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Daily Archives: September 19, 2013

Business & Politics

Trimble to Acquire the Assets of Asset Forestry Limited to Extend its Logistics Capabilities

PR Newswire
September 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

SUNNYVALE, Calif., — Trimble (TRMB) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of privately-held Asset Forestry Limited (Asset), a provider of forestry logistics software and services. The addition of Asset’s software and domain experience extends Trimble’s portfolio of forestry logistics and optimization solutions, already in use in North America and Europe. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of September 2013.

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Chinese Hardwood Plywood Makers Guilty of Dumping

Woodworking Network
September 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Chinese hardwood plywood has been given affirmative final determinations by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) in its antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations. On Tuesday the DOC announced findings that show imports of hardwood and decorative plywood from China were sold in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 55.76 percent to 121.65 percent. It also determined that all but three companies received countervailing subsidies, ranging from 13.58 percent to 27.16 percent.

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Wisconsin wood quarantine could hurt Minnesota timber industry

Timber mills can’t get wood from Wisconsin
Associated Press
September 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn — The discovery of the emerald ash borer in northwestern Wisconsin has led to a quarantine on transporting wood that could become an issue for Minnesota mills. A Minnesota Public Radio report says the quarantine prohibited moving firewood from outside of Wisconsin’s Douglas County. But it’s also kept the region’s timber industry from transporting unprocessed ash trees. Jon Harris of the county’s forestry department says loggers and mills alike will feel a level of pain from the quarantine.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood WORKS! BC presents 2013 Community Recognition Awards at UBCM Convention

CNW
September 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A passion and appreciation for wood use in the building and design of local government projects was celebrated today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Vancouver, as Wood WORKS! BC recognized winners of the 2013 Community Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to local governments that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

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Forestry

B.C.’s big strengths: Forests, youth

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

… Like stone soup, economies are made from a wide range of ingredients and are more successful when everyone contributes and when everyone has a place at the table. Many experts call B.C.’s current economy a weak broth. The U.S., which buys many of our exports, is showing signs of recovery, but government spending there is tapering off. In the wider world, the European Union goes through one near-death experience after another, and rates of growth in China, Taiwan and South Korea have declined.

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Canfor on National Forest Week

Letter by Don Kayne, President and CEO of Canfor
Northest News
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

September 22 to September 28th is National Forest Week in Canada. It can be easy to take our vast natural resources for granted, but our forests provide us with security and sustainability unmatched anywhere else on Earth. As one of the world’s largest forest products manufacturers, our company’s current and future success depends on sound forest management, and National Forest Week is a great opportunity to reflect on how we all rely and benefit from our vast forest resources.

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Input invited on Cassiar Timber Supply Area review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until Nov. 18, 2013, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Cassiar Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut. The current allowable annual cut is 305,000 cubic metres. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Cassiar Timber Supply Area. It also provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base case harvest forecast.

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Truck wash won’t get public money

Cowichan News Leader
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If a solution to Youbou’s dust problem is coming, it won’t be from a private truck wash partially paid for from public money. At the urging of Youbou Director Pat Weaver, the CVRD decided last week to rescind a plan to spend $5,000 from a public Youbou environmental fund to help TimberWest build a truck wash. At a board meeting on Sept 11, she urged fellow directors to write to the B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry asking it to deal with the problem of dirt and dust from logging trucks driving through the community.

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Hewers of wood no more

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

CT scanners and laser arrays that feed data to banks of computers are the latest tools used by the forest industry in the battle to eke value out of Interior timber. SIDE VIEWS: The three images below show left-side, right-side and bottom views of the same log, indicating the boards that can be cut from those squared surfaces. The left-side image shows a 14-foot board, depicted in yellow, can be cut, but it will have ‘wane’ (areas where there is no wood, shown in brown).

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The Journey of a Log — Day 5: The new face of forestry is young, committed and socially conscious

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL — You could say forest technologist Jean Christie is the new face of forestry in British Columbia. She is young, committed to change, and maintains a deep social ethic that links her work to her ideals about stewardship of the land. She works in the silviculture section on West Fraser’s forestry staff in the Cariboo city of Quesnel. “I may not change the world, but I think I can make a difference at the community level, and that’s how I want to spend my life. I think that’s important,” she says from her desk at West Fraser’s Quesnel head office.

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Endangered sage grouse to be protected by emergency order

Unprecedented move comes after environmental groups sue federal government
CBC News
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the first time, Environment Canada will issue an emergency order to protect an endangered species, a rare Prairie bird called the greater sage grouse. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that the order will be issued in the coming months and will impose restrictions to protect the habitat of the sage grouse on provincial and Crown lands in Alberta and Saskatchewan. According to Environment Canada, fewer than 150 of the birds remain in the two Canadian provinces where they are found, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the bird’s population has fallen 98 per cent since 1988.

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Coulson Group begins fighting fires in United States with its new air tanker

Alberni Valley Times
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the Coulson Group’s loss of its provincial contract in B.C., the local conglomerate will still be fighting fires from above in the Unites States. This contract, however, will be used with the Coulsons’ newly acquired Hercules C-130Q bomber, not the Martin Mars. The C-130Q, which the company calls a “next generation air tanker,” has been approved by the United States Forests Service and has been dispatched for wildfire duty, according to a media release. Its first base of operation is in San Bernardino, Calif.

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Experimental forests planted to try to lessen toll from wildfires

NBC News
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Experimental forests that have been groomed to slow wildfires could reduce the frequency of catastrophic fires in the future, researchers say. The decade-long project to slow and contain forest fires could become a blueprint for fire management across California. The project, which was developed in an experimental forest at the University of California at Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station near Lake Tahoe in California, creates pockets of thinner trees in areas where the fire risk is high, while still leaving pockets of dense growth for wildlife habitat.

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White House threatens veto on Oregon lands bill

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

GRANTS PASS, OR — The White House is threatening to veto a bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for timber counties in Oregon. The Statement of Administration Policy issued Wednesday by the Office of Management and Budget says if the bill were presented to President Obama, his senior advisers would recommend a veto. The bill includes a provision developed by members of the Oregon delegation to turn over half the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon to a state-appointed trust that would manage them for timber production.

Obama threatens to veto House forestry measure that would help O&C counties from Statesman Journal
White House threatens veto of bill to increase Oregon federal timber harvests from the The Oregonian
Counties, Conservationists Gird for House Vote on Timber Bill from The Roseburg News Review

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Nearly 40 percent of Rim Fire land a moonscape

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

A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park has left a contiguous barren moonscape in the Sierra Nevada mountains that experts say is larger than any burned in centuries. The fire has consumed about 400 square miles, and within that footprint are a solid 60 square miles that burned so intensely that everything is dead, researchers said. “In other words, it’s nuked,” said Jay Miller, senior wildland fire ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Retired forester takes on environmentalist over O&C timber lands

by Ed Kupillas
Statesman Journal
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In his Sept. 1 guest opinion, George Sexton argues that managed private forests are somehow more vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire than unmanaged federal forest lands. His opinion comes at an interesting time, especially as wildfires consume millions of acres of unmanaged federal forests across the West. His opinion ignores recent history in Southern Oregon, where wildfires have destroyed wilderness areas and other dense and overstocked forests. Sexton must recognize that opposition to active forest management is widely unpopular as our forests burn, our counties go bankrupt and our friends and neighbors remain out of work.

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SFI Forest Partners Program and American Tree Farm System Grow Certification in South Carolina

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI®) Forest PartnersSM Program, 103,000 acres of land owned by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and Clemson University were recently certified to the SFI and American Tree Farm System® standards. The five South Carolina state forests underwent a simultaneous independent audit to certify to both the ATFS and SFI standards and Clemson University Forests, which have been ATFS certified since 1987, became SFI certified.

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More forest biodiversity for less money?

Phys.org
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Increasing the visibility over decisions relevant to preserving forests can improve the ability to get the right mix of economic instruments used for forest conservation policy. But change is slow. Making decisions related to forest conservation is no mean feat. Particularly, when a cost/benefit analysis is combined with integrating social and institutional impact at local and national scale. This challenge is even more complicated when taking into account the EU’s latest funding strategy outlined in its framework programme, Horizon 2020.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Concerted effort on innovation key to Alberta’s energy, forestry success

Advancements in bio-economy require looking at new opportunities across all sectors
Canadian Manufacturing
September 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY—Integration between Alberta’s energy sector and its agriculture and forestry industries could have major economic benefits while boosting environmental sustainability, according to a provincial research agency. That message of joining forces was delivered during the 2013 Agriculture Biotechnology International Conference in Calgary, according to conference co-host Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (Al Bio).

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Grand Marais sees fuel source in overgrown forest

The Cook County Local Energy Project wants to harness the energy of unwanted trees and use it to heat buildings in Grand Marais.
Duluth News Tribune
September 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GRAND MARAIS — After the Ham Lake fire burned more than 100 buildings along the Gunflint Trail in 2007, many Cook County residents looked differently at the lush pine forest surrounding their homes. All those beautiful trees posed a very real wildfire hazard. Homeowners began thinning thousands of trees, adopting a strategy known as “firewise.” They hauled the trees and brush to gravel pits and burned them. “It’s just a lot of material going up in smoke,” Lutsen resident Paul Nelson said as he gestured to a slash pile near Devil Track Lake outside town, easily 25 feet tall and more than 100 feet across.

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How one group of plants help regrow an entire forest

Tehran Times
September 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A team of researchers report in Nature that legumes, which fix atmospheric nitrogen into a useable form for other plants, grow faster than other trees in the earliest phase of a forest’s re-growth. The find highlights the pivotal role that just one group of plants – in collaboration with some useful bacteria – plays in growing up an entire forest that, as a carbon dioxide absorber, ultimately becomes the entire planet’s ally against global warming.

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Forestry credits plunge under National – Mackey

Yahoo News
September 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A report out today shows just 2 percent of units surrendered under the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2012 were forestry credits, down from 64 per cent two years ago, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. “This is around a tenth of the number of forestry credits surrendered in 2010 and is further proof the flood of cheap international units (ERUs) is undermining our carbon forestry sector. The ETS 2012 Factsheet confirms the surrender of ERUs has leapt from zero in 2010 to 70 percent of all units surrendered last year.

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