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Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

Business & Politics

Engineered Wood Product Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019

PRWEB
March 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Transparency Market Research Reports included a detailed market survey and analysis trends on “Engineered Wood Product Market”. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and global market industry structure. Engineered wood, also known as composite wood comprises of a number of wood products made by binding veneers, particles, fibers and strands of wood, together with adhesives to form composite materials. 

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RESOURCE ECONOMY NEEDS RIGHT-SIZED TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Forest Products Association of Canada
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is calling for enhanced shipping capacity and a “right-sized” transportation infrastructure to ensure all sectors can get their goods to market to support jobs and growth. In response to today’s announcement by the federal government about short term measures to help farmers transport their grain, FPAC is calling for a broader long-term fix to ensure Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier of goods.  “The forest products industry is one of the sectors now facing downtime and lost revenue because of the lack of an adequate transportation system in this country,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

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Wood Production Was Strong in February, But Lumber Prices Up

Woodworking Network
March 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Construction employers added 15,000 workers in February, despite harsh weather, raising industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, continuing an upbeat trend. “The rate of construction hiring has outpaced job growth in the overall economy for the past year,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Association of General Contractors. Construction employment at 5,941,000 was at its highest total in 4-1/2 years. Residential construction employers added 1,700 workers in February; commercial construction firms added 12,700 employees since January and 50,600 since February 2013.

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Mill fire families demand justice

Alberni Valley News
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Survivors and relatives of those killed in a pair of sawmill explosions in northern B.C. came to the B.C. legislature Thursday to back calls for an independent inquiry into the disasters and how they were investigated. Among the visitors was Maureen Luggi, a former chief of the Lake Babine First Nation, and her son Robert Luggi Jr. Her husband Robert and her second cousin Carl Charlie were both killed in the explosion in January 2012 at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake. Both Maureen Luggi and Dirk Weissbach, who was also working on that evening shift and was one of 20 workers injured, questioned why the mill continued to operate as the temperature fell to below -40.

Babine mill blast survivors, families say inquiry rejection leaves questions unanswered from The Globe and Mail

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Condolences will never be enough

The Prince George Citizen
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than two years have passed since an explosion at Babine Lake sawmill in Burns Lake killed two workers and injured 20 others. Just three months later, on April 23, 2012, an explosion at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George killed another two workers and injured 22 more. Since then workers and families are left wondering why so little has been done by the provincial agencies responsible to improve the health and safety of workers in BC mills. Worksafe BC recently released its findings into the Babine Lake explosion. 

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Port Moody mill adds shifts

Tri-City News
March 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owners of the Flavelle cedar mill are watching Port Moody’s official community plan process with interest but have no plans to sell and move. In fact, Flavelle Sawmill Co. Ltd., which has deep roots in PoMo, plans to bring the mill up to full operation for the first time in years, says Bruce Gibson, president of real estate assets management. With the U.S. economy trending upwards and the demand for cedar products growing, Flavelle, owned by Surrey-based Mill and Timber Products Ltd., plans a second shift of 20 employees in the coming weeks, and could have as many as 155 people working at the cedar mill.

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Bowater Mersey’s assets up for auction

Chronicle Herald
March 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you’re looking for a newsprint paper machine, electrical transformer or even a lathe, you might want to consider a trip to Queens County this week. A massive auction will be held over two days to sell off Bowater Mersey Paper Company’s assets at its mothballed mill in Brooklyn, just outside Liverpool. An auction website estimates the value of assets at a good $10 million. They include everything from an effluent treatment system to conveyor systems, bearings and valves and hand tools.

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Hardwood Lumber Exports Shatter Record

Woodworking Network
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled a record 1.463 billion board feet in 2013, besting the previous one-year high set in 2006 by 11%. Record shipments to China and Vietnam, and the strongest shipments to Mexico in seven years, offset a 2% decline in exports to Canada and the slowest exports to Europe since 1986. It marked the fourth consecutive annual increase since exports bottomed out at 802 million board feet in 2009. 

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Southern Oregon mill finds a kinder cut

March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — The governor Friday announced a $5 million funding package made up of tax credits and a state loan that will allow Josephine County’s last sawmill to reopen. Speaking at a news conference at a wood products mill in White City, Gov. John Kitzhaber said the funding helps spread the economic recovery happening around urban Portland to rural parts of Oregon. The Rough & Ready Lumber Co. mill in O’Brien was dependent on large pine logs when it closed for lack of timber supply last year, putting 88 people out of work. 

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Valley, state exports climbed in 2013

The News Virginian
March 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

It’s a typical work day for Blue Ridge Lumber Company’s owner Tom Sheets at his Fishersville office. That means sending an email to a customer in China, talking to another customer in Spain, and sending one of his employees on an export mission to Vietnam. “Our industry doesn’t care who we sell to. Wood is a basic commodity,” said Sheets, who estimates 60 percent of his business is now exports. Sheets’ experience reflects the healthy state of agriculture and forestry exports in the commonwealth. Virginia Gov. 

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West Fraser acquired Travis Lumber Company’s sawmill operations

IHB
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

West Fraser announced that it has acquired Travis Lumber Company’s sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas. Travis Lumber has operated at the site since 1988 and the mill produced more than 100 million board feet (235,000 cubic metres) of lumber in 2013. West Fraser plans to invest additional capital in the mill to expand annual production capacity to approximately 150 million board feet (350,000 cubic metres). West Fraser currently owns and operates two sawmills in Arkansas as well as sawmills in neighbouring Texas and Louisiana.

West Fraser acquires another US mill from 250 News

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Life After the Mill (part 2)

The Queens County Advance
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

This is the second part in a series following former Bowater paper mill employees. Brittany W. Verge will examine how the lives of the workers have changed since the mill’s closure. After the mill closed in 2012, Scott Conrad turned a hobby into a career and a lifestyle. Scott worked at the mill for 24 years and chose to leave when the first wave of employee cuts happened six months before the mill closure. At the time, his wife Victoria was MLA for Queens County and their hobby farm was just that, a hobby.

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Hardwood Checkoff Changes Proposed

Woodworking Network
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – Sponsors of the proposed Hardwood Checkoff have submitted revisions that would limit the scope of eligible products while including export sales and yellow poplar into program. In a letter to the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, the Hardwood Checkoff Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) stated, “We have noted a need for the following amendments which would not materially change the direction of the program if finalized and will reduce rather than expand those eligible for the program.” 

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Polling shows more support for pulp mill

The Examiner
March 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

CLAIMS the proposed pulp mill lacks a “social licence” have been debunked by new polling showing 36.6 per cent oppose a pulp mill being built near Bell Bay. New ReachTEL polling conducted for The Examiner found that support for the Longreach pulp mill was higher than opposition in four out of five Tasmanian electorates. The pulp mill was most unpopular in the South, with 52.6 per cent of Denison voters against it. Statewide, 43.4 per cent supported the Bell Bay pulp mill. However, more people appear to favour an alternative site, with support for a pulp mill anywhere in the state rising to 51.4 per cent statewide.

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The Most Important Revenue Source For The Finnish Forestry Industry Is Japan

Finnbay
March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

(FINNBAY) – Oulu. According to the latest statistics released by the Finnish Forest Industries, Japan is the single most important import-partner in Finnish wood products measured in euros and cubic metres. The export value of Finnish wood-products to Japan was €379 million (€264 million of it was sawn timber) in 2013, which is an increase nearly a hundred million euros from 2012. Also Read: Finnish Forestry Equipment Costs Rise by 0.3%
The UK and Germany are the next best import partners of Finland with less than €250 million in 2013.

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A New Leaf in the Rainforest: Longtime Villain Vows Reform

March 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The lowland swamp forests of Riau Province in Indonesia are dense with gnarled roots and tall rainforest trees. The habitat supports critically endangered tigers and a bewildering array of other species, ranging from short-clawed otters to leaf monkeys. The peat soils also lock up massive amounts of carbon. But the rough terrain is no match for an excavator, which, after digging canals to drain the swamp, can knock down 100-year-old trees with abandon. Logs are sawn, dumped onto barges, and eventually delivered to an industrial complex where giant machines convert the rainforest timber into a pulpy mush.

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Women keep family sawmill going

Otago Daily Times
March 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Five generations of the Scott family have been working with wood, processing it for use by farmers, builders and DIY enthusiasts around Canterbury. These days, there may be a few surprises for customers when they call at their sawmill in Rakaia. They will find two women operating the bench saw and handling logs like professionals. When Val Scott came home to help her father out in the family business, she was a typical young office worker with long hair, polished nails and high heels. She only came to help after her father suffered a hernia.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Kordyban Lodge receives sustainability award

Prince George Citizen
March 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The design of the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George earned Vancouver’s NSDA Architects a Sustainable Forestry Initiative award at the Wood WORKS! B.C. Wood Design Awards this week. The lodge is operated by the Canadian Cancer Society and provides an inexpensive place to stay for out-of-town people who are going to the BC Cancer Agency Centre of the North for treatment. “Kordyban Lodge is a showcase of the warmth, beauty, versatility and durability of wood from sustainably managed forests,” Sustainable Forestry Initiative president and CEO Kathy Abusow said in a news release. 

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B.C. wood instrumental in creating world-famous guitars

March 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — B.C.’s guitar makers are notoriously hard to count — many are quiet, backwoods folk, idiosyncratic and quirky — but if there’s one thing everyone agrees on, it’s that there’s an awful lot of them. There’s a guy who “literally scours the earth for wood,” guitar dealer Kevin Hennig of Symphontree Music said. “Reuben Forsland has hired an Inuit to salvage a polar bear skull just to put it in the nut and saddle of a guitar. He went to Alaska and pulled out these boom logs that were eaten by worms. 

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NSDA Architects Wins First Annual SFI Wood Design Award

Woodworking Network
March 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Vancouver’s NSDA Architects won first Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Award, at the 10th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm was recognized March 3 for innovative use of wood certified to SFI Standards in the Kordyban Lodge project, a Canadian Cancer Society care facility built in Prince George, BC. The stunning wood building spans 25,000 square feet and includes 36 beds, a meditation room, lounge, family room, massage therapy room and other amenities made more comfortable owing to the liberal use of wood in the design. 

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Ohio Senate Votes to Ban LEED

The battle over green building standards heated up recently as the Ohio state Senate voted to ban LEED v4 for government building projects. 
Sourceable
March 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The latest update, version 4 of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard was adopted by the membership of the U.S. Green Building Council in July of 2014. At the hearing for the bill on January 28, Senator Joe Uecker, one of the bill’s sponsors, stated that LEED v4 “eliminates the use of a number of safe and effective building materials, impacting numerous industries in Ohio.” The legislation, which needs approval from the state’s House of Representatives and Governor before taking effect, also gives priority to alternative rating systems that are typically favored by industry groups.

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First post-tensioned timber building opens in Christchurch

University of Canterbury
March 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The first multi-storey post-earthquake timber building using low-damage post-tensioned timber technology has opened in Christchurch. The wooden superstructure building in Victoria Street, owned by Tony Merritt, is the first quake-resilient open-plan timber office building in the city rebuild. The building’s post-tensioned design and technology is the brainchild of the University of Canterbury (UC) civil engineering professors Andy Buchanan and Stefano Pampanin with support from senior lecturer Dr Alessandro Palermo. 

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Forestry

Williams Lake signs community forest agreement

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WILLIAMS LAKE – The Province has signed a community forest agreement with the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band, enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the Central Cariboo, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The agreement covers 29,000 hectares and includes two sites: Ne-sextsine, or Flat Rock, which is just west of the city and Peskwenkwinem, or Potato Mountain, which is located between the Likely and Horsefly Roads.

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Public consultation on forest tenure – Is the fog lifting yet?

250 News
March 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On March 4th, after repeated delays over the last year, Steve Thomson, the Minister of Forests, once again assured the BC Legislature Estimates Committee that the government will be initiating a “public consultation process” on the government’s proposed move to area-based forest tenure (including the controversial Tree Farm Licenses). When will this precisely happen? “In the near future,” the minister said. And thus the fog hanging over this issue persists, although some faint outlines are beginning to emerge.

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Forestry plans upset director

Vernon Morning Star
March 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some North Okanagan politicians are increasingly frustrated that community interests are taking a backseat to Ministry of Forests priorities. The Electoral Area Advisory Committee wants the Ministry of Forests to enhance public consultation over issuing new harvesting licenses. “We’re not saying, don’t cut trees. We’re saying don’t do it so it causes bad things to community watersheds,” said Jackie Pearase, rural Enderby director. Many of the concerns arose after B.C. Timber Sales, a government agency, initiated a process to possibly allow 209 hectares in the North Fork area of Cherryville to be sold off for timber harvesting.

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Environmental group urges action on emerald ash borer infestation

The Gazette
March 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — The emerald ash borer is cutting a swath through Montreal’s tree population, and it’s time for the city to take retaliatory action, a provincial environment group said as Montreal prepares for a summit on the issue. First detected on the island in 2011, the green beetle has already claimed millions of victims in Canada, where it first surfaced 12 years ago in southwestern Ontario. Replacing the “tens of thousands” of ash trees the emerald ash borer will kill off locally in the next five to 10 years needs to be a priority in order to maintain air quality in our city, said the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), on the eve of the city’s first summit on the pest, scheduled for Monday, March 10.

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Forest restoration program west of Bend moves forward with broad support from all users

The Oregonian
March 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND — … But the land also provides a home for noxious weeds and invasive nonnative plants, overused and rutted roads and stands of the same size trees and overgrown brush that turn tinder-dry in summer and imperil Bend’s heavily populated west side. That’s about to change. A plan is now underway to revive the backcountry’s health— the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project is one of 10 pilot projects in the nation designed to reduce the risk of wildfire.

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Grazing, forestry important to Utah

The Spectrum
March 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Grazing and forestry are critical but vulnerable parts to Utah’s economic engine. Efforts to protect our state’s natural infrastructure — timber, grasslands, rivers, streams and wetlands — don’t generally get a great deal of press, but those legislative efforts are vital to economic stability and growth, especially in our part of the state. There are several bills we are considering this session that introduce innovative land-use planning and regulations that will protect Utah’s resources and support farming, grazing and land extractions and help us maintain control and prudently manage our lands. The bills promote collaborative effort to safeguard these resources from all the relevant stakeholders.

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Study: Housing developments near drying forests a deadly combination in the West

The Washington Post
March 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the climate warms, forest fires in the West increasingly will feast on acres of dry brush, growing into giants. In a cycle that will become routine, homeowners will flee, while firefighters will rush toward their houses — and away from areas where they could be putting out wildfires. Bigger, unwiedly burns — megafires — are becoming the new normal, according to a new report, which points to several reasons: States such as California are getting parched more frequently by drought; housing developments are pushing more deeply into forests; and the U.S. Forest Service is generally suppressing fires rather than letting them burn naturally, which would reduce the brush that fuels future fires.

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Lawsuit demands BLM allow more Oregon logging on former O&C lands

The Associated Press
March 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Another timber industry lawsuit is demanding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management increase logging on the so-called O&C lands of Western Oregon. The American Forest Resource Council and others filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Council Vice President Ann Forest Burns says the lawsuit is an effort to force BLM to manage the O&C lands under the dictates of the 1930s law that created them from former Oregon and California Railroad lands. 

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Oregon State ranks seventh worldwide in agriculture and forestry

Oregon State University Extension
March 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking seventh in a new international survey of more than 200 schools. For the second year, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings has compiled a list of top agriculture and forestry institutions. The service considered nearly 3,000 universities in 30 subject areas in its overall review. In 2013, OSU’s agriculture and forestry programs placed eighth in the world.

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Logging for the health of the forest – a new paradigm

Bitterroot Star
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While one of the worst blizzards in decades rolled into the Bitterroot and most people hunkered down next to a warm fire, Shawn Stoker was out logging. Logging on frozen, snow covered ground is one way to lessen the impacts of the operation on the land. It means less scarification of the land and less compaction of the soil. Add to that a computerized machine that can de-limb and cut the tree to a specified length while holding it in mid-air and you are talking about really low impact logging. And a minimal impact operation is just what the owners of the land were looking for in this case.

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Controversial Olympic Peninsula Timber Sale Pits Environment Against Education

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — The Washington Board of Natural Resources voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of 200 acres of the Olympic Peninsula that are home to the threatened marbled murrelet. The money from the timber sale will go to the University of Washington. 200 acres might not seem like that big of a deal, but not if you ask Peter Goldman, director of the Washington Forest Law Center. “These 200 acres are extremely important,” he said. “These lands around these timber sales are heavily used and officially mapped as occupied by the marbled murrelet.”

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Deer Proliferation Could Be A Threat To Forest Growth

University Herald
March 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A rapid increase in deer population could “forever alter” the progression of a forest’s natural future by creating environmental havoc in the soil and disrupting the soil’s natural seed banks, according to a recent study. Researchers from Cornell University stated that Deer typically prefer to eat native, woody plants and rebuff invasive species. They found that when deer consume native, woody plants, the non-native species are left to flourish, dropping seeds in the soil, according to a press release.

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Sustainable Forest Management Improves Indigenous Communities in Southern Mexico

Rainforest Alliance
March 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The sinuous road that winds from the city of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico, to the towering peaks of Sierra Juárez is bordered by dense pine and oak forests teeming with wildlife—like the long-nosed mate shrew and the elusive dwarf jay. Nearly all of this rich forestland, which is inhabited and managed by the Zapotec indigenous peoples, is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

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Why we don’t need a reboot of the forest wars

ABC News, Australia
March 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Less than two weeks out from the Tasmanian election, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is trying to reignite the long-running forest wars in a calculated bid to drive a wedge between the timber industry and environmentalists. …Indeed, the notable thing about Mr Abbott’s speech was the complete absence of any specific practical measures of support for the industry or any new funding. Rather, all the Prime Minister had to offer was some old-school greenie bashing, some feel-good references to the good old days and his youthful enjoyment of timber boats, and the promise of conflict.

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Privatise Tasmania’s forests

The Sydney Morning Herald
March 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was right last week to describe foresters as the ”ultimate conservationists”. He said he would seek to delist 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian forest marked for World Heritage protection. Those working in the timber industry know that the long-term sustainability of forestry resources is in their best interest. Without these resources, their businesses and jobs would not be viable. The people who use these natural resources are in a better position to care for them than distant bureaucrats and government departments. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Spall buying into carbon offsets

Vernon Morning Star
March 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Township of Spallumcheen has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a local company to purchase carbon offsets. A one-year deal has been reached with Passive Remediation Systems Inc. Carbon offsets includes things like planting trees to replace ones chopped down. The chopped trees are taken to a plant and converted into wood chips. “We will purchase offsets from Passive Remediation Systems as long as the offsets offered are accepted by the Green Communities committee and an agreement to finalize and purchase and sale agreement for the offsets is reached,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.

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Texas city officials call potential Millinocket pellet mill producer ‘an asset’

BDN Maine
March 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Like many East Texas lumber towns, the city of Crockett has for years been losing its battle against the impact of government-subsidized Canadian wood products flooding the U.S. housing market, former City Administrator Ron Duncan says. Then, Duncan says, Zilkha Biomass Energy came to the city. The company opened its first commercial black pellet plant in October 2010 in a former furniture factory on the outskirts of the town named after Davy Crockett, which is the seat of Houston County and 120 miles north of Houston.

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General

A New Leaf in the Rainforest: Longtime Villain Vows Reform

March 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The lowland swamp forests of Riau Province in Indonesia are dense with gnarled roots and tall rainforest trees. The habitat supports critically endangered tigers and a bewildering array of other species, ranging from short-clawed otters to leaf monkeys. The peat soils also lock up massive amounts of carbon. But the rough terrain is no match for an excavator, which, after digging canals to drain the swamp, can knock down 100-year-old trees with abandon. Logs are sawn, dumped onto barges, and eventually delivered to an industrial complex where giant machines convert the rainforest timber into a pulpy mush.

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