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Daily Archives: August 14, 2014

Business & Politics

B.C. to boost lumber trade with China with agreement on wood-frame construction

The Canadian Press
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – British Columbia and a Chinese jurisdiction have signed a memorandum of understanding to use more of the province’s lumber for wood-frame construction. Cement construction is much more common in China, but officials in Zhejiang province have agreed to promote the use of wood in the construction of tourism facilities, resorts and multi-family residential housing. The memorandum calls for the two governments to promote use of wood-frame construction, develop timber construction codes and standards in China and organize exchange-of-knowledge visits between the provinces.

Press Release from BC Government

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Wood deal could export jobs: group

Vancouver 24hrs
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A memorandum of understanding between the British Columbia government and a province in China could be a good thing, but it could also mean jobs will be exported along with lumber, warns an environmental group. …Dwight Yochim, executive director at the Truck Loggers Association, said the news is good for the industry. …But Torrance Coste from the Wilderness Committee said building homes from wood over concrete is indeed environmentally preferred, but added there was another bit of information missing from the release – what exactly B.C. will export.

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Log storage yard site cleaned up

Terrace Standard
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A CHINESE-OWNED woods company has now moved all of its logs from a city-owned property bounded by Keith and Kenney on the south side and has cleared the site. YaoRun Wood Company began leasing the approximately 20 acres from the city in early 2013 for $10,000 a month, storing logs there until they could be processed for export. A forest service official said the company has now relocated its log yard to Hazelton.

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Leo Glavine calls Northern Pulp pollution ‘unacceptable’

Province taking a tougher stance on cleaning up the Northern Pulp mill
CBC News
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s a new get-tough message from the provincial government for the polluting Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County. …Speaking to CBC’s Information Morning radio program, Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said the mill must clean up or face closure. “We want to see an improvement in the short term but this mill will not operate in the long term unless, like all other Canadian mills, it is cleaned up dramatically and people know that the air they breathe in Pictou County is as clean as it can be,” he said.

Northern Pulp mill pollution keeping from CBC News

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Activists: Halt Northern Pulp’s fibre access

N.S. should hold line on supply until plant deals with emissions, centre says
Chronicle Herald
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ecology Action Centre says Northern Pulp shouldn’t receive any increase in access to fibre supply until the beleaguered mill cleans up its act. In January 2013, the former New Democrat government offered the mill access to an additional 125,000 green tonnes of fibre, a commitment the Liberals upheld after coming to power last October. Matt Miller, the Halifax centre’s forestry co-ordinator, said any kind of long-term commitment to that increase would be premature. 

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Montana wood products industry officials say mills still below capacity

The Missoulian
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Ads seeking forklift operators and mill laborers at the Missoula Job Service signal improving times for the state’s wood products industry, reflecting the findings of a recent report that showed a bump in wages and hiring at regional mills. But industry insiders say the state’s surviving mills are operating well below capacity and that rising stumpage prices could jeopardize the recovery. The Montana Wood Products Association is calling on the state’s congressional delegation to bring an end to the litigation they say is stalling timber production on federal lands and driving up prices.

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Triabunna inquiry a sham, says Greens committee member Cassy O’Connor

ABC News, Australia
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Tasmanian MP on the committee investigating the Triabunna mill sale has called the inquiry a sham because the State Government has already decided on its findings. The five-member committee is looking into the 2011 sale of the former Gunns mill to Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron, allegedly for a lesser sum than offers from two timber industry consortia. The committee is made of up of three Government MPs, Labor’s Rebecca White and the Greens’ Cassy O’Connor.

Triabunna inquiry: sale probe goes ahead despite legal threats from mill co-owner Graeme Wood from ABC News, Australia

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Forestry

Stella Jones plans logging on lower Frisby Ridge

Revelstoke Times Review
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging company Stella Jones is amending its Forest Stewardship Plan to include an area of Frisby Ridge that holds a part of two recreational trails. The proposal, which has been advertised in the Times Review for the past two weeks, calls for a 56-hectare increase in the company’s Frisby Ridge Forest Development Unit (FDU), which is the first step a company must undertake in order to begin logging an area.

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P.E.I. firefighters return from B.C. forest fires

The Guardian
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two members of the P.E.I. Department of Forestry are back from several weeks fighting forest fires in northern British Columbia. Mike Montigny and Jeff Hannam both worked on the Mt. McAllistar fire some 250 kilometres north of Prince George, B.C. “The Mt. McAllister fire covered some 16,000 hectares in very difficult mountainous terrain,” said Montigny. “The experience and knowledge we gained by working there was outstanding and it could help us here on P.E.I. in future wildfire situations.”

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ENVIRO NOTES: Only we can protect our forests

Peace Arch News
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

National Forestry Week, which this year will be celebrated from Sept. 22-27, challenges Canadians to learn about their forest heritage and to develop an appreciation of all the values of this renewable, natural resource. …Today’s foresters manage their landscapes for such attributes as cultural significance, ecological diversity, recreation sites and visual quality, stream and watershed protection and wild-life habitat as well as production of wood fibre. By law, replanting with stock of appropriate size and species must follow harvesting so that the forests remain.

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Opinion: Provincial government sheds scientists, but needs more

Shortfall: Number of engineers and geologists at the Ministry of Energy and Mines has declined 21 per cent over the past 10 years
Vancouver Sun
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Our study echoed concerns that have been raised in the past by B.C.’s auditor general. In a February 2012 report, the AG found that the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations lacked the capacity to gather important information about forest management. Only a small portion of B.C.’s forests was ground surveyed to the extent needed to inform decision-making and assist in timber supply reviews, according to the AG’s report. This impacted decisions made on harvesting timber, reforestation and the overall health of the forest resource.

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Rare forest to be preserved by conservation group

Global BC
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WOODSTOCK, N.B. – New Brunswick isn’t short on stunning views and picturesque trails but the Meduxnekeag River Valley really does have a one-of-a-kind shoreline. Of the original Appalachian hardwood forest in the province, only one per cent is left. The hardwood forest has been cleared for decades along the river valley for agriculture, and lately, for housing and developments. It means a loss of over 30 provincially rare plants, erosion of shorelines, and fewer homes for animals in the area.

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Tories challenge Liberals on natural resource development

Progressive Conservative election slogan highlights stance on forestry, shale gas
CBC News
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Progressive Conservative Party’s new election slogan, unveiled in recent days, is a direct challenge to Liberal Leader Brian Gallant’s attempt to walk a fine line on natural resource issues. Gallant hasn’t been clear on what he would do about shale gas development and wood supply allocation if he becomes premier after the Sept. 22 election. The Tories hope to use that to their advantage by turning the election into a straight yes-no choice on those issues.

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Ancient forest fires impacted diversity

THE LEADER-POST
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While sifting through thousands of fossils from southern Saskatchewan, Emily Bamforth found something unexpected that shed new light on her research. “In total, I looked at about 14,000 fossils,” said Bamforth, a paleontology curatorial assistant at the T-Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend… But now, researchers have a better understanding of how they affected ecosystems – similar to today – by reintroducing certain plants after a fire (such as fire weed). “This is significant because this is the first time that the forest fire has been directly linked to a direct response in the fossil record,” she explained. “So, the first time we can say for sure that these forest fires are influencing the diversity at the time.”

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Forest spray dangerous

Chronicle Journal
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The current aerial herbicide spraying of the Kenogami Forest represents unbelievable neglect of duty by our Ministry of Natural Resources.  An inspection notice was posted in the Aug. 1 Chronicle-Journal for aerial spraying to begin on or about Aug. 5. How does this serve the welfare of the Kenogami Forest, the people inhabiting this area, the wildlife, fish, bees, etc.?  The herbicide VisionMax will be used. This is another Monsanto toxin very similar to Roundup, which interferes with cell division of a fetus.

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Kentucky forestry workers help fight Western fires

WKYT
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Eleven firefighters from Kentucky’s forestry division have volunteered to help battle wildfires in the western U.S. State forestry officials say two full-time employees with the agency and six seasonal firefighters are heading to Humboldt, California, as part of a crew from Kentucky and Tennessee. They will be assigned to a fire after arriving. Three other division employees have already been sent to help battle wildfires in northeastern Washington.

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Light rain helps fight some Northwest wildfires

Idaho Statesman
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, ORE. — Light rain and cooler temperatures Wednesday helped dampen explosive wildfires in Northern California and southwestern Oregon that were threatening more than 1,000 scattered rural homes. But the relief came only after some dicey moments Tuesday afternoon when thunderstorms blew through with erratic winds that fanned flames. No homes were reported lost. 
In southwestern Oregon, fire spokesman Don Hickman said a thunderstorm blowing over the Rogue River Drive fire Tuesday afternoon near Shady Cove pushed it out of containment lines. 

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Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission targets fast-growing ‘trees of heaven’ for removal

The Columbian
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With its shady green canopy and centuries-old medicinal lore, the Chinese long ago bestowed the name “tree of heaven” on a plant you’ve probably seen countless times around Vancouver. But here in the states, many tend to think of the tree along the lines of its more sinister nickname: the tree of hell. And for Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission, it’s at the top of the most wanted list for removal. That’s because the deciduous tree (ailanthus altissima) has become a real troublemaker, said Tim Carper, an instructional staff member at Clark College who sits on the Urban Forestry Commission. This summer, the commission is at the start of a citywide war on the tree of heaven.

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These environmentalists don’t see forest for the trees

Our View: Objections to a Flagstaff thinning project may threaten owls, their habitat and the local water supply. Where’s the sense in that?
AZ Central
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Once, Arizona had an active logging industry — so active that environmental groups invoking the Endangered Species Act convinced the courts that commercial logging constituted a mortal threat to the rare Mexican spotted owl, among other species. …Some environmental groups have not come to terms with this new, natural-world reality. This time, their resistance is not threatening the forest alone. Continued resistance to a plan to thin the dense forests surrounding Flagstaff could threaten that city’s water supply, as well as expose Flagstaff to devastating floods.

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Forest contractors welcome WorkSafe submission

By The Forest Industry Contractors Association
Scoop Independent News
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Today the government’s safety agency for forestry, WorkSafe NZ, has publicly released its submission to the panel of the Independent Forest Safety Review. The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA), the industry group that originally initiated the review, has welcomed the comments from the regulator. “We’re pleased that some vital issues have been highlighted by Gordon MacDonald’s WorkSafe NZ team,” says spokesman John Stulen of the Forest Industry Contractors Association, “They’ve made some very practical observations vital to making change in our industry.”

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Safety watchdog calls for urgent action in forestry

NewsTalkZB
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The country’s safety watchdog is calling for an urgent blueprint for action in the forestry industry. And WorkSafe NZ says it should be developed and implemented by the forestry sector itself. In a submission to the Independent Forestry Safety Review, WorkSafe Chief Executive Gordon MacDonald says the sector must take full responsibility for putting in place systems, process and behaviours to prevent dangerous work situations .

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Plant open for public input

Vernon Morning Star
August 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coldstream politicians sat quietly for four hours Monday as more than 70 people took turns sharing their thoughts on the proposed pellet plant in Lavington. And they will have their listening ears on again this Monday. The mass turnout is due to the Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant, a partnership with Tolko, which is proposed for Lavington, off School Road. Even though a large number of people spoke up at the public hearing, Coldstream wants to ensure all voices are heard before it decides whether or not to grant the necessary zoning change which would accommodate the pellet plant.

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How cap-and-trade helps forests and businesses grow together

greenbiz.com
August 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Portland’s nickname “Stumptown” reflects the central but conflicted role of trees in Oregon’s physical, cultural and economic landscape. Forests cover nearly half of Oregon’s 62 million acres, and while wood product markets have faced challenges in recent years, the forest sector employs more than 76,000 people in Oregon and accounts for nearly 7 percent of Oregon’s economic base. In some rural counties, the forest sector accounts for up to 30 percent of the local economy. Forest ecosystem services — clean water, habitat for fisheries, recreational use and carbon sequestration — also provide important but sometimes hard to value sustenance to economies and society.

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