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Daily Archives: June 18, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Wildlife camera catches Austrian politician having sex in forest

TODAYonline
June 17, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

CARINTHIA (Austria) – An Austrian politician is in line to get up to £16,000 (S$32,000) in compensation after a hidden camera used for snapping wildlife photographed him having sexual intercourse in a forest. The politician, who has not been named, will get the money if a court rules the photographs violated his privacy… The camera was designed to record the wildlife of the forest in the Austrian region of Carinthia but instead caught the politician’s physical liaison, reported The Daily Telegraph.

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Business & Politics

Local WoodEx mill faces uncertain future

Columbia Valley Pioneer
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The family-run WoodEx mill in Edgewater could be forced to close due to a lack of available wood. The medium-sized sawmill has been operating only intermittently for the past five weeks, leaving at least 45 employees with an uncertain job future. Douglas Riddell, President, CEO, and owner of WoodEx, blames the lack of work on the inaction of the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, which he said has created a local lumber market locally that is dominated by forestry giant Canfor, leaving WoodEx short on wood supply.

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Great Pacific Capital Corp. Purchases Additional Shares of Canfor

Melodika.net (press release)
June 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jim Pattison announced today that Great Pacific Capital Corp, a wholly-owned company, has acquired an additional 137,000 Common shares of Canfor Corporation, representing approximately 0.10% of the outstanding shares, through purchases on recognized Canadian Stock Exchanges. This brings the total holdings of Great Pacific to 30,146,350 Common shares of Canfor, representing approximately 21.12% of the outstanding shares.  

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Fortress Paper closes in escrow the acquisition of Domtar’s Lebel-sur-Quévillon NBSK pulp mill

EUWID Pulp and Paper
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper will rebuild and reopen Domtar’s non-operating NBSK pulp mill in Quebec to raise its total dissolving pulp capacity by 250,000 tpy. …Fortress Paper plans to invest some $222m over the next two to three years to convert Domtar’s non-operating 300,000 tpy NBSK pulp mill into a 250,000 tpy dissolving pulp mill. 

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Labour cuts aren’t always enough in paper mill business

TheChronicleHerald.ca
June 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workers at pulp and paper mills in northern Nova Scotia woke Friday to learn that swallowing deep cuts to pay and benefits doesn’t necessarily secure their jobs. Workers at the idle NewPage Port Hawkesbury plant in Point Tupper voted recently to accept cuts to their wages and benefits, the wind up of their pension plan and the loss of some 200 jobs. On Tuesday, workers at Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. in Abercrombie Point narrowly voted to accept significant wage and benefit rollbacks to keep their 45-year-old mill open.

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NL premier concerned after paper mill contract talks fail

TheChronicleHerald.ca
June 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier has expressed renewed concern after negotiations between a newsprint mill and its employees broke off late Friday. In a statement issued Saturday, Premier Kathy Dunderdale urged the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill and its workers to continue to work towards an agreement. Dunderdale said she remains “extremely concerned” about the future of the mill, but said the government will continue its support once labour and pension issues are resolved and a long-term plan for the operation is in place.

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Between a rock and a hard place

Western Star
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — The fate of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is on the public’s mind, whether they work at the mill or not. David and Pauline Barry had a few questions about the city’s once biggest employer as they ate lunch on the Majestic Lawn Sunday afternoon.
The couple, neither of whom are employed at the mill, said they are not the only ones wondering what will happen.

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The European sawmilling industries are going through difficult times

Lesprom Network
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The European sawmilling industries are going through difficult times. The revival of the wood markets that started in 2010 did not continue fully in 2011 and the situation in the first half of 2012 does not give rise to unlimited optimism either, as the the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry aisbl (EOS) said in a press release received by Lesprom Network. This is the main message from the discussions on the sawn timber markets as held in the context of the EOS general assembly in Riga on 15 June 2012, hosted by the Latvian Timber Producers’ & Traders’ Association.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fibrek curtails production at Saint-Félicien NBSK pulp mill

June 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Virgin and recycled kraft market pulp manufacturer Fibrek intends to curtail production of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (NBSK) at the Saint-Félicien pulp mill in the Lac Saint-Jean region, Quebec. The 12 days market-related downtime, starting on 23 June, will impact NBSK production by approximately 12,000 tonnes and should give the company a better control of its pulp inventory, Fibrek reported. Saint-Félicien pulp mill offers an annual capacity of 375,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp. According to Fibrek, NBSK pulp produced at the Saint-Félicien mill is the pulp of choice for LWC, SC-A, specialty products, and premium tissue paper products. END

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When Will Cross Laminated Timber Come to the US?

Green-Buildings.com
June 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Despite the many benefits of cross laminated timber, it has yet to sweep the American construction industry. …Even though Austria currently produces 80% of the world’s CLT, a forest epidemic has made the U.S. a potential future rival in the market. The Mountain Pine Beetle is attacking North American trees (and up to 44% of Colorado’s forests), leaving behind a great deal of wood that could be used for CLT.

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Bamboo Buildings

Bali’s Green Building Benchmark
DesignBuild Source
June 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

As global temperatures rise, so too does the prevalence of green building across the globe. In both the first world and in developing countries, nations are delving deep into the industry sector in order to lower their countries’ carbon output and reduce the chance of drastic environmental consequences. While the ideology is the same almost worldwide, the methodology is not, giving rise to innovative green building practices that are culturally unique and suited to specific environmental realities. …Now Bali is getting involved through the use of bamboo, which has been labeled the islands ‘emblem of sustainable construction.’

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Forestry

Firefighting demo highlights Forest Service 100th anniversary bash

Kamloops Daily News
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A 100th birthday is always worth a party. But not many parties marking a century have rapattack crews and forest fire air tankers. The B.C. Forest Service invited 600 of its current and past staff to a gathering at the Kamloops Fire Centre on Friday. Jeff Berry, superintendent of the Provincial Air Tanker Centre, said the event was about gathering generations of forest service workers and coming together as a family.

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BC’s Timber Future Focus of Traveling MLAs

TheTyee.ca
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a committee of MLAs starts a whirlwind tour of British Columbia to consult on timber supply, members say the challenges are large and they’re trying not to raise expectations. This week the legislature’s Special Committee on Timber Supply will hold public hearings in two communities a day… In each community there will be a half-hour roundtable with community leaders, an hour meeting with First Nations and a three-hour public hearing. “It’s not going to be easy,” said John Rustad, the MLA for Nechako Lakes and the committee chair. “There’s no way to please everybody with this.”

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Webinar: Overexertion injury prevention

BC Forest Safety Council
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This one hour webinar will use examples from tree falling, log truck driving and silviculture operations to explain what overexertion injuries are, and how they occur. A focus of the presentation will be to introduce tools that you can use in your company’s operations to prevent these injuries. In addition to sprains and strains, heat stress injuries such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Timmins forest fire may take all summer to put out

CBC.ca
June 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It could take months to stamp out the massive forest fire that threatened Timmins last month. The fire is listed as ‘being held’, which means it is not expected to spread. But fire crews are still working on the ground and from the air to put the fire out for good, said Laura Elchyschn, a spokesperson with the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Resolute moves toward FSC goal

The Chronicle Journal
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has reached an international milestone in forest industry sustainability and corporate responsibility. In a joint news release last week, the company and the World Wildlife Fund announced that Resolute is now the largest manager of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forests in the world. With the recent certification of 3.2-million hectares of forestlands in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, the company has a total of 10.3-million hectares of FSC-certified forests in North America — an area twice the size of Nova Scotia.

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Arizona fire damage brings forests closer to collapse

Tucson Citizen
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

On a dry day in May 2002, Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull boarded a Blackhawk helicopter in Show Low with her forest and wildfire advisers and Wally Covington, director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University. As the chopper flew over the White Mountains, Covington plotted out five tracts of forest, each about 500,000 acres, mostly ponderosa pines in the higher elevations and piñon pines and juniper trees farther down the slopes. … “Forty percent of what we looked at is burned now,” Covington said in May, as he looked at maps in his office at NAU. “The other 60 percent is sure as hell going to happen if we do nothing.

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Forest trees explode into huge fireballs as a brush fire burns in Los Padres National Forest in California

Reuters
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest trees explode into huge fireballs as a brush fire spread out over an area of more than 500 acres (2 square km) burns in Los Padres National Forest in California June 16, 2012. The fire started on Saturday afternoon in the hills of the forest between the cities of Frazier Park and Ojai. No structures have been burned and the fire-fighters have no containment on the blaze at this time.

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Save trees or salmon? Cities vexed by policy

The Register-Guard
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging miles of levees in Puget Sound provide shade and key habitat for many of the Northwest’s struggling salmon. But hundreds of trees have been cut down in recent years to satisfy the Army Corps of Engineers, which says vegetation compromises levees that prevent flooding. With many more flagged for removal, communities are fighting to save some or all of the trees and brush… They say vegetation in some cases actually can reinforce levees.

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Forest Service to cut reviews on restoration projects

Summit County Citizens Voice
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service wants to speed restoration of national forest lands by streamlining the approval process for removing dams, and cleaning up debris and sediment and for reclaiming closed roads. Under the proposal, now open for public comments, projects in those categories could be approved under a categorical exclusion, a type of review that isn’t nearly as extensive as an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement — all outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Alaska’s Tongass forest sparks battle over logging

Reuters
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Environmental advocates readied for battle in Congress this week over what they maintain is an erosion of protections for the biggest, oldest trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, often called the crown jewel of the U.S. forest system. A vast swath of woodland that stretches along the southeast Alaskan coast and inland over more that 17 million acres (70,000 square km), the Tongass is one of the last temperate rainforests on Earth with centuries-old trees critical to wildlife habitat and Alaska’s salmon fishery.

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N. Idaho logging project faces possible lawsuit from environmental groups

The Republic
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho — Two environmental groups say they will file a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service concerning a planned logging project in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Friends of the Clearwater in Moscow, Idaho and the Alliance of the Wild Rockies in Helena, Mont., have filed a 60-day notice as required under federal law.

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Just Planting Trees Won’t Stop March of Deserts

Pacific Standard
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

To combat the advance of deserts, most governments and NGOs say planting trees is the best way to halt encroaching sands… Two field scientists addressing the problem from very different directions, Allan Savory and Chris Reij, agree that while trees are part of the answer, but their work eschews planting them. “Planting trees cannot reverse desertification in most places because the desertifying land generally has too low a rainfall for full soil cover from tree leaf fall litter,” Savory says, “and exposed soil leads to less effective rainfall.” His solution relies not on trees, but on animals.

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Forestry Commission Director General awarded CBE

Forestry Commission News
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Director General of the Forestry Commission, Tim Rollinson, was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012. Tim has been with the Forestry Commission since 1976 after completing a degree in Ecological Science at Edinburgh University.

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Forest peace talks extension

ABC News Australia
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Signatories to the forest peace deal say there is no guarantee they will reach agreement on which forest areas should be protected from logging, despite being given an extension on the deadline. The parties were expected to make a decision by the end of June so legislation could be tabled in State Parliament but that now looks unlikely. The State and Federal Governments have agreed to an extension, giving the parties until July 23rd.

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Green accounting movement to recognize costs of using natural resources gains global traction

Winnipeg Free Press
June 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NEW DELHI – What is a sip of clean water worth? Is there economic value in the shade of a tree? And how much would you pay for a breath of fresh air?… A forest once valued by what its trees fetch on the timber exchange might instead be valued according to the carbon dioxide it absorbs, the animals it supports, the water it filters and the firewood it provides. Or it could be revalued with future generations in mind. That might lead to higher felling fees, pricey replanting requirements or more expensive wood. Some might rethink the economic benefit of cutting it down. 

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New FAO report profiles how sustainable forestry can help meet development goals

Orissadiary.com
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s forests have a major role to play in the transition to a new, greener economy, a theme being discussed at the Rio+20 Conference. …In a new report, The State of the World’s Forests 2012 (SOFO 2012), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization makes the case that better and more sustainable use of forestry resources can make a significant contribution to meeting many of the core challenges being discussed in Rio…

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Scientists at loggerheads over pine tree invasion claims

South Africa Business Day
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

INVASIVE pine trees are spreading at an estimated rate of 6% per year, costing the Western Cape about R400m each year through the loss of “ecosystem services” — resources such as water supplied by ecosystems, experts say. The problem affects forestry, an important industry and job creator for the province. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research chief ecologist Brian van Wilgen says: “People must consider whether we can afford to have pine-based plantations in Western Cape.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Supply squeeze in store for bioenergy

Prince George Citizen
June 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province’s bioenergy sector will not escape the effects of a looming decline in the timber supply as beetle-killed pine is logged out or becomes too worthless to process, a forest industry consultant warned Thursday. Speaking at the International Bioenergy Conference, which continues today at the Civic Centre, Jim Girvan, principal of MDT Ltd., said the beetle has now killed about half of the province’s pine, which in turn represents a quarter of the Interior’s allowable cut.  Girvan, who gave his presentation during a panel discussion on the future of fibre, is co-developer of an economic model that predicts log and chip availability over 15 years.

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US Biomass: Where Do All the Wood Pellets Go?

Renewable Energy World
June 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Europe is usually the last place on one’s mind when riding through miles of surprisingly desolate pine forests, stretching from the Alabama line to Georgia’s marshy coast. But, in an unlikely convergence of European eco-policy and Southeastern pines, a Georgia wood pellet plant is now supplying a German-based utility with a steady stream of carbon-neutral energy… “As long as the wood used to make these things comes from certified sustainable sources, then the Europeans quantify it as carbon neutral,” said Strauss, president of the Maine-based FutureMetrics.  

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In Rio, 5 big companies to launch initiative to boost demand for REDD+ carbon credits

Mongabay.com
June 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Five large corporations have launched an effort to boost demand for carbon credits from “high quality” Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects in tropical countries… By publicly announcing the intent to purchase a large number of credits, Code REDD aims to push other companies to voluntarily commit to offset some of their CO2 emissions with forest carbon credits while steering them away from dodgy REDD+ projects.

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Arctic forests could increase C02 release | ScienceBlog.com

Science Blog
June 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, exacerbating climate change, scientists have revealed. The Arctic is getting greener as plant growth increases in response to a warmer climate. This greater plant growth means more carbon is stored in the increasing biomass, so it was previously thought the greening would result in more carbon dioxide being taken up from the atmosphere, thus helping to reduce the rate of global warming.

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General

Fibrek curtails production at Saint-Félicien NBSK pulp mill

June 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Virgin and recycled kraft market pulp manufacturer Fibrek intends to curtail production of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (NBSK) at the Saint-Félicien pulp mill in the Lac Saint-Jean region, Quebec. The 12 days market-related downtime, starting on 23 June, will impact NBSK production by approximately 12,000 tonnes and should give the company a better control of its pulp inventory, Fibrek reported. Saint-Félicien pulp mill offers an annual capacity of 375,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp. According to Fibrek, NBSK pulp produced at the Saint-Félicien mill is the pulp of choice for LWC, SC-A, specialty products, and premium tissue paper products. END

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