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Daily Archives: September 11, 2013

Business & Politics

Decline in exports and housing market dampened B.C.’s economy in 2012

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

The BC Check-Up identified several labour market indicators that saw improvement in 2012, notably: … BC’s labour force educational attainment (the percentage of the labour force aged 25 to 64 with post-secondary accreditation) increased by 0.7 percentage points, to reach 66.6 per cent, with the most rapid growth among workers with post-graduate degrees, reflecting BC’s growing information and high technology sectors; and A stronger US housing market and the subsequent demand for BC softwood lumber resulted in increased manufacturing employment in the province’s forest industry.

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Key paperwork missing, court told in logging truck trial

Prince George Citizen
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of a trucking company who has been parking his vehicles on his residential property admitted during court testimony Tuesday he no longer has the paperwork supporting his claim that he is legally permitted to do so. John Christenson maintained the use was “grandfathered” when he bought 2957 Andres Road in 1987 but when he went to retrieve a document saying as much from a local law firm, he was told it was no longer in storage because more than nine years had elapsed.

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Whistler adopted as world’s wood-trade capital

Whistler Question
September 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian wood-products manufacturers received a boost to sales in foreign markets and a vote of confidence from Ottawa last weekend at the 10th annual Global Buyers Mission in Whistler. Eight-hundred people, comprising of 240 pre-qualified buyers from 22 countries, plus 235 Canadian exhibitors, crowded into the Whistler Conference Centre, signing deals worth an estimated $48-million in B.C. and Canadian value-added wood products.

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Ainsworth Lumber announces new labour agreement

Lesprom
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. announced that a new four year labour agreement with the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers Union of Canada (PPWC Local 9) has been ratified by its union members. The new labour agreement involves approximately 135 employees at the 100 Mile House, British Columbia mill and will expire on June 30, 2017, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement, and we appreciate the contribution of our employees and the partnership of the PPWC union at 100 Mile House,” said President and CEO Jim Lake.

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Japanese companies buying tropical timber linked to illegal logging, human rights abuses, and rainforest destruction in Malaysia

Global Witness
September 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Japanese companies are buying timber linked to illegal logging in the endangered rainforests of Sarawak, Malaysia and labeling much of it as ‘legal’ under a government-sanctioned certification scheme, according to a new report by Global Witness. The report describes how certain Japanese trading companies and DIY stores are sourcing timber from major logging companies in Sarawak involved in systematic illegal and destructive logging.

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Greens leader warns forest activists will again target Asian markets

ABC
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Greens Leader has warned environment groups will again lobby Asian markets to boycott Tasmanian timber products if the forest peace deal is ripped up. The Federal Coalition wants to delist some of the World Heritage forests. State Opposition leader Will Hodgman says he will allow them to be logged for specialty timbers if he is elected at next year’s poll. Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim says the peace deal is working well and it is not in Tasmania’s interests to see the forest peace deal fall over.

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Forestry

WWF criticizes U.S. and Canada on monarch protection efforts

Global Post
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The governments of the United States and Canada are not doing enough to protect monarch butterflies, which begin their 5,000-kilometer (3,100-mile) journey to Mexico’s forests in the two North American countries, the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, said. “The three countries are responsible for the monarch butterfly,” WWF Mexico director Omar Vidal told Efe following a press conference held to discuss the situation of the butterflies… Mexico, Canada and the United States must work to protect the forests used by the butterflies, the WWF official said.

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Board to audit forestry companies in Burns Lake area

BC Forest Practices Board
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of 639881 BC Ltd. on forest licence A72921 and Burnslake Specialty Wood Ltd. on non-replaceable forest licence A66762, during the week of Sept. 16. The auditors will examine timber harvesting, road construction, maintenance, silviculture, fire prevention and associated planning activities carried out by the two companies for compliance with forest practices legislation. The audit area lies within the Lakes timber supply area.

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Opposition to Youbou truck wash to hit board table

Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Letters and emails totaling close to 100 pages – the majority opposed to the CVRD giving Timberwest $5,000 for the construction of a truck wash station in Youbou – will be presented to the Cowichan Valley Regional District board of directors on Wednesday (today). On July 10, the board passed a resolution to approve the contribution, taken from the Youbou/Meade Creek Nature and Habitat Fund, in order to help commercial loggers reduce the amount of dust, dirt and mud on Youbou Road. At the time, the decision did not sit well with members of the community, including former Area I (Youbou/Meade Creek) Director Klaus Kuhn.

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Consulting Foresters of BC encourage the Duhamel Watershed Alliance to continue public review process

Letter by Jim Girvan, RPF MBA, The Society of Consulting Foresters of BC
The Nelson Daily
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing on behalf of the Consulting Foresters of BC, who have members who live and work in the Kootenay Region, to express unease that the Duhamel Watershed Alliance are learning how to take nonviolent action as a means of halting Kalesnikoff Lumber’s logging plans (Nelson Star – September 5). …As consulting forest professionals, we take our role in the management of BC forest resources seriously and are concerned that the professional perspectives of trained people can be disregarded so easily to promote an anti-logging agenda.

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Tourism Group Decries Logging in Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound: VIDEO

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

In July, I had the honour of taking a ride through the Discovery Islands with sailor and tour guide Mike Moore on his converted fishing boat, Misty Isles. Mike took us up to Maurelle Island to see the log dump and logging road that BC Timber Sales recently punched in. …Despite acknowledgement from the provincial government’s tourism wing that this area deserves a “higher use plan”—followed by a staunch denial from the Ministry of Tourism that any specific plans had been made—they have been unwilling to intervene in any forestry activity that is already in progress.

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Province went over budget fighting summer forest fires

September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province says it spent more money than it budgeted to fight forest fires this summer, and that’s partly to blame for BC’s shrinking budget surplus. They overspent by $71-million, even though this season wasn’t considered to be worse than average. This year $63-million was budgeted and $125-million was spent, according to the BC Forest Service. The numbers were similar for 2012?s forest fire season. NDP House Leader John Horgan argues the Liberals wanted to give the impression of a balance so badly.

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Northwest Fire Centre responds to five new fires

BC Government
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SMITHERS – The Northwest Fire Centre has responded to five new fires this week, as warm and dry weather continues throughout the region. The largest of these fires is located on the north side of Babine Lake (just south of Cunningham Lake) and is estimated at six hectares. Gaining access to this fire is a challenge for fire crews, so air tankers are being used to slow the fire’s spread until ground crews arrive on site. This fire is believed to be a “holdover” fire, which means that it was originally sparked by lightning that moved through the area earlier this season.

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US Forest Service study links rifle ammunition to wildfires

Study proves steel and copper bullets ignite fires
ABC 7 News
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – A study by the U.S. Forest Service has concluded rifle ammunition may be to blame for wildfires across the west. The Forest Service commissioned a research team based in Montana to investigate the link between fires and rifle ammunition, after several reports cited Utah wildfires caused by bullets during 2012. The study started last year with the first test run in September.

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Feds Move Ahead With Plan To Kill Spotted Owl Rival

Associated Press
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal wildlife officials are moving ahead with an experiment to see if killing a rival owl will help save the northern spotted owl from extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it gave final approval to a plan to send trained hunters into the woods to shoot barred owls. Barred owls migrated from the East and arrived in spotted owl territory in 1959. The agency says they have since become the biggest threat to spotted owl survival.

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Far Northern California fire destroys 30 homes

Associated Press
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters gained the upper hand Tuesday on a wildfire in Northern California that destroyed 30 homes and forced about 600 people out of their homes, fire officials said. The Clover Fire broke out Monday near the rural community of Happy Valley in Shasta County and was quickly fanned by gusty winds, growing to nearly 11 square miles. However, lighter winds Tuesday allowed firefighters to focus on corralling the blaze.

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Early start to fire season should not surprise anyone

Sydney Morning Herald
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sydney’s early fire season is no big surprise for authorities and nor should it be for the public – had we had been paying heed to scientists’ warnings. Experts at the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and elsewhere have found fire seasons are starting earlier and ending later. Climate change is probably behind the shift and if the trends continue as modelled, extreme fire weather will become more common.

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Unique Forestry Collaborative Earns FCS Certification

Woodworking Network
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

EMERYVILLE, CA — The Tenzas Forest in Galicia, Spain has earned certification as a responsibly managed forest under the prestigious Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard, based on an independent assessment conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS). Under a unique, collaborative management enterprise, timber management and harvesting, beekeeping, and cattle production are flourishing side-by-side to support local communities, ecosystems and biodiversity.

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Liberals pledge to log World Heritage forests (& video)

ABC News, Australia
September 11, 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. State Liberal leader Will Hodgman says he would send the state-owned timber company in to the de-listed World Heritage areas to access specialty timbers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Costa Rica Pioneers Sale of Forestry Carbon Credits

Infozine.com
September 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Government of Costa Rica and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility signed a Letter of Intent to negotiate an Emission Reductions Payment Agreement worth up to $63 million. This would make Costa Rica the first country in the world to access large-scale performance-based payments for conserving its forests, regenerating degraded lands, and scaling up agro-forestry systems for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.  The signing ceremony of the Letter of Intent was presided by Laura
Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, and Fabrizio Zarcone, World Bank
Representative for Costa Rica.

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General

Province went over budget fighting summer forest fires

September 11, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The province says it spent more money than it budgeted to fight forest fires this summer, and that’s partly to blame for BC’s shrinking budget surplus. They overspent by $71-million, even though this season wasn’t considered to be worse than average. This year $63-million was budgeted and $125-million was spent, according to the BC Forest Service. The numbers were similar for 2012?s forest fire season. NDP House Leader John Horgan argues the Liberals wanted to give the impression of a balance so badly.

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