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Daily Archives: November 16, 2012

Business & Politics

Can B.C. Meet the Lumber Demand Caused By Sandy?

250 News
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It has been estimated there are 150 thousand homes along the U.S. east coast which have been left either damaged, or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. When it comes time to rebuild, can B.C. respond to the demand? … Can lumber companies here ramp up their operations to meet the storm created demand? That remains to be seen. Keep in mind, Lakeland Mills is not operating, Burns Lake Babine Sawmill is not operating, and the biggest challenge is to find the contractors to get into the bush and do the logging.

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BC’s forest industry woos back workers as demand booms

U.S. housing market, China, Sandy aftermath creates perfect storm
The Province
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s the perfect storm for B.C.’s forest industry. A rebounding U.S. housing market, demand in China, and now Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed billions of dollars worth of homes and infrastructure in the Northeastern U.S. that must be rebuilt. Skilled labourers have abandoned the long-dormant industry, and now massive labour shortages are predicted as mills and logging camps get back to work. “As demand ramps up, we’re not going to find the employees we need,” said MaryAnne Arcand, executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association, who predicts her industry will be short 2,000 skilled workers.

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Cautious optimism in forestry sector

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The big three forestry companies operating in the Grande Prairie-area seem to be cautiously optimistic as they drive into this year’s harvests. Weyerhaeuser, Canfor Products Ltd, and Ainsworth Engineered, held a joint open house on Thursday night at Stonebridge Hotel to field questions from the public and discuss future harvesting plans. And all three companies, which have been battered by an anemic U.S. housing market, believe the worst is behind them.

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City of Prince Rupert asks court to throw out Watson Island litigation in new filing

The Northern View
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Prince Rupert is asking the BC Supreme Court to remove the pending litigation related to Watson Island, citing “hardship and inconvenience” from the ongoing legal dispute with Sun Wave Forest Products. In a Nov. 9 filing with the Supreme Court, the City says the Certificates of Pending Litigation are negatively impacting them in five major ways and that all of the problems have been compounded by “Sun Wave’s delay in bringing its various claims and its failure to advance its actions”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden Tower

Journal of Commerce
November 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.-based CEI Architecture has been recognized with an honourable mention in the inaugural Office Building of the Future Design Competition. The contest was open to NAIO’s 15,000 members across North America and CEI was the only Canadian company recognized. The objective was to outline a vision and a design concept for the year 2020. Their proposal was a 40-storey facility predominantly comprised of wood. It is estimated the tower would sequester 10,000 tons of carbon.

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Forestry

UBC cheers community achievements

awards dinner: Distinguished works in medicine, sports, forestry, culture, citizenship
The Province
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ten University of B.C. alumni were feted Wednesday evening at an awards dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel for their efforts to improve communities locally and globally. …Garry Merkel, founder of Forest Innovations who has worked closely with UBC’s Faculty of Forestry and First Nations House of Learning, offered deep thanks to his family when accepting his Honorary Alumnus Award. “You can’t do these things without family,” Merkel said. “You can’t do these things without friends. You can’t do these things without people who really, really care.”

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Environmentalists celebrate as Alberta company drops plan for hydro facility in globally significant rainforest

by Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists in the Kootenays are celebrating after an Alberta company said Wednesday it would be no longer seek to build a run-of-river power facility in a globally significant interior temperate rainforest near Revelstoke. The development came the same day that The Vancouver Sun published a story on Calgary-based TransAlta’s proposed 45-megawatt project in the Upper Incomappleux River, an area renowned for its grizzly bears, ancient trees and rich biodiversity including rare lichens and at-risk bull trout.

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Area budworm infestation worst in southern Interior

November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests is in the early stages of planning an aerial spray program next year to control spruce budworm infestation centred near the Coquihalla Highway. The region between Kamloops and the Nicola Valley, including Logan Lake to the west, is the site of the worst infestation in the Southern Interior, entomologist Lorraine Maclauchlan said Thursday….  The ministry estimates 275,000 hectares is infested with spruce budworm, which threatens supply of fir.

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Merritt truck logger awarded young entrepreneur honour

‘I bought my first truck at 19 and now have six trucks operating out of the Merritt area’
www.kamloopsnews.ca
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Through a tumultuous decade in the B.C. logging industry, Shelley Stewart has seen her share of peaks and valleys. During that same time, she has managed to build a successful truck-logging operation, SRS Trucking Ltd., based in Merritt. Stewart, 28, a member of the Upper Nicola Indian Band, marks another high point on Nov. 26. At a gala dinner in Vancouver, she’ll be presented with the young entrepreneur of the year honour from the B.C. Achievement Foundation.

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BC Hydro burns hundreds of thousands of trees along Northwest Transmission …

by Gordon Hamilton – Loggers say poor quality of material and distance to mills reduce market for timber
Vancouver Sun
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Hydro is burning most of the timber it is cutting along the 340-kilometre-long route of its Northwest Transmission Line north of Terrace, saying the quality of the wood and sheer remoteness of the project make it uneconomic to salvage. … But the loggers have been unable to find markets for most of the timber they are cutting, said Bruce Barrett, BC Hydro vice-president of project and program delivery. It’s not for a lack of trying, he said. ..The
sheer size of the cut and the fact that most of it is being burned raises disturbing issues about forest management, said Bob Simpson, independent MLA for Cariboo North.

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Wolf population on the rise in B.C

by Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a history of persecution through bounties and poisonings, B.C.’s grey wolf population has recovered and is now expanding and estimated at 8,500 animals, according to a draft provincial management plan released Wednesday. The province seeks a self-sustaining population throughout the species’ range to ensure wolves are available in sufficient abundance to fulfil their ecological role. But the province also supports hunting and trapping of wolves, and is working to minimize their threat to livestock and species at risk, including endangered caribou populations.

BC not considering a wolf cull in new draft management plan from the Canadian Press

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Whistler needs long-term forest management plan, say ecologists

Provincial requirements force Whistler to log old growth trees Environment
Whistler Question
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The community of Whistler needs to decide on a long-term plan for its old growth forests, says a pair of local forestry experts. Professor Ken Lertzman from Simon Fraser’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, and Bob Brett, a forest ecologist with Snowline Research, made a presentation on old growth forests to council during a Committee of the Whole meeting last Tuesday (Nov. 7). …Lertzman feels it’s important for communities to determine the primary value of their forests, and what role those forests should play in shaping municipal policy decisions.

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Area budworm infestation worst in southern Interior

November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests is in the early stages of planning an aerial spray program next year to control spruce budworm infestation centred near the Coquihalla Highway. The region between Kamloops and the Nicola Valley, including Logan Lake to the west, is the site of the worst infestation in the Southern Interior, entomologist Lorraine Maclauchlan said Thursday….  The ministry estimates 275,000 hectares is infested with spruce budworm, which threatens supply of fir.

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Remembering a hero of reforestation

Ottawa Citizen
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…From 1790 to the early 1900s, Ontariorio was denuded through the efforts of lumbermen and farmers. The results, to a great degree, were devastating. …. In 1904, an ambitious forestry professor from the University of Toronto proposed to the Ontario government that it would be a good idea to establish an aggressive replanting program in the marginally productive areas of the province. … His name was Edmund Zavitz and his story is worth repeating as, I fear, much of what he did is at risk of being forgotten.

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Planting a new vision of forestry

November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This year Thomas Manness, head of the department of forest engineering, resources and management, has been named dean of the college. …“He’s an excellent choice,” Salwasser said, who has now returned to teaching in the College of Forestry. “We had excellent candidates, and he rose to the top.” Manness feels he was chosen due to his diverse background, especially because he worked in Canada for 20 years. “I think that they really wanted to bring in someone who had an outside persepective.” Manness said. “My years in Canada brought a very different experience to OSU.”

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Greening Sydney: The New Urban Forest Strategy

DesignBuild Source
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The City of Sydney is to release a draft Urban Forest Strategy for public consultation aimed at greening the city, reducing power bills and beautifying inner-city properties. Under the plan, the city will grow its urban forest and green canopy by up to 50 per cent by 2030 and maximise the environmental, economic and social benefits of trees and plants to the community. There are currently around 81,000 trees in the City of Sydney area which provide a canopy cover of just over 15 per cent. Under the Urban Forest Strategy, this would increase to more than 23 per cent by 2030.

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Forest Bill sets scene for new era

The Land
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MINISTER for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today welcomed the passage of the Forestry Bill 2012 as representing a new era for forestry in NSW. “The Forestry Bill 2012 will strengthen the governance arrangements and commercial viability of Forests NSW by establishing it as a State-owned corporation, to be known as the Forestry Corporation of NSW,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forestry is the answer! Really? Again?

Green Biz
November 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East

…Anyone who really knows the dynamics of forestry and land-use change around the world, however, has always known that large-scale management of landscapes for carbon sequestration is much harder — and generally much more expensive — than it looks when put into the larger context of growing populations looking for more land to develop, food to grow and cattle to export. All sorts of other variables further complicate the equation, from legal requirements, to “use it or lose it” standards for tropical forest landowners, to tax laws that significantly impede the willingness of ability of landowners (including in the United States) to encumber their lands with long-lived trees.

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Forest carbon schemes must consider people, biodiversity – scientists

Reuters AlertNet
November 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LONDON – Efforts to cut carbon emissions by curbing deforestation may fail unless they avoid negative impacts on biodiversity and local people, a network of forest scientists said on Friday. The world’s shrinking forests need to be valued as more than just carbon sinks for mitigating climate change, says a report from the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO). Biodiversity is key in determining a forest’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases, it adds.

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General

Logging plans unchanged, opposition kicks into gear

Coast Reporter
November 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) plans to go ahead with logging a 14-hectare portion of lower Mount Elphinstone, despite opposition that included a public rally Thursday, Nov. 15, in Sechelt and the presence of some shíshálh elders in the protest. “We said we would listen to the community, and we did listen,” SCCF chair and president Glen Bonderud told Coast Reporter Tuesday. “But we’re not going to throw it up again and again and again for public discussion, which seems to be what a lot of people want to do.”

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Planting a new vision of forestry

November 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

This year Thomas Manness, head of the department of forest engineering, resources and management, has been named dean of the college. …“He’s an excellent choice,” Salwasser said, who has now returned to teaching in the College of Forestry. “We had excellent candidates, and he rose to the top.” Manness feels he was chosen due to his diverse background, especially because he worked in Canada for 20 years. “I think that they really wanted to bring in someone who had an outside persepective.” Manness said. “My years in Canada brought a very different experience to OSU.”

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