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Daily Archives: May 30, 2014

Business & Politics

Labour, industry agree no need to change WorkSafeBC enforcement model

BY GORD HOEKSTRA
Vancouver Sun
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When provincial Labour Minister Shirley Bond apologized recently after Crown counsel rejected charges in the deadly 2012 Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion, she promised improvements in safety enforcement and better execution of complex investigations. Bond appointed a special administrator, former senior B.C. bureaucrat Gord Macatee, who is tasked with examining WorkSafeBC’s structure to see if enforcement should be separated from prevention as is done in many provinces in Canada. Macatee must deliver a plan by July 1. …B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair has called for a much stronger focus on criminal prosecutions of companies and individuals in deadly workplace incidents, but he doesn’t believe WorkSafeBC is fundamentally flawed.

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Fire destroys logging vehicle

Castanet News
May 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

A large piece of lumber equipment was destroyed by a fire in Lumby Thursday morning. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton says his crews were called to the Tolko Industries White Valley Mill at 6 a.m… The machine was parked next to some big log decks but fortunately the fire did not spread. He says the fire will not disrupt mill operations.

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Many land users cause more environmental damage, forestry watchdog warns

Business in Vancouver
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s forestry watchdog is again sounding the alarm over the combined effects of forestry, mining and farming on the province’s public land. There is no one government agency responsible when environmental damage is caused by more than one land user, the Forest Practices Board said in a report detailing complaints made between 1995 and 2013. …The Forest Practices Board also noted that tenured resource users — like tourism outfitters, ranchers, water users and trappers — are losing out to forest companies when there is no plan in place to preserve water quality, forage supply, scenic views or wildlife in an area.

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Opinion: West Fraser invests in pine beetle zone

By Ted Seraphim – president & CEO of West Fraser Timber
Vancouver Sun
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The warning bell has been sounding for several years that the opportunity to extract economic value from pine beetle-killed trees would come to an end. West Fraser has focused on salvaging dead pine trees for almost 15 years and we remain committed to salvaging pine as long as it is economically viable. In 2013, 75 per cent of the fibre processed in our B.C. mills was pine salvage. However, the inevitable reduction in the allowable harvest in some areas of the province is not only coming; it has arrived. …Although this is a difficult period of change, we’ve invested in our business and the forests of B.C. for almost 60 years. It’s our plan to continue our investments in a healthy, sustainable forest to support our operations and the communities where we work for the next 60 years.

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Public complaints about forestry summarized in new report

Forest Practices Board
May 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Nearly 20 years of public concerns and complaints about forestry and range practices on B.C.’s Crown land are summarized in a new report released by the Forest Practices Board today.  “Complaints and concerns provide a barometer of public acceptance of forest and range management, identifying trends and issues that the Board will sometimes examine in more detail,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “They provide a measure of how well B.C.’s forest and range lands are being managed and how much confidence the public has in industry and government practices.” Since 1995, the board has responded to over 1100 concerns and 300 complaints, leading to 181 formal recommendations for improvement to forest and range planning, practices and public consultation.

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Plans for Miramichi Fiber Processing introduced

Plans for Miramichi Fiber Processing were introduced to the City Council May 22.
Atlantic Farm Focus
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Miramichi Lumber Products President Danny Anderson and CFO Hal Raper explained that the proposed new company would include four businesses: a new sawmill; a pellet plant; Miramichi Scrimtec—a firm that would process engineered beams from low grade pulp, and Miramichi Heat & Power that would utilize biomass in its boiler to create inexpensive energy. According to the Miramichi Leader, the operation would be located on the 100-acre UPM-Kymmene paper mill grounds on the outskirts of the New Brunswick city. The site that is owned by the province is close to the rail line and the water.

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Forestry Sector Brightens a Modest Overall Export Outlook: EDC Forecast

Market Wired
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK– – After a slight dip in 2013, New Brunswick exports are forecast to increase by a moderate 3 per cent this year and next, according to a new forecast by Export Development Canada. The rapid revival in U.S. homebuilding is bringing explosive growth to New Brunswick’s forestry sector. After languishing for years, the forecast calls for a 14 per cent surge in exports this year, which is expected to be followed by 8 per cent growth in 2015. Forestry exports have been given an additional push by a 20 per cent increase in the allowable cut and a looming shortage of lumber supply in British Columbia. Lumber shipments will account for the bulk of the growth as foreign demand for pulp and paper remains soft.

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The Magellan Group Ltd Joins WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network

DigitalJournal.com
May 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

POULSBO, WA.—The Magellan Group, Ltd. has formalized its commitment to responsible forestry and trade by joining the Global Forest & Trade Network in North America, a World Wildlife Fund initiative focused on eliminating illegal logging and promoting environmentally and socially responsible forest management… The Magellan Group’s global wood sourcing policy, includes voluntary goals, such as increasing FSC-certified wood purchases by 3% per year over the next three years. Additionally, The Magellan Group is committed to raising awareness among landowners, forest managers, the construction sector, and the broader public about the environmental and social benefits of FSC. The Magellan Group is a leading importer and distributor of certified decking, rainscreen, window, door and furniture components, molding and millwork in North America.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UBC leads the way in green innovations

With the population of a small city, the campus is a perfect petri dish for cutting-edge sustainability projects
Vancouver Sun
May 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When it comes to reducing its carbon footprint, the University of B.C. has set some pretty lofty goals, including eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. If the university reaches its goals, the institution might be able to call itself the world’s greenest city. …With 60,000 inhabitants on a given day, the Vancouver campus already functions like a city… And the university’s leadership has committed to turning it into a living laboratory for clean technology innovation with targets of 33 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 and 67 per cent by 2020. …As a stand-alone, controlled system, UBC is the perfect petri dish for such projects.

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Green Building Wars Rage

Environmental Leader
May 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Globes rating system is “greenwash,” according to an open letter to the Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) board of directors. The letter, spearheaded by Greenwash Action, a joint initiative of Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and signed by several environmental and green building groups … urges GBI to stop attacking LEED and calls GBI’s Green Globes into question. …Since 2006, when the Canadian-based Green Globes standard first launched in the US, it’s been gunning for its US-based rival. The GSA’s October decision to recommend the Green Globes building standard as an alternative to LEED, for federal buildings outside the GSA portfolio, proved a significant win for the upstart certification.

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Forestry

Outpouring of community support rallies around Levy family

Castlegar Source
May 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

he logger who was killed in a tragic accident near Beasley on Monday always “went the extra mile to help a friend,” said a close family friend. “Kyle Levy had a heart of gold.” Levy, 35, was killed Monday in a fatal logging accident west of Nelson, BC while working as a choker for AF Timber. The accident occurred at 8 a.m., May 26 in the vicinity of the Smallwood Creek Forest Service Road about 12 kilometers west of Nelson. Now Levy’s friends are pulling together to raise money for his widow Alison Watt, two children Roah and Farrell, and stepchildren Owen and Kade in this time of need.

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Rotary Adventures In Forestry

From seed to sawdust, local student observes forestry industry in Prince George
Arrow Lakes News
May 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

.. Representatives of forestry companies NACFOR, INTERFOR and True North were in attendance to hear a presentation from high school student Brennan Hoffman. Hoffman, through sponsorship from the three companies, had just returned from attending the Adventures in Forestry program hosted by the Prince George Rotary Club. Established in 1989 the Adventures in Forestry program invites Rotary clubs across Canada to sponsor a student to attend a three day immersion into the Prince George forestry industry.

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Photo of B.C. clearcut selected for international competition

The Georgia Straight
May 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TJ Watt’s photo of an old-growth clearcut on Vancouver Island is being shared on social media to highlight “unsustainable” forestry practices in tree farm licences across the province. The Victoria-based photographer with the Ancient Forest Alliance took the picture in January at a Western Forest Products tree farm on Crown land in the Klanawa Valley. Now the photo is set to gain addition exposure in London, where it will be exhibited from June 23 to July 4.

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Coroner identifies chokerman killed in logging accident near Nelson

Canadian Press
May 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A southeastern B.C., man has been identified as the person killed in a logging accident near Nelson. A release from the coroner’s office says 36-year-old Laurie Kyle Levy died at about 8 a.m. Monday when he was hit by a falling tree. WorkSafe BC says Levy was struck as he worked for AF Timber as a chokerman, wrapping cables around fallen trees to haul them out of the cut block. He died at the scene. WorkSafe BC and the coroner are now probing the accident. WorkSafe officials estimate the review could take several months. [END]

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BCTS plans to proceed on two Elphinstone cutblocks

Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists are lobbying BC Timber Sales to halt plans to log two cutblocks on Mount Elphinstone’s slopes, but the provincial agency says it is addressing the concerns raised and intends to advertise both blocks this summer. The cutblocks include 28 hectares of low-elevation second-growth forest near the historic Trailfest Wagonroad above Cliff Gilker Park and 50 hectares of high-elevation old growth to the east in Dakota Bowl, which was advertised last year but failed to attract any bids.

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Parks honored for silviculture work

Juneau Empire
May 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Each year the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region presents the Silviculturist of the Year award to an outstanding Alaskan silviculturist. Tongass National Forest silviculturist, Renaker D. Parks, received the honor at the regional silviculture meeting in Petersburg last week, officially earning the Alaska Region 2013 Silviculturist of the Year award, according to a release from the USFS. “I would like to congratulate R.D. on achieving this honor and for sustained effort in silviculture not only in 2013 but during his tenure on the Tongass National Forest,” said Regional Forester Beth Pendleton.

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Money bill delays moves to repeal of Tasmanian forestry peace deal

ABC News Australia
May 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Debate on the Tasmanian Government’s move to rip up the forestry peace deal has been delayed in parliament by a routine budget supply matter. It comes as the Government is close to securing the vote of one of the Upper House members who supported the deal last year. The Government has introduced a bill to allow spending to continue before its August budget. It had intended it would pass by Thursday afternoon, but debate went on into the early evening before that happened. …Much of the debate centred on whether Forestry Tasmania will continue to receive subsidies. …Industry and environmentalists took four years to negotiate the peace deal, but the Government wants to scrap it and re-classify 4000,000 hectares to allow logging in six years.

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World verging on ‘sixth great extinction,’ study says

Washington Post
May 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The buffy-tufted-ear marmoset is a disgruntled-looking creature. …It’s also in deep trouble. Once, in the jungles of Brazil, the marmoset was living large. Belonging to a “family of tiny New World monkeys,” it lived in coastal forests, residing almost exclusively in trees and dining on insects. But development encroached upon its world. There was “extensive habitat destruction” due to “a tremendous increase in human population and widespread, largely uncontrolled forest destruction” for crop cultivation and cattle. “We are on the verge of the sixth great extinction,” Stuart Pimm, a professor at Duke University who lead a team of nine international scientists, told the Associated Press. ”Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”

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Forest fire soot likely contributed to record Greenland ice melt

May 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In July 2012, over 97% of the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet melted… The event was unusual not only because of the vast extent of the melt, but also because warmer air temperatures in previous years had not caused similar melting. This led scientists to suspect that something besides air temperatures may have played a role in the melt. Scientists collected firn cores, which are similar to ice cores but consist of packed granular snow, and surface snow samples from several different locations in Greenland and analyzed them for black carbon. Black carbon or soot that originates from forest fires and fossil fuel emissions in lower latitudes can be transported over long distances to Greenland. Once deposited on the ice sheet, the black carbon reduces the snow’s capacity to reflect sunlight and contributes to warming.

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PaperOne’s environmental pledge sparks race to clear Sumatran forest

The Sydney Morning Herald
May 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The website of PaperOne features pictures of tropical forests and a claim that the copy paper company is “protecting high conservation values”.  On the ground in Sumatra, though, the chainsaws and excavators are rushing to mow down tropical forest on delicate peat swamp to feed fibre to its mills. As consumer pressure built on companies to improve their environmental credentials, PaperOne’s maker, Indonesian company Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), announced in January a commitment to stop logging “high conservation value” areas and peat swamp, to stop establishing plantations by the end of this year and to get all its fibre from plantations by 2020.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Environmental groups fire legal warning shot over climate change

By the Canadian Press
Edmonton Journal
May 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

EDMONTON – Environmental groups are taking inspiration from the legal fight against tobacco to fire warning shots at major energy companies over their alleged role in funding climate change denial and blocking climate-friendly legislation. Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have sent letters to dozens of Canadian and international energy companies asking them about their guidelines for public communication and lobbying practices on climate change. The groups have also asked if corporate officers are insured against the possible spread of misinformation about the impact of greenhouse gases. It’s the opening salvo in an attempt to hold the industry accountable for what the environmental groups say is its role in slowing efforts to fight global warming.

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City of Surrey creates “Green Surrey” program

Business in Vancouver
May 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Surrey has created the “Green Surrey” program, a key piece in the environmental pillar of the city’s Sustainability Charter. The program is intended to build on existing initiatives and provide new opportunities in the areas of conservation, investment and community engagement. There are many projects underway, he said, including district energy in the downtown core, development of an organic biofuel facility in Port Kells and the creation of a research chair in energy systems. …While the city has acquired 725 acres of parkland over the last decade, Hayne said Surrey is looking at a strategy to preserve an additional 2,000 more acres of park land – 1,000 through acquisition and 1,000 through the development process.

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Wood2Energy Database Provides Latest Information on Biomass Facilities

CompassLive
May 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

…The Wood2Energy project grew from the need to assess the state of the science and technology for using woody biomass for energy and to identify facilities that already use wood as a fuel source. In 2008, the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon started the project with funding from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and other founding members, including the U.S Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory and Southern Research Station. One of the objectives of the project was to develop a database of industrial facilities in the United States and Canada that use wood as a fuel source. The resulting Wood2Energy database provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date information base of its type. 

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U.S. wood pellet exports double in 2013

PennEnergy.com
May 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Wood pellet exports from the United States nearly doubled last year, from 1.6 million short tons (approximately 22 trillion Btu) in 2012 to 3.2 million short tons in 2013. More than 98% of these exports were delivered to Europe, and 99% originated from ports in the southeastern and lower Mid-Atlantic regions of the country… Growth of U.S. wood pellet exports has been concentrated in southeastern states, which have advantages in terms of abundant material supply and relatively low shipping costs to Europe.

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U.S. kicking off climate change ‘Super Bowl’

Surrey Leader
May 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The United States is just days away from a clash over climate change being compared to the Super Bowl, a high-stakes contest destined to draw in attentive viewers from around the world. The Obama administration is expected to announce next Monday the most significant action ever to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, in an end-run around a hostile Congress. Four years after the collapse of a cap-and-trade bill, the White House is set to unveil long-awaited regulations on the energy sector, which is responsible for more than 30 per cent of U.S. emissions. The megatons at stake could end up dwarfing those projected to result from the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which has cast a shadow over Canada-U.S. relations.

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US Feds See Althelia Risk Guarantee As Template For Similar Endeavors

Ecosystem Marketplace
May 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

COLOGNE  GERMANY — US Secretary of State John Kerry has long been an advocate of addressing climate change. He pleasantly surprised many attendees at the Carbon Expo 2014 conference in Cologne, Germany this week by announcing a new effort by the US federal government to support projects that prevent deforestation. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will offer a new-risk sharing loan guarantee that will enable the Althelia Climate Fund to lend up to $133.8 million in commercial financing for forest conservation and sustainable land use projects in developing countries where people rely on the forests for their livelihoods.

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Timber: how to shrink our carbon footprint

The Fifth Estate
May 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australia — Reduce carbon, make beautiful sustainable buildings, improve worker safety, incentivise tree planting and resolve one of the core issues at the centre of the native forest logging debate, which is long-term jobs and community economic well-being. Using timber for construction could be the making of a new, sound industry for Australia… The forests debate centres around the logging of natural stands of native forests, such as the remnants in Tasmania. As program leader forest systems for the CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences division Dr Phil Polglase explains, these also happen to be among the types of trees that can do the most for our carbon footprint.

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General

Forestry Outlook Strong for 2014

Capital FM 106.9
May 29, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada East, Canada

Exports from New Brunswick are expected to surge this year, particularly in the forestry sector. The latest forecast by Export Development Canada calls for a 14 per cent surge in exports, and that is expected to be followed by 8 per cent growth in 2015. Chief Economist with Export Development Canada, Peter Hall, says the rapid revival in U.S. homebuilding is expected to bring explosive growth to New Brunswick’s forestry sector this year. Hall, says lumber shipments will account for the bulk of the growth as foreign demand for pulp and paper remains soft. [End Story]

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Forest fire soot likely contributed to record Greenland ice melt

May 30, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

In July 2012, over 97% of the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet melted… The event was unusual not only because of the vast extent of the melt, but also because warmer air temperatures in previous years had not caused similar melting. This led scientists to suspect that something besides air temperatures may have played a role in the melt. Scientists collected firn cores, which are similar to ice cores but consist of packed granular snow, and surface snow samples from several different locations in Greenland and analyzed them for black carbon. Black carbon or soot that originates from forest fires and fossil fuel emissions in lower latitudes can be transported over long distances to Greenland. Once deposited on the ice sheet, the black carbon reduces the snow’s capacity to reflect sunlight and contributes to warming.

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