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Daily Archives: September 27, 2013

Business & Politics

Burned shake & shingle plant to be rebuilt

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

The company that owns a cedar remanufacturing plant destroyed by fire early Wednesday in Maple Ridge wants to rebuild to gets its employees back to work. Imperial Cedar Products Ltd. has already begun sifting through the charred remains of the building on River Road near 236th Street, looking for any equipment that can be saved. Eight people work at the plant. “We are in the process of evaluating what equipment is salvageable and have every intention of being up and running,” office administrator Steffie Amlee said Thursday, a day after a fire roared through a plant used to make cedar shake and shingles.

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Would escaping California revive timber industry?

Bruce Ross’ blog
September 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

State of Jefferson proponents argue that one reason to break away from the Golden State is to free up access to natural resources such as timber, whose use they argue California’s laws unduly restrict. Bring back the logging and the mills — and the jobs — and all will be better. Hey, sounds good by me. And there’s little doubt California’s a very tough place to run a logging operation. Funny thing, though, the Legislature would seem to agree. This year, Humboldt County’s Assemblyman Wes Chesbro shepherded AB 904 through the Legislature.

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Layoffs begin at Boise paper mill in International Falls

Bring Me The News
September 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Another round of layoffs has begun at the Boise paper mill in International Falls. MPR reports that 265 workers, a third of the giant mill’s workforce, will have their jobs eliminated. By early next week, two paper machines and a coating machine will be shut down. There are 580 jobs remaining at the mill, making it the largest employer in the county and in Koochiching County.

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Domtar to Expand North Carolina Plant

Noria News Wires
September 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Domtar Corporation recently announced that it will expand its facility in Greenville, N.C., and locate its North American operations center in Pitt County. The company is expected to create 35 new jobs and invest $100,000 over the next three years at the Attends facility in Greenville, N.C., which currently employs approximately 300 people. Attends has operated in Greenville since 1999. The city has served as Attends’ headquarters since 2007. Domtar acquired Attends in 2011 to position the company for an increased share of the growing consumer products market.

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Tree clearing vast, but some timber not making it to market

Independent Weekender
September 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Clearing trees for drill pads, natural gas pipelines, and the power lines, collectively amount to one of the largest clearings of land in the region’s history. Yet, few of the felled logs are making it to the skids or the mills because the companies downing them- oil and gas exploration companies and electric utilities- aren’t in the wood business. As the housing market makes a plodding rebound and prices across all wood grades edge up, the logs remain on property, stranded by the urgency of utilities and gas companies to get their energy delivered and the mounting cost of moving logs to market. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber Tower Report Previews 42-Story Wood Skyscraper

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

CHICAGO – A Timber Tower design for a 42-story wood tower, the tallest yet envisioned, has been published in a report by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), world renowned architects. Its carbon footprint is smaller than a steel tower. The building would be constructed using “Mass Timber Products,” says SOM, including CLT or Cross Laminated Timber, and mixes of species in the mass timbers.

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Forestry

Entrepreneurs make creative cuts

Terrace Standard
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trees logged in Northwest BC have typically been made into lumber but the potential for our resources to be so much more has motivated a handful of creative entrepreneurs to start businesses that contribute to the region’s economy – and the world music scene. In the early 1990s, when Damian Jones and his wife bought and renovated a guest house in Canmore, Alberta, they ran out of money before they could furnish the place.

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Website looks at forestry

Nanaimo Daily News
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The organization representing the major forest companies operating on B.C.’s coasts has launched a new website with the goal of starting a public conversation about the significance of the province’s coastal forest industry. Rick Jeffrey, president and CEO of the Coast Forest Products Association, said that forestry is an “integral part” of the economic fabric of coastal communities, with more than 38,000 people, including hundreds in the Nanaimo area, whose jobs and livelihoods rely on a healthy forest industry.

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Terrace Community Forest helps community

Terrace Standard
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A HEALTHIER woods industry is increasing the profitability of the City of Terrace-owned Terrace Community Forest. And that means more support for community projects, says its general manager. “At least $100,000. Even more,” says Kim Haworth of the projected amount to be awarded to qualifying groups or projects. That would be a substantial leap over the $30,000 awarded last year, he says.

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Yunesit’in Council expecting to engage with all parties in South Chilcotin

Williams Lake News
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Sunday September 22, the Yunesit’in Chief and Council had been notified that a group of Tsilhqot’in and fellow allies were establishing another protest in the South Chilcotin. This has been a peaceful protest and logging has ceased until negotiations take place. The area of occupation is nearby the entrance of 2800 Road or ‘Big Meadow’. The Tsilhqot’in members at the site are concerned with the sharp decline of moose and moose habitat from rampant Mountain Pine Beetle salvage harvesting and how this impacts their traditional right to hunt within this area.

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Sun’s forestry series lauded and inspires further interest

By Ray Travers
Vancouver Sun
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Sun six-part forestry series reminded everyone about the importance of B.C.’s No. 1 natural resource. The Cariboo (about 20 per cent of B.C.) with its high frequency of natural disturbances from insects (beetles) and fire is particularly challenging. I am concerned about what our forests could look like in the future. …How are these seven stewardship principles being upheld, or not upheld? British Columbians should know.

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Alberta to thin trees around towns to prevent another Slave Lake-type wildfire

Canadian Press
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Alberta will begin thinning trees around forest-enclosed communities as a way to prevent the wildfires that devastated homes and business in Slave Lake in 2011. “The commitment I am announcing today is first and foremost an investment in protecting human lives and property,” Diana McQueen, the minister in charge of sustainable resource development, told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “It also confirms our pledge of continued investment in healthy forests by reducing wildfire threats.”

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Input invited on Dawson Creek timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until Nov. 26, 2013, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut. The current allowable annual cut is 1,860,000 cubic metres. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land-use plans of the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area.

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Wind damage ‘important part’ of forest ecosystem

Herald News
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…“Two generations of work and hurricane Juan took the cream off our land. It was devastating to us financially.” While Juan was a hard blow to the Barretts and many other private woodlot owners, the province’s forests have evolved, as hurricanes of similar strength come about twice a century. “Disruption is an important part of the Acadian forest ecosystem,” said Donna Crossland, a forest ecologist based in Tupperville, Annapolis County.

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Scientists Urge Protections of Northwest Forests

American Bird Conservancy
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, more than 180 scientists expressed their strong support for retaining the protections of the Northwest Forest Plan that would otherwise be undermined if H.R. 1526, which passed in the House of Representative on Friday, becomes law. The bill mandates a major increase in logging in national forests to pay for services in several rural counties in Oregon. In the open letter, the scientists state: “We are writing about attempts to increase logging on federal lands that would undermine the integrity of the Northwest Forest Plan, placing irreplaceable public values such as clean water, threatened fish and wildlife, carbon storage, and mature forests at risk.”

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Oregon’s Forest Land Base Is Stable, But Homes In Forestland Are Increasing?

Albany Tribune
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon has lost almost none of its non-federal forest and farmland to other uses in the past four decades, but the number of homes scattered through forestland is increasing, according to a new report from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. The report shows that 98 percent of non-federal lands that were in farm and forest use in 1974, when Oregon’s land use planning system went into effect, remained so in 2009.

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Managing the Tongass

Southeast Conference promotes treating forest as ‘living, breathing organism’
Juneau Empire
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A regional economic development organization is proposing a new long-term strategy to manage the Tongass National Forest. The Southeast Conference says that the forest should become a “net contributor to the nation’s treasury.” Shelly Wright is the executive director for the Southeast Conference. Wright said the Tongass should be better managed and utilized to not only sustain small Southeast economies, but to also save tax dollars spent on restoration and stewardship programs. “First and foremost, the current plan that’s being used on the Tongass is not working,” Wright said. “The forest service paid $77 million in taxes on the Tongass.”

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In heart of the Rim Fire, regeneration has begun

Associated Press
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. — In the midst of a foreboding canyon scorched bare by the Sierra Nevada’s most destructive fire in centuries, tiny ferns unfurl along a spring, black oaks push through charred soil normally blanketed with pine needles and a hawk soars above towering dead and denuded trees. Just four weeks after the most intense day of California’s Rim Fire — when wind and extremely arid conditions created a conflagration that turned 30,000 acres of dense conifers and oaks into a moonscape — life is returning as the forest begins to repair itself.

Video: Regeneration begins after California rim fire from the Associated Press

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Timber payments for Oregon counties clears last congressional hurdle

The Oregonian
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Senate quickly approved a revived county timber payments program on Thursday, sending the bill on to President Barack Obama for his signature.  The final congressional action was expected following a vote Wednesday in the House. The federal timber payments — which could bring as much as $100 million a year to Oregon counties — were included in a bill that ensures continued sales of helium from federal stockpiles.

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Logger under W.Va. scrutiny working again

Associated Press
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A logger who lost his state license after being accused of illegal timbering in a Kanawha County park is operating under a different company name in Fayette County. Secretary of State’s office records show David Bowen now works for Bo-Ru LLC. The logging company was incorporated on July 1 and is owned by Bowen’s mother. The Division of Forestry revoked Bowen’s license in July and ordered him to mitigate the damage from an unauthorized cut at Coonskin Park. The county had hired Bowen’s company, Russell Trucking, to remove park debris after the 2012 derecho.

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County pine beetle battle back on track

Black Hills Pioneer
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DEADWOOD — In less than a week, crews will continue to battle the pine beetle throughout Lawrence County and two successful sawyer crews have been offered contracts to do the work. The companies were given the go-ahead by the state after meeting the requirements of an amended grant agreement and other correspondence recently received by Lawrence County from the state of South Dakota, Lawrence County Commissioners. The commission granted Lawrence County Deputy State’s Attorney Bruce Outka to offer Dharma Tree Care of Spearfish and Pacific Coast Contracting of Central Point, Ore. contracts.

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Forest sector campaign to visit schools thought up by school kids themselves

Finnish Forest Association
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest professionals will visit over 300 schools this autumn to present the sector and their work. The campaign is based on an idea conceived by an advisory board. …Tolmatsova has been a member of the Advisory Board since it started. “I got interested immediately I heard about the Board. It’s great to be able to take part in breaking old but erroneous images, for this is not a boring sunset sector,” says Tolmatsova who received her Master’s degree in forestry in 2011. 15-30 young people take part in each Advisory Board meeting. They have conceived a range of ideas to help young Finns learn about the forest sector in a way that appeals to them.

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Ash trees also face insect threat

BBC News
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An insect that has killed more than 99% of North American ash trees it has infested could be heading to the UK, according to scientists. The emerald ash borer is a beetle that is native to Asia and eastern Russia, but entered into North America around 2002. It has now been found west of Moscow and scientists believe it is heading towards Europe. Common ash, which is widely found growing in the UK, has been found to be susceptible to the insect

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Forest fragmentation triggers ‘ecological Armageddon’

BBC News
September 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Species affected by rainforest fragmentation are likely to be wiped out more quickly than previously thought, scientists have warned. A study found that some small mammal species on forest islands, created by a hydroelectric reservoir, in Thailand became extinct in just five years. It also showed that populations in the fragmented habitats were also at risk from another threat – invasive species. The findings have been published in the journal Science.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Shedding Light in the Forest: Climate Change’s Effects on Timber

USDA
September 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The effect of climate change on some trees harvested for paper and wood may not be quite as severe as expected, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Auburn, Ala. Climate change is expected to increase levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. A key question is whether rising CO2 levels will increase the severity of tree diseases.

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Impact of high carbon dioxide levels in a warming world is great unknown

The Age
September 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Nestled among the dry eucalypt forests behind Nagambie, north of Melbourne, the 36-metre metal ”flux tower” looks out of place. The tower sends out an infrared beam that, 20 times a second, measures the transfer of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the landscape. The project is part of efforts to better understand one of the big unknown questions in climate science: will soil, trees and plants continue to soak up large amounts of carbon dioxide as the planet warms?

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