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Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

Special Feature

Ross Gorman: Industry pioneer, family man

Kelowna Daily Courier
October 21, 2014
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ross Gorman was born at home, in the community of Glenrosa, on April 7, 1921. The youngest of four children, he grew up during the Great Depression. …In 2012, Ross was awarded a commemorative medal for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In 2007 he received an honourary degree from Okanagan College, receiving the award of Honourary Fellow. In 1998 he was awarded Business Leader of the Year from the City of Kelowna, and in 1997 he was awarded the Paul Bunyan Award by the Canadian Wood Council. …Ross was a “people person.” To him, the most important part of running a business, was the people. In addition to participating in many forest-industry committees and community boards, he found time to teach his six children to ski and ride horses, do an annual hike to look at wild flowers in the spring, take his Sunday School class of boys hiking, and dress up as Santa at the Gorman Bros. employees children’s Christmas party. 

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Business & Politics

Forest industry offers skills award for Aboriginal youth: Deadline Oct. 31

Alberta Native News
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is opening up nominations until October 31st for its annual Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth, as part of its continuing effort to encourage more Aboriginal workers to consider a career in the forest sector. The award will honour a First Nations, Metis or Inuit individual with strong academic standing who is committed to their field of study and to a job in the forest sector… “Aboriginal communities and the forest products industry have a long history together,” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. “It is vitally important for the forest sector to reach out to our neighbours and partners in rural forest communities, including Aboriginal youth.”

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Canada files trade complaint against Chinese dissolving pulp duties

Pulp and Paper Canada
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canadian government has filed a claim with the World Trade Organization regarding the imposition of duties by China against Canadian producers of dissolving pulp (viscose staple fibre grade pulp). Both Tembec and Fortress Paper were affected the China’s import duties, which range from 13 to 23%, and requested the federal government intervene… According to the WTO, Canada’s position is that “the preliminary and final duty measures announced in November 2013 and April 2014 appear to be inconsistent with China’s obligations under various provisions of the Anti-Dumping Agreement and the GATT 1994.” The anti-dumping duties also apply to producers in the United States and Brazil.

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Softwood lumber agreement ends

Wood Business
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As the end of 2014 looms, eyes in the Canadian forestry sector are turning towards the planned renewal of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. It expires in October 2015, and it’s safe to say there is no one on this side of the border who doesn’t want a renewal of some sort. …In early 2012, the two countries agreed to extend the SLA to October 2015, and talks to extend it further are underway. …“The Government of Canada has been in consultation with provinces, territories and key Canadian softwood lumber industry members,” he states. As to what sticking points might be present, Rochon would only say “Canada looks forward to continue working with the U.S. government on ways to foster a positive trade environment for our respective industries.”

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West Kelowna business pioneer leaves a huge legacy

Kelowna Capital News
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The passing of Ross Gorman on Friday, Oct. 17, is being marked as a huge loss to the Central Okanagan. As the co-founder of Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.—a task he undertook with his brother, John, before he was 30—Ross Gorman took philanthropy seriously, making the service to others a top priority. Over a 40-year partnership with the United Way, the Gormans, their friends and family brought in close to a $1 million for the non-profit organization. “Building community is of critical importance for all of us and the Gormans exemplified, and continue to exemplify, that in this community,” said Shelley Gilmore, executive director of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen United Way.

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Jury to make safety recommendations after Tolko mill death of Lumby teen

Global News
October 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

LAVINGTON – In June 2013, Bradley Haslam died at the Tolko planer mill in Lavington after getting caught in a conveyor belt. A subsequent inspection found some conveyor belts at the plant did not have adequate guards to prevent contact by workers. The company was ordered to add those barriers and was cited for contravening a safety regulation. Presiding coroner Chilco Newell is tasked with hearing evidence from witnesses to determine the facts surrounding Haslam’s death.

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President Obama Proclaims October 19 Through October 25, 2014 as National Forest Products Week

A proclamation by the President of the United State
Sierra Sun Times
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Our Nation’s forests are an essential element of our urban spaces and rural landscape. Covering more than 750 million acres across America, they create opportunities for recreation and habitats for wildlife, and their products play an integral role in our Nation’s economy and our daily lives. Paper and wood products allow us to communicate, teach, and learn. They provide us shelter and energy, and they package and deliver our food, medicine, and manufactured goods… During National Forest Products Week, we celebrate the many uses of our natural bounty, and we renew our commitment to protect our forests and ensure these resources endure. Forest products are recyclable and renewable, and in a changing climate, responsible management of our Nation’s forests is even more important. 

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Governor proclaims Oct 19-25 as Forest Products Week

Forest products exports valued $102.9 million in Kentucky in 2013
The Lane Report
October 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Kentucky is one of the leading producers of hardwood forest products in the South and exports wood products throughout the nation and world.The economic impact is generated from forests located in all 120 counties in the state, providing resources harvested by more than 1,800 logging firms and processed at 703 facilities located in 109 counties, including sawmills, pulp and paper mills and a wide variety of secondary producers such as cabinet, barrel and flooring manufacturers

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Made in Edmonton: Urban Timber

Edmonton Journal
October 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Do you want some barnwood?” the man asked Darren Cunningham, part-owner of Edmonton’s Urban Timber. The barn was a structure from Edmonton’s last standing dairy farm, owned and operated by the Horricks family. With the entire farm set for demolition earlier this year, the grandson of Bill and Joy Horricks hoped some of the historic farm’s materials could be recycled. Cunningham is in the business of recycling wood into furniture and home decor items.

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Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven’t Yet Imagined

By Doug Fine
Huffington Post
October 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The first digital-age domestic hemp crop is being harvested as I write. The subtle decrease in seismic activity currently puzzling Virginia geologists can be traced to Thomas Jefferson ceasing to spin in his grave for the first time in 77 years. For a century USDA biologists conducted taxpayer-funded hemp cultivar research for farmers, after all… Then there was this weird quirk, and it took a tucked-in provision in the 2014 federal Farm Bill to allow hemp research to restart. As I learned while researching my latest book, Hemp Bound, this longest utilized of agricultural products is offering up a genuine opportunity to provide food and energy independence for the U.S. and beyond while stimulating a multi-billion-dollar agriculture-based economy. It might even lead to fewer resource wars.

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Wood-frame construction may have helped save lives in China quake

Vancouver Sun
October 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Lighter-weight wood construction generates less force when the earth shakes than heavier concrete and masonry construction, Ventura said. And wood framing, with its nailed connections, has more flexibility that helps dissipate the force generated by a quake. …And while Canadians are making headway in getting Chinese builders to use wood trusses and framing in the construction of new roofs on buildings, the country only built about 20,000 wood-frame single-family homes of the 10 million new homes constructed there last year.

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Forestry

Federal land managers draft plan confronting climate change

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Climate change trends in the Pacific Northwest already point to where snowpack levels, fish survival and wildfire frequency are headed. But how snow, fish and wildfire might combine to affect lakeside picnicking is a work in progress. …“That could lead to more forage for ungulates and livestock,” said Barry Bollenbacher, regional silviculturist for the Forest Service Region 1 headquarters in Missoula. “So we need to think about what impact could come from that in grazing or timber production.”

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Oregon agencies blew off complaints, red flags before helicopter sprayed weed killers on residents

The Oregonian
October 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For years, residents of the winding valleys along the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon complained to state agencies about the helicopters spraying weed killers on clearcuts next to their homes. One man, worried his drinking water stream had been sprayed, wanted a state forester to survey it all. Too far of a walk, he remembers being told. Another man saw a helicopter struggling in high winds and asked a forester to shut the spray operation down. I’m not authorized, he remembers her saying.

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Hoosier National Forest Planning Prescribed Burns

WBIB.com
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEDFORD – Hoosier National Forest staff have nine possible prescribed burns planned for this fall. These areas total 1,736 acres… Additional areas are planned for prescribed burning this spring. Prescribed burning achieves a variety of objectives in restoring forest communities. Some areas are burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration, while others are burned to increase native grasses and keep the areas open for wildlife, while also reducing hazardous fuels.

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Wisconsin officials, timber industry professionals consider long-eared bat protection efforts

Associated Press
October 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — Wisconsin officials and timber industry representatives are trying to determine how to save the dwindling northern long-eared bat population while limiting the economic impact of preservation efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protections for the bat, including adding it to the endangered species list, that would affect nearly 40 states, Press-Gazette Media reports. Bats have been dying by the millions in recent years from white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease discovered in 2006. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Unlikely partner could boost ‘best deal’ for protecting forests, slowing climate change

Cifor.org
October 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

NEW YORK — A declaration by the governors of 21 tropical states and provinces announced recently at the United Nations Climate Summit is one of the “best deals going” for mitigating climate change and protecting tropical forests, a top scientist says. And one non-tropical place—California—could be “key” to the success of the declaration. The Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force  signed the Rio Branco Declaration in August, committing to reduce deforestation by 80 percent by 2020—if pay-for-performance financing can be secured from donor governments and the private sector. Significantly, the governors pledge to channel a substantial share of that revenue toward indigenous people and forest communities.

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What Makes a Quality Carbon Offset

Triplepundit.com
October 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

It’s easy to get caught up in the nanospeak of carbon offsetting. But the principles are fairly straightforward… But it isn’t enough for United to invest in forests, wetlands and community programs. What makes United’s investments work are what could be called the five pillars of carbon offsetting. 1. The exchange must be quantifiable. 2. Additionality holds the whole program together. 3. There must be no carbon leakage. 4. The offsets must be permanent. 5. There must be third-party oversight and certification.

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Human disturbance the key factor driving changes in eastern forests

Fire suppression, land-clearing outweigh climate factors, study says
Summit County Voice
October 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

FRISCO — Climate change may only be a secondary factor in the changing composition of Eastern forests. Changes in disturbance regimes have had a much bigger impact in the past century or so, according to Marc Abrams, a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Abrams says eastern forests are still in a state of disequilibrium resulting from massive clear-cutting and burning during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and aggressive forest fire suppression has also had a far greater influence on shifts in dominant tree species than minor differences in temperature.

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Russia’s Karelian Republic shift to biomass for heat not without complication

Bellona.org
October 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

PETROZAVODSK, Russia – A portion of the Northwest Russian Karelian Republic’s boiler systems will gradually be shifted to local forms of fuel such as peat and lumber production refuse now that the region’s government has decided to transfer 35 percent (250 megawatts) of its heat generation to these sources. More than 60 percent of the energy balance flowing toward keeping the boiler systems of the republic operating consists of fuel oil and diesel brought in from other parts of the country. Another 40 percent is accounted for by natural gas.

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