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Froggy Foibles

Trees Become Refrigerators for Koalas

Thermal imaging reveals the temperature difference between a tree, a hot koala, and the surrounding air.
Journal Science
June 3, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

When they wrap their limbs around the wide trunks of acacia trees, koalas aren’t just trying to keep from falling—the trees help the marsupials cool off, researchers have discovered. The findings could impact koala conservation efforts as well as forecasts on how climate change will affect the animals… The way koalas use their environment appears to be quite complex, and this just adds another layer to it.

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Business & Politics

Quesnel to be offered retraining opportunities for those affected by mill closure

BC Government
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL – The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has received $150,000 from the Province under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to provide job skills training and retraining opportunities for workers affected by the closure of the Canfor sawmill in Quesnel. “Training programs at the College of New Caledonia will help those affected by the mill closure hone their current skills, build on their experience, and develop new skills,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “We are working across ministries and with community partners to support workers and their families as they make the transition to new jobs and opportunities.”

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B.C. Blueprint plan brings training to workers

Journal of Commerce
June 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

To cope with a booming natural resource industry and a changing workforce, B.C. officials are bringing trades training to the remote communities where jobs are growing. Residents of northern and remote communities, particularly aboriginal people, are getting access to training where they live so they can take advantage of opportunities in LNG, mining, forestry and other growing industries. This is one part of the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint plan by the province to handle the estimated one million jobs that retirements and growth will create over the next decade.

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B.C. tugboat crews take strike vote; walkout would cripple ports

Canadian Press
June 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The union representing tugboat crews in ports across B.C. says members will hold a strike vote Tuesday as Seaspan threatens to impose changes to a collective agreement. Federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch also intends to meet with both sides in the dispute in Vancouver Tuesday to encourage them to reach a negotiated settlement, according to her press secretary Andrew McGrath. Terry Engler, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse union, Local 400, said the company is set to make 46 changes to the contract next week.

Port shipping may be crippled by tug boat strike from The Surrey leader

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Meadow Creek mill restarts

Nelson Star
June 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Forest Products says it has achieved its goal of re-starting the idled sawmill at Cooper Creek. The first log ran through the mill on Friday, company spokesman Bob Bortolin said. Machinery is still being tested and full production is expected shortly. “The team at the mill have worked long and hard to ensure a prompt startup,” Bortolin said. “Logs will start flowing into the mill this week.” San Group of Surrey recently acquired the mill, which has not operated since 2011, along with its suspended forest license. Bortolin said the initial workforce would be “fluid” but would consist of at least 25 people operating a single shift.

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Northern Pulp proceeds with $21-million refit

Chronicle Herald
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. is proceeding with a $21-million refit of its Abercrombie Point pulp mill. It is part of an undertaking to become more fuel efficient and to reduce the mill’s environmental footprint, an official said Tuesday. “This is a major project that will see the new equipment operational in the spring of 2015,” David MacKenzie, a Northern Pulp spokesman, said in an interview. MacKenzie said preparations for the installation of the massive new recovery boiler precipitator were to begin almost immediately.

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The Disconnect Between Stocks and Lumber Prices Continues

GaveKale Capital Blog
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber is making a new low today and continues to diverge from stocks. Lumber made a large divergence from stocks in 2011 and 2013. The 2011 instance led to stocks catching down to lumber, while the 2013 instance led to lumber catching up to stocks after only a very brief corrective phase in stocks.

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Cascades Fine Papers Group joins two sides

The non-profit organization promotes the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper
PurchasingB2B
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO—Cascades Fine Papers Group, a leader in the manufacturing of ecological fine papers and security papers in Canada, has joined Two Sides, the rapidly growing non-profit organization that promotes the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. “We’re very excited to have Cascades Fine Papers Group join us,” Two Sides President Phil Riebel. “They have been a North American leader in producing fine papers with a low environmental footprint and are a great addition to our network as Two Sides begins exploring a Canadian presence. We look forward to working with them to spread the great environmental story of print and paper.”

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West coast log exports increased slightly, lumber exports dropped in first quarter of 2014

USDA Forest Service
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased by just under 2 percent in volume to 466 million board feet in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. During this same period, West coast lumber exports decreased by more than 11 percent to 257 million board feet. Also in the first quarter of 2014, the total value of West coast log exports increased by more than 6 percent to $369 million, while the total value of lumber exports decreased more than 10 percent to $186 million.

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RISI VIEWPOINT: Softwood Markets in China Weaken, But Volumes Still Relatively Strong

RISI
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Since the beginning of the year, there have been a series of very interesting and well written articles appearing in the Western media about looming problems in the Chinese construction sector, due to tighter credit policies and an oversupply of housing following a several-year binge in new building. Very sophisticated analysis (not by me!) demonstrates quite clearly that China simply cannot continue to throw up new apartment buildings and new infrastructure projects at the same rate as in the past. Whether this is likely to result in just a slowdown in activity or a complete “crash-and-burn” of China’s construction sector has been the subject of some lively debate.

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Housing market recovery helps timber producers

Ag Alert
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Home construction in California is on the upswing as the housing sector slowly recovers from the dramatic downturn of the recession that saw home prices and new construction plummet. …California timber producers say they welcome the increased demand for lumber, but are held back by the regulatory climate in the state that cuts into their bottom line. …”We are very over-regulated when compared to Washington, Oregon or British Columbia,” Bradford said. “There is a lot of material that comes in from Oregon and Washington because the cost to get a harvest plan to log the trees is easier and much less costly than it is here. It is time, paperwork and cost here in California.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Building Initiative Introduces Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors

New sustainability rating system smooths path for interior designers
Interior and Sources
June 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Building Initiative will introduce a new rating tool for interior designers and architects at the annual NeoCon commercial interior design tradeshow in Chicago: Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors.  “This system continues our development of rating tools to promote accessible, practical green building,” said GBI President Jerry Yudelson. “Gone are the unnecessary and costly prerequisites of other rating systems and the need to consider the base building characteristics. We’ve focused this system entirely on the interior designer’s and interiors architect’s scope of work.”

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Forestry

Forest report closer to release

Prince George Citizen
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans by government to convert some forest harvesting from a volume-based model to an area-based model will come into clearer focus in the next few weeks. It was announced on Tuesday that the specialist consultant tasked with initial design of the program – former B.C. chief forester Jim Snetsinger – had concluded his information gathering process and was only a few weeks away from releasing his report. “During the two-month consultation period [Snetsinger] travelled throughout the province collecting feedback and ideas from stakeholder groups, First Nations and members of the general public,” said B.C. Ministry of Forests officials in a written statement.

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Don’t clearcut Elliott State Forest, harm marbled murrelets, environmental groups warn timber companies

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

Environmental groups are threatening to sue timber companies who won bids to buy land in the Elliott State Forest.  In a letter sent today to Seneca Jones Timber Co. and Scott Timber Co., three environmental groups warned the companies not to log the land, saying it would violate the federal Endangered Species Act. The latest development in the back-and-forth fight over the coastal forest’s future comes as volunteer surveyors report finding threatened marbled murrelet seabirds throughout all of the parcels the state is selling near Coos Bay. Until recently, those surveys had only documented murrelets on one parcel being sold.

Environmental groups to sue over Elliott State Forest logging from The Statesman Journal
Marbled Murrelet Sightings Bring New Legal Challenge Re: Elliott State Forest from The Oregon Public Broadcasting

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State, fed firefighters line up air tankers for summer

Number of tankers in Central Oregon likely to increase with fire danger
The Bend Bulletin
June 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While the federal large air tanker fleet will be nearly twice as big this summer as it was two years ago, there are currently no federal air tankers in Central Oregon. But that could change quickly if wildfire danger increases or a fire breaks out, said Jennifer Jones, spokeswoman at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. She said she’s often asked where federal air tankers are based. Her answer: not any one place in particular. “These are nationally mobile, and we move them frequently,” Jones said, “based on current and predicted fire activity.”

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Extra-legal logging and cranky ‘fringe’ groups looking to gum up the works

by Paul Edwards, on the board of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Montana Environmental Information Center.
The Missoulian
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I see where Julia Altemus, chief lobbyist for the Montana Wood Products Association, is congratulating herself for supporting a lot more logging in Montana national forests (guest column, May 9). And she’s not alone. Tom France of the National Wildlife Federation (guest column, April 28), and Bruce Farling of Trout Unlimited (guest column, May 7), are both right in there, pitching for more logging, plenty of it. Bring it on, they cry. This might seem confusing at first sight, I’ll grant you, since France’s main concern is supposed to be wildlife, and Farling’s is theoretically trout, but you have to remember that even the Montana Wilderness Association – their reason for being is wilderness, right? – is an avid “timber partner” now, too.

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Tonto Forest’S Plan To Return Fire To System

Payson Roundup
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Years behind schedule, the Tonto National Forest recently began the laborious, years-long process of overhauling its decades-old forest management plan with a public hearing in Payson. The Payson session, before an audience of about 50, focused on wildfire, forest health and grazing. …The existing plan drawn up in 1985 has undergone 28 amendments. Prepared when logging and grazing dominated Forest Service planning and budgeting, the Forest Service needs a new plan in an era when wildfires and recreation dominate, with logging and grazing mere shadows. …Born said the forest’s mission statement calls for a plan that will “sustain health and diversity” in a forest that has become desperately unhealthy and decreasingly diverse.

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Washington Timber Truck Route Reopened

Transport Topix
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington has reopened one lane of a main timber industry highway buried by the March landslide that left 41 people dead and two missing in the community of Oso northeast of Everett. State Route 530, which connects Oso and Darrington to Arlington and Interstate 5, was reopened May 31 to traffic, including log trucks, lumber haulers, and dump trucks carrying compost and wood chips. Only one lane, much of it gravel, is open and a pilot car must lead cars and trucks through at a speed of only 25 miles per hour.

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State Land Board should find alternative to selling the Elliott: Guest opinion

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

When most Oregonians think of our state’s heritage of public lands, they think of our parks, forests, mountains and rivers. These are the special places that provide Oregon families with clean water to drink, wild salmon to catch and opportunities to hike, camp and play outside. To most of us, the idea that Oregon’s state government would propose privatizing these resources is shocking.  But while Oregonians treasure our parks and public lands, our State Land Board is not acting on those values. The board recently took the first steps towards privatizing the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest in order to generate funding for state education budgets.

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2 killed, 19 hurt in Arkansas logging truck wreck

Associated Press
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CLINTON, Ark. — A logging truck blew a tire, overturned and spilled its cargo onto a group of construction workers, killing two people and injuring 19, authorities in north-central Arkansas said. Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley said the wreck occurred Monday afternoon on a U.S. 65 bridge in Clinton, about 70 miles north of Little Rock. “They were like sitting ducks on the bridge,” Bradley told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “There was nowhere for them to run to get away from the logs.”

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Harvesting an Underwater Forest

Newsroom Panama
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WHILE POACHERS continue their rampage in search of rare woods in Panama forests an American company plans a multi million dollar underwater harvest. Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc., an underwater forest management company, says it will soon be in position to harvest valuable hardwoods submerged in the Bayano Reservoir in Panama. The Bayano Lake Project covers 2,470 acres of tropical forest in the eastern part of Panama. The lake was formed after the Bayano Dam, the country’s second-largest power source, was built in 1976.

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WWF prepares Tanzania national forest standards

The Citizen
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tanzania expects to have its national forest standards by next year, making forest harvest activities health for the economy. WWF forest programme coordinator in Tanzania, who is also in charge of the national standards development, Mr Isaac Malugu, said the country standard development group is finalising the preparations. Mr Malugu noted the development yesterday at the African Regional Indigenous People Meeting that was held in Dar es Salaam, and brought together indigenous groups from around the globe.

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Half of world’s forest species at risk: UN

Channel News Asia
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ROME: Half of the world’s forest species are at risk from climate change and farming, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, as it called for “urgent action” to manage them better. In its first global study of forest genetic resources, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said woodland was shrinking fastest in Brazil, Indonesia and Nigeria… The report found that around half of the 8,000 reported species and subspecies were perceived as being endangered. The ten countries that lost the most forest area between 1990 and 2010 were Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Bolivia, Venezuela and Australia, it said.

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Conservationists split over ‘biodiversity offsetting’ plans

First global conference on market system of conservation hears of conflicting experiences in Australia and the US
The Guardian
June 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservationists around the world are split over whether to let developers destroy green space in return for paying cash to restore equivalent space elsewhere, a meeting at London Zoo on Tuesday found. Britain and 38 other countries have, or are in the process of setting in place, policies which will allow “biodiversity offsetting”, a market system of conservation used in the US and Australia which aims to ensure that there is no net loss of nature from any development. But giant oil and mining companies, as well as conservationists and governments at the first global conference on offsetting, heard that there is no guarantee of success and many examples of failures.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood remains the largest biomass energy source today

Alearned.com
June 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass is biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. It most often refers to plants or plant-derived materials which are specifically called lignocellulosic biomass. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly via combustion to produce heat, or indirectly after converting it to various forms of biofuel. Conversion of biomass to biofuel can be achieved by different methods which are broadly classified into: thermal, chemical, and biochemical methods.[with video]

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