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Daily Archives: December 19, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest Industry lauds another World First for Canada’s innovative forest sector

CNW
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the announcement of funding for a new strategic partnership to build and operate the first Cellulose Filament (CF) commercial demonstration plant. The announcement was made by the Federal and Quebec governments at a Kruger plant in Trois-Rivières today. CF is a novel and high value wood-fibre based material that could be used in new “super-pulps”, and for high-performance tissue, towel, paper and packaging materials.

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Kruger to host cellulose filament demonstration plant in Trois-Rivières

Montreal Gazette
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


Canada’s ample wood fibre resource is moving steadily into the age of new technologies. FPInnovations, the Montreal-based national pulp and paper researcher, and Montreal’s family-controlled Kruger Inc., said Wednesday they joined forces to build a $43.1-million five-tonnes-daily cellulose filament demonstration plant in Trois-Rivières. Cellulose filaments are a new wood-based biomaterial that can have an immediate impact on the forest industry since they integrate well with other materials and offer high strength, light weight and flexibility.

Click here to read the press release from Kruger Inc. and FPInnovations

Click here to read the press release from Government of Canada

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Fortress Paper to Temporarily Shut Quebec Pulp Mill

Bloomberg
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd., a Canadian maker of wood pulp, will temporarily close a Quebec mill because of Chinese duties on importing Canadian dissolving pulp. The shutdown of the mill in Thurso will start Dec. 22 and last about 10 weeks, North Vancouver-based Fortress said today in a statement. China’s interim duties have made it “uneconomical” to make specialty pulp at the mill, the company said. “During this downtime, we will continue to implement various operational improvements that will bring our overall cost structure down,” Fortress Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chad Wasilenkoff said in the statement.

Quebec town hit hard with pulp mill’s 10-week shut down from the CBC News
Fortress Paper to idle quebec pulp plant for 10 weeks just ahead of Christmas from The Canadian Press
Thurso mill being shut for 10 weeks from The Ottawa Citizen

Click here to read the press release from Fortress Paper

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Wyden unveils bill to promote logging in E. Oregon

Associated Press
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon. The Oregon Democrat’s Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Wyden’s bill creates a 15-year pilot project to streamline forest restoration on national forests in Eastern Oregon, where many stands are thick with small trees that are of little value to struggling mills, but are a tinderbox for wildfires and insect infestation.

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Canfor Southern Pine to expand Darlington lumber facility

$8 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs
SCNOW.com
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Another agribusiness in the Pee Dee is expanding. Canfor Southern Pine announced Wednesday it will be investing $8 million to upgrade its Darlington plant, creating 50 more jobs for a second shift at the manufacturing facility. This news comes less than a week after McCall Farms announced a $19.3 million expansion, creating 140 jobs over the next five years. The plant’s 84 employees manufacture Southern yellow pine dimensional lumber, primarily used in the construction industry at its 1100 Chesterfield Lumber Drive facility.

Canfor Southern Pine to expand Darlington lumber facility from WBTW.com

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FAO: Wood production in Europe fell by 4% in 2012

Lesprom Network
December 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Europe’s share of global wood markets fell in 2012 due to the economic recession in the region, while North America and Asia-Pacific showed the fastest recovery over the same period, as Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Economic recovery in Europe, including the Russian Federation, slowed down in 2012, and wood production dropped by 1% to 4% for most of the products compared to 2011.

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Pulp mill is dividing line with Greens

The Examiner
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

PREMIER Lara Giddings is talking tough when it comes to the Greens, but isn’t prepared to kick them out of cabinet just yet. After holding the unpopular minority government together for another year, Ms Giddings has indicated it will be the pulp mill that will drive them apart.
See your ad here Earlier this week she announced a new subcommittee of cabinet to focus on supporting major projects, of which the pulp mill is the priority. It is made up of what Ms Giddings described yesterday as “the core of the government”, and that does not include the two Greens ministers.

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EU tropical hardwood veneer imports down 10%

IHB
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

EU imports of hardwood veneer have been declining this year. Imports of tropical hardwood veneer in the first nine months of 2013 were 180,800 cu.m, 10.2% less than the same period in 2012. During the period, imports from Gabon fell 13% to 89,100 cu.m. Imports from Ivory Coast were down 9.5% at 42,700 cu.m. These losses were only partly offset by a rise in imports from Cameroon, up 7.3% at 21,500 cu.m. In the first nine months of 2013, imports of tropical hardwood veneer into France declined 14.9% to 75,100 cu.m. Imports into Spain fell 12.1% to 24,100 cu.m.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Construction fires are not an indictment of wood construction

Treehugger
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The world watched yesterday as a mililtary helicopter plucked a crane operator off the end of his crane, high above a burning building in Kingston, Ontario. Today, the recriminations about wood construction have started. …No doubt by tomorrow the concrete and steel industries will be circulating that statement and the photos with their claim that wood construction isn’t safe, like they did after a fire in Richmond, BC a few years ago. No doubt they will leave out the part where the mayor notes that ” if the building had been finished, with sprinkler systems and fire-retardant drywall in place, the situation may have been a lot different.”

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Ottawa likely to see more big wooden buildings like one that burned in Kingston

Ottawa Citizen
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The private student residence in Kingston that burned to the ground Tuesday was pushing the limits of wooden construction in Ontario, limits the construction industry wants to loosen further. Tall wooden buildings are just as safe as traditional concrete ones, experts agree, but only once they’re finished. Under construction, they’re vulnerable to massive fires like the one that consumed the apartment building, threatened a nearby gas station, and trapped a crane operator on the tip of his crane until he was plucked off by a rescue helicopter sent from Trenton.

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Forestry

Boundary changes for industrial corridors expected for at least 35 B.C. protected areas

Adjustments to accommodate pipelines, transmission lines, resource roads listed in ministry
Vancouver Sun
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Environment is anticipating applications for boundary adjustments to at least 35 parks and other protected areas to accommodate industrial pipelines, transmission lines and resource roads, freedom-of-information documents reveal. The proposed boundary adjustments — which would amount to new or enlarged industrial corridors slicing through protected areas — are contained within a four-page ministry document dated May 17, 2013 and entitled “provincial protected area boundary adjustments project tracking.” “It’s a real concern, a horrible slippery slope,” said Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee, who was tipped to the four pages, which are among hundreds of pages of briefing documents posted on the province’s open-information website.

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Discussion still needed about Libs’ forests plans

by Ben Parfitt
The Province
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. forests are the largest renewable asset that we have, a public resource shared with First Nations across the province. Whatever the fate may be of our non-renewable natural-gas resources, a topic that dominates today’s news headlines, our forests can and should be there for generations to come. Healthy forests ensure that we have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, a diversity of animal and plant species that is found in few places on earth, a vital tool to assist us in addressing climate change, and a source of wood and other forest products that for decades has delivered economic, social and cultural benefits.

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Investigation of logging near Sunshine Coast Trail completed

BC Forest Practices Board
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation of a complaint about logging along the Sunshine Coast Trail found that forestry activities are complying with forestry legislation and following the management principles for the trail, according to a report released today. “The complainant was concerned that forestry activities are not maintaining the integrity of the trail,” said Al Gorley, board chair. “We found that the forest company is undertaking practices such as cleaning the trail of logging debris, retaining some trees along the trail where feasible, and relocating sections of the trail when necessary.

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Western Forest Products gets good audit on Sunshine Coast

BC Forest Practices Board
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Western Forest Products Inc.’s forestry activities on TFL 39, Block 1, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “We are pleased to see that Western Forest Products carried out good practices and met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Al Gorley, board chair. “In particular, we note the company’s efforts to maintain open communication with the public as well as address recreation resources and visual quality in the TFL.”

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Be sincere

Terrace Standard
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

AS the region contemplates the impact of a potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, it would be wise to contemplate a role for the Skeena Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE). Formed in 2009 SNCIRE, the Terrace-based regional think tank took aim at the great failing of what had been the region’s main industry, making lumber and pulp products from the forest. There was nothing wrong with the commodities but the region was vulnerable to, and paid the price of, the inevitable boom and bust cycle of the marketplace.

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U of A scientist studies effects of oilsands air pollution on boreal forest

Edmonton Journal
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Soil scientist Scott Chang is on 10-year mission to find out how much air pollution from oilsands mining will be too much for the trees and soils in the surrounding boreal forest. So far, hardwoods and conifers are adapting well to the additional nitrogen and sulphur emissions in the atmosphere from the smokestacks on upgraders, the big trucks hauling bitumen in the mines and other industry sources, says Chang, a University of Alberta forestry professor.

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Input sought on Sunshine Coast old growth management areas

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The public is invited to review and comment before Feb. 18, 2014, on plans to establish more than 18,000 hectares of old growth management areas along the Sunshine Coast. Old growth management areas protect the biological diversity of old growth forests. The ministry is proposing to establish old growth management areas along Toba and Jervis inlets near Powell River and on parts of the Sechelt peninsula.

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Earthshaking aircraft heads for history

Martin Mars nears end of storied career
AOPA.org
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wayne Coulson recalled the quakes created when the Martin Mars made a water drop. “All I could feel was the earth shaking under my feet,” said Coulson, in a telephone interview telling the story of a particular fire sparked by logging equipment on his family’s timber tracts about three decades ago. The fire had started to run, and the Martin Mars, able to scoop up to 7,200 gallons of water (just under 29 tons) in a single load, was called in to stop it. “It was like two drops and the fire was out,” Coulson recalled. “We thought we were going to burn up all of Vancouver Island that day.”

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Crees File Motion Against Québec to Stop Illegal Logging and Compensate for Past Damages

Grand Council of the Crees
Canada Newswire press release
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEMASKA, QC – Today, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) instituted legal proceedings before the Québec Superior Court in order to suspend forestry management plans approved by the Minister of Natural Resources that authorize illegal logging operations on Cree family hunting territories east of the Mistissini and Oujé-Bougoumou height of land. The motion also includes a request for the Court to order the Québec Government to provide more than $13 million in past damages.

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First Nations Choose SFI as Lake Nipigon Forest Gets Certified

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Canada Newswire press release
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA – Almost one million hectares of forestland at Lake Nipigon Forest have been successfully third party certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard. The forestlands are managed by Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. (LNFMI), who is responsible for planning, reporting and implementing all forest operations. LNFMI is comprised of four First Nations-owned business trusts in Red Rock, Ontario, including the Animbiigoosagagun Economic Development Trust, the Red Rock First Nation Business Trust, the Papasay Management Corporation and the Biinjtiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek Development Corporation.

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Timber Sale Necessary To Reduce Beetle

Kota Radio
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The fight against the mountain pine beetle infestation across the Black Hills continues. The latest effort is a 1,500 acre timber sale to thin stands of Ponderosa pine trees, in an attempt to save the beauty of nearby Sheridan Lake. The Black Hills Forest Service hopes that in sacrificing some trees, they will save the forest. Nieman Timber is the company who purchased the timber and who brought in Carlson Logging to cut and haul the trees to the saw mill.

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1,000 firefighters battling Big Sur blaze

Associated Press
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BIG SUR, Calif. — Officials are hopeful that a late fall wildfire in California’s Big Sur region will soon be fully contained, after the flames destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced about 100 people to flee. As of Wednesday night, the fire had charred about 1 1/3 square miles of territory and was 74 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lynn Olson said. “There is light at the end of the tunnel,” the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade announced on its Web site late Wednesday evening. “Hopefully, with the outstanding efforts of all the personnel involved, full containment will be achieved by 6:00 PM on Friday.”

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Forest Jobs Act passes Senate Energy Committee

The Missoulian
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new version of Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act passed a divided Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday morning, clearing a path for the full Senate to consider it. Seven Republican committee members voted against Tester’s bill, including co-Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski. The Alaska Republican said she couldn’t agree to the bill’s permanent designation of nearly 1 million acres of wilderness and recreation area for just 100,000 acres of forest harvesting. “What we’re talking about here is a 10 to 1 ratio,” Murkowski said. “I look at that as not a fair trade.”

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Forestry Inventory finds 10.5% of Ireland’s total land area is forest

The Journal
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The total forest area in Ireland now stands at 10.5 per cent, according to the latest National Forestry Survey (NFI). The survey shows that this is an increase of 0.5 per cent since 2006, with County Cork having the highest share of the national forest area at 83,619 ha or 11.6 per cent of the total forest estate. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine state the the purpose of the NFI is to record and assess the extent and nature of Ireland’s forests, both public and private, in a timely, accurate and reproducible manner so as to enable the sustainable development of Ireland’s forest resource.

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Name of man killed in forestry accident released

TVNZ
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Police have released the name of the man killed during a tree felling operation near Levin. He was 20-year-old Lincoln Kidd. Mr Kidd was felling trees along State Highway One between Levin and Foxton when the accident happened around 6.45am. His colleagues called emergency services and tried to give him first aid, but he died at the scene. His death is the tenth forestry fatality this year. Unions are calling for immediate regulation of the forestry industry after the death this morning.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest Bioenergy Industry Threatens Our Most Biologically Diverse Natural Forests

The Energy Collective
December 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new report commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center shows once again why it’s critical that we get our biomass policies right. The study finds that exploding demand for wood as fuel in large power plants—driven by government incentives both here and in Europe—threatens some of the most biologically diverse and valuable natural forests in the world. It also drives home the sobering point that without adequate ecological safeguards to guide this growing industry we risk irreversible damage to our Southern forests. 

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Germany: pellets price advantage over heating oil down to 23.3%

IHB
December 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In December, the average price for pellets in Germany is EUR 285.61/t. This represents a price increase of 1.1% from October. Compared to the same month last year, pellets are 13% more expensive. The price advantage over heating oil is continuously decreasing and currently stands at 23.3%. Information collected by the German Energy Wood and Pellet Association (DEPV) from German producers show that the stocks of pellets are at high levels and even with a long winter, a regulated supply can be assured. 

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