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Daily Archives: August 23, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Bridgette Meinhold
August 22, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Taking a few key lessons in building from birds, Jerry Tate Architects and a group of students designed and built this dramatic woven treehouse. Built in only five days, the Dartmoor Treehouse was constructed from locally sourced wood, which was used to build a gang plank up to a large oak tree as well as a pod in which to sit or play.
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Business & Politics

CAW votes in favour of ‘super union’

CBC News
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CAW members raised their hands unanimously in support of a historic merger. The union is set to join the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, which would create Canada’s largest private-sector union with more than 300,000 members. CAW president Ken Lewenza said the two groups must join forces to ensure protection for existing members and inject some life back into the national labour movement.

CAW vote moves Canada toward mega-union from Reuters

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Lakeland planer closed down

Prince George Citizen
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Lakeland Mills site was eerily quiet Wednesday morning. Despite the explosion and fire that destroyed the sawmill at the downtown Prince George facility, the adjacent planer factory has been running since May. It was a temporary project to smooth the boards already cut before the sawmill blew up on April 23. The inventory ran out on Tuesday and the machines went silent Wednesday.

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Conifex Announces Issuance of Common Shares

SYS-CON Media (press release)
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Conifex Timber Inc. today announced that it has issued 4,125 common shares of the Company at a deemed price of $8.50 per Common Share pursuant to a retirement arrangement with a former employee. The Common Shares are subject to a four-month hold period from the date of issue. The TSX Venture Exchange has previously accepted the issuance of such Common Shares.

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Lake of the Woods Forest Products ready for business

KenoraOnline
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lake of the Woods Forest Products which is affiliated with Wincrief Homes is putting the finishing touches on their pole peeler. Operator Justin Kaus says that the business has potential. “There is a lot of revenue and we can make decent money at it. It’s a great way to use trees that have a different potential than just being chipped,” he said.

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Mayor on NewPage tax break: ‘Enough is enough’

TheChronicleHerald.ca
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Billy Joe MacLean stands firmly behind the multimillion-dollar concessions, deals and funding afforded Pacific West Commercial Corp. in its bid to buy the former NewPage paper mill in Point Tupper. As the mayor of nearby Port Hawkesbury, he knows what those jobs will mean to his community. But even MacLean, who is spearheading the effort to save the mill, can’t abide by the company’s request to Nova Scotia Supreme Court to cancel a municipal tax agreement the former pulp mill’s owners had with neighbouring Richmond County.

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Domtar Corporation prices senior notes offering

WRCBtv.com
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that it has priced an offering of 6.25% senior notes due 2042, in an aggregate principal amount of $250 million. 

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USA: Hardwood lumber exports to EU countries plunge 23%

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

US hardwood lumber exports to EU countries have fallen sharply by 23% to 87,341 m³ in the second quarter of 2012, according to information from the Foreign Agriculture Service in Washington D.C. In this vein, the regressive trend shown as early as the first quarter with -9% has clearly intensified in the second quarter.

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Malheur staff, crew face layoffs as plant shutdown nears

Blue Mountain Eagle
August 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY – Charlie Wilson remembers starting work at Malheur Lumber Co. in March 1983, when “it was just cottonwood trees and gravel pits around here.” On his shift as a sawyer Monday, he was circumspect about the impending shutdown of the sawmill. “We made a good run at it here,” he told a co-worker. That run will come to a halt about Nov. 1, when the company shuts down the last operating sawmill in Grant County, yielding to overwhelming timber supply challenges.

Editorial: Malheur – Feeling the loss in ways large and small from Blue Mountain Eagle

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Fire hits Smurfit Kappa Roermond paper mill

Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier reports a fire at the recovered paper yard.
EUWID Pulp and Paper
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A fire has hit Smurfit Kappa’s recycled containerboard mill in Roermond, Netherlands, on 22 August. According to Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG), the blaze started at 2.30 pm when part of the bales stored in the recovered paper yard outside the mill caught fire. The fire has been brought under control within an hour and the extinguishing of the bales was expected within the next hours, SKG said.

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Forest industry transforming itself

Wood Council of NZ
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forest and wood processing industries are moving quickly on a strategy to transform the sector. The Wood Council (Woodco) has just given the go-ahead to a $400,000 research-based initiative which aims to get the highest value out of every cubic metre of timber harvested. Known as Woodscape, it is modelled on a major study carried out for the Canadian forest products industry in 2009. “In the next decade we will see an increase in the harvest. We are determined to extract the best value we can from this resource and reinvigorate our sector,” says Woodco chair Doug Ducker.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPL Opens a Nanocellulose Pilot Plant to Produce Wood-derived Renewable Materials

SpecialChem
August 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is poised to become the country’s leading producer of forest-based nanomaterials with the opening of a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant. The facility will support an emerging market for new wood-derived renewable materials that will create jobs and contribute an estimated $600 billion to the economy by 2020. The United States and other nations will see numerous benefits from the commercialization of wood-derived cellulosic nanomaterials, as they have many desirable characteristics.

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Why wood pulp is world’s new wonder material

New Scientist
August 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

THE hottest new material in town is light, strong and conducts electricity. What’s more, it’s been around a long, long time. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), which is produced by processing wood pulp, is being hailed as the latest wonder material. Japan-based Pioneer Electronics is applying it to the next generation of flexible electronic displays. IBM is using it to create components for computers. Even the US army is getting in on the act, using it to make lightweight body armour and ballistic glass.

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Bed designed to resist earthquakes, serve as disaster shelter

NBCNews.com
August 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Japanese company has developed a wooden canopy bed that doubles as an earthquake shelter. It serves as protection from a collapsing wall in a home that hasn’t been renovated to survive severe shaking.  The frame is constructed out of cypress wood, which is known for its hardiness and durability. The bed passed a 65-ton load-bearing test, according to Japanese video news site DigInfo TV.  

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Forestry

Land use plan charts course to prosperity

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

GOOD HOPE LAKE – Certainty for natural-resource development and environmental stewardship in northern B.C. was confirmed today, with the formal signing of a Strategic Land Use Planning Agreement between the government of British Columbia and First Nations represented by the Kaska Dena Council. Minister Steve Thomson joined Kaska Dena Council Chair George Miller and other First Nations representatives in a ceremony to mark the occasion during the gathering of First Nations at the Kaska Dena’s Annual General Assembly.

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Forests need help

by Vicky Husband
The Province
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The unanimous decision of the special committee on timber sup-ply to support an increase of logging in “marginally economic forests” and in old-growth reserves previously ruled off limits to logging is outrageous. If acted upon, the committee’s recommendations will worsen the current ecological crisis, perpetuate an unsustainable rate of logging and increase milling capacity when there are simply too many mills and not enough wood.

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36 Ontario workers battle British Columbia forest fires

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Ontario currently has 36 Ministry of Natural Resources employees working out of province in British Columbia, assisting in the escalating fire situation there. Crews are currently working throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre region, and have been assigned to the Merritt and Lillooet areas to aid in initial attacks and work on existing fires.

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Fort St. James woodlots get mixed audit results

BC Forest Practices Board
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Planning and forestry activities on three of six audited woodlots fully complied with legal requirements, according to the audit reports released today. However, three licensees did not meet required reporting commitments and one also did not comply with some reforestation obligations. “While we found most practices on these six woodlots met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, two of the woodlots did not submit required information to government following harvesting activities,” said board chair Al Gorley.

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Manage timber supply problem with thinning of forests

Letter by By Ray Travers, RPF
Vancouver Sun
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After three months public consultation, the government’s Special Committee on Timber Supply issued its report, including recommendations. Reductions in timber supply are not new. Falldown is inherent in B.C.’s forest planning model. …There are no easy fixes, as trees grow slowly. What we can do is manage the forest to maintain it in a more healthy condition – with reduced vulnerability to beetles (reduce our losses). We can also provide short-term increased timber supply, while growing high quality wood (increase our gains). Well conducted commercial thinning can do this.

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Organizations looking to buy back Bowater Lands

Queens County Advance
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group looking to encourage the Province of Nova Scotia to buy back the woodlands of Resolute Forest Products, formerly known as AbitibiBowater, is coming to Caledonia to drum up support. …Citizens in the St. Margaret’s Bay area have been rallying to get the province to buy woodlands there for forest management, recreation, hunting, fishing, and for protected areas.

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Wildland Firefighter Death Raises Safety Questions

Firehouse.com
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — The death of an Idaho firefighter has spurred safety questions among top state officials about battling wildfires. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden noted concerns about communications and coordination by the state Department of Lands on the Steep Corner fire in North Idaho. A falling tree killed Anne Veseth, a 20-year-old from Moscow working as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter.

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Wildfire near Manton, California, destroys 50 buildings

BBC News
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At least 50 buildings have been destroyed by a 33-sq-mile (85-sq-km) wildfire burning outside the northern Californian town of Manton, officials say… The lightning-sparked blaze began on Saturday and continues to threaten hundreds of homes. Up to 2,000 firefighters are battling the flames. The blaze is one of some three dozen large fires burning in the drought-hit western US states, authorities say.

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Century-old trees near Yellowstone yield clues about human, forest histories

Yellowstone Gate
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEETEETSE, WYO. — It’s no secret to even casual naturalists that the age of a tree can be determined by counting the rings in its cross-section. But researchers in the greater Yellowstone area are building on that technique and expanding the field of dendrochronology to learn new secrets about how landscapes were affected decades or centuries ago by people, climate and fire. “We’re interested in learning as much as we can from the wood, in finding out what stories trees tell,” said Marcy Reiser, a dendrochronologist with the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado.

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How The Smokey Bear Effect Led To Raging Wildfires

First of a five-part series
NPR
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The history of fire in the American Southwest is buried in a catacomb of rooms under the bleachers of the football stadium at the University of Arizona. Here rules Professor Thomas Swetnam, tree ring expert. You want to read a tree ring? You go to Tom. He’s a big, burly guy with a beard and a true love for trees. Tree sections are stacked floor to ceiling. They’re like rounds chopped from a carrot, the carrot being a tree trunk. They’re the size of dinner plates. When the football team scores, they rattle on their shelves.

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Number of acres burned below WI average despite drought

WAOW
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WOOD COUNTY – Despite one of the worst droughts in the last two decades, Wisconsin has actually seen less fire damage this year than other years. Fire officials say this is due to heavy burn restrictions. In a normal year, the Department of Natural Resources says 4,000 acres are burned on average by fire across our state. But this year, only about half that so far, and the year is not over yet. “Right now we are below the state average,” DNR Forest Ranger Brian Luebke said.

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State starts its first agriculture and forestry grants program

Richmond Times Dispatch
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Richmond, Va. –The state government is planning to offer up to $2 million worth of economic development grants in the next two fiscal years to promote growth in Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industry. The Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, or AFID, is the state’s first economic development grant program designed specifically for agribusiness. “This is another tool in Virginia’s belt to use for economic development and business recruitment,” said Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry.

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Why are so many forests on fire?

August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They may be an annual occurrence in California but “wildfires” seem particularly ubiquitous this summer, with big blazes everywhere from Spain to Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Greece. “Wild” may be a misnomer. The malicious starting of fires is as old as the human fascination with flame and many of the fires may be directly or indirectly caused by humans. In the dry west of the US, where forest fires are routine in late summer, a winter drought is the trigger for current outbreaks after several cooler, wetter years. 

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CTU urges forestry safety action

Radio New Zealand
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says forest owners need to stop making excuses for their poor safety record which has seen 30 deaths in the past six years, and explain how they intend to stop the carnage. Ms Kelly says the death toll in forests is 34 times higher than in the United Kingdom, where 14,000 people are employed in forestry – double the number working in New Zealand forests.

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All Forest Fires Put Out in Russia’s Siberia

RIA Novosti
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Firefighters extinguished all six forest fires over the past 24 hours that remained raging in Russia’s Siberia this summer, the regional forestry department said in a statement on Thursday. There are no more registered fires in the region, but the emergencies situation still remain in force in three areas of the Tomsk region due to the high risk of new wildfires outbreak, the statement added.

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Cameroon enlists women in reforestation effort

Reuters AlertNet
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

YAOUNDE – While Cameroon’s green forest canopies appear to stretch out endlessly over the horizon, they are in fact getting smaller every year. The government is hoping that the west Central African nation’s women can come to their rescue. Last month, it launched an initiative that will see them take the lead in planting some 800,000 trees by July next year in an effort to replenish forests, while boosting livelihoods.

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Burma warns of deforestation crisis

Mongabay.com
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An official warned that Myanmar is facing a deforestation crisis due to poor forest management, illegal logging, and fuelwood collection, reports Chinese state media. U Thein Lwin, secretary of the Lower House’s Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee, claimed during a workshop on energy, environment and climate change that forest cover had fallen from 51 percent in 2005 to 24 percent in 2008.

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Living atop a tree, he campaigns for the environment

Brikesh Singh is getting ready to climb another tree, this time inside a tiger reserve, and stay there for a month – not for fun or to avoid the big cats but to draw the young generation’s attention to saving the environment.
Deccan Herald
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On Sept 1, the 32-year-old Greenpeace campaigner, born and brought up in the slums of Mumbai, will climb a tree on the site of a proposed power plant inside the buffer zone of the Tadoba tiger reserve in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district. Singh, a cyclist and climber, has already built a tree house and equipped it with a solar charger and a laptop – his window to the outside world.

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Why are so many forests on fire?

August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They may be an annual occurrence in California but “wildfires” seem particularly ubiquitous this summer, with big blazes everywhere from Spain to Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Greece. “Wild” may be a misnomer. The malicious starting of fires is as old as the human fascination with flame and many of the fires may be directly or indirectly caused by humans. In the dry west of the US, where forest fires are routine in late summer, a winter drought is the trigger for current outbreaks after several cooler, wetter years. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

California Proposes Forest Thinning for Biomass Energy, But is it a Good Idea?

KCET (blog)
August 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A report released today by a consortium of state agencies recommends ramping up California’s forest thinning program so that the resulting biomass can be burned to produce energy, but doing so may actually make the state’s carbon footprint worse instead of better. The state’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan calls for increasing “community-scale, forest-based biomass facilities” that would take leftover biomass from forest thinning and commercial logging operations and burn it to produce electricity.

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