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Daily Archives: May 27, 2014

Business & Politics

Rochon: U.S. housing sector still interesting to investors

Montreal Gazette
May 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL — This isn’t news to any of you: the housing industry in the United States was hit hard during the last recession. From the top of 2005 to the bottom of 2009, housing starts dropped from close to 2.2 million units to 500,000, a steep decline of 73 per cent. But in early 2012, the industry started to turn around. Housing starts reached 1.1 million last November but fell to 900,000 in early 2014. Bad weather was probably the main reason for the decline. So it was a tough first quarter for many construction-related companies.

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Resolute Forest workers get four years of pay increases

CBC News
May 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A union representing workers at Canada’s biggest forest products company has ratified a new four-year collective agreement covering approximately 2,000 employees at 11 of the company’s mills in Ontario and Quebec. A spokesperson for Unifor told CBC News the agreement includes wage increases of 2% each year. In a press release, the union also said the deal — approved by 86 per cent of workers — did not include economic concessions.

Resolute contract regains some of the ground lost by workers in 2010 from The Victoria Times Colonist

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Bedford sawmill fire believed to be accidental

Associated Press
May 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BEDFORD, Va. — Bedford County authorities say sparks or an electrical problem likely caused a fire that damaged a sawmill in April. The Bedford County Fire Department tells media outlets that there are no indications that the fire was suspicious. The April 23 fire at Central Virginia Pallet and Stakes Inc. caused about $75,000 in damage. Several hotspots smoldered for more than two weeks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Secrets Behind the UK’s Biggest Timber Building

Sourceable
May 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK’s largest timber building – William Perkin High School in Greenford, West London – has officially opened. Built to a very tight programme – the school had to open within 12 months of construction work starting – engineers Ramboll chose to use cross-laminated timber for the William Perkin High School. The four-storey superstructure was built in only four months using 3,800 cubic metres of Austrian prefabricated timber panels, weighing in at 1,700 tonnes and covering a combined floor and wall area of 22,500 square metres.

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Forestry

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Announced

Canadian Institute of Forestry
May 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Charlottetown, PEI  – The Canadian Institute of Forestry – Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) is pleased to announce that, during a meeting today with its National Executive, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales endorsed a new international student exchange program. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award will recognize outstanding students in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) and encourage their personal and professional development through employment experiences.

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Dr. Trevor Stuthridge named Executive Vice President of FPInnovations

from FPInnnovations
Canada Newswire press release
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, – Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations, is pleased to announce that Dr. Trevor Stuthridge has accepted the position of Executive Vice President at FPInnovations effective July 1, 2014. In this role, Dr. Stuthridge will be responsible for leading FPInnovations’ operations divisions through effective leadership, management and support of its key resource, employees. In addition, he will be responsible for the Preventative Health and Safety Strategy across the organisation and champion the development and delivery of the Operational Strategic Plan.

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Opinion: Tree-farm licences a failure in forest management

Vancouver Sun
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s forests are 93-per cent owned by commoners and comprise a part of what has been known for centuries as The Commons. As such, it is incumbent on policy-makers to ensure the common interest prevails over self-interest and government interest in the governance of these forestlands. Unfortunately, misguided thinking is undermining the common interest as the government struggles to deal with the aftermath of the mountain-pine-beetle infestation in Interior B.C. For over half a century, the forests ministry allowed vast areas of aging pine forests in the B.C. Interior to become increasingly susceptible to infestation by the mountain pine beetle.

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Jens Wieting: B.C. forest giveaway threatens to speed up collapse

The Georgia Straight
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Here in British Columbia, we are seeing the same ominous pattern when it comes to our forests. Even in regions that are running out of trees, government acts as if finding more trees to cut is the only priority, no matter what the cost in the longer term. To this short-sighted end, the provincial government is inviting comments until the end of May on a tenure change proposal that offers logging companies a change from “volume-based” to “secure area-based” tenures in the form of tree farm licences. This would give greater corporate control over more public forest land.

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Crews hope rain, backburn will quench forest fire threat in Saskatchewan

Canadian Press
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

STANLEY MISSION, Sask. – Crews battling a forest fire near a northern Saskatchewan aboriginal community are hoping rain and a backburn will help extinguish the blaze. Steve Roberts, the province’s executive director of wildfire management, says the 4,900-hectare fire is about 10 kilometres from Stanley Mission. “We’ve got obviously days of work ahead of us — a 4,000-hectare fire is a large piece of landscape,” Roberts said in a conference call Monday.

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Area-Based Tenure: Neither Good nor Evil

Coast Forest Products Association
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Casting these complex issues as battles of good versus evil just means we all lose,” notes Dylan Jones, President of Canada West Foundation on the politicking surrounding resource development. As we near the end of the area-based tenure public consultation initiated by the Province of British Columbia, we see a ramping up of these types of rhetorical characterizations to the detriment of the development of good policy.

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UPDATED: WorkSafe BC begins investigating into fatal logging accident west of Nelson

The Nelson Daily
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Communications Officer Alexandra Skinner-Reynolds said WorkSafe BC has commenced an investigation into a fatal logging accident that happened Monday in the Nelson area. Skinner-Reynolds said the provincial body received the call Monday of the accident. The Nelson Daily learned the accident occurred in the Smallwood Creek Forestry area approximately 12 kilometers west of Nelson. “It was reported to WorkSafe BC at 10:15 a.m. that a forestry worker received fatal injuries after being struck by a log,” Skinner-Reynolds told The Nelson Daily. “The employer is AF Timber.”

Nelson man killed in logging accident from The Nelson Star

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Forests are getting the B.C. Rail treatment

Letter by Anthony Britneff
Victoria Times Colonist
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Given recent reports by the Forest Practices Board and audits by the province’s auditor general, Forests Minister Steve Thomson’s claims about forest sustainability and no overcutting border on the absurd. The Forest Practices Board estimates that the area in need of replanting is in the order of two million hectares, and reports overcutting of non-pine trees in the Morice and Prince George areas of the province. The auditor general finds that the health of animals, plants and ecosystems in the province is dire, and says the Forests Ministry has been operating for a decade without any objectives (vision, goals) for the timber resource.

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Forest Fire Situation Update – Northeast Region

Wawa News
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three new fires were confirmed as of Friday, May 23, all of which were human-caused. Kirkland Lake District, Fire Number 2, is out at 0.1 hectares and is located in the Englehart area. Cochrane District, Fire Number 2, is out at 0.5 hectares and was located eight kilometres west of Fort Albany. The District of Cochrane had a third fire which is out at 1 hectare, two miles west of Attawapiskat.

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Raging Alaska Wildfire Grows But Fighters Make Progress

NBC News
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An evacuation advisory was lifted Monday for some residents near a 158,000-acre fire roaring through Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula as firefighters who’ve labored for almost a week began to get a grip on the situation. Most of the Funny River Fire, which started a week ago, was burning inside Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. While it grew significantly overnight — from about 170 square miles to 250 square miles, larger than the city of Chicago — more than 600 firefighters made “excellent progress” extending containment lines west of the fire near the town of Kasilof, about 75 miles south of Anchorage, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.

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Transfer of public lands would benefit Montana

by Sen Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls,
The Missoulian
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s a big idea and it’s rightfully reaping big debate nationwide. Can and should states assume control of federally held public lands within our borders? Many colleagues and experts throughout the West have studied the issue intensively, and we now believe there’s no reason why we can’t. The challenge is to get the facts on the table, put protections in place consistent with Montana values, and prepare our state agencies for an orderly transition. …Shifting to state-based public land ownership would mean Montanans – not
Congress, the president or any other state – would decide how much
access, use, protection and production we would want to see.

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Is out-of-state firewood a threat to Colorado trees?

State Forest Service warns against transporting firewood
Summit County Citizens Voice
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — It may be a little like the Dutch boy putting his finger in the leaky dike, but Colorado Forest Service officials are warning that transporting firewood from place to place may increase the spread of invasive tree-killing bugs. Moving firewood even short distances increases the risk to Colorado’s native forests and urban trees. With the 2013 detection of the highly destructive emerald ash borer in the City of Boulder, and ongoing bark beetle epidemics in the state’s mountain forests, the Colorado State Forest Service wants to be sure people are aware of the risks associated with moving firewood.

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Warnings over ‘death’ of forestry if Natural Resources Wales management does not improve

Environment body attacked for management of forestry, with one group claiming it had been ‘lamentably poor’ in its first year
Wales Online
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The single body responsible for Wales’ environment has been severely criticised by forestry and timber bodies for its “lamentably poor” handling of the sector – with allegations it has “low levels of commercial acumen” and that it operates in a bubble. In submissions to an upcoming Assembly Environment and Sustainability Committee inquiry into public forestry in Wales, several bodies attacked Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) management of the forestry estate, a year after it was officially set up – merging the Forestry Commission in Wales (FCW) with the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency. 

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Forestry association aims doubling of Brazilian forest sector by 2020

ITTO
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New association asking for policies to stimulate investment The newly-established Brazilian Tree Industry Asociation (IBA) represents almost the entire forestry sector in the country, replacing the Brazilian Association of Wood Panel Industry (ABIPA), the Brazilian Association of High Strength Laminated Flooring Industry (ABIPLAR), the Brazilian Association of Forest Plantation Producers (ABRAF) and the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (BRACELPA). 

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Blom Kartta to cover 200 000 hectares of forest land in Finland

Pulp and Paper News
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The project includes aerial photography, laser scanning and forest inventory analysis.  Tornator Oyj and Blom Kartta Oy have signed an agreement for an extensive cooperation for remote sensing based forest inventory. The project will cover about 200 000 hectares of forest, owned by Tornator in various parts of Finland. The agreement will last until 2016. The project includes aerial photography, laser scanning and forest inventory analysis.

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