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Business & Politics

Trade mission to China puts spotlight on Canadian forest industry technology

GLOBE NEWSWIRE
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canadian forest industry is poised to benefit from a trade mission to China that added momentum to a strategic push to promote Canadian technology and forest products companies. FPInnovations and three other Quebec-based organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in a feasibility study for the construction of a six-storey wood-frame building and a 12- to 15-storey research and testing tower out of wood or hybrid systems, to be built in Shanghai, China. The MOU was signed on October 26 in Shanghai with China’s Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences Group (SRIBS) and Quebec-based companies FPInnovations, GIGABASE, Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB), and Coarchitecture.

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New basking log for Hardy Pond turtles

Kelowna Capital News
November 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Working together, the Gorman Brothers Lumber staff and volunteers from the Central Okanagan Naturalist’s Club will be placing a new western painted turtle basking log on Hardy Pond, which is located just south of the Gorman Brothers lumber mill in West Kelowna. The previous logs had become waterlogged and sank, so a new cedar log has been generously supplied and will be placed by Gorman Brothers Lumber. Western painted turtles need to bask in the sun to keep warm because they are cold-blooded animals.

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Lakeland Prepares To Restart

250 News
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The logs are starting to arrive at the new Lakeland Mill in Prince George. The Sinclar Group has been calling workers back to the mill as the new facility, prepares to start production. Workers have been brought back for orientation, and everyone is being treated as if this is the first time they have ever stepped into a sawmill, everyone is starting from scratch. It’s all in the name of safety says the company, which wants to ensure all workers are familiar with the new technology, modernized equipment and the safety protocols. It is expected two shifts will be coming to work at the same time so that everyone is getting the same information, the same message, the same training.

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BC Aboriginal Business wins Forest Products Award

CNW
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) are pleased to announce that Stuwix Resources Joint Venture from the interior of British Columbia has won the FPAC-CCAB Aboriginal Business Leadership Award. The company, represented by Chief David Walkem, RPF, was honoured today at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The award celebrates Aboriginal entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business that exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services. 

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Catalyst Paper looking for ways to make Powell River profitable

Pulp and Paper Canada
November 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Community stakeholders and employees of Catalyst Paper’s Powell River mill are being told there is a three-year window to bring the mill back to profitability. Most recently, Eldon Haggarty, president of Local 1, Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, told the local newspaper no closure has been announced, but that mill workers have been told to look at all options. “We are making everyone well aware that we are going to have to do things differently,” Haggarty told the Powell River Peak. “[The mill] is not profitable at the moment and we need to turn it around.” The Powell River mill has three paper machines producing uncoated mechanical grades.

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Families of sawmill blast victims denied publicly-funded lawyer for inquest

Globe and Mail
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The families of four men killed in sawmill blasts in northern B.C. say they cannot fully participate in a coroner’s inquest after the provincial government rejected an appeal to allow them legal representation. Although the request is unusual – the province says there is no precedent for a publicly funded lawyer for individuals in a coroner’s inquest – the inquiry is also atypical. …Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe is leading a single inquest into both incidents, to be held next March in Prince George. And because it is unusual to hold an inquest on more than a single incident, her office will for the first time broadcast the hearing for the small, mostly First Nations community of Burns Lake.

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Northern Pulp: Fix underway

The Chronicle Herald NS
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An equipment upgrade at Northern Pulp is on track to be completed in May, the mill’s newly appointed general manager says. Bruce Chapman, who was named head of the Pictou County operation Tuesday, said the $21-million project got underway two months ago. A new precipitator is being built and installed for the plant’s recovery boiler. The equipment is expected to result in major improvements to the mill’s air emissions. “The foundations are in, the structural steel is up,” Chapman, who has been acting general manager since August, said in an interview.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper achieves SFI and PEFC forest management certifications

PPI Magazine
November 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) has recently confirmed successful fulfillment of certifications with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest CertificationTM (PEFC) Chain of Custody systems. Since 2008, the mill has successfully maintained Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody. In addition to the Chain of Custody certifications, PHP’s woodlands and forest management practices are FSC and SFI forest management certified. …Port Hawkesbury Paper’s ongoing certification process encompasses the crown and private woodlands for which it is responsible. 

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UPDATED: Northern Pulp appoints new general manager

New Glasgow News
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With almost 20 years of service to Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation, Bruce Chapman will now be taking on the most challenging position of his career to date. Northern Pulp is pleased to announce that Bruce Chapman has been promoted to the position of General Manager of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation. He’s been promoted to general manager of the Abercrombie Point pulp mill. “It’s going to be a challenging job,” he said. After joining operations as a process engineer in August 1996, Chapman has held the positions of assistant engineer, fibre line team leader, utilities team leader, operations manager and, recently, acting general manager.

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Lumber Prices Creeping Higher

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from IHS. 
Spend Matters
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Spot lumber prices, as reported by Random Lengths (an industry publication), have been on the rise, but slowly and unsteadily. Softer than expected demand from housing and elevated inventories to date have helped alleviate some of the upward pressure on prices. Spot mill prices for spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) 2×4 #2&Btr bottomed out in June at $310 per thousand board feet (mbf), but have since recovered. A shortage of railcars earlier in the year combined with sluggish lumber demand last spring lifted inventories to levels last seen back in early 2008. This inventory cushion is one reason prices have struggled to breach $370/mbf. 

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Exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer to the MENA region reach USD 78.8 million

Thompson Reuters
November 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Significant increases in shipments of American hardwood lumber seen in Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan and the UAE. Total exports of U.S. hardwood lumber to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region reached a value of USD 56.3 million and a volume of 71,761 cubic meters during the first three quarters of 2014, according to the American Hardwood Export Council. The statistics reveal an increase in value of 19.5 percent over the January to September period of 2013 and an increase in volume of 6.4 percent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. wood product sales to global buyers hit record $48 million

Industry leaders say it may be time to return to U.S., Mexican markets
Vancouver Sun
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a tiny drop in the total exports bucket, but BC Wood says the $48 million in sales at its “Global Buyers Mission” at Whistler this September is a record number, with more than half of attending buyers from Asian countries. “It’s a snapshot of what participating companies have sold and expect to sell in the next 12 months,” said Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood, a trade association for B.C. manufacturers of wood products. “It’s new business and new clients.” But behind this news, there are early signs that change could be ahead for the industry. 

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Prince George centre opens as towering presence in all-wood construction sector

Vancouver Sun
November 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At 29.5 metres, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George isn’t that tall in conventional building terms — officially six floors, but topping out at a height of about eight storeys. As a wooden structure, however, the centre is anything but conventional. It is a towering example of all-wood construction, which, for better or worse, now stands as the province’s poster building and ambassador for promoting the use of innovative techniques and products for constructing tall structures made out of B.C. wood.

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How these Toronto architects are advancing the artistic application of wood

Globe and Mail
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Imagine you’re an architect. You’ve just won $50,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts for your “exceptional artistic potential.” You’ve got two years to spend it. What would you do? What wouldn’t you do? Study the effect of mass movements in the Earth on the growth of trees? Interview the world’s authorities on manufactured wood? Perhaps. Yet that is precisely what the small Toronto practice Williamson Chong went for after winning the Professional Prix de Rome in 2012. To principals Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson and Shane Williamson, the form of engineered wood known as cross-laminated timber (CLT) is one of the best things to happen to architecture since concrete. And they embarked on a round-the-world research tour to prove it.

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STEP Foundation, Green Building Initiative Team to Promote Building Sustainability

Green Building Initiative
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The STEP Foundation (STEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing technology industry benchmarks for sustainability practices in the built environment, and the Green Building Initiative (GBI),a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. STEP and GBI, the organization behind the Green Globes building certification program, will work together to accelerate the adoption of green building practices, respond to public policy directives, and develop joint standards for sustainable information communication technologies.

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Eco Red Shiel Protected Lumber Selected By High-End Developer, Flying Point Development, Inc.

Nassau News Live
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Eco Building Products, Inc., announced today that Flying Point Development Inc. has ordered their first Eco Red Shield Protected Lumber “whole-house” package for a new custom home in excess of nine thousand square feet to be built in the historic town of Water Mill, New York. I recognize the value of Eco’s Advanced Framing Lumber, especially after seeing what this technology can do when applied to a combustible Christmas tree. Having this capability afforded to me as a Custom Builder further enables me to build exceptionally resilient homes that can withstand future climate change related storms and moisture related problems, and could serve as a stepping stone into the realization and value of carbon credits.

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Building products

Timber Trade Journal
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Modern wood products from Germany continue to be in high demand in the UK and around the globe for construction, interior finishing and furniture production. …In the UK and around the globe, great demands are placed on modern building structures and materials, for example in the context of sustainable or ‘green’ building. …As the German wood industry is among the world’s technology and innovation leaders, its wood construction and timber products continue to be in high demand around the world. German design solutions that are particularly sought after include sophisticated and energy-efficient residential buildings, modern industrial and commercial buildings, and commercial and public buildings with aesthetically attractive roof structures.

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Hydro Wood

ABC News, Australia
November 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An ambitious project to harvest trees that were drowned when Tasmania’s remote Pieman River was dammed is closer to reality. The Tasmanian company preparing the complicated underwater harvesting is already salvaging rare and valuable timbers. As Fiona Breen reports, the logs have undergone rigorous testing and so far, so good. To Tasmanian furniture designer Simon Archer, this is sunken treasure. A piece of native black-hearted sassafras cut from a tree at the bottom of a hydro lake on Tasmania’s remote west coast.

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Forestry

Councils endorse Cherryville fight

Vernon Morning Star
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Support continues to grow for Cherryville residents and their fight against a logging road. On Monday, Enderby, Lumby and Spallumcheen councils voted to write letters of support for Cherryville, which claims B.C. Timber Sales’ plans for a road and logging on Cherry Ridge could create landslides. “There hasn’t been much consultation from the government and the people on the ground there know the area and the potential problems,” said Howie Cyr, Enderby’s outgoing mayor.

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UNBC Welcomes New Forestry Professor

250 News Prince George
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNBC has announced its new Mixedwood Ecology chair. His name is Dr. Che Elkin and he arrived last month from Switzerland. The department consists of just himself at the moment but says his goal “will be to develop a lab with graduate students, masters students, PhD students and possibly post-doctoral students.” Like its title suggests, he says mixedwood forests are made up of different species and says his work in part is to discover how these forests will respond to various climate scenarios, different climate change impacts and how they respond to ecological innovations.

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Grand Falls-Windsor councillor questions province’s dedication to forestry

Grand Falls – Windsor Advvertiser
November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government missed an opportunity to show faith in the forest industry claims Grand Falls-Windsor town councillor Rodney Mercer. Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency launched a new 10-year provincial sustainable forest management strategy at the Fluvarium in St. John’s yesterday during the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Newfoundland and Labrador Section, annual general meeting… Reacting to the announcement, Mercer said he questions the dedication to the industry which was so significant in the Central region and in the Stephenville area.

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Layoffs to forest firefighting crews to put Sault-area communities at risk

Canada News Wire
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAULT STE. MARIE – The announced layoffs of 30 seasonal forest fire fighters and support staff, along with two full-time staff, will put Sault-area communities at significant risk and place an additional burden on municipalities who will be expected to make up the shortfall, says the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says these layoffs are both reckless and short-sighted, and the government needs to reassess their funding priorities, especially in the north… Despite a record-low number of fires in the area last season (25), Thomas says that cuts cannot be reversed.

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Summit County session to focus on forest management

Summit County Voice
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — A lot of seedlings have sprouted since Summit County experienced the biggest pine beetle outbreak that anyone can remember, and the debate over the future of Colorado’s forests is very much alive — how much of the forest can we manage, and how can we make sure that will help forests in the long run? With the goal of creating more resilient and diverse forests, one aspect of the discussion centers on differences between active and passive management. This week, the Summit County Forest Health Task Force will host a panel discussion on forest management (Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m. at the Summit County Community & Senior Center, County Commons).

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Study: 11 million acres of dry NW forests need restoration

KTVZ.COM
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 11 million acres of dry forest in Oregon and Washington are in need of restoration, according to a new study reported Monday by scientists for The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Forest Ecology and Management, is a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of where, how much and what kind of activities are needed across the fire-adapted forest landscape of eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and southwestern Oregon to restore ecological processes.

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Forest Service criticized over Tongass management

LA Times
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Federal efforts to end old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest have stalled and millions of tax dollars are being wasted, according to a report that will be released Tuesday, the latest salvo in a dispute over the future of America’s largest national forest. U.S. Forest Service officials rejected the report’s conclusions, particularly the observation that the agency had great latitude in how and where it would spend its money. Four years ago, the Forest Service pledged to change the way the Tongass’s abundant natural resources are managed, shifting the emphasis toward harvesting younger trees and supporting the growing tourism and fishery industries, which depend on the 17 million-acre expanse.

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Guest Opinion: Northwest Forest Plan not all it’s cracked up to be

By Jim Chmelik, Idaho County commissioner
Idaho Statesman
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We in Idaho have been blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and resources. Sadly, some think we cannot both enjoy and utilize these resources in a peaceful coexistence… Rocky Barker wants us to believe the Northwest Forest Plan was a great success; let’s take a look at the Northwest Forest Plan. Thousands of acres of spotted owl and endangered species habitat burned to the ground: billions of economic output lost never to be recovered, our water polluted and our air fouled with more toxic carcinogens and carbon monoxide than any automobile or coal fired plant could ever produce.

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CARROLL: Persistent pine beetles

Rapid City Journal
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Flying eighty miles per hour and five hundred feet and above the forest floor this past week was instructive. From Pringle to Lead, from Black Elk Peak to the Wyoming border, brimming everywhere are signs of the changes we will come to know well in the next decade. The Black Hills are changing: Maybe not in geologic time but in the near term. Old photos from 1874 are starting to closely resemble the modern forest in ways we could only predict in hindsight. Of course it’s obvious. We have the signs all around us, but it is a peculiar feature of the Black Hills that you just can’t see anything until you get up above them, and then the story unfolds like Google Earth, only in real life.

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Mass. restricts transportation of firewood as emerald ash borer spreads

Telegram
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WORCESTER — With the dreaded emerald ash borer pest spreading across the state, a statewide quarantine was instituted Monday, prohibiting the transportation of all hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and ash lumber. The emerald ash borer, a beetle that targets ash trees, has spread from Berkshire County to Essex County and most recently Suffolk County, where the tiny insects were spotted at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain in Boston. Experts say little can stop the infestation at this point, though a quarantine is expected to slow it down. 

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OPINION: Don’t destroy Sandy Hook’s maritime forest

My Central Jersey
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It’s been two years since Superstorm Sandy. Up and down the coast, ceremonies marked the state’s progress in rebuilding homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed by Sandy — and increasing our capacity to weather future storms. But one ill-advised proposal in particular is being advanced in the name of “resiliency.” The National Park Service’s Sandy Hook Unit proposes to build a large maintenance facility in the midst of a heavily wooded section of Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook… Almost all of New Jersey’s maritime forests have been wiped out by development, leaving only a few places for migrating woodland birds to rest and refuel.  

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Forest Employee Recognized For Wilderness Work

WBIW.com
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BEDFORD – Rod Fahl, Wilderness Ranger on the Hoosier National Forest, has received the Traditional Skills and Minimum Tool Leadership Award for the second time in his career. This group award was presented to Fahl for his work on the Monongahela National Forest in 2013 after Hurricane Sandy.The award was presented during the National Wilderness Conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Monongahela employee Matt Edwards, accepted the award on behalf of all the Monongahela team.

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Heatwave kills bats in northern NSW, rescue service care for orphaned bats

ABC News Australia
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The race is on to save hundreds of orphaned newborn bats in northern New South Wales after heatwave conditions killed thousands of adult flying foxes around the town of Casino earlier in the week. Renata Phelps, the critical incident coordinator for Wires – the animal wildlife rescue service – said the deaths of thousands of bats left a big challenge for wildlife carers. “The flying foxes were dead and dying in the trees and they were just falling like rain from the trees all around us,” she said. …While high temperatures are common in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, locals say it is unusual for the thermometer to get to 40 degrees celsius before summer officially begins.

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New, Open-source Software for Forest Monitoring

International Climate Initiative
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Open Foris initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization was presented for the first time on 10 October at the World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations in Salt Lake City, USA. Open Foris is a set of free and open-source software tools that… can be used around the world to gather information regarding forest areas, to assess woodland condition and to measure woodland use and the carbon content they store. A key instrument here is ‘Collect Earth’, which enables users to collect high-resolution satellite images via Google Earth. These images can then be used to create forest inventories as well as forestry and land use plans, and to quantify deforestation and desertification.

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Environmentalist honoured with tree-planting ceremony

Myanmar Times
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mandalay residents have paid tribute to one of the city’s first environmental activists by planting trees to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. The ceremony in honour of the late U Ngwe was held at a school in Chan Mya Tharsi township on November 16, with more than 300 trees planted by about 150 young people from 15 civil society groups. U Ngwe led campaigns to plant trees in and around Mandalay from the end of World War II, which reduced most of the city to rubble, until his death in 1989.

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