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Daily Archives: October 3, 2013

Business & Politics

Fraser River shipping could bloom without Massey Tunnel

Surrey North Delta Leader
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…”It’s economies of scale,” Scott said. “If they have to pay twice they go somewhere else where they only have to pay once to load a vessel up.” Scott uses the example of the Interfor sawmill that’s adjacent to Fraser Surrey Docks. It can’t fully load lumber on a ship at Fraser Surrey Docks so it instead trucks all that lumber across town to Burrard Inlet, where a large ship can be filled to capacity with Interfor lumber, the same as the forest company’s competitors do.

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Gorman takes over top job at COFI

Prince George Free Press
October 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One might think it strange that the new guy heading up the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) doesn’t have a background in the forest industry. However, might be exactly what the organization representing interior forest companies needs. …Gorman brings extensive public policy and senior management experience to the position. …His experience in government, he hopes, will help bridge gaps between
the industry and government. He has already starting meeting with COFI
members, government officials and will be meeting with local
stakeholders

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Critic says Government Failing Forest Industry

VOCM
October 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Opposition Natural Resources critic Dwight Ball says the recent temporary shut down of the Sexton Lumber sawmill is proof the provincial government is failing the forest industry. Ball says government is choosing to sit on vast timber resources instead of allowing a local company access. The Liberal leadership candidate says the process involving lands formerly belonging to Abitibi-Bowater has been ongoing for four years. He says while government continues to delay, the forest industry is in jeopardy.

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Sawmill shutdown expected to have negative ripple effect

Sexton Lumber lays off 79, expects to be closed at least 4 to 6 weeks
CBC News
October 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest sawmill has temporarily shut its doors. The heavy equipment at Sexton Lumber in Bloomfield is idle, and all 79 employees have been laid off. Owner Kevin Sexton said he saw the log shortage coming. Sexton had asked government to free up some timber in central Newfoundland, part of the former Abitibi wood supply. The forest has been untouched since the mill in Grand Falls-Windsor closed four years ago. Sexton said his request was denied.

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SPI Announces Reconstruction of Sawmill at Quincy

Yuba Net
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Anderson, CA  – Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) today announced it will rebuild its large-log sawmill located in Quincy, California beginning in early 2014. The existing mill will be taken down and completely rebuilt to a more efficient configuration. During this time the small-log mill will continue to operate as will the cogeneration plant and planer. The sawmill will close when the existing log supply runs out sometime in February. It will be down for about 8-10 months to update the facility with modern milling machinery and a better layout.

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Plum Creek CEO Says Housing Rebound, Chinese Demand Bodes Well For Industry

Talk Business
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Plum Creek CEO Rick Holley told members of the Arkansas Forestry Association that a housing recovery and new markets bode well for the industry as he expects bullish opportunities in the coming months and years. Touting a healthy rebound in new housing starts, Holley said demographic trends support continued construction activity in the U.S. for the next several years. “[T]he housing start recovery is underway,” Holley said in a Little Rock interview on Wednesday (Oct. 2).

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China: wood demand expected to rise 50% by 2015

IHB
October 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Official statistics from the Chinese customs show a 11,34% increase in log imports in the first six months of 2013, over the same period of 2012, muyezhan.com reports. Overall, China imported 25 million cbm of logs, in the period mentioned above, at a value of US$ 5 billion. Softwood timber imports are also on an upward trend. In the first half, China purchased 9,1% more softwood timber, especially from Canada and Russia, woodmarkets.com reported.

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Investors welcome prospect of more action against former timber boss

ABC News, Australia
October 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The former boss of the failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns may be forced to repay the profits of his insider trading, a prospect that has been welcomed by investors. John Gay, 70, was convicted in August of one count of insider trading in 2009, while he was the executive chairman of Gunns. He was fined $50,000 dollars for selling 3.4 million shares with knowledge of the company’s finances that was not publicly available.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Help Stop The “Go Green – Go Paperless” Bus!

Blog by Phil Riebel
Two Sides
October 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Although many of the “save a tree” messages are printed on bills and envelopes, consumers don’t differentiate between different paper products. These messages are a major driver of public perception about all paper and print products… It appears that many Americans are seeing behind the “greenwash”. This was evident from our latest Nationwide survey where we asked US consumers how they felt about the “go green – go paperless” message. Half of consumers surveyed do not believe, feel misled by or question the validity of such claims. 84% agreed that paperless bills and statements are being promoted to reduce costs. 

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Forestry

Local loggers receive provincial honours

Nanaimo News Bulletin
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two loggers from Nanaimo have received recognition and a reward for sound forestry practices. John Gregson, licence holder of Woodlot 1475 in Lantzville, and his brother Dave have been presented with the $2,500 Coast Area award for sound forestry and environmental practices and exceptional community stewardship by Steve Thomson, minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, as part of the 2013 Woodlot Management Awards.

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Anthony Britneff and Ben Parfitt: Return to old-school forest practices is needed to protect B.C.’s grizzlies

The Province
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 20 years ago, B.C. signaled to the world that sustainable development was a concept it took seriously. In the intervening years, the phrase became so over-used as to make people’s eyes glaze over. But back then it actually meant something, and our province led the world in enacting policies that better protected biological diversity for the benefit of present and future generations. Thanks to provincial administrations on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum, we created a network of new parks that was the envy of the world.

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NDP environment critic awed by Koksilah trees

Cowichan News Leader
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ancient trees in the Koksilah River could be a step closer to preservation after a recent visit by the NDP’s environment critic and Cowichan’s MLA. Spencer Chandra Herbert, and Warm Land member Bill Routley toured the stand recently with Warrick Whitehead, a valley citizen with a long history of trying to get Koksilah’s old growth stand saved. Chandra Herbert was impressed — especially with the potential tourist values the towering cedars, firs and hemlocks would offer the valley if taxpayers — the provincial or Cowichan regional board — bought the acreage from TimberWest.

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Tornado-damaged forest to get prescribed burn

CBC News
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources is planning to ignite two prescribed burns in the Wind Road and Socket Lake areas of northwestern Ontario. The locations are approximately 75 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout. The Wind Road burn is roughly 1,000 hectares in size and is in a forest damaged by a tornado that tracked from the west in 2007. It left a path 10 kilometres long. The ministry says tracking of radio-collared woodland caribou has shown the debris is a continuous barrier to travel for the animals.

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National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting

SFI Blog Good for Forests
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Fresh off SFI’s own annual conference, I had the great pleasure to participate in the National Association of State Foresters annual meeting last week, in Hot Springs, Virginia. The meeting brought together the directors of all the state forestry agencies and a range of partners from federal agencies, conservation organizations, and others. SFI was proud to participate as a sponsor, exhibitor, and partner. Of note was a presentation by Bruce McIntyre with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, who highlighted major global economic and social trends affecting the forestry sector.

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Reforming Forest Management

October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A pro-logging bill making its way through Congress would dramatically revise forest management throughout the country, ramping up timber production four-fold on the Flathead National Forest, while dramatically increasing harvests on all of the state’s national forests and restricting litigation designed to halt those projects for environmental scrutiny. …Matthew Koehler, executive director of the WildWest Institute, an environmental organization in Missoula, said the bill undermines the country’s public lands legacy by mandating increases in industrial logging while restricting oversight.

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Forest Thinning Progress

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

Hoping to get a stalled forest restoration project moving, the Forest Service has issued “task orders” to cut 8,600 acres of ponderosa pine forest. ..In addition, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin has convinced executives from Good Earth Power AZ LLC to meet with the public and local officials in Rim Country on Wednesday at the Payson Public Library starting at 9:30 a.m. Good Earth recently took over the 4FRI contract to thin 300,000 acres in 10 years from Pioneer Forest Products.

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Teamwork, fast response quelled fire costs

The Mail Tribune
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Interagency cooperation coupled with adequate resources and a gung-ho initial attack on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest likely saved the U.S. Forest Service millions of dollars this past summer. That is the conclusion drawn from a staff fire season analysis conducted after the smoke had cleared. The 2013 fire season ended in late September. “In this fire season, only one fire on the forest escaped after our initial attack,” said Syndy Zerr, deputy fire staff officer for the forest who was interviewed before the partial government shutdown.

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Peter DeFazio criticizes ‘radical’ environmental groups fighting his Oregon logging bill

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

WASHINGTON — One day after environmentalists rallied in Portland against his bill to increase timber harvests in Western Oregon, Rep. Peter DeFazio on Wednesday fired back at his one-time allies. DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who has closely worked with environmentalists for years, said in an interview that opposition to his bill is coming from “radical groups” that basically want to prevent any logging on western Oregon’s Oregon & California grant lands.

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Reforming Forest Management

October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A pro-logging bill making its way through Congress would dramatically revise forest management throughout the country, ramping up timber production four-fold on the Flathead National Forest, while dramatically increasing harvests on all of the state’s national forests and restricting litigation designed to halt those projects for environmental scrutiny. …Matthew Koehler, executive director of the WildWest Institute, an environmental organization in Missoula, said the bill undermines the country’s public lands legacy by mandating increases in industrial logging while restricting oversight.

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Snake-Inspired Bridge Protects Forest Ecosystem

Earth Techling
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Normally, a snake is the last thing I want to encounter when exploring in the woods. A very special “snake” recently spotted in Werribee, Australia, might convince me to change my mind, however. It’s actually an elevated footbridge that winds through the forest canopy like, you guessed it, a snake. Inspired by the venomous eastern brown snake, the bridge is painted in uniform brown tones in top with an underbelly of bright orange.

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Koala management plans barking up wrong tree, researchers say

ABC News, Australia
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The iconic koala is renowned as a nocturnal tree-hugger that sleeps a lot and is fussy about which eucalyptus leaves to eat. However, the latest research suggests efforts to save koalas from extinction by protecting their habitat may be barking up the wrong tree. Dr Matthew Crowther from the University of Sydney questions the efficacy of koala management plans that focus solely on preventing the loss of food trees or restoring food species habitat lost to development.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trees Might Store More Carbon Than Thought

DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
October 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Examining a long-lived forest, researchers have found that Black Spruce trees, which dominate the northern forests of North America, succumb about five years after being weakened by environmental stresses. Without rejuvenating fire, the dead trees aren’t being replaced by new ones. The result will help researchers better understand how climate change affects the health of forests, and how forests affect the severity of climate change. The study also suggests trees might be storing more carbon than currently estimated.

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B.C. losing its position as climate-change leader

October 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Under Campbell, the province introduced North America’s first carbon tax and worked with California and other states to introduce a carbon trading system that would set caps on industrial emissions. The B.C. Liberal government set up the Crown agency Pacific Carbon Trust to act as a catalyst for emission-reducing projects and deliver a carbon-neutral provincial government. The Liberals established a Clean Energy Act that declared the province must produce 93 per cent of its energy through green projects. The clean energy policy produced many new projects, including run-of-river power, and from wind and incinerating wood waste.

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Chase divided over pellet plant

Hundreds at public hearing debate whether proposal is economic saviour or industrial nuisance
Kamloops Daily News
October 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Village of Chase is decidedly divided over a contentious proposal to build a wood-pellet plant in town. On Tuesday evening, more than 250 residents attended a town council public hearing on the rezoning needed to accommodate the project. Dozens took to a microphone to voice their position during the nearly two-hour meeting with each side equally strong in numbers and in fervour. …But the project’s proximity to residents —
200 metres from properties, in some cases — has led hundreds to raise
concerns over noise, dust, safety, health, environment and the impact on
roads.

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B.C. losing its position as climate-change leader

October 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Under Campbell, the province introduced North America’s first carbon tax and worked with California and other states to introduce a carbon trading system that would set caps on industrial emissions. The B.C. Liberal government set up the Crown agency Pacific Carbon Trust to act as a catalyst for emission-reducing projects and deliver a carbon-neutral provincial government. The Liberals established a Clean Energy Act that declared the province must produce 93 per cent of its energy through green projects. The clean energy policy produced many new projects, including run-of-river power, and from wind and incinerating wood waste.

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Fortress Paper Announces Completion of Cogeneration Facility

Marketwired
October 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. announces that the Company has successfully completed the mandatory 100 hour grid test for its cogeneration facility at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill and the cogeneration facility is now delivering power to the Hydro Quebec grid at the contracted commercial rate. Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, remarked, “We are very pleased that the final stage of testing for the cogeneration facility at the FSC Mill has been successfully completed and that the Company is now delivering power to the Hydro Quebec grid at the contracted rate.

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Wildland Fire Management in a Changing Climate

USDA Forest Service
October 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The frequency severity, and extent of wildfire are strongly linked to climate. In a warming climate, we are experiencing earlier snowmelt, lower summer soil moisture and fuel moisture, more drought, and longer fires seasons. Collectively, these conditions have led to increases in fire extent and challenges for land managers. Increasing temperatures and changes in precipitation and snowmelt patterns are increasing the severity and size of wildfires in the West, especially in the northern latitudes, including Alaska.

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Council of State OKs deal for new wood pellet export facility at North Carolina port

Rail News: Intermodal
October 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

North Carolina’s Council of State yesterday approved a 20-year agreement between the North Carolina State Ports Authority and WoodFuels L.L.C. concerning the construction of a wood pellet export facility at the Port of Morehead City. According to the pact’s terms, WoodFuels would finance and build a $25 million export facility at the port to receive, store and load wood pellets for export to Europe, where the material would be used as a renewable energy source. The facility would receive the first shipment of pellets in late 2014.

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