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Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

Business & Politics

Forestry products chiefs expect more consolidation

Globe and Mail
March 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Chief executive officers in the global forestry products industry are increasingly looking to joint ventures or mergers as they seek new avenues of growth, says a new survey. Half of forestry, paper and packaging CEOs in PricewaterhouseCooper’s annual poll said they struck a new strategic alliance or joint venture in the past year. And 34 per cent said they completed a cross-border merger-and-acquisition (M&A), with 32 per cent saying they closed a domestic M&A, the report indicates.

Click here for press release from the PwC Management Services LP

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Alberta’s Forest industry continues to blossom

iNews880.com
March 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s Forest Industry continues to reap the rewards of a strong Canadian dollar and high revenue sales in foreign markets. With a 97 cent dollar, and some strong fourth quarter numbers forest products in our province continue to be a well established part of Alberta’s economy. The Forestry sector has been a key contributor to our provincial economy with direct and indirect revenues of $5.5 billion yearly.

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Workers raise concerns about raw log exports, decline of manufacturing

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
March 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ongoing export of raw logs and the decline of local manufacturing of wood products topped the list of concerns raised among local forestry workers at a town hall meeting held in Nanaimo this week to discuss the province’s struggling forest industry and ways that it could be revived. ..He said numerous other concerns were raised during the well-attended series of meetings, including the downsizing of forestry services that monitor and oversee logging in B.C.’s forests to ensure the industry remains economically viable in the long-term, and policy changes that negatively impact not only forestry workers but the communities in which they live.

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Raw log exports cost B.C.’s forest industry many jobs

Letter by GLENN HILKE
Kamloops Daily News
March 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Since 2001, over 35,000 forest-sector jobs have been lost, including some 12,000 in our region alone. Most recently, here in Kamloops, Domtar announced plans to layoff 125 workers, and Merritt lost 55 jobs at a mill that had operated for 50 years. Why has our forest industry declined so precipitously under the B.C. Liberals? A recent article in The Daily News failed to mention a key element in the erosion of B.C.’s forest industry, namely the misguided B.C. Liberal policy of vastly increasing raw log exports.

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Log shortage drives up prices

Oregon Natural Resource Report
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Markets are strong and log shortages are driving prices up. Comparison to 2006 data shows striking differences. Seven-year trend of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below. …Studs are up for the fifth straight month to $363, logs up for the 7th straight month, to $696. Studs have not been this high for more than 7 years, and logs most recently were at their current number in June 2006, and $720 in March, 2006.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Controversy swirls over Liberal government-promised wood centre in Prince George

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
March 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs Minister Pat Bell is defending his support for a loan to a private Prince George developer from a provincial economic development trust. …Former Prince George mayor Dan Rogers, who sat on the Northern Trust when the loan decision was made, said the reason the loan was considered for a private developer was because the land assembly was believed to be tied to the provincially backed wood centre. “From my understanding of the legislation, lending money to private investors on land speculation deals would likely have been beyond the scope (of the Trust) and we would likely never have approved it,” said Rogers.

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Encumbered Lumber : Europe Seeks Hard Line on Illegal Logging

Spiefel Online International
March 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Until recently, European companies could import illegally felled lumber with no fear of prosecution. New EU regulations are meant to take a tougher stance, but individual member states still write most of their own rules. Critics say Germany is falling short. …International companies have flourished in these gray areas. There was
nothing in German or European law that made importing this wood illegal.

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Forestry

Scientist warns of forest fire smoke health risks

Prince George Citizen
March 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sarah Henderson doesn’t want to ring the fire alarm bells just yet, but history is not on the side of B.C. Interior forests. The 12-year pine beetle infestation has left dead trees standing like dry matchsticks and Henderson, an environmental health scientist with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, is worried about the effects that kind of a smoke show will have on people. “We have had four of the worst forest fire seasons in history over the last decade in British Columbia,” said Henderson.

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Canfor’s Chetwynd forestry operation passes audit

Energeticcity.ca
March 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An audit of a Canfor forestry operation near Chetwynd has found that the company is complying with provincial forestry legislation. The Forest Practices Board examined all harvesting, roads, silviculture, protection activities and associated planning done at Tree Farm Licence 48 between August 2011 and August 2012. Canfor harvested approximately 836,000 cubic metres of timber during the audit period, focused on salvaging lodgepole pine trees attacked by the mountain pine beetle.

Click here for press release from the BC Forest Practices Board

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Forestry plan opposed

Vernon Morning Star
March 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some politicians are concerned community interests have been axed in the forest. The Electoral Area Advisory Committee is protesting the Ministry of Forests’ plans for conversion of volume-based forest cutting to area-based tenure. “It would give far more control over the land base to license holders (companies) and take away from the watershed and tourism such as possibly expanding Monashee Provincial Park,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville director.

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Forest Service Rethinks Controversial — and Shortsighted — Firefighting Policy

On Earth
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

This year, it appears the agency is moving back toward what ecologists and fire scientists have considered the best practices for almost 40 years now: fires that are sparked in remote wilderness, where they aren’t hurting anyone, should be allowed to burn. That’s because fire, as a natural part of the environment, is good for the ecosystem. Some essential animal and plant species actually thrive in fire-ravaged landscapes, and by thinning out excess timber and clearing out dry underbrush, small forest fires can help prevent large and deadlier blazes in the future.

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15 months of a forest’s life shown in 3-minute time-lapse

Treehugger
March 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Photographer Samuel Orr took photos out of the window of his house for 15 months, then put the accumulated 40,000 photographs into this amazing time-lapse video. …”The camera was set to snap a photo between once every 10 seconds and once every 10 minutes at certain key times of the year (snowfall, spring, fall colors).

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Should tree protestors get prison time?

Associated Press
March 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A tree farmer serving in the Legislature wants to make it a felony for people to chain themselves to equipment and block roads to stop logging on state forests. Gold Beach Republican Rep. Wayne Krieger’s bill would toughen what is now a misdemeanor. If approved, the maximum penalty would be five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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Bybee timber sale will improve forest health

Mail Tribune
March 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A healthy forest, fire protection and jobs are all things we want to see in our community. The Bybee timber sale project has been designed to do these things, and more. …I want to clarify why we are proposing to selectively “treat” this particular area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and what that means to you. The Bybee project will selectively remove trees in order to achieve forest health objectives.

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State asks Forest Service to collaborate on land management

Ruidoso News
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While a bill that would call on the state to take over much U.S. Forest Service and BLM lands in New Mexico appears to be floundering in the state Legislature, another measure that would request the Forest Service work collaboratively in land management has been approved without a dissenting vote. …The House of Representatives message contends the Forest Service has done a poor job, “in light of the history of wildfires on public land in New Mexico and it light of the United States Forest Service’s breach of regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities to New Mexico.”

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Judge to weigh true cost of old-growth timber theft

Peninsula Daily News
March 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TACOMA — A federal judge this week will try to put a price tag on the trees that a Brinnon logger admitted to poaching from Olympic National Forest. Reid B. Johnston, 41, pleaded guilty to willfully injuring and committing depredation against U.S. property in November. … Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Diggs and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Wilkinson wrote in a pre-hearing memorandum that the ecological value of the tree Johnston destroyed is $242,375.

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Sale of NC State’s 80,000-acre Hofmann Forest draws potential buyers, criticism

News Observer
March 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

N.C. State’s Natural Resources Foundation has received interest from about 20 potential buyers for its 80,000-acre research forest near Jacksonville, as well as criticism over the decision to market the property at a time when timber land prices are low. Potential buyers have until March 29 to submit proposals to purchase the land in Onslow and Jones counties, which the N.C. State forestry program has used since the 1930s for forestry and environmental research.

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Forester named fellow with nationwide society

Concord Monitor
March 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Karen Bennett, UNH Cooperative Extension professor and forest resources specialist, is one of the newest fellows with the Society of American Foresters. The society honors members with the title of fellow who have provided outstanding contributions to the society and to the forestry profession. The society recognizes only 5 percent of its members with this honor.

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Ash fungus genetic code unravelled

BBC News
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UK scientists have unravelled the genetic code of the ash dieback fungus. The DNA “blueprint” contains clues to how the pathogen attacks ash trees and possibly, in the long term, how to stop the epidemic, say genetic researchers. The data has been released on the web to enable international experts to study the problem of dieback, which is attacking forests across Europe. Chalara fraxinea has the potential to devastate the UK’s population of 80 million ash trees.

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New forestry department to launch at Dubbo

Daily Liberal
March 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DUBBO is one of 11 cities to be involved in meetings held by the Forestry Corporation of NSW (formerly Forests NSW) to unveil to staff its new identity as a state-owned corporation.  The meetings will be held at Bombala, Tumut, Eden, Batemans Bay, West Pennant Hills, Maitland, Wauchope, Coffs Harbour, Narrandera, Bathurst and Dubbo. Forestry Corporation manager Public Programs and Community Interaction, Joanna Bodley, said senior management would be attending the meetings to explain to staff the objectives of the new corporation as well as unveiling its new logo.

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Wood supply move threatens forestry deal

Tasmania Examiner
March 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A MOVE to increase the amount of wood available to industry in future could threaten the entire forestry peace deal. Rumney MLC Tony Mulder will table an amendment to restore the guaranteed wood supply to the 155,000 cubic metres originally agreed to by state and federal government in the intergovernmental agreement signed in 2011. After negotiations stalled last year, the forestry industry agreed to a compromise further and accepted the lower amount of 137,000 cubic metres a year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Extending a Cedar Bough in a Carbon-Based World

Coast Forest Products Association
March 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

We have had some interesting times lately around the Coast Forest offices as the issue of carbon and forests has increased in prominence in the media in the last few weeks. …For example, the forest industry has committed to being carbon neutral by 2015 and has contracted research organizations to assist us in doing our part to address climate change….. To this end, Coast Forest has extended a “cedar bough” to several environmental groups proposing that we find common ground on key carbon issues.

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