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Daily Archives: January 16, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Forget coconut water – BIRCH water is the craze everyone will be obsessed with in 2015

Daily Mail UK
January 15, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

In the last few years, coconut water has gone from being a kitsch treat that is consumed on a tropical beach holiday, to an all-singing and dancing beverage bought by anyone in the UK who has the slightest interest in clean-living. But the liquid could soon be toppled from the No.1 health drink list by birch water – a product that comes from trees found in the back gardens of thousands of Brits across the UK. Birch water has a list of health benefits that promise to do anything from flushing out toxins to eliminating cellulite and curing bronchitis and arthritis.

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Business & Politics

Province and Port Metro unionized truckers set to discuss labour agreement

January 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Unionized Port Metro truckers are meeting with the province tomorrow, upset over what they say is a failure to implement a number of promised changes. Unifor President Jerry Dias says March’s agreement which ended the previous labour dispute at the Port doesn’t mean much if the changes promised aren’t being enforced. “There has been no enforcement,” Dias says. “The facts are, the trucking company owners have shown the government their middle finger, and told them they don’t care about the agreement that was signed with the union by the government. They’re going to do their own thing.”

Port truck drivers to meet Transportation Minister Todd Stone for tough talk on deal implementation from The Vancouver Sun

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Opinion Column: New year marks increasing challenges in forest industry

Williams Lake Tribune
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In preparation for a forestry course I am involved with I reviewed a number of books and articles on forest issues in B.C. I came up with a list of issues that I would like to discuss with the class and think this list will be of interest to Forest Ink readers. I would appreciate any suggestions as to what sources I may have missed. My intention is to use future issues of Forest Ink to review some of these sources. I am trying to get a good cross section of authors with a variety of backgrounds. In general the sources are from industry, conservation, government and academia. As you would expect the opinions are often contradictory and will likely be provocative to some readers.

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Province and Port Metro unionized truckers set to discuss labour agreement

January 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Unionized Port Metro truckers are meeting with the province tomorrow, upset over what they say is a failure to implement a number of promised changes. Unifor President Jerry Dias says March’s agreement which ended the previous labour dispute at the Port doesn’t mean much if the changes promised aren’t being enforced. “There has been no enforcement,” Dias says. “The facts are, the trucking company owners have shown the government their middle finger, and told them they don’t care about the agreement that was signed with the union by the government. They’re going to do their own thing.”

Port truck drivers to meet Transportation Minister Todd Stone for tough talk on deal implementation from The Vancouver Sun

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Greenpeace is telling firms to shun the world’s largest newsprint maker and they’re starting to listen

Financial Post
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc., losing business to digital publishing, is facing a threat from Greenpeace as it urges customers to shun the world’s largest newsprint maker for what it claims are environmentally unsound forestry practices. …The activism, which helped lead to government-imposed restrictions on land use, has cost Resolute an estimated $50 million to $100 million in gross profit as it shut mills in the past three years amid falling demand, according to Stephen Atkinson, a Montreal-based analyst at Dundee Capital Markets. “You have a situation that is running out of control,” said Atkinson, referring to the impact of the lobbying on the company, its operations and workforce. “When will Greenpeace stop?”

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Proposals would cut Northern Pulp’s water consumption, effluent

Chronicle Herald
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A draft of the industrial approval being prepared for Northern Pulp by the Environment Department would require the company to reduce its water consumption and effluent production by 40 per cent each by 2020. The draft, which can be seen on the department’s website, is a discussion document. Public consultations on it closed Jan. 5, and a final industrial approval, which sets the conditions allowing Northern Pulp to operate, will be released Jan. 30. “The draft approval included tighter limits focused on three key areas: air emissions, water usage and waste-water effluent,” Heather Fairbairn, spokeswoman for the department, said Thursday.

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Swanson Group announces it will rebuild mill in Springfield

The Register-Guard
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SPRINGFIELD — Swanson Group Manufacturing announced today it will rebuild at the same location its plywood and veneer mill that a spectacular fire destroyed six months ago. Mayor Christine Lundberg said she was overjoyed after hearing the news. “Wood products and logging have just been a foundation of the community in Springfield. They are still such a big part of who we are,” she said. “We didn’t want to lose one that has been here and has contributed to the community.”

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Maine legislators want probe of Canadian mill subsidies

Associated Press
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Maine — A group of Maine lawmakers is asking the federal government to address Canadian paper mill subsidies they say place U.S. mills on unequal footing with their northern counterparts. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Independent Sen. Angus King are joining Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin to ask U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to investigate subsidies provided to the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Nova Scotia by the province’s government.

Collins, King, Poliquin want probe into Canadian paper industry practices from The The Ripon Advance

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Oregon State University plans $60 million forestry school expansion to take lead in innovating sustainable construction products

The Oregonian
January 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oregon State University has kicked off a $30 million fundraising effort to put the university’s forestry department at the forefront of what many Oregon leaders see as an emerging market in sustainable construction materials. Thomas Maness, dean of the forestry school, announced the initiative at the Oregon Leadership Summit last week. The planned $60 million complex will include new spaces for research and teaching, as well as renovating the existing spaces. The school also wants to double enrollment to 2,000 students, saying there is a demand for more trained foresters.

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Forestry

Government acting to save endangered caribou

BC Government
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is taking immediate action to save caribou herds under threat from wolf predation in two separate and targeted actions: one in the South Selkirk Mountains and the other in the South Peace. The South Selkirk herd is at high risk of local extinction. The population has declined from 46 caribou in 2009 to 27 in 2012, and to 18 as of March 2014. Evidence points to wolves being the leading cause of mortality. The South Selkirk is a trans-boundary herd, and caribou move freely between B.C., Washington and Idaho.

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SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA RENEW AGREEMENT TO COMBAT MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE

Governments of Saskatchewan
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of Saskatchewan will work to keep the province’s northern pine forests free of mountain pine beetle through a recently renewed agreement with Alberta. The Saskatchewan and Alberta governments have reaffirmed their long-standing co-operation on forest insects and disease, signing a three year agreement to work together on mountain pine beetle management. Saskatchewan will provide $1.25 million this year to help control the outbreak in Alberta, and to prevent or significantly slow the spread into Saskatchewan’s northern forest. “Through this agreement, we are addressing an issue of mutual importance to our two provinces,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said.

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Tourism should be consulted too

Letter to the Editor
Campbell River Mirror
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing this letter on behalf of the Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group (DIMTG) and Cortes Island Business and Tourism (CIBAT). …It was reported in the Dec. 9 issue of the Campbell River Mirror, that you announced the revival of the forestry task force to be headed by Councilor Charlie Cornfield. The article says “the task force is expected “to work with the Truck Loggers Association, TimberWest, Western Forest Products, Interfor and all other forest-related companies based here in Campbell River and on Vancouver Island to help re-build the coastal forest industry.” The DIMTG feels very strongly that the tourism sector needs to be consulted as well.

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B.C. launches wolf hunt to save caribou

Canadian Press
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Government-contracted hunters were in helicopters over two regions of British Columbia on Thursday as the province launched a controversial culling program that will sacrifice as many as 184 wolves this year alone in an attempt to save endangered caribou. …thier said there is adequate land and food to support the caribou population, but he said changes to the landscape related to forestry, roads and other forms of development have fragmented the habitat while making it easier for wolves to hunt. The province says its long-term focus is to protect and restore habitat.

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US signals it may downgrade protections for vanishing bat

Reuters
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Obama administration signaled on Thursday it may classify a bat decimated by a fungal disease as threatened, rather than endangered, which would allow activities such as logging of trees the bats use for forage and roosting. In 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended classifying the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the federal law after some populations in the northeastern United States declined by 99 percent due to a disease known as white-nose syndrome. Named for the fungal residue on the muzzles of infected bats, it has spread to 25 states and five Canadian provinces since first being detected in New York in 2006.

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Forest Service Unveils Web Application Identifying At-Risk Forests

USDA Blog
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As our nation’s forests grow older and denser they are at greater risk of attack by pests, which can devastate some of more cherished national wildlands. Healthy forests not only provide a beautiful setting for our outdoor activities, they are at lower risk for catastrophic wild fires, and are more resilient to changes in climate and to insect and disease attack. To address myriad issues facing our nation’s aging landscapes, the U.S. Forest Service has developed the Forest Health Advisory System, a web-based application that highlights potential future activity of more than 40 major forest pests and pathogens across 1.2 billion acres of treed lands.

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Court ruling threatens Eastern Oregon forest management: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


There’s widespread consensus on the need to increase the pace and scale of restoration in Eastern Oregon’s national forests. Stakeholders have been successfully collaborating on projects promising to improve forest health while creating rural jobs. This consensus has enabled elected officials and agencies to invest time and tax dollars to improve the health of “dry-side” forests that have become unnaturally overgrown and vulnerable to catastrophic events. Unfortunately a recent court decision on one project threatens to reverse this progress and derail future forest restoration efforts.

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Snyder vetoes bill limiting forest biodiversity management

Associated Press
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill Thursday that would have limited regulators’ authority to designate sections of state land for the promotion of biological diversity, saying it would hamper sustainable forest management beneficial to the economy as well as environmental protection. The Republican governor broke with lawmakers from his party who overwhelmingly supported the measure, which received final approval in December. It was backed by the timber industry, which contended that the Department of Natural Resources wanted to declare large sections of state land off-limits to logging. Environmentalists said it would prevent land management based on science.

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Timber county payments fall after expiration of subsidy

Associated Press
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Obama administration is telling governors in 41 states how much money they are losing after Congress ended subsidies paid the past 20 years to counties that contain national forest land. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service is sending more than $50 million to 746 timber counties in February, with Oregon and other Western states the biggest recipients. That compares to about $300 million paid out last fiscal year under the Secure Rural Schools subsidy program. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell sent letters to governors detailing how their payments would be cut.

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My Turn: Protection for wolves indirect, speculative

By FRANK H. MURKOWSKI
Juneau Empire
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service awarded the Big Thorne timber sale to Viking Lumber of Klawock last October. The action came after more than a year-long delay, and the sale’s implementation is still being held up by an environmental lawsuit challenging the contract. The Big Thorne stewardship timber contract awarded to Viking would allow harvesting of 97 million board feet. …The lawsuit filed by environmentalist groups argues that the Forest
Service must maintain stable populations of wildlife on its islands.
They suggest that for wolves, it means stopping logging so they have
enough deer to feed on. This is indirect, speculative protection for
wolves.

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Indigenous group had no say in Tasmanian wilderness area plan

Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation says it was not consulted and was denied permission to see draft of wilderness world heritage area proposal
ABC News, Australia
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s peak Indigenous community body says it was not consulted in a draft plan to drastically change the management of Tasmania’s wilderness world heritage area, and was denied permission even to see a draft. The draft management plan, released on Thursday after a leaked report was obtained by the Australian, cites concerns raised by Indigenous Australians as one of the key reasons to remove the word “wilderness” from descriptions of the area, and replace it with the word “remote”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EIA outlook includes bioenergy forecasts for 2015 and 2016

Biomass Magazine
January 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for energy production from wood and waste biomass as well as data related to home heating methods. Within its report, the EIA predicts total renewables used for electricity and heat are expected to grow by 3.3 percent in 2015, with nonhydropower renewables generation increasing by 3.9 percent. In 2016, total renewables consumption for electric power and heat generation is expected to increase by 4.8 percent, with a 6.6 percent increase in nonhydropower renewables.

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Guest Opinion: SOU biomass burner would be big mistake

Letter by By Bob Palzer and Paul Fouch
The Mail Tribune
January 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

We are shocked that Southern Oregon University is proposing to replace its natural gas boilers with a highly polluting biomass cogeneration operation. Decades of effort by industrial sources and individuals has reduced the use of wood for heat or power in the Rogue Valley. Now SOU proposes to haul wood waste from up to 50 miles away to burn on campus under the erroneous assumption that it will reduce carbon emissions, while trivializing the significant increase in particulate matter (PM) pollution.

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Seeing the forest for the trees … and pellets

The Recorder
January 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

After working for more than a year with woodlot owners around Franklin County and finding a need for help building up forest health, the regional government will join 11 other organizations in a conservation project to help region’s economy — one that could even lead eventually to a wood pellet factory to help schools and municipal buildings convert to locally produced wood heat, federal, state and regional officials announced Thursday.

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