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Daily Archives: July 22, 2014

Business & Politics

Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’in First Nation land title ruling boosts uncertainty in Canada’s natural resource sectors

Financial Post
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent judgment on Aboriginal title for the Tsilhqot’in First Nation in British Columbia should be of great concern to all Canadians. This judgment will significantly increase the level of uncertainty in Canada’s natural resource sector and will likely deter investment and exploration in Canada. More than 12% of Canada’s economic output is directly generated by resource development (i.e. energy, forestry, and mining). These industries are leading sources of stable, high-paying jobs and unless these uncertainties can be mitigated by purposeful government action, Canada’s economic future looks bleaker.

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Canadian, U.S. Log Exporters Increase Shipments to Asia –

Log exports from Canada and the US to Asia have increased this year shipment from the US South being 130 % higher than in 2013, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review
Woodworking Network
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE– North American log exports to Asia over the past several years have boosted profitability for timberland owners while challenging the domestic solid wood sector mainly in northwestern US and Coastal British Columbia. In the 1Q/14, the North American export volume was 14% higher than in the 1Q/13 and 30% more than the same quarter in 2012, as reported by the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). Almost 53% of the overseas exports have been shipped from the US Northwest, while 41% was from British Columbia and the remaining share of shipments were split between Alaska, California and the US South.

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British energy company’s forest deal a ‘model’ for Alberta Métis communities

Financial Post
July 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – A British renewable energy company and three Métis communities in Alberta signed a groundbreaking agreement Friday to commercialize mature forests. Under the deal between Active Energy Group PLC, an international supplier of industrial wood chips, timber products and forestry management services, and the forest owners — the Alberta Métis settlements of Peavine, Paddle Prairie and East Prairie — much of the waste timber would be turned into biomass for electricity generation.

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Coast Forest Products Association and Nanwakolas Council Society sign landmark MOU

COAST FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION
Canada Newswire press release
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

COURTENAY, BC – The Nanwakolas Council and the Coast Forest Products Association signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in a move that will further strengthen their longstanding collaborative partnership. Aimed to increase Nanwakolas Council’s participation in coastal forestry and strengthen security of tenure and fibre supply for the industry, the MOU is a significant milestone in further defining the partnership over the next three years.

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B.C. lumber giant ‘a cash-generation story’

Globe and Mail
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Investors are betting on increased demand for lumber and specialty wood products used in home renovation to fire up the shares of Western Forest Products Inc., the largest lumber producer on the B.C. coast. Western’s shares are trading at multiyear highs and have increased almost 50 per cent over the past year, outpacing its industry peers. The Vancouver-based company is benefiting from a recovery in the U.S. housing market, higher lumber and log prices, and growing demand for its specialty wood used for home renovation.

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Ainsworth Lumber poised to benefit from U.S. housing recovery

Financial Post
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ainsworth Lumber Co. shares have been hampered by falling prices for oriented strand board (OSB) this year, but the Vancouver-based company remains well positioned to benefit from a U.S. housing recovery and a rebound in the stock is likely, says Cory O’Krainetz, an analyst at Odlum Brown Ltd. “We view the recent weakness as an attractive buying opportunity because we believe it is only a matter of time before building activity improves and demand for OSB once again overwhelms supply,” he said in a note to clients, reiterating his buy rating and $3.75.

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Gitxsan Form Partnership with Brinkman Forest

CFNR
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Gixtsan Development Corporation has signed a limited partnership agreement with Brinkman Forest Ltd. The Lax Yip Forestry LP is managed under the GDC’s forestry division. President and CEO of the GDC Rick Connors said over the next few years they plan to expand from harvesting lumber to producing pellets and generating biomass power. He said the Gixtsan recently issued a notice of eviction that applies to resource companies like BC Timber Sales, which is a government-owned forestry company operating on Gixtsan land without their consent.

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Sino-Forest CFO to testify against executives of failed company

David Horsley to pay $6.3 million in fines and testify in fraud trial
The Canadian Press
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The former chief financial officer of Sino-Forest Corp. will pay a total of $6.3 million and testify against other former executives of the China-based forestry company which collapsed under allegations of fraud. Under a settlement Monday approved by the Ontario Securities Commission, David Horsley agreed to pay $5.6 million to settle class action lawsuits in Ontario and the U.S. and another $700,000 to the provincial regulator to offset investigative costs.

Former executive of collapsed Sino-Forest settles with OSC from The Net News Ledger
Sino-Forest CFO fined $700,000 and banned from boards in settlement with Ontario Securities Commission from Financial Post

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Rayonier Announces Third Quarter 2014 and Special Dividends

Businesswire
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

 Rayonier RYN  announced today that the company’s board of directors has declared a third quarter cash dividend of 30 cents per common share. The dividend is payable on September 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 16, 2014. In addition to the regular third quarter cash dividend, the company’s board has declared a special cash dividend of 50 cents per common share payable on August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 31, 2014.

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Lumber company announces Philadelphia expansion

Associated Press
July 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said in Monday’s announcement the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year we’ve seen somewhat of an uptick in the housing market and with that we are able to sell a little more product, which makes a little more positive future and gives us the ability to reinvest profits back into capital projects,” said company spokesman Monte Simpson said.

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Forestry

Environmental and labour organizations call on Island Timberlands to stop logging old-growth forest

July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Council of Canadians, Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) union and various environmental organizations have signed a joint statement calling on Island Timberlands to halt logging the endangered old-growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni, BC. They asked the BC Liberal government show leadership and ensure the forest’s protection. “The company and the BC government really need to heed the call of so many diverse organizations, otherwise the controversy will only continue to grow,” said Jane Morden from the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance, which is spearheading the campaign to protect old-growth forests around the region, including McLaughlin Ridge.

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Groups fear fragile B.C. area logged

Vancouver 24hrs
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups and labour organizations on Vancouver Island are demanding the province lend protection to a section of forest being logged near Port Alberni — except the company in question denies it’s logging fragile areas. McLaughlin Ridge sits about one hour southeast of Port Alberni in a 78,000-hectare parcel, including a swath being logged by Island Timberlands. Environmental groups are concerned habitat used by deer and elk in winter is being compromised.

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Weekend temps cool regional fires

Prince George Citizen
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cooler temperatures and higher relativity on the weekend helped 350 firefighters tackle the eight wildfires of note in the Prince George area, according to bcwildfire.ca. In the Prince George Fire Centre, these were at 22km Tenakihi, Euchiniko Lakes, Forres Mountain, Mount McAllister, Mugaha, Red Deer Creek, Salmon Lake and Valley south of Morfee Lake. More crews from across Canada arrived Sunday to help give relief to crews battling the blazes.

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Water bomber could be ready

Martin Mars sits idle, but Coulson Group says it would need just 8 to 10 days notice to be deployed
Alberni Valley Times
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although the Hawaii Mars water bomber has spent the beginning of a particularly serious forest fire season sitting on Sproat Lake, if called upon it could be deployed, says the CEO of the aircraft’s company. “If the province did require the aircraft, we would make it available to support the firefighters and the communities in the province that have supported us for so many years,” said Wayne Coulson, who heads Coulson Flying Tankers. “It would be probably eight to 10 days to get the aircraft back online again.”

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Environmental and labour organizations call on Island Timberlands to stop logging old-growth forest

July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Council of Canadians, Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) union and various environmental organizations have signed a joint statement calling on Island Timberlands to halt logging the endangered old-growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge near Port Alberni, BC. They asked the BC Liberal government show leadership and ensure the forest’s protection. “The company and the BC government really need to heed the call of so many diverse organizations, otherwise the controversy will only continue to grow,” said Jane Morden from the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance, which is spearheading the campaign to protect old-growth forests around the region, including McLaughlin Ridge.

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Crews struggle to contain in Conception Bay South forest fire

CBC News
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A fire that started in the Red Bridge Road area of Conception Bay South proved stubborn on Monday evening, as crews fought to extinguish it. A water bomber was being used to get rid of persistent hot spots in the fire, which appeared to be under control early Monday evening — only to spurt flames well above the treeline later. The CBS fire department was contacted for help last night after 11 p.m. They responded and based their action out of a gravel pit. 

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Parks Canada to use fire to protect Thousand Islands trees

Parks Canada to use fire to restore landscape
Kelowna Daily Courier
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MALLORYTOWN, Ont. – A small area on the Thousand Islands National Park will be set ablaze this week to help protect rare fire-dependent species, Parks Canada said Monday.
A 16-member team will descend Tuesday afternoon on Camelot Island to set fire to an area of just over one hectare that is home to about 50 pitch pine trees. “They (the trees) need fires from time to time, so that they can persist,” said Parks Supt. Jeff Leggo. Fires will help them regenerate, clear away the organic layer and open the canopy giving more light for seedlings to grow, he said. 

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Invasive brown spruce beetle found in Memramcook

Canadian Food Inspection Agency identifies brown spruce longhorn beetle in Memramcook, N.B.
CBC News
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A ban on movement of spruce logs and firewood from the Memramcook area is in effect after the detection of a brown spruce longhorn beetle. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed one single beetle has been found. The agency stated in a press release it is now searching for signs of infestation. This comes just over a year after CFIA announced N.B. was clear of the bug, adding then that the agency continues to monitor N.B, P.E., N.L., and Quebec to ensure the provinces’ trees are beetle-free.

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Richburg brothers represent logging industry’s future

Herald Online
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

On any given day you can find men like Will Coleman and Bobby Goodson deep in the pines of the Carolinas. They can look at a stand of trees and know exactly how to clear-cut or thin it. They know exactly where to position the loaders, the skidders and the feller-buncher equipment, and they know where paths need to be to move cut trees and where the deck needs to be to load the trucks. In an instant they can tell you where a log is headed – the crooked ones to the pulp mill, the straighter ones to mills that saw them into boards.

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Cooler weather helps contain Oregon wildfires

Associated Press
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Cooler temperatures have helped firefighters make progress against a dozen large fires burning across Oregon, but officials said Monday that more lightning with the potential to start other blazes was expected in north-central Oregon in the days ahead. Nearly 9,400 firefighting personnel were battling the fires that have burned 760 square miles in Oregon. A low-pressure area moving in from the coast was expected to pass over north-central Oregon on Tuesday, bringing significant lightning from Hermiston south through John Day and Prineville, coordination center spokeswoman Katie Santini said.

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Elk hoof rot not linked to herbicides, experts claim

The Longview Daily News
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


During a tour of Weyerhaeuser land, elk researcher John Cook said herbicides aren’t eliminating forage for elk. When Krystal Davies moved herself and her horses to the Kalama, Wash., area in March, she started noticing something on their hooves. Her 5-year-old horse, Tucker, had previously had only one abscess. “Since I moved up here, he’s had 10,” she said. “Typically, you’re not going to get abscesses in healthy feet.”

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Better Weather Helps Firefighters Battling Warm Springs Blazes

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Authorities say lightning caused the 9,500-acre Logging Unit Fires in Central Oregon. And they expect more lightning storms this week. Jim Whittington is a public affairs officer with an interagency group managing the fires. He says cooler temperatures are a welcome sight before the next round of lightning. Whittington explained, “That system that’s going to bring that activity is also pushing in a lot of moist air and that’s going to give us a good 24 hours or so to work on the fires we have right now.”

Oregon Wildfires and Forest Fires update from The Oregonian

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Va. firefighters to combat wildfires in Oregon

Associated Press
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RICHMOND, Va. — Firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry are helping to combat wildfires in central Oregon. More than 20 agency employees are heading to Oregon to work as part of a wildfire hand crew and as incident managers. The crew is expected to be deployed for 16 days. Officials say large, complex wildfires require more personnel than most states possess and that mutual aid is important in firefighting efforts. During the last nine years, Virginia wildland firefighters have helped with suppression efforts in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and California.

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Need for bigger timber leads to scarcer pilings

Galveston County Daily News.
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GALVESTON, Texas — A severe shortage of timber pilings, crucial for construction on the coast, is complicating life for homebuilders who are lamenting about longer and longer waits for supply, as demand for new houses and vacation properties surges. Not long ago, builders could get 12-inch-by-12-inch timber pilings in a matter of days. Now it can take months, and the problem will get worse before it gets better, industry observers say.  “Twelve-by-twelves are by far the hardest to get your hands on,” James
Fox, manager of McCoy’s Building Supply on the island, told the
Galveston County Daily News.

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Update on the Independent Forestry Safety Review

By The Independent Forestry Safety Review
Scoop Independent News
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The formal consultation process for the Independent Forestry Safety Review has now been completed. The Panel has received feedback on its consultation document. This included 111 written submissions from government agencies, forest industry stakeholders and individuals with an interest in the Review. Please note, the time for making a formal submission has closed. Details about what was said in the submission will be contained in the Panel’s Final Report. Work on the report is currently underway.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New Mission business cleans up wood waste

Mission City Record
July 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new wood pellet manufacturing facility wants to make use of wood waste and cleaning up the air. There are many mills in the Fraser Valley with residual woods that have low value to the producer, explained Paul Adams, operations manager for SMG Wood Pellet Inc., a subsidiary of SMG Asset Canada, that will be owners of the new facility, if approved. The leftover material is usually stored in large piles which sometimes self combust, creating air quality problems, or it is brought to the landfill to decompose while releasing methane and carbon dioxide into the environment.

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Barking up the right tree: Manchester eco group’s bid to make most of home-grown biofuel from Mother Nature

Mancunian Matters
July 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

They have predicted that the UK will have run out of these three fuels in just over five years, meaning that we will have to depend more on the likes of Russia, Norway and Qatar. But a Manchester organisation is determined to prove that a home-grown environmentally-friendly fuel future is possible, and the answer really does grow on trees. TreeStation advocates woodfuel, a sustainable low carbon source of energy that is produced from managed woods where felled trees are replanted and the wood is used within the community.

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