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Daily Archives: October 11, 2012

Business & Politics

Minister Oliver Concludes Successful Mission to Strengthen Natural Resource Opportunities with India

Natural Resources Canada
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MUMBAI — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today concluded his successful economic mission to India, where he met with top government officials and industry leaders to strengthen investment, innovation and partnerships with Canada in the natural resource sectors. India is the world’s fourth-largest energy …Throughout the week, Minister Oliver met with government officials and industry leaders to discuss strengthening trade and investment between Canada and India in areas such as energy, mining, metals and wood products and to lay the groundwork for a long-term bilateral relationship.

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Alberni on hook for Catalyst lagoon clean up

Alberni Valley Times
October 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Port Alberni will be on the hook for costs to remove sludge from the lagoon it is purchasing from Catalyst Paper Corp., city manager Ken Watson said. The development came as a result of a question from Coun. Hira Chopra during discussion about the loan authorization for purchase of the lagoon. “How much is it going to cost for removing the sludge?” Chopra asked. Watson replied that there were several unknown variables that prevented him from disclosing an exact dollar figure.

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Fire at Miramichi mill causes minor injuries

20 firefighters were called to the Arbec Mill on Water Street Monday night
CBC News
October 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two Miramichi firefighters sustained minor injuries battling several fires at the Arbec Mill on Water Street Monday night. But Chief Ian Gavet believes damage to the mill was limited to conveyor belts, and operations are expected to resume as early as Thursday. Twenty firefighters were called to the mill at about 7:30 p.m., said Gavet. Hot embers from wood processing were transported throughout the facility on conveyor belts before the fire was detected and before fire suppression operations could begin, he said.

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Forestry

Province vows to make up for pine-beetle losses

October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberal government pledged to find more fibre in the forest to combat the potential loss of thousands of jobs in wake of the mountain pine beetle. B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson said Tuesday the province will endorse many of the recommendations of a special legislative committee. That group of MLAs looked at ways to grow B.C.’s timber supply following devastation and a loss of harvesting to the mountain pine beetle.

BC Government commits to timber supply plan from Business in Vancouver

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Taan Forest to hold meeting in Port

Queen Charlotte Islands Observer
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

n response to concerns from the village of Port Clements, Taan Forest says it is hiring more local people and will be holding a public meeting in Port later this month to discuss its operational plans.  The village council wrote to Taan last month with concerns about local employment levels, inconsistent availability of fibre and lack of communication. Taan general manager Mike Richardson responded in a letter read by council at its Oct. 1 meeting.

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Stumbling Blindly Into the Future

by Bob Simpson, MLA
250 News
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week the BC Liberal government released its response to this summer’s Special Committee on Timber Supply’s report and recommendations. The Special Committee consisted of both Liberal and NDP MLAs, and its final report represented the unanimous agreement between the two political parties. …These fundamental and radical changes to BC’s forest management and forest tenure regimes will be done without an updated inventory or any additional funding for forest health and silviculture activities. Facing budget cuts in each of the next two years, the Minister of Forests can only promise that BC’s forest inventory will be updated over the next ten years.

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Province urged to protect Harrison habitat

by Larry Pynn – ‘Bald eagle capital of the world’ threatened by human activity, conservationists say
Vancouver Sun
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

David Hancock says he has personally counted more than 7,000 bald eagles in one day on the Harrison and Chehalis rivers – a world record and almost twice the best tally of Brack-endale Eagles Provincial Park near Squamish. Today, as the eagles arrive again to feast on the area’s annual salmon runs, Hancock is counting on the B.C. government to do the right thing and increase protection for one of the planet’s great avian spectacles. Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance is also calling for increased protection of the eagles by putting an end to clearcutting of their prime roosting habitat on Crown forest land.

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Not even heritage designation has protected valley’s heart

Cowichan Valley Citizen
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cowichan River is in the Tnews. Unfortu nately, it’s not good news. …At risk are our forests, our fisheries, our fresh water reservoirs, our sewage lagoons and jobs. All because of an unusually dry late summer and early autumn? Not quite. We had a chance, early this summer, to store more water with which to relieve the Cowi-chan River by allowing the water level of the lake to rise when water from winter rains and spring run-off was plentiful …Citizen readers will already know that the “excess” water level – that which would allow us to replenish the river now – was deliberately drained off by opening the weir to the river despite the protests of Valley community leaders and Cowi-chan Tribes representatives.

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Province vows to make up for pine-beetle losses

October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberal government pledged to find more fibre in the forest to combat the potential loss of thousands of jobs in wake of the mountain pine beetle. B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson said Tuesday the province will endorse many of the recommendations of a special legislative committee. That group of MLAs looked at ways to grow B.C.’s timber supply following devastation and a loss of harvesting to the mountain pine beetle.

BC Government commits to timber supply plan from Business in Vancouver

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Protesters block tree-cutter at Trans-Canada site

CBC News
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

People protesting a re-routing of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Charlottetown were able to temporarily halt work once again Wednesday morning. Gail Rhyno, one of the protesters camping in the woods in the path of the new highway, described how a line of protesters stopped a tree harvester heading towards a stand of trees in the Bonshaw Hills that included what are believed to be 200-year-old hemlocks.

Save the trees, says forestry critic from CBC News

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Forest Festival will turn woods into classroom

Waterloo Record
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KITCHENER — When hundreds of young local students pile out of buses on Friday, they’ll head for the forest where a couple of woodland serial killers are lurking. One is the emerald ash borer, a beetle which has murdered millions of ash trees in southwestern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding states. Another is a real nasty actor called the buckthorn. It’s a shrubby tree with dark blue berries that hogs all the light, nutrients and water in the forest. A big bully, it forms dense thickets and crowds out native plants and trees.

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US Forest Service Researcher Uses Science to Fight Forest Fires

USDA Blog
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

With wildfires that raged out of control this fire season, a year of “devastating conflagrations” seems to be the only way to describe such massive destruction on the nation’s forested lands. And scientists who know something about limiting the power of these forest infernos are needed more than ever. Lucky for us, Terrie Benavidez Jain, a U.S. Forest Service scientist, has answers to help reduce the impacts of fire on forested lands. In fact, researching and studying the science of forest fires is something Jain has come to know quite well throughout her impressive career.

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Logging Urban Trees To Save Forests?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When David Barmon looks around at the trees in his east Portland neighborhood, he doesn’t just see green. He also sees lumber. Big, beautiful slabs of lumber that could become furniture, decking, fencing and cabinetry. …Urban logging is still a pretty rare phenomenon, but Barmon sees potential to grow the industry and use more urban trees for wood products instead of trees from far-off forests.  “Growing trees in the city for lumber takes logging pressure off our wild forests,” he says. “There is a smaller carbon footprint when trees are cut down, taken a few miles to a mill and used in the neighborhood.”

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Update on five forestry lawsuits

Oregon Natural Resources Report
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Owners React to Fire Suit: The fallout from the punitive US Forest Service lawsuit that extracted over $122 million in a fire damage settlement from Sierra Pacific Industries has Oregon landowners scrambling to prevent similar attacks by Obama administration federal prosecutors. Potential fire liability impacts and defensive strategies are being explored by state and private forest attorneys. Forest landowners near national forests have stepped-up fire prevention and closed their private lands to public recreation use until fire liability changes can be enacted in Oregon law.

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US Forest Service awards $3 million to improve tree canopy, forest cover in Great Lakes states

Associated Press
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DETROIT — The U.S. Forest Service is awarding nearly $3 million to improve the tree canopy and forest cover in the Great Lakes region. Funding for Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois and Indiana announced Thursday is part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The aim of the tree-related investments is to improve water quality. The grants will support community forestry efforts to improve the interception, evaporation, infiltration and storage of rainfall and storm water.

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Man sought over forestry equipment damage

ABC News, Australia
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian police have identified a man they say could help with investigations into an attack on a logging coupe in the Central Highlands. In September, two excavators and a logging skidder were damaged near Butlers Gorge. Police have released a photo of a man aged in his mid 40s who they want to speak to in relation to the incident.

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