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Business & Politics

Forestry-product manufacturer bringing 40 jobs to Dorchester Co.

Live 5 News
July 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BID Group of Companies, a British Columbia-based maker of forestry products, announced Wednesday that it will establish its new Comact USA manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The building purchase and capital investments, totaling $3 million, is expected to generate 40 new jobs over the next two years. “We are thrilled to be expanding into the Southeast U.S.,” said Brian Fehr, CEO of the BID Group. “We are already filling orders now and we are excited to hit the ground running with this expansion.” The new Comact USA facility will be located at 176 Academy Road in St. George, and will have more than 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

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Mercer International cutting staff at BC mill

Reductions will impact 85 jobs
Pulp and Paper Canada
July 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mercer International Inc. has announced plans to cut jobs at its Celgar, BC pulp mill, in a bid to make it more competitive. About 85 jobs will be affected over the next five years, the company reported. The majority though, will be cut in the next 12 months. “It is essential for the long-term viability and sustainability of the Celgar mill that it maintains a competitive cost structure compared to other producers in the face of ever increasing costs and other challenges,” said Jimmy Lee, Mercer’s president and CEO.

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Barwick mill workers approve contract

Chronicle Journal
July 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new four-year contract for 130 workers at Barwick’s oriented-strand board mill is a sure sign that Northwestern Ontario’s beleaguered forestry sector is on the rebound, says the workers’ union. I think we are really starting to turn the corner when it comes to lumber and OSB (products),” Communications, Energy & Paperworkers staff rep Stephen Boon said Wednesday from his Dryden office. The agreement at the Ainsworth plant near Fort Frances, which was approved Tuesday by nearly 80 per cent of the workforce, provides total wage increases of 10 per cent as well as contract language improvements.

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Aspenware carving out a business partnership with aboriginal communities

A B.C. company’s partnership with Ontario First Nation may serve as blueprint for future investments
Toronto Star
July 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Deep in the Whiskey Jack Forest, in northwestern Ontario, a business partnership is being carved out — with knives and forks. In the coming weeks, members of the Wabauskang First Nation, 160 kilometres northeast of Kenora, will begin harvesting poplar trees and creating veneers for Aspenware, a B.C. company that makes single-use biodegradable wooden cutlery. It’s the company’s first partnership with a First Nations community, one it plans to replicate on other Ontario reserves. It is already drawing attention in the Senate, and some aboriginal leaders suggest it could serve as a blueprint for partnerships with other companies.

Wood cutlery contract keeps First Nations workers at home from CBC News
Partnering with First Nations to come to terms with past neglect from the Ottawa Citizen

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Port of Longview pursuing purchase of new log stacker

The Daily News
July 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Port of Longview officials want to buy an $850,000 log stacker to help keep up with the booming log export business. Commissioners approved Tuesday a request to seek bids for the used stacker, which would replace two older machines that need expensive repairs. Port officials said they have been using replacement stackers to fill the gaps, but they worry they could lose business without another stacker. “We’re facing a dilemma, at some point, of not having enough machines to service our customers,” Doug Averett, the port’s director of operations, told commissioners at their business meeting.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Kelowna: Two fires, one week and a call for better building standards

Kelowna Capital News
July 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Legacy Apartments on Rutland Road lived up to their name this week, leaving quite the legacy for 52 homes worth of people living in the trendy development when it burned Tuesday evening. …“…that’s the biggest challenge for the firefighters once it gets up in there because it’s gone above the sprinkler systems,” said Carlisle. “It renders (the sprinklers) basically ineffective.” B.C. fire chiefs would like to see wood-frame construction “fully sprinklered” with spray on balconies, in windows and roofs, he said.

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Housing Issues Status Summer 2013

Ontario Home Builder’s Association
July 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OHBA’s Housing Issues Status Report is a comprehensive source on major provincial housing issues that are currently being addressed or monitored by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. The report provides a brief overview on the status of various issues as well as external links to access more detailed information.  See page 10 for one-page summary on Six Floor Wood Construction.

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Forestry

Major ECO threats loom for Canadian economy: documents

Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Environment Canada is developing a new strategy, in the midst of multimillion-dollar cuts, to expand its capacity to evaluate the economic value of natural ecosystems, parks and wildlife, according to internal documents obtained by Postmedia News. …But the notes warned that several “major threats” – including irresponsible development of resources, invasive species, climate change and pollution – were causing “significant biodiversity loss.” “Conserving biodiversity is critical to the long-term health, prosperity and security of Canadians,” said the documents, released through access to information legislation.

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Project aims to revitalize rural B.C.

Eagle Valley News
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What began as a response to the deleterious impact of the mountain pine beetle has become a voice for economic and social prosperity for rural British Columbia. Since 2007, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, along with similar coalitions representing the Omenica and Cariboo-Chilcotin regions, has been working to mitigate the impact of the mountain pine beetle throughout the Interior. Collectively, these organizations have been working to address the plight of rural B.C. in the aftermath of the beetle epidemic which, along with market forces, have had a decimating impact on once-thriving, forestry-dependent communities.

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Evacuation alert issued over 40-hectare wildfire near Pemberton

Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Authorities alerted residents of 13 properties southeast of Pemberton that they should be ready to leave the area at a moment’s notice Wednesday afternoon as crews fought a 40-hectare wildfire near Lizzie Creek. Just before 7 p.m., six helicopters and 46 firefighters were still battling the blaze that was started by lightning on Monday. The Squamish Lillooet Regional District issued the evacuation alert earlier Wednesday for the properties located between the 15th and 22nd kilometres of the In-Shuk-ch Forest Service Road about seven kilometres southeast of Pemberton.

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Report calls for creation of wildland parks to protect headwaters, wildlife

Calgary Herald
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Turning large tracts of land along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies into parks is the best way to safeguard Alberta’s headwaters and protect the most vulnerable fish and wildlife, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, Protecting and Connecting Headwater Havens, by Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, asks the provincial government to designate about 2,570 square kilometres between Kananaskis Country and the United States border as wildland parks.

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Timber opportunities expand in Enderby area

Vernon Morning Star
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Access to timber is being expanded in the Enderby area. The provincial government is offering a new woodlot licence about 20 kilometres north of Enderby. It covers 1,186 hectares with an allowable annual cut of 3,000 cubic metres. “Woodlot operators often model excellent forest stewardship, and because they are often locally owned and operated, they support community jobs,” said Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA.

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Fire risk likely to elevate to ‘high’

Terrace Standard
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With scorching summer temperatures hitting home locally this week, the Northwest Fire Centre warns that the forest is at risk of sizzling too. Currently, Terrace’s fire risk is ‘moderate’ with some pockets north of Terrace already rated as ‘high’. But with hot temperatures forecasted for well into next week, Susanne Pearce, fire information officer for the Northwest Fire Centre said the rating for Terrace will likely move to ‘high’ in the coming days. Atlin, Watson Lake and Nadina regions are already at ‘high’ risk, Pearce said.

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B.C. sends wildfire help to northern Quebec

Global BC News
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia is sending fire-fighting crews to Quebec to help that province suppress wildfires that have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes. Forests Minister Steve Thomson says 100 people in five units will head to northern Quebec on Sunday. On Friday, winds were pushing flames away from Eastmain, which has been the most severely affected of five communities in Quebed. Over the past month, about 400,000 hectares of forest have been charred, power failures have been triggered and shipments of groceries to village stores have been hampered.

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New model for forest tenure moving along

Fort Frances Times Online
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With a modernized, inclusive forest tenure model in the works, the process is continuing along at the pre-engagement stage.  “I’m still trying to reach out to groups to talk about forest tenure,” noted Jeff Wiume of the Forest Tenure Implementation Team for the Northwest Region. “… The Ministry of Natural Resources is looking to modernize how the province licences, allocates, and prices Crown forests, with the idea to move locally towards an Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licences (eSFLs) company instead of Resolute Forest Products holding the licence for the Crossroute Forest Management Unit.

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Nova Scotia to ban whole- and full-tree harvesting, government says

Canadian Press
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s natural resources minister says the provincial government plans to ban whole- and full-tree harvesting after reviewing forestry practices across the country. Charlie Parker says the proposed amendments to regulations are intended to ensure the forestry industry is sustainable. Whole-tree harvesting involves the removal of entire trees from forests, while full-tree harvesting sees tree stumps and roots remain. The Christmas tree industry and non-forestry operations, such as land-clearing, real estate and agriculture, would be exempt from the rules.

Click here for a press release from Government of Nova Scotia

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Forest Fire Situation Stable in Northwest

Net News Ledger
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Hot humid weather in the region is not fully impacting forest fire danger. The Ministry of Natural Resources report, “The forest fire hazard is low and moderate for most of the region, a pocket of high in the Far North portion of the Sioux Lookout District”. As of July 16 no new fires had been confirmed. The MNR reports that “Good progress continues to be made on active fires in the region. Currently, there are 26 fires being monitored, 5 fires listed as Under Control and only 2 fires listed as Not Under Control”.

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Wind-whipped Superior wildfire grows to 2,100 acres as firefighters pulled

The Missoulian
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SUPERIOR – The winds won on Wednesday, driving firefighters off the mountain on the east side of the West Mullan fire at midafternoon. Potentially drenching thunderstorms bypassed the fire site north of Superior, but significant, unpredictable winds didn’t – a worst-case weather scenario as the fire that started Sunday just north of Superior grew from 1,800 to 2,100 acres by early evening. “Absolutely no moisture,” reported Pat McKelvey, spokesman for Tom Heintz’s Northern Rockies type 2 incident management team.

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Gull Island Fire Still Out of Control

VOCM
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Crews continue to battle a blaze still listed as out of control near Gull Island in Labrador. The forest fire now burning for more than a week is an estimated 2,400 hectares. Three waterbombers, four helicopters, and 35 personnel are on the scene. The team is also now using an infrared scanner to locate hot spots along the Trans Labrador Highway. The fire zone is about 50 kilometres from Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Gull Island fire still burning; no ground gained from the Labradorian

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Lightning sparks wildfires across Idaho

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

BOISE — A series of thunderstorms that moved across southern and central Idaho Tuesday has sparked more than a dozen wildfires in state and federal forests. Lightning ignited at least eight new fires on the Boise National Forest, which was hit by at least 4,000 lightning strikes Tuesday, and crews made more aggressive initial attacks on eight new blazes reported in the Payette National Forest. Officials are expecting to discover even more fires Wednesday as temperatures increase and hot and dry conditions persist into early next week.

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California wildfire forces thousands to flee

Hot, dry conditions persist as firefighters battle blaze
Associated Press
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

People fled from thousands of homes as a wildfire pushed toward Southern California mountain communities. Evacuation orders affected some 2,200 homes and 6,000 residents and visitors, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Carol Jandrall. Winds that were moving the fire into wilderness were beginning to change direction, said Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner. Very hot and dry conditions were forecast for the next two days, said Tina Rose, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Firefighters bracing for new blazes after lightning zaps Northwest

The Oregonian
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lightning front flashed across the Northwest on Tuesday, hitting Oregon and especially pummeling Washington state. Nearly 8,400 strikes were recorded in Washington, which had less than one-tenth of an inch of rain, said Robin DeMario, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. “That’s a lot of lightning with very little precipitation,” she said. Oregon, by comparison, was hit with about 860 strikes. DeMario said ground and air crews will be on the lookout for new starts.

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Pine Beetle Control

News Center 1
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Colorado Federal District Court has issued a ruling in favor of mountain pin beetle control in the Black Hills National Forest. The ruling arose from a claim by environmental groups that a 2005 federal forest plan should have relied on long discarded rules instead of contemporary requirements, including the need to handle the mountain pine beetle infestation. The Federal Court held that the environmental groups has unreasonably delayed their claims and current efforts to thin trees and otherwise address mountain pine beetle should move forward.

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Firefighters look for ways to attack Gold Creek fire

The Missoulian
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews are looking for ways to attack the Gold Creek fire 17 miles north of Missoula, which threatens a popular backpacking area. The fire apparently started from a lightning holdover in the trees about three miles east of Boulder Lake, just outside the Rattlesnake Wilderness. A pair of Hotshot crews and a type 2 management team have set up camp near the area and are looking for ways to begin defensive action, according to Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig. The fire has burned about 160 acres of heavy timber in very steep terrain, Hartwig said.

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Ash Borer Beetle: The Serial-Tree-Killer Is Spreading (WATCH)

HNGN
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The ash borer beetle has killed millions of trees around the country, and it’s spreading like wildfire. Some counties even have to be “quarantined” if the beetle shows up. The ash borer was first seen in the U.S in 2002 around Michigan, it most likely caught a ride to American on firewood transported from Asia, stopthebeetle.info, reported. The beetles leave telltale “D” shaped entry holes in the trees they infest, which usually die between two and four years of the initial assault, the N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Will Bioenergy With Carbon Capture Save Us?

Earth Techling
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

We don’t hear much these days about BECCS – that’s bioenergy with carbon capture and storage – as carbon capture in general struggles to fulfill its climate-change mitigation promise. But a new study out of Sweden says BECCS could save our bacon, and actually be pretty cost-effective, even if we don’t act quickly and forcefully enough to keep the global temperatures from rising more than 2°C. “The most policy relevant implication of our study is that even if current political gridlock causes global warming in excess of 2°C, we can reverse the temperature trend and reach targets later…”

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Getting biomass products into the building sector: new tools

Association tackles lack of knowledge around biomass HPAC systems
Pulp & Paper Canada
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

How do biomass systems fit into the commercial building centre? The Biomass Thermal Energy Council is aiming to answer that question with new tools for manufacturers, architects, project developers and engineers. The offerings include a resource library hosting more than 100 documents including policy overviews, case studies, and reports on technology, financing, health and the environment. The work is supported by a grant from the Wood Education and Resource Center of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Generating green energy and optimism

Merritt Herald
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Merritt Green Energy Project might be taking baby steps to get ahead, but it is exciting to watch the innovative plan move forward. Merritt is going to benefit from this plant in more ways than one. Dozens of people will find employment during the plant’s construction phase, and once it’s completed, the Green Energy Project will have about 20 full-time positions available. Local mills can safely and conscientiously dispose of their sawmill waste, bark and roadside debris, saving them money on fuel used to truck the waste away

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Climate change forces US Forest Service to shift its strategy on larger fires

KPCC
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Climate change is forcing the US Forest Service to rethink how it fights large wildfires. Global warming has increased the intensity of fires, forcing the USFS to spend more and more of its money fighting them. Now the agency has decided that it should be less aggressive in attacking big blazes, so long as they are not threatening property. In 1991, the US Forest Service’s spent 13 percent of its budget on fire management. Today, because of climate change, that figure is more than 50 percent, officials say.

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Reid blames climate change for Mount Charleston wildfire

The Associated Press
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — As firefighters head home from Southern Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday blamed “climate change” for the intense blaze that consumed 28,000 acres and drove hundreds of residents from their homes around Mount Charleston this month. Reid said the government should be spending “a lot more” on fire prevention, echoing elected officials who say the Forest Service should move more aggressively to remove brush and undergrowth that turn small fires into huge ones.

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PG&E, Wildlife Group Unite to Back Foreign Offsets in California

Bloomberg
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and the Wildlife Conservation Society joined forces today to endorse a plan that would allow California companies to use credits from forestry projects overseas to comply with state emissions limits. An advisory panel is issuing recommendations today on how to implement the plan. It would have to be approved by the state air board before power generators, refiners and other industrial polluters could buy and trade credits generated from the foreign forests to cover a share of their emissions in the state.

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Federal Court Decision Could Affect Biomass Industry

WAMC
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A recent decision in federal court holds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate emissions from biomass power plants. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard asked what that could mean for the industry in Massachusetts. The decision by the United States Court of Appeals ruled that under the Clean Air Act, the EPA must regulate carbon dioxide emissions from large-scale biomass power plants. The ruling effectively puts a halt to a three-year study begun by the EPA in 2011 to examine the environmental effects of biogenic carbon dioxide produced from biomass plants.

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Gambia: Afforestation Is Key to Climate Change Mitigation, Says Beakanyang President

All Africa
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The National President of Beakanyang Kafoo has said that massive tree planting is key to climate change mitigation. Mr Tumani Danjo was speaking recently on the 2nd leg of their community sensitization meetings in Draman village in Wuli West district of URR. According to him, his organization is bent on helping communities in the district to plant at least 5,000 trees this rainy season. Mr Danjo told the gathering the devastating impact of climate change on the country could be drastically mitigated if all Gambians and non-Gambians resident in the country are fully committed to planting more trees each year.

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UK Woodland Carbon Code launched on Markit Registry

UK Forestry Commission
July 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The United Kingdom’s Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) has been launched on the Markit Environmental Registry, enhancing transparency and accountability in the trade in British Woodland Carbon Units. Carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestered, or absorbed, by WCC-validated woodlands in the UK can be traded, and the development enables changes of ownership of each tonne to be tracked. The registry will also record when projects are registered and credits are listed, and when carbon units have been “used” by a company in its carbon account.

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General

West Fraser Announces Second Quarter Results

Marketwire press release
July 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. today reported earnings of $109 million or $2.54 per share on sales of $900 million in the second quarter of 2013. …Both SPF and SYP lumber prices experienced a sharp drop during the second quarter. U.S. housing continues to slowly recover and lumber prices have stabilized and shown some improvement in early July. We expect lumber prices to remain fairly volatile but with a gradual upward trend. B.C. and Alberta timber harvesting stumpage costs are set to increase in the third quarter but lumber productivity and cost reductions are expected to continue to improve over the next few quarters as we complete various major capital projects.

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