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Daily Archives: March 19, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest management corporation activated

Northern Ontario Business
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former Marathon economic development officer Daryl Skworchinski has been appointed chairman of the province’s first Local Forest Management Corporation. Joining him on the board of directors to the new Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) are Grant Goodwin, Donald Fry, Raymond Boudreau, Tina Forsyth, and Gaétan Malette. …The Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation will be in operation this spring.

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Banning log exports would not solve industry problems

Letter by JOHN DRAYTON
Kamloops Daily News
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raw log exports are a complicated issue. Roughly half of the people and half of the capital involved in the forest industry are in the harvesting sector — those who go into the forest and cut down the trees and transport them to market. The other half is in the manufacturing sector — they take the raw logs and make products like lumber from them.  The harvesting sector wants to see high
log prices, and wants to see many prospective purchasers vying for their
logs.

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Forestry ministry U-turn irks Burns Lake owners

Hampton Affiliates still committed to rebuilding Burns Lake sawmill, but the Portland-based company is ‘disappointed’ by the deferral of the contentious forestry bill
Business in Vancouver
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Legislation that would have allowed forestry companies to apply for coveted tree farm licences has been put on ice, but the delay will not affect plans to rebuild a destroyed sawmill in Burns Lake, says the head of the company that owned the mill….In an emailed statement, Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika said the company was disappointed at the delay but remains committed to rebuilding the mill.

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Sawmill firm backs Games

Prince George Citizen
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another local company has signed on financial support for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.  Dunkley Lumber was announced Monday as the latest official sponsor for the event. “Dunkley Lumber has a long history in the region and support of the community of Prince George. We welcome them to join the journey as an we share our northern story with over 15,000 Canadians during the 2015 Games,” said Stuart Ballantyne, 2015 Canada Winter Games CEO.

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Group calls for audit of funds for pulp mill

Chronicle Herald
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The most recent call for action on odour issues at a Pictou County pulp mill comes on the heels of a provincial directive for excessively high levels of particulate and compounds that produce offensive smells. On Monday, the Pictou County Watershed Coalition called for an audit of the $28.1 million in federal funding for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. via the Green Transformation Program. Part of the funding was intended to improve the Abercombie Point mill’s power boiler performance and reduce odour emissions.

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Northern Pulp ordered to fix pollution problem again

High sulphur emissions emitted
CBC News
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the second time in a year, Nova Scotia’s Northern Pulp has been ordered to stop a high amount of air pollution being emitted from the paper mill, CBC News has learned. Inspectors said sulphur emissions have exceeded allowable levels. Over the fall and winter, Northern Pulp tested emissions coming from its plant. The findings were recently passed on to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment.

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EACOM Timber Corporation announces its fourth quarter and year end results

Canada Newswire press release
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL and VANCOUVER,  – EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to announce its fourth quarter and year end results for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2012. Market conditions have improved compared to 2011. In the United States, housing starts averaged 781,000 units in 2012, up 28% from 2011. In Canada, a similar pattern emerged with housing starts averaging 215,000 units, up 11% from 2011. This improvement in housing activity had a positive impact on lumber consumption and contributed to a much stronger pricing environment and higher mill realizations for the Company.

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Lumber finally rises from the forest floor

A stronger housing market and growing overseas demand have pushed prices to an 8-year high, ending the industry’s long recession.
MSN Money
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Another sign that, knock wood, the economy is recovering. Lumber prices hit an eight-year high last week, thanks in large part to the U.S. housing market thawing out after a long deep freeze and rising overseas demand. “The last few years have been a slow recovery from the recession for wood products,” Phil Tedder, a forestry consultant at Resource Economics, told the Los Angeles Times. “The main consumer was new housing, and that obviously wasn’t very good. But now things are picking up.”

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Asian importers meet with western Montana wood products companies

The Missoulian
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Blue-stained pine and beetle-killed trees dominated the morning discussion at a local business Monday, where a delegation of Chinese and South Korean wood importers continued their Montana tour. … “The forest materials in Montana are a good fit for our Chinese market,” said Wu Zhi Xi, general manager of the Shanghai Daonuo Industry Co. “China has a high demand for forest resources. For Montana, this is really good.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Loan value at heart of wood centre dispute

Prince George Citizen
March 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The two players involved in the loan at the centre of the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre project have different views on how much money was potentially on the table after work was underway. Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) approved a loan to Commonwealth Campus Corp. in late 2009 as part of plan to acquire properties on the 400 block of George Street, demolish existing buildings and remediate the land.

Sawdust in the wind from Prince George Citizen
Wood’ve, could’ve from Prince George Citizen

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Timber buildings enhance wellbeing

Stuff.co.nz
March 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

No hospital in New Zealand has been built out of timber, and the Christchurch rebuild was a “game-changer” according to a leading architect. Canterbury’s new health facilities should have more timber to enhance health and wellbeing, according to Tye Farrow, who has been given the First World Architect Award for Advancing Health and Humanity using the medium of health and architecture by Stockholm-based World Congress on Design and Health.

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Forestry

Vancouver to get urban forestry strategy

Metro Vancouver
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver is planning to get a whole lot shadier. As part of its “greenest city” goal, city council has directed staff to plant 150,000 trees by 2020. But before they put roots in the ground, the city will spend up to $150,000 on a consultant for an urban forestry strategy to make sure it’s done properly, according to a request for proposal.

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Youbou residents shouldn’t pay for dust problem

Cowichan Valley Citizen
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2010 the Area I Nature and Habitat Fund was established for the protection and enhancement of the environment in Area I. A committee was recently formed to deal with two applications that have been presented for funding requests and a meeting was held recently.  . …A wash station might be a good idea, although some research is needed to find out if it actually would solve the problems on Youbou Road. But Area I should not have to provide any financing. The problem is caused by the forest industry, and it is the forest industry’s responsibility to solve this problem.

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Balfour slide report criticized

Nelson Star
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several people who complained to the Forest Practices Board about a 2011 landslide near Balfour say they’re disappointed with the board’s final report, calling it “unacceptable” and “disturbing.” In a letter to the board, John Beerbower, who has long worked in planning for the West Arm demonstration forest, says the report “fails to ensure accountability for the flaws” in roadbuilding and logging by BC Timber Sales that were identified as contributing to the Laird Creek slide.

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Haida Nation to enforce forestry laws in tandem with B.C. government

Globe and Mail
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is giving a first nation a direct role in enforcing environmental laws on Haida Gwaii. Under a new program that is being tried for the first time in British Columbia, the law-enforcement arms of the Ministry of Forests and the Ministry of Environment will be run jointly by the province and the Haida Nation….“What we’ll see is more day-to-day involvement by the Haida in compliance and enforcement activities,” said Gordon Hitchcock, an inspector with the Conservation Officer Service.

Click here for press release from the BC Government

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Public sleeps while old forests are logged

Letter by Peter Rusland
Victoria Times Colonist
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Old growth near Cathedral Grove set for imminent logging: activists,” March 13. Thanks for the sad story. More senseless, shallow planning by our provincial leaders running Beautiful B.C. It’s not surprising this magnificent, brave stand of old growth is being chipped away by Island Timberlands, a company that’s already legally logged most of the Shawnigan Lake and Koksilah areas.

Island’s big trees shouldn’t be ignored Letter to Victoria Times Colonist

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Court rules Ontario has right to ‘take up’ treaty land for mining, forestry

Canadian Press
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s highest court has ruled that the province has the right to “take up” treaty land for mining and forestry. The Grassy Narrows first nation challenged Ontario’s right to permit industrial logging on its traditional lands, saying it infringed on their hunting and trapping rights under a treaty they signed in 1873. The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled Monday that the province doesn’t need the federal government’s approval to “take up” the lands – a decision that overturns a lower-court ruling.

Logging permits can be issued on First Nations land: court from CBC News
Ontario Appeal court rules against Grass Narrows: Ontario has jurisdiction over territory from the APTN National News

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US top court agrees to hear dispute over California forest plan

Thomson Reuters News & Insight
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday agreed to consider whether an environmental group could challenge a management plan for a national forest in the Sierra Nevada. The Obama administration had asked the court to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed the environmental group, Pacific Rivers Council, to question a 2004 management plan for 11 national forests in the mountain range.

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My view: Who will do the science if Western land grab is successful?

Deseret News
March 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I’m a Utahn though and through, but I’m worried about my home state: Hustlers here keep trying to steal property that belongs not just to me, but to all Americans. This extreme version of the “Sagebrush rebellion” and its attempt to loosen federal control in land management, is a persistent — and to my mind wrongheaded — crusade for those who want the state to take over public lands managed by the federal government in order to allow easier exploitation of these lands for their private purposes, although they always phrase this attempt as “taking back” public land.

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When it comes to land management, is ‘multiple use’ relevant?

Idaho Statesman
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The term grew into a powerful phrase that signaled the longtime consensus view for managing public lands. But today, now that it no longer stands for placing logging, mining and energy production first on the people’s lands, some are suggesting we need to scrap “multiple use.” …Earlier this month, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee described the traditional view of multiple use during Sally Jewell’s confirmation hearing for Interior Department secretary.

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Better policy for O&C lands can aid Oregon forests, rural counties: Guest opinion

By Senator Ron Wyden
The Oregonian
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon needs a permanent solution to the decadeslong fight over managing the Oregon & California Railroad lands that run like a crazed checkerboard across the state.   That solution must increase timber harvests and economic activity on some lands while permanently conserving others. It must guarantee funding for schools, law enforcement and roads. And it must lay the foundation so rural communities can strengthen their private economies and rely less on the federal government.

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Environmentalists file federal suit over logging on Montana state forests

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 50-year permit for logging and development on Montana state forests faces a federal lawsuit from environmentalists who say the state won’t do enough to protect threatened grizzly bears or bull trout. The Friends of the Wild Swan, Montana Environmental Information Center and Natural Resources Defense Council sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Missoula’s U.S. District Court on Monday. They argued the federal agency didn’t look closely enough at the state’s plan for managing more than half a million acres in western Montana.

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Can Idaho manage public lands better than the feds?

Some are afraid lawmakers are looking only at grazing and logging, ignoring uses for outdoor recreation.
Idaho Statesman
March 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Chris Haunold shakes his head as he watches the Legislature push for a bill demanding that the U.S. government transfer ownership of the land it controls to the state. The owner of Idaho Mountain Touring in Boise is a member of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council. He said “it’s crazy” hearing lawmakers talk about how they think the state will manage the land better. “They don’t see the big picture,” Haunold said.

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The Liberals push for a state inquiry into forest handouts

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

The Greens and Opposition both want an inquiry into how $45 million has been awarded to forest contractors who wanted to exit the industry. A report by the National Audit Office has described the federally-managed process as unfair and lacking transparency. The Integrity Commission has been asked to investigate the awarding of grants and the Australian Greens are seeking a Senate inquiry. Now, both the the state Greens and Liberals will table motions in Parliament today to investigate what happened.

Minister defends Forestry Tas over exit payouts from ABC News, Australia

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Forest peace deal vote still tight

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

The Upper House vote which will decide the fate of Tasmania’s forest peace deal is still looking tight, as MLCs air their views after a lengthy inquiry into the legislation. The review heavily criticises the proposal to cut wood supply to the forest industry and protect half a million hectares of forest from logging. Debate on the report is expected to reveal how the MLCs will vote on the legislation to enact the peace deal.

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