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Daily Archives: October 7, 2014

Business & Politics

Russian timber thieves selling wood in North America, environmentalist says

Global News
October 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

In the heart of the Siberian forest, men risk their lives for the chance to make a fortune cutting timber – a crime that involves Russian mob bosses, Chinese middlemen and some of the biggest corporations in the U.S. and Canada. “If you’re there and you see the actual corruption and the way that the Chinese factories work and the way that the mafia’s cutting down the forest,that each step you realize that cash that’s being delivered in a suitcase is coming from you, wouldn’t be there otherwise,” says environmentalist Sascha Von Bismarck. “It’s the demand that drives it.”

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Which companies will benefit from the South Korean trade deal?

Globe and Mail
October 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canada-South Korea free-trade agreement, which took effect on Sept. 22, is set to help Canadian companies boost sales to the East Asian country’s 50 million citizens, many of whom have plenty of disposable income… Among the Canadian sectors that stand to benefit are seafood, wine and forestry products…South Korea is Canada’s fourth-biggest export market for wood products. In 2012, Canada sent $504-million worth there. While Canadian pulp and paper exports to South Korea have been duty-free since 2004, Canadian wood carried tariffs as high as 10 per cent, making U.S. wood more attractive, said Joel Neuheimer, the Ottawa-based director of international trade with the Forest Products Association of Canada.

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Forest companies back dust management, bioenergy

But no new mills expected to be built in the province for decades
Business in Vancouver
October 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC forestry companies have invested roughly $100 million to rebuild and upgrade sawmills in the province since 2012. But they have been relatively low-key about it. The rebuilding of sawmills in Burns Lake and Prince George has been muted by the fatal explosions that prompted the investment, as well as an ongoing coroner’s inquest and a legal challenge from at least one of the companies fined by WorkSafeBC. “They’re pretty sensitive,” said Bob Matters, Wood Council chairman for the United Steelworkers, which represents many B.C. sawmill workers. 

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Nanaimo sawmill slated for closure

Nanaimo News Bulletin
October 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products has announced plans to close its sawmill on Nanaimo’s waterfront by the end of the year. Yesterday the company announced the decision to close the mill and move operations to its Duke Point sawmill as that plant nears completion on a $10-million modernization project. About 60 employees are affected by the move and will be offered employment at the company’s other mills or severance under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement with United Steelworkers, said spokeswoman Amy Spencer.

Nanaimo sawmill where deadly shooting took place to close by end of year from the Global News

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Manufacturing growth steady in July, but sector recovering

Business in Vancouver
October 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Growth in B.C. manufacturing shipments showed signs of stalling at mid-year, but the trend remained positive and overall activity remained elevated and consistent with an ongoing recovery in the broader export sector. …While there are variations in sub-sector performances and some limited availability of data, manufacturing gains have been widespread. The most significant contributors were related to paper, manufacturing, agriculture and solid-wood product manufacturing. …The pattern of growth is consistent with improvements in the U.S. economy and the housing market in particular, which lifts demand for wood products from regions such as B.C. Meanwhile, an underwhelming performance in emerging markets continues to weigh on the metals sectors.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Apartments built from sticks

In the recent student housing boom near campus, developers have often opted to use wood over steel or concrete.
Minnesota Daily
October 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The decision about which material to use when constructing housing for hundreds of University students often comes down to cost and resource availability. In the recent wave of near-campus construction, wood has emerged as the material of choice for many developers, who say the product is more cost-effective, easier to use and just as structurally sound as any other material. …Minnesota laws, along with the International Building Code, dictate that wood-frame apartments cannot be taller than six floors, with some exceptions. …When balancing the pros and cons of construction materials, industry experts say wood typically emerges as the most cost-effective answer — which is a big part of why developers and architects tend to select it for housing both around and beyond the University area.

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EPDs to be developed for Australian timber products

The Fifth Estate
October 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

International sustainability performance consultancy PE International has teamed up with the Timber Development Association to create environmental product declarations for Australian timber products including sawn hardwood and softwood, particleboard, medium density fibreboard, plywood and veneered boards. The EPDs will be useful for developers and designers applying for credits in the Product Transparency and Sustainability section in the Green Building Council of Australia’s soon to be released Green Star Design & As Built rating tool and also for credits under the Materials Life Cycle Impacts section via the Innovation Challenge in current tools.

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LEED Certification Needs Greater Inclusion To Aid Arkansas Forestry

Guest Editorial – Ken Bragg (Rep-Sheridan)
Talkbusiness.net
October 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

The recent Talk Business & Politics report provided an in-depth look at the increased focus by architects on LEED green building certification program. The article was educational and informative yet, from the view of someone who has spent decades working in the Arkansas forestry industry, failed to note a critical problem with the LEED rating system. While LEED is undoubtedly a worthwhile program – helping provide an environmentally friendly construction roadmap for businesses, schools, and non-profits undertaking new projects – it does have one notable shortcoming that if left unaddressed will continue to disproportionately hurt thousands of landowners and businesses in Arkansas.

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Forestry

Big Pic Forest receives FSC certification

Northern Ontario Business
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest management corporation has obtained FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) forest management and chain of custody certification for the Big Pic Forest in northwestern Ontario. The Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) announced it secured the certification on Sept. 17. It’s considered a milestone for the Crown agency as the certification will make the wood harvested on the Big Pic Forest more attractive for its partnering mills to sell product to wider markets. In a news release, NFMC board chair Daryl Skworchinski said obtaining the certification “clearly demonstrates our commitment to manage our forests sustainably, support our industry partners, and help facilitate local community and First Nation economic development.”

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PHOTO GALLERY: Log truck rolls over

Timmins Press
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Timmins Police Service officers and firefighters responded to a log truck rolling over on Langmuir Road around 3 p.m. on Monday. Police say no one was injured. The road was blocked off to traffic while the area was being cleared of logs.

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The Future of Forests Looks Bright at 2014 SFI Annual Conference

SFI In Brief Newsletter
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Almost 300 delegates came to the SFI conference in Montreal Sep. 16-18. This record turnout meant we heard from across the SFI community – from landowners to brand owners. We started by looking at how managed forests contribute to the critical needs of society and the environment. Our board of directors gave us the chance to engage directly with them on what SFI means for future forests. …We also recognized special people and organizations in the SFI community

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An F in forestry

Letter by Stewart Lamont
Chronicle Herald
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The previous government, I thought at the time, took the proverbial cake when it came to forestry management. It redefined clearcutting so as to make it seem less prevalent under its watch. It was sneaky and self-serving and totally out of character with a first-ever NDP regime, which had pledged to protect the environment. But they did it, and we have lived with the consequences ever since. And now these folks? The McNeil Liberals? They have allowed clearcutting to take place on seemingly protected lands.

Followed by 3 other letters on this topic. 

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Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Forests Ontario
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The students, participating in Forests Ontario’s Forestry Connects program, will be asked to challenge their impressions about sustainable forest management in one of Ontario’s most popular parks. The program will take students through a historical exploration of logging in Algonquin Park to present day forest operations. Participants will interact with various stakeholders in the forest management process and gain a greater understanding of the challenges in balancing multiple needs and goals. The program also directly connects students with those working in the natural resources sector.

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New Lincoln park bringing art to life

KPAX
October 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LINCOLN – Lincoln residents will gather to celebrate the opening of a new park Saturday – one with unique pieces of art combining the history and scenic landscape of the Upper Blackfoot Valley. There was a time when teepee burners were landmarks in almost every small town in the northwest – disposing of tons of sawdust produced by the mills, but those days are long gone. But in Lincoln there’s teepee burner that’s s finding a new life as a piece of art in the Blackfoot Pathways Park. The transition has been an undertaking – and work is still underway. The burner, which weighs roughly 20 tons, had to be dismantled from the old Delaney Mill where it had been unused for more than 40 years – then it was moved to the park.

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History of lumber industry in ‘Gibraltar Talks’

Green Bay Press Gazette
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The “Gibraltar Talks” series presented by the Gibraltar Historical Association holds its last program of the season with Mike and Pat Madden talking about the lumber industry that paved the way for Door County with “Taking on the Timber.” Imagine living in small isolated camps in the unexplored wilderness, deep in the dense forests of northern Wisconsin. Lumberjacking is a dangerous job with the many hazards that could happen at any moment. Extreme weather conditions and freezing cold winters made living conditions almost unbearable. The men of these camps worked long, hard hours. Lumber was in high demand, allowing little to no breaks.

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Oil boom thins the ranks of loggers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This is an interesting time in the logging business, one of Wisconsin’s signature industries. Sawmills are looking for logs and the logging industry is looking for loggers. “It’s a smidge more complicated than that but, yes, you could say there is a shortage of loggers,” said Henry Schienebeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, a trade association based in northern Wisconsin. Among the reasons for the shortage is that is the state has lost loggers to the oil business. “A lot of guys migrated to North Dakota with the gas and oil boom,” Schienebeck said. “They are making good money out there. A lot of guys who were in our industry, they left and went out there.”

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/09/27/3396727_idaho-lumberjack-clings-to-family.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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Forestry Told it is Not Important

Press Release: NZ Institute of Forestry
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government announced its cabinet yesterday, and in the process told the Forestry Sector it is not important. The forest sector has called for a senior cabinet post for some time. Forestry needs an effective cabinet voice if it is to fulfil its ability to grow the economy, increase regional employment and increased diversity, giving a more stable balance of payments and exchange rate. President of the NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF), James Treadwell said “During Nationals last term, forestry appeared to be sidelined under an associate minister of MPI. 

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Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought

phys.org
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Due to climate change, parts of the world will face droughts that will affect forest health. Scientists from INRA, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and European colleagues, studied the resistance of forests to drought according to the diversity of tree species. Contrary to what was commonly accepted by scientists, species diversity does not systematically improve tree resistance to drought in forest ecosystems. This result is published in the PNAS on 29 September 2014.

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Forest lobby’s cabinet complaint

The National Business Review
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF) claims the lack of a senior cabinet position for forestry is indicative of the National-led government’s continued indifference towards the sector. Forestry needs an effective cabinet voice, argues NZIF president James Treadwell, if it is to fully realise its potential to “build the economy and increase regional employment and diversity” and thus deliver “a more stable balance of payments and exchange rate.” But, complains Mr Treadwell, it’s currently unclear where responsibility for forestry sits within the cabinet lineup announced yesterday. Logically, it should be within the ambit of Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, Mr Teadwell says.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Frazzled by King Fire smoke, Foresthill looking at biomass energy plant

Auburn Journal
October 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Armed with funding from several sources, some Foresthill residents are moving forward with a feasibility study on a plant to create electricity from forest fuels.  Now they’re looking for more input from community members. Foresthill has been threatened by fire in 2012 when the Robbers Fire moved up the canyon of the North Fork American River toward the mountain community, 17 miles east of Auburn. Periodically over the last two years, smoke has enveloped the area as wildland fires burned in the nearby Tahoe National Forest.

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Wiring the Woods

CAS researchers heat a forest floor to study climate change
BU Today
October 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

You call this science? Pam Templer’s students might have been forgiven for asking that question two years ago as they hopped on shovels like pogo sticks to carve trenches into the root-laced floor of New Hampshire’s Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. The laborious six-week dig, requiring up to eight workers a day, culminated with the burial two and a half miles of heating cables four inches underground. It sounds like a home-improvement crew taking a wrong turn en route to a job, but the students’ gymnastic exertions and woodsy cable-laying were vital to Templer’s study of climate change. 

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Brazil’s rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Phys.Org
October 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed. As scientists of the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the effect of the degradation has been underestimated in fragmented forest areas, since it was hitherto not possible to calculate the loss of the biomass at the forest edges and the higher emission of carbon dioxide. The UFZ scientists have now closed this knowledge gap. According to their calculations, the forest fragmentation results in up to a fifth more carbon dioxide being emitted by the vegetation.

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First-ever global life cycle assessment of renewable energy future

phys.org
October 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A future where electricity comes mostly from low-carbon sources is not only feasible in terms of material demand, but will significantly reduce air pollution, a study published in the today’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says. An international team led by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology conducted the first-ever global comprehensive life cycle assessment of the long-term, wide-scale implementation of electricity generation from renewable resources.

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Food producers criticise Manjimup biomass plant construction extension

ABC News Australia
October 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Food producers in Manjimup have criticised a decision to extend the deadline for work to start on a biomass power plant in the region. The $150 million project involves building and operating a 40-megawatt wood-fired plant 10 kilometres south-west of the West Australian town, which would be fuelled by 380,000 tonnes of blue gum and pine plantation waste each year. The proposal was approved in 2009 by the then WA environment minister, with one of the conditions being for construction to start within five years, but the deadline lapsed earlier this year.

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General

Forest companies back dust management, bioenergy

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
October 7, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

BC forestry companies have invested roughly $100 million to rebuild and upgrade sawmills in the province since 2012. But they have been relatively low-key about it. The rebuilding of sawmills in Burns Lake and Prince George has been muted by the fatal explosions that prompted the investment, as well as an ongoing coroner’s inquest and a legal challenge from at least one of the companies fined by WorkSafeBC. “They’re pretty sensitive,” said Bob Matters, Wood Council chairman for the United Steelworkers, which represents many B.C. sawmill workers. “There are community issues still around the fire and explosions, so they are, I know, trying to keep low-key.”

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