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Daily Archives: August 8, 2014

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Fortress Paper Ltd. reported a 2014 second quarter EBITDA loss of $6.0 million. The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated EBITDA loss of $4.2 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA loss of $0.4 million. Corporate costs contributed $1.4 million to EBITDA loss. The Company is encouraged by the Fortress Specialty Cellulose mill results in the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Although the dissolving pulp market conditions continue to be challenging, production efficiencies and cash costs improved during the quarter and relative to comparative periods.

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Stella-Jones Reports Second Quarter Results

Canada Newswire press release
August 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL,  Stella-Jones today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014. “Solid industry demand for Stella-Jones’ core products and the contribution from recent acquisitions led to a strong sales growth in the second quarter of 2014. As railway tie and utility pole replacement programs continue to gain momentum, our proven ability to respond to product and service requirements enables us to further penetrate our markets.

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CN Rail Granted Court Injunction

250 News
August 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – CN Rail has applied for and received an injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia barring anyone from trespassing on CN’s rail line between Smithers and Terrace. “CN applied for and received the injunction on August 5th for continued service for the benefit of its customers in this important corridor,” says CN spokesperson Mark Hallman. He adds, “CN expects the injunction to be respected at this time. There has been no intent to interfere or halt CN operations in the area.”

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The Forest Products Association comments on the Northern Pulp Mill

Magic 949
August 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association responded to an ad taken out by a group of Pictou County businesses slamming the alleged carcinogenic effects of pollution caused by the Northern Pulp mill by asking people to have patience to allow new emission technologies to take effect before demanding that the mill be shut down. Executive Director Jeff Bishop wants the time necessary to build the project properly, which would allow the mill to operate safely, and keep hundreds of Nova Scotians on-the-job. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Coast Forest Products Association and Heritage Vancouver Supporting the Preservation of the Forestry Education Centre at VanDusen Botanical Gardens

By Susan Gagnon, CFPA and Janet Leduc, Heritage Vancouver Society
Coast Forest Products
August 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VanDusen’s Botanical Gardens’ Forestry Education Centre is a modernist, award-winning, historical and architectural masterpiece – and in danger of being demolished. Built in 1976, it was originally known as MacMillan-Bloedel Place, named after its donor who wanted to promote understanding about the important role forests play in British Columbia’s environment, culture and economy. However, in 2013, the Centre was listed as #1 in Heritage Vancouver’s Top 10 Most Endangered Heritage Sites. Today it sits as a forgotten jewel hidden in VanDusen Botanical Gardens, quietly showcasing stunning natural and sustainable wood and stone throughout… Due to public support for the Centre, the City now has no immediate plans to demolish the building. This is good news, however, more work still needs to be done.

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Forestry

First Dutch Elm Disease tree of summer cut down in Regina

City workers cut down the diseased tree on Dalgliesh Drive in northwest Regina Wednesday.
CBC News
August 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Regina has confirmed its first case of Dutch Elm Disease this summer. City workers cut down the diseased tree on Dalgliesh Drive in northwest Regina Wednesday morning. Regina’s Manager of Forestry Ray Morgan says the city is lucky that the disease was found in its northwest. “It’s almost like a buffer into the core of Regina, where we have more densely populated elms. One elm tree with Dutch Elm Disease —there’s a likelihood there’s going to be more in that area,” Morgan said Wednesday.

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Incident management team arrives at Slocan Park fire

Nelson Star
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A provincial incident management team assumed command this morning of efforts to extinguish a 120-hectare forest fire near Slocan Park. The fire, caused by lightning and discovered Saturday afternoon, took off Monday evening under gusty winds. …As of this afternoon, fire control was limited to air action by six helicopters bucketing water. Meanwhile 60 firefighters (three unit crews from the Coastal Fire Centre) were busy building helipads to gain access to the south fire perimeter. …The Southeast Fire Centre has more than 450 personal working in the region. There is heightened concern due to high winds and potential thunderstorms forecast this weekend. Due to the weather outlook and the high number of fire starts this past week, an additional 75 contract crews are on standby.

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B.C.’s forest fire bills piling up

Rossland News
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is spending $3.5 million a day to fight forest fires around the province, with the total for the year past $106 million and headed higher. The government is bracing for bills that could reach $250 million by the end of the summer, depending on weather and the number of fires that threaten homes. B.C. has brought in firefighters from Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick, and issued several evacuation orders by the mid-point of the summer season. Finance Minister Mike de Jong asked for B.C. residents to take all possible precautions and observe campfire bans through August. About 40 per cent of B.C. forest fires are of human origin, with most of the rest started by lightning strikes.

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“Lumberjack” not an Endangered Job

Letter to the Editor by Dwight Yochim
Truck Loggers Association
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The National Post did Canadian youth a disservice in their Careers Section with the US-based story titled; “The 10 most endangered jobs of 2014… the US study links the societal-move from newspapers to digital news with dramatically lower demand for woodpulp, which may be true in the US South where a large proportion of their harvest involves trees that are grown specifically to supply paper mills. Here in Canada, and particularly BC, more than 90 per cent of the fibre input for pulp and paper mills comes in the form of residual chips and sawdust from sawmills after lumber and other higher value products are produced… Another troubling aspect of this story is the complete contradiction of recent human resource reports on the skills shortage in the Canadian forest sector… Thus, rather than reductions in forest harvesting jobs, the opportunity for Canadian youth to secure high-paying, sustainable forestry jobs has never looked better!

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B.C. government should consult on forestry changes

By Ben Parfit – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Campbell River Mirror
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s forests represent the single-largest renewable asset that we have, a public resource shared with First Nations across the province. Whatever the fate may be of our non-renewable natural gas resources, our forests can and should be there for generations to come. Healthy forests ensure that we have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; a diversity of animal and plant species that is found in few places on earth; a vital tool to assist us in addressing climate change; and a source of wood and other forest products that for decades has delivered economic, social and cultural benefits. 

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More firefighters expected to join battle against Peachland area blaze

The Daily Courier
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sixty additional firefighters are expected Friday to join efforts to contain a blaze burning on the heavily forested western slopes of Drought Hill between West Kelowna and Peachland. Twenty ground crews were to remain on the scene overnight Thursday, working principally at the southern edge of the 25-hectare fire to ensure it didn’t cross over Highway 97C and start moving toward Peachland’s residential areas. The heavy drone of the aerial attack on the fire, consisting of three helicopters and four air tankers, was still heard throughout Peachland at 8 p.m., five hours after the blaze was spotted.

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More out-of-province fire personnel heading to B.C.

BC Government News
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As wildfire activity continues to increase throughout the province, the Wildfire Management Branch will welcome over 220 additional fire personnel on Friday and Saturday. One 19-person Incident Management Team, 40 sustained action firefighters and about 30 support staff from Ontario will arrive in Kelowna on Friday, Aug. 8. Forty sustained action firefighters and three support staff from Quebec will arrive in Prince George on Saturday, Aug. 9, plus another 80 sustained action firefighters and about 10 more support staff from Ontario. These resources join more than 1,600 provincial staff, over 930 B.C. contractors and about 100 out-of-province personnel already engaged in fire response efforts.

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Smokey Bear turns 70, but don’t bring candles

Associated Press
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES — Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday — but don’t bring any candles to the party, please. As the friendly, huggable bear with the brimmed hat and shovel enters his golden years, he’s burning up Twitter. But his message of fire prevention through personal responsibility hasn’t changed much. Here are some little-known facts about Smokey Bear on his big day. STAYING POWER: Smokey Bear was created in 1944 because of fears that America’s enemies would set forest fires while most U.S. firefighters were in battle overseas. 

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On wildfires, climate change, and politicians saying burn, baby, burn

Climate Science Watch
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A day after California Governor Jerry Brown declared a wildfire state of emergency, the President’s Science Adviser John Holdren appeared in a video linking increased wildfires in the U.S. West to human-caused climate change. In response to urgent calls for additional funds to fight expanding wildfire disasters, congressional Republicans stonewalled, then left town for five weeks, while the West continues to burn. 

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Man charged with starting 2013 wildfire in Yosemite National Park, California’s 3rd-largest

Associated Press
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. – A California man was charged Thursday with starting the state’s third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. A grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, alleging he started a campfire Aug. 17, 2013, in an area where fires were prohibited, and it spread beyond his control and turned into the massive Rim Fire. The fire raged for two months across 400 square miles of land, threatening thousands of structures, destroying 11 homes and costing more than $125 million to fight.

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Training makes forestry safer

Wanganui Chronicle
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Being crushed by falling trees or branches is one of the top dangers of forest harvesting, Competenz forestry manager Mark Preece says. He’s in charge of training for most of New Zealand’s forestry industry. He said the accident and fatality rate for forest workers has been unacceptably high and the right training can reduce it, but the bottom line is that forest harvesting is dangerous work. Falling trees and branches are a major danger. Chainsaws can inflict severe wounds, but with protective clothing, those are now uncommon.

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Lumberjanes reviving forestry

Bloomberg
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Junko Otsuka quit her job in Tokyo and headed for the woods, swapping a computer for a bush cutter and her air-conditioned office for the side of a mountain. She was part of a new wave of women taking forestry jobs, the result of economic, social and environmental policies sprouting in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Japan. Otsuka, a 30-year-old graduate from University of Tokyo, said she’s fine with the 20% pay cut to be the first female logger at Tokyo Chainsaws, a lumber company. 

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Victoria leads logging of native forests

Sydney Morning Herald
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Victoria has become the largest producer of wood from logging native forests in the country, following a dramatic contraction in Australia’s native timber industry over the past decade. The industry’s decline, and Victoria’s rise to the top, is in large part a result of native timber losing its prized international woodchip markets, with domestic and international plantations now favoured by buyers in Japan and China. Cutting down native forests is heavily contested by conservationists, who say it is a state-sponsored loss-making practice that hurts endangered species and other environmental values.

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New remote control technology for forestry could save lives

Scoop Independent News
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says the results from a trial using remote control technology in tree felling, which could save lives in forestry harvesting operations, show promising results. “During the successful trial the operator was able to successfully fell and bunch several trees from a safe distance at the top of a steep slope using a remote control device,” says Mrs Goodhew. “Much of the forestry work in New Zealand is done on steep land. The use of remote control to operate machinery on steep land will essentially remove forestry workers from hazardous areas and prevent injuries and death—a valuable and critical step forward for the industry.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Row erupts over magic number that could save forests from palm oil

Eco Business
August 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Trees store carbon dioxide, a planet-warming gas, and if the amount of CO2 in a given forest is high enough, it may well save it from being razed for another oil palm plantation. A rising number of global companies that produce and use palm oil – found in everything from cosmetics to cereals – have promised not to cut down forests with a “High Carbon Stock” (HCS), but what’s the magic carbon storage number to achieve salvation? It’s a number that palm oil corporations, green groups and forest experts can’t seem to agree on. Now the palm oil industry is leading a new push to hammer out the details.

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