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Daily Archives: March 24, 2014

Business & Politics

Lumber sector hampered by transportation challenges, abysmal sawmill service

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
March 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The business of trading solid wood products in North America continued its sluggish pace this week, even as warmer temperatures and better weather in several key purchasing markets provided hope that the spring sales season is just around the corner, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. This spring week break at schools across Canada and the US brought a spurt of buying Monday and Tuesday then a great lull for the rest of the week. Sentiment was positive however, as construction sites in Texas were going full-tilt and more parts of northern California also saw increased construction activity.

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Vancouver truckers defiant in face of back-to-work legislation

Globe and Mail
March 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With back-to-work legislation coming into effect as early as Monday, striking container truck drivers remain defiant, insisting the order has only put the parties further from a resolution. …When asked if truckers will abide by the legislation, announced by the B.C. government last Wednesday, Unifor’s B.C. area director, Gavin McGarrigle, said it would depend on whether the union gets an opportunity to negotiate a resolution before it comes into effect. 

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Northern Pulp gets temporary access to Crown wood

Truro Daily News
March 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Northern Pulp will be getting access to some of the province’s Crown land after all. The pulp mill, along with 14 other wood processing facilities in the province, has been given short-term access to harvest trees from the Western Crown lands. For six months, the mill can harvest 62,500 green metric tonnes. It’s still a far cry from the access to 500,000 green metric tons Northern Pulp had asked for in January. The Liberal government had previously denied the mill’s request for greater access to Crown lands.

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New markets for timber benefit industry

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
March 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TUPELO, Miss. — Trees have grown in what is Mississippi for countless eons, but changes in how they’re grown, how they’re processed and what they’re used for have changed the landscape in the state over the past half-century or so. In 2006, just before timber prices dropped with the decline in housing starts, forest products had reached a high point, contributing $17.4 billion and 123,659 direct and indirect jobs to the state’s economy, according to Mississippi State University research. 

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Increases in Russian Lumber Exports have Not Compensated for the Decline in Log Exports in Russia Since 2007

Wood Resources International LLC
March 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

 In 2008, Russia’s president Putin decided to add a tax to logs exported from the country with the goal of reducing exportation of wood raw-material, encouraging investments in domestic processing in wood products, and increasing exports of lumber and plywood. The first objective has definitely been achieved. When log export tariffs of 25% were implemented for softwood logs, all major trading partners reduced their reliance on Russian logs and diversified their log supply sources fairly swiftly. 

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Global sawlog prices rose in the 4Q/13

Farming UK
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Higher demand for lumber and increased global trade of logs pushed sawlog prices upward in many markets during 2013, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. As a consequence, the GSPI price index has move upward to reach its highest level in eight years. Log prices in Western North America, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Japan have increased the most over the past 12 months. Seattle, USA. Sawlog prices trended upward throughout the world in the 4Q/13 and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) rose to US$88.78/m3. 

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Myanmar log export ban to boost timber prices

The Borneo Post
March 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Myanmar’s upcoming ban on log exports will have a positive effect on Malaysia’s timber sector on the back of relatively stable demand from India and Japan. RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd (RHB Research) analyst Hoe Lee Leng said Myanmar will start to ban log exports from April 1 in a bid to eradicate wood log smuggling and conserve its nation’s forests. The research firm observed that Myanmar is the fifth-largest tropical log producer and third-largest exporter in the Asia Pacific region. 

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RusForest to divest its Boguchany forestry assets

Pulp and Paper News
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Due to the lack of rail logistics and the absence of a nearby pulp mill RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, recently announced the sale of the non-core Boguchany sawmill in Eastern Siberia for $8.0 million. The company has also agreed to sell the related Boguchany harvesting company for $5.8 million. After repayment of the Boguchany harvesting and sawmilling debts, RusForest expects to receive a total net amount of $4.0 million in cash.

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German foreign trade in OSB up almost 10 %

EUWID
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

German imports and exports of OSB jumped by close to 10 % last year. Preliminary figures from the German Federal Statistical Office show that the country exported some 540,351 m³ in 2013, an increase of 8 %. Shipments to China almost quadrupled. The UK sourced almost twice as much OSB in Germany as in 2012. Exports to Sweden rose by half. On the other hand, shipments to Japan, which was the third-largest buyer in 2012, were almost cut in half.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Possible building code changes good news for the North, Fedeli says

Sudbury Northern Life
March 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTH BAY – An announcement today by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli should be well-received by Northern Ontario forestry communities. Fedeli said today he is pleased with word of proposed amendments to the Ontario Building Code to allow for wood-frame construction in buildings up to six storeys. The former North Bay mayor introduced private members bills on two occasions to increase the limit on wood-frame buildings to six storeys from the current four. 

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Fedeli’s Private Members Bill one step closer to reality

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli News Release
March 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is very pleased with word of proposed amendments to the Ontario Building Code to allow for wood-frame construction in buildings up to six storeys. Fedeli introduced Private Members Bills on two separate occasions to increase the limit on wood-frame buildings to six storeys from the current four storeys. Fedeli’s second attempt to get this adopted, Bill 13, passed Second Reading last fall. “This is the culmination of more than two years of work and persuasion at Queen’s Park,” said Fedeli.

Press Release from the Ontario Construction Industry

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Forestry

Vancouver Island Douglas-fir may be Canada’s second biggest

Victoria Times Colonist
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On their continual treasure hunt for the region’s largest trees, two Victoria conservationists have found what could be one of the largest Douglas-firs measured in Canada. “Basically, it’s one giant Douglas-fir in a sea of enormous stumps,” said the Ancient Forest Alliance’s Ken Wu of the tree dubbed Big Lonely Doug. “The largest branch, the size of a second-growth tree, was torn off in a recent wind storm. Its days might be numbered.” Wu thinks the tree was likely left as a seed tree or so the area could not be deemed a complete clearcut. The Crown land was logged by Teal-Jones in 2012 under tree farm licence 46.

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Overharvesting – Who is watching our forests?

250 News
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is an outrageous amount. According to a document from the Ministry of Forests that was recently brought to light in the provincial legislature (1), for the five years between 2008 – 2013, the forest company giants, Canfor and West Fraser, overcut 928,000 cubic metres of non-pine wood in the Morice Timber Supply Area (TSA), a region in north-western British Columbia. This overharvesting was done in direct violation of the Allowable Annual Cut (AAC), and is equivalent to about 23,000 logging truck loads of timber.

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Bridge work under scrutiny

Black Press
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are problems in the forest, but nobody is talking about where they are. An investigation of 216 bridges constructed throughout the province in the past three years, including the Okanagan Shuswap district, has found numerous non-compliances with legislation and more than two dozen bridges that may not be safe for industrial use, according to a report released March 5 by the Forest Practices Board. The investigation carried out last summer by the independent watchdog found 19 bridges that were obviously unsafe and another 13 bridges that had serious safety issues. 

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Okanagan MLA Thomson recognizes International Day of Forests

Kelowna Capital News
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson issued the following statement today in recognition of International Day of Forests: “There’s no better time than International Day of Forests to reflect on the importance of forests to the social and economic well-being of British Columbians. “Whether you’re taking a camping trip, going for a nature walk, enjoying the view from a wilderness back road or even buying a bit of lumber for a home improvement project this weekend, I encourage all British Columbians to consider what these activities would be like without healthy forests.

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Government accused of muzzling scientists on forest issue

David Coon and former DNR biologist contend government experts fearful to speak out due to job fears
CBC News
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Alward government is being accused of muzzling its scientists and ignoring their advice in moving ahead with a new Crown lands policy that allows for a 21 per cent increase in cutting softwood in public forests. Green party Leader David Coon and a former wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are raising the concerns as the debate about the new policy continues to rage more than a week after it was unveiled. 

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Budworm could be on its way back to our forests

The Chronicle Herald
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO — A pervasive pest is finalizing travel plans to return to Nova Scotia. The spruce budworm, which affected 1.2 million hectares of provincial woodland, mostly in Cape Breton, in the 1970s and 1980s, is ravaging a significant amount of Quebec forest and is now en route to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. “It’s working its way toward us,” John Ross, the manager of risk services and forest protection with the Natural Resources Department, said Friday. 

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Forest Service applauds the United Nations’ second annual International Day of Forests

USDA Forest Service
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A world without forests would be pretty bleak. Life as we know it couldn’t exist. In fact it would, more than likely, be a dead planet. That’s because everything we take for granted; clean air and water, abundant wildlife and nearly every product we use in our daily lives, from the roof above our heads to pencils, wouldn’t exist.  It would be a challenge just to live one day without using a product derived from a tree. Aside from paper, you might not even be able to sit in a chair or desk at school or work. These things are part of our everyday existence because of forests.

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Wyden-Schrader proposal would improve widlfire funding: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregonians should rally around efforts by our own Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Kurt Schrader to bring a new bipartisan solution to the problem of funding forest wildfire suppression. Their Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (S. 1875 and H.R. 3992) would provide a reliable funding structure for the cost of suppressing the wildfires that have become all too common on federal forests throughout Oregon, without changing policies on whether or how we fight those fires. 

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Forest Service Bolsters Tanker Fleet Ahead Of Wildfire Season

KUNC
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

They’ll be more air power available to fight wildfires in 2014 than in recent years. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho says up to 17 “exclusive use” air tankers will be placed strategically across the country, ready to deploy when fires erupt. Dwindling in recent years, the U.S. Forest service fleet fell from a high of around 40 planes in the early 2000s to only nine in 2013. The reason? A series of tanker crashes in 2002, and a significantly aging fleet. 

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Devil’s Glen one of many Montana areas considered for wilderness designation

The Missoulian
March 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

AUGUSTA — Would the Devil’s Glen make a good present for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act? The 16,000-acre strip of Dearborn River canyon at the southern edge of the Rocky Mountain Front makes an awesome postcard. Waterfalls and moose tracks line the trail to the Continental Divide. So does a collection of ranch houses and summer camp cabins. The parcel is part of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, currently before Congress. 

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Timber goes back to court

Two lawsuits aim to boost O&C logging
Statesman Journal
March 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s timber industry has filed two new federal lawsuits, one following up on a court victory last year and the other renewing a battle the industry began two decades ago. Both lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., have the goal of forcing the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on Oregon & California Railroad trust lands. Both complaints allege the BLM has failed to carry out the 1937 O&C Act, which makes timber production a priority, said Ann Forest Burns, vice president of the American Forest Resource Council, a plaintiff in the case.

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Attorney General Orders Release of Pesticide Investigation Records

OPB
March 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Justice has ordered the state Department of Agriculture to turn over records that are part of an investigation into aerial herbicide spraying on timber lands near Gold Beach on October 16th 2013. In the weeks following the herbicide application, people from more than a dozen households complained to the Department of Agriculture of a strange smell and a helicopter flying over a community called Cedar Valley. Ten families in the Cedar Valley area reported symptoms of illness around that time, including skin rashes, nausea, and headaches.

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Salmon litigation threatens state forest production: Guest opinion

by Tim Josi, Chair of the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties.
The Oregonian
March 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Why is this threat of litigation happening now? Last June, the governor asked the state board of forestry (BOF) to start a planning effort to improve forests’ financial viability. They aren’t producing adequate timber revenues to cover their costs. There is a general acceptance that the forest management plan must be modified and timber harvest levels increased. The Tillamook and Clatsop forests are growing at a faster pace than current harvest levels. Other sources of revenue are also being explored, but their potential is minimal. One might assume the CBD is not happy with the proposal to increase timber harvest levels – even if not doing so might put the ODF out of business.

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DCNR Gauging Past Frigid Winter’s Effect on Forest Insect Pests

Your Erie.com
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The past winter of seemingly unending snowstorms and frigid temperatures has proved to be a strong ally for state woodland managers battling the No. 1 enemy of Pennsylvania hemlocks, but the reprieve could be short-lived, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today. “The hemlock woolly adelgid has been dealt a deadly blow, ongoing forest research is showing us, but enough of the invasive insects remain to present a future threat to our invaluable state tree — the Eastern hemlock,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti. 

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Tree-Killing Insect Now Confirmed In Eight Iowa Counties

Emerald Ash Borer is causing more cities and towns to cut down and remove ash trees in Iowa.
Farm Progress
March 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As the specter of the emerald ash borer continues its seemingly inevitable spread across the state, an Iowa State University professor is working with communities and homeowners to prepare for life without ash trees. The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in eight Iowa counties, putting city officials and property owners across the state on high alert for signs of the small green pests. Jan Thompson, an ISU professor of natural resource ecology and management, says upwards of 240 Iowa communities have begun systematic inventories of the trees that populate parks and other public spaces as a first step in determining what eventually will replace ash trees.

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Chuck Chiang: China replanting forests to fight pollution

Vancouver Sun
March 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It’s no secret that China’s rapid industrial and economic expansion in the past decade has taken a toll on its environment — not completely dissimilar to what was seen in Europe during the Industrial Revolution during the West’s own modernization, albeit at a faster pace and on a larger scale. One of the often-overlooked aspects of the environmental degradation is the issue of deforestation. But as Beijing increasingly focuses its attention on a cleaner environment to placate the public, officials are also now more keenly aware of the well-being of China’s forests. 

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Students hope robot will make forestry safer

3news
March 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Research at the University of Canterbury could help cut the unacceptably high number of deaths and injuries in New Zealand’s forestry industry. Engineering students are developing a robot that does the dangerous work, and it has already won them a major engineering prize – the Professional Engineers Institute’s top prize for a student project. Their forestry robot clings to a tree trunk and moves around the forest, rather like a chimpanzee swinging through branches. Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt says it lets workers stay out of harm’s way. 

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PGP Forestry programme takes big step forward

New Zealand Government – Press Release/Statement
March 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Primary Industries Ministers Nathan Guy and Jo Goodhew are welcoming commercialisation of new forestry technology this week as a big step forward in improving both productivity and safety. “The Steepland Harvesting Programme is a very exciting Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) project, with $6 million in joint funding from the industry and the Government and a vision of ‘No worker on the slope, no hand on the chainsaw’,” says Mr Guy. The new technology involves harvesting on steep slopes using new mechanised technology, rather than exposing forestry workers to risk. 

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Tackling deforestation: New body to strategise forestry issues, says MNA

The Express Tribune
March 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ISLAMABAD: The government is serious about issues related to forestry and the prime minister has formed a new body to discuss the country’s forest strategy among other environmental concerns, according to a ruling party parliamentarian. Member National Assembly Marriyum Aurangzeb was speaking on Friday at a seminar jointly organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the government’s Climate Change Division (CCD) to mark the International Day of Forests. 

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Economic potential of forestry underexploited

The Nation
March 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LAHORE – Forests are equally important for the economic safety of the country as round wood production, wood processing and the pulp and paper industries account for nearly 1 per cent of global gross domestic product. Non-monetary benefits from forests, such as water, energy, shelter and medicine, are estimated to be two to three times as great. Forested catchments supply three quarters of freshwater, which is essential for agriculture, industry, energy supply and domestic use. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

California funds wood chip-to-boiler, fire reduction efforts

Biomass Magazine
March 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board has approved $1.2 million in grant awards for projects that reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health, one of which will manufacture wood chip fuel for Plumas County public facility boilers. The wood processing facility will consist of raw material receiving and storage, chipping, screening, conditioned fuel storage and loading for distribution. It will serve multiple institutional boiler systems, and will be designed to accommodate the future construction of an onsite 3-MW combined heat and power biomass facility.

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General

The Truth About Building with Wood online resource launched for World Wood Day

CNW
March 21, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Canadian wood industry is marking the 2nd annual World Wood Day with a significant initiative aimed at ensuring Canadians, from builders, contractors and architects to environmentalists and policymakers, have the information they need to make informed decisions about building 5- and 6-storey mid-rise buildings with wood. The Canadian Wood Council and its partners have developed the new online resource WoodFacts, aimed at providing relevant, easily understandable and timely information related to safety, building codes, environmental impact and the economic benefits of building with Canadian wood products. 

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