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Business & Politics

WorkSafeBC hands Lakeland Mills site back to owners

Prince George Citizen
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Lakeland Mills sawmill site has been given back to its owners. WorkSafeBC and the B.C. Safety Authority were jointly holding the site to collect evidence from the wreckage of the April 23 explosion that killed two employees, injured several more, and destroyed the sawmill portion of the lumber facility. WorkSafeBC was the official leading agency, probing the remains of the site for clues as to the cause of the incident. “WorkSafeBC has ceased its on-site investigation and has officially given back the site at roughly noon today,” said Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd., owners of Lakeland.

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Small crew back to work at Lakeland

Prince George Citizen
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The smell of sawdust was in the air and the grind of blades could be heard biting into wood at the Lakeland Mills site Wednesday. The machines were switched on at Lakeland’s planer mill on Monday for the first time since an explosion ripped the sawmill apart on Apr. 24, killing two employees, injuring 22 others, and destroying the main factory at the lumber complex. There was some wood already milled and stacked waiting to be planed, however, and this week a crew of 22 men and women began to process it for market. It is a small group compared to the workforce – about 100 – on the job at any given time before the disaster.

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Catalyst Paper publishes notice of sale and investor solicitation process

Canada News Wire press release
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, May 31, 2012 /CNW/ – Catalyst Paper Corporation advises that under order of the Supreme Court of British Columbia authorizing procedures for a sale and investor solicitation process, the following notice was published today in The Globe & Mail and The Wall Street Journal.

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Wood manufacturing facility released from assessment

Western Star
June 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DEER LAKE — A treated lumber and wood-manufacturing facility has been released from a provincial environmental assessment pending a few conditions according to a government release. New Brunswick company Marwood Ltd. will construct an 18,000 square foot wood treating plant and a 4,800 square foot manufacturing facility on Incinerator Road near the regional landfill.

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Curing “Dutch Disease”: interesting connections behind the scenes

By Parker Gallant
Wind Connections Ontario
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

.. Lourie is the President and CEO of the Ivey Foundation focused on the same issues that Vivian Krause wrote about in a recent Financial Post article. The article looked at Tides Canada and its U.S. relationships who are doing what they can to stop growth in the oil sands… The Ivey Foundation’s grants demonstrate their apparent wish to cripple the forestry sector and in the process halt further development of the oil sands. They do this either in a planned or inadvertent process by enlisting public sector support from Trillium Foundation, Ontario Power Authority, MaRS, etc., thereby enlisting public sector employees. 

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Lumber Prices Firm as Sawmills Trim Inventory

Woodworking Network
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sawmill production increases will continue, but will be fewer and less intense over the next two months than the last two, as green prices level out, kiln dried prices begin to soften, and buyer urgency abates. Careful attention to production levels, spending and credit issues will be warranted. Kiln dried lumber production will nonetheless peak about the time European holidays are normally in full swing, though this year’s holiday impacts will be less evident since much of the region is already in recession.

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Oregon Audits Division: 8 Oregon timber counties need monitoring

OregonLive.com
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. — Auditors at the Secretary of State’s Office say eight Oregon counties are in tough shape financially.  All eight counties are struggling with the loss of federal timber subsidies. The audit released Thursday says they should be closely monitored because they’re at a higher risk of distress than other counties. It does not recommend any particular actions to shore up their finances. 

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U.S. EPA announces $400,000 brownfields grant to Mt. Shasta to assess, clean up toxic former lumber mill

US EPA
Press release
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $3.8 million in new pilot grants to nine recipients across the country for cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties. One of the grants will go to the City of Mt. Shasta, Calif., for a brownfields multi-purpose pilot grant. Petroleum grant funds will be used to assess and clean up the Roseburg Commerce Park “New Mill” site located west of South Mt. Shasta Boulevard.

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Emerald Forest progress is slow

Messanger Index
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Over a decade ago, Gem County lost 500 jobs when the Boise Cascade Sawmill shut its doors. A small laminated beam plant operated with a handful of employees until late last year. In 2010, a dream became a reality for Richard “Dick” Vinson when he opened Emerald Forest Products in the shadows of the lumber giant. However, by January 2012, Vinson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize and salvage the business where he sank nearly $7 million of his own money. During the last few months Vinson has worked with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as well as local fire and building officials to bring the operation back online.

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Anti-mill group to pay costs

Tasmania Mercury
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A GROUP of Tamar Valley residents who attempted to sue pulp mill proponent Gunns Ltd has been ordered to pay legal costs. But instead of paying the almost $30,000 demanded by Gunns, the Pulp the Mill group will only have to pay a few thousand dollars, Launceston magistrate Tim Hill ruled yesterday. The group’s lawyer, Vanessa Bleyer, said her team would now have to reach an agreement with Gunns’ lawyers.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

British Columbia’s best architects recognized

Journal of Commerce
June 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Architectural Institute of B.C. (AIBC) recently handed out awards for the best designed projects and firms in the province. …The AIBC Innovation Award was given for achievements in building design that are not strictly architectural, but that have a direct bearing on the future of architecture.  The award went to Busby Perkins+Will Architects for the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia. …The facility boasts natural daylight and ventilation, a living roof and a wood structure constructed of FSC-certified and pine-beetle-killed wood.

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Bill 52 Ontario Forest Industry Revitalization Act – NOMA

Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association
June 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Wednesday, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association participated at the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Members Bills to express support for Bill 52: An Act to amend the Building Code Act 1992 with respect to the height of wood frame buildings. The Bill seeks to amend the Ontario Building Code to facilitate greater use of wood in buildings by increasing the maximum height limit of wood frame buildings from four to six storey’s. NOMA Vice President Councillor Iain Angus of Thunder Bay told the Committee, “Creating demand for Ontario’s wood products supports the forest industry – a key economic sector of the province. By increasing opportunities to build with wood from Ontario’s sustainable managed forests, the proposed code changes support forest industry jobs and forest dependent communities.”

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Viance Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood Brings Beauty and Strength to the New Boardwalk in Beautiful Destin, Florida

June 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Ecolife™ has been selected as the wood decking for the new boardwalk serving the popular resort city of Destin, FL. The goal of the project was to create a pressure-treated wood structure designed to match the existing infrastructure, while being low-maintenance, aesthetically pleasing, and weather-resistant. …Real wood delivers a natural look, a solid feel, and a blending with nature not obtained with composite decking. Wood decking does not conduct heat during the blazing Florida summers the way composite decking can. Looking at the lifetime benefits of wood decking vs. composite decking, fewer fossil fuels are used and less acid rain is created within the production cycle of pressure-treated wood.

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Viance Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood Brings Beauty and Strength to the New Boardwalk in Beautiful Destin, Florida

June 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Ecolife™ has been selected as the wood decking for the new boardwalk serving the popular resort city of Destin, FL. The goal of the project was to create a pressure-treated wood structure designed to match the existing infrastructure, while being low-maintenance, aesthetically pleasing, and weather-resistant. …Real wood delivers a natural look, a solid feel, and a blending with nature not obtained with composite decking. Wood decking does not conduct heat during the blazing Florida summers the way composite decking can. Looking at the lifetime benefits of wood decking vs. composite decking, fewer fossil fuels are used and less acid rain is created within the production cycle of pressure-treated wood.

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Thumbs up for timber machine

Stuff.co.nz
June 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A mill owner has been won over by new machinery that tests the load-bearing ability of timber used in building houses, which has proved to be less costly than he imagined. Benefits of measuring timber stiffness and strength are outweighing costs, says Graham Sutton, who last month switched on a machine that tests for these qualities at his Rapaura Timber sawmill. Since January, all load-bearing and structural timber used to build houses must meet New Zealand Building Code stiffness and strength standards.

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Forestry

CN boss warns Ottawa to back off

Financial Post
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

As the federal government threatens new regulations this fall, Claude Mongeau, the chief executive of Canadian National Railway Co., is urging Ottawa to not interfere in the rail industry. The Harper government appointed a facilitator last November to meet with representatives from the country’s largest railways and their customers to determine the best way to move forward with the recommendations of the Rail Freight Service Review, which was launched in 2008 to address systemic complaints of poor service at CN and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.  … “The reality is that it would be very disappointing if the government went down that path,” Mr. Mongeau said in an interview in Toronto. “Ottawa isn’t designed to step into the middle of complex commercial situations.”

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Forest fire burning near Behchoko, NWT

CBC News
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

N.W.T. fire officials are monitoring a forest fire near Behchoko. The fire is south of Edzo, a community within the municipality of Behchoko, near Mosquito Lake. It is burning about three kilometres from Highway 3. Officials say the road remains open. The forest management division is reporting the fire is about 300 hectares in size and they do not yet know how it was caused.

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Christmas forests breathing life into Cowichan

Valley farmers growing trees, row upon row, to give families joy during that special winter holiday season
Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many cry foul when an axe is taken to a tree and so it’s not at all surprising that many who celebrate Christmas now do so with an artificial tree. What folks might not know, however, is the Christmas tree industry is really actually quite good for the environment – despite the annual harvest! “Christmas tree farms in North America alone, produce enough oxygen for at least between 19 to 20 million people a year,” said Myles MacPherson, the current president of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association and owner/operator of NovaScotia-based Myles MacPherson Christmas Trees.

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Fish and trees are different issues

Letter from Svend Serup
Prince George Citizen
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Statements by MLA Bob Simpson, asserting that our lumber industry is going the same way of the cod fishery in Newfoundland. are faulty. It is a different story with our timber supply. The statement by editor Neil Godbout that the harvest level eventually must fall, and even below what was harvested before the pine beetle epidemic is also faulty. The annual allowable cut set by the chief forester is at an unreasonably low level of 2.63 cubic meters per hectare per year. With improved tending of the forest, I believe the annual cut should be set at about 4 cubic meters per hectare per year, allowing for several mills to open.

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Province seeks consultation on new wildfire legislation

Meadow Lake Progress
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Saskatchewan government is looking for public opinion on changing the provincial act related for forest fires. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment is planning a trip to Meadow Lake on June 7 for a local opinion on updating the Prairie and Forest Fires Act. The act was first established in the 1950’sand was later updated in 1982. It has not been looked at since, the ministry of environment said in a press release. The government is looking to improve preparedness and prevention, clarify the responsibilities for wildfire administrators, reduce government administration, and administer industrial and commercial standards under a results based regulatory framework.

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PUC pulls plug on herbicide spraying

Plans for power line right-of-ways near Prince Lake meet public opposition
Sault Star
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Sault Ste. Marie PUC will discontinue the spraying of herbicides on power line right-of-ways near Prince Lake. “If I have too much opposition and people don’t want it done, I won’t do it,” Peter Bursche, a PUC forestry technician, told a dozen Prince Lake residents who turned out at the community centre last week to voice their concerns over the use Garlon RTU near swamps, streams, or springs that feed into the lake.

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New fires pose few control problems: MNR

Northern Life
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thirteen new fires were confirmed in the province, all of them in the northeast region and almost all lightning-caused, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The starts were mostly small and posed few control problems. Presently, there are 27 fires active in the province and 48,157 hectares burning. FireRangers made excellent progress on all existing fires. Kirkland Lake fire 8 has now been declared under control. The MNR is expecting today to paint a similar picture, with a reasonable number of new lightning fires appearing in the northeast.

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Tree Identification Booklet from the Arbor Day Foundation

Gateway News
June 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Arbor Day Foundation has a booklet that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet, What Tree is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail to depict natural colors, shapes and textures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.

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Groups sue to stop Elliott logging

Coos Bay World
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As promised, three environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State of Oregon to stop clearcutting on the Elliott State Forest and several other state forests. The groups — Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Audubon Society of Portland — say the state’s forest management plan illegally harms marbled murrelets, endangered sea birds that nest in mature coastal forests, including the Elliott. The groups hope the lawsuit will compel Gov. John Kitzhaber to develop a new forest management plan to protect the sea birds, according to a news release.

Also in The Seattle Times
Lawsuit: Ore. forest logging harming murrelets

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Enviro groups want Angora burn area tree cutting stopped immediately

Lake Tahoe News
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rare woodpecker chicks in burned forest stands at Lake Tahoe won’t survive if the U.S. Forest Service proceeds with a contentious post-fire logging project, according to conservationists pressing the agency to postpone cutting around the trees until after the nesting season in August. The John Muir Project is asking for the delay while awaiting a ruling on an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit aimed at blocking what’s left of the salvage logging operation where the Angora Fire five years ago burned more than 3,000 acres and 254 homes on the edge of South Lake Tahoe.

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Analysis: Protecting caribou habitat to cost $1.5M

The cost over the next two decades to protect old-growth habitat for endangered woodland caribou in northern Idaho and northeast Washington state will be about $1.5 million, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
Associated Press
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The cost over the next two decades to protect old-growth habitat for endangered woodland caribou in northern Idaho and northeast Washington state will be about $1.5 million, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. …The 87-page draft economic analysis also found the timber industry in rare circumstances could face up to three-year delays for some logging operations.  But Holt said the analysis also confirmed the agency’s belief that designating critical caribou habitat will have little change on day-to-day use of public and private forests.

Also
Caribou habitat costs studied from The Spokesman-Review

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Record-setting NM fire spreading in all directions

The Idaho Statesman
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness that already is the largest in state history spread in all directions Thursday, and experts say it’s likely a preview of things to come as states across the West contend with a dangerous recipe of wind, low humidity and tinder-dry fuels. The erratic Gila National Forest blaze grew overnight to more than 190,000 acres, or nearly 300 square miles, as it raced across the area’s steep, ponderosa pine-covered hills and through its rugged canyons.

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Greens defend ‘phantom’ forest legislation

ABC News, Australia
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens have defended the State Government’s decision to table incomplete forest peace deal legislation. The Opposition has called the move a joke and dubbed it phantom legislation for a phantom peace deal. The legislation will be tabled in Parliament this month, with or without a final agreement to end most native forest logging. The Government says it wants to avoid losing $100 million in federal funding, tied to a deadline of June 30. 

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Coast forest jobs in jeopardy

Associated Press
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian Workers Union says forest jobs on the New South Wales far south coast are in jeopardy. The union says the State Government plans to close mechanical workshops at Batemans Bay and Eden. The Assistant Secretary of the Greater New South Wales branch, Stephen Bali, says 24 front-line jobs will be axed in towns across the state, just three weeks after the Government revealed its plan to corporatise the agency.  

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

WVU professor, students refining wood as alternative fuel

West Virginia University
June 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

One professor and two graduate students are working to discover ways to make an alternative fuel more efficient. Ben Dawson-Andoh, a professor in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University, and his two doctoral students, Gideon Lawer-Yolar and Emmanuel Atta-Obeng, are traveling this week to Oak Ridge National Laboratories to study the composition of lignin, a substance in wood that limits its use as an alternative fuel and as a source of chemical products. Oak Ridge National Laboratories is a national lab that provides a technology called Small Angle Neutron Scattering that will allow the three to further understand the structure of lignin.

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General

Forest industry voices concerns over EU’s views on clear-felling

EU believes clear-felling should be avoided for climate change reasons
Helsingin Sanomat
May 31, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Industry interest groups as well as the forest owners themselves have expressed their concern over the European Commission’s proposal for the regulation of keeping accounts and operating plans for the use of land and forests. The interest groups fear that at some stage a ban on clearcutting or clear-felling will be added to the regulations. With the regulations, a framework will be created for the measuring of forests’ carbon sinks and leaks. 

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