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Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

Business & Politics

Wood Exports To China Continue To Grow In BC

250 News
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George- Demand for logs and lumber by China from North America fell by 17% in 2012 according to Wood Resources International. Despite this decrease, the Wood resource quarterly says the industry in both Canada and the USA has benefited from the increased wood consumption by China over the last five years. The exporting of raw logs decreased to China from the USA , lumber products showed less declines. The biggest changes in wood imports to China was the sharp decline of Russian logs crossing the border into China .

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Ministry Of Labour Investigating Hudson Incident

CKDR.net
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An incident at the Hudson Mill has resulted in a Ministry of Labour investigation. Ministry Spokesperson Matt Blajer says the mishap happened on Tuesday.  Blajer says a male worker suffered a crushing injury to his left arm and is in hospital in Winnipeg. There is no word on the extent of the injury.  Blajer says it appears the worker was injured when he was changing blades on a saw.

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Lumber Futures Climb to New Highs in May Through Nov.

Wall Street Journal
March 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Wednesday were higher in all contracts for a second day, sending May, the most-actively traded month, and other distant-traded 2013 months to new contract highs. March, which is preparing for its expiration on Friday, gained 1% on the day while holding within its recent trading range. The advance put March in line with the latest cash quotes. May was up 1.7% and closed at its highest level in the life of the contract. July also closed at a new high for the life of that contract.

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Chinese, Korean companies interested in Montana lumber

The Missoulian
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

One of the largest trade delegations to ever visit Missoula will arrive Friday evening to begin what state leaders hope is a shopping spree in Montana wood products and a new market for Asian buyers. Comprised of Chinese and Korean companies, the delegation spent Thursday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the Small Log Conference, hosted by the Forest Business Network. The Montana World Trade Center at the University of Montana will bring the delegation to Missoula on Friday and introduce its members to Montana wood products, lumber companies and the state timber industry.

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Century’s worth of Bonner mill waste lines Blackfoot banks

The Missoulian
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – There’s a new landmark on the Blackfoot River: Tetanus Flats. On the gravel banks 40 feet below the old Stimson Lumber Co. mill, it’s easier to find hunks of rusty iron than flat skipping rocks. Add in the barrel-loads of shattered glass, piles of sinker logs and blocks of concrete, and you’ve got a devil’s playground of millsite history. “We’ve pulled out circular saw blades, cables, band-saw blades, wagon wheels, pipes, a wood stove and various other unidentifiable objects, bolts, horseshoes, boiler grates – you name it,” said Missoula County environmental health specialist Travis Ross.

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Timber agreements secure south western Cyprus mills

ABC News, Australia
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The south western timber industry has negotiated 25 year Cyprus pine volume agreements with the state government. The CEO of Timber Queensland, Rod McGuinness says that gives a huge amount of security for the south west timber industry. Mills across the region have done it tough over the last few years with many closing at Tambo, Augathella, Mungallala due to labour issues and low prices. Only the mill at Mitchell owned by NK Collins remains open and operating.

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Finnish exports 6.5% higher than in 2011

EUWID
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnish exports of softwood lumber and planed products in December 2012 were 6.5% higher than the reference figure for the year before at a total of 526,000 m³ after a reduction of almost 3% had been recorded for the previous month. Exports to buyers within Europe were only raised slightly in December by just under 2% to 164,000 m³.

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Forestry

Comment: B.C. forests’ future requires climate reality check

Victoria Times Colonist
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are many forest policy changes the province should be making — to increase conservation, reduce carbon emissions and enable more jobs per cubic metre cut. However, science and the long-term economic and ecological health of the province appear to have taken a back seat to the short-term political crises of the day. Only because of a massive public outcry has the B.C. government at the last minute pulled proposed changes to the Forest Act (Bill 8) which would have enabled volume-based forest licences to be shifted into area-based Tree Farm Licences.

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Rustad says public inquiry into forest policy unnecessary

HQ Prince George
March 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nechako-Lakes Liberal MLA John Rustad says he’s taken aback by calls for a public inquiry into BC forest policy. The request was made by Cariboo-North Independent MLA Bob Simpson Tuesday. Rustad reacted by saying “it actually kind of surprises me because forest policy and forest issues are out there and they are very public. We of course went through a very public process last summer so everybody knows what’s going on with forestry.”

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Concern mounts over old growth forest clearcutting

Prince Albert Daily Herlad
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some of its trees predating Saskatchewan’s birth as a province, there are many arguments against the alleged plans to clearcut the old-growth Torch River Forest. “I think the whole idea is to protect the forest as an ecosystem,” Saskatchewan NDP environment critic Cathy Sproule said. “You know what happens once you go in — it becomes a tree farm, basically, even with modern reforestation.” The Torch River Forest is the easternmost of the four Island Forests that surround Prince Albert, which together encompass more than 200,000 hectares of crown forest land.

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Canfor Seedling Nursery Roof Collapse

250 News
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A portion of the roof of Canfor’s J.D. Little Tree Nursery has collapsed under the snow load. The collapse happened around 6 this morning, luckily, there was no one in the facility at the time of the collapse. The Nursery houses about 16 million seedlings valued at about $3 milllion dollars. Canfor says due to safety concerns , only emergency personnel are being allowed in the area.

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Number of fire towers to be reduced by half

14 towers in remote areas to be staffed during coming fire season
CBC News
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources says the number of manned fire towers in the province will be reduced by more than half this year. Charlie Parker, the Minister of Natural Resources, said the department had staff in 32 towers across Nova Scotia last year, watching for signs of forest fires. This year, 14 towers will be staffed during the coming fire season — mostly in remote areas.

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Ontario Appoints Chair for Local Forest Management Corporation

Government of Ontario
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new Ontario government has appointed Daryl Skworchinski chair of the province’s Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC). In addition, Grant Goodwin, Donald Fry, Raymond Boudreau, Tina Forsyth, and Gaétan Malette have been appointed to its board of directors. NFMC is Ontario’s first local forest management corporation, which will help re-energize the forestry sector, create jobs and boost the economy.

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Forest Service management protects rural economies and communities

USDA Forest Service
March 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a House subcommittee today on the economic value generated by the nation’s forests during a time of increased fire activity, encroaching development, pests and disease. Talking to the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, Tidwell noted that forest restoration work, water, wildfire suppression, research, recreation, minerals, special uses and support of state and private forests all contribute tremendous value to rural America.

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Board of Forestry to talk about Tongass, roadless | KRBD

KRBD.org
March 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state Board of Forestry will meet March 26 and 27 to discuss statewide forestry issues. The agenda will include reports on federal forest management in Alaska, including the Tongass and Chugach national forest plans, Roadless Rule implementation, the Southeast land ownership initiative, and the Tongass 77 campaign. The board also will hear about road projects, the proposed Susitna State Forest, wood energy in Alaska and endangered species listings.

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The (emerald ash) borer war

Naperville Sun
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There remains no national strategy for dealing with the emerald ash borer, the most destructive of the 475 invasive forest insects that North America has seen in the last 300 years. That was part of the message delivered recently by Deborah McCullough, professor of entomology and forestry at Michigan State University, during a conference at Northern Illinois University’s Hoffman Estates campus. The conference was of interest to many in Naperville, as the city has been battling the borer for a few years now.

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Forest exit money audit finds flaws

ABC News, Australia
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The process for granting millions of dollars in handouts to Tasmanian forest contractors exiting the industry has been branded unfair and lacking transparency. The Australian National Audit Office examined the administration of $45 million in grants to help contractors leave the industry. The money was provided through the intergovernmental agreement on forestry and administered by the Federal Forestry Department. The report found 58 successful applicants received up to $3 million each.

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Chinese urged to chuck their chopsticks to save trees

The Daily Telegraph
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is a battle that has divided East and West for centuries: are chopsticks superior to the knife and fork? Now the debate finally may be decided on environmental grounds. With 1.4 billion people ploughing through 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year, China has admitted that its forests can no longer provide enough cutlery for its dinner tables. “We must change our consumption habits and encourage people to carry their own tableware,” Bo Guangxin, the chairman of Jilin Forestry Industry Group, told fellow delegates at the National People’s Congress.

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