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Daily Archives: January 21, 2014

Business & Politics

Wood Exports Hit Record Highs

250 News
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Prince George, B.C.- Global trade of both logs and softwood lumber was higher in 2013 than it was in 2012 with both products reaching their highest levels traded since before the global financial crises in 2008, says the Wood Resource Quarterly . The WRQ says the total value that was traded in 2013 “was estimated to be over 50 billion dollars (based on data for the period January-October), with almost two-thirds of the value being that of softwood products.”

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Community gathers to mark second anniversary of mill blast that killed 2 workers

The Canadian Press
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, B.C. – More than 100 people have gathered in Burns Lake, B.C., to mark the second anniversary of the sawmill explosion and fire that killed two workers. Forty-two-year-old Carl Charlie and 45-year-old Robert Luggi died in the inferno that injured 20 others and destroyed the Babine Forest Products mill. Charlie’s sister, Lucy Campbell, was among the mourners at the Wet’suwet’en Community Hall Monday. She isn’t so sure about the decision to rebuild the mill. 

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Compensation order for forestry company could be tip of the iceberg

The government of British Columbia has been ordered to pay a forestry company $1.7 million for damages suffered during a blockade in 2006 and experts say other provinces, especially Ontario, should sit up and take notice.
In House
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Moulton Contracting Ltd. v. British Columbia, which was also heard by the Supreme Court of Canada as Behn v. Moulton Contracting Ltd. on other issues last May, members of the Fort Nelson First Nation Aboriginal community — the Behn family — had set up a camp blockade in October 2006 to interfere with a logging operation within Treaty 8 territory. The blockade meant the logging company, Moulton Contracting, couldn’t get access to or cut the timber within the traditional territory of the FNFN where the company was authorized to do so.

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Forestry ‘Super Cycle’ a Long Time Coming

January 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are those who say that the independent forest sector is a sunset industry. But the overriding message at last week’s Truck Loggers Association convention in Vancouver is that a “super cycle” is on the horizon. After a decade of mixed blessings and setbacks, the convention proposed a new era of doing business in the woods. There was a time when the forest sector was the number one industry in B.C., but things have changed. While it once accounted for 25 per cent of the province’s GDP, in 2013 the industry was down to about 11 per cent.

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Veteran councillor would like to see better pay for logging contractors

Edson Leader
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Yellowhead County councillor feels the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) has come a long way in its dealings with the public but member companies of the AFPA have to up the ante pricewise when it comes to dealing with its logging contractors. “I feel that the AFPA has come a long way in the past 15-20 years,” said Niton Junction-Carrot Creek area Coun. Fred Priestley-Wright. “At one time the AFPA took the public for granted.” Brock Mulligan, director of communications for the AFPA agreed with Priestley-Wright that said that communication with the public is a big part of the association’s mandate.

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Surrey lumber companies lament fibre shortage

Business leader warns that more local mills will disappear unless timber sales focus on the domestic marketplace and local companies have open access to B.C. logs
Business in Vancouver
January 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The constant flow of B.C. logs to overseas sawmills is hurting local custom cutters and lumber remanufacturers who rely on the fibre. They are finding it hard to source what keeps them in business, said Tom Sundher, president of Surrey-based Coast Clear Wood Ltd. Sundher said while Surrey is growing in many ways, its sawmilling sector is not. “If we don’t find a solution for cutting these logs here, then we’re going to have more sawmills shut down and more services cut back and more remanufacturers go out of business.”

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Lumber exports jump – video

CTV News
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Expectations are high as Port Alberni’s Port Authority comes away from a busy year.  CTV’s Scott Cunninham reports. 

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Exporting raw materials hurts Canada

Letter by J.C. Holroyd
Victoria Times Colonist
January 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I found this article most distressing, and on further analysis of the figures, found that 91.6 per cent of forest products passing through Port Alberni are being exported with no secondary processing. In other words, we are exporting a large number of jobs, to add to the economies of foreign countries. I only hope this is not indicative of the forest industry as a whole, but I fear it is.

Alberni port exports double from The Victoria Times Colonist

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WorkSafeBC revises rules, cracks down on sawmills

Globe and Mail
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


B.C. forest companies face new, prescriptive regulations that define how much sawdust can settle in a wood-products plant before it is considered a hazard, almost two years after the deaths of four workers in sawmill explosions. The new regime has been rolled out in the midst of a safety crackdown by WorkSafeBC inspectors on B.C. sawmills. …Mr. Gorman said the new regulations from WorkSafeBC were shaped by industry-led safety reforms, and will be backstopped by a voluntary audit system that begins this month in a majority of Interior sawmills to ensure safety measures are being implemented.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper to join electricity pilot project

Chronicle Herald
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper has received the green light from the provincial regulator to join a Nova Scotia Power pilot project involving large industrial electricity users. The Utility and Review Board ruled Monday that the Point Tupper paper mill can be included in a program aimed at reducing the number of service interruptions some large customers experience when the utility has to temporarily reduce load.

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Pulp mill bill extends time for potential buyers to build Tamar Valley project

ABC News, Australia
January 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has moved to give proponents of a Tamar Valley pulp mill more time to commence substantial work. The Pulp Mill Assessment Amendment Bill, which is aimed at strengthening the validity of the mill’s permits, has been posted online. One of the main changes is the extension of the time limit in which the pulp mill has to be substantially commenced. The old legislation said permits would lapse four years after coming into force. The new bill extends it to 10 years.

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Forestry

Mountain pine beetle: potential destruction of the boreal forest (with interview)

Radio Canada International
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Canadian federal government, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has injected another three million dollars into the fight against the mountain pine beetle. …Janice Cooke PhD is a researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. The money will help fund her Turning Risk Into Action Network (TRIA-Net), an interdisciplinary team of scientists and forest practitioners from government, not-for-profit, and industry organizations addressing the rapid spread of this devastating pest.

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Neighbours oppose development of forest

Aldergrove Star
January 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An application to develop 19 acres of land into 61 residential lots in Aldergrove is facing some stiff opposition. The property is part of the former septic sewage treatment facility, and is owned by Langley Township. The sewage treatment plant was decommissioned in the late 1990s and the land has remained vacant and undeveloped for many years. Portions of it at the southern side are forested and this is the cause for opposition to development among some neighbours. Two residents, Angela Wonitowy and Jessica Horst, have collected 300 names on a petition that calls for a down-sizing of the development.

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B.C. bat experts look for clues to massive die-off

Victoria Times Colonist
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The province’s bat experts are racing against time to understand how bats spend their winters on the West Coast, so researchers can better protect them against White Nose Syndrome, a deadly fungal disease expected to arrive here within the next five to 10 years. …She said the decimation of bat populations could have a significant impact on forestry and agriculture industries because the animals consume vast quantities of night-time insects that feed on trees and crops.

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Forest tent caterpillar invasion looms in northwestern Ont.

CBC News
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources expects an outbreak of forest tent caterpillars to expand in northwestern Ontario this year. Insect expert Taylor Scarr said the caterpillars will eat most of the leaves from trees in an area spanning more than a million hectares — and the cold winter won’t stop the infestation. “This insect, forest tent caterpillar, is adapted to our cold weather … it’s sitting there inside the eggs on the branches,” he said. “It’s actually sitting there as a tiny caterpillar inside the egg, but it is relatively cold-tolerant at this time of year.”

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Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula

Oregon Public Broadcasting
January 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Friday introduced a bill to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula — an area the size of Seattle and Tacoma combined. It’s the latest step in a campaign that’s been underway for several years. The designation of more wilderness around the forested fringes of Olympic National Park is a top priority for environmentalists, hikers and some local businesses on the peninsula. It’s also reviving resentment from those who say forest protection comes at the expense of timber-cutting and lumber-milling jobs.

Bill would expand wilderness area at Olympic National Forest from The Seattle Times

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A Controlled Burn to Prevent Forest Fires in NJ?

NBC10 Philadelphia
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

New Jersey is on the verge of approving more controlled burns of underbrush on forest floors. The goal is to prevent major forest fires and help ecosystems that depend on fire as part of the natural cycle. Lawmakers passed a bill last week that promotes more prescribed burning in the state. That technique, largely carried out by the state, intentionally sets small areas of forest floor ablaze to burn the dead leaves, branches, grass and pine cones that could fuel a major forest fire if one broke out.

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Stewardship contracts would help address forestry needs: column

Bill in Congress would restore environmentally responsible logging for Northern Wisconsin
Stevens Point Journal
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As the loss of 19 men last year in wildfires near Yarnell, Ariz., made clear, there are many breaches in fortification against wildland fires, both for those who fight the conflagration and for those in nearby communities firefighters seek to protect.  Working to prevent that loss of life is of the highest importance. But the federal government’s method of diverting forestry funds from the Midwest for use in wildfire-ravaged western states has consequences for us. The economic impact of the undermanagement of forests such as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is staggering.

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Black Hills Forest gains $1.5M for beetle fight

Black Hills Pioneer
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CUSTER — The Black Hills National Forest last week gained $1.5 million to use for its ongoing beetle fight. Craig Bobzien, the Black Hills National Forest supervisor was pleased with the news of the funding. “We just got word a few days ago,” he said. “This is particularly for forest thinning. It’s really helping increase the areas that we can thin — the leading edge of this bark beetle infestation. This is great.”

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Fera launches tree risk strategy and consults on plant health strategy

Horticulture Week
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Defra has held a ‘Plant Health Stakeholder Summit’ in London on 20 January to develop a plant health strategy and try and combat a repeat of the ash dieback crisis of 2012. Defra aims to help develop a coordinated approach across the country for dealing with pests and diseases. Representatives from Government, woodland groups, academia and industry, including the HTA, were in attendance. A tree risk register, published on 20 January, highlights 700 possible threats to Britain’s trees and plants and is due to be published on the Fera website on 20 January.

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Bridges cops flak over forestry review

Otago Business Times
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Labour says it is “pathetic” that Labour Minister Simon Bridges will not commit to attending an industry led-review of safety in the forestry industry. Mr Bridges’ office was asked several times last week whether he would attend the review after William Bryant, 53, was killed by a falling log on a private forestry block in the Wairau Valley on Thursday. The review, to be held this year, was launched by industry organisations and unions after Mr Bridges ruled out a Government-led inquiry.

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NSW timber assets go up in smoke

ABC News, Australia
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Farmers and the Forestry Corporation of NSW are counting the cost of a fire that continues to burn in dense forest in southern NSW. About 5,000 hectares of pines have been destroyed in the blaze near the Murraguldrie State Forest in the Riverina Highlands. Humula landholder Clint Wilkinson is trying to be upbeat, despite losing stock and major investments in private pines. “We have probably lost our superannuation, we’ve lost private plantations of pines, it would be about 40,000 pines at the 27-year-old mark.

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General

Forestry ‘Super Cycle’ a Long Time Coming

January 21, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

There are those who say that the independent forest sector is a sunset industry. But the overriding message at last week’s Truck Loggers Association convention in Vancouver is that a “super cycle” is on the horizon. After a decade of mixed blessings and setbacks, the convention proposed a new era of doing business in the woods. There was a time when the forest sector was the number one industry in B.C., but things have changed. While it once accounted for 25 per cent of the province’s GDP, in 2013 the industry was down to about 11 per cent.

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