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Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

Business & Politics

North American lumber exports to Asia fell sharply in March amid port strike

The Canadian Press
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL – North American lumber exports to Asia were down sharply in March, held back by a Vancouver port strike, according to a U.S.-based trade industry association which found exports to China fell nearly 42 per cent from the prior year while exports to Japan plummeted 59 per cent. However, the Western Wood Products Association said improvements in North American markets meant that overall shipments by Canadian and U.S. producers were down just 1.9 per cent year over year. 

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Plan beyond resource boom

The Star Phoenix
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s difficult to ignore the sobering conclusions of a respected Saskatchewan academic think tank, even though many areas covered in its recent report might seem familiar. “Saskatchewan may be living on borrowed time,” warn academics who authored the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy’s report entitled Innovation in Saskatchewan. “While labour productivity is advancing, capital productivity and multifactor productivity are both declining, which will undercut the capacity of the province to generate the incomes and quality of life residents expect when the commodity price cycle continues.”

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Prince Rupert fined $50K for toxic spill from old Skeena Cellulose site

Canadian Press
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE RUPERT — The City of Prince Rupert has been fined $50,000 by Environment Canada for the illegal discharge of chemicals into the ocean from the old Skeena Cellulose pulp mill. The city pleaded guilty last week to violating the Fisheries Act. More than three years ago a toxic product from the pulp-making process was spilled from the Watson Island pulp mill site into Porpoise Harbour. An Environment Canada investigation found that the substance called weak black liquor is toxic to rainbow trout and charges were laid last December.

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UPDATED: Leak shuts down Pictou County pulp plant, protesters from Pictou Landing First Nations at the scene

Nova News
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the first time in a long time, there was no plume coming out of Northern Pulp at Abercrombie, Pictou County June 10, but for those who have longed to see the pollution from the pulp mill stopped, it was only the sign of something worse. The cause of the closure was a leak: effluent was running from a broken pipe and flowing into the water that feeds into Pictou Harbour. The leak was detected near the pipe’s landfall on the Pictou Landing side of the East River around 7 a.m., sparking a shut down of the mill and a protest by the Pictou Landing First Nation.

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Northern Pulp mill shut down due to effluent leak

Leak detected around 7 a.m. near the pipe’s landfall on the Pictou Landing side of the East River
CBC News
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A leak in an effluent pipe at the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou County has forced the shutdown of the mill. The leak was detected at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday near the pipe’s landfall on the Pictou Landing side of the East River. The mill was shut down to allow Northern Pulp to assess the situation. Environment Minister Randy Delorey said while early reports suggest there is no serious environmental damage, the amount of leaked material is still being investigated. “As far as I know it has leaked through some wetland space,” he said. 

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Workers safe after blasts, fire at Montana plant

Associated Press
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. — Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said. Residents near Plum Creek Timber Co.’s medium-density fiberboard plant reported that two or three loud explosions shook their homes about 3 p.m. Fire departments and emergency officials from across Flathead County responded to the fire, which was still belching thick plumes of smoke late in the afternoon.

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Georgia-Pacific buys Louisiana mill

Atlanta Business Chronicle
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific bought a chip mill in Bernice, La., from Hunt Forest Products Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The chip mill produces “clean chips” from logs that have been debarked before the chipping process and are used to make paper products. “We view this acquisition as a long-term investment that expands our access to wood and fiber supply in the region,” said Mike Adams, senior vice president of sourcing for Georgia-Pacific.

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New opportunities arise from the British lumber market

RW/IHB
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

What is the country with the most dynamic economy in Europe today? If you answer UK, you win. The latest indices confirm the British upturn for more than one year now. Growth jumped 0.8% in the first quarter of 2014, and forecasts estimate a +3% rise in GDP for the whole 2014. Unemployment fell to 7.2%, the lowest since 2007. At the same time, property prices have increased by 10.9% in one year, so much that the British even begin to fear of a housing bubble. 

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Review panel misses accident root causes

By The Forest Industry Contractors Association
Scoop Independent News
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) has slammed the consultation document prepared by the Independent Forest Safety Review for a lack of health and safety credibility. There is a glaring lack of root cause analysis and factual data as a …Review panel misses accident root causes The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) has slammed the consultation document prepared by the Independent Forest Safety Review for a lack of health and safety credibility. There is a glaring lack of root cause analysis and factual data as a basis for discussions with forestry workers.

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First sod turned on construction of new Ta Ann plywood mill in Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Premier has turned the first sod on construction of a new plywood mill in the state’s north-west. About 200 jobs are expected to be created through the construction and operation of the mill next to Ta Ann’s existing Smithton factory. Half of the $15 million investment comes from a Federal Government grant connected to the Tasmanian forests agreement.

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Japanese firms importing illegal Russian timber

New report reveals how Japan’s imports of Chinese wood products fuel illegal logging in Russia’s eastern forests
PR Newswire
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TOKYO – Significant quantities of illegal timber products from the forests of Siberia and the Russian Far East are flowing into Japan, according to a new report by the US-based nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). While the United States and European Union have recently enacted new policies that prohibit the import of illegally sourced wood and wood products and require companies to conduct heightened due diligence in their sourcing practices, Japan’s failure to enact similar measures makes it an open market for illegal timber products from around the world.

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China’s timber production increased 2 per cent in 2013

Pulp and Paper News
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The proportion of domestic to imported timber in 2013 was 51:49. China’s timber production increased 2% to 83.67 million cubic metres in 2013. Timber imports (logs and sawnwood) rose 18% to 79.16 million cubic metres log equivalent and the value of China’s timber imports grew 26% to $16.1 billion in 2013, according to ITTO.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. investing $2.14 million to put wood first

Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Forestry Innovation Investment
BC Government
June 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND – The B.C. government is investing $2.14 million to advance the use of wood in British Columbia with a focus on expanding the use of wood in non-residential construction, strengthening manufacturing capabilities, and positioning B.C. as a global leader in wood design technologies. Funding is being provided to industry trade associations and research institutions with proven records in wood products marketing, training, wood products development and research.

BC Announces Support for FPInnovations Research Through Wood First Program from FPInnovations

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New International Wood Packaging Standard Stops Bugs Dead in their Tracks

USDA Blog
June 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood makes great packaging material—it’s inexpensive, abundant and versatile—but there’s one drawback: destructive forest pests stowaway in the pallets, crates and dunnage (wood used to brace cargo) used in international shipping. …But an international standard for wood packaging material is slowing the inadvertent export of invasive bark- and wood-boring insects, according to a study conducted by Robert Haack, a research entomologist with the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Lansing, Mich., and a team of scientists.

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Forestry

Logging, restoration project starts near Townsend

Associated Press
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont.— A 2,900-acre logging and forest-restoration project is starting this week on the Helena National Forest near Townsend. The Cabin Gulch Vegetation Treatment Project includes timber harvest, prescribed burning, road improvements and temporary road building, the Independent Record reports. The U.S. Forest Service says the work is needed because of a lack of tree diversity and age that makes the forest susceptible to insect and disease infestation that would result in the increased risk of wildfire.

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Investigators: Two Bulls wildfire human caused

KOIN 6
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. — According to an evening update from the Central Oregon Fire Information Center, firefighters made “good progress” Monday and contained 25% of the wildfire in Central Oregon. Meanwhile, a joint investigation to locate the origin and cause of the fires that made up the Two Bulls fire revealed Monday that the fires were human caused. A team of investigators from the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Range Fire Protection Association, and Oregon Department of Forestry determined the cause.

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Droves of Western tent caterpillars setting up camp in Columbia County

TDN.com
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Residents around Rainier and Clatskanie may think they’ve been hit by a plague. Millions of Western tent caterpillars have descended on northern Columbia County, leaving behind wide swaths of bare trees… This year’s population in Columbia County has been one of the highest in the last two decades, according to Chip Bubl of Oregon State University Extension Service. No similar outbreak has been reported on the Washington side of the Columbia, but they’re so thick in Oregon that one caller to the OSU office described filling five-gallon buckets full of caterpillars by cleaning the gutters.

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Paying to fight forest fires eats into regular budget

The Missoulian
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Paying for forest fires pre-empted lots of U.S. Forest Service work last year, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mine cleanup work in the Ninemile Ranger District and partnership arrangements with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks were among the western Montana jobs dropped in 2013 when the federal agency had to redirect $505 million of its annual budget for fire suppression. The Forest Service also pulled $440 million away from its regular budget in 2012.

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Letter: Maybe owls’ decline isn’t due to harvesting

Statesman Journal
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The June 1 guest opinion by Michael Cairns is filled with errors. He states that spotted owls are like a canary in a coal mine and without them our forests would be “unhealthy for humans.”  I would suggest that a forest destroyed by fire is not healthy for humans. Owl numbers have been declining at about 3 percent each year with basically no federal harvests for the past 20 years. Maybe it was not harvesting that caused the decline. Federal forests did increase in the ’60s and ’70s; they were not exceeding the sustained yield of these lands.

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Groups file lawsuit for listing of rare wolf

Associated Press
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three conservation groups have sued to force a federal agency to decide whether a rare Alaska wolf should be listed as endangered. A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Alexander Archipelago wolves, a subspecies of gray wolves that lives in old-growth forest of southeast Alaska, is 18 months overdue, said Rebecca Noblin, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. The center, Greenpeace and The Boat Company, a nonprofit educational organization that offers eco-cruises in southeast Alaska, sued Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

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Two Bulls wildfire: Fire 40 percent contained, officials say

The Oregonian
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire in Two Bulls that scorched more than 6,900 acres was 40 percent contained by Tuesday night, fire officials said. Firefighters faced difficult weather conditions while battling the flames Tuesday, said Chris Friend, public information officer for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “The fire held very well even though we had pretty good winds here,” Friend said.

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Vanuatu forest staff to undertake Santo inventory

Radio New Zealand News
June 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest inventory is to be conducted on Vanuatu’s largest island, Santo. Ten staff at the forestry department are this week receiving training to carry out the inventory. The trainer is Bjoern Hecht from Germany’s agency for International Cooperation; he is also a Pacific regional advisor on the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme. Mr Hecht spoke with our correspondent Hilaire Bule who began by asking him if Vanuatu has managed its forests well since the last inventory in Santo was conducted, in 1991.

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Forest contractors paid to leave the industry under the Tasmanian Forests Agreement seek to return

ABC News, Australia
June 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government says some Tasmanian forest contractors who have received a grant to leave the industry want to return. Under the Tasmanian Forests Agreement, also known as the forest peace deal, the former federal Labor government provided $45 million in exit grants. However, now the deal is being dismantled by the new state Liberal government, some of the 87 contractors whose grant applications were approved have had a change of heart.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. provides host money to international bioenergy conference

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
BC Government
June 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – The Province of British Columbia is investing $10,000 to help host an international bioenergy conference beginning in Prince George tomorrow. The sixth International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition runs June 11-13, 2014, at the Prince George Civic Centre, with Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, opening and Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, closing the conference. About 450 participants are expected.

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General

While Maine spins its wheels on wood pellet exports, our neighbors are eating our lunch

BDN Maine
June 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Maine lags behind its neighbors, even at what it does best. In 2013, the port of Baltimore experienced significant growth in pulp and wood product exports, setting a record. Furthermore, the Canadian government and biomass giant Enviva, with manufacturing facilities located throughout the Southeastern U.S., are closely eyeing future opportunities with wood pellets, biomass and pulp — traditionally economic strong suits for Maine. But what our neighbors to the north and south are doing is quite the opposite of what we in Maine are doing. 

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