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Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Business & Politics

Surrey company buys Meadow Creek Cedar

Nelson Star
May 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Surrey company is the buyer of Meadow Creek Cedar’s idled sawmill at Cooper Creek and its suspended forest license. Bob Bortolin of San Group, who appeared before Kaslo village council last night, said in an interview they want to re-open the mill as soon as possible. “We are going to be manufacturing product and getting the mill fired up as quick as we can,” he told the Star. Although they brought in some people from the Lower Mainland to see what will be required for an initial start-up, Bortolin said they intend to hire locally and have already spoken with some former employees. “Unfortunately over time there’s been vandalism, theft, and standard degrading of equipment when it sits [unused], but it’s not stopping us,” he said.

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Sugar extraction technology to be tested at pulp mill

Northern Ontario Business
May 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A northwestern Ontario pulp mill will be a test site for a prototype technology designed to extract and separate sugars from wood and improve fibre recoveries. The Thunder Bay-based Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is investing $1.3 million as part of a partnership deal with Greenfield Specialty Alcohols for a demonstration project at the AV Terrace Bay mill this year. Greenfield is matching CRIBE’s investment as part of this $2.7-million project. The Toronto-based ethanol producer has a patent-pending technology that can extract “clean sugars” from wood fibre that can be applied to make high-end bio-products.

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Irving firms, Saint John nearing new deal over water rates

Water deals for Irving Oil Ltd. and J.D. Irving Ltd. expired in 2000 and 2005 respectively
CBC News
May 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Saint John and J.D. Irving Ltd. and Irving Oil Ltd. will soon be paying new rates for industrial water, according to a senior city official. Bill Edwards, the city’s chief engineer, said the two Irving companies will soon be paying water rates based on a new city bylaw that has yet to be drafted. Edwards said that bylaw will have a section that will create rates for untreated industrial water. Edwards said the negotiations with the Irving companies have been collaborative. NB Power also receives industrial water from the city and the Crown corporation’s rates will also be covered by this new bylaw.

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Louisiana-Pacific Posts Q1 Loss

RTT News
May 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Construction company Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX: Quote) posted a loss in the first quarter of $14.2 million or $0.10 per share. This compares to a year-ago profit of $65.1 million or $0.45 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted loss from continuing operations was $7 million or $0.05 per share. On average, ten analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected loss per share of $0.07 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude one-time items.

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No Forestry Tasmania subsidies

The Examiner
May 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RESOURCES Minister Paul Harriss yesterday confirmed Forestry Tasmania would not receive any taxpayer subsidies in the new financial year. “We expect that Forestry Tasmania will be able to balance the books on its commercial operations,” Mr Harriss told Parliament. “As our plans kick in to grow the industry, Forestry Tasmania will eventually start returning profits to the taxpayers,” he said. Mr Harriss said the state-owned company would not receive any government funds to prop it up from July 1, but it was unclear how much support the company has been receiving since the change of government.

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Forestry forum looks to better productivity, sustainability

ABC News, Australia
May 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A forestry symposium in Mount Gambier next week will focus on ways to boost the industry. The Institute of Foresters Australia is holding the event and says it is critical the industry adopts sustainable practices to ensure its survival. Institute member and CSIRO researcher Dr Sadanandan Nambiar says a lack of available land means the industry needs to find ways to increase the yield of current plantations. He says the future of jobs is linked to how well the industry responds to the challenge.

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Forestry

CoBRA tackling mt. pine beetle issue

Cochrane Times
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The webslinger gave a boost to the CoBRA team towards raising money needed for their entry into the 2014 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition… Collectively called CoBRA, the students have taken on the challenging project of processing genetically engineering a strain of E. coli bacteria to combat the blue stain fungus produced when mountain pine beetle infest a pine tree. They are being led by Cochrane High biology teacher Stephanie Bennett. 

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Protests shift to protocol: B.C. First Nations hail new way forward for business

Canadian Press
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Stopping undesirable resource development in B.C.’s Fraser Canyon used to involve blockading trains, but that has changed for a cluster of First Nations with a former “history of battles” that now just wants to get down to business. Five Interior First Nations governed by the Nkala’pamux Nation Tribal Council signed an agreement Wednesday with the province giving them a seat on a new decision-making board involving business in their territory. The agreement underscores a shift in how First Nations, the provincial government and industry in B.C. are approaching resource and revenue sharing in recognition of the difficult and slow-moving treaty process.

Press release from the BC government

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Cost of cutting down trees

Peace Arch News
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Surrey’s tree-retention policy is working – sort of – but developers and savvy landowners continue to find ways to drive logging trucks through it. There is no question that most developers are now trying harder to preserve at least some trees on development sites. This is particularly true if the property is being developed for apartments or townhouses, as there is usually a large enough piece of land not affected by building footprints. However, where standalone homes (theoretically known as single-family) are being built, trees are rarely retained.

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FRPA gets Report Card after 10 Years

BC Forest Practices Board
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The ten-year-old Forest and Range Practices Act, aimed at reducing cost and complexity for industry while maintaining high environmental standards, has been partly implemented and is working in most situations. However, some aspects of implementation are not complete or are not working as well as expected and improvement is needed, according to a Forest Practices Board report issued today. “Now that 10 years have passed, we felt it was timely to inform the public about how well the act is working, based on our audits and investigations,” said board chair Tim Ryan.

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Fire prevention projects save us money in long run

Reno Gazette-Journal,
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s the classic pay-me-now or pay-me-later situation. A study released last week by the U.S. Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy confirmed that treating fire-prone forests in the Sierra to prevent the increasingly prevalent “megafires” would have benefits worth two to three times the cost. The study bolsters the case for a plan before Congress that would protect funding for critical fire prevention and restoration programs that have been short-changed in recent years to pay for fighting fires. 

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Rep. Raul Labrador pushes bill to allow minors to work in logging

Fox9
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) has introduced a new bill titled the Future Logging Careers Act which would support young people into the logging industry by deregulating rules for children of logging families. Currently, children of logging families are not allowed to work with equipment and learn the trade until they are 18. “Like farming and ranching, timber harvesting is often a family-run business where the practice of harvesting and transporting forest products from the forest to the mills is passed down from generation to generation,” said Rep. Labrador. 

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Why are spotted owls more important than other owls – and people?

Statesman Journal
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When I wrote about the budget problems in Polk County several weeks ago, one of the major factors was the loss of O&C timber harvesting revenue. The Statesman Journal’s Anna Staver reported “federal protections for the spotted owl and salmon curtailed 90 percent of logging on federal forest lands.” I understand that protection for the spotted owl isn’t the only cause of the devastating drop in timber harvesting, but it is a significant factor. Enough of a factor that even federal government documents refer to the payments to compensate for the loss of O&C timber revenue as “spotted owl payments.” Payments which have dwindled to almost nothing.

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Environmental Group Appeals Court Ruling On Mount Hood Logging

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Opponents of the Jazz timber sale in Mt. Hood National Forest are taking their case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to stop logging on around 2,000 acres of forestland. They’re also warning that logging on that location will increases landslide risks — an argument that could resonate with the public after the slide in Washington that killed 41 people and left two missing. The environmental group Bark announced the timber sale appeal at a rally in front of the Mt. Hood National Forest headquarters in Sandy, Oregon Wednesday.

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County commission discusses possible forest projects

Ravalli Republic
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The jungle of accumulated deadfall and overgrown forests on the northern edges of Downey Mountain are a disaster waiting to happen, Hamilton resident Vito Ciliberti said Tuesday. He urged the Ravalli County commission to include that area when it makes its recommendations on how the U.S. Forest Service should prioritize its management of the Bitterroot National Forest. “Those fire-prone areas adjacent to Hamilton need special scrutiny,” Ciliberti said. 

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Last Mountain Caribou In Lower 48 No Longer Has Endangered Status

Associated Press
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. — The federal government has downgraded the protected status of the last remaining herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 from endangered to threatened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the change on Wednesday, in response to petitions from Idaho’s Bonner County and a snowmobile group. The northern Idaho caribou herd is thought to number only about 30 animals, but interacts with a much-larger herd in Canada.

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Kootenai National?Forest: Thanks to Bullock for priority

Letter by Kootenai Forest Stakeholders executive board
The Missoulian
May 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders would like to thank Gov. Steve Bullock for his nomination of the Kootenai National Forest lands we recommended for consideration under the new provisions of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill provisions allow for governors to nominate national forest priority landscapes in their respective states that are in need of treatment to improve forest health conditions. Projects within these priority landscapes will then be eligible for a streamlined process of project implementation if they have a collaborative group that is actively participating with the U.S. Forest Service in identification and design.

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Virginia’s New State Forester Begins Work

Newsplex.com
May 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bettina K. Ring began work this week as only the seventh State Forester of Virginia in the 100-year-history of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). She was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe just four weeks ago. Ring came to the VDOF from the American Forest Foundation where she was senior vice president. She has served in the agency for 14 years, rising from an area forester to the position of Deputy State Forester. Ring is the first and only woman in VDOF history to hold the positions of State Forester and Deputy State Forester.

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Forests minister to reveal detail of peace deal dismantling

ABC News
May 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanians will finally see the detail today of the Government’s plan to shred the forest peace deal when the Resources Minister addresses Parliament. The Government has pledged to tear up the historic agreement brokered by loggers, environment groups and unions over four years of talks. It has flagged plans to re-classify 400,000 hectares of forest the signatories agreed to protect and hand that land over to loggers in about six years. Resources Minister Paul Harriss will spell out the rest of the peace deal repeal plan in a statement to Parliament today.

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Rowdy scenes as Tasmanian Speaker comes under attack

ABC News
May 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s new Speaker has come under attack for the first time, over claims she is allowing Government Ministers to get away with not answering questions. Question Time became rowdy when Greens Leader Kim Booth sought clarification about subsidies to Forestry Tasmania. He asked the Treasurer to rule out lending the company money and forgiving the state-owned companies any debt. Treasurer Peter Gutwein replied that the Government was going to rebuild the business and put it on a path of financial sustainability.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Obama climate change report points to bioenergy for forest health

Biomass Magazine
May 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. The report was developed over four years by hundreds of climate scientists and technical experts and took into consideration input from thousands of public and outside organizations, and details current and future impacts of climate change on every region of America, as well as major sectors of the U.S. economy. 

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U.S. report points to impact of global warming on forests and coasts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho

Canadian Press
May 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Global warming is already altering forest landscapes in the U.S. Northwest, increasing wildfire risks and threatening coastal communities, according to a new federal scientific report released Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment provides a detailed look at the regional and state-level effects of climate change. It lists key concerns for Washington, Idaho and Oregon: WATER RELATED CHALLENGES Regional warming has been linked to changes in the amount and the timing of snowmelt, which provides a bulk of the region’s water supply, the report says. 

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General

County commission discusses possible forest projects

Ravalli Republic
May 7, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The jungle of accumulated deadfall and overgrown forests on the northern edges of Downey Mountain are a disaster waiting to happen, Hamilton resident Vito Ciliberti said Tuesday. He urged the Ravalli County commission to include that area when it makes its recommendations on how the U.S. Forest Service should prioritize its management of the Bitterroot National Forest. “Those fire-prone areas adjacent to Hamilton need special scrutiny,” Ciliberti said. On Tuesday, the Ravalli County commission began the process of identifying projects on the Bitterroot National Forest it will recommend as priorities for forest management and restoration.

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