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Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Shahdol forest circle sets Guinness record for tree plantation

India Business Standard
March 7, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

India — The Shahdol circle of Madhya Pradesh forest department has created a new Guinness World Record by planting 17,08,181 trees in ten hours on a single day, an official release said today. The record was created under the ‘Save Forest Campaign’ through forest protection committee and village forest committees with people’s participation. Nearly 86,823 people participated in the mega plantation drive in the districts of Shahdol, Umaria and Anuppur. Tree plantation was done by the family members of land owners on their respective lands. 

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Cork Tree Could Join Fight against Pancreatic Cancer

EmaxHealth.com
March 7, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

In the quest to find effective ways to fight pancreatic cancer, some researchers are leaving no stone or tree unturned. For traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, the Amur cork tree is the source of huang bo, which is one of the 50 basic herbs in this medical practice. It is used mainly as a painkiller and to fight meningitis, tuberculosis, and inflammatory conditions.Further investigation revealed that an extract of the cork tree is capable of inhibiting the process that hinders anti-cancer drugs from working. It interfered with the growth of prostate cancer cells by inducing apoptosis, which is natural cell death.

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Business & Politics

SPECIAL FEATURE – Before Babine and After Babine

By: Gordon Hamilton
Prince George Citizen
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – In the basement of Canfor’s Isle Pierre sawmill, plant manager Joe Kavanagh wiped his gloved hand across a protective railing and held it up, palm open. The glove shows a slight discolouration from a thin film of sawdust. Two years ago, that railing, in a remote corner of the mill basement, could have been blanketed in 10 centimetres of sawdust, he said. Now its depth is less than a tenth of a millimetre. With a simple gesture, Kavanagh has demonstrated how far the forest industry has come in controlling sawdust since it was rocked by two devastating sawmill explosions in early 2012. 

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TimberWest taking city of Campbell River to court, again

Campbell River Courier Islander
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest doesn’t want its sweet deal to end and has gone to court to keep it. The company filed a petition with the Supreme Court Feb. 27 that asks for City of Campbell River tax increases on Managed Forest Lands to be denied. This follows a threat from the company during city budget deliberations that the tax increase may force it to cut all the trees and sell the land. “The proposed increased tax burden will likely discourage forestry and remove the financial incentive to carry out forest management activities,” said the TimberWest presentation.

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Sawmill explosions get no public inquiry, says Christy Clark

Families, friends of the victims and workers are in Victoria to press demands for one
CBC News
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her government does not intend on holding a public inquiry into two sawmill explosions that killed four people in 2012. Friends, family members and workers from the Babine sawmill in Burns Lake and the Lakeland sawmill in Prince George are at the legislature today, to press their demands for a public inquiry. The group is being hosted by the NDP, which brought their concerns to question period Thursday morning. NDP Leader Adrian Dix looked up at the visitors in the public gallery as he urged the premier to grant their request.

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Guest editorial: Ensure sawmill safety

Vancouver Sun
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two explosions and four deaths in 2012 awakened sawmill operators to the dangers of accumulated dust, but inspectors have found attention to the threat is slipping. WorkSafeBC slapped 13 stop-work orders on mills between Nov. 4, 2013, and Jan. 14 this year, including one in Chemainus. All the orders related to dust that had been allowed to accumulate until, in some cases, equipment was “buried.” After the explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George, WorkSafe soon suspected combustible dust could be the culprit and began working with the industry to reduce the risks. 

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Catalyst posts $19.1M fourth quarter profit

Alberni Valley Times
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper released its fourth quarter earnings Wednesday morning, and the results were positive for Port Alberni’s biggest taxpayer. However, looming B.C. Hydro rate increases to the province’s biggest industrial electricity user loom as the company’s key concern, said CEO Joe Nemeth on a conference call. Catalyst, which has seen its share price double since January, reported earnings of $19.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, $2.7 million higher than the third quarter before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

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Burns Lake sawmill blast survivors, families rally at B.C. legislature to push for independent inquiry

CP
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Injured workers and family members of those caught in the fireball that flattened a sawmill in northern British Columbia two years ago travelled to Victoria on Thursday with an emotional plea for a public inquiry. They called on Premier Christy Clark to call an independent inquiry into the explosion at a mill in Burns Lake, B.C., which killed two workers and injured 20 others in January 2012. Kenny Michell, now in a wheelchair, his face partially melted, said he wants to know what really happened.

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Tseshaht out $300,000 in Pallan bankruptcy

Alberni Valley News
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tseshaht First Nation is on the hook after a Campbell River logging company that owed it money declared bankruptcy. Campbell River-based logging company Pallan Timber Group announced last fall that it was bankrupting at least one of its sub-companies: Howe Sound Forest Products. The Pallans are involved in logging, lumber sales, real estate and other ventures. A first meeting of creditors took place Dec. 11 in Campbell River. In a copy of the list of creditors, one of the unsecured creditors is CISAA Forestry LLP which is operated by the Tseshaht First Nation.

Campbell River properties for sale as creditors try to recoup losses from The Campbell River Mirror

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Simpson hands off its pulp mill with honor

The Bellingham Herald
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Corks won’t pop off champagne bottles… But you can hope for the best. That’s how we’re dealing with Simpson Lumber Company’s decision to transfer its Tideflats paper mill to RockTenn, a Georgia outfit that’s a bit of a stranger in this corner of the country… The company intends to keep all the employees of the Tacoma pulp mill, a good sign… But an immense chemical plant in the middle of a densely populated metropolitan area is problematic by definition. The mill near the mouth of Foss Waterway once did enormous damage to the environment and to Tacoma’s reputation. If a future owner let it slide, it could again become a major liability to the area.

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Virginia farm and forestry exports hit record $2.85 billion in 2013

AP News
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia farm and forestry exports reached a record $2.85 billion last year, with soybeans leading the way and China the prime destination. Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the export numbers Thursday as the sixth Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade got underway. The value of 2013 exports is up more than 8 percent from the previous year, also a record. McAuliffe said his administration will strive to make Virginia “the East Coast capital” for agricultural and forestry exports, which have grown by 27 percent since 2010 when the state launched a strategic plan to increase its farm exports.

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China’s forestry “go global” accelerating: investments of $20 billion in foreign countries

ITTO
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The pattern of overseas investment and cooperation by Chinese timber enterprises is evolving rapidly. Chinese forestry enterprises have invested around US$1.3 billion in some 20 countries mainly for timber harvesting, primary processing as well as a growing interest in wood product manufacturing. In addition to a diversification of target investment there has been an evolution in the type of enterprises involved which now includes private as well as state enterprises. In the past most overseas ventures involved direct investment but this is now changing and more deals to purchase or lease woodland are being made and more of these business arrangements involve share acquisitions, joint ventures, capital injections and other forms of strategic alliances.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Was the fire at Organic Valley Foods a “cautionary tale” in the use of green building technologies?

Treehugger
March 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

I am nervous about writing this post; no doubt the lobby groups that promote plastics and fossil fuel use and hate green building will jump on it. However, when the National Fire Protection Association analyzes a fire one has to pay attention. Last May 14, a fire started in the headquarters of Organic Valley Natural Foods in La Farge, Wisconsin, that took out a good portion of the building. It was a pretty green building, with engineered wood construction, denim insulation, a roof covered in photovoltaic panels and wet sprinklers throughout the occupied spaces, dry sprinklers in the attic. 

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Forestry

Amended tree bylaw aims to better protect nature

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

Stakeholders from property owners to developers have had their say, and now the proposed changes to Saanich’s tree preservation bylaw are up for discussion at council on Monday. Key elements of the bylaw amendment include protection of younger trees, particularly native species; eliminating most tree pruning permit requirements; and Saanich providing free replacements for trees removed due to being dead, dying or diseased, or because of infrastructure conflicts. 

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Opinion: What the emerald ash borer infestation should teach us

Montreal Gazette
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — On Monday, March 10, the city of Montreal will host a summit on the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), an introduced species of insect pest from Asia that is responsible for the loss of more than 50 million ash trees in northeastern North America. It has now reached Montreal — at last count, 148 infected trees have been detected across several boroughs and some demerged municipalities. Sadly, this comes at a time when Montreal has been working to increase its tree canopy cover. Although the emerald ash borer attacks all three of our native ash species, in Montreal the main victim has been the red ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), which has been planted extensively in municipalities across the island for at least the last 80 years.

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Conservation: Rep. Daines hardly a hero

Letter to the Editor by Frank Vitale
The Missoulian
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While I feel Congressman Steve Daines’s introduction of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013 is a great step forward, let’s not frame him as a conservation hero… But let’s look at his overall conservation track record… Then, Daines introduces a timber bill that would probably make even most folks in the timber industry cringe. He basically throws the collaborative process out the window – a process of open dialog that most of the stakeholders took years to develop. His timber bill will impose mandatory timber targets for the Forest Service along with a ban on public participation. This takes us back to the dark ages – back to the days of the timber wars of the 1970s and ’80s.

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Ice storm ravages forestry industry

The Colleton Today
March 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is projecting that the ice storm of Feb. 11 and 12 caused an estimated $20 million damage to Colleton County’s timberlands. Last week Forest Commission officials reported the bulk of the ice storm timber damage occurred in 24 South Carolina Counties, affecting 1.5 million acres of forest. They estimate the damage state-wide totaled $360 million. …State Forester Henry Kodama said “The raw material supply chain for our state’s largest manufacturing sector has suffered from this natural disaster. The storm has impacted hundreds of thousands of individual forestland owners and multiple corporations.”

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‘Devastating’ changes allow forests to be burned for power

The Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The O’Farrell government has opened the way for the state’s forests to be used to generate electricity in a move blasted by the Greens as “devastating”. Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Resources and Energy, said on Friday that modifications to environmental protection regulations would allow trees otherwise destined for pulp and paper production to be burnt in power stations. Invasive native species and offcuts of sawlogs could also be burnt for power.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change report predicts resurgence of Missouri prized tree species

Columbia Missourian
March 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — The long-term effects of climate change point to a resurgence of shortleaf pine, a prized tree species that thrived in Missouri 150 years ago. Some of the region’s tree species, however, won’t be so fortunate, according to a report by the U.S. Forest Service detailing the effects of climate change in the agency’s central hardwoods region, which includes the Ozarks. Sugar maple, white ash and American beech are vulnerable to a loss in numbers from an “increase in temperature, a longer growing season and less soil moisture toward the end of the growing season,” according to a National Research Station news release about the report. 

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