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Daily Archives: August 9, 2013

Business & Politics

North American Hardwoods Exports Hit Summer Slowdown

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American hardwood lumber exports slowed in July due to summer holidays, Ramadan, as well as ample supplies in some countries, which kept many international buyers off the market, resulting in the usual seasonal slowdown. Exporters found more price resistance when quoting new orders, particularly to China, where the spring spike in purchasing had elevated inventories.

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Brookfield profit soars to US$802 million, funds from operations hits US$464M

Canadian Press
August 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is reporting US$802 million of net income and US$464 million of funds from operations for common shareholders in the second quarter. Both results were more than double the levels a year earlier, when the Toronto-based conglomerate had US$379 million of net income and $159 million of funds from operations. On a per-share basis, net income was 31 cents and funds from operations was 68 cents in the three months ended June 30, up from 17 cents and 20 cents respectively in the second quarter of 2012.

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Mi’kmaq chiefs, paper mill negotiating agreement

Farm Focus
August 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Point Tupper, NS]— Negotiations are ongoing between Port Hawkesbury Paper and Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs on an agreement that would set out how the paper mill’s operations can benefit First Nations communities. The mill and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs are working on an impact benefits agreement arising from a memorandum of understanding signed by the parties in January. The MOU is to provide direction on employment opportunities for the Mi’kmaq associated with the mill’s operation, preservation of the environment and the protection of Mi’kmaq aboriginal and treaty rights.

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Stella-Jones Q2 profit surges to $26.4 million on acquisition-fuelled revenues

Canadian Press
August 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones missed expectations in the second quarter even though the treated wood products supplier’s profit surged to $26.4 million on an acquisition-fuelled boost in revenues. The Montreal-based company earned $1.53 per diluted share in the three months ended June 30. That compared to $1.30 per share or $20.8 million a year earlier. Revenues increased 34 per cent to $273.2 million, up from $203.9 million a year ago. They included $75 million from McFarland Cascade Holdings which was acquired Nov. 30.

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Lumber & Log Importation to China Booms in Q2 2013

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – The importation of softwood logs and lumber to China continues to boom in 2013, as reported in Wood Resources Quarterly. Second quarter numbers are up $600 million from an impressive first quarter that followed a rough 2012. The numbers are also up 30% from the same quarter last year. The total value of imported softwood logs and lumber is now over 2.2 billion dollars, according to Wood Resources Quarterly. The higher demand for wood products is said to stem from an increase in house-building in the first half of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.

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Demand for Russian wood is on the rise in Asia Pacific

RBTH.asia
August 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to the Russian Ministry for the Development of the Far East, the region’s timber industry will have increased output by 45 per cent to 17,264,000 cu.m. by the year 2016. “Our current lumber output is relatively modest,” Ishayev noted. “In the Far Eastern Federal District, it amounts to 11-12 million cu.m. a year. Khabarovsk Territory alone used to produce as much. According to our estimates, the figure will have reached 17-18 million cu.m. a year by 2016.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden pallet manufacturer receives funding

A&P Manufacturing Limited, a wooden pallet manufacturing company in Clarenville, Newfoundland & Labrador received $180,100 from the province Aug. 1.
Atlantic Farm Focus
August 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Funding will support the purchase of new equipment which will streamline and automate the process of assembling pallets, and secure a value-added wood product which supports a number of local businesses in the province,” said Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Keith Hutchings. Funding includes a $75,000 non-repayable contribution, and $86,000 term loan to support the purchase of an automated remotely-operated machine which will provide more efficient and safe cutting of lumber for pallet manufacturing. In addition, funding of $19,100 will support production training.

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APA Names President-Elect

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Ed Elias has been elected to serve as APA President, the APA Board of Trustees recently announced. Elias will start in the new position following the retirement later this year of Dennis Hardman, who has been the APA President since November, 2005. Elias, a 35-year APA veteran, is currently the association’s vice president and corporate secretary and has worked in APA’s technical, international marketing and financial divisions.

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Forestry

Forest fire hits Beaver Creek

Alberni Valley Times
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Emergency officials responded to a forest fire in the Beaver Creek area Thursday afternoon. Local fire departments and the Port Alberni RCMP were the first to arrive on scene, with members of Errington’s initial attack forest firefighting crew arriving by helicopter shortly after. The fire was reported sometime around 3 p.m. at the end of Drinkwater Road, and is believed to have started shortly before that time. “Our crew has just arrived at the scene,” said Marg Drysdale, Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer.

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Island Timberlands plan logging of old-growth forests in Port Alberni watershed

Vancouver Observer
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More logging by Island Timberlands in the McLaughlin Ridge old growth forest in Port Alberni’s watershed indicates logging this land may happen this year, environmental activists say. In July, 23 organizations and scientists endorsed a letter sent to Island Timberlands from the Watershed Forest Alliance, a Port Alberni based organization, asking for a cessation of logging in the last remaining old growth areas. So far, the company has not responded, activists say. “I have not heard from Island Timberlands in response to my concerns regarding logging in Port Alberni, which does not entirely surprise me.”

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War in the Woods memories fresh after 20 years

Alberni Valley Times
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For some, the 1993 “War in the Woods” seems like barely yesterday. For others, it feels almost like a fantasy. But for many who were involved on all sides of the protests over logging in the Clayoquot Sound – protests that ran for months, made international news and led to the arrest of more than 800 people – it was a powerful experience that altered them in some way. “It changed my life,” says Maryjke Mychajlowycz, a longtime member of the Friends of Clayoquot Sound who helped organize the blockades on the Kennedy River Bridge. “Many people said that to me also, that it changed them, that they had never been a part of something like that, something that big.

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The battle against the Emerald Ash Borer

Farm Focus
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In June the Canadian Forestry Service introduced blocks of ash wood that contained pre-pupae of Tetrastichus planipennis (T. planipennisi) at experimental sites in Huron County, Ontario. The 4.0 mm-long wasp species has been imported from China as part of a long-term strategy to reduce the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) population. EAB made its Canadian debut in Windsor, Ontario in 2002. Six years later after destroying millions of trees the Asian beetle was found in Quebec.

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Moth Attack Hits Valley Again

Statesman Journal
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conspicuous damage and defoliation to oak and fir trees is grabbing the attention of Willamette Valley landowners. Although the blight might be unsightly, it’s natural and, by and large, non-lethal to trees. Oregon Department of Forestry officials said damage caused by moths has prompted calls from people in many corners of the Mid-Valley. That defoliation is a cyclical phenomenon caused by a native species. “The damage is being caused by the western oak looper (Lambdina fiscellaria somniaria), a native moth that historically has had periodic outbreaks in the Willamette Valley,” said forestry entomologist Rob Flowers.

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25 years ago, Canyon Creek blaze in Bob changed fire knowledge

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Twenty-five years ago today, Kathy Heffernan was looking east from Helena and saw history burning her way. “You could see the blowups, the columns rising – ding, ding, ding – within seconds of each other,” the former U.S. Forest Service wilderness ranger recalled of Aug. 9, 1988, when the Canyon Creek fire started rearranging what land managers thought they knew about burning forests. The little smudge Heffernan had personally checked out 17 days before had grown to 33,000 acres in the southern quarter of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Storms so far have done little to quell biggest blazes

But crews make gradual progress despite limited aerial help because of poor visibility
Mail Tribune
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The isolated showers associated with the thunderstorms rolling through southwestern Oregon didn’t even wet the whistle of the parched forest being consumed by the Big Windy Complex fire in the Lower Rogue River drainage.  “The storm cells broke up in the heat before they got over the fire area,” said Jim Whittington, spokesman for the command center staffing that fire.   “There was a few sprinkles on the very top of Bear Camp Road but that was about it,” he added. “There was no signature rain on the fire.”

Grouse Mountain Burns On from The East Oregonian
Scene from Oregon’s largest, toughest cluster of wildfires: Tree skeletons and choking smoke from The Oregonian

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Do Bark Beetles Affect Water Quality?

National Science Foundation
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hydrological studies in the Rocky Mountains involving the tiny mountain pine beetle — a species of bark beetle — have big implications for water resource management in Colorado and elsewhere. A team of National Science Foundation-funded scientists is investigating how a rampant beetle infestation could change the quantity and quality of drinking water in Colorado.

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Tree-killing beetle now has been found in Fairfield County

Shelton Herald
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tree-killing invasive beetle turned up in another Connecticut town — and, for the first time, it’s in Fairfield County. This means a quarantine on certain ash-wood products likely will be expanded to cover Fairfield County, which includes Shelton, and some other parts of Connecticut. The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) was found in the northern Fairfield County town of Sherman, just above Danbury. Previously, the beetle had been identified in 11 other Connecticut towns.

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Arrival of elm tree disaster ‘inevitable’

Manawatu Standard
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An elm tree disease already in New Zealand has the potential to wipe out thousands of trees in the city and region, says an arborist. Dutch elm disease, a fungus carried by a beetle, has wiped out elm trees in Auckland and it is only a matter of time before it hits Manawatu, says arborist Darryl Judd. The best-case scenario is it could reach Manawatu in 15 years. But it could be here in five, he said. “It wipes out trees in a week. They wilt and die. And Manawatu is Elm Central. I estimate there are 12,000 to 17,000 and many are 100 years to 140 years old.”

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It’s time to make forestry sexy

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

This year’s Victorian Woman of the year says forestry needs to work harder to drop the stereotype of an old lumberjack holding an axe. Michelle Freeman is using her $10,000 prize to hold workshops across the country with the aim of rebranding forestry to make it vibrant and sexy. She says there are many misperceptions about her career. “Whenever I tell people that I am a forester I usually get one of three responses,” she said.

Talking the future of forest management from The ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Why Is the Boreal Forest Breathing CO2 More Deeply?

Scientific American
August 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The boreal forest seems to like the higher levels of carbon dioxide that result from fossil-fuel burning. All that carbon appears to be enabling growth rates not seen in human history for the northernmost forest, according to a new study. “Boreal forests are more active than 50 years ago,” says geochemist Heather Graven of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, lead author of the new analysis, published online August 8 in Science. She and her colleagues documented a dramatic uptick in the flow of carbon into and out of the forests, which cover most of Canada as well as large swathes of Russia and Scandinavia.

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Study: Warmer weather puts Halifax at greater risk of wildfires

Chronicle Herald
August 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the earth’s core temperature heats up, Halifax Regional Municipality could be at a greater risk for wildfires, Dalhousie University scientists say, because of the warmer climate and the tinder-like branches brought down by more intense tropical storms. The study calls for the municipality to look at thinning some of its outer woodland areas, a delicate balancing act due to the environmental benefits from the oxygen-producing plants and their protection against flooding.

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Sackville’s Hefler Forest Products receives COMFIT approval

A Middle Sackville (Nova Scotia) sawmill company has the province’s go-ahead to turn sawdust into sawbucks.
Atlantic Farm Focus
August 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hefler Forest Product Ltd., located at 230 Lucasville Road, received approval today (Aug. 2) to outfit their operation with a small biomass power plant, as part of the province’s Community Feed-in Tariff program. “Clean, green electricity is already successfully powering homes and businesses throughout the province and this project will increase those benefits for the community of Sackville and across Nova Scotia,” says ministerial assistant for Energy and Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville MLA Mat Whynott in a press release.

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EIA August STEO predicts increasing bioenergy production in 2014

Biomass Magazine
August 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the August issue of its Short-Term Energy outlook, predicting increased electricity generation from wood biomass and waste biomass in 2014. According to the STEO, the U.S. is projected to generate 106,000 MWh per day of electricity from wood biomass this year, up from 103,000 MWh per day last year. In 2014, production is expected to increase to 112,000 MWh per day. Waste biomass is expected to generate 56,000 MWh per day of power this year, up from 55,000 MWh per day in 2012.

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Chernobyl’s legacy recorded in trees

BBC News
August 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Exposure to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl accident had a lasting negative legacy on the area’s trees, a study has suggested. Researchers said the worst effects were recorded in the “first few years” but surviving trees were left vulnerable to environmental stress, such as drought. They added that young trees appeared to be particularly affected. Writing in the journal Trees, the team said it was the first study to look at the impact at a landscape scale.

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