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Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

Business & Politics

Five damning quotes from new inspections of B.C. sawmills

The Globe and Mail
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s workplace safety watchdog says a three-month inspection blitz shows the forest industry is getting better at cleaning up potentially hazardous sawdust, but only 83 of the 144 locations inspected were in compliance with regulations. Safety inspectors conducted 249 inspections in the last three months targeting combustible dust – a campaign that began with two deadly sawmill explosions in 2012.

Sawmills dropping the ball on safety, inspection blitz finds from The Globe and Mail
Sawmill need to improve wood dust cleanup: WorkSafeBC from The Vancouver Sun

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West Fraser Sees Slight Earnings Dip in 4Q

Woodworking Network
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., an integrated wood products company producing lumber, wood chips, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp and newsprint, announced earnings of $118 million on sales of $833 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company earned $349 million on sales of $3,474 million for the entire year 2013. The fourth quarter 2013 showed a slight decline in earnings from the third quarter. According to the company, restructuring charges of $24 million were included in its operating earnings in the quarter, representing costs associated with the planned closure of its sawmill in Houston, BC. 

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Look before pointing fingers

Prince George Citizen
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Lakeland Mills – First we had Work Safe BC pointing their fingers at Babine Forest Products with talk about charges for the unfortunate explosion at their Burns Lake Mill and then we had the same situation at Lakeland Mill. Work Safe BC has within their organization, people who are responsible for the safety of the work force within our province. They take care of petroleum explorations and refining, Logging and every other industry that hires workers and that includes grain elevators.

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Stronger pulp pricing and weaker Canadian dollar result in higher Q4 EBITDA

PRNewswire
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper recorded adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $19.1 million in Q4 versus $16.4 million in Q3, despite higher production costs related to an annual maintenance shut at the Crofton pulp mill. As well paper productivity improved by 3,600 tonnes over the previous quarter. In Q4, free cash flow of $5.9 million was positive for the second consecutive quarter. Catalyst recorded a net loss of $95 million in Q4 compared to net earnings of $5.2 million in Q3. 

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Give forestry fair shake

Chronicle Herald
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In 2011, Paper Excellence came to Nova Scotia believing in the future of northern bleached softwood kraft and the Nova Scotia forest industry. Northern Pulp produces northern bleached softwood kraft. The world market for NBSK increases two per cent per year — it is a product with a future. For two years, Northern Pulp has been working with the Department of Natural Resources on a variety of fibre and mill initiatives that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the mill and economic benefits to our community, rural Nova Scotia and the province in general.

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NSP: Mill’s power rate method OK

Business Herald Halifax
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The complex method used to give Port Hawkesbury Paper a break on electricity is working, Nova Scotia Power says, even though the way the math is done has changed twice. The Point Tupper mill was granted a discount power rate by the provincial regulator in September 2012. The Utility and Review Board approved the so-called load-retention tariff on the basis that ratepayers are better off having the struggling mill operate and pay some amount toward the cost of operating the grid.

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Tony Abbott says too much Tasmanian forest ‘locked up’, forms new council to support timber industry

ABC News
March 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that too many of Australia’s forests are “locked up” and vowed to set up a new advisory council to support the timber industry. Speaking at a timber industry dinner in Canberra last night, Mr Abbott also recommitted to repealing part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area made under the forest peace deal. His comments have prompted anger from conservationists and the Greens, who have labelled him the “dig it up, cut it down Prime Minister”.

No more national parks as Tony Abbott pledges to support loggers as the “ultimate conservationists” from The Sydney Morning Herald with video

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC Architectural Firm Receives First Ever Sustainable Forestry Initiative Award for Kordyban Lodge Cancer Care Facility

CNW
March 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s NSDA Architects is the winner of the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Award, handed out Monday, March 3rd as part of the 10th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being recognized for its innovative use of wood certified to the SFI Standard in the new Kordyban Lodge, a Canadian Cancer Society care facility located in Prince George, BC. “It’s an honour to receive this inaugural award and be recognized by both SFI and the Wood WORKS! BC program for NSDA’s work on the Kordyban Lodge,” says Jerry Doll, Partner at NSDA. 

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2014 awards event in B.C. celebrates the best in wood building and design

BC Wood Works!
March 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

10 years of Wood Design Awards in B.C. were celebrated by more than 350 distinguished design and building professionals this evening at the Vancouver Convention Centre, including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government, industry sponsors and guests. …Mary Tracey, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC has been at the helm of the B.C. awards evening since its inception. “We are truly in awe of the innovative and unique ways that wood has been used both architecturally and structurally this past decade and this year is a milestone, as we celebrate and reflect on 10 years of excellence.

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Forestry

Judge sides with city in logging truck dispute

Prince George Citizen
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A logging truck company owner is no longer allowed to park his vehicles on a residential Prince George property, says a B.C. Supreme Court Justice. In a ruling issued Friday, Justice Ron Tindale did not accept John Christenson’s claim that he had “verbal licence” from city hall to park the trucks at 2957 and 2971 Andres Road. Christenson, 61, has operated J.O. Trucking since 1984 and initially rented the 2957 property before buying it in 1987. In 2004, he and his common law wife bought the neighbouring 2971 property where they live.

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Industry in dire need of workers

Vancouver Island companies brace for labour shortage in forestry as baby boomers near retirement
Alberni Valley Times
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry urgently needs young people to join the industry, as Vancouver Island companies are bracing for an expected labour shortage when baby boomers retire in the coming years. The importance of attracting young people to fill upcoming vacancies was evident at the Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program Career Fair in the Alberni Athletic Hall Tuesday. The event was organized by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council to connect job seekers with companies. Classes from the nearby Alberni District Secondary School and the Alternative Programs VAST Centre visited the career fair throughout the day.

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Two Perry Ridge logging protestors remain in jail after arrest

Castlegar Source
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A noisy protest ended a long wait in BC Supreme Court Tuesday as two Perry Ridge logging protesters were led back to their jail cells after their court hearing. Marilyn James and Dennis Zarelli remain in jail after being arrested early March 4 for failure to comply with an injunction issued the day before. Sinixt spokesperson James and supporter Zarelli were arrested at the Perry Ridge blockade Tuesday morning when they refused to allow workers from Galena Contractors to proceed with road building work on Perry Ridge.

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Bill 83 will protect groups making false claims

Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities News Release
BayToday.ca
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is concerned that the passing of Bill 83 would protect and encourage groups intent on making baseless and false claims, and remove any recourse against this destructive activity …“We’ve watched Greenpeace launch attack after attack on Resolute Forest Products, making outrageous claims that were totally false,” said Al Spacek, Mayor of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. “Greenpeace was forced to retract their false statements. Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped them from making new allegations, and now the Ontario government is poised to give these groups free reign to expand their irresponsible activity.”

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USFS chief: Wilderness conservation to continue as opportunities shrink

The Missoulian
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service was founded on the idea of conserving the nation’s wild country, and it will continue that mission even as the opportunities to do so shrink, according to agency Chief Tom Tidwell. “Once you use wilderness for something else, for our generation or future generations it’s gone,” Tidwell said during a lecture at the University of Montana on Tuesday. “It can shrink, but not grow.” But Tidwell said we need blank spaces on the map to, as conservationist Wallace Stegner put it, preserve the challenge against which we as a people were formed.

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Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers

Associated Press
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks. The practice — known as burl poaching — has become so prevalent along the Northern California coast that Redwood National and State Parks on Saturday started closing the popular Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway at night in a desperate attempt to deter thieves. Law enforcement Ranger Laura Denny said Tuesday that poachers have been stalking the remote reaches of the park with their chain saws and ATVs for decades, but lately the size and frequency of thefts have been on the rise.

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North Fork Protection Act passes U.S. House

The Missoulian
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the North Fork Watershed Protection Act by voice vote Tuesday afternoon, sending the historic legislation back to the Senate for final approval. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told his colleagues the bill was the first landscape protection act in nearly 30 years to garner the support of Montana’s entire congressional delegation. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh, both Democrats, have also pushed it on their side of the Capitol. …The bill protects 430,000 acres along the north and middle forks of the Flathead River from energy development while allowing traditional uses such as logging, hunting, livestock grazing and gravel mining.

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UM forestry graduate commits $1.5M for endowed professorship

The Missoulian
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 1965 graduate of the School of Forestry at the University of Montana committed $1.5 million to the program on Tuesday, a gift that will create an endowed professorship in conservation biology and policy. Alta, Wyo., resident Earle Layser and his late wife Pattie worked together as writers, naturalists and journalists, publishing hundreds of stories on conservation and natural history. … “We were exceptionally fortunate to visit and write about some of Earth’s beautiful, wild and biologically unique places,” Layser said. “But in the process, we witnessed firsthand humankind’s sobering worldwide assault on natural places and wildlife.”

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Forest Thinning Tangles In Dispute Over Tree Size

March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental groups say a forest-thinning project on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon confirms their worst fears about the Forest Service management of the troubled forest thinning contracts. The festering dispute centers on whether the Forest Service will leave standing huge, old-growth ponderosa pines while using a private contractor to thin the thickets of trees that even environmental groups agree pose a grave danger to both forest health and forested communities.

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Tigard’s urban forestry plan wins national recognition, helps preserve River Terrace tree groves

The Oregonian
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Brian Wegener of the Tualatin Riverkeepers calls it “a tale of two mountains.” On the south side of Cooper Mountain, some landowners – wary of facing Beaverton’s tree-removal fees – clearcut forests on their property before the city annexed the area. Clearcutting, Wegener said, removes an area’s best defense against stormwater runoff, which can cause cities expensive problems such as erosion down the road. What happened in the South Cooper Mountain area is fairly common in the region, Wegener added, as developers seek to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove trees.

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Timber peace deal signatories welcome PM’s support for the industry

ABC News, Australia
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest industry groups which signed the agreement to halve Tasmania’s timber industry have stopped short of criticising the Prime Minister’s pledge to reverse one of its main planks. At an industry dinner in Canberra on Tuesday night, Tony Abbott repeated his plans to try to delist 74,000 hectares added to the World Heritage Area last year as part of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA). Mr Abbott declared too many of Australia’s forests are protected and vowed to set up a new advisory council to support the timber industry.

Abbott a “dig it up, cut it down” prime minister, says Greens from ABC News, Australia
ForestWorks CEO talks with Kim Landers from from ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy conference attracting top speakers

Prince George Citizen
March 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans are smoldering for the next edition of the International Bioenergy Conference. Held in Prince George every two years, the conference brings together heavyweights in the burgeoning industry. Some of the featured speakers were unveiled this week for the June event. Chris Turner is the author of the international bestseller Planet Simpson, in which he comments on modern popular culture. He also penned the acclaimed Geography of Hope: A Guided Tour of the World We Need, followed by The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy, and this past year he released The War on Science. 

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Report describes Central Hardwoods forest vulnerabilities, climate change impacts

Phys.org
March 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Higher temperatures, more heavy precipitation, and drought. It’s all expected in the Central Hardwoods Region of southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and the Missouri Ozarks, according to a new report by the U.S. Forest Service, and partners that assesses the vulnerability of the region’s forest ecosystems and its ability to adapt to a changing climate. More than 30 scientists and forest managers contributed to the report, which is part of the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework, a collaboration of federal, state, academic and private partners led by the Forest Service’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). 

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UK woodland carbon goes on sale for first time

UK Forestry Commission
March 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The first units of carbon dioxide set to be sequestered, or removed from the atmosphere, by woodlands validated under the UK’s Woodland Carbon Code have been notified for sale for the first time as National Climate Week gets under way. The Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) is the standard for woodland creation projects in the UK which generate verifiable Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs). These are measurable amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) removed from the atmosphere by the growing trees. The Woodland Carbon Code was a finalist in the Climate Week Awards 2014 category ‘Best Initiative from Government or Public Services’.

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General

Forest Thinning Tangles In Dispute Over Tree Size

March 5, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Environmental groups say a forest-thinning project on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon confirms their worst fears about the Forest Service management of the troubled forest thinning contracts. The festering dispute centers on whether the Forest Service will leave standing huge, old-growth ponderosa pines while using a private contractor to thin the thickets of trees that even environmental groups agree pose a grave danger to both forest health and forested communities.

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