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Daily Archives: September 20, 2013

Business & Politics

Canada’s forest products meet the world’s needs

By Don Kayne: Third-party certification provides evidence that forests, mills are well-managed
Vancouver Sun
September 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It is so easy to take our vast natural resources for granted. At Canfor we appreciate National Forest Week — Sept. 22 to 28 — because it gives us a chance to pause and reflect on the many benefits we receive from our vast forest resources. Every year, National Forest Week reminds us how much we all rely on our forests. Canfor is one of the world’s largest forest products manufacturers, and we know our company’s current and future success depends on our commitment to managing forests sustainably.

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Canfor, union talks reach impasse

Prince George Citizen
September 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Employees at two Canfor mills were set to go on strike Sunday but a cooling off period has been ordered instead. Talks broke down Thursday between Canfor and the United Steelworkers (USW). The two sides have been in active negotiations since June on a new contract for sawmill employees in the B.C. Interior. “We were making good progress. We were down to the monetary issues, then as of this morning we reached an impasse,” said Onkar Athwal, Canfor’s vice-president of Human Resources on Thursday. Attempts to reach USW officials were not successful by deadline.

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Historic Vancouver Island land deal prompts human rights claim

Victoria Times Colonist
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a group of Island First Nations awaits a landmark ruling from an international human rights body, their chief negotiator is taking the opportunity to reach out to the public about how international law could bridge an important gap in land disputes. …In a deal to promote development on the Island, the federal and
provincial governments included about 109,000 hectares of traditional
First Nations land in a parcel granted to coal baron Robert Dunsmuir for
a railway in 1867. This became the E&N Railway. …The land is now owned by three major logging companies — Hancock Timber
Resource Group, TimberWest Forest Corporation and Island Timberlands.

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Turmoil in the Middle East creates a lumber buying buffet for China

Forest Business Network
September 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Traditionally one of the main shipping destinations for Russian and European low grade lumber, Egypt’s Arab Spring, and the subsequent turmoil and chaos that have affected the country, has reduced lumber imports into the port of Alexandria to less than a third of what they were only a few years ago. Syria was also a major destination for low grade lumber until the current civil war overtook the country. Can you imagine going into a bank in Damascus or Alexandria and asking for a loan to buy lumber? It just isn’t happening. A tremendous amount of commerce is being put on hold in that entire region because of uncertainty and fear.

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John Gordon and Sons sawmill in Nairn badly damaged by blaze

BBC News
September 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A sawmill in Nairn has been badly damaged by fire. The blaze broke out at John Gordon and Sons sawmill on Balblair Road at 18:45 on Thursday. No-one was injured. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said 30% of the building was damaged by the fire, as well as various machinery, and half of it was affected by smoke. Six fire appliances were at the scene at the height of the blaze and firefighters had it under control by about 21:00. The sawmill is one of Nairn’s biggest private employers and has been operating for more than 100 years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC Construction Moves To Next Phase

250 News
September 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The footings are in, the services in place, the concrete pad has cured, and now the arrival of a crane, all point to one thing, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre at 5th and George Street in Prince George, will soon start to take shape. The 6 storey, $25 million dollar facility is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

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Visit to the Zellstoff Celgar kraft pulp mill by PPC researchers

UBC Pulp and Paper Centre
September 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

This September, eleven researchers from the Pulp and Paper Centre took a road trip to the beautiful Kootenay region of British Columbia. The destination was one of the largest and most modern single line kraft pulp mills in North America, the Zellstoff Celgar mill in Castlegar, B.C. Celgar is one of three mills operated by the Mercer International Group, which is the world’s 2nd largest producer of NBSK pulp. After being engaged in research collaborations with Celgar over several months, PPC researchers jumped at the opportunity to see the mill in action and a mill tour was organized.

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Science rediscovers the oldest building product on the planet

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

New technology allows logging companies to work more quickly and efficiently. To hear Peter Lister talk about nano filaments and elemental components, it’s hard to grasp that he is actually discussing something as commonplace as a two-by-four.  But the lowly two-by-four is undergoing a renaissance. Lister, a vice-president of research at FPInnovations, is at the forefront of that renaissance. He’s one of 550 people at the wood-products research firm across Canada who are breaking new ground in how wood is used. It is Canada’s largest forestry laboratory.

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Ripple table: world’s lightest timber table by benjamin hubert

Design Boom
September 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Developed in collaboration with canadian manufacturer corelam, london-based designer benjamin hubert has created the world’s lightest timber table. due to unveil at the aram store during london design festival, ‘ripple’, spans 2.5m x 1m and weighs just 9 kilograms. because of the processes involved in producing the corrugated medium – 3-ply 0.8mm birch aircraft plywood – the laminated construction is made using 70-80% less material than a standard timber table, and because of its low weight, can also be easily assembled by a single person. 

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Forestry

One log, many uses

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Drive to cut sawmill waste to zero creates vibrant byproducts industries. There used to be an aphorism in British Columbia that the obnoxious smell of a pulp mill should be tolerated because it is the smell of money. That was when even forest companies considered anything that wasn’t used for lumber or pulp was a waste product. Today, at Cariboo Pulp & Paper, a northern bleached softwood kraft mill operated by West Fraser at Quesnel, manager Bruce Eby sees things differently. “If you can smell something, that means I am wasting chemicals,” he says.

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The journey of a log — Day 6: Sold! Lumber from our Cariboo log heads to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard

Value of the products depends on factors including weather, time of year and economy
Vancouver Sun
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL — It’s a quiet day on the floor of the West Fraser sales office. The lumber market, after making spectacular gains earlier in the year on the recovery of the U.S. housing market, has pulled back. Builders and wholesalers have built up their inventories and are no longer panicking to get enough lumber for the summer season. Lumber prices can be volatile, and when they spiked earlier in the year, the veteran traders at West Fraser knew better than to expect them to stay that way.

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Alberni backs bomber talks at UBCM

Alberni Valley News
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An emergency meeting has been set up between Port Alberni and B.C. Forest Ministry representatives at the Union of BC Municipalities meeting in Vancouver in an effort to renew the Martin Mars water bomber contract. …Mayor John Douglas said the city wants the ministry to reverse its decision. “The capacity of the Mars bomber is twice the capacity of any water bomber in B.C.,” Douglas said, while on his way to the meeting in downtown Vancouver. “There has been no real, rational explanation as to why they don’t want to use the water bomber.”

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Art contest has forestry theme

Vernon Morning Star
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kids are invited to harvest their imagination in a competition celebrating National Forest Week (Sept. 22 to 28). The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) are holding an art competition until Oct. 15. The art competition is open to kids aged four to 12. Parents can submit their own kids’ artwork or teachers can enter the work of the whole classroom. Kids from across the province are invited to draw a picture of what the forests in their communities mean to them.

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Forest burning in Vine Creek area to restore Whitebark pine and grasslands

Hinton Parklander
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jasper’s fire management team carried out the first successful prescribed burn in the national park’s Vine Creek area this month after seven years of waiting, says a spokeswoman. According to Jasper National Park staff a prescribed fire requires certain conditions, such as a particular temperature, relative humidity, precipitation (rainfall or snowfall) and wind speed, for a controlled, successful burn. Earlier in the spring 85 hectares of fireguard — swathes of trees forming a buffer zone along the edges of the prescribed area — were burned but conditions were not right to ignite the rest of the Vine Creek unit.

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Fire office plans busy Forest Week

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

With the new Wildfire Management Training Centre facility up and running, training courses are ongoing as the wildfire season dies down. Kyle Young, forest protection assistant for the Merritt Fire Zone, said the firefighters will likely be laid off for the fire season at the end of the month, depending on fire activity — which has been slow in the Merritt Fire Zone lately. “It’s been pretty quiet,” Young said.

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Supreme Court to hear First Nation challenge to logging at Grassy Narrows

September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a challenge of the Ontario government’s right to permit industrial logging on the traditional lands of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The First Nation appealed after Ontario’s highest court ruled in March that the province has the right to “take up” treaty land for forestry and mining. The northwestern Ontario First Nation has spent nearly 15 years in court fighting the province’s decision to issue a licence for clearcut operations in parts of the Keewatin portion of Treaty 3 territory.

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Bill rekindles old forest debate

The House will vote on a bill requiring a 1,000 percent increase in logging on one Idaho national forest.
Idaho Statesman
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The two sides of the forest wars of the 1980s are facing off over timber harvests from federal forests. …The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act would require the Forest Service to harvest 6 billion board feet annually. The package also includes Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador’s Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, which would create pilot projects to turn over about 1 percent of Idaho’s 20 million acres of national forests to the state and counties to manage as a trust to benefit rural counties.

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Anti-logging activists hang banner from Oregon capitol

The Mail Tribune
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Two protesters opposed to selling Oregon state forest land broke away from a tour group Thursday, secured ropes atop the Capitol and climbed down the face of its dome to unfurl a large banner criticizing Gov. John Kitzhaber. They and three others from a group of activists oppose state management plans for the Elliott State Forest. They were removed from the building and detained after nearly two hours. The banner was removed along with the activists.

Protestors Suspend Themselves on Oregon’s Capital Dome from The Northwest News Network
Protestors climb Oregon Capital dome, hang sign from Associated Press

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House Debates Federal Forest Management Bill

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. House of Representatives debated a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase logging on federal forestlands in the Northwest. The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act affects national forests across the country. But it also includes provisions specific to the former railroad lands in Western Oregon known as the O&C lands. Oregon representatives Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader spoke on behalf of the bill.

Q&A: Increasing Logging on Federal Forest Lands from Oregon Public Radio (radio broadcast)

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Forestry team of scientists working on Rim Fire

Risks in play as winter conditions approach
KCRA.com
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, CA —A U.S. Forest Service team of 60 scientists is rushing to finish an emergency plan for damaged land in the Rim Fire. The Burned Area Emergency Response team consists of foresters, botanists, geologists, hydrologists and computer modelers working to create an emergency response document due within seven days after the fire is 100 percent contained. Also on the crew are civil engineers examining roads, bridges and other structures in the forest.

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ACLU Demands Portland Airport Post Anti-Logging Bill Ads

Associated Press
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that Portland International Airport accept terminal advertising that is part of a campaign against legislation to increase logging on federal forests. Oregon ACLU director Dave Fidanque said Thursday the Oregon Constitution prohibits government censorship of speech, including political speech. The ad was submitted by Oregon Wild in a campaign to defeat a bill in Congress to increase logging on federal forests, particularly the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon.

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Mineral County: Promote timber, tourism, minerals

Letter by Pastor Bob Winegar,
The Missoulian
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

President Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot worked to preserve and shut down the West to development while people were trying to move west and produce. Thank God we had a Congress at that time that stood for production. … The forested slopes around our towns (Alberton to Saltese) need forest management; well-placed and designed clearcuts, selective cuts, and thinning of forested areas in proximity to populated areas for safety reasons.

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Laurel wilt disease found in third Alabama county

Associated Press
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Forestry Commission says deadly laurel wilt disease has been confirmed in a third Alabama county. It was found in trees along U.S. 43 in southern Greene County. The disease was detected in 2011 in Marengo and Mobile counties. The commission says the disease was first found in Georgia in 2002. Since then, it has been discovered in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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Council airs fire fears for forestry plantations

ABC News, Australia
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Grant District Council says it is concerned about fire management in forestry plantations in lower south-east South Australia. Forestry SA is in charge of operating a fleet of purpose-built vehicles to fight fires in high-density forests. However, the council says Forestry SA has reduced the number of firefighters required to crew the vehicles this season. Mayor Richard Sage says it will raise its concerns with the State Government to ensure the region is properly prepared to tackle bushfires.

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Feds Give Smithsonian $443,010 to Study Tree Biodiversity – in China

CNSNews.com
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $443,010 grant to study tree biodiversity in China. The grant – which funds the project from April 30, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2015 – is designed to “establish an international research coordination network that combines two existing forest networks in the United States with a set of forest plots in China, to advance understanding of how tree biodiversity determines the functional aspects of forests and to test hypotheses concerning the resilience of forests to global change.”

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The multi-million dollar question: Is forest certification working?

CIFOR
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest certification is considered a promising tool to improve forest management, but there needs to be a robust evaluation of a complex web of factors to establish its true value for various stakeholders, according to a new analysis. Certification is a market-based scheme under which companies or communities managing forests voluntarily submit to audits by independent inspectors. If they meet responsible forest management criteria, their timber products can then carry a recognized branding such as that of the leading certification scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council.

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Sandalwood company happy despite low harvest

ABC News, Australia
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) says its happy with its first commercial harvest of Indian Sandalwood in the Ord region of Western Australia, despite yields being below initial expectations. TFS has already stated publically that it expected its first harvest to be below what was first anticipated in 1998, due to the trees having a low survival rate. The company has harvested five hectares of the tree since September 3 and is expected to harvest 144 hectares in the next year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ontario’s forestry industry to benefit from $66m CHP plant

COSPP.com
September 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Ontario in Canada is hailing a new combined heat and power plant with local representatives claiming it as a welcome boost to the region’s forestry industry. The province contributed $30m in grants and loan guarantees for the $66m biomass-fired Becker cogeneration plant in Hornepayne. Owned by Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Co. Ltd, the 10 MW facility is expected to support 160 jobs in the community of about 1,000 people, according to the Sault Star.

Click here to read the press release from Government of Ontario

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Plum Creek and The Enova Group Enter into Contracts for Wood Fiber Supply through Long-Term Fiber Services Agreement

Business Wire
September 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., today announced it has entered into a 10-year fiber supply and services agreement with The Enova Group, an independent bioenergy firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Plum Creek will deliver up to 3 million tons annually of sustainably-managed wood fiber to three pellet manufacturing locations that will be constructed in the Southeastern United States. Approximately 500,000 tons will originate from Plum Creek’s timberlands with the remaining 2.5 million tons to be sourced and delivered from third party landowners.

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REDD+ Talks: Leaders from business, UN and forest communities highlight REDD+ to tackle climate change

Newswire
September 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Leaders from the private, public and civil society sectors yesterday convened at REDD+ Talks: NYC to discuss their experiences of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and the role of the private sector in advancing this critical mechanism to tackle deforestation and climate change. Held at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, the event provided a platform for high-level REDD+ practitioners and leaders of the business and policy worlds, indigenous peoples, and forest communities, to exchange experiences and explore the contributions the private sector can make to REDD+ through finance, sustainable operations, project investment, and sharing expertise.

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General

Supreme Court to hear First Nation challenge to logging at Grassy Narrows

September 20, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a challenge of the Ontario government’s right to permit industrial logging on the traditional lands of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The First Nation appealed after Ontario’s highest court ruled in March that the province has the right to “take up” treaty land for forestry and mining. The northwestern Ontario First Nation has spent nearly 15 years in court fighting the province’s decision to issue a licence for clearcut operations in parts of the Keewatin portion of Treaty 3 territory.

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