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Daily Archives: August 19, 2014

Business & Politics

West Fraser Mills Inks Deal with Hardwoods Specialty Products

Woodworking Network
August 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER — Hardwoods Specialty Products and Frank Paxton Lumber Company, both divisions of Hardwoods Distribution, Inc., finalized an agreement for the distribution of West Fraser Mills MDF. West Fraser Mills operates two MDF plants, West Pine MDF mill and Ranger MDF mill. Under the newly announced agreement, production from both mills will be made available to all Hardwoods Specialty Products and Frank Paxton Lumber branches in the United States and Canada.

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Wood deal won’t export jobs: ministry

Vancouver 24hrs
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia Ministry of Forests says a new memorandum of understanding signed with a Chinese province will not mean raw log imports to China will increase. The MOU was announced Wednesday and a spokesman for the Wilderness Committee said that while the group likes the idea of encouraging China to build more wood-framed houses, the agreement didn’t say what products would come from B.C. to make it happen. Torrance Coste said it wasn’t clear if the deal could mean more raw log exports, taking Canadian jobs with them.

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Testing at Northern Pulp mill in Pictou underway

Stantec’s results will be supplied to Nova Scotia Environment and reviewed to determine if actions are required.
Daily Business Buzz
August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[ABERCROMBIE POINT, NS] – Testing is underway on the stacks at Northern Pulp to determine what is in the emissions and how much is being released. According to Lori Errington, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Environment, the pulp mill is required to have a consultant carry out stack tests twice per year. “These tests determine what emissions are coming directly from the stacks,” she said. “It’s an indication of how well the equipment in each stack is working to reduce emissions.”

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Northern Pulp link to respiratory illness reported in 1989 medical journal

August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Warning bells were sounding over the potential impacts of the Abercrombie Point pulp mill as far back as 1989. “I conclude that the air emission from the Scott pulp mill — a kraft type process releasing hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide — are the reason for the highly statistically significant incidence of respiratory illness in the Pictou hospital,” wrote Dr. Daniel Reid in the Nova Scotia Medical Journal in 1989. The chief of staff at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou drew an anecdotal connection between Pictou County having the highest total cancer rates in the province to the presence of the kraft pulp mill.

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Northern Pulp mill emissions tests met with skepticism

CBC News
August 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After months of waiting, emissions tests are underway at the Northern Pulp mill, where some people in the community fear their health is being affected by the malfunctioning facility. The last time the mill’s emissions were tested in November, the particulate reading was 78 per cent higher than acceptable standards, although the company says there has been a 25 per cent improvement in the levels since then. …Meanwhile, people who live and work nearby are watching closely. …“We’d be surprised if there were any dramatic changes with the testing,” he said.

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Northern Pulp link to respiratory illness reported in 1989 medical journal

August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Warning bells were sounding over the potential impacts of the Abercrombie Point pulp mill as far back as 1989. “I conclude that the air emission from the Scott pulp mill — a kraft type process releasing hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide — are the reason for the highly statistically significant incidence of respiratory illness in the Pictou hospital,” wrote Dr. Daniel Reid in the Nova Scotia Medical Journal in 1989. The chief of staff at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou drew an anecdotal connection between Pictou County having the highest total cancer rates in the province to the presence of the kraft pulp mill.

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Daines tells wood products officials in Missoula he’s working to turn around industry

The Missoulian
August 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The lack of available timber is the single biggest issue facing the wood products industry in Montana, according to a group of foresters and sawmill managers who spoke with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines during a roundtable discussion on Monday. Daines toured the Roseburg Forest Products Co. particle board production plant in Missoula before meeting with members of the Montana Wood Products Association for a frank discussion on the challenges facing the industry. The stop was part of a weeklong tour focusing on reducing the impact of what Daines, R-Mont., called “overreaching regulations” on Montana’s economy.

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Resolute Forest Products’ Plan For Southern Sawmills Is Likely A Red Herring

Seeking Alpha
August 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A recent Bloomberg news article indicated that Resolute Forest Products is assessing potential opportunities to buy or construct U.S. lumber mills with a particular focus on the U.S. South. Bloomberg’s source of this information was a phone interview with Resolute’s CEO, Richard Garneau. This suggestion that Resolute might buy or build sawmills in the South may sound good. However, any activity of this sort by them is likely to be quite insignificant in terms of the overall company.

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Independence Lumber to rebuild, expand Va. plant

Associated Press
August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

INDEPENDENCE, Va. — A lumber company whose sawmill operation was destroyed by fire in 2012 is rebuilding and expanding production in Grayson County. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that Independence Lumber plans to invest more than $5 million in the move that will retain 57 jobs and create 25 new ones. The company also plans to purchase 90 percent of its timber needs from Virginia forests. Independence Lumber’s new sawmill will produce a variety of lumber sourced from the region, including red and white oak, poplar, birch, hickory, and Eastern white pine.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Chinese wood building shifts strategy

Journal of Commerce
August 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Chinese educators are spending three weeks this month honing their wood frame building skills at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The program consists of 50 per cent classroom instruction, 35 per cent hands-on training, and 15 per cent project visits. “It’s a technology we take for granted here in North America,” said John English, dean of applied and technical studies at UFV. “These structures are seismically sound and, when constructed correctly, have a long life.” Organized in conjunction with the Chinese National Ministry of Urban & Rural Housing Development, the program is sponsored by 11 Chinese vocational schools, nine building companies and Canada Wood, an industry coalition that represents Canada’s forest sector’s interests in offshore markets.

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Japan: Trends in dried lumber

IHB
August 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There is growing demand for dried wood for construction since dried wood has clear strength performance with less cracking and curving after applied in building. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, lumber shipment in 2013 was 10,100,000 cbms, 8.6% more than 2012. Building materials and engineering works construction materials, which takes 80% of lumber shipment, increased by more than 10%. Meantime, that for furniture, fittings, crating and boxing dropped little from previous year.

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Forestry

Team to study impacts of climate change on pesky forest insect

phys.org
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The mountain pine beetle is a pest. Native to the forests of western North America, the insects infest tree after tree, killing off entire swaths of forest during outbreaks. The effects of climate change and years of forest policies have led to an unprecedented epidemic in which tens of millions of acres of trees have been killed over the past 20 years, says a University of Oregon researcher. Christopher Bone, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, and his research team plan to use the power of computing to help better inform the response to the pine mountain beetle epidemic, thanks to a $1.3 million award from the National Science Foundation. 

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U of A beetle research aims to help combat pine infestation (with video)

Edmonton Journal
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A University of Alberta professor is embarking on new pine beetle research in the hopes of helping to contain the spread of the pest in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Maya Evenden, a professor of biological sciences at the U of A, is studying the flight capacity and genetic variability of mountain pine beetles, which pose a threat to Alberta’s $4-billion forest industry by infesting and killing pine trees. This marks the first time mountain pine beetles have been studied in such depth.

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Opinion: Reducing risk of wildfires should be provincial duty

August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Now that the provincial treasury has refused to maintain funding for the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ wildfire hazard reduction program, it will be interesting to see what direction the province takes to reduce the wildfire threat to communities and other critical values. At this stage, the province is not taking the lead, and in declining to fund a continuation of the UBCM program, it has taken local government out of the lead role — the role it was given back in 2004 after the Filmon Review of the devastating 2003 Okanagan wildfires and the governments’ response to it. That just leaves the forest industry.

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Coulson Group retires the iconic Martin Mars aircraft

Alberni Valley Times
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a 54-year career of fight forest fires across North America, the Hawaii Mars bomber sat on the shore of Sproat Lake this summer due to the province not renewing the aircraft’s contract. In a newsletter released last week by the bomber’s owner Coulson Air Tankers, CEO Wayne Coulson reflected on the Mars aircraft’s history, conceding that the plane’s firefighting days are over. The bomber’s service includes dousing forest fires in British Columbia, Alberta, California and Mexico.

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Saplings from historic Comfort Maple ready soon

Welland Tribune
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Like the next generation visiting an elderly relative, maintenance staff visit the Comfort Maple once a week. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority staff clean up the leaves and branches around the tree on Metler Rd. in Pelham and give it a quick look over to see if the nurses – NPCA arborists and ecologists – need to be called in. At well over 500-years-old, the famous sugar maple is the oldest tree of its kind in the country, but it’s showing its age. …In 1988, the maple’s circumference was measured at six metres around. In the 20 years that followed, it grew by 26 centimetres, and it has gained another 10 centimetres since 2008.

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Writing on the wall for McLaughlin loggers

Letter by Ron Lepine
Alberni Valley Times
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Alberni – “Just leave the loggers alone and let them make money!” says Mr. Wonderful, AKA Kevin O’Leary.  There’s nothing wrong with making money, but when it’s at the peril of somebody else’s living or health, that’s not good. I used to be a faller and bucker and then a mill owner. In the early ’90s I got a job in the Clayoquot Sound putting logging roads to bed with a hoe. There I saw what the fuss was about. Spawning streams that were ruined from the slides and runoffs from the clear-cuts.

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Judge reserves decision on forestry plan challenge by First Nations chiefs

Group of chiefs seeking injunction to block government from giving industry more Crown wood
CBC News
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Court of Queen’s Bench judge has reserved decision on an application by First Nations chiefs to block the provincial government’s new forestry plan, which gives industry access to more Crown wood. Justice Judy Clendening will rule Friday at 1:30 p.m. whether to issue an interim injunction on the government signing final agreements with private companies.

New Brunswick judge to rule Friday on bid to stop forestry strategy from The Canadian Press

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Forest Fire Situation Update NE Region – August 19th

Wawa News
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On August 17 no new fires were reported. At the time this report was completed, no new fires were confirmed. Recent precipitation has had a considerable effect on the fire hazard.The fire danger rating is low for the central and southern portions of the region while the north ranges from low to high. For today, the region will be under a mix of sun and clouds, while cloud cover is expected to move in from the west. Temperatures will be in the low to mid twenties.

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Some trees face “extinction” threat

CBS News
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

North America is at a crossroads when it comes to the future of its forests. Several new and devastating tree diseases are moving across the continent and, thanks to globalization, are also starting to crop up elsewhere around the world. Forestry experts in Colorado this month warned that Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) has arrived in the state. The disease, which is transmitted by a beetle that carries a toxic fungus, seems to have originated in walnut trees in Southwestern and in northern Mexico. It has now spread to vulnerable black walnut trees in the western U.S. Black walnut trees are native to the Midwestern and eastern U.S. They have been part of American history since colonial times.

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Inner City Youth Protect an Ancient Oregon Forest Wilderness

USDA Blog
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Inner city youth helped protect an ancient forest wilderness in the Siuslaw National Forest by spending a day removing invasive tansy ragwort. High school students from the Inner City Youth Institute in Portland, Oregon, arrived in the Drift Creek Wilderness near the Alsea River, where Douglas fir and western hemlock make up the largest stand of old-growth rainforest in the Oregon Coast Range. “We love coming to the Siuslaw,” said institute group leader, Stacey Sowders. “We love this chance to do meaningful work and meet people who are so passionate about what they do.”

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13,000 evacuation calls go out as wildfire burns near California’s Yosemite National Park

Associated Press
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MARIPOSA, Calif. – Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as an out-of-control wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California. Sheriff John Anderson issued the evacuation orders late Monday and declared a local state of emergency in Madera County. The 13,000 calls to evacuate included both homes and businesses, and it was not immediately clear how many people were involved, sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

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Tasmanian Resources Minister seeks last-minute changes to forestry peace repeal bill

ABC News, Australia
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is seeking late changes to its forestry repeal bill just as it is due to be debated in the Upper House. The Government’s bid to reclassify 400,000 hectares of native forest so it can be reopened to broad-scale logging in six years’ time is set to be debated in the Upper House from Wednesday. The Liberal Government swept to power in March promising to tear up the forestry peace deal, which was negotiated over four years by industry, environmentalists and unions.

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General

Opinion: Reducing risk of wildfires should be provincial duty

August 19, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Now that the provincial treasury has refused to maintain funding for the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ wildfire hazard reduction program, it will be interesting to see what direction the province takes to reduce the wildfire threat to communities and other critical values. At this stage, the province is not taking the lead, and in declining to fund a continuation of the UBCM program, it has taken local government out of the lead role — the role it was given back in 2004 after the Filmon Review of the devastating 2003 Okanagan wildfires and the governments’ response to it. That just leaves the forest industry.

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