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Daily Archives: July 15, 2014

Business & Politics

U.S. Softwood Lumber Exports Double in Five Years After Promotional Push

Buildings Online
July 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Export sales of American softwood lumber nearly doubled in the past five years, reaching $1.1 billion and the highest level in 16 years, reports the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA). Meanwhile, exports of pressure-treated lumber, a key value-added item promoted by the association, reached an all-time sales record of $79 million in 2013. Exports have jumped sharply to regions targeted by the association’s international market development efforts, and are continuing to rise this year.

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The 10 most endangered jobs (and one of them is mine)

Globe and Mail
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

new report today from CareerCast suggests paper is not where you want to be.  It’s a U.S. study, and Canada is different in many respects, of course, but here are the group’s 10 “most endangered” American jobs, based partly on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics findings: 6. Lumberjack: This is Canada, and we’re hewers of wood. So, too, are the Americans, but the hiring outlook suggests a dip of 9 per cent. 9. Printing worker: See “mail carrier,” “newspaper reporter” and “lumberjack.” The hiring outlook calls for a decline of 5 per cent.

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Plum Creek MDF Plant Resumes Production After Fire

Woodworking Network
July 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS, MT – Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc.’s MDF plant is back at full speed following a June 10 mechanical fire at the Columbia Falls, MT, facility that caused between $8 million and $10 million in damage. Plum Creek’s No. 1 production line, which produces up to 1-1/2-inch fiberboard, resumed full production last week. The No. 2 production line, which makes between 1/10th to 1/2-inch continuous-press fiberboard, restarted June 30. The company said customers were not impacted by the temporary shutdown, with product shipped from existing inventory. 

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Global softwood lumber production expected to rise 24% by 2020

WM
July 14, 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).

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Forestry industry concerned by reports of research job cuts

ABC News
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian Forestry Products Association (AFPA) says the industry faces a dismal future, if reports that the CSIRO will cut 33 forestry scientist jobs, are true. The AFPA says it’s been told by staff affected that their jobs will be axed, and Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan told last night’s Lateline program he’d heard the same. Forestry scientists conduct research into forest growth rates, carbon sequestration and biofuels. Chief Executive of the AFPA, Ross Hampton, says Australia risks falling behind when it comes to international research in the forestry sector.

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Indonesia eyes Europe-like deal in timber trade with Australia

Asia News Network
July 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Indonesia is assessing the viability of creating a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on the timber trade with Australia to boost exports of forestry products. Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi said on Monday that the government aimed to propagate the benefits that Indonesia had received from a similar deal with the European Union (EU). “Complying with sustainability principles is a trend to maintain trade in the future,” he said. “I consider this as part of what we should do to meet the trend of responsible and sustainable global trade.” Lutfi expected that the agreement would particularly boost exports of Indonesian furniture, as well as paper to Australia.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

What Does LEED v4 Mean to Your Business?

Woodworking Network
July 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Like it or not, LEED continues to be the dominant green building program in America. While the latest version of this program, dubbed v4, was released last November, woodworkers are still struggling to understand what it means to their businesses. In the coming weeks, we will lay out all the changes that pertain to woodworkers, explain what they really mean, and give you insight on what you need to know to participate in LEED v4 projects. Until then, the most significant change in LEED that you should be aware of is with the Materials and Resources category—the part where most of the wood-related credits reside. 

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Forestry

Parks group says challenges getting greater, governments failing parks

Canadian Press
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – An environmental group says its annual review of the state of Canada’s parks has left it worried. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says most parks and proposed protected areas are facing greater challenges than they were a year ago. Spokewoman Alison Woodley says the society is most worried about the growing trend by governments to give priority to industrial and commercial interests in parks. She says many decisions are being made that “ignore scientific evidence and public opinion.”

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Emerald Ash Borer Leaves Widespread Destruction of More Than Trees

Indian Country Today Media Network
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

As tree after tree is felled by the ongoing invasion of the emerald ash borer, more is becoming known about the impacts on the surrounding ecosystem. As it turns out, there are many. “The effects will go far beyond what you see on a hike or how you feel about the loss of a tree on your property,” The New York Times said in a recent report. “They will ripple through forest ecosystems, affecting other plants, animals and water supplies.” Ash borers, an Asian invader, were first noticed on Turtle Island in 2002 in Windsor, Ontario, The New York Times noted. 

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BC Forest Service braces for Kootenay fires

Nelson Star
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was a “fairly slow weekend” for wildfires in the Kootenays despite scorching temperatures. Southeast Fire Centre information officer Jordan Turner said no major new blazes were sparked, allowing crews to mop up fires from last week. But with the hot, dry weather of the last ten days and a subtropical storm expected in the area today, crews remain vigilant. “Considering the system that’s coming through, a lot of crews are available and several are on standby,” he said. 

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Help arrives from Ontario as B.C. forest fires spread

BC Local News
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fire crews arrived from Ontario to help Sunday, as lightning strikes and possibly human activity added to the fire map across a hot, dry B.C. Interior on the weekend. A new fire at Soda Creek north of Williams Lake was reported in its early stages, allowing crews with 10 air tankers, three helicopters and heavy equipment to be deployed Sunday while it covered only 12 hectares. The fire is close to Highway 97 and the cause was still under investigation Monday.

Update: fire crews use water from McLeese Lake to fight Soda Creek wildfire from The Williams Lake Tribune

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Board to audit BCTS activities near Houston and Granisle

BC Forest Practices Board
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales program in the Morice Timber Supply Area during the week of July 21, 2014. The audit will examine harvesting, silviculture, protection, road construction, maintenance and deactivation and operational planning carried out by BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence holders.

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Recycling the victims of the Emerald Ash Borer

Orangeville
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SCARBOROUGH — Where most people feel frustration, perhaps even despair, at the idea of a fallen diseased tree, Urban Tree Salvage sees opportunity. The Scarborough-based firm, known for turning old city trees into furniture and other items, has become the first organization in Toronto to be certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to process and ship hardwood lumber previously infected by pests, including Ash.

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Organizations collaborate on behalf of Nova Scotia’s small woodland owners

Truro Daily News
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

STEWIACKE – Organizations that serve Nova Scotia’s woodlot owners have created a united front in an effort to explore ways to improve conditions for family forest owners. “This is the first and only collaboration of all private woodlot owner organizations working together for a common goal of sustainable forests in Nova Scotia,” Kingsley Brown, president of the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association, said in a news release.

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UPDATE: Voluntary evacuations in Boise County due to Calder Fire

Idaho Statesman
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Calder Fire, five miles east of Garden Valley, is one of at least 16 sparked by a Sunday lightning storm. Residents along the South Fork Payette River Road were warned earlier Monday about a possible evacuation. The official request for a voluntary evacuation of about 60 homes east of Alder Creek came at about 3:15 p.m. from the Boise County Sheriff’s Office. At that time, the fire was more than a half-mile from the upper end of the four-mile road and was slowly backing down the ridge above it.

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Wildfires in Oregon, California destroy homes; progress on largest Washington fire

The Associated Press
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Southern Oregon wildfire has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. The destructive Moccasin Hill fire — named for a longstanding subdivision — began Sunday near the ranching town of Sprague River, about 25 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, fire spokeswoman Erica Hupp said Monday. Many residents keep horses and cattle on plots of 3 to 5 acres, and neighbours have been stepping in to shelter both stock and pets, she said.

Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires from The Associated Press

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Title holders face uncertainty after World Heritage process, says Liberal Senator

ABC News, Australia
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Coalition has warned that 1,030 Tasmanian landowners whose properties now adjoin World Heritage-listed forests have not been consulted about the implications. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the title holders share boundaries with the 74,000 hectares of land the Coalition applied to have removed from protection. Senator Colbeck said they now may not know they have a boundary with World Heritage-listed land, or how they must now consider those values when managing their land.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

What wildfires in the Northwest Territories say about climate change

Globe and Mail
July 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The boreal forest is no stranger to fire. Each year, in the Northwest Territories alone, thousands of hectares of wilderness are consumed in flames – part of the natural process of forest regeneration. But this year, as the region battles its worst fires since the 1990s and smoke drifts for thousands of kilometres to the U.S. border, a new set of questions is emerging: Is a warming climate amplifying the severity of northern wildfires? Will bad fire years like this become more common? Will the forest that regrows be different in character from the one burning away right now?

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Climate change blamed for ‘tornadoes of fire’ in Canadian forests

Current conditions apoproximate models of 40 years from now.
UPI
July 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

YELLOWKNIFE –Forest fires in rain-deprived western Canada, described by a witness as “tornadoes of fire,” are caused by climate change, a University of Alberta analyst said. Canada’s Northwest Territories, at the same longitude as Alaska, has been the site of forest fires this summer caused by dry conditions meteorological models predict for 40 years from now, said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist of Environment Canada. A fire 13 kilometers (eight miles) long, near Yellowknife, N.W.T., over the weekend forced the evacuation of a fishing lodge. 

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General

Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires

The Oregonian
July 14, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Latest updates on wildfires in Oregon.

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