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Daily Archives: June 28, 2012

Business & Politics

Retirees seek legal justice over “corporate pension theft”

from Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
Canada News Wire press release
June 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO,- Fraser Papers retirees from Quebec and New Brunswick, who had their pensions cut by up to 40% when their employer filed for bankruptcy protection, will be at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Friday when their former bosses challenge their case. Directors of Brookfield Asset Management (Fraser’s parent company) are challenging a law suit by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada that says the directors of the former Fraser Papers were grossly negligent in their investment decisions.

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First Nation to proceed with lawsuit against Nova Scotia government

Canadian Press
June 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU LANDING, N.S. – A First Nation in Nova Scotia is moving forward with a lawsuit against the provincial government and Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. The Pictou Landing First Nation launched the lawsuit in 2010 demanding the province clean up nearby Boat Harbour and build a new treatment plant for effluent from a pulp mill now run by Northern Pulp.

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Nova Scotia urged to buy Bowater land

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

BRIDGEWATER — The Canadian Parks and Wildlife Society wants the provincial government to buy all the Bowater Mersey land that’s for sale in Nova Scotia. That amounts to 220,000 hectares, which is four times the size of Kejimkujik National Park, said Chris Miller, national conservation biologist with the society. The woodland is in six counties — Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg, Annapolis, Hants and Halifax — and is some of the most productive forest in the region, as well as an important habitat for species at risk, Miller said.

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Government may help with mill upgrades

Western Star
June 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — He won’t say what the province will do to help Corner Brook Pulp and Paper if the time comes for government to step in with assistance, but Finance Minister Tom Marshall said both the company and its workers have mentioned the need for infrastructure upgrades. Four of six unions, who were all told by parent company Kruger Inc. they needed to agree with new labour contracts imposed by the company, have approved those new collective agreements. But that is not enough for the provincial government to step in.

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NL premier says support coming for paper mill if deal reached from the Canadian Press

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US blows ill wind on protection duty

China Daily
June 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The United States is known for its liberal application of antidumping and countervailing duties to protect domestic companies. …there is a thin line between rulings that have merit and those that have been influenced by potent lobbying efforts and pressure from Capitol Hill.
As a newly elected congressman in the mid-1970s, I was approached by wood mill workers seeking my support for a petition that called for limiting the importation of Canadian wood products that were threatening their businesses. …eventually our government imposed a tariff to offset a Canadian province’s subsidy that took the form of providing harvestable trees at no cost to its private lumber companies. …This month, the US government slapped preliminary tariffs on Chinese imports. That may protect domestic producers of renewable energy products, but more likely it will harm America’s urgent need to become energy independent.

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Senator targets Gunns in maiden speech

ABC News, Australia
June 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian Greens Senator, Peter Whish-Wilson, has used his first speech to Parliament to commit himself to continuing to fight against Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill. Senator Whish-Wilson replaces the former Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown, who has retired after 16 years. The former economist and winemaker has been a vocal opponent of the pulp mill project, telling Parliament it is one of Australia’s most bitter environmental battles.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Book sales slump hurts pulp, paper

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouer Sun
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Declining book sales coupled with shrinking print-ad spending is expected to prevent a strong recovery for Canada’s pulp and paper industry from the recession in the United States, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada. The Conference Board says computer tablets and E-readers have reached a “critical mass of saturation” among consumers, leading to declines in the sales of paper books.

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WDMA Tech Conference Takes Closer Look at Forest Certification Standards: Experts Ask What is Best for All?

Door & Window Manufacturer Magazine
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Forest Certification was the focus of two sessions held this week during the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) technical conference taking place in Minneapolis. Corey Brinkema, president of the U.S. national office of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), discussed the latest forest certification standards and market drivers for green building products as well as FSC procedures yesterday. …“No guidance has been issued from USGBC on how it is defining what makes a credible source for a certification standard,” Metnick said. “It’s not just mainstream industry out there that’s talking about this issue. There have been many stakeholders that are concerned about the direction

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Wood bats making a comeback

Aberdeen News
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The distinctive ping-like sound of metal bats striking a baseball has declined at parks across the nation as wood and composite bats come more into play. Players and officials are striving to find the right balance between hitting ability, durability and safety in the construction of baseball bats. Many baseball people acknowledge that the number of hits and runs rose during the metal bat era, but so did the possibility of pitchers being struck by a batted ball. Now, the trend seems to be away from metal bats and back to wood.

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Scientists develop giant bamboo to make pulp for paper

Portland kgw.com
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Jackie Heinricher understands bamboo. First she figured out a way to reproduce a species that doesn’t take over your garden or yard. And now she’s found a way to make it a fast growing, reliable way to make pulp for paper. “What we hope to see is bamboo utilized for forestry and for it to ease pressure off naturalized forests,” she said. …Bamboo will never replace northwest timber, but Heinricher says it could take pressure off forests used to make paper pulp. Paper giant Kimberly Clark has signed on to see if it will work.

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Sustainable Northwest Wood debuts dramatic new ‘blue pine’

Sustainable Business Oregon
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A new stock of distinctively hued pine has arrived at Sustainable Northwest Wood.  The Portland depot for sustainably harvested wood is now stocking Campground Blue Pine, a salvaged wood with a story to tell. …What makes the new shipment of Campground Blue Pine especially interesting is that it comes from pine trees killed by the ongoing mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout the American West.

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SLMA Looks Ahead While Celebrating 50th

Building-Producs.com
June 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Back in 1962, framing lumber markets were impacted by western softwoods shipped into the South and East as a result of discriminatory rail freight rates. Lumber used in federally insured housing was required by the government to be grademarked by an approved grading agency. Hardwood stumpage was inexpensive and plentiful. Yet the southeastern lumber industry lacked formal representation to protect itself against such challenges.

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Forestry

Breakthrough under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement for caribou, economy and communities in Ontario’s northeast

from FPAC
Canada News Wire press release
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Forest company and conservation group signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement welcome Ontario’s support today of their approach and joint recommendations on an action plan for an area of the province’s boreal forest almost five times the size of Metro Toronto. The action plan recommendations aim to secure the future of the 3 million hectares of caribou range in the Abitibi River Forest to conserve Boreal woodland caribou and maintain hundreds of jobs in forestry.

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20 perfect playhouses

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

Combine B.C.’s top forestry organizations, architectural firms and construction companies and what do you get? A passel of really swell playhouses. And the best part of the Canfor Playhouse Challenge is that the money raised from the sale of the playhouses will benefit Habitat for Humanity Canada. It works like this: Forest products companies are donating the building materials, architectural firms are contributing their designing talents, and local builders are all set to construct the playhouses. The structures will then be auctioned off, the playhomes will be donated to various children’s charities, and the money raised will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada. It’s total win-win-win.

Visit the project website here www.playhousechallenge.com

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BC First Nation has no right to title on land but can still hunt: appeal

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

VANCOUVER – The Supreme Court of Canada appears destined to once again wade into the contentious issue of aboriginal land claims after a British Columbia court rejected a First Nation’s demand for title over part of its traditional territory. …But the three-member appeal panel also agreed with a lower court that the Tsilhqot’in was not entitled to aboriginal title over the land, because the nation was claiming ownership over a broad territory, rather than identifying specific sites where its people once lived.  The case dates back to the early 1990s, when the Tsilhqot’in first began using the courts and a blockade to stop logging operations in the area, setting off a two-decade legal odyssey that has cost tens of millions of dollars.

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Man charged in Vancouver Island forest fire blast

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

A 40-year-old man [Yves Joseph Leduc of Cumberland, B.C.] has been charged with causing an explosion that set off a forest fire on Vancouver Island last month. Police say an explosion that was deliberately set on May 18 started a forest fire that burned more than two hectares of land owned by the TimberWest forest company near Cumberland, which is south of Comox on Vancouver Island.

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18 new forest fires started Tuesday in the NWT

A total of 49 forest fires are blazing across the Northwest Territories
CBC News
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lightning storms started 18 new fires in the N.W.T. on Tuesday, bringing the total number of forest fires blazing in the territory to 49. There are four new fires in Inuvik and 14 in the Sahtu region. Helicopters are in the air, keeping an eye on conditions and the progress of the fires. Crews are assessing a number of blazes and firefighters on the ground are making sure the flames stay clear of communities.

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Road, rail blockades by aboriginal band disrupt forestry operations in Quebec

CanadianBusiness.com
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC – Forestry operations in Quebec’s Mauricie region were disrupted when aboriginal protesters blocked a railway line and logging road Wednesday. The Atikamekw band said they have a long list of complaints against the Kruger forestry company, which they accuse of operating without their consent and consultation. Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley told a news conference that Quebec government officials are trying to get the blockade lifted through negotiations.

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City declares war on destructive green pest

Mississauga.com
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Mississauga’s war against the emerald ash borer has begun in earnest.
Yesterday, city councillors endorsed a plan to identify ash trees on public property that have been infected by the damaging beetle and begin treatment on the most badly damaged trees. The overall plan has been endorsed in principle, but is still subject to budget approval this fall before it’s fully implemented.

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Timber groups applaud Supreme Court ruling

Natural Resources Report
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The timber industry is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review a 2010 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision requiring National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for forest roads.  We are happy the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of this issue. EPA’s nonpoint pollution control rule that has applied to forest roads for nearly 40 years should be reinstated,” said Tom Partin, President of the American Forest Resource Council. …AFRC and six other associations representing federal forest and rangeland resource businesses and families filed an amicus brief last October supporting the requests of Oregon’s State Forester Doug Decker and the forest products industry for review.

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Federal Partners Continue to Support State and Local Partners as They Fight Wildfires

National Preparedness Level Raised to 4; Heightened response to fighting Waldo Canyon fire today
USDA Forest Service Press Release
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – As the federal family continues to aggressively respond to the wildfires in the Western states, the U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, and FEMA today announced additional resources have been deployed to support state and local partners. In light of the severity of current fire activity, the National Interagency Fire Center has raised the national preparedness level to level 4, on a scale of 1-5. Preparedness Level 4 (PL 4) triggers increased planning for additional resources and greater oversight of resource allocations in order to achieve the most effective deployment.

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Forest Service Firefighting Fleet Depleted After Contract Cancellation

Heritage.org
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

An Obama administration decision to cancel a government contract for aerial firefighting planes in 2011 has left the U.S. Forest Service’s airborne fleet depleted as rapidly moving wildfires spread throughout the state of Colorado and elsewhere in the country amid excessive heat and extremely dry weather conditions. The reduction in the number of planes—from more than 40 to just 11—ended a 50-year relationship between the Forest Service and Aero Union, which provided the planes, and 60 jobs, fighting fires. The Forest Service cited an airworthiness inspection program as one reason for terminating the contract, despite the company’s insistence that it had passed its annual inspection.

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Sanpete County fire burns 56 structures

WRAL.com
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FAIRVIEW, UTAH — At least five wildfires burned across Utah on Wednesday, taxing resources as firefighters worked feverishly to gain control, with one in the central part of the state continuing to burn with little containment after destroying at least 56 structures, authorities said. …The Wood Hollow Fire in Sanpete County had grown to about 46,000 acres, or 72 square miles, by Wednesday evening. …The blaze is the largest of several burning in Utah.

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Dying trees in Southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River

Phys.Org
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years, setting the stage for further ecological disruption. The widespread dieback of these tree species is a special concern, scientists say, because they are some of the last trees that can hold together a fragile ecosystem, nourish other plant and animal species, and prevent serious soil erosion.

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U.S. Republicans, environmentalists clash over B.C. caribou protection plan

Vancouver Sun
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A battle over the fate of a unique, bi-national herd of caribou living in the Selkirk Mountains along the Canada-U.S. border has hit Capitol Hill, with two U.S. senators from Idaho slamming a proposed 1,500-square-kilometre protected habitat as “too large” and urging U.S. federal conservation officials to “consider a more practical approach” to saving the fragile population. The northwestern state’s top federal politicians — Republican senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch — have locked horns with the antlered animals in response to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan aimed at protecting the only known caribou herd that spends part of its life cycle in the Lower 48 states.

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Colorado blaze too dangerous to assess damage

Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A raging wildfire destroyed dozens of houses overnight and charred land on the edges of the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, while thick smoke and intense, towering flames kept officials from learning the full scope of damage to Colorado’s second-largest city. The wildfire doubled in size overnight to about 24 square miles, and has so far 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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A Timber Harvest without a Legal Battle?

Public News Service
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MAPLETON, Ore. – On Wednesday, a group of Oregon loggers and conservationists got a firsthand look at a federal forest where timber is harvested without legal battles, and the environment is thriving, too. They toured sites in the Siuslaw National Forest, where what is now known as “restorative” forest management began as an experiment 20 years ago.  Jim Furnish, who led the field trip, was the Siuslaw Forest supervisor at the time. He says there were plenty of skeptics when they started selectively thinning areas that had been clear-cut and replanted, with a goal of producing old-growth trees for the future, as well as a reliable timber harvest.

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McKim denies forestry bailout ‘misinformation’

ABC News, Australia
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Greens leader has rejected allegations that he misled Tasmanians over how the Government will spend a multi-million dollar budget allocation for Forestry Tasmania. It has been revealed a $35 million budget allocation for the state-owned business is to plug the company’s predicted deficit and stop it from becoming insolvent. Western Tiers MLC Greg Hall says the Greens have been exposed for peddling false information.

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Fires Ravage 20000 hectares of Himachal forests in Two Months

India Daijiworld.com
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Shimla –  Unusually hot and dry conditions this summer have turned the green hills of Himachal Pradesh into a tinderbox – literally. Forest wealth estimated at well over Rs.2 crore (over $400,000) spread over 20,000 hectares has been destroyed in forest fires in just two months this year. A forest department official said the prolonged dry spell, particularly in the mid and low hills, has led to widespread forest fires. Now, the delay in the arrival of monsoon has further aggravated the situation.”More than 20,000 hectares of forest has been destroyed in the wild fires till date. This time the damage to forests is more than 10 times compared to last year’s loss of 1,758 hectares,” Avtar Singh, Chief Conservator (Forest Protection and Fire Control), told IANS.

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Call for urgent forest protection

ABC News, Australia
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An environmental group is concerned forests being considered for protection from logging under the Tasmanian forest peace deal could be harvested. Markets For Change says a moratorium on logging in 428,000 hectares of forests will expire at the end of the week. The organisation’s Peg Putt says a new interim agreement taking in more forest should be struck while the forest peace talks continue.

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WRI launches online tool to fight illegal logging

Pulp and Paper News
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The World Resources Institute (WRI) recently announced the launch of the Forest Legality Risk Information Tool, an open-access global information website designed to assist purchasers of forest products in securing fiber from legal sources. The risk tool, a project of the Forest Legality Alliance, was partly funded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(SFI) through its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The tool is also supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Click check out the Forest Legality Alliance Website here

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New rules for slash could lead to pellet plant in region

Kamloops Daily News
June 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A city forester believes new rules in the bush to award tenure and allow recovery of roadside slash will stimulate investment in a local pellet plant. The B.C. Liberal government announced Tuesday it has introduced regulatory changes that provide access to slash and wood waste. Licences will allow smaller operators to obtain small trees, branches, limbs and tops that are typically burned on site at logging operations. “This has been a long time coming,” said consulting forester Chris Ortner. “If you drive on a logging road anywhere 15 minutes from Kamloops you’ll find piles that are going to be burned. . . . There’s no incentive to bring it out.”

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Broad support across BC for carbon tax: Pembina report

The Tyee
June 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s carbon tax is broadly supported by businesspeople, academics, local governments and environmentalists, indicates a new Pembina Institute report. “With the province undertaking a carbon tax review, and seemingly stalled on the next steps in its climate change plan, these findings will hopefully reinvigorate their efforts,” the non-partisan group’s climate change program director, Matt Horne, said in a press release. The Pembina report, released Monday, summarized 39 confidential interviews with provincial insiders representing a broad range of perspectives and experiences.

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