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Daily Archives: December 11, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Express yourself with wood emojis for charity

Those wood emojis handcrafted by Nick Offerman made for a parody video on “Conan” are now available for sale in real life 
CNET
December 10, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Last month “Parks and Recreation” actor and craftsman Nick Offerman made a convincing argument to get back to a more old-fashioned way of communication in an amusing fake infomercial for solid oak emojis on “Conan.”..The fake commercial went viral, and fans were demanding Offerman sell his stylish physical emoji symbols made from the finest woods for real. So Conan O’Brien is selling solid wood emojis for real.

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Business & Politics

Forest-Products Stocks Get a Lift from Cheap Energy

Dundee Capital is raising earnings estimates and share-price targets for various stocks in the industry.
Online Barrons.com
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

We are raising our 2015 and 2016 earnings-per-share estimates for the paper and forest products companies under our coverage to reflect our expectation of lower energy prices. In addition, we are raising our 12-month target for the lumber and packaging producers. In the case of the lumber and containerboard, we expect the lower oil prices will spur activity and hence demand in oil-short regions such as China, Japan and Europe. In the case of the pulp and paper grades, we expect some slippage in prices. We are also revising our estimates due to the expectation of a weaker Canadian dollar.

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Feeling Perplexed about the Economy? Concentrate on Five Variables (Part 2)

Journal of Commerce
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Globe and Mail newspaper has been running a series of articles on the contraction of the nation’s once-mighty forestry sector. Sawmill operations will rebound, to a degree, as U.S. housing starts continue to slowly improve, although the single-family market is likely to be eclipsed (i.e., with respect to its percentage increase) by multi-family starts, which don’t use as much wood. The pulp and paper sub-sector of forestry products, however, has been shredded by the digital age and the rise of the Internet. When even the postal service is having trouble staying in business, due to nearly everyone adopting e-mail or social media as their primary means of written communication, you know there’s a problem.

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City approves historic mill

Property will be identified for potential site
Peak Online
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River’s Historical Museum and Archives could be a cut above the rest now that the City of Powell River has approved a request for an historic sawmill with local roots to be located here. At the November 20 council meeting, councillors reviewed a recommendation to site the sawmill, which had left the community years ago, on city property. The request had been made by Bert Finnamore, the museum’s heritage manager, at a recent committee of the whole. Councillor Myrna Leishman said this was the sawmill that was originally located at Mowat Bay and was known as the Anderson sawmill. The sawmill artifacts have been in the possession of the Burnaby museum but that museum now wants to divest itself of the equipment.

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Will the P.A. Pulp Mill ever re-open?

The dim flame of optimism that the Prince Albert Pulp Mill will re-open is nearly snuffed.
Prince Albert Daily Herald
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mayor Greg Dionne has not heard any updates from the mill’s owners, Paper Excellence, in months. “Not a word,” he annunciated for impact. Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Merle Lacert shares in this report, noting that the last key insight from Paper Excellence came at a “not-so-recent” chamber luncheon in December 2013. Since then, the Daily Herald has learned that the event’s presenter, Dale Paterson, is no longer the mill’s general manager.

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Workers fear the worst after truck driver disappears at Crofton mill

Victoria Times Colonist
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A worker is missing at the Catalyst mill in Crofton and investigators suspect he may have fallen into a storage silo. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a call from workers at the mill Tuesday night saying a truck driver delivering woodchips was missing and may have been involved in an accident, said Cpl. Jon Stuart. Mounties found evidence that the driver may have been caught by a conveyor belt and carried into a storage silo. The man has not been found and mill workers are searching the massive silo.

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WorkSafeBC changes progressing: Macatee

Prince George Free Press
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The revamp of WorkSafeBC, ordered in the wake of two deadly 2012 mill explosions, is well underway. “I’ve been pleased and impressed with the engagement I’ve seen across WorkSafeBC, as well as the level of commitment at the most senior levels of the organization,” special advisor Gord Macatee said Tuesday. “And I’m especially impressed with the support that’s been evident from external stakeholders to moving things forward. I’m referring to the police agencies, the Criminal Justice Branch, leaders in the wood manufacturing industry, the unions, the Fire Commissioner’s office and others whose constructive involvement is critical to the success of my recommendations.”

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Man missing and may be dead in mill accident

Cowichan News Leader
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A man is missing and could be dead in a possible industrial accident last night at the Crofton mill.Investigators are searching a wood chip silo on site, working under the assumption a man delivering wood chips to the mill for Marpole Transport may have somehow ended up on the conveyor and was swept into the silo. “On Dec. 9 at approximately 7:50 p.m., the North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP received a call from the Catalyst Mill in Crofton. They were notified that a male making a delivery of woodchips was missing and believed to have been involved in an industrial accident,” North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart said.

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Mill emissions below standards

Report outlines steps taken to monitor airborne byproducts
Powell River Peak
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation’s Powell River mill has been in compliance with air quality regulations during 2014 according information released at a public presentation. At a recent community stakeholder meeting, Sarah Barkowski, environment manager at the Powell River mill, reviewed air quality findings collected at several locations near the mill. Barkowski first reviewed dust fall, which is a particulate that travels short distances. “It’s considered a nuisance parameter. It is not considered a health parameter,” she said. There are four dust fall monitors that are located between the mill’s landfill and the Wildwood community. Testing is performed there every summer.

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Regulation needed to improve safety

Prince George Citizen
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lakeland Mills’ new Prince George facility could be one of the safest places to work in B.C. …Plant manager Marc Witte told the Citizen the mill was designed with dust mitigation in mind. It had better be. If Lakeland explodes again, even the B.C. Liberals would be forced to make serious strides in regulating industry in this province.  In the almost 33 months since the destruction of Lakeland sent a column of fire into the Prince George night sky, no charges of any kind have been laid against any of the firm’s officers or staff. While Lakeland, a division of Sinclar Group Forest Products, faces $724,163 in fines, the company appealed the penalty at the end of October and could end up with a favourable decision.

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Best Buy moves to seek suppliers outside Resolute

Thunder Bay News Watch
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — After Best Buy announced earlier this week it will shift business away from Resolute Forest Products, municipal leaders need to show their support and stand behind the pulp and paper company, says the president of the Thunder Bay District Municipal League. …The move comes after mounting pressure from Greenpeace, which recently released a report stating Best Buy may be using more than 100 million pounds of paper annually from one supplier, originating from the Boreal forest. The report also alleges Resolute is linked to destroying endangered species habitats and has had disputes with Indigenous communities.

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Resolute unlikely to sell Iroquois Falls paper mill: union

Unifor says it believes the company has no interest in selling newsprint mill to a competitor
CBC News
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The union that represents workers with Resolute Forest Products in Iroquois Falls says the outlook is grim for workers who will lose their jobs. Last week, the company announced it’s closing the newsprint mill—the town’s largest employer. That will put about 180 people out of a job. A spokesperson with Unifor, the union representing the employees, said that once Resolute turns the lights off at the end of the month, it’s unlikely they’ll ever be turned back on. “We are certainly trying to see if there’s any potential purchasers for the mill. Unlike the Fort Frances mill, this mill doesn’t have the same kind of opportunities,” Scott Doherty said. 

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Kenora Forest Products to unveil site development plans

Kenora Daily Miner and News
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora Forest Products Ltd. is hosting a public information meeting on a proposed new building and additions to existing facilities on the mill site located at Portage Bay and Lakeview Drive in Keewatin. The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening, Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre. The City of Kenora’s Site Plan Control Policy requires companies to consult with the public on proposed development of new free-standing structures measuring 330 square metres gross floor area or greater.

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Tembec strike over

The Nugget
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The 15-day Tembec strike is over.  A vote was held last night at the Temiscaming community centre to decide whether Tembec workers would accept the latest contract offer. According to Unifor 533 president Roger Gauthier, 599 people voted – 582 voted to accept the contract, three spoiled ballots and 14 voted no.

Tembec reaches four-year deal with striking Quebec workers from Canadian Maufacturing

Press Release from Tembec

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FSC will change processes following Resolute dispute

Pulp and Paper Canada
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Following legal action by Resolute Forest Products against Rainforest Alliance to prevent an audit report of Resolute’s activities from being published, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has decided to amend its processes so that similar actions cannot be repeated by FSC certificate holders in the future… According to FSC’s principles, all audit reports must be made public as verification. However, Resolute gained a legal injunction against any communication of the final audit report for the Caribou Forest. This action prevented the publication of the audit report and, FSC states, was a serious deviation from FSC’s dispute resolution process. 

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New Brunswick government releases agreements with forestry companies

Canadian Press
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s natural resources minister has released the province’s agreements with forestry companies but says it’s too early to say what, if any, changes the government will make to them. The Liberals promised to release the agreements, which give the companies access to more Crown land and are the result of a 10-year forestry plan announced in March by the previous Progressive Conservative government. The plan will allow forestry companies to harvest an additional 660,000 cubic metres of softwood a year — a hike of 20 per cent.

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Union paper workers plan to continue negotiations with KapStone

The Daily News Online
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Union officials said Wednesday they hope to continue negotiating with KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. after their members overwhelming approved a strike authorization against the company. Gregory Pallesen, vice president of the Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers, said the two parties still have mandatory topics to negotiate. “If the company doesn’t agree to continue bargaining, then it certainly looks like the Longview location will end up headed down the path toward a serious labor dispute,” added Pallesen, who is based in Portland.

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Man trapped in machine at sawmill dies

KVAL
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – A man died after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery at a sawmill Tuesday. The sheriff’s office identified the deceased as 31-year-old Justin Simons. According to a fundraising website established by friends of the family, Simons is survived by his wife of 9 years and three young children, ages 6, 4 and 3. South Lane County Fire and Rescue responded to a report of an industrial accident at the Weyerhaeuser mill site in Cottage Grove at 4:20 p.m. on December 9. Crews arrived to find Simons being resuscitated by an emergency response crew from the mill. The initial reports prior to arrival of South Lane Fire crews were that the patient was trapped in a piece of machinery.

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Domtar spending US$160 million to convert U.S. paper machine to fluff for diapers

680 News
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONTREAL – Domtar will spend US$160 million on a U.S. plant conversion to increase production of fluff pulp used in diapers and adult incontinence products as it seeks to grow its personal care business in the face of declining demand for paper. The conversion will reduce Domtar’s paper output by 330,000 tonnes or some 10 per cent of total capacity. About 142 of the 940 jobs at the Ashdown mill in Arkansas will be terminated over the next two years as a result of the conversion. Domtar expects to take a mainly non-cash pre-tax earnings charge of US$117 million, including US$3 million for severance, employee benefits and training. It also said the conversion could reduce the carrying value of the mill.

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Verso to sell Bucksport mill for $60 million to recycling firm that liquidated Minnesota mill

Bangor Daily News
December 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States


BUCKSPORT, Maine — Verso Paper has reached an agreement to sell its Bucksport mill and related power generation assets to a subsidiary of the Montreal-based American Iron and Metal in January for about $60 million. Verso reached the sale agreement Friday and disclosed the sale in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The mill started informing employees of the sale around 4 p.m. on Monday, Verso spokesman Bill Cohen said Monday evening. “Basically we told them that we had a purchase and sale agreement. The only thing we knew for sure is that AIM was going to operate the power island,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Huxley Briggs, 5, makes, sells toy wood blocks in Whitehorse

CBC News
December 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Five-year-old Huxley Briggs says he got the idea to make his own wooden blocks when he saw some wood in his dad’s shop. “I thought, OK, I could use these blocks for something good,” he says. “I thought of something for them and started planning it.” Huxley got to work, using his dad’s sander, table saw, chop saw and a thickness planer — mostly by himself.  “I’m doing about 10 per cent and that’s the really fine cut on the chop saw,” say Bernard Briggs, Huxley’s dad. “He does everything with the planer and he does 100 per cent of the sanding. It makes me nervous as a parent but he’s got good focus.”

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Sunnyvale shorts: Mission College lands LEED certification

Mercury News
December 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Mission College’s newly constructed Gary G. Gillmor and Family Academic Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification… The Gillmor Center earned points toward gold certification in a number of categories. Two particular features include the building’s geothermal system that uses the ground as its heating and cooling agent and solar panels, which will help offset one-third of the building’s power consumption. Other green building features of the Gillmor Center include water-efficient landscaping, use of certified wood, efficient lighting controls and use of low-emitting materials.

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Forestry

Ontario student wins Forest Products Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth

Forest Products Association of Canada
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has awarded the third annual Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth to Shownoo Blackbird-Williams from Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario. The $2,500 award is targeted at youth from 18 to 30 who are enrolled in an apprenticeship program, college or university, who are a First Nations, Métis or Inuit individual with strong academic standing, and who are committed to their field of study and a career in the revitalized forest sector.

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Coldstream man killed in logging accident

Vernon Morning Star
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The investigation continues into the death of a Coldstream man in a logging accident. David Thompson Kennedy, 47, died at a heli-logging operation, near Tahsis on the northwestern side of Vancouver Island, Sunday. Kennedy was employed as a tree-faller when he sustained critical injuries. He was transported to Campbell River and District Hospital by helicopter and ambulance, but could not be resuscitated. The B.C. Coroners Service, the RCMP and WorkSafeBC are continuing to investigate the accident. END

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Ideas raised to save watershed

Company discusses old-growth logging
Alberni Valley Times
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The push from a local environmental group to halt old-growth logging near Cathedral Grove gained ground on Monday, when representatives from Island Timberlands, the B.C. Ministry of Forests and city council discussed the issue with the Watershed Forest Alliance. Last summer, city council agreed to support the forest alliance as it pressures the province and Island Timberlands to stop harvesting along the steep slopes of McLaughlin Ridge, an area of oldgrowth trees east of Port Alberni. Although McLaughlin Ridge is owned by the forestry company, it lies within the China Creek Watershed,

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MNR and MNDM hear concerns from northern Mayors

Kapuskasing Times
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Following the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities’ concerns regarding Bill 52 and Greenpeace Canada’s fabricated attacks on Northern Ontario’s forestry sector, Provincial Ministers Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle met in Toronto with Kapuskasing Mayor Spacek, President of FONOM. Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield (President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipalities Association) and Iroquois Falls Mayor Michael Shea joined the meeting via conference call. …The Mayors also raised concerns about the Endangered Species Act, and the impacts that changes to the legislation are expected to have on the viability of the forestry sector

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Use of drones in forestry: sustainable management from the air

IHB The Timber Network
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Aerial images have been used in forestry for decades to perform a variety of tasks, such as forest inventories or mapping damage after disasters. Today, very small unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously – known as drones – can be employed. Using drones to capture image data enables operations to be planned flexibly and at short notice, thus ensuring that image products are quickly available. Thanks to their low flight altitude, drones can fly even under heavy cloud. Moreover, their quiet and energy-efficient electric motors are not only environment-friendly but also reduce the impact of noise on humans and animals. 

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Lawmakers, counties frustrated by timber payment failure

Statesman Journal
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One word sums up the reaction across Oregon to the news that funding for the timber counties was dropped from a federal spending bill: frustration. “I’m very disappointed,” House Republican Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, said. “It seems quite disingenuous that the federal government, which is an absentee landlord, would add insult to injury by denying us the income our counties depend on.” Since its passage in 2000, the Secure Rural Schools Act has compensated Oregon’s timber dependent counties for environmental regulations that severely restrict logging on federal forest lands. However, support appears to have dwindled.

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Why an Elliott State Forest sale won’t necessarily end logging there (Q&A)

The Oregonian
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Tuesday, the State Land Board began a process that could ultimately result in a sale of the Elliott State Forest on the southern Oregon coast, while keeping at least some of its 92,00 remaining acres open to the public. The plan to sell the forest to a public buyer or public-private partnership would also absolve the state of its duty to use the forest as a revenue-generator for public schools. The Oregonian wrote extensively about the plan, which won conservationists’ approval, but was criticized by timber industry representatives who favored an option to increase logging in the Elliott.

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Forest managers fear ‘inevitable’ mudslides in burn zone

Crews race to shore up fragile hillsides
KCRA.com News
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (KCRA) —Crews rushed to dig ditches and widen road culverts Thursday in the area burned by this summer’s King Fire.However, forest managers said they had not completed all the preparations they had planned in order to try to prevent mudslides. “We’re up against some pretty big forces, especially if the rainfall is significant. It may overwhelm our capabilities,” said Barrett McMurtry, an engineer for the U.S. Forest Service. McMurtry said last week’s rainy weather caused several small mudslides that covered Forebay Road near Pollock Pines.

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Aides to Ron Wyden and Greg Walden present clashing views of failure to win timber money

The Oregonian
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aides to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Oregon Rep. Greg Walden gave different accounts Wednesday of the failure to get aid to timber-dependent counties funded in this session of Congress. The failure left 33 of 36 Oregon counties — particularly those in areas with a history of large federal timber harvests — facing the potential loss of around $100 million a year in federal aid through the Secure Rural Schools program. Walden and Wyden are the two most powerful lawmakers in the Oregon congressional delegation. 

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BLM to proceed with logging near Ovando

Helena Independent Record
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management plans to proceed with a timber project near Ovando after excluding pre-comercial thinning in federally threatened Canada lynx habitat. In an order released Sept. 8, the BLM vacated its May 7 decision to thin 632 acres as part of the Chamberlain-Wales timber project located in the Garnet Range about seven miles southwest of Ovando. The agency said it had made an error in its analysis of lynx habitat and withdrew the plan to address those concerns.

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Massive bill would protect some wilderness, open other public land

Los Angeles Times
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A massive military policy bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, now awaiting approval by the Senate, contains something you might not expect: dozens of public-land measures that would redefine the use of hundreds of thousands of acres of wildland across America. The bill, scheduled for a key procedural vote in the Senate on Thursday, designates nearly 250,000 acres of new wilderness in several Western states and places hundreds of thousands of additional acreage off-limits to drilling and mining. It also opens up more than 110,000 acres of wildlands as far away as Alaska for logging, oil and gas development, mining and infrastructure improvements.

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Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Reuters
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state’s public schools. Officials expect a sale price between $300 million and $700 million – a big range that reflects uncertainty about the extent of logging restrictions in the Elliott State Forest, an Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Proceeds from the sale would go to the public school trust, as Elliott was made a state forest in 1930 and put into a public trust to fund education through timber sales.

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Protesters demand ‘no clearcutting’ as Elliott State Forest decision looms

The Oregonian
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The State Land Board has yet to make a decision on the Elliott State Forest’s fate, but anti-logging demonstrators didn’t wait to make their wishes heard. A crowd of about 20 took to the Oregon State Capitol Tuesday morning, staging a mock “auction” of the state government building in symbolic protest against any plan that would privatize the Elliott. Department of State Lands officials have already said they won’t recommend privatization during a three-hour meeting Tuesday to determine what happens to the forest.

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Destructive winter moth has Maine bug experts asking for help from public

Bangor Daily News
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As snow begins to cover the landscape, most insects in Maine have either died, fled or gone into hibernation. But not so for the aptly named winter moth, which emerges from the cold ground to take flight on winter nights. New to the state of Maine, the winter moth, while intriguing, has the ability to damage forests, orchards and blueberry fields. During the past few years, state entomologists have been working to get a handle on this new population of pests, and they’re seeking help from the public this winter.

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What Maine’s labor force has more than any other state

Bangor Daily News
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…logging equipment operators make up about 11 times the share of total employment in Maine as they do nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. …That Maine has an outsize number of loggers compared to the rest of the nation, given that Maine has so many trees. The most in Northern Forest, in fact, both in per-person and overall totals. …Forestry is well represented in all of the state’s most distinct occupations. The total for logging and equipment operators is top, followed by forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists, log graders and scalers and then… political scientists.

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Buyer backing out is a reprieve for Hofmann Forest

Tideland News
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Though the struggle is far from over, Friday’s announcement that a potential buyer has backed out of a deal to purchase the pristine Hofmann Forest is good news for those who live on the banks of the White Oak River. Of course, it is good news for residents along the New and Trent rivers as well, and for the public in general. The massive forest covers much of the headwaters of the three rivers, acting as a sponge to cleanse pollutants that runoff would otherwise allow into the rivers and their tributaries.

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Lackawanna State Forest adds 500 acres

The Times-Tribune
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The latest addition to Lackawanna State Forest in the North Pocono area is smaller than some in recent years, but its size does not reflect its significance. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Wednesday announced the acquisition of approximately 500 acres that will link two previously disjointed sections of the 32,000-acre state forest and help protect Choke Creek, a prime trout-fishing stream and a key tributary of the Lehigh River. “The value of protecting the watershed there is critical. These are the headwaters of the upper Lehigh River, and the more of that we can protect, the better the water quality of the Lehigh,” said Todd McNew, Pennsylvania state director for the Conservation Fund, which facilitated the purchase of the land.

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General

Why an Elliott State Forest sale won’t necessarily end logging there

OregonLive.com
December 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

On Tuesday, the State Land Board began a process that could ultimately result in a sale of the Elliott State Forest on the southern Oregon coast, while keeping at least some of its 92,00 remaining acres open to the public. The plan to sell the forest to a public buyer or public-private partnership would also absolve the state of its duty to use the forest as a revenue-generator for public schools. The Oregonian wrote extensively about the plan, which won conservationists’ approval, but was criticized by timber industry representatives who favored an option to increase logging in the Elliott.

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