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Daily Archives: June 17, 2014

Business & Politics

Forest industry report card: progress made on ambitious goals of Vision2020

Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
June 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today released its first report card on Vision2020, Pathways to Prosperity?it shows progress on the three parameters of products, environmental performance and people and issues a call to action to build on the momentum to date. “I’m pleased to say our efforts began to bear fruit during the first two years of our ten year Vision plan for jobs, growth and continuous improvement in the industry’s environmental record,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

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Boat Harbour waste plant to close in deal to end blockade

Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul says deal a “victory” for band
CBC News
June 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation is hailing an “historic” deal with the Nova Scotia government that will see the province take steps to close the pulp mill waste treatment plant in Boat Harbour that’s been the centre of protests. The agreement in principle ends a blockade set up by protesters last week after effluent from Northern Pulp was discovered leaking from a pipeline running between the mill and the treatment facility. “We will be at the table with the province to make sure the treatment facility will be closed as soon as possible,” Andrea Paul, chief of Pictou Landing First Nation, said in a statement.

Nova Scotia reaches deal with First Nation community on wastewater cleanup from The Globe and Mail
Pictou Landing votes to accept government offer, dismantle blockade from The Truro Daily News
Pictou Landing chief hails Boat Harbor clean up “victory” from the Chronicle Herald

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FPInnovations and Kruger celebrate dedication of cellulose filament demonstration plant

Cutting-edge facility makes Canada a global leader in CF production
Canada Newswire press release
June 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TROIS-RIVIÈRES – FPInnovations and Kruger Inc. today dedicated the world’s first cellulose filament (CF) demonstration plant at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill. …The five ton/day plant will provide enough CF tonnage to permit commercialization and application development. CF is a new material extracted from wood pulp fibres that is revolutionary because of its unique properties. CF has major potential for Canada’s forest sector because of its wide range of applications from existing paper products to new products.

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Northern Pulp effluent leak protests hit Halifax

CBC News
June 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

About a dozen protesters marched outside of the provincial environment office in downtown Halifax Monday morning. The demonstrators marched at the corner of Barrington and Duke streets in support of Pictou Landing First Nation in their protest against the province over effluent dumped from Northern Pulp into Boat Harbour. A leak in an effluent pipe at the mill in Pictou County forced an indefinite shutdown of the plant last week. 

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Kenora mayor open to talks with First Nations

Kenora Online
June 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield is hoping for a local solution to the region’s economic impasse. “I’d really like to see the communities sit down with the forest companies — Miisun, Miitigoog, the forest management company for the Kenora and Whiskey Jack Forest — sit down and come up with some solutions that are good for around here. There are a lot of jobs that are locked up in that forest,” he said. In recent weeks, Grassy Narrows, Shoal Lake 39 and Wabauskang have all elected new leaders. In their recent vote, Wabauskang First Nation elected a new chief.

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Growing Worker Shortage Looms Over Logging Industry’s Future

Nashville Public Radio
June 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Timber is big business in Tennessee. About $1 billion dollars’ worth of the state’s tree products are shipped abroad every year. But within the industry, there is concern that there may soon be too few loggers to keep the profession going. The Redfern family has been working the state’s forests for four generations, but it isn’t sure it will see a fifth. Michael Redfern, 57, runs a three-man operation with his two sons on a 25-acre property in Cedar Hill, near Tennessee’s northern border with Kentucky. 

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Rentech Expands Wood Chipping Capacity and Processing Services in Chile

Business Wire
June 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Rentech, Inc. today announced a new long-term processing agreement between its subsidiaries, Fulghum Fibres Chile (Fulghum), Forestal Pacifico and Forestal Los Andes, and Astillas Exportaciones Limitada (Astex Ltda.), the Chilean subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation. The new processing agreement would expand the volume of eucalyptus wood to be processed and sold under contract to Astex Ltda. The five-year contract includes the mutual option to extend for two additional five-year terms. 

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Forestry

Wildfire burning out of control in Wood Buffalo park

CBC News
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Northwest Territories government says a wildfire is burning out of control near Pine Lake on the Alberta side of Wood Buffalo National Park. The fire is about 3,500 hectares in size. A lightning strike started the fire on Saturday. It’s located about four kilometres north of the Pine Lake Recreation Area and about one kilometre west of the Pine Lake road.

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Conference Looks At Cumulative Effects of Resource Development

250 News
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A two day conference is about to get underway in Prince George, a conference that will examine the cumulative effects of the many natural resource projects planned for Northern B.C. This is the second annual Cooperative Land Management conference in Prince George, and the theme this year is “Breaking Down Silos” with the emphasis on cumulative effects management. Cumulative effects of resource development have been of particular concern to First Nations in the North east of B.C. where natural gas extraction, pipelines and fracking are underway.

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Board to audit BCTS activities on Lower Mainland

BC Forest Practices Board
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales program based in Chilliwack during the week of June 23. The audit will examine harvesting, silviculture, protection, road construction, maintenance and deactivation and operational planning carried out by BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence holders. The one-week audit will examine forestry activities in or around the Chilliwack River Valley, Hope, Spuzzum, Boston Bar, Alouette Lake, Harrison Lake and Stave Lake.

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Disease ‘decimating’ DC trees

Alaska Highway News
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A naturally occurring bacteria is “decimating” many of Dawson Creek’s street trees, according to the city’s plant expert. David Siemens, a horticulturist with the city of Dawson Creek, delivered a grim prognosis to City Council last week, detailing the impact of bacterial wetwood on cottonwood trees planted around the city. The northwest poplar is most susceptible to the disease, and the details are not pretty. According to Siemens, the bacteria “girdles” the tree to death. The most noticeable trees with the disease are along 110 Avenue in Kin Park. Those ringed with orange paint are flagged for removal.

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Forest tent caterpillars gobbling leaves in east Winnipeg

CBC News
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Winnipeg is starting to see an infestation of forest tent caterpillars, the fuzzy black critters that devour leaves on trees until the branches are bare. A new cycle of the insects started in the city last summer, and now the larvae are eating leaves from trees mainly in Transcona and Sage Creek, according to the City of Winnipeg. Charlene Lemoine has already noticed them in her Island Lakes neighbourhood.

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Red Lake tent caterpillar infestation on its way to Thunder Bay

CBC News
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A major infestation of tent caterpillars has hit the town of Red Lake. Trees are being stripped bare and vehicles are being coated in caterpillars and their feces. The caterpillars didn’t seem bad at first, but they’ve recently exploded in numbers, said Red Lake resident Tracy Herold. “It is awful, it is disgusting. You know as you are driving along, first of all, you hear the sounds that they make, right? It sound like popcorn as you are driving over them. 

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Toronto’s boulevard planting creates urban forest on Bloor, Danforth

CBC News
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

For urban forester Mark Mullins, 2014 is the Summer of the Tree. With 169 new trees being planted along Bloor Street West, between Lansdowne and Bathurst, and another 200 trees about to go in on the Danforth, from Woodbine to Victoria Park, the two projects mark an overhaul of the city’s approach to planting boulevard trees. For Mullin, it’s also a banner year personally — the culmination of years of planning to make it possible for boulevard trees to flourish in hard surfaces.

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Unifor throws support behind Crown forest changes

Increasing softwood allotment for industry is the best interest of members and province, says union
CBC News
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s largest private sector union has thrown its support behind New Brunswick’s new Crown forest management plan. Unifor says the strategy to increase the amount of Crown softwood for industrial forest operations by 20 per cent is in the best interest of its members and the province and deserves “strong support.” “We’ve carefully reviewed the new Strategy for Crown Lands Forest Management: it is a good plan,” stated the union, which boasts 300,000 members across Canada in a wide variety of occupations. 

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This Is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires

As California burns, the way the feds fight wildfires doesn’t jibe with the reality of climate change.
Mother Jones
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The central California wildfire that yesterday destroyed three homes and forced hundreds of evacuations is just the latest blaze to strain the nation’s overburdened federal firefighting system. …But the real catastrophe has been years in the making: Federal fire records and budget data show that the US wildfire response system is chronically and severely underfunded, even as fires—especially the biggest “mega-fires”—grow larger and more expensive. In other words, the federal government is not keeping pace with America’s rapidly evolving wildfire landscape.

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Weyerhaeuser provides sustainability update

Home Channel News
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser shared the results of its 11th annual sustainability report, with highlights that included a perfect timberlands certification record. “At Weyerhaeuser, sustainability is how we do business,” said Doyle Simons, president and CEO, in his letter to stakeholders. “It all comes back to flawless execution to achieve our vision: working together to grow a truly great company for our shareholders, customers and employees. To us, this means creating a great place to work, achieving great financial results and making a great contribution to society. Our goal is to do all three really well, all the time.”

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California wildfire tamed, New Mexico blaze surges

Associated Press
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states. All evacuation orders were lifted Monday night after firefighters had the blaze near Lake Isabella northeast of Bakersfield 50 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The blaze has destroyed three houses, damaged another and forced hundreds to flee their homes. At least two of the burned houses appeared to be abandoned, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

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Weyerhaeuser Charging Big Bucks For Access To Big Bucks, Outdoor Fun

KPLU.org
June 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber giant Weyerhaeuser is joining the pay-to-play and pay-to-hunt trend. This week, the largest private forestland owner in Washington and Oregon will begin selling seasonal access permits to hunters, horse riders, hikers and other recreators. The Washington state-based company is not the first to charge access fees. But the breadth and high prices it will charge are generating more push back than before. … Idaho’s largest timberland owner, the Potlatch Corp., started requiring hunters and campers to buy a recreation permit back in 2007 for the same reasons. Others include Inland Empire Paper Company, Rayonier, Hancock and Green Diamond.
Hunters rile politicians about new Weyerhaeuser access fees from The Spokesman-Review

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Discovery of a bud-break gene could lead to trees adapted for a changing climate

Phys.org
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scientists have confirmed the function of a gene that controls the awakening of trees from winter dormancy, a critical factor in their ability to adjust to environmental changes associated with climate change. …While other researchers have identified genes involved in producing the first green leaves of spring, the discovery of a master regulator in poplar trees (Populus species) could eventually lead to breeding plants that are better adapted for warmer climates. The results of the study that began more than a decade ago at Oregon State University were published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by scientists from Michigan Technological University and Oregon State.

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Allegheny National Forest ‘treatment’ status could increase logging

Associated Press
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PITTSBURGH — Without any public notice or announcement, Gov. Tom Corbett has successfully petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to designate the entire Allegheny National Forest as an “insect and disease treatment area,” which forest advocates say will lead to more logging. Using new authority granted to state governors in the 2014 federal Farm Bill, Mr. Corbett, in a letter dated April 4, said such a designation would allow for “expedited treatment” in areas where a broad array of insects and diseases is causing forest decline in the Allegheny National Forest now and for the next 15 years.

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‘Terrible three’ timber beetles found in Australia

ABC News
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Department of Agriculture is working to eradicate three exotic beetles which have been detected in timber pallets imported from China. The beetles detected so far are the Asian longhorned, the mulberry longhorn and the Japanese pine sawyer beetles. Microscopic parasites called nematodes, which live in beetles and can kill trees, have also been detected in some of the sawyer beetles. All 337 containers have been traced and the majority have been ordered into quarantine pending fumigation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wanting a piece of the pie

Prince George Citizen
June 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

That tension led to some memorable exchanges at the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition last week in Prince George. Gordon Murray, the executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, complained that pellet plant operators are living a “hand-to-mouth” existence that discourages investment because of limited access to supply, both in quantity but also in terms of restrictive year-to-year agreements. Conifex Timber CEO Ken Shields refused to buy-in to Murray’s pity party. “Your own association report says… that your industry wants 24 per cent of the fiber volume, but you want to pay only two per cent of the log costs,” Shields said. “It is more economical for our industry to leave that fiber in the burn pile. Get the financial numbers up and you’ll have lots of fiber.”

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UPM to start distribution of renewable wood-based diesel in Finland

IHB
June 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UPM has signed a sales agreement for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel, produced in UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery, with NEOT (North European Oil Trade). NEOT specialises in oil and biofuels wholesale. Large Finnish service stations, ABC, St1 and Shell, get their fuels from NEOT. “UPM’s renewable wood-based diesel, UPM BioVerno, is produced using the company’s own innovative process in Finland. Thus it is excellent that we are able to use it in Finnish vehicles as well. We are satisfied with the agreement with NEOT and the fact that UPM BioVerno will be distributed to Finnish service stations,” says Petri Kukkonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels.

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