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Daily Archives: August 26, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Wooden beam that could be part of Griffin shipwreck gets CT scan in hope of determining age

Montreal Gazette
August 24, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East

GAYLORD, Mich. – Technicians at a northern Michigan hospital used a CT scan machine Saturday to take X-rays of a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle that has been missing for more than three centuries. …They hope the CT scan, which produced images of tree rings inside the beam, will help determine whether it was cut down around the time the Griffin was built. A Cornell University expert in dendrochronology — a scientific technique that uses ring patterns to date trees — has agreed to analyze the images, which were recorded on compact discs.

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Business & Politics

North America achieved highest global sawmilling earnings in 2012 and Q1/2013

IHB
August 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A report issued by WoodMarkets reveals that in 2012 and especially in Q1/2013, U.S.-based sawmills led all 32 global countries and regions surveyed in financial earnings, mainly from improved demand, a run up in lumber prices and from low log costs. This also meant that North American mills (including Canada) achieved the highest global earnings for both 2012 and Q1/2013 as compared to Europe, Russia and the Southern Hemisphere.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
August 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: SPF lumber mills remained in control, boasting order files in the first two weeks of September. Sales activity at the mill level was lackluster, but prices held with considerable firmness. Coastal species lumber producers reported a slower pace to the market, but also faced little pressure to sell off volumes at lower prices… Panels: OSB mills, for their part, have definitely raised their numbers, ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the item. But distributors remain mired in an unyielding market and report prices little changed from last week, or even down slightly. 

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B.C. sawmill study makes surprise finding on using moisture to prevent deadly explosions

By Gordon Hoesktra: Wet wood dust can explode just like dry wood dust: report
Vancouver Sun
August 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The smallest-sized wet wood dust is just as explosive as dry wood dust from B.C. Interior sawmills, according to a report prepared by FP Innovations for the provincial sawmill sector. The surprise finding — which raises questions about the usefulness of misting at sawmills — was part of a first-of-its-kind study in British Columbia ordered after a pair of deadly sawmill explosions in the province last year that killed four workers. “It was assumed moisture would be a bigger factor,” said Darrell Wong, one of the report’s authors. He is a manager of FP Innovations, the non-profit forestry research centre at the University of B.C.

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Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge unites top forestry companies, architectural firms and builders for charity

Canadian Architect
August 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

British Columbia’s top forestry companies are teaming up once again with some of the province’s most innovative architectural firms and talented builders for the 2nd Annual Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge, a unique undertaking that will ultimately entertain hundreds of thousands of BC children while providing funding for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge will see the building of several unique and imaginative children’s playhouses that will eventually be auctioned off to corporate donors. 


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Going strong after 75 years

Herald and News
August 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The mill in Gilchrist, at the far northern border of Klamath County, is 75 years old, but the most recent mill owners and workers have their eyes on the future… The Gilchrist mill started as a family-owned operation in 1938, called the Gilchrist Timber Co. The family sold the mill and the town property to Crown Pacific in 1991. That company went bankrupt in 2003. In 2006, Interfor bought it. The Vancouver-based company boasts an annual capacity of 2.2 billion board feet.

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Alabama Lumber Products Company To Reopen, Hire About 100 People

NorthEscambia.com
August 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A lumber products company just 40 miles north of Century plans to restart production immediately and hire up to 100 employees through 2014 as production ramps up. Weyerhaeuser today announced it will begin plans to re-start production on its lines in Evergreen, Ala., effective immediately. The company will be investing capital in the engineered lumber products facility after a four-year closure due to previously weak wood products demand in North America. It also plans to hire 100 new employees at the facility by the end of 2014.

Weyerhaeuser reopening Evergreen mill from the Associated Press

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J.D. Irving to invest $30 million in Aroostook sawmill

Maine Biz
August 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

J.D. Irving Ltd., a privately owned conglomerate headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, said its sawmills division will invest $30 million in a new softwood sawmill in the Aroostook County town of Ashland. During construction, the new facility will employ up to 50 people at peak, the company stated in a press release on Monday announcing the investment. Once the mill is operating, 60 permanent jobs will be created.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Homebuilders face high lumber prices

Housing Wire
August 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Total housing starts rose 35% year-over-year in the first quarter of this year, according to data from Deloitte. Single-family home construction contributed 500,000 jobs to the economy year-over-year in July, implying a thriving builder market. But many homebuilders are coming up against a number of problems that are jolting their success beyond recent stock woes.

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LEED certification vs. Oregon wood industry

By the Oregonian Editorial Board
OregonLive.com
August 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

LEED certification has become a must-have for many government agencies that want new buildings to say something about their values… It’s branding, government style. Oregon’s public sector would be far less enamored of the LEED label, however, if more taxpayers were aware that the certification process discriminates against the state’s extensive forest products industry. They might even avoid it entirely for the message its use sends unintentionally: “We care more about environmental branding than Oregon’s economy.”

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Forestry

Land-use decisions will determine fate of Granby and Gladstone grizzly populations

Globe and Mail
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brian Horejsi says the fate of the grizzly-bear populations in Granby and Gladstone provincial parks in southwest British Columbia won’t be known for 50 to 100 years. But the land-use decisions that will determine their fate are being made now – and it doesn’t look good. Dr. Horejsi, a wildlife scientist and forester, thinks that unless government changes course and restricts logging in a wildlife corridor that links the two parks, grizzlies will slowly fade away in the mountainous landscape north of Grand Forks…There are currently about 85 grizzlies in what is known as the Granby population. 

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Logging truck mess should not be fixed by the taxpayers

By Klaus Kuhn, former Cowichan Valley Regional District director for Area I (Youbou)
Cowichan News Leader
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is now asking for public input with regard to the proposed partnering agreement with Timberwest… But why does TimberWest insist on this relatively small contribution by the CVRD? Road cleaning and maintenance are the responsibility of the Department of Highways. Is this setting a precedent? Is there a justification for spending $ 5,000 of public money to pay for a truck wash? The mess on Youbou Road was not caused by residents of Youbou. The dust and mud are being deposited by log trucks coming off the private logging road onto the residential road.

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Proposed Saanich tree bylaw has developers concerned

Victoria Times Colonist
August 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Protecting trees in Saanich is everyone’s business, says the executive director of the Victoria Homebuilders Association. “The point is that a tree canopy is a community issue,” said Casey Edge, who is keeping a close eye on a new bylaw being developed by the municipality. “If there’s a problem with the tree canopy, then it’s something that everyone in the community will be impacted by.” He said tree removal can be part of housing construction, but builders should not have to bear more than their share of the responsibility for tree replacement.

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Continuing fight for Grassy

Kenora Online
August 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

Organizations including Amnesty International and the Council of Canadians are calling for the province to make a commitment to Grassy Narrows. They say they have yet to receive a response from letters that were sent in June, which called for an end to logging permits on Grassy Narrows traditional lands in the Whiskey Jack Forest. The First Nation has had a blockade in place for more than a decade, in an effort to protect land that was traditionally used for hunting and trapping. J.B. Fobister of Grassy Narrows says it’s disappointing to see the lack of dialogue regarding the issue. 

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SFI and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Spur Collaboration Among Water Utilities and Forest Landowners to Protect Watersheds

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Experts acknowledge the important role of forestlands in protecting our nation’s water quality. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that about two-thirds of our nation’s freshwater resources originate in forests. …A new project managed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and supported by a grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, will engage forest landowners and water utilities to support innovative ways to promote watershed protection and maintenance on privately owned forest lands.

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More clearcutting won’t save forests

Mail Tribune
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Timber industry proponents are busy politicizing this summer’s wildfires to support their argument that the clearcut forestry proposed in the DeFazio/Walden O&C Bill will somehow reduce fire hazard and improve the health of our public forests. At a time when we should be pulling together, such claims are as disheartening as they are dishonest. While timber supporters have every right to argue that the public forests currently providing wildlife, watersheds and recreation to all Americans should be managed solely for timber production, they cross a line when they claim that consigning 1.6 million acres of public forestlands to rotational clearcutting will result in healthy forests or reduced fire hazard.

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Frustrated timber rep walks out on forestry group

Idaho Statesman
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD, ORE. — The sole timber representative on a Southern Oregon forest-management group has resigned. Dave Schott says the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative didn’t do enough in his eight years on the board to merit participation. Schott says the group is overly focused on the priorities of environmentalists and fails to take into account the needs of the timber logging industry… “We agreed we needed all three together to make things work,” he said. “But the economic leg became secondary to the others.”

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Yosemite wildfire grows, threatening San Francisco water, power supplies

Reuters
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A colossal wildfire raging on the edge of Yosemite National Park has produced dangerous weather patterns by fueling thunderous pyrocumulus clouds that can alter the wind direction rapidly, potentially trapping firefighters, forest officials said on Sunday… “That’s a real watch-out situation for our firefighters when they see that kind of activity. They know that the wind could actually move that fire right back on them,” Fleishman said. “That’s been happening every afternoon.” The fire was threatening power and water supplies to San Francisco, about 200 miles to the west, and scorched part of Yosemite, a park known for its waterfalls, giant sequoia groves and other scenic wonders.


Additional coverage provided at this link by the CBC

Rim Fire: Yosemite wildfire gains strength, threatens Bay area water and power from the Associated Press
Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire from the The Associated Press

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Missoula-Ninemile storm delivers 100 lightning strikes, 9 fires

The Missoulian
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One-hundred lightning strikes hit the Missoula and Ninemile areas as a storm rolled through the area Sunday night, igniting nine wildfires – most of them in the Ninemile. Boyd Hartwig, an information officer for the Lolo National Forest, said just one of the fires escaped – the 10-acre Nemote fire, located about four miles northeast of Tarkio.

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DeFazio says plan offers sustainable harvests

August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Peter DeFazio is taking a cut-the-baby-in-half approach to try to resolve the long dispute over logging on federal Bureau of Land Management O&C timberlands in Western Oregon. He would take somewhat more than half the 2.4 million O&C acres out from under the protection of the Northwest Forest Plan and put them in a trust dedicated to timber production. A board would pursue logging — and revenues for counties — each year.

Logging laws on the line from the The Register-Guard

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B.C. firefighters deployed to battle wildfires in Montana and Washington

Canadian Press
August 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West, Canada West

The provincial government says it is sending more B.C. firefighters and resources to battle wildfires raging in Montana and Washington. The Forests Ministry says the deployments are in addition to resources already on their way to fight fires in Idaho. On Wednesday, the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho ranked America’s top firefighting priorities, listing three wildfires in Montana as Number One.

Click here to view the press release from the BC Government

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FLAME Act fails to curb fires; Simpson wants them declared as disasters

Lawmakers say fuel reduction must be a priority as the cost of fighting blazes escalates
Idaho Statesman
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The frustration that Idaho’s timber communities have about a lack of logging and thinning has now spread to one of the state’s most important tourism centers. Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall has been on the fire lines himself twice in six years for giant blazes that have threatened houses, interrupted the critical summer tourism season and are now giving some owners of recreation homes second thoughts. Clearly frustrated, Hall told Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson last week that the federal government has to do a better job of reducing built-up fire fuels on the lands surrounding his community.

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Weasel-like fisher could be reintroduced to Washington’s Cascade range

Vancouver Sun
August 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A predator that disappeared from Washington state two decades ago is in the midst of a comeback, and wildlife officials are looking to give the cat-sized carnivore known as the fisher some new help. Wildlife officials reintroduced 90 fishers to the Olympic Peninsula a few years ago, and are now preparing a plan to reintroduce more of the weasel-like animals that hunt porcupines, beavers and hare to Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks as early as 2015.

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First fire, then floods in besieged Western forest

Associated Press
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Drenching rain in the wildfire-blackened hills below Colorado’s Pikes Peak sent a torrent of rock and mud into the tourist town of Manitou Springs this month, killing a 53-year-old man and smashing into dozens of houses. It had been more than a year since the enormous Waldo Canyon Fire roared across the slopes above. But its burn scar is just beginning to recover, with little plant material _ living or dead _ to absorb this year’s late-summer rains.  Wildfire burn scars have spawned flash floods up and down Colorado’s
Front Range and in other Western states this summer, saddling
communities with millions of dollars in cleanup costs and leaving
residents fearful and anxious.

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DeFazio says plan offers sustainable harvests

August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Peter DeFazio is taking a cut-the-baby-in-half approach to try to resolve the long dispute over logging on federal Bureau of Land Management O&C timberlands in Western Oregon. He would take somewhat more than half the 2.4 million O&C acres out from under the protection of the Northwest Forest Plan and put them in a trust dedicated to timber production. A board would pursue logging — and revenues for counties — each year.

Logging laws on the line from the The Register-Guard

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Future uncertain for plan to revive state forests by allowing logging

The Star-Ledger
August 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TRENTON — Lawmakers say they’re not sure what they are going to do about a contentious measure that would allow commercial logging in state forests as part of a plan to revive the land. Gov. Chris Christie this week said he agrees with the premise — calling it an “important environmental issue” — but refused to sign the bill (S1085), instead issuing a conditional veto that stripped it of a requirement for outside scrutiny.

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Squabbles mar N.J. forest plan

The Inquirer
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For 15 years, certified forester Bob Williams watched over 5,000 acres of woodlands and wetlands in Atlantic County’s Estell Manor. He thinned trees, conducted controlled burns, and planted and fenced seedlings of the increasingly threatened Atlantic white cedar. When the Christie administration bought the land from Lenape Farms Inc. eight months ago, Williams and the landowners who hired him were lauded by state officials for encouraging forest regeneration, reducing wildfire hazards, and protecting wildlife. Last week, the forester returned to the site to find sections of the $10,000 fencing down, deer prints in the mud, and many of the seedlings gone.

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EPA slammed for failing to protect koala habitats

The Sydney Morning Herald
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has been accused of being ”extremely shoddy, unprofessional and incompetent” in its oversight of logging in the state’s far north. The Royal Camp State Forest, south-west of Casino, has been identified as a habitat for two threatened and vulnerable species, the koala and the yellow-bellied glider possum. The North East Forest Alliance has written to the EPA chief regulator, Mark Gifford, complaining that the EPA had misrepresented evidence and refused to investigate key complaints about the state-owned NSW Forestry Corporation.

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Brazil Amazon town takes a stand against deforestation

The Sun Daily
August 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO FELIX DO XINGü: When farmer Luiz Martins Neto first moved to Sao Felix do Xingu a quarter of a century ago, the area had virgin forest, gold and a reservation for the local indigenous peopleBut like many others, he created his first fazenda — coffee plantation — with slash and burn techniques, helping to destroy his pristine surroundings. “In those days, the more you cleared the forest, the better your life was and the more land you acquired,” the 54-year-old said… Today, Neto’s farm is part of a model agribusiness project that makes use of deforested land and does not encroach on the remaining fores

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canadian scientist prepares for fallout to UN climate change report

Globe and Mail
August 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, International

Glenn Milne is learning what it means to play in the Super Bowl of climate science. Like linebackers in a rowdy football match, he and his colleagues are preparing to take the field amid a cacophony of cheers and jeers, knowing environmental advocates will hold up their conclusions to demand action from governments while skeptics take pot shots and search for ways to assail their credibility. …Dr. Milne, who specializes in sea level rise, is among hundreds of researchers tasked with evaluating the current understanding of the physics of climate change.

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Plan would offer carbon offsets to timber owners

Associated Press
August 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, ORE. — Older mid-Willamette Valley landowners selling timber from their forest lands to pay for health care could get an alternative soon. An Oregon conservation group has proposed a health initiative linking landowners with carbon offset buyers, getting money to the older owners for health care costs while more effectively managing their timber… Catherine Mater of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation says the initiative will conserve forests, reduce the threat of climate change and provide rural landowners with access to health care.

Carbon initiative aims to keep family tree farms intact from the Albany Democrat-Herald

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General

Global forest industry in the 2Q/2013

Farming UK
August 26, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

In the 2Q/13, the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI), which is based on 19 key markets around the world, increased for the fourth consecutive quarter to reach US$86.60/m3. The Index has gone up 5.1 percent year-over-year, reaching its highest level since the 4Q/11. Weaker pulp markets and a strengthening US dollar resulted in lower wood
fiber prices in US dollar terms in most of the major markets covered by
the WRQ. Over the past two years, hardwood fiber prices have fallen
more than softwood fiber prices.

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