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Daily Archives: December 10, 2013

Business & Politics

Steelworkers Reject Canfor Deal

250 News
December 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- It is back to the bargaining table today for the United Steelworkers and Canfor. 89% of the voting membership voted to reject the last contract offer from Canfor. “The main area of concern was shifting and a competitive clause” says Local 1-424 President Frank Everitt. “The membership know what they want, and they certainly didn’t want the shifting or competitive clause, I heard that loud and clear. “ The shifting clause called for a 5/10 split, meaning workers would work 4, ten hour shifts, have one day off in the middle of the week in addition to weekends off.

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Hydro hikes will cause bankruptcy, job losses

Province must review decision, give industry time to mitigate higher costs
Vancouver Sun
December 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: BC Hydro hikes will add to average annual bill by fifth year, Nov. 27 BC Hydro rate increases announced by Minister Bill Bennett will have a devastating effect on both families and the industrial sector in B.C. It therefore needs to be amended to allow all sectors of the economy to adjust. ,,,Government must review the BC Hydro decision and make every effort to give the industrial sector time to adjust through power-saving initiatives and investments to mitigate these significant additional costs.

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Full pain of WA timber job losses yet to be felt

ABC News
December 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Twelve months ago, Whittakers Timber Products in the south-west was considered one of the biggest sawmill and processing operations in Western Australia’s hardwood industry. Today, it’s preparing to shut up shop. After letting go of almost half its 100-strong workforce five months ago, the writing is on the wall for the remaining employees at its milling operation, north-east of Greenbushes. Site manager Graham Duncan has been in the timber industry for 45 years. He says the local community is yet to feel the real impact of the dozens of job losses.

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30 protest against pulp mill

The Examiner
December 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

About 30 senior citizens gathered outside the Launceston office of the administrators of failed timber company Gunns. Grandparents against the Pulp Mill spokeswoman Susie Clarke said that they were standing up for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s health and a safe environment for their future. “We, as grandparents, will ensure that our grandchildren will inherit our beautiful (Tamar) valley as it is,” she said.

New Protest group: Grandparents Against the Pulp Mill From The Tasmanian Times

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UPM Pesonen new chairman of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation

Pulp and Paper News
December 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

President and CEO of UPM-Kymmene Corporation The Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation has elected Mr. Jussi Pesonen, the President and CEO of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, as its Chairman for 2014. President and CEO Kari Jordan, Metsä Group and CEO Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso Oyj were elected as deputy chairmen. “Decisions made here in Finland as well as in Europe have an impact on the competitiveness of the forest-based sector. Restoring of lost competitiveness must be highlighted as a priority.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete forms stiff opposition to Wood First

December 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the steel and concrete industry are ringing alarm bells over B.C.’s Wood First policy and its spread into Ontario and Quebec. “We’re supportive of competition, but open and fair competition where you don’t preference one material over another,” Charles Kelly, president of the BC Ready-Mixed Concrete Association, told Business in Vancouver. Provincial legislation adopted in 2009 requires “wood to be considered as the primary building material in all new, publicly funded buildings,” such as schools, hospitals and social housing.

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Concrete forms stiff opposition to Wood First

December 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the steel and concrete industry are ringing alarm bells over B.C.’s Wood First policy and its spread into Ontario and Quebec. “We’re supportive of competition, but open and fair competition where you don’t preference one material over another,” Charles Kelly, president of the BC Ready-Mixed Concrete Association, told Business in Vancouver. Provincial legislation adopted in 2009 requires “wood to be considered as the primary building material in all new, publicly funded buildings,” such as schools, hospitals and social housing.

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Forestry

City of Terrace confirms grant payments

Terrace Standard
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Terrace Community Forest, an independently operated logging company owned by the city, is giving $100,000 to community organizations. ….Currently a committee made up of community forest directors, city councillors and the city finance director make the decision about who gets money from community forest profits.  A policy says that community forest profits will go to mainly land-based projects that reflect some of the values of forestry, while a minority go to community groups without obvious affiliations to the land base.

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Councillor lobbies provincial government for expansion to community forest

Alberni Valley Times
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberni Valley Community Forest has had another successful year, and Coun. Jack McLeman is lobbying the provincial government to provide it more land. The AVCF is owned by the City of Port Alberni, but operates at arms length from it. The city provided $250,000 to start it up about five years ago. It recently provided the city with a payment of $50,000 and according to AVCF board member Chris Duncan, “our next payback hopefully will get them to the point where now we’ll be able to pass profits along.”

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City thins and burns to reduce forest fire threat

The Nelson Daily
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood smoke and the sound of chainsaws in the forest above Mountain Lakes and the 10th Street campus in the past couple of months are part of an ongoing attempt by the city to make things less risky in the event of a forest fire near Nelson. “The problem with those areas is that they would have a rapid spread of fire because of the woody debris on the forest floor and the ladder fuels that are on the lower portions of the trees,” Nelson fire chief Simon Grypma told The Nelson Daily. “A fire spreads from a ground fire up the ladder fuels up into the canopy of the forest and then flashes from one tree to the next.

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A future in fibre?

Minister says business proposals have been narrowed down to one
NL News Now
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There just may finally be a plan for the fibre resource in central Newfoundland. “We’ve gone through an Expression of Interest (EOI), we’ve gone through two processes actually, to determine if we can develop the central fibre resources for the benefit of the central Newfoundland economy, as well as for the benefit of the sustainability of the forest industry,” Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, told the Advertiser on Tuesday.

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Prized Millennium Tree is nothing more than a stunted bush — 13 years after it was planted on Parliament Hill

The National Post
December 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thirteen years after it was planted in the shadow of Parliament Hill as a lofty “emblem of achievement, vitality and hope for the future of Canada’s forests,” Ottawa’s Millennium Tree remains a stunted bush vulnerable to even the slightest brush with Canadian weather. This winter, as with previous winters, an A-frame structure has been erected to protect the twisted evergreen against Ottawa snow. As well, its usual rope enclosure has been beefed up with a section of bright-yellow steel fencing to shield the tree from vandals.

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As Oregon weighs Elliott State Forest sale, marbled murrelet habitat raises financial questions

The Oregonian
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three slices of Elliott State Forest, in the Coast Range near Coos Bay, may go up for sale. But as Gov. John Kitzhaber and the State Land Board prepare Tuesday to authorize accepting bids for the property, they face a big question. Could they be letting it go for pennies on the dollar?…  One problem: It’s not just trees for sale. State and volunteer biologists discovered threatened marbled murrelets nesting there
during surveys this summer. Timber once worth an estimated $22.1
million dropped to $3.6 million, according to state appraisals.

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Flathead Forest supervisor made mockery of collaborative work, public input

Letter from Keith J. Hammer, chair, Swan View Coalition
The Missoulian
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It is truly disappointing to watch the Flathead National Forest make a mockery out of the Whitefish Range Partnership collaborative and its Forest Plan revision public involvement process. In local newspapers the past week, the Forest Service demonstrated its utter lack of objectivity and fairness when it comes to public input. The Flathead Forest supervisor told the WRP, “This may be very close to, if not exactly what we end up doing,” praising them also for being “first out of the chute.”

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Daines forest bill: Shame Missoula didn’t sign on

Letter from Leroy Christofferson
The Missoulian
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

How disgusting! In the Tuesday, Dec. 3 guest column, “Daines forest bill would help rural counties,” 20 commissioners from six Montana counties signed in support of Rep. Steve Daines’ bill, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. Where were the Missoula County commissioners? Are you kidding yourselves? Are you saying it’s OK to burn our forests and not fund our rural community schools through timber sale revenues? What a shame that Missoula County cannot rely on our “leaders.”

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Beetle damage presents obstacles in Colorado logging industry

Ski Hi Daily News
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MONTROSE — The rolling farmland, adobe hills and arroyos of Colorado’s Uncompahgre Valley are largely devoid of trees and might seem like an unusual site for a sawmill, especially one of the largest in a five-state area. Still, even after a tumultuous recent past, the Montrose-based sawmill manages to process trees at a greater rate than any other in the immediate area. It currently employs about 90 people, but on a Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the facility was quiet.

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Forests Recover Quickly After Bark Beetles Attack

Live Science
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — A forest ravaged by the “red hand of death” — also known as a bark beetle attack — recovers quickly with little ecosystem damage, scientists said here today (Dec. 9) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The potential effects of massive tree die-offs in Western forests have been a concern since a sudden uptick in bark beetle attacks in the late 1990s. A species called the mountain pine beetle is one of the primary culprits, leaving large swaths of forest dying of a fungus carried by the tiny insects.

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Crowd urges Ravalli County not to attempt takeover of federal lands

Ravalli Republic
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – The Ravalli County commissioners opted Monday not to immediately embrace a resolution formally supporting the federal government’s ownership of about 70 percent of the land in the county. …Theresa Manzella, a candidate for state representative from Darby, echoed Ballance’s views, saying Montana has lagged economically following a downturn in timber and ranching industries. Manzella said the state does a better job of managing its timberlands than the federal government. Manzella said she was very concerned about the way fire is being managed on national forest lands.

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Front, Tester Forest legislation: Let’s get both bills passed

Letter by A. Lee Boman
The Missoulian
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montanans treasure the wild and quiet places in our state. While hunting, paddling, skiing or hiking in wild Montana, it’s hard not to not be filled with gratitude for living in such a remarkable place. However, having abundant wild places in Montana for future generations requires vision and thoughtful planning. Terry Tempest Williams said it well, “The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”

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Tasmanian forestry industry urges Abbott Government to honour peace deal

ABC News, Australia
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Abbott Government is under pressure from the forestry industry to reverse its election promise to scrap the Tasmanian forestry peace deal. Two of the biggest and most influential players have told 7.30 it has allowed them to expand and create jobs for the first time in years. The deal, known as the Tasmanian Forests Agreement, was signed in late 2012 and is an attempt to end decades of division and conflict between loggers and environmentalists that crippled the industry.

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Hidden effort to deal with tree killer

UK Forestry Commission
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry sector in south west Scotland has been working flat out to help Forestry Commission Scotland’s effort to combat the impact of the deadly larch disease, P ramorum. Harvesters and processors have been working with Forestry Commission Scotland since August to fell infected and dead trees, both in a bid to slow its spread further east and north and to salvage as much marketable timber as possible. …“So far they have cleared around 700ha of larch – that’s about 700
international rugby pitches – which is a 300% increase on pre-disease
levels.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Is industrial wood ash safe for farm use?

Nova Scotia reviewing NS Power application
CBC News
December 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia is reviewing the large-scale use of industrial wood ash on farms. The precedent-setting case involves the Nova Scotia Power biomass plant at Point Tupper, which is expected to generate between 12,000 and 15,000 tonnes of wood ash per year if it gets approval. It wants to be able to pass it on to farmers for use on fields. “This application is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to look at [wood] ash, because this approval process was re-opened,” Randy Delorey, the environment minister, told CBC News Monday.

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