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Business & Politics

Bittersweet reopening at site of B.C. sawdust mill explosion

Globe and Mail
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Almost three years after a sawdust-fuelled explosion destroyed a Prince George lumber mill, a replacement facility will start operations on Wednesday. For the 110 workers returning to the Lakeland Mills site with well-paid, full-time jobs, it is a moment to celebrate. But the price of the new mill, with its state-of-the-art safety features, is that many members of the original crew will never return. Two men were killed in the blast and a number of those who were injured say they are having to fight for compensation and rehabilitation. Some of the workers are too emotionally and physically injured to return to the mill. And, there are 50 fewer jobs because the new mill is more efficient.

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No support (scroll to bottom of article)

Vernon Morning Star
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city will not support a motion from the Regional District of North Okanagan asking member municipalities and electoral areas to send a letter to B.C. Timber Sales requesting a moratorium on road development and logging on Cherry Ridge until a watershed assessment is completed. “This is the small business program in the small business development area that has gone through five years of development programs, silviculture reports and engineering reports,” said Mayor Chris Pieper. “Lumby and Cherryville want a further study on this. But the ministry of forests doesn’t take risks that I’m aware of so I personally won’t support this.”

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Long-term gain worth sacrifice

Nugget.ca
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TEMISCAMING, QUE. — The first round of strike pay will arrive this week. It’s not much, especially when Christmas is only a few weeks away… About 650 Tembec workers walked off the job Nov. 26 and are now taking eight-hour shifts on the picket line. The pay isn’t what they’re accustomed to, but most believe the short-term pain is worth long-term gain. Ken Morris, first vice-president of Unifor Local 233, said calling for a walkout was the hardest decision the executive team has had to make.

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US Sues Canadian Lumber Cos. For Dodging Softwood Duties

Law360.com
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New York — The United States sued two Canadian lumber companies in the U.S. Court of International Trade Monday, claiming they misclassified over $3.8 million worth of softwood imports as hardwood in order to avoid paying more than $675,000 in duties. In its complaint against Scierie Nord-Sud Inc. and the now-defunct Les Produits Forestiers Forexam, two companies owned by Quebec-based businessman Claude Roy, the government accused Roy of making misleading or false statements to import $3,871,265 worth of softwood lumber into the U.S. as hardwood. [need to sign up for 7 day free service to read full story]

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Columbus County lumber mill prepared for housing uptick

Foxwilmington.com
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

RIEGELWOOD, NC – At the West Fraser mill in Riegelwood, logs come in and lumber goes out, but not as much as before the housing bubble burst late last decade. Still, the Canadian company that claims to be the largest lumber producer in North America, has invested nearly $35 million in its Columbus County facility in recent years, betting on increased demand for southern yellow pine lumber. “We will live and die with the housing market,” said Peter Provincher, West Fraser’s region manager. There are signs of a rebound. The U.S. Commerce Department announced Tuesday that spending on housing construction in October was higher than expected.

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U.S. Lumber Futures Recover Losses, Modestly Gain

Imarketreports.com
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO–U.S. lumber futures reversed early losses to end the session modestly higher, lifted by short-covering after prices slid to an eight-session low on Monday. January lumber futures rose $2.30, or 0.7%, to $328.90 per 1,000 board feet on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, after falling nearly 2% over the past week. Lumber for March advanced $1.10 to $329.30 per 1,000 board feet. The lumber market has come under pressure in recent weeks, as traders brace for the pace of construction to slow as temperatures drop across North America. 

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Timber project totals 39 million board-feet

HenlineWestern News
December 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Lincoln County officials and representatives of the timber industry are cautiously optimistic about the prospect of additional logging activity after the Kootenai National Forest approved the sale of roughly 39 million board-feet of timber northeast of Libby. Kootenai Forest Supervisor Chris Savage signed a record of decision for the East Reservoir Project on Oct. 27. The project calls for timber harvest and associated fuel treatments on 8,845 acres. The overall project area covers 92,407 acres approximately 15 miles east of Libby along the east side of Lake Koocanusa Reservoir. The timber total represents more board-feet than the Kootenai National Forest typically harvests in a year.

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Great Northern Paper mill sold at bankruptcy auction, but future uncertain

Hopes that the plant will reopen fade after an investment firm, not a paper-making business, acquires it
Press Herald
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the sale of the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket to a Los Angeles-based investment firm for $5.4 million. The buyer, Hackman Capital Acquisition LLC, specializes in the purchase and sale of industrial properties and equipment. It did not reveal its intentions for the mill during the court proceedings, and messages left at its Los Angeles office got no response Tuesday afternoon… Preliminary estimates show that unsecured creditors – most of the Maine-based vendors and suppliers who were left with unpaid invoices – will receive roughly 6 cents on the dollar.

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Forest products markets in the UNECE region still recovering from the 2008 crisis

IHB The Timber Network
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Production output for the major forest products in the UNECE Region* (Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS**) and North America) are still 10-15% below the average annual output for the four years preceding the crisis (2004-2007), according to information recently released by UNECE/FAO in its Forest Products Annual Market Review 2013-2014. The region holds 80% of temperate forests and supplies a majority of global wood and wood products. What can be said is that the industry has made many adjustments (cost cutting, consolidations and finding overseas outlets for products) which have contributed to a more stable and predictable market (a key element in attracting investment into the sector).

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Material Masters: Shigeru Ban’s Work With Wood

Archdaily.com
December 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Shigeru Ban’s portfolio is a strange dichotomy, split between shelters for natural disaster refugees and museums commissioned by wealthy patrons of the arts… Yet Shigeru Ban is not concerned with unorthodoxy, but with economy. It is for this reason that, when paper tubes are deemed unsuitable, Shigeru Ban constructs his buildings in wood. Inspired by the architectural tradition of his native Japan, Ban is not only the “Paper Architect,” but also one of the most famous architects working in wood today.The Aspen Art Museum, for example has a ceiling entirely composed of a wooden truss system. “Wood is the most ecological thing,” he told The New Yorker in a recent profile of his work which included the museum. “Steel, concrete—we are just consuming from a limited amount.

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Forestry

Best buy takes a flyer on Boreal Forest

Greenpeace ad campaign
Now Toronto
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The little yellow tags scattered throughout Best Buy flyers may alert you to cash savings, but there’s nothing in there about the damage the electronics giant is doing to the boreal. According to Greenpeace Canada, Best Buy is ripping through more than 50 million kilos of paper a year, mostly from the boreal forest, to produce their throw-away flyers. Besides being at the back of the pack when it comes to sustainable paper policies, the multinational, according to the eco org, is getting that paper from the headline-grabbing Resolute Forest Products. The company sued Rainforest Alliance last spring over a draft audit that led to the suspension of Resolute’s Forest Stewardship Council’s certification. Resolute also launched a defamation suit against Greenpeace last year for “malicious falsehoods” after the org raised questions about the logger’s forestry practices.

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B.C. may buy Grace Islet home to settle First Nation land dispute

Globe and Mail
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is looking at buying a partially built home on a private island to head off a dispute that has First Nations threatening legal action to protect an ancient burial ground. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, confirmed on Monday he has sought Treasury Board approval to give the province the option to purchase Grace Islet, where Edmonton resident Barry Slawsky is in the process of completing his retirement home. …Mr. Alexander [Slawsky’s lawyer] said the legal action threatened by the Cowichan Tribes could lead to significant uncertainty for B.C. landowners.

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Public input invited on Strathcona timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until Feb. 6, 2015, on a public discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Strathcona Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use requirements of the Strathcona Timber Supply Area. It also provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including the base case harvest forecast.

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Stewart Muir: Reject the false claims of resource job killers

The Province
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In coming days, activists in Vancouver will launch a campaign saying that increased oil shipments will inevitably destroy the B.C. tourism industry…. It’s called leverage and it worked in Clayoquot Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest where smart, persistent campaigners directed B.C. public opinion to their profound advantage. Eventually, these protesters were able to report to their bosses in places like Amsterdam and San Francisco that they had brought Canada’s political leaders to their knees and shut down local industries. It was not a middle-ground approach. From total B.C. forestry employment of 36,000 in 1996, the campaigners proudly helped achieve a net loss of 22,000 jobs by 2011. Fully $25 billion worth of job-creating resource projects are now tied up in court.

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New land claim seeks massive territory on B.C.’s South Coast, including Stanley Park

December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A small group of dispossessed aboriginals in Delta are laying claim to a vast swath of southern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, including Stanley Park. The group members, who have no federal or provincial recognition and no reserve, want their pick of all federal, provincial and municipal lands within the claimed territory. Saying their territory was wrongly taken after the shelling of a Gulf Islands village by a Royal Navy gunboat in 1863, the Hwlitsum First Nation are claiming in a B.C. Supreme Court action $1 billion each in damages from the provincial and federal governments.

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New Members for Forest Practices Board

BC Forest Practices Board
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Cabinet has appointed three members to the Forest Practices Board. Marlene Machmer, R.P.Bio and Angeline Nyce, RPF, were appointed for two-year terms, and current board member Bill Dumont, RPF, was reappointed for a two-year term. “I am very pleased to see Bill Dumont reappointed, and I welcome Marlene Machmer and Angeline Nyce to the board,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “Bill has made a valued contribution to the board during his past term, and I look forward to two more years working with him. Both Marlene and Angeline bring new backgrounds and perspectives to the board table as we deliberate on forest and range practices in B.C.”

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Throne speech opens New Brunswick legislature with Liberal promises

Canadian Press
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s new Liberal government has delivered its first throne speech opening a new session of the provincial legislature. The speech is essentially a condensed version of the Liberal campaign platform, with an emphasis on job creation and getting the province’s finances in order. It also promises to re-evaluate the forestry and prescription drug plans introduced by the previous Tory government.

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National Forum Coordinated By Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Saultonline.com
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A national forum that is the largest and most significant national gathering of forest pest management experts each year takes place this week in Ottawa and is coordinated by staff at Sault Ste. Marie’s Natural Resources Canada, Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) and will include presentations from two of that facility’s scientists. The 57th annual Forest Pest Management Forum is at the Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre) from December 2 – 4, 2014 attracting scientists, managers and practitioners from across Canada and the United States.

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Millions of Ash Trees Are Dying, Creating Huge Headaches for Cities

Ash trees are a dominant species on American city streets, but an invasive beetle is killing them off.
National Geographic
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

KANSAS CITY, Missouri—Forester Kevin Lapointe remembers clearly the day he and his colleagues at the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department did their first autopsy on a dead ash tree… The emerald ash borer, or EAB, a native of East Asia, has already devastated entire ash populations in northern cities such as Detroit, where it first appeared in 2002. Since then, the insect has swept into 22 states across the country. In the summer of 2012 it reached the Kansas City metropolitan area. There are seven billion ash trees in North America, and within the next few decades, the beetle could kill most of them—a die-off ten times bigger than the one caused by Dutch elm disease.

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Still a burning issue: Forest thinning plan almost done (& video)

The Arizona Republic
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Five years have passed since federal agencies, environmentalists, businesses and local governments united under an initiative to protect northern Arizona’s ponderosa-pine forests. Massive wildfires have destroyed more than half a million acres since then. The Schultz Fire caused significant flooding near Flagstaff in 2010. Thousands of people were evacuated during the 2011 Wallow Fire. In 2013, 19 firefighters died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. But the U.S. Forest Service is finally nearing completion of a plan for the first phase of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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Northern Idaho forest might offer more logging

Idaho Statesman
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OROFINO, IDAHO — The U.S. Forest Service might offer more trees to log in northern Idaho, the new supervisor for the 4-million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest says. Cheryl Probert said salvage from last summer’s 9-square-mile Johnson Bar Fire could result in more logging. “I think that we are increasing with the Johnson Bar salvage, and when we look more at what kinds of projects we can (offer) after the fire that could have a significant bump in our timber harvest,” Probert said. …The agency sold about 65 million board feet of timber last year from the forest. Commissioners want that increased to 100 million board feet. But Probert said the agency might not have enough staff to make that happen.

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The future of wood

NZ Herald
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The evergreen forests of Pinus radiata on New Zealand’s landscapes stand as an undeniable testament to sustainable industry. Not only that, forestry is also of significant benefit to the national economy, contributing a gross annual income of $5 billion, which amounts to 3 per cent of New Zealand’s GDP. Wood products are the country’s third largest export earner, beaten to the top only by the giants of dairy and meat. Most importantly, global demand for wood resources is set to increase markedly in sync with population. This means forestry is set to become a stronger player still, and New Zealand’s industry has the potential to be just as relevant in the 21st century as it was at its peak in the 1980s – or indeed more so.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment

Globe and Mail
December 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Canada’s green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands. About $25-billion has been invested in Canada’s clean-energy sector in the past five years, and employment is up 37 per cent, according to a new report from climate think tank Clean Energy Canada to be released Tuesday. …While investment has boomed, the energy-generating capacity of wind, solar, run-of-river hydro and biomass plants has expanded by 93 per cent since 2009, the report says.

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Bioenergy – the need for fact not fiction

By Dr Nina Skorupska, REA
BusinessGreen
December 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Biomass has long represented an awkward area for greens, complicated by a combination of vociferous opposition from many NGOs fed on a diet of quasi-science and half-truth, and the problem that many who push for these technologies neither look nor talk as if they are ‘one of us’. This has put policy makers in a quandary in recent years. Give biomass the nod and you please the bean counters in achieving cost-effective low-carbon electricity but alienate some NGOs; ignore it, and you complicate the low-carbon transition and push up the costs people already associate with renewables. As with most tough decisions, the government delayed, then erred towards a fudge.

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Logging destabilizes forest soil carbon over time, study finds

Phys.org
December 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Logging doesn’t immediately jettison carbon stored in a forest’s mineral soils into the atmosphere but triggers a gradual release that may contribute to climate change over decades, a Dartmouth College study finds. The results are the first evidence of a regional trend of lower carbon pools in soils of harvested hardwood forests compared to mature or pristine hardwood forests. The findings appear in the journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy. …The Dartmouth researchers looked at how timber harvesting affects mineral soil carbon over 100 years following harvest in the northeastern United States, where soils account for at least 50 percent of total ecosystem carbon storage. 

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New law will make renewable energy heating cheaper

The Republican
December 1, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new law that goes into effect in January will make it cheaper to use renewable energy to heat a home – and could provide a boost to the wood industry in rural parts of Western Massachusetts. “This is going to help (renewable) technologies compete with and replace oil-fired furnaces and other fossil fuels for use for heating … and cooling,” said David O’Connor, a former Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy Resources who is now senior vice president for energy and clean technology at ML Strategies and who lobbied for the law on behalf of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

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General

New land claim seeks massive territory on B.C.’s South Coast, including Stanley Park

December 3, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A small group of dispossessed aboriginals in Delta are laying claim to a vast swath of southern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, including Stanley Park. The group members, who have no federal or provincial recognition and no reserve, want their pick of all federal, provincial and municipal lands within the claimed territory. Saying their territory was wrongly taken after the shelling of a Gulf Islands village by a Royal Navy gunboat in 1863, the Hwlitsum First Nation are claiming in a B.C. Supreme Court action $1 billion each in damages from the provincial and federal governments.

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