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Daily Archives: July 11, 2014

Opinion / Editorial

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: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada West

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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Froggy Foibles

From McDonalds to Organic Valley, you’re probably eating wood pulp

Minnesota Public Radio
July 11, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood. If you buy shredded cheeses, including brands such as Organic Valley and Sargento, or hit the drive-through at McDonald’s for a breakfast sandwich or a smoothie, or douse some ribs with bottled barbecue sauce, there’s likely some cellulose that’s been added to your food. Cellulose is basically plant fiber, and one of the most common sources is wood pulp. Manufacturers grind up the wood and extract the cellulose. …But there’s not much new here. The FDA long ago green-lighted the use of added cellulose in foodstuffs. And, in our bodies this cellulose passes right through our GI tracts, virtually unabsorbed.

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Business & Politics

All eyes on the Supreme Court as another First Nations decision looms

The Montreal Gazette
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives are anxiously awaiting a Supreme Court decision on a challenge of the Ontario government’s right to permit industrial logging on a First Nation’s traditional lands… The Ontario case is different from the one involving the Tsilhqot’in First Nation in that it involves treaty land, not aboriginal title. But the lawyer for Grassy Narrows says a decision in the First Nation’s favour could get Ottawa more involved in provincial resource development. “If the decision is in favour of Grassy Narrows, then essentially the provincial government has two major hurdles to get over before it can authorize resource development.”

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Top court upholds Ontario’s logging rights on First Nation’s land

The Globe and Mail
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A First Nation in Northern Ontario has lost a fight to force the provincial government to obtain federal approval before permitting logging on its traditional lands – a decision that helps clarify the jurisdiction of the two levels of government over resource extraction in territory covered by treaties. In a unanimous ruling released Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed appeal the Grassy Narrows First Nation’s appeal of an Ontario court decision that said the province has the right to use treaty land for mining and forestry. “Ontario has the power to take up lands in the Keewatin area under Treaty 3 without federal approval or supervision,” Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin wrote in the ruling. The decision marks a rare defeat for First Nations that have turned to the courts to resolve disputes with governments and industry. 

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B.C. First Nation evicts CN Rail, logging companies, fishermen from its lands

The Canadian Press
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Two British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land title. The hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nations served notice Thursday to CN Rail, logging companies and sport fishermen to leave their territory along the Skeena River in a dispute with the federal and provincial governments over treaty talks.

Gitxsan First Nation evicting rail, logging, fishing interests from CBC News

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Council gives green light to Gorman Bros. traffic

Peachland View
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last Tuesday Peachland council passed a resolution supporting an update to the Gorman Bros. forest stewardship plan that will see increased logging truck traffic travel on Munro Forest Service Road, McDougald Road, and Princeton Avenue. According to a staff report to council, Gorman Bros. is currently developing timber harvest in the Finlay Creek area, just south of the Peachland intake, but outside the Peachland Creek watershed. To access the area, the West Kelowna lumber company will require the use of the Munro Forest Service Road, and subsequently McDougald Road and Princeton Avenue.

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E.S. Fox wins $2M pulp and paper mill modernization contract

On-Site Canada’s Construction Magazine
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

E.S. Fox Ltd. has been awarded a $2M contract as part of the Irving Pulp & Paper mill modernization project announced in March. The project involves the design, fabrication, delivery, site installation and testing of modular utility racks. The racks consist of a structural steel frame with long pipe sections and will connect the existing facilities with the new continuous cooking plant at Irving Pulp & Paper in Saint John, N.B. …Steve Doyle, area manager for E.S. Fox Ltd., said forest products manufacturers have been a mainstay of jobs for the company for 60 years. “The modernization of the pulp mill is the largest single site contract for our company.”

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Report details Port Hawkesbury Paper’s impact on entire province

The Hawk Radio
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Officials with Port Hawkesbury Paper released a detailed economic analysis of the mill late last week. Marc Dube, Development Manager for the mill, says the analysis was conducted by a consultant starting this spring. Dube tells The Hawk they decided to conduct the review to show the mill is living up to its expectations set out in a business plan for the mills re-start. “After our first full year of operations we thought it would be good for us to show people we’ve been doing what we said we’d do.” Dube says the analysis revealed everything was mostly status quo.

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EU Wood pellet imports may soar 25% in 2014: USDA

Scrap Monster
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

SEATTLE: According to report by US Department of Agriculture, the EU wood pellet imports are expected to surge during 2014. The domestic output by the region is unlikely to meet the rising demand. Consequently, the region may have to depend on more quantities of imported wood pellets. The total wood pellet output by the EU region had totaled 11.5 m tonnes last year. The USDA report forecasts the region’s output to grow by nearly 9% during 2014. This production rise will be insufficient to meet the consumption growth by the region. 

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Weyerhaeuser Announces Final Proration Factor of 28.55 Percent for Shares Tendered in Exchange Offer

Weyerhaeuser News Release
July 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the final proration factor of approximately 28.55 percent for its exchange offer of Weyerhaeuser common shares. The exchange offer was in connection with the separation and combination of Weyerhaeuser’s homebuilding business, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, with a subsidiary of TRI Pointe Homes.

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Dr. Seuss, Spatial Analysis, and Wood Procurement Realities

Fourth in a series related to the analysis of timber markets and wood baskets
Forisk.com/blog
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An architect buddy told me, “Brooks, I can build a house anywhere a client wants – they can have it on a cliff, they can have it in a tree, on an island, or on Mercury. [Pause]. As long as they have the budget for it.” This near “green eggs and ham” reference applies to wood procurement. You can put a wood-using facility anywhere you want and supply it with wood, as long as you have the budget. In practice, financial performance and operating realities constrain wood procurement budgets and limit the number of viable markets for operating profitable mills and timberland investments. The exercise of evaluating viable wood baskets and timber markets requires analysis of both space and time (cue the Theremin).

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High China stocks and high NZD compounding NZ log export doldrums, says Peter Weblin. Surging domestic demand a bright spot

Interest.co.nz
July 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The rapid deterioration in the export log market continued in July with export log prices down an average of $12/JAS m3. The export “A” grade price has fallen $62/JAS m3 in 3.5 months, a fall of 44% from its March 2014 high. Many domestic prices were also renegotiated for the third quarter of 2014. Some regions experienced sharp down-turns (e.g. Northland and Central North Island) and in others prices remained steady (e.g. Canterbury and Nelson). Overall the PF Olsen log price index fell $8 to $87.

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Global softwood lumber production outlook

Friday Offcuts (from WOOD Markets)
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Global softwood lumber production bottomed out in 2009 at 264 million m3, climbed in 2010 to 288 million m3, and in 2012 expanded to 306 million m3 according to the latest WOOD Markets Monthly International report. In comparing 2010 with the base-case forecast for 2020, the production of global softwood lumber is expected to rise by 24% (2.4% per year), with a volume increase of some 70 million m3. Note that the annual increase over ten years of 2.4% per year is higher than that of global softwood timber harvests (2.0% per year). Based on the timber harvest forecast, the U.S. will have the largest lumber production increase by far.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Port Hawkesbury Paper using microbes to treat effluent

The innovative technology is being used in pulp mills across North America
CBC News
July 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper is turning to a small army of micro-organisms to treat its excess water. The paper mill is using microbes to treat 30,000 cubic metres of sludge every day. The innovative technology is being used in pulp mills across North America. Port Hawkesbury paper produces 360,000 metric tonnes of paper a year, producing a lot of waste water, known as effluent. The plant is taking that effluent and introducing millions of micro-organisms to it in large containers called reactors. The microbes are then known as “activated sludge.”

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Lumber waste, hazelnut shells and oyster shells hold big promise

Portland Business Journal
July 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A fresh investment in a Portland environmental startup will help confirm whether its mix of lumber waste, hazelnut shells and other materials effectively removes toxic metals from stormwater. The Portland Development Commission and Oregon BEST are investing $136,000 so Sunmark Environmental can work with an Oregon State University research team to confirm its product, EarthLite Stormwater Filter Media, removes 80 percent to 100 percent of the toxic metals that leach off of metal roofs and from brake linings, brake fluid and other sources and reach the water system.

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Sublime salvaged wood furniture, overlaid with rivers of glass

TreeHugger
July 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

It may seem at first that discarded wood rife with imperfection is not good for crafting fine furniture, but we’ve seen time and time again how junked wood can become things of surprising beauty. American furniture maker Greg Klassen, influenced by his home in the Pacific Northwest, salvages rough edged or rotting pieces of wood — often thrown out on construction sites and lumber yards — transforming them into gorgeous pieces that are embedded with handcut glass ‘rivers’ and ‘lakes’. The resulting impression is a work that brings lines and textures of nature right into the home.

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Stark honored for best paper at PacWest

Pulp and Paper Canada
July 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Olaf Stark of Canfor Pulp was granted the H.R. MacMillan Annual Memorial Award for the best technical paper presented at the 2014 PacWest conference… New this year was a technical session dedicated to presentations by students at University of British Columbia. Stark received the H.R. MacMillan eagle trophy for his paper, Risk Considerations for Construction Contracts. Jennifer Fowler of West Fraser, Hinton Pulp, was honored for the best technical presentation by a novice, for Identification of Key Odour Sources and Abatement Strategies Implemented at Hinton Pulp.

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Forestry

Wildfires Threaten an Expanse of Northern Canada the Size of Texas

Motherboard
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

It’s been more than twenty years since the Northwest Territories, one of Canada’s northernmost remote jurisdictions comprising parts of the North Pole, experienced extreme drought conditions of the magnitude it’s currently enduring. That extreme drought has fueled wildfires now affecting much of the NWT, a territory almost twice the size of Texas. So much smoke is being produced by the burning forests of the boreal region that the jet stream is carrying it to parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and even as far as North and South Dakota. One look at an image outlining the extent of the damage and you get a feel for the biblical size and scope of the inferno burning across the territory.

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Just a ‘glossy brochure’? B.C. releases five-year plan to protect species at risk

Canadian Press
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — With about 50,000 plants and animals calling British Columbia home, the province boasts the highest wildlife diversity in Canada. ….But a report released Wednesday states some, including the prehistoric-like white sturgeon and Vancouver Island’s water-plantain buttercup, are under threat and need protection.Opposition New Democrat environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert said the report appears to be a toothless plan that provides no new funding and does little to aid threatened species.

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Forest fire season arrives in South Okanagan

Penticton Western News
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tinder-dry conditions and no rain in sight has sparked a warning from the provincial forest service for to people use extreme caution in areas prone to wildfires. The notice comes on the heels of the third suspected human-caused fire in three days in the South Okanagan, the latest being Wednesday afternoon in an area just west of Osoyoos near Spotted Lake off Old Richter Pass Road. At the height of that fire, thought to have started around 3 p.m., about 50 firefighters were working on scene and five planes and two helicopters were used to battle the “aggressive” blaze which eventually burned about 15 hectares.

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Dewdney Grind trail needs protection from logging, say hikers

Fraser Valley Regional District joins fight to keep Tamihi from logging in area
CBC News
July 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Fraser Valley Regional District has joined local residents’ efforts to preserve the Dewdney Grind, a popular trail in Mission, B.C., from the threat of logging. Residents of Dewdney built the unofficial trail on Crown land almost a decade ago. Since then, it’s become a popular place for avid hikers and families eager to take in the view overlooking the Fraser Valley. But Tamihi Logging Ltd., which is owned and operated by the Dorman Group of Companies, has logging rights to the area where the trail is located. …The Fraser Valley Regional District recently sent a letter to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations asking the province to designate the area a recreational site.

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Ktunaxa Nation trains youth for jobs in forest industry

The Nelson Daily
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It wasn’t that long ago that forest was BC’s number one industry. Well the industry appears to be making a comeback as employment opportunities are on the rise for trained and skilled forestry workers. But since the downturn in forestry in the Kootenays, many a youth have moved on to jobs in the oil and gas or mining industries. …To help address some of these training needs, the Ktunaxa Nation Council has extended their employment and training services to the north end of Kootenay Lake by offering a Forestry Fundamentals BladeRunners program in Kaslo.

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FPL spruce budworm research funded

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest Protection Limited (FPL) of Lincoln, New Brunswick has received $10,000,000 to develop to develop new products and techniques to intervene early in spruce budworm outbreaks in order to mitigate pest-related impacts on forest integrity, timber supply, and industry productivity. The investment, announced July 8 by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Minister Rob Moore, is through ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund.

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Protecting species at risk

Wood turtles have fallen victim to the pet trade, habitat destruction, farming accidents, and road traffic
Chronicle Herald
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the third year in a row, Clean Annapolis River Project, or CARP, is engaged in the Wood Turtle Monitoring and Stewardship Project. The wood turtle is one of Nova Scotia’s four native species of turtle, and a species at risk. The project involves field surveys and community outreach and is funded by Environment Canada, the Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund and Acadian Wildlife Federation. The wood turtle has survived thousands of years, but in the last 100 years humans have managed to do what evolution could not — place it on the species at risk list. …Community outreach is a big part of the Wood Turtle project. Without partnership between CARP and the community, the little wood turtle might be lost.

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Grays Harbor County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Weyerhaeuser’s Recreation Fees

KPLU.org
July 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A coastal Northwest county is the first to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The Grays Harbor County commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access. …The protests convinced the county commission to reclassify tree farms that charge for access into a higher property tax bracket. Tree farmer Howard Wilson predicts an unintended consequence. “If the large timber companies can’t charge a fee, their next option is probably cutting off access completely,” Wilson said.

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New Recreation Projects Get Funding in Oregon

Public News Service
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber gave an official “early welcome” this week to new money slated to come into the state from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Slightly more than $43 million is coming to states for grants for local projects to promote conservation and recreation uses nationwide. Oregon gets $650,000. …Beamer said the advantage of LWCF money is its flexibility. It can be used to build pools, parks and trails, or to purchase easements from private landowners such as the one that created the Gilchrist State Forest in 2010. LWCF funds are fees paid by offshore oil and gas developers. 

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Extension Enlists Allies to Battle Ash Tree Pest

Invasive insect threatens to spread across NH
University of New Hampshire
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The shiny green, half-inch-long bugs on display one recent evening at Canterbury Shaker Village don’t sting or bite or carry a nasty disease, but their mere presence in some stately old ash trees near the village is raising the alarm for landowners, loggers and firewood dealers across the state. The jewel-toned beetles are emerald ash borers, the latest invasive pest to arrive in the Granite State. Although they are harmless to people, they can kill ash trees in a matter of years and now pose a serious threat to the Granite State’s valuable stands of ash.

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Ash borer wiping out Kentucky trees

Invading bark beetle is finally taking its fatal toll on Kentucky’s ash trees.
The Courier Journal
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Five years after the emerald ash borer arrived in Kentucky from the north where it killed more than 25 million trees, the full force of this Asian invader is being felt across the Bluegrass. From Lexington to Louisville and north to Cincinnati, ash trees are being wiped out from rural landscapes, parks, leafy subdivisions and urban corridors. Dead tree tops and whole dead trees are visible from the westbound lanes of Interstate-64, and in pockets of destruction throughout northern Kentucky, including Franklin, Shelby, Oldham and Jefferson counties.

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Tackle weak forest law compliance and enforcement – FAO

Ghana Web
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), has urged a scale-up of actions to tackle weak forest law compliance and enforcement. Dr Lamourdia Thiombiano, FAO’s Deputy Regional Representative to Africa, said this has become necessary to stop the severe forest degradation and deforestation, resulting in considerable environmental damage. The damage by way of soil degradation and loss of productivity, loss of habitats and respective biodiversity, as well as severe reduction in the quantity and quality of services rendered by forest ecosystems, he noted, had combined to significantly change the livelihoods of the rural population.

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Community forest identified

Vernon Morning Star
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry

There’s increased awareness about Cherryville’s role in forestry. Five timber frame signs have been installed to mark the access points to Cherryville’s community forest… Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, recently participated in the unveiling of the signs. Foster will be in Cherryville Monday with senior forestry staff to view CRMC’s stand management, silviculture, and salvage harvest projects.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Greenhouse gas emissions from forestry in East Norway

Springer.com
July 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Abstract — So far no calculations have been made for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from forestry in East Norway. This region stands for 80 % of the Norwegian timber production. The aim of this study was to assess the annual GHG emissions of Norwegian forestry in the eastern parts of the country from seed production to final felling and transport of timber to sawmill and wood processing industry (cradle-to-gate inventory), based on specific Norwegian data.

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General

New forest fire air tankers in service

By Tom Fletcher
Rossland News
July 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

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. The planes delivered 222,361 litres of water and foam in 75 minutes.

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