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Daily Archives: May 28, 2014

Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
May 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: Trading activity in the SPF dimension lumber market was lackluster, but few prices suffered from downward pressure. Order files, helped by mills basing some of their lead times on railcar supplies, helped buoy prices. Declining futures contracts left buyers cautious. Recent pricing trends persisted in Southern Pine #2 dimension pricing. While most prices continued to increase, 2×6 #2 remained weak.

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Investment in Australian woodlots pays off for Alberta

Calgary Herald
May 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — An Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund investment into private woodlots in Australia is paying huge dividends since more than 2,500 square kilometres of land was purchased out of bankruptcy following the 2008 global recession, says AIMCo chief executive Leo de Bever. De Bever said the $400-million investment in 2011 paid a nearly $100-million return this year after the bankruptcy issues were resolved and the Great Southern Plantations started to produce forestry products. “This is a perfect example of why it pays to be a long-term investor,” he told an all-party legislature Heritage Fund committee meeting Tuesday.

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Resolute renews pact with Unifor

Northern Ontario Business
May 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal’s Resolute Forest Products are delighted with employee support for the renewal of collective agreements in Canada. “We are delighted with the strong support expressed by our employees for the agreement entered into between Resolute and Unifor,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau. “This agreement will help us keep our Canadian pulp and paper mills competitive and preserves our position as a financially strong and reliable supplier for our customers,” said Richard Garneau, company president-CEO. An agreement in principle was entered into between Unifor and the company on May 8 to renew the collective agreements for a four-year period.

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Closed mill rehires many of its workers

The Daily Courier
May 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CAVE JUNCTION — Lonnie Rollins, Larry Mason and Lonnie Adams wore big smiles last week as they chatted with Rough & Ready Lumber owner Jennifer Phillippi. The three men with 75 years of combined experience at the mill were rehired in the past few months, after the entire workforce of 87 was laid off a year ago when the mill shut down….  Now the mill is set to spring to life again in early July, thanks to a $1 million Business Oregon loan and $4 million in state and federal tax credits that will pay for upgrading the small-log mill to handle logs as small as 6 inches in diameter.

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Oversupply chops log prices

Bay of Plenty Times
May 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There has been a major drop in the prices of log exports, driven by a buildup of inventory in the main market, China, which is contributing to “a bit of a slowdown” of log exports handled by Port of Tauranga, says commercial manager Leonard Sampson. “It’s not a significant change at this time,” he said. “This month we’ve noticed a small reduction in shipping volumes, but at this stage it’s hard to say whether it’s a market correction or just a blip. 

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Stora Enso in talks with Valpaco about sale of Corbehem

EUWID
May 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso is in talks with a potential buyer for its Corbehem magazine paper mill in France. Arnoud Montebourg, the French Minister of Industrial Renewal, said the company was conducting “exclusive negotiations” with the consortium Valpaco about a possible sale of the site. Local media reported that the potential buyer would present a business plan at the beginning of June.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC Engineering Program Lead Named

250 News
May 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Just as the winter wrap is peeled away from the Wood Innovation Centre, UNBC is revealing who will lead the programs that will be housed at that facility. UNBC has announced that Dr. Guido Wimmers will be the inaugural program lead for the proposed Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program that will be housed at the WIDC.  With a background in sustainable engineering and architecture, he will help build a curriculum that will give students the skills they need to find innovative new ways to use wood and improve on existing wood engineering.

UNBC names wood engineering lead from The Prince George Citizen

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Forestry

Opinion: Volume vs. area

Why the two types of forest tenures matter to B.C.
Vancouver Sun
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In an attempt to help the forest industry get back on its feet in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is proposing to change how it deals out rights to cut down trees by shifting from primarily “volume-based” to “area-based” allotments. At a glance, this change may seem like a small matter of semantics. It’s not. The final decision will have important implications not just for B.C.’s forests but also for the jobs and revenues that depend on them. The government currently awards a mix of two types of forest tenures to companies and communities, but volume-based tenures dominate the landscape in the Interior, the area hit hardest by the mountain pine beetle.

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Co-operation needed for urban biodiversity

The Star Phoenix
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The marvellous complexity of biodiversity needs a helping hand to thrive in an urban landscape, says the manager of Saskatoon’s naturalized areas. Monarch butterflies coevolved with milkweed, a plant that is toxic to other insects and animals, but which is the only food the Monarch’s larvae can eat; a pair of black cap chickadees will need 9,000 caterpillars to feed a nest of six fledglings before they can feed themselves; chickadees don’t want to fly more than about 70 metres from the shelter of one tree to another; alfalfa attracts honeybees and shelters small mammals; and cattails and bulrushes clean heavy metals from water.

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Montreal West launches vaccination program to fight Emerald Ash Borer

Town will partially reimburse cost for new treatment
CBC News
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Town of Montreal West has unanimously passed a resolution it hopes will help protect trees against the Emerald Ash Borer. It will reimburse residents half the cost of vaccinating their ash trees, up to a maximum of $250. Trees have to be less than 30 per cent infested and they must be injected before the end of the growing season. Town councillor Elizabeth Ulin says it’s a good investment. “These ash trees are some of the hardest working residents we have here. They clean our air, they increase our property value, they help soak up storm water. We can’t afford to lose them,” said Ulin.

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New Rules Make It Easier To Log Damaged Federal Forestland

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased rules for logging millions of acres of Northwest forestland considered to be at risk of catastrophic fire. These are forests where insects and disease have damaged trees and other vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires. These forestlands now have a special designation that allows a streamlined process for logging on larger tracts. By removing some requirements for environmental reviews, the designation speeds up the process of approving logging operations that are designed to improve forest health and reduce the risk of fire.

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Members of advisory committee named for Tongass National Forest land management

The Associated Press
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — Members of an advisory committee have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide recommendations on changes in Tongass National Forest management. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has told Tongass managers to begin changing from old-growth trees to younger harvests, CoastAlaska reported. Vilsack oversees the U.S. Forest Service. The committee’s goal is to find a compromise among environmentalists, loggers, tribal groups and government agencies for managing the country’s largest national forest. 

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Beetles and Climate Change Helped Create This Huge Wildfire in Alaska

Slate.com
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the weekend, a megafire blossomed along the southern coast of Alaska, spreading smoke as far as Fairbanks, more than 500 miles north. For Alaskans, it could be a sign of what’s to come. The fire now covers 284 square miles, making it one of the largest ever recorded in the Kenai Peninsula, according to Pete Buist of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. “A fire this large stands out,” said Buist, who’s logged 47 years fighting fires in Alaska. This particular fire has grown so large as a result of “years of spruce bark beetle infestation,” he told me.

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Forestry hires bring industry experience, conservation expertise to DNR

Wisconsin State Farmer
May 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Four new hires in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources forestry division bring extensive industry and environmental management experience to their new roles in providing support to Wisconsin’s forest products industry. The forest products services program provides assistance to Wisconsin’s wood products industry while promoting sustainable forestry practices and balancing the needs of multiple forest stakeholders. The forest products services team maintains an online wood-use database for industry, provides education and outreach support, supplies forest inventory data and supports forest products research.

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Firefighters attack Central California blaze

Associated Press
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif.— Firefighters swarmed to the Central California foothills on Tuesday, attacking a blaze that had grown to 1,300 acres in two days. Officials urged some residents east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County to leave their homes, as fire crews work to tamp down the flames before they grow too large to handle. In an extreme dry year like this, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said, they are attacking it from all angles. “We’re fighting this fire not only on the ground but also in the air, helping to slow this thing down,” Berlant said.

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Labor to vote against Tasmanian Government’s bid to ditch forest peace deal

ABC News
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition is set to vote against the Government’s legislation to dismantle the forest peace deal. Labor Leader Bryan Green is the first Opposition MP to speak on the bill in State Parliament. His party’s position has been unclear since it lost the March state election. Mr Green told parliament there was too much uncertainty over wood supply and the legislation to reclassify 400,000 hectares of forest for logging would mean conflict was likely.

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Indonesia’s haze from forest fires kills 110,000 people per year

Mongabay.com
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Haze caused by burning peat forests in Indonesia kills an average of 110,000 people per year and up to 300,000 during el Niño events, while releasing hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, warns a new report from Greenpeace. Sumatra: Going up in smoke argues that peatland and forest protection are the best way to protect the region from the effects of haze. The report focuses on Riau, a province that lies just across the Strait of Malacca from Singapore and accounts for 75 percent of all peat fires despite representing only 5 percent of Indonesia’s land mass.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ewart: Canada’s natural resources brand is broken

Calgary Herald
May 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Canada’s traditional “brand” as an industrious producer of its abundant natural resources – the fabled hewers of wood and drawers of water – is largely broken and a new report says it’s going to take boots on the ground and a lot of hard work to fix it. The Canada West Foundation report is critical of the ad hoc approach to building public support for resource development, questions the usefulness of industry advertising and urges the federal government to stop over-promising and under-delivering on climate change.

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Bioenergy push needs land ‘three times the size of the UK’

Euroactiv.com
May 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A planned doubling in Europe’s use of crops and wood for fuel, transport and heating by 2030 will leave a 70.2 million hectares (Mha) land footprint, equivalent to the combined size of Poland and Sweden, according to a new report by the Vienna University. In 2010, the global footprint from EU bioenergy demand equalled the total land area of a country the size of Sweden, says the paper ‘A calculation of the EU bioenergy land footprint’. …The combined total of 70.2Mha would be “three times the size of the UK,” say Friends of the Earth, who commissioned the report.

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Wood-waste biofuel to cut greenhouse gas and transform shipping industry

Nanowerk
May 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.  Alternative sustainable fuels are urgently needed in the marine transport sector due to stringent upcoming regulations demanding reduced sulphur and carbon content in diesels and oils from January 2015. Aston University (UK) scientists are involved in the ReShip project, which will use low quality wood waste, chippings and unmerchantable wood left in forests after logging has occurred to produce new biofuels.

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Vines choke a forest’s ability to capture carbon, Smithsonian scientists report

Science Codex
May 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tropical forests are a sometimes-underappreciated asset in the battle against climate change. They cover seven percent of land surface yet hold more than 30 percent of Earth’s terrestrial carbon. As abandoned agricultural land in the tropics is taken over by forests, scientists expect these new forests to mop up industrial quantities of atmospheric carbon. New research by Smithsonian scientists shows increasingly abundant vines could hamper this potential and may even cause tropical forests to lose carbon. 

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General

Arrests Highlight Threat to Ancient Redwoods

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

You’ve probably seen counter tops 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. Marshall Neeck is chief ranger at Redwood National and State Parks. “They’ve been sneaking into the park, quite often at night, and with a chainsaw they cut off that burl material.” He explains that burls are bumpy growths around the base or on the sides of redwoods. And they’re a key part of how the giant trees reproduce.

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