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Daily Archives: May 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Port Hawkesbury Paper looks to diversify products it manufactures

Cape Breton Post
May 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — Just as groups in the Strait area are looking for ways to diversify its economy, the region’s largest employer is looking to diversify the products it manufactures. Since restarting the former NewPage paper mill in Point Tupper in October, Port Hawkesbury Paper has been looking to expand its product line. …Since restarting, the mill’s supercalendered paper machine has begun making a new higher-brighter grade of paper under the product name Artisan that has been accepted by the market beyond expectations.

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Housing Data Remains Strong, but Lumber Prices Suffer

Commodity HQ
May 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

With the resurgence of the housing market, lumber futures increased 38% in 2012, but this year, strong housing data seems to be continuing upwards without lumber. As the US economy finally picks up its pace, many investors are returning to the corner of the market that was one of the primary sources of the 2008 financial crisis: housing. Across the board, housing stats have been on the rise in recent years, including home prices, housing starts, building permits, and construction.

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Interfor continues growth strategy, picking up another mill in U.S. South

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
May 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Vancouver lumber company Interfor says it has reached a deal to expand its operations in the U.S. South by acquiring a fourth sawmill.  Less than two months after completing the acquisition of three sawmills in Georgia from Rayonier, Interfor announced it is buying Keadle Lumber Enterprise’s southern yellow pine mill at Thomaston, Georgia. …What’s interesting about the acquisition is that it’s in the same geographic region as the other three mills that they bought from Rayonier so they can share the infrastructure they have down there.”

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New future for wharf wood

ABC Online
May 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A trial to determine the quality of Tasmanian timber destined for overseas markets is underway in the state’s north-west. Forestry Tasmania allowed a small group of forest contractors to test the quality of some logs that had been sitting on the Burnie wharf, destined for export to China. The timber, including sassafras, blackwood and myrtle, is being processed at a Sheffield sawmill.

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Forestry

Canada’s boreal forest eco-radical shakedown scam dead, but still kicking

by Peter Foster
Financial Post
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement – which was conceived in eco radical do-not-buy campaigns, born of corporate appeasement, and marked by three years of infighting and lack of progress — comes to a theoretical conclusion, at the end of its three-year term, on Saturday. Unfortunately, the CBFA is the kind of bureaucratic zombie that isn’t going to die easily. Even more unfortunately – indeed outrageously — a deal in which the federal government played no part, and which was indeed designed to impose “private” political regulation, is apparently now being supported by your tax dollars.

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City pulls back from forest plan

Prince George Citizen
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A lack of trust in their involvement has led to the city withdrawing from the process to expand the municipality’s Community Forest project. The original agreement, which dates back to 2006, was put into place to address the mountain pine beetle infestation and ensure the long-term health of the city’s forest ecosystems. Under the plan, the city has harvesting rights with an allowable annual cut of approximately 12,000 cubic metres per year in the 4,800 hectares of forested Crown land.

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Thomson: The miracle of Slave Lake’s trial by fire

Edmonton Journal
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For those of you who don’t believe in modern miracles, you should read the report into the forest fire that all but obliterated the community of Slave Lake two years ago. You’ll come away from the 237-page document wondering how it was no residents died when the fire roared through the town on May 15, 2011. A helicopter pilot helping fight the fire was killed in a crash a few days later — but it’s amazing no lives were lost in the town itself.

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Province should renew water-bomber contract

Letter by Leon Bateman
Victoria Times Colonist
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I was distressed to hear that after August 2013, the Coulson Group’s contract with the B.C. government will not be renewed. Whichever party ends up leading our province, I can’t stress enough the importance of the great job that the Mars water bomber does for our province. Our province is covered in trees. We are the tinderbox of Canada when it comes to forest fires. The alternative is a small fleet of dual-engine tankers with a minimal capacity.

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North Slave ‘area to watch’ for forest fires

Northern News Service
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a winter with below-average snowfall and a dry spring, forest fire officials are keeping a close eye on the North Slave. “We’re anticipating (the North Slave) is going to be an area to watch,” said Richard Olsen, manager of fire operations with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR). Cold temperatures this spring have caused most of the snow to evaporate before it had a chance to melt into the ground, he said, which means the soil is not as moist as it could be.

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Tree-killing beetle leaves New Brunswick

No brown spruce longhorn beetles documented since one found in Kouchibouguac in 2011
CBC.ca
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick has been declared free of the brown spruce longhorn beetle, an insect that can do major damage to the environment and to the forest industry. A single adult beetle was found in Kouchibouguac National Park in the eastern part of the province in 2011, but no others have shown up since, said George Brown, a horticulture specialist with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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Crees want sustainable-forestry certification revoked

Montreal Gazette
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — The Grand Council of the Crees is asking an international body to overturn a sustainable-forestry certification for Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products. The challenge by the Cree is related to forestry activity in a 750,000-hectare swath of land north of Chibougaumau where Cree traplines are located. The Grand Council says Resolute has not followed sustainable-forestry practices in the area, including obtaining the consent of the Cree for forestry operations.

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World’s oldest known sugar maple grows in Eastern Ontario park

Ottawa Citizen
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A family’s walk in the park has led to the discovery of the world’s oldest known living sugar maple, at least 331 years old and possibly more than 350. Battered now by age, the tree has lived at least since 1682, when New France was expanding, Charles II was king of England, and Louis XIV was moving to Versailles. ..”These trees grow slowly, so they’re not especially super-giant trees,” he said.In
a world full of fancy DNA analysis, calculating the age of a tree is still very simple: Drill to the centre. Extract a core sample. Count the rings.

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Fire burns 3000 acres in Calif. national forest

Associated Press
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are helping hundreds of firefighters combat a 3,000-acre wildfire that has blackened rugged terrain in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire that broke out Wednesday quickly charred 3,000 acres of dry, thick trees, despite a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames in the largely unpopulated area. The blaze was 10 percent contained early Thursday. No structures were threatened although a high school has been evacuated as a precaution. No injuries have been reported.

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Fires burn 330 acres northeast of Helena

MTN News
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Sweats Fire Complex northeast of Helena has now burned an estimated 330 acres. The fires are burning in grass and ponderosa pine timber stands that had previously been killed by the mountain pine beetle. Fredrick J. Maw, 18 years old, has been arrested in connection with the string of fires; Maw was detained at 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday and arrested about two hours later, according to Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

Crews continue work on six area fires from the Independent Record

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State: Wis. wildfire that charred 17 homes sparked by logging operation, not intentionally set

Associated Press
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wisconsin — Prosecutors announced Thursday they won’t file charges against loggers whose equipment apparently started a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin, concluding there was no criminal intent or negligence. The fire began Tuesday afternoon in the woods near Simms Lake in Douglas County, about 40 miles southeast of Duluth, Minnesota It consumed 8,131 acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens of people to evacuate before firefighters contained it late Wednesday evening. No injuries have been reported.

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PM accused of pork barrelling

ABC News, Australia
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Prime Minister has used a trip to Hobart to announce her plan to stimulate Tasmania’s economy. Julia Gillard has brought forward spending promised from the forest peace deal. Originally $93 million was to be spent over the next 15 years on regional development in Tasmania but all funds will now be spent in four years. Ms Gillard says the Australian Innovation Research Institute Professor Jonathan West will be employed to help direct the funding.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

GSi, Ecometrica Monitor Global Carbon Changes

Environmental Leader
May 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Environmental accounting software developer Ecometrica has partnered with Global Surface Intelligence to launch GSi’s global forest monitoring service that the companies say will allow investors and supply chain managers to better react to environmental and market developments. Our Ecosystem, Ecometrica’s interactive spatial data distribution system, uses satellite technology to monitor the changes to carbon and biomass in forests and vegetation. This will allow corporations and investors without specialist knowledge of geographic information systems to better understand the environmental impacts of forestry, carbon stocks, biofuels and other land-based products, such as sustainable coffee plantations or cotton, the firms say.

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Greenville logger transforms biomass into bundles of firewood

Plumas County News
May 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Greenville logger Randy Pew wants to remove biomass from the forest, build a profitable business and provide a valuable commodity. … “We have to devote ourselves to forest thinning,” Pew told the supervisors.vvBut therein lies the problem. “Where do we put the biomass?” Pew asked. For a while the answer seemed to lie in cogeneration facilities that transformed the small trees, limbs and other wood debris into electricity. .

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