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Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Business & Politics

Forestry exports to grow by 8% this year, driven by sales to the U.S. and China: EDC

Business in Vancouver
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry exports from British Columbia are expected to grow 15% this year and another 10% in 2015, according to a May 13 Export Development Canada (EDC) forecast released May 13. This increase will be driven by lumber exports, which are expected to increase 15% in 2014 and a further 10% in 2015. In addition, the lower Canadian dollar will provide a leg up to pulp and paper sales. “In between the United States housing sector recovery and growing demand from China, B.C.’s lumber sector will be scarcely able to meet demand,” said EDC chief economist Peter Hall.

BC lumber exports to grow due to US housing market, China demands: economist from The Canadian Press
BC forestry sector expected to push export growth from The Vancouver Sun

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Accused in Nanaimo mill killings has court case adjourned for month

Nanaimo Daily News
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kevin Addison, charged in connection with the April 30 shooting at the Western Forest Products sawmill near downtown Nanaimo, made a second appearance in court Tuesday morning. Addison, a 47-year-old former mill employee, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. He appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court via video conference from Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, where he is being held. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and sitting in a room with white brick walls, Addison was responsive, saying “OK, OK,” as he was told his case would be adjourned for another month.

Man accused in Nanaimo sawmill shooting encountered financial, family pressures

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Trucker troubles, weather hit lumber sector’s Q1 hard

By Gordon Hamilton: Western producers’ revenue down, but prediction brighter for 2014’s second half
Business in Vancouver
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the recovery of the North American housing market, B.C. lumber producers had a rough start to the year, as weather and the Vancouver container truckers’ strike led to disruptions that are now showing up in first-quarter results. Of the five western Canadian companies that have released their results, revenues are down 2.2% from 2013’s first quarter, PwC’s vice-president, Jason Boyer, told the consulting firm’s annual global forestry conference last week.

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Conifex Looks At Sawmill Changes in Mackenzie

250 News
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mackenzie, B.C.- Conifex is looking at possibly building a new sawmill in Mackenzie. In a conference call to discuss its first quarter results, Conifex Timber Inc. President Ken Shields says the company has been looking at ways it can increase the productivity and profitability of its lumber operations in Mackenzie. He says there are three ideas being explored “One alternative is to modernize and upgrade the site 2 mill that is in operation in Mackenzie. We are also reviewing the options of restarting our idled site 1 sawmill at Mackenzie, or the option of building a new sawmill complex at the site one location.”

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Big River sawmill reopens

Star Phoenix
May 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Big River sawmill, which has been closed since 2007, officially reopened Tuesday. “When I was Opposition Leader we toured the mill on the day they announced it was going to be closing (in 2006),” said Premier Brad Wall, who was on hand for the official ceremonies. “What an interesting and welcome contrast.” Saskatchewan’s largest mill was reopened by Carrier Forest Products and has been back in operation since last September. It produces dimensional lumber and has an annual production capacity of 250 million board feet.

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Acadian Timber posts 16% sales increase in 1Q

Lesprom
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the 1Q, Acadian Timber Corp. (“Acadian”) generated net sales of $21.2 million on sales volume of 350 thousand cubic metres which represents a $3 million, or 16%, increase in net sales compared to the same period in 2013, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Strong market demand, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and the discontinuation of the vendor managed inventory (“VMI”) program in its New Brunswick operation drove this improved performance.

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Weyerhaeuser to spin off real estate business

Associated Press
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.— Weyerhaeuser Co. confirmed Monday that it plans to spin off its real estate unit, leaving it free to focus on its timber and paper products business. The Federal Way, Washington-based company is one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands and one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products. It also develops real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes, but it indicated last year that it was considering a sale or spinoff of this division. Weyerhaeuser confirmed and detailed those plans on Monday.

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Lumber company still plans to hire 200

Neshoba Democrat
May 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LOUISVILLE – A plywood company still plans to hire nearly 200 people here in the coming months after the unoccupied mill they planned to reopen was demolished during an April 28 killer tornado. Gerald Mills, head of the Winston County Economic Development Partnership, said Natron Wood Products of Jasper, Oregon, was scheduled to start hiring on June 1, but that has been delayed. The tornado cut a crescent-shaped swath almost a mile wide around the town of 6,600, destroying and damaging hundreds of buildings and killing 10.

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Forestry firm Scottish Woodlands reports strong sales

BBC News
May 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forest management company Scottish Woodlands has reported strong sales, as UK timber production continues to rise. The Edinburgh-based firm achieved turnover of £64m and net profits of £560,000 for the 12 months to the end of September 2013. The company, which is 80% employee-owned, harvested more than one million tonnes of timber last year on behalf of its clients. It expects to see further growth this year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Environmental groups take aim at industry-backed green building standards

The Washington Examiner
May 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

PORTLAND, Ore. — A pair of environmental groups are starting a new campaign against a green building standard backed by the chemicals, timber and plastics industries that’s making inroads at the federal and state government levels. The Sierra Club and Greenpeace are teaming up for “Greenwash Action,” which will take shots at the Green Globes building standard. The General Services Administration approved it in November as an alternative to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED building standards for use in federal construction and renovations.

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Nanocellulose Wood Fiber Sponges Could Soak Up Oil Spills

Woodworking Network
May 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Swiss wood researchers Empa have developed a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge that could find use mopping up in oil spills. The new, absorbable material is said to be light enough so that as it absorbs the oil spill, it remains floating on the surface and can then be recovered. It can be produced in an environmentally-friendly manner from recycled paper, wood or agricultural by-products.

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China’s Demand Threatens Rare Hardwoods in Mekong

Sinosphere
May 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

China’s surging demand for luxury furniture and a revived cultural tradition are not only taking a toll on the forests of its Southeast Asian neighbors but also fueling a deadly crime wave across the region, according to an environmental monitoring group. A new report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency says that illegal logging and corruption have contributed to the near extinction of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis), an increasingly rare tropical hardwood found in countries in the Mekong region, including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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Forestry

Hundreds protest Crown forestry deal outside legislature

Protest against new forest industry deal with province called Jobs Don’t Grow on Stumps
CBC News
May 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s new 25-year Crown land forestry contract with J. D. Irving and other big forestry companies brought more than 300 protesters to the legislature building lawn in Fredericton Tuesday. Environmentalists, woodlot owners, scientists, aboriginal people and supporters came from across the province to join the protest, called Jobs Don’t Grow on Stumps. “So every time you hear conservation forest, we’re talking about deer yards, we’re talking about buffer strips, we’re talking about old-growth forest,” said protester Rod Cumberland, a former provincial deer biologist.

New Brunswick legislature site of protest against new forestry plan from The Canadian Press
NB legislature site of protest against new forestry plan from CTV News Atlantic

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Forest Service officials: spruce beetle populations exponentially increasing

KVNF
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The spruce beetle epidemic and aspen decline in the Grand Mesa, Umcompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests were discussed Tuesday at a public meeting in Montrose. Over 70 people attended the meeting, and learned from U.S. Forest Service officials the spruce beetle population is exponentially increasing within the three National Forests. People also learned the Forest Service projects that most of the Umcompahgre Plateau and Grand Mesa will become too warm for aspens by 2060.

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DNR to explore halt to timber harvests near slides

The Spokesman-Review
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — The agency that manages state forest lands will ask whether it’s legal to declare a moratorium on timber harvests near landslide areas. The Forest Practices Board, which sets rules for harvesting timber, will also review those rules “with a particular eye to public safety” around slides and the areas where water is absorbed into the ground and recharges the aquifer below. The board was urged to impose such a moratorium Monday in the wake of the Oso mudslide that killed 41 and left two people missing. Snohomish County Commissioner Dave Sommers, a member of the board, said that county — which is where Oso is located — is looking at a rule that would not allow harvests in a recharge zone.

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Letters: Solutions wanted

Several letters to the editor on the recent Weyerhaeuser announcement to charge fees to access their land.
The Daily News Online
May 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It is very unfortunate that I have to agree with Weyerhaeuser in the regards to the charging fees for use of its land. The few people out there who have abused their privileges in using the land have ruined everything for the many of us who take care of it. Certain areas are looking like a public dump. If someone can come up with a better solution, please let us know.

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2nd lawsuit filed over Montana governor’s plan for national forest logging

Associated Press
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — A new lawsuit has been filed over Gov. Steve Bullock’s nomination of 5.1 million acres of U.S. Forest Service land for priority management. The complaint filed last week by Wildwest Institute, Conservation Congress and Friends of the Bitterroot is the second since Bullock forwarded his choices for expedited restoration and management to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in April. The groups allege the state violated open meetings laws and the right to public participation when a committee advised the governor on which forest lands to choose.

New suit accuses Gov. Bullock of approving logging plan with “closed meetings” from KPAX News

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No Logging Moratorium In Wake Of Oso Landslide

Northwest News Network
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the wake of the deadly landslide near Oso, Washington, there will be no immediate moratorium on logging around unstable slopes. Some conservationists and regulators wanted to push for that. One of them, Peter Goldman, director of the Washington Forest Law Center in Seattle, says the state Forest Practices Board learned Tuesday it doesn’t have the authority to impose a logging moratorium.  “The concept of a moratorium was dismissed for legal reasons, not for policy reasons,” Goldman explains. “It’s an important distinction. No one in there said ‘we don’t think a moratorium is a good idea.’ The attorney general told the board they couldn’t do it.”

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Oregon Lands director Mary Abrams talks Elliott State Forest future, coal exports (with video)

The Oregonian
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mary Abrams is the director of Oregon’s Department of State Lands, the agency at the forefront of two major environmental debates over forestlands and coal exports. …The agency is also deciding the future of the Elliott State Forest, a 93,000-acre parcel it owns and draws revenue from to fund K-12 education. But because logging was halted there by environmental lawsuits, land management cost the state about $3 million last year.

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Coroner slams NZ forestry safety

NZ Herald
May 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A coroner has slammed New Zealand’s “extremely poor” health and safety record during an inquest into a forestry worker killed in Wairarapa. Reece Joseph Reid from Wanganui died on November 27, 2012, near Pongaroa. He worked for Taupo-based Great Lake Harvesting contracting company. The 23-year-old’s inquest is being held at the Coroner’s Court in Rotorua. Coroner Wallace Bain addressed the court before witnesses were called highlighting the country’s alarming forestry sector fatality rate. 

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‘Raft of breaches’ prior to forestry worker’s death

New Zealand Herald
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There was a culture of acceptance of the “huge raft” of health and safety breaches at a forestry contractor company before a young worker was killed, an inquest has heard. Reece Joseph Reid died on November 27, 2012 while felling trees for Taupo-based Great Lakes Harvesting company at a forestry block near Pongaroa, south of Dannevirke. He was working unsupervised when a hung tree – one he had been cut but was resting above on another tree – fell down and killed him. The two-day inquest into the death of the 23-year-old adjourned today at the Coroner’s Court in Rotorua before Coroner Wallace Bain.

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Timber ID tool will protect rain forests

Will also include genetic information and images of flowers, fruits
Pulp and Paper News
May 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The news agency Lesprom Network reports that the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) is developing an interactive tool with information on the commercial species in eight ACTO member countries based on a similar tool developed by the Brazilian Forest Service (SFB). The tool will also include genetic information and images of flowers, fruits, bark and standing trees, ITTO reported.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Three Way Deal Assists Forest Related Work in Quesnel

250 News
May 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Pacific BioEnergy has entered into a partnership with Tolko and the Nazko First Nation. The agreement uses Pacific BioEnergy’s mountain pine beetle salvage license in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area.. Under the agreement, there will be harvesting work for Nazko Logging , additional log supply for Tolko’s Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel, and additional fibre for Pacific BioEnergy’s pellet plant in Prince George. “More harvesting of beetle-killed stands clears the way for reforestation and new trees for the future” says Pacific BioEnergy’s Vice President Brad Bennett.

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General

A professor, tree care consultant, and city forester weigh in on Emerald Ash Borer

Pioneer Press
May 13, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Pioneer Press on Sunday published a front-page article on how different cities are responding to the Emerald Ash Borer, a dreaded beetle that infests ash trees with its larvae, gradually destroying large sections of city canopy. The article examined varying approaches to the pest in Chicago, Milwaukee, Oakdale, Burnsville, Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Hamilton, Ontario. Here’s a few more thoughts on the subject.

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