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Daily Archives: September 9, 2014

Business & Politics

Unfair log restrictions in B.C.

September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The topic of “Log Export Restrictions” (LERs) has long engendered strong opinion and emotion in B.C. As a recent recruit to the B.C. forest sector, I’ve been focused on trying to understand this complex issue. My company is the largest owner of private forestlands in Western Canada and relies on log exports for survival.  The reality is that LERs are wrapped around a complex set of issues in Coastal B.C. that most people don’t want to talk about – let’s call them inconvenient truths. Those inconvenient truths include government price controls, subsidized saw and veneer mills, and subsidized harvesting on public lands.

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Unfair log restrictions in B.C.

September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The topic of “Log Export Restrictions” (LERs) has long engendered strong opinion and emotion in B.C. As a recent recruit to the B.C. forest sector, I’ve been focused on trying to understand this complex issue. My company is the largest owner of private forestlands in Western Canada and relies on log exports for survival.  The reality is that LERs are wrapped around a complex set of issues in Coastal B.C. that most people don’t want to talk about – let’s call them inconvenient truths. Those inconvenient truths include government price controls, subsidized saw and veneer mills, and subsidized harvesting on public lands.

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Halifax’s CelluFuel secures $5m to build plant

The Chronicle Herald
September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CelluFuel Inc. of Halifax has raised $5 million in capital to build a demonstration-scale plant that will produce synthetic, renewable diesel fuel from wood biomass. “We are extremely pleased with the successful completion of our demonstration project funding effort and excited about the value our new investors bring to our business,” CelluFuel president and CEO Chris Hooper said in a recent news release. The company will build the plant at the province’s ReNova Scotia Bioenergy site in Brooklyn, Queens County, formerly Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. The site serves as a provincial demonstration centre for companies focused on bioenergy innovation.

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Canadian forest products industry underscores commitment to environment

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

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says Canada has one of the best records in the world when it comes to sustainable forest management and the industry continues to engage with partners on further advances. FPAC was responding to a recent study published by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that noted a global increase in the fragmentation of intact forest landscapes, while suggesting Canada is seeing the greatest reduction. 

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Lewis Mouldings gets cash for wood-waste fuel business

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

A longtime Digby County wood trim manufacturer is growing another branch of its business with an injection of government cash. Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties Ltd. received $430,500 from the federal and provincial governments Monday to boost its wood briquette production. “There has been so much interest expressed to us from various geographical areas, including the States, for Fiber Fuel that we said, ‘OK, we have to do this,’ otherwise we were going to miss our chance,” Jamie Lewis, general manager of the company, said in an interview Monday.

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Logging industry pushes back on Sen. Wyden’s bill

Statesman Journal
September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

With Congress’ summer recess coming to an end, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden returned to Washington, D.C., on Monday with a plan to increase logging on more than 2 million acres of federal forest land. Wyden views his bill, which he hopes to pass by the end of the year, as a viable compromise between environmentalists and loggers. Opponents see it as another empty promise to timber dependent counties. The Oregon and California Land Grant Act would divide 2.55 million acres of Oregon forest into two categories: protected (1.3 million acres) and open for limited logging (1.25 million acres).

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MARKET SPOTLIGHT: LUMBER

Daniels Trading
September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Humans have utilized lumber for construction for thousands of years, but due to the heaviness of timber and the manual methods of harvesting, large-scale lumbering didn’t occur until the mechanical advances of the Industrial Revolution. Lumber is produced from both hardwood and softwood. Hardwood lumber comes from deciduous trees that have broad leaves. Most hardwood lumber is used for miscellaneous industrial applications, primarily wood pallets, and includes oak, gum, maple, and ash. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Reaching New Heights: Tall Wood Buildings Gaining Public Support

FPAC
September 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Maybe it is because of my job at the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), but I have noticed over the past few months an increase in the number of articles about the new and creative uses of wood in construction. And more importantly, about the economic and environmental benefits from greater use of wood products in construction. The first article came to my attention on Facebook earlier this spring. An old school friend of mine shared a Popular Science article published in February. It is very well written and like any good Popular Science article, it explains the engineering and science behind using wood materials for tall building construction.  

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Forestry

SRD buys valuable piece of real estate

Campbell River Mirror
September 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Strathcona Regional District has agreed to purchase a hotly debated piece of property for nearly $1 million. After five years of negotiations with Island Timberlands, the owner of the 70-acre greenspace on Cortes Island, the property is expected to soon belong to the regional district. Island Timberlands accepted an offer of $839,000 for the property, known as Whaletown Commons, which is appraised at $826,000 ($475,000 for the timber and $351,000 for the land).

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Concerns raised over Mount Macpherson logging plans

Revelstoke Times Review
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The TNT trail at Mount Macpherson winds it way through century-old second growth forest that is easy to miss when your eyes are focused on the trail. It crosses logging roads that are groomed by the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club for use as cross-country ski trails in the winter. When you get to the top, you get a view of the surrounding area and you can make out the logging history of the area. To the west, beneath the summit of Macpherson, stands of trees exists in various states of growth, the original trees having been harvested decades ago. …Now BCTS is planning to place another two cut blocks on the auction block that will see some of that century-old forest cut down and several Nordic and mountain biking trails impacted. The news doesn’t sit too well with local stakeholders.

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ACRD questions initiative

Alberni Valley Times
September 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regional district directors are undecided whether to support a request from a local environmental group to halt forestry operations north of Port Alberni. …Cherry Creek regional director Lucas Banton said he’s concerned that the privately owned Island Timberlands property does not have the same standards of environmental precaution as Western Forest Products, which operates on Crown land. … Mike Kokura, regional director of Beaufort, said the watershed concern is the critical issue. He worries about saving old growth and ungulate habitat, but this must be balanced with the needs of the forestry industry. “This whole city has grown up on logging,” Kokura said.

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Green Party unveils plan to create new Forestry Act

Leader David Coon announced Monday the party would cancel current contracts.
CBC News
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Green Party is taking a stand against the state of forestry production in New Brunswick. Leader David Coon announced Monday the party would cancel current contracts, signed by the Alward government and create a new sustainable Forestry Act. Their aim is to give back some control to independent mills in New Brunswick. …Coon says that is why the Green Party would change the way the industry is managed, making drastic changes to the legislation.

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First Nations forestry plan appeal decision reserved

Justice Margaret Larlee promises ruling within 10 days on temporary injunction sought by chiefs
CBC News
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A judge in New Brunswick’s highest court has reserved decision on an appeal by First Nations leaders, who want to put a temporary stop to the Alward government’s forestry plan. The chiefs from 10 Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc. are seeking the temporary injunction. They argue the forestry plan was created without adequate consultation with them and poses an immediate threat to their aboriginal and treaty rights.

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Land deal with Ontario’s Ojibway still in contention after 164 years

The Toronto Star
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

First Nations signatories of one of Canada’s founding treaties are set to start a landmark court action Tuesday against the federal and provincial governments on what they say is a failure to live up to terms of a deal made more than 150 years ago. Nearly two dozen First Nations fall under the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850, a vast territory encompassing 92,463 square kilometres in the middle of Ontario stretching from Sudbury to the shores of Lakes Superior and Huron and points north. …But there has been only one annuity increase of $2 in 1874 and nothing since, even though the area contains vast mining, forestry and land resources that corporations and the government have profited from for decades, said Restoule.

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Whiteville Forestry Center To Morph Into Natural Sciences Museum

North Carolina Public Radio
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Officials with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences are renovating its Museum of Forestry facility in Whiteville. But the forestry museum’s board will have to raise $100,000 as part of the process. Legislators wrote into the state budget a requirement for the fundraising effort as a means of proving the facility has value to the Whiteville community. Museum of Natural Sciences director Emlyn Koster says plans are to turn the building into a hands-on community learning facility.

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Forest products industry puts $8 billion into Maine’s economy

Maine Biz
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

At quick glance, the aerial view of Maine’s forest products industry looks pretty much the same now as it did 20 years ago. First and foremost are the 17.6 million acres of forest that comprise 89% of the state’s total acreage, making Maine the most heavily forested state in the country. The U.S. Forest Service’s 2012 tree census reported 24 billion trees of at least an inch diameter growing on all those acres — an increase of 6.3% since 2007 and the equivalent of 18,688 trees for each of the state’s 1.3 million residents. For the past 22 years, Maine has harvested an average of 6.7 million cords each year.

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Four Peruvian anti-logging activists murdered

BBC
September 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Four Peruvian tribal leaders have been killed on their way to a meeting to discuss ways to stop illegal logging. The men from the Ashaninka community were attempting to travel to Brazil when they were murdered, Campaigners say the men had received several death threats from illegal loggers, who are suspected of being behind the killings. Correspondents say indigenous people have felt under increasing threat from deforestation in recent years. …The BBC’s Wyre Davies says indigenous peoples such as the Ashaninka have seen their numbers dwindle and their lands come under threat from development.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change to increase forest fire danger in Europe

phys.org
September 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change is expected to bring increased temperatures and longer droughts—conditions that will make forests more susceptible to fires. By 2090, the area burned by forest fires in the European Union could increase by 200% because of climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Regional Environmental Change. However, preventive fires could keep that increase to below 50%, the study shows. Improved firefighting response could provide additional protection against forest fires.
The study was the first to examine adaptation to forest fire danger on a pan-European scale. 

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CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns

Washington Post
September 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come. Concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic highs in 2013, reflecting ever-rising emissions from automobiles and smokestacks but also, scientists believe, a diminishing ability of the world’s oceans and plant life to soak up the excess carbon put into the atmosphere by humans, according to data released early Tuesday by the United Nations’ meteorological advisory body.

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General

Climate change to increase forest fire danger in Europe

Global Landscapes Forum
September 9, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The connection between the changing climate and the world’s forests will be a key theme at the Global Landscape Forum during the UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima on 6-7 December this year. Timely enough, new research now supports a link between climate change and forest fires. Climate change is expected to contribute to a dramatic increase in forest fire damage in Europe, but better forest management could mitigate the problem, it says in a press release from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. 

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Wood consumption expected to grow as China implements green construction action plan

IHB The Timber Network
September 9, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Recently China began to implement a „green construction action plan? which requires, by 2015, 20% of new town construction to meet the requirements of green building standard. It is estimated that China’s urbanisation rate will increase from 54% in 2013 to 60% by 2020. The „green construction action plan? is one element of the government’s “China National New Type Urbanization Plan” prepared to meet the challenges of urbanization.

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