Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: June 19, 2014

Business & Politics

Opinion: Independent wood processors anxious about future

Vancouver Sun
June 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We have all been hearing how wonderful things are in the B.C. forest industry lately. That may be true for companies that have exclusive access to the non-competitive public timber harvest, but did you know that more than 50 per cent of the companies that compete for their wood fibre have gone out of business in the last dozen years? There are two wood processing sectors in British Columbia: The competitive sector: Buys wood fibre at arm’s length on the open market; pays market prices for fibre; tend to be small family-owned community-based businesses; tend to be family-run (by owner); U.S. is by far the largest market; focus is on specialty products and services.

Read More

Port truckers say agreement not being honoured

Business in Vancouver
June 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government has launched a promised whistleblower service for Metro Vancouver container truckers. The move comes as truckers say they are not being paid the rates they were promised in March, following a strike that lasted for 28 days, and may strike again. “There are some trucking companies that just don’t want to live up to the spirit of the joint action plan,” said Gavin McGarrigle, area director for Unifor, the union that represents some of the truckers.

Read More

Interfor Supports Salmon Enhancement on BC’s Central Coast

Interfor Corporation
June 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corporation will donate $20,000 to support efforts by the Wuikinuxv Nation to achieve healthy and sustainable wild salmon populations in Rivers Inlet on British Columbia’s Central Coast. “This project is a perfect fit with Interfor’s commitment to build value for communities by supporting a healthy economy and environment,” said Andrew Meyer, Interfor’s Coastal Woodlands Operations Manager, at a fund-raising event near Rivers Inlet today. “This important initiative will enhance salmon stocks and drive environmental, cultural and economic benefits.”

Read More

B.C.’s GDP gets lift from lumber

Victoria Times Colonist
June 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s economy is set to grow this year, with real gross domestic product rising 2.3 per cent this year, and 2.9 per cent in 2015, the Conference Board of Canada said in its spring provincial outlook. American and Chinese demand for lumber for housing is expected to give B.C.’s forestry sector another strong year. However, the board anticipates that growth in this sector will slow in 2015 and face a supply reduction because of mountain pine beetle damage.

Read More

Wood, Paper & Green Building

New version of LEED gains support

Journal of Commerce
June 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are joining forces to support Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 and CSA Group’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program. “The CaGBC, its members and chapters have worked for more than a decade to transform the built environment in Canada, and I’m pleased to say that Canada now ranks first in the world after the U.S. for LEED certified projects,” said Thomas Mueller, CaGBC president and CEO.

Read More

Can You Build A Safe, Sustainable Skyscraper Out Of Wood?

Climate Progress
June 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

North America’s tallest modern all-wood building is nearing completion in Prince George, British Columbia, but it might not hold that high rank for long. Other wood buildings are in the works across the world as it gains a reputation for climate friendliness, beauty, and yes, even fire safety. The Wood Innovation Design Centre will be a six-story building, the maximum for a wood building under British Columbia’s building code, but the Centre’s high ceilings mean it will be about as tall as the average 10-floor building.

Read More

Forestry

70 per cent of N.W.T. at ‘extreme risk’ for forest fires

CBC News
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Twenty five new wildfires were detected in the Northwest Territories in the past 24 hours and all but one were caused by lightning. David Purchase with the forest management division in Fort Smith says the high number is not surprising. “When we have lightning storms that pass through and conditions are dry out there, we do pick up forest fires one, two, three days after a lightning storm goes through,” he says. One fire caused by a person near Fort Smith was quickly dealt with.

Read More

Government continues attack on Alberta’s pine beetle infestation

Edmonton Journal
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Containing and treating the mountain pine beetle infestation in Alberta’s forests will be an ongoing battle this year, after a lack of extended frigid temperatures this winter failed to hinder the pest’s population. The results of the 2014 field surveys are “mixed,” Alberta Environment Minister Robin Campbell said Wednesday. The counts show that because beetles continue to survive the winter, aggressive treatment, rehabilitation and preventive action remains the best option for addressing beetle infestations across Alberta.

Press Release from the Alberta Government

Read More

Hot and dry forecast could spell wildfire trouble

Penticton Western News
June 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire activity is up slightly so far this year, with a warmer-than-normal summer expected to follow on the heels of a relatively dry spring. Through last week, there were 69 blazes reported within the Kamloops Fire Centre, down from 66 in the same period in 2013, according to information officer Melissa Klassen. Sixty of this year’s fires were human-caused. “That’s a pretty normal ratio right now this early in the season given the fact we don’t have our major lightning storms until July and August,” Klassen explained.

Read More

Chief George Ginnish raises concern with Crown forest changes

Aborginal community lacks money to mount legal challenge to plan giving industry more trees
CBC News
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After months of silence from aboriginal leaders in New Brunswick, the chief of Eel Ground First Nation is voicing concerns about the Alward government’s plan to increase the industrial harvest of softwood on Crown land by 20 per cent. Academics and environmentalists have raised objections from the outset, with a major concern being the conservation forest, which is off-limits to industry, is being reduced to 23 per cent of the Crown land in the forest, down from the current level of 28 per cent.

Read More

Trees under heritage assessment chopped without permit in Kanata North

Ottawa Citizen
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Property developer Metcalfe Realty is facing up to $100,000 in fines after ignoring city rules and clear-cutting mature trees, without a permit, in a wooded area of Kanata North being assessed to become a part of Ottawa’s natural heritage system. According to a briefing note provided to the mayor’s office by city foresters, a “significant amount of mature trees” were cut at 936 March Rd. the week of May 26. Neighbour Paul Johanis was working in his backyard when he heard the sound of chainsaws near his property.

Kanta ‘tree massacre’ prompts stop-work work order from CBC News

Read More

New designation could speed up forest projects

The aim is to increase resilience to insects, disease and fire
The Bend Bulletin
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has designated national forestlands in Central Oregon and elsewhere that are prone to insect infestation, disease outbreaks and massive wildfires, a move that could speed up projects aimed at improving forest health. “If there is a project that is (focused on) a growing concern, this could expedite that and help the work get done on the ground,” said Dan Postrel, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry. … So far it looks like the biggest change brought by the designation is that small projects, covering about 3,000 acres, could move faster through the federal environmental review .

Read More

Invasive, ash-boring beetle nearing New Hampshire border

A quarantine on ash firewood and lumber may help slow the spread of the invasive beetle, but it’s unlikely to prevent the bug from making its way into New Hampshire.
UPI
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The emerald ash borer, the invasive beetle that has ravaged the ash tree population throughout Massachusetts, has recently been found near the New Hampshire Border. The discovery was made by Matthew Mountzuris, who observed a dense stand of dead tree canopies frequented by an increasing number of woodpeckers in North Andover, Mass., just three miles from the New Hampshire border and 30 miles from Portsmouth. Mountzuris called the Department of Conservation and Recreation in Massachusetts, who confirmed that dead trees to all be white ash and their killer to be the emerald ash borer.

Read More

Mpls. begins plan to remove 40,000 ash trees

KARE 11
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s not if, but when. That’s the approach that the city of Minneapolis is taking when it comes to its ash trees and infestations involving the dreaded emerald ash borer. On Monday, June 23, foresters from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will begin marking non-symptomatic ash trees for removal, part of an ambitious eight-year plan to remove and replace an estimated 40,000 trees. The preemptive removal is part of the MPRB’s ash canopy replacement plan, which reduces the impact of tree losses by removing a small percentage of ash trees at a time and replacing them with a diverse range of tree species along each city block and within each park.

Read More

Maine’s woods are working

BDN Maine
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I recently read Charles Hastings’ June 10 OpEd on wood pellets and Maine’s forest industry, but he should realize this issue is not as simple as he says, nor are the people in Maine’s forest industry so naive. Maine is, in fact, in an ideal location for exporting wood fiber to European markets, but the demand for pulpwood — the same wood used in pellets overseas — exceeds the supply of wood Maine can sustainably manage. As a result, Maine is a net importer of pulpwood — 1.7 million green tons in 2012, according to the Maine Forest Service — so the opportunity to export millions of tons of wood is unrealistic and needs to be carefully analyzed.

Read More

Mountain pine beetle could bring industry to Wyoming

Buffalo Bulletin
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gray areas spot the dark evergreen forests of Bighorn National Forest. The patchwork of colors reveals the attack from spruce beetles that munched their way through 76,000 acres in Wyoming, including small, concentrated areas in the Bighorn Mountains. Now the attacks have stabilized, according to Kelly Norris, the forester for Wyoming State Forestry’s District 5.
But a new attack looms on the horizon. The mountain pine beetle, which has unleashed wide swaths of devastation over the Rockies, is primed to attack one of the few forests that hasn’t fallen. 

Read More

No economic cost associated with World Heritage extension

ABC News
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

While the Tasmanian Government is arguing for the de-listing of 74,000 ha of World Heritage area, it says there will be no economic cost if it is unsuccessful. Minister for Resources Paul Harriss said there would be an ‘opportunity cost’ because the area is home to some special species timbers. The Commonwealth Government has lobbied hard against the listing, and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will decide this week on whether to delist the 74,000 hectare area.

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

REPORT: California’s Record Fire Season Drives Climate Change Into The News

Media Matters
June 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A Media Matters analysis found that California’s largest-circulating newspapers are increasingly mentioning how climate change is worsening the state’s wildfires. California has faced an extremely early and severe fire season in 2014, in line with climate research showing that over the last four decades, fires have grown millions of acres larger and the fire season has extended by about three months on average.

Read More

Södra invests to boost textile pulp production at Mörrum

fibre2fashion
June 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Södra’s Board has decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new wood-chip plant will be constructed and one of the mill’s two pulp lines will be upgraded. In February of this year, Södra’s Board decided to invest just over SEK 4 billion to increase capacity at the Värö pulp mill. Investments are now also being made in the Mörrum pulp mill, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp).

Read More