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Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

Business & Politics

Tembec tightens third-quarter loss to $4 million as sales decline slightly

Canadian Press
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Forestry company Tembec tightened its losses in the third quarter, even as sales dipped and a weaker Canadian dollar affected prices. The Montreal-based firm said Thursday that it lost $4 million, or four cents per share versus $5 million, or five cents per share in the comparable period a year earlier. Sales for the pulp and paper company dipped to $399 million from $415 million. The decline of the loonie pulled down Canadian dollar equivalent prices by $9 per tonne, the company said in a release.

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Forest2Market Reports 2Q2013 Delivered Wood Fiber Prices

Woodworking Network
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Forest2Market’s latest Midwest Delivered Price Benchmark shows average prices for aspen remained relatively steady throughout the second quarter of 2013. Hardwood and softwood prices were more volatile, displaying steep increases between the close of the first and the start of the second quarter. Residual chip pricing, both hardwood and softwood, has shown little volatility over the last nine months. Aspen pulpwood prices remained relatively constant throughout the quarter, starting at $41.03 per ton in April before dropping to $40.91 per ton in May. Aspen closed the quarter at a high of $41.57 per ton in June.

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Interfor release says new Kootenay timber tenures a factor in record board production

Market Wired
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor reported net income after tax of $15.8 million or $0.28 per share in the second quarter of 2013 compared to $15.2 million or $0.27 per share in the first quarter and $0.1 million or $0.0 per share in the second quarter of 2012. EBITDA, adjusted to exclude the effects of share-based compensation and other items, was $36.1 million compared with $37.1 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $16.6 million in the second quarter last year.

Interfor logs $15.8 million in Q2 on record quarterly revenue from The Canadian Press

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Local mills partner with Tseshaht for training

Alberni Valley Times
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thirty-five Bridge to Success students listened carefully Wednesday as local mill executives outlined what kind of employees their companies are looking for. The presentations were part of a meet and greet with potential employers held at the Tseshaht First Nation administration building. .. “[Catalyst Paper HR manager] Krista Tremblay was game on,” Kraneveldt said. “She’s an expert. She knows what the mills want.” In the end, Tremblay ended up helping Weegar and Kraneveldt put the program together and assisted the program team with planning the curriculum.

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Resolute sees slower decline in newsprint demand

Montreal Gazette
August 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Richard Garneau, CEO of Resolute Forest Products Inc., sees more stable newsprint prices and better commercial printing paper markets ahead, but he is not planning to convert one of his North American paper mills to produce container board for packaging. “No, No and NO!” he replied when one analyst, during the company’s second-quarter conference call Thursday, cited strong rumours such a conversion program was planned.

Resolute chief likes position from The Chronicle Journal

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Forestry deal close, says Elders

The West Australian
August 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Elders is closing in on a deal to shed its troublesome forestry interests as the drive to clear massive debts hits top gear. The historic Australian company yesterday completed the sale of its Futuris automotive division to US private equity firm Clearlake. The $69 million sale will slash Elders’ net debt and managing director Malcolm Jackman said he expected the disposal of the forestry interests within months.  Mr Jackman said reducing debt remained a top priority for Elders as it moved to focus solely on its rural services business.

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Forestry

Panel calls for protecting world’s largest forest

Cornell Chronicle
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

At least half of Canada’s 1.4 billion acre boreal forest, the largest remaining intact wilderness on Earth, must be protected to maintain the area’s current wildlife and ecological systems, according to a report by an international panel of 23 experts. The report, published by the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel, was released July 22, the same day that panel members made recommendations to protect Canada’s vast wild lands at a symposium at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, hosted by the Pew Charitable Trust, in Baltimore.

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Tree planting in Canada helps people in Nicaragua

Whitecourt Star
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

A Canadian charity organization is hoping to help people in Nicaragua by planting trees in Whitecourt. The organization is called Peace and Hope Nicaragua and on Saturday, July 27 the organization raised money to help the people of Nicaragua through its annual Charity Plant Day. Merrissa Karmark, a director on the board of Peace and Hope Nicaragua, said on Charity Plant Day the workers of Folklore Contracting, a tree planting company, donate a portion of their wages to the organization.

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Wildfire risk increasing for Whistler

Dry, hot weather keeps pressure on resort to be vigilant when it comes to fire
Pique
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Report after report suggests that the biggest natural disaster risk for the Resort Municipality of Whistler is fire, and that risk is growing as trees mature, forests fill up with wood fuel and developments extend further into the forest interface. When the forest fire hazard rating hits extreme, as it did last week, it’s a serious concern. “Everybody needs to be very, very careful with what they’re doing in the great outdoors,” said fire chief Rob Whitton. “Enjoy the scenery, but be very cognizant of where you are.”

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City-wide tree inventory planned this summer

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city will soon begin the strenuous process of counting and categorizing every publicly owned tree in the city. Trees growing on city lands, parks, roadsides and residential boulevards will be added to a GPS index. Much like many items maintained by the city, urban forestry is considered an asset. “You always want to know what your assets are worth,” said Jim Donnelly, integrated pest management co-ordinator with the city. “A tree is a green asset. It gives us a lot of wonderful benefits, but it’s a piece of infrastructure…”

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Northwest Fire Centre responds to six new fires

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SMITHERS – The Northwest Fire Centre has responded to eight new fires this week, five of which were human-caused and therefore preventable. With significant lightning in the region yesterday, more fires are anticipated. The majority of these fires are small in size, most of them smaller than one hectare. The largest fire has reached a size of approximately 2.5 hectares and smoke from this fire may be visible from Highway 37 north of the Cranberry Forest Service Road. The number of human-caused fires this week is concerning as the fire danger rating in the fire centre is high to extreme.

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Nature funds should not be used for truck wash

Letter from Clare Attwell
Cowichan Valley Citizen
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To the Cowichan Valley Regional District Environment Commission: First off, I want to commend you on your vision and your “12 Big Ideas Framework”. It is a progressive endeavour that you can count on my support for. I want to draw your attention to the fact that the CVRD board of directors have just approved using Area I’s Nature & Habitat Fund to contribute towards a “truck wash” in Youbou to deal with a TimberWest dirty truck problem. If you are serious about environmental leadership, I would implore you to take the basic steps of demanding accountability for the spending of designated funds administered by the CVRD.

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Salon cuts hair in support of endangered forests

Peace Arch News
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Time for a haircut? If you can stave it off until Sunday (Aug. 4), you can get a cut from noted Vancouver master stylist Champ Waterhouse at the Spirit of the Sea Festival – and help protect endangered old-growth forests in B.C. in the bargain. ‘Haircuts – Not Clearcuts’ will be the theme of a special booth on White Rock’s East Beach; the latest event organized by Crescent Beach’s arts, environment and community-friendly Seventh Heaven Bio Salon. …Half the proceeds of the regularly-priced cuts will be donated to the Ancient Forest Alliance
(AFA), an environmental non-profit working not only to protect
old-growth forests but to ensure sustainable forestry in the province.

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Emerald ash borer plaguing Montreal trees

Nearly impossible to eradicate once the insect moves in, scientists say
CBC News
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than 200,000 ash trees in Montreal are now at the mercy of a swarm of shiny green bugs. The emerald ash borer, a type of beetle responsible for destroying the ash populations of certain spots in Quebec and Ontario, has been in North America for just over a decade. Robert Lavallée, a pest management research scientist for Natural Resources Canada, said one in five trees in Montreal is ash — that adds up to 200,000 trees, not including the ones on private property and on Mount-Royal.

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Firefighter battling lightning-caused fire in Oregon is 28th to die in nation this year

The Associated Press
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – A fire crew member who died Thursday when he was hit by a falling tree in Oregon while fighting a blaze started by lightning became the 28th wilderness firefighter killed this year in the nation. Firefighter John Hammack of Madras, Ore., was killed while removing hazardous trees in the path of a small wildfire in the remote Mount Washington Wilderness Area in the high Cascades. It was one of multiple wildfires burning in the state.

Fallen central Oregon firefighter was logger and avid horseman from The Oregonian

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Jeff Mitton on beetle-killed forests: Imminent conflagration or hype?

Daily Camera
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… The mountain pine beetle has been at epidemic levels for more than a decade, and this epidemic is 10 times greater in magnitude than any previous epidemic. The geographic extent of the epidemic is difficult to grasp; it reaches from New Mexico to the Yukon Territory and from the Front Range of Colorado to the Pacific Ocean. But it has also been more intense than previous epidemics, with very high mortality of mature lodgepole pines.

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The Great Hoax

No 1 in an ongoing series about the Northern Spotted Ow
Evergreen Magazine
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bob Zybach – more formally Bob Zybach PhD – has been a friend and colleague for nearly 20 years. He appeared on the cover of Evergreen Magazine in 1994 in a question and answer interview in which we raised serious questions concerning the veracity of the science that formed the highly suspect basis of the federal government’s June 1990 decision to list the northern spotted owl as a threatened species under the aegis of the 1973Endangered Species Act, easily the most misused and abused statute ever ratified by Congress.

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Tree fallers face difficult, deadly hazards on the firelines

The Oregonian
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dave Branson, owner operator of North Zone Fallers Inc. of Etna, California, has been knocked out, and nearly killed by falling trees while working as a fireline tree faller. On a fire near Yreka, Calif. in 2003, he was cutting a tree and looking into the sun. As the 2.5 foot diameter tree started to topple, it brushed against a giant limb sticking horizontally out of another tree close by. That limb grabbed the top of the tree Branson, 63, had just cut, and sent it crashing straight down toward him.

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Reforms needed to protect forests, strengthen Montana’s timber industry

By REP. STEVE DAINES
Hungry Horse News
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana once boasted a strong timber industry that helped maintain healthy forests, supported local jobs and provided a steady revenue stream for our counties and schools. But in recent decades, inflexible federal policies and unrelenting appeals and lawsuits have imposed a huge administrative burden on federal agencies, limited our mills’ access to timber and ultimately resulted in the mismanagement of our forests, leaving our homes and businesses at risk for wildfire. …“It has virtually shut things down on the National Forest,” U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Jim Hubbard stated during a recent Natural Resources Committee hearing.

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State treats its forests as lumber factories

Indystar.com
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

How much is too much? The state’s Division of Forestry director, John Seifert, claims in his July 14 My View piece that the state is managing state forests properly; but in truth, his policies subordinate all public uses of our state forests to the production of wood, as though our public forests are no different than a private tree farm. The 14.4 million board feet of timber sold from our state forests last year actually amounted to a 1,100 percent increase over timber sold from our state forests a decade earlier.

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Logger loses license over Coonskin Park cleanup

Associated Press
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A logger accused of illegally timbering in a Kanawha County park has lost his state license. Dan Bowen’s license has expired and he will not be given a new one, said Randy Dye, director of the Division of Forestry. “Because of frequent and numerous violations over the last two years, we did not issue a new license and won’t be renewed,” Dye told the Charleston Gazette.

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England’s forests: a brief history of trees

We had lots of trees, then came selfish kings and war. But now our forests are resurgent again
The Guardian
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Not only did William the Conqueror have the nerve to, well, conquer, he also nicked our woods. England had always been a paradise for trees, covered from the end of the last ice age in increasingly dense forests of oak, hazel and birch, with some pine. When early islanders began farming, the tree cover slowly began to give way to pasture and cultivated land, but under Anglo-Saxon kings, the forests still belonged to the landowners and their subjects.

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EU funding boost for early warning system for protecting UK’s trees

UK Forestry Commission
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tree health experts have secured nearly a million pounds of European Union funding to develop an early warning system for pest and disease threats to the UK’s trees. The LIFE+ ‘ObservaTREE’ project, which takes an innovative new approach to managing risks to tree health, has been awarded 1.1 million Euros (nearly £945,000) over four years from the EU’s LIFE+ programme. … ObservaTREE will help to identify tree health problems earlier, and enable members of the public and voluntary bodies to play a greater role in protecting woodland health by reporting incidents.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Nova Scotia proposes biomass reporting regulations

Biomass Magazine
August 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has proposed new regulations that would require organizations that burn wood or wood byproducts to generate 250 kW or more of heat or electricity to register with the province. According to information released by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, the regulations would assist in maintaining a sustainable wood harvesting industry.

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Biomass Groups Pressure EPA on Clean Air Act Emission Standards

Energy groups say carbon emissions for biomass plants do not introduce new carbon into the atmosphere; should not be subject to more EPA permitting
Farm Futures
August 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

More than 75 biomass and energy groups Thursday signed a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency calling for special biomass provisions in a new rule that would regulate biogenic carbon emissions. The group said the EPA’s “tailoring rule” – so called because it tailors the program by setting requirements for power plants and refineries to obtain a Clean Air Act permit for their carbon emissions – must take into account long-term carbon benefits of biomass energy.

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Extreme wildfires may be fueled by climate change

Michigan State University
August 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Climate change may be fueling the larger and more destructive wildfires that are scorching vast areas of the American West, according to new research led by Michigan State University scientists. These erratic fires are harder to contain and often result in catastrophic damage and loss of property and life. The MSU-led study, which appears in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, predicts the trend will continue in the western United States. “Our findings suggest that future lower atmospheric conditions may favor larger and more extreme wildfires, posing an additional challenge to fire and forest management,” said Lifeng Luo, MSU assistant professor of geography and lead author on the study.

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Wood Waste to Biofuel Goes Commercial

Woodworking Network
August 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

VERO BEACH, FL – INEOS Bio announced that its Indian River BioEnergy Center is producing cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale. First ethanol shipments will be released in August.  The $130 million, 65-employee oepration has a capacity of 8 million gallons of fuel annually, and represents the first commercial-scale production in the world using INEOS Bio’s gasification and fermentation technology for conversion of biomass waste into bioethanol and renewable power. … The facility has already converted several types of waste biomass material into bioethanol, including vegetative and yard waste, and citrus, oak, pine, and pallet wood waste.

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