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Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Froggy Foibles

High-Tech Hand-Crafted Wooden Bicycles Offer Better Ride [Video]

autoevolution
June 18, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

Renovo is a Portland-based bicycle builder with a twist. In-keeping with the philosophy of the founder of the company, Ken Wheeler, the bikes’ frames are all made of wood. A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine carves out the basic shape of the frame from a single piece of wood.

[Interesting video, after the intro, it gets into good detail on the technology and challenges of manufacturing and producing wooden bikes]

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New species named after Hollywood blockbuster

Scoop Independent News
June 19, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The new species of day-flying moth found during Forest & Bird’s Denniston BioBlitz in March will be named after the world’s most successful movie Avatar, scientist Brian Patrick announced today. Arctesthes avatar, or more commonly the Avatar moth, is a fast and low-flying striped moth that was discovered by Wildlands entomologist Brian and soon after caught by his son Hamish during the species scavenger hunt on the West Coast’s Denniston Plateau in March.

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Business & Politics

Sawmill set for million of dollars in upgrades

Journal of Commerce
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver-based manufacturer of wood products has an ambitious plan to operate the largest single line sawmill on the coast of British Columbia. Western Forest Products Inc. plans to invest millions of dollars to upgrade the infrastructure at its facility on Vancouver Island. “One of the greatest challenges of this undertaking, aside from being on time, on budget and building something that works, is to continue operating the mill while rebuilding it,” said Iain Donaldson, the company’s manager of strategic planning and manufacturing.

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Catalyst Paper announces Court Approval for Creditor Meetings

Canada News Wire press release
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper today announced that, further to its news release dated June 14, 2012, it has received approval from the Court for additional meetings of its secured and unsecured creditors to consider the further amended Plan of Arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The Meetings to consider the Amended Plan will be held on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 am for Unsecured Creditors  and 11:00 am for First Lien Noteholders at Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC.

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Cigarette butts suspect in Tolko fire

Merritt Herald
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cigarette butts were found in the grinder collection system that sparked this month’s Tolko Industries Ltd. fire in Merritt, says a report from mill management. … “Cigarette butts were observed… and may have been a cause,” the report says. “Heavier grinding of the Edger saws from normal was [also] happening that night.” The report released to employees details staff’s insight into what happened after the fire broke out about 8:50 p.m.: “Smoke was observed coming out of the top of the saw filer’s grindings collection system.”

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Bowater assets valuable but chance of mill sale ‘remote’

TheChronicleHerald.ca
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Another paper mill is unlikely to rise from the ashes of the Bowater Mersey newsprint facility, a forestry analyst says. Kevin Mason, managing director of Equity Research Associates, said Resolute Forest Products will not want to sell the mill as a going concern and no buyers would likely come forward. “It’s incredibly remote that you’ll have anyone else running newsprint out of there,” he said in an interview Monday. “Whatever is sold, it won’t be sold as an operating newsprint facility.”

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Accept Kruger’s Corner Brook mill offer, says union

CBC News
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The national president of a union representing some employees at the Kruger mill in Corner Brook is calling on workers to accept the company’s final offer. “For two reasons. One, it’s an attempt to save the mill. Secondly, it’s what we agreed to. It is the pattern, and that’s what we said we would do for companies that were in financial trouble,” said Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada president Dave Coles. Coles said the company’s latest offer is in line with the deal the union negotiated with AbitibiBowater when it was going through bankruptcy.

Also
CEP head urges acceptable of offer in The Telegram
Union leader recommends N.L. mill workers accept Kruger offer from the Canadian Press

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N.L. mill union leader rebukes national president for urging OK of deal

Cape Breton Post
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — The head of a union local at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper says the national president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union shouldn’t publicly urge workers to approve a final offer from the company. . …Randell said in an interview with the Corner Brook Western Star that the national president’s credibility had been damaged by his comments. “All he’s doing is hurting our cause,” he said.

Also
Pressing discussions: Head of Local 242 says CEP national president doing more harm than good in The Western Star

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Corner Brook mill faces tough future even with government help, says premier

CanadianBusiness.com
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale says she’s willing to discuss government help for the province’s last paper mill but is ruling out direct operating subsidies Dunderdale said Monday the province has supported Corner Brook Pulp and Paper through various programs, but the mill’s potential shutdown is a very real threat as global demand for newsprint declines “I can tell you that this is not a game of bluff,” she told reporters.

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N.S. appoints “transition advisor” for beleaguered Queens County

Metronews Canada
June 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A long-time government and business leader has been tapped by Premier Darrell Dexter to figure out just what to do about Queen’s County. Ron Smith, who has worked in senior positions for Emera and Aliant Telecom, has accepted a role as “transition advisor” for the region. …That “renewal” has yet to be seen, but the “adjustment” is real enough. On Friday, Bowater Mersey owners Resolute Forest Products (formerly AbitibiBowater) announced that the mill will be shut down indefinitely. Approximately 320 people will be affected by the decision.

Also
Softening economic blow falls on local shoulders in Nova Scotia in The Globe and Mail

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Lumber industry seeks to capitalize on economic recovery

Kapitall Wire
June 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The two largest private sector owners of timberland in the United States, Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Company are both classified as Real Estate Investment Trusts. They each present interesting investment opportunities both because of their classification and their business holdings. …Although Plum Creek was the first to convert to a timber-specialized REIT, it is currently in a position where some analysts are hesitant to invest. Revenues rose twenty one percent in the last year, above the industry average, but this coincided with a decline in earnings per share.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Builder Confidence Reaches 5-Year High In June; Framing Lumber Prices Are Back To 2006 Levels

Daily Markets (blog)
June 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

“Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes gained one point in June from a slightly revised level in the previous month to rest at 29 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest level the index has attained since May of 2007 (see top chart above). 

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Make it Green: What Are the Greenest Choices of Wood for Building?

Green Building Elements
June 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There has been plenty of debate recently about what exactly is the greenest material that can be utilised within the construction industry. Naturally (no pun intended), wood is a prime candidate when it comes to contenders for this coveted spot. …Despite these glowing credentials, many people are still managing to miss the vital point about utilising wood in construction in a green manner: trees must be removed in an “environmentally responsible way”. ‘Environmentally responsible’ can be a difficult nut to crack for some people. What exactly does it mean?

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Forestry

Board to audit forestry operations in Central Coast

BC Forest Practices Board press release
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of International Forest Products Ltd. Forest Licences A16850 and A82001, starting June 25, 2012. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation. The audit area extends north from Cape Caution to Price Island (centred about 160 kilometres north of Port Hardy). Communities in the audit area include Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

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Crunch coming for timber communities

Victoria Times Colonist
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a big economic crunch coming for northern Interior forest communities, and a small group of B.C. politicians has been tasked with figuring out how to ease the pain, or spread it around.  They have been taking a crash course in timber management for the past two weeks – “Forestry 101, 202, and 303,” Liberal MLA John Rustad called it. …The controversy over those ideas and the focus on Burns Lake, where the mill burned down and it’s an open question on whether it’s economical to rebuild it, helped spur the creation of the committee. …But it’s implicit in the terms of reference that there will less timber around in the future than there has been in the past, no matter how much mitigation is attempted.

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Lac Seul signs ‘momentus’ forestry agreement

Wawatay News
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In what is being called a historic agreement, Lac Seul First Nation has taken over management of a large swath of forest surrounding the community. Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) executives, crown operators, Domtar representatives, Lac Seul band counselors and Chief Clifford Bull met June 12 to celebrate the signing of an agreement that will make LSFN sustainable forest license holders on an interim basis. Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull called the signing “momentous.”

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Logger from Coos Bay fatally injured

KPIC.com
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COQUILLE, Ore. – A log snapped and hit a 30-year-old man in the chest on Friday, causing fatal injuries, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said. Daniel Garcia-Vences of Coos Bay died at the logging site about 45 miles northeast of Coquille.

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Colorado fire tops 58000 acres; weather stays hot and windy

CNN
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(CNN) — Firefighters in northern Colorado made progress battling a raging wildfire in the hills west of Fort Collins on Monday despite high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds that whipped up the blaze. The High Park Fire had consumed more than 58,700 acres of woodland by Monday evening, but it was about 50% contained Monday night, authorities reported. Residents of some homes on the east side of the fire were allowed to return home, but people from several other neighborhoods remained under mandatory evacuation orders. More than 1,700 personnel were battling the blaze.

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More evacuations as winds fuel Colo. wildfire

WOOD-TV
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER (AP) — More residents were out of their homes Monday as fire crews face another day of powerful winds fueling a wildfire that has charred more than 87 square miles of forested mountains in northern Colorado. The fire danger was high across much of the Rocky Mountain region because of hot, dry weather and expected gusty winds. Firefighters at the High Park fire west of Fort Collins dealt with 30 mph winds and gusts of up to 50 mph Sunday. Some rain moved through Saturday evening, but it wasn’t enough to quell the fire.

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High Park Fire: More Evacuations As Winds Fuel Massive Colo. Wildfire

Associated Press
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOVELAND, Colo. — Firefighters faced dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region Monday, as they toiled in hot, dry weather to battle a wildfire that has charred nearly 92 square miles in northern Colorado. …n Colorado, another fire that started Sunday in the foothills west of Colorado Springs prompted evacuations of cabins, a Boy Scout camp and a recreation area near the Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir, which provides water to the Denver area.

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High Park Fire Draws Scrutiny of Past Firefighting Efforts

KUNC
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With Colorado and the rest of the drought-plagued Southwest coming off a winter that saw a record low snowpack, federal fire managers battling the destructive High Park Fire west of Fort Collins are warning of a long, expensive summer ahead. There’s also a growing consensus that earlier forest management techniques could be partly to blame for that.

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Kimberly-Clark Announces Ambitious Sustainable Development Goal for Forest Use

World’s Largest Tissue Manufacturer To Reduce its Forest Fiber Footprint – Includes Goal of Fifty Percent Reduction of Wood Fiber Sourced from Natural Forests by 2025
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark Corporation today laid out a bold vision to significantly reduce its Forest Fiber Footprint, including a goal to transition at least 50 percent of wood fiber sourced from natural forests to alternate fiber sources by 2025. By committing to reduce its Forest Fiber Footprint, Kimberly-Clark adds to an already impressive history of leadership in protecting the world’s forest resources and ending deforestation globally. This broad, new initiative will help protect biodiversity and reduce the impacts of fiber that the company uses while ensuring the fiber is sourced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

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UPDATE: Firefighters battle Croatan National Forest wildfire

WNCT
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. – The wildfire at the center of Croatan National Forest has grown from 8,000 acres to 10,800 acres, an official said. The fire is still within crews’ containment lines, and the expansion was not unexpected, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Donald W. Simon, who works as a lands and realty specialist for the agency.

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Bulgarian President Imposed Forestry Act Veto to Facilitate Dialogue

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

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has argued that the veto he imposed on a set of controversial amendments to the Forestry Act will allow environmentalists and proponents of investments in winter tourism to gather in Parliament and come across a solution instead of staging roadblocks. In a Monday interview, Plevneliev expressed confidence that the opposing sides would do their best to find a mutually beneficial decision in the coming weeks.

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Top political advisor praises China’s forestry reform

People’s Daily Online
June 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhua) — Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), spoke highly of the achievements made in forestry reform when visiting an exhibition Monday in Beijing. …China’s total forest area has increased to 195 million hectares from 134 million hectares in 1992, partially thanks to increased fiscal support, national ecological projects and a compulsory tree-planting program, according to the SFA.

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Sustainable Forests Key To Meet Development Goals – UN

Scoop Independent News
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s forests have a major role to play in the transition to a greener economy, but governments need to do more to ensure they are sustainably managed, according to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), issued today. “Forests and trees on farms are a direct source of food, energy, and cash income for more than a billion of the world’s poorest people,” said FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Forestry, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, in a news release on the report.

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Libs claim ‘junket’ delays forestry peace

Negotiations to reduce native forest logging in Tasmania have been delayed, in part to allow some peace deal signatories to attend an Earth Summit in Brazil.
ABC Online
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Opposition claims the Government’s agreement to extend a peace deal settlement is increasing industry uncertainty. A trip by Jane Calvert, from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, and the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Don Henry was cited as a reason for the Government to extend the time given to strike a peace deal.

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US & Others To Restore Over 18 Million Hectares Of Forest

Scoop Independent News
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18 June, 2012 (IUCN) – USA forest service, Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition and indigenous groups from Mesoamerica have committed to restoring a total of more than 18 million hectares of their forest landscape. This will pump billions into local and global economies and bring a host of other benefits, according to IUCN. “IUCN is delighted to see such important contributions to the Bonn Challenge target to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020,” says Julia Marton-Lef?vre, IUCN Director General. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass plant faces green test

Chronicle Herald
June 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Until Saturday, the Bowater Mersey mill was Nova Scotia Power’s second-biggest customer. Losing that load will force a major realignment of supply and demand and a reallocation of costs onto already burdened ratepayers. It will also require a rebalancing of the mix of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources used to generate electricity, as demand goes down and the supply of wind power goes up. The biomass plant being readied at the Point Tupper mill is an essential part of this puzzle.

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Group looks to turn forest waste into fuel for jets

Billings Gazette
June 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — The future of Pacific Northwest forests may lie in the stuff loggers now leave behind. That’s the bet the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance has made in networking a roomful of professors, business leaders and government officials to turn wood waste into jet fuel. They’re working through a $40 million federal grant to envision all the mills, pipelines, refineries, outreach programs, permits and spinoffs the industry could create. There’s just one hitch: Nobody has yet figured out how to economically make isobutanol fuel out of tree tops.

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Green movement well-rooted 20 years after Earth Summit

Edmonton Journal
June 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As many as 50,000 people and more than 100 heads of state have gathered in Rio de Janeiro to mark two anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the first international meeting on environment, held in Stockholm in 1972, and the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Earth Summit on sustainable development, held in June 1992. …In forestry, associations such as the Forest Products Association of Canada have set ambitious goals to increase third-party certification in the advancement of sustainable forestry.

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Uncertain future for international forest scheme

ABC News, Australia
June 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TO INDUSTRIAL NATIONS scrabbling desperately for ways to reduce their carbon debt, the idea was instantly appealing: invest in developing-world projects that either prevent a forest from being cleared, or replant an area that has been cleared, thus reducing global carbon emissions, and earn carbon credits in the process. …Professor Arild Angelsen, editor of Analysing REDD+ and senior associate at CIFOR , says REDD+ has progressed much slower than was first hoped.  “In 2007, when REDD+ was launched, some of us expected that it would take some years before we saw results but a lot of things have been slower.

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