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Daily Archives: December 11, 2013

Business & Politics

Site prep in final stages; mill construction to start in March

Atikokan Progress
December 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is overseeing site preparation work at Sapawe, in anticipation of starting the year-long construction of the mill in March. At the same time, the company is actively working on equipment selection and purchase, says the company’s VP of Operations Michael Martel. The project is about a year behind schedule: When Resolute announced the lumber mill here last January, the company was planning to start construction that spring, and be completed in the spring of 2014. “It took us much longer to select and then prepare the Atikokan site than originally planned,” said Martel.

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Global forest industry struggles to recover while looking for opportunities in the green economy

IHB
December 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Information recently released by UNECE/FAO in its Forest Products Annual Market Review 2012-2013 show that the changes in forest product consumption in the UNECE region are strongly connected to the developments in the building sector. Building permits in Europe fell by 57.3% between 2006 and 2013, according to UNECE. The value of new residential construction in Europe is predicted to decrease through 2013, with a slight increase forecasted for 2014. While a significant short- or mid-term recovery is unlikely in Europe’s construction sector, the current focus on policies for reducing carbon emissions could lead to increased use of wood in construction.

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Paper workers plead for help

South Coast Register
December 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE future of the Australian Paper mill in the Shoalhaven might come down to something as simple as governments and businesses buying Australian-made paper. A delegation of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) pulp and paper workers travelled to Canberra last week to meet with federal parliamentarians, including Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis, to discuss challenges facing the industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

From waste to cash crop: $55-million project to turn forestry byproducts into biomaterials could have a double payoff

Ottawa Citizen
December 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The chunky square clamped into a test device at the National Research Council laboratory looks for all the world like a fat ice cream sandwich. Then the machine, electric motor whirring, begins pulling up on the sandwich’s top layer. The thick square at first resists the effort to tug it apart — clearly, this is no dairy confection — but then, with a snap, surrenders. The sandwich is a sample of a structural insulated panel or SIP, a building material on its own gradual but inexorable path to replace wood studs and batt insulation in home construction.

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Forestry

Vandals shoot logging equipment

Six people are out of a job after vandals shoot and damage two key machines near China Creek
Alberni Valley Times
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Six people are out of work and a logging company is looking at thousands of dollars in repair bills after vandals used a small calibre firearm to shoot two large pieces of logging equipment over the weekend. The equipment, property of Don Woodfin Log Transport Ltd., was on an active logging site near China Creek when it was vandalized. The damage was discovered Monday morning when crews arrived to move the machines out of the snow. The windows of both pieces – a grapple yarder and an excavator – were completely shot out, and the grapple yarder’s radiator was also riddled with bullets.

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Forest management planning subject of info session

Prince Albert Daily Herald
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shareholder representatives were among the attendees at a public engagement and information session on Tuesday for the Prince Albert Forest Management Area. The meeting served as a showcase for the Volume 1 document in the Forest Management Planning process, which provides background information on the Forest Management Agreement area and describes historical management practices. .

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New woodlot licence available in Peace River region

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

DAWSON CREEK – The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot licence 68 km north of Chetwynd, in a move that will generate new job opportunities across the region, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot (W2097) includes 1,178 hectares of Crown land near Meikle Creek and has an annual allowable cut of 1,640 cubic metres.

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Eighteen students win jobs in pulp, paper and forestry

Daily News
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The green dream is coming true for 18 students from across the country who have won a Green Dream Internship summer job after participating in a social media contest organized by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The Green Dream Internship social media contest invited students to apply for a four-month paid position during the summer of 2014 with one of nine forest product companies. Students had to submit their application online and solicit Facebook votes in order to gain an interview.

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Urban Forest Master Plan takes root at Dalhousie

Dalhousie University
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Winter is coming, and tree planting throughout Halifax will be in hibernation mode until spring. But that doesn’t give Peter Duinker of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies and his students that much time to reflect on the implementation of the city’s first Urban Forest Master Plan (UMFP). “There were a few bumps, but we managed to get a lot of trees in the ground,” says Prof. Duinker of the 2013 planting season. This year, Dr. Duinker, in collaboration with HRM’s urban forestry staff, oversaw the planting of more than 1,500 trees throughout the city under the UFMP.

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Recent cold snap could have killed some Mountain Pine Beetles

KXLF.com
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The cold snap may be over but it could have some lasting effects, especially when it comes to the health of the forest. Kevin Konen works for the Gallatin National Forest as a Silviculturist.  “I think that it’s possible there has been some mortality,” Konen says. While he says the recent cold snap could have killed some beetles, “It’s unlikely that its very widespread.” That is because the Mountain Pine Beetle is native to Montana. “They are built for montana winters,” he says. Right now, the beetles are underneath the bark of trees they have killed.

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Kitzhaber, Oregon officials approve exploring Elliott State Forest land sale

The Oregonian
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A land sale in Elliott State Forest will advance. The State Land Board, led by Gov. John Kitzhaber, on Tuesday unanimously approved accepting bids for a slice of the forest in the Coast Range near Coos Bay. Kitzhaber said he didn’t intend for the controversial 2,728-acre sale to lead to the forest being logged. But it still may happen. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, who also sits on the board with Secretary of State Kate Brown, is open to selective logging as a way to maximize revenue from the land.

Oregon Boards OKs Controversial Forestland Sale From The Associated Press

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Tester bill makes sense for jobs, environment

The Missoulian
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Why do Montana businesses support improving the way the federal government manages our national forests through the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act? Because it’s good for the health and future of Montana’s world famous outdoor way of life. And that it is good for our bottom line. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is a landmark bill. This month it will finally get a vote in committee on Capitol Hill. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act has been in the works for nearly five years. It has had two hearings in Congress. It has been thoroughly vetted, debated and improved over the years.

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Oregon Timber Haulers Seek Rest Break Exemption

Trucking Info
December 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Trucking Association is asking for a limited exemption from the 30-minute break requirement for timber haulers in that state. Oregon lumber mills need regular shipments to stay in business but haulers cannot provide that service at times during the fire season, the association said in a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Environmental restrictions limit the number of trees that can be harvested, and during periods of increased fire risk the state further limits logging operations, OTA said.

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Natural resources: Bill of Daines, Hastings threatens state

Letter by Nikki Stirling
The Missoulian
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana, the beautiful Big Sky. Rivers, forests and the only home I’ve ever known. Unfortunately, Bill H.R. 1526 threatens my home. Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., in April and co-sponsored by Montana Rep. Steve Daines, it passed the house and is being reviewed by the Senate. If passed, Montana will be severely affected. The “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” mandates each of the U.S.’s 155 national forests to create Forest Reserve Revenue Areas to be heavily harvested for timber, logging ultimately doubling in Montana.

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Strategic plan made to grow agriculture, forestry

Associated Press
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s top agricultural leaders have developed a strategic plan to grow agriculture and forestry over the next decade. The plan was developed following a challenge by Gov. Bill Haslam a year ago to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast in those areas. It highlights 27 action steps that focus on building production capacity and incentivizing the private sector through four major recommendations.

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Opinions split on what’s causing forestry deaths

Fairfax New Zealand News
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Darryl Fellingham has seen the worst of the forestry industry. … The 43-year-old, who now works mostly as an arborist, believes the pressure put on contractors by forest managers and owners is leading to serious safety issues. “It’s a production-based operation. The more [timber] the contractor pulls the more he makes. “But he has to pull a decent amount of wood to make a living.” And that pressure was being passed down to workers, he said.

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Degradation: When is a forest no longer a forest?

Eco-Business
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As countries ponder incentives to slow the degradation of their tropical forests, a huge, unanswered question looms: What exactly is a degraded forest? Programs that provide such incentives, such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), a U.N.-backed initiative, face the challenge of accurate measurements of deforestation and degradation. New criteria can help address that problem. “The difficulty is that what some people consider a degraded forest may not look degraded to others,” said Manuel Guariguata, a principal scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Great Bear Rainforest group moves ahead with controversial carbon offset plan

Business in Vancouver
December 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A First Nations group is moving ahead with its plan to create and market carbon offsets tied to the Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement. Another batch of forest carbon offsets, this set tied to forests on Haida Gwaii, has been verified by various third-party auditors, Coastal First Nations (CFN) and Offsetters verified today. Revenue from the project will be shared between the British Columbia government and CFN and the Nanwakolas Council.

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Wood pellet plant a step toward forest utilization

Terrace Standard
December 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A planned wood pellet plant here is a crucial part of the equation needed for the development of a value-added forest industry, says one of its proponents. The plant, the planning for which is the subject of an agreement struck last week by forest tenure holder Coast Tsimshian Resources and pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy, would use fibre now considered waste, says Coast Tsimshian chief executive officer Wayne Drury. “As you know, using that part of the [forest] profile has always been a challenge,” said Drury.

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EIA predicts increased use of wood biomass in 2014

Biomass Magazine
December 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that energy production from wood biomass and waste biomass will increase next year. According to the STEO, wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 111,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per day of energy across all sectors next year, up from 105,000 MWh per day this year. In 2012, wood biomass was used to produce 103,000 MWh per day.

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Harvard study shows sprawl threatens water quality, climate protection, and land conservation gains

Science Codex
December 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A groundbreaking study by Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape’s ability to protect against climate change. The scientists researched and analyzed four plausible scenarios for what Massachusetts could look like in the future. The scenarios were developed by a group of forestry professionals, land-use planning and water policy experts, and conservation groups.

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