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Business & Politics

Quota policy needed for log exports in B.C.: Fraser Institute

Business in Vancouver
June 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An export quota policy that would allow log producers to export a fixed number of logs, as opposed to either an outright ban or an open policy of unlimited free trade, would be the best policy for British Columbia log exports, argues a Fraser Institute study released June 24. “An outright ban on log exports from B.C., as advocated by many union leaders, environmentalists and politicians, would likely cause economic damage, particularly to B.C.’s coastal regions where the majority of B.C. log exports originate,” said study author and Fraser Institute senior fellow Joel Wood. Wood told Business in Vancouver that currently, log exports are technically banned under B.C. legislation, with the government granting exemptions to this. The process is inefficient, the study argues. 

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Tembec completes sale of land in British Columbia

Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec today announced the closing of the sale of approximately 17,700 hectares of land located within the Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia, to Jemi Fibre Corp. (“Jemi”), which sale was previously announced on April 25, 2014. Total consideration for the transaction was $15 million. The transaction is the first part of a two phase sale. The second phase of the sale, which is expected to occur in September 2014, relates to the sale to Jemi of approximately 31,800 hectares for a price of $20 million. This second phase remains subject to Jemi obtaining adequate financing. There can be no assurance that the second phase of the sale will be consummated in whole or in part. The transaction is part of the BC Land Sale Initiative. 

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Businesses clamour for mill to cut emissions

The Pictou Advocate
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Business owners in Pictou want assurances that Northern Pulp’s air emissions will improve.
An exceptionally thick plume hanging over Pictou’s waterfront on June 6 prompted more than 30 people to gather on June 12 for a meeting; the outcome was a call for the pulp mill to reduce its emissions and for Nova Scotia’s government to make sure it does. …“We don’t want the mill to close,” she said. “We want it to clean up its act so we don’t lose more businesses. ” …Randle and Davidson moved to Pictou County four years ago from Powell River, B.C. where they said the pulp mill there is a tourist attraction where tours of the plant are conducted and its effluent bears no comparison to what they’ve experienced here.

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Bill Mauro cabinet appointment welcomed by hunters, First Nations

CBC News
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Many northerners are hopeful now that the Natural Resources portfolio is once again in the hands of a northwestern Ontario MPP with the appointment of Bill Mauro as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Mauro was sworn in Tuesday as part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new cabinet. “We’re particularly pleased with Bill’s appointment, and, Bill gets it,” said Glenn Rivard, president of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. …While pleased with Mauro’s appointment, Regional Chief of Ontario Stan Beardy said there are many outstanding issues he plans to take up with the new minister soon, the most important being meaningful participation for First Nation in forestry decisions.

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Interfor to shut down operations in Beaver, Forks until market conditions change; 90 workers to be affected

June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Citing tough market conditions and a challenging fiber supply, Interfor announced Tuesday that it will curtail operations at its Beaver sawmill and at its planer in Forks. The Beaver operation will wrap at the end of the day Friday. Interfor’s planer in Forks, which works hand-in-hand with the sawmill, will run for an additional seven to 10 business days to process remaining inventories before shutting down as well. The shutdown affects 52 employees at the Beaver sawmill and another 38 workers in Forks. The shutdown is temporary, the company said, without providing a date for resuming operations. The shutdown will remain in effect indefinitely until market conditions change, company officials said. 

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Interfor to shut down operations in Beaver, Forks until market conditions change; 90 workers to be affected

June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Citing tough market conditions and a challenging fiber supply, Interfor announced Tuesday that it will curtail operations at its Beaver sawmill and at its planer in Forks. The Beaver operation will wrap at the end of the day Friday. Interfor’s planer in Forks, which works hand-in-hand with the sawmill, will run for an additional seven to 10 business days to process remaining inventories before shutting down as well. The shutdown affects 52 employees at the Beaver sawmill and another 38 workers in Forks. The shutdown is temporary, the company said, without providing a date for resuming operations. The shutdown will remain in effect indefinitely until market conditions change, company officials said. 

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Uruguay’s second pulp mill begins production: 1.3million tons annually

Merco Press
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Uruguay’s second pulp mill Montes del Plata started production this week following an investment of 2 billion dollars, the largest ever in the recent history of the country. The announcement was made by the Chilean-Swedish complex that is running the plant. Montes del Plata is located in Punta Pereira along the River Plate, not too distant from Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires and is made up of three main blocks: the pulp mill, a harbor and a power station fuelled with biomass.The plant has the potential for producing 1.3 million tons of pulp a year mainly from eucalyptus forests belonging to the consortium which are distributed in eleven counties of the nineteen that make up Uruguay.

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Global and China Dissolving Pulp Industry Report 2016 Forecasts

WhaTech
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In 2013, global dissolving pulp capacity approximated 6.3 million tons which were mainly produced in such countries where forest resources are abundant as North America, South Africa and Brazil. As the dissolving pulp industry is fairly profitable during 2009-2011 when a great number of dissolving pulp projects were built in China, the dissolving pulp capacity of China rose to about one million tons till 2013, holding the second place in the world. Although with a rather large dissolving pulp capacity, China is in short of forest resources and Chinese dissolving pulp manufacturers has a higher production cost than international counterparts. 

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NZ is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs

June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs with exports increasing fourfold to almost two billion dollars in five years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. More than 20 percent of the world’s softwood log trade originates from New Zealand. In 2013, the country exported 57 percent of the country’s timber harvest and the value of the trade had tripled in five years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. A majority of the log volumes were destined for China, but South Korea, India and Japan were also sourcing logs from New Zealand last year. …While timberland owners have … benefited … domestic sawmills have not seen the same surge in export volumes. In 2008, the total value of exported lumber equaled that of exported logs at approximately 500 million US dollars. Since that time, the export value for lumber has gone up a respectable 30%.

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Forestry

Forest fires cause state of emergency in Krasnoyarsk region

Voice of Russia
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

The authorities of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region in central Siberia have declared a state of emergency due to forest fires, most of which are blazing in hard-to-reach terrain, the region’s acting Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Yelena Vavilova told reporters on Tuesday. Hot and dry weather causes forest fires to grow, she said. More than 50 forest fires covering a total of 2,000 hectares have been registered in the region, of which 45 are in areas that are hard-to-reach for aircraft. The northeastern districts are the worst-hit. At present, the wildfires pose no threat to communities. Over 800 people, dozens of firefighting systems and 24 aircraft are battling the forest fires.

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Aggressive action still needed to fight mountain pine beetle in Alberta

Pulp and Paper Canada
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Field surveys indicate this past winter brought both good and bad news for Alberta with regard to the province’s mountain pine beetle populations. Government of Alberta survey results show moderate to high over-winter survival in most of the pine forests inhabited by beetles. Extremely high beetle success was detected in small pockets in areas south of Grande Prairie, northwest of Edson and west of Manning. …“Results show beetles continue to survive the winter across much of our pine forests, meaning populations are unlikely to naturally decline in the near future. Aggressive action remains our best option to fight beetle infestations in Alberta,” said Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

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LETTER: How about a sawmill?

Campbell River Mirror
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I read of Timberwest’s proposal for a new production facility in Nanaimo with a certain irony. I think of Campbell River, a small city located in the middle of one of the most productive forests in Canada. I think of a city that has some 7,500 acres of managed private forest land within its city limits. I think of our central location and access to deep-water ports. I think of my younger neighbours working in Fort McMurray while their wives and children reside here anticipating that property values will rise so that the family does not lose everything when they sell.

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Forest fire exhibit recalls heroic ranger who perished in huge blaze

Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“And in his hand, so tightly clasped, we found his Badge of Service as if to say, ‘I’ve done my duty.'” Through August, the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre is celebrating, if that’s the right word, The Bloedel Fire aka The Sayward Fire aka The Campbell River Fire which is remembered by many, simply, as The Great Fire of 1938. “Burning Snags and Raining Ashes” also honours the B.C. Forest Service and it struck me that this would have been a great opportunity to acknowledge Ranger Oliver Gosnold Clark, killed in the line of duty after performing a “deed of heroism unsurpassed in British annals”. Late spring of 1925 had been unusually hot and tinder-dry, and outbreaks in the Qualicum, Ladysmith and Capilano areas soon spread out of control.

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Wildlife advocates ask court to speed up Canada lynx recovery work

The Associated Press
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to force the government to move more quickly on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. The U.S. government declared the snow-loving big cats a threatened species across the Lower 48 states in 2000. However, officials haven’t come up with a mandated recovery plan. After a federal judge criticized the delay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed completing the plan by early 2018. 

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Lawsuit says Arizona mismanaged deadly wildfire

Associated Press
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Dozens of property owners in central Arizona are suing the state, saying it failed miserably in its management of a wildfire that killed 19 Hotshots. The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court seeks unspecified damages for emotional distress, property loss and loss of income. The more than 160 plaintiffs also are seeking protections for firefighters like the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were overrun by flames while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013. 

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Groups seek to protect Tongass cedars

Anchorage Daily News
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yellow cedars, slow-growing trees that are withering and dying in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, should get Endangered Species Act protections, said a petition submitted Tuesday by an three environmental organizations and a tour company operating in Southeast. The petition, submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, seeks to make the yellow cedar the first Alaska tree and the second Alaska plant to gain a listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Aleutian shield fern, a plant found only on Adak Island in the central Aleutians, is the other plant listed under the act, first added as endangered in 1988.

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Oregon deputies say forests a gold mine for crooks

Longview Daily News
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Earlier this year, authorities followed a pickup truck to a warehouse in Philomath and seized more than 13,000 pounds of salal, a leafy Northwest plant prized for its shelf life in floral arrangements. It’s shipped to the East Coast and even to Europe, and the black-market operation was an example of the wealth that thieves take from public forests, law enforcement officers tell the Albany Democrat-Herald. “If it grows out here, somebody’s probably taking it,” said timber Deputy Brandon Fountain of the Linn County sheriff’s office. “And it’s overlooked how big of an issue this is.”

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$213bn illegal wildlife and charcoal trade ‘funding global terror groups’

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabaab relies on charcoal as its primary source of finance, UN report says
The Guardian
June 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Illegal wildlife trade worth up to $213 billion dollars a year is funding organised crime, including global terror groups and militias, according to a report by the United Nations and Interpol. Aside from the well-documented ivory trade of up to around $400m a year that trickles to some militias in East, Central and West Africa, the annual trade of up to $100bn in illegal logging is helping line the pockets of mafia, Islamist extremists and rebel movements, including Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked terror group al-Shabaab that now rely on charcoal as its primary finance. “There is a desperate need for addressing the scale and destinations and routes regarding the charcoal trade,” said Hellemann. Charcoal accounts for up to $289m of “threat finance” to organised criminals, terrorists and militias per year, compared to up to $12m in ivory.

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‘New mammal species’ found in PNG by Australian scientists on crowd-funded expedition

ABC News Australia
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of Australia’s first crowd-funded scientific expeditions may have uncovered several new species of mammal in Papua New Guinea. Euan Ritchie, an ecologist from Melbourne’s Deakin University, raised $20,000 to document rare animals in the Torricelli mountain range in the remote north-west of Papua New Guinea. The money bought 40 camera traps and it was hoped these devices might capture the first images of critically endangered tree kangaroos in the wild. But they have also snapped up to three new species of previously unidentified mammals.

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South, North Korean groups to meet over forestry cooperation this week

Yonhap News
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

South and North Korean civic groups will hold a meeting this week on ways to resume forestry cooperation, the unification ministry said Wednesday, indicating signs of reviving inter-Korean contacts. The Unification Ministry approved South Korean civic group Green One Korea’s plan to send officials to the North Korean border city of Kaesong on Thursday for a meeting with the North’s Council for National Reconciliation, according to spokeswoman Park Soo-jin. The two sides are expected to discuss forest protection measures as well as reforestation assistance.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report suggests climate change bad for Alberta frogs, beneficial for crows and coyotes

Calgary Herald
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A first-of-its-kind report suggests Alberta’s amphibians will be most vulnerable to climate change, while coyotes and crows could actually benefit. The report, Climate Change Vulnerability of Alberta’s Terrestrial Biodiversity: A Preliminary Assessment, by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, studied the sensitivity of amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and plants to the average predicted temperature increase of between 2.5 C to 3.5 C in the next 40 years. “Our challenge was to understand which species may be most affected by climate change, either negatively or positively,” said Chris Shank, lead author of the report.

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‘Tackling’ Climate Change

Media Post Blog
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Just as sports fans around the globe are being riveted to their barstools by the World Cup, complete with spectacular goals and tackles, comes word that the World Bank believes that “tackling climate change” could be a huge economic driver for world economies. Why is it, you may wonder, that the word “tackle” is now used with increasing frequency in relation to climate change? By design, actually. The folks at BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), a consortium that includes Nike, Levi’s, and numerous other global brands, launched a Climate Declaration campaign in 2013 that reframed climate change as an economic opportunity. The headline was “Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century – and it’s simply the right thing to do.”

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Company tries to weather carbon market downturn

Deutsche Welle
June 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Some years ago, social entrepreneurs used a forest protection scheme to create a conservation corridor in Colombia in exchange for carbon credits. What sounds like a good business idea is, however, hugely challenging. In 2007, the international community announced a bold new plan to preserve tropical forests by the creation of a mechanism that enabled people living on the land to earn a living from the land. Called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) the idea was to encourage developing countries to protect natural resources from resource exploitation in addition to promoting biodiversity and conservation by creating a market for carbon offset credits. 

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General

NZ is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs

June 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

New Zealand is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs with exports increasing fourfold to almost two billion dollars in five years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. More than 20 percent of the world’s softwood log trade originates from New Zealand. In 2013, the country exported 57 percent of the country’s timber harvest and the value of the trade had tripled in five years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. A majority of the log volumes were destined for China, but South Korea, India and Japan were also sourcing logs from New Zealand last year. …While timberland owners have … benefited … domestic sawmills have not seen the same surge in export volumes. In 2008, the total value of exported lumber equaled that of exported logs at approximately 500 million US dollars. Since that time, the export value for lumber has gone up a respectable 30%.

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