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Daily Archives: June 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Interfor says it has ‘no immediate plans’ to log in Labouchere Channel

Coast Mountain News
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor has temporarily ceased its logging operation in the Dean Channel and has publicly stated it has no intention of logging Labouchere Channel anytime in the near future. The company obtained a timber license for the area in 1997 and had started logging in a cutblock above Brynildsen Bay in the Dean Channel about two weeks ago, but has since stopped. Cutblocks are also mapped out in Labouchere Channel, but the company has stated that they will not be harvesting timber in that area until discussions with the Nuxalk Nation are finalized.

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Coast Forest On the Opening of the Yuriage Public Market in Japan

Coast Forest Products Association Press Release
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On behalf of Coast Forest Products Association, I would like to congratulate the Canada Wood Group for the May 4th, 2013 opening of the Yuriage Public Market. This is the result of an extraordinary partnership* between the Canadian forest industry, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and Alberta. All stepped up to the plate for our long-time friends in Japan during their time of need following the earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 2011.

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In the Post-Election World, Coastal Forestry’s Next Steps need to be Taken Together

By Rick Jeffery, President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association
Coast Forest Products Assoc. Blog
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association congratulates the BC Liberal Party for their impressive victory in the 2013 provincial election. Their return to government means continuity of the good policy work accomplished so far in forestry. The BC Liberal Party election platform, “Strong Economy, Secure Tomorrow,” represents many of the same ideals held by those of us in coastal forestry. We aim to achieve these by helping to inform sound policy, ensuring that public understanding matches the reality of our sector and that our partnerships are solid.

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Alain Lemaire named “Greenest CEO in Canada”

Canada News Wire
June 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

Last night at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Alain Lemaire, Executive Chairman of the Board at Cascades, was named “Greenest CEO in Canada”, a recognition initiated by Corporate Knights, an organization specialized in the promotion of good corporate practices in terms of social responsibility. This prestigious award, given for the first time, was presented to Mr. Lemaire before more than 500 guests gathered as part of Corporate Knight’s 12th annual gala which reveals and honours Canada’s best 50 corporate citizens.

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Strong demand from China for NZ logs

New Zealand log shipments to China have continued to grow
Radio New Zealand
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood Resource Quarterly reports there has been a resurgence of demand for lumber and logs in China this year, after a drop last year. Last year total Chinese log imports fell by 15%, and New Zealand was the only country that expanded shipments, the publication says. Russia has for many years been the major log supplier to China, but in the first quarter of this year, Russia and New Zealand both had a 33% market share. Year-on-year shipments from New Zealand were up almost 50% but those from Russia were down by 18%.

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Green Triangle eases forestry jobs reliance

ABC Online
June 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Figures in a government report show the Green Triangle region has reduced its dependence on the forestry industry for employment. However, it relies on the industry for jobs more than any other forestry region in Australia. Overall, 3.7 per cent of the workforce in the Green Triangle region, which spans south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia, was employed in forestry in 2011.

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Finnish Forest industry in January-March 2013: Economic downturn weakens demand in main market areas

IHB
June 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation recently issued a report regarding Finland’s exports in January-March 2013. According to the report, paper and paperboard production came to 2.7 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2013, up 2.8% from the corresponding period of 2012. Some 750,000 tonnes of paperboard were produced in January-March, up almost 17% from the first quarter of 2012. This increase was due to an increase in Finnish paperboard production capacity as well as the low level of output recorded in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Massive timber marries design and sustainability

Daily Commercial News
June 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Construction is underway in the St. Roch neighbourhood of Quebec City on a six-storey condominium development that incorporates cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. The District 3 project is believed to be the tallest multi-family residential structure constructed of “massive” timber in the province and possibly North America. “This very unique project marries form, modern design and sustainable construction,” said District 3’s Jean Campeau. “The building allows us to feature massive wood on the ceiling and on chosen walls while still maintaining acoustic properties.”

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Engineer declared mall ‘structurally sound’ weeks before collapse

The Province
June 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – An engineer had long known about severe rusting of steel beams at a mall in northern Ontario when he signed off on a report declaring the structure sound less than two months before it collapsed, a judicial inquiry heard Thursday… The judicial inquiry under Commissioner Paul Belanger has already heard how the steel support structure — corroded by years of water and salt penetration — finally gave way.

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LEED Could Be Banned in North Carolina Over Wood Rules

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CHARLOTTE, NC – A bill that would end the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED program on public projects in the State of North Carolina has passed the house and is advancing through the senate. The bill was set to go before the N.C. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, but was delayed for procedural reasons. Maine was the first to fight against LEED standards, followed by Georgia. Some lumber businesses are are critical of LEED – the credit system that verifies green practices in building and construction, because it only accepts the Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody wood certification. 

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NC Senate panel runs out of time to talk anti-LEED bill

Charlotte Business Journal (blog)
June 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The N.C. Senate’s committee on agriculture, environment and natural resources was set to discuss the controversial anti-LEED bill today but discussion on a different item dominated the morning meeting. House Bill 628 would end the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program on public projects. State Senate committee members were set to discuss HB628 last week, but it was pulled from the agenda in favor of talks of a potential compromise bill. The legislation was on the agenda this morning.

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Forestry

Human activity has contributed to increased forestry disease

Science Omega
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Human activity and abrupt climate change have contributed to a century of increased forestry disease, according to a Kingston University academic. Professor Martyn Waller, whose findings have been published in the Journal of Quaternary Science, studied the impact of forestry disease over the last 11,000 years in order to determine whether or not pathogen outbreaks have significantly influenced vegetation change.

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Local lumber graders top knotch

Prince George Citizen
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The region’s forest industry professionals marked up big wins at the annual B.C. Interior Lumber Graders Championships held this week in Kamloops. Prince George’s Canfor staff did especially well in the team event. Almost 40 of the province’s best in the lumber grading trade gathered to compete, according to organizers from the Council of Forest Industries. “We are extremely proud of our industry for once again supporting this very worthwhile event as it’s just the second year for us after taking five years off during the critical downturn we survived since 2007,” said Gary Desrosier, quality control manager for COFI.

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Mountain pine beetle continues to be a threat

paNOW
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a small little beetle with a massive bite. The mountain pine beetle (MBP) is a natural enemy of lodge pole pine trees and has devastated more than 18 million hectares of lodge pole pine trees in British Columbia already. The MPB has since migrated from BC to Alberta and is slowly making its way into the Cypress Hills area of Saskatchewan. Research being done in BC has made great strides in decoding the genome of the MPB, which will allow researchers to look into things like how the beetle can cause so much damage and how they can survive the bitter cold.

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Paper mill boss wonders where the workers are

Canada.com
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The Catalyst Paper Mill in Port Alberni has been through some rough times in the past few years, but as it recovers from its financial woes a looming labour shortage could be the next largest hurdle it has to clear. Alberni mill general manager Fred Chinn believes they are coming out the other side of their bankruptcy issues and will be stronger than ever, but first they have to figure out how to replace the skilled employees who are retiring on a regular basis from the Port Alberni operation.

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PG programs share literacy funds

Prince George Citizen
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A contribution from the forest products industry is helping to close the adult literacy gap in Prince George. Eight local organizations are the beneficiaries of a $22,000 contribution from the Forest Legacy Foundation, consisting of representatives of Domtar, West Fraser Timber, Canfor and Mercer. The foundation hosts a golf tournament each year and has given funding to literacy through the Vancouver-based Raise a Reader campaign. This year, funds were placed directly in each of the communities where companies have mills.

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Coastal forestry on the rise

Victoria Times Colonist
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Improving global markets for B.C. wood have the coastal forest industry working at capacity and the Island’s largest timber producer posting record results. After more than a decade of struggling, the industry finally appears to be on more stable ground — a trend that’s expected to continue, according to the head of the Coast Forest Products Association. “The fact of the matter is we are now having trouble finding contractors and workers,” said association president Rick Jeffery, noting that over the last decade, many forest workers left for work in the oilfields as the coastal forest industry struggled with a strong loonie, poor global markets and fallout from the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.

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In the line of fire: BC’s Wildfire Management Branch director

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

Brian Simpson is ready for war – the annual conflict that pits hundreds of firefighters against the inevitable wildfires that will scorch the province this summer. As director of the 102-year-old B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, Mr. Simpson is in charge of the provincial agency that deals with the 2,000 wildfires that occur on average each year. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Mr. Simpson talks about the summer ahead, a life fighting wildfires, and what he was thinking about while aboard a crashing fire-fighting helicopter.

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Long-term tourism advantage trumps short-term logging

Letter Re: Logging begins near Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, May 25 and B.C.’s tourism industry bloodied by recession, but unbowed, May 25
Vancouver Sun
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Tourism is a huge and growing economic driver in B.C. A logged tree is useful once; a mature forest gives in perpetuity. The provincial tourism industry is between No. 1 and No. 3 in terms of GDP and total revenue for B.C. Why are we so short-sighted? I encourage the province to prioritize purchasing high-value landscapes, such as that beside the Juan de Fuca Trail, for parkland, and to legislate stronger protection for iconic views-capes and natural places. There is no time to lose.

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Ravenous Bugs Attack Local Ash Trees

EMC Arnprior
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The emerald ash borer is coming to Arnprior. In fact, it is probably already here. Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials were in Arnprior Monday checking ash trees on McGonigal Street and other areas trying to confirm their suspicions the beetle has moved into Renfrew county. The ash borer, which has been ravaging trees in Ottawa and has been found as close as Fitzroy Harbour, is suspected to be attacking a few trees in downtown Arnprior. If the CFIA confirms that is the case, it could translate into trouble for the entire county.

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Approved: Tiny wasps that kill emerald ash borer

Ottawa Citizen
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Finally, the emerald ash borer has an enemy. Canada has approved the release of two tiny wasps from China to eat the tree-killing beetles, which otherwise have no natural enemies in North America. The ash borer is eating its way through our ash trees, which make up about one-quarter of Ottawa’s trees. Now the Canada Food Inspection Agency has approved both a eulophid wasp and a braconid wasp. A third candidate won’t be released because there isn’t enough information to know whether it would be harmful to insects we want to keep.

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Forestry is important to Region – Boshcoff

Net News Ledger
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – “Forestry is a substainable industry”, assets Ken Boshcoff. ”The current furor over TBaytel charging $2 for paper mailings is misguided,” states Boshcoff, Councillor At Large for the City of Thunder Bay. “We all know there are legitimate expenses in processing and mailing bills and that’s where the debate should be argued, NOT as some kind of phoney environmental action!”. “Stamps, envelopes and the labour to stuff envelopes all cost money, and everyone understands that,” explains Boshcoff.

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Sask. braces for wriggly invasion

The StarPhoenix
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Around the middle of last week, Ed Moretto’s kids found a few forest tent caterpillars crawling around their Emma Lake yard. By Friday, the few had become thousands. On Saturday, there were hundreds of thousands, devouring the leaves from the trees and crawling on Moretto’s house. Now, “there are millions,” he told The StarPhoenix on Tuesday. “If you look at the trees outside my windows, it looks like winter.”

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Honors Wisconsin Pioneers Who Harvested Lumber to Build Historic Nauvoo

Meridian Magazine
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SALT LAKE CITY —The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will make a special stop on its Upper Midwest Tour on 19 June to honor the Mormon pioneer loggers whose remarkable labor built Nauvoo, Illinois, a city central to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints… “The sacrifices of these logging pioneers are not well known, even among Church members” says Choir president Ron Jarrett. “We wanted to honor these unsung heroes by singing their praises.” 

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Ore. Forestry Board Looks For More From Forests

EarthFix
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry has taken on a tough job: figuring out how to produce more logs as well as better fish and wildlife habitat through logging on state forests. The board voted unanimously Wednesday in Salem to embark on a new management plan for three state forests in the northwest corner of the state — the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam.

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Secretive birds at center of ‘big collision’ between habitat, logging

Seattle Times
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Marbled murrelets are continuing to decline as the state Department of Natural Resources convenes public hearings on long-awaited management plans for their habitat on state forest lands. …Logging has been severely curtailed on federal lands since adoption of the Northwest Forest Plan in 1994. That has pushed most of the controversy onto state timberlands, managed by DNR under an interim strategy since 1997.

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Wildfires are lasting longer

The Earth Times
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With a powerhouse fire in the Los Angeles hills, the first wildfire of the season began blackening America. Chief Tom Tidwell of the US Forest Service was quick to report as he talked to the Senate Committee on energy and natural resources: the “season” lasts now 2 months longer than 40 years ago and eats up twice the forest because of the climate change involved. People are moving out to the wilderness too, so many more homes have to be saved – or burned.

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Oregon Helping Fight New Mexico Fires

OPB News
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some residents were allowed to return home Wednesday as firefighters shored up lines around one of two wildfires that have raced across thousands of acres of dry forest in northern New Mexico. The Tres Lagunas blaze has charred nearly 15 square miles north of Pecos since being sparked last Thursday by a downed power line. Fire officials said the fire is now about 25 percent contained and they’re assessing the evacuation area to determine when more evacuees can return. With fire season in full swing in drought-stricken New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the arrival of three out-of-state strike teams to help if new fires break out.

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PG&E, Contractors to Pay $50.5 Million to Settle Forest Fire Suits

NASDAQ
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

California utility PG&E Corp. and its contractors have agreed to pay a total of $50.5 million to settle accusations that they were responsible for fires that burned 18,000 acres of national forest in California, the U.S. Justice Department said. The government’s suits were related a 2004 fire in Eldorado National Forest caused by a lit cigarette traced to the crew working around a PG&E distribution line and a 2008 fire in Mendocino National Forest land tied to a transmission line that ignited branches of a nearby pine tree.

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Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Service Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf

US Fish and Wildlife Service
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Four decades of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to protect and recover the gray wolf (Canis lupus) have successfully brought the species back from the brink of extinction in the western Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains. As a result of these successful efforts to ensure that the gray wolf is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove it from the list of threatened and endangered species throughout the United States and Mexico, while maintaining protection for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest.

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Mountain Iron School Forest established

Hometown Focus
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

MT. IRON – Merritt Elementary has designated 36 acres of school property … as the Mountain Iron School Forest. This designation enrolls the school in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) school forest program.Teachers will use their school forest as their outdoor classroom to deliver a range of outdoor lessons that could include writing, math, science and art. A local DNR forester is developing a forest stewardship plan to maintain the site for optimum forest health. The DNR also helps connect schools to local resources and free tree seedlings to support site improvements.  

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End to truce in forests

The Mercury
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A FOREST protest in far southern Tasmania has stopped logging only three days after the forest peace deal came into effect. Two men were arrested after attaching themselves to machinery in a logging coupe near Dover. The protest comes after the deal to finally end the long-running war in the forests became official, making available $200 million to help fund sawmillers and affected employees and developing new products and markets.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Southern US logging soars to meet foreign biofuel demand

Mongabay.com
June 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In order to meet the European Union’s goal of 20% renewables by 2020, some European utility companies are moving away from coal and replacing it with wood pellet fuel. The idea is simple: trees will regrow and recapture the carbon released in the burning of wood pellets, making the process supposedly carbon-neutral. But just like other simple ideas, it misses out important details that can turn it on its head.

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Wood panel firm slammed for ‘opportunistic’ anti-biomass ads

Utility Week
June 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A wood panel maker that placed adverts campaigning against biomass subsidies has been accused of opportunism, as it continues to profit in the UK. Norbord is behind a series of ads claiming that subsidised energy generators are able to pay “more than double” the price paid by manufacturers for wood. That has driven up UK prices 60 per cent in the last five years, it claims. The biomass industry prefers to cite official statistics from the Forestry Commission showing that over the past twenty years, average timber prices have fallen by 29 to 42 per cent in real terms.

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Greens put carbon tax back on the table

Scoop Independent News
June 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Green Party is considering whether to revert to support for a carbon tax to force climate change behaviour changes, given the failure to date of local and global emissions trading scheme to place a meaningful price on carbon emissions… Amongst policy actions New Zealand could take now that would not require “tectonic shifts”, Macey suggested to “fix forestry”, whose capacity to contribute to climate change mitigation has been poleaxed by low carbon prices…

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