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Daily Archives: December 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Another increase in demand for lumber in North America

EUWID
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

After the slow second quarter in which unexpectedly slack demand had coincided with a noticeably greater supply since the beginning of the year, demand for softwood lumber and its prices in North America recovered again during the course of the third quarter. Various producers in the USA and above all in Canada reacted to the surplus that had built up in supply on the North American markets over the summer months by raising their output less sharply than they had done at the start of the year.

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Family business report: Vancouver Island forest products business rooted in family values

Coulson family expands its decades-old Port Alberni-based enterprise to include logging, firefighting and manufacturing
Business in Vancouver
December 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wayne Coulson was only 12 years old when he stared working for his father’s Port Alberni-based Coulson Forest Products business. He’d wash trucks and cut grass on the weekends, helping out wherever he could. As he grew older, his responsibilities increased. Wayne started logging “out in the bush” after he finished high school. But when his father, Cliff Coulson, the company’s founder, suffered a heart attack in 1982, Wayne came in from the woods to help in the office. “I went in with virtually no experience to figure out how to pay the bills,” said Wayne.

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Canada’s biggest logger loses eco-certification

Monga Bay
December 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products, the largest industrial logging company in Canada, suffered a major setback this week when the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) revoked three certifications for the forestry giant. According to Greenpeace, the company lost its certification in Quebec and Ontario due to several problems, including a lack of consent from the Crees nations and failure to safeguard high priority conservation areas. “Suspension of these Resolute certificates is exactly the kind of action needed to boost trust in FSC, the world’s only credible forest certification scheme,” writes Grant Rosoman, Forest Campaigner with Greenpeace and a former FSC board member.

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Fortress Paper Dissolving Pulp Mill Takes Market Downtime

Comtex
December 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. announced today that it will be taking market downtime at the Fortress Specialty Mill in Thurso, Quebec. The recent imposition of an interim duty by China’s Ministry of Commerce on the import of Canadian dissolving pulp into China has made it uneconomical for the FSC Mill to continue producing dissolving pulp at this time and the current market pricing for northern bleached hardwood kraft pulp is not sufficient to warrant production. The Company anticipates it will take approximately 10 weeks’ market downtime at the FSC Mill commencing December 22, 2013, during which employees at the FSC Mill will be encouraged to take their holidays.

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Value for money test for timber hub grant

ABC News, Australia
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Plans to establish an integrated timber processing hub near Scottsdale in Tasmania have stalled over a new government process. A federal funding promise of $2.3 million to Dorset Renewable Industries for a hub at Ling Siding is hanging on the project satisfying a new Coalitions ‘value for money’ test. Dorset Renewable Industries says it has negotiated to buy industrial land at Ling Siding with the grant to co-locate existing and new wood processing businesses.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Debate Rages Over Wood Codes for Canadian High-Rise Buildings

Woodworking Network
December 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A Canadian proposal to increase the maximum height of wood buildings from four to six stories has ignited a debate between the Canadian Wood Council and the Cement Association of Canada over the “health, safety, accessibility, fire and structural protection” of these buildings. The 16-story Barents Building is expected to be completed in 2014. Wood structures have grown in popularity recently as architects, engineers and designers look to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. In addition to the Barents 16-story wood building currently underway in Norway, making news this year alone is the proposed construction of a 34-story wooden high-rise building in Stockholm and in North America, the Timber Tower 42-story wood tower, designed by architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

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War on wood construction fires up

Daily Commercial News
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The war on wood construction continues to heat up as the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) recently brought forward its fire safety concerns. The CAC recently held a press conference to address proposed amendments to the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) which would allow the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys. “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 CAC president and CEO Michael McSweeney.

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Kingston mayor had concerns about wooden building before fire

Fire still burning as officials mull over how to remove damaged crane before possible collapse
CBC News
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mayor of Kingston, Ont., Mark Gerretsen, says he had concerns about the wooden building that caught fire Tuesday, leading to the dramatic helicopter rescue of a crane operator, well before the flames broke out.  Gerretsen told CBC’s Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan that he wondered about the large wooden structure as it was being built. …’Well, this is a pretty big structure to be made out of wood entirely.’ So I think that the concerns are valid. I think that many members of the community shared that concern.”

Kingston crane still standing, but may yet collapse; city’s politicians were warned about “Tinderbox” building from The National Post

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Forestry

Ministry considering expansion of Alberni Valley’s community forest

Alberni Valley Times
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A decision from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to provide the Alberni Valley Community Forest with more land “is not expected for a few months,” according to ministry staff. Port Alberni Coun. Jack McLeman recently met with forests minister Steve Thomson to request more land for the local community forest, which is in its second year of operation and fifth year of existence. The forest is, according to director Chris Duncan, one payment away from paying off the $250,000 the City of Port Alberni invested in it to start it up.

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Wis. court: No one can lease managed forest land

Associated Press
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

MADISON, Wis. — No one can lease managed forest land for recreation regardless of whether it’s open or closed to the public, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. Wisconsin’s managed forest program gives land owners substantial property tax reductions if they agree to manage the land in a sustainable way. Enrollees must designate whether the land is open or closed to public recreation; owners who keep the land open get larger tax breaks. State law prohibits leasing such land for recreation.

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U.S. Fish, Wildlife Service extends study on listing wolverines as endangered

The Missoulian
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Disputes over the science of wolverines has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take an extra six months of study before it decides whether to put the elusive carnivore on the endangered species list. …In its proposed rule, FWS calls for prohibiting only “intentional killing of wolverines,” such as hunting and trapping. It specifically exempts “human activities in wolverine habitat such as snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and land management activities like timber harvest and infrastructure development which do not constitute threats to the species(.)”

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Forest Products Industry Wants To Improve Image

VPR News
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Business owners, public officials, policy makers and advocates gathered Tuesday at a summit in Randolph Center to take stock of efforts to preserve the state’s working landscape. One of the conversations that took place concerned how to create the same kind of public support for the forest products industry that there is for farming. There’s widespread agreement that this is an exciting time in the effort to keep Vermont farm and forest land productive.

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Environmental groups push forest service to scale back logging below Devil’s Courthouse

Smoky Mountain News
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Conservation groups reached a compromise with the U.S. Forest Service over a controversial logging project in the Courthouse Creek area, which is visible to the south of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Devil’s Courthouse. The forest service agreed to reduce the size of the logging project overall and withdraw its plans to log significant ecological areas and steep slopes along creeks. “I could go on about how important the area is ecologically. The bottom line is people in Western North Carolina understand that some places are just too special to log and develop,” said Josh Kelly, biologist with the Western North Carolina Alliance.

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Natural woodland plans for Thirlmere Forest

The Westmorland Gazette
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LAKE District foresters are going back to their roots by turning plantations of commercial trees back into natural woodland. Experts working for water company United Utilities have re-thought plans for Thirlmere Forest in a bid to protect and improve it as a natural habitat. The forest was one of the first red squirrel reserves in the country and is already a haven for wildlife like deer and birds. But most of the trees are commercial conifers planted by reservoir builders to impprove water quality.

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Tasmania protects more forests in next step towards industry peace deal

ABC News
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government has taken another significant step in securing Tasmania’s historic forest peace deal. The Government’s executive council, made up of the Governor and senior ministers, has signed off on the permanent protection of about 100,000 hectares of forest. It means the State Environment Department has agreed with Parliament that the area should not be logged, as required under the peace deal laws. Most of the area has already been listed on the World Heritage register and includes parts of the Styx and Florentine.

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Ash dieback tree disease case discovered in Derbyshire

The Information Daily
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Further evidencing the spread of the ash dieback disease across the UK, the government has confirmed that a woodland on the Derbyshire border contains infected trees. Derbyshire has been confirmed as the 16th county where trees infected with Chalara fraxinea, also known as ash dieback disease, have been discovered. The government has revealed that 615 individual cases of the disease have been found, including in 244 locations in the wider environment.

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Democratizing forest monitoring on a global scale

Monga Bay
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Efforts to map and analyze deforestation and forest degradation got a boost today when Stanford University announced a new online course that provides training on how to use advance forest monitoring software. The course, which is freely available via Stanford University Online Learning, could immediately increase the capacity of environmentalists, forest managers, and researchers to track changes in forest cover. The course offers training on CLASlite, a deforestation and forest degradation analysis software package that converts data from up to eight different satellite sensors into detailed deforestation and forest disturbance maps.

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Strategy aims to boost Fife’s woodlands

UK Forestry Commission
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fife could see an extra 200,000 trees (100 hectares) planted in the kingdom each year as a result of a new woodland strategy published today. The Fife Forestry & Woodland Strategy sets out a five year vision to maximise the wide range of benefits from woodlands and forests. It will assist with the delivery of Fife Council’s Local Development Plan due in 2014, helping to improve cycle networks, create green networks, promote new planting and enhance woodland recreation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tolko pellet plant gains Spall support

Vernon Morning Star
December 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Coldstream application to the Agricultural Land Commission for non-farm use at a Lavington property with benefits to Spallumcheen has the township’s full support. Tolko Industries wants to build a pellet plant to process sawdust and shavings from its Lavington planer mill on seven acres of a School Road property. It also proposes to produce a by-product that can be shipped. The application is to convert wood chip permitted use at Tolko’s current site in Lavington to allow the pellet plant and adding two acres to the site.

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Bonds authorized to finance Mississippi pellet port improvements

Biomass Magazine
December 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The Port of Pascagoula in Jackson County, Miss., is one step closer to beginning work on a wood pellet export facility for the planned Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. pellet plant. County supervisors authorized a bond issue for up to $24 million for construction of the export facility. Expected to cost about $30 million, the state has committed $10 million to the project and the terminal operator will invest $5 million. The extra borrowing authority above the $15 million difference is considered on the high side to cover unanticipated needs.

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