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Daily Archives: February 27, 2014

Business & Politics

Connecting NWT Communities to Opportunities in the Forestry Sector

Government of Canada
February 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

YELLOWKNIFE – Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council Minister Aglukkaq today announced funding for a broad federal/territorial/local partnership that will work to develop a targeted approach to skills development, capacity building and employment to maximize emerging opportunities in the forestry sector. The first step in this initiative will be to create a steering committee, which will complete a labour market assessment report to guide this initiative as it moves forward.

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Shutting down A-line leads to emissions reduction at Domtar pulp mill

Kamloops This Week
February 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The latest drop in particulate emissions at the Domtar pulp mill is due mainly to the company shutting down the mill’s A-line. In its annual particulate-reduction update to Kamloops city council, Domtar environmental manager Kristin Dangelmaier reports the mill has reduced particular emissions by 43 per cent, compared to discharge levels present when the company took over the operation in 2007. Company spokeswoman Bonny Skene said the majority of the latest five per cent reduction was largely due to the shutdown of one of the mill’s two pulp lines. The shutdown last spring led to 125 layoffs.

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Expanding Log Exports, Rogue Distillery and Wifi: But not necessarily in that order!

News Lincoln County
February 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Newport Port Commissioners are now able to predict even more log exporting even before operations begin later this year. Alcan Forest Products is also aiming to start stacking their logs at the International Terminal later this year by moving ahead with establishing a log yard and de-barking operation on Siletz Tribal land just south of Toledo. Newport Port Manager Kevin Greenwood reported to the port commission that both Alcan and Teevin Brothers intend to start log exports later this year – Teevin building a very large log yard just off the main terminal area. 

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Conservation committees tour Hancock Lumber

Fosters.com
February 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Members of the Shapleigh Conservation Committee toured Hancock Lumber in Casco Maine this past week. The committee was able to see the process by which logs that were cut in Shapleigh were transformed into floor-room products. Most of the mill work is now computerized, with few employees needed to oversee the technology. On behalf of everyone on the committee, a big thank-you goes out to Hancock Lumber and Nate Gallant for organizing this trip. END

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Pulp mill opponents consider lobbying potential buyers

ABC News, Australia
February 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Potential buyers of the Gunns’ pulp mill project in Northern Tasmania may be targetted, as opponents try to spread their message around the world. About 250 pulp mill opponents have gathered in Launceston for the second forum since Gunns’ receiver, Korda Mentha, revealed it was selling the project’s permits and there were potential buyers. The head of the lobby group Markets for Change, Peg Putt, called on the meeting to endorse a statement saying there is no support for a mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Making the Best of Beetle Kill—with New Gear

February 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

For more than a decade, drought conditions have set the stage for a mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West. Standing dead lodgepole pines pose a safety risk when left by roadsides or in campgrounds, and state agencies have struggled to clear out the hazardous wood. But it hasn’t all ended up in the chipper. Seeing opportunity in the timber, various designers in Colorado and Montana have manipulated the wood into everything from cabinets to coffins. 

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Innovative wood treatment gets building code approval

Press Release: Zelam Limited
February 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An engineered wood product that has the potential to transform building construction has been included in the New Zealand Building Code. Laminated beams made from glued veneers of radiata pine are well known for their strength, stability and uniform sizing. Now improved durability can be added to the list. Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) treated with Azotek, a novel product developed by New Plymouth-based Zelam Limited, has been included in the NZ Building Code as an acceptable solution for internal framing. 

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Forestry

I want to be a forester. What will my salary be?

The Globe and Mail
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Job: Forester Salary: For people just starting out, expect an annual salary of about $40,000 to $50,000. That can grow to about $80,000 or $90,000 for someone with 10 to 15 years of experience. Foresters who move into other roles, such as the senior executive of a company, can earn a six-figure salary. Education: There are both college and university courses available for people who want to become foresters. A handful of universities across Canada offer a bachelor of science degree in forestry or related subjects such as environmental science.

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Paradise lost concluded

Terrace Standard
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Pat Roy bought his property at the end of what later became Pat Roy Road, a branch of it ran between his house and his shop. This was the route the loggers used to get at the trees that lined the river from Llewellyn’s Crossing to Grieve’s Pool, four kilometers upstream. The planning in the forest industry in those days was driven by the desire to get to the largest trees in the valley bottoms expeditiously. The road that split Pat’s place in two was typical. It ran straight down a bank then straight across a swamp where a creek drained the dark brown water from a sprawling swamp that extends about two kilometers north. 

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Forester named volunteer of the year by BC Forest Professionals

Campbell River Courier-Islander
February 26, 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 recently in Kelowna. The winners of the volunteer award are Jacque Corstanje, RPF, and Annette van Neijenhuis, RPF. van Neijenhuis, RPF, works for Western Forest Products in Campbell River where she is a forester specializing in forest genetics and incremental silviculture.

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Logging company’s practices questioned

City council agrees to forward concerns from an environmental group to province for consideration
Alberni Valley Times
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite two provincial audits showing the company complies with forestry regulations and environmental guidelines, one Port Alberni councillor doubts they could be logging responsibly. Coun. Wendy Kerr says she finds it “really hard to believe” that one of the biggest forest companies on Vancouver Island is “following regulations.” Kerr made the comments last week, after council unanimously agreed to forward concerns from an environmental group to the province, questioning if Island Timberlands is conducting irresponsible logging in areas near Port Alberni.

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Overbrook residents say ash tree clearing happened too fast

Some 600 trees removed this winter along North River Road
CBC News
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Residents in the Overbrook neighbourhood are upset hundreds of ash trees being removed along the Rideau River will not be replaced quickly enough to prevent considerable soil erosion in the area. The National Capital Commission confirmed some 600 trees along North River Road are being removed by city crews as part of efforts to contain the infestation of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has spread across many parts of the city.

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Measure calls for Tongass timber takeover

KTOO.org
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation urging the state to take over some Tongass National Forest lands is bringing questions and opposition. Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman’s resolution calls for the governor to seek transfer of Tongass timberlands. …The committee heard from fishermen and environmentalists opposed to the resolution. …One was Joseph Sebastian of Kupreanof, near Petersburg.  “It’s a feel-good piece of nonsense that is likely to go nowhere. But
I really think all our time would be better served finding more real
problems to deal with,” he said.

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The Tongass needs your voice

Juneau Empire
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service would like to hear from individuals who have a strong interest in collaborating on a timber management plan for the Tongass National Forest. As a United States Department of Agriculture agency, we continue to invest in diversifying economic opportunities for communities in Southeast Alaska, including shifting to a largely young-growth based timber program.

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Old locomotives sit abandoned in the middle of Maine

BDN Maine
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Nestled deep in the Maine Woods near the northwest end of Chamberlain Lake sit the rusting hulks of two large steam powered locomotives. The trains are remnants of the industrial revolution in an area so remote that it was more practical to park the engines when operations ended than it was to bring them out of the woods. The lakes and rivers of this great state were once the highways that delivered logs and pulpwood to the mills. These mills, in turn, produced the lumber and paper that fueled development of a prosperous nation. The railroad was the solution to a watershed problem. Thousands of cords of pulpwood were required to keep the Great Northern Paper Co. mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket running.

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Researchers in Talladega forest help track golden eagle population

The Anniston Star
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Two weeks ago, a golden eagle captured in the Talladega National Forest was banded with a solar-powered tracking device, and released into the wild for biologists to study. The eagle, a female in her fifth winter named Pinhoti, was one of two captured Jan. 31 by volunteers and Forest Service staff hoping to help protect the population of the birds. The eagles were captured as part of a project sponsored by the state lands division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of West Virginia and Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, said Jonathan Stober, district biologist at the Talladega National Forest.

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Smell of forest pine can limit climate change – researchers

BBC News
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they’ve found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form. The research, published in the journal Nature, fills in a major gap in our understanding, researchers say. 

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Is China really on track for a forested future?

Reuters
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

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 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. …But some experts question the sustainability of China’s forestry program, arguing it focuses almost exclusively on plantation forestry and ignores restoration of natural forests.  

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General

Making the Best of Beetle Kill—with New Gear

February 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

For more than a decade, drought conditions have set the stage for a mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West. Standing dead lodgepole pines pose a safety risk when left by roadsides or in campgrounds, and state agencies have struggled to clear out the hazardous wood. But it hasn’t all ended up in the chipper. Seeing opportunity in the timber, various designers in Colorado and Montana have manipulated the wood into everything from cabinets to coffins. 

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