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Daily Archives: May 23, 2014

Business & Politics

Alberta Forest Products Association appointed Paul Whittaker as President and CEO

Lesprom
May 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Board of Directors of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) appoints Paul Whittaker to the position of President and CEO, effective June 2, 2014, as AFPA said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. A highly experienced and well-regarded civil servant, Whittaker brings to the Association an extensive background in issues management, strategic planning and policy development. In his 31 year career with the Government of Alberta, Whittaker held progressively senior roles including his most recent positions as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and President of the Alberta Housing

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Mill closure hangs over opening

Fort Frances online
May 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The reality of the recent closure of the local paper mill, and hopes of what the future might hold for Fort Frances, loomed large last Wednesday during the official opening of a new museum exhibit chronicling the past 100 years of logging and paper-making here.
Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George said that when the committee which put together the new exhibit first started planning the exhibit, as well as the May 14 celebration to give the past its proper send-off, the mill was still open and running.

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New buyer emerges for Marathon Pulp

Northern Ontario Business
May 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new frontrunner has emerged as a potential purchaser of the former Marathon Pulp mill in northwestern Ontario. Reliance Developments Corporation has signed a letter of intent with Tembec to acquire the shuttered mill and its lakeside property. Green Investment Group Inc. (GIGI), an American redeveloper that was in the final stages of purchasing the mill, has “thrown in the towel” claiming the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) put financial conditions on the sale that were too onerous.

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Small contractors call for more access to Crown land

Chronicle Herald
May 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For 66 years, Eugene Ingram has worked in the woods. And through all those years the Liverpool resident has prided himself on never needing to cut on Crown land. But this year, Ingram, 76, is concerned that without access to Crown land he won’t be able to meet the demands of his customers for firewood. “I have a lot of people calling me scared because they’re not going to get their wood,” said Ingram, who estimates he sells “a couple thousand cords of wood a year” to people, mostly in Queens County. …A big concern for Ingram is that some companies do have access to that
land. For example, the former power plant in Brooklyn, which is now a
biomass facility owned by Emera, has access, he said.

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John Day Mill adding 20-30 jobs

Malheur Lumber Co. will add 20 to 30 jobs at its mill in John Day, Ore.
Capital Press
May 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY, Ore. — Malheur Lumber Co. plans to add 20 to 30 jobs at its John Day mill, going beyond a single shift for the first time since 1998. Bruce Daucsavage, president of parent company Ochoco Lumber, said the expansion is due to the strong collaboration efforts and the launch of the 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest. “This has really enlivened our opportunities for the future,” he said. It’s quite a turnaround, he acknowledged, from “the doldrums” of two years ago.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC Links to District Energy System

250 News
May 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Wood Innovation and Design Centre at 5th and George in downtown Prince George is now the 8th building to link up to the city’s District Energy System (DES). Crews have been working on the connection this week, and expect to have the work completed and the trench back filled by Tuesday of next week. The connection was cause for a subdued celebration this morning as the city said thanks to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Federal Government for their financial support in the development of the DES.

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Forestry

Media made it harder for mourners

Nanaimo Bulletin
May 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was the morning after the multiple shooting at Western Forest Products. A woman approached a memorial of red shirts and flower bouquets growing on the fence where some of the shirts bore handwritten messages from sons and daughters at the threshold of fathoming their loss. …As she went to leave she was swarmed by reporters and cameras, and she froze as the questions emanated from behind the cameras and note pads. …I backed away, wondering what the hell I was doing there. What any of the media, including two remote location trucks, crews, reporters, lighting units, video cameras and tripods, photographers with big $5,000 lenses, were doing there anymore.

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Cut level unchanged for Boundary timber supply

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – After an extensive timber supply review, deputy chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today that the allowable annual cut for the Boundary Timber Supply Area (TSA) will remain at 700,000 cubic metres for 10 years. The allowable annual cut in the Boundary TSA was first set at 700,000 cubic metres in 1996. The TSA covers a total area of about 659,000 hectares, with about 272,000 hectares available for timber harvesting. The Boundary TSA contains a diverse mix of tree species with leading stands of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, larch, spruce and subalpine fir (balsam).

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Collaborative approach to ecosystem restoration

Williams Lake Tribune
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than a dozen government agencies and organizations are working together to restore ecosystems in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. Using a combination of selective thinning and controlled burning, the Cariboo Chilcotin Ecosystem Restoration Steering Committee (CCERSC) have been working together since 2008. Prescribed burning is used by the Wildfire Management Branch’s Fire Centre as a way to do some training, says the Fraser Basin Council. This shared cost strategy makes ecosystem restoration less costly, resulting in more sites being restored. The CCERSC works to restore habitat in 100 Mile, Williams Lake, Quesnel and surrounding areas.

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Smaller cut level for Robson Valley Timber Supply Area

BC Government
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for the Robson Valley Timber Supply Area (TSA) will decrease from 481,000 cubic metres to 400,000 cubic metres, deputy chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today. The reduction in the allowable annual cut reflects the creation of new wildlife habitat conservation initiatives. The cut level also includes a geographic partition of 355,000 cubic metres for areas that are considered to be more easily accessible. It will ensure that these areas are not over-harvested and the mid-term timber supply is conserved.

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When caterpillars invade, here’s how to fight back

Campbell River Mirror
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hairy little crawlers are dropping in your hair, squishing underfoot and ruining your deciduous trees. The tent caterpillars are back and this year it seems like they’ve arrived with an invasion force. “Every seven years they seem to peak,” says Nigel Lambeth of Campbell River Garden Centre. Entomologists say the cycle for the western tent caterpillar is roughly every nine years with a three-year population outbreak. This would be one of those outbreak years and it’s hard not to miss the silken tents wrapped around the tender branch ends and new leaves.

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Should Chevron Pay For the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic?

desmogblog.com
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

According to the B.C. Government, the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic – a direct result of climate change – cost British Columbia billions in lost timber value alone – not counting environmental and other damages. This reality has influenced the public consciousness of British Columbians about the cost of climate change, and it doesn’t seem a stretch to suggest that public awareness of climate change’s impacts in B.C. was influenced by the pine beetle epidemic, and therefore that the pine beetle played an important role in B.C. adopting its carbon tax in 2008 – the only jurisdiction in North America to date to do so.

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Comment: Join the fight to save B.C.’s public forests

by Vicky Husband
Victoria Times Colonist
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

….However, our current government has proven to be a poor steward of our public forests. In 2004, the B.C. Liberals enacted legislation that has effectively turned all of our unprotected forests into timber farms that a few large corporations are rapidly clearcutting. Recent reports and court cases have told the government that even the minimum standards in its legislation cannot be enforced and that all of the values that make forest ecosystems healthy and viable are at risk because the Liberals made “timber” the pre-eminent value under the law.

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What is your kid’s teacher saying about forestry?

Providing Pro-D opportunities for teachers since 1967!
Festival of Forestry
May 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging on to forestry

We’ve heard the stories over and over—your kid comes home from school concerned because they’ve just learned that Douglas-fir is going to be extinct because of forestry. In a province where the educational system is supported by forestry generated dollars, there is very little knowledge in the system about what we do. The Festival of Forestry’s annual teachers’ tours are changing that. BUT, this year we need a little help. We’re asking Tree Frog readers in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island to invite your kid’s teachers to apply for our tour. All the information is on our website, just follow the read more link. Application deadline is June 6th. Thank you in advance for your support!

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A New Weapon in the Fight to Protect America’s Ash Trees is Under Evaluation

May 18-24, 2014 is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week
USDA Blog
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In our efforts to preserve and protect American ash trees from the damaging and invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle, APHIS is working diligently to find and implement solutions that have the potential to successfully conserve this beautiful natural resource. Spathius galinae (S. galinae) just could be that newest weapon in the arsenal. The tiny stingless wasp, about the size of a typical mosquito, targets and attacks EAB larvae living under the bark of ash trees.

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Invasive insects threaten trees in Portland’s Baxter Woods

BDN Maine
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Maine — Invasive insects that prey on hemlock trees have been found in Portland’s Baxter Woods, and city and state officials are planning swift action in an attempt to wipe out the bugs. “Two years ago we found them on Great Diamond Island and they devastated the hemlock on the island,” city arborist Jeff Tarling said. Tarling said that after the invasion of nearby Great Diamond Island, his workers began looking for the telltale signs of the insects in Baxter Woods, which boasts thousands of the hemlocks and presented a natural next target for the pests, which can be transported by birds.

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USDA Announces Selection of Tongass Advisory Committee Members

USDA Forest Service
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 15 advisory committee members and five alternates tasked with providing guidance and recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service as it transitions to a young growth timber program on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Also today, the Forest Service released for public comment a Notice of Intent to amend the 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan.

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First containment reported for Arizona wildfire

Associated Press
May 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. — Firefighters are making progress in keeping a wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon south of Flagstaff in check, even as the flames spread. Fire managers say the Slide Fire has burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon. That estimate released Thursday night is up from 7 1/2 square miles earlier in the day. Fire managers say the human-caused fire is now 5 percent contained.

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USFS chief: Bill would help tackle forest health, hazardous fuels

The Missoulian
May 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The cost of fighting large wildfires has forced the U.S. Forest Service to transfer precious funds from other agency programs to cover expenses, leaving little money in the budget to address forest health and hazardous fuels. But U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Thursday a new proposal in Congress could see federal emergency disaster funds go to cover a portion of costly megafires, allowing the agency to apply money to other programs aimed at reducing the wildfire danger.

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Chicago kicks off second year of efforts to inoculate ash trees

Chicago Tribune
May 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

City crews are kicking off their second year of work in the ongoing program to try to save as many ash trees as possible from the pernicious emerald ash borer.  After inoculating 37,000 ash trees on city parkways against the insect last year, Streets and Sanitation crews will start working today to treat another 35,000 this year, according to the Mayor’s Office. The City Council dedicated $1.4 million per year to the program. Supporters of the program argue it would be much more expensive to replace all the trees and deal with the damage caused by falling branches. It costs about $1,150 to remove and replace a tree, compared with about $20 a year to treat it, according to the city.

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