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Daily Archives: July 4, 2014

Business & Politics

Alberta’s international exports top $10 billion

Higher energy prices push value upward
Calgary Herald
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – Higher sales of agricultural, forestry and other non-energy products pushed the value of Alberta’s international exports to $10.52 billion in May, according to Statistics Canada. Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, said the slight increase over April represents one of the highest amounts in the last five years. Approximately three-quarters of the province’s sales abroad are oil and natural gas, as well as refined petroleum products, he said. “The value of sales is rising due to higher prices in recent weeks,” explained Hirsch. 

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Cathers retires after 40 years in forestry industry

Alberni Valley Times
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gary Cathers has spent more than 40 years in the forestry industry, so it is no wonder he will feel a void when he retires at the end of this month. As the dispatcher for Western Forest Products at the Port Alberni Forest Operations office, Gary started from the bottom and worked his way up to a role responsible for directing truck drivers and their logs up and down Vancouver Island and back into the Valley.

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J.D. Irving Limited loses private wood appeal

Court of Appeal rules company must deal through forest marketing boards
CBC News
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has ruled against J.D. Irving Limited and the company’s practice of signing contracts directly with private woodlot owners. A three-judge panel has ruled the company must work with the province’s seven forest marketing boards. The marketing boards have the authority to regulate contracts for the sale of wood from private land, the 17-page decision states.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper boasts of economic spinoffs in report

Herald Business
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The significance of Port Hawkesbury Paper LP as an economic driver in Inverness, Richmond and Guysborough counties is driven home in a report released by the company Thursday. “We took an unexpected $11-million hit due to an unanticipated jump in natural gas prices, but other than that, we’re pretty much in line with the original business plan committed to by the province,” Marc Dube, development manager at the mill, said in an interview. Dube said the company felt it was appropriate to put some numbers on a period of massive economic and operational transition for the mill, for the benefit of its supporters, employees and suppliers.

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US hardwood producers see improvements in Cebu

Sunstar
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

THE Philippine furniture export sector has yet to recover from the softening of its biggest market, the United States, but American hardwood producers see recent improvements in the industry, particularly in Cebu… Tom Inman, president of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., said there are improvements in the US that offer opportunities to Philippine furniture manufacturers.He said the interest rates in the US remain low, which encourages borrowing and spending on the home market. There is also a growing trend in home improvements, he added.

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Why environmentalists are the losers in Supreme Court land ruling

By Lawrence Solomon
National Post
July 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics

First Nations are big winners in the Supreme Court decision last week, which decided that natives, and not provinces, will obtain secure title to vast areas of now disputed land. But resource companies are winners, too, in that they’ll soon be able to powwow with clear owners of the land, rather than endlessly hold “meaningful consultations” with the myriad stakeholders demanding says in developments. The only clear losers are the natives’ environmental allies, who helped them thwart proposed resource developments that would have compromised native control over their land. Now that the environmentalists have served their purpose, the native groups can tell them to take a hike…. The lesson for environmentalists should also be clear. Natives do not share their vision of Canada’s north as a vast theme park, set aside as a picturesque habitat for moose, bear, caribou and Indians for the benefit of white men on eco-tours. Natives desire development on their own terms and will use their land as they see fit. Courtesy of the Supreme Court decision, that development will now come sooner than later.

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Forestry

Lightning strikes, highway collision spark new season of forest wildfires

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

The summer wildfire season in B.C. has already begun, with dozens of fires burning across the province. In the Prince George region, fire officials said on Thursday that they were battling 20 new fires sparked in the past two days, 15 of which were caused by lightning. One of the fires was caused by an abandoned campfire, and the causes of four others were undetermined. Fire information officer Jill Kelsh said one of the largest fires is 60 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson and had burned through three hectares.

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Forest practices board

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

The Forest Practices Board will examine the forest practices of the Red Mountain Ski Resort, licence L49318, the week of July 7, 2014. Red Mountain, which began as a community-operated ski facility, is currently owned by RMR Acquisition Corporation. The resort is expanding its ski capacity by clearing new runs and installing new lifts. Auditors will examine all land-clearing and road-building activities associated with the licence, looking in particular at operational planning harvesting, roads and protection practices under the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

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Students seek, sort, create, build and install

Vernon Morning Star
July 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Charles Bloom forestry program is a one-semester program that has students learning about planning, harvesting and sustaining a woodlot. The school has its own woodlot (Woodlot 1908) that the students work on three days per week for the semester. Students learn and practise chainsaw operation and maintenance, heavy duty equipment operation, and the processes required to take a fallen tree from the woodlot to the mill. This past school year we were given a grant to create, build and install two information kiosks for our woodlot.  

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Timber tussle near Chase

Salmon Arm Observer
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of a rural area near Chase are clashing with a forest company, a fight foresters predict will become more common as companies log timber closer to homes. Homeowners in the area known as Ptarmigan Hills, located off Chase-Falkland Road about 10 kilometres south of Chase, say they were stunned to learn Tolko Industries Ltd. is planning three cutblocks in their area. The forest has not seen bulldozers or feller-bunchers in nearly a decade. Marjorie Hamilton, who owns Ploughman’s Lunch restaurant in downtown Kamloops, said there are 20 water licences in the area, noting residents have dire concerns about their supply.

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New forest fire air tankers in service

By Tom Fletcher
Alberni Valley Times
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s new amphibious water-scooping aircraft have been sent to a forest fire near Hay River in the Northwest Territories. Four Air Tractor “Fire Boss” planes and one Cessna Grand Caravan command aircraft went into service this spring. They are based in Revelstoke, but can be moved to other locations in B.C. as conditions dictate. Their first mission of the 2014 forest fire season was supporting ground crews at a fire near Kaslo on June 9. 

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Opinion: Canada urgently needs a national forestry policy

Montreal Gazette
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With new collective agreements covering 2,000 workers at Montreal-based Resolute Forestry Products’ 11 locations across Quebec and Ontario — a deal that will set the pattern for negotiations with 8,000 other workers east of the Manitoba border — this vital industry is on a renewed footing and ready for a long-overdue national dialogue on the future of forestry. Canada is a nation rich in natural resources. That provides Canadians with immense opportunities, but also serious responsibilities. 

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Federal support for NS forestry sector

Will improve forest management practices in Cape Breton
Atlantic Farm Focus
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia Landowners & Forest Fibre Producers Association received a $199,800 contribution through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program to assist with a pilot project that will improve forest management practices in Cape Breton. In cooperation with woodlot owners and the province Cape Breton Privateland Partnership has been established providing woodlot owners and forest-management practitioners an opportunity to share best practices, as well as access forestry information and technical support from professionals.

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Climate-Driven Firefighting in West Takes Cash From Prevention Budgets

Bloomberg
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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Denver weighs options for saving park trees as emerald ash borer bears down

Lancaster Online
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fifty residents wanted more information about the emerald ash borer and had questions for state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forester Rick Hartlieb at Denver Borough Council’s meeting Monday, June 30. Denver Borough officials are considering taking pre-emotive action to protect trees in the park, which could include cutting down or treating ash trees that could be imperiled by the bug. Unanimous in their desire to act before it is too late and the emerald ash borer kills the ash trees that comprise half of the 200 trees in Denver Park, residents questioned how long they had to take corrective action before being a target of the killer insect.

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USFA names new regional forester

Gazette Times
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS — Career forester Jim Pena began his career with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon more than 35 years ago. Next month, he will return as regional forester for Region 6, which encompasses 17 national forests, two scenic areas, a grassland and two volcanic monuments in Oregon and Washington. Pena will begin his new job Aug. 3, in the Region 6 headquarters in Portland. He comes to the post from Washington, D.C., where he was the associate deputy chief for the National Forest System. Pena also has served as the deputy regional forester for the state and private forestry in the Pacific Southwest (California) Region.

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Gypsy moth quarantine to protect trees around Lake Superior

CBC News
July 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Minnesota has imposed a quarantine on the gypsy moth to slow the spread of the destructive invasive species. The caterpillar form of the pest can defoliate a variety of trees and has turned up in record numbers along the Lake Superior shoreline. Minnesota agriculture department spokesperson Kimberly Thielen Cremers said the quarantine applies to Cook and Lake Counties in the northeastern part of the state. The Pest Mitigation and Bio-Control supervisor said she wants visitors to keep a sharp eye out for the destructive moth.

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Tasmania’s forest industry calls for clarity on Government’s logging plan

ABC News
July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s main forestry body has said it still does not understand key aspects of the State Government’s forestry plan. The Government has vowed to repeal the peace deal struck by loggers, unions and environmentalists under the previous government. Its bill to reclassify 400,000 hectares of forest so it could eventually be re-opened for logging after six years is currently before Parliament’s Upper House. The Forest Industries Association has been discussing the plan with the State Government since its election in March. 

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Premier spruiks controversial crackdown on forest protests to loggers in Derwent Valley

ABC News Australia
July 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has headed to the Derwent Valley with its sales pitch for a controversial plan to clamp down on forest protesters. The laws cleared the Lower House last week but face a less certain fate in the Upper House. Today the Government met with forest workers in New Norfolk, many of whom had been on the recieving end of anti-logging protests. Premier Will Hodgman told the workers they had a right to earn a living in the forest industry unhindered by protesters.

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