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Daily Archives: August 25, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Major stars to film at Elk Falls Provincial Park

Campbell River Mirror
August 21, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bron Studios of Vancouver and Rhombus Media of Toronto are producing a motion picture entitled Into the Forest …which will star Ellen Page …and Evan Rachel Wood …, and they’ve settled on Elk Falls Provincial Park as one of the locations for filming. …the film centres on two teens growing up in the remote forests of Northern California while the world is on the brink of apocalypse.

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Business & Politics

STEPHENSON: With Northern Pulp, protecting jobs comes first

Chronicle Herald
August 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia taxpayers are up to their necks in the Northern Pulp/Boat Harbour pollution issue, to the tune of more than $100 million. The multiple investments over a series of years are aimed at keeping 250 jobs in Pictou County, plus hundreds more in forestry and spinoff employment. This is one of the primary reasons why keeping the kraft pulp mill operating at Abercrombie Point has been a priority for successive governments, and why the operator has been dancing footloose with the province’s environmental standards. It’s ironic.

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Forestry giants choke off little guy’s supply

The Chronicle Journal
August 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There has been much discussion about the connection between the potential closure of the Pictou mill due to inadequate environmental protections and the future of the forest industry. What is missing is the history of the forest industry in this province. Many small, independent mills made a decent living providing lumber for our construction industry and for shipment abroad. They also produced forms of fibre for alternative manufacturing, such as wood pellets for both local and international use. “Big is better” has not worked in the Nova Scotia forest industry, as can be seen by the inexcusable grants from taxpayers to these large industries, mostly foreign-owned, that treat the province with disdain when it comes to our environment and other issues.

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‘We cannot afford to lose Northern Pulp’

By Andy MacGregor, fabrication manager, MacGregors Industrial Group, New Glasgow
Chronicle Herald
August 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As a concerned citizen and business owner in Pictou County, I believe a less emotional perspective on Northern Pulp is required. I have spoken with many locals over the last three weeks — ordinary citizens, independent business owners, mill management and mill employees — and I’m shocked by how little some understand about what’s at stake here. …Mill employees could lose their jobs and a significant portion of their pensions. …Over the last 12 months Nova Scotia has lost 10,100 jobs. …We cannot afford to lose these Northern Pulp-related jobs. …I ask that you, my fellow citizens and taxpayers, get involved and help Northern Pulp and its supporters work toward a cleaner and prosperous future in Pictou County.

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Updated: Construction of new precipitator at Northern Pulp underway

Atlantic Farm Focus
August 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Abercrombie Point, NS– Around a dozen workers have been coming and going from the new construction site on the west side of Northern Pulp. Over the past few weeks, foundations have been laid, steel beams have been fabricated and work continues on the 28-foot cradle that will house the pulp mill’s new electrostatic precipitator. So when Environment Minister Randy Delorey issued a ministerial order for the mill to reduce air quality emissions that exceed approved limits by May 30, 2015, it was business as usual for the workers.

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Futures File: Lumber rises on good construction news

Housing hoists lumber prices
Independent Record
August 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A slew of shockingly good housing data shook U.S. markets this week, especially lumber. Reports showed that construction of new homes is rising from the post-recession doldrums and that sales of existing homes increased for the fourth straight month. Lumber, which is closely tied to the construction industry, has been rising with the restrengthening housing market, reaching a five-month high Friday at $355 per thousand board feet. Though still down drastically from the 2004 peak price of $460, lumber has been gaining due to better U.S. housing data and ongoing demand from developing countries, especially China. Although the Chinese import most of their lumber from Russia and Canada, China’s impact on the global market raises local U.S. lumber prices as well

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports up 2% in June 2014

Lesprom Network
August 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Surge in exports of Southern Pine lumber continues. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service reported exports of Southern Pine to be approximately 41.2 million board feet (MMbf) during June 2014. This volume represents an increase of just 2% above the same month last year. But collectively, the first half of this year has recorded a hefty increase of 22% when compared with the first six months of 2013. Offshore shipments during June roughly break down as follows: 19.9 MMbf dressed, 8.8 MMbf rough, and 12.5 MMbf treated lumber, as the Southern Forest Products Association said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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KI Mayor cites community support for timber export plans

ABC News, Australia
August 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Kangaroo Island’s Mayor says the ability to export timber directly from the island would greatly benefit the community. Jayne Bates says there are currently two timber ports proposed for Kangaroo Island but says she would prefer to see just one multi-commodity port. She says 18,000 hectares of the island is forest but without the capability to export timber, it is not being harvested. Councillor Bates says the community is pleased ports are being considered.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cement boss not a fan of mid-rise wood buildings

Northern Ontario Business
August 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) says Ontario legislators are putting people’s lives at risk by permitting taller wood-framed buildings. The association said recent fires involving wood-framed mid-rises are proof positive that this type of construction leaves seniors and the disabled vulnerable. …”Building practices that may compromise safety are not more affordable – they are cheap,” said CAC president and CEO Michael McSweeney. “Taller wood-frame buildings could compromise the safety of the people who might live and work in them as well as the safety of front line responders like firefighters. Rising emergency services costs are already straining municipal budgets. We cannot afford to take this risk.”

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VIDEO: Chinese educators learn wood-frame building at the University of the Fraser Valley

Journal of Commerce
August 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A delegation of Chinese educators is learning new wood-frame construction skills in a pioneering program hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Chilliwack, B.C.
UFV instructors are guiding the Chinese attendees through the entire wood-frame construction process including hands-on experience, which is not emphasized in the Chinese educational system. The Journal of Commerce spoke to both Mark Ryan, a carpentry instructor at UFV, and Peter Hu, a member of the delegation and a project manager on construction projects back in China.

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Green building initiatives included in new bylaw

CBC News
August 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

New green building initiatives — such as installing a grass roof — may soon be more easily accessed by developers in Charlottetown. In the past, developers would have to ask council for a variance to add floors to a building, a process that would take months as well as include public hearings and meeting with the planning department. Rob Lantz, planning committee chairman, says putting the initiatives into a single bylaw will expedite the development process.

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Forestry

TREE CANADA HELPS PROTECT TREES ON NCC LANDS

Tree Canada
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Tree Canada President Michael Rosen announced today that the not-for-profit organization will be donating 30 litres of TreeAzin – a biological insecticide used to combat Emerald Ash borer infestations – to the National Capital Commission (NCC). The treatment will be used mostly in Leamy Lake Park and other NCC urban parks on both sides of the river. TreeAzin is made from the Neem tree found in India. Registered by BioForest Technologies Inc. (a Canadian company), TreeAzin will be injected into the Ash trees in these target areas in order to protect them from the ruthless Emerald Ash Borer. Across Canadian cities and provinces, Ash trees are quickly being depleted due to this invasive insect, which bores into wood and feeds under the bark.

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More needs to be done to respect watersheds

Letter from Barry Bruyere
Alberni Valley Times
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Re: “Groups push to halt oldgrowth harvesting,” (Alberni Valley Times, Aug. 14) Island Timberlands boasts that they have a better than average track record in sustainable forest management. I beg to differ here. MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser respected the China Creek watershed area in the past. Actually, the old maps had for years stamped on them the protected watershed zones. These designations are no longer on our maps and now Island Timberlands is in there logging. This rhetoric really blows me away… better than average.

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Opinion: Connecting natural resources to our everyday lives

Many of us forget our reliance on raw materials
Vancouver Sun
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I have often said an educational campaign is required to re-connect British Columbians to their natural resource sector and to explain how so many of the products we depend on every day are derived from this sector. It’s for this reason I agreed to chair the advisory council of the non-profit Resource Works Society, an organization dedicated to educating British Columbians about the resource sector and its important role in B.C.’s future. It is easy to become disconnected from the importance of our natural resources.

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Firefighting Help Arrives From Ontario

250 News
August 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It is fortunate for British Columbia that provinces in eastern Canada have been left relatively unscathed by forest fires this year. With B.C. facing its worst wildfire season since 2006 and with almost half of its firefighting force about to go out of service, additional help is being welcomed from other provinces. Wildfire Management Branch spokesman Warren Burkinshaw says the reason B.C.’s firefighting contingent is being reduced is because 40% of it is comprised of university students, and they’re getting prepared to head back to school. With that much of a depletion of firefighting resources B.C. has had to bring in help from other provinces.

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First Nations forestry plan injunction request denied

CBC News
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Court of Queen’s Bench judge has denied an application by First Nations chiefs for an injunction to temporarily block the provincial government’s new forestry plan, which gives industry access to more Crown wood. The 10 chiefs of the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations of New Brunswick and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc. plan to review the decision before commenting. …Justice Judy Clendening said she had to consider three tests in reaching her decision — whether there is a serious matter to be tried, risk of irreparable harm and balance of convenience. Although she found there may be a serious issue to be tried on the government’s duty to consult First Nations about the forestry plan, the second test, risk of irreparable harm, “has not crystallized,” she said.

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Greenpeace hits back against Resolute Forest lawsuit

Greenpeace has filed a statement of defence in the defamation lawsuit launched against it by Resolute Forest Products
The Toronto Star
August 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greenpeace fired a salvo Thursday in its war in the woods with Resolute Forest Products, accusing Resolute of trying to silence its critics. Greenpeace filed its statement of defence in a $7 million lawsuit launched last year by Resolute. The company says Greenpeace defamed it by falsely accusing Resolute of violating a landmark forest protection agreement. Greenpeace retorts that Resolute’s legal actions “have been brought to silence criticism of the Company’s conduct concerning matters of high public interest.” Those matters include “the future of Canadian boreal forests, the threat to biodiversity in those forests,” and the rights of First Nations and others who depend on healthy forests.

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Forest Fire Situation Update NE Region – August 24th

Wawa News
August 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…The fire danger rating ranges from low to high. A majority of the region is experiencing a low hazard, with the only location experiencing a high hazard being the area around and including Missinaibi Provincial Park. For today, a mix of sun and clouds is expected. Temperatures should peak in the mid-twenties. Monday will bring periods of rain and a risk of potentially severe thunderstorms across the region. Temperatures will be range from the low to mid-twenties.

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Judge denies request to impose injunction on New Brunswick forestry plan

By Canadian Press
CTV News
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON — A New Brunswick judge has rejected a bid by aboriginal leaders to block an increase in the amount of softwood lumber that can be harvested from Crown lands. The Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs of New Brunswick asked the Court of Queen’s Bench to impose an injunction that would have prevented the provincial government from signing final agreements with forestry companies. The agreements are part of the province’s 10-year forestry plan, which allows companies to cut 660,000 more cubic metres of softwood annually, an increase of about 20 per cent.

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Seeing the forest for the trees: The world’s rate of deforestation slows down

The Chronicle Herald
August 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Twenty years ago …Brazil …was cutting down an area of forest two-thirds the size of Belgium every year. Roughly half of all the planet’s once-luxuriant tropical forests had been felled and the further degradation of the Earth’s green spaces seemed inevitable. …But the crisis is passing and the prognosis is starting to improve. Fears that the great forests of the Congo would be cleared have proved unfounded so far. Brazil and Mexico have reduced their deforestation rates by well over two-thirds. India and Costa Rica have done more than reduce the rate of loss: They are replanting areas that were once clear-cut.

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Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames

New report shows long-term firefighting costs eroding most other work
High Country News
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

We’ve written quite a bit lately about “fire borrowing” — what happens when the Forest Service runs out of the funds it’s budgeted for firefighting, which are based on average wildfire costs over the last 10 years. Then it’s forced to start dipping into money meant for other programs, including those intended to reduce the risk and intensity of wildfires. …Critics ranging from members of Congress to agency staffers have charged that the Forest Service is rapidly becoming the Fire Service, an agency whose duty to “sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands” has been utterly overrun by its need to put out fires.

Governors to Congress: Stop “fire borrowing,” Fix Wildfire Funding from The Associations Now

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My Turn: Alaska turns to young growth forests

Juneau Empire
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Management of the old-growth forests of the Tongass National Forest has been the source of substantial controversy both in Alaska and nationally for decades. Many Alaskans recognize the jobs and economic opportunity provided by the forest industry in Southeast Alaska. Likewise, many understand that the Tongass is an unparalleled natural gem that produces salmon, recreation, wildlife and other critical assets that also support jobs and economic development. The Tongass is also home to the rich cultural traditions of Alaska Natives.

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D is for Darby: Fire solidifies town’s turn from timber to tourism

The Missoulian
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…“You saw the mills start to dwindle in the late 1980s,” said Ruark, who was born in Darby 67 years ago. “There were five sawmills here, lots of logging crews. It was 70 percent of the employment for the valley. Florence people commuted to jobs down here. “In 2000, after the fires, we all thought we’d get to log this country. We got a bad lesson in Enviro 101. Of the 400,000 acres that burned, we logged about 50,000.” The wildfires of 2000 nailed shut a coffin for Darby’s timber industry that had been closing for decades.

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Researcher: Some rivers’ salmon at risk

Juneau Empire
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Juneau-based scientist recently published a study that found climate change poses a serious threat to the Tongass National Forest’s snow-fed salmon streams. On the other hand, watersheds too cold for big salmon runs may become more productive. Nature Conservancy scientist Colin Shanley, the study’s lead author, said a few degrees of warming makes a big difference for Southeast Alaska’s fish. As the climate changes, the Tongass’ mountainous snow-fed water systems will transition into rain-fed systems. …Shanley said salmon are “incredibly adaptable” and some changes may increase productivity. 

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Bitterroot Icon: Alta Ranger Station

Ravalli Republic
August 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Back in 1899, a pair of pioneering national forest reserve rangers decided that a cabin needed to be built near the small, but active mining district on Hughes Creek. Their decision came two years after President Grover Cleveland established 13 new forest reserves. With Cleveland’s signature, Montana officially had its first reserves: the Flathead Reserve in northwestern Montana and the Bitterroot Reserve in western Montana and northern Idaho. Nathaniel “Than” Wilkerson and Henry C. Tuttle borrowed a horse from miner Pete Bennett and dug into their own pockets to pay for the supplies they needed to build the one-room cabin that would become the Alta Ranger Station, including the flag that would fly above it. The station was officially dedicated on July 4, 1899.

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UM’s wood plot joins Smithsonian forest registry

Associated Press
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PUTNAM TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The University of Michigan says that a 57-acre forest plot it owns northwest of Ann Arbor has become part of a Smithsonian Institution global network for studying forest function and diversity. The university says the plot is at its 1,297-acre Edwin S. George Reserve, west of Pinckney in Livingston County’s Putnam Township. The school says the plot was added Aug. 12 to the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory. The network of inventory plots includes 60 locations in 24 countries.

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Wombat deaths: Government investigates ‘what went wrong’

Brisbane Times
August 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Corporation of NSW has launched an investigation into “what went wrong” in the Glenbog State Forest on the south coast, after logging buried wombats in their burrows, despite a deal to protect the animals. The Wombat Protection Society and Australian Wildlife Society said the wombats would have died slowly and the groups were angered that large GPS markings identifying the burrows were ignored by logging contractors. Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson was grilled by a parliamentary committee over the incident, revealed in The Sun-Herald a fortnight ago.

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Last ditch plea to protect pine forest adopted by Carnaby’s black cockatoos

The Australian government has been asked to intervene to save the habitat of about 4,000 black cockatoos near Perth
The Guardian
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservationists have made a last ditch plea to the federal government to intervene to help prevent a species of cockatoo from becoming extinct due to the felling of its habitat. Research by BirdLife Australia found there are 3,922 Carnaby’s black cockatoos in the large Gnangara pine plantation, north of Perth. This equates to around 10% of the global population of this endangered cockatoo. The Western Australian government has been clearing the 23,000 hectare (57,000 acre) plantation to protect Perth’s water catchment area due to the amount of water the trees require.

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Scientists warn about ‘precarious’ state of world’s primary forests

Economic Times of India
August 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists have warned about the precarious state of the world’s primary forests, as a new study shows that say just 22 percent of these forests are located in protected areas, equivalent of only five percent of the original ones. Brendan Mackey, Director of the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, said that international negotiations are failing to halt the loss of the world’s most important primary forests and in the absence of specific policies for primary forest protection in biodiversity and climate change treaties, their unique biodiversity values and ecosystem services will continue to be lost in both developed and developing countries.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Province confident N.L. can compete in pellets

The Telegram
August 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

This week, the province of New Brunswick announced it will spend $400,000 on a wood pellet plant feasibility study, raising the question of where Newfoundland and Labrador stands on its development of wood pellet exports. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador offered up about $10 million in commitments to Holson Forest Products for a new wood pellet plant at Roddickton, on the Northern Peninsula, between 2008 and 2012, only to be left with an idle facility, reportedly due to a lack of storage and port infrastructure. The facility has since been tied into ongoing negotiations between the provincial government and American-based wood processor Rentech Inc., on a potential new forestry enterprise in the province.

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SRI leveraging renewables in carbon fiber research

Fierce Energy
August 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Southern Research Institute (SRI) for an award of up to $5.9 million to advance production of high-performance, low-cost carbon fibers from biomass. The DOE award will fund development of a multi-step catalytic process for conversion of sugars from non-food biomass to acrylonitrile — a key precursor in the production of carbon fiber. Industrial demand for carbon fiber continues to grow… Southern Research Institute is exploring novel methods of producing acrylonitrile and other bio based chemicals and fuels using renewable, non-food-based biomass feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

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