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Daily Archives: June 11, 2013

Business & Politics

New labour voice for forestry workers – Northern Ontario Business

Northern Ontario Business
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A new Canadian union is being created by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW). The combined union, named Unifor, revealed the name and logo at a Toronto press conference, May 30. “Unifor will be a union for young workers, those struggling to piece together part-time work and contract jobs, and other precarious working conditions,” said CEP national president Dave Coles in a news release. “It will be a union for everyone.”


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BID counters Commonwealth’s court claims

Prince George Citizen
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George – The BID Group of Companies has responded to a lawsuit from Commonwealth Campus Corp. over its refusal to purchase five parcels of downtown land in the vicinity of what is to be the home of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. BID maintains Commonwealth agreed the sale was subject to the company making the short list of proponents competing to for the contract to construct the WIDC. The agreement made with Commonwealth was “partly oral and party in writing” and the condition of making the short list “was an express, or alternatively, an implied term of the contract”.

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Weyerhaeuser upgrading Drayton Valley lumber mill

Edmonton Journal
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Weyerhaeuser says it will spend $23 million on production upgrades at its dimensional softwood lumber mill in Drayton Valley… Weyerhaeuser anticipates the upgrades, expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2014, will boost production capacity by 35 per cent as the North American housing market continues to expand and export demand remains strong.

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Raw Log Exports Expected to Rise

HQ Prince George
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

A lumber market expert expects the number of raw log exports to China to continue to go up but at a slower pace than overall wood exports. After a slower 2012, Seattle-based Hakan Ekstrom predicts China’s demand for BC timber to continue to grow over the foreseeable future. As long as raw log exports are permitted by the government, he sees more headed across the Pacific but only as greater amounts of processed wood follow.

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Province offers $35M repayable loan to new mill owners

Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital Partners must match investment in Twin Rivers
CBC News
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick government has offered a repayable loan up to $35 million to the new owners of the mills in Edmundston, Plaster Rock and Madawaska, Me. “The New Brunswick government and the residents of the province have a vested interest in the future prosperity of the Twin River facilities in New Brunswick,” Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud said during an announcement in Edmundston on Monday.

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Housing’s Hot, but Lumber’s Not

Is the drop a buying opportunity, or just a bad sign?
Investorplace.com
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

It seems one of the big hindrances to our current economic malaise might finally be letting up. Numerous pieces of data are all pointing to the same thing: a sustained recovery in housing. The S&P Case-Shiller composite index — which measures home values in 20 metropolitan areas — continues to rise, while new construction starts and pending home sales are increasing… All in all, it seems that housing is finally back in the U.S.A. So why exactly is lumber in the dumps?

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Protest lawsuit bill advances

The Register-Guard
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Two bills designed to curb protests by environmental activists who interfere with logging in state forests appear headed to opposite fates this legislative session. On a 25-3 vote, the Oregon Senate on Monday approved House Bill 2596, which clarifies that private companies contracted to log or otherwise manage state forestland can sue activists for financial damages related to any work disruption or equipment sabotage caused by such protests. Under current law, civil lawsuits can and have been filed against protesters, but backers say the explicit “cause of action” created by HB 2596 would put that recourse on firmer legal ground.

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Senate passes bill allowing forest contractors to sue environmental activists

The Oregonian
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A bill aimed at environmental activists who interfere with logging in state forests. Senators approved House Bill 2596, which would allow private contractors with the Oregon Department of Forestry to sue environmental protestors for the cost of damaged equipment, employee wages, attorney fees and similar costs. The Senate version of the bill sets the statute of limitations at two years instead of six years. The House, which approved its version of the bill in April, must now approve the change.

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Wood pulp and paper: Water reuse drives Chinese paper mill

Filtration + Separation
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

One of the largest wood pulp and paper mills in the world has water conservation at the heart of its operations. Extensive filtration and separation techniques are allowing Asia Pulp & Paper Hainan Jinhai to produce 900,000 tonnes of paper per year in a sustainable environment. Asia Pulp & Paper Hainan Jinhai is home to one of the world’s largest single line pulp mills and the largest paper machine in the world. With an annual production capacity of 1 million tonnes of pulp and 900,000 tonnes of fine paper, APP Hainan Jinhai is a paper making facility on an unprecedented scale.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Carbon Fiber 2013 conferences gearing up for Oak Ridge location

High Performance Composites
June 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, reports that it has begun preparations for the Carbon Fiber 2013 conference, Dec. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., USA, near the Oak Ridge National Labs. 

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The Wise Use of Wood

Forest Industry Network
June 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The use of forest products in the United States now supports well over 1 million direct jobs and contributes more than $100 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Wood products including small diameter trees and dead trees, obtained through sustainable forestry practices and used in green building applications promote a healthy environment and strong economy. This process returns revenue to land managers to treat ecosystems devastated by fire, insects, pathogens or invasive species and provides sustainable homes for us all. So, what’s happening at the USDA in this regard?

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New building using ‘green’ technology

Bismarck Tribune
June 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A local software company is using “green” technology to build the new home of its technology-based business. The owners of Affinity Global Solutions, Trish and Brent Levinson, are building the 21,000-square-foot, two- story Levinson Technology and Business Center. The center is being erected using insulated concrete forms. Brent Levinson said the ICF walls are put together 5 or 6 feet at a time. The concrete forms resemble cinder blocks but are made of wood composite and cement. The wood-based forms are stacked together and hold the concrete in place during curing.

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Trade Mission Highlights Growing Prospects for Ag Products in Turkey

USDA.gov (press release)
June 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

With its rapidly developing economy and expanding middle class, Turkey has become an important market for U.S. food and agricultural products over the past decade. It’s also the destination of the latest USDA agricultural trade mission from June 10-14 as Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse leads a U.S. delegation to promote U.S. agricultural exports. U.S. forestry exports to Turkey help support the country’s furniture production sector. In fiscal year 2012, these exports increased a staggering 80 percent compared to the previous year – a demonstrated example of the potential for U.S. forestry companies in the Turkish market.

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Forestry

Whitebark pine trees: Is their future at risk?

Science Codex
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

There’s trouble ahead for the whitebark pine, a mountain tree that’s integral to wildlife and water resources in the western United States and Canada. Over the last decade, some populations of whitebark pines have declined by more than 90 percent. But these declines may be just the beginning. New research results, supported by the National Science Foundation and published today in the Journal of Ecology, suggest that as pine stands are increasingly fragmented by widespread tree death, surviving trees may be hindered in their ability to produce their usually abundant seeds.

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Infection And Death Of Trees Linked To Rise In Cardiovascular And Respiratory Deaths; How Are They Connected?

A spike in yearly human deaths can be attributed to the mass death of trees from an insect invasion.
Medical Daily
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

We rely on trees for the air we breathe and the food we eat. Through the act of photosynthesis, trees take carbon dioxide out of the air and filter out pollution, giving us clean oxygen by using only sunlight and water. We know that forests are vital for the health and habitats of other animals on the planet, and act to protect forests as far away as Indonesia and the Amazon to maintain biodiversity. But a new report shows that humans may be linked to trees more directly than previously thought.

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Spray program hits spruce budworm larvae

www.kamloopsnews.ca
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Aerial spraying is set to begin to control western spruce budworm around Kamloops and Merritt, considered the worst infestation in the southern Interior. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to treat 46,800 hectares in the region over the course of the next week, starting Wednesday. Weather permitting, the biological agent Foray 48B will be applied by helicopter.
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Northwest forest fire threat may ease with rain Thunder Bay

Forest fire hazard remains high in far north, Ministry of Natural Resources reports
CBC News
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A total of 28 new fires — mainly sparked by lightning — kept crews and water bombers busy in the northwest over the weekend, the Ministry of Natural Resources reports. Most of the fires were reported to be in the Sioux Lookout district, with others in the Nipigon and Thunder Bay districts. One fire being closely watched is a 1,500-hectare fire about 35 km away from Nibinamik First Nation (Summer Beaver).

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Lightning strikes cause new forest fires

SooToday.com
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

Six new fires were confirmed in the Northeast Region since the last report was issued. Two fires caused by lightning in the Cochrane District are being observed. Cochrane fire numbers 3 and 4 are 60.0 and 2.5 hectares in size respectively. 

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WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources Hosts Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy

WBOY-TV
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

MORGANTOWN – More than 150 firefighters from 10 different states are in Morgantown this week. Each one is learning new techniques and wild land fire fighting skills. The Wildlife Academy offers a number of courses in essential firefighting skills. Including a course about investigation.

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Reforesting: Crews plant new lodgepole seedlings in burned area near Gird Point Lookout

The Missoulian
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… This same crew has spent the past month working along the mountainsides above Laird, South St. Clair and Rye creeks to reforest 1,548 acres that burned over in 2011. This 60-acre plot is their final assignment for this year on the Bitterroot National Forest. When they pulled up stakes to travel to Superior for their next job, they left behind something close to 346,000 seedlings carefully planted in sheltered places where their chance of survival was almost guaranteed.

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Wet weather creates tree fungus concerns

KARE
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS – This year the ash trees in Minnesota are battling more than just the emerald ash borer. The wet weather has caused an overabundance of the fungus anthracnose. It’s most common with ash trees, but can also be found on oak and maple trees. Tree experts tell KARE 11 homeowners have been calling them after finding fallen leaves in their yard in June.

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Indonesia will burn illegal logs to support its verification system

Clean Biz Asia
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Indonesian Government has tabled legislation to eliminate the practice of auctioning off logs that have been seized from illegal logging operations in order to reinforce the integrity of its new certification system. Currently shipments of illegal logs seized by Indonesian authorities are usually sold through local timber brokers who can offer them to the industries in need of the logs. However, this has led to accusations that brokers are using this arrangement to launder more illegal logs.

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India losing 135 hectares forest daily: RTI

Times of India
June 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BANGALORE: Ever wondered why the country is fast losing its forest cover? The simple answer is that large tracts of forest land are being handed over to public and private agencies in the name of development projects… the extent of forest land being diverted across the country on an average stands at 135 hectares (around 333 acres) per day. Such diversions are done on various pretexts, say for coal mines, thermal power plants, industrial or river valley projects. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

REA: don’t confuse biomass with ‘bad forestry’

Renewable Energy Focus
June 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

Environmentalists are trying to block the expansion of a transatlantic trade bringing American wood to burn in European power stations, said BBC News last week. Yet UK-based biomass supporters say the problem lies with bad forestry practices and not biomass-derived energy. Millions of tonnes of wood pellets produced in US swamp forests are being shipped to Europe to be burned in wood-fired power stations, according to a BBC report broadcast. The burgeoning trade in US waste wood is being driven by a spate of conversions of coal-fired plants to wood-fired plants in the scramble to meet the EU’s looming renewable energy targets.

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