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Daily Archives: December 16, 2013

Business & Politics

B.C. sets new records for lumber exports to China

Min of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – After 10 months, the value of B.C.’s softwood lumber exports have broken a new record, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Thomson announced today. To the end of October 2013, the value of total softwood lumber exports to China reached $1.17 billion – exceeding the previous record set in 2011 when softwood lumber exports to China totalled $1.1 billion. B.C.’s October shipments of lumber to China also broke new records for monthly volume (865,000 cubic metres) and value ($145.5 million).

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Every Picture Tells a Story – A Snapshot of an Integrated and Transforming Industry

Coast Forest Products Association
December 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As we get set to put the finishing touches on 2013 in just a few weeks, it’s a good time to take stock of one of British Columbia’s most important industries – about where it is and where we’d like to see it go. The latest studies by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Coast Forest Products Association have unveiled an exciting snapshot of where coast forestry is today. It reveals a people-focussed industry that has undergone exciting transformations and emerged dynamic, modern, sustainable and high-tech.

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Tolko reopens mill in northern Alberta

Vernon Morning Star
December 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In anticipation of increased housing starts in North America in 2014, Vernon’s Tolko Industries is ramping up production at its Athabasca mill in the Slave Lake region of Alberta. The Athabasca mill is a state-of-the-art facility with the longest continuous press in North America, capable of producing residential sheathing, value-added panels and specialty industrial panels, as well as laminated strand lumber in the future. “With respected industry authorities forecasting construction of around 1.2 million housing starts in 2014, builder confidence is growing and opportunities are increasing,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president.

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Resolute Forest Products Official Response to FSC Suspensions

Resolute Forest Products
December 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On December 11, 2013, Resolute received confirmation of the temporary suspension of three of our FSC certificates. Two of these certificates are located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec and the other is located north of Thunder Bay in Ontario. None of the issues raised in relation to these certificates involve our on-the-ground practices or our compliance with any laws or regulations. They solely concern meeting very specific FSC requirements and differences in the interpretation of some of these requirements with the certification body. While such temporary suspensions are not uncommon, Resolute takes the matter seriously and our foresters are working diligently to have our certificates reinstated. 

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Canada’s largest forest destroyer gets its knuckles rapped for forest destruction

Greenpeace blog
December 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is the biggest logging company in Canada and the world’s largest FSC-certified logger. But on Wednesday, its forest destruction finally caught up with it. …You can only trash forests for so long before it catches up to you. On Wednesday, Resolute had three of its certificates for forest management suspended. …As an aside, it’s great to see the FSC taking action against its errant members.

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Frank Dottori starts over

After eight years in retirement, Frank Dottori is back at the helm of his own sawmill.
Wood Business
December 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s no rest for the wicked, or apparently forestry entrepreneurs. Forestry legend Frank Dottori admits that when he gave up the reins at Tembec eight years ago for a consulting gig, the plan was not to fade into semi-retirement. Still, he didn’t expect to own and operate a large sawmill either. Yet when the group he was advising stepped away from a negotiation to restart a sawmill in White River, he found himself stepping in and taking over the agreement. Canadian Forest Industries caught up with him at the White River Forest Products sawmill, where he explains why restarting a mill that has been closed for seven years is challenging even for the most experienced forestry entrepreneur.

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Australia Institute report urges governments to stop spending public money on Tasmanian forest industry

ABC News, Australia
December 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Canberra-based think-tank is recommending the Federal and Tasmanian Governments stop subsidising the state’s native forestry sector. In a report obtained by the ABC set to be published this week, the Australia Institute has criticised successive governments for pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the industry. It also attacks the forest peace deal, saying it has cost taxpayers roughly $420 million since 2011. Much of the money meant to go to help diversify Tasmania’s economy, it says, has instead gone to propping up industry players.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood promoters on defensive following launch of national fire safety campaign

Cement Association of Canada
Canada News Wire
December 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

This week in Ottawa, the Cement Association of Canada announced the debut of a national campaign to fight changes to the national building code that would put Canadians at risk. Within hours, those who promote six story wood buildings responded, claiming that “health and safety remain top priorities for the wood industry”. Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada, dismissed this response as defensive and disingenuous. “Wood burns, concrete doesn’t,” said McSweeney. “Those who promote the interests of building with wood may not like that fact, but it’s a fact. And that’s why we – and firefighters like Carl Pearson, and many others – are stepping up to oppose the building code changes that would see mid-rise all-wood buildings permitted in Canada…

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WOU’s College of Education to demonstrate wood-product innovation

Statesman Journal
December 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Western Oregon University’s new College of Education will serve as a demonstration model for the innovative use of wood products. The building has earned a first-of-a-kind designation under Executive Order 12-16, signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber in October 2012. “Western’s new education building is exactly the kind of project this executive order was intended to encourage,” Kitzhaber said. “By increasing the market for products from sustainably managed forests in Oregon, we strengthen our economy and support long-term environmental health.”

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Forestry

Vancouver Island’s remaining old-growth a disappearing treasure

Vancouver Observer
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…For me, this highlighted the state of forest management here on Vancouver Island. Ancient forests once covered almost the entire Island, but now a small stand of old-growth was as foreign and unfamiliar to some of my friends as the Eiffel Tower, Mount Everest, or the Pyramids of Giza. Island-wide, over 90 per cent of the low-elevation forests – which contain the biggest trees and the most biomass – have been logged. Some ecosystems have been hit even harder. Old-growth in the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone has been reduced to just one per cent of its former range. On crown land, the area of remaining old-growth Douglas-fir is smaller than Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

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Vast area north and west of Campbell River, said off limits to non-native fishers, hunters

Campbell River Courier-Islander
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A huge area of land, ocean, rivers and lakes on north west of Campbell River on Vancouver Island is out of bounds for hunters and fishers who are not a member of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations, a press release from the band issued Thursday said. In the press release the band served notice that it was placing a two-year moratorium on hunting, fishing and gathering of any living resources in the area, that includes part of Strathcona Park from a boundary marked by Mt. Septimus and Mt. Flannigan. It also contains all the areas around Woss, Nootka Sound and Gold River.

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Log Exports from BC

By Rick Kosolofski
Take 5 Magazine
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over many years there has been much controversy over log exports. Often when asked what I do for a living and I mention that I am involved in this part of the forest industry I am met with a negative response at which point I find myself having to defend and explain to people how it all works and why we export logs. It is surprising how little knowledge the residents of our province have about the biggest industry in BC even amongst people who work in the industry.

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VIU student wins fierce internship competition

Nanaimo Daily News
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Nanaimo student will get help with next year’s tuition costs while gaining practical experience working for a major Canadian forest products company. Vancouver Island University biology student Chantal Spicer aced an interview to become the summer intern at Tembec, which produces lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose. She won the internship in an online contest sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Forestry. For Spicer, the silviculture job is closely related to her areas of interest – biology and chemistry.

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State needs analysis of forests, not logging bids

Statesman Journal
December 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber says we have to sell off the Elliott State Forest just to determine a value for it. That’s because appraisals of state-owned forest land previously have been based almost entirely on revenue generated by logging. The state of Oregon has never adequately assessed a monetary value for the amenities provided by the Elliott and other state forests, such as clean water, clean air, scenic values for recreation and tourism and a sense of place for rural Oregonians.

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Christmas tree farms help environment, Northwest economy

Yakima Herald
December 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Feeling guilty about chopping down a Christmas tree, sacrificing it for a few weeks of holiday cheer? Don’t. That’s the message from conservation groups in Washington and across the country who say buying a real tree is a more environmentally friendly choice than an artificial tree. That’s because Christmas tree farms plant more trees every year to replace those cut and sold. “It’s good to support local businesses and having more trees planted takes more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and produces more oxygen,” said Reese Lolley, director The Nature Conservancy’s East Cascades forest program in Yakima.

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UM on the front lines of improving wildland firefighting

The Missoulian
December 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….Burchfield, dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, took Sen. Cliff Larsen, D-Missoula, up on his request to begin exploring solutions to address the problem. Meeting in the Forestry Building on the UM campus, Larsen and Burchfield joined 15 other fire scientists and policy makers to discuss everything from climate change to private property rights, and whether regulations should be created governing those who live in the urban interface.

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BHSU professor researches business side of beetle infestation

Black Hills Pioneer
December 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPEARFISH — For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business — one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, Black Hills State University assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, is taking steps to change that.

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Portland airport must run anti-logging ad, judge says

Associated Press
December 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A judge has ruled that the Portland International Airport has to accept an anti-logging ad from an environmental organization. The ruling was handed down Thursday by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Pro Tem Eric J. Neiman in Portland. The ruling finds that while free speech provisions of the U.S. Constitution make room for government bodies to refuse political ads, the Oregon Constitution does not. The ad was sought by Oregon Wild as part of a campaign to defeat legislation to increase logging on federal timberlands in Western Oregon to help timber counties.

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Pine beetles likely survived recent cold snap

Helena Independent Record
December 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s recent record-breaking cold snap probably didn’t cause widespread mortality in the state’s tree-eating mountain pine beetle population, but it may have killed beetles in localized areas, according to forest health experts. “It really takes quite a bit to kill those guys,” Diana Six, a forest entomology and pathology professor at the University of Montana, said of the cooked-grain-of-rice-sized insects with big bites. The insects can stand temperatures as low as 30 below, she said.

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State Department of Natural Resources, timber company wrap swap

Peninsula Daily News
December 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, is finalizing a land exchange with a Port Angeles-based timber company that will bring roughly 9,000 acres of land in Clallam County under state ownership. One of the largest swaths of timber land included in the deal lies just north of Lake Crescent and has a few miles of the Olympic Discovery Trail running across it, DNR spokesman Bob Redling said. The Olympic Discovery Trail is a multi-agency project that eventually will span 130 miles across the North Olympic Peninsula and already has a number of completed stretches in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

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County, foresters and businesses talk timber

Sky-Hi Daily News
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While beetles have devoured Grand County trees for over a decade, there’s still plenty to hash out over the resulting timber. Grand County commissioners hosted a second timber workshop discussion on Monday, Dec. 9. The workshop created an opportunity for loggers and mill operators to express their frustrations and concerns with public lands managers over timber harvesting, particularly in the U.S. Forest Service Sulphur Ranger District. It allowed foresters and public land managers to share their perspectives and specific constraints with players in the timber industry as well.

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Why is forestry so deadly?

New Zealand Stuff
December 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…This is a tough industry where the work is hard and poorly paid and the safety record concerning: there have been eight deaths and 90 serious injuries in forestry this year, the most recent just last Monday when a man was trapped by a falling tree in Kaihu, Northland. The forestry worker’s injury rate in New Zealand is twice that of Australia and six times the UK. …HarvestPro managing director Zane Cleaver says that low log price has several other effects: there’s a struggle to find skilled labour, because good workers are attracted by higher mining wages in Australia and they cannot afford to compete.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

66,000 More U.S. Homes Using Wood Heat in 2014

Biomass Magazine
December 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

This week, the U.S. EIA released the December issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, and in it there is some good news for wood heat. Among predictions that biomass heat, power and wood consumption is expected to grow across the board, EIA says this winter, about 2.648 million homes will rely on wood as a primary heating fuel, up 2.5 percent from last winter. That’s an increase of 66,000 homes.

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The Role of Wood Products in Forest Carbon Accounting

Forest2Market Blog
December 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The clear and simple answers for complex questions such as when to start the carbon accounting clock, for example, are oftentimes fraught with error. …One particular question that deserves an answer is how forest carbon accounting schemes account for the carbon sequestered in end use products. Changes in forest carbon stocks occur whenever forests are harvested, yet these changes do not mean all of the carbon sequestered by the harvested trees is immediately released into the atmosphere. In fact, it is quite the opposite. 

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State weighing carbon tax

Statesman Journal
December 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a regional climate change agreement in October, he promised that Oregon would join California and British Columbia in putting a price on carbon emissions. Now, lawmakers need to figure out how to make that happen. The Legislature has allocated $200,000 from the general fund to study what a carbon tax or fee might look like here. State officials have hired the Northwest Economic Research Center, led by former state economist Tom Potiowsky, to model the impacts of such a tax on various economic and geographic segments of the state.

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Where is wood for biomass plant coming from?

The Gainesville Sun
December 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As concerns swirl about the potential negative economic impact from a power plant that has forced an increase in electric rates that are already among the highest in the state, forest industry members who supply the plant see a potential boon through a new marketplace for previously unsellable wood. “It’s created a new viable market for a product instead of leaving it in piles to rot or be burned in an open field,” said Richard Schwab, manager of procurement and new-business development at M.A. Rigoni. “It is the lowest common denominator. It is the bottom rung of the wood fiber industry.”

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