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Daily Archives: July 23, 2014

Business & Politics

Prince Rupert Has Plan to Resurrect Skeena Cellulose Pulpmill Site

250 News
July 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince Rupert, B.C.- The City of Prince Rupert is making moves in the LNG front. The City has entered into an agreement with Watson Island LNG giving the company exclusive rights to turn the former Skeena Cellulose pulp mill site on Watson Island into a small LNG export terminal. …The City says it has a settlement agreement with the former owner of the island, and is moving forward with the decommissioning of the old pulp mill. The city is also working to get some help from the Province in removing industrial chemicals from the site.

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Skeena River Remains Peaceful For Now

250 News
July 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Despite a recent demand by Gitxsan leaders for a halt to all sportsfishing on the Skeena River and to forest industry and CN operations by August 4th the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the situation remains peaceful at the moment. “We are aware of the news release the Gitxsan put out and I understand they want to take some action but at this point in time we are having regular communications with them and hopefully with these open communication lines open we’ll be able to have a relatively quiet and peaceful summer,” says Area Director Mel Kotyk.

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Vancouver-area port truckers being shortchanged, union says

Possibility of another strike would cripple the Lower Mainland’s ports, some say
Canadian Press
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say aren’t living up to a deal hammered out last spring to end a strike. More than 1,600 union and non-unionized truckers for Port Metro Vancouver went back to work in late March after negotiating an action plan that promised to improve job conditions. Three months later they’re still not getting paid what’s owed, say representatives who met with two levels of government to request an order-in-council making rates legal and binding for workers across the sector.

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New Brunswick legislature resumes to handle Fraser Papers pulp mill pension issue

Canadian Press
July 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick legislature will resume next Tuesday for a special one-day session to enact changes to pensions for retirees from the now-defunct Fraser Papers in Edmundston. Members will be asked to amend the Pension Benefits Act, allowing people who once worked at the pulp mill to immediately benefit from increased pension payouts. The changes would also see their pension plans converted to a shared-risk model in September. Earlier this month, members of the Fraser Papers plan voted overwhelmingly in favour of the changes.

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Timber mill gets energy efficiency award

Idaho Statesman
July 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Stimson Lumber Co. of St. Maries was awarded the 2014 State of Idaho Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency. The award, created by Gov. Butch Otter, recognizes, as he does, that energy efficiency has become a source of both cost reduction and market advantage. In 2013, Stimson Lumber completed a chip-conveyer system conversion, made upgrades to their waste management system and retrofitted the lighting at their St. Maries facility, the kind of upgrades industry and other businesses need to make to be competitive in a time when electricity prices are rising.

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Workers displaced by Domtar mill closing faring well

Daily Tribune Media
July 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORT EDWARDS – It has been six years since Domtar Corp. closed its Port Edwards paper mill and eliminated 501 jobs, but according to a report commissioned by North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, the workers displaced by the shutdown fared “remarkably well,” considering the economic climate. Overall, 78.2 percent of workers who responded to the survey have found a new job since being displaced, the report released Monday found. This employment rate of displaced workers increases to 90.5 percent when only workers younger than 63 are taken into account.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. expertise helping rebuild Japanese communities

Journal of Commerce
July 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. wood construction leaders are still helping rebuild Japanese communities devastated by a tsunami in early 2011. “After the tsunami there was a feeling that something should be done,” said B.C. Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh. After about a year, federal and provincial governments along with the forest industry were able to put together $4.5 million to fund building projects, collectively called the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project. There have been dozens of proposals submitted. Four were chosen and three have been completed. The first finished project was the Donguri Anne Library, a small library in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture.

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Forest Products Society to Celebrate Award Winners at Convention

Woodworking Network
July 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

QUEBEC CITY, QC – Leaders and innovators in the forestry industry will be celebrated during the 2014 Forest Products Society Annual Excellence Awards at the FPS 68th International Convention, Aug. 10-13, in Quebec City. Mark Gibson, a professor and associate director of forestry at Louisiana Tech University was named the Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award winner. Gibson has 30 years of experience in research and teaching of wood technology.

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First non-liquid insecticide for harvested timber

Pulp and Paper News
July 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

BASF has received registration for first wood protection nets. The novel, patented net technology Storanet will be available in Germany during this year; registrations in other countries are expected in upcoming months. Storanet is the first non-liquid technology to prevent pest problems in harvested timber. Since it does not need to be applied with conventional spraying systems, it can significantly reduce the risk of exposure for operators, as well as the environment, making the net a significant improvement towards more sustainable forest protection.

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Forestry

BC calls for help from Island to fight forest fires

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

Two Island forestry staff are in British Columbia helping with the forest fire situation in that province. The request for firefighters came to P.E.I. as part of a national forest fire mutual aid agreement. Ken Mayhew, information officer with the forests, fish and wildlife division of the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Forestry, said that for confidentiality reasons he will not release the names of the two Islanders that left Saturday to help. As of the weekend, there were over 140 fires burning in B.C., some of them threatening residences, encompassing massive areas and causing evacuation orders and alerts.

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Assiniboine Park’s ‘Grandma Elm’ diseased, cut down

A dozen trees in the park to be destroyed this year due to Dutch Elm disease
CBC News
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An old elm tree in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park, known as ‘Grandma Elm,’ was cut down on Tuesday morning due to Dutch Elm Disease.  A meeting place for Murray and Loraine Steele, every Saturday at 10 p.m. their cycling club came together under her leaves. “It’s sad, I’m sad, but its had over 100 years I understand, or close to it,” said Murray. “If I can reach that age I’d be happy.”…Don Peterkin, chief operations officer with Assiniboine Park Conservancy, said it’s unfortunate the old tree had to be chopped down, but it was done out of necessity to preserve younger trees in the area.

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Manitoba crews head to forest fire battle in B.C., N.W.T.

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

Manitoba is sending two crews to help battle forest fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. One crew of 20 firefighters has been deployed to Kamloops, B.C., while a second team of 20 has been sent to Yellowknife, NWT. Jesse Davy left Tuesday morning with the Yellowknife-bound team. “I think it’ll be a great experience for our guys,” said Davy. “We’ve had a fairly slow season here, we’ve had a busy past few weeks helping out with the floods, but really eager to get out there and get to work.”

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Yellowknife air quality exceeds 10, highest level on risk scale

Forest fire smoke pushes Yellowknife to 10+ on the Air Quality Health Index
CBC News
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Smoke from forest fires has pushed Yellowknife past 10 out of 10 on the Air Quality Health Index, making it “very high risk,” according to a coalition of government monitoring agencies. That means people should avoid strenuous activities outdoors, especially children and the elderly, or if you experience coughing or throat irritation. Dave Grundy, president of the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission, sent his employees home yesterday when the air quality index reached seven out of 10 — already a high risk. He says he’s never had this many calls about health problems.

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Foresters lay WWII air tragedy to rest

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In December, the public first learned three Lake Cowichan-area forestry engineers had found the 71-year-old wreckage site of an Avro Anson airplane, and the resting place of its four Second World War airmen. Since then, forensic experts, coroners and military personnel have excavated the remote site, and identified the remains of (British) RAF volunteer-reserve pilots Anthony William Lawrence, 21, and Charles George Fox, 31; RAF volunteer-reserve Sgt. Robert Ernest Luckock; and (Canadian) RCAF Sgt. William Baird.

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Culturally modified trees point to history, culture and technology of Heiltsuk First Nation

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

To the uninformed eye, they look like regular trees. But some of the centuries-old trees in the B. C. central coast’s old-growth rain forests are living testaments to the culture and heritage of the Heiltsuk First Nation prior to European contact. These culturally modified trees (CMTs) have been altered by First Nation activity, such as bark-peeling, logging, or carvings. “They used to be curiosities, but now they are everywhere, particularly as logging becomes more common,” said Jennifer Carpenter, cultural and heritage manager for the Heiltsuk Nation. “If you see a CMT, you know the ancestors were there.”

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Fire hazards up and down

MNR
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unsettled weather continues in the Northwest Region of Ontario resulting in a mix of forest fire hazards. Hot, humid conditions combined with clouds and storms are triggering thunderstorms, severe at times. In other locations the forecast is for continued sunshine and drying trends. This will mean that fire hazards will range from “low” to “high.” Northeastern sectors of the region have had less rain this season and they may tip into “extreme” hazards in some locations. 

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City should replant native tree species

Letter from Giuliana Casimirri, (BSc. H., MFC, PhD), Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, Urban Forest Coordinator, Metcalf Sustainability Intern
The Hamilton Spectator
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

I wish to provide some additional perspective on the Emerald Ash Borer’s (EAB) impact on our urban forest. EAB’s devastation in Hamilton underscores the need to improve diversity in our urban forest. Diversity in terms of different species and age distribution is critical to buffer the future urban forest from losses due to insects, disease, drought, and climate change. It is encouraging that city ash tree removals are being replaced with native tree species.

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The Dangerous Truth Behind Wildfires

Huffington Post
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This past week, as I drove through Central Washington, I came face to face with the horrifying destruction caused by the wildfires currently raging through much of Washington State. The air itself was orange, and just walking through the streets of Wenatchee my white shirt was turned grey with ash. The haze was so thick that it was difficult to see across the road, let alone breathe normally. The blaze has created a suffocating cloud that has settled over Entiat and the surrounding area.

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Report links Oso landslide to recent events

New York Times News Service
July 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — The landslide that killed 43 people in March in the tiny community of Oso was in keeping with a history of geological instability in the Cascades going back thousands of years. But it was also linked to more recent events, including the destabilization of soil from a slide in the same place in 2006 and, possibly, logging, scientists said Tuesday.

New report: Oso Landslide Rooted in Long History of Slides from Oregon Public Broadcasting

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New bark beetle threatens southern Washington forests

Washington State University
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

UNDERWOOD, Wash. – Five years ago, when entomologist Todd Murray received a call from a landowner in Underwood whose ponderosa pine trees were dying, he wasn’t surprised. The trees had been stressed by a nearby fire, a situation that commonly results in a flare-up of bark beetles that can kill the trees. But the calls kept coming. …At the time, Murray didn’t know that the culprit was a new pest on the scene, the California fivespined ips or Ips paraconfusus.

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Oregon firefighters make progress on wildfires, chase new ones started by lightning

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

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Lightning rolled through much of eastern Oregon on Tuesday, leaving in its wake several dozen reports of new wildfire starts, fire officials said. That news came as firefighters made progress in their battle against 11 major wildfires already burning across the state. Many of the new fire reports came from the same areas around Prineville and in the Ochoco National Forest that were hard hit in the last lightning storm, said the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

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Oregon senators seek wildfire funds

Wyden, Merkley also say biggest wildfires are natural disasters
The Bend Bulletin
July 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon, Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden wrote to Senate leaders Tuesday, urging them to give a vote to the Obama administration’s supplementary budget request, which includes $615 million in emergency wildfire suppression funds. The Oregon Democrats were joined by 10 other Democrats, mostly from Western states, in signing letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and ranking member Richard Shelby, R-Ala., also received copies of the letter.

Sens. Wyden, Merkley join others in call for additional wildfire funding from The Oregonian

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. scientists seek forest management strategies to slow climate change

Vancouver Sun
July 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A five-year project by B.C.’s four leading research universities will draw a roadmap for forest management to help the industry cope with climate change, and even slow its advance. The ability of the province’s 55 million hectares of forest to capture atmospheric carbon has been seriously hampered by the extent of pine forests killed by the mountain pine beetle, an area that now tops 18 million hectares, according to the project’s lead scientist Werner Kurz.

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General

B.C. wildfire season heading for a scorcher

BC Local News
July 23, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Wildfires in B.C. have already burned up more forest than has usually been lost in recent years, with many weeks of hot, smoky action still expected for firefighting crews. Fires have burned 172,227 hectares since April 1 – more than the average of 141,000 hectares burned over the previous 10 years. “It has been quite busy,” fire information officer Navi Saini said Tuesday. “The danger ratings we saw for the last two weeks were the highest we’d seen since about 2010, which was the last busy fire season.”

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