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Daily Archives: August 8, 2013

Business & Politics

Burns Lake sawmill blast investigation headed to Crown next month: WorkSafeBC

by Gordon Hoekstra – Detailed file includes 14,000 photos, forensic examination and 100 interviews
Vancouver Sun
August 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC says it has now targeted early September to hand over tens of thousands of pages of evidence to Crown counsel for possible charges over the deadly Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion last year. That’s six months longer than originally anticipated and 18 months after the incident, but still within the two years allowed under law to lay charges. The plant exploded on Jan. 20, 2012 and the deadline for charges is Jan. 19, 2014.

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Future looks much brighter for Western Forest Products company

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
August 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

All indications are that the future may be bright for Western Forest Products, which operates two sawmills in Nanaimo, and the province’s forest industry after years of struggle. WFP, one of the largest forest companies in the province, reported in May that it had completed one of the best financial quarter in the company’s history, largely due to improved log and lumber markets after years of a downturn in the industry.

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Blount will cut 200 jobs, close Portland-area factory after second-quarter sales slide

The Oregonian
August 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Saw-chain maker Blount International Inc. will lay off 200 and shutter a Portland-area factory after the company’s second-quarter profits fell by nearly one-third. The Milwaukie manufacturer announced plans to consolidate two local factories into one on Wednesday, as part of its quarterly financial results. The company also disclosed an systems control problem that will force it to amend past financial statements.

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Wood products find floor

Oregon Natural Resource Report
August 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A correction in wood products seems to have found a floor, interest rates are trending down, and real estate activity continues at a healthy pace, despite slower starts. Seven-year trend of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below. Last month falling lumber and log prices, and rising mortgage interest rates were highlighted. This month, a negative trend in Housing Starts and Building Permits continues and we are now back down to later 2012 levels.

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Plum Creek Names Timothy E. Punke to Newly-Created Position of Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

Bloomberg Businessweek
August 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE– Plum Creek Timber Company announced that Timothy Punke has been appointed senior vice president, corporate affairs and public policy, effective Oct. 1. His responsibilities will include oversight of government relations, communications, sustainability and environmental affairs. He will report to Chief Executive Officer, Rick Holley.

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Forestry

Funding supports First Nations’ forestry training

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
BC Government
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Thirty eight First Nations individuals will receive forestry-specific training and work experience through a $500,000 Labour Market Sector Solutions (LMSS) partnership between the B.C. government, the First Nations Forestry Council and industry partners. Funded through the Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA), the First Nations’ Forestry Training Project will prepare eligible First Nations individuals for skilled employment in the forestry industry.

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EYE ON BC’S FORESTS: Newsletter – Summer 2013

BC Forest Practices Board
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Board decided in September 2012 that there would be value in summarizing common themes and trends in forest practices, based on our observations of the past few years. This led to a number of bulletins and special reports – some of which are now published and others still in the works. I’ve been very pleased with the response to these reports. They have identified opportunities for improvement and helped focus attention on key issues. We hope that the remaining reports will also be informative and assist with adaptation of forest practices to ever-changing circumstances.

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Oncoming heat wave keeps fire threat alive

The Kamloops Daily News
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With more hot and dry weather forecast in the days ahead, what little relief that came from a series of early week storms will soon be a thing of the past, a fire information officer said Wednesday. The lightning that accompanied storm cells Tuesday afternoon and evening resulted in no new fires in the Kamloops region and only a handful of spot-sized blazes north of Clearwater, said Michaela Swan. This isn’t to say the storms won’t be responsible for fires down the road.

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Province moves to exclude 96,000 hectares of Algonquin Park from logging

The Daily Observer
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Renfrew County’s development and property committee will be briefed next week on the potential impact to the local forest industry of a provincial move to exclude 96,000 hectares of Algonquin Park from logging activities. The July 19 announcement, issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, stated that following extensive consultation with park stakeholders, they have amended the park management plan to increase the amount of protected land within the provincial park by a total area some one and a half times the size of the city of Toronto.

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PA forest firefighters depart for Idaho blaze

Fox43
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Heading into the teeth of the fire. A group of forest firefighters from our area are heading west to lend a helping hand. The 40 men and women will focus on a huge fire burning in central Idaho. For over two weeks, angry flames have scorched parts of central Idaho. Now that region is dialing up some help from Central Pennsylvania. “I am just nervous for the unknown, excited,” said Forest firefighter Su Ann Shupp.

100 firefighters dispatched to Ore. to help wildfires from The Arkansas Forestry Commission

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California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

Out-of-control blaze in San Jacinto Mountains injures 3, including 2 firefighters
Associated Press
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that broke out in the inland mountains of Southern California has expanded exponentially, burning homes, forcing the evacuation of several small mountain communities and leaving three people injured. About 1,500 people had evacuated as the wildfire of more than 23 square kilometres raged out of control in the San Jacinto Mountains near Banning, said Lucas Spelman, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Reader’s View, forest management: Collaborative land efforts need time to work

by Rick Tholen (a retired Idaho forester)
Idaho Statesman
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s been a dramatic change in approach for many mainstream environmental groups toward federal forest management in Idaho, and it’s past time that our leaders recognized this change. When they meet on Friday, the Legislature’s Interim Public Lands Subcommittee members would be well-served to appreciate this shift. …Many environmental groups have engaged the decision-making process from a different angle: collaboration.

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Private forest land access closing on Tuesday

The Columbian
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eight private timber companies will be closing public access to more than 200,000 acres in Southwest Washington and northern Oregon beginning on Tuesday. The companies include Hancock Forest Management, Longview Timberlands, Stevenson Land Co., Western Pacific LLC, Broughton Lumber Co., Kreps Ranch LLC, Kreps Family LLC and American Forest Management. The lands are in Skamania, Klickitat, Hood River and Wasco counties.

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Fires Sweep Across Hills Of John Day

Blue Mountain Eagle
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY – An intense thunderstorm hammered central Grant County Wednesday afternoon, sparking fires that threatened homes and businesses in John Day and Canyon City. “I was at the Health Department when the lightning storm hit,” said one resident, Susan Howard. “We could see this flash inside the building. When we went outside, the fire was already going up the hill behind the building. It was moving fast, and we could see trees torching.”

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A fine line on Idaho’s public lands

State leaders agree they want active management in federal forests, but the approaches are different
Idaho Statesman
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ask U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo where the discussion on managing Idaho’s federal lands should start, and he doesn’t hesitate. “Collaboration,” said Crapo, a Republican who has championed bringing Idaho ranchers, loggers and motorized recreationists together with environmentalists to find compromise. Crapo met with members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative group Wednesday in Lewiston to discuss the next step now that they have reached a broad agreement on how to manage the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest – all 4 million acres of it.

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Forestry conducting inventory in central Oklahoma

Associated Press
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Forestry Services is conducting an inventory of several central Oklahoma counties to determine the type of forest and woodlands they contain. A Forest Inventory and Analysis crew is collecting data this month in Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. Foresters began the data collection in 2009. Every year since, foresters have gathered information about the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests and tree species that are present, tree sizes, invasive species and forest health issues.

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Help is at hand for New Jersey’s forests: Opinion

Star-Ledger
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

By Aug. 19, Gov. Chris Christie has an important decision to make regarding the future of New Jersey’s forests. The Healthy Forests Act passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, requiring only his signature to become law. Healthy forests provide numerous benefits, including diverse habitat for wildlife, water protection, soil conservation, air purification, carbon sequestration, wood products and more. New Jersey’s forests are under significant threats from fire exclusion, invasive species, pests, disease and overbrowsing by deer.

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Forest tenancy first in Scotland

Galloway Gazette
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new form of forest tenure has been established in Galloway, the first of its type in Scotland. Mark Rowe has become the first holder of a woodlot licence issued under the auspices of the Scottish Woodlot Association, on the Corsewall Estate near Stranraer.  …The concept of woodlot licences has been inspired by the situation in British Columbia (BC) where the Provincial Government has been running a highly successful woodlot licence programme on Crown (government) land for over 30 years.

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UGC asks universities to take up research in forestry

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

The University Grants Commission has asked all universities and institutions to encourage research on ecology. This was one of the recommendations of the National Forest Commission, headed by Justice B.N. Kripal, former Chief Justice of India which had submitted its report to the Prime Minister. The report contained 360 recommendations, including promoting research on ecology.

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Talking the future of forest management

ABC News
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The South East forestry industry has been through some high and lows in the last few years – forests have been sold off, jobs have been lost and mills have closed. Recently though, the tide seems to have turned. Millions of dollars worth of grants from the State Government has boosted the industry. We’re now hearing that Tarpeena may be the centre of a new multi-million dollar bio-energy investment.

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Oscar the koala sniffer goes north

ABC News, Australia
August 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

State forestry managers in NSW are employing a unique staff member to track the live koala population. The world’s first koala sniffer dog, Oscar, is being used by the NSW Forestry Corporation in the Royal Camp State Forest near Casino in the state’s north. Oscar has been trained on the south coast to track live koalas living in native forests. The Forestry Corporation is trying to confirm that the koala population in the state forest was unaffected by its illegal logging of koala feed trees last month.

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Forestry leaders meet

The Border Watch
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KEY forestry leaders met on Wednesday to discuss ways to communicate career opportunities to younger generations.   Winner of the 2013 Victorian Rural Women’s Award Michelle Freeman facilitated the session as part of her Turn Over a New Leaf event series. Ms Freeman, who ran the first session at the Main Corner Complex in Mount Gambier on Wednesday, will hold similar events across Australia. She said she aimed to encourage the older generation to attract new people into the industry. “Part of that is better communication within the industry,” Ms Freeman said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change increases wildfire risk in Halifax: study

CBC News
August 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new report paints an alarming picture about the link between climate change and forest fire risk, triggering calls for changes in the Halifax region to protect homeowners and their property. “I’ve projected that fire weather indices, which represents the potential for fire severity on any given day, are going to increase in this region under climate change,” said Dalhousie University researcher Ellen Whitman, co-author of the report.

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Climate Center at OSU Gets Major Grant to Study Forest Mortality

Woodworking Network
August 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has received a five-year, $4 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to investigate increasing impacts of drought, insect attacks and fires on forests in the western U.S., and to project how the influence of climate change may affect forest die-offs in the future. The researchers will also enhance an earth system model to allow them to predict when forests are becoming vulnerable to physiological stress and then create strategies to minimize impacts of climate, insects and fire.

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Report: Climate change is impacting California’s water, forests, animals

Associated Press
August 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century. That’s just a snapshot of how climate change is affecting California’s natural resources, a report released Thursday found. “There’s certainly reason for concern,” said Dan Cayan, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who contributed to the report.

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Tale of two biomass operations at one place

Superior Telegram
August 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

VIRGINIA — Half the loads truckers are bringing in, of biomass or wood chips, to the Laurentian Energy Authority are from Wisconsin, a loggers group says. No, only 16 percent, a biomass organization responds. Loggers from the ACLT group won’t sign long-term contracts to provide certain minimum amounts of biomass. They’re willing to provide more biomass, and on weekends also. 

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