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Daily Archives: June 27, 2012

Froggy Foibles

David Suzuki joins Just For Laughs lineup

Globe and Mail
June 27, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

‘Take my planet, please!” How about a big round of applause for David Suzuki, ladies and gentlemen? He’ll be here all week, or at least until our greedily raped and pillaged Earth boils over, spelling doom, apocalypse and godless horror for all mankind. When the Just For Laughs Festival recently announced performers sharing a late-September bill in Toronto with headliner Louis C.K., one highly unlikely gagster stood out. But seriously, folks – David Suzuki, author and environmentalist, cracking wise on carbon footprints? “It’s an opportunity to meet a wider audience than the one enviros normally reach,” says Suzuki, reached in South America. “It should be a lot of fun, although I cringe a bit when I think what might come my way.”

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Business & Politics

Catalyst ‘yes’ vote a ‘good day’ for North Cowichan

Creditor approval nips sale of company
Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cowichan residents who were watching anxiously to see what was happening breathed a sigh of relief this week as Catalyst Paper announced that creditors had okayed a plan to save the company. …”I think North Cowichan mayor and council, on behalf of the entire Valley, made some tax concessions that I think created a better environment for Catalyst to continue. I know that was appreciated,” he said.

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NS: Impact from Bowater closure more widespread, says Annapolis

Daily Business Buzz
June 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[MIDDLETON, NS] — Annapolis County council wants the province to know Bowater Mersey’s recent closure announcement will have serious implications on the County of Annapolis….. “This was devastating news that will be felt by many municipalities,” said Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie. “It was even more discouraging to learn the County of Annapolis was not included in the Economic Transition Initiative that is being developed by the Province of Nova Scotia.”

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Industrialist Killam kept Bowater mill turning at a loss for 15 years during Depression and war

The Chronicle Herald
June 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The demise of the Bowater Mersey mill marks the end of a dream held dear by one of Nova Scotia’s — and Canada’s — greatest industrialists: Izaak Walton Killam. It was on Dec. 14, 1929, that the Mersey mill, in Liverpool, the heart of Nova Scotia’s South Shore, first made newsprint. It was a scant six weeks after “Black Monday,” the dramatic New York Stock Exchange crash that marked the start of the Great Depression. …For the next 40 years, until Killam’s untimely death in 1955, not much went on in the business life of the nation that didn’t receive “the Killam touch,” especially in pulp and paper and energy.

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AF&PA Responds to Surpeme Court Decision in Forest Roads Case

AF&PA
June 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision to review the Ninth Circuit court decision to require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for logging activity on forest roads. “We commend the Supreme Court for reviewing the Ninth Circuit’s erroneous opinion. If the decision stands, EPA will be forced to work around a process that has protected the environment for nearly 40 years. This would be an unnecessary waste of resources at a time when the agency is facing dozens of other more pressing issues.

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Profit situation for Scandinavian sawmill operations remains weak

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Following what had already been a mainly weak trend in 2011, lumber activities among Scandinavian concerns have shown virtually no recovery in the first quarter of 2012. Growth in turnover and results in classic lumber business from January to March still remained the exception.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Analyst urges new use for wood fibre

Chronicle Herald
June 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Reports about the future of the Canadian paper products industry will remain gloomy until a viable new application for wood fibre is found, an analyst said Monday.  The Conference Board of Canada reported Monday the soaring popularity of e-readers and tablet computers has cut into book sales and cut into profits in the beleaguered paper products industry. …“The industry is likely to remain under pressure until some different ways of getting money out of the raw product are developed,” board analyst Michael Burt said in an interview.

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mth woodworks. A piece of outside – inside.

Website Highlight
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

 

Design duo Michael Thomas Host and Tanja Hinder are the creative force behind mth woodworks, a local woodworking company based in Vancouver, BC. We combine salvaged Western Red Cedar tree stumps and birch branches with organic resin, creating truly one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that connect people with our beautiful West Coast rainforests.

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Forestry

An open letter to the premier on restocking B.C.’s forest lands

June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dear Premier Clark, With the release today of the Forest Practices Board report entitled How much of British Columbia’s forest is not satisfactorily restocked, and what should be done about it?, British Columbians are reminded once again about the importance of healthy forest lands to our province’s prosperity. …I believe that British Columbia can once again have a forest industry that is a primary economic driver, but that will only happen if we make significant investments in our public lands. I would urge your government to fully implement the recommendations outlined in the Forest Practices Board’s report.

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British Columbia makes regulatory changes to provide access to logging slash to bioenergy producers

Lesprom Network
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia‘s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today regulatory changes that provide access to logging slash and wood waste fibre needed by bioenergy producers and manufacturers of wood pellets and other bio-products, as The Government of British Columbia said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Amendments to regulations under the Forest Act, the Forest and Range Practices Act, and the Wildfire Act will bring into effect a residual forestry licence to cut, as well as a fibre supply licence to cut, for wood biomass.

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Timely decisions about restocking BC forests for future timber supply needed

BC Forest Practices Board press release
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The total area of BC’s provincial forests that may need to be restocked with healthy young trees could exceed current reforestation efforts by more than one million hectares, according to a Forest Practices Board report released today.   …Government has a reforestation program for these areas, but to date it has only directed limited effort at re-stocking mature, beetle-affected forests because those areas might still be harvested – and eventually restocked – by the forest industry.

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Darkwoods: An exceptional forest ecosystem conserved for all Canadians

A Special Information Feature brought to you by the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Darkwoods and the surrounding mountains have a long history of human use by First Nations groups, primarily the Ktunaxa, dating back thousands of years. The 20th century was a time of intensifying resource use as towns were established and the population grew. …In April 2008, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) purchased the Darkwoods lands from Pluto Darkwoods Forestry Corporation in the largest single private land purchase for conservation in Canadian history.

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Guest column: B.C. mills are quickly running out of wood

by Ben Parfitt
The Province
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Providing hope to people and communities wracked by horrific events isn’t only understandable but essential. But what the provincial government offers instead is false hope — a dangerously backwards plan. Instead of acknowledging that consumption must align with what the forests can sustain, the government seeks to bend supply to demand. It’s a recipe for even more job losses in future years as the government kicks the problem down the road. What are needed, instead, are policies that maximize social and economic returns from a much smaller resource base.

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Forestry still in our back pocket?

Courier-Islander
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Could the forestry industry be for Campbell River and the North Island that forgotten $50 bill we sometimes stash away in our wallets and purses for a rainy day? In her column today, Catherine Cobden. President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, seems to indicate such. One of their goals, for instance, is the hiring of 60,000 new ‘recruits’ for the Canadian forest industry.

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Gaps In Forest Re-Stocking Plans

Opinion 250 News
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A warning of sorts from the Forest Practices Board.   A new report indicates that when it comes to reforestation, the areas in need could well out strip the areas planned for replanting and that could have a major impact on future timber supply. …The Board also requests the government deliver a response by October 1 of this year, on how it plans to address the recommendations.

From Canadian Press

B.C. forest board says future timber supply at risk, raises alarm about restocking forest
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s independent forest practices watchdog says future timber supplies in the province are at stake and the Liberal government needs to get moving on management plans for pine beetle and fire damaged forests.

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WSCA and WorkSafeBC Undertake Unique Study on Silviculture

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The WSCA in collaboration with the human factors team at WorkSafeBC and workplace sociologists based in the U.S. are conducting preliminary research into musculoskeletal injuries in the tree planting profession. The pilot study involves the unique approach of participatory action research (PAR) which involves gathering qualitative date in the form of narratives and insights from multiple perspectives within the sector.

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An open letter to the premier on restocking B.C.’s forest lands

June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dear Premier Clark, With the release today of the Forest Practices Board report entitled How much of British Columbia’s forest is not satisfactorily restocked, and what should be done about it?, British Columbians are reminded once again about the importance of healthy forest lands to our province’s prosperity. …I believe that British Columbia can once again have a forest industry that is a primary economic driver, but that will only happen if we make significant investments in our public lands. I would urge your government to fully implement the recommendations outlined in the Forest Practices Board’s report.

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Forest research projects near Algonquin Provincial Park opened to public

Canadian Press
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIBURTON, Ont. – Scientific research projects in a forest near Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park are being opened to the public in a new program called Citizen Science. In 1995, University of Toronto’s faculty of forestry established a research camp in Haliburton Forest at Bone Lake. Since then, studies that have been conducted on topics ranging from gall-mites and pine martens to carbon flux and old-growth forests.

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Atikamekw First Nation puts up blockades on Highway 25, Route 178

Montreal Gazette
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Members of the Atikamekw First Nation barricaded three logging roads and a Canadian National railway in the Haute-Mauricie region on Tuesday to protest forestry practices in the area. Just before sunrise Tuesday, the group set up blockades on Highway 25 and Route 178 to prevent trucks carrying timber from passing through an ancestral Atikamekw land claim. …The time where outsiders could exploit our natural resources without respecting our rights is over,” Opitciwan Grand Chief Christian Awashish said in a press release Tuesday.

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Province hopes new project will energize troubled forestry sector

TB Newswatch
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is moving ahead with a pilot project that it hopes will modernize and revitalize the troubled forestry sector.  The first local forest management corporation was announced Tuesday afternoon. …Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle said the crown corporation and pilot project can adjust to timber demands in a way the old system never could. For a long time, companies that weren’t using their licenses were holding onto them even though no wood was being harvested.

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Forestry Initiative Recognized for Progress in Protecting Forests

Woodworking Network
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. has made substantial progress in safeguarding forests and the communities that rely on them today and for future generations, according to an External Review Panel. …The report shows an increase of nearly 30% of companies certified to SFI sourcing requirements from December 2010 to December 2011 according to the SFI External Review Panel, an independent body that ensures the report fairly states the status of SFI program implementation.

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Wildfire liability proposal not in natural resources budget bill

Sacramento Bee
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After federal officials and California Democratic lawmakers raised objections, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to limit wildfire liability and impose a lumber tax has stalled for now. The natural resources budget bill, Assembly Bill 1478, does not contain Brown’s proposals to limit payouts in wildfire liability cases or allow timber companies to face less frequent reviews of tree-cutting plans for environmental impacts.

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Japanese Beetles Return to Damage Midwest Landscapes

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some of the most widely recognized and destructive insects, Japanese beetles, are now re-emerging across the Midwestern U.S., munching on lawns, ornamental shrubs, roses and trees, with Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio among the most infested states. Japanese beetles (papilla japonica), are small, copper-winged, green insects with a row of white dots along their sides. They are emerging from the soil right now as adults in the infested areas. 

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Colorado Waldo Canyon wildfires intensify forcing 32,000 to flee their homes

Reuters
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS – A wildfire raging near some of Colorado’s most popular tourist sites grew suddenly more ferocious on Tuesday, forcing 32,000 people from their homes, prompting evacuations from the U.S. Air Force Academy and swallowing numerous houses at the edge of Colorado Springs.  “This is a fire of epic proportions,” Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said as ash drifted down on the city, sirens wailed and the thick smell of smoke permeated the air.

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Project could have lessened fire damage

Forest Service official: Environmental groups delayed thinning
Las Cruces Sun-News
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Damage from the Little Bear Fire could have been reduced if a proposed Forest Service thinning project had not been delayed by an appeal from two environmental groups, a Forest Service official said Tuesday. “Any type of treatment we could have done would have reduced the severity of the fire,” said Chad Stewart, fire and timber officer for the Lincoln National Forest. While the fire as a whole could not have been stopped by thinning efforts, especially in the face of 40 mph wind gusts, damage to the Bonito watershed likely would have been greatly reduced, he said.

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Colorado Blaze Too Dangerous to Assess Damage (wth video)

ABC News
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Heat and flames from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado’s second-largest city were too intense Wednesday morning for authorities to fully assess the damage it caused overnight. Officials don’t know how many houses have been destroyed in the towering blaze that has forced mandatory evacuations for more than 32,000 residents, Colorado Springs emergency management director Brett Waters said. Among those urgently evacuated Tuesday evening were residents at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Upper House drops forestry bailout block

ABC News, Australia
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Legislative Council is satisfied a multi-million dollar budget allocation for Forestry Tasmania will not be used to shut down the state owned business. The Head of Treasury was last night called in to brief Legislative Councillors on the future of Forestry Tasmania, amid threats the Upper House would block a $35 million budget allocation to the state owned company. Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest says it was revealed the money will be used to keep the business afloat, as it is predicted to post a $35 million deficit next financial year.

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EU, Norway moot forestry venture capital fund

The Observer
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Union (EU) and Norway, the leading supporters of Uganda’s commercial forestry, have called for the establishment of an equity fund to boost and sustain growth of this fast emerging sector. Through Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS), the EU and Norway have spent up to 16 million Euros, leading to the rapid expansion of commercial forest cover in the country.

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Tax breaks among proposals for new forest policy

Jamaica Observer
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

IN an effort to encourage the protection of Jamaica’s forests, the introduction of tax incentives for landowners is among the proposed changes to the new draft Forest Policy. The new policy, along with the necessary legislative changes, are expected to be completed by yearend.

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Regeneration scam rocks state forest department

Times of India
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NAGPUR: Natural and artificial regeneration of forests is forest department’s biggest priority but for officials it has become a money generation activity! A major scam involving regeneration funds that may well run into crores if probe is conducted in all forest circles in the state has surfaced. For now, the scam runs into lakhs of rupees. The irregularities pertain to tending and regeneration, cleaning of coupes and cut back operations (CBO) carried out in 2011-12 in Nagpur Circle comprising Gondia, Nagpur, Bhandara and Wardha.

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Sustainable forestry strong in England

Forestry Commission News
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Latest figures published by Forestry Commission England show our woodlands are incredibly well protected and sustainable forestry remains strong. According to records, just 0.4 per cent of trees felled in England were done illegally without a felling licence. Conservation habitats, such as heathland, have been restored from commercial plantations whilst keeping a slowly expanding wooded area overall. A thriving timber industry has increased domestic supply as imports have fallen.

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Bulgarian MPs Pass Veto on Controversial Forestry Act

Novinite.com
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Members of the Bulgarian Parliament passed Wednesday the veto of President Rosen Plevneliev on the Forestry Act. The entire text of the controversial legislation is returned to be reexamined and debated again from scratch. Bulgarian eco activists and other citizens opposing the Forestry Act staged week-long protest rallies … in Sofia after the Parliament passed the amendments to the Act. On the following Saturday the President issued a veto on all of the texts. Counter protests of people backing the amendments were also held and are widely-believed to be staged by The “Nature for People and Regions” coalition funded by notorious businessman Tseko Minev.

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General

Tax breaks among proposals for new forest policy

Jamaica Observer
June 27, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

IN an effort to encourage the protection of Jamaica’s forests, the introduction of tax incentives for landowners is among the proposed changes to the new draft Forest Policy. The new policy, along with the necessary legislative changes, are expected to be completed by yearend.

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