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Daily Archives: June 27, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Coffee shop with a twist

First time winner of best coffee shop award
Delta-Optimist
June 26, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wood N Frog Coffee Company opened last October and things have been great early on for co-owners Kelly McCloskey and Sandy McKellar. “The community’s been very welcoming, very supportive. We have been really fortunate in getting some amazing staff, who make this place tick,” says McKellar. The Wood N Frog roasts its own beans, offers unique food choices and is now open evenings (Thursday to Saturday).

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Business & Politics

Wood-products industry profits to double this year

Estimated $808 million in earnings due to strong demand in China and U.S, BY BRUCE CONSTANTINEAU
Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian wood-products industry profits will more than double this year to $808 million as the surging sector cashes in on a U.S. housing market recovery and strong demand from China, according to the Conference Board of Canada. A board report released Wednesday noted U.S. housing starts recently passed the one-million mark – on a seasonally adjusted annual basis – for the first time in five years. Exports to China increased by more than 1,400 per cent between 2003 and 2012 and Canada now accounts for 31 per cent of total Chinese lumber imports – representing more than six million cubic metres of lumber last year.

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Fewer complaints for pulp mill

Hinton Parklander
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hinton Pulp is finding a “significant improvement” in the town’s air quality as a result of the new cleansing system, says the mill’s technical and engineering manager. The local pulp mill installed a new system of piping to clean the liquid wastewater that flows out into the treatment ponds. A low concentration of peroxide is pumped into the stream that reduces the amount of hydrogen sulphide stench (a rotten egg smell) by breaking down the chemicals into pure sulphur, which is odourless, and water.

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Hantsport paper plant workers reject offer, in strike position

TheChronicleHerald.ca
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HANTSPORT — Almost 200 unionized employees of the CKF Inc. plant in Hantsport are in a legal strike position. The 194 members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union voted Monday night to reject their latest contract offer. Wages, pension and medical benefits are the contentious issues, said employee and union member Cecil Gammon, a millwright at the plant for the past six years.

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Mill owners explain process

Tidewater News
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ISLE OF WIGHT—Last week’s news that the former International Paper sawmill will be reopening under new ownership was welcome in the area. Former sawmill employees Terry Godwin and Perk Taylor purchased the facility under the new company name Franklin Lumber LLC. The venture is expected to create 72 jobs when it opens later this year, with the possibility of more jobs in the future. First some upgrades will be made to the facility.

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Stora Enso’s cross-laminated timber business expanding to Australia

Lesprom Network
June 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso Building and Living is further developing its Building Solutions business with the delivery of its first CLT (cross-laminated timber) shipment from Europe to Australia. The Docklands Library and Community Centre in Melbourne, one of the world’s leading property and infrastructure providers, will be the first public building in Australia to use CLT as a construction material, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

North Carolina Senate Approves LEED Compromise Bill

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

After being left off the North Carolina Senate’s agenda at the end of May, the state’s proposed Protect/Promote NC Lumber bill has been reworked, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. The original bill sought to stop the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program for state projects because it rewards the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber more than the use of local, North Carolina timber.

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Forestry

Greenpeace launches series of case studies critiquing forest certification standard

Mongabay.com
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Activist group Greenpeace says it will publish a series of case studies highlighting examples of good and bad practice among operations certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an eco-standard for forest products. Greenpeace, an FSC member since the body was found in 1993, says that as the standard has expanded, the risk to its credibility has also increased. “Greenpeace fears that as the system has grown, the FSC’s implementation and interpretation of its standards have been watered down,” the group said in a blog post.

Click here for a press release from Greenpeace

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NDP wants to rebuild value-added forestry

Kamloops Daily News
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The official Opposition in Ottawa is on a mission to correct what it says is the false idea that New Democrats don’t understand the economy. Don Davies, the federal NDP’s international trade critic, was in Kamloops Wednesday to tour a sawmill and speak at a party AGM. …While acknowledging strength of the lumber sector and possible expansion into India, Davies said the party also wants to see expansion of the value-added sector. While the Conservatives take a largely hands-off approach to industry, Davies said the NDP wants to work alongside industry on incentives and other programs that can create jobs.

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Impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle to BC Hydro

T&D World Magazine
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In British Columbia, Alberta, Canada, a team led by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations produces province-wide projections of a mountain pine beetle outbreak. These projections are based on information produced by a provincial-level mountain pine beetle model, which uses forest cover maps, the provincial aerial overview surveys of forest health, and information from a mountain pine beetle population model.

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Estuary proponents ready to protest dredging; Not unusual: Digging out the channel happens every few years because of sediment build-up said mill officials

Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stewards of the Cowichan River estuary are deeply concerned about dredging operations being conducted in Cowichan Bay by Western Forest Products. According to Goetz Schuerholz, the chair of the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association, no studies or environmental impact assessments were done before work commenced, and local stakeholders were not consulted. The damage caused to the ecosystem could be significant. “It’s totally unacceptable,” he said.

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Progress Being Made in Forest Fire Battle

VOCM
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is some progress being made in fighting the forest fire in western Labrador. Fire duty officer Eric Young says about 65-hundred hectares of wooded land has been destroyed since the blaze started on Sunday afternoon. Young says the wind dropped off Tuesday evening which was a big help. He says temperatures were really cool overnight. There was some frost in the area which helped significantly. Young says the boundary of the fire hasn’t expanded and that’s good news.

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Forest Fires Dot Northern Ontario

Net Newsledger
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Far north in Ontario is ablaze. The fire hazard is expected to be in the low to moderate level. However , there was one new fire confirmed in the Kenora District of the Northwest Region by the evening of June 26. The report of a second fire in the same general area at the south end of Lake of the Woods was also being investigated report the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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New research: Wolf Lake ancient forest is endangered ecosystem

Science Codex
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada. The study says that Wolf Lake Forest Reserve is a “scientifically irreplaceable system.” “Wolf Lake Forest deserves intensive study, monitoring and full protection from future development,” said Guelph environmental sciences professor Madhur Anand, the study’s lead author. 

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Weekend forecast will help fight forest fire: duty officer

The Western Star
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S — A large forest fire in western Labrador that has destroyed cabins and caused a highway closure for several days will likely continue for at least another week unless a forecast calling for rain proves to be accurate, according to a forest fire duty officer with the provincial government. “This fire will be on the books for a while, at least until we get some rain on the weekend,” said Eric Young, a forest fire duty officer with the Department of Natural Resources.

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Rickford seeing signs of recovery

Kenora Online
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the forestry sector begins to see signs of recovery, Kenora MP Greg Rickford says he’s hoping to see a decision by the courts regarding Grassy Narrows. “Obviously we’re hopeful that any settlements or decisions by the courts ultimately go to the collective benefit to all of us, so we can see some of these mills open,” he said. The blockade at Slant Lake has been in place for more than a decade, and both Weyerhaeuser and Kenora Forest Products have noted the importance of access to wood in the Whiskey Jack Forest.

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Alamosa Trees: Why do some tree species live longer than others?

Valley Courier
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I often hear that cottonwood and aspen trees are considered to be short-lived species while bristlecone pines are long-lived. While life span estimates vary, individual cottonwoods can live to be more than 150 years old while the related aspen rarely lives more than 100 years. Bristlecones may only reach maturity after 200 years and expect to live to be more than 300 years old. The oldest bristlecone, located in eastern California, is more than 4,800 years old. There are a few bristlecones in Alamosa.

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Diana Tuomasjukka: taking care of forest futures

Youris.com
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

European forests are expected to supply us with wood chips, paper and timber but also harbour biodiversity and access for recreational activities. Working out how decisions affect social, economic and environmental roles of forestry is not straightforward. But an EU funded project called EFORWOOD, completed in 2009, helped produce a decision support tool for the forestry sector. Diana Tuomasjukka, a senior forestry researcher at the European Forest Institute in Joensuu, Finland, who specialises in sustainability impact modelling, talks about how such decision support tools can help decide which paths to sustainability are best followed and how to balance the various demands placed on forests today.

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Call for Crown land private forestry operators to pay rates

ABC News, Australia
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Gympie council says it is losing millions of dollars a year because private forestry operators do not pay rates on the Crown land they lease. Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett says about 43 per cent of the Gympie council area is forestry but private operators are not paying a cent for services. Councillor Perrett says the former Labor government refused to introduce charges when it privatised the public assets.  He says it is unfair ratepayers are subsidising private companies and it
is a significant impediment to the operation of council.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Northern Biomass Of Earth Has Been Mapped And Measured

RedOrbit
June 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

The biomass of the northern hemisphere’s forests has been mapped with greater precision than ever before thanks to satellites, improving our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth’s future climate. Accurately measuring forest biomass and how it varies are key elements for taking stock of forests and vegetation. Since forests assist in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, mapping forest biomass is also important for understanding the global carbon cycle.

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Urban trees save at least one life per year in cities

Treehugger (blog)
June 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

We know trees are important for the environment maintaining life on this planet but it’s not just the wide swaths of forests that make a difference. Literally, every tree counts, even those located in urban areas. A new study by the US Forest Service reveals that “urban trees and forests are saving an average of one life every year per city. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year.” The U.S. Forest Service along with Davey Institute looked at trees in 10 major US cities — including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Syracuse, NY — and studied how effective they are at removing fine particulate pollution from the air.

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