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Daily Archives: March 6, 2014

Business & Politics

Wood dust levels dangerously high at 42% of B.C. sawmills

WorkSafeBC says 3-month safety blitz led to stop work orders at 11 facilities
CBC News
March 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent safety blitz of B.C. sawmills found 42 per cent have unacceptable buildups of wood dust, prompting WorkSafeBC to issue immediate stop work orders at nearly a dozen locations. The provincial regulator has stepped up combustible dust inspections after two deadly sawmill blasts killed workers in Prince George and Burns Lake in 2012. Investigations have pointed to an accumulation of dust in the mills as likely causes of the explosions. 

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Court rejects Pictou Landing band’s bid for costs in pollution suit

Herald News
March 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia court has ruled against the Pictou Landing First Nation in its quest for legal costs paid in advance of a civil trial covering a lawsuit about the Boat Harbour pollution case. In the lawsuit, the native band alleges the province, Northern Pulp and past owners of the mill on Abercrombie Point — Neenah Paper Co. of Canada, Kimberly-Clark Inc. and Kimberly Clark Nova Scotia Inc. — violated its treaty and aboriginal rights by allowing the harbour to be fouled for many years. 

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Why Northwest Mills Want China To Buy Lumber Instead Of Logs

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Mark Elston followed his father into the timber industry back when business was booming. “When I started, you could really mess things up and still make good money,” he said. “You can’t do that anymore.” Elston runs a lumber mill in Tillamook, Ore., for Hampton Affiliates. The company has spent millions on energy efficiency and technology upgrades that allow his mill to make the most out of every log. But despite those investments, the mill was on the ropes after the U.S. housing market collapsed in 2008.

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The Tasmanian Greens want subsidies to Forestry Tasmania slashed

ABC News, Australia
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens have proposed saving tens of millions of dollars by reducing subsidies to Forestry Tasmania. In a savings document, the Greens say $70 million remains in a State Government fund to restructure the agency, but only $15 million should be spent on the state owned company. The Greens leader Nick McKim says that would save $55 million dollars over the next term of government.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wonders of wood: 2014 Wood Works B.C. Design Winners

Vancouver Sun
March 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — This week saw architects and other experts involved in wood design gather at the Vancouver Convention Centre to attend this year’s Wood Design Awards. There were 113 nominations in 12 categories from B.C., as well as submissions from national and international locales.

Photo Gallery: 2014 BC Wood Design Awards in BC from The Journal of Commerce

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Forestry acquires high-tech wood cutting robot

The Ubyssey
March 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UBC is now home to one of the most advanced wood-cutting robots in the world. Called the Hundegger ROBOT-Drive, the machine was purchased by the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP), part of UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. The centre hopes this new piece of technology will help position B.C. as a world leader in advanced wood construction. The Hundegger features a robotic arm capable of six axes of motion using a variety of tools from precision drills to buzzsaws. 

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Wood innovation attracts Australian architects

By the Wood Council of New Zealand
Scoop Independent News
March 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A group of leading Australian commercial architects is visiting New Zealand this month to come up to speed with developments in the use of engineered wood in commercial buildings. They will attend a national wood design seminar and the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, and visit several major manufacturing plants and some of the iconic structures that have given New Zealand a reputation as a leader in engineered wood construction. These include the Auckland Art Gallery, the Massey University College of Creative Arts and the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology.

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Forestry

Wetland and old growth forest latest acquisition

Land trust raises final funds for purchase
Peak Online
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another slice of Savary Island has been preserved from future development by a non-profit organization. Savary Island Land Trust Society (SILT) recently completed a fundraising initiative to purchase six contiguous lots, making its personal tally of protected greenspace 17 pieces of land. Executive director Liz Webster said she is delighted that the community pulled together and sufficient funds were raised during a relatively short period of time. 

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Forest Tenure and Sustainability Focus of Forums

250 News
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Two public forums have been organized for April to tackle the issue of forest tenure and sustainability. One forum will take place in Prince George, the other in Mackenzie. Organizers are concerned about attempts to allow companies to rollover forest licenses into tree farm licences. It’s a move some believe would result in a few large companies having control over large areas of the Province at the expense of workers, communities, First Nations and the smaller operators.

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Audit of Prince George forestry operations finds compliance issues

BC Forest Practices Board
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of the BC Timber Sales program and 26 timber sale licensees in the Prince George District found that the forestry activities of BCTS and 24 licensees complied with forest practices legislation, but two licensees had non-compliance issues, according to a report released today. Auditors found that one licence holder installed an unsafe bridge, while another operated during a restricted period without an adequate fire suppression system in place.

Plus 2 additional press releases:

Audit of woodlot near Duncan finds issues
Investigation finds unsafe bridges on forestry roads

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Resource Road Bridges in Rough Shape

250 News
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. The Forest Practices Board is calling for immediate action to deal with the number of unsafe bridges on Forest Service Roads. In a special investigation, the Board set out to determine if new bridges were safe for industrial use and if the environment ( water, soil and fish) were being protected. The investigation looked at 216 resource road bridges throughout B.C. and the results are startling.

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International Researchers Mobilize Against Risky Stowaway Pests

USDA Blog
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Sometimes there is more to global trade than meets the eye. While consumers and economies may benefit from expanding market opportunities and a seemingly endless array of readily available goods, harmful pests could be lurking as people and products are transported between countries. An international research network, including scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, has come together to share information about how exotic animals, diseases and plants can move and spread—and threaten agricultural and natural resources.

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Spruce beetle epidemic expands in 2013

New aerial survey shows rapid rise of beetle activity
Telluride Daily Planet
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service officials and others are concerned after a new survey shows increasing spruce beetle activity in southwest Colorado. According to the aerial survey, which was conducted in the summer of 2013, spruce beetles were detected on 398,000 acres in Colorado, which includes 216,000 acres of new beetle activity. The annual survey, which was released recently by the Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service, outlines spruce and pine beetle populations as well other forest health issues in Colorado. 

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Obama wildfire proposal could help Wisconsin timber industry by safeguarding forestry funds

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

APPLETON, Wisconsin — President Barack Obama has proposed using disaster funds to help fight wildfires to avoid draining forestry budgets, a move that could help boost Wisconsin’s timber industry. More than half of the federal forestry budget is devoted to fighting wildfires, up from 20 percent decades ago, Gannett Wisconsin Media reported Wednesday. Forestry officials have said the diversion of money to firefighting is one cause of a shortfall in timber harvesting in northern Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 

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Improvements in the thermotolerance of a tree species

Phys.org
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Is it possible to improve tolerance of trees to high temperatures and other types of stress derived of climate change? A research group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), led by Luis Gómez, a professor of the Forestry School and the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP), is studying the tolerance of trees using molecular and biotechnological tools. The research work was published in the last issue of Plant Physiology journal, the most cited scientific journal in the world of plants.

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Non-timber forest products: the way forward for rural women?

Bioversity International
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This year for International Women’s Day, Bioversity has collected stories that inspire progress. In this blog post, Bioversity gender fellow Yvonne describes the changing roles of Cameroonian women. In the forest communities of Africa, a division of labour has long been clear among men and women. Women in Cameroon’s forest-dwelling communities have typically been in charge of feeding the family through the cultivation of food crops and the collection of non-timber forest products, which they processed into culturally valued dishes.

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Next phase in WorkSafe NZ forestry safety work starts

Fuseworks Media
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WorkSafe New Zealand inspectors will begin a new round of visits to forestry contractors this week focusing on the second of the two most dangerous jobs in the industry – tree felling. “Too many workers in our forests are being killed and injured as they cut the trees, and we have worked closely with the industry and worker representatives to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Safe Manual Tree Felling,” said Ona de Rooy, General Manager Health and Safety Operations. 

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Conservationists? Abbott can’t see the wood for the trees

The Sydney Morning Herald
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Letters: What is it with Liberal leaders and our national parks? NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell is keen to see them opened up to recreational shooters and Prime Minister Tony Abbott says we have too many and is pushing to delist a world heritage-listed forest in Tasmania (”No more national parks as Tony Abbott pledges to support loggers as the ‘ultimate conservationists’,” March 5). God help Mother Nature, as the Libs certainly won’t.
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Bird poop destroys trees, but forest dept to plant more to keep them coming

TNN
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RAIPUR: Aiming to attract migratory birds Asian Openbill Stork, whose excreta kill trees they nest upon, state forest department and Chhattisgarh Wildlife Society have decided to plant over 150 trees at Gariyaband’s Lachkhera region and other identified places. Monsoon invites these birds to more than 10 spots in Chhattisgarh, including Lachkhera, Bilaspur-Khutaghat, Ratanpur, Kananpendari, Durg, Bemetera, Kotmisunar and Korba. Trees they nestle upon get plastered with toxic bird excreta, which carry fungal pathogen, leaving their leaves grey, stifled and withered. 

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Tony Abbott’s speech splits brokers of Tasmanian Forest Agreement

The Sydney Mornng Herald
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A split has emerged among the brokers of the historic Tasmanian forestry peace deal following a speech by Prime Minister Tony Abbott praising timber workers as ”the ultimate conservationists”. …Now one of the 11 signatories, the Australian Forest Contractors Association, has ditched support for the heritage listing – the most significant split since the deal was signed.  ”My NGO friends may not be happy but the political cycle has swung back in favour of the forestry industry so it’s happy days as far as I’m concerned,” Australian Forest Contractors Association chief executive officer Colin McCulloch said.

PM foresry speech provokes Tas backlash from The AAP
Forest fight looms (video) from from The Sydney Morning Herald

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Tasmania: a death warrant against pristine forests Abbott has never seen

Although 1% of Tasmanian jobs are in logging forests and 15% in tourism, the Liberals are pushing for a move infused with a destructive materialist ideology which will decimate the region
The Guardian
March 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Prime minister Abbott’s rousingly-received speech to an audience of loggers at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday night had a Biblical ring to it. Abbott referred to the Greens as “the devil”, lectured that “you intelligently make the most of the good things God has given us” and laboured his key message, a steal from Genesis, that “the environment is meant for man”. His audience was the cream of the industry which has marauded the nation’s forests since industrialised logging for woodchip exports to Japanese and Chinese paper mills began in 1970.

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General

The Fine Woodworking Design Behind Jimmy Fallon’s Manhattan

Woodworking Network
March 3, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Fine woodworking design is one of the many changes Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers have brought to late night television in the past few weeks. In February, The Tonight Show aired from New York for the first time in 42 years, celebrating the occasion with new host Fallon, a jetstream of celebrity guests, and a miniature replica of the Manhattan skyline made entirely of wood. The set was designed by Eugene Lee, who has won Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design in productions such as Bernstein’s Candide, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Wicked.

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