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Daily Archives: October 10, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Knitters sought for ‘tree sweaters’

KCCI Des Moines
October 10, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Volunteers are being sought to knit colorful sweaters that will adorn trees in downtown Iowa City. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the project is part of the Iowa City Downtown District’s Tree Huggers Project. Officials have selected and measured nearly 100 trees. Sweater kits tailored to a specific tree’s dimensions have been provided by Home Ec. Workshop. Alisa Weinstein of Home Ec. Workshop says each tree will be wrapped in 5 feet of knitted sweater.

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Business & Politics

Sino-Forest co-founder Kai Kit Poon exits role at troubled forestry company

Canadian Press
October 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Troubled Chinese forestry firm Sino-Forest Corp. is making further changes in its leadership with the exit of co-founder and president Kai Kit Poon. The company, which has been accused of being a massive fraud, said Tuesday that Poon has left his role, which has primarily been as a liaison with Chinese authorities. Poon, a former Forestry Bureau official in the Guangdong province, helped found Sino-Forest alongside Hong Kong entrepreneur Allen Chan in 1994. He also served as a director until 2009.

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Pulp mill workers back five-year contract

Kamloops Daily News
October 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Labour peace will last nearly five years at Domtar Corp.’s Kamloops pulp mill after workers voted to accept a deal. Members of Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 10b voted 87 per cent in favour of a deal recommended by the bargaining committee. Union president Murray Matheson said a large majority of the membership turned out to vote in two ballots Tuesday.

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P.G.’s largest private employer looks ahead to anniversary

Prince George Citizen
October 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor has a birthday coming up.  The city’s largest private sector employer, and one of the biggest industrial players in the region and province, is turning 75 years old next year. …According to Canfor historians, the company began in 1938 when John Prentice and Poldi Bentley formed a furniture and paneling veneer company called Pacific Veneer. Their mill employed 28 people in New Westminster. Within a year they won contracts to supply wood components for the aviation and marine industries and the mill swelled to 1,000 employees.

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Grasim Industries contribution to further investments in Terrace Bay put at $44 m

Hindu Business Line
October 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Aditya Birla group will invest $250 million (Rs 1,375 crore) on expanding the capacities of Terrace Bay Pulp Inc, a Canadian company that it acquired in July.  Business Line has learnt that the equity portion of the investments will be $110 million over the next three years. Grasim Industries, the group company that acquired Terrace Bay, will be contributing $44 million. …“Over the next three years, the Aditya Birla group plans to invest $250 million (about Rs 1,375 crore) in Terrace Bay Pulp Inc in a phased manner to enable the mill to produce dissolving grade pulp with a capacity of 280,000 tonnes,” says ratings agency, CARE.

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Mill closure linked to food bank ‘panic’

Spike in demand worries Bridgewater co-ordinator
Chronicle Herald
October 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BRIDGEWATER — For the first time ever, Bridgewater’s food bank recently ran out of pasta, ground beef, canned fruit and soup. Demand has shot up to record levels and donations are down, co-ordinator Gloria Hubley said Tuesday. That’s due in large part to the closure of the Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn and Nova Scotia Power requiring customers to pay their outstanding bills before winter hits, she said.

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Roseburg Forest Products Names Mulbery VP Manufacturing

Woodworking Network
October 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DILLARD, OR — Roseburg Forest Products has promoted Grady Mulbery to the newly created position of vice president of manufacturing. Grady will oversee all manufacturing facilities throughout the company, including composites, lumber, engineered wood, plywood and veneer. The announcement was made Oct. 9 by Roseburg President and CEO Allyn Ford. Based in Dillard, OR, Roseburg Forest Product is a privately-held manufacturer of engineered wood products, lumber, plywood and specialty panels.

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Neck lumber mill sale in jeopardy

Fredericksburg.com
October 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND—A federal judge postponed to next week a hearing on the possible sale of a bankrupt Westmoreland County lumber mill after a lawyer said the buyer’s financing fell through. Potomac Supply, once a major employer on the Northern Neck before filing for bankruptcy early this year, was due in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond today for a sale hearing. The company had entered into an agreement with Chesapeake Bay Enterprise for Chesapeake to buy Potomac Supply’s assets for about $20 million.

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First meeting for Gunns creditors

ABC News, Australia
October 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Creditors of the failed timber company Gunns have left their first meeting angry and demanding to know when they will get their money. About 150 creditors attended the meeting in Launceston, but no substantial decisions were made. Gunns entered voluntary administration two weeks ago when banks refused to extend more than $500 million of loans. The company has debts of more than $700 million, including $530 million owed to banks.

Gunns Owes them from ABC News, Australia

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Gunns receivers see support

Sydney Morning Herald
October 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns’ receivers have claimed strong backing for pursuing the failed timber company’s centrepiece $2.2 billion pulp mill project. Receivers Korda Mentha said after their appointment they would undertake a strategic review of the project’s economic viability in October before deciding whether it was worth putting up for sale. In a report to the first creditors meeting since Gunns went into voluntary administration, Korda Mentha said today: “there is significant stakeholder support for pursuing the pulp mill development”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sappi’s Treehouse opens its doors to creative sustainability ideas

Pulp and Paper News
October 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Launched by Minister-President of Flanders (Belgium), Kris Peeters on Friday, 28th September, the Treehouse is the result of a joint vision and partnership between Sappi Fine Paper Europe, ANB (the Agency for Nature and Forests), the Belgian Municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, and communication agency Proximity BBDO. Put simply, the Treehouse is a platform, both physical and virtual, for like-minded individuals and companies to come together to find ways to embrace sustainability in their daily activities.

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Forestry

Blazing B.C.: a look at forest fire trends

(author unknown)
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interactive infographic shows forest fire stats for recent years.

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Silviculture troubled but hope on the horizon for contractors

Prince George Citizen
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If a boss asked a group of employees to work 30 per cent harder for the same money, that request would likely fall on deaf ears. The workers might go looking for new jobs in a better-paying industry and chances are that new line of work would not be treeplanting. John Betts has done his share of pounding down trees as a planter and he can now see a lot more a lot more “schnarb” than “cream” on the province’s reforestation landscape. Given the prices now offered contractors to regenerate logged areas, treeplanting is nowhere near as profitable as it once was and until those prices rise, planting companies are in dogfight for survival.

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B.C. to examine old-growth forest for potential ‘limited’ logging opportunities

Canadian Press
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government will examine the contentious possibility of opening old-growth forests to logging in parts of the province hardest hit by plummeting timber supplies. It’s an idea that both proponents and opponents say would require chopping protective measures that took years to create. The government is now constructing ground rules so that by early 2013 it can begin revisiting the designation of some sensitive areas, mainly in the north-central triangle between Burns Lake, Prince George and Quesnel.

Plan to maintain timber supply widens land base from The Vancouver Sun
Burns Lake to be a model for forestry communities from Burns Lake District News
Province to Move to Area Based Forestry LIcences from 250 News

Click here for press release from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

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Intervention needed in beetle-killed forests to lessen fire risk

Prince George Citizen
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the forest fire season now at its end, B.C. has escaped a hot and dry summer relatively unscathed. Aside from a few persistent wildfires in the northeast corner of the province and one that destroyed homes near Peachland, there wasn’t much damage done. According to John Betts, executive director of the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association, we should consider ourselves lucky. With so many of the Interior region’s lodgepole pine trees now dead after years of being attacked by the mountain pine beetle, chances are great for some ferocious fires considering how much combustible fuel has collected on the forest floor.

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Critics pan BC’s forestry action plan

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

Now that the damage of the mountain pine beetle epidemic is mostly done, the B.C. government is poised to launch a 10-year action plan to figure out precisely what is left of its ravaged forests and what needs to be done to replant them. Eight months after the province’s Auditor-General blasted the government for weak management of its forestry resources, Forests Minister Steve Thomson has secured no new money to address the problem; in fact, his budget is slated to decline over the next three years. …“They are basing decisions on the [harvest] on data that is 30 years old. These cut decisions cannot have integrity.”

NDP Sets Fire to Libs’ Forest Industry Fix from The Tyee

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Review of raw log exports another promise gone missing, New Democrats say

BC NDP Caucus
October 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Sixteen months after he promised a review of raw log exports, Forests Minister Steve Thomson has taken no action to reduce the practice and keep wood at home, say the New Democrats. “It was May of 2011, in question period, that the minister told us that he was initiating a review to see if we had the ‘balance’ of raw logs right,” said New Democrat forests critic Norm Macdonald. “He said the review would be done within months, but more than a year later, there doesn’t seem to have been anything real done.

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Calgary replacing poplars with ash, elm and oak trees for diversity, forest health

MetroNews Canada
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Diversity is key when it comes to Calgary’s urban forests. That was the message from Ald. Peter Demong and the City of Calgary’s Urban Forestry Lead, Jill-Anne Spence, on Tuesday. Attending an official tree-planting ceremony at Maple Ridge Park in the S.E., Demong said the City’s Poplar Lifecycle and Species Diversity Project was essential to the health and esthetics of Calgary’s parks and communities. Trees are a huge asset to the city,” he said. …The Parks department identified 166 poplar trees across the city as
having reached the end of their life cycles, and is in the process of
replacing them with more than 300 new trees.

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Letter: Response to Fletcher

Letter by Norm Macdonald
Sooke News Mirror
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tom Fletcher (Another View, Sooke News Mirror, Oct. 3) claims that a read of budgets shows that there have been no cuts to forest inventory work under the Liberals. However, Liberal forest minister Steve Thomson clearly disagrees. In budget estimates this spring, I asked the minister to contrast the amount spent on forest inventory work in the 11 years the Liberals have been in power to the 1990s under the New Democrats.

Click here for Tom Fletcher’s Oct 3 opinion piece on this topic from The Sooke News Mirror

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Logging company fined for altering fish habitat

Prince George Citizen
October 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George logging company was fined Friday for harmful alteration of fish habit along the Willow River near Giscome. Longwood Production Ltd. was ordered to contribute $4,750 to the habitat enhancement branch of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Prince George and fined $250 for the violation of the Federal Fisheries Act. In May 2009, DFO officials, acting on an anonymous tip, found unauthorized logging along a 270-metre stretch of the Willow’s northeeast riverbank about 18 kilometres downstream from the confluence with the Fraser River, and near Hubbard Road and the Beaver Forest Service Road.

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B.C. streamlines permit process for community forests

from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — The B.C. government is introducing a single cutting permit procedure to make it easier for local governments, First Nations and other non-commercial organizations throughout the province to harvest timber from community forests.  Right now, organizations that manage community forest agreements have to apply for a permit for each site in their licence area where they want to cut down trees, a system which often leads to the need for multiple permits. The change means that eligible organizations will only need a single cutting permit, good for up to four years, for the entire community forest.

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Feds approve $4.5M for forest rehab work

KTVB
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — The U.S. Forest Service has approved $4.5 million for emergency rehabilitation in areas burned by the Trinity Ridge Fire. The fire started on Aug. 3 and full containment is expected next Monday. It charred nearly 147,000 acres in the Boise National Forest. Over $2 million will be spent on protecting fisheries and stabilizing soil along three important watersheds. Another big chunk of the money will improve roads and trails. The work will start immediately and be completed prior to the winter.  END

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Forest products industry has seen dramatic changes

The Missoulian
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At the end of the month, the Montana Wood Products Association will hold its annual convention and celebration of 40 years representing the forest products industry in Montana. What has changed, or maybe not changed, in the past 40 years? …Another major change is in the volume of timber removed from our forests. In the early 1970s, about 225,000 truckloads of logs were removed from federal, state and private forests in Montana. In 2010, there were 113,000 truckloads of logs removed. Only 24 percent came from federal lands and over half came from private lands.

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Forest Service seeks bids to modernize fleet of firefighting planes

Associated Press
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont.— The U.S. Forest Service has reopened bids on a contract to operate the next generation of firefighting planes after two companies protested the initial award. That means Missoula-based Neptune Aviation and three other air tanker operators must refile their proposals for jet-powered aircraft to replace Korean War-era P2V tankers. The bulk of the $261 million, five-year contract to modernize the private fleet of air tankers that drop flame retardant slurry on forest fires was originally awarded to Missoula-based Neptune Aviation.

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Australia attempts to stump illegal loggers

THe Conversation
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian Senate is about to take on the task of stopping illegal logging, with legislation banning the importation and sale of timber products containing illegally logged timber being considered this month. But how does it stack up against laws introduced by other countries to take on this problem? The actual extent of illegal logging around the world is almost impossible to quantify, mainly because there is no clear definition of what is legal and illegal. However, it is significant. What is acceptable in one country is not in another.

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New forestry minister to speak at Confor conference

KMS Baltics
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The new UK forestry minister David Heath has agreed to provide the closing presentation at Confor’s London conference later this month. Set to take place at the RICS on October 25th, the event will see the new MP participate in the afternoon’s proceedings after secretary of state Owen Paterson makes the keynote opening speech. Guests attending the conference, which is a partner of the England Woodland and Timber Partnership, will be invited to put their questions and views across to the members of parliament. It has also been revealed the event – entitled ‘A landmark year for English forestry?’ – has been timed to coincide with the government’s consideration of proposals put forward by the Independent Panel on Forestry.

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