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Daily Archives: May 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper tightens first-quarter loss after relisting earlier this year

Canadian Press
May 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. – Catalyst Paper says it managed to improve its net profits in the first quarter, despite a challenging paper market. The B.C.-based pulp and paper producer, which was delisted in March 2012 but returned to the TSX earlier this year, reported a net loss of $9.8 million, or 89 cents per share. …”The Chinese economic rebound has driven pulp shipments and prices up,” said president and CEO Kevin Clarke in a release.

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A remnant of Trus Joist rises in Boise

The Idaho Statesman
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Just off Boise’s East ParkCenter Boulevard stands a low-slung, nondescript office building. It houses the corporate descendant and core of what was one of the city’s premier homegrown business success stories — a company that saw annual sales reach nearly a billion dollars. But this story is not about Albertsons, located just a few blocks away. It’s about RedBuilt LLC, a building products and engineering company descended from Trus Joist, which rocked the North American construction industry in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s with new ideas and building products that industry titans struggled to compete against.

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Georgia forestry industry launches public relations campaign

The Augusta Chronicle
May 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — The people whose livelihood depends on forests have a message for Georgia’s tree huggers, and they’re launching a campaign next week to deliver it. The campaign kicks off May 14 at the Atlanta headquarters of Georgia-Pacific, a company founded in Augusta that is one of the world’s largest forest-product makers, everything from lumber to paper to disposable diapers. The message is that the industry isn’t just about cutting down trees. It also plants and cares for trees and the environment they grow in.

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Coushatta sawmill reopening with 90 jobs

The Advocate
May 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Idaho Timber will reopen a sawmill in Coushatta later this year with 90 jobs, paying an average $32,000 annually, plus benefits, company and state officials said Wednesday. Idaho Timber, based in Boise, will make a $3.5 million capital investment to refurbish and reopen the northwest Louisiana mill by the third quarter….The Louisiana Economic Development department estimates the Coushatta mill project will result in an additional 289 new indirect jobs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian Wood Council Announces Opportunity for High-Rise Wood Demonstration Projects

Canadian Wood Council
May 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Canadian Wood Council has issued a request for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Canadian developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an innovative approach to designing and building high-rise wood demonstration projects. With funding support from Natural Resources Canada, the goal of this initiative is to link new scientific advances and data with technical expertise to showcase the application, practicality and environmental benefits of innovative wood based structural building solutions.

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Composite Panel Industry Faces Better Days, Challenges Ahead

Woodworking Network
May 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

SAN DIEGO, CA – Legislative challenges continue to face the composite panel industry as it continues to show signs of improvement. These and other issues are among those discussed at the spring meeting of the Composite Panel Association. Nearly 250 people, including representatives from more than 100 composite panel manufacturers and industry suppliers, are in attendance at the biannual association meeting. The event continues through May 7 in San Diego, CA.

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North Carolina law would ban LEED green building certification

Treehugger (blog)
May 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The LEED certification system gives a single dinky point for using lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It does not give a point for lumber certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI); which, after years of trying to join LEED, is now out to destroy it, state by state. The latest battleground for the war in the woods is North Carolina, where legislation has been tabled which specifically rejects any rating system that doesn’t give equal credit to SFI: ….

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Forestry

Royal award coming from Mattawa

North Bay Nipissing
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MATTAWA – The Canadian Institute of Forestry – Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) will be handing out a new award for sustainable forestry in the near future and this one will have Royal approval. His Royal Highness Prince Charles has commissioned the Prince of Wales award. According to the CIF-IFC, the award will “recognize the achievements of an outstanding young forest professional in Canada, so as to encourage involvement in and dedication to the principles of sustainable forest management, sound forest science, and effective public outreach.”

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Grassy prepares Supreme Court appeal

KenoraOnline
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Legal counsel for Grassy Narrows First Nation, Robert Janes, says they’re getting ready to file papers, which could lead them to the Supreme Court of Canada. Trappers from the community have been fighting against logging in the area for more than a decade. “On May 17th, the deadline for seeking leave to file an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada will be coming up, and we expect we’ll be filing our leave to appeal before then,” he said.

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Slow down and earn public support for resource projects, Dix says

Globe and Mail
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix says he wants to work with Ottawa to unlock economic development in the province, but will not tolerate a status quo of speedy approvals for resource projects that override public input. …Mr. Dix wants to shape a more conciliatory relationship between B.C. and the rest of Canada than the Premier he seeks to replace in the B.C. election on May 14.

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Nelson Star Nelson students get forest fire fighting experience

Nelson Star
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An L.V. Rogers teacher brought her experience fighting forest fires to the Nelson school last Thursday. Claire Hewson has spent the past five summers working for the Ministry of Forests as a wild land forest fire fighter on the Valhalla Unit Crew based out of Shoreacres. “I am passionate about forest fire fighting and I wanted to spread awareness to the students who will soon be in the workforce,” says Hewson. “It is a great job that promotes learning and good work ethic.”

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North end election candidates face off in Chemainus

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Matthews directed the conversation toward the province’s logging industry, asking candidates if they would impose stricter limits on raw log exports or allowable cuts. Jacobson responded first, acknowledging forestry’s position as a “cornerstone of our economy.” The industry employs 56,000 people, Jacobson said, and is valued at “$10.2 million” (the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations lists the value of the industry’s 2011 exports at $9.95 billion).

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More money likely needed for boreal forest project on Manitoba-Ontario boundary

Canadian Press
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG – More public money may be needed to promote a vast stretch of boreal forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary regardless of whether the area receives international recognition from UNESCO. The two provinces have already spent millions of dollars on seeking to have Pimachiowin Aki declared a UNESCO world heritage site and more money is likely to be needed to build infrastructure in the remote area, the Manitoba government said Monday.

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Forest, grass fires erupt in several communities

Conception Bay community of Bryant’s Cove evacuated
CBC News
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters in eastern Newfoundland have been kept busy in the last few days with forest fires, and expect the pace to continue. Bryant’s Cove was evacuated on Sunday afternoon while crews from such towns as Upper Island Cove and Harbour Grace beat down a large blaze. In the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John’s, crews managed on Sunday evening to put out a fire that had been snaking dangerously close to homes.

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Forest fire season keeps firefighters busy

Conditions ripe for fires with dry underbrush and warm temperatures
CBC.ca
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters across New Brunswick are being kept busy with a string of forest and brush fires, including one on Sunday at Moncton’s Centennial Park. “Our firefighters worked hard for at least two hours,” said Moncton Fire Chief Eric Arsenault. “They were able to contain the fire and it didn’t spread to any of the properties that are around because there is a subdivision that was nearby,” he said. The fire did, however, damage a portion of the park’s forest area.

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Greenpeace Should Return to the CBFA Table: FONOM

Wawa News
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities is calling on Greenpeace Canada to rejoin the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) and become an equal partner in the mission to continue a sustainable forestry in the north. …“Greenpeace could play an important role, but I think we all respond better to constructive feedback from friends than angry and misleading criticism from the outside. It’s time Greenpeace came back to the table and worked constructively with industry partners.”

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Protections for wolverines draw states’ opposition

Associated Press
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BILLINGS, Mont. — State officials in the Northern Rockies on Monday lined up against a federal proposal to give new protections to the carnivorous wolverine, as climate change threatens to melt the species’ snowy mountain strongholds.  A pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would declare the rare, elusive animal a threatened species across the Lower 48 states.

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Carolina Forest subdivision working toward Firewise certification

MyrtleBeachOnline.com
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Prompted by the Windsor Green fire in Carolina Forest, Waterford Plantation is moving ahead to become a Firewise community. The Firewise program establishes fire protection benchmarks people and communities must do to reduce the danger of losses from wildfires. Things such as not using pine stray or other combustible mulch within three feet of a house may be required for a Firewise certification. The Windsor Green fire on March 16 sprang from a wildfire and destroyed 26 condominium buildings in that community.

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Feds add bigger, faster planes to wildfire fleet

Associated Press
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the wildfire season ramps up across the West, the U.S. Forest Service is adding bigger, faster planes to its fleet to fight the fires. The forest service announced Monday that it has selected contractors to provide seven air tankers that fly faster and drop a larger payload of fire retardant than other planes in its firefighting fleet. The agency will spend nearly $160 million over five years for access to several models of aircraft, including a converted DC-10 jumbo jet, which can carry about five times as much flame-resistant liquid as any aircraft in regular use.

Forest Service announces plans for new fleet of firefighting air tankers from The Colorado Gazette
Wildfires: Forest Service moves on upgrading air tankers from Summit County Citizens Voice

Click here for a press release from the USDA Forest Service

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Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year

Northwest News Network
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend. Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season. A high-pressure ridge since winter has dried the Northwest’s timberlands and big sage stands this spring.

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Bitterroot National Forest planning prescribed burns

KPAX-TV
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bitterroot National Forest fire managers are planning to continue their 2013 prescribed fire program. Fire crews will be conducting prescribed burns over the next several weeks, with three prescribed fire projects planned on the forest, totaling approximately 300 acres. Smoke from several of the fires may be visible in the valley. The first burn is scheduled to take place Tuesday on the Stevensville Ranger District, where crews will ignite a 27-acre unit above Bear Creek Trail.

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Lightning strikes put fire crews to the test

Mail Tribune
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Emergency responders spread out Sunday across the Rogue Valley fighting fires in Medford, Talent, Gold Hill and Trail — as thunderstorms began making their presence felt in Southern Oregon. The largest of the fires still being fought as evening fell was in the Elk Creek Road area of Trail, according to Brian Ballou, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Ballou said the blaze, likely caused by a lightning strike shortly after 4 p.m., was about 3 acres in a densely wooded area that forced crews to hike to reach the area.

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Cooler winds aid firefighters in southwest Washington

Associated Press
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A shift in winds Monday is helping firefighters at a couple of wildfires in southwest Washington. Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Karen Ripley says they grew Sunday under dry easterly winds. But winds have shifted to an onshore flow, bringing cooler, more-humid air. About 100 firefighters with helicopters are trying to control a fire that has burned about 100 acres near the eastern end of Riffe Lake in Lewis County. It’s burning debris in a recently logged area.

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Anti-Logging Protesters: ‘We Are Not Terrorists’

Northwest News Network
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some environmental groups say they’re being unfairly targeted by legislation working its way through the Oregon capitol. A pair of measures take aim at protesters who get in the way of tree harvesting operations on state-owned forest land. One bill would make it easier for timber companies to sue protesters. Another would increase criminal penalties for people who block logging operations.

Tree sitters could become felons from The World

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California fire crews struggle in slippery conditions

Huge Southern California wildfire is 80 per cent contained
The Associated Press
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters building containment lines around a huge Southern California wildfire struggled in muddy and slippery conditions as rain moved in Monday. Ventura County Fire spokesman Tony McHale said the wet weather significantly reduced fire activity but also caused crews to work more slowly and methodically on steep rain-slicked hillsides. The blaze was 80 per cent contained. Officials expect full containment late Tuesday.

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Jerry Brown blames climate change for state’s early fire season

Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown put the state’s early wildfire season in global terms Monday, saying the state would have to grow accustomed to more forest fires as a consequence of climate change. Brown’s remarks at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s aviation management unit in Sacramento came as firefighters in Ventura County said they expected to have the 28,000-acre Springs fire fully contained by Tuesday. State firefighters have responded to about twice the average number of wildfires so far this year – more than 1,100 in all.

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Neptune passed over for $158M firefighting contract

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Neptune Aviation’s three new BAe-146 fire-bomber jets were left sitting on the runway when the U.S. Forest Service announced contracts for seven “next-generation” firefighting aircraft on Monday. The Missoula-based contractor recently won contracts for six of its P2-V propeller-powered bombers and one BAe-146 on short-term agreements with the Forest Service. But the agency opted to work with five other vendors in its $158 million, five-year contract.

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Going Green: Harvesting a forest

YNN Hudson Valley
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Harvesting a forest is beneficial in several ways. “Trees are a renewable resource and it’s a resource we really need to start using more and an operation like this is almost 100 percent utilization of the tree. They use everything from the main stem of the tree all the way up to the branches. Everything has a use. There’s no waste,” said Fort Drum Installation Forester Rodger Voss. Some of the trees will be used for lumber; some for papermaking and some will end up in pellet stoves.

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Sacrificing trees, importing wasps, all to fight the Emerald Ash Borer

CNYcentral.com
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Onondaga County is getting a new alert against the Emerald Ash Borer. On Monday, crews were going to strategic spots around the county and girdling trees, cutting a ring of bark off them, so the tree will be an early warning system against the expected insect invasion. David Coburn, Onondaga County’s Environmental Director, explains that the damaged tree then sends out a distress signal, that scientists hope will attract any invading insects to it, instead of to healthier trees. It’s the latest effort in the county’s plan to fight the expected invasion.

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Resumption of logging threatens honeyeater

Gladstone Observer
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…  “But because this is the only place in the world they’re found, I have had people from so many countries contacting me and asking me to go with them to Eungella so they can see this honeyeater.” Recently, the bird’s habitat has come under threat, with logging resuming in Crediton State Forest, adjacent to Eungella National Park. The last time logging occurred in the forest, which makes up part of the honeyeater’s winter feeding ground, was in 2000.

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Inquiry hears forestry exit targets not met

ABC Online
May 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Senate inquiry has heard a taxpayer-funded program to reduce the amount of native timber harvested and hauled in Tasmania failed to meet its objective. The Federal Government spent $45 million to help native forest harvesters exit Tasmania’s ailing timber industry. The inquiry was called after National Audit Office concern that contractors missed out on compensation from the scheme overseen by the Commonwealth Forestry Department.

Loggers take exit money, but stay, committee told from Sydney Morning Herald

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate Change Shifts Boreal Forests: Carbon Released in Vast Amounts

Science World Report
May 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Climate change can cause effects globally, but it can also impact areas at a local level. Now, researchers have discovered that climate change will not only cause boreal forests to shift north, but also may cause them to release far more carbon than expected, which would exacerbate the phenomenon. Boreal forests are located in Earth’s higher latitudes.

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California Cap-and-trade Could Endanger Rainforest Peoples

California Cap-and-trade Scheme Could Endanger Rainforest Peoples
Press Release: Friends Of The Earth
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Under California’s new cap-and-trade program, the state is considering allowing a controversial form of carbon credits that have been rejected by the European Union as ineffective and potentially harmful to rainforests in developing countries. Now an international coalition of environmental groups including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Sierra Club California is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reject the so-called REDD credits, which could endanger the lives and livelihoods of indigenous forest peoples.

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