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Daily Archives: November 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Deal reached between Canfor and Employees

Energetic City
November 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Steelworkers has reached a tentative deal with Canadian Forest Products on a new collective agreement for forest workers in the BC Interior. The tentative agreement was reached late Friday after Canfor and the USW resumed bargaining at the BC Labour Relations Board. The deal culminates five months of negotiations between the two groups. The deal includes the Fort St. John Sawmill and Canfor’s two operations in Chetwynd.

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Stop shipping raw logs overseas

Letter by Jim Liness
Prince George Citizen
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This Liberal government is allowed to ship raw logs from Canada. This is stupid to say the least. I think they are very shortsighted. We need workers here, not giving our jobs to China or elsewhere and the timber companies can buy the finished lumber here. We have started selling our pulp mills offshore, so if you think our saw mills aren’t next, just wait and see. If this government can see a way to line their pockets, they will. Remember B.C. Rail? How many of them or their friends lined their pockets?

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China’s Building Boom Revives Northwest Log Export Debate

Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


If you want to know how China’s construction market is reshaping the Northwest, a Rainier, Ore., log yard is a good place to start. The Teevin Brothers yard along the Columbia River rumbles with activity while workers prepare half a million logs for the towering ships docked across the river in the Port of Longview. A yellow stacking truck opens its pinchers and sends its payload rolling out across the ground. The air smells like sap and sawdust. Scalers wearing neon safety vests inspect the logs, stapling each with a plastic barcode.

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Soaring log prices outshine 2011 export year

Radio New Zealand
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Primary industry analyst NZX Agrifax says the forestry sector is performing strongly, and exports this year have been setting high marks for both volume and value. China’s demand for wood has led to massive shipments of New Zealand logs. During the third financial quarter, New Zealand’s log sendings to China were over three million cubic metres, a 40% year-on-year increase, and made up 71% of New Zealand’s total log exports. Over the past month, prices have reached their highest levels yet, with A-grade logs fetching $114 a tonne, delivered to the wharf gate.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CISC president Ed Whalen at Converge 2013 (with video)

Journal of Commerce
November 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction president Ed Whalen was on hand at the Converge 2013 conference in Vancouver to offer his thoughts on B.C.’s Wood First policy and other industry concerns. Whalen also pointed to his own sector and the construction industry in general as not adequately promoting its views compared to the wood industry, and said they have not been actively involved in government lobbying in the past, but are now taking initiatives in that direction.

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First two stories of WIDC done

HQ Prince George
November 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first stages of construction are well underway at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George. Dignitaries and special guests got a tour of the building today that is expected to be six storeys tall. Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond says the WIDC is expected to be a very significant structure in the downtown. “But not just for Prince George,” says Bond, “this has the potential of becoming a template for buildings like this, right across Canada and possibly across North America.” Lead Architect Michael Green says crews are currently working on the second floor of the building.

WIDC “Building Core” Nearing Completion From 250 News

Click here to read the press release from the BC government.

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Winners of the 2013 Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards announced

Daily News
November 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The goal of Ontario Wood WORKS! is to promote the use of wood and wood products in construction projects, and to acknowledge the contribution of wood-use advocates and industry leaders. As such, they have selected the winners in their annual awards program, the details of which follow. The Ontario Wood Award was won by the Westhill in Waterloo, by Robert J Dyck Architect & Engineer Inc. The Green Building Wood Design Award went to Algonquin College – Perth Campus by GRC Architects Inc. and Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Inc.

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Forestry

Premier deflects concerns over water bomber future

Alberni Valley Times
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark deflected a letter from Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas regarding his concerns of the cancellation of the Martin Mars’ firefighting contract with the provincial government. On Sept. 10, Douglas wrote a letter to Clark outlining his concerns about the contract being cancelled. Clark replied with a letter dated Sept. 27. “It is clear from your note that this is a very important issue for you, and on your behalf, I have sent a copy of your letter to the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural resource Operations, for his review and consideration as well.”

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B.C. forest labour icon Jack Munro dies at age 82

Vancouver Sun
November 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Former IWA-Canada president Jack Munro, the powerful and profane labour icon during the heyday of the B.C. forest industry, died Friday of a chronic illness at age 82 after being in poor health the past year… Denny Boyd, a columnist at The Vancouver Sun, wrote in 1989 that Munro’s actions affected almost every British Columbian. “He’s a guy who can call 30,000 workers off the job, send the province into a five-month strike or save the province from a crippling general strike by negotiating head to head with a right-wing premier. In his 1988 memoir, Union Jack, Munro said of his career: “If I had to sum up what it is I’ve tried to accomplish, it is to make trade unions an accepted part of society.”

BC labour leader Jack Munro dead at 82 From The Canadian Press

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Vaughn Palmer: With Jack Munro, bosses knew they’d been in a fight

Large than life: He was a scrapper, but politicians and employers respected the labour leader because he was a realist
Vancouver Sun
November 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When word spread Friday that Jack Munro had passed away, my first thought was that those of us who write about B.C. politics and labour issues might have to retire the phrase “larger than life. ”Munro was surely that, and not just in the physical sense: 6-foot-4, 265 pounds at fighting weight and I do mean fighting. From the ’70s to the ’90s, he was the most commanding presence in the B.C. labour movement, a position secured by sheer force of personality and his leadership of the union representing tens of thousands of B.C. forest workers.

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Got calcium? Mineral is key to restoring acid rain-damaged forests

News Fix
November 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Calcium can do much more than strengthen bones. The mineral is a critical nutrient for healthy tree growth, and new research shows that adding it to the soil helps reverse the decades-long decline of forests ailing from the effects of acid rain. The paper, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology (EST) Letters, and led by John Battles, professor of forest ecology at the University of California, Berkeley, also presents strong evidence that acid rain impairs forest health.

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Rules for selling timber in Rim fire area under debate in Congress

Modesto Bee
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Salvage logging near Yosemite National Park could proceed without the customary environmental studies, public review or judicial oversight under a controversial bill that a key panel in the House of Representatives approved Thursday. Authored by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, the measure that the Republican-controlled House Natural Resources Committee approved clear-cuts the usual administrative and legal procedures that can slow emergency logging.

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Forest jobs bill: It’s a win-win for Montana

Letter by Daniel A. Harper
The Missoulian
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Nov. 8 guest column, “Support still strong for Tester’s forest jobs bill,” was right on target. Count me in as one of the 70 percent of Montanans supporting the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. I could not return to work in Montana after my education and Army service without a strong Montana economy supporting jobs. I would not have returned to Montana without Montana wilderness. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act is indeed a win-win situation for Montana. Let’s make it happen.

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Outsmarting the Destructive Mountain Pine Beetle: Saving the Lodgepole Forests

Science World Report
November 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle is nothing to mess with. The destructive insect is killing off lodgepole pine forests and has even extended its reach to jack pine forests. Now, scientists are looking for an effective bait to get ahead of the spread of this beetle, which could help save forests in the future. “Right now we don’t know how efficient currently available commercial baits will be in catching beetles in jack pine forest, as they were developed to catch the beetle in lodgepole pine forests,” said Nadir Erbilgin, one of the researchers, in a news release.

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Nev. professor sues to block Sierra Nevada logging

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

A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe. He says it’s being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don’t exist. Dennis Murphy, a Pew Scholar research professor in biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the Forest Service is ignoring its own analysis of the low fire risk in the high-altitude, old-growth forest on about 100 acres surrounding Echo Lakes, about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 

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State agency to take public comment on experimental forest

Peninsula Daily News
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — A new analysis has been done on the impacts of the Olympic Experimental State Forest, a long-proposed land plan with the goal of melding timber production with environmental protection across 250,000 acres of the most northwestern forest in the continental United States. The state Department of Natural Resources released a revised Environmental Impact Statement for the foresting plan. …  As environmental protection measures were implemented, they blocked off large swaths of land for logging and others for ecological preservation. Industry, government and private officials developed the plan as an alternative to see if commercial forest lands could continue to produce timber in a manner that could sustain the forest’s diversity of habitat.

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Herbicide spraying in Curry County draws complaints, state investigation

The Oregonian
November 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — The state of Oregon is investigating complaints that an herbicide sprayed from a helicopter on commercial timberlands in Curry County drifted over people’s homes and made some of them and their animals sick. Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide program manager Dale Mitchell says Crook Timberlands LLC had property north of Gold Beach sprayed Oct. 16 with glyphosate, the active ingredient in common household weed killers. He says the investigation was launched after 15 people lodged complaints.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rally held in Prince George against climate change

HQ Prince George
November 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Demonstrators gathered in Prince George to take part in an international day of action against climate change, Saturday… One of the rally’s organizers, Richard Demontigny with the The Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance says the demonstration is in opposition to the direction the provincial and federal governments are moving into. “Which is, more oil development, more exporting of our resources, instead of reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and developing other forms of economies,” he says. “Such as manufacturing, making 2X4’s here instead of shipping wood off to China and buying back mill-work.”

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Climate change and firefighting: a voice from the front line

Sydney Morning Herald
November 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As a firefighter, I can tell you things are not the way they used to be. The natural environment is changing. In 2009, we witnessed the devastating Black Saturday fires in Victoria. In 2010, incredible and unexpected flooding in Queensland. Rainfall is up in parts of the country, down in others. Temperatures are rising, wind patterns changing, storm and tempest activity becoming unpredictable – and all of this leads to more frequent and more extreme natural disasters.

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Weak rules threaten U.N. climate plan for forests

Reuters
November 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Investments in a U.N. plan to halt deforestation could suffer as U.N. climate talks in Warsaw have failed to agree rules to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and to protect local biodiversity, observers said. The program, called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), help slow climate change since deforestation accounts for nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Forests soak up carbon dioxide as they grow and release it when they burn or rot. 

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Biofuel opportunities explored in northern Europe

ABC News
November 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A member of Tasmania’s Upper House is promoting small-scale biofuel projects for Tasmania that are locally owned and operated. Adriana Taylor MLC, is proposing Tasmanian regional communities set up bio-energy projects, along similar lines to plants she saw touring Scandinavia and northern Europe. “I became interested in the forestry issue because of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement which we were asked to legislate on last year,” she said. “I realised that what we have here in Tasmania is a fantastic resource and a renewable resource.

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Rainforest carbon recovers faster than biodiversity

NERC
November 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When tropical forests are cleared, they can take a century or more to re-absorb the carbon they once held, according to a new study. But their biodiversity is even slower to recover, and some species may never return. Forests absorb carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, but when they are cleared this returns to the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. More than half the world’s tropical rainforest has now been cleared for agriculture, logged or burned, so it’s important to know how long it takes for so-called ‘secondary forests’ to absorb a similar amount of carbon again once they are allowed to grow back.

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General

Wood-burning Power Plants: Misguided Climate Change Solution?

Somewhat Reasonable (Blog)
November 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Is wood the best fuel to generate electricity? Despite wood’s low energy density and high cost, utilities in the US and abroad are switching from coal to wood to produce electrical power. The switch to wood is driven by regulations from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other international organizations. These regulations are based on the false assumption that burning wood reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

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