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Daily Archives: January 6, 2014

Froggy Foibles

A 6,000 Year Old Tree Is Awesome In Itself But Just Look What’s Inside It

Little White Lion
January 4, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The baobab tree is a large species of tree that is native to parts of Africa and the surrounding areas. The Sunland Baobab is located in South Africa in the Limpopo Province and is known for being one of the largest and oldest baobabs. It’s so roomy, you that you could fit a bar inside… so someone built one!

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Business & Politics

Conifex Announces Acquisition of Lumber Marketing and Distribution Business and Appointment to Executive Team

Marketwired press release
January 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA— Conifex Timber Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire Lignum Forest Products LLP, a private partnership which operates a lumber marketing and distribution business.  Lignum is an established and well respected name in the forestry and lumber distribution business in British Columbia. Lignum serves customers and distributes products that are complementary to those of Conifex. Lignum provides extensive market reach in the North American market through a network of established inventory locations.

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Former IWA president remembered as working class hero at tribute in Vancouver

Vancouver Sun
January 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former IWA Canada president Jack Munro was remembered as a “working class hero” at a tribute to his life held Saturday in Vancouver. Munro died Nov. 15 of a chronic illness at age 82. Hundreds of trade unionists, politicians, family members and friends packed a room at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where they shared stories of a man whose unique brand of guile, humour and profanity made an indelible mark on the history of B.C. Munro led the IWA between 1973 and 1992. During much of that period, the IWA was B.C.’s largest union and he was the province’s most prominent labour leader.

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Province discredits MP’s assertion mill loan won’t happen

The Telegram
January 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gerry Byrne says his sources are reliable, although two provincial cabinet ministers say the MP’s public statements regarding the loan offer extended to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are ill-informed. Byrne, the Liberal MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, spoke about the $110 million in financial assistance the province is offering the paper company during his address to the Rotary Club of Corner Brook Thursday.

Province discredits Byrne’s assertion mill loan won’t happen from The Western Star

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Retirement unlikely for some blue-collar Americans

Sommerset
January 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Tom Edwards poses for a portrait with his chain saw and logging clothes, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in the woods near Spanaway, Wash. Edwards was not cutting trees the day the photo was taken, and work has been slow this season for him. Despite working as a logger all his life, he is pessimistic about his chances of ever retiring, an opinion common among blue-collar baby boomers in the U.S.

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Will E-Cigarettes Chop Down This Company and Change the World?

Daily Finance
January 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber is a wonderful business, but it’s highly correlated with the housing market. That was clearly evident during the housing correction. Rayonier , however, sidestepped most of that carnage because of its focus on using trees to make fibers. Now, however, that business could face its own threat: Electronic cigarettes… Clearly, it’s too soon to tell if electronic cigarettes will be a big issue for Rayonier’s fiber business. However, because this segment is so heavily invested in cigarette filters, you need to keep a close eye on this disruptive technology.

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Pulp mill buyers given time

The Examiner
January 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

POTENTIAL buyers of the pulp mill assets of failed timber company Gunns have been given more time to submit expressions of interest to receiver KordaMentha. It was understood the original closing date was December 31 but some interested parties needed more time. KordaMentha spokesman Mike Smith said the date was never completely locked in. “We are not expecting fresh potential buyers, the existing ones asked for a bit more time to do more work,” Mr Smith said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cement industry raises alarm on wood mid-rises

Northern Ontario Business
January 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is raising concerns about wood-framed mid-rise buildings after a massive fire ripped through downtown Kingston in December. The fire destroyed a wood student residence building under construction and threatened other nearby buildings. The association is reiterating its call for greater fire safety provisions in the National Building Code of Canada.

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LEED’s ‘green’ certifications hurt local timber industry

Oregon Register Gaurd
January 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US West

A creation of the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED rating system seeks to promote the use of sustainable materials in the building of homes, schools and offices. …LEED’s standards fail to reflect the realities of the domestic and worldwide forest marketplace. It recognizes only wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council program as being worthy of its “sourcing of raw materials credit.” This credit gives an advantage to a business or builder that uses FSC timber seeking to participate in a LEED project. But FSC-certified timber is not prevalent in Oregon; only 0.5 percent of our land produces this wood. The American Tree Farm System and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative have nearly 30 times as much forestland in state.

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Forestry contractors adopt “Wood First” campaign

ABC News, Australia
January 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Australian Forest Contractors Association is pitching a ‘Wood First’ program to communities, councils and state governments this year. The slogan comes from a powerful Canadian forestry campaign that’s being adopted across Australia. Chief executive, Colin McCulloch, says the forestry industry is looking at innovative technologies for bio-energy and biomaterials alongside traditional wood and fibre products. He says the ‘Wood First’ campaign can embrace the full spectrum of end uses, and help capture higher value markets for forest products.

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Forestry

More boreal forest protected in 2013 but challenges remain

By Bob Weber
Canadian Press
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada has made significant strides in protecting the vast boreal forest that stretches across most of its provinces and territories, but the world’s largest intact forest ecosystem still faces threats, says an environmental group. The amount of boreal forest under some form of government protection has doubled since 2007 to about 12 per cent of the total area, biologist Jeff Wells of the Canadian Boreal Initiative said recently… A total of 708,000 square kilometres is now protected by government.

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‘The world is not dying. it’s changing’: Anthropologist and explorer Wade Davis has hope for the future

The Province
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

“The world is not dying. It’s not falling apart. It’s changing,” Davis says. “What young generation has ever come into its own in a world free of peril? …On another occasion, he bluffed his way into a job as an engineer at a logging camp on Haida Gwaii. ….That job, Davis says, has given him an insider’s intimacy with logging that proved useful during the war of the woods in Clayoquot Sound in the 1990s — and a broad perspective.  Sustained yield logging is an ideology, not a science, he insists. It tries to justify why old-growth forests should be eliminated. 

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Investment in resources being stymied by vocal minority

By Gwyn Morgan
The Globe and Mail
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

From the day the first Europeans set foot on Canadian soil, the country’s resources have been the core of its development. First, fur traders endured danger and deprivation to explore the vast wilderness; they were followed by forestry workers who wrestled huge logs to tidewater… Canada’s rich endowment of resources remains fundamental to the prosperity that makes this country one of the best places in the world to live… But the potential is even greater: Resource development companies are planning to invest $650-billion in hundreds of Canadian projects over the next decade… But what are the chances that these investments will actually occur? While a perennial optimist, I worry that most will be stymied by the actions of environmental zealots who oppose almost every mine, pipeline or hydroelectric project.

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Harmac investors will see own business appear on television show

Nanaimo Daily News
January 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the private investors in the Harmac pulp mill will be featured in a new television series on HGTV Canada. Williams Lake-based Pioneer Log Homes of B.C … will be in the debut episode of Timber Kings. The family-run company, started by Bryan Reid in 1973, was also one of the private investors who contributed to keep Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill open in 2008 after its previous owner, Pope & Talbot, went bankrupt and closed all its mills, including Harmac. Pioneer Log Homes currently owns approximately 25 per cent of Harmac, while the Sampson Group owns approximately 50 per cent of the operation and 25 per cent is owned by its employees.

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Cherryville opposes harvesting plan

Vernon Morning Star
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents fear they may lose access to an area they deem sensitive environmentally and economically. B.C. Timber Sales, a government agency, is currently seeking input on possibly allowing 209 hectares in the North Fork area to be sold off for timber harvesting. “We’ve been working on expanding the community forest into this area,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville’s regional district director… “We’re quite concerned. If it’s going to be logged, it needs to be done selectively,” said Foisy, adding that he is opposed to clearcuts in the Cherry Creek watershed.

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Plan called ‘multimillion-dollar colouring exercise’

Calgary Herald
January 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conservation groups say a draft land-use plan for southern Alberta relies on 30-year-old science when it comes to the protection of watersheds and wildlife. The plan – open for public input until mid-January – will guide decisions on development, recreation and conservation in an 84,000-square-kilometre area that spans most of southern Alberta. It will set limits to maintain air and water quality in the province and increase protected areas along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies.

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Kincardine’s Brooke MacKenzie wins forestry internship in industry contest

Kincardine News
January 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Brooke MacKenzie has been on a mission to broaden her experience in the forestry industry and will be heading west after winning a contest hosted by the Forest Products Association of Canada. The 20-year-old from Inverhuron grew up working on her family’s sawmill and is in her third year at Guelph University studying environmental biology. After entering university studying general biology to “test the waters,” MacKenzie decided environmental biology was the path she wanted to take. MacKenzie won an internship position with Timberlands Forestry, of Grand Prairie Alberta through the “Green Dream Internship”, a social media contest hosted by the Forest Products Association of Canada.

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Nipigon forest receives certification

Northern Ontario Business
January 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Close to a million hectares of the Lake Nipigon Forest in northwestern Ontario is now certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard. The forest is managed by Lake Nipigon Forest Management, who is responsible for planning, reporting and implementing all forest operations. The organization is made up of four First Nations-owned business trusts in Red Rock 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 Kings premieres Sunday, January 5th

Vancouver Sun / HGTV
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada West

In a new series premièring Sunday on HGTV called Timber Kings, cameras follow the Pioneer crew as they construct, disassemble, ship and rebuild log homes for an elite clientele under tight deadlines, intense pressure and frustrating obstacles. Along the way, the humour and friction among the staff offer a glimpse at a somewhat dysfunctional “family” that makes up the crew, who manage to work through it all to get the job done.

The most unique log homes on earth are custom built by master log-smiths in the small town of Williams Lake, British Columbia. Each one is handcrafted on site, then taken apart, shipped around the world, and reconstructed wherever the client wants. No one else can do it like the boys at Pioneer Log Homes. They are “Timber Kings.”

See the show promotional site here http://www.hgtv.ca/timberkings/

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Advance of Tester bill is good news

Billings Gazette
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Good news out of Washington, D.C., to end 2013: Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a bipartisan vote. This is a big step forward for an innovative bill that has a wide array of benefits for Montana. The product of years of hard work by former adversaries, the Forest Jobs bill will help restore three national forests by permanently protecting some of our most deserving backcountry and increasing timber harvest to reduce wildfire hazards.

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Endangered Species Act still needed 40 years later

by Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity
The Oregonian
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From 200-year-old Douglas firs more than six feet in diameter to the annual salmon runs that have drawn generations of fishermen to the banks of our rivers, the Pacific Northwest has long been defined by its remarkably diverse collection of native plants and animals. Nowhere is that more apparent than Oregon, where thanks to the protections of the Endangered Species Act, thousands of Chinook salmon still make their way each year from the Pacific Ocean up the Columbia and Willamette rivers, through downtown Portland and on to the shallow gravel spawning beds in the far reaches of the Cascades.

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Forest Service to get aerial reinforcements to fight wildfires

ABC News
January 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Good news for the wildfire-weary West: The federal government is deploying more planes to support firefighters who’ve been confronting bigger and badder blazes in recent years… The provision, authored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John McCain, R-Ariz., requires the military to transfer the planes for use throughout the U.S. But they’re likely to be used the most out West, where wildfires are on the rise because of tinderbox conditions caused by a prolonged drought. The transfers come in the midst of a steady decline in the Forest Service’s aerial fleet.

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Younger Trees Better Repel Mountain Pine Beetle

Authored by American Forests
One Percent For The Planet
January 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that younger trees with smoother bark are better at repelling the mountain pine beetle. The epidemic pine beetle attack has spread across western states since 1996, affecting millions of acres of forest, including those in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Colorado doctoral student Scott Ferrenberg, who led the study, noted that the mountain pine beetle had a harder time holding on to smooth-bark trees, which have a slippery surface. These tend to be the younger trees in a stand. 

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Sen. Ron Wyden’s O&C plan goes too far: Guest column

By Pablo Martos
The Oregonian
January 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Instead of enhancing the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, Sen. Ron Wyden’s recently-released plan for management of the Oregon & California Railroad trust lands seems intended to replace it. Relying on the work of Professors Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, who helped craft the Northwest Forest Plan in the 1990s, the broad objective of the Wyden legislation appears to be to create a plan in which the O&C lands can be sustainably logged without dramatically sacrificing ecological protections. While this is a laudable goal, those with a profit-driven interest in resource extraction tend to take an optimistic view of what’s sustainable.

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Forest bill: Ordinary Montanans behind it

Letter from Merrilee Thomas
The Missoulian
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lot of people have been eager to see Montana’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act make it through Congress. And on Dec. 19, it cleared its first hurdle getting voted out of committee and to the Senate floor. Montanans worked for years on the community-based collaborative agreements for forest management that are included in the FJRA. I’m glad to see it’s making progress. What’s also admirable is Sen. Jon Tester’s persistence in pushing for our bill in Congress. He could not do more to show he understands how important FJRA is to Montanans. I, for one, appreciate his commitment to the FJRA and everything Montanans have invested in it.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Dying forests are not ‘carbon waste,’ should not be basis for speculative technologies

Letter by Ara Marderosian, Executive Director Sequoia ForestKeeper
The Missoulian
January 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Response to the Missoulian article of Dec. 25, 2013, “Universities receive $10M to study biofuels,” by Martin Kidston: The premise of the article and the proposed “trees to fuel” process is a misrepresentation: dead and dying forests are not “carbon waste!” All of that so-called biomass is being utilized by forest species for ecosystem-services that politicians, corporations and some researchers don’t measure or even value.  …as trees are logged from the forests, the sources of biomass move farther and farther away from the refineries, which increases transportation costs, increases impacts to the environment from additional greenhouse gasses, and ultimately makes the “trees to fuel” conversion facilities carbon producers – not carbon neutral.

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Regional, USDA-funded biofuel studies hope to glean data, analysis from each other

Ravalli Republic
January 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Two groups funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study turning forest waste into biofuels will cross paths this year, as one group winds down its analysis of western Montana and the other gears up to study the northern Rocky Mountain region. While the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and the Bioenergy Alliance of the Northern Rockies are analyzing different forest products in hopes of developing a new fuel source, both may gain from the findings of the other group. “We’re looking at forest residuals – post-harvest residuals – and BANR is focusing on the beetle-killed areas,” said NARA spokesman Charles Burke, based at Washington State University.

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Washington DNR seeks mobile pyrolysis demonstration units

Biomass Magazine
January 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to demonstrate mobile pyrolysis technologies in the state. According to the RFP, funds for the project are through a grant made available by the USDA Forest Service. Proposals are due by Jan. 31. Within the RFP, the DNR specifies it is looking to facilitate the demonstration of up to four mobile pyrolysis technologies that convert woody biomass into products that are more cost-effective to transport, such as bio-oil and biochar. The initiative is designed to foster development of the wood energy industry in Washington.

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Not All Species Will Be Endangered by Climate Change

Climate Central
January 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LONDON – And now for the good news: climate change could actually make life better for some creatures. The ibex in the Swiss Alps may find an extra spring in its step… The news is not uniformly good: climate change is already taking its toll of Arctic peregrine falcons and chinstrap penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula. But change is not always for the worse. A team of scientists led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research reports in Ecology Letters that they used dendrochronological techniques (the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings) to monitor the response of the mammal Capra ibex to patterns of climate change.

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