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Daily Archives: June 25, 2013

Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
June 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 21, 2013. Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report.

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Queens Co. chip mill closes its doors

A Brooklyn based chip mill is shutting down, citing a rise of cheap bark flooding the market.
Queens County Advance
June 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The decision means 20 employees are out of work. Great Northern Timber says the decision came because the mill no longer was viable. Part of the reason is because the Brooklyn Power Corporation plant is not running at full capacity. Brooklyn Power informed the company it would no longer require the chips and bark from the chip mill.

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Grenada sawmill reopens after 15-month closure, hiring 120 as lumber demand improves

Associated Press
June 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GRENADA, Mississippi — Hankins Lumber Co. has reopened its sawmill after a 15-month closure, with plans to hire 120 people. President Al Hankins said Monday that an improving housing market and higher demand for lumber means the 41-year-old Grenada company can make money again. “It was difficult to have to close the operation down for any length of time, but with the resurgence of the housing market and the renewed demands for timber products, we believe it now makes economic sense to reinvest in the business,” Hankins said in a statement. “We are eager to hire our employees back and get started.”

Hankins Lumber Company re-opening in Grenada from The MBJ Business Blog

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Indonesian company withdraws from FSC

IHB
June 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Indonesian forestry company Asia Pacific Resources International Limited pulled out of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an eco-labeling initiative for timber and other forest products, says FSC in a recent press release. On 23 May 2013, Greenpeace, WWF Indonesia and the Rainforest Action Network filed a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council about association with the APRIL Group. In accordance with the FSC International Dispute Resolution System, FSC set in motion the process of dealing with the complaint.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden Headphones Offer Sonic and Charitable Appeal

Woodworking Network
June 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…In addition to being philanthropic, LSTN Headphones also have incredible audio quality, attributed to the sleek wooden exterior of the headphones, the company says. LSTN’s team also credits the unique wooden chambers as a huge contributor to the warm and natural sound of LSTN headphones.  LSTN uses only reclaimed wood from scraps discarded by furniture and flooring companies left over from their manufacturing process.

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Paper and Trees?

Dovetail Partners Inc.
June 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Today it is common to promote alternate, often nonrenewable materials under the mantra of “save a tree.” As an example, various organizations as well as producers of competing materials go to great lengths to calculate how many “trees” go into the production of paper and thus can be saved by switching to their material of choice. A relevant question is whether such estimates of “tree equivalents” paint an accurate picture of our choices.

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Other forestry programs deserve ‘green’ recognition

Letter by Kathy Abusow, president & CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
Kennebec Journal
June 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

As you reported (“States Fight Green-Building Leader Over Local Wood,” June 9), a growing number of states are joining the long list of elected officials, forestry experts, conservationists and others who urge the U.S. Green Building Council to promote responsible forestry in North America by opening up the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program to other credible forest certification standards, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the American Tree Farm System.

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Forestry

Winter not so tough on pine beetles

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A mild winter has given the Mountain Pine Beetle an early lead in the continuing battle between them and the pine tree population. A recent value survey conducted by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, with samples coming from the Peace River region, showed that more adult beetles were able to survey the winter, readying themselves for feasting later this summer. “They had moderate to high survival in most areas south of Grande Prairie,” said Forest Health Officer Devin Letourneau.

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Planting trees a growing devotion

The Province
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Planting trees is easier than you think. Just ask Tree City’s David Tracey. His group distributed 500 trees this spring to Vancouver residents eager to help with the city’s Greenest City goals. “We are blessed with this geographic region,” Tracey said over the phone. “It’s great for trees.” Other than doing a little shovelling, the only hard parts to planting a tree, Tracey said, are finding a sunny, well-drained spot to plant and deciding what kind of tree you want.

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Smoke visible in Cassiar Fire Zone in northern B.C.

BC Government
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

DEASE LAKE – Communities within the Cassiar Fire Zone will continue to see smoke as a result of a large wildfire burning near Mess Creek, west of Mount Edziza Provincial Park. The size of this fire is currently estimated at 75 hectares. Any growth in the size of the fire today may increase the amount of smoke seen in the Telegraph Creek area. A change in wind direction may also cause smoke to drift toward the communities of Bob Quinn Lake, Iskut or Dease Lake. The fire is presently burning in an isolated region and is not threatening any communities or infrastructure.

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Northern Ontario Wants New Forest Agreement

Wawa News
June 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Ontario mayors are calling for an expanded renewal of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement that will involve key stakeholders including local and provincial governments, First Nations communities, environmental groups and the forestry sector. Following the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement’s expiry, there is concern among towns in Northern Ontario that renewed attacks by environmental groups on forestry companies will create instability for employees of the forestry sector. Hundreds of towns across Canada rely on the forestry sector for jobs and economic growth.

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Greenpeace’s SLAPPschtick

June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The scarcity of media coverage of the lawsuit brought by Canadian forest giant Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace Canada is intriguing. For a corporation to sue an Environmental Non Governmental Organization surely comes – in terms of newsworthiness – into “man bites dog” territory. Why? Contrary to the popular meme of “powerful” businesses bestriding the land and manipulating the political system at will, corporations have become cowering milquetoasts in the face of ENGO coercion. The left has long cultivated the confusion that economic size equates with political power.

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Quebec forestry company suing Greenpeace for $7 million

Toronto Star
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Quebec-based Resolute Forest Products Inc. is suing Greenpeace for $7 million, accusing the environmental group of defamation, malicious falsehood and intentional interference with economic relations. In the 40-page suit filed in Ontario Superior court in late May, Resolute alleges the conservation agency has damaged the company’s “business, goodwill and reputation.” The company lists multiple incidents, beginning in December 2012, where it says Greenpeace wrongly accused the company of logging in areas it shouldn’t have been and not honouring the pensions of company retirees.

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Forestry Infractions During Roadside Checks

VOCM
June 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Conservation officers issued seven tickets and six written warnings over a two-day period earlier this month as part of an effort to determine compliance with the province’s Forestry Act. Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall says they are concerned with the number of infractions found during recent roadside checks. 40 vehicle inspections were conducted at two locations, one at Pynn’s Brook and on the Hampden Highway, checking for load slips, wood cutting permits, and checking the amount of timber carried on vehicles.

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Greenpeace’s SLAPPschtick

June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The scarcity of media coverage of the lawsuit brought by Canadian forest giant Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace Canada is intriguing. For a corporation to sue an Environmental Non Governmental Organization surely comes – in terms of newsworthiness – into “man bites dog” territory. Why? Contrary to the popular meme of “powerful” businesses bestriding the land and manipulating the political system at will, corporations have become cowering milquetoasts in the face of ENGO coercion. The left has long cultivated the confusion that economic size equates with political power.

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Colorado: West Fork Fire continues to grow

Summit County Citizens Voice
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — Firefighters said they made progress Sunday in setting up defensive positions around summer cabins, residences and other developed facilities near the West Fork Fire Complex, which grew to about 76,000 acres by the end of the weekend. In the most recent update on InciWeb.org, officials said firefighters are planning to install sprinkler systems to help protect some developed facilities in the area. The town of South Fork is still under an evacuation order, and the summer recreation economy in the region is taking a big hit.

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The devil is in the forest of details

Coos Bay World
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Finding an agreeable compromise to rural Oregon’s decades-long timber harvesting dilemma isn’t an enviable position. Both conservationists and industry advocates feel strongly they have the best approach to manage Oregon’s forests. Add to that petty partisanship in Washington, D.C. and you have a recipe for ruin. Oregon federal Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley deserve tentative praise for their effort to preserve forest near Reedsport and extend federal timber payments through last week’s Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act of 2013.

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Setting Priorities Ahead Of Fire Season

OPB News
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With predictions of a busy fire season ahead, forest managers in Lake County are trying to prepare communities for what may lie ahead. Barry Shullanberger monitors wildfire conditions in Southern Oregon. He says the public is invited to a fire management workshop Tuesday night. He says difficult decisions will have to be made this fire season. “Across the whole state of Oregon we’re looking at a very tough fire season. We had good snow in December but it didn’t snow much the whole year of 2013,” Shullanberger said.

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Beetles to blame for Colorado’s fires? Blame climate change instead

NBCNews.com
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tiny, winged bark beetles have been the ecological bad guys of the West for more than a decade, and rightfully so. They’ve killed off millions of acres’ worth of trees in Colorado. Now all those dead trees are feeding the flames across tens of thousands of acres in the southern part of the state. . …Are the beetles to blame for wilder wildfires? Not long ago, experts would have said yes. But more recent research suggests that the connection between Colorado’s beetle infestation and the vulnerability to wildfires is more complex than that.

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Timber cutting continues on shores of Lake Maumelle

Arkansas Times
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Central Arkansas Water will do selective timber cutting around Lake Maumelle this summer, work that CAW Watershed Manager John Tynan said is meant to improve forest health and cut down on fire risk. Sometime in July, Bibler Lumber will thin the pines on around 120 acres at Lunsford Corner on the north shore of Maumelle, near the Hwy. 300 and the Ouachita Trail intersection. A dock was once located in the area. The trail will be closed while Bibler works. .

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Ailanthus tree’s status as invasive species offers lesson in human interaction

Phys.Org
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An exotic tree species that changed from prized possession to forest management nightmare serves as a lesson in the unpredictability of non-native species mixing with human interactions, according to researchers. “There are other invasive tree species in Pennsylvania, but the Ailanthus, by far, has been here longer and does more damage than any other invasive tree,” said Matthew Kasson, who received his doctorate in plant pathology and environmental microbiology from Penn State.

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Tasmania’s old growth forests win heritage protection

Fairfax Media
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

After decades of conflict, sometimes fought tree-by-tree, chainsaws have been stilled in the old growth forests of Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness. The boundary described by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke as Australia’s most contentious heritage line was settled on Monday when UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee backed protection. About 120,000 hectares of old growth forest was formally included in a 170,000-hectare expansion of the existing Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, giving those trees the highest level of conservation, Mr Burke said.

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WA Govt offers support to axed timber mill workers

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Western Australian Government says it is doing all it can to provide support for the 44 workers that were made redundant from a south-west timber mill last week. Whittakers Timber Mill in Greenbushes was forced to slash half of its workforce due to uncertainty about supplies of logs. The Minister for Forestry, Terry Redman, says career guidance, seminars and practical workshops are being offered to the workers who lost their jobs.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass: There’s Money in That Wood Waste

Huffington Post Canada
June 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

One country’s demonstration project is another country’s established technology. When Sherwood Park in Alberta built a demonstration biomass district heating project they bought the equipment from Lambion Energy Solutions of Germany. Axel Lambion is the CEO and he chuckles at project’s demonstration status. In his charming, German accented English notes that his company has built over 3,400 of these projects throughout Europe and around the world. In fact, his great, great grandfather was building biomass energy systems for sawmills at the end of the 19th century. 

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Aviation fuel from Norwegian forests

Phys.Org
June 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Research scientists believe it will be possible to manufacture a competitive aviation fuel by 2020-2025. On behalf of the Rambøll consulting company, SINTEF Energy Research has carried out a study of the most relevant technologies for creating biofuel for Norwegian aircraft. A recent report concludes that two technologies appear promising based on Norwegian conditions. In one of the processes, timber is gasified and biofuel is produced using a Fischer-Tropsch plant. In the other, alcohol produced from wood pulp is refined to produce aviation fuel (the alcohol-to-jet-process).

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Bonn climate talks tackle emissions verification stumbling block

Forests News
June 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BONN, Germany – Negotiators at Bonn climate talks have whittled away at controversial policy details related to verifying carbon emissions, paving the way for major progress on REDD+ at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw in November. Debates over verification under REDD+ – a U.N.-backed framework for reducing emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation – stalled during international climate change negotiations in Doha, Qatar, last year.

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