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Daily Archives: July 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Union Pacific Corporation, Canadian National Railway, CSX Corporation: Why These Rail Companies Offer a Rewarding Ride

The Motley Fool
July 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

So far this year railroad companies are performing better than in 2012. This is because of increased demand for natural resources like oil, gas, coal and lumber in the U.S. and Canada. The railroad companies are expanding their rail networks in these regions to capitalize on the new glut of potential resources, providing more efficient and better connectivity. Here are three railroad companies looking to increase their revenue from their different business segments.

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Babine Forest Products Sawmill rebuild well on its way

HQ Prince George
July 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The rebuild of the Babine Forest Products Sawmill just east of Burns Lake is moving forward on schedule after only a few months into construction. Following the explosion at the former mill in 2012 that left two people dead, the new mill will be a third smaller in size, however it will still employ hundreds of local workers. Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika says they’re excited to see the project moving forward so smoothly.

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Forest industry players seek land security

Stakeholders ask for strategy for industrial areas
Squamish Chief
July 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A lack of affordable land zoned for heavy industry is an obstacle to a booming local forestry industry, say stakeholders. The dearth of such land in Squamish is shaking the foundation of the community’s logging companies, said Peter Dickson, president of Fraserwood Industries. The company can’t get a lease on the B.C. Rail-owned property for more than five years because there are no policies guaranteeing that the zoning won’t change, Dickson noted. The land that is available is also being eyed by residential and/or commercial developers, he said.

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Canfor Commits to 5 Years of Fireworks Sponsorship

250 News
July 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – They lit up the sky on Canada Day, and Canfor has promised to repeat the performance for 5 more years. Canfor had paid $10 grand for the fireworks display that was launched from Connaught Hill park on Canada Day. Visible for miles around, the display was a hit, and the first time in several years that fireworks had capped off a Prince George Canada Day Party . “Canfor was proud to sponsor the Canada Day fireworks as part of our company’s 75th Anniversary,” said Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne.

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Forest Service OKs timber sale on Tongass

KT00
July 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole announced the Record of Decision for the Big Thorne Timber Sale during a teleconference Monday afternoon. The ROD calls for a harvest of nearly 150 million board feet, coming from more than 6,000 acres of old growth and more than 2,000 acres of second growth forest on Prince of Wales Island. Some welcome what they say is a needed supply of timber to keep local mills operating. But a regional conservation group criticizes the plan, which it predicts will harm habitat for wildlife.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Your Guide to Working With Pressure-Treated Lumber

You might have worked with this common green-tinted material, but do you really know what’s in it? Find out, and read our top tips for working with pressure-treated wood.
Popular Mechanics
July 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Pressure-treated wood has been around for nearly 70 years, yet most of us still know very little about this popular outdoor building material. To start, pressure-treated wood is softwood lumber, typically southern yellow pine, that’s been chemically treated to resist rot, decay and termites. The boards are rolled into giant pressurized tanks where chemical preservatives are forced deep into the wood’s fibers. The result is an exterior-grade wood that’s ideal for building decks, fences, sheds, picnic tables, swing sets, and other outdoor projects.

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Should the Ontario Building Code be modified to allow six storey wooden buildings?

Canadian Contractor
July 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

There seems to be changes firing up (no pun intended) in the Ontario building industry. A coalition of wood-industry-related groups are proposing changes to the Ontario building code to allow up to 6-storey wooden structures, up from today’s 4-storey limit.  Some, like the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (www.ccmpa.ca) say these structures could be weakened by storms, insects or become a fire hazard. .. I’m all about progression, but making higher wooden buildings sounds like going backwards to me. What’s next, wooden scaffolding, wooden ladders or going back to wooden carts.

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Beetles: Partnerships build business

Missoula Indpendent
July 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The wood killed by mountain pine beetles is infused by a beautiful blue stain. Despite its distinct appearance, a blue-stained log receives a lower price at the mill. But Ryan Palma, owner of Sustainable Lumber in Missoula, has developed a business based on the natural beauty of locally available wood, with a major focus on beetle-killed ponderosa pine. Palma’s business works because of several remarkable partnerships.

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Forestry

Ten years after Kelowna inferno, firefighters take stock of lessons learned

Globe and Mail
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ten years ago, during one of its most damaging wildfire summers to date, British Columbia nearly had its own tragedy of trapped firefighters, not unlike the 19-death calamity in Arizona. But for a miraculous, brief change in the weather and a chance open space, a group of 15 Kelowna firefighters, huddled under their trucks, surrounded by a roaring inferno, might have perished.

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Wildfire risk rating for Fort McMurray raised to very high

Fort McMurrary Today
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire south of the Wood Buffalo National Park is being held by crews as fire danger ratings for the Wood Buffalo area have been raised to Very High. The fire, 34 kilometres south of the national park, was discovered at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and has been held at 0.1 hectares. “It’s not currently threatening any communities or industrial sites,” said Laura Brandon, information officer for Alberta’s environment ministry. “With current weather conditions and resources we are not expecting the fire to grow past its boundaries.” The ministry has rated the fire risk very high in the Fort McMurray area.

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Whoa, Neighbour: How privately managed forest land owners broke the social contract

Silviculture Magazine
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a universe parallel to the one Rod Bealing describes in “Public Attention for Private Forests” (Silviculture Magazine, Spring 2013), the communities adjacent to lands regulated by the Private Managed Forest Land Act aren’t hearing “Howdy, neighbour.” They’re hearing, “Please look the other way while we rip the heart out of your tourism industry, ruin your drinking watershed, close down opportunities for permanent forest jobs, deliver the final blow to declining fish runs, convert forest land into real estate developments and intensify the impacts that climate change will have on your lives. We’re allowed. It’s private land.”

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Water bomber fighting forest fires in Labrador goes down, pilots safe: official

The Canadian Press
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two pilots are safe after a water bomber ended up in a lake Wednesday while fighting forest fires near the western Labrador town of Wabush. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Transportation and Works says officials were notified around 3:30 p.m. that a Bombardier 415 water bomber was involved in an incident while picking up water at Moosehead Lake. It says in a news release that both the pilot and co-pilot did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident.

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Province continually monitoring spruce budworm population

The Western Star
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — There hasn’t been a major outbreak of spruce budworm in the province for more than 30 years, but that doesn’t mean the province isn’t keeping an eye on them. “Budworm is one of our major forest pests,” said Dan Lavigne, supervisor of insect and disease control with the Department of Natural Resources in Corner Brook. Because of that the department conducts annual surveys to monitor the spruce budworm population in the province.

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Forestry Standards Certification Monopoly = Lost jobs

Natural Resource Report
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

… Negative economic consequences also results when policies transform competitive markets into a monopoly. Currently, there is competition between alternative forestry certification programs. Certification programs are self-regulatory, competitive and voluntary structures where forest owners choose a forestry certification program, and then, in order to obtain the desired certification, abide by its rules and regulations. Some activist environmental groups, however, are lobbying to thwart the competitive market.

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Forestry policy could change

Triblive.com
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans, who have long tangled with Democrats and environmentalists over how aggressively to remove trees and other vegetation from national forests, will renew their push for stepped-up thinning as a result of the deaths of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, Ariz. They have called a hearing of the House natural resources subcommittee on public lands and environmental regulation next Thursday to examine how “excessive growth” in forests may be adding to the risk of wildfire.

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Across-the-board US budget cuts to federal firefighting could cost more money later

The Associated Press
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Across-the-board budget cuts are leaving federal agencies with fewer firefighters and less equipment to battle America’s wildfires this summer. Yet the upfront savings could mask hidden costs because those agencies will ultimately spend whatever they must in what is already a deadly fire season, say government officials and others. The federal government’s spending on firefighting is getting extra scrutiny since the weekend, when a wildfire killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew outside in Arizona.

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Missoula experts investigate fatal Arizona wildfire

The Missoulian
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Experts in the use and development of fire shelters and protective gear left Missoula this week for Arizona to assist in the investigation of the fatal Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott. Veteran smokejumpers and fire investigators in Missoula also are waiting for the investigation to reveal answers, and they’re urging officials to keep politics out of the process. Alex Gavrisheff, the deputy director of technology and development at the U.S. Forest Service’s Missoula Technology and Development Center, confirmed Wednesday that two employees from the center are assisting in the Arizona investigation.

Florida Forester to Lead Probe into Arizona Firefighters Deaths from the North Escambia

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Biggest forest thinning project starts in AZ

ABC15.com
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The fire, Arizona’s biggest at that time, also sparked action. A small project on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests eventually led to the U.S. Forest Service’s largest thinning project in the nation. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is a 20-year plan to restore nearly 2.5 million acres of forest. It’s starting on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in northern Arizona. Through a contract with the Forest Service, Pioneer Forest Products started logging 1,000 acres near Heber last month. The company works closely with foresters who first study areas and then determine which trees are cut and where.

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Wyden on O&C lands, vets, health care

Albany Democrat-Herald
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal timber payments to Oregon counties are not welfare, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden emphasized Monday during a town hall meeting at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany’s new indoor soccer facility.  …Wyden said the House and Senate must find a better balance among priorities. He noted that the newly passed border enforcement legislation carries a $38 billion price tag, yet President Obama’s budget for hazardous fuels reduction in federal forests is only $296 million.

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Lighting ignites series of fires across S. Idaho

The Associated Press
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thunderstorms moving across southern Idaho in recent days are being blamed for touching off a series of wildfires now burning forest and rangeland. Crews are battling fires in Owyhee County in the southwest corner, a blaze in the foothills northwest of Boise and another scorching grass and timber in the mountains above the Anderson Ranch Reservoir in Elmore County. In the Magic Valley, crews are trying to contain the Jim Brown Fire near Richmond. So far, officials say the fire has burned 8,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.

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Deadly Arizona wildfire 45% contained

The Associated Press
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hundreds of firefighters battling a blaze outside the mountain town of Yarnell, Ariz., came off the line Wednesday to salute a procession of fire vehicles that had been left by 19 elite Hotshot crew members killed in the line of duty. The firefighters gathered along a highway to honour the Prescott-based unit on the same day that they reported significant progress in controlling the deadly blaze. The fire is now 45 per cent contained, up from 8 per cent earlier in the day, and authorities say the figure could change in the next day as they compile a more complete picture with sophisticated mapping techniques.

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Destruction from the mountain pine beetle lingers on

Beartooth NBC
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle epidemic is over, but the extensive damage to the forest leaves a lot work to be done by National Forest crews. The mountain pine beetle is a native to Montana, but Kathy Bushnell with the National Forest Service says, warmer winters allowed the population to grow, eventually booming out of control to an all-out epidemic starting in 2005. “All of the babies are surviving the winter and so we have all of these new beetles that emerge in the summer time and go and find new trees.” “Extended drought and fire suppression over the past decades and just a lack of landscape treatment for thinning and making it a mosaic forest.”

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Forest Service Speeds Up Tongass Second Growth Plan

AlaskaPublic.org
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service says it’s speeding up Tongass National Forest’s transition from an old-growth management plan to a second growth plan. The shift is scheduled to take 10-15 years, and frustrates both environmental groups and loggers. For years the stated goal has been to move toward harvesting the new growth trees to preserve the iconic old-growth trees that serve as a backbone to the Tongass. That’s been agreed to by the government, environmental community, and to a point, the logging industry. So you could expect the announcement to be welcomed by everyone involved. Owen Graham: “Today’s news wasn’t very good.”

Conservationists Express Outrage over Tongass National Forest Timber Plan from InfoZine
Forest Service OKS Timber sale on Tongass from the KTOO
Tongass National Forest releases Big Thorn ROD; Public Meetings Scheduled from the Sit News
Secretary Vilsack Announces Steps to Conserve 17 million Acre Tongass National Forest from the Alaska Native News

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Forestry forerunner

Aitkin Age
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In 1997 Aitkin County was the first county in the nation to achieve the FSC, Forest Stewardship Council certification. After 15 years, Aitkin County remains a leader in responsible forestry. Required every five years, Aitkin County recently received its third reassessment. Rainforest Alliance representative, Dave Bubser presented the overview at the county board meeting on June 25.

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New Forest Management Plan sustainable or stupid?

Ecologically sustainable or reckless; differing descriptions applied to the likely management of South West forests in the next ten years.
ABC News, Australia
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority Paul Vogel says that the process to determine an environmentally sustained yield was rigorous and scientific. At the same time, the President of the Preston Environment Group Peter Murphy sees the document as a death knell for endangered species. The plan sets aside 62 per cent of forests for conservation while the remaining 38 per cent will be available for timber harvesting.

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APRIL refuses deforestation inquiry: WWF, RAN, and Greenpeace

Eco-Business
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three international environmental organisations declared on Wednesday that leading pulp and paper manufacturer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) is evading an enquiry into its deforestation practices. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) pointed out that the Indonesian industry giant’s withdrawal from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification scheme last June 22 is a sign of avoidance, and an indication of its dodgy forest operations.

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Forestry Commission cutbacks could hit ‘ash dieback’ battle, warns North Yorkshire Labour MP

The Northern Echo
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

STAFF cuts to the Forestry Commission could have a catastrophic effect on Britain’s efforts to tackle ash dieback, a North Yorkshire MP has warned. Hugh Bayley, Labour MP for York Central, pictured below, questioned the ability to deal with the disease, which he suggested would be hampered by the reduction in staff numbers. Addressing the Government front bench during Environment Questions, he said: “Ash is a huge and important part of woodland scenery in Yorkshire, especially in upland areas, ash dieback is increasing at an alarming rate with over 500 cases having been identified.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Burning Question: How Will Climate Change Impact Western Wildfires?

OurAmazingPlanet
July 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Climate change will dramatically alter wildfire patterns in the western United States before the century ends, studies show. Experts are reluctant to paint a broad picture of future fire risk because fires vary so drastically among regions — a forest fire in high-elevation Colorado, for example, is vastly different than coastal, chaparral-fed flames in California. But many fire scientists agree the doomsday scenario of massive fires that wreak death and destruction can be quashed through smarter development.

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California’s Market for Hard-to-Verify Carbon Offsets Could Let Industry Pollute as Usual

Timber, dairy and chemical companies line up to sell credits to biggest emitters
Earth Island Journal
July 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

One hot day this spring John Buckley scrambled up a dusty slope of a patch of deforested land in the middle of California’s Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada, five miles west of Yosemite National Park, and surveyed the bleak landscape: 20 acres of blackened tree stumps and the shriveled remains of undergrowth. On neighboring ridges, similar brown expanses dotted the green forest canopy. “This,” he said, spreading his arms wide, “is resource management.”

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Australia terminates landmark REDD+ project in Borneo

Monga Bay
July 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australia is ending its major forest restoration project in Indonesian Borneo, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Launched during the peak of excitement about the potential of forest conservation to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, the $47 million initiative aimed to restore 200,000 hectares of peatland that had been drained for the ill-conceived mega-rice project in the mid-1990s. The project, known as the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership, would have re-flooded that area by blocking off drainage canals, planted some 100 million trees, and protected 70,000 hectares of carbon-dense peat forest.

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