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Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: SPF lumber mills in the West negotiated pricing on some items, as eroding order files began to reach a critical juncture. Mills were more open to negotiating straight lengths while maintaining random tally price levels. Weakening prices led to a cautious approach from customers. Price weakness continued to expand and grow deeper in the Southern Pine lumber market. 

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Wood Resources International
October 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Seattle, USA. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) increased for the fourth consecutive quarter in the 2Q/13 to reach US$86.60/m3. The Index, which is based on sawlog prices in 20 regions around the world, has gone up 5.1 percent year-over-year and was at its highest level since the last quarter of 2011, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The largest log price increases the past year have been in regions that are exporting logs or lumber to China, including the Western US, Western Canada and New Zealand.

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NL: Sexton Lumber declines offers of timber from government

The Packet
October 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BLOOMFIELD, NL – The saws at Sexton Lumber in Bloomfield continue to remain idle after the company shut down due to a shortage of logs it blames on the government. Then Natural Resources minister Tom Marshall said the government offered the company more raw material and Sexton Lumber turned it down. On Sept. 30 Sexton Lumber stopped producing and temporarily laid off 79 of its 100 employees, citing an inadequate supply of logs. Kevin Sexton, the company’s owner, says his operation consumes 180,000 cubic metres of forest a year, and needed another 40,000 cubic metres to stay in operation.

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American Forest & Paper Association Welcomes Linda Tsang as Director of Climate and Air Quality

American Forest & Paper Association
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today welcomed Linda Tsang as its Director, Climate and Air Quality. Tsang will be responsible for analyzing the impact of climate and air regulations on the industry, raising awareness among policymakers and other stakeholders and advocating for new approaches. Tsang will also provide input on key clean air science policy and permitting issues.

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USW Calls for Increased Support for U.S. Lumber Industry Workers

from the The United Steelworkers
Reuters
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers (USW) union today called for greater support for American lumber workers in response to a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) demonstrating how wood is illegally harvested abroad and sold in the United States. The troubling EIA report highlighted the extent and complexity of the illegal timber trade, showing how wood is being illegally harvested in Russia, shipped into China for manufacture into hardwood flooring and then imported into the United States.

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Our sawmilling industry is a global winner

The Scotsman
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

This week, Edinburgh hosts the International Softwood Conference, a gathering of global sawmillers and timber traders. In the past it would have been unthinkable that Scotland would host such an event. Now it seems entirely natural. In recent decades, the domestic sawmilling industry has seen rapid growth. Scotland has much to show the world as it works with an expanding forestry resource and wood-processing sector to meet carbon reduction targets.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Campaign urges UK consumers to buy homegrown wood products

Grown in Britain label will appear on products from furniture to fuel and aims to stimulate forestry industry
The Guardian
October 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new campaign is aiming to encourage consumers to buy wood products – from furniture to fuel – that were grown and processed in the UK. Grown in Britain, launched on Tuesday, will label products from British woodlands and encourage the growth of indigenous industries such as sawmills, forestry and wood treatment. The UK’s forestry industry has suffered a series of upsets in recent years, with the government’s planned sell-off of the nationally owned woods halted at the last minute. The first recorded cases of ash dieback disease have also raised fears for the health of Britain’s woodlands.

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Forestry

Alberta’s plea to halt pine beetle’s spread turned down by Ottawa, documents show

Globe and Mail
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ottawa rebuffed a request from Alberta to help stop the spread of a destructive, tree-eating pine beetle – one that has ravaged B.C.’s forests and that Alberta warns could cross the prairies and reach Ontario. Newly released documents show Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen wrote the federal government on Jan. 3 asking it to restore funding to fight the mountain pine beetle in Canada’s National Parks, including Banff and Jasper, which lie along the B.C.-Alberta border. …Mr. Kent dismissed her request. Instead, Parks Canada is using “prescribed fire to reduce susceptible forest” areas, he wrote.

Ideology-based decisions costly from The Star Phoenix

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Logging proposal near Chase raises ire of residents (Radio)

CBC News
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries is looking into logging part of Mount Chase, east of Kamloops. Some residents in the area have received notice of possible logging activity. But it seems not everyone nearby was given the heads up. Marjorie Hamilton lives near Mount Chase. She speaks with host Shelley Joyce. To find out more about the logging plans, Shelley speaks with Micheal Bragg. He’s the Woodland Manager for Tolko Industries.

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2013 government shutdown: Timber companies head to court to lift logging ban

The Associated Press
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Western timber companies have gone to court to lift the logging ban on national forests due to the government shutdown, arguing the government has no authority under timber sale contracts to force loggers to stop working. Three wood products companies and a timber industry association filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Medford against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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Ex-Minnesota fire chief charged in forest fires

Associated Press
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MINNEAPOLIS — A former fire chief in northeastern Minnesota has been indicted on federal charges alleging he set fires in the Superior National Forest. Former Babbitt Fire Chief Ryan Scharber also is accused of trying to set a fire at a resort while he was fire chief. Scharber resigned as fire chief last December, right around the time city officials were told a federal investigation was underway, Babbitt City Attorney Mitch Brunfelt said.

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Upper Loscha Land Exchange being forced down public’s throat via ‘collaboration’

Letter by Brett Haverstick
The Missoulian
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho Sen. James Risch intends on forming a collaborative group to jam the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange down the public’s throat. And who better to facilitate that than the Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited. Interestingly enough, both groups have recently spent thousands of dollars on timber industry lobbyist Mark Rey. Yes, that is the same Mark Rey who is employed as a lobbyist for Western Pacific Timber, which owns the hacked-over 39,000 acres of lands that are driving this corrupt exchange proposal.

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A Billion Board Feet of Slightly Singed Timber

Woodworking Network
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging fire-damaged trees on Federal land in California’s Yosemite and Stanislaus national forests could be quickly okayed under legislation introduced by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). With an estimated 1 billion board feet of quality timber charred by the quarter-million-acre Rim Fire, lumber and logging companies are seeking rights to fell trees in Yosemite Park and Stanislaus National Forest, about 100 miles east of San Francisco. The Rim Fire flamed out around Sept. 26.

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Olympic Forest Coalition elects new president

Peninsula Daily News
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

QUILCENE — Connie Gallant of Quilcene has been elected president of the Olympic Forest Coalition board. Former President John Woolley remains as vice president for the coalition, a nonprofit organization based in Quilcene. Gallant has served as volunteer vice president for several years, handling the group’s administrative functions and public relations. She also serves in another volunteer position, as chairwoman of the Wild Olympics Campaign, seeking to add wilderness and “wild and scenic” river designations on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Forest jobs bill: Tester, Daines – work together

Letter by Neil Moore
The Missoulian
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I thought the latest words of support from the Missoulian editorial board for the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act were interesting (Sept. 13). The message was simple: work together to pass Sen. Jon Tester’s, D-Mont., forest jobs bill. But, that message seems more important now that Congressman Steve Daines, R-Mont., is in office. Daines is open-minded to conservation efforts and his support for the North Fork Protection Act is a good example of how open-mindedness can lead to a meaningful position. His interest in Tester’s legislation also indicates that he might be willing to help solve problems.

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Timber county officials say fed money not enough

Associated Press
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies on the road, but local Oregon officials say the money is a fraction of what they need, and in one cash-strapped county the infusion has sparked fears that it could do more harm than good. The federal payout will bring about $100 million to the state. Some has been earmarked for schools, some has been set aside for roads, and for parts of western Oregon, some is available for law enforcement. By comparison, the state got about $250 million in timber funds in 2008.

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Timber Vs. Wolves

Juneau Empire
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Biologist convinces state to halt Big Thorne sale; lumber company disputes assessment. The former state wildlife biologist who convinced the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate its approval of a major timber sale in the Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales Island says if the sale goes through, it will devastate the ecological community on the island. “You can either have a Big Thorne timber sale and support the logging jobs, whatever Big Thorne is going to do for you, or you don’t have Big Thorne and you’re going to have, hopefully, a resilient ecological predator-prey community,” Dr. Dave Person said. “But you can’t have both. There’s no win-win here. It’s win-lose. You have to decide, do you sacrifice one for the other?”

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O&C Trust a step in the right direction for our forests

The Register Guard
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In his Oct. 2 column, Bob Doppelt made several statements and assumptions that are inaccurate and misleading. Throughout the column, Doppelt refers to unnamed county commissioners and officials who express skepticism about the positive effects of the legislation proposed by Rep. Peter DeFazio. The Association of O&C Counties, on the other hand, can produce the names of elected officials in 16 counties representing more than 2.5 million Oregonians who, through signed letters and resolutions, strongly support the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act sponsored by Reps. DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader.

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La Grange continues to be stung by emerald ash borer

The Doings La Grange
October 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LA GRANGE – The emerald ash borer continues to munch its way through La Grange parkway trees, resulting in replacement costs of $88,247 for this fiscal year. The Village Board renewed participation Oct. 14 in a tree purchasing cooperative to buy 315 trees from the Suburban Tree Consortium, up from 111 trees a year ago. The village program earmarks the planting of 95 specimens in November to replace ash trees killed by the destructive beetle and another 170 ash replacements in the spring.

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‘Timber Trouble’ series examines the state of logging in northern Wisconsin

Gannett Wisconsin Media
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Buried deep in Wisconsin’s Northwoods is a story that warrants statewide attention. In the coming days, the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team will bring you “Timber Trouble.” Our three-part series focuses on the growing mistrust between the logging industry and the national forest service. Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team reporter Nick Penzenstadler and Post-Crescent Media photojournalist William Glasheen traveled north to do the reporting, photo and video work for the “Timber Troubles” project.

Logging industry clutches to history, protests federal management from Gannett Wisconsin Media

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W.Va. family loves thrill of lumberjack contests

Associated Press
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Chain saws are buzzing, axes are flying and let the wood chips fall where they may. The chain saw competition at the Mountain State Forest Festival pitted father and son for bragging rights as to which West Virginian could fell more timber in the fastest time. Then as Arden Cogar Jr. struggled to start his machine, his 79-year-old father sliced through three slabs of timber, drawing hoots and hollers from the crowd as the machine’s roar died down. “He can still whoop my butt any day of the week,” Cogar Jr. said of his father.

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Freeman’s forestry focus

Weekly Times Now
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MICHELLE Freeman hopes her reign as Victoria’s Rural Woman of the Year will lead to “certainty and less misinformation” for the forestry sector. Ms Freeman, from Alexandra, will represent her state at tonight’s national award ceremony. She said the sector was facing challenges from anti-logging advocates and because of market influences. “Many people are feeling the strain,” Ms Freeman, who sits on the advisory committee for the Women in Forests and Timber Network, said.

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In Indonesia, Environmentalists See a Disaster in the Making

The New York Times
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia — Near a palm oil plantation here, bulldozers and chainsaws can be heard in what is officially “protected forest.” The hilly terrain is not ideal for large-scale agriculture, but with few areas left for expansion, the loggers are denuding the land anyway. Aceh, the northern province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is a region made famous by separatist conflict and natural disasters, calamities that long held back economic development but helped preserve one of the world’s richest ecosystems. Now conservationists say the rapid clearing of virgin forest is paving the way for environmental catastrophe, turning critically endangered orangutans, tigers and elephants into refugees, and triggering landslides and flash floods.

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Global forest cover on a steady downward trend

Summit County Citizens Voice
October 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FRISCO — Population growth and increased demand for agricultural land means forest will continue to shrink globally during the next couple of centuries before stabilizing at a lower level. Just since 1990, about 170 million acres of forest have been lost, mainly in developing countries, according to a new study led by researchers with the University of Guelph.  The study is based on an analysis of global forest trends, used to
develop a mathematical model showing future land use changes. The most
likely model shows forests will decline from covering 30 per cent of
Earth’s land surface today to 22 per cent within the next two centuries.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change creates complicated consequences for North America’s forests

Earth & Climate
October 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Climate change affects forests across North America — in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems — but Dartmouth researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less susceptible to pests, which could boost forest health and acreage, timber harvests, carbon storage, water recycling and other forest benefits in some areas. The Dartmouth-led study, which appears in the journal Ecological Monographs, reviewed nearly 500 scientific papers dating to the 1950s, making it the most comprehensive review to date of climate change’s diverse consequences for forests across the United States, Canada and the rest of North America.

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