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Daily Archives: August 27, 2014

Business & Politics

Vancouver’s Fortress Paper sells part of bank note unit

Nanotech Security pays $17.5M for plant that makes security film for bank notes
Canadian Press
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pulp and bank note producer Fortress Paper Ltd. is selling its operations that make security film used in bank notes to Nanotech Security Corp. for up to $17.5 million in cash and shares. The Vancouver-based company says the buyer has entered into an agreement to continue to supply optical variable thin film material to the company’s Switzerland bank notes and high-security paper mill. Fortress Optical Features makes the colourful security threads contained in some Canadian paper currency and various international denominations.

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Asian economy slowing down, but B.C. exports to China and other key trading partners still rising

Natural resources continue to top the province’s exports to the Far East, but opportunities in agriculture and education are growing
Business in Vancouver
August 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If Asia’s economic engine is slowing down, someone forgot to tell B.C. exporters. The province’s exports to its main Asian trading partners were up 5.8% last year compared with 2012, reaching $13.7 billion, and the pace continued through 2014’s first six months, up another 5% compared with the same period a year ago. Even though mainland China’s gross domestic product growth slowed to 7.7% last year, compared with 10.4% at its peak in 2010, that country remains the biggest Asian buyer of B.C. products, consuming $6.6 billion of the province’s goods in 2013 – primarily coal and pulp.

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Connections revealed between high-ranking bureaucrat and Northern Pulp

Former Northern Pulp lawyer now high-ranking Nova Scotia bureaucrat
CBC News
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the deputy minister of the Office of Priorities and Planning, Bernie Miller was handpicked by Premier Stephen McNeil to handle his government’s most sensitive files. But there’s one file Miller can’t touch: Northern Pulp. This is because before Miller left a private law practice to work for the Liberal government, he acted as the pulp mill’s lawyer on environmental compliance for many years. Today, the government said Miller has been excluded from any and all discussions about the mill. “Things that we’ve been doing with Northern Pulp have been completely isolated from Bernie,” said McNeil.

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Woodlot owners hold Northern Pulp meeting

News 957
August 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


A meeting is being held tonight in Pictou County to clear the air over the pollution coming from the Northern Pulp mill. The event is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. The group wants to end the knee-jerk reactions and open the discussion, with the ultimate goal of sustainable forestry in Nova Scotia. Will Martin is the president of the association, which represents private woodlot owners. “I think there’s a call for change here,” Martin said, “And we’ll be able to report back — to Nova Scotians, and particularly to Pictou County — about what the possibilities are, and what people are really saying.”

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McNeil trip to stress pulp mill cleanup on trip to Asia

Chronicle Herald
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Stephen McNeil plans to press the owners of Northern Pulp on cleaning up emissions from the Pictou County pulp mill while he’s on a trade mission to Asia that starts Monday. McNeil said he will reiterate the province’s stance while meeting with Paper Excellence Group in Shanghai. Nova Scotia’s environment minister issued an order to Northern Pulp last week to clean up emissions by the end of May or face a government-ordered shutdown. McNeil said following a news conference Tuesday that the trip and meeting with Northern Pulp owners have been in the works for some time.

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US: Recovery in wood product imports in May

ITTO
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

US imports of most major wood products increased in May. The most significant growth was in imports of wooden furniture. The increase is partly a recovery from low imports earlier this year, when severe winter weather disrupted supply chains, but May 2014 imports of furniture and several other wood products were higher than at the same time last year. Hardwood plywood imports in May at 327,887 cu.m were around 30% higher than in April and year- to-date imports are 6% higher than in 2013. 

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Weyerhaeuser moving to Seattle’s Pioneer Square

Weyerhaeuser will relocate its headquarters and 800 employees in 2016 when construction of a new building at 200 Occidental Ave. S. is complete.
The Seattle Times
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser, one of the Pacific Northwest’s cornerstone companies for more than 110 years, plans to relocate its headquarters and 800 employees from Federal Way to Seattle. The move will occur in 2016 when construction of a new building at 200 Occidental Ave. S. is complete. President and CEO Doyle Simons did not attend the Tuesday news conference at which Mayor Ed Murray announced the relocation. But in a statement Simons said “our 430-acre campus in Federal Way is costly and too large for our needs.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

East Anglia/Thetford: Construction project coud herald new era for home-grown UK timber

EADT 24
August 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A pioneering East Anglian project to build the UK’s greenest building could herald a sea-change in the use of locally sourced timber after successfully sourcing non-traditional materials from Thetford Forest. Constractors working on the Enterprise Centre at the UEA, The timber frame has been constructed using Corsican Pine sourced from Thetford Forest Wood more usually used for fence posts and pallets has been incorporated into the timber frame of the £15.9m Enterprise Centre project at the University of East Anglia.

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Forestry

Opinion: Mount Polley’s wakeup call

Review of regulatory practices needed before worse accident occurs
Vancouver Sun
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…What we do know, however, is that several waves of deregulation and cuts to budgets and staffing in the civil service have undermined the provincial government’s capacity to protect our environment and the health and safety of our communities. …Research by my colleague Ben Parfitt published in the 2010 Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternative’s report Axed: A Decade of Cuts to B.C.’s
Forest Service, found that since 2001 the forest service has lost one
quarter of its workforce. He concluded our ability to oversee and
responsibly manage B.C.’s forestlands “has become hopelessly
compromised.” The province’s auditor general came to very similar
conclusions on 2012, finding the ministry of forests lacks the capacity
to ensure sustainable forest management.

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Firefighters get handle on China Nose blaze

Prince George Citizen
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews battling the China Nose wildfire had the blaze 50 per cent contained as of Monday morning, according to an update from the B.C. wildfire management branch. “Crews continue to make good progress on the China Nose wildfire,” officials said. “Yesterday, firefighters were able to conduct controlled burn-off operations on the southeastern flank to allow for greater containment. “Today, crews will be continuing to mop-up the northern and southern flanks of the fire by extinguishing hotspots. Firefighters are continuing to wet line 100 feet on the eastern flank (east and west from Crow Creek) to help prevent further fire growth.”

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Caribou habitat in Alberta ravaged beyond repair

Disturbance in Alberta’s northwestern foothills will make restoration selective
CBC News
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scientists studying the ravaged caribou habitat of Alberta’s northwestern foothills say they have found so much disturbance from decades of industrial use that restoration of the terrain will have to be selective. …This stretch of foothills still looks like pristine, trackless boreal forest when seen from the highway. But back roads into the bush reveal a patchwork of clearcuts, well pads, access roads and seismic lines so extensive that gravel and green greet the eye almost equally.It’s part of an area that recent satellite data suggests is being deforested at a rate that outpaces what’s going on in Brazil’s rainforests.

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Fire destroys N.W.T.’s only documented pine beetles

CBC News
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the most damaging insects in North America is apparently no match for a forest fire. The mountain pine beetle has attacked more than 19 million hectares of forest in western Canada since the early 2000s. Two years ago, ecologists discovered the beetles in a handful of pines on the border between the Northwest Territories and Alberta. In July, ecologist with the N.W.T. government returned to find the pine trees gone. “This year we didn’t see any activity of that particular beetle,” says Jacob Olesinski, who monitors threats from forest pests. “Because those stands that it was noticed in two years ago were burned in the recent last year’s fire.”

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Beaconsfield to fight emerald ash borer with Tree Canada donation (& video)

CTV News
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Beaconsfield is getting some help in its fight against the emerald ash borer. Tree Canada has donated a biopesticide that will be used to treat at least 75 trees, part of a larger plan to prevent the destructive insects from infesting the city’s trees. Full of majestic, mature ash trees, Beaconsfield takes great pride in its trees, and caught the attention of Tree Canada. …Beaconsfield has taken an inventory of its ash trees, done visual
inspections, debarking and installed traps, which is why Tree Canada
considers Beaconsfield a model community.

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Conservation authority inoculating ash trees against pest

The Enterprise-Bulletin
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS — Donna Lacey makes her way through the long grass, beelining her way toward an emerald ash tree. Kneeling down, she carefully drills several holes into the base of the tree, and inserts devices that look similar to miniature caulking tubes. The devices contain a natural pesticide, TreeAzin, which is derived from a plant native to the Indian subcontinent; essentially, the trees are being inoculated to prevent the spread of the pest that’s now wreaking havoc with the species across southern Ontario.

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Thanks to Climate Change, Forest Service Spends Almost All its Money Fighting Fires

The U.S. Forest Service is spending so much of its money fighting fires that it’s struggling to keep our national forests healthy. 
The Contributor
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

We ought to rename the U.S. Forest Service the “Forest Fire Service,” because pretty soon fighting fires is all that the agency will be able to do. Since 1995, the proportion of its budget spent on fire suppression has risen from 16 to 42 percent, according to an Agriculture Department analysis released last week. If you include secondary costs related to firefighting (such as fire suppression research), the agency now spends the majority of its money on fire.

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Forest restoration activities begin in Pinaleno Mountains

USDA Forest Service
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TUCSON — Forest restoration work will begin along the Swift Trail on the Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, on Sept. 4, 2014. Restoration work will continue until Feb. 28, 2015. The National Wild Turkey Federation, as part of the Pinaleno Ecosystem Restoration Project, will conduct tree felling and logging activities. Objectives of the project include forest restoration for Mount Graham Red Squirrel habitat protection, removal of unhealthy trees and reduction of wildfire risk.

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More transparency from DNRC needed

All citizens deserve to know what deals are being made with 5 million acres of our federal lands
Helena Independent Record
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Steve Bullock and DNRC Director John Tubbs have been touting the Forests in Focus initiative that has a provision for the state managing federal lands. Wanting to know more I went to DNRC’s website. Some components of the Forests in Focus were highlighted, including the Montana/Forest Service Master Stewardship Agreement, discussions with Montana counties about crafting an agreement for development and implementation of federal projects, a state liaison position at the Forest Service Regional headquarters and federal projects under review.

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Northwest wildfires: 7 blazes burning as temperatures rise

The Oregonian
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The wildfires are in good shape across the Northwest though higher temperatures on Tuesday will also increase the fire threat. A total of seven large, uncontained fires are burning in Oregon and Washington, most of them largely lined. …The Deception/Stanley complex has charred more than 600 acres and is still 53 percent contained. The fires are burning on steep, rugged terrain, threatening recreational areas and a municipal watershed but no homes.

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How do we save the world’s vanishing old-growth forests?

mongabay.com
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There’s nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these forests include ancient trees, significant dead wood, little undergrowth due to canopy shade, and high biodiversity, including many species found no-where else. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world’s primary forests—also known as old-growth forests—are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it according to a new paper in Conservation Letters.

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Forest peace deal repeal: Early vote in Tasmania’s Legislative Council flags end of accord

ABC News
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is on the cusp of repealing the historic forestry peace deal after the Legislative Council voted in favour of the broad plan to overturn the deal. MLCs voted nine to five to pass the Government’s repeal bill on the second reading. Repealing the peace deal struck between industry and environmental groups – designed to end decades of conflict in the state’s forests – was a key election pledge for the Liberals. The deal provided for the protection of 1.5 million hectares of native forest.

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Tasmanian forest deal up in smoke after logging protection repeals

The Sydney Morning Herald
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Liberal government has succeeded in unwinding key parts of the peace deal to end the state’s forest wars. The legislation gives the timber industry greater access to forests, makes them harder to set aside from logging, and cuts out environmentalist consultation. Around 400,000 hectares of high conservation value forests protected by the peace deal will be placed in future logging zones. Access to reserves for rare rainforest timbers was also confirmed.

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Ghana: Electronic System to Block Leakages in Timber Industry

All Africa
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission would soon deploy an electronic wood tracking system to reduce human interventions in its operations to help deal with illegal timber, reduce losses and increase revenue to the state. The new computerized system is expected to take over the paper based system for tracking the commission’s timber resources which has been fraught with corruption, leading to illegal felling of timber and leakages in revenue to the state.

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Papua New Guinea set to decide on RH logging renewal

ABC News, Australia
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Papua New Guinea’s National Forest Board will consider a Malaysian company’s bid to continue to logging virgin rainforest in order to plant palm oil. The clear-felling around Pomio on the island of East New Britain has been hotly contested by some locals, as well as international groups like Greenpeace and Global Witness. Malaysian company Rimbunan Hijau (RH) says it is bringing jobs, infrastructure and long-term investment to the area. RH says it has the support of the local people, but some locals object to their land being cleared for plantations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant feasibility study launched in the Miramichi

Northern Energy Solutions is prepared to invest $400,000 into a feasibility study on constructing a pellet plant in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
Atlantic Farm Focus
August 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Company President Ross Creelman, who has four decades of forestry experience in the province, is confident the plant will be constructed. “I have always been interested in forestry projects in New Brunswick, and I believe this would be ideal for the region,” Creelman said. “Our pre-evaluation study was very positive and now we take it to a more detailed stage. We look forward to getting the study underway and we will keep the public apprised of our progress. This plant would provide an excellent vehicle for the use of pulp in the area which is currently being left on the forest’s floor because pulp mills in the region have closed.”

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