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Daily Archives: February 25, 2014

Business & Politics

Conifex Looks at Running Second Mill in Mackenzie

250 News
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Conifex is considering putting a second sawmill on line in Mackenzie, a move which could double its current lumber output there. During a morning conference call to discuss the company’s fourth quarter financial results, Conifex CEO Ken Shields says the company is awaiting the results of a review of harvest levels in the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area which is being conducted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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Conifex banking on new power plant to bolster bottom line

Business in Vancouver
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber Inc. has posted a much-improved net income of $9.5 million in 2013, compared with a net loss of $16.2 million in 2012, the company reports in its 2013 fourth-quarter financials. The lumber company – which is in the process of diversifying into bioenergy – reports $1.1 million in net income for Q4 2013, compared with a net loss of $100,000 in Q3 2013 and a net loss of $3.6 million in Q4 2012. Conifex had increased sales overall in 2013 compared with 2012, due to increased lumber sales and better prices.

Conifex Timber reported 4Q net income of $1.1 million from Lesprom

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Recycling plan generates criticism

Vernon Morning Star
February 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Spallumcheen’s former mayor has asked the township for support in asking the province to reconsider the Multi-Materials B.C. (MMBC) recycling plan. Will Hansma, owner-operator of the Okanagan Advertiser newspaper, said the new regulations were established with little or no consultation with stakeholders. …He believes the plan will be a severe detriment to the print and wood fibre industries. “There was no consultation with members of the printing industry, industry association or any of the large paper merchants which supply the paper needs in the province,” said Hansma.

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Sawmill safety report coming: WorkSafeBC

Prince George Citizen
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC expects to release a public report on sawmill safety in the coming weeks, spokesperson Scott McCloy said. Following the deadly explosions at Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in 2012, WorkSafeBC launched a series of inspections into the province’s sawmills. “We began a new phase of inspections… that started on Nov. 1 and concluded at the end of January,” McCloy said. “We will be able to have some information on that in a week or two.”

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Life after the mill

February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eugene Conrad was one of the hundreds to lose his job when the former Bowater Mersey paper mill closed two years ago. Through careful planning he and his family have been able to not only stay afloat but thrive. “We made our severance last us, we planned it out and we followed the plan and we never missed a beat,” says Eugene.Eugene was 45 when the mill closed, which can be a tricky age to find new employment or retrain. Fortunately he had worked as a small engine mechanic before starting at the mill in the 80s.  

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Life after the mill

February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eugene Conrad was one of the hundreds to lose his job when the former Bowater Mersey paper mill closed two years ago. Through careful planning he and his family have been able to not only stay afloat but thrive. “We made our severance last us, we planned it out and we followed the plan and we never missed a beat,” says Eugene.Eugene was 45 when the mill closed, which can be a tricky age to find new employment or retrain. Fortunately he had worked as a small engine mechanic before starting at the mill in the 80s.  

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2013: A Good Year For West Coast Lumber and Log Exports

Jefferson Public Radio
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013 as Asian demand for American logs increased, according to new research from the U.S. Forest Service. The region’s lumber and log exports rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter. Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China — although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Hardwood industry branches out in Indiana

AgriNews
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association is working to create a sustainable industry, one tree at a time. There are an estimated 10,000 employees across 28 states and three Canadian provinces involved in the industry. The Indiana association itself has seen a large increase in members and interest in recent years. “IHLA is a relevant, member-driven trade association whose members share a passion for creating the world’s finest hardwood products,” said Ray Moistner, executive director of the association. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is digital really greener than paper?

The paper industry is challenging the assumption that digital marketing is more environmentally friendly than paper
The Guardian
February 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

We’ve all received statements from our banks, telecommunication and utilities companies with a simple message at the bottom urging us to “Go paperless, save trees”, often accompanied by a picture of a winding river or a green tree. Implicit in these requests is the assumption that going digital is better for the environment. But the paper industry disputes this. It is pushing companies to remove these claims, which it says are misleading consumers and aren’t substantiated by adequate research. Two Sides, a membership organization representing the paper and print industry, recently announced that it has convinced more than 20 major US companies to remove their “anti-paper” green claims when promoting e-billing as more environmentally friendly than paper.

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Forestry

Scientist believes trees can save the world (book review)

CBC News
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

You could call Diana Beresford-Kroeger a scientific tree-hugger. She’s one of the most forward-thinking people in the world on the vital role trees play in the planet’s life. She’s also a renegade scientist because she tries to bring together Aboriginal healing, Western medicine and botany to advocate an unusual role for trees. She knows the science and the magic of what the trees hold within. She will tell you that trees have a larger genome than humans; that they talk to each other and they emit subsonic sound to attract migrating animals, birds and insects, and that they contain medicines that heal what we suffer from.

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Kwakiutl First Nation protests BC government’s attempts to shirk treaty responsibilities

Nation says it will continue to occupy its traditional territory until provincial and federal governments agree to honour 1851 Douglas Treaty
Vancouver Observer
February 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eight months after the Supreme Court of British Columbia declared that both the provincial and the federal governments have failed to honour the 1851 Douglas Treaty between the Crown and the Kwakiutl First Nation of Port Hardy, BC government has launched an appeal. Last June, the nation went to court to seek a judicial review of decisions made by the Provincial Crown in granting land tenures to logging company Western Forest Products.

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Reading the tea leaves about forest tenure in BC

250 News
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Minister of Forests Steve Thomson put forward the Mid-Term Timber Supply Action Plan in October of 2012, he made a pledge “to work closely with communities, First Nations and industry in a fair, open and transparent manner.” According to him, the Action Plan was supposedly based on the recommendations of the all-party Special Committee on Timber Supply, which had toured the province gathering broad input from the public. …Thus in one fell swoop, the most sweeping changes to forest tenure in the province in many decades was launched. But could the process and its conclusions regarding forest licensing be characterized as being carried out in a “fair, open and transparent manner” like the Minister claims?

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Forestry Symposium Will Draw International Students

250 News
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – More than 100 forestry students from around the world will stop in Prince George this summer, as part of an international symposium to see first-hand the unique issues surrounding foresty in BC… BC members of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA), in collaboration with UNBC, Thompson Rivers University and UBC, will be hosting the 42nd IFS Symposium this summer. It will be the first time in several years the gathering has occurred in North America, and the first time it’s been held in BC.

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Timber veterans struggle to navigate Oregon’s land use law and make forestry profitable

The Oregonian
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mark Fritch talks fast and swears a lot, standing in ankle-deep snow in Government Camp. As he carries wooden pallets up icy stairs of the three-story log cabin he’s building there, he keeps talking about wanting justice. Fritch, 63, faces possibly losing his business if the politicians who say they want to help him fail to find a solution to his zoning problem. He’s become an example of how small-time farmers or foresters who fall through a crack in Oregon’s complex land use law must spend a lot of money and time to find their way out.

Fitting into Oregon’s timber land use law proves expensive, time-consuming for small-time logger from The Oregonian

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China’s State Forestry Admin. reports on forest resource inventory (Video)

CCTV
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China’s State Forestry Administration is briefing the media on its resource inventory and protection efforts. The Director, Zhao Shucong, is to release the Eighth National Forest Resource Inventory Report. The report is issued every five years. The Seventh National Forest Resource Inventory Report was released in 2009. It covers the period 2004 through 2008. It states that China’s forested area covers 195 million hectares with the forest stocking volume at 13,721 million cubic meters. 

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China on track to meet 2020 forest targets, but concerns linger

Asia One
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING – China is on track to meet its 2020 target for expanding the nation’s forests to cover 23 per cent of its landmass to combat climate change and soil erosion, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) said on Tuesday. But some observers are critical of the massive reforestation, saying China is focusing on plantation forestry and ignoring the restoration of natural forests, which are still being lost. 

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Gauging what it takes to heal a disaster-ravaged forest

Phys.org
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Recovering from natural disasters usually means rebuilding infrastructure and reassembling human lives. Yet ecologically sensitive areas need to heal, too, and scientists are pioneering new methods to assess nature’s recovery and guide human intervention. The epicenter of China’s devastating Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 was in the Wolong Nature Reserve, a globally important valuable biodiversity hotspot and home to the beloved and endangered giant pandas. Not only did the quake devastate villages and roads, but the earth split open and swallowed sections of the forests and bamboo groves that shelter and feed pandas and other endangered wildlife. 

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Britain’s forest area hits almost 3m hectares

UK Forestry Commission
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission has published new maps and statistics showing that Great Britain has about two and a half times more forest and woodland than it had 100 years ago. They show that Britain has almost 3 million hectares (7.5 million acres) of forest and woodland, representing 13 per cent of the total land area, and equivalent to almost 4 million football pitches. It is estimated that a century ago woodland cover was between only 4 and 6 per cent.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change’s longer growing season won’t mean more carbon capture

Tree canopy may be green, but chronic water stress reduces tree growth
Indiana University Bloomington Newsroom
February 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Forests may stay green longer due to global climate warming, but it doesn’t mean those same forests will actually grow more. In fact, new research in two papers published by scientists at Indiana University finds that even though trees may keep their leaves on longer during warm years, how much they grow depends on how much rain they receive. And with drier conditions predicted to become more common across much of the Midwest, the degree to which forests can store carbon and slow climate change will be reduced. 

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