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Daily Archives: April 16, 2013

Business & Politics

NDP forest plan ‘minor deviation from unsustainable status quo’: critic

TheTyee.ca (blog)
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The New Democratic Party’s forestry platform released this morning is a major disappointment, said Ken Wu, the executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance environmental group. “I’m just looking at this with rage here,” he said in an interview. “This is a minor deviation from the unsustainable status quo.” This morning NDP leader Adrian Dix released a five point plan for forestry.

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B.C. election: Dix takes wraps off $310-million forestry plan

The Province
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix has released a multimillion dollar election plan that he believes will help grow and improve B.C.’s forest industry, but critics say the proposal makes promises that will be hard to keep. In Prince George Monday, Dix announced the five-point forestry plan that would see $310 million invested in the industry over five years if his party wins the election in May.

NDP’s forestry-policy plank sparks partisan ire, disappoints ecologists from the Canadian Press
Dix promises millions to restore forest inventory from the Prince George Citizen
NDP vows reforestation spending from the BC Local News

Click here for a press release from the NDP

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Liberals, NDP agree that counting trees tops to-do list

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After almost a decade in the doldrums, the forest industry is steaming back into the B.C. economy, with companies clamouring for more wood from forests that have been devastated by the mountain pine beetle. Two forces — one economic, the other environmental — define the issues facing British Columbia’s forests: The beetle destroyed so much timber that the province stopped trying to keep an inventory of what’s left until the epidemic died down; and now that the industry is recovering…

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Increased Production And Shortage Of Rail Cars Causing Bottle Neck At Canfor

250 News
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George- The Vice President of Brands and External Relations for Canfor, Christine Kennedy says tents are being constructed on the Intercon pulp mill property to store pulp . …The second issue is that CN has had some problems such as slides and winter problems which has contributed to the problem along with increased demand for the cars from increased production across the board in western Canada.

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Parties’ forestry platforms show few differences, industry insiders say

Victoria Times Colonist
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province’s forests — long a cornerstone in political debate — are unlikely to provide much in the way of a wedge issue in the coming election, based on the platforms of the two main parties, according to industry insiders. …“We just don’t see any wedge issues in forestry,” said Rick Jeffery, president of the Coast Forest Products Association. “To me, it looks like a matter of timing and scope — the NDP wants to spend $100 million in inventory and reforestation in pine-beetle areas, and the Liberals are spending similar amounts over a different period of time.

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Weymouth business gets $1.6 million loan guarantee

The Vanguard
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Weymouth manufacturer of high-value wood products will maintain jobs and help strengthen the forestry industry in Southwest Nova Scotia with a $1.6 million loan guarantee from the province. The loan guarantee to Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties Ltd. is aimed at helping the business modernize, hire workers and expand into new markets. “Dozens of families depend directly on Lewis Mouldings, and hundreds more businesses in the Weymouth area and across the province benefit from the company’s efforts indirectly,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris.

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Paper mill launches investigation into cancer concerns

OHS Canada
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

High cancer rates in Thunder Bay, Ont. has both past and present mill workers concerned that there might be a connection to their paper plant. As a result, they have enlisted an occupational health clinic to determine whether workers contracted cancer from the chemicals or processes at the northern Ontario paper mill. A joint committee was formed between management and labour representatives from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) to address the health and safety concerns of workers, who have shown a high risk of cancer.

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UK backs corporate push to fight deforestation

The UK Government has announced it will join a business-led initiative to tackle deforestation, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Responding to Climate Change
April 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, which helps businesses cut their impact on forests, was established in 2012 by the US government and the Consumer Goods Forum, a group of 400 retailers and manufacturers which collectively have annual sales in excess of US$ 3 trillion. Between 2000 and 2010 there was a net loss of forests of 5.2 million hectares a year, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Global business forum urges Indonesian paper firm to end deforestation

Nzweek
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development issued a warning against Indonesia’ s second largest pulp and paper firm Asia Pacific Resources International to immediately stop deforestation in Indonesia’s rain forest, otherwise it would be put in probation period in its efforts to become member of the organization, a statement released by international nature conservancy agency Greenpeace said here Monday. “Being put on probation by this organization is a humiliating blow to APRIL’s claims to practice sustainable forest management,” Zulfahmi, Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace South East Asia, said in the statement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood finds a niche in rebuild designs

Stuff.co.nz
April 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Canterbury architecture, traditionally built from stone, has been imbued with a more lightweight philosophy since the quakes, a Christchurch architect told a city timber construction expo. More than 100 architects, engineers and suppliers went to the Wood Smart Construction Seminar at the Addington Events Centre last Wednesday. Sheppard & Rout director Jasper van der Lingen spoke about the firm’s design work on Tony Merritt’s building in Victoria St.

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Forestry

Cutting 100 trees for research is a bad idea

Letter by Al Munro
Nanaimo Daily News
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Now what’s really not right with this picture?  It was a very positive idea for a change, to plant 100 Douglas fir trees back in 1975, which had great benefits, not only with the addition of new trees to the forest, but also to the wildlife that lives there. But now in 2013, they are going to cut down the 100 Douglas fir trees, just for study purposes. Well, give me a break, because have they ever thought of doing a simple DNA test?

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Community forest ideas sought

Chronicle Herald
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotians were encouraged to submit proposals on ways to set up community forestry ideas on Crown land, the Natural Resources Department said in a news release Monday. Community forests are places where commercial forestry, tourism, recreation, habitat protection, environmental education and research occur. Submissions will be accepted from community-based groups such as municipalities, forestry businesses, wood co-operatives and non-profit organizations.

Click here for a press release from the Government of Nova Scotia

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Forest fire season begins in New Brunswick

Canadian Underwriter
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest fire season in New Brunswick began Monday, and the provincial government is urging residents to take precautions to make sure fires aren’t “carelessly ignited.” Last year, 344 fires burned 362 hectares of forest land in New Brunswick, according to the province’s Department of Natural Resources.  A 24-hour toll-free Burning Permit Information line will operate throughout the forest-fire season, which ends Oct. 31, the government said Monday.

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Fire survivors: How do forest management strategies used to combat wildfires impact tree growth?

In an effort to combat destructive wildfires, forestry management professionals began using techniques such as thinning or methodically setting fire to dead branches and twigs that could set off a big blaze.
Phys.Org
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

“Before the Smokey the Bear campaign, fires used to be an integral component of forest ecosystems in North America,” explains Ohio University doctoral student Alexander Anning. “Prescribed forest fire is a relatively new management technique, occurring within the last 20 years.” Because past studies have focused on how these controlled fires have increased rates of new tree growth, Anning wondered about how the treatments impacted the trees that survived.

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Supporting forest jobs bill

Letter by Rebecca Marston
Helena Independent Record
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A few years back, Montanans from every walk of life decided to put aside their differences to create the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, and their efforts deserve our support. FJRA promotes balanced forest management and serves as a compromise between conservationists, sportsmen, and the timber industry by designating some public lands as wilderness areas while setting other areas aside for timber harvest. FJRA, backed by Sen. Jon Tester, has the support of over 70 percent of Montanans.

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Montana Pine Beetle continues march across Montana

kxlo-klcm
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

US Forest Service and Montana Department of Natural Resource officials have released the findings of the 2012 aerial survey of forest health across Montana that show more than a half million acres of mountain pine beetle mortality. The findings from aerial surveys conducted during last year’s field season have been compiled in the 2012 Montana Forest Insect and Disease Conditions Report recently released jointly by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Northern Region of the USDA Forest Service.

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Forest Service Chief Tidwell Tours New York City’s Urban Forests

USDA Blog
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Most people, however, would only have a small part of the overall picture – New York City manages 29,000 acres of parkland and urban forest overall. … U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited Forest Service staff working in New York recently to learn of the wide range of lands and issues that the agency is partnering on to provide a better quality of life to the tens of millions of people who call the Big Apple home.

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Tulip tree’s genome is ‘molecular fossil’

BBC News
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The “extraordinary level of conservation” of genetic data in the tulip tree remains largely unchanged since the dinosaurs, a study suggests. The species’ genomic change is about 2,000 times slower than in humans, making it a “molecular fossil”, a team of US researchers said. The new information has affected our understanding of flowering plants’ evolution, they added.  The findings have been published in the open access journal BMC Biology.

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Axe may fall on forestry peace deal

The Tasmanian Government’s push for the Upper House to pass the forest peace deal has been dealt another blow.
ABC NewsAustralian
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The absence of a key supporter means a deal-breaking amendment could be endorsed. The Government deferred debate on the controversial legislation last month, fearing MLCs were readying to make changes that would force green groups to walk away from the peace deal. Two weeks on and the numbers still look tight.

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Upper House backs forestry ‘deal-breaker’ change

ABC News, Australia
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Upper House has passed an amendment to the forest peace deal legislation that threatens the historic agreement. Environmentalists and the timber industry agreed to immediately protect 270,000 hectares of native forest from logging once Parliament enacted the deal. That has now been thwarted by the Upper House. Eight MLCs, including the Government’s Craig Farrell, have support Independent MLC Tony Mulder’s push to postpone the permanent protection of the forests until at least the end of October 2014.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Clearing the air on carbon trust

Victoria Times Colonist
April 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberals took the lead in trying to reduce the province’s greenhouse-gas emissions and making the government carbon-neutral. It was a commendable goal, but there are serious concerns about one aspect of it — the Pacific Carbon Trust.  The Crown corporation was established in 2008 to help government agencies and other organizations reduce their carbon emissions. Its job is to put money into emission-reduction projects that would not proceed otherwise, but the auditor general says it has failed to prove its dollars are going to projects that meet the test.

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General

New protections in effect for forestry contractors

Arrow Lakes News
April 15, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

As of April 1, 2013 new financial protections are in place for forestry contractors to make sure they get paid. Forestry contractors now have the ability to secure payments for work they have done under contract by making a charge on accounts or registering a lien on forest products that have been delivered to licensees. A $5 million Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund became available earlier this year, which will support financial protections for logging contractors.

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