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Daily Archives: January 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Idle No More protesters stall railway lines, highways

CBC News
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

First Nations demonstrators stopped passenger railway traffic lines between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal today, while others stalled major highways and rail lines in parts of Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario as part of the Idle No More Movement’s national day of action. …In northern B.C., over 100 people from Gitwangak First Nation blocked a CN Rail line east of Terrace. CN Rail spokesman Jim Feeny said it is an important line that carries both passenger and freight traffic and links the port of Prince Rupert with the rest of North America.

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Logging industry hopeful for bright future of forestry in BC

CTV Vancouver Island
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The logging industry in our province has cut through a few tough years. But now, the U.S. housing market is turning around and insiders say, the forest industry is too. But its future could hinge on what happens May 14th, when voters decide who will lead the province for the coming four years. Members of the Truck Loggers Association are rallying the Liberal, Green, and NDP candidates for support and hoping any policy changes made after the election will favour the industry.

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Catalyst gets publicly traded again

Mill is key part of diversifying economy
Alberni Valley Times
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper returned to publicly traded status yesterday morning and celebrated the return by ringing the siren to open the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange. Catalyst president and CEO Kevin Clarke, as well as board member Todd Dillabough and other executives, represented the company in Toronto. Catalyst was delisted from the market last March but completed a court-supervised restructuring last June.

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West Fraser plans to stop treating Hinton`s tap water

Hinton Parklander
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mayor and town administration are working to offer insurance protection to the local mill in exchange for continuing to provide clean drinking water. West Fraser, the parent company that operates the Hinton pulp mill, first announced back in 2007 that it would end its contracted role of treating the town’s drinking water by sometime between 2018–2020. The public-private partnership between the town and mill is one of the longest in Alberta, dating back to 1957. The mill cites a number of legal and financial liability concerns as well as the public relations risk as reasons for ending its role in providing drinking water to the town.

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Babine Forest Products Offers Support to BCSA Recommendations

250 News
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prince George, B.C.- Babine Forest Products , has issued a preliminary statement on the BC Safety Authority’s report and 9 recommendations. It supports “many of the recommendations for improvements to address the danger identified by these terrible events, of fine, dry wood dust as a combustion hazard. This work will ensure sawmills are safer in the future.” While noting that the Babine mill had machinery that was common to sawmills in B.C, and that it had processes and equipment in place to reduce the wood dust present in the sawmill

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Elk Creek Forest Products bucks trend, finds niche

The Oregonian
January 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Thin side cuts are made using a wood miser, which trims the wood to create a fine, resawn texture. All of the resulting scraps of wood get reused, often as bottom boards to protect the lumber as it’s being shipped around the distribution center. Elk Creek Forest Products found a niche doing custom manufacturing of beams and other wood products. Working on the site of a mill that closed years ago, they’ve been adding workers, making a considerable economic impact in Independence.

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Indiana shares timber revenue with 17 counties

Associated Press
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

INDIANAPOLIS — Seventeen southern Indiana counties will receive shares of more than $380,000 as part of the state’s annual distribution of revenue from timber sales. Brown County will receive nearly $66,000 and Clark and Monroe counties each will receive more than $57,000. The Indiana Division of Forestry allocates 15 percent of all revenue from its timber sales on state-owned land to counties where harvests occur. Each county receiving funds shares half of the money with rural and volunteer fire departments that have cooperative agreements with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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Gunns growers consider legal options

ABC News, Australia
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian plantation farmers facing uncertainty with the collapse of the timber company Gunns are considering legal action. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) is seeking legal advice for landowners who are not being paid for their Gunns leases while the company is in administration. Growers are frustrated the administrator, PPB Advisory, wants to extend the administration period until July, while it seeks a new party to manage the leases.

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Leading Russian pulp and paper mills may merge

Pulp and Paper News
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Leading Russian pulp and paper mills may merge during the next several months, in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy. The Kondopoga mill plant, located in the Karelia region, is currently holding negotiations with the Volga plant, which is located in the Nizhny Novgorod region about the potential deal, according to the general director of Kondopoga Vladimir Bibilov.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Plans to use Irish produced timber for developing improved forestry products

Galway Advertiser
January 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Researchers at NUI Galway have begun designing high quality forestry products through the use of innovative engineering technologies. The research project will be spearheaded by Dr Annette Harte, a senior lecturer of civil engineering and member of the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway. The first stage of this new initiative, with an estimated cost of €500,000, is to create a database that will list details of all recognised properties of Irish produced timber. The next step will be to re-engineer the timber in order to create products with enhanced strength and durability.

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Forestry

Harvesting the AAC, not log exports, should be government’s focus

Truck Loggers Association
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Victoria – Today at the Truck Loggers Association’s annual convention, Minister Thomson announced changes to BC’s log export policy. …The 20 per cent increase announced today in fees charged for exporting logs from the Coast has the potential to negatively impact TLA members’ ability to harvest the coastal annual allowable cut (AAC). As a result, the TLA will be monitoring these changes and continuing our conversation with government.

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Island Timberlands starts logging Alberni Hump

Alberni Valley News
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Island Timberlands will log along Highway 4 at the top of the Hump starting next Monday, according to their spokesperson Morgan Kennah. Plan are to harvest timber at the junction of the Cameron Connector (the access road to Mt. Arrowsmith) where it joins Highway 4, she said. “Most of the harvesting is already done, there’s just a strip that’s right beside the highway,” she said. Logging will take place on one side of the highway, although road construction is happening at the same time on the other side, she said.

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Greenpeace calls for stop to some logging, but industry pushes back

Montreal Gazette
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Greenpeace is calling for a stop to logging in five parts of Canada’s boreal forest, including two vast sections in Quebec, to protect biodiversity and the woodland caribou habitat. …A spokesperson for Resolute said Wednesday that Greenpeace’s new report was repeating “erroneous, deceptive and misleading” allegations it made against the company in December. “This behaviour by Greenpeace is absolutely irresponsible, and it represents a tremendous disservice to the tens of thousands of good Canadians who work in the forest sector,” said Seth Kursman, the company’s vice-president of communications, sustainability and government affairs.

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Steps taken to improve coastal forest economy

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

VICTORIA – To increase harvesting activity on the coast, government is exploring the use of new scanner technology for scaling logs, accelerating the auction of an additional 500,000 cubic metres by BC Timber Sales, improving the log-export system and exploring ways to better harvest the timber profile. …Log export policy revisions include a change to the fee structure for exporting some logs. Actual export fees charged will be based on the difference between the domestic and export price of logs. With a current average price difference between the domestic and export price, this represents a 20 per cent increase in fees charged for exporting logs from the coast.

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RDN picks up hollow court victory

Authority to protect trees is upheld, but some along Shady Mile corridor had already been toppled
Nanaimo Daily News
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Regional District of Nanaimo has had its authority to protect trees upheld in law, but it comes as cold comfort for East Wellington residents. David Buck lost a B.C. Supreme Court challenge to a restrictive covenant against logging mature trees on land in the Shady Mile area of Jingle Pot Road. Neighbours complained last year when trees started falling in the rural neighbourhood.  In the spring, the regional district got a court injunction to stop the logging. The Supreme Court ruled against Buck, meaning the RDN’s restriction on logging stands.

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Premier Announces Changes to Cabinet

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced changes to her Cabinet. …The Honourable Thomas W. Marshall is appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, in addition to his continued responsibilities as Attorney General.

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Landsat Senses a Disturbance in the Forest

NASA
January 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new way of studying and visualizing Earth science data from a NASA and U.S. Geological Survey satellite program is resulting in, for the first time, the ability to tease out the small events that can cause big changes in an ecosystem. …The unexpected disturbance pattern showed a long slow decline of tree health over years followed by slow regrowth. It emerged in several areas, particularly near Mount Hood in the 1980s, peaking in 1992 when regrowth began, and near Mount Rainier where the insect outbreak lasted ten years from its onset in 1994 till the insects killed all the trees and moved on in 2004.

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Forest Service Conducts 5-Year Review of Tongass National Forest Land & Resource Management Plan

Garden News
January 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass National Forest is looking for feedback on its main guiding document, the Tongass National Forest Land & Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), on the heels of the Plan’s five year anniversary. ..In addition to looking for stakeholder and general public comments, the Tongass will lead a review of the Forest Plan’s “conservation strategy,” the system of old growth reserves and management standards that protects fish and wildlife across the forest.

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Montana environmental groups sue to protect whitebark pine

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A pair of Montana environmental groups have accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of stalling efforts to give federal protection to whitebark pine trees, which are disappearing from the northern Rocky Mountains. “Whitebark pine isn’t on their radar, as far as the commitment it’s going to take to maintain or recover it,” said Steve Kelly, a board member of Alliance for the Wild Rockies. That group joined with WildWest Institute to sue FWS Director Daniel Ashe and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in Missoula District Court on Tuesday.

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Private growers cast doubt on forestry peace

ABC News, Australia
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Private forest growers have used a parliamentary inquiry to raise concerns about Tasmania’s forest peace deal. Upper House MPs are holding a public inquiry into the peace deal legislation. Australian Forest Growers chief executive Warwick Ragg says the bill is not in the best interests of all Tasmanians. He says the durability arrangements are ineffective and will not stop damaging market campaigns.

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Burke warns of potential for forest deal collapse

ABC News, Australia
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Environment Minister has interrupted his holidays to travel to Hobart and warn Legislative Councillors the forest peace deal could collapse if it is not resolved quickly. Tony Burke has only weeks to decide whether to progress a nomination to add some of the deal’s proposed reserves to the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. …The delay has created a problem for Tony Burke, who needs to lodge the world heritage nomination by the end of the month.

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Victorian forestry is definitely not ecologically sustainable

The Conversation
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

By any scientific yardstick, forestry operations in Victoria cannot be regarded as ecologically sustainable. Much of the attention of politicians, policy makers and the general public has been on the tall forests of Tasmania. But the state of Victoria’s forests is far worse than those in Tasmania – in terms of the number of species of conservation concern, the rate of overcutting, the loss of old growth forests, and the continued application of antiquated and environmentally-damaging clearfelling operations.

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Anti-logging protesters face crack-down

ABC News, Australia
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Government has announced a crack-down on protesters who trespass in operating logging coupes. It has introduced new “public safety zones” within 150 metres of logging coupes, and will charge people who enter the zones without permission. The Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh, says timber protesters put themselves and others at risk, and cause significant disruption to logging operations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Environmentalists Support Biomass Proposals, Favor Shorter Timber Contracts

KUAC.org
January 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Environmentalists say they support two big alternative-energy projects that have been proposed for a couple of communities in the Interior to help ease the high cost of electricity and heating. But they’re concerned about one part of the proposals – the length of the timber-sales contracts that would allow harvesting on thousands of acres of state forest land annually in the Interior. …“Our concerns are stemming primarily around the length of this contract, and what kind of precedents a 25-year contract might have in terms of future contracts with all of these competing proposals,” Hughes said.

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