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Daily Archives: July 30, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Beaver ‘still at large’ after falling tree damages SUV

QMI Agency
July 29, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Police in northeastern Prince Edward Island say a beaver is “still at large” after it gnawed a tree so badly it fell and smashed a Quebec family’s passing SUV on Saturday afternoon. The parents in the front and their one- and two-year-olds in the back weren’t injured when the tree fell and struck their SUV just as it was driving past on Route 16. The Toyota Rav4 had significant damage to the roof, windshield and a cargo box mounted to the roof.

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Business & Politics

Lakeland Mills explosion: WorkSafeBC fines company $724k

Penalties imposed on Prince George company after violations identified
CBC News
July 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has imposed fines totalling $724,163.28 on Lakeland Mills Ltd., owners of the Prince George sawmill that exploded in 2012 killing two workers and injuring many more. In a news release Tuesday, WorkSafeBC said Lakeland Mills Ltd. was in violation of the Workers Compensation Act, as well as health and safety regulations. Responding to the fines now imposed by WorkSafe BC, company president Greg Stewart said in a statement, “Lakeland Mills just received the inspection report and order this morning.

WorkSafeBC orders mill to pay $724,000 in penalties, levies for 2012 fatal fire from the Canadian Press
BC sawmill owners fined more than $700,000 after deadly explosion from The Globe and Mail

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Vaughn Palmer: Appointment of new treaty adviser was long overdue

Douglas Eyford is a good choice to engage First Nations on vital issues
Vancouver Sun
July 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — As the new federal adviser on how to fix treaty-making here in B.C., Vancouver lawyer Douglas Eyford must already have a good idea of the challenges involved in rescuing a troubled process with First Nations. Eyford has been on the case since Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him as special representative to engage First Nations on the development of some $100 billion worth of energy projects on the West Coast. “This will not be dialogue for dialogue’s sake, but dialogue in search of solutions,” said then natural resources minister Joe Oliver in announcing the appointment in March 2013. “We don’t want another process. We want a product.”

Changes afoot for aboriginal treaty talks and resource development from the Globe and Mail

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Catalyst Paper Q2 results impacted by planned maintenance

Canada Newswire press release
July 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, recorded adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the second quarter of $7.1 million compared to $25.7 million in the previous quarter. Strong operating performance was overshadowed by a planned maintenance outage at the Crofton pulp mill, higher power costs due to a hydroelectricity rate increase, a stronger Canadian dollar and lower transaction prices for pulp and all paper grades.

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City-owned forest yields $350K

After five years, the community forest has paid for itself and generated profits
Alberni Valley Times
July 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A city-owned forestry operation that focuses on sustainable logging has brought in healthy profits after its first five years of existence. The Alberni Valley Community Forest has made $350,000, plus paid back the remainder of the $250,000 loan used to set up the operation. The profits will be put into a legacy fund for a committee to determine investments that benefit the whole Alberni Valley. The committee plans to consult with the public in the coming months, starting with a booth at the Alberni District Fall Fair in September.

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Forestry Sector to Help Saskatchewan Companies Increase Market Access

Marketwired
July 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment for Forest Management, on behalf of the Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy announced a combined investment of $1.1 million to the Prince Albert Model Forest Association (PAMF). With the assistance of its delivery partner, FPInnovations, PAMF will provide guidance to Northern Saskatchewan forestry companies, particularly First Nations- and Métis-owned companies, to improve management and business practices, revise their product lines and increase marketing activities to be ready to enter new international export markets.

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Toronto-based Norbord Inc. reports lower Q2 earnings of $11 million

Canadian Press
July 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. reported a profit of $11 million in its latest quarter, down from $53 million a year ago, as sales fell compared with the same quarter last year. The Toronto-based company earned 20 per diluted share in the quarter, compared with 99 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter last year. The company, which makes wood panels for the home building market, said sales fell to $311 million compared with $365 million year-over-year. “In North America, homebuilding activity continues to improve,” president and CEO Peter Wijnbergen said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Paul Sobey lashes out at Northern Pulp Mill over smell

Haze has a sulphur-like smell which drifts across Pictou, says Sobey
CBC News
July 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia business leader Paul Sobey says he’s fed up with the Northern Pulp Mill and the effects of the mill’s smell and particulate matter on the town of Pictou. “If you had travelled there yesterday or today, you couldn’t even see the town of Pictou through the haze of emissions coming from the mill,” said Sobey, the former CEO of Empire Co. Ltd. He said the haze from the mill in Abercrombie Point has a sulphur-like smell and drifts across the town, getting in people’s clothes, homes and cars. 

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Twin Rivers Paper Co. to bump up pension benefits

New Brunswick reaches deal with paper company over employee pensions
CBC News
July 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government has reached an agreement with the Twin Rivers Paper Co. which will result in the company completing its agreement to invest in the pension plan of hundreds of its workers and retirees. Twin Rivers will make payments of between $12.5 million and $52.9 million over the next four to 15 years into a shared-risk pension plan. This will allow hourly workers to collect 64.6 per cent of their salary instead of the current 56 per cent upon retirement. Salaried workers will see 69 per cent of their salary collected at retirement, up from 65 per cent.

New Brunswick legislature approves change to Fraser Paper pension plan from The Canadian Press
Legislature approves Edmundston mill pension changes from the CBC News

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US timberland prices gain, despite lumber slowdown

Agrimoney
July 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Timberland in the US accelerated its price growth, despite some lumber market concerns centred on China and the domestic market, which prompted one of the top forestry groups to warn on profits. US timberland prices were 7.2% higher in the April-to-June quarter than a year before, nudging 0.2 points higher than the rate of annual appreciation recorded for the January-to-March period, the National Council for Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (Ncreif) said. Factoring in income of 2.6%, the total return from forestry land over the year was 9.9%, the highest figure in nearly six years, although still behind the 17.2% achieved from farmland.

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Forestry

Forest fire threat rising on P.E.I.

CBC News
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The threat of forest fires on P.E.I. is unusually high as the province approaches the end of a dry, hot July. The government increased the fire index to very high in the central part of the Island on Tuesday. It is high in the east, and moderate in the west. Burning permits have been cancelled. “Really been almost drought conditions now for the last three to four weeks since the warmer weather got here,” said Ken Mayhew of the Department of Forestry. 

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Ontario First Nations prepared to lay down their lives to protect lands: chiefs

Canadian Press
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations chiefs said Tuesday. Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public that they’ll assert their treaty rights over their traditional territory and ancestral lands. That includes the rights to natural resources — such as fish, trees, mines and water— deriving benefit from those resources and the conditions under which other groups may access or use them, which must be consistent with their traditional laws, said Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.

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Trees save 850 lives per year, says National Forest Service

Daily Digest News
July 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Researchers have attempted to estimate the direct impact of trees on air pollution and human health. What they found was that trees improved overall air quality in th United States by only one percent. However, that one percent improvement prevents 850 premature deaths, 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms and saves $7 billion in health care spending.

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Montana mountain pine beetle infestation continues

Great Falls Tribune
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – While the mountain pine beetle epidemic has passed its peak, Montana forestry officials said Monday it’s not over yet. The latest survey shows more than 526,000 acres of pine trees in the state were infested with the beetle in 2013, officials told the Board of Land Commissioners. That amount is still significant as the insects continue to leave stands of dead trees in their wake, said Amy Gannon, pest management specialist with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forestry Division. 

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Govs urge Congress: Pass wildfire funding bill

KTVZ.COM news sources
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Salem, OR – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for support of the federal Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, to provide the U.S. Forest Service with access to emergency funding for wildfire suppression and protection of programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk. The Governors signed a joint letter on Friday addressing the congressional delegations of their states. “Already, the citizens of our states have been affected by hundreds of thousands of acres burned, and this will likely continue throughout the summer,” the governors wrote in the letter. 

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Oregon Will Tap Catastrophic Insurance Policy To Cover Firefighting Costs

OPB
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry says it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires. ODF is responsible for protecting 16 million acres, roughly half the forestland in the state. It fights fires on Bureau of Land Management land, privately owned timber, and state and county forests. State Forester Doug Decker says ODF’s firefighters put out most fires when they’re less than 10 acres. 

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Mount Hood timber sale proceeds after Clackamas County rejects conservation group offer

The Oregonian
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 186-acre timber sale in the Mount Hood area is back on track for later this year. The Clackamas County commissioners rejected an offer from a nonprofit conservation group to buy the majority of the land. County staff plans to wait until mid-September or early October to invite bidders to cut the trees, when prices are expected to rise. County Forester Dan Green said the cut should generate three years’ worth of revenue, which goes toward county parks and forest operations. The trees are around 90 years old, which significantly exceeds the 55-year cutting rotation that the county follows. Partly, that is because the Mt. Hood Villages community pushes back against logging.

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Loggers manage better than feds

Calaveras Enterprise
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recent letters published in the Enterprise have criticized clear-cutting forestry practices. I have no doubt in the writers’ sincerity, but I wonder if their hatred of clear-cutting has blinded them to the distressed state of forest health in the vastly more extensive lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. I am not a forest or wildlife expert but have lived in California’s wooded areas most of my long life – and no, I am not being rewarded by any timber product company for my views. Sierra Pacific Industries – or SPI – owns the properties that are the subjects of the complaints and the company follows all California’s very strict forestry regulations.

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Should A Controversial Oregon Timber Harvest Become Regional Model?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — The idea behind logging on the Buck Rising timber sale is to take out trees the same way nature does. Bureau of Land Management forester Abe Wheeler touts this method of selective logging as a way of making revenue while being no more obtrusive than a natural fire cycle. “We’re trying to take a mechanical disturbance — which is harvesting practices or logging — and we’re trying to make that look closely as possible to a natural disturbance like a wildfire or a windstorm,” Wheeler said during a recent tour meant to demonstrate the positive side of this newer approach to tree-cutting.

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Forestry wary of SA water plan

ABC News, Australia
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In an Australian first, parts of South Australia’s forestry sector will now be accountable for the water used to grow trees. The requirement for commercial water licences will apply to blue gum and pine plantations in the south east corner of South Australia. Jennifer McKay, Professor of Law at the University of South Australia and says the licensing scheme is possible a world first. CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton, believes the forest industry is being treated unfairly.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate Change Means More Massive Wildfires Ahead, Gov. Inslee Says

KUOW
July 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Fighting this summer’s wildfires in eastern Washington has cost the state more than $50 million, and Governor Jay Inslee said the state can expect even more expensive fires in years ahead. The ongoing fires are the “tip of the iceberg,” Inslee said, because warmer climate likely means more fires. “The western United States is facing firestorms in the future which are going to dwarf what we’ve had in the past because the climate is changing, and that’s just a fact,” Inslee said.

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