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Daily Archives: June 10, 2013

Business & Politics

Weekly lumber market update and overview

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
June 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

This week, benchmark WSPF dimension lumber prices remained relatively flat while all panels experienced sickening price drops, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. In further indication that even those producing, buying, and selling wood across North America at significant volumes are finding current market conditions confusing, lumber futures firmed up encouragingly while stocking wholesalers on the US eastern seaboard accused sawmills of “either maliciousness or ignorance”.

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Alberta economic snapshot for June 8, 2013

Alberta’s Business
June 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… One of the best performing sectors in Alberta’s economy in 2013 is expected to be forestry. Strong demand for lumber and other manufactured wood products have been sending prices higher, that is, until May. Last month, North American lumber prices nosedived to a benchmark of US$372 per thousand board feet. That’s down $65 from the high set the month before. The benchmark price is compiled by a weighted average of 15 key framing lumber prices sold in the United States and Canada.

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Lumbersupercycle now imminent RBC says in upgrade of West Fraser

The Globe and Mail
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Citing their belief that a lumber “super-cycle” will be arriving sooner than expected thanks to the brisk upturn in the U.S. housing market, analysts at RBC Dominion Securities upgraded West Fraser Co. Ltd. today to an “outperform” rating from “sector perform.” “While some in the industry (and a fair share of our sell-side counterparts) have been talking about an ‘imminent’ super-cycle in lumber since 2008, prosperity has always seemed just around the corner,” said the RBC analysts, led by Paul C. Quinn. 

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Characterizing The Assumption Of Obligations When Determining The Proceeds of Disposition

Mondaq News Alerts
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. v. Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada held 9:0 that Daishowa-Marubeni International’s proceeds from the disposition of two forest tenures should not include the reforestation obligations that were assumed by the purchasers. DMI consisted of two divisions that each had a forest tenure that allowed them to harvest timber on land owned by the province of Alberta. These tenures included reforestation obligations.

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MOE approves sale of Marathon Pulp to US investment group

TbNewsWatch.com
June 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The long-awaited sale of the former Marathon Pulp mill has been given approval by the Ministry of the Environment. The pulp mill was operated by Tembec before shutting down in 2009, putting more than 200 people out of work. U.S.-based Green Investment Group has worked out a deal with Tembec to buy the facility and use it to produce alternative fuels. The sale hinged on MOE approval, and contains two main conditions. GIG must post a $6 million assurance to the MOE to cover potential environmental clean-ups in the future.

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Domtar unveils new technology at Plymouth facility

News & Observer
June 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corp. unveiled a new plant at its Plymouth mill on Friday that turns a key byproduct of paper production into what the Canadian company hopes will be a valuable commodity. The $30 million plant separates lignin, the organic glue in a tree that binds wood cellulose fibers together, so that it can be converted into solid form and used as an alternative to fossil fuels, a carbon product or a natural adhesive. Domtar received $7 million in funding for the project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy’s Biomass Research and Development Initiative.

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Former NewPage workers’ pension case heads to arbitration

Case involves millions of dollars worth of pension overpayments
CBC News
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

A dispute involving millions of dollars in pension money at the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill is headed to mediation this summer. Approximately 250 former NewPage workers who took a specific front-loading pension option received letters last year that they had been overpaid thousands of dollars and may have to pay it back.

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New markets essential for Maritime wood producers, consultant says

The Guardian Charlottetown
June 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Halifax consultant told the region’s lumber manufacturers on Thursday to seek export markets outside the United States. Peter Milley, with Halifax Global Inc., was one of the keynote speakers at the Maritime Lumber Bureau’s 74th annual convention in Charlottetown. He says the decline in the U.S. economy that began in 2007 and culminated in the financial markets collapse and “great recession’’ of 2008-09 proved that the region’s wood products manufacturers were highly vulnerable to major disruptions in the housing market in the U.S.

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Weyerhaeuser Upgraded by RBC Capital to “Outperform”

Ticker Report
June 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser was upgraded by stock analysts at RBC Capital to an “outperform” rating in a report issued on Monday, AnalystRatings.Net reports. A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on WY.

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Proposed USFS timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains appealed

Missoulian
June 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – An ex-logger, a retired Forest Service planner and a local off-road vehicle group have appealed a proposed Bitterroot National Forest timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains. The Three Saddle Project proposes to cut timber on 2,113 acres in the upper reaches of the Three Mile and Ambrose Creek drainage. Estimates say the stewardship project would send about 6 million board feet of timber to Montana mills. The agency had hoped to offer the project for sale in August or September, which would have allowed logging to begin later this fall. 

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States fight green-building leader over local wood

Associated Press
June 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A building supplier phoned Pollard Lumber Co. about providing wood for a large government construction project in Georgia, but the deal broke down over a single question about how the family-owned sawmill has committed itself to environmentally friendly practices. The mill in rural Appling holds certification by a national forestry group to verify it uses timber harvested in a sustainable manner. That wasn’t good enough to get the government job two years ago.

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Forestry

GPS and drones can improve tree planting

Elmia Wood
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Progress in technology and machinery has increased the efficiency of felling operations but replanting is still a manual, time-consuming process. However, the use of modern digital technology and drones for aerial photography can lead to major gains, argues Hans Thunander. He has developed a totally new tree planting concept that envisions a 50-percent increase in efficiency within ten years. “I’ve spent my whole life in silviculture and these ideas have been germinating for a decade,” he explains.

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Photo Essay: Birds of the Canadian Boreal Forest Special

DigitalJournal.com
June 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Boreal Forest is home to many species of plant and animal life, it is also home to a great many species of birds. If one knows where to look, and or has a little luck eagles, hawks, Pileated Woodpeckers and many other birds can be spotted. Some species such as the Pileated Woodpecker are rare, however in some areas where there is enough old growth forest they are able to thrive… The Boreal Forest although relatively intact, faces pressures from mining, logging, oil and gas, as while as real estate development.

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Mackenzie River basin under threat from development: study

Climate change makes area more vulnerable, says think-tank
Vancouver Sun
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s vast Mackenzie River basin is a vital global resource that is under threat from development, climate change, inadequate science and piecemeal management, concludes a report from a U.S.-based environmental think-tank. The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy at the University of California says control over the enormous area should come under one agency instead of the seven governments and the many aboriginal bands that oversee their own bits and pieces of it.

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Forest fire forces community to evacuate

globalnews.ca
June 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A northern Manitoba community has been evacuated due to a massive forest fire that has been burning for the last several days. Approximately 100 people in Ilford, MB have been moved to Thompson, roughly 150 kilometers away. The Manitoba Conservation website states lightning sparked two fires on Thursday now spanning an estimated 9,000 hectares combined they were still listed as ‘OC’ or ‘out of control’ as of Sunday evening.

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Urban wildlife: Many in B.C. find animals in the backyard a curse

Vancouver Sun
June 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Wild deer in the backyard and on the boulevards — a spotted fawn no bigger than a lamb bounded across the road …The migration of wildlife from backcountry to downtown is a continental phenomenon, one of the fascinating developments of the 21st century. …Logging and residential sprawl disrupted the ecosystems that sustained Island deer.  First, there was a sudden increase in forage as old growth forests were logged, opening the understory to more sunlight. Then there was a sudden decrease in forage as fast-growing new forests matured. Logging subsequently moved into winter browsing areas. Urban development encroached upon the forest edge.

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Updated: New BC cabinet: Thomson in, Letnick out

Kelowna Capital News
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re-appointed Minster of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson says he is ready to “hit the ground running” once he is sworn back into cabinet on Monday. Thomson, the B.C. Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Mission, was re-appointed Friday by Premier Christy Clark when she announced her new 19-member cabinet. Thomson said he expects to continue the work he started as the minister in the last Liberal government, noting both the environmental and economic impact his ministry has on B.C.

Christy Clark unveils new cabinet from the Vancouver Sun

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Tent caterpillars sweeping through Boreal forest

News Talk 980 CJME
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A tent caterpillar outbreak just north of Prince Albert could be ground zero for a province-wide invasion. Several pockets of hardwood forest near Christopher Lake, Emma Lake, and Montreal Lake have become overrun with the insects during the last week. “This is sort of an epicentre of areas that have been defoliated so far that we’re aware of at this point in time,” said Rory McIntosh, provincial forest etymologist and pathologist for the ministry of environment.

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Marked for removal: Ash trees will soon come down

Post-Bulletin
June 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Effects of the unusual May 2 storm that blanketed parts of Minnesota will be felt throughout the summer in Rochester, where 400 ash trees damaged by the unseasonable weather will be removed, according to city forester Jacob Ryg. The late inclement weather added to the number of unhealthy ash trees that are being removed in advance of the arrival of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that feeds on ashes… EAB could arrive in Rochester immediately or in 20 years, depending on what preventative steps are taken and if infested firewood isn’t accidentally brought into the area, says Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology.

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Drones won’t help fight wildfires in Washington in a reverse decision

The Oregonian
June 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — As the dry weather sets in and the wildfire season beckons, Washington state won’t have an aerial drone to help combat the expected blazes. Earlier this year, the state Department of Natural Resources considered obtaining an unmanned aircraft to test during this year’s wildfire season, even discussing the possibility with the Federal Aviation Administration, which has to give approval to launch a drone. Those plans won’t materialize this summer, but the agency’s interest in using drones remains.

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‘New era’ in forests is already here, and it’s not working

Mail Tribune
June 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a recent Mail Tribune guest opinion, Joseph Vaile announces a “new era” of public forest management, where Southern Oregon residents should “embrace” the type of heavy-handed environmental regulations and lawsuits that have cost us thousands of family-wage jobs and have decimated rural communities. To sum up Vaile’s opinion, all of our region’s problems will go away if we simply reserve public forests for people like him. In reality, Vaile’s “new era” of public forest management is strikingly similar to the one we have now.

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Forest Service helicopters return to the sky after dark to fight fires

89.3 KPCC (blog)
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After years of pressure from Congress, the U.S. Forest Service has put into service a specially equipped helicopter that can fight fires after dark. It marks the first time in more than three decades that Southern California firefighters are getting federal help in the sky at night. Forest Service helicopters have been grounded at night since a pair of firefighting choppers crashed in 1977. But Congressman Adam Schiff says it was “increasingly hard to defend why they thought it was safe to call on L.A. County and L.A. City to do night time drops, but it wasn’t safe enough for them to do it.”

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2000 firefighters continue to fight NM wildfires

San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 2,000 firefighters pressed forward Saturday in battling two large northern New Mexico wildfires as smaller blazes popped up throughout the drought-stricken state, stretching resources and prompting more warnings. Officials said both the 29-square-miles Thompson Ridge Fire and the 15-square-mile Tres Lagunas Blaze remained 40 percent contained.

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Only 1 of 7 next-generation air tankers flying as wildfires burn

Associated Press
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — As fire season heats up, the U.S. Forest Service remains able to use only one of seven large, state-of-the-art air tanker planes it contracted last month to fight wildfires. The other six planes have yet to be certified, a process that could take as much as two more months under the contract terms, according to U.S Forest Service spokesman Mike Ferris at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Forest Service targets gypsy moth

WCYB
June 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ROANOKE, Va. – The USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are launching a new effort against the gypsy moth. In a press release, they announced they will treat 33,885 acres of public and private land for gypsy moth infestations. It’s part of the national Slow the Spread program. Gypsy moth is a destructive forest pest that was accidentally introduced into the United States in 1869. Experts say gypsy moth causes extensive tree mortality by feeding on over 300 species.

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Tree disease ‘threatening’ City of London

BBC News
June 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

London’s tree population could be “seriously damaged” unless a wider range of species is introduced. A report by the City of London Corporation said unless tree stock is diversified, susceptible trees would be attacked by disease. The main diseases include Oak Processionary Moth and Massaria. Ash Dieback is due to reach London by 2014. Mark Boleat, from the corporation, said: “A more proactive approach is needed to protect the tree population.”

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Elmia Wood 2013 – presenting high-tech solutions for tomorrow’s forest industry

Elmia Wood
June 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Elmia Wood 2013 is a forest technology milestone to the future. Never before have so many innovative products and ideas been presented at a forestry fair. Ever-cheaper and more accessible computer technology is making a huge impact on the advancement of forestry practices. “To put it simply, we can say that things which only NASA had fifteen years ago can now be bought online for 99 dollars,” explains Torbjörn Johnsen, Business Area Manager at Elmia. “The availability of computer power, processors and sensors is opening up completely new possibilities.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Opinion: Real cuts needed to our greenhouse gas emissions

By Aldyen Donnelly – president of WDA Consulting Inc.
Vancouver Sun
June 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

In The Vancouver Sun on Saturday, I argued that B.C.’s carbon tax has been ineffective. Further, I implied that this ineffective tax measure is a distraction, causing potentially dangerous delay in any consideration of policies that might have any real impact on B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions. The danger to which I referred is not limited to the significant risk of ocean acidification and other ecosystem damage that is reasonably associated with increasing the amount of carbon we pump into the earth’s atmosphere. There is more to this story.

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City turns noxious weed into hog fuel for Harmac

Nanaimo Daily News
June 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

The City of Nanaimo has found a use for Scotch broom. The noxious weed will be shredded and burned as hog fuel to power the Harmac pulp mill.

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US Forest Service Chief warns of more extreme wild fires associated with Climate Change

Bay Area Indymedia
June 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Wild fires are getting bigger and burning with greater intensity with an extended fire season, due in large part to climate change, according to testimony this week of Thomas Tidwell, Head of the US Forest Service to the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.Thomas Tidwell said in his written statement: “Around the world, the last two decades have seen fires that are extraordinary in their size, intensity and impacts. In Australia in 2009, the Black Saturday Bushfires killed 170 people… “The largest issue we now face is how to adapt our management to anticipate climate change impacts and to mitigate their potential effects,” Tidwell told the committee.

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Scientists Develop Cheap and Efficient Nanostructured-Carbon Based Catalyst

Daily Fusion
June 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles. The new material has the highest oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in alkaline media of any non-precious metal catalyst developed to date. 

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Why U.S. Wood Can—and Should—Power Europe

A forest owner (and Rolling Stones keyboardist) on the benefits of ‘biomass’ sales.
Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

In the past two weeks, news reports have covered European Union rules mandating that 20% of energy in EU countries by 2020 must come from “renewable” sources. To meet the requirement, European utilities are increasingly turning toward burning wood instead of coal—with much of the wood coming from the United States in the form of pellets. Some environmentalists complain that cutting down trees is hardly a “green” solution, while utility-company officials have defended the practice of using woody biomass as a renewable energy source. Yet one point of view hasn’t been much in evidence in the debate. That is the view of independent forest owners like me—my family manages 2,500 acres of forest in Georgia—who can speak directly to practices of the forestry industry and the benefits the industry provides local communities.

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Research and Markets: Biomass Industry in Finland 2013

Business Wire
June 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

DUBLIN — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Biomass Industry in Finland” report to their offering. Biomass in Finland made up for about 40% of overall renewable power generated in the year 2011. Wood and wood-based products are the main feedstock for biomass production in Finland as the country has abundant forestry. While bioliquids form the largest share in biomass power generation in Finland, currently solid biomass is expected to surpass bioliquids to become the largest biomass power generation source by the end of 2020 due to the lower cost of power generation offered by the technology.

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Amazon Fires Destroying Rainforest Alarming Rate, Adding To Carbon Emissions, Deforestation: NASA

Understory firest fires have destroyed amazon by 3% in 12 years
KpopStarz
June 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Amazon rainforest is shrinking rapidly because of forest fires, and scientists are concerned, NASA reported. The Amazon has been shrinking for years due to deforestation and pollution, but now fires in the understory have burned 3% of the rainforest in the last 12 years… The forest fires are adding to the destruction what is already precarious, shrinking land.Deforestation is still very concerning, but understory fires are a new concern for carbon emissions also. Morton said they’re an “important source of [carbon] emissions that we need to consider.”

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General

States fight green-building leader over local wood

Bloomberg
June 9, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

LEED has been at the forefront of an explosion in energy-efficient, environmentally conscious construction over the past decade. Administered by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED program puts its stamp on an estimated 1.5 million square feet of new construction worldwide each day. But the program is facing an outcry from a growing number of governors and legislatures who say LEED uses unfair standards that effectively keep their states’ timber growers out of the booming green-building market.

Also covered in TreeHugger 

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