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Daily Archives: November 5, 2014

Froggy Foibles

World War One at Home: How Erskine hospital went out on a limb

BBC
November 5, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Erskine hospital in Renfrewshire was set up in 1916 specifically to treat soldiers who had suffered the loss of a limb during World War One. …Macewen created some of the first artificial limbs to be designed and made at Erskine Hospital but he also formed a highly unique partnership. …He persuaded [a large Glasgow shipyard] to free up some of their craftsmen such as cabinet-makers who would normally have been fitting out luxury liners …The wood was very light, the limbs being made of willow – something that found favour with many of the men as it enabled them to get around quickly.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper buys two American paper mills

November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Two years after being close to bankruptcy, one of Port Alberni’s largest employers is looking to expand in the United States with an agreement to buy two paper mills in Maine and Wisconsin. Catalyst Paper has announced an agreement with NewPage Corporation to purchase two of their mills for US$74 million. If the deal follows through, the purchase of the two mills is expected to grow Catalyst’s annual production capacity by 995,000 tonnes of paper and pulp – a 65% increase from what the corporation currently produces in its three facilities in Port Alberni, Powell River and Crofton in the Cowichan Valley.

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Railway & Forestry Museum Breaks Ground on Display Pavilion

250 News
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George – The Railway & Forestry Museum broke ground today on a new display pavilion. Executive Director Ranjit Gill says once complete it will house between six and 10 rail cars and make the museum more accessible for seniors. She says it will also go a long ways in helping preserve their most famous rail car, the Nechako. “It was in Vancouver for Expo 86. Princess Diana and Prince Charles had tea in it but the roof keeps leaking. It’s quite expensive to fix the roof so this is a way to mitigate that by having it covered.” Gill says work on the pavilion has already begun and notes they’ll be building it in stages.

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Catalyst Paper Q3 results impacted by total mill outage at Powell River mill

Canada Newswire press release
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper recorded adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the third quarter of $8.0 million compared to $7.1 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the year to date was $40.8 million compared to $27.0 million for the corresponding period last year. Operating results reflect the production and manufacturing cost impact of a total mill outage at the Powell River mill and annual boiler shuts at the Powell River and Port Alberni mills, and lower specialty paper pricing and paper sales volumes due to weakening North American paper demand. This was partly offset by record-setting pulp production in the quarter and significantly reduced pulp manufacturing costs.

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Meadow Creek Forest Products responds to concerns

Nelson Star
November 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Forest Products says its Lardeau Valley sawmill and operations are running at a “proficient level” and that problems encountered during start-up have been resolved. The Star received two emails last month, one from an area resident and another from a former mill employee, expressing concerns about the operation. Inder Johal, an executive with parent company San Group of Surrey, which reached a deal to acquire the mill and its forest license in May, responded to each allegation. Asked whether a logging contractor has quit, Johal replied “We fired him due to log quality issues and issues with his attitude towards our forestry department.”

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NDP say Liberal forestry policies blocking sale of Fort Frances pulp mill

The Canadian Press
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The New Democrats called on the Ontario government Tuesday to take steps to make sure a pulp mill in Fort Frances is able to re-open, providing hundreds of jobs. Resolute Forest Products is blocking the sale of the shuttered Fort Frances mill to Expera Specialty Solutions of Wisconsin by refusing to come to an agreement on a fair and economically viable supply of Crown timber resources, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “If the mill gets purchased, it will create 1,000 jobs in that community,” Horwath told the legislature. 

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Premier grilled on timber allocation

Fort Frances Times
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath pressed Premier Kathleen Wynne and Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro during Question Period this morning to transform the management model for the Crossroute Forest to a modern structure that would see all communities and stakeholders participate in forest management timber allocation decisions. “The kraft mill in Fort Frances is at a critical point as we sit in this Legislature right now,” said Horwath.

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Fort Frances mill buyer talks stall

International Falls Journal
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES — A setback in finding a buyer for the local kraft pulp mill in Fort Frances has local officials frustrated, and led to a special meeting of the Fort Frances Town Council Friday. The town of Fort Frances had been working with the mill’s current owner, Resolute Forest Products, and a potential buyer, Wisconsin-based Expera Specialty Solutions, in order to facilitate a purchase. Due to an inability to purchase wood fiber for the mill at a reasonable cost, Expera chose to end acquisition talks, according to a release from the town of Fort Frances Friday.

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Which industries are growing earnings the fastest?

Huffington Post
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. industries generating the strongest earnings growth are largely built on the construction sector, according to recent data from Sageworks, a financial information company. Six of the 10 industries with the strongest year-over-year growth in profits are within or closely related to construction, based on private-company financial statements filed over the past year. Specifically, the strongest profit growth has been generated by wholesalers of lumber and other construction materials, wholesalers of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment, residential builders and real estate agencies, based on the financial statement analysis. The ranking reflects not just sales growth but also profitability improvements across privately held companies, said Sageworks analyst Libby Bierman.

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Fire tears through timber mill near Grafton (Aust)

ABC News Australia
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Investigations will begin tomorrow into the cause of a fire that swept through a timber mill at Junction Hill, north of Grafton, earlier today yesterday. …Fire and Rescue New South Wales had it under control by the early afternoon, and extinguished late today. …Station Officer Drayton said it took an extraordinary effort to save as much as they did. “It’s a good result, considering what we were confronted with on arrival.”

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Booming demand from UK and Egypt boosts Swedish softwood lumber exports

IHB The Timber Network
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

By the end of August, Sweden has exported 7.2% more softwood lumber (planed and sawn) than the same period last year. The volume reached 8.13 million cubic meters. Shipments to the UK and Egypt increased the most in volume, while exports to China rose by over 50%. If in 2013 Sweden’s exports have expanded to Asia, and stagnated or decreased to Europe and Africa, a reversed trend can be noticed in the first eight months of 2014: shipments to fellow European countries in particular, and those to Africa are now driving up Swedish lumber deliveries.

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Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry company launches $68m lawsuit over PNG newspaper’s terrorism allegations

ABC News Australia
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian directors of a timber business in Papua New Guinea are suing the News Corp newspaper Post Courier for $60 million over allegations of links to terrorism. In September the PNG daily Post Courier newspaper published a front page story accusing an unnamed company of links to international terrorism. The next day it published a story quoting the PNG prime minister, who identified the company as Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry and announced an investigation into the alleged links. The two directors of the company who are taking the action have family links to convicted or wanted terrorists but have publically denounced terrorist actions and called for religious tolerance.

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Britain’s Premier Forest Products acquires Welsh sawmilling business

The Timber Network
November 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has purchased the sawmilling division of Welsh-based Border Group, according to the media platform buildersmerchantsnews.co.uk. Border Group’s sawmilling division is made up of two trading companies: GTP Border Forest which sells solid wood products and Border Forest Products which sells the co-product of production to the biomass industry. Both operate from a single nine-acre site in Croespenmaen, South Wales. The two organisations will come under the ownership of Premier Forest products and will operate as Premier Forest Sawmilling.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Jumping on board wood-frame construction

WIDC, North America’s tallest all-wood building, opens in B.C.
Construction Network
November 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Standing 30 metres high, North America’s tallest all-wood modern building recently opened its doors in Prince George, B.C. The $25 million Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) was built to LEED Gold status and is an example of what can be accomplished with all-wood construction, while showcasing B.C.’s expertise and efforts. Incorporating unique structural systems that use a wide variety of wood and locally manufactured engineered wood products, the project is part of a growing movement to build higher, and more often, with wood. 

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US$2 million offered for taller timber building designs

Architecture and Design
November 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A competition run by the United States Department of Agriculture is offering a US $2 million prize (about AU $2.2 million) for new design ideas that will allow taller wood structures to be built in the country. The Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, supported by the Softwood Lumber Board and Binational Softwood Lumber Council, invites US developers, institutions, organisations and design teams to submit entries that undertake alternative solutions like Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to construct taller timber buildings.

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Forestry

Emerald ash borer: how a tiny bug could cost big bucks

CBC News
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The emerald ash borer could cost the Grand River Conservation Authority between anywhere $4 to $8 million over the next decade and result in the destruction of tens of thousands of ash trees, according to the authority’s top forester. Originally native to Asia, the emerald ash borer was first detected in Detroit in 2002 and since then has been slowly spread across North America decimating the native ash tree population.  The insects has no native predators in North America and once the emerald ash borer lays its eggs, the larvae slowly kill off their host tree, feeding off of the inner parts of the plant and thereby cutting off the tree’s access to water and nutrients.

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European gypsy moth surfaces in Cloverdale

European gypsy moth a ‘threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy,’ experts say
Surrey Now
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has found a foreign pest that “poses a threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy” in Cloverdale. A small number of European gypsy moths, also known as Lymantria dispar, were found in Surrey last year through a CFIA program that places pheromone traps in populated areas of the province on a one-mile grid pattern. Numbers increased dramatically this summer, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is partnering with the CFIA to eradicate the pest before it becomes established in the city. 

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$10,000 donation powers historic locomotive’s move to Alberni

Victoria Times Colonist
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society of Port Alberni has received a $10,000 donation to help with the preservation of an historic locomotive. The donation from the B.C. Railway Historical Association will go toward moving Locomotive 112 from Port McNeill to Port Alberni. …The No. 112 was built in 1923 and was used by Canfor in the Nimpkish Valley for hauling log trains, the same job as the No. 7, so its similarity to local history is of importance to the members. …the No. 112 was available and offered by its owner, Western Forest Products. When the recent funding was offered, it made it that much more feasible to bring it to its new home in Port Alberni.

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Preserving forest land

Castanet Penticton & South Okanagan
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the most part, Penticton council likes the idea of preserving a parcel of land at the top of Riddle Road as a dedicated forest. The mayor and council, with the exception of Helena Konanz, were in support of re-designating the land for parks and recreation at Monday’s meeting. …Mayor Garry Litke said the property had been previously designated for residential use in the Northeast Sector Plan, in anticipation of major growth in Penticton. But the cost to do so would be prohibitive in such rugged terrain, he added.

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Slide fears persist over Cherryville logging road

Vernon Morning Star
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents are considering their options to block a contentious logging road. Community representatives have been told by B.C. Timber Sales, …that construction of a logging road will proceed on Cherry Ridge despite residents’ concerns about potential slides. …Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, has been part of the discussions between Cherryville residents and BCTS. “The forest service has done its due diligence. Professionals have done slide assessments and hydrology reports,” said Foster, adding that the community can still proceed with a study.

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Proposed Gambier Island Woodlots

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has decided to decline to accept a winning applicant in the recent tendering of two woodlots on Gambier Island in order for the Province of British Columbia to address community concerns and undertake further consultations with the Squamish Nation consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. BC (Tsilhqot’in decision)… In reviewing the consultation record for the two Woodlot Licence areas, the Minister concluded that more work needs to be done to ensure that the Province properly carries out its constitutional obligations consistent with this new direction, as well as to address the public interest.  

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Stop taxpayer subsidized deforestation

Independent Record
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The recent IR article regarding lawsuits that force the Forest Service to follow the laws for its timber sales failed to mention the millions of taxpayer dollars paid every year to subsidize federal timber sales, most of which lose money. During the 10 years I was employed by Plum Creek Timber Company the company continually reminded us that Forest Service sales never make money, and that our jobs depended on taxpayer subsidies. This remains true today. 

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Study shows some types of beetle outbreaks may inhibit crown fires in Pacific Northwest forests

Study calls out inaccurate media reports about links between bugs and wildfires
Summit County Voice
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — Dire warnings about how beetle outbreaks make forests more prone to fires are ringing increasingly hollow, as more and more forest research shows that other factors — especially weather — are more important drivers. In some cases, defoliation by bugs may actually lessen the the threat of disastrous crown fires. In one of the latest studies, researchers with the University of Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service took a close look at the relationship between fires and spruce budworm infestations in the Pacific Northwest. They found that defoliation reduces both torching and crowning potential.

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Forest Service, conservation groups reach agreement on management of the Sierras

Plumas County News
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service and environmental plaintiffs signed a settlement agreement Oct. 9 ending a decade-long legal battle over the 2004 Sierra Nevada Framework Forest Plan Amendment, which affects management of the Sierra Nevada national forests in California.  A coalition of conservation organizations led by Sierra Forest Legacy and including the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society filed suit in early 2005 claiming that the 2004 framework plan failed to adequately protect old-growth forests and associated wildlife species and was not consistent with national environmental laws.

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Column on timber roadblocks full of fictions

The Missoulian
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoulian made an interesting (albeit telling) choice when they ran an opinion column during Forest Products Week that was full of erroneous statements about the problems facing the timber industry, what or who is responsible, and ultimately what is at stake. Simultaneously, the paper also declined to print an industry opinion piece, relative to the Forest Products Week celebration, regarding the connection of Montana’s forest products industry to our timber-dependent communities, forest health and the state’s economy. 

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Humboldt State Forestry and Wildland Resources Department Receives Grant

The Lumberjack
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The department of forestry and wildland resources has received a four-year $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The grant will be used to create a program called CAMBIO: Climate change Adaptation and Management for Biodiversity to Promote Inclusion and Opportunities for Hispanic students. The purpose of this program is to increase enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented and Latino students. The grant emphasised a focus on transfer students from Reedley College and Bakersfield College as well as graduate students attending Humboldt State majoring in forestry or wildland resources.

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Groundwater patches play important role in forest health, water quality

Microbes in soggy soil remove nitrogen, a critical nutrient — and pollutant
Innnovations-Report.com
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Even during summer dry spells, some isolated patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged. These patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from groundwater and return it to the atmosphere, researchers from several institutions, including Virginia Tech, report in a leading scientific journal. The discovery provides insight into the health of a forest. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plant growth and productivity, but in streams, it can be a pollutant. “The importance of these fragmented patches of saturated soil and their role in the fate of nitrogen in forested watersheds has been underappreciated until recently,” said Kevin McGuire, an associate director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.

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NEIKER fells pine trees to study their wind resistance

phys.org
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Technicians of the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development NEIKER-Tecnalia have in recent days been felling trees to simulate the effect of the wind in mountains in the Bizkaia locality of Artzentales. Forestry experts of the French Institute for Agricultural Research INRA together with technicians from NEIKER-Tecnalia and the Chartered Provincial Council of Bizkaia felled radiata pine specimens of different ages in order to find out their resistance to gales and observe the force the wind needs to exert to blow down these trees in the particular conditions of the Basque Country. 

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UBCO Student Plans to Foster Sustainability Efforts in sub-Sahara Africa, One Tree at A Time

Kelowna Now
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One UBCO student will help change the landscape in sub-Sahara Africa with his grand ideas and award-winning thesis. Tolulope Daramola is an international student earning his science PhD at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Daramola’s goal is to explore various options to restore degraded lands in sub-Saharan Africa, modelling some of the practices in North American and their applications in the Africa region.The sub-Sahara, south of the Sahara Desert, is an environmentally diverse region. It accounts for about 25 per cent of the world’s remaining rainforest. However, this forest is shrinking because of the growing population and unsustainable use of the forest resources. Consequently, such heavy strains on the land is leading to severe degradation.

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New reports find slow progress on forest governance in key timber producer countries

Traffic.org
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil, Ghana and Indonesia have all made progress towards reducing illegal logging and improving forest governance, but challenges remain. Meanwhile, Lao PDR, has recently begun to prioritise this issue, but its efforts are yet to bear fruit. In all four countries, agriculture, mining and infrastructure development are driving increased deforestation and illegal logging, according to a series of reports launched last week by Chatham House. TRAFFIC provided national data for the studies in Brazil, Indonesia and Lao PDR through funding provided by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) via the Responsible Asia Forest and Trade (RAFT) Programme for the latter two countries.

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Logging roads a useful proxy for detecting forest degradation, research finds

Center for International Forestry Research
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia—Logging roads can offer a simple, accurate way to estimate how much vegetation is removed by loggers, a study in Cameroon has found. The method enables researchers “to see in an indirect way” the ecological effects of so-called selective logging, says Denis Sonwa, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a co-author of the study. This type of logging tends to remove the largest trees and can lead to gaps in the canopy... The fact that the satellite images can be used to give reliable proxies for estimating the trees that are harvested means that this data source is very valuable in supporting sustainable forest management planning, he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet exports from U.S. South continue to grow

Wood Resources International LLC
November 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Total shipments of wood pellets from North America to Europe plateaued in 2014 after almost four years of continuous increases. During the first two quarters of 2014, exportation from Canada and the US were just over 1.3 million tons in each of the two quarters. This was down from the all-time-high of almost 1.4 million tons in the 4Q/13, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review. Pellet volumes shipped out of Canada to Europe have actually fallen by almost 25 percent from the 4Q/13 to the 2Q/14, while volumes leaving the ports in the U.S. South did go up 10 percent during the same time period. 

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Chamber, Central look at biomass power

Daily Record News
November 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A proposal to heat and power Central Washington University with a biomass-burning, $37 million power plant shows promise, but only if the plan could jump several large hurdles. That’s according to school officials and work done on behalf of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce by Beck Carlson Biomass Energy Consultants of Portland, through a grant from the state Department of Commerce. By replacing the school’s current natural-gas powered boiler system with a biomass plant powered with logging waste from around the region, the study authors say the school could save on heating and energy costs.

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SMUD seeks developer to test viability of biomass, thermal plant

Sacramento Business Journal
November 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is looking for a developer to test the economic viability of building a biomass gasification plant next to a food processing company.
The utility is always seeking ways to expand its renewables portfolio, said Christopher Capra, spokesman with SMUD. This project falls into the research and development area, he said… In its request for statements of interest, the utility is seeking at least a 3-megawatt biomass gasification project. Such projects heat dried wood to high temperatures to harvest synthetic natural gas, which is a renewable gas that can be used to generate electricity. In the process of heating wood to more than 800 degrees, a lot of waste heat is generated, and that is the energy SMUD is trying to harvest.

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General

Logging in Skidegate Channel Damaged Viewscape

Forest Practices Board
November 4, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

VICTORIA – A complaint about the visual impacts of logging on Haida Gwaii was upheld in a Forest Practices Board report released today. The logging in question took place in 2009 on the north side of Skidegate Channel, west of Queen Charlotte City, in a significant travel corridor for tourists, fishermen and residents of Haida Gwaii. In the Board’s opinion, a failure to meet government objectives for visual quality arose due to the licensee’s reliance on unsound professional assessments and refusal to engage in dialogue with government officials and forest professionals who expressed concerns on several occasions,’” said board chair Tim Ryan. The Board found that professional visual impact assessments done for Teal Cedar Products Ltd. underestimated the degree of alteration to the viewscape. 

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Catalyst Paper buys two American paper mills

November 5, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Two years after being close to bankruptcy, one of Port Alberni’s largest employers is looking to expand in the United States with an agreement to buy two paper mills in Maine and Wisconsin. Catalyst Paper has announced an agreement with NewPage Corporation to purchase two of their mills for US$74 million. If the deal follows through, the purchase of the two mills is expected to grow Catalyst’s annual production capacity by 995,000 tonnes of paper and pulp – a 65% increase from what the corporation currently produces in its three facilities in Port Alberni, Powell River and Crofton in the Cowichan Valley.

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