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Daily Archives: June 16, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Iowa Man’s Cadillac Burns Wood To Burn Rubber

Huffington Post
June 11, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

When Herb Hartman wants to fuel up his prized 1991 Cadillac, he heads to the chopping block, not the gas station. Hartman, a retired machinist in Woodward, Iowa, has attached a so-called gasifier to the back of the car that turns lumber into gas. It only cost him $700 to attach the large tank to the Caddy and his friend supplies wood so he’s able to go joyriding on a budget, according to WHO-TV. He still needs the gas engine in order to start the car though. “A full hopper will go about fifty miles depending on how you drive it,” he told the station.

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Business & Politics

Luring young workers to Northern B.C. proves tough

Globe and Mail
June 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Five years ago, the town of Mackenzie was the archetype of British Columbia’s struggling resource communities. Every one of its six forest product mills was closed, and despite millions of dollars in government aid, almost a quarter of the town’s residents left, leaving empty classrooms and vacant homes in their wake. Today, Mackenzie’s population has recovered and it now has a different labour problem: It cannot attract enough workers.

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Conifex Not Ready To Decide on Mackenzie Mill Plan

250 News
June 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Conifex Timber Inc is not ready to make a decision on its Mackenzie sawmill. …The decision all depends on the fibre supply, and Conifex V.P. Pat Bell says the fibre supply question has not yet been answered. “The Chief Forester still hasn’t made the determination on whether to lift the AAC (Annual Allowable Cut) in Mackenzie or not” says Bell, “We need to have a clear understanding of that prior to making any commitments on moving forward on a new mill.” Bell says the company is taking steps to be prepared to make a decision once that fibre supply issue is clear “We think the opportunity is very real in Mackenzie.

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N.S. likely liable for cleanup at Northern Pulp’s Boat Harbour site

Chronicle Herald
June 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia taxpayer appears to be legally liable for all costs associated with the cleanup and possibly the replacement of Northern Pulp’s Boat Harbour waste treatment facility. In 1995, the province signed an indemnity agreement with the Abercrombie Point kraft pulp plant’s former owners, Scott Maritimes Ltd., that makes it responsible for all liabilities associated with the treatment site that the Pictou Landing First Nation is fighting to have shut down.

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Business owners weigh in on mill’s presence

Truro Daily News
June 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU LANDING – Although the day began with feelings of betrayal for protesters at Indian Cross Point, it quickly turned into an outpouring of support. …The arrival of a 15-car convoy from Pictou tourism operators and residents was a sight for their sore eyes, honking their horns and carrying more food than the group could eat. “The impact on businesses, tourism business, is very significant as a result of the mill. A lot of the time it’s fine, a lot of the time it isn’t. It makes it impossible to operate,” Anne Emmett, chair of the Hector Quay Society and owner of The Braeside Inn, said about why they were there.

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Bearing failure caused fiberboard plant fire

Associated Press
June 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL, Mont. — Plum Creek Timber Co. officials say a bearing failure led to the explosions and fire at the company’s fiberboard plant in Columbia Falls. Plum Creek spokeswoman Kate Tate said Friday that a catastrophic failure of a bearing on a raw material feed line ignited both wood fiber and the belt last Tuesday. Tate tells the Daily Inter Lake that heat from the fire ignited the insulation on a duct pipe carrying wood fiber, which then caused the fiber on the inside to catch fire.

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Paper and pulp mills in Maine seeking relief from tax burden

If mill valuations drop, residents of mill towns across the state could see with higher tax bills.
Portland Press Herald
June 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Several companies operating paper and pulp mills in towns across Maine say the local tax bills they’re paying are more than the buildings, property and equipment are worth to an industry that provides jobs for thousands and makes up a significant portion of the state’s tax base. Some of the companies, such as Sappi Fine Paper in Skowhegan and Madison Paper Industries in Madison, are negotiating the assessments with the towns that determine their property tax bills. The mills say they should be paying less.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

‘En-Tree-preneurs’: 3 Companies Offering Sustainable Tech Gadgets From Wood

Forbes
June 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

In the face of our “e-waste crisis,” many technology companies are trying to create more sustainable products. Some, like Apple, offer free recycling programs. But even if our devices can be recycled, the materials going into most of our electronics (and their accessories) are not sustainably sourced. Enter a new generation of en-TREE-preneurs — innovators using sustainably sourced wood to create everything from iPhone cases to wooden speaker systems. 

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All-wood B.C. building sets green standard

Globe and Mail
June 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nine months into construction, crews in Prince George, B.C., have unveiled the facade of the first high-rise built entirely of wood. Standing 30 metres high, the Wood Innovation Design Centre at 5th Avenue and George Street will be the tallest modern all-wood building in the world when it’s completed. “Once we leave the ground, there’s nothing but wood,” said the building’s architect, Michael Green. “It’s a really unique project from that point of view.” The province gave Mr. Green’s firm special permission to build the university and office space as a pilot project outside the rules of British Columbia’s building code, which has a six-storey limit for wood construction.

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From terrace to table, city envisions a ‘locavore lumber’ movement

The Capital Times
June 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

All around Madison, residents are watching as yellow dots appear on their local ash trees, a sign that the invasive emerald ash borer has arrived. …For the majority of cut ash trees, the city plans to mulch them. What doesn’t become animal bedding for cattle could be used as “safety surfacing” for some of the city’s 172 playgrounds. …Another option for the ash is rough-cut or milled lumber. The city has received a two-year, $25,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources to hire a portable sawmill and “test the market for lumber from urban trees.”

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Forestry

Nanaimo safety inspector doubles as top performer in women’s timber sport events

Nanaimo Daily News
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — One of the world’s top “lumberjills” now hails from Nanaimo. Just weeks after returning from a competition in Australia, Anita Jezowski is gearing up for another timber sports contest this weekend in Alberta. Jezowski, a safety inspector for Island Health, is a world-class competitor in timber sports that require quick and efficient use of axes, handsaws and chainsaws. It’s a sport that has been dominated by men until recent years, with women like Jezowski successfully leading the charge to participate in national and international competitions.

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Manitoba conservation groups call for more protected areas in boreal forest

Canadian Press
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG – Two environmental groups are calling for more protection of the boreal forest in northern Manitoba which they describe as an important animal habitat and key protector of water quality. A report by Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Boreal Songbird Initiative calls for 50 per cent of the forest to be protected from development. It suggests the other half could be developed cautiously with an eye to ecosystem protection. “We know that development is definitely going to take place and we’re not saying, ‘Hey, halt development,'” said Christopher Smith of Ducks Unlimited. “There’s still lots of room for development, but there’s also lots of room to consider protection as well.”

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Statement of support issued for NB forestry plan

Canada NewsWire
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor has issued a statement in strong support of New Brunswick’s provincial forestry plan saying that investment in the sector is vital for communities and good jobs across the province. “The forestry industry has undergone a huge transition over the last decade and we saw a third of the jobs in this sector disappear across the country,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The forestry industry plays a vital role in the New Brunswick economy in particular. If we are serious about growing the local economy, creating and maintaining good jobs, and having a stable and sustainable industry, we have to think strategically about our resource management and we believe that’s what has been done here.”

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New Crown forest policy opposed by 61% in survey

Researchers at UNB’s faculty of forestry and environmental management commissioned poll of 525 N.B. residents
CBC News
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Opposition to the Alward government’s new forest policy is running three times greater than support for the initiative, according to a new survey conducted for researchers at the University of New Brunswick. The survey of 525 New Brunswickers found 61 per cent either strongly opposed or opposed the new Crown forest strategy, compared to 20 per cent who strongly supported or supported the initiative.

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Conservation group wants to buy burned forest

Associated Press
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. — A conservation group says the wildfire that burned more than 10 square miles of private timberland outside Bend has not dampened its desire to buy the property. The Two Bulls fire broke out last Saturday on forest owned by Cascade Timberlands. Although it threatened hundreds of scattered rural homes west of Bend, firefighters managed to stop its spread, and on Friday it was 70 percent contained. Investigators have said it was caused by people, but have not said whether it was deliberately set or an accident. The Bulletin newspaper reports that Deschutes Land Trust has long been interested in buying the property to create a Skyline Forest.

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Two Bulls wildfire near Bend contained

Associated Press
June 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bend, Ore. — The Two Bulls wildfire northwest of Bend has been contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry says about 100 people remained on the lines Saturday, along with two helicopters, nine engines, two bulldozers and two water tenders. A transition team will recover equipment and extinguish any remaining hot spots. No evacuation levels remain in effect, but Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed.

Two Bulls wildfire: Blaze is 90 percent contained, costs reach $5.7 million from The Oregonian

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Judge permits timber harvest that environmentalists claim threatens marbled murrelet in Clallam and Jefferson counties

Peninsula Daily News
June 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — A Jefferson County judge has rejected a request for a temporary injunction against a state-approved harvest of 234 acres of timber on the West End adjacent to habitat of the threatened marbled murrelet. After an hourlong presentation last week from attorneys on both sides of the issue, Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Keith Harper ruled against the plaintiffs, permitting the timber harvest by Interfor, which has mills in Forks and Port Angeles. The judge ruled Friday that the area in question is outside of the murrelet’s habitat and that the plaintiffs could have filed an action in advance of the beginning of the logging operation, which had been scheduled to begin Saturday.

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Future plans for Missoula’s urban forest discussed

KPAX
June 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – The Missoula Parks and Conservation committee held a discussion last week about the upcoming master plan for Missoula’s urban forest. The plan on what to do with Missoula’s more than 29,000 trees will not be finished until foresters finalize the results of a survey they sent out in April. Committee members are trying to figure out what to do with the dead and dying trees in the area, and how they can be replaced. The survey was mailed to a random selection of 1,000 Missoula residents, and the results will allow the city’s urban foresters to compose a 20-year plan for the urban forest.

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Worsening fire trends fuel urgency for plans

The Missoulian
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The West’s upcoming wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far is not adequate to prepare for these developments. Already, wildland firefighting costs the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management an average of $3 billion per year; triple the amount from a decade ago. At least a third of the bill goes to defend private homes.

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Redwood poaching spreads to national forests

Associated Press
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon. The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwood trees, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations. The poaching has been a problem in Northern California’s Redwood National and State Parks for years. Two men recently were convicted in a case there after rangers tracked slabs cut from a tree by chain saw to a redwood burl shop. Wendell Wood of the conservation group Oregon Wild says he was out hiking recently and found two redwood trees with burls cut off.

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Crews race weather in Central California wildfire

Associated Press
June 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said. The fire burning in and around the Sequoia National Forest doubled in size overnight and came within a mile of a community about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield where sheriff’s deputies walked the streets with bullhorns and knocked on doors as they urged residents to evacuate, authorities said.

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Bitterroot Forest’s Gil Gale receives award for work on invasive species

Ravalli Republic
June 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot National Forest’s Gil Gale was recently recognized nationally for his dedicated leadership in controlling and managing invasive species threatening national forest lands. While honored, Gale said the award really recognizes the work by many people from all different walks of life who decided to make a difference in keeping noxious weeds and other invasive life forms at bay. “That’s what this is really all about,” Gale said. “The value of an award like this one is that it gives exposure and emphasis to that effort.”

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Beetle-killed trees pose fire danger in Uintas

Uinta County Herald
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EVANSTON — Carl Larson, director of the Uinta County Citizen Coalition, knows just how bad the fire danger is in the Uinta Mountains due to all the beetle-killed trees. Right now roughly 90 percent of the forest is made up of mountain pine beetle-killed trees and they are very dry. “It could be high but with the El Niño moving around over Wyoming and parts of Utah, there could be above average precipitation,” Larson said in a recent interview. Weather forecasts are painting a different picture. 

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Commercial Logging of State Land Taken Up Again By Senate Committee

NJSpotlight
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Advocates contend ‘limited harvesting’ could improve health of woodlands, oponents call commercial presence a violation of public trust The Legislature is poised to take another crack at allowing commercial logging on more than a million acres of New Jersey’s forests. The issue deeply split the state’s environmental community when it was approved in the previous legislative session, but it ended up dying after being conditionally vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie.

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Protecting rainforests could sequester equivalent of a third of global emissions annually

Mongabay.com
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Eliminating deforestation, peatlands and forest degradation, and forest fires in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues a new study published in Global Change Biology. The research, authored by John Grace and Edward Mitchard of the University of Edinburgh and Emanuel Gloor of the University of Leeds, analyzed various emissions sources and sinks across the tropics.

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Rally calls for Tas forest protection

The Australian
June 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

OPPONENTS of the Abbott government’s bid to wind back Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness have rallied outside state parliament. THE protest aims to pressure the government ahead of a World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar, from Sunday.The rally called on the World Heritage Committee to follow the recommendations of its expert advisors and reject the government’s application when it meets in Doha next week. “(The federal government’s) primary argument is that it is so degraded by logging that it detracts from the rest of the property,” Wilderness Society Tasmania campaign director, Vica Bayley, told AAP.

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Forestry’s GDP role stressed by report

Gisborne Herald
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE importance of the forestry sector to the Gisborne-East Coast economy has been highlighted by a government report that says the sector is primarily responsible for the district’s rising GDP. The 2014 Regional Economic Activity Report said the district’s GDP rose by 27.7 percent above the national movement, between 2007 and 2013 “largely due to growth in the forestry industry”. Employment in the forestry sector increased by 7.1 percent in the 10 years to 2013. Regional development minister Steven Joyce, releasing the second annual report, said Gisborne’s natural resources could improve living standards and economic opportunities across the district.

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Unesco to rule on Tasmania forest and Great Barrier Reef

BBC News
June 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An Australian plan to chop down 74,000 hectares of protected Tasmanian forest for timber will be discussed at a UN cultural organisation meeting which begins on Sunday in Qatar. The Tasmanian forest is part of a Unesco World Heritage Site, but the Australian government wants this status revoked so logging can begin. Thousands of people in Tasmania protested against the move on Saturday. The government says the area is degraded as it has been logged before.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report highlights benefits of coal to biomass conversions

Biomass Magazine
June 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

A new report published by FutureMetrics shows that converting old coal plants to burn wood pellets provides a ready-to-go solution for meeting carbon mitigation goals while creating jobs. The white paper, authored by FutureMetrics President William Strauss, discusses the costs of fuel switching to pellets compared to the costs of other pathways to lower carbon emissions. The paper is titled, “A Cost Effective, Job Creating, and Ready to Deploy Strategy for Baseload Dispatchable Low Carbon Power Generation.” 

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City may get $60M pellet plant

Construction of TimberWest facility would see 80 short-term construction jobs, plus 60 indirect jobs.
Nanaimo Daily News
June 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western forestry giant Timber-West is considering a $60-million pellet manufacturing facility on Vancouver Island near Nanaimo. Construction on the project could begin as early as the fourth quarter of this year with production expected to begin during the following 12 months, company president and CEO Brian Frank told a Nanaimo business audience Wednesday. It is estimated the facility would produce 200,000 tonnes of pellets per year made from leftover fibre material sourced from the forestry and manufacturing sectors, including the company’s own forestry operations.

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Bioenergy sector set to take forestry into the future

Prince George Citizen
June 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the ups and downs of forestry as a commodity-based industry, the bioenergy sector is poised to take it in a futuristic direction. That message emerged from a number of expert observers during the early discussions at the 2014 International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition, which finishes today at the Prince George Civic Centre. BC Bioenergy Network executive director Michael Weedon said “we are blessed with an abundance here” of the basic material used in bioenergy: trees.

Bioenergy conference talks fibre supply from The Prince George Citizen

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Biomass ‘value-subtracted’

Letter by Richard Pelot
Chronicle Journal
June 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Upon reading guest column by Jerry Dias, I felt I must comment (Canada Urgently Needs National Forestry Policy — CJ, June 8). I am a small, independent, cut-to-length contractor who started out harvesting in 1972. I agree with Dias’ assertion of a strengthened, high-value forestry policy to ensure forestry is an increasingly value-added industry. Sadly, we are a long way from that. The latest touted saviour to industry has been biomass. This is value-subtracted, not -added, and is reflected in reduced Crown stumpage fees for a lower product.

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Tropical deforestation rates and related carbon losses from 1990 to 2010

Global Change Biology
June 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The JRC recently published a paper in Global Change Biology on tropical deforestation rates and carbon losses over the past two decades. Using satellite imagery, JRC-IES scientists estimated the changes in forest cover (deforestation and forest regrowth) in the tropics for the periods 1990-2000 and 2000-2010. These results were combined with recent pan-tropical biomass maps to estimate carbon losses. The analysis showed a gross loss of tropical forests, mainly humid forests, of 8.0 million hectares per year in the 1990s and 7.6 million hectares per year in the 2000s.

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General

Worsening fire trends fuel urgency for plans

The Missoulian
June 13, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The West’s upcoming wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far is not adequate to prepare for these developments. Already, wildland firefighting costs the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management an average of $3 billion per year; triple the amount from a decade ago. 

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