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Daily Archives: May 26, 2014

Business & Politics

Resolute defends lawsuit against ‘biased’ forest audits at shareholders meeting

Canadian Press
May 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products has defended its decision to launch an unprecedented lawsuit against the group it contracted to conduct audits of its forestry operations in northern Ontario. Chief executive Richard Garneau told shareholders Friday at a meeting in St. Felicien, Que., that the company took the unusual step of suing Rainforest Alliance and obtaining a court order to seal a damning audit because he said it contains biased interpretations, errors and omissions…and a clear conflict of interest.

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Unifor members ratify collective agreement with Resolute Forest Products

Canadian Press
May 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Unionized employees at Resolute Forest Products in Ontario and Quebec have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with the newsprint, pulp and lumber producer. The agreement with Montreal-based Resolute (TSX:RFP) sets a pattern for negotiations by some 8,000 employees and other forestry companies in Eastern Canada represented by Unifor. The deal, which the union says doesn’t include any economic concessions, was approved by 86 per cent of workers who cast ballots over several weeks since a tentative deal was reached May 9.

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Applause as new sawmill approved by city

The Siskiyou Daily News
May 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

YREKA – The Yreka Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit and Mitigated Negative Declaration for Fruit Growers to allow for the construction, establishment and operation of a small-log sawmill Wednesday. With standing room only, the hall was full of support and applause for the new mill in Yreka. Fruit Growers President Mark Lindgren was impressed to see the crowd in complete support. “It’s overwhelming to see everyone come out,” he said.

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New Tacoma mill owner plans $60 million in improvements

The News Tribune
May 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The new owner of one of Tacoma’s more prominent industries, the former Simpson paper mill, says it plans to spend $60 million or more in the next three years to improve the mill’s energy efficiency, reliability and aesthetics. RockTenn Co’s. James B. Porter, president of the company’s Paper Solutions division, said the company wants to make the mill, which operated for some three decades under Simpson’s ownership, better and more reliable.

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Pine logs again sailing out of BR-area port

The Advocate
May 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Pine logs are rolling onto ocean-going vessels anchored at Port Allen again. Amite-based Ralph Stewart Logging LLC this month stuffed 48,055 metric tons of Louisiana and Mississippi logs into The Marouli, a 623-foot-long, Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned vessel. Deck hands weighed anchor last week and headed to a destination in China, said Jay Hardman, executive director of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. All that wood was worth more than $2.5 million, according to an LSU forest economist.

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Latvia’s forest industry exports increase 14.5%

IHB
May 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In January-March 2014, Latvia’s forest industry’s exports continued to rise, as the Baltic Course reports. Exports amounted EUR 498,9 million (+14.5%), as compared to EUR 435,4 million in the same period of 2013. Wood and wood articles shipments reached EUR 436,5 million in Q1/2014, which is 17.5% more than in 2013. Latvia’s largest export markets were UK, Sweden and Germany. 14.1% or EUR 70.5 million worth of Latvian forest industry exports went to Britain, 12.5% to Sweden (EUR 63.3 million) and 11.5% (EUR 57.5) to Germany.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. and Chinese district sign MOU to promote B.C. wood products

BC Government
May 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – British Columbia has signed a five-year agreement with Shanghai’s Pudong District to promote wood-frame construction and B.C. wood products to meet the Chinese district’s needs for energy-efficient, low-carbon buildings. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Forestry Innovation Investment, the Government of B.C.’s market development agency for wood products, and the Shanghai Pudong Construction and Transportation Commission. The agreement calls for further co-operation between the two agencies on the development of wood-frame construction technology in Pudong.

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Forestry

Tolko welcomes caribou strategy

Vernon Morning Star
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vernon-based Tolko Industries is praising plans to protect caribou in Manitoba. The Manitoba government and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement working group, have created a new woodland caribou recovery strategy to ensure sustainability of this sensitive species that will include special consideration of its boreal habitat. “Tolko Industries is committed to responsible and environmentally sustainable management of our forest tenures, much of which includes caribou habitat, and we’ve been involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement right from the start,” said Bob Fleet, vice-president of forestry, environment and communications for Tolko, which has operations in The Pas, Man.

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BC sends wildland firefighters, helicopter to fight Alaskan blazes

Seven firefighters and one helicopter will travel from Salmon Arm to Delta Junction
Canadian Press
May 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – Wildland firefighters from BC who use helicopters and rope-rappelling techniques to battle remote forest fire are heading north to help Alaska. Forests and Lands Minister Steve Thomson says seven firefighters, known as rapattack personnel, and one helicopter will travel from Salmon Arm to Delta Junction, Alaska, about 130 kilometres southeast of Fairbanks. Thomson says the firefighters are expected to leave Saturday morning, joining two airtankers, an aircraft, and an air-attack officer who are already in Palmer, Alaska.

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B.C. rights tribunal awards $600,000 to tree planters who faced discrimination

Canadian Press
May 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Racial taunts and other discriminatory behaviour aimed at a group of African workers has prompted the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to order the owners of a tree planting firm to pay them more than $600,000 for injury to their dignity and self respect. In a ruling released Friday, tribunal member Norman Trerise said the owners of Khaira Enterprises Ltd. had no regard for employment standards for the 55 workers who launched the human rights complaints. “There is little doubt that every worker who worked for Khaira in 2010 experienced some form of adverse treatment,” Trerise said in his ruling.

55 tree planters winn $700k over ‘slave-like’ discrimination in BC from The CBC News

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Government not privatizing forests

Letter from Steve Thomson, Minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations
Victoria Times Colonist
May 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I would like to correct some assertions made in the commentary. This government is not interested in privatizing B.C.’s public forests. We remain committed to managing our forests sustainably now and into the future. B.C. is recognized as a world leader of sustainable forest management — more than 52 million hectares are certified to one of three internationally recognized sustainable-forest-management certification standards. B.C. is also unique in having an independent Forest Practices Board specifically set up to monitor and audit forest practices and investigate complaints.

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Government sets logging sights on ‘precious jewel’ of B.C. forests

Globe and Mail
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gambier Island sits in the heart of Howe Sound, a thickly forested, dark green hump of land surrounded by a blue ocean, just around the corner from the urban sprawl of Metro Vancouver. Driving to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, you see the stunningly beautiful island to the west as you pass through Lions Bay, with the peaks of Tetrahedron Provincial Park in the distance. That view may change soon, however, if the provincial government goes ahead with plans to allow logging in two woodlots covering more than 3,000 acres on the northeast end of the i

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VIEW: Area-based tenures are not the answer for BC forests

By Torrance Coste
The Tyee
May 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another spring, another attempt to hand over logging rights to private interests in B.C. The B.C. government is reviving its push to convert Crown forest lands from volume-based (usually known as Timber Supply Areas, or TSAs) to area-based tenures (Tree Farm Licences or TFLs). Area-based tenures give more control to the tenure holder, and less to the Ministry of Forests, essentially creating a system that resembles private management on public land. Last year, the minister of forests attempted to rush a bill containing these changes through the legislature before anyone noticed.

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Hundreds evacuated from Sask. town as forest fire threatens only access road

CTV News
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Around 900 residents have been evacuated from a northern Saskatchewan First Nations community, as a massive forest fire threatens to cut off the only road out of town. While flames have not touched Stanley Mission yet — officials say the fire is about five to 10 kilometres away — a general evacuation order was issued on Saturday. Approximately 600 residents are still in Stanley Mission, but hundreds have already left, many of them fleeing to Saskatoon.

Stanley Mission ordered to evacuate as fire edges closer from The CBC News

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Logging rights consultation fails to ask the big questions

West Coast Environmental Law
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government’s current “Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation”, which ends on May 30, 2014 is about large-scale logging interests and how much control they should have over BC’s forests. It fails to ask the big questions: Who should be managing BC’s forests and for what purpose? How can we address decades of unsustainable overcutting? Instead, the consultation looks at further entrenching corporate control. …But although the government’s consultation website talks a lot about
area-based tenure, the real focus of what the government is proposing is
somewhat narrower.

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Greenpeace calls on Resolute’s CEO to embrace solutions

IHB
May 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Following the recent suspension of Resolute’s Forest Products FSC certificate for 6,7 million hectares of Boreal Forest in Quebec and Ontario, after a Rainforest Alliance investigation, the company filled a law suit this week claiming that the audit was biased and riddled with errors. Moreover, Resolute also sued Greenpeace Canada, which in response published a press release on Thursday adressing to the company’s CEO.

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Series of logging cuts in Kings County troubles neighbours

Officials from J.D. Irving Ltd. and the Department of Natural Resources say all rules were followed
CBC News
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


Some people in KIngs County are raising questions about logging cuts since 2012 that carved out more than five square kilometres of forest. Daimen Hardie takes in the view from a hilltop inside the clear cut area and says he’s never seen anything like it. “I’m used to large clearcuts,” said Hardie, whose group Community Forests International owns an organic farm and woodlot in the area. “In Ontario I planted trees in large, burned-out areas, But I’ve never seen anything this wide scale in such steep terrain.”

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Nourse named deputy regional forester for Alaska

Associated Press
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — A forest supervisor from Idaho has been named the new deputy regional forester for Alaska. Becky Nourse (nurse) is scheduled to start in her new job July 28. She said she will be based in Juneau. Nourse will succeed Ruth Monahan, who retired in early May. Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton, in a release, said Nourse is well-versed in the issues and lifestyle of Alaska, having spent 14 years of her career on the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

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Alaska wildfire scorches more than 100,000 acres, threatens homes

Reuters
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NEW YORK — Firefighters in Alaska on Sunday were battling a massive wildfire that was pushing toward hundreds of homes and vacation cabins, with residents urged to be ready for a possible mandatory evacuation, state emergency officials said. The Funny River wildfire was burning on more than 110,000 acres inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in southern Alaska, expanding from about 96,000 acres on Saturday, according to the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team.

Area evacuated as Alaska wildfire grows from The Associated Press

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Elected officials should support practical land management solutions

The Missoulian
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments. The proponents of these schemes offer up legal-sounding rhetoric about “divestiture” and “enabling clauses,” and they wax about the riches that would be revealed if Montana’s public lands were turned over to state management. These federal land takeover proposals gloss over the practical realities, like whether state or local agencies have the capacity to manage millions of acres of public land or the tax increases that would be necessary to finance all the activities they envision.

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Wildfire in northern Arizona grows significantly

Associated Press
May 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A wildfire burning in rugged terrain in a northern Arizona canyon grew significantly because of fires intentionally set by crews to rob the blaze of its natural forest fuels, officials said Saturday. Crews have mostly completed burnout operations on the key northern flank of the Slide Fire and are preparing to make similar protection efforts on the fire’s western end. The burnout operations conducted Friday night by fire crews contributed to the heavy smoke over Sedona and Flagstaff. “They are making progress. Having the humidity and cooler temperatures was certainly very helpful. But we are by no means done yet,” Coronado National Forest Service information officer Gerry Perry said.

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Ramp Down Old-growth Logging in the Tongass

This week U.S. Forest Service announced its process to transition away from large-scale old-growth logging in the Tongass, but conservation groups caution that this transition must be executed much more quickly than the proposed 10 to 15 year time frame.
InfoZine
May 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington DC – The agency has released a “notice of intent” to amend the current management plan for America’s largest national forest located in southeast Alaska. While this amendment process will be instrumental to implementing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s 2013 proposal to “speed the transition” away from old-growth logging in the Tongass, the plan set forth today by the Forest Service allows for the continual pillaging of Tongass old-growth trees during the next decade and beyond.

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State-federal effort ID’s forest priorities in NV

Associated Press
May 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. — Ten areas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada have been selected as top priorities for projects to combat damage from insects and disease that increases the wildfire risk. Plans under the state-federal effort announced this week include forest thinning to reduce the risk of insect infestation or disease, and to remove dead and dying trees. …The priority areas include the Lee Canyon, Deer Creek and Kyle Canyon
watersheds in Clark County, and the Hidden Valley-Steamboat and
Franktown-Frontal Washoe Lake watersheds in Washoe County.

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Daines-endorsed plan to sell of public lands would have Roosevelt rolling in his grave

Letter by Lyle Quandahl
The Missoulian
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lot of strange things have been coming out of Washington, D.C., lately, but a federal budget plan to sell off our public lands which was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Montana, might take the cake. Buried deep in the budget bill is a proposal to start disposing of our public lands legacy piece by piece on the open market to pay for Washington’s spending. Can you hear that sound? That’s the sound of President Teddy Roosevelt rolling over in his grave. While he was President, Teddy Roosevelt created five new national parks, four game preserves and 150 national forests.

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Cornell business named 2013 Logger of the Year

Daily Press
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CORNELL – In partnership with the Michigan Sustainable Forestry Initiative Committee (SIC), the Michigan Association of Timbermen awarded Marvin Nelson Forest Products, Inc., of Cornell, with their highest yearly honor for a logging company in Michigan. Named the 2013 Logger of the Year, the entire Nelson family attended the Timbermen’s 40th Annual Convention on May 2 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to accept their award.

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Global study challenges view blaming poor for forest clearing

CIFOR
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A global study questions the idea that poverty drives forest clearing. Households with medium- to high-level assets close to markets are more likely to cut down trees than the poorest and market-isolated households, the study says. Researchers also suggest that a strategy of developing market access to alleviate poverty and eventually contain deforestation may backfire. The global study is the product of the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN), a collaborative effort led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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