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Daily Archives: May 20, 2014

Business & Politics

$3.2M forest research lab being built in Sussex

Expected to produce four million high-quality, insect-tolerant seedlings a year
CBC News
May 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A $3.2-million forest research lab being built in Sussex is expected to create better quality, insect-tolerant, resilient seedlings for planting across the region. It could lead to higher-value Canadian planted trees and much faster regeneration of managed forests, federal, provincial and J.D. Irving Limited officials announced on Friday.The new facility, which will be operated by Maritime Innovation Limited, a division of JDI, will produce four million seedlings a year by the plant reproduction method called somatic embryogenesis (SE).

Press Release from Government of Canada

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Natural Resources study calls for more fed investment in new forestry technology

The Canadian Press
May 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA – The federal government needs to offer money, training and incentives to ensure a technological revolution in the forestry industry creates well-paid jobs at home rather than abroad. That’s the main finding of a new study Natural Resources Canada commissioned to find ways to support Canada’s billion-dollar forestry-equipment sector. Canada’s traditional forestry products — softwood lumber and pulp-and-paper — have struggled in recent years, as American housing construction fell sharply after the 2008 global meltdown and as more consumers get their information digitally rather than on paper. 

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Plum Creek’s Q1 Profit Declines 46.4%; CEO Says ‘We’re Pleased’

Woodworking Network
May 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

SEATTLE – Plum Creek Timber Company Inc. reported that its first quarter earnings fell 46.4% to $30 million compared to the first quarter of 2013. Revenues declined as well by 6.8% to $317 million. Despite these drops, Plum Creek CEO Rick Holley said, “We’re pleased with the results of the first quarter of 2014.” He noted, “As expected, first quarter’s income was lower than last year. This was solely the result of a large non-strategic timberland sale that contributed 21 cents to earnings per share in the first quarter of 2013.”

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Root to harvest and mill: Georgia’s forestry industry (with video)

13wmaz.com
May 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

With a nearly $29 billion impact, the forestry industry is one of Georgia’s largest economic forces. Tree farmer Roy Malone, 93, is one of the nearly 3,500 people across Central Georgia who work in forestry. “I came back from World World II and I planted my first acreage of pine trees,” said Malone. Sixty plus years later, he owns more than 2,000 acres of land. According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, the forestry industry contributes nearly $29 billion to the states economy.  And in Central Georgia,

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Hardwood prices rebound strongly after recession

Wilkes Journal-Patriot
May 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States


North Carolina’s timber industry is continuing a strong comeback after bottoming out about five years ago during the recession, said speakers and others at the Northern Foothills Forest Landowner Workshop Thursday at Wilkes Community College. Prices paid to landowners for hardwood timber in Wilkes County are near or at an all-time high and likely will go higher, said Jeff Pardue, owner of Forestland Consultants in Wilkesboro.

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Plum Creek embraces mixed-use forestry in its 865,000 acres of North Woods

Mainebiz
May 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

An improving housing market should help Plum Creek Timber Co. sell more of its timber in Maine and could also jumpstart its controversial plan to create up to 975 luxury second homes and two resorts near Moosehead Lake. As the third-largest landowner in the state, Plum Creek’s fortunes are also tied to the overall health of Maine’s forest products industry, an $8 billion driver of the state’s economy that includes paper mills, loggers, lumber and biomass mills.

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Next stage for Southern Cross Forest Products’ receivership

Scoop Independent News
May 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The receivers of Southern Cross Forest Products Ltd (SCFP) have today advised that the sale process has attracted considerable interest in the Thames sawmill and remanufacturing businesses, but interest in the South Island operations does not justify continued trading in its current form. Receiver, Brendon Gibson from KordaMentha said: “Since SCFP entered receivership in early March, we have focused on selling the business as a going concern. Unfortunately, with the expression of interest period now having ended, this is no longer possible for the South Island business.

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Unfair treatment over ETS – foresters

The Government’s been accused of discriminating against some forest owners with a surprise law change to the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Radio New Zealand News
May 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The amendment pushed through with post-Budget legislation on Friday, means participants deregistering post-1989 forest land from the scheme can only surrender New Zealand emissions units. They can’t use international units that they may have bought at about a tenth of the price, to exit the scheme. The Government said the restriction was to protect the integrity of the ETS by stopping people from taking advantage of the price difference by registering and deregistering the same forestry land multiple times. But Forest Owners president Paul Nicholls said it was unfair for post-1989 foresters who were planning to deregister land.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Steel’s advantage over wood: It doesn’t burn

The Oregonian
May 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

These are a couple of the things that developers think about when planning a building: Wood costs less. Steel doesn’t burn. As Elliot Njus highlighted in his recent story, wood construction projects are vulnerable when they are half-built and open to intruders. Firebugs have destroyed a couple of developments in Portland recently, torching the exposed framing and forcing builders to start over. Steelmakers and wood products associations have long waged a marketing and public relations battle, seeking to persuade us that the materials they represent are superior for building.

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Forestry

Resource industries band together for PR rescue

Canadian Press
May 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – When it comes to persuading Canadians and the U.S. of the merits of oil pipelines and natural resources, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been no Don Draper.  The Keystone XL pipeline appears to be caught in a perpetual American political limbo, and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway plan is hampered by strong local opposition, to name just two projects. A cabinet approach that involved attacking environmental groups has been roundly criticized as poor strategy. …The latest high-level campaign hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, called the Partnership for Resource Trade, includes among its advisory members major oil and gas, mining, forestry, agrifood and transportation associations, as well as academics.

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Shaping the forest of the future in partnership with communities and youth across North America

Canada Newswire press release
May 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. announced at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today that it would provide eight community-based grant projects helping people — especially youth — get outside and reconnect with nature. The Fortune Brainstorm Green conference is the premier conference on business, sustainability, and green investing. “These grants are part of our longer-term efforts to bring communities together to shape a sustainable future for forests and themselves,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., while at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference held in Laguna Niguel.

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Forest clearcuts ruining iconic views

Provincial Parks marred by visible timber harvest
Vancouver Sun
May 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am disappointed and dismayed at the rapid and insensitive increase in logging in important view-corridors in B.C., particularly notable in areas surrounding the Lower Mainland, many of which were formerly renowned for their spectacular pristine beauty. Driving past Squamish, one can now see from the famed Sea to Sky Highway logged patches around the base of iconic Garibaldi Park. Further east, the view of beautiful Harrison Lake is increasingly marred by ragged tracts of clearcutting.

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Alberni’s Coulson Group plays lead role in California wildfires

Times Colonist
May 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Port Alberni company is playing a lead role in fighting destructive wildfires in California. Coulson Group of Companies has its C-130 Hercules, a slow-flying fixed-wing aircraft, on contract to U.S. Forest Services, owner Wayne Coulson said Sunday. “We were the first aircraft to the Camp Pendleton fire on Wednesday,” said Coulson, who stations firefighting aircraft at nearby San Bernadino. 

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Researcher states that fire in nature can do more good than harm

Kootenay News Advertiser
May 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An award-winning fire-ecology researcher will give a public talk on May 22 at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. Dr. Lori Daniels, Associate Professor in the UBC Faculty of Forestry, will talk about her ongoing research in the East and West Kootenays. Historically, fires maintained the dry forests of B.C. “Fire scars show that surface fires burned every 10 to 40 years, on average,” she said. “Severe fires that generate new forests burned less frequently. “Both forest-maintaining and initiating fires were associated with years and decades of warm, dry climate—providing insight into future fire regimes due to climate change.” Daniels said fire regimes have changed during the 20th century due to combined influences of humans and climate.

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Canfor Partners Up With Young Students At CNC (VIDEO)

CKPG.com
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A shortage of skilled labour is no secret in Northern BC. There has been
concern for years over the need to fill vacant jobs with qualified
workers. There’s hope one new initiative has what it takes to train and
keep people in the north: It starts in Grade 7.

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Don’t stop logging; log better instead

letter by Marla Wach
Chronicle Journal
May 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…So it saddens me that destructive logging practices of Canada’s boreal forest continues. This hits me hard because I love Northern Ontario, my hometown, and the ecosystem in Canada. …Logging can be done in a way that keeps the forest healthy. There are alternatives which work for everyone; people who live and work in Thunder Bay, First Nations and all the animals living in the forest. We don’t have to stop logging, we have to log better. Logging creates employment, especially in Northern communities. In many small communities, logging is a way of life. Logging better means we can keep logging!

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Only 22 brown bats counted in southern New Brunswick

More than 99 per cent of bat population lost to fungal infection
CBC News
May 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


White nose fungus has all but wiped out the population of little brown bats in southern New Brunswick. Don McAlpine of the New Brunswick Museum has just finished a survey of 10 caves in the region. The numbers have dropped from 7,000 in 2011 to just 22 this spring. “Many of the sites had no bats, and about half of those were at one site in Albert County,” said McAlpine.

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This burn was good one

Chronicle Journal
May 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources has completed a successful burn north of Kenora. The burn near the First Nation community of Wabaseemoong was conducted to lower hazards in grassy areas along travel corridors and swamps. Favourable conditions allowed for about 70 per cent of the planned area to be burned. Fire information officer Deb MacLean said Friday that the burn, involving about 80 hectares, occurred over a period of four days.

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Grassy Narrows students hope election stops clearcutting

Liberal forest management plan allows new logging permits in disputed forest
CBC News
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


Some students from Grassy Narrows hope a provincial election brings an end to the logging dispute in their community. The Northwestern Ontario First Nation argues Ontario does not have the right to issue forest licenses on its traditional territory. The case is currently before the Supreme Court of Canada. Meanwhile, the Liberal’s new forest management plan includes logging permits in the area. “If they cut down our trees, if they allow these forest companies to cut down our trees, what am I going to use?” Hans Fobister asked. “What is my future generation going to use.”

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Researchers, biologists question science behind N.B. forestry plan

CTV News
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick government is pushing ahead with its controversial forestry plan, despite increased criticism from scientists and university professors across the province.  More than 180 specialists signed an open letter on the matter, suggesting the plan was formulated without consultation, it threatens conservation efforts, and it will have questionable economic benefits. … The premier dismissed the criticism, saying he’s entirely confident in the plan.  “The work going on here is first class science. It has leading scientists from across the country. Innovation that has taken place in New Brunswick,” says New Brunswick Premier David Alward.

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Arrests Highlight Threat To Ancient Redwoods

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two northern California men have been charged with damaging old growth trees in the Redwood National and State Forest. The arrests are the first in response to a recent increase in illegal poaching of redwood burl. You’ve probably seen countertops or furniture made from redwood burl. The richly colored, swirling grain is prized for its beauty and can fetch a hefty price. A coffee table or bar top can sell for thousands. That kind of money — combined with a largely unregulated market for the wood — has proved irresistible to poachers in the northern California forests.

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Forest thinning starts; wood permits for sale

Tahoe Daily Tribune
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thinning of trees for fuels reduction and forest health started this week on U.S. Forest Service land near South Tahoe High School and the Sand Pit off-highway vehicle area. The Forest Service has closed the areas in units 19 and 117 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through October 14 for public safety due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees. Project work will not occur on Memorial Day weekend. Thinning at the Sand Pit is expected to be completed by the end of May or early June, when the Sand Pit will be reopened. The closure will remain in effect in other areas.

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Obama administration presses on firefighting funds

The Washington Post
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — As California recovers from a spate of wildfires and other fire-prone states brace for another hot, dry summer, the Obama administration is pushing Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight the destructive blazes. As part of the push, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack intends to appear Tuesday in Colorado, where deadly fires in 2012 and 2013 destroyed hundreds of homes, to discuss 2015 budget proposals by the administration. The plan calls for funding to equal 70 percent of the estimated 10-year average firefighting cost. His plan also calls for an additional $954 million disaster funding pool.

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State keeping eye on threat to urban trees

Helena Independent Record
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Meet the emerald ash borer, an insect state officials believe could devastate ash trees comprising many of Montana’s urban forests. To combat the potential threat, the Montana Department of Agriculture started an awareness campaign using green fliers tied to ash trees, though the city of Helena has chosen not to allow the state to post fliers on city-owned trees. Ash trees on the Capitol lawn and around several state buildings don the green informational fliers provided by the state.

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Experts convene in Missoula to discuss effects of large-scale wildfires

The Missoulian
May 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The number of large and catastrophic wildfires across the U.S. has grown in recent years, with seven of the 11 Western states suffering their worst seasons in the last two decades. …Co-hosted by the IAWF and the Association for Fire Ecology, the Large Wildland Fires Conference kicked off Monday at the University of Montana, attracting 600 participants and experts from around the world. The five-day conference will explore the social, political and ecological effects of large-scale wildfires, and offer the latest research on climate, suppression, planning, fire behavior, fire use and ecology.

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Forestry deal prompts concerns over soil conservation and log processing

Stuff.co.nz
May 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says the sale of cutting rights to its forestry estate to an overseas buyer should not have any impact on the public or local timber industry. But some local sawmillers and iwi say the sale could well have an impact on log supplies and erosion control. The council has sold cutting rights to 5430 hectares of forests in Wellington and the Wairarapa to US company Resource Management Service (RMS).

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Government struggles to stop people killing protected trees

The Sydney Morning Herald
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The ACT government is struggling to crack down on people who deliberately kill or remove protected trees because of difficulties gathering evidence, with just one individual prosecuted last year. Under the Tree Protection Act, introduced in 2005, “damage” to a protected tree includes poisoning, ringbarking, removing, lopping, pollarding, major pruning and “anything else” that causes the tree to die, reduces its expected life, or adversely affects its health or appearance. Last year one person was prosecuted and fined $250 for illegally removing a regulated tree and three caution letters were issued for breaches of the act, figures from Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) reveal.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Experts: California’s wildfires are ‘what we’ll see more of in the future’ with global warming

The Associated Press
May 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three different studies and reports have warned that wildfires are getting bigger, that man-made climate change is to blame, and it’s only going to get worse with more fires starting earlier in the year. While scientists are reluctant to blame global warming for any specific fire, they have been warning for years about how it will lead to more fires and earlier fire seasons. 

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