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Daily Archives: October 9, 2012

Business & Politics

Catalyst ponders shutdown for fish

Victoria Times Colonist
October 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper is trying to find a balance between aiding a salmon run and having to shut down its operations. Continuing dry conditions have created the possibility that the company will run out of water about Oct. 31, curtailing or halting operations, said Brian Houle, environmental manager at Crofton mill. Catalyst holds the water licence for a weir managed by the Forests Ministry. The water behind the weir can be released to raise downstream levels in the Cowichan River, but its levels are also low.

BC’s Cowichan River in danger of drying up from CBC News

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Emboldened by ‘Fifty Shades’ contract, Catalyst Paper turns the page

Globe and Mail
October 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pulp fiction has helped to rescue a Canadian company in distress. A leaner Catalyst Paper Corp. has slashed the amount of newsprint in its production lines and shifted attention to new opportunities, emboldened by a recent contract to supply book-grade paper for a steamy bestseller. The pulp and paper company’s Powell River mill on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, which began as a newsprint producer 100 years ago, has proven to be adept at changing with the times, said Lyn Brown, Catalyst’s vice-president of marketing and corporate responsibility.

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BRIGHTON: Mill deal may prove costlier than many feared

Chronicle Herald
October 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The rumble of a paper-making machine in eastern Nova Scotia this week may have sounded like victory for politicians with an eye on municipal and provincial elections. But it also sounded a toll for time and effort lost in a year of brinkmanship with the mill owner, and for lost innocence. …Who will bear the costs of the county’s decision to cut its rate base and who will hold the utility accountable for choosing to make such an elaborate detour from its usual business affairs, in a failed effort to shift the tax burden of its major customer on to taxpayers?

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Governor Kitzhaber issues executive order to promote and expand markets for Oregon’s wood products

Statesman Journal
October 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber directed multiple state agencies to work with public and private agencies to promote and expand the market for Oregon wood products in an executive order issued today. “Increasing the market for these products helps conserve forests and strengthen surrounding communities, while supporting our broader work to manage forest lands for long-term economic and environmental health,” Kitzhaber said in a statement. …The governor announced the executive order during the Oregon Forest Industries Council’s annual meeting.

State acts to promote sale of wood products from the Statesman Journal
Kitzhaber issues order to support Oregon wood products from Sustainable Business Oregon

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Weyerhaeuser expansion in Natchitoches to retain 175 jobs, create 30 new

Alexandria Town Talk
October 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Weyerhaeuser Co. announced today that it is planning a $6 million expansion at its Natchitoches forest products plant that will keep 175 jobs and create 30 new ones. The expansion includes modernizing and upgradiing equipment at the Weyerhaeuser Engineered Lumber Products site, a 250,000-square-foot facility in Natchitoches. It’s estimated that the new jobs will have an average salary of about $31,000, plus benefits, according to a press release from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office.

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Sawmill worker wins NZ award

Stuff.co.nz
October 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Kaituna Sawmill head rig and resaw operator Izaac Filipov has won a national forestry industry training award. Mr Filipov works at Nelson Forest’s Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim and received his award at a black-tie event in Rotorua last month. He is the Forest Industry Training and Education Council’s modern apprentice of the year – wood manufacturing category. Kaituna Sawmill general manager Matt Bond said Mr Filipov had done “fantastically well”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Centre highlights contractor and First Nation partnership

Journal of Commerce
October 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A design-build project for the Musqueam First Nation and Aquilini Development, the recreation complex is 31,000 square feet and includes a gymnasium, fitness centre, change rooms, lounge, youth centre, commercial kitchen, classrooms and administration offices. … Using wood was also a priority for the Musqueam. “The Musqueam are part of the Coast Salish and the forest is a big part of who we are,” said Grant, who is also the First Nation’s economic development co-ordinator. “We wanted to make it modern, but also include traditional aspects.”

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True Costs of Green Labeling

Oregon Natural Resources Report
October 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The familiar saying “you get what you pay for” applies in many circumstances. Under certain conditions, however, this statement can be very misleading. For example, when customers pay a higher price for wood and paper products with “green” labels, they may not actually be getting something that is better for the environment. A combination of misguided policies and organized pressure from environmental activists to elevate one forest certification program over all others is creating confusion in the marketplace. As a result, consumers are paying more for wood and paper products that may fall short of their “green” expectations.

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Tommy Maxwell Speaks Out Against LEED’s FSC-Only Wood Policy

Hardwood Floors Magazine
October 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) policy of awarding points only for FSC-certified wood products under its LEED building program is causing specifiers to look to other countries for wood and threatening jobs in America, according to an opinion column for Arkansas’ Monticello News written by local wood flooring maker Tommy Maxwell, owner of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring. Maxwell, a member of the NWFA’s board of directors, deems all sustainable forest certifications “vital” to the forest industry, including FSC, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS).

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Forestry

UBC offers world’s largest forestry scholarship

University of British Columbia
October 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry is offering the world’s largest scholarship for forestry research to attract top doctoral students. The Future Forests Fellowship will provide a PhD student with up to $240,000 — $60,000 annually for up to four years — to investigate some of the most pressing issues facing B.C.’s forests. The fellowship will support research focused on British Columbia in the areas of forest products biotechnology or bioenergy, forest genetics, climate change and advanced landscape planning, river and landscape ecology, below-ground ecology, forest management, or business operations and management.

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Student uses billboard to blast forestry practices

October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Dalhousie University law student who doesn’t like Nova Scotia’s forestry practices is advertising his displeasure. Jamie Simpson, who previously worked at the Ecology Action Centre for three years, is behind a Barrington Street billboard that calls the NDP forestry policy “shameful.” … He’s upset that some proposed forestry policies, which he found promising, appear to have been set aside. He referred to recommendations to stop whole-tree harvesting and reduce clearcutting to half of the harvest, neither of which look like they will be implemented.

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Fire Study Stirs Controversy

Knau.com
October 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A controversial study that questions decades of forest ecology research has made headlines across the country. The study — published earlier this year — raised eyebrows especially in the west where forest managers have been trying to prevent severe wildfires for decades. …In a paper published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography authors William Baker and Mark Williams from the University of Wyoming say they found evidence in historical survey data that suggests intense crown fires are one of the natural processes that maintain a healthy ecosystem.

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U.S. runs out of funds to battle wildfires

Washington Post
October 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In the worst wildfire season on record, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service ran out of money to pay for firefighters, fire trucks and aircraft that dump retardant on monstrous flames.  So officials did about the only thing they could: take money from other forest management programs. But many of the programs were aimed at preventing giant fires in the first place, and raiding their budgets meant putting off the removal of dried brush and dead wood over vast stretches of land — the things that fuel eye-popping blazes, threatening property and lives. 

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Gov. Hickenlooper to visit Frisco for forest health session

Summit County Citizens Voice
October 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Grappling with the aftermath of Colorado’s most destructive wildfire season on record, state, federal and local officials will meet Oct. 12 for a half-day forest health summit at the Colorado History Center in Denver. And in what could be a condensed preview of the Denver powwow, Gov. Hickenlooper will visit Summit County Oct. 10 to participate in a one-hour forest health and wildfire forum at the Summit County Community and Senior Center (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.).

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Forest Service may offer contracts to thin trees

Rio Rancho Observer
October 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Santa Fe National Forest officials have millions of dollars to make the Jemez Mountains healthier and prevent catastrophic wildfires, as well as giving Sandoval County an economic boost. Two national forest representatives explained their plans during the Sandoval County Commission meeting Thursday night. National forest ecosystems staff officer Jon Williams said Santa Fe National Forest was one of several forests to receive an award of $35 million over 10 years for restoration work. The grant must be matched by appropriations, so forest officials will have $70 million for the project.

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Forester Says Logging Could Have Eased Fires

WOWT
October 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A forester says fires that swept through northwest Nebraska this summer would have caused less damage and threatened less property if the region’s trees had been more aggressively managed. Nebraska District Forester Doak Nickerson says the forest was overgrown in many places, giving the flames more fuel and triggering dangerous canopy-level fires that might have been avoided.

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Gunns, forestry, and the flawed notion of ‘social licence’

On Line opinion
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last week’s announcement that Tasmanian timber company, Gunns, had entered into voluntary administration has predictably spawned an array of ‘dance-on-the-grave’ post-mortems from its long-standing critics. These include high profile opponents such as novellist, Richard Flanagan; wealthy Sydney businessman turned activist, Geoffrey Cousins; and former Labor opposition leader turned media commentator, Mark Latham. Flanagan’s earlier writings on Gunns and its proposed pulp mill had caused some to observe that it affirmed his status as a fiction writer. .

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Scaling up sustainability: time for forestry to come out of the forest

Linking forestry to food security, human development and the economy can help create solutions to pressing global issues, argues Peter Holmgren
The Guardian (blog)
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ending deforestation has been a political goal for decades, even centuries – an unmet ambition up there with finding world peace and eradicating global hunger. The challenge has received increased attention in the past five years because of climate change and the fact that forests keep massive stores of carbon away from the atmosphere. …Conservation of forests is often seen to be in opposition to economic development. However, conservation, land use and development are unequivocally linked and by combining them rather than pitting them against each other, we can build comprehensive solutions rather than ‘either-or’ scenarios.

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Premier flags forestry peace deadline

ABC News, Australia
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Premier Lara Giddings says Tasmanians will learn by the end of the month whether a forest peace deal is possible. The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) says it will give up on negotiations with environmentalists if an agreement to restructure the state’s ailing forest industry is not reached in the next three weeks. The Premier says it is the first time an industry player has set a deadline.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

U.S. Wood Pellet Exports Top Canada

Woodworking Network
October 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

SEATTLE – U.S. wood pellet exports climbed dramatically in the first half of 2012, outstripping Canada to make the United States the largest wood pellet exporter in the world, says the North American Wood Fiber Review. The expansion of wood pellet capacity in the U.S. South means U.S., export volumes will almost quadruple from 1.5 million tons in 2012 to 5.7 million tons in 2015, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

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General

Student uses billboard to blast forestry practices

October 9, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

A Dalhousie University law student who doesn’t like Nova Scotia’s forestry practices is advertising his displeasure. Jamie Simpson, who previously worked at the Ecology Action Centre for three years, is behind a Barrington Street billboard that calls the NDP forestry policy “shameful.” … He’s upset that some proposed forestry policies, which he found promising, appear to have been set aside. He referred to recommendations to stop whole-tree harvesting and reduce clearcutting to half of the harvest, neither of which look like they will be implemented.

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