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Daily Archives: July 3, 2014

Business & Politics

Hinton Pulp to install commercial-scale lignin recovery

Pulp & Paper Canada
July 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser’s Hinton pulp mill will be the first in Canada to extract lignin from its black liquor recovery stream at commercial scale using the LignoForce process developed by FPInnovations and NORAM Engineering. The technology has been operating successfully at a pilot-scale demonstration plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. Initially, West Fraser will pursue the use of lignin as a renewable, natural replacement for certain glue components used in the manufacture of plywood and engineered wood products such as laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and oriented strand board (OSB).

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Northern B.C. companies want a piece of billions of dollars in energy projects

By: Gordon Hoekstra: They need to prepare well and qualify to earn business with large, global companies, experts say
Vancouver Sun
July 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE — Canfor, Carrier Lumber, Lakeland Mills, Brink Forest Products. These are familiar names to the citizens of northern B.C.’s largest city. But the remaining forestry players — the sector has seen several rounds of mill closures in the past two decades — have new neighbours. About one year ago, TransCanada, one of North America’s largest pipeline companies, opened up an office in the city of about 80,000, which bills itself as the province’s northern capital. 

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Cascades exits fine paper business, sells Rolland assets

Pulp & Paper Canada
July 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A private equity investment firm has teamed up with management to acquire the Cascades Fine Papers Group from Cascades Inc. for $39.5 million. “This transaction provides stability and growth opportunities for all Rolland employees, customers, and suppliers. We are excited about the future of the business and the partnership with H.I.G.,” said Daniel Parrot, president and COO of Rolland Enterprises. The three units employ about 425 workers. The business will be re-named Rolland Enterprises, taking back the former name of the business prior to its purchase by Cascades in 1992.

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DEP intervenes following a muddy mess at Camden Snow Bowl

BDN Maine
July 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CAMDEN, MN— A logging operation that began in March to develop new ski trails at the Camden Snow Bowl went off track last month, resulting in mud flowing into the adjacent Hosmer Pond. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection met with town officials Monday and toured the work area and pond. The town manager said she expects the town to be fined for the violations. Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan acknowledged Wednesday the logging operation went off plan toward the end of the project, with workers cutting down more trees than needed and then failing to take proper erosion control measures.

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Tasmanian Forest Industries Association backs anti-protest laws

ABC News, Australia
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Forest Industries Association has thrown its weight behind the State Government’s bid to clamp down on protesters. The Government wants to introduce new mandatory penalties including on-the-spot fines and minimum prison terms for protesters who trespass on workplaces. It used its numbers in the Lower House last week to force an early vote on the bill. Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said the Government has an electoral mandate. “(This) was something that we took to the election and we intend to deliver,” she said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Yes, there is ‘wood pulp’ in your burger. No, you shouldn’t worry about it.

Slate
July 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW YORK — On June 30, Quartz’s Devin Cohen alerted the world that “There is a secret ingredient in your burger: wood pulp.” Having perused the ingredients lists of McDonald’s, Burger King’s and other fast food chains’ menu items, Cohen noticed that many of them contained cellulose, a dietary fiber that is sometimes derived from wood. Cohen called cellulose’s spread on fast-food menus “stealthy” and described the fiber as “difficult to avoid.” Why you should want to avoid cellulose, on the other hand, Cohen didn’t say, other than to note that cellulose has “no nutritional value” and that “some studies suggest that microcrystalline cellulose may have adverse effects on cholesterol.”

There is a secret ingredient in your burgers: wood pulp from Quartz

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Forestry

William Watson: We have clarity on land claims — there will be lawyers

National Post
July 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Even people who may not like it that First Nations’ property rights seem to have been expanded by last week’s Supreme Court decision in the case of the Tsilhqot’in land claim seem happy the claim is finally settled. In Canadian justice, however, “settled” is a relative term. …For non-experts in this area, an interesting feature of the decision is that it makes clear that Ottawa and the provinces do have the right to legislate and regulate on aboriginal lands even after title has been established. If the B.C. forestry ministry wants to control fires or pests and passes laws of general application to do that, aboriginal title-holders have to comply (or will have to after B.C. cleans up its legislation to require that).

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Vaughn Palmer: Top court’s title ruling sidestepped charged issue of private property

July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — When the Supreme Court of Canada brought down the landmark decision in favour of aboriginal title last week, non-native British Columbians must have wondered about the impact on private land, including any of their own. The short answer was that private land was not at issue in the title case brought by the Tsilhqot’in people. A small portion of the territory covered by their claim did consist of privately owned land but “no declaration of aboriginal title over these lands is sought before this court,” as Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin noted.

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N.W.T. experiencing one of its worst forest fire seasons

CBC News
July 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A major hydroelectric plant has been closed down and a small
community evacuated in what officials are calling one of the worst fire
seasons the Northwest Territories has ever seen.
  So far officials have logged 123 fires this season, at least 92 of
which are still burning. Most are caused by lightning striking hot, dry
forest that hasn’t seen significant rain since the spring snow melt.

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Valuable wildlife habitat conserved near Nanaimo

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO – Wildlife habitat on central Vancouver Island is better protected today following new additions to the Green Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Today’s announcement by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson adds 105 hectares of highly productive alpine meadow and subalpine habitat on Crown land near Nanaimo. The additions increase the overall size of the Green Mountain Wildlife Management Area by more than 40%. The WMA now covers a total of 342 hectares.

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Vaughn Palmer: Top court’s title ruling sidestepped charged issue of private property

July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — When the Supreme Court of Canada brought down the landmark decision in favour of aboriginal title last week, non-native British Columbians must have wondered about the impact on private land, including any of their own. The short answer was that private land was not at issue in the title case brought by the Tsilhqot’in people. A small portion of the territory covered by their claim did consist of privately owned land but “no declaration of aboriginal title over these lands is sought before this court,” as Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin noted.

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Launch of Aboriginal business award for forest industry

from Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
July 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) today announced that nominations are open for the 2014 Aboriginal Business Leadership Award. The $5,000 award recognizes and celebrates First Nations entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business that exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services. 

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California wildfire threatens wine country homes

Associated Press
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County expanded Wednesday, officials said. The Butts Fire in remote Pope Valley grew to 3,800 acres, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It had damaged two homes and seven other structures and threatened hundreds more, officials said, but did not yet pose a threat to the major vineyards that are the area’s main business and claim to fame.

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Climate-Driven Wildfires Consume Forest Service Budget

Bloomberg News
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires blamed in part on climate change are consuming timber in the U.S. West at such a furious pace that half the Forest Service’s budget is now spent fighting them — up from 21 percent in 2000. Add in the firefighting of other agencies, as well as state governments, and the bill to taxpayers runs in the billions of dollars each year. And it’s growing fast, driven by an urbanizing West as well as warmer and drier summers. The cost has touched off a debate about whether the rush to quench blazes is obscuring the need to prevent fires by thinning deadwood and controlling insects or limit their impact by discouraging home-building in danger-prone areas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NASA’s carbon dioxide-hunting telescope reaches orbit

The Sydney Morning Herald
July 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California on Wednesday, carrying a NASA science satellite to survey where carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas tied to climate change, is moving into and out of Earth’s atmosphere, a NASA Television broadcast showed. The 127-foot-tall (39-meter) rocket lifted off at 2:56 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, located about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles, and headed south over the Pacific Ocean.

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