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Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Business & Politics

Cause of Coldstream Lumber fire uncovered

Vernon Morning Star
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The cause of a major fire that broke out at Coldstream Lumber Tuesday has been uncovered. Investigations into the fire revealed that there was a catastrophic failure of fuse boxes which led to electrical arcing. “We’ve had it confirmed through lab tests,” said Coldstream Fire Chief Shane Code. Now that the investigation has wrapped up, the mill is just waiting for BC Hydro to replace the transformer which blew and get power back into the site.

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Start-up deal inked at Kenora sawmill

Fort Frances Times
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After seeing a successful re-start of the Ear Falls sawmill last week, Unifor now has reached a long-term contract with Kenora Forests Products (KFP) to re-start sawmill operations there by the beginning of 2015. The new deal also will facilitate millions of dollars in capital investment for modernizing the mill and installing an additional saw line for expanded lumber production. “A large amount of time and energy went into negotiating this deal and now the only remaining hurdle to resuming sawmill operations in Kenora is final Ministry of Natural Resources’ approval of the mill’s wood supply,” noted Unifor national representative Stephen Boon.

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Northern Pulp mill: What are the emission laws?

For people in Pictou, questions about the Northern Pulp mill’s emissions are hard to ignore
CBC News
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


An environmental lawyer says there’s a fear the environment is at risk under Nova Scotia’s model of approving polluters’ emission limits on a case-by-case basis …Particulate levels that create smog get tested twice a year by the province. The latest test, completed in November, showed levels 78 per cent above what’s allowed near the mill in Abercrombie Point. The levels have not been tested since. Meinhard Doelle, director of The Marine and Environmental Law Institute at Dalhousie University, explained to CBC’s Mainstreet how emission limits and approvals come down to a facility-by-facility basis in Nova Scotia.

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Timber industry calls for end to lawsuits

The Missoulian
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — 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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Forestry

Groups push to halt old-growth harvesting

Alberni Valley Times
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Port Alberni has joined a push initiated by environmental groups to halt old-growth harvesting on privately-owned McLaughlin Ridge. Council unanimously voted to support the Watershed Forest Alliance’s letter to Island Timberlands CEO Darshan Sihota and Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. McLaughlin Ridge is within the China Creek Watershed, Port Alberni’s source of drinking water.

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Logging McLaughlin Ridge: Watershed advocates say logging threatens city’s water source

Alberni Valley News
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jane Morden and the Watershed Forest Alliance (WFA) have been fighting against logging at McLaughlin Ridge for close to half a decade now, but with city council’s unanimous decision on Monday night to support their efforts they may be one step closer to a solution. Sarah Thomas, a volunteer with the WFA, presented the group’s concerns to city council and called on the city to support the WFA’s efforts to pause the logging at McLaughlin Ridge and have a conversation with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations as well as landowners Island Timberlands. 

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Putting a Dollar Figure on Nature’s Contributions to the Peace

250 News
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- What value could be placed on the services Nature provides? The David Suzuki Foundation has recently examined the Peace River Watershed to try and answer that question and has concluded there are significant economic benefits for preserving farmland and natural habitat. Foundation Director General for Western Canada, Jay Ritchlin, says this is not about trying to put a price tag on nature “What we’re evaluating is the services that Nature provides us. These are scientifically based services like stabilizing our landscape from flooding, purifying the water by forests, creating habitat for fish and wildlife that eventually create food or economic opportunities, purifying the air that we breath.

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Fears of another campground

Letter by Paul English
Maple Ridge News
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Congratulations to Maple Ridge council and Chances Maple Ridge, (Great Canadian Gaming Corp.) These two organizations, well known for bringing “good” things to Maple Ridge, have put their heads together and come up with a way to rid our community of a nasty bit of forest between 225th and 227th streets. (The News, Aug. 8). This forest provides shelter to bears, cougars, coyotes, deer, racoons, and countless birds. Once completed, most of those dangers to society will be replaced by a campground for transients, thieves and homeless people.

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Retire the ‘clunker,’ says Mars mechanic

Former maintenance manager says bomber’s time up, while pilot disagrees
Alberni Valley Times
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A maintenance manager who worked on the Martin Mars bombers for 20 years says it’s time to send the “old clunker” to the museum. Barry Simpson, a resident of Port Alberni since 1958, worked as a maintenance manager on the Mars water bombers from 1976 to 1996. He wore two hats, flying as a crew member to fight fires during wildfire seasons, and fixing the old planes in between flights. “I bought parts from all over North America for that old clunker,” Simpson said as he chuckled. “And made a lot [of parts] too. We had our own milling machines and everything ’cause you couldn’t buy ’em.”

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B.C. playing with forest fire

Alberni Valley News
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To the Editor, At Monday’s Port Alberni City Council meeting fire Chief Tim Pley informed the community that the BC Forest Service had lodged an urgent request for PAFD to be put on standby in case it is needed ‘for initial attack’ on fires in and around our area. This leaves the very real possibility of PAFD services being called away to a forest fire, leaving local response to homes much slower, or that a forest fire that occurs nearby will not get any initial attack response at all if the PAFD is busy elsewhere. I will not venture to guess which would be worse.

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China Nose Fire Rages

250 News
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Area in pinkish colour is under Evacuation Houston, B.C.- The China Nose fire, about 15 kilometers southeast of Houston, has grown to 2900 hectares. An evacuation order, issued yesterday, remains in effect, and many other residents are now under an evacuation alert. (see map above) BC Parks has ordered the closure of Old Man Lake Provincial Park to all recreational uses and the evacuation of any users within the park.

Fast-moving China Nose fire doubles in size near Houston, BC from Canadian Press

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Guest column: B.C.’s anti-everything movement needs to end

by By Stewart Muir
The Province
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Back in 1985 when I was editor of The Whistler Question, I remember writing a column on the coming rise of tourism and the inevitable decline of forestry. It seemed, at the time, like a rational enough position. Tourism was clean and green, not to mention the skiing. Yeah! Forestry — what a blight on the landscape; and then there were those big awful trucks we had to share the highway with. Bah! Almost three decades later, it turns out I was only half right.

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Some environmentalist groups exaggerate: Quebec’s forests are not threatened, according to a new documentary

Canada Newswire press release
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – For the second year in a row, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) went out into the field to film a video showing how forestry activities coexist with wildlife. The short documentary that was produced sketches a realistic picture of the Quebec forest from the point of view of those who make their living from it, contrasting sharply with alarmist talk suggesting that harvesting the forest jeopardizes its future and the species that live there.

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Clear-cutting of Ancaster woodlot ‘cost of doing nothing’: McHattie

CBC News
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie says the clear-cutting of a 10-hectare (25-acre) woodlot near the Meadowlands in Ancaster is “the cost of doing nothing” on protecting urban woodlots. The woodlot, owned by real estate agent and developer James McNiven, was cleared of dozens of mature trees, many nearly a century old, despite stop orders from the city and a visit from police on the weekend. The area was cleared days before a tougher bylaw protecting urban forests could be enacted — a bylaw more than a decade in the making. The earliest it can pass into effect is Friday.

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Sweden: Decreased logging and silviculture costs in large-scale forestry

IHB
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In Sweden, unit costs for silviculture in large-scale forestry decreased by 20 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Of all included costs, the costs for sowing, costs for beeting and forest fertilization and liming decreased the most. Also costs for maintenance and new investments in forest roads decreased. Cost per hectare did not decrease correspondingly. In average logging costs for thinning and regeneration felling decreased in the entire country. In Svealand region however, the logging costs increased for regeneration felling.

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Forestry needs safety plan – Worksafe

Radio New Zealand News
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government’s safety agency, Worksafe New Zealand, says the forest industry should take responsibility for reducing its terrrible accident rate by putting in place a blueprint or action plan for safer forests. That is Worksafe’s recommendation to a panel that is conducting an independent forest safety review. The agency has identified a range of shortcomings that it said had contributed to the fragmented industry’s poor safety record. …It said a safety blueprint developed by the industry with the support of Worksafe could be operating within six months.

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Record Wildfires Spread From the American West to Northern Europe

opednews.com
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The record wildfires devastating Oregon have forced the governor to address the issue of forest and ecosystem heath. Governor John Kitzhaber stated, “These fires are a symptom of a much larger forest health issue. We just have to begin to deal with the root causes. That means lending some urgency to improving the health and resiliency of our forests in a way that can produce jobs.” According to this Fox News article, “In all, there are 10 large fires in Oregon, with nearly 4,000 people fighting them across 143 square miles of timber and rangeland. 

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Satellite imagery, the new weapon to fight forest fires

The Jakarta Post
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As a senior expert at the newly-established Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency, Erwinsyah is responsible for monitoring hot spots in the country’s forests and sending alerts to relevant agencies and local officials about possible land and forest fires. The job may look daunting, but Erwinsyah said he was now able to handle it directly from his home through his laptop, thanks to the introduction of Global Forest Watch-Fires, an online platform equipped with, among other features, high-resolution satellite imagery, real-time fire alerts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and land-use and concession maps to monitor and respond to land and forest fires.

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