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Daily Archives: January 8, 2014

Business & Politics

Smithers’ NEWPRO Plant Closes Indefinitely

40 employees temporarily out of work
CFTK-TV Terrace
January 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

40 or so employees at Northern Engineered Wood Products in Smithers are temporarily out of a job after being informed the plant will shut down indefinitely. NEWPRO president Darren Jacobs cites difficult market conditions across the boarder as the reason for the closure. “The US housing market, it’s been a long time in a depression down there and it effects Canada as well,” he said. President of the United Steelworkers Union 1-424 Frank Everitt said employees were told Friday and are still coming to terms with the news.

NEWPRO closed indefinitely from The Smithers-Interior News

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Former cabinet minister Pat Bell named executive vice-president of softwood company

Vancouver Sun
January 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former provincial cabinet minister Pat Bell has been named executive vice-president of a softwood forest company with two mills in northern British Columbia. Bell, who represented Prince George as a Liberal MLA for three consecutive terms before deciding against running last provincial election, was announced as vice-president for Conifex Timber Inc. in a Monday news release marking the acquisition of the Lignum Forest Products lumber marketing and distribution company.

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Double A to buy pulp mill in Alizay from the Department of Eure

Lesprom Network
January 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Double A purchases the pulp factory including the bio-mass power plant that borders its Alizay paper mill and brings its expertise in operating integrated pulp and paper mill together with bio-mass. This new step confirms the exemplary nature of the recovery process on the Alizay site, which has become emblematic of the stakes linked to re-industrialization in France, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. After restarting the paper machine in June 2013, Double A Alizay’s objective is to boost pulp production during the first semester of 2015.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The value in charring wood surfaces goes beyond visual effect

The Globe and Mail
January 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Before finishing their new Okanagan Valley home, a B.C. family set fire to it. Specifically, homeowner Jon Friesen and his father David took the house’s siding – big boards of Douglas fir – and torched each piece to give it a charred, blackened surface. This sounds radical, but is an ancient practice that serves a purpose, and it is coming into favour in North America. In Japanese building, charring wood surfaces is known as shou-sugi-ban; this technique is valued because it wraps up wood in a layer of carbon that’s highly resistant to mould, insects, water and even fire.

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Forestry

Alberni Valley’s annual bird count reveals continuing decline

Alberni Valley Times
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The most recent count of birds in the Alberni Valley has brought in the lowest numbers since the annual activity began in 1993. On Dec. 29, a total of 76 species of birds were seen and heard in the area by the count’s 21 participants. The annual count covered a circle 24 kilometres in diameter, ending with Stamp Falls Provincial Park to the north and China Creek Marina to the south… The national bird monitoring organization cites expanding forestry operations, agriculture and growing development along the west coast as factors that have infringed upon bird habitats.

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Ministry seeks comments on forestry plans

Provincial government plans to set aside old growth areas
Peak Online
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Foresters are asking for the public’s thoughts on setting aside parcels of old growth trees along the Sunshine Coast to protect biodiversity. The ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations is proposing to establish the areas, almost 18,000 hectares in total, along Toba and Jervis Inlets near Powell River and on parts of the Sechelt Peninsula. The five areas proposed include: • Homfray Landscape Unit (2,802 hectares) on the east side of Homfray Channel and the southeast side of Toba Inlet…

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Looking for love in West Kootenay

Rossland News
January 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has just made it easier for the threatened South Selkirk population of grizzly bears to connect with a larger population to the east. The group has added over 370 acres (150 hectares) to the Frog Bear Conservation Corridor that runs through the Creston Valley and creates a safe passage for grizzlies travelling between the Selkirk and Purcell mountains. Connecting the threatened South Selkirk grizzly bears with the more abundant grizzly population to the east is considered critical to the long-term prospects for this species in this corner of the province.

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Province clarifies logging policy for Whiskey Jack Forest

Kenora Online
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After the approval of the latest forest management plan for the Whiskey Jack, the MNR has offered some additional information on their logging policy for the area. When asked about the possibility of clearcutting within Grassy Narrows traditional lands, ministry representative Jolanta Kowalski offered the following statement Tuesday: There are access, harvest, renewal and tending operations planned in the Keewatin lands balanced to happen during the first and second five years phases of the plan. However, no licensing and harvesting of these areas would occur until after the Supreme Court of Canada rendered it’s decision on the appeal.

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Extreme cold could kill emerald ash borer: Researcher

The North Bay Nugget
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The extreme cold in southern Ontario might be good for ash trees. A U.S. researcher says once temperatures hit -30 C, emerald ash borer larvae start to die. Robert Venette, a biologist with the U.S. department of agriculture forest service, told Fox 9 the invasive and deadly bug that usually goes dormant in the winter starts to die at about -29 C. Once the temperature hits -34 C, 90% of the larvae will die. But a Canadian researcher says there’s only a 50% die-off when temperatures reach -30 C, and recent temperatures haven’t hit that level.

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Tester’s bill will devastate a precious ecosystem

by Steve Kelly, Montana Ecosystems Defense Council
Helena Independent Record
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wilderness activists remain strongly divided over Senator Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. For a long four years, Sens. Tester and Max Baucus have dodged genuine public debate on the bill’s methodology and retrograde policy implications. Political framing has been meticulous and constant from the get-go. Huge sums of political cash have been spent by big-name, “non-profit” environmental groups (timber partners) to promote the bill and lubricate Sen. Tester’s political machine.

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4 aerial firefighting companies protest Neptune contracts

The Missoulian
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Four aerial firefighting companies have protested the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to award two next-generation air tanker contracts to Missoula-based Neptune Aviation. Neptune received the $8.7 million annual contract for two BAe-146 jet fire bombers on Dec. 13. The challengers, AeroAir LLC, Coulson Aviation USA, Minden Air Corp. and 10 Tanker Air Carrier LLC, each filed a protest on Dec. 23 with the Government Accountability Office.

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Forest management: Environmentalists killing good-paying jobs

Letter from James Dyke Jr.
The Missoulian
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Forest policy: Good for Missoula County” (letter, Dec. 17, 2013), has things completely wrong. First of all, the timber industry is not trying to get back to commodities markets and clear-cutting levels of the 1970s. Therefore, the Headwaters Economics appraisal of how money is generated from House Resolution 1526 on public lands is all wrong. The environmental groups and Missoula County commissioners’ very liberal, irresponsible politics are proving to be a disaster to the common middle-class citizen and our children.

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Governor to address his forest plan

Statesman Journal
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber will talk about his vision for managing Oregon’s federal forests at the state Board of Forestry meeting today. A year ago, Kitzhaber called on the board to develop a plan for increasing both restoration and logging in federal forests. Since then, a board subcommittee has completed a plan for working with the governor, Oregon’s congressional delegation, the state legislature and others to consider policy changes and ways to work collaboratively on forest projects. Federal forests make up 60 percent of Oregon’s forestland, according to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

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Did congressional candidate Dennis Linthicum flip-flop on Oregon timber bill?

The Oregonian
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, who is mounting a primary challenge to Republican Congressman Greg Walden, has seemed to take divergent position on the bill aimed at increasing timber harvests on much of the federal forests in western Oregon. Linthicum in September wrote a letter to the Oregon House delegation calling for passage of the bill, which was co-sponsored by Walden and passed by the House just a few days later.

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Research could revolutionise NZ forest industry – UC

Fuseworks Media
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

University of Canterbury (UC) research could revolutionise New Zealand’s forest industry by treating radiata pine as an agricultural crop and screening for strength and stability at a young age. The advantage of using young trees is that there is no wastage of resources on trees which would otherwise end up in low economic gains because of low value products, UC forestry postgraduate student researcher Monika Sharma says. Her research has helped develop techniques that can quickly and reliably screen young trees for stiffness and dimensional stability. 

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A new government scheme could see ancient trees chopped down and replaced by 100 more elsewhere

Guardian
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ancient woodland in Epping Forest is facing a “real threat” after a proposed government scheme could see centuries old trees hacked down. Environment Secretary Owen Patterson has faced a fierce backlash since announcing details of the ‘biodiversity offsetting’ scheme which he plans to introduce. If it is given the go ahead, trees which are hundreds of years old will be chopped down and replaced by 100 more elsewhere. An idea which he claims will be better for future generations.

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Cypress trees in decline

ABC News, Australia
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers say cypress trees in parts of southern Victoria are dying- and it’s partly due to unpredictable weather patterns. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries believes drought, followed by waterlogging, has made the trees vulnerable to disease.
Forest biosecurity officer David Smith says the trees have been in decline for 18 months. “Primarily there’s three pathogens causing the decline, but really the biggest one is actually environmental conditions,” he says.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet solution will save on power plant conversion costs

Northern Ontario Business
January 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is embarking on a bold experiment to extend the life of the Thunder Bay Generating Station by five years. Instead of spending $400 million to convert the 306-megawatt coal burner to natural gas, the cash- trapped Ontario government has elected to go with a specialty wood pellet that handles and burns like coal. The city’s two MPPs, Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro, made the announcement on Nov. 15 that the plant will use “advanced biomass” over a five-year period starting in early 2015.

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Burning Wood Pellets: A Good Green Idea?

Southern Maryland Online
January 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A broad effort to keep our planet alive is burning up planetary life. Make sense? Not to some researchers. Three southern universities recently evaluated the wood-pellet industry and its impact on eastern forest ecology. The report details how this “renewable” energy surge is sending live, species-rich forests up in a remote-smoke. “One of the biggest concerns raised by the report is escalating pressure for cutting bottomland hardwood forests,” said David Carr, general counsel for Southern Environmental Law Center, which helped fund the study.

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To meet CSR targets, go green

January 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Environmental sustainability is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to unprecedented levels. From 1750 to 2011, deforestation and other land use changes are estimated to have released 660.06 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2), the second largest contributor to the 40 per cent increase in carbon dioxide concentrations since pre-industrial times. Increasing emissions and the compounding severity of global warming and climate change impacts pose substantial risks to businesses.

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General

To meet CSR targets, go green

January 8, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Environmental sustainability is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to unprecedented levels. From 1750 to 2011, deforestation and other land use changes are estimated to have released 660.06 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2), the second largest contributor to the 40 per cent increase in carbon dioxide concentrations since pre-industrial times. Increasing emissions and the compounding severity of global warming and climate change impacts pose substantial risks to businesses.

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