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Daily Archives: September 19, 2014

Opinion / Editorial

Logging and Tourism Create Win-Win on Maurelle Island

Truck Loggers Association
September 19, 2014
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although not the usual headline, the successful cohabitation between logging and tourism on Maurelle Island (near Quadra Island) this summer is worth celebrating. Both industries are important to BC’s economic and social well-being and balancing the industries’ combined interests results in far more benefits than choosing one over the other. And, like many forestry/tourism news stories, it didn’t start out that way. …Not every tourism/logging issue can be reconciled in this manner. But recognition that the sum of both industries is greater than either individually is a good place to start. …In the Maurelle Island example, this led to both harvesting and kayaking in the waterways surrounding the island—a clear win-win for the communities and industries involved.

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Business & Politics

Opinion: FIPA with China, finally (and about time too)

Vancouver Sun
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…Capital abhors uncertainty and while, even with this agreement, there is no guarantee Canadian investors will not run into difficulty in China from time to time, there is now protection against discriminatory and arbitrary practice and an impartial redress mechanism. This will raise comfort levels and deter governments in China from taking capricious actions. This is a real gain for Canadian companies, both large and small, seeking to go global. Canada, like many countries, has run a substantial trade imbalance with China for many years.

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Date set for preliminary hearing in Western Forest Products mill shooting

Nanaimo News Bulletin
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A preliminary hearing for the accused in the Western Forest Product’s mill shooting is scheduled to take place March 10-13 in Nanaimo. Kevin Douglas Addison was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in relation to the incident last April and according to Bobby Movassaghi, a lawyer representing Addison’s legal counsel, a trial date could come at the conclusion of the hearing. “[The hearing] is two-fold. It’s one, for Crown counsel to introduce its case to see if it has enough to go to trial and the second tier of that would be for the accused to see the case that is being presented against [them],” said Movassaghi.

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Residential leads construction – even in “booming” north

More than twice as much money is being spent on building homes in British Columbia than on all industrial, commercial and government projects combined and …
Business in Vancouver
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than twice as much money is being spent on building homes in British Columbia than on all industrial, commercial and government projects combined and the trend is seen even in areas touted as the province’s resource boomtowns. …In Northeast B.C. site of the largest LNG gas exploration and extraction projects in the province, total residential building permits this year are expected to total $170 million, more that twice that of non-residential permits, at $76 million, which are down 35% from a year earlier.

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ERT at Vanderhoof Mill

250 News
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vanderhoof, B.C. – Some tense moments in Vanderhoof over the lunch hour as there were concerns of a bomb in the sawmill at L&M Lumber. The sawmill shift was sent home, RCMP Emergency Response Team arrived, the area cordoned off. It is not yet known if there was in fact any explosive device, but the community has been buzzing on the Vanderhoof Message Board on Facebook. We are awaiting more information from the RCMP and will relay that information when it becomes available.

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COFI Says Future Bright for Forestry

250 News
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George B.C.- “Things are good in the forest industry” that’s how Council of Forest Industries President and CEO James Gorman started a roundtable discussion with media today. COFI is in Prince George for its annual Community Dinner which will be held this evening. There are many issues on the table for forestry in B.C, and there are plenty of positives. The US housing market starts are still below the predicted 1.1 million, but Gorman says prices are improving “The US market is getting stronger, at the same time, the Asian market is very strong.

Forestry organization feels optimist for future from The Prince George Citizen

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Firewood shortage sparks concern

P.E.I. producers can’t keep up with demand for dry firewood
CBC News
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some Prince Edward Islanders who heat their homes with wood are having a hard time buying seasoned firewood this fall. Many firewood harvesters say there is a shortage of the dried wood. Edwin Desroches of Desroches Firewood in Miscouche said he usually is able to supply the wood year-round, but he’s been sold out of seasoned hardwood for about two weeks now. “I think a lot of it is the hard winter last winter to get some wood cut. And there are a few people went out of business as well,” said Desroches.

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Mill City man crushed to death in lumber mill

Statesman Journal
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Deputies with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a death that occurred on the job at a Mill City lumber mill. According to the sheriff’s office, 33-year-old Millwright Bryan Dodge was killed at 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday at Freres Lumber, located in the 47000 block of Lyons Mill City Drive. Dodge was repairing a wood press when it activated and crushed him. Police are investigating the situation along with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

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New sawmill brings jobs to Williams, helps thin forests (& video)

AZ Central
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A new sawmill opened Monday west of Flagstaff after two years of planning. Newpac Fibre, LLC opened its sawmill in Williams at the location of a former sawmill site that closed in 1995. The company is bringing back an industry that died decades ago to a town that now mostly relies on tourism traffic. This resurgence is not only a sign of economic growth in the area, but also signifies a priority by the forest service and state to reduce fire damage by thinning forests. “We’re excited to come in, bring this industry here, combine that with the social mandate to have these forests thinned,” said Newspac CEO Chris Stephan.

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Fire Retardant Paint Saved Calif. Timber Mill Building

Associated Press
September 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WEED, CA— Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time. With a maintenance shed reduced to twisted sheet-metal and the main manufacturing facility suffering structural damage, but still standing with a new coat of pink fire retardant, the Roseburg Forest Products veneer mill on the outskirts of Weed was out of commission Tuesday while workers began assessing the damage, said Kellye Wise, vice president for human resources of the company based in Dillard, Oregon. 

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From forests to fashion

Timmins Press
September 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TIMMINS – Choosing clothes makes an individual fashion statement ? but it can also say something about how the individual feels about the environment. A growing number of discriminating consumers are paying attention to where products are manufactured and where materials are sourced. Buying “green” and protecting our environment has become an important goal ? one that has sparked discussion on the value of using forest products to produce fabrics, such as rayon and viscose, for fashion and other textiles. Right now, a Canadian spruce tree can be the raw material for the rayon used in an Indian sari you might see in a Bollywood movie.

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Germany expands sawn pine lumber exports to China and Egypt in the first half

IHB
September 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Germany’s sawn pine lumber exports jumped in volume by about 29% in the first half. In value, the increase was slightly higher (33%) supported by a surge in export price: the average price of €172.72/cubic meter registered in H1/2013, moved up in H1/2014 to €178.10/cbm. Especially, German sawn pine lumber shipments to China and Egypt expanded considerably. In Europe, deliveries to the Netherlands went up by 50% in volume, while those to Belgium increased by more than 90%. Exports to Poland and France decreased in volume, however, due to higher export prices, they’ve managed to rise in value.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Green Building Wars

Arch Daily
September 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

What’s the “most despised” buzzword in the building industry, according to one survey? Green. Little wonder, since the word can mean so many different things to different people. Before the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in 2000, there was little consensus in this country about what constitutes a “green building.”… Founded by Ward Hubbell, a former PR executive in the timber industry, Green Globes reportedly was set up as a shelter for wood products that don’t readily comply to LEED, which the American Forest and Paper Association has said “disadvantages our companies,” while “Green Globes is much more wood-friendly.” 

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Vaughan-Bassett Furniture To Star in Tom Hanks HBO Mini Series

Woodworking Network
September 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Factory Man, the bestseller based on Vaughan-Bassett Furniture chairman John Bassett III’s fight to take on China’s furniture manufacturers and save American jobs, will soon be made into a mini-series for HBO. …Factory Man was written by journalist Beth Macy and chronicles Bassett’s battle to save the American furniture industry, as well as his family’s legacy. The book, released July 15, was reviewed in the August edition of Wood Products magazine. A longer excerpt is scheduled for the November issue – now relaunched as Woodworking Network magazine.

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Misconceptions that shadow the use of cross laminated timber

Ecofriend
September 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Cross laminated timber was first used in Europe as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction. It has proven to be an innovative building material that eases the process of construction of various types of houses. Since it is flexible, it can be used on surfaces such as walls, floors and roofs. However, there are numerous myths and misconceptions related to the use of cross laminated timber and here are some of the most common.

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wood louvers wrap mantois technology center by badia berger in france

Design Boom
September 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Designed by paris-based badia berger architectes based on a winning competition entry, the mantois technology center has been completed as the first phase in a university development project in mantes-la-ville. the 12,000 square-meter program unites science and technology learning and research facilities, and is intended to accommodate 1,500 students. the structure is composed of two distinct building elements: a concrete base level and an elevated volume clad in vertically-oriented wood louvers. the former’s façade is visually porous, with an irregular arrangement of windows and a large glass-clad atrium which links it to the upper mass.

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Forestry

Groups makes pitch for world heritage site designation

Prince George Citizen
September 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ancient Forest and surrounding area has what it takes to be a world heritage site, according to representatives from the Caledonia Ramblers and UNBC who addressed the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Thursday afternoon. “I’ve had the good fortune to visit similar sites around the world. Sites that have the same values as the Ancient Forest trail site in developed countries are nearly all world heritage sites,” said Darwyn Coxson, who was one of the authors on a discussion paper published in 2012 suggesting the area has the defining qualities for a nomination for such an accolade.

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Time for public pressure on forest tenure system

by John Hilton
Williams Lake Tribune
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Good news, the Tree Farm Licences expansion program was dropped.  Government should now use resources to help small- to medium-sized forest companies.  The following statement by the Minister of Forests was welcome news for those of us concerned about the proposed TFL expansion program: …It is hard to say if the government got the message that large tenure holders are doing OK but the same can’t be said for the small business programs in forestry which are impacted by a tenure system dominated by a few large companies. The following article highlights some of the concerns that has been evident for the last few decades.

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Beach resident and U of T student Mathew Brown mapping Toronto’s trees

Inside Toronto
September 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With an estimated 10 million trees in the City of Toronto, University of Toronto postdoctoral fellow Mathew Brown’s goal of mapping out each and every one of them is certainly a tall task. Brown has created a website that aims to locate and identify each and every tree within the confines of the city, something he said was prompted in part by a push by Mayor Rob Ford to cut into Toronto’s tree planting budget. “He didn’t seem to know the value of trees,” he said. “They’re CO2 absorbing so they offer air pollution benefits and temperature regulating benefits.”

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Carleton student’s research finds mystery in tree leaves

Ottawa Citizen
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In an age when biology means studying molecules, Zoe Panchen has gone into the forest to look at plants — great big ones — and the simple-sounding topic of leaves. Specifically, she studies when trees and shrubs produce leaves. She has charted a range of times when plants “leaf out” in spring, surprising experts and learning things about how they relate to the forest community. The annual wave of new leaves “has a great impact on ecological communities on a bigger scale,” the Carleton University PhD student said.

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California Governor Brown declares state of emergency for northern counties as wildfires rage

The Sydney Morning Herald
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a request for aid that can cover up to 75 per cent of the state’s costs to fight the King fire; federal aid already had been approved for the Boles fire, as well as the Courtney fire in Madera County.

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Weather Helps Firefighters Attack Wildfire Near Estacada

OPB
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cooler weather has helped a firefighters make headway containing the 36 Pit wildfire near Estacada, and some residents were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday, but the community is still on edge. More than 800 firefighters are battling the blaze which has grown to more than 4,000 acres and is 30 percent contained. Estacada is a town of about 3000 people on the banks of the Clackamas River. Murals on the buildings downtown show people logging, fishing, and picking mushrooms in the Mount Hood National Forest nearby.

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Richardson Claims Kitzhaber’s Forest Management Policy Contributing to Fires

GoLocalPDX
September 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson has blamed the uptick in severe Oregon fires in recent years on what he sees as Gov. John Kitzhaber’s mismanagement of the state’s forests. “While climate change could be a factor, overwhelming evidence points to the poor management of public lands as having a huge impact on conditions that lead to forest fires,” Richardson, a Republican, said in an emailed statement to GoLocalPDX. “Perhaps if the governor spent less time in Bhutan studying “gross national happiness” and more time in DC fighting for better forest practices on Oregon’s federal lands, we could combat those conditions more effectively.”

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FS awards next slate of work on Malheur

Blue Mountain Eagle
September 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY – The second task order of the 10-year-stewardship contract is good to go. The Forest Service announced Friday it has awarded the task order, the next major piece in a decade of restoration work under way on the Malheur National Forest. The task order is one of a series in the integrated resource stewardship contract, awarded last September to John Day-based Iron Triangle LLC, that specify where commercial harvest and integrated restoration activities will occur. Officials lauded the contract for providing a predictable and sustainable volume of timber, adding jobs and bolstering the local economy, while tackling crucial restoration work on large areas of the forest.

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Greenpeace loses the plot: Motion 65 shambles, and an ugly failure to protect ‘intact forests’

FSC Watch blog
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Motion 65 to the FSC’s General Assembly, its highest decision-making authority, was tabled by Judy Rodrigues of Greenpeace International. The motion was intended to set out new requirements for the FSC when certifying logging companies in what Greenpeace describes as ‘intact forest landscapes’ (or IFLs). These are important large areas of forest which remain undamaged, and are rapidly declining and being fragmented – often by commercial logging – the world over. Greenpeace rightly wishes to see these forests better protected – but has failed to prevent the FSC from legitimising their destruction.

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University acclaim for lifetime’s work in forestry

UK Forestry Commission
September 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A life’s work dedicated to forestry and its history saw Norman Davidson awarded the accolade of Master of the University of the Highlands and Islands today (Saturday 20 September). …Following a long and distinguished career in forestry – mostly with the Forestry Commission – Mr Davidson has, since 2008, been a driving force behind the UHI Centre for History’s project recording the ‘Social History of Forestry in Twentieth Century Scotland’. The project has also been supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish Forestry Trust.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million

Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million.
The Capital Press
September 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Two biomass facilities in California that use agricultural waste to generate electricity claim the federal government owes them about $22 million. The plaintiffs — Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass and Merced Power — claim the U.S. Treasury Department is wrongly withholding funds from an economic stimulus program that helps pay for renewable energy projects. Each company invested more than $40 million to build facilities in Chowchilla and Merced that rely on boilers and turbines to produce energy from agricultural byproducts, such as orchard trimmings and nut shells, as well as other sources of waste.

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Climate Action Planners Confront Biomass Project

WAMC.org
September 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Activists who have been working for months on a climate change plan for Springfield, Massachusetts say they must factor in an unwanted development — the possible construction of a wood-burning power plant in the city. Neighborhood representatives, community organizers, and people from health-focused organizations have been brainstorming ways to improve the environment and reduce greenhouse gases with a goal to present a plan to the Springfield City Council by the end of the year.

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The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests

mongabay.com
September 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world’s forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) finds that same amount of money could have secured the legal rights of indigenous and local people to 450 million hectares of forest, an area 40 percent larger than India. 

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REDD+ readiness strategies largely overlook root causes of deforestation

Forests News
September 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia – Most countries devising national strategies to curb carbon emissions through avoided deforestation and forest degradation do little to actually address the root causes of deforestation, a new study has found. The study examined 98 readiness documents from 43 countries undertaking REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) programs. It found that only 10 nations had planned interventions that explicitly addressed particular drivers of deforestation. Nineteen others acknowledged the importance of addressing drivers in their documents without targeting specific drivers; 14 made no mention of drivers at all.

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