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Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Products Now World’s Largest Manager of Forest Stewardship Council® Certified Forests

Canada News Wire press release
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO and MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products and the World Wildlife Fund are pleased to announce that Resolute has become the largest manager of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified forests in the world. The Company recently certified 3.2 million hectares (7.9 million acres) of forestlands in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec to the FSC Boreal Standard.

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Fortress Paper surges on production gains

Financial Post
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd said it ramped up production of highly refined dissolving pulp, used in making rayon products, and increased its shipments to China, sending the company’s shares up 16 percent. Production at the company’s specialty cellulose mill in Thurso, Quebec has averaged 92 percent of its targeted capacity during the last 10 days, Fortress said.  

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Catalyst tweaks plan in the hopes of another financial-restructuring vote

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
June 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst is making a last-ditch attempt to halt its looming sell-off. A second vote to help fiscally rescue Crofton pulp mill’s floundering parent firm is being sought from its stakeholders, Catalyst Paper’s agents said Monday. If the firm can gather enough support of its secured noteholders to move forward with an amended restructuring plan, the company will ask for a court-ordered creditor vote on the amended plan.

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Catalyst tries to avoid selling

Alberni Valley Times
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Executives at Catalyst Paper announced Monday night changes to its restructuring plan that they hope will prevent the company from being sold. The plan is being met with cautious optimism by the Catalyst Salaried Employees and Pensioners group, who stand to lose $115 million in pension and benefits if the company is sold. Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas also said he is impressed with efforts from the company, the pensioners, the union, communities involved and provincial government to come up with the latest opportunity.

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Premier questions timing of MP’s mill talk

Says Corner Brook Pulp and Paper not sustainable in present form
The Telegram
June 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathy Dunderdale is questioning the value of a presentation made Sunday evening by Humber MP Gerry Byrne concerning the viability of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper. “I think the timing is not good,” said the premier of the meeting. “We have been watching this plant in Corner Brook for over five years, and it hasn’t made money in a long time. Not only has it not made money in a long time, it’s lost tens of millions of dollars.”

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Northern Pulp workers set to vote on agreement Wednesday

The NG News
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Northern Pulp employees will vote Wednesday whether to accept a new deal with their employer. CEP Local 440 President Mark MacLaughlin said a tentative collective agreement was voted down by 90 per cent of employees on May 28 and they subsequently took a strike vote to take back to conciliation meetings on June 5. They spent Thursday and Friday in conciliation meetings at the Holiday Inn and came out with a tentative deal, which was brought to members on Sunday. They will vote Wednesday whether to accept it.

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‘Negotiating with a gun to your head’

Nova Scotian union executive says he understands what Corner Brook mill going through
Western Star
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Archie McLachlan can relate to the pressure his union brothers and sisters at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are feeling as they try to work out a new collective agreement. McLachlan is first vice-president of Local 972 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union at the NewPage paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. That operation was idled last September when NewPage went bankrupt, but plans are now in the works for the mill to start back up under a new owner, Pacific West Commercial Corp., this fall.

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Reacting to change

Mill closures provide opportunities for diversity:?researcher
The Western Star
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — The timing and significance of the release of a researcher’s paper on provincial forestry policy and decision making could not have been better. Erin Kelly, a post-doctoral fellow with the Environmental Policy Institution of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, explored the history of forestry in Newfoundland and how policy makers and forest managers are reacting to changes. …If the mill in Corner Brook closed, it points toward the importance of different types of forestry management and economic projects which she pushes in her paper. However, there would also be downfalls.

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Domtar signs Definitive Purchase and Sale Agreement for sale of Ottawa/Gatineau hydro assets

Canada News Wire press release
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation today announced the signing by its Canadian subsidiary, Domtar Inc., of a Definitive Purchase and Sale Agreement for the sale of its hydro assets in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Québec for $45 million. The purchaser is Energy Ottawa Inc. , the renewable energy subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

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Gunns facing tight market

ABC News, Australia
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A financial analyst believes worsening global economic conditions may be hindering a capital raising by the Tasmanian timber company Gunns. The company has been in a trading halt for more than three months as it negotiates the plan to raise about $400 million by issuing new shares. Gunns has ceased its weekly updates to the market on the capital raising, and has not made any announcements on the plan since May the 15th.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Longest Timber-Truss Pedestrian Bridge in the U.S. Will Link Recreation Visitors with Adventures

USDA Blog
June 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A construction project will literally bridge the gap between dreams and real-world adventure on the Chugach National Forest. By mid-summer, a 280-foot timber-truss pedestrian bridge will carry visitors over the Placer River as part of a plan to provide access to the Kenai Peninsula’s remote backcountry. The bridge is on the trail near the Spencer Whistle Stop, the first of five train stops planned as part of the Whistle Stop Project that combines rail and trail access on the Chugach.

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Forestry

Timber panel eyes logging protected areas

Globe and Mail
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A committee looking for ways to boost B.C.’s dwindling store of timber is looking at logging protected areas such as old-growth forests as one way out of a supply crunch. Other options include cutting greater volumes of “marginally economic” timber and pumping up forest growth by using fertilizer and other intensive management techniques.  The options… come in advance of community open houses scheduled for June and July and provide more detail on plans that came to light in April, when leaked documents revealed the government was looking for ways to bolster timber supply.

Also Timber Supply Hearings Scheduled in the CFTK TVs
Timber Supply Talks Set for P.G. on 21st video from Opinion 250 News
Timber Supply review committee to start public consultation from Prince George Citizen

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Creston Valley WMA agreement benefits unique ecosystem

BC government press release
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CRESTON — Wildlife conservation efforts in southeast B.C. received a big boost today with a new agreement between the Province and Ducks Unlimited Canada to jointly operate the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area for the next 30 years. Ducks Unlimited Canada will invest $850,000 in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in 2012 to improve wetland habitats and upgrade the site’s water management.

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City council will take on the beetle

Sault Star
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

City council has approved a plan that will see downtown Emerald Ash Borer trees injected with a product to help kill off the tree-killing beetle. The trees will be injected with TreeAzin, a product created locally that is believed to be the best treatment to ward off the nasty beetles and save the Emerald Ash Borer trees. The city began treating ash trees in 2009 and to date 136 trees along Queen Street have been injected.

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Woodlot owners skeptical over Crown cutting halt

Minister announced a halt order for cutting on Crown land Tuesday
CBC News
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Woodlot owners are skeptical about whether Natural Resource Minister Bruce Northrup’s halt order for cutting lumber on Crown land will be effective. Federation President Andrew Clark said the announcment is good news for the federation but said the devil is in the details. “Well, it’s positive for us,” Clark said. “Any amount that you want to bring in, but at an unrealistically low price, woodlot owners’ wood is still going to sit on the roadside.” Some members of the federation question if the minister can enforce the pulpwood halt since he hasn’t set any penalties for non-compliance.

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Forest fires burning in Labrador

High temperatures and lightning strikes a problem
CBC News
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry crews are busy fighting fires in Labrador Wednesday. Frank Philips, the regional standby officer for the Department of Natural Resources, said three fires were burning within a hundred kilometres of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Two fires were burning near Cartwright junction. Philips said ground crews and a helicopter would be tackling those Wednesday morning. Firefighters doused a forest fire near some homes in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Tuesday night.

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Forestry Day makes learning fun for local kids

Bancroft This Week
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Even though we live in an area rich with the history of forestry, there are still myths and misconceptions that exist in the minds of local youth. The Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association (BAFIA) in partnership with a long list of volunteers decided to give local kids an opportunity to learn about forestry in a fun, hands-on way. The result is the first ever Forestry Day that ran on June 7 at Joy Bible Camp in Bancroft. …Demuth’s energy is contagious and the Grade 7 students at the event were pretty excited about what they were learning.  “I think this is such a good thing- forestry,” said Kristen Sutherland. “Now I know they’re helping the environment and this is really important.”

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Wet weather quells fires

June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Widespread rain has put a damper on the forest fire hazard across northwestern Ontario. The hazard is now low and will remain low as more precipitation is in the forecast. Multiple fires were called out Monday. There are now 15 active fires in the region. No problems are anticipated with any of these fires at this point in time. All fires have received rainfall in the last 24 hours and are exhibiting minimal fire behaviour. Despite the wet weather, three new fires were confirmed June 11.

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USDA Forest Service Seeks Comments On Efforts To Improve Efficiency Of Forest Conservation Activities

Improved restoration efficiency is goal of three proposed categorical exclusions
USDA Forest Service Press Release
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a proposed rule to streamline and shorten categories of environmental review for certain restoration projects on National Forests. The proposed rule will allow the Forest Service to more efficiently implement projects related to improving water flow and the restoration of land and habitat. “We are gaining efficiencies that allow us to move more rapidly through the environmental review process while reducing the cost to the taxpayers of unnecessary documentation,” said Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

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Forest fire crews gain ground in Colorado, New Mexico

Reuters
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews on the attack against flames roaring through national forests in New Mexico and Colorado gained ground in both blazes on Tuesday, though thousands of evacuees remained unable to return to their homes, officials said. …But authorities on Monday reported their first measurable headway against the flames, saying ground crews had managed to cut containment lines around 5 percent of the fire’s perimeter. They said residents from a couple of neighborhoods will be allowed back into their homes Tuesday afternoon.

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Smoke from wildfire 60 miles away blankets Denver

Associated Press
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOVELAND, Colo. — A northern Colorado wildfire 60 miles away wrapped Denver in a pungent cloud of smoke for several hours Tuesday and complicated the aerial offensive against the spreading mountain blaze, which has killed one person and destroyed more than 100 structures. In southern New Mexico, a 56-square-mile fire threatening the village of Ruidoso had damaged or destroyed at least 175 homes and other structures, authorities confirmed Tuesday. Workers found only heaps of burned metal and other debris on home sites hit hardest by the Little Bear fire.

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Colorado wildfire claims first victim; governor declares disaster

Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado’s governor declared a state of disaster Tuesday in the face of a raging forest fire near Fort Collins, allocating $20 million in funding and the use of the Colorado National Guard to help fight what is now the third-largest fire in state history. “The High Park fire’s proximity to numerous homes, property and critical infrastructure poses an imminent danger to life and property,” Gov. John Hickenlooper wrote in an executive order. On Monday, authorities found the body of Linda Steadman, 62, in the ashes of her remote cabin on the edge of the Roosevelt National Forest.

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Gila Forest fire now over 1/3 contained

Cliff dwellings, visitor center reopening Thursday
KRQE
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RESERVE, N.M. – The largest fire in state history is now 37 percent contained. The Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire in the Gila has burned 278,000 acres or 435 square miles. That’s almost 2.5 times the size of Albuquerque. More than 500 firefighters are working the fire, but it’s not threatening any homes right now. …”After consultations with US Forest Staff and review of expected weather patterns, I am glad to be able to reopen this jewel of the National Park Service and hope that the rest of the summer will see a return to our more typical southwest New Mexico summer weather,” monument Superintendent Steve Riley said in a statement released Tuesday.

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Ore. sees growing interest in using juniper

Associated Press
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lance Romine, 50, has been building homes and structures with Western juniper for about 20 years in Prineville through his company Line Shack Log Structures LLC. “There is an endless supply of it,” he said. “So, it’s handy to try and create a use for it.” Romine is among those commercially using the Western juniper tree, a native species that has spread over much of Central and Eastern Oregon.  

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Mill worker, 68, looks back at 50 years in the industry

Bend Bulletin
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITE CITY — Days after receiving his Crater High School diploma in June of 1962, Willie Debrick rode off to work with his father at the Olson-Lawyer Lumber planing mill in White City just off state Highway 62. Debrick still makes the daily drive a half-century later. While it might be the same place, the company name, the industry and the world have changed. …“I have to describe these years in the industry like a Clint Eastwood movie: ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,’” Debrick said. “The first years were good. Then came the rising housing, fuel, medical and college costs; that was the bad. Now you have the ugly, with all that’s happened in wood products.

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Federal Partners Continue to Support Response to Western Fires

USDA, DOI, FEMA Provide Firefighters, Aircraft, and Federal Grants to Support Local Partners Combating Fires
USDA Forest Service Press Release
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON –Federal partners are working closely with first responders and firefighters from local, state, and tribal agencies to combat and monitor wildfires in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming as well as other states. Through the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates resources from the US Forest Service, Department of the Interior and other federal agencies, firefighters, incident management teams, airtankers, helicopters, fire engines and other resources are being provided to supplement state and local resources as teams continue to respond to fires across the West.

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Logger struck by falling tree in Albany

The Union Leader
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY – A man who was part of a small logging crew in a residential neighborhood was struck on the head by the top of a tree he had been felling. The man was conscious, breathing and alert when emergency medical personnel arrived at the undeveloped piece of land on Moat View Drive in Albany. Chief Steve Solomon of Conway Fire and Rescue said they received the call at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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A Desperate Effort to Save the Rainforest of Borneo

The once-magnificent tropical forests of Borneo have been decimated by rampant logging and clearing for oil palm plantations.
Yale Environment 360
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

For most people, Borneo conjures up images of a wild and distant land of rainforests, exotic beasts, and nomadic tribes. But that place increasingly exists only in one’s imagination, for the forests of the world’s third-largest island have been rapidly and relentlessly logged, burned, and bulldozed in recent decades, leaving only a sliver of its once-magnificent forests intact. …Politicians have used the Yayasan Sabah forest as a personal honey pot, logging it to enrich themselves, finance their political campaigns, and reward their patrons.

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Ikea responds to reports of old-growth logging

Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In response to accusations by European NGOs that IKEA and its wholly owned subsidiary, Swedwood, were engaging in some questionable logging practices in Russia, Ikea is arguing that it has been cutting according to international standards that the company itself helped create. …“SPOK confirm that Swedwood cut HCVF (old growth forest) in their leased area,” wrote Markovsky in English in an email. “Russian FSC standarts and common FSC practice does not demand full ban of logging HCVF.”

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Antilogging campaign hots up online

ABC News, Australia
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental activists have launched an online video campaign attacking what they claim is logging in areas identified as having conservation value. It comes as signatories to the peace deal bunker down for two days of talks to decide new reserves before the June 30 deadline. The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania returned to the peace talks last month after minority environmental groups agreed to halt attacks internationally. Peg Putt from Markets for Change says the video is a re-launch of raw footage from the internet.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BioEnergy the Hot Topic in P.G. This Week

Opinion 250 News
June 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The 5th International BioEnergy Conference starts today in Prince George, and just like the bioenergy field, continues to grow. In 2004, the first conference was attended by 100 delegates and a handful of exhibitors. This year, there are 400 delegates from all over North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. There are more exhibitors than ever before(57), and 43 speakers will lead off a series of panel discussions on everything from fibre supply and sustainability to community energy systems.

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Volvo trucks running on a biomass product get noticed

Pulp fiction becomes pulp fact
The Province
June 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Trucks that impose hardly any load on the environment because their carbon emissions are virtually zero. Could this be a future scenario?  Well, Volvo Trucks claims it is running successful field tests with vehicles powered by bio-DME, a fuel that can be produced from biomass efficiently. …The bio-DME that is being used in the Volvo Trucks field tests is made from black liquor, a by-product from the production of pulp. The black liquor is actually used in the flow of energy that powers the pulp mill.

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