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Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Second chance given to towering tree at Ten Mile Point

Saanich News
August 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West


…Beside the tree a hand-lettered sign reads: “Celebrate the majestic life and mourn the tragic death of this ancient Douglas fir: POSTPONED.” The roadside tree has fallen victim to a rot-causing fungus, phaeolus schweinitzii, and the Saanich parks department had deemed that is should be removed, given its size and location in an area prone to high winds. Funke-Furber then hired her own arborist to conduct an independent review of the health of the tree, a process that netted her the same result as Saanich’s testing.

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Business & Politics

A new day dawns

National Post
August 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A volatile market has created serious challenges for the Canadian forest products industry. The U.S. housing market slowdown, global economic instability, the rise of digital media and the decline in the U.S. dollar have had a dramatic impact, so industry participants are rethinking their strategic direction and discovering new opportunities. The watchwords of the day are sustainability, accountability, product innovation, production efficiency and cost-cutting. Producers are also turning to new markets to counteract shortfalls created by revenue declines from established customers.

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Ruskin mill fire may have been electrical

Maple Ridge News
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The investigation into the fire that destroyed a Ruskin cedar shake mill indicates it may have been electrical in nature. The blaze started shortly after midnight Sunday at the Waldun Forest Products mill on 287th Street and Lougheed Highway in Ruskin, near the Mission border. Investigators from the Maple Ridge Fire Department believe the fire started in an area of the mill where maintenance work was being done Saturday.

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JDI Purchased Wood Update (Video)

JD Irving
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

August 27, 2012: Robert Fawcett, Director of Forestry Relations, J.D. Irving, Limited talks about the company’s committment to buy private wood from New Brunswick wood producers.

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Boiler fire at Bennett Lumber in Princeton contained

Moscow-Pullman Daily News
August 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A fire in the boiler room at Bennett Lumber in Princeton has been contained and the boiler reactivated after dry fuel burned back and through the upper feed system, according to Brett Bennett, company vice president. The fire started around 9 a.m. today and caused several thousand dollars in damage, said Bennett, but was contained quickly by the company’s fire brigade with assistance from Potlatch and Moscow firefighters.

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Tassie govt confirms forestry overhaul

Ninemsn
August 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian government has confirmed its once-powerful logging business will be stripped to its core in a desperate attempt to stem huge losses. The major restructure, recommended by independent consultant URS, was leaked in a Forestry Tasmania (FT) email on Tuesday and confirmed by the minister responsible, Bryan Green, a day later. Under the plan, FT’s non-commercial operations, such as the management of forest reserves, will be taken over by government departments.

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Finnish lumber exports decline by 7% in May

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Exports of Finnish softwood lumber and planed goods in May 2012 showed year-on-year decline of roughly 7% to 588,000 m³. According to Finnish Forest Industries deliveries to other European countries were also down by roughly 7% to 997,000 m³.

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Forestry Tasmania’s Ken Jeffreys talks about the leaked email (broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
August 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania’s Ken Jeffreys talks about the leaked email.  Listen for more.

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Difficult market conditions led to weaker forest industry production

IHB
August 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Finnish forest industry production volumes decreased or remained unchanged in a challenging operating environment during the first half of 2012. The industry’s cost-competitiveness must be safeguarded in difficult economic times. “The Government’s end-of-August budget talks must come up with concrete measures that protect the competitiveness of Finland’s forest-based sector. The cost impact of, for example, the Sulphur Directive, must be compensated in full. Other necessary fast-acting measures include the relinquishing of shipping lane charges and the introduction of a diesel tax refund system for heavy transports.

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Forestry Tas disputes revamp savings

ABC News, Australia
August 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has thrown into question the value of the State Government’s proposal to break up the business.  The Government is exploring how to carve up the company’s commercial and non-commercial functions, including whether a government department take control of the state’s 1.5 million hectare forest estate. …But Forestry Tasmania’s Ken Jeffreys says the review shows the huge overhaul will create few savings.

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Forestry

Unlikely allies blaze new trails

National Post
August 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

In the late 1960s, Monte Hummel was the guy hurling rocks at the forest industry. Now he’s the chair of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), a groundbreaking initiative that is putting forest industry businesses and conservationists in the same room to work things out. “If you told me back then I would be working collaboratively with the [forest] industry, I would have said you needed your head examined,” Mr. Hummel says. “That just shows how far we’ve all come in this. We’ve all come to the realization that we have to change our attitudes about how we go about doing things.”

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Industry banks on new prospects

National Post
August 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Human resource managers in the forest industry will have their hands full over the next few years. While employment has had some significant ups and downs, the recent turnaround has created a challenge not unfamiliar to any of the resource players in Canada: the prospect of filling tens of thousands of new jobs from a shrinking talent pool. “The industry experienced a dramatic job loss across Canada in recent years,” says Jim Farrell, executive director of the Forest Products Sector Council in Ottawa.

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YOUR VIEW: Some ‘original’ idea

Letter by Jim Erickson
Campbell River Mirror
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After reading “Forest minister sees opportunity,” I felt compelled to write. I believe a sawmill in Campbell River would be a wonderful idea. Further to that I would suggest maybe to offer a company a Tree Farm License with a supply of trees to mill into lumber. There is one called TFL 47 that was given to CrownZellerbach in 1950 in exchange for jobs. This timber was to be processed at a pulp and paper mill to be built in Duncan Bay. In 1956, they added a sawmill to also produce lumber instead of turning all this fibre into pulp. This mill ran until 2008.

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Cool, wet weather helped keep number of forest fires low

CTV News Prince Albert
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While forest fire season wasn’t busy here in Saskatchewan, crews and equipment were frequently deployed to other jurisdictions. The 387 fires crews dealt with throughout the season is slightly more than last year, but comes in below the province’s 10-year average, which is over 400. …199 fires were started by lightning strikes and the other 188 were determined to be human caused. Wildfire Management Director Steve Roberts says that is a problem his staff takes very seriously.

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Government workers plan one-day strike to protest stalled talks

Canadian Press
August 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It will be tough sledding for anyone trying to do business with the B.C. government next Wednesday as thousands of its unionized workers are set to walk off the job. …The Professional Employees Association, which represents over 1,200 licensed professionals in B.C.’s public service, including mines inspectors, forest research scientists, bridge engineers, foresters and more, will also take part in the strike action next Wednesday.

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Alberni can’t afford to lose water bomber

Letter by Christopher Massop
Alberni Valley Times
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni, we need to start a discussion about the last waterbomber. Truly the icon for our Valley, our province, and to a smaller extent, Canada, this last bomber is a treasure we can’t afford to lose to some American museum for the sake of a few dollars. We need to implore MP James Lunney, MLA Scott Fraser, Mayor John Douglas, and most importantly, Coulson Flying Tankers, to start a discussion now.

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Fire crews fighting pair of large Interior wildfires

The Province
August 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews are continuing to battle two large wildfires in the Interior, including one near Aberdeen Lake that was only 30-per-cent contained on Wednesday. About four dozen firefighters were on the ground to try to control the fire that covered 42 hectares, said Kamloops fire centre spokesman Kevin Skrepnek. He said the fire, which at its worst was burning at Level 3 on a scale of one to six, was down to Level 1. “We had some rain overnight,” he said.

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Parti Québécois government would keep Plan Nord, Marois pledges

Montreal Gazette
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ROUYN-NORANDA – Pauline Marois offered assurances Wednesday that a Parti Québécois government would maintain the current Liberal government’s Plan Nord to develop the natural resources of northern Quebec. “We agree with northern development,” the PQ leader said in a local Radio-Canada radio interview, adding the caveat: “We don’t see it the same way.” Marois explained that under the mining-royalty regulations adopted by the Liberal government, 10 of 19 mining companies in the province pay no royalties.

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Lightning sparks fires

Chronicle Journal
August 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lightning-caused fires continue to be a concern for Ministry of Natural Resources fire crews. Eight new fires were reported over the past two days in the districts of Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Nipigon and Sioux Lookout. Fire information officer Deb MacLean said Wednesday that there has been a heavy concentration of lightning strikes across the central and southern portions of the region over the past several days, and more lightning-caused fires are predicted to flare up as the weather clears and temperatures rise.

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Two large wildfires spread in Oregon, fanned by winds

The Oregonian
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two large wildfires flared in Oregon on Tuesday afternoon, one in the southeast corner of the state and the other in Eastern Oregon. The Parish Cabin fire, located 15 miles northeast of Seneca, was reported at 2 p.m. Dozens of firefighters were mobilized to fight the blaze, running through timber, heavy fuel and dead branches and shrubs littering the steep and rocky terrain. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office ordered the evacuation of about two dozen people staying at campsites and hunting camps in the area of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Bow hunting season opened on Saturday.

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State Forest Service to help with fire reforestation

ReporterHerald.com
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A fund set up by the Colorado State Forest Service will provide tree seedlings that will be planted on lands most severely impacted by wildfires and other disasters. Fund administrators hope to raise at least $500,000 to plant at least 1 million seedlings over the next decade in critical areas burned by recent fires. After this summer’s fires, the fund expects to target areas that directly impact important watersheds and provide the most public benefit, including forest land burned by the High Park fire, where the loss of trees and other vegetation has already led to runoff and erosion that has damaged slopes and polluted the Cache la Poudre River with ash and sediment.

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National forest aims to ease gas drilling

Aspen Times
August 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to reduce the amount of land in the White River National Forest that can be leased for oil and gas production, and it aims to limit surface disturbance on a greater number of acres, according to a plan released Wednesday. The Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Environmental Impact Statement will dictate where drilling can occur in Pitkin County as well as portions of Garfield, Rio Blanco, Gunnison and Mesa counties. It also will determine where “surface occupation” such as road building and tree cutting can occur.

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Forest estate the next battleground

ABC News, Australia
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Control of Tasmania’s mammoth forest estate is shaping as a key battleground in the State Government’s plan to overhaul Forestry Tasmania. The Government has not decided who will control Tasmania’s 1.5 million hectare forest estate. The Resources Minister, Bryan Green, says deciding whether Forestry Tasmania will retain control over is one of the most crucial issues to sort out. The Deputy Premier Bryan Green says he will consult stakeholders.

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Wiltshire oak tree declared UK’s tallest

BBC News
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A 200-year-old tree on a Wiltshire estate has been officially declared the tallest oak in the UK. The 132.5ft (40.4m) English oak, in the grounds of the National Trust Stourhead estate, was measured by an expert on behalf of The Tree Register charity. Standing in a clump of tall oaks, the tree’s growth has been put down to rich soil and its need to compete for light. Alan Power, estate manager at Stourhead, said having the tallest oak in the country was “very special”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy group to whittle down organizaton

Prince George Citizen
August 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Northern Bioenergy Partnership is curtailing some of its activities but is not folding as the north’s voice for turning wood into energy. Sources close to the organization have confirmed that the board of directors is set to announce cutbacks along with a new plan going forward. The financial buy-in from forest industry companies has not met with initial expectations, requiring the organization to reevaluate its ambitions for promoting this growing sub-sector of the forest industry. Part of the downsizing is the loss of executive director Elissa Meiklem.

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