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Daily Archives: January 9, 2014

Business & Politics

Forestry industry (Video)

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

Fiona Anderson talks on Global BC about the possibility of a comeback for the forestry industry.

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Tolko Industries sells treating plant in Ashcroft, Canada

Lesprom Network
January 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries Ltd. has signed an asset purchase agreement for the sale of its Ashcroft treating plant to Koppers Inc. The decision to sell follows a thorough review of Tolko’s product mix, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “Ashcroft has been a strong performer in our asset mix since 2004,” said Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO of Tolko. “However, we have decided to focus our efforts on our wood products and paper operations moving forward.” 

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Dollar’s drop shores up lumber

The Chronicle Journal
January 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unlike the last five years in Northwestern Ontario, 2014 is shaping up to be a great time to be in the lumber business, with new mills and the restarting of existing plants in the works.
Industry watchers say that while the falling loonie is a bonus for Canadian lumber exporters, the main factor in the sector’s turnaround continues to be the rebound in the American housing market. “The most important thing is (product) demand, and in the past we’ve had more capacity than demand,” Forest Products Association of Canada president David Lindsay said Wednesday.

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Lumber sector stable has U.S. housing starts pass the 1 million mark

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
January 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

As of November 2013, housing starts in the US passed the 1 million annualized mark and are expected to maintain at least that level for the next couple of years. Meanwhile, lumber consumption in China remains stable while Japan and the UK post increased import volumes. The extremely cold weather gripping large parts of the continent this week will delay already-booked lumber shipments, but this logistics and supply chain issue will only be temporary. Some customers may struggle with late arrivals of their lumber rail cars, however there will be no ultimate impact on total 1Q shipment volumes.

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European timber bodies unite

Timber Trades Journal
January 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and Fédération Européene du Négoce de Bois (FEBO) officially became a single body on January 1. The merger had been in discussion for some time, with André de Boer already taking the role of secretary-general for both organisations and back office functions being shared. The final matter under discussion, the detail of how separate divisions in the united operation would represent the specific interests of ETTF’s importer members and FEBO’s merchant/traders, was resolved at a FEBO general meeting in December.

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Forestry

Career in forestry beats out office job for former business grad

Edmonton Journal
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Shayna Mason saw the forest for the trees one summer, and fell in love with the great outdoors. She was a university business student planting trees in B.C. when she became newly enamoured with nature. Now several years later, and after a short career in the financial sector, she looks back with delight on her decision to forego the office for the woods. “When I was planting trees during my third year at the University of Northern B.C. (UNBC), I was not an outdoorsy person and hadn’t been camping. But I loved it up there, and this took me in a different direction in my life.”

Forestry student announced as winner of Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth from The Forest Products Association of Canada

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Forestry industry pushes for truck route

The Chief
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If Squamish wants to keep its industry health, the municipality needs to keep its arteries open. The Sea to Sky Forestry Society is urging the District of Squamish to solidify future industrial and commercial access routes through the community. As downtown grows, industrial traffic travelling to Squamish Terminals and the area’s log sorts is getting squeezed out, society chair Mike Wallace said at the district’s Select Committee on Transportation Issues meeting on Monday (Jan. 6).

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Here’s one good thing about the freezing cold

Reuters
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The record cold U.S. temperatures may have a silver lining: killing off some tree-eating forest pests that have spread dangerously as the general climate warms up, scientists said. The deep freeze that shattered decades-old records this week – causing fatalities and snarling air, road and rail traffic – could adversely affect pests such as the emerald ash bore, which is responsible for killing more than 10 million trees, said Robert Venette, a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service in St. Paul, Minn.

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Governor looks for forestry solutions

He’ll take his plan to the federal level
Statesman Journal
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber says he will work this year to develop his own set of recommendations for modernizing federal environmental laws in order to increase logging and other activities in Oregon’s federal forests. “These are federal lands over which the state has no direct authority,” Kitzhaber told the Oregon Board of Forestry on Wednesday. “I think that we need to look at our federal forests from a landscape approach rather than as isolated islands of ownership.” Federal forests make up 60 percent of Oregon’s forestland. Since 1989, timber harvests in those forests have dropped by 90 percent, depressing rural economies leaving forests vulnerable to insects and fire.

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Steve Daines: Congressman advocates antiquated forest practices

Letter from Adam Tew
The Missoulian
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Steve Daines earned nods from the conservation community for his introduction of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, legislation that completes a transboundary agreement with Canada to protect the North Fork drainage from potentially harmful resource extraction. Despite Denny Rehberg’s equivocation on the matter, protecting the North Fork, the western boundary of Glacier National Park and one of the least trammeled river drainages in Montana, isn’t exactly a bold, unprecedented move.

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‘Spearfish Canyon Cuisine’ aims to combat pine beetle infestation

Rapid City Journal
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

“Spearfish Canyon Cuisine” by the Spearfish Canyon Owners Association (Morris Press Cookbooks) “Spearfish Canyon Cuisine” is more than a collection of recipes. It’s a weapon in the battle against the infestation of mountain pine beetle in Spearfish Canyon. This cookbook features 400 family favorites and well-loved recipes, a dozen full-color photos of Spearfish Canyon and history about the canyon, the SCOA and information about mountain pine beetle. In the summer of 2012, members of SCOA decided they could make a difference in the fight with the pine beetle. They would put together a cookbook and sell it to the Black Hills community and tourists enjoying scenic Spearfish Canyon.

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2013 Outstanding Logger named

The Inter-Mountain
January 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RIPLEY – R. Petrice Logging, owned and operated by Richard “Buddy” Petrice, has been named West Virginia’s 2013 Outstanding Logger by the West Virginia Forestry Association. Petrice’s operation, based in Coalton, began in 1995. Randolph County is his primary work area. Lanny Williamson, WVFA president, said, “The Petrice Logging crew is truly an asset to the West Virginia forest industry. The five-man crew takes great pride in maintaining the safety of their operation. All employees are provided the necessary personal protective equipment, as well as high visibility vests and uniforms.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin pushing for federal forest management reform

Gannett Wisconsin Media
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin saw enough on her visit to Forest County in August to be convinced that Wisconsin’s 1.5 million-acre national forest is being under-harvested and change is needed. The first-term Democratic senator now says supporting the state’s timber industry is among her top priorities and she pledged to work for reform of the forest management system. Her efforts include calling for increased funding to support additional logging and clarifying regulations to promote environmentally sound harvesting.

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Unusual weather disrupts timber industry in Sweden, bears’ sleep in Finland

Radio Sweden
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The weather has dealt Sweden’s timber industry a double blow this winter, and now loggers are looking at lower profits and more headaches as they try to salvage what’s left of their trees. In December, Storm Sven barreled down on Sweden with strong gusts and heavy snows and was quickly followed by Storm Ivar, whose fierce winds felled between 159 million and 230 million cubic feet of forest. In total, an estimated 424 million cubic feet of timber were damaged by bad weather with forests in north hit the hardest.

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Chile’s capital blanketed smoke from forest fires; authorities issue health alert

Associated Press
January 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SANTIAGO, Chile – Smoke from dozens of nearby forest fires blanketed the Chilean capital on Wednesday, leading authorities to issue a health alert. The fast-spreading fires reached a peak over the weekend. They have caused more than $100 million in property losses and forced the seven million residents of Santiago to breathe the worst air in 15 years. On Wednesday, strong winds carried a thick blanket of smoke over Santiago, where 40 per cent of Chileans live. Firefighters have been struggling with the blazes as the wind has reignited several of them.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass eco project is shut down in £11.5m ‘green’ energy fiasco

January 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Householders in Wick, Caithness, were to receive their heat and power from a wood-chip-powered plant, run by a not-for-profit company set up by Highland Council. But, after receiving more than £14million from the public purse, the scheme was mothballed without a kilowatt of green power being produced. It was originally intended to generate heat and hot water for 500 homes in an area of fuel poverty, using a waste wood-fired biomass system.

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European Union steps up climate change fight as it tightens the screws on carbon trading

January 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BRUSSELS, Belgium — It will become more expensive for businesses in the European Union to burn fossil fuels this year after the 28-country bloc decided Wednesday to beef up its carbon trading system. The agreement ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe’s prime tool in the fight against climate change and the world’s biggest emission trading system. Under the cap-and-trade scheme, companies pay per ton of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere, with the pollution certificates traded on the market.

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Biomass eco project is shut down in £11.5m ‘green’ energy fiasco

January 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Householders in Wick, Caithness, were to receive their heat and power from a wood-chip-powered plant, run by a not-for-profit company set up by Highland Council. But, after receiving more than £14million from the public purse, the scheme was mothballed without a kilowatt of green power being produced. It was originally intended to generate heat and hot water for 500 homes in an area of fuel poverty, using a waste wood-fired biomass system.

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General

European Union steps up climate change fight as it tightens the screws on carbon trading

January 9, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

BRUSSELS, Belgium — It will become more expensive for businesses in the European Union to burn fossil fuels this year after the 28-country bloc decided Wednesday to beef up its carbon trading system. The agreement ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe’s prime tool in the fight against climate change and the world’s biggest emission trading system. Under the cap-and-trade scheme, companies pay per ton of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere, with the pollution certificates traded on the market.

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