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Daily Archives: January 31, 2014

Business & Politics

Norbord expects to maintain stable dividend amid signs of housing recovery

Canadian Press
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. says it expects to maintain its quarterly dividend at 60 cents this year — despite a recent weakening of North American prices for its construction materials. The wood panel producer adopted a variable payout last April, which rises or falls depending on the market cycle. At least one analyst had expected Norbord would cut the dividend later this year. Norbord, which reports in U.S. dollars, says it earned $2 million or four cents per diluted share in its fourth quarter compared with a profit of $38 million or 76 cents per diluted share in the final three months of 2012.

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Wet’suwet’en First Nation Call For Independent Inquiry Into Babine Forest Products Sawmill Explosion

CFTKTV
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation are joining a chorus of voices calling for an independent inquiry into WorkSafe BC’s investigation of 2012’s deadly Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion. Wet’suwet’en Chief Karen Ogen said it was WorkSafe BC’s “flawed” investigations report that prompted this action. The report ultimately found the blast was preventable and sparked by beetle-killed wood dust. Ogen said these findings don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the mill’s unsafe working conditions.

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Tembec says falling dollar won’t repair permanent damage to export sectors

The Canadian Press
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The falling Canadian dollar is helping to breathe new life into the country’s exports, but it won’t bring back all the plants that closed or all of the jobs lost when the loonie soared, the head of forest products company Tembec said Thursday. “I think there’s not a true appreciation for the damage done to the manufacturing sectors in Canada with the strong Canadian dollar and certainly to our industry,” James Lopez told reporters ahead of the company’s annual meeting.

Slumping loonie, US housing recovery a boon to Tembec’s bottom line from The Globe and Mail

Click here to read the press release from Tembec

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AF&PA elects Domtar President and CEO John Williams as its new Board Chairman

Lesprom Network
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) elects Domtar President and CEO John Williams as the new AF&PA board chairman, along with the 2014 slate of AF&PA Board Officers, as AF&PA said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “I am honored to serve an industry that I have spent many years promoting, and I’m optimistic about the future of AF&PA and its member companies,” said Williams. “Collectively, we have a strong voice and presence, both around the globe and on Capitol Hill, and I look forward to the challenges that this year brings.”

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Forestry NSW hits back after Greens’ attack on native forest harvesting

ABC News
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Forestry Corporation of NSW says the Greens’ claims that logging native growth forests is costing tax payers close to $500 a hectare, are wrong. Forestry Corporation’s first annual report reveals that while the area of native growth forests cut down increased by about 8000 hectares, the native forest operations ran at a $15 million loss. The general manager of hardwood forests, Dean Anderson, says that the Greens have misrepresented the facts. “The way that they’ve presented the figures doesn’t give the full story…”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

GBI Awards Three Green Globes to American Forest Foundation’s New Headquarters

AZO CleanTech
January 31, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Building Initiative™ has awarded its second-highest rating of three Green Globes® to the new Washington, DC headquarters of the American Forest Foundation for its environmentally-focused design and construction. A nonprofit, AFF tapped the Green Globes program to guide and assess its new office project in seven standard categories: energy, water, materials and resources, emissions, indoor environment, site and project management. …The 11,000-square-foot space makes considerable use of wood certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of four North American forest certification standards supported by Green Globes. “It’s a home for everyone who cares for forests,” said AFF CEO and President Tom Martin.

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Forestry

Canfor Employees Teaching UNBC Students About Forestry (VIDEO)

CKPG News
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

There are dozens of jobs posted on Canfor’s website; and now the company is hoping to lure some UNBC Forestry students into the business. It’s a new model for the university. Canfor employees are teaching a course that teaches students about the forestry business from the inside.

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Forestry roads may see increased police presence

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
January 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dozens of roads in the Grande Prairie Forest Management Area will become safer this year through increased presence from the RCMP. Weyerhaeuser negotiated the arrangement with police and the Municipal District of Greenview earlier this week after roughly three years of seeking a deal. The request process for an enhanced policing position started in 2011, but was delayed by staffing changeovers within the MD’s Protection Services department. “It’s been a long process and I’m glad to be in the final stages of it now,” said Jeff Francis, department manager.

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Boulder County forest land spared, for now, in spruce beetle infestation

Numbers from survey show pine beetle activity still down statewide.
Daily Camera
January 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mountain pine beetle infestation continued to slow markedly in 2013, while the spruce beetle outbreak is still expanding, according to numbers from Colorado’s annual aerial health survey released Thursday by state and federal forestry officials. The U. S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service joint announcement stated that the mountain pine beetle epidemic showed the lowest acreage of active infestation in 15 years. Statewide, mountain pine beetles were active on 97,000 acres in 2013, bringing the overall infestation to 3.4 million acres in Colorado since the onset of the outbreak in 1996.

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Environmental sciences lab ups bar for green labs at UW

University of Washington
January 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A soils lab that schedules fieldwork to minimize car trips, reuses sampling containers and recycles soils and leftover plant material has achieved the highest score yet in the University of Washington’s 10-month-old Green Laboratory Certification Program. With an overall score of 95 percent, Tom DeLuca’s environmental and forest sciences lab has just topped the 93 percent previously earned by a UW Bothell chemistry instructional lab. …Laboratories use about five times as much energy per square foot as a
typical building, which was among the reasons to start a green lab
certification program, Shoot said.

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Survey: mountain pine beetle infestation slows

CBS 5 News Channel
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

GOLDEN, Colo.- A new survey of Colorado forests indicates that the mountain pine beetle epidemic has slowed dramatically, but the spruce beetle outbreak continues to spread. The survey by the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service was released Thursday. The two agencies annually survey forests in the state for insect and disease. The survey found that the acreage of trees infected by the mountain pine beetle has dropped to its lowest in 15 years. Statewide, mountain pine beetle was active on 97,000 acres in 2013. Conversely, the spruce beetle outbreak grew to 398,000 acres in 2013, an increase of about 216,000 acres over 2012. Meantime, the survey finds that aspen forest conditions in the state have continued to improve. THIS IS THE END OF THE STORY

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SC ruling on forest land: Which realtors will gain

SC’s order on freeing private forest land will provide relief to many affected residents and realty players.
MoneyControl.com
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The SC order means the huge swathe of land treated as ‘private forest’ will be free for development…  In 2008, the Bombay HC dismissed the petitions filed by the affected developers like Godrej, Oberoi and others on the state government’s claim that the land on which the development was going on was a ‘private forest land’. This resulted in BMC refusing the construction permission to realtors, thus stalling many projects.

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Abbott government to cut 74,000 ha of forest from World Heritage zone

Fairfax Media
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal government will ask UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to strip the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area of 74,000 hectares of highly contentious forest. The area, believed to be up to 117 parcels, was part of a 170,000 hectare extension to the World Heritage Area by the committee last June. It was nominated through an exhaustively argued Tasmanian forest peace deal. The first large-scale wind-back of World Heritage ever sought by an Australian government, it fulfills an election promise by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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Forestry wars reigniting in Tasmania’s wilderness

The Age National
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The 170,000-hectare extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area was approved by the World Heritage Committee at its June 2013 meeting after decades of environmental campaigns. Now, the Abbott government is seeking a comprehensive wind back of the extension, removing 74,000 hectares, by the committee next June in Doha, Qatar. Approaching the March 15 state election, the front-running Liberals unofficially launched their campaign by releasing a policy to ”crack down on forest protest”, with $10,000 fines for first-time protesters who impede access to a workplace, and a mandatory three months’ jail for a second offence.

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Forestry chiefs in the gun

stuff.co.nz
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industy’s safety watchdog has taken fresh aim at forestry owners and contractors to try and curb the sector’s high death toll. WorkSafe NZ, the Crown’s new workplace regulator says the code of practice for forestry operations, regarded as the “bible” of industry practice, will be reviewed and proposed changes would “clarify” the responsibilities of operators. One industry source said the move was surprising as the code had only just had a major update last year. 

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Taking Forestry concerns from the ‘bush to the board room’

WorkSafe NZ
January 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Board of WorkSafe New Zealand has today approved work to ensure forestry owners, managers and contractors do more to protect the lives of workers. Chair Professor Gregor Coster said the Board has given the green light for WorkSafe NZ to review the Forest Operations Approved Code of Practice with proposed critical changes to improve worker safety and clarify expectations and responsibilities for operators… The Board welcomed the confirmation of the industry independent inquiry into forestry safety which begins next month. WorkSafe NZ will provide secretariat support to the inquiry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Seminar addresses carbon accounting and forest management

Biomass Magazine
January 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Resources for the Future hosted a seminar Jan. 29 focused on the issues of carbon accounting and forest management. The event, titled “Considering the Contributions of Forests in the Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” was cosponsored by the Society of American Foresters. Roger Sedjo, senior fellow and director of the Forest Economics and Policy Program at RFF, moderated the discussion. He opened the seminar by noting that since the onset of concerns about global warming, it has been recognized that forests can play an important role in the moderation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

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Seventy-nine years of monitoring demonstrates dramatic forest change

Plumas News
January 31, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Long-term changes to forests affect biodiversity and how future fires burn. A team of scientists led by Research Ecologist Dr. Eric Knapp, from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, found dramatic differences in forests today compared to historic conditions prior to logging and fire suppression. The team conducted their research in the Forest Service’s Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest on the Stanislaus National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada… As in many forested areas in the western U.S., fire is much less frequent than it once was. Results showed that the study area had not burned since 1889. Prior to 1889, the forest burned on average every six years.

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Firewood sellers blame Fort Drum biomass plant for lumber shortage

Watertown Daily News
January 31, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East

Firewood sellers say they believe a severe timber shortage this winter has been caused partly by loggers supplying wood chips to the Fort Drum biomass facility. But officials at ReEnergy say restrictions on the wood used there shouldn’t affect the firewood supply. …A requirement from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority stipulates that loggers may not use logs that are 5 inches or more in diameter as biomass fuel, he said. …Some firewood sellers, though, contend a number of loggers are under pressure to convert firewood logs into wood chips to meet annual quotas established by contracts with ReEnergy.

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How the EU’s green energy drive is hitting US forests

DW
January 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

To reduce carbon emissions many coal-burning power plants in Europe are starting to import wood pellets from the US. Critics say the new trend is putting wildlife at risk and wasting fuel. Derb Carter is a keen bird watcher. It’s been his hobby since his childhood and it’s now a part of his job too, in his role as a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center. When walking through the low-lying countryside on the banks of the Roanoke River, in North Carolina in the US, he’s circumspect about the future of these old forests though. 

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