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Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Japanese Tree Frog Behavior Aids WiFi Research

Social interactions of Hyla japonica helps to shape artificial intelligence
ReptileChannel.com
July 23, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain observed how males of this species have evolved a system of not calling simultaneously with a rival, in the presence of a potential mate… “Since there is no system of central control organizing this “desynchronization,” the mechanism may be considered as an example of natural self-organization,” explains Christian Blum. Working with his colleague Hugo Hernández, the pair then used this type of calling behavior to create a mathematical model called an algorithm. Its function is to assign colors to network nodes, which is a technique that can be used to develop more efficient wireless (WiFi) networks.

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Business & Politics

British Columbia Lumber Trade Council pleased with softwood lumber decision

Lesprom Network
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia Lumber Trade Council (BCLTC) responded to the decision by the London Court of International Arbitration that Canada and British Columbia were not in breach of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) in the pricing of British Columbia timber, as ForestTalk reported. “We are extremely pleased with the Panel’s decision dismissing all of the United States’ claims in their entirety,” stated John Allan, President, BCLTC.

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Burns Lake Recovery Efforts Continue, 6 Months After the Blast

Opinion250 News (blog)
July 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C.- It was 6 months ago today that explosion and fire ripped through the Babine Forest Products saw mill in Burns Lake. … In an update this morning, Minister of Jobs Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell, says the Province continues to work on identifying a timber supply that would support the reconstruction of the mill. The Special Legislative Committee examining Timber supply will have a report back to government in mid August “At that point in time, we will be in a better position to advise Hampton what might be possible for fibre supply for the area” says Bell. “

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Six months after deadly blast, Burns Lake awaits decision on rebuilding sawmill from the Canadian Press

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Langford company a model of success for British Columbia’s high-tech industry

Goldstream News Gazette
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An established Langford company served as the backdrop for the province’s announcement last week of a new plan to invest in B.C.’s high tech sector. The actual announcement by Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell happened a day later. But Bell made an early visit July 12, to Forest Technology Systems (FTS) on Henry Eng Place. FTS was founded in 1980 and is global leader in manufacturing rugged equipment that can be used to record environmental data. 

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Council turns down request from West Fraser

Hinton Parklander
July 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Town of Hinton has rejected a request from West Fraser Mills to introduce a new exit for large chip trucks onto Switzer Drive. West Fraser’s proposal came before town council on Tuesday last week, asking for the right to build an 80-metre exit ramp for large chip trucks leaving the pulp mill’s site. Proposed to be built across from the 7-11 on Switzer by Swanson Drive, West Fraser estimates the new exit would allow an additional six trucks to enter Switzer every hour during the day.

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Birla gets nod for Terrace Bay plant

Chronicle Journal
July 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An Ontario Superior Court judge ended the nail-biting suspense over the fate of Terrace Bay’s pulp mill Thursday by approving a plan by an Indian company to buy the plant and get it back into production this fall. …The judge’s reasons for the decision weren’t immediately available Thursday. It wasn’t clear if lawyers for Tangshan plan to appeal. Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle, whose Thunder Bay-Superior North riding includes Terrace Bay, endorsed the court’s decision, “which heralds a new start for the Terrace Bay mill.” “I’m tremendously pleased and excited about today’s official court approval for the purchase,” Gravelle said in a statement.

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Good news comes in 3s

The Chronicle Journal
July 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IF GOOD NEWS comes in threes, Northwestern Ontario can now hope for the next round. For the present, what once were economic headaches are either gone or going. An Indian industrial giant has agreed to purchase the dormant Terrace Bay pulp mill and convert it to make dissolving pulp for textile manufacturing. This company already operates a number of such mills and its willingness to endure a court challenge to complete this deal indicates a bright future for the mill in a growing global market. A previous owner had wanted to scrap the former Kimberly Clark mill. Instead, it will find new life and boost the economic fortunes of the North Shore which needs it.

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With KC mill empty, what comes next?

Herald Business Journal
July 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT — Buildings at the Kimberly-Clark mill are expected to start coming down by the end of the month, leaving a massive void on the city’s waterfront. It could be years before something takes the mill’s place. The Kimberly-Clark pulp and paper mill has been closed since April. The company has committed to cleaning up the 66-acre property, and that could take at least three years, said Tim Nord of the state Department of Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program. And three years is light-speed for a complex environmental cleanup.

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Forest Products Lab to open first-of-its-kind pilot plant

Lesprom Network
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison next week will open a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant that will help support the emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials, as The Wisconsin State Journal reported. A grand-opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jul.25 at the laboratory at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, with presentations by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, as well as industry representatives from IBM and Lockheed Martin.

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Stora Enso reports 2Q operational EBIT of Euro 141 million

Lesprom Network
July 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso’s 2Q 2012 sales at Euro 2,720 million were Euro 97 million lower than a year ago. Operational EBIT at Euro 141 million was Euro 98 million lower than a year ago. This represents an operational EBIT margin of 5.2%, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Poor market in Italy still leaving Austrian sawmills no option but to cut back output

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Austrian softwood lumber producers believe business activity on the European sales markets has scarcely improved at all in the last six weeks. Producers are still talking of a rather sluggish influx of orders for the time of year. In some cases businesses only have backlogs of orders to last them for a few days, which is ultimately also causing problems in planning production.

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The timber industry must prepare for the upcoming Construction Products Regulation

Lesprom Network
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber industry must prepare for the upcoming Construction Products Regulation, says Meyer Timber market executive Stephen Cope, as TTJ reported. The EU Timber Regulation is starting to rise up everyone’s agenda, as the March 2013 deadline draws near, and rightly so. But it is in danger of over-shadowing another EU regulation that has equal capacity to change how the UK timber trade operates and with equal risk of prosecution. I am talking about the Construction Products Regulation which will supersede the Construction Products Directive next year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Panel report gets thumbs-up from trade

Lesprom Network
July 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The timber trade has given further positive reaction to the publication of the Independent Panel on Forestry’s final report to government, as TTJ reported. The panel has made the bold recommendation that incentives be used to encourage use of wood products, including local authorities using their Local Plans to introduce a “wood first” policy for construction projects to increase use of wood in buildings. The panel also recommends forest cover in England be increased from 10% to 15% and that wood-based industries and technologies are made a priority area for support by the Green Investment Bank.

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Forestry

17000 aboriginals work in forest products industry

Re: Resources are key to success for First Nations, July 19.
Ottawa Citizen
July 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The authors failed to mention the forest products industry which employs 17,000 aboriginals, more than any other sector in Canada. At the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Toronto this week, we recognized aboriginal entrepreneurship by presenting the 2012 Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award to Duz Cho Logging, owned and operated by the McLeod Lake Indian Band in British Columbia. This fall we will be awarding the first Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth.

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Protection sought for full rainforest

By Judith Lavoie – 10,000 sign scroll calling on B.C. to fulfil preservation agreement
Victoria Times Colonist
July 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A scroll of signatures snaked down the steps at the legislature Thursday as environmental groups called on the government to complete the promised protections for the Great Bear Rainforest. “More than 10,000 people have signed up to ask the government to get the job done and soon,” said Eduardo Sousa, a forest campaigner with Greenpeace. … Although most British Columbians believe that the 70,000-square-kilometre Central Coast rainforest is protected under 2006 and 2009 agreements between the province, First Nations and forest companies, only 50 per cent actually is – and that’s not enough, said Jens Wieting, Sierra Club forest campaigner.

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Prince George forestry pioneer passes away

Prince George Citizen
July 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Allan Stevens reached the same age as many of the trees he used to cut. With one of the tallest reputations among the Prince George forestry pioneers, Stevens died last Thursday at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock. Today would have been his 97th birthday. Almost his entire life was lived in the Central Interior where he epitomized the hewers and millers this city’s personality was built on. …Vibrancy is a word that applies well to his father as well, said Lamont. He was active in the area’s lumberman’s association, and was such an avid fisher that, “I think he was personally responsible for the catch limits imposed on the area lakes.”

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Two years later, abused Khaira forestry workers still waiting for redress

The Tyee
July 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two summers ago, BC residents were shocked to learn of a forestry bush camp in Golden where African immigrant workers, employed by Khaira Enterprises Ltd, had been subjected to racist taunts, management violence, inadequate shelter, bad food and bounced paycheques. Now, two years later, the British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre, which has been championing the workers’ cause since the shocking revelations surfaced in 2010, has issued a statement reminding the public that the workers have still not been fully compensated for their ordeal.

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Judge chops loggers down to size

The Kelowna Daily Courier
July 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two men who cheated B.C. taxpayers by manipulating the way they paid stumpage on logs will be jailed in their homes for two years. Ken Henning Anderson and Greg Spyker, both regular churchgoers in Prince George, rigged the log-scaling process to maximize their profits. They carried out the sophisticated scheme for eight months until authorities stepped in, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Geoff Barrow said at the Kelowna sentencing Friday. In one of the biggest logging frauds in the province’s history, the men defrauded the government of at least $514,000.

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B.C. protects old growth forests on Sunshine Coast

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An additional 14,750 hectares on the Sunshine Coast are now protected in old growth management areas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. These old growth management areas were established under the Land Act, following public consultation and discussions with First Nations, forestry companies and local stakeholders.

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B.C. moose ravaged by salvage logging of beetle-killed pine forests

By LARRY PYNN –  Aggressive drive on pine-beetle killed timber blamed as habitat left exposed and numbers plunge by up to 70 per cent
Vancouver Sun
July 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Aggressive salvage logging of beetle-killed pine forests is being blamed for moose populations crashing by up to 70 per cent in the B.C. Interior. Massive clearcuts with no size limits have eliminated extensive habitat, leaving moose exposed and vulnerable to human hunters and wild predators that are taking advantage of increased access to the back country. The Vancouver Sun published a five-part series in December 2011 on the environmental impact of salvage logging of lodgepole pine forests killed by the mountain pine beetle. At the time, the province’s chief forester Jim Snetsinger dismissed concerns about the impact of salvage logging on wildlife, noting he spotted moose and wolves during a recent stay at a rustic lodge in the Chilcotin.

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Study challenges views about Western forest fires

Associated Press
July 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. – Scientists studying government surveys from before the Civil War are challenging the current wisdom that today’s western wildfires are burning hotter and more often than in the past. Researchers at the University of Wyoming who studied historical fire patterns across millions of acres say their findings show the fuel reduction programs run by the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies may be creating artificial conditions that make dry forests less resilient.

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Editorial: Timber company pays for failure of forest thinning

Redding Record Searchlight
July 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Why are Sierra Pacific Industries and others on the hook for more than $100 million to the federal government? Because the government didn’t do its own job. Sierra Pacific, the Anderson-based timber giant, agreed last week to pay nearly $50 million in cash and hand over 26,000 acres of forest land to the federal government in a settlement over its role in the 2007 Moonlight Fire, which burned 65,000 acres in Lassen and Plumas counties including 46,000 acres of public forest. …It’s not just our opinion and that of cranky old loggers that California’s overstocked forests need pruning and that it would have eased the damage of the Moonlight Fire

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Wasps may save some Cedar Bog ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer

Urbana Daily Citizen
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three species of small non-stinging parasitoid wasps were released in Cedar Bog’s swamp woods Thursday in an attempt to quell Emerald Ash Borers, four of which were spotted in the nature preserve last October. Thursday’s release of the non-native wasps was the sixth since March. Each of the wasp species targets borers in a different stage of life.

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Apache County forest program cited as cure for ‘disease’ of growing wildfires

Cronkite News
July 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Apache County’s forest-stewardship agreement with the U.S. Forest Service was held up at a congressional hearing Friday as a model for other governments trying to tame the growing problem of wildfires. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, said programs like Apache County’s contract to help thin the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest should be part of a national strategy of forest management – not merely fire suppression – to combat catastrophic wildfires. …He was testifying in support of his bill that would encourage federal officials to enter into timber-harvesting and grazing projects to reduce the amount of potential wildfire fuel on federal lands.

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Republicans continue outlandish forest health claims

Hearing on forest treatment legislation turns into theater of the absurd
Summit County Citizens Voice
July 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Congress took another half-hearted swing at the so-called forest health crisis this week, with a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a trio of forest managment bills. At their most extreme, the measures would eliminate consideration of impacts to endangered species and require the Forest Service to implement proposals under a strict timeline — even if the required environmental reviews aren’t complete. While each of the three bills include some provisions that could help public land managers address beetle-killed forests and potentially facilitate restoration work, the hearing itself quickly degenerated into classic partisan political theater.

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Do you think climate change is partly to blame for the fires in the West this summer? Yes

Denver Post
July 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado is burning. It’s still early summer, and already we’ve lost several lives and hundreds of homes, with economic damages that may approach or exceed $1 billion. The wildfires serve as tragic reminder that for all our technological prowess, we remain dependent on the natural world. Most of the time, we are served well by nature’s beauty and bounty, but we still look small and impotent against natural disasters. This reality has always been a part of the human experience, and it’s unlikely we’ll ever find a way to change it completely.

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Tree-Killing Beatle Discovered in Connecticut

Officials are trying to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer
Patch.com
July 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today announced that the emerald ash borer was detected in Prospect, CT on July 16, 2012, by staff members at CAES. The identification has been confirmed by federal regulatory officials in the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine. This is the first record of this pest in Connecticut, which is added to 15 other states where infestations have been detected.

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Opposing forest protests grab pollies attention

ABC News, Australia
July 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s political leaders say duelling protests in Tasmania’s southern forests highlight divisions within the state. Pro-logger Michael Hirst has set up a protest camp at the tree-sit protest of anti-logging activist Miranda Gibson in the Tyenna Valley. The Premier Lara Giddings says the rival protests demonstrate the importance of forest peace deal negotiations. “All it does it highlight the divisions which the IGA is trying to find a way through to try and help heal.”

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Milestone for forestry peace deal

ABC News, Australia
July 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government has outlined how new forest reserves will be created if a peace deal is struck. Long-awaited peace deal legislation has been tabled in Parliament to meet a Commonwealth deadline. As expected, the legislation does not detail which forests will be protected from logging because environmental and industry groups are yet to strike a final agreement. The bill also allows the Government to change the amount of wood it will supply sawmillers, if the groups agree on a different quantity.

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Star-picket attack on anti-logging campers

The Age
July 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A camp of anti-logging protesters in a state forest near Healesville say they were terrorised by “thugs” who attacked them in the early hours of this morning. MyEnvironment spokeswoman Sarah Rees said up to 10 men ambushed the two-men camp at Toolangi State Forest, at Mt St Leonard, at 2.30am. The attackers shone car headlights into the faces of the protesters, John Flynn and Andy Lincoln, and menaced them with star pickets and a large car jack.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate shifts may strand weather-dependent ecosystems

Global warming trend creates new challenges, opportunities, researchers say
Vancouver Sun
July 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Climate change is pushing British Columbia’s ecosystems – and its productive forests – farther and farther out of sync with the weather conditions they need in order to thrive, new research suggests. …”People think about future [climate] change, but actually the change that has happened already is so big,” Wang said. The challenge for B.C., he said, is to ensure that forest management practices – such as replanting areas after logging – take into account the ability of seedlings to adapt to climate shifts. “For B.C., climate change is a definite challenge but it also provides opportunities if we match the species with the right climate.” Catherine Cobden, interim president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada.

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Vancouver plans to face climate change head-on

Vancouver Sun
July 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city of Vancouver has designed a climate change “adaptation” strategy to tackle a potential increase in street flooding, sewer backups, damaged forests and heat-related illnesses by 2050. The strategy, scheduled to go to council for approval in principle Tuesday, suggests nine measures to address the potential impacts of climate change. …The report suggests costs could be as high as $750,000 for a coastal flood risk assessment and $200,000 for an urban Forest Management Plan.

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Researcher aims to create biofuel from pulp waste

Lakehead University professor receives grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
CBC News
July 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Research on creating biofuels out of mill waste products may create some new jobs in the pulp and paper industry. Lakehead University professor Pedram Fatehi said he wants to generate environmentally friendly biofuels out of liquid waste produced by pulp mills — waste that’s usually burnt off or diverted to treatment plants. “We are not utilizing them,” Fatehi said. “We are wasting them.”

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