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Daily Archives: August 29, 2013

Business & Politics

Demolition of Slocan millsite imminent

Nelson Star
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The idled sawmill at Slocan City appears set to be scrapped. Village administrator Jack Richardson confirmed Wednesday that Springer Creek Forest Products has applied for a demolition permit, which will likely be issued soon. The request won’t need to go before village council. “The building inspectors were checking into it, but once their ducks are lined up, there’s nothing to hold it up,” Richardson said.

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Canfor Pulp’s President Presents $75,000 Research Award

UBC Pulp and Paper Centre
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products Incorporated is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 award issued under the Canfor Pulp University Grants Program. Dr. Heather Trajano of the University of British Columbia and Dr. Rodger Beatson of the British Columbia Institute of Technology will receive the grant to support their project on recovery of hemicellulose monomers and oligomers from pulp mill waste streams for use as strength additives in paper products. The award provides $75,000 to support their research over three years.

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Bell keeping busy in civilian life

HGPrinceGeorge
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nearly four months after officially leaving public life, Pat Bell is still making the adjustment back to that of a civilian. The former long-time Prince George-Mackenzie MLA has spent the last several months with family and exploring new business ventures including joining the board of Conifex Timber. “The forest industry is an industry I’ve had a strong interest and passion for for a long time so being able to be involved in Northern British Columbia in communities that I’m familiar with… is very rewarding”.

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Tolko opening dependent on housing market

South Peace News
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In February of 2013, Tolko officially announced the reopening of the Athabasca mill, in Slave Lake. This announcement left the residents of High Prairie wondering when the same would be announced for the OSB plant west of town. On Aug. 21, four Tolko executives met with members of the public and town council at a special meeting at the town office. Tolko vice president of environment and forestry Bob Fleet was in the hot seat meeting most of the evening. …Fleet, along with his four colleagues, answered questions from the public and council to the best of their ability, but maintained that they cannot predict the future housing markets and the demand for OSB.

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Looking for answers, clarification

The Pictou County News Nova Scotia
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

The Facebook group that caught the eye of environmental crusader Erin Brockovich is continuing to ask questions, this time to the Department of Environment. Matt Gunning of the group Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill, which has over 3,100 members, has been gathering and compiling questions about Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation for the Department of Environment. A list of questions posed to the department, almost 60 in total, has been posted to the Facebook group.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper deal violates free trade: U.S. congressman

CBC News
August 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Government funding for the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill violated free trade laws, a U.S. congressman says. …Maine Congressman Michael Michaud complained that violated free-trade law. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has begun an investigation.  Maine has a number of paper mills, including one owned by New Page, the company that shut down the mill outside Port Hawkesbury. Michaud argues the government money gave Cape Breton an unfair advantage.

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Plum Creek awarded ‘green’ rebates

KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News
August 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

Plum Creek Timber Company received a sizable reward for taking steps to being more environmentally friendly. The company participated in an energy efficiency incentive program sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration. The program gives industrial companies rebates toward the cost of installing energy-saving technology. Plum Creek’s most recent project upgraded an air compressor at the Columbia Falls Sawmill — and received a $386,000 rebate through BPA’s incentive program.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UNBC Bioenergy Plant achieves LEED Platinum certification

HQ Prince George
August 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

UNBC has acheived another environmental milestone. The university’s Bioenergy Plant has received Platinum certification in the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” Green Building Rating System. It is the highest level of environmental certification from the Canada Green Building Council, and UNBC’s Bioenergy Plant is the first LEED platinum-certified university building in BC, and just the fourth in Canada.

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Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards?

The Atlantic Cities
August 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking (or requiring) any green building certification that’s not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn’t treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that’s really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses or state offices or libraries. Behind the bans are a group of industries – primarily conventional timber, plastics and chemicals – unhappy that much of their product goes unrecognized by the LEED standard created by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

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The Fence Has Run Out of Room

August 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Sorry folks, but there is no neutral ground left where the uncommitted can wait for the rest of the world to determine which direction we are going to steer the future of the built environment. The time has come to take a stand and decide which side of the issue you are going to be on. At stake is more than how houses and other buildings are going to perform, how much energy they will consume, how well they manage an increasingly precious water resource, how successfully they withstand unpredictable temperatures, precipitation and intensifying weather events. At stake is more than the comfort, physical safety and financial security of people who depend on the building industry to provide shelter in all its forms, even as important as all those things are

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Forestry

Forestry Fatality Rate Climbing

250 News
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – There has been another fatality in the forestry sector.   On the weekend, a 41 year old Saltspring Island man, working as a faller near Lake Cowichan, died when he was struck by a falling tree. Forest Safety BC released a safety alert late yesterday confirming this death, and that of a grader operator on the Stone Creek Forest Service Road , as direct forestry deaths. That brings the number of fatalitites in the forestry sector in B.C. in 2013 to 8. That number is creeping up on the number of fatalities for all of 2012 when 10 people died in forest harvest work.

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Sierra forest primed to burn

Officials cite dry conditions caused by fire suppression
Journalgazett.net
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say. The fire had ravaged 282 square miles by Tuesday, the biggest in the Sierra’s recorded history and one of the largest on record in California.

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Calif. launches drone to aid wildfire battle

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

Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park. The MQ-1 unmanned aircraft being remotely piloted hundreds of miles away quickly alerted fire bosses to a new flare-up they otherwise wouldn’t have immediately seen. “They’re piping what they’re seeing directly to the incident commander, and he’s seeing it in real time over a computer network,” said National Guard Lt. Col. Tom Keegan.

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Campaigns over western Ore. logging ramp up; Wyden target of pressure from both sides

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

PORTLAND, Oregon — Campaigns over proposals to increase logging in western Oregon federal forests are ramping up, and two significant steps are expected within weeks. …The campaigns focus on Wyden, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. They pit environmental groups warning of clear-cut logging and lower water quality against the timber industry and local allies in western Oregon counties hurt by the long-term decline in logging.

Ad campaign lambastes O&C Trust act before Congress from The Mail Tribune
Walden gets assurances on O&C Trust legislation from The Mail Tribune

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Canadian crews help douse Lolo Creek Complex fires

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

What’s the first thing a Canadian firefighter notices about working south of the border?  “There are no bugs here,” Alberta helitack crew member Tony Campbell said at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation helicopter base in Missoula on Wednesday. ..The second best?  “The appreciation of the people,” said crew boss Kris Heemeryck. “The welcome we received is outstanding. It’s not that common to get that kind of thanks back home, but then, there’s not that many people where we work.”

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Woodland salamanders indicators of forest ecosystem recovery

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

ARCATA, Calif.—Woodland salamanders are a viable indicator of forest ecosystem recovery, according to researchers from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. PSW Research Wildlife Biologist Dr. Hartwell Welsh and Garth Hodgson examined two species of woodland salamanders across four stages of tree development at Mill Creek—a disturbed old-growth redwood forest in northern California. They found that the numbers and body condition of two common species of salamander tracked closely with forest stand growth, development, and structural changes. 

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GAO sees little data for air firefighting efficacy

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

CHEYENNE, WYO. — Studies done over the past two decades have yet to provide data on the effectiveness of various private aircraft contracted by the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior to fight wildfires in the U.S., a new federal report shows. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office also outlined ongoing challenges to modernizing the nation’s aging and dwindling fleet of large air tankers and said the Forest Service sometimes falls short in collaborating with other agencies and private companies on aerial firefighting strategy.

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May The Lights Go Out At The Ninth Circuit Court

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

. …Fundamental to these treatments is thinning – reducing the number of trees per acre – and the reintroduction of controlled burns designed to reduce woody debris accumulations that fuel these conflagrations. But the Ninth Circuit Court has – with an able assist from Congress – created such a legal and regulatory morass that the only people who are benefitting are the lawyers that environmentalists hire to block the Forest Service’s every attempt at forest restoration.  Why do they do this? Because they can; because Congress in its infinite
wisdom has, via the Equal Access to Justice Act, forced taxpayers to pay
the fees these lawyers charge – win or lose.

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Move Over Global Warming! White-Tailed Deer Pose Biggest Threat To East Coast Forests

Forbes
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The rapidly rising population of white-tailed deer pose a more significant threat to forest habitats across the eastern United States than global warming, according to a new study by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). “White-tailed deer likely impact every landscape east of the Mississippi River,” said the TNC. “The damage has been insidious — both slow moving and cumulative.” Deer overpopulation results in overfeeding on select plant species, which can quickly alter the composition and structure of forests.

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The Upper House votes down a proposal for another forest inquiry

ABC News, Australia
August 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A bid to further hold up debate on Tasmania’s forest peace deal laws has been lost. The Upper House is considering whether the peace deal laws are delivering outcomes. While $100 million in federal funding is no longer linked to the passage of the laws, a further $97 million in industry support is at stake. The Government wants MPs to vote this evening, but the Independent Member for Huon Paul Harris argued members needed more time. “A short sharp inquiry, get the stuff on the public record,” he said. But Independent MP Kerry Finch didn’t think there was any need for another inquiry.

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Forest peace deal clears another parliamentary hurdle

ABC News, Australia
August 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s fragile forest peace deal has passed another milestone in State Parliament. MPs have voted to take the next step and protect more forests, unlocking millions of dollars in financial support for the struggling industry. After more than seven hours of debate, Legislative Councillors passed a motion to create 392,000 hectares of native forest reserves, nine votes to five. The vote means 100,000 hectares will be protected within weeks and ensures the release of $97 million dollars in Commonwealth funding to support the timber industry during the restructure.

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Sweden: increased logging and silviculture costs in large-scale forestry

IHB
August 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Costs for silviculture in large-scale forestry increased by 7 percent in 2012 compared with previous year, says the Swedish Forest Agency (SFA). There was also costs increase for maintenance and for new investments in forest roads. On average, logging costs for thinning and regeneration felling increased in Southern Norrland region (Norra Norrland) and in Southern Sweden region (Götaland). In other regions of Sweden the costs remained unchanged. END

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Where there’s fire, there may be heat

Researchers look at using wildfire prevention work debris as a clean fuel source
Kamloops Daily News
August 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Preventing a wildfire could also create new, clean energy for rural B.C. communities. A provincial collaboration among a couple of non-profit groups and B.C. research universities has come up with a new online tool that could help rural communities figure out whether wildfire prevention work debris can be used as a clean fuel source. The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions has come up with a Fire Interface Rural Screening Tool for Heating (FIRST Heat) that could help reduce heating costs for residents of small rural communities as well as cutting down greenhouse gas emissions.

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Biofuel industry ripe for growth in province, report says

Council for Bioenergy Co-operative report says industry could add $1.5B to economy
CBC News
August 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new report claims that biofuel could be the answer to several of New Brunswick’s economic and employment woes. The creation of an industry centered around ethanol and biodiesels could generate thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue, according to the report titled Fuel the Future. “What this report tells us is that bioenergy is viable,” said Ken Magnus, the chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council for Bioenergy Co-operative. “With just 13 plants in five years we could have close to 10,000 jobs.”

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Paper makers seeing profit potential in biomass power industry

Asahi Shimbun
August 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Paper manufacturers in Japan facing a lack of demand for their product are hoping to energize profits by plugging into the biomass power generation industry. Motivated by a government feed-in-tariff system for clean energy, companies are also hoping to promote more effective use of wasted wood chips from forest thinning through their new business. Between last fall and this summer, Japan’s largest paper maker, Oji Holdings Corp., decided to install biomass power generating equipment in its three plants in Shizuoka, Miyazaki and Hokkaido prefectures.

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General

The Fence Has Run Out of Room

August 29, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Sorry folks, but there is no neutral ground left where the uncommitted can wait for the rest of the world to determine which direction we are going to steer the future of the built environment. The time has come to take a stand and decide which side of the issue you are going to be on. At stake is more than how houses and other buildings are going to perform, how much energy they will consume, how well they manage an increasingly precious water resource, how successfully they withstand unpredictable temperatures, precipitation and intensifying weather events. At stake is more than the comfort, physical safety and financial security of people who depend on the building industry to provide shelter in all its forms, even as important as all those things are

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