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Daily Archives: October 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest industry welcomes trade deal with Europe

The Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA- The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today expressed its support for the agreement in principle for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. One of its measures will result in the elimination of quotas and tariffs of up to 10% on imports of wood based panels. “We welcome this trade deal and appreciate the government’s strong push in the area of freer trade,” said the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay. “The prosperity of the forest products industry relies on strong exports.”

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Tembec to sell land in British Columbia

Canada Newswire press release
October 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell approximately 7,150 hectares of land located within the Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia (BC), to Teck Resources Limited for a price of $19 million. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in December 2013 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is part of the previously announced BC Land Sale Initiative. The Company has set an objective of realizing up to $75 million in land sales by December 2014.

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Canadian trade mission targets high-end wood sales to China

Want China Times
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) will be promoting high-end wood products during its latest trade mission to China, as the province is on target for a record year for softwood-lumber exports to the country. Speaking at the Vancouver airport on Wednesday prior to his departure for a 10-day visit to Japan and China, Steve Thomson, the BC minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said the mission, which includes about 25 top executives from the western province’s forestry sector, was to build on relationships that had developed in recent years through meeting with customers and government officials.

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Lumber Shortage Fears Prompt Buying, Price Increases

Woodworking Network
October 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

With the fear of lumber shortages as strong as the outlook for 2014, lumber sales should hold steady through year-end even as North American manufacturing winds down for the winter. Global consumer confidence will also get a boost as the U.S. debt default is averted…or at least kicked down the road. Improved weather conditions have increased hardwood lumber production and most mills now have enough logs to operate a normal week, though a lack of loggers will keep production lagging demand through year-end.

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Lumber company hopes to begin logging next year

Associated Press
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HILO »The chief executive officer of a lumber manufacturing company remains optimistic that commercial eucalyptus logging could begin next year on the Hama­kua Coast. Tradewinds Hawaiian Woods hopes to harvest and process logs at a sawmill operation in Ookala, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. “We’re just starting to go through a series of permit applications,” CEO Don Bryan said. The company hopes to have “local plantation woods for international and local sales” in a year. Timber would be mainly eucalyptus “but other exotic woods as well,” he told the Rotary Club of South Hilo last month.

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New forest products study shows industry is far from dying, advocates say

Bangor Daily News
October 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s forest products industry contributes $8 billion in total value to the state’s economy, including 38,789 direct and indirect jobs, a new study commissioned by an industry advocacy group shows. According to the study released this week by the Maine Forest Products Council, the forest products sector in Maine includes businesses, organizations and individuals involved in logging and forestry, paper and related product manufacturing, sawmills and wood product manufacturing, wood furniture manufacturing, wood biomass power generation, maple syrup production and activities of the Maine Forest Service.

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The great British timber shortage

The Economist
October 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

ON OCTOBER 16th the “Grown in Britain” campaign launched a report detailing proposals to boost Britain’s domestic forestry industry. The construction industry was hoping that the report would contain suggestions for increasing the amount of British-grown timber available for new buildings. It disappointed on that count. The report merely suggests that there is a need for “generating more demand” for British wood by improving “wood culture” amongst the general public.

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Forestry

End of an era as Somass dry shed comes down

Alberni Valley News
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A historical landmark in Port Alberni will be demolished in the next couple of months. Crews from H.L. Demolition have been painstakingly dismantling the historic dry shed at Somass Mill, which was once a focal point for lumber operations in the Alberni Valley. The shed, originally 75 feet wide and 700-feet long, was built in 1941 over two rows of train tracks to allow dry loading of lumber directly into boxcars, according to local historian Frank Holm. Somass Mill was built in 1934 by Bloedel, Stewart and Welch.

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Input invited on Mackenzie timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until Dec. 16, 2013, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut. The current allowable annual cut is 3,050,000 cubic metres. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area. It also provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base case harvest forecast.

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BCFSC launches walking challenge for log haulers

HQ Prince George
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Safety Council has launched a new health and wellness program for log haulers. By providing log truck drivers with free pedometers, truckers can track the number of steps they take, log them, and compete for prizes. Director of Transportation Safety Rick Walters says it’s a way to encourage drivers to be more active in an easy and inexpensive way.

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British Columbia Truck Loggers having second thoughts?

Green BC Communities blog
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Early in 2013,the British Columbia Liberal Government administration tried to sneak through legislation to bring more long term area based forest tenures in public forests. Against expectations, the Liberal Government was re-elected and the legislation lies dormant, but will probably resurface after a waiting period. (USA readers should note that Liberal in BC means right of center in the political spectrum). The BC Truck Loggers Association has been holding the torch on this issue and the Fall edition of their magazine has another article on these long term leases in public forests.

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The tree whisperer: science, spirituality and an abiding love of forests

The Globe and Mail
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

‘Grow, grow,” whispers Diana Beresford-Kroeger to a baby white cherry tree, which stands slightly askew behind a circle of wire mesh in her orchard. The renowned scientist, botanist and medical biochemist bends down to look under its leaves, moving her arms in small circles as if to waft the right energy into its roots. Like a warden walking through an orphanage, she moves through the garden, where she and her husband, Christian Kroeger, a retired civil servant, have planted more than 100 indigenous and endangered species of trees.

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Leave it to the experts

Letter by Ralph Bullough
Chronicle Journal
October 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re Council Declares Open Season On ‘Nuisance’ Trees — Tree Topics, Oct. 12:
What a mess! The issue of public trees should never have become a political football. Why would council choose to micro-manage a tree complaint instead of leaving it up to the experts already on staff with the city? …Let’s let the tree experts respond to tree problems and abide by their recommendations.

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Judge orders immediate end to logging shutdown

Associated Press
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal judge Thursday allowed loggers to go back to work on national forests without waiting for federal agencies to send out paperwork lifting logging bans prompted by the government shutdown. Following a hearing in Medford, U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner signed a temporary restraining order lifting the logging ban immediately. The timber industry had sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, arguing that shutting down logging was not authorized by the Office and Management and Budget guidance to federal agencies on the shutdown, or the timber sale contracts themselves.

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2013 government shutdown: Logging ban lifted in national forests

The Associated Press
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday started lifting a logging ban on national forests imposed as part of the government shutdown. The agency filed documents in U.S. District Court in Medford saying that contract officers will start notifying timber purchasers that they can resume work. The documents were part of a motion filed by the Forest Service to dismiss a lawsuit from the timber industry over the logging shutdown.

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Emerald Ash borers are bad and they’re heading west

Idaho Statesman
October 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The devastating Emerald Ash borer is migrating closer to us. This metallic-colored beetle has ravaged forests and landscape trees in the East and Midwest and spread very quickly since its first appearance in this country in June 2002. The insect crossed the Missisippi into Kansas, then earlier this month it was found in Boulder County, Colo. … Urban forestry officials are scrambling to try to protect their valuable shade trees in cities and towns. It is not here yet, according to Debbie Cook, an arborist with Boise Park & Recreation.

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Any pine beetles in East Texas?

KETK
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For years, the Southern Pine Belt has provided work, and material for houses all over the country. nd the Southern Pine Beetle has tried to make that difficult. I have seen personally what pine beetles can do to big, beautiful trees. And there is no cure, no rescue once they are at work. But it looks like for now, we’ve been lucky. Out west, the Mountain Pine Beetle has mutated, and grown in strength. And it is having its way with the timber industry there.

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A Few Tree Species Dominate Amazon Rain Forest

Live Science
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Amazon is the largest and most diverse rain forest in the world — about 10 percent of all known species on Earth dwell there — but only a few dozen of the Amazon’s thousands of tree species rule the jungle, researchers recently found. This new analysis can help reveal which Amazon tree species face the most severe threats of extinction and which areas there are most in need of protection, scientists added.

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Protesters endangering industry

The Land
October 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

INTENSE protests against the logging of regrowth hardwood on private property on the North Coast are creating a frightening precedent which puts routine primary production practices under threat, farming and timber industry leaders have warned. They say agricultural industries need to become more active in demanding tougher law enforcement and prosecution of protesters who break laws.

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Thousands of hectares of south west timber plantation could be returned to agriculture

ABC News
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The plantation timber industry is playing down concerns about the sector’s plight in southern Western Australia despite predictions of a major rationalisation of the estate. The business that took over tens of thousands of hectares of timber plantations from a collapsed company says as much as two-thirds of the land could be returned to agriculture. When Great Southern collapsed, international forestry manager New Forests bought 60,000ha of its plantations.

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Albufeira looks to control pine tree pest by breeding birds

Portugal News Online
October 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Albufeira council is implementing an innovative project in a bid to biologically control the spread of the harmful Pine Processionary – a toxic caterpillar found in pine trees throughout Portugal – by planting birds’ nests in the trees. As the pine caterpillar is a favourite food for birds of the tit family, birds’ nests will be placed in pine trees in key spots like schools and public areas, to try and reduce the risk of its harmful effects while at the same time creating conditions to boost the tit population.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

National Bioenergy Day spurs 25 events in U.S., Canada

Biomass Magazine
October 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Oct. 17 marks the first-ever National Bioenergy Day, which is being celebrated by trade associations, schools and universities in 13 U.S. states and one Canadian providence. On and around Bioenergy Day, 25 events are being held to demonstrate firsthand the benefits of bioenergy, which includes biomass-to-electricity, thermal heat generated from wood, wood pellet manufacturing, and forestry.

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British Columbia forest project helps light up Berlin Film Festival

The Globe and Mail
October 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The bright lights and glittering stars of the Berlin International Film Festival don’t immediately call to mind energy efficiency. But since 2010, the event has become increasingly climate friendly, switching to green energy, reducing paper use and streamlining its merchandising and catering. However, by far the biggest environmental impact of such a spectacle are the carbon emissions coming from the air travel and other transportation that it requires.

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MHA calls wood pellet program ‘a big scam’ in House committee

The Western Star
October 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A testy committee meeting in the House of Assembly reached its boiling point late in the afternoon Thursday, when chairman Jim Bennett had enough. “To me, this feel like a big scam — the whole thing — nine or 10 or 12 million dollars,” Bennett said. … Members of the Public Accounts Committee spent the day grilling government officials from the Department of Natural Resources about the forest industry diversification program. The hearing centred around $9 million for the wood pellet plant in Roddickton, which has never commercially produced pellets.

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Climate change has upside, prof. finds

The Darmouth
October 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A recent Dartmouth-led study on climate change broke away from traditional critical dialogue to discuss the potentially positive impact of warmer global temperatures on some forests. The article, published in the journal Ecological Monographs, is the most comprehensive review yet of how climate change impacts forests, compiling data from 500 scientific papers in fields including insect physiology, tree physiology and natural resource economics. 

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FAME approves $25 million loan for Millinocket pellet mill

Bangor Daily News
October 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Finance Authority of Maine’s Board of Directors voted 8-5 to approve a $25 million bond on Thursday to build New England’s first torrefied wood pellet mill in Millinocket’s Katahdin Avenue industrial park. The key to Cate Street Capital’s proposal is a $35 million torrefied wood machine that according to FAME’s analysis will employ as many as 36 people directly and as many as 184 indirectly.

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Local wood pellet plant teaches residents about bioenergy

WKTV
October 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

SCHUYLER, N.Y. – The largest manufacturer of wood pellets in the Northeast held somewhat of an open house, Thursday. The New England Wood Pellet Plant in Schuyler held tours of their facilities today, in order to educate the public about the use of bioenergy powered by the wood pellets and other agricultural crops. The plant is essential to the region, because it provides environmental sustainability and renewable jobs for the area.

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