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Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

Business & Politics

COFI Convention Ready to Roll

250 News
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The Council of Forest Industries will welcome about 500 delegates today to its first full convention since the U.S. housing market crash in 2008. This is the first full convention in Prince George since 2007 and will include an announcement this morning from Federal Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver. According to a release from his Ministry, Oliver will “make announcements in support of the transformation of Canada’s forest industry.”

Conference enjoys lumber resurgence Prince George Citizen

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Talks continue to re-open Terrace log yard

Terrace Standard
April 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEGOTIATIONS are continuing between two companies locked in a contract dispute, with the parties hoping logs will once again be shipped from a Terrace log sort yard. YaoRun Wood began leasing the old Skeena Cellulose property earlier this year to sort logs for export but has been prevented from doing so when contractor Bryco Enterprises blockaded access with heavy equipment, saying it had not been paid.

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NDP Considering Rustad Trades Training Proposal

250 News
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – There is a glimmer of hope for those who propose to turn the old Rustad sawmill site into a trades training centre. Canfor and BID Group , have put in about $10 million dollars worth of property and work on the site, and need about $10 million more from the Provincial government to make it work. …The proposal, is being considered by the NDP.

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American paper capacity to hold steady through 2015

Pulp and Paper News
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recently released the 53rd Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity, reporting that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined 1.6 percent in 2012 but will hold essentially stable over the next three years (2013 through 2015)….For the entire three-year projection period, paper and paperboard
capacity is expected to rise 0.4 percent at an average annual rate of
0.1 percent.

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Newsprint Magnate Peter Brant Files Suit In Connecticut Against Law Firm

The Connecticut Law Tribune
April 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Connecticut newsprint magnate and art collector Peter Brant is suing the law firm that handled the sale of one of his companies as part of a debt reorganization plan, claiming the lawyers cost him tens of millions in diminished assets to fund a pension plan. …Brant, of Greenwich is the owner of White Birch Paper Co., which along with his separate SP Newsprint company, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Adobe Study: Is Paper Now on the Endangered Species List?

April 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

New research unveiled today by Adobe Systems Incorporated reveals important new insights from U.S. managers around digital business processes and paper. According to the study, “Paper: An Endangered Species?” the majority of the managers surveyed had overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward traditional paper-based processes and cite productivity, security, attracting talent and going green as the benefits of a completely digital workflow.

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Adobe Study: Is Paper Now on the Endangered Species List?

April 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

New research unveiled today by Adobe Systems Incorporated reveals important new insights from U.S. managers around digital business processes and paper. According to the study, “Paper: An Endangered Species?” the majority of the managers surveyed had overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward traditional paper-based processes and cite productivity, security, attracting talent and going green as the benefits of a completely digital workflow.

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UMaine’s Paper Days focuses on future of nanofibers, biofuels and industries that will benefit Maine

Bangor Daily News
April 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ORONO, Maine — The most exciting thing about cellulose nanofibers could be that we don’t yet know the most exciting thing about cellulose nanofibers, paper industry experts said Wednesday. University of Maine researchers updated more than 300 forestry and paper industry officials, stakeholders and politicians on what the university’s research could mean for the future during the first day of the 63rd annual Paper Days at UMaine.

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Forestry

How has fire management changed 10 years after Kelowna fire?

The 2013 Western Wildfire Conference will discuss treatment costs and forest fire policy
News 1130
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating wildfire near Kelowna that destroyed hundreds of homes and sent over 45,000 people packing. The 2013 Western Wildfire Conference, hosted by the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association, will discuss how fire management has changed in the province since the 2003 devastation. John Betts with the WSCA says the problem is that the forests have become drier and a lot more dangerous thanks to the mountain pine beetle.

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Resident upset about logging on Arbutus

Island Timberlands says logging on Arbutus has been going on since winter to keep people employed
Alberni Valley Times
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When local community activist Stacey Gaiga woke up Tuesday morning, she looked out her window and was disturbed by the sight of active logging on Arbutus Ridge. “It wasn’t a surprise,” Gaiga said. “Back when I was fighting to stop the top of Arbutus from being logged, the engineers at that time stated that the plan was, before I stopped it, to cut the entire Arbutus Ridge.” The land, which can be easily viewed from Harbour Quay and many other parts of the city is privately owned by Island Timberlands.

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UNBC professor recognized for pine beetle research

HQ Prince George
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A UNBC Forestry professor will be honoured in Vancouver tonight for her research into the mountain pine beetle. Dr.Kathy Lewis will receive the 2013 Academic of the Year Award which is handed out by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC. “It feels pretty special considering my colleague Chris Opio won the same award last year.”

A Second UNBC Prof Named Academic of the Year 250 News

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Mountain pine beetle poised to ravage Eastern Canada

CBC News
April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Billions of mountain pine beetles from B.C. are expected to devastate forests in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces as they munch their way east over the next two decades, scientists predict in a new documentary. “Most every scientist studying the beetle feels that it’s inevitable,” said David York, the filmmaker behind The Beetles Are Coming, which airs on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things Thursday. “It’s going to happen and we’re going to have to adapt.”

Pine Beetle Movie Debuts This Week HQ Prince George
Beetles on the march from the Prince George Citizen

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UNBC prof helped crack beetle code

Prince George Citizen
April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The map of the mountain pine beetle’s destruction is so big it can’t be contained in one province but the map of the beetle’s genetic makeup is so small it fits inside the molecules of an insect the size of a grain of rice. That genetic makeup has now been revealed by a team of scientists. UNBC professor Dr. Dezene Huber, the Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology, was one of these genome cartographers going where no scientists had gone before.

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One-quarter of Denman Island protected

Comox Valley Record
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About a quarter of Denman Island is now officially protected land, thanks to the addition of a new park and two protected areas. …”The Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone is one of the rarest zones in British Columbia and has a high conservation value,” he said in the release as he thanked everyone involved in protecting the ecologically sensitive lands. “Families will be able to experience this unique ecosystem for years to come.”

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Feds project climate change will double wildfire risk in forests

Denver Post
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The hotter, drier climate will transform Rocky Mountain forests, unleashing wider wildfires and insect attacks, federal scientists warn in a report for Congress and the White House. The U.S. Forest Service scientists project that, by 2050, the area burned each year by increasingly severe wildfires will at least double, to around 20 million acres nationwide. Some regions, including western Colorado, are expected to face up to a fivefold increase in acres burned if climate change continues on the current trajectory.

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Win for treeplanters: Appeals Court rules DOL has no authority to issue H-2B Rules

National Assocation of State Foresters
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the decision of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Florida that the U.S. Department of Labor lacks the authority to issue regulations governing the H-2B guestworker program. This decision upholds the lower court’s preliminary injunction (in Bayou Lawn and Landscape Services v. Solis).

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Forest safety campaign calls for inquiry

April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A campaign calling for an inquiry into health and safety in forestry stepped up a notch today with the launch of a “What Killed Ken Callow?” billboard on Auckland’s Khyber Pass. The billboard, launched this morning by the Council of Trade Unions and funded by donations across the country through OneBigVoice.Com, is part of a campaign calling for Minister of Labour Simon Bridges to initiate an inquiry into forest safety.

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Protest halts logging

ABC Online
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Police are attending a protest which has halted logging operations in the Upper Derwent Valley. Environmental group Still Wild Still Threatened says 10 people are protesting, with one conservationist in a tree-sit attached to logging machinery. The group says four forestry machines are in the coupe in an area that has been World Heritage nominated.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tree death toll from climate change likely underestimated

Younger forests, drought-sensitive species more vulnerable
CBC.ca
April 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

…Models that predict the impact of climate change typically assume that older forests are representative of all forests. But older forests are less vulnerable to the effects of climate change than younger forests that make up the vast majority of Canada’s boreal forest ecosystems, suggests a study of Alberta and Saskatchewan forests by Yong Luo and Han Chen, forest ecologists at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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Stephen Harper’s government paid over $200k for carbon offsets at Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

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

The Harper government paid $226,450 to conserve trees in a British Columbia forest to prevent its activities at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics from contributing to global warming, say newly released internal memos obtained by Postmedia News. …Kent was told that the process to offset federal emissions, first
announced by former environment minister Jim Prentice, involved forest
conservation efforts in the Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project in interior
B.C.’s Selkirk Mountains.

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New Executive Director to Lead Canadian Bioenergy Association

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

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Bioenergy Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Fernando Preto to the position of Executive Director, effective April 8, 2013. …. Most recently, he was Lead Scientist, Biomass and Renewables, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada, where he was instrumental in advancing bioenergy developments in Canada and bringing together industry, government, and academic stakeholders from the agriculture, forestry, and energy sectors.

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Event: Linking Forestry, Oil & Gas with the Bioeconomy

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

On April 23-25 2013, FIBRE will be hosting an intimate regional workshop in cooperation with the Bio-refining Conversions Network (BCN) at the University of Alberta to explore the relationship between Canada’s forestry and oil & gas sectors, particularly as they link to advancing the bioeconomy. …As a province with fruitful and established forestry and energy
industries, Alberta is an ideal location to spark discussions that
explore cooperations between these two sectors.

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Quebec study to look at biocoal

Canadian Biomass Magazine
April 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

April 1, 2013, Rouyn-Noranda, QC – FPInnovations and the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) have announced a joint research project relating to the production of biocoal from forest harvesting residues. ..The project consists of processing forest biomass by means of Airex
Energy’s pilot-scale rapid torrefaction unit in order to manufacture
biocoal. This eco-friendly vegetable carbon can be used as a renewable
energy source or be processed into a higher added value carbonaceous
product.

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General

Forest safety campaign calls for inquiry

April 4, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A campaign calling for an inquiry into health and safety in forestry stepped up a notch today with the launch of a “What Killed Ken Callow?” billboard on Auckland’s Khyber Pass. The billboard, launched this morning by the Council of Trade Unions and funded by donations across the country through OneBigVoice.Com, is part of a campaign calling for Minister of Labour Simon Bridges to initiate an inquiry into forest safety.

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