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Daily Archives: November 23, 2012

Business & Politics

Catalyst mill site development ‘frozen’

Campbell River Mirror
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Development of the abandoned Catalyst pulp mill property is “frozen” and the city will not have the ability to issue re-development permits any time soon, an Environment Ministry official has told the Mirror. Senior contaminated sites officer Vincent Hanemayer says two parallel review processes are underway and until the City of Campbell River receives the appropriate sign-off from the environment ministry, the municipality’s ability to “issue demolition, subdivision rezoning, soil removal, development or development variance permits is still frozen.”

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More work needed by BC forest industry to cut risk of explosive dust: minister

by Gordon Hoekstra – Inspections finds high proportion of hazardous dust levels in pulp mills, plywood plants and other wood-product facilities
Vancouver Sun
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell says forest companies need to do more to clean up combustible wood dust and said the government will encourage that by continuing inspections by WorkSafeBC. ..Bell said the forest industry is taking the risk of fire and explosion associated with wood dust seriously.  … “But obviously, they need to do more still to deal with what’s (wood dust) been found.” …United Steelworkers western Canadian director Steve Hunt said government measures taken to reduce dust levels in mills so far are inadequate.

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Firemen battle blaze at Alberni APD sawmill

Alberni Valley News
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firemen from at least two departments are battling a blaze at the Alberni Pacific Division Mill in Port Alberni. The initial call about a hog bin fire went out at 5:04 p.m. A second call, this time to all Alberni Valley fire departments, went out at 5:20 p.m., about a structure fire at the mill. Firemen from Port Alberni, Beaver Creek and possibly another department were on scene. Flames could be seen shooting into the air from a structure at the far end of the mill property.

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Resolute to build wood pellet plant in Thunder Bay, create 24 jobs

Canadian Press
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products plans to build an industrial wood pellet plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., that will turn residual material into a source of renewable energy. The Montreal-based forestry company said construction of the plant is expected to begin shortly and should be completed in 2014. It will invest about $10 million into the plant and hire 24 new employees. It said it has already signed a 10-year agreement to supply Ontario Power Generation with 45,000 metric tons of pellets annually.

Click here for press release from Resolute

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Domtar announces closing of sale of Ottawa/Gatineau hydro assets

PR Newswire
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corporation  today confirmed the November 20 closing of its previously announced Definitive Purchase and Sale Agreement (“the agreement”) signed by its Canadian subsidiary, Domtar Inc., for the sale of its hydro assets in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Qu?bec. The purchaser is Chaudière Hydro L.P. (“Chaudière Hydro”), the newly-created affiliate of Energy Ottawa Inc.

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MP says mill closures short-term pain for long-term gain

ABC News, Australia
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The independent Member for Mount Gambier says the timber industry in south-east South Australia still has a bright future, despite the closure of two local mills. Carter Holt Harvey’s Lakeside and pine mouldings plants will close next month, with operations to be consolidated at a third mill. …The Member for Mount Gambier, Don Pegler, says the restructure was needed to make the business competitive. “I think you’ll find in a few years’ time we’ll say a few of the changes now had to happen to be competitive on a world scene,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood WORKS! BC launches wood design luncheon conferences

Journal of Commerce
November 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood WORKS! BC will hold three luncheon conferences in Victoria, Nanaimo and Kelowna, British Columbia, with the first happening at the Delta Grand Okanagan in Kelowna on November 27th. That conference will be followed by one in Victoria at the Delta Ocean Pointe on November 29th and in Nanaimo at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on November 30th.

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Architect Michael Green Calls Wood “The Most Technologically Advanced Building Material In The World.”

Tree Hugger
November 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Michael Green is known to TreeHuggers as the author of The Case for Tall Wood Buildings. However when he spoke at the Wood Solutions Fair in Toronto it became clear that he is perhaps the material’s greatest proselytizer , both in his speaking and in his body of work. He makes an audacious claim: Wood is the most technologically advanced material that we can build with. …He wonders why sticking solar panels on the roof of a concrete or steel
building is considered green when the actual building is made of
materials that are not.

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Forestry

Pine Beetles: Day 1 – The impact on biodiversity (video series)

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Phil Burton, a researcher with the Canadian Forest Service, explores pine beetle logging issues southwest of Prince George where biodiversity took a hit in the rush to attack the pine beetle spread.  Pine Beetles: The Aftermath – A five-part series by reporter Larry Pynn with 14 videos.

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Alberni groups protest McLaughlin logging

Alberni Valley News
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 80 people gathered at Echo Centre Monday for a meeting hosted by the Watershed-Forest Alliance in its quest to protect an old-growth forest at McLaughlin Ridge and in the China Creek Watershed. Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser and retired government scientist Doug Janz were guest speakers at the event. The pair were resolute: that the forest range needs to be protected with enhanced regulations. “McLaughlin Ridge is critical winter range for deer and elk. Weyerhaeuser and Mac Blo saw this and left it untouched,” Fraser said.

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Input invited on Bulkley timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until Feb. 7, 2013, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review of the Bulkley timber supply area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before he sets a new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management, land use plans, economic profile and allowable annual cut history of the Bulkley timber supply area.

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Obama administration increases ‘critical habitat’ for northern spotted owl

The Oregonian
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 9.6 million acres of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl this morning, nearly double the last designation in 2008. The acreage in Oregon, Washington and California won’t be off limits to logging. But the service’s decision requires heightened federal review of logging projects on lands owned by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, the bulk of the designated land.

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Forestry deal hangs in balance

Tasmania Examiner
November 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE forestry peace deal has been given a hostile reception from the majority of MLCs _ the people who have the power to stop new reserves being created or wood supply volumes being reduced.  Without the support of eight members of the Legislative Council, the legislation passed by the House Of Assembly to create 506,000 hectares of reserves and cut wood supply to 137,000 cubic metres a year will be rejected. However, the best-case scenario for the government appears to be just seven yes votes, forcing a tie.

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Premier talks up forestry deal

Tasmania Examiner
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Premier Lara Giddings has described today as an historic day after a forestry peace deal was agreed to by industry, union and environment groups this morning. The State Opposition attacked the deal during question time and highlighted division within the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania and criticism from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association.

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Royal Forestry Society launches 2013 awards

Nursery World
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The RFS is searching for the most inspirational educational projects that promote learning about trees in counties stretching from Worcestershire to Cumbria. Entries to the RFS Schools Award 2013 can encompass any current project relating to trees and woodlands. This year’s winners were Free Rangers Nursery in Welton, Somerset for setting up a whole nursery based on the forest school ethos and for its use of wood inside the setting.

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Peace deal won’t end forestry wars: Bob Brown

ABC News, Australia
November 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania is on the cusp of delivering an historic forestry peace deal, but it may not mean an end to the decades old conflict. …Former Greens leader Bob Brown says he will back the Tasmanian Greens in their support of the deal. However he has told Statewide Mornings’ Leon Compton that any deal does not exclude people’s democratic right to protest. “We’re part of an evolving open society… and for anybody to say that’s got to be shut down, people in future mustn’t talk about it that’s not going to happen,” he says.

Libs warn forestry wars not over from ABC News, Australia

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