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Daily Archives: May 16, 2014

Business & Politics

The marks are in, and B.C.’s economy gets a B grade

The Conference Board of Canada puts the province in the middle of the pack of rich world economies
Vancouver Sun
May 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A leading think-tank gives British Columbia a B grade, placing it in the middle of the pack among the world’s major economies, but analysts predict an improvement in the coming years as the United States continues to rebound from recession. …The improving American housing sector — and strong demand from China — will continue to fuel growth in B.C.’s forestry sector, the largest exporter, which is expected to push total provincial international exports to an eight-per-cent growth rate this year and seven per cent in 2015, according to an Export Development Canada forecast.

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Northern Pulp to remain operational for Royal Tour

The News
May 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE – As Pictou beautifies itself for the royal visitors, air quality in the area will remain unchanged. Despite speculation on social media and elsewhere that Northern Pulp could cease operations during the Royal Tour in Pictou this Monday, the pulp mill will remain open and operational. “Our plan is to operate as per normal,” said David MacKenzie, governmental affairs and communications with Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation. Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, will tour the Hector Heritage Quay on May 19.

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Wood Producers the Losers From Budget Tariff Removal

By The New Zealand First Party
Scoop Independent News
May 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand First says forestry businesses and sawmill workers will be the real losers from the Government’s removal of tariffs on imported building materials. Spokesperson for Primary Industries Richard Prosser said the budget removal of tariffs is another nail in the coffin for New Zealand manufacturing and processing of primary commodities like timber. …“Saving up to $3,500 on the cost of building a house by letting in cheap second-rate imports is dumb economics and it puts New Zealand firms out of business and New Zealand workers on the dole.

Press Release from NZ Forest Owners Association on this topic

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Forestry rights sold to US firm

Stuff.co.nz
May 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Cutting rights to a large Wellington forestry estate have been sold to US company Resource Management Service (RMS). Described as one of the largest forestry transactions to hit the open market in recent years, the rights give access to Greater Wellington Regional Council’s 5430-hectare forestry estate near Wellington and in the Wairarapa. The sale price was undisclosed but LJ Hooker agent Warwick Searle, who handled the sale, said the valuation on the cutting rights was $28.5 million. He was “very happy” with the figure which exceeded the $31m debt that the council had incurred over the years managing the forests.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Greenwash Action fights back against the attacks on LEED green building certification

Treehugger
May 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The LEED green building certification system has been under attack for a number of years, at first because of its recognition of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and more recently (and far more potently) by the chemical and plastics industries, over worries that LEED might list their products as “Chemicals of Concern.” The opponents of LEED have had a great run, banning LEED in a number of states, and getting an alternative certification system, Green Globes, accepted by the Federal Government.

Enviros bash industry-backed “green” building program from Grist.org

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Timber buildings: why and how Australia’s poised to build them bigger and better

Architecture & Design
May 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Imagine standing in a supermarket filled with building materials, tasked with collecting the products you will need for your project. Automatically, you turn towards the concrete and steel aisles…but wait, was that wood? The unassuming middle child, timber is often forgotten when it comes to structural applications, but has the potential to revolutionise the way Australian buildings are being constructed. More specifically, it is engineered timber which can be used in both residential builds and larger-scale, multi-storey projects.

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Forestry

First Nations have a say in resource development, not a veto

Globe and Mail
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Duty to consult and accommodate. Remember those five words. Properly applied, they could help usher in a new era of co-operation between First Nations and natural resource development. Ignored or disregarded by governments, or used to raise unrealistic expectations of unlimited aboriginal power, they could herald a period of discord, mistrust and lost opportunity – including for indigenous people. …Final decision-making power remains in government hands, but before a final decision can be reached, both sides are required to engage in good-faith consultations and, if significant dislocations are anticipated, First Nations’ concerns must be accommodated.

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Trades represented at Heavy Metal Rocks

The Williams Lake Tribune
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Heavy Metal Rocks does just that, said students who participated in this year’s event. It rocks. For three days, 25 students from 100 Mile House and Williams Lake operated various industrial machines, learned first aid certification and construction safety, and met people who work in industry. “It was informational and I learned a lot,” Lake City Secondary Grade 12 student Sierra Siwek said. “The excavator was the best piece of equipment.” Before arriving at the course, Sewick did not know how to operate a single machine, but in the end was awarded most improved operator. 

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Langley Township to set up a clear-cutting hot line

Langley Times
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A clear-cutting hot line will allow residents of the Brookswood/Fernridge area of Langley to report violations of the new bylaw that limits cutting to eight trees or 20 per cent of trees on a property, whichever is less. Until the hot line is running, residents are being asked to report clear-cutting after hours by emailing the Township bylaw enforcement department at bylaw@tol.ca. The email is checked “every few hours” after closing time and on weekends, Township administrator Mark Bakken said Monday, in response to a question from Councillor Kim Richter.

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Forestry history comes to life

Interpretive pathway moves forward
The Squamish Chief
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Squamish residents may soon be able to walk back in time. The Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society is busy pulling together old logging equipment to display as part of a linear exhibit. The idea is to place the historical forestry tools on a pathway from Brennan Park Recreation Centre to the proposed Sea to Sky Forestry Centre across from the Squamish Adventure Centre, the society’s president Mike Wallace told District of Squamish council last week.

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Court quashes Island timber grant to Western Forest Products

Victoria Times Colonist
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Supreme Court has quashed a Ministry of Forests decision to grant close to one million cubic metres of timber on northwest Vancouver Island to Western Forest Products without consulting a First Nation band. The province had a duty to consult with the band before its April 2013 decision, Justice William Ehrcke said in a decision released Thursday. Because that did not happen, that allocation decision is void, he ruled. “I think this really opens the door to consultation,” Ehattesaht First Nation Coun. Lyle Billy said, responding to the decision. “

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County gets smart with wildfires

Sherwood Park News
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three grants from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) will help protect rural Strathcona County residents from wildfires this spring. Strathcona County Emergency Services (SCES) was given a total of $179,704 from FRIAA earlier this year. “That grant program is intended to provide for improved protection of forest communities, resources and values through operational planning activities that are designed to prevent wildfire occurrences and to reduce the fire hazard within municipal jurisdictions,” said SCES fire chief Iain Bushell.

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First Growth Lumber: Vancouver’s Early Industry

Vancouver Heritage Foundation
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The west coast once supported some of the largest trees in the world including Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, pine, spruce, maple and yew. Some of those trees were over 1,000 years old and almost 100 metres (325ft) tall. When Colonials first arrived on the west coast, they saw huge potential in all of that untouched lumber, setting up housing and milling operations that would become Vancouver and its first industry. The first lumber mills on Burrard Inlet were on the North Vancouver side, but Vancouver’s first mill was Hastings Mill, opened in 1865 at the foot of Dunlevy Street set up by Captain Edward Stamp next to an established First Nations settlement, Ee’yullmough. 

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A new path through ancient forests

UBC News
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Professors, students and alumni are working with Aboriginal groups to find answers to big questions about the future of their forests First Nations made British Columbia’s forests their home for thousands of years, but in the 20th century they were abruptly cut out of decision-making. Now they are slowly regaining their right to participate in the decision-making process and UBC Forestry professors, students and alumni want to support them.

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Budworm cast a deathly pall over C.B. forests

Chronicle Herald
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Elizabeth May talks just as passionately today about Cape Breton’s devastating spruce budworm outbreak as she did back in the late 1970s. At the time, she was a young woman in her early 20s working at her parents restaurant in Margaree Harbour. But when May wasn’t waitressing, she was running a successful campaign to ban pulp companies from spraying the province’s forests with a pesticide used to kill the ravenous pest. She and a large group that included woodlot owners would carry flipboards to wherever they could make their case.

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184 professors demand halt to Crown forest policy

Open letter written to Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud by New Brunswick academics
CBC News
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Academics from New Brunswick’s four public universities and the Maritime College of Forest Technology are calling on the Alward government to immediately stop implementation of its new Crown forest policy.  A new letter, signed by 184 professors and other academics in a wide variety of faculties ranging from arts to mathematics, calls for Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud to stop the process and revisit the strategy.

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“Stop Raw Long Exports!” Cascadia Forest Defenders Banner-Drop

Seattle Free Press
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the early hours of the morning on May 14, 2014, members of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a billboard on I5, to drop a banner protesting raw log export in Oregon. The billboard, formerly carrying a message promoting the Best Western hotel chain, now reads: “Big Timber Sends Jobs Overseas. Stop Raw Log Export.” Due to the economic recession in 2008 and the subsequent crash of the housing market, the demand for lumber in the US plummeted. Timber companies saw a rising demand for logs coming from China and started increasing the amount of raw log exports dramatically. 

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Arrests Made in Assault on Park Redwood Trees

New York Times
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Earlier this year I wrote about a spate of criminal assaults on redwood trees in a California park — all targeting the bulbous growths called burls that are prized by woodworkers and furniture makers. Two arrests have now been made, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s an excerpt from the story, by Peter Fimrite: A suspected redwood tree slasher and burl bandit was arrested after park officials tracked the wood poacher and an accomplice to a Del Norte County shop where they allegedly peddled the purloined lumber.

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National land grab alarming to anglers, hunters, sportsmen and women

The Missoulian
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From the dusty washes near Bunkerville, Nevada, to polished marble offices along K Street in Washington, D.C., there is a radical cry to wrest our national forests and prairies away from public ownership. That cry should alarm all Americans who cherish their freedom to hunt, fish and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors. One of the many blessings of American citizenship is the fact that we, the people, own 450 million acres of national forest, rangeland, wildlife refuges and national parks.

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Resources Secured to Combat Mountain Pine Beetle

Black Hills Knowledge Network
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service, on January 14, 2014, announced that the Black Hills will recieve $1.5 million in order to help further battle the mountain pine beetle through additional timber harvesting, MyTown reports. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., states that the funding came in part by the October 19 letter he and other congressional members of the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region wrote. The letter asked to reallocate existing funds in order to focus on mountain pine beetle control efforts. 

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‘Privatizing’ Elliott State Forest a consequence of environmental law, litigation: Editorial

The Oregonian
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest, covering about 90,000 acres in the Coast Range near Coos Bay, provides a large and dependable stream of cash for the Common School Fund, which in turn sends millions of dollars to the state’s public schools every year. Well, that’s the theory, anyway. In reality, timber harvests have been constrained so severely by environmental litigation and Endangered Species Act restrictions that the Elliott cost the Common School Fund about $3 million in 2013. That’s bad news for schoolchildren, sure. But at least it’s good news for the marbled murrelet and the environmentalists who’ve sued to protect the threatened seabird, right?

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MSU will use donated land to lure forestry students

Springfield News Leader
May 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With a new piece of donated land, the Darr School of Agriculture at Missouri State University will try to lure more forestry students now that the University of Missouri is attracting fewer of them, according to school director Anson Elliott. Last year, the school received a gift of 161 acres, called the Woodlands, just north of Springfield off of Highway 13. Elliott said. The property will be used by students and faculty to research and study wildlife conservation and forestry. Elliott said representatives from the forest industry have come to him to complain there aren’t enough forestry majors or even college graduates with a knowledge of forestry.

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Community outcry delays logging in Tasmania

ABC News
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging of a 15 and a half hectare patch of regrowth forest in north-west Tasmania has been delayed indefinitely. Locals say the coup in Oldina is populated with threatened species, like the spotted quoll and the Tasmanian devil. After a meeting with the local Landcare group and residents, Forestry Tasmania has delayed logging indefinitely. Locals are asking the company to lease the area to the Oldina Landcare group, to be used as a picnic area or camping ground. Bio-diversity specialist Dr Richard Donaghey says not enough consideration has been given to endangered species like the Tasmanian devil and the spotted quoll.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass burner short on fuel

Boiler at Point Tupper paper plant getting only a portion of the fibre it needs
Chronicle Herald
May 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia is having trouble keeping up with the requirement for fibre at the biomass boiler at Point Tupper, says the natural resources minister. “There’s not enough fibre right now in the province to support demands placed on that sector,” Zach Churchill said Thursday, referring to the amount of fibre available on Crown land. Churchill was responding to questions from reporters about whether hardwood sawlogs are being burned in the boiler to produce electricity rather than going to hardwood sawmills where they could be processed into a higher-value product.

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2018 Chinese Activated Carbon Market Review & Forecasts Research Report

SB Wire
May 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Research and Development Forecast of Activated Carbon Market in China, 2014-2018 mainly conducts in-depth research of market status of activated carbon industry in China, supply and demand, export and import, and business performance of major domestic enterprises, meanwhile offers suggestions for activated carbon industry, so as to make entrepreneurs get a better understanding of this industry and make a wiser decision with the help of the investment references. 

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