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Daily Archives: September 8, 2014

Business & Politics

Local forestry company invests in safety

Prince George Citizen
September 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A multi-million-dollar investment in safety was announced Friday by Conifex Timber. The local company, with sawmill operations in Fort St. James and Mackenzie, held a day of information and activities in Prince George for senior management and everyone involved in company safety. At the day’s main event, CEO Ken Shields, executive vice-president Pat Bell, and safety director Darren Beattie took turns explaining how the company was taking a major step forward in company-wide workplace safety.

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B.C. to address Supreme Court ruling, chiefs’ hangings in 1864: Premier Clark

Canadian Press
September 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Christy Clark will be British Columbia’s first premier to visit the controversial Tsilhqot’in Nation territory as she negotiates a new relationship with an aboriginal group that has a recent high court rights ruling and 150 years of ill feelings over the hangings of six of its chiefs. Clark arrives next week in the remote Nemiah Valley near Williams Lake for what is expected to be several ventures to the area in coming months. …He called the meeting with Clark positive, significant and powerful,
saying the premier also committed to make an official visit to
Tsilhqot’in territory Oct. 26 to participate in annual celebrations
marking the 1864 hangings.

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B.C.’s forestry sector turns, again, to the U.S.

September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Buyers, architects and wood-product manufacturers from across Asia and North America are in Whistler from Thursday through Saturday, at a convention hosted by BC Wood, an industry organization for the province’s lumber and finished wood products sector. “We started to see the market come back last year,” says Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood, who expects the conference to generate $35 million in wood product sales, which account for an important source of revenue for B.C.’s forestry sector.

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B.C.’s forestry sector turns, again, to the U.S.

September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Buyers, architects and wood-product manufacturers from across Asia and North America are in Whistler from Thursday through Saturday, at a convention hosted by BC Wood, an industry organization for the province’s lumber and finished wood products sector. “We started to see the market come back last year,” says Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood, who expects the conference to generate $35 million in wood product sales, which account for an important source of revenue for B.C.’s forestry sector.

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Concern remains despite Nova Scotia’s awarding of community forest project

The Chronicle Herald
September 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s community forest pilot project has been awarded, but some people remain concerned the province isn’t acting quickly enough to encourage sustainability. A three-year agreement for the pilot project was recently reached with the Medway Community Forest Co-operative involving 15,000 hectares. The group includes people connected to science, recreation, industry and conservation. Will Martin said the organization views the land as a multi-value forest. Timber will be harvested and a supply produced to sell in traditional streams, but it will also develop recreational opportunities, non-timber forest products and manage the forest as a “demonstration of the highest environmental standards,” said Martin.

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HOWE ROOM: Government polling on Northern Pulp

Chronicle Herald
September 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Liberal government has remained steadfast in its position on Northern Pulp in the face of mounting community criticism and a public tongue-lashing from famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich that the Grits aren’t doing enough. Behind the scenes, however, some of that confidence may be shaking. Communications Nova Scotia on Sunday confirmed it is conducting opinion polls and gauging public awareness with respect to the mill at Abercrombie Point, the environment and business. A spokesman for the government communications agency said the poll wasn’t at the request of any particular department and that the province regularly does research “on a variety of topics that affect Nova Scotians.”

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Police probe recent security threat against Northern Pulp mill

September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Police are continuing to investigate a security threat made against a Pictou County pulp mill three weeks ago. RCMP Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy said the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia mill reported the security threat to police Aug. 13. He said the threat was believed to be minor in nature and police are continuing to investigate. “There is certainly no threat to the public or the people working at the mill,” Dunlevy said in an interview Saturday. A local radio station reported Saturday morning that emergency responders were on scene at the Abercrombie Point mill following a security threat.

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Erin Brockovich on Pictou mill: ‘It’s really not OK to wait until 2015’

N.S. government issued an order giving the mill until next spring to clean up
CBC News
September 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, a household name after Julia Roberts portrayed her in a Hollywood movie, says people in Pictou County can’t wait until next spring for the Northern Pulp mill to stop emitting high particulate levels. “The time is now where we need to make those changes effective immediately,” she told CBC’s Mainstreet. In the years since the film, Brockovich has continued to fight environmental damage wrought by corporations. Most recently, she’s turned her attention to the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou.

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Police probe recent security threat against Northern Pulp mill

September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Police are continuing to investigate a security threat made against a Pictou County pulp mill three weeks ago. RCMP Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy said the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia mill reported the security threat to police Aug. 13. He said the threat was believed to be minor in nature and police are continuing to investigate. “There is certainly no threat to the public or the people working at the mill,” Dunlevy said in an interview Saturday. A local radio station reported Saturday morning that emergency responders were on scene at the Abercrombie Point mill following a security threat.

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Why Asia Pulp and Paper’s zero-deforestation policy holds weight

Green Biz
September 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Just over 18 months ago, Asia Pulp and Paper made a landmark commitment to cease all forest clearance activity. But despite being designed with significant input from Greenpeace, the new Forest Conservation Policy initially was greeted with a degree of scepticism — this, after all, was a company formerly synonymous with deforestation and consistently accused of “greenwash,” with Greenpeace itself amongst its most vocal critics. This scepticism further was fueled when claims duly emerged that APP suppliers in Indonesia were continuing with natural forest clearance in violation of the much-promoted policy.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WoodWorks Launches New Website

Building Online
September 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood Products Council …recently launched a new website, woodworks.org, to support its educational programs and free one-on-one project assistance. WoodWorks technical staff work with architects, engineers, builders and others involved in projects–from design through construction–to help resolve challenges and maximize benefits of wood such as cost effectiveness and sustainability. “The new website is intended to serve as a practical resource for design and building professionals seeking to answer a particular question or simply to design wood buildings more effectively and at less cost,” said WoodWorks executive director Jennifer Cover, PE. 

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Short Wood Frame Buildings More Vulnerable to Earth Quakes

Woodworking Network
September 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

FORT COLLINS, CO – Earthquake engineering researchers are meeting this month with policy experts to discuss efforts to improve the seismic safety of low-rise, wood-frame buildings – those no taller than four stories – which may have a “soft story” condition making them vulnerable to collapse even during a moderate earthquake.  In soft-story construction, the first floor of a building lacks lateral strength because of large openings used for garages.

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Pulp & paper industry shines as local input content spikes by 17%

Business Day
September 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The pulp, paper, printing and publishing sector has shown significant progress in terms of internal raw material sourcing as local input content reported significant appreciation of 17 percent in 12 months. Local input content rose from 44.41 percent in the first half of 2012 to 61.10 percent in the second half of 2013, data from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has shown. In H2 2012, however, local input content was 52.24 percent, while it only gained 0.89 percent to 53.13 percent in the first half of 2013. Local input content measures the level of raw materials sourced by manufacturers locally.

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Forestry

Cherryville rallies against ridge road

Vernon Morning Star
September 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents are taking a stand against possible logging in a sensitive area. There will be a rally today at 4 p.m. at Hanson Park against B.C. Timber Sales’ plan for a road and logging on Cherry Ridge. “It’s a safety issue for residents,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville director. …On Thursday, Foisy and the Cherry Ridge Management Committee, which operates a community forest, held a community meeting about BCTS issuing a road contract. About 60 people attended the session. “They have all promised to phone BCTS and demand a downstream assessment study,” said Foisy.

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Summer wildfires burned fifth largest area in B.C. history

Chelaslie fire alone has scorched more than 130,000 hectares
Vancouver Sun
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A handful of huge wildfires this summer helped scorch the fifth-biggest portion of B.C. territory since authorities began recording the hectares burned each season more than 60 years ago. Even after a cool and wet Labour Day weekend in many parts of the province, 338,497 hectares have been destroyed by wildfires this season, according to the latest data from the provincial wildfire coordination centre. That’s a little more than the 337,149 hectares that burned throughout B.C. four years ago, but still far from the record 855,968 hectares razed in 1958, provincial fire information officer Navi Saini said Thursday.

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UBC Forestry leads the revival and rethinking of BC’s biggest industry

by Gordon Hamilton
Resource Works
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry is going through a revival at the University of B.C., drawing a new wave of urban students like Robert Smidstra, who see not just a profession in earning a forestry degree, but also a way to bring about social change. The 23-year-old Langley student is one of 778 undergraduates registered in the faculty of forestry this year, many of them like himself, young people from the Lower Mainland who are motivated by concerns about global warming, carbon emissions and sustainability. Only when he graduates, Smidstra expects to be in a position where he can actually do something about it. Forestry has become cool.

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Environmental, economic interests must be balanced in election: policy expert

CBC News
September 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick government needs to involve the public and be “relentless” in showing concern about environmental impacts if it wants to tap into the potential wealth of its natural resources, according to one policy expert. David McLaughlin, the former president and chief executive officer of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, said issues such as pipelines and shale gas development are always guaranteed to provoke controversy. “The Sept. 22 election is offering every indication of being decisive for New Brunswick in setting a pro- or anti-development path,” he wrote in an op-ed for CBC News.

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Ontario Creates Five New Provincial Parks

Government of Ontario
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, is opening five new provincial parks and expanding three others. These natural environment and nature reserve parks will help protect over 10,000 hectares of Ontario’s rare ecosystems and other important parts of the province’s natural heritage, such as Carolinian forest. The parks will also support many rare and endangered species, while giving families and visitors more opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the province’s natural beauty.

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Tester: Prospects for Senate OK of 3 lands bills doubtful this session

The Missoulian
September 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Friday he will look for opportunities to get the Senate to pass three public lands-related bills before the election, but called the prospects doubtful this session. He told the Helena Independent Record editorial board that his best opportunity might come if Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduces an omnibus lands bill that includes some state-specific public lands bills offered by a number of Western senators.

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Wildfire crews battle PTSD, much like soldiers at war

USA Today
September 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Echoes of the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan reverberate on the scorched hillsides of America’s Northwest this summer as wildfire crews grapple with psychological strains much like those that ravaged the nation’s fighting forces. But where terrorism and insurgencies drove the intensity of combat for U.S. troops, scientists say climate change is the force lengthening fire seasons and generating fiercer blazes, particularly across America’s drought-stricken West. 

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Gov. Otter credits collaborative groups for increasing forest thinning

Idaho Statesman
September 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says the state got to the front of the line for funds to thin Idaho forests because of the collaborative groups that have formed in the state’s national forests. Idaho had proposed logging and thinning projects totaling 1.7 million acres across Idaho’s 20 million acres of national forest, including parts of the Boise National Forest northwest of Banks and around Bogus Basin. Otter’s proposal, put together by the Idaho Department of Lands, identified 8.8 million acres out of 12.6 million acres outside of wilderness areas and other protective designations that qualify as high risk for insect infestation, disease and fire, Otter told the Boise Rotary Club this week.

Payette Forest Coalition projects lead to jobs, restoration from the Idaho Statesman

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Yosemite Blaze Prompts Evacuation of 100 Visitors

Associated Press
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

About 100 Yosemite National Park visitors were evacuated by helicopter Sunday when a wildfire that started weeks ago in the park’s backcountry grew unexpectedly to at least 700 acres, officials said. Some of the evacuees included hikers who had climbed the park’s iconic Half Dome peak, rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley, park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said. Others had to be airlifted from campgrounds and hiking trails in the area, she said.

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Montana counties gain voice in federal land management via growth plans

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An old political joke holds that where you stand depends on where you sit. In the debate over who should control federal lands in Montana, some observers have noted a corollary: If you want a seat at the table, it helps to bring a chair. “If you want the federal government to understand about your local customs, your schools, your weeds, your hunting, your industry, you have to have a plan documenting those things,” said Wally Congdon, a Powell County rancher and frequent consultant to county governments around the West.

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Managing water resources in forest restoration

Phys.org
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hundreds of thousands of acres on the Coconino National Forest are slated for thinning during the next 20 years. Two NAU researchers want the forest restoration efforts to result in better water quality and quantity, a shift that could reduce wildfire risk, prevent post-fire flooding and save cities money in water treatment costs. Sharon Masek Lopez, a watershed restoration research specialist, and post-doctoral scholar Frances O’Donnell, will determine the ideal landscape for supporting forest health. “We want to use our data to make recommendations to people doing the thinning about what kinds of forest treatment intensity and patterns are best for snow and soil moisture,” O’Donnell said.

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Save some land, trees for public

Letter by JAMES M. RIDENOUR
Courier Journal
September 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I understand that 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 times when timbering makes sense.  Our state forests are not a major source of timber for hardwood
production in Indiana. Only about 5 percent to 7 percent of the timber
harvest in Indiana comes from state forest lands.

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Scottish Tree of the Year finalists announced

BBC News
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A sweet chestnut said to have been planted by Mary Queen of Scots and Scotland’s oldest tree have been shortlisted for the title of Scottish Tree of the Year. A total of six trees were selected from nominations by community groups and history societies across Scotland. The competition has been organised by the Woodland Trust Scotland. Members of the public can vote for their favourite between now and 26 October.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant decision deferred

Vernon Morning Star
September 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vernon School District will consider all opinions before deciding whether it supports a proposed pellet plant next to Lavington Elementary. About 20 parents and children asked the board Tuesday to officially oppose Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s bid for a pellet plant because of the potential health impact on students at the school. However, three trustees were absent at Tuesday’s special meeting and chairperson Bill Turanski says the matter won’t be considered further until all trustees are present. “We will review all of the information we’ve been given, including from Pinnacle and we will make a decision,” he said.

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