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Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

Froggy Foibles

The Virgin Mary spotted in West New York tree

Examiner.com
July 11, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

The Virgin Mary’s likeness was spotted in a tree at 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue in West New York, a New Jersey section of the New York metropolitan area. The Virgin appeared yesterday afternoon and has had a constant stream of visitors praying to her since that moment.

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Business & Politics

Western Positioning For The Future With A $6.7 Million Investment In Autograding Technology

Globe and Mail
July 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. is continuing to implement our strategic capital plan which will position the company to be more competitive in the global marketplace. The latest investment is a $6.7 million dollar installation of automatic lumber grading technology into the Alberni Pacific Division planermill in Port Alberni, BC. Automatic lumber grading technology has been used in the commodity lumber business around the world for over a decade. The technology has proven effective in assessing lumber grades quickly, accurately, and consistently, increasing value, recovery and efficiency.

Press Release from Western Forest Products

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Full Story: WFP invests 6.7m in mill from the Alberni Valley Times
New Alberni Pacific Division technology will cost 14 jobs from the Alberni Valley News

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Western Forest Products innovates with new autograder

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of BC
July 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI – Brand new technology is enabling Western Forest Products to install the first-ever lumber autograder on the Coast, increasing the Alberni Pacific Division sawmill’s efficiency, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said at an event at the mill today. Automatic lumber grading has been used in the commodity lumber business for over a decade, but the complexity of coastal tree species has prevented this technology from being used on the Coast until now.

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Tembec to close mill near Chetwynd

Tembec has announced that it will close its Chetwynd mill in September. Tembec says the mill will be closed indefinitely as of September 16, 2012 because of current market conditions.
Energeticcity.ca
July 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“The high-yield pulp market has continued to soften over the past year. At today’s price levels, it is virtually impossible to maintain viable operations given the current cost structure of the Chetwynd mill,” stated Chris Black, Tembec Executive Vice President and President of the Paper and Paper Pulp Group. “This is a difficult decision that we have not taken lightly since it has an impact on employees and on the region. We will continue to monitor the market and, in due course, reassess the situation accordingly,” he added. A total of 115 employees work at the mill that was built in 1990.

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Northern BC mill victim of soft pulp market from the Prince George Citizen

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NewPage owes cabbies, stores, shops

Losses tough on 550 creditors owed $156 million
Chronicle Herald
July 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NewPage Port Hawkesbury’s unsecured creditors are located in nearly every corner of northern Nova Scotia and beyond. Metal fabrication shops, hardware stores, the Town of Mulgrave, trucking contractors and a Port Hawkesbury cab company, which is owed $64, are among the 550 unsecured creditors that are owed about $156 million by the former operator of the Point Tupper pulp and paper plant.

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Mill project hinges on power deal

Cape Breton Post
July 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — If the provincial energy regulator requires that the company working to reopen the NewPage Point Tupper paper mill pay a higher contribution to Nova Scotia Power’s fixed cost than is proposed in a rate filing, it won’t proceed with the project. Pacific West Commercial Corp. made the comment in a document filed recently with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Hearings into the proposed load-retention tariff application jointly made by the company and NSPI begin Monday.

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Southern and western German sawmilling companies considering longer stoppages

EUWID
July 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There has been no significant upswing in business activity on the softwood lumber markets in Germany in the last six weeks and demand on the majority of the relevant export markets, too, has remained unchanged at the May level. According to information from lumber producers, demand for the bulk assortments in particular is at a rather below-average level for the time of year, as is the case in the packaging product segment, for example, and in assortments for the value-adding industry. This slacker demand, however, is evidently coinciding with relatively high supply in some assortments from German and foreign suppliers. END

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Big discovery in a tiny field

Montreal Gazette
July 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wood nanotechnologies have multimillion-dollar potential, but they are a new field set in a forest of unknowns. Scientists are still trying to figure out how to measure one of its most promising candidates – nanocrystalline cellulose – but a gifted teenager has opened a window on this emerging world. “I found that nanocrystalline cellulose has antioxidant properties,” Janelle Tam said, summarizing her research. …Tam, who turned 17 in late June, won the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada Award in a contest whose theme was “How will you change the world?”

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Cali Bamboo Composite Decking Grows Greener

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
July 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The market’s most eco-friendly deck has just grown greener. Cali Bamboo, a leading manufacturer of green building materials made primarily from bamboo, now provides an even more environmentally-sound composite decking material. BamDeck™ Composite Bamboo Decking has always been made of 100% recycled materials. Now the ultra-durable deck boards are made of 60% recycled bamboo fiber and 40% recycled HDPE plastics. (High density polyethylene plastic products are labelled with the number “2” and include bottles, laundry detergent containers, plastic bags and water pipes to name a few.)

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Government Hears Overwhelming Support for LEED

July 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), along with the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, today hosted a second “listening session” on which green building rating system it should recommend for federal government use. Public comments almost universally favored a GSA determination to continue with LEED as the government’s rating system of choice. This rating system review is stipulated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and supported by a report from Pacific Northwest National Labs that compared LEED, Green Globes, and the Living Building Challenge.

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International Paper restarts pulp production at its Franklin mill

Pulp and Paper News
July 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

International Paper recently announced that it has restarted its paper mill near Franklin as a fluff-pulp operation with 200 employees. The mill is capable of annually producing up to 270,000 metric tons of high quality fluff pulp for the global market. The company expects that most of the fluff pulp made at the plant will be exported.

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U.S. furniture shipments rose 3.84% last year, says Smith Leonard

Furniture Today
July 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

HIGH POINT — Shipments rose 3.84% last year for U.S. residential furniture manufacturers and distributors, but the profit picture was a mixed bag, according to accounting and consulting firm Smith Leonard. Based on the firm’s annual survey of the companies, gross profit margins declined slightly to 19.46% from 19.52% in 2010, but operating profits improved to 3.41% from 2.88% in the previous year.

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Government Hears Overwhelming Support for LEED

July 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), along with the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, today hosted a second “listening session” on which green building rating system it should recommend for federal government use. Public comments almost universally favored a GSA determination to continue with LEED as the government’s rating system of choice. This rating system review is stipulated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and supported by a report from Pacific Northwest National Labs that compared LEED, Green Globes, and the Living Building Challenge.

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Forestry

Budget cuts imperil Canada’s national parks

Globe and Mail
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s parks – from the windswept peaks of Nahanni in the Northwest Territories to the gentle rivers of Kejimkujik in Nova Scotia – are under threat as cash-strapped governments cut funding and promote development in the ecologically sensitive areas that lie in and around them, according to a new report from a leading wilderness advocacy group. …Parks need to be big and they need to be interconnected to sustain viable populations of wildlife, but their boundaries are too often drawn with resource development interests, rather than nature, in mind, the wilderness society says in a new report.

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Albertans flee as wind gusts feed forest fire to massive size

Globe and Mail
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A tiny, remote community in a tinder-dry region of northwestern Alberta has been evacuated because of an encroaching forest fire that has already burned about 1,000 square kilometres of timber and bush. …Alberta wildfire officials say hot temperatures and gusty winds fuelled the fast moving flames. John Klassen, director of operations for Mackenzie County, says the order came after the wind shifted and started pushing the blaze toward the hamlet about 10 kilometres away.

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Board to audit forestry operations near Chilliwack

BC Forest Practices Board
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of 606546 B.C. Ltd. on Forest Licence A19202, near Chilliwack, starting July 16, 2012. The audit will examine harvesting, road construction, maintenance and deactivation, protection and related planning that took place in the past year for compliance with forest practices legislation.

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No arrests in Barriere Lake-area logging protest: Quebec police

MetroNews Canada
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Algonquin protesters have stopped blocking a logging road in Poigan Bay, Quebec and no one has been arrested, Quebec provincial police said Wednesday. A group of protesters have gathered at a Resolute Forest Products logging site in the traditional land of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, saying they were not properly consulted. Sgt. Ronald McInnis with the Quebec provincial police said police remain on scene as of Wednesday.

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New CEO appointed for forestry division

Western Star
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Forestry and Agrifoods Agency has a new chief executive officer. The appointment of James Evans for the Department of Natural Resources position in Corner Brook was announced by Premier Kathy Dunderdale Wednesday. He succeeds Len Moores, who recently retired from public service.

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Aboriginal Forestry Award to be presented at First Nations Meeting

from FPAC
Canada Newswire press release
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will present the annual FPAC/AFN Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award at the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Meeting in Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, July 17th. The award celebrates a First Nations business leader for his or her success in the forest products industry.

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A Rancher, A Logger, And Economic Fate In Rural Idaho

State Impact
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In Idaho, the timber and ag industries are heavy hitters. They play big roles in the state’s history and identity. But the recession has dealt them different hands, dividing rural Idaho into winners and losers. . …Along with his parents and brother, Mahon runs a logging company with fourteen full-time employees. They have one of the largest private payrolls in the area. Still, this is an anxious moment for their business. “Our company is stable,” Mahon says. “We’ve got good equipment and good employees, and they’ve been with us a long time. But I’m constantly stressed and worried about work. Right now, we don’t have enough work to finish this logging season.”

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Wildfire in Boise National Forest threatens homes

Idaho Press-Tribune
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise County authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order Wednesday for people living near a wildfire burning in the forest about 25 miles northeast of Idaho’s capital city. The order issued by the Boise County Sheriff Department specifically targeted residents living within a mile of the Avelene Fire, which grew to 250 acres by Wednesday afternoon. The fire, located about 25 miles northeast of Boise, was among several fires that flared up Wednesday due to lightning strikes.

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New monitoring report samples compliance with state forest practices rules

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Private forestland owners in Washington State are making improvements in some aspects of compliance with state’s forest practices rules that protect fresh water and wetlands, a DNR report finds. The ‘Forest Practices Compliance Monitoring Report, 2010-2011’ summarizes field inspection results from a statewide sampling of projects with approved Forest Practices Applications. The sampling looked at the rate of compliance with state rules for building logging roads and harvesting timber near streams.

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U.S. Forest Service to bill $5.1 million state denies it owes

Gadsden Times
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONTGOMERY — The U.S. Forest Service soon will bill the Alabama Forestry Commission for unsubstantiated grant spending of $5.12 million that the state forester said isn’t owed.  Thelma J. Strong, the Forest Service’s acting chief financial officer, told state Forester Linda Casey in a June 29 letter that the federal agency soon will bill Alabama. …Casey said in an interview on Tuesday the federal action is a result of the U.S. Forest Service’s misunderstanding of Alabama’s grant accounting procedure. “We don’t owe anything,” she said.

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New Zealand Institute of Forestry Forester of the Year Award

Scoop.co.nz
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry Forester of the Year Award for 2012 was presented to Mr Brett Gilmore, a Registered Forester from Napier at the Institute’s annual conference in Christchurch last week. Announcing the recipient of this prestigious award, President of the Institute, Dr Andrew McEwen, noted that the award recognises leadership, excellence and personal integrity. 

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‘More to be done’ on forest accidents

Gisborne Herald
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FOREST owners need to do more to prevent workplace accidents in “one of the most dangerous” industries, the New Zealand Council of Trade Union president believes. NZCTU president Helen Kelly says the Forest Owners Association needs to show more of a commitment to the action plan prepared with the Department of Labour and ACC aimed at minimising workplace accidents. New Zealand Forest Owners Association health and safety committee chairman Sheldon Drummond says it is committed to embedding a safety culture in forests and plans to roll out a safety culture initiative this year.

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Forestry Ministry Warns Concession Holders of Possible Revocation

Jakarta Globe
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Ministry might revoke up to 22 forest concessions if the holders fail to file their operational work plans by Aug. 3, an official has said. Awriya Ibrahim, the director of natural forest operations, said on Tuesday that the ministry has approved the 22 concessions last year, but had warned the holders that they could lose their rights if they did not meet all requirements, including filing a work plan.

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Smoke from Siberian fires raises ozone levels in B,C. to record levels

Canadian Press
July 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Smoke lingering over much of British Columbia from Siberian wildfires has pushed ozone levels in parts of the province to never-before-seen numbers. By Monday, ozone levels reached 84 parts per billion in the central Interior region, about three times the average for July. B.C. Ministry of Environment air-quality meteorologist Eric Taylor said that on Sunday and Monday, levels were above 82 parts per billion, causing concerns because of potential health effects for people with respiratory problems, for example.

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Mayor pleads for more timber industry support

ABC News, Australia
July 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Mayor of the Grant District Council says both the state and federal governments need to offer more support to the timber industry. About 20 Gunns employees from Tarpeena and Casterton were told last week they would no longer be employed after September. …Mayor Richard Sage says the Federal Government needs to introduce measures, including import duties to protect the industry. “The whole sector’s had a fairly tough time the past 18 months to two years and it seems to be continuing on,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ultrafine particles, sharp contrast of opinions

Port Townsend Leader
July 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Ultrafine particles are everywhere. They are produced by wood burning in the fireplace, by bacon or scampi cooking in a frying pan and by a car backing down the driveway. Currently, both sides of the Port Townsend Paper Corp. biomass cogeneration issue are debating their impact on human health.

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California groups urge Governor to reject international forest carbon credits

Climate Connection Blog
July 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

San Francisco, Calif. – A group of over 30 California-based organizations yesterday sent a letter to Governor Brown urging him to reject the use of international forest carbon offsets credits in the state’s cap and trade system. Such carbon offsets are known as either REDD, which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, or REDD+ offsets. REDD offset projects involve efforts to protect a tract of tropical forest from being cut down or damaged, while REDD+ refers to additional efforts to change industrial logging practices.

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