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Daily Archives: September 15, 2014

Business & Politics

Premier urged to accept aboriginal title B.C.-wide

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
September 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Aboriginal leaders opened their meeting with the provincial cabinet Thursday by urging them to resume discussions to recognize aboriginal title instead of dragging out case after case in the courts. ….Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs told the gathering in Vancouver that Clark’s “public platitudes” echo those of former premier Gordon Campbell in 2009 when he proposed legislation to recognize title province-wide.  That proposal caused the B.C. Business Council to “set its hair on fire” and issue “an inflammatory legal opinion” that derailed the effort, Phillip said.

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N.S. town’s dilemma: Big employer also big producer of ‘odour compounds’

CTV News
September 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The picturesque town of Pictou, N.S., has a dark cloud hanging over it. A steady plume of thick, grey smoke pours from the stacks of the coastal region’s pulp mill. Its pollutants are choking the air, and have been for the past decade, some locals say. But with the mill employing 230 workers in the town of just 3,800, Northern Pulp’s factory has as much of an impact on the lives of Pictou residents as it does on the skyline.

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Northern Pulp mill workers educated, diverse group

Chronicle Herald
September 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jane Sproull Thomson’s letter has caused a wave of negative emotions among employees at Northern Pulp. In a few strokes of her pen, she insulted many Pictou County residents. She reminisces about a time when “Pictou County was a model for educators, with schools like Pictou Academy training some of Canada’s most distinguished scholars.” Is she suggesting the quality of students and educators at local schools is no longer able to produce this calibre of graduate? We have great teachers and schools and continue to produce some of the top university graduates, many of whom are forced to leave the province to find work.

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Sierra Pacific becomes quiet giant in lumber industry

The News Tribune
September 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

If pressed to name the biggest forest products companies in the U.S., or the most significant in Washington, you might come up with names such as Weyerhaeuser or Boise Cascade or Georgia-Pacific. … If you did, you might be dating yourself, because the majority of those companies have restructured, downsized or been bought out, to the extent that they bear little resemblance to the companies that once represented Big Timber – and there’s another term that seems anachronistic now. You’d also have neglected to mention the company that is the nation’s second largest lumber producer, one that is of increasing importance to what remains of the forest products industry in this state – Sierra Pacific Industries.

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Gunns pulp mill nemesis Geoff Cousins to head ACF

The Sydney Morning Herald
September 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Corporate lion turned environmental warrior Geoff Cousins has been appointed the head of the Australian Conservation Foundation – the country’s largest environmental lobby. Mr Cousins, a one-time consultant to prime minister John Howard, met with the conservation group’s board on Monday, after initially being approached by an unnamed board member to replace retiring president Ian Lowe, who held the job for 10 years. …Mr Cousins famously took on the Gunns paper mill in Tasmania – turning what appeared to be a lost cause into a campaign in which he used 20,000 signatures from ANZ customers to pressure the bank to withdraw the project’s funds.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SBIR Grants Help Increase Company Growth, Decrease Forest Waste

USDA Blog
September 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

With Mother Nature providing the raw material, a company based in Madison, Wisconsin, saw a chance to grow its business, help the local economy, and promote a sustainable environment all at the same time. WholeTrees Architecture and Structures is a small, woman-owned business that has successfully leveraged four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants into a business opportunity that has increased local revenue and grown the company from six employees and gross income of $150,000 in 2009 to 17 employees and gross income of about $1 million in 2013.

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Forestry

Wildfire Costs Nearing $300 Million

250 News
September 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The costs associated with this year’s busy wildfire season continue to mount. The BC Wildfire Management Branch says the province has now spent $277 million battling blazes in this province. …The provincial budget for fighting wildfires this year was $63 million, however the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says when actual costs exceed the Direct Fire budget, the Wildfire Management Branch has statutory authorization to receive additional funds. The ten year average (2003-2013) when it comes to the cost of fighting wildfires is $170.4 million, the busiest year being 2009 when $382 million was spent.

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Follow the beetle: crews gear up for another year fighting Alberta’s most ‘invasive’ species

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
September 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ah, September. All over the province, students are heading back to school, the first leaves are falling…and ESRD crews are combing our forests for the evidence that will help us mount this year’s fight against the mountain pine beetle. Each July and August, beetles leave the trees they’ve infected, and travel to new lodgepole pines. Tracking where these beetles have gone gives us the best possible chance of fighting them.To conduct the first stage of this survey, our crews take to the air. Using helicopters, our staff fly over the forest and look for the telltale red needles that indicate a tree dying from mountain pine beetle damage.

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‘It was his lifelong passion’: Fallen B.C. firefighters honoured in Ottawa

The Province
September 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Whether hunting, guiding, fighting forest fires or just relaxing during some rare time off, George Jones was most comfortable when he was outdoors. “That was what he was all about,” says his daughter, Jennifer Jones. It makes sense, then, that the place where Jones spent most of his time was also where he died last July at age 65. Jones, who worked as a fire warden for the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch on Vancouver Island for almost 20 years, was staying overnight on a remote fire three kilometres from McLure Lake when he passed away in his sleep. He had driven the only water tender dispatched to the fire.

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NOVA SCOTIA NATURALLY: Wealth of fauna call N.S. forests home

September 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s tall, natural forests, with their shady, damp forest floors, serve as hosts for many seasonal and resident wildlife species. Tiny warblers and flycatchers are but a few of Nova Scotia’s 65 birds that spend most of their spring and summer in mature forests before winging their way back to South and Central America. Each forest species has particular nesting and feeding needs in order to raise their young here. For example, ovenbirds skilfully weave a nest on the ground within large forested areas. 

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UTRCA fighting emerald ash borer with parasitic wasp (with video)

CTV News
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

he Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and the Canadian Forestry Service (CFS) are teaming up to try a new approach for dealing with the emerald ash borer beetle. John Enright, UTRCA forester, explained in a statement, “This year, the CFS is releasing a non-native parasitic wasp for control of emerald ash borer at four locations in Ontario and one in Quebec. One of the sites chosen is a 20-year-old ash plantation at Wildwood Conservation Area near St. Marys.” The non-stinging wasp is native to China and will only attack emerald ash borer beetles.

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NOVA SCOTIA NATURALLY: Wealth of fauna call N.S. forests home

September 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s tall, natural forests, with their shady, damp forest floors, serve as hosts for many seasonal and resident wildlife species. Tiny warblers and flycatchers are but a few of Nova Scotia’s 65 birds that spend most of their spring and summer in mature forests before winging their way back to South and Central America. Each forest species has particular nesting and feeding needs in order to raise their young here. For example, ovenbirds skilfully weave a nest on the ground within large forested areas. 

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Tax cuts bolster forest thinning program

AZ Daily Sun
September 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A tax incentive program started in 2004 to promote forest health in Arizona has picked up steam in recent years as legislators have bolstered the program with additional tax credits and exemptions. Four companies, the majority from northern Arizona, reaped a total of almost $50,000 in benefits from the Healthy Forests Tax Incentives program in 2013. That’s up from participation by four companies that received $12,000 in incentives in 2012 and five companies that received $23,000 in incentives in 2011, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority.

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Transparency is essential in O&C debate

Mail Tribune
September 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One of the most important issues facing Oregonians is future management for 2.6 million acres of O&C forests. Under federal law, these lands are required by the O&C Act to be managed for sustained timber harvests for the economic benefit of nearby communities and to produce revenue for the 18 O&C Counties. Conflicting federal policies and environmental litigation over the last 20 years have caused a steep decline in timber harvests. With little economic activity and plunging timber sale revenue, county governments have struggled to maintain basic public services, and thousands of jobs have been lost.

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Prescribed burn planned in eastern Idaho forest

Billings Gazette
September 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Targhee National Forest officials are planning a prescribed burn southwest of Swan Valley in eastern Idaho. Forest officials say the burn in an area covering 1,000 acres will attempt to restore aspen stands. The burn is scheduled to take place in mid to late September. The fires could burn for several days and create smoke that could drift into the Swan, Teton and Star valleys of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming.

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New ranger says forest management is necessary

Associated Press
September 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BOONEVILLE, Ark. — Forest management is a necessity for wildfire protection and habitat conservation, says A.J. Brigance, the new Poteau/Cold Springs District Ranger of the Ouachita National Forest in Scott and Logan counties.  Having grown up on a dairy farm in the Tate community near Booneville in the 1950s and ’60s, Brigance says he did not see as much wildlife in the area when he was younger and felt that forest management is a direct result of that, the Times Record reported. …”In general, people don’t really understand just, what all a forest does,” Brigance said. “To my mindset, it’s a living organism that needs to be managed or it will collapse on itself sort of like people.

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NC State plans large timber sale

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

RALEIGH — North Carolina State University plans to sell most of the Hoffman Forest to a company that specializes in sustainable timber management. Multiple media outlets reported that Resource Management Service of Alabama will buy about 56,000 acres near Jacksonville. The original buyer, Hofmann Forest LLC, plans to buy the remaining 23,000 acres. North Carolina State also agreed to cut the original price of $150 million by $19 million.

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Domtar helps landowners reach the ‘gold standard’ in forest management

The forestry industry has long faced daunting challenges, including FSC certification, says David Bubser of the Rainforest Alliance, and Domtar seeks to ease the process
The Guardian
September 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Rigorous standards have been established by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to make sure land gets managed in ways that protect nature and the people who live and work there. The problem? Convincing landowners – who may already meet many of these requirements – to pay the fees, handle the paperwork and undergo the inspections necessary to earn FSC certification. That’s especially true in the Southeastern United States, where about 60% of the forest land is comprised of smaller tracts, said David Bubser, a regional manager for the US.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biodiesel entrepreneur buys Mattawa sawmill

Northern Ontario Business
September 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A shuttered former Tembec sawmill in Mattawa has been sold to a southern Ontario green-tech startup company. The Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation (MBEDC) announced that the BioNorth Technology Group led by Frank Benincasa, a former construction executive who’s dived into the biodiesel sector, acquired the 187-acre mill property in August. “It’s a very experienced team that’s multi-faceted in different industries including engineering and business management,” said economic development director Jeff McGirr, who announced the news at the Canadian Bioenergy Association’s annual conference in Thunder Bay, Sept. 10.

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Growing the Wood-to-Energy Sector

A wood-energy checkoff would raise money for promotion, public education, new market exploration and research. All would contribute a small amount, to be administered by an industry-elected board, independent of trade associations.
Biomass Magazine
September 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

What’s your mad cow? That was the question asked by Carlton Owen at a series of meetings and conferences within the wood-to-energy sector over the past few months. You no doubt remember mad cow disease. It was rampant in the United Kingdom in the 1990s—killing cows and people, shattering consumer confidence throughout the U.K., and halting beef exports. The first case was discovered in the United States in 2003, which could have been a harbinger of the end of the U.S. beef industry. Except that didn’t happen.

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Climate change: why we need to change our taste in trees

We need to plant imaginatively if new trees are to stand the test of time in our changing climate
Telegraph UK
September 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change remains a hot topic, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that things are getting warmer. Any trees you plant this autumn should still be giving pleasure in 2050, when they could be living in the kind of temperatures now found five degrees of latitude farther south. So we need to be aware of the possibilities – and challenges – this offers. Professionals responsible for planting thousands of trees a year are going through an exciting time. Historic commercial considerations mean that just 10 tree species now account for 80 per cent of our woodland.

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