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Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

Froggy Foibles

‘Mystery’ stick insect discovered

A mysterious new species of stick insect has been discovered living in the Philippines by scientists.
BBC News
September 10, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The stick insect is wingless, lives on the ground rather than in trees, and is spectacularly coloured, having a green-blue head and orange body. The insect also vents a foul-smelling spray to deter predators. The stick insect is so unique that scientists have given it its own genus and do not yet know its relationship to other stick and leaf insects.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst mill sale delayed

Campbell River Mirror
September 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The $8.6 million sale of the Catalyst Paper Elk Falls site to Edmonton developer Harold Jahn, owner of Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals Inc., has been delayed. The sale, announced with great fanfare Aug. 16, was scheduled to be complete on Wednesday, Sept. 5, however, the date came and went with Catalyst still scrambling to clear the property of valuable leftovers. Lyn Brown, Catalyst Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, told the Mirror the closing date for the sale has been extended to Sept. 19.

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Wash lumber market improving slowly

Walla Walla UnionBulletin
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Washington’s lumber industry is starting to show signs of economic improvement, but home building is not taking off fast enough to force lumber companies to put more people to work. Housing starts nationally are up 20 percent so far this year, but the numbers are still well below figures from 2008, The Daily News reported. “You’ve got to attribute it to the domestic market. The industry is a long way from being healthy, I think, but there’s been a shift in the balance of supply and demand,” said Jon Anderson, publisher of Eugene-based Random Lengths, an industry trade publication.

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Interest lingers for Port Edwards mill

Wausau Daily Herald
September 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States


With talk of a possible business park at the site of a former paper mill in Brokaw, officials in another central Wisconsin community say they, too, are hopeful for a similar outcome. More than four years after Domtar Corp. closed its Port Edwards facility, company officials remain in contact with village officials about the potential reuse of the site, said Joe Terry, village administrator and engineer. “With the research that we’ve done, we fully anticipate there is going to be reuse … and, certainly, we’re going to be supportive of whatever type of development can be used,” Terry said.

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Irish Economy: Exports by Irish forestry sector valued at €286m in 2011

FinFacts Ireland
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association, a branch of IBEC, today published its 2012 Annual Review. The report claims that in 2010, the sector was worth €2.2bn to the Irish economy. In 2011, 77% of the forest products which were manufactured in Ireland were exported. These exports were worth €286m. 

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Kawerau mill to cut production, jobs

MSN NZ News
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

More than 100 jobs could go when the Tasman pulp and paper mill in Kawerau cuts production in half, the union representing its workers says. Mill owner Norske Skog announced on Monday it would permanently close one of its newsprint machines, cutting production by 150,000 tonnes. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) says the move is a blow to the community and is more evidence of a growing jobs crisis in New Zealand.

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German softwood lumber exports fall by 12%

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Slack demand on the relevant European sales markets in the second quarter of 2012 caused German softwood lumber exports to fall by 12% against the same quarter of last year to a total of 1.339m m³. With the exception of the Czech Republic (+13%) and Switzerland (+15%), a reduction was registered in deliveries to all European countries. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

First six-story wood-frame housing comes to market

Developer cites greater affordability as biggest selling point
Vancouver Sun
September 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first of two six-storey wood-frame buildings to be built in Metro Vancouver is ready for people to move in, and developers around the province will likely be watching closely. Quattro3, part of Surrey’s largest residential and commercial development, is the Lower Mainland’s first six-storey wood-frame condominium to be completed. Before 2009, wood-frame buildings were capped at a height of four storeys. In 2009, the province changed the building code to allow the construction of six-storey wood-frame buildings as part of the B.C. Wood First Act, aimed to stimulate the province’s timber industry as well as the construction industry.

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Violin made from wood treated with fungi sounds like Stradiavarius

Daily News and Analysis
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Swiss wood researcher has succeeded in modifying the wood for a violin through treatment with special fungi. This treatment alters the acoustic properties of the instrument, making it sound indistinguishably similar to a Stradivarius. Low density, high speed of sound and a high modulus of elasticity – these qualities are essential for ideal violin tone wood. In the late 17th and early 18th century the famous violin maker Antonio Stradivari used a special wood that had grown in the cold period between 1645 and 1715.

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Dunedin pushes for wood houses

Scoop Independent News
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

VIDEO STORY: Builders and homeowners are being encouraged to use their heart when it comes to construction, and reconnect with timber.

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Forestry

Trees of Knowledge Competition takes root across Canada to help schools take learning outdoors

Canadian schools encouraged to apply for their chance to win a $20,000 outdoor classroom from MAJESTA, Tree Canada and Focus on Forests
Canada NewsWire
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Back to school doesn’t just mean back to books this year; the MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge Competition is back for a third year to help Canadian schools win a $20,000 outdoor classroom. Since 2011, MAJESTA, Tree Canada and Focus on Forests have been helping schools take learning outdoors, and this year even more schools will have the opportunity to bring their projects to life with additional prizes available for schools that finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th and for the school that shows the most creativity in rallying support. To apply, Canadian schools can visit majestatreesofknowledge.ca and enter before January 13, 2013.

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New National Forests Week Facebook Page

Help spread the word – visit the page and click the LIKE button today
Facebook
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

We have selected Regeneration as the theme for our 2012 National Forest Week page. Why? Because forests are all about regeneration. They are able to regenerate themselves when we remove trees (although we help speed up the process by planting new trees). Forests help to regenerate communities by providing jobs through activities like harvesting or tourism. Forests even help people regenerate… Who doesn’t feel better after a camping trip or walk in the forest. Even sitting under a tree at lunch time makes you feel calmer and happier.

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Harvesting marginal areas boosts forest health, economy

Letter by George Delisle
The Province
September 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vicky Husband’s recent letter expressing concern for the harvesting of marginally economic forests may be well-intentioned but it is also misinformed and very misleading. Harvesting many of B.C.’s marginal forest sites would actually be the best thing for them. Many of these stands are overstocked, stressed and in very poor health. The best thing we could do is to replace these stands with well-spaced, healthy trees that will start to store carbon and produce oxygen. As for managing Old Growth Management areas, it is not the age of a stand that is critical for wildlife habitat but rather the stand’s attributes.

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Wildfire near Peachland, B.C., forces 1,500 to evacuate

Globe and Mail
September 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One millimetre of rain and calmer winds overnight brought a small amount of relief to fire crews and about 1,500 residents who were quickly evacuated from their homes Sunday in the face of a raging wildfire in Peachland, B.C. Fire crews worked frantically overnight to contain the flames and helicopters were in the air early Monday dumping water on hot spots, said fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek.

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Logging Industry Needs Skilled Workers

September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The logging industry in and around Prince George is very busy. “We are really seeing a ramping up of the industry” says MaryAnne Arcand of the Central Interior Logging Association. She says the predictions are for the activity to increase over the next few years, the problem is finding the people to do the work.”We have a tremendous worker shortage, I could used 500 trucks today” says Arcand, who says when spring break up is upon us, loggers will end up leaving wood on the ground because there aren’t enough equipment operators or drivers to make sure the logs get out of the bush.

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Film: A Silent Forest

The Fellowship of Humanity
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Here is a documentary about the largely unknown potential danger to human health, and the environmental health of our planet, posed by the planned introduction of genetically engineered trees. Narrated by David Suzuki, the film lays out, in compelling detail, the dangers of open-air plantations of these untested man-made trees. Genetically modified (GM) trees are not science fiction, Suzuki tells us. 

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Conservation groups file lawsuit to halt Helena National Forest logging, thinning project

Associated Press
September 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service as they seek to halt a proposed logging, thinning and burning project on the Helena National Forest near Townsend. Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court. It contends the project violates federal laws intended to protect the environment. The Cabin Gulch Vegetation Treatment and Project involves 2,891 acres over a 15,600-acre area near Deep Creek, the Independent Record reported. The project is intended to reduce tree density, allowing remaining trees more water and sunlight. It is also designed to remove fuel loads and reduce the intensity of wildfires.

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Pine beetle ?ght continues across region

Vail Daily News
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — A look across the Colorado Rocky Mountain landscape reveals forests turning a curious shade of red — exposing the forest’s deteriorating health. The mountain pine beetle epidemic has taken its toll on millions of acres of trees since the late 1990s, with the bugs’ wrath evidenced locally over the past decade or so. Cal Wettstein, the U.S. Forest Service incident commander with the Rocky Mountain division of the Beetle Incident Management Organization, said the beetles are basically running out of food now — because they’ve killed most of the lodgepole pines already — but the epidemic isn’t over.

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Idaho’s Mustang Complex Wildfire Drives Hundreds From Homes

Huffington Post
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A massive Idaho wildfire forced hundreds of people from their homes on Sunday as high winds pushed the blaze to within miles of two communities. Managers of the 260,000-acre Mustang Complex fire, ignited by lightning in July in mountainous pine forests dissected by steep, narrow canyons in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, prepared to defend threatened houses along a strategic stretch of highway near the two towns in east-central Idaho.

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Fla will get nearly $1M to restore longleaf pines

CBS Channel 12 News
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HOLT, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service will receive nearly $1 million to restore thousands of acres of longleaf pines in the Florida Panhandle. Ninety million acres of longleaf pines once grew throughout the Southeast. Just a fraction of those vast forests remain because the trees were clear-cut for development in the 1920s and 1930s.

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State Government denies contradiction

ABC Online
September 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government has denied its stance on mining in the Tarkine contradicts its forest policy. The Premier last week said Tasmania was already considered the national park of Australia, and she did not support a blanket heritage listing to stop new mines in the Tarkine region. Opposition spokesman Peter Gutwein said that flew in the face of the forest peace process which aimed to create more forest reserves.

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Fully transparent rain forest frog

Laugh out Loud
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

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Forest fires raging in Siberia

Russia Beyond The Headlines
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Five forest fires had been raging in Siberia as of Monday morning, the Siberian Federal District Forestry Department said. The fires are 62 hectares in size; the largest of them (44 hectares) in the Verkhneketsky district of the Tomsk region has been confined. There are also fires in the Barguzinsky district of Buryatia, the Parabelsky district of the Tomsk region and the Krasnoyarsk territory.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet terminal will be constantly monitored, residents and City need convincing

The Northern View
September 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wood pellet terminal being proposed on Prince Rupert’s waterfront has received environmental approval, which removes the last major obstacle before construction can begin. Both Pinnacle Renewable Energy and the Prince Rupert Port Authority are saying that the approval of the $43-million project is “good news” for Prince Rupert. But it appears that neighbourhood residents and city council still need some convincing. …Ken Shaw is one of those neighborhood residents and has been leading the campaign against the project, even creating an opposition website. He says that the promises by the port authority to address complaints ring hollow.

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UK biomass generators face new sustainability criteria

Energy Efficiency News
September 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UK generators using biomass in their power stations face tough new sustainability guidelines and a cut in support under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.  The government outlined proposals on Friday that include requirements for wood fuel to come from sustainably managed forests and pathways to reduce the carbon intensity of biomass generation. Meanwhile, the proposals would also see support for co-firing with biomass reduced to 0.3 ROCs (Renewables Obligation Certificates) per MWh and a cap placed on the suppliers meeting their renewables obligations through dedicated new biomass plants.

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