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Daily Archives: January 23, 2014

Business & Politics

Babine mill owner rejects WorkSafeBC’s findings on deadly explosion

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
January 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The company that owns a Burns Lake sawmill that exploded in 2012 disagrees with conclusions by government agencies that put the blame on the company. In a written statement Wednesday, Babine Forest Products says it could not have known about the possibility of a wood-dust explosion because nobody in the industry knew at the time that dry, fine wood dust from beetle-killed timber was explosive.

BC sawmill says it exercised due diligence before fatal 2012 explosion from The Canadian Press
Burns Lake sawmill owners deny wrongdoing in deadly explosion from The Globe and Mail

Click here to read the press release from Babine Forest Products

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Northern Skills Training To Assist Babine Mill Workers

250 News
January 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George BC – The Northern Skills Training pilot project, which has been operated by the United Steelworkers local 1-424, has worked out a partnership with the new Babine Mill in Burns Lake. Through the program, workers will receive the essential skills training needed to prepare for the new technology that has been incorporated in the new mill design. “This is a great opportunity” says Ruben Gaytan Human Resources manager, “many of the workers returning to the new mill may not be familiar with all the new technology and systems incorporated into the new mill.

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Recovering industry aims to lure workers back from oil patch

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

An influx of Nanaimo-area residents who work north in the oilpatch are now looking for work in Vancouver Island’s recovering forestry industry. Many Nanaimo forestry workers lost jobs with the crash of the American housing market in 2007, which was the main market for B.C.’s forest exports, but now city employers are seeing a turnaround and have jobs to fill. The news comes after an announcement from the provincial government that exports of softwood lumber from B.C. have reached record highs, thanks to increased sales to China, Japan and the U.S.

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BC Coroners Service schedules public inquest into Burns Lake sawmill deaths

Nelson Daily Staff
January 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Coroners Service is calling for a public inquest into the deaths of two workers when an explosion ripped through the Babine Forest Products sawmill near Burns Lake in January 2012. The explosion killed Robert Luggi Jr., aged 45, and Carl Charlie, aged 42. Fire from the explosion engulfed the sawmill shortly after 8 p.m., injuring 20 other workers. Earlier this month Crown counsel announced that no criminal or regulatory charges will be approved in relation to the explosion and fire.

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Barbara Yaffe: Resource sector about to witness new era of native empowerment

Vancouver Sun
January 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It all began back in October 2006 when an 82-year-old aboriginal man took his folding chair to a Canfor logging road in northeastern B.C., and got comfortable. George Behn’s quiet act of protest has led to another signal from the courts that, when resource developments challenge treaty rights, the latter almost always prevails. Author Bill Gallagher has been documenting aboriginal legal challenges involving development projects going back to 1985. He categorizes the one involving Behn, which concluded last month, as: “Native legal win No. 190.”

First Nation Involvement in Resource Development Key from 250 News
Clark Presses need to share economic benefits with First Nations from 250 News

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Forestry players brace for future

Prince George Citizen
January 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While there are contraction pains still to be felt, the long-term prognosis for the provincial forestry industry is healthy, according to the members of a panel at the Premier’s Natural Resources Forum.  Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Management Steve Thomson, Council of Forest Industries CEO James Gorman, Dunkley Lumber vice-president Jason Fisher and West Fraser vice-president Chris McIver were all optimistic about forestry’s future.  “Industry is moving cautiously,” said Gorman, whose group represents wood enterprises of all sizes across the province.

Premier keys on economic growth from The Prince George Citizen

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Canada Expands Forest Product Trade with India

Woodworking Network
January 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, initiated a new investment to support Canada’s forest products market development office in Mumbai. “By opening new markets for Canada’s forest sector, our government is helping to create and protect jobs for Canadians in every region across the country,” commented Minister Oliver. “Expanding Canada-India trade in forest products will contribute to economic growth and a vibrant Canadian forest industry.”

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Babine mill explosion survivor angry over video posted by mill owners (video)

Global BC News
January 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics

Ryan Clay was one of 20 workers injured in the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion in Burns Lake in 2012….Now Clay is speaking out about a video posted by the owners of the mill, Hampton Affiliates, which has since been removed from the Internet. The video, posted on their Facebook page, showed the management of Hampton performing a parody of ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ but it was titled ‘What Does the Boss Say?’. “Shortly after they made it, the negative comments started coming out and they deleted every thread there was, except for the one copy that I made,” said Clay.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Unique biocomposites plant in Drayton Valley turns wood waste into auto parts

Edmonton Journal
January 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

DRAYTON VALLEY — Entrepreneur Dan Madlung, a former manager at forest products company Canfor, hopes his legacy will stem from the business of turning wood waste into things like car door panels, erosion control mats and batt insulation. And his timing couldn’t be better, as auto makers are looking to replace plastic components in door panels and trim. His BioComposites Group plant, which is just starting up, produces engineered biocomposite fibre mats that are impregnated with a thin layer of polyester to bind the wood fibres when heated in moulds used by auto parts makers.

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Canam Group buys 66 per cent stake in wood structure firm Massif Technologies

The Canadian Press
January 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT-GEORGES, Que. – Canam Group said Wednesday it has purchased a 66 per cent stake in Massif Technologies, an engineering firm specialized in wood structures. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Canam, a maker of steel construction components, said the addition of the company focused on wood will allow it to offer customers a broader range of options. “These materials each have their own advantages and few people possess the know-how to successfully combine the two,” said Joel Nadeau, vice-president of the Canam Buildings division.

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Forestry

$3M supports mountain pine beetle research collaboration

The Daily News
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton, AB – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has given a University of Alberta-led research network of forest scientists and stakeholders a $3-million funding boost. Janice Cooke, a researcher in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences, received the Strategic Network Grant from NSERC to invest in 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 spread of the devastating forest insect.

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Sinixt challenge Pass Creek logging

Nelson Star
January 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local members of the Sinixt First Nation and supporters are maintaining a low-key blockade on a Pass Creek logging road to assert what they say is their right to consultation and cultural preservation. “It’s been pretty diplomatic,” said Dennis Zarelli, communications liaison with the Sinixt, of their interactions with a logging contractor on Mount Sentinel forest service road. … He said their beef is not with the contractor, but with BC Timber Sales, which awarded a license to Porcupine Wood Products of Salmo to build 1.8 kilometers of road and harvest 15,250 square meters of timber.

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Timber A Profitable Crop

Blackburn News
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An independent forestry specialist who helps area farmers assess the value of woodlots says over time they can be just as profitable as growing grain. Donald Craig says when grain prices are high, wood can’t compete. But it doesn’t have to compete every year, because it isn’t harvested every year and land owners can wait for the right conditions. “If the price goes up, it goes up on the wood that was already there, plus what you’ve got in the meantime, it continues to grow,” he says.

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Finding good use for damaged trees

Beach Metro Community News
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Smelling of wood chips and with trucks rumbling by full of tree limbs, the former golf range at Gerrard Street and Victoria Park Avenue felt like a sawmill yard last week. Converted into a temporary holding site for waste wood, it is now part of Toronto’s $75 million clean-up from the December ice storm. But for salvage companies, there may be a second windfall between the heaps of brush and wood chips – a gathering stack of saw logs. “It’s part of the cycle, and maybe something that in the past we haven’t thought enough about,” says Janet McKay, founder of LEAF, a non-profit dedicated to Toronto’s urban forest.

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Increase in hemlock forest offsetting effect of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid for now

Phys.org
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Despite the accumulating destruction of a non-native invasive insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid, hemlock forests in the eastern United States appear to have held their own for now, according to new research by the U.S. Forest Service. The key word is “appear,” said Talbot Trotter, the study’s lead author and a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station.In many regions, particularly in the southern Appalachians, the loss of hemlock to hemlock woolly adgid has been devastating.

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U.S. Forest Service announces newest version of its free mobile forestry software suite

USDA Forest Service
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, —The Forest Service is making it easier than ever for homeowners and urban planners to discover the economic and ecological value of their trees, with today’s release of the free mobile software tool i-Tree 2014. Since it was first released in 2006, the free tools found in the i-Tree suite have made it possible for communities, non-profit organizations, consultants and students to analyze individual trees, parcels, neighborhoods, cities and entire states.

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National forests should be managed to limit fires, emissions

by Bill J. Kluting, legislative affairs representative for the Carpenters Industrial Council
NR Today
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States


Oregon had 1,175 forest fires in 2013, burning more than 105,000 acres. Using the Forest Carbon and Emissions Model and other science models, it’s estimated these fires released 6 million tons of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide from combustion into the atmosphere. …How can we reduce these greenhouse gases? By removing some of the burnt dead trees quickly and making lumber products, which store carbon and would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent. ….Congress needs to pass laws that require burnt national forest and wilderness lands to be treated and replanted as soon as the soils cool.

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Tester’s bill focuses on wilderness not jobs

Independent Record
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Many opinions have recently been expressed extolling the merits of Senator Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. However, there are other aspects to this legislation that need to be brought forth. This proposed legislation is a thinly disguised attempt to legislate new wilderness areas in Montana while supposedly promoting more jobs on National Forest lands and in the timber industry. What the bill really does is legislate new wilderness areas without mandating good forest management through proper long-term stewardship to maintain a healthy, productive forest.

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Forest Service releases draft decision

Santa Ynez Valley news
January 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service officials have released the draft records of decision (ROD) for a proposed amendment to the land management plans for the four Southern California national forests — Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino. The publication of a legal notice in each national forest’s newspaper of record begins a 60-day objection period ending March 18, the Forest Service said. Objections will be accepted from individuals or entities who submitted substantive formal comments related to the plan amendment during previous opportunities for public comment.

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U.S. Rep. Kilmer touts Wild Olympics legislation as balance between economy, ecology during gathering

Peninsula Daily News
January 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — The newest version of Wild Olympics legislation contributes to the balance of economy and ecology “that is in the DNA of our region,” U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer told a crowd of about 300 people during a State of the District tour. Kilmer, a Port Angeles native and Gig Harbor Democrat whose 6th District includes Clallam and Jefferson counties, spoke Tuesday at the Northwest Maritime Center. “This is not just a slogan on the side of a bus,” he said. “It’s all about giving our kids the opportunity to enjoy the natural treasures that we have enjoyed while also understanding that we have to grow the economy.”

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Environmentalists file suit over timber sale

The Mail Tribune
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups are challenging a timber sale that demonstrates the kind of ecosystem-driven logging that would be fast-tracked under Sen. Ron Wyden’s bill to increase harvests from the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon. Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands filed the lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Eugene. Tree sitters have been occupying the White Castle timber sale on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Roseburg District since last summer.

White Castle timber sale in southern Oregon challenged in federal court from The Associated Press

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Forest management: Keep focus on ecosystem values

The Missoulian
January 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition endorsement of the Forest Job and Recreation Act (S.37) by executive director Caroline Byrd has attracted doubters as she states (guest column, Jan. 16). This bill known as FJRA is recognized as place-based national forest legislation which is intended by its supporters to override Forest Service planning and administrative rules, an essential component of ecosystem and public land protection.

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New technologies could mean profit for forest landowners

KNOE 8 News
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WEST MONROE, La. – New words like wood pellets and biomass are providing a ray of hope for forest landowners who have seen nothing but low prices since the downturn in the economy. Producers who attended the LSU AgCenter Forestry Forum in West Monroe on January 17th heard from a range of forestry professionals and received more positive news than in the past five years. Topics at the meeting included the pros and cons of using different out-planting containers, plant productivity under a changing climate, short-rotation hardwood management for traditional and alterative forest products, current legislative issues and sustainable forestry initiatives.

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Cubic foot by cubic foot

Student biologist measures wildfire recovery, one cubic foot at a time
LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI. – A Lake Superior State University conservation biology student is measuring a forest’s recovering biodiversity from a devastating wildfire, one cubic foot at a time. Harry Dittrich of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is using a novel “biocube” approach he learned personally from National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager last spring. “Biologists have traditionally used a one-square-meter ‘quadrat’ approach, where everything gets sifted, counted, and recorded,” says Dittrich.

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Conker trees under threat from alien invader

The Northern Echo
January 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CONKER trees are under threat because of an alien invader that is winning an insect war in England. In the past ten years, the horse chestnut leaf-mining moth has spread from London into almost the whole of England and Wales, research has shown. The moth, which arrived from the continent in 2002, burrows through the leaves of conker trees, causing them to turn brown, shrivel and fall early. Experts had hoped the tiny parasitic wasps that lay their eggs in the moth caterpillars would act as natural pest controllers.

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