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Daily Archives: September 25, 2014

Business & Politics

We need the European trade deal, let’s get it signed

by Martha Hall Findlay And Jean Charest
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…For Canada, a major trading nation which, in relative terms, depends far more on trade than many others, the more access we have to other markets the better. …The recent agreement on the final text of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is very welcome news – for both Canada and Europe. …Canada is a resource-rich country. We produce high quality food, fish, wood products, minerals, energy – and an extraordinary variety of related products and services – that the rest of the world wants. Our various resource sectors provide high-value-added jobs in diverse areas such as agri-science, technical innovation, research and development, engineering and design.

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Aboriginal title ‘a first step,’ UBCM told

BC Local News
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WHISTLER – Canada’s first declaration of aboriginal title is the first of many to come across B.C. and it should be viewed as a step forward for relations with the province and local governments, delegates to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention were told Tuesday. A standing-room-only crowd of local politicians heard a summary of the June decision of the Supreme Court of Canada declaring title to 1,700 square kilometres of the Nemiah Valley near Williams Lake. The title area is no longer considered Crown land.

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Opinion: Questions about land title are surely no joke

by Gordon Gibson
Vancouver Sun
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At first I thought it was a mistake or a joke when a letter to the editor in this newspaper stated that official city policy was “Acknowledging that the City of Vancouver is unceded aboriginal land.” Turns out to be no joke. City council passed, on June 24 a Vision motion (seconded by Mayor Gregor Robertson) stating “the modern city of Vancouver was founded on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and that these territories were never ceded through treaty, war or surrender.” Say what? Who owns Vancouver then? Let us examine the most recent law of the Supreme Court of Canada on this matter.

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Terrace, BC mill increases exports – to Alberta

Terrace Standard
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WHENEVER talk in B.C. turns to exporting wood, most people think it’s to Asian markets. Not so much at Skeena Sawmills. It’s now shipping product to the Alberta oilsands as another indication of the widespread impact Canadian energy development has on the overall economy. Skeena Sawmills, now owned by Chinese interests which purchased it from former owner West Fraser, has hired an additional set of workers to produce wood products bound for Alberta. It’s not a full second shift because the product bound for Alberta does not need to be planed or dried as is the case for wood going to other markets.

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Canfor To Build Two New Pellet Plants

250 News
September 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Canfor has announced it plans to build a pellet plant at Canfor’s Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites.  The pellet plants will be built and operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation. In a release issued by Canfor, the company says the two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets. The release states the sale of the pellets ” is tied to a long term agreement with a power utility customer.”

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Northwestern Ontario forest operations see promising prospects

CBC News
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two northwestern Ontario mill towns are hearing about some encouraging developments today. The Buchanan group is starting up the Longlac Lumber Inc. mill, and there’s a potential buyer for the Resolute kraft mill in Fort Frances. In Greenstone, Buchanan Forest Products now has a licence from the province to re-start the Longlac Lumber mill. Longlac Lumber vice-president Susan Buchanan said the company will get its wood through the Terrace Bay pulp mill.

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Businesses may get boxed in by wood pulp prices

Albuquerque Business First
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

As if retailers and manufacturers weren’t facing enough problems keeping business going, researchers say the price of the packaging they use is likely to go up. According to research done by IBISWorld, a business study company, the culprit is an expected rise in the cost of wood pulp and paper. As a result, according to the researchers, the price of corrugated boxes is likely to rise by 3 percent while molded fiber packaging materials are expected to climb by 4.2 percent. The cost of using a packaging service is anticipated to rise by 2.5 percent.

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Kraft mill being eyed

Fort Frances Times
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The kraft mill here could have a buyer. Municipal representatives met yesterday with Wisconsin-based Expera Specialty Solutions, which reportedly has signed a letter of intent with Resolute Forest Products. “After months of consultations pertaining to a potential repositioning of the local pulp mill, I was contacted by a prospective buyer to arrange a meeting with council and area municipalities (and First Nations),” Mayor Roy Avis told the Times this morning.

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German oak log exports move to China

IHB/Destatis
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Germany’s oak sawlog exports in the first half of the year are slightly above the levels of last year. The volume exported of 51,767 cubic meters is 7 percent higher than the first half of 2013, meanwhile the value has increased by 24%, backed by rising prices. The average price of German exported oak logs in H1/2014 rose by more than 15% (from €154.50/m3 in H1/2013, up to €178.58/m3 in H1/2014). Shipments to fellow EU countries are in regress from H1/2013. However, booming shipments to China managed to support the overall rise in German oak deliveries. 

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Trade of softwood lumber was up in the first half 2014

Wood Resources International
September 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Seattle, USA. Demand for softwood lumber has been steadily increasing on a worldwide basis since the great recession. The higher consumption of lumber has resulted in a rise in the global trade of lumber with shipments in 2014 on pace to be the highest since 2006 and 36% higher than five years ago, which was the bottom of the decline in lumber trade, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).  …During the first half of 2014, global lumber trade was seven percent
higher than during the same period in 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2014 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award winners showcase passion and appreciation for wood in local government projects

CNW
September 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Elected officials from five B.C. local government associations were honoured today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler, as Wood WORKS! BC presented the 2014 Community Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood use in public structures. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

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Whistler museum to be one with nature

Journal of Commerce
September 25, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When construction crews finish the $30 million Audain Art Museum in Whistler in fall 2015, they will have finished B.C.’s largest purpose-built museum and a structure that takes some of Canada’s most prized artists back to the natural environment where they created their works – the forest. …An elevated foot bridge is being built to provide public access to the structure from Blackcomb Way, but will also bring individuals to an entrance porch alcove that will feature B.C. wood products. …The structure has a steeply pitched roof which will be made of prefabricated engineered wood panels installed onto steel trusses.

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Reevely: Ontario approves six-storey wooden buildings

Ottawa Citizen
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario builders will be allowed to construct six-storey buildings out of wood starting in 2015, the province announced Tuesday. The limit for wood-framed buildings has been four storeys. Politicians from Northern Ontario have pushed for the change for years, hoping that it’ll spur demand for northern lumber. Advocates of wood construction say that rules requiring steel or concrete skeletons for taller buildings are obsolete in an era of “engineered” wood products, now that layers of wood can be laminated together to make beams and joists whose properties are as predictable as any steel beam. …Critics say cutting down trees isn’t environmentally friendly and masonry buildings last a lot longer. Also, obviously, wood burns in a way that concrete and steel don’t.

Ontario allows wood-frame buildings up to six storeys from The Toronto Star

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Forestry

From Screen Time to Tree Time

September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Ottawa, ON – Connecting young Canadians with nature is a challenge in today’s world of smartphones, video games, and other hi-tech gadgets. In honour of National Tree Day, Tree Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) are making connecting with nature easier and more appealing with a new visual educational booklet for youth and adults across Canada. “In today’s increasingly urbanized world, it can be difficult for children and adults to be in touch with the outdoors and to learn about nature,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.

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Opinion: Discovering forests by pulling down their genes

Vancouver Sun
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Do a tree’s genes really matter? Indeed they do. Decades of forest research by scientists and carefully monitored breeding programs over the last five decades have been telling researchers and forest managers how trees grow, form wood, resist pests and respond to different climates. Covering almost two-thirds of B.C.’s total land mass, our forests generated more than $11.6 billion in economic activity in 2013. Forestry is one of B.C.’s largest manufacturing sectors, is the largest single source of exports, and accounts for 58,200 jobs.

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Boundary couple receive Forestry award

The Boundary Sentinel
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Boundary couple, Fred and Jane Marshall, are one of four winners of an Ministry of Forests award. The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations minister, Steve Thomson, has given four awards for people who run small, community-based forestry operations. The Marshalls won $2,500 for the South region for their “leadership in the field and their long-time advocacy of the woodlot licensing program.” Other winners include Clayton Foster from Vanderhoof, Wolfram Wollenheit and Sibylle Walkemeyer (both from Campbell river).

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Metro Vancouver’s urban forests provide economic benefits of $225 million a year: report

Business in Vancouver
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver is known for its picturesque scenery, which includes year-round greenery that can be found in many urban parks, lining our streets and in our own back yards. The region’s trees play a role in attracting tourists and improving property values while contributing to quality of life. But beyond these advantages there exist some economic benefits of our urban forests. According to a TD report released September 24 – National Tree Day – the urban forests around Metro Vancouver provide a yearly financial benefit of $225 million per year, making Vancouver’s forests the most valuable in the country.

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Identify trees with help from new app

Alberni Valley Times
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Learn more about trees in B.C. with the new British Columbia Trees app for your smartphone. With this app, you can view photos and information about every native tree in our province. In addition, you can take photos of your favourite trees, make notes and GPS the location using the Google Maps on your phone. Just in time for National Forest Week – Sept. 21 to 27 – a coalition of forestry organizations is pleased to launch this Tree Identification App. This free app is available for download from the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals’ and the Truck Loggers Association website. It was made possible by donations from individual forest professionals, UBC and more.

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Margaret Bowater Park becomes outdoor classroom

The Western Star
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Margaret Bowater Park became a large outdoor classroom for much of the day Wednesday.  Grade 5 students throughout the area took advantage of “Explore Forestry Day” to gain some knowledge outside the school setting. The park in the middle of Corner Brook became a celebration of the province’s forest sector. Department of Natural Resources personnel established numerous stations to showcase the industry that revolves around the resource. Forest fire prevention, enforcement, harvesting, insects and disease, silviculture, GIS/planning/inventory and wildlife safety were on display.

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Alward forestry plan halted

The Argosy
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The chiefs from 10 Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick, along with the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc. are seeking a temporary injunction against outgoing Premier David Alward’s new Crown forestry plan. This appeal is a part of a larger and consistent narrative of environmental degradation, disregard of First Nations culture, corporate favouritism and of profit-focused politics in New Brunswick. This injunction is sought on the grounds that the forestry plan was created without adequate consultation with the First Nations, and poses an immediate threat to their aboriginal and treaty rights.

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Price tag exceeds $53M for California wildfire

Associated Press
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A huge wildfire in northeast California has run up a firefighting tab in excess of $50 million and become the second priciest blaze in the state this year, officials said. The King Fire east of Sacramento has cost some $53 million to fight since it began nearly two weeks ago, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said. “It takes a lot of resources to fight a fire of this magnitude,” Berlant said. “Protecting those people and their property is a huge priority for us. So, until we get a good amount of containment, we will have enough crews assigned until we can stop this blaze.”

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Sierra Nevada Conservancy Report States Sierra Nevada Forest Health in Rapid Decline and Drought is Adding Fuel to the Fire

New report says urgent action is needed at state and federal level
Sierra Sun Times
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(Auburn) – A new report released today by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy shows that many Sierra Nevada forests are in critical condition and that natural benefits that these forests provide, such as clean air and water, are at risk from large, intense fire. Sierra watersheds are the origin of over 60% of the state’s developed water supply, and store significant amounts of carbon. According to the report, the current drought and a changing climate are rapidly intensifying the situation in the Sierra.

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Northern California fires may offer a grim preview for Southland

LA Times
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northern California is bearing the brunt of wildfires that have destroyed scores of homes and consumed huge swaths of land. The state has seen 1,000 more wildfires so far this year compared to the average, many of them in northern forest areas left bone-dry by the drought. But Southern California is about to enter its traditional fire season, and officials worry that the destruction to the north offers a grim preview of what’s ahead. “Conditions are ripe, and it only takes one day of hot, dry weather with Santa Ana winds for a large wildfire to cause destruction,” said Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Logger Dies while Felling Trees?

Albany Tribune News
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 61-year-old Cathlamet, Wash. man died today in a logging accident on Weyerhauser property, in Northwest Columbia County near U.S. Hwy 26. Donald J. Wolcott was pronounced dead at the scene where a fallen tree had struck and pinned him down. The accident occurred while Wolcott was felling trees on property located between the two forks of Green Timber Creek. The closest road in that location is the Sunset Grade near Highway 26. The terrain in the area where the accident occurred is steep and wooded.

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Court allows South Fork Flathead logging

Associated Press
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — A federal appeals court won’t halt two logging and burning projects by the U.S. Forest Service on either side of the South Fork of the Flathead River. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday the Forest Service did not act arbitrarily or capriciously in analyzing the projects’ combined effects on threatened lynx, grizzly bears and fisheries. The three-judge panel denied two environmental groups’ request for an injunction, saying there is no immediate risk that would justify blocking the projects.

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Acorns in short supply, say Forestry Commission and naturalists

In 2013, English oak tree branches bowed under the weight of nuts, but there are hardly any acorns this year
The Guardian
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

To the distress of squirrels, boar, mice, pigs, jays, deer and even some young children, 2014 is turning out to be one of the worst years on record for acorns. After a record crop last year when trees were so laden that their branches bowed under the weight of nuts, oaks have next to none now, say the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust. The commission has appealed on social media for people to let them know if they have seen stands of English oaks (Quercus robur) with lots of acorns. “We think there are almost no acorns this year at all.

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Dept: Poor timber quality the reason for forest clearing

The Star Online
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUALA ROMPIN: At least a third of Lesong’s forests have been deemed as poor in timber quality – the reason the Pahang government says it is allowing it to be logged before being replanted. Pahang Forestry Department director Datuk Mohd Paiz Kamaruzaman said these poor quality forest areas would be converted to timber plantation sites. “Part of the Lesong forest reserve is considered poor based on its standing volume composition (referring to how much wood in the trees can actually be sold).

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Blueprint lays out vision for South Australian forestry industry to 2040 (& audio)

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

South Australia’s downtrodden forestry industry has a bright future according to a blueprint laid out for the sector and backed yesterday by the State Government. A depressed housing market, increased competition from imports, mills changing hands and the forward sale of Government harvesting rights have dampened the industry’s spirits and put a curb on positive sentiment. And despite the state-owned body Forestry SA, which manages around 120,000 hectares of plantations, shedding jobs recently, the Government still says there’s a future for the industry in the state’s south east.

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Forests need laws, not loopholes

Greenpeace
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sitting in the towering United Nation’s building on New York’s east side, it might be hard for world leaders to picture a destroyed forest, but I know just how depressing the site is. In Indonesia, and elsewhere, we’ve seen vast tracks of land where only the dried-up stumps remain of a vibrant rainforest, which once provided shelter to indigenous people, as well as animals like tiger and orangutan. Globally, the destruction of such forests is also accelerating the very climate change that threatens Manhattan, which is why I spoke at the Multilateral and Multi-stakeholder Action Announcement Session on ‘Forests’ as part of the UN Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Southwestern Airlines to use wood biofuels

AAP
September 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Southwest Airlines says it will buy some biofuels made from waste wood, for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years time. To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is purchasing “low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States”. It has agreed to buy about 3 million gallons (11.4 million litres) a year from Red Rocks Biofuels, in Colorado, that focuses on recycling that forestry stuff. 

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What Does ‘Carbon-Neutral’ Really Mean?

KCET
September 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Protesters clogged the streets of New York City on Sunday in the largest march ever focused on the threat of climate change. The People’s Climate March in Manhattan, with at least 100,000 participants, is just the latest piece of evidence that more and more people are worried about our warming world. As our concern over climate change mounts, environment-savvy entrepreneurs and others are looking for ways to shift the way we run our society to have less of an impact on the climate. 

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General

From Screen Time to Tree Time

September 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Ottawa, ON – Connecting young Canadians with nature is a challenge in today’s world of smartphones, video games, and other hi-tech gadgets. In honour of National Tree Day, Tree Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) are making connecting with nature easier and more appealing with a new visual educational booklet for youth and adults across Canada. “In today’s increasingly urbanized world, it can be difficult for children and adults to be in touch with the outdoors and to learn about nature,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.

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Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires

The Oregonian
September 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Latest updates on forest fires in Oregon.

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