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Daily Archives: March 20, 2014

Business & Politics

B.C. government to force truckers back to work in port labour dispute

Canadian Press
March 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia, Ottawa and port officials in Vancouver announced new measures Wednesday designed to force truckers at Canada’s largest port to return to their vehicles, announcing back-to-work legislation for unionized workers and termination of licences for others. The legislation, which will affect about 250 union members of Unifor who’ve been on strike since the beginning of last week, will be tabled as early as next Monday, a B.C. government news release said.

BC prepares back-to-work legislation to end Vancouver port truckers’ strike from The Financial Post

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NDP continues call for Babine inquiry

Prince George Citizen
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. NDP repeated its call for a public inquiry into the Babine Forest Products explosion this week, going so far as to draw up a draft terms of reference for the investigation. ;Party leader Adrian Dix and labour critic Harry Bains met with mill workers and families in Burns Lake for four hours Monday night. “We wanted to discuss those issues with the families first and not after the fact and that’s why we took the trip to Burns Lake and will continue to work with the families to see that a public inquiry happens,” Dix said during a Tuesday morning stop in Prince George.

NDP Draw Up Draft Terms of Reference for Public Inquiry from The 250 News

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New Brunswick government to release contracts for timber from Crown land

The Canadian Press
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – Details of new Crown wood contracts with forestry companies will be released by the New Brunswick government once they have all been signed, Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said Wednesday. Green party leader David Coon called on the government earlier in the day to release the contract signed with J.D. Irving Ltd. for wood from Crown land. Coon said he’s concerned about obligations Premier David Alward’s government might have agreed to. 

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China’s share in US hardwood plywood imports down in 2013

ITTO
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Total hardwood plywood imports were 2.9 million m³ in 2013, 14% higher than in 2012. Despite the overall increase, imports from China declined by 16% to 1.4 million cubic metres in 2013. China’s share in total hardwood plywood imports fell from 66% in 2012 to 48% in 2013. The US antidumping investigation of decorative plywood from China created significant uncertainty in the market. The temporary antidumping and countervailing duties have now been eliminated and are refunded. 

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Call to cut forestry reliance on log trade

stuff.co.nz
March 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Government needs to stimulate domestic demand for wood to stop New Zealand forestry from being dangerously reliant on the Chinese log trade, an expert says. Forestry consultant Peter Clark told an industry conference in Wellington yesterday that the industry needed investment, and should cultivate the local market first. New Zealand exports about 70 per cent of its logs to China, which Clark said was not a good strategy if a biosecurity risk emerged or the Chinese market faltered.

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Australia scores with plantation hardwood sales

ABC News, Australia
March 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

On World Forestry Day, there are strong signs that Australia is emerging as a player in the global market for plantation wood. Australian woodchip and log exports are rising, as demand for South American timber slumps. Most of the demand is being met from Greater Green Triangle blue gum plantations in south western Victoria and near Mt Gambier in South Australia, but activity is also increasing in Tasmania. “It’s all plantation timber; bluegum and some pine,” John Lamb says.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

TED Vancouver Stage Has Entirely B.C. Design, Materials

The Huffington Post B.C.
March 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When speakers take the stage at the TED Conference in Vancouver, they’re standing on an innovative and proudly B.C. piece of craftsmanship. The stage for the sold-out conference, being held in Vancouver until March 21, was built by local architect Michael Green with donated B.C. wood from Interfor mills. The 16-foot high wall was made with 400 linking planter boxes made of Hem-Fir (a mix of the hemlock and fir species) and cedar lumber from mills in Castlegar and Maple Ridge, B.C., according to a press release Tuesday.

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Minister congratulates Timber Design winners

New Zealand Government
March 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has tonight paid tribute to the best of the best in Kiwi timber engineering and building design. “Innovative designs in wood are giving us a whole new kind of building. The best of what is being built today is strong, sustainable and thermally sound.” Mrs Goodhew made the comments during the presentation of the Ministry for Primary Industries Supreme Judges’ Choice Award at the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2014. 

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Forestry

Natural resource violation hotline and webpage launched

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Every British Columbian has an interest in ensuring that natural resource sector activities are being conducted legally and safely. Now there’s a new system that anyone in the Thompson Okanagan region can use to report possible violations. The Natural Resource Violation Reporting pilot project will launch on March 19, 2014, and run for about six weeks, using a new webpage: www.for.gov.bc.ca/hen/nrv/ and toll-free hotline: 1 844 NRO-TIPS (1 844 676-8477). The pilot project will then be evaluated to determine whether it should be implemented provincewide.

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NACFOR ramps up production after slow first five years

Arrow Lakes News
March 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Nakusp & Area Community Forest took a big leap forward in 2013, making up for years of little logging with a massive harvest throughout the year. “Some of our key successes is that in 2013 we harvested quite a lot of land base,” said Kathy Smith, the president of NACFOR, in a presentation to Nakusp council last week. “The reason why we were able to do that is because we had a lot of previous planning and development of harvesting areas and research into that that allowed us to ramp up for the improved markets.

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Tribute, memories flow for Arcand

Prince George Citizen
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Friends and colleagues remembered MaryAnne Arcand on Tuesday for her many business and service accomplishments. Arcand died of cancer Monday in Prince George. She was 59. Those who knew her and worked with her are describing her as someone who brought people together, shot from the lip, and was always ready to help. “She was amazing. She never stopped. When she decided to go after a project, she dug in full force and never wavered until we got results, and generally it was the results she wanted,” said 10-year colleague Kathleen Meise. 

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Alberta mill here to hire workers

Fort Frances Times Online
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While many people think “oil” when they think of Alberta, the province also is a place of opportunity in the forestry sector. In light of the number of former Resolute workers looking for work, Hinton Pulp, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., held an information day and collected résumés last Thursday at NCDS here. That was followed by an interview day Friday. The Hinton, Alta.-based mill is searching for millwrights, instrument technicians, a vibration analyst, electricians, welders, pipefitters/gasfitters, and an electrical/instrumentation supervisor/planner.

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J.D. Irving scientific adviser blindsided by new forest policy

Company’s forest research advisory council wasn’t consulted about reduced conservation forest
CBC News
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A 15-year member of J.D. Irving Ltd’s forest research advisory committee says six PhDs who comprise the committee were never asked about the possible impacts of reducing the conservation forest in New Brunswick. As part of the new forest policy unveiled by the Alward government last week, the area that is off limits to industrial forest practices is reduced to 23 per cent of Crown land, down from the 2012 threshold of 28 per cent. Some scientists maintain that a 30 per cent threshold for conservation forest is needed to maintain biodiversity and forest sustainability.

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Public outcry needed to stop clearcut sale in Idaho’s Hungry Ridge recreation area

Letter by Dick Artley
The Missoulian
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Once again, Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell abuses the public to please his corporate masters. …Now Brazell proposes the Hungry Ridge timber sale in the popular Hungry Ridge recreation area. Brazell’s online letter indicates 6.6 square miles might be clearcut. Clearcutting shouldn’t occur near recreation areas. Brazell is hiding the actual clearcut acres and location in his online sale description.

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Study finds forest corridors help plants disperse their seeds

Science Codex
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A forest in South Carolina, a supercomputer in Ohio and some glow-in-the-dark yarn have helped a team of field ecologists conclude that woodland corridors connecting patches of endangered plants not only increase dispersal of seeds from one patch to another, but also create wind conditions that can spread the seeds for much longer distances. The idea for the study emerged from modern animal conservation practices, where landscape connectivity – the degree to which landscapes facilitate movement – is being used to counteract the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on animal movement.

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UF/IFAS researchers help to sequence genome for loblolly pine – major source of lumber, paper

University of Florida
March 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To look at the humble loblolly pine – grown in neat rows on large farms throughout the southeastern U.S. and milled for things like building lumber and paper – you would never think that its genetic code is seven times larger than a human’s. That is just one of the things researchers, including two from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the UF Genetics Institute, learned as they sequenced the loblolly pine genome for the first time. They also discovered genes resistant to a devastating pine forest disease.

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How India is building Asia’s largest secure forest network

BBC News
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A landmark effort by the Indian state of Karnataka to connect isolated protected forests could lead to the building of Asia’s largest unbroken forest, writes Jay Mazoomdaar. It’s been all about connecting the green dots. Since 2012, the southern state of Karnataka has declared nearly 2,600 sq km (1,003 sq miles) of forests as protected areas, linking a series of national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries. Protected areas cover nearly 5% of India’s landmass and come under strict legal protection that makes conversion of land for non-forestry purposes difficult. 

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New premier, old fight in Tasmania

The Sydney Mornng Herald
March 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian premier-elect Will Hodgman has told environment groups their days of holding governments to ransom are over, as he dismissed warnings against reviving the state’s forests conflict. Mr Hodgman tackled the generation-old conflict as a priority, calling forestry a critical part of the state’s economic future as the issue dominated his first press conference since Saturday’s election gave him majority government, and punished Labor and the Greens. “We’re now hearing again that … if we seek to implement our plan, that people will ramp up protest activity,” Mr Hodgman said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Alex Woods wins climate change award

Smithers Interior News
March 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alex Woods is carving a name for himself as a provincial climate change expert and innovator. Recently, he was awarded the Association of BC Forest Professionals Climate Change Innovator award. Woods is the first recipient of the award, which was created by the ABCFP to raised awareness of the threat climate change is having on forests and to recognize those who make a difference. “It’s an award that shows the association is taking climate change very seriously, and I think it’s one of the ways they thought they could highlight the importance of it to the general public.” 

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Ottawa lends biofuel firm $500,000

Herald Business
March 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The CelluFuel Inc. demonstration biofuel project in Brooklyn, Queens County, received a $500,000 loan from the federal government Wednesday. “The plant is designed, the site is ready and we should be in production before the end of the year,” CelluFuel CEO Chris Hooper said in an interview after the loan was announced. The federal loan comes on top of a $1.5-million contribution to the project previously announced by the Nova Scotia government for the estimated $4-million project. 

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Corinth Pellets to undergo $7M upgrade, add 18 jobs

BDN Maine
March 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CORINTH, Maine — A local pellet mill will add 18 new jobs as part of a $7 million upgrade aided by state economic development initiatives, officials said Wednesday. The improvements are described as “major work” on the Corinth Pellets Manufacturing LLC facility, which has been in business since 2007. The jobs will be added over the next two years, Corinth Pellets Chief Financial Officer Ken Carle said. “Corinth Pellets is an excellent example of how a staple Maine industry can thrive when provided with the tools to be competitive,” Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement. 

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