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Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

Business & Politics

Resolute offers lumber to destroyed Canadian town

Charlotte Business Journal
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Resolute Forest Products Inc., which operates a huge paper and pulp mill in York County, will give about $50,000 in lumber to help rebuild Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian town almost destroyed by a train derailment and explosion earlier this month. “As a large company in Quebec, we believe we have an important role to play in assisting the community during this difficult time,” Richard Garneau, chief executive of Resolute Forest Products, says in a news release about the donation.

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WorkSafeBC investigating explosion and fire at Prince George sawmill

Vancouver Sun
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An explosion that injured a worker in a Prince George sawmill Monday did not cause a potentially more-harmful secondary dust explosion because the mill was diligent in removing the dust, says the mill owner, Carrier Lumber president Bill Kordyban. An initial or primary explosion can disturb fine dust that has accumulated in areas such as rafters, which once airborne can cause a large explosion known as a secondary explosion.

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Rustad echoes Liberal comments on release of mill explosion report

HQ Prince George
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s Aboriginal Relations Minister is repeating comments made by his BC Liberal colleagues regarding the delayed release of the BC Safety Authority report into the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion. The NDP is leading the charge accusing the government of witholding vital safety information, but John Rustad says Crown Counsel must have exclusive access to the document in order to properly assess if charges should be laid without a media frenzy in their face.

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Miramichi mill has plenty of wood, Irving says

CBC News
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd. is forcefully rejecting suggestions that a shift of some Crown wood to their Chipman mill is to blame for the looming shutdown of a Miramichi sawmill. Irving spokesperson Mary Keith says Miramichi Lumber Products has plenty of its own allocation on Crown lands that it hasn’t used. Miramichi Lumber CFO Hal Raper previously told CBC News that the licensee operating the public forests in the Miramichi area, Fornebu, was allowing saw logs to go to JDI, depriving the local mill of that wood. That prompted a strongly-worded statement from Keith, who called the suggestion “absolutely false.”

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Has the Housing Recovery Hit a Second-Half Snag?

Homebuilders and related plays have lost momentum… has the broader real estate market, too?
The Slant
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

One of the biggest stories of the last year or so is the recovery in the housing market and U.S. home prices… But will the rally in the housing market continue? Walter Kurtz over at the blog Sober Look offers some data that it will: namely, lumber futures. Lumber futures were a good predictor of the rebound in U.S. housing starts, since obviously builders needed more wood for their properties. Large declines earlier this year eventually translated into weaker home construction in June.

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Boise Cascade Buys a Pair of Carolina Plywood Mills

Woodworking Network
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, ID – Boise Cascade will expand its plywood holdings in the southeast by agreeing to purchase two mills from Wood Resources. The acquisitions of Chester Wood Products and Moncure Plywood are expected to be finalized by this fall. Chester Wood Products, based in Chester, SC, manufactures softwood plywood panels and veneer for a variety of end markets. Moncure Plywood of Moncure, NC, is a flexible specialty plywood mill that produces both hardwood and softwood panels.

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Brookfield Closes Sale of Longview Timber and Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging

Marketwired
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. announced today that it closed the previously disclosed sales of Longview Timber and Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging in two separate transactions for aggregate proceeds of $3.675 billion. Brookfield sold Longview Timber to Weyerhaeuser Co. for $2.65 billion. After repayment of debt and distribution of proceeds to both Brookfield private fund investors and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, net cash proceeds to Brookfield were approximately $600 million.

Weyerhaeuser Completes Acquisition of Longview Timber LLC from PRNewswire

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Forestry

Protecting half the boreal forest not good for economy: Dolter

The Western Star
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

CORNER BROOK — Canada may theoretically have the opportunity to do it, but Sean Dolter says it may be impractical to preserve half of the country’s boreal forest from development. …Dolter, who is currently on sabbatical from his job as general manager of the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador, had not yet read the actual report when contacted by The Western Star. He did say that Canada gets the lion’s share of the pressure to conserve more boreal forest at the global level, likely because the country has the most of it.

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Public Involvement in Forest Management Planning in BC

BC Forest Practices Board
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many forest licensees have effective approaches to public information and involvement that go well beyond the basic legal requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). In the Board’s experience, these licensees enjoy a higher level of public confidence and receive fewer complaints than those who do not.  The Board believes that effective public involvement requires providing an opportunity for informed public input at the appropriate planning level.

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Promoting Sustainable Forestry to the Next Generation

SFI Blog Good for Forests
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

It’s been a great week at the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree, where SFI is helping thousands of the 35,000 scouts, leaders and family members attending to learn more about sustainable forestry and responsible purchasing of forest products. SFI volunteers are staffing the SFI tent on the Jamboree’s Conservation Trail. Scouts are participating in the “Conservation Challenge” developed by the West Virginia Division of Forestry and co-sponsored by SFI, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters. Here, scouts are learning concepts and facts and then completing an online quiz about forestry and sustainability.

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Forest Fires Turning Alaska’s Boreal Forests Into Deciduous Woodlands

redOrbit.com
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One of the most flammable high-altitude regions of the world, a 2,000-square-kilometer zone in the Yukon Flats of interior Alaska has seen dramatic increases in both the frequency and severity of fires in recent decades. A research team led by the University of Illinois reports the area has seen higher wildfire activity more recently than at any other time in the past 10,000 years. The findings were reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and add to existing evidence that relatively frequent and powerful fires are converting the conifer-rich boreal forests of Alaska into deciduous woodlands.

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Bonner fire 100 percent contained; Superior fire holds at 6,300 acres

The Missoulian
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – Firefighters backed up by old burn scars put a quick halt to the Stimson fire across the Blackfoot River from Bonner on Tuesday. “The Stimson fire is 100 percent contained and fire managers expect it will be ready to put on patrol after shift today,” fire spokeswoman Cindy Super said in an email. “A small number of firefighters will be on the fire tomorrow (Wednesday) to make sure it doesn’t contain any heat.”

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Chief: 19 firefighters trapped by wall of flames

Associated Press
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nineteen firefighters who died battling an Arizona wildfire became trapped by a wall of fast-moving flames as erratic winds whipped the blaze in all directions, pushing them back into a basin surrounded on three sides by boulder-strewn mountains, authorities speculated Tuesday during a tour of the site where the men were killed. “It was like a blowtorch in a tunnel,” said Jim Paxon, a spokesman for the Arizona Division of Forestry, which was managing the fire around Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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Feds advance plan to shoot barred owls this fall in Northwest to save threatened spotted owl

Associated Press
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Federal wildlife officials plan to dispatch armed bird specialists into forests of the Pacific Northwest starting this fall to shoot one species of owl to protect another that is threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a final environmental review of an experiment to see if killing barred owls will allow northern spotted owls to reclaim territory they’ve been driven out of over the past half-century. The agency has been evaluating the idea since 2009, gathering public comment and consulting ethicists, focus groups and scientific studies. It will issue a final decision on the plan in a month.

Wildlife Officials Move Ahead with Killing Barred Owls from The Oregon Public Broadcasting
Killing barred owls will aid recovery of Oregon’s spotted owls, federal wildlife officials believe from the Oregonian

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Forest Contract Bombshell

Payson Roundup
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Amid fresh furor, the U.S. Forest Service is considering letting a troubled timber company transfer the biggest forest restoration project in history. The
Forest Service announced on Monday that it has received a request from Pioneer Forest Products to transfer the 10-year, Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contract to thin 300,000 acres in Northern Arizona to another, unnamed company. We are in the process of reviewing the application,” said Cathie Schmidtlin, media officer for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, “to determine whether the transfer of assets is in the best
interest of the government.

Praying for the Forest Service, Common Sense from The Payson Roundup

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New research finds forest fire probability has doubled in North America

Examiner.com
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Doctoral student Ryan Kelly and plant biology professor Feng Sheng Hu, both at the University of Illinois, reported a new study that explains the increasing number of forest fires in North America in the July 22, 2013, issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers examined the fire history of the boreal forests of Alaska by sampling charcoal fragments out of sediments preserved over thousands of years in mud collected from the bottoms of 14 deep lakes in the Yukon Flats.

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Timber, habitat compromise doesn’t have to harm grizzlies

The Missoulian
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I read that Chuck Roady, vice president and general manager of F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber, went to Washington, D.C., to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources with member U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., in attendance. Roady’s beef was on behalf of the Federal Forest Resource Coalition that there is “endless litigation” promulgated by environmentalists and reform proposed by the timber industry is needed for more active management on national forest lands. I disagree. I have served with Roady on forest management planning committees in the past and he is a capable spokesman for the timber industry.

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U.S. Forest Service about to lose key firefighting tool

Congress must renew this partnership
AZ Central
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More so than usual, wildland fire has been on the minds of Arizonans in recent days. As we continue to search for ways to prevent future tragedies, it is worth noting that the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are about to lose one of their most valuable tools in reducing wildfire threats. Provided by Congress, stewardship contracting authority allows the Forest Service and BLM — in collaboration with state and local governments, tribal agencies and non-governmental organizations — to enter into long-term contracts with private companies or communities to carry out projects that can reduce the risk of wildland fire.

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Logging plan for Indiana forest draws opposition

Associated Press
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Environmentalists are pushing against a Department of Natural Resources plan to allow the logging of about 1,100 trees in largely undeveloped area of a central Indiana state forest. The group Hoosier Forest Watch maintains that the logging work would damage the 1,500-acre back-country section of Morgan-Monroe State Forest near Bloomington. DNR officials are scheduled to sell the rights to the timber during an auction Thursday that will include three other sales of timber spread across Morgan-Monroe and the nearby Yellowwood State Forest, The Herald-Times reported.

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Reports of koala deaths during harvest sparks national outrage

The Border Watch
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CONCERNS over claims about the number of koalas being killed in hardwood plantations from log harvesting in the Green Triangle region has “unleashed” a national outcry. With bluegum harvesting now gearing up across the South East and Western Victoria, shocking revelations have emerged that hundreds of koalas may be being killed in the harvesting process. … The logging industry has claimed contractors were not deliberately hurting koalas, but it is understood in some circumstances koalas are being knocked from trees, squashed and caught up in mechanical shredding machinery.

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Deforestation of Africa’s Forests Could be Solved Through Effective Tree Management

Nature World News
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A pioneering series of studies of African savannas reveal deforestation in south-central Africa, driven by rising populations in the aftermath of war as well as an increasing demand for trees for agriculture and fuel, could be reversed with changes to land use. Led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the scientists analyzed 25 years of satellite data to discover that while forest cover north of the Congo basin has increased, areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique are all seeing a decrease in the number of trees in their forest.

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NSW Forestry Corporation fined for damaging environment

The Sydney Mornng Herald
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The state’s logging body, the Forestry Corporation of NSW, is guilty of “systematic failures” of forest management including burning protected bushland on the NSW south coast, a judge has found. The government body was fined $35,000 and ordered to pay court costs for causing environmental damage near Batemans Bay, after a series of hazard reduction burns went badly wrong…. . In a scathing Land and Environment Court judgment, the corporation was fined over a litany of mistakes, including deploying untrained staff and keeping sloppy work records.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Jet Fuel Made from Invasive Tree Species

Environmental Protection
July 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service in multiple locations across the country are participating in the Accelerated Renewable Jet Fuel project to find new ways to create jet fuel from certain invasive trees such as juniper and pine trees. In the western part of the U.S., invasive tree species are growing beyond their ecological expectations and disrupt the environmental balance of the area. To help deal with this disruption, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are working on harvesting the trees to make jet fuel.

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Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

MPR News
July 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S. The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through. There are few examples of fires wiping a species off the planet. In fact, fires sometimes help rare animals and plants by clearing overgrown habitat. But experts fear that such extinctions could become a consequence of two factors that are making some endangered species increasingly vulnerable: the loss of habitat and climate change.

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Trees the answer to carbon capture

On Line Opinion
July 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When the Government recently announced the switch from carbon tax to carbon trading, it also quietly deferred $200 million which was supposed to help industry develop ‘carbon capture and storage’ technology. There has been little outcry because, by all accounts, innovations in this area are coming at a slow pace. Coincidentally $200 million is exactly the figure which the forest industry has put before government for an alternate ‘carbon capture and storage’ scheme which is not only a sure bet but, ‘shovel ready’.

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Bioenergy a burning question for Tasmania’s forests

The Conversation
July 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

With Australia trying to meet renewable energy targets and reduce emissions wherever possible, we should be considering bioenergy.
Bioenergy can be made by burning biomass in a variety of forms, including agricultural by-products such as rice husks, poppy seeds, sugarcane waste and manure. It can also be made from forestry by-products such as sawmill and wood wastes.

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General

Pellet mill project delayed

Hay River Hub
July 22, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A $12-million wood pellet project proposed to be built outside Enterprise has been delayed, but owner Brad Mapes is confident it won’t be for long. “We had hoped to break ground June 1,” Mapes told The Hub. “But we need forest resource agreements in place with the First Nations and Metis communities before we can move forward.” Those agreements are still under negotiation in the two biggest harvesting communities of Fort Providence and Fort Resolution. While a $6-per-cubic-metre access fee paid to the groups who own the land from which the trees will be harvested has already been accepted, there remains some debate about how much the additional harvesting fee should be.

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