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Daily Archives: September 30, 2013

Business & Politics

Deal revives BC rail line

MM&D
September 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON, British Columbia—When the Kelowna Pacific Railway (KPR) Ltd went bankrupt and entered receivership in July, cargo stopped moving over the short-line running between Campbell Creek and Lumby. But now a deal has been reached between CN, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, TCRC-Maintenance of Way Employees Division, and Tolko Industries Ltd (KPR’s main customer) that will get cargo trains moving through the North Okanagan region of British Columbia again. 

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Resolute Forest Products wants 12-hr shifts or 25% fewer staff

The Canadian Press
September 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products is looking to cut at least a quarter of the workforce at its newsprint mill in Baie Comeau, Que., as it seeks to trim costs due to falling demand from overseas customers. The Montreal-based company met with employees Friday to present two scenarios – either cut 90 workers and lengthen the work day to 12 hours from eight, or close one of the mill’s three machines and shed 150 jobs. A company spokesman said unionized workers have a week to approve one of the options.

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Daines’ plan calls for six-fold increase in Montana logging

The Missoulian
September 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Politics aside, a logging bill now halfway through Congress would transform Montana’s timber business from a trickle to a torrent. The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act envisions a six-fold increase in timber harvest from Montana’s nine national forests, from 62.5 million board feet cut in 2012 to a regular production of 380.5 million board feet. The impact would vary greatly from forest to forest. For example, the Bitterroot National Forest would be expected to produce 21 million board feet a year, up from 2012’s 11 million board feet.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sunken logs give rise to new venture

Scarborough Leader
September 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A typical day at the office is somewhat of a treasure hunt for Scarborough resident Todd Morrissette. Six years ago Morrissette started Dead Head Lumber Company and designed a state-of-the art boat that could locate and retrieve logs that had sunk to Maine’s lakes and rivers during historic log drives that occurred between the 1600s and 1800s. Morrissette turned to salvaging sunken lumber after spending more than a decade as a lumber importer.

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Forestry

First ever ‘Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry’

Royal Central
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The first Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry was awarded on 16 September 2013 to Jocelin Teron of British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Teron received the award, which is created from woods recovered from forests the Duchy of Cornwall manages. Ms. Teron will attend an exchange program with British Foresters on His Royal Highness’ Duchy of Cornwall Estate in tandem with a partnership with the Canadian Institute of Forestry. The program which is later for next year will happen together with the Woodland Heritage ‘Woodland to Workshop’ course. Prince Charles is patron of Woodland Heritage.

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Changes to the Membership of the Softwood Lumber Board

Daily Journal of the United States Government
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

This proposal invites comments on changes to the membership of the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) established under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). …This proposal would revise the Board’s membership to reflect the diversity of the industry in terms of size of operation; allow companies that operate in multiple geographic regions to seek representation in any region in which they operate (U.S. or import); add flexibility for the Board to nominate eligible persons to fill vacancies that occur during a term; and re-designate the States of Virginia and West Virginia to the U.S. South Region. These changes would help facilitate program operations.

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As Surrey grows, trees are traded for density

The Globe and Mail
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sales start soon for a major condo development that got caught in the middle of a long battle to save significant old-growth forest in Cloverdale, B.C. The Bose farm had been a Surrey landmark since 1890, when Henry Bose bought 160 acres, and began what became the Bose family legacy as farmers and public officials. His grandson, Bob Bose is a well-known former mayor and long-time councillor.

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Wood ticks remain a threat during the fall

Black Press
September 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It may only be the size of a poppy seed, but its bite could be fatal at worst, and could cause severe sickness at best – particularly if incorrectly diagnosed initially. And, contrary to the Rocky Mountain wood tick (dermacentor andersoni), which can cause paralysis and carry disease too, the western black-legged tick (ixodes pacificus) carries lyme disease and is commonly found at this time of year as well as in spring, when the wood tick is common. Jim Wilson, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation president, warns that autumn is an important time of year for people to be aware that this tick continues to be looking for a blood meal until temperatures drop a few degrees below freezing.

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Anti-logging blockade aims to protect Chilcotin moose

CBC News
September 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation have set up a blockade to stop logging southwest of Williams Lake, saying they’re worried about declining moose populations in the Chilcotin. Chief Joe Alphonse, chair of the Tsilhqot’in government, says an area known as the “Big Meadow” was once an ideal moose habitat covered with lush forests of pine. Now, the land has grown bare and the habitat has become fragmented due to the effects of mountain pine beetle infestation, and also due to logging.

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B.C. awards community forest agreement to Cortes Island

BC Newsroom
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Province is enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship on Cortes Island by granting a local group a community forest agreement, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The agreement was granted to the Cortes Forestry General Partnership, made up of the Klahoose First Nation and the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative, and covers a 3,775.5-hectare area on Cortes Island.

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COFI Leaders Say Forestry Is Alive And Well

250 News
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Setting out on a path to mitigate the damage done by the mountain pine beetle. That is the focus of the Council of Forest Industries as the B.C. forest industry’s recovery from the devastation gathers momentum. COFI Chair Nick Arkle and Vice-president of Northern Operations Doug Routledge were on hand Friday morning to introduce COFI’s new President and CEO James Gorman to the local media. Gorman, who took over the post September 16th, is brand new to the forestry game having worked for 19 years with the provincial government, serving as a deputy minister in a number of ministries including Shirley Bond’s tenure as Education Minister.

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Tree planters head to BC Human Rights Tribunal

Fifty former employees say they were victims of extreme acts of racism
AM 1130 Vancouver
September 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The tree planters who went public about the poor conditions they were forced to work in back in 2010 are headed to the BC Human Rights Tribunal on Monday. They claim they were the victims of extreme acts of racism. The complaints against Khaira Enterprises were lodged after the workers had been employed and living in the company’s camps for a number of months. Most of the 50 complainants were recently landed immigrants from Africa, employed in Canada for the first time.

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Getting better all the time

Chronicle Journal
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THE GLASS in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario appears to be half-full and then some. Economic prospects are being touted, even on the once-dicey forestry front which is making a nice comeback after a recessionary bust. We will not see the same kind of forest industry any more. Instead, we will see advanced versions of traditional forestry and new ways to use trees. In a region where an estimated 60,000 jobs were lost to a perfect storm of economic, political and market challenges, any news of improvement is good news.

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Just a chip off the old block

The Chronicle Herald
September 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

WHITE POINT — You have got to question a hobby that requires you to wrap chain mail around your feet so you don’t cut them off. “I like to take care of my feet. They’re my livelihood, and you can’t really sew them back on,” Darren Hudson said as he wrapped the metal mesh boots tight around his ankles. But even that couldn’t deter an energetic group of volunteers, preschoolers to retirees, who were anxious to find out what it takes to be a lumberjack. Hudson is a world-famous lumberjack from Barrington, Shelburne County.

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Forests: much more than just trees

The Globe and Mail
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

… With support from the TD Forests program, the Nature Conservancy of Canada acquired the 320-acre (130-hectare) Kurian property in the northern part of the Whitemouth River watershed. The black spruce bog forest on the property features trees estimated to be almost 100 years old… TD’s five-year contribution is the largest corporate commitment to NCC in the conservation organization’s more than 50-year history and is an excellent example of what can be accomplished thanks to corporate partnerships. With support from the TD Forests program, NCC will increase the amount of forested lands protected and cared for in Canada, and will engage Canadians in efforts to conserve forests.

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Radio problems preceded deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters: report

The Associated Press
September 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A three-month investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze cites poor communication between the men and support staff, and reveals that an airtanker carrying flame retardant was hovering overhead as the firefighters died. The 120-page report released Saturday found that proper procedure was followed and assigned little of blame for the worst firefighting tragedy since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Climate and fires threaten forests

EO Media Group
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Biologist David Peterson cringes when he hears the statement: “Climate change is causing wildfires to become larger, more frequent and more severe.” While it’s true that in 2012, the warmest year since 1895, more of the Western U.S. burned than in any other year on record, “Many scientific statements become ‘fact’ for no better reason than they are repeated frequently at meetings,” he said during a recent seminar on climate change.

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President needs to untie hands of forest managers

The Recorder
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would increase logging in national forests and we would encourage the Senate to follow suit and the president to sign the bill. However, both the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama have indicated they do not support the bill, which is not only a shame, but irresponsible. All the president and his liberal buddies have to do is read the recent health assessment of the Sequoia National Forest east of Porterville and that should show them that logging is needed in most of our forest to not only restore health, but reduce the threat of catastrophic fires and enhance wildlife habitat.

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Federal forestlands would benefit from Oregon rules: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
September 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Managing some of the federal O&C forestlands more like private forestlands, as is supported by Oregon’s Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader, would produce a better set of environmental and economic outcomes than is currently the case. Oregon’s 29 million acres of diverse forests have four general emphases of management: multiresource, reserve, wood production and residential, based upon forest types, ownerships, policies and locations. About 60 percent of Oregon’s forests are federal.

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Fighting fires with aging tankers from another era

Wings break off, engines catch fire and parts must be scrounged.
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The blaze near Yosemite National Park had incinerated scores of acres and was spreading fast. It was time, federal officials decided, to attack it from the air with all the resources at their command. As the nation’s armada of air tankers began landing at a staging area near here, it was clear that this was a fleet from another era. The planes showed their age. Propellers coughed to a stop and smoke spewed from their piston engines. Many of these restored tankers were built during the Eisenhower administration. The Forest Service fleet, which drops retardant to give firefighters on the ground crucial time to put out raging wildfires, is too old, industry and government officials say. 

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Rocky Barker: Rural areas could lose under timber quota bill

Idaho Statesman
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

House Resources Chairman Doc Hastings’ sold his “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” as a way to provide funds for rural schools and roads. …Hastings’ idea is that if we could just mandate the Forest Service to get out the cut, the rural counties funding problems would be solved. He’d give 25 percent of all timber receipts to the counties for roads and schools. The Congressional Budget Office even said his bill, which would mandate a harvest of 6 billion, would return $269 million annually from the 193 million acres of national forest land.

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Ash borer fight slows tree replacement

Evanston Now
September 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If you lose a tree in your parkway, it is unlikely to be replaced before 2015, thanks to resources being devoted to coping with the pesky emerald ash borer (EAB), according to the city official in charge of Evanston trees. Paul D’Agostino, assistant director of public works for the past 26 years, was keynote speaker at the Evanston Green Living Festival Saturday at the Ecology Center. The festival theme was “Preserving and Protecting the Urban Forest,” and D’Agostino, who is Evanston’s general in the war against the EAB, said his last three years have been the most difficult of his career, thanks to that native Chinese insect.

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Landmark Indonesia-EU timber trade pact comes into force

The Hindu Business Line
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JAKARTA — A trade agreement between Indonesia and the European Union aimed at curbing illegal logging was to come into effect on Monday, the first such deal involving an Asian country. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is designed to help the European Union identify unlicensed Indonesian products and prevent them from entering the region’s markets. The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said the deal, the result of more than two years of negotiations, would test Indonesia’s resolve to fight corruption in its forestry sector.

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Forest life faces ‘Armageddon’

Science Alert
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously assumed, according to an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydro-electric reservoir in Thailand… “It’s vital that we understand what happens to species in forest fragments,” Dr Antony Lynam of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Thailand said. “The fate of much of the world’s biodiversity is going to depend on it.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Using sawmill leftovers to power homes

Montana Public Radio
September 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

After years of raising money, securing a buyer, and months of construction F-H Stoltze Land and Lumber’s cogeneration plant is running. The plant will be providing up to 2.5-megawatts of power to the Flathead Electric Co-op for 20-years. That boils down enough to power between 1,800 and 2,500 homes. Plant Manager Bryan O’Connor said the biomass boiler burns a mix of sawdust, bark, and wood chips produced from the sawmill to produce steam which then is used to dry lumber, and to turn a turbine which generates energy for the power grid.

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Researchers Reconstruct 900 Years of Climatic History Using Tree Rings

Nature World News
September 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers have achieved the first long temperature reconstruction for the eastern Mediterranean using the stable carbon isotopes found in tree rings found in the region. The study examines the months from January to May in order to target the period in which the trees shift from winter dormancy to springtime reactivation. In doing so, the researchers were able to reveal new insight into the climatic history of the region — a subject largely shrouded in mystery.

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IPCC climate report: humans ‘dominant cause’ of warming

BBC News
September 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s. The report by the UN’s climate panel details the physical evidence behind climate change. On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is “unequivocal”, it explained. It adds that a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends.

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Tories hit out over trees pledge

Shropshire Star
September 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Scottish Government set a goal to plant 100 million by 2015 but figures show only 42% progress since the target was announced in 2010. The aim now appears completely unachievable, according to Conservative rural affairs spokesman Alex Fergusson. “The drive to plant more trees is an admirable enough aim, and the SNP certainly made the most of the announcement,” he said. “However, like so much the SNP comes up with, it appears to be completely unachievable.

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Investment in green technology the answer to climate change

Radio Interview with Bjorn Lomborg
ABC News Australia
September 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Centre, says carbon tax and targets don’t work. Investment in new green technologies needed to fight climate change.

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General

Cape Breton biomass research project recieves $45,000

Cape Breton Post
September 30, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

SYDNEY — A research project involving a Cape Breton University assistant professor and a Sydney company that deals in renewable energy products and technology has received a $45,000 grant from the research network Mitacs. Stephanie MacQuarrie, an assistant professor of organic chemistry at CBU, and Barrie Folek, the CEO of BW BioEnergy Inc. are researching the potential of biomass from three carbon samples developed from a local, renewable, cost-efficient hardwood feedstock to adsorb various industrial pollutants in the aqueous phase.

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