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Daily Archives: July 16, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

One Forester’s take on the 2013 Budget for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

By Anthony Britneff
Anthony Britneff, RPF (ret)
July 16, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West, International

Anthony Britneff

In this year’s budget debate for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (MFLNRO), the loyal Opposition posed some really interesting questions on topics that really matter to British Columbians; topics such as wildfire protection surrounding communities; TFL tenure; industrial water usage and fees (e.g., for fracking) and sustainability of forest management especially with respect to forests, animals and habitat. As a registered professional forester (retired), I find many of the Minister’s answers to questions from the loyal Opposition to be weak failing to inspire confidence in how the government is managing our publicly owned natural resources.

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Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
July 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

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. Lumber: The pace of sales activity in the SPF lumber market increased, allowing producers to raise prices, particularly narrow width levels. Wholesalers purchased speculative volumes early or at midweek which, combined with a down move in futures on Thursday, generated some nervousness among them.

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Victoria helping Courtenay company to develop former sawmill site

Comox Valley Record
July 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Courtenay forestry company is receiving up to $145,204 from the B.C. government to help turn an unused lot, the site of a former sawmill, into a multi-use complex, MLA Don McRae announced Friday. The location is at the site of a former sawmill operated by SCG Forest Inc. in the southern part of the city on Comox Logging Road. SCG Forest Inc. is an affiliate of Korean company Seoul City Gas Inc. The multi-use complex would include residential development, a meeting and information centre, restaurants, commercial store space, and gardens, BC Government Caucus Communications said in a news release.

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Lac-Mégantic’s largest employer relies on railway through town

July 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC — Lac-Mégantic has developed manufacturing jobs in the clothing sector, including women’s undergarments (in the past), granite and forest products. Like other small towns in Quebec and across Canada, the combination of natural endowments, such as nearby forest resources or hydro power, and the coming of the railway in the 19th century, led to economic development. The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train, which exploded last week in the centre of Lac-Mégantic taking 50 lives and levelling much of the downtown core, was carrying crude oil from North Dakota to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B.

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Lac-Mégantic’s largest employer relies on railway through town

July 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC — Lac-Mégantic has developed manufacturing jobs in the clothing sector, including women’s undergarments (in the past), granite and forest products. Like other small towns in Quebec and across Canada, the combination of natural endowments, such as nearby forest resources or hydro power, and the coming of the railway in the 19th century, led to economic development. The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train, which exploded last week in the centre of Lac-Mégantic taking 50 lives and levelling much of the downtown core, was carrying crude oil from North Dakota to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B.

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State To Spend $10 Million On Coos Bay Rail Upgrades

OPB
July 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Coos Bay rail line is getting a boost in state funding. Oregon lawmakers set aside $10 million for work on the line. It’s a key link running 134 miles between the southwestern coast and the Willamette Valley. The Port of Coos Bay bought the line in 2009, after its previous owners abruptly shut down the service. That left commodities stranded all over the region. Wood products, steel and dairy feed are all shipped using the line.

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South-east SA timber industry urged to reinvent itself to stay competitive

ABC News, Australia
July 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The South Australian Government says the south-east timber industry will have to change its business model if it is to remain competitive. Manufacturing Minister Tom Kenyon released a second draft report exploring future options for the industry, including biofuel production, at a meeting in Mount Gambier last night. He also announced two funding grants, with $7.8 million offered to Timberlink’s Tarpeena sawmill and $80,000 for an innovation program.

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Timber Qld says tax take too much

ABC News, Australia
July 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber Queensland says an increase in royalties is to blame for the collapse of a major processor in Toowoomba, NK Collins, which has called in administrators. It is Australia’s largest cypress processor and operates mills throughout southern Queensland. Timber Queensland spokesman Rod McInnes says the State Government recently increased the fees it charges millers to access its cypress stands.

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Toowoomba timber company succumbs to tough times

ABC News, Australia
July 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The administrators of a large Toowoomba-based timber company are looking for buyers for the 65-year-old company. Queensland’s largest cypress processor NK Collins is in voluntary receivership. The company currently employs about 40 people and operates five mills in southern and western Queensland . Liquidator Terry Van Der Velde, from SV Partners, says the company isn’t in a position to trade its way out of difficulty.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

What’s special about this West Vancouver house? Its main building material, for starters

Globe and Mail
July 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is famous for its post-and-beam architecture of cedar, pine, hemlock and fir. But for a growing number of situations, the material of choice is a different kind of wood altogether: cross-laminated timber. The ultra-strong engineered wood is what architect Greg Dowling chose as the main structural material for his own residence. Although a growing number of architects are looking at cross-laminated timber (CLT) for their larger projects, this is the first house in North America to use CLT as the main building material – floors, walls and ceilings – according to Mr. Dowling.

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New Ottawa big box toy store snapped together like Lego blocks

Modular wood panel construction a speedy, cheap alternative to steel structure
Ottawa Citizen
July 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Cross-laminated timber is a new construction material which arrives on site ready to snap together. So it’s fitting that the first building in Ottawa to use the emerging technology is a store that carries Lego. Playvalue Toys is set to open this week in an airy new 16,200-square-foot store and warehouse at 130 David Manchester Road in the west end of Ottawa. Among the thousands of toys, including play structures and trampolines, is a large selection of Lego, the plastic building system loved by kids.

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Cradle to Cradle Certification Included in Newest Version of LEED

SustainableBusiness.com News
July 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

As pressure builds from special interests for the federal government to ditch its preference for LEED certification of buildings, the latest version of LEED has been approved, making it more powerful than ever… For wood products, the credit requires products “certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or USGBC-approved equivalent.” Reused or recycled materials are the other primary means for achievement of this credit. Products sourced within 100 miles are valued at 200% of their cost.

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New law puts timber on a level playing field

Tallahassee.org
July 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The passage of Florida House Bill 269 provides economic relief to the areas of our state dependent on timber to make a living. Gov. Rick Scott signed this legislation into law, recognizing its impact on Florida’s timber industry. This sensible bill is a win for land owners, wood producers and consuming mills, as it encourages the use of state-sourced wood products for public building projects. It increases market access for our businesses, which will increase commerce and stabilize employment in this vital economic sector, which generates substantial tax revenues for communities across Florida.

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Forestry

NWT mayors monitor forest fires

HQ Yellowknife
July 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yellowknife, NWT – Both Mayors of Hay River and Yellowknife are keeping themselves updated on the wild fires burning across the Northwest Territories. Just last week the community of Wrigley, about 750 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife, was evacuated because of concerns about heavy smoke in the area from a fire burning close by. The residents have since returned home. River Mayor Andrew Cassidy says he’s is keeping an eye on where the fires are burning.

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Trapper taking loggers, gov’t to court

Prince George Citizen
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George-based guide outfitter and trapper has filed a lawsuit against the provincial government and a long list of sawmill operators and logging companies, claiming their activities have interfered with his ability to run his businesses. In the lawsuit, filed June 26 at the Prince George courthouse, Harry Chingee argues the road building and logging by the companies “significantly reduced” the wildlife on the lands covered by his guiding certificate and two trapline registrations. By doing so, the companies injured Chingee’s profit and other property rights, according to the claim.

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CSI: Cedar Science Investigators

July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To unlock the secrets of B.C.’s past, Lori Daniels and her lab look deep inside some of the province’s longest living inhabitants – old growth trees. “We call ourselves CSI detectives … the Cedar Science Investigators,” said Daniels, a professor in the Faculty of Forestry who studies tree rings. Tree rings can tell you a lot if you know what to look for. The rings reveal a tree’s age, how fast it grew, when it died, what the forest looked like, whether it survived a fire or pest outbreak, and past climates.

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Forest fires: Worst is over near James Bay

The Gazette
July 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Thousands of hectares of forests in northern Quebec are still on fire, but the worst is over for people living in a community near James Bay, provincial government officials said Monday. Hundreds of firefighters are working on nine fires, located mainly on Quebec’s north shore, said Laurie Couture, a spokesperson for the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu, the provincial agency that combats forest fires in Quebec. As of Monday morning, 61,500 hectares of forest were still in flames, but all the fires were under control, Couture said.

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Mount Moriah forest fire threat contained

The Western Star
July 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK Residents of the Mount Moriah area found themselves facing clouds of smoke from their own small-scale forest fire on Monday. Forestry and fire department officials first responded to the fire at around 3:30 p.m. at a location in the Serpentine Road area. At the time, RCMP requested that the general public remain away from the area while crews attempted contained the blaze.

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Report: Ariz. wildfire that killed 19 firefighters was quick, erratic; resources were limited

Associated Press
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX – An Arizona wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly blazed into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly order more resources in the hours before flames killed 19 members of an elite Hotshot crew, according to a report released Monday. The report from the Arizona State Forestry Division provides precise detail about the response to the fire that began June 28 outside the small town of Yarnell, including the unpredictable weather around the blaze and the exact times in which it escalated and key resources were deployed.

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Firefighters hit 700-acre Superior wildfire from air and land

The Missoulian
July 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUPERIOR – The West Mullan fire defense started at dawn on Monday, as local crews burned out brush above homes against the hillside to prevent the main fire from reaching them. What started as a small grass fire Sunday afternoon grew to 150 acres by nightfall. By Monday morning, aerial mapping showed at least 700 acres scorched. “It went from a quarter-acre to one acre in five minutes,” said Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Lapinski, who was one of the first on the scene Sunday evening. “You could see how you could die in a fire really easy. It ran up that hill quicker than a man could run up it.”

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Forest Service plans controlled burns near Naches

KIMATV.com
July 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest fire specialists plan to begin controlled burns later this week in a 6,800-acre Naches Ranger District project area. Initially, they plan to ignite 50-100 acres around an under burn unit within the Rattlesnake Creek drainage, located southwest of the Nile. Members of the public recreating on the national forest might see smoke from the controlled burns. Residents in nearby communities, such as Nile, Cliffdell and Naches might also see smoke.

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Beetle war needs leaders

Rapid City Journal
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state of affairs on the Black Hills National Forest and what the future holds for the U.S. Forest Service are neither matters for prophets, nor are they unknown to us. Trends are down at the very moment in history when trends need to be going up. Congress made up its mind, and everyone is paying. The USFS budget is down 20 percent in thinning and fuels reduction since 2010. The entire timber sale program makes up about 25 percent of the USFS budget, so you can do the math. All programs are not hit equally, but the trend is not good.

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Idaho wildfires burn as temperatures soar near 100

Associated Press
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildfires kept crews busy as temperatures across the state soared to near 100 degrees. A lightning-caused fire has burned nearly six square miles of grass, brush and timber in the Salmon-Challis National Forest about 40 miles west of Salmon. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Mike McMillan says the fire, which was reported Sunday, is burning in rugged terrain that prevents the blaze from being fought on the ground. A sky crane helicopter that can drop 2,000 gallons is working on the Papoose Fire.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Contentious forest carbon program could cost taxpayers, critics charge

Victoria’s plan to sell tree-planting carbon offsets to businesses under fire as NDP raises concerns over Pacific Carbon Trust’s potential involvement
Business in Vancouver
July 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new provincial government scheme to fund reforestation by selling carbon credits is supposed to steer private-sector money into public forests – but taxpayers could still be stuck with the bill, says the NDP’s forestry critic. The B.C. Forest Carbon Partnership Program plans to sell carbon offset credits to corporations to plant trees in areas affected by forest fires or the mountain pine beetle infestation. But Macdonald countered that the government has been underfunding silviculture for years and did not adequately plan during the gradual expansion of the mountain pine beetle infestation in its early stages.

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Forest Biomass Loses In Court Ruling

Earth Techling
July 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Conservation groups won a victory last week in the fight over the regulation of biomass energy production and the strange thing is there were some liberals on the other side of the issue. In a 2-1 decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel in the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a 2011 Environmental Protection Agency rule that deferred for three years regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from biomass burning in the same manner the agency regulates plants that burn fossil fuels.

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Western Slope hoping for biofuels jobs

Associated Press
July 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A biofuels company moving to Colorado is heating up competition for jobs among local communities across the state hoping to reap some of the benefits. Cool Planet Energy Systems Inc. has developed a technique to convert biomass into high-octane gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel by converting corncobs and trees killed by pine and spruce beetles, and there are plenty of those commodities in Colorado. The company said it’s good for its bottom line and good for the environment.

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Cutting Carbon through Industrial Energy Efficiency: The Case of Midwest Pulp and Paper Mills

Insights
July 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

While manufacturing is a critical part of the U.S. economy, it’s struggled over the last several years—both financially and environmentally… The good news is that energy efficiency can help U.S. manufacturing increase profits, protect jobs, and lead the development of a low-carbon economy. The Midwest’s pulp and paper industry is a case in point: New WRI analysis finds that the pulp and paper sector—the third-largest energy user in U.S. manufacturing—could cost-effectively reduce its energy use in the Midwest by 25 percent through use of existing technologies.

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General

Fighting flames

Journal Pioneer
July 15, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada East, Canada

LOWER FREETOWN – With temperatures pushing the mercury north of 30 degrees on Monday, Kinkora fire Chief Adam Baldwin and his crew had their work cut out for them. Shortly after 2 p.m., the Kinkora Fire Department received a call of a forest fire near the banks of the Dunk River, between Lower Freetown and the Trans Canada Highway. The location would prove to be a challenge for the crews, Baldwin said. “We had trouble locating where the fire was. We could see the smoke but there was no way of getting to it. There was no road access to it whatsoever.”

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CSI: Cedar Science Investigators

July 16, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

To unlock the secrets of B.C.’s past, Lori Daniels and her lab look deep inside some of the province’s longest living inhabitants – old growth trees. “We call ourselves CSI detectives … the Cedar Science Investigators,” said Daniels, a professor in the Faculty of Forestry who studies tree rings. Tree rings can tell you a lot if you know what to look for. The rings reveal a tree’s age, how fast it grew, when it died, what the forest looked like, whether it survived a fire or pest outbreak, and past climates.

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