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Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Business & Politics

Trades Training Centre – Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

250 News
April 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

How is the skilled labour shortage to be addressed in Prince George, as well as the broader northern region by a new provincial government? Should training plans or projects be based on sober investigation and assessment, and the broad public interest? …These questions need to be asked in regards to the proposed Rustad Trades Training Centre, as the proponents of this project have donated funds to both the BC Liberals and the BC NDP.

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Jump Into the Timber Super Cycle

Skyrocketing lumber demand here and abroad should keep fueling timber REITs’ outsized returns
Investor Place
April 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber is as pleasantly boring as it gets: It grows slowly and provides inflation-resistant returns. When lumber prices are low, timber companies can withhold harvesting logs. When prices rise, they not only profit on the higher log price, but they make more money per tree since the tree has grown. This steady nature has been benefiting the sector for decades, and the commodity has all the hallmarks of great long-term investment. However, timber has been anything but boring lately, as saw log prices are fast approaching housing-bubble highs.

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Carter Holt Oz unit’s losses grow

The New Zealand Herald
April 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Carter Holt Harvey, the forest products firm owned by billionaire Graeme Hart, has worn a A$264 million ($325 million) charge on its Australian building supplies group, which widened its loss by 80 per cent last year and left it in negative equity. …Sales fell 4.4 per cent to A$914.1 million, a faster decline than the cost of sales, which put a squeeze on gross margins.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Solid Engineered Timber: Truly Sustainable Structures

DesignBuild Source
April 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Although wood has been used in buildings for centuries, it is the development of solid engineered timber products such as cross-laminated timber that has provided the structural and technical capabilities to create a truly sustainable alternative to traditional building materials such as concrete. Solid timber products, engineered timber building materials that are manufactured off-site, can provide significant programme and cost savings and bring added environmental benefits such as low energy consumption.

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Wood – Europe’s fuel of the future, really?

In order to produce energy without further increasing CO2 emissions, what could be easier than using existing furnaces to burn trees that could be replaced as they are used? Although this idea has much financial backing, it is only efficient over the long term.
The Economist
April 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Which source of renewable energy is most important to the European Union? Solar power, perhaps? …Or wind? (Germany trebled its wind-power capacity in the past decade.) The answer is neither. By far the largest so-called renewable fuel used in Europe is wood. In its various forms, from sticks to pellets to sawdust, wood (or to use its fashionable name, biomass) accounts for about half of Europe’s renewable-energy consumption.

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Forestry

Pine Bark Beetles Poised for New Attacks on Canada’s Boreal Forests

Further expansion of the pest outside of its historic range is “inevitable”
Scientific American
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After more than a decade, the mountain pine beetle epidemic that surged through British Columbia appears finally to be in remission. Having devastated the province’s lodgepole pine forests, the insect is running out of food. But forest managers now see new beetle infestations appearing at the edge of the Boreal Forest, in Alberta, and in the Yukon and Northwest Territories — areas well outside the insect’s historical range.

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Trees Will Not Grow Up Into Alpine Level, Study Says

RedOrbit
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scientists thought forest lines on mountains would start growing in higher elevations as the planet’s temperature began to rise due to global warming, but new research out of the University of Calgary found it not to be the case. The team found local geologic and geomorphic conditions would limit trees being established at higher elevations on mountains.

Click here for a copy of this research paper

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City crews to count elms alongside rapid-removal project

CBC News
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Winnipeg’s urban forest will shrink again this year, and forestry crews are planning a count of remaining elm trees across the city this summer. The City of Winnipeg has planned an inventory of all elm trees on private properties to begin in May, ahead of their regularly scheduled rapid-removal program for diseased elms. City forester Martha Barwinsky said it has been four decades since the elms in Winnipeg were counted.

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Should you flee wildfire or battle it?

Kelowna Daily Courier
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Imagine a forest fire bearing down on your town – would you stay and defend your house or run for your life?  Despite a series of deadly wildfires in recent years, Australia continues to advocate the first option as long as the wildfire is less than extreme.  Experts say people have a better chance of protecting their houses if they remain indoors. Once the fire-front passes, homeowners can run outside with tools as simple as a wet mop and bucket to extinguish hot spots.

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Wildfire experiences shared with firefighters

Kelowna Capital News
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the 2003 Kelowna wildfire, a group of firefighters trapped in Kettle Valley were surrounded by 400 foot high flames, took shelter under fire trucks, and called home from their cell phones to say goodbye to their families. “They couldn’t get out,” recalled former Kelowna fire chief and current city councillor Gerry Zimmermann as he welcomed more than 200 colleagues from around North America to the three-day Western Wildfire Conference in Kelowna Thursday morning.

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House Holds Hearing on Forest Service Legislation

Rotor News
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing April 11 to discuss several bills affecting the U.S. Forest service. Bills discussed included H.R. 1345, The Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.); and H.R. 1442, the Depleting Risk from Insect, Soil Erosion, and Catastrophic Fire Act introduced by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). “My bill provides the tools to allow the Forest Service to focus on small projects,” Gosar said. “This measure comes as many small counties are on the verge of insolvency and forests are becoming increasingly unhealthy.”

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Oregon Representatives Offer Plan For O&C Counties

OPB News
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three Oregon Congressmen urged colleagues Thursday to consider a new plan for forest management in Southern Oregon. Their bill aims to stave off insolvency in some communities. Republican Greg Walden was making the case for a bill he’s sponsoring with Democrats Peter Defazio and Kurt Schrader. It would provide a new dual structure for forests in Southern Oregon’s O&C Counties.

Oregon O&C forest proposal receive House hearing and a promise: negotiations will continue from The Oregonian (with video)
Lawmakers like plan to revamp O & C lands from the Mail Tribune

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Forest Service says when trees die, people die

Study explores intersections of forest health and human health
Boulder Weekly
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado foresters know that Colorado’s forests are changing. And over the past two decades, the change has been significant. Colorado’s forests have seen unprecedented mortality, driven by poor resiliency to insects and diseases, according to Joseph Duda, interim state forester for the Colorado Forest Service.  …According to U.S. Forest Service researchers, however, Coloradans can
tack yet another cause for concern onto the list: their health.

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Rep. Hastings’ Bill Would Keep Forests Healthy, Boost Timber Production

HNN Huntingtonnews.net
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The National Association of Home Builders on Thursday, April 11, 2013 urged Congress to support draft legislation unveiled by House Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings that would require the U.S. Forest Service to actively manage its commercial forest lands and increase timber production on federal lands, thereby helping to ease lumber price volatility and keep the nation’s forests healthy.

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Oregon fines Forest Service nursery over pollution

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

MEDFORD — Oregon environmental officials have fined a U.S. Forest Service nursery that grows trees for national forests $8,800 for allowing a mat of algae to escape from a reservoir and pollute a creek. The Mail Tribune reported Wednesday that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality levied the fine against the J. Herbert Stone Nursery in Central Point. The state agency says the nursery’s seven-acre reservoir overflowed last July, and a bright turquoise mat of algae went downstream into Jackson Creek.

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Govt told to halt investment-oriented forestry policies

The Jakarta Post
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An environment activist has said the damage to forests in Jambi would worsen without a major change to current government policies that have exploited forests to a point of crisis. Executive director of the Jambi chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment, Arief Munandar, said on Wednesday that the Forestry Ministry’s policies, which were investment-oriented, had caused acute forest damage in Jambi. Many production forest concessions had been given to state-owned enterprises or private plantation companies, which then turned them into monoculture plantations.

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Putin Pledges $13 Bln for Russia’s Forest Industry

RIA Novosti
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ULAN-UDE, – Russia will earmark 400 billion rubles ($13 billion) to finance priority projects in the country’s forestry industry to make the sector attractive for investment and address its long-term problems, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. “We must also make forestry attractive for investment. We plan to invest over 400 billion rubles in 118 projects in the sector which have received priority status,” Putin told a State Council meeting which discussed measures to increase the efficiency of the forest industry.

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Report: Recognizing Indigenous Rights Conserves Forests

Scoop Independent News
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Report Highlights Indigenous Territories and Community Rights as Alternatives to Forest Carbon Markets… The report concludes that providing appropriate recognition to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities, and elimnating subsidies and changing policies that promote forest destruction, can effectively form non-market-based forest conservation policies that are far more effective, equitable and economically efficient than forest carbon offset markets and other payments for environmental services schemes.

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