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Daily Archives: April 3, 2014

Business & Politics

Putting BC to Work – the Forest Industry Part 2

Guest: Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Truck Logger’s Association
CKNW News Talk 980
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

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WATCH: Forestry Industry Facing Labor Shortage

Global News
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is an industry that’s a significant driver of the BC and Canadian economy–forestry. But it’s been a tumultuous few years for the sector with more challenges seen ahead. Stake holders are now meeting in Kelowna for the annual Council of Forest Industries convention. They are planning how to tackle the most pressing issue — a major labor shortage. Those in the business say an aging workforce will leave many positions within the industry to be filled.

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Safety workshop outlined dust’s risks before B.C. sawmill explosions

Globe and Mail
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The agency responsible for workplace safety conducted a workshop on the dangers of combustible dust two years before a pair of B.C. sawmill explosions that killed four workers, but failed to bring those lessons into the mills, say opposition New Democrats. NDP Leader Adrian Dix released details of the WorkSafeBC workshop, held in Richmond on March 17, 2010, that featured a U.S. expert on how to identify, evaluate and control the risk of combustible dust. Accumulations of dry sawdust have since been blamed for the massive explosions at the Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills facilities.

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Mill safety scrutinized for sawdust

WorkSafeBC inspects local facilities this spring to ensure dust accumulation standards are met
Alberni Valley Times
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial workplace safety authorities are cracking down on sawmills this spring with another round of inspections to operations across the province, including visits to two Alberni Valley facilities. WorkSafeBC has doubled its team of safety specialists to 20, who will be looking into the accumulation of combustible sawdust in B.C. mills over April, May and June to determine the risk of fire in the facilities. …Western Forest Products, which locally runs the Somass and Alberni Pacific Division sawmills, is expecting WorkSafeBC to conduct inspections this spring. “We just see this as a continual process. Our mills are continually inspected by WorkSafe,” said Tony Sudar, vice-president of manufacturing with Western Forest Products.

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Putting BC to Work – The Forest Industry and Profession Part 1

Guest: Casey Macaulay, Associate Registrar, Association of BC Forest Professionals
CKNW News Talk 980
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

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WorkSafe briefed on dust danger in 2010: NDP

Prince George Citizen
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC was told that wood dust could cause an explosion in sawmills about two years before the deadly Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills incidents in early 2012, NDP leader Adrian Dix told the legislature Wednesday. The NDP asked the government during Question Period why this knowledge did not result in quicker action to protect millworkers. “In 2010 John Astad, an expert from the Combustible Dust Policy Institute in Texas, was brought to B.C. for a meeting with WorkSafe safety officials, officers and management. Issues included, on a day-long meeting, combustible dust ignition and explosion factors,” Dix said. “Will the Premier explain to this House and the families and workers of Burns Lake and other communities why WorkSafe did not actually apply the information it had two years before?”

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Quebec’s forestry sector is getting the short end of the stick under the Softwood Lumber Agreement with the U.S.

April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

That not all provinces are alike in the eyes of Ottawa is hardly news, but sometimes different treatment is particularly obvious. Usually, the complaint is that Québec enjoys special treatment. When it comes to the forest industries, however, Ottawa discriminates against Québec. The federal government wants to extend the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006, already extended through 2015, through 2020 or beyond. The Québec forest industries support extension because the Agreement has kept the United States from launching interminable litigation, but only if all the provisions of the Agreement are implemented and enforced, which until now has not been the case.

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Quebec’s forestry sector is getting the short end of the stick under the Softwood Lumber Agreement with the U.S.

April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

That not all provinces are alike in the eyes of Ottawa is hardly news, but sometimes different treatment is particularly obvious. Usually, the complaint is that Québec enjoys special treatment. When it comes to the forest industries, however, Ottawa discriminates against Québec. The federal government wants to extend the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006, already extended through 2015, through 2020 or beyond. The Québec forest industries support extension because the Agreement has kept the United States from launching interminable litigation, but only if all the provisions of the Agreement are implemented and enforced, which until now has not been the case.

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Log export story prompts debate over free trade, globalization

The Oregonian
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Oregonian’s story on a legal battle over log exports in Astoria prompted a long, thoughtful debate among readers about free trade, the global economy, local jobs and Oregon’s historic ties to the timber industry. Though exports of logs from federal and state land has been banned, log exports remain legal off of private lands. Log exports have more than doubled since 2009 due to strong Chinese demand. Domestic mill owners complain that log exports off of private land deprive them of raw materials and drive up prices, making it harder for local mills to remain competitive. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Province unveils proposed changes to wood use in Ontario

Daily Commercial News
April 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A submitted proposal by the Ontario government to make amendments to the provincial building code, allowing the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys, has caught some members of the cement and concrete industry by surprise. “We’re surprised because we’ve always been told by the Ontario government that they will wait until the National Building Code of Canada changes on five and six-storey wood buildings,” said Cement Association of Canada (CAC) president Michael McSweeney. “And those changes will not be sent to the building code committee until the summer of 2015.”

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Forestry

Washington mudslide a warning to B.C.

Letter from Mary Andrews
Victoria Times Colonist
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent devastating mudslide in Washington should ring alarm bells, especially regarding the B.C. government’s allowance — even blessing — of the current wasteful forestry practices in our province. Without sufficient numbers of trees to halt erosion, not only will landscapes and ecosystems be harmed, but many people could lose their homes and their lives. Our debt to nature (far exceeding the provincial monetary debt) is reaching a point of no return. Time to start paying her back.

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Playing with words regarding Tree Farm Licences

250 News
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Alice met Humpty Dumpty, in Lewis Carroll’s famous book “Alice in Wonderland,” Humpty informed her rather scornfully that “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean.” And so goes the Ministry of Forests with its repeated use of the term “Area-based Forest Tenures” in its Discussion Paper and on its public consultation website. …When you drill down past all the headings and references to Area-based Forest Tenures on the Ministry’s website and in its Discussion Paper, it becomes clear that what the Ministry is proposing is a rollover of volume-based licences into one particular – and highly controversial – type of area-based tenure, i.e. Tree Farm Licences (TFLs).

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Government restarts forest licence review

Victoria News
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former B.C. chief forester Jim Snetsinger is leading a public discussion this spring about converting volume-based logging licences to area-based tenures, a proposal the B.C. government backed away from before last spring’s election. Forests Minister Steve Thomson announced the consultation this week and released a discussion paper for comment on a new website that will collect comments until May 30. About 60 per cent of the logging on Crown land in B.C. is through volume-based forest licences, which give companies permission to cut a specified volume in the licence area. 

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Keys to Successful Forest Management Are Independent and Accountable Forest Professionals

The Association of BC Forest Professionals
April 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals read with interest the report released by the Professional Employees Association. There are a few items that require clarification. ….It is the duty of the association to serve and protect the public interest. Our members are bound by our Code of Ethics which requires them to be responsible to the public; the profession; their employer and other members. Specifically, it requires them to uphold professional principles above the demands of employment. It is this tenet of independence combined with exclusive right to practice, that ensures our members will act in the public interest.

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Loggers find face in a tree

Klahoose carving settles question of territory
Powell River Peak
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A face carved into a tree trunk was discovered by forestry workers in a remote location up Toba Inlet. It had been staring down an ancient river valley in the rainforest for almost 200 years. The recent chance discovery was made approximately 60 miles up the inlet and helped to silence a question of doubt regarding the geographic limits of Klahoose First Nation traditional territory. Two employees of Fireball Contracting Ltd., Rob Reynolds and Keith McCrea, were working in a cutblock and turned around to discover the carved face. Klahoose Forestry Limited Partnership manager Kim Olney, informed Klahoose First Nation of the find.

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Plans afoot for new path through Ancient Forest

Prince George Citizen
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

There is still work to be done at the Ancient Forest. With the universal boardwalk complete, a plan is now afoot to install a 4,500-foot plank pathway around a loop through the rest of the site, Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club president Nowell Senior said Wednesday. …Located 113 kilometres east of Prince George, the Ancient Forest showcases one of the few remaining stands of cedar forest within B.C.’s interior. Many of the trees are more than 1,000 years old and some are closer to 2,000. 

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Forest Service Chief Cites Successes, Challenges in Testimony on FY15 Budget

USDA Forest Service
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – In testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell cited three key areas of focus for the FY 2015 President’s Budget of $4.77 billion for the Forest Service: restoring resilient landscapes, building thriving communities, and managing wildland fires. “The budget calls for a fundamental change in how wildfire suppression is funded.

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Senators Flake And McCain Back Effort To Keep 4Fri Alive

Arizona Journal
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Red tape that has the ability to undermine the Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI) has captured the attention of U.S. Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, both R-Ariz.
In a letter dated March 24, the senators implore the U.S. Forest Service to make the success of the initiative, along with the White Mountain Stewardship contract, “a national priority.” The problem boils down to a projected gap in the number of forest acres available to timber industries that are currently thinning forests in Northern Arizona between the end of the White Mountain Stewardship contract and the beginning of the 4FRI project.

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Luebeck wrong on Daines’ forest management bill

The Missoulian
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As county commissioners from Madison, Ravalli, Lincoln, Sweet Grass, Jefferson and Mineral counties, we are writing to rebuke former state Rep. Al Luebeck’s recent opinion (Jan. 28) attacking U.S. Rep. Steve Daines for his support of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. While most of his arguments are based on his misinterpretation of Daines’ legislation, we do agree with Luebeck that Montana’s outdoors heritage is one-of-a-kind, and we must care for our public lands in a responsible way to ensure they will always be, as Luebeck states, “managed to provide the values we treasure so much.” That’s exactly what the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act does.

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New 4FRI Thinning Project Begins on the Apache-Sitgreaves

Knau.org
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Major thinning is ramping up on northern Arizona’s national forests. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the work represents the early stages of the biggest-ever U.S. forest restoration project. This week, the Alder Project began in the Black Mesa Ranger District about 30 miles northwest of Show Low. About 1,300 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be thinned as part of the second Four Forest Restoration Initiative project in the area.

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Forest Service contract for new wildfire-fighting air tankers now in question

Associated Press
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — A federal auditing agency on Wednesday upheld a challenge to a U.S. Forest Service contract for two next-generation air tankers to fight wildfires. But it was not yet clear what impact the decision might have on the federal air tanker fleet this summer. Three competing air tanker companies objected to a sole-source contract the Forest Service awarded to Neptune Aviation Services in Missoula, Mont. It calls for paying up to $496 million over nine years for exclusive use of two BAE-146 aircraft.

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Seneca Jones bids on Elliott State Forest land, says ‘cowardly’ environmental groups can’t bully it

The Oregonian
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s antagonistic timber wars are far from over. Seneca Jones Timber Co. on Wednesday announced it bid on land for sale in the Elliott State Forest to deliberately challenge environmental groups that warned they would sue to block the state from divesting forestland potentially housing the threatened marbled murrelet seabird. Kathy Jones, Seneca Jones’ co-owner, said her company didn’t bid on the land because her mill needs lumber but because she and her two sisters refused to be bullied by “eco-radical” environmental groups and believed no other timber companies made an offer.

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What others say: No Roadless Rule in the Tongass

Ketchikan Daily News
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska will take the win. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed this week that the Tongass National Forest is exempt from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule. The ruling allows road building in roadless areas and timber harvest. But, and it’s a major “but,” that is the situation as long as the decision isn’t appealed and lost. The likelihood of no appeal is slim to nothing if history is indicative. The Roadless Rule has been in dispute here in Alaska for at least 10 years. That’s a decade of an executive order, followed by one court ruling after another, and uncertainty for Southeast Alaskans.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report: Wood-burning power plants emit more pollution per megawatt than coal plants

Lexington Herald Leader
April 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Power plants that burn wood to produce electricity emit comparatively more pollution than modern coal-fired power plants, according to a group that advocates tougher rules on the growing biomass-power industry. The issue is relevant in Kentucky because of a proposed wood-burning power plant near Hazard, called ecoPower Generation, the state’s first. In a study released early Wednesday, the Massachusetts-based Partnership for Policy Integrity said wood-fired plants are not as clean as advocates claim, putting more carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere than coal or natural-gas plants when judged on the ratio of pollution to energy produced.

Harleyville wood-burning ‘biomass’ power plant under fire from environmental group from The Post and Courier

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