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Daily Archives: October 2, 2013

Business & Politics

China still buying lumber as U.S. bounces back: COFI

Prince George Citizen
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent visit by the Council of Forest Industries brought out some of the industry’s heaviest hitters, and also the news that lumber markets continue to bounce back. It was acknowledged by COFI board chair Nick Arkle that China’s arrival as a lumber customer went a long way to offset the loss of the U.S. market when the American construction industry collapsed at the start of the global recession. Now China is still buying wood and the U.S. market is showing signs of life again. “We’re never going to walk away from the American market,” said Arkle, a manager with Gorman Brothers Lumber based in Kelowna.

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Cortes partnership secures forest tenure

Campbell River Mirror
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests, fibre and solid partnerships will provide for an excellent future, says Klahoose Chief James Delorme. The elected leader of the Cortes Island-based First Nation was still in a celebratory mood Monday following Friday’s announcement of a new community forest tenure for the island by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. “The prospects are good…it’s a resource we have to manage properly because it provides for the future of our people and the people of this community,” said Chief Delorme.

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Sawmill Forced to Shut Down

VOCM
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province’s largest sawmill has been forced to shut down temporarily due to a shortage of logs. The move will affect 79 jobs on the Bonavista Peninsula and has far-reaching ramifications throughout the province. Owner Kevin Sexton says to avoid the shut down, he requested additional timber allocations from the provincial government, but was turned down. Sexton says some 280,000 cubic metres of land formerly belonging to Abitibi-Bowater is being held by government.

Sexton Lumber put mill on temporary shutdown from The Telegram
Newfoundland lumber mill closes temporarily from the Canadian Press
Bloomfield sawmill temporarily shuts down from The CBC News

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Thurso mill owners look at changes

Weak market, Chinese trade action force hand
Canadian Press
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. is looking at alternatives for its specialty cellulose mill in Thurso, Que., as a result of a threatened dumping tariff by China and generally weak market challenges. The Vancouver-based company, which didn’t say what alternatives are being considered for the mill, said Monday that it continues to respond to questions from China’s Ministry of Commerce, which announced in February that it’s investigating imports of dissolving pulp from several countries.

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Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill Facebook receives answers

The News
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s been a little over a month but the questions have finally been answered. About 60 questions regarding the monitoring and compliance of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation that were presented to the Department of Environment have been answered and made public. Matt Gunning, one of the founders of the Clean Up the Pictou County Pulp Mill Facebook Page, along with Bobbi Morrison and Paul Gregory, sat down with representatives from the department on Aug. 27.

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Slovenia’s Forestry goods output increased 13% in 2012

Balkans.com
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Due to higher values of output of sawlogs and pulpwood in Slovenia, the total value of output of the forestry industry reached 366 million EUR in 2012, ie. 13% more than in 2011.
Slovenia’s Value of output of the forestry industry, which equals to the total value of forestry goods output and forestry services output, increased by 13% in 2012 compared to 2011 (it reached 366 million EUR). Value of forestry goods output (341 million EUR in 2012) was higher mainly due to the higher values ??of the production of sawlogs and pulpwood. Standing timber contributed the largest share in the total value of forestry goods output, ie. 49% in the same year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

A Lesson in Turning Forest Timber Into Assets

Southington Patch
October 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Southington’s vocational-agriculture students got a hands-on lesson Tuesday in transforming an abundance of maple trees at Crescent Lake into a stockpile of timber for the high school’s Vo-Ag Center. A year and a half ago, UConn Professor Tom Worthley and three of his students conducted a study of the manageable assets at Crescent Lake for the Southington Open Space committee. Among three issues found, one was an overgrowth of maple trees causing a decline in an already small population of ash trees at the woodland park.

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Forestry

Peter Foster: The boreal flying pigs agreement

Financial Post
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Those responsible for negotiating and extending the 2010 Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) are on a charm offensive, claiming that the agreement has been a great success, and should be a template for similar agreements in industries such as oil and gas. No word if they are also pushing a Canadian Flying Pig Agreement (CFPA). …Not only has the CBFA achieved little or nothing in the past three years — a fact acknowledged by an unreleased internal audit — it set a disastrous example of corporate appeasement.

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Forestry blockades in the Chilcotin come down

Williams Lake Tribune
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even though two blockades impacting forestry operations in the Chilcotin were dismantled last weekend, Yunesit’in (Stone) band members continue to monitor the one at the junction of the 2800 and 3200 forestry road, said Yunesit’in Chief Russell Myers Ross Tuesday. Band members are still occupying the blockade but are not stopping operations being conducted by Tolko’s contractor, Westline Harvesting Ltd. 

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U.S. Forest Service Proposes Ecological Restoration Policy

Wildlife Society News
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a permanent Ecological Restoration Policy in the Forest Service Manual 2020. This would replace the previous interim directive of Ecological Restoration and Resilience issued on May 13, 2013. The permanent directive would create broad science-based policy for restoring National Forest Service lands, and provide resources for obtaining ecological balance and biodiversity.

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ForWarn follows rapidly changing forest conditions

Science Codex
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service and partner scientists are keeping a watchful eye on forest health. As fall colors replace the lush greenness of spring and summer, researchers recognize telltale signs of change in healthy forests. A new publication highlights specific examples where researchers have used ForWarn, a state-of-the-art forest change recognition and tracking system, to detect disturbances and track forest recovery. ForWarn uses NASA satellite imagery to develop real-time maps that assist forest managers in the continental United States. 

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U.S. Forest Service announces intent to modify Tongass National Forest management plan

SitNews
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – Today the U.S. Forest Service announced that it will introduce a “modification” to the Tongass Land Management Plan that “among other things is expected to focus on identifying the timber base suitable to support a transition to young-growth management, in a way that supports the continued viability of the forest industry in Southeast Alaska, per the direction of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.” The announcement also says the Forest Service will create a Tongass Federal Advisory Committee” in the New Year, although how the agency will recruit and select committee members isn’t mentioned.

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Woodland salamanders prove forest ecosystem recovery

The Lumberjack
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A study last May revealed that researchers can look to salamanders to judge the health of forests on the North Coast. According to a study from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, woodland salamanders are a viable indicator of forest ecosystem recovery. The study was conducted in Mill Creek, an old-growth forest located in Del Norte County. The study also suggest that ecosystem recovery may be possible for forests affected by habitat destruction.

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San Bernardino forest fire-prevention strategy: Close it

A strategy also in use elsewhere aims to head off fire in the San Bernardino National Forest by closing areas before it can happen.
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The hikers were there, sure enough, but far away, deep in the folds of the canyon. From the spot where Garcia and Miller were standing, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, there wasn’t much chance of catching them. But if the hikers were caught, they’d face a federal citation that could bring a $5,000 fine and six months in prison — for walking through public land, on a path taken thousands of times before. Things are different this year in the San Bernardino National Forest. Cucamonga Canyon, a wildly popular natural area above Rancho Cucamonga, has been closed to the public by the Forest Service.

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Logging and recreation; a stunt that shuts down the government: Opinion roundup

The Oregonian
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The congressional battle over forestry practices on federal land has the effect of hiding a larger question: whether to log or create more recreational uses or both. The Mail Tribune of Medford argues that Oregon loggers, hard up for work, must see growth in employment from increased cutting. But the newspaper also says harvests aren’t “the cure for Western U.S. economic ills” and that federal forests, some 18 million acres of them in Oregon, should find broader recreational uses that support nearby communities.

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Editorial wrong on forest bills from Tester, Daines

By Mike Garrity, Executive Director – Alliance for the Wild Rockies
The Missoulian
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoulian’s Sept. 13 editorial stumbled by calling on Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., to further weaken his already bad Forest Jobs and Recreation Act in an effort to draw support from Montana’s sole Congressman, Republican Steve Daines. The trade-offs suggested by the Missoulian are unworkable policy and contrary to the long history of wilderness legislation championed by true wilderness advocates such as Montana’s former Sen. Lee Metcalf.

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Logging bill: Mandate ensures gridlock

Letter by Molly Eimers
The Missoulian
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoulian was correct about several points in the editorial on Sept. 13. …What concerns me is the suggestion that Daines come out in support of the bill only if Montana’s Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus embrace the amendment once backed by Denny Rehberg. The amendment – mandating that “x” amount of acreage be logged before “y” amount of acreage be designated as wilderness – will ensure that both of these processes remain gridlocked in a stack of paperwork and bureaucracy.

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Big Thorne sale delayed pending wolf habitat review

KRBD.org
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Citing potential concerns over wolf habitat, Alaska’s Regional Forester has directed Forest Service officials to evaluate new information before moving forward with the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island. July’s Big Thorne Record of Decision stands, but the actual timber sale will be delayed while the Forest Service looks into the effects of proposed logging activity on deer and, subsequently, wolves. In a Sept. 30th letter, Regional Forester Beth Pendleton wrote that she affirms the ROD, which was announced this summer by Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole.

Conservationists celebrate delay of Big Thorne sale from The Juneau Empire

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Tree-Killing Beetles at R.I.’s Doorstep

Beetle, beetle, spare that tree
ecoRI.org
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Where are the Asian long-horned beetles? They aren’t in Rhode Island yet, but officials are prepared for their eventual arrival, perhaps from Worcester, Mass., where they were discovered in a woodpile in 2008. It’s suspected they traveled to the United States aboard wooden pallets from China as far back as 15 years ago. New Jersey, Manhattan and Staten Island have eradicated the tree-killing beetle. The Worcester area and Clermont County, Ohio, are running quarantine eradication programs. The Worcester infestation covers 110 square miles, and so far, 33,636 trees have been cleared, mostly maples, which the beetles prefer. In all, 13 tree varieties are at-risk.

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Council weighs pros, cons of ash tree options

October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Superior’s City Council has a decision to make in the wake of emerald ash borer discovered in August. After seven weeks of research into the issue, City Forester Mary Morgan lays out three options for the council to consider as the city faces the loss of about 3,000 public ash trees to the metallic green beetle believed imported from China more than a decade ago. The beetle has left millions of ash trees dead in its wake in 20 states and two provinces in Canada. All of the proposals have an upside and downside, Morgan said.

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Council weighs pros, cons of ash tree options

October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Superior’s City Council has a decision to make in the wake of emerald ash borer discovered in August. After seven weeks of research into the issue, City Forester Mary Morgan lays out three options for the council to consider as the city faces the loss of about 3,000 public ash trees to the metallic green beetle believed imported from China more than a decade ago. The beetle has left millions of ash trees dead in its wake in 20 states and two provinces in Canada. All of the proposals have an upside and downside, Morgan said.

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EU to contribute €47m for forest protection to Honduras

New Europe Online
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Union will today sign a €47m agreement with Honduras in order to help protect forests in the country. The project, known as Eurofor, will cost €49.1 m in total, and will help local forest communities, together with civil society groups, to improve forest management. The project foresees improving research on forestry and agro forestry and providing better employment opportunities and increased food security through access to water and sustainable forest systems, such as environmental services, reforestation initiatives) etc.

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New EU Forest Strategy: good intentions but few teeth

Bird Life International
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In September, the European Commission finally published its long-awaited Forest Strategy. The text, which will replace the existing from 2008, presents some good elements. It includes recognition of the multi-functions of forests. That is to say a recognition that forests serve economic, social and environmental purposes, as well as of the numerous ecosystem services they deliver. The strategy fails however to address the conflicts arising from the increasing demands on forests from different sectors, notably the growing demand in biomass from the energy sector.

EU Commission presents draft for new forestry strategy from EUWID

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New research finds logging doesn’t increase bushfire risk

ABC News
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found that logging doesn’t increase the intensity or risk of bushfires in eucalypt forests. The researchers collaborated with scientists at Government-owned timber agency VicForests, to study areas of mountain ash forest in Victoria. Peter Attiwell, professor and principal fellow in Botany at the University of Melbourne and lead author of the report: Timber harvesting does not increase fire risk and severity in wet eucalypt forests of southern Australia, says there has been little research so far into the area.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cellulose nanocrystal production begins in Alberta

Daily News
October 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) pilot plant, which produces up to 100 kilograms of CNC per week, was commissioned in early September at Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures’ Mill Woods facility before a crowd of researchers, industry leaders and government representatives. The $5.5-million pilot plant, created through a collaboration of the governments of Canada and Alberta in partnership with industry under the Western Economic Partnership Agreement, uses wood and straw pulp from plants such as flax and hemp to create CNC for testing in commercial applications that will lead to production.

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Q&A: Climate Change, Wildfires And The Pacific Northwest

OPB
October 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When we think about climate change, we often think about the health of the entire planet. But it could also bring specific health risks to people in the Pacific Northwest. That issue was raised just last week by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Climate change caused by carbon pollution is one of the most significant public health threats of our time,” she said when speaking to the National Press Club about the agency’s plan for regulations that would restrict carbon emissions from new power plants.

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Carbon dioxide forecast breathes new life into forest management

Cordis News
October 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers from the University of Oviedo, Spain have constructed mathematical models that allow them to determine how much carbon dioxide can be absorbed by the ten most common species of trees in the Atlantic forests. Deforestation is primarily caused by the clearing of land for agricultural purposes, but drastic climactic change and increased human activity have had an adverse effect on biodiversity and surrounding habitats as well. The models created by the research team could facilitate better planning and management of worldwide forests.

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