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Daily Archives: March 26, 2014

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Lumber reports improved sales of $488 million in 2013

Lesprom
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. announced its financial results for the 4Q and year ended December 31, 2013. Sales of $104.4 million in the 4Q 2013 were $13.5 million lower than sales of $117.9 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease in sales was mainly due to an 18% decrease in realized pricing, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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NDP cites mill blasts in pursuit of employer prosecutions

Prince George Citizen
March 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the wake of the two fatal northern B.C. mill explosions in 2012, the B.C. NDP are calling on the provincial government to prosecute the executives and directors of companies if they’re responsible for worker deaths. Labour critic Harry Bains introduced a motion during Monday morning’s legislative sitting which he hopes will “hold those in authority accountable” if workers are killed on the job as a result of negligence by their employer. “It is our duty to ensure workplace accountability by giving the tools needed for our investigators to collect evidence that will be acceptable to the Crown for successful convictions,” Bains said in the legislature.

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Steelworkers call for review of WorkSafeBC

HQ Prince George
March 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Steelworkers union is calling for a review of WorkSafeBC. Western Director Steve Hunt says it’s been two years since the two mill blasts in northern BC and argues nothing much has changed. “This two year period where the employers have basically self regulated at arms length from the board with the odd glitch that the board does, is something that hasn’t worked very well.”

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Enough already with the Vancouver port strike

Globe and Mail
March 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Back-to-work legislation is usually a bad thing, because it interferes with the bargaining process between employers and employees. But the strike involving Port Metro Vancouver and the truckers who deliver and pick up containers at the port is so bewilderingly complex, and has dragged on so long, that the B.C. government’s bill requiring a 90-day “cooling-off period” is necessary and welcome. It provides an opportunity to restart negotiations.

BC Liberals aim to pass back-to-work bill by Thursday from The Globe and Mail

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Grassy Narrows First Nation greets Ontario lumber firm’s decision

Torstar News Service
March 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the biggest lumber companies in Ontario says it will not use wood from Grassy Narrows First Nation territory, just a week before a controversial new 10-year logging plan comes into effect. EACOM Timber Corporation said Monday that it will avoid wood fibre from the reserve. It owns six sawmills in the province. David Sone, an environmentalist with Earthroots, called it a victory for the people of the reserve. “If even logging companies are willing to respect Grassy Narrows’ right to say no to logging, then why won’t Ontario stop trying to force clearcuts on the community,” said Sone, adding that if companies don’t buy the wood, the plan is bound to fail. 

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Port of Newport moving ahead with log exports

News Lincoln County
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Newport Port Commission was told Tuesday evening that things are coming together to begin log exports to Asia perhaps as early as May. Alcan Timber has established a log processing yard in Toledo that is capable of debarking logs, cut from local forests, before they are brought to the Port of Newport’s new International Terminal. There, the logs will be loaded aboard ships destined for Asia. As for the other timber company using the terminal for log exports, Teevin Brothers of Ranier, OR, they are still finalizing their formal configuration of log loading operations.

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EIB to support the forestry sector in Slovakia

Pulp and Paper News
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

With EUR 120 million  The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 120 million to finance projects contributing to afforestation, improved forest protection and management and the upgrading of agricultural infrastructure in rural Slovakia.  EIB Vice-President László Baranyay, responsible for lending operations in Slovakia, stated: “I am very pleased that EIB funds will be used to finance forestry projects for the first time in Slovakia, a country where forests, which cover 40% of the land, have an important function.

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Forestry

Grizzly hunt fails test of science, experts say

by By Stephen Hume – Government misrepresents the research used to justify its decisions
Vancouver Sun
March 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial management of the annual trophy hunt that has yielded a 500-per-cent increase in the number of grizzlies killed since the Liberals ended a moratorium in 2001 fails the most basic scientific standards, says a letter from four B.C. scientists to the international journal Science. …The four scientists recently published research that found that between 2001 and 2011, in half of all the hunted bear populations, human-caused death of grizzlies exceeded mortality rates deemed sustainable by government biologists.

Global spotlight on British Columbia grizzly bear kill from The Seattle PI

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Beetle killed timber salvage – is it meeting expectations?

BC Forest Practices Board
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A report on the forest industry’s harvesting of beetle-killed timber confirms that industry has been meeting government’s expectations for concentrating harvesting on dead pine trees, but says the harvest of other kinds of trees is increasing more than expected in some areas of the province. …The report looks at government’s records of what was harvested throughout the area affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. “

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Newfoundland buys 2 new Bombardier water bombers to fight forest fires

Canadian Press
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GANDER, N.L. — The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is buying two new water bombers for almost US$74 million to fight forest fires. Transportation and Works Minister Nick McGrath says the Bombardier 415 aircraft will replace decades-old water bombers. The first water bomber will be delivered this spring, with the second arriving in September 2015. He says that with the two planes, the province will have four Bombardier 415 water bombers, one CL-215 water bomber and one Cessna spotter for fighting fires.

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Resurgence of spruce budworm monitored by officials in Nova Scotia

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

Risk management specialists in this province are keeping a close eye on a potential woodlands threat that is creeping closer to the border. The population of eastern spruce budworm, which has been a serious problem in Quebec in recent years, is on the rise here as well. “Quebec has a budworm problem in a big way and we are starting to see signs of defoliation outside the borders of New Brunswick and that is a sign budworm is starting to come this way,” said John Ross, a risk services forest protection manager with the Department of Natural Resources.

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Forest scientists to hold lectures this week at UM

The Missoulian
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Renowned forest scientists will discuss the future of forests and forest management during the College of Forestry and Conservation’s Plum Creek Lecture Series at the University of Montana. Lectures will be held Thursday and Friday in the University Center Theater and are free and open to the public. Speakers include Richard Waring from Oregon State University, Hugh Safford from the University of California-Davis and David Peterson from the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

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Across N.J., starting fires to prevent worse fires

Philly.com
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Down a long, sandy road in Wharton State Forest, firefighters were busily setting fires from morning through afternoon. …By fighting fire with fire, they hope to avoid a bigger blaze like the one that burned across seven South Jersey counties in 1963, killing seven people and burning 180,000 acres of forest. …The concerns are part of a growing national debate over forest management that’s being examined especially in wildfire-prone states such as California, Colorado, Florida, and Arizona, where 19 firefighters were killed battling an out-of-control blaze near Yarnell on June 30.

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Stuart Goodall: Scotland’s economy needs forestry

The Scotsman
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SCOTLAND is a small country with big aspirations for how it uses its land – and if those aspirations are to be realised, we need to find ways for different sectors to work together. In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in Scotland’s forestry and timber sector and with demand for wood products so strong, there is real confidence in the future. The food and drink sector has also shown growth with an increasing focus on exports. As they look to the future, different sectors must be open-minded, exploring opportunities to work together in the best interests of the rural economy – not digging heels in, taking up fixed positions or presenting everything as an either-or choice.

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Watchdog group: most Myanmar log exports illegal

Associated Press
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Most of Myanmar’s log exports in recent years have been illegal according to international trade data, an environmental watchdog group said Tuesday, in a sign that an export ban due to begin next week is likely to have little effect. The state Myanma Timber Enterprise said the government will prohibit log exports starting April 1 to reduce deforestation and boost the country’s wood processing industry. The Environmental Investigation Agency said an analysis of international trade statistics showed that global buyers reported importing 22.8 million cubic meters of logs from Myanmar in 2000-13 — 16.4 million cubic meters more than was listed in the government’s own export figures.

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Tony Abbott’s Tasmanian wilderness claim doesn’t check out

ABC News
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government has applied to have sections of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area delisted by the United Nations. If successful, tens of thousands of hectares of land could be reopened to logging and other activities. The proposed redrawing of the Tasmanian wilderness boundaries has provoked controversy, and is now the subject of a Senate inquiry which will report in mid-May. Speaking at a dinner organised by two forestry and timber industry bodies, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said…

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Kauri dieback made worse by inadequate response

Press Release: Waitakere Ranges Protection Society
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

‘Kauri dieback made worse by inadequate response from Government’ says Waitakere Ranges Protection Society. ‘Kauri dieback disease is getting out of control in our iconic native forests” says John Edgar, President of the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society “and it’s made worse by the absence of an adequate and timely response from Government”. Yesterday it was announced that ‘Kauri dieback disease’ or Phytophthora Taxon Agathis (PTA) has now been found in Whangapoua forest in the Coromandel ranges, in addition to its presence in the Waitakere Ranges, Great Barrier Island and other parts of the Auckland and Northland regions. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Environmentalists, energy firms spar over LePage’s bill to increase timber harvest

BDN Maine
March 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Environmentalists and energy companies are lining up on opposite sides of a bill by Gov. Paul LePage to increase the state’s timber harvest and use the new revenue to pay for residential energy efficiency programs. The plan would slowly increase the public timber harvest from last year’s 115,000-cord ceiling to 180,000 cords. The new revenue would be given to bolster Efficiency Maine’s rebate programs, which help Mainers install alternative heating sources such as heat pumps and high-efficiency wood and wood pellet stoves.

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Study explores role of smallholder farmers in tree conservation

CIFOR
March 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When deforestation or the effects of climate change threaten natural forests, the best hope for the survival of certain tropical tree species may be to include them in agroforestry plots managed by smallholder farmers, according to a recent review. Tree species can be conserved in three ways: They can continue to grow in their native, natural habitat, which is known as conservation in situ; they may be transplanted by farmers to nearby agroforestry plots — a technique known as conservation circa situm — if they are valued for their timber, fruit or for other uses; or they may be conserved in seed banks or gene banks, known as conservation ex situ, or outside their original habitat.

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