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Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

Business & Politics

International wood trade event plays matchmaker for B.C. firms

Vancouver Sun
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Going out to crack the global market isn’t easy for British Columbia’s smaller wood producers, so BC Wood has hit on a solution that is seeing increasing success: Bring the global market to producers. The not-for-profit trade association is on the eve of hosting its 10th Global Buyer’s Mission, an event that brings buyers from abroad to meet producers here at home over three days at Whistler. Organizers anticipate sellers will at least match last year’s total of $48 million in new sales from the event, which is a considerable increase from the $4 million in deals that resulted from the first event in 2004.

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Timber supply at the RDCK table

by Ramona Faust, RDCK Area E Director
Nelson Star
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I have been reading with some interest the letters to the editor regarding the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association’s (ILMA) request that the Board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay meet with the Minister of Forests and Premier Clark at this year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities Meeting. (July 30 and August 16). …The support we provide for one sector of the business community with ministerial advocacy begs the question: can the RDCK offer such support to other business sectors and non-profits that carry out vital work and contribute to the community?

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Deputy minister James Gorman leaves government to take helm of forestry group

Victoria Times Colonist
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While students were heading back to school on Tuesday, B.C.’s acting deputy minister of education was going the other direction.  James Gorman announced his departure from government to become president and chief executive officer of the Council of Forest Industries. Gorman, who was also the deputy minister of advanced education, begins his new job Sept. 23. An 18-year veteran of the B.C. public service, Gorman became deputy education minister in 2008. He moved to Advanced Education after the provincial election in May but remained acting deputy for the K-12 system while the government searched for his successor.

Click here to view the press release from COFI

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Fast-growing ASEAN countries on the radar of province’s wood producers

by Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood Specialties Group
Vancouver Sun
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As one of the largest components of our provincial economy, the B.C. wood products sector can be considered a fairly reliable bellwether on the state of the provincial economy as a whole. So when we notice a wholesale shift in which countries come to us interested in importing B.C. product, it’s a trend we should all pay attention to. It’s no secret that the international buying power of Asian countries is on the rise, and we all know the most familiar and biggest players such as China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

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Industry facing cut in wood allocation for caribou

The Daily Press (Timmins)
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Despite reassuring words from provincial politicians, the forest industry still faces a massive reduction in wood volume due to caribou conservation efforts being proposed in this region. “On the Abitibi River Forest, it’s a disaster because they have not changed the long-term management direction one iota,” said Cochrane Mayor Peter Politis. “The existing long-term management direction sees about a 65% volume loss in 25 years which will devastate towns right from North Bay to Hearst.”

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Burnt logs find a market in China

ABC News
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Some 25 thousand tonnes of burnt logs from trees killed in the January bushfires in the Derwent Valley have been sold to China. The Pinus Radiata trees were part of a Forestry Tasmania plantation at Ellendale when the fire raced through the area causing severe damage. Craig Patmore the Southern Tasmanian Production Manager for Forestry Tasmania says the trees were 26 years old and due for harvest.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge: And the Winner is…

Playhousechallenge.com
September 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Building Block House gets the bragging rights of being the ‘favourite’ playhouse, as voted by visitors to the PNE… This house was designed by Hughes Condon Marler Architects, and built by The Haebler Group with donated supplies from Canfor Pulp. This playhouse won with 32% of the votes, we can only assume it was a tight race! The Airplane House claims second place, and was designed and built by BCIT students and faculty, with donated supplies from Canfor. Third place goes to The Beehive House! The Beehive House was designed by DGBK Architects and built by PCL Construction with donated supplies from West Fraser.

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LEED and FSC work for Oregon lands, businesses, taxpayers: Guest opinion

By Clark Brockman, Tom Kelly and KC Eisenberg
The Oregonian
September 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Oregonian’s recent editorial about LEED and its use of FSC-certified wood products gets it wrong on all points (“LEED vs. Oregon wood industry,” Aug. 25). Not only is LEED a valuable tool for reducing buildings’ operation costs, improving worker health, and protecting the forests and rivers on which Oregonians depend, its recognition of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood products directly benefits Oregon’s timber industry. LEED and its preference for FSC promise continued and growing benefits to the industry members who sign on to FSC’s promise of increased profitability through improved forestry.

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Forestry

Fewer forest fires in sunny B.C. summer

Alberni Valley News
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. has emerged from one of its sunnier summers in recent years with a below-average number of forest fires. As of Sept. 1, the B.C. government’s wildfire management branch record 1,687 reported wildfires for the season, compared to an average year of nearly 2,000 fires. This year’s fires burned a total of 11,434 hectares, far less than the average damage of more than 130,000 hectares.

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Valhalla park fires left to burn, wildfire branch says

Smoke is visible from three fires that were sparked by lightning last week
CBC News
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three fires burning in Valhalla Provincial Park in the West Kootenays will be allowed to keep burning, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch says. The fires, which were all started by lightning strikes last week, are on the west side of Slocan Lake, away from the villages of New Denver, Silverton and Slocan, which are on the east side of the lake. …Because the fires are in a provincial park, the forest service will monitor them, but not try to put them out. The park management plan allows for wildfires to burn, she said.

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No more contract for Hawaii Mars

Province wants to move toward smaller, versatile aircraft
Alberni Valley Times
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coulson Group announced Friday that it has lost its firefighting contract with the Wildfire Management Branch for the Hawaii Mars water bomber. That means the sight of the water bomber sitting in Sproat Lake is now in serious jeopardy, because Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson is unsure of the future of the iconic aircraft. “We’ll start checking back with all our other customers and see if there’s any other interest level or see if there’s anything else we can think of prior to figuring out where she goes,” Coulson said. “We’ve got to do something with it. Either it will be sold or someone can think of a better use for it, or it will go to a museum.”

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A campaign continues to buy forested land around Cumberland to protect it from logging

North Island Midweek
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

COMOX VALLEY — The lush forests surrounding the Village of Cumberland are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year who come to the area for both recreation and relaxation. …What many residents and visitors don’t know is that significant parts of this privately owned forest are slated to be logged as early as 2016. The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is launching a new campaign to ensure that doesn’t happen. “Our next purchase is critical to preserving key trails and protecting the southern viewscape of the village,” says CCFS president Andrew Nicoll.

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Municipality of Lunenburg totes forestry talk

South Shore Now
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

COUNTY – The Municipality of Lunenburg is making an effort to engage local sawmill operators, woodland contractors and others to meet to examine whether or not there’s interest in jump-starting any programs that could aid the forestry sector. The exploratory meeting is tentatively scheduled for next week and Municipality of Lunenburg Mayor Don Downe hopes there’s an appetite for taking a look at potential pilot projects in the sector, perhaps rejuvenate a silviculture program that used to exist in the 1990s or try any other ideas.

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Sudbury forester defends herbicide

Sudbury Star
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Doug Maki, a silviculture forester with the Vermillion Forest Management Company (VFMC), seems at home in these woods. He has brought me here to see for myself what a forest looks like after it has been harvested and sprayed with glyphosate herbicide. There are noticeably few deciduous trees – including maples, birch trees and poplars – but to my untrained eye, the two forest blocks we visit do not resemble the scorched earth images of a napalm-soaked Vietnam or the clear cuts of British Columbia.

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Search effort grows for missing NM firefighter

Associated Press
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. — Hundreds of people fanned out across a rugged, forested area of northern New Mexico in search of a firefighter who has been missing since Friday, but there was still no sign of him Tuesday evening. Engine crew Capt. Token Adams vanished while checking on a report of smoke east of Jemez Springs, where he lives with his wife and young son. Adams, who was on an ATV, failed to return to a pre-arranged meeting point with two other firefighters.

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Roseburg Considers Giving Up ‘Timber’

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The title of “Timber Capital of the Nation” may be up for grabs soon. The News-Review reports that the city of Roseburg is weighing whether to drop the title. City officials say Roseburg hasn’t been a timber capital since the 1980s, with harvests at a fraction of their heyday. Alternatives for Roseburg slogans have centered on the Umpqua River.  Opponents of the change say it could undermine the city’s image in
Washington D.C., where Congress may soon consider legislation to open
more federal lands for logging.  END

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Missoula wildfire danger lessens, but still ‘very high’

The Missoulian
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoula County Fire Protection Association downgraded the local fire danger from “extreme” to “very high” on Tuesday. “Today’s announcement does not signal an end to fire season,” MCFPA spokesman Chris Johnson wrote in an email. “Until we get widespread wetting rains, conditions will persist under which wind-driven fires will quickly spread.

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Evacuation orders lifted at Yosemite fire

Associated Press
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Evacuation orders and advisories were lifted Tuesday for several Sierra Nevada communities once threatened by a raging wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park. Officials said they still are investigating the cause of the blaze, which started 18 days ago in an isolated area of the Stanislaus National Forest and has burned nearly 370 square miles _ the fourth biggest recorded wildfire in California.

Yosemite fire reaches 80 percent containment from The Associated Press

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Castle Airport Inks Fire-fighting Deal With U.S. Forest Service

Merced Sun-Star
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service entered into a five-year contract — ushered in by the massive Rim fire in Stanislaus National Forest — with Merced County for use of Castle Airport in Atwater. Flight and ground crews hit the ground running Tuesday, their first day at Castle Airport, as they filled air tankers with flame retardant. The blaze has spread to 192,466 acres, making it the sixth-largest fire in California history. Dave Campodonico, the air tanker base manager, said Castle Airport was a practical choice for a Forest Service location.

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After the Fire: The Uncertain Future of Yosemite’s Forests

Wired.com
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For nearly two weeks, the nation has been transfixed by wildfire spreading through Yosemite National Park, threatening to pollute San Francisco’s water supply and destroy some of America’s most cherished landscapes. As terrible as the Rim Fire seems, though, the question of its long-term effects, and whether in some ways it could actually be ecologically beneficial, is a complicated one. Some parts of Yosemite may be radically altered, entering entire new ecological states.

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Smoke across western Montana likely from massive Yosemite fire

Missoulian
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Drift smoke” from the massive wildfire burning outside Yosemite National Park in California continued to hinder air quality across western Montana on Monday. A stubborn southwesterly flow was sweeping the smoke into the area, said Chris Gibson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Missoula. “We still think it’s the Yosemite fire,” Gibson said, noting that with the recent cloud cover and multitude of smaller fires burning across the region it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the smoke was coming from. “But the flow is still coming up from the southwest.”

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Tree falls, logger seriously injured

Morning Journal News
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SALEM -A man was seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon logging accident off Yates Road in Salem Township. Township Constable Dan Valentine identified the injured person as 37-year-old Ron Mullet, who was flown by helicopter to the St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman. Mullett was working for an Amish logging outfit from West Farmington in Trumbull County, according to Winona Fire Chief George Brantingham. They were logging in a wooded area off 4640 Yates Road when the accident occurred about 1:30 p.m.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Foresters hoping to harvest bioeconomy opportunities

Demand for traditional wood products down, interest in innovative forest renewables up
Business in Vancouver
September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ethanol is part of it. So are tall wood buildings. Ditto for newfangled bio-plastics. It’s all part of the bioeconomy, and B.C. forestry companies who are willing and able to innovate will be able to take advantage of it, said David Cohen, a University of British Columbia forestry professor who spoke at a global forestry conference in Vancouver last week. “Companies like General Electric, Unilever and IBM have recognized this and see that there’s profitability in doing these kinds of things,” said Cohen. The planet will continue to face increasing demand for non-renewable resources, at a cost to the environment.

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Biofuel project set to fire up in February after provincial loan

Chronicle Herald
August 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Queens County pilot project to convert wood into biofuel aims to be up and running by February after getting additional help from the province. Cellufuel Inc. is receiving a $1.5-million loan to help build its demonstration project in Brooklyn, near Liverpool. The province, which announced the funding Friday, also gave the project $500,000 in December for startup costs. “We’ve been very active and it seems that we’re able now to take this next step, which is fantastic,” Cellufuel president Chris Hooper said in an interview.

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Proof the Clean Air Act Reduces Pollution, Improves Forest Systems Revealed in New Study

Nature World News
September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The Clean Air Act of 1970 effectively restored the vitality of forest systems that had undergone decades of abuse from sulfur pollution and acid rain, according to a new study examining centuries-old eastern red cedar trees in the Central Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Downwind from the Ohio River Valley coal power plants, the region experienced high amounts of acidic pollution caused by sulfur dioxide emissions during the 20th century.

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Increase in production at wood pellet plant creates dust issue

Growing production at a pellet plant in Aurora means more jobs. But people who live nearby say it also means a lot more sawdust, so much that it’s hurting air quality there.
KY3
September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Growing production at a pellet plant in Aurora means more jobs. But people who live nearby say it also means a lot more sawdust, so much that it’s hurting air quality there. MFA Oil Biomass opened the production facility on Aurora’s northwest side about two years ago, but this summer, they ramped up production, and along with that came clouds of dust. “You would go outside in the morning and the air would just be filled with these fine particles of sawdust, and it would like, choke you up to breathe,” says Aurora resident Diana James.

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General

Rail traffic faces boost with pulp mill re-opening

The casual observer may have noticed fewer trains on Prince Albert area tracks in recent years — a conjecture that comes with some merit.
Prince Albert Daily Herald
September 3, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

After the Prince Albert Pulp Mill closed in 2006, the frequency of trains passing through Prince Albert dropped from almost daily to twice per week, Omnitrax president Darcy Brede wrote in email correspondence with the Herald. “We currently have a yard service schedule that runs through Prince Albert and across the river to switch the Viterra White Star Elevator two times per week,” he wrote. “When Paper Excellence starts to ship by rail we expect the train frequency through Prince Albert to improve from two days a week to six days per week.”

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Wood Resources International
September 2, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Seattle – Wood costs account for between 50-55 percent of the production costs for pulp mills in the US. Historically these costs have often been substantially lower in the Southern states than in the Northwest, the two major pulp-producing regions of the country. However, this has been changing with the most dramatic regional price movements in North America happening in the US Northwest, where prices for softwood chips, the major fiber source for the region’s pulp mills, have fallen for five consecutive quarters. –

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