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Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

Business & Politics

Forestry firm honoured

Prince George Citizen
January 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Carrier Lumber captured the Exporter of the Year category and New Gold mining corporation was named the Prospector or Developer of the Year at Northern B.C. Business and Technology Awards on Wednesday, part of the annual B.C. Natural Resource Forum.

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Farmers wait longer for Gunns payment

ABC News, Australia
January 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association says land owners affected by Gunns’ collapse may have to wait another six months to be paid. More than 300 farmers with plantation leases have not received rental payments since the timber company went into voluntary administration in September.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

HRM wood-first concept chopped down by industry groups

Chronicle Herald
January 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Opposition from industry groups to a potential municipal wood-first policy in Halifax is growing. …Many of the claims made to justify the policy are “pulp fiction,” Macaulay said, including one that states that wood has a low carbon footprint and is a versatile material. …“We believe that all construction materials should compete in a fair and open marketplace and it’s really not government’s role to favour one building material over another,” he said in an interview from Toronto.

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Plywood: Versatile, manufactured wood can be used to make almost anything

Associated Press
January 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The home-improvement and design shows make it look easy: Take a simple sheet of inexpensive plywood and presto! In a few minutes, you’ve got a table, a cabinet or a lounge chair. It’s not that fast or dirt-cheap, but it can be that easy, according to woodworking experts who speak fondly of plywood’s many merits. …Plywood is cheaper and often stronger than solid wood, easy to find at home-improvement or lumber stores, and — darn it — it looks good.

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Google slammed over Paperless in 2013 campaign

Google has come under pressure from print industry advocacy group Two Sides and the Printing Industries of America (PIA) after the search engine giant signed up to the Go Paperless in 2013 campaign.
Print Week
January 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In an open letter to Google chief executive Larry Page and chairman Eric Schmidt, PIA president and chief executive Michael Makin wrote: “We all must do our part to respect the environment, but pitting one segment of the communications spectrum against another is not the right way to achieve this goal. Makin conceded that the commercial printing and paper industries faces a bit of an uphill fight because people don’t really think about the environmental impact of the all the electronic devices they use..

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Confusing new lumber tax targets California consumers

Fox and Hounds blog
January 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

It’s a new year, and with it comes higher taxes and more government spending. In 2013, overtaxed Californians will send more of their hard-earned dollars to Sacramento than ever before, growing total state spending to a record $225 billion. …Late this summer two-thirds of the Legislature approved and the Governor signed legislation imposing a new “Lumber Products Assessment” on some retail sales. The new law adds a one percent assessment on certain lumber and engineered wood products sold in California. That might sound straightforward enough, but it’s not—and that’s one of many reasons I oppose this new tax.

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Forestry

Shifting Gears, Building Momentum

Truck Loggers Association
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada


The Truck Loggers Association is gearing up for their 70th Convention and Trade Show. Featured speakers include the traditional address by the Premier of BC and the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  “There is no place in the world with a better forest resource than British Columbia,” said Premier Clark in her contribution to Truck LoggerBC.  The BC Jobs Plan is a big part of the Premier’s contribution to our sector, alongside significant contributions to training and education. Register today!

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Timber supply review underway for 100 Mile House

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
(author unknown)
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is inviting public review and comment until March 9, 2013, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review of the 100 Mile House timber supply area. The 100 Mile House timber supply area’s current allowable annual cut of 2 million cubic metres was increased by 50 per cent in 2006 from the previous determination set in 2002, to facilitate accelerated harvesting of mountain pine beetle-killed timber.

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Pilot projects focus on wildfire reduction

Prince George Citizen
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Using forestry techniques to reduce the risk of wildfire is part of the plan to get as much mid-term timber supply as possible out of the provincial forest. …”The pilots will develop objectives to guide land management activities such as the use of silviculture techniques – including tree planting, brushing and spacing – to reduce wildfire risks from hazardous forest fuels,” said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

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Harvesting company has small plans

January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Barrett Enterprises Ltd. is banking on there being truth to the saying that good things come in small packages. The third-generation Beaver Bank family business that specializes in custom harvests has created a two-person, small-scale, low-impact forestry crew that will enable it to harvest in such a way that selected trees are removed and lots are thinned, not clear cut. The crew is using a newly purchased Oxtrac, a small low-impact skidder, that will allow them to get to hard-to-reach-areas such as steep cliffs or remote Halifax Regional Municipality locations

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Wood supply concerns council

Fort Frances Times Online
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the future operation of the mill here still uncertain, town council wants to know if the local wood supply will remain accessible for industrial purposes here or be sent elsewhere. Coun. Ken Perry said Mayor Roy Avis has been trying to get a meeting with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and Ministry of Natural Resources to talk about the wood supply in Rainy River District if it is not going to be used by Resolute, and find out whether it instead will go to Thunder Bay, Dryden, or elsewhere.

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Harvesting company has small plans

January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Barrett Enterprises Ltd. is banking on there being truth to the saying that good things come in small packages. The third-generation Beaver Bank family business that specializes in custom harvests has created a two-person, small-scale, low-impact forestry crew that will enable it to harvest in such a way that selected trees are removed and lots are thinned, not clear cut. The crew is using a newly purchased Oxtrac, a small low-impact skidder, that will allow them to get to hard-to-reach-areas such as steep cliffs or remote Halifax Regional Municipality locations

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Committed to listening, learning and creating a national park

Bangor Daily News
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Maine’s northern woods are changing, and those changes have created an unprecedented time of uncertainty and transition. …As the president of the board of directors for Elliotsville Plantation, I speak for the organization when I say we are committed to helping to protect the special natural places in our state and preserving access to recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and snowmobiling, while also growing Maine’s economy and creating well paying jobs, particularly in rural areas.

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Upper House ready to probe forestry deal

Yahoo!7 News
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Legislative Council will start its inquiry into the forest peace deal legislation next week. The first of 15 public hearings will be held on Tuesday. More than 100 witnesses are expected to appear at the hearings which will continue until mid-February. The committee’s chairman, MLC Paul Harriss, says he expects the Upper House’s final report will be ready in time for its first sitting date in March.

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Authorities brace for renewed fire threat

ABC News, Australia
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fire authorities are on alert for a dangerous weekend in south-east Australia after crews spent another day fighting blazes still burning out of control. The situation remains serious in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. More than 100 bushfires are burning in New South Wales alone, and 18 are uncontained…. With high temperatures and strong winds forecast for Saturday, a total fire ban will remain in place across the state until at least Sunday.

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