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Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Creators of Smokey Bear, McGruff explored in book

A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns by Wendy Melillo
The Bulletin
September 22, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles

Many of the best-remembered ad campaigns of the past half-century — “Only you can prevent forest fires… were created by the Ad Council, a nonprofit driven by the nation’s leading advertising agencies… The council’s longest-running campaign had its roots in those wartime beginnings. To remind Americans about the cost of carelessness with fire in the nation’s forests at a time when wood was needed for war material, the U.S. Forest Service launched regional ads equating forest fires with treason. To broaden the campaign’s appeal, a designer for the council hit on the idea in 1944 of a no-nonsense but fatherly bear. And Smokey Bear was born.

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Business & Politics

City goes after New Afton taxation

The Daily News
September 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Kamloops representatives made a pitch Thursday to staff from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to include the New Afton mine within municipal boundaries… The City is under pressure from its long-time four heavy industries — Domtar, Arclin, Lafarge and Tolko — to reduce their share of the tax load. Those four companies are expected to make a pitch for a reduced tax burden this fall. “I’m sure it’ll come up for discussion when Domtar and heavy industry makes a presentation to council.”

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BC’s Worker-Owned Mill Success Story

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill was as good as gone, until workers rallied to buy it — and their jobs — back.
The Tyee
September 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

It was the summer of 2008, hardly the ideal setting for the beginning of a forestry fairytale. The global economy was on the brink of collapse and thousands of British Columbian forestry workers had already lost their jobs. Dozens of mills had either shuttered their gates for good or cut back on production as the U.S. housing market crumbled. But that year saw a group of unemployed mill workers scrounge up enough cash to rescue their 50-year-old Nanaimo pulp mill and reinvigorate the region’s largest private employer. 

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WorkSafeBC shuts down Merritt mill temporarily due to dust

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
September 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC took the rare step of ordering a B.C. sawmill to stop work last week because wood dust had built up to levels it considered to create a risk of fire or explosion. The buildup of wood dust at the Aspen Planers sawmill in Merritt took place despite several industrywide regulatory warnings and significant public attention after four workers were killed in explosions last year at two sawmills in northern B.C. The deadly explosions in Prince George and Burns Lake have been linked to wood dust by a WorkSafeBC investigation. After the stop-work order was issued Sept. 11, Aspen Planers cleaned up the wood dust by the next day… David Gray, a spokesman for Aspen Planers, called the inspection findings from a WorkSafeBC officer that doesn’t normally visit the plant a “good wake-up call.”

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Profab’s phoenix may be a blessing in disguise after January’s fire loss

Cowichan News Leader
September 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jason LeRoy toasted the grand reopening of his Chemainus log-trailer manufacturing plant Friday after fire destroyed his his original operation in January. …”We’ll definitely be able to increase capacity,” said LeRoy, whose company makes trailers for timber rigs from across B.C. Profab’s staff roster has risen to 23 from the previous 17 when it ran at its former leased shop. LeRoy bought a bigger site in May, and continued working during insurance negotiations — concerning the value of lost tools and other gear, plus trailer in progress, and other Profab property — and construction of the new operation.

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Look beyond trees

Terrace Standard
September 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry in the northwest is having its own second growth. With Skeena Sawmills running a full shift and looking at adding another, good news for forest workers is easier to find than it has been over much of the past decade. It’s impossible to talk about where the northwest forest industry is without celebrating the economic heroism of the people of the northwest, who never stopped believing that forestry was part of this community’s future. That extends to every worker keeping Skeena Sawmills running, to all the people out in our woods or on our highways right now, doing the work that first built the trestles of the Old Bridge years ago.

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Resolute’s Opitciwan Joint-Venture Sawmill Wins Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award

Canada Newswire press release
September 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL  – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that its Opitciwan joint-venture sawmill located in Quebec has been awarded the Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).  The Opitciwan sawmill is a joint venture between the Atikamekw Council of Obedjiwan in Obedjiwan (Quebec) and Resolute Forest Products. The Council has a 55% controlling interest in the facility, and Resolute
owns the remaining 45%.

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Aim to improve: Northern Pulp says upgrades continue

The News
September 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Driving up to the Boat Harbour Treatment Facility, Northern Pulp environmental manager Dave Davis talks with some regret about the land the provincial government expropriated from families in the 1960s… Anger over expropriated land may be all but forgotten, but today complaints range from fears that the effluent from the treatment facility could be carcinogenic to concerns about the odorous plume from the pulp mill itself. The concerns have brought the issue to the attention of environmentalist Erin Brockovich and onto the pages of the Globe and Mail. They are concerns that Davis and Northern Pulp’s general manager Don Breen hear about on a constant basis, but they say much misinformation has been spread and there is an overall misconception about what is done at the mill and at the treatment facility. 

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Tembec announces additional funding for Specialty Cellulose project at its Temiscaming, Quebec site

Canada Newswire press release
September 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec announced today that it has secured additional financing in the amount of $27.8 million to fund a portion of the Temiscaming, Québec, specialty cellulose Cogen project (“Project”). In particular, Tembec has entered into an additional loan in the amount of $17.8 million with Investissement Québec (“IQ”) (“IQ Loan”) and has entered into an amended and restated credit agreement with Integrated Private Debt Fund III LP (“IPD”), as Agent for the Project’s senior lenders, increasing its credit facility by $10 million (“IPD Loan”).

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Hardwood Production Increases Drive Year-end Prices

Woodworking Network
September 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Our outlook for the balance of 2013 is for accelerating global demand, limited increases in North American hardwood production, and firming prices. Strong and sustained demand for board road, crane mats, railroad ties and pallet stock was crucial for sawmill survival during the recession and will continue to attract significant mill attention during the recovery. While housing growth has stagnated, the pace this fall should remain above last year’s pace, keeping flooring demand elevated and further intensifying competition for available logs and industrial lumber.

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Brookfield among bidders for Weyerhaeuser unit, WSJ says

Yahoo Finance
September 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Brookfield is among the bidders for Weyerhaeuser’s home-building division, which Weyerhaeuser said in June it was exploring to sell or spin-off, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing two people familiar with the talks. END

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Global recognition for Canadian forest product research and innovation

Canada News Wire
September 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Innovation in Canada’s forest products sector is receiving international acclaim today as a Montreal researcher is being presented a prestigious award at a gala event in Stockholm Sweden for his ground-breaking work. Dr. Derek Gray is receiving the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg award, considered the “Nobel Prize” for forestry in recognition of his cutting-edge research on nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) fibre during his career with McGill University and FPInnovations.


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RCMP building lauded at UBCM conference

Prince George Citizen
September 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

The new RCMP detachment in Prince George isn’t even open yet and it is already an award-winner. The eye-catching downtown building on Victoria Street was announced as one of this year’s winners of the Wood WORKS! BC citations for construction designs showing “a passion and appreciation for wood,” according to the agency’s officials. Wood WORKS! made the announcement at the Union of BC Municipalities conference in Vancouver. …Mary Tracey noted that this year the province surpassed the milestone of 50 local governments adopting Wood First commitments in support of the province’s Wood First Act….

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Forestry

National Forest Week to highlight “the Greenest Workforce” brand

Canada News Wire
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Canadian Institute of Forestry is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Forest Products Association of Canada, Canadian Forestry Association, TreeCanada and TDBank who are joining forces to celebrate National Forest Week 2013 under the theme, the GreenestWorkforce. The GreenestWorkforce helps promote the new and exciting direction of Canada’s forest products industry, while recognizing the “green” credentials of those who work in the sector. It is also an on-line tool that highlights the work-life balance on offer to the next generation of employees and outlines a broad variety of solid careers now available in the industry.

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National Forest Week celebrates “green” forest sector

Press release
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – In advance of National Forest Week, Sept. 22-28, 2013, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson… I’m pleased to celebrate National Forest Week.” “This year’s theme, The Greenest Workforce, provides an opportunity to highlight B.C.’s forest industry’s contributions and commitment to sustainable resource management and a healthy environment.” “Our forest sector accounts for more than 56,000 direct jobs in communities throughout B.C. Biologists, forest health technicians, habitat specialists, tree planters, lab technicians, research scientists and lands officers are just a few of the careers that play an essential role in today’s forest industry.”

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Takla Lake Man Sets Up Blockade To Halt Canfor Logging

Canfor reps say they will continue to seek a resolution
CFTK TV
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A man from the Takla Lake area has set up a blockade on a local service road to prevent forestry giant Canfor from further logging in the area. Terry West said he set up the blockade on Tuesday on Jinx 47 Road near Granisle, and has essentially been stationed there ever since in an effort to block Canfor crews. West says he spearheaded the blockade because the forestry company broke a deal they struck four years ago with his late mother Josephine West, who was then a hereditary chief of the Takla Lake First Nation.

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B.C.’s timber harvest: Is it just mining or renewable resource?

By Derek Wilson, Port Moody
Vancouver Sun
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A pie chart in Day 5 of The Journey of a Log series (Sept. 19) showed that sawlogs add $145 million to the economy of the B.C. Interior. But what share of this value goes to the province of B.C. for this renewable, natural resource? How does that share compare, in dollars per cubic metre of wood, to the public value extracted in other jurisdictions such as the northwestern United States, Norway, and Finland? …Do we have a sustainable wood harvest or are we “mining” our forests?

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Controlled burns to be conducted across the Cariboo in October

By Dan Fumano
The Province
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial crews will be conducting controlled burns in several areas in the Cariboo Region over the next month. Members from both the ministry’s wildfire management branch and range branch will oversee prescribed fires, intended to help restore native grassland ecosystems. “These grasslands are ecologically connected to fire. They are used to low-impact, high-frequency forest fires through millennia, and this prescribed burning mimics these conditions,” said Hugh Flinton, a spokesman from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ range branch.

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Pass Creek residents worry about watershed logging

Letter to the Editor
The Nelson Star
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

We are concerned citizens of Pass Creek, Robson and Raspberry who have united in a campaign to protect Pass Creek watersheds from the negative effects of road building and logging, and to preserve our scenic and wildlife corridor. The Rialto Creek/Ladybird mountain area provides domestic drinking and agricultural water to approximately 2,000 users along the base of the mountain. We are worried that water quality for these users is in jeopardy because of proposed cut blocks, self- regulatory logging practices and increased access of recreational vehicles.

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First Cowichan River flow boost starts Sept. 22, Catalyst says

Cowichan News Leader
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Spawning Chinook salmon are being helped by bigger Cowichan River flows starting Sept. 22, Catalyst’s brass says. The flow boost from 13 to 18 cubic metres per second involves manually adjusting gates at the Lake Cowichan weir. The move will be conducted to help the upstream migration of spawning Chinook, says a release from Catalyst, owners of Crofton pulp mill that ‘s held two provincial river-water licences since the 1950s.

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Truck wash proves your opinion counts

Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Now and then we all wonder if any effort of ours as a member of our community is going to make a difference. We often think of politicians that, “They always do what they want anyway, my opinion does not count”. …Youbou has struggled since the demise of the sawmill. Our employment base has evaporated. As if that is not enough, the senior governments have downloaded much of their responsibilities to our local government and representative. Now we were supposed to contribute to the cost of a truck wash. But we refused with good reason.

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Mayor and city council lobby for bomber, hub

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

The lobbying efforts of Mayor John Douglas and city council have paid off. Union of B.C. Municipalities members voted during a meeting on Thursday at the annual conference to pass an emergency resolution urging the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to renew the contract with the Coulson Group of Companies and retain the Martin Mars bomber as part of its fire suppression program. “It was supported very strongly,” Douglas said. “In fact, nobody spoke against it.”

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Kenora Forestry business making progress with First Nations

Kenora Online
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

The Kenora Forestry industry has been struggling for quite a while with not only the restarting of Kenora Forest Products, but to use wood that is located on First Nations land.
The province says they’re encouraging Kenora Forest Products to work with First Nations, in order to obtain wood rights. Scott Cavan from the ministry of aboriginal affairs says they’re seeking to identify wood supplies in local and neighbouring forests, in order to support a restart at the sawmill. The operation’s been closed since 2008.

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Celebrating Ontario’s Independent Forest Audit Program

The Daily Observer
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forestry Futures Committee invites the public to celebrate our forests during National Forest Week, the third week of September… Each year the Forestry Futures Trust funds independent forest audits that check to ensure licensed Crown (public) forests are well managed and in compliance with practices that are consistent with sustainable forest management. The 2013 Independent Forest Audits (IFA) are currently underway, for the Dryden, Ottawa Valley and Kenora Forests.

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House passes bill to increase logging in Northwest forests

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would boost logging on some federal lands in the Northwest in exchange for protecting other lands for fish and wildlife habitat — despite the Obama administration’s veto threat. The bill, HR 1526, includes the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act, which would open logging on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands and increase timber receipts to Jackson and other counties. Friday’s vote was 244-173, with 15 representatives not voting. The action came two days after the Obama administration threatened to veto it because of potential threats to endangered species and an increased chance of lawsuits.

Daines touts passage of timber bill in House, opponents say it’s far from compromise from The Independent Record
House backs bill to boost logging in nat’l forests from the Associated Press

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High up in the Bitterroots, tree-climber collects cones to help save imperiled whitebarks

The Missoulian
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

High up on a Bitterroot mountain ridge in the very tip-top of a spindly pine, Gabe Thorne is doing his part to save a species. With his body attached to a well-used rope wrapped firmly around the tree’s trunk, the Hamilton man uses sap-covered hands to carefully pull branches topped with wire cages within range. Inside each cage there’s a treasure that someday could play a role in saving the whitebark pine from extinction. The caged cones he gathers are dropped into the bright orange bag that hangs from his belt.

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What to do with thousands of miles of forest roads?

KING5
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARRINGTON, Wash. – The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest contains over 2,300 miles of roads, roads owned and operated by the Forest Service. There are 600 plus miles in the Darrington Ranger District alone. The Forest Service says it doesn’t have the money to maintain the entire network, nor does it think all those roads should remain open, and it wants public input on what to do. Many of the roads were cut through the forest decades ago to help loggers access trees. 

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Management of 2013 Red Shale fire shows lessons learned from the fires of 1988

Independent Record
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Twenty-five years ago this month, the Canyon Creek fire roared out of the Scapegoat Wilderness after slowly burning unfettered for more than three months, deep within the mountains, under part of the so-called “let it burn” U.S. Forest Service policy. Eventually, the Canyon Creek fire burned across more than one-quarter of a million acres, forced the deployment of shelters by more than 100 firefighters and threatened the town of Augusta. The local firestorm of criticism over the Forest Service’s handling of the Canyon Creek fire lasted even longer than the conflagration. But valuable lessons were learned, and this summer, as the Red Shale fire was allowed to burn relatively unchecked through the wilderness, it did so with little fanfare.

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House passes Tipton’s healthy forest bill

Logging opportunities would rise
The Durango Herald
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The House of Representatives on Friday passed Rep. Scott Tipton’s Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Act. The bill, cosponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., attempts to reduce wildfires through the establishment of a healthy forest management plan, according to a press release from Tipton. The plan that Tipton, R-Cortez, has pushed for two years will increase logging opportunities at the state level by allowing states to overlook some environmental reviews. It also will provide a more efficient process of approval for forest-thinning projects in areas at high risk of wildfires.

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When dice fall in the forest, do they help make science?

Eye-catching clear cuts in Gifford Pinchot are part of a decadeslong experiment
The Columbian
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Flying over the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, you might find yourself wondering if some really REALLY big sasquatch had learned to shoot dice. If you look to the southeast of the eastern tip of the Swift Reservoir on an aerial map you’ll see what looks like a pass line win in a craps game, with a roll of a 5 and 2… “That was a study that started in 1992, with the trees cut in 1996 and 1997,” said Jon Nakae, a forester at Gifford Pinchot. “The intent was to evaluate ecological aspects of green tree retention — doing clear cuts but leaving different densities of trees to see the effects on trees, birds, insects, mosses, lichens and other parts of the ecology.”

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Clemson forestry practices achieve sustainable certification

Sustainable approach seen as useful model
Greenville Online
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With the support of a sustainable forestry initiative, 103,000 acres owned by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and Clemson University recently were certified to standards that supporters say will better protect and develop the state’s resources. The five state forests underwent an independent audit for certification to American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards. The Clemson forests recently were certified to SFI standards, after being ATFS certified since 1987.

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Green anger at go-ahead for state forest logging

The Age Victoria
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Napthine government will reopen commercial logging in the Mount Cole state forest near Ararat in the first significant step towards increased timber cutting in western Victoria. Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh on Friday announced he was seeking expressions of interest from foresters to harvest 3000 cubic metres of sawlogs in the Mount Cole forests over three years. The decision follows a one-year harvesting ”trial” at Mount Cole launched in late 2012 that allowed 600 cubic metres of wood to be taken through silvicultural harvesting and the salvaging of trees felled by storms.

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Commission announces new forest strategy in the EU

Area covered by forests in Europe has increased by 0.4 per cent per year
New Europe
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Commission (EC) announced today a new forest strategy for the European Union. According to the Commission, the EU only holds 5 per cent of the world’s forests but the areas covered by forests in Europe are annually increasing by 0.4 per cent since 1990. A key component of the new forest strategy is the promotion of the sustainable forest management. According to the Commission, this kind of management allows the use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions. 

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Moves to stop green market campaigns ‘attack free speech’

ABC News Australia
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne describes a Coalition push to curb the activities of conservation groups in the marketplace as an attack on free speech. The Federal Government has flagged changes to consumer laws to make it harder for lobby groups to campaign against companies in the marketplace. Groups like Get Up! and Tasmanian-based Markets for Change are currently exempt from a section of the Consumer and Competition Act which prevents action to hinder a third person buying goods from another.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cogeneration plant opens in Hornepayne

Northern Ontario Business
September 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company has opened a 10-megawatt cogeneration plant in Hornepayne. The $66-million Becker Cogeneration Plant will use sawmill wood byproducts to generate electricity for the provincial power grid and produce heat for nearby sawmill and kiln operations. The new Becker plant will consume 175,000 to 200,000 tonnes of sawmill wood byproducts annually. Close to existing lumber-manufacturing facilities, the plant will create 20 new jobs, save 100 existing jobs at a nearby mill, and support an estimated 40 indirect jobs in collection forest biofibre.


Supporting Growth in Ontario’s Forest Industry – Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Press Release

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Forest Revealed At Mendenhall Glacier That Hasn’t Been Seen In 1,000 Years

KpopStarz
September 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Alaska glacier thaws revealing ancient forest that hasn’t been seen in over 1,000 years, according to NBC News. Southern Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier thaws while it is melting and now there are stumps and logs that have been popping out. There was a 36.8-square-mile river of ice flowing into a lake near Juneau for nearly the past 50 year until within the past year that researchers based at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau have noticed considerably more trees popping up, according to the Juneau Empire. The report said that the trees are actually in their original upright positions with roots and bark still in place.

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Study examines effect of climate change on forest turnover

The Chronicle
September 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A recent study from the Nicholas School of the Environment found that forests in the eastern United States are exhibiting faster turnover in response to rising global temperatures. The study was published earlier this month in the journal Global Change Biology. It is one of the first studies to demonstrate that forest turnover is currently more prevalent than northward migration of trees. The findings are in contrast to the prevailing prediction by environmental scientists that climate change would lead to migration through seed dispersal.

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Global warming pause ‘central’ to IPCC climate report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is meeting in Sweden to thresh out a critical report on global warming.
BBC News
September 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Scientists will underline, with greater certainty than ever, the role of human activities in rising temperatures. But many governments are demanding a clearer explanation of the slowdown in temperature increases since 1998. One participant told BBC News that this pause will be a “central piece” of the summary. Researchers from all over the world work with the IPCC to pore over thousands of peer-reviewed studies and produce a summary representing the current state of climate science.

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Almost half of Norway’s climate and forest aid remains unspent

By Chris Lang
Redd-Monitor.org
September 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In 2007, at the UN climate negotiations in Bali, Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced his ambitious plans to save tropical forests. Six years later, Norway has disbursed more than US$1.4 billion but almost half of that remains unspent. The magazine Development Today has produced an overview of Norway’s climate forest portfolio. Rather than paying the money upfront, Norway’s forest aid is results-based. Payments are made when countries can prove that they have reduced deforestation.

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General

Conifex Timber Given “Outperform” Rating at RBC Capital

Zolmax News
September 20, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

RBC Capital restated their outperform rating on shares of Conifex Timber in a report issued on Wednesday, American Banking & Market News reports. They currently have a C$10.00 target price on the stock… Analysts at CIBC upgraded shares of Conifex Timber from an underperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research note to investors on Thursday, August 15th. They now have a C$9.00 price target on the stock, down previously from C$9.50. 

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