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Daily Archives: November 27, 2014

Business & Politics

City won’t hold WFP liable for Canal Beach

Alberni Valley Times
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After asking to ban swimming at Canal Beach, Western Forest Products is set to be free of any liability related to injuries that could occur at the public site. An indemnity agreement has been drafted by the City of Port Alberni and the forestry company in consultation with its lawyers that relieves Western Forest Products from being responsible for accidents at Canal Beach. WFP alerted the city to concerns over public safety this fall, as the company currently operates the Ship Creek Dryland Sort next to Canal Beach and leases water lots in front of the public waterfront for log booms.

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WorkSafe investigators remain on scene of log chipper accident

Prince George Citizen
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A portion of Brink Forest Products remained shut down Thursday as two WorkSafe B.C. officers continued their investigation following an accident involving a log chipper that left an employee seriously injured. “The officers continue the process of collecting data, including interviews, and inspection of the log chipper,” WorkSafe B.C. spokesman Scott McCloy said. “It is possible that this phase of the investigation will conclude on Thursday, but that depends on the progress of the investigation.” Investigators were called to the scene Thursday following the accident, which occurred at about 4:50 a.m.

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Tembec on strike

The Nugget
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec workers are on strike. After three days of negotiations the union and company couldn’t reach an agreement. The assistance of the Quebec Ministry of Labour and a conciliator didn’t help. “At 5:45 p.m. (Wednesday) Tembec employees went on strike. There was however a physical altercation between security staff hired by the company and some of our employees that were held inside the plant and couldn’t get out,” said Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233 representing 650 workers at the Temiscaming plant. “Some people were being held in the steam plant. We were there to come and get them out.”

Tembec workers on strike from The BayToday.ca

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Quebec exports to jump 9% in 2015: EDC economist

Montreal Gazette
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Smile wide, Quebec exporters. Peter Hall, chief economist of Export Development Canada, says that two key ingredients will brighten your lives for the next year or three: the U.S. economy and the weak Canadian dollar. …“These two things are coming together to make this year and next very positive for Quebec exports,” Hall said in an interview. …Traditional resource sectors like mining and forestry as well as aerospace will be key drivers of the export resurgence. And that resurgence will in turn be driven principally by the U.S. housing market, which has mounted a remarkable comeback from the ominous recession of 2008.

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Decline of Maine’s paper mills hurts middle class

Associated Press
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUCKSPORT, Maine — The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer. The accelerating decline of Maine’s once-strong pulp and paper industry is a heavy blow for the state’s workforce, which has relied on its mills for steady, well-paying jobs for generations. The latest shot to the industry is the expected closure of the Verso Paper Corp. mill in Bucksport, which begins shutting down Monday. Great Northern Paper’s idle mill in East Millinocket this year filed for bankruptcy, six years after its Millinocket mill shuttered.

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Consumption figures still rising slower than production

EUWID
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest figures from the countries participating in the 72nd UNECE Timber Committee meeting taking place this week in Kazan, Russia, reveal further growth in apparent softwood lumber consumption and in the softwood lumber output within the UNECE regions both this year and in the coming year. According to the figures, the production volume in 2014 will be another 2.2% higher than last year at approximately 231.55m m³ after an increase of 4% in 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architects’ passion for wood makes gallery debut

Globe and Mail
November 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

In 2012, the small Toronto research and design office of Williamson Chong (WC) won the Canada Council’s prestigious $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture with an engaging and very Canadian proposal. Their project: to study the new things that European and Asian architects, engineers, building technologists and craftsfolk are doing with forest products. WC principals Shane Williamson, Betsy Williamson and Donald Chong wanted to see first-hand, for example, how builders elsewhere are using cheap, renewable wood to handle the job of heavy structural lifting that’s been done, so far, almost exclusively by stone, steel and concrete.

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An Irish alternative to inferior timber imports

Irish Independent
November 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Coillte Panel Products (CPP) was established in 2006 and incorporates the Medite plant in Clonmel, and the Smartply plant in Belview Port outside Waterford city. Both Medite and Smartply have grown to become leading brands in their respective markets – medium density fibreboard (MDF) in the case of Medite, and oriented strand board (OSB) in the case of Smartply. Between the two plants, CPP produces panel boards suitable for most construction requirements – they should certainly displace inferior, imported products of very dubious origin.

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Forestry

What does genomics mean for the environment? Everything

Globe and Mail
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

All aspects of our health and well-being depend on a healthy environment. In Canada, we have a responsibility to protect our fresh water reserves, abundant forests and expansive agricultural lands. And we need to learn to extract our significant mineral and fossil fuels resources in an environmentally sustainable manner. …Canada is recognized as a world leader in genomics thanks to sustained
federal investments through Genome Canada – more than $1-billion since
2000, matched by co-investments in genomics programs and projects by
provincial governments, the private sector, non-profits and
international partners.

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Resolute being ‘antagonistic’ to environment groups: Greenpeace

Resolute Forest Products hosts public forums in Thunder Bay and Atikokan
CBC News
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Environmental group Greenpeace says Resolute Forest Products has nobody to blame but itself after the company says its lost business over environmental concerns.  Richard Brooks was reacting to a comment made by Resolute CEO Richard Garneau at a company-sponsored meeting about the boreal forest in Thunder Bay on Tuesday. The forest campaign co-ordinator for Greenpeace said Resolute needs to adhere to forestry standards. “Resolute’s facing problems because it’s not practising sustainable forestry. And that’s entirely under its own purview,” Brooks said.

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Cherryville road work begins

Vernon Morning Star
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Frustration is high in Cherryville now that work has started on a contentious logging road. A contractor for B.C. Timber Sales began moving equipment on to Cherry Ridge Monday despite concerns from residents that the road and logging could trigger slides. “It’s very disappointing. We’re not being heard,” said Eugene Foisy, outgoing regional district director for Cherryville. “It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the provincial government won’t listen to its constituents. It’s bullying.” Foisy says the community is not opposed to logging but it wants assurances harvesting will be done safely. “We’re not asking for the moon. We’re just asking for time,” he said of the community’s willingness to fund a watershed assessment.

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Cherryville residents feeling ‘bullied’ by B.C. Timber Sales over controversial logging operation

Infonews.ca
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHERRYVILLE – A North Okanagan Regional District director says his community feels its interests in further studying impacts of a contentious logging operation is being ignored by the provincial government. Equipment crews rolled into Cherryville Monday to start building a road in the Cherry Ridge area, where B.C. Timber Sales intends to log 190 hectares of forest. Local residents blockaded road construction last month. Eugene Foisy, the electoral area director for Cherryville, says the community wants to fund its own assessment of the project, but to do that, it needs more time.

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Controversial logging project near Crowsnest goes ahead

Calgary Herald
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A controversial plan to log near Star Creek in southwestern Alberta is taking a major step forward, prompting residents to raise concerns about both the stream — home to the threatened westslope cutthroat — and the landscape around it. In mid-October, a harvest plan was developed to log 168 hectares of forest as part of a research project led by the University of Alberta. “The objective of the project is really to examine the impacts of harvesting from a comprehensive perspective,” said Uldis Silins, a U of A forest hydrologist who is leading the project.

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B.C. protects old-growth forests in Sea to Sky region

BC Government
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has taken another step to promote biodiversity and protect old-growth forests by creating an additional 329 old growth management areas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. British Columbia’s newest old growth management areas are in the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District and cover about 12,117 hectares, representing over 13% of the 90,587 hectares of Crown forest land base in six landscape units. Establishing old growth management areas help protect the biological diversity of old-growth forests by ensuring that forest stands from all ecosystem types are protected and land use objectives are met. 

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Terrace Community Forest passes forestry audit

BC Forest Practices Board
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of forest planning, harvesting and road practices in the Terrace Community Forest found that all activities met the requirements of provincial forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “The community forest has operations in three areas close to the City of Terrace,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “They harvested about 54,000 cubic metres of timber during the two-year audit period, most of which was second growth stands damaged by spruce-leader weevil.” “We are pleased to report that the Terrace Community Forest Limited Partnership fully met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.”

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Beating around the bush

Cochrane Eagle
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Let’s talk about beating around the bush, or more specifically, Canada’s forests. …A recent study done by the group Global Forest Watch indicates that the world’s virgin forests (defined as one that is 120-140 years old) are being lost at an increased rate, and Canada is the main ‘villain’ behind that decline. …The whole story, however, is quite different, which more often than not is the case. This is not to advocate for the destruction of Canada’s old-growth forests, just the relaying of information in a clear manner, free of misleading information that is intended simply to push one’s agenda.

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Huntsville council supports continued logging in Algonquin

Muskoka Region
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HUNTSVILLE – Axes should continue to fall – and chainsaws should continue to rev – in Algonquin Provincial Park, says Town of Huntsville council. Huntsville mayor Claude Doughty said at a council meeting on Nov. 24 that some municipalities neighbouring the province’s oldest park have rejected the environmental commissioner of Ontario’s recommendation to end logging in Algonquin park. He asked council it if wanted to throw its support behind a Renfew Country council motion in opposition to the commissioner’s recommendation.

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Minnesota’s pine forests potential targets for mountain pine beetle

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is hosting a public meeting on a state quarantine proposal for mountain pine beetle. The proposed quarantine would stop people from knowingly or unknowingly bringing the insect into the state on pine wood covered in bark. The bug, which is native to the western United States and Canada, spends most of its life in the area of the tree where the bark meets the wood. The adult beetles can release a pheromone to attract other beetles and coordinate an attack on a tree. If enough of the insects burrow into the tree, the tree can die. 

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Mexico as a Shining Example of Gender and Forest Policy

Huffington Post
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On November 19, I was the keynote speaker at a gender conference for staff of Mexico’s National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), presenting the importance of mainstreaming a gender perspective in the forest sector. Part of the reason I was so excited to be doing this in Mexico is because Mexico has become a leading force in mainstreaming gender. They recently published a National Development Plan (2013-2018), which established the inclusion of a gender perspective as a cross-cutting principle that must permeate Mexico’s legal framework, policies, and programs, in all areas and at every level. This is great news!

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Council endorses petition to save Margaret River forest from logging

ABC News, Australia
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A local council has launched an eleventh-hour bid to save a swathe of forest in WA’s South West that is slated for logging next week. More than 1,500 have signed a petition to stop logging of 1,600 hectares of Mowen Forest near Margaret River. The state-owned Forest Products Commission has confirmed harvesting in Mowen Forest is due to commence on Monday. Mowen is an 8,000 hectare state native forest containing jarrah and marri trees. On Wednesday night, the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council endorsed the Save Mowen Forest community petition to cancel all logging operations in the forest.

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Tas Parliament passes amended anti-workplace protest bill

ABC News, Australia
November 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is promoting its anti-workplace protests laws as the toughest in Australia after an amended bill passed the Lower House. It will mean people who protest at mining or forestry sites could face time in jail. The bill was amended in the independent-dominated Upper House earlier this month, with mandatory fines and jail terms removed. At the same time maximum penalties were increased in what some MPs said would send a message to the judiciary.

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Deforestation drops 18 percent in Brazil’s Amazon

Associated Press
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO PAULO — Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest dropped 18 percent over the past 12 months, falling to the second-lowest level in a quarter century, Brazil’s environment minister said Wednesday. Izabella Teixeira told participants at a news conference that 4,848 square kilometers (1,870 square miles) of rain forest were destroyed between August 2013 and July 2014. That’s a bit larger than the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The figures were down from 5,891 square kilometers (2,275 square miles) razed during the same period a year earlier, in the wake of the adoption of a controversial bill revising the Forest Code.

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Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

The Guardian
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide. Joko Widodo signalled the significant change of direction for Indonesia when he joined a local community in Sumatra in damming a canal designed to drain a peat forest. Halting the draining and burning of peatland will also tackle the forest fires which have trebled since 2011 and can pump smoke across the entire region.

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General

Software tracks smoke from forest fires

Great Lakes Echo
November 26, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A team of researchers has developed a system that predicts smoke direction from low-intensity forest fires. Researchers at the U.S Forest Service and Michigan State University developed the system to help fire managers control prescribed fires. These fires are used to manage vegetation and fuel, said Warren Heilman, a research meteorologist for the U.S. Forest Service. “If there is a lot of flammable vegetation on the ground, the surface can catch on fire from lightning,” Heilman said. “This increases the chance of a wildfire. Prescribed fires help to burn off these surface fuels.”

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National parks argument lost in a forest of trees

Single-interest groups trying to hijack managed forests, say industry experts.
The Sydney Morning Herald
November 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

It’s election time and voters are being served up an anti-logging campaign dressed up in a “national parks will solve everything” costume. The “Great Forest National Park” proposal lumps the state forest in a region roughly bounded by Kinglake to the west, Walhalla in the east, Eildon in the north and Noojee in the south, in with several existing national parks and other conservation reserves to form one massive park of over 5000 square kilometres. It is being sold to the politicians and the public by (strangely enough) the Wilderness Society as a “playground for Melbourne”.

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Paper mill invested millions into capital improvements

The Telegram
November 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The vice-president and general manager of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper says the mill has gotten off to a great start with the long-term sustainability plan facilitated by a $110-million loan from the provincial government. Kruger, the paper mill’s Montreal-based parent company, and the provincial government signed the financial agreement to help the mill back in February. Ric Tull said the money has been used to restructure the mill’s debt and three capital works projects have been started or finished so far this year with a fourth is about to commence.

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