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Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

Business & Politics

West Fraser attends to pulp mill’s odour

Hinton Parklander
January 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser is working to improve the local pulp mill’s effect on Hinton’s environment with the engagement of consulting firms. The past few years have shown a gradual increase in the amount of sulphur compounds emitted into Hinton’s air. Measured in concentrations of total reduced sulphur (TRS), the local presence of the compounds has increased by more than 50 per cent since 2009, showing an average presence of 1.44 parts per billion in Hinton’s air in 2012.

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Union head feels time has come to turn mill around

Western Star
January 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Things could always get worse, but Bruce Randell, head of the papermakers union at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, hopes 2013 will be a better year than the last one. .. “When everybody gets settled way, hopefully the company, the unions and government can see if we construct a better future for this mill for the long term,” said Randell, president of Local 242 of the Communications, Energy and Papermakers union, the second largest union in the mill.

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Forestry

Opponents say province has broken agreement on Bragg Creek logging

Trees to be cut in area not needed for fire protection
Calgary Herald
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – A change in the plan to allow logging in an area that isn’t needed for fire protection near Bragg Creek has frustrated residents, suggesting the province went back on an agreement. In November, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development approved a proposal for logging in West Bragg Creek under the province’s forest management plan. …The province, however, said it never made any agreements.

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Natural resources forum goes this week

Prince George Citizen
January 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The annual Natural Resources Forum held in Prince George by MLA Pat Bell is set to open its doors for the 10th time this week. The working title of this year’s forum is The Economic Olympics – Can B.C. Win a Gold Medal? “This year the forum brings together experts from across our nation to present and discuss what it will take to prepare the province to position itself to win in the world economic race,” said Bell.

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New Regional Forester for Wyoming and 4 Other States

Associated Press
January 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new person is in charge of national forests in five Western states. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Friday that Nora Rasure will replace Harv Forsgren as regional forester for the Forest Service Intermountain Region. The region covers 13 national forests and one national grassland in Nevada, Utah, western Wyoming, southern Idaho and a small portion of California.

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Forestry representatives, legislators to mingle

Capital Press
January 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Washington State Society of American Foresters and other timber groups will hold a forest products legislative reception next week. The industry is reaching out to all state legislators and their staff, said Ellie Lathrop, 2013 chair of the society. The reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 at the new children’s museum in Olympia. The goal is for legislators to better understand the forestry organizations in the state, Lathrop said, and encourage them to get to know industry members and their representatives.

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Forest Service Restoration Appealed

ABQ Journal
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and other groups are appealing a recent U.S. Forest Service decision to proceed with restoration of an area along the Rio Grande near the Buckman Direct Diversion for a project that includes recreational trails and day-use facilities. Concerned Citizens has concerns about “legacy” contamination from Los Alamos National Laboratory carried to the Buckman area in years past and buried in an old floodplain. Concerned Citizens wants, among other things, more extensive data collection and analysis to determine contamination levels in the 34-acre project area.

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Idaho roadless plan: a model for negotiation

Idaho Statesman
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Otter made the case on the same day that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Idaho roadless rule that protects 9.3 million acres of roadless national forest. The rule was developed by the state and negotiated by Republican Sen. Jim Risch — when he was governor — with local officials, conservation groups, the timber industry and recreation groups. The rule as varying levels of protections that set it apart from the national roadless rule put in place for 58 million acres in 2001 by President Bill Clinton. Idaho sued and lost a challenge to the Clinton rule in the same 9th Circuit that later upheld the Idaho rule.

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Forestry Sector Works To Make Safe Start To The New Year

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Scoop.co.nz
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is working with forest owners and workers to introduce the recently released Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations. This year the Ministry has contributed to industry Safe Start breakfasts, which highlight the importance of health and safety to forest crews. Local inspectors will be present at the breakfasts to invite crews to local road shows, where changes in the new Code will be fully explained. 

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