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Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Forestry trade mission to grow Asian markets

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
October 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson will be leading a delegation of over 25 senior executives from B.C.’s leading forest companies and associations to Japan and China from Oct. 16 to 26, 2013. China and Japan are B.C.’s two largest offshore markets for B.C. wood products. During the 10-day mission, B.C. delegates will meet with key customers and senior government officials to maintain the business-to-business and government-to-government relationships that are key to expanding market opportunities.

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Local mills, and lumber focus of delegation from China’s visit

Kootenay News Advertiser
October 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On September 24th and 25th, the City of Cranbrook hosted a delegation from Taicang’s largest import and foreign trade company, the Jiangsu Wuyang Group. The eight person delegation was led by Mr. Zhongzhi Yang, Board Chairman of Jiangsu Wuyang Group Co. Ltd. Established in 1990, the Jiangsu Wuyang Group began from a single focus of importing natural resources for textiles production.

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Cedar brings revenue to mill

Contract for Ucluelet First Nation community centre could net up to $30,000 for national historic site
Alberni Valley Times
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

McLean Mill National Historic Site is abuzz with activity as it prepares approximately 78 pieces of wood for Ucluelet First Nation. The varying sizes of cedar will be used to build a 17,000 squarefoot community centre in Hitacu, which is located across the bay from Ucluelet. The $6.9 million facility, funded by Ucluelet First Nation, will include a gym, Ucluelet First Nation government offices and a community kitchen. The project is good news for the local mill, which relies heavily on the City of Port Alberni for funding to keep its doors open.

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Sawmill reopening, will hire 25-30

The Daily World
October 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A sawmill in Grays Harbor County is reopening and hiring 25 to 30 people, a manager at TMI Forest Products Crane Creek Division confirmed last week. The mill has been shuttered since 2011, said TMI plant manager John O’Brien, who was rehired and started work Tuesday. I’m the only one here (today),” but others are headed there soon, he said. “They treat their employees very well,” said Racheal Lebon, business-to-business representative for Pacific Mountain Work Force, which is partnering with WorkSource Grays Harbor on hiring events for the mill’s reopening. “These are living-wage jobs.”

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Georgia-Pacific to Invest in Dudley Lumber Operations

AZBuild.com
October 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific today announced that it will invest approximately an initial $9 million at its Dudley, N.C., lumber operations as part of a multi-phase increase in the mill’s lumber production capacity and supporting infrastructure. Most of the investment will be used to construct a new continuous dry kiln that will double the kiln capacity at the mill and create approximately 20 new jobs. Construction is expected to start immediately and is scheduled for completion by the second quarter of 2014.

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Old Fletchers hand Ian Boyd takes the reins at Te Arawa Group Holdings

Scoop Independent News
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Bay of Plenty iwi Te Arawa has appointed one-time joint chief executive at Fletcher Forests, Ian Boyd, to head its commercial entity, Te Arawa Group Holdings. Te Arawa settled its Treaty claims in 2009 with a $34 million cash settlement and established TAGH to undertake its commercial operations, which include forest and farm ownership, as well as the recently purchased Waiotapu geothermal tourist park, near Rotorua. Boyd held senior management and leadership positions in Fletcher Challenge Forests, but “retired” from the forestry company in 2003 after a stint as a joint chief executive following the Fletcher Challenge group break-up.

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Forestry

Restoring an Ailing Eco-System: Ten Tree Reforestation Project

Fitness Goop
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter. But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change.

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Canada’s boreal forest is now a travelling floor map

Ottawa Citizen
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — If you can’t take people to Canada’s boreal forest, someone will bring the forest to the people. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariat has a new map 11 metres wide for loan to schools: Lay it on the gym floor and you get an instant picture of the forest that covers roughly half of Canada. It’s a partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. They gave it a test drive Wednesday at the Canadian Museum of Nature with some Grades 3 and 4 students from Elgin Street Public School walking around on it. (Socks only).

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Opinion: Healthy forests equal healthy B.C. economy

BY KATHY ABUSOW, president and CEO of Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
Vancouver Sun
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

It was a pleasure to read about the rebirth and regeneration of our forests and the people whose lives depend on them in The Vancouver Sun’s recent series, The Journey of a Log. This commendable six-part feature captured a lot of attention across the forest sector with its timely themes, highlighting the importance of healthy and thriving forests to society, environment and overall economy. The forest sector is slowly returning to economic health. …At SFI, we believe the future of the world’s forests depends on the actions taken today. We are pleased to be working in the province of B.C. with the forest sector to help secure a strong and thriving future forest.

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New federal job grant raises CILA’s eyebrows

HQ Prince George
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The Central Interior Logging Association is expressing concern over a new federal training plan. Earlier this year, the Harper government announced the Canada Jobs Grant program that would see the federal and provincial governments, and industry contributing $5,000 each for trades training. CILA Executive Director MaryAnne Arcand describes the grant as a “one size fits all approach.” 

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Forests op-ed was bang on

Letter by Jack Stein, Gibsons
The Province
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Thank you for the well-written and informative column on B.C. forest practices by Ben Parfitt and Anthony Britneff, two experts in the field. I felt the headline should have had the word ecology and not only, as it was written, about protecting B.C. grizzlies. The piece shows what nonsense conservative columnist Ezra Levant, his ilk and B.C. Timber Sales are trying to sell the public. Unfortunately, they are succeeding. END

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Environmental groups object to logging project near city water source

Independent Record
October 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two environmental groups filed objections this week to the proposed logging around the Ten Mile water supply flume, calling the project “massive clearcutting” that doesn’t make any sense and requires a more in-depth evaluation. Helena National Forest and Helena city officials want to remove dead and hazardous trees along about 4.8 miles of the metal flume, which is elevated in some places and carries water from the Upper Ten Mile watershed to the city’s treatment plant. The watershed supplies the bulk of the drinking water for about 30,000 Helena residents, and the officials fear that the trees provide enough fuel to create an imminent threat to the water quality and quantity in the event of a wildfire.

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Logging increase won’t lead to job boom: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
October 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon timber war of 1989-94 is being reignited. This time, the culprit isn’t not those pesky conservationists (I was one) who back in the day said clear-cutting two square miles per week of Oregon’s ancient forests had to stop. Instead, it’s politicians trying to bring back the antiquated industry of the past. Let’s examine evidence from 1995 (the first full year of the Northwest Forest Plan, which ended the timber wars as we had known them) and 2012 (the last year for which comparable data are available).

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Harvesting trees a race against time

Herald and News
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKEVIEW — It’s a battle against time for trees damaged by last summer’s Barry Point Fire. That’s why crews from the Collins Lakeview Sawmill continue efforts to cut and truck trees to Lakeview while they still have commercial value. Because lands privately owned by Collins don’t have to go through the extensive review process required on Forest Service lands, the company has been aggressively harvesting fire damaged trees, according to Lee Fledderjohann, the Lakeview sawmill’s resource manager.

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Skepticism Yields To Hope

Forest thinning contractor wants to win over critics
Payson Roundup
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Skepticism just short of hostility pervaded the atmosphere at the Payson Public Library’s meeting room Wednesday, Oct. 2, as the head of the company that just landed the biggest forest thinning contract in history faced a barrage of questions. …Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin invited the representatives of Good Earth Power to Payson to talk to residents and representatives of government and business about the company and its plans.

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Lawsuit filed to halt Mont. logging project

The Missoulian
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A conservation group has filed a lawsuit to stop a timber sale in the Kootenai National Forest contending it could harm grizzly bear populations in western Montana and northern Idaho.
The Missoulian reports that the Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Missoula. The group says the Pilgrim timber sale will open 50 miles of roads in the Cabinet Ranger District. The group says the grizzly bear population in the Cabinet-Yaak is about 50 grizzlies, half the target population set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. END

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Inside Wisconsin: Technology, policy refinements could help slow wildfires

Wisconsin State Journal
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires have enjoyed a dangerously wild year so far in 2013. In the United States alone, fires have claimed millions of acres in western states such as Colorado, California, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, where the Yarnell Hill fire also took the lives of 19 firefighters in a flash. Closer to home, a fire sparked by logging equipment charred about 8,000 acres and destroyed 17 homes in Douglas and Ashland counties this spring, and just this week a planned Department of Natural Resources burn in Burnett County leapt out of control and scorched 600 acres more than planned.

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Colorado governor urges that homeowners pay for fires

By ROCKY BARKER 
Idaho Statesman
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled a plan to reduce the impact of wildfires in his state that recognizes that these huge natural events are human-caused disasters. Hickenlooper recommended his Legislature pass laws that makes people who build in the forests pay their own way; create a 1-to-10 scale of wildfire risk in burn zones; and tell insurers how all homes rank. Finally he called for adding to the state building code rules for constructing with fire-resistant materials and providing defensible space.

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Forest Service’s firefighting planes old, costly to keep

Gulf Times
October 5, 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.

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Forest Service stopping logging on national forests across country due to government shutdown

Global Post
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service confirmed Friday it is shutting down logging operations on national forests across the country due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. The agency plans to notify 450 timber purchasers across the country early next week that timber sales and stewardship contracts will be suspended, Forest Service spokesman Leo Kay said in an email. “We regret the continued impact on the American public; however we must cease activities that require Forest Service oversight and management during the funding lapse,’ he said.

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Wildfires: ‘Something bigger is going on’

Idaho’s forests are being transformed before our eyes, and it’s unclear whether humans can adapt as quickly as nature has.
Idaho Statesman
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Firefighters say they’ve never seen fires burn the way they did in 2013. That sentiment has been heard before. In 1988, 2000 and 2007, fires grew in size and ferocity across the American West, exceeding the experience and knowledge of firefighters and scientists alike. This year, fire returned to places that had burned before: Colorado Springs, Pine, Ketchum, Yellowstone and Yosemite. The fires of 2013 burned through many of our previous ideas about how we can live with fire. …“The best thing we can do to mitigate for fire damage is make sure our insurance is up to date,” Pierce said. “Adapting to climate change is just accepting our house may burn down.”

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Tree conference tells ‘A Southern Story’

Jackson Sun
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The 22nd annual State of Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Conference has “A Southern Story” to tell about the impact of Tennessee’s forests on the lives and livelihoods of its residents. More than 100 visitors from across Tennessee have spent three days touring Jackson and learning about landscape, tree care and pesticides for Urban Forestry, according to a news release. “The South and forestry go hand in hand,” said TUFC president Karla Kean in the release. “From job-producing forestry to natural areas that attract millions of visitors, Tennessee celebrates the urban forest.”

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Now is the ideal time for hardwood tree transplanting in the North Country, expert says

NCNow News
October 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Transplanting a tree during the growing season is kind of like having surgery without anesthesia. It can be done, but it causes a lot of undue stress. While conifers should only be dug and moved in early spring, fall is a great time to transplant hardwoods. Once the leaves are off, trees can be successfully moved because they’re dormant, dormant being the French term for “sleeping so deep that you don’t awaken even if someone digs you up by the roots.” Actually, no matter what time of year you’re planning to dig up a tree, October is the ideal time for a treatment that will ensure you get a stronger, healthier root system.

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After adopting 2014 budget, fire chief says 2015 is ‘make-or-break year’

The Destin Log
October 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Looking at his budget for the upcoming year, Fire Chief Kevin Sasser says he’s grateful for having reserves to balance his budget, but come FY2015 that may not be enough. “We were very fortunate this year,” he said. “Next year will be a make-or-break year; I’m just not sure that I see the reserves there.” The Destin Fire Control District’s Board of Fire Commissioners unanimously approved the FY2014 budget during their final budget hearing held Sept. 18. The approved budget totals $9,350,440, which includes $5,817,827 in expenditures.

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Forestry sector urged to restructure

Vietnam+
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry sector is in urgent need of restructuring in order to increase added value from wood processing and trade, and promote sustainable forest development, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has said.  According to the Minister, the processing and trade of forest products are considered a force behind the sector’s development.  He said that the production of forest products for the domestic market and exports along with the State’s policies for the sector play an important role in determining the structure of key plants, thus improving the value of products and developing sustainable forests. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USC reaches $24 million settlement with developer of closed biomass plant

The State
October 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, SC — The University of South Carolina has reached a $24 million settlement with Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls over a failed biomass power plant. The agreement calls for Johnson to pay the remaining $14.4 million owed on the $19.1 million plant at Whaley and Sumter streets, USC chief financial officer Ed Walton said after meeting with school trustees. Johnson will remove biomass equipment in the building and give USC the empty structure, valued at $1.6 million.

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Costa Rica first to negotiate sale of forestry carbon credits

Country forges ahead to protect 340,000 hectares, benefit rural communities, and meet its 2021 carbon neutrality goal
Teatro Naturale International
October 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Government of Costa Rica and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility signed today a Letter of Intent to negotiate an Emission Reductions Payment Agreement worth up to $63 million. This would make Costa Rica the first country in the world to access large-scale performance-based payments for conserving its forests, regenerating degraded lands, and scaling up agro-forestry systems for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods. The signing ceremony of the Letter of Intent was presided by Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica.

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General

A cut above

Nelson Star
October 7, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

An industry professional who attended a meeting last month between local sawmills and BC’s forests minister in Fruitvale says Steve Thomson understood their message, but made no promises. “I thought it was a very positive meeting,” says Bill Kestell, woodlands manager with Salmo’s Porcupine Lumber. “He was very down to earth and easy to talk to and made some good points. I’ve heard others felt the same way.” Kestell attended along with representatives of other local members of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association, who are seeking to have constraints on their access to timber lifted.

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