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Daily Archives: July 17, 2014

Business & Politics

West Fraser Timber reports lower Q2 earnings despite increase in revenue

Canadian Press
July 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:WTF) has reported lower year-over-year earnings in the second quarter despite an increase in sales revenue. The Vancouver-based softwood lumber producer says net income in the quarter was $74 million or 87 cents per share, compared with $109 million or $1.27 per share in the comparable 2013 period. Revenue rose to $1.05 million from $900 million in the second quarter of 2013 and from $809 million in the first quarter of this year as increased shipments in its lumber operations were offset by lower prices.

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Gitxsan serve eviction notice on Skeena anglers, foresters and CN Rail

The Northern View
July 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gitxsan chiefs say they issued eviction notices on Thursday to all sports fisheries, forest industry and CN Rail to leave Gitxsan territories by Aug. 4. “This notice is pursuant to ayokim Gitxsan supported by the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that the Crown must obtain consent and preserve the interests of the Gitxsan before carrying on any activities on Gitxsan lax yip, 33,000 sq km of territory in northwestern British Columbia,” the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs stated in a press release.

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Pulp Mill production may hinge on new agreement

PANow.com
July 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The start-up of production at the Prince Albert Pulp Mill now hinges on the renegotiation of a non-competition agreement, according to a number of sources that spoke to paNOW on Wednesday. The mill’s owner, Paper Excellence is in the midst of discussions with Domtar, paNOW has learned. The two companies are said to be looking to renegotiate its purchase deal. The terms of the original purchase agreement, signed in 2011, bars Paper Excellence from producing bulk paper products. Instead, Paper Excellence planned to produce Rayon, a form of dissolving pulp used to make clothing.

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Lumber, pellet mills still have dust hazard

BC Local News
July 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sawmills have improved their control of combustible dust, but non-compliant wood product manufactures are still being found by stepped-up inspections since two fatal explosions in northern B.C. in 2012. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond has promised to implement all recommendations of a new report recommending continued inspections and penalties for mills, and a separate investigative unit for WorkSafeBC that will seek prosecutions for unsafe conditions. Bond released the report Tuesday, showing that sawmill compliance with dust control standards has gone from 58% to 84% in the latest round of inspections.

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Gem Forest Products purchasing more logs

Messenger Index
July 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Emmett’s new mill, Gem Forest Products, is building their log inventory by purchasing as many logs as they can in the coming months. “We are purchasing as many logs as possible,” Operations Manager Tim Denton said. “We plan on beginning operations in September.” About six million feet or 1,300 log loads can be stored on the property. A brand new log loader from Japan will arrive at the mill Sept. 1.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Trade Talk: An architectural vision built on wood

Growing trend: Vancouver firm at forefront of using timber in large buildings
Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

WOOD IS ME: Scrapping the requirement for masonry fireproofing enabled Chicago architect Daniel Burnham to design New York’s steel-frame Flatiron Building. Now, 112 years later, Vancouver architect Michael Green has achieved a comparable breakthrough with an 18,600-square-metre building that will be the United States’ first large structure built of wood. …In the 23-staff Michael Green Architecture firm’s 105-year-old, wood-frame Gastown office this week, Green literally itched to name the Midwest city where “a very large private developer” should soon announce the first of perhaps 15 such projects.

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Forestry

Island Timberlands logs old-growth forests near Port Alberni

Vancouver Observer
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conservationists expressed alarm over a logging company’s logging of rare old-growth Douglas Fir trees near Port Alberni. Island Timberlands had reportedly logged a hundred-metre wide section of old-growth trees in the previously intact part of McLaughlin Ridge’s forest. The Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance and Ancient Forest Alliance have urged the BC government — which deregulated the land in 2004 — to work toward conservation of McLaughlin Ridge and other endangered old-growth forests jeopardized by Island Timberlands. 

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Wildfires force more evacuations in Western Canada

Sun News
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Smoke from nearby forest fires is choking up Yellowknife, but officials there say the city isn’t at risk just yet. Part of a highway leading into the city was shut down Tuesday because of heavy smoke. Environment Canada warned residents of “widespread smoke” in the city. There are currently 146 fires in the Northwest Territories as hot and dry conditions have led to one of the worst forest fire seasons in years.

Hudson’s Hope, Bennett dam evacuation ordered from The BC Local News
BC wildfire roundup: evacuation orders and alerts from CBC News
Local firefighters team up to battle forest fire just south of Terrace from the Terrace Standard

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Fatal accident in Storm Bay

Coast Reporter
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A woman from Victoria died in a logging accident in Storm Bay on Sunday, July 13, but exactly what happened is still unknown. Storm Bay is about 21 km up the inlet from Sechelt. Scott McCloy, director of government, community and media relations with WorkSafeBC said the accident happened at about 9:30 a.m. last Sunday. …The identity of the deceased was released by the coroners’ office on Wednesday afternoon as Sherry Belle Bennett, 45, of Victoria. WorkSafeBC was continuing to investigate the accident as Coast Reporter went to press Thursday morning.

Victoria woman dies at logging site near Sechelt from The Times Colonist

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New fire near Penticton already at 100 hectares

Kelowna Daily Courier
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another wildfire near Penticton suddenly flared up to 100 hectares within an hour Wednesday. The blaze erupted about 4 p.m. on Nickel Plate Mountain, about 30 kilometres southwest of Penticton. Within an hour of the first reports, it grew to the same size as the Apex fire, which has forced nearby residents to prepare for evacuation. “That’s the kind of behaviour we’re seeing,” said Kelsey Winter, who speaks for the Wildlife Management Branch in Kamloops. “Wind is not the main driver. It’s the dry conditions.”

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Local firefighters team up to battle forest fire just south of Terrace

Terrace Standard
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two roaring fires had to be doused by a team of Thornhill Fire Department members and a provincial firefighting crew yesterday in the Jackpine Flats area just south of Terrace. The blazes were within 1,000 feet of each other, according to Thornhill fire chief Wes Patterson. The first one was respond to at 2:30 p.m. at Nystrom Pl. and is still being investigated. “We responded with the crew and had it controlled and contained. We notified Forestry and they assisted,” he said. A helicopter was used to aid in operations and the fire was snuffed within two hours, said Patterson.

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Shocking satellite images expose tar sands damage to boreal forest

Copy Carbon
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s boreal forest is one of Earth’s major ecological treasures. Yet the region’s forests are under threat from logging, hydrodams and mining. Satellite data reveals a major new threat to Canada’s boreal forests—tar sands development. (This is the first instalment of World Resources International’s blog series, Zooming In. The series uses the Global Forest Watch platform to explore challenges and opportunities in forests throughout the world. 

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NDP critic says government needs bigger budget to combat wildfires

CKNW
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While 123 wildfires continue to burn across the province, Norm Macdonald — the NDP’s critic for forests and lands — says the summer’s dry conditions signals the government’s need to be better prepared for wildfire season. “The high level of wildfires are higher than they used to be 20 years ago. We just need to prepare communities for wildfires. There’s a cost for that, but there are a number of options that can be looked at that are cost effective and I think that’s what government has to be doing in a more serious way.”

How Costly are BC’s wildfires from 250 News

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B.C. media outlet takes heat for flying drone in restricted airspace over forest fire

Kelowna Daily Courier
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Flying a drone near a forest fire has sparked a rank-one reprimand from the province’s forest service. Trevor Rockliffe of Castanet Media thought he had clearance to fly a machine his company uses to get news footage from above when he launched the craft west of Peachland on Saturday. It got no higher than the treetops, he said, when a supervisor told him to bring it down. “I had it up for 30 seconds,” said Rockliffe, news editor for the Kelowna media outlet. “Their lead hand … said, ‘You’d better bring it down. It’s a restricted airspace.’” Another firefighter had told Rockliffe that helicopters stopped flying over the small fire and it was OK to use the drone.

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Where is Ontario’s tallest tree?

CBC News
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Ontario explorer Bill Steer says there are three trees in northeastern Ontario that are contenders for the province’s tallest. For years the tallest tree in Ontario could be found in the Kirkwood Forest north of Thessalon. It sprouted in 1642 and grew to a height of 49.4 metres and diameter of 1.4 metres. It crashed in a windstorm in 1997. The Ontario Forestry Association compiles an honour roll of trees detailing the tallest of each species in the province. It lists a pine tree in Haliburton Forest southeast of Algonquin Park as the tallest, at 45.1 m.

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Invasive species of beetle that kills ash trees spreads in southwestern Ontario

Invasive species of beetle threatens forests
Canadian Press
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – An invasive species of insect that kills ash trees is cropping up in new areas of southwestern Ontario, threatening provincial forests, commercial woodlots and the landscapes of residential properties. The emerald ash borer, a green Asian beetle that has been blamed for the loss of millions of trees across North America, is “gradually spreading,” said Jim Penner of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority. In the last few years, he said, the emerald ash borer wasn’t advancing north, and “seemed like it stalled” after reaching Goderich on Lake Huron. But now that has changed, he said, with the insect reported in Ripley and Point Clark, north of Goderich, as well as in Georgian Bluffs, north of Owen Sound.

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Oregon wildfires prompt state of emergency

The Associated Press
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared a state of emergency in order to mobilize the Oregon National Guard to respond to wildfires burning across the state. “Oregon is facing a severe fire season. Conditions are dry and new fires are starting daily,” Kitzhaber said. In making the declaration, Kitzhaber determined that a threat to life, safety and property exists due to the fires, and that the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. Thirteen large fires are burning across the state.

NE Oregon field fire races 5 miles, no homes lost from The Associated Press
Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires from The Oregonian

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A letter to the editor: San Juan Fire

Jim Zornes, Forest Supervisor, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
USDA Forest Service
July 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately on the national forest treatment activities associated with the management of the San Juan fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. I hope to at least set the record straight on what has occurred, and dispel some inaccurate information as it relates to vegetation management activities on the local level. …White Mountain Stewardship (WMS) is still the oldest and largest “operationally active” stewardship contract in the country, beginning in August, 2004 and terminating in August, 2014.

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Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

Associated Press
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. — Residents of hundreds of homes have been urged to evacuate as a wind-driven central Washington wildfire raced through nearby timber, sending up a towering column of smoke. Fire spokesman Rick Acosta says residents of 860 homes have been told they should leave. A Chelan County emergency management spokeswoman said earlier Wednesday that at least another 800 homes were less seriously threatened. By late Wednesday there was zero containment on the Chiwaukum Creek fire burning about 10 miles north of Leavenworth. The blaze has prompted the closure of a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 2.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects

Biomass Magazine
July 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine wood-to-energy projects. According to the USDA, the federal funds will leverage more than $4.5 million in investments from USDA partners. “Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration’s ‘all of the above’ energy strategy,” said Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Working with our partners, the Forest Service is supporting development of wood energy projects that promote sound forest management, expand regional economies and create new rural jobs.”

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