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Daily Archives: September 18, 2014

Business & Politics

Pulp mill workers subject to mounting public pressure over emissions

The News
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU – A longtime employee working at Northern Pulp said he is frustrated with the negativity in and around his workplace. The worker, who asked not to be identified out of concern for his job and public retaliation, told The News Tuesday that some of his co-workers have been harassed by members of the public who feel the local mill should be closed. “One guy was at the grocery store and someone saw his Northern Pulp jacket and followed him around the store giving him crap about where he works,” he said. 

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City hopeful for quick resolution of Domtar taxation issues

The Dryden Observer
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After lengthy and ongoing negotiations with Domtar to resolve outstanding debt issues, timing of the upcoming municipal election is less than ideal. Dryden City Council, now effectively lame ducks, met Sept. 11 to grant the city’s senior administration and legal staff the necessary direction to continue to work to resolve outstanding taxation and legal issues with the local pulp mill. The lame duck period will last until Dec. 1 when the newly elected council officially takes office. Those issues include the 2009 to 2012 Assessment Review Board (ARB) decision and 2013 and 2014 outstanding municipal taxes and a pending tax appeal by Domtar.

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Wood cut at Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador a tough sell

Cape Breton Post
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Newfoundland and Labrador government is having a hard time selling the wood cut from the Muskrat Falls hydro project site in Labrador. Two separate expressions of interest have been issued by the province in hopes of finding someone to take the wood away, while local residents are also being offered the wood for personal use. A Nova Scotia company recently removed one truck load of wood from the site to see if it suits their purposes.

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Premier to Paper Excellence: comply or be shut down

Cape Breton Post
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Stephen McNeil said he had a positive meeting with representatives from Northern Pulp Nova Scotia’s parent company Paper Excellence when he travelled to Shanghai on Sept. 5. He met with Pedro Chang, deputy CEO, David Kerr, VP operations Paper Excellence Canada and Jackson Wijaya, chairman Paper Excellence. “I reiterated the province’s position and made it clear that they are expected to fully comply with the environmental laws of Nova Scotia or be shut down,” said McNeil.

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Photo exhibit puts focus on effects of Northern Pulp emissions

Chronicle Herald
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Clean Air, a Basic Right photo exhibit will open on Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the DeCoste Centre in Pictou. Co-ordinators Dr. Gerry Farrell and Marianne Fraser said in a news release the the exhibit intends to raise awareness of the effect that the Northern Pulp emissions have on the town of Pictou and daily life in Pictou County and beyond. “It is not only the discomfort of the sulphur smell, that causes sore throats, burning eyes and headaches, but there is great concern among a big part of the population that the air they breathe is toxic and can have grave consequences for their health now and in the future,” the release said.

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Pulp mill workers subject to mounting public pressure over emissions

Cape Breton Post
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A longtime employee working at Northern Pulp said he is frustrated with the negativity in and around his workplace. The worker, who asked not to be identified out of concern for his job and public retaliation, told The News Tuesday that some of his co-workers have been harassed by members of the public who feel the local mill should be closed. “One guy was at the grocery store and someone saw his Northern Pulp jacket and followed him around the store giving him crap about where he works,” he said.

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Roseburg mill damaged but still standing

Record Searchlight
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WEED, California – Damaged by the Boles Fire in Weed, the Roseburg mill, one of Siskiyou County’s largest employers, is not operating today. But company officials won’t know the extent of the damage until they can get a team into the facility to take inventory. With 135 employees, the softwood veneer plant is an economic force in the region. “Our priority is making sure that our employees are safe and taken care of,” Roseburg Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations Kellye Wise said this morning. “We have some folks who did lose homes in the fire and we are in the process of compiling information on who this is, so that’s our first priority.”

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Uruguay Considering Another Finnish Pulp Mill

Institute of American Studies
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica is visiting Finland to try to boost negotiations with Finnish forest products company UPM to build another paper plant. Mujica’s three-day visit started on Monday and he met with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö. He is also to meet with Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and UPM chief executive Jussi Pesonen among others.  UPM’s first plant opened in 2007 in on a river dividing Argentina and
Uruguay. Argentina said that the plant was polluting the river, and
has been the source of long-running diplomatic disputes between the two
countries.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Carving new life into old lumber

Prince Albert Daily Herald
September 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Felled by a combination of beavers and loggers, artists Kevin Bendig and Douglas Lingelbach have breathed new life into old lumber. The two totem-style carvings that bookend the Prince Albert Arts Centre’s main doors are a fitting introduction for what awaits in the Hicks Gallery upstairs. Lingelbach’s carving stands to the left and Bendig’s carving stands to the right – two pieces carved from one log that was cut in half. Similar to how the two pieces come from one log, the two artists come from a similar frame of mind in preparing the exhibit, titled Transformations, Bendig said.

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Two Sooke schools start to take form

Journal of Commerce
September 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s not often that a school district simultaneously builds two new high schools, but the Sooke School District on Vancouver Island has been racing to have both facilities open by September 2015. …The school will also have a two-storey library sporting a wood ceiling, to fulfill B.C.’s Wood First Act, as well learning areas and technology and arts centres.

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Update On The Lowes 2X4 Story and Controversy

ShawnMcCadden.com
September 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…Additional information has now surfaced. I had originally found the information in an article posted to ProSales magazine, a publication for professional building products dealers. Remodeling magazine recently posted an update about the story, offering some clarifications provided by the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA). In the article WCLBMA clarified the $1.6 million final judgment Lowe’s reached with the State of California appears, at least in part, to involve labeling certain non-wood products as wood as well as the incorrect labeling of certain other lumber products.

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Forestry

Ducks Unlimited Canada Wins SFI President’s Award for Excellence for Leadership in Forest Conservation and Community Objectives

CNW
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

For consistently showing leadership on behalf of wetlands that support millions of ducks, geese and other wildlife, and partnering with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has won the SFI President’s Award. DUC is demonstrating how to conserve wetlands while constructing resource roads, taking the initiative to promote the benefits of forest certification, encouraging community outreach, and providing valuable input into the SFI® Standard revision process. 

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Restoring Calgary’s snow-damaged urban forest to cost ‘many, many millions’

Metro News
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In addition to at least $8 million in immediate clean-up costs from last week’s record-setting snowfall, Calgary will need to spend “many, many millions of dollars” to replace trees lost to the storm, Mayor Naheed Nenshi predicts. “We’re going to have to plant a lot of trees – what I call Johnny Appleseed work,” Nenshi said Wednesday, as the city officially closed its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), which had been the post-snow response headquarters for the past week. The parks department is taking over the clean-up and restoration effort now. Parks director Anne Charlton said the work will take months.

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Worst forest fires in 30 years cost N.W.T. $55 million

On the bright site, harvesting for firewood has never been easier; 2015 morels should be amazing
CBC News
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews have gone home and the worst forest fire season in the Northwest Territories has come to a close. “Mother Nature finally came into our corner,” says Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. “The fire season is pretty well officially over.” Even this late in the year, many fires are still burning, but most are under control. The department is preparing for a post-mortem examination of the season, once the last of the work is done, including gathering tons of equipment — and kilometres of hose — scattered throughout the territory.

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Crews battle California fire’s explosive growth

Associated Press
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEED, Calif. — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the fire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento, bringing the number fighting the blaze to more than 2,500 personnel. That was an increase of about 1,000 from the previous day.

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Maps provide early warning of California fire risk

Associated Press
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ORANGE, Calif. — Fire-hardened Southern Californians know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, a wildfire probably isn’t very far behind — the only questions are where it will erupt and how bad it will be. A new online mapping tool rolled out Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service and San Diego Gas & Electric will help homeowners and emergency responders answer both those questions with a color-coded early warning system indicating which areas have the highest fire risk when the hot, dry wind blows.

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Weed wildfire damage tally hits 200 structures

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house in Weed on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90.
Associated Press
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEED, Calif. — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed. The figures marked a big increase from the initial estimate that 150 structures had been burned in the blaze that began Monday. Four firefighters lost their homes. Elsewhere, a wildfire east of Sacramento kept growing and about 1,000 additional firefighters streamed into the area to bring it under control.

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Committee Charts a Path for Developing Recommendations for Forest Management on the Tongass

Sit News
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Committee continued to work effectively and efficiently as a team. Designated Federal Official (DFO), Jason Anderson, expressed a theme common among the group, “I am always impressed by the candor and respect that the Committee members display between interest groups, and the listening that goes on within the group. I have very high hopes for the products that the Committee will ultimately bring forward as recommendations.” The products could come forward sooner than originally planned – the Committee agreed upon the goal of submitting their initial recommendations by January 2015.

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SFI® Awards Montana Forest Restoration Committee for Helping Grizzly Habitat and Restoring Forests

CNW
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sustainable forestry is helping improve wildlife habitat for grizzly bears and other species in Montana. The Montana Forest Restoration Committee is cooperating with a variety of groups to restore wildlife habitat in three national forests — Bitterroot, Helena and Lolo. But bears are just part of the story. The committee guides forest restoration work to address wider ecological, economic and social needs, including community vitality. One of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee’s many projects involves realigning logging roads and returning other roads to their natural state to help accelerate the ecological recovery of National Forest lands. 

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Wyden’s O&C bill secures date for work session

Statesman Journal
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden has finally secured a work session date for his bill to increase logging on more than 2 million acres of Oregon’s federal forest land. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee plans to “mark up” The Oregon and California Land Grant Act Nov. 13. “It is terrific news and strong leadership from Sen. (Mary) Landrieu, D-Louisiana, that she is pushing ahead with a markup of this legislation that is so important to Oregon,” Wyden said in a statement. “I have made clear that I am pulling out all of the stops to pass this critical legislation.”

Oregon O&C timber bill now on post-election calendar for Senate energy committee from The Oregonian

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California wildfires: Over 3,000 firefighters battling most serious blaze

About a dozen major wildfires currently burning in drought-parched state
Reuters
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires raging across the drought-parched state, has scorched nearly 11,331 hectares of state land and the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. As of Wednesday, a force of 3,300 firefighters had managed to carve containment lines around five per cent of the blaze’s perimeter, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s website.

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Onion Mountain fire grows to nearly 3,000 acres; flight-restriction area widened near Grants Pass

The Oregonian
September 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Onion Mountain wildfire in Josephine County grew overnight by a thousand acres, prompting an expansion Tuesday morning of a flight-restricted area near the Grants Pass Airport. Officials expanded the area east toward the airport as the fire grew to nearly 3,000 acres. Helicopter firefighting crews are using the air lane to reach support crews at the airport. …The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is urging pilots to check the Federal Aviation Administraion’s website for Notices to Airmen, or NOTAM, before flying. Pilots should also be watching for helicopters between the airport and Robertson Bridge.

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Greens poster draws fire for calling Tasmanian Forest products conflict products

ABC News, Australia
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has accused the Greens of comparing timber from Tasmanian forests to blood diamonds in Africa. Greens Leader Kim Booth has authorised an internet poster that claims Tas Forest products are conflict forest products. The poster has been uploaded to the party’s Tasmanian Facebook page with the tagline Thanks Liberals. Resources Minister Paul Harriss told Parliament the term “conflict forest products” was a clear reference to minerals extracted from war zones in developing countries.

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Forest Reset. Meteorite That Doomed Dinosaurs Impacted Forests

Newsledge
September 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

6 million years ago, the meteorite that killed off the dinosaurs also decimated the Earth’s forests. The impact helped kill off the slow-growing evergreens. According to a new study, published in PLOS Biology, the harsh conditions that followed the impact benefitted fast-growing flowering plants. …Lead author, Benjamin Blonder released a statement on his work. “When you look at forests around the world today, you don’t see many forests dominated by evergreen flowering plants. Instead, they are dominated by deciduous species, plants that lose their leaves at some point during the year.” In the time of the dinosaurs, forests were dominated by evergreen angiosperms.

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