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Daily Archives: March 25, 2014

Froggy Foibles

3D Cat Furniture Set: Modular Hangouts for Walls & Ceilings

Web Urbanist
March 24, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Furnishings for felines are nothing new, but this one-stop shop provides modular bridges, beds, posts and platforms designed as a kit-of-parts solution to turn any room into a cat’s personalized paradise. Goldtatze boasts ground-up scratching posts but also wall-hanging walkways and ceiling-mounted spaces to allow cats full access both horizontally and vertically, while conveniently leaving room below and between for human companions (especially useful in small-space urban dwellings).

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Business & Politics

Rise in profits hint at Canadian forestry sector turnaround

PwC Management Services LP
Canada Newswire press release
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Canadian forest and paper companies are turning the corner and returning to profitability, according to PwC’s Global Forest and Paper Industry Net Earnings Summary for the quarter ending December 31, 2013 released by PwC today. This survey of public companies shows that most Canadian companies achieved generally positive results in the fourth quarter, particularly when compared to 2012 performance. For example, the net earnings of nine selected Canadian western-based companies increased from $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, to $48.3 million in Q4 2013.

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Resolute Forest Promotes Eco Awareness

Zacks.com
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Paper products manufacturer Resolute Forest Products Inc. recently launched a new website titled www.BorealForestFacts.com as part of its campaign to promote sustainable forest management initiatives in one of the world’s most vibrant ecosystems. The website launch also coincided with the United Nations’ 2014 Theme of “Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development.” The website will offer detailed first-hand knowledge of the boreal forest in Canada, which comprises about one-third of the circumpolar boreal forest that rings the northern hemisphere. 

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Vancouver truckers warn they may stay off the job despite back-to-work legislation

Globe and Mail
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Truckers who have tied up cargo worth billions of dollars with a strike at Port Metro Vancouver for the past month are remaining defiant despite the introduction of back-to-work legislation by the B.C. government. …“It doesn’t get the port operating,” Unifor B.C. director Gavin McGarrigle said of the bill the government brought in to get Canada’s largest port back in business. “You are going to have the non-union folks that are not going to go back and our folks are telling us they are prepared to risk jail time.

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Port Metro Vancouver strike: back-to-work legislation introduced

Bill provides for fines of $10k per day for union and $400 a day for workers who defy order
CBC News
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has introduced back-to-work legislation in an effort to end the ongoing strike by container truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver. Bill 25 will directly affect about 250 unionized truckers who are members of Unifor, and includes a 90-day cooling off period. B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the bill could pass as early as today, but if it is opposed, passage might not come until Wednesday. The NDP has said it will oppose the bill. About 1,500 unionized and non-unionized workers have been off the job for about three weeks.

Back-to-work legislation imposes heavy fines on striking union truckers from The Vancouver Sun

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Couillard would boost forest industry

Montreal Gazette
March 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ROBERVAL — A Liberal government would invest $225 million over five years in Quebec’s forest industry and appoint a minister dedicated to injecting new life into it, Philippe Couillard announced at a lumber factory Saturday in his riding of Roberval. The leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec also promised to reopen a group home for youth, which was recently closed because of a lack of funding in Quebec’s youth protection system. “It’s unacceptable that young people have to pay for a badly managed economy and public finances,” he said.

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Seneca Sawmill gets national recognition for innovation

Seneca Sawmill Featured for Commitment to Innovation, Environmental Sustainability
Oregon Natural Resource Report
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Seneca Sawmill Company is transforming the way timber companies operate. The Eugene-based company was recently featured in IBM’s national publication, IBM Systems Magazine, for its visionary leadership and use of technology to build a thriving, sustainable business. …According to IBM Systems Magazine, the key to Seneca’s success lies in its commitment to keep up with the times, particularly in the use and application of advanced technology to cut costs, save time and reduce waste across its multi-company operation.

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Forest Investment and Market Outlook 2014: Only Weeks to Go!

By The Forest Industry Engineering Association
Scoop Independent News
March 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

With forest products exports continuing to enjoy a run of high commodity prices there is plenty of attention worldwide on the robust returns delivered from forest resources. So it’s timely that New Zealand and Australia are soon to host a major forest investment and market outlook conference series. The event in its third year is popular with forest company CEOs and financial sector leaders for its insight. One of the keynote speakers headlining the event is Kevin Mason, Managing Director and Senior Analyst of ERA Forest Products Research, a Canadian-based independent research firm that covers the global forest products sector.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario unveils wood building amendments

Daily Commercial News
March 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Six-storey wood buildings could be coming to Ontario this year as the provincial government moves forward on a proposal to make amendments to the Building Code. Currently, the Building Code permits construction of wood-frame buildings up to four storeys. …“The proposed change would result in the construction of safe, affordable mid-rise buildings that will bring new housing and rental options to our communities and vibrancy to our streets,” said BILD president and CEO Bryan Tuckey.

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Six ‘green building’ communities selected to receive special services

Globe Newswire
March 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Abingdon, VA — WoodRight Forest Products has selected six “focus communities” based upon an environmental non-profit group’s study documenting major green building certifications across 20 states. Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Greensboro, NC, Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC, and New York City were selected based on research by sustainable development non-profits Appalachian Sustainable Development of Virginia and Rural Action of Ohio, and other environmental groups. 

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Govt fund rejects essential wood innovation plans

By The New Zealand Labour Party
Scoop Independent News
March 25, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

National’s Primary Growth Partnership has rejected all applications for funding to develop engineered wood, an area critical to the growth of the wood products industry, and instead provided funding for the National Party’s mates, Labour Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods says. “Innovation with engineered wood is an essential part of the growth of wood processing. Labour’s Forest and Wood Products Economic Upgrade pledged to provide support for engineered wood science and research. 

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Forestry

Celebration remembers blunt, beloved MaryAnne Arcand

Prince George Citizen
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Family, friends and colleagues of MaryAnne Arcand gathered at the First Baptist Church on Saturday to celebrate her life. Arcand, 59, died on March 17 after a stroke on Feb. 16 lead doctors to discovery she had advanced cancer. Arcand was known provincially for her work as an advocate for forest industry safety with the B.C. Forest Safety Council, Central Interior Logging Association and as founder of the Carbon Offsets Aggregation Cooperative, and for her volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Prince George Downtown.

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Forest Society eyes additonal land

Comox Valley Record
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Comox Valley has a rich legacy of conservation. It is integral to the Valley’s character and the direct result of the amazing work of groups like the Comox Valley Land Trust, MacDonald Wood Society and others. This rich tradition is alive and well in the hills above the Comox Valley where the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has is working to acquire an additional 50 hectares of forest scheduled to be logged in 2016. The CCFS began to purchase privately owned forest back in 2000, raising over $1.2 million and purchasing over 71 hectares so far. 

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Cutting tree giants bad for our future

Letter by Vicky Husband
Victoria Times Colonist
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “High, mighty and lonely,” March 22. What kind of “civilization” are we? To take the last ancient big-tree forests with no thought for the future or the forest? What kind of forest management is this? The last of the giants are being cut right now. We need an immediate moratorium on the logging of these ancient forests, groves and valleys on Vancouver Island and on the south coast of B.C. So far, only six per cent of the original extent of these ancient forests has been protected on Vancouver Island.

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Coulsons sign new international deal

Local company will aerially fight fire around the world with DynCorp alliance
Alberni Valley Times
March 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coulson Group of Companies is expanding its aerial firefighting internationally, as the Alberni Valley company has teamed up in a strategic alliance with American private military contractor DynCorp International. While the Hawaii Mars bomber is not part of the deal – and the future is still uncertain for that aircraft – the Coulson Group is excited about the opportunity to use their resources globally. “It’s incredibly important work, and we’re pleased to be able to enhance our already superior services through this strategic alliance with a world-class partner in the Coulson Group,” said Jim Myles, the senior vice president of DynAviation.

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Management of Karst Resource Features on Northern Vancouver Island

BC Forest Practices Board
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This special investigation looked at karst management on northern Vancouver Island and did not find that any caves or significant karst features had been damaged or rendered ineffective by forestry activities. However, investigators were only able to assess the portions of karst terrain thatwere readily visible; they did not assess the subterranean portions. …Since much of the karst terrain cannot easily be assessed, the Board
believes it is important that forest professionals take a cautious
approach when addressing karst features and utilize karst specialists
and the best available information when assessing karst features and
prescribing management strategies.

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Quebec Cree want environmental protection to be election issue

Cree team up with Greenpeace, want candidates to commit to conservation plan
CBC News
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some Cree in Northern Quebec are teaming up with Greenpeace to pressure the Quebec government to finally move ahead with an ambitious conservation plan in the James Bay region. They also want the candidates running for premier in the current Quebec election to commit to protecting more than 13,000 square kilometres of intact forest. So far in the election campaign, there has been little discussion of environmental issues.

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Emerald ash borer beetles infest hundreds of Montreal trees

March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A bite-sized pest is causing a million-dollar problem for the city of Montreal. The emerald ash borer is a type of beetle that infests ash trees and eats them from the inside. City of Montreal officials say that roughly 200 trees on the island are currently infested. In the borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 75 trees have already been cut down. “The emerald ash borer knows no borders … It’s attacking all our trees. 

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Boat Haven report, logging conference on Port of Port Angeles meeting agenda today

Peninsula Daily News
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….Commissioners also will discuss attending the 69th annual Olympic Logging Conference on April 30 to May 2. …The upcoming logging conference will give commissioners and staff a chance to “do some promotional hosting” and will include taking about a dozen representatives of logging industry companies and port customers out to lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant, Calhoun said. …About 275 people from the public and private sectors are expected to attend the conference. The theme is “Industry Capacity — Meeting Market Demand?”

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Barker: Seeding after wildfire doesn’t help sage grouse much

Idaho Statesman
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The emergency post-fire seeding done to stabilize soils is not helping sage grouse, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service researchers said in a paper published Monday in the journal “Ecosphere.” The new study looked at burned areas seeded eight to 20 years later. They found that whether treated or not, the areas generally lacked shrubs even after 20 years, and in low elevation areas especially, non-native plants like cheatgrass were often too prevalent for burned sites to be used as sage grouse habitat.

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Pine tree provides scientists with the longest genome ever

Understanding the genetic code of trees can lead to improved breeding, especially for trees used for lumber, paper and biofuels.
LiveScience
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Scientists say they’ve generated the longest genome sequence to date, unraveling the genetic code of the loblolly pine tree. Conifers have been around since the age of the dinosaurs, and they have some of the biggest genomes of all living things. Native to the U.S. Southeast, the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) can grow over 100 feet (30 meters) tall and has a lengthy genome to match, with 23 billion base pairs. That’s more than seven times the size of the human genome, which has 3 billion base pairs. 

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Chibbanagh plantation closed for Larch felling

BBC News
March 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A plantation in the Isle of Man has been closed to the public for at least six weeks as work to fell diseased larch trees continues. Ten acres of the 116-acre Chibbanagh plantation will be felled to prevent the spread of the Phytophthora ramorum pathogen. Forester Jason Bolt said it will be closed to the public as a safety measure due to the heavy machinery. According to Mr Bolt about half of the island’s larch population is infected.

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Four of Britain’s tallest trees in glen near Inverness

BBC News
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conifers growing in the same Highland glen have been identified as being four of the tallest trees in Britain. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) said a Douglas fir in Reelig Glen, near Inverness, was now Britain’s tallest tree at 217.10ft (66.4m). The fir is taller than Dughall Mor, a Douglas fir in the glen that had held the record as Britain’s tallest. It is also the tallest conifer in Europe. …Many of the glen’s trees were planted in the 1880s.  FCS said the trees formed a grove of the largest concentration of trees exceeding 180ft (55m) anywhere in the British Isles.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forests Are Crucial To Green Growth

World Agroforestry Centre
March 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Trees are what made the Earth habitable for mammals, and destruction of forests will lead to the ultimate destruction of mammals — including humans. The value of forests and tree-based ecosystems extends far beyond carbon sequestration; they are the foundation of sustainable societies. A new report, launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on 21 March – the International Day of Forests – promotes REDD+ and the Green Economy as together providing a new pathway to sustainable development that can benefit all nations. It claims this approach can conserve and even boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.

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General

Emerald ash borer beetles infest hundreds of Montreal trees

March 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A bite-sized pest is causing a million-dollar problem for the city of Montreal. The emerald ash borer is a type of beetle that infests ash trees and eats them from the inside. City of Montreal officials say that roughly 200 trees on the island are currently infested. In the borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 75 trees have already been cut down. “The emerald ash borer knows no borders … It’s attacking all our trees. 

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