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Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Woman, 49, arrested after strolling through lumber store… in the nude

Daily Mail
May 17, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

A 49-year-old woman could face 90 days in jail after strolling through a lumber store with no clothes on. Barbara Lefleur, of Saratoga Springs, New York, no doubt shocked customers as she traipsed through the aisles and told an employee to ‘have a good day’ and asked for the time on Tuesday. LeFleur has brushed off the incident, however, insisting it is her right to walk freely in the nude as a form of ‘self-expression’.

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Business & Politics

Battered forestry industry sets goal for 60000 additional jobs by 2020

Canadian Press
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s forestry industry says it is ready for a comeback and expects to add 60,000 new jobs by 2020. Industry executives unveiled a strategy for growth Thursday to generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity in the next eight years through expanded exports to emerging markets and a recovery in the United States. As well, they have set a target of reducing their firms’ environmental footprint by 35 per cent in such areas as water usage, waste and air contaminants.

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Resolute Increases Ownership of Fibrek to 74.56% and Closes Offer

Canada News Wire press release
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products today announced that it has taken up and accepted for payment 4,762,192 additional shares of Fibrek Inc. deposited to its offer as of the close of business today. Together with the shares the Company acquired up to and including May 14, Resolute holds approximately 74.56% of the currently outstanding Fibrek shares.

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Charting a new course for forestry

BY CATHERINE COBDEN
Vancouver Sun
May 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…The Canadian forest products industry has been emerging from a difficult downturn by transforming itself. It has been changing its business model by improving productivity and competitiveness, diversifying products and markets, building world-class environmental credentials and looking to ways to produce new innovative products from wood fibre. It’s a budding success story and the industry now intends to build on the existing momentum. That’s why the Forest Products Association of Canada is launching Vision 2020, a challenge to the sector as well as governments and other partners to drive the industry forward in the area of products, performance and people.

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Mill workers reject pension plan funding relief measures

The Western Star
May 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unionized workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper have rejected a proposal by Kruger to make changes to their pension plan. Out of 326 active union employees, 177 objected to giving the company an extra five years to fund the unfunded portion of the pension plan. The rejections amount to 54.3 per cent. Thirty-one of the 617 retired union members voted against the proposal.

Response from Kruger: Kruger to reassess the viability of its Corner Brook operation

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Brown would clear thicket of timber rules

Editorial
Redding.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

.. Gov. Jerry Brown’s release this week of his revised budget proposal held nothing but bad news when it comes to spending, but there was one small hint that the governor gets the need to streamline bureaucracy. And he wants to do it, believe it or not, for the timber industry, starting with a yearlong test in Redding. Without undoing any actual environmental laws, the governor proposes speeding and streamlining the processing of new timber harvest plans, the detailed reviews of potential water, fish and wildlife effects required before loggers can cut a tree.

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Cate Street to benefit from tax credit boost

Mainebiz Daily
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Maine – A plan to manufacture a new type of wood-derived fuel in Millinocket got a boost with Gov. Paul LePage’s signing of the supplemental budget. The budget increases the amount of tax credits Cate Street Capital can receive for the energy project to $40 million. Cate Street Capital, which bought the former Katahdin Paper Co. mills in northern Maine, plans to develop a $35 million torrefied wood manufacturing facility at the idled paper mill. 

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Taylor Biomass Energy Receives Approval for Waste-to-Energy Plant

Construction & Demolition Recycling
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Taylor Biomass Energy, based in Montgomery, N.Y., has received the final, local “green light” by the town board of Montgomery, N.Y., to move ahead with plans to build a waste-to-energy facility in the city… Once completed, the Taylor Biomass-Montgomery gasification system will generate 24 megawatts of electricity. The project will also generate $384.4 million in economic impact, as well as 82 permanent jobs and 318 temporary construction jobs over the next 18 months

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Wood production and trade figures published

UK Forestry Commission
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade (provisional figures) produced by the Forestry Commission were released today, 17 May 2012, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. These statistics include data on production, imports and exports of roundwood (logs) and wood products for the UK for the calendar years 2007 to 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New hardwood research institute

May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Prime Minister made the comment May 11 when announcing the creation of the Northern Hardwood Research Institute at the Université de Moncton’s Edmundston campus.  Over the next five years the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will invest $1.5 million in the $4.2 million institute… Premier David Alward said value added wood was one of the six sectors the province will focus support on to build its economic strength.

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Hard Maple, Soft Maple and Poplar Price Forecast

Woodworking Network
May 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Hard maple prices are still firm, partly because production was so low late last year that it has taken mills a long time to catch up on orders, and partly because demand has edged slightly higher of late. More hard maple is coming through kilns, however, and inventories of upper-grade and #1 Com will increase over the next two months, resulting in modest price reductions.

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Efficient green

Santa Rosa Press Democrat
May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The tower and guest house were the first structures in the state to be built out of the energy-saving panels, which deliver an R-25 insulation rating, better than the R-13 of a typical wood-framed wall. …These super-insulated panels are a variation on the SIPs — structural insulated panels — that were first developed in the 1930s and which have been slowly gaining in popularity as the building and design industry seeks out ever greater energy efficiency. …But instead of foam, a petroleum product, Agriboard uses a core of wheat and rice straw, agricultural waste that would otherwise be burned or ploughed under.

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Can Australia build the world’s tallest timber building?

Architecture and Design
May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A contingent of leading Australian architects, engineers and property developers are spending this week touring some of the world’s most innovative timber projects as part of a UK field tour with Wood Solutions. BPN editor David Wheeldon joined the tour. The Wood Solutions tour is all about showcasing the latest in timber design, engineering and construction, and inspiring our own building industry to make use of the advances which have been pioneered in Europe.

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Forestry

CRSDF helps save the Cumsack Slough

Canada.com
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It looked like just a small gap in the rip rap. But officials realized that one small gap could lead to the destruction of the Cumsack Slough, a unique ground-water fed wetland complex that is the largest of its kind in the entire Sunshine Coast. …With the help of Interfor and Bjornson Bulldozing, who were already in the remote location, the work was accomplished and the patchwork was successful. It cost about $60,000, incredibly low when considering the site’s remote location. Campbell River Salmon Foundation spent $31,000 on drilling, blasting and developing the rock for the rip rap patch. Krueger Forestry helped out with $10,000 and Interfor contributed $19,000.

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Winds, heat feed forest fires

Winnipeg Free Press
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shifting winds and a week-long spell of dry, hot weather are hampering efforts to fight three wildfires in the forests of southeastern Manitoba, the province said in an update Thursday.
The province imposed a travel ban on recreational activity in the area even as they prepare to celebrate Victoria Day, the first long weekend holiday of the summer. 

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Rangers need to protect our treasured forests

Letter by Dorothy Drubek
Victoria Times Colonist
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Poachers steal giant red cedar,” May 17.  I read with dismay of the old-growth tree stolen from all of us in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.  Our Environment Ministry’s statement that illegal tree removal is not a “large problem” shows clearly how out of touch our provincial government is. An 800-year-old tree being harvested for cedar shakes is a large problem. It ultimately reflects the commodification of our world – we value our resources in terms of dollars, which, like the equity in our homes, can only be realized when converted to those dollars.

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B.C. committee rejects pesticide ban

BC Local News
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal majority on a legislative committee has recommended against a province-wide ban on cosmetic pesticide use, after a year of hearing from farmers, foresters, environmental organizations and interested citizens. Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett chaired the committee whose four B.C. Liberal members outvoted three NDP members calling for a province-wide ban on common household herbicides, insecticides and fungicides used for visual effect.

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Evacuees from town north of Sudbury can go home

Homes in Westree threatened by forest fire
CBC.ca
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Residents of the small community of Westree, Ont. about halfway between Sudbury and Timmins, have been told they can go home again because the threat to their homes by a forest fire has eased. Their town of about 80 permanent residents was evacuated earlier this week because of a forest fire in the area. 

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NB Forest Sector Supports Voluntary Moratorium on Spruce Log Imports from NS’s BSLB Containment Area

New Brunswick Forest Products Association
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In response to a decision taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on March 14th, 2012, the New Brunswick Forest Products Association unanimously supports a voluntary moratorium that provides for the prohibition and/or restriction of movement of the BSLB and associated host spruce materials including: trees, logs, wood with bark attached, wood chips or bark chips and conveyances out of infested places as described in the Nova Scotia Containment Area map set by the federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) under the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Infested Places Order.

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Southern pine beetle impacts on forest ecosystems

Phys.Org
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Research by USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station scientists shows that the impacts of recent outbreaks of southern pine beetle further degraded shortleaf pine-hardwood forest ecosystems in the southern Appalachian region. The authors suggest that cutting and burning these sites reduces heavy fuel loads, improves soil nutrient status, and opens the canopy for restoration of these shortleaf pine communities.

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Misleading Labels and Greenwashing What’s A Consumer to Do

State Impact NPR
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

.. ForestEthics says that “out of 543 audits of SFI-certified companies since 2004, not one acknowledges any major issues—such as soil erosion, clearcutting, water quality, or chemical usage—that are known to be problems with large-scale timber operations.”… Between March and September of last year, several major companies — including Aetna, Allstate, AT&T, Office Depot, State Farm, and Sprint — publicly announced their intention to remove the SFI label from their products and/or to avoid the use of SFI-labeled products in the future.

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Reintroducing fire into the forest

La Grande Observer
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Man’s manipulation of nature tames the land, extracts its resources, and redirects the natural courses of rivers and streams. As our understanding of science exponentially expands, natural resource managers are experimenting with way to bring forests back into balance by replicating natural history. Reintroducing fire into the forests of the West has been a tool used by natural resource agencies for decades; a tool many attribute to the Native American people who used fire to increase the resiliency of the prairie. 

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80 homes evacuated near blaze in northern Colorado

Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to combat a growing blaze that was scorching terrain around a scenic canyon in northern Colorado… U.S. Forest Service officials said the blaze about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins grew from about 1.5 square miles to more than 11 square miles Thursday amid erratic winds gusts of up to 50 mph. The fire was approaching the city of Greeley’s Milton Seaman Reservoir on Thursday night, but city officials said Greeley’s water supply hasn’t been affected.

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Western wildfires: Evacuations in Colorado, challenges in Arizona

Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado officials on Thursday ordered a mandatory evacuation of about 65 homes in Larimer County as a precaution against the spread of a wildfire that has been burning since Monday… Authorities say the fire was caused by humans and that it’s under investigation. In Arizona, officials were still battling four wildfires but seemed to be holding their own despite less than favorable weather, including low humidity and winds gusting to as much as 40 miles an hour.

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Area officials worried about lack of rain, fire danger

Helena Independent Record
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although rain is in the forecast, Jefferson County’s fire warden Pat McKelvey closed open burning t here Thursday and the Helena National Forest said the fire danger ranges between “high” and “very high.” The lack of precipitation during what usually is one of the wettest times of year prompted McKelvey to close burning, but he expects to re-evaluate that decision Friday. “Everybody is watching the temperatures, humidity and wind speeds,” McKelvey said.

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Environmentalists Denounce Logging In State Parks

WMFD.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Logging, and oil and natural gas drilling, could be coming to Malabar Farm and Mohican state parks. And, two local environmental activists are launching a public awareness campaign in an effort to stop it… McKee and Miller are part of the statewide Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks, a partnership between Mohican Advocates, the Sierra Club, and Buckeye Forest Council.

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Opinion: Logging in NJ forests would grow deer population

The Times of Trenton
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The controversial Forest Harvest Bill, recently rechristened the Forest Stewardship Bill, allows commercial thinning, or logging, in our state forests. The measure raises questions of transparency, coherent policy and the public trust… Vague claims of “stewardship” and “science” too often serve commercial agendas. Logging supporters do not disclose the fact that the bill will increase the number of white-tailed deer. Logging and prescribed burns are classic game management methods that stimulate deer breeding for hunting purposes.

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DNR agreement to buy northern Wisconsin forest land largest conservation purchase

Appleton Post Crescent
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has agreed to spend $17.3 million to protect more than 100 square miles of forest land in the northwest corner of the state, marking what will be the largest land-conservation deal in state history. The agency will receive a conservation easement on 67,347 acres owned by Lyme Timber Co. of Hanover, N.H., protecting the land from future development. 

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Indonesia’s forest moratorium: halfway through, what has been achieved?

CIFOR Forests Blog
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia should continue to improve forest governance in the second year of its moratorium on new forestry concessions if the ban is to have a significant impact, said senior CIFOR scientist Daniel Murdiyarso. This week marks the halfway point of the two-year moratorium on new logging permits for primary forest and peatlands, which was issued by the Indonesian President on 20 May 2011 as part of the government’s effort to reduce emissions from deforestation.

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Somehow, FSC is forced on all forests

May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FSC has started to make country risk assessments regarding the origin non-FSC certified wood. Environmental organisations in Finland have lately sent letters to forest industry companies asking them to abstain from purchasing wood in certain forest areas. The request is argued for by saying that these areas do not meet the criteria of what is called ”controlled wood” in the Forest Stewardship Council’s certification system.

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CSIRO cleared of link with forestry lobby group

ABC Online
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman has cleared the CSIRO of its links with a forestry lobby group, but has warned its reputation could suffer. Environmentalists had complained the CSIRO’s reputation as an independent research organisation was damaged when it paid thousands of dollars to become a member of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA). But the ombudsman has decided any damage to the reputation of the organisation is outweighed by the benefits of being a member of the lobby group.

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Libs oppose Forestry Tasmania bailout

ABC News, Australia
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition is opposing a bailout for Forestry Tasmania announced in yesterday’s budget. The government business will get $110 million over four years to keep it solvent, after a downturn in woodchip sales and mill closures. Greens Leader Nick McKim says the money will be used to wind it down. But the Shadow Treasuer Peter Gutwein says Mr McKim should take a different stance. “The bottom line is this, and I put this challenge out to Mr McKim, we’re not going to support that money going to Forestry Tasmania.”

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Ford, GM and BMW linked to illegal logging and slave labour in Brazil

Car makers source iron from Brazil that contributes to Amazon deforestation, says Greenpeace ahead of Rio+20
The Guardian
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ford, GM and BMW are sourcing material from Brazil that is driving illegal logging and slave labour, according to campaigners at Greenpeace. Brazil is a major exporter of pig iron, a primary ingredient of steel and cast iron, that is produced using massive quantities of charcoal. Reports over the past decade from the Brazilian government, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the US Department of Labour have indicated that charcoal used by many pig iron suppliers in the Amazonian state of Pará was obtained through forced labour and illegal logging of protected and indigenous lands.

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Forest industry returns to peace talks

ABC News, Australia
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Forest Industries Association (FIAT) has stressed that its return to peace talks does not mean its given in to anti-logging activists. FIAT pulled out of talks earlier this year, accusing some environmental groups of waging campaigns overseas against timber companies and products. The association’s Terry Edwards says its environmental signatories have shown leadership over the minority groups.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

US military looking at wood-based biofuels (wth video)

Western Farm Press
May 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. military is very interested in alternative fuels — in particular, the wood-based biofuels being researched and produced at the University of Maine. Three methods, or pathways, to producing biofuel for use in military jets are being explored by UMaine chemical and biological engineers affiliated with the university’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI). The pathways all aim to produce what are known as drop-in fuels — those that can be used easily in a number of fuel tanks and pipelines.

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Is New Green Law Creating More Green for Logging Companies?

NBC Bay Area Investigates California’s new Cap and Trade Law
NBC Bay Area
May 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California’s new Cap and Trade program has been hailed as the gold standard in environmental law for the entire world. …”I think of it as gaming the system,” say Bruce Castle, an activist with the environmental group Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. Castle, along with Ebbets Pass Forest Watch members Susan Robinson and Ron Szymanski, have been documenting the timber logging in the Sierra in Tuolomme and Calaveras Counties. “Logging companies should not be allowed to be subsidized for this kind of practice,” Robinson said. “Especially when all they do is dump all this carbon into the atmosphere (by harvesting acres of trees,” Szymanski said.

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Carbon sink alarm

Gisborne Herald
May 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

CHANGES to the Emissions Trading Scheme could have a disastrous effect for this district, leaving it as a carbon sink for other districts, Gisborne District Council’s environment and policy committee was warned yesterday. The committee has endorsed a staff submission made on the changes. It was told by environmental services manager Trevor Freeman that the Government had called for submissions on proposed updates for the scheme. One of these was a proposal to allow the offsetting of carbon credits for pre-1990 forests, which would transfer liabilities from one area where forest was cleared to one where forest was planted.

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General

Expanded Renewable Energy Rules Pass NH House

New Hampshire Public Radio
May 17, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: US East, United States

The New Hampshire House has passed a new version of the rules that govern what counts as renewable energy. The bill would expand the definition of renewable to include thermal energy. The changes mean schools, hospitals or other large buildings that install high-efficiency, wood-burning heating plants could get a piece of state subsidies. 

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New hardwood research institute

May 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The Prime Minister made the comment May 11 when announcing the creation of the Northern Hardwood Research Institute at the Université de Moncton’s Edmundston campus.  Over the next five years the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will invest $1.5 million in the $4.2 million institute… Premier David Alward said value added wood was one of the six sectors the province will focus support on to build its economic strength.

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Somehow, FSC is forced on all forests

May 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

FSC has started to make country risk assessments regarding the origin non-FSC certified wood. Environmental organisations in Finland have lately sent letters to forest industry companies asking them to abstain from purchasing wood in certain forest areas. The request is argued for by saying that these areas do not meet the criteria of what is called ”controlled wood” in the Forest Stewardship Council’s certification system.

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