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Daily Archives: September 5, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Bollywood Movies and Canadian Trees

By David Lindsay, FPAC President
Forest Products Association of Canada
September 1, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

When I tell people about new forest products being produced in Canada, I sometimes say that fibre from a tree grown in Canada this year might show up in a costume of a Bollywood movie next year. I use this example to demonstrate both the international reach of our industry and the innovative new uses of Canada’s forest products… Recent investments by FPAC member companies in mills in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario have resulted in a conversion of production to a commodity called dissolving pulp. Dissolving pulp, sometimes known as dissolving cellulose is used to make viscose which is spun into rayon. 

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Business & Politics

Louisiana-Pacific buys B.C.’s Ainsworth Lumber in US$1.1-billion mega-deal

The Canadian Press
September 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – U.S. forestry giant Louisiana-Pacific Corp. said it plans to buy Vancouver-based Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. for US$1.1 billion, according to a joint statement by the two companies late Wednesday. Louisiana-Pacific said it will pay C$3.76 per share for all of the remaining common shares in the Canadian lumber company, resulting in an approximate 30 per cent premium over the company’s closing price of C$2.89 on Sept. 3.

British Columbia forest firm Ainsworth Lumber purchased by U.S. giant for $1.1-billion US from the Vancouver Sun
Ainsworth sells to Louisiana Pacific from The Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Louisiana-Pacific buys Ainsworth Lumber from The Globe and Mail

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The One Housing Indicator You Shouldn’t Ignore

ETFguide
September 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

… In March 2013 something happened to the housing industry, but almost nobody noticed.  Lumber prices peaked that month at over $400 per contract. Since then lumber prices have been in a near freefall, falling over 25% to below $300 through summer. At around $320 today, lumber prices are down significantly from their peak price earlier this year, and that continues to worry us about the housing market. Lumber has its ups and downs just like any market, but generally it is considered a leading indicator to the housing market since it’s a key input ingredient.

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Finland’s forestry industry ‘faces European challenge’

FestForest
September 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Production in the Finnish forestry industry increased over the course of the first six months of 2013, when compared to the same period in 2012. However, producers continue to face challenges resulting from the economic downturn, with the European market as yet showing only minor signs of recovery. This is according to Timo Jaatinen, director general of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, who also stated that the industry within the country is struggling to deal with the fact that domestic costs are rising steadily. 

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German softwood-lumber exports down by 4%

EUWID
September 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

German softwood-lumber exports in the second quarter declined on almost all European sales markets by 4% to a total of 1.303m m³. German sawmills were confronted in Europe and in various Arabian countries with a weaker business trend than is seasonally customary. Favourable sales possibilities, especially in Asia, could not compensate for the weak demand in Europe. According to the latest figures published by the Federal German Statistics Agency, deliveries within Europe were down year on year by 11% to 914,143m³.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Slow and steady for Ontario’s CLT growth

Journal of Commerce
September 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

While interest in mass slab and cross-laminated timber (CLT) products is on the upswing in Ontario, the province nevertheless tends to be “quite cautious and slow to innovate” where building materials are concerned, says Steven Street, technical director for Ontario Wood WORKS! “I suppose the main reason is that we have a much smaller wood design culture,” Street said in an interview following a recent seminar in Toronto. “I think some high-profile public buildings would raise the design community’s interest. But interest from regulatory bodies in providing another construction material choice also would help facilitate more widespread adoption.”

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Giant Hardwood Stair Highlights Design Festival

Woodworking Network
September 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON – Architecht Alex de Rijke, in conjunction with the American Hardwood Export Council (AEC) and engineering firm Arup, will debut his 25 ft, interlocking, wooden art piece the Endless Stair outside of London’s Tate Modern gallery from September 13-October 10. The piece will be part of the annual London Design Festival, which showcases excellence in design that covers various art forms. The Endless Stair looks just how it sounds: a gigantic, overlapping series of stairs from cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels made from American tulipwood.

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Forestry

Clearcuts in scenic areas around Nelson criticized

Nelson Star
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the time for public input into changes being made to the visual landscape inventory has closed, Valhalla Wilderness Society is expressing concerns about plans to log in areas once preserved. Craig Pettitt, a director of the Valhalla Wilderness Society says the BC government is reversing decades of forest policy that preserved scenic quality around parks and tourism communities. “Many years of logging too much, too fast means the logging companies are suffering a fall-down effect in which they must drastically reduce their rate of cut,” says Pettitt.

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Erin Brockovich comes to town

Kings County News
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of North America’s most noted environmental activists is focusing attention on environmental and public health concerns related to a Pictou County pulp mill. …Buying forest land to reach 13 per cent protected land by 2015 is very positive, but should not be the sole measure of a good environmental report card. Speaking of protected wilderness areas such as the Cobequid Game Sanctuary, there is clear-cutting taking place there as you read this article. It is unfortunate that wilderness designated areas can have clear cutting. No wonder the mainland moose is having a difficult time recovering: no habitat means no sustainable moose population.

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Idaho wildfires snare even managed areas

Foresters say thinning, logging and prescribed burning is still a useful tool, but it has its limits.
Idaho Statesman
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Emmett logger Tim Brown had just completed the White Flat timber sale on the Boise National Forest near Prairie when the Elk Complex Fire burned through in early August, destroying most of the remaining trees. “That timber sale completely burned up,” said Dave Olson, a Boise National Forest spokesman. The same happened on state lands nearby. With extremely dry conditions and 50-mph winds, the fire burned so intensely that even the 6,000 acres of intensively managed state endowment forests burned, said Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz.

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Collins Sawmill readying for Fremont-Winema logs

Herald and News
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKEVIEW — After nearly a year of logging private lands burned by last summer’s Barry Point fire, the Collins Pine Company’s Lakeview Sawmill is positioned to begin harvesting on portions of Forest Service lands damaged by the fire. …The Fremont-Winema hopes to clear hurdles that will allow the harvest and sale of up to 25 million board feet of timber (MMBF), possibly beginning later this year. Logging would be done under contracts with the Lakeview Sawmill, formerly known as the Fremont Sawmill.

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Forestry spokesman says Calif.’s Rim Fire likely did not start in pot garden

Associated Press
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s unlikely a fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park started at an illegal marijuana grow site, a federal forestry official said Wednesday. Jerry Snyder of the U.S. Forest Service said that the steep and inaccessible canyon where the Rim Fire started Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest doesn’t have a water source that growers look for when they set up remote gardens. “I’ve heard many rumors, and that’s one of them,” Snyder said. “This isn’t the kind of terrain growers look for…

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Tidwell: Conservation partnerships offset losses in Forest staff, funding

KCAW
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell says his agency will continue to rely on the support of conservation groups to perform forest restoration, as long as federal dollars for the work continue to dwindle. Tidwell was in Southeast Alaska last week (8-28-13) for a review of the Forest Service’s regional operations. The hands-on review by agency officials takes place about once every seven years. Speaking to reporters during the review, Tidwell said that the Forest Service was still focused on building sustainable economies in timber and minerals throughout the nation, but that it valued its partnerships with conservation groups for restoration work.

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Olympic National Forest bridge inspections to delay traffic

Peninsula Daily News
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Bridges in the national forest on the North Olympic Peninsula are among those that will be inspected during the next week, causing delays for drivers. Engineers from Olympic National Forest will conduct bridge inspections through Sept. 12. The safety checks are expected to cause delays of up to 60 minutes. An under-bridge inspection truck will be used for the work. This has a long arm that extends under the bridge from the bridge deck and blocks access entirely while the inspection is in progress.

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Forest Company Partnership to Aid North Carolina’s Private Forests; American Tree Farm System® Announces Expansion of Certified Acreage

PRWEB
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is working on-the-ground with local partners to expand ATFS certified forest acreage in North Carolina. Some of North Carolina’s preeminent forest companies have joined together to support the state’s sustainably managed family-owned forests. The partnership comes at a critical time when threats to private forestland are growing. As much as 34 million acres of forestland could be lost in the United States during the next 50 years, according to a U.S. Forest Service assessment.

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Logging Congress better than ever

Daily Press
September 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ESCANABA – The 2013 Logging Congress and Equipment Expo, Sept. 6-7 in Escanaba, is full of excitement and demonstrations that many residents will find both entertaining and informative, according to organizers. Aaron Nieman, event coordinator for the annual event, said exposition hours for this year’s show were changed to allow more time for both logging representatives from throughout the Midwest and local residents more time to enjoy the festivities. This year’s show will take place at the U.P. State Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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TROUBLESOME TREES: Ash Borers A Threat

WHO Tv
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The invasive species, the Emerald Ash Borer, made its way to eastern Iowa three years ago destroying ash trees. Now communities in the metro are preparing for the pests arrival by cutting down trees in advance. The City of Johnston has more than 2,000 ash trees. Johnston’s park and recreation director, John Schmitz, says when the beetles attack, it could devastate the entire community. “It’s not if it’s when, we feel Johnston is one of those target areas because of Saylorville, the fastest way for Emerald Ash Borers to travel is through firewood and other wood products,” says Schmitz. 

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Tree map study looks at roots of forest change

The Recorder
September 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If you could travel back 400 years and inspect the woods that colonial settlers knew, you might be surprised to see how little those woodlands have changed — and yet how much subtle difference there is today from the Northeastern forest of yore. A new study by Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, maps trees in a nine-state area and contrasts them with scribbles and dots found on property-boundary documents dating back to 1650, representing more than 350,000 “witness trees.”

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Missouri’s First-Ever In-Woods Logging Demo Comes to Viburnum

St. Louise Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Witness the timber industry’s top logging equipment and expert loggers in action at Missouri’s first-ever In-Woods Logging Demonstration and the 2013 “Game of Logging” State Competition. The two-day event will take place just west of Viburnum, Mo., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13–14. …The combined event is a unique way for both professionals and the public to see real-world applications of logging equipment. This year, the demonstrations will focus on the cost-effective mechanical harvesting and biomass processing systems that could be utilized in Missouri’s Ozark region, including grapple skidders, grinders, loaders, portable saw mills and more.

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Abbott Taliban-like on Tas forests: Milne

AAP
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greens leader Christine Milne is accusing Tony Abbott of a Taliban-like campaign against Tasmania’s forests. The coalition has left open the option of winding back the latest World Heritage listing of the state’s forests, the 170,000 hectares agreed to as part of the historic peace deal between environmentalists and the timber industry. Moreover, Mr Abbott has reiterated his opposition to any extension of protection for Tasmania’s forests from logging. “(Tasmania) needs to be an economy as well as a national park,” he told ABC radio on Thursday.

Logging in a World Heritage-listed forest emerges as an election issue from ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Restoring forest on Strathcona County site a group effort

Edmonton Journal
September 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – At Golden Ranches Conservation Area, Stephanie May surveys mounds of dirt that are home to newly planted trees. A coalition of conservation organizations came together to purchase the land in 2010, and now a new partnership is restoring forest on the area. The owners of Golden Ranches, a site in Strathcona County spanning about 566 hectares, have teamed up with The Carbon Farmer to plant more than 200,000 trees on about 94 hectares of previously cleared land.

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The Rim Fire and climate change

San Francisco Bay Guardian
September 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The monstrous blaze that swept through Yosemite and burned 237,841 acres was a record breaker. According to the latest statistics from Cal Fire, the Rim Fire was the fourth highest in the history of California, with a $77 million price tag. Thanks to the efforts of more than 4,000 firefighters and support personnel, the blaze was 80 percent contained as of the latest update on Sept. 4. While the exact cause remains a mystery for now, it’s worth pointing out that the Rim Fire could not have reached such epic proportions if it hadn’t been for the dry conditions in place when the smoldering began.

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