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Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Business & Politics

Nanaimo mills inspected by WorkSafe BC in wake of deadly explosions

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Officials from WorkSafeBC recently inspected Western Forest Products’ two sawmills in Nanaimo, as part of the inspection of all sawmills in B.C. after recent explosions that took four lives at two Interior facilities. WFP spokeswoman Mackenzie Leine said it may be some time before WorkSafeBC draws any final conclusions from its investigation into the explosions at Prince George’s Lakelands mill last month, and the one at the Babine mill in Burns Lake in January.

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WorkSafeBC checking explosion links

Prince George Free Press
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Parallels between the Babine Sawmill fire and the Lakeland Mills explosion prompted WorkSafeBC to share similarities investigators pinpointed between the incidents with industry leaders and the public Monday. The last update on the Babine fire, given May 2 shortly after the Lakeland explosion, contained few comparisons since investigators had just got on the ground at Lakeland. By Friday, however, investigators noted the likely source of ignition during both events was the same.

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Stewart Willing to Wait for Final Word from WorkSafe on Cause of Deadly Blast

Opinion 250 News
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- As students flipped burgers, and members of the community enjoyed their lunch at the CNC Lakeland Fire Assistance Fund fundraiser yesterday, Sinclar Group CEO Greg Stewart was answering questions about the recent information released by WorkSafeBC. …Stewart says he appreciates that information from WorkSafe BC “I think the public, workers and industry have been looking to WorkSafe to provide some guidance after the Babine fire, and I think their need to respond to the Lakeland fire is front and centre and a priority for them.

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Ex-Meadow Creek Cedar manager raises questions

Nelson Star
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A former woodlands manager with Meadow Creek Cedar is worried taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars to reforest the company’s old cutblocks. Bill Kestell says he’s concerned Meadow Creek won’t follow through on a remediation order issued by the district manager earlier this year. “When you see how bad all the non-compliance issues are, especially the silviculture, it’s pretty devastating,” he says. 

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Finanical nuts and bolts of Crofton mill’s complex restructuring plan outlined

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Number-crunchers have fine-tuned a financial-restructuring plan to give Crofton’s pulp mill a fighting chance for survival, a Catalyst Paper spokeswoman explains. “The amended plan,” says Lyn Brown “means less debt and better liquidity for the company, which will help get us back to normal trade terms with suppliers.” Those terms could give Catalyst’s mills, such as 700-employee Crofton, a fighting chance when the firm’s noteholders and creditors meet in Richmond on May 23.

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Kruger says it was falsely accused by unions

The Western Star
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A letter from Kruger to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper employees indicates the company has been falsely accused of holding back information regarding the pension formula. A pair of emergency union meetings were held in Corner Brook Monday to discuss the alleged discovery that the negotiated proposal to grant the company a five-year extension to make up for a deficit in pension plans would change the benefit formula.

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Man behind paper mill bid speaks to business leaders

Cape Breton Post
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — Business leaders from across the Strait area heard from one of the most important players in the sale of the NewPage pulp and paper mill. “Our goal is the people working at the mill will go home at night and say ‘I’ve never worked harder and I’ve never enjoyed it more,’” said Ron Stern, president of Stern Partners Inc. and the man behind Pacific West Commercial Corp.’s bid to purchase the Point Tupper mill.

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Corner Brook mill unions stage protest

Members are home while contractors get work
The Telegram
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Corner Brook — Work being contracted out at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is not a new thing. But when it’s done at the expense of permanent employees, there’s only so much labour unions are going to put up with. That frustration bubbled over in a public way at dawn Tuesday as more than 50 unionized workers gathered before the morning shift change to protest the current amount of contracted work at the mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian system offers an affordable, efficient option for timber-frame construction

Ottawa Citizen
May 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

One of the biggest differences between discerning homeowners and the professionals who build and renovate houses for them is the tug-of-war that sometimes emerges between the desire for a fancy appearance and the need to stay practical and affordable. Homeowners often want features that are outside the budget or beyond the skill level of the tradespeople available for hire. The quest for efficiency, coupled with insufficient skills in the labour force, are the biggest reasons why so many of our great Canadian trees get sawed into planks and hidden behind drywall, rather than sawed and joined into beautiful beams that remain in full view as part of the design.

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Premier Highlights Clean Energy, Green Buildings in Korea

Office of the Premier
May 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

SEOUL, KOREA– During the second Jobs and Trade Mission, Premier Chirsty Clark began her first full day in Korea promoting clean energy resources like British Columbia’s biomass sector and highlighted Canada Wood Group’s project that will see B.C. lumber in more than 200 Korean homes. …“B.C. wood products are affordable and allow for exceptional building designs, but they also have tremendous climate friendly attributes – every tonne of wood material used in construction prevents about 5.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere,” said Premier Clark.

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Forestry

Forest industry says boreal protection goals still on radar

Canada.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canadian forest product companies admit they are not going as fast as they had hoped in fulfilling a historic May 2010 agreement to protect the nation’s boreal forest. “It’s a complex agreement but we’re making progress,” said Mark Hubert, vice president of environmental leadership at the Forest Products Association of Canada. “Do we wish we were moving faster? Absolutely, but . . . there’s an extraordinary amount of work going on by both parties to make sure that we get to the finish line, so to speak.” Hubert made the comments in response to claims from some environmental groups involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement that 80 per cent of the goals established in the deal to protect forests and species at risk still have not been achieved.

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Environmental groups decry slow pace of boreal-forest protection pledge

Globe and Mail
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Three environmental groups involved in an ambitious Canadian conservation effort say there has been little progress almost two years after a historic deal was signed between them and logging companies to protect wide swaths of Canadian forest and caribou grounds. In a status report jointly released Wednesday, Canopy, ForestEthics and Greenpeace said that the signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement – including nine environmental groups and 21 forest products companies – have not met 58 of the 75 milestones set out in the deal in May 2010, and that only 10 of those were delivered on time. In addition, they point out that no areas have been protected by legislation so far.

Additional Articles in the following papers
The Toronto Star and
Montreal Gazette and
Canadian Press

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Europe beats Canada on private property rights

Vancouver Sun
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Many people often look to Europe for an example of what Aristotle called the good life — think of their pleasant cities and obvious regard for art and history. But here’s something else Canadians can learn from Europe: how many governments there are much better at balancing the rights of private property owners with regulations that restrict property and lessen its value. …When new government regulations in Finland prevented owners of a forest from cutting down trees for their forestry business, the forest’s owners were fully compensated for the four per cent decline in the value of their property. Similarly, in the Netherlands, compensation is also owed to the property owner due to restricted use.

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Plan being formulated to protect Cumberland forest

Comox Valley Record
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A management plan is being finalized as part of a conservation covenant to protect the Cumberland Community Forest, which consists of two parcels totaling 71 hectares owned by the Village.  The woods contain remnants of mines and logging roads dating back to the 19th century. They also contain a vast multi-use trail network used by hikers and mountain bikers. The challenge is to balance ecosystem protection with the enjoyment of park users.

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BC’s legislative committee to review midterm timber supply

Vancouver Sun
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — B.C. lawmakers formed a special committee Wednesday to examine the issue of midterm timber supply. “The issue of midterm timber supply is of vital importance to not only the communities in the mountain pine beetle infested area, but to the province as a whole, given the importance of forestry as a key economic driver,” Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said in a news release. “I’m pleased that it is a special legislative committee that will meet government’s commitment to public engagement on this issue.” The mountain pine beetle has already killed an estimated 710 million cubic metres of timber.

Press Release from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

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Massive forest fires cut swath near Bonnyville, Grassland

Edmonton Journal
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of a dozen homes in the Forsythe Lake area are under a voluntary evacuation order, Bonnyville RCMP said late Monday afternoon, as shifting winds changed the direction of a nearby wildfire. Officials said the fire, about 275 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, is threatening homes about four kilometres north of Moose Lake. Elsewhere in the province, firefighters gained the upper hand on one major wildfire, while another remained out-of-control.

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Fire fight gets backup help

Crews from B.C., Quebec, U.S. arrive to battle stubborn blazes
Winnipeg Free Press
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With a little help from its neighbours, Manitoba is fighting forest fires including one that threatens a southeastern community. Nearly 40 firefighters in 13 three-person initial-attack crews flew in from British Columbia, even as that province reported its own fire risk was rising due to hot, dry weather. From the east, two water bombers arrived from Quebec. Two other water bombers flew up from Minnesota on Monday.

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Huu-ay-aht First Nation sends out its first harvest

Future capacity for logging 87,000 cubic metres of traditional forest territory
Alberni Valley Times
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Marking the start of a new era for the Huu-ay-aht people, the first nations group cut its first logs on traditional lands Monday, bringing them closer to true self-government. “It was an exciting day for us,” Huu-ay-aht director of lands and natural resources Larry Johnson said. The logs, to be taken out of a 95-hectare parcel within the Sarita River Valley area, located between Franklin River and Bamfield, will provide opportunities for the whole community and its members.

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EDITORIAL: B.C. certifiably ironic on wood

Nanaimo News Bulletin
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Victoria’s suggestion to send loggers into old-growth stands and those set aside for viewscapes may soon be getting criticism from an unlikely source – logging companies. Under the guise of finding enough fibre to reopen the Hampton Affiliates mill in Burns Lake, the powers-that-be in Victoria have floated the idea of going into old-growth stands and viewscapes, even overriding the authority of the chief forester. But the braintrust that hatched the plan didn’t really think it through. The problem? Certification.

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Forest Industry Recovering, Says Minister

KISS FM
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s forest industry is on its way back to better times. That was the message from Forests Minister Steve Thomson to about 300 delegates at the Interior Logging Association conference in Vernon. Thomson says he’s optimistic for a number of reasons including improved prices for lumber, and a five percent reduction in the U-S softwood lumber tax. He tells KISS FM, “The tax has come down from 15 to 10 percent. That’s going to provide additional revenue for the industry in terms of what they’re marketing into the US…”

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Busy day for forest fires across the northeast region

Bay Today
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It was another busy day across northeastern Ontario as initial attack occurred on 2 new fires, and suppression efforts continued on existing fires within the region. As of Wednesday evening, there are currently 13 active fires in the northeast region, burning a total of 3751.7 hectares. The larger ongoing fires are listed below. Wawa 4 is currently 3000 hectares in size. Suppression efforts continue on this fire as the waterbombers provided support today, and an MNR Incident Mangement Team has arrived to aid in providing support. (An incident management team is a group of specialized individuals trained in providing support regarding aircraft, personnel and equipment resources on a fire). The fire is currently listed as not under control.

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Forest land deal sets state record

DNR announces easement to save 67,000 acres for timber, public use
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

State officials on Thursday announced plans for the largest land conservation purchase in Wisconsin history – a transaction that protects more than 100 square miles of forest land in four northern counties. The Department of Natural Resources has a tentative agreement to spend $17.3 million on a conservation easement for 67,347 acres on former paper company land now owned by Lyme Timber Co. of Hanover, N.H. The deal protects it from future development

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Wildlife group sues for bat-disease documents

Associated Press
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A wildlife advocacy group is suing the U.S. Forest Service for the release of documents that discuss the agency’s plans to keep a disease that has already killed millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada from spreading to the Northern Rocky Mountains. The Center For Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit Wednesday after the Forest Service withheld 13 pages of records from the advocacy group’s Freedom of Information Act request.

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Colorado wildfire grows to nearly 1000 acres

KPAX-TV
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LARIMER COUNTY, CO- Gusty winds and lightning could be a problem Wednesday afternoon for firefighters at the Hewlett wildfire in Larimer County. A spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service says the fire is human-caused, and it continues to grow. It has scorched almost 1,000 acres of trees and dry brush in rugged terrain about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins in Poudre Canyon. Thunderstorms expected in the fire zone as well as around metro Denver probably won’t have much rain, but they will have strong winds and lightning.

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Forestry group honors Stuntzner’s career

Coos Bay World
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — When the Oregon Society of American Foresters convened in Seaside last month for its annual meeting, all eyes were on Ron Stuntzner. That’s because the founder and president of Stuntzner Engineering & Forestry LLC of Coos Bay was there to receive the 2012 OSAF Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes contributions to the Society of American Foresters and achievements in the forestry profession that span generations. Stuntzner, a 1964 graduate of Oregon State University, later said it was a privilege to be honored by an organization with such a long, storied history and with a membership that includes a wide range of backgrounds in the field.

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Fire danger highest in 2 decades on Bitterroot National Forest, official says

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Smokey Bear is barely out of bed this year, but he’s already warning of high fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest. “We’re getting this hot weather so early in the spring, a lot of the green that protects us into the summer hasn’t had a chance to grow that much,” said Bitterroot fire management officer Rick Floch. “We did some prescribed fire in the last two weeks, and we’ve had to quit doing that. The fires were burning too hot. This really warm weather dried things out faster than normal, and we’re still trying to catch up with the greenup.”

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Manage forests better to cut risk, boost economy

by Sen. Mark Udall
The Coloradoan
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As our wildland firefighters work to contain the Hewlett Fire and others around Colorado, they draw attention to the state of our forests and what we can do to help keep them healthy. Last weekend, I joined community members to plant trees on the site of 2011’s Crystal Fire, which burned 3,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes in western Larimer County. But even as we rebuild our forests for future generations, we must bear in mind that effective forest management is more than simply planting trees. …Those experiences and the stories I have heard underline why we need a strong, balanced approach to forest management. In order to foster better management practices and to protect the people of Colorado.

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Forest fire burning 3085 hectares in Russia

Economic Times
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ULAN UDE/KHABAROVSK: Twenty one forest fires are burning on a total of 3,085 hectares including 2,600 hectares in Buryatia and 485.7 hectares in Khabarovsk territory, officials said. Fifteen fires are burning on 2,600 hectares in Buryatia. Three new fires were traced in the Tunkinsky National Park over the past day, the republican forest agency told Itar-Tass.

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ITTO happy with state’s forest management

The Borneo Post
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUCHING: International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) is very satisfied with the way forests are managed in Sarawak… “ITTO has a framework for sustainable forest management, and Sarawak is applying the rules and regulations that have been established.” Ze Meka was met after the launching of two books, ‘The Lanjar Entimau Story: Changing Landscape In Biodiversity Coservation’ and ‘Birds of Bario and the Kelabit Highlands’ by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Santapan Hall of the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday.

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Poor policies erode forest cover

Deccan Chronicle
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The state forest cover has decreased marginally since 2005, despite spending `471 crore during 2002–2007 on social and farm forestry activities. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India report tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday said the green cover has reduced by 300 odd square km in the state due to poor forest policies and lack of staff in the forest department. Even key forest rangers’ post lie vacant in several reserve forests, the report said adding that Tamil Nadu was way behind the national forest commission recommendations and failed to have its own state forest policy.

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Logging blight on tourism

Upper Yarra Mail
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TOOLANGI and Healesville residents say logging is ruining tourism and have begun campaigning against a new coupe that will be logged on Mt St Leonard in the coming weeks. They say logging has had such a negative visual impact that it has begun affecting the tourism industry in the valley. But VicForests says following consultation and pre-harvest fauna surveys, areas will be excluded from harvesting to minimise the potential visual impact on surrounding areas.  

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Constance defends corporatisation of Forests NSW

Eden Magnet
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Will jobs, animals and plants be threatened as Forests NSW tightens its belt in a restructure was a question asked by the Australian Workers Union (AWU) at a Bombala meeting this week. The NSW Government is saying ‘no’ but is facing criticism from the AWU and the Greens who want more guarantees and detail. 

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Govt to bailout Forestry Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government will spend $110 million over four years bailing out Forestry Tasmania as it determines how the Government business enterprise should look in the future. Budget papers have revealed that a draft review of Forestry Tasmania’s operations shows it is facing a cash deficit due to low woodchip sales and the closure of mills. A final report is due in the coming weeks and it may suggest some of Forestry’s functions be taken over to ensure the business is sustainable.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report Raises Concerns Over Biomass Production

Domestic Fuel
May 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new report from Carbon Trade Watch, “Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETS,” is sounding alarms over the UK’s move to increase biomass consumption as part of its green economy plans. Earlier this month, Brazilian Suzano Papel e Celulose received approval for what is believed to be the most advanced genetically modified (GM) tree plantation trial ever. The report ties together demand for biomass in the UK to the role of the EU’s Emissions Trading System and what Carbon Trade Watch says is the destructive expansion of industrial monoculture tree plantations around the world.

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