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Daily Archives: February 14, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Valentine’s Day Is an Environmental Travesty – the carbon cost of greeting cards

New Republic
February 13, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

According to the industry’s trade group, some 145 million Valentine’s cards are sold in the U.S. every year. Those cards are ridiculous not just because of the sappy sayings on their covers. They’re ridiculous because, on a planet of seven billion people, it’s nuts to buy a piece of card stock, place it into a paper envelope, and give it to someone who (I love you, honey) will smile at it, stuff it in a sock drawer, and, almost certainly, never glance at it again. …Reason is no match for emotion, of course, so it’s no surprise that the dead-tree greeting-card industry continues to thrive. …The pulp-and-paper industry is a major carbon-dioxide emitter and water user. But an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman said the EPA doesn’t track numbers for greeting cards.

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Business & Politics

Global Demand for N.A. Hardwoods Expands Faster than Supply

Woodworking Network
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American hardwood lumber exports were quite strong in January. Chinese and Vietnamese demand was quite high despite the approach of the Chinese New Year and Tet holidays. Taiwanese demand also increased; and Japanese purchasing was steady. Even though shipments to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have declined in the last year, Asia still accounts for 5 of the 10 largest global markets for U.S. hardwoods.

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Clark blames WorkSafeBC for failed Burns Lake sawmill investigation

Business in Vancouver
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark is laying the blame for a failed investigation into a fatal sawmill disaster squarely on WorkSafeBC. “I am deeply disappointed with the way WorkSafeBC conducted this investigation,” Clark said at a press conference February 13. “The fact pattern is absolutely clear: WorkSafe should have known what was required by the Criminal Justice Branch in order to proceed with the case to court.” On January 20, 2012, an explosion and fire destroyed the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake.

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Interfor Reports Strong Q4 Results On Record Production and Sales

COMTEX
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products Ltd. reported net earnings of $11.4 million or $0.18 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net losses of $0.1 million or $0.00 per share in the third quarter and $3.8 million or $0.07 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012. EBITDA, adjusted to exclude the effects of long-term incentive compensation and other items, was $36.2 million compared with $24.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $19.3 million in the fourth quarter of last year. 

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Botched sawmill investigation sparks outrage

The Globe and Mail
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s workplace safety agency ignored years of legal advice from the province’s own lawyers before it bungled its investigation into a mill explosion that killed two people, a report into the decision not to lay charges in the accident concludes. John Dyble, deputy minister to Premier Christy Clark, found WorkSafeBC chose not to ask for legal help until after it concluded its months-long probe into what caused the Babine Forest Products mill to erupt in a ball of flame.

Investigation into fatal sawmill explosion in B.C. flawed: premier
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A closer look at federal budget is needed, says New Brunswick finance minister

Blaine Higgs said Wednesday he needs to look at details to learn more about funding for things such as infrastructure, education and training.
The Canadian Press
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s finance minister says he’s pleased to see funding for the forestry industry and the Digby Ferry in the federal budget, but he needs to examine the budget details to determine other impacts it might have on the province. Blaine Higgs said Wednesday he needs to look at details to learn more about funding for things such as infrastructure, education and training. Higgs was particularly pleased to see plans by Ottawa to spend more than $90 million for the development of new technologies in the forestry sector.

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Louisiana-Pacific Corp. in Focus: Stock Moves 5.6% Higher

Zacks
February 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific was a big mover last session, as the company saw its shares rise nearly 6% on the day. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This continues the recent uptrend for the company as the stock is now up 9.05% since Feb 3.

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Southwest Renewable Energy brings back wood pellet business

WMI Central
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SNOWFLAKE — While it may not mark the return of the timber industry as such in the White Mountains, the owners of Southwest Renewable Energy have purchased and taken over a wood pellet plant, providing local employment… During a telephone interview with The Independent while Wilson was in the Midwest, he said they are using forest biomass to manufacture wood pellets. “Precision Pellets shut down in 2009… We have a very large market here,” Wilson said, adding that for all intents and purposes, Southwest Renewable Energy simply picked up where the previous operation had left off.

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Weyerhaeuser Names John Enlow Vice President, Southern Timberlands

PRNewswire
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the appointment of John Enlow as vice president, Southern Timberlands, effective Feb. 24. The role has been vacant since Rhonda Hunter left the position to become senior vice president, Timberlands in December of last year. Enlow joins Weyerhaeuser from Rayonier, where he was director of that company’s Atlantic and Northern timberlands regions. “John has a real passion for achieving excellence and a proven track record in developing people,” says Hunter. 

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Jobs set to go at Forestry Corporation regional offices

ABC News
February 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Forestry Corporation has confirmed jobs will be cut as part of a restructuring of one its major divisions. The Corporation said it is not yet clear how many jobs will be lost, or where they will come from, as the Native Hardwood Forests Division is restructures. Staff were informed of the planned changes this week. The State Opposition claims 40 jobs will be axed, but the Corporation said the number has not been finally decided. General Manager of Hardwood Forests, Dean Anderson, said a decision will we made in the next few months about the exact shape of the restructure.

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Forestry

Not ignoring creative passions

A Prince George photographer used her art to do her part for ecological health… drawing attention to the coexistence between humans and forests.
The Prince George Citizen
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Mountains, so massive and complex, can’t be protected with a single tool or weapon. That takes an equally massive and complex weapon: art. Pulling the trigger on her camera was photographer Chas Holzworth’s way of firing a shot to protect her Prince George mountains. As the world closes in on Go Green Week, one series of her photos is in the spotlight.The result was not a poster for a macabre film, however, but a stark calling card for nature’s health… “The trees are our lifeblood, our oxygen supply, the root system and canopy that holds together all other life in our ecosystem,” she said. “It turned out exactly the way I envisioned it.”

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Mitchell Awarded Prestigious Silviculture Prize

Institute of Chartered Foresters
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Dr Stephen J Mitchell PhD RPF, Associate Professor at the University of British Colombia, has been awarded the 2013 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize). He receives this prestigious award in recognition of his paper entitled Wind as a natural disturbance agent in forests: a synthesis, published in Forestry (2013). …Dr Mitchell is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and the Association of BC Forest Professionals, as well as a Chair of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations. 

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New opportunities for Community Forest in B.C.

Tumbler Ridge News
February 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has changed the way it does business to help First Nations and community forest tenure holders sell their timber at fair market price and add to the data that supports timber pricing. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson says, “This regulation will allow First Nations and small communities to partner with government and sell their timber through a competitive, auction process. It’s a great opportunity to generate employment opportunities and support local economic development.” The new BC Timber Sales Account Regulation gives BC Timber Sales the authority to enter into business agreements with First Nations and communities and sell some timber harvesting rights through competitive auction. 

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Minister responds to First Nations declaration

Kenora Online
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti is responding to a declaration signed by three First Nations chiefs earlier this week. The chiefs were hoping to take over the management of the Whiskey Jack Forest. He says the declaration signed by Grassy Narrows, Wabauskang and Whitefish Bay causes some mild concern… He says there have been First Nations that have voiced their interest in becoming involved with logging in the region. He says he believes there’s a more viable approach that can be taken to help create benefits for all parties involved. 

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Amid drought, California and other Western states gird for a landmark year in forest fires

The Washington Post
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — … Across the Western United States, officials tasked with fighting forest fires worry that a confluence of factors, including climate change and human development, are conspiring to create conditions ripe for a landmark fire year. That would mean hotter fires that burn longer and threaten more homes, sapping already-strained budgets and putting at risk the lives of thousands of firefighters. President Obama is slated to travel to Fresno, Calif., Friday to meet with farmers and others coping with the impact of the ongoing drought. “Things really are at critical levels in parts of the West, and while we’re hoping and praying for rain and some moisture, we are very worried,” said Tom Harbour, the U.S. Forest Service’s National Director of Fire and Aviation Management.

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Major review of forestry industry to begin

New Zealand News
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There’s hope a major review of the forestry industry will help prevent more deaths in the sector. The industry-funded study is expected to take up to six months, with support and resources from WorkSafe New Zealand. Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says the overhaul can’t come soon enough. “We had two more forestry deaths in the last fortnight. It has to stop. We believe, and we’ve said it before, the regulations need to change. The work needs to be regulated.”

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China requires more logs

Otago Daily Times
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Otago and Southland forest owners are expected to reap the benefits of China’s demand for logs this year, in the face of record prices and following last year’s 50% boost in overall log exports. However, the forest owners’ boon is a sawmillers’ bane and millers are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain profit margins from the more expensive logs. For the fourth year, Port Otago is targeting more than 700,000cu m of logs across its wharves, with 40 to 50 ship visits, and is ahead of budget. 

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Scientists, writers, artists urge North America leaders to protect monarch butterflies

The Associated Press
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MEXICO CITY – Dozens of scientists, artists, writers and environmentalists on Friday urged the leaders of Mexico, Canada and the United States to devote part of their meeting next week to discussing ways to protect the Monarch butterfly. A letter to the three leaders signed by more than 150 intellectuals, including Nobel literature laureate Orham Pamuk, U.S. environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. and Canadian author Margaret Atwood , notes the Monarch population has dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993. 

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Forestry key to growth: PNG Minister

Islands Business
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PORT MORESBY, PNG —- Papua New Guinea Minister for Forests and Climate Change Patrick Pruaitch says a paradigm shift from the traditional “business as usual” approach is needed to transform the country’s renewable resource sector. Pruaitch said by 2030, more than half of our gross domestic product (GDP) would be generated from the renewable resource sector, particularly the forestry sector, and that his ministry stands ready. He made those remarks on Monday during the 2014 Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Magna joins growing list of auto firms pursuing biocomposites

Cleantech Canada
February 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

CONCORD, Ont.—Flax, hemp, rice and soy aren’t just ingredients on the menu for an Olympic athlete. They’re also what his car will be made of in the future. Some automakers are already using this so-called biocontent in their vehicles, and Canadian biocomposite developers are helping them to achieve their green car goals… “We are testing a variety of wood fibres,” says AI Bio CEO Stan Blade. “[Wood] is a remarkable fibre. It’s stronger, greener, recyclable and arguably cheaper. We can deliver it at a lower cost than other materials.”

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U.K. Committing ‘Industrial Vandalism’ by Rejecting Biomass Plan

Bloomberg News
February 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The U.K.’s rejection of proposals to convert a plant producing almost 4 percent of the nation’s power to biomass from coal is an act of “industrial vandalism” that will cut jobs and threaten energy security, a labor union said. The government in December selected 10 of 16 projects that may be eligible to receive guaranteed prices for the power they sell as it seeks to reduce carbon emissions from generation. Eggborough Power Ltd. says excluding its plant in Yorkshire may lead to the closing of the facility and the loss of as many as 800 jobs. The government will confirm a decision in the spring.

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Waste plant 15km north-east of Perth sparks environmental and health concerns

ABC News Australia
February 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council wants to build what could be WA’s first waste to energy plant, 15 kms north-east of Perth. …Critics say the project would be a shameful waste of timber and a potentially risky source of toxic emissions, but the EMRC believes it is an environmental friendly way to divert waste from landfill while producing energy. The $25 million facility will convert waste wood into a fuel source, known as syngas, by heating it to about 800 degrees Celsius in a kiln.mThe method is called pyrolysis and it will be used to process 13,000 tonnes of timber every year. 

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