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Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Announces New Labour Agreement With Unionized Workers at Barwick Mill

Marketwire press release
July 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.(“Ainsworth” or the “Company”) announced today that a new four year labour agreement with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP Local 324-99) has been ratified by its union members. The new labour agreement involves approximately 130 employees at the Barwick, Ontario mill and will expire on July 31, 2017.

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Tjiwi Kimia Completes Purchase of Paper Mill Operator Oki

Investor Daily
July 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The weakening rupiah hasn’t hampered the pulp and paper industry, as a multi-million dollar purchase of a stake in a manufacturer by Tjiwi Kimia was completed last week. The Indonesian paper and stationery manufacturer is set to acquire a 35 percent stake in pulp, paper and tissue maker Oki Pulp & Paper Mills for Rp 300 billion ($30 million), with the closing transaction having taken place on July 11. Owned by Sinar Mas, a diversified Indonesian business group, Tjiwi Kimia bought the shares at a cost of Rp 1 million per share.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…The battery is being developed at the Energy Research Center at the University of Maryland in College Park. I really wasn’t sure what a wood battery would look like. I knew you could make a battery out of a potato and wires, so I figured maybe they were doing something similar with a block of wood. Wrong. The “wood” is actually microscopic wood fibers that are fashioned into thin sheets. The sheets are then coated with carbon nanotubes and packed into small metal discs.

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Forestry

Trees bouncing back from caterpillars

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

The local trees that received a bad haircut earlier this summer from an infestation of tent caterpillars seem to be recovering well. “Some varieties of trees took a hit but most that were ravaged are starting to come back, we are seeing re-growth of the leaves,” said Flavio Viola, the city’s manager of parks. “Any trees that don’t make it, we will be replacing but we expect a good survival rate.” The municipality did do little to ward off the little plague of caterpillars, since “they were really more of a nuisance,” Viola said.

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Charred forest covers hillside

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

BC’s Wildfire Management Branch is calling Sunday’s fire person-caused. On Tuesday, Fire Information Officer Kayla Pepper said the investigation into the wildfire at Ellison Provincial Park is continuing, but an exact cause is not yet known. “There are 10 fire fighters heading out to patrol the site today to check for hot spots. We haven’t seen any increase in fire behaviour,” said Pepper. She credits the quick response of Vernon Fire Department, local wildfire crews, and air tanker support with getting the blaze under control so quickly.

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More Cariboo wildfire personnel headed to the Yukon

Welcome to Williams Lake
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wildfire Management Branch is sending another 42 personnel to the Yukon to help with fire suppression efforts, including a 20-person Unit Crew from the Cariboo Fire Centre. Typically a Unit Crews is deployed to larger fires. It establishes pump and hose lines, digs fireguards and removes fuel from a wildfire’s path using back burns. A total of 71 Wildfire Management Branch staff have now been deployed to the Yukon.

Click here for a press release from BC Government

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BC will have to learn to embrace its resource sector

by Roslyn Kunin – Forget tourism. Forget a government job. The resource sector is the only one most likely to offer well-paying jobs
Troy Media
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…There are huge tracts of forests and green spaces replete with local wildlife, still virtually untouched by any sign of human interference, whose beauty can be enjoyed while hiking, camping or just watching from the deck of a passing cruise ship. And we want to keep it that way, for ourselves and for those who come here. …The B.C. sector most likely to offer well paying jobs with ample vacation time is the resource sector. Forestry, mining, energy and supporting transportation and infrastructure are the major sources of good jobs, wealth and government revenue in the province – the very ones that could harm the look of our province if we are not careful.

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Forest inspections down by two-thirds, watchdog says

Fewer officers inspect greater number of activities on Crown land
The Daily News
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An independent watchdog has found that the provincial government’s forest and range inspections have fallen by two-thirds. A report from the Forest Practices Board shows that inspections dropped for a variety of reasons in recent years. One was the 2010 consolidation of natural resource ministries. Fewer natural resource officers now inspect a much greater number and range of activities on Crown land. They inspect dams, recreation activities, open burning, litter and illegal structures such as cabins and docks.

Forest Inspections down by one-third, says watchdog from The Vancouver Sun
BC forestry inspections down by a third since 2009 from the Globe and Mail
Fewer forest inspections raise alarms from Forest Practices Board from the Victoria Times Colonist
Forestry inspections down from the Prince George Citizen

Click here for a press release from BC Forest Practices Board

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Cause of Mount Moriah forest fire still undetermined

The Western Star
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK Fire officials are requesting residents take precautions when lighting fires during moderate to high forest fire index conditions following Monday’s blaze in the Serpentine Road area of Mount Moriah. Even though there is no fire ban in the area, forest fire duty officer Boyd Pittman strongly advised residents to be careful and not to have open fires. “If you are ever in the woods at this time of year when indexes are high and conditions are dry, fires should not be lit,” said .

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Man dies in tractor-trailer crash

CBC News
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A man is dead after the loaded pulp truck he was driving left a logging road and went down an embankment Tuesday morning.  Shortly after 8 a.m., officers with the Schreiber detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, Terrace Bay Emergency Medical Services and Terrace Bay Fire Department responded to the fatal accident involving the one tractor-trailer, about 10 km north of Terrace Bay, Ont., on what’s commonly called the Mill Road.

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Slow year for forest fires

Kenora Online
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources is seeing less fires this year, than in previous years. Fire information officer Heather Pridham says there’s a large difference between the number of fires in the province over the last two years. “On July 15 2012 we had 869 fires. One July 15 2013 we only have 379 fires to date. There’s quite a difference there, and quite a large difference between hectares burned to date this year, compared to last year,” she said. She says it’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason for the reduction in the amount of fires.

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Forest fires force evacuation of Quebec town

CBC News
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest fires have forced 93 people from their homes on Quebec’s north shore. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, residents of Baie-Johan-Beetz were awakened by police and told to pack their bags. Police asked residents to seek safety in the town of Havre-Saint-Pierre, about an hour’s drive west of their village. The regional head of civil protection, Jacques Jacques Viger, said the fire has been burning for a week.

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Forest fire index climbing on P.E.I.

All burning permits in the province have been cancelled
CBC News
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

All burning permits on Prince Edward Island have been cancelled after days of record-breaking heat and tinder-dry conditions.  The rating for forests in the central and southeastern parts of the province was pushed to very high on Tuesday morning. The index for the rest of the province is considered high. Provincial forestry officials say they hope campers will play it safe and skip open fires altogether.

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Smokey Bear Gives Bear Hugs in New Wildfire Prevention Campaign

USDA
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Imagine dousing your campfire then getting a big bear hug from Smokey Bear, the iconic symbol of wildfire prevention for nearly 70 years. That’s the idea behind three videos in a new series of Smokey Bear public service advertisements released July 12, 2013, designed to raise awareness about wildfire prevention. The Smokey Bear campaign is the longest running PSA campaign in U.S. History. The new ads will feature his well-known tagline, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.” The new twist is the bear hugs. “As he approaches his seventieth birthday, Smokey remains the country’s renowned and beloved ‘spokesbear’ for fire prevention,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

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House Passes Stripped-Down but Pro-Forestry Farm Bill

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new version of the Farm Bill by a narrow 216-208 margin. The bill omits the contentious food stamp provisions that divided the House in June, but includes key provisions supportive of the forestry industry. The bill includes the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act and requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biobased Markets Program to include forest products. The Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act limits the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate forest run-off, meaning the EPA must continue to treat forestry operations, including logging roads, as non-point sources of pollution under the Clean Water Act.

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Surging wildfire in Southern California mountains burns 7 homes, threatens dozens more

Associated Press
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DYLLWILD, Calif. – A wildfire in mountains west of Palm Springs burned seven homes and led to the evacuation of dozens more, officials said. The blaze destroyed three houses, damaged another and destroyed three mobile homes, a cabin, a garage and about a half-dozen vehicles, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement Tuesday. The wildfire started Monday between Palm Springs and Hemet, near the rural Riverside County community of Mountain Center, and a day later had surged to about 14 square miles. More than 2,200 firefighters and 25 aircraft had the blaze 10 per cent contained.

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Logger’s legs broken after tree falls on him at Gales Creek; Coast Guard assists rescue

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

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter helped rescue an injured logger in the Gales Creek area this morning after a tree fell on the man, breaking his legs, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue. Fire crews responded shortly after 6 a.m. to the scene, located a couple of miles off Oregon 6 on the western edge of Washington County, said Capt. Chris Woodford, a Forest Grove fire spokesman. The logger was in a deep ravine, about 400 feet down from the road, Woodford said, so firefighters responded with their technical rescue team.

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Controlling Wildfires: Local Versus Global Solutions

Montana Public Radio
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s wildfire season continues to develop slowly, but elsewhere in the American West, the wildfire season started early and violently. By early June wildfires were raging across Colorado where the Black Forest fire burned 22 square miles and destroyed almost 500 homes, leaving two dead by mid-June. Then at the end of June, in Yarnell, Arizona, 19 “hotshot” firefighters died as a wildfire suddenly surrounded and trapped them. Recently the West seems to have been doubly cursed by nature: Our wildfires are starting earlier, burning larger areas with higher intensity and lasting longer.

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Forest Service orchard aims to protect and restore whitebark pine

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

BOZEMAN, Mont. – About 15 miles up a dirt road into the Little Bear drainage, at an elevation of 8,300 feet lies a five-acre orchard of whitebark pine seedlings. I followed forestry technician Clay Demastus to get there. But they’re no ordinary whitebark pine seedlings. They come from cones resistant to a non-native infection threatening the species- white pine blister rust. White Pine Blister Rust infects trees through the needles and then works its way through the tree, forming cankers, which eventually kills the tree. “You kind of have the pine beetle hitting the mature trees. You have the blister rust hitting more of the younger generation and so, they’re kind of getting it from both ends,” says Demastus.

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Meet and learn from state’s top forestry specialists at a Forest Owners Field Day

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do you own forestland? Or do you have dreams of owning a small woodlot someday? Either way, you may be interested in attending a Forest Owners Field Day; the next events are July 27 in Sumas and August 24 in Forks. Forestland management can be challenging but also rewarding. These low-cost educational events staged by Washington State University Extension and DNR are chock full of classes, workshops and activities to help you accomplish your forestland management objectives.

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Damaging non-native forest pests at home in northeastern US

Phys Org
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Beginning with early colonists who landed in the New World loaded with dreams, grit and perhaps the continent’s first alien forest pests, and continuing today with the expansion of global trade, the northeastern United States has been ground zero for damaging non-native forest pest invasions.

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Govt helps forestry industry take root

China Daily
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government should put forward more measures to support forestry to both boost farmer income and protect the environment, said a senior political adviser and leading economist. The area of forestry farms owned by village governments is about 2.7 billion mu (180 million hectares), Li Yining, an economics professor at Peking University, told China Daily during an exclusive interview. Li, a member of the standing committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, was a PhD tutor to Premier Li Keqiang in the 1990s.

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Isle of Man deadly tree disease spread ‘considerable’

BBC News
July 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A recent survey by the Manx Forestry Commission has shown a “considerable” spread of a deadly tree disease in the north of the Isle of Man. Phytophthora ramorum was first found on the island in 2011 during a routine aerial inspection of Manx plantations. More than 9,000 cubic metres (317,832 cubic feet) of trees were felled in the Colden and Ballaugh areas as part of efforts to control the disease. Northern Forester, Jason Bolt, said the recent spread is considerable.

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Forestry levy goes to Minister for decision

Radio New Zealand
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Growers Levy Trust has lodged its application to the Government for the introduction of a compulsory levy on all harvested logs. The application follows the referendum of forest growers earlier this year when 85% of 580 growers who voted supported a levy. Trust chair Geoff Thompson says the levy of up to 30 cents a tonne of harvested wood, will raise about $6.5 million dollars a year, and will be used to enhance the activity of the forest industry.

Forest levy takes important step from The Voxy

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Tasmania police to charge anti-logging activists for trespassing Ta Ann mill in Huon Valley

ABC15.com
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian police will charge 18 anti-logging activists who stopped work at timber mill in the state’s south. About 40 protesters blocked access to the Ta Ann mill near Judbury in the Huon Valley. Jenny Weber from the Huon Valley Environment Centre says the protest coincided with a tree sit that has stopped logging in the Esperance forest. “Ta Ann is still receiving a controversial wood supply and selling that on the international market,” she said. Deputy Premier Bryan Green says Ms Weber’s group is wrong.

Wilderness Society labels ant-logging protests ‘unhelpful’ from ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Schools lose in carbon offset shell game

By Geoff Johnson
Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Now that new Environment Minister Mary Polak has been instructed by Premier Christy Clark to review the $30-million surplus the Pacific Carbon Trust has accumulated at the expense of hospitals, school districts and universities, Frank Lento may be a little happier. The chair of the South East Kootenay school district, you’ll recall, is still mad as you-know-what about his district’s legislated obligation to fork over $80,000 to the Pacific Carbon Trust to buy carbon offsets — a practice Mark Jaccard, the Simon Fraser resource economist and one of the fathers of the carbon tax, mocks by comparing it to the medieval church practice of selling dispensations or “pardons” to wealthy sinners to square up their spiritual accounts.

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Huge central Oregon timber stand could become carbon offset, Portland auctioneer says

The Oregonian
July 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE – Portland realtor John Rosenthal leans against the wooden railing of a fire lookout, gazing east toward the lonesome Mill Creek and Bridge Creek wilderness areas. Below the 80-foot structure spreads a rugged, 32,475-acre tapestry of a pine-fir-larch forest that Rosenthal plans to auction July 25 in an unusual timberland sale. Rosenthal believes buyers will be as interested in carbon sequestration and recreational uses as they are in the timber volume of the huge stand belonging to Ochoco Lumber Co.

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Dominion’s Altavista biomass plant commercially operational

NewsAdvance.com
July 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Dominion’s Altavista power station came back online commercially Friday as a biomass facility after closing in 2010. The Altavista site originally was slated for operation in May, but that step was delayed when testing the equipment took longer than expected, Dominion spokesman Greg Edwards said. The power station is one of three Dominion Virginia Power facilities earmarked for conversion from coal-fired power plants to sites burning mostly waste wood from regional timbering operations, the energy provider said Monday.

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Climate Change Impacts Forests in Argentina: Birds Preyed on by Parasites

Science World Report
July 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change has struck again. This time, it’s impacting forests in Argentina. New research has revealed that increases in precipitation and changes in vegetative structure in these forests have led to increased parasitism of young nesting birds by fly larvae. This is bad news for the diversity of these avian species. In temperate and tropical areas of the Americas, wild bird chicks are at the mercy of parasitic flies. These insects have larvae that burrow under the skin of baby birds to feed on their flesh, causing a disease known as subcutaneous myiasis.

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