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Daily Archives: August 28, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Chopping wood boosts testosterone

The Oregonian
August 27, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

LUMBERJACK ALERT: Gentlemen, grab your axes. A new study shows that chopping wood boosts testosterone levels even more than competitive sports. Time’s online newsfeed reports on research from University of California, Santa Barbara, which isn’t exactly tall-tree territory, unless you count some lovely palms. So scientists looked south, testing testosterone levels of indigenous Tsimane people in central Bolivia before and after they cut down trees. Their results, according to Time, showed a 46.8 percent increase in testosterone levels following the wood cutting, 17 percent higher than the testosterone bump caused by playing soccer.

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Business & Politics

Port Hawkesbury Paper mulls business case for newsprint machine

Cape Breton Post
August 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owner of Port Hawkesbury Paper says mill management intends to make one last effort to find a business case that would call for the operation of the mill’s newsprint machine. But Ron Stern said it’s more likely that the machine will be sold off in the next few months. Since taking over control of the mill last year, Port Hawkesbury Paper has only operated the newer of its two paper machines, PM2, which produces supercalendered paper for the magazine and catalogue market.

Port Hawekesbury Paper celebrates one year in business from CBC News

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MLAs meet with Northern Pulp directors

Atlantic Farm Focus
August 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The air was thick at Abercrombie Point this morning (Aug. 27), as Pictou County’s three MLAs gathered at Northern Pulp for meetings with the directors there. “Because of the wind and the high humidity, it’s absolutely our worst day,” said John Hamm, the former premier who now serves as the chair of the (Nova Scotia) mills board of directors.  “When you have this high humidity, the plume has trouble going up. Of
course the wind direction is taking it right into the harbour. When we
have a new precipitator we’ll have far less particulate matter and it
will go up better.”

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Group in the dark on peace deal funding

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Frustrations are building over a lack of information about when money from the forest peace deal will be paid out. A north-east development group is hoping to turn the region’s fortunes around, but the plans could be scrapped if the money is not secured soon. The Dorset Renewable Industries Group wants to revamp Gunns’ former Ling Siding sawmill, near Scottsdale, to create about 40 jobs. “The integrated processing hub would basically be a treatment plant that would operate on the site,” said the group’s Dale Jessup.

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Forestry

Wildfire risk takes a big drop

HQ Prince George
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wildfire risk in the Prince George Fire Centre has dropped substantially. Information Officer Dustin Eno says the high to extreme risk period just a couple weeks ago is long gone. “Cooler, wetter weather has arrived right across the Fire Centre and that’s largely dampened fire activity, we still have 16 fires in the Fire Centre we that we consider active, but most of those are modified response fires in remote areas,” said Eno.

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UNBC digs up soil solution

Prince George Citizen
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A team of researchers at UNBC have completed a project opening the door to finding more uses for industrial waste materials. The work aimed to identify the amounts of ash and biosolids that would best enhance northern B.C. soils for use in reclamation and remediation projects. “If you can get excited about ash and biosolids, this is a very exciting project,” said UNBC forestry professor Hugues Massicotte…

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Salt Spring Island man killed in Lake Cowichan logging accident Monday

Cowichan News Leader
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A 41-year-old Salt Spring Island man died after being struck by a falling tree in a logging site in Lake Cowichan Monday, police confirmed. At 1:30 p.m., Lake Cowichan RCMP were notified of the accident near the Meade Creek Mainline. The victim, who police stated was employed by Hancock Forest Management, was struck by a tree and sustained fatal injuries. …The release of the man’s name is pending notification of next of kin.

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VIDEO: Minister talks Northern issues

Timmins Press
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gravelle took time out of his schedule to sit down with editorial staff at The Daily Press for an exclusive interview on Tuesday. The minister discussed at length provincial issues specific to the region. …“We understand the importance of the forestry sector,” Gravelle said. “We certainly understand how responsible the forestry industry is in terms of adherence to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. So, it’s important for industry to be able to move forward to put that five-year plan in place for them. The greatest challenge I find, with all my work over my many years as a minister, has been finding that balance.”

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Dutch elm disease striking more trees

CBC News
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dutch elm disease is on the increase in P.E.I., says an owner of a tree removal service. Jerry Arsenault, owner of The Branch Manager Tree Service, said there’s been about a 30 per cent increase each year in the number of elm trees his business removes. “We cut down 50 last year and I’m sure there’s 60 or 70 if you look around this year,” said Arsenault.

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4,000 firefighters try to beat back flames as Yosemite fire grows

CNN
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yosemite National Park, California — These are scary times for the folks of Tuolumne, a picturesque northern California community threatened by a historic wildfire. Fire crews are doing their best, but just a spark or two could send the inferno raging down their canyon and into their town. “It is dangerous for them right now,” said Cal Fire Division Chief Mike Ramirez. “When you’re on a ridge like this and the fire is below you, that is a recipe for disaster.” Tuolumne is on the northern edge of the Rim Fire, a monster of a wildfire that has charred more than 184,000 acres. It’s the seventh-largest blaze in California history.

Containment of fire near Yosemite park increases from Associated Press
Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn from Associated Press

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Fire crews fortify Blue Mountain Lookout, observatory

The Missoulian
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Blue Mountain Lookout will shine in the sunlight on Thursday, when fire crews finish wrapping it in reflective foil. Just one drainage away from the dangerous edge of the Lolo Creek Complex fire, the lookout and Blue Mountain Observatory got special protection this week as firefighters struggled to keep the flames south of the Woodman Saddle. That sharp-sloped canyon has few roads and fewer escape routes, making it hard for ground crews or heavy equipment to halt the fire’s progress.

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New Maps Reveal Enviva’s Ahoskie Wood Pellet Facility Threatens Southern Wetland Forests, Surrounding Ecosystems and Wildlife

Maps are the latest in a mounting body of evidence proving the damaging environmental impacts of mass-scale biomass energy production
eNews Park Forest
August 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

New maps and a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Dogwood Alliance reveal the ecological threat a major wood pellet manufacturing mill in Ahoskie, North Carolina, poses to surrounding endangered forests. The facility, operated by the South’s largest exporter of wood pellets, Enviva, produces approximately 400,000 tons of wood pellets per year to ship to Europe as fuel for biomass electricity. This mill relies on clearcutting some of the most diverse wetland forests in the world that have been reduced to a mere fragment of their original extent.  

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Premier wants peace deal approved before OS trade talks

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government has moved to force a vote on Tasmania’s forest peace deal legislation, as the Premier prepares to embark on a trade mission. Government MLC Craig Farrell has told the Upper House he will call a final debate on whether the agreement to halve the native timber industry is delivering. The future of the deal’s enacting legislation has been in doubt since the Independent Member for Huon, Paul Harriss, moved a motion last week to kill it off.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

DAVID SUZUKI: A silver bullet for climate change?

Victoria News
August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Altering environments to suit our needs is not new. From clearing land to building dams, we’ve done it throughout history. When our technologies and populations were limited, our actions affected small areas – though with some cascading effects on interconnected ecosystems. We’ve now entered an era in which humans are a geological force. According to the website, Welcome to the Anthropocene, “There are now so many of us, using so many resources, that we’re disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry and geology… Almost all the planet’s ecosystems bear the marks of our presence.”

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Wood biomass an untapped resource, climate group says

New web tools help B.C. communities decide if the forest can supply fuel for power
Vancouver Sun
August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

Waste wood from logging and forest fire mitigation could replace 30 to 50 per cent of the fossil fuel used in B.C. and significantly reduce carbon emissions for heating buildings and water, a new study says. Biomass that is routinely collected and burned in the name of forest management around B.C.’s small and remote towns could generate clean energy at a lower cost than fossil fuels, according to a new white paper from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. …Even forests that are not being logged or thinned for fire prevention can be managed for the purpose of harvesting biomass for energy. Trees killed by pine beetle are also a potential fuel source.

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Drastic weather changes possible for Alberta, finds study

Researchers adapted 24 climate models to predict what could happen over next 100 years
CBC News
August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Researchers from the University of Alberta are predicting drastic weather changes in the province over the next 100 years. Using 24 adapted climate models, the team says they were able to get a better idea of what climate change could have in store for Alberta. …According to the research, Alberta’s average temperature will rise between two to four degrees. While that might not sound like a lot, Schneider says even a two-degree change can mean a difference between having a forest or grasslands.

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