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Daily Archives: September 9, 2013

Business & Politics

July building permits in Canada totalled $8 billion, up 20.7 per cent from June

Vancouver Sun
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Contractors took out building permits worth $8 billion in July, up 20.7 per cent from June — the sixth month-to-month gain in seven months, Statistics Canada reported Monday. The July increase came mainly from higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec. In the non-residential sector, the total value of building permits rose 45.5 per cent to $3.9 billion in July, with Ontario, Quebec and Alberta accounting for most of the increase.

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Weekly lumber market update and overview

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

This is not a usual time of year for solid wood prices to be rising, and traders were generally taken by surprise as they leapt to fill the flurry of new orders. The US continued the solid spate of buying customers there have been undertaking for the past few weeks. In western Canada, British Columbia sawmills reported sizable bulk orders from China, for both dimension lumber and studs. Studs producers in particular enjoyed high volumes of sales this week, giving them confidence to pop prices up slightly. 

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Wood pellet plant proposed for Chase

$40-million facility would employ 25 local residents
Daily News
September 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. renewable energy company intends to build a $40-million wood-pellet manufacturing plant on an old sawmill site near downtown Chase. If village residents and council approve, the Aylmer Road facility would employ about 25 locals and provide an additional 15 offshoot jobs, particularly in transporting wood to the site, said Leroy Reitsma, president and CEO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group. “There’s probably 40 jobs in Chase that would be directly tied to that operation,” Reitsma told The Daily News.

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Heavy industry lobbies to talk taxes

Daily News
September 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The four companies in the Kamloops heavy industry tax classification want to get in on City council’s financial planning this fall. Representatives from Domtar, Tolko, Lafarge and Arclin have written council asking to address the City’s annual financial planning workshop. Council will discuss the letter Tuesday. Three councillors contacted Sunday agreed the City should hear from the group, but one – Coun. Donovan Cavers – was cautious about giving the foursome any drastic tax break.

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Harper Government Sells World on British Columbia’s World-Class Forestry Sector

September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today showcased the best of British Columbia’s high-quality and innovative wood and wood products to buyers and investors from more than 20 countries around the world at the 10th annual Global Buyers Mission and Wood First Forum being held in Whistler. He was joined by John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country.

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NS: ‘Wood First’ policy chopped by Cumberland County

Daily Business Buzz
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The aim was to promote the wood sector in the county, but council has now reconsidered its position on the initiative, not wanting to show industry favouritism. ‘Wood First’ will no longer be promoted by Cumberland County. “Wood First, we put that motion through to try to promote the wood industry in the county,” said Keith Hunter, warden of the Municipality of Cumberland County, after Wednesday’s meeting of county council. “But then we have concrete companies here too that we don’t want to be harmed by it, and why should we pick one over the other.”

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Port Hawkesbury Paper going strong

Cape Breton Post
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Port Hawkesbury Mayor Billy Joe MacLean recalls receiving the bleak news he received one Friday evening last September that Ron Stern, who was negotiating to reopen the shuttered NewPage paper mill, had walked away from the table and the mill wouldn’t restart after all. It was a black day for the Strait area when it appeared that all hope of the mill reopening was lost after a year-long sales process during which the region’s largest employer was shut down.

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Bulls pile into housing sector

CNBC News
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The bulls piled into home builders and related stocks on Friday, triggering a flurry of upside option activity. Mohawk Industries, a maker of flooring products, hit shortly after the open…Less than an hour later, lumber company Weyerhaeuser’s October 30 calls traded more than 5,000 contracts….Investors targeted home-improvement company Lowe’s in another transaction. 

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China’s Virginia, S.C. log ban partially lifted

The Daily Press
September 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East

A Chinese ban on American hardwood logs shipped from the Port of Virginia and the Port of Charleston has been fully lifted. The ban was put in place in April 2011 after regulators in China found nematode, a worm that causes pine wilt, in hardwood and softwood logs that were being exported through the two ports. In June 2012 the Chinese put a pilot program in place that allowed log shippers to export the logs through Shanghai and Jiangsu, albeit with beefed up fumigation and inspection programs.

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Production of Forest Products Down 50% in 2012

Phillippines Business Mirror
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Phillippines – The country’s production of major forest products went down by as much as 50 percent last year, following the government’s strict implementation of the ban on logging in natural forests. Figures released by the forest statistics division of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed that the production of logs, lumber, veneer and plywood went down by 40 percent to 50 percent in 2012… The ban on the cutting of trees in natural forests took effect in early 2011, with the signing of Executive Order 23 by President Aquino, consistent with EO 26 which called for the massive reforestation of the country’s bald forests under the National Greening Program (NGP).

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With recent pulpmill expansion, China has surpassed Japan to become the world’s largest importer of hardwood chips

Business Wire
September 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Major expansion of pulp manufacturing capacity in China the past five years has resulted in a dramatic increase in the importation of wood chips to supply the new pulp mills, and the country became the world’s largest importer of hardwood chips in the 2Q/13, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are the major suppliers of wood chips, with Vietnam accounting for over 50% of the imported supply. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC coming along

HQ Prince George
September 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction on Prince George’s long-awaited Wood Innovation and Design Centre is really starting to take shape with the concrete foundation now in place. The wood-frame building is meant to be a showpiece for BC wood products in structures as well as interior and exterior finishing. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond expects visible progress to ramp up quickly as we enter the fall. “The cross laminated timber is expected to start being delivered within the next four to six weeks. It’ll be far more visible starting in late September with the structure installation.”

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Canadian Wood Council announces new submission deadline

Daily Commercial News
September 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Wood Council has postponed the deadline for submission of expressions of interest in its highrise wood building demonstration projects initiative to Oct. 18. The original closing date was Sept. 20. In a release, the council said the objective is to identify building projects in the concept, schematic or design development stages, within Canada, which “safely and successfully” demonstrate the use of wood as a viable structural element/system in buildings of 10 storeys and more.

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Forestry

Cougar attack in Clayoquot Sound leaves 60-year-old woman critically injured

Vancouver Sun
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A Vancouver Island woman is in critical condition in hospital after being attacked by a cougar Sunday afternoon on Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound. The 60-year-old woman, who lives on the remote island, was attacked from behind by the cat, which had apparently been hanging around the area for the past month, said Troy Haddock, maritime coordinator with the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Victoria.

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Shelterbelt Program not dying an easy death

The Grenfell Sun & The Broadview Express
September 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In April 2012, the federal government announced that it was axing the very popular Prairie Shelterbelt Program. Almost immediately there was a rush of support from farmers and tree-planting associations to keep the program. To date, the government has received more than 20,000 letters, phone calls and hundreds of petitions from upset tree planters. MPs have received numerous complaints as well. Tree planting on the Prairies has always been a joint effort between landowners and the federal government. 

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Wildfires and costs to the federal government: Yosemite’s Rim Fire and beyond

Journalist’s Resource
September 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, which was started Aug. 17, 2013, by a hunter in Stanislaus National Forest who allowed an illegal fire to escape, had burned 237,341 acres as of Sept. 6, according to the U.S. Forest Service. That made it California’s third largest to date, requiring massive amounts of state and federal resources and personnel to contain it. To date, the fire has reportedly cost more than $70 million to fight. How does this particular mega-fire fit into recent patterns?

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Forest management can reduce fire danger

Mail Tribune
September 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Southern Oregon is enduring yet another tragic and costly fire season, and there’s been much debate on the connection between wildfires and the federal government’s mismanagement of public forest lands. When the 2013 fire season is finally over, Jackson County’s economy will have lost jobs and tens of millions of dollars across a wide range of industries — from timber to tourism. This season has already taken a significant ecological toll, as we’ve already lost tens of thousands of acres of public and private timberlands that could take generations to recover.

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Forest regulations affect many in Oregon

Statesman Journal
September 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Regulations for forest certification programs may seem like a technical issue with little relevance to most people. In reality, current policies and certifications limit growth, revenues and jobs for too many Oregonians. The millions of acres of responsibly managed forestland in Oregon support more than 140,000 jobs and generate more than $4.7 billion in wages. Our forests are not the only reason for these economic numbers; we have good forest management practices, and great workers whose skill and innovation yield a consistent supply of durable wood and high-quality forest products.

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Fire assessment teams headed to blaze near Yosemite to determine needed environmental repairs

The Associated Press
September 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Even as firefighters battle a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park, environmental scientists are moving in this weekend to begin critical work protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season beings. Members of the federal Burned Area Emergency Response team will begin hiking the rugged Sierra Nevada terrain before embers cool as they race to identify areas at the highest risk for erosion into streams, the Tuolumne River and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, San Francisco’s famously pure water supply.

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Rim Fire Is Third-Largest Wildfire In California’s History

NPR
September 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say. But it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions. More than 3,400 people have helped fight the blaze, the U.S. Forest Service says in its latest status update. And air quality concerns have led to warnings hundreds of miles away, according to NBC News.

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Devastation, hope mark path left by Lolo fire

The Independent Record
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A scorched and broken angel lies against a charred fence post at the family memorial site for Jack Cooper, a former Lolo Creek canyon resident who built one of the houses that was destroyed by the Lolo Creek Complex fire there on Aug. 19. Two of three homes on the Cooper family land burned in the fire… Plum Creek Timber Co. owns about 7,000 acres of the 10,902 acres that burned in the Lolo Creek Complex. Company Regional Vice President Tom Ray has said Plum Creek may start salvage logging this fall or winter to recover what marketable timber remains. He’s also studying options to reseed areas where the fire burned trees beyond commercial value.

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Results Of Florida’s First Statewide Forest Inventory Released

North Escambia
September 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Wednesday the results of the first statewide inventory of 17 million acres of forest land. The study, required by the Legislature and led by the Florida Forest Service, evaluated the distribution, availability and sustainability of Florida’s timber resources. “This study is the most comprehensive forest inventory in the United States.

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County pine beetle battle slowed

Black Hills Pioneer
September 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DEADWOOD — An amended grant agreement and other correspondence recently from the state of South Dakota to Lawrence County, will slow the process to fight beetles, but offers cutters benefits. Lawrence County Deputy State’s Attorney Bruce Outka informed the Lawrence County Commissioners on Tuesday that because of the agreement’s parameters, the county would be wise to hold off on awarding bids until a couple of issues are resolved.

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Florida Forest Service report on forest sustainability challenged

The Florida Current
September 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A Florida Forest Service report required by 2012 legislation found that the state’s forests overall are sustainable but there are some counties where some types of trees are being harvested faster than they are being grown. The report was required by HB 7117, a comprehensive energy bill, amid concerns that proposed new biomass energy plants could increase costs for existing sawmills, pulp mills and others in the forest product industry.

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Ash borer provides an opening for research into urban noise

Chicago Tribune News
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As a certified master arborist and forestry instructor, R.J. Laverne hates seeing entire city blocks denuded of trees by the emerald ash borer. But as a doctoral student, he realizes that the tiny green beetle is giving him a once-in-a-generation research opportunity. Laverne is studying what the loss of a tree canopy means to an urban neighborhood and its residents.

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U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

The Locust Fork News Journal
September 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling with the potential for hydraulic fracturing was defeated in Alabama this year, the new front line in the national fracking fight has moved to the George Washington National Forest in west central Virginia, where a story just out in the Washington Post reports that by the end of September, a decision is expected by the Forest Service on whether to allow or ban the controversial method of drilling under the new 15-year Forest Management Plan.

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Can GMO trees save our forests?

Biotech experts weigh the environmental and social consequences of planting genetically modified pines and poplars
Earth Island Journal
September 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In late May, forest biologists, geneticists, and forestry industry officials from across the world gathered at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina to discuss ongoing research in tree genetics. One of the key sessions at the weeklong “Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference” dealt with the “different aspects of the use of transgenics, including gains in productivity, gene flow, and societal acceptance.” The last point, it turned out, would be the attendees’ biggest hurdle.

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Dr. Janaki Alavalapati Works to Promote Sustainable Forestry and Land Use in Guyana

Virginia Tech
September 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

I spent Aug. 11 to 19 in Guyana working with interface representatives of government, non-governmental agencies, local communities, academic community, and the private sector and to identify key issues to promote sustainable forestry and land use. Both the Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Embassy in Guyana helped to sponsor this trip. Guyana holds onto a beautiful and bountiful forest landscape, commits to conserve forest biodiversity.

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Certifying the services of forests’ ecosystems

Forests are already certified for the quality of their wood, amongst other things. A new study is looking at whether ecosystem services can be included in certification
Agroforestry World
September 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Led by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an independent NGO promoting the responsible management of the world’s forests, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and other partners have been working together to understand how the services provided by forest ecosystems can be included in the FSC’s certification scheme.

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Industry questions election mandate to tear up forest peace deal

ABC News
September 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Coalition is being urged to let Tasmania’s forest peace deal run its course. During the election campaign, the Coalition promised to remove World Heritage protection from areas including the Western Tiers forests. Peace deal signatory Terry Edwards from the Forest Industries Association meeting industry players today. “I think anyone who is arguing that this is a mandate to tear up the forests agreement is deluding themselves,” Mr Edwards said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Viridis’ Wood Pellet Plant Restarts Production

Woodworking Network
September 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Viridis Energy Inc.’s wood pellet plant in Nova Scotia commenced production with an initial scheduled delivery of 25,000 metric tons in December. Viridis has battled financial losses while securing private funding to reopen its wholly-owned subsidiary Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company and inking a deal with Ekman & Co. AB to market its entire 240,000 metric ton wood pellet production over a two-year period.

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US Becomes Largest Wood Pellet Exporter, Clearcutting Forests and Destroying Wetlands

Nation of Change
September 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

…utility companies in Europe are making massive investments to convert their power plants to burn wood—known as “biomass”—as a replacement for coal and other fossil fuels. This is despite the fact that recent research shows that burning whole trees in power plants actually increases carbon emissions relative to fossil fuels for many decades—anywhere from 35 to 100 years or more. It also emits higher levels of multiple air pollutants. …New maps and a report published last week by Natural Resources Defense Council and Dogwood Alliance show what’s at stake for the forests surrounding Enviva’s Ahoskie facility—and the multitude of species that depend on them for their habitat. 

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CT Audubon Speaker: Climate Change Message Falls on Deaf Ears

Yale scientist’s talk will include ways to make climate change relatable on a local level.
Patch.com
September 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, will speak at Connecticut Audubon Society’s 115th Annual Meeting, His research, writing and public speaking focus on climate change perceptions and communication, and how our behavior is influenced by both. Leiserowitz will talk about six different ways Americans listen and respond to climate change information – what he calls the “six Americas” – and discuss both why the climate change message hasn’t been getting through to most Americans and why the top-down approach that the federal government has been trying has not worked.

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Satellite which will give the Earth a ‘CT scan’ set for blast-off in 2020

Deadline News
September 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A SCOTTISH scientist is at the forefront of a £340million space mission to map the world’s forests.Mathew WIlliams, of Edinburgh University, is part of a project codenamed Biomass which will aim to determine how much carbon is in the planet’s forests. The mission will see a satellite launched into low Earth orbit in 2020 which will reveal where much of the world’s forests are being lost and help tackle climate change.

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General

Harper Government Sells World on British Columbia’s World-Class Forestry Sector

September 9, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today showcased the best of British Columbia’s high-quality and innovative wood and wood products to buyers and investors from more than 20 countries around the world at the 10th annual Global Buyers Mission and Wood First Forum being held in Whistler. He was joined by John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country.

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