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Daily Archives: June 12, 2014

Business & Politics

Accused Western Forest Products gunman appears in court briefly

Nanaimo Daily News
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The man accused of shootings that claimed the lives of two workers at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo appeared in court on Tuesday. Kevin Douglas Addison, a former employee of the mill, faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. He made a brief court appearance by video from jail as his legal counsel and Crown agreed to fix a date. The court heard that Addison’s lawyer needs more time to review information from the Crown on the case. The shooting happened just before 7 a.m. on April 30.

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The tale of Downie’s massive wood waste pile

Revelstoke Times Review
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It grew slowly. When the economy was slow, there wasn’t much to it. Then business picked up. Production doubled, and it got bigger and bigger. It wasn’t hugely noticeable at first, but it crept outwards and upwards, eventually towering over everything around it. People started talking about it. “What’s up with it?” they asked. “Are we in danger? Will it devour the town?” “It” being the wood waste pile at Downie Timber that seemingly exploded in size this winter. It could be that I wasn’t paying enough attention, or that I don’t wander the greenbelt in winter, but when the snow melted, the pile revealed itself as this towering, amorphous mass.

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City council defends concessions for mill

Preferential tax rate receives yays and nays
Peak Online
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Powell River’s committee of the whole heard two opposing viewpoints regarding preferential industrial taxation for Catalyst Paper Corporation. The catalyst was the city’s consideration of a continued preferential tax rate for major industry, announced at a special council meeting on Thursday, May 8, for residents to comment on the city’s five-year financial plan. At the meeting on Thursday, June 5, councillors heard first from retired millworker Hans Brennert, who is in favour of industrial tax breaks. 

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Aboriginal protesters continue to block access to mill’s waste pipe

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

ABERCROMBIE POINT, N.S. — Aboriginal protesters in Nova Scotia will continue to block access to a paper mill’s broken wastewater pipe, says the community’s chief. Chief Andrea Paul of the Pictou Landing First Nation says she wants the premier’s office and Northern Pulp, which runs the mill, to devise a plan to close the treatment plant in Boat Harbour, N.S., and undertake a site cleanup. Paul says until that happens, protesters will continue preventing heavy equipment from using an access road to fix the underground pipe, which they say broke near a Mi’kmaq burial site.

Protestors demand Boat Harbour cleanup after pulp mill leak from Nova News Now

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Fire Chief: Wood Dust May Have Caused Plum Creek Explosion

Plum Creek officials say fiberboard plant will be closed for at least a month
Flathead Beacon
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Columbia Falls fire chief says wood dust is the likely cause of Tuesday afternoon’s explosion and fire at the Plum Creek Timber Co.’s fiberboard plant. Company officials however say the cause of the blast is still under investigation. “Fine wood is a combustible material and if you get a spark it will light just like natural gas,” Fire Chief Rick Hagen said Wednesday afternoon. Hagen said wood dust fires and explosions are not uncommon and the Columbia Falls Fire Department has responded to smaller wood dust explosions at the plant in years past.

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China’s softwood log imports up 24% in 2013

Lesprom
June 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s softwood log imports in 2013 amounted to 33.16 million cubic metres valued at $5.114 billion, up 24% in volume and 37% in value over 2012, according to ITTO. China’s imports of softwood logs are mainly from Russia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine and European countries. The combined imports from these countries accounted for over 90% of all softwood log imports in 2013. China’s softwood log imports in 2013 from the listed countries increased except for Russia where imports fell 9% to 9.29 million cubic metres yea- on-year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cheese world fears crackdown on wood boards

Associated Press
June 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Aging cheese on wood boards is a common practice among artisan cheesemakers at home and overseas. Now, some in the industry are worried regulators may crack down on it. In recent communication to the New York regulators, the Food and Drug Administration noted that wood shelves and boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized, and as such, do not conform to a particular regulation regarding plant equipment and utensils. The federal agency also noted that “proper cleaning and sanitation of equipment and facilities are absolutely necessary to ensure that pathogens do not find niches to reside and proliferate.”

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Forestry

Judgement reserved in Perry Ridge contempt case

Nelson Star
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A BC Supreme Court judge will announce June 24 whether he thinks a Sinixt woman violated a court injunction and should be found in criminal contempt. Marilyn James was arrested March 4 on the Perry Ridge forest service road in the Slocan Valley for allegedly breaching an injunction granted the previous day to Galena Contracting which prevented anyone from blocking the road. A co-accused, Dennis Zarelli, pled guilty and received a 14-day conditional sentence. James, however, denies obstructing the company, which had a contract to extend the road for BC Timber Sales.

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Tsilhqot’in agreement renewal builds on resource management success

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
BC Government
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WILLIAMS LAKE – A renewed agreement between the Tsilhqot’in Nation and the provincial government will enhance government-to-government engagement on land and resource management and provide greater investor certainty in the Cariboo. B.C continues to fulfill its obligations to consult on potential impacts to Aboriginal rights and title and recognizes the importance of working with the Tsilhqot’in Nation in a respectful manner.

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Martin Mars pilot enjoys new role flying Hercules

Alberni Valley Times
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dev Salkeld and the rest of the Coulson Flying Tankers crew have made a seamless transition from the Martin Mars water bomber to the C-130Q Hercules on the U.S. Forest Service contract. Salkeld, back on Vancouver Island for a short stay from fighting fires with the Hercules in California, said the season did not begin slow at all. “When we first got down there, it was 105 degrees Fahrenheit,” Salkeld said of his May start in California, when the crew left from Reno, Nevada to San Bernadino, Calif. “And so you can imagine, it was pretty ripe for a fire situation.”

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Take specific actions to prepare for wildland fire

The Missoulian
June 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildland fire management has been an indispensable element of natural resource management. But, in today’s changing environment, it has become firmly intertwined in the mix of social, ecological, and management requirements and needs. Wildland fires today more frequently occur in areas where structures and human development blend with undeveloped wildlands – the wildland urban interface. The results of past trends and actions have caused changes across all fire-environments, with the WUI environment serving as a microcosm of magnification of its seriousness.

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Fire danger level will rise to high on Monday

Mail Tribune
June 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The fire danger level in Jackson and Josephine counties will rise to high on Monday, June 16, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported. The agency reports the move will affect 1.8 million acres in Southern Oregon, a mixture of state, private, county, city and BLM lands. Several restrictions come with the upped level. Debris pile and barrel burning are no longer allowed and fireworks are banned in on forestland. Additionally, use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited. 

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Timber sale near Townsend moves forward

Helena Independent Record
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After almost 10 years of planning, appeals and litigation, a nearly 2,900-acre timber sale and forest restoration project will move forward near Townsend. …“Forest specialists have worked tirelessly over the last nine years to develop this community-based and public-supported project; and then to work equally as hard to provide all of the necessary information throughout the appeals and litigation phases,” Forest Supervisor Bill Avey said.

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US Forest Service teaming up with the state to slow spread of gypsy moths in southwest Va.

The Associated Press
June 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ROANOKE, Virginia — The U.S. Forest Service is teaming up with the state to slow the spread of gypsy moths in southwest Virginia. Starting next week, aircraft will take to the skies to begin treating 30,500 acres in Carroll, Bland, Floyd, Patrick and Wythe counties. The Forest Service says the treatments should be completed in a day or two. The aircraft will fly about 150 feet above the tree tops. They’ll release tiny green flakes containing gypsy moth pheromone normally produced by female moths prior to mating. 

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Warnell researchers win writing award from national forestry association

University of Warnell
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Three Warnell School researchers have won a national writing award for their analysis of how the timber harvesting industry in two states changed over the past 25 years. Dale Greene and Shawn Baker, both in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, accepted the 2014 National Technical Writing Award from the Forest Resources Association recently. Samantha Marchman, lead author of the paper and a graduate student in Warnell when the research was conducted, is now a resource forester for Plum Creek in Crossett, Arkansas.

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Timber processor Ta Ann supports World Heritage extension in Tasmania

ABC News
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber processor Ta Ann Tasmania says it supported the extension of Tasmania’s wilderness area, and will not use any timber from the extended area if the Federal Government is successful in its bid to delist the area. The Government is attempting to have the 74,000 ha of World Heritage wilderness de-listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Doha next week. Speaking at the sod-turning of a $21 million Ta Ann expansion, partly funded by the Commonwealth Government, General Manager Greg Hickey said the company has secured timber supply, through the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

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

Bangor Daily News
June 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

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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