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Daily Archives: October 29, 2014

Business & Politics

Forest Stewardship Council® recognizes Domtar as conservation champion

October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation was recognized for its longtime leadership in sustainability, as the company accepted the first-ever annual FSC® Leadership Award for the paper sector in a ceremony at the Greenbuild 2014 Conference in New Orleans. The award celebrates Domtar’s innovative pursuit of FSC certification in North America, and highlights its commitment to maintaining forests for future generations.   At a time when many organizations are building strategies around
environmental and social responsibility, the Forest Stewardship Council
lauded Domtar as a standout leader and trailblazer in the forest
products industry.

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Jobs vs. the environment: First Nations face a tough choice

Globe and Mail
October 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

For the past few years, British Columbia’s Moricetown Indian Band has mulled whether to join 15 other First Nation groups who have teamed up to get a stake in the Kitimat LNG Project and pipe-line. A large plant and export terminal, spearheaded by California-based Chevron, would ship up to 10 million tonnes a year of liquefied natural gas from Bish Cove, near Kitimat, on the province’s northwest coast. The band is weighing the environmental and cultural risks against the prospect of jobs, training and millions of dollars worth of other benefits for its 2,000 members.

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Port Alice Mill to Shut Down for Two Months

Chek News
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Neucel Specialty Cellulose in Port Alice has announced it will cease operations for two months beginning next Friday. Citing depressed markets and reliability issues at its mill, Neucel will not resume operations until January 8th. Dean Stoltz reports.

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Judge opts for trial in logging dispute

Prince George Citizen
October 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. Supreme Court Justice wants a full-blown trial before deciding whether a Prince George logging company was wrongfully denied a licence to harvest timber on Crown land near Vanderhoof. Both M.G. Logging and Sons Ltd. and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations applied for a judgment based solely on the written evidence submitted to the court, known as a summary trial. But in a reasons for judgment issued Friday, Justice Robert Sewell concluded he is unable to resolve the matter based on the information he has been given and directed that a trial be held in which witnesses testify and be cross-examined.

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results

Market Wired
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Acadian Timber Corp. (“Acadian” or the “Company”) (TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results(1) for the three months ended September 27, 2014 (the “third quarter”). “Acadian’s financial performance improved significantly year-over-year”, commented Reid Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian. “Solid demand for the majority of our products resulted in improved prices which, combined with good summer operating conditions, led to higher net sales and a 50% increase in Adjusted EBITDA.” For the third quarter, Acadian generated net sales of $21.6 million on sales volume of 368 thousand m3, a $2.8 million increase compared to the same period in 2013.

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Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

Arkansas Business
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Doyle R. Simons became president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser on Aug. 1, 2013. Simons has been a director of Weyerhaeuser since June 2012. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2008 to February 2012, when it was acquired by International Paper. He held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 to 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Temple-Inland in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson & Grundy LLP of Houston.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why auto makers are investing in biomaterials

Globe and Mail
October 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…There is rising demand for lighter-weight materials, which can translate into huge energy and cost savings for manufacturers. Biomaterials are not only lightweight, they also reduce dependence on non-renewable resources such as conventional petroleum-based polymeric plastics, which are fossil-fuel materials. Biomaterials are made from renewable resources and the latest generation can achieve price-performance competitiveness, potentially lowering costs for both manufacturers and consumers.

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Calgary set to allow wood buildings to reach six storeys

Calgary Herald
October 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

City planners hope to bring on more mid-rise condo projects at lower prices by announcing rules Wednesday to permit six-storey buildings with wood frames. It’s a move the building industry expects to shave 10 per cent off development costs, to make going slightly taller more affordable in some areas. If developers have wanted to build above four floors, long-standing building codes have declared concrete or steel the only safe and structurally sound options. But with the national code about to change and some provinces already allowing wood mid-rises, Calgary will begin accepting permits for five- or six-storey buildings with the cheaper and more environmentally friendly material.

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Greenbuild roundup: Heroes, villains and vinyl

Paging Jerry Yudelson
Treehugger
October 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Yes, the stuff on the floor of Greenbuild is always interesting, but this year the highlight for me was the people. There were so many that I have talked about and written about. One person I have written about a lot is Jerry Yudelson, the president of the Green Building Initiative that runs the Green Globes certification system, beloved of the plastic, chemical and lumber industries.

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Wood Solutions Fair: How a Southern Oregon lumber mill looks to Europe for a better way to build

Portland Business Journal
October 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

With a $150,000 investment, OregonBEST is betting a Southern Oregon timber company and Oregon State University will bring a popular European building technique to the United States. The investment by Oregon’s leading cleantech booster will help OSU and its partner, DR Lumber Co. of Riddle, develop Oregon-based capacity to produce cross-laminated lumber panels, or CLTs for short. If you haven’t heard the term before, heed it now. CLT panels are formed by bonding layers of dimensional lumber in lengths up to 60 feet long and nine feet wide. They are widely used as walls in European and Canadian construction.

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Forestry

Province introduces innovative, flexible forest licence

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Province has created a new type of forest licence that allows emerging, innovative forestry companies to more effectively respond to fluctuations in the supply of wood fibre, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The new supplemental forest licence allows companies to harvest wood only when traditional, business-to-business fibre supplies are reduced. This helps ensure that licence holders – bioenergy companies, pellet producers and secondary manufacturers – have ongoing access to the fibre supply they need to operate.

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City of Trail confident in logging process

Trail Daily Times
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent logging project near Violin Lake has prompted some community concern that deforestation is disrupting the area’s diverse ecosystem. The City of Trail maintains that the 45-hectare area currently being logged by ATCO Wood Products is not within the watershed so the undertaking will not have any direct impact on the lakes or various amphibians that reside in and around the Mill Pond or lake. “ATCO follows standard logging practices for an area like this,” noted David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO).

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Campbell River wins the NFP Battle title

Campbell River Mirror
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Campbell River is a repeat NFP Battle winner. This year, the Campbell River NFP has won the coveted Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) NFP Battle Title for the second year in a row with an outstanding series of National Forest Week (NFW) events. This year there were entries from Fort St. James, Campbell River, North Island and the University of British Columbia (UBC). All entries were exceptional and it was hard to pick a winner this year. This year the North Island NFP is the runner-up who came a close second.

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City’s water quality improving

Alberni Valley Times
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Contrary to claims by environmental groups that forestry practices in the China Creek Watershed could be compromising Port Alberni’s drinking water supply, data released this month indicates an improvement in water quality over the last decade. Levels of turbidity, a measure of suspended particles in water, were compiled by city engineer Guy Cicon after council requested data to confirm if the harvesting of old growth in McLaughlin Ridge has affected water quality in the China Creek watershed, which is Port Alberni’s source of drinking water. Turbidity is normally caused by heavy rainfall and eroding soil – but forestry can also be a factor, stated Cicon in his recent report for council.

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Ugly tar spot fungus continues attack on maples

Fungus first hit P.E.I. about 6 years ago
CBC News
October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The ugly tar spot fungus continues to attack many maple trees across P.E.I. David Carmichael, a horticulturalist with the province, says the fungus is unsightly, but doesn’t usually kill trees. Some maple trees seem to be able to avoid it, but the Norway maple, a very common, but non-native tree, is vulnerable to the disease. The tar spot fungus has been around at least six years. It appeared later this year because of a dry summer. Although people can try to control the spread of the disease, there isn’t much they can do to get their trees looking normal again.

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Project helping growers to keep Christmas trees from shedding for months

Chronicle Herald
October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Dalhousie researcher is helping Nova Scotia Christmas tree producers grow trees that will hold their needles for months. “People are not happy when the needles drop before Christmas,” tree physiologist Raj Lada said in a telephone interview Monday. Dalhousie recently struck a funding and research agreement with the SMART Christmas Tree Research Co-operative Ltd. Through the co-operative, a group of tree growers is providing about $350,000 toward the project. And, in turn, the members will have the opportunity to access technologies that Lada’s lab has developed to help trees retain their needles up to four months after they have been cut.

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Forest Service seeks proposals to expand markets for wood energy and products, provide new jobs

October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service today published a Federal Register Notice seeking proposals to expand wood energy and wood products markets to support sustainable forest management, especially in areas of the country with high wildfire risks. “We must continue to find new, economically valuable ways to use wood,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “The biggest threat to forests is conversion to non-forest use. Harvesting wood can be used to help forest managers protect forests from hazards, such as insects, disease and fire.”

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Forests a Fascination Since High School for Legislative Affairs Specialist

USDA Blog
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

When Katie Armstrong read “So You Want to be a Forester,” like many high school students she wasn’t sure what career path she wanted to follow. So she decided to attend a summer forestry camp offered by Michigan Tech. After the camp she was hooked. Then she set her goal on attending Michigan State University to study forestry. “During my time at MSU one of my professors introduced me to urban forestry. I loved it so much I went back for a master’s degree in Forestry and Urban Studies,” said Armstrong. But she had one problem at the time: She lived in Detroit, which is known more for cars than trees.

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Forest Service seeks proposals to expand markets for wood energy and products, provide new jobs

October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service today published a Federal Register Notice seeking proposals to expand wood energy and wood products markets to support sustainable forest management, especially in areas of the country with high wildfire risks. “We must continue to find new, economically valuable ways to use wood,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “The biggest threat to forests is conversion to non-forest use. Harvesting wood can be used to help forest managers protect forests from hazards, such as insects, disease and fire.”

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Report: Second-growth logging can start now (& audio)

CoastAlaska News
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tongass National Forest officials want the timber industry to log and process fewer old trees. They’re planning a 10- to-15-year transition to harvesting younger forests. Two Oregon researchers, one an industry consultant and the other an environmental activist, say it can happen sooner. Here, they talk about their plan, one of several under discussion. Loggers working the Tongass National Forest harvested large numbers of older trees from the 1950s through much of the 1990s.

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New apprenticeship to blaze a trail for forestry skills

UK Forestry Commission
October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Commission England has joined forces with businesses from across forestry, arboriculture, horticulture and landscaping to begin developing a new set of top quality apprenticeships under the Government’s Trailblazer programme. The 38 land-based employers will join others from across 37 sectors in designing new apprenticeships to meet the skills needs of their industries. The programme, run by BIS, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, will see organisations working together to ensure they set the right standard to get the skilled workers of the future that they need.

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European authorities: time to act on illegal timber

Greenpeace International
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sawmills in the Brazilian Amazon are laundering illegal timber and sending shipments overseas. It’s against the law to place illegal timber on the European market, yet the authorities are doing very little about it. Two weeks ago, Greenpeace exposed sawmills in the Brazilian Amazon that were trading illegal timber. At the centre of the scandal was a sawmill called Rainbow Trading. Rainbow Trading was receiving nightly deliveries from illegal sawmills deep in the rainforest. We exposed them by using GPS to monitor logging trucks delivering from logging camps in illegally logged areas. Rainbow Trading was laundering timber through private estates that provided a steady supply of dodgy paperwork.

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Tasmania’s anti-protest law slammed by former supreme court justice

October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A former Tasmanian supreme court judge has told the state’s upper house that a controversial anti-protest law is “one of the worst-drafted pieces of legislation I’ve seen”. The Tasmanian legislative council heard submissions on the Hodgman government’s protection from protesters bill on Wednesday ahead of a parliamentary debate. …Former state supreme court justice Pierre Slicer told an upper house briefing that the bill had been “drafted in haste” and had serious “unintended consequences”. He highlighted the risk of fines of up to $50,000 being levied against groups such as the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, which engages in protests but also delivers health care, education, legal and domestic violence services.

Anti-protest bill cannot be saved, former Supreme Court judge tells MPs from ABC News, Australia
Ex-judge calls on MLCs to can anti-protest bill from The Examiner

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Global push for bio-power makes B.C.’s wood waste a bigger business

Vancouver Sun
October 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood-pellet production is still mostly a residual business for B.C.’s forest sector, but recent developments are pushing it more into the mainstream. Pellets are the key fuel in biomass energy production, which is considered renewable and in increasing demand, particularly in Europe but recently also in Asian markets such as Korea. That consistently strong demand has prompted B.C. forestry giant Canfor Corp. to launch the construction of two new pellet mills alongside their sawmills in Chetwynd and Fort St. John, a $58-million investment that the company will also use in a bid to generate electricity.

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General

Tasmania’s anti-protest law slammed by former supreme court justice

October 29, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A former Tasmanian supreme court judge has told the state’s upper house that a controversial anti-protest law is “one of the worst-drafted pieces of legislation I’ve seen”. The Tasmanian legislative council heard submissions on the Hodgman government’s protection from protesters bill on Wednesday ahead of a parliamentary debate. …Former state supreme court justice Pierre Slicer told an upper house briefing that the bill had been “drafted in haste” and had serious “unintended consequences”. He highlighted the risk of fines of up to $50,000 being levied against groups such as the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, which engages in protests but also delivers health care, education, legal and domestic violence services.

Anti-protest bill cannot be saved, former Supreme Court judge tells MPs from ABC News, Australia
Ex-judge calls on MLCs to can anti-protest bill from The Examiner

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Forest Stewardship Council® recognizes Domtar as conservation champion

October 29, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation was recognized for its longtime leadership in sustainability, as the company accepted the first-ever annual FSC® Leadership Award for the paper sector in a ceremony at the Greenbuild 2014 Conference in New Orleans. The award celebrates Domtar’s innovative pursuit of FSC certification in North America, and highlights its commitment to maintaining forests for future generations.   At a time when many organizations are building strategies around
environmental and social responsibility, the Forest Stewardship Council
lauded Domtar as a standout leader and trailblazer in the forest
products industry.

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