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Daily Archives: September 25, 2013

Business & Politics

Rejuvenated mill is going strong in Terrace, B.C.

Terrace Standard
September 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been nearly one year since Skeena Sawmills began producing lumber for the first time since 2007, and sawmill employees spent last Friday afternoon at a celebratory barbecue marking the achievement of their most recent production goal. Such celebrations are not an unusual sight these days, a chance for management to recognize employees and point out a job well done. ..The sawmill, purchased by Roc Holdings Ltd. in 2011 from West Fraser,
employs 149 directly and indirectly, including loggers and consultants,
with just over 100 of those people working in the mill itself

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Prince Rupert’s role in B.C.’s forest industry

The Northern View
September 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry is vital to Canada’s economy, earning $24 billion in gross domestic product in 2012 and being one of the nation’s top five contributors to trade. In Prince Rupert, two forestry-related operations have been generating money to support Prince Rupert families and the Canadian economy by shipping Canadian product overseas. The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation enterprise Coast Tsimshian Resources LP began harvesting and shipping lumber in Prince Rupert a number of years ago after successfully operating a multifaceted forestry operation in Terrace, an operation that started with nothing.

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Get ready for the good times, says business patriarch

Campbell River Mirror
September 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Looking at the sold-out and well-dressed crowd at the chamber of commerce awards, it was hard to imagine that many had been put through the “economic-ringer.” But Tom Pallan knows all too well what they have been through the last five years: a sluggish economy, lower sales, rising costs, a shortage of skilled labour and tight finances. …For more than 50 years, Pallan and his family have made Campbell River the base from which they live and work. They started out in forestry, branched into providing custom lumber, and then created a real estate arm for their many holdings in the city.

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Too Little Logging For Lumber?

WXPR
September 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Some lumber mills in northern Wisconsin say low timber harvests from the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are jeopardizing their businesses. Sue Pukall of Arbor Vitae’s Pukall Lumber says the company is sometimes forced to buy logs hauled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which costs about $200 extra per truckload. Last summer the company curtailed production because it couldn’t get enough logs. Pukall says that shortage of local timber is also driving up the price of logs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Science Turns Dead Pine Into Valuable Lumber At West Fraser Sawmill

Vancouver Sun
September 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

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, describing how the Quesnel mill, the world’s largest in terms of annual lumber volume, has managed to stay not only in business but profitable despite a diet of logs that a decade ago would have been left in the bush to rot.

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The House of the Future is Passive

Ultra-efficient homes can drastically cut carbon emissions, and utility bills.
The Tyee
September 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A home built to Passive House standards would typically need no more than a hair dryer’s worth of energy to heat in the winter. …B.C. is also cultivating some homegrown talent in Passive House technology and building materials. Passive Houses can be constructed out of any material but the industry is coalescing around pre-fab solid wood walls and floors such as cross-laminated timber (CLT). This is a departure from conventional two-by-four construction techniques predominant in B.C., but CLT is now being manufactured by at least two local companies.

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Towers of Steel? Look Again

New York Times
September 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source — a leading architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Chicago-based firm that has designed a long list of skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, has developed a structural system that uses so-called mass timber — columns and thick slabs that are laminated from smaller pieces of wood.

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Forestry

Join the Conversation about Coastal Forestry

Coast Forest Products Association
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC: With National Forest Week now underway, Coast Forest Products Association has launched a new website with the goal of starting an important conversation about the significance of British Columbia’s coastal forest industry. Visitors to the website www.ourforestsourroots.org have the option to share their own stories, show support for the modern industry, gather insights about the history, and more importantly, the future of the coastal forest industry. “Coastal forest companies have made enormous strides over the last decade, becoming part of a sustainable, modern, innovative industry through hard work and collaboration,” says Rick Jeffrey, Coast Forest President and CEO.

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First Nations block forestry in the Chilcotin

Williams Lake Tribune
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko and West Fraser logging operations west of Williams Lake have been stopped by groups of protesting Tsilhqot’in First Nations. Tolko woodlands manager of harvesting Jerry Mooney said as many as 55 of one of its contractor’s employees are being affected by the action of one of the blockades, set up Monday, ironically at the start of National Forest Week. “It appears it’s four or five individuals near our logging camp at the junction of the 2800 and 3200 Roads,” Mooney said.

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Stop logging old growth, Duncan defenders say

Nelson Star
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After writing to Blue Ridge Land and Timber Management Ltd. head honcho Brent Pettrick and sending a copy of said letter to Garth Wiggill, district manager of Kootenay Lake Forest district, regarding the proposed logging of the small stand of old growth cedars at 58 km on the Duncan River Forest Service road we decided to begin an online petition with change.org to gauge public opinion… The petition starts “BC Timber Sales stop logging old growth.”

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Bomber grounding an emotional pinch locally

Letter by Bruce E. Hornidge
Alberni Valley Times
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Martin Mars water bomber grounded,” (Alberni Valley Times, Sept. 14) 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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MoF Investigating McBride Community Forest

250 News
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Even before an audit by the Forest Practises Board was complete, the Ministry of Forest’s compliance and enforcement branch began an investigation into operations at the McBride Community Forest… Results of the Board’s two-year audit, which wrapped up last September, were released yesterday, finding the McBride Community Forest Corporation, which is owned by the Village of McBride, in significant non-compliance with provincial forestry legislation in four areas and one area that needed improvement.

Audit of McBride Community Forest Raises Red Flags from the 250 News

Click here to read the press release from BC Forest Practice Board on the McBride CF audit
Click here to read the press release from the McBride Community Forest

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Forests Ministry pushing grizzlies to extinction

by Anthony Britneff
Victoria Times Colonist
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests Minister Steve Thomson and the ministry he heads have lost credibility over management of forests for grizzly bear populations across the province. In 2012, the provincial Ministry of Environment reported nine grizzly bear populations as having “threatened” status, which means they will be at risk of facing imminent extirpation or extinction, unless limiting factors such as unsustainable logging are reversed.

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Big Lake woodlot operator earns top honours

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Rodney Krimmer, who operates a woodlot in Big Lake, received the top award from Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson at the 2013 Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations’ Annual Conference last night. Krimmer, who lives in Hagensborg, was awarded the $2,500 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management, along with a separate $2,500 regional award for his work in B.C.’s southern Interior.

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MNR reports extremely mild fire season

The Daily Press
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – With forest fire season is nearing its end, there couldn’t have been a more stark contrast in the number and extent of fires from 2012 to this year. Timmins district went from battling its biggest blaze in more than a half a century to having one of its mildest forest fire seasons ever. A 3.1-hectare brush fire behind the Whitney Arena back in late May, categorized as a forest fire by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, was the biggest for Timmins district in 2013.

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Nova Scotia Paper Mill signs forestry agreement with Mi’kmaq bands

UINR
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Surrounded by the forests in Eskasoni and framed by the Bras d’Or Lakes, a new five-year forestry agreement was signed by Chiefs representing the five Mi’kmaq bands in Cape Breton and Marc Dube from Port Hawkesbury Paper. The new contract with Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources outlines the roles and responsibilities for harvesting and silviculture, while paying special attention to species-at-risk and culturally significant areas for traditional-use plants. Quotas for pulpwood, stud wood, saw logs and biomass are also detailed in the agreement.

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Forest Service issues five more task orders to new 4FRI contractor

Verde News
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF – The USDA Forest Service has issued five more task orders totaling 8,571 acres to the new Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contractor Good Earth Power AZ LLC. The Mercer Task Order for 952 acres on the Tonto National Forest was issued on Sept. 16. Four task orders on the Coconino National Forest were also issued on Sept. 16. These four task orders include Elk Park for 2,901 acres, Weatherford for 1,017 acres, Bobs for 2,017 acres and Clark for 1,684 acres.

Forest Service transfers 4FRI contract to Good Earth Power from the Williams News

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Oregon man pleads guilty to fraud in 2008 helicopter crash that killed 7 firefighters

Reuters
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A former aircraft maintenance director has pleaded guilty to misleading the U.S. Forest Service to help his company win a $20 million contract in a case linked to the deadliest helicopter crash involving on-duty firefighters in U.S. history. The 2008 incident near Weaverville, in Northern California, killed seven firefighters on board the helicopter as well as the pilot and a U.S. Forest Service official.

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Local forest officials need room to manage

The Recorder
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For far too long local forest officials have had their hands tied when it comes to managing the Sequoia National Forest. For nearly three decades now, the forest has been basically ignored because some believe the forest should become a match waiting for a strike. The Draft Assessment, which looked at numerous aspects of the forest, clearly states a lack of forest management has not only endangered trees, but has threatened species and even the watershed in the 1.1 million acre forest. 

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Klamath National Forest plans burns

Times-Standard
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Klamath National Forest is planning to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce the build up of hazardous fuels and restore forest ecosystems, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday. The burns — which aim to reduce the severity of future wildfires — will take place in the Salmon/Scott River, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll and Goosenest ranger districts between now and March, with the actual ignition dates dependent on weather and fuel conditions.

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House GOP OKs a Lot More Logging in California National Forests

AllGov.com
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which has steadfastly resisted funding efforts to thin national forests for safety and ecological reasons, voted last week to double timber harvests in the nation, which would almost certainly ramp up logging on California’s 20 million acres of federal land. Representative Tom McClintock, a three-term Republican from California whose district is being ravaged by the month-long Rim Fire, has been outspoken in blaming the disaster on logging restrictions.

Common Sense Forest Bill Passes House of Representatives from the Payson Roundup

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Forest Dice Patterns Raise Questions

The Columbian
September 24, 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. …The answer to that question, for better or worse, is far less silly. “That was a study that started in 1992, with the trees cut in 1996 and 1997,” said Jon Nakae, a forester at Gifford Pinchot.

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Wyoming sees less active wildfire season even as neighboring states hit by large blazes

Associated Press
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHEYENNE, Wyoming — While neighboring states saw large wildfires this summer, Wyoming had a comparatively tame fire season due to timely rain, fewer dry lightning strikes and effective fire response, state forestry officials said Tuesday. The number of fires and acreage burned this summer in Wyoming is still being tabulated, and more wildfires can start this fall, but this year’s fire season in the state has been completely opposite from last year, which was among the most destructive on record. 

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Cwmcarn Forest trees hit by fatal disease

Gwent News
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NATURAL Resources Wales is looking into a fatal tree disease which has infected larch trees at Cwmcarn Forest. The Welsh environmental organisation is reviewing its options for managing Cwmcarn Forest after an aerial survey in May revealed widespread infection by Ramorum disease of larch. Areas of the forest will have to be closed temporarily for work to be completed. Cwmcarn Forest Drive is a seven-mile long scenic route through one of Wales’s largest urban forests, containing car parks, picnic areas and a visitor centre, and attracts more than 70,000 visitors a year.

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Protecting woodland in the EU and beyond

European Commission
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new strategy for managing forests in the EU will protect the environment while also aiming to create new jobs in rural areas. Despite a global trend towards deforestation, forests cover more than 42% of the EU’s land area and forest biomass (essentially, wood) supplies half the EU’s total renewable energy. To protect this important resource, the EU’s new forest strategy calls for woodland to be managed sustainably, improving competitiveness and creating jobs.

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