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Daily Archives: July 5, 2013

Business & Politics

If U.S. housing’s back, where is lumber?

Globe and Mail
July 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

It is becoming increasingly difficult to square the sharp drop in lumber prices with the ongoing surge in U.S. home-builder stocks. U.S. housing sector fundamentals remain encouraging but the odds of disappointment appear to be rising along with U.S. mortgage rates.The S&P Home-builder index has rocketed higher, climbing almost 150 per cent since November 2010. But if the future’s so bright, how do we explain Scotia Capital analyst Benoît Laprade’s recent downward revision in his lumber price forecast in light of “unexpected weakness”?

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Taykwa Tagamou forestry company signs long-term deal

Wawatay News Online
July 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Taykwa Tagamou Nation’s forestry company has signed a long-term deal to provide wood to a Cochrane pulp mill. Island Falls Forestry (IFF), a Taykwa Tagamou based company, signed a 20-year agreement on June 12 to provide harvesting services for True North Hardwood Plywood Inc. Bernice Archibald, IFF’s board chair, told Wawatay that the agreement is estimated to be worth upwards of $55 million for the First Nation over the next 20 years.

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Resolute to restart Fort Frances machine for 12 weeks

The Chronicle Journal
July 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products and Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union locals 92 and 306 have reached an agreement that will see the restart of a paper machine at the Fort Frances mill. More than 40 employees are to be recalled on July 17 to run No. 7 paper machine for up to 12 weeks. Citing challenging market conditions, Resolute shut down the kraft mill and one paper machine in Fort Frances in February, and laid off almost 240 staff and unionized employees. 

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CEP, Resolute reach deal

Kenora Online
July 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have come to an agreement regarding the re-start of one of their paper machine. Resolute previously laid off 240 employees from the Fort Frances Location, but Steve Boon of CEP says there’s now some temporary work available for some of those who were laid off. “What’s happened is they’ve picked up a few orders and they want to fire up the number seven paper machine for two to three months to fill these orders. We’re pleased to hear that, it will get some people back to work.

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Research and Forecast of China Dissolving Pulp Market, 2013-2017

PRNewswire
July 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

For recent years, the huge demand of dissolving pulp has attracted many enterprises to build the new dissolving pulp projects, leading to the rapid increase of production capacity of dissolving pulp; by 2012, the production capacity of dissolving pulp in China reached 937,500 tons up 57% compared with 2011. In 2012, the output of dissolving pulp in China was only about 335,000 tons, operating rate declining to 35.7%. The major application of dissolving pulp downstream is the viscose fiber. China is the world largest production base of viscose fiber and the output of viscose fiber in China accounted for about 62% of total global output in 2012.

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Forestry

Visual impacts to be minimal, say logging supporters

Campbell River Mirror
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The government and a forestry lobby group are firing back at tourist operators who are unhappy with logging operations on Maurelle Island. “I would argue the tourism community has got much more than lip service. They’ve been heard and accommodated,” said Dwight Yochim, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. The Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group, a lobby group of 15 tourism-related businesses, has expressed its disappointment that logging will proceed on Maurelle Island, located just off the northeast coast of Quadra Island.

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Silvaculture boss to community: Take responsibility before it’s too late

Nelson Daily
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A plan that is sure to raise eyebrows is being promoted by the Western Canada Silvaculture Association (WCSA). It calls for Nelson gaining control of local forests and managing them for one purpose: to increase the community’s resilience to wildland urban interface fires. … They are predicted to increase as the effects of climate change progress. “Nelson has been exemplary in setting a goal to reduce its carbon footprint. Let’s take it to the next step. Let’s get ahead of the fire,” said the WCSA’s executive director John Betts from his home on the North Shore in Queen’s Bay.

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Forest Fire Fight Continues

VOCM
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Transportation Safety Board is gathering information on an incident involving a waterbomber which went down while fighting a massive forest fire in Labrador West. The Bombardier 415 went down yesterday afternoon on Moosehead Lake while picking up a load of water. The two crewmen escaped the aircraft shaken, but otherwise unharmed. John Cottreau of the TSB says the aircraft is currently sitting nose submerged in the lake, while tethered to shore.

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Raging fires in northern Quebec isolate Eastmain, close mine

CBC News
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than a dozen forest fires are raging in northern Quebec, including one just four kilometres northeast of the Cree community of Eastmain. Quebec’s forest fire protection agency, la Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), said the fire had spread over 257,000 hectares when last surveyed, although today it is likely closer to 300,000 hectares. “The winds at the moment are in the community’s favour,” said Mélanie Morin, a spokeswoman for SOPFEU. “The winds are blowing away from the community and heading eastward.”

Forest fires cause Montreal-area power outages from CTV News

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Forest fires still raging in northern Quebec

July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than a dozen forest fires are raging in northern Quebec, including one just four kilometres northeast of the Cree community of Eastmain. Quebec’s forest fire protection agency, la Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), said the fire had spread over 257,000 hectares when last surveyed, although today it is likely closer to 300,000 hectares. “The winds at the moment are in the community’s favour,” said Mélanie Morin, a spokeswoman for SOPFEU.

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The parasitic wasp slays the ash tree killer by laying eggs in the ash borers’ larvae

The London Free Press
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ten years and tens of millions of dead trees later, scientists figure they’ve found a kryptonite ­ a tiny, stingless wasp ­that can bring down the almost invincible emerald ash borer. A protected forest near Grand Bend is new ground zero for the first Canadian effort to control ash borers with a parasitic wasp, which slays the tree killer by laying eggs in the borers’ larvae. The wasp, its Latin name is tetrastichus planipennisi, is in the trial stage here and it could be years before it can be widespread enough to rescue the ash tree population from extermination.

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Labrador fires shut down highway, affect air quality

CBC News
July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stubborn forest fires in western Labrador have forced police to again shut the main highway, as smoke from fires in the area and Quebec affected air quality hundreds of kilometres away. The Trans-Labrador Highway near Wabush — the mining town that was temporarily evacuated last weekend — was shut late Friday night, with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary saying it was too dangerous to provide escorts for vehicles needing to reach communities in Labrador’s interior.

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No injuries, few details in water bomber incident

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest fire suppression efforts continued in Labrador West Wednesday (July 3) on a fire that’s been burning for a week and a half and is still considered out of control. Few details have been given about an incident with one of the water bombers working on the blaze other than to say that there were no injuries. … Other than stating that the pilot and co-pilot were not injured and that alternate resources were being provided to assist with the fire suppression efforts, the department released little else about what happened.

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Appeals court blocks BLM timber sale near Ashland

Mail Tribune
July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an injunction blocking a U.S. Bureau of Land Management timber sale near Ashland that was given the go-ahead by a U.S. District Court judge in May. Five Oregon-based conservation groups, led by the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council, filed an appeal in the San Francisco court after U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner dismissed the plaintiffs’ case against the BLM’s Sampson Cove timber sale in May. The Court of Appeals granted the injunction in June but has not yet made a ruling on the case.

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After Yarnell, Let’s Get Ready to Fight the Next Fire

Bloomberg View
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… Reducing the cost of future fires, in lives and property, requires understanding what got us here in the first place. Yes, climate change has led to drier conditions and more fires: More than 9 million acres burned in 2012, an area bigger than New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware combined and almost twice the annual average since 1990. But even if the world weren’t getting hotter, the dangers from cataclysmic fires in the American West would be rising.

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Ravalli County to support OHV group’s appeal of timber sale

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

The Ravalli County Commission agreed Wednesday to write a letter of support for a local off-highway vehicle group’s appeal of a timber sale on the Bitterroot National Forest. The Ravalli County Off Road Users Association appealed the proposed closure of about 10 miles of road on the Three Saddle Project northeast of Stevensville in May. In its appeal, the group said that while it “energetically supports active management” of national forest lands and endorses commercial timber harvest, it objects to the agency’s “tendency” to add unrelated road decommissioning to those projects.

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Arizona wildfire that killed 19 appears to be burning out

Reuters
July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX, Ariz. – An Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters is 80% contained, though hundreds of evacuated residents are still unable to return home, fire officials said on Thursday. More than 600 firefighters had dug trenches to control the 8,400-acre (3,400-hectare) blaze and it is expected to be contained by noon on July 12, the Arizona State Forestry Division said in an online status report. Authorities are allowing some residents evacuated from their homes to return, it said.

Colorado: West Fork Fire now over 100,000 acres from Summit County Voice

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Experts: Expect bigger, fiercer wildfires in West

Associated Press
July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires. Scientists say a hotter planet will only increase the risk. …While no single wildfire can be pinned solely on climate change, researchers say there are signs that fires are becoming bigger and more common in an increasingly hot and bone-dry West.

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Plan for East’s largest US forest stirs concerns

Associated Press
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental groups are fearful that a new blueprint for the 1.1-million-acre George Washington National Forest will open the largest federally protected forest in the East to a form of natural gas drilling that has spawned its own environmental movement. Years in the making, the much-anticipated plan outlines the management of the forest, from timber harvests to mineral resources to controlled burns. It is expected to be released in late August or early September and guide the forest’s use for the next 10 to 15 years.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Awarded to St. Charles Companies

Southern Maryland News Net
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

St. Charles Companies has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) certification for its forest management practices. Through this initiative, the 9,100 acre, master-planned community ensures lasting excellence in its stewardship of all St. Charles forested areas through the sustainable harvest of mature, overmature, diseased and suppressed timber. “SFI certification is an important endorsement of just one part of our sustainable practices here at St. Charles,” said St. Charles Companies CEO, Alan Shearer.

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Shakeup for timber lobby group after industry downturn

ABC News
July 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An organisational shakeup in the lobby group Timber Communities Australia is not expected to affect the state’s forest peace deal. The TCA is a signatory to the peace deal which has been thrashed out over three years. The chief executive, Jim Adams, has been made redundant and the board stepped down last week so that the organisation can be revamped. An interim board has taken charge of the restructuring the body which has been struggling financially due to a the downturn in the forest industry.

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Shortage of wood sparks forest plan concerns

The Advocate
July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PERMANENT protection for forests would be delayed another 12 months under a proposal being considered by Legislative Councillors concerned about a critical shortage of wood supply. The first durability report assessing progress since the Tasmanian Forests Agreement passed in April was tabled in Parliament this week and highlighted the lack of supply, which the forestry industry said was hurting sawmills. The report, prepared by the Special Council, comprising representatives of environment and industry groups that negotiated the forestry peace deal, blamed the problem on too many harvest and haulage contractors exiting the industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Burning wood is not the solution to climate change

The Ecologist
July 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

So far, five UK coal-fired power stations have announced plans to convert, either partly or completely, to biomass. These are Tilbury in Essex, Ironbridge in Shropshire, Eggborough and Drax in Yorkshire, and Lynemouth in Northumberland. Between them these power stations will require almost six times as much wood as the UK produces in total every year. That statistic alone shows just how unsustainable wood-fired power stations are and it spells disaster for the world’s natural habitats, human rights, and our hopes of combating climate change.

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General

Forest fires still raging in northern Quebec

July 5, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

More than a dozen forest fires are raging in northern Quebec, including one just four kilometres northeast of the Cree community of Eastmain. Quebec’s forest fire protection agency, la Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), said the fire had spread over 257,000 hectares when last surveyed, although today it is likely closer to 300,000 hectares. “The winds at the moment are in the community’s favour,” said Mélanie Morin, a spokeswoman for SOPFEU.

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