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Daily Archives: February 6, 2015

Business & Politics

Resolute Q4 net loss soars to US$109 million on lower sales and closure costs

Canadian Press
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products beat expectations even though its net loss soared to US$109 million in the fourth quarter due costs related to the closure of several newsprint mills and lower sales. The Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, lost $1.15 per share during the three months ended Dec. 31. That compared with a loss of $3 million or three cents per share a year earlier. Sales decreased eight per cent to US$1.05 billion from $1.15 billion. Excluding $131 million in one-time items, the pulp, paper and wood producer earned $36 million or 38 cents per share, well above the 21 cents per share forecast by analysts. Resolute earned $32 million or 34 cents per share in adjusted profits the final quarter of 2013.

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Canadian forestry sector is expected to continue growing in 2015

IHB
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

On the background of oil prices being disbalanced, Canading forestry is flourishing. Experts expect forestry sector growth thanks to a high demand for forestry exports, a weakened Canadian dollar and the climbing price of lumber, reports the Canadian website sprucegrovexaminer.com. Despite a downward tendency in crude oil prices, Canada’s forestry sector’s confidence has boomed, said David Lindsay, president and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada. “The forestry sector saw 10 per cent growth in export sales last year … and employs about 200,000 employees across Canada,” Lindsay said. Canada’s forest industry is the world’s second largest exporter of forest products. Its main exporting markets are the United States, China and other Asian markets.

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Domtar Brings Transparency to the Pulp and Paper Industry

Triple Pundit
February 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Companies are talking more and more about transparency, but sourcing a product from raw material to the warehouse or store shelf is not always the easiest task. Buyers of office supplies who are interested in the social and environmental impacts of their paper purchases, however, may want to consider checking out The Paper Trail, a Web-based interactive tool that tracks the products coming out of the paper manufacturer Domtar’s 13 mills in North America

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Domtar Q4 profit, sales rise; adjusted earnings beat analyst estimates

Canadian Press
February 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) has reported a 34 per cent increase in adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter, beating analyst estimates by a wide margin. The Montreal-based paper and pulp company had US$91 million or US$1.41 per share of adjusted earnings, up from US$68 million or $1.05 per share a year earlier. Analysts had estimated 92 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters data. Domtar’s net income grew 9.2 per cent to US$71 million or $1.10 per share from US$65 million or $1 per share.

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Judge rules Brink Forest Products claim against BCR can proceed

Prince George Free Press
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A dispute between Brink Forest Products and BCR Properties deserves to have its day in court, according to a Supreme Court justice. BCR Properties had sought to dismiss a civil claim launched against it by Brink Forest Products regarding the use of property for a sawmill, but Justice J. Steeves ruled February 2 that “there are triable issues between the parties.” The dispute goes back 10 years and centers around property on Boundary Road. In early 2005, Brink Forest Products started leasing the 100-acre parcel of land with the intention of building a sawmill on the property. …The issue then became who is responsible to clean up the contamination, with an estimated price tag of $10 million. The issue has been in the courts since 2009.

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Editorial: First Nation’s Resource Law good as a guideline, but legality is questionable

Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Kaska First Nation is poised to unveil a “Resource Law” that will apply to lands to which it claims title. This “law” may well provide further clarity for those wishing to pursue development on such lands, but its legality will not have been recognized by any Canadian court. Absent that judicial authority, British Columbians must assume it is the province that continues to bear responsibility for crafting and administering laws relating to natural resource on Crown land. A Supreme Court decision last June did set a precedent in granting the Tsilhqot’in First Nation title to 1,700 square km of land in B.C.’s Interior. The decision also set new requirements for consulting and obtaining consent of aboriginal groups for developments on their traditional lands.

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Report Reaffirms BC Forest Industry Remains a Leading Contributor to Provincial Economy

Coast Forest Products Association
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An economic impact report by international consulting firm MNP shows the continuing importance of the forest industry to the province of B.C. … “Forestry in B.C. has evolved quickly over the past decades into a modern, innovative and high tech industry. In addition to being an economic driver and job provider to coastal communities, Coast Forest Products Association member companies are innovative and dedicated to practicing and constantly finding ways to improve sustainability,” said Rick Jeffery, President and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association.

Despite a low profile, forestry still a massive driver of BC’s economy from Resource Works
New Report Touts Forestry’s Impact on Economy from 250 News

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Drop in Canadian dollar spells upswing for B.C. forestry industry

February 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Consumers may not like paying higher prices for some goods in stores but the Loonie’s recent fall is getting B.C.’s forestry sector poised for major growth in 2015. …A February 5 MNP report commissioned by a group of trade associations representing different regions in B.C. showed forestry generated $12.4 billion toward the province’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 — the latest year full data was available. “There was a long period through the stresses of the pine beetle infestation, through long-term market changes, the forestry was on — I think it’s safe to say — a declining trend,” said Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir, whose think tank endorsed the MNP study.

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Port truck licensing rollout gets rough ride (UPDATED)

February 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


A suite of measures designed to fix troubled labour relations at Vancouver’s port has instead stirred up acrimony and threats of legal action.  “This has clearly been a rushed process, and … that’s why they ran such a profoundly flawed process,” said Lisa Martz, a lawyer with Gundmundseth Mickelson who is representing several trucking companies. Under the new system, truck owner-operators would no longer hold their own licences to access port terminals. Those licences instead would be held by trucking companies who would sponsor owner-operators. But many trucking companies were caught off guard when they learned they had received no licences, which meant they had effectively been put out of business. An estimated 600 people who work in the trucking industry could be out of job.

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Resolute to follow Ignace sawmill opening with forestry town hall meeting, Feb. 10

The Dryden Observer
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On the eve of the scheduled opening of their Ignace Sawmill operations Resolute Forest Products is set to host a community meeting where the company plans to share its perspective on the current state of the boreal forest and where it believes its future lies.  The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Motor Inn, Tuesday. Feb. 10. Resolute President and CEO Richard Garneau says Ontario’s forest is among the healthiest in the world. “Despite recent economic challenges, the provincial forest sector remains a vital contributor to the economic and social fabric of Ontario; directly and indirectly creating over 150,000 jobs and supporting the quality of life we enjoy.

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EACOM Welcomes Uniboard’s Investment in Val-d’Or

Canada Newswire press release
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

VAL-D’OR, QC, Feb. 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – EACOM Timber Corporation today welcomes Uniboard’s announcement that it will invest over $53 million in its Val-d’Or facility. “We are very pleased that Uniboard is making such an important commitment to the Quebec wood products sector and to the community of Val-d’Or,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM. “In an effort to reduce waste and maximize the amount of wood used from every tree we harvest, EACOM has developed markets for its wood residues.

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Typographical error in permit for Northern Pulp mill in Nova Scotia

Canadian Press
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Environment Department is amending a new permit for the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County after discovering a typographical error that misstates the location of an environmental study required in 2019. Department spokeswoman Heather Fairbairn says the document states that mill effluent will be measured at the end of an effluent transmission pipe, referred to as Point A. But Fairbairn says the permit should have said the effluent will be measured at the outlet of an aerated stabilization basin, called Point C.

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U.S. Hardwood Exports Hurt by Rising Dollar

WoodWorking Network
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Export markets turned in mixed performances in January. Chinese demand was good through mid-month but slower in late-January due to the upcoming Chinese New Year, which starts on February 19. Mexican and Middle Eastern markets were fairly busy. European purchasing was weak. Rapid U.S. dollar appreciation against other currencies hurt U.S. hardwood demand, particularly in Europe. Just in January, the dollar climbed 7% against the euro, 3% against the British pound, and 7% against the Canadian dollar. 

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Erickson Inc. lays off 150 as it rolls out reorganization

Oregon Live
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Portland-based Erickson Inc. laid off roughly 15 percent of its workforce, the aviation company announced Thursday.  Executives said a company-wide reorganization prompted the decision to lay off 150 employees. Company spokesperson Susan Bladholm said the job cuts were concentrated in southern Oregon, where Erickson makes parts for and maintains heavy-lift helicopters. Workers who lost their jobs will receive severance packages, Bladholm said. The announcement comes one year after the company rebranded and shortened its name from Erickson Air-Crane.

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Goodnight, Korbel

The 131-year-old sawmill near Blue Lake has closed, leaving employees in search of what’s next
The North Coast Journal
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…A handful of workers, however, gathered by the side of the road for a photograph. Combined, the nine of them had spent more than two centuries working at that mill just southeast of Blue Lake. Some were laughing, joshing around like this was one of those old-time company picnics out at Camp Bauer — except it was anything but. …The mill would be closing Feb. 5 — forever, as far as these workers knew, and they were among the 106 employees soon to be out of a job. So their laughter was edged with a what-do-we-do-now giddiness. Perhaps also relief: The mill had been on the decline for at least five years, maybe 10, depending on how you looked at it.

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Finnpulp mulls new NBSK pulp mill in Finland

EUWID
February 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A new player is set to emerge on the softwood pulp market in Europa. Finnpulp, a newly founded company based in Helsinki, announced its plans to invest up to €1.4bn in a new pulp mill in Kuopio, Finland. According to Finnpulp, the company is currently in discussion with national and international investors to secure the financing and will soon commission an environmental impact assessment study for the pulp mill. Kuopio pulp mill is to offer an annual production capacity of 1.1 million t of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada’s Lumber Industry Wins in Mexico Heat Treated Wood Deal

Woodworking Network
February 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Wood exports are likely to rise, say Canada’s agricultural and trade agencies, following Mexico’s agreement to recognize Canada’s heat treated lumber certification program. Under this new arrangement with Mexico, Canadian lumber producers accredited under a heat treatment program overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are now able to export wood such as spruce, pine and fir to Mexico without a phytosanitary certificate. While the movement of lumber and wood products are often a pathway for the spread of plant pests, Canada heat treats its lumber to reduce this risk and to meet the import requirements of foreign countries.

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Stylish toboggans built in Edmonton meant to last a generation

Edmonton Journal
February 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

You can buy sleds and toboggans at plenty of retail chains, but Mastodon Industries on Fort Road offers products that are high end and locally made, by Carter Brandt Woodworking. Owner Cary Brandt has designed three styles of toboggans, which he has perfected over time, trial and error since starting this enterprise in 2009. Originally, the sleighs were available across Canada but production has been downscaled to ensure the quality isn’t compromised, especially since the team is only two men strong. We talked to Brandt about his stylish sleds, which are meant to last at least one generation.

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Collaboration leads to innovative idea

Timmins Press
February 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Northern College and a Timmins-based forestry service have collaborated in developing an automated machine which packs bags of split firewood. Northern contributed to the project through the Northern Office of Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI), the college’s applied research arm. “Our work with Millson Forestry Service demonstrates the power of college-industry partnerships,” said Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College. “By combining NOARI’s resources with those of MaJIC (Materials Joining Innovation Centre) and Millson Forestry Service, we have been able to develop an all-new piece of equipment that leverages our combined expertise, and helps local industry remain innovative and competitive.”

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Bill is introduced in N.J. Assembly for freeze on lightweight wood construction

North Jersey
February 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Two weeks after a fast-moving blaze nearly destroyed an Edgewater apartment complex, a bill introduced in the Assembly on Thursday calls for a moratorium on new multi-family developments using the same lightweight wood construction while the state evaluates its safety. The measure by Assemblyman Scott Rumana, R-Wayne, would put a moratorium of up to two years on the approval and construction of multiple-unit dwellings using “light frame construction.” “This event in Edgewater, this catastrophe that just happened, is I think one of those moments in time where we have everybody’s attention,” Rumana said. “Now is when you can hopefully get some positive change that results from a very negative event.”

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Forestry

New forest tenure and log marketing system needed in B.C.

Williams Lake Tribune
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An article by David Haley and Harry Nelson; Forest Sciences Centre UBC two papers by BC Competition Council described a B.C. forest industrial sector in a general state of decline. The coastal industry was in the worst condition with obsolete mills, high production costs, and a chronic shortage of new capital investment. The Interior industry was doing much better because of major investment and updates to state of the art mills but the success was unsustainable over the medium and long term. The success was mainly due to an increasing supply of inexpensive wood as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

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RAW LOG EXPORTS SKYROCKET IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

BC exporting raw logs and jobs at record levels
Wilderness Committee
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The controversial practice of raw log exports – shipping unprocessed tree trunks overseas without adding any value here in BC – has reached all-time record levels in the last few years. The most recent data from BC Stats indicates that 2013 was the record year for raw log exports, with a staggering 6.6 million cubic metres (m3) of timber sent abroad (one cubic metre roughly equals one city telephone pole). That is more than six times the amount that was being exported in the mid-1990s, when raw log exports averaged less than one million m3 per year.

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Northern College, industry partners join on applied research project

Northern Ontario Business
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern College, in collaboration with the Materials Joining Innovation Centre (MaJIC) and Millson Forestry Service, has completed an applied research project to design an automated machine that packs bags of split firewood. Northern contributed to the project through the Northern Office of Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI), the college’s applied research arm. “Our work with Millson Forestry Service demonstrates the power of college-industry partnerships,” said Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College, in a news release.

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Charity hockey tournament slated for Deer Lake this weekend

The Cornerbrook Western Star
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The 11th annual Log a Load for Kids charity hockey tournament will take place today and?Saturday at the Hodder?Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake. An initiative of the Canadian Woodlands Forum, Log a Load for Kids Canada is a national giving campaign through which loggers and other forest industry people donate the value of a load of logs, or any amount, to local Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospital foundations and organize related fundraising events. The proceeds from this tournament will go to the Janeway Children’s Hospital.

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Mel Norton calls meeting about Irving flight, conflict allegations

Saint John mayor, deputy mayor challenged for accepting flight on company’s corporate plane
CBC News
February 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Saint John Mayor Mel Norton has called a special council meeting for Friday to discuss conflict-of-interest allegations. Norton and Deputy Mayor Shelley Rinehart accepted a free flight on J.D. Irving Ltd.’s plane last week to attend the State of the Province speech in Fredericton. The speech fell on the day after a blizzard and Norton says there was nothing wrong with accepting the company’s offer of transportation. “They would normally never extend that offer,” said Norton. “It was an extraordinary circumstance given the road conditions.”

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Community forest pilot project begins in Annapolis County

Atlantic Farm Focus
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government signed an agreement Jan. 30 with Medway Community Forest Co-operative Ltd. to begin managing a community forest in Annapolis County, the first one in Eastern Canada. The community forest is part of the natural resources strategy. The co-operative will develop a long-term, ecological plan to manage the working forest and nurture forest-based businesses that support the local economy. The proposal was chosen through an expression of interest process by the provincial government.

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Dal AC woodsmen teams hunt down national titles in 30th annual Rick Russell event

Atlantic Farm Focus
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Bible Hill, NS] – The MacMillan Show Centre (in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia) will be alive this weekend, as students and fans pile in to watch the 30th annual Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition. Dalhousie Rams athletes on the men’s and women’s sides will be in the hunt for medals, as well as national championships, with more than 500 hometown fans cheering them on. “It’s definitely something anybody can come out to,” Brad Elliott, captain of the Dalhousie Woodsmen men’s A team and the event’s co-chair, said. “I doubt you would find anyone that wouldn’t enjoy at least something about it. There’s lots of action.”

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Upcoming Tongass Forest Plan amendment

KRBD
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass National Forest is working to amend its current forest plan to be completed by August 2016. Tongass officials decided to pursue an amendment after direction from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The amendment will expedite the transition away from old-growth timber harvesting to the primary sale of young-growth trees. According to Project Manager, Susan Howle, the amendment will also make development of renewable energy resources more permissible, providing low-carbon alternatives to displace the use of fossil fuel.

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Wyden O&C plan threatens Western Oregon industry, jobs

Statesman Journal
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We represent the hundreds of forest products companies that comprise a key segment of Oregon’s $12.7 billion, 76,000-employee forest industry and play a crucial role in the economic and social fabric of communities in rural Oregon. Our organizations represent nearly every forest products company that relies on timber from Western Oregon’s O&C lands to keep their doors open and their workers employed. Our members, the local rural economies they support and the federal Bureau of Land Management have been hamstrung by two decades of relentless environmental litigation surrounding the management of O&C lands.

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Forest coalition has no plans to give up

West Virginia Metro News
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the Kanawha State Forest Coalition said they were disappointed but certainly not defeated by this week’s ruling from the West Virginia Surface Mine Board. The board rejected more than a dozen arguments posted by members of the coalition and nearby residents aimed at revoking the permit for Keystone Coal’s K-D#1 mine which lies near the border of Kanawha State Forest. “We disagree with the Surface Mine Board’s findings, but we will continue to fight this through the legal system as far as we can,” said Chad Cordell, a volunteer with the coalition.

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Forest Service wants do-over after logging controversy

Asheville Citizen-Times
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S Forest Service wants to hit the reset button on its planning process for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. The agency is planning a new series of public meetings, tentatively scheduled for April, regarding its ongoing forest plan revision, which will guide management of the two forests for at least a decade, said Kristin Bail, supervisor of North Carolina’s national forests. She said she hopes this next round of meetings will be marked by collaboration, rather than the controversy that has plagued the process since a draft copy was presented to the public in October.

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ATC receives Innovations in Urban Forestry Award

American Transmission Company
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, advisory council to the Department of Natural Resources, has selected American Transmission Co. to receive its annual Innovations in Urban Forestry Award. The award was presented to ATC for its Grow Smart Community Planting Program, which over the past two years has awarded $130,000 to more than 90 communities for planting projects. “Our Community Planting Program connects us with the communities that we serve,” said Mark Davis, ATC vice president of asset management. “It helps to beautify the communities within our service area and supports our obligation to ensure the reliability of the electric transmission system by encouraging plantings that are compatible with the safe operation of the electric transmission system.”

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DNR to take a closer look at issue of pine forest conversion

Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is undertaking a closer examination of a trend in northwestern Minnesota where pine forests are being cut, cleared and converted to potatoes and other rotational croplands. Because the pine-to-potatoes land conversion could potentially pose a threat to water supplies and impact fish and wildlife for years to come, the DNR will prepare a document known as a discretionary environmental assessment worksheet. …The pine-to-potatoes conversion is occurring in an area known as the Pineland Sands Aquifer that has sandy, permeable soil. The aquifer is directly connected to local lakes, streams and wetlands.

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How healthy are Michigan’s forests? New report highlights the good and the bad

UpNorthLive.com
February 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LANSING — Michigan has more forest land than any other state in the Northeast or Midwest, which totals about 20 million acres. The Department of Natural Resources is highlighting some growing threats to the state’s forests including exotic insects, plants and diseases. According to a new report, the invasive emerald ash borer, beech bark disease and oak wilt are killing millions of trees across thousands of acres. The 2014 Forest Health Highlights report is an overview of Michigan’s forests, the insects and diseases that have threatened them over the past year, and details about what DNR staff is doing to improve forest resources.

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Forestry giant’s zero deforestation commitment put to test

Mongabay
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An independent audit of the world’s largest pulp and paper producer found that the company had achieved a wide range of results in meeting promises to end deforestation and resolve conflicts with forest communities.  In 2013 Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which included a pledge to end deforestation among its suppliers, improve communication and conflict resolution with forest communities, protecting peatlands, and sourcing fiber only from responsible suppliers. 

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Urban beekeepers angered over government’s poison plan

Urban beekeepers, a growing and vocal movement in Melbourne’s food community, are seriously concerned about plans to inject pine trees to try and eradicate a destructive insect, writes Richard Cornish.
The Sydney Morning Herald
February 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Urban honey producers are urging the state government to reconsider a plan to inject poison into some trees that could affect bee populations in suburban Melbourne. The government intends to inject suburban trees with poison to eradicate Marchalina hellenica or the giant pine scale, to help protect the state’s $1 billion softwood timber industry from the pest.  The giant pine scale is a parasitic insect, native to the Mediterranean and Russia, that has been responsible for the destruction of pine forests in its native countries. Infestations have been found at Mount Waverley and Harkaway near Narre Warren.

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Emotion high as forestry block burns

Marlborough Express
February 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Blenheim man Francis Maher stood near a road-block on Northbank Rd yesterday morning, watching as fire tore through his 29-year-old forestry block. Maher had been on-site from 3am after receiving a call from his daughter’s fiance, who lives close to the forestry block on their family farm, Spring Terrace. The pair were put on evacuation alert and moved all their livestock. Maher’s daughter, Hannah, was the sixth generation of the family to live on the site, and he had extended family throughout the Onamalutu Valley. Some had to leave their homes. He was able to reach his cousin’s house about 4am yesterday. They were packing up some belongings, but he did not know where they had gone.

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Cycling and forestry friends pay tribute to Richard Stanton

The Sydney Morning Herald
February 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Richard Stanton who died after falling from his bike early on Thursday morning last week in Deakin will be remembered as a quiet, dependable and intelligent man who contributed to the forestry industry. The super fit 49-year-old father of two daughters succumbed on Saturday to head injuries he sustained in Kent Street. …Mr Stanton was chief executive of Australian Forestry Standard, an independent certification body in Canberra that looks after labelling forest products. He worked on policy with peak industry bodies like Australian Plantation Products & Paper Industry Council; Australian Paper Industry Council; Plantation Timber Association of Australia; National Association of Forest Industries; and State Forests NSW.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Your Forests Aren’t Fuel

The Inkwell
February 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

One of the best things about Savannah and Armstrong in particular, is it’s lush greenery. Whether the leaves are blocking your path to class during the fall or shading you from the Southern heat in the summer, one would be aware if they were missing. So why aren’t students noticing that our forests are being destroyed and sold abroad as biomass? It’s simple: we aren’t being told. According to the Dogwood Alliance, a group that exposes deforestation in order to educate individuals and corporations, “European policy-makers are promoting the burning of Southern forests for electricity to meet their clean energy targets.” Each week, train carriages filled with wood pellets are transported through Savannah to the port where they are then shipped to Europe.

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General

Port truck licensing rollout gets rough ride (UPDATED)

February 6, 2015
Category: Uncategorised


A suite of measures designed to fix troubled labour relations at Vancouver’s port has instead stirred up acrimony and threats of legal action.  “This has clearly been a rushed process, and … that’s why they ran such a profoundly flawed process,” said Lisa Martz, a lawyer with Gundmundseth Mickelson who is representing several trucking companies. Under the new system, truck owner-operators would no longer hold their own licences to access port terminals. Those licences instead would be held by trucking companies who would sponsor owner-operators. But many trucking companies were caught off guard when they learned they had received no licences, which meant they had effectively been put out of business. An estimated 600 people who work in the trucking industry could be out of job.

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