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Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

Business & Politics

After forestry’s ‘dark decade,’ work force recruitment effort takes root

Globe and Mail
January 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The forestry sector is hiring again. Pulp and paper companies expect to boost their work force by 60,000 over the next seven years, a significant turnaround for an industry that not so long ago was a basket case, laying off workers by the tens of thousands as mills shut down across the country. …A major hiring hurdle for the industry will be overcoming an image problem, said David Lindsay, head of the Forest Products Association of Canada.

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The Why Behind the Babine Rebuild

250 News
January 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George. B.C.- The decision to build a new sawmill is not like the lumber industry, in other words, it is not cut and dried. Hampton Affiliates President and CEO Steve Zika (in photo at right, 250NEWS) says building a new sawmill in Canada is a different game than in the U.S., and especially in an area where the supply of timber is not as certain because of the mountain pine beetle. “Everyone says there are lots of logs in the bottom of Ootsa Lake, and that’s true, but it is not economically viable to get them out until lumber is selling for $1,000 .000 per thousand” said Zika to the Natural resource Forum in Prince George.

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Slocan mill employees agree to severance

Nelson Star
January 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unionized employees at Springer Creek Forest Products in Slocan have overwhelmingly accepted a reduced severance package. Fifty-nine of the 75 or so employees who remain on the seniority list voted 97 per cent in favour this month of an offer that will see them receive three quarters of what they might otherwise have been entitled to. United Steelworkers Local 1-405 president Doug Singer said in a phone interview the deal is conditional on Springer Creek selling its timber holdings to Interfor, a transaction expected to close in March.

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EACOM eyes July restart for Timmins sawmill

Timmins Press
January 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Making the best of a bad situation, EACOM Timber Corporation’s rebuilt sawmill in Timmins will have greater capacity than the mill that was destroyed by fire in January 2012. “The operation is going to be producing more lumber than it was previously because we’re expanding the mill somewhat,” Rick Doman, EACOM’s president and chief executive, told The Daily Press. “We’ll be looking at increasing capacity at about 20 to 25% than previously, so it’s quite significant.” The company is investing $25 million to rebuild the mill.

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Forestry industry earns jobs, dollars for Georgia

Office of the Georgia Governor
January 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that a study by the Georgia Institute of Technology for the Georgia Forestry Commission shows that in 2011, economic activity generated by the forestry industry topped $25 billion in output and provided 118,459 jobs. “I am proud to see our state retain its position as a national forestry leader,” said Deal. “Our 24 million acres of forests are one of Georgia’s most valuable natural resources, and the dedication of the men and women in the forestry community drive that success. I’m confident our sustainably grown forests will be providing both economic and environmental benefits for generations of Georgians to come.”

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Ga. forestry jobs growing for 1st time in 4 years

Associated Press
January 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — A new report says Georgia’s forest industry added jobs in 2011 for the first time in four years. The report by Georgia Tech, conducted for the Georgia Forestry Commission, showed 46,378 workers were directly employed in forestry related jobs in 2011 — up 6.8 percent from the previous year. Robert Farris, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission, says recent surveys indicate the industry continued to grow last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood First Leads the Discussion for Environmental Construction Benefits

Canadian Wood Council
January 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the increasing shift towards environmental impact mitigation in the construction sector, it makes sense that building materials be compared. To suggest, as was done at the  January 10th, 2013 Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee meeting, that the low carbon footprint of wood building materials is “pulp fiction” flies in the face of facts that can easily be verified using tools such as those from the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute. …“To suggest that Wood First disregards safety is false,” explains Michael Giroux, President of the
Canadian Wood Council.

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The Takeover of Paperless 2013

Dead Tree Edition
January 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A group of companies including Google recently created the Paperless 2013 campaign to promote the use of online solutions, but unsubstantiated environmental claims caused the program to backfire. The campaign went viral in the past few days, with hundreds of Twitter messages a day using the hashtag “#paperless2013.” But the tweets are running roughly 10 to 1 against the campaign, with most criticizing it for implying that digital media are always greener than paper-based media without providing any facts.

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Forestry

Natural Resource Forum Another Success Says Pat Bell

HQ Prince George
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Minister of Jobs, Tourism, Skills and Training Pat Bell says the 10th Annual Natural Resource Forum in Prince George was another success. One of his personal highlights was a speech by Senator and former gold medallist Nancy Greene Raine. “Her themes around working hard to make sure that you achieve your objectives, setting your goals high and never forgetting what your priorities are I think were common themes not just in sport but also to all the businesses we heard from over the two days.”

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Business of a Cortes Forest

Campbell River Courier-Islander
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…If credible standards were being used, such as representative ecosystems in protected provincial reserves or the more stringent standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, logging would not be taking place in a maritime forest ecology that has been “managed” to the verge of extinction. Anyone with a history in environmentalism should be cautious when foresters profess to be “managing” a forest – forests have been successfully managing themselves for millions of years. And when Island Timberlands uses expressions such as “managing our properties”, the coded meaning is even more ominous.

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B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch seeks firefighters

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Wildfire Management Branch is recruiting physically fit, motivated and team-orientated individuals to fill fire crew positions for the 2013 fire season. …Successful applicants will be assigned to crews in various locations throughout the province and typically will start in May and work until the end of August.

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BC Timber Sales to start addressing concerns over logging Lynch Creek

The Boundary Sentinel
January 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Concerns Brown Creek residents have with logging proposed for the Lynch Creek area will be looked at this week by a team of staff from BC Timber Sales, said Ingrid Russell, planner with BCTS out of Nelson. …Residents are concerned about the impact this project will have on their roads, the environment and the local wildlife, including the red-listed Grizzly Bear, over the short and long term. Russell has been the person the concerns, electronically, over the phone or by mail, has been addressed to. She has personally reviewed the inquiries at least once already, she said.

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La Grande logger wins east side forestry award

East Oregonian
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LA GRANDE — Hagedorn Logging of La Grande won the 2012 Eastern Oregon Region Operator of the Year Award from the Oregon Department of Foresty. George Hagedorn is the owner and operate of Hagedorn Logging. A statement from the forestry department said the company won the award for thinning harvest across 525 acres of the popular Mount Emily Recreation Area overlooking La Grande.

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Beetlemania: Insects Are Gobbling Up 1,000-Year-Old Trees

Moher Jones
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

 …Photographer and activist David Gonzales has spent much of the last four years poking around that ecosystem, venturing into the high-altitude whitebark pine stands of Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest to attempt to defend these ancient trees from the explosive beetle epidemic, a practice he’s deemed “treefighting.” Along with volunteers and students, Gonzales spent three years tacking pouches of pheromones onto individual trees to try and trick beetles into thinking they were already inhabited, though he has mixed feelings about guiding beetles from one tree on to another.

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Dan Popkey: Bedke backs Idaho management of federal lands

Idaho Statesman
January 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

House Speaker Scott Bedke is supporting his predecessor’s interest in exploring an Idaho version of the Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act, which seeks to shift management of millions of acres of federal lands to the states. …About 64 percent of Idaho’s 53 million acres is in federal control, 31 percent is in private hands and 5 percent is owned by the state, mostly for endowments for schools and other beneficiaries.

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North Vancouver woman pleads not guilty to ecoterrorism fires that caused $40 million in damage

Associated Press
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A woman who turned herself in after a decade as a fugitive in the largest-ever U.S. ecoterrorism investigation pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and arson charges in federal court. With Canadian citizen Rebecca Rubin, 39, sitting shackled in the jury
box, Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered her to remain in custody and
set trial to begin March 19 in U.S. District Court in Eugene, said
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Peifer….She also is accused of trying to set fire to a lumber mill office in Medford, Oregon.

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Water bombing not sufficient to fight bushfires

The Australian
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WOULDN’T it be wonderful if solving Australia’s bushfire problem was as easy as hiring a fleet of Canadian water bombers (“Water bombers will get the support of airline crew”, 8/1). Unfortunately, the reality is not that simple. Geoffrey Luck’s presumption that Australia has not already heavily invested in aerial fire-fighting “like the rest of the world” is simply naive (“Fire support from air long overdue”, 7/1). Similarly, his assertion that more water bombing can substantially remove the need for ground-based fire crews is misguided, given that bushfires are at best held in check, but never extinguished, by water bombing.

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Diverse forestry stands better than monocultures, finds study

Mongabay.com
January 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Growing a diverse array of tree species for timber production contributes a broader array of valuable ecosystem services compared to industrial monocultures, reports a new study based on field work in Sweden. The Nature Communications study, conducted by researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Future Forests, looked six different ecosystem services afforded by forests (tree growth, carbon storage, berry production, food for wildlife, occurrence of dead wood, and biological diversity) as well as tree growth rates.

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Forestry inquiry call renewed after death

MSN NZ News
January 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Unions have repeated their call for an inquiry into the forestry industry after the death of a 19-year-old forestry worker on Friday. …His death has been referred to the coroner. The Council of Trade Unions says it is the 31st forestry industry death since 2008 and during that period there have also been 871 workers seriously injured. CTU president Helen Kelly says the year has barely started and there have been two serious accidents and a death in New Zealand’s most dangerous industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

First nations aim to capitalize on carbon in Great Bear Rainforest

Globe and Mail
January 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A first nations group is gearing up to promote and sell carbon offsets from the Great Bear Rainforest, hoping to capitalize on the global cachet of the region while fuelling local economic development.   The Great Bear Rainforest Project plans to sell carbon offsets provided by trees that sequester, or absorb, carbon. Under the plan, revenue would be split between Coastal First Nations – an umbrella group for aboriginal groups from the north and central coast – and the province, Mr. Sterritt said.

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