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Daily Archives: July 10, 2014

Business & Politics

Historic land-title ruling creates ‘uncertainty’ for development, report says

Globe and Mail
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


The Fraser Institute published a paper Thursday that says the Tsilhqot’in ruling could suspend or shut down projects that are already underway on land where aboriginal title has been claimed. …That’s because the Supreme Court judgment clearly says the need for consent from First Nations to pursue development applies to all future aboriginal title lands, writes author Ravina Bains. “In provinces such as British Columbia, where over 100 per cent of the land is under claim by First Nations, there is a possibility that already existing economic development projects may be suspended or shut down,” says the report.

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Cascades Inc. closing Quebec paper plant, 175 jobs affected

Associated Press
July 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, Que. — Cascades is ending its production of kraft paper with the closure this fall of a paper plant in East Angus, Que., affecting 175 jobs. The recycled paper and packaging company says the closure to take place by Oct. 3 is due to unfavourable market conditions and the inability to finalize a sale of the plant. Cascades (TSX:CAS) says it has been unable to remain competitive amid weak market conditions and the decision by competitors to convert their newsprint paper machines to produce kraft paper, an oatmeal-coloured paper used for promotional materials and for some fast food wrapping.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood First – Highlighting Five Years of Accomplishments

Wood First BC
July 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A report highlighting accomplishments in promoting increased uses of wood in design and construction of non-residential buildings in British Columbia is now available. “Wood First – Highlighting Five Years of Accomplishments” shows how the profile of wood buildings and products in B.C. and the profile of B.C. as a world leader in wood use and innovation had been raised to new heights from 2009 to 2014. It is of particular interest to engineers, architects, community leaders and developers who want to learn more about how wood is being used by the building industry in the province today. Published by Forestry Innovation Investment, the B.C. Government’s market development agency for forest products, the report is available on www.woodfirstbc.ca.

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Forestry

Northern B.C. fire quadruples in size and threatens to burn into Alberta

The Canadian Press
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – A forest fire in northeastern B.C. has more than quadrupled in size in 24 hours and threatens to singe Alberta’s boundary. Information officer Jill Kelsh said the blaze about 60 kilometres southeast of Tumbler Ridge had grown to 3,100 hectares by Wednesday from the estimated 650 hectares on Tuesday. Kelsh said the main concerns for crews are keeping the fire from oil-and-gas wellheads in the area and trying to stop it from spreading across the boundary into Alberta. 

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Forestry is alive and well in B.C.

Terrace Standard
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dear Sir: I’m responding to the inaccuracies in Rob Brown’s July 2 column about forest practices in B.C. The Forest Practices Code was replaced by the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) more than a decade ago. All timber harvesters on Crown land are required to abide by the Forest and Range Practices Act. Non-compliance can result in stiff fines or even suspension of the forest tenure in question. With regard to logging in streamside areas, FRPA requires a mandatory riparian reserve zone of at least 20 metres on each side of the stream for all fish-bearing streams greater than 1.5 metres in width. 

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B.C.’s plan for protecting vulnerable species

BC Government
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s five-year plan for protecting species at risk was released today by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. “Our new plan provides a clear and certain path forward for B.C. to show leadership in conservation of species at risk,” said Polak. “The plan considers recommendations from the Species at Risk Task Force, government’s new conservation initiatives, and social and economic factors related to resource development.”

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Panel explores new reality of aboriginal title

Prince George Citizen
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Tsilhqot’in First Nation won their Supreme Court of Canada case on June 26, winning ultimate legal endorsement of their claims over their traditional territory, it set a precedent for all of Canada. A panel of local aboriginal leaders gathered at the College of New Caledonia (partnered with UNBC) on Wednesday to explain the ramifications to the public.  Their collective message: Canada is dead. Long live Canada. “Change is difficult. It’s not easy. But this will build a better place to live,” said Terry Teegee, tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (a collection of interrelated First Nations in the area).

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Sudbury lake research links fish size and forest health

Research show fish in areas with abundant forest cover had more robust populations
CBC News
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A researcher with the University of Cambridge is studying the relationship between the size of fish and the health of a surrounding forest. The research was done through on a Sudbury Lake through Laurentian University’s Vale Living with Lakes Centre. Lead researcher, Dr. Andrew Tanentzap, looked at studies on aquatic food chains in Daisy Lake and focused on the link between healthy forests in Boreal ecosystems and the viability of fish stocks.  The research found fish were better nourished in areas where forest debris washed into the lake

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Forest tent caterpillars on the move

Fort Frances Times
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As if dealing with the flood threat wasn’t bad enough, the forest tent caterpillar population is on the rise—although whether the Fort Frances area ends up seeing a full-on invasion remains to be seen. The beginning of the outbreak here is on schedule with the 10- to 12-year periodicity of caterpillar outbreaks, noted Taylor Scarr, provincial forest entomologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources. Scarr said the caterpillars are part of an expanding outbreak in Northwestern Ontario, which the MNR expects to grow to several million hectares and spread to the northeast.

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Sonic technology used to determine tree health in Missoula’s urban forest

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

A giant Norway maple on South Higgins Avenue saw a tree doctor of sorts Wednesday for an assessment of its condition. “The tree has a full canopy, but it clearly has a defect at the base,” said Christopher Gray, an arborist with the Urban Forestry Division of the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. “Is this a high-risk tree? Low-risk tree?” To determine the future of the maple, one of some 32,000 trees the program manages, the city used for the first time a device called a sonic tomograph. 

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House: Less money for EPA’s climate fight, more money for drought-worsened wildfires

Washington Post
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The House Appropriations Committee released its 2015 Interior and Environment Bill on Tuesday, calling for increased funds for wildfire prevention programs and the Forest Service. The goal of that funding is to “help prevent and fight the wildland fires that cause millions of dollars in damages every year,” as committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) put it. At the same time, the committee proposed dropping the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency from 2014 levels by $717 million — a sizable cut of 9 percent. 

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Meeting over ForestrySA future to discuss fire response

ABC News, Australia
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The region’s forestry fire response will be the key topic of discussion at a meeting at ForestrySA tomorrow. Forests Minister Leon Bignell is currently in the region for talks with ForestrySA, union officials and the Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell. Yesterday’s meeting focused on the details on the 66 redundancy packages accepted. Mr Bignell says they are working out how ForestrySA will operate in the future.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

‘No evidence’ province monitored results of climate change strategy: auditor general

Edmonton Journal
July 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Six years after unveiling its strategy to combat climate change, the Alberta government has failed to meet its targets, hasn’t regularly monitored its results and has yet to publish a single public document on its outcomes, the province’s auditor general said in a scathing report released Tuesday. Auditor General Merwan Saher concluded that four years after the Alberta government’s 2008 Climate Change Strategy was unveiled, the environment department still hadn’t established a method of consistently measuring whether the policy was working.

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Halifax Grain to invest up to $1 million in Scotia Atlantic Biomass

The Chronicle Herald
July 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Halifax Grain Elevator Ltd. will invest up to $1 million in Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd., the company that makes wood pellets in Middle Musquodoboit. The move announced Wednesday will have significant implications for the Middle Musquodoboit facility that produces wood pellets that are trucked to The Port of Halifax for shipment to overseas markets. “This strategic partnership is one that benefits all Nova Scotians,” George Malec, vice-president of business development and operations for Halifax Port Authority, said in a news release.

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British-Based Drax Biomass Establishes U.S. Headquarters In Sandy Springs, Georgia

Area Development
July 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Drax Biomass , Inc. will establish its U.S. headquarters in the Atlanta, Georgia region. The company will invest more than $1 million to lease 10,000 square feet in the Concourse building in Sandy Springs for seven years, with plans to create 50 jobs over the next five years. A wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of U.K. based Drax Group, Drax Biomass is a development and operating company focused on manufacturing wood pellets from sustainable biomass for onward use in the generation of low carbon, renewable power.

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Rising EU wood pellet use drives surge in imports

Agrimoney.com
July 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European Union imports of wood pellets are to soar by one-quarter this year, boosted by the region’s “surging” adoption of the fuel for heating homes and for small scale power generation plants. The EU contains some 50% of the world’s capacity for manufacturing wood pellets, made largely from waste from sawmills, although increasingly being made from timber left over from felling too. Germany is the bloc’s biggest producer, with output of some 2.25m tonnes of pellets a head, ahead of Sweden, with 1.35m tonnes, with Latvia, whose volumes are approaching 1m tonnes a year.

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General

Gambier Island Woodlots Need Your Support

I ask you email Craig Sutherland, Assistant Deputy Minister, to share your support for the Gambier Island woodlots.
Truck Loggers Association
July 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Concerns have been raised by a group generally opposed to logging about two new woodlots tendered for sale on Gambier Island. This is understandable given it means change in the form of some logging. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about the planning processes and the degree to which harvesting will take place. I commend government for hosting a meeting to clarify the process and alleviate community fears. Despite local apprehension, the woodlot program is precisely the right kind of tenure for our coastal islands. Woodlots are naturally tailored to address local issues, are often locally owned, and operate with local contractors living in the surrounding community.

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