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Daily Archives: September 26, 2013

Business & Politics

Hands are tied, forests minister tells Kootenay mills

Nelson Star
September 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An industry professional who attended a meeting last month between local sawmills and BC’s forests minister in Fruitvale says Steve Thomson understood their message, but made no promises. “I thought it was a very positive meeting,” says Bill Kestell, woodlands manager with Salmo’s Porcupine Lumber. “He was very down to earth and easy to talk to and made some good points. I’ve heard others felt the same way.” Kestell attended along with representatives of other local members of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association, who are seeking to have constraints on their access to timber lifted.

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TimberWest and EDP Renewables Canada Partner on Large-Scale Wind Power Projects on Vancouver Island and sign MOU with T’Sou-ke First Nation

by TimberWest
Canada Newswire press release
September 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – TimberWest Forest Corp. and EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (“EDPR Canada”) have entered into a partnership and propose to develop, build, and operate large-scale wind projects on southern Vancouver Island. TimberWest and EDPR Canada also announce that they have signed an MOU with the T’Sou-ke First Nation (“T’Sou-ke”) that envisions the potential of partnerships with the T’Sou-ke and other First Nations on wind projects.

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Forests Minister And COFI CEO In Prince George

250 News
September 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – BC Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Minister, Steve Thomson, will be the keynote speaker at a gathering of Interior forest industry reps in Prince George this evening. Newly appointed President and CEO, James Gorman, will also be on-hand for the Council of Forest Industries’ Community Dinner at the Civic Centre tonight. Gorman, formerly Deputy Minister of Advanced Education, officially assumed his position at COFI on Monday.

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Fire destroys Maple Ridge mill

Maple Ridge News
September 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire tore through a sawmill early Wednesday in Maple Ridge, destroying a large section of a cedar operation located along the Fraser River. The blaze at Imperial Cedar Products on River Road started around 1 a.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, they were greeted by multiple explosions and found a building completely engulfed in flames. …No one employees were injured.

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Economic potential

tbnewswatch.com
September 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Economic prospects for Northwestern Ontario are looking strong, say experts attending the fourth annual Prosperity Northwest conference… The mining industry was not the only point of emphasis as David Lindsay, president of the Forest Products of Association of Canada, also addressed the assembled audience. Lindsay reported that the forestry sector is back on the rise after a rough few years which were particularly painful in the region.

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Trimble to Acquire Asset Forestry

International Forest Industries
September 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Trimble announced last week that it has agreed 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 in September. Asset is a provider of timber dispatch technology and services.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New agreements strengthen FPInnovations & AITF research collaboration on CNC & OSB

FPInnovations
September 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC  – FPInnovations and Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) have entered into two collaborative agreements that strengthen their research partnership in the areas of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) and Engineered Composite Products.  Researchers from both organizations will collaborate to bring together the research and development capabilities of both AITF and FPInnovations to effectively serve the research and technical needs of the forest products industry.

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China Plywood Dumping Penalties Stirs Ire of its U.S. Customers

Woodworking Network
September 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

There are two sides to every plywood panel (technically there are six). So when the U.S. Department of Commerce determined that China’s plywood manufacturers had sold at predatory pricing levels – below the cost of production – U.S. plywood makers cheered. Not joining in that celebration were wood products manufacturers who rely on the inexpensive resource of plywood produced in China, a group whose interests are represented by the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood.

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Guitar Makers Slow To Respond To Thefts Of Rare Wood

Northwest News Network
September 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

U.S. guitar makers are under scrutiny these days because of the rare woods they sometimes use. One of those prized woods is found only in the Pacific Northwest. It’s so valuable there’s a thriving black market for it. Guitar companies that use illegal wood risk federal prosecution. So they’re now developing new purchasing standards. But at least one former insider says the industry has let the problem fester for years.

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Experimental Forest certified as sustainable

Clemson University
September 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CLEMSON — The Clemson University Experimental Forest will be able to sell its harvested timber in a wider range of green construction markets after its forest management practices were certified to be sustainable by a third-party group of experts. The forest’s 17,500 acres are among 103,000 acres of South Carolina timberland to be certified sustainable through a years-long process overseen by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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Forestry

Boreal Forest Agreement hits reset button

The Canadian Press
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – A ground-breaking co-operative experiment between environmental groups and the forest industry is hoping to hit the reset button this fall with a series of promised agreements. The three-year-old Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement appeared to be coming apart at the seams last spring after two major environmental groups quit and negotiations with Resolute Forest Products reached a stalemate.

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Province takes McBride company to task

Prince George Citizen
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s forestry watchdog has taken aim at McBride’s town-owned forest company… Officials with the McBride Community Forest Corporation (MCFC) responded that the organization “accepted the findings” and “accepts full responsibility.” Board chair Rick Thompson said “MCFC takes very seriously the findings…and has already undertaken steps to improve in all five cases outlined in the FPB report.”

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BCTS defers Dakota Bowl timber sale

Coast Reporter
September 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) has delayed the logging of 68 hectares of old-growth forest in Dakota Bowl on Mount Elphinstone, after flagging one of the five cutblocks for its “unique ecological/cultural attributes.” But while the focus is on the 15-hectare Roberts Creek headwaters forest (DK045), the timber sale for the remaining four blocks could still take place next year or sooner, BCTS planning forester Norm Kempe confirmed in an interview this week.

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Brothers honoured with management award

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local businessmen John and Dave Gregson were recognized by the province this week with a 2013 Woodlot Management Award. The brothers, whose family owns the city’s Copcan Contracting, were given the award for their “sound forestry and environmental practices and exceptional community stewardship” for their forestry practices on the 250-hectares of Crown land in Lantzville that they lease from the Crown for logging purposes. John Gregson said they have been logging the site sustainably for the past eight years and their goal is to be able to log the lot, known as Woodlot 1475, “in perpetuity.”

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Future of Central,?Labrador timber still undetermined

The Telegram
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The trees grow and the cut wood lies unused as the government continues to review proposals for the use of timber in central Newfoundland and central?Labrador. The resource in Central was once tied to the Abitibi paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor and the provincial government has been looking at options for its use since 2009. The Department of Natural Resources issued a second call for expressions of interest on the timber in February. The call closed in late March. To date, there has been no decision on the 14 proposals received.

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Change proposed in critical habit for lynx in US

Associated Press
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SEATTLE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a revision in the critical habitat designation for a species of lynx listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal would designate more than 41,000 square miles within the states of Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming as critical habitat for the Canada lynx. …The federal government is asking for public comment on aspects of the proposal, including whether areas where the lynx have recently moved into, including parts of New Hampshire and Vermont, should be added to the critical habitat.

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Congress: House not equipped to manage forests

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

The House of Representatives has made it clear that they know better than the U.S. Forest Service how to manage our national forests (Missoulian, Sept. 21, “U. S House approves Daines’ bill”). These are the same politicians who have managed to do very little, if anything, during recent times. Forests are not identical and their management is not simple – compare the rain forest of southern Alaska with the open pine forests of the deep south. Oh, wait a minute, the House is not going to manage our forest.

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Oregon’s wildfire season: deadly, expensive, ignited by lightning

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

Thrashing rain has snuffed Oregon’s wildfire season, one of the deadliest the state has seen. Three firefighters were killed in Oregon in the line of duty, including one man who suffered a medical incident. A fourth Oregon firefighter died of natural causes battling a blaze in California. The season also cost a bundle: $245 million, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Bill holds out hope to restore health in forests, economy

Idaho Statesman
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ast week, the House passed legislation I’ve been championing for the past three years to empower Idaho’s rural communities by allowing greater state involvement in managing our forests.  The bill we passed — H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act — incorporates an earlier bill I introduced, H.R.1294, the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act. … By enabling the state to manage this land in accordance with state forest statutes, such as the Idaho Forestry Act, we will experience greater economic growth and healthier, more vibrant forests.

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Whitebark pine tree’s decline documented by researchers

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

TOM MINER BASIN — The soaking wet hikers had several theories about why Jesse Logan and Wally Macfarlane were carrying hatchets in their backpacks: To fend off bears? To end the misery of the clammy cold hike? To lop off frostbitten limbs? The answer was much less dramatic. The two scientists use the hatchets to remove bark from whitebark pine trees to reveal the mountain pine beetle invasions evident underneath.   “You pull back the bark and it’s an open book of what’s happened,”
Macfarlane said, describing channels bored into the tree by the beetle’s
larvae, invasions that eventually lead to the death of the tree.

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Forest Service to log Courthouse Creek area

Black Mountain News
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ASHEVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service will proceed with a logging project in the Courthouse Creek area of the Pisgah National Forest within view of popular hiking areas near the Blue Ridge Parkway, drawing mixed reaction from forest user groups. Pisgah District Ranger Derek Ibarguen on Wednesday announced the final decision, which includes revisions from the proposal released late last year, taking into account the more than 500 comments received during the 30-day public comment period

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New forest coalition brings once-rival groups together

Smoky Mountain News
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As Brent Martin stared down the barrel of an impending tug-of-war over WNC’s national forests, he dreaded yet another round in the same old fight that’s played out time and time again in his decades as an environmental advocate. Loggers versus wilderness lovers. Horseback riders versus hikers. Hunters versus environmentalists. Each would make their case as the forest service launched into its periodic, obligatory assessment of how the forest is managed — a sweeping four-year process that would ultimately define goals, strategies and priorities for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests.

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Credible Forest Certification can only save and balance Indian ecology

India Education bureau
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WWF-Global Forest Trade Network-India in association with Indian Paper Manufactureres Association –IPMA organized a whole day conference to discuss relevance and importance of Credible Forest Certification in Enhancing Sustainability and Market Access. Forest certification is a mechanism for Forest monitoring, tracking and labeling Timber, Wood and Pulp products and non-timber forest products where the quality of management from environmental, social and economic perspectives is judged against a series of agreed standards.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Full steam ahead for Ajax project

Durham Region
September 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

AJAX — The skyline of Ajax is undergoing a change as construction has begun on a new steam plant in the downtown area.  Index Energy Systems is replacing the old steam generating plant, built in 1941 at the corner of Hunt Street and Mills Road, with a state-of-the-art facility that will produce up to 25 megawatts of electricity. …Like the old plant, the new facility will burn wood to power generators.  Paul Allore, the planning and development director for Ajax, said the
facility will be “green. Instead of the wood going to landfill, it’s
used.”

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2012 Census Shows Wood Heating Continue Growth Streak

Alliance for Green Heat
September 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

According to recently released U.S. Census statistics, 63,566 more families used wood or pellets as a primary heating fuel in 2012 compared to 2011, which amounts to an increase of 2.6 percent, making wood again the fastest growing heating fuel in America. From 2000 to 2010, wood and pellet home heating grew by 34 percent, faster than any of the other heating fuels, including solar and natural gas. Oil and propane use declined between 2000 and 2010, and the decline continued in 2012.

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Wood Pellet Fuel Has Low Carbon Impact: Study

Woodworking Network
September 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, VA – The use of woody biomass for power generation, while giving off carbon and green house gas emissions, still produces significant carbon savings with long-term environmental benefits. Those conclusions, embodied in the report released today may still not satisfy biofuel skeptics, since it was prepared for the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association and other members of the Bridging with Biomass Coalition. The group also includes the European Industrial Pellet Suppliers, and the Wood Pellet Association of Canada.

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Climate Change Insurance: Scientists Call on President Obama to Protect Public Forests

Society for Conservation Biology
September 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – Scientists specializing in forest ecosystems and climate change called on President Obama today to protect public forests from logging and development in efforts to forestall global warming and compliment the president’s recent proposal for tighter restrictions on coal-fired power plants. New forest inventories show that the nation’s forests absorb nearly one-quarter of our greenhouse gas pollutants if left undisturbed. In contrast, logging releases most of the carbon stored as carbon dioxide, a global warming pollutant. 

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