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Daily Archives: September 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Manufacturing sales up almost 2% in July

The Canadian Press
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 1.7 per cent to $49.5 billion in July — far better than analysts had expected, with Ontario showing the biggest monthly gain since mid-2012. The federal agency says gains were recorded in 15 of 21 industries and six of Canada’s provinces. The agency says sales of durable goods rose 2.1 per cent to $24.8 billion. mostly due to higher sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal product, and wood product industries.

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Investing in Our Future – Communities and Coastal Forestry

Coast Forest Products Association
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The theme of this year’s UBCM Convention is “navigating the local landscape.” Certainly our landscape in British Columbia’s coastal forest sector has changed dramatically over the years. This has had direct effects on the lives of people in towns and cities all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and north to Haida Gwaii. The relationship that we have today with these communities is of key importance in fostering understanding and collaboration so we can grow and benefit from new opportunities together. People have relied on coastal forestry as a major economic driver and as a way of life for well over a century.

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IP plans to modernize mill in Georgia

Pulp and Paper News
September 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority (Georgia, USA) has approved a resolution whereby International Paper, after filing for taxable revenue bonds, indicated that it would like to modernize its containerboard mill in Rome, Georgia. Specific details about upgrades for the mill have not been disclosed. The Rome mill produces about 850,000 tons per year of containerboard and was previously owned by Temple-Inland until IP acquired the company in early-2012.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood is being fabricated in Penticton (Radio)

Daybreak North
September 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Architect Michael Green speaks with Betsy Trumpener about where the Wood Innovation and Design Centre building process is.

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New Brunswick-based company to open wood treatment plant in province

The Western Star
September 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A New Brunswick company is now diversifying the forestry industry on the east coast. David Harris, vice-president of sales and marketing for Marwood Ltd. — which has been in the lumber treating business since the 1960s in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — was in attendance at the Canadian Institute of Forestry conference Tuesday afternoon at the Pepsi Centre Studio to talk about his new treatment plant to the province. …The plant in Jamestown had run tests in August and plans to begin a full line of operation in October. Marwood is optimistic about the prospects which the province has to offer to the exporting market.

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Forestry

Forest industry offers Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth

The Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is opening nominations for its annual Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth, as part of its effort to attract more Aboriginal workers to the forest sector. The award will honour a First Nations, Metis or Inuit individual with strong academic standing who is committed to their field of study and to a career in the dynamic forest sector. The $2,500 award is targeted at youth from 18 to 25 who are now enrolled in an apprenticeship program, in college or in university.

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The Journey of a Log — Day 4: Science turns dead pine into valuable lumber (Video)

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL — At West Fraser’s modern Quesnel sawmill, sophisticated computer technology has turned the legacy of the worst mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia’s history into commercially viable lumber, a feat that is keeping the forest industry competitive despite its reliance on twisted, cracked and dead pine trees. “Technology is what has allowed us to survive. This is what has given B.C. mills the advantage,” said mill manager D’Arcy Henderson…

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Mars bombers have value to B.C.

Letter by Bruce E. Hornidge
Victoria Times Colonist
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The grounding of the Mars water bomber is an emotional pinch for the people of Port Alberni. In 1967, I was a 19-year-old logger fighting the Taylor River forest fire when both bombers flew right over our heads at the 3,500-foot level on a hillside above Sproat Lake. The ground shook as they dumped their water load and went off to scoop more water from the lake. They were massive, powerful, impressive and needed.

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Three-way contract results in big award

Nanaimo Daily News
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An agreement signed six months ago that will utilize about 450 dump truck loads of biosolids annually from liquid waste treatment plants in Nanaimo and French Creek has been recognized with an award. The three-way contract between the Regional District of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University and SYLVIS Environmental allows all biosolids from the RDN to be trucked to VIU’s 1,700 hectare forest woodlot, where it is used as fertilizer and has already increased tree growth by up to 400 per cent. The project won the 2013 Excellence in Management of Biosolids Award at a Northwest Biosolids Management Association conference in Chelan, Wash. on Sept. 9.

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Board to audit Mackenzie Fibre Management Corporation

BC Forest Practices Board
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forestry activities of Mackenzie Fibre Management Corporation, near the Town of Mackenzie, during the week of Sept. 23, 2013. The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction, maintenance, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning activities carried out since September 2011, for compliance with forest practices legislation. Mackenzie Fibre Management’s operations are on the southwest side of Williston Lake.

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Prepping for pine beetles’ eastern advancement

September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In British Columbia, the beetles killed an estimated 700 million cubic metres of lodgepole pine trees between 1998 and 2011. “That’s, in itself, reason to be concerned for us,” entomologist Rory McIntosh said on Tuesday. Invited to speak at the Prince Albert Model Forest’s monthly board meeting, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment insect and disease expert’s presentation came with optimistic overtones. B.C. houses forests full of lodgepole pine trees killed by the beetle — at that point, a lost cause, McIntosh said.

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Innovative forestry creating excitement for the future:?Taylor

The Western Star
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry, one of the staple industries of Newfoundland and Labrador throughout its history, still exists as a vast resource. What has changed is what is happening within that industry. Paper mills have closed and saw mills are dwindling. The industry is left suffering. Jim Taylor, chair of the Newfoundland chapter of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, said that is the reality they are facing. However, it is leading to a change. …This province is in the very early stages when it comes to tapping into
new products and services with this vast resource, he admitted. With a
lot less wood being cut, more dies naturally without the full
realization of its value.

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UM College of Forestry, alumni to mark school’s centennial

The Missoulian
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If not for forests and wildlife, what would we in western Montana have to argue about? OK, we’d find something. But if you’re looking for a tie that binds, it’s hard to beat the vast landscape of trees and critters and debates over what to do with them. One hundred years ago, those discussions congealed into a new forestry school on the campus of what was then Montana State University in Missoula, one of the first such schools in the nation. The U.S. Forest Service, with millions of acres in Montana and a regional office in Missoula, had been established in 1905.

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Wash. lumber company fined after worker injured

Associated Press
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TUMWATER, Wash. — State regulators have fined a south-central Washington lumber company more than $244,000 for dozens of safety and health violations after a worker got caught in machinery and was seriously hurt. The SDS Lumber Co. of Bingen has appealed the citations from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. The agency said Tuesday that a lack of training and proper safety procedures left a plywood plant worker with severe injuries last March when his arms became entangled in machinery while trying to clear a jam.

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Logging helicopter pilot killed in Oregon crash appeared on TV show ‘Axe Men’

Associated Press
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. – A pilot killed this week when his helicopter crashed while attempting to lift logs in an Oregon forest has been identified as a former cast member of the History Channel series “Ax Men.”  Portland TV station KPTV reports William Bart Colantuono (cal-uhn-TWAWN’-oh) appeared in season three of the show. Producers issued a statement of condolences to the family and friends of the 54-year-old from Indialantic, Fla.

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A destructive forest pest has a positive impact for tree harvesters

NNCNOW.com
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The single most destructive forest pest in North America is now living in Superior. The Emerald Ash Borer, which kills trees by feeding on their nutrients, has the capability to take down entire forests, but some tree harvesters say the insect is having a positive impact, at least on their business. This destructive insect tunnels its way into ashwood and feeds on the nutrients. “As an industry, we’re concerned about any invasive species that could come and affect forest health,” said Minnesota Timber Producers spokesman, Ray Higgins. 

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CBO confirms House forestry bill would increase logging

Statesman Journal
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – The fiscal scorekeeper for Congress said Tuesday that a House forestry bill that contains O&C language pushed by three Oregon lawmakers would “substantially increase” logging on federal lands. The Congressional Budget Office also said tax savings would be negligible over the next five years if the bill sponsored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., becomes law this year. That’s largely because revenue from ramped-up timber sales would be offset by the loss of 1.4 million acres from the Bureau of Land Management’s portfolio, CBO said.

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Poll: Support for ash insecticide, not chainsaws

StarTribune
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A poll paid for by a company that’s been injecting ash trees with an insecticide in Milwaukee and in a few experimental locations in Minneapolis has apparently found strong support for the strategy in Minneapolis. That would appear to contradict the Minneapolis Park and Recreation board, which has embarked on a long term policy of removing and replacing the city’s 40,000 ash trees, which face a mortal threat from the invasive emerald ash borer.

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High School Students Discover the Forest

USDA Blog
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When you invite high school students into the woods, you set the stage for wonder, excitement and endless questions. Organizers for “Discover the Forest,” a new venture sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Maine, also hope that, in addition to learning about the forest, participants will discover career opportunities and set the stage for a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the future. In July, 19 students from Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island participated in the week-long “Discover the Forest” camp, the first forestry camp for high school students at the University of Maine.

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Heavily logged forests still valuable for tropical wildlife

Phys.org
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

According to principal investigators, Dr Matthew Struebig and Anthony Turner from the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology (DICE), these findings challenge a long-held belief that there is limited, if any, value of heavily logged forests for conservation. The research, which monitored bats as an indicator for environmental change on Borneo, is the first of its kind to have wildlife in forests logged more than two times. The findings are particularly important because across the tropics forest that has been intensively harvested is frequently targeted for conversion to agriculture and is perceived to hold little value for timber, carbon or biodiversity.

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Global forestry champions at Timber Expo

Furniture & Joinery Production
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Need to know about the EUTR and how PEFC can help? PEFC UK alongside the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) will be available at Timber Expo 2013, 24-25th September to promote and educate visitors on a wide range of issues surrounding the supply of legal and sustainable timber into the UK market. Joining PEFC on stand E1, SFI and MTCC will be promoting the benefits of using certified timber and developing an inclusive forest products and timber procurement policy that specifies legal and sustainable timber.

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Liberia takes steps to revoke logging permits that claimed 40 per cent of country’s forests

The Associated Press
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MONROVIA, Liberia – Liberia has begun the process of revoking timber permits that were allocated inappropriately over a two-year period, allowing logging companies to claim 40 per cent of the country’s forests, the head of the Forestry Development Authority said Tuesday. The holders of 17 so-called Private Use Permits, or PUPs, have been told their permits will be reviewed, Harrison Karnweah said, adding that “more will come.”

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Larch tree disease’s Dumfries and Galloway impact ‘huge’

BBC News
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Visitors have been urged to take extra care in woodlands in the south west after a tree disease which kills larches prompts more felling activity. Phytophthora ramorum was first found in Dumfries and Galloway in 2010 but is now widespread in the region. Forestry Commission Scotland said the impact at the Galloway Forest Park was particularly stark. It said the only way to tackle the disease was to fell infected trees and those nearby over the next few years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

North American Wood Pellet Exports Reached a New Record of over One Million Tons in First Month of 2013

S.C. Teatro Naturale
September 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent – the US South and British Columbia – showed no signs of slowing in early 2013, with the rate of growth likely to accelerate in the second half of the year. In the US South, pellet export volumes to Europe resumed their double-digit growth after a brief pause in the 4Q/12. Export volumes, based on information from industry sources as well as trade data in Europe and North America, showed exports in excess of 1.7 million tons in 2012, as reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review (www.woodprices.com).

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Biofuel pilot plant planned for site of former Bowater Mersey mill

Daily News
September 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A pilot project to convert wood into biofuels has plans to be operational by next February after getting loans from the province of Nova Scotia. The Chronicle Herald reported Aug. 30 that Cellufuel Inc. is receiving a $1.5-million loan to help build its demonstration project at the site of the former Bowater Mersey mill in Brooklyn, N.S. The $4-million plant is part of a bioenergy and forestry innovation centre. Cellufuel president Chris Hooper told the newspaper the company has secured the remaining $2.5 million needed for the pilot project from private investors.

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A New Deal for Carbon Raises Hopes for Threatened Forests in Madagascar

Time
September 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An island that broke up from the Indian subcontinent tens of millions of years ago, Madagascar may be the most unique place on the planet, home to rainforests and deserts and beaches, as well as countless species found only within its borders. It’s also one of the most endangered places on the planet. Deforestation has ravaged much of Madagascar, as trees have been cut down to support slash-and-burn agriculture.

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Climate change guidelines for forest managers

Impact of climate change on forests requires early action
Food and Agriculture Organization
September 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world’s forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest managers. Early action will also help to improve the livelihoods and food security of local communities. Decreased forest ecosystem services, especially water-cycle regulation, soil protection and the conservation of biodiversity, may affect millions of people in rural areas, who use forests for food, fuel, timber, medicines and income.

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General

Prepping for pine beetles’ eastern advancement

September 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

In British Columbia, the beetles killed an estimated 700 million cubic metres of lodgepole pine trees between 1998 and 2011. “That’s, in itself, reason to be concerned for us,” entomologist Rory McIntosh said on Tuesday. Invited to speak at the Prince Albert Model Forest’s monthly board meeting, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment insect and disease expert’s presentation came with optimistic overtones. B.C. houses forests full of lodgepole pine trees killed by the beetle — at that point, a lost cause, McIntosh said.

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