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Daily Archives: October 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Tembec selling land in the East Kootenay

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
October 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tembec is selling off some of its land in the East Kootenay. The forestry company announced on Monday, September 30 that it hopes to sell $75 million worth of land in the region by the end of 2014. The first sale is a 1,875 hectare parcel, which has been sold for $4.2 million to Nanaimo-based company Jemi Holdings Ltd. The transaction will be complete on or about November 1. Tembec’s statement does not say where in the East Kootenay the parcel is located.

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Catalyst lagoon sale to Alberni final

Alberni Valley News
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The long road that was the city’s pursuit of acquiring a new lagoon and land from Catalyst Paper Corp. is over. The city handed Catalyst a $5 million cheque on Wednesday to finalize the deal. A final $750,000 payment is due next year. The city will also not raise Catalyst’s taxes for another five years. Catalyst will transfer a strip of land to the city for a road next year. The lagoon is located near the Sproat Lake bird sanctuary, and sits on land owned by the Port Alberni Port Authority.

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Fortress Paper looks at partial conversion of Thurso mill back to paper pulp

Canadian Press
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper may return its specialty cellulose mill in Quebec to producing pulp for paper as prices for dissolving pulp — largely used by the Chinese textile industry to make rayon for clothes — continue to fall. …Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said Fortress faces several challenges with the conversion. …Switching to hardwood pulp would put it up against new capacity from
South America, while plans for a short-term conversion could undermine
its ability to develop a customer base willing to pay full price.

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Wood Pallet Producer Concerned for Future

VOCM
October 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A wood pallet producer in the province says he’s very concerned about the future of Sexton Lumber. Melvin Adams runs his operations from Milton outside of Clarenville. He says if Sexton Lumber goes under, his and other companies in the province will be in trouble. Adams told VOCM Open Line with Bill Rowe, without wood for pallets, it will have a big impact on everybody.

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Korea Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Canada Wood Group Blog
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

South Korea’s economic size has ranked 15th globally in 2012, remaining at the same spot for five years since 2008. South Korea’s nominal GDP grew 2% in 2012 to US$ 1.13 trillion up from US$1.11 trillion in the previous year, the slowest growth in three years as exports and domestic demand remained weak amid the global slowdown, but is widely expected to grow around 2.7 ~ 2.8% in 2013.

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UPM completes the sale of its Aigrefeuille timber processing mill in France to Groupe FP Bois

EUWID
October 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM has completed the sale of further processing business in Aigrefeuille d’Aunis, Western France, to Groupe FP Bois. UPM announced in July 2013 the conditional offer received for the Aigrefeuille mill. Groupe FP Bois, a famlily-run manufacturer of parquetry and wall panels based in southwestern France, will continue wood processing at the Aigrefeuille mill. The annual production capacity of the mill is 45,000 m3 of planed wood products.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Can we build tall with wood?

Daily Commercial News
October 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s always difficult to identify a trend. I mean a real trend, that is likely to last; not a fad that will be dead and gone by the end of next week. But there is what looks like a trend a-building in the world of tall buildings. It’s wood. Building tall with wood is an idea that’s been around for a while, but several things have combined to hold it back. The one you hear most often is flammability. Building codes have, generally speaking, limited wood buildings to four storeys because of the fear of fire. And, of course, we have an entire industry that’s used to building with steel and concrete, and we do it very well.

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2 By 2 and 2x4s: The Building Of Noah’s Arks

NPR
October 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

There are just about 30 days — and 30 nights — left in South Florida’s rainy season. That will not deter a monumental building task being attempted by a group of people near Miami. The was originally planned for a 5-acre spot just outside Hialeah, Fla., not far from the Everglades. In the spring, builders worked to create a one-tenth of a full-scale Noah’s ark — imagine a 150-foot-long bathtub made of wood. Carolina Peralta of Hidden Ark envisioned a theme park.

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Forestry

B.C.’s tense 2013 wildfire season ends with more fires tallied, less timber lost

Canadian Press
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – British Columbia’s Wildfire Management Branch endured a tense summer as record dry spells meant parched forests and the potential for a massive fire, but the season that began with such anxiety has ended on a positive note. Branch spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says there were more fires this summer than last year, but far less timber was lost to the flames. He says 1,800 fires were recorded in 2013, compared to the 1,500 sparked in 2012, but quick action kept the lid on this season’s blazes.

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Tree planters vulnerable to mistreatment, labour leader tells tribunal

Globe and Mail
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The president of the B.C. Federation of Labour says tree planters who worked in slave-like conditions and have since taken their case to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal were vulnerable to mistreatment. “The circumstance they were working in was one of the more extremely vulnerable situations in a work site,” Jim Sinclair told the tribunal Wednesday. “They travelled to places where there is no contact, where there isn’t any place they can go to without the employer taking them. [And] they’re 40 miles into the bush, which is in itself a vulnerable situation and a dangerous situation, to be honest.”

Bush camp near Golden run by Surrey firm a “disgrace” from The Surrey Leader

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Public needs input into tree-cutting bylaw: Schumacher

Cottage Country Now
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HUNTSVILLE – A new tree-cutting bylaw working group must involve landowners if it wants to regulate tree cutting on private property, says Huntsville coun. Det Schumacher. Huntsville council approved the creation of a tree-cutting bylaw working group at its Sept. 26 meeting to investigate a possible tree-cutting bylaw for the municipality by January. The town has a bylaw in place for cutting trees on municipal property, but the new bylaw would regulate tree cutting on private property as well.

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Forestry awareness raised with students

The Vanguard
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A tree planting ceremony was held at Arcadia Consolidated School on Thursday, Sept. 26, to recognize National Forestry Week, which was marked last week, and to also create awareness among students about the importance of the forest. Students were also given trees to take home to plant. The Department of Natural Resources is giving out 500 trees in each county of the province to students. Jillian Weldon-Genge, an ecosystem forester and regional extension coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources, says there seems to be a good awareness among students about the importance of the forest.

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U.S. Forest Service Crews Ramp Up For Fire Weather Despite Shutdown

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

LOS ANGELES — A partial shutdown of the federal government is not expected to affect fire response times during red flag conditions in Southern California, according to a report Thursday. KNX 1070?s Pete Demetriou reports despite furloughs and closures at federal agencies nationwide, the U.S. Forest Service will be on standby. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that will be in effect for the bulk of Los Angeles County, with the exception of the Antelope Valley, from 9 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Drought Could Hamper Forest Recovery After Rim Fire

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

Fire ecologists say it will take decades for forests to recover from the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, given the extent of the high-severity burn. Now they’re adding another concern to that list: California’s dry weather. The sprawling stands of dead trees, an estimated 40 percent of the burned area, are reminiscent of another major national park fire: Yellowstone in 1998.

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Teanaway Community Forest introduces new way of managing public forestlands

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week, Washington State celebrated the formation of the first state-managed community forest, the Teanaway Community Forest. The Teanaway Community Forest is a 50,272-acre property situated at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed (map). The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is collaboratively managing the Teanaway Community Forest with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and with significant public input from a community-based advisory committee.

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Alaska needs access, but doesn’t need the Roadless rule

by Lori Blood of Juneau, President of the Southeast Conference
Juneau Empire
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Support our communities, the Tongass and our homes, not outside environmental groups.  In 1989 the Forest Service proclaimed the timberlands outside of the Congressional non-development set-asides could sustain an annual harvest level of 1,950 million board feet annually, without adverse impacts to fish, wildlife or recreation. …Now environmental groups are again demanding more set asides and they have demanded that the government abandon a century of professional forest management and replace that management with a scheme to harvest young growth trees before they mature and ship the logs to China.

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Group sues over logging project in Kootenai National Forest

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A timber sale in the Kootenai National Forest faces a court challenge for allegedly failing to protect a small population of grizzly bears.  The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit in Missoula’s U.S. District Court office on Tuesday. The Helena-based group charges the Pilgrim timber sale would open 50 miles of roads in the Cabinet Ranger District, where fewer than 50 grizzlies live. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service population target is 100 bears.

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Tree survey in Elk River reveals a few surprises

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

A survey of trees in Elk River has yielded a few surprises. One is that the most prevalent type of tree in the city is spruce. A second is that there are fewer ash trees than anticipated. The tree survey was done this summer in Elk River and other cities across Sherburne County in preparation for the anticipated invasion of the emerald ash borer, which can kill all species of ash trees. Gina Hugo, resource conservationist with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District, said the survey measured and counted trees that were maintained.

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Yosemite’s burned areas are alive

Timber interests’ push for massive clear-cutting of trees burned in the Rim fire would inflict damage and negate the many ecological benefits that fire brings.
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws and expanding logging operations on federal land. ..Massive clear-cutting now would inflict significant damage and negate the many ecological benefits that fire brings.

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Vaguely worded intentions for Tongass National Forest plan raise questions

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

JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Forest Service’s intent to modify its five-year plan for the Tongass National Forest is raising questions.  The agency on Tuesday released a vague statement, indicating it would modify the plan based on land conditions and public demands.  …Shelly Wright, executive director for the Southeast Conference, said as long as the plan is open for revision, nothing will happen in the forest until it’s complete.  “Nothing’s been happening, but now it’s official,” Wright said. “With this and the Big Thorne decision, they’ve effectively shut the Tongass down.”

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North Fork Flathead protection bill gets warm reception in House

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

A bipartisan bill to protect the North Fork of the Flathead River from mining and energy development got a warm reception in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. …A spokesman from Stoltze Lumber Co. was unable to make Thursday’s hearing in person, but Daines testified to a list of other backers that included the Montana Logging Association, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Citizens for Balanced Use, the Wilderness Society and ConocoPhillips.

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Scientists call for more controlled burns in West’s forests

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

Some of the West’s leading fire scientists are calling for the increased use of managed burns to reduce fuel levels in the region’s forests, warning that climate change is leaving them more vulnerable to large, high-severity wildfires. In a paper published Friday in the journal Science, seven fire and forest ecologists say the rate of fuel reduction and restoration treatments is far below what is needed to help sustain forest landscapes in an era of rising temperatures and increased drought.

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Bryan Olmert: Keeping forestry sustainable

The Gainseville Sun
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of many fallacies believed about the timber industry is that it depletes our natural resources. In reality, it is forest owners and tree farmers who have led the push for sustainable practices on our land, keeping our natural resources renewable. Too many policymakers and activist groups ignore this reality, and too often try to impose their own ideas on how to cultivate the land, overriding the judgment of those who live and work on this property on a daily basis.

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Ancient forest larches felled

Hartlepool Mail
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hundreds of acres of an ancient forest are being felled because trees are infected with disease, the Woodland Trust has said. Larches in Wales’s largest ancient forest, Wentwood Forest, near Newport, Gwent, have been confirmed as infected with Phytophthora ramorum, a fungus-like disease which causes extensive damage and death to trees. The Woodland Trust and Natural Resource Wales, who own most of the 2,500 acre (1,000 hectare) woodland, are clear-felling 500 acres (200 hectares) of diseased larch from this week.

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60 possible new species found in Suriname forest

The Associated Press
October 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Braving perilous river rapids in Suriname’s rainforest, international scientists found six frogs and 11 fish that are among 60 creatures that may be new species, a tropical ecologist with a U.S.-based conservation group said Thursday. Trond Larsen, with the nonprofit research and advocacy organization Conservation International, said in a phone interview that the team catalogued creatures and studied freshwater resources during a three-week expedition in pristine forest of southeast Suriname near the border with Brazil.

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Wentwood Forest: Larch disease felling in ancient woodland

BBC News
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The felling of diseased trees across an area the size of around 300 football pitches is taking place at Wales’ largest ancient woodland. Larch trees at Wentwood Forest, near Newport, have become infected with the fungal disease Phytophthora ramorum. The infection can kill trees and has spread across the UK after being found in south west England four years ago. The Woodland Trust, which owns most of the forest, said the felling of the trees was essential.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BlueFire Renewables adds pellet production to Miss. facility

BlueFire Renewables Inc.
October 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BlueFire Renewables Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm, has integrated a synergistic wood pellet production plant to its facility in Fulton, Miss. The reconfigured design will be a 9 million gallon per year ethanol plant integrated with a 400,000 ton per year wood pellet plant. The pellets will be sold under long term contracts into the European mandated renewable energy market.

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AIFF introduced new environmental label for forest products

Lesprom
October 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

To highlight the carbon sequestration capacity of forest products and to prove the underlying environmental benefits, AIFF – introduced the Carbon Scale Label for forest products under the Carbon Footprint Label anchor project, as Sonae Indústria said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. This new label, quite differentiated from other products in the market, will inform the customers of the equivalent value of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured or issued by certain forest based products, for example in coatings, flooring and wood or cork furniture.

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