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Daily Archives: April 10, 2014

Business & Politics

Roundtable attempts to balance economy and environment

Journal of Commerce
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has established a roundtable of representatives from communities, industry, labour, First Nations and the environmental sector to discuss ways to balance economic development with environmental protection. “I am flattered to be part of this roundtable on the environment and the economy,” said Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “I am on the table as a small business representative and, with the economy, there is a lot of construction activity. I am honoured to be able to participate.”

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Don Cayo: Vancouver is biggest winner when forests, farms and mines do well

Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A lot of city slickers underestimate the value of resources to the B.C. economy, but a new think-tank makes the case that it is Metro Vancouver that benefits most when traditional hinterland industries prosper and grow. “An initial boost to natural resources in B.C. spreads to other industries through demand for inputs or more spending induced by higher incomes,” writes Philip Cross, formerly StatsCan’s chief economic analyst, in a paper released today by Resource Works, a newly minted, Vancouver-based think-tank that intends to specialize in resource-related issues.

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Head of embattled WorkSafeBC to retire

By Gordon Hoekstra – Timing has nothing to with handling of Babine sawmill investigation: WorkSafeBC
Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The head of B.C.’s chief safety agency, which is under fire for its botched investigation into the deadly 2012 Babine sawmill explosion, is stepping down. The retirement of WorkSafeBC CEO David Anderson was announced quietly just a week after Premier Christy Clark blasted the agency’s handling of the investigation, which did not lead to charges. But WorkSafeBC says there’s no connection between Anderson’s retirement and the handling of the case. “I want to emphasize it is a retirement. He is not being fired and he is not quitting,” WorkSafeBC spokesman Scott McCloy said in an email Wednesday.

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Botwood stands to win big with Rentech timber deal

CBC News
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A small town in central Newfoundland stands to gain big if a proposed timber deal for the wood once owned by Abitibi-Bowater goes through for a California company. Rentech, a California-based fertilizer company, is vying for the ownership rights of the 280,000 cubic metres of wood that once belonged to former newsprint producer Abitibi-Bowater, which shut down its Grand Falls-Windsor mill in early 2009. If the company won the rights, Botwood would serve as a shipping point, and a wood pellet plant could also be built in the town. 

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Accidental release of gas at pulp mill stinks up part of city

TB Newswatch
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s been another release of foul smelling gases from the Resolute pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay. Officials with the Ministry of Environment say the accidental venting of concentrated, non-condensable gases occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and lasted for three minutes. The smell wafted across the city, partly due to the milder weather.

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Rodeo of a different kind at Domtar’s Ashdown Mill

Little River News
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

For three days, more than 100 employees competed to see who is the best at safely operating a fork or clamp truck at the Domtar Ashdown Mill. The Lift Truck Rodeo is a unique event that tests operators’ driving skills and knowledge of their vehicle. Judges evaluated the contestants on their knowledge of personal safety, basic fork or clamp truck operation, and safe completion of an obstacle course. The top three finishers in each category were recognized and awarded prizes, as was the overall champion of the competition, Randy Norwood, employee in the Woodyard department.

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UAE leads MENA markets in import of US hardwood lumber, commanding 13.5 % of US exports to the region: US Department of Agriculture

Increasing green initiatives in the Gulf lead to higher use of wood, reveals Dubai WoodShow 
Zawya
April 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to the latest US Department of Agriculture statistics, UAE commands the lion’s share of the total exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a 13.5 percent share of import valued at US$ 86.54 million in 2012.
More significantly, the demand for hardwood in the Middle East is high being a major timber consuming market where wood is used in real estate projects as an alternative to other building materials that were prevalent in the past. 

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NZ sawmillers to endure more pain as exporters contend with shrinking margins, cheaper rivals

BusinessDesk
April 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand timber companies, who have closed more than 40 sawmills in the past decade, are likely to face more pain as plants tied to the export trade face lower-cost Chinese mills, rising competition and a high kiwi dollar shrinking margins. Sawmills supplying timber to the New Zealand market, including Graeme Hart’s Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts (NZ) and the Verry family’s Red Stag Timber are benefiting from a revival in housing construction in Auckland and Christchurch but the outlook for exporters remains shaky, according to Rotorua-based forestry consultancy DANA.

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Importation of softwood logs to Sweden reached a 10-year high in 2013

Pulp and Paper News
April 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forest industry in Sweden imported about ten percent of its wood raw-material Needs in 2013, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Softwood log imports reached a tenyear high, while there has been a decline in the importation of hardwood logs. The Major log suppliers to Sweden in 2013 were Latvia, Norway, Estonia and Finland. Sweden is the fourth largest importer of logs in the world, despite having forests that cover almost two-thirds of the country.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete industry unites to spread sustainability message

Journal of Commerce
April 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A comprehensive collection of groups have formed the Concrete Council of Canada (CCC), a 14-member bloc that intends to educate the public about the concrete advantage. “Our mission is to communicate concrete’s social, environmental and economic value. We have a lot of success stories to tell, individually and as a group,” said Robert Burak, chairman of the CCC and also president of the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. …Both Reschke and Burak said creation of the CCC wasn’t in response to the growing popularity of wood building products, now being used to construct multi-storey structures.

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Forestry

Author and lawyer Anne Giardini to be SFU’s new chancellor

Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver business leader, lawyer and author Anne Giardini will be Simon Fraser University’s next chancellor.  Giardini, who is an SFU graduate, will be installed June 13, when chancellor Carole Taylor’s term ends. Taylor has held the role since 2011, which involves representing the university in the community and conferring degrees at convocation. …Giardini will continue as president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, a role she has filled since 2008 when she was the company’s general counsel.

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Reborn nursery enjoys growth spurt

Prince George Citizen
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A little more than a year after the collapse of the J.D. Little Forest Centre’s cooler building, the seedling nursery is looking to break production records. Last year was a banner year for the facility, despite the cave-in of the roof of their main reefer building. The weight of the snow did that damage on March 15, 2013 but due to the subzero weather, almost all the chilling seedlings survived. According to nursery superintendent Larry Clark and managing grower Richart Cran, that meant a lot to the rebuild considerations.

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Forum Monday to explore forestry changes

The Williams Lake Tribune
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Keeping our forests public and sustainable is the focus of a forum coming up in Williams Lake next week. Anthony Britneff, a retired Registered Professional Forester and policy analyst, and Vicky Husband, a noted conservationist, will be guest speakers at the April 14 meeting which is sponsored by the Council of Canadians, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Williams Lake Field Naturalists, Stand Up For the North (SUFN), and local forestry workers represented by the United Steelworkers Local 425.

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Forestry trail eyed

Society working with proponent of Squamish nature walk
Squamish Chief
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are only two in North America and Squamish has one, boasts the Sea to Sky Forestry Society president. The steam crane used by lumberjacks in the early 1900s currently sits at the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival grounds off Loggers Lane. But by this summer, Mike Wallace hopes it will be a part of a historical trail the forestry society is working on from the Squamish Adventure Centre to the festival site. “We have 25 to 30 pieces of various sizes and various vintages,” he said.

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Acadian forest doomed by new Crown policy, says David Coon

CBC News
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s new Crown forest policy will eliminate restrictions on cutting Acadian forest areas, relax clearcutting rules and lessen government oversight of industrial forest operations, says Green party Leader David Coon. Coon says he has obtained briefing notes from the Department of Natural Resources that outline how a 21 per cent increase in the annual allowable cut of softwood on Crown land will be achieved under the new policy. It was previously known that 48 per cent of the increased allocation will come through reducing the province’s conservation forest — the area that is off-limits for cutting by industry — from the 2012 level of 31 per cent to a level of 23 per cent for the next 10 years.

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Private woodlot owners say they’re key to protecting Crown forest

Group says they have extra wood forestry companies want, but can’t compete with cheap public timber
CBC News
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Private woodlot owners in New Brunswick say they could supply the extra wood forest companies need without changes to the Crown forest policy that the Green Party says dooms the Acadian forest. But those companies only want the cheapest wood with the fewest strings attached and the government seems willing to oblige using the public’s timber, said Ken Hardie, of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners. “I think to a degree there is a certain level of just total frustration and disgust the way things have gone,” he told CBC News on Wednesday.

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Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new national strategy for preventing and fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly firefighting seasons in the West. Rather than waiting to address wildfires until after they ignite, the new strategy emphasizes restoring forests and rangelands while stabilizing funding. The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy was announced Wednesday by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Press Release from the USDA

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2014 Ice Storm Damage to Timber is Price of Annual Harvest

WMBF News
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The winter storm of February 2014 cost millions of dollars in losses to South Carolina’s number-one cash crop. The South Carolina Forestry Commission says $360 million worth of timber damage was sustained during the three-day storm that dumped snow and ice throughout the state. “It’s gone,” timber grower Johney Haralson describes some of his damaged pine that was about seven years old. “The top’s gone off it. It’s gone.”

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MSU researchers develop timber-management software

Mississippi Business Journal
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber. Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user’s guide based on 33 years of research. The free software provides expected yields and future growth values for the red oak-sweetgum forest mixture that is widely distributed across Mississippi river bottoms. 

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‘Truth About Trees’ Nominated For Environmental Award

Hardwood Floors Magazine
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Hardwood Forest Foundation, as a result of its video program aimed at teaching children about how harvesting keeps forests healthy, received a nomination for one of the most prestigious environmental honors in Tennessee. The State of Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards recognize organizations in the state that succeed with environmental projects and conservation measures. “We work tirelessly to teach children about the good the forest produces industry does and to be recognized in this manner only exemplifies the excellence the curriculum provides in educational outlets,” HFF spokesperson Tommy MacDonald said in a statement. 

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Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

Inter Press Service
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WASHINGTON – Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies. Indigenous representatives and environmental activists from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas met over the weekend here to commemorate those leading community fights against extractive industries. The conference, called Chico Vive, honoured Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber-tapper killed in 1988 for fighting to save the Amazon.

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Report highlights the importance of forestry industry

ITV
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new report into the importance of the forestry industry in Scotland has been released. The paper, commission by Confor, shows how much the industry gives to the economy, in relation to more traditional sheep hill farming. Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith went out with a forestry operation team in Dumfries and Galloway to find out more. It’s an industry that is worth billions to the Scottish economy. Much of Dumfries and Galloway is covered by forest and it’s in places like the Silton Forest near Lockerbie that the real work is done to maximise profits.

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Study: Social Benefits Bloom In Communities Near FSC Forests

Hardwood Floors Magazine
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Since the early 1990s, the Forest Stewardship Council certification has said it strives to certify forest operations that are environmentally appropriate, economically viable and socially beneficial. The Center for International Forestry Research wanted to examine that last goal. In a peer-reviewed paper, CIFOR asked if FSC certifications create positive “relationships between logging companies and local populations and contribute significantly to local development”? The short answer: Yes. 

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Greenpeace pressure on deforestation prompts Procter & Gamble retreat on palm oil

April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Procter & Gamble Co. has updated its policy on palm oil following high-profile protests by Greenpeace at its Cincinnati headquarters. The world’s largest consumer products company said Tuesday that it has adopted a “no-deforestation” policy for its palm oil supply. The new goals go beyond its existing policy and aim to ensure its products do not contribute to deforestation. The company said it will work with suppliers and others to ensure it meets this goal by 2020. It will also establish traceability of its palm oil related supply by 2015.

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Environmentalists claim timber markets already worried about peace deal end

ABC News, Australia
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Anti-logging group Markets for Change has declared Tasmania’s forest conflict has already reignited. Spokeswoman, and former Greens leader, Peg Putt says buyers of Tasmanian timber are worried about plans to log in World Heritage Area and tear up the peace deal. On Tuesday, the State Government took the first step in dismantling the deal, announcing 400,000 hectares of forest protected under it would be re-opened for logging. …Ms Putt says the truce between activists and the timber industry achieved under the peace deal is over.

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Logging role queried

The Examiner
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE state Environment Department may have to take on responsibility for logging in former reserves under the Liberals’ forestry policy. The new state government is preparing to repeal the Tasmanian Forests Agreement and open up to logging 400,000 hectares previously earmarked for protection. However, the government’s bid to protect Forestry Tasmania’s pursuit of crucial Forest Stewardship Council certification will see the contentious area remain in the hands of the Environment Department.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Obama targets climate change in wildfire strategy

The Hill
April 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Obama administration released a comprehensive strategy document Wednesday aimed at reducing wildfires, which it says are being exacerbated by climate change. The strategy recommends preventive measures like controlled burns, municipal and state zoning to reduce the effects of sprawl and incorporating watersheds into local management plans. “Through more strategic coordination with local communities, the National Cohesive Strategy will help us better protect 46 million homes in 70,000 communities from catastrophic wildfires,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose department includes the United States Forest Service.

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California Issues First Forestry Compliance Offsets

Ecosystem Marketplace
April 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Yurok tribe has seen first-hand the devastation that deforestation wreaks on trees and plant and animal species living on its tribal lands. Now, with a big stamp of approval from California regulators, the tribe is hoping to tap into the carbon markets to help reverse these devastating trends. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) on Wednesday announced that the Yurok Tribe Sustainable Forest Project was the first to be issued offsets under its compliance forestry protocol. The improved forest management (IFM) project will guarantee long-term forest protection, improve forest habitat diversity, provide benefits to salmon and steelhead populations, and generate revenues for the Yurok Tribe. 

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Salamanders take a bite out of climate change

Mother Nature Network
April 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

We rarely see them, but salamanders are the most common vertebrates in North America’s forests. And these stealthy amphibians also help sequester CO2 that would otherwise fuel climate change. Forests fight climate change, but trees shouldn’t get all the credit. According to a new study, tiny salamanders also help sequester carbon before it can waft into the sky and trap heat from the sun. How? Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrates in North American forests, where they eat insects that would otherwise release carbon dioxide and methane by chewing up leaf litter on the forest floor. 

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China: Integrating Forest Development with Biodiversity Conservation and Carbon Reduction

An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Forest Resources Management
World Bank
April 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Between 2006 and 2012, the World Bank worked with Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China to improve forest resources management by expanding timber plantations, restoring forests, demonstrating better ecosystem management, and piloting carbon sequestration and trading. The project increased forest coverage by more than 232,000 ha, reduced carbon emission, enhanced biodiversity conservation, and raised incomes for more than 215,000 rural families.

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Different mix of forest needed

stuff.co.nz
April 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

OPINION: Last week the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report into the likely impacts of climate change in New Zealand gave us all the more reason why we need to change our agricultural practices and also to change our forests to something more than pinus radiata. The report said that the eastern (read Marlborough) and northern parts of New Zealand are expected to be subject to an increase in the number of days with very high or extreme fire weather.

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General

Greenpeace pressure on deforestation prompts Procter & Gamble retreat on palm oil

April 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Procter & Gamble Co. has updated its policy on palm oil following high-profile protests by Greenpeace at its Cincinnati headquarters. The world’s largest consumer products company said Tuesday that it has adopted a “no-deforestation” policy for its palm oil supply. The new goals go beyond its existing policy and aim to ensure its products do not contribute to deforestation. The company said it will work with suppliers and others to ensure it meets this goal by 2020. It will also establish traceability of its palm oil related supply by 2015.

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