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Daily Archives: August 27, 2013

Froggy Foibles

CNE roller coaster’s sketchy-looking supports are eccentric but effective, regulators say

Brampton Guardian
August 26, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

They look dangerous. They scare riders away. They might be more at home in a junkyard than an amusement park. But, by all accounts, the precarious-seeming lumber and cellophane pillars undergirding a popular ride at the CNE are perfectly safe. …To the untrained eye, it seems this behemoth is propped up by a series of half-constructed Jenga towers covered in Saran Wrap. …The use of the translucent plastic isn’t standard practice, but the stacks of lumber are, the agency says. British Columbia’s Safety Authority confirmed this. “The use of wooden blocking to support a portable amusement ride is indeed a common practice in the amusement ride industry,” Safety Authority spokesperson Quinn Newcomb wrote in an email.

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Business & Politics

City enjoys strong month of summer builds

Prince George Citizen
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

July proved to be a big month for construction in the city of Prince George. More than $38 million worth of building permits were issued last month, almost $29 million more than July 2012. The lions’ share of the permits were carried by two projects – the Wood Innovation and Design Centre ($17.9 million) and the rebuild of Lakeland Mills ($13.8 million). Building permits were also issued last month for 14 new single-family dwellings, worth $3.8 million.

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Watkins Sawmills sues Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge News
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A $3.5-million civil claim has been filed against the District of Maple Ridge, an engineering company and a sawmill maintenance company, following a huge fire two years ago that destroyed a cedar shingle mill. Watkins Sawmills Ltd., filed the claim in B.C. Supreme Court, Aug. 19, saying the Aug. 11, 2011 blaze destroyed the mill on 9414 – 288th St. where wall shingles were made. According to the 14-page claim, welding sparks from a contractor working on a paint line platform ignited cardboard, sawdust and wood which started a flameless, slow burn.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper pulling in profit

Cape Breton Post
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

This week, Ron Stern made his first visit to the Point Tupper paper mill since it resumed operations in October after being shut down for more than a year. Stern’s Pacific West Commercial Corp. purchased the mill after former owner NewPage Port Hawkesbury filed for bankruptcy protection. “It surpassed what we expected from a standpoint of the talent that’s in the mill, it seriously has,” Stern told reporters during an open house at the mill Monday. “The numbers compared to what we projected are less than what we had hoped for but we’re still happy because of what we see in the future. You get the right people, you’ll make it succeed.

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Stewart Holm Joins American Forest & Paper Association as Chief Scientist

American Forest & Paper Association
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has selected Stewart Holm as chief scientist. Holm will be responsible for managing AF&PA’s scientific research and identifying research opportunities across the forest products industry. “We are excited to have Stewart on board to develop and implement a comprehensive science and research strategy in support of AF&PA’s policy objectives. His management of key programs in product stewardship, chemical safety and toxicology, coupled with his knowledge of the forest products industry, make him a great addition to AF&PA,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

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G-P completes Buckeye Technologies acquisition

Buckeye Technologies is now part of Georgia-Pacific.
EUWID Pulp and Paper
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East

Georgia-Pacific has completed the takeover of Buckeye Technologies announced in April this year. The two companies said G-P had acquired all of Buckeye’s outstanding shares for $37.50 per share. The total transaction value was put at $1.5bn. Buckeye Technologies, based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is one of the major producers and marketers of specialty fibres and nonwoven materials made from wood and cotton. 

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Global forest industry continues growth in Q2/2013

IHB
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the 2Q/13, the Global Sawlog Price Index, 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. The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) has fallen every quarter for two years with one exception.  

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Gunns forests for sale

The Mercury Australia
August 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THOUSANDS of hectares of Tasmanian forest, pulp mill permits and the Bell Bay site formerly owned by Gunns Ltd will finally go on the market in the next three months. The sale by the liquidator PPB Advisory follows the resolution of months of legal argument and the Supreme Court of Victoria’s rejection of a proposal by Macquarie Bank and Western Australian BlueGum to become the responsible entity for the managed investment schemes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wind turbine towers could be wood or concrete

Journal of Commerce
August 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wind turbines are almost invariably mounted atop steel towers as tall as 80 metres in height. It’s not something most of us think about. Steel was used in the early days of wind power and there hasn’t been any reason to switch to other materials. …In Germany, an outfit called TimberTower, has built a 100-metre tower topped with a 1.5-MW turbine. Glue-laminated timber panels were used in the construction. They were assembled on-site into a closed, hollow body with a hexagonal cross section. The company said the tower uses wood that has been certified to have been harvested in a manner that saves energy and is environmentally friendly.

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Forestry

Manitoba expands ecological reserve and expands boundaries of existing one

Canadian Press
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG – Manitoba is creating a new ecological reserve and expanding the boundaries of an existing one to better protect two sites in southeastern Manitoba. Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh says protecting an entire ecosystem is the best way to ensure the well-being of species and landscapes. The new 76-hectare Holmgren Pines Ecological Reserve is located 30 kilometres northeast of Sprague. It is the only known site in Manitoba where all three native pine species — eastern white pine, red pine and Jack pine — grow together.

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Duhamel Residents Plan Action over Logging in Watershed

The Castlegar Source
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Duhamel Creek residents met to take action last Thursday night against logging set to begin in late fall in the lower Duhamel Creek area on Nelson’s North Shore.  Nearly 100 residents met to plan how they are going to stop Kalesnikoff Lumber from removing 600 truckloads of wood from what they believe are unstable slopes. …Kalesnikoff’s road building supervisor Rob Giesler said the company has taken extra care in hiring hydrology and terrain stability professionals, who determined the road and proposed cutblocks pose no risk to the Duhamel residents below. …But Jones, and logging contractor Lee Rushton are not convinced that the 4 km logging road and cutblocks pose no threat.

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Churchill’s call for Kemptville forest moratorium sparks controversy

The Vanguard
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill has become embroiled in a controversy involving the province’s plans for crown land in western Nova Scotia that used to belong to Irving interests. In a June letter to environment minister Sterling Belliveau he joined petitioners from the Kemptville area in advocating for a moratorium on any changes in use for the former Irving forest lands that surround Kemptville. He asked the minister for answers to four questions on behalf of his constituents. The NDP’s response was to issue a press release questioning the Yarmouth MLA’s commitment to the environment.

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Yosemite wildfire closing in on San Francisco Bay area’s chief water source

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

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. – A raging wildfire in Yosemite National Park rained ash on the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco’s famously pure drinking water, and utility officials Monday scrambled to send more water toward the metropolitan area before it becomes tainted. Nearly 3,700 firefighters battled the approximately 230-square-mile (600-sq. kilometre) blaze, the biggest wildfire on record in California’s Sierra Nevada. They reported modest progress, saying the fire was 15 per cent contained…At the same time, utility officials gave assurances that they have a six-month supply of water in reservoirs near the Bay area.

What Happens to Animals during a Forest Fire? from Care2.com
Tuolumne lumber firms have history of fighting fires from The Modesto Bee

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Wydens Calls For New Focus On Wildfire Prevention

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

Senator Ron Wyden says the federal government’s wildfire prevention policy isn’t working and needs to be fixed. The Senator’s remarks came during a visit to a forest restoration project outside of Bend. The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project has a ten-year goal of improving forest health while protecting Central Oregon communities from catastrophic wildfire. Wyden praised the environmentalists and timber industry representatives who came together on the project.

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Idaho, California wildfires update

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

Hazy and smoky conditions from wildfires in Idaho and California persisted Monday in the Treasure Valley. …The Beaver Creek Fire burning near Hailey and Ketchum had burned 111,408 acres by Monday evening, but fire managers said they were making good progress. The fire was 92 percent contained, and it was predicted to be fully contained by Saturday.

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Costs of logging O&C lands exceed benefits

The Register Guard
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We respect Rep. Peter DeFazio for his commitment to help workers and families in Oregon’s troubled communities. We also agree with his Aug. 2 guest viewpoint that his proposal to deliver such assistance by increasing logging on federal O&C lands is flawed, but is likely to be the only measure that could be passed through our dysfunctional Congress. However, an analysis of his proposal leaves one convinced that the deficiencies of the measure are too extreme. Its adoption would do more harm than good.

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100s of lightning strikes send firefighters scrambling to new western Montana blazes

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

A lightning-caused fire north of Tarkio closed part of the Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area on Monday. But most of the smoke hazing the Missoula Valley was coming from as far away as California, since the large local wildfires had relatively little growth despite Sunday’s wind, lightning and rain. The Nemote fire was burning about 25 acres north of the Clark Fork River. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig said a ground crew of about 60 people supported by one helicopter carved a hand line around its perimenter on Monday afternoon.

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Environmentalists press their case to limit logging on O&C forests in Oregon

The Oregonian
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Oregon environmental groups on Monday stepped up their campaign against legislation aimed at increasing timber harvests on western Oregon federal forests once owned by the now-defunct Oregon & California Railroad. Portland-based Oregon Wild listed the O&C lands as No. 1 on its annual list of “10 Most Endangered Places” in the state. Sean Stevens, the group’s executive director, said it was a “no-brainer” to put the 2.8 million acres of forest lands at the top of the list given the threat posed in the legislation sponsored by Democratic Reps.

Walden gets assurance on O&C Trust Legislation from The Mail Tribune

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At Nation’s Oldest Environmental College, Freshmen’s Big Worries Are Climate Change, Energy

Other concerns: public apathy, declining biodiversity, pollution, deforestation, disregard for natural resources and overpopulation
Newswise
August 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

The Class of 2017 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) arrives on campus with the knowledge that their generation faces a host of major environmental problems. Concerns about climate change, perhaps caused by the overuse of fossil fuels, topped a random sampling of this fall’s incoming class of approximately 290 students at ESF, the oldest college in the nation devoted exclusively to the study of the environment. …In general, the students see good science, extensive research, advocacy and leading by example as the means to resolve these problems

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Forest managers want ‘prescribed’ fires to prevent wild ones

MPR News
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In an effort to prevent the kind of catastrophic fires burning across the western United States, northern Minnesota forest managers are laying the groundwork for a “prescribed” fire near Ely… The Forest Service has recommended treating 1,452 acres of forest here with a prescribed, or controlled fire. The agency has used the tool since the 1970s, including several burns after the 1999 “Blowdown” killed millions of trees in the Boundary Waters. Firefighters construct lines around the area to be burned, wait until conditions are optimal, and burn in from the edges.

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Industrial-scale pot farms hidden in public forests a growing problem

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Visits to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin come with a warning these days. It’s not ticks that forest officials tell hunters, anglers and hikers to worry about. It’s not lightning or dangerous weather. It’s not even black bears, timber rattlesnakes or the mountain lions that roam wild in the state for the first time since 1910. It’s drugs.  Industrial-scale marijuana “grows” — hidden plantations that are
cultivated by organized drug cartels, guarded by armed groups of illegal
immigrants and worth millions of dollars — once were confined to the
western United States, but they have moved eastward and popped up on the
Chequamegon-Nicolet.

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Tree planters want ban lifted

New Vision Uganda
August 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

COMMERCIAL tree planters are constrained by land to expand large-scale plantations across the country planned to meet the escalating demand for timber. They want a ban imposed by President Yoweri Museveni over allocation of land under protected forest reserves to be lifted.  “We would have planted a lot more if land was available,” Dr. Sam Zaramba, a commercial tree planter in Mubende and Mukono said while contributing at a commercial forestry seminar…

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Tree death patterns revealed through statistical lens

Science Network Western Australia
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New methods of analysing high resolution digital airborne imagery are being trialled in a bid to track water usage in Perth’s drying climate. CSIRO has collected images of large areas of native woodlands using morphological image analysis, and are now applying spatial point process statistics to assess if sudden death among trees is caused by a lack of access to groundwater…“This was essentially a test case where we had intensively surveyed forest and were able to try out some new techniques, and we demonstrated that they were successful.” He says the method could be applied on a national scale to identify declining water tables over Australia’s vast geography.

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1,000 firefighters called out as heat, winds fuel forest blazes in Portugal

Associated Press
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LISBON, Portugal – Around 1,000 firefighters are trying to put out 11 major wildfires in Portugal amid continuing hot weather and strong night-time winds. The National Civil Protection Authority said Tuesday the biggest blaze was near Viseu, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of the capital Lisbon. It said four water-dropping aircraft were helping more than 360 firefighters working in thick woodland and ravines there.

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D-Day looms for forest peace deal

ABC News, Australia
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Upper House MPs are considering a critical report on the Government’s efforts to address problems with the implementation of the forest peace deal, as they prepare to vote on its future. A progress report released last month found the success of the deal was being hampered by a “critical” shortage of wood. The Resources Minister, Bryan Green, has tabled the Government’s response in Parliament.  It includes correspondence with Forestry Tasmania, showing the state-owned company now expects to exceed wood supply targets this financial year as it ramps up a technique called cable harvesting.

Upper House considers Govt action on wood supply problems from The ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires

August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

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How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires

August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

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Mill that could have been greener on other side of politics

Bombala Times Australia
August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Inside a dark metal monster Peter Mitchell talks about how two renewable energy projects on this land were killed. He is standing in a 50-metre tall metal building where his low-grade wood chips are sent to be burnt. But Mr Mitchell, general manager of South East Fibre Exports, said there was a better alternative. …The project died after protests by green groups who labelled the development ”dead koala power”. The mill was eventually told it could not use native forest timber waste to generate electricity. ”We’re told tourism is going to replace forestry and fishing but that’s rubbish,” Mr Mitchell said.

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General

The new Chavez? Oil trumps rain forest in Ecuador

CNBC
August 26, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

Six years after trotting out a highly acclaimed commitment to protect its rain forest, Ecuador’s leftist president wants to yank the plan in favor of oil exploration, saying the world “failed” to pay Ecuador to spare the forests. In 2007, Rafael Correa asked the international community to donate $3.6 billion that he said would allow Ecuador to forgo exploring and drilling for oil in Yasuni National Park, an area designated as a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. But now he wants to start drilling in the area—which is populated by isolated indigenous peoples—and is blaming the global community for not sparing the forests.

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