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Daily Archives: December 2, 2013

Business & Politics

B.C. lumber producer sells at big discount to keep wood moving

Stockhouse
November 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It came as a surprise to no one this week that trading of North American lumber and panel products slowed as American players largely evacuated offices even on Wednesday afternoon for the US Thanksgiving long weekend, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter http://madisonsreport.com. Field inventories remained weak enough for producers to be able to keep prices relatively flat on most commodities. The majority sentiment was that sales volumes next week will determine if 2013 ends with a bang similar to 2012, or more quietly as would be the usual seasonal cycle.

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Province seizes logs at Terrace, BC logyard

Terrace Standard
November 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

YaoRun Wood Ltd., a company that buys raw Canadian logs for export to China, has had their logs seized by the provincial government for a second time in under two months for falling behind on stumpage payments. On November 13, compliance and enforcement officers made an initial seizure of 175 loads at the Yaorun logyard on the corner of Keith Ave. and Kenney St. Then, after further reviewing the file, the government took further action and seized all of the logs on Nov. 22.

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Industry awarded for dust safety systems

Vancouver Sun
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Employee safety is a priority for B.C. forest companies and it is why the industry acted quickly to improve wood dust management following two tragic sawmill explosions last year. Forestry CEO’s immediately established a task force to lead an industrywide response to better understand and manage combustible wood dust. …On Dec. 2, the Forest Products Manufacturers Advisory Group – whose members represent about 65 per cent of B.C.’s lumber production – will be recognized for these collaborative efforts to improve safety when they receive the BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award for Excellence in Systems Safety.

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Mill workers reach tentative deal

Global BC
November 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A tentative deal has been reached for almost 2000 mill workers in the Southern Interior. Five-hundred of them are from Tolko’s sawmill plant in Armstrong and Veneer mill in Lumby. The workers had voted to take strike action this week, but Friday evening United Steelworkers Local 1-423 reached a deal.

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Quality of Alberni air debated

Alberni Valley Times
November 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the temperature drops, the plumes above the Port Alberni Catalyst operation start to grow, and so do the concerns about air quality in the Alberni Valley. Port Alberni’s Catalyst Paper general manager Fred Chinn said, even though they burn tirederived fuel in the cooler months, residents should not be worried about emissions from the mill. “About 95 per cent of what is burned is wood waste,” he said. “But when the bark gets wet in the fall and winter, a tire-derived fuel is added to enrich the bark and make it burn more efficiently.” He said the TDF makes up approximately one per cent of what they burn all year.

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U.S. Lumber Futures Up on Cash Strength, Technicals

Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO–CME lumber futures rose Friday, supported by continued strength of wood prices in the cash markets. CME January lumber rose $3.60, or 1.0%, to $364.80 per 1,000 board feet. Lumber for March advanced $9.70, or 2.6%, to $378.00 per 1,000 board feet. Builder confidence in a steady housing recovery has fueled sentiment that demand for lumber will remain robust in the months ahead, following the U.S. Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showing building permits increase in both September and October. 

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Deere forecasts higher forestry-machinery sales

EUWID
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Following declines in turnover and results for sales of building and forestry machines in the 2012/13 financial year, Deere is expecting higher sales figures for the 2013/14 financial year. For the Construction & Forestry division, which includes not only the building machinery, skidders, track harvesters, feller-bunchers and loaders manufactured in the USA but also the vehicles and aggregates produced in Europe and New Zealand for timber harvesting on a cut-to-length basis, Deere is forecasting a year-on-year rise in turnover of 10% for the new business year which started on 1 November.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED supporters and timber industry square off for recognition

Mississippi Business News
November 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

To LEED or not to LEED? That’s the question being waged by several groups in Mississippi and elsewhere. The U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a building standard to make structures healthier and more energy efficient. The certification has been embraced by architects and many in the construction industry. However, the Mississippi Forestry Association, representing 3,000 members and an $11-billion state industry, does not think LEED is such a great idea.

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Forestry

Opinion: Resource sector offers opportunities for First Nations people

Risks can be mitigated: Blanket ban on all development in the province is troubling
Vancouver Sun
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I received an early education in the benefits of the resource industry, having grown up around the forestry and oil and gas sectors in B.C. and Alberta. My father worked in forestry as a faller and bucker for 46 years, and I did the same for some 20 years, later specializing in occupational safety. I’ve witnessed first-hand the enormous economic and social opportunities our resource sector can provide to Metis and First Nations people… And many urban dwellers have never seen the rigorous environmental and safety practices being implemented everyday in the modern resource sector. So it’s important for the resource industries to continue educating British Columbians about modern mining, forestry, oil and gas and pipeline practices.

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Mackenzie timber supply being reviewed

The Prince George Citizen
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The timber supply in the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area is being reviewed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “The purpose of the timber supply review is to provide the deputy chief forester with the information needed to determine a new allowable annual cut for the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area,” said ministry spokesman Brennan Clarke… “Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the deputy chief forester before she sets a new allowable annual cut early next year,” Clarke said. The Mackenzie TSA neighbours the Prince George forestry region. The logging and timber processing activities there play a large role in the economy of Prince George as well as Mackenzie’s.

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

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Environmentalists, B.C. at loggerheads over Douglas fir

By Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When commercial logging began in B.C. about 150 years ago, stands of coastal Douglas fir covered 135,000 hectares of land along the Georgia Strait on the mainland coast, on southeast Vancouver Island and on the Gulf Island. Today almost all of that towering forest has been logged. “We are down to the last one per cent,” says Devon Page, an Ecojustice lawyer …Can a forest type really face extinction? The Western Canada Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions Society think so, and that’s why they’ve taken the Minister of Forests and Minister of Environment to court in an attempt to stop further logging.

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No sale for Dakota Bowl cutblocks

Coast Reporter
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) removed more than 50 hectares of old-growth forest from its harvesting plans for Mount Elphinstone last week after failing to receive any bids from logging contractors. Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) announced the removal of the four Dakota Bowl cutblocks from the BCTS notice list after BCTS forest manager Don Hudson contacted the group on Nov. 21, the closing date for bids. “We did not receive any bids today. We will likely retender next spring,” Hudson wrote ELF in an email. Ross Muirhead of ELF said the group was not surprised that logging companies took a pass on the four cutblocks.

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Idaho History: Idaho’s lumber industry boomed in the 1870s and ’80s

Idaho Statesman
December 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The usual procedure in the early days of lumbering was to haul, or float, the logs to the sawmill, but a letter to the editor of the Idaho Statesman, published in May 1877, reminds us that it was sometimes necessary to move the mill to the logs. “The sawmill, owned and now run by Rossi & Karcher, was moved during the past winter, on contract by Messrs. S.J. Johnson and Henry Vinson, two gentlemen well known to the community; the former as machinist and millwright, and the latter as an expert sawyer.

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Community forest questions: Public safety, funding emerge as top concerns

California Times-Standard
December 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Public safety and funding are emerging as top concerns as county staff move forward with plans to obtain the McKay Tract as a community forest. …The McKay Tract Community Forest project is an effort by the county to acquire a little over 1,000 acres of Green Diamond Resource Co. land just outside Eureka’s city limits for a public forest that can be used for both recreation and timber harvesting. …Barrett listed “homeless camps, people cooking meth, trash, off-road vehicles being used (and) dogs not controlled” as what he saw as potential problems. ”My concerns would be environmental,” he said. “When I say I’m concerned about ‘people cooking meth,’ it’s because that stuff kills trees.”

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City of Missoula to remove, replace 1,200 high-risk trees

The Missoulian
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Maple trees lining the streets in two Missoula neighborhoods will be removed in phases and replaced with new trees in the coming weeks, just as the city looks to bring more trees to other parts of town. Chris Boza, the city’s urban forester, said the work to replace high-risk trees in the University District and Slant Street neighborhoods will begin in early December and last several weeks. “About 1,200 of those trees are what we’d consider high-risk,” said Boza. “To manage that risk, those trees need to be removed.”

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U.S. Forest Service Region 1 scales back at downtown Missoula headquarters

The Missoulian
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Stacks of packing boxes cover empty desks and sticky notes color dozens of doors in the old federal building in downtown Missoula as the U.S. Forest Service Region 1 undergoes a major shrinkage. “We’re trying to bring our budget in line with the rest of the federal government, so we’re looking at what we spend for keeping everybody at a desk with a phone,” said Region 1 spokesman Phil Sammon.  The consolidation will disperse about a third of the roughly 150 people
from the downtown Region 1 headquarters.

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Alternative harvesting method provides foundation for Wyden O&C plan: Guest opinion

By Jerry F. Franklin and K. Norman Johnson
The Oregonian
November 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Variable retention harvesting is prescribed in Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed legislation for harvesting in younger highly-productive Douglas fir and Western hemlock forests (the “moist forests”) on the O&C lands of western Oregon. Understanding the forestry technique is critical to understanding the senator’s plan. Variable retention harvesting is modeled on patterns of natural disturbances, such as wildfire. In contrast to clear-cutting, where essentially all of the trees are removed, significant amounts (about 1/3 in the proposed legislation) of the pre-harvest forest are retained throughout the harvest area.

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Tree primer: Diversity in the urban forest

The Oregonian
December 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Elizabeth Elbel gets excited about unusual street trees. As a certified arborist and Neighborhood Trees Senior Specialist with the organization Friends of Trees, she helps usher new species into the urban forest through neighbors who sign up and order them. Topping her list right now is Chinese pistache, a stalwart tree with electric fall color comparable to a maple, Portland’s ubiquitous street tree. Until now, Friends of Trees planted five or six pistaches in Portland each year as part of their Neighborhood Tree program.

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Idaho Panhandle National Forests plan panned by environmentalists

The Spokesman-Review
December 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Majestic old stands of pines, cedars and firs don’t have enough protections under the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ draft management plan, according to environmental groups, who say the big trees need more safeguards. …Instead, the draft plan for the 2.5 million-acre national forest gives managers the discretion to log existing old-growth trees, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Kootenai Environmental Alliance and other groups wrote in formal objection letters.

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Timber Industry Not One Voice On Wyden Plan

Roseburg News Review
November 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s timber plan would be “crippling” to Southern Oregon mills that rely on federal timber, Swanson Group President Steve Swanson said this week. “There isn’t anything in this bill that’s appealing,” said Swanson, whose company has mills in Roseburg, Glendale and Springfield. “No bill is better than a bad bill, and this is simply a bad bill.” …Swanson observed the executives represented timber companies with large land holdings. His company relies on federal timber, and he said Wyden’s proposal would leave competition for federal logs intense.

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A specter haunts the forest

State Land Board blocked from logging for school funds by a marbled murrelet
The Mail Tribune
November 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The State Land Board — made up of three statewide elected officials, including the governor — may be powerless to sell much of the timber growing in the Elliott State Forest. That shows the power conservation groups have when they invoke the specter of the marbled murrelet… Don’t blame Kitzhaber, or Wheeler or Brown — all Democrats. They embraced a plan to increase timber harvests from 25 million board feet a year to 40 million board feet. Conservation groups scuttled the plan by claiming stepped-up logging would endanger the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs

The New York Times
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLUE ANCHOR, N.J. — “Heads up!” Deep in the woods, the whine of chain saws pierced the fall air, and Steve Garcia shouted a warning to fellow loggers as a 40-foot pitch pine crashed to the ground. He was chopping down trees to save the forest as part of New Jersey’s effort to beat back an invasion of beetles. In an infestation that scientists say is almost certainly a consequence of global warming, the southern pine beetle is spreading through New Jersey’s famous Pinelands.

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Root rot threatens traditional Christmas fir trees

Associated Press
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. — Jeff Pollard trudged up the steep slope and stopped at a desiccated, rust-brown tree. Two months earlier, workers had tagged this Fraser fir as ready for market. It was going to be someone’s Christmas tree. And now it was dead. ”Never get paid back for this tree,” he said with a shrug. ”Eleven years of work — gone.” The culprit: Phytophthora root rot, a water mold that, once in the soil, makes it unfit for production.  Pollard has been growing Fraser fir in these western North Carolina
mountains for nearly 40 years. To him, it’s ”the ultimate tree.”

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PM rules out forest safety inquiry

Radio New Zealand
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Prime Minister John Key is ruling out an inquiry into what has been described as the forestry industry’s shocking safety record. Two forestry workers were killed on the job in Nelson and the central North Island last week, bringing the total number of deaths in the industry this year to nine. The deaths have prompted calls for the Government to do more to reduce the high accident rate. But Mr Key said on Monday that the industry is not in crisis. “We’re not convinced that the inquiry would actually do that much. I think in the end, we’ve got a new regulation with workplace safety, we’re doing all of these things.

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Mass planting boosts rare tree numbers by 10 percent

By the The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust
Scoop Independent News
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A single mass planting has boosted the national population of the rare and endangered Turner’s kohuhu (pittosporum turneri, or tent pole tree) by more than 10 percent. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust has planted 5,500 seedlings, propagated from seed collected in May 2009, in specially-constructed predator-proof enclosures at its Pohokura property in inland Hawke’s Bay. Only 30,000 to 40,000 pittosporum turneri plants are known to exist in New Zealand and the species has a threat status of Nationally Vulnerable.

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Restructurings linked to forestry accident rate

Radio New Zealand
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry contractors say the restructuring of the Accident Compensation Corporation and the reorganisation of safety inspection services have contributed to an increase in logging injuries and deaths. Two forestry workers were killed on the job in Nelson and the central North Island last week, bringing the total number of deaths in the industry this year to nine. The Forest Industry Contractors Association says restructuring has caused a delay in inspections and in accident prevention work in forests. It says funding for joint safety programmes was withheld for 18 months and is only now resuming.

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Hancock Forest Management meets with contractors

NewsTalkZB
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hancock Forest Management has confirmed it’s met with contractors for a safety meeting this morning. The meeting, organised by one of the country’s largest forestry employers, comes as the industry faces ongoing concerns over workplace safety. An average of five forestry workers die in the industry each year – but nine people have died this year, including two last week.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

41 Scientists Warn Obama Admin Against Burning Trees To Produce Electricity

Climate Progress
November 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

This week 41 leading scientists sent a letter the the Environmental Protection Agency calling on the agency to use caution when determining what biomass — wood or plant materials — to use for power plants. The letter states that burning trees to produce electricity increases carbon emissions and contributes to air pollution. Burning other biomass, such as perennial grasses or harvest residues that can either regrow quickly or are not needed for other purposes, is quite different from burning forests. While the biomass industry argues that since trees grow back they offer a carbon neutral form of energy, recent research shows that burning trees for electricity is highly inefficient.

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Wilderness Society plans legal fight over fossil fuels in shift to tackling global warming

The Sydney Morning Herald
November 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australia’s biggest environmental group will launch a major legal fight against the fossil fuel industry as it shifts its focus to climate change for the first time in its 37-year history… The Wilderness Society – which has traditionally campaigned to protect native forests, bush and coastlines – says it can no longer ignore the impact of carbon emissions on the natural landscape… Just as it took on logging giants Gunns in a bid to protect native forests, the group will consider types of legal action and pressure on investors to block and undermine fossil fuel extraction that impacts on the natural environment and community health.

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