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Daily Archives: June 3, 2014

Froggy Foibles

More of that 1930’s West Coast Logging

Go Wood Blog
June 2, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Old logging and sawmill videos are just about the most popular posts on Go Wood, and this one rates as one of the best. Great close-in filming, detailed narration, and even some old-time cowboy background music make this a thirty minutes well-spent. And if you don’t know what a Davis raft is, you’ll want to stay on until the end to watch an “island of wood” being built for trans-oceanic delivery to the sawmills of Vancouver. Wow. Next time you’re in a home or building built pre-1950, look up at those beams and woodwork and think of the folks of the logging companies who made those old wooden castles possible.

Great film, narrated by Angus Allison.

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Business & Politics

St. Mary’s Band and Canfor establish business relationship

East Kootenay News Online Weekly
June 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On May 28, the St. Mary’s Band (?aq’am) development corporation, ?aq’am Community Enterprises (ACE); entered into a business relationship with Canfor on the management and development of the band’s two forest licenses. The St. Mary’s Band also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Canfor in the area of capacity-building and business development. “I am very excited about the outcomes that have been developed between the two parties,” said the St. Mary’s Band’s Chief Operating Officer Jodi Gravelle. “The relationship building to date shows a very promising outlook for this partnership and I am looking forward to our organization working with Canfor to incorporate our community’s principles and goals.”

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Fortress Announces Labour Cost Reduction Plan

The Wall Street Journal
June 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd. announces today that it has approved an employee reduction plan that will result in a reduction of approximately 16% of the salaried staff in the Company’s dissolving pulp segment, including senior management, middle management and clerical staff. The impact in cost savings is estimated at approximately $2.2 million per annum. These layoffs resulted from a management directive to immediately reduce labour costs as part of a comprehensive cost reduction initiative undertaken in response to the challenging dissolving pulp market. “Fortress Paper is facing extremely difficult market conditions for dissolving pulp and we firmly believe in the need to be proactive to control our future,” stated Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper. 

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Domtar Corporation 2-for-1 stock split due bill trading procedures

PR Newswire
May 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that in accordance with the applicable rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), the “due bill” trading procedures of such stock exchanges will apply to Domtar’s previously announced two-for-one stock split, which will take the form of a stock dividend whereby shareholders will receive one additional common share for each common share held. Shareholders on the record date of June 10, 2014 will be entitled to receive one additional share for every share they own on that date.

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China Forestry Presses Ahead With Buyback as Prices Drop

Bloomberg Businessweek
June 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China Forestry Holdings Co., the biggest loser among Chinese distressed debt in May, is pressing ahead with a bond buyback amid more missed coupon payments and a weakening cash position…Global funds have become wary of some Chinese borrowers amid concerns their corporate governance and accounting standards aren’t up to scratch. Sino-Forest Corp., once China’s largest timber grower, filed for bankruptcy in March 2013 after Muddy Waters LLC said in 2011 it had overstated its timber holdings. China Forestry has weak liquidity and low visibility of a recovery, Standard & Poor’s said in a report last week

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Tasmanian pulp mill to become tourist attraction

E Travel Blackboard News
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The contentious Tasmanian pulp mill will become a tourist drawcard, after it was bought out by wealthy environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron. Detailed plans of the development which have been released include gardens, an art gallery, a culinary school and accommodation, the ABC reported. Mr Wood said that construction of accommodation would begin 2015. “The plan I have in front of me says that real construction starts in the second quarter of next year and we’re not talking about 10-storey buildings, we’re talking about log cabin-type accommodation among the trees” Mr Wood said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada’s Greatest Natural Resource Continues to be Our Biggest Global Advantage

Ottawa Life Magazine
June 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wood is a part of our national heritage. In fact, the old $1 Canadian bill had an image of logs rolling down the Ottawa River. Ottawa was a thriving lumber town at the turn of the last century. Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council also pointed out that in the early 1900s, many tall buildings were constructed from wood. While the practice was abandoned for many reasons, primarily because of major fires, the science has changed enormously, sparking a revival for the use of wood in these buildings. “There’s a number of new technologies and products that are making these buildings a reality once again,” he said. “For example, cross-laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) allow us to create these types of structures. We’re committed to introducing five and six storey wood mid-rise buildings in Canada and we’re also looking at the use of more wood in bridge construction.”

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Tree Bark May Hold Key To New Melanoma Treatment

Inside Science
June 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Melanoma is an especially aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer that can be difficult to treat. Recently, researchers discovered a compound within pine tree bark that might be able to combat the disease… Cholesterol is important to cell function, and in melanoma and other cancers, the pathways used to transport the cholesterol are so “ramped up” that the cells are essentially addicted to cholesterol, according to Robertson. Melanoma treatments target specific molecular pathways that tumor cells use to transport cholesterol, but often the cell finds ways around the roadblock… Leelamine — which seems to act as an antimicrobial agent in pine trees — is unique because it is able to block three pathways of cholesterol transport. 

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Australia’s first cross laminated timber (CLT) public building opens: Library at The Dock

Architecture and Design
June 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

‘Library at The Dock’, a new library and community centre by Clare Design and Hayball in the heart of Docklands, Melbourne, officially opened on Saturday, marking the nation’s first public building to be made from cross laminated timber (CLT). …Apart from benefitting site and construction conditions and reducing the building’s overall carbon footprint, CLT offers better thermal performance and requires less energy to heat and cool than other materials. …“Library at The Dock is an exceptional example of why we must make sustainability everyone’s business. When we build these spaces green, we are building greener attitudes and a greener future,” says chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew.

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Forestry

Dan Miller: How will we pay for stuff without the resource sector?

The Province
June 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… let’s get some things straight about the B.C. economy. …Vancouver is at least as dependent on the natural-resource economy across the province from Port Hardy to Fort St. John as those resource towns are dependent on Vancouver. …Resource Works recently showed the extent to which the B.C. resource sector drives jobs — more than half of which flow to Vancouver in the form of all those business and financial services purchased by the sector from suppliers, many of them based in the city. While it should be fairly clear to readers that Vancouver is, in fact, resource-dependent, sadly it’s not clear at all.

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Clearcut logging defaces a world-class landscape

Letter by Louise Alvarez
Victoria Times Colonist
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “We need a new vision for our public forests,” May 31. A new vision for public forests is, indeed, sorely needed. For example, Vancouver Island could have a huge potential for tourism and eco-tourism with more responsible forest management and logging practices, and more vision from government. On a recent first-time trip to the north Island, I was dismayed to see the hills marred by many clearcuts visible from the highway. It ruined the whole vista and landscape.

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Community Forest pays back debt to city

Alberni Valley Times
June 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A $250,000 investment from the City of Port Alberni to start up the Alberni Valley Community Forest will soon be paid off from the revenue the forest is bringing in. The community forest, initiated in 2009 to provide local jobs, create city revenue and protect the environment through responsible logging, announced it was able to cut two-and-a-half times the amount it normally would in the last year, according to Coun. Jack McLeman. McLeman is the city liaison on the community forest board of directors. He said this year’s cut produced approximately $500,000, and $150,000 of that will complete payment in full to the city after two previous separate payments of $50,000.

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Scallops, boat ramp, logging driving renewed Malahat Nation

Cowichan News Leader
June 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An aquaculture centre, boat-ramp boardwalk, and timber harvesting are the anchors of economic growth for a rejuvenated Malahat Nation. Malahat elders under chief Michael Harry outlined some of their band’s plans during Wednesday’s opening of Malahat’s cultural resource centre… Capping the night was a formal memorandum of understanding autographed by Chief Harry and TimberWest CEP Brian Frank. That MOU heralded a good-neighbours agreement, as about half of the band’s territory involves timber harvesting by the forest giant.

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Mission interpretive forest open houses coming up

Mission City Record
June 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Stave West task force has set up a series of open houses to hear local residents’ vision for Mission’s interpretive forest. The 5,000-hectare area, situated in northern Mission around the west side of Stave Lake, is already a well-used site for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, horseback riding, 4x4ing and other activities are common-place. “We need to harness that and build upon it. We are in the early days of our planning process for the recreational master plan for Stave West,” said task force chair Bill Brooks. The goal is to make the area an outdoor recreational hub for the District of Mission.

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Outcry over New Brunswick forestry plan

Metro News
June 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s forestry plan is intended to rejuvenate the province’s forestry sector, an industry clobbered by mill closures and job losses. But the strategy has set off criticism from conservationists who say it disregards the environment and threatens to decimate Crown forests… “We are going to see a lot more clear-cutting, a much larger clear cut, a lot more land converted to plantations instead of being allowed to naturally regenerate, a lot more herbicide spraying and the loss of local populations of wildlife,” said David Coon, leader of the province’s Green party. Coon’s opposition has been echoed by academics and environmentalists since the plan was unveiled with much fanfare in March.

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Forest fires a high to extreme risk in most of province

CBC News
June 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A drier than usual May has increased the risk of fires across much of the province. Nova Scotia’s fire weather index shows most of the province has a high to extreme risk of wildfire… CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell says, “one of the factors leading to the increased risk of wildfires in Nova Scotia at the end of May and the start of June was the fact that May was such a dry month. Despite cool conditions through much of May, at the end of the month, several weather observation stations reported rainfall amounts 30 to 70 per cent below the 30 year climate normals”.

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100K poplar trees to clean discharged Missoula wastewater

The Missoulian
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It doesn’t look like a forest now, but just wait a few months. It doesn’t look like a wastewater treatment facility either, but the field just west of Walmart off Mullan Road will soon absorb the remaining pollution from one of every five gallons of water the city of Missoula would otherwise have to dump in the Clark Fork River. And the city expects to make a profit on the deal. “It’s nice to see this idea coming together after 20 years,” University of Montana climatologist Steve Running said at a gathering of dignitaries on Monday afternoon at the 120-acre property. “And it’s really good to see this at project-scale.”

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New England’s Once Acid-Plagued Red Spruce Thriving Amid Climate Change

Main Public Broadcasting Network
June 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Red spruce used to be a very high-value timber crop in the U.S., and still is in Canada, but from 1965 to 1986 it declined by around 65 percent. The biggest reason? Acid rain. Schaberg says Red Spruce was the “canary in the coal mine” that showed the problems acid rain was causing. The acidity was basically weakening the tree’s needles, so they would freeze off during the winter… Scientists do think that in some areas, climate change will mean more droughts, which would be tough on some trees, and others don’t tolerate heat well. But Red Spruce – which many researchers thought was doomed – seems to be one of the winners, and it’s getting the climate boost on top of the benefits of less acid rain.

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Prince Charles writes to Cumbria forestry professionals

Prince Charles has written personally to professionals at a Lake District Forestry Conference.
In-Cumbria
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…He is a strong advocate for methods of forestry being discussed at the conference in Penrith from today until Thursday. This includes using different tree species and of varying ages to reduce flooding in many forested regions. Addressing this, Prince Charles wrote: “For many years – probably thirty years now – I have been trying to suggest that a fundamentally different approach to the management of woodlands and forests in our country is needed. “This was viewed as a retrograde and ‘old-fashioned’ approach.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Energy project would eliminate 3,000 tonnes of wood waste annually

Alberni Valley Times
June 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A project is being considered that could bring the city an alternative source of heat, with energy being generated by burning 3,000 tonnes of wood waste each year. Since 2010, the City of Port Alberni has been studying the viability of developing the District Energy Project, a local distribution system that would convert unused wood currently being sent to the landfill into heat for a number of municipal buildings. …The city’s economic development manager Pat Deakin estimates that the system would save these buildings a combined $1 million in energy bills a year.

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city’s economic development manager Pat Deakin estimates that the
system would save these buildings a combined $1 million in energy bills a
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UBC study shows forests are significant carbon sinks

ISLANDS TRUST AREA
Sunshine Coast Reporter
June 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests on B.C.’s Gulf and Howe Sound Islands — part of the Islands Trust area — came under the spotlight in a new report by researchers from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. …The Coastal Douglas-fir Biogeoclimatic Zone is characterized by forests of Douglas-fir, arbutus, western red cedar and salal. …Due to its small range, the CDF zone contains some of the most rare and endangered ecosystems in B.C. …“What we’ve found is that if forests in the Gulf Islands were maintained, or otherwise protected, the Islands Trust area has the capacity to be a major sink for carbon produced in the region,” said Richard Shuster, PhD candidate at UBC and author of the report. …The study was commissioned by the Islands Trust Fund, a conservation land trust for the Islands Trust area. 

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Decomposing logs show local factors undervalued in climate change predictions

Phys Org
June 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new Yale-led study challenges the long-held assumption that climate is the primary driver of how quickly organic matter decomposes in different regions, a key piece of information used in formulating climate models. In a long-term analysis conducted across several sites in the eastern United States, a team of researchers found that local factors—from levels of fungal colonization to the specific physical locations of the wood—play a far greater role than climate in wood decomposition rates and the subsequent impacts on regional carbon cycling.
Because decomposition of organic matter strongly influences the storage of carbon, or its release into the atmosphere, it is a major factor in potential changes to the climate.

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