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Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Crew works to unearth LC Ghirardi oak

Daily News – Galveston County
May 25, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Men in hard hats wielding shovels and jackhammers crouched in a trench digging tunnels under a 100-year-old tree Thursday afternoon.  The men, employees of Hess Landscape Construction, are preparing the rare Compton oak, named the Ghirardi Oak after one of League City’s original Italian farming families, to be lifted out of the ground and moved about 1,500 feet. 


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Business & Politics

AbitibiBowater union doesn’t share investors delight in share repurchase plan

By: Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The union representing Resolute Forest Products employees isn’t sharing investors’ delight at the company’s decision to share $100 million with its shareholders by repurchasing outstanding shares. Martin Lavoie, local president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union in Baie Comeau, Que., called the move “shameless.” The Montreal-based forestry company announced Tuesday evening that it would purchase up to 10 per cent of its 98.9 million shares for a maximum of $100 million.

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Catalyst pensioners out $115 million, want a second look at restructuring plan

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper pensioners, who stand to lose $115 million, after a vote to restructure the company narrowly failed Wednesday, say the closeness of the vote “screams out” for another try to restructure the coastal papermaker. …The failure of the restructuring plan puts pensioners, employees, communities and smaller creditors — all whom have made significant concessions to keep Catalyst alive — at significant risk and should not be permitted to proceed by the courts, pensioner Gary McCaig said Thursday. But a financial analyst familiar with the restructuring drama that has been unfolding in B.C. Supreme Court for four months, said under Canadian law, there is little likelihood of that happening.

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Lakeland Planer Mill Start-up Announced

CKPG
May 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is some positive news for workers at Lakeland Sawmills. During a meeting with workers last night, officials announced the planer mill will be opened soon. The mill will operate with the remaining inventory, although it’s not clear what will happen once the inventory is cleared. An explosion and fire destroyed the facility’s sawmill last month, killing two and injuring more than twenty others. The planer survived the blast with little damage.
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US hardwood lumber exports up by 9% at the end of March

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hardwood lumber exports from the USA rose in the first quarter 2012 by 9% against the same period of last year to a total of 744,602 m³. Statistics from the Foreign Agriculture Service show that US hardwood lumber suppliers profited in particular from marked growth in deliveries to Southeast Asia (+61%) and Canada (+10%). 

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2007-2011 wood production, trade figures and timber price indices

Argyll News
May 25, 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 last week. These include data on production, imports and exports of roundwood (logs) and wood products for the UK for the calendar years 2007 to 2011. The key points from the latest release are:??Removals (harvesting) of UK roundwood in 2011 comprised:

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood fibre is helping make cars greener

Vancouver Sun
May 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When we talk about emerging technology in the automotive industry, green technology in particular, it’s a conversation that generally revolves around fuel efficiency and emissions ratings. …Did you know that 90 per cent of a new car is made from recycled materials. Already, we’re starting to see tree parts used in vehicle manufacturing. Sounds odd, I know. But the fact is, wood fibre and other tree components have been found to be one of the most viable, cost-effective solutions to some of the challenges that auto manufacturers face today.

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Steel and wood join forces for pool, library in St. Catharines, Ontario

Daily Commercial News
May 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the most striking features of St. Catharines’ Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and Public Library is the marriage of steel and glulam beams supporting the facility’s roof. Steel and wood contractors worked closely together to assemble the materials according to the centre’s exacting design. …It’s the first municipal facility in the city to follow the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, aiming for a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

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Residential Furniture Shipments Grow, U.S. Hardwood Demand Slows

Woodworking Network
May 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

U.S. residential furniture factory shipments totaled $1.88 billion in Feb 2012, up 17% from Feb 2011. The two largest year-over-year increases since the recovery began were in the last three reporting months. Factory orders posted double-digit gains for the 6th straight month in Feb, so shipment growth should continue into summer. After a strong Jan., red oak and white oak lumber exports to China slowed in Feb./March — likely a temporary decline while buyers absorbed prior deliveries rather than a sign of slower business.

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‘Hunger Games’ success a boon for Weyerhaeuser

Longview Daily News
May 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. officials are salivating at the success of the “Hunger Games” novels, company officials said Thursday in Longview. The company’s Norpac newsprint mill produced the paper for the best-selling trilogy, whose sales have increased by 55 percent this year with the buzz of the Hunger Games movie, according to Scholastic, the publisher, and industry trade publications. …At Norpac, one of North America’s largest newsprint mills, books and other paper products are gradually taking over the business as newspaper circulation falls and dailies shrink in size and number of pages.

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Lend Lease going up in timber

Sydney Morning Herald
May 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

PROPERTY company Lend Lease looks set to beat the Grollo family in a race to build Australia’s first high-rise timber apartment tower Work has started on the 10-storey wood structure in the Docklands that will rise 242 centimetres above the world’s tallest similar buildings, Bridport House and Stadthaus in London. The Grollo family announced plans last year to build a timber high-rise at the old Carlton United Brewers site on Swanston Street.


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Carbon neutral apartments for Melbourne

Ninemsn
May 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Melburnians will get the chance to live in Australia’s first carbon-neutral apartment block – and the world’s tallest timber residential building. Construction is underway on a 10-storey building that will use 25 per cent less energy for heating and cooling, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1400 tonnes compared to concrete and steel. Designer and builder Lend Lease said the block of 23 apartments in Victoria Harbour, near Docklands, will be made of environmentally-friendly cross laminated timber (CLT), an engineered product popular in Europe that is a viable alternative to concrete and steel.

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Forestry

Last Call at the Oasis: The global water crisis has arrived

Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

There is nothing dry about Last Call at the Oasis, Jessica Yu’s engaging, informative and fast-flowing documentary exploring the global water crisis. It’s one of the best in a recent array of cinematic docs looking at such hot topics as oil, water, food production, climate change, the economy and telling us, as scientist Jay Famiglietti so succinctly puts it in Yu’s film, “We’re screwed.”

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What’s all the noise about? A pole-peeling plant

Victoria Times Colonist
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After five months of operation and hundreds of complaints, a Campbell River pole-peeling operation is poised to make changes to reduce the noise at its plant. The city expects to issue a building permit today to allow Northern Pressure Treated Wood Ltd. to make changes that would reduce the noise it makes while stripping and treating wood.

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SCRD to fight “water rights” incursion

Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently approved seven applications to extract water from the Jervis Inlet, green lighting a commercial water bottling licence the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has opposed from the start. Correspondence from the Ministry dated April 27 confirmed that seven creeks were approved for water extraction beginning May 14. The lease has a term of 30 years. “I want the hardest line we can draw, drawn,” said Elphinstone director Lorne Lewis at the May 17 planning committee meeting.

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Glut of wood chips threatens Fredericton sawmill

CBC.ca
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Fredericton sawmill owner says his company is facing tough times because of a lack of buyers for his wood chips, which he is blaming on the regional slowdown in the forestry sector. The wood chips are piled two storeys high outside of the Devon Lumber mill in Fredericton. Harry Gill, the president of Devon Lumber Company, said he’s struggling to stay in business without a market for those wood chips, which are typically a valuable byproduct for the company.

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Kirkland Lake on high alert as forest fires threaten Northern Ontario

Canadian Press
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire that has been threatening the community of Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario appears to be almost out but dangerous hot spots continue to keep the town on high alert.  Mayor Bill Enouy said fires can flare up at any moment, and a fly-over with infrared cameras on Thursday morning showed many hot spots. “It’s like a forest that somebody painted black, so there’s still lots of fuel out there for a fire if it stands up,” he said.  Firefighters remain in place and while the winds are “terrible,” they are blowing from the southwest which doesn’t pose an immediate threat to the town of about 9,000.

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Commissioner candidate wants more logging

Flathead Publishing Group
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Republican Bob Herron is a businessman at heart. As owner of a Kalispell insurance company, Herron said he’s worked to grow not only his own business but to improve the business community in the valley as a whole. …Herron says one of the best ways to improve the economy and create jobs would be to open up the Flathead National Forest for logging. This would not only make use of the resource, Herron said, but create local employment opportunities while avoiding any potential watershed issues.

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US attorney fumes at Gov. Jerry Brown’s timber deal

Sacramento Bee
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Jerry Brown has tucked provisions into his budget that would limit payouts in wildfire liability cases, potentially saving timber companies and other major California landowners hundreds of millions of dollars as federal prosecutors pursue record-high damages in court. The Democratic governor also has asked lawmakers to impose a 1 percent lumber tax to fund forestry oversight while reducing industry costs. And he wants to reduce the frequency with which California reviews tree-cutting plans for environmental impacts. Brown has pitched the ideas as ways to help the state’s timber industry provide jobs in the wake of a construction downturn and fierce competition with lumber producers from the Pacific Northwest.

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Forest Recovering From Mt St Helens Eruption – YouTube

NASA
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled surrounding forest, blasted away over a thousand feet of the mountain’s summit, and claimed 57 human lives. Landsat satellites have tracked the recovery of the surrounding forest. This video shows that recovery, in a timelapse of annual images from 1979-2011. 

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Rogers asks BLM to delay lease auction of forest land

Anniston Star
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, Thursday asked the federal Bureau of Land Management to halt plans to lease 43,000 acres of national forest land in Alabama for potential oil and natural gas drilling. …Rogers told the commission Thursday that the bureau “dropped the ball” when it failed to notify public officials of the proposed land leases. The congressman said he had no word on whether the bureau plans to honor his request. The bureau plans to auction the land for lease or sale on June 14. Rep. Randy Wood, R-Saks, said he was opposed to oil and gas drilling in the forest and was caught off-guard recently when he learned that the process was moving forward so swiftly. “I’m all for drilling,” Wood said. “But there are plenty of places for drilling without drilling in the forest.”

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KFC denies Greenpeace sourcing allegations

Supply Management
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Fast-food chain KFC has strongly denied allegations from Greenpeace that some of its packaging contains material sourced from Indonesian rainforests. The claims, which appeared in a report published by the campaign group, were also rejected by supplier Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), who Greenpeace alleged used timber from rainforests. A spokesperson for KFC UK & Ireland told SM: “100 per cent of KFC UK & Ireland’s packaging is either recycled or from sustainable sources. Neither KFC UK&I, nor any of our suppliers, source from APP.”

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New law aims to grow Vt farming, forestry

WCAX
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SHOREHAM, Vt. – If there is any question how important rolling fields and forests are to Vermont, consider this. “Agriculture is in the neighborhood of 20 percent of the land base, forestry is about 75 percent and that is most of our landscape, and the rest of us spend our time and energy on about 5 percent of the land… and the forests and farms surround us,” Vt. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross said. Which is why bill H.496, the Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill, sailed through the Legislature and was signed into law by the governor earlier this month. The law creates a $2 million fund and a board to oversee those funds. The goal is to stimulate economic development in the agriculture and forest products sectors.

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Activists fight forestry code

Sky News Australia
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Activists have handed Brazil’s president a petition with nearly two million signatures urging her to veto a new forestry code that could result in more Amazon rainforest deforestation.  The bill would open huge areas of the country to farming if they were illegally logged before July 2008, and would allow farming along environmentally sensitive riverbanks. …Avaaz, a global activist group concerned with issues of climate change, human rights and poverty, said the government was handed a petition with nearly two million signatures collected online from dozens of countries.

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Rousseff under pressure to veto Brazil’s new forest code by AFP
If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won’t be only Brazil that suffers in The Guardian

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Indonesian green groups wage war against deforestation

Catholic Online
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia is a vibrantly green nation that may soon be a dry and arid desert. Deforestation by the palm oil, mining and paper industries is endangering much of that nation’s wildlife and lush green forests. Indonesia’s tigers, elephants, orangutans, birds and ancient forest communities may soon be gone forever unless decisive action is taken – and soon.

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CAG: Forest, wildlife depts are denied adequate funds

Deccan Chronicle
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As against the Union planning commission’s recommendation of 4 per cent allocation for forestry and wildlife sector, the state government, in the 11th five year plan (2007–11), had allotted only 1.51 per cent money. The worst is the situation with the state forestry research centre. …According to the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) of India report the department was denied of adequate funding and sanctions.

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Govt unconcerned over forest report rejection

ABC News, Australia
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The state government is unconcerned Forestry Tasmania has released a report questioning the validity of the review guiding the final forest peace negotiations. Company scientists say the review of 572 thousand hectares of native forest nominated for protection should not be used to develop policy. They say it leaves out vital information, could contain errors, and may be biased.

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Over 20 Forest Fires Put Out in Russia’s Far East

RIA Novosti
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Firefighters and rescuers extinguished 22 forest fires and managed to contain 15 more in Russia’s Far East over the past 24 hours, a statement from the regional forestry department said on Friday. Almost 600 people, 97 units of specialized vehicles and 11 aircraft, including eight helicopters, are involved in extinguishing wildfires, which remain raging in the region and covered an area of some 1,150 hectares over the past 24 hours, the department said in a statement.

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Consumers should reward supply-chain heroes

MarketWatch
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SANTA MONICA, Calif — Why can some companies get away with being bad corporate citizens at the expense of the developing world and others, try as they might, can’t shake past business sins? Apple Computer, for example, has been widely called out for the labor practices of its supplier in China … But those calls haven’t much dented Apple’s sales or brand. Meanwhile, Asia Pulp & Paper, often deemed the poster child for deforestation because of poor logging and timber track record in Indonesia, is suspending next week natural forest clearance by suppliers on its own pulpwood plantations there and committing to the international standard of High Conservation Value Forest. Yet, I bet this effort, among the many APP has undertaken to show it’s changed its ways, won’t sway criticisms from the likes of Greenpeace et al.

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APP’s ‘landmark’ Indonesian forest plan attacked by Greenpeace

ProPrint
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper has made a major environmental U-turn to protect rainforests but the move has been dismissed by long-term adversary Greenpeace as too little, too late.
APP said it would suspend natural forest clearance on its Indonesian pulpwood plantations from 1 June and would then protect any areas that “credible experts” identified as High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF). The paper giant also announced it would “review and re-evaluate supply agreements” with any of its independent pulpwood suppliers that didn’t conduct HCVF assessments by the end of 2014. …But Greenpeace has attacked the decision as a “wasted opportunity”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Conifex puts $79 million price tag on bioenergy plant

Prince George Citizen
May 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex’s board of directors have tentatively approved a $79-million budget to build its Mackenzie bioenergy plant. As part of a 20-year electricity purchase agreement with B.C. Hydro, the bioenergy plant is scheduled to be up and running by September 2013 and will produce enough electricity to power 20,000 homes. The $79 million includes a $7-million contingency and B.C. Hydro will contribute $13 million in exchange for Conifex providing its own electricity to its Mackenzie sawmills.

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Government of Canada Supports Development of Network for Forest Biomass Expertise and Conversion

Canada Economic Development
Marketwire (press release)
May 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

AMQUI, QUEBEC – Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced the awarding of funding to the Réseau d’expertise et de valorisation en biomasse forestière. “By lending its financial support to this network, the Government of Canada is showing proof of its firm commitment to promoting economic growth grounded in innovation,” said Mr. Gourde. Initiated in 2009, the Réseau d’expertise et de valorisation en biomasse forestière is aimed at developing an industrial cluster to maximize economic spinoffs from the conversion of biomass into energy.

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Forest energy initiative pilot project strategy

Taosnews.com
May 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The idea of forests as a major source of renewable energy may seem like a radical approach to alternative energy and, as such, and at first glance, most likely will not receive much support. In order to address this issue, an approach worth considering would be to establish pilot-scale projects to further develop technical aspects of forest management practices, to serve as demonstration areas and to explore the potential for enhancing environmental services as well as social services. The role of establishing forest energy initiative pilot projects would be to explore the integration of benefits ranging from energy and wood products to environmental or ecological services including job training, rehab and environmental education opportunities.

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Earth could warm by more than 3.5 C, leading to extreme weather: research

Vancouver Sun
May 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate researchers said Thursday the planet could warm by more than 3.5 C, boosting the risk of drought, flood and rising seas. The United Nations’ target is a 2 C limit on warming from pre-industrial levels in the belief that that amount of climate change would be manageable. But in a report issued here during the latest round of UN talks, scientists said the Earth’s average global temperature rise could exceed the dangerous 3.5 C warming they had flagged only six months ago.

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China, Korea, Japan forestry agreement is great news for environment says FRA

Forest Carbon Asia
May 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has stated that the signing of a sustainable forestry agreement between China, the Republic of Korea and Japan is an “extremely positive move” in the fight against desertification and deforestation. The three nations met at the Fifth Trilateral Summit Meeting last week. They each signed an agreement to try to increase sustainable forestry management in their countries in a move that will help to bring down their carbon emissions as additional trees means more CO2 being absorbed from the atmosphere.

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