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Daily Archives: June 14, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Happy National Skunk Day!

June 14, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Today is Skunk Day! What does that mean to you? 

No story here – just this picture to cheer your day!

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Business & Politics

Stock to Watch: Norbord still offers good way to play US housing rally

Globe and Mail
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Shares of the wood panel manufacturer have soared nearly 185 per cent over the past year as oriented strand board (OSB) prices have climbed higher on the back of a U.S. housing recovery… Norbord, which was removed from the S&P/TSX composite index in 2008 after its stock took a beating, could have a near-term pop if it gets invited back when the benchmark is rebalanced for the end of the second quarter, says John Stephenson, a portfolio manager with First Asset Investment Management Inc.

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Catalyst adds Ascent to expand its range of lightweight coated papers for printers, publishers, advertisers

PR Newswire
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper is reaching higher to expand an already broad mechanical printing product range with the addition of Ascent, a coated three paper. Made at the Port Alberni mill on the only coated mechanical paper machine in Western North America, Ascent went from idea to market in the space of a few short months. “Our product development team brought tremendous cross-disciplinary expertise to the initiative, along with the understanding that a new product had to be hands down excellent to meet the quality expectations of customers when there is so much choice in the marketplace,” said Tom Crowley, senior vice-president, sales and marketing.

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WorksafeBC staying on top of dust issue at wood plants

By Frank Peebles
Prince George Citizen
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has issued almost 800 dust-related orders to sawmills and wood manufacturing facilities since the destruction and deaths resulting from last year’s explosions at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in Prince George. There are 15 of these orders that have not yet been complied with, but WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Megan Johnston said that does not mean the companies are refusing to do the work… Contractor availability, equipment installation and renovations were holding up some of the outstanding orders… Although sawdust has not been definitively linked to the Babine and Lakeland events, WorkSafeBC made a permanent precautionary order that all sawmills adhere to new, stricter cleanup policies. 

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Funding announced for Deer Lake wood treatment company

The Western Star
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DEER LAKE A pressure-treated wood facility in Deer Lake received $250,000 from the province. The announcement was made by Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Keith Hutchings Wednesday. Goodfellow Inc. will use the extra funding to reduce turnaround time and potentially bring in more personnel over the next few months according to the minister.

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Neptune drops contract protest, presses ahead with other business

KPAX-TV
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – Neptune Aviation is dropping its protest of the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to exclude the Missoula-based company from contracts for “next-generation” tankers to fight wildfires. But the firm is still actively pursuing other business, and bringing its own jet tankers online. A few weeks ago, Neptune Aviation found itself on the “outside looking in” when the Forest Service finally issued contracts for the so-called “next gen” fire tankers, selecting several other firms, including one Canadian-based company, to provide the jet-powered planes.

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ReEnergy achieves Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification

Bangor Daily News
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine – ReEnergy Holdings, the owner of four biomass-to-energy facilities in Maine, announced today that it has achieved certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard, which verifies that its biomass procurement program promotes land stewardship and responsible forestry practices. ReEnergy is the first company solely devoted to electricity production to be certified to the SFI Standard, according to the company’s press release.

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Gunns woodchip mill reopens

The Border Mail
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Failed timber giant Gunns is once again exporting woodchips with plans to ramp up production to a million tonnes a year and keep the pulp mill plan alive. Gunns receiver Bryan Webster, from KordaMentha, said yesterday the Gunns woodchip mill at Long Reach was back in business, after stopping production in 2011.

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Stora Enso to Invest Approximately EUR 32 Million in Continued Development nd Streamlining of Skoghall Mill

MENAFN.COM
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

HELSINKI, Finland, Stora Enso is investing approximately EUR 32 million in Skoghall Mill in Sweden. The investment primarily pertains to rebuilding of a fibre line in the sulphate pulp mill and its chemical recovery operations, thereby increasing the mill’s pulp production capacity by 45 000 tonnes per year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

A city of lumber at Pier 21

The Chronicle Herald
June 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 has hosted a wide variety of exhibits over the years that highlighted the Canadian story. But never anything quite like this. …Large beams of lumber come together to make miniature skylines throughout the gallery for the latest exhibit called ‘Migrating Landscapes.’ The landscapes are built with lumber to represent the natural resources of Canada and to show its inherent novelty Bouchard said. The powerful smell and scope of the lumber is almost overwhelming as you enter the gallery, something not lost on the designer.

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The Reincarnation of a Bat

ESPN Video
June 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A tree in Pennslyvania leaves the woods and makes its journey to the majors.

Although this video was produced in April, we thought it was interesting, especially to those in the value-added sector. Great visuals.
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Tall wood: 34 storey skyscraper proposed for Stockholm

Treehugger (blog)
June 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood construction is all the rage these days, and for good reason; wood is renewable and it stores carbon. New technologies like Cross-Laminated Timber have busted the traditional limits on height. Now architects and engineers are pushing that height limit; Berg | C.F. Møller Architects and Dinell Johansson have proposed a 34 storey tower for Stockholm, their entry in a limited competition for an “ultra-modern residential high-rise building.”

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Forestry

Massive Alberta waste water spill will kill plants, says ecologist

CBC.ca
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A massive waste water spill from a pipeline in northern Alberta will kill plants and trees, says an Alberta ecologist. Suzanne Bayley, a professor emeritus with the University of Alberta who specializes in wetlands ecology, says the salt in the water will kill vegetation. “It’s going to be a big dead-looking area for quite a while, I mean certainly through this year and next,” she said.

Alberta First Nation says waste water from pipeline spill already killing trees from the Canadian Press

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The Growers of Woods

Experience the pains, joys, and odd romance of a tree planter’s life in the slash. A photo essay.
TheTyee.ca
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anyone who’s spent more than a few weeks in caulk boots has run into it: the romance of the woods. It’s particularly fierce in the early spring, after a long winter of no money and physical inactivity. Whether you’re a logger, forester, or tree planter, there’s something exciting about “getting back at ‘er.” Even my daughter, who’d happily thrown her planting bags into my shed after a challenging rookie year, admitted to looking forward to it.

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Forestry centre project on a roll

Squamish Chief
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Squamish is one step closer to having a home for its logging history. Earlier this month, District of Squamish officials passed a motion granting the Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society a lease on land adjacent to Rose Park if it met three conditions. An environmental assessment had to be completed to mitigate potential contamination from the former industrial use, a site plan had to be drafted and any building moved onto the property had to have a traceable history.

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Community forest finds new partner

Prince George Citizen
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The work to expand the region’s Community Forest project is going ahead, despite the City of Prince George’s formal withdrawal from the process. On Thursday, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George approved a letter of intent with the Prince George Cattlemen Association and Lheidli T’enneh to collaborate on a new agreement. …The Community Forests project has addressed the mountain pine beetle infestation and wildfire hazards within the city limits by giving the city harvesting rights on forested Crown land since 2006. In 2009, an expansion was proposed to include the 38,000 hectares outside the city boundaries.

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Vernon Morning Star Forest coop takes root

Vernon Morning Star
June 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A co-operative relationship could open the doors to expanded economic opportunities. The Village of Lumby and the Splatsin First Nation have received approval for a 21,596 cubic metre community forest from the provincial government.“It’s a way of creating a partnership to manage the land,” said Wayne Christian, Splatsin chief… “It will provide fiber (timber) for smaller businesses. Access has always been difficult for them,” said Kevin Acton, Lumby’s mayor.

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Forestry: Canada’s Sustainable Employer

The Greenest Workforce
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Would you like to work for a company that believes in operating in a stewardly manner? Where renewing the forest resource for the future is a key focus? Given today’s socially conscious workforce, it’s no wonder that many of us are thinking about the impact our employers have on the environment and the implications of our career choices. I’m Jeremy Woo, a human resources intern at Tolko Industries. I am proud to work for a Canadian company that is dedicated to renewing its forest resources through scientific application of forestry practices and replanting harvested areas.

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Bitterroot NF beginning mountain pine beetle spraying

KPAX/KAJ Media Center
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HAMILTON – Spraying is about to begin at several popular spots in the Bitterroot National Forest as officials continue to battle the mountain pine beetle in Ravalli County. Forest officials say they’ll be using the insecticide Carbaryl in hopes of protecting trees from the insect. The first sites to be treated will be campgrounds on the West Fork Ranger District and as long as the weather cooperates, the spraying will start Monday. Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay says this is the third year in a row that the forest has applied Carbaryl in the fight against bark beetles.

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Wildfire season opens Friday in central Oregon

OregonLive.com
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire season will officially open in central Oregon on Friday, nearly two weeks earlier than last year. That declaration, by district forester George Ponte, means that starting Friday certain activities will be banned in central Oregon, such as open burning without a permit. Industrial operations will have to be equipped with firefighting equipment, as well.

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Out-of-control Colorado wildfire destroys at least 360 homes, surpasses last year’s record

The Associated Press
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds destroyed at least 360 homes — a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods. The destruction northeast of Colorado Springs on Thursday surpassed last June’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and caused $353 million in insurance claims just 15 miles to the southwest.

Black Forest fire rages in Colorado, stirring up awful memories from the Los Angeles Times

Colo. Springs orders residents of 1,000 homes to evacuate; 1st mandatory evacuations in city. from the Associated Press

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Is it too late to save the Leadbetter’s possum?

Sydney Morning Herald
June 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are big problems to be solved to save Leadbeater’s possum, Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem. And it is good a new group formed by the Napthine Government has been charged with considering some of them. But it is hard not to conclude that to date the state government has been dragging its feet. …The government has moved quicker to bolster the timber industry. Measures are now in front of parliament to allow logging contracts to be signed up to 20 years and give the state-owned timber company VicForests more control over when and where to log. …In short, the fate of Leadbeater’s is becoming a proxy for a broader debate about native timber harvesting in Victoria.

A second story tells the Loggers’ side of the story “Loggers to help save possum

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Do You Know How Much Carbon Can Forests Sequester?

The Green Optimistic (blog)
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

The importance of trees in controlling the global carbon cycle is very often neglected. We keep hearing about extensive deforestation projects, forest fires and cutting of thousand years old trees for the properties of their wood or simply because they are in the way of a big highway construction project. But are we really aware of the influence these trees have on our climate?

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Climate Change- are forest trees adaptive?

NordGen Forest
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Forest trees have survived series of long- and short-term changes in climate in the past, so clearly they are robust and have an extensive adaptive potential. But what are the mechanisms of adaptation, and are these mechanisms sufficient to cope with future climatic changes? The most basic mechanism for adaptation is selection. Generations of trees are genetically shaped by climate and other environmental conditions during the course of time, favouring some genes and discarding others.

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US forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targets

Science Codex
June 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In order to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must change to address environmental sustainability issues. Unless the forestry sector can tailor sustainable forest management policies specifically to forest-to-energy feedstocks, its role in helping the country broaden its energy portfolio – and by extension, meeting ambitious bioenergy targets – may be limited in large part because of uncertainty about whether existing policies can effectively constrain overharvesting, said Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

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Is climate change affecting Colorado wildfires?

National Catholic Reporter
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

… Colorado is seeing a rise in disastrous fires, and according to the United States Department of Agriculture, it isn’t alone. In 2012 wildfires burned a record 9.2 million acres in the U.S and, as a recent report released by the USDA indicates, that number is on the rise due to climate change. The report estimates that within the next 40 years, the acreage burned by wildfires will be at least twice as destructive, burning about 20 million acres nationwide each year. 

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Activists now prepare for climate change instead of stopping it

By Dana Milbank
OregonLive.com
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

… Among climate-change activists, the realization is spreading that the combination of political inaction on greenhouse gases, plentiful new petroleum supplies and accelerating changes in weather patterns means there is no escaping more life-altering floods, droughts and fires. Although ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions could mitigate even worse catastrophe, momentum has shifted in part to preparing for the inevitable consequences of a warmer planet… Among the needed adaptations: flood walls and expanded coastal wetlands, fortified subway systems, buried power lines, houses with detachable foundations, roads rebuilt on higher ground, drought-resistant crops, and changes to hydroelectric facilities and nuclear power-plant cooling systems.

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Maine: An Energy and Economic Analysis

Canada Free Press
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Maine does not have fossil fuel reserves of its own, but it has vast renewable energy potential. Because of its substantial use of wood as fuel, the state has the highest percentage of non-hydroelectric renewable energy use in the country. Maine produces more electricity from burning wood and wood waste than any other state, as these resources provide over a quarter of the state’s electricity. Due to its forest products industry, Maine is the only New England State in which industry is the leading energy-consuming sector, accounting for 34 percent of its energy consumption in 2010.

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