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Daily Archives: June 5, 2013

Business & Politics

Hardwood Exports Taper Off With Price Increases

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 114 million board feet in March—the latest month with available data—which was 3% below February. Combined exports to non-Chinese destinations in March climbed 6% over February, but exports to China declined 15% as some buyers did not immediately re-enter the market after Lunar New Year. Exporters reported decent business in May, though still-limited supplies of many items and increased buyer resistance to price increases constrained sales growth.

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Company that assembled land for $25m wood centre in Prince George fights foreclosure

Vancouver Sun
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The company that assembled land in downtown Prince George for a wood design centre is fighting foreclosure of $1.4 million in loans from the Northern Development Initiative Trust. In documents filed in Supreme Court in Prince George, Commonwealth Campus Corp. alleges the trust misrepresented the provincial government’s financing of the project, which has left the company holding properties worth less than the prices paid for them.

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Pulp giant builds on B.C. buys and Asian connections

Purchase of old Canadian mills might make sense globally but is a risky business, says analyst
Business in Vancouver
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Six years ago, Paper Excellence bought one Canadian pulp mill. Today, the Vancouver-based private company is the country’s biggest producer of NBSK (northern bleached softwood kraft), the pulp product Canada is best known for. Sector watchers say that the company is operating under a business model that’s new to Canada – one that might deliver as many risks as rewards.

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Miramichi mill under fire for ‘toxic’ emissions

Arbec Forest Products Inc. says it’s following provincial rules
CBC.ca
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Quebec company that took over a Miramichi mill last year is defending itself against allegations of being a dangerous polluter. Arbec Forest Products Inc. officials says they are complying with provincial emissions rules, but environmentalists say the mill is allowed to emit too much formaldehyde. “These are nasty, toxic, cancer-causing chemicals,” said Inka Milewski, of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

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US softwood-lumber prices continue to decline

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In the USA, the downward trend in softwood-lumber prices which started at the end of March 2013 continued undiminished last week. The Framing Lumber Composite Price determined by Random Lengths showed week-on-week decline of a further US$13 to US$361/1,000 bdft, while the price of KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2×4 R/L lost US$12 and was last quoted at US$320/1,000 bdft, or roughly US$135.6/m³. Since the last high point reached at the end of March, the FLCP has therefore fallen by roughly US$90 and the price for S-P-F 2×4 has decreased by US$88/1,000 bdft.

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Wood-burning power plant fined after air pollution violations

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The operator of the Stoneman biomass power plant on the Mississippi River in Cassville will pay $150,000 to settle air pollution violations at the plant in recent years. The fine was announced by state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen after a stipulation to settle air pollution violations by the Department of Natural Resources. The operator of the plant, DTC Stoneman LLC, and the Department of Justice signed a stipulation circuit court in Grant County. DTE Energy Services of Ann Arbor, Mich., bought the plant and converted it from burning coal to burning renewable wood waste and other forms of biomass.

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China: Increasing Imports of Logs and Timber

IHB
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s hunger for wood was less acute in 2012 than in the previous year. In particular, importation of softwood logs fell substantially from the record levels of 2011. Importation of lumber was also lower in 2012, but the decline was much less than that of logs. The biggest changes in log and lumber imports between 2011 and 2012 were the sharp decline of Russian log volumes crossing the Chinese border and the reduced lumber shipments from the US to Chinese ports, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SFI Teams Up with McGraw Hill to Educate LEED-Savvy Architects and Builders

PRNewswire
June 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — The June issue of Architectural Record includes a Continuing Education Unit for architects and builders describing the benefits of using responsibly managed forest products certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard. “SFI Inc. is sponsoring the CEU, ‘Sustainable Building with SFI Certified Wood’, to help educate architects, designers and builders because they make decisions every day that can affect the future of our forests,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.

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Forestry

B.C. man appeals $861K forest fire bill British Columbia

Robert Unger allegedly built a campfire that started a large forest fire
CBC News
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Cariboo-area man is appealing a massive bill connected to a forest fire. Robert Unger allegedly built a campfire on land he owned but failed to establish a fuel break. His land didn’t fall within the jurisdiction of any fire department so the Ministry of Forests charged him the full cost of their firefighting efforts — $861,356. According to the Forest Appeals Commission’s website, Unger claims the 2011 ruling is unreasonable and unfair.

Also covered in the Victoria Times Colonist 

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How Forest Bathing Can Heal

And why BC would be wise to better manage its naturally rejuvenating woods.
The Tyee
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For hundreds of years, people in China, Japan, Korea and other parts of Asia have recognized that wood is not only a critical building material, but that forests provide a number of other benefits. Asian physicians have long recommended walking or being in nature as an important way for people to maintain their health and prevent disease. What does modern research tell us about getting healthier by being in the forest? The World Health Organization considers health to be a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.

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Good Timber honours loggers and the history of the woods

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Honouring and paying respect to the loggers who helped build this province is one of the aims of the musical revue, Good Timber. But, it’s also about good music and stories. …The music goes over really well with old time loggers and their families, he said. And he knows of what he sings. “I used to log in Port Renfrew in the early 80s,” said Gogo. “I was a chockerman for a couple of years, and I am a fourth generation Vancouver Island logger.”

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A visit to the Juan de Fuca logging site

CBC Radio
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

So what is really going on out beside the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
and Trail. We sent Michael Tymchuk out to find out how logging might be affecting this contentious parcel of land. (This is an audio file)

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Drought, climate change and forest practices elevate wildfire risk

Salt Lake Tribune
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Drought could make this summer especially busy with wildfires and probably coming years, too, warn forest and climate researchers at Utah State University. A changing climate is one significant factor in the forecast. So is the hazard created by modern forest management, said Michael Jenkins, associate professor in USU’s Quinney College of Natural Resources. Aggressive management has been “essentially eliminated,” and dry forest undergrowth has built up, turning parts of Utah into tinderboxes, he said.

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900 Firefighters Battle Major Wildfires Fueled By ‘Historic’ New Mexico Drought

ThinkProgress
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Monday, 900 firefighters fought to gain control over two fires burning forested areas east and west of Santa Fe, fueled by a historic drought and high winds. On June 1, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the above image, courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory. Smoke is visible and the red outlines show areas with abnormally warm surface temperatures, indicating a wildfire.

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US Forest Service OKs Chopper To Fight Wildfires At Night

CBS Local
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Forest Service will soon be helping Southland firefighters with a specifically equipped helicopter to combat wildfires at night. KNX 1070?s Ed Mertz reports the decision comes four years after that option was not available to the Forest Service during the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history. Due to a restriction put in place by the Forest Service in the 1970s following a tragic helicopter crash in the Angeles National Forest, the agency has not employed night flights, and has instead relied upon other local agencies to supply these firefighting tools when available.

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Young Dodge, Old Story

Flathead Beacon
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Environmentalists have filed yet another lawsuit, against the Kootenai National Forest’s “Young Dodge” project on Lake Koocanusa’s west side. News? Naw … same old story. Young Dodge has been in the “paperworks” for a long time. Its first draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published clear back in February 2006. The Forest Service lost two EIS/administrative-appeal cycles, both over goshawks, in 2006 and 2008.

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Forest Service to hire 500 fewer firefighters

Associated Press
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell says his agency will hire 500 fewer firefighters than last year, because of automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress. Tidwell told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that his agency will still be able to fight wildfires across the West, however, in part because three new air tankers are being put into service, including one being used to combat a massive wildfire in southern California.

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Firefighters gain upper hand on California blaze

They have the Powerhouse fire 60 percent contained
The Associated Press
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PALMDALE, Calif. — All that was left of his two-story home with a stunning panoramic view was black twisted metal and ashes. On Monday afternoon, Gregg Johnson surveyed the damage along with the nearly 3,000 others allowed to return to their homes in the rural communities threatened by a massive Southern California wildfire. Johnson, 59, left his home Saturday with his wife and 12-year-old son after watching the fire race down around Lake Hughes below them and then surround their mountaintop home.

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‘Watering the forest for the trees’ emerging as priority for forest management

Science Codex
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new analysis led by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station encourages resource managers to consider a broadened view of forests as consumers of water. A shift in thinking toward reducing the risk of water stress to vegetation can help forests maintain their resilience and health in a changing climate, according to a paper published online in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. “Our work emphasizes how forests primarily need and consume water, and so managing forest health requires thinking about how much water is available for forests, how forests use that water, and how management strategies can mitigate increasing drought stress,” said station research hydrologist Gordon Grant, who led the analysis.

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Forest Activists Gear Up to Fight Burning Trees for Electricity

Treehugger (blog)
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Fresh from a major campaign victory in which they convinced the largest paper manufacturer in the world to reform its forestry policies in the Southern United States, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Dogwood Alliance would be taking a little breather. They are concerned, however, about a new threat to forests in The South, this time in the form of energy companies sourcing forestry biomass for electricity generation, often shipping pellets from the US over the Atlantic to supply power stations in Europe.

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Improving efficiencies through the wood supply chain

Friday Offcuts
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

For the first time in the Pacific North West, a one-day conference, ForestTECH 2013 – Improving Wood Transport & Logistics, has been set up for forest managers, technical foresters, forestry consultants, forest logistics and supply chain managers, harvest planners and transport operators. It’s based on the very successful series run for Australasian forestry companies by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) late last year. ForestTECH 2013 runs in Portland, OR, USA on Wednesday 9 October 2013. Full details can be found on www.westernforestry.org

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Forest safety campaign calls for inquiry

June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A campaign calling for an inquiry into health and safety in forestry stepped up a notch today with the launch of a “What Killed Ken Callow?” billboard on Auckland’s Khyber Pass. The billboard, launched this morning by the Council of Trade Unions and funded by donations across the country through OneBigVoice.Com, is part of a campaign calling for Minister of Labour Simon Bridges to initiate an inquiry into forest safety.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate projections help foresters decide what to plant

Daily News
June 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

University of Alberta researchers have developed guidelines that are being used by the forestry industry and government foresters to get a jump on climate change when planting trees.
Maps developed by Laura Gray, a post-doctoral fellow in the university’s Department of Renewable Resources, provide projections of climatically suitable habitat for tree species based on climate predictions for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s. Currently, Alberta forestry companies and government agencies plant 80 million spruce, fir and pine seedlings to reforest more than 50,000 hectares of harvested land annually.

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NC Council of State approves wood-pellet facility for Wilmington port

News & Observer
June 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH — A proposed lease approved Tuesday will allow construction of a $35 million wood-pellet storage and shipping facility at the state port in Wilmington. Maryland-based Enviva Holdings is expected to build and operate the biomass fuel export facility to ship as much as 1 million metric tons of pellets a year from forests in southeastern North Carolina, starting in January 2015. The Council of State authorized the State Ports Authority to sign the 21-year lease with Enviva.

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Bonn delegates to tackle impasse over REDD+ climate change negotiations

Reuters AlertNet
June 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Negotiators attending a UN climate change conference this week are expected to propose setting up a REDD+ governing body, which could help provide a solution to how countries monitor, report and verify successful emissions reductions. It would also determine how financial support would be disbursed.

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RusForest Engages Hekotek to Build Wood Pellet Plant in Arkhangelsk

Globe Newswire
June 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, has engaged AS Hekotek, a mechanical engineering company, to build a wood pellet production facility at the Company’s LDK-3 sawmill in Arkhangelsk. RusForest has completed a review of its Arkhangelsk assets and has identified the region as a core focus for the Group. Following the recent divestment of the Shenkursk sawmill, the remaining assets in the region include the LDK-3 sawmill with annual sawnwood capacity of 120,000 cubic meters and forestry leases with annual allowable cut (“AAC”) of 958,800 cubic meters.

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