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Daily Archives: June 21, 2013

Business & Politics

FPAC’s Vision 2010

Farm Focus
June 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The 100-year-old organization’s Vision 2020 includes the creation of 60,000 forestry-related jobs over the next seven years. Lindsay is very optimistic. He said annual revenues from Canadian forest products were close to $57 billion despite the drop in lumber sales (from 80% to 63%) to the United States. But the FPAC vision has skeptics. Ken Hardie told the Daily Gleaner that private woodlot owners’ revenue has decreased by $73 million over the last eight years.

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Taiga Building Products swings to Q4 profit of $365K

Canadian Press
June 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNABY, B.C. – Taiga Building Products Ltd. has cited higher commodity prices and strong sales in the United States for a big improvement in both fourth-quarter and full-year results. However, the B.C.-based distributor of building products said it has decided to cancel the first-instalment of its semi-annual dividend, citing the need to support high levels of working capital as a result of higher commodity prices. It said a decision regarding the second instalment payment will be announced in early January 2014.

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Stop log exports to create Oregon jobs

Letter by Gary Forner
Statesman Journal
June 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In his June 9 letter, Joel Baker suggested that Oregon wood should help rebuild homes and storm shelters in Oklahoma. That is very worthy. However, I have a suggestion that would help preserve our “precious birds.” I suggest that instead of exporting logs to Asia, we keep more of our logs in Oregon and process the logs here. This would also generate more precious jobs for Oregonians.

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IP Sawmill to reopen under new ownership

Tidewater News
June 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ISLE OF WIGHT—Franklin Lumber, LLC is reopening the sawmill at International Paper. Governor Bob McDonnell’s office made the announcement yesterday afternoon that the former IP sawmill, closed since 2009, was purchased by the new company started by former sawmill employees Terry Godwin and Perk Taylor.  Franklin Lumber is expected to create 72 jobs when the facility reopens, with the possibility of more in the future if a second shift is added
and if market conditions allow. Operations are expected to begin at the
end of this year.

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Columbia Forest Products Introduces New Corporate Brand Identity

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Greensboro, NC — Columbia Forest Products, North America’s longstanding leader in the hardwood plywood and veneer industry, unveiled a new corporate brand identity today, during a ceremony to dedicate a new core veneer production facility in Boardman, Oregon. The new branding initiative, which includes a mission statement, logo and tagline, emphasizes Columbia Forest Products’ unique position in the North American hardwood market as a sustainably-geared product and process innovation leader.

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NSW woodchippers at risk after Boral exits

The Sydney Morning Herald
June 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of the woodchipping industry in NSW is in doubt, following a decision by timber company Boral to sell its export arm and wood processing plant. Decades of native forest woodchip exports from Newcastle to Japan now seem set to come to an end. “Boral will exit the residue and woodchip export business and sell the associated processing plant and equipment based at Tea Gardens and at the Port of Newcastle, in NSW,” the company said.

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Sawmills in Sweden and Finland expanded shipments of lumber outside Europe

IHB
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Lumber exports from the Nordic countries have changed quite dramatically in recent years. The European market has become relatively less important than it has been in the past, according to the WRQ. Just five years ago, sawmills in Finland and Sweden exported as much as 73 percent of their total export lumber volumes to countries within Europe. By 2012, this share had fallen to 57 percent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Historic Tall Ship to be Built in Sausalito with 100% Forest Stewardship Council Certified Lumber from Northern California and Oregon

PRNewswire
June 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SAUSALITO, Calif. — A $5 million historic sailing brigantine currently under construction in Sausalito has officially entered the process of earning Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) project certification to demonstrate that it will be constructed from timber produced with responsible forestry practices. The nonprofit group behind the project, Educational Tall Ship for San Francisco Bay, selected Emeryville-based SCS Global Services, a leading FSC certifier worldwide, to conduct the independent assessment proving that only FSC certified lumber is used in the hull, decks and cabins.

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Why they hate LEED in Georgia

Treehugger
June 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

They grow a lot of pine trees in the State of Georgia, mostly for pulpwood. Not much of it is FSC certified; the Forest Stewardship Council permits plantations under its Principle 10, but “promotes the restoration and conservation of natural forests.” and tries to limit clear-cutting ” to ensure that forest managers provide adequate habitat for species associated with large trees or decaying trees and dead wood. The expectation applies to all stands, silvicultural systems, and harvest objectives.”

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House passes green-building bill

Charlotte Observer
June 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH A bill regulating environmentally friendly public construction projects that initially sparked opposition from steelmaker Nucor was approved by the House on Thursday after changes that satisfied the Charlotte company. The measure allows major construction projects to use building rating systems like the one offered by the U.S. Green Building Council as long as the program promotes building materials, including steel and wood, produced in the state.

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Forestry

Firefighters battling blaze north of Whitehorse

CBC.ca
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters are returning today to battle a blaze 55 kilometres north of Whitehorse, near Lake Laberge. “It’s not posing any threat right now to any values,” said Yukon Wildland Fire official George Maratos. “But it is highly visible given its location, very visible from the community of Lake Laberge, from the campground and surrounding areas.” Forest fire monitors first noticed the 20-hectare wildfire Wednesday evening. Firefighters, air tankers and several helicopters were sent in last night in an attempt to bring it under control. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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RDDFG Presses Forward With Community Forest Licence Application

250 News
June 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The Regional District of Fraser Fort George is moving forward with plans to work with the Lheidli T’enneh and the Cattlemen’s Association to achieve a community forest license. Originally, the plan had been to have an agreement that would see the RDFFG and Lheidli T’enneh being partners with the City of Prince George as the City moved to expand its community forest license. The City withdrew when it became clear stakeholders in the agricultural sector had trust issues with the City of Prince George being involved.

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Saanich aims to stem loss of tree canopy

Victoria News
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the amount of tree canopy cover in Saanich eroding, the municipality is looking to toughen up its existing tree preservation bylaw in hopes of protecting what’s left of the urban forest. The changes include adding more species – grand fir and big leaf maple – to Saanich’s list of protected trees, and reducing the size threshold for cutting to put even more protections on seedlings and young trees on private property.

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Land claim dispute divides Atikamekw

Montreal Gazette
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ottawa resigned in frustration this week after a bitter round of land claim negotiations with the provincial and federal governments began turning Atikamekw communities against one another. The Atikamekw National Council—which encompasses three reserves and about 7,000 band members in the Haute Mauricie region—has been at the negotiating table for nearly 34 years with little to show for it. The claim spans 62,000 square kilometres through Quebec’s boreal forest and much of that territory is being harvested by pulp and paper giant Kruger.

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Environmentally-friendly Forests? Well, Just on Paper

Huffington Post
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Consumers are increasingly seeking sustainable, environmentally-friendly products, including wood and paper products. In fact, many consumers are willing to pay more for eco-labeled goods that come from “well-managed forests.” Often times, that eco-label means that the wood was certified to have met the standards set by one particular international forestry certification organization, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). While that is true that the wood is certified, the reality is that not all FSC-certified wood meets the same standards.

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Forest Scientists Meet With Treesitters

Eugene Weekly
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The White Castle pilot project is an unusual kind of logging proposal and it’s led to an unusual forest defender vs. forest scientist dynamic. When forestry professor Norm Johnson of OSU, who created the project along with Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington, found out that the Cascadia Forest Defenders had taken to the trees last week to stop the proposed logging, he decided he would head out to the site near Roseburg and talk to the protesters. He went to Berkeley in the ’60s, he says, where, “If you weren’t protesting, then you weren’t awake.”

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Protective coating Crew begins spraying Carbaryl on trees at Lake Como

Ravalli Republic
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE COMO — The guys who work for Monture Creek Land Management, the company that’s been contracted by the Bitterroot National Forest to spray insecticide at popular campgrounds this summer in an effort to combat pine beetle infestations, get going at 3:30 a.m. and are drenched in sweat by about 7 a.m. on a typical workday. Covered head to toe in protective plastic suits and respirator masks, the crews race from tree to tree while hauling hoses and spray guns.

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Ash tree devastation up dramatically in Lorain, Erie counties as emerald ash borer moves east

NewsNet5.com
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio – As you drive west on Interstate 90 into Lorain County, you can the tree devastation. Thousands of leafless, dead and rotting ash trees in the woods and backyards stand out against lush green pines and thriving oaks. The emerald ash borers that cause all of the destruction recently showed up in Akron and Canton. But while trees are starting to show signs of stress and thinning leaves in those areas, entire swaths of ash trees are being wiped out by the acre in Lorain and Erie counties.

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Forestry Officials: Cicadas Damaging Trees In Virginia

Associated Press
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia forestry officials are reporting widespread damage to oaks and other trees from this year’s arrival of cicadas. The Virginia Department of Forestry says the damage is the result of cicada females laying eggs in the thin-barked outer branches of trees and shrubs. The females slice into the branch, then deposit up to 80 eggs. Forest health specialist Chris Asaro said a single female can create about 30 nests, laying as many as 600 eggs.

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Hotspots expose gaps in Indonesia’s forest moratorium

eco-business.com
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Half the fire hotspots that are causing the severe haze in Singapore and Malaysia are in areas that should be protected by Indonesia’s forest moratorium, said Greenpeace International on Thursday. The environmental NGO said in a statement that half the hotspots detected between June 11 to 18 are in areas meant to be protected. This information comes after Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono extended the country’s forest moratorium last month, which aims to prevent new clearing of primary forests and peat lands for another two years.

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Tas forestry ‘fraud’ needs probe: report

Sydney Morning Herald
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Senate inquiry has called for a full investigation into allegations a $45 million scheme to help downsize the Tasmanian forestry industry has been rorted. Claims have been made that some logging contractors accepted up to $3 million of government money to exit the sector, only to continue their businesses through loopholes. They included the passing on of assets to relatives. The scheme was implemented in 2011 as part of Tasmania’s forestry peace process, which came about when former timber giant Gunns quit native forest harvesting.

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Government clawback from sell-off of Coillte harvesting rights too low to justify deal

Irish Times
June 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The return to the State from the sell-off of Coillte’s harvesting rights would have been far too low to justify it going ahead, a source close to the process has said. A figure of €700 million was advanced as the amount that might be realised in a sell-off but the source said the actual amount was considerably lower than that. As part of the deal with the troika, half of the proceeds raised from State assets would have been allowed to fund job-stimulus programmes.

Coillte decision met with ‘delight’ and ‘relief’ from The Irish Times
Government shelves plan to sell Coillte harvesting rights from the Irish Times

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Singapore smog hits ‘hazardous’ high as governments spar over raging forest fires

Bloomberg News
June 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


Singapore’s smog reached hazardous levels and is set to persist as forest fires rage on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with the nations’ governments bickering over responsibility for the haze. …The spat is the latest between the two neighbours, which regularly flares up over haze. The Malay Peninsula has been plagued for decades by forest fires in Sumatra to the west and Kalimantan on Borneo island to the east.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The future of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation

Revelstoke Times Review
June 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

High up the Key Forest Service Road, a cut block is dotted with pink flags. The flags mark all the trees planted on a block planted by the Kalamalka Forest Research Station for a study they are conducting on the impact of climate change on forestry. There are a number of species planted on the cut block – some of which are native to the area, others that are from elsewhere in B.C. The aim is to see how different trees will grow as the climate changes.

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US Forest Service awards nearly $2.5M for renewable energy projects

Federal grants support the development of clean renewable energy, help reduce the risk of wildfire and provide economic opportunities to rural communities
USDA Forest Service
June 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 –U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced the award of nearly $2.5 million in grants to 10 small businesses and community groups for wood-to-energy projects that will help expand regional economies and create new jobs. …The projects will use woody material removed from forests during projects such as wildfire prevention and beetle-killed trees, and process woody biomass in bioenergy facilities to produce green energy for heating and electricity.

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Need carbon credits? An entire forest is up for grabs

Portland Business Journal
June 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A commercial tree farm near Prineville is being marketed as a possible carbon sink.  Ochoco Lumber Co. is selling its 32,475-acre Foley Butte Block ponderosa pine farm in a sealed bid auction. The published reserve price is $18.5 million, or about $565 an acre. …Realty Marketing NW, which is handling the auction of Foley Butte, is marketing the property as an “exceptional carbon sequestration opportunity” for an owner working in partnership with a conservation organization.

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REDD+ emissions verification could lead to results-based aid financing

Forests Blog
June 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BONN, Germany – Concerns among developing countries about REDD+ “aid conditionality” — development aid payouts made based on achieving certain greenhouse gas  emissions reductions — are creating a barrier in international climate negotiations, a new report states. A REDD+ Effectiveness Assessment should be established to verify emission reductions at a national level, so that targets are transparent and measurable, said Michael Dutschke, director of biocarbon consult, an international network for landscape management, climate and biodiversity, in his recent paper “Key issues in REDD+ verification”.

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