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Daily Archives: April 15, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest Products Association of Canada – a lobby group with a clean-cut edge

Paper Advance
April 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

… For an organization as well-established as the Forest Products Association of Canada, however, the new regulations and restrictions have not impeded the ability to achieve its mandate in the slightest. FPAC continues to cultivate a strong relationship with the federal government and strives to keep the channels of communication with decision-makers wide open. PaperAdvance recently had the opportunity to discuss the Association’s biggest accomplishments, challenges and future endeavors with CEO David Lindsay.

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TimberWest looks to build wind towers to explore Island’s power potential

Victoria Times Colonist
April 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest is looking to see which way the wind is blowing on southwest Vancouver Island. The forestry company has applied to the Capital Regional District for a temporary-use permit to build three 80-metre towers in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area to “explore the potential for power generation with wind energy.” The data collected will be used to build a business case for developing a wind farm, if wind speeds meet threshold requirements, a CRD report says.

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Fire at mill quickly contained

Prince George Citizen
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire trucks rolled out to a Prince George sawmill Thursday night, quickly containing the blaze. Mills commonly have small fires in their massive hog and sawdust piles, and this was the case at Carrier Lumber’s sawmill at the southeast end of the BCR Industrial Site. The Buckhorn Volunteer Fire Department was alerted just after 7 p.m. on Thursday. “We sent three vehicles and about 10 personnel,” said Chief Richard Hersey. “They were on-scene for about four hours, just making sure the blow lines were empty and the sawdust was heat-free.

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NS firms still steamed over Northern Pulp aid

Chronicle Herald
April 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Pictou County businessman is critical of the Dexter government for helping a much larger company expand at the expense of his operation. Robert Langille, president of E&R Langille Contracting Ltd. of New Glasgow, says direct involvement by government in helping Northern Pulp finance a wood-chipping plant at its Abercrombie Point facility will force his small company to shutter its $5-million wood-chip investment on Mount William, putting about 18 employees out of work.

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A Made-in-Canada Model

Making the economy and the environment equal partners.
Wood Business
April 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest product companies belonging to FPAC and conservation groups have joined forces in a landmark agreement with an ambition, scope and scale unmatched anywhere on the planet. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement aims to turn the conflict and confrontation that once characterized the relationship between conservationists and industry into a new paradigm of co-operation and collaboration.

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Construction Materials Prices Flat in March

April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

National construction materials prices were flat in March and are 0.9 percent higher year over year, according to the Labor Department’s April 12 Producer Price Index report. Nonresidential construction materials prices slipped 0.2 percent for the month, but are up 0.2 percent compared to one year ago. Softwood lumber prices jumped 4.4 percent for the month and are 30.1 percent higher from one year ago. Prices for nonferrous wire and cable increased by 2.2 percent in March, but remain 1.8 percent lower from last March.

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Construction Materials Prices Flat in March

April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

National construction materials prices were flat in March and are 0.9 percent higher year over year, according to the Labor Department’s April 12 Producer Price Index report. Nonresidential construction materials prices slipped 0.2 percent for the month, but are up 0.2 percent compared to one year ago. Softwood lumber prices jumped 4.4 percent for the month and are 30.1 percent higher from one year ago. Prices for nonferrous wire and cable increased by 2.2 percent in March, but remain 1.8 percent lower from last March.

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For mill workers, a year shaped by loss

HeraldNet
April 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Rubble, bare dirt and an unfamiliar view are all that’s left. The people — more than 700 — have scattered. After years spent toiling at Kimberly-Clark on Everett’s waterfront, some retired sooner than they wanted. Others found new careers. Some went back to school. The unluckiest ones continue to hunt for jobs and paychecks. It was April 15, 2012, a Sunday just a year ago, that the last workers finished their final shift at the paper mill. They walked away forever from jobs some had held for decades. Many had family histories at the mill dating back to the days of the Scott Paper Co.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC joins the race to the skyline

Journal of Commerce
April 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The announcement last month of the awarding of the contract to build a contemporary, 90-foot wood building in Prince George officially launches British Columbia into the race to build the world’s first wood skyscraper. The six-storey Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) at the corners of George and 5th Avenue will be the tallest contemporary wood building in North America, and will rival the tallest examples anywhere in the world. 

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Wood Science 101: Wood Species ID and Macrophotography

Woodworking Network
April 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

One question that wood scientists get asked more than any other is…”What type of wood is this?” Sometimes the answer is easy, but often it isn’t. Tree identification is simple by comparison. With a tree, you have leaves, needles, and/or twigs, which are usually a dead give-away of a tree’s species. Then, you have identifiers such as whether the leaves are alternating or opposite, the appearance of the bark, and even where the tree is growing.

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Forestry

Visual quality refined in Fraser Timber Supply Area

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHILLIWACK – Visual quality objectives and scenic areas in the Fraser Timber Supply Area have been revised and will come into effect on April 18. Revisions were made to about 22 per cent of the existing visual quality objectives boundaries in the northern portion of the timber supply area. The amendments were made under the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Land Act, following public consultations and discussions with First Nations, forestry companies and local stakeholders.

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1993’s Clayoquot Summer was a game-changer

Victoria Times Colonist
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Twenty years ago today, about 30 residents of Tofino were driving up and down the highway by Long Beach, communicating via handheld radios, tracking a helicopter carrying B.C.’s premier of the day and select media. A local guy listening in on emergency, aviation and boat communications was transmitting the play-by-play, while the helicopter sought a quiet landing spot where the premier could make a “contained” statement about the fate of Clayoquot Sound’s forests. Nothing that followed, however, in what was to become the Clayoquot Summer of 1993, could be construed as “contained.”

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GUEST COMMENT: Industry must connect with next generation employees

Nanaimo News Bulletin
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association recently commissioned a public opinion poll to better understand public sentiment toward the forest industry, and some of the findings are concerning. Most notable is the disconnect between the perceived future of the industry – most are optimistic – and the perceived existence of forestry jobs – most believe there is a shortage of jobs. Our concern lies in the fact that at a time when our members and other forest sector employers are looking to fill thousands of positions, prospective workers in our coastal communities are looking elsewhere.

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Ancient Forest Alliance calls for updated forest plan

Victoria Times Colonist
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Up-to-date science and legislation without massive loopholes is needed to protect B.C.’s remaining old-growth forests, says the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Clinic. The proposed Old-Growth Protection Act was produced by the clinic at the request of the Ancient Forest Alliance. The group’s executive director, Ken Wu, hopes it will spur the government to action. “It’s time for a new, science-based plan,” he said.

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Beetle-killed trees create widespread fire hazard

Globe and Mail
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… The mountain pine beetle bored through this forest south of Kamloops seven years ago. The government inventory, conducted in 1991 and updated in 2007, shows little reason for alarm: On paper, about a third of the trees here have suffered beetle kill. But Mr. Betts, head of the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association, wants to show that on the ground, the state of this forest is far worse.

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Woodlands need to be protected

Letter from RICK TAVES
Windsor Star
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Every municipality in southern Ontario has bylaws on good forestry practices. Every county, that is, except for Essex and Chatham-Kent where the forest cover is the lowest in the province, around three per cent. Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Waterloo, Wellington, all have important farming economies. They all restrict the clear-cutting of woodlands. This last winter more than 1,000 acres of woodland have been clear cut in Chatham-Kent. Why can we not come to some reasonable accommodation at this end of the province, including tax incentives and credits for those who preserve woodlands?

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Sussex-area pre-school launches Atlantic Canada’s first ‘forest school’

Four-year-olds will spend 85 per cent of their time outdoors all year round
CBC.ca
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new pre-school program beginning in September in the Sussex area will be Atlantic Canada’s first certified forest school. Children enrolled in the Tír na nÓg Forest School will spend 85 per cent of their days outside all year round. Owner and pre-school director Lisa Brown is excited to begin the new program, which she says will move children away from computers so they can embrace nature.

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UN dubs Forest Service scientist ‘a Forest Hero’

USDA Forest Service
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A U.S. Forest Service scientist was recently honored by the United Nations at the Forest Hero Awards in Istanbul, Turkey. Ariel E. Lugo, director of the Forest Service’s International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico, received a U.N. Forest Hero Award for his substantial contributions to forest conservation in the Caribbean and the ability to communicate the importance of conservation to diverse groups of people at all levels.

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Everyone, rural or urban, has stake in forests

Philly.com
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest fires in the drought-stricken West and Southwest received a lot of attention last year, and scenes of several large, destructive fires were widely shown on television. Could this happen elsewhere in the United States? In early March, columns of smoke rose from the Pine Barrens, visible from the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. One might think these fires are dangerous and should be suppressed, but they were intentionally lit by the Forest Fire Service of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, with more to be lit this spring.

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All about trees

Abilene Recorder Chronicle
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Call John Barbur a “tree hugger.” He won’t take offense. Nobody in this area, and maybe Kansas, knows more about trees than Barbur. Barbur of Abilene was recently award the Community Forester of the Year by the State Forest Service. The award went to Barbur for the quality of work he does on community forestry, serving on two boards. Again, he may be the only person in Kansas that does that. He is on the community forestry at Fort Riley and is the chairman of the Abilene Tree Board.

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HR4 decisively defeated in Montana House

Letter by Patti Steinmuller
Helena Independent Record
April 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An issue that received too little notice amid the tumult of the first week of April’s Montana State Legislature session, deserves more attention. On April 4, the House Agriculture Committee decisively voted down a resolution that opposed the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act (FJRA), a balanced bill that has earned widespread support among Montanans. FJRA presents a new, collaborative approach to forest service timber management, recreation on public lands, and safeguarding habit for fishing and hunting.

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Trees Shed Bad Rap As Accessories to Crime

Yale Environment 360
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…But trees may also help people on this block breathe easier in the sense that they can feel a little less worried about crime. Despite urban folklore that treats all vegetation as a hiding place for muggers, carjackers and drug dealers, new studies in three American cities—Baltimore, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia—suggest that the right trees in the right place can play a significant role in preventing crime and make even the worst neighborhoods feel safer.

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Historic Pa. forest faces invasive insect threat

phillyBurbs.com
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A historic state forest filled with towering hemlocks is facing a serious threat from invasive insects, and scientists say climate change appears to be a contributing factor. Cook Forest State Park, a National Natural Landmark, is known for its majestic, old-growth trees, some of which are over 140 feet tall. They help to create a cool, shaded environment for numerous creatures, including warblers, forest salamanders and brook trout.

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First Responders and BOCES students train for logging accidents

YNN Hudson Valley
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It was the first training of its kind for some emergency responders and students in Northumberland. Forestry students from the WSWHE BOCES worked side by side with Firefighters and EMS squads to simulate how to rescue someone trapped under a tree. And as YNN’s Erin Moran reports, while there hasn’t been a report of a tree actually falling and trapping someone, organizers said it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Participants at UN forum call for sustainable management of dry forests

UN News Centre
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest landscapes in drylands – known as dry forests – play a crucial role in tackling global challenges such as poverty and climate change and must by properly managed, participants at the United Nations Forum on Forests underscored today. Dry forests cover about 40 per cent of the Earth’s surface. They are important biodiversity sanctuaries; provide ecosystem goods such as fuel, wood for construction, medicines and herbs; and act as a buffer against drought and desertification.

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Indonesia to Continue The Moratorium of Primary and Peat Forest Conversion

ITNews
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, once again asserted the commitment of Indonesia to ensure the implementation of the moratorium of primary natural and peat forest conversion in the ministerial level conference’s 10th United Nations Forum on Forest held in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 8-9, 2013…. On that occasion, the Forestry Minister, conveyed that the new moratorium clearance of the primary and peat forest and the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) can be conducted in parallel with an average economic growth of 6.3%, just like Indonesia has experienced in the period of 2009-2013.

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Will Indonesia renew its moratorium on new forest conversion licenses?

Mongabay.com
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s forestry minister has again said that the country will extend its two-year moratorium on primary forest and peatland conversion, which is set to expire next month.  Speaking at the United Nations Forum on Forestin Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this week, Minister Zulkifli Hasan said the moratorium would not limit economic growth in Indonesia, and would be part of a broader forest management strategy going forward, Antara News reported on Thursday.

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Suriname tells of its efforts in promoting sustainable forest management

UN Radio
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Suriname has put a lot of effort in promoting sustainable forest management and forest conservation, Minister of Physical Planning, Land Management and Forestry, Ginmardo Kromosoeto told the UN Forum on Forests, now taking place in Istanbul. He said Suriname is part of the rich Amazon rainforest region which possesses and maintains one of the largest stretches of pristine tropical rainforest in the world.

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Forestry peace bill returns

ABC News, Australia
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian Upper House MP believes the Government will support a controversial amendment to the forest peace deal bill. The bill is expected to be debated in the Upper House this week. The Government bought itself two weeks to win over the majority of MLCs when it deferred debate on the bill last month.  Rumney MLC Tony Mulder is unsure of support for his amendment which
would more than half the initial amount of forest to be protected from
logging.

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Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood

BBC News
April 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Switzerland is home to some of the best violin makers in the world. But how do they know which tree will make a top quality violin? A wander through the forest with a master tree picker gives an idea of the enormous experience and instinct required. Just any tree will not do when combing a forest in Switzerland for the perfect musical wood – its age, the weather and even the position of the moon help to craft the warmest, fullest notes.

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Laser beam uncovers giants of the forest

ABC News, Australia
April 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has discovered another 17 hardwood eucalyptus trees in the state’s southern forests, with some of the giants believed to be up to 500 years old. The manager of Forestry Tasmania’s Giant Tree Program, Daniel Hodge, says the trees, which are more than 85 metres tall, were discovered using LiDAR technology. “It’s an aeroplane flying over the forest shooting a laser down at the trees and that laser gives us an accurate height on every tree in the forest,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Warming means more forests toppled by windstorms

NBCNews.com (blog)
April 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change could likely lead to more wind-fallen trees and damaged forests, say researchers studying how forests grow, mature then fall apart in big wind storms. The connections to climate change are easy to miss, however, because trees often live longer than humans. “When you think like an ecologist and you realize that the lifespan of trees are multiples of human generations, you see that we often miss things,” said forest researcher Steve Mitchell of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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Global warming: Forest timberline impacts not so clear

Summit County Citizens Voice
April 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

For residents of high-elevation regions, including Colorado — the impacts of global warming include a potentially radical change in the composition of plant communities. In mountainous areas, the distribution of many species is limited by factors related to elevation, including temperature.

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Carbon Controversy: Should The Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Behind the noisy cafeteria at Illinois Valley High School stands a small silver silo that looks like it ought to hold a grain crop. This public school is one of about a dozen in the Northwest heated almost entirely by wood pellets. …Sawmills across the region have used bark, sawdust, and their own wood waste to generate heat and electricity for years. Now Oregon Gov. John Kizhaber is encouraging rural schools and hospitals to install high efficiency biomass boilers, making a renewable energy tax credit available.

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State OKs Long-term Timber-sales Pact for Proposed Tok Biomass-fueled Powerplant

KUAC.org
April 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Alaska Division of Forestry has given the go-ahead to a long-term timber sales contract that would allow a company to harvest trees on state forest land around Tok. The timber would be used as fuel for a proposed biomass power-generating station that would provide electricity for the community – and make the area safer from wildfires.  State Forester Chris Maisch says he and other Forestry officials will as soon as possible offer a 25-year contract to harvest timber from state forestland around Tok to provide fuel for a biomass-fired
power-generating facility that Alaska Power and Telephone has proposed to build in Tok.

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