver is delivering.  The centrepiece of the government’s “Responsible Resource Development” plan, being unveiled Tuesday in Toronto, is a pledge by Ottawa to get out of the way of projects that aren’t “national” in scope. On the face of it, the plan seems reasonable. The budget, for example, talked about “thousands of low-risk projects” going through years of needless delay due to overlapping federal and provincial reviews.

Also in the Globe and Mail
Industries hail Ottawa’s environmental oversight overhaul
Ottawa to unveil sweeping changes to environmental oversight

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Environmentalism for dummies

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

VICTORIA – David Suzuki has resigned as a director of his namesake foundation so it won’t be the target of federal government “attacks.” This news is conveyed to me in a Globe and Mail report that is typically tilted in deference to “Canada’s most famous environmentalist.” The usual assumptions are woven in: Suzuki is a saint. His every utterance is treated as scientific fact, even when it’s a left-wing political rant. The Conservative government is a front for Big Oil that has “attacked” environmental groups by reminding them that political activities are not eligible for charitable tax exemptions. In recent years, the David Suzuki Foundation’s campaign focus has been noticeably in step with the large U.S. foundations that fund most of B.C.’s enviro-scare industry: first salmon farming and now the Alberta “tar sands” in all its exaggerated horror.

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Fed eco-reviews to undergo radical overhaul

Canadian Press
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – A major overhaul of environmental assessment rules for big projects will create jobs and growth, the federal government announced Tuesday, sparking resource industry praise and fierce criticism from environmental groups. First signalled in last month’s budget, the Conservative government said proposed new rules would encourage investment by avoiding wasteful duplication and setting strict time limits for project reviews. “We intend to focus federal assessment efforts on major projects that can have significant environmental effects, such as energy and mining projects,” Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said.

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The Tyee – A Shocking Glimpse of BC’s New Forest Plan

Pulled off the web after just a few hours, it puts forest ‘reserves’ on chopping block.By Ben Parfitt
The Tyee
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For more than a quarter century, logging companies at the government’s blessing have been on a tear through British Columbia’s expansive interior forests. …The biggest proponent of this so-called plan turns out not to be the current forests minister, Steve Thomson, but his cabinet colleague Pat Bell, minister of jobs, tourism and innovation, and MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie.

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Report warns of economic, social impact from B.C. pine beetle epidemic

Source: Canadian Press
The Tyee
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The mountain pine beetle epidemic could wreak economic and social havoc on communities in British Columbia’s Interior and cost the region thousands of jobs in the coming years, warns a confidential report prepared by the provincial government. As part of a mitigation strategy, the provincial government should consider harvesting smaller trees and logging areas currently managed for their biodiversity, wildlife and scenic values, said the Feb. 29, 2012 document.

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Cariboo North Independant MLA Bob Simpson says there is big trouble ahead for Forestry

CKNW News Talk 980
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A government report obtained by independent MLA Bob Simpson is warning of up to 12,000 lost jobs in the interior forest industry over the next five years as timber killed by the mountain pine beetle is exhausted. And Simpson says this should come as no surprise to the BC Liberals. Simpson said “everybody’s known that, for ten years, ministers like minister bell have been putting lipstick on the pig that everybody knew was there, we’ve not got the plans in place, this is gonna be catastrophic for these communities, catastrophic for these employees.”

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Confidential report warns pine beetle set to destroy B.C. forestry jobs

Globe and Mail
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The full, devastating impact of the pine-beetle epidemic that has swept across British Columbia will be felt in the next few years when up to half the forest-industry jobs in the province’s interior will vanish, according to a government report meant to be confidential. The document, a briefing report for the provincial Forests minister, was inadvertently posted on the internet. It gives details on the unfolding timber supply crisis that threatens “the short and medium-term sustainability” of communities that have depended on logging for generations.

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Willamette National Forest, South Santiam Watershed Council win national public awareness award from U.S. Forest Service

The Oregonian
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A Willamette National Forest partnership program with the South Santiam Watershed Council has won a major national U.S. Forest Service award. The Students Engaged in Watershed and Resource Discovery Sessions (Stewards) program was recently acknowledged as the 2011 recipient of the U.S. Forest Service’s national Rise To The Future Award for public awareness.

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Urban Forest Task Force Re-Established

Santa Monica Mirror
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The City of Santa Monica will have a lot of new trees planted around town in the next half century. For at least the first seven years of a planned 50-year process, a task force will work with City Hall to ensure plans are smoothly executed as the coastal municipality seeks to create a citywide arboretum as part of the recently adopted Urban Forest Master Plan.
That Master Plan was adopted by the City Council in December, with it terminating the very group that helped devise it. As Tuesday turned into Wednesday at City Hall, council members reconstituted that group–the Urban Forest Task Force – for a seven-year term.

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Replanting of national forest adds insult to injury

San Bernardino Sun
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Station Fire was devastating enough to the Angeles National Forest and the people who love America’s greatest wilderness to be located so close to a megalopolis. The news that recent reforestation efforts involving pine trees put in by the United States Forest Service were largely a sham – a $1.5 million sham – adds another insult to the terrible injury. The fire should have been controlled and put down in its early stages. …It’s one thing to plant a million little two-inch pines and firs – it’s another to imagine that they’re going to get enough water on their own to survive. They did not get that water. Rather than the 75 percent or 80 percent survival rate the USFS had predicted, the reality is more like 25 percent.

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Forest Service pulls plan to close roads

A public uproar will keep 3,600 miles of Eastern Oregon roads open for now
The Register-Guard
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Forest officials on Tuesday stopped a plan to close thousands of miles of roads in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest after a public uproar over the proposed move in Eastern Oregon. Northwest Regional Forester Kent Connaughton pulled the travel management plan that was released last month. Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor Minica Schwalbach said in a letter that there was lots of confusion over the closures and taking more time to consider the issues will produce a better plan.

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Northern Michigan man clones ancient trees

NPR
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There’s a new book out today about an unusual conservation project based in northern Michigan. For most of the last two decades, a man from Copemish has been cloning old trees around the world. David Milarch believes the genetics of these trees are superior and could be useful in the era of climate change. The author of the book says he might have a point. Back in the year 2000, an elm tree not far from David Milarch’s home was diagnosed with Dutch elm disease. It was not just any elm. It was the National Champion American elm at the time.

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DNR heads reach out to timber industry

Escanaba Daily Press
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRIS – Michigan and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials highlighted some changes made to their departments over the past year, especially in relation to forest management. The officials spoke Monday at the Island Resort and Casino during the annual Spring Celebration for members of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association. Rodney Stokes, director of the Michigan DNR, said one of the things that needs improvement is the relationship between the department and the timber industry.

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ESF professors send new American chestnut trees to New York City

Post-Standard
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Chestnut trees, once a majestic stronghold in forests and cities across the Eastern seaboard, were nearly wiped out by a disease over the past 100 years. Now, the American chestnut — with a little help from researchers in Syracuse — is being returned to its roots. Researchers at State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry today will plant 10 transgenic American chestnut trees in the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The trees are being planted where a destructive pathogenic fungus, the cause of the decline, was first discovered in 1904.

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Weyerhaeuser is hiring at EWP plants

Home Channel News
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Weyerhaeuser has announced plans to hire at least 100 trades and production workers at three of its engineered lumber product plants in the South. The locations are Natchitoches and Zwolle, La., and Emerson, Ark. People interested in applying for these and other Weyerhaeuser jobs can search available positions and submit an application on the “careers” page of the Weyerhaeuser website.

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Improved Loblolly Pines Better for the Environment, Study Finds

North Carolina State University
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More than 50 years of genetics work to increase loblolly pine production in the Southeast has improved the trees’ ability to act as carbon sinks that mitigate climate change, according to a new study by North Carolina State University researchers. “We’ve been working to create trees that grow faster and produce more wood, and what this research shows is that at the same time we’re enhancing environmental quality by scrubbing as much carbon out of the atmosphere as we possibly can,” says Dr. John King, an NC State forest ecologist and co-author of a paper published this month in the journal Forest Science.

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Feds question spending by Ala. Forestry Commission

Daily Comet
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An audit by the U.S. Forest Service says the Alabama Forestry Commission did not accurately account for more than $5 million in spending from the federal stimulus program. The Tuscaloosa News reported ( http://bit.ly/IW6kCO) that the commission has until the end of the month to prove the money was correctly spent or repay it. The $5 million stems from the inspector general’s office saying the Alabama agency did not follow accounting procedures that had been in place since 2004.

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Ash pest found closer to New England after breaching NY Hudson River for 1st time

Washington Post
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY, N.Y. — The invasive beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees over the past decade has been found east of New York’s Hudson River for the first time, marking its closest known threat to New England. Researchers tell The Associated Press the emerald ash borer colony was caught less than a year after it got established, a big step given that the beetle can go unnoticed for years. Ash trees, prized as a commercial hardwood and a feature in urban plantings, have been ravaged since the Chinese beetle was first discovered near Detroit in 2002 and started its eastward march.

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Queensland’s tallest tree named after larger than life Mayor

A 73 metre high Forest Eucalypt believed to be the state’s tallest tree has been announced as the latest environmental icon.
ABC News, Australia
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hidden in dense forest of the Conondale National Park on the Sunshine Coast, the tree has been nicknamed ‘Big Bob’ in honour of local Mayor Bob Abbot, who will retire next month. Big Bob was discovered by Sunshine Coast Council using cutting-edge Geographic Information System (GIS) technology from the nation’s location intelligence experts Esri Australia. Esri Australia spokesperson Alicia Stumm says the Council found the tree during a project to gain an accurate picture of Sunshine Coast topography and vegetation for future flood modelling and its planning scheme.

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Logs will be major rail load

Gisborne Herald
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LOSS of the Gisborne to Napier rail line would be a significant blow for forest owners in this district, with more than six million tonnes of logs destined for transport by rail in the next 15 years. Forestry investor Roger Dickie has stepped up to support the fight to save the rail line after it was damaged in a storm last month. Beginning mainly after 2016, Mr Dickie’s group will harvest about 13 million tonnes of logs from the Gisborne and Wairoa region. “This is equivalent to approximately 450,000 log trucks and trailers at an average weight of 29 tonnes of logs per unit. Approximately 50 percent of this volume could be transported by rail.”

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Indonesia to Investigate Forest Concession

Jakarta Globe
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Environment Ministry has said it will launch an investigation into the issuance of a plantation concession inside the Tripa peat swamp forest in Aceh province. The ministry’s announcement came in response to findings by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation forest carbon reduction task force. On Friday, the government-formed task force said it had evidence that palm oil company Kallista Alam had violated regulations in turning the swamp forest into a plantation.

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Eco forestry rewards scheme ‘hits problems’

The Earth Times
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Developing countries are struggling to make a new eco forestry rewards scheme work, says a new report. Of 99 countries that signed up to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) at the UN climate change meeting, 89 have ‘very large or medium’ problems achieving the requirements, says the study. For REDD+ to succeed, the world’s richer nations must provide more help so developing nations can measure and monitor the amount of saved greenhouse gases, according to the research just published in Environmental Science and Policy.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon price concerns sawmillers

Clarence Valley Daily Examiner
April 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TOUGH times with little hope in sight. That was the sentiment among leaders of the local timber industry on Monday when they met with several Federal National Party representatives, including its leader Warren Truss. The cohort met with about 20 representatives from the local timber industry at a meeting in Grafton on Monday night as part of a tour of the Page and Cowper electorates. ..However the real elephant in the room during the meeting, he said, was the carbon price set to be brought in by the Federal Government from July this year.

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International Paper, Green Wood develop biomass plantation in Poland – report

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine
April 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Green Wood Resources (GWR) and a unit of US paper and packaging firm International Paper (NYSE:IP) are developing an energy tree plantation of in northern Poland, Polska Agencja Prasowa (PAP) reported. The Polish unit of the tree farm systems manager GWR will manage the project, which will include 25,000 ha (61,800 acres) of hybrid poplar. It is touted as the biggest biomass plantation in Europe, the news agency said.

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