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Froggy Foibles

Remembering the fire that changed the logging industry

It was perhaps the greatest disaster to ever hit the Vancouver Island forest industry.
Cowichan News Leader
April 17, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

“The spark that started it all: the Bloedel Fire of 1938 began one hot July afternoon when a spark from a passing locomotive fatefully flew onto a dry pile of logs,” B.C. Forest Discovery Centre curator Jenna Kiesman said in a media release. “By that evening, the blaze had already grown to five acres in size. By the time the caustic fire ran its course, the Bloedel Fire had burned out of control for almost 30 days and destroyed roughly 30,000 hectares of forested land.” The dramatic story of the fire — also known as “The Great Fire” and “The Sayward Fire” — will be retold in an exhibit entitled Burning Snags and Raining Ashes: The Bloedel Fire of 1938 and its Aftermath.

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Business & Politics

Domtar Corporation announces appointment of President of Domtar Pulp and Paper

PR Newswire
April 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced the appointment of Michael D. Garcia to the position of President of Domtar Pulp and Paper, effective May 1, 2014. In this capacity, Mr. Garcia will oversee the operations of North America’s largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper and top-three market pulp producers, through a network of thirteen mills in the United States and Canada. Mr. Garcia joins Domtar from his role as CEO of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium Company in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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Construction Lumber Contract Prices Dipped as Stockpiles Mount

Woodworking Network
April 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pricing in future contracts on lumber for construction have been dropping, as wood supply mounted during the extended winter freeze, and home building slowed.  Supplies also built up over shipping issues. The challenge in moving lumber was increased by the effects of the polar vortex, which also impeded other users of the rail lines, especially grain shippers. The Canada truckers strike at the Port of Vancouver also impeded movement of lumber, and the Canadian National Railway set limits in March on forest products shipments to allow the pipeline to catch up.

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Newfoundlanders’ Fortunes Found and Lost in BC

Thirty years ago, BC mills beckoned with stable work — as did the cod fishery of the east. Fourth in a series.
The Tyee
April 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs are why Helen and Perry Slaney left St. Lawrence, on Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, for Houston in 1979. It was a year after the Houston Forest Products mill opened, and Helen already had family in the area — a brother, sister, and brother-in-law in Houston and another brother in Smithers — who were working there or in the Canfor mill. And where Helen went, her then-boyfriend–now-husband–Perry was sure to go. “I had no intentions of working at the mill at first,” says Helen, her southern shore accent still thick.

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Four Alberni sawmills investigated

WorkSafe BC inspections into combustable dust have honed in on local operations not up to regulations
Alberni Valley Times
April 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This spring, WorkSafe BC is continuing its crackdown on sawmills that have broken safety regulations, including several inspections planned for operations in Port Alberni. …Four of the 61 mills that did not meet WorkSafe’s standards are in Port Alberni, according to inspection reports provided to the Times after a request was made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. These include Western Forest Products’ two operations, the Alberni Pacific Division and the Somass Sawmill Division, the Franklin Forest Products mill and Coulson Manufacturing’s sawmill.

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Cleaning up mill sawdust no quick pass with a broom

By Gordon Hoekstra – WorkSafeBC report shows cleanups required significant manpower after stop-work orders.
Vancouver Sun
April 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

It took an estimated 1,200 hours to clean up wood dust that had accumulated in the 13 sawmills hit with stop-work in inspections by WorkSafeBC conducted between November and January. Put another way, it took 30 workers a full 40-hour week each to clean up wood dust considered a hazard for fire or an explosion at the sawmills in B.C. WorkSafeBC announced the results of its latest inspection in March. But more details of its inspection were revealed in documents obtained by The Vancouver Sun through a freedom of information request. …The B.C. government reacted to the latest round of inspections by saying continuing dust buildups in sawmills would not be tolerated.

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Les Leyne: WorkSafe B.C. needs independent look

Victoria Times Colonist
April 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gordon Macatee has a lot of changes to make in a short period of time as the temporary administrator at WorkSafe B.C. For the last three years, he’s been the B.C. ferry commissioner, running an office that serves as an independent watchdog of the ferries. He made a notable contribution in that role by writing a searching critique of the system two years ago. It questioned every assumption on which the operation of the ferries is based. It suggested any number of drastic solutions to the pervasive financial problem B.C. Ferry Services faces. A lot of the changes now being made flow from that report. His new assignment is a bit different.

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American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2014 Paperboard Report

American Forest and Paper Association
April 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Total boxboard production increased 1.8 percent when compared to March 2013 and increased 9.3 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month last year and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased compared to March 2013 and increased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard stayed flat compared to March 2013 but increased when compared to last month.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UNBC honorary degree recipients announced

Prince George Citizen
April 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

The names of this year’s UNBC honorary degree recipients were disclosed Wednesday. Each year the university traditionally honours two people with the distinction. This year’s honorees will be ethnobiologist Nancy Turner and architect Michael Green. …”Michael Green is the principal architect at Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver,” Wood said. “Considered a leader in the architecture and interior design field in B.C., Green’s work has already gained accolades for its innovative quality and beauty in design. He is passionate about his craft, especially regarding the use of wood. He considers it ‘an amazing material full of unexplored potential’.” …Green will receive his honorary degree during the College of Science and Management Ceremony May 30 in Prince George.

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Forestry

Gale bringing renewed vigour to Forest Centre

Cowichan Valley Citizen
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Chris Gale is [the new] manager of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. That facility is in need of a little revitalization and Gale wants to be the catalyst to forging a new future for the 50-year-old nature/theme park. We asked if part of the problem in getting people to visit the Discovery Centre on a regular basis was that the forest industry fading from view but he had a surprising answer. “You know what? I understand it’s coming back now. The president of the Truck Loggers’ Association … was on the radio the other day and he went on and on about how the forest industry is coming back on the Island. …So, apparently things are getting better that way. I’m looking at the possibility of a job fair here in our parking lot. It’s just the place for it.”

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CNC Receives 2 Million Dollar Grant For Forestry Training

CKPG TV
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The College’s Applied Sciences program got a major financial shot in the arm for research. The federal government has awarded the department the largest grant in the college’s history. It’s seen as validation of the work its been doing for the past couple of years.

See CNC Press Release by clicking here
Prince George Citizen Coverage here

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Depression-stalled Paldi mill starts work

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
April 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

It’s hard to believe now that Mayo Singh established a thriving lumber mill and surrounding community [in Paldi] 95 years ago. But the mill did not escape the early 1930s depression that clutched much of the western world in a vise-like grip: It fell silent on Oct. 31, 1930. However, in April 1933 came the announcement the big plant would be in full swing on May 1 with 250 men on the job and a monthly payroll of about $10,000. This compared with a payroll of $40,000 before the (1929) crash, said Mayo Singh, when the mill ran a double shift with 350 men. On start-up, the work crew would be divided with 150 men in the mill and 100 men in the woods. Capacity would range around 80,000 feet per day, or 10,000 feet per hour.

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Communities target timber license changes

Vernon Morning Star
April 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Demands are growing for continued community access to timber. The Regional District of North Okanagan will write the Ministry of Forests and indicate support for area-based timber tenure for community forests and woodlots. It does not favour area-based tenure for major corporations. “There will be a huge impact on rural communities because we won’t be able to have community forests,” said director Eugene Foisy. Currently, about 60 per cent of the logging on B.C.’s Crown land occurs through volume-based licenses which allow companies to harvest a certain volume of timber in an area.

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Islanders fight Gambier logging plans

Coast Reporter
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gambier Island residents and local governments in Howe Sound are trying to put the brakes on plans that would see an estimated 25 per cent of the island logged out. As bids closed last week for two woodlots on the northeast part of the island, the Gambier Island local trust committee called on the province to either cancel the planned woodlots or, at the very least, reduce them in size. “With these new leases, 25 per cent of Gambier Island will be under active logging and this does not include private cutting,” committee chair David Graham wrote Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, on April 9.

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Forest licence review

Black Press BC Local News
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: 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, engage.gov.bc.ca/foresttenures, that will collect comments until May 30. …Snetsinger said he worked with volume-based and area-based licences as B.C.’s chief forester, where he was responsible for setting annual allowable cut from 2004 to 2012.

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Great Bear Rainforest Will Win With Extra Time

by Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club BC
Huffington Post
April 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…But there is another reason why we cannot afford to take much longer to increase conservation and tighten the rules. One major logging company operating in the region is not a member of the Joint Solutions Project (BC Timber Sales, Catalyst Paper Corporation, Howe Sound Pulp & Paper, Interfor and Western Forest Products are members). Instead, TimberWest has a long history of opposing increases in conservation and undertaking extremely profit-driven logging operations in the southern-most portion of the Great Bear Rainforest with very little remaining old-growth.

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Changes to tenure hurt forestry

Letter from Norm Macdonald, MLA, Columbia River-Revelstoke
Vancouver Sun
April 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the Opposition Critic for Forestry, and the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke, an area that relies heavily on the forest industry for its economic well-being, I wholeheartedly support the statements of Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor. Mr. Kayne is clear when he says that government is going in the wrong direction in its changes to tenure administration and that government should be focused on forest health, forest inventory and improved planning and decision making. But the point he makes most strongly is that the forest industry cannot prosper in B.C. without social licence, the sense that the industry has ongoing approval from community members and stakeholders, something the proposed tenure changes put at risk.

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Forest Service needs direction from Barrasso bill

Guest Opinion
Billings Gazette
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., recently introduced the National Forest Jobs and Management Act, which creates a 15-year pilot project on 3.8 percent of the 191 million acre National Forest system… On the remaining 183.5 million acres of the National Forests, nothing would change. This includes the 36 million acres of designated wilderness, and most of the 58.5 million acres designated as “roadless.”.. The bill’s opponents falsely claim that the bill makes timber a “dominant use” on the National Forests, or that it is an unfunded mandate that somehow disrupts forest planning. The fact is that Congress has permanently set aside 36 million acres of National Forests as wilderness. 

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Bill Clinton jokes with Spacey at benefit concert

Idaho Statesman
April 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Near the end of the first half of Thursday’s 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man who recently learned he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton. After Clinton praised the Rain Forest Foundation, he thanked Sting, Styler and others for their efforts for the organization…The Rain Forest Foundation Fund is dedicated to preserving rain forests around the world by defending the rights of indigenous people living in and around them. It was founded in 1989 by Sting, Styler and Jean-Pierre Dutilleux.

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Five Factors will Alter US Northern Forests 50 Years from Now

Nature World News
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Five anthropological factors independent of climate change will radically alter US Northern forests 50 years from now, a US Forest Service study reports. The northern sector of the United States has some of the most populated and dense forests in the nation. Logging and clearing forests for agriculture and development, for example, could threaten these lush regions. The report was published recently by the journal Forest Science and is part of the Northern Forest Futures Project, an effort led by the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station to forecast forest conditions over the next 50 years. Authors looked at the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland.

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Guest commentary: Clinton’s Northwest forest plan is a presidential legacy worth keeping

Contra Costa Times
April 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

It was nearly 20 years ago that President Bill Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan went into effect. Government agency reviews show the plan has been effective at protecting drinking water supplies for millions of Americans, improving water quality and restoring forests that were impacted by decades of unsustainable old growth logging. While generating complaints from interests that seek higher logging levels on federal lands, the Northwest Forest Plan has been producing as much timber as Congress has provided funding for and with relatively little controversy compared to the timber wars of the past.

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Forest thinning in Ariz. could benefit environment, economy

Biomass Magazine
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

A recent report finds that forest thinning could improve the health of Arizona’s forests while strengthening rural economies. Small diameter wood harvested as part of thinning activities could be used for many purposes, including bioenergy production. The report, titled “Modeling the Economic Viability of Restorative Thinning,” was produced by Arizona State University’s Sustainable Solutions Services and The Nature Conservancy. It provide an assessment of possible wood processors and consumers, or business clusters, if small-diameter wood from northern Arizona was sustainably harvested.

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U.S. House candidate Rosendale: Transfer USFS, BLM lands to state

The Missoulian
April 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Republican U.S. House candidate Matt Rosendale is proposing that the federal government transfer U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana to the state to manage and control. Federal lands make up 35 percent of Montana. “The U.S. Constitution clearly defines the purpose for the federal government to retain land for post offices, batteries and things like that,” Rosendale said. “There is no call in the Constitution for the federal government to own national forests or BLM land and just to manage those additional lands.”

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Bullock’s secret logging deal catches well-deserved flak

The Missoulian
April 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Steve Bullock recently announced his recommendation to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that some 5.1 million acres of Montana’s national forest lands be nominated for expedited logging under the new Farm Bill’s Sec. 8204. However, when questioned as to the basis for his decision, which will affect virtually everyone in the forested regions of our state, it turns out there were only seven people involved, no public notice, and no opportunity for public review and comment. For a governor who campaigned on – and frequently boasts of – open government and transparency, it’s tough to align Bullock’s words with his actions on this important issue.

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Northwest Forest Plan has failed rural communities

Ross Mickey is the federal forest manager for the American Forest Resource Council
The Oregonian
April 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s not surprising some would defend the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP), as its effectiveness depends on whom you ask, a classic case of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Twenty years after the plan’s implementation, northern spotted owl populations have continued to decline along with other native bird species as the barred owl population soars. The lack of active management has degraded the health of federal forests and has contributed to the decline of other species that depend on younger forests for their survival. Though it failed in its intended purpose of saving the spotted owl, the NWFP has taken a very real and heavy toll on working people.

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Rare Fungus Found In Black Forest

KKTV Colorado
April 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Students at a Southern Colorado school helped make a rare scientific discovery. It’s an orange fire fungus, and it’s the first time it’s ever been seen in the state. It was found during a nature hike at the School in the Woods in Black Forest. Experts identified it as the rare Neottiella hetieri, a fire fungus that has been found only twice before in the entire country and never in our state. …”It’s only been found a couple other times and both times in Washington, so it was really kinda amazing that it would be found right here in Colorado,” said Millie Bramschreiber, a student who helped find the fungus. Mycologists say this type of fungus is not dangerous; in fact, they expect it to play an important role in the re-vegetation of Black Forest.

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Northern Region forester names new deputy

The Missoulian
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northern Region Forester Faye Krueger announced that new deputy regional forester Dave Schmid will report to his new position Monday. Schmid comes to the region from the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Region, based in Atlanta, where he served as the director of biological and physical resources. He has been with the agency since 1982.

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Watchdog criticizes Bullock’s 5M acre forest restoration request

The Missoulian
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Missoula forestry watchdog has accused Gov. Steve Bullock of cutting the public out of the process when nominating roughly 5 million timbered acres for priority attention, while those involved in the governor’s decision say the critic is off-base. “Why couldn’t he have sent out a notice saying hey, we’re nominating millions of acres for fast-track logging – does anyone have an interest in providing input?” asked Matthew Koehler of the WildWest Institute in Missoula.

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Legislature backs Tongass takeover plan

KRBD.org
April 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Legislature has voted to support state plans to take over acreage in the Tongass National Forest. Republican Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman proposed the resolution. It urges Congress to act on Gov. Sean Parnell ’s request to take over federal acreage. “Since the U.S. Forest Service is no longer able to provide enough timber in the Tongass National Forest to sustain a viable timber industry in Southeast Alaska, it is time for the governor to intervene,” Stedman wrote in his sponsor statement.

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Philomath High School shows off forestry studies

Corvallies Gazette-Times
April 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHILOMATH — Philomath Middle School eighth-graders spent Wednesday planting trees, learning how infra-red cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles are used in forestry and practicing use of the radio telemetry that tracks tagged animals. So, not a typical day in the classroom. Simon Babcock, Philomath High School’s forestry and natural resources teacher, said the event at the Downing Forest adjacent to the schools is intended to introduce this fall’s incoming freshmen to the subjects covered by the school’s forestry course offerings.

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Wash. DNR Postpones Clear-Cuts It Approved Near Oso Landslide

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington state officials have postponed selling 250 acres of timber on steep slopes near the town of Oso. The Washington Department of Natural Resources had scheduled the 188-acre “Riley Rotor” timber sale and the 62-acre “Home Repairs” timber sale for auction this Wednesday, a month and a day after the March 22 landslide that killed at least 39 people in Oso. The Riley Rotor site is on state land about five miles southwest of the deadly Oso slide. Much of the site is so steep that the DNR had proposed logging it with helicopters.

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Forestry program staying at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Andalusia Star News
April 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

After more than a month of uncertainty, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College will not discontinue its two-year forest technology program, officials announced Thursday. In March, LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel said …the fate of the forestry program was still up in the air. Thursday, Riedel said the program, the only one of its kind in Alabama, will continue. Riedel said the program was evaluated, for viability, an action he called necessary following consecutive years of state budget cuts coupled with dropping enrollment trends.

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Tasmania’s forests now a defining national issue

The Sydney Mornng Herald
April 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

People have been fighting about trees in Tasmania for a generation. Last year it was briefly thought the conflict might be over when industry and green groups struck a government-backed peace deal – the Tasmanian Forests Agreement. Now the battle map is being reshaped again as the new federal and state Coalition governments have come to power promising to make their mark by ”tearing up” the agreement. The fight is so prolonged, the politics so vexed and the stakes so high that Tasmania’s forests have become a defining national environmental issue.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Schools slash heating bills with stimulus project

Idaho Statesman
April 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

PORTLAND, MAINE — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they had to borrow money to participate, the effort left them with hefty repayment plans that make their net savings far less than they appear. …”It gets us off the dependency of foreign fuel, and we’re able to use fuel from here,” he said. “It’s better for the environment, and it’s a lot of cash.”

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