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Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

Business & Politics

Lumber producers face rail transportation nightmare

Stockhouse
February 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

As brutal weather patterns continued across the most populated parts of North America, lumber and panel traders reported mostly flat prices on solid wood commodities, writes Keta Kosman, publisher of Madison’s Lumber Reporter. Most commonly-traded dimensions maintained price levels from last week, or were slightly down. Wider sizes, specifically 2×10 and 2×12 took large corrections downward due to total lack of demand. On the other hand, utility grades, particularly in the west, popped somewhat as program buying from China took significant amounts of production out of the market.

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Industry-backed group tries to slow government’s shift from paper, with help from Michaud

The Washington Post
February 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration pushes to do more business over the Internet, finally seeking to close the technology gap with the private sector, the digital makeover is running into a dogged opponent called Consumers for Paper Options. The group is working the halls of Congress in closed-door meetings, underwriting research favorable to its position and mounting a news media campaign in an effort to preserve Washington as the capital of paper — and slow the move away from printed checks, forms and other paper communication.

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Resolute Forest reaches contract deals with 1,500 workers at 4 US mills

Canadian Press
February 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc., the company being targeted by Unifor in pattern bargaining with forestry companies in Eastern Canada, has reached five-year master collective agreement covering some 1,500 unionized workers in the United States.  Employees voted have overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement at mills in Augusta, Ga; Calhoun, Tenn.; Catawba, S.C., and Coosa Pines, Ala., Resolute said Monday.  “We’re very pleased to have quickly reached an agreement with union leadership and members to ensure we remain a competitive employer, but also one that maintains its competitive edge,” president and CEO Richard Garneau said.

Click here to read the press release from Resolute Forest Products

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Feedback sought on forestry industry draft blueprint

ABC News, Australia
February 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A draft blueprint on future opportunities for South Australia’s forestry and wood products industry has been released for consultation. The blueprint outlines ways to advance the industry through collaborative innovation and research, sustainability, trade and maximising competitive advantage. Feedback is being sought before the document is finalised later this year. The chairman of the South Australian Forest Industry Advisory Board, Trevor Smith, says the plan focuses on improving the industry’s sustainability.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

From N.J., authentic wood for colonial shingles

Philly.com
February 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

When it comes to preserving and reconstructing the historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Garland Wood doesn’t cut corners. The master carpenter builds houses, sheds, and barns the way the colonists did – from the ground up, using the same tools. But he’s had problems finding one of the key building materials: Atlantic white cedar, a light, long-lasting, rot-resistant wood that colonists often used for shingles. This year, Wood found what he needed in New Jersey, enough to eventually put an authentic 18th-century-style roof on the $1 million reconstructed Market House in the center of town.

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Forestry

Court finds ‘enormous systemic problem’ in enforcement of Species at Risk Act

Canadian Press
February 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – A Federal Court judge has ruled that the environment minister and the fisheries minister both broke the law by failing to enforce the Species at Risk Act. In a case covering four species that Justice Anne Mactavish calls “the tip of the iceberg,” the court found there’s a major systemic problem in the two ministries charged with protecting endangered and threatened wildlife. The 47-page ruling released Friday states that “public officials are not above the law. If an official acts contrary to a statute, the courts are entitled to so declare.” … The groups cited four particular species: the nechako white sturgeon, the pacific humpback whale, the marbled murrelet and the southern mountain woodland caribou.

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Survival of B.C.’s endangered mountain caribou in question

The population of the Selkirk Herd has dropped from a high of 46 animals to a low of 27 in a decade
CBC News
February 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Biologists in B.C. say a dramatic drop in the number of endangered mountain caribou has them concerned about the species’ survival.  The South Selkirk herd, which ranges from the Kootenay region of southeastern B.C. and into the northern United States, is considered endangered in both countries. Over the last decade, the herd has dropped from a high of 46 animals to a low of 27. …DeGroot says biologists do not know why the herd’s numbers are dropping so quickly. Logging has been banned in critical caribou habitat, and snowmobiling has been restricted.

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Rickford reacts to First Nations declaration

Kenora Online
February 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora MP Greg Rickford says he hopes First Nations and other parties involved with forestry in the Whiskey Jack forest can come to a resolution. “That’s largely a provincial matter, but I hope that the collective efforts of both the First Nations and the private sector are to meet the growing demands for forestry product,” he said. His comments come after chiefs from Wabauskang, Grassy Narrows and Whitefish Bay all signed a declaration, hoping to take over the management of the Whiskey Jack Forest. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

‘Nature’ Article Offers Forest Management Strategies

Hardwood Floors Magazine
February 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Forest management and carbon storage has been a hot topic lately. Wednesday, the same day that The Huffington Post published an opinion piece by independent environmentalist Ellen Moyer calling for a ban on all commercial logging on public lands, the science journal Nature posted a piece offering three strategies regarding forest management in the climate-change era. In it, Valentin Bellassen from France’s National Institute for Agronomic Research and Sebastiaan Luyssaert at the Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (also in France) call the current state of forest management “more of a gamble than a scientific debate,” and insist that more research is needed “while a scientifically robust prediction of the persistence of the forest carbon sink is worked out”: 

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