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Daily Archives: June 8, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Massive oak lifted in League City, being relocated

Austin American-Statesman
June 8, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS — Two cranes have been used to lift a massive oak in Southeast Texas after delays caused by the staggering weight of the tree. The estimated 400-ton Compton oak was heaved from its site in League City around 9 p.m. Thursday. Officials say the so-called Ghirardi oak, named for one of the city’s early farm families, should be hauled to a park next week. Workers dug out soil around the more than 100-year-old oak to place the tree on a steel plate for transport.

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Business & Politics

Sino-Forest Announces that Approximately 72% of Noteholders have signed Support Agreement

Canada News Wire press release
June 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO  – Sino-Forest Corporation announced today that holders of approximately 72% of the aggregate principal amount of the Company’s outstanding notes have agreed to be parties to the restructuring support agreement entered into by, among others, the Company and an ad hoc committee of its noteholders on March 30, 2012, which provides for the material terms of a transaction which would involve either a sale of the Company to a third party or a restructuring under which the noteholders would acquire substantially all of the assets of the Company, including the shares of all of its direct subsidiaries which own, directly or indirectly, all of the business operations of the Company.

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B.C.’s Catalyst Paper ready to sell

Forestry firm fails to get approval for restructuring
Canadian Press
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Richmond-based Catalyst Paper Corp. says it did not receive the necessary creditor approval for its restructuring plan and is now required to begin a sale process. The insolvent forestry company says its amended plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act failed to gain approval from 66.6 per cent of the principal amount of each creditor class. It says that 95 per cent of the secured creditor class voted in favour of the plan. But only 64 per cent of the principal amount of unsecured creditors voted in favour at a meeting held in Richmond. Catalyst is now required to begin a court-approved sale and bidding process.

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Hope for mill in Alberni

Letter by Harold Hamilton
Alberni Valley News
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper’s chances of survival may have increased following a recent meeting of politicos and Catalyst executive in Premier Christy Clark’s office. It was a meeting organized by Powell River Mayor Dave Formosa and it generated an improved relationship between those at odds over handling of the Catalyst methods. …However, the situation remains teetering on the brink of disaster.  …It’s interesting to note that “catalyst” is an old English noun found in Oxford dictionary meaning “a person or thing that precipitates change.”

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Former mill union boss thinks company is just playing hard ball

Western Star
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Sometimes, you have to call the other player’s bluff. Maybe this is the time for the unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to call out their employer, says a former mill union boss who was among the first to negotiate labour issues with Kruger Inc. Ed Anstey spent 18 years on the executive of Local 64, including spending six as president of the mill’s largest union. He was in the first couple of years of his presidency when Kruger took over the Corner Brook mill from Bowaters in 1984. Anstey said Kruger has always been a tough negotiator.

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Byrne holding forum on Corner Brook Pulp and Paper

Western Star
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — Gerry Byrne doesn’t think that the full story is being told about the viability of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. On Sunday night, the Liberal MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte hopes to fill in some of the gaps when he hosts a forum on the paper mill at the Pepsi Centre. Byrne plans to reveal the details of an independent assessment he had completed on the mill’s economic viability. The meeting is open to everyone and Byrne would like to see representation from the management of the Kruger Inc.-owned facility, employees, pensioners, community leaders and the general public.

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Norbord shuts down OSB production in Val d‘Or

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In its quarterly report, the Canadian company Norbord states that it will shut down production at its OSB plant in Val d‘Or, Québec, at the end of July 2012 for an indefinite period. The shutdown is intended to improve the liquidity and results situation of Norbord in North America. The company reports that the plant had already been producing on a restricted basis during the last five years on account of continuing weak demand from the building industry.
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Former mill manager hopes ‘cool heads prevail’

The Telegram
June 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A retired mill manager says Corner Brook Pulp and Paper can continue operating, but employees and the company must first be on the same page with a plan on how to navigate the tumultuous newsprint industry. Stu Weldon worked his way up through the company ranks, starting in the forestry department in 1967, until he retired as woodlands manager in 1998.

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Softwood Lumber Board Approves Initial Programs

Softwood Lumber Board
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO, IL – The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) met on May 8, 2012 in Chicago, IL, to complete start-up of the softwood lumber check-off, to review proposals for research and promotion programs, and consider a new strategic approach to industry promotion. The softwood lumber check-off is a unified industry promotion program created by super-majority support in USDA’s industry referendum held last June.

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German softwood plywood imports stabilise

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Softwood plywood imports into Germany bounced back in the first quarter of 2012 after dropping sharply in the final two quarters of last year. The German Federal Statistical Office reported that imports were roughly stable at least year’s level at 175,827 m³ after falling 16% in the third quarter and 25% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Southland’s 3rd Annual “Log Homes Across America” Event a Huge Success

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
June 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Southland Log Homes’ third “Log Homes Across America” event was held May 19th. This annual celebration of log home building has grown bigger every year, with Southland’s custom log homes being shown in various stages of construction all across the United States, from Atlanta to San Antonio.

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Modified Wood Used in Award-Winning Outdoor Furniture

Woodworking Network
June 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States


NEW YORK – The Plank Collection of outdoor furniture developed by Pfeiffer Lab for Council took home the Editors’ Award for Outdoor Furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair last month. The Plank Collection of furniture is made with Perennial Wood, developed by Eastman Chemical. When subjected to TruLast Technology at Eastman’s plant in Kingsport, TN, the cell structure of southern pine is permanently transformed making it resistant to damage from moisture.

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Forestry

Forest fire burns near Gameti, N.W.T.

Fire about 4 kilometres from community
CBC News
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire is burning near the community of Gameti, N.W.T. Jennifer Wetrade, who lives in the community of a about 300 people, said the fire is burning about four kilometres across the lake from the community.  “It’s like a thick cloud of smoke. We can see it rising up and then
if you take a ride towards the airport, you can actually see some flames
going up on the trees,” she said.  Wetrade said the fire started May 31. She said crews from Gameti, Whati and Fort Simpson are working to fight it.

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Merritt mill fire could have been worse

Castanet.net
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

All-out efforts by sawmills across British Columbia to clean up sawdust after two deadly mill explosions earlier this year probably meant a fire at a local mill was prevented from being much worse, the city’s fire chief says. The fire broke out in a compressor room in the main mill of the Tolko Industries operation in the Nicola Valley on Wednesday. No one was hurt and only the one area of the mill was damaged, said RCMP Cst. Tracey Dunsmore. …

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Avatar Grove’s popularity creates need for trail

Victoria Times Colonist
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thousands of pairs of feet have tromped through Avatar Grove over the last two years, and now the old-growth forest needs some protection from too much love. The Ancient Forest Alliance, which brought Avatar Grove into the public eye and lobbied for its protection, has asked the Forests Ministry for permission to build a trail and boardwalk. “We want to improve accessibility and it’s vital to protect the ecology and make sure the tree roots don’t get worn down,” said TJ Watt, the Alliance campaigner who discovered the grove.

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Forestry: the new high-tech frontier

Genes may hold the secret to forest survival
UBC Press Release
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zoom in—way in—from the macro view of B.C.’s vast forests, right down to the micro level where researchers are looking into genes that could lead to improved forest health, productivity and economic opportunities. …  Sally Aitken, a professor in the Department of Forest Sciences and University of Alberta colleague Andreas Hamann are collaborating on a project to better understand how trees adapt to local climatic conditions.

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Hemlock looper spray set for Revelstoke and Blue River

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC government press release
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to aerially treat up to 12,500 hectares of western hemlock forest in areas around Revelstoke to reduce populations of the western hemlock looper larva.

Another press release Hemlock looper treatment set for Cariboo

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Warm weather and threats of thunder storms increase fire risk

Net News Ledger
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Warm sunny weather without rain is a goal in the City of Thunder Bay as recovery efforts continue from the flooding that has hit the city. However that warm weather is also raising the forest fire threat across the region. Forest fires threats increased in Ontario on Wednesday June 6 with 12 new fires confirmed. Most of these new starts were concentrated in the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts in the Northwest Region. Most new fires required aggressive air and ground attack to be contained. Currently there are 26 active fires burning in the province.

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BC fire rangers leave Timmins, head home for rest & relaxation

Timmins Times
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The plane, a big Boeing 737, lifted off at 5:08 p.m. Timmins time on Thursday bound for Prince George, British Columbia. On board were more than 80 fire rangers from the Wildfire Management Branch of the BC Forest Service. They were tired and more than a little bit proud of their contribution in fighting one of the worst forest fires Northeastern Ontario has seen in many years, Timmins No. 9. Most of the crews appeared smiling and upbeat, looking forward to the several days of mandatory time off after being on the fire line for nearly two weeks.

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Feds consider regional challenges in fire planning

Associated Press
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials on Thursday released the latest iteration of their national wildfire management strategy as they deal with limited resources and an active fire season that already has blackened hundreds of square miles in states from New Mexico to Michigan. …”It’s not going away,” Sherman said of the threat of wildfire. “We’re going to have to be more comprehensive and smarter in how we deal with these issues in the future.”  He noted the need for government agencies to be proactive in their efforts to protect not only property but vital resources such as watersheds that provide drinking water.

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Federal judge halts E. Idaho logging project

Associated Press
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has halted a 7,000-acre eastern Idaho logging project in potential lynx habitat near Yellowstone National Park after finding the U.S. Forest Service failed to follow federal laws intended to safeguard the environment. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale’s decision on Wednesday following a lawsuit by environmental groups over the Split Creek timber harvest also affects about 390,000 additional acres in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

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Local Entrepreneur Wins Forest Thinning Contract

Pagosa Daily Post
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pagosa Springs, Colorado – The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it has awarded a long-term stewardship contract to J.R. Ford of Pagosa Springs (doing business as Pagosa Cattle Company), for removal of saw timber, products other than logs, and biomass on the San Juan National Forest. Operations will include forest thinning and biomass removal from public lands managed by the San Juan National Forest’s Pagosa and Columbine Ranger Districts.

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No appeals lodged vs. forest logging deal

Arizona Daily Sun
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s official. A Montana-based company intending to make furniture and other wood products will get started thinning some 5,000 acres of Coconino and Kaibab national forests this winter, if weather permits. …Three other businesses that did not win the first 300,000-acre, 10-year contract to thin trees in national forests in Arizona did not appeal the U.S. Forest Service’s May decision offering the contract to Pioneer. …Members of the Sierra Club, the Grand Canyon Trust and the Center for Biological Diversity have questioned the Forest Service’s decision to award the contract to Pioneer.

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Baucus adds measures to farm bill to aid Montana forest industry

The Missoulian
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., added several measures to help the state’s forestry industry to the 2012 farm bill on Thursday. They include a measure providing $100 million to the U.S. Forest Service for combating bark beetle outbreaks and permanent reauthorization of the stewardship contracting system that permits logs-for-restoration work like the Southwest Crown of the Continent project. “This permanent authority is critical for reducing wildfire risk and maintaining resilient landscapes and communities throughout our country,” Baucus said in a floor speech to the Senate on Thursday.

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Timber tax would just give industry a fire fine escape

San Francisco Examiner
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In his new budget, Gov. Jerry Brown has quietly inserted provisions that would allow lumber companies and major Northern California landowners to recklessly slash trees and leave the detritus behind to catch fire. So much for Governor Moonbeam. According to The Sacramento Bee, Brown’s budget provisions would limit liability on the part of lumber companies and landowners in cases where their negligence led to major forest fires. In return, the lumber industry would have to pay an additional 1 percent lumber tax in order to fund forestry oversight.

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Forest at Risk Symposium set for June 24-25

Aspen Times
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASPEN — Details of an upcoming symposium that will focus on the stress levels of mountains, forest and rivers in the West were announced Thursday. …“The climate changes we face will affect vital relationships that communities from Aspen to Los Angeles have with forests and the vital resources — like drinking water — that they provide,” said Chris Lane, CEO of ACES, in a statement. “By gathering business and nonprofit leaders, scientists and policy makers, we will be better able to address the challenges we face.”

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Emerald Ash Borer treatment prevents tree death

WXOW.com
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WINONA, MN —More than 50 million ash trees are dead or dying in the Midwest because of the Emerald Ash Borer. …Professionals can treat the tree a few ways, with a pesticide called Treeage, which is injected right into the trunk of an infested tree or Xytect, a preventative pesticide injected into the ground surrounding the tree. “It’s an insecticide that travels throughout the tree,” Fetting said. “It’s taken up by the tree and then if an emerald ash borer did come by and feed on the tree it would digest the insecticide and prevent it from damaging it any further.”

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Business delegation meets with Chinese Forest Group

Scoop Independent News
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand’s Minister of M?ori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples, and members of his business delegation, met with senior executives from the China Forest Group and discussed future proposals in Beijing this week. China Forest Group executives proposed exploring a programme that would see the next generation of M?ori leaders in the forestry sector head out to China to gain experience working in some of China’s largest State Owned Enterprises and companies.

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Abbott throws down gauntlet on logging

The Age
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has challenged Victoria’s practice of clearfell logging native forests, saying few people would not be revolted by the damage it caused. Speaking at a community forum at Mount Evelyn, east of Melbourne, Mr Abbott said he supported a sustainable native forestry industry, but took issue with clearfelling, in which a forest area is bulldozed, logged and the remains burned.”I’m as much a conservationist as anyone, I’m as much a conservationist as Bob Brown,” he told the forum.

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Earth’s resources in peril, UN warns

Vancouver Sun
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards “unprecedented” environmental destruction, the UN said in a report ahead of the Rio Summit. Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued every five years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change to bring more severe wildfires to BC: report

Vancouver Sun
June 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The number of major forest fires in B.C. will likely increase by 50 per cent or more in the next 40 years according to a recent report on climate change. Telling the Weather Story, released this week by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, addresses altering weather patterns across the country in the coming decades and urges Canadians to adjust to the realities of climate change.  …The scientific community [behind the report] is very confident,” McBean said. “These projections are based on very solid science. Climate change is already happening in Canada.”

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Climate change deniers blinded by political ideology

Vancouver Sun
June 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent commentary by Frank Hilliard of the Individual Rights Party of B.C. that appeared in The Vancouver Sun June 4 misinformed readers when it comes to the reality and seriousness of human-caused climate change. Further, Hilliard’s tirade was riddled with fabrications and dishonest personal attacks against me and other climate scientists. Hilliard demonstrates that he does not understand the so-called “Hockey Stick” graph that my co-authors and I published more than a decade ago, which demonstrated that the nature of recent warming is unprecedented.

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Legacy Biomass Law Takes Effect

KBKW.com
June 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Olympia, WA – Legislation to amend the Clean Energy Initiative will take effect today and the bill’s prime sponsor says it represents a compromise which safeguards the environment and rural jobs. “Legacy biomass is as much about protecting jobs as it is about protecting the environment,” said Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, chair of the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development committee. “To not allow products like black liquor to count as renewable energy, as other states do, puts these mills at a competitive disadvantage in bidding for contracts that require renewable energy use,” said Hatfield.

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