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Daily Archives: December 6, 2013

Business & Politics

Westmill Industries earns prestigious award

Aldergrove Star
December 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An Aldergrove-based company has earned top marks for its innovation in the veneer wood manufacturing industry. Westmill Industries Ltd. won the prestigious Supplier of the Year Award in the Materials/Supplies category of the Engineered Wood Technology Association’s (EWTA) annual Supplier of the Year Awards program. The program is designed to recognize companies that excel at providing high quality and superior delivery of products, equipment and services to the North American engineered wood products industry.

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Where are our pensions going

Alberni Valley Times
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Re: Canfor plans to build plant at Chinese port and Pension gap blamed for rising poverty among seniors. Both of these articles appeared in the Times-Colonist on Nov. 27. The first piece tells us that Canfor, one of B.C.’s largest lumber producers, is proposing to build a secondary manufacturing plant on China’s northeast coast after announcing last month that it will be closing a sawmill in Quesnel. The second article tells us that poverty among Canadian seniors is rising,… Is it possible that pension income is down because high wage manufacturing jobs that usually come with good pensions are being shipped offshore …

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Damning statements in Forest Ethics Advocacy vs. Harper government, Enbridge, NEB case

Affadavits cite Canadian Charter of Human Rights violations, government favoritism towards Enbridge, and an application designed to deter participation.
Vancouver Observer
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The first shots have been filed in a court case that pits a BC environmental group against the National Energy Board of Canada, the Stephen Harper government and Enbridge over who can participate in publicly-funded energy hearings. A behavioral scientist says the new rules are too onerous, while two climate scientists say hearings are skewed to benefit oil and gas companies. But government and Enbridge laywers are only cross-examining one person, and that is Tzeporah Berman tomorrow in Toronto.

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Brandt honoured at inaugural Private Business Growth Awards

Canada News Wire
December 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The Brandt Group of Companies was honoured to be selected as one of the top five fastest growing companies in Canada at the inaugural Private Business Growth Awards. A gala was held … to celebrate the achievement of the ten privately held Canadian companies shortlisted for the award. “We were so pleased to be honoured at an event like this one,” said Brandt chairman Gavin Semple. “Brandt is proud to be a privately held company – and we’re proud to be Canadian. We’re a family business and we care so much about our ability to provide good jobs and quality products here and around the world. To be recognized for our track record of profitability, growth, innovation, and leadership is a great honour.”

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Rail service back at Tolko mills in Armstrong and Lavington

Daily News
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko looks forward to regular rail service to mills in Lavington and Armstrong now that the former Kelowna Pacific Railway line has been restored. Canadian National Railway took over the route between Kamloops, Armstrong, Vernon and Lavington, and had it back in service on Sunday. It had been out of commission since July 5. The route will no longer carry on to Kelowna.

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Crews battle “tenacious” fires at Canfor

Chetwynd Echo Reporter
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department was kept busy last weekend when a pesky fire prompted two separate fire calls to the Canfor sawmill….Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky said the fire likely started when a belt burnt out on the mills planner. The fire occurred between the floorboards of one of the operations buildings….Canfor spokesperson Christine Kennedy said more work is being done to determine the exact cause of the fire. …During the winter months sawdust is less flammable but still dangerous, Canfor says. Incidents no matter how small are always treated with the utmost care for the safety of the workers and the equipment.

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Say farewell to forestry monopolies

Ray Travers R.P.F.
Vancouver Sun
December 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Re: What is the B.C. government’s vision for our public forest?, Opinion, Nov. 26 Former MLA Bob Simpson reported that two major forest companies in three different forest districts, without consultation with the provincial government or the public had made their own deal to exchange private forest tenures on public land. Before the era of Premier Gordon Campbell, this deal would have required approval of the minister of forests, who with the premier must now exercise leadership.

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Fortress Paper Reports an Incident at FSC Mill

Market Watch (Wall Street Journal)
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Fortress Paper Ltd. reports that an incident occurred at its Fortress Specialty Mill in Thurso, Quebec on December 2, 2013, which the Company initially believed was repairable in the normal course. However, upon further investigation it was determined that the incident was caused by an improper third-party pipe fitting installation on one of the four digesters. As the Company continued the investigation into the root cause of the incident it was revealed that there is a significant crack on a similar pipe connected to another digester. 

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Gravelle seeks Ring of Fire support from feds

The Daily Press
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

… Orazietti spoke about some recent positive developments in forestry including Haavaldsrud sawmill’s new $66-million cogeneration plant in Hornepayne, which happened to receive a $30-million grant from the province. “We’re also working hard to promote the use of Ontario forest products through our Ontario wood brand,” he said. “We launched the Ontario wood brand in 2011 to promote Ontario wood domestically, along with our industry partners. An initiative of the province, Ontario wood promotes the benefits of buying Ontario wood products and raising awareness of the sustainability of the province’s forestry industry.”

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Secretary Vilsack Names Softwood Lumber Board Members

US Dept of Agriculture
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed six members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board. …New appointments include manufacturers Charles W. Roady, Columbia Falls, Mont., and Danny White, Brewton, Ala., representing the U.S. West and South regions, respectively; and importer Don Kayne, BC, Canada, who will represent the Canada West region. Manufacturers Aubra Anthony, Jr., El Dorado, Ark., and Alden J. Robbins, Searsmont, Maine, have been reappointed to represent the U.S. South, and Northeast and Lake States regions, respectively. Francisco Figueroa, Atlanta, Ga., has also been reappointed to represent all importing countries besides Canada.

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Louisiana-Pacific & Casella Waste Systems Sold US GreenFiber

Woodworking Network
December 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and RUTLAND, Vt. – Louisiana-Pacific and Casella Waste Systems, today announced that they have sold their membership interests in US GreenFiber to a limited liability company formed by Tenex Capital Management for total cash consideration of $18.0 million. They expect aggregate net cash proceeds to be approximately $7.0 million, after the working capital true-up and the repayment of indebtedness and other transaction expenses.

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China starts trading lumber futures

People Daily China
December 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BEIJING — China, the world’s largest source of forestry products, started trading fiberwood and plywood futures Friday at the Dalian Commodity Exchange. Shi Feng, secretary-general of the China National Forest Product Industry Association, said the launch of the two futures contracts will offer companies more tools in pricing, help them arrange production and sales, and hedge risks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Eco-friendly construction giant LEED faces attacks from policymakers, Oregon-based rival

The Canadian Press
December 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – An eco-friendly building rating system that has powered a green arms race across the nation now faces a challenge from policymakers and an upstart rival. LEED, the longstanding king of green construction and renovation projects, has become a de facto brand in cities such as Portland, Ore., where sustainable growth has been the rage for years. But that could change as legislation and executive orders in several states have all but banned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design from public contracts, and a new system known as Green Globes has emerged and marketed itself as a simpler, less expensive alternative.

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Forestry

Jeff Mitton: Resin canals measure resistance to beetle attacks

Daily Camera
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

A female mountain pine beetle flew through the forest and landed on a lodgepole pine. She walked around on the bark to assess the tree, surely sniffing, perhaps nibbling bark. But she flew off. She landed on another tree, and after assessing, bored into the bark to reach the phloem, severing vertical resin canals. Resin poured into the borehole and spilled out of the tree, forming a pitch tube that signaled the beginning of a life-or-death struggle.

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Demonized oil sands industry risks death sentence if it climbs into bed with its fiercest detractors

Does oil sands industry really want to sit down and negotiate its own death sentence?  By Peter Foster
National Post
December 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Machiavelli is credited with the insight that you should keep your friends close but your enemies closer. However, the suggestion that the oil sands industry might deal with its public perception problems by climbing into bed with its fiercest detractors is, depending on your perspective, either blatantly self-interested or suicidal… Some are now proposing that rather than counter misinformation, the industry should legitimize it by sitting down with its ENGO tormentors. Even more bizarre is the suggestion that the industry might use the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, CBFA, as a model. The CBFA was signed in 2010 following ENGO campaigns that disrupted markets for Canadian wood and paper. The forest industry had already been forced into ENGO “certification” campaigns, thus effectively ceding regulatory powers to non-elected radicals. 

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Oilsands area largely intact, but environmental impacts growing, says new report

The Canadian Press
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A report by an environmental monitoring agency has found the variety of plants and animals in the oilsands area is largely healthy. But the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, an agency funded by industry and government, has found that animals that prefer old-growth forests, such as marten, are deserting the region in favour of those such as coyotes, which are found everywhere. In general, the institute found that about 94 per cent of the oilsands area still has the same birds, plants, bugs and animals that it did before development.

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City and regional district need to stay away from logging

Letter from Walter and Svea Anchikoski
Prince George Citizen
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Nov. 22 we attended the Prince George Cattlemen’s Association meeting. … Main topic was around community forests. …Money has already been spent on timber cruising and accountants etc. Our other cncern is what and why should city or regional district have anything to do with logging. They already have their own interests to look after, such as struggling with pot holes and snow removal, only to mention two. We feel the tax-paying citizens of Prince George should know.

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Canada’s forestry programs adapt to changing times

As the forestry industry evolves, professors are feeling hopeful again.
University Affairs
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When he joined the forestry program in the department of renewable resources at the University of Alberta in 1983, biologist Victor Lieffers says it was easy to spot his students on campus. “Back then the typical forestry student was a young white man from a rural area with a beard, checkered shirt and work boots,” laughs Dr. Lieffers, whose expertise is in forest management. There were lots of them then, too, he adds – as many as 250 undergraduates in the forestry program every year, plus another 50 or so graduate students. Nowadays, Dr. Lieffers (pronounced leafers) says he’d be hard-pressed to pick out a future forester in the student body.

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Don’t Let Libs Hand Our Forests to Corporations

Secret meetings signal big policy shift not in public’s interests: NDP MLA.
TheTyee.ca
December 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last spring, the Liberal government introduced changes to the Forest Act that would have drastically changed the way British Columbia’s publicly owned forests are managed. The changes would have “rolled over” existing volume-based cutting rights into corporately-controlled Tree Farm Licenses (TFL), essentially giving private corporations free rein over huge tracts of public lands. These changes were introduced as one of several elements in a “Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act,” the Liberals’ trick of attempting to hide legislative changes without drawing too much attention to them.

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Follow Wyden into the woods: Editorial

The Oregonian
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You can see why the Oregon timber counties would be disappointed in Sen. Ron Wyden’s new plan for cutting some more timber on the federal government’s checkerboard Oregon & California Railroad land holdings. Wyden’s plan won’t produce as much timber, or as much county revenue, as the language that passed the House, and county officials say they’re less confident that it could avoid getting bogged down in litigation.

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Brrrk Beetles! Has the cold snap finally defeated the Mountain Pine Beetle?

Montana Public Radio
December 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A University of Montana professor of forest entomology and pathology says this prolonged and uncomfortable deep freeze probably won’t be enough to kill Mountain Pine Beetles. The rice grain-sized beetles are a native species that mass-attack trees. U-M College of Forestry and Conservation’s Dr. Diana Six says hundreds or thousands of the insects can swarm a single tree, leaving it defenseless and essentially doomed. Mountain Pine Beetle populations surged in recent years and have had devastating impacts, leaving a red swath of dead and dying forests from Canada almost to Mexico.

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Urgent to protect more Barents taiga forest

Barents Observer
December 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting. “Working in WWF, my impression is that people have understood how dramatic the loss of tropical forest is and supports our international work on saving this forest. But at the same time it seems like people have forgotten about the northern forest,” says forest expert Trude Myhre in WWF Norway to BarentsObserver.

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Indonesia Proposes Forest Certification System

Hardwood Floors Magazine
December 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia has become the third Asian country to seek support from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)… “We appreciate the opportunity that PEFC is providing independent national forest certification systems such as IFCC to develop its own standards tailored to our national and local political, economic, social, environmental and cultural realities,” Dradjad Wibowo, chairman of the IFCC, said in a statement. “PEFC’s bottom-up approach has enabled Indonesian stakeholders to develop a robust standard that considers Indonesia’s unique needs and therefore has the potential of wide adaptation.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report warns global warming could trim tree supply for lumber industry

Vancouver Sun
December 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Canada’s forest products industry is booming but faces a long-term threat from climate change, according to a new federal report tabled in the House of Commons. The industry, while enjoying thriving and growing markets in Asia and a rebound in U.S. housing construction, could see its long-term supplies jeopardized, according to 2013 edition of Natural Resources Canada’s annual report, The State of Canada’s Forests. “Canada’s forests are undergoing significant changes as a result of a changing climate, including more frequent fire, drought, and disease and insect attacks,” the report states.

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Biomass in NC: An Embarrassment of Riches?

Public News Service – NC
December 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH, N.C. – The rich forest growth characteristic of North Carolina and other East Coast states is feeding a worldwide need for biomass energy facilities, but a study released this week asks, “At what cost?” The pellets are used primarily for power generation, although some are used for heating homes. F.G. Beauregard, southeast sustainable bioenergy manager at the National Wildlife Federation, says the worldwide need for biomass is creating a demand for a precious resource that needs to be managed. “We grow things really well down here,” she says.

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Climate change, governor, means floods plus failing fisheries and forests

Blog by Amy Fried
Bangor Daily News
December 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

For a state with 3,478 miles of coastline, you’d think that melting ice caps and rising seas might cause some problems. And the resulting flooding won’t just hurt the environment but would have devastating economic effects… The nation’s most heavily forested state, Maine is likely to be in for a rude awakening in forestry within the next 20 to 100 years, state specialists predict. Which trees will flourish, and where, will change — gradually over time — and imperceptibly at first, to most observers.

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More logging, deforestation may better serve climate in some areas

Phys.org
December 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some regions, according to a Dartmouth College study that for the first time puts a dollar value on snow’s ability to reflect the sun’s energy. The findings suggest more frequent logging or deforestation may better serve our planet and pocketbooks in high latitude areas where snowfall is common and timber productivity is low. Such a scenario could involve including snow cover/albedo in existing greenhouse gas exchanges like the Kyoto protocol or a cap-and-trade program or ecosystem services market in which landowners are paid to maintain snow cover and produce timber rather than conserve forests and store carbon.

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