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Daily Archives: January 15, 2014

Business & Politics

Broadcasting live from the 71st Annual Truck Loggers Association Convention

Tree Frog News
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The Tree Frog News is pleased to announce that we will be “Broadcasting Live” from the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Convention in Vancouver, starting this Wednesday through Friday. Always a major industry event, this year’s convention is packed with prominent speakers (including the BC Premier) and valuable information on the approaching “Super Cycle” and the importance to “Re-Tool, Re-Capitalize and Re-Hire”. Broadcasting Live means hourly news feeds of noteworthy forecasts, critiques and policy announcements and Twitter posts of the same. Simply click your morning news alert throughout the day to get the latest (it updates automatically) and/or follow us on Twitter @TreeFrogNews. The TLA will also have live coverage for members via @truckloggerBC, so be sure to follow them as well. All related stories will be tagged #2014TLA

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Canfor making $8 million capital investment in Fort St. John sawmill

Moose FM
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor will be adding another power-generating turbine to its biomass-fired energy system as part of $8 million in capital upgrades to its Fort St. John sawmill announced Tuesday. Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne says the investment will improve efficiency and shows the company’s commitment to the local mill. “This capital project will improve cost efficiency at our Fort St. John mill and help move us toward energy self-sufficiency,” he says in a release.

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Polar Sawmill Workers Off Again

250 News
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It’s another day off today for employees of Canfor’s Polar Sawmill in Bear Lake. The planer mill , maintenance and all other site employees are expected to report to work today, but those who work in the sawmill are off. The problem is the snow load on the roof of the sawmill. Canfor’s Vice-President of External Relations, Christine Kennedy, told 250News, the concern is the roof and the structural integrity of the building because of the snow load.

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Forestry Rebound: Coming back from the oil patch

TLA Convention
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver — After a multi-year slump in the forest industry, the flow of people going north to work in the oil patch has ceased and is now running the other way.  “I’ve got a desk covered with resumes of people who work in the oil patch,” said Don Banasky, TLA Vice-President and operations manager at CopCan Contracting Ltd. and FallTech Logging in Nanaimo. “In fact,” said Banasky, “I hired a guy last week who’d left the oil patch in hopes of getting a forestry job on the Island close to home. And I’ve got jobs to fill–road building, driller/blaster, graderman, excavation operator.” Rick Parcher also chose to leave the oil patch to come back to forestry and Vancouver Island…

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TLA helps community leaders gain a broad strokes understanding of the business of forestry

TLA Convention
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – Many rural communities in and around BC are trying their hand at forestry—be it community forests, woodlots or First Nations woodland licences. But there’s a lot more to forestry than chopping down trees and some communities are finding the learning curve steep. In response The TLA is hosting two workshops—Forestry 101 & 102—to help community leaders gain a broad strokes understanding of the business of forestry. “We have a great group of speakers that represent all aspects of the forest industry,” said Cliff Roberts, PMP, RFT, principal of Chartwell Consultants Ltd. “We will provide newcomers with insights into the complexity and knowledge required to run a forestry operation in our province.”

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Questions remain on mill explosion

Victoria Times Colonist
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

You can count on hearing more about the fatal Babine Forest Products mill explosion when the legislature resumes sitting next month. The criminal justice branch explained last week why charges would not and could not be laid in connection with the two-year-old tragedy at the Burns Lake mill. The statement was the latest official report on the matter from the provincial government. But New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix served notice Monday that the Opposition doesn’t think the story is over. He said the investigation was incompetent and bungled, and the conclusion of the case — at this point — is “outrageous.”

First Nations leaders vow to stand with families from The Prince George Citizen
Fed head points ups errors at Worksafe from CKNW

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New equipment tames Harmac production problems

Nanaimo Daily News
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kevin Heller remembers when he would have to work an entire eight-hour shift at the Harmac pulp mill, in temperatures as high as 40 C without a break in frantic efforts to clear the mill’s huge drum washers and digesters of under-cooked wood chips, that would occasionally clog the system. …As the years went by and more modern equipment was incorporated in the mill, many of Harmac’s processes of converting wood chips into pulp have become automated, which sees a lot less of the types of production problems the mill experienced in the past.

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Resolute halts last paper machine at Fort Frances mill

CBC News
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has announced the indefinite shutdown of a paper machine at its mill in Fort Frances. This latest news means the whole mill will be virtually shut down, as pulp production was already stopped. The shutdown takes effect at the end of the month. The company reports 150 workers will be impacted. Notices were given out on Tuesday. Resolute said the shutdown is a result of poor market conditions, but company president Richard Garneau said the paper machine will be kept ready for future operation.

Fort Frances mill to be idled at the end of the month from The Canadian Press
Resolute idles last operating section of forest Frances Mill from TB Newswatch
Papermakers idled indefinitely in Fort from Kenora Online

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Paper machine being idled

Resolute Press Release
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced an extended period of market-related outage for paper machine #5 (PM5) at its mill here. The specific length of this outage has not been determined at this time. PM5 has an annual production capacity of roughly 97,000 metric tons of groundwood specialty printing papers—grades most commonly used in books, magazines, and advertising circulars. The markets for these grades have deteriorated and are expected to stay soft at least through the first quarter of 2014. 

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Tricon Timber reaches buyout agreement

KPAX
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ST. REGIS – Tricon Timber has reached a final buyout agreement with the U.S. Forest Service over a logging contract that was signed right before the recession hit, sending the price of wood plummeting. Tricon, which is the largest private employer in Mineral County, was in danger of going out of business because of its deal with the Forest Service. But according to officials, Senator Jon Tester helped to broker new guidelines, which allow timber companies more flexibility when economic conditions make contracts difficult to fulfill.

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Interfor welcomes new Mill Manager

The Forest Blade
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor’s Swainsboro Lumber Mill recently welcomed a new Mill Manager, Scott Hamilton. No stranger to moving around, Hamilton, whose father was in the oil field business, says he has lived in many places in Wyoming, as well as Utah, Colorado, Illinois, and Texas before beginning his own professional career. “[My father] was managing operations and had kind of a troubleshooting background,” Hamilton explains. “Lots of opportunities to move different places!” Hamilton graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in forestry and entered the forest products industry, working for Temple-Inland Forest Products in DeQuincy, La. and then in Diboll, Tex.

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European hardwood lumber consumption up slightly

EUWID
January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to provisional information from the UNECE Timber Committee, hardwood lumber consumption in the UNECE region is going to have risen only slightly in 2013. The volume of hardwood lumber consumed by the 31 countries of the UNECE sub-region “Europe” in 2013 is forecasted to be 11.05m m³. At 11.27m m³, the Timber Committee is anticipating an only moderate rise in hardwood lumber consumption in the UNECE sub-region of Europe in 2014 as well.

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Timber sales up 10 per cent in Finland

January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics

In 2013, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s member companies procured 33.4 million cubic metres of wood from private forests. This represents an increase of 10 per cent compared to the average procurement volume over the past ten years. Wood stumpage prices increased from the previous year and high roundwood costs weakened industry’s competitiveness on the international market, thus reducing opportunities for additional wood use.

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Timber sales up 10 per cent in Finland

January 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics

In 2013, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s member companies procured 33.4 million cubic metres of wood from private forests. This represents an increase of 10 per cent compared to the average procurement volume over the past ten years. Wood stumpage prices increased from the previous year and high roundwood costs weakened industry’s competitiveness on the international market, thus reducing opportunities for additional wood use.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hardwood Checkoff Program: Yea or Nay?

Woodworking Network
January 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The proposed hardwood checkoff program seeks to raise funds to help raise the consumer conscious level of the value of furniture, cabinets and other products made with hardwood lumber and plywood. Think of a hardwood version of the well-known “Got Milk,” “Beef It’s What’s for Dinner” and “Pork: The Other White Meat” promotions that are funded by a mandatory industry checkoff fee. Each of these programs is credited with helping to increase demand, and thus sales of their product categories.

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Forestry

Big footprint: Study finds Alberta leads in disturbing natural landscape

Canadian Press
January 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A national study suggests that Alberta has disturbed more natural landscape than any other province. The analysis by Global Forest Watch adds that Wild Rose Country also has two of the three areas in Canada where the rate of disturbance is the highest. “There were at least three major hotspots, two in Alberta,” report author Peter Lee said Monday. The report combines government data, satellite imagery and cropland maps to look at human intrusions in the last decade into all major Canadian ecozones. Those disruptions included everything from roads to seismic lines to clearcuts to croplands.

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Input invited on Williams Lake timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until March 17, 2014, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area. It also provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base case harvest forecast.

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Plenty of Interest in Natural Resource Forum

250 News
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – One week from today, the focus will be on natural resource development in B.C., as the annual Natural Resource Forum takes place at the Civic Centre. The two days will include a tradeshow, information panels, and Premier Christy Clark will take center stage as the luncheon speaker on Wednesday. Tickets for that luncheon have long since been sold out. The forum sessions will feature experts, covering everything from forestry to LNG, mining to skills development and the transportation of natural resources.

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Rebuffed UNESCO bid for Manitoba-Ontario forest could get second go in 2016

The Canadian Press
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WINNIPEG – A second attempt is being made in a multimillion-dollar effort to get UNESCO recognition for a stretch of forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, but a decision may not come until 2016. Canada’s pitch to have Pimachiowin Aki — an Ojibwa phrase that translates as “the land the gives life” — recognized as a world heritage site was dealt a setback last June, when UNESCO’s world heritage committee deferred its decision. The committee said it was unclear whether the area is unique and requested more information from Canada.

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City, province investigating after woodlot destroyed despite deal

Windsor Star
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Windsor’s Greek community is apologizing and the Ministry of Natural Resources has been called in to investigate after a city woodlot slated for heritage protection was bulldozed flat. Mayor Eddie Francis said the destruction “throws into question” approval the city granted to permit a Greek community centre and church being built on what had been industrially zoned lands. He said that development was approved by city council subject to the owners also agreeing to rezone for natural protection an approximately two-acre wooded section of the the 12-acre property northeast of Walker Road and E.C. Row Expressway.

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Soapbox: Actions will help us make forests healthier

The Coloradoan
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Your article on Colorado’s forests in the wake of the recent mountain pine beetle outbreak was timely and needed. Unfortunately, having worked with this outbreak for a number of years, I must take issue with some of the information reported. Mountain pine beetle has not killed lodgepole pines over 6 million acres in Colorado. While this number appears in several publications, it’s too high. According to U.S. Forest Service aerial forest health survey data, a cumulative area of 2.6 million acres of lodgepole pine forests and 3.36 million acres of all pine hosts were impacted by the outbreak between 1996 and 2012.

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An innovative, hopeful forest solution

by Caroline Byrd, Executive Director for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Helena Independent Record
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New ideas and new ways of approaching old problems always attract doubters. Sen. Jon Tester and a remarkable coalition of Montanans working to improve forest management can readily attest to the predictability of such naysayers. Tester’s ground-breaking, made-in-Montana Forest Jobs and Recreation Act represents fresh ideas and new collaborative approaches to forest management. Though a strong majority of Montanans embrace FJRA as a better way to protect our lands, waters and wildlife while supporting rural economies, the bill has weathered slings and arrows from uncompromising defenders of the status quo.

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Supreme Court to decide if U.S. Forest Service land grab is legal

January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Tuesday, Marvin Brandt of Fox Park, Wyo., will sit before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a government lawyer who wants to take his land argue why the laws, documents and court rulings that apply to everyone else do not apply to the federal government. Mr. Brandt’s journey to the court — which reveals much about the men who built this country, a federal land-management policy that has gone wrong and the lawlessness of government officials — was nearly 80 years in the making.

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U of M makes plans for wilderness research center

Associated Press
January 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

… It’s a well-preserved gem of boreal forest, around 350 acres fronting two lakes on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It long belonged to a wealthy Chicago family with a deep love of the wilderness. Now the land and its tall pines near Ely are under the control and ownership of the University of Minnesota, which plans to use it for research on climate change’s effects on northern forests and for teaching classes.

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Forest Service Celebrates Working Side-by-Side with Indian Tribes

USDA Blog
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Establishing trust and building relationships are key factors in working with Indian Tribes across the country. One of the most historic partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service and an Indian Tribe has been forged between the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Chippewa National Forest. “This [partnership] essentially took more than 100 years to craft,” said Fred Clark, director of Office Tribal Relations for the Forest Service. “It allows the Forest Service and the Tribe to move toward a positive future, while not forgetting the history that brought us all this far.”

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Diseased larch felling to have ‘huge impact’ on Manx landscape

BBC News
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Work to fell hundreds of thousands of infected larch trees in the Isle of Man will begin this week after an “explosion” of a deadly tree disease. According to the Manx government about 50% of the island’s larch population is currently infected by Phytophthora ramorum. Forester Jason Bolt said the essential work will have a “huge impact on the island’s landscape”. The Forestry Division plans to fell 450 hectares (1,111 acres) of larch.

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Issues in forestry will continue until more held to account

New Zealand Labour Party
January 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The penalty imposed on a logging contractor following the death of a Rotorua forestry worker will send a signal to other contractors but does not deal with systemic issues such as the lack of responsibility of forest owners, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little, says. Complete Logging was yesterday fined $60,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $75,000 for the death of Robert Epapara last March after safety inspectors found there was too little preparation at the logging site on the day of the fatality. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant could solve northwest waste wood woes

First Nations forestry company hopes wood pellets will lead to a future sawmill
Business in Vancouver
January 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

One First Nations-owned forestry company hopes a planned wood pellet plant will fill a big hole in northwest B.C.’s forestry industry. Coast Tsimshian Resources, owned by the Lax Kw’alaams Band, recently signed an agreement with Pinnacle Renewable Energy to work toward the construction of a wood pellet plant in Terrace. Richmond-based Pinnacle operates wood pellet plants throughout B.C. and completed a pellet shipping facility in Prince Rupert in October 2013.

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Wood pellets help the North break its diesel habit

The Globe and Mail
January 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

This is part of a series looking at infrastructure projects designed to create economic opportunities in the North. Louie Azzolini’s boots crunch over the snow as he trudges to a small shed beside the building where he works. Pulling open a door he reveals what looks like an ordinary heating system, but instead of oil or gas it is fuelled by bullet-sized pellets of compressed sawdust. The sight has become increasingly common in the North.

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General

Supreme Court to decide if U.S. Forest Service land grab is legal

January 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

On Tuesday, Marvin Brandt of Fox Park, Wyo., will sit before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a government lawyer who wants to take his land argue why the laws, documents and court rulings that apply to everyone else do not apply to the federal government. Mr. Brandt’s journey to the court — which reveals much about the men who built this country, a federal land-management policy that has gone wrong and the lawlessness of government officials — was nearly 80 years in the making.

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