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Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

Business & Politics

Two types of wood dust linked to BC sawmill explosions

CBC.ca
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dust from green wood, as well as pine beetle wood, likely contributed to two fatal explosions at the Burns Lake and Prince George sawmills earlier this year, according to an investigation by WorkSafe BC. Results of U.S. laboratory tests conclude that both types of dust pose a high risk of explosion under very dry conditions, WorkSafe BC said. “It’s important that operators who are processing green wood not feel complacent that beetle-kill wood is the problem,” said Roberta Ellis, a senior vice president with WorkSafeBC.

Green wood dust as explosive as dust from beetle-killed wood: WorkSafeBC from the Canadian Press
Green Wood Dust as Likely to Explode – Says WorkSafe from 250 News
Probe points to all wood dust as possible explosion source from the Prince George Citizen
WorkSafeBC cautions mills to be ‘vigilant’ from The Vancouver Sun

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Interfor Unveils Playhouse at PNE

Marketwire
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED ( along with its partners Michael Green Architecture Inc (MGA) and Blackfish Homes and Construction Ltd., unveiled its contribution to Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge with an innovative playhouse designed and constructed by local experts and made with high quality and sustainable wood products from BC.

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Key firms digest report

Prince George Citizen
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The two sawmills most affected by the Special Committee on Timber Supply don’t even exist anymore. …”From our perspective, the findings in this report do not cause us further concern about access to fiber,” said Greg Stewart, president of Prince George’s Sinclar Group, owners of Lakeland. “This report will not be the determining factor in whether we rebuild or not, which is great news for us, it certainly had the potential to kill those hopes, and it did not.”

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Western primes itself for rebound in lumber market

New president puts 11 quarters of profit down to teamwork
Victoria Times Colonist
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If there’s any correlation between Western Forest Products’ 11 consecutive fiscal quarters of positive earnings data and the hiring of Don Demens, you’re not going to hear it from him. Western’s new president, a 27-year veteran of the coastal forest industry, is more likely to spread any praise or responsibility among the 3,300 Western employees and contractors… CEO Dominic Gammiero recently singled out Demens as being instrumental in Western’s turnaround and in changing the company’s culture.

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Catalyst Paper sells Elk Falls site for $8.6M in deal buyer says will create 400 jobs

Canadian Press
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. – Catalyst Paper says it has reached an agreement to sell its Elk Falls site in B.C. to Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals for $8.6 million in a deal the buyer says will create 400 new jobs in the region. The forestry company said the sale of the industrial site in Campbell River completes its bid review process that began earlier this year. The deal is expected to close Sept. 5.

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Quesnel Will Likely Have One Mill Close Where Will The Rest Be

250 News
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We know there are going to be sawmill closures, the problem is we don’t know for certain just where those sawmills call home. It has long been speculated that Quesnel will suffer with the shut down of one sawmill, but what other communities will feel the pain of the dwindling timber supply? …So let’s says through some very good silviculture, logging areas that were formerly not available and other measures we pick up 3 million cubic meters.  That leaves 5 to 6 mills that will have to go and with them the resulting jobs and support.

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Lumber mill consumed by blaze

UpperMichigansSource.com
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEWBERRY — Crews remained at the scene of a business fire in Newberry on Thursday morning. The fire was at the Besse Forest Lumber Mill, on East Victory Way. A logging truck operator making a delivery saw the smoke and called central dispatch around 1:30 Thursday morning.

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Govt pledges support to timber company (video)

ABC News, Australia
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The State Government says it is prepared to provide millions of dollars to a timber company which claims it is losing money after being overcharged by Forestry SA.

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Mill proposal means jobs face axe

The Daily Post
August 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Dozens of families of workers at the Norske Skog Tasman Mill in Kawerau face an uncertain future as the company looks to cut costs. The mill’s 300 employees were told yesterday that the company proposed to close down one of the pulp and paper mill’s two paper machines. There are fears at least 35 jobs will be cut as a result, with many more possible. A statement from management said the mill needed to “reduce capacity by 150,000 tonnes in the face of declining global and regional demand for newsprint”.

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Forestry ultimatum

Stock Journal
August 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

MOUNT Gambier timber processing giant Carter Holt Harvey yesterday delivered a letter to hundreds of its workers warning it will close its mills unless the State Government agrees to new contractual conditions for the delivery of logs. In an alarmingly development for the region’s $1b timber industry, the timber heavyweight told its workforce that it had started discussions with key unions over the future of its presence in Mount Gambier.

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Temporary threat for Australian sawn timber producers

International Forest
August 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian sawn timber industry is experiencing a temporary threat from imports as a result of a strong dollar and a global surplus of timber following the Global Financial Crisis, according to independent economic forecaster and industry analyst, BIS Shrapnel. In the two years to 2011, imports have increased by 30 per cent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian housing market to slow into 2013: CMHC

Canadian Press
August 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is forecasting a moderate slowdown in new-home construction starts as well as sales of existing housing. The Ottawa-based federal agency isn’t calling for a major decline, but its latest forecast suggests next year will be somewhat softer than estimates CMHC issued in June while 2012 may be somewhat stronger than previously expected. CMHC has been saying for some time that it expects housing prices in most local markets will grow more slowly than they have been recently.

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Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal wins architectural award

Journal of Commerce
August 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal, designed by Chekwitch Poiron Architects Inc. of Nanaimo, British Columbia has been given a “Design Is” Award from Shaw Contract Group Design. The terminal was spotlighted for its use of warm, inviting wood and adoption of First Nations art into the design. The project was also noted for its sustainability.

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Gibson Guitar’s prosecution prompts increased enforcement calls

GreenBiz.com
August 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Although it has the CEO of the iconic guitar maker Gibson Guitar Corp. singing the blues, a U.S. law aimed at limiting deforestation has attracted calls for strict enforcement from other affected companies. “The criminal enforcement agreement should be a wake-up call for companies thinking about importing illegally logged wood that the government is going to take violations of the Lacey Act very seriously,” said Jameson French, CEO of Northland Forest Products, which joined forces with the likes of Rainforest Network and United Steelworkers to get the tough amendment passed in 2008.

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Forestry

Timber supply report supported, Liberal forest policies slammed

Prince George Free Press
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even though NDP forest critic Norm MacDonald co-chaired the Special Committee on Timber Supply and a signatory to it, he used its release to slam Liberal forest policies. “British Columbia’s forests represent a trillion-dollar asset that the B.C. Liberals have been badly mismanaging for over a decade,” said Macdonald. “Under the Liberal government’s watch, more than 35,000 jobs in the forest sector have been lost and dozens of mills have closed forever.”

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Environmentalist bristles over report urging more logging

CKNW News
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A government report looking at the pine beetle’s impact in B.C.’s central interior has taken the wrong approach in urging more logging, says the executive director of Ancient Forest Alliance. …”There’s different ways to do more with less, to be more efficient. Instead they’re looking at opening up our last protected areas and that’s totally the wrong approach.

Click here for press release from West Coast Environmental Law

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Saskatoon contractor fined $42,000 for harvesting forest products

Star Phoenix
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Winn Bay Sand Ltd. of Saskatoon was found guilty of one count under The Forest Resources Management Act for illegally harvesting forest products without a licence and fined $42,000 in provincial court in Creighton. In addition to the fine, Winn Bay was ordered to make a donation of $5,000 toward an environmental program or fund. The charge was laid as the result of a call to the Ministry of Environment field office in Creighton in February of 2011.

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Poor forest management failing industry

by Norm MacDonald
Vancouver Sun
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After three months of intensive consultation, the bipartisan Special Committee on Timber Supply has issued a report with several recommendations to address the issues around midterm timber supply and forest management. The report supports what Adrian Dix and the New Democrats have been saying for years: Our forests need to be managed better, raw log exports must be reduced to generate more B.C. jobs from B.C. logs, first nations and local communities are integral to planning, and we need to maintain environmental and sustainable principles while adding value to our industry.

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Marginal trees one answer to industry crisis

Prince George Citizen
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are more trees in the forest than thought and those extras will help local sawmills get through the industry downturn brought on by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, a government committee says. …The main solution the committee unanimously pointed to is what the forest industry calls “marginally economic stands” of trees – a category of the forest never before calculated into the harvest plans of the province. It’s time to factor them in, according to the committee’s report.

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Board to audit BCTS forestry operations in the Rocky Mountain District

BC Forest Practices Board
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of BC Timber Sales in the Cranbrook and Invermere timber supply areas (TSAs), starting Monday, Aug. 20. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and fire hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation. The Cranbrook TSA encompasses the cities of Cranbrook, Kimberley and Fernie. The Invermere TSA encompasses Invermere and smaller communities, including Radium and Fairmont Hot Springs.

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Province boosts reforestation in Burns Lake area

Business in Vancouver
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The hard-hit Burns Lake forestry region is getting some help from the provincial government in the form of an investment in reforestation and timber supply mitigation. The government will invest $3.4 million in the Nadina district for reforestation, timber supply mitigation, forest health and inventory, according to a news release from the Ministry of Forests. …The investment may not have much immediate impact, since the Babine sawmill may not be rebuilt. It is intended to increase timber supplies for the medium and long term.

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Forest industry could lose ground in Algonquin Park

The Daily Observer
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Proposed provincial policy could set back gains made in the county forestry industry. It was recently revealed to county officials the provincial government is re-evaluating the merit of the Ontario Park Board’s recommendations in the document Lightening the Ecological Footprint of Logging in Algonquin Provincial Park. “We thought the report had been shelved two years ago,” explained Paul Moreau, Renfrew County’s director of the development and property.

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Virginia forestry agency sends crews to help fight western wildfires

Associated Press
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Department of Forestry workers are helping to fight wildfires in four western states. The agency said Thursday that an eight-person wildland firefighting crew went to Idaho this week. They will help fight a wildfire that has burned more than 68,000 acres.

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Forest Service ends ban on night flights to battle fires

The policy shift by the U.S. Forest Service follows scrutiny of tactics used in the 2009 Station fire.
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a policy shift brought on by scrutiny of the disastrous 2009 Station fire, the U.S. Forest Service will begin nighttime helicopter missions to battle blazes in the Angeles National Forest and other federal lands in Southern California. The Forest Service said Thursday it has scrapped a ban on night flying to fight wildfires, a prohibition imposed about 30 years ago for safety and cost reasons, and plans to start flights after dark next summer, once crews have been trained and equipped. “We have made this important decision very carefully,” Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a statement.

Click here for press release from US Forest Service

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Fire burning in forest west of Ketchum

Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service officials are reporting a 250-acre wildfire in the Enclosure Gulch area west of Ketchum, just seven-tenths of a mile from where the Castle Rock Fire started five years ago. Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson said that in less than two hours the fire had grown rapidly from the one acre first reported at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The cause of the fire is yet unknown. Nelson said that winds from the southwest are pushing the fire into the area burned by the Castle Rock Fire in 2007.

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Mendocino County Crop Report: Logging and hauling costs for timber up in 2011

Willits News
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The costs of harvesting timber and getting it to the mill increased substantially from 2010 to 2011, according to the 2011 Mendocino County Crop Report. Logging and hauling costs in 2011 were $350 per 1,000 board feet, up from $300 per 1,000 board feet the year before. Agriculture Commissioner Chuck Morse attributed
this increase in costs to “inflationary impacts of fuel and loss of
milling infrastructure requiring longer haul distances.

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Column: Forest certification programs competing?

IHB
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… I found last week an advertisement by a Malaysian company offering certified furniture using incorrect PEFC and FSC logos and sent a copy to both PEFC and the Rainforest Alliance (whom is our FSC auditor). …Rainforest Alliance also came back the same day with a rather astonishing reply; “when a product is FSC labeled, marks of other forest certification schemes should not be used on the same product.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UBC Forestry’s David Tindall selected to be trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality presenter

UBC Faculty of Forestry
August 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

115 Canadians were nominated to take part in a formal training offered by the Honourable Al Gore, former Vice?President of the United States, and Nobel Prize Laureate. The Canadian delegation will join 800 new presenters from over 20 countries, on August 21?23, in San Francisco, California. …David Tindall is an environmental sociologist in the departments of Forest Resources Management, and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working on several research projects (of provincial, national, and international scope) that examine sociological aspects of climate change.

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Forming a biomass supply alliance

ABC News, Australia
August 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass. Biofuel. What’s the difference? Biomass is what’s used as the feedstock to produce biofuel, which can then has a wide range of applications: from firing power stations to fuelling jet airplanes. There’s been talk and trials to look at a developing a biomass industry in Australia for literally years, but little has gone past the trial phase. But government policy such as a renewable energy target of 20 per cent by 2020, and the carbon tax, are shaping up as the catalyst to finally get the industry off the ground.

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