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Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Business & Politics

‘We’re Going to Lose another Mill’

WoodEx says province allows competitor Canfor, a big BC Liberal backer, to starve its Columbia Valley mill of timber.
TheTyee.ca
June 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The head of a company whose British Columbia mill may have to close because it can’t get enough wood blames the provincial government for the situation. “People are worried we’re going to get squeezed out of the market, and we are,” said Douglas Riddell, the president and CEO of WoodEx Industries Ltd. “

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Edgewater mill faces closure

By Steve Jessel  
Invermere Valley Echo
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An Edgewater mill that pumps millions of dollars into the local economy each year is facing permanent closure if a deal with forestry giant Canfor isn’t struck soon. The WoodEx-operated Edgewater mill, which employs up to 60 workers directly and up to 120 indirectly, has been closed for the past month due to a lack of fibre supply resulting from Canfor’s acquisition of Tembec Industries Ltd. last December.

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Kennedy says mill on ‘verge of bankruptcy’

CBC.ca
June 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources minister warned Friday that Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is in such dire shape that it could shut down without a new deal with its unionized employees. “I can tell you, based on what we know, [that] Corner Brook and Pulp is on the verge of bankruptcy,” Jerome Kennedy told reporters in St. John’s Friday. Kruger Inc., which owns Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, has resumed negotiations with unionized workers, who just weeks ago narrowly rejected a proposal to restructure the unfunded liability of the company’s pension plans.

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Sappi breaks ground on $170 million Cloquet plant project

Duluth News Tribune
June 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

There’s been a paper mill in Cloquet for more than 110 years. Now, a massive investment in new technology at the Sappi Fine Paper mill should keep the mill operating in Cloquet for years to come. …Plans were announced in November to convert the existing kraft pulp mill from making pulp to production of chemical cellulose, a purer form of cellulose that can be made into a fabric for clothing, wet wipes and other consumer products.

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USFS says they will work with St. Regis sawmill

KPAX-TV
June 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – We reported earlier this week that the future of the Tricon Timber sawmill in St. Regis is hinging on its contract with the U.S. Forest Service and in Friday a USFS spokesman assured us that the agency is working out the details to make sure the business survives. USFS Region 1 Media Coordinator Phil Sammon says the Forest Service can either extend Tricon’s contract to help the company ride out market issues or re-determine the original contract rates.

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USFS to grant Tricon Timber project an extension

The Missoulian
June 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A quandary that threatened the existence of one of the few large sawmill operations left in Montana moved toward resolution Friday evening. A spokeswoman said Sen. Jon Tester had just received written assurance from the U.S. Forest Service that Tricon Timber’s Aug. 12 deadline to complete an expensive helicopter logging project near Thompson Falls will be extended if a permanent agreement isn’t hammered out soon. “That’s the best news I’ve heard in quite awhile,” said a relieved Ken Verley, who owns the St. Regis mill.

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USDA Announces First Log Exports to China from Virginia and South Carolina under New Pilot Program

PoliticalNews.me (press release)
June 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced log exports bound for China from South Carolina and Virginia will resume under a new pilot program.  “This pilot program signals renewed confidence in Virginia and South Carolina forestry exports from a key trading partner,” said Rebecca Blue, deputy under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs.

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Chile Copec forestry arm buys Canada panel firm

Reuters Canada
June 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Chilean conglomerate Copec’s COP.SN forestry arm Arauco said on Friday its Canadian unit would buy Canada’s wood panel company Flakeboard for $242.5 million. Copec COP.SN, which owns the world’s second-biggest wood pulp producer and third-largest commercial fishing company, and the main fuel distributor in Chile and Colombia, is on the lookout for more investment opportunities, CEO Eduardo Navarro told the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit last week. END

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Switzerland: Declining foreign trade with softwood lumber

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Both imports of softwood lumber into Switzerland and exports by Swiss softwood-lumber sawmills in the first four months of 2012 showed year-on-year decline. At least the import figures issued by the Swiss federal statistics agency appear to confirm assessments made by several Swiss sawmills that import pressure has weakened slightly in the case of rough-sawn structural timber. Importers of rough-sawn lumber have therefore so far been able to profit to a lesser degree than the domestic sawmill industry from the year-on-year improvement in the business situation for the Swiss building industry in the first quarter of 2012. 

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Global sawlog price index down almost 9% in 1st quarter

Troy Media (blog)
June 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE, WA – Prices for sawlogs fell in virtually all 20 countries we cover, both in local currencies as well as in U.S. dollars. This resulted in the third consecutive quarterly decline of the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) to US$85.90/m3. The Index was down 3.0 per cent from the 4Q/11, and 8.6 per cent lower than the all-time high in the 2Q/11.


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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Can Cross-Laminated Wood Timber Replace Steel?

[Tree Frog says “check out the comment at the end of the story – we need a “woodie” to give another perspective]
Revmodo
June 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Could sustainably-grown wood formed into panels replace steel as the structural material of choice for taller buildings? The manufacturers of cross-laminated timber, or CLT for short, aim to find out. …Pete McCrone from Innovative Timber Systems in Montana thinks CLT is the way to go. “This is the way we ought to be building,” he said to The New York Times. McCrone’s company wants to be first timber company to manufacture the product in the United States.

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Concrete ‘log’ home first fire-resistant home in northern Utah

Deseret News
June 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — More people are living in or near forests, rural areas or remote mountain sites, and each year wildfires across the country destroy homes. Summit County resident Lance Stretch figured he would lower the risk by living in a home that will not burn. His new home looks like it’s built with beautifully weathered wood, but it’s actually built out of concrete. The fire-resistant home is the first of its kind in northern Utah.

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Bamboo points way to green construction in Indonesia’s Bali

Strong, light and cheaper than steel poles, bamboo is ubiquitous across Asia as scaffolding.
MSN Philippines News
June 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

So much so that in recognition of the material’s versatility, the Indonesian island of Bali has made it an emblem of sustainable construction, replacing buildings of concrete and steel with far greener alternatives. An entire school, luxury villas and even a chocolate factory are the latest structures to rise from bamboo skeletons as the plant’s green credentials and strength are hailed. The factory, which opened last year… is the latest in a string of buildings on the island, including homes and businesses, to be built of bamboo.

Same story was picked up in the Vancouver Sun
Indonesia: Bamboo sheds image as poor man’s timber
Strong, light and cheap, eco-friendly construction material has many uses

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Forestry

BC, Ontario score highest in environmental progress: report

CBC.ca
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

British Columbia and Ontario score highest in environmental stewardship, according to a national report card published by a Canadian business magazine. Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based quarterly focused on “clean capitalism,” released its Green Provinces 2012 survey today. B.C. and Ontario both score an A- in the survey, with Prince Edward Island finishing close behind with a B+. Alberta and Saskatchewan sit at the bottom, each with a rating of C.

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Forest Fragmentation Comprising the Health of Canadians & Driving the Need for a National Forest Restoration Program

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Forest Recovery Canada (FRC), a national tree planting program dedicated to enhancing Canada’s environmental health and climate change adaptation through innovative and leading-edge forest restoration practices, was launched today by Trees Ontario. Forest fragmentation has become increasingly common across the Canadian landscape by way of agricultural land uses, residential and commercial development, road construction, forest fires and invasive species.

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Forestry firm confident in root support

The Province
June 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Troubled Chinese forestry company Sino-Forest Corp. said Friday that holders of about 72 per cent of its outstanding notes have agreed to support a restructuring at the company. Sino-Forest said the support follows a deal with an ad hoc committee of noteholders in March to support “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.”

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Silviculture Recruitment Strategy in the Works

HQ Prince George
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A unique survey has been conducted to estimate the number of silvicultural workers in British Columbia. According to the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association, there are nine-thousand employees.

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Monoculture forest policy adds to wildfire threat

Letter by James Steidle Vancouver
Vancouver Sun
June 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Climate change could increase wildfire threat in B.C.: report, June 8 

It is worthwhile to point out that climate change is not the only reason wildfires will grow worse in the future. Current forest policy that relies on herbicides and brushing to create even-aged monocultures of conifers will no doubt also play a role. By eliminating stands of deciduous trees like aspen and birch, which forest fire experts have shown can fire-proof forests, we are compounding an already serious problem. END

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Grassy Narrows and the priorities of Joe Oliver

By Peter Andre Globensky, former CEO of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, the intergovernmental agency responsible for advancing and harmonizing environmental protection in Canada. 
The Chronicle Journal
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forty years ago I had the privilege of securing financial resources for First Nation representatives seeking redress from Dryden Pulp and Paper (Reed) for the suffering inflicted on the residents of Grassy Narrows and the destruction of their life-sustaining ecosystem.
Beginning in 1962 and without the benefit of environmental regulation, the company dumped nearly 10 tons of methyl mercury, a lethal neurotoxin, into the Wabigoon River. Bio-accumulating in fish, it poisoned First Nation residents dependent on this vital food source.

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Draft horses newest loggers in town

Beckley Register-Herald
June 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

AMES HEIGHTS — Meet Fayette County’s newest logging crew — Avery, Tug, Dewey and Charlene. When these four are on the job, the forest is mainly quiet, save for the jangling of chains. They are draft horses, employed to help remove trees on a future roadway to the new American Alpine Club Campground in Ames Heights. Their four days of dragging trees through the woods finished up Thursday.

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Linda Smith: Hemlock trees threatened by new invader

Bloomington Pantagraph (blog)
June 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Another insect harmful to trees has moved closer to Illinois. In early May the hemlock wooly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) was found in northeast Indiana. First discovered on the West Coast of the United States in the 1920s, this insect has rapidly spread in New England and mid-Atlantic states. In the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park, approximately 80 percent of eastern hemlocks have died due to infestation.

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Groups seek to block forest thinning project

Helena Independent Record
June 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to halt pre-commercial thinning on 3,650 acres in the Flathead National Forest in western Montana. The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/KjrYCg) the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Wild Swan and the Native Ecosystems Council filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service late last month in U.S. District Court in Missoula. The groups contend the project would harm threatened lynx and bull trout habitat and was approved without adequate public review and analysis.

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Western wildfires forcing evacuations

Coos Bay World
June 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews in Colorado and New Mexico battled wildfires Sunday that were moving fast through parched forests, forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures. A blaze in northern Colorado first reported Saturday morning had grown to nearly 22 square miles by Sunday morning, while a fire in southern New Mexico began growing Friday, reaching about 10,000 acres.

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Early Washington and the Logging and Timber Industry

American History USA
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It is difficult to imagine the development of Seattle and the rest of Washington without the presence of the logging industry. It didn’t take long for the California Gold Rush to expose the need for a steady, good supply of lumber. Starting in the 1850s, the area around the Puget Sound served this need. For a hundred years, no other industry came close to matching logging in importance. Many forests were nearly destroyed by heedless practices during those early years.

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Investigate the alliance

Letter by Marla Clark, East Helena
Helena Independent Record
June 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In response to the letters by Jerry Furtney, Duane Harp and Bill Hallinan regarding the Alliance for the Wild Rockies attempts to block logging and general forest management, I couldn’t agree more with their statements. …In my opinion perhaps we the people should press for an investigation of Alliance for the Wild Rockies for wasting our tax dollars on these frivolous lawsuits, or maybe a countersuit.  …The people that work for the Forest Service are highly trained and qualified to make good decisions regarding how our forests are managed. We need to let them do their job to promote health in the forest.

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Hundreds evacuated as Colo., NM fires grow

Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAPORTE, Colo. — Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire, burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, grew to more than 31 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures.

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Jack pine trees likely to rebound after UP fire

NorthJersey.com
June 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Jack pine trees probably will be the first to bounce back after a major wildfire in the Upper Peninsula, but the future of other species is uncertain until foresters assess the soil and other factors, an expert said. The Duck Lake fire, which was caused by lightning on May 23, burned slightly more than 21,000 acres in Luce County, much of it owned by the state of Michigan. The fire zone had hemlock, birch, red maple, jack pine and other pine trees. The fire allowed jack pine cones to open and release seeds.

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bug threatens Smokies ash trees

Asheville Citizen-Times
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GATLINBURG, TENN. — Biologists with Great Smoky Mountains National Park expect within the next month to start treating ash trees infected with an exotic beetle that has decimated the trees in other parts of the country. The work will be limited to sections in the Greenbrier area and near the Sugarlands Visitor Center in Tennessee.

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Claims Libs split on forestry

Tasmania Mercury
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Tasmanian Liberals are at odds with their federal counterparts over forestry in Tasmania, the State Government said yesterday. Deputy Premier Bryan Green yesterday called on Liberal Leader Will Hodgman to reject suggestions by federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for a move away from current native forest logging practices.

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Get a Laugh, Save the Planet – Visiting Environmentalistl

June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

What’s one of the best ways to save the planet? Simple, says renowned visiting environmentalist and educator Arron Wood: Teach kids not to be boring. Wood, who has inspired more than 55,000 Australian kids in 13 years to educate their peers about environmental issues…, knows what he is talking about. The founder of Australia’s successful school-based Kids Teaching Kids programme … now advises the Australian government and has worked with international companies including Sony, Toshiba and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as working with natural resource agencies such as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Great Bear Forest to Be Massive Carbon Offset Project

How eight coastal First Nations will harvest money from trees without saws.
TheTyee.ca
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a young man’s eyes the logging that laid waste to the coastal forest was akin to a military invasion. Cameron Hill was barely a teenager when loggers descended onto Gitga’at First Nation territory in the early ’80s, clear-cutting vast stands of old-growth cedar in the midst of what is now known internationally as the Great Bear rainforest. “We still have huge blocks of our territory decimated from those clear cuts,” says Hill, now 44, a band councillor and school teacher in the remote north coast village of Hartley Bay. “The land was raped while we watched, and we don’t ever want to see that again.”

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Pilot program launches in northern BC

Journal of Commerce
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Carbon Offset Aggregation Co-operative (COAC) will use a $2 million investment from the provincial government to help contractors finance equipment retrofits to save fuel and emissions in Northern B.C. Heavy equipment, as well as long and short-haul trucks will be fitted with new technology as part of the retrofit. COAC’s 25 member companies consume more than 58 million litres of diesel each year.

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Maine DEP starts review of Millinocket torrefied wood facility

Bangor Daily News
June 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — A state agency has completed the next large step in the review of a New Hampshire company’s proposal to build what state officials called the world’s first facility that would use microwaves and thermal energy to produce torrefied wood. …According to the application, the torrefied wood chips will be transformed from wood wastes into “stable and water-resistant” pellets containing 30 percent more energy than standard wood pellets. The facility will be a major source of volatile organic compounds, producing an estimated 50 tons annually of VOCs, which according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency can cause a host of health problems.

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Sawmills to Save the Planet?

Canada Free Press
June 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…For carbon-extraction forestry to be sustainable, the trees must be logged, milled and put into long-term storage by conversion into poles and posts, beams and girders, floors and furniture, slabs and sleepers. These will lock up the carbon for decades, even hundreds of years, by which time the climate will have moved on naturally and the green hysteria will be shrieking about something else. (See their websitehttp://carbonsense.com/index.htm)

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Greenhouse gases largely to blame for warming oceans: scientists

A new US-led study, featuring research by Tasmanian scientists, has concluded that warming ocean temperatures over the past 50 years are largely a man-made phenomenon.
ABC Online
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers from America, India, Japan and Australia say the study is the most comprehensive look at how the oceans have warmed. The study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, examined a dozen different models used to project climate change, and compared them with observations of ocean warming over the past 50 years. It found natural variations accounted for about 10 per cent of rising temperatures, but man-made greenhouse gases were the major cause.

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General

Get a Laugh, Save the Planet – Visiting Environmentalistl

June 11, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

What’s one of the best ways to save the planet? Simple, says renowned visiting environmentalist and educator Arron Wood: Teach kids not to be boring. Wood, who has inspired more than 55,000 Australian kids in 13 years to educate their peers about environmental issues…, knows what he is talking about. The founder of Australia’s successful school-based Kids Teaching Kids programme … now advises the Australian government and has worked with international companies including Sony, Toshiba and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as working with natural resource agencies such as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

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