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Daily Archives: May 21, 2014

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Lumber deal worth $1 billion falls apart amid anti-trust scrutiny

By: Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
May 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ainsworth Lumber Co. and Louisiana Pacific Corp. have dropped a planned $1.1 billion acquisition by LP of the Vancouver OSB manufacturer, saying both Canadian and American anti-trust regulators had thrown up too many hurdles. The Canadian Competition Bureau said the acquisition would have meant higher prices and less choice for purchasers of OSB panels. The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concerns about regional concentration. LP would have had 63% of the market share in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

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BID expands

Prince George Citizen
May 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local company with multinational interests has expanded its foreign business. BID Group of Companies, based in Vanderhoof and Prince George, owns a division in Quebec and South Carolina. The American branch has experienced such growth that BID Group is investing about $1.8 million to expand the operation in the town of St. George. … The plant builds machinery used inside sawmills, planer mills and in other forestry-related facilities, things like conveyors, lumber sorters, wave-feeders, structural steel, plus engineering consultation and site support for mill construction and maintenance.

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Resolute sues Rainforest Alliance over ‘biased’ audit

CBC News
May 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s biggest forest products company is suing because of an unflattering audit of its logging practices in northern Ontario. Resolute Forest Products is suing the Rainforest Alliance because their draft audit recommended the company’s FSC certificate — an environmental stamp of approval for the industry — be suspended. According to court documents filed by the company, the 2014 audit said Resolute is not complying with good environmental standards.

Resolute Forest alleges bias against Rainforest Alliance before release of negative audit from The Montreal Gazette
Resolute forestry audit sealed by court dispute from The Toronto Star
Canadian forestry firm sues over environmental audit from The AFP

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Mill, stevedoring firm join forces for Point Tupper wharf activities

Cape Breton Bureau
May 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Port Hawkesbury Paper is floating a business idea that will help the mill generate some extra revenue. Mill development manager Marc Dube said the company has partnered with Eastern Canada Stevedoring to expand business activities at the wharf. The structure, built in the 1960s, was originally used to send shipments of paper products to customers around the world. However, it now serves as a drop-off site for Brazilian clay used in the papermaking process and for the delivery of biomass materials used in Nova Scotia Power’s generating plant.

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Otago jobs at timber company axed

Radio NZ
May 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Receivers have confirmed 100 staff are set to lose their jobs at a South Otago timber company, bringing the total number of job losses to 179. Southern Cross Forest Products has been in receivership since March this year and receivers KordaMentha have been unable to find a new buyer for its South Island operations. KordaMentha on Tuesday announced the closure of the Mosgiel Remanufacturing Plant and Millstream Lumber Division in Milton. One hundred staff were told the company’s South Island operations will cease within eight weeks.

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New timber drying facility ‘would benefit Borders’

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

Businesses are being urged to consider developing a new timber drying facility in the Scottish Borders. It follows a major feasibility study commissioned by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) which found a timber kiln would be economically viable. A lack of suitable facilities in the area was seen as a key constraint to developing the local forestry sector. The council will hold a seminar next month which will outline opportunities for businesses. 

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Optimism at last for timber industry

ABC News
May 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Increased demand for timber overseas will bring a turnaround for some local producers, according to the head of the body that advises the Federal Government on forestry. “Long-term (demand) for woodchip exports is quite strong, because there is strong growth in China, and Japan is building, as well as some of the smaller states,” said co-chair of the Forestry Industry Advisory Council, Rob de Fegely. Uncertainty for the industry in south-east Australia was heightened with the decision of Eden Woodchip Mill, on the NSW south coast, not to renew its deal with South East Fibre Exports (SEFIE), in Gippsland in Victoria, when the present contract expires at the year’s end.

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Forestry

Area-based tenures consultation hits home stretch

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – If you’re interested in providing input on the future of area-based forestry tenures in B.C., there’s still 10 days left to weigh into the debate. Launched April 1, the ministry’s provincewide consultation on the idea of converting some volume-based forest licences to area-based tree farm licences officially wraps up at noon on May 30. Anyone interested in participating in a public discussion on the expansion of area-based forest management is encouraged to visit the ministry’s public engagement website at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/foresttenures.

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Guest editorial: Call off auction of caribou land

Calgary Herald
May 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Albertans — and most Canadians, for that matter — are justifiably proud of the energy industry and its contributions to the economy through employment, innovation and taxes. That doesn’t mean the industry is given carte blanche in conducting its activities. Rigorous reviews and enforcement of environmental regulations continue to raise the standard on how oil and gas are extracted in the province. That’s why Alberta Energy’s decision to lease important caribou habitat to industry is at odds with Albertans’ expectations of so-called social licence: doing what’s right for a critical sector of the economy, but also doing what’s necessary for the environment, including the habitat of the iconic caribou.

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Perry Ridge logging protester gets conditional sentence

Castlegar Source
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of two protesters arrested in March for blocking a logging road at Perry Ridge in the Slocan Valley received a 14 day conditional sentence in BC Supreme Court Tuesday. Dennis Zarelli, 37, will serve 14 days house arrest at his Winlaw home immediately and be on probation for 18 months for violating a BC Supreme Court injunction on March 4, 2014. He will be allowed to leave his home for four hours a week to shop and take care of personal matters. “You have taken the law into your own hands,” Mr. Justice Mark McEwan told Zarelli in sentencing. “

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Glimmer of hope for B.C.’s endangered owls

Northern spotted owl population shows small increase after campaign targets barred owl rival
Vancouver Sun
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A flourishing barred owl population is being sacrificed to help with recovery of endangered northern spotted owls in southwestern B.C. The number of spotted owls known to exist in the wild in southwestern B.C. has increased by four in the past two years to 14 amid a wide-ranging management program that has included the killing and large-scale relocation of its chief competitor, the barred owl. The latest status information on the spotted owls — provided by biologist Ian Blackburn of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations — shows that in addition to the 14 confirmed in the wild, there are 17 in captivity in B.C.

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Input sought on Sea-to-Sky old growth management areas

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Members of the public are invited to review and comment on a proposal to establish more than 12,000 hectares of old growth management areas in the Sea-to-Sky Natural Resource District. Interested parties will be able to make written submissions on the proposed land use objectives during a 60-day review period that concludes Friday, July 25, 2014. Old growth management areas protect the biological diversity of old growth forests through the use of formal land use objectives that must be observed and respected during timber harvesting operations.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Action to Combat Insects and Diseases that Weaken Forests, Increase Fire Risk

USDA
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

DENVER – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced action to help 94 national forest areas in 35 states to address insect and disease threats that weaken forests and increase the risk of forest fire. These areas are receiving an official designation that will provide the Forest Service, working collaboratively with stakeholders, additional tools and flexibility to more efficiently plan and accomplish restoration treatments in those areas. Vilsack announced the designations in Denver where he discussed additional efforts to help better prepare for and combat the threat of wildfire.

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Forest Service Adds Planes Before Bad Fire Season

Associated Press
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the Obama administration pushes Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service was adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet ahead of what’s expected to be another hot, dry summer in the West. A second DC10 and three smaller planes will support over 10,000 firefighters “in the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the southwest,” the Forest Service said in a statement.

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Trout Unlimited’s mission appears to favor logging

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

Trout Unlimited’s Bruce Farling had an opinion piece in the May 7 Missoulian that promoted logging, but other than writing “Trout Unlimited,” didn’t use the words trout, fish or clean water, which are all of the things Trout Unlimited claims they work to protect. Unfortunately, Trout Unlimited, like a lot of big environmental groups, has decided their job is now to promote more clearcutting of Montana’s pristine watersheds instead of protecting these same aquatic ecosystems for native fish.

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Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

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

According to the U.S. Forest Service, 21 percent of forested land in Montana, more than 7.6 million acres, is at risk of mortality from insects and diseases – mainly mountain pine beetle infestations – over the next 15 years. Now, forest managers and other stakeholders have one more tool at their disposal to combat the epidemic. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved a plan submitted by Gov. Steve Bullock to designate large landscapes in several of Montana’s national forests for an insect and disease treatment program.

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Oregon wildfire season has potential to be well above average, experts say

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

A fall and early winter drought, reduced snowpacks and drought conditions expanding into western and central Oregon are all expected to create above normal wildfire potential in Oregon this summer, officials said Tuesday. Whether the state will see a repeat of last year’s devastating fire season — the worst on state-protected land in 60 years due to four times the usual number of lightning strikes — will depend on the number of dry lightning strikes and where they occur, said fire meteorologist John Saltenberger.

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Forest Service expands aerial firefighting fleet with 3 more Neptune Aviation tankers

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

The threat of a “catastrophic” wildfire season has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to bring on three of Neptune Aviation’s disputed BAe-146 jet retardant bombers. The agency has awarded short-term contracts for three Neptune planes, along with a fourth DC-10 air tanker, to the national fleet of firefighting aircraft. That brings the total to 21 planes, including six of Neptune’s P2-V propeller-powered bombers and a fourth BAe-146.

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Boston Beats the Asian Longhorned Beetle

USDA Blog
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of the things I consider a highlight of my career and that I will always remember is our successful response to the July 2010 detection of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Boston, Massachusetts. As I attended the May 12 ceremony commemorating the eradication of the ALB infestation in Boston and listened to the speakers share their thoughts about what it took to get us there, I had a deep sense of appreciation for the partnership among the state and federal cooperators who worked together to bring us to that day. It was swift action and continued diligence that protected Boston’s trees from further destruction.

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Softwood forestry will boost our green credentials

The wood industry is a success story, says Stuart Goodall
The Scotsman
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WHEN learning from mistakes, whether in business, government or other walks of life, a common refrain is that they/we should think more long-term. Forestry and wood-using businesses naturally think over longer time scales, driven by the life cycle of a tree, which for softwoods is typically 35-50 years, and for hardwoods up to a 100 years or more. The sector has known for some years that it faces future difficulties, but Confor’s analysis of a recent forecast of wood availability makes for stark reading for anyone who cares about rural employment or efforts to combat climate change.

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Bid to revive Lochaber wood damaged in World War Two

BBC News
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Woodland containing pines damaged by fire during commando training in World War Two is the focus of a new restoration project. Forestry Commission Scotland has agreed to sell 2,683 acres (1,086ha) of woodland at Glen Mallie and South Loch Arkaig in Lochaber to a new venture. Community body Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes Group and charity Trees for Life have teamed up for the project. The joint venture to restore woodland is thought to be a first for Scotland. The community group and Forres-based Trees for Life hope to raise £500,000 in 18 months to buy the land.

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Australia will not negotiate over Tasmanian forest delisting, says minister

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

A bid by the Abbott government to reduce world heritage protection for Tasmanian forests is considered likely to fail after it ruled out negotiating with other countries to get its proposal up. Australia’s attempt to delist 74,000 hectares of mainly old-growth forest in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area was rejected in a draft decision of the World Heritage Committee released on Saturday.  The International Union for the Conservation of Nature advised the
committee that winding back world heritage status would be ”clearly
inappropriate”.

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