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Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Finding sweetness among the trees: Cambium can provide a spring treat

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
April 9, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

… For a more concentrated shot of springtime sugars, the cambium of lodgepole pines was almost universally treasured throughout our area. It still makes a fun treat to try, especially if you have some lodgepole pine on your property in need of thinning where removing the bark from a few trees will speed the process along. …Timing is everything. The cambium is at its sweet, succulent prime about
the time when new needles are growing and the pollen cones are ripe.

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Business & Politics

Leading forecaster sees bleak days for Canadian economy

Housing correction to slow economic growth to 1% this year, says Capital Economics
Canadian Press
April 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A leading international forecasting firm says Canadians should brace for tough economic times lasting another two years, lifting the jobless rate once again beyond eight per cent and setting back Ottawa’s plans to balance the budget. …The only bright spot in the outlook is exports, said Madani, which will benefit from the recovery in the United States, particularly in the auto sector and housing market that support shipments of Canadian lumber.

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Owners of destroyed Prince George mill forge ahead with rebuild

Possible legal penalties in wake of Lakeland sawmill disaster creating uncertainty for Lakeland Mills’ owners and employees one year after deadly explosion
Business Vancouver
April 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of a Prince George sawmill that was destroyed by an explosion and fire says the decision to rebuild it was based on several certainties – and despite one big unknown… But WorksafeBC’s investigation of the accident presents a huge unknown
for the company. After investigating both the Burns Lake and Lakeland
accidents, the safety organization decided to forward evidence to Crown
prosecutors.

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Government of Canada Supports Forestry Industry

Canada Economic Development
Marketwire
April 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced the awarding of two financial contributions in support of Quebec’s forestry industry. “The Government of Canada supports Quebec forest industry aid organizations that, like FPInnovations and the Quebec Wood Export Bureau, promote innovation and market development and contribute to the diversification of the economy and job creation,” said Minister Lebel.

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Liquidators sell Gunns’ trees

More than 200,000 hectares of timber plantations established by the collapsed Tasmanian company Gunns are being put on the market.
ABC News
April 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns’ liquidator has abandoned a plan to sell the trees as a single entity, leaving the future of its proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill and millions of dollars worth of investor funds up in the air. Investors, known as growers, are being warned they should not expect to see the kind of returns they were promised when they bought into the timber investments… Liquidator PPB Advisory had previously said it was in talks with parties interested in taking over management of the multi-million dollar investment schemes.

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Finland: Forestry on the rise

IHB
April 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Better economic trends impact wood consumption and domestic forestry . Increase in commercial roundwood removals improves roundwood trade reports the finnish Pellervo Economic Research Institutes (PTT). Roundwood prices will rise slightly, following the price increases of several forest industry products. The moderate economic uptrend will continue next year. The use of forest chips is spurred by the scarcity of fuel peat.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UNBC Waits for Funding Decision for WIDC Program

250 News
April 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The contract for the design build of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre has been awarded, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to ensure there is an engineering program offered on the WIDC premises.  The project has two distinct components, “I will be delighted to see construction of the building” says UNBC President Dr. George Iwama, “but, now who I’m after, its about our operating funds.”

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Mississippi Endorses Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification

State joins Georgia, Maine and Oregon in ensuring green buildings adopt sustainable forest practices.
Construction & Demolition Recycling
April 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government “shall not exclude certificate credits for forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System.” The law positions the state’s wood products industry in green building projects while providing a market incentive for landowners to adopt or maintain sustainable forest practices, according to SFI, based in Washington, D.C.

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Hardwoods and softwoods take centre stage in Dubai

April 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The regional landmark event for wood trade and investment, popularly known as Dubai WoodShow, is 35 per cent bigger than last year’s event as more than 550 global exhibitors from 40 countries will showcase their products until Thursday. It also features 12 international pavilions hosted by participating countries like the United States, Canada, Germany, France, China, Malaysia, Cameroon and Congo, to name a few.

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Forestry

BC Liberals lose veteran deputy minister

The Tyee
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Konkin, deputy minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, has left his post. Konkin sent an email to ministry contacts on April 2 announcing his retirement. Dave Peterson, a senior manager in the ministry, has been named acting deputy minister until the provincial election. Konkin previously served as deputy minister of environment under Gordon Campbell, during which time he signed off on a controversial 2009 decision removing the authority of the ministry to block industrial developments.

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Big-game guiding operator, lawyer join BC Liberal team

TheTyee.ca (blog)
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Liberals announced two new candidates yesterday — a realtor/tourism business operator and a lawyer… While the NDP candidate for the area has called to ban old-growth logging, DeLuca pledges to support the logging and mining industries in British Columbia, according to a party release. “At this crucial moment, when the forest industry is finally ready to invest in jobs and infrastructure, it is the height of irresponsibility for Scott Fraser to call for the banning of old-growth logging,” he said.

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Lower Mainland cities reach out to hug their trees

Business in Vancouver
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s pretty clear that Vancouver residents feel strongly about their city’s trees. Just witness the collective angst on display after a 2006 windstorm levelled hundreds of trees in Stanley Park. Now many Lower Mainland municipalities are making the case that trees do much more than look pretty: they’re a vital part of urban infrastructure. …North Vancouver, Vancouver and Coquitlam are three municipalities in the midst of creating urban forest strategies.

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Learn the latest about managing wildfire

Kelowna Capital News
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Everyone living in this area should attend Wednesday night’s meeting about the latest research into managing wildfires in and around urban areas. A FireSmart Town Hall evening has been planned by organizers of the Western Wildfire Conference which begins Wednesday at the Grand Okanagan Resort and runs through Saturday. Hundreds of firefighters and community representatives such as resource managers, real estate developers and subdivision planners from around North America will converge on Kelowna for the conference which features speakers from around the continent.

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East Ottawa homeowner questions ash tree diagnosis

CBC News
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A homeowner in Orleans is worried ash trees in the city might fall to chainsaws before they’ve even been infested by the emerald ash borer. The city has been waging a war against the invasive beetle since it first appeared in Ottawa in 2008. …When Orleans resident Phil Desmarais got a letter in his mailbox telling him his tree was dying, he said he was skeptical.

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Harris Sherman leaves the USDA, Forest Service

Denver Post
April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Harris Sherman is resigning his post the Under Secretary for Natural Resources & the Environment at the USDA. The former head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources sent a letter to Forest Service personnel on Monday announcing his departure after four years as the top federal official of the U.S. Forest Service….Sherman served as a member of Gov. Bill Ritter’s cabinet before heading
to Washington D.C. to serve President Obama. Under

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A different take on forest management

Helena Independent Record
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s an old cliché that one can’t see the forest for the trees. It is used to describe people who are so focused on some detail that they fail to see the big picture. Nowhere is this failure to see the forest for the trees more evident than the presumed need to “thin” forests to reduce so called “dangers” and/or “damage” from wildfire and beetle outbreaks. Contrary to popular opinion, we probably do not have enough dead trees in our forest ecosystems.

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Rocky Mountain National Park to spray high value trees for bark beetles

Estes Park Trail-Gazette
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bark beetles continue to be active within Rocky Mountain National Park, impacting large numbers of conifer trees. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property. For several years, Rocky Mountain National Park has had a proactive bark beetle management program. …Starting in early April and ending by Memorial Day weekend, the park is planning to protect up to 6,700 high-value trees from bark beetles by applying a Carbaryl-based insecticide.

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Forest Decides On Eastern Ore. Timber Contract Harvest Figure

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY, Ore. – The Malheur National Forest will put 70-80 percent of the annual harvest volume into its new 10-year stewardship timber contract, due to be awarded in August. Forest Supervisor Teresa Raaf announced her decision on the volume Monday, saying it came after careful consideration. “This amount will guarantee the awardee of the contract a consistent, sustainable amount of volume, which will also offer benefits to local communities by providing a stable economic environment that would support local businesses in Grant and Harney counties,” she said.

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Forest Service change aims to resolve project objections earlier

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In U.S. Forest Service-speak, we’re switching from a 215 to a 218. The difference in digits determines how and when someone can protest a timber sale or a road decommissioning, or any other Forest Service project that needs an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment. Under rule 215, you appeal the decision after it’s announced. Under rule 218, you object before the decision is made. “The idea is we can sit down together and work out the issues,” said Ray Smith, Forest Service Region 1 objections and appeals coordinator. “It’s really important – the work together part.

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Maryland Passes Landmark Forest Legislation

American Forest Foundation
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Last week, Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which now awaits the Governor’s signature. As a result of former iterations of this bill, the Department of Natural Resources and Maryland’s Sustainable Forestry Council recommended a “no net forest loss” definition of 40 percent state tree canopy land cover—a definition based on satellite imagery of existing tree canopy.

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International Paper, forest group announce plan

Associated Press
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – International Paper and a forest conservation group are announcing a plan to protect endangered forests in key paper producing areas of the South. The Memphis-based paper company and Dogwood Alliance said Wednesday that they will map forests around International Paper’s southeastern operations to identify endangered forests or areas where conservation of natural resources is critical to environmental health.

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Entire planet will soon have rapid deforestation detection system

Mongabay.com
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

World Resources Institute today unveiled a long-awaited tool that could revolutionize global forest monitoring, reports the UN Forum on Forests, which is meeting this week in Istanbul, Turkey. Global Forest Watch 2.0 is a platform that combines near-real time satellite data, forestry data, and user-submitted information to provide the most complete picture of the world’s forests ever assembled.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Conservancy clarifies carbon talk

Letter from Tom Swann, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Victoria News
April 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tom Fletcher’s column perpetuates factual errors that fail to inform any debate regarding a carbon neutral government. When The Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased Darkwoods in 2008, our expensive, long-term commitment to the conservation lands began. From the outset, revenue from carbon sales was seen as critical to supporting this stewardship effort. Without the possibility of carbon sales, NCC could not have undertaken a project of this size and scope. Yet, those facts are conveniently overlooked by Mr. Fletcher.

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EarthTalk: Biomass as carbon-neutral fuel is debatable

Dear EarthTalk: What is “biomass” and why is it controversial as a potential source of energy? – Edward White, New Bedford, Mass.
Bellingham Herald
April 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Biomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form of biomass, but another includes plant or animal matter that is converted into biofuels. According to the International Energy Agency, which was formed during the oil shocks of the early 1970s to help ward off future energy shortages, biomass combustion is a carbon-neutral process because the carbon dioxide released at burning has previously been absorbed by the plants from the atmosphere.

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Biomass wood shortage predicted

International Forest Industries
April 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Dwindling supplies of metals, water and biomass could slow the deployment of clean energy technologies by 2035, a study by research organization the Stockholm Environment Institute and by business initiative 3C showed last week. Governments and companies are increasingly developing low-carbon technologies to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel-based energy sources and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The International Energy Agency forecasts that the share of renewables from non-hydro sources in power generation will increase to 15 percent in 2035 from 3 percent in 2009.

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General

Hardwoods and softwoods take centre stage in Dubai

April 10, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The regional landmark event for wood trade and investment, popularly known as Dubai WoodShow, is 35 per cent bigger than last year’s event as more than 550 global exhibitors from 40 countries will showcase their products until Thursday. It also features 12 international pavilions hosted by participating countries like the United States, Canada, Germany, France, China, Malaysia, Cameroon and Congo, to name a few.

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