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Daily Archives: June 29, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Branching out: A mathematical law of dendritic connectivity

Medical Xpress
June 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

That the brain is evolution at its finest is perhaps best demonstrated by the beauty, complexity and diversity of dendrites – tree-like structures that form neural circuits by connecting a neuron to its synaptic inputs. Recently, neuroscientists studying the tree-like branching of these diverse structures … have derived a surprisingly simple and general equation that directly relates dendrite length with the number of branch points, dendrite spanning volume, and number of synapses. 

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Business & Politics

Forest sector bouncing back

HQ Comox Valley
June 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After pretty much hitting rock bottom a couple of years back in the 2008 global financial crisis, the region’s forest sector is slowly regaining strength. “Things are certainly a little better than they were in 2008, ” explained Steelworkers Union Local 21-71 2nd Vice President Rick Wangler. “They are not up to full tilt where we would like to see things but we have definitely seen an improvement.” “The industry was talking about a so called Super Cycle in the sector which hasn’t come around at this point yet. Some people don’t know whether it will and others seem to think it is on the way and just isn’t here yet.”

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BC Court approves Catalyst Paper reorganization plan

Canada News Wire Press Release
June 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper Corporation received approval today for its reorganization plan from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The company’s second amended plan under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the Amended Plan) received 99 per cent support from creditors at meetings held earlier this week. Court approval of the reorganization plan comes only five months following Catalyst Paper’s entry into creditor protection on January 31, 2012.

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Western Completes Sale of its Crown Tenure on Haida Gwaii to Taan Forest Limited Partnership

Marketwire Press Release
June 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Western Forest Products Inc. announces that it has closed the previously announced sale of Tree Farm Licence 60 and related assets on Haida Gwaii to Taan Forest Limited Partnership , a partnership of the Council of the Haida Nation and Haida Enterprise Corporation, the business arm of the Haida Nation. Under the terms of the sale, Western will receive net proceeds of approximately $12.2 million, of which $2.6 million has previously been received.

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Lumber mill fire under investigation

YNN
June 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. — A major overnight fire damaged a lumber mill in Herkimer County. Dispatchers say firefighters were called to Little Falls Lumber on Southern Avenue in Little Falls at about 11 p.m. Thursday.  Firefighters have been on scene putting out hot spots throughout the morning.  There’s no word yet on how extensive the damage is. YNN has a crew heading to the scene, and we will bring you any new information as soon as it comes in.
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New forest terminal opened in Gothenburg

Pulp and Paper News
June 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RPG Logistics has opened a new forest terminal adjacent to Port of Gothenburg. The new logistic terminal specializes in forest industry. It will receive paper, pulp, timber and other forestry products transported by rail and road from paper- and sawmills throughout Sweden.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian roofing invention long-lasting alternative to cedar

yourhome.ca
June 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The reality of second-growth cedar trees makes today’s shingles substantially less durable than roofs shingled with old-growth wood that built the original reputation for durability in the first place. I’ve seen too many cedar roofs fail to endure as long as even economy asphalt shingles. There is an extremely durable engineered alternative to cedar roofs that lasts much longer, costs no more and looks virtually indistinguishable from wood. It also happens to be 100 per cent Canadian. …Enviroshake uses abundant feedstocks of long-lasting synthetic and organic materials to create shakes that look virtually indistinguishable from wood when viewed from the ground.

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Recycling old wood is tricky, but demand high for certain types

The Seattle Times
June 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

How much wood would a woodchuck recycle in the Northwest? With all the trees here in our woodsy region, you would think wood recycling would have a higher profile. As an organic material, wood is eminently recyclable or compostable, but wood recycling does not show up on the radar screen for many consumers.

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Forestry

David Suzuki: Canada’s growing reputation as an environmental laggard

Georgia Straight
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Ontario’s endangered wildlife dodged a bullet (and a bulldozer) recently, when the provincial government reversed its decision to gut the province’s world-class Endangered Species Act with a raft of amendments stuffed into a controversial omnibus budget bill. Legal experts, former politicians, and environmentalists, including me, had expressed concern about Bill 55’s damaging revisions to several environmental laws in the province, most notably the Endangered Species Act. 

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Governments of Canada and the United States to Strengthen Co-operation on Forest Health Issues

MarketWatch (press release)
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Forest sector officials from Canada and the U.S. gathered over the past two days in Washington, at the first-ever summit on forest health, to advance scientific co-operation on shared challenges. Officials identified research areas in which collaboration and knowledge exchange could enable both countries to better protect the health and sustainability of the two nations’ forests. “This summit is an important first step toward the creation of a Canada-U.S. forest science agenda,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.

Read the Press Release from the US Forest Service

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Builders, architects to create playhouses for housing charity

Vancouver Sun
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Local architects known for their modern towers, malls, hospitals, plazas and libraries, are scaling down their designs to raise money for families in need. …The idea came from Canfor, a forest product company, which is celebrating its 75th year in business next year. …The company wants to send a positive message about building with wood while benefiting Habitat for Humanity, said Canfor president Don Kayne. “We’re trying to raise our profile as the industry rebounds from a pretty tough recession over the years,” Kayne said. “It’s important to connect more with the community and connect more with the younger generation.”

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Longer guide outfitter certificate terms now in effect | BC Newsroom

Press release
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Guide outfitters will benefit from greater business certainty starting July 1, when amendments to the Wildlife Act come into force more than doubling the maximum term of a guiding territory certificate. Guiding territory certificates allow guide outfitters to exclusively ply their trade and hire themselves out to non-resident hunters in a defined area. The duration of these certificates will now increase from a maximum of 10 to a maximum of 25 years, giving guides increased business certainty.

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B.C. appeal court gives First Nation a split decision on decades-old claim

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

The B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed a first nation’s claim to aboriginal title while at the same time confirming it has the right to harvest wildlife and earn a “moderate livelihood” from a large swath of the Interior. …”We are pleased that the Court of Appeal upheld the late Justice [David] Vickers’ findings with regards to the recognition of our aboriginal rights and the unjust infringement by B.C.’s forestry regime,” said Chief Marilyn Baptiste of the Xeni Gwet’in band that launched the lawsuit. “However, the court’s regressive attitude on the meaning of aboriginal title creates uncertainty for all Canadians. We will take this key issue to the Supreme Court of Canada. This is a fundamental question for all first nations,”

Also
Natives, win, lose in court from The Province
Aboriginal land rights upheld by BC Court of Appeal from the Globe and Mail

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Irving defends forest company’s harvesting practices

CBC News
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

Jim Irving says he’s very disturbed if people think J.D. Irving Ltd., the province’s largest forestry company, is not co-operating with the provincial government. The company continued to remove pulpwood from Crown land after the Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup issued an order not to do so two weeks ago Irving, the company’s co-chief executive officer, said as soon as he heard about order, he contacted Northrup to explain how the move would lead to layoffs. …Northrup said in an interview this week he changed his mind about the ban out of concern for jobs.

Also Halt order rescinded from Farm Focus

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Atikamekw First Nation block roads to demand greater stake in logging industry

Montreal Gazette
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Atikemekw blockade of logging roads and a Canadian National railway in the Haute Mauricie region continued Wednesday as Aboriginal leaders are demanding a larger stake in forestry operations on their territory. …It’s not enough to just negotiate anymore, we aren’t backing down until the government recognizes our right to have a say in how natural resources are exploited on our territory,” Opitciwan grand chief Christian Awashish told The Gazette. “We live in a community where half of our adult population is on some form of social assistance. The conditions our people live in are deplorable considering the vast resources at our disposal.”

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Tembec, Resolute Forest strike deal to protect Ontario caribou habitat

Globe and Mail
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two forestry companies have reached agreement with environment groups, northern towns and a first nations community on a plan to protect a critical caribou habitat in northeastern Ontario, in the first of what the industry pledges will be a series of such deals across the country….Under the deal, some 835,000 hectares in the Abitibi River forest – an area roughly the size of Yellowstone Park in the U.S. – will be excluded from timber harvesting in order to protect the threatened woodland caribou, considered a bellwether species whose fate reflects the health of the ecosystem.

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$1.5 million in silviculture funds help woods workers

Atlantic Farm Focus
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia is expediting additional programs for private woodlot owners that will help woods workers in the southwestern section of the province. “This investment helps bring positive change in the forest sector, while helping the environment and the economy,” Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources said June 22. “Silviculture has many benefits, including creating healthier forests, quality wood growth, improved wildlife habitat and productive and sustainable forest stands.”

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Ministry of Natural Resources office closures coming

MetroNews Canada
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Job cuts and office closures are coming to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources as it chops $70 million or 10 per cent of its spending over three years, Minister Michael Gravelle confirmed Thursday. “These are tough decisions,” he acknowledged at a news conference, overshadowing the release of a plan to protect woodland caribou in a huge chunk of wilderness between Timmins and James Bay.

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New reality show filming in Cochrane

Timmins Today
June 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

DC Loggers Genier Bros. Trucking Ltd. announced their television show: DC Loggers and has commenced production. DC Loggers is the first production of the new and exciting film industry developing in Cochrane, Ontario. Through the DC Film Office, Cochrane is diversifying its economy, revealing how “Wonderfully Unexpected” Cochrane is….The premise of the series is the Genier Brothers diversification into new wood products and showcasing their expertise in cold weather forestry research, while celebrating the greatest way of life in the best backyard on the planet.

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Federal Partners Commit Additional Resources to Combat Western Wildfires

U.S. Military heightens support to fight wildfires; FEMA provides additional Fire Management Assistance Grants
USDA FS Press Release
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, the Department of Defense and FEMA today announced more air support and additional Fire Management Grants to bolster the federal effort to protect life and public safety in response to fires in Western states. Twenty-one airtankers continue to cycle in and out of firefighting action today across the western states, and more than 8,800 personnel, more than 550 fire engines and 170 helicopters are operating on wildfires around the U.S. Approximately half of active federal wildfire-fighting resources are currently staged in Colorado.

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Was A Small Idaho Sawmill A Smart Way To Spend Stimulus Dollars?

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

It’s a rare thing for a small sawmill to try to get up and running while a crucial market driver for lumber — housing construction — remains in a national slump. So when the Emerald Forest Products mill reopened in Emmett, Idaho this month, something unusual was happening. “That’s a news story,” timber industry expert Todd Morgan said of the new mill. “That’s like, ‘man bites dog’ instead of ‘dog bites man.’ It’s very counter to the trend to have a new mill opening during these market conditions.” …Soon after that, Vinson and his partners filed for bankruptcy protection. In light of the market realities and the shaky path Emerald Forest Products has charted so far, it’s worth asking: Was a small-town sawmill a good bet for taxpayer dollars?

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Worst wildfire ever in Colorado claims first victim

Reuters
June 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that forced the evacuation of 35,000 people from the edge of Colorado’s second-largest city has killed at least one person and incinerated 346 homes, making it the most destructive blaze in state history, officials said on Thursday. Lighter winds helped firefighters gain new ground against the inferno, which had roared unchecked on Tuesday night through communities in the northwestern corner of Colorado Springs and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy campus in town.

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Crews fight forest fire in Arkansas

Associated Press
June 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A blaze that grew into a forest fire in Lonoke County has been contained. Arkansas Forestry Commission crews helped battle the blaze near State Highway 38 Thursday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies told KTHV the forestry crews had cleared the scene by Thursday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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Conservation areas failing to protect forests better than logging concessions in Sumatra

Mongabay.com
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Areas zoned for conservation suffered deforestation rates similar to logging concessions in Sumatra between 1990 and 2000, but maintained forest cover more effectively than lands allocated for agricultural conversion, reports a study published in Conservation Letters. The study, led by Davd Gaveau of CIFOR, is based on assessment of satellite imagery and land use regulations across 440,000 square kilometers in Sumatra.

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BluForest Inc. Acquires 30000 Hectares of Forest in Ecuadorian Amazon

Marketwire (press release)
June 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BluForest Inc. today announced that it has acquired 30,000 hectares of native forest in the province of Esmaraldas in Ecuador. The lands, appraised at an overall value of approximately US $180 Million Dollars, will bring BluForest’s total land holdings to 135,000 hectares of forested lands from which it will generate tradable carbon credits by preserving the Amazon’s rainforests. The carbon credits will be generated through the United Nations collaborative initiative of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries.

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Greenpeace starts global consultation to boost forest protection

redd-monitor.org
June 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace has launched a consultation document on REDD safeguards. Called “Forests & People First”, the initiative proposes a set of minimum safeguard standards for REDD and other forest and climate programmes. Greenpeace’s consultation document starts with an overview of why safeguards are important to REDD and to any forest related activities. The document includes a very useful matrix comparing the various multilateral safeguard policies on REDD.

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Farming Talk: Wood demand giving timber industry boost

Shropshire Star
June 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Despite the economic downturn and uncertainty within the euro area, the UK timber industry has remained surprisingly upbeat into 2012. Although the UK is still consuming more wood than it is processing (nearly 80 per cent has to be imported) and the total sawn softwood demand has fallen from 10 million tonnes a year to about seven million, the strong euro and Swedish krona have aided the domestic sawlog market, in that the UK sawn timber for the construction market is enjoying a £20 per cubic metre competitive price advantage over imported suppliers.

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Expand logging ban, Tas green groups say

Ninemsn
June 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An environmental group in Tasmania has warned it could call off a truce which is holding fragile forest peace talks together if a logging ban that expires on June 30 isn’t widened. The state and federal governments agreed in January for logging to be halted in most of 430,000 hectares earmarked for protection while green groups and industry representatives hammered out a deal to end 30 years of conflict. The deadline for the negotiators was extended until July 23 but the logging ban is due to expire on Saturday.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BC ‘carbon tax shift’ a success, says think-tank report

The Tyee
June 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s carbon tax has worked to cut down the fossil fuels use of British Columbians to the lowest in Canada with little economic damage to show for it, according to a new report. The study, entitled British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Shift, weighed the B.C. carbon tax’s impact on provincial fuel use against the performance of the provincial economy. And the results give the first clear evidence that the tax has helped reduce emissions while producing tangible economic benefits, said economist and Sustainable Prosperity senior director Alex Wood.

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Save the Carbon, Harvest the Forest?

Jennifer Marohasy blog
June 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Government policies across the world generally favour locking-up forests for carbon sequestration. But a new study by the NSW Government’s Department of Primary Industries suggests: Total greenhouse gas emissions abatement and carbon storage from a multiple use production forest exceed the carbon storage benefit of a conservation forest. The report stresses that to quantify the climate change impacts of forestry, the entire forestry system should be considered: the carbon dynamics of the forest, the life cycle of forest products; the substitution benefit of biomass and wood products, the risk of leakage resulting from deforestation and forest degradation in other countries.

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