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Daily Archives: August 12, 2014

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Lumber reports 2Q sales of $117.4 million, down from $127.5 million a year earlier

Lesprom
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. announced its financial results for the 2Q ended June 30, 2014. Sales of $117.4 million in the 2Q 2014 were $10.1 million lower than sales of $127.5 million for the same period in 2013. The decrease in sales was mainly due to a 24% decrease in realized pricing, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. In the first half of 2014, sales were $225.2 million compared to $269.3 million in the same period of 2013.

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LEGER: Money vs. air: existential problem at Pictou’s Northern Pulp

Chronicle Herald
August 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

To understand what’s wrong in small town Nova Scotia, look to Pictou, where Northern Pulp breathes life into the local economy while emitting pollution vile enough to take your breath away. Pictou’s dilemma personifies the challenges facing so many Nova Scotia communities. There’s an environmental crisis in a sunset industry, threatening vital rural jobs after governments have already spent millions propping them up. Conservative MP Peter MacKay calls it “a very dire situation,” but says it’s a provincial problem.

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Finland: Growth in production and forestry exports in the first half

IHB
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The value of the Finnish forest industry exports in the first half was up 1.6% and total production increased slightly from the corresponding period of 2013. However, European economic uncertainty is having an impact on the market for forest industry products, says the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF). FFIF stresses that every effort must be made to ensure the competitiveness of the export sector in order to protect employment and prosperity. Moreover, the industry is seeking fresh growth from the bioeconomy, where major investments of EUR 1.5 billion have been made.

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Triabunna inquiry: Witness claims grudge by Gunns boss played role in 2011 mill sale

ABC News, Australia
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Political interference and a personal grudge between two key forestry figures are being cited as the reasons behind the sale of a Tasmanian woodchip mill to environmentalist investors. The former Gunns mill at Triabunna was sold to millionaires Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood for $10 million in 2011. The inquiry was called after a report claimed that the mill’s infrastructure was deliberately dismantled last year to prevent it ever being used again for woodchipping.

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Germany: Oak lumber exports heading to Asia

IHB
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first five months of 2014, Germany’s oak lumber exports have increased in volume by 12% as compared to the same period of 2013. Year-to-date exports totaled through May 40,550 cubic meters, while in value the total reached EUR 25,1 million. Traditional European markets for the German oak such as the Netherlands, Poland or Switzerland were on a declining trend in January-May 2014, while shipments to Denmark and the Czech Republic were more consistent and surged by 12% and 60% respectively.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED v4: It’s a New Day

Woodworking Network
August 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for green buildings has dominated the American marketplace since its inception in 1993. With more than 46,000 registered projects representing over 6.6 billion square feet, LEED is typically the first certification system that project managers and owners turn to for building green. The woodworking industry has struggled with LEED over the years, as the program paid little attention to the use of wood. 

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Forestry

Province, Innergex partner on spotted owl recovery

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Spotted owl recovery is getting some wind beneath its wings following an initial contribution of $287,790 from Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. in support of spotted owl recovery. The funding is part of commitments made for Innergex’s Tretheway Creek and Big Silver Creek hydroelectric projects, north of Harrison Hot Springs, and will go toward operational support for the Spotted Owl Recovery Program.

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An Expensive Year for Wildfires

250 News
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – 2014 will be remembered as a costly one for wildfires in this province. In an email to 250 News, spokesperson Susie Lassek with the Prince George Fire Centre says as of Monday this week there had been 314 fires in just this region alone costing the province $43,515,577. Put into perspective, she says the 10 year average (2004-2013) is 285 fires per year in the PG Fire Centre with costs averaging $7,862,007.

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Alberni residents protest logging of McLaughlin Ridge

Alberni Valley News
August 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With chants of “water is our right” from the 70- to 80-strong crowd in front of Port Alberni’s city hall, former Hupacasath chief councillor Judith Sayers sent a message to the government that logging in watersheds is not OK. Sayers was just one of the local First Nations, Port Alberni residents, and environmental activists who spoke at a rally outside of city hall on Argyle Street at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. They had gathered to protest the logging of the China Creek Watershed by Island Timberlands. The protest was organized by a grassroots group calling itself Citizens for a Local Economy and received support from drivers who honked their horns as they drove by.

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Opinion: How to build support for resource industries

Edmonton Journal
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Canadians have a few action-oriented words of advice to resource developers. They know that you create jobs and income. They know about your efforts to build communities and protect the environment. But they want you to improve. Resource industries looking to build support need to spend more time in communities learning about their expectations. A poll commissioned by the Canada West Foundation provides revealing clues of what they might learn.

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First Nations alliance launches challenge of B.C. treaty process

Globe and Mail
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A stack of overlapping land claims by First Nations is a “cancer” within British Columbia’s treaty process, says a prominent provincial chief spearheading a court challenge of the decades-old method of negotiating aboriginal rights and title in the province. The eight-member Okanagan Nation Alliance has filed a civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver disputing the B.C. treaty process, and centres its legal action on an agreement between the province and Ktunaxa Nation Council.

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Is the tree-cutting by-law too little too late?

Urban forest tree cutting by-law expected to be pushed to council from planning committee Tuesday
CBC News
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After more than a decade of debate and revision, an urban tree-cutting by-law aimed at plugging a loophole allowing developers to clear cut urban woodlots goes before councillors Tuesday. And while the proposed by-law is welcome news for Hamilton naturalist community, some believe it falls short of their hopes for a urban forest strategic plan—a plan neighbouring cities such as Oakville have in place. They also say it lacks a clear target for how much forest cover the city should have. The Urban Woodland Cutting By-Law will be in planning committee Tuesday, its last stop before being adopted by city council.

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Will Toronto’s ambitious push to grow its urban canopy pay off?

Globe and Mail
August 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you take down a tree in Toronto, you’ll be required to plant new trees to replenish the urban forest. But how many saplings does it take to fill the place of a mature tree? That’s a crucial question for those trying to maintain Toronto’s urban forest, where new trees frequently replace those being removed for construction or lost to disease. “If you took down an 80-year-old tree, it’s going to take 80 years to grow a new tree back to replace that,” said Ian Bruce, an arborist and owner of Bruce Tree Expert Company.

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Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse?

kuow.org
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

It might seem like fire season is as bad as it’s ever been. But there’s a group of researchers who question that prevailing wisdom. The drumbeat about wildfires going from bad to worse reaches all the way to the White House. A few days ago, President Obama’s science advisor John Holdren said, “Climate change has been making the fire season in the United States longer and, on average, more intense.” Now contrast that with three fresh science papers from separate institutions. Each makes the case that forest fires in the West today burn less than in historical times.

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True Tongass ‘transition’ would increase local jobs per log cut

by Malena Marvin, Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Juneau Empire
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In its latest statement on the direction of the much-awaited Tongass transition, the Forest Service says the future is now for the Tongass National Forest. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re happy to see the agency working with local people to chart a course toward a more prosperous and sustainable future for Southeast Alaska communities. But if local stakeholder consensus is the goal, the Forest Service’s decision to include industrial-scale old-growth timber sales like Big Thorne is off-target.

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‘Crunch time’ for western Montana fire season, with storms on the way

The Missoulian
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Temperatures crept into the mid-90s on Monday, but the western Montana wildfire season remained quiet, even as several major fires continued burning from Northern California to Washington. The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of strong storms later this week, capable of producing lightning, heavy rain and locally damaging winds. The next two weeks could make or break the Montana fire season. “This is crunch time for us,” said Tod McKay, spokesman for the Bitterroot National Forest. “In my five seasons here, this is the time we typically get our big fires.”

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Land Transfer Would Disenfranchise Americans

Federal public lands are a globally unique American treasure. They exist for all Americans because our forefathers had the foresight and wisdom to bequeath to us a vast public estate
Flathead Beacon
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If Dave Skinner’s July 30 column, “Why Land Transfer Might Work” is the best he can do in arguing for the theft of federal public lands by western states then he has already lost. I assume Mr. Skinner is an American. As such he’s entitled to as much of Montana’s federal lands as you or me. No more. No less. Yet somehow he argues with a straight face that disenfranchising 313 million other Americans of their birthright is the morally correct thing to do. I suspect that even Mr. Skinner would be dismayed by his own self-interest if he lived in Ohio or Florida.

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Court rejects Awendaw annexation; conservationists call it victory for forest

Post and Courier
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A state court has voided Awendaw’s annexation of the 356-acre Nebo tract, calling into question earlier annexations that have vastly increased the size of the town since 1992 and, conservationists say, threatened the Francis Marion National Forest. The Nebo property, added in 2009, was the most recent of the annexations, most of which were achieved by connecting the town to pockets of private land by 10-foot wide strips through the national forest. The narrow strips were essential to many of the annexations because, under state law, towns can only annex adjacent properties.

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Fashion brands pledge to end sourcing fibres from endangered forests

Stella McCartney, H&M, Zara and Quicksilver commit to finding alternatives for forest fibres contributing to deforestation
The Guardian
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Your shirts and skirts may be made from the great forests of the world – the sylvan habitat of Indonesia’s orangutans or Canada’s caribou. Every year, Canopy estimates that millions of trees in endangered forests are cut, chipped and then treated with a chemical concoction to break them down into a pulp slurry. Indonesian and Chinese factories turn the chemical pulp into viscose filaments, which are then spun into fabrics that make their way into the fashion manufacturing process and eventually into stores and your wardrobe.

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Greenpeace accuses FSC of certifying the destruction of Russian forests

IHB
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace released a report at the beginning of this month in which exposes the failure of the main forest certification system, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), to protect primary forests remaining in Russia, including legally protected areas. Greenpeace says that through forest certification, some forest companies are making destructive practices. ”As a founder of the FSC, Greenpeaces had hoped that this body will serve to reform the practices of the Russian forest industry”, says Miguel Angel Soto, Head of Forest Campaign Greenpeace Spain.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Study Shines Light On Mysterious ‘Brown Carbon’ While Over A Dozen Western Fires Fume

Climate Progress
August 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

While the politics and mechanisms of funding wildfire suppression have been the main confusion underlying this year’s season thus far, a new study gives insight into a little-known element of wildfires’ impact: brown carbon. Congress was unable to settle on important measures for funding wildfires before heading home for the August recess. Because of this U.S. Agriculture Department chief Tom Vilsack said that about $400 million meant for “making the forest better, healthier and more resilient” will have to instead be put toward fighting this year’s fires. 

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Study reveals effect of habitat fragmentation on forest carbon cycle

phys.org
August 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Drier conditions at the edges of forest patches slow down the decay of dead wood and significantly alter the cycling of carbon and nutrients in woodland ecosystems, according to a new study. Forests around the world have become increasingly fragmented, and in the UK three quarters of woodland area lie within 100 metres of the forest edge. It has long been known that so-called ‘edge effects’ influence temperature and moisture (the ‘microclimate’) in woodlands, but the influence on the carbon cycle is largely unknown.

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