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Daily Archives: June 24, 2014

Business & Politics

Opinion: B.C. economy would gain from streamlined log export policies

China and Japan want our wood and will pay a fair price
Vancouver Sun
June 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Almost no topic in B.C. forestry is more controversial than log exports. Some unions and politicians argue for a complete ban, while many economists favour free trade in logs. The current government has been happy to allow limited log exports as long as the logs are not of the highest quality and are deemed surplus to domestic needs. Many of the rules surrounding log exports impose needless costs on log producers and owners. Streamlining the export process, while continuing to restrict exports, will ensure B.C. gains the most value from its forestry resources.

Ban on log exports from British Columbia may cripple industry but export quotas may help from The Fraser Institute

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Foreign worker permits for Conifex Power plant raise questions in B.C.

Permits were issued to U.S. citizens for a power project in northern B.C.
The Canadian Press
June 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A British Columbia trade union is challenging a series of work permits issued to American citizens for a power project in the province’s north, arguing it has uncovered yet another glaring example of a foreign-worker loophole the government must tie up to protect jobs. The case in Vancouver involves B.C.’s Conifex Power Limited Partnership, which hired Oregon-based O & S Contractors to construct a wood waste storage building at its new bioenergy facility in Mackenzie, north of Prince George, B.C.

Foreign worker debate continues in BC from The Canadian Press

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Babine sawmill challenges $1-million WorksafeBC fine

Globe and Mail
June 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The investigation that led to a $1-million fine for Babine Forest products after a deadly mill explosion was “unprofessional” and did not follow established forensic techniques, the company contends in its appeal of the fine. The investigation’s findings were “inaccurate and flawed,” say appeal documents released after a freedom of information request by The Globe and Mail. Babine announced its intention to appeal at the time the fine was announced, but its reasons were not released. The appeal is now under way, with the WorkSafeBC investigation at the centre of the proceeding.

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Northern Pulp mill starting after effluent leak

CBC News
June 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp mill in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County, should be back in operation today after a two-week shutdown. Operators of the mill hoped to push its first bale of pulp through the mill Monday night at 9 p.m., but that didn’t happen. Mill managers say they’re not surprised and that it can take up to 48 hours to get a mill that size running after a full shutdown. David MacKenzie, a spokesperson for Northern Pulp, says the leaky pipe that was dumping effluent has been repaired. “The pipe has been repaired and is already back in operation. It’s been tested …. and right now there’s a continuous flow flowing through it,” he said.

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Forestry

Thunderbird Unit Crew heads south to fight forest fire deemed human-caused

Alberni Valley Times
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


Last week, the forest firefighting crew based in the Alberni Valley took their skills to the south of the Island, attending to a human-caused incident that has prompted a provincial investigation. The 20-member Thunderbird Unit Crew were dispatched to fight a blaze at Muir Creek, located approximately 50 kilometres west of Victoria after the fire was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The incident occurred on land owned by a forestry company, according to British Columbia’s Coastal Fire Centre. “The cause of the fire is human, and it is under investigation,” said Marg Drysdale, a fire information assistant with the government agency, in an email to the Alberni Valley Times.

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Vaughn Palmer: Top court’s First Nations land title decision, scheduled for Thursday, looms large

Vancouver Sun
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Twenty-five years ago this summer, native people in a remote valley of the central Interior set in motion the most important court case to date involving First Nations ownership of land in B.C. The William case, after Chief Roger William of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, dates from the Aboriginal Wilderness Preserve Declaration of Aug. 23, 1989. It banned road construction and commercial logging in the Nemiah Valley northwest of Williams Lake. The declaration led to a lengthy, expensive and partly inconclusive aboriginal land case in B.C. Supreme Court.

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Trees planted to promote Lab West forest fire awareness

CBC News
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A massive amount of forest and more than 60 cabins were destroyed in forest fires that burned through western Labrador a year ago, and officials want to raise awareness about fire safety as the forest fire season begins. Officials and local groups, including the Scouts Canada troop, took to work over the weekend to plant new saplings to rejuvenate some of the 270-square kilometre burned area. Young volunteer Max Crant said he hopes the trees he planted on Blueberry Hill over the weekend will help restore the area to what it once was.

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Consulting key to development: speaker

Prince George Citizen
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Deal with the land’s title-holders as the first step in the partnership process, or risk your industrial project never happening. It should have been the old way of doing business, but it certainly is the new way of doing business on the northern B.C. landscape, said former Doig River First Nation chief Gary Oker, a consultant on the issues of industrial and economic development. Oker was one of the featured speakers at this week’s Resources North Association conference, an event focused on better understanding land-use plans, and collaboration between government, companies and individuals that use the land. The theme of the conference was Breaking Down Silos.

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Invasive species can be spread by tourists, fire wood

Subdury could be affected by species that invade Manitoulin Island
CBC News
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tourists play a large part in spreading invasive species on Manitoulin Island, according to the area’s “hit squad’ who are working to prevent such cases this summer. Eric Labelle, a member of a hit squad for Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program, is working on Manitoulin Island this summer and says that such species that threaten the area can easily spread to other parts of the northeast like Sudbury. “It can easily be transported on the tires and under the sides of recreational vehicles, bottom sides of boots, even on pets and bicycle tires,” Labelle said. 

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City moves to protect private woodlots

The Hamilton Spectator
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city is giving developers a free pass to clearcut by delaying the adoption of a strict new woodland protection bylaw until August, say worried councillors. After eight years of debate and failed proposals, council finally appears ready to sign off on a new tree-cutting bylaw to prevent the increasingly common razing of woodlands in urban Hamilton. The new bylaw would protect urban woodlots half-an-acre (0.2 hectares) or larger — not individual trees on private property — and fine repeat illegal tree-cutters up to $25,000, or $100,000 for corporations.

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City delay puts Hamilton forests in danger, McHattie says

CBC News
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Landowners will be tempted to clear cut woodlots this summer because of a delay in implementing tough new protections for urban forests, says a Hamilton city councillor. Coun. Brian McHattie tried to push the city Monday to rush a public meeting into Hamilton’s new urban forestry bylaw, which puts harsh penalties on landowners who clear cut valuable forests to make room for development. But McHattie’s motion failed 8-4 at the general issues committee, pushing the consultation back until August

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Water bombers tackle forest fire burning near Kuujjuaq

CBC News
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec’s forest fire prevention agency dispatched an airplane to Kuujjuaq around 5 o’clock this morning to assess the situation. A forest fire has been burning just a few kilometres away since Sunday afternoon. “We have two water bombers over there to make an air attack,” says spokesperson Marie-Louise Harvey. Harvey says the fire stretches more than 80 hectares and can be attributed partly to the recent weather. The last few weeks have been dry and warm in the north with temperatures often reaching 20 degrees.

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Lewis and Clark, Helena national forests join forces as budgets shrink

Helena Independent Record
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Bill Avey, forest supervisor for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National forests, pointed to a jumbled mass of topographical lines in the heart of the Bob Marshal Wilderness, searching for the location of a past forest fire. Finally his finger rested on the confluence of drainages. “The piece of the pie for fire keeps growing,” he said. “In ’93, nationally fire suppression was 13 percent. Today it’s 50 percent.” 

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Protecting and connecting the Flathead National Forest

Science Codex
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) calls for completing the legacy of Wilderness lands on the Flathead National Forest in Montana. The report identifies important, secure habitats and landscape connections for five species—bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bears, wolverines, and mountain goats. These iconic species are vulnerable to loss of secure habitat from industrial land uses and/or climate change. 

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Drought helping in fight of oak tree disease

Thousands of oak trees killed by disease
KCRA
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO —California’s drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state. Preliminary results of surveys taken between April and June show between 2 and 10 percent of California bay laurel trees in 17 western counties tested positive for sudden oak death. Bay trees are hosts for the pathogen and spread it to oak trees. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the infection rate for bay laurels is between 20 and 80 percent when rainfall is plentiful.

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Time for a new forest plan: USFS holds open house to gather input for new draft

Helena Independent Record
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest planning for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests kicked off Monday with the first of six open houses the agency plans to hold across the state. The Forest Service drafted the current forest plans in 1986, with the expectation of updating the plans within 10 to 15 years. Budget restraints caused the forests to delay the revision of the plan until this year, but the agency cannot wait any longer, said Bill Avey, supervisor for both forests. “The current plan describes a different language than what we use today,” Avey told wilderness advocates, public officials and members of the public at the Helena office on Monday.

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Second Redwood Burl Poacher Sentenced

Woodworking Network
June 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUREKA, CA – The second of two California Redwood burl poachers has now been sentenced. Danny Garcia must pay $11,178 in restitution and serve 700 hours of community service for vandalizing the giant trees at Redwood National and State Parks near Eureka, CA. …Garcia’s accomplice, Larry Morrow, pleaded guilty in May to felony charges in vandalizing the trees. He remains in jail on other charges. The two sliced burls from the sides of the massive redwoods, selling them to local dealers. In some cases they felled entire trees to reach the woody outgrowths located higher up.

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Progress on forestry safety action

Press Release: New Zealand Government
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the first five months of this year, the number of serious injuries reported in forestry has dropped by nearly half compared with last year, Labour Minister Simon Bridges says. “This is positive news and indicates the work the whole industry – the regulator, the forestry companies, the contractors and the workers – has been doing is paying off, but this is not a time to celebrate,” Mr Bridges says. “I remain concerned that WorkSafe New Zealand is continuing to find very serious levels of non-compliance in the industry.”

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Conservation groups slam NRC recommendations

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservation groups have come out against a proposal from the Natural Resources Commission to allow logging in some parts of the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas. The NRC’s draft report on the management of the State Conservation Areas was released on Monday, and recommends interventions such as ecological thinning and targetted grazing in areas of dense cypress pine greater than one hectare. The NSW Nature Conservation Council says if logging is to be allowed, legislative amendments would be required.

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Green groups turn attention to next Tasmanian forestry battle

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Celebrations in Tasmania over the World Heritage Committee’s decision to reject a bid to delist some Tasmanian forests have been tempered by vows by the Federal Government to fight the ruling. The Government wanted 74,000 hectares of native forest removed from the state’s World Heritage Area (WHA). But the UNESCO committee’s 21 member countries took just 10 minutes to unanimously reject the application at a meeting in Qatar on Monday (local time).

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UNESCO rejects ‘feeble’ Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests

Fairfax Media
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has summarily dismissed the Abbott government’s bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests. The committee meeting in Doha took just seven minutes to consider the bid, which member nation Portugal called “feeble”, and setting an unacceptable precedent for the future. No country spoke in favour of the bid to de-list 74,00 hectares of old-growth forest, which official cultural and natural values advisers told the meeting would weaken the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

UNESCO rejects Coalition’s bid to delist Tasmanian World Heritage forest from ABC News, Australia
Unesco rules Tasmania forest to remain protected from The BBC
Abbott government bid to de-list Tasmanian heritage forest dismissed from The Sydney Morning Herald

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Forestry Commission tackle larch disease

Galloway Gazette
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Some tracks in the Galloway Foest Park have been closed temporaroity as the Forestry Commission Scotland continue to battle larch diesase. The forestry sector in south west Scotland has been working flat out since August 2013 to combat the impact of a deadly plant disease affecting larch in this area – Phytophthora ramorum. As much as 5,000ha of larch is affected and timber harvesters and processors are working to fell infected and dying trees in a bid to slow the disease’s spread further east and north and to extract as much marketable timber as possible. 

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State Government to spend $8.5 million on north coast timber buyback

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government will spend $8.5 million to buy back timber allocations on the north coast. The chief executive of the state’s Forestry Corporation says the move will reduce Boral’s annual harvest of high quality saw logs by 50,000 cubic metres for the next nine years. Nick Roberts says the move is designed to ensure the sustainability of the region’s forests. “The supply arrangements we had in place previously would have seen us run to 2023 and then have a major reduction in supply at that time,” he said.

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Tasmanian forest ruling: Abbott government says jobs will be lost

June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Abbott government has reacted defiantly to a stinging UN rebuke to its plan to remove world heritage protection from Tasmanian forest, claiming the rejection will result in job losses in the state. …The government has said it accepts the committee’s decision, but it has not ruled out attempting to revisit the issue. Tony Abbott said he was disappointed with the response to a request that was “self-evidently sensible”. The prime minister added: “We’ll be carefully looking at the decision and deciding what’s best now.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

CN key to success of many wood pellet plants

Canadian Sailings
June 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The staggering North American growth in wood pellet production, due to exports to Europe, has opened significant opportunities for Canadian rail companies. With 42 plants producing three million tonnes in 2012, Canadian production and export has exploded from 1.9 million tonnes in 2011. Explaining the Canadian market, Uri Szyk, CN’s Market Manager for wood pellets and wood chips, says the supply chain in Western Canada is more mature than that in Eastern Canada, even while the west continues to develop. 

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General

Tasmanian forest ruling: Abbott government says jobs will be lost

June 24, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Abbott government has reacted defiantly to a stinging UN rebuke to its plan to remove world heritage protection from Tasmanian forest, claiming the rejection will result in job losses in the state. …The government has said it accepts the committee’s decision, but it has not ruled out attempting to revisit the issue. Tony Abbott said he was disappointed with the response to a request that was “self-evidently sensible”. The prime minister added: “We’ll be carefully looking at the decision and deciding what’s best now.”

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