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Daily Archives: September 4, 2014

Business & Politics

Lower wood fiber costs for hardwood pulp manufacturers

Wood Resource Quarterly
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Manufacturers of hardwood pulp have seen their wood fiber costs decline the past three years from a record high in 2011. In contrast, producers of softwood pulp have had fairly stable fiber costs with the SFPI index hovering around $100/odmt the past two years (2012-2014). Wood fiber costs, the major cost component when manufacturing wood pulp, have developed quite differently the past few years for pulp mills manufacturing softwood pulp compared to companies producing hardwood-based pulp.

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Opinion: B.C. needs a natural resource practices board

BY GEORGE WILSON
Vancouver Sun
September 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Wildlife Federation has grave concerns about the recent Mount Polley Mine tailings breach near Likely, and the subsequent environmental destruction this incident has caused, not only to the people and communities in the region, but also its fish, wildlife, and habitat resources. As a province, we must come together to understand the cause of this disastrous event and ensure appropriate actions are taken to ensure something similar does not occur again. It is also vital we establish short- and long-term plans for mitigating the environmental and economic impacts of the Mount Polley spill and potential similar events in the future.

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N.B. Greens vow to ban shale gas development, cancel forestry contracts

The Canadian Press
September 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Green party is promising to ban shale gas development, cancel all contracts signed under the province’s forestry plan and make access to abortion easier. The measures are among a suite of promises in the party’s platform released Wednesday that the Greens say will improve sustainability and ensure equal access to health care services. Green party Leader David Coon said he would also end subsidies and tax credits for the resource sector and legislate stronger greenhouse gas reduction targets.

David Coon pledges to cancel forestry deals, hike corporate tax from CBC News

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Sino-Forest accuses OSC of approaching case from a Western ‘lens’

Globe and Mail
September 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A lawyer for four former Sino-Forest Corp. executives facing fraud allegations from the Ontario Securities Commission says the regulator has been looking at the case through a “North American lens,” mistaking everyday business practices in China for evidence of wrongdoing. Markus Koehnen, a lawyer for former Sino-Forest executives, Albert Ip, Alfred Hung, George Ho and Simon Yeung, told the second day of an OSC hearing that his China-based clients fulfilled their duties as directors and did “not engage in any fraud.”

Sino-Forest execs deny fraud, call OSC allegations a misinterpretation of Chinese business practices from the Financial Post

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Rewards of new equipment will be great

Letter by Lloyd MacKay
The Pictou Advocate
September 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Great coverage of Northern Pulp or Paper Excellence pollution and it’s nice to see fifty years later Pictou Town and region finally getting upset with conditions. Interesting to note we wanted private testing to be done at Boat Harbour prior to the mill being built and it still the same on relying on company and government testing which, at times, can be questionable. Hats off to our new Liberal leader Stephen MacNeil for his action on Boat Harbour and the new agreement signed with the Pictou Landing First Nation. Certainly I long to see Boat Harbour return to its once pristine condition.

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Stora Enso to build demo plant in Louisiana, USA

     Will be used for validation of new extraction and separation technology
Pulp and Paper News
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Following its recent acquisition of the US-based biotechnology company Virdia, Stora Enso is investing EUR 32 million (USD 43 million) in a demonstration and market development plant to be built at Raceland, Louisiana, USA. The plant will be used for industrial validation of the newly acquired extraction and separation technology developed by Virdia that enables cellulosic biomass, such as wood or agricultural waste, to be converted into highly refined sugars.

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Timber industry urged to use partnerships funding to develop alternative products

ABC News, Australia
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Institute of Foresters Australia says the local industry should use the latest round of South Australian Government funding to develop new and alternative products, such as bioplastics. Applications for the remaining $10.46 million in the South-East Forestry Partnerships Program are now open. President Rob De Fegley says it is important the industry looks to develop new markets and value add.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada and China Announce Low-Carbon Eco-District Demonstration Project

Project Enhances Opportunities for Canadian Wood Industries and Green Construction Material
Government of Canada
September 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the development and implementation of the Sino-Canadian Low-Carbon Eco-District Demonstration Project. …The MOU signed today reflects a growing interest around the world in Canadian wood and forest product expertise.

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Forestry

Hectares Burnt This Year Second Most in Over 50 Years

250 News
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


Prince George, B.C. – The amount of forest burnt this year has surpassed the ten year high set in 2010 (337,149 hectares). In fact the 338,513 hectares burnt this year is second only to the whopping 855,000 hectares burnt way back in 1958. “It has been a fairly busy wildfire season although we did respond to fewer fires this year compared to last year,” says spokesperson Navi Saini with the BC Wildfire Management Branch.

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Woodlot community seeks open dialogue on forestry issues

The Chronicle Herald
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Aug. 27, the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association hosted an open meeting on the current situation with the Northern Pulp mill and the future of our communities. Although it may have seemed odd to some that the NSWOOA would be the ones to call a meeting like this, our organization was clear that people’s concerns needed to be expressed and that it was time to consider an alternative future than the one we were heading towards.

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Firefighting efforts rob forest health funding

Spokesman
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

PUBLIC LANDS – National conservation groups are backing a bill in Congress that would help prevent wildfire fighting operations from dipping into funding for forest health and wildfire prevention programs. “How we account for fire suppression costs in the federal budget absolutely must change if we want better managed forests and fewer catastrophic fires,” said Whit Fosburgh, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

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USFS Sierra National Forest Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plan

USDA Forest Service
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CLOVIS, CALIF., The Sierra National Forest today announced a 30-day public scoping period to start the National Environmental Policy Act process for revising forest plans on the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. The scoping period will begin on August 29, 2014, when the Notice of Intent (NOI) is published in the Federal Register. The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans under the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule. The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans on national forests across the nation.

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Ecology guides forest proposal for maximum openings

The Missoulian
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest has been working to revise our land management plan (forest plan), which provides strategic direction for the forest for the next 10 to 15 years. We’ve developed a proposed action with the expertise of our natural resource professionals and with input from the public either in person or through our website and email. Recent letters to the editor have raised concerns regarding the size of even-aged regeneration harvest units (which the public sometimes referred to as clearcuts) proposed in our revision effort and I would like to correct some misinformation and clarify our intent.

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Oregon forestry board may increase tree buffers along salmon streams, first time since 1994

Associated Press
September 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s state Board of Forestry is working on balancing a healthy timber industry with healthy salmon runs. On Wednesday, the board votes on taking the next step in developing rules governing how many trees must be left standing along streams to keep the water shaded and cool enough for salmon to survive. It would be the first change to the riparian protections of the Oregon Forest Practices Act since 1994. The question was raised by a 2011 study that found temperatures were getting warmer in salmon streams on state-regulated timberlands in the Coast Range.

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Six Forest Fires in Oregon Still Raging

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on lands protected by ODF in the past 24 hours.
Salem News
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(SALEM, Ore.) – Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together. This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

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Friends of the Wild Swan complains about DNRC records charge

Associated Press
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GREAT FALLS – The program director of a Montana conservation group is complaining the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said it would charge $530 for information the group requested about a $3 million forestry management effort Gov. Steve Bullock announced in July. Arlene Montgomery with the group Friends of the Wild Swan asked the DNRC on July 17 for more information about logging projects, including an agreement calling for 490 acres of logging around Chessman Reservoir near Helena. She also sought information about discussions taking place with counties.

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Why It’s Harder To Create Wilderness Now, 50 Years After Landmark Law

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MALHEUR COUNTY, Oregon – A 2.1-million-acre wilderness proposal here includes breathtaking red rock canyons, prime habitat for sage grouse and the largest herd of California bighorn sheep in the country. But several roadblocks stand in its way. A stakeholder committee formed by local leaders unanimously voted against the idea. And so far, no one in Oregon’s congressional delegation has agreed to take the essential step of turning the proposal into a wilderness bill. Even if the proposal does make it to Congress, getting it passed is another uphill battle.

Climate Changes Creates Challenges for a Wilderness Pine Tree from the Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Smithton saw miller Glenn Britton wants environmental groups to be part of the process for the forest industry into the future (radio)

ABC News, Australia
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Smithton saw miller Glenn Britton has called for a deep scientific assessment of forest reserves freed up by the repeal of the forest peace deal.

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Harvesters set to share in $7 million to help rebuild Tasmania’s forest industry

ABC News
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has revealed a plan for handouts to keep harvesting contractors in the forest industry. Resources Minister Paul Harriss said harvesting contractors would be offered financial incentives to help rebuild the industry. The announcement comes a day after the state Liberal Government scrapped the forest peace deal and opened up 400,000 hectares of protected forest for possible logging in six years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Moving a Forest: As climate changes, ecosystems will need to shift

Ensia
September 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

During the last two springs, contract planters for The Nature Conservancy have spread out through the pine, spruce and aspen forest of northeastern Minnesota. Wielding steel hoedads, they have planted almost 110,000 tree seedlings on public land. What’s noteworthy about planting trees in a forest? Usually foresters plant seedlings grown from seeds harvested nearby, on the assumption that local genotypes are best suited to local conditions. But these TNC workers were planting red and bur oak (which are uncommon in northern Minnesota) from seed sources more than 200 miles to the southwest, and white pine from as far away as the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, 400 miles to the southeast.

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