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Daily Archives: June 20, 2014

Business & Politics

Trouble with the terminal: Frustrations abound surrounding Westview Terminal

The Northern View
June 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With more than 200 registered complaints in less than six months, frustration with Westview Terminal’s operations is beginning to reach a boiling point. As those on the west end of Prince Rupert continue to struggle with pellet dust and noise devastating their quality of life, making them worry for their health and keeping them awake at all hours, allegations are rampant of both Pinnacle Renewable Resources and the Prince Rupert Port Authority — the body that both oversaw the environmental assessment and acts as terminal landlord — breaking their promises to the community.

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Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Association receives international award

The Casket
June 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Association have received an international award and recognition for their work. Last month Kingsley Brown, president of the association, accepted the Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Standard-Setter Award, given globally to one community-backed organization, in New York City on the association’s behalf. The award is in effect the Nobel Prize for responsible forestry. Brown has worked with the association and woodlot owners for 47 years. He said the award gives recognition to the pioneering work the association has done in forest management and it sets precedence for the world.

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Northern Pulp Mill could reopen by Monday

Chronicle Herald
June 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Chief Andrea Paul and Environment Minister Randy Delorey hailed the signing of an agreement between the Pictou Landing First Nation and the government as a monumental day. … The mill at Abercrombie Point will mark its monumental day when it gets the operation back up and running after being shut down for more than a week. David MacKenzie, communications manager at the mill, said the company hopes that will be Monday. “We’re still doing repairs and working to get back up into operation,” he said Thursday morning.

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US sawlog prices started falling in the 2Q/14 after a three-year upward trend, this due to lower US lumber prices and weaker log export markets in Asia

Wood Resources International LLC
June 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

After a healthy 2013 and early 2014, lumber markets in the US started weakening in the spring with lumber prices falling over ten percent so far this year. The reduced lumber prices together with lower demand for US logs in Asia in the second quarter have put downward pressure on US sawlog prices so far this year, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. The sawmilling sector in the US has been in a steady comeback mode ever since the global financial crisis struck in 2008. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FTC Brings Second Case This Year Against Plastic Lumber Products Marketer For Misleading Environmental Claims

US Federal Trade Commission
June 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

For the second time this year, the Federal Trade Commission has settled charges that a company that markets plastic lumber and related products misled consumers regarding the environmental attributes of its products. Under the FTC proposed settlement, the company, American Plastic Lumber, Inc., is prohibited from making misleading statements about the amount of post-consumer recycled plastic content in its products or other environmental benefit claims and must have competent and reliable evidence to support any such claims.

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Forestry

Proposal to bisect provincial park with a logging road stirs up heated debate

Global BC News
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A proposal to bisect a popular provincial park with a logging road was the topic of heated conversation in Chilliwack Thursday night. Sasquatch Provincial Park is located about two hours east of Vancouver near Harrison Hot Springs. The 1,200 hectare park boasts three lakes and hundreds of thousands of people visit every year. But now the B.C. government is considering using roads within the park for timber hauling, effectively removing them from park protection.

Sasquatch Provincial Park boundary proposal raises environmentalists’ concerns from The Georgia Straight

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2013-14 review shows improvement in NB’s private woodlot sector

Atlantic Farm Focus
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick Forest Products Commission’s 2013-14 review showed that the seven Forest Products Marketing Boards around the province experienced the highest sales from private woodlots since fiscal 2005-06. “Private woodlot sales from last year and the indications that our new forestry strategy will spur an additional 250,000 cubic metres in private woodlot sales this year, has our government encouraged about the future of the industry,” Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said June 13.??

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Fight to save ash trees: towns are considering bylaws to force homeowners to act

West Island Gazette
June 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

West Island municipalities are looking at new measures aimed at slowing down the emerald ash borer’s progress now that the invasive insect’s arrival has been confirmed in the region.  The West Island’s first two cases of EAB infestations — one in Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s Bois-de-Liesse district and the second on private property on Hymus Blvd. in Pointe-Claire — were confirmed over the past six weeks. …Now some of those West Island municipalities and others are looking at the legalities of introducing bylaws that would allow them to order the treatment of ash trees on private property.

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Iconic Minnesota conifers may give way to a more broad-leafed forest in the next century

Science Codex
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Houghton, Mich.: Over the next 100 years, Minnesota’s iconic boreal forest and deep snow may change into a deciduous forest with winters warm enough for some precipitation to fall as rain, according to a new U.S. Forest Service assessment of the vulnerability of Minnesota forests to climate change… The assessment describes effects of climate change that have already been observed; projected changes in the climate and the landscape; and forest vulnerabilities in a 23.5-million-acre region of forest in northeastern Minnesota. 

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Deadly walnut tree fungus found in Indiana

Idaho Statesman
June 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NASHVILLE, IND. — State wildlife officials say a fungus that kills walnut trees has been found in Indiana for the first time. The state Department of Natural Resources says the fungus causing Thousand Cankers Disease was found on small weevils that emerged from two stressed trees at a black walnut plantation in Brown County’s Yellowwood State Forest. State entomologist Phil Marshall says the trees in the plantation aren’t showing symptoms of the disease. …Indiana now joins Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania Tennessee, Virginia and eight western states with confirmed instances of the disease.

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Suit: Logging threatens wandering wolf’s den, pups

Associated Press
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore.— A conservation group is challenging a national forest timber sale because it may be too close to the den where Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is raising pups. Oregon Wild filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Medford against the U.S. Forest Service over the Bybee timber sale on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the Cascade Range of southwestern Oregon. It asks a judge to order a closer examination of the harm logging may do not only to potential wilderness and spotted owls, but to wolf habitat as well. 

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Student Stories: Forest Science major helps with forest fire, carbon research

Penn State News
June 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State student Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires. Wildfires are a major worry these days after a recent series of vast fires in Yosemite, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain national parks. Colbert, a senior majoring in forest science (management option), has been learning about the devastating effects of these disasters and ways to prevent them.

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Forest plan draws fire in north Georgia mountains

Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia)
June 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Proposed efforts, including a commercial timber harvest, in the Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Gainesville-based Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest have come under fire from some environmental groups….The Forest Service is beginning an environmental analysis process for work tentatively scheduled to begin in 2016, including restoring native plants, enhancing wildlife habitat conditions and improving forest health. “The main objectives of the project are to enhance wildlife habitat diversity and restore and favor native vegetation, namely oaks,” said Blue Ridge District Ranger Andy Baker.

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SAIL mine in trouble over? forest land misuse

June 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government’s forest advisory committee has issued a warning over the possibility of forest land being diverted for non-forest purposes in Steel Authority of India Ltd’s (SAIL) 5.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) Bolani iron ore mines in Odisha whose mining lease was recently renewed. According to the minutes of an FAC meeting held on 30 May, the committee requested its regional office in Odisha and the state government to verify whether forest land was diverted without Forest Conservation Act clearances.

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World Heritage Committee to decide on PM Tony Abbott’s request to de-list Tasmanian forest

ABC News Australia
June 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Only a year after voting unanimously to extend Tasmania’s World Heritage Area (WHA), the United Nations World Heritage Committee is being asked to repeal its decision. The Federal Government has applied for 74,000 hectares – about half the area added last year – to be de-listed. The committee will be considering the request at its meeting in Doha, Qatar, this weekend. However, a decision could be days away, according to Vica Bayley, the Wilderness Society Tasmania’s campaign manager, who is in Doha to lobby for the listing to be upheld.

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SAIL mine in trouble over? forest land misuse

June 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government’s forest advisory committee has issued a warning over the possibility of forest land being diverted for non-forest purposes in Steel Authority of India Ltd’s (SAIL) 5.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) Bolani iron ore mines in Odisha whose mining lease was recently renewed. According to the minutes of an FAC meeting held on 30 May, the committee requested its regional office in Odisha and the state government to verify whether forest land was diverted without Forest Conservation Act clearances.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Alter Energy Group acquires US Wood Pellet Plant

Lesprom
June 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Alter Energy Group has signed an Letter of intent for the acquisition of an operating US Wood Pellet Plant, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Edward J. Klaeger IV, CEO of AEG explained, “The acquisition of this operational WPP gives AEG an ideal entry point into the high growth, high margin US Wood Pellet Export Market. …The expansion will increase economies of scale and help meet the rising demand for wood pellets in the EU as well as the domestic market, which is expected to grow significantly in the coming years as the US brings more renewable energy sources online to meet its emission reductions targets. 

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General

Pellet plant one step closer

Recorder and Times
June 20, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

PRESCOTT – There are no guarantees yet, but plans for a wood pellet manufacturing plant in Prescott have turned another corner. “It’s not a done deal yet, but it is a big step along the road,” Mayor Brett Todd said of an agreement reached by the town with Protocol Biomass officials for the sale of 55 acres of land in the north-end industrial park. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been,” said Todd, who hopes the deal will lead to a ground-breaking on the property this fall. …Terms of the agreement, hammered out during a private meeting two weeks ago and revealed after an in-camera meeting of council Monday, include a sale price of almost $550,000 for the property.

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