Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: April 11, 2014

Business & Politics

Truck loggers donate $15K to ADSS forestry

Alberni Valley News
April 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With local educational programs hitting the chopping block this month through the Alberni School District’s budget process, one program is getting outside support from an industry that will depend on it. On Tuesday, the Truck Loggers Association handed over a cheque for $15,000 to the Alberni District Secondary School’s forestry program to help ensure it sticks around. “I’m happy to say TLA members are putting their money where their mouth is,” said TLA executive director Dwight Yochim. …According to a TLA study, the forestry industry will need 6,500 people by 2022. “These kids are the future of our industry,” said TLA president Don Banasky.

Read More

New lobby group forms to promote resource industries

CKNW
April 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new non-profit organization feels British Columbians don’t have enough information on the province’s natural resource economy and they want to get the word out. Resource Works is hoping to get what they say is fact based information out – about B-C’s natural resource sector. Resource Works Board Member Greg D’Avignon says many don’t realize how much they use natural resources.

Read More

Boost in B.C. natural resource extraction creates more Vancouver service-sector jobs: report

Business in Vancouver
April 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As highrises blanket Vancouver’s downtown and box stores dot the landscape in the suburbs, the significance of the province’s natural resource sector – concentrated mainly in rural B.C. – isn’t obvious in urban life. But a new study reveals the Lower Mainland’s service-oriented economy is inextricably tied to the natural resource sector, and any increased output from the latter would have tremendous impacts on Metro Vancouver job numbers. …”The most striking result is that the Lower Mainland receives 55.5% of all the resource-based jobs created in B.C.,” the report said.

Read More

Wood, Paper & Green Building

Penticton group wants to put old wood to new use

Penticton Western News
April 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hoping to put more old wood to new use, a fledgling non-profit has asked a local government for permission to scavenge from its landfills. The organizers behind Waste Knot plan to round up unwanted wood, spruce it up as needed, then sell it from a retail location in Penticton. “We’re hoping that the community gets behind this and helps us out,” Deb Thorneycroft last week told the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Thorneycroft is a member of the Okanagan Upcycle ReSource Society, which will operate Waste Knot.

Read More

Ontario Building Code to change to allow mid-rise wood construction

Proposed changes will allow five and six storey wood buildings, subject to fire, height, and perimeter restrictions
Ontario Construction Report
April 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The government has proposed Ontario Building Code changes to allow five and six story wood frame construction in 2015. The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) has applauded the move, but the government’s proposed changes include special provisions to enhance fire safety and these regulations will make it harder and more expensive to implement wood construction than elsewhere, especially British Columbia, which has allowed mid-rise wood construction for about five years. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has published a guide to proposed changes to the building code and is inviting comments until May 4.

Read More

How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding

The Daily Barometer
April 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Engineered wood strand lap siding offers the beauty of natural wood, with deep shadow lines for a premium cedar appearance. This siding has the durability of a treated engineered wood product to withstand harsh weather elements. How do other popular siding products compare to engineered wood siding and trim? You’ll need to do your own research to decide, but here is some information to consider. …One of the biggest names in treated engineered wood siding is also one of the fastest-growing brands of siding materials in America. During the past 17 years, builders and remodelers have used more than 7 billion square feet of LP SmartSide Trim and Siding.

Read More

Old lumber trending in some new homes

SaukValley.com
April 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Reclaimed lumber is among the most environmentally friendly building materials because, as any 12-year-old can explain, recycling is good for us and the planet. The wood is beautiful. A floor of salvaged antique heart pine glows with the patina of decades, even centuries. And, say Paul Atkinson of Southend Reclaimed and Jonathan Kauffman of Kauffman and Co., buyers appreciate the tales behind reclaimed and salvaged lumber, too.

Read More

Forestry

This is Your Canfor

Canfor You Tube
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Canfor is one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable wood building solutions, pulp and paper and we’ve built our reputation on top quality products and superior customer service. A global leader in dimension lumber, Canfor is driving demand for green building products and serving markets in every corner of the world.

Read More

BC Forest Safety Council and industry partners host educational sessions aimed at reducing log truck rollovers

BC Forest Safety Council
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) is hosting several sessions of the rollover prevention seminar, Anatomy of a Rollover, throughout the BC interior. The presenter, Grant Aune, of Advantage Fleet Services, has more than 32 years of commercial vehicle incident investigation and accident reconstruction experience. His three-hour presentations, designed specifically for log truck drivers, loader operators and forest supervisors, discuss the five main causes of rollovers and the steps drivers and loader operators can take to prevent them from occurring.

Read More

Third woodlot licence available in Peace River region

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TUMBLER RIDGE – The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot near Teepee Creek 28 kilometres north of Tumbler Ridge, in a move that will create new job opportunities across the Peace River region, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. Woodlot Licence W1947 covers just over 998 hectares of Crown land, with an initial allowable annual cut of 1,368 cubic metres.

Read More

Logging plan is mystifying to resident

Letter to the editor by Janne Perrin
Agassiz Harrison Observer
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I fail to understand why the local councils contacted Forest Lands & Natural Resources Operations Minister Steve Thomson suggesting the logging road through Sasquatch Park would serve as an evacuation route from Agassiz-Harrison?.. The question is why is any industrial activity or boundary adjustment allowed in our Provincial Parks? The BC Parks Branch website tells me Class “A” parks, such as Sasquatch are dedicated to the preservation of their natural environments for the inspiration, use and enjoyment of the public. Are we now to see our parks whittled away hectare by hectare by road removal for industrial purposes? Logging and hydro are not the only interests.

Read More

How B.C. Forestry Went From Protests To Partnerships

by Stephanie Goodwin, B.C. Director, Greenpeace
Huffinton Post
April 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I have a saying: when you have a knotty problem, widen the circle of brains working on it and see what happens. Often this means collaborating with others that have seemingly divergent interests. But solutions will undoubtedly emerge. The market for wood and paper products is fiercely competitive these days. With a shrinking demand for paper products due to digitalization, changes in market demand due to events like the U.S. housing crisis, and growing global wood fibre players like Brazil and Russia competing with Canadian forest products, companies must walk a tightrope through this landscape to succeed.

Read More

Input invited on Morice timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until June 20, 2014, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Morice Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting a new allowable annual cut. … It also provides the results of the base-case timber supply analysis, which shows that an initial harvest of 2.165 million cubic metres per year – the level of the current allowable annual cut – can be maintained for five years before decreasing to 1.6 million cubic metres per year.

Read More

Weeks-old burn pile re-ignited

BC Local News
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lake Country fire crews responded to a brush fire in the McCoubrey Plateau area Sunday. Ten firefighters were called out after 9 p.m. when a resident noticed a fire on private land in a wooded area. Fire chief Steve Windsor said the land-owner had previously been burning old pine beetle trees in the area and had buried a burn pile, but the blaze continued to simmer underground until the wind caused it to light up again. “It was three or four-week-old burn pile but the wind came up and it got back up to about a half acre and into some very tangled and dead pine beetle trees,” said Windsor.

Read More

Lack of consultation on forestry changes challenged by UNB prof

Government obliged to consult when dealing with public resource like Crown forest, says Tom Beckley
CBC News
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Alward government hasn’t done enough to engage the public in discussion about major changes to the province’s Crown lands forestry policy and risks a political fate similar to the government it defeated, says a professor with expertise in public involvement in forest management. Tom Beckley, a sociologist and professor in the Forestry and Environment faculty at the University of New Brunswick, says there has been a “democratic deficit” before the government announced last month it will allow a 21 per cent increase in the annual allowable cut of softwood from Crown land. 

Read More

Truckers to get training at Collège Boréal in Timmins

Timmins Times
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the hope that more industry in the North will create a need for more trucking in the North, Collège Boréal in Timmins has responded with specialized training programs for new truckers. The program is being offered through Boréal’s continuing education division. The program was unveiled Thursday at a news conference staged in the college parking lot beside a couple of big transport rigs; one for the highway and one for logging roads. Among those in the attendance were students, instructors and industry representatives.

Read More

American Forests to Plant 1.6 Million Trees in 2014

PRWEB
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

American Forests will partner with local organizations in 14 states and six countries to plant more than 1.6 million trees in 2014. Through the Global ReLeaf program, American Forests will reforest 33 project sites damaged by wildfire, pests, disease, deforestation, natural disasters and more. These projects further the organization’s mission to protect and restore forests for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants. Coming on the heels of the U.N.’s grim climate change report — the first in seven years — programs such as Global ReLeaf emphasize how essential forest conservation is to fighting the effects of climate change.

Read More

Georgia Forestry Foundation $35,000 Artwork and Slogan Contest Deadline Approaches April 30

The Digital Journal
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The deadline for the Georgia Forestry Foundation’s artwork and slogan contest to express the value of Georgia’s working forests is quickly approaching on April 30. Students and schools that compete in the contest will have an opportunity to win a prize package valued up to $35,000. The Foundation’s latest education initiative, “Forestry: A Foundation for our Future,” was launched on Feb. 20 to create greater awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of Georgia’s 24.8 million acres of forest land, including contributing $28.9 billion to the state’s economy annually, providing 135,732 jobs, and fostering clean air, clean water, carbon storage, wildlife habitat and beautiful surroundings.

Read More

Study: As logging declines, lawsuits continue

A study of national forest litigation over a 20 year period found that the U.S. Forest Service has been more willing to settle cases in recent years.
Capital Press
April 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Lawsuits over the management of national forests have persisted despite a steep decline in logging, based on a 20-year litigation study. An average of 56 cases a year were filed against the U.S. Forest Service between 1989 and 2008, according to the State Univerity of New York study, which was funded by the agency. In that time, annual timber harvest levels in national forests have dropped roughly 75 percent, from 12 billion board feet to fewer than 3 billion board feet, according to Forest Service data.

Read More

Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests

mongabay.com
April 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nigel Sizer has worked on the forefront of global forest issues for decades. Currently, he is the Global Director of the World Resource Institute’s (WRI) Forests Program, whose projects include the Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Alliance, and the Global Restoration Initiative. These programs work with governments, businesses, and civil society with the aim of sustaining forests for generations to come. On February 20, 2014, WRI launched the Global Forest Watch (GFW), an online forest monitoring and alert system to track deforestation throughout the world. 

Read More

Six-year harvesting freeze ‘proof FT is sustainable’

The Advocate
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE state government conceded Forestry Tasmania (FT) could sustain itself by logging the area allocated to it for harvesting under the forestry peace deal, opposition leader Bryan Green said. Next month the government will introduce legislation to repeal the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and set aside 400,000 hectares of forest reserves for future harvesting. However it intends to impose a six-year freeze on harvesting there. Mr Green said the government was now claiming Forestry Tasmania could be self- sustaining throughout the six years before the forest reserves were opened for harvesting.

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

CRIBE funds eastern Ontario biofuels plant

Northern Ontario Business
April 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East

Thunder Bay-based Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing up to $1.5 million to leverage up to $4 million to increase production capacity at Ensyn Technologies’ Renfrew biofuel plant in eastern Ontario. Ensyn will have a “fast-to-market option” to deliver their petroleum-replacement liquid biofuel produced from forest residues to heating oil customers in Quebec and northeastern United States. The staff of 14 is expected to double as the plant is brought up to full production capacity from three million litres to 13 million litres annually.

Read More

Wood pellet industry continues sustainability push

Canadian Biomass Magazine
April 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The global biomass industry is pushing for a standardized form of sustainability criteria for solid biomass, panelists at the Argus European Biomass Trading 2014 conference said. A stable policy framework is the most important economics issue, Belgium-based energy research centre Laborelec’s chief technology officer, Yves Rykmans, said. Environmental issues such as climate change as well as social issues such as health and safety also need to be continuously addressed in order for the industry to adopt and maintain a standardized form of sustainability criteria, he added. 

Read More

Report: Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated

Eco Business
April 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Current climate models appear to underestimate the full impact of forest vegetation on rainfall patterns, indicating that the potential consequences of land-cover change on global temperature increase cannot be assessed with certainty, new research shows. Erratic rainfall could worsen with deforestation, according to Douglas Sheil, an ecologist at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and an associate researcher with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Read More

General

Weyerhaeuser Company Declares Dividend

Weyerhaeuser
April 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced that its board of directors declared a dividend of $0.22 per share on the Common Stock of the company, payable in cash on May 30, 2014 to holders of record of such common shares at the close of business on May 9, 2014. Additionally, the company’s board of directors has declared a dividend of $0.7969 per share on the company’s 6.375% Mandatory Convertible Preference Shares, Series A, which will be payable in cash on July 1, 2014 to holders of record of such mandatory convertible preference shares at the close of business on June 15, 2014. END

Read More

Canadian Wood Council supports independent study documenting safety of wood frame construction

Canadian Design and Construction Report
April 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Canadian Wood Council supports a third-party independent study led by two of North America’s leading fire safety experts that shows there to be little difference in fire spread, death and injury rates in residential fires across general construction types, provided the buildings are properly equipped with smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinkler systems. The February 2014 report “Fire Outcomes in Residential Fires by General Construction Type,” released by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia, challenges the general belief that completed buildings built predominantly with steel or concrete are significantly safer in a fire than those built predominantly with wood.

Read More