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Daily Archives: February 21, 2014

Business & Politics

Employees Complete Training for New Babine Mill

250 News
February 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C. – United Steelworkers Local 1-424 says its Northern Skills Training pilot project, made possible through a Labour Market Agreement between the Federal and Provincial Government, has completed the training for 24 Babine Forest Products employees. The union says the training was developed in cooperation with Hampton Affiliates, owners of the Burns Lake Mill, and formed part of the effort to get the employees trained to work in the new high tech mill. “The objective was to not only to prepare employees for the advanced technology used in the Mill but build their confidence to adapt to this modern operation”, said Terry Tate program coordinator for the Northern Skills Training pilot project.

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Newfoundland and Labrador government reaches loan deal with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper

The Western Star
February 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper have signed a loan agreement for up to $110 million and a power assets and water rights purchase agreement. The announcement was made at 2 p.m. this afternoon. “Our government’s investment of $110 million supports the sustainability of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited and helps secure the future of our forest industry for the benefit of the residents and communities of our western region and our entire province,” said Premier Tom Marshall.

NL signs $110M agreement with Corner Brook Pulp & Paper from The Atlantic Farm Focus
$110M loan secures mill’s future, union and company say from CBC News
Loan designed to keep Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill viable for a long time from The Telegram

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Logging show opens amid optimism

Attendance is way up over last year as the industry continues to recover from the recession
The Register-Guard
February 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Attendance at the Oregon Logging Conference is expected to soar this year as the industry continues to recover from the blows dealt by the recession. And a new report from an international market research firm gives the forestry industry additional grounds for some optimism. The annual conference, which opens in Eugene today at the Lane Events Center, will draw an estimated 4,000 attendees this year, conference manager Rikki Wellman said Wednesday. That’s up 25 percent from last year and almost double the attendance of a few years ago, when the construction industry had slowed to a crawl and demand for wood plummeted.

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Only minor growth in Swedish exports in November

EUWID
February 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sweden exported a total of 1.074m m³ of softwood lumber and planed products in November 2013, which equates to a minor increase of 1.6% against the same month of the year before. The reduction was particularly pronounced in exports to buyers within Europe. These were a good 7% lower than in the same month of the previous year at 590,500 m³. Swedish softwood lumber exports to Asia in November were also unable to match the 2012 level and fell by roughly 8% to 161,700 m³.

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Norway: 51% upsurge in softwood logs exports to the EU

IHB
February 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Statistics Norway reported at the end of January the highest rate of roundwood cut in 20 years. A total of 9 million cubic metres of roundwood were cut in 2013; 230,000 cubic metres more than in 2012. In line with these record production levels, Norway’s exports to the EU countries are also performing very well. The volume of softwood logs shipped by Norway to the European Union member countries, from January to November 2013, has increased by 51% over the same period of 2012. 

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Winter Weather Worsens Hardwood Supply Shortages

Woodworking Network
February 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The severe weather across much of the hardwood producing region will slow production, extend the inventory shortage, and likely keep lumber prices firm. Demand is slowly picking up in the domestic U.S. market, with the cabinet, furniture and industrial markets all stronger than at this time last year. Railroads saw stronger activity in the last quarter, with car-loading well ahead of last year, and expect intermodal shipment to continue to rise in 2014—solid confirmations of a recovering economy. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Six-storey, wood-frame Saanich rental buildings win raves

Victoria Times Colonist
February 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A rental housing development featuring a pair of six-storey buildings that broke new ground in the local construction industry is winning accolades from residents, neighbours and the municipality of Saanich. Herons Landing and the Ardea at the corner of Burnside and Tillicum roads are the first rental-only structures on the South Island to take advantage of 2009 changes in the building code that allow wood-frame multi-family buildings up to six storeys, an increase of two floors, said builder Ernie Yakimovich.

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Forestry

Campbell River resident honoured by forest professional colleagues

Campbell River Mirror
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) presented awards to three prominent forest professionals at a special ceremony Feb. 13 in Kelowna. Two forest professionals were heralded for their volunteerism and one became the first-ever recipient of the newly created Climate Change Innovator Award. “Climate change is affecting how we, as forest professionals, do our jobs,” says Christine Gelowitz, RPF, President of the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

Terrace, BC forester wins awards from The Terrace Standard

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Forest license rollovers All over again?

250 News
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…This Fall, reports from unnamed sources claimed that the Clark government, once again, had put together new rollover legislation. At the Natural Resources Forum in Prince George in January of this year, Premier Clark was equivocal and vague about whether more public and community consultation would be forthcoming, claiming that a lot of consultation had already taken place through the Timber Supply Committee. At the same Forum, perhaps indicating that not all member forest companies were completely on board with the rollover idea, the CEO of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) qualified his support by stating that it may be suitable for only some areas of the province.

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Beetle action coalition looks to future

Williams Lake Tribune
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The announcement of the Canfor sawmill closure in Quesnel last October was a wakeup call for the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition, according to coalition chair Chad Mernett. Since its inception in 2005, CCBAC has been working behind the scenes, Mernett told reporters in Williams Lake during a media conference Friday. “We knew impacts on our timber supply were looming but all of a sudden it was real.” Mernett, who became chair last fall, said the coalition anticipates there will be more impacts on the timber supply and was prompted to meet and develop strategic priorities.

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Community Forest’s $50,000 donation will add seats to high school program

Alberni Valley Times
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A$50,000 donation from the Alberni Valley Community Forest will allow Alberni District Secondary School to add another class to its senior forestry program, and 10 more seats to its Grade 9 Project-Based Learning class. The donation was presented to the school Friday, and ADSS forestry teacher Ryan Dvorak said the extra money will enhance the program. “What it really means for our program is the ability to start getting much more creative in how we offer our education programs at ADSS,” Dvorak said. “It gives us some flexibility around costs that are continuing to rise not only as the program gets more complex, but also as pressures on our district continue to rise.”

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NB: New Brunswick government under fire after forestry plan delayed

Natural resources minister Paul Robichaud said efforts to finalize the plan, which is intended to create jobs and allocate more fibre to mills, are still underway because of their complexity.
The Canadian Press
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

[FREDERICTON, NB] – New Brunswick’s natural resources minister says his government’s much-anticipated plan for the forestry sector will now be released next month, a delay the Opposition says has resulted in missed opportunities for the industry. Paul Robichaud said efforts to finalize the plan, which is intended to create jobs and allocate more fibre to mills, are still underway because of their complexity. “It’s a very complicated plan,” Robichaud said Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s the end of the world.” 

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces new and returning members to the Forestry Research Advisory Council

USDA Forest Service
February 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the appointment of nine new members and two reappointed members to the Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC). The council’s many responsibilities include providing advice to Secretary Vilsack on national and regional research planning projects and on coordination of forestry research within federal and state agencies, forestry schools and forest industries. In addition, the council provides advice to the U.S. Forest Service’s Research and Development program—the world’s largest forestry-research organization.

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Buckhorn timber sale taking public comment on impacts to grizzly, lynx habitat

Letter by Dick Artley
The Missoulian
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just four months ago the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals convicted Kootenai National Forest Supervisor Paul Bradford of destroying grizzly bear and lynx habitat with the proposed grizzly timber sale. Both species are listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened. Bradford is accepting public comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Buckhorn timber sale until March 20. The sale will log 2 square miles in occupied grizzly bear and lynx habitat. He obviously has not learned.

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OSU College of Forestry hires new department head

The Daily Barometer
February 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dr. Troy Hall will join the College of Forestry this summer as the department of forest ecosystems and society’s new department head. Hall is an internationally known conservation social scientist who holds degrees in anthropology, cultural anthropology and forest resources. “We did an international search, we had candidates from Australia — with a really strong set of finalists for the position,” said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. “We’re just absolutely delighted to get Troy Hall to come here and be a department head with us.”

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Science behind O&C timber legislation encouraging

February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When Senator Ron Wyden unveiled his proposed legislation to manage Oregon’s 2.1 million acres of O & C land, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers of Oregon was encouraged. Our conservation organization seeks to protect wild public land, water and wildlife and BHA was asked by Senator Wyden’s office to help identify areas of critical wildlife habitat for conservation protection. We are encouraged that many of our suggestions were included in the proposed legislation. In addition, BHA believes that public lands should remain in public hands, which this legislation stipulates.

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EDITORIAL: Winning the pine beetle fight?

Rapid City Journal
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

While it’s too early to pour the champagne, the latest survey of the Black Hills National Forest shows that the mountain pine beetle epidemic could be slowing down. The millions of dollars that have been spent in recent years to combat the mountain pine beetle infestation may be turning the tide. According to the survey conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Wyoming State Forestry Division, pine beetles expanded their infestation by 34,000 acres in 2013. 

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ACC announces new forestry sector injury prevention initiative

Press Release: ACC
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ACC announces new forestry sector injury prevention initiative. ACC announced today that work has begun developing a new injury prevention programme, aimed at encouraging safer practices in the forestry sector. The ‘ACC Forestry Sector Injury Prevention Programme’ will be developed and implemented in collaboration with WorkSafe NZ, the NZ Forest Owners Association (FOA), the Forestry Industry Contractors Association (FICA) and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU). 

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Google-backed database steps up fight on deforestation

Digital Journal
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Google, environmentalists and governments on Thursday unveiled a state-of-the-art database to track deforestation, hoping to ramp up enforcement of a major culprit behind climate change. The website, www.globalforestwatch.org, will show tree loss around the world in high resolution and with frequent updates. The data — aimed both at policymakers and companies buying from forest areas — will be available for free and not require much technical skill to use.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Researcher makes case for B.C. biochar industry

Victoria Times Colonist
February 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A British Columbia researcher is making a case for establishment of a provincial biochar industry that could lead to a massive reduction in the province’s greenhouse-gas emissions. Biochar is a renewable fuel created by burning biomass, or waste wood. And Geoff de Ruiter of the University of Northern British Columbia said it could be a substitute for some of the coal and natural gas burned in B.C. to power mills and other industrial enterprise, resulting in a 22 per cent reduction in emissions.

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Sustainable use of energy wood resources shows potential in North-West Russia

Science Codex
February 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Nowadays, humanity faces many challenges; the most serious are poverty, the growing demand for resources and the deterioration of the environment. In order to satisfy the growing demand for wood, forestry in many countries has to be intensified. The forests of the Russian Federation are the world’s largest reserve of wood for different purposes. Intensification of forestry in Russia will result in increasing availability of wood for material and energy uses. A doctoral dissertation completed at the University of Eastern Finland analysed the potential of energy wood resources in the Leningrad region of Russia at regional and district levels. 

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General

Science behind O&C timber legislation encouraging

February 21, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

When Senator Ron Wyden unveiled his proposed legislation to manage Oregon’s 2.1 million acres of O & C land, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers of Oregon was encouraged. Our conservation organization seeks to protect wild public land, water and wildlife and BHA was asked by Senator Wyden’s office to help identify areas of critical wildlife habitat for conservation protection. We are encouraged that many of our suggestions were included in the proposed legislation. In addition, BHA believes that public lands should remain in public hands, which this legislation stipulates.

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