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Daily Archives: August 6, 2014

Business & Politics

Forest companies recovering from strike, rate hike

Sector posts Q2 gains, but sluggish demand in U.S. puts damper on growth
Business in Vancouver
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC forestry companies have posted mid-year earnings that would have looked a lot better had the first quarter not been such a drag. Second-quarter financials for B.C.’s biggest forestry companies reflect a rebound from a poor first quarter, in which shipments of lumber, pulp and paper were dramatically reduced by a port truckers’ strike and railcar shortage resulting from a severe winter. A 9% BC Hydro electricity hike also hit pulp and paper mills hard.

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CN Railway and Gitxsan First Nation discuss eviction notices

Globe and Mail
August 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian National Railway Co. says it is still negotiating with the Gitxsan First Nation, as the deadline passed to vacate land along the Skeena River in northwestern B.C. that is claimed by the Gitxsan. “CN has a long-standing co-operative relationship with the Gitxsan hereditary and elected chiefs, and the company is currently in discussions with them about this matter,” CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said Monday. “We have no further comment beyond that.”

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Conifex Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results

Market Wired
August 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- – Conifex Timber Inc. (“Conifex” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:CFF) today reported net income of $2.0 million or $0.10 per iluted share for the second quarter of 2014 compared to net income of $1.6 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the previous quarter and net income of $2.4 million or $0.12 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2013. Net income for the first six months of 2014 was $3.6 million or $0.17 per diluted share compared to net income of $8.6 million or $0.42 per diluted share over the same period last year.

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B.C. economy poised for major growth in resource sector: Resource Works

Business in Vancouver
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s natural resources sector grew 4.6% in 2013, outpacing all the other industries in the province, according to data from Victoria’s 2014 financial and economic review. It’s a sign, according Stewart Muir, that the resource sector is posed for even more growth as the world’s biggest economies come out of the recession. The executive director of Resource Works, a non-profit organization researching the impacts of natural resources on the B.C. economy, said much of this growth is due to the re-emergence of the lumber industry. B.C. has long relied on the U.S. for lumber exports — a trend that was curtailed significantly when the global recession hit.

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Man charged with Nanaimo mill killings makes short court appearance

Nanaimo Daily News
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — The wife and daughter of Michael Lunn, who was killed in a shooting at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo on April 30, watched Tuesday as the man charged with his death appeared in B.C. Supreme Court. Kevin Douglas Addison, 47, a former employee of the mill, faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. Mill worker Fred McEachern was also killed in the shooting while two others, Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly, were wounded. Addison, wearing glasses and sporting a short beard, appeared briefly by video link from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in Victoria.

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Gitxsan announce railway shutdown in traditional territories

Vancouver Sun
August 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation told CN Rail officials to stop sending trains through Gitxsan traditional territories as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, said a negotiator for the First Nation. “There will be a shutdown of services through the Gitxsan territories,” said Beverly Clifton Percival minutes before the deadline. Percival would not say how members of the First Nation planned to stop any trains heading into the nation’s 33,000 square kilometres of territory in northwestern B.C. “We already notified CN Rail yesterday of our intention so they are aware of the deadline,” she said.

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Northern Pulp set production record just after effluent leak

Herald News
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp’s top five most productive days since opening 57 years ago were all this year. It set two production records in July alone, producing 979 air-dried tonnes of kraft pulp on July 17 and 972.9 on July 15, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle Herald. Those records were set a month after a leak that sent untreated effluent into Pictou Harbour and just before a campaign by Pictou County businesses to have the mill shut down until it can get its emissions under control.

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Eacom Timber reopens Ear Falls mill, ending 5-year closure

CBC News
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A northwestern Ontario sawmill officially re-opened today after being shuttered for more than five years. The Eacom Timber Corporation has spent the last several months retrofitting the mill in Ear Falls. By the middle of the month, more than 50 people will be working on the first shift, general manager Harrison Wicks said. Over 150 people applied for the jobs. “We were a little concerned in the beginning about not having enough people to man the plant,” he said. “But I guess that was one of those things we really didn’t have to worry too much about.”

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Locals fume over Pictou, Nova Scotia pulp mill emissions

Globe and Mail
August 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On most days this summer, the calming view of the Pictou harbour from the huge picture window of Anne Emmett’s homey inn is obscured by a thick, dense cloud from the chemical cocktail that spews from the stack of Northern Pulp. The mill makes kraft pulp, which is then sold to Asia where it is turned into toilet paper and other paper products, and it sits directly across the harbour on Abercrombie Point. The mill, operating under various owners since 1967, provides more than 200 jobs for this struggling rural community.

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A new era of forestry

Chronicle Journal
August 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FOLLOWING a decade of terrible news, there are bright signs in Ontario’s forestry industry. Major challenges remain — not least of which are the results of changing climate — but at least the future is finally looking up. In the Northwest, where forestry is the key economic driver, figures in dry government reports take on particular meaning. Between 2004 and 2008, says the province’s state of forestry report, annual harvesting levels dropped by 10 million cubic metres or 43 per cent. Forest company profitability decreased by $1.1 billion or 57 per cent in the wood products sector and $814 million (29 per cent) in paper manufacturing.

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Made in America 2014: Wood Production is Growing

Woodworking Network
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Good news for Americans: U.S. manufacturing continues to rise, with industrial production up 4.3 percent in June compared to the same period a year ago, according to recent figures from the Federal Reserve. The trend can be seen across market segments, and the wood products industry is no exception. Federal Reserve figures by industry show the wood products sector growing 5.5 percent in production year over year, with furniture and related products advancing 5.9 percent in June 2014 compared to a year ago.

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Louisiana-Pacific OSB Sales Plunged 36 Percent

Woodworking Network
August 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, TN – Sales for panel manufacturer Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE: LPX) fell during the second quarter to $519 million, 9 percent below the year ago period. Oriented Strand Board took a precipitous drop, falling 36 percent to $224 million, mostly due to a decrease in pricing. Sales of Laminated Veneer Lumber and Laminated Strand Lumber (LVL and LSL), used mostly in new construction, rose 33 percent to $81 million during the quarter. Another bright spot was siding.

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Forestry

B.C. takes steps to protect First Nations’ cultures

BC Government
August 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ATLIN – The Province is changing the legal status of more than a million hectares of Crown land around Atlin to help support the cultural interests of local First Nations, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. …As well, commercial forestry will not be allowed in a wilderness area that covers 1.2 million hectares of Crown land.

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Peter Kuitenbrouwer: Three years ago $20M was spent planting London Plane trees along Bloor. Now almost half are dead

National Post
August 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…“They’re weeds, they are not trees,” Mr. Brown told me then, pointing to some sad saplings in front of William Ashley. “They are boreal victims. The Germans call them broomsticks.” In 2007 workers tore up the street for a $20-million rethink, of which merchants paid $10-million and the city $10-million. Backhoes dug holes two metres deep and workers planted 134 London Plane trees. The work dragged on for four years; the street, with new granite, flowers and trees, reopened in 2011. Unfortunately, three years later there is bad news on Bloor.

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Money allocated for fighting fires to run out

Associated Press
August 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round of fires. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that about $400 million to $500 million in projects will have to be put on hold in what has become a routine exercise toward the end of the fiscal year. He predicted that the money set aside strictly for firefighting will run out by the end of August. “When we begin to run out of money we have to dip into the very programs that will reduce the risk of these fires over time,” Vilsack said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press.

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Stand up for public lands today, or they could be gone forever

Helena Independent Record
August 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What if I told you there was a plan to take away your freedom to access Montana’s most cherished outdoor spaces and give you a big tax hike on top of it? Sounds like a pretty bad deal. Yet, that’s exactly what Congress and others are up to. Think I’m kidding? Here are just a few of the proposals recently introduced in Congress: The Land Division Act, Disposal of Excess Federal Funds Act, and the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. …This November, you have a say on the future of public lands. If given
the opportunity to serve Montana in Congress, I’ll fight to keep public
lands public.

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Tester, others say transferring federal lands would burden Montana

The Missoulian
August 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and a panel of advocates argued against proposals to transfer federal lands to state or private ownership during a Missoula visit on Tuesday. “For some, that might sound good on the surface,” said Tester, D-Mont. said. “Montanans know how to manage the land. But the state Legislature also has to have a balanced budget. And there’s no way we could absorb our share of the $200 million the federal government now pays. The only way to keep the state budget whole would be to sell off those public lands.”

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Pine beetle initiative marks third year with success

South Dakota State News
August 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that more than 441,000 trees have been treated for mountain pine beetle infestation since the Black Hills Forest Initiative was launched in August 2011. “I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made in treating mountain pine beetle infestations since we began in 2011,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Though there is still more work to do, we’ve come a long way.” Major progress has been made in Custer State Park where the number of infested trees has decreased from 100,000 in 2012 to 30,000 last year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Enhancing biofuel yields from biomass with novel new method

Phys.org
August 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals. he patent-pending method, called Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF), brings researchers closer to solving the long elusive goal of producing fuels and chemicals from biomass at high enough yields and low enough costs to become a viable alternative or replacement for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals.

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Biomass burning accounts for 18% of CO2 emissions, kills a quarter of a million people annually

mongabay.com
August 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass burning takes many forms: wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing forests and other vegetation, and even industrialized burning for energy production. Yet this burning—mostly manmade but also natural—takes a massive toll both on human health and the environment, according to a new paper in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. “We calculate that 5 to 10 percent of worldwide air pollution mortalities are due to biomass burning. That means that it causes the premature deaths of about 250,000 people each year,” the paper’s author Mark Jacobson with Stanford said.

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Europe’s forests ‘particularly vulnerable’ to rapid climate change

New research shows forest ecosystems have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades
The Guardian
August 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe’s forests. An international team of researchers say in a report from the European Forest Institute that climate change is altering the environment, and it is long-lived ecosystems like forests that are particularly vulnerable to the comparatively rapid changes occurring in the climate system. The report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires has increased significantly in Europe’s forests in recent years. 

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