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Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Business & Politics

North American Forest Products Industry to Start Second Quarter With Healthy $1.1 Billion in Projects

Marketwired
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) — The Forest Products Industry across North America plans to start construction on just more than $1 billion in projects during the second quarter of 2014. Industrial Info has identified more than 120 capital and maintenance projects that are scheduled to begin from April to June. Expenditures cut across the various segments of the industry, including pulp, paper, wood and paper-converting operations.

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Madison’s Weekly Lumber Market Update: Bad weather hits demand

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
March 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Forest products’ industry players had trouble staying awake at work this week as bad weather continued to dampen demand and ongoing transportation issues dominated business. Dimension lumber sawmills reported they were “chewing through their order files” as production caught up with strong mid-winter sales. Most producers were down to around one week of orders booked but not yet processed. No one fretted however because never-ending rail car unavailability has delayed, by two weeks in many locations, shipment of solid wood products already manufactured.

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Dix renews call for independent mill case review

Prince George Citizen
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP leader Adrian Dix met with former employees of Lakeland Mills and their families this week, following WorkSafeBC’s recent decision to recommend regulatory charges but not criminal charges. Dix said there is concern that the recommendations will not be acted on, the way the provincial Crown decided not to proceed with any criminal prosecution action in the Babine Forest Products incident two months earlier. Both mills exploded and burned in early 2012, killing four and injuring dozens more.

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Time Winding Down to Closure of Canfor Quesnel Mill

250 News
March 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel, B.C.- There are just about two weeks left before the Canfor mill in Quesnel will close its doors. A lot has been done since Canfor and West Fraser announced they would be exchanging timber licences and each closing a mill as a result of dwindling timber supply… The Canfor Quesnel sawmill is expected to close during the week of March 17th. West Fraser predicts the closure of its Houston mill will be complete by the end of the 2nd quarter. The closure of the West Fraser Houston mill will directly impact 225 employees.

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Lakeland Mills workers look for answers after tragic explosion

The Globe and Mail
March 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For years, sawmills in the province’s central interior have been rushing to process the last of the viable wood.The highly competitive race to wring every last dollar out of a dying forest provides the backstory of the two mills that exploded in 2012 just months apart. ;B.C. New Democratic Party Leader Adrian Dix met last week with injured workers and families of the four men who were killed in those two mill blasts. …In the days before the explosions, there were concerns among workers about the accumulation of sawdust around the mills as cleanup crews were diverted to processing jobs.

Mill workers expect no charges will be laid by Crown in Lakeland explosion from The Vancouver Sun

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Resolute Forest Products confirms the signature of an agreement with the Quebec government

CNW Telbec
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today confirmed the signature of a framework agreement with the Quebec government and explained the measures found in the agreement. The agreement includes measures for renewal of water power leases for certain generating stations in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region as well as consolidation of some of the company’s Quebec facilities. One of the highlights of the framework agreement is that it puts an end to the dispute between the parties concerning the Jim-Gray contract. 

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Worker injured in Fort Frances mill blast

Chronicle Journal
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Fort Frances mill worker is in critical condition at a Toronto hospital after an explosion and fire at Resolute Forest Products’ Fort Frances plant on Thursday.  Company spokesman Xavier Van Chau said an operator suffered burns in the early-morning fire in the biomass boiler building. The worker was flown to Toronto where he is listed in critical condition, Van Chau said.  He said the fire was brought under control and extinguished quickly. The boiler continues to operate.

Worker critically burned in blast from The Fort Frances Times online

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Lumber company embraces niche

Hull-Oakes balances history, competitiveness in custom timber market
Associated Press
March 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MONROE — With one foot in the past and one in the future, Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. took a big step last year. A timber-milling outfit famous for having one of the last steam-powered sawmills in the United States, Hull-Oakes converted the last of its daily operations to electric power in July 2013. “It was a very difficult decision,” said Todd Nystrom, grandson of the mill’s founder, Ralph Hull, and the owner and president of the company. However, Nystrom said the decision was necessary for the business, which employs around 65 people, to continue in the long term.

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Forest economy contributes $33 billion

Fosters.com
March 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The forest-based economy of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont is an important component of the region’s economic health according to new research by the North East State Foresters Association and the Northern Forest Center. Forest-based economic activity annually contributes more than $33 billion and provides 178,000 jobs to the four-state region. “These reports show how integral the forests of the region are to the economic health of the northeast,” said Steve Sinclair, chair of the North East State Foresters Association and State Forester of Vermont.

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New bill in Congress aims to provide relief for logging trucks in Duluth, Superior

Northlands News Center
March 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Duluth, MN – Minnesota’s 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan has introduced a bill that aims to offer temporary relief to logging trucks, and Downtown Duluth roads, for the next couple of months. This comes after an incident last month on London Road where a logging truck lost its load, causing a massive clean up operation, and stalling traffic. …The bill would allow logging trucks to use Highway 35 to get around Downtown Duluth until near the end of April.

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OSHA Cites Lumber Manufacturer for Combustible Dust as Hazard

Woodworking Network
February 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HOMERVILLE, GA – OSHA cited Dupont Yard Inc., a lumber and wood post mill, for 22 safety and health violations. Notably, combustible dust accumulation of more than 1/8-inch was listed as a safety and health hazard. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), proposed $279,400 in fines against Dupont Yard after an inspection in response to a complaint about hazardous working conditions at the Homerville plant. Proposed penalties total $279,400. … In the past six years, 39 violations have been cited in four previous inspections.

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Wood processor Southern Cross Forest in receivership

Scoop.co.nz
March 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Southern Cross Forest Products, which operates five sawmills across the country, has been tipped into receivership as wood processors continue to struggle with global demand that has pushed up log prices. KordaMentha’s Brendon Gibson and Michael Stiassny were today appointed receivers of the Dunedin-based company, and will look to find a buyer for the profitable parts of its operations.

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Forestry

BC government in court over endangered Coastal Douglas-fir forest

The Green Pages
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – Hearings are set to continue today in a case to determine whether the BC government is bound by law to protect the province’s endangered old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem. “This ecosystem has been nearly wiped out by logging practices and now the province has a legal obligation to preserve what little is left,” said Devon Page, Ecojustice Executive Director. “We’re here to make sure B.C.’s forestry laws are upheld, for the sake of the forest and the many wildlife species that rely on it.” Ecojustice lawyers are representing the Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions in this lawsuit, filed in BC Supreme Court in May 2013.

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First Nations looking to manage Whiskey Jack Forest

Wawatay News
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister called for First Nations management of the Whiskey Jack Forest during the Feb. 4-5 First Nations Forestry Summit in Thunder Bay. “We’re willing to explore the possibility of three First Nations, including us, Waubaskang and Whitefish Bay, to see if we can get the SFL (Sustainable Forest Licence) and manage the forest under our own terms and conditions,” Fobister said on the second day of the summit….Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti said there are nine First Nations groups with an interest in the Whiskey Jack Forest.

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Fighting Invasive Species in Ontario

Province Proposing New Legislation to Take Action Against Invasive Species
Government of Ontario
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is taking strong action to address the social, ecological and economic threats that invasive species pose to our natural environment. The Invasive Species Act, to be introduced today, would support the prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species in the province. If passed, the legislation would position Ontario as the first and only jurisdiction in Canada to introduce standalone invasive species legislation.

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Forest Service retirees oppose land swap in Idaho’s upper Lochsa River basin

The Missoulian
March 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A group of about two dozen retired U.S. Forest Service employees has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and Natural Resources Committee decrying a proposed northern Idaho land exchange. The group is concerned that Idaho’s congressional delegation is pushing the land exchange through Congress… The deal involves a combination of purchasing and trading public land to obtain about 40,000 acres of private land owned by Western Pacific Timber Co. in the upper Lochsa River basin. 

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Land Advocates Protest Logging Bill

Jefferson Public Radio
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conservationists from across the nation are in Eugene this weekend for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Public lands advocates took this opportunity to protest a logging bill sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Today (Friday) more than 50 people marched from the Knight Law Center to the Federal Courthouse. The protesters are opposed to plans to increase logging on public
forestlands in western Oregon. Self proclaimed “tree sitters” are part
of the rally. So are fishery managers and scientists.

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Readers debate whether Oregon’s land use laws work for agricultural industries: your comments

The Oregonian
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mark Fritch isn’t against Oregon’s land use laws. He made that abundantly clear by wading into the comments of the story about his struggle to continue operating his log home building business. The story, which ran online Monday, and on the front page of The Oregonian on Thursday, discusses the balance between protecting the environment and protecting small businesses. …However, conservation groups are wary to support what they see as precedent-setting exceptions.

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Group files suit to halt timber sale on Lewis and Clark National Forest

Independent Record
March 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, to stop the Forest Service’s Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project near Monarch, over concerns for Canadian lynx, goshawk and wolverines. The project proposes commercial logging, prescribed burning and temporary road construction on 1,100 acres within the Dry Fork of the Belt Creek drainage in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The Forest Service surveyed this section of the Little Belt Mountains for lynx, listed as threatened, goshawk, listed as a sensitive species, and wolverines, listed as warranted but precluded, under the Endangered Species Act.

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Driskill: Logging bill introduces important reforms

By Sen. OGDEN DRISKILL
The Star Tribune
March 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Governor Matt Mead’s recently-appointed Forest Health Task Force is working to highlight the threats facing Wyoming’s forests. Forested communities across the country, including right here in Wyoming, are too familiar with the economic and environmental problems plaguing our federally-owned forests. As timber harvests on federal lands dramatically declined, the closure of sawmills and other forest sector businesses resulted in the loss of jobs and economic diversity in local economies. The lack of active management has also made National Forests more vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease.

Editorial board: Ax should fall on logging bill from The Star Tribune

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Coastal Ga. tree ‘ecologically extinct’

Savannah Morning News
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SAVANNAH — Not long ago, healthy redbay trees were easy to find in coastal Georgia. Related to the avocado, these evergreens grew 45 feet tall, with blackberries that fed songbirds and aromatic leaves that lent their flavor to traditional gumbo. Then in about 2000, a beetle no bigger than a poppy seed snuck into Georgia, probably through packing material unloaded at the Savannah port. The Asian ambrosia beetle spread rapidly, carrying with it a fungus that it farms within redbays to feed its young. That fungus clogs the flow of water in redbays, turning them brown and killing them.

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Less Snowfall may Harm Soil Quality and Tree Health, Study Suggests

Nature World News
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Tree growth and water system quality may be negatively impacted by milder winters in the coming years, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University report that less snow cover associated with warmer winters will leave the ground exposed to prolonged freezing conditions, which will have consequences for trees and aquatic ecosystems. Writing in the journal Global Change Biology, Pamela Templer and her collaborators report that soil freezing due to diminished snowpack causes root damage to maple trees and limits the trees’ ability to absorb nitrogen and other nutrients in the spring months.

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Forestry – least stressful occupation

EdLink
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In recent years, stress and job burnout are the topic of numerous investigations. It is known that the professions that bring the most stress are surgery, psychiatry and journalism. Unlike them, there are professions in which the degree of stress, as shown by research, is reduced to a minimum. …However, numerous studies have shown that the least stressful forestry profession. Employees are less focused on relationships with colleagues, and thereby reduced the space for bickering, mutual gossip. Also, since the work carried out in the open air, the influence of nature and fresh air, acts to reduce stress. (Thanks PFLA for the image!)

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Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy

Sourceable
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Like many high-density cities, Melbourne is currently facing three main challenges: climate change, population growth and urban heating. The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy aims to recover and expand the existing urban forest, which is critical for maintaining the health and liveability of the city. Recent studies have shown that Melbourne will experience severe climate change over the next 20 years, including an increase in average temperatures, less rainfall and more frequent heatwaves and flooding. The city’s urban heat island effect is also expected to intensify.

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Fighting deforestation on-line

Google-backed database steps up fight on deforestation
The Star Online
March 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GOOGLE, environmentalists and governments last week 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 policy-makers and companies buying from forest areas – will be available for free and not require much technical skill to use. The planet lost some 2.3 million sqkm of forest from 2000 to 2012, according to data by Google and the University of Maryland, despite what some environmentalists call good-faith efforts by nations such as Indonesia. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

State Supreme Court upholds permit for Port Townsend biomass expansion

Peninsula Daily News
February 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — The state Supreme Court denied an appeal by environmental group PT AirWatchers and other groups Thursday, upholding a lower court’s ruling that granted a permit for the expansion of the Port Townsend Paper Corp. biomass cogeneration plant. “We hold that [the state Department of] Ecology and the [Pollutions Control Hearings] Board correctly concluded that greenhouse gas emissions from the project would not have significant environmental impacts,” the unanimous ruling reads.

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Study finds transatlantic pellet trade results in GHG reductions

Biomass Magazine
February 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new study led by a researcher from the University of Georgia has determined that the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of a unit of electricity generated in the U.K. using imported wood pellets is at least 50 percent lower than the GHG intensity of grid electricity derived from fossil fuels. The work was led by Puneet Dwivedi, an assistant professor of sustainability sciences in the UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Madhu Khanna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Energy Biosciences Institute and Robert Bailis and Adrian Ghilardi with Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies also contributed to the study.

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National firm proposes new wood fuel pellet mill in tiny Washington County community

BDN Maine
February 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BARING, Maine — Residents of Baring Plantation have endorsed proposed plans by a company with operations in nearby Baileyville to develop a wood fuel pellet plant in their community. The endorsement for Fulghum Fibres, which operates a wood chip mill in Baileyville, came in the form of a warrant item approved during Baring’s annual town meeting on Feb. 20. Twenty-three residents attended the meeting, and they voted unanimously to approve the endorsement, according to Dale Olsson, a member of the Board of Selectmen. 

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Spanish forest ecosystems’ carbon emission will be higher than sequestration

Phys.org
March 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Spanish forest ecosystems will quite probably emit high quantities of carbon dioxide in the second half of the 21st century. This is the conclusion of a report that reviews the results obtained from the implementation of the forest simulation model GOTILWA+, a tool to simulate forest growth processes under several environmental conditions and to optimize Mediterranean forests management strategies in the context of climate change.

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General

Canfor Corp. to sell its Daaquam sawmill in Quebec for $25 million

Canadian Press
February 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada East, Canada

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp.  says it has an agreement to sell the Daaquam sawmill in Saint-Just-de-Bretenières, Que., in a deal worth $25 million. The deal with Groupe Lebel Inc. and others is expected to close by the end of March, Canfor said in a release on Friday. The Daaquam mill produced 120 million board feet of lumber in 2013. CEO Don Kayne said the mill was being sold “because it was not core to our Western Canadian operations.”

Click here to read the press release from Canfor

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