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Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Business & Politics

Industry recovery revives key B.C. forestry event

Business in Vancouver
April 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s yet one more sign that forestry is back on its feet. After a two-year hiatus, the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) conference is back this week in Prince George. While the conference once attracted approximately 1,000 delegates to a two-day annual event, organizers were forced to cancel the event in 2009 when they could not find enough sponsors or delegates. “We decided to put the convention into a hold mode until the recession eased a bit,” said Doug Routledge, vice-president of forestry for COFI.

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Prince Albert mill delays start-up, may produce paper pulp

CCFGroup.com
April 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Prince Albert Pulp Mill is producing green power, but start-up of pulp production is still 12 to 18 months away, a representative recently told a local gathering. Dale Paterson, vice-president of operations for Paper Excellence, which owns the Prince Albert mill, provided an update on the mill’s status at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Based on that presentation, the Prince Albert Daily Herald reported Mar. 29 that Paper Excellence is investing in a technology that is less costly and will allow the refurbished mill to produce both traditional paper pulp and dissolving pulp.

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Council told Port Hawkesbury mill restart a success

Cape Breton Post
April 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — The Point Tupper paper mill has been running smoothly since its restart, according a delegation from the plant. During the regular monthly meeting of Port Hawkesbury town council on Tuesday, three employees of the plant’s new owner, Port Hawkesbury Paper, painted a rosy picture of the mill’s operations. Foncie Farrell, mill operations superintendent for Cape Breton, said production at the plant has exceeded expectations.

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Adrian M. Blocker joins Weyerhaeuser as new Lumber Vice President; Robert W. Taylor retires

MarketWatch (press release)
April 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced Adrian M. Blocker will join Weyerhaeuser as Vice President of Lumber, effective May 1, 2013. Blocker’s appointment follows Robert Taylor’s planned retirement from the company in May. “We are excited to welcome Adrian to Weyerhaeuser,” said Larry Burrows, senior vice president, Wood Products. “He will be a great addition to our team, bringing more than 30 years of broad forest products operational and corporate experience in forestland management, fiber procurement, and lumber and plywood manufacturing.”

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Timber REITS: Growing Tall But Will They Be Cut Down?

Investor’s Business Daily
April 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

It’s not just homebuilders that are getting a lift from the rebounding housing market. So are timberland companies, which harvest trees to manufacture wood products such as plywood and particle board. As demand for wood products has grown, so has investor interest in timber REITs Potlatch, Plum Creek Timber, Weyerhaeuser and Rayonier. Shares of Potlatch, Plum Creek and Rayonier recently logged 52-week highs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Federal government looks to trim paper consumption

Ottawa Citizen
April 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Sometimes it takes a forest to power the bureaucratic jungle. Newly released reports on plans and priorities for dozens of federal departments and agencies show paper-loving bureaucrats are slowly trying to reduce their environmental footprint by cutting their printing output each year. Yet, federal employees are still printing hundreds of millions of pages a year as part of their day-to-day duties.

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FSC Project Certified Commercial Building Slide Show

Woodworking Network
April 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – The 50,000 square foot six-story Bullitt Center in Seattle is certified under the Living Building Challenge program. The first heavy-timber office building in Seattle since the early 1900s has exposed wood interiors as part of the structure.

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Tallest Timber Apartment Building Opens in Australia

Treehugger
April 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

I have mentioned the Forte´ timber tower before in the slideshow Wood Construction Scales Up, Gets Gorgeous, and carelessly placed it in New Zealand when it is actually in Australia. Now that it is complete, it’s time to have another look at the building and get the story right. Lend Lease, a giant Australian developer, has built what they call the world’s tallest timber apartment building at Victoria Harbour in Melbourne.

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Forestry

Vanderhoof invited to set up community forest

HQ Prince George
April 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The District of Vanderhoof is one step closer to getting a community forest set up in the area. The district has been given an invitation by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources to apply to have a community forest near Vanderhoof. Mayor Gerry Thiessen says if they applied they could be offered 45,000 cubic metres of forest per year.

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We need to protect old growth forests

Letter by W. Brett
Chilliwack Times
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the thousands of Chilliwack residents who fought to save the old growth timber stands above Elk Falls (2000 to 2004) the Feb. 17 Times column “More old growth forest protected” was uplifting to us all. Our residents in 2003 were denied-by our elected officials- their democratic right to vote on industrial logging within Chilliwack District and logging took place among our forest giants above Elk Falls. Just four years previous, a local park proposal for Elk Range marked “special protection” for these exact forests

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Scientists to remove Douglas firs at Nanaimo River Regional Park

Nanaimo News Bulletin
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scientists are ready to harvest 96 Douglas-fir research trees planted at Nanaimo River Regional park in 1979 in an effort to study the species and create a higher value wood for coastal B.C. The trees, which make up about eight per cent of a stand in the northwest corner of the park, were planted when the property was privately owned. It was purchased in 2000 by the Land Conservancy of B.C., which supports the harvest.

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PR campaign hopes to cut backlash against forestry

thedailyobserver.ca
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Renfrew County is throwing its support behind a new publicity effort battling an ongoing backlash against the forest industry. The REAL Tree Hugger campaign, launched March 1 by the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, seeks to bring attention to the importance of the forestry industry to the economy of the province, to the survival of rural towns and communities as well as its ongoing role in maintaining the forests themselves. It is hoping to convince the Ontario government to take into greater consideration the impact on local economies and communities before they make decisions on legislation, regulation or policy affecting forestry.

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Public needs to speak against logging plan in Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Letter by Dick Artley
The Missoulian
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has completed a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Four Forest Restoration Initiative in central and northern Arizona and will be accepting public comments until the end of April. The preferred alternative would allow the USFS to commercially log 678 square miles and construct 517 miles of new road and yet the DEIS states the potential environmental impacts are acceptable. Incredibly, the USFS titles this a “restoration” project.

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Drought causes ips beetle to cause more damage

Pine engravers or the ips beetle typically feed on dying trees such as in slash piles, but a larger number of beetles and drought conditions will cause the beetles to fly to nearby healthy trees, impacting them.
Black Hills Pioneer
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The severe drought in the Black Hills brings with it another pine tree threat able to damage more trees. The pine engraver or ips beetle will soon be en route to infest batch of pine trees in the Black Hills. “Normally we only see ips invade and infest slash on the ground. Occasionally they will get into a live tree, but normally they don’t get into a lot of damage,” said Ray Sowers, the South Dakota state forester.

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Invasive beetle reported in 21 counties

Hazard Herald
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of Kentucky’s most familiar trees may be in for the fight of its life with a recently discovered pest. These half-inch long, dark metallic green beetles are responsible for the loss of countless trees across the 17 states they have inhabited since their discovery in Michigan in 2002. It is thought that the emerald ash borers were brought to the U.S. in wood shipping crates by cargo ships from Asia, which is the native continent for the beetles.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Auditor general and province in almighty carbon clash

April 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government last week rejected a damning auditor general’s report that concludes the B.C. government’s carbon neutral policies have failed and that industry has been getting a free ride on the carbon-credit gravy train at the expense of cash-strapped school boards and hospitals. John Doyle’s report confirms what a series of Business in Vancouver stories concluded: carbon reduction projects being funded by the public through the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT) would have occurred anyway.

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Distrust is carbon plan’s fatal flaw

By Vaughn Palmer – Independent MLA Bob Simpson calls for ouster of the board of controversial Pacific Carbon Trust, for starters
Vancouver Sun
April 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

After mauling the Pacific Carbon Trust repeatedly over the past two years, Independent MLA Bob Simpson Tuesday urged the B.C. Liberals to decapitate the troubled entity by ousting the CEO and the entire board of directors. …The scorched-earth call capped a week of embarrassing developments regarding the trust, vehicle for the B.C. Liberals’ attempt to make the public sector carbon-neutral by investing tax dollars in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Green Candidates show support for BC carbon systems The Vancouver Sun
Good Forestry better than carbon neutrality The Victoria Times Colonist
Greenhouse gas leaks from Pacific Carbon Trust The BC Local News

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Greenhouses, cement plant all got carbon offset cash

Surrey Leader
April 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

While a damning audit of B.C.’s Pacific Carbon Trust focused on carbon offset spending in far-flung corners of the province, public money from school and hospital budgets also fed projects across the Lower Mainland. And a leading critic of the made-in-B.C. carbon offset strategy says the legitimacy of the local projects is just as questionable as the Darkwoods and Encana offsets B.C.’s Auditor General decided were not credible.

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Auditor general and province in almighty carbon clash

April 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government last week rejected a damning auditor general’s report that concludes the B.C. government’s carbon neutral policies have failed and that industry has been getting a free ride on the carbon-credit gravy train at the expense of cash-strapped school boards and hospitals. John Doyle’s report confirms what a series of Business in Vancouver stories concluded: carbon reduction projects being funded by the public through the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT) would have occurred anyway.

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ZeaChem Halts Biofuel Production In Boardman

OPB
April 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Less than a month after starting production of cellulosic biofuel at its Boardman demonstration plant, ZeaChem has laid off employees and scaled back operations. Biofuels Digest posted a statement from the company’s director of public affairs, Carrie Atiyeh, saying additional funds will be needed to re-start production.

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Where Power Meets Paper

April 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Nestled along the Wisconsin River within the town of Rothschild, Wis., sits Domtar’s paper mill. Built over 100 years ago it serves as one of the region’s largest employers. Considered an area landmark, its presence now is perhaps more marked than ever, with the gradual but seemingly overnight construction of a 50-MW biomass cogeneration plant….The power facility will use around 500,000 tons per year of woody
biomass material, according to Carroll, which will come ready-to-burn
from Domtar’s fuel yard, or will be shredded or chipped off site by
suppliers.

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Where Power Meets Paper

April 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Nestled along the Wisconsin River within the town of Rothschild, Wis., sits Domtar’s paper mill. Built over 100 years ago it serves as one of the region’s largest employers. Considered an area landmark, its presence now is perhaps more marked than ever, with the gradual but seemingly overnight construction of a 50-MW biomass cogeneration plant….The power facility will use around 500,000 tons per year of woody
biomass material, according to Carroll, which will come ready-to-burn
from Domtar’s fuel yard, or will be shredded or chipped off site by
suppliers.

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Global forest-protection plan depends on carbon credits

Globe and Mail
April 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The forests of Kahuzi-Biega Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been pillaged for timber, minerals and wild game. But thanks to an ambitious environmental proposal, their most valuable resource may be the carbon in the trees. The project, called REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), has a clunky name but comes with promises of billions of dollars in funding and the hope that it can reduce both deforestation and climate change.

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