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Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Business & Politics

Alberni firemen fight APD blaze

Alberni Valley News
August 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Flames reached as high at the ceiling inside a Western Forest Products Alberni Pacific Division mill building as firefighters from three Valley departments battled the blaze on Saturday afternoon. Crews from Port Alberni Fire Department, as well as Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the fire at approximately 3:20 p.m. after three 911 calls. At the mill, a light film of smoke could be seen emanating from a building at the entrance to the mill at the end of Harbour Road.

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Gorman Bros. nominated

Vernon Morning Star
August 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumby’s Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. is among 42 finalists for the ninth Power Smart Excellence Awards. The bi-annual awards recognize best-in-class energy conservation leadership and innovation from B.C. Hydro customers in commercial, government and industrial sectors, as well as retail and industry partners. Gorman Bros., who also operate in Revelstoke, were nominated in the Power Smart Leader category. In the last year, the company has cut energy consumption by 4.1 gigawatt hours, which exceeded their target of 3.5. Of that, 1.2 gigawatt hours were from zero-cost behavioural changes alone.

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Heavy equipment, heavy debt in forestry

Chronicle Herald
August 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


DEBERT — Terry Hunt got behind his first power saw at 13. …. This was forestry in Nova Scotia before the big machines — teams of 20 to 40 men with chainsaws accompanied by horses or tractors hauling the trees to the roadside for transport to the new pulp and paper mills that had brought good-paying, steady work to Liverpool, Port Hawkesbury and Pictou County. Hunt averages about $1,000 for a tractor-trailer load of pulpwood dropped roadside. …The machines need to be constantly operating in order for operators to make payments. Hunt’s machines work 22 hours a day, five days a week, for 47 weeks a year. Just working isn’t enough. They need to work fast and with few breakdowns.

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Cascades to close Toronto napkin plant, 30 employees affected by move

Canadian Press
August 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Cascades Inc. is permanently closing its paper napkin plant in Toronto, a shut down that will affect about 30 employees. The company said Monday production from the McNicoll Street factory will be redirected to its plants in Laval, Que., and Waterford, N.Y. “In line with our restructuring actions to increase our operations’ efficiency, this decision was taken to secure our position as leader in the away-from-home tissue paper sector,” said Suzanne Blanchet, president and chief executive of Cascades Tissue Group.

Click here for press release from Cascades

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Asian demand driving lumber prices and international real estate higher

Nasdaq
August 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber prices are rising in the U.S. because of greater demand in Asia, which is a sign of recovery in the international real estate market. The exchange-traded fund for lumber, Claymore Beacon Global Timber Index ( CUT , quote ), has climbed more than 5.22% in market action for the month. According to U.S. Forest Service data, log exports grew by 5.2% in the first quarter of 2012, mirroring the most recent increase in CUT. Research entity the RISI International Wood Markets Group reports that overseas lumber shipments more than doubled from 2001 to 2008. Over the past two years, demand from China has fueled much of the increase in timber exports

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Reviving Timber Sales Boosts Sawmill Hiring

Woodworking Network
August 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, CA -Lumber and wood products firm Sierra Pacific Industries has its help-wanted sign out, with rising demand reactivating dormany plants and sending putting workers on overtime. At Sierra Pacific Industries, job listings include a millwright/machine maintenance technician for the Aberdeen, WA plant; a high voltage electrician for is Anderson, CA fabrication shop; laborers, log and lumber truck drivers, millwrights and machine technicians for its Anderson, Arcata, Lincoln, Oroville, Quiincy and Burney CA mills, as well as at Sierra Pacific Industries’ Mount Vernon, WA.

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China sawlog imports fall

Lesprom Network
August 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Chinese sawlog imports dipped 15% in the first half of 2012 due to its slowing economy, according to Wood Resource Quarterly. The log import decline has followed reduced Chinese investment in public projects and a slowing residential property market. Chinese softwood log imports for the period were 12.8 million m3, with the biggest declines reported from Russian, US and Australian sources. Western Canada was the only major supplier to grow its Chinese shipments.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber was Chosen to Replace Concrete and Steel Culvert Bridges for Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Virtual-Strategy Magazine
August 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In early May 2012, York Bridge Concepts, Inc.™ (YBC) completed two single-lane, 40-foot long timber vehicular bridges for Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Located just outside of Chicago and founded in 1996, Midewin was designated, by the federal government, as the first National Tallgrass Prairie in the nation. …In efforts to resort everything to a “natural state,” timber, the only renewable construction material, was chosen to replace the existing steel and concrete culvert bridges.

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US Mill Re-Opens To Meet China’s Rising Demand For Diapers

NPR (blog)
August 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Virginia paper mill that shut down a few years back is reopening to meet rising demand from China and India. The mill is “gearing up to begin producing fluff pulp—the soft, white absorbent used in diapers, tampons, and some medical bandages,” this morning’s WSJ reports. Fluff pulp is apparently made from the fibers of a type of pine tree that grows well in the Southern U.S., so it makes sense to make it in U.S. factories and ship it to Asia.

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UK, EU tighten import rules for timber

Eco-Business
August 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) said from March 3, 2013, the European Union (EU) requires companies importing timber into the UK and EU-member countries to produce “chain of supply” documentation with legal sanctions for non-compliance. It said on Monday the new law prohibits the placing of illegal timber and products derived from such timber in the EU market with operators needing to exercise “due diligence” when selling timber products there.

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Forestry

$3.4 million to improve Nadina district timber supply

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Land Based Investment Strategy (LBIS) is investing $3.4 million in the Nadina district for reforestation, timber supply mitigation, forest health and inventory. The LBIS funding will increase both mid- and long-term timber supplies, mitigating the effects of the mountain pine beetle infestation and wildfires.  The Land Based Investment Strategy guides investments in British Columbia’s natural resources to achieve environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

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‘Living fossil’ can’t handle heat

Found in southwest B.C., the elusive mountain beaver likes it moist and cool
Vancouver Sun
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fresh green ferns and leaves stacked up at the entrance of the tunnel are a dead giveaway. The “living fossil” is in. …Gyug says forestry remains the creature’s biggest threat.  B.C. loggers are no longer allowed to run heavy equipment within five metres of streams. But Gyug says close to 80 per cent of the beaver bur-rows are more than five metres away from streams and at the mercy of bulldozers and compactors that clear forests.

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Saskatchewan Continues Mountain Pine Beetle Fightt

Government of Saskatchewan
August 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saskatchewan will contribute $450,000 to mountain pine beetle control efforts in Alberta as the two provinces work together to aggressively detect and remove infested trees at the leading edge of the infestation in eastern Alberta. The partnership agreement provides a framework for a comprehensive regional strategy to combat the beetle before it gets established in Canada’s jack pine forests and aims to stop or significantly slow the beetle’s spread into Saskatchewan’s north.

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Warm, dry summer sparks busy forest fire season

CTV News
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fire officials say this summer has been one of the busiest forest fire seasons in close to a decade. Roughly 780 hectares have burned in Nova Scotia this year, compared to 150 hectares in 2011. In New Brunswick, 385 hectares have burned so far this year, which is almost a 900 per cent jump over all of last year. Residents who monitor these conditions say this time of year is one of the most critical in the woods, including Murray Leger who spent Monday preparing for a campfire in Mactaquac, N.B.

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Harvester sees drama of forest (with video)

Chronicle Herald
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OHIO VALLEY — A slow dance of murder and sex is unfolding outside Gabe Chisholm’s door. It’s wondrous and cruel. The yellow birch has got an arm out over its black spruce neighbour. After a struggle that began when John Diefenbaker was prime minister, it’ll finally block out the sun from its prickly friend this summer. A stand of fir is practising a chemical warfare that would make tin-pot dictators weep with envy, dropping acidic needles to poison any upstart heirs threatening their limited resources of water and light.

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Firefighter killed as wildfires rage across West

Coos Bay World
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A firefighter was killed in Idaho and another firefighter in Oregon suffered burns after she had to deploy her emergency fire shelter as wildfires on Monday continued raging across the Western United States. Firefighter Anne Veseth, 20, was killed Sunday after she was struck by a falling tree while working on a fire near Orofino in northern Idaho, the U.S. Forest Service said. “The Forest Service is devastated by the loss of one of our own,” Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell said. “We ask the public to join us in keeping the family in their thoughts and prayers.”

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Rebuilding California’s Timber Towns

Wall Street Journal (blog)
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Photo Journal: California’s beleaguered timber industry is making a comeback, boosting the economies of rural towns that remain otherwise hard hit by the economic downturn.

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Letter: Poor forestry practices fuel the fire

Letter by B.K. Brooks
Mercury-Register
August 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Breathe deep, breathe in the air, you’ll know there is something wrong over there. The bad air you are breathing gives you a taste of the incompetence the people of Butte Meadows live with daily when it comes to the U.S. Forest Service. Read “The Tinder Box” by local author Chris Burchfield to get an idea of what has happened to the U.S. Forest Service. As the Chips Fire goes into older prior fire areas where the timber was left standing to rot versus being quickly harvested, it has resulted into this “Roman candle” like explosive spread of the fires in question.

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Logging contractors recognize Jackson

St. John Valley Times
August 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALLAGASH – State Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has received the “Legislator of the Year” award for his work on bonded labor, tree growth, fuel tax exemptions, and other logging issues. The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine bestowed Jackson with the award on Aug. 9, according to a press release from Maine Legislature Senate Democratic Office.

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Millions of trees killed by exotic pests in Michigan

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Press Release
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Foresters harvesting ash, beech to prevent timber loss to emerald ash borer, beech bark disease Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Technological University are examining more than 30,000 acres of state forest land for signs of emerald ash borer (EAB) and beech bark disease (BBD). The process of harvesting ash and beech from identified areas is ongoing in an attempt to recover timber value before the resources are killed by the two exotic forest pests.

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The Great Timber Rush

the Diplomat
August 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Disappearing rainforests coupled with increased demand for prized timbers is fueling a bonanza, the equivalent of a gold rush for lumber. Once considered too expensive for harvest, the returns on lost or discarded logs has attracted a new type of treasure hunter despites the risks. The trade — not unlike the scrap recycling industry in metal, plastics or glass – has moved across Malaysia, Indonesia and onto the Thai-Cambodian borders where poachers are scouring the jungles for rosewood, among the world’s most sought-after timber.

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Green groups threaten forest plan boycott

ABC Online
August 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A number of south-west conservation groups are planning to boycott the Western Australian Government’s proposed Forest Management Plan (FMP). The Preston Environment Group is threatening to boycott the FMP’s public submission process. The group says all public submissions have been ignored by the Government under the current plan.

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Minister upbeat about forest peace talks

ABC News, Australia
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, is giving parties to Tasmania’s forestry peace talks more time to reach an agreement, saying he is confident they are close. The Minster flew into Hobart on Friday to help broker a peace deal between environment and industry groups, and left the state yesterday as the negotiations continue. The Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, joined Mr Burke in working with the parties over the weekend, as they try to finalise new native forest reserves while ensuring a wood supply for the industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Taxpayers’ Federation slams BC carbon tax; but expert says the Fed is wrong

Winnipeg Free Press
August 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has told a provincial panel the carbon tax is a bust and must be eliminated, but a university professor who prepared a report on the tax in June said the federation is wrong in all of its arguments. In a submission to the panel set up to review the tax, the federation said the levy is costing people too much money, is failing to meet its environmental goals and is far from being revenue neutral.

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Chip off the old block: Exploring the chemical composition of wood chips and pellets

separationsNOW.com
August 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Chips or pellets? In the search for more sustainable alternatives to coal and gas for generating energy, wood chips and wood pellets are an increasingly popular option. 

Virgin or recycled? Both wood chips and pellets can be produced from either virgin or recycled wood, but both these sources have their problems. When produced from virgin wood, questions have been asked about how sustainable wood chips and pellets actually are. If the wood is derived from trees that are replaced, then the chips and pellets should be carbon-neutral, but only if you don’t count the energy used to grow, harvest and transport the wood.

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Climate warming doesn’t guarantee that tree lines will rise

It is often assumed that global warming will make mountain trees climb uphill. A new long-view study shows that this is not always the case, meaning that managers must take heed when planning the future of their forests.
Yale Environment Review
August 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The close boundary between where trees can grow and where they cannot is what makes “tree lines” appear. Tree lines can be seen as sharp divisions between forests and bare rock. They are visible at high elevations and are more pronounced at latitudes near the poles. They occur when the habitats of trees are essentially cut off by cold conditions. It is thought that global warming, then, which is making mountain temperatures get warmer, will allow trees to extend their reach further uphill. A new long-view study in The Journal of Biogeography reveals that this is not always the case. 

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General

Firefighter killed as wildfires rage across West

Associated Press
August 13, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter was killed in Idaho and another firefighter in Oregon suffered burns after she had to deploy her emergency fire shelter as wildfires raged across the western United States. Anne Veseth, a 20-year-old firefighter, was killed Sunday after she was struck by a falling tree while working on a fire near Orofino in northern Idaho, the U.S. Forest Service said.”The Forest Service is devastated by the loss of one of our own,” Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell said.

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Why Exporting Lumber Takes More Than Just Shipping Containers

StateImpact Idaho
August 13, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

When the recession hit, it hit Idaho’s forest products industry hard. For years, the U.S. housing market had been strong enough that lumber producers had little trouble finding buyers. But by 2009, housing starts stood at a fraction of what they had been just four years earlier. Anxious for sales, lumber producers looked to foreign markets. As StateImpact reported last week, the Japanese market has kept one North Idaho mill up and running.

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