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Daily Archives: June 19, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Scientists: Timber in Lake Michigan centuries old

Associated Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

FAIRPORT, Mich. — A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th century.  Expedition leaders still weren’t ready to declare they had found a
shipwreck or the long-lost Griffin.

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Business & Politics

US Real Estate Prices Climb

Net Newsledger
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – US real estate prices are climbing. The news can impact soft market prices for softwood lumber in Canada and Northwestern Ontario. Higher prices are an economic indicator of demand exceeding supply. If the housing starts in the United States climb, the market for softwood lumber in Canada will increase. Real estate brokerage Redfin has released its Real-Time Home Price Tracker, posting gains in both prices and sales volume across 19 major U.S. markets in May.

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Weyerhaeuser Company, Rayonier Inc: The Effects of an Improving Housing Market

The Motley Fool
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The housing market has been improving recently. The low interest rates set by the Fed to stimulate the economy and the declining unemployment rate have positively influenced the housing market. The demand for new homes is strong. According to several construction companies, there was a rise in new homes orders in the first quarter of 2013. Houses in the United States are mainly built from wood. Further, S&P expects an increase in home starts of 35% in 2013. I believe that a strong demand for wood is imminent, and it will push commodity prices higher.

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Senate panel OKs renewal of timber county funding

Associated Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A U. S. Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed legislation to extend federal subsidies for timber counties one more year, and to protect more wilderness and wild rivers in Oregon. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the two bills are part of his effort to solve the funding crisis for Oregon timber counties, which are struggling to finance law enforcement, and other services, in the wake of expired subsidies and voter reluctance to increase taxes. Still to come is some way to increase timber harvests on what are known as the O&C lands in Western Oregon as a permanent funding solution for the counties.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Could high-rises be built of wood?

Globe and Mail
June 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At FPInnovations, Canada’s forestry research institute, it isn’t a tall tale to map out a future where high-rises are made from a new generation of durable wood. Employees at the forest products centre’s Vancouver laboratory are putting cross-laminated timber (CLT) through a battery of tests. FPInnovations researchers believe that Canada is poised to enter a new construction era featuring engineered wood products.

Video: Building the case for larger and taller wood structures from The Global and Mail

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Prairie Pulp & Paper gets foothold in U.S.

Brandon Sun
June 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

THEY call it Step Forward Paper and the Winnipeg company that developed it has made another such advancement today with the news its wheat-straw paper will be available at Staples stores and online in the U.S. After about 15 years of research and development, the company run by Winnipeg environmental entrepreneur Jeff Golfman, is in what he refers to as “explosive growth” phase. In anticipation of today’s Staples U.S. launch, Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. has shipped its 80 per cent wheat straw/20 per cent recycled wood fibre paper into 16 Staples warehouses across North America.

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Green Globes building certification system releases Anti-LEED Screed

Treehugger
June 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Globes certification system has been on a roll as of late, with the plastics and lumber industries peddling it as an alternative to the LEED system which apparently will put American lumberjacks out of work and ban plastic. At BuildingGreen, Paula Melton tries to have a look at their new standard, but can’t, because she says “despite repeated requests, I have not been allowed to view the rating system myself or to interview anyone involved in its creation.”

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Putnam, Counterparts in Southern States Call for Changes

Holmes County Times Advertiser
June 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and agriculture department leaders from other southern states signed a resolution last week requesting the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize sustainable timber programs in order to allow more southern timber to be used in environmentally friendly building projects across the country. “Forests in Florida and other southern states support jobs and generate billions for our economy,” Commissioner Putnam said. “By opening up the process to allow more timber sales for green building projects, we will help our economy at home and put our growers on a level playing field with others across the nation and globe.”

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Forestry

Forest fire situation unpredictable, premier says

Winnipeg Free Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger insists it’s too early and unpredictable to be optimistic about forest fire season in the province despite reduced numbers of blazes to date. “It’s way early in the season,” Selinger said on Tuesday, in a phone interview from Thompson. “It’s been extremely dry in the north even though it’s been extremely wet in the south. And they’re expecting quite dry and hot weather in the next week or two. So it’s too early to be overly optimistic about the amount of fires we’re going to have to fight this year.”

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Forestry on the menu at next Chamber luncheon

Campbell River Courier-Islander
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Thursday, June 27, TimberWest will partner with the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce to host a luncheon for the local business community. This event is an opportunity to engage business leaders and highlight the impact TimberWest, as well as the forestry industry, has on our local economy. Brian Frank, President and CEO of TimberWest, will talk about sustainable forest management and its role in creating direct and indirect jobs for families across Vancouver Island.

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Arrow innovative forestry harvest levels increased

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NELSON – Five companies in an innovative forestry practices agreement have had their combined allowable annual cut raised by 22,000 cubic metres per year, a 6.3 per cent increase effective Jan. 1, 2012, until Dec. 31, 2015. The regional executive director awarded the increase after reviewing their application, forestry plan, timber supply analysis, and considering public and First Nations input. Updated inventory work was the primary forest practice that supported the increase.

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Board to audit forestry activities on Sunshine Coast

BC Forest Practices Board
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Western Forest Products Inc. near Powell River the week of June 24. The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, fire prevention and associated planning activities carried out by Western Forest Products on Block 1 of tree farm licence 39 over the past year. Block 1 is located north of Malaspina Straight, south of Toba Inlet, east of Desolation Sound, and west of Jervis Inlet.

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Coming Together for Land Management

250 News
June 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Some will say, this type of conference is long overdue. It’s a two day session of talking about how different projects can work with communities, whether municipal or First Nations, in planning a strategy for cooperation in land management, and it’s taking place in Prince George. Today and tomorrow, stakeholders will gather at the Prince George Civic Centre to discuss the opportunities presented by “Coming Together” and developing a cooperative approach to land management.

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Crews head for Alaska to help fight forest fires

Kamloops Daily News
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. is sending a tanker group and two crews to Alaska to help fight forest fires. The tanker group, made up of two air tankers and one birddog plane, is headed for Palmer. The three-person rappel crews were deployed to Tok. Crews may be away for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time if needed in B.C. This is the second out-of-province deployment this year made through the Northwest Compact Agreement, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Court decision could prompt talks over ancient First Nations treaty, says lawyer

The Canadian Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court decision over land use on Vancouver Island could force the provincial and federal governments to implement a treaty first negotiated by the Crown more than 160 years ago, says a lawyer for a First Nation. In a decision posted online Tuesday, Justice Gordon Weatherill refused to reverse a decision by the provincial government, allowing Western Forest Products Inc. to remove 14,000 hectares land from a tree-farm licence on the island’s northern tip.

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Wildfire burning south of Dawson City

100-hectare blaze being stoked by dry, windy conditions
CBC News
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large wildfire is burning 50 kilometres south of Dawson City, Yukon, near the mouth of the 60 Mile River. Fire officials believe a lightning strike sparked it. On Monday night, they estimated the blaze was 100 hectares in size and active due to dry and windy conditions. Officials say it is visible from West Dawson, the Top of the World Highway and the Dome. Wildland Fire duty officer Lorne Harris says five cabins and a small mining camp have been identified in the area.

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Provincial topographical base maps go mobile

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Recreationalists and resource professionals looking for an easier way to explore B.C.’s wilderness can now leave their fold-out maps at home. GeoBC has created a series of free, high-resolution topographical maps specifically designed for viewing on mobile devices. GeoBC’s popular Terrain Resource Information Management (TRIM) base map series has been redesigned to enable the GPS georeferencing functionality associated with mobile devices and allow users to zoom into small areas of the new maps without compromising detail.

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Developing Ontario’s Forestry Sector in the Far North

Government of Ontario News
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pikangikum has been issued a Sustainable Forest Licence for the Whitefeather Forest — the only SFL granted to a First Nation community in the Far North. Through this agreement, Ontario and Pikangikum First Nation will work together to develop the forestry sector, create jobs and boost the local economy. Under the terms of the licence, Whitefeather Forest Community Resource Management Authority will be responsible for implementing a Forest Management Plan, which includes strategies for harvesting and building access roads, monitoring and reporting on compliance, as well as sustainably managing area trees, plants, animal life, water, air, and soil.

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Officials: Unattended campfire caused Calif. fire

The Associated Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MARIPOSA, Calif. — An unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park grew into a blaze that led to the evacuations of 1,500 people from 800 homes, but nearly half were allowed to return as firefighters gained ground late Tuesday. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials released the cause of the fire Tuesday, as 2,200 firefighters – up from more than 700 Monday – worked to gain the upper hand on it amid windy, dry conditions. No other details were available about where the fire started, spokeswoman Karen Guillemin said.

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Natural resource jobs depend on rail transit

The Missoulian
June 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We’ve seen a lot of hand-wringing over coal trains lately. But frankly, railroads are an essential part of Montana’s growth, more now than probably since the first tracks were laid in the state more than 100 years ago. Whether coal trains, grain trains, lumber trains, or oil trains – it’s all good for Montana. It’s a sign that more people are working, more wealth is being created, our economy is strengthening and our tax base is expanding.

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Forest Service sprays Lake Como campground trees against pine beetles

NBC Montana
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY, Mont. – The Forest Service is spraying mature pine trees with insecticide at Lake Como campgrounds on the Bitterroot National Forest, north of Darby. It’s an effort to prevent Mountain Pine Beetles kills. The service sprayed Carbaryl on these same trees two years ago, and they remain healthy. The chemical is almost 100% effective. But it wears off after a couple years. About 1,200 trees at Como and 600 in other campgrounds are getting a second dose. Spray crews aim their spray nozzles as high as they can, and brush all the way down till the trunk is soaked. 

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Why Colorado’s Black Forest wildfire is now being called a crime scene

Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After two deaths and at least 500 lost homes, local officials are calling Colorado’s Black Forest wildfire not just the most destructive fire in state history, but also the site of a criminal investigation. The return of residents to their homes is being tightly controlled as a result, The Denver Post reports, to preserve as much evidence as possible. “This is a crime scene until proven otherwise,” El Pasco County Sheriff Terry Maketa said at a press conference Monday.

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Wyoming dries out, wildfire likelihood increases

Associated Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHEYENNE — The likelihood of large wildfires is increasing in Wyoming with the dry weather much of the state has seen over the past month or so. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly all of Wyoming experiencing moderate to extreme drought. Parts of Wyoming that got above-average snowfall in April have been abnormally dry ever since. Medicine Bow National Forest in southeast Wyoming is getting drier now that the weather has warmed up.

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Call for forest handout transparency

ABC News, Australia
June 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government is under pressure to say how it will hand out Tasmania’s $100 million regional development fund. The Greens want more detail about how the money from the forest peace deal will be spent over the next four years. Earlier this month, Federal Labor MP Geoff Lyons said the Government had already decided to fund some projects. Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says he fears the process is being rushed.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BIOMASS, a Satellite to Monitor World’s Forests, Set for 2020 Launch

University of Virginia
June 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

The European Space Agency is set to develop a new Earth-observing satellite that will map and monitor global forests, providing an unprecedented level of detail and understanding to the role forests play in the global carbon cycle and potential climate change. Hank Shugart, W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, served on the scientific advisory committee that ultimately convinced the space agency to fund and develop the nearly $525 million satellite.

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Q+A: Can the REDD+ climate change program produce measurable results in the next three years?

Reuters AlertNet
June 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Policymakers must see REDD+ achieving measurable results in the next three years to ensure the UN-backed framework for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation survives, according to a leading forestry scientist. Although still in early stages, the program has been driving global climate change policy debates and national forest policy revisions since 2008. Yet it faces funding threats from global economic uncertainty caused by the financial crisis.

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Potential for bioenergy from Tasmanian forests

ABC News, Australia
June 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A five month study has found millions of dollars in potential bioenergy could be generated by using waste from Tasmanian forests. Professor Andreas Rothe from the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan in Germany has spent most of this year looking at the potential to generate heat and electricity from wood waste and low quality eucalypts. He found that more than 3 million tonnes of biomass could be sourced for bioenergy from native forests and plantations in Tasmania, and the bulk of it from private land.

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