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Daily Archives: September 30, 2014

Business & Politics

Emera opens office in Stephenville

Deer Lake company seeing growth from Maritime Link contract
The Telegram
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owner of Major’s Logging in Deer Lake said the company had to grow in order to land, then work on a contract for Emera Newfoundland and Labrador to cut a transmission line for the Maritime Link. Major was one of a number of people who attended the official opening of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador’s office in the Stephenville airport on Monday. The office has been in operation since April. Major said his company had to meet safety, environment and diversity requirements to become an Emera contractor.

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Pictou West MLA’s bill calls for stricter emissions rules

Chronicle Herald
September 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Tory MLA whose riding includes the Northern Pulp mill is proposing stricter rules for air quality monitoring and stiffer penalties for people and companies in violation of environmental rules. Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane introduced the Nova Scotia Clean Air Act on Monday night at Province House in Halifax. MacFarlane said people expect the government to protect their basic rights to clean air and water. “I want the world to know that Nova Scotia is open for business, but we also mean business when protecting the basic rights of the taxpayers.”

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Reality Check: US Lumber Prices Soften in Seasonal Slowdown

Mninews.com
September 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. lumber prices softened in mid-September on a seasonal lull in construction industry orders during another year in which hopes for strong gains in housing starts were disappointed, industry experts said. The framing lumber composite price, an industry benchmark published by Random Lengths, a provider of lumber industry data, edged down to $388 per thousand board feet in the week to Sept. 23 from $399 a week earlier.

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Timber processor fined for crush injury

By WorkSafe NZ
Scoop Independent News
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry and timber processing company, Juken New Zealand Limited, was fined $57,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $12,000 today after an employee was seriously harmed when his finger was caught in a timber veneer dryer. The incident on 1 November 2013 resulted in a partial amputation and crush injury to the index finger of the victim’s right hand. WorkSafe New Zealand’s investigation found that Juken New Zealand Limited failed to guard the dryer to prevent employees from accessing the dangerous nip points of the chains and sprockets on the machine.

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Queensland sawmill feeds Asia’s renewable energy needs with wood pellets

ABC News, Australia
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Queensland sawmill is helping supply rising demand for renewable energy in Asian power stations. Late last year, Brisbane-based Altus Renewables commissioned a $25 million plant at the Hyne mill, near Maryborough, to compress sawdust and shavings into small wood pellets used to co-fire stations in Korea and Japan. The first 25,000-tonne shipment left the Bundaberg Port for South Korea last Friday in what could signal a new opportunity for the troubled local timber sector.

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Forestry

Tree killers, yes, fire starters, no: Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, study says

phys.org
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, and understandably so. The grain-of-rice-sized insects are responsible for killing pine trees over tens of millions of acres in the Western U.S. and Canada over the last decade. But contrary to popular belief, these pests may not be to blame for more severe wildfires like those that have recently swept through the region. Instead, weather and topography play a greater role in the ecological severity of fires than these bark-boring beetles.

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Minister Rickford Announces the State of Canada’s Forests Report 2014

September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today tabled the State of Canada’s Forests Report 2014 in the House of Commons. This year’s report highlights the exciting opportunities and growing sense of optimism in Canada’s forest sector. The report confirms the results of the Government of Canada’s targeted investments in the forest sector, increasing the value of Canada’s forest resources, opening new markets, supporting jobs for Canadians and enhancing Canada’s prosperity. While the industry is showing strong signs of growth in some segments — lumber in particular — it is challenged by market trends in other areas.

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From forests to fashion: Savvy consumers will discount Canopy’s propaganda

by David Lindsay, FPAC – Fabrics made from wood fibre have a lower environmental footprint than competing synthetic materials
Financial Post
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The environmental group Canopy is again targeting the forest products industry in its “Fashion Loved By Forest” campaign, aimed at clothing sourced from so-called “endangered forests” such as the Canadian Boreal. Canopy has asked fashion designers and manufacturers to sign a pledge to not use such fabrics and has contacted newspapers throughout the world urging the public to stop buying clothing made from rayon or viscose made from dissolving pulp. The most recent article was featured in the Financial Post on Monday under the title of “Under the Canopy.”

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Minister Rickford Announces the State of Canada’s Forests Report 2014

September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today tabled the State of Canada’s Forests Report 2014 in the House of Commons. This year’s report highlights the exciting opportunities and growing sense of optimism in Canada’s forest sector. The report confirms the results of the Government of Canada’s targeted investments in the forest sector, increasing the value of Canada’s forest resources, opening new markets, supporting jobs for Canadians and enhancing Canada’s prosperity. While the industry is showing strong signs of growth in some segments — lumber in particular — it is challenged by market trends in other areas.

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Old-growth cedar catches fire at squatter’s camp in Stanley Park

The Province
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An old-growth cedar tree that caught fire in Stanley Park Sunday may have to be cut down. Vancouver firefighters were called to the park around 9:45 a.m. and found the hollow cedar tree ablaze. Crews fought the fire for hours and managed to control it, but it would be impossible to fully extinguish it, said Vancouver Fire assistant chief of operations Jeff Wilkinson. “There’s a lot of void spots within the tree, and fire can spread up through many areas,” said Wilkinson Sunday evening. “Once the fire gets going inside, it’s going to travel up.”

Stanley Park tree fire at homeless camp near Teahouse from CBC News

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Near-record timber losses as officials start adding up B.C. fire season

Canadian Press
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An overheated forest fire season in British Columbia resulted in a near-record loss of timber — the third highest total since 1950 when the government started keeping track. Chief provincial fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said Monday 1,424 fires consumed more than 3,590 square kilometres of forest this season. Skrepnek said an intense provincewide hot weather spell in July, where temperatures soared to 40 C in some areas, dried out forests and contributed to extreme fire conditions that lasted much of the summer.

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Forest and Range Practices near 100 Mile House Audited

BC Forest Practices Board
September 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will audit four Range Act agreements and a First Nations woodland licence in the 100 Mile House resource district during the weeks of Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 2014. Auditors will look at three grazing licences and one hay-cutting licence for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). In addition, Kenkeknem Forest Tenures Ltd.’s woodland licence will be audited for operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and protection practices under FRPA and the Wildfire Act. Kenkeknem’s licence is one of only two First Nations woodland licences in the province, and is the first such licence audited by the board.

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USDA invests $20 Million to hire 11,000 youth and veterans on forest lands

USDA Forest Service
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship, recreation access, facilities management, trail maintenance, and other natural and cultural resource priorities. “The partnerships associated with developing the next generation of conservationists offer an opportunity to connect veterans and our young people to the great outdoors,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Peter DeFazio: ‘Strong concerns’ remain for Forest Service’s wilderness photo rules

The Oregonian
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Peter DeFazio and three other congressional leaders said Monday they still have deep concerns about the constitutionality of a U.S. Forest Service proposal restricting wilderness photography. The Forest Service faced nationwide outrage last week over plans to require a permit for photography and filming in vast swaths of the country’s federally designated wilderness areas. Its chief, Tom Tidwell, backed off late Thursday, saying his agency respected the First Amendment and wouldn’t restrict media or amateur photographers’ access. But the onslaught of criticism has continued.

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Hemlock, Spruce, Cedar Logging Auction at Tongass Forest

Woodworking Network
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KETCHIKAN, AK — U.S. Forest Service will auction rights to almost 10 square miles of logging rights at Tongass National Forest. Hemlock, spruce and cedar woodlands will be sold in an effort to support logging and sawmill firms until second growth forest lands mature. The U.S. Forest Service began a public process last fall to modify the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, to identify “the timber base suitable to support a transition to young-growth management, in a way that supports the continued viability of the forest industry in Southeast Alaska, per the direction of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,” the agency said in a release last fall.

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Roger Phillips: Sorry Mr. Tidwell, I am calling BS

Idaho Statesman
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Permit for filming in wilderness is a bigger problem than it’s supposedly solving.  The continuing saga about the Forest Service requiring a permit to film in wilderness is probably getting old by now, but I kind of choked on this comment from Tom Tidwell, chief of the Forest Service: …My critique revolves around two points. First is what’s “commercial photography and filming only?” You can still throw too wide of a net around that one. …Second is what constitutes “gathering news”?

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Bill will restore active forest management

by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont
The Missoulian
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When I was growing up in Montana, we had a vibrant logging industry with 30 active sawmills. A career in forestry was a promising one. It’s a different picture today. Timber harvests in Montana’s national forests are down 80 percent over the last three decades, largely due to excessive federal regulations and endless obstructionist tactics from fringe groups. Nineteen of our 30 sawmills have closed. Just this month, two of those remaining mills announced layoffs or cutbacks. Demand for timber isn’t the problem today – it continues to grow as the housing market recovers.

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Court Decision Stops Four Tongass National Forest Logging Projects

Sit News
September 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – The U.S. District Court in Anchorage issued a decision Friday on what is commonly known as the Islands Wolf lawsuit. Friday’s decision has now, for the second time, stopped four Tongass National Forest logging projects. Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands have been litigating these projects since 2008. Friday’s order from the District Court says, “this Court finds … the Forest Service still has not adequately explained its decision to approve the four logging projects”. The projects halted are the Traitors Cove project near Ketchikan, Soda Nick near Hydaburg, and the Scott Peak and Overlook projects near Petersburg.

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‘It takes five minutes to chop down a forest but a lifetime to save one’

Voice of Russia
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Several large British companies, including Boots the chemists and Marks and Spencer, have signed up to an environmental deal aiming to bring an end to deforestation on a global scale. VoR’s Tim Ecott speaks to Scott Poynton, founder of the Forest Trust. Current loopholes in EU legislation mean that only about 50 percent of the timber products exported into Europe is proven to come from legal sources. The companies have pledged that by 2020 all wood and paper products will be sustainably sourced, after a campaign led by the environmental group WWF.

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New book details threats to the world’s forests, offers solutions for conservation

phys.org
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As forestlands around the globe continue to diminish in the wake of human population growth and climate change, two leading scientists have written a new book in which they issue a call to action for forest conservation. Among threats to the vital services provided by forest ecosystems, they say, are residential development, climate change and illegal logging operations in the tropics. “In the 1950s, we assumed that the forests were not going to change,” said Richard Waring, retired professor of forestry at Oregon State University and co-author of the book. “We assumed that if you disturbed them in a certain way, they would come back. 

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Tree hunter celebrates birthday with television appearance

Border Counties Advertizer
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AN ELLESMERE man celebrated a whirlwind of a birthday by appearing on the BBC Breakfast show. Rob McBride, more commonly known as the tree hunter, was featured on the popular breakfast show last week to talk about ‘citizen science’. Rob specialises in ancient trees and with the knowledge and expertise he has gained over the years, it has emerged that his valuable knowledge is of benefit to scientists. The Woodland Trust have started an Observeatree project that encourages volunteers and scientists to come together to monitor what is happening to our natural environment in the hope that it will help beat tree disease.

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UN experts say world’s mangrove forests at risk

Associated Press
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ATHENS, Greece — U.N. experts are warning that the world’s mangrove forests are being destroyed at a more rapid rate than other forest ecosystems because of land conversion, development and pollution. A U.N. Environment Program report presented Monday said mangroves are disappearing three to five times faster than other forests. It said by 2050, southeast Asia could potentially lose 35 percent of the mangroves it had in 2000. Described in the report as one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, mangrove forests mitigate global warming by trapping vast quantities of carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Fledgling wood pellet maker preps for European exports

Northern Ontario Business
September 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Budding wood pellet producer Rentech Inc. is counting on a new Quebec City marine terminal to be an important logistical cornerstone of its Wawa operation. By way of a 15-year contract with Quebec Stevedoring, the Los Angeles-based company intends to move pellets through a dedicated storage and vessel loading facility situated at the port. The terminal boasts 80,000 tonnes of capacity for wood pellets. Speaking at the CanBio Conference in Thunder Bay in early September, Steve Robert, Rentech’s managing director in Canada, emphasized shipping is a vital component of the emerging biomass industry.

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Colorado’s Iconic Aspens Face Steep Decline From Climate Change

KUNC.org
September 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In late September and early October, Coloradans swarm to the mountains, clutching cameras and phones, hoping to experience the magical transformation of aspens from green to gold. A few decades from now, though, those glorious aspen stands are likely to be fewer, as global climate change shifts the places where aspen grow and thrive. …. From 2000 to 2010, 1.3 million acres in the region saw significant aspen decline. Researchers named the phenomenon sudden aspen decline, or SAD, and started tracking these stands to learn more about why they were dying.

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