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Business & Politics

Weaker Canadian Dollar a Windfall for Forestry Sector

The Wall Street Journal Canada
March 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canadian dollar’s recent drop is creating some winners and some losers. Canada’s forestry sector will be one of the biggest winners, according to bond-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service. The 7.9% decline in the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar in the past year is a windfall for forest-products companies because most of their products are priced in U.S. dollars, Moody’s said. When the Canadian dollar drops, the makers of those products generate more revenue in Canadian-dollar terms.

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Rules on deadly B.C. sawmill dust not tough enough: union

Business in Vancouver
March 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the two-year anniversary of a deadly sawmill explosion in Prince George nears, the union representing B.C.’s forestry workers says toothless safety regulations mean that workers are still in danger. “Until all of British Columbia’s sawmills are operating under the same standards, then workers are still at risk,” Bob Matters, chair of the United Steelworkers Wood Council, told Business in Vancouver.

Spreading the Word on Right to Safe Work Place from 250 News

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Les Leyne: Blast inquest is not enough, NDP says

Victoria Times Colonist
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For all the faith chief coroner Lisa Lapointe has in her authority to get to the bottom of the Burns Lake mill tragedy, Opposition New Democrats insist an inquest just isn’t going to cut it. They’re joined by victims’ families and others in the community in demanding a much more far-reaching investigation into the fireball explosion that ripped through the Babine Forest Products mill two years ago. … That is a public inquiry, with full powers to plumb “the actions taken by all levels of government, government agencies and delegates, employers and workers leading up to and following the Babine explosion.”

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B.C. launches safety initiative to reduce sawmill dust buildup

The Canadian Press
March 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — The B.C. government, the forest industry, their unions and WorkSafeBC have released a plan aimed at preventing sawmill explosions. In a joint statement, the groups lay out a multi-point strategy to limit potential combustible dust and make sure mills comply with safety regulations. Part of the plan includes a dust mitigation and control audit, to ensure best practices, province-wide.

Aggressive Plan Launched to Deal with Combustible Dust from 250 News

Press Release from the BC Government

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Government, industry, labour work together to prevent dust buildup in sawmills

The Canadian Press
March 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – On a day when the B.C. government announced a safety plan to prevent another sawmill from blowing up, the Opposition New Democrats launched a concerted effort for a public inquiry into the first of two explosions that killed two workers and injured 19 others. NDP Leader Adrian Dix said it appears the Liberal government is doing everything it can to avoid a probe with powers to point fingers and make findings of misconduct. Labour Minister Shirley Bond said while the government feels extreme remorse and sympathy for the victims and their families, ensuring safe working conditions at the mills is the top priority.

BC workplace watchdog announces sawmill “safety mechanisms’ from The Globe and Mail

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NS: Life after Bowater mill closure proves daunting

Daily Business Buzz
March 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[LIVERPOOL, NS] – Allan Robart is a father of three and a former Bowater Mersey mill worker. Like many former workers, he doesn’t have a trade and says that has made finding work difficult in Queens County and other areas. Robart worked at the mill from 1991 to 2012; he’s 51. He has found it hard to find full time steady work in the wake of the mill closure. The father of three was one of the many employees working within the mill without a certified trade.

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As log export market booms, Astoria partnership dissolves into acrimony

The Oregonian
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ASTORIA — Relations between an Astoria log exporter and its giant Chinese customer have suddenly turned nastier than the Columbia River bar in a winter storm. And that has set up one of the most lopsided corporate legal battles in recent memory — Westerlund Log Handlers, a deeply indebted Clatsop County timber operator, against China National Building Materials Import & Export Co., part of a $30-billion-a-year enterprise partially owned by the People’s Republic of China. The dispute threatens dozens of jobs in this working-class town and casts a pall over what has been an all-too rare economic success story for rural Oregon.

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Stora Enso moves ahead with closure plans at its Veitsiluoto mill

Pulp and Paper News
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In January 2014, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 1 (PM 1) at Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland, due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill have now concluded and PM 1 will be permanently shut down by the end of April 2014. The shutdown will affect 88 employees.

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Myanmar Suspends Timber Exports

Bernama.com
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

HANOI, April 1 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry said Myanmar will suspend timber exports beginning April 1 to ensure sustainable utilisation of forest reserves and enhance environmental protection and biodiversity. The country only exports finished or semi-finished wood products in order to develop manufacturing technology and create business opportunities for locals, , Vietnam News Agency (VNA) quoted the ministry as saying.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Using more wood for construction can slash global reliance on fossil fuels

Phys.org
March 31, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

A Yale University-led study has found that using more wood and less steel and concrete in building and bridge construction would substantially reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel consumption. Despite an established forest conservation theory holding that tree harvesting should be strictly minimized to prevent the loss of biodiversity and to maintain carbon storage capacity, the new study shows that sustainable management of wood resources can achieve both goals while also reducing fossil fuel burning.

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Ad Campaign Doesn’t tell a True Story

By Michael Giroux
Canadian Wood Council
March 31, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A recent ad campaign from the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association linked infrequent instances of failed city water infrastructure to the risk of fire spread in buildings in general, and to life safety in mid- and tall-wood buildings in particular. Aside from the fact that the combination of water-main failure and instances of fire are insignificant, CCMPA’s ad misses the obvious point. That is, that mid-rise and tall buildings, irrespective of building material used (concrete, steel or wood), depend on sprinklers and other important fire protection and fire suppression measures to ensure life safety during a fire. Most fire-related injuries or fatalities are caused by burns or smoke inhalation, resulting from the combustion of today’s large quantities of furnishings and fixtures. 

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Wooden Globe Award Winners Have Been Chosen

Woodworking Network
March 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW MILFORD, CT – The Woodworking Machinery Industry Assocation has named the winners of the 2014 Wooden Globe Awards. These individuals have been chosen to receive recognition for their outstanding contributions to the woodworking industry. Every year the WMIA recognizes extraordinary companies and institutions with the prestigious Wooden Globe Awards. These awards are presented for notable success and achievements, accomplished in part through the use of high technology machinery and software supplied by WMIA member companies, as well as for industry education.

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Builder part of White House workshop

Daily Inter Lake
March 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Columbia Falls-based SmartLam — the only manufacturer of cross-laminated timber in the country — had a voice on the national stage at a high-profile wood products workshop offered by the White House Rural Council in Washington, D.C. SmartLam General Manager Casey Malmquist, a longtime Whitefish home builder, was invited to participate in the workshop, “Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment.” Part of the council’s work is to promote enhanced quality of life and economic opportunity in rural America. Toward that end, it offered educational information on the environmental benefits of woobuilding materials.

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Forget the Shard – the UK’s new crop of timber buildings

GizMag
March 31, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Forget the “Shard,” the “Walkie Talkie” and the “Cheese Grater,” the real revolution in UK buildings is in timber construction, which saves on build time, carbon emissions and boasts energy efficiency. One new apartment block in Chelsea is calculated to use the same energy as a Smart car. Some of the most important new buildings to be completed in and around London are not oddly-shaped skyscrapers made of steel and glass, but highly-efficient low-rise buildings made largely of timber.

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Forestry

If a pine beetle tree falls in the forest

Prince George Free Press
March 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Mid-Term Timber Supply Review came out a couple of years ago, it contained some dire warnings about timber supply in mountain pine beetle hit areas.  “In the Prince George Timber Supply Area, the pre-beetle allowable annual cut was 9.3 million cubic metres. The current AAC is 12.5 million cubic metres and the mid-term timber supply projection is 6.4 million cubic metres per year,” it stated. …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.

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Wilderness Committee has low expectations for government’s environmental protection group

CKNW
March 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new round-table has been created by the Ministry of Environment with the hope of balancing economic development with environmental protection. With the creation of this group come critics like Gwen Barlee with the Wilderness Committee. She says the provincial government hasn’t moved towards environmental protection before so she’s shocked with the decision. “I’m kind of scratching my head and I hope I’ll be pleasantly surprised but right now I don’t have high expectations.” Barlee says she hopes the group can take action, instead of just talk about issues. END

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?Board Bulletin, Volume 16 Balancing Risk Across Resource Values in Forest Operations

BC Forest Practices Board
March 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This bulletin explores risk management in BC forest operations, and suggests that it needs to be transparent and fair, while reflecting the public’s interest in the resources. It is the fifth in a series of new Forest Practices Board bulletins describing important issues for forest management identified in recent Board work.

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Residents voice slide concerns

Mission Record
March 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tamihi Logging Company (TLC) will be proceeding with plans to log 49 hectares of Crown land on the north side of Pattison Creek this year, according to TLC manager Ted Holtby. Holtby and Westrek geologist Tim Smith met with Hatzic Valley residents last Thursday night at McConnell Creek Hall to explain the plan and listen to concerns including landslides. About 75 residents attended the meeting to try to convince the logging company to reconsider its plans.  “We have opposite points of view,” said Holtby after the meeting. “We’re still proceeding. We have a right to be there.”

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Environment roundtable members detailed

Prince George Citizen
March 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental organizations are coming together with industry, labour, aboriginal and municipal government groups to try to find ways to marry economic development with protection of the environment. Environment Minister Mary Polak unveiled the first 15 members of the provincial roundtable on the environment and the economy on Friday and tasked them with finding ways to strike a balance between resource development and environmental and human health protection. United Steelworkers Local 1-424 president Frank Everitt is one of three labour representatives on the commission.

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All okay after chopper crash in Gold River

Campbell River Mirror
May 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Four people escaped with minor injuries after a helicopter crashed just after takeoff Wednesday morning in Gold River. “Reports indicate that the helicopter was attempting to take off from a local helicopter air base when it suffered possible mechanical issues. The helicopter crashed a short time after take off, suffering a hard landing on a nearby parking lot,” said Const. Peter Koutougos of Nootka Sound RCMP in a news release. …On board were three fallers for Western Forest Products who were being taken to a logging operation.The trio, plus the pilot were taken to hospital for further examination and treatment.

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Orazietti defends Whiskeyjack forestry plan as its implementation looms

Kenora Daily Miner and News
March 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s Natural Resource Minister David Orazietti is defending the province’s new 10-year forestry management plan for the Whiskeyjack Forest which is set to come into force on April 1. The plan has been the source of a protracted conflict with local First Nations, especially Grassy Narrows, which seem to be against any logging inside the forest, unless they can have direct control over how it is allowed to proceed. Orazietti said the province is trying hard to bring First Nations like Grassy Narrows on board, address their concerns with the plan and ensure that they too will benefit from development of the Whiskeyjack. But their efforts have been met with little success.

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Darrington residents raise money for loggers (video)

KiroTV.com
March 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

They’ve been in waist-deep mud, clearing the way for search and rescue crews to get into the Oso slide zone. Now Darrington-area loggers are the ones in need of help. Some of their work gear will need to be tossed out after helping at the slide zone. It’s a mountain of a job – even for experienced loggers. Around 75 have taken time off work – brought in their own equipment and gear to help clear the way. “It touches all of our hearts in the community that our guys are out there doing what they’re doing on their own time,” said Francine Burckhardt, who is a branch manager at Coastal Community Bank.

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New tree-killing threat has arrived

MCT Regional News
March 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tree-killing invasive species that already is threatening hemlocks in Hocking Hills has spread to three more Ohio counties. The hemlock woolly adelgid has been discovered in Lawrence, Monroe and Vinton counties in southeastern Ohio. The species had been found in Meigs and Washington counties in 2012 and in Hocking County in 2013. Known for the cottony sac shelters they weave on branches, the aphid-size adelgids feed on the nutrients that hemlocks store at the base of their needles. Adelgids can kill an adult tree in a few years.

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New forestry mower improves wildlife habitat, saves water, says Wichita parks official

The Wichita Eagle
March 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Cedar trees in Wichita parks, beware. There’s a mechanical beast coming your way that in seconds can chew you into tiny pieces and spit you out. And as it eats its way through Wichita, the city’s new forestry mower is creating healthier prairies in city parks, greatly improving wildlife habitat, making it safer to drive and live near parks, and preserving thousands of gallons of water. It’s saving taxpayers thousands of dollars, too. “We’ve already paid for this thing multiple times since November,” Parks and Recreation Department maintenance supervisor Warren McCoskey said as he watched the mower turn tall cedars into scattered mulch at Pawnee Prairie Park. 

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Beetle targets state’s ash trees

Awareness can help stop destruction
Greenvilleonline.com
March 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

First we lost the elm trees, then the chestnut trees, now the hemlocks, and soon possibly the ash trees. Non-native insects and diseases are slowly whittling away at our forest tree species. The latest on the scene in our area is the Emerald Ash Borer and prognosis for ash trees does not look good. In the summer of 2013, the beetle was found in three counties in North Carolina and two counties in Georgia and is already well established in Tennessee. It appears to be a matter of time until the beetle calls South Carolina home. 

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Hodgman Government prepares to reveal forestry revamp plan

ABC News
March 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The new Tasmanian Government expects to detail plans for the state’s forest industry as early as next week. Premier Will Hodgman has vowed to tear up the historic forest peace deal struck between industry and environmental groups, but has revealed no details on what might replace it. Mr Hodgman has appointed former MLC and new Franklin MP Paul Harriss in the resources portfolio. He told ABC Local Radio the government’s plans would be outlined soon. 

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