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Daily Archives: August 20, 2014

Business & Politics

Aboriginal land will be expropriated

August 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Most analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Tsilhqot’in case agree that the government can override Aboriginal title only in extraordinary circumstances. But court decisions regarding the expropriation of the property rights of non-Aboriginal Canadians suggest that Aboriginal interests can expect only feeble protection. The Supreme Court devoted a dozen paragraphs to the question of when and how governments can justify infringement of Aboriginal title. Its premise that governments will override title only “on the basis of the broader public good” and its assertion that governments must show that their actions are “backed by a compelling and substantial objective” seem, on face value, to provide strong protections.

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Wildfires not yet threatening B.C. mills

Vancouver Sun
August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Extreme forest fire hazards can cause B.C. loggers to act more like anxious farmers who obsess about weather conditions. With more than 170 wildfires currently burning throughout B.C. and many more expected due to tinder-dry conditions, logging operators across the province are carefully picking their spots as to where and when they harvest timber. “Every morning, you look at all the weather indices and then give instructions to your contractors,” said Gorman Bros.

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Housing Starts Rally to Reach 8-Month High

Reuters
August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Housing starts surged to an eight-month high in July, suggesting that the nation’s housing market recovery was back on track after stalling in the second half of last year. While the rebound points to sustained economic strength, other data released on Tuesday showed that inflation was largely under wraps, which could give the Federal Reserve room to maintain its ultra-easy monetary policy stance for a bit longer. “The Fed will find these data further supportive of the go-it-slow approach to exiting its accommodative policies,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG in New York.

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GP planned investments in Madison to total $65 Mn

Company also evaluating potential restart of idled plywood mill
Pulp and Paper News
August 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific is investing in its Madison, Georgia, plywood operations, with recent and planned investments expected to total $65 million. This includes a planned $26 million upgrade to the mill’s veneer dryers that will increase drying capacity by approximately 35 percent. Project completion is expected by the third quarter of 2015. This follows the replacement of the mill’s wood yard in June totaling approximately $19 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario municipalities alerted to safety risks and budget impacts of taller wood-frame construction – Cheap taller combustible housing could hurt municipalities

CNW
August 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

LONDON, ON- The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is speaking out in favor of greater safety should the Province of Ontario proceed with regulations permitting taller wood-frame construction. The CAC is taking this opportunity to remind elected officials and decision makers across Ontario that taller wood buildings are not the answer to affordable housing – and simply not worth the risk. It is also alerting Ontario’s municipal leaders to the potential impact of this type of construction on their already strained budgets.

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MPP not phased by cement industry concerns about his lumber-related bill

Country600.com
August 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MPP Vic Fedeli is remaining firm about his proposed lumber bill, despite concerns from the Cement Association of Canada. Fedeli’s Forestry Industry Revitalization Act proposes a number of adjustments to the Ontario Building Code that hope to generate more money and work for the lumber industry. Among them is the allowed increase in size for wood-framed structures from four storeys to six storeys. According to Fedeli, this will help “not only Northern Ontario by selling more lumber and perhaps opening some of the mills that have closed, but it will also help the GTA because land is so expensive.”

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Cement industry not impressed by wood proponents’ claims

Condo.ca
August 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) has taken another shot at the wood industry in Ontario, claiming that the Ontario government’s proposed building code amendments to allow the construction of mid-rise buildings made of wood will result in unsafe buildings. Taller wood buildings are not the answer to affordable housing, the CAC states in a release, and they are “simply not worth the risk.” Wood, the CAC reminds the government, is a combustible material.

Cement industry opposes wood construction in taller buildings from EDI Weekly

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Singapore to take a leaf from Europe in use of prefab timber structures

The threat of fire and wood-eating termites are two areas of concern when it comes to building with timber, but those with experience in working with the material say there are solutions at hand.  
Channel News Asia
August 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON: Projects on two to four Government Land Sale sites every year will be picked to showcase new construction technologies, as Singapore gradually ramps up productivity in the sector. These technologies will include Cross Laminated Timber, or prefabricated wood structures, which have been cleared by local fire authorities as being safe for use. Singapore has adopted European design codes for timber, which include fire precautions and other engineering considerations when building with wood. 

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Forestry

Fire situation improving

BC Local News
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Camping season is officially back on. Not only has the fire ban been lifted throughout the Southeast Fire Zone, but access to one of the areas most popular campsites, Whiteswan Provincial Park, is now open. With several days of rain and cooler temperatures giving fire crews an opportunity to make progress on many fires in the area, most travel restrictions have been lifted as well. The group of fires known as the White Complex near Canal Flats are still getting plenty of attention, however.

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IPP Chips in for Spotted Owl Recovery, then Chips Away at Habitat

The Tyee
August 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new partnership between an independent power producer and the B.C. government promises to pour more money into the recovery of the spotted owl, the province’s most endangered bird — while chipping away a little bit more of its habitat. Innergex Renewable Energy has made a contribution of $287,790 to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ spotted owl recovery program. According to a government press release, the money will be used for “activities including inventory and monitoring work, supporting the captive breeding program, and other activities to recover spotted owls.”

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Firefighters make gains on China Nose blaze

Prince George Citizen
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Significant progress has been made on containing the massive China Nose wildfire, according to an update from the B.C. wildfire management branch. As of Tuesday morning, the blaze, which covers about 3,700 hectares south of Highway 16 West between Burns Lake and Houston, was 40 per cent contained, up from 20 per cent as of the weekend. On Monday, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako rescinded an evacuation order but about 19 homes in the area remain on evacuation alert.

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Flight of the pine beetle may be key to slowing pests’ spread

CBC News
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Researchers at the University of Alberta are aiming to learn more about how the mountain pine beetle flies, in hopes of stopping the spread of the insect that has devastated forests in British Columbia and Alberta. “Flight is a really important aspect of their life cycle because when they come out of the tree they have to fly to find a different host,” said Maya Evenden, an associate professor of biological sciences. “They can’t stay where they grew up in that same tree because of those resources are gone.”

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Weyerhaeuser responds to demands from Grassy youth

Kenora Online
August 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wayne Roznowsky is a spokesman for Weyerhaeuser Canada. He emphasizes the company isn’t responsible for managing the Whiskey Jack Forest. “It is managed by the province of Ontario. Certainly, the Whiskey Jack Forest is important to the long-term viability of a number of forestry operations in the area, including our Kenora facility, which employs about 200 people,” he said. He adds the company isn’t using wood from the traditional lands near Grassy Narrows. “It’s my understanding there are no operations planned for traditional areas, in Grassy Narrows or of Grassy Narrows interest.

Grassy Narrows Youth to Deliver Demands to Weyerhaeuser: No Logging in Our Territory from Free Grassy Narrows

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First Nation Chiefs Try To Stop Provincial Forestry Deal (radio)

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

First Nation chiefs were in court this afternoon trying to get an injunction to stop the province’s forestry deal with JD Irving. Click below to hear the broadcast.

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Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by drought, wildfires, invasive species; seek more funding

Associated Press
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday. The warning came during an annual summit about protecting the iconic lake that straddles the California-Nevada border. The meeting brought unusual bipartisan consensus among federal lawmakers on at least one aspect of the threats to the Tahoe basin — that more logging should play a role in reducing the wildfire danger. Those in attendance said decades of suppressing wildfires, no matter how remote, has left many forests too thick with trees, leading to disease and stoking high-intensity wildfires.

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Environmentalists: How about plain and simple?

Letter by Dick Mangan
The Missoulian
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I need help: I’m having a self-identity crisis! You see, back in the late 1960s I went to college and got a forestry degree. …But over these past 40-plus years, I’ve also been a member of Wilderness Watch, the Nature Conservancy, and Defenders of Wildlife, among others. …So that is the crux of my identity crisis: I’m a forester who supports timber harvest, cattle grazing, wildlife habitat, clean water, wilderness areas, breathable air and access to public lands. Who am I?

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Northwest wildfires: Crews make progress but extreme conditions remain in parts of Oregon

The Oregonian
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters across the Northwest have made progress in the past 24 hours thanks to cooler temperatures and higher humidity but forecasters warned Monday that part of Oregon still faces an extreme fire threat. A total of 15 large, uncontrolled blazes are burning in Oregon and Washington, with 16 holdover fires popping up in the last 24 hours from lightning strikes last week. Initial attack crews managed to contain all of the small fires while making progress against big ones, said Carol Connolly, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

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DNR considers allowing loggers to harvest more timber from state land

Environmentalists are concerned doing so would result in loss of vital habitats
Wisconsin Public Radio
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Some loggers are pressuring the Department of Natural Resources to allow more timber harvesting from state lands. DNR leaders, state lawmakers, some Natural Resources Board members and loggers braved a cold day last December to tour the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest north of Rhinelander. Their mission was to talk about industry concerns that not enough sawmill-suitable logs had been marked for harvest. The discussion grew to center on log harvest on the one million forested acres the DNR manages, and resulted in the writing of a state report that was discussed by the board this week.

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State Forester Jim Karels Recognized by Florida Cabinet

from Florida Department of Agriculture
WCTV.TV
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TALLAHASSEE, FL – State Forester Jim Karels was recognized by the Florida Cabinet today, in appreciation for his leadership during the investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona in 2013. “Jim demonstrated true leadership in lending his expertise and experience to the investigation of the fire that killed 19 fellow firefighters in Arizona last year,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “The lessons learned from his investigation can be implemented in Florida and across the country to help keep our firefighters safe from harm.”

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Study: World’s primary forests on the brink, study says

phys.org
August 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious state of the world’s primary forests. The global analysis and map are featured in a paper appearing in the esteemed journal Conservation Letters and reveals that only five percent of the world’s pre-agricultural primary forest cover is now found in protected areas. Led by Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, the authors are experts in forest ecology, conservation biology, international policy and practical forest conservation issues.

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Vote on Tasmanian Government’s signature policy to scrap forest peace deal delayed

ABC News, Australia
August 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s independent-dominated Upper House has delayed a final vote on the Government’s signature policy to tear up the forest peace deal. The bid to reclassify 400,000 hectares of native forest so it can be reopened to broad-scale logging in six years’ time was set to be debated in the Upper House from today. But the Government introduced 15 pages of amendments to the bill and MLCs delayed the vote so they could have more time to digest the changes.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Big response to request for bioenergy plan proposals

Revelstoke Times Review
August 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

City council voted to allot $15,000 from the Economic Opportunity Fund to hire a consultant review the expressions of interest in developing a bioenergy facility in Revelstoke. More than 50 responses were received in response to a request for expressions of interest prepared in the spring by consultant John Christie, a specialist in green energy development. Christie was paid $15,000 to prepare the request. Now a further $15,000 is being allotted for him to review the responses. This would include scoring all responses, final selection, and meeting with the selected partner(s).

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Pellet plant protest fails to derail plans

Vernon Morning Star
August 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Parents fought with passion for the protection of their children, pulling at the heartstrings of politicians, during a nearly six-hour public hearing on the proposed Lavington pellet plant. They were successful in convincing three Coldstream councillors from their original position (back in January) in support of the proposed pellet plant in Lavington. But it wasn’t quite enough to stall the plant process, which is now on track with appropriate land use designation for construction of the facility on agricultural land near Lavington Elementary School.

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Virginia Tech Forestry Geneticists Develop Tree Biomass Crop

Woodworking Network
August 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BLACKSBURG, VA – Two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate. Populus, a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as cottonwoods and aspens, is being grown for bioenergy because it produces a significant amount of biomass in two years and will re-grow robustly when cut at just above ground level. Woody biomass can be converted to liquid fuels, such as ethanol.

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Climate change taking a huge toll on world’s forests

The European Forest Institute, which is based in Finland, has warned that Europe’s forests are increasingly under pressure from wind, bark beetles and forest fires.
Independent
August 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The EFI says that climate change is already altering the environment and long-lived ecosystems such as forests are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in the climate system. Meanwhile, a new international study published this week in the Nature Climate Change journal shows that damage from wind, bark beetles and wildfires has increased drastically in Europe’s forests. “Disturbances like wind throw and forest fires are part of the natural dynamics of forest ecosystems, and are not, therefore, a catastrophe for the ecosystem as such. 

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General

Aboriginal land will be expropriated

August 20, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Most analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Tsilhqot’in case agree that the government can override Aboriginal title only in extraordinary circumstances. But court decisions regarding the expropriation of the property rights of non-Aboriginal Canadians suggest that Aboriginal interests can expect only feeble protection. The Supreme Court devoted a dozen paragraphs to the question of when and how governments can justify infringement of Aboriginal title. Its premise that governments will override title only “on the basis of the broader public good” and its assertion that governments must show that their actions are “backed by a compelling and substantial objective” seem, on face value, to provide strong protections.

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