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Daily Archives: September 10, 2013

Business & Politics

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Wood Resources International
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lower prices for pulplogs and wood chips in some major markets, and a strengthening US dollar resulted in lower wood fiber price indices in the 2Q/13, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Over the past two years, hardwood fiber costs for the pulp industry have declined more than softwood fiber prices. The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) has fallen every quarter except one, during this period. In the 2Q/13, the HFPI was US$100.46, which was 3.1 % lower than the previous quarter and 14.8 % below the all-time high in the 3Q/11.

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Trial starts in legal battle over logging trucks

Prince George Citizen
September 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. Supreme Court civil trial began Monday over whether two Prince George property owners are legally permitted to store and repair their logging trucks on a residential property. The city claims the use at 2957 and 2971 Andres Road, in the Peden Hill area, contravenes zoning for the property. But the property’s owners, John Christenson and Donna Waldner, maintain city officials had advised Christenson the use is allowed and the lots were purchased on that basis – the first in 1984 and the second in 2004.

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Lumber company awarded $3M for land exchange

Surrey Now
September 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been sued for more than $3 million over a dispute concerning land that was expropriated in Surrey to make way for the South Fraser Perimeter Road. M.C.A. Land Development Corp. and Keystone Forest Products Ltd., a stocking lumber wholesaler that leased the property, sued the government over expenses incurred in relocating the lumber company and business losses they claimed Keystone will suffer in the future.

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Mill expansion brings Chilliwack jobs

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

A new lumber mill in Chilliwack will add another 25 employees after unveiling its expansion on Thursday. The Ledcor Chilliwack Cant Mill is adding a second shift and doubling its production, officials said during a tour of the facility. “Over the last year, we have been constructing this facility to meet local and global market demand for cants, wood chips and bio-mass,” said Paul McElligott, President, Ledcor Resources and Transportation Ltd.

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Timber & log prices drop

Oregon Natural Resource Report
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Interest rates increased last month, but real estate sales rose, as if homebuyers wanted to catch the bottom. Log prices dropped a lot, and lumber only somewhat, helping the mills. Seven-year trend of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below. The price of lumber has decreased, but the price of logs has REALLY dropped.

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Ochoco Lumber To Invest In Once-Threatened John Day Mill

OPB
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The company that owns the last remaining lumber mill in Grant County says it’s intends to invest $2 to $4 million in the facility. The announcement comes now that the U.S. Forest Service has awarded a 10-year stewardship contract for hundreds of thousands of acres of restoration work in the Malheur National Forest. Just a year ago, the mill’s owner, Ochoco Lumber Company said it would closing its facility in John Day due to lack of supply. But the mill stayed open.

Lumber company will invest in threatened John Day mill from The Mail Tribune

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Tour takers can see the wood from the trees

The Daily Astorian
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The cranes onboard the Achilles Bulker were in full swing at the Port of Astoria Thursday as logs were brought to be picked up at Pier 1 and loaded on the bulk carrier destined for China. The harvested logs were at their last stop in Clatsop County, which has 1,719 people employed by the forest sector, or about 11.5 percent of county employment. The message for community leaders watching: the timber industry is important to the local and regional economy.

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Study: S.C. forest industry positioned for growth

Independent Journal
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — The forestry industry in South Carolina is positioned for significant growth in the decades ahead, according to a study conducted by nationally prominent forestry expert Dr. Robert Abt of North Carolina State University. A diverse group of forestry professionals from manufacturing, timber growing, private forestry consultants and governmental bodies participated in the study.

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Logging company billed $600,000 for negligence in northern Wisconsin forest

Logging company billed $600,000 for negligence in northern Wisconsin forest
River Towns
September 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON – After a nearly four-month Department of Natural Resources investigation into the cause of the Germann Road Fire, a commercial logging company will be billed for more than $600,000 after the investigation determined the company’s negligence caused the forest fire to start and spread. Had an on-board fire extinguishing system been properly maintained, the blaze could have likely been snuffed out before it did any damage, according to a WDNR press release issued Monday afternoon.

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Forestry

City-owned company logs just west of town

Terrace Standard
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TWO FRESHLY-CUT and visible logging sites west of Terrace, right beside Hwy16 approximately 20 kilometres toward Prince Rupert will be replanted next year. “They’re still a work in progress,” said Kim Haworth, the general manager of the city-owned Terrace Community Forest which had the two blocks logged. He did acknowledge that the two sites, logging on which began last month, are noticeable but said the areas will green up as newly-planted trees begin to take hold.

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Planned burn at Carrot Lake to aid wildfire research

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANDERHOOF – People living and working near the Carrot Lake Experimental Burn Project southwest of Vanderhoof may notice smoke and flames at the site over the next week, due to a controlled fire that’s being ignited to investigate wildfire behaviour. The Carrot Lake research site was established in 2004 and is used to study how fire behaves in stands of trees affected by mountain pine beetle infestations.

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Duhamel Creek residents take action over Kalesnikoff logging

The Nelson Daily
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the Duhamel Watershed Alliance are learning how to take non-violent action this Saturday, as a means of halting Kalesnikoff Lumber’s logging plans in their watershed. And they are inviting the community at large to attend the all day workshop Saturday (September 7) at the North Shore Hall. The workshop is in response to Kaslesnikoff’s plans to build a four km road and remove 600 truckloads of timber from what residents believe are unstable slopes above them at Six Mile on the North Shore of Nelson.

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Industry group adds to fund for young professionals

Prince George Citizen
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When a Prince George conference exceeded its financial expectations, the organizers invested the surplus in Prince George youth. The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) held its annual general meeting in Prince George last February. “We never try to make a profit,” said Prince George’s Ed Morris, co-chair of the organizing committee. “We were very well supported by sponsors and had some money left over at the end of the day. The legacy will go to a number of young professionals.” A purse of $8,171 will be added to the ForesTrust account, an education fund for students in the forestry professions.

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Policies must change to help control Western wildfire

by Stephen F. Arno, a retired research forester, who worked at the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Billings Gazette
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For some inspiration we could look to the Southeastern U.S., where states have “right-to-burn” laws (limiting liability to reasonable levels) and provide extension forestry help to foster responsible prescribed burning by private landowners. Rural Southerners have long recognized the essential and inevitable role of fire in their forests. We could do likewise by accepting that fire will continue to be a fact of life in our forests, but that we can influence the way fire affects our forest by managing its structure and its fuel using mechanical treatments, fuel removal, pile burning, and prescribed fire.

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Environmental Groups Try To Stop Timber Sale

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three environmental groups are asking a federal judge to stop a Coast Range timber sale. Members of Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild and Umpqua Watersheds say the proposed sale would harm spotted owl habitat and kill more than a dozen of the threatened birds. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene against the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the B.I.A. plans to log more than 500 acres in the Middle Fork Coquille River watershed, in eastern Coos County.

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A cutting edge event: 68th Logging Congress is a ‘success’

Daily Press
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ESCANABA – Organizers of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association’s 68th Annual Lake States Logging Congress and Equipment Expo in Escanaba are calling the event a success. Logging Congress was held Friday and Saturday at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds and Ruth Butler Building. The annual Logging Congress allows professionals from the forest products industry to speak with various industry exhibitors and vendors and see firsthand the latest products and equipment available.

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Liberals pledge to log World Heritage forests

ABC News
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Opposition leader will send Forestry Tasmania into log World Heritage listed areas, if elected at next year’s state poll. The new Coalition Government plans to reverse the heritage listing of 120,000 hectares of forests. The Liberal Party opposes the state’s forestry peace deal and the forest reserves legislation which seeks to shrink the industry.

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Study says small-scale logging bigger threat than realized for Monarch butterflies in Mexico

The Associated Press
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MEXICO CITY – A new study of the Monarch butterflies’ winter nesting grounds in central Mexico says small-scale logging is worse than previously thought and may be contributing to threats facing the Monarch’s singular migration pattern. The reserve’s 33,482-acre (13,550-hectare) core zone lost 41 acres (16.6 hectares) of pine and fir trees so far in 2013, about half of that because of illegal logging, said the study by Omar Vidal, head of Mexico’s chapter of the World Wildlife Fund, the WWF, and other authors.

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Forget forests, an urban jungle is what we need

Yorkshire Evening Post
September 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… Among them is Alan Simson, a reader in landscape architecture and urban forestry at Leeds Metropolitan University, who has some rather unconventional views on how we should make use of trees and meadows. He is in favour of more radical management of woodlands and forest and wants to use wood to power public transport schemes – something he says would actually benefit the environment and lower carbon emissions; and he says the Government ought to ditch expensive projects like the high speed rail link and instead spend on the money on putting urban motorways [major roads] underground.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood pellet plant proposed for Chase

Kamloops Daily News
September 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
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

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California To Put Buyers On The Hook For Forest Offsets

Ecosystem Marketplace
September 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is scheduled to sign off on a proposal to shift the invalidation risk away from forest owners to the buyers of offset credits from approved forestry projects next month. The regulators are aiming for consistency, but at least one major emitter is concerned that making buyers responsible for the risk will make it more difficult to purchase forestry offsets.

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Insight into climate change challenges in Europe

Motive
September 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change is posing a major challenge to forestry across Europe. Recent research indicates that climate change will most likely exceed a 2 °C rise in mean global temperature by 2100 and without drastic policy change mean temperature may rise between 3 and 6 °C in Europe. These changing environmental conditions affect tree growth and productivity of forests. Moreover, natural disturbance regimes are changing with significant implications on forest dynamics.

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Scientists Urge EU To Rethink Burning Southern US Forests To Fight Climate Change

The Huffington Post
September 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A group of over 60 US scientists, including such luminaries as E. O. Wilson, Tom Lovejoy, Gretchen Daily, and Reed Noss, recently sent a letter to EU decision makers urging them to take swift action to “develop and adopt sustainability criteria and carbon accounting requirements to ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate.” This letter was motivated by the fact that the Southeastern US has become the world’s largest exporter of wood pellets for biomass electricity generation.

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