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Daily Archives: August 28, 2014

Business & Politics

Guest Column: Labour is what makes British Columbia work

by Mark Gordienko, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.
The Province
August 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia has a rich legacy of labour. It’s in our life blood. From the fur trade and coal mines of the late 19th century, to the lumber mills and mines of the 20th century and the construction boom of today, labour has and continues to serve as the backbone of the B.C. economy. …According to B.C. Stats, the forest industry, including logging, wood product and paper manufacturers, has employed an average of 83,500 workers since 1987. …According to B.C. Stats, the forest industry, including logging, wood product and paper manufacturers, has employed an average of 83,500 workers since 1987.

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Dry weather forces shutdown at Somass Mill in Port Alberni

Alberni Valley News
August 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products’ Somass Mill will shut down temporarily beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, due to a lack of fibre. The company is blaming severe fire danger and dry conditions in the woods. “We’ve had to curtail our timberlands due to the risk of fire,” Western Forest Products’ director of communitcations and government relations Amy Spencer said. “That has meant a lack of Western red cedar logs to process at the mill.” The mill employs approximately 60 people, but Spencer didn’t know how many would be directly affected by the shutdown. 

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Fortress Paper sells its bank note security division for $17.5m

Business in Vancouver
August 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s Fortress Paper (TSX:FTP) is selling all shares in its bank note security subsidiary, Fortress Optical Features, to Nanotech Security Corp. (TSX-V:NTS) for $17.5 million. …Fortress had difficulties earlier this year when the Chinese government announced in April that it would impose a 13% duty on cellulose pulp coming from Canada, the United States and Brazil. At the time, Wasilenkoff said this move was to give preferential treatment to Chinese-owned mills.

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Coulson ready to sell Hawaii bomber for $3M

Alberni Valley Times
August 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The director of a campaign eight years ago to acquire a Martin Mars plane for a museum in the Alberni Valley is now making another effort to keep one of the bombers here. But it won’t be for free; the CEO of the parent company that owns the Martin Mars twins said he’s prepared to sell the Hawaii bomber for $3 million. Stacey Gaiga worked with the British Columbia Aviation Council in 2006 to acquire one of the Martin Mars planes from Timber-West, the forestry company that owned the bombers at the time. Gaiga will give a presentation for Port Alberni city council Sept. 8 outlining a new strategy for a museum in the region.

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Firewood shortages hitting parts of Nova Scotia

Many customers are being turned away from Michael Nowe’s lot in Danesville, near Liverpool
CBC News
August 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parts of Nova Scotia could be facing significant firewood shortages this winter with suppliers already turning away customers.  Michael Nowe is a firewood supplier in Danesville, near Liverpool. His lot is about half as full as it should be for this time of the year….Nowe and others on Nova Scotia’s south shore used to get some of their hardwood from contractors that worked for Bowater Mersey. Since the mill shut down and the province bought the land, the source has dried up. …”Get someone in there who knows what the real world is all about,” he says. “That’s one good way to fix it. They bought a piece of land that they know absolutely nothing about.”

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Consensus shows ‘strong desire’ to fix Northern Pulp mill situation

Pictou County residents leave meeting with feeling of hope
Chronicle Herald
August 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW — More than 120 people gathered Wednesday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in New Glasgow to talk about the future of their county. They gabbed, they listened, they moved among tables and had a coffee or a cold drink. And they considered the county’s fragile economy, its dependence on the Northern Pulp mill and its environmental challenges. “I thought it was a really interesting experience,” Bobbi Morrison, a marketing professor at St. Francis Xavier University who hails from Pictou, said at the end of the two-hour meeting.

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Northern Pulp pollution a conundrum for woodlot owners

‘A mill of this size plays a huge role in this province,’ says woodlot association president
CBC News
August 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia woodlot owners weighed in Wednesday on the issues surrounding the Northern Pulp mill, torn between their livelihoods and health concerns for the people who live in the area. Complaints about the stinking smog generated by the mill have been growing. Wednesday evening, woodlot owners had a chance to voice their opinions about the mill to executives with the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. 

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German softwood lumber exports up 13% in Quarter 2

EUWID
August 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

German exports of rough sawn lumber in the second quarter were 13% higher than in the same quarter of last year at almost 1.5m m³. Data from Destatis, the federal statistics office, shows that deliveries within Europe increased at a slight slower rate than total exports at +10% to 1.025m m³; their share of Germany’s total exports fell accordingly to 68%. Increasing exports to countries such as the Netherlands (+32%) and Belgium (+14%) coincided with stagnating exports to Austria and Italy and decreasing deliveries to France (-10%).

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building with Wood Makes Sense

Net News Ledger
August 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Building with wood makes sense. It’s a fact; wood-frame construction has been the preferential construction option for millions of homeowners throughout North America for decades. From the historical days when settlers relied on the bounty of the land for their shelter and food, to modern-day advances that have seen the wood products industry grow in sophistication, wood has and always will be a safe and affordable option for construction.

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WholeTrees Turns Unmillable Trees Into Building Components

Woodworking Network
August 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, WI – WholeTrees Architecture & Structures has developed a proprietary manufacturing process to cost effectively manufacture structural wood components from the small, unwanted portion of trees removed from routine forest thinning, such as diseased or invasive trees. Currently there is no market for the small diameter round timber, as it is known, due to low market values for small trees. The development of the process, used to make interior, exterior and structural beams, is based on research conducted with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory and funded in part by the USDA Small Business Innovation and Research grant program. WholeTrees was also awarded a grant by the State of Wisconsin.

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Forestry

The devastating spread of the mountain pine beetle

phys.org
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the mountain pine beetle began blazing a path across forests in British Columbia and Alberta, nobody could have imagined the extent of the damage to come. But as the insect devastated pine forests and disrupted communities, forest industries, recreational use, watersheds, and plant and wildlife habitats, the problem became disturbingly clear. Now, as the beetle creeps into the boreal forests of the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan, with a real concern it may reach as far east as the Maritime provinces, researchers at the University of Alberta have responded to calls from government, industry, non-profit organizations and the general public to help conserve and protect an invaluable national resource at the heart of Canadian identity.

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Coalitions sue Forest Service to block Alaska old-growth timber sale

LA Times
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two coalitions of environmental groups have filed three separate suits against the U.S. Forest Service, hoping to stop what the organizations say is the largest sale of old-growth timber in nearly a generation in America’s largest national forest. Last week the Forest Service gave the final go-ahead for the so-called Big Thorne timber sale in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, a scenic expanse the size of Delaware studded with 1,000-year-old trees. Under the terms of the multiyear sale, about 6,000 acres of old-growth trees would be harvested.

Coalition files lawsuit challenging the largest timber sale in decades from The Sit Now

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Sapphire Mountains timber sale awarded to Seeley Lake mill

The Missoulian
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – Ambrose Road and the Eastside Highway into Florence can expect to see a bit more truck traffic this winter following the sale of a timber stewardship project in the Sapphire Mountains. The final contracts were signed this week on the 6.7 million-board-foot Three Saddles Stewardship Project. Pyramid Lumber of Seeley Lake placed the highest bid on the sale that will treat 1,116 acres with commercial logging and non-commercial thinning. Like most of the timber projects the Bitterroot Forest has recently offered, the agency received several bids and it sold for more than the advertised rate.

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Don’t bankrupt forest restoration with firefighting

AZ Daily Sun
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a model for municipalities across the West. The larger question is how to restore the forest so that there is little need for short-term, limited-scale hazard-reduction projects like the FWPP. This region, almost alone in the entire nation, has come up with an answer in the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, an ambitious treatment plan for 2 million acres that is focused on ecosystem sustainability, not just the wildland fire threat to homes, reservoirs and other property. But the project has been delayed as it struggles to build sufficient private financial backing for a wood products mill — the Forest Service does not have the budget to pay for the thinning.

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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

Associated Press
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif.— U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue. The highly awaited decision will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s backcountry and private timber land.

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To save the owls, save the forests

Letter from Edward Hamblin
AZ Daily Sun
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Has the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) come up with the number of Mexican spotted owls that have perished or lost their habitat from the Rodeo-Chedeski, Wallow, Schultz Pass as well as numerous other fires in the past 15 years? Are we going to have to endure another devastating fire on Mormon Mountain to make people aware of the true agendas of the CBD and the Sierra Club? The neglect of the U.S. Forest Service to responsibly manage our forests and the conservationists who continue to produce unsubstantiated reasons to halt the progression back to a healthy forest, results in a horrible price to pay.

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Federal land purchase secures recreation and wildlife habitat in Montana’s Crown of the Continent

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

MISSOULA, Mont. – U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester for the Northern Region, Faye L. Krueger, announced the acquisition of 26,700 acres in western Montana that will integrate private holdings into the surrounding national forests to better conserve wildlife and support public access. The Nature Conservancy was instrumental with the acquisitions. “Landscape-scale conservation enhances water and air quality, improves forest health, increases resilience to infestations and wildfires, and supports local economies through tourism and recreation,” said Krueger.

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Logging of virgin rainforest on PNG island causing a stir

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

Papua New Guinea’s National Forest Board will consider tomorrow whether a Malaysian company can continue to log virgin rainforest to plant trees for palm oil. The clear-felling around Pomio on the island of East New Britain has hit strong opposition from some locals, as well as international groups like Greenpeace and Global Witness. The company RH says it’s bringing jobs, infrastructure and long term investment to the area, and says it has the support of the local people. To complicate matters further, a Commission of Inquiry into these kinds of agricultural projects in PNG has recommended almost all leases should be revoked.

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Forest peace deal repeal passes Tasmanian Upper House

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government’s bill to dismantle the forest peace deal has passed through the Parliament’s Upper House. The Legislative Council held its third reading of the bill this morning before voting nine to five in favour. Independent MLC Tony Mulder spoke to the third reading of the bill, thanking public servants who have been involved with the legislation for four years. “Although I guess I’m slightly out of order, I just thought from the floor of the house, I thought it was most important that those people be acknowledged for the work they’ve done,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Raging Forest Fires Demand Breakthrough Solutions: Consortium to Seek Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions for Enhanced Forest Health and Job Growth in Rural America

US Endowment for Forestry & Communities
August 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI (FPL) and the Georgia Southern University Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, Savannah, GA (Herty) meeting today in Atlanta with nearly three-dozen industry and university experts announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions (CAWES). The consortium’s goal is to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products that can be produced from low-value trees and forest residues that all-too-often compromise forest health and increase the frequency of wildfires.

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The Dirty Secret Behind Europe’s Renewable Energy Industry

The EU has decided that burning US wood to make biofuel will solve global warming. What?
Mother Jones
August 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. 

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General

Western Forest Products to temporarily close sawmill in British Columbia

IHB
August 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Western Forest Products will temporarily shut down the company’s Somass sawmill located in Port Alberni, British Columbia as of September 2. The decision comes after severe danger and dry conditions in the woods, says albernivalleynews.com.  Port Alberni “We’ve had to curtail our timberlands due to the risk of fire,” Western Forest Products’ director of communications and government relations Amy Spencer said. “That has meant a lack of Western red cedar logs to process at the mill,” she added.

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