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Daily Archives: June 18, 2014

Business & Politics

B.C. heavy industries jolted by power rate hikes

Major Hydro customers say price jumps of 28% over five years will put them out of business
Business in Vancouver
June 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Industries that took root in B.C. thanks in part to cheap electricity from hydro dams now fear rate hikes could put them out of business. B.C.’s pulp and paper mills, chemical plants, cement plants and metal mines are ringing alarm bells over skyrocketing power prices. Hydro bills are going up 9% this year and will rise 28% over five years – increases the B.C. government says are needed to invest in new power infrastructure and pay off long-term debt.

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Canfor claims $25 million in damages for boiler explosions at Northwood mill in 2012

Business in Vancouver
June 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Ltd. is suing Andritz Inc. for $25 million in damages that occurred following internal explosions in a recovery boiler at Canfor’s Northwood mill after Andritz had allegedly “substantially and significantly upgraded and modified” the equipment in 2011. Canfor filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on May 23. The company claims Andritz’s bid for the upgrade was accepted with a contract price just above $9.1 million. 

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Log lag puts forest jobs at risk

stuff.co.nz
June 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Export log prices are falling fast and could knock smaller and more remote forests out of the market, putting hundreds of forestry jobs at risk, industry sources say. In the past couple of months log prices have plunged 20 per cent after credit became harder to get in China, reducing demand for housing. Chinese ports are now swamped with logs. It may take months for the market to clear and prices to steady. The price for New Zealand radiata pine logs delivered to China has fallen from a high of US$162 (NZ$187) a cubic metre for A grade logs to around US$140, a source said.

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Oregon Timber Frame profits fall as costs rise

OREGON Timber Frame has seen profits slide by more than 20 per cent as it battled rising material costs and demands for cheaper prices from clients.
Herald Scotland
June 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Selkirk-based company, which supplies timber frames for housebuilders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, made pre-tax profits of £627,000 for the year ended December 31. Turnover increased by 15 per cent in Scotland but five per cent for the group as a whole, as a £3 million contract to supply social-housing builder Wates Living Space came to a close in England. That deal, which ended in August, saw Oregon supply timber frames to 300 homes.

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Forestry

Northern Alberta industrial development puts some species in decline, report says

Edmonton Journal
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Some native plants and wildlife populations in northern Alberta are in decline, including one bird species whose numbers were cut in half, because of industrial development, according to the latest report from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Agency. Coyotes and magpies continue to move (in larger than expected numbers) into the landscape disturbed by oilsands mining, pipelines, logging and farming, while some local species that thrive in old growth forests are in decline, says the report, which covers all three oilsand areas — the Athabasca in the northeast, Peace River and the Cold Lake area — and was released Monday.

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Conference tackles ‘social license’

Prince George Citizen
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The theme of the second annual Resources North Association conference might be Breaking Down Silos, but the words that emanated most from the stage on the first day was “cumulative effects” and “social license.”  Stakeholders from government, industry and First Nations took turns explaining the new ways being applied to doing major industrial projects in the north – be they forestry, mining, natural gas. A broader spectrum of calculations is being done to anticipate the pros and cons to the economy and the environment.  “Some will say we are late to the party. Others have been talking about cumulative effects for more than a decade,” said Kevin Kriese, an assistant deputy minister with the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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Canadian Boreal Forest Site Sparks UNESCO Rules

Pew Environmental Initiatives
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A remote wilderness region in Canada’s boreal forest has sparked an international debate that could change the rules used to bestow culturally and environmentally significant locations with coveted status as UNESCO World Heritage sites. …The region is almost wholly intact, and the vast majority of the nominated area is protected from development. It forms a critical part of the world’s largest remaining intact forest and has global significance as a source of carbon storage and unfrozen freshwater.

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Budworm spraying planned for Thompson Okanagan Region

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to aerially treat approximately 23,600 hectares of forest in the Kamloops Timber Supply Area to reduce western spruce budworm populations. The biological agent Foray 48B will be applied by helicopter on or about June 18 to July 5, 2014, weather permitting, on about 16 sites near Menanteau Lake, Logan Lake, Tunkwa Lake, Pinantan Lake, Paul Lake, Heffley Lake, Sullivan Lake and Isobel Lake.

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New Web-Based Tool Helps Land Managers Plan for Forests’ Future

USDA Blog
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

From South Carolina’s coastal plain to the North Carolina mountains to the tropics of Puerto Rico to the southern Sierra Nevada region of California, climate change is on the minds of forest planners. That’s because U.S. Forest Service planning teams in these areas are among the first to revise their land and resource management plans under the 2012 Planning Rule. To help them in their planning, land managers from the Francis Marion, Nantahala, Pisgah, El Yunque, Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra national forests will turn to a web-based tool known as the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options.

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SFI® Supports Ecosystem Restoration through Partnership with The Longleaf Alliance

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Longleaf Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on ensuring a sustainable future for the longleaf pine ecosystem, is the proud recipient of a Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) 2014 conservation grant. This SFI funding will help expand the longleaf pine ecosystem by helping landowners maintain and expand markets for this valuable species.

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Gov talks fire crew resources in Two Bulls’ wake

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

Gov. John Kitzhaber weighed in with NewsChannel 21 on the region’s firefighting resources as firefighters continue mop-up operations on the Two Bulls Fire near Bend. “We’ve got a very good response set up and the reality is resources are very scarce,” the governor said. No structures were lost in the 6,900-acre blaze. That’s a stark contrast to the Awbrey Hall Fire that burned even closer to Bend back in August of 1990. The Awbrey Hall fire burned only about half that acreage, but claimed 22 homes. The governor says we’ve learned a lot since the Awbrey Hall Fire, but additional resources remain an issue.

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Lawsuit: Woman rides horse into logging cable wrongly strung on her property, seeks $867,500

The Oregonian
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Forest Grove woman who says she was knocked off her horse by a steel cable that was strung across her rural property is suing an Oregon logging company for $867,500. The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, states that Laural McEuin was riding her horse on a trail on her property in the 19200 block of Northwest Timber Road when she suddenly struck the steel cable. The suit says the cable was set in place by Turner Logging without her knowledge or permission.

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Navajo Nation wildfire threatens homes, livestock

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fast-moving wildfire near the Arizona-New Mexico border grew Tuesday as it approached two communities and threatened traditional grazing lands on the Navajo Nation, where sheep are a staple of life, their wool is prized for its use in rugs, and mutton is on the menu of restaurants throughout the region. The Assayii Lake Fire ballooned to more than 19 square miles in less than two days while making its way across winter and summer grazing lands in the Chuska Mountains. 

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Paying for the Forest Fire Next Time

New York Times
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WE’RE just midway through June and have already witnessed major fires in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska. Many of these wildfires have grown in heat, intensity and size in recent years, consuming millions of acres with disastrous consequences and costs. They have become the new reality in the Western United States. Megafires have exploded in number over the last decade for several reasons. First, shorter and warmer winters followed by hotter and drier summers have significantly extended the fire season. 

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Mount Hood-area timber sale to generate 3 years revenue: 5 things to know

The Oregonian
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Clackamas County is preparing for a 186-acre timber harvest near the Mount Hood villages. The sale garnered some controversy in that area, with some people concerned about environmental impacts or impacts to scenery. County staff alleviated many of those concerns, and the commissioners are ready to make the cut. There are a few moving parts, though, so here is what you need to know about the cut. 1. First, the specs: The “Boulder” area is 340 acres of county-owned timber land, south of Highway 26. The county wants to harvest 186 of those acres.

Controversial timber sale now on commissioners’ plate to decide: Clackamas county week ahead from The Oregonian

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Wildfire breaks out south of Hood River

Associated Press
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry has responded to a wildfire that was reported about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday about 10 miles south of Hood River. The fire has burned about 60 acres of county forest land. The department has sent a helicopter, four fire engines and a bulldozer along with firefighters. The Forest Service also has sent firefighters and equipment. The department says conditions in central Oregon are extremely dry for this time of year.

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Charges laid over forestry death

Radio New Zealand News
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Industry regulator WorkSafe New Zealand has charged a company and two individuals following the death of a forestry worker in Levin in 2013. Lincoln Kidd, 20, was killed in a tree felling accident in December. The company has been charged with knowing serious harm was likely to be caused but doing nothing about it. It faces fines of up to $750,000.

Press Release from WorkSafe NZ

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Forestry operators hit with 60 notices

Bay of Plenty Times
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bay of Plenty forestry operations have faced 60 health and safety enforcement actions in the past 10 months, says WorkSafe New Zealand. The industry is the country’s most dangerous, with 28 fatalities since 2008. WorkSafe issued 60 enforcement notices since August last year to local operators, which can include written warnings, improvement notices, infringement notices and prohibition notices. Enforcement action can be taken for safety failings such as a written warning for a tree-feller operating without an available radio for communications, or a prohibition notice for an unsafe digger.

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