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Daily Archives: August 1, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Emu found wandering on northern B.C. logging road

‘Sure enough, there’s a frickin’ emu walking down the middle of the road!’
CBC News
July 31, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. trucker used to animal sighting is still having a hard time believing what he saw on a logging road south of Prince George, even with photographic evidence. On Monday, one load into the day, Juan Huidoboro thought the driver up ahead who radioed him about an emu on the road was joking around. “What? An emu? I said. ‘No’.'” But, right up the road, at the same spot on the road, there it was. “Sure enough, there’s frickin’ emu walking down the middle of the road,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. It blew my mind! Oh, my God.”

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Business & Politics

Tembec reports financial results for its third quarter ended June 29, 2013

Canada Newswire press release
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended June 29, 2013, were $399 million, as compared to $415 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated a net loss of $4 million or $0.04 per share in the June 2013 quarter compared to a net loss of $5 million or $0.05 per share in the June 2012 quarter. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $30 million for the three-month period ended June 29, 2013, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $27 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $24 million in the prior quarter.

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Domtar declares regular quarterly dividend

PR Newswire
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved its second quarterly dividend for the 2013 fiscal year on its common stock and on Domtar (Canada) Paper Inc. exchangeable shares. The dividend of US$0.55 per share is payable on October 15, 2013 to stockholders of record on September 13, 2013.

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results and Announces Growth Strategy and Changes to Management Team

Marketwired
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Acadian Timber Corp. today reported financial and operating results for the three months ended June 29, 2013. “The continued strengthening of softwood sawlog markets and the implementation of the new pricing mechanism in Acadian’s fibre supply agreement in New Brunswick resulted in an increase in softwood sawlog prices relative to the second quarter of 2012,” said Reid Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian. “Markets for hardwood pulpwood also continue to be positive.”

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Western Forest Products, Inc. : Letter to Shareholders July 31, 2013

Western Forest Products Press Release
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dear Shareholders, Western capitalized on strong global lumber and log markets to deliver EBITDA of $44.9 million. We continue to make progress in our business. Strong operational performance, supported by increased demand for our lumber and log products, allowed us to produce $44.9 million of EBITDA in the second quarter of 2013. We achieved milestones in safety across our company and contractor operations, delivering our lowest safety incident rate ever.

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Tolko re-opening touted

South Peace News
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is some hope on the horizon for the re-opening of Tolko Industries mill west of High Prairie. Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox informed council at their July 24 meeting that she spoke with Tolko representatives about their future plans on their Slave Lake and High Prairie mills. “The OSB market is picking up,” says Cox. Slave Lake is slated to re-open their mill in 2014 but the big news was regarding High Prairie.

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Sawmill reconstruction starts in Prince George

Journal of Commerce
August 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction has started on a new sawmill in northeastern British Columbia, which was destroyed by an explosion and fire that killed two people in April last year. “I’m glad I got to be here today to help kick off this project,” said Ed Langan, a loader operator with Lakeland Mills. “It was a terrible thing that happened last year, but it feels good to be getting on with construction. I’m looking forward to the new mill opening next year.” Langan dumped a load of ceremonial sod at the site of the new Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George on July 23 to signal the official start of construction.

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Mill set to re-open

The Daily Press
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Eacom is just weeks away from re-opening its sawmill in Timmins, providing jobs to about 100 people. The re-construction of the mill is in its final stages. “We’re looking to restart in the middle to latter part of the month, say the second or third week in August,” said Rick Collins, Eacom’s president and chief operating officer. It will be the first time the Timmins sawmill has been in full operation since the fire which destroyed most of the facility in January 2012.

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Mill to restart ahead of schedule

Chronicle Journal
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

White River’s resurrected lumber mill is to resume production slightly ahead of schedule, with plans to be running “flat-out” by the middle of October.  “It’s going very well,” White River Forest Products CEO Frank Dottori said Wednesday. “We’ve got 50 people working here now, which isn’t too bad considering we didn’t get the power on until the first week of July,” said Dottori. He said the plant’s first shift is to start Aug. 19, producing lumber in the former Domtar mill for the first time since it shut down six years ago About 100 people will be working in the mill by early fall, when a second and third shift come on line.

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Resolute Forest Products Q2 Loss Widens, Sales Slide – Quick Facts

RTT News
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Paper and wood products maker Resolute Forest Products Inc. ( RFP ) Thursday reported a net loss of $43 million or $0.45 per share for the second quarter, wider than the $17 million or $0.17 per share loss reported last year. Excluding items, net income was $18 million or $0.19 per share, while it totaled $33 million or $0.33 per share last year.

Click here to read the press release from Resolute

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Resolute Forest Products invests $30M in newsprint mill

Morning Call
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products will invest $30 million to better position its Augusta newsprint mill against competitors, reports The Augusta Chronicle. The Canada-based company began in June replacing a woodyard at the mill. The facility will likely be operational by September 2014, Jay Backus, general manager of the Augusta mill, told the Augusta paper.

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Finnish forest industry benefits from Russia’s WTO membership

IHB
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russia joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about a year ago. Membership has reduced Russian customs duties, which is bringing the Finnish forest industry tens of millions of euro in annual savings, says the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) in a press release. In the press release, FFIF also holds that contrary to general trade development trends, exports of forest industry products to Russia continue to grow and imports of raw timber have started to grow after falling for several years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New Energy Works Timberframers Update, Redesign, and Add On to Existing Timber Frames

PRWeb
July 31, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

One of the many benefits of timber frame construction is flexibility in design from the initial sketch to modifications decades after a project has been completed. In recent months, New Energy Works Timberframers have been challenged to raise additions, remodel, and redesign existing timber frames. “We like to say that timber frames will be around for centuries, not only due to their high craft and durability, but because the layout, the walls within, and the exterior, are independent of the frame,” explained Jonathan Orpin, Founder and President of New Energy Works.

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LEED Ban Proposed by U.S. Senator

Woodworking Network
July 31, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A ban on Federal funds for LEED building has been inserted in a transportation funding bill by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Wicker’s intent isn’t to promote use of non-FSC lumber, but to restrict “what he sees as Federally funded “green washing.” After three years, six comment periods and plenty of robust debate, the members of the US Green Building Council approved LEED v4, with 86 percent voting in support of the new standard.

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Forestry

Forestry hub takes shape on paper

Society drafts options for forestry centre in Rose Park
The Chief
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The now-bleak gravel parking lot beside Rose Park may soon play host to more than cars. This month the Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society compiled site notes for the organization’s bid to build a forestry centre south of the Squamish Adventure Centre. In the midst of an environmental assessment for the area, the organization is looking at short- and long-term initiatives, society member Eric Andersen said. “We are making plans,” he said “We are looking at some thing we can do in the interim.”

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Two Wildfires in Region

250 News
July 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Plenty of lightning activity in the region, and it may be responsible for sparking a couple of wildfires. Crews from the Prince George Fire Centre are attending a small wildfire north of Vanderhoof this hour, and a helicopter is en route to a wildfire reported in the Slim Creek area east of Prince George. The Slim Creek fire is visible from Highway 16 says Dustin Eno, media spokesperson for the Prince George Fire Centre. It is not yet known how large the Slim Creek fire may be. That information should be available later this evening.

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B.C.’s fire-reduction strategy misses mark

August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s proposed 2014 budget cuts additional funding from forestry — and worse yet for rural communities — while failing to provide any more funding for wildfire hazard reduction activities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Following the 2003 wildfires, $60 million was set aside to begin the process of wildfire hazard reduction activities in the wildland-urban interface. Since funding began, less than three per cent of the WUI has been treated, and with less than $5 million left in the original funding set aside for this purpose and no new funding on the horizon, the risk to rural communities remains virtually the same as it was in 2003.

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Promoting Sound Forest Management in BC

BC Forest Practices Board
July 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


VICTORIA –The Forest Practices Board’s 2012-13 annual report was released today, and summarizes the Board’s work over the year, as published in 29 reports, as well as highlighting work currently underway. “When the Forest and Range Practices Act was introduced in 2004, it was understood that improvements would be necessary as circumstances changed and we gained experience with the new regulatory approach,” said Al Gorley, board chair. “Now, nearly a decade later, there is clearly a need to take a look at how we are managing BC’s public forests.”

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Windsor’s Emerald Ash Borer putting other trees at risk

CTV News
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After first showing up in this country about a decade ago, the emerald ash borer has decimated thousands of trees in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, The destructive beetle is moving to another food source. Windsor’s forestry manager, Bill Roesel, says he’s noticed it another type of ash tree. “We’ve noticed it hitting our blue ash, which we thought were resistant.” Roesel says the pest leaves “d” shape holes and tunnels in a tree’s trunk, and is impossible to remove once inside the tree.

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MNR ready for action

Chronicle Journal
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cooler temperatures and plenty of rain have bought the Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Fire Management Headquarters time to do a little housekeeping. Like recycling and preparing 38,000, 30.5-metre hoses for the battle against forest fires. “The big part of forest fire management in Ontario is fire suppression,” Garry Harland, fire management supervisor in Thunder Bay, said Wednesday.  “A big part of suppression is the maintenance and use of pumps and hose in one of Ontario’s biggest boreal forest firefighting agencies,” said Harland.

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After the Clearcuts: People, Ecology & the Way Forward in an Alaska Rainforest

Nature Conservancy
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From the roads on Prince of Wales, the forest does indeed seem to stretch untouched. That’s an illusion. This is young growth forest, trees that have grown following extensive logging, often by clearcutting, thirty years ago. And, unlike pristine forest, these trees are all the same age, creating a uniformity that is not ideal for wildlife habitat. It’s also not good for the economy: young growth trees have traditionally have had low market potential.

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Oregon timber harvest bill clears first congressional hurdle

The Oregonian
July 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation aimed at boosting timber harvests on historic Oregon & California Railroad lands in Western Oregon was included in a sweeping federal forests bill that passed a House committee on Wednesday. The House Natural Resources Committee sent the legislation to the full House on a voice vote with an eye toward setting up negotiations with the Senate. The O&C legislation — drafted by Democrats Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader and Republican Greg Walden, all from Oregon — has been eagerly sought by Western Oregon counties where logging has precipitously dropped over the last two decades.

Oregon legislators optimistic they can reach deal on timber harvests in Western Oregon from The Oregonian
US House advanced timber proposal from The Associated Press
Congress Eye Plan to Ramp Up Oregon Timber Harvest from The Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Forest health bill moves in House

The Pueblo Chieftain
July 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation that would improve forest health and assist rural economies advanced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two bills were combined to reduce the threat of wildfire and to increase timber harvest revenues to schools and other local services cleared the House Natural Resources Committee. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is the sponsor of HR818, which sets priorities to reduce fuels in forests in order to reduce the risk of fire.

Daines makes additions to US House bill to speed timber harvests from The Missoulian

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Don’t tie up forest with wilderness designation

by Richard Funk
The Missoulian
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I have read, with a great deal of amusement, Bill Baum’s recent (July 24) opinion piece, and decided I need to address some of the issues he raises, lest anyone think his is the final word.  Back in the day, as late as the mid- ’80s, early ’90s, the property taxes in the Flathead Valley were very reasonable. That is because they were subsidized by the Flathead National Forest. At that time there were scores of sawmills scattered across the county. These sawmills employed thousands of workers. They were making living wages. Not minimum wage.

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Kitzhaber Welcomes Help For Timber Counties

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber says he’s glad Congress is moving forward with a long-term solution for Oregon’s cash-strapped timber-dependent counties. Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that would increase logging on certain federal forests in Southern Oregon. Kitzhaber convened a panel in 2012 that at looked at the barriers to increased timber harvests, as well as environmental concerns about stepped up logging, and the dire state of the O&C Counties. Some counties have been on the brink of fiscal emergency.

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Logging work to resume at Lost Trail Powder Mountain

The Missoulian
July 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOST TRAIL PASS – Loggers resumed cutting out beetle-killed trees along the chairlifts of Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area this week. The 225-acre project started last fall, but the start of ski season halted it after 80 acres had been thinned. This season’s work should be done by early October, according to Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay. Sun Mountain Lumber Co. of Deer Lodge expects to remove about 300 truckloads of timber from the site, which will produce about 900,000 board feet of lumber.

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Resident calls for calm over koala logging deaths

The Border Watch
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A DARTMOOR district resident who lives on a rural property flanked by sprawling blue gum plantations has called for “calm debate” over the killing of koalas during the logging process. Gayle Manley – who describes herself as an animal lover and lives in one of Australia’s most densely planted blue gum regions – says logging must continue because it underpins regional employment. Her comments come as a Mount Gambier petition – calling for the killing and injuring of koalas in blue gums to stop – has attracted 1000 signatures in less than two weeks.

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Ecologist report damns Forest ecology work

Salisbury Journal
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A REPORT by a conservation ecologist suggests that many restoration projects being carried out throughout the New Forest are ill-prepared, destructive to wildlife and unlawful. The 49-page document put together by Tom Langton comes after the Forestry Commission’s £250,000 restoration project at Latchmore Brook near Fordingbridge was halted halfway through a 20-week preparatory programme to reconnect the stream with the floodplain due to bad weather. The scheme prompted opposition from campaign group the Friends of Latchmore Brook, who claimed plans to put 10,000 tonnes of gravel in the stream would jeopardise the habitats of dragonflies, plants, birds and fish.

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The Rise of Rubber Takes Toll On Forests of Southwest China

Yale Environment 360
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the 1960s, when Zhou Fabei moved to Xishuangbanna prefecture, a tropical corner of southwest China’s Yunnan province, he quickly landed a job building roads for new rubber plantations. The timing of his move from the populous central province of Hunan couldn’t have been better for him: China’s post-revolutionary government had just started slashing forests and promoting rubber cultivation by state-run firms.  By the 1980s, the government was offering incentives to the prefecture’s
poor farmers — many of them from ethnic-minority groups — to plant
rubber on their homesteads as a way to escape poverty.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Could planting trees in the desert mitigate climate change?

Science Codex
July 31, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

As the world starts feeling the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and consequent global temperature rise, researchers are looking for a Plan B to mitigate climate change. A group of German scientists has now come up with an environmentally friendly method that they say could do just that. The technique, dubbed carbon farming, consists in planting trees in arid regions on a large scale to capture CO2. They publish their study today in Earth System Dynamics, a journal of the European Geosciences Union.

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Interactive web app lets users map forest carbon emissions activities

Forests News
August 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

BOGOR, Indonesia – A new online portal for monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon emissions allows researchers and practitioners to better manage forest inventories, its creators say. The Forest Carbon Database can be used to share measurements of carbon pools — reservoirs with the capacity to store and release carbon, the chemical basis of all known life and climate warming gases. Originally designed as part of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program, a collaborative effort between the Center for International Forestry Research and the U.S. Forest Service.

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A Nation On Fire: Climate Change And The Burning Of America

Climate Progress
July 31, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Dan Oltrogge started fighting wildfires in 1984. By the time he retired from the National Park Service in 2011, he had served as the head of fire and aviation at Grand Canyon National Park, as the commander of one of the nation’s 20 Type One incident management teams that respond to the largest fires, and as one of just four area commanders in the federal incident management system. Starting around 2000, Oltrogge began experiencing fires of a scale and intensity he never expected to encounter.

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General

B.C.’s fire-reduction strategy misses mark

August 1, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

British Columbia’s proposed 2014 budget cuts additional funding from forestry — and worse yet for rural communities — while failing to provide any more funding for wildfire hazard reduction activities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Following the 2003 wildfires, $60 million was set aside to begin the process of wildfire hazard reduction activities in the wildland-urban interface. Since funding began, less than three per cent of the WUI has been treated, and with less than $5 million left in the original funding set aside for this purpose and no new funding on the horizon, the risk to rural communities remains virtually the same as it was in 2003.

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