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Business & Politics

Cascades Announces Investments of $30 Million as Part of the Consolidation of Its Corrugated Products Sector in Ontario

Canada News Wire press release
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC – Cascades Inc., leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, announces the consolidation of its corrugated product plants in its Norampac division in Ontario. The consolidation translates into an investment totalling in excess of $30 million in the Vaughan, St. Mary’s, Etobicoke and Belleville plants, and the closure of the North York and Peterborough units, as well as the OCD plant in Mississauga.

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Domtar Corporation reports preliminary first quarter 2012 financial results

Canada News Wire press release
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today reported net earnings of $28 million ($0.76 per share) for the first quarter of 2012 compared to net earnings of $61 million ($1.63 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011 and net earnings of $133 million ($3.14 per share) for the first quarter of 2011. Sales for the first quarter of 2012 amounted to $1.4 billion.

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Mill fire extinguished quickly

100 Mile Free Press
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An equipment fire had 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue firefighters respond to West Fraser 100 Mile Lumber mill on April 19. Fire chief Darrell Blades says one truck and six members responded around 2 p.m. and found the chipper blower was burning in the planer building. “The staff had it contained. We just cooled it down and looked for hot spots.”

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Lakeland Mill Explosion Stories about the Dust

We have gathered all these stories under one heading to make reading a bit easier.
Canadian News Papers
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood dust accumulation at Lakeland Mill flagged in February

WorkSafeBC inspectors flagged the accumulation of wood dust at Prince George’s Lakeland Mill, the site of a massive explosion and fire this week, in February, the month after a blast levelled a sawmill elsewhere in northern B.C. The dust is seen as a possible factor in the catastrophic explosions that destroyed both the Lakeland facility, killing two workers, and the Babine Forest Products plant in Burns Lake in January, also killing two workers. 

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BC mill inspection records show dust concerns

WorkSafeBC has released five years of inspection records for the Lakelands Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C., the site of Monday’s fatal explosion, which indicate dust levels have been a concern at the mill in the past.
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Dust, ‘poor housekeeping’ possible in sawmill blast

Workplace safety experts are highlighting the dangers of poor housekeeping in sawmills in the wake of a deadly explosion at a Prince George sawmill on Monday. The cause of the blast has not been determined but high accumulations of dust, which can be extremely combustible when a spark is present, were found inside the Lakeland Mill sawmill…
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Sawmill dust levels under scrutiny

Forest industry officials are asking researchers based at the University of B.C. to determine what role aging pine beetle wood, and the fine dust it produces when milled, may have played in two recent explosions at sawmills in northern B.C.
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Crews still can’t access site of Prince George mill blast

News1130
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – The damage done to the Lakeland Mill in Prince George is so bad, firefighters still can’t get in to assess the situation. Fire Chief John Lane says they can take pictures of the perimeter, but that’s about it. “It’s approximately 300 metres by 300 metres with three primary separate buildings, separated by small spaces.” That means the investigation could take months.

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Sawdust ordered removed from BC mills

Globe and Mail
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In an unprecedented, precautionary crackdown, safety officials are ordering every sawmill in B.C. to remove all accumulated sawdust from their premises, a factor cited as a possible trigger of two catastrophic mill explosions in the past three months. The edict, to be issued on Thursday by WorkSafeBC, comes after a devastating blast levelled the Lakeland Mills in Prince George on Monday night, killing two workers. In January, a sawmill exploded in Burns Lake, claiming two victims.

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Uncertainty in Burns Lake reflects BC forestry troubles (with video)

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

Workers at the Burns Lake mill that exploded in January are still waiting to see if they’ll get their old jobs back in just one example of the struggles faced by B.C.’s forestry industry. This week’s fatal sawmill explosion in Prince George is bringing back painful memories for employees of Babine Forest Products, which experienced a similar blast that killed two men. The Burns Lake Band has presented to province with a plan that includes building a new mill, according to Chief Al Gerow.

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Mill explosion hits Nanaimo workers hard

Canada.com
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fatal explosion at a Prince George sawmill has touched many in Nanaimo’s wood processing industry….Those in the industry see no benefit to any forest company that would knowingly expose workers or property to unsafe or dangerous conditions. …”Anything in our industry, any tragedy in our industry hits home to us,” said Makenzie Leine, Western Forest Products spokeswoman. “We extend our condolences to the families affected by the tragedy.” …The news has shaken forest industry workers in Nanaimo. “You immediately react to those stories,” said Arnie Bercov, Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada Local 8 forest resource officer. “You feel a lot of sympathy for the guys up there. Levi Sampson, Harmac Pacific pulp mill president said “…our hearts go out to the families” 

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Interior Annual Allowable Timber Harvest to Fall

International Wood Markets Group
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interior Annual Allowable Timber Harvest to Fall from 60 million m3 to 40 million m3 and will support a smaller forest products industry. While more capacity rationalization is inevitable, timber and growth opportunities may be viable in other regions of B.C. New and updated report outlines the ongoing timber and sawmill impacts in the B.C. Interior resulting from the MPB epidemic, the emerging downstream “supply gap” in North American lumber markets and opportunities that may exist in B.C.

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Prince George mill fire won’t have immediate effect on jobs, executive says

Vancouver Sun
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Monday night’s fire that destroyed the sawmill at Prince George’s Lakeland Mills, killing two people and injuring 22 others, is not expected to have an immediate effect on the jobs of up to 500 loggers and truck haulers employed by contractors that send logs to the site. But that could change in June or July — when most are expected to return to work — if the destroyed mill’s inventory of stockpiled logs hasn’t been processed by other mills. “They [contractors and loggers] are not working now, because of breakup,” said Central Interior Logging Association executive director Maryanne Arcand, referring to a six-to-eight-week spring logging hiatus in the area when the ground is too soft from spring thaw.

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Fort St. James sawmill shuts down as a precaution after deadly blasts elsewhere

Vancouver Sun
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A sawmill in Fort St. James has closed temporarily to clean up sawdust after two recent sawmill explosions at other plants, said John Allen, president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “I’m aware of one mill that’s taking some down time to remove dust, but not because it’s dusty … they will start up again,” Allen said. “Dust removal is now a high priority in mills.” The mill took the step because there is an order out from WorkSafeBC for immediate cleanup, said Steve Hunt of the United Steelworkers union.

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Deadly B.C. sawmill fire has community rallying behind survivors

The Province
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As workers head to their jobs Thursday, they should be given big hugs, says a Prince George man in mourning over the city’s tragic sawmill fire. “When a family member heads to work [Thursday], whether they’re a truck driver or in the service industry, give them a hug,” said city councillor Brian Skakun on Wednesday. “Be grateful to have them in your family, whether they’re a child or a parent.” Skakun, who works at a pulp mill, is among the city’s 81,000 residents in mourning over two deaths and 22 injuries at an explosion and fire which destroyed the Lakeland sawmill on Monday.

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Rebirth of Prince George sawmill possible

Globe and Mail
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An explosion that destroyed a Prince George sawmill comes as a body blow to a community already grappling with uncertain market conditions and a record-breaking pine beetle infestation. But Prince George has a broader economic base than Burns Lake, which has had a cloud of economic gloom and uncertainty hanging over it since a January mill explosion, and conditions could favour rebuilding. “It’s like the saying of ‘location, location, location’ in real estate,” Harry Nelson, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest Resources Management, said Tuesday. “Except in this case, it’s ‘timber supply, timber supply, timber supply.’”

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Families, community grieving after two killed in BC sawmill explosion

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Tim Morin had only minutes to talk to his father, badly burned in the explosion at a B.C. sawmill, before he was whisked into surgery. Allan Morin, whose arms were burned like “charcoal” from the elbows down, described how he survived in the heart of the explosion, Tim Morin said.”(Dad) made it out by running. He kept moving. He said he tried to find his way out the best he could,” he said. “He said he was scared. He said there was flames and smoke everywhere.”

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Tembec reaches an agreement with employees at its Kapuskasing, Ontario newsprint mill, sawmill and forest operations

Stockhouse
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec today reached an agreement with its employees from its Kapuskasing, Ontario newsprint mill, sawmill and forest operations, where Tembec employs a total of 582 employees, of which 498 are unionized. This collective agreement covers a 5-year contract that will expire in April 2017. “This agreement would not have been achieved without the support and hard work from all Local union leaderships, as well as those at the National and International levels,” stated Marc Tremblay, Tembec Chief Negotiator.

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Global Sticks quietly restarts production

Wood product manufacturer still working on refinancing
CBC News
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The President of Global Sticks says the plant outside Thunder Bay has resumed production. Reggie Nukovic said the plant started up again six weeks ago, after a shut down in November, 2011. The restart was done quietly, without an announcement.

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Bowater mill owners confirm temporary shutdowns

Bowater Mersey Mill has shutdown twice already this year
CBC News
April 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owner of the Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. mill in Brooklyn confirmed there will be two temporarily shutdowns in the next few months. “Due to challenging market conditions, the paper production at the Mersey mill … will be temporarily down from May 6 until May 21 and down again from June 17 until July 2,” said Pierre Choquette, spokesman for Resolute Forest Products which owns the mill. “This temporary downtime impacts approximately 18,700 metric tons of paper production.” The mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality said the news is a blow to the community, but it isn’t a shock. “It has become a fact of life with us,” said Mayor John Leefe.

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Chronicle Herald
CKBW News

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New mill sale timetable proposed

The Chronicle Journal
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The process of finding a new owner for Terrace Bay Pulp could be completed by the middle of June under a new proposed timetable to be filed in court Friday. According to documents filed on the website of Ernst & Young, the court-appointed monitor overseeing the operation’s financial restructuring, the company is to seek an extension on the period of protection from its creditors to June 15.

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IKEA cuts down old-growth forest – protest launched today

Scoop Independent News
April 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The environmental organization Protect the Forest Sweden is launching a campaign today to shed light on IKEA’s systematic logging of old-growth forest and other forests with high conservation value in Russian Karelia. As part of the campaign, we petition IKEA and Swedwood’s management to change their ways. “You must immediately stop logging old-growth forests, and you must stop lying! Those are two of the demands we make of IKEA,” says Viktor Säfve, chairman of Protect the Forest. “During our field visits to Russian Karelia, we have documented the reality of IKEA’s forestry, and it’s a far cry from the fine words in their advertising.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden Skyscrapers – Style Sheet – HGTV Canada

Home and Garden Television
April 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

This final installment on Vancouver real estate looks at a fascinating concept that could become a practical reality: wooden skyscrapers. …Vancouver-based architect Michael Green has spoken to audiences around the globe about the idea of using wood, instead of concrete, to build skyscrapers. He believes wooden skyscrapers are cost-effective, hold great aesthetic potential, and could have a significant impact on fighting climate change. Green has addressed a list of potential issues in great detail in a technical paper geared toward other architects, engineers, and the building industry: “The Case for Tall Wood Buildings.” He was kind enough to break it down into layman’s terms in a Q&A with HGTV.ca.

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Rogers Joins Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative

Opinion 250 News
April 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, – The Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative of British Columbia (COAC) is pleased to announce that former Prince George Mayor Dan Rogers has joined the organization as Director of Sales and Marketing. “We are excited to have Dan join our management team as he brings a wealth of experience in marketing along with his passion for efforts aimed at improving the environment,” says George Stedeford, COAC Chief Executive Officer. “Dan’s always been interested in promoting initiatives that address climate change and his understanding of the opportunity to help reduce emissions through the work we do, makes him a great fit for our growing organization.”

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APA Launches Wood Design Web Portal for Building and Design Professionals

APA Designers Circle to provide timely technical information and recommendations for wood-frame design and construction systems.
APA Engineered Wood
April 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

APA Designers Circle, a new educational resource for architects, engineers, builders and building code officials, is now available at www.apawood.org/DesignersCircle. The free, subscription-based program is a one-stop online resource center offering timely technical information and recommendations for wood-frame design and construction systems, along with news, industry events, and links to a range of product and design recommendations.
“APA Designers Circle is a portal to extensive resources on wood-frame construction,” said APA Field Services Manager Mark Halverson. 

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2011 APA Safety and Health Award Winners Announced

Program encourages and recognizes safety and operational excellence in the North American structural panel and engineered wood industry.
APA Engineered Wood
April 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LP, Nashville, Tennessee and Canfor-LP OSB Limited Partnership, Fort St. John, British Columbia won Safest Company Awards in their respective categories while Roseburg Forest Products Co., Winston, Oregon, earned the coveted Innovation in Safety Award in the 2011 Safety and Health Awards Program sponsored annually by APA for the structural wood panel and engineered wood products industry.

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Fears of construction companies

BBC News
April 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK economy has returned to recession, after shrinking by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012. A sharp fall in construction output was behind the surprise contraction, the Office for National Statistics said. Raymond Moan owns Quality Timber Frame, a construction firm based in Northern Ireland. He told the BBC at least three building firms go under per week in his region of South Armargh.

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Sourcing Eco-Friendly Wood and Wooden Products

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Green Building Elements
April 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood is one of the greener materials you can use; it is renewable, doesn’t release any harmful emissions (though the products used to treat it can) and can last for years making it easy to reuse. The problem is that using wood from the wrong sources is to take part in a system that leads to deforestation, exploitation of indigenous people and shipping tons of wood from all over the world. So is it possible to buy wood without destroying forests?

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Forestry

David Suzuki charity questioned for alleged partisan politics

National Post
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The David Suzuki Foundation on Tuesday became the target of a complaint to the Canada Revenue Agency, just days after its namesake co-founder stepped down amid heightened tensions between environmental charities and the Conservative government. EthicalOil.org, a non-profit organization that promotes oil from Canada and other democracies, sent a letter to the agency asking it to investigate whether the David Suzuki Foundation is breaking rules that pertain to political activity. Registered charities are allowed to devote only a small fraction of their resources to political activity, although they can never be partisan.

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Logging plan could imperil favoured designation

Globe and Mail
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A government proposal to keep mills in the British Columbia Interior operating by allowing logging in protected areas could cost the province its environmentally friendly market designation, critics of the plan are warning. …Sharon Glover, CEO of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, said she doubts the government has the legal right to override the chief forester.  “The only people who are allowed to practise professional forestry in this province, according to the Foresters Act, are members of the Association of BC Forest Professionals,” she said. “So … moving any decisions about setting annual cut from the chief forester to the cabinet would violate the Foresters Act. And the reason that you have the chief forester make those decisions is because they are non-political. It is all about science.”

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Leaked Cabinet document reveals how far government was willing to go

Bob Simpson Blog
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When I was home during the Easter break I caught wind that the government was contemplating a “Burns Lake Recovery Act,” legislation designed to guarantee a log supply for Burns Lake to ensure Hampton Affiliates would rebuild the mill that burned down in January. Industry representatives told me that the path the government was contemplating was not one they were either interested in or happy about. They were not interested because they felt the government was going too far in their thinking about lifting land use constraints in order to free up timber in the Lakes District.

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Jumbo Debate

Video story
CBC News
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A CBC News video-story on the billion dollar year-round ski resort set to be built in the Jumbo Valley, BC – sparking a jumbo debate.

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Healthy Forests Healthy Communities: A Conversation on BC Forests – Year 1 Results

Canadian Institute of Forestry
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
Healthy Forests Healthy Communities: A Conversation on BC Forests – Year 1 Results

May 2, 2012 @ 10:30am PT (1:30pm ET)

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Intact ecosystems are precious

Letter by Ben Andrew
Vancouver Sun
April 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Province considers ‘option’ of logging protected areas, April 20 When I read Gordon Hamilton’s article describing the B.C. government’s hopes to harvest forest reserves, my seven-year-old son asked why I was upset. I told him these areas protect plants, animals, old forests, and travel corridors for wildlife. He asked me, “Why do they want to do this? What will happen to the deer and forests?” I explained it would provide jobs for a few more years. As for the animals and ecosystems, I had no answer. I was having trouble answering as tears rolled down his face.

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Toronto’s tree canopy could use your help

National Post
April 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In 2007, a small, rather pretty green bug called the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Toronto. The EAB, a very successful Asian native, likes to feed on the bark of ash trees; the City of Toronto estimates that, by 2017, all of Toronto’s 860,000 ash trees may well be dead. This is not the first catastrophic event for the city’s trees. Through the 1970s and ’80s, about 80% of our elms fell victim to Dutch Elm Disease. Oaks in High Park have been dying off, and black walnuts are facing the arrival of Thousand Cankers Disease from the U.S. Changing weather patterns make other threats increasingly likely, such as droughts, high winds and ice storms.

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Domtar Donates $1 million to the MUHC / CHUM Joint Corporate Campaign

Canada NewsWire
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL  – The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation announced today that Domtar is donating $1 million to their Joint Corporate Campaign. The funds will be used to support the redevelopment projects of the two academic healthcare institutions. “Domtar is proud to be associated with the McGill University Health Centre and the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. Caring is at the heart of Domtar’s core values and we believe that it is an essential part of our responsibility to support projects that look to the future,” said John Williams, president and chief executive officer of Domtar.

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Non-native forest species ‘extending growing season’

BBC News
April 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Non-native plant species are extending the growing season in eastern US forests by an average of four weeks, a study has suggested. There was no difference in the start of growing during the spring, but the report found a noticeable difference between native and non-native species in the autumn. This could have a profound impact on forest ecosystems, such as how soil nutrients are absorbed, the paper says. The findings are published by Nature.

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Man ordered to pay $2.7M for starting NM wildfire

The Oregonian
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been ordered to pay $2.7 million in restitution for burning used toilet paper that sparked a wildfire, scorching nearly 83 square miles of a national forest in New Mexico. Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso also was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Ulloa-Esquivel, 30, in October pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the April 2011 wildfire. Two other charges in an indictment were dismissed in the deal. The fire started when Ulloa-Esquivel was with friends near a campsite, and he lit some used toilet paper on fire to keep from leaving behind litter. 

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Oregon timber counties face tough cuts with little hope of voters approving tax increases

The Republic
April 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Lane County is one of the most populous counties in Oregon and one that has relied for years on federal timber payments. Now, facing what may be the end of the federal subsidies, it’s planning a budget that cuts 200 workers, eliminates the county morgue, cuts patrol deputies…, reduces jail beds…, cuts parole and probation so people convicted of domestic violence will be on their own, cuts criminal prosecutions by nearly a third, and stops maintenance of rural roads. Lane is one of several counties in Oregon timber country facing dire financial difficulties even if Congress reauthorizes the so-called timber payments this year.

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Diary Of a Working Forest: Replanting

Washington Forest Protection Association
April 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Follow the WFPA (Washington Forest Protection Association) as they go on location with Green Diamond Resource Company to witness the replanting of over 2 million trees! All private foresters in Washington State replant about 3 trees for every one harvested. Just another example of sustainability in our working forests of Washington.

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Growing demand for Siberian larch lumber

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
April 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Demand for larch lumber from East Siberia has been growing in Germany since Easter. This is mainly owing to industrial planing mills having stepped up production on account of better sales opportunities for planed timber. Against this background, industrial planing mills have now apparently run down their stocks and are placing more orders again with importers. 

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Brazil’s Congress approves controversial forest law

BBC News
April 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved controversial legislation that eases rules on how much land farmers must preserve as forest. Brazil’s powerful farmers’ lobby argues that the changes will promote sustainable food production. But environmentalists say the new forest code will be a disaster and lead to further destruction of the Amazon. The bill now goes to President Dilma Rousseff, who may use her veto to remove some clauses.

Also in the Associated Press
Brazil’s Congress approves changes to enviro law

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Northern Canada Feels the Heat: Climate Change Impact On Permafrost Zones

Science Daily (press release)
April 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Permafrost zones extend over 50% of Canada’s land area. Warming or thawing of permafrost due to climate change could significantly impact existing infrastructure and future development in Canada’s north. Researchers Jennifer Throop and Antoni Lewkowicz at the University of Ottawa, along with Sharon Smith with the Geological Survey of Canada, have published a new study, part of an upcoming special issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, that provides one of the first summaries of climate and ground temperature relations across northern Canada.

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