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Daily Archives: December 13, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Wood not at war with concrete

Opinion: Attack ads mislead; products from sustainably managed forests support thousands of B.C. jobs
Vancouver Sun
December 12, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada

By James Gorman, Rick Jeffrey, Dwight Yochim, Brian Hawrysh, Michael Giroux, Jack Draper and Mary-Anne Arcand, Special to The Vancouver Sun

The Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association has taken the rather desperate measure of placing full-page newspaper ads attacking the one environmentally responsible and sustainable building material — wood. Their ads suggest forestry in Canada is not sustainable when in fact Canadian forest practices are world leading. The real concern of concrete producers is that new wood products are beginning to displace concrete products in applications like six-storey buildings and bridge spans. They feel threatened by the work being done by government to update Canada’s National Building Code to reflect the safe and appropriate application of wood building systems. 
To see the full newspaper advertisement from Tuesday’s Vancouver Sun click here.
Check out Wood section below for more on this topic.

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Business & Politics

Resolute FP’s forest certification suspended

Rainforest Alliance audit reveals lack of support from ‘stakeholders’
CBC News
December 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An environmental organization has suspended the certification of harvesting operations in a northwestern Ontario forest managed by Resolute Forest Products. …She said the company hadn’t done enough to fill gaps in the forest’s ecosystem, and hasn’t secured enough support for its activities from what she called “other stakeholders.” …Resolute communications director Xavier Van Chau said such “temporary” suspensions are common, and the company is working to get its certificate reinstated.

Resolute Forest FSC certificates suspended: Greenpeace From The Montreal Gazeette
Resolute losing stewardship certificate for Black Spruce Forest from TB Newswatch

Click here to read the press release from Grand Council of the Crees: Cress Successfully Challenge Resolute Forest Products In. Forest Stewardship Council Certification.

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Weyerhaeuser Names Rhonda Hunter Senior Vice President, Timberlands

PRNews wire
December 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the appointment of Rhonda Hunter as senior vice president, Timberlands, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Hunter succeeds Tom Gideon, who will be retiring in February 2014.Hunter has been vice president of Weyerhaeuser’s Southern Timberlands operations since 2010. Prior to that role, she held a number of leadership roles in a variety of disciplines for our Southern Timberlands operations, including planning and inventory, regional timberlands management, environmental and work systems, finance, and land acquisition.

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Walker announces state funds for new timber plan (w/ Video)

Gannett Wisconsin Media
December 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker announced a new timber harvest initiative Thursday that will target the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and kick off a plan to spur economic growth in the struggling industry. The initial $49,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. comes after complaints from loggers and forestry experts who say the 1.5 million-acre national forest is being mismanaged partially because of a shortage of federal harvest planning.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cement, forestry industries at odds over proposed changes to building code

Globe and Mail
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canada’s cement industry is ramping up its fight against a proposal to allow taller wood buildings, one that’s pitting it against the forestry sector. The Cement Association of Canada will be holding a press conference in Ottawa Thursday, as it seeks to stop a potential change in the National Building Code of Canada that would increase the maximum height of wood buildings to six storeys from four. Such a change would be hazardous because it would increase fire risks, Michael McSweeney, CEO of the Cement Association of Canada, argues.

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Proposal to Amend the National Building Code Could Jeopardize Canadians’ Health & Safety

Cement Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Today in Ottawa, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) held a press conference to demand that the changes proposed for the next edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) be significantly improved to provide better safety for all Canadians. …The CAC contends that the construction of five and six storey wood frame buildings could present many safety concerns for Canadians. “If these taller wood frame buildings are included in the Code, Canada could see an increase in fires and put vulnerable Canadians at risk,” said Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the CAC.

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Canadian concrete companies running deceptive ad campaign against wood construction

The whole campaign is as deceptive as the photoshopped stock photo.
Treehugger
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

….The manufacture of concrete, on the other hand, is responsible for almost 5% of the world’s annual CO2 production. The aggregate that is mixed with cement to make concrete is another problem. Any switch from concrete to wood construction is going to be good for the climate. Who it is not good for is the people who make and build with concrete, like the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association. . They have turned themselves into environmentalists, with headlines like If current deforestation rates continue, critical habitats could disappear within the next hundred years.

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Health and Safety Remain Top Priorities for Wood Industry

Canadian Wood Council
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The wood industry is disheartened to see that the Cement Association of Canada has opted to launch a campaign that calls into question the expertise of the professionals who have participated in the development process of the 2015 model National Building Code of Canada. Health, safety, accessibility, fire and structural protection of buildings are the core objectives of the NBCC. This campaign has been launched despite the cement industry’s full participation in the building code’s 5 year development process, along with experts from steel, wood and the firefighter community, amongst others.

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Forestry

Environmentalists for a foreign agenda

Canadians have no clue when the exhortations coming from Sierra Club, Greenpeace or the David Suzuki Foundation are financed by U.S. interests
Financial Post
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

We don’t allow foreigners to vote in
our political campaigns for the obvious reason that our political
leaders should court, and be accountable to, Canadians alone. We don’t
allow foreigners to donate to political parties for a similar reason –
we don’t want our politics to be unduly influenced by a foreign agenda.
But we do allow foreigners to pursue their agenda in another way – by
funding willing Canadian NGOs to make their case for them. Is this
funding desirable in a free and democratic nation and if not, are there
any remedies?

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There’s a healthy relationship behind every good seedling

Campbell River Mirror
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A future forest of green seedlings surround Iola Elder who clutches a valuable bag. It’s a large plastic baggie filled with about 30,000 Douglas fir seeds, worth a couple thousand dollars on the open market. Not quite gold, it still takes a Midas touch to convert these hard seeds into tender, vibrant seedlings that will transform today’s cutblocks into tomorrow’s working forests. At Sylvan Vale Nursery in Black Creek, that golden touch has been passed down to Elder and her identical twin sister Siriol Paquet.

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Tree planters allege racial discrimination at human rights tribunal

Globe and Mail
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 50 black tree-planters who were subjected to slave-like conditions at a B.C. camp are still “deeply affected” by what they were forced to endure, their lawyer said on the first day of closing submissions in their human-rights case. The workers have alleged they were discriminated against by their employer, Khaira Enterprises Ltd., because they were black. The workers were at a camp near the southeastern B.C. community of Golden until it was shut down in July, 2010.

Treeplanters’ alleged-mistreatment case hears final submissions From The Province

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Community Forest one step closer to reality

Nova News Now
December 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Medway Community Forest Co-op is getting closer to reality, after initial approval from the Department of Natural Resources. Now the group needs to work out the finer details to get final approval on their proposal. “This is the first real community forest in Nova Scotia,” says Jane Barker, a member of the co-op’s board of directors. Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia all have community forest networks, which gives them examples to look at to help them create their own model.

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Port of Portland can’t reject anti-clearcutting advertisement at airport, judge rules

The Oregonian
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Multnomah County judge has ruled that Portland International Airport officials violated free-speech protections in the Oregon Constitution by rejecting an advertisement that attacked timber clear-cutting operations in the state. The ruling by Multnomah Circuit Pro Tem Judge Eric J. Neiman appears to strike down the Port of Portland’s ban on political advertising at the airport. The judge said he is persuaded this case falls under a 2011 ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that upheld a lower court decision striking down a similar ban on political advertising by TriMet on its vehicles.

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Legislation threatens Montana

Letter by Nikki Stirling
Helena Independent Record
December 12, 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.

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Policymakers, fire scientists explore wildland-urban interface issues at UM

The Missoulian
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


While the scars left by the Lolo Creek Complex fire have gone from black to white in recent weeks, the memories left by the summer conflagration are still fresh. On Wednesday, with the fire’s charge through the wildland-urban interface serving as a conversational backdrop, a group of policymakers and fire scientists met at the University of Montana to explore ways of making sure it doesn’t happen again. Does the state need to regulate private land owners who live in the wildland-urban interface? Should insurance companies be brought to the table?

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Missoula’s Neptune Aviation gets contract for 2 next-gen air tankers

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Missoula-based Neptune Aviation has secured a new contract to provide two next-generation retardant bombers for wildland firefighting. The U.S. General Services Administration released the $8.7 million annual award Thursday for use of two jet-powered, 3,000-gallon retardant tanker aircraft over four years, starting in 2014. The contract has an additional five one-year extension options. The total potential cost for all nine years is $141.7 million, according to the GSA.

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Some Western governors offer feds help fighting wildfires

Associated Press
December 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAS VEGAS — Governors from several Western states told federal officials on Thursday they are prepared to take on more responsibility for fighting wildfires. During the annual winter meeting of the Western Governors Association on Thursday, state leaders told officials from the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Agriculture that they recognize times are tight and that they plan to spend more of their own resources fighting fires in their states. “This is not just a federal issue, it’s a state issue, and the states need to be involved heavily in it, not just in policy but in terms of financial support,” said Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

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Gov. Walker hoping to revitalize Wis. timber industry in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

NNCNOW.com
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Madison, WI — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a new timber harvesting initiative in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in an effort to revitalize the state’s timber industry while creating and maintaining hundreds of jobs. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is awarding $49,000 in funding for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Stewardship Initiative. The grant will allow the U.S. Forest Service to utilize income from current timber sales to contract with local businesses to implement a wide range of practices on the forest, including the sale of timber sale and the harvesting of backlogged timber.

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What Does it Take for Successful Forest Landscape Restoration?

World Resources Institute
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This week in Washington, D.C., members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) met to advance strategies to restore degraded forest landscapes around the world. Such restoration has the potential to bring millions of hectares of land back to life—a move that could help protect watersheds, ensure food security, improve the livelihoods of rural communities, tackle climate change, and conserve biodiversity.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ontario Closes Last Coal Plant, Shell Greenlighted for More Tar Sands

SustainableBusiness.com News
December 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada is becoming a tale of two countries as more progressive parts of the country move on renewable energy and climate change, while the federal government focuses on tar sands profits and exploitation. Last month, Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced it would close its last coal-fired power plant. Next year, Thunder Bay Generating Station will be converted to a biomass plant that runs on agricultural and wood waste. The province’s climate change plan sets a target of renewable energy supplying 50% of electricity by 2025.

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