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Daily Archives: September 11, 2014

Business & Politics

Dr. John Hamm slammed for involvement with Northern Pulp

Dr. Dan Reid says Hamm’s involvement with Northern Pulp violates medical association’s code of ethics
CBC News
September 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The debate over the future of the Northern Pulp mill has taken a very personal tone, with a public denunciation of former premier Dr. John Hamm. At a free concert in Pictou County Tuesday night which was held to raise awareness about the emissions coming from the mill, Dr. Dan Reid singled out Hamm for his current involvement with Northern Pulp. Reid, a former Liberal MLA and family doctor for the area, criticized all three political parties for its “weak” environmental policy while in office and said it is time for them to “buck up.” Reid was the chief of staff at the Pictou’s Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in the late 1980s when he wrote a scathing report about the pulp mill.

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US: Western lumber production continues to climb

IHB
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In the first seven months of the year, production in the U.S. West amounted 8.303 billion board feet (approximately 19,5 million cubic meters). This represents an increase of 5.1% from January-July 2013, as Random Lengths reports. Production through July was up 5.5% in the Coast region and 5.9% in the Inland. Output in the California Redwood region was down 8.9% vs. the January-July 2013 period. Production across the West in July totaled 1.205 billion board feet (2,8 million m3), up 9.7% from July 2013 and 2.6% higher than the June figure.

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Southeast “trashwood” finds new markets

KFSK.org
September 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Southeast residents will be able to buy locally milled lumber in the future as small scale timber sales begin on Mitkof Island. The trees are mostly from young growth stands, comprised of what some would call “trash wood,” but small scale mills are challenging that notion. Chris Fry isn’t superficial when it comes to logs. As a small mill operator, he says it’s necessary to look beyond the barks surface. “It’s good to be able to be able to look at these logs and say, ‘I know there’s a good patch of wood in there and I can some good some stuff on that one.’”

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New Forests has completed its acquisition of Gunns’ Tasmanian freehold forestry estate

ABC News, Australia
September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sydney-based forestry investment company, New Forests, has completed its acquisition of Gunns’ Tasmanian forestry estate. The business has purchased 175,000 hectares of freehold land, including 100,600 hectares of plantations for an undisclosed amount from the Receivers of Gunns Ltd, KordaMentha. The forests and associated assets, including two woodchip mills and a tree nursery, will be managed by New Forests’ subsidiary company, Forico, which is based in Launceston. New Forests managing director, David Brand, says the deal makes New Forests the largest forestry investor in Australia, with $2.5 billion dollars in assets under management.

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Nordic forest industry sees a new dawn in 2014

Pulp and Paper News
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forest companies in Northern Europe have announced plans to investment three billion dollars in 2014 in attempt to move beyond mostly producing newsprint and commodity packaging grades. The idea is to diversify their product lines to include new bio-products from wood fiber and to generate bioenergy to reduce the region’s dependence on fossil fuels, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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Forest products group highlights softwood timber shortage

ABC News, Australia
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The peak body for the pulp and paper processing industry says a shortage of local timber needs to be addressed. Figures show forestry plantations have remained steady at just under 350,000 hectares in the Green Triangle region since 2011. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences says new plantation rates around the country have not significantly increased in the past three years. Australian Forest Products Association chief executive Ross Hampton says investment in new plantations is not as strong because of slow return rates.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CS&P Architects demonstrate the versatility of CLT on small projects

Daily Commercial News
September 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Toronto’s CS&P Architects, which incorporated cross-laminated timber (CLT) on a sports centre in Brantford, Ont., has demonstrated that the product has a place on smaller-scale projects as well. The firm, which last year was the recipient of the Architect Wood Advocate Award from Wood Works! Ontario, made use of cross-laminated timber on a trio of picnic shelters at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton. CLT was incorporated into the roof decks of the three modest structures, providing “a flat, simple roof element that appears to float above the shelters.”

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Forestry

EDITORIAL: Thomson must visit Cherryville

Vernon Morning Star
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Sunday, a rally against B.C. Timber Sales’ plans for a road and clearcut logging on Cherry Ridge attracted 110 people in Cherryville. To get such a crowd out on one of the last beautiful days of summer in a community of any size would be positive, but when you consider that Cherryville’s population is 939, such a turnout is simply amazing. And what such a demonstration says is that Cherryville residents are extremely concerned about large-scale logging potentially leading to slides, which could threaten homes and public amenities such as the elementary school in the valley bottom.

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Public asked to stay away from active wildfires

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SMITHERS – The Northwest Fire Centre is asking the public to refrain from entering areas where wildfires are burning or where crews and equipment are working at a wildfire. Wildfire Management Branch personnel often use Forest Service roads to access and action wildfires. Recently, there has been increased public traffic on these roads, including attempts by the public to access areas where wildfires are burning. Areas of active wildfire suppression contain multiple potential hazards to the public, including dangerous trees and heavy equipment use, as well as unstable temporary access routes and fire guards.

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Government should help keep bomber in Alberni

Letter from Hugh Fraser
Alberni Valley Times
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Port Alberni, at one time, had the highest per capita income in Canada. Can one imagine how many tax dollars, both federally and provincially, have been generated in Port Alberni and its surrounding areas with this distinction? The millions and millions of dollars worth of taxable fibre and active logging equipment saved by the Martin Mars over their 45-odd years of service is almost incalculable.

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Nova Scotia clearcut ‘undermines’ conservation commitment

Activist slams harvest on former Bowater lands
The Chronicle Herald NS
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province has allowed clearcutting on an environmentally sensitive area of former Bowater Mersey lands that it now owns, says the Ecology Action Centre. Matt Miller, forestry co-ordinator for the centre, said the affected lands are along the shores of Panuke Lake, just north of St. Margarets Bay, and contained century-old trees. “This is unquestionably a clearcut,” Miller said. “There was no effort made here to try and do anything that wasn’t clearcutting.” 

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Forest Service to host international forest research conference

USDA Forest Service
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington – The U.S. Forest Service will host the World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the premier event for forest research worldwide, in Salt Lake City from October 5-11. This is the first time in 43 years that the United States has hosted the event, which is expected to draw 2,500 forest scientists from 100 countries. “It is a tremendous honor to serve as the host country for this important international event, where some of the most respected minds in forest science will come together,” said Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell.

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Report: Rockies’ pines, firs lose majority of habitat on current climate path

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rocky Mountain forests won’t look anything like they do now if the region’s temperature and water levels continue their path toward hotter and drier. Suitable habitat for lodgepole pine could drop 90 percent by 2060, assuming medium-high levels of heat-trapping emissions, according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists released on Wednesday. Ponderosa pine habitat would shrink by 80 percent, while Englemann spruce would lose two-thirds of its territory. Douglas fir would decline by 58 percent.

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Montana panel approves federal land report

Associated Press
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — A legislative panel approved a report on federal land management problems in Montana on Wednesday after removing language that mentions the transfer of federal lands to the state. The Environmental Quality Council approved the report on a 14-2 vote. The original draft said the Legislature should not pursue a transfer of federal lands until all other options have been investigated. Council members removed that recommendation altogether, saying the report addresses land management, not land transfer or private sale. “I think it’s important to realize this is not intended to push one way or the other,” EQC member Scott Aspenlieder said of the report.

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Timber industry: Try tactics other than bullying

The Missoulian
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Perhaps the timber industry in Montana will arrive at a dependable timber base on public lands when it quits bullying the land managers into promising what they can’t deliver. In 1974, the Flathead National Forest tried to reduce its timber base to better protect its watersheds and the public, concluding “taxpayers couldn’t afford road building costs necessary to cut old growth” forests. Stoltze and a number of other sawmills sued the Flathead so keep the suitable timber base inflated and keep the taxpayer subsidies flowing. 

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Northwest wildfires: Cameras in the woods replace forest fire lookouts

Associated Press
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. — Last Friday afternoon, a fire patrol on a high point west of Cottage Grove caught a glimpse of smoke in the distance. Western Oregon was on red-flag forest fire alert, with intense heat and gusting winds from the east driving up the risk of a blaze. Any forest smoke was cause for worry. But getting close to that smoke on steep, densely forested terrain to see the fire’s location and size would have taken hours. So the state Department of Forestry instead took a quick look, using video camera technology that has become increasingly popular worldwide to zero in on fires in remote forests.

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Montana legislators nix recommendation to take over federal lands

Helena Independent Record
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – An interim legislative council voted to strip a controversial recommendation from its report on federal land management that opponents said left the door open for the Legislature to pursue a state takeover of federal lands. …Of the 214 comments received on the draft report, 194 were firmly against pursuing a transfer with two explicitly in favor of pursuing a transfer, EQC staffer Joe Kolman told the council. The EQC heard from several sportsman and conservation groups opposing the transfer during the public comment period before committee members stated their own concerns about the land transfer recommendation and the discussion surrounding it.

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Scientists Say Large Wildfires Are Likely Here To Stay

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – Megafires could be the new normal if climate models are on target. John Abatzoglou, an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Idaho, presented findings from a review of 20 different climate models at the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, held at the University of Washington this week. The models looked at weekly temperature and wildfire data over time. “The models all tend to show increases in the probability of very large fires and an extension of the window over which these fires might be expected to occur,” Abatzoglou said.

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Shortage of land will inhibit vast forestry potential

Agriland
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A critical shortage of available land may inhibit the expansion of the Irish forestry sector, the General Manager of one of Ireland’s leading forestry companies, said today. Pádraig Egan, General Manager of SWS Forestry, was speaking following the release of the Government’s New Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020 for public consultation. The Programme plans to introduce a single rate of annual premium for farmers as well as non-farmers. Up to now, only farmers qualified for the top rate of annual premium.

Hayes Announces Details of Proposed New Forestry Programme 2014-2020 from Government of Ireland

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Demand for agricultural products drives ‘shock’ tree loss in tropical forests

BBC News
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report. The authors say that consumer demand in Europe and the US for beef, leather and timber is driving these losses. The vast majority of this illegal deforestation for commercial agriculture took place in Brazil and Indonesia. The authors say the practice is spreading rapidly in Asia and Africa. The research has been carried out by Forest Trends, a US based, non-governmental organisation that includes environmentalists, industry and the financial sector.

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Higher forestry payments proposed under new plan

Agriland
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The governments proposed Forestry Programme is set to include new increased grant and premiums rates for new afforestation projects. Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for forestry, has today announced details of the proposed new Forestry Programme covering the period 2014 – 2020. Launching the latest round of public consultation, the Minister said that he was “encouraged by the level of engagement by stakeholders so far and was happy to announce that the number of premium payments being proposed is now 15 instead of 12 as set out in the earlier consultation document issued in March 2014”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NC tax breaks support wood pellet mills in Sampson, Richmond counties

News Observer
September 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH — Maryland-based Enviva LP will qualify for up to $1.7 million in state tax incentives for the 160 jobs to be created at two new wood pellet mills in Richmond and Sampson counties, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday. Enviva is investing $214 million in the two mills to make wood pellets that will be shipped to customers in Europe from the state port at Wilmington. The company is expected this fall to start construction on a $35 million export facility at the port to handle 1 million tons of pellets per year. The pellets are made from pulverized chips, using wood that Enviva characterizes as low-value leftovers from the harvest of sawmill timber.

Press Release from Governor’s Office

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Finland increased imports of Russian wood pellets by 50% in 2013

Ukranian Biofuel Portal
September 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Finland traditionally is one of the leading countries among Russian wood pellet importers. Russian Federation intends to reach 25% of biofuel in the energy sector, so the need in biofuel imports will continue to grow and first of all from Russia. Thus, according to the Database of importers, buyers of Russian wood pellets 2013-2014(4), prepared by the experts of Ukrainian Biofuel Portal pellets-wood.com, in 2013 Finland imported more than 55 thousand tons of pellets from Russia, what is almost twice more than in the previous year. 

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