Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: September 20, 2012

Business & Politics

North America: EWP output still much higher than 2011

EUWID
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The North American production of Engineered Wood Products (EWP) continued to climb in the first and second quarter of 2012, showing significant increases in most instances both compared to the respective quarter last year and to the respective previous quarter. However, when it comes to LVL the uphill trend has softened again in the second quarter, as production volumes in Canada were significantly lower than in the first quarter.

Read More

Paper industry subsidies strike home in Nova Scotia and Minnesota

Star Tribune
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The paper industry in Maine is mulling a fight against the reopening of a Nova Scotia paper mill that’s been idled since last year, and the dispute has Minnesota and Upper Midwest implications. . …The mill has the capacity to make 360,000 tons of supercalendared — slightly shiny paper used in inserts and some advertising and magazines — each year. That would flood the market with new supply at a time when demand for all types of paper is in secular decline. Producers in Maine are naturally uneasy with the possibility, the Bangor Daily News reports. Verso Paper is “obviously watching it to see what happens,” company spokesman Bill Cohen told the Bangor newspaper.

Read More

Debris from Zelstoff-Celgar causes concern for citizen

Castlegar News
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

To save money and help the environment, Wayne Gray, who lives in north Castlegar, likes to hang his laundry out to dry naturally.  He didn’t count on having it covered with soot, which caused him to have breathing problems. …”My neighbour complained about it because he saw it all over his vehicles. We’ve had some respiratory problems as a result of it.” …Zellstoff-Celgar confirms that the ash debris did come from the mill during their shut-down. “The incident occurred during what is a normal procedure for all craft mills roughly on an usual basis,” said Kevin Anderson, managing director of operations at Zellstoff-Celgar

Read More

Lakeland Mill Rebuild Decision Still Long Way Off

250 News
September 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- It has been a few days since the people in Burns Lake learned Hampton Affiliates is committed to rebuilding the Babine Forest Products sawmill as long as the Government comes through on certain promises, but what of the Lakeland Mill in Prince George? …President of the Sinclar Group, Greg Stewart says there is no decision yet on the future of the Lakeland property. “ We are still quite a long ways away from being able to make that final decision. One of our main focuses has been trying to understand what caused this incident so we can engineer that out should we make the decision to rebuild.

Read More

NSP: No special deal for Pacific West

Chronicle Herald
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Cape Breton paper mill will be getting electricity under its old industrial rate unless the would-be owner asks the regulator for a discount one, Nova Scotia Power’s CEO said Wednesday. Rob Bennett confirmed that the utility no longer has a special arrangement on power rates with Pacific West Commercial Corp., the Vancouver company trying to restart the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill in Point Tupper. “PWCC has to now step back and consider its options in terms of electricity prices and potential rate options,” the president and chief executive officer told reporters outside a Utility and Review Board hearing on power rates.

Read More

Timber deal could help here

Baker City Herald
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The deal announced last week that will at least temporarily keep the saws spinning in Grant County’s last lumber mill could help Baker County, too. But not necessarily in a purely economic sense. … That said, we’re intrigued by the Forest Service’s newfound commitment to dealing more aggressively with the problems plaguing significant swathes of the Malheur. Those problems, which include forests with too many trees per acre, and in some places firs growing where ponderosa pines and tamaracks used to predominate, exist on the Wallowa-Whitman as well.

Read More

Warm Springs mill operators say layoffs are temporary

The Oregonian
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Laid-off Warm Springs Forest Products employees will be called back to work early next year after equipment and facility improvements are completed, a company official said Wednesday. …Vanport President Paul Owen said Wednesday that the layoffs are temporary, and are necessary because the mill has already processed its allotted amount of tribal-land timber for the year — 38 million board feet. During the layoff period, the tribe will begin a $4.6 million upgrade of the mill’s bio-mass system, which uses wood waste to produce electricity to power the plant. …. Logging will resume in late December, Owen said, and lumber production should begin in February. He said the sawmill has been “very successful” and described the crew as highly productive.

Read More

Forestry

Board to audit forestry operations in Northwestern B.C.

BC Forest Practices Board
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of Cassiar Forest Corporation and Coast Mountain Hydro starting Monday, Sept. 24. The audit area is approximately 400 kilometres north of Terrace along the Stewart Cassiar Highway, in the Iskut River watershed. This is the first time the board has audited forestry activities in this part of the province. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and fire hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation.

Read More

Solutions for dead and bug kill wood

Letter by Al James
Bridge River Lillooet News
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Please find enclosed a link to a solution of what to do with dead and bug kill wood. Make agricultural charcoal. Charcoal is a carbon sink. Used in farming it retains nutrients in the soils and keeps them loose. The SLRD and other Regional districts could more than pay for the fuel management program with the profits from the AG. I want some for my garden but at present the cost per kilo for AG is over $5 per.

Read More

Board to audit two community forests in the Robson Valley

BC Forest Practices Board
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of the McBride Community Forest Corporation and the Valemount Community Forest Company Ltd., starting Monday, Sept. 24, in McBride and Valemount. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and fire hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation. Community forests are area-based tenures granted by the Province to foster local control over, and enjoyment of, the benefits offered by local forest resources in these communities.

Read More

Some forest fires still burning

Sault Star
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While the end of the official forest fire season is only six weeks away, a few fires are still burning in northeastern Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources reports. On Tuesday, one new fire was confirmed in the Sault Ste. Marie area, at about 0.1 hectares south of Montreal Lake. The fire is receiving suppression support and is classified as not under control. Clouds, with rain and thunderstorms Tuesday kept new fire starts to low. But forest fires are still occurring.

Read More

Ontario Liberals ignoring rules, defying will of legislature: environmental watchdog

National Post
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — The Liberal government is ignoring the public’s right to be involved in the development of policies to protect the environment, Ontario’s environmental watchdog said Wednesday. …“The most egregious example is MNR’s attempt to shield the Provincial Wildlife Population Monitoring Program from public review,” he said. “The ministry’s behaviour is all the more offensive because the plan itself is inadequate in meeting the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act and the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.”

Read More

Forest fires: Burn out

Forests in the American west are under attack from giant fires, climate change and insect outbreaks. Some ecosystems will never be the same.
Nature.com
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…For Allen, who works for the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and has been studying the forests of the Jemez Mountains for more than 30 years, a large fire was not unexpected, but its speed and intensity caught him off guard. Later that year, when Allen and other forest scientists toured the burned area, they were all stunned into silence. The size of the areas scorched bare by the fire dwarfed the patterns of past burns, judging from studies of fire scars in tree rings reaching back to 1600. This time, says Allen, the forest may not recover.

Read More

Fire fighters have Tuesday’s forest fires both contained

Coos Bay World
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire lines have held on both forest fires that erupted near here Tuesday. The 15-acre blaze near Scottsburg will continue to smoke for several days, said John Flannigan, a spokesman for the Coos Forest Protective Association. Drivers on state Highway 38 should continue to exercise caution. If possible, avoid Luchsinger Road, which poses such hazards as falling debris, loosened by the fire. Roughly 60 firefighters were on scene Wednesday with two engines, a tender, a dozer and a helicopter on standby, Flannigan said.

Read More

Wildfire season continues in Pacific Northwest as blazes rage on

The Oregonian
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires hurt air quality across Oregon and Washington on Monday as forecasters issued a stagnant-weather advisory at least through Wednesday afternoon….Also, the Pole Creek fire, five miles southwest of Sisters, continues to send dense smoke into the town. It covered about 16,500 acres and was 15 percent contained on Monday. ….In Washington, about 3,700 firefighters, including some from Canada, were battling numerous fires started during a Sept. 8 lightning storm.

Read More

Are terrorists targeting dying forests in Utah and the West?

The Salt Lake Tribune
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Western land managers received warnings from the FBI that terrorist groups might seize on dry conditions and stands of beetle-killed trees to ignite forest fires, which would cost millions to fight and create widespread chaos, Utah’s forester said Wednesday. “We took it quite seriously,” said Dick Buehler, director of the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. “It was distributed to all land-management agencies in the United States.” In May, national news outlets reported that an al-Qaida affiliated magazine, Inspire, published articles encouraging people to set fires in the United States.

Read More

Bringing Back the Tree That Built America

SUNY-ESF Headlines
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is harvesting nearly 16 acres of very special white pine trees at the college’s Huntington Wildlife Forest in Newcomb, N.Y. The harvest of the historic white pine plantation along Route 28N at the base of Goodnow Mountain will commence this week. The harvest is part of a research and demonstration project funded under a McIntire-Stennis grant administered through a 50-year-old federal program that funds forestry research. Why is this special? Many of the trees are 140 feet tall and 25 to 30 inches in diameter.

Read More

Foresters to draft national action plan for forestry

Business Mirror
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The country’s top professional foresters converged at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center here on Wednesday for a three-day summit with the end in view of drafting a national action plan on the management and promotion of the country’s forest resources.

Read More

Anger over forestry peace talks ‘breach’

ABC News, Australia
September 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Environment Minister is fuming over the publication of confidential information from Tasmania’s forest peace talks. Forestry Tasmania has told The Examiner newspaper environmental groups have not budged on their demands to reserve more forest from logging. The corporate relations manager Ken Jeffreys says it is now possible wood supplies will be reduced to unsustainable levels. That has infuriated the Environment Minister, Tony Burke, who is overseeing the peace talks. Mr Burke says he is “yet to get to the bottom” of why the information was publicised.

Read More

Tribunal orders release of log deal details

Brisbane Times
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International


THE NSW government will be forced for the first time to reveal how much logging companies pay to fell native trees on publicly-owned land after a court ruled it was in the public interest that it do so. The Administrative Decisions Tribunal found yesterday that Forests NSW must hand over information contained in its wood supply agreements, denied to the environment group the Nature Conservation Council of NSW last year after a freedom of information request.

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass bark pile ignites again

No one is hurt as the White City cogeneration plant’s heap catches fire a second time in four days
Mail Tribune
September 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

WHITE CITY — For the second time in four days the massive bark pile at Biomass One in White City caught fire and sent a plume of smoke above the Rogue Valley. The fire sparked at around 6 p.m. and forced Jackson County Fire District No. 3 to issue a second alarm when flying embers started a small grass fire in a nearby property. Crews shut down Avenue G between Agate Road and Highway 62 as they blasted the flaming sawdust hill with high-pressure hoses. Biomass One is a 30-megawatt, wood-waste cogeneration plant that annually recovers 355,000 tons of wood waste, according to the company website.

Read More

Carbon forestry sector threatened – Mackey

Voxy
September 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The National Government’s decision to not restrict cheap international carbon credits to secure the vote of ACT leader John Banks has enormous implications for the forestry sector, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey says. “Measures being introduced in the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will further shrink the market for foresters carbon credits. The Government is halving what emitters have to pay by extending the two for one subsidy indefinitely, and agriculture is being removed from the scheme altogether.

Read More