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Daily Archives: August 19, 2013

Business & Politics

Catalyst appoints BC industry veteran as President & CEO

Canada Newswire press release
August 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC- Catalyst Paper announced, today, the appointment of Joe Nemeth as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nemeth is an experienced pulp and paper industry executive bringing 30 years of background to his new role at Catalyst. His appointment is effective October 1, 2013. Mr. Nemeth has held executive positions in sales, marketing and operations and was, most recently, President and CEO of Canfor Pulp. H

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APEC agrees to isolate the US, Australia over forestry trade bans

Jakarta Post
August 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Forestry ministers of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries have agreed to isolate the United States and Australia for using trade bans to tackle illegal logging through a “non-binding” accord. The ministers argued that the bans contravened the United Nations’ principles on promoting sustainable forest management in developing countries and World Trade Organization (WTO) anti-protectionism measures.

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Buckeye’s merger with Georgia-Pacific approved

Woodworking Network
August 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Buckeye Technologies recently announced that at a special stockholders’ meeting held today, Buckeye stockholders approved the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of April 23, 2013, by and among Georgia-Pacific LLC, GP Cellulose Group LLC and Buckeye. More than 84% of the total outstanding shares of Buckeye common stock eligible to vote as of the July 8, 2013 record date were voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement.

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Grim outlook for Russian timber industry

Russian Beyond the Headlines
August 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber output in the Russian Far East could rise by a third, and timber processing more than double by 2016, according to Viktor Ishayev, the Far East development minister in the Russian government.  The timber industry itself insists, however, that such a scenario would require a sharp rise in demand in the domestic or foreign markets. Experts say, meanwhile, that Russia’s share of the global market for raw and processed timber continues to shrink, and domestic demand in the Far East is growing too slowly for such targets to be realistic.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New life for dead trees: Urbanwood Project finds purpose in wood destined for scrapheap

AnnArbor.com
August 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A dead tree in the backyard may look like firewood to most people but to Dianna Tervol it looks like a lazy Susan, a beautiful piece of art or maybe even a kitchen table.  “This is what you can do with recycled wood instead of burning it,” Tervol said Saturday as she displayed carved animals, simple boxes and the aforementioned lazy Susans. Tervol, of Tervol’s Wood Products, was at Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse Center on South Industrial Highway for Sawmill Day, an event of the Urbanwood Project, an organization that promotes use of wood that would otherwise be burned or discarded.

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China has surpassed Japan to become the world’s largest importer of hardwood chips

IHB
August 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Major expansion of pulp manufacturing capacity in China the past five years has resul ted in a dramatic increase in the importation of wood chips to supply the new pulp mills, and the country became the world’s largest importer of hardwood chips in the 2Q/13, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are the major suppliers of wood chips, with Vietnam accounting for over 50% of the imported supply.

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Forestry

Greenpeace fights back against Resolute lawsuit

CBC News
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A Superior Court judge in Thunder Bay is reserving his ruling in the first battle of what is expected to be a long courtroom war between Resolute Forest Products and Greenpeace Canada. The forestry giant is suing the environmental group for $5 million for “defamation, malicious falsehood and intentional interference with economic relations.” The claim relates to a Greenpeace campaign, beginning in 2012, that was critical of Resolute’s forest practices.

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What Clayoquot Sound Faces Now

A historic opportunity to protect BC old growth forest rests in First Nations’ hands.
The Tyee
August 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Today, efforts to protect Clayoquot’s intact watersheds continue. The old growth forests haven’t yet been logged, but they are still not legally protected. Clayoquot Sound is considered important for conservation because it has some of the last remaining rare intact watersheds and old growth temperate rainforests in Vancouver Island. The ‘Summer of 1993’ protests in Clayoquot prompted landmark changes in forestry, not only in Clayoquot Sound, but also influenced land use planning in other regions like the Great Bear Rainforest.

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BLM, Forest Service issue Northwest Colorado greater sage grouse plan

Craig Daily Press
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Steamboat Springs — The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have released a draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement for greater sage grouse in Northwest Colorado. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has until 2015 to determine whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. “We want to see an effective plan that safeguards the best remaining habitat and is based on science and not politics,” Megan Mueller, senior conservation biologist for Rocky Mountain Wild, said in a news release… The release of the plan starts the 90-day public comment period, and the full report is available online.

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Forest Service weighs which roads to keep, which to cut

Herald and Net
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARRINGTON … As part of cost-cutting in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service must pare down the number of roads it maintains. In Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, which stretches from the Canadian border to Mount Rainier, officials are under the gun to close about 75 percent of the Forest Service roads, bringing the miles of roads in the forest down to just 625. Ongoing now are public meetings at which the Forest Service is trying to find out which roads are most important to people who use them. Among the next meetings is one scheduled for Wednesday in Darrington.

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Costly summer for fighting fires in southern Ore.

Associated Press
August 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Forestry has spent more than $70 million fighting major wildfires so far this summer, far more than it generally spends to handle conflagrations on state-protected lands. The two largest wildfires in southern Oregon — the Big Windy and Douglas Complex fires — are responsible for nearly $60 million of that total. “Looking at the raw numbers here, it’s definitely looking into historic territory,” Dan Postrel of the Forestry Department told the Mail Tribune newspaper.

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Officials optimistic about fight against Idaho fire after good weather, arrival of extra crews

Associated Press
August 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho – Fire managers expressed optimism Sunday in their battle against a wildfire that has scorched nearly 160 square miles and forced the evacuation of 2,300 homes near the central Idaho resort communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley. Officials said the blaze had grown by only about 12 square miles because of cloud cover the day before and the arrival of additional crews and equipment. “Today they’re very optimistic that we will reinforce those lines in case the fire does flare up as we saw on Thursday and Friday,” fire spokeswoman Shawna Hartman said.

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Size and scope of wildfires has exploded since the Yellowstone blaze of 1988

Idaho Statesman
August 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Boise residents watched the giant pyrocumulus cloud rise to the south Aug. 8, looking like a thunderhead moving in. This huge meteorological phenomena had been seen rarely before 1988. Dry unstable air and high winds turned the Yellowstone flames into a series of firestorms that burned more than 150,000 acres a day in late August and early September. But in the 25 years since, these fire-generated weather events have become commonplace across the West.

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Pine beetles killing Crater Lake’s signature tree

Herald and News
August 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — The latest mountain pine beetle infestation appears to be slowing down in Eastern Oregon, but not before becoming the leading killer of the signature tree of Crater Lake National Park — the whitebark pine. Park botanist Jennifer Beck says the beetle now kills more of the gnarled trees that grace the highest elevations of the park than an invasive fungus called white pine blister rust that also attacks them.  “The older trees they are attacking are centuries old,” said Beck. “They
are often the biggest cone producers. This impacts regeneration and
probably some food for wildlife.”

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Fire Managers Increasingly Turn To Private Fire Crews To Fight Blazes

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With wildfires still raging across the Northwest, fire managers are turning to private fire-fighting crews in increasing numbers. One private industry group says private contractors are responsible for a surprising 40 percent of firefighters on the ground in the region. Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry said that 40 percent figure sounds about right. But the shift didn’t happen overnight. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Rod Nichols says the change started in the 1980s. Before a downturn in the timber industry, logging companies often had their own fire crews. And there were more federal forest workers as well.

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Crews chase new Missoula-area lightning fires

The Missoulian
August 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters in the Missoula area were scrambling Sunday to extinguish several new wildfires started by lightning strikes early in the morning. “This is what you would call an extremely busy initial-attack day,” said Cindy Super, fire information officer with the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. “It’s what we call a ‘lightning bust.’ The storm that moved through here late Saturday and early Sunday laid down a lot of lightning strikes and we got a lot of starts, which had us busy all day, starting at 1:58 a.m.”

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Logging continues at Bass Creek, but overlook to open

The Missoulian
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – The bulk of the Bitterroot National Forest’s second most popular recreation area at Bass Creek will remain closed for the foreseeable future. That’s the bad news. The good news is the road to the Bass Creek Overlook will officially reopen Saturday morning for folks looking for an outing in the high country. The main portion of the recreation area has been closed to the public since June while loggers work to thin about 765 acres of ponderosa pine forest.

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Timber harvesting practices subject of panel organized by local congressman

Peninsula Daily News
August 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Forest could potentially benefit from a collaborative approach to timber harvesting, the national forest’s supervisor said during a discussion panel on timber harvesting practices last week. Olympic National Forest does, however, present a number of challenges unique to other such forests in the state, said Reta LaFord, Olympic National Forest supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service. These challenges include the sensitive species, such as the spotted owl, that make their home in the federally managed area and the condition of forest service roads that snake through the wooded areas.

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Forestry bill offers solutions

Mail Tribune
August 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On July 31, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved a forestry bill that includes a bipartisan plan to open more than 1.3 million acres of federally owned forests in western Oregon to revenue-producing harvests. The Hastings Bill includes the plan developed by Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield; Greg Walden, R-Hood River; and Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, in which roughly one-half of the 2.6 million forested acres in the Oregon & California Railroad Grant lands — known as the O&C lands — would be placed under permanent protections. The remaining 1.3 million acres would be placed in a trust and managed to produce maximum revenues for the 18 Oregon counties that contain O&C lands.

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Forestry Battle Plan Being Drawn to Combat Bark Beetle

Woodworking Network
August 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – A battle plan is being formulated to combat the pesky bark beetle in the 3.16-million-acre Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) in western Colorado. According to the U.S. Forest Service, approximately 140,000 acres of spruce-fir and 145,000 acres of aspen forests have experienced substantial mortality from insects and diseases over the past decade. Tree mortality has increased in recent years because of the bark beetle.

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Oregon wildfires update: State crews called in for Government Flat Complex

The Oregonian
August 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber authorized the state fire marshal to call in firefighters and resources Saturday to fight the Government Flat Complex near The Dalles. The complex consists of three lightning-sparked fires — Blackburn, Government Flat and Wells — seven miles southwest of The Dalles. As of Sunday at 8:30 a.m., no evacuation notices had been posted, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.  The 700-acre Blackburn Fire is burning in steep terrain on a combination
of private and public land, within The Dalles’ watershed, according to
the department.

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New law changes how state of Montana funds wildfire supression

The Missoulian
August 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new law has changed how the state of Montana pays for its share of wildfire suppression costs by setting aside the money before fires occur, instead having to come up with the cash months later after the fire season ends. House Bill 354, by Rep. Pat Connell, R-Hamilton, passed with bipartisan support, and Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, signed it into law. It took effect May 1. The new law represents a major change in how the state will pay for its share of fire suppression costs.

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Safety focus on forestry workers

Otago Daily Times
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment project is intended to ensure forestry workers return home safely. Six forestry workers have died on the job this year – in the Bay of Plenty (2), Gisborne, Nelson, Taranaki and Waikato regions. Ministry health and safety operations director Ona de Rooy said it was ”an awful toll” and its effects spread through communities… The nationwide project was designed to reduce the death and injury toll in forestry and was split into four ”phases”, she said.

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World’s Largest Owl Exposes Health of Russia’s Forests

Life Science
August 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s largest owl requires equally huge trees, a finding that reveals that this salmon-devouring predator could be a key sign of the health of some of the last great forests of Russia’s Far East, researchers say. Blakiston’s fish owl (Bubo blakistoni) is one of the rarest owls in the world, an endangered bird restricted to Russia, China, Japan and possibly North Korea. This owl is also the largest on Earth.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Soft emissions target might rise

The New Zealand Herald
August 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says the 26,000ha of plantation forest cut down in New Zealand between 2008 and 2012 has been more than offset by 42,700ha of replanting. The Government has adopted a soft unilateral target for reducing carbon emissions by 2020, but Climate Change Minister Tim Groser said a future Government might lift it, should progress towards an international agreement post-2020 warrant it. He announced yesterday that New Zealand had committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 5 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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European forests near ‘carbon saturation point’

BBC News
August 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European forests are showing signs of reaching a saturation point as carbon sinks, a study has suggested. Since 2005, the amount of atmospheric CO2 absorbed by the continent’s trees has been slowing, researchers reported. Writing in Nature Climate Change, they said this was a result of a declining volume of trees, deforestation and the impact of natural disturbances. Carbon sinks play a key role in the global carbon cycle and are promoted as a way to offset rising emissions.

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Forest owners reject Groser’s criticism

Radio New Zealand
August 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Forest Owners Association has rejected the Climate Change Minister’s criticism of its stance on the Emissions Trading Scheme. The association, along with others in the forestry sector, has been a strong critic of the Government’s ETS scheme. It believes the price of carbon in the scheme is too low because the Government has allowed unrestricted use of cheap foreign credits. The association says that has removed the incentive for land owners and investors to plant trees for carbon storage and weakened its effectiveness as a means of reducing carbon emissions.

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General

Interfor rebuilds kiln, employees return to full-time work

The Forest Blade
August 19, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

International Forest Products Limited (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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