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Daily Archives: October 3, 2014

Business & Politics

Union and forest industry share common vision on green jobs

Canada Newswire press release
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, As the Good Jobs Summit opens this weekend, the forest products industry and Unifor are pledging to work together towards a prosperous forest products industry that both creates and maintains jobs and economic prosperity while ensuring sustainable forest management. The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) will be participating in the Unifor-sponsored Good Jobs Summit to talk about the positive future of the forest sector and the potential to see an additional 60,000 new green jobs in rural Canada.

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Forest deals pick up steam

Financial Post
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Western Canada’s forestry companies are back in the business of growing. That’s how David Allard, a partner with Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver, reads the recent uptick in the sector’s M&A activity. This bump in deal-making reflects a bigger good news story. “After the 2008 crisis, the situation was very dark, particularly for Canadian lumber companies, which are tied closely to the well-being of the U.S. housing market,” Mr. Allard says.

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Think that new hardwood floor is made in Canada? Think again (& video)

Global News
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ron Ander spent more than three decades selling Canadian hardwood floors made almost entirely from the oaks, maples and birches cut from the vast deciduous forests which blanket Ontario, Quebec and the northeast United States. No more, though. For the last 10 years, Ander has had a front row seat to the erosion of Canada’s hardwood and engineered flooring business, as it’s succumbed to incursions from cheaper flooring made in China, woods of dubious origin that have undermined the viability of domestic products and may pose potential health risks to Canadian consumers.

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2014 forestry trade mission announced

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson will be leading a delegation of over 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to China, Japan and Korea from Oct. 7 to 18, 2014. This will be Thomson’s third mission to China and Japan and first to Korea as forests minister. China is B.C.’s second largest market for softwood lumber products. As part of the continued focus on expanding wood-frame construction, site visits will include stops at building projects in Shanghai and Nanjing.

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Timber sale awarded to mill in southeast Alaska

The Associated Press
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a contract for a timber sale in southeast Alaska to the region’s last mid-size mill, Viking Lumber Co. Lawsuits were filed over the Big Thorne sale before the contract was awarded, and Tongass National Forest spokesman Kent Cummins said no ground work would be done by Viking until the courts decide the case — likely next spring. Cummins told the Juneau Empire in a story Thursday that he couldn’t comment on the size of the contract or on how many companies had bid until the contract was finalized.

Big Thorne Contract Awarded to Viking Lumber Company; Lawsuits Pending from Sit News

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Paper industry has changed, but jobs still available

Daily Herald Media
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Consolidations and mill closings in recent years may have changed the landscape of Wisconsin’s paper industry, but that doesn’t mean job opportunities are lacking. Quite the opposite in fact. Industry leaders are optimistic that continued product demand will ensure that remains the case long term. Both a limited number of people qualified to fill positions in today’s high-tech manufacturing world and the impending retirement of baby boomers has opened plenty of positions in paper-making.

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TEXAS FOREST SECTOR CONTRIBUTES $30.3 BILLION TO TEXAS ECONOMY, SUPPORTS MORE THAN 130,600 JOBS

Texas A&M Forest Service
October 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — 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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Sweden exports 7.6% more softwood lumber

IHB
October 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

By the end of July, Sweden increased its exports of sawn and planed softwood lumber compared to the same period last year by 7.6%, up to 7.3 million cubic meters. During the same period in 2013 there were 6.8 million cbm. Also, the amount is higher in July with 880,000 cbm or 4.3% over July 2013. The main export destinations for the Swedish wood were the UK, Egypt and Norway. Germany is almost on a par with Norway on fourth. A significant amount of growth was in exports to Egypt, Great Britain, Denmark and China. The largest declines were in deliveries to Japan, France and Saudi Arabia.

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Tasmanian Government names port options to restart southern woodchip exports

ABC News, Australia
October 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has confirmed TasPorts and Forestry Tasmania are investigating at least four options to restart southern woodchip exports. The government appears to be seriously considering the compulsory acquisition of part, or all, of the old Triabunna mill site to gain access to the wharf. A parliamentary committee is investigating the sale of the site in 2011 to millionaire environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron by former timber company Gunns. The government will not rule out forcibly buying part of the Triabunna mill site to access the taxpayer-owned wharf and allow timber exports to resume at the town’s deep water port.

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Timber sector reports record orders

The Construction Index
October 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New data from the Structural Timber Association (STA) suggests a record number of orders for the sector in the last year, with some organisations doubling their business. The STA said that some members had seen sales increase by as much as 163% on 2013 and by 84% in the last three months. It said that there had been growth across all structural timber materials, from timber frame to structural insulated panels (SIPs) and cross-laminated timber (CLT). The STA sought to claim credit for the improving business of its members, saying that “the increase in timber contracts is largely as a result of work done by the STA in building awareness of the benefits of timber”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

High levels of formaldehyde found in Chinese-made floors sold in North America

Global News
October 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Chinese-made flooring sold in North America has high levels of formaldehyde – a known carcinogen – according to tests done by the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association. “We went into a retail store and grabbed a sample, tested it and six out of eight flunked,” says Kip Howlett, President of the HPVA, an industry association that represents some Canadian and American flooring manufacturers. When Howlett started testing these floors five years ago, the levels of formaldehyde were so high, he says some were two to three times over the line.

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Wooden skyscrapers could be the future of flat-pack cities around the world

October 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When American engineer William Le Baron Jenney designed the world’s first skyscraper in Chicago in 1884, no one believed in his unconventional technologies. His lightweight steel frame relieved a structure of its heavy masonry shackles, enabling it to soar to new heights. Perplexed by this trade-in of solid brick for a spindly steel skeleton, Chicago inspectors paused the construction of the Home Insurance Building until they were certain it was structurally sound. Of course, Jenney’s revolutionary edifice provided a blueprint for city skylines across the world.

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Wooden skyscrapers could be the future of flat-pack cities around the world

October 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When American engineer William Le Baron Jenney designed the world’s first skyscraper in Chicago in 1884, no one believed in his unconventional technologies. His lightweight steel frame relieved a structure of its heavy masonry shackles, enabling it to soar to new heights. Perplexed by this trade-in of solid brick for a spindly steel skeleton, Chicago inspectors paused the construction of the Home Insurance Building until they were certain it was structurally sound. Of course, Jenney’s revolutionary edifice provided a blueprint for city skylines across the world.

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Green Building Council Names New Executives

Woodworking Network
October 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi today announced an expansion of USGBC’s top executive team. Roger Platt, USGBC’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, will assume the title of President, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, will now serve as USGBC’s Chief Product Officer (CPO), a new role in the organization. Mahesh Ramanujam will continue as COO of USGBC, and President, Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). 

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Forestry

Tseshaht grassroots enact road closure to force BC Timber Sales to the table

Ha-Shilth-Sa
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At 3 a.m. this morning, a convoy of vehicles left the Tseshaht Administration Building and made its way along a rough logging road to the end of Sproat Lake. By 3:30 a.m., the group had arrived at the junction of Gracie Main and Sterling Main and positioned the vehicles to block any traffic at the site. …Their concern was not with the logging companies operating in the area, but with British Columbia Timber Sales, which had made promises that had not been kept.

Tseshaht First Nations plans closure of resource road to Nahmint from Alberni Valley News
Tseshaht block logging road access from the Alberni Valley Times

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Is forest economic growth imperative or impossible?

Williams Lake Tribune
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry, like many other modern industries, has become a global institution. The growth of corporations along with modernization of mills seems to be necessary to compete in the world markets. Is it possible and desirable to choose a minimal or no-growth approach and survive? Richard Heinberg has written extensively on the limits of growth and how we might cope. In his article Two Realities he describes the political and physical realities and how we could deal with inevitable limits to growth. The following is a small excerpt from his article.

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I’ll take Forestry for 2000, Alex

Campbell River Mirror
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kindry Mercer, Regional Engagement Coordinator for Western Forest Products, speaks with some members of the public about the forestry industry at the 2014 Forestry Fair, held last Saturday in Spirit Square. The event is meant to share information about the sector and was attended by about a dozen local companies and organizations telling anyone interested about what they do.

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Forest fire prevention agency gives province high marks after best spring in decades

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

MONTREAL – Citing fewer lightning storms, light winds and better vigilance by campers, the society that fights forest fires has given the spring and summer of 2014 high marks. The société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) registered 239 fires this spring and summer affecting 401 hectares of forest in Quebec. The late spring helped keep the numbers down as we only had 82 fires in that period, the best showing since 1984. Despite a surge in temperatures last week, which was not Indian Summer as there was no ground frost in Montreal, the fire situation has remained under control.

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WESTERN SLOPE USFS seeks flexibilty in spruce and aspen management

Ouray News
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Faced with the continued expansion of bark beetle and aspen decline on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing to adapt its forest management and timber sale procedures to keep pace with the rapid tree loss. A USFS field trip to the Lagarita Timber Sale east of Lake City on Sept. 4 demonstrated the need for a new approach. Approved in 2012, nearly all of the trees in the 5,550 acre project have already died before any logging has occurred, depleting the trees’ lumber value and now serving as host to millions of spruce bark beetles within flying range of Lake City.

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Forestry panel proposes new approach to timber cutting, conservation in state forests

Portland Tribune
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It looks like management of state forestland is getting a makeover — one that may satisfy both loggers and tree huggers by dividing the forest into distinct zones for conservation and timber-production. State forestland makes up only about 3 percent of Oregon’s forests. The other 97 percent is on federal and private land. But the state’s small portion still amounts to 800,000 acres, about 500,000 of which are located in Washington, Tillamook and Clatsop counties and will likely be affected by the decision forestry leaders made Monday.

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Time for Senate to act on forest legislation

by Steve Daines, U.S. Congressman from Montana
Helena Independent Record
October 2, 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.

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OURAY COUNTY The beetle mosaic of Ouray County

Ouray News
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s no surprise to many residents that beetle infestations have been damaging and killing trees in Ouray County, but the high degree of diversity in both tree species and beetle pests requires a nuanced response. “Every tree species has its own beetle and its own problem,” said forester Austin Shelby of the Colorado State Forest Service. Shelby explained that for five evergreen tree species present in the county, there is a different insect pest affecting each of those species. 

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Prescribed burns in Mineral County begin

Mineral Independent
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MINERAL COUNTY – As the 2014 fire danger season winds down in Mineral County, Forest Service personnel are transitioning into a different role in forest management and this one actually has them setting fires, albeit controlled ones. With cooler temperatures and periods of precipitation in the past few weeks, the conditions for prescribed burns were right so crews were sent out to predetermined locations to reduce the amount of dead debris left over from logging operations in previous years. 

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Report: BLM’s Wildfire Program ‘Susceptible To Fraud’

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new report raises concerns about how the Bureau of Land Management spends money when fighting wildfires. The report by the BLM’s Office of Inspector General said the agency’s fire fighting program can’t “account for all fire purchases” and is “susceptible to fraud.” “The weaknesses inherent in monitoring dollars spent and assets purchased make the program susceptible to fraud,” the report states. The BLM lacks internal spending controls and doesn’t monitor the controls that are in place, according to the report. BLM Director Neil Kornze acknowledged some of the findings in a letter. But he also wrote that the agency is dealing with wildfire seasons that are longer and fires that are bigger.

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Vermont Firewood Dealers Can’t Keep Up With Demand

VPR News
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Technology has caught up with the firewood business. For dealers Scott’s size, the chainsaw and splitter are gone. They’ve been replaced by a machine that sections the log with a big, whirring circular saw and pushes the pieces through crisscrossed steel blades that split them into stove sized chunks. Normally Scott’s business, Blossom’s Firewood and Logging, sells 1,000 cords of wood. This year it will be more like 750. Not because there isn’t demand; Scott figures he could sell twice as much firewood if he could get the logs. “I’m just short of wood,” he says. “I had to turn an awful lot of people down.”

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Scientists find human fingerprints all over Australia’s hottest year on record

Five new studies examine how greenhouse gas emissions helped Australia break multiple temperature records and increase the risk of extreme heat
The Guardian
October 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australia had a hot one in 2013 – a real record breaker. We started off with a heat wave that made January 2013 the hottest month on record that was part of the hottest summer on record that then became the hottest year on record. Meteorologists and climatologists looking at records tend to express things by “anomalies” – how far above or below the long-term average is a particular temperature. September 2013 had all the anomalous bells and whistles you could muster, managing to break above the long term average by 2.75C – a departure greater than any other month on record going back to 1910.

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World’s largest international forest research conference set for Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 5-11

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

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, will soon be host to the largest international gathering of forest researchers and practitioners in the world—providing journalists with unparalleled opportunities to interview and learn from some of the world’s leading forest researchers, resource managers, and decisionmakers. The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is holding its 24th World Congress October 5-11, 2014, in Salt Lake City. This premier forest research gathering, held every four to five years, is expected to attract 2,500 attendees from more than 100 countries and serves as an international knowledge sharing and networking event for the global forest science community.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ozone levels rise with forest fires, agency says

Edmonton Journal
October 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ozone levels in Alberta’s northeast are higher in the spring and tend to rise with forest fires, not necessarily with emissions from oilsands operations, says a local agency that monitors air pollution. While ozone is “always a concern,” the levels recorded publicly in the Wood Buffalo region last year were all within the province’s air quality guidelines, says Kevin Percy, who runs the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association. Percy was responding to a new scientific study, published in Nature magazine, that found “extreme ozone pollution” events associated with oil and gas emissions in Utah and Wyoming where fracking and oil extraction are booming.

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Do Trees Actually Cause Climate Change?

A New York Times op-ed causes major controversy in the scientific community.
Nation Swell
October 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

There’s probably nothing more symbolic of the green movement than a tall, leafy tree. Along with protecting our forests, planting a tree to offset one’s carbon footprint has now become de rigueur in fighting climate change. However, in the recent New York Times op-ed, “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees,” Yale professor Nadine Unger smacks several holes in conventional green wisdom. And to no one’s surprise, it’s causing some backlash in the scientific community. Unger’s article boils down to three (controversial) points about trees and forests…

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