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Daily Archives: October 31, 2012

Business & Politics

Agreement allows for Big River Mill

Prince Albert Daily Herlad
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Steelworkers Local 1-184 and Carrier Forest Products have negotiated a collective agreement covering the company’s mill in Big River. Carrier Forest Products sees the agreement as a key step in making the mill operational and ensuring long-term stability.

Click here for press release from the United Steelworkers

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Better days ahead for Alberta’s lumber industry

Troy Media
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY, AB, – Prices for lumber are currently some of the strongest the industry has enjoyed in almost three years.  …Over the last decade or so, Canadian forest product producers have been hammered by a series of negative events: mountain pine beetles, a high Canadian dollar, and softwood lumber disputes with the United States, to name a few. As a result, much of the Canadian industry has been rationalized (that is, older, less efficient mills have been shuttered). Today, remaining mills in Alberta are generally new and extremely efficient.

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B.C. moves to fill gaps in sawmill fire code inspections

by Gordon Hoekstra – WorkSafeBC changes follow Sun probe into deadly blasts
Vancouver Sun
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government will announce Wednesday changes meant to fill gaps in fire code inspections at sawmills and other industrial plants in small and remote communities, and on First Nation reserves. WorkSafeBC officers, who already inspect sawmills and other industrial facilities for general worker safety, will be trained to check those plants specifically to ensure fire safety. It’s an area in which WorkSafeBC does not normally have jurisdiction. B.C. Safety Authority officers, who have responsibility for heavy industrial equipment, will do the same.

Gov’t fills gaps in fire code compliance from 250 News

Click here for press release from BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour Ministry of Justice

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Lakeland fund wraps up distribution

Prince George Citizen
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Lakeland Fire Assistance Fund has been given out to the victims of the explosion and fire. “Under the direction of the fund holder, the funds were to be distributed based on need,” said Judy Neiser, executive director of the Prince George Community Foundation, the not-for-profit agency chosen as the independent facilitator of the funds. The money was donated by companies, groups and individuals to help those most impacted by the fatal blast that destroyed Lakeland Mills in April.

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New Home Construction Sets Record Pace in September

Woodworking Network
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Providing confirmation that a housing recovery is underway, sales of newly built, single-family homes set a record pace in more than two years, rising 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 389,000 units in September, according to figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. “New-home sales this year have consistently and significantly out-paced their year-ago levels as favorable interest rates, rising prices and improving consumer confidence have driven demand higher,” National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe said in a statement.

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ACADIAN TIMBER CORP. : Reports Third Quarter Results

4-traders
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA – – Acadian Timber Corp. today reported financial and operating results1 for the three months ended September 29, 2012 (the “third quarter”).
“The markets for softwood and hardwood sawlogs and hardwood pulpwood were relatively stable during the third quarter”, said Reid Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian.
“Acadian’s major softwood sawmill and structural panel
customers operated continuously throughout the quarter and
most regional pulp and paper mills continued to run at full
capacity.”

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Commentary: Malheur Forest’s year in review

Blue Mountain Eagle
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

As we enter a new fiscal year, I can’t help but reflect on this past year and all that we accomplished. As a result of a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Proposal written by one of our partners, the Southern Blues Restoration Coalition, we were the recipient of a Collaborative Forest Restoration Grant in the amount of $2.5 million, an amount that we anticipate we will continue to receive for approximately the next 9 years. We exceeded our timber target of 29 mmbf by 4 mmbf and our fuels target by 1,800 acres.

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15 lose jobs in timber mill closure

ABC News, Australia
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Boral says it is moth-balling its Batemans Bay timber mill operation on the New South Wales far south coast in response to a 30-year low in new housing construction and the need to reduce costs. The decision has thrown 15 people out of a job. The workers were told the bad news at noon on Monday, with Boral saying the historic mill would close immediately.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CREE Brings Wood and Concrete Hybrid Construction To North America

Tree Hugger
October 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

We have a lot of wood in North America that has to be chopped down now, thanks to the mountain pine beetle that is killing huge swathes of North American forests. It is a good reason to look at how we can substitute wood for steel and concrete in construction, to help use it up before it rots. CREE, (short for Creative Resource & Energy Efficiency) is an Austrian contractor that has developed an interesting hybrid prefabricated construction system that uses glue-laminated timber and concrete.

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Cumberland business reflects on 10 years of unique timber construction

Comox Valley Record
October 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tucked away in Cumberland is a bustling team of European-trained tradesmen who have had a remarkable impact on some of the Comox Valley’s most attractive buildings. Island Timber Frame recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is taking the opportunity to reflect on some of the projects it has completed in North America, Japan and Europe. …The two partners met just over 12 years ago at a 3D drafting seminar in
Fernie B.C., where they became fast friends and realized their common
goal of starting a timber framing business.

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Pulp and paper production remains stable in Brazil

Pulp and Paper News
October 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

According to figures from Bracelpa (Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association), the Brazilian pulp and paper production remained stable from January to September this year compared to 2011. In the accumulated result, pulp production totaled 10.4 million tons while paper production reached 7.6 million tons. The domestic market continues to post good performance results. With 4.0 million tons, paper sales in the country grew by 3.5% in the period January to September, in comparison with the same period last year.

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Forestry

B.C. timber plan unsustainable, says Cariboo MLA

Simpson calls it short-sighted, but forestry council supports Victoria’s action plan
Business in Vancouver
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It sounds like a laudable goal: increase access to timber that was hitherto off limits – or virtually worthless – to logging in order to keep sawmills running and people working in places like Burns Lake. But Bob Simpson, independent MLA for Cariboo North, warns that the B.C. government’s Mid-term Timber Supply Action Plan is shortsighted and will worsen a timber supply crunch resulting from the mountain pine beetle infestation and a decade of accelerated harvesting….But the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) disagrees.

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Logging in Castle wilderness faces legal challenge next week

Calgary Herald
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY — A legal challenge into logging in southwestern Alberta’s Castle wilderness will be heard Nov. 8 — despite the second two phases of the plan being put on hold by the province. … Clint Docken, the lawyer representing the group, said they will ask for a judicial review of the government’s approval of the logging plan. They will argue the region should have been protected by the province because it serves as a watershed for downstream communities and is core grizzly bear habitat. They also suggests that, if the government wanted to allow logging, the public should have been consulted.

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Communities…it’s time to apply for urban forestry money

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 2012 Urban Forestry Grant applications, targeted toward municipalities, are now available on DNR’s grant resources web page. This year, there are two different grant opportunities; the Community Forestry Assistance Grant and a Community Forestry Inventory Grant. Grant applications are due December 10.  The U.S. Forest Service’ Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program
provides financial and technical assistance to plan, protect,
establish, and manage trees, forests, and related resources. These
grants are administered through DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry
Program.

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Critics of Timber Task Force Recommendations

SitNews
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recent critics of the Governor’s Timber Task Force recommendations claim that the establishment of a State Forest from portions of the Tongass would remove federal protections for salmon streams and would hurt fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and others. Those criticisms are unfounded. …The State has provided a stable but small timber supply from the limited land they manage in Southeast Alaska. Our goal is to have the State manage about 12% of the Tongass. This will provide our industry a stable timber supply that will allow restoration of the jobs we have lost.

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Alabama logging industry is seeing signs of recovery for first time in years

The Republic
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Billy Ray Camp, 73, has seen it all working in the logging industry for almost a half-century. “It’s been good to us, but it hasn’t always been easy,” Camp said. Camp said the family logging business is now run by his 38-year-old son, Ray. But the elder Camp can load a logging truck about as well as anyone else, and he certainly hasn’t retired from the logging business. .

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Austrian prince to buy NZ forestry block

NZ City
October 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An Austrian prince has been granted approval to buy a large block of land from one of New Zealand’s leading forestry investment companies. Prince Tassilo Metternich-Sandor, who owns an Austrian palace and estate which hosts public orchestral music festivals, will buy 1148 hectares of land in Napier in a deal worth $3.4 million. … The Overseas Investment Office (OIO), which approved the transaction last month, says Prince Tassilo intends to develop a sustainable plantation forest for timber and carbon-capture on the block on State Highway 5 at Te Pohue.

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Clock ticking on forestry peace talks deadline

ABC News, Australia
October 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Federal Regional Development Minister Simon Crean has described the demise of Tasmania’s forest peace talks as a tragedy. Mr Crean told guests at the ForestWorks conference in Canberra it was disappointing for the sustainable forest products industry, because an agreement was within reach. Some of the negotiating parties were in the room and Mr Crean urged them to get back to the table and secure an agreement.

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British public could be banned from forests to save ash trees from fungus

The public has been barred from walking in woodlands in an attempt to stop the spread of a fungal disease which threatens to devastate 80 million ash trees.
Telegraph.co.uk
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission said it closed Knockmountain forest, near Glasgow, to the public after discovering infected trees. It is now “reviewing” whether to introduce similar bans in other woodlands, although at the moment it is considered a “low risk”. The fungus, Chalara fraxinea, which has severely affected other European countries and has now spread to Britain, kills 90 per cent of trees it infects.

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Attack of the drones to fight tree rot in Scotland

International Forest Industries
October 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DRONES more commonly ­associated with the war on ­terror are to patrol the skies over Scotland in a bid to eradicate diseases that threaten to wipe out swathes of forest. The unmanned planes are smaller than conventional drones and armed with high resolution cameras to capture images that will help woodland managers spot telltale signs of fatal fungal infections in trees. …Thomas, who monitored the Carradale trial in August, said that the
cameras on board drones can spot the early signs of disease in trees
better than most other methods of detection, including foot patrols.

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Illegal sandalwood trade growing in WA

ABC News, Australia
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An illegal trade of Australian sandalwood is flourishing in Western Australia. …A government-regulated quota system is supposed to ensure only 3,000 tonnes of native sandalwood is removed each year, but even the WA Government admits it does not know how much timber is being stolen. “It’s fair to say we don’t know how much sandalwood has been taken illegally,” WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion said. There has been just a single successful prosecution since 2007 and a handful of cautions issued.

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Gray lashes Lennon over forestry peace talks (& video)

ABC News, Australia
October 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Former Liberal Premier Robin Gray has weighed into the debate over the collapse of the forestry peace deal. Former Labor Premier Paul Lennon supports the current Premier Lara Giddings’ moves to bring the forest peace talk signatories back together. He has warned of job losses and economic trouble in regional areas without an agreement. “In that environment it seems to me that it’s not an option to walk away,” he said. “There will be more job losses and that will put serious pressure on regional communities in Tasmania.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Sizing up biomass from space

Eureka! Science News
October 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The biomass stored in forests is thought to play a critical role in mitigating the catastrophic effects of global climate change. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Carbon Balance and Management has used Lidar data collected by the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) aboard the Ice Cloud and Elevation Satellite (ICESat) to accurately measure the biomass of California. When the ICESat2 is launched in 2016 this method will be able to monitor biomass and other global data changes.

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