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Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

Business & Politics

Lakeland: What happened?

Prince George Free Press
April 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Just as it did with the Babine Forest Products explosion and fire in Burns Lake, the Criminal Justice Branch will not be laying charges against Lakeland Mills for the April 23, 2012 explosion and fire that killed two men and injured 22 others. …The WorkSafeBC report states, unequivocally, that the lack of a dust control system and “ineffective” dust control measures were underlying factors. It also states that the maintenance and inspection of the sawmill gear reducers was “ineffective.”

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B.C. labour minister appoints new WorkSafeBC boss

Globe and Mail
April 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even before the Criminal Justice Branch announced that WorkSafeBC botched its investigation into the deadly Lakeland sawmill explosion, Labour Minister Shirley Bond was setting in motion changes that are expected to tear the worker protection agency down to its foundations. Ms. Bond did not announce her plans for reform until after the families of the Lakeland workers were told last week that no charges would be laid for the 2012 incident that killed two workers and injured 22 others in Prince George. But WorkSafeBC’s board members were told the night before that they have a new boss with an “aggressive” mandate to fix the agency.

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Sawmill rebuild near completion

The Daily Press (Timmins)
April 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – The reconstruction Eacom’s sawmill in Timmins is just a couple of months from being completed. It will be take longer, however, before mill operators can settle back and declare the job done. “We expect the construction to be finalized within the next two months,” explained Guy Fleury, general manager of the Timmins sawmill. However, the mill and the new equipment that was installed needs to be run for at least a full year while exposed to different conditions in order to evaluate their performance. “For example, we go from extreme cold conditions and really frozen logs coming from frozen swamps to insect, heat and dust problems in the summer,” Fleury explained. 

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McNeil urged to order Boat Harbour cleanup

Activist seeks promise to remedy effect of pulp mill
Chronicle Herald
April 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the people leading the charge to remedy the impacts of a Pictou County kraft pulp mill says Premier Stephen McNeil should clean up Boat Harbour once and for all. “We’ve certainly heard promises and plans, but we would like to see a firm commitment that will ease the concerns of the local residents,” Pictou County’s Matt Gunning said Monday. …Gunning has helped build an Internet campaign that, in the last year, has garnered attention far and wide for the environmental concerns related to the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point and its effluent treatment ponds in Pictou Landing.

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‘We would like to have a job’: Stress increases for workers laid off from Great Northern Paper Co.

Bangor Daily News
April 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — As the owners of a local paper mill negotiate with their electricity supplier on a revenue-sharing agreement and ponder whether to move forward with plans to develop a $140 million pellet mill with a $16 million state bond, some of the Katahdin region workers whose jobs are on the line say they are getting tired of waiting to go back to work. “Everybody has a really sick feeling in their stomach about this,” said Don Hendsbee, a trustee of USW Local 37 who is among the 212 workers laid off from the Great Northern Paper Co. mill on Feb. 6.

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Lindi earnings from timber increase

Daily News Tanzania
April 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

VILLAGERS from Kilwa District, Lindi Region, have earned over 110,000 US dollars (over 179.4m/-) from sales of timber to international markets since receiving endorsement from Forestry Stewardship Council. Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jasper Makala, said several villages have joined Kikole village which was the first to get FSC endorsement in 2009. “We have expanded our FSC group certificate scheme now covering 100,20 hectares of forest and more villages,” said Mr Makala who further noted that the villages are also poised to earn cash from Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

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Slovenia to form a new forest management company

Pulp and Paper News
April 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Ice storms have caused massive damages to Slovenian forests recently. Slovenia’s Ministry for Agriculture and Environment has reacted to this with a proposal for a new state-run forest management company, reports Lesprom Network. The new company will be able to temporarily intervene in the market in the event of natural disasters. The Slovenian government plans to take a loan with the European Investment Bank to secure the start-up capital for the new company. Between Euro 30 million and Euro 40 million will be needed, according to government officials.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sustainability key feature of architecture school

School aiming to kickstart wood industry
Northern Life
April 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

…The two-storey west wing, which will house the library, will be constructed of glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT), marking the first large-scale use of CLT in a public building in Ontario. …The decision to use CLT dovetails with the province’s April announcement to review Ontario Building Code principles that could allow for the use of wood in constructing buildings up to six storeys high. The code currently only allows for wood-framed buildings up for four storeys.

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Next stop on the Wood Awards talks? The Colyer-Fergusson Building

Trada.co.uk
April 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Colyer-Fergusson Building in Canterbury is the latest stop on TRADA’s 2014 Wood Awards talks, with guests given a bird’s eye view of the spectacular building on April 29th. With a bold aspiration to create “the finest concert hall of its size in Kent”, it’s hardly surprising that the Douglas fir-rich building in Canterbury took the winner’s spoils in the Commercial & Public Access category in last year’s Wood Awards.

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Forestry

Vancouver right to end chainsaw tree massacres

24 Hours Vancouver
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” — Martin Luther . The City of Vancouver has done the right thing by banning landowners and developers from committing chainsaw massacres of healthy trees. Putting a stop to chopping down trees just to improve the view or build “monster” homes is a victory for common sense. But the loud defenders of “private property rights” are in full cry, with chainsaws now forced to idle as city council unanimously passed amendments last week that bring Vancouver into line with rules in most other municipalities in the region, including Surrey and Richmond.

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More funding for interpretive forest

Mission City Record
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province and District of Mission are contributing another $175,000 to develop Mission’s Interpretive Forest. The joint funding announcement was made Thursday afternoon at Mission’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The provincial government is putting $40,000 towards the Recreation Master Plan for Stave West and $32,500 for road building. Mission is providing $70,000 of cash and in-kind contributions for the plan, and $32,500 for the road.

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Two timber companies win bids to buy Elliott State Forest parcels

The Oregonian
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber and other state leaders wanted to know who’d be interested in buying the Elliott State Forest if the state decided to sell the land it owns near Coos Bay. They have their answer: Timber companies. The Department of State Lands has struck deals to sell three Elliott parcels to timber companies, despite protests from environmental groups and uncertainty about the presence of the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests in the forest.

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Thinning on Alder project begins north of Woods Canyon Lake

White Mountain Independent
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Restoration treatments are underway on the Alder thinning project north of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District. The 1,300-acre task order is part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), and is the second 4FRI task order to be implemented on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. By removing saw logs, small-diameter trees and slash, work on the Alder project will promote forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire in the area. A northern Arizona-based subcontractor will perform the work for Good Earth Power AZ LLC, which holds the primary 4FRI stewardship contract.

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Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality

Phys.org
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Earth Week—and in fact, every week now—trees in mountains across the western United States are dying, thanks to an infestation of bark beetles that reproduce in the trees’ inner bark. Some species of the beetles, such as the mountain pine beetle, attack and kill live trees. Others live in dead, weakened or dying hosts. In Colorado alone, the mountain pine beetle has caused the deaths of more than 3.4 million acres of pine trees. What effect do all these dead trees have on stream flow and water quality? Plenty, according to new research findings reported this week.

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Lawsuit seeks to block sale of Elliott State Forest lands

Seneca Jones Timber Co. of Eugene submitted the only bid for the parcel, which may contain threatened birds
Associated Press
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block the sale of a portion of the Elliott State Forest to a Eugene-based private timber company. The lawsuit filed in Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene contends that a 1957 law prohibits the state from selling any portion of the Elliott that previously was part of a national forest. It says most of the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel was part of the Siuslaw National Forest in 1913, when it was part of a land exchange that created the Elliott State Forest.

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Experts say this “forest fire season” busier than last year

NBC40
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HAMILTON TWP. – Although the temperatures may still be mild, experts say now is the time forests have the greatest potential for heating up. “Compared to last year, we’ve definitely been a little busier, but then again, we’ve been a little drier this year,” said Bill Donnelly with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. “Typically this time of the year, humidity seems to drop a lot lower than they do other times of the year. The vegetation on the ground is in a dormant stage, so there’s no moisture in it.” 

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Maine Bracing for Another Spruce Budworm Outbreak

MPBN
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of the most damaging native insects of spruce and fir trees is wreaking havoc in Quebec, where it has defoliated eight million acres of forest over the last several years. Forestry officials are now bracing for an imminent outbreak of spruce budworm in neighboring New Brunswick, one of the most forestry-dependent provinces in Canada. And here in Maine there are fears that the voracious insect could start destroying forest stands in the next two to four years. As Susan Sharon reports, steps are underway to fight back.

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State commission to help residents fight tree-killing pests

The Anniston Star
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Alabama Forestry Commission hopes it can assist private landowners in stopping beetle infestations of pine trees. The commission announced this month that it is awarding $160,000 to landowners to use prescribed burns and thinning on their pine stands to stop the spread of the Southern pine beetle. Landowners with 10 to 100 acres of pine trees are eligible to apply for the grant money. According to the commission’s office, Southern pine beetles are the biggest threat to Alabama pine populations.

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Forest fires not trending upward

Despite three locally in a month, there’s no indication 2014 has been unusual
Chillicothe Gazette
April 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHILLICOTHE — The Scioto Valley has seen three forest fires this month alone, but there’s nothing in the statewide figures so far in 2014 to suggest it’s a particularly bad year for such incidents. This year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry has received reports of 310 forest fires that have burned a total of about 1,500 acres, forester Greg Guess said. In a normal year, Ohio sees between 500 and 600 fires and the burning of 2,000 to 3,000 acres, Guess said. 

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Kentucky tree nursery rebuilt two years after storm

Associated Press
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. – A tornado that devastated the eastern Kentucky town of West Liberty two years ago also destroyed a state tree nursery. Gov. Steve Beshear was in Morgan County on Monday to celebrate the work to restore the state Division of Forestry’s nursery. The governor cut a ribbon made of tree seedling bags at the event. The restoration includes a new processing building and a cooler. The nursery began in 1960. About 1.5 million seedlings are grown each year beginning with planting seeds. Fifty different species of hardwoods and conifers are for sale for planting.

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British think-tank calls on PNG to improve its forest governance by partnering with Europe

Australia Network News
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A British think-tank says Papua New Guinea could improve its forest governance by negotiating a Forest Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU). In Chatham House’s report, ‘Illegal logging in PNG’, the organisation found illegal practices in forestry are widespread and transparency in the industry among the worst in the world. Chatham House’s Sam Lawson says Papua New Guinea should look to follow the lead of other countries that have signed a Voluntary Forest Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade with the EU.

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Forest service rejects “frenzy of tree-felling”

The Irish Times
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists have expressed concern about “a frenzy of tree-felling” in recent weeks, and claim February’s Storm Darwin is being used as an excuse to fell trees that are rich in heritage. This has been rejected by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, which said public safety was the main priority when tree-felling licences were issued. Andrew St Ledger of the Woodland League said he had heard of numerous incidents in counties such as Wicklow, Cork and Monaghan where people were concerned about roadside trees on private land being cut down in large numbers on the pretext that they were a danger to the public.

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Unions seek prosecution over forestry deaths

Radio NZ
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a rare move, the Council of Trade Unions is taking legal action against two forestry companies over the deaths of workers. A series of coronial inquests was due to begin next month into eight recent deaths in the logging industry, but some of those hearings are now on hold to allow for possible court action. The CTU says there have been 32 forestry deaths since 2008. It wants to prosecute two companies in relation to two cases that WorkSafe investigated but never laid charges over CTU president Helen Kelly told Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme safety systems in place are paper-thin.

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Plantation timber to be harvested at Pine Creek

Bellingen Courier
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE AXE is about to fall on Compartment 16 of Pine Creek State Forest, with the start of a harvest imminent, much to the chagrin of local environmental groups who argue the timber plantation is crucial to the sustaining a healthy koala population. However, their campaign to cease the felling process has fallen on deaf ears and in a last ditch effort the Bellingen Environment Centre (BEC) has written to the director of Forestry Corporation and a number of NSW Government ministers to alter the imminent clear felling operation at compartment 16 Mailman’s Track, to that of selective logging.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Smoke and Numbers: Do Green Claims for Burning Wood Add Up?

The Tyee
April 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

For a place with so much nature, British Columbia has struggled to identify with any of the big next-generation sources of renewable energy. …Then there’s biomass: plants that can be burned and replaced with new ones that suck back up the carbon that was released in the flames. British Columbia’s unofficial provincial motto could be “Trees’R’Us.” Might the province’s forests turn it into a veritable Saudi Arabia of renewable biofuel? … But with fire comes smoke — and, inevitably greenhouse gases. A growing chorus of biomass skeptics questions how green and climate-friendly wood fuel truly is.

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Climate Not The Only Factor Ushering In Change For Northern Forests

USDA Forest Service
April 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In the most densely forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States, forests reflect two centuries of human needs, values and practices. Disturbances associated with those needs, such as logging and clearing forests for agriculture and development, have set the stage for management issues of considerable concern today, a U.S. Forest Service study reports. The report – Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States – 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 in the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland.

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