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Daily Archives: January 18, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Canada’s new $20 bill at centre of maple leaf flap

CBC News
January 18, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

Some botanists are shaking their heads at the new polymer bills because they say the money features a maple leaf from Norway, and not Canada, although that’s not how the Bank of Canada sees it. …The Bank of Canada, which makes the banknotes, denied the bills include a Norway maple leaf. A spokesperson said the leaf is a stylized blend of different Canadian maple species.

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Business & Politics

Native forestry company proves naysayers wrong

Northern Ontario Business
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Brian Young didn’t let misguided advice deter him from making his company a success. Instead, it inspired him. …Since 1996, Young, and his wife Lorie, have been proving the early naysayers wrong. …Young started by undertaking contract silviculture work with some area forest management companies. When lumber prices started to fall, and contracts for the company decreased, Young had to look for work in other areas. “We did harvesting and cut firewood for a few years,” he said. “A few times we were ready to pack it in.”

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Kenora Forest Products reopening

Kenora Online
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After five years, Kenora Forest Products will be opening it’s doors once again. It has been confirmed that they are planning to open their doors in June. Economic development officer Jennifer Findlay notes the reopening of the facility could eventually bring 115 jobs to the community. “There looking at about 115 jobs when they’re fully ramped up. I’ve heard discussions that they’ll have 50 jobs to start on one shift and then gradually add to the other shifts will continuing to ramp up. It’s really good news for Kenora,” she said.

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Plum Creek Timber Buys Interest in … Gravel

Motley Fool
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber  had a rather curious announcement to make this afternoon: As of today, the forest products company owns an interest in four quarries with about 144 million tons of crushed stone production among them. According to the company, it bought interests in the quarries, which are located near Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., for a combined $75 million, from rock products specialist Vulcan Materials Company.

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Unwitting SPI’s lumber used for presidential inauguration platform

Capital Press
January 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, Calif. — For over a decade, officials at Sierra Pacific Industries had no idea that their lumber had been used to build the platforms for the last three presidential inaugurations. But an employee was vacationing in Washington, D.C., last month and looked toward the U.S. Capitol. There, he saw stacks of wood planks clearly marked with the SPI logo. The company’s lumber had been requested by a contractor building the platform for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21, said Mark Pawlicki, Sierra Pacific’s spokesman.

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Forestry

Peter Foster: Wake-up call for boreal alarmism

January 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

This week, Greenpeace issued a report, Boreal Alarm: A Wake-up Call for Action in Canada’s Endangered Forests. The radical NGO thus continues its leading role as a fount of boreal alarmism. However, there are encouraging signs that a previously too-pliable forest industry may at last be waking up to the idea that appeasing such organizations is a slippery slope. Three years ago, when the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement — which ostensibly sanitized a 29-million-hectare swath of Canadian forest from development — was signed, I suggested in this space that it was a dark day for Canada.

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NDP complains logging fee changes will boost exports but cost jobs

CKNW News Talk 980
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Liberal government is making changes to forest policy in a bid to boost harvesting in the central coast area, but the NDP is crying foul. …But NDP Critic Norm MacDonald says the fee changes will do nothing to stem the growing tide of log shipments to Asia. “This is going to cost existing jobs here in British Columbia and it’s a bad move.” So what would the NDP do on raw logs? Apparently we’ll have to wait until after the election to find out. “Once we have a mandate from the people of the province we’ll sit down and look at the tools that work to keep people working and harvesting.”

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Canada in the Rough Episode Featuring SFI – Airs Jan. 19

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
January 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be featured on an exclusive conservation, wildlife, and forestry education episode of the three-time award winning television program Canada in the Rough. SFI will be featured on “Episode 3: Up Close with Roosevelt Elk,” hosted by Keith Beasley on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. …The program will be aired this Saturday, Jan. 19 on 7 networks across Canada and one in the U.S.

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Island Timberlands to close highway for logging

Alberni Valley Times
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberni Valley residents headed to Nanaimo on weeknights might soon face delays. Next week, Island Timberlands will start logging trees in a privately managed forest land off the Cameron Connector. As a result, the company will close Highway 4 for short periods of time on weekday evenings to facilitate safe harvesting operations.

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Forests minister launches boost for timber industry at Victoria convention

Victoria Times Colonist
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a bid to spur more timber harvesting on the coast the provincial government announced today it will look at new technology for scaling logs, fast-track the auction of an additional 500,000 cubic metres by B.C. Timber Sales and make improvements to the log-export system. The suite of initiatives was unveiled by Forests Minister Steve Thomson during an address to the Truck Loggers Association’s annual convention. “The increase in volumes of wood sold by B.C. Timber Sales, and the changes in log-export policy, are designed to increase harvesting activity on the coast, making more wood available on the market,” said Thomson.

BC Government boosts coastal timber cut and log fee to harvest jobs from the Canadian Press
New forest management to mitigate declining log supplies in Canada from Pulp and Paper News
BC tinkers with log export rules from BC Local News

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We’ve Been Fighting Forest Fires Wrong For 100 Years

Business Insider
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Parts of both the United States and Australia share a combustible mix of fire hazards, such as an ecology adapted to fire-prone conditions and a climate conducive to wildfires. And every year, more people choose to live in some of the most beautiful and hazardous country around — the wildland’s edge. The destruction will only escalate, scientists predict, until we stop fighting fires in the forests and brush. Instead, the focus should shift to securing homes and structures, as well as applying new research that overturns long-standing conventional wisdom about fire defense, experts say.

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Timber Thief Pleads Guilty to Cutting Down 330-Year-Old Tree

Woodworking Network
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA, WA – A 330-year-old Douglas fir was among 102 trees that a Brinnon, WA, man pleaded guilty to stealing or damaging from the Olympic National Forest and was sentenced to one year in jail. According to the U.S. Department of Forestry, Reid Johnston, 41, has been convicted of stealing timber and damaging trees worth more than $250,000 from federal forests in Washington state.

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Goldmark keys in on forest health and climate change; begins second term as Commissioner of Public Lands

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Here are the complete Inaugural Remarks of Peter Goldmark to the Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the beginning of his second term as Commissioner of Public Lands: …We also faced the challenge of deteriorating forest health, particularly in eastern Washington. A changing climate together with insect infestations and overstocked stands have created a forest health crisis that requires swift action. By working with federal and state appropriators, we were able to secure needed resources to start the restoration work in 2009.

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Texas Forest Service Seeks Millions More To Fight Fires

KWTX
January 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HOUSTON –The Texas Forest Service, which is responsible for fighting wildfires, is asking the state Legislature for an additional $27.2 million to add some 90 firefighters and buy equipment as it faces the threat of more devastating fires in the future. Texas A&M Forest Service official Robby DeWitt said the additional funds are necessary because the agency had to bring in more expensive out-of-state crews in 2011 to help battle blazes during the worst wildfire season in state history.

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Cooler weather helping fire crews

ABC News, Australia
January 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Cooler weather is helping firefighters trying to control a blaze near Jamestown in South Australia’s mid north. The Country Fire Service (CFS) says the fire at Bundaleer North remains a threat to people in the area but properties are no longer at risk. The main road from Spalding to Jamestown, the RM Williams Way, remains closed. ….About 2300 hectares of Bundaleer Forest and surrounding grassland have been blackened since the fire started on Wednesday night.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Great Bear Rainforest – Carbon Store or Carbon Story?

by Ben Parfitt
Policy Note Blog
January 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government, First Nations and environmental organizations alike have all hailed it as an ecological triumph and a shining beacon of a new economic order based on conservation principles. Yet when it comes to talking openly about one of the hallmarks of that emerging economy – a project that cashes in on the carbon-storing capacity of trees in the Great Bear Rainforest – not one of the principles is anxious to talk. Instead, feeding information to select media outlets has been the preferred choice for getting the story out wherein project proponents either deliberately or unintentionally misrepresent key aspects of the project.

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Biomass regulations create clean energy at lowest rates, says Parker

January 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia families will benefit from good jobs, cleaner air and a more secure supply of energy at the lowest, fairest rates through amendments to the renewable electricity regulations. The regulations, released Thursday, require biomass be used at Port Hawkesbury Paper to provide renewable electricity starting this year, establish more flexibility for Nova Scotia Power to plan for various renewable targets and make it clear that power accessed through the Maritime Link must be used, if the project is approved by the Utility and Review Board.

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UI turning dying Johnson County pines into biofuel

The Gazette
January 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Problem: Johnson County has 24 acres of dead and dying invasive species-infested pine trees and little if any money to clear the environmental wasteland for productive use. Problem: The University of Iowa’s Sustainability Office is well short of its goal to meet 40 percent of the institution’s energy needs through sustainable sources by 2020. Solution: The UI hires a contractor to cut and grind the Johnson County trees into biomass to be burned with coal in the university’s steam-generating boilers.

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General

Peter Foster: Wake-up call for boreal alarmism

January 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

This week, Greenpeace issued a report, Boreal Alarm: A Wake-up Call for Action in Canada’s Endangered Forests. The radical NGO thus continues its leading role as a fount of boreal alarmism. However, there are encouraging signs that a previously too-pliable forest industry may at last be waking up to the idea that appeasing such organizations is a slippery slope. Three years ago, when the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement — which ostensibly sanitized a 29-million-hectare swath of Canadian forest from development — was signed, I suggested in this space that it was a dark day for Canada.

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