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Daily Archives: December 24, 2012

Business & Politics

Elk Falls developer says he is still a player

Campbell River Mirror
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton developer Harold Jahn says he needs until Dec. 31 to complete the $8.6 million deal to purchase the Catalyst pulp mill property. Catalyst Paper announced Dec. 19 that the sale of its Elk Falls site to Jahn’s company Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals did not close by the Dec. 18 deadline and “the sale agreement has been terminated.” Regardless, Jahn says he’s still a player. “Pacifica continues to move forward with the closing process, is ready, willing, and able to close in the coming 10 days,” he told the Mirror on Friday, Dec. 21.

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No. 7 machine to shut briefly

Fort Frances Times Online
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The local mill will be even quieter over Christmas as No. 7 paper machine is being shut down on Dec. 24-25 due to market conditions. Meanwhile, the town is keeping up its “economic development strategy to support the industries that built our community, as well as seeking new opportunities to support our future,” said a press release issued yesterday.

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Dredging could settle dispute over Halsey pulp mill waste

Albany Democrat Herald
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Cascade Pacific Pulp LLC is proposing a major dredging operation in the Willamette River that could head off a threatened lawsuit over water pollution from the company’s Halsey mill. The company has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove up to 22,600 cubic yards of material — about 1,900 dump truck loads — from a gravel bar that has built up in the river. … The reduced flow has also resulted in a concentration of the effluent from the two mills.

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Asia Pacific China takes lead in global forest products industry

China Daily
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forest products industry is slowly recovering from the global economic crisis, with the Asia-Pacific region and particularly China taking the lead, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said yesterday. “Global production of the main forest products grew by 1 to 4 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010,” a statement said. “Countries are slowly coming out of recession.” Production of wood-based panels and paper in 2011 was above the pre-crisis levels of 2007 and “appears to be growing relatively strong in most regions,” it added. On the other hand, global production of industrial roundwood has not yet reached pre-crisis levels despite a year-on-year increase of 3 per cent in 2011.

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Forestry

Trapper laments destruction of Alberta forest, caribou habitat

Canadian Press
December 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The longtime northern Alberta trapper had been chased from one area to another as he tried to stay ahead of the logging and drilling that ruined his other traplines. The section along the Little Smoky River east of Grande Cache seemed perfect — not pristine, but relatively untouched. Timber companies had agreed to stay out. The federal and provincial governments had promised to preserve caribou habitat. … …Despite policy and promises to preserve habitat, 84 per cent of that tiny remnant has now been sold off.

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An Unwelcome Blog Comment

CortesIsland.com
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

….Well, on December 18, 2012, I responded with a comment, albeit unwelcome. The PFLA censored it. Since I had written the comment for the benefit of both the PFLA and residents of Cortes Island, I thought readers of Tideline might be interested in it sooner rather than later. This is what I wrote: “When residents and visitors, who know the islands well, read, ‘this is a results-oriented regulatory approach’ their instinct tells them something doesn’t sit well here, and their hackles rise.

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Old tree serves as outdoor classroom

Arizona Republic
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Having withstood the test of time for more than 75 years, the old tree at Biltmore Preparatory Academy now serves as an outdoor classroom for about 400 students from kindergarten to eighth grade….  “We wanted to build a classroom around a historic tree on our campus where the students could learn with their teacher in a natural environment, and we thought it would be good for their mind, their body and their spirit,” said Renee Shamblin, a volunteer for the school’s parent-teacher organization and parent of two students.

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Marbled Murrelet numbers continue to fall, 10-year study shows

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

Despite extensive efforts to preserve the threatened Marbled Murrelet, the birds’ numbers continue to dwindle, according to a study published last month. Researchers from multiple government agencies and a private firm examined the sea birds’ nesting areas from the San Francisco Bay Area north to the Canadian border over a 10-year period. They found that the Marbled Murrelet population fell about 3.7 percent a year, for a total decline of more than 29 percent, from 2000 to 2010.

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Bozeman files brief asking court to allow proposed forest-thinning project

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
December 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The city of Bozeman filed a brief in federal court this month asking that a proposed forest-thinning project in the Hyalite and Bozeman creek watersheds be allowed to go forward despite a lawsuit filed by conservation groups. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council filed the lawsuit in April against the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project. Defendants include the U.S. Forest Service, the Region 1 forester and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The city of Bozeman is not part of the case but is offering information through the brief to introduce its concerns about the pending decision.

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Forestry unions claim they’ve been blocked

News Talk NB
December 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Unions claim they’ve been blocked from filling forestry workers in on their rights at upcoming Government-funded “safety breakfasts.” Forest owners are running the talks, which will include a short presentation by Ministry inspectors on the new Forest Safety Regulations, then a briefing from employers. Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says unions sought to attend, so they could pass on information to workers such as their right to refuse dangerous work, to demand safe hours and roster arrangements and to elect worker health and safety representatives at their workplace.

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German scientists seek to clone perfect Xmas trees

Phys.Org
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may soon become a lot easier: just pick a nice clone. That’s what German scientists are now working on: They are searching a way to ensure that the sensitive saplings of the popular Nordmann fir species grow into impressive specimens. The fir is native to the Caucasus, but is often cultivated on massive plantations in Germany.

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Government ‘failed to fund’ research into deadly oak disease

December 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Acute oak decline, which is thought to have first emerged less than 30 years ago, affects trees that are more than 50 years old. Half of oaks in some English woods are already infected. Peter Goodwin, the co-founder of Surrey-based charity Woodland Heritage, warned that the disease was “far more serious” than ash dieback, which has captured headlines over fears that it will spread to most of the UK’s 92 million ash trees. He said: “It is the iconic tree of England, and while the ash is serious, the removal of English oak from our landscape is a total disaster.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EPA Releases Final Boiler MACT, Incinerator, and NHSM Rules

American Forest & Paper Association
December 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – On Friday, Dec. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), Incinerator, and Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rules following months of agency review in which the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has been closely engaged. “While we need to study the rule in more depth, we will be looking for improvements from the December 2011 re-proposed rules on the use of biomass residuals as fuels, compliance time, and achievability,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

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Researchers map Maryland’s forest carbon

UM team uses satellites, planes, footwork to tally climate impact
Baltimore Sun
December 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

If a tree falls in Maryland’s forests — even if no one hears it — researchers soon will have a handle on how much it could contribute to global warming. A pair of geographical scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park is leading an ambitious effort to map the state’s forests and measure changes over time in the amount of carbon stockpiled in the trees. With a $1.4 million grant from NASA, the research team hopes to use satellite imagery, aerial photography and ground observations to develop new methods for tracking the carbon stored in woodlands, which could be applied locally, nationally and globally.

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General

Government ‘failed to fund’ research into deadly oak disease

December 24, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Acute oak decline, which is thought to have first emerged less than 30 years ago, affects trees that are more than 50 years old. Half of oaks in some English woods are already infected. Peter Goodwin, the co-founder of Surrey-based charity Woodland Heritage, warned that the disease was “far more serious” than ash dieback, which has captured headlines over fears that it will spread to most of the UK’s 92 million ash trees. He said: “It is the iconic tree of England, and while the ash is serious, the removal of English oak from our landscape is a total disaster.”

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New forest player aims to give all growers a say

from FOREST GROWERS LEVY TRUST
Scoop.co.nz
December 19, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Forest owners will vote in March on a plan that aims to give all commercial forest and woodlot owners a say in the future of their industry. The Forest Voice referendum is being conducted by a new organisation, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, an incorporated society. It has the backing of the two established players in the sector, the Forest Owners Association and the Farm Forestry Association. Trust chair Geoff Thompson says the plan aims to create a fairer, more cohesive and more profitable sector. The referendum will be held from 1-22 March 2013.

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