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Froggy Foibles

Tree politics in Toronto

Toronto Sun
April 27, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Olivia Chow climbed into the forestry fray on Friday with a plot to make polluters plant trees. “As your new mayor, I will plant more trees with no cost to the taxpayer. … to help restore our canopy and clean the air,” Chow said. …As for incumbent Rob Ford, well, he’s not always the cleverest bunny in the forest, but money doesn’t grow on trees, you know. “If you want to go plant trees, knock yourself out, but don’t use taxpayers’ money,” he said during the latest city budget debate, while urging in vain that City Hall axe $7 million a year earmarked for trees. …Trees, of course, are a motherhood issue, especially in Toronto, which has a high concentration of tree-huggers in sensible shoes. …Still, I’m not going out on a limb when I ask: Where are John Tory and Olivia Chow going to put their new boreal forest? …Is there no part of Toronto life free of political posturing? It’s getting so you can’t see the forest for the wannabes.

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Hugging tree makes me beautiful: Shailene Woodley

Zee News India
April 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

London: Actress Shailene Woodley says hugging trees make her beautiful. The 22-year-old actress follows an eco-friendly beauty regime and has asked people to indulge in tree-hugging, in order to achieve a naturally radiant glow, reportedly. “Walk barefoot in a park. Hug a tree. This always helps me get out of my mind and when I`m out of my mind my natural glow is allowed reveal itself,” said the nature lover.

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Business & Politics

An inquest is about finding truth

by Lisa Lapointe, Chief CoronerChief Coroner
Prince George Citizen
April 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It has now been announced that a coroner’s inquest will be held into the deaths that occurred in both explosions. As Chief Coroner, I would like to explain to the communities what an inquest involves, what it can and will do in these cases, and how it will answer many of the questions that are being asked. The goal of an inquest is to determine the truth about an event that led to a fatality. The truth means more than just determining the identities of those who died, when, where and how. It also means determining the truth about the root causes leading up to an event and any contributing factors involved.

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Plumes of smoke alarm Kelowna residents

Kelowna Capital News
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sight of the Kelowna’s Tolko mill belching out thick plumes of smoke has been a bit disconcerting to area residents. Calling in to the newspaper, the city and, of course, the mill, area residents have expressed concern that the whole city was going up in flames. Rest assured, it’s not. “It’s a controlled burn of wet wood,” said a Tolko spokesperson, Thursday afternoon. No word on how long the burn will continue on for.

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JDI want to purchase 9% more private wood this year

Atlantic Farm Focus
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) intends to purchase 9% more wood from private woodlot owners and wood producers than it did last year. In the 2013-14 operating year, JDI mills purchased 682,000m cubic metres (cm) of private wood in New Brunswick– the largest volume since 1989. The Saint John company said it has shared its purchase plan for 2014-15 with the seven NB Forest Products Marketing Boards, the NB Federation of Woodlot Owners and the Department of Natural Resources. The plan confirms the company wants to purchase 740,000 cm – a 9% increase over what JDI bought last year. y.

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Darrington lumber mill receives grant to help stay in business

Hampton Lumber Mill in Darrington cut off by Route 530 mudslide.
The Seattle Times
April 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

After growing concern over Darrington’s largest employer stopping operations, Hampton Lumber Mill received a $300,000 grant to help keep the business operational while State Route 530 is repaired. Last month’s landslide blocked a mile of SR 530 and cut the community off from Interstate 5. With truckers forced to take the long route through Skagit County on SR 20, extra fuel costs were becoming a burden for the company. “Hampton Mill is the economic heartbeat of Darrington, and the truckers that bring raw materials to the mill and deliver finished products are its lifeline,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a written statement.

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A family-owned business finds beauty and bucks in wood that might otherwise go to waste

Monterey County Weekly
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The cross-cut slab of log no. 11 stands about as tall as an average-size man, a little skinnier than the back of a pickup truck. It waits in an industrial building off Highway 101 in Prunedale to meet its new owner. The rings and whorls of the slab almost hypnotize as Jennifer Alger, one of the owners of Far West Forest Products, explains how this piece of awe-inspiring natural beauty came into her hands – and where it might go from here. Log No. 11 (so named because it was the 11th log cut) came from a giant sequoia that was felled in a storm in 2009

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Tricon Timber looks towards future

Clark Fork Valley Press
April 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ST. REGIS – Tricon has been producing timber in Mineral County since the early 1990s, and would love to continue that strong community tradition. However, Tricon isn’t sure it can without the help of The U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service has been under scrutiny for some time in Mineral County, even more so recently after a visit by Regional Forester Faye Krueger earlier this month at the Mineral County Commissioners meeting.

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West Fraser Timber reported 1Q earnings of $72 million

Lesprom
April 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, Canada, Canada West

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. reported earnings of $72 million or $0.84 per share on sales of $809 million in the 1Q 2014. In the quarter its lumber operations generated operating earnings of $79 million and EBITDA of $107 million. The improvement over the prior quarter reflects higher SYP lumber prices and the benefit of a weaker Canadian dollar partially offset by lower shipments. Operating earnings in the previous quarter included a $24 million restructuring charge, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

How Wood High-Rises Could Save the Planet

International Business Times
April 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States, International

From England and Sweden to Canada and Australia, a new breed of high-rises has started to pop up on skylines and win praise from architects, developers and environmentalists in the era of climate change. There’s the iconic nine-story Murray Grove in London, built in 2009; the upscale Forté apartment complex built in 2012 in Melbourne’s revitalized Docklands precinct; a recently completed 95-foot design center tower in Prince George, British Columbia; and a dozen or so others in this emerging genre. And plans are in development for a 30-story residential and commercial tower in Vancouver and a 34-story skyscraper in Stockholm. They’re all made of an advanced building material that’s a natural for the age of sustainability and is catching on with governments and developers seeking an alternative to steel-and-concrete buildings, which contribute up to one-third of the world’s greenhouse gases: wood.

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Simulating Tropical Hardwoods, Kebony Wood Now in New York

Woodworking Network
April 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Hodjera Architectural Products says Madera Trade is the exclusive representative for Kebony wood products, a sustainable alternate to tropical hardwoods, to the architectural community throughout the New York City area.  “We have done extensive work to source sustainable alternatives to endangered woods in Latin America and Asia,” Madera co-founder Daniel Clason-Höök said. Kebony wood products are “Kebonized” – treated and hardened with furfuryl alcohol, a waste by-product of crop production – a process said to give sustainably harvested softwoods like pine the look, feel and physical properties of tropical hardwoods. Kebony has been specified for commercial, municipal and high-end residential architectural projects throughout Europe over the past decade.

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Stora Enso to start production of lightweight containerboard

Pulp and Paper News
April 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

At its Varkaus mill in Finland – Stora Enso recently announced that it will invest approximately EUR 110 million to convert a fine paper machine at the Varkaus Mill in Finland to produce virgin-fibre-based containerboard. The majority of the cost is due to the conversion work required on the paper machine and in the pulp mill. …Stora Enso noted that renewable-fibre-based packaging has good growth potential in Europe and globally, and the company sees an opportunity to benefit from that growth by investing in competitive kraftliner capacity at Varkaus. 

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Forestry

Residents jump at chance to buy trees at discount

Kelowna Daily Courier
April 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Kelowna is going to be a lot greener once hundreds of trees are planted. The fifth NeighbourWood tree program had people lining up Saturday to pick up their discounted trees. Blair Stewart, urban forestry superintendent for the city, said some 40 cars were lined up waiting for the gates to open at the Mission Recreation Park Arboretum. Stewart said people registered online beforehand for the kind of tree they wanted, then picked the tree up and paid for it on Saturday. …Stewart said the city only has so much land on which it can plant trees. By getting Kelowna residents involved, even more trees can be planted, resulting in more fresh air and a greener city.

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Logging a concern

Vernon Morning Star
April 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents continue to take a stand over logging. About 55 people attended a public meeting Thursday to discuss concerns that they may lose access to an area deemed sensitive environmentally and economically. “We want to keep up the pressure,” said Eugene Foisy, regional district director. B.C. Timber Sales, a government agency, is proposing to allow 209 hectares in the North Fork area to be sold off for timber harvesting. If the process proceeds, the site could include eight new cutblocks, as well as a 6.5-kilometre road to allow for harvesting.

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Forestry deal ‘remarkable in its audacity,’ says Coon

MSN News New Brunswick
April 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Crown land forestry agreement between the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and J.D. Irving Ltd., released Thursday, is “remarkable in its audacity,” says Green Party Leader David Coon. Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud released the 25-year agreement with J.D. Irving in the Legislative Assembly. …Coon said the deal ensures the sustainability of J.D. Irving, and does nothing for the sustainability of New Brunswick’s forests and the provincial economy. On Friday, Coon said the agreement comes as close to privatizing the land under license to J.D. Irving, without the government handing it over. The province is surrendering its authority over the land by eliminating its role as trustee and regulator, he said.

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PEI pilot project allows forest harvesting in buffer zones

Atlantic Farm Focus
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prince Edward Island’s licensed forest harvesters will soon be able to carry out enhancement activities in buffer zones, Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry said April 23. “Maintaining buffer zones with improved management will improve their effectiveness in protecting watercourses and wetlands while providing economic benefits from harvesting and enhancement activities,” the minister noted. “Permits are not generally issued to harvest wood in buffer zones, but will now be permitted when harvesters are licensed and an approved forest management plan is followed.”

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New Brunswick’s forestry contract with J.D. Irving goes too far: CCNB

Conservation Council of New Brunswick
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fredericton – Behind closed doors, the government of New Brunswick has agreed to the request of one company to dramatically rewrite the rules that protect our public forests, argues the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB). Additionally, it has set aside almost two thirds of increased access to timber on Crown land, a publicly owned resource, to J.D. Irving alone, as long as that increased cut allowance also increases the company’s bottom line.

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New college program teaches students to drive in the bush

Truck News
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS, Ont. –The first group of students taking Collège Boréal’s new driver training course has just graduated. Begun in January, the 12 week program was designed to give students both in-class and practical experience driving and allow them to qualify for their AZ licences. But what makes Collège Boréal’s program a little different from courses offered by other schools is the focus on turning out drivers capable of handling themselves and their equipment while working in the lumber industry.

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Forest Service vows to expand projects

Capital Press
April 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service wants to expand the size of timber projects on national forests, according to an agency official. A U.S. Forest Service official recently vowed that the agency will expand the scope of timber projects on national forests. The agency expects the scope of the largest projects to increase from roughly 30,000 acres to about 500,000 acres, said Tony Tooke, associate deputy chief of the national forest system. This idea of scale is proven to work,” Tooke said at the recent annual conference of the American Forest Resource Council. “Planning, implementing and monitoring on a broader scale just makes sense,” he said.

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Forests need thinning; Congress can help. But will it?

Our View: Congress must stop robbing forest-thinning funds to pay for firefighting
AZ Central News
April 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Maybe it is because “forest remediation” is a vague term encompassing things that happen far from Washington, D.C., but it keeps falling off the radar of the federal decision-making crowd. In eight of the last 10 years, the U.S. Forest Service ran over its budget for fighting forest fires. Guess which pot of federal money made up the difference? The remediation budget. The logic suggests that by all means we must fight forest fires, while doing little proactively to tamp down the destructive capacity of mega-fires. At the same time, it seems someone at the Forest Service forgot to add a few more hectares to the list of acres available for commercial thinning operations.

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New pay-to-play fees for some private forest lands

Statesman Journal
April 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It will cost you $550 for a month of recreational access to Weyerhaeuser’s Molalla Tree Farm between August and January. Which makes the $150 seasonal permit to get on to the corporation’s Jewell Tree Farm look like a real bargain. Permits ($300 each) also will be required on in the Castle Rock and Row River Weyerhaeuser lands and on areas of the Springfield Tree Farm. The permits are valid for the purchaser, their legally-married spouse and children or grandchildren ages 18 and younger.

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Forest Service station in Ashland will close

The Mail Tribune
April 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest announced Friday the Ashland Ranger Station will close on May 9 because of a significant reduction in employees there over the past several years. The Forest Service no longer needs the office and warehouse at 644 Washington St., near Exit 14, officials said. The Forest Service is finalizing an agreement with the city of Ashland to use office space at nearby Ashland Fire Station No. 2 on Ashland Street beginning on May 14.

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Fort Missoula’s Forestry Days a bright spot for timber industry (video)

NBC Montana
April 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. -Organizers for Forestry Days, held annually at Fort Missoula, say the event offers a rare bright spot for Montana’s timber industry. This year it’s the last stop on a national circuit where the world’s best professional athletes in logger sports compete. College students kicked off the event Friday with teams from across the Northwest. The University of Montana, Montana State University and Flathead Valley Community College all had athletes compete. “All these events originated from old-time logging practices, from cross-cut saws, climbing poles,” said Alex Williams, a Forestry Days announcer.

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Replanting a concern for logging industry

Manawatu Standard
April 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand log exports have nearly doubled in the past year but some in the industry are concerned a lack of replanting is threatening the industry’s future. In 2013, New Zealand exported $5 billion of forestry products, $500 million more than the previous year, largely fuelled by insatiable demand from China’s ongoing construction boom. Forestry continues to be our third-largest goods export after dairy and meat. But there are questions about who will buy into replanting New Zealand’s forests of the future as existing investors nearing retirement look to harvest trees and cash in on investments made in the early 90s.

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Untangling Brazil’s Controversial New Forest Code

RedOrbit
April 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Approved in 2012, Brazil’s new Forest Code has few admirers. Agricultural interests argue that it threatens the livelihoods of farmers. Environmentalists counter that it imperils millions of hectares of forest, threatening to release the billions of tons of carbon they contain. A new study, co-authored by Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists Michael Coe, Marcia Macedo and Brazilian colleagues, published this week in Science, aims to clarify the new law. Entitled “Cracking Brazil’s Forest Code,” the article is the first to quantify the implications of recent changes to the Forest Code and identify new opportunities and challenges for conservation.

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Tragic work place deaths must be addressed union says

TV New Zealand
April 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Regardless of whether you work in an office or in the forest you should always be able to finish your work day alive, the Council of Trade Unions says. A total of 51 people have died in the last year as a result of work related incidents, with 11 deaths in the forestry sector. CTU president Helen Kelly says the grim statistic needs to change. …The Health and Safety Reform Bill is currently before the Select Committe and will overhaul the current law and extending the duty to keep workers safe beyon the traditional employer, says Mr Bridges. “This will be especially important in contractor-dominated, high-risk sectors like forestry,” he says. He also added that WorkSafe NZ has completed visits to 32 forestry owners and principlas around the country and is reviewing the Approved Code of Practice for forestry safety.

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Call for Abbott government’s Direct Action funds on Indonesian forests

Sydney Morning Herald
April 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta: The pulp and paper company that went from environmental zero to hero last year has now called on the Abbott government to invest some of its Direct Action funding into protecting Indonesian forests. Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) pledged last February that there would be no further deforestation or peatland destruction in any aspect of its supply chain and invited Greenpeace and Australian-led The Forest Trust to monitor its performance. So far, the company once accused by Greenpeace of “pulping the planet” has passed muster. It has now extended the pledge and again teamed up with environmental agencies including a previous holdout, WWF, in a promise to restore or protect 1 million hectares of Indonesian forest from further degradation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

California To Lock Carbon On Farms And Forests

Huffington Post
April 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Climate change is bad for farms and forests, as the recent Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously” makes abundantly – and painfully – clear. But farms and forests are also a key tool in the effort to slow climate change, because healthy trees and soils pull carbon from the atmosphere. California, meanwhile, has adopted ambitious – some would argue too ambitious – goals for reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It needs emission reductions from carbon offset projects to get there, and sustainable land use offers one way of generating them.

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Power station sues government for axeing contract after MoS exposed its switch from coal to wood from precious U.S. forests

UK Daily Mail
April 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Britain’s biggest power station is suing the Government for losing a lucrative contract after a Mail on Sunday investigation revealed that it burns wood from precious US forests as a ‘green’ alternative to coal. Drax is committed to switching from coal to ‘biomass’, or wood pellets. In December, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey promised the North Yorkshire plant two lucrative ‘contracts for difference’ – which would see it earn £105 for every megawatt hour it generates, rather than the normal price of £50. …But this paper revealed that much of its biomass is shipped in from historic wetland hardwood forests – 3,000 miles away in North Carolina. Environmentalists say this is destroying endangered species’ habitats, and increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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