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Daily Archives: January 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Timber “Super Cycle” Expected in 2013

HQ Prince George
January 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timber is expected to be a hot commodity in 2013. Executive Director for the Central Interior Logging Association MaryAnne Arcand says analysts have been predicting a ‘super cycle’ for timber for the past few years now. But she says with the current American housing market and growing trade with Asia, demand is outstripping supply.

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Sampson listed as one of B.C.’s best under-40

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
January 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Levi Sampson, president of the Harmac Pacific pulp mill, has been named among 40 of B.C.’s best young entrepreneurs in 2012. Business in Vancouver magazine annually highlights the achievement of the province’s outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public or private business who are less than 40 years old. Sampson, 31, also the chairman of the board at CHEK Television, was
chosen to be on this year’s list for demonstrating professional success
and responsibility at a relatively young age with his introduction of
the worker-led model at both the mill and CHEK that saved them from
shutting down.

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Harmac a plus for Nanaimo

Letter by James Gilchrist
Nanaimo News Bulletin
January 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Banning stoves, not an answer, Letters, Dec. 20; Harmac mill’s pollutant tops any wood smoke, Letters, Dec. 1. I hear all these people complain about the pulp mill. Have any been out there to see what goes on? The mill workers are paid a decent wage – as are the spinoff jobs for longshoremen and woodworkers. The mill pays high taxes for little service while the city promotes tourism with its low paying jobs five months of the year.

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First Nations elder pleads for help after mercury poisoning

Betty Riffel says mercury from Dryden paper mill poisoned her people and is looking for compensation
CBC News
December 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A 73-year-old from Wabauskang First Nation has written a letter to the media, stating she’s running out of time — and options — to address mercury poisoning in her community. Betty Riffel said Wabauskang experienced the same contamination as Grassy Narrows, but unlike its downstream neighbours, the community has received neither recognition nor compensation. Mercury contamination from a Dryden paper mill was discovered in the English-Wabigoon river system in 1970 — contamination that had allegedly been there for years.

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Dexter fails to protect taxpayers in Bowater deal

NDP refuse to release cost of Bowater power penalties
PC Caucus of NS
January 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says it is time for the Dexter NDP to come clean about the true cost of the Bowater deal. …When Bowater suddenly shut down last spring, it was required to pay penalties to the utility. By assuming all the companies assets, the Dexter NDP have put taxpayers on the hook to pay these penalties to Nova Scotia Power. Baillie says it’s appalling that the NDP did not disclose the final cost to those who are paying the bill.

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Kruger mill employees return to work

CBC News
January 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kruger employees at the paper mill in Corner Brook who were laid off over the Christmas holidays will be returning to work as of Monday. One of two paper machines at the mill was shut down on Dec. 23. There has been no production for the last two weeks. The intention of the 15-day curtailment was a 4,000 metric tonne reduction in newsprint output.

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Lumber, Year’s Best Performer, Enjoys Its 15 Minutes

CNBC
January 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Athol, Id. — Standing inside the “merch,” a cramped control room overlooking one of their sprawling sawmills in early December, Erol Deren and Mike Henley watched spruce logs shooting down a conveyer belt for cutting. Spruce had been a good performer of late for their employer, Idaho Forest Group, but the men were switching to white fir, a higher-quality spruce substitute, the following week.

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Forecast for the Wood Products Industry, 2013

Forbes
January 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

2013 should offer good demand for wood products, with improvement from domestic usage though exports will remain soft. As usual, risks bear considering, including a possible recession in the United States, continued slowing in China, and a significant upside risk—that housing recovers even faster than we’re currently expecting. Housing starts are on pace for 750,000 units in 2012 (the December figures have not been released yet). That will be a gain of more than 20 percent from 2011.

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Forestry

Loss of caribou habitat a sign of unsustainable choices

Letter by Geoffrey Pounder
Vancouver Sun
January 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Trapper laments destruction of Alberta forest, caribou habitat, Dec. 23 That trappers are ringing the alarm about the destruction of Alberta’s wilderness adds the final touch of irony. In the face of industry’s onslaught, what is the Alberta government’s response? Sell more oil and gas leases. Oh, and shoot the wolves. Both levels of government are content to stand back and let caribou slide into oblivion. The science be damned. Let nothing stand in the way of the oil rush.

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Environmentalists, forest industry struggle to complete Great Bear Rainforest conservation plan

January 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Environmentalists are ready to give up on negotiations over the acclaimed Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement, saying the forest industry is not moving quickly enough to achieve ecological and economic goals in the world’s largest temperate rainforest.. .. …Rick Jeffrey, president of the Coast Forest Products Association and chief industry negotiator, said the challenges of achieving the twin goals are daunting, but that the industry is determined to achieve them by the 2014 target date established by the government.

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Pine Beetles’ Move Up Threatens Western Forests: Study

Huffington Post
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With temperatures climbing from climate change, the mountain pine beetle is now moving to higher elevations on mountain slopes and is a “rising threat” to the whitebark pine, which is found mainly in the Rocky Mountains, coast range of B.C. and the northern U.S., says a new study. …”Warming temperatures have allowed tree-killing beetles to thrive in areas that were historically too cold for them most years. The tree species at these high elevations never evolved strong defences,” said Ken Raffa, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of entomology and a senior author of the new report.

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Environmentalists, forest industry struggle to complete Great Bear Rainforest conservation plan

January 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Environmentalists are ready to give up on negotiations over the acclaimed Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement, saying the forest industry is not moving quickly enough to achieve ecological and economic goals in the world’s largest temperate rainforest.. .. …Rick Jeffrey, president of the Coast Forest Products Association and chief industry negotiator, said the challenges of achieving the twin goals are daunting, but that the industry is determined to achieve them by the 2014 target date established by the government.

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Mayor anticipates convergence of forestry, tourism and education will spur city’s future growth

Kenora Daily Miner and News
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Looking ahead to 2013, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield is optimistic the future holds promise for the city, its residents and the region. …He referred to improved prices for lumber and indications the dormant Kenora Forest Products mill will resume production this year as well as increased prospects for the Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist plant. “Weyerhaeuser is up to a five-day a week operation and I intend to pursue discussions with the company to locate an I-joist Timberstrand plant in Kenora,” he said.

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Rangers rally at Queen’s Park

Northern Life
January 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Rangers were told to wear their hard hats and steel toed boots, their camp logos, have a personal flotation device on hand and ensure they had a bailing bucket and a paddle. While it sounds like they’re preparing for a trek into the great outdoors, hundreds of former Ontario Youth Rangers were actually getting ready to march at Queen’s Park, to fight for a program they believe in….With so many groups hitting up Queen’s Park, Dubuc said the Rangers
wanted to stand out. That’s why they arrived with all their outdoor gear
— let the general public know what the program is all about.

Bisson laments loss of Rangers program from Timmins Press
Former Ontario Rangers fight decision to scrap ‘life-changing’ program from Toronto Star

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Governor to speak to forestry board

Statesman Journal
January 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber will welcome two new members and discuss issues about federal forests at an all-day meeting of the Oregon Board of Forestry. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Tillamook Conference Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem. Tom Imeson, public affairs director for the Port of Portland, will succeed John Blackwell as the new board chairman. Michael Rose of Elkton, a forest industry labor representative, will succeed Steve Wilson on the board. Imeson and Rose were appointed by Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Senate on Dec. 12.

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As demand for firewood increases, so does illegal cutting

Daily News Miner
January 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FAIRBANKS — Commercial logger Jeff Ward doesn’t mind it when people ask him if they can cut firewood on one of the state or borough timber sale areas he purchased in Two Rivers, about 25 miles east of Fairbanks off Chena Hot Springs Road. In fact, most times he’ll go ahead and let them cut some firewood, as long as they do it where he tells them. It’s the people who don’t ask that rattle the cage of his skid steer. …State and borough officials blame it on a growing demand for firewood as more people switch to wood stoves to save money on heating fuel.

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Conservationists alarmed by Forest Service project

BlueRidgeNow.com
January 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A proposed logging project in Pisgah National Forest is raising red flags for local conservation groups and some recreationalists who say timbering threatens a significant natural area, scenic views, water quality and cultural resources.. The U.S. Forest Service wants to spend about $660,000 to log roughly 450 acres in the Courthouse Creek drainage of Transylvania County, reconstruct 15 miles of old roads and thin another 330 acres with herbicides and hand tools to favor the growth of young oaks and hickories.

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CFS helps battle Victorian bushfire

ABC News, Australia
January 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

South Australian firefighters are in Victoria’s south-west helping local crews battle a large bushfire about 40 kilometres from the border. The blaze has burnt about 4000 hectares of bushland in the Lower Glenelg National Park and a pine plantation since Friday. The Country Fire Service (CFS) says 50 firefighters and 10 trucks from the South East have joined about 300 local firefighters battling the blaze, which is expected to grow in size and threaten properties.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How the Great Bear project is a leader in carbon offsets

Globe and Mail
January 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As concepts go, carbon offsets are a simple thing: for every ton of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere, a ton can be “offset” by, say, using wood waste instead of coal in a cement manufacturing plant. …. …Our forestry protocol in B.C., the Forest Carbon Offset Protocol, is considered the highest-quality in the world and the most conservative.  The Great Bear Rainforest project is the first FCOP-based project. It includes a benefit-sharing agreement with first nations that is unprecedented. It’s going to become a global benchmark for how to do forest carbon well.

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General

Little River, Cottonbrook logging begins

Stowe Today
January 4, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is currently implementing timber sale in Cotton Brook and Little River State Park, both of which are in Mount Mansfield State Forest in Stowe and Waterbury. These periodic timber harvests are designed to encourage successional habit of white birch, beech, maple, and spruce trees. “Timber harvests are part of the state’s long-range management plan to maintain habitat diversity,” says forester Brad Greenough, who oversees logging operations in Cotton Brook, where this year and next, 10 small “patch” cuts and some clear cutting are taking place within a 170-acre plot about halfway up Cotton Brook Road.

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