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Daily Archives: September 13, 2013

Business & Politics

Metro housing market depends on strong resource economy

Vancouver Sun
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is a political conversation that currently exists among local government, and some provincial politicians, on the direction of British Columbia’s future economic growth. In this conversation, the importance of resource industries is often neglected in favour of what is viewed as the more “sustainable” industries such as tourism, film and hightech. While each of these industries are exceptionally important, this political favouritism tends to ignore the continued social and economic importance of more “traditional” industries….Or that the mining and forestry industries contribute another combined $8.5 billion in GDP annually.

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Terrace, BC log yard blockaded again

Terrace Standard
September 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

FOR the second time this year, a roadblock has been set up at the YaoRun Wood Ltd. log yard on Keith Ave. by a local company saying it hasn’t been paid for work performed. “I’m getting tired of waiting for my money,” says Vic McPherson of McPherson Trucking who placed a vehicle across one entrance to the yard on Keith Ave. “I said until I get paid I’m just going to shut this thing down. I’m just a little contractor, I can’t afford to let these guys play games like that.”

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Forestry

Calling all schools! Enter “fir” your chance to “spruce” up your schoolyard

from Majesta, Focus on Forests and Tree Canada
Canada Newswire press release
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

DIEPPE, NB – With Canadian kids spending an average of nearly eight hours per day in front of a screen1, getting them outside can be tough. To help get kids excited about learning and being outdoors, the MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge Competition is back for its fourth year. From now until January 20, 2014, Canadian schools can enter for their chance to win an outdoor classroom valued at $20,000. Canadian schools interested in the competition can apply online at majestatreesofknowledge.ca.

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‘Community-friendly forestry’ the focus of woodlot foresters

Campbell River Mirror
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Woodlot licensees and owners from around the province will be holding their annual general meeting Sept. 19-22, on Quadra Island and in Campbell River. The North Island Woodlot Association is host to this three-day meeting where they will showcase “Woodlots – The Island Way – Community Friendly Forestry” through workshops, meetings and fieldtrips on Quadra Island. Woodlotters include private forest land owners, called woodlot owners and Woodlot Licencees, managers of an alternative tenure to managing Crown forest lands in the province.

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Controlled Vernon burn starts today

Vernon Morning Star
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Don’t be alarmed if you see smoke east of Vernon over the next month-and-a-half. A prescribed burning program is being planned in the South Fork area east of Vernon, starting Friday until Oct. 30, weather conditions permitting. The controlled burn will assist with ecosystem restoration and will occur in several phases during the period. The burn will be conducted by Wildfire Management Branch crews and Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District staff.

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Vladimir Krajina, The Father of Canadian Ecological Reserves and Czekoslovakian Hero, to be celebrated at Comox Valley Nature

Comox Valley Echo
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada owes a tremendous debt to its many refugees. Dr. Vladimir Krajina was a committed believer in democracy and eminent botanist who found refuge in 1949 in UBC’s School of Forestry, when, as the secretary-general of the democratic government he fled the communist takeover of his country of origin. Professionally, as an eminent Canadian botanist, Krajina was the first to classify and map our ecosystems. …His work was instrumental in redefining BC’s forest practices. However, his single greatest contribution to his new country was the development of legislation to save pristine and botanically important areas of British Columbia.

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No money for truck wash: CVRD

Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will not be spending Youbou’s nature and habitat money on a commercial truck wash after all. On Wednesday night, after significant pushback from the community, Youbou/Meade Creek Dir. Pat Weaver urged her fellow directors to abandon the plan she had pitched just a few months back. Weaver said when she was elected almost two years ago there was a pressing issue in her community needing to be addressed. For upwards of eight years, Youbou residents have been choking on the dust and dirt kicked up by commercial logging trucks as they leave the forest and travel out of town along Youbou Road.

Click here to view another letter to the editor on this topic

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Duhamel Creek training ‘unfortunate,’ says ministry

Nelson Star
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests is calling Duhamel Creek resident’s need to resort to direct action “unfortunate.” Some members of the community attended a workshop on the weekend that was held to provide non-violent strategies to those intending to continue pressure aimed at stopping logging in their watershed. “It’s unfortunate that some local residents feel the need that they need to resort to direct action,” said ministry spokesperson Brennan Clarke. …Clarke explains Kalesnikoff Lumber’s plans in the Duhamel Creek area
recognize both water quality and soil stability objectives for
operations.

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Bomber a heroic giant

Coulson upset over decision to eliminate Mars contract
Alberni Valley Times
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently announced it was moving away from the Martin Mars for its firefighting tactics. . ..In an exclusive interview with the Alberni Valley Times, forests minister Steve Thomson said it was a tough decision to make, but one that had to be made. …The other approach he is talking about is with a group of four “turbine multi-aircraft water tankers” for the 2014 season …Thomson also said there is no backroom deal with Conair, a company that Coulson has said is the government’s largest supplier.

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Logging plea just more spin

Letter by Louise Taylor
Whistler Question
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jonathan Lok’s spin on the forestry sector is the standard drivel that British Columbians have come to expect from industry (Re: “Sustainable Wood,” Aug. 29). He is the President of the Society of Consulting Foresters after all. Whistler residents should be applauded for scrutinizing how their community forest is managed. They, like many British Columbians, know that B.C. forests continue to be managed in an unsustainable and primitive manner.

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Winnipeg climbing list to be ‘City of Elms’

City forester estimates Winnipeg has 140,000 elms
CBC News
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s only half done, but the City of Winnipeg says the number of elms counted since a recent inventory began puts the city on track to be North America’s leader in elm trees. City forester Martha Barwinsky said crews started in May counting elms on private property. So far they have covered only the northern half of the city, but the numbers are already suprising.

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“The State and Future of U.S. Forestry and the Forest Industry” Report Released

U.S.Endowment for Forestry and Communities
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

While raging wildfires in the western U.S. dominate the evening news and disrupt the daily routines of tens of thousands of Americans, a new report points to the need for more and better markets for low-value, dead, and dying wood as one of the only practical options for improving the health—and fire resiliency—of these forests. This issue and many others are explored in a report released today by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment).

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NIST, Forest Service: Wildfire risk ratings were useful

Fierce Homeland Security
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A rating system that assesses the risk that structures face from wildfires generally proved to be accurate, according to a report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Forest Service that examined a major California wildfire from 2007. That finding led the agencies to conclude that it’s more effective to combat fires in areas with structures that are at low risk. “Our data show that it’s probably best to fight fires in low-exposure areas because there’s a greater chance that they can be suppressed and with less danger to the crews,” says the report’s author, Alexander Maranghides, in a press release Sept. 3.

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Dahle forestry bill passes

Record Searchlight
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Huh. Assemblyman Brian Dahle announced just two days ago that he was introducing amendments to a bill that would expand legal exemptions to speed forest thinning projects aimed at curbing wildfire risk — primarily (and most controversially) by increasing the maximum size of trees that can be cut from 18 inches to 24 inches. Because his announcement specifically mentioned that “additional forest policy discussions must occur in the next session of the legislature to solve this problem,” and because I’m the furthest thing from an expert on legislative inside baseball, it didn’t really occur to me that the bill was aimed for passage before the session’s end this week.

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Elliott State Forest timber sale won’t benefit public

Letter by Lionel Youst
Statesman Journal
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With grave concern, I read of a proposal to sell 2,714 acres of Elliott State Forest land because timber sales are temporarily held up in court. As an adjacent landowner to the Elliott State Forest, I have strong opinions on the matter. The timber industry has long wanted to convert this public forest to private ownership. …If the land is sold, it will provide employment for a few loggers for a few weeks or months. After that, the public will never receive another dime from it, nor will there be jobs there.

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Wildfires and Pine Beetles

Sun Times
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dear Darryl: Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest costing billions are related to millions of acres of dead pines killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Foresters are taught to control the Pine Beetle by aerial spraying insecticides during winter breeding which hasn’t been done because of costs of aerial spraying administered by myopic bureaucrats trying to save money in the short run but costing exponentially more in millions of dollars more for suppression in the long run.

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Watershed protection goal of USDA, Coca-Cola pact

Associated Press
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola on Friday will sign a five-year agreement to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands. Such efforts are increasingly important to corporations and farmers who rely on water and to tens of millions of people whose drinking water originates in the national forest system, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. But federal budget cuts and the wide scope of the problem have the USDA turning to partnerships with nonprofit groups and corporations for help.

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Forest Service to make announcement on contract for massive Arizona thinning project

Associated Press
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — The U.S. Forest Service has planned an announcement Friday on the contract for a massive project aimed at restoring areas along the Mogollon Rim to a natural fire regime, reducing wildfire threats and creating forest industries. …The Forest Service has acknowledged the project is behind schedule because of a lack of manufacturing capacity. The original proposal called for 10,000 acres to be covered in fiscal year 2012. So far, only one task order for about 1,000 acres in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest has been issued.

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Forestry companies want to salvage timber

Radio New Zealand
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry companies say they are looking to recover as much timber as possible from plantations left in tatters from this week’s violent wind storms. The worst damage has occured in the wider Canterbury region, where shelter belts have been flattened and large areas of commercial plantation ruined. Forestry companies expect losses to be high . Blakely Pacific South Island regional manager Andrew Cocking said that companies are they’re surveying the damage before starting clean up and wood salvaging operations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood pellet plant sparks worries, accolades

Salmon Arm Observer
September 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A proposed wood pellet plant hopes to pick up what Domtar left behind, but many Chase residents are concerned. The Chase Community Hall was filled Tuesday afternoon, as residents gathered to hear information about Pinnacle and its proposed wood pellet mill. Leroy Reitsma, president and co-owner, said the new plant, at the old mill site on Aylmer, would run off material left after Domtar shut down, including sawdust and shavings from the Adams Lake Mill.

Proposed Chase pellet plant draws receptive crowd from The Kamloops Daily News

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Biomass road map intended to spur development

Northern Ontario Business
September 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Ontario’s bioeconomy is not necessarily stalled but it’s certainly going “up hill,” said a policy and expert in wood energy and biofuels. Queen’s University geography professor Warren Mabee distinctly remembers attended a 2009 conference in North Bay where the northeast was being hailed as “the Saudi Arabia of biomass.” About 400 delegates attending the two-day event at Nipissing University to hear presentations from industry, government, and academics like Mabee talk about Ontario’s great green potential.

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Our Forests and Climate Change

USDA Blog
September 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Americans know the importance of forests to our communities and our economy. They provide jobs and recreational opportunities, filter our air and water, and make up essential habitat for wildlife and natural resources. But increasingly, we’re also recognizing that forests play an important role in mitigating climate change. Recently, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change on our communities and economy, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.

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EIA STEO updates wood, waste biomass consumption estimates

Biomass Magazine
September 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for generation of electricity from wood biomass and waste biomass fuel sources… Wood biomass is expected to generate an average of 105,000 MWh of electricity per day in 2013, up from 103,000 MWh per day across all sectors. In 2014, the use of wood is expected to increase, resulting in 110,000 MWh per day of electricity generation.

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