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Daily Archives: July 9, 2014

Business & Politics

Opinion: Forest industry faces the future

Vision 2020 is collaborative 10-year plan with ambitious goals
Vancouver Sun
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canadian forest-products industry is growing and being transformed under the strategy called Vision 2020, thanks in part to a unique collaborative model involving many players in the Canadian economy. Vision 2020 was launched in May, 2012, as a 10-year journey to help the forest sector across Canada reach its potential. The initiative issued a challenge to industry as well as governments, academics, researchers, policy-thinkers, environmentalists and others to find ways to improve co-ordination in the forest products industry. 

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PacWest speakers have ideas for workforce renewal

Pulp and Paper Canada
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

What is colloquially known as the skills gap, referring to the dearth of skilled trades workers, is also a knowledge gap and an experience gap for pulp and paper companies. The large number of retiring workers means that, for all positions within the mill, employees are moving up more quickly through the ranks than ever before. At Canfor Pulp, human resources manager Twyla Hurley cites the example of chip handlers. An employee used to spend an average of 11 years in this position; now, it takes about six months before the chip handler gets a promotion. 

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No pulp fiction here: Canfor pushing more wood fibre product innovation

By Gordon Hamilton: Faced with intense competition from Southern Hemisphere, industry developing high-tech uses for highly regarded Canadian pulp
Business in Vancouver
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At Canfor Pulp’s Burnaby innovation centre, director of research Paul Watson holds up a handful of tiny sheets of pulp, each one no more than a few centimetres square. They have been cut by a customer in Japan from larger sheets that make up a bale of pulp, part of a specialty order produced at one of Canfor’s three Prince George mills. On each piece, someone has drawn a small circle in blue ink. Within the circle, there is a defect, a tiny speck or bump, imperceptible to the human eye. 

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Man accused in deadly mill shooting in Nanaimo makes court appearance

The Canadian Press
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — The suspect in a deadly shooting at a sawmill in Nanaimo has made another court appearance in that Vancouver Island city. Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Addison appeared briefly by video link from the detention centre in Victoria, where he remains in custody. Addison faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern, and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 30 shooting at the Western Forest Products mill.

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Local forestry industry cellulose filament products getting ready for prime time

Nanoscale material produced in B.C. pulp mills could be used in composite materials to replace oil-based plastics and other non-renewable products
Business in Vancouver
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cutting-edge research on chemicals and materials derived from trees has so far been at the developmental stage, but industry players say one technology is now ready to be commercially produced. “In the case of things like tissue paper, we’re at two minutes from commercial,” said Pierre Lapointe, CEO of FPInnovations, a research organization with offices in Quebec, Vancouver and Edmonton. FPInnovations recently partnered with Kruger Inc. to build a cellulose filament plant. 

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Alberta forest products industry concerned about changes to foreign worker rules

Edmonton Journal
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – From a catwalk above the shop floor at Spruceland Millworks Inc., president Greg Schellenberg can see just what the temporary foreign workers on his staff are doing for the company. Saws buzz as workers from the Philippines churn out fencing, decking and other lumber products that have Spruceland on track to achieve $80 million in sales this year. Based in the Acheson industrial park west of Edmonton, Spruceland counts 30 temporary foreign workers among its staff of 162. 

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Treaty vs. title: First Nations’ new Tsilhqot’in choice

CBC News
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are 59 First Nations in British Columbia involved in negotiations with the provincial and federal governments that are overseen by the B.C. Treaty Commission. The Tsilhqot’in National Government — which won a landmark declaration of aboriginal land title from the Supreme Court of Canada last month — was not one of them. “For us we felt no good faith on the part of the government in the B.C. treaty process or any negotiations. The offers that the governments provide are, for the record, abysmal,” said Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William.

Vaughn Palmer: As Tsilhqot’in celebrate, treaty negotiation bills of other BC First Nations mount from The Vancouver Sun
Ottawa remains biggest obstacle to resolving land claims from Business in Vancouver
A brief history of BC treaty talks from BC Local News

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B.C. log prices could rise following Supreme Court ruling

Business in Vancouver
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s biggest forestry companies will be the most affected by a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal land title, according to equity research firm Salman Partners. On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that the Tsilquot’in First Nation had title over 1,750 square kilometers of land west of Williams Lake. The decision was the conclusion of a decades-long court case and is unprecedented in Canada. The ruling requires potential land users to get the consent of the Tsilquot’in before proceeding, and gives the First Nation “a right to proactively use and manage the land.”

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Kalesnikoff celebrates 75 years

Nelson Star
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s all in the family at the Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. (KLC) mill in Thrums, BC. The company is celebrating 75 years in business and owner Ken Kalesnikoff recently spent a little time reflecting back on where it started to how far it has come. It began as an idea by Ken’s great uncle Koozma Kalesnikoff and his crew falling trees with handsaws and hauling logs out by horse. From a family of Russian immigrants who arrived in Canada in 1911, Koozma wanted to change the hardships of the Great Depression.

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Asia slowdown halts three-year US sawlog rally

Agrimoney.com
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A run of rising US sawlog prices stretching back more than three years has come to an end, undermined by a slowdown in China’s construction sector, besides by a softer domestic market. Prices of US sawlogs – the highest-value parts of a trunk, sent to sawmills rather than for pulping – tumbled in May, taking their declines for 2014 to up to 15%, depending on the species of tree and the logging region, Wood Resources International said. The declines in prices, “after having trended upward for over three years”, was reflected in both of the major US lumber regions, in the north west and south of the country.

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Promote sustainability without disadvantaging business

Statesman Journal
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s natural resources are valued by the public and support biodiversity, tourism and tens of thousands of jobs in the forest products industry. Policies for this economic sector should serve the well-being of all Oregonians. Unfortunately, well-intentioned regulations have the effect of sidelining our wood products from entering “green” markets. To meet the demand for sustainable products, many businesses have turned to “certification,” a process where a third-party group verifies the commitment of a businesses or forester to sustainable practices. 

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Company plans logging as Idaho land swap stalls

Associated Press
July 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A timber company plans to log and subdivide portions of more than 60 square miles of land it owns in northern Idaho, a tract it’s trying to swap with the federal government in a deal that has stalled over concerns about the public’s loss of access. Western Pacific Timber Co. has worked with the U.S. Forest Service on the Lochsa Land Exchange for several years. Under the deal, the federal agency would trade public land for the larger amount of private land owned by Western Pacific in the upper Lochsa River basin.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

City staff look to tap the value of Toronto’s trees

Metro News
July 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

When last summer’s big rainstorm floated a 6-metre willow tree into a flooded Etobicoke backyard, Andrew Baughn was hired to remove it. While the homeowner thought he just had an expensive problem to fix, Baughn told him the stormy waters had delivered a valuable commodity. Baughn uses a “mobile sawmill,” a chainsaw attachment that allows him to mill trees on site and salvage much of the wood. In this case, Baughn saw that the willow tree’s burls — dense growths on the trunk — could be sold for a tidy sum to local woodworkers.

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Forestry

Conservationists pushing to halt island woodlot work

Owner of local forestry company irked over opposition to Gambier Island tree-lot tender
Business in Vancouver
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bill Markvoort is wedged between the ministry of forests and Gambier Island conservationists. The professional forester and vice-president of Probyn Log Ltd. has bids in on two controversial woodlots being tendered for auction by the province. Conservationists want to prevent the sale. “There’s a fear that the whole woodlot is going to be one big clearcut,” he said. “But to have a sustainable allowable cut, you can only take out 1% per year.” With more than 30 years of forestry experience, Markvoort knows the industry. His timber development company provides a full suite of timberland management services, including engineering, marketing, financing and logging operations. 

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160-year plan for white spruce forest revealed

Needs cash, land to fend off invasives and loggers, says committee
St. Albert Gazette
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

St. Albert should double the size of the white spruce forest to ensure the forest’s survival for the next 160 years, a city committee says. City council received the Grey Nuns White Spruce Forest management plan at its regular meeting Monday. The plan, in the works since 2012, was developed by a city advisory committee and approved by city manager Patrick Draper last May. The white spruce forest is a remnant of the original forest that once covered St. Albert prior to settlement. 

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Quick start to wildfire season in Cariboo

Williams Lake Tribune
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a wet spring and start of summer, the Cariboo Fire Centre has experienced 19 new fires during the last week. “Fifteen of these wildfires were caused by the past weekend’s lightning storm and the other four were human-caused,” Cariboo Fire Centre communications specialist Sandra Wagner said. “The majority of these are small spot-sized wildfires and are located north and east of Quesnel.” So far, the largest fire is located west of Isaac Lake and has burned 20 hectares.

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Wanted: skilled employees to work in B.C.’s woods

Business in Vancouver
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent study confirms B.C.’s forestry industry is approaching a human resources crisis. “By 2022, we’re going to need 4,700 people in our industry,” said Dwight Yochim, Truck Loggers Association executive director. “On the coast, nearly 50% of the workers there now will need to be replaced.” Yochim recently oversaw a B.C. coastal forestry industry study in a partnership project that assessed the forestry industry’s labour market and training needs. The report, which was steered by a committee of industry experts and B.C. government representatives, indicates that industry demand for skilled workers will increase by 26% in the next 10 years, while occupational supply is predicted to grow by only 8%. 

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Tsilhqot’in case is not a template for resolving all First Nations land disputes

Pursuing a solution through the courts costs as much time and money as staying in the treaty process, experts say
Business in Vancouver
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Supreme Court of Canada decision that awarded aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation may not necessarily stop projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline. Even aboriginal title can be trumped by senior governments for projects like highways or pipelines deemed to be in the greater public interest. It may not even stop the New Prosperity mine, despite assertions to the contrary by Tsilhqot’in Chief Joe Alphonse.

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Ontario miners, loggers await Supreme Court of Canada decision on treaty rights

Financial Post
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Get ready for another big aboriginal rights decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. On Friday, the Supreme Court will release a crucial decision on the wording of a 1873 treaty between the crown and the Ojibway Nation. The agreement, called Treaty 3, covers about 142,000 square kilometres in what is now a large part of northwestern Ontario and a small part of eastern Manitoba. …There’s potential for the court to surprise a lot of people. One of the most overlooked aspects of the SCC’s Roger William decision is that it confirms the right of a province to allow certain developments to be built on aboriginal title land.

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Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires

The Oregonian
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

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Immigration funding request includes $615M for wildfires

Gannett Washington Bureau
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency funding request Tuesday to resolve the crisis of child immigrants also seeks $615 million to fight wildfires this year. Obama also asked Congress to add wildfires to the list of natural disasters eligible for federal emergency assistance. That move would eliminate the need for the government to dip into wildfire-prevention programs to pay ever-increasing firefighting costs. 

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Increase in forest fires elsewhere felt in S.D.

Argus Leader
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – As wildfires in other states have become bigger, deadlier and costlier to battle, South Dakota is paying the price in the form of deferred forestry projects, from tree removal to trail maintenance. South Dakota has avoided the massive wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres of land in California, Arizona and other western states this year, but thecost of fighting those blazes could impact local projects locally while renewing calls to change the way the federal government funds firefighting efforts. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forestry groups warns of climate change impact on B.C.’s ecosystems

The Globe and Mail
July 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Associations representing more than 9,000 forest professionals, biologists and planners have issued a joint statement recognizing that “climate change is occurring and it has fundamental impacts on British Columbia’s communities and ecosystems.” The groups say the declaration, released Tuesday, is unprecedented because it comes not from climate change scientists or environmental activists but professionals who work in the field, managing forests.

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