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Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Eastern pine: The tree of colonists and kings

The Free Lance-Star
June 15, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

IN ANTICIPATION of our nation’s Independence Day celebration and out of respect for those who have given so much for this unique gift of freedom, I would like to pose the following question: What do the flags of Maine and Vermont have in common with the Royal Navy and the American Revolution? 

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Business & Politics

Announcement coming on struggling paper mill

Queen’s mayor: Area ‘deeply concerned’ about multiple shutdowns
Chronicle Herald
June 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Queen’s County is holding its collective breath after Premier Darrell Dexter said Thursday that an announcement about the struggling Brooklyn pulp mill is imminent. Crumbling export markets have led to several shutdowns at the Bowater Mersey Paper Co. mill this year, with another scheduled to start Sunday. After a cabinet meeting in Halifax on Thursday, Dexter wouldn’t reveal details when asked if the Brooklyn mill was facing permanent closure.

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Province Invests in Manufacturing Company, Protects Rural Jobs

Government of Nova Scotia
June 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A wood manufacturing company is strengthening the forestry sector and helping maintain good jobs in rural Nova Scotia.  Mat Whynott, MLA for Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville, today, June 14, announced, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris, a $5-million Nova Scotia Jobs Fund investment that will help sustain 167 jobs at Marwood Ltd. …This $5-million loan replaces a provincial investment from 2007 to modernize and expand Marwood’s operations in Nova Scotia. It will lower the company’s annual debt payments, and free more funds for capital purchases. It is a seven-year, interest bearing, repayable loan.

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‘Tough times’ in pulp world

Abercrombie workers vote 52% to accept major concessions
TheChronicleHerald.ca
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp workers voted by a slim margin Wednesday to accept a contract offer that includes significant concessions in pay and benefits. Members of Local 440 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union voted 52 per cent in favour of accepting the offer from Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. A vote against would have meant either a strike or a lockout at the Abercrombie Point plant. “No one would say this was a good deal,” said Don MacKenzie, the Atlantic Canada national representative with the union. “The members really struggled with what to do.”

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Bowater Mersey Mill closing indefinitely

Union executives were told Friday morning that the mill is shutting down noon Saturday
CBC News
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products says it is idling the mill in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia indefinitely. The company made the announcement at a meeting with union executives Friday morning. Kevin Evans, the president of Communications Energy and Paperworkers Local 141, said the news was not unexpected, but a big loss. “I think probably most people reached a point of feeling it was a question of not if, but when the mill would close,” he said. “This was probably much sooner than any of us expected. At least personally, I’m not shocked.” The last shift will end at noon on Saturday.

Read press release: Resolute to Indefinitely Idle Mersey Mill in Nova Scotia from Resolute

Another article: Bowater mill closing indefinitely in Nova Scotia from Canadian Press

Response from the Union: Union Calls on province to “step up to the plate” in Resolute closure from Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

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Fibrek announces market-related downtime at Saint-Felicien mill

Canada News Wire press release
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL  – Fibrek Inc. today announced that it will be idling the Saint-Félicien mill for 12 days of market-related downtime, starting on June 23, to help control inventory. The measure will impact production by approximately 12,000 tonnes of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp. The Saint-Félicien mill’s annual capacity is approximately 375,000 tonnes.

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Doyle R. Simons appointed to Weyerhaeuser Board of Directors

Sacramento Bee
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced that Doyle, R. Simons, 48, will join its board of directors effective June 29, 2012. Simons’ appointment follows the departure of Arnold G. Langbo, who retired from Weyerhaeuser’s board in 2011. “Doyle has extensive knowledge of the forest industry and the business segments in which Weyerhaeuser operates,” said Chuck Williamson, chairman of Weyerhaeuser’s board of directors.”I’m excited about the insight and skills he will bring to the board.”

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Fears unsustainable contracts sending sawmillers ‘broke’

Timber Queensland (TQ) says an American-owned company is threatening the future of the state’s $2.5 billion a year industry.
ABC Online
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Hancock Queensland Plantations is the monopoly supplier of timber to Queensland sawmills after the former Bligh government sold Forestry Plantations Queensland for $600 million in 2010. TQ spokesman Rod McInnes says the company has locked sawmillers into unsustainable contracts that do not reflect the depressed market. He says the high cost of the logs is squeezing local producers out of the market. “They’re currently buying logs that they need from Hancock at the previous State Government price,” Mr McInnes said.

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Devastating fire consumes Indian paper mill

Pulp and Paper News
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A devastating fire broke out the Khanna Paper Mills, one of the leading paper manufacturers in India, on Tuesday. The fire started at about 2:00 p.m. local time from the mill’s waste stock yard picked up briskly, bringing the mills owners as well as the district administration on toes. There was about 60 to 70 000 tonnes of waste paper lying in the mill that caught fire.

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Manjimup sawmill back in action

A major sawmill in Western Australia’s south-west will officially reopen today, after shocking the community when it closed early last year
ABC Online
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Dozens of timber workers lost their jobs after Gunns Limited closed Manjimup’s Deanmill early last year. However, 12 months on, the town is back in business with its new owner Auswest Timber. The Shire of Manjimup says the mill’s reopening is a shot in the arm for the local economy. Shire president Wade De Campo says it is hugely encouraging. “It really was the scale of 30,000 people losing their jobs in Perth, which was just devastating to us,” he said.

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Finland: Roundwood prices continue to rise

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The upward trend in industrial-timber and roundwood prices which has now been evident in Finland since the beginning of the year continued until the end of May. Current analyses conducted by the Finnish Forest Industries Federation show an average price for standing timber at the end of May (four-week sliding average) for pine roundwood of roughly €55/m³, for spruce roundwood of €56/m³, and for birch roundwood unchanged at €43/m³.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is Wood a Biobased Material? Congress Debates

Woodworking Network
June 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Wood and other forest products could be considered a “biobased” product if an amendment to modify the Farm Act passes through Congress. H.R. 5873 – the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012 – is now before the House Committee of Agriculture for review. A similar bill before the Senate, S. 2346 – Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012 – was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on April 25. Introduced May 31, the Forest Products Fairness Act modifies the definition of “biobased” materials to include forest products in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biobased Markets Program.

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Red Oak and White Oak: Supply to Edge Demand

Woodworking Network
June 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In the South, 4/4 #1 Common red oak supply is starting to surpass demand, a trend that will spread to other regions and other red oak items this summer. Red oak exports to the Far East and Mexico will be decent, and shipments to U.S. residential flooring plants will be steady, but cabinet manufacturers will continue to limit purchases, and Canadian flooring plants won’t buy much either. In the end, markets won’t be able to absorb the extra red oak supplies headed their way without some price concessions.

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Norway to build world’s biggest wood apartment block

A Norwegian housing cooperative has unveiled plans to build what it says will be the world’s biggest wooden apartment building.
ABC News Australia
June 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Bergen Region Housing (BOB) plans to build a 14-storey wooden apartment block overlooking the western coastal city’s famous fjords. The project seeks to promote sustainable materials while at the same time boosting Norway’s vast forestry industry, the Agriculture Ministry said. “The biggest challenge in building a 14-storey wooden building is preventing big swings amid strong winds,” BOB said in a statement.

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Green Building Council launches sustainable cities and communities rating tool

Architecture and Design
June 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Green Building Council of Australia has released Green Star – Communities, an independent, national rating tool it contends will drive more sustainable, productive and liveable communities. “Green Star – Communities is one of the world’s first rating tools designed to encourage higher levels of sustainability across a broad range of issues,” said Romilly Madew, the GBCA’s Chief Executive.

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Forestry

Resolute leads FSC league

Timber Trades Journal
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Resolute Forest Products, formerly AbitibiBowater, has become the largest manager of FSC certified forests in the world. The addition of 3.2 million ha in Quebec raised the company’s total in North America to 10.3 million ha, an area larger than Portugal or South Korea, the company said. …Ontario minister of natural resources Michael Gravelle said: “Resolute has long played an important role in the Ontario forest products industry. Certainly this is a tremendous milestone.”

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Ducks Unlimited invests $850000 near Creston

Kootenay News Advertiser
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

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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Old-growth stands sketched out

Prince George Citizen
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Forest Practices Board audit of the old-growth timber supply available across B.C. is recommending that the provincial government better track old-growth areas and evaluate whether or not they are effective in protecting biodiversity. The old-growth in this region is most commonly found east of Prince George in the vicinity of Dome Creek to McBride. …There are 55,000 identified stands of old-growth in the province, amounting to about four million hectares. The intention is to protect certain amounts of it to allow a natural ecosystem to perpetually cycle, with tracts of the working forests at different stages of growth in all areas of B.C.

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Saskatchewan fire-fighting planes head to Colorado to battle blazes

Canadian Press
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

REGINA – Saskatchewan fire-fighting aircraft have headed south to help battle wildfires in the United States that have forced people from their homes. Three Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment planes are to work with the U.S. Forest Service for 10 to 14 days.

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Great Bear Rainforest agreement under Rio summit microscope: scientists

TheTyee.ca (blog)
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scientists at next week’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro will point to B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest Agreement as a potential model for global conservation efforts, so it’s time to speed up the process, critics say. In advance of the summit, a group of 54 scientists lead by Dominick DellaSala sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark, urging her government to accelerate fulfillment of the agreement.

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Five-year plan to tackle invasive species in B.C.

BC government press release
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — The provincial government, the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, federal agencies and community organizations have developed a five-year plan to enhance and co-ordinate invasive species management throughout B.C.  The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia provides a comprehensive framework for the effective management of invasive species in B.C. A provincial action plan is now under development and the province is also reviewing existing legislation related to invasive species.

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P.G. man returns to Forest Practices board

Prince George Citizen
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mike Nash of Prince George is back on the Forest Practices Board.  Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations minister Steve Thomson announced on Wednesday the reappointment of four board members to the board for terms of two years each. …”Nash is a well-known outdoorsman and naturalist with extensive experience in forestry, wilderness conservation and recreation matters in northern B.C.,” said Thomson. “He has participated in a range of natural resource planning, advisory and steering committees.”

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Sask. lending a hand Fighting wildfires in the U.S

Leader Post
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A lack of major forest fires in the province is good news to those south of the border. According to a news release, three Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment planes have gone to the U.S. to help fight wildfires there. The planes will work with the U.S. Forest Service for 10 to 14 days, with a possibility of an extension. Current forest conditions in Saskatchewan have allowed the ministry to make some of its resources, including these aircraft, available to assist other jurisdictions. “In the last few days, we have received precipitation across the majority of our forested areas in the north,” said Scott Wasylenchuk, provincial fire centre manager.

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San Gold logging angers group

But firm insists procedures met
Winnipeg Free Press
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If a tree falls in a forest before an environmental licence is approved, is there a problem? That’s the question surrounding logging that’s underway by a Bissett-area mining company. An environmental group is outraged that San Gold Corporation was allowed to log almost 100 hectares of forest prior to obtaining an environmental licence to build a new tailings pond. ….However, San Gold a d the province maintain proper procedures were followed for the mining company to get a logging permit.

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Logging practices stoke fire risk

The Record Searchlight
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The recent article in the Record Searchlight about fire preparation in Shasta County provides an overview of how the agencies that are responsible for fighting fires are attacking fires more aggressively, improving their communication efforts, and, in the case of the Forest Service, reducing fuel overloads in the forest. These are all welcome changes. However, the article pays little attention to a key factor that has increased the intensity of forest fires in recent years. That is the practice on the part of large timber companies in the last two decades of clearcutting and then establishing tree plantations.

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Loggers: Forest Service policies thwart logging

Associated Press
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — As crews continue to face off against a fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado, some in the timber industry say the area’s fire danger has been heightened by U.S. Forest Service policies and an economy that discourages them from harvesting millions of acres of dead trees that stand ready to burn. …The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, which straddles the Colorado-Wyoming border west of Fort Collins, has been particularly hard-hit by beetles.

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Time to fire the political fire managers

NMPolitics.net
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Perhaps the Lincoln National Forest should be taken over by the State of New Mexico. If the federal managers of these resources cannot effectively manage these resources, then a different group is needed.

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As massive wildfires hit U.S. West, Forest Service chief pushes urgency of restoration

Cape Breton Post
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — As firefighters battle blazes in the western U.S. that have forced hundreds of evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was part of the landscape. Experts say a combination of decades of vigorous fire suppression and the waning of the timber industry over environmental concerns has left many forests a tangled, overgrown mess, subject to the kind of super-fires that are now regularly consuming millions of acres and hundreds of homes.

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Congress moves on tankers

The bill should help upgrade our firefighting fleet
The Register-Guard
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thanks to some chain saw-­volume lobbying by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and other Western lawmakers, Congress has approved legislation that should expedite contracts for new air tankers that are desperately needed to maintain the nation’s aerial firefighting capabilities. President Obama signed the legislation Wednesday, even as firefighters battled massive wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico. 

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As wildfires rage, modern tanker planes sought

Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — President Barack Obama signed a bill this week hastening the addition of seven large tanker planes to the nation’s rundown aerial firefighting fleet, at a cost of $24 million. The same day, two C-130 military transport planes designed for that very purpose sat on a tarmac in Cheyenne, shrouded in an eye-watering haze from a raging Colorado wildfire just a 15-minute flight away.

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Faust on forest foray

Harvard president tours Harvard woodland, views experiments
Harvard Gazette
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tour of Harvard Forest gave University President Drew Faust glimpses of both the past and the future as she examined a colonial-era farm that is now an archaeological site and viewed experiments investigating the role of climate change in transforming the Earth. Faust became the first sitting Harvard president to visit the forest in more than 70 years when she and husband Charles Rosenberg, the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, last Thursday joined a small entourage that toured the area, led by Harvard Forest Director David Foster.

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Govt to press ahead with incomplete forest legislation

ABC News, Australia
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Lara Giddings has confirmed her Government will table incomplete forest peace deal legislation next week. Parties to Tasmania’s forest peace agreement are yet to strike a deal to create new forest reserves, meaning the legislation won’t specify the amount of forests to be reserved. The Federal Government has demanded the State Government table legislation to make any agreement law by June 30. The Premier says framework legislation will be introduced to Parliament in time.

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Bulgarian PM defends Forestry Act amendments

The Sofia Globe
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov defended the amendments to the Forestry Act, passed by Parliament on June 13, saying that the legislative changes were meant to develop winter tourism in the country. More than 1000 people gathered at Sofia’s Orlov Most intersection on June 13 to protest against the amendments, accusing MPs of succumbing to lobbyist demands that will benefit a small number of resort developers. The law allows construction of ski runs and accompanying infrastructure in forests, removing the costly and lengthy process of changing the land’s status.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

High Fossil Fuel Costs Real ‘Driver’ Behind Bioenergy Industry

Opinion 250 News
June 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – The Executive Director of the BC Bioenergy Network says an environmental drive and commitment to shift to renewable energy sources is good, but the economics have to work for the shift away from fossil fuels to really gain traction. …He concludes that we’re in the start of an energy revolution and that BC, with all its biomass resources, is well-poised to take advantage of, “but only if we do it in a sustainable and responsible development way – replanting those forests as we utilize them is essential.”

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NASA Study Looks At Tree Growth In A Warming World

swinterstein
June 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland laboratory is getting a NASA grant to study whether global warming is causing trees to grow faster. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science said Monday that NASA awarded more than $650,000 to two scientists at the school’s Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg.

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Climate change and deforestation in the Heart of Borneo could be a deadly combination – new report warns.

eco-business.com
June 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Jakarta, Indonesia: The release of a new report: ‘Assessing the Impact of Climate Change in Borneo’, reveals that the Heart of Borneo will face increasing detrimental effects from climate change in the years to come. WWF projections indicate that if the island of Borneo continues at its current rate of natural capital loss through deforestation, it will be severely affected by climate change through the increased risk of floods and forest fires, human health impacts, changes in agricultural yields and damages to infrastructure.

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Investment in new carbon neutral electricity plant announced

BioEnergy News
June 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Renewable energy firm Infinergy has won a new contract to create a carbon neutral energy plant in the UK. The contract was won from Intermet Refractory Products and is worth more than £1 million (€1.2 million). Intermet will use the new facility at its Oughtibridge plant based near Sheffield and it will produce electricity from wood pellets rather than fossil fuels.

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General

Fears unsustainable contracts sending sawmillers ‘broke’

Timber Queensland (TQ) says an American-owned company is threatening the future of the state’s $2.5 billion a year industry.
ABC News, Australia
June 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Hancock Queensland Plantations is the monopoly supplier of timber to Queensland sawmills after the former Bligh government sold Forestry Plantations Queensland for $600 million in 2010. TQ spokesman Rod McInnes says the company has locked sawmillers into unsustainable contracts that do not reflect the depressed market. He says the high cost of the logs is squeezing local producers out of the market.

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