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Business & Politics

Domtar Kamloops ‘above water’ in tough market

Pulp and paper producer reports net earnings of $59 million
Kamloops Daily News
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar’s Kamloops pulp mill is likely eking out a small profit at today’s falling prices, an analyst said Friday. The international pulp and paper producer reported net earnings of $59 million in the second quarter of this year. That compares with $54 million for the same period in 2011. Revenues were down slightly to $1.37 billion.

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BC pulp mill fined $150k in ‘acutely lethal’ spill

CBC News
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zellstoff Celgar has been fined $150,000 for spilling millions of litres of effluent into the Columbia River, from their pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C. In 2008, more than 209 million litres of effluent containing “black liquor” — a byproduct from pulp processing used as fuel in the plants — gushed into the Columbia River over two days. In a written release, Environment Canada described the material spilled as “acutely lethal effluent.”

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Fibrek to shut Saint-Felicien pulp mill

Montreal Gazette
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fibrek Inc., soon to be officially owned by Resolute Forest Products Inc., is shutting down its big Saint-Felicien softwood pulp mill in the Saguenay area on July 29 for one week to allow time for repairs to the mill’s electrostatic precipitators. The project will avoid excessive particulate emissions and it shows new management is fully committed to improving the mill’s overall environmental performance, said CEO Richard Garneau.
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Fibrek to temporarily halt production at Quebec mill from Reuters

Click here for press release from Fibrek

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Global Sticks manufacturing plant shuttered

CBC News
July 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s no sign of life at the Global Sticks manufacturing plant outside Thunder Bay. The doors are locked, there is no smoke from the chimney, and no vehicles in the parking lot. A sign on the door says the company’s assets are now in the possession of a receiver, Grant Thornton. Natural Resources minister Michael Gravelle said Friday that the news was disappointing. “The mill has been shuttered. I understand the workers have been told the plant is closing, at least for this period of time, and obviously, it’s not a good day”.

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Bankruptcy files from the TB News Watch
Stick plant filing for bankruptcy from Chronicle Journal

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Domtar workers in Dryden ratify five-year contract

TB Newswatch
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is labour peace for the Domtar mill and woodlands workers in Dryden. Employees of the mill represented by the Paperworkers Union have ratified a new five-year contract, by a 70 per cent vote. The contract is retroactive to 2009, so there are no wage increases for the first three years of the deal. But workers will get a one per cent hike in September for the fourth year of the agreement, and another 1.5 per cent in September of 2013. There are also improvements in benefits and contract language.

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CEP members approve deals from the Kenora Online

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Harvard still happy with NZ trees

Sky News Australia
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Harvard University is reaping the rewards of investing in plantation forests in New Zealand when forestry investments were unfashionable. At a CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference where many fund managers talked about shorting the euro and the dire state of European bond markets Jane Mendillo, chief executive of Harvard Management Company, said she really liked natural resources, and in particular timberland. It was a rare appearance from the head of the secretive company that manages the $US32 billion endowment of the ivy league university but the position is consistent.

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Opinion: Timber Tax Terrible Idea for California

By Dan Oney
PublicCEO.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Californians may see a new tax placed on the purchase of lumber products, with Gov. Brown’s proposed Timber Harvest Plan Reform, which includes a new tax on the sale of lumber products, designed to support state regulatory agencies. Rather than reforming the aggressive regulations placed on the timber industry, the governor’s office is suggesting new taxes to pay for the regulations. This tax may very well force small businesses and consumers to look outside the state to purchase lumber products, further weakening the California economy.

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Deltic Timber Corporation Stock Upgraded

TheStreet.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Deltic Timber Corporation has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share.

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Panasonic Develops Highly Efficient Artificial Photosynthesis System Generating Organic Materials from Carbon Dioxide and Water

MarketWatch (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

OSAKA, Japan — Panasonic has developed an artificial photosynthesis system which converts carbon dioxide to organic materials by illuminating with sunlight at a world’s top efficiency of 0.2%. The efficiency is on a comparable level with real plants used for biomass energy. The key to the system is the application of a nitride semiconductor which makes the system simple and efficient. This development will be a foundation for the realization of a system for capturing and converting wasted carbon dioxide from incinerators, power plants or industrial activities

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Industry Worker Shortage?

woodworkingnetwork.com
July 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CINCINNATI, OH – A national shortage of technically qualified employee candidates may be impacting the woodworking industry as well. Ad-Ex International Inc., the 125-employee Cincinnati-based exhibition and retail display manufacturer says it has had six positions open for months, but cannot fill them. Mike Pierdiluca, co-owner of Ad-Ex, tells the Wall St. Journal he gets hundreds of applications for job openings, but most are unqualified. “Based on present economic conditions, we have to be cautious,” Pierdiluca told the Journal. “It’s expensive to train someone.” Younger job seekers don’t have carpentry and painting skills, and one spot has been open for more than a year, he says.

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Green Building Body Gets Board Makeover

DesignBuild Source
July 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The leader of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company is set to take over as chairman of the Green Building Council of Australia under a series of changes designed to improve the body’s governance structure.Two other board members, having announced their retirement, will be leaving the council. The changes follow an extraordinary general meeting in Sydney on July 22, during which members of the GBCA unanimously approved nine governance changes which the Council says are consistent with Australian best practices.

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Forestry

Radical environmentalism growing, report warns; Sparks Greenpeace dismissal

680 News
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – There is a “growing radicalized environmentalist faction” in Canada that is opposed to the country’s energy sector policies, warns a newly declassified intelligence report. The RCMP criminal intelligence assessment, focusing on Canadian waters, cites potential dangers from environmental activists to offshore oil platforms and hazardous marine shipments, representing perhaps the starkest assessment of such threats by the Canadian security community to date. The report drew a sharp dismissal from Greenpeace — a prominent environmental group singled out in the document — which suggested it could simply be an effort by security authorities to tell the Harper government what it wants to hear.

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Hupacasath First Nation compensated for TFL 44 land removal

Alberni Valley News
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni’s Hupacasath First Nation has signed off on an agreement with the provincial government that compensates the tribe for the removal of private land from Tree Farm License 44. TFL 44 lands are part of 232,000 hectares that comprise the traditional territory of the Hupacasath. The lands in question were removed in 2004. The tribe will receive $305,000 over five years for consultation purposes.

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Hupacasath signs agreement, ends land dispute with province

Alberni Valley Times
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A land dispute that began eight years ago between the B.C. government and the Hupacasath First Nation has now been resolved. The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources announced yesterday that it signed a agreement of accommodation with the Alberni Valley First Nation that is meant to resolve the 2004 removal of land owned by the nation. The dispute has been before the courts for the last three years, said Robert Duncan, Hupacasth First Nations CEO.

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Destroy the trees, kill the root hairs

Maple Ridge News
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Enter, Herb Hammond, a self-described “recovering forester” who co-founded the Silva Forest Foundation, a B.C. organization that helps communities implement responsible conservation-based economies. …”The forests provided indigenous people for millennium,” says Hammond. “All they had to do was maintain it and they had berries, deer. All basic needs – air, food, water, shelter – came from forests.” Contrast this ethic with the B.C. government’s relaxation of clear cutting restrictions in forests and its impact on the ecosystem. Streams will be muddied, churned up by vehicles, buried; the potential for salmon spawning decreased even more.

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Teachers learn lessons in coastal forestry

North Island Midweek
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nineteen B.C. teachers were welcomed by Harold Macy (centre, with dog) at his Courtenay woodlot on the first stop in a ‘Festival of Forestry’ tour based in Campbell River. Over three days, the teachers got a chance to learn about everything from managed forests to marmots. The BC Festival of Forestry is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality professional development experiences for school teachers. These annual, complimentary tours take interested teachers to different resource-based communities in BC.

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Restructure and renew Natural Resources Department

Letter to the Editor: From Dale Smith – a conservation planner with a long record of experience in parks
TheChronicleHerald.ca
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Thursday, July 19th edition of your newspaper published two letters to the editor, respectively from representatives of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association and the Friends of Redtail Society. These letters offered positive suggestions to government about long term environmental and economic forest sustainability and engagement of local communities in forest resource management. An underlying theme common to each is the contention that provincial policies regarding Nova Scotia’s forests have been far too heavily weighted toward industrial approaches to forest resource development, for pulp and paper manufacture and export. 

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Lightning sparks new fires

Chronicle Journal
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lightning-caused forest fires continue to concern Ministry of Natural Resources fire managers. Over the past three days almost two dozen new fires — seven on Wednesday alone — have been started by lightning strikes in Northwestern Ontario.  Fire information officer Heather Pridham said “lightning associated with some pretty heavy rainfall” moved through southern areas of the region on Thursday and dropped the fire hazard to low and moderate south of the Trans-Canada Highway.

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End moose problem in southern Sask

Star Phoenix
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the past 20 years they’ve come by the thousands, flocking to the plains of southern Saskatchewan – moose of every shape and size. Typically creatures of the boreal forest and the heavily wooded north country, where 50,000 moose are found, in recent years an estimated 5,000 to 7,500 moose have been living in the wide open prairies of southern Saskatchewan. As evidenced by the latest fatality – RCMP Const. Derek Pineo, killed while on a late-night call after his police cruiser collided with a moose on Highway 14 near Wilkie – moose collisions pose a much higher risk of death.

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Quebec’s Atikamekw First Nation fights for its rights

July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On the eve of a provincial election call, the disparity between two Quebec aboriginal communities has been brought into sharper focus this week. Premier Jean Charest stood under the glare of flashbulbs and TV cameras in the National Assembly on Tuesday as he signed a historic agreement between the provincial government and Quebec’s Cree Nation. The deal guarantees new levels of economic opportunity and self-determination for the Cree, who have secured a unique bargaining position with the government through years of courtroom battles and direct political action. But outside the limelight and in the depths of Quebec’s boreal forest, the poverty-stricken Atikamekw continue their decades-long struggle to reach some kind of meaningful partnership with the provincial government.

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Fire evacuees arrive

The Chronicle Journal
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay is preparing to take in about 300 Sandy Lake residents forced to flee their homes due to the forest fire situation. The City of Thunder Bay Emergency Operations Control Group met Sunday morning to get an update on the forest fire situation in the Sandy Lake First Nation area, and Emergency Management Ontario asked Thunder Bay to be a host community for residents, at the request of Chief Bart Meekis.

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More views on forest certification programs

Asheville Citizen-Times
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In a July 23 commentary, David Young argued that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program is flawed because it only gives credit to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, excluding other admirable programs such as Tree Farm. All forest certification programs deserve immense recognition for improving forest management, and there’s little value in pitting them against one another. FSC does deserve special recognition because it’s the world’s most rigorous standard for addressing the broad array of complex ecological, economic and social sustainability issues that pervade forest management.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOCRISY: MASSIVE FOREST FIRES ARE UNNECESSARY

By Investigative Journalist, Barry R. Clausen
NewsWithViews.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service employees throughout the west say an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Review can take from one to ten years to complete. Upon completion, there is an additional process for logging contracts or to thin trees on our National and State forest lands. Upon conclusion of that process, environmental groups file lawsuits to stop any logging while homes burn along with our forests and in some cases causing deaths… As environmentalists fight to stop all logging in the forest, one has to wonder if they are just stupid or do they realize what dangers they are permitting to families, their homes and the forests.

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US Is Urged to Change Its Firefighting Air Fleet

New York Times
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The best aircraft to fight the growing number of Western wildfires would be dozens of modern “scooper” planes that fill their bellies with water skimmed in seconds from a lake or river, and not the slower helicopters and tankers now in use, according to a study released on Monday by the RAND Corporation. But the chief of the federal Forest Service, which commissioned the study, has rejected its central finding.

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Moose, fire and forest ecology

Kenai Peninsula Online
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Hidden in forgotten pockets of forest and old burn areas across the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach National Forest are a series of mainly rectangular high-walled fenced-in plot structures, offending hungry moose eyeing the birch growth inside. Why were these grand and durable structures, intended to keep moose out, constructed in the first place? The interactions of fire, climate, moose browse, and tree regeneration make a dynamic ecological story across the Kenai Peninsula.

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Board Of Forestry Approves ‘Conservation Areas’

OPB News
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The maps of Oregon’s state forests will look different in the not-too-distant future. Whether that means they’ll be managed differently, is another question. The Board of Forestry approved clearly labeling parts of five state forests as what are called “high value conservation areas.” Rob Manning reports that environmentalists and timber advocates are already wondering whether new labels on maps will mean bigger changes on the ground.

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Ark. Forestry Commission seeks budget increase

Associated Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Forestry Commission wants legislators to approve a $1.9 million budget hike next year so it can restore 20 positions that were cut after the agency ran into financial trouble. State Forester Joe Fox told a legislative committee Thursday that 13 of the 20 positions would be for firefighters. The Southwest Times Record reports (http://is.gd/zpMxtR ) that Fox wants to be able to send out firefighters in relief of those who need a rest.

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Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that infests, kills ash trees now in Kansas City area

The Republic
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An insect that destroys ash trees has arrived in the Kansas City area, and officials in neighboring Kansas said they’ve been working to halt the pest’s westward movement. The Missouri Department of Agriculture said the emerald ash borer, which eats and kills ash trees, has been found recently in Platte County. The insect, which was first found in the U.S. in 2002 in Michigan, is thought to have been brought to the country from Asia in cargo ships. The ash borer has since spread to more than 15 states, primarily through firewood. It was first detected in Missouri’s southeastern section in 2008.

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Minn. forest managers deal with tree blowdown

Associated Press
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CASS LAKE, Minn. – Forest managers are trying to determine how best to clean up fallen trees scattered across miles of public lands after straight-line winds roared through northern Minnesota in early July. The July 2 storm knocked down hundreds of thousands of trees from Bemidji to Grand Rapids. Norway Beach on the south shore of Cass Lake was hit hard. Giant, old-growth red pines — many between 100 and 200 years old — are strewn across the landscape, Minnesota Public Radio News reported Friday.

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Leominster benefiting from resevoir tree clearing

Sentinel and Enterprise
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LEOMINSTER — The city is making tens of thousands of dollars by hiring a contractor to thin the forests near its reservoirs and at the same time is making them healthier, Purchasing Agent Greg Chapdelaine said… Loggers are required to tread carefully so they do not destroy trails and ecosystems, he said.

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Oklahoma Forestry Commission warns of increasing danger of wildfires across state

The Republic
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Forestry Services is warning of an increasing potential for extreme wildfires across the state. “Conditions are deteriorating,” Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler said in a news release Saturday. “Fire behavior is nearing the point where firefighters’ initial attack will be unsuccessful and long duration wildfires can happen.”

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Siberia ablaze: Raging forest fires engulf five Russian regions

RT.com
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Siberian cities are cloaked in smoke from raging wildfires whipped up by winds. The blazes are raging in five regions, covering an area over 22,200 acres (90 square kilometers). ­The situation is hampered by extreme temperatures. And though all flights in the regional city of Omsk have been grounded by the blaze, firefighters say it poses no threat to populated areas or industry. Thick smoke is holding back containment work and is preventing the emergency planes and helicopters from reaching the worst-hit areas.

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Damning forest study to hit PNG

Brisbane Times
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A POLITICAL time bomb awaits Papua New Guinea’s new government in a completed report into an alleged giveaway of the country’s tropical forests and potentially $23 billion in carbon-trading rights to foreign interests. Immediately after he ousted predecessor Sir Michael Somare from the prime ministership last August, the present caretaker prime minister, Peter O’Neill, initiated a commission of inquiry into controversial forestry concessions granted over the previous decade when Sir Michael held power. … It is believed to include damning criticisms of the granting of a new form of lease over more than 5 million hectares of customary-owned forest.

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Tropical forest loss between 2000-2005

Mongabay.com
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A study published last month in the journal Science came up with new estimates of tropical forest loss between 2000 and 2005. The research…was based on analysis of remote sensing data calibrated with field studies. Like other assessments, the study found Brazil and Indonesia lost the greatest extent of forest during the period.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Tyee Plan to get bureaucrats savvy to climatechange risks easy to ignore

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

TORONTO – Environment Canada is worried that the Harper government’s own effort to encourage public servants to more carefully consider the risks and possible impacts of climate change is falling on deaf ears, documents show. A special framework on climate change adaptation introduced in last year’s budget calls on bureaucrats across the government to routinely think about how decisions they make today could be hit by climate change in the years ahead.

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The EPA’s New Mandate: Pump Grass, Not Gas

Forbes
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

… By contrast, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined oil refiners $6.8 million last year for not incorporating cellulosic ethanol in gasoline — even though the product doesn’t exist. That’s right. As bizarre as it sounds, the New York Times reports that oil refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol — a biofuel made from grasses such as switchgrass, woodchips, the inedible parts of plants and other organic material — in the gasoline intended for cars or pay a fine. But since cellulosic ethanol has never been mass-produced, there was none to buy. And so the refiners paid the fine (or is it a tax?).

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General

Quebec’s Atikamekw First Nation fights for its rights

July 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

On the eve of a provincial election call, the disparity between two Quebec aboriginal communities has been brought into sharper focus this week. Premier Jean Charest stood under the glare of flashbulbs and TV cameras in the National Assembly on Tuesday as he signed a historic agreement between the provincial government and Quebec’s Cree Nation. The deal guarantees new levels of economic opportunity and self-determination for the Cree, who have secured a unique bargaining position with the government through years of courtroom battles and direct political action. But outside the limelight and in the depths of Quebec’s boreal forest, the poverty-stricken Atikamekw continue their decades-long struggle to reach some kind of meaningful partnership with the provincial government.

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