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Daily Archives: October 2, 2014

Business & Politics

Canfor getting jacked about lumber (& video)

Prince George Free Press
September 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor has released a new video and promotions campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the many diverse opportunities within Canada’s leading forest products company.  The fun, lighthearted video shows there’s more to the modern forest industry than one might think. While Canfor is proud of its lumberjack roots, there are many diverse, high-tech jobs in the forest products business and youth and job seekers are encouraged to take a close look at the modern forest sector and career opportunities at Canfor.

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Monopoly concerns hold up sale of Springfield panel mill

The U.S. Department of Justice says the SierraPine sale to Flakeboard America would hurt consumers
The Register-Guard
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Flakeboard America Limited’s deal to acquire three industrial panel mills from Sierra­Pine — including one in Springfield — is off. California-based SierraPine had closed the Springfield plant last spring, laying off 87 people, before Flakeboard’s offer. The Springfield plant produced particleboard and there was an oversupply of that product in the marketplace, Sierra­Pine President Jeff Johnson has said. Flakeboard’s parent company, Chile-based Arauco, and SierraPine said Wednesday that they voluntarily terminated the proposed sale “due to certain objections by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

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Texas Forest Sector Contributes $30.3 Billion to Texas Economy

Everything Lubbock
October 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLLEGE STATION, TX (PRESS RELEASE) — Texas A&M Forest Service has completed a new study of the economic contribution provided by forestry-driven, wood-based industries in Texas. The report shows that the total economic contributions of the Texas forest sector include $30.3 billion in industry output, supporting more than 130,600 jobs; and continues to be one of the top ten manufacturing sectors in the state. The report analyzes data collected from 2012, the most current available. 

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Canadian company purchasing Southern Lumber for nearly $50M

Associated Press
October 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HERMANVILLE — A Canadian company is buying a sawmill in southwest Mississippi for $48.7 million. Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, said yesterday that it would buy Southern Lumber Co. of Hermanville from the Dearman and Sulser families. Southern Lumber makes pine boards, specializing in wide and long lumber, with a yearly capacity of 90 million board feet. Canfor said trees around Hermanville are “of exceptionally high quality” and could allow it to make higher value products.

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More bad news for Maine paper industry: Verso Paper to close Bucksport mill Dec. 1, displacing 550 workers

Press Herald
October 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The job losses compound those from other recent mill closures in the state. The head of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association says it’s part of a trend, as electronic media reduces the amount of paper being used. Verso Paper Corp. intends to close its paper mill in Bucksport, displacing more than 500 workers. According to a filing with the Maine Department of Labor, the closure is expected Dec. 1.

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How One Small Business Broke into an International Market with Zero Experience and Very Little Capital

Mark Morrison, the general manager of Cypress Creek Hardwoods in Austin, Texas, tells how the business broke into the global lumber market by meeting face-to-face with potential buyers in China, and driving throughout the Eastern U.S. to meet hundreds of sawmill operators in person.
Pallet Enterprise
October 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Logging had long run in Mark Morrison’s family, so it seemed natural that he’d go into the industry after graduating from Oregon State University with a business and forest products degree. But after only a year and a half working for a large plywood company, he decided there wasn’t much future in it for him at that time….  More than 30 years later, he is currently the general manager and sole employee of Cypress Creek Hardwoods based in Austin, Texas. In only two-and-a-half years, Morrison has built face-to-face relationships with both buyers in China and suppliers at sawmills in six states in the United States.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Designers use reclaimed wood to create texture, visual effects in interiors

Canadian Press
October 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

VICTORIA – Reclaimed and recycled wood are being given a new use in homes as interior designers include it in furniture and visual elements. Madilynn Chieduch of Amanda Hamilton Design Studio says she is increasingly incorporating used or worn wood because of its various colours and textures. “We’ve been creating a visual element by installing chevron pattern on the walls using reclaimed wood,” says Chieduch, junior interior designer and retail development lead with the Calgary company. “It’s also a popular material for shelving, including floating shelves in the kitchen.”

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EACOM on board with wood mid-rises

Northern Ontario Business
October 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Upcoming to changes to Ontario’s building code next year permitting wood frame construction up to six stories was welcomed with open arms by Montreal-based EACOM Timber. EACOM runs five sawmills in this province and has a joint-venture with Anthony Forest Products of Arkansas on an operation in Sault Ste. Marie that makes engineered solid flange I-joists. “We are very pleased with Ontario’s announcement that it is adopting wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey applications,” said Kevin Edgson, company president-CEO in a statement.

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Cross laminated timber building costs are competitive: study

Journal of Commerce
October 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

BY RUSSELL HIXSON – Cross laminated timber (CLT) construction is cheaper than conventional methods, but not by much, a new study shows. However, the study predicts that in the future, building material could get a lot cheaper. The study, the first of its kind, was conducted by Mahlum, Walsh Construction and Coughlin Porter Lundeen Engineering to determine the feasibility of CLT construction in the Pacific Northwest, mainly focusing on Seattle. The study states that CLT means fewer skilled labourers are needed, shorter construction times, better tolerances and quality, safer work, and utilization of local and sustainable materials. It was also found to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

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Forestry

North American timber harvest up another 3%

IHB
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Timber harvests in North America were up for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, reaching 510 million m3, based on analysis by WRI (Wood Resource International). Despite an annual increase of three percent each of the past four years, harvest levels in North America are still substantially lower than what they were before the great recession. Ten years ago, the total timber harvest in North America was about 40% higher than in 2013, and the harvest in the US itself at that time was more than what was logged in all of North America.

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Tree Canada and TD Promote Urban Forests through Community Grants

Market Wired
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO– – Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation are encouraging communities nationwide to get innovative with their urban forests, with an offer of matching grants up to $15,000 for qualifying projects. Since its inception in 1994, Green Streets has awarded funding to more than 500 recipients, helping to change the landscape of communities across Canada. As Tree Canada’s flagship program’s flagship program, TD Green Streets supports and encourages innovation in urban forestry.

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Tree huggers rejoice: B.C.’s largest trees now catalogued in online database

CTV News
September 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… People began keeping records in the 1980s and the registry was established in 1986. Over the past 28 years it has moved around between different organizations before becoming property of UBC. But there were problems with the registry.  “It consisted of several bankers boxes of paper with a lot of information…But it wasn’t something you could easily look at,” UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences professor Sally Aitken told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview from northern Alberta. Aitken got involved in 2012 and wanted to create “a project where we were harnessing citizen science.”

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For popular Gabriola cedar, fans too much of a good thing

Victoria Times Colonist
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A beloved ancient red cedar that has starred in many photos by visitors to a Gabriola Island nature reserve will get a protective fence to prevent it from further damage. “This particular tree has been a real focal point. It’s a very gnarly old tree and you can almost walk inside. It has a lot of personality,” said Jennifer Eliason, Islands Trust Fund manager. “People want to get close. But we’ve noticed over time an impact on the soil because of foot tread.” Compacted soil can affect the tree’s delicate root system and its ability to take in nutrients, and could lead to damage and even death, she said. The fence will be accompanied by interpretive signs to explain the significance to those using the reserve.

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Art Sterritt’s mix of charm and tough-mindedness gets things done on his people’s terms

October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — First Nations leader Art Sterritt, recipient this week of a $100,000 environmental award from California’s Stanford University, is a no-nonsense negotiator who can simultaneously charm and intimidate allies and adversaries. The award, which recognizes “unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability,” goes to an accomplished artist and ex-fisherman who has played a key leadership role in two major political battles. Sterritt’s Coastal First Nations lobby group, formed in 2000 by north-central First Nations frustrated with the B.C. treaty process, was central to the 2006-2011 Great Bear Rainforest agreements involving the B.C. and federal governments, other First Nations, the forest industry and major environmental groups.

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Time to leverage academic talent to support forest industry transformation

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

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is urging the federal government to support further transformation of the forest products industry by engaging universities and colleges in the sector’s research needs. FPAC appeared today during pre-budget consultations by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to ask for a dedicated fund of $60 million over 5 years to accelerate university and college research and development (R&D) to advance the innovation priorities of the forest sector.

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Spearfish Canyon Owners donation helps battle the beetle

Recent $16K donation brings total amount to nearly $50K
Black Hills Pioneer
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DEADWOOD – There’s a local group with such a great affinity for the forested hillsides in their neck of the woods that they’ve come up with a recipe for successfully battling the mountain pine beetle: one dose of courage, a pinch of Yankee ingenuity and endless cups of perseverance. Lawrence County Deputy State’s Attorney Bruce Outka reported to the Lawrence County Commission at their regular meeting, Sept. 23, that once again the Spearfish Canyon Owners Association (SCOA) came through for they canyon, presenting Lawrence County with a check for $15,916.85 to help fight the mountain pine beetle infestation in Spearfish Canyon.

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With support for timber bill, Daines demonstrates lack of understanding of basic economics

Letter by Loren Pinski
The Missoulian
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In September of 2013, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines co-sponsored a bill requiring a six-fold increase in timber cutting in Montana’s nine national forests. On the surface, this may seem like a simple issue of the federal government subsidizing an industry by providing low-cost raw materials, but it reveals that Daines is not willing and/or not able to look at the larger picture and see the impact of his actions. First. Does Daines really think he can pass a cutting increase only in Montana? Any increase in federal timber cutting will include Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.

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Logging underway near Townsend as lawsuit looms

Helena Independent Record
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With Tuesday’s dismissal of the Chessman Reservoir lawsuit, the 2,500-acre Cabin Gulch timber sale east of Townsend remains the only active timber sale under litigation in the Helena National Forest. On Wednesday, the Forest Service and RY Timber officials met with Broadwater County commissioners Laura Obert and Elaine Graveley, and Shannon Lewis, regional director for Sen. Jon Tester, to tout the economic and environmental success of the project. RY Timber, which employs 220 people at its Townsend and Livingston mills, with another 250 to 300 hired contractors in forests across the region, bid more than $4.1 million for the timber.

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Study: Bark beetles not a wildfire bugaboo

USA Today
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the past decade or so, massive tree-eating armies of mountain pine beetles have chewed through tens of millions of acres of pine forests throughout the West. The trees killed by the bugs then become more vulnerable to wildfires, or so was thought. But a study out this week finds these pests aren’t to blame for the ferocious wildfires that have ravaged parts of the West during that time: It’s more the weather and topography that are the main factors in the fires. The mountain pine beetle is a species of bark beetle native to the forests of the western U.S.

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Elliott State Forest Management Decisions Near

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND, Ore. — When the State of Oregon agreed last spring to sell three tracts of the Elliott State Forest to timber companies, conservation groups mobilized in opposition. Now people will have an opportunity to speak to the decision-makers in person at a special meeting of the State Land Board in Coos Bay. In recent years, the forest in the Coast Range northeast of Coos Bay has gone from being a revenue generator for the Common School Fund to being a revenue sink. Oregon officials have blamed the decrease in revenue on curtailed timber production.

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Hoosiers, bet you can’t find trees bigger than these

Indy Star
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If you’ve ever wondered whether that huge tree on your property really is as big as you think it is, state natural resources officials want its measurements. Every five years, the Department of Natural Resources creates a list of the largest known native trees in the state, known as state champion trees. They’re compiled into the Big Tree Register. State forestry officials think this could be your lucky year. After all, the blistering 2012 drought knocked a number of Indiana’s state champion trees out of contention. You have until Oct. 31 to apply. Here’s your competition. Scroll to the end to learn how to enter.

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Measuring the height of the world’s forests

Phys.org
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If we know the height of the world’s forests, then we can estimate how much carbon they store. That will improve our understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere and their role in mitigating climate change. To make those measurements, a collaboration including Brown University ecologist Jim Kellner is putting a sophisticated laser scanner on the International Space Station in 2019. NASA recently announced that the International Space Station will host two new environmental measurement instruments.

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Forests are emerging out from the shadow of fossil fuels in climate debate

October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests seem to be emerging from the 1980s environmental ghetto of concerns where they appeared to be consigned. For years they’ve been in the shadow of fossil fuels in the climate change debate. But there’s now a rising awareness that their loss as habitats is driving the current mass extinction of animal species, and they were centre stage at the recent UN climate summit in New York with their own new declaration. Coinciding with the summit, the UK pledged money to help end illegal timber entering Europe and promote ‘public private partnerships’ to ‘manage forests sustainably.’

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Counting trees to save the woods: using big data to map deforestation

October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests provide benefits few of us appreciate. They store carbon and mitigate the impacts of climate change, preserve biodiversity and ecosystem stability. They provide resources we all use, and more than a billion people around the world depend on forests directly for their livelihoods. But forests are under more pressure today than ever. Between 2000 and 2012, the world lost a net 1.5 million square kilometres of tree cover, an area roughly the size of Mongolia. The clearing and burning of forests is responsible for between 12-20% of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Bereaved father stands up for forestry safety

WANGANUI CHRONICLE
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Many of the audience shed tears as Wiremu Edmonds spoke about the loss of his son at the Federation of Maori Authorities’ annual meeting on Saturday. Robert Epapara, the eldest of Mr Edmonds’ five children, was killed in a forestry accident near Lake Rotoiti on March 26 last year. Mr Edmonds, a father of five, has forgiven the man who felled the tree that hit his son, and he has spoken to 63 audiences about the incident since. He asked the 300-plus audience at the conference to stand up if they were willing to expose unsafe practices and “give absolute commitment to each other”.

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Forests are emerging out from the shadow of fossil fuels in climate debate

October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests seem to be emerging from the 1980s environmental ghetto of concerns where they appeared to be consigned. For years they’ve been in the shadow of fossil fuels in the climate change debate. But there’s now a rising awareness that their loss as habitats is driving the current mass extinction of animal species, and they were centre stage at the recent UN climate summit in New York with their own new declaration. Coinciding with the summit, the UK pledged money to help end illegal timber entering Europe and promote ‘public private partnerships’ to ‘manage forests sustainably.’

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General

Art Sterritt’s mix of charm and tough-mindedness gets things done on his people’s terms

October 2, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

OTTAWA — First Nations leader Art Sterritt, recipient this week of a $100,000 environmental award from California’s Stanford University, is a no-nonsense negotiator who can simultaneously charm and intimidate allies and adversaries. The award, which recognizes “unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability,” goes to an accomplished artist and ex-fisherman who has played a key leadership role in two major political battles. Sterritt’s Coastal First Nations lobby group, formed in 2000 by north-central First Nations frustrated with the B.C. treaty process, was central to the 2006-2011 Great Bear Rainforest agreements involving the B.C. and federal governments, other First Nations, the forest industry and major environmental groups.

Read More

Counting trees to save the woods: using big data to map deforestation

October 2, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Forests provide benefits few of us appreciate. They store carbon and mitigate the impacts of climate change, preserve biodiversity and ecosystem stability. They provide resources we all use, and more than a billion people around the world depend on forests directly for their livelihoods. But forests are under more pressure today than ever. Between 2000 and 2012, the world lost a net 1.5 million square kilometres of tree cover, an area roughly the size of Mongolia. The clearing and burning of forests is responsible for between 12-20% of greenhouse gas emissions.

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