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Daily Archives: October 17, 2014

Business & Politics

CILA Gone

250 News
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – You would be hard pressed to connect with the Central Interior Logging Association these days, it is no more. In its 47th year, the Association, which has been the voice of those in the forest harvest sector throughout the region, has shut down, closing its office on Queensway and pulling the plug on its website. All that remains is an aging facebook page which offers no hint on the timeline about the demise of the Association.

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BC’s lumber industry celebrates 40 years in Japan

BC Government
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Delegates from British Columbia’s 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canada Wood Office and the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) establishing a presence in Japan, according to a press release from Government of British Columbia on Thursday morning. Coincidental with the anniversary, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism announced its award for a 9,000 square metre, five-storey elderly care facility in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. 

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Port Metro Vancouver finalizing new container truck licensing system

Port says there are too many trucks registered for the amount of available work
CBC News
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Metro Vancouver has announced a round of consultation to finalize details of a new container truck licensing system in order to deal with an oversupply of trucks serving the port. The issue came to a head in the spring when container truck drivers, who said they could no longer make a living, went on strike, eventually earning a 12 per cent hike in round-trip rates and a minimum hourly rate for drivers. At the time, truckers raised issues of rate undercutting and long wait times.

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An Elephant Never Forgets – But It’s Time to Renew Our Understanding of Coastal Forestry

Coast Forest Products Association
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest is in Asia right now on a trade mission working to expand overseas markets for coastal lumber and pulp and paper. There have been a number of similar missions over the years led by our Premier, ministers and others from the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada and CEOs from the forest industry. The efforts on the missions are extensive, and they have yielded successful outcomes. They include: demonstration projects, market and product development, elimination of non-tariff barriers, country-specific training, and technology and knowledge transfer.

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Canada files WTO complaint about Chinese wood pulp duties

CBC News
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


Canada has made a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization over China imposing what Ottawa says are unfair duties on Canadian companies that ship a certain type of wood pulp there. Canada made a formal complaint to the global trade watchdog today, claiming that in November 2013 and April 2014, China imposed dumping duties between 13 and 23 per cent on Canadian lumber companies including Fortress Paper and Tembec. …The type of pulp in question here is known as dissolving pulp, which is used to make rayon, cellophane, photographic film and medical surgery products.

Press Release from Tembec
Press Release from Fortress Paper

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Climbing Hardwood Prices Floor Home-Building Industry

Thomasnet.com
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. housing market is facing a new headwind — a jump in the cost of hardwood prices. The hike also is escalating the price of wood pallets. Against the backdrop of rising raw materials prices, most of the American hardwood flooring manufacturers have been forced to raise prices on finished goods. Some announced hikes at the beginning of the summer, while others increased prices in September. Hardwood prices actually began their long climb in early 2013. Since then, they have reached record highs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hardwood prices are now over 40 percent higher than they were in 2009. Several factors have fueled this dramatic surge in prices.

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Roseburg Forest Products to buy credit union headquarters in Springfield

Roseburg Forest Products is buying the Northwest Community Credit Union building on Gateway Street
Portland Tribune
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SPRINGFIELD — Roseburg Forest Products, one of Oregon’s largest wood products firms, next year will move a corporate division with 30 employees to Springfield. Dillard-based Roseburg is scheduled to buy the Northwest Community Credit Union headquarters building on Gateway Street today for $5.75 million, said Pat Force, the credit union’s chief financial officer. The credit union no longer needs the 50,429-square-foot building. Northwest Community plans to move its headquarters and 150 employees in December to a four-story building nearing completion on the east edge of downtown Eugene.

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Korbel Mill For Sale

The North Coast Journal
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

California Redwood Co., a subsidiary of Green Diamond Resource Co., has put its Korbel sawmill up for sale. “In a recent meeting, company president Douglas Reed told employees it makes sense for the sawmill to be owned or managed by a company that has deep knowledge of Douglas-fir manufacturing and marketing for the California market,” says company spokesman Gary Rynearson. Rynearson says Green Diamond will continue to focus on its core business, “growing and harvesting high quality redwood and Douglas-fir timber.”

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Some Seeing Shortage of Wood Pellets in Western Mass.

wggbc.com
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

For the most part, nights are starting to get cooler, but some folks using wood pellet stoves may already have a difficult time heating their homes. That’s because wood pellets are in short supply. Ernie Harlow heats his home with wood pellets. He orders four tons of the manufactured capsules made of sawdust and wood shavings before it even gets cold. However, for those who have waited for the chilly air to arrive, many may not receive their wood pellet order right away. The demand for pellets has come all at once and it’s tough for manufacturers to keep up.

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Georgia-Pacific expanding Arkansas operation

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific will invest $37 million in an Arkansas lumber operation to expand capacity by about 60 percent. The project in Gurdon, in the southwest part of the state, is expected to be completed in third quarter 2015. Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific is also considering investing $20 million to expand a nearby plywood mill to increase its capacity and improve efficiency to reduce emissions.

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Plan to export woodchips from central Hobart port labelled ‘ludicrous’

ABC News, Australia
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Plans to make Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf the export base for woodchips in the state’s south have been called “ludicrous”, “alien” and a step backward for tourism and Hobart’s cultural image. Tasmanian Resources Minister Paul Harriss said the Government investigated a number of sites in the state’s south, including Port Huon, Selfs Point and Triabunna, before deciding on Macquarie Wharf. “Other options were not economically viable or would have significant consequential impacts on other industries,” he said.

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Interfor to Market Ilim Timber’s Products in North America

Interfor Press Release
Market Wired
October 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics

Interfor Corporation and Ilim Timber announced today they have reached an agreement under which Interfor will market Ilim Timber’s European lumber products in North America. “This agreement allows Interfor to offer North American customers more choice,” said Steven Hofer, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Interfor. “We already have one of the broadest ranges of lumber products in the world, and Ilim Timber’s European spruce and red pine lumber is a perfect complement to our existing whitewood program.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden Buildings Are Possible Through Education

Sourceable
October 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Architect Michael Green is predicting a revolution in wooden buildings that could help reshape the future of cities in a green way. In a new video series with the Washington Forest Protection Association, renowned wood advocate Green says architects need to consider timber as a new and fundamental structural material. The series sees Green speaking from his own firm’s wooden office – a 105-year-old, seven-storey building. Green believes high-rise wooden buildings are very possible and it’s an educational barrier rather than an engineering one. 

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Trade mission honours work to rebuild Japan in earthquake aftermath

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West


TOKYO, JAPAN – A ceremony marking efforts to help reconstruct communities impacted by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami was a highlight of a busy day for B.C.’s Forestry Asia Trade Mission. The ceremony, which included the presentation of a plaque commemorating joint effort to build a centre for people with physical and mental disabilities, was followed by trade mission delegates presenting awards in the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association’s design competition.

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Six-storey wood construction good for business: OHBA

Daily Commercial News
October 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The arrival of six-storey wood construction in Ontario means there will be more options on how buildings are made, according to a key player in the province’s residential sector. “There will be new housing, rental and mixed-use options for consumers and businesses,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO of the Ontario Homebuilders’ Association (OHBA). “Instead of being stuck between urban townhouses and concrete buildings, there’s a new option that they can consider.” He also adds that a new building option will mean a larger variety of housing types. “Homebuilders across the province have a new building system to consider when they’re building other communities.”

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Forestry

European touch works in the B.C. woods

Campbell River Mirror
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. has more than 860 active woodlots, which are small-scale timber producers and are integral in the long-term planning, harvesting and reforestation efforts around the province. Wolfram Wollenheit and his wife Sibylle Walkemeyer manage Woodlot License W1641 west of Campbell River, near Echo Lake. Wollenheit is currently the President of the North Island Woodlot Association and serves on the executive of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA), and he and his wife have just been recognized with one of three annual awards for innovation and excellence in woodlot management at the annual meeting of the FBCWA held last month in Golden.

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Biosurveillance Efforts Aim to Protect Canadian Forestry Industry

Woodworking Network
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — A $2.43 million research project will develop DNA biosurveillance tools to detect invasive species such as the Asian gypsy moth and a plant pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death and protect Canada’s forestry and lumber industries. The project, funded in part by Genome BC, is aimed at protecting more than 400 million hectares of forests. Invasive species damaging forested areas are responsible for the loss of approximately$90 million annually. Forestry-related industries account for 9.2 percent of Canada’s gross domestic product. 

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Court rejects forestry bid by New Brunswick First Nations

The Canadian Press
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON — First Nations chiefs in New Brunswick have again been denied in their efforts to block the province from increasing the amount of lumber that can be cut from Crown lands. Justice Margaret Larlee of the Court of Appeal has dismissed an application for leave to appeal an Aug. 22 ruling in the Court of Queen’s Bench that rejected the chiefs’ call for an injunction. The chiefs say the province has failed to adequately consult First Nations communities about its 10-year plan, which gives forestry firms access to 3.9 million cubic metres of softwood on Crown land, an increase of about 20 per cent.

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Harnessing fire: the science and reasons behind prescribed burns

Independent Record
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Using a tool as unpredictable as fire to get a predicted outcome is a major challenge for land managers who use fire to reduce fuel and enhance wildlife habitat. Managers constantly battle to find a window of time with near perfect conditions dictated by location and atmospheric conditions. That window has to coincide with available resources and extensive planning before they ever start a fire. “Burning often feels like you’re starting and stopping and that drives our folks crazy,” Brad McBratney, fire management officer for the Helena National Forest said in an interview before his retirement. 

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Forest management: Daines is wrong on land use issues

Letter by Marianne Spitzform
The Missoulian
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I write in response to the (Sept. 29) guest column by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., titled “Bill will restore active forest management.” I actually read the text of SR1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, after reading Daines’s column. Here are some questions that emerged as I read the bill: 1. By “active forest management,” does Daines mean logging? What an unusually limiting way of understanding forest management. Given the remarkable amount of acreage that would be designated “Forest Revenue Areas,” this possibility is worrisome.

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Scouring for seeds: State forestry collecting acorns, seeds in Murray and Whitfield counties

Dalton Daily Citizen
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Georgia Forestry Commission employees in Whitfield and Murray counties are locked in a heated battle with squirrels. At least for the moment. Currently — and for about two months — foresters are stopping on roadsides, meandering through cemeteries and rooting around forests to collect pounds of acorns and seeds produced by trees native to the region. “Do the squirrels get mad at us? Yes!” said Vicky Edge, chief ranger of the Georgia Forestry Commission for Gordon and Murray counties. “They bark at us from the tree limbs.”

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Spare the empty promises on forest management

Independent Record
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Everyone loves a good story. But please spare Montanans empty promises about the future of our national forests. In Washington, D.C., it’s often easier to make noise than progress. That’s certainly the case with H.R. 1526, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.” The name sounds great, but the fact is this radical bill has zero chance of becoming law and thus no chance of making a difference. The bill is an ideological cousin of proposals to get rid of the Forest Service and “transfer” national forests to state or private interests. 

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Baldwin, Tidwell Talk Forest Management in Northwoods

WXPR
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin brought U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Rhinelander and Forest county to see if a bridge could be built regarding harvesting trees in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Baldwin and Tidwell listened to a group of northern Wisconsin business representatives, environmental groups, tribal foresters, hunters, educators, state and county forestry officials. The message was clear from several stakeholders: they need to cut more wood in the Chequamengon-Nicolet National Forest to keep the health of the forest and resurrect a dying economy.

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Double boost for award-winning Scottish forest and wildlife

Digital Journal
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Edinburgh – Plans to safeguard and restore Glen Affric, one of Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful glens received a double boost last weekend when conservation charity Trees for Life secured funding of almost £80,000 for new forest conservation projects. Glen Affric, situated 15 miles west of Loch Ness in Scotland’s Highland region, is one of Scotland’s great wildlife wildernesses. As well as being a National Scenic Area and a National Nature Reserve, Glen Affric is also a Caledonian Forest reserve and contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland. 

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Community group gives natural resource lessons for N.B. from Tanzania

CBC News
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Brunswick and a small island village in Tanzania face similar problems with their natural resources, according to a community leader from Africa. Community Forest International is an organization with offices in Sackville, N.B., and Pemba Island, Tanzania in East Africa. Mbarouk Mussa Omar, founder of the organization, said that New Brunswick and his small island village share a lot in common regarding environmental concerns: coastal erosion, climate change, a decline in old growth forest and lack of employment.

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General

First detailed map of aboveground forest carbon stocks in Mexico unveiled

phys.org
October 16, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Available for download today, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and Allianza MREDD+ released the first detailed map of aboveground forest carbon stocks of Mexico. This carbon stock inventory is very valuable for Mexico, as one of the first tropical nations to voluntarily pledge to mitigation actions within the context of the United Nation’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) program.

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