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Daily Archives: December 5, 2013

Business & Politics

Newport gears up for Teevin expansion as debate over log exports continues

December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

NEWPORT — If you want to know how China’s construction market is reshaping the Northwest, a Rainier log yard is a good place to start. The Teevin Bros. 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, Wash. A yellow stacking truck opens its pinchers and sends its payload rolling out across the ground.

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Coalition willing to help Tamar Valley pulp mill investor: Will Hodgman

ABC News, Australia
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Federal Government has indicated it is willing to help any potential investor in a Tamar Valley pulp mill. State Opposition leader Will Hodgman met the Prime Minister and senior government ministers in Canberra this week and says they are prepared to consider assistance to develop the mill. Receiver Korda Mentha is selling the permits, design and site of the former timber company Gunns Bell Bay pulp mill proposal. He says the Government is positive about the potential for a mill to be built.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Continuing a commitment to transparency – The Paper Trail Impact Estimator Adds Six Additional Domtar Products, Two Mills

PR Newswire
December 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced the fifth update to its award-winning site, The Paper Trail (www.domtarpapertrail.com) since the debut of this groundbreaking tool in June 2011. Publicly showcasing the company’s commitment to voluntary disclosure, The Paper Trail provides a look at the social and economic impacts associated with manufacturing its paper products in North America. As a tool that displays both what Domtar is doing well at its facilities, as well as what it’s working to improve upon, the Paper Trail continues to serve as a model for transparency within the industry.

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Steel construction industry challenges B.C.’s Wood First building policy

CBC News
December 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The president of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction wants B.C. to review its “Wood First” policy launched in 2009. According to the B.C. government, the policy was introduced as a way to “encourage a cultural shift toward viewing wood as the first choice for construction, interior design and daily living”. Among the intiatives from this policy is the construction of a Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, and a preference to wood as a building material in government buildings.

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U.S.: Softwood and Panel Markets – Week 49, 2013

Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.
December 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Holiday plans and wintry weather were uppermost in the minds of many traders. Sales of framing lumber were spotty at best, leaving price trends flat to narrowly mixed. Producers fell back on order files into early to mid-December, but some trimmed prices and opened to counters as quick-shipping loads developed. Some opened to counteroffers on the rationale that any order close to current prices was a good sale. Wholesalers were either clean or working to get that way, sometimes offering carloads at $10-15 under mill quotes.

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Forestry

Failure to add value to resource wealth chains Canada to its colonial past

by HARRY NELSON AND NGAIO HOTTE
Globe and Mail
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada, a country founded on its natural resources, possesses more natural wealth, per capita, than any other any other nation in the world. Our natural resources sustained our First Nations and catalyzed settlement, from east to west. While Canada has changed considerably since its early days, natural resources still drive our economy. Yet, some suggest that by providing raw resources to the global economy, Canadians are pursuing lower-value, less-innovative and less-sophisticated activities, and that we should be shifting toward a more modern, knowledge-based economy.

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Input invited on Robson Valley timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – Comments are being accepted until Feb. 3, 2014, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Robson Valley timber supply area (TSA). Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut (AAC). The current allowable annual cut for the Robson Valley TSA, in effect since Aug. 4, 2006, is 536,000 cubic metres per year and will remain in effect until a new AAC is determined.

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New WFN forest licence worth millions

Kelowna Capital News
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new forest licence has been awarded to the Westbank First Nation, in part of their traditional territory north of Big White. It will allow the band to harvest 32,400 cubic metres a year. The value of the new licence in timber sales could vary from the $40 a cubic metre or so that pulp wood receives, to a high of $80 a cubic metre for top-grade timber, and prices vary with the markets, explained WFN forestry manager Dave Gill. That would make the licence worth $1.44 to $2.56 million.

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Edmonton student snags summer forestry internship in social media contest

Edmonton Journal
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Kyle Rosychuk won his dream summer job through a social media contest this week, an internship in the forestry industry that builds on his original career decision made right out of high school. “I got a summer job that year as a junior forest ranger with the province, which gives you exposure to the industry with mill tours and real things like operating a chainsaw, and I really loved it,” said Rosychuk, a second-year forest management student at the University of Alberta.

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Woodlots audited to check work

Westerly News
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry practices on the West Coast got the nod in a new report from the Forest Practices Board. A woodlot near Ucluelet and three in Port Alberni were among 10 South Island woodlots randomly selected for audit by the B.C. Forest Practices Board, said director of audits Chris Mosher. “We look at the woodlot plan, we focus on the harvesting they’ve done… We look to see if they’ve had any environmental damage around streams or they’re protecting them as they’re supposed to… and they’re reforesting as they’re supposed to,” Mosher said.

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Endangered status for bats urged again by scientists

Deadly white-nose syndrome infection devastating Maritime populations
CBC News
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canadian scientists have issued a second appeal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government to protect bat populations being rapidly wiped out in the Maritimes. …”In the case of bats, I can’t imagine there’s too many things that’s a great concern to other interests. These things are very beneficial to agriculture, they eat a lot of pests. From the forestry and agriculture point of views, the more bats the better.”

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Agencies continue to combat Black Hills pine beetle epidemic

KOTA Territory News
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Local counties received $2 million for Governor Daugaard’s Black Hills Mountain Pine Beetle initiative. Pennington County alone received $670,000 in grant funding to use for Mountain Pine Beetle programs. Different agencies are using that money to combat the pine beetle problem. One by one these trees are being cut. It’s all part of the cut and chunk program that’s a method for treating mountain pine beetle infested trees.

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Report finds ‘zone of agreement’ key to getting work done on forests

Idaho Statesman
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 130 million board feet of timber has either been harvested, sold or is in planning for sale due to the collaborative efforts of nine forest groups across Idaho, a new report shows. The report, compiled by the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership, made up of foresters and conservationists from industry and environmental groups, says projects that fall within a “zone of agreement” can be done with little opposition. But it urges the federal government put up more funds and approve projects quicker so that logging and other fuel treatments can be done faster.

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Missoula City Council considers ‘tree district’ to pay for urban forest replacement

The Missoulian
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The good news about trees? The urban forest in Missoula is valued at nearly $71 million, according to the Parks and Recreation Department’s urban forester. The not-so-good news? Many of the new young trees planted in Missoula aren’t taking root. On Wednesday, the Missoula City Council Conservation Committee heard a report from urban forester Chris Boza about the state of trees in Missoula. One idea on tap to pay for needed work is a new tree district similar to the streets or parks district, but it’s too early for an estimate of the cost.

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Arizona forestry division faulted over handling of deadly blaze

Reuters
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona forestry officials put the protection of structures and pastureland ahead of firefighter safety during a raging wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew in June, a state health and safety investigation said on Wednesday. Arizona’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health also found that the Arizona State Forestry Division committed other workplace safety violations in its management of the blaze in and around the tiny town of Yarnell, northwest of Phoenix.

Arizona Agency is Faulted in Deaths of Firefighters from The New York Times
Arizona claims Forestry Division overlooked safety of 19 firefighters in Yarnell Hill Blaze from The New York Daily News
Arizona probe places blame in firefighters deaths from The Associated Press

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Cutting trees to rid N.J. forest of beetles

New York Times News Service
December 4, 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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Forest sector fears conservation war

Weekly Times Now
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TASMANIA’S forest industry is urging the Coalition to reconsider plans to remove the World Heritage listing of key tracts of forest.The Australian understands the Coalition’s Tasmanian forest policy will be debated by cabinet as early as today. The Coalition campaigned on opposing Tasmania’s landmark forest peace agreement and adopted a formal policy to reverse the 100,000ha extension to the Wilderness World Heritage Area at the heart of the deal. The Tasmanian forest industry is calling on Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and his parliamentary secretary Richard Colbeck to pause the policy, fearing it will torpedo a peace deal with conservationists they say has the potential to underpin the future of forestry in the state.

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Liberals reaffirm their policy to dismantle forest peace deal despite funding pledge

ABC News, Australia
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government is denying it has gone soft on its policy to overturn the forest peace deal. It follows revelations the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged in writing $7.8 million to fund the council overseeing the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA) for another six months. Mr Hunt has also apologised for a delay in handing over the money. “My Department is satisfied that the relevant milestone and performance benchmarks under the National Partnerships Agreement have been met,” he writes.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant greatly needed

Vernon Morning Star
December 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The closure of the Lavington glass plant in 2008 hit the immediate and surrounding communities hard. Hundreds of jobs were lost and a major industrial tenant moved out of the community, taking a large chunk of economic impact with it. So news that Tolko could be adding to the industrial activities with a pellet plant in Lavington is welcomed by many in the community. Not only would the plant create 20-30 full-time positions, but railway jobs would be secured with the anticipated 2,500 rail cars filled per year. The economic impact is huge.

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Credible data key to Indonesia’s efforts to solve forest fire, emissions challenges — expert

Forests News
December 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WARSAW, Poland — Accurate information on the causes of wildfires and the amount of carbon emissions they produce is critical if Indonesia is to meet its emissions reductions targets, said experts at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. climate change meetings in Warsaw, Poland. Earlier this year, fires swept across parts of the Indonesian island of Sumatra — sending smoke billowing across the narrow Strait of Malacca and causing record-breaking air pollution levels in Singapore and Malaysia.

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General

Newport gears up for Teevin expansion as debate over log exports continues

December 5, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

NEWPORT — If you want to know how China’s construction market is reshaping the Northwest, a Rainier log yard is a good place to start. The Teevin Bros. 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, Wash. A yellow stacking truck opens its pinchers and sends its payload rolling out across the ground.

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