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Daily Archives: September 12, 2014

Business & Politics

B.C. mayor says fight over trees not a legal tactic to block pipeline

The Canadian Press
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The mayor of Burnaby, B.C., says his city’s lawsuit against Kinder Morgan over the removal of trees during work related to the Trans Mountain pipeline is not a legal tactic designed to stall — and ultimately stop — the project. But Mayor Derek Corrigan acknowledges his opposition to the proposed Trans Mountain expansion wouldn’t change if the company abandoned its plan to tunnel the pipeline through Burnaby Mountain, which is home to a treasured conservation area. The city filed a lawsuit this week in B.C. Supreme Court asking for an injunction to prevent the company from conducting any work that destroys trees or disrupts parkland.

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Vaughn Palmer: Tsilhqot’in court ruling has ‘limits,’ and thorny questions

First Nations: Authors of analysis urge calm in face of landmark decision but impacts, uncertainties are numerous
Vancouver Sun
September 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — On the eve of a B.C. government summit with First Nations comes a report suggesting some of us should take a Valium before commenting further on the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on aboriginal title. “The End is Not Nigh,” is the title of a report calling for “reason over alarmism” in analyzing the June 26 high court decision in favour of the B.C.-based Tsilhqot’in First Nation. “The decision certainly marks a significant turning point in relations between First Nations, provincial, territorial and federal governments,” say authors Kenneth Coates and Dwight Newman, of the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

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B.C. Premier urges cooperation, not more litigation, as government and natives reach ‘new fork in road’

by Larry Pynn – B.C. cabinet and native leaders gather in Vancouver to improve relations
Vancouver Sun
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER —Premier Christy Clark said Thursday that a Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal title represents a new “fork in the road” for improved government relations with native people. “I’m not here to tell you I have all the answers,” she told representatives from more than 200 First Nations at a Vancouver hotel. “I am not here to tell you about all the progress we’re making and all the good things that are happening and only that … We’re not where we need to be yet.” She called for cooperation and negotiation rather than conflict and more court cases. “This is our chance to be on the right side of history,” she said, adding that “partnerships don’t mean we won’t have disagreements.”

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Clark, Tsilhqot’in sign understanding to tackle Supreme Court ruling, redress hangings of chiefs

Canadian Press
September 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PITT MEADOWS, B.C. – British Columbia Premier Christy Clark admits that a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on First Nation land rights was a legal loss for her government, but she’s working on creating a victory for everyone involved. Clark travelled to the remote Nemiah Valley southwest of Williams Lake on Wednesday, becoming the first B.C. premier to meet with Tsilhqot’in First Nation leaders on their traditional lands. While there, she signed agreements committing the province and the Tsilhqot’in to start negotiations making the recent landmark court win for the Chilcotin-area aboriginals work for all British Columbians.

Xeni Gwet’in makes history from The Williams Lake Tribune

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WFP’s Saanich Forestry Centre marks half-century of growth

Victoria Times Colonist
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Saanich Forestry Centre this week on a high note. The Island-based company’s most recent financial results hit the highest quarterly revenue in seven years at $286 million. Western is showing increases in lumber production and sales, and has a new, five-year labour accord with the United Steelworkers union. Western’s chief executive Don Demens said credit for the success is down to his team. “Throughout the company, they are committed to delivering on our mission of being a globally competitive business,” Demens said at the Saanich Forestry Centre, where the roots of Western’s seedlings take hold.

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Editorial: Tribal park declaration adds to uncertainty

September 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent decision by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation to designate a park within its traditional territories can only add to uncertainty following a recent Supreme Court decision on aboriginal title. The Tsilhqot’in decision is an unnecessary gesture that ignores a long-standing practice of governments legally designating and managing federal and provincial parkland. Tribal parks are not recognized legal entities but have been designated in the past, as in 1984, when the Tai-o-qui-aht established four such parks in Clayoquot Sound. They continue to exist.

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Council studies West Fraser proposal

Edson Leader
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yellowhead County council is unsure about a request from West Fraser on Wolf Lake road maintenance. West Fraser, which owns Sundance Forest Products, expressed a concern at the Sept. 9 committee of the whole meeting about level of service and timeliness of road maintenance on the south end of Wolf Lake Road. In a letter to council West Fraser requested that a company contract grader operator be allowed to grade the south portion of the well-used industrial road. But council was unsure whether the request involved the county paying West Fraser or if the company just wanted permission to grade and maintain the road.

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Tsilhqot’in ruling brings Canada to the table

Globe and Mail
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This summer’s Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title decision was one of those rare Supreme Court of Canada rulings that points the country in a new direction, challenging governments, business and the general public to rethink the fundamental elements of national governance. Its impacts are still being sorted through, whether in this week’s meeting between the B.C. cabinet and B.C. First Nations or whether in political manoeuvres such as a Quebec First Nation’s recent “declaration of sovereignty” over 80,000 square kilometres of territory.

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All in the family: B.C. business shares secrets to 51 years of success

Globe and Mail
September 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 1963, Neil Klassen became an entrepreneur when he bought his first truck and hauled sawdust and firewood from local sawmills to farms. Fifty-one years later, Valley Pulp and Sawdust Carriers Ltd. of Abbotsford, British Columbia has 26 trucks and 65 employees (22 are family members, including four second-generation and six third-generation Klassens). A black and white photo of that first truck hangs on the boardroom wall of the company, located on the farm where founder Neil and his wife Rita, now in their 80s, still live.

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Editorial: Tribal park declaration adds to uncertainty

September 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent decision by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation to designate a park within its traditional territories can only add to uncertainty following a recent Supreme Court decision on aboriginal title. The Tsilhqot’in decision is an unnecessary gesture that ignores a long-standing practice of governments legally designating and managing federal and provincial parkland. Tribal parks are not recognized legal entities but have been designated in the past, as in 1984, when the Tai-o-qui-aht established four such parks in Clayoquot Sound. They continue to exist.

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Province approved export of 3,000 truckloads of pulp in 2014

Crown wood shipped to Europe, Maine, Quebec and Nova Scotia by forest companies
CBC News
September 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick cabinet has approved exports of more than 3,000 truckloads of pulp logs so far this year. A review of orders-in-council authorized by the cabinet this year shows that between January and August, 120,000 cubic metres of pulpwood from Crown land was shipped out of the province by Fornabu Lumber, AV Nackawic and J.D. Irving Ltd. The pulpwood was destined for Nova Scotia, Quebec, Maine and Europe. Fritz Weirathmueller, an industry consultant, said there is currently no other option for the wood. “There’s lots of pulpwood that’s left in the forest today,” he said. “We do not have a market for it.”

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Out On a Limb, Timber Industry Hangs On in New Era of Forest Management

Industry experts presage future of logging in Montana amid ongoing battle over public lands
Flathead Beacon
September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

At the midway point of the 20th century, the wood products industry developed into one of the bright signs in Montana’s economy, especially in the forested western section of the state. While agriculture and railroads laid off employees here, sawmills and other wood product facilities ballooned, with nearly 4,000 new jobs added in the industry from 1950 to 1970. Total personal income grew 93 percent in the seven western counties, compared to the state average of 52 percent. …Standing on the sidelines as a researcher, Morgan sees a declining industry with an uncertain fate. He has studied similar situations facing other western states, such as Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, and seen how the timber industry in those regions have suffered, and even vanished.

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

Ukranian Biofuel Portal
September 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
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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Wood, Paper & Green Building

School build out of CLT from Stora Enso

IHB
September 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A total of 44 new primary school classrooms are to be built in Vienna by the end of 2015. The CLT modules for the first school annex, on Karl-Toldt-Weg in Vienna Penzing, were delivered to Vienna on 7th July. There, the modules were assembled within a very short construction time. “CLT stands for quick and clean construction. The high degree of prefabrication reduces construction time. Dust and noise exposure are reduced and it saves costs”, explains Herbert Jöbstl, SVP of Stora Enso Building and Living in Central Europe.

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Forestry

House fire near Sooke, B.C., prevented from turning into forest fire

15 homes were evacuated as a precaution, but residents were told the could go home Thursday p.m.
CBC News
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire that destroyed a home west of Sooke, B.C., jumped to nearby trees and brush but firefighters got the upper hand before the blaze spread further in the wooded area. The fire, which appeared to be under control as of 3:30 p.m. PT, broke out in the area of Carpenter & West Coast roads, between Sooke and Otter Point sometime Thursday morning. Alison Hogan, who runs a B&B along West Coast Road, near the property where the fire started, said she first noticed smoke sometime after 10 a.m.

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The Fatal Flaw in the BC Government’s Tree Farm Licence Proposal

250 News
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was a victory for the forestry sector as a whole and for all British Columbians. On August 28, quietly and without fanfare, Forest Minister Steve Thomson released Jim Snetsinger’s report on area-based tenures. Although thanking Mr. Snetsinger for “a comprehensive and professional report”, Thomson noted that the Ministry “will not be proceeding with legislative changes that would enable forest licence conversions in fall 2014 or spring 2015.” …With this most recent attempt to impose more TFL conversions, the provincial government really botched the job as it didn’t even have all the big companies on board, rather only a small faction.

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A logging family

Prince George Citizen
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pat Martin was the eighth child out of 14 children born to his parent’s James and Sarah Martin. He had eight brothers and five sisters. An entire book could be written about how his parents (very strong Catholics) came to Canada from Ireland nearly 100 years ago and the trials of raising a large family in that era. Pat was born in 1926 on a farm in Clandonald, Alberta a small town very close to Vermillion, Alberta. At the young age of 20, Pat arrived in McBride along with two of his brothers Charlie and Joseph and all three of them started working in the logging industry.

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Ash borer now killing city’s woodlots

Ottawa Community News
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

When Melody Andeel heard the whir of saws behind her Orléans home a couple weeks ago, she already knew what was coming. When she went down to check it out, “it looked like a tornado went through,” Andeel said. Like so many areas across the city, Terry Fox Participark behind Andeel’s home was decimated by the emerald ash borer – a stubborn invasive beetle that is destroying urban trees across the city. It’s now made its way into woodlots, said David Barkley, the city’s forester.

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Pointe Claire to begin stripping bark of 200 ash trees

West Island Chronicle
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city of Pointe Claire has begun a program to screen 200 ash trees on public property, mayor Morris Trudeau announced yesterday. As part of the plan, city workers will strip the trees of a few layers of bark. “Our action plan to fight the emerald ash borer is underway, and we are remaining proactive and vigilant so that we can protect the environment and our urban forest,” Trudeau said in a statement. The latest step in the fight against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an exotic beetle that’s ravaged ash trees in northern parts of the United States and central Canada, comes after the city wrapped up the treatment of over 500 ash trees – 100 more than orginially planned – over the course of the summer.

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Mild Montana wildfire season spurs low spending

Associated Press
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — A fairly mild wildfire season in Montana has led to the lowest spending on firefighting efforts in a decade, a state forestry official told a legislative panel Thursday. There was really not much to report about the winding-down season, compared with other years and other Western states, forester Bob Harrington of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation told the Environmental Quality Council in Helena. “Washington, Oregon and California have had quite the year,” he said. But in Montana, a cool, wet spring helped provide a slow start to the season, which forecasters and fire officials from state and federal agencies had predicted would be mild.

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Wilderness opens doors for Montana businesses, speakers at UM say

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While philosophers and artists debated the meaning of wilderness at this year’s Mansfield Conference on the Wilderness Act of 1964, a panel of business people put a much more concrete value on the landscape. “It’s a conversation-starter that’s opened doors for my business,” said Dori Gilels of Mamalode magazine in Missoula. …“I look out my office windows at the trees on the Gallatin Range and they’re much more valuable upright than horizontal. It makes people want to come here for the quality of life.” Mehl acknowledged the balance between commodity work like logging and service industry work like computer network design varies for every community.

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Wyden should push for larger harvests in rural forests: Guest opinion

by Tony Hyde, Columbia County commissioner and president of the Association of O&C Counties.
The Oregonian
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregonian editorial board’s analogy of Sen. Ron Wyden sitting in a cramped airplane and seeking “wiggle room” as he reforms O&C forest management policy would be amusing if the stakes weren’t so high. Hanging in the balance is the future of Oregon’s rural counties, where the federal government controls wide swaths of land, restricting our ability to develop our local economies. The Oregonian’s airplane analogy has the O&C counties as passengers in seats in front of the senator, with the county seats in full recline, giving the senator no room to move. In fact, the county seats are less than half reclined. The counties are not asking for anywhere near the full measure of harvests or revenues that can be produced from the O&C lands.

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A Future for Montana’s Forests

Stakeholders say “bottom-up” collaborations the key to balanced land management
Flathead Beacon
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On a ridge high above Haskill Basin, looking out over the swaths of land owned by F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. – parcels bristling with stands of grand and alpine fir, spruce, larch and cedar – Paul McKenzie sees a healthy, well-managed forest and a bright future for the western wood products industry.  But down below at the company’s sawmill in Columbia Falls, where Stoltze officials say a lack of available log supply has forced managers to pare down the facility’s hours of operation and lay off 10 of its 120 employees, McKenzie, the resource manager at Stoltze, says a very different scenario is playing out, one in which the timber industry is being hamstrung by persistent litigation and the forests of western Montana are being mismanaged, leaving it susceptible to wildfire, pests and disease.

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Washington state wildfires 6 times as destructive this year

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

This year’s record-setting season of wildfires in Washington has burned six times as many acres as usual, state officials said Wednesday. As of the end of August, wildfires had burned a total of about 363,000 acres throughout the state, state forester Aaron Everett said. In the past five years, the average amount of acres burned per year was only about 61,000, he said. About 256,000 acres burned this summer in a single group of fires: the Carlton complex fire in Okanogan County.

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FSC meeting weighs old-growth forest protection, smallholder participation

Mongabay.com
September 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that sets social and environmental certification criteria for forestry products, is weighing measures that could step up protection for old-growth forests and make it easier for indigenous people and traditional forest communities to qualify for certification. The measures are set for a vote this week at the body’s General Assembly, which is held every three years to establish and revise criteria that underpin the standard. The motions — two of 43 proposed for the meeting — are significant because they target two controversial areas under the certification standard.

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Change at the top for the Forestry Commission in the south of England

UK Forestry Commission
September 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission has announced who will take the reins as Deputy Surveyor for the New Forest. Bruce Rothnie has been appointed to lead the team that manages the Public Forest Estate across the whole of the South England District from Dorset to West Sussex, including the New Forest. Bruce Rothnie has worked for the Forestry Commission for 34 years in a variety of roles and has previously worked in the New Forest for 14 years. He will be in post during October.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Atikokan now officially home to biggest biomass facility in North America

TB Newswatch
September 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

ATIKOKAN, Ont. — This community’s conversion from coal to wood biomass has been hailed among the continent’s largest climate change initiatives, and it all came to fruition Wednesday. The plant officially reopened with the ability to provide the energy grid with 200 megawatts of peak energy. Ontario’s Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli applauded the conversion, saying it will replace the formerly used dirty coal.

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