Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Pornhub will plant a tree for every 100 videos watched!

Dose.ca
April 30, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The planet’s sure to get a whole lot greener after this unique initiative! Pornhub, a leading porn site, has vowed to give America some serious wood and pledged to plant a tree for every 100 videos watched. Which means you can finally …let the videos stream all day, every day because, you know, it’s good for the environment. If anyone asks, you’re not watching steamy sex scenes for the fun of it, you just want to do something good for planet Earth! 

Read More

Business & Politics

Shooting at Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo leaves 2 dead

RCMP confirm 2 others in hospital, 47-year-old Nanaimo man arrested at scene
CBC News
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two people are dead, and two others are in hospital following a shooting this morning at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C. RCMP have arrested a 47-year-old Nanaimo man suspected of carrying out the shooting. The president and CEO of the sawmill, Don Demens, confirmed the suspect is a former employee. Neither the RCMP nor Demens would speculate on the motive behind the shooting.

Read More

Cowichan WFP operations closed in wake of fatal Nanaimo shootings

Cowichan News
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products mills in Cowichan Bay and Chemainus are shut down in the wake of a horrific shooting this morning in Nanaimo. The forest company — formerly Duncan-based Doman Industries — has temporarily halted operations in the wake of an incident at its Nanaimo mill that killed two men and sent two others to hospital. “We have shut down all operations out of respect,” WFP President Don Demens said at a noon media conference. 

Read More

Severance pay a key issue at Nanaimo mill

Victoria Times Colonist
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Steelworkers local 1-1937 has been fighting a severance pay issue on behalf of 40 former workers at the Nanaimo Western Forest Products mill since 2008. All three shifts of the planer operation at the sawmill were shut down in December 2008. The mill reopened in November 2010 with only the sawmill portion. The union filed a grievance claiming $1 million as severance pay for affected employees but it was denied in a Feb. 17, 2011, decision by arbitrator David McPhillips.

Read More

Kevin Douglas Addison charged in Nanaimo, B.C., sawmill shooting

2 dead, 2 wounded after shots fired at Western Forest Products mill Wednesday morning
CBC News
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kevin Douglas Addison has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm following a shooting Wednesday morning at a sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C., where he used to work. The 47-year-old former employee of the Western Forest Products sawmill spoke in a clear voice when asked if he could hear the telephone proceedings from a cell block in Nanaimo late Wednesday night. Addison remains in custody and is scheduled to make another court appearance in Nanaimo on Thursday.

Read More

Downtown mill has seen share of labour strife

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
May 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Like many other forest-industry facilities in B. C., Western Forest Product’s mill near downtown Nanaimo has seen its share of labour strife and layoffs in recent years. In 2007, the approximately 140 workers at the sawmill, mainly producing posts for traditional Japanese houses at the time, joined about 7,000 other coastal forest workers who went on strike over issues such as shift schedules, hours of work and contracting out. After more than three months on the picket lines, workers voted to head back to the work. But the workers at WFP’s two mills in Nanaimo faced even more adversity just a few months later.

Read More

Letter: Time for Tolko to clean up its act

Open letter to Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, City of Kelowna council, Central Okanagan Regional District board chairman Robert Hobson:
Kelowna Capital News
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Air emissions from Tolko Mill endangers public health (Wet Wood Burn Source of Concern, April 25 Capital News) Turning a blind eye to the air emissions from Tolko’s Kelowna mill is unacceptable from a public health standpoint. The mill emits smoke and particulates that are both carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals and impair lung function. Especially vulnerable are the young and elderly, which make up 50 per cent of Kelowna’s population. The Central Okanagan Regional District’s October 2001 discussion paper on air quality stated then that one in 10 people living in the region have asthma …

Read More

Canfor to Spend $30 Million on Polar Sawmill

250 News
May 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Canfor has announced it will proceed with capital investments totaling approximately $30 million to improve infrastructure, productivity and cost performance at its Polar sawmill in Bear Lake. The project includes design and technologies to enhance the mitigation of combustible dust. The project will include upgrades to log processing, lumber handling and residual systems, as well as replacing electrical components and the sawmill building structure.

Mill upgrade set for $30M from The Prince George Citizen

Read More

Resolute lays off workers, suspends summer student hiring

Rail car shortage means sawmill can’t get lumber to market and inventory is piling up
CBC News
May 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A shortage of rail cars has caused a problem for Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay. CBC News has learned the company is eliminating a shift at its sawmill, and laying off workers because Resolute can’t get enough rail cars to move its product to customers. The company said it’s temporarily eliminating one of three shifts at its sawmill on the Fort William First Nation, said company spokesperson Xavier Van Chau. “We have a large inventory and that is both costly and a safety concern for us, and so we had to make that determination,” he said.

Read More

J.D. Irving forestry deal ‘already done,’ expert says

UNB law professor David Bell says parts of forestry deal are weighted in favour of J.D. Irving
CBC News
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Alward government’s deal with J.D. Irving Ltd. that exchanges increased access to timber from Crown land for future investment and jobs is “already done,” according to a University of New Brunswick law professor. Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud released the 25-year agreement with J.D. Irving Ltd. last week, a deal that Green Party Leader David Coon called “remarkable in its audacity.” After the deal was released, Coon said he would explore legal options at challenging the agreement.

Read More

Domtar is splitting its stock and increasing the quarterly dividend 36 per cent

Canadian Press
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Pulp and paper producer Domtar announced a two-for-one stock split and a 36 per cent dividend increase Wednesday as it anticipates enhanced earnings growth potential following the acquisition of diaper maker Indas. The Montreal-based company will double its share count as of mid-June and raise the post-split quarterly dividend by 10 cents per share to 37.5 cents US. The dividend will be paid July 15 to shareholders of record as of July 2. “The board’s decision to substantially increase the regular dividend payout reflects its confidence in our future as we continue to transform Domtar into a growth company,” said president and CEO John Williams.

Read More

Resolute Forest Products loss mounts as costs rise, prices dip

Reuters
May 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s Resolute Forest Products Inc said first-quarter loss widened as an abnormally cold winter pushed up energy costs and disrupted shipments. The company also said average prices were lower in newsprint, specialty papers and wood products businesses. The company’s net loss widened to $50 million, or 53 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $5 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. The Montreal-based company’s revenue fell 5.4 percent to $1.02 billion.

Read More

Forest Service Company Barred from Federal Contracts for Three Years

Occupational Health & Safety
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. Labor Department announced April 24 that Garcia Forest Service LLC, and its president, Samuel Garcia, have been barred from eligibility for further service contracts with any U.S. government agency for three years after DOL’s investigation found the Rockingham, N.C.-based company violated the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act by failing to pay fringe benefits, minimum wage, overtime, and holiday pay to employees hired for a reforestation project in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.

Read More

Emmett sawmill sold to Alabama company

Idaho Press-Tribune
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EMMETT — An Emmett sawmill has been sold to an Alabama company, which has plans to reopen the sawmill with the name Gem Forest Products, LLC. GreenFuels Holding Company, LLC, closed on the property Monday, according to a company spokesman. GreenFuels Holding Company, LLC manufactures and markets alternative fuels such as biodiesel. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Birmingham. The property, just west of Emmett, was formerly owned by Emerald Forest Products. It opened for business in May 2010 with 47 jobs.

Read More

Glatfelter paper mill issue resolved, but earnings affected

Chemistry imbalance corrected and pulp production returning to normal
Chillicothe Gazette
May 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CHILLICOTHE — A production issue involving a chemistry imbalance at Glatfelter’s Chillicothe paper mill appears to have been resolved, but it did have an effect on the company’s overall first quarter results. In a conference call with investors Monday, senior vice president and chief financial officer John Jacunski reported that adjusted earnings for the first quarter were $14.1 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with $17.4 million, or 40 cents per share, for the first three months of 2013. 

Read More

Timber exports reach US$ 1 bn in 2013-2014

Eleven Myanmar
April 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The export of teak, hardwood and other timber has reached US$ 947 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce. The trade value of teak, hardwood, plywood, and other wood products exported overseas amounted US$ 916 million while timber exported overland reached US$ 31 million, according to government statistics. Teak logs were the largest export with a value of US$ 638 million while nearly 34,328 tonnes of teak lumber was exported with a net worth of US$ 31.552 million. 

Read More

New Forests sees $5bn of opportunities

The Australian
May 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Forests, the Sydney-based timber investment company that has agreed to buy Gunns’ plantation assets, says there are $5 billion worth of acquisition opportunities for the firm in Australia and New Zealand over the next three years. David Brand, New Forests’ chief executive, told Data Room that the firm has studied every plantation asset in Australia and New Zealand and developed strategies to buy some of the estimated 4 million hectares of timber assets in both countries.

Read More

Forestry

Manitoba announces plans to protect woodland caribou and peatland

Canadian Press
April 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government has announced a 10-year strategy that advocates are calling good news for thousands of woodland caribou, which are listed as a threatened species in Canada. Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh says the Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy will include special consideration of the species’ boreal habitat. Woodland caribou were listed as threatened in Manitoba in 2006 under the Endangered Species Act, though their population has since stabilized. However, the province says they can be affected by things such as habitat destruction from forest fires, habitat fragmentation from poor planning of mines, transmission lines and logging operations, over-hunting and disease.

Read More

Woodcutting case turns to confusion in Yellowknife court

CBC News
April 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A $230 fine for cutting firewood has turned into a court battle for a Dene man in the Northwest Territories, but the first appearance in a Yellowknife court turned to confusion as Dene leaders got straight to the heart of their case instead of entering a plea. Fred Sangris, a former chief of the Yellowknives Dene, says he’s been cutting his own firewood for 40 years without a permit to heat his home in N’Dilo… The N.W.T.’s Forest Management Act says everyone must have a permit to harvest wood, but Sangris says that’s a violation of his treaty rights. He’s vowed to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Read More

Bagworms attacking Windsor trees on streets, in parks

CBC News
May 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Trees in Windsor could soon be under attack. The bagworm has made a return. “Here we go again,” city forester Bill Roesel said. The bagworm was first found in Windsor in 2008. Surveys conducted by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources found the number had increased in 2011. In 2013 new infestations were observed on trees on boulevards, and open-grown and park trees. Attacked species included honey-locust, white cedar, and Norway maple. Roesel says they are back this year in big numbers and threatening shade trees along city streets and in city parks.

Read More

Ad Watch: Daines debuts spot on timber bill (with video)

Billings Gazette
May 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — As campaign season moves into full gear this year, the TV airwaves already are getting clogged with political advertisements. Once again, the Gazette State Bureau will be fact-checking and interpreting some of these ads in its “Ad Watch” series. The series kicks off today with a look at a current ad by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is running for the U.S. Senate. HELENA — This 30-second spot by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines began airing on Montana TV stations April 16.

Read More

Ash dieback ‘could affect 75% of trees in worst-hit areas’

Deadly fungus will infect most ash trees in the south and east of England by 2018, government models suggest
The Guardian
April 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The spread of a deadly fungus killing ash trees in the UK could affect up to three-quarters of the species in the worst-hit areas within just four years, according to government scientists. Conservationists said such a rapid spread would be “devastating” to landscapes and have a “very real economic cost”. Chalara fraxinea, a fungus that was found in England in 2012 after being blown over the English channel or imported via nurseries, causes the crown of ash trees to blacken and wither, and can kill younger trees.

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels

KPLU.org
April 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In 2011, biofuels in the Northwest got a huge boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $80 million in grants to researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University. It’s meant to help turn woody biomass into environmentally-friendly fuels for cars and jets. Now they’re at about the half-way point in their research, and several hundred are attending a conference on wood-based biofuels in Seattle. The vision of a wood-based biofuels industry in the Northwest is starting to take shape, says professor Mike Wolcott with WSU’s civil and environmental engineering department.

Read More

ICRAF scientist named AfriCAN Climate Research Award winner

Phys.org
April 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The AfriCAN Climate consortium has named Dr. Aster Gebrekirstos, a Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre as co-winner of the AfriCAN Climate Awards 2014. The Award celebrates outstanding contribution by African women researchers in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The AfriCAN editorial committee jointly conferred the award on Gebrekirstos and Dr. Debra Cynthia Roberts of the eThekwini Municipality, Durban South Africa Gebrekirstos specializes in dendrochronology, which is a scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns formed by trees growth rings. 

Read More