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Daily Archives: May 27, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Shipwrecked coal ship is now home to a floating forest

Treehugger (blog)
May 24, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Over the century after it was first launched, the British-built steamship, the SS Ayrfield, hosted a variety of different sailors and cargo. During World War II, it was used by the Australian government to transport food and supplies to soldiers in the Pacific theatre, and afterwards, sold to a shipping company to transport coal. But although the vessel was wrecked and decommissioned in the early 1970s, left to rust in Sydney’s Homebush Bay, it has since been slowly commandeered by a new type of crew: a floating forest of lush mangroves.

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Business & Politics

Sale of Domtar a persistent rumour

Kamloops This Week
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rumours that the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops may be sold as early as this summer are so far just that, the president of the mill’s union told KTW. “There’s a lot of rumours on the shop floor about a number of things and speculation that we may be sold is one of those rumours,” said Charles Fraser, president of Communications, Energy and Paperworks Local 10B. After an inquiry from KTW on Friday, May 24, Fraser said he contacted senior management at the mill to determine what they knew about a possible sale.

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Trade and tourism will be affected by collapsed bridge

The Province
May 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fresh vegetables from California will take longer to reach Vancouver because a four-lane bridge north of Seattle has collapsed.  Traffic, trade and tourism will be affected for several weeks while vehicles on Interstate 5 are detoured around Mount Vernon. …The I-5 is used to deliver all manner of goods up and down the West Coast. They include things like fresh produce from California and B.C. lumber deliveries to the U.S. Louise Yako, president of the B.C. Trucking Association, said there will be “significant implications” for commerce.

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Catalyst paper sells Elk Falls site to Calgary-based concern for $8.6M

The Canadian Press
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Catalyst Paper says it has sold its Elk Falls industrial site and related assets to Calgary-based Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc. for $8.6 million. Sale of the approximate 1,200-acre parcel includes a fully serviced, 400-acre industrial site and adjacent property near Campbell River, B.C. The site formerly housed a paper and pulp mill which began operation in 1952, was indefinitely curtailed in 2009 and closed permanently in 2010. Work has been underway since then to prepare the site for sale and redevelopment for other industrial uses.

Click here for a press release from Catalyst

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Fire causes thousands of dollars of damage at Pastway

Barrys Bay This Week
May 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A mechanical failure caused a fire that has resulted in the loss of buildings and product at Pastway Planing in Combermere. The fire broke out around 12:15 p.m. May 15 in one of the bulk bins that stores wood shavings, a by-product of the lumber when it is milled said Rob Bersan, general manager at Pastway. When the fire was first noticed, Bersan said the person who saw it said it was only small – maybe taking up the space of a pail. But within the few minutes when the company called 911, the fire had quickly spread to the second bulk bin, located beside the first one.

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Loan insures adequate wood supply

Atlantic Farm Focus
May 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Limited has received $475,000 in working capital from the Newfoundland & Labrador government. The fully integrated sawmill that employs over 35 people in Burton’s Cove has been in operation since 1988. “Burton’s Cove supplies the local market with over 95 per cent of its products supporting construction, retail and commercial operations in the province,” Keith Hutchings, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, said May 15.

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Troubling Signs In The Housing Market

Seeking Alpha
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The housing market showed signs of recovery in late 2011, beginning with a sharp upturn in housing stocks in October of that year. This was followed by a small upturn in housing starts and home sales starting in early 2012. While Wall Street economists and the media are avidly reporting that a full-fledged housing market recovery is under way, my view has been that what looks like a “recovery/bull market,” is more akin to a “dead cat” bounce and that the bear market in housing has a lot further to go to the downside.

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Political climate leads to Oregon mill closures

Letter by Suzanne L. Penegor
The Oregonian
May 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Regarding the article “Timber fight claims area’s last sawmill” (May 21): What a shame that a family-owned business, Rough & Ready Lumber, in southern Oregon has to close because federal timberlands are unavailable to provide jobs for their 85 workers. Timber is a renewable resource, but many family-owned Oregon mills have been closed because of anti-business politics.

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Millinocket company unearths logging history for niche market

BDN Maine
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Nobody expected the waterlogged wood lining the bottom of Quakish Lake would become anything but pulp. But Tom Shafer is harvesting that wood for a new purpose. And it’s given him a new purpose, too. For two decades, Shafer chased down daily profits as a market maker on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now, instead of quick returns, he and Steve Sanders, co-founders of Maine Heritage Timber Co., plan to cash in on an investment that’s taken centuries to mature: the market value of unique wood locked in logs stacked deep in the silty bottom of that 1,000-acre lake in Millinocket.

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Lumber mill near Live Oak expected to bring 350 jobs

Gainesville Sun
May 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An Austrian lumber company plans to build a $130 million sawmill near Live Oak employing 350 people, a project touted as a shot in the arm to the local economy while also raising concerns about its impact on the timber supply and competing sawmills as well as its cost to taxpayers. The Klausner Group would build the mill on U.S. 90 just north of Interstate 10 and another in North Carolina to turn Southern yellow pine into 2x4s and other dimensional lumber for the construction industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

University of Canterbury Timber Engineering Professor Wins NZ Architect Award

Scoop Independent News
May 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

University of Canterbury (UC) civil engineering professor Andy Buchanan tonight received the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) President’s Award in Auckland. Professor Buchanan is at the international forefront of research into new methods of constructing multi-storey timber buildings. NZIA President David Sheppard of Christchurch presented the award to Professor Buchanan at the NZIA awards dinner. The President’s Award recognises a significant contribution to architecture or the built environment in New Zealand.

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Forestry

Grabbing forest fires by the horns

The Bighorns, a primarily First Nations unit, works in one of the busiest fire zones in the province
www.kamloopsnews.ca
May 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For 21 years the Kamloops Bighorns Unit Crew has fought forest fires from the B.C. Interior into Eastern Canada and the United States. At the time of inception, the Bighorns were strictly a First Nations firefighting team, only opening its ranks to non-aboriginals six or seven years ago. Crew supervisor Raymond Dick and firefighter Mike Narcisse have been Bighorns since day one. They’ve lived through changes in safety practices and training methods, watched forests burn and dodged death.

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Logging or resort would improve local economy

Letter by Steve Weatherbe
Victoria Times Colonist
May 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Forest logged near Juan de Fuca Trail,” May 24. The owner can do what he likes with his land beside the Juan de Fuca Trail. I’ve hiked the trail many times and I have no doubt it would be improved by letting the adjoining forests grow undisturbed. But the economy of the region would be improved by either putting up a resort on the land or logging it. Apparently, the Capital Regional District has opted for the latter.

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Drones could help fight forest fires

Thunder Bay professor and students to test programming drones for smoke, fire detection
CBC.ca
May 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unmanned planes could soon be helping fight forest fires in the northwest if a Lakehead University professor’s research pans out. Dr. Abdelhamid Tayebi, an electrical engineering professor, just received a $225,000 research grant to look at ways to fly vehicles into dangerous places to perform a specific task. He said a series of drones with sensors to respond to smoke or rising temperatures could be left in strategic locations in the forest.

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York Region hosts ash borer forum

YorkRegion.com
May 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

You can learn what you can do to save your ash trees this week. The session is Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the York Region Administration Centre, 17250 Yonge St., Newmarket. The region aims to give you an update on the emerald ash borer’s impacts and regional efforts to control its spread, along with how to protect your trees. York Region’s emerald ash borer management strategy employs a multi-pronged approach consisting of monitoring the pests, removing and replacing dead/dying ash trees, protecting select trees with insecticide, education and other measures.

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Industry, jobs and the environment

Chronicle Journal
May 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It goes without saying, but there has to be a balance between environmental protection and economic interests, particularly in Northern Ontario. The economies of Northern towns and sensitive ecosystems depend on it. However, that balance was called into question this week by Resolute Forest Products, which pulled out of negotiations on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement over how much land to set aside for conservation. …Squeezing the limited wood fibre supply from the forest industry is not
the way to achieve balanced environmental protection in the bush.
Providing reasonable and sustainable solutions to fibre supply and
protected areas is.

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Bruce County Named Emerald Ash Borer Regulated Zone

BlackburnNews.com
May 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has placed Bruce County in the regulated zone of areas infested with the destructive emerald ash borer. County Forestry Technician Ken Goldsmith says the county’s lumber mills can now only ship ash lumber to other regulated zones, unless the ash goes through a rigorous treatment process to eliminate the insect from the lumber. He says all of this is now in place despite the fact that only one emerald ash borer has ever been discovered in Bruce County, which was last year in an ash tree south of Lucknow.

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Two Forest Fires in District

Net News Ledger
May 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Forest fire hazard is climbing. After what felt like weeks of rain, the dry weather is causing the forest fire hazard to climb. There were three new fires reported in the Northwest Region by the evening of May 24. Two were in the Red Lake District and one in the Dryden District with more incidents being reported into the evening. There were two additional active fires in the Red Lake District that started May 23.

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The Feds Are Fighting Forest Fires Wrong

The Atlantic Cities
May 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… In a stand of trees ten minutes outside downtown Flagstaff—a tight cluster of low-slung brick buildings peppered with Route 66 paraphernalia—Lofgren and his fellow firefighters are hard at work on a new project that local officials say is the first of its kind in the nation. Funded by a $10 million bond that voters approved by a three-to-one margin in November, the program puts local tax dollars to work clearing trees and brush, and lighting carefully-managed fires, in an effort to stave off the devastating, astronomically expensive megafires that have become increasingly common in the West.

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Judge blocks logging project in southwestern Montana

The Associated Press
May 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — A judge on Friday blocked a logging project in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and ordered two federal agencies to take another look at the effects on lynx, grizzly bears and elk that may be in the area. The Fleecer Mountains Project would clear cut and thin more than 3,000 acres within 102,000 acres of the forest in southwestern Montana. The U.S. Forest Service says many of the trees are dying because of pine beetles or drought.

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U.S. Forest Service drops plans to use drones in Montana, north Idaho

The Missoulian
May 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service says it has no drone aircraft, but plenty of other people have little UFOs buzzing over the trees in western Montana. Last week, Forest Service officials said they’ve dropped plans to use unmanned aerial systems – commonly known as drones – to survey forest fires because of clashes with Federal Aviation Administration rules. While some national forest firefighters in Alaska touted the remote-control planes’ ability to map forest fires in thick smoke, their legality proved a limitation. 

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N. Idaho group reaches consensus on forest

San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho — An advisory collaboration of environmentalists, lumber companies, the Nez Perce Tribe and local and state officials has reached an agreement intended to restore wildlife habitat and protect pristine areas while also allowing economic activities such as logging in the Clearwater Basin in northern Idaho. “We believe this balanced package is the blueprint for breaking the gridlock that has paralyzed land management actions in the past,” said Alex Irby of Orofino, a co-chairman of the group.

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UW scientists discuss recovery after beetle epidemic

Laramie Boomerang
May 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Even though it seems like the entire Medicine Bow National Forest is either dying or dead, two University of Wyoming professors said it’s resilient and it will recover. Associate professors Brent Ewers and Dan Tinker, both in the Department of Botany, spoke Thursday evening about their research on the beetle epidemic and changes in the forest. The presentation was part of an open house organized by the UW Ruckelshaus Institute and the U.S. Forest Service. The epidemic that’s hit local forests is a region-wide phenomenon not limited to the mountain pine beetle or southeast Wyoming.

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USFS Resurrects 10-year Contract For Malheur National Forest

Blue Mountain Eagle
May 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY – The Malheur National Forest’s 10-year stewardship contract is back on the table, with a twist, Forest Service officials announced Friday afternoon. The agency’s regional office unveiled a revamped 10-year deal that will go to bid this summer. The change from the previous scenario is that it will be an Integrated Resource Service Contract, not an Integrated Resource Timber Contract. The upshot could be more types of work – and possibly even more jobs for the community, officials said.

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Logging bans bad for forests, Oregon

Mail Tribune
May 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As third generation Oregonians and a longtime timber family, we three sisters feel a deep sympathy as well as an intense frustration at the announcement of Rough & Ready’s closure in Cave Junction. This never should have happened. It didn’t need to. And contrary to what some in Oregon’s urban areas may think, Oregon’s forests will be no better off as a result of this closure. Our great state holds the most prolific forests in the country; some 30 million acres of forests carpet Oregon. These are predominantly second-growth trees.

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City administers EAB antidote

Beloit Daily News
May 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

City of Beloit started treating ash trees this week against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). On Monday, Arborjet, a tree injection company, came out to the city to demonstrate how to treat ash trees. The method involves drilling holes near the base of the tree and injecting the chemical directly into the bark. Jeff Palmer, arborist for Arborjet, said the chemical paralyzes the EAB so it can’t feed on the bark in the tree. Mike Ferger, operations forestry supervisor, said the city is using three methods to treat between 200 and 400 ash trees in the city this year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass facility expected at full capacity by late June

Cape Breton Post
May 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — The new biomass-fueled Nova Scotia Power co-generation plant has already produced some power and is expected to be in full production by the end of next month. Roger Burton, the utility’s senior director of projects, said Friday that testing is underway on the different components at the $200-million facility located at the Port Hawkesbury Paper site in Point Tupper.   “We completed our construction in February and of course we’re well into
testing the various systems as we aim to complete commissioning the
overall plant,” Burton said.

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Lasers check the pulse of Wombat Forest

The Age
May 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In an isolated pocket of the Wombat State Forest, Anne Griebel is using laser sensors to uncover environmental secrets concealed in the trees. The sensors detect minute changes in the canopy of the forest, which is west of Melbourne. Ms Griebel, a Melbourne University PhD student, is measuring these intricate details so she can learn how the forest responds to climate change.

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General

Weekly lumber market update and overview

Stockhouse
May 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A wee spurt of buying activity last week was enough to temporarily prop up the price of Western SPF dimension lumber 2x4s by $1, but alas interest died down again this week and prices dropped even further, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. Producers and customers are coming close to finding elusive floor levels, however, just in time for US home building, renovation, and remodelling to get properly underway for the season.

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