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Daily Archives: June 5, 2014

Business & Politics

Fortress to cut employees in dissolving pulp segment

Pulp and Paper Canada
June 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. 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 year. 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.

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Chinese trade: A provincial divide

Globe and Mail
June 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian exports to Asia are increasing, with resource-rich Western Canada far ahead of the battered manufacturing heartland further east. A new analysis of more than a decade’s worth of trade data show that the volume of shipped goods varies widely by province and sector. British Columbia’s exports to Asia, for example, have nearly doubled between 2000 and 2013 from roughly 24 per cent of provincial exports to 44 per cent, or nearly half of all exports.

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Catalyst Paper named to best 50 Canadian corporate citizens list for eighth consecutive year

Wall Street Journal
June 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper is pleased to accept – on behalf of its 1,600 employees – the honour of being named one of Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Canadian Corporate Citizens for the eighth year running. Corporate Knights, an award-winning quarterly publication for clean capitalism, gave start to its magazine and Best 50 list in 2002 to raise awareness of sustainability issues… “Earning this title for the eighth year is an honour and significant achievement – something that all Catalyst employees had a hand in realizing,” said Joe Nemeth, President and CEO.

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Resolute Named to Best 50 Corporate Citizens List by Corporate Knights

Digital Journal
June 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has been named to Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens List for 2014. “Resolute employees have worked hard to put our sustainability principles at the heart of every decision we make,” said Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By carefully balancing environmental, social and economic priorities, Resolute is becoming a more efficient operator, a better employer, and a stronger partner for customers and communities.”

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Paper company fights for right to cut

The Chronicle Herald
June 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper Limited Partnership has applied to Nova Scotia Supreme Court for an order requiring Dennis Steele to stop interfering with the company’s alleged rights to cut wood on his Cleveland, Richmond County, land. The applicant alleged in court documents that Steele signed a transferable three-year lease agreement on March 31, 2011, with its predecessor, NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp., that was assigned to the applicant as of Sept. 28, 2012. Steele received $37,000 from NewPage under the lease agreement, which allegedly gave the company the right to cut trees on the 72-hectare property at any time during the term of the lease.

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Global timber prices increased in Q1

HD FestForest
June 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber prices increased globally in the first three months of 2014, according to data published in the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Global Sawlog Price Index monitors lumber costs in 20 of the world’s key forestry regions and rose by 0.8 per cent when compared to the final quarter of the previous year, taking the average price to $89.45 per cubic metre. On an annual basis, all major markets recorded growth in trade, with the four largest exporting nations registering combined growth of 17 per cent. However, lower local-currency fibre prices and a strengthening in the US dollar caused both the Softwood Fibre Price Index (SFPI) and the Hardwood Fibre Price Index (HFPI) to decline. 

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NRW signs £20m larch tree contract with Powys sawmill

BBC News
June 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A £20m contract will see a Powys sawmill supplied with larch trees felled because of disease. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will provide the trees to BSW Timber at Newbridge-on-Wye over 10 years NRW said more than two million larch – a third of those infected – have been felled to slow the spread of phytophthora ramorum. The timber will be turned into products which will generate an estimated £100m to the Welsh economy, it said. Some 600,000 cubic metres of trees will be supplied to BSW.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architect and builder excellence recognized by RAIC

Daily Commercial News
June 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…KPMB also won a GG’s award for the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ont. …A showpiece of the new building is a set of 28-foot and 18-foot high wooden fins, essentially a “huge set of blinds” that encapsulate the circular chapel. The unusual millwork was done by Allwood Carpentry Manufacturing. ….Another winner of the Governor General’s award was architect Michael Green for the North Vancouver City Hall.

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Governments renew commitment to WoodWORKS! program

Commit to more than $800,000 in combined funding
Amherst News
June 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

AMHERST – The federal government and four Atlantic governments have renewed their commitment to the Maritime Lumber Bureau’s WoodWORKS! program. The program aims to increase the use of locally produced solid wood materials in the non-residential building sector in Atlantic Canada. Through Atlantic WoodWORKS!, the MLB will continue to carry out activities that provide education, training and technical expertise to building and design professionals involved in commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects in Atlantic Canada. “Our proven track record of what is possible when we work collectively as an Atlantic region makes this project an excellent fit for the Atlantic Canadian producers of forest-based products, both primary and secondary,” Maritime Lumber Bureau president and CEO Diana Blenkhorn said. 

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2014 Award Winners Video WoodWorks

WoodWorks
June 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

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Le Messurier OPTIM cross laminated timber (CLT) system offers design flexibility and faster construction speeds

InfoLink
June 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Le Messurier OPTIM is a cross laminated timber (CLT) building system offering an alternative to concrete tilt-up. It is particularly suited for medium to high density, multi-storey constructions. Possessing a number of positive environmental characteristics due to its timber composition, OPTIM impacts positively on carbon storage, has less manufacturing greenhouse gas emissions than non-wood materials, and an overall light environmental footprint than non-wood materials.

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Forestry

Prince Rupert council told to protect trees on public, private property

Prince Rupert Northern View
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince Rupert council heard concerns about the state of greenery in the city on May 27 as Christine Malloca pushed for the protection of trees in the community. …Malloca said she wanted to see that protection extended to private property through a heritage tree policy that would protect trees of certain species and sizes within city boundaries. “I think we need that here,” she said. However, council said they not only had some concerns about the idea but had other priorities on the go as well.

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Sinixt woman denies contempt in Perry Ridge case

Nelson Star
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Slocan Valley woman charged with criminal contempt of court argued Wednesday that she did not obstruct a logging company on Perry Ridge. Marilyn James of the local Sinixt First Nation was arrested March 4 on the forestry road for violating a court injunction granted the previous day to Galena Contracting, which was extending the road for BC Timber Sales. However, she denied impeding the company’s access, contending that Galena already had crews ploughing the road past the gate where she stood and that owner Ray Hascarl had a key to the gate, although he told her otherwise.

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Logging-truck driver airlifted to hospital after Tuesday’s roll-over

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A logging-truck driver suffered undetermined facial, spinal, and rib injuries when his rig rolled into a small creek along Renfrew Road Tuesday afternoon, Shawnigan Lake’s fire chief says. Keith Shields said the 2:30 p.m. mishap, at the bottom of Kapur Hill on Renfrew, saw the loaded truck roll and land in a small creek feeding the Koksilah River. “He’s extremely lucky,” Shields said of the driver …Police were investigating the crash’s cause, but were unavailable for comment by press time Wednesday.

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B.C., CNC team up for job skills training

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

The B.C. government is partnering with the College of New Caledonia campus in Quesnel to help those affected by the recent closure of the Canfor sawmill. The school received $150,000 from the province for job skills training and retraining opportunities. “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, in a press release.

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Concerns raised over changes to timber supply

Salmon Arm Observer
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists are accusing the province of giving away the forests – again.  Opposition erupted May 28, just two days before public input closed on a renewed government proposal to shift the way forest companies are granted logging rights from a system of Timber Supply Areas (TSA) to Tree Farm Licences (TFL). ….But Vivian Thomas, media rep with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, says a two-month public consultation process on the proposal took place from April 1 to May 30 and was led by registered professional forester Jim Snetsinger.

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Mackenzie Fibre Management Corporation passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Mackenzie Fibre Management Corporation in the Mackenzie District found that silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities complied with forest practices legislation, but found two practices that could be improved according to a report released today. “While the majority of Mackenzie Fibre Management’s forest practices were sound, auditors did find that some improvements were required related to soil disturbance and operational planning,” said board chair, Tim Ryan.

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Water bombers needed to control Hanwell forest fire

CBC News
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters from Fredericton, Upper Kingsclear, New Maryland and the Department of Natural Resources were called to battle a forest fire in the Hanwell area on Tuesday night. Mike Mizner, the platoon captain with the Fredericton Fire Department, said the fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. in the woods off of Timothy Drive. When firefighters arrived they were greeted by a column of heavy black smoke rising from the woods. There were no roads leading to the fire. Water bombers were called to assist in knocking down the fire. By the time the water bombers arrived, the fire had grown to the size of a football field, according to Mizner.

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Oregon preparing for strong forest fire season

Statesman Journal
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon officials are predicting a stronger than average forest fire season this year. While rainfall is expected to be about average, temperatures likely will be higher than normal, leading to overall dryer conditions, Nick Yonker, meteorology manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry, told the Board of Forestry on Wednesday morning. “The betting odds are we’re going to have a fire season that’s probably going to be as early as last year if not earlier, and above normal in the south and central part of the state,” Yonker said. The news comes on the heels of the worst fire season in six decades. Last year, 1,139 fires scorched more than 100,000 acres in Oregon, costing an estimated $122 million to fight.

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Alleged conservation collaborators betray their mission

The Missoulian
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two of the select participants in Gov. Steve Bullock’s unannounced, closed meetings to nominate about 5 million acres of Montana’s national public forest for “streamlined” Farm Bill logging have recently published opinions trying to justify Bullock’s then-secret process as well as to excoriate critics. Bruce Farling of Trout Unlimited calls the critics of this backroom deal “pretend” organizations which “disdain working with people who differ with them” and “have filed lawsuits for years” then “retired to backrooms cutting settlements.” Julia Altemus with the Montana Wood Products Association says, “It is rather disingenuous for these people to cry foul now because they were not consulted. They sealed their own fate long ago by choosing the path of obstruction rather than construction.”

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California wildlife officials add grey wolf to endangered list

Associated Press
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. – Gray wolves roaming into California from Oregon will have added protections now that a state board has listed the species as endangered despite other parts of the country relaxing rules on hunting the iconic predator. The California Fish and Game Commission’s vote Wednesday came as biologists announced that an Oregon wolf famous for hopscotching between the two states has fathered pups within about 50 miles (80 kilometres) of the border, making it a matter of time before more wolves make California home.

OR-7 has a growing family from The Mail Tribune

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Oklahoma Forestry Services makes wildfire risk assessment website available for public use

Associated Press
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Forestry Services has rolled out a new website to help homeowners and communities determine their wildfire risk and eliminate potential hazards. The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or SouthWRAP, allows users in Oklahoma and 11 other states to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain. It also routes users to resources that can help them implement practices to address the threats and reduce risks.

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White Mountain National Forest marks Wilderness Act at 50

Concord Monitor
June 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The White Mountain National Forest will help mark 50 years since the Wilderness Act was signed, protecting millions of wild lands in the United States. Events are scheduled all year at the 100-million-plus acres that have Congressional designation under the act that was signed in September 1964. More on the Wilderness Act can be found at wilderness50th.org.

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Turkey, UN sign $10m forestry deal

World Bulletin
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Turkey and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at supporting forestry in the Balkan and African countries. Turkey’s Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroglu and FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva signed the deal, which will provide $10 million for supporting forestry and controlling soil erosion and desertification, at Turkey’s Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry in Ankara on Wednesday. “We will be able to begin and support forestry projects in the Balkan, Central Asian and African countries.”

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More than 2,000 in Nepal hug trees in attempt to set record on World Environment Day

Associated Press
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KATMANDU, Nepal – More than 2,000 people, mostly students wearing their school uniforms, gathered in Nepal’s capital on Thursday in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. Parliament members, office workers and even Buddhist monks also took part in the attempt, joining the students at a park on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The participants said they were trying to set the record to celebrate World Environment Day by spreading awareness about the importance of trees. “Our goal is to set a new world record and at the same time spread the message that trees are important for the environment and everyone,” said Thaneswor Guragai, who co-ordinated the event.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

There is no last-minute scientific solution to fix climate change

Vancouver Sun
June 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – There is no scientific silver bullet that will save the world from the effects of climate change, says a new study. Over the past two years, a team of Canadian and American researchers has evaluated the potential for so-called geo-engineering to address global warming. They looked at approaches already widely in place like forest and soil management, as well as more controversial ideas such as ocean fertilization and solar radiation management. What they found is that none of these — or even all of them together — compare to the impact of reductions in human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ministers announced for International Bioenergy Conference

Prince George Citizen
June 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Next week, the sixth International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition opens at the Prince George Civic Centre, bringing together hundreds of the most knowledgeable and connected minds on the emerging bioenergy sector. Bioenergy is using plants, trees and other organic materials as a source of fuel. The most common commodity is wood pellets. It was announced Tuesday that B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson will officially open the event with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond serving as the closing speaker.

Bioenergy, Not Just About Pellets Anymore from 250 News

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General

SFI to Bring Together Global Forestry and Brand Leaders to Push Forward Health of Future Forests

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
June 5, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Washington (D.C.), Ottawa, ON – In celebration of Canadian Environment Week, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®), today announced it will bring together stakeholders across a broad spectrum – from landowners to brand owners – to discuss and determine actions related to our most important issue globally – our forests. The SFI Annual Conference will be held September 16-18, 2014 in Montreal, Canada and will address green building, advancements in forestry research and other emerging forest issues that help shape North America’s future forests.

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