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Daily Archives: August 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Catalyst posts steep loss

Powell River Peak
August 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Decreasing demand for newsprint and directory paper contributed to Catalyst Paper Corporation’s steep second quarter loss. The BC-based pulp and paper producer reported a net loss of $28 million, $1.93 per share, more than double the $11.7-million loss in its second quarter last year. “Markets for all the company’s paper products remain challenging and demand trended down overall compared to the same period of the prior year,” the company reported Monday, July 29.

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LP Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Businesswire
August 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) LPX +2.30% reported today results for the second quarter of 2013, which included the following: — Total sales for the second quarter of $573 million were higher by 34 percent compared to the year ago quarter. — Income from continuing operations was $94 million ($0.65 per diluted share).

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Brookfield-led group to buy U.S. distribution network for $1.1-billion

Canadian Press
August 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Brookfield Property Partners L.P. and its partners are buying a network of 75 industrial distribution faculties operating in a dozen U.S. states in a deal valued at $1.1-billion. Brookfield Property will own about 25 per cent of Atlanta-based Industrial Developments International Inc., with the rest owned by its institutional partners.

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Contract Furor Fans The Flames

But move to reopen Snowflake biofuel power plant hailed
Payson Roundup
August 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Vexing questions continue to swirl around the fate of the largest forest restoration project in history, but news of the reopening of a two shuttered power plants in Snowflake have boosted the hopes of advocates.  Supporters of forest restoration hailed the announcement this week that a company controlled by Arizona State Sen. Bob Worsley will reopen the 24-megawatt Snowflake Power Plant, which will provide a market for small trees and restore about 100 jobs to the hard-pressed rural White Mountains community. …However, reopening at least one of the Snowflake facilities still doesn’t solve the problems facing the massive 4FRI project, tangled in a dispute about whether the Forest Service picked the wrong contractor.

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The forest industry targets marginal seats

ABC News
August 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian forestry industry is running a campaign in 21 marginal electorates around Australia to gauge candidates support for a number of policy areas. Tasmania accounts for almost a quarter of the federal electorates being targetted, with Braddon, Bass, Franklin, Lyons, and Denison all part of the Australian Forest Products Association campaign. Chief executive, Ross Hampton says every candidate will be surveyed and asked specific questions about their support for forest industries in their electorate.

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Plywood prices to go up with increasing exports to Japan

Borneo Post
August 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING: Although plywood prices has not moved much as of late, analysts are confident that a rerating was soon on its way based on anticipated increasing exports to Japan and recovering sales volumes. Hoe Lee Leng of RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd (RHB Research) said this will be due to the fact that the bulk of Malaysian plywood products are exported to Japan, making Japanese demand the major price determinant. “In Japan, the aggressive policy easing to reflate the economy has led to higher government spending, aggressive monetary easing and structural reforms,” Hoe said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BID seeking to have Commonwealth court action thrown out

Prince George Citizen
August 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

An application to dismiss a lawsuit Commonwealth Campus Corp. has launched against the BID Group of Companies over its refusal to purchase five parcels of downtown land will be heard Aug. 12 in Prince George. BID is claiming Commonwealth has failed to provide a list of documents related to the case “even after several reminders,” according to a court filing and, on that basis, is seeking to have the case thrown out. According to the filing, BID has complied with Commonwealth’s request to provide its own list but a requisite request has not been met. BID had faxed a letter to Commonwealth asking for as much on July 23, requesting they be provided by the end of business on July 26.

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Forestry

Twenty years since protests at Clayoquot Sound

It was the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience in Canadian history
News 1130
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CLAYOQUOT SOUND – This summer marks 20 years since the protest blockades to protect the forests of Clayoquot Sound from logging. Organizers have put together an event billed as a “wild weekend” to mark the anniversary. The protests are best remembered as the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience in Canadian history. Emery Hartley with Friends of Clayoquot Sound says three days have been set aside starting this Thursday to celebrate the struggle, but he says there is still much work to be done. “There’s still logging going on in our forests, there’s two potential mines, and there’s fish farms throughout the sound. All these things are bringing — or could bring — heavy ecological tolls on our environment.”

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Only Timber Industry Can Save Arizona Forests

Payson Roundup
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a recent editorial, “Thin the forests or lose them,” The Arizona Republic described the reality that faces Arizona. Forest fuel loads will be thinned through active forest management or removed through catastrophic fire. We have lost approximately 40 percent of Arizona’s ponderosa pine forests since 2000 because of catastrophic wildfires and there is no reason to expect this unimaginable rate of loss to change. It is clear what must be done to save our forests, but what was noticeably missing from the editorial is how we pay for the needed work. … Forest thinning can cost as much as $1,000 per acre.

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Forester Says Tall Trees In Black Hills In Danger

Associated Press
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CUSTER, SD – A private forester from Deadwood says what might be the tallest two Ponderosa pine trees in the Black Hills are in danger because they’re surrounded by trees that are heavily infested with mountain pine beetles. One of them, in Custer State Park, is almost 160 feet tall and is the tallest known Ponderosa in the Black Hills. Andrew Smith says a 96-foot-tall tree near Deerfield Reservoir could be the second-tallest. He says the trees should be sprayed every year to protect them.

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One tree’s architecture reveals secrets of a forest, study finds

Phys.org
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Behind the dazzling variety of shapes and forms found in trees hides a remarkably similar architecture based on fundamental, shared principles, UA ecologists have discovered. Researchers in the University of Arizona’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology have found that despite differences in appearance, trees across species share remarkably similar architecture and can tell scientists a lot about an entire forest.

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A Model Forest?

The recent purchase of 20,000 acres of coastal redwoods could become a prototype for sustainable lumber harvesting.
East Bay Express
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In May, The Conservation Fund announced that it had bought nearly 20,000 acres of coastal redwood, Douglas fir, and oak woodlands, known as Preservation Ranch, in Sonoma County, in order to prevent the area from being turned into vineyards. The plan by the national environmental nonprofit is one the largest conservation efforts of its scale in the state. The Conservation Fund also intends to implement sustainable forestry practices at Preservation Ranch and use carbon credits from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help pay for the restoration of the forest, which was heavily damaged by decades of logging.

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Smokey Bear hosts birthday party

Idaho Statesman
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Smokey Bear will celebrate his 69th birthday Friday and Boise wildland fire officials are inviting area residents to celebrate with them. A birthday fete will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Natural Resources Center at 1249 S. Vinnell Way in Boise. The party will take place in the courtyard between the Boise National Forest headquarters and the BLM state offices. Slices of cake will be handed out and children can have their photos taken with Smokey.

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Second Oregon wildland firefighter dies in line of duty

The Oregonian
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 19-year-old firefighter died after the water tender he was driving rolled over an embankment near the Big Windy complex of fires in southwest Oregon. Jesse Trader, of Albany, was driving back from a night shift around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday. His water tender hit an embankment on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp and rolled over, said Joel Brumm, a public information officer with the Bureau of Land Management. Other firefighters stopped immediately to assist, and Trader was loaded onto an air ambulance shortly after, Brumm said.

Water truck driver working on southwestern Oregon forest fire dies in crash from The Associated Press

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4FRI forest thinning contract up in the air

Forest Service could transfer contract with Pioneer Forest Service to thin 300,000 acres in next 10 years to new company
Williams News
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Work proposed under the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) could transfer to a different company, pending a legal agreement that the Forest Service is reviewing. … Now Pioneer and a third party have submitted a “novation agreement,” which the Forest Service is reviewing. The name of the third party, a potential new owner of the company, was not released. “That novation agreement is basically how the government evaluates whether the sale of this company or a transfer of a contract would be in the best interest of the government,” said Henry Provencio, 4FRI team leader.

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Tree pest discovered in another Illinois county

Agri News
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County, the closest find to date in Illinois to the Iowa border. The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced that it has received confirmation that a beetle collected on the county fairgrounds in Morrison is an emerald ash borer. A forestry technician with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources spotted a distressed ash tree on the property and notified IDOA staff, who found a dead, adult beetle in its bark.

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Future of forestry is a growing problem

The Scotsman
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY is a Scottish success story, supporting almost 40,000 jobs and contributing nearly £1.7 billion to the economy every year. It is also a backdrop to Scotland’s tourism industry – many iconic Scottish landscapes and images feature forests, and tourists and locals alike enjoy walking, biking or viewing wildlife in these special areas. Our forests are unique in that they can combine a working environment with places for recreation and nature.

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Forest owners support workplace safety reforms

By The NZ Forest Owners’ Association
Scoop Independent News
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Owners Association (FOA) welcomes the government’s workplace health and safety reforms announced today. “The government has a vital role to play in improving safety in the workplace,” says president Bill McCallum. “It has the power to pull a range of levers that will influence attitudes, understandings and behaviours of all involved.” He says lax attitudes to safety are prevalent in New Zealand and even with the best will in the world, it is a battle to get safety to be seen as the number one priority by every individual in the workplace.

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Point of view: PEFC is tool number one in forest biodiversity conservation in Finland

Revision of the standard on the PEFC forest certification system in Finland is an option for PEFC itself, as well as a way forward for critics of the coming Forest Act.
Finnish Forest Association
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Finnish PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) forest certification system is revised every fifth year. The latest overhaul was started in spring 2013. Among other things, all specifications concerning forestry activities will be assessed and, where needed, revised. The result of the work, the new PEFC standard, will define the guidelines for the management of Finnish commercial forests for years to come. This is significant, not least because PEFC covers some 95 percent of Finnish commercial forests, and forests cover roughly 70 percent of Finland’s land area. This is why the work is extremely important for all nature conservation in Finland.

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Time to come clean on logging

Port News
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GREENS candidate for Lyne Ian Oxenford has called on The Nationals candidate David Gillespie to come clean on where he stands on the issue of logging in national parks. He said Barnaby Joyce – who wants to be leader of the Nationals – and the Nationals’ candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan both supported logging in national parks. He said this consistent with views of other Nationals in the NSW Parliament. “So what I want Mr Gillespie to do is tell the electorate which of the national parks in Lyne he thinks should be logged?” Mr Oxenford said.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Nature ‘is better at carbon farming’

Eco Business
August 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Large forests planted with a single species of tough small tree could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow down climate change and green the world’s deserts at the same time, researchers say. A group of German scientists says the tree Jatropha curcas is very resistant to arid conditions and can thrive where food crops would not survive. Unlike other geo-engineering schemes, which are expensive and rely on humans interfering with nature, this project merely encourages natural tree growth.

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General

Large trees play key role in tropical forest biomass storage – study

Reuters Alert
August 6, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A large-scale study has found that a handful of big trees store up to half the above-ground biomass in tropical forests, raising implications for forest management and climate change mitigation. Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, storing it in leaves, woody tissue, roots and organic matter in soil, and playing a critical role in regulating the Earth’s climate and mitigating climate change.

Old-growth trees store half rainforest carbon from Mongabay

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