Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: July 12, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Save the ash tree? Half of us can’t even recognise an oak

An appeal for the public to report tree disease has merely revealed our arboreal ignorance
The Independent
July 12, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

More than four-fifths of people cannot identify an ash tree from its leaves and almost half cannot recognise an oak, a survey has revealed. Members of the public are being encouraged to report signs of diseases such as ash dieback which are threatening British trees, as part of efforts to tackle infections which could wipe out millions of the nation’s trees. But many people cannot even identify some of the UK’s most common trees at risk, a YouGov poll conducted for the Woodland Trust suggests.

Read More

Business & Politics

Domtar Expects Q2 Operating Loss Between $30 Mln And $35 Mln – Quick Facts

RTT News
July 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp. reported that it expects second-quarter sales to be $1.312 billion and estimates the operating loss to be between $30 million and $35 million. The company noted that its estimated second-quarter operating loss includes a litigation settlement charge of $49 million, closure and restructuring costs of $18 million, a charge of $5 million related to the impairment and write-down of property, plant and equipment, and depreciation and amortization of $93 million.

Domtar warns of operating loss, shares drop from The Canadian Press

Read More

Council tours TimberWest cut block to see affect it has on city watershed

Alberni Valley Times
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni city council and mayor visit cut block close to the city’s water supply in order to better understand what is going on in the hills surrounding the Alberni Valley and what it will do to residents’ water supply The City of Port Alberni takes its Bainbridge Lake watershed seriously. Which is why last Monday afternoon, council and some city staff went to tour TimberWest’s cut block, which is two kilometres uphill and east of the lake that supplies Port Alberni its water for part of the year. TimberWest sustainability vice-president and chief forester Domenico Iannidinardo had extended the invitation during an appearance at a May council meeting.

Read More

Catalyst pays $4,190,777 2013 municipal tax bill

Alberni Valley Times
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper paid its 2013 municipal tax bill of $4,190,777, out of which $3,801,120 is the municipal portion for the Port Alberni paper mill. As per the 2012 wastewater treatment facility and Redford street property sale agreement with the city, Catalyst Paper’s property taxes will be frozen for the next four years at the 2012 rate.f

Read More

Prices down, rates up, Housing starts wobble

Timber Industry Report
July 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Good news/bad news. Product prices are down and mortgage rates are up. Housing starts are lackluster, but unsold inventory is down. Seven-year trend of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below.

Read More

Double A enters the dissolving pulp market

Double A/IHB
July 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Double A enters the dissolving pulp market in response to significant growth in the market and the global demand in many enterprises. Double A has invested USD 6.1 million to upgrade its pulp production line in Thailand to supply the world’s textile industry with raw material from KHAN-NA. The demand for dissolving pulp has substantially increased during the last few years. The growing demand of dissolving pulp in the market is attributed to the consistent growth of regenerated cellulose fiber production, largely initiated by an increasing demand in China and other Asian countries.

Read More

Police charge anti-logging protesters at Ta Ann mill

ABC News
July 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Police have charged two forest campaigners over a protest which halted work at Ta Ann’s Smithton mill. There were among a group of 40 environmentalists who gained access to the timber veneer plant. They were from one of the groups outside of Tasmania’s forestry peace process. Activist Miranda Gibson says the protesters are worried about Ta Ann’s use of Malaysian timber. “In Sarawak, Ta Ann are involved in a timber industry that’s fraught with corruption,” she said.

Read More

Wood, Paper & Green Building

Structurlam technology on cutting edge of wood market

Penticton Western News
July 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

World-class technological innovation in building products has reached another rung in British Columbia. Structurlam Products, a structural wood product producer in B.C., has expanded its production facility in Okanagan Falls with a new building and machinery. The expansion will allow Structurlam to further commercialize their Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels through the development of the EcoStructure Wall System. “Wood has been enjoying a renaissance in the commercial construction market,” said Bill Downing, president, Structurlam Products

Read More

Home building requires range of materials and products

Bryan Tuckey: Midrise wooden structures would incorporate concrete, steel, fire-rated drywall
The Star
July 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

BILD and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association have been advocating for a fact-based discussion on the important issue of changing the Ontario Building Code to allow for six-store wood-frame construction. This change will improve both affordability and choice of new homes in the GTA — two significant challenges for today’s home buyers. Recently, a full-page advertisement discredited wood as a building material. It was disheartening to see that it contained misinformation and I would like to provide some clarity as well as a few facts.

Read More

Forestry

Logan Lake benefits from community forestry (video)

CFJC TV
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of teachers from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island visited Logan Lake today to learn about community forestry. The tour gave teachers an opportunity to see how a municipality can take charge of the forestry industry in their region and redistribute profits back into the community.

Read More

Access to timber increases in the Lumby area

Vernon Morning Star
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is offering a new woodlot licence near Lumby. The woodlot includes 1,138 hectares near Mabel Lake, with an allowable annual cut of 3,600 cubic metres. “Expanding the woodlot licence program is good for smaller communities like Lumby and will provide local employment opportunities,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA. Applications must be received at the Ministry of Forests’ Kamloops office by Aug. 21. “Woodlots create employment, support local forestry businesses and mills, and promote enhanced silviculture and stewardship of our forests,” said Steve Thomson, forests minister.

Read More

Emerald ash borer infests 40-year-old tree

Milton Canadian Champion
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A 40-year-old ash tree in the front yard of a Syer Drive home will be cut down Monday after an arborist discovered it infested with emerald ash borer (EAB). The tree, which Town officials believe is the first reported and confirmed case of EAB in Milton, was likely infested with the exotic beetle from Asia for three years before it showed signs of destruction, according to arborist Greg Hill. Hill, with Maple Hill Tree Services, said he made the discovery last week while passing through the neighbourhood near Laurier Avenue and Thompson Road.

Read More

Rainfall helps forest fire crews in western Labrador

Section of Trans-Labrador Highway re-opened
CBC News
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Department of Natural Resources officials have given the town of Wabush an update on the nearby forest fire that has been burning out of control since June 23. The fire is still about 27,000 hectares in size. Overnight, the fire burnt an additional 200 hectares in one area. About 60 personnel, three helicopters and an incident management team are in the area to combat the fire. Two water bombers are available, as well as an infrared scanner to identify hot spots.

Read More

CFI’s tree planting projects in East Africa

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

To date, planters in Canada have planted trees in order to raise over $98,000 to support Community Forests International’s (CFI) tree planting projects in East Africa. This global effort sees Canadian tree planters forgo a portion of their earnings in order to transfer their wages to a village-led tree planting project in one of Tanzania’s poorest regions. Over three weeks in June (7-27) co-founder Zach Melanson traveled to remote bush camps to share the organization’s work and plant alongside a few hundred tree planters from across the country.

Read More

Cambridge uses satellite to catalogue its tree canopy

The Record
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAMBRIDGE —Brian Geerts knows his tree trivia. “You know that maple leaf on the penny?” said the City of Cambridge’s horticulture and forestry services manager. “It’s actually a sycamore leaf.” View the city through his arborist’s eyes and unseen branches of reality emerge. Look past the tall, water-borne willow at Ellacott Lookout across the Speed River. Past the two swimming swans and the lily pads. You’ll see trees. Lots of trees.

Read More

Forest fires in central Labrador

One out, other still burning at Gull Island
The Labradorian
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire is still burning at Gull Island this morning. The fire was reported Monday afternoon and was knocked down by a water bomber. However, it flared up again on Wednesday, sending a blue haze of smoke over the upper Lake Melville area Wednesday evening. “Today (July 11) we have two water bombers, and two helicopters on the fire, with an assessment being done to determine when and if we will send in ground crews,” said Eric Earle,  communications officer with the Department of Natural Resources.

Fire burns 7.2 hectares near Happy Valley-Goose Bay from The Atlantic Farm Focus
Forest Fire officials expecting more fires than average season from The Atlantic Farm Focus

Read More

MNR wants input on managing forest fires

Climate change and ongoing northern development forces ministry to tackle fires in a new way
CBC News
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Expanding development in Ontario’s far north has the Ministry of Natural Resource re-thinking how it fights forest fires. A fire specialist with the ministry said, in the past, far-North fires were monitored and fought when they threatened communities. But David Heaman said “all the economic activity that’s going on, such as mining development, some forestry development, such as in the Pikangikum area,” means the ministry has to develop new strategies.

Read More

Crawfords named Woodlot Owner of the Year for central region

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Every year, woodland owners are nominated to recognize innovative steps to build a sustainable forest industry that supports communities through conservation and economic activity. “I want to extend my congratulations to Georgie and Helen Uhlman, Karl and Faye Crawford, and Henry and Elaine Van Berkel on being honoured this year, and to all woodland owners across the province for all they have done to share their love of forests with all Nova Scotians,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker.

Read More

Hearing Questions Forest Management

Payson Roundup
July 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

On the brink of the deadliest fire season in decades, federal agencies cut the ranks of their wildlands firefighters by 600, thanks to the automatic spending cuts contained in the “sequester” that grew out of the budget standoff in Congress. What’s perhaps worse, the Forest Service has for years been cutting money for forest management and restoration to feed into the maw of its $3-billion fire-fighting budget, which now consumes half of its budget….The death of 19 Prescott hotshot firefighters in the 8,400-acre Yarnell Hill blaze this season has cast a searing light on a problem decades in the making.

Read More

Montana man says budget cuts hamper ability to prevent wildfires

Great Falls Tribune
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Federal budget cuts are draining resources away from protecting national forests, leading to more wildfires that further divert personnel and funds, a Columbia Falls lumber executive told lawmakers Thursday. “We need to invest more resources up front to keep our forests green and healthy, rather than wait until they are dead and dying, or on fire,” Chuck Roady, vice president of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber, told members of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

Read More

Witnesses and Members Agree Active Forest Management Will Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

Committee on Natural Resources
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on “Wildfire and Forest Management.” The hearing focused on the need for increased forest management to reduce hazardous fuels and the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Last year, 9.3 million acres burned due to forest fires and was the third worst fire season on record for acres burned. Meanwhile only 200,000 acres were harvested last year by the U.S. Forest Service.

Read More

Local family farms urge logging restraint

Letter to U.S. Sens. Wyden and Merkley stressed the need for responsible logging that protects the environment
Mail Tribune
July 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Representatives of more than 30 family farms in Jackson and Josephine counties have sent a letter to Oregon’s U.S. senators, asking the lawmakers to remember small farms when considering the impact of increased logging on local watersheds. In the July 7 letter to Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, the farmers, mostly from organic operations, stressed their need for clean water and a healthy environment to produce their crops. “We are not opposed to responsible forest management on public lands managed by the BLM,” noted the letter, referring to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Read More

NSW Forestry Corp defends logging of koala habitat

ABC News, Australia
July 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The state’s Forestry Corporation denies any environmental damage was done when koala habitat in the Royal Camp State Forest near Casino was illegally logged. The organisation was recently issued with three $300 fines by the Environment Protection Authority. But regional manager Craig Busby says the breaches were administrative, and akin to staying too long in a parking lot. He says they involved the identification of koala droppings beneath trees. “The environmental interest groups were excavating koala scats, so it’s an indication that they were there historically,” Mr Busby said.

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Substituting Trees for Coal in Power Plants Would Take Us Backwards in the Fight Against Climate Change

The Blog
July 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

… Until recently, burning biomass — essentially plant material — for energy was considered renewable. The idea was to make energy out of unused wood scrap and residues that would otherwise go to waste, and in doing so avoid burning fossil fuels. On a small scale, this can be done responsibly. However, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, large utility-scale power plants are increasingly turning to burning biomass.

Read More

Sonoco nears cleaner energy source

Officials believe switch from coal-fired boilers will position Hartsville plant well for the future
Morning News
July 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Several energy industry leaders gathered to discuss clean energy technologies and the role those technologies will play in fueling the state’s future at the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance summit Thursday. One Pee Dee company already has its eye on the future. Sonoco, the global diversified packaging company, announced plans for a biomass boiler in December 2011 and since then construction has sped along at the manufacturing complex at the company’s headquarters in Hartsville.

Read More

Friends of the Earth and Searchinger Still Wrong about Biofuels

Global Renewable fuels Alliance
July 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TORONTO, Canada – Today the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) slammed a new study by Friends of the Earth for its glaring omissions and use of a controversial theory on land use impacts of biofuels. The report, Understanding the Biofuel Trade-offs between Indirect land use change (ILUC), Hunger and Poverty’, authored by Timothy Searchinger, relies on the unproven theory of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) and is silent on some of the underlying causes of global hunger when attempting to make a connection between biofuels production and food security..”

Read More

Pacific Carbon Trust’s growing surplus approaches $30 million, fuelling calls for its elimination

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
July 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Pacific Carbon Trust’s growing surplus is expected to climb to more than $30 million, further fuelling calls from critics to shut down the controversial Crown corporation. Under the system created in 2009, hospitals, schools and universities are forced to pay into the trust as compensation for their carbon emissions. This allows the B.C. government to claim the public sector is “carbon neutral.”

Read More

General

CFI’s tree planting projects in East Africa

Farm Focus
July 11, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Canadian tree planters pledged over $20,000 this past month to help communities in Tanzania plant their own trees, reforest & adapt to climate change challenges. To date, planters in Canada have planted trees in order to raise over $98,000 to support Community Forests International’s (CFI) tree planting projects in East Africa. This global effort sees Canadian tree planters forgo a portion of their earnings in order to transfer their wages to a village-led tree planting project in one of Tanzania’s poorest regions.

Read More