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Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Incredible Photo of a Tree That Had Its Bark Blown Off by Lightning

EDW Lynch
May 21, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, United States

Recently, … snapped this photo of a tree with its bark blown off in Dubuque, Iowa. According to Fidget08, the bark was blown off by lightning last night.

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Business & Politics

Wood costs have declined

Pulp and Paper News
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, International

Prices for wood chips and pulplogs have fallen worldwide the past two years, resulting in lower production costs for the world’s pulp and paper industry, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Both the HFPI and SFPI price indices have fallen by over ten percent from their peaks in 2011. The biggest declines in wood fiber prices have occurred in Brazil, Canada, the US and Japan.

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Sinclar Group employee lauded

Prince George Citizen
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Human Resources Management Association has named Sabrina Mowbray of Prince George as the Rising Star of the Year. Mowbray is the human resources advisor at Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. She started on the job last April 16. One week later, one of the mills owned by the company exploded and burned, killing two and wounding a large number of others. “Sabrina’s efforts in the wake of the tragic event at Lakeland, and to this day, have been exemplary,” said Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group.

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Council shouldn’t kowtow to Catalyst

Letter by John Anderson
Cowichan Valley Citizen
May 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mr. Bryan Wallis’s letter to you concerning the ongoing cry from Catalyst Paper about their being over-taxed is very pertinent to today’s economic slump. He makes a series of very good points. It is quite absurd to keel over every time they ask for tax relief. Our last council made an expensive error when they last kowtowed to Catalyst and reduced their taxes by half with nothing back for North Cowichan.

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EACOM Timber Corporation announces its first quarter results

Canada Newswire press release
May 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, – EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to announce its first quarter results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. During the first quarter of 2013, housing starts in the United States averaged 969,000 units, up 7% from the previous quarter and, more significantly, 36% from the first quarter of 2012. In Canada, a different pattern emerged with housing starts averaging 178,000 units, down 13% from both the previous quarter and the first quarter of 2012.

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Hanley Wood and USGBC Establish a Strategic Partnership with Greenbuild and Plan to Go Global

The Herald
May 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Hanley Wood LLC, the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the construction industry and the U.S. Green Building Council announced today a strategic partnership whereby Hanley Wood has acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. USGBC will continue to produce Greenbuild’s hallmark programming: the thought-provoking plenaries, industry-leading education, the popular pre-conference sector summits, the USGBC Leadership Awards and other special events that make Greenbuild the leading conference and expo for the green building movement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Proposed wood-frame use meets opposition

Daily Commerical News
May 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) declared their opposition to proposed changes in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) that would allow construction of six-storey wood-frame buildings. The CAC said the proposals made by some members of the building and construction industry would put cost savings over safety. “The code system was put in place to ensure the safety of our citizens, especially the most vulnerable ones, and should not be circumvented by any industry sector, especially if it could put the safety of Ontario residents at risk.

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Calling for change to the building code

Bryan Tuckey: Two storey increase in woodframe midrise construction called for by deveopment industry
Toronto Star
May 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Earlier this week, I stood with a group of industry leaders and called on the provincial government to make changes to the Ontario Building Code. We’re asking for amendments that will allow woodframe construction of buildings up to six storeys, resulting in the creation of more safe and affordable homes across the GTA. Currently, the code allows woodframe buildings to be constructed up to four storeys. As you go higher, mid-rise housing becomes more expensive because you have to use materials like concrete and steel.

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Forestry

Canada a world leader in forest sustainability

Troy Media
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada is blessed with abundant forest resources. The sustainable management of these resources is an important priority of environmental policy in this country. The challenge facing governments is how to make sure that Canadians maximize the opportunities for economic activity provided by Canada’s forests while simultaneously ensuring that the forests are managed sustainably so that future generations can benefit from them and enjoy them. Balancing these two priorities is important for both Canada’s short-term economic prospects and its long-term prosperity.

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Tent caterpillars munching their way across coastal, central BC

Vancouver Sun
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coastal and central B.C. are engulfed in a caterpillar population boom that is smothering alder, apple and cherry trees around Metro Vancouver and poplars in Prince George. Western tent caterpillars — easily identified by their black and orange markings — have spread across Richmond and into the Fraser Valley from their natural habitat in the southern Gulf Islands, according to Judy Myers, a professor of Zoology and of Agroecology at the University of British Columbia.

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Tree DNA Sequenced – Science Journal ‘Nature’ Reports

Highlight Press
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Well, while human beings DNA sequence has been studied extensively, DNA sequences of tree have been not till now. Now though, researchers have sequenced he genome of a Norway Spruce, which is a giant evergreen tree that is found in most parts of Europe and also in North America. The tree’s DNA has got famous for its length, as it has nearly 20 billion base pairs. Compare this with the human genome, which has only 3 billion pairs of DNA base letters. For scientists, putting the DNA in the right order was the biggest challenge of all, as the genome had many repetitive segments.

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Province lauches new wildfire app

Wetaskiwin Times
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As society becomes more and more technologically advanced government agencies are beginning to adapt themselves, the latest of which is a tool to help keep Albertans safe as we head into wildfire season. Introducing the Alberta Wildfire app on Apr. 21, the launch of this latest technology followed previous successes seen with various social networking tools. …Being able to connect with Albertans is the main reason behind this app. Through the use of links and GPS (Global Positioning System) the app is able to give people the most up to date and detailed information in the palm of their hand.

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Provincial Forestry Conference Kicks Off In Smithers

Event opens with tour of Wetzin’kwa Community Forest project
CFTK-TV
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Association Conference kicked off yesterday in Smithers. Industry workers, researchers, academics, managers, and government representatives gathered in town for the three-day conference and general meeting. It began with a tour of the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest and an overview of the area’s management and key policies. Event manager Susan Mulkley says the Wetzin’kwa’s partnership with the Wet’Suwet’en First Nation serves as an important model for conference attendees.

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UBC bestows doctorate on “whacked-out nature worshipper”

Eco-activist was once called an enemy for the state for protecting old-growth forests
Vancouver Sun
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tzeporah Berman, the eco-activist who gained notoriety a generation ago as a “whacked-out nature worshipper” for blockading logging roads during British Columbia’s divisive War in the Woods, was honoured Thursday at the University of B.C. with a doctorate. Berman’s evolution, from tree hugger to joining forest industry icons H.R. MacMillan and Peter Bentley, who have also received honorary doctorates from the university, marks the maturation not only of the B.C. environmental movement but of the ideals the university recognizes.

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Brazeau and Strathcona wildfires being held, but not yet under control

Edmonton Journal
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A wildfire that prompted an evacuation order for area residents in Brazeau County was upgraded to “being held” Thursday, but is still not considered under control. While fire crews made significant progress containing the blaze within a perimeter, hot spots continue to pop up because of high winds, the county said. The evacuation notice for residents in the immediate area of the blaze is set to remain in place overnight Thursday.

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Wildfire rating bumped up to Very High

HQ Grande Prairie
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has bumped up the wildfire hazard in the Grande Prairie region to Very High. Winds as high as 60 km an hour are expected again today, with the potential of crossover conditions where the temperature and relative humidity intersect each other. There have been 23 fires in the region so far this year, burning a total of 19 hectares.

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Clearcut logging started near Juan de Fuca trail after failed bid to build resort cabins

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Clearcut logging has begun on controversy-ridden land beside the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail as developer Ender Ilkay tries to recoup costs after a failed bid to build resort cabins. “This isn’t my first, second or third choice. Is it disappointing? Yes, but this is the reality of where it has to go,” Ilkay said. Logging on a 20-hectare patch of second-growth forest is visible from the tourist-oriented Pacific Marine Circle Route highway, but a 50-metre-wide buffer has been left beside the trail.

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Sudbury Red Cross needs help

CBC.ca
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest fire season is just around the corner and the Canadian Red Cross in Sudbury says it’s preparing for what may come. The agency’s community services co-ordinator in Sudbury said this year the Red Cross has created small stations stocked with supplies in communities across the north. “That way, if something happens, there is less travel time for supplies,” David St. Georges said.

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20K trees to be planted at old Sudbury mine site

May 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Greater Sudbury is ready for another season of tree planting — and this year it is getting a significant boost. It announced Tuesday that 20,000 trees donated by CN Rail and a non-profit group called Tree Canada will be planted. During the announcement the city gave helicopter tours of a former Inco smelter site in Coniston that was devastated by mining. This is where the new trees will find their home.

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Metis man fined for commercial logging

Timmins Times
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In what appears to be a court test case, a Northern Ontario man claiming Metis heritage has been fined $40,000 for cutting down trees and selling the timber to buyers in Canada and the United States. The man was convicted because the court did not accept that commercial logging is an aboriginal tradition. The case was argued before Justice of the Peace James Bubba heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sault Ste. Marie, on May 2, according to a news release from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources this week.

Man fined $40,000 for timber harvesting from the Sault Star

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Orazietti flies water bomber, fights forest fire

Soo Today
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With a bit of help and guidance from seasoned pilot, Garry Stewart, Sault Ste. Marie MPP and Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, David Orazietti, flew a CL-415 water bomber to a small remote forest fire. Okay, it wasn’t a real CL-415 aircraft, nor was it a real forest fire. But it was a mighty realistic simulation, complete with the sights, sounds, and motions MNR pilots experience day in and day out.

Click here for a press release from Mechtronix

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Climate Change And Wildfire — Research Examines Relationship

PlanetSave.com
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Changes in the climate are intimately connected with wildfires, both causing them and being being caused by them. Recent research has estimated that wildfires will increase by around 50% across most of the US, and by as much as 100% in the West, by 2050, as a result of climate change. And with this increase in the frequency/extent of wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions will rise too.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden lays outframework for boosting O&C Lands logging

The Oregonian
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, spelled out a “legislative framework” today that calls for increased logging and county timber revenues from federally owned Oregon & California Railroad lands but penalizes counties with relatively low property taxes. The senator’s framework leaves out crucial details, including where and how much logging would be allowed.

Sen. Wyden zeroes in on legislation to boost federal logging revenue for timber counties from the Associated Press
Wyden Plan Would Harvest Some O&C Forest Lands, Conserve Others from Oregon Public Broadcasting

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WVa declares quarantine to protect walnut trees

The Associated Press
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has declared a quarantine to prevent thousand cankerous disease from killing walnut trees in the state. The Department of Agriculture said Thursday that the quarantine went into effect May 20. Plant Industries Division director Sherri Hutchinson says no walnut plants or plant parts from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington can be brought into West Virginia or moved through the state. The quarantine also applies to areas of any state where the disease has been found.

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HSBC reviews logging policy as Bill Oddie film sparks petition

Bank launches audit as outcry grows over links to Malaysian logging companies
The Independent
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HSBC has ordered an audit of its relations with logging companies after campaigners exposed its links to clients responsible for the destruction of rainforests in Borneo. The bank has called in accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers and British forest management company Proforest to oversee a review of its activities, following an exposé of its connections to companies involved in clearing swathes of forest for lucrative palm oil plantations.

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Indonesia’s forests

JAKARTA (print edition)
May 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

INDONESIA’S president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is not known as a conviction politician. Rather, his leadership has been characterised by compromise… Then, in 2011, he imposed a two-year moratorium on forest-clearing concessions under a $1 billion agreement with the Norwegian government. The money is meant to support a UN programme to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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Norway pledges funds for forests

New Vision
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Uganda loses nearly 100,000 hectares of forest cover annually through encroachment, exposing the population to the risks and costly consequences of climate change. It is therefore for this reason that the Norwegian Embassy has pledged continued support to Uganda in form of increased funding in forest restoration, environment management and conservation as part of their micro-development projects in the country. The Norwegian ambassador to Uganda, Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether, said his country is ready to offer more support to Uganda.

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Industry pressure slows forestry study applications

The Border Watch
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE future of Southern Cross University’s forestry and environmental science programs in Mount Gambier remains in doubt following another year of low enrolment numbers. A disappointing total of three new students were secured at the region’s university this year despite past success with students finding employment. With both the forestry and environmental science programs leading to employment within the forestry industry, the uncertainty in the community following the announced forward sale of forestry rotations in the region and the collapse of key companies in the industry have been linked to the drop in numbers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Waste Wood: Norway Taps into a Huge Source of Biomass Fuel

OilPrice.com
May 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Norwegian senior scientist Øyvind Skreiberg is transforming the chopped-off branches and tops of felled spruce trees into a fine powder that is then pressed into high-energy pellets. The transformation is made using a process called torrefaction, a sort of extreme sauna for timber and vegetation. Norway possesses major unexploited energy resources of waste wood in the form of the branches and tops – known in their Norwegian acronym as GROT.

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General

20K trees to be planted at old Sudbury mine site

May 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The City of Greater Sudbury is ready for another season of tree planting — and this year it is getting a significant boost. It announced Tuesday that 20,000 trees donated by CN Rail and a non-profit group called Tree Canada will be planted. During the announcement the city gave helicopter tours of a former Inco smelter site in Coniston that was devastated by mining. This is where the new trees will find their home.

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