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Daily Archives: September 5, 2014

Business & Politics

Lawyers for Sino-Forest accused question validity of testimony from key OSC witness

Financial Post
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Testimony from the Ontario Securities Commission’s first key witness in the fraud case against Sino-Forest Corp. was scant on Thursday as lawyers raised repeated objections over whether OSC forensic accountant Anthony Long was testifying “outside the scope” of his role as an OSC investigator. Lawyers for former Sino-Forest CEO Allen Chan and four other former executives argued that Mr. Long appeared to be drawing conclusions as an “expert” witness rather than offering factual evidence about what was found during the OSC investigation into the timber firm, as promised.

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NewPage Expands Blazer Digital Product Lineup

PR Newswire
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, — NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading producer of digital coated papers, announces the expansion of its Blazer Digital® economy digital coated paper line to include 70 lb. gloss and satin text in various digital press sizes. In addition, 12 x 18 four-tier skid packing is now available for Blazer Digital 80 and 100 lb. text and 80, 100 and 110 lb. cover. Blazer Digital now offers the only lightweight coated digital grade available from a U.S. producer.

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A thirst for growth

The Northern Advocate
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There’s a wave of innovation heading this way. In fact, it’s already here and all around us. …The processing of logs in Northland before the region exports them in their raw state is something that most political parties have been singing about in the run-up to the September 20 election. In March, Labour Party leader David Cunliffe announced policies to stimulate the forestry and wood industries by encouraging more processing of timber rather than just the export of raw logs. There is an opportunity for Northland’s largest iwi to be part of the success story, says Stuart.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Founders of Clemson program promote building with wood

GSA Business
September 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Clemson University launched its Wood Utilization and Design Institute to test and market sustainable, wood-based materials for use in commercial construction, a market dominated by steel and concrete. The program will use the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering. A university statement said the institute hopes to forge new markets for South Carolina’s $17 billion forest products industry, form corporate partnerships and prepare students for jobs in designing and marketing innovations in wood-based construction technology.

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Forestry

Canada leads world in forest decline, report says

Postmedia News
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

WASHINGTON – The world’s virgin forests are being lost at an increasing rate and the largest portion of the degradation is in Canada, according to a new report. No longer is Brazil the main villain in the struggle to stop forest destruction. “Canada is the number one in the world for the total area of the loss of intact forest landscapes since 2000,” Peter Lee, of Forest Watch Canada, said in an interview. He said the main drivers are fires, logging and energy and industrial development.

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The degrees that practically guarantee a job and a big salary

Globe and Mail
September 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A survey of salaries and employment levels among university graduates should make students think carefully about their majors. …Regardless of field, most university graduates find work. Forestry students, who rank in the middle of the pack for salaries, have a 100 per cent employment rate, higher than that of computer science, math and physical science specialists.

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Fort Nelson fights to revive its dormant forestry sector

Alaska Highway News
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to what the district is calling inaction on the part of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, Fort Nelson is doing what it can to attract industry attention to its untapped forests with a document that lays out the advantages of Northern Rockies lumber. The 26-page paper hits all the buttons for forestry investments, and the district hopes it will boost interest in an area that was just seven years ago known as the forest capital of British Columbia. “It takes a lot of disparate information and it puts it in one location,” said Community Development Officer Mike Gilbert.

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Forest Fire Threat Easing

250 News
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- There is good news on the forest fire front. The cool wet weather means the open burning ban can be lifted in the Prince George Fire Centre. As of noon tomorrow, the ban will be lifted. The fire centre says clearing and burning activities at this time of year can help reduce interface wildfire risks, but must be done safely with the proper precautions taken. Those safety steps include having enough people, water and tools on hand to keep the fire under control

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City fails to follow own forestry policy

Portage Daily Graphic
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the interest of economic development, the City of Portage la Prairie has disregarded its own urban forestry policy. The opening of the Great Canadian Oil Change caused some rumblings in the community this summer when three 80-year-old Cottonwoods on Saskatchewan Avenue were cut down to make way for an approach….“This
is a guy who’s coming to town from British Columbia, starting a new
business, going to pay the city a pile of taxes, and we’re crying and
complaining over one tree. Why would we do that? We’ve already cut down
two, what’s one more?” said Porter, noting a number of trees have
already been cut along the avenue.

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B.C. should fight its own wildfires

Kelowna Daily Courier
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anyone else find it embarrassing and worrying that B.C. doesn’t fight its own large wildfires anymore? During busy wildfire seasons, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch outsources wildfire management to people who have never worked in B.C.’s forests. Individuals from across the world are brought in, at huge expense, to manage our wildfires. At the same time, the WMB refuses the assistance of highly skilled and knowledgeable B.C. forest professionals with decades of local experience. 

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Cherry Ridge logging road protested

Vernon Morning Star
September 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pressure is growing to stop a logging road in Cherryville before all possible risks are known. The Regional District of North Okanagan board voted Wednesday to urge B.C. Timber Sales to not issue a contract for road construction and proposed logging until there is a risk assessment done on Cherry Creek in Cherryville. “We want it documented that it’s safe,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer. A provincial agency, BCTS is moving towards construction of a road so part of Cherry Ridge can be clearcut. However, that has raised significant concern in the community below.

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Don Cayo: Canada needs to sharpen its competitive edge

Vancouver Sun
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada places 15th of 144 nations in new rankings of international competitiveness published by the World Economic Forum and based in part on a survey of 14,000 executives around the world. ….The key, he said, is for Canadians to make better use of the advantages we have. Specifically, he cited such things as B.C.’s purge of excessive red tape early in the Gordon Campbell administration, the potential to build on Vancouver’s cluster of electronic game companies, B.C.’s strength in manufactured wood products and clean energy, and the start made by the three Western provinces to reduce interprovincial regulatory barriers.

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Cedar Creek named a provincial park

Windsor Star
September 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is a new provincial park at Cedar Creek. The area will stay much as it is, with no washroom facilities, visitors’ centre or camping. People will be able to hike and bird watch. It was one of five provincial parks announced on Wednesday morning by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The Cedar Creek area houses many species at risk, including green dragon, common green briar, spiked blazing star and mountain hairgrass.

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Wildlife groups sue feds over California logging

Associated Press
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif.— Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Thursday against a federal agency, saying it aims to protect the California spotted owl living in the burned forests marked for logging after the third-largest wildfire in state history. The Center for Biological Diversity and two other groups seek an injunction against the U.S. Forest Service, which unveiled a plan last week to allow logging on 52 square miles of forest killed in the massive central California blaze. 

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Cutting timber in state forests makes sense at times

IndyStar
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I understand there is controversy over increased timbering in our state forests. As former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service, I have more than a few years of experience in dealing with the concepts of preservation and multiple use. There are times when the preservation of our timber resources makes sense just as there are times when timbering makes sense. There are times when the preservation of our timber resources makes sense just as there are times when timbering makes sense.

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What’s the role of business in preventing deforestation? – live chat

Join our live chat on Monday 8 September 12 – 1pm BST to discuss the role of companies and consumers in protecting forests
The Guardian
September 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation is a major driver of global warming and responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, as well as a threat to the livelihoods of the 1.6 billion people who rely on the forests for food and economic stability. Over the past few years, the issue has risen on the business agenda with a series of ‘no deforestation’ commitments cropping up from some of the worst offenders. Following years of lobbying the world’s largest palm oil company, Wilmar, promised to end deforestation and exploitation in December 2013, ten months after Asia Pulp and Paper made a similar commitment.

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Forestry employers ‘on notice’ after falling tree death

Stuff.co.nz
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

All forestry employers are now “on notice” after police took the rare step of laying manslaughter charges over the death of a young Levin man, the Council of Trade Unions says. Lincoln Kidd, 20, was crushed by a falling pine tree while working with others on a forestry block between Levin and Foxton in December 2013. A 46-year-old Horowhenua man was charged yesterday with his manslaughter. The man will appear in the Levin District Court today. He is also facing serious workplace health and safety charges, brought by WorkSafe NZ.

Man to plead not guilty in forestry death after manslaughter charge from the The New Zealand Herald

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ideas to burn

Prince George Citizen
September 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNBC kicked off its 25th anniversary celebrations Tuesday with plans to expand its bioenergy heating system, thanks to funding from the provincial government, TransCanada, the B.C. Bioenergy Network, Pacific BioEnergy and the Omineca Beetle Action Coaltion that will cover most of the $2.2 million project. When completed, the expanded system, which uses wood pellets and sawmill waste as fuel in high-efficiency burners, will heat the forestry lab, the student residences and the daycare centre at the university. Like the university itself, the bioenergy system is a made-in-Prince-George success story unique to the region.

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