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Daily Archives: October 10, 2013

Business & Politics

Peak Lumber by 2016?

Daily Finance
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A persistent mountain pine beetle epidemic plus the housing crisis equals desperate times for Canadian forestry companies; many survivors are investing what’s left into timberland located in the U.S. South.  In or around 2016, lumber supplies coming from Canada are expected to peak. Unless the situation deteriorates further, Canada’s overall supply is expected to decrease by 9%, or 400,000 homes worth of wood products. …The allowable annual cut (AAC) over the same time period was 71 to 78 million cubic meters ; so they’ve already lost about a decades worth of trees.

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Deal reached for Ear Falls sawmill

Kenora Online
October 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A deal has been reached for the restart of the Ear Falls sawmill. Unifor Spokesman Stephen Boon says their agreement with EACOM will help create many new jobs. “The mill’s been down since 2009 but this will result in up to 125 jobs in the Mill next spring, probably another 175 or so workers in the Trout Forest harvesting wood and bringing logs to the mill and hauling chips. There will probably hundreds more in indirect jobs for the community and the region,” he said. Boon says they terms of the deal outline a wage increase of 20 per cent over eight years, as well as other benefits.

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Mark Arsenault leaves forest products association

Former president of industry group says departure was a mutual decision after eight years
CBC News
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There has been a shake-up at one of the province’s key industry organizations. Mark Arsenault left the New Brunswick Forest Products Association last week, after serving eight years as its president and chief executive officer. The association represents most of the major players in the province’s $1.4-billion forest industry. Arsenault said it was time to move on. “It was a very mutual and agreed upon departure,” he said. Arsenault said he will continue to support the association.

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Mill still an important economic force: Pender

The Western Star
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — As Corner Brook Pulp and Paper prepares to take another step forward in making its operations more viable, Mayor Charles Pender says the city must still keep its focus on diversifying its economy. The pulp and paper mill is still in a struggling industry, but will soon receive a loan from the provincial government to help lower its operational costs. …The paper mill is not the major employer it once was and the uncertainty in recent years has created a stronger realization that the region needs to generate more economic opportunities outside the forest industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Interest in tall wood buildings intensifies

Journal of Commerce
October 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A few weeks ago, we asked who was interested in the potential for wood skyscrapers in B.C. We were expecting to ferret out a few design mavericks, but we could not have been more wrong. Since announcing the Tall Wood Building Renaissance Seminar in mid-July, more than 80 groups have asked to participate in this 60-minute virtual tour of 17 contemporary tall wood buildings that have emerged over the last five years. In addition to the usual audiences of architects and engineers, a substantial portion of the 500+ participants are major developers and contractors.

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Meet Brent Comber: the ‘wood whisperer’

The Globe and Mail
October 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brent Comber is piling on accolades. Last month, Western Living magazine named him furniture designer of the year. The dining tables he unveiled at the Interior Design Show West (also in September) prompted Azure magazine to dub him “the wood whisperer.” And this summer, the city of North Vancouver presented him with a public art award of excellence.

A look at Brent Comber’s furniture and art from The Globe and Mail

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Wood First not a threat to other building industries

Vancouver Sun
October 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In recent months, some members of the concrete and steel industry have taken exception to the Wood First movement that has been growing across Canada. The Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association published one stinging advertisement in June and another two weeks ago that ridicule the campaign and the wood industry. The wood industry does not deserve such abuse; however, the broader concerns of its critics are valid. The Wood First concept was a public-relations campaign that originated in British Columbia and was designed to prop up a lumber industry in deep distress.

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Whiskey tastes better in a wood room, study finds

Toronto Sun
October 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

If you don’t like the way your whiskey tastes, try going into another room. Changing where you’re enjoying whiskey can enhance a person’s experience by up to 20%, an Oxford University study has found. Researcher Charles Spence ran multi-sensory tests using Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whisky in a specially designed bar in London. …Overall, participants preferred drinking their whiskey in the wood room.

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Forestry

BC Forest Safety Council launches walking challenge

Truck News
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC: The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) has launched a new health and wellness program focused on increasing the physical activity levels and overall health of log truck drivers in British Columbia. The Healthy Hauler Step Challenge aims to provide log truck drivers with an opportunity to become more active in an easy and inexpensive way. Using pedometers provided free by the BCFSC, truckers are able to track the number of steps they take each day, log them over a month’s time, compete for prizes, and earn recognition in their industry.

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B.C. tied closely to forestry: Thomson

Williams Lake Tribune
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations said he looks forward to championing rural B.C. Last month during the Union of B.C. Municipalities Conference in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark added rural development to Minister Steve Thomson’s portfolio. “She’s chosen our ministry to help lead that by adding it to our portfolio,” Thomson told the Tribune Advisor. “With the current structure we have in our ministry, we are in and around so many communities across the province and understand the importance of resource development to those local economies.” 

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative isn’t protecting B.C. forests

3 Letters to the Editor
Vancouver Sun
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Healthy forests equal healthy B.C. economy, Opinion, Oct. 7. I doubt many people on Vancouver Island talk about “the rebirth and regeneration of our forests and the people whose lives depend on them.” Under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an industry-driven self-certification scheme, the largest private timberland owners have been able to grind down their timber inventory to a much more juvenile state, and export it all as raw logs. So not only are the jobs gone, especially for the next generation, but drawing down timber capital also diminishes the capacity and resilience of our primary terrestrial carbon sinks.

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B.C. increases size of Creston community forest

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Governmentq
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CRESTON – The Province is increasing the area covered by the Creston community forest agreement, enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the region, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The Province added 10,000 hectares to the existing 18,159 hectare agreement, and increased the annual allowable timber harvest in the community forest by 10,000 cubic metres, bringing the total to 25,000 cubic metres per year.

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Arborist questions decision to remove ‘healthy’ trees

Thunder Bay council decides have stand of tamarack trees removed after homeowner complains
CBC News
October 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An arborist in Thunder Bay is questioning city council’s decision to cut down a stand of tamaracks. “This decision by council just runs absolutely counter to the positive work that the city has already done,” said Jay Dampier, an arborist who also runs a blog called Thunder Bay Trees. Dampier said he found council’s Monday vote to remove the trees near Mohawk Crescent “frustrating” in light of the fact the city’s urban forestry staff have worked hard to make the city more “green.”

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The cost of urban tree wars

A decades-old maple tree in Toronto is at the heart of a dispute between neighbours that goes to the Ontario Court of Appeal later this year.
Toronto Star
October 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The spread of branches, littered leaves and trunks that straddle property lines are the seeming tree minutiae that strain neighbour relations. Entire online message boards are laden with commentary on the subject, posted by frustrated homeowners entwined in disputes that have trees at their root. Urban tree wars, it turns out, are more common than one might imagine.

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Eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin, once a fugitive, to plead guilty Thursday in Portland

The Oregonian
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly 12 years after her last arson, Canadian eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin will stand before a federal judge in Portland on Thursday to plead guilty for her role in a conspiracy to commit a multistate firebombing spree. …According to government court papers, Rubin took part in a cluster of underground cells collectively known as The Family, which took oaths of secrecy, scouted targets, took dry runs and struck time after time in five states, sometimes using a signature firebomb called the Cat’s Cradle.

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Deadly Tree Killing Insect Confirmed In Four Counties In Iowa

Prairie Farmer
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Mechanicsville in northern Cedar County, making this the fourth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. Allamakee County was declared infested in May 2010, Des Moines County in July 2013 and Jefferson County in August 2013.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cleaner Than Coal? Wood Power Makes a Comeback

Converting from power plants from coal- to wood-fired may not deliver environmental benefits as advertised
Scientific American
October 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the midst of black spruce and jack pine stands in northwestern Ontario’s Crown forests, a global trend has come home to roost. Atikokan Generating Station ceased burning coal last year to prepare for its new fuel: locally sourced wood pellets. Canada already sends wood pellets abroad for power generation, but it is now leveraging the resource on a large scale in its own backyard. Atikokan will be the largest commercial power plant in North America to convert from coal to biomass, a trend that has caught on worldwide, especially in Europe.

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EIA updates forecasts of wood, waste biomass energy consumption

Biomass Magazine
October 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the October issue of its Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook (STEO), providing forecasts for electricity consumption from wood biomass and waste biomass feedstocks. Across all sectors, the EIA predicts wood biomass will be used to generate 105,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per day of electricity in 2013, increasing to 110,000 MWh per day next year. Wood biomass was used to generate approximately 103,000 MWh per day of power last year.

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Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant Proposed

Kentucky Public Radio
October 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Lexington-based ecoPower wants to build a biomass plant in Perry County. The plant would burn wood scraps to create electricity. The utility Kentucky Power wants to buy all that electricity, and the state Public Service Commission will decide whether to allow the company to do so. The PSC is tasked with making decisions on the basis of whether both the proposal and possible rate increases are “fair, just and reasonable.” A bill passed during last year’s General Assembly directs the commissioners to give additional weight to biomass projects.

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