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Daily Archives: September 26, 2014

Business & Politics

GLV to focus on water treatment after selling pulp and paper division for $65M

GLV selling pulp and paper division
Canadian Press
September 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – GLV will be on the hunt for acquisitions in the water treatment sector after agreeing to sell its pulp and paper division to a company owned by its founding family in a deal worth $65 million. After years of evaluating its options amid losses and a restructuring, GLV said the deal strengthens its balance sheet and positions the company for growth. “We decided that the water treatment was going to be our future growth,” said Marc Barbeau, who will head the company which will change its name to Ovivo.

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Fort Frances mill could have a buyer

International Falls Journal
September 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The kraft pulp mill across the Rainy River in Fort Frances could have a buyer, according to a report in the Fort Frances Times. The mill had previously been closed permanently in May by owner Resolute Forest Products, which followed a January announcement of an extended period of market-related outage on its remaining paper machine. The kraft pulp mill and another paper machine have been idled since November 2012. Wednesday, the Times reported municipal representatives met with Wisconsin-based Expera Specialty Solutions, which reportedly has signed a letter of intent with Resolute Forest Products.

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Roseburg Forest Products Taking Care of Workers, Plant After Fire

Woodworking Network
September 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DILLARD, OR — Roseburg Forest Products’ veneer facility in Weed, CA, was hurt by the Boles wildfire on September 15. A number of buildings on the complex were damaged, although the main processing area and facility were not destroyed. All Roseburg employees were evacuated with no injuries. After assessing the damage of the fire, Roseburg announced a response plan for the employees of the Weed facility, with a goal of providing stability, both to the employees and the facility, as soon as possible. The company will provide temporary housing for Weed employees who are unable to return home or lost their homes entirely. Counseling services are also available for employees and their families.

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D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. will reopen Riddle Sawmill Oct. 6 after year-long closure

NR Today
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

RIDDLE — After a downturn in the economy forced a one-year closure, D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. is set to resume operations at its Riddle sawmill Oct. 6. The timber firm anticipates it could hire up to two dozen workers. “We are excited to put our people back to work,” Chief Operating Officer John Redfield said. “After being down for over a year, it feels good to be getting back in the game.” Co-owner Valerie Johnson said a rebounding market for wood products has her “enthusiastically optimistic but cautious as well” about reopening the sawmill that closed last winter.

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Cargill Stops Deforestation for Entire Global Chain

Mongabay.com
September 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural companies, has extended its zero deforestation commitment for palm oil to all commodities it produces. The commitment, announced Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, is the most far-reaching zero deforestation policy ever established, covering Cargill’s sprawling global empire of businesses, including palm oil, sugar, soy, cattle, and cocoa. “We understand that this sort of commitment cannot be limited to just select commodities or supply chains,” said Cargill CEO David MacLennan. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Security hearing cancellation in WIDC dispute

Prince George Citizen
September 25, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A court hearing over whether Commonwealth Campus Corp. should post security of $50,000 to cover the legal costs of the BID Group of Companies if it loses a legal challenge was adjourned indefinitely. It was supposed to be held Monday in Kelowna, but in a requisition filed on Friday, both sides consented to cancel the hearing. Commonwealth is suing BID, claiming it reneged on a promise to buy land adjacent to the Wood Innovation and Design Centre for $4.1 million.

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WIDC Has Role in 2015 Games

250 News
September 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The new Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, will be the broadcast centre for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. WIDC will eventually be home to a Masters degree in engineering program through UNBC, but its first role will be to house the broadcasters who will be bringing the story of the Games to the rest of Canada. BCIT students will be among the first to experience the facility, as 30 from that post secondary institution will be in Prince George to produce a daily half hour program “Canada Games TV Today” that will be webcast to the world during the event.

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Taller wood frame buildings raise fire risk, firefighter group says

Ontario raises allowable height from four to six storeys
CBC News
September 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters are concerned changes that allow Ontario builders to erect taller wood frame buildings will pose a greater safety risk, citing last year’s fire at a Kingston, Ont. housing complex under construction as an example of what could happen. …New safety requirements for wood frame buildings include building stairwells with non-combustible materials and roofs that are combustion resistant, the ministry said in a statement Tuesday. But Scott Marks with the International Association of Fire Fighters said the safety measures aren’t enough.

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Ontario to allow six-storey wood buildings by new year

Northern Life
September 25, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Street said new technologies have made taller wood-frame buildings more viable, and have addressed many of the safety concerns linked to wood construction. …But advances in technology have allowed for more fire-resistant wood materials and better performing sprinkler systems, said Street. David Warne, a partner with Toronto-based LGA Architectural Partners, helped design the second phase of the Laurentian University School of Architecture. The two-storey wood-frame addition to the school, which will feature the library wing, uses a material called cross-laminated timber.

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Forestry

Support from Diverse Communities is the Key to Sustainable Future Forests

by Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of SFI
SFI Blog
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Shaping the forest of the future requires cooperating with a wide range of interests today. The forest community must find common ground to ensure the sustainability of future forests. … National Forest Week, from September 21 to 27, is a chance to motivate people across Canada to understand that the future of our forests depends on strengthening connections between healthy forests, sustainable communities and responsible purchasing.

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EDITORIAL: Middle ground a must in Cherryville

Vernon Morning Star
September 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s definitely a disconnect between Cherryville residents and B.C. Timber Sales. On Thursday, about 55 people made their way up on to Cherry Ridge to peacefully stop crews contracted by BCTS, a provincial agency, to construct a road so logging can occur. “We want to create attention that B.C. Timber Sales is not listening to our concerns,” said resident Carla Vierke of the fear that logging could trigger landslides that threaten the community below. And yet if you listen to BCTS, it insists that full consultation with Cherryville has occurred. “We’re happy to continue the dialogue as we develop the cut blocks,” said Colin Johnston, woodlands supervisor.

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B.C.’s biggest trees can now be found online

Metro News
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ever walked through a forest in B.C. and encountered a giant tree that left you awestruck? The University of B.C.’s Faculty of Forestry is looking for help from the public to help identify the largest trees of each species in B.C. The faculty has revamped its B.C. Big Tree registry for people to nominate their favorite majestic giant tree. All you have to do is record the location and measure the tree trunk circumference, height — there are mobile phone apps that allow you to use a smartphone as an ‘inclinometer’ to measure the height of a tree — the location (GPS coordinates) and a photo of the tree. A tree expert will verify whether the tree is the largest of its kind in the province or is just a spectacular example of its species.

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Residents successfully block road construction

Vernon Morning Star
September 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents are declaring initial success in their fight against proposed logging. About 55 people blocked road construction crews on a section of Cherry Ridge Thursday. “We don’t want the road built without a statement being made,” said resident Carla Vierke. The construction contractor arrived at about 10:30 a.m. and after speaking to protesters, departed the scene without doing any work. “We had some effect today but we’re sure this will be an ongoing process,” said Vierke, who says the community will remain vigilant against logging.

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Battle in the woods: Who can say when timber is ‘green’?

ClimateWire
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — There’s a lot going on behind those little green, tree-shaped logos you sometimes see on paper cups, notepads or even lumber used to build houses. Forest certification labels are intended to show buyers that wood-based products come from healthy, well-managed forests — forests where biodiversity and watersheds are protected, and that can help store a significant chunk of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But convincing some environmentalists that its label is truly “green” has proved troublesome for North America’s largest forest certification group, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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Keeping Mississauga Beautiful

Community members join Forests Ontario, Michael’s Hair Body Mind, and Credit Valley Conservation to restore forest cover damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer
Forests Ontario
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ON – 100 large trees were planted today by more than 40 volunteers at an event hosted by Forests Ontario, Michael’s Hair Body Mind and Credit Valley Conservation on National Tree Day for a community tree plant at the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area in Mississauga. The planting was led by Forests Ontario’s partners at Credit Valley Conservation, who guided volunteers, ranging from seasoned planters to first time planters, in replacing trees in the region that were destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

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Still no business plan for Muskrat Falls wood

Dalley says situation is an environmental concern
The Labradorian
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources minister, Derrick Dalley, has said the unutilized wood cut from the Muskrat Falls project is now an environmental concern. According to Dalley, the provincial government has not received a viable business proposal for the wood, despite three different expressions of interest from the Department of Natural Resources — the latest ending on April 26, 2013. “We know (the wood) is valuable,” said Dalley. “We can’t seem to find any interest or any proponent that, at this point, sees it feasible.

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Senior safety manager taking steps to ensure employee safety

Atlantic Farm Focus
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As senior safety manager with Major’s Logging Ltd., it’s Rick Donato’s job to make sure his employees are working safely. The (Newfoundland & Labrador) company, like most others these days, takes safety seriously and has a safety program and an emergency response plan. Donato spoke about the importance of safety and first-aid training at a First Aid Symposium hosted by St. John Ambulance at its Corner Brook Training Centre on Thursday (Sept. 18). So Donato felt his company was covered. That is, until he took a walk in the field.

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Video: Celebrating National Tree Day (video)

Montreal Gazette
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than 100 people gathered at the foot of Mount-Royal on Wednesday to atempt to set a Guinness world record for tree hugging.

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New tool helps small woodland owners set goals

Truro Daily News
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO – Owners of small, forested lands now have access to an innovative tool to set and prioritize goals for the use of their property. The new online assessment tool developed by the Truro-based, non-profit Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, is designed to help landowners think more deeply about what they want to have happen in their forests, and then to request information from the association to help accomplish those goals.

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Forest Service delaying media wilderness photography rules amid growing outcry about First Amendment

The Oregonian
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Amid growing public outcry, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday it will delay finalizing restrictive rules requiring media to get special permits to shoot photos or videos in wilderness areas. The federal agency will allow public comment for an additional month, until Dec. 3, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said, and set up meetings to answer questions from journalists, wilderness groups and the public. “The Forest Service proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America’s wild places,” Chambers said in a statement.

Press Release from US Forest Service Chief

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Rains bring big gains against California wildfire

Associated Press
September 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Helpful rains and more than 8,000 firefighters brought solid advances against a huge wildfire in Northern California as evacuations dwindled and the number of threatened homes was reduced from thousands to just a few hundred. Calls for evacuation in two communities were reduced from mandatory to voluntary, leaving just one neighborhood under strict evacuation orders, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people remained away from their homes.

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Montanans, politicians must work to protect our public lands

by U.S. Sen. John Walsh
The Missoulian
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Like most Montanans, I’m frustrated with how long it takes to conduct a timber sale or complete an environmental analysis of potential resource projects. We need to get our forests healthy and working again, creating good jobs and making our forests more resilient to wildfires. Even simple projects get tied up by red tape, and our rural communities suffer. I hope that the doors opened when Congress passed the Farm Bill this year will supply much-needed logs to Montana’s timber mills. But our frustration with hamstrung management shouldn’t blind us to our incredible heritage of public lands.

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Logger killed in Jefferson County is Washington’s 2nd timber death in 2 days

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

COYLE, Wash. — Jefferson County authorities said a young logger died after he was crushed by a tree Thursday afternoon. The Peninsula Daily News reports that East Jefferson Fire-Rescue crews found the man dead when they were called to a site near the small Hood Canal community of Coyle. …It is the state’s second logging death in two days. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday said 61-year-old Donald J. Wolcott of Cathlamet, Wash., was killed when a tree he was cutting fell, struck him and pinned him to the ground.

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Can Citizen Science Help Save the European Ash Tree?

Discover Magazine
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With autumn comes a multitude of colors—but the ash tree, faithful to its name, stays a non-conflagrant color while waiting for winter to take its leaves. Or while waiting for its microscopic predator, the Chalara fungus. Chalara causes ash dieback, a disease that has wiped out over 60% of the ash trees in Denmark, and is now sweeping across Europe, with highest incidences in Sweden and the UK. Yet some trees exhibit resilience to infection by Chalara, and it’s this curious display of biological fitness that has incited the interest of geneticists. 

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Study to gauge forestry’s economic impact

BBC News
September 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A major study is being launched to gauge the contribution of forestry to the Scottish economy. The study, which is being conducted on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland, will look at the economic contribution of the sector – including forest-based tourism. It will also look at the contribution of non-forestry activities, such as renewables and agriculture. Businesses in the sector are being urged to take part in a survey. Scotland’s environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “These are important economic indicators for the Scottish government’s Forestry Strategy and help to inform debate around forestry policy.

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If trees could talk: Forest research network reveals global change effects

Phys.org
September 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Permafrost thaw drives forest loss in Canada, while drought has killed trees in Panama, southern India and Borneo. In the U.S., in Virginia, over-abundant deer eat trees before they reach maturity, while nitrogen pollution has changed soil chemistry in Canada and Panama. Continents apart, these changes have all been documented by the Smithsonian-led Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory, CTFS-ForestGEO, which released a new report revealing how forests are changing worldwide.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate Change Destroying Rocky Mountain Forests, Report Says

weather.com
September 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change – and its resultant wildfires and insect infestations – is killing off large portions of the forests in the Rocky Mountains, according to a new report. A joint report by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, warns that hundreds of millions of acres are projected to die in national parks and national forests alone by 2027. Climate scientist Jason Funk and former Interior Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Stephen Saunders are the study’s lead authors. 

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Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines. The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional jet fuel and diesel, but some worry the project might add to existing air quality problems in southern Oregon. Red Rock Biofuels of Fort Collins, Colorado, received a $4.1 million design and engineering grant from the U.S. Department of Defense earlier to help develop the project.

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General

Forest fire burning near Benton, officials concerned with high winds

CBC News
September 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A waterbomber and a ground crew of seven firefighters are tackling a forest fire that broke out in central Newfoundland on Thursday afternoon. The fire started around 3 p.m. and is burning within a kilometre of Benton, about 15 kilometres east of Gander. Forestry officials said it is a small fire at this point, burning within an area of 50 metres by 50 metres.  However, officials told CBC News that there’s some concern as winds in the area are reportedly high.

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Forest industry offers Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth

Canada Newswire press release
September 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is opening up nominations for its annual Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth, as part of its continuing effort to encourage more Aboriginal workers to consider a career in the forest sector. The award will honour a First Nations, Metis or Inuit individual with strong academic standing who is committed to their field of study and to a job in the forest sector. The $2,500 award is targeted at youth from 18 to 30 who are now enrolled in a post-secondary program.

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