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Daily Archives: August 16, 2013

Froggy Foibles

New mammal species discovered: a raccoon-like critter with teddy bear looks

Associated Press
August 15, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE’-toe). The reddish-brown animal is about 14-inches long with an equally long tail and weighs about 2 pounds. The critter leaps through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them.

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

Market Wired
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2013 second quarter EBITDA loss including discontinued operations of $4.9 million. Excluding corporate costs, combined EBITDA loss of the three business segments Fortress operated in during the second quarter of 2013 was $2.5 million. The Specialty Papers Segment contributed $3.4 million EBITDA, while the Dissolving Pulp Segment generated EBITDA loss of $6.4 million.

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EACOM Timber Corporation announces its second quarter results

Canada Newswire press release
August 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL and VANCOUVER – EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to announce its second quarter results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013. During the second quarter of 2013, housing starts in the United States averaged 872,000 units, down 9% from the previous quarter but up 18% from the corresponding quarter of 2012. In Canada, a different pattern emerged with housing starts averaging 186,000 units, up 6% from the previous quarter but down 19% from the corresponding quarter of 2012.

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Ainsworth Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

4 Traders
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, British Columbia – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. …Ainsworth President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lake said, “The second quarter of 2013 was another solid period for Ainsworth. The Company generated adjusted EBITDA of $50.7 million, which represented a $33.8 million improvement versus the second quarter of 2012.

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Weyerhaeuser Sues Louisiana-Pacific Over ‘Solidguard’

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

Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY), the Federal Way, Washington-based forest-products company, sued competitor Louisiana-Pacific Corp. for trademark infringement. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 13 in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee, is related to Weyerhaeuser’s “Strandguard” trademark, used with its zinc-borate-treated laminated strand lumber. Weyerhaeuser objects to Louisiana-Pacific’s use of “Solidguard” for its laminated strand lumber. The public is likely to be confused and suffer injury as a result, according to the complaint. 

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Interfor Rebuilds Kiln, Employees Return to Full-Time Work

Market Wired
August 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SWAINSBORO, GEORGIA–Interfor has announced that less than six months after acquiring the Swainsboro, GA, sawmill, it has completed a new $2.8-million state-of-the-art Dual Path Kiln. “When Interfor acquired the Swainsboro mill, we said we would rebuild the kiln as quickly as possible so we could get back to full production and meet the market demand for our quality southern yellow pine lumber,” Joe Rodgers, Vice President, US Operations, said today.

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Quick Start, Interfor Announce Training Initiative

International Forest Products
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor has struck a partnership with Georgia Quick Start to develop and deliver a training program in support of 65 new jobs. These high-quality manufacturing positions will allow a second shift to be added at Interfor’s Baxley mill. The Quick Start training agreement was based on a Project Study that was conducted at the Interfor sawmill in Baxley, Georgia. Quick Start will design and develop training materials, as well as provide instructors for the classes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

War on Imported Plywood Bears Collateral Damage for Wood Industry

Woodworking Network
August 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Analyzing plywood antidumping duties levied by the Department of Commerce, Greg Simon posted a cogent blog on what he terms a “protectionist war on imports” that he says creates widespread collateral damage for the wood products industry. Simon, who chairs the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood, an organization of American importers, distributors and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, quotes Bill Weaver, CEO of Canyon Creek Cabinetry, who notes, “This has an immediate impact on my bottom line, as the normal supply of both domestic and imported plywood products has been totally disrupted.

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Japan’s “wood stimulus programme”: threat or opportunity for EU timber exports?

IHB
August 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Back in July, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting, the European Union expressed its concerns about the Japanese ”wood stimulus programme”. The EU worries that the programme promotes the unilateral use of national species and thus constitute a competitive disadvantage for European exporters. Canada, New Zealand, the USA and Malaysia joined the EU and also expressed concerns that their future timber exports to Japan will be affected….The programme has the aim of encouraging the use of wood from national forests that are increasing in volume.

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Constructing – and deconstructing – furniture as fine art

The Jakarta Post
August 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Cabinets stood in a slanted position in the corner of the gallery with shelves that remarkably remained parallel to the floor. Meanwhile, a table and chair in another corner looked as though they were floating. Between them was a large sheet of glass that actually provided support. The furniture pieces were thus transmogrified into a dysfunctional installation. …These were among the works displayed in the recent art wood furniture exhibition, which featured the creations of ISI Surakarta art school graduate Barata Sena in Karanganyar, Central Java.

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Forestry

ForestEthics fights for one-way democracy

by Peter Foster
Financial Post
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Eco radicals have a highly flexible approach to public participation, but little or no flexibility on its allowable conclusions. When it comes to forcing a green agenda on people – say, via removing the right to object to local wind farms in Ontario — they are all in favour. When it comes to new pipelines, however, they believe in the widest possible consultation, but with only one acceptable decision: Ban them. …ForestEthics’ biggest coup was in helping mastermind the Do-Not-Buy campaigns that led Canadian forestry companies to cave in and sign the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, CBFA, which effectively imploded when ForestEthics’ ally Greenpeace left the agreement and started peddling misinformation about fellow-signatory Resolute Forest Products.

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Keep saws off the rainforest

Letter to the Editor
Nelson Star
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association (ILMA) pleads to the public (“Help free up timber,” August 7) for access to clear cut ancient old growth temperate rainforest biodiversity. They also want easier access to steep unstable domestic watersheds such as Perry’s Ridge, Duhamel and Liard creek… Local political pundits should encourage the ILMA too stop bullying their way into domestic watersheds and intact ancient temperate mist/rain forest. There are dozens of ways we can keep and increase forestry employment but it will take a real commitment from our political elite, business leaders, environmental groups and activists.

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Support local forest jobs

Letter by Jonathan Lok, President, Society of Consulting Foresters of BC
Coast Reporter
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing on behalf of the Consulting Foresters of BC who live or work for BCTS in the Sunshine Coast area, to express my displeasure at the ongoing tactics being used to delay the auction of timber referred to in the article “BCTS urged to spare old-growth forest” (Coast Reporter, July 26). As forest professionals engaged in the ongoing management of B.C.’s natural resources, we believe that BC Timber Sales has taken every precaution to address multiple resource values and to address public input that has been requested and received for the past 2.5 years for this area.

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B.C. remembers Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire

from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA – On the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson has released the following statement: “Ten years ago today, B.C. experienced one of the most destructive and devastating wildfires in its history. The Okanagan Mountain Park fire was sparked by lightning on Aug. 16, 2003, and expanded aggressively across a tinder-dry landscape. “Despite the best efforts of our hardworking firefighting crews and dedicated fire management professionals, the intense flames spread quickly and eventually burned over 25,900 hectares before the blaze was extinguished.

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Timber harvesting is OK in the right areas

Letter by Ross Muirhead, Elphinstone Logging Focus
Coast Reporter
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

We would like to respond to Dwight Yochim’s letter (Coast Reporter, Aug. 9) where he provides data on the size of the working forest in the province (at 2.5 million hectares) and goes on to say that he encourages BC Timber Sales to approve the logging of five cutblocks of old-growth timber (at 78Ha or 192 acres) on the Lower Sunshine Coast. He suggests that the forests Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is campaigning to protect are “not the last of the old-growth” left in B.C., a general statement that does not provide any context.

Click here to read the August 9 letter from Dwight Yochim

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Destroyed cougar den puts community at risk

Letter by Liz Stonard
Alberni Valley TImes
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… So, recent news of an ancient cougar den, likely now lost to logging activity, prompts me to ask if the logging company involved could be held responsible for creating (by increasing) a threat to public safety? At the very least, it should prompt timber businesses, along with municipal and provincial governments, to co-operate on a more comprehensive ‘forest land management plan,’ recognizing that species need to be protected whether they are deemed “at risk” or not.

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New Brunswick preparing for budworm infestation

Farm Focus
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the spruce budworm on the brink of infesting northwestern New Brunswick, the forestry industry is making plans to hit the pest early in the hopes of preventing large-scale damage. Spraying with biological agent Btk could start as early as next year depending on how fast the insect continues to move in from Quebec, says Mark Arsenault, Chief Executive-Officer of the New Brunswick Forest Products Association… With this outbreak, the forest industry hopes act quickly and delay or even prevent a widespread outbreak. “We’re making a plan…we have an idea of what we want to do,” Arsenault said.

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MNR cutting seven jobs in Thunder Bay, more around the region

TB Newswatch
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says the Ministry of Natural Resources is cutting more than 100 jobs, including 23 in Northwestern Ontario. Dryden and Thunder Bay are each losing seven positions; Kenora will lose three positions, while Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances will each lose two positions. The affected employees given notice Tuesday include administrative support staff, digital mapping staff, regulatory compliance staff, foresters and biologists.

MNR restructuring involves layoffs – and hiring from CBC News
MNR cuts jobs from the Fort Frances Times

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Forestry worker survives bear attack by ‘stomping’ on claws

‘I was scared for my life,’ says Pierre Mezzetta, of Fredericton, about his 6th brush with a bear
CBC News
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forestry worker from New Brunswick is recovering after he was chased and attacked by what he describes as a 300-pound aggressive black bear earlier this week while he was working in the woods near Oromocto Lake. Pierre Mezzetta of Fredericton required some stitches and a night in hospital following the attack Wednesday, but expected to be back at work Friday. After coming across the bear, Mezzetta made sure the bear was aware of his presence, but he ran when the animal charged him.

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Forestry plans change

Farm Focus
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The (Newfoundland & Labrador) Department of Natural?Resources is proposing to change the Crown Five-Year Operating Plan (2012-16) for Forestry Management Districts 4, 5, 6 and 8 — allowing for new access roads and new woods to harvest near Gander Bay… According to a description provided for an ongoing environmental assessment of the proposal, foresters need the access because some of the timber expected to be cut under the existing forestry plan boundaries has been excluded by an agricultural quarantine.

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Climate Change And Wildfires: Research Explores Link Between Blazes And The Environment

Huffington Post
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PASCO, Wash. — Researchers are flying over Western wildfires to sample the thick smoke they emit and study its role in cloud formation and climate. The data-gathering campaign is intended to help scientists flesh out one of the least understood areas of climate: the role of aerosols, or particles given off by wildfires, and how they evolve over time. Biomass burning, such as forest fires and agricultural fires when farmers burn off their farm fields, has long been known to release large amounts of carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas, but less is known about how smoke plumes evolve over time and affect climate.

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Idaho wildfires: Beaver Creek fire gains ground, firefighters make progress on Elk, Pony complexes

Idaho Statesman
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A big wildfire burning west of resort communities of Ketchum and Hailey destroyed one structure and forced evacuation of six residences while growing significantly. By Thursday evening, the Be aver Creek Fire had torched 68 square miles, or around 44,000 acres, and it was 9 percent contained. More than 600 firefighters, numerous air tankers and other resources were deployed in a bid to slow its advance. A night crew protected threatened homes overnight. The southern portion of the fire was contained and relatively stable, fire managers said, and they pointed to the east and northwest parts of the fire as being the most active. .

Idaho faces risk of “explosive fire growth” as 34 wildfires rage nationwide from NBC News

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COOS COUNTY FACING TREE ISSUES

Forestry tour highlights biggest needs
The World
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS COUNTY FOREST — The Coos County Forestry Department must find a new grower for the 100,000 baby trees it needs to plant. Among the top contenders is the U.S. Forest Service Nursery in Central Point but it will cost about $375 per 1,000 seedlings, according to county officials. Timber Data Specialist Kathy Hathaway said the cost was $335 per 1,000 seedlings from their previous grower, Silver Mountain Nursery in Sublimity. But they, along with many private companies, such as Weyerhaeuser, don’t want to deal with the county’s “small amount,” she said.

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Records: Woman who surrendered in eco-terror case to enter guilty pleas to arson, conspiracy

Associated Press
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A woman who surrendered after a decade as a fugitive in the nation’s largest eco-terrorism case is expected to enter guilty pleas on Oct. 10, court records show. Rebecca Rubin, 39, was accused in a federal indictment of being a member of cells of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front known as The Family… The cells are suspected in fires at a ski resort in Colorado, wild horse corrals in Oregon and Northern California, and lumber mills and U.S. Forest Service offices in Oregon.

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Regional fire crews continue the fight

Mail Tribune
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two out of three largest lightning-sparked wildfires burning in southwest Oregon are more than halfway contained. Crews fighting the Douglas Complex burning seven miles outside Glendale, and the Whiskey Complex outside Tiller, reported 55 containment on both blazes today. The Big Windy Complex, burning closest to the Rogue River, remains at 15 percent containment. “There are so many trees in that area, and it’s so steep coming up the side,” said Dave Wells with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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State Land Board May Seek To Sell Portion Of Elliot State Forest

OPB
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Land Board is considering selling 2,700 acres in the Elliot State Forest to raise money for public schools. The Roseburg News-Review reports that the move is prompted by a lawsuit that has forced the state to scale back on timber harvests. That lawsuit was filed by conservation groups, who want to protect marbled murrelet habitat. A federal judge has issued an injunction against some logging until the suit is resolved. That affects plans to increase logging in the forest between Reedsport and Coos Bay.

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Greens fear logging in Tasmanian world heritage area (radio)

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has unveiled the Coalition’s economic growth plan for Tasmania and it includes a new deal for the forestry industry. Under the plan, the Coalition will also seek to remove the recent World Heritage Extension. The announcement has alarmed the Australian Greens leader, Christine Milne, who fears the forests will be logged.

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Huge Owls Need Huge Trees

Science Daily
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A study spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Minnesota has shown that the world’s largest owl — and one of the rarest — is also a key indicator of the health of some of the last great primary forests of Russia’s Far East. The study found that Blakiston’s fish owl relies on old-growth forests along streams for both breeding and to support healthy populations of their favorite prey: salmon. The large trees provide breeding cavities for the enormous bird, which has a two-meter (six-foot) wingspan.

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Hope for revived inquiry to ease sandalwood uncertainty

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Member for Kalgoorlie hopes the decision to continue a parliamentary inquiry into the sandalwood industry will result in stronger laws to stop illegal trade of the product. An interim report, delivered by a parliamentary inquiry last year, recommended increasing penalties for illegally harvesting sandalwood. Wendy Duncan recently tabled a petition in Parliament after the inquiry was put on hold when the state election was called, in the hopes it would trigger a full inquiry into WA’s sandalwood industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Full steam ahead

Lumber mill saves with biomass boiler.
Canadian Manufacturing
August 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Twin Rivers Paper eliminated the use of bunker oil and recovered its $17.5 million investment in less than four years. Twin Rivers Paper Co.’s lumber division in Plaster Rock, NB, has tallied significant savings by replacing two oil-fired boilers with a new high-efficiency unit and Dutch oven biomass boilers that run on mill waste, mostly composed of bark. The division employs 200 people and specializes in supplying softwood dimension lumber and studs for residential and commercial markets.

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New Zealand commits to 2020 climate change target

Scoop Independent News
August 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser has announced New Zealand has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to five per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. “Our 2020 target is more ambitious than our Kyoto Protocol first commitment period target, compares favourably with our traditional partners’ actions and reflects New Zealand’s unique national circumstances,” says Mr Groser. “The target is affordable and demonstrates that New Zealand is doing its fair share to address global climate change.

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