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Business & Politics

Can FSC Certified Paper Revive Domtar’s Sagging Shares?

Zacks
October 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Reinforcing its unrelenting commitment for a cleaner environment and conformity to sustainable practices, leading paper products manufacturer Domtar Corporation (UFS – Snapshot Report) recently achieved a unique milestone in the industry by selling 5 million tons of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified uncoated fine paper in North America. Despite this first-of-its-kind feat, Domtar’s share prices have gone downhill since March-end this year. We remain inquisitive to see if the FSC certified paper will be able to breathe a fresh lease of life into the beleaguered company’s share prices.

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Pulp mill owner to pay large fine

Canadian Press
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of the Port Alice pulp mill on northern Vancouver Island has been convicted and fined $175,000 for polluting a nearby inlet. The B.C. Environment Ministry says Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. was found guilty by a provincial court for exceeding authorized levels of discharge into Neroutsos Inlet. The Conservation Officer Service’s major investigations unit conducted a joint investigation with Environment Canada and then sent a recommendation of charges to the Crown. The service says Neucel exceeded it’s discharge rates on three separate occasions.

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B.C. Liberals add First Nations, small business to jobs plan

Canadian Press
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says the Liberals’ jobs plan is working, but she’s added a few more pillars to prop it up, including a sector for First Nations. Ms. Bond released an update on the plan Tuesday, including a renewed economic blueprint for the province that makes specific mention of aboriginal participation in the economy. First Nations, international trade, small business and manufacturing sectors join eight existing key sectors, such as agrifoods, forestry and energy.

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Another American sawmill picked up by BC company

Business in Vancouver
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The trend of B.C. forestry companies buying up American sawmills continues, with Canfor Corporation being the latest to go shopping in the American southwest. Canfor announced the acquisition September 30 of Southern Lumber Co. Inc. for $48.7 million.The acquisition is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2015. Based in Hermanville, Mississippi, the sawmill cuts southern yellow pine. The mill is situated in an area with “exceptionally high quality fibre,” according to a Canfor press release.

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Audit firm Ernst & Young to pay $8 million to settle with Ontario regulator

The Canadian Press
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Ernst & Young LLP has agreed to pay a total of $8 million in two settlements with the Ontario Securities Commission, which accused the firm of mishandling the audits of two Toronto-listed Chinese companies, including Sino-Forest Corp. Both settlements were entered into on a no-contest basis, but required approval by an independent panel. Ernst & Young didn’t accept nor deny the allegations issued against it by the OSC’s enforcement branch. 

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California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

Associated Press
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.  A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. …The American Forest and Paper Association, a trade group representing paper bag makers, says the bill unfairly penalizes consumers who use their commonly recycled products, while holding reusable plastic bags to a lower standard for recyclable content.

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Log shortage causes hours to be cut at Plum Creek

NBC Montana
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL, Mont. – It’s not a decision that Tom Ray or anyone at Plum Creek wanted to make, but due to a shortage of logs, hours in Plum Creek’s sawmill had to be cut. We notified the employees of our Columbia Falls sawmill starting next Monday, October 6, we were going to reduce hours,” said Ray, who is the vice president for Northwest Resources and Manufacturing. … “All of western Montana is facing the same issue. We’re all looking for logs, all working very hard to continue to try and employ the great people that we have,” said Ray.

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Wood industry will drive EU growth

Builders Merchants News
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Bodies from across the European wood industry are calling on Members of the European Parliament to develop a clear framework of actions and priorities to support growth in the sector. The industry has set a target to increase its total annual output by 4%, which it says will boost the EU economy by 2.35bn euros every year, creating 80,000 new jobs by 2020. It is claimed that the projected growth will also support the EU in meeting its climate change targets, reducing CO2 emissions by 150m tonnes every year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

18-storey Wooden Residence Building in UBC to be Tallest of its Kind in the World

Vancity Buzz
September 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sustainability and green design are some of the key principles of the new buildings constructed at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver Point Grey campus, but one upcoming project will stand out among the dozens of buildings recently constructed or planned. Over the summer, the university issued an Express Of Interest for architectural firms to design a wood-based high-rise tower between 16 to 18 storeys. At a height of 53 metres, it will be the world’s tallest wooden building of its kind. The project is the first phase of the 690-bed Armoury Commons, a new student housing complex wedged along Walter Gage Road adjacent to the North Parkade and new Law Building. 

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British Columbia architectural woodwork celebrated

Journal of Commerce
September 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

ritish Columbia’s architectural woodwork industry honoured its best and brightest. The B.C. chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers of Canada (AWMAC) were held on Sept. 18 in downtown Vancouver to celebrate innovative architectural woodwork projects and companies across the province. “We’re celebrating excellence in architectural woodwork, as well as design, and the apprentices coming up in our apprenticeship program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other facilities,” said AWMAC-BC vice president Martin Berryman.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative Recognized By BREEAM

Green Building Elements
September 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been recognized by green building rating system BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for its ability to allow the construction industry to responsibly source forest products. Their efforts to make one of the greenest building elements- wood!- even greener are definitely worth taking notice of! According to the BREEAM website, its “assessment uses recognized measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction, and use.”

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Classic contemporary wooden watches are made with lumber offcuts

Treehugger
September 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wooden accessories often stand out, above their plastic counterparts, thanks to the natural grain and beauty of the wood. While ensuring that the wood is either sustainably harvested or resourcefully recycled is a big plus, it’s also important to keep your greenwash radar on and alert. Creating wooden watches with recycled wood and backed with a “one-for-one” tree-planting program, Analog Watch Co. makes classic, contemporary-styled timepieces that apparently have the “first ever soft and flexible wooden strap.”

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Forestry

Study: Pine beetle outbreaks not a big factor in the ecological severity of Western wildfires

Study shows no clear link between beetle-kill and ecological severity of western wildfires
Summit County Voice
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

FRISCO — For all their frenzied tree-killing during the past 10 years, mountain pine beetles haven’t been a big factor in the ecological severity of wildfires in the West, a team of university scientists said this week. Weather and topography are the main factors in determining how much damage a wildfire does to forest ecosystems, according to the researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides some of the first rigorous field data to test whether fires that burn in areas impacted by mountain pine beetles are more ecologically severe than in those not attacked by the native bug. 

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Forest audit OKs firm

Prince George Citizen
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George lumber company has gone through a standard Forest Practices Board audit and gotten the thumbs up. The FPB audits forest companies and other forest management agencies on a rotational basis all across the province. They announced on Tuesday that they had just completed their probe of Carrier Lumber, specifically their activities on forest licence A18158 southeast of Prince George. “We are pleased to see that Carrier carried out good forest practices and fully met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair.

Press Release from the BC Forest Practice Board

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City faces many urgent issues and challenges

Letter by Robert Gunn
Alberni Valley Times
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Will Hira Chopra and Monty Mearns explain carefully to us just how they plan to translate their rhetoric on the subject of log exports into action, given the facts? The majority of logs exported through the federal port here are from Island Timberlands’ private lands. Where, as we have seen only too clearly with McLaughlin Ridge, the city has absolutely no leaver, even in our water catchment area. Nor does the province. Perhaps they should chat to Ken McRae who sat for many years on a toothless log export committee, which reviewed a minute proportion of public land log export permits, mostly from TFL holders, to hear just how easy it is for WFP to export logs from public lands when they choose to.

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Stakeholders want local logging roads kept open

Revelstoke Times Review
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local groups are rallying to keep several logging roads that are under threat of deactivation open. A number of logging roads that access recreation sites are set for deactivation in the coming years as logging company Stella Jones concludes its harvesting operations in the Revelstoke area for the foreseeable future. The roads that could be deactivated include the Boulder Mountain Road, McCrae Road, the southern end of the Crawford Road, branches of the Frisby Ridge Road and the South Begbie Road.

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N.S. to release data on forestry land

October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Natural Resources Department committed Tuesday to making all Crown land forestry allocations public online. The province started on Tuesday by releasing a map with leaseholders for a third of the land in western Nova Scotia. “We have dedicated staff resources to this and we will be unveiling it over time,” Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill said. He would not make a commitment on when data on Crown land allocations for the entire province would be available. 

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Oak processionary moth population exploding in London

Toxic caterpillars now spreading beyond their infestation zone, afflicting trees in parks and gardens in new areas 
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Populations of toxic oak processionary moth (OPM) ‘exploded’ this summer despite control efforts, spreading from west London to as far as Stratford’s Olympic Park. Children at a school have been affected and arborists at Kew Gardens have developed rashes after being stung by the poisonous hairs shed by the moth’s caterpillars, which appear from late spring to early summer. The invasive caterpillars feed voraciously on oak leaves. They have few natural predators in England and have established in west London since they were believed to have arrived on oak saplings imported from Holland in 2005.

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Agency earns label for sustainable harvesting

Chronicle Journal
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Crown agency that oversees wood harvesting in the Marathon area has obtained a coveted stamp of approval for one of its forests. Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) has received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label for sustainable harvesting practices in the Big Pic Forest, the agency announced Monday. Purchasers of wood-based products like lumber and tissue usually look for the FSC label to assure customers they’re using wood that was logged in an environmentally sound manner.

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Gazette opinion: Don’t step on the First Amendment, don’t create a privileged class

Billings Gazette
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging — so the old saying goes. And it might be sage advice for the U.S. Forest Service which seems to be the target of so much criticism for the way it manages forest land (or some would argue, doesn’t). Last week, it rolled out a draft proposal to charge photojournalists — and, depending on how you read the proposed rule — anyone with a camera for a permit to take pictures of federal forest land. The Forest Service was quick to explain and qualify the proposed rule because of the firestorm of controversy that it drew, excuse the metaphor. There are so many challenges with this new rule that it’s hard to know where to begin.

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Ron Wyden: Forest Service should start over on wilderness photo rules

The Oregonian
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., are calling for the U.S. Forest Service to rewrite or immediately withdraw a controversial proposal that aimed to limit news media access to wilderness areas. …”The proposed directive is a direct violation of American First Amendment rights and likely unconstitutional,” Wyden and Barrasso said in a Tuesday letter. “This creates a serious litigation risk for the Forest Service, while providing no clear benefits for wilderness management.”

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Public lands: Major problems with transfer idea

Letter by Terry Meyers
The Missoulian
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The transfer of public lands to state ownership and the elimination of excessive regulation – two mainstays of Republican dogma – are generating interest in the press and among Western legislators. These seem like good ideas and will probably gain traction as sound bites. Minimal investigation reveals serious problems with both. …Deregulation is a scam to concentrate wealth and power. When our national forests are privately owned, we’ll discover what “locked out” truly means, and wonder where our clean air and clean water went.

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Bitterroot National Forest wants comments on logging, burning near Lake Como

The Missoulian
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot National Forest is inviting the public to review and make comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the Como Forest Health Project. The proposed vegetation management project on the Darby Ranger District encompasses 5,711 acres between Lake Como and Lost Horse Canyon. The purpose of the project is to improve forest health and resilience to natural disturbances, limit potential mountain pine beetle-caused tree mortality, and reduce fuel loads while maintaining the scenic qualities of the area. The project includes commercial and non-commercial timber harvests and prescribed fire for fuels reduction.

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Selective logging in red gum national parks up for debate again

ABC News, Australia
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The New South Wales Forest Industries Taskforce is backing calls for selective logging to resume in red gum national parks. The group was set up by the State Government to monitor the economic viability of the timber industry and management of forested land. Taskforce chairman MLC Rick Colless says irrespective of land tenure, forests need to be maintained. “Let’s have a look at what the needs of the land are primarily, as the main determining factor for what sort of management regime is imposed on it. “If there’s a need for thinning, then that should be done on a commercial basis.”

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Russia Is Running Out of Forest

The Moscow Times
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It seems unfeasible that Russia, which holds a fifth of the planet’s forests, could run out of wood. And yet it is happening, at least with commercially usable forests, environmental analysts say. The Russian logging industry will face lack of harvestable timber in 10 to 20 years, a short time by the standards of an industry naturally tied to slow tree growth cycles, according to their consensus. “We are already past the point of no return,” Konstantin Kobyakov, who oversees the protection of high conservation value forest at WWF Russia, told The Moscow Times. 

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High hopes for tree-pest remedy

Technique developed to control invasive tree pests could be commercially available by 2015.
Horticulture Week
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new technique to control invasive tree pests such as oak processionary moth (OPM) is proving effective in trials and could be commercially available by next year, the Arboricultural Association Amenity Conference (14-17 September) has heard. Derived from a naturally occurring insecticide, emamectin benzoate (EMB), and its means of deployment, known as tree micro-injection, it is currently being assessed by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate.

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A rare cypress forest at the National Arboretum has been dedicated as a living acknowledgement of the contribution of ACT senior citizens

ABC News, Australia
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest of critically endangered cypress trees at the National Arboretum has been dedicated as a space for reflecting on the contribution senior citizens have made to the development of the ACT. Forest 40 contains two varieties of long-living trees, Moroccan Cypress (Cupressus atlantica) and Saharan Cypress (Cupressus duprenziana), which can grow for more than 2000 years. ACT Territory and Municipal Services minister Shane Rattenbury said the site was chosen “for its beautiful setting and view, and also its ease of access.”

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E360 Video: Indonesian Villagers Use Drones to Protect Their Forest

Yale Environment 360
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The villagers of Setulang in Indonesian Borneo have enlisted a new ally in their fight against the illegal clearing of their forests for oil palm plantations: aerial drones. Setulang lies within a forest conservation area managed by the indigenous Dayak people, who have fostered a thriving tourism industry based on the rainforest’s rich biodiversity and their own cultural heritage. After successfully ousting an oil palm company operating illegally in their territory, the Dayaks are now hoping the drones can help them protect their land.

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Korea signs forest management tie-up with Canada

Korea invites Canada to International Wildland Fire Conference 2015
The Korea Herald
September 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

After implementing a series of successful forestation projects in developing countries over the past years, the Korea Forest Service is now planning to expand its global partnerships. The agency’s top priority is currently North America, where a considerable proportion of the world’s forest is located. Last week, the KFS signed a memorandum of understanding on forest cooperation with the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources in Ottawa. President Park Geun-hye, who was on a summit visit to Canada, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the signing ceremony.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change affecting Canada’s northern forests ‘faster than the global average,’ says government report

The Hill Times Online
September 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

PARLIAMENT HILL—One day after a world conference on climate change in New York City last week that Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to attend, his Cabinet minister for natural resources quietly tabled a report providing detailed background on the effect climate change is wreaking on Canada’s forest, and fingering the oil and gas industry as the only growing source of deforestation in the country. Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford (Kenora, Ont.) tabled the report from his department during routine proceedings after the daily Question Period on Wednesday, Sept. 24, shortly before Conservative MP Tilly O’Neill Gordon (Miramichi, N.B.) introduced a bill on behalf of the Senate calling for a National Fiddling Day.

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Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

The Conversation
September 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

At the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some 27 national governments, 34 major companies, and 61 NGOs vowed to halve deforestation by 2020, and end it by 2030. Signatories included some countries with high rates of deforestation — Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia and Peru— but not Brazil, or some of the African countries now experiencing significant forest loss and degradation.

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General

A not-so-happy birthday for America’s largest national forest

By former Sen. Timothy E. Wirth (D-Colo.)
The Hill
October 1, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

This Sept. 10 marked the 107th birthday of the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska, America’s largest national forest and one of the few mostly intact temperate rainforests remaining in the world today. No one can deny that the Tongass is a place of breathtaking beauty, yet its significance extends well beyond its ancient, towering old-growth trees, or the deep, clear waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage. The Tongass belongs to all Americans. Its more than 5,000 salmon-filled streams support a world-class, billion-dollar fishing industry. Southeast Alaska and the Tongass is far and away the most popular destination for tourists in the state – the “gateway” to Alaska, if you will.

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US Forest Service Tool Fells Trees, Slices Through Massive Logs – and Sings

USDA Blog
September 30, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The crosscut saw, once a symbol for conquering the wild forests of the west in order to provide lumber for America’s cities, now endures as a symbol of wilderness preservation in our national forests. The crosscut saw reached prominence in the United States between 1880 and 1930, but quickly became obsolete when power saws started being mass produced. The passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964 has helped restore the dying art of primitive tool use by effectively requiring their use in wilderness trail maintenance.

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Northwest’s Second Worst Fire Season Draws To A Close

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 1, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

On Aug. 6, the fast-moving Rowena Fire burned out of control on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Craig Thomasian anxiously watched as fire crews worked to protect his home. “Fire’s been burning all around it throughout the morning and afternoon,” he said. “The air assets have been amazing. Pin-point drops on the scrub oak. It’s been pretty intense.” Thomasian and many of his neighbors were evacuated. They didn’t know if their homes would be saved. “It’s not out of the woods yet,” he said. “There’s nothing you can really do.” Whether through the efforts of fire fighters, a break in the winds or just by chance, Thomasian’s home didn’t burn.

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N.S. to release data on forestry land

October 1, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Natural Resources Department committed Tuesday to making all Crown land forestry allocations public online. The province started on Tuesday by releasing a map with leaseholders for a third of the land in western Nova Scotia. “We have dedicated staff resources to this and we will be unveiling it over time,” Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill said. He would not make a commitment on when data on Crown land allocations for the entire province would be available. 

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