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Business & Politics

B.C. lumberjacks look to yuan hub to boost business

Bloomberg
March 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

British Columbia’s treefellers are among those who stand to benefit the most as Canada sets up a yuan offshore-trading centre that will start transactions this month, according to the province’s finance minister. West Fraser Timber Co. and Canfor Pulp Products Inc., both based in Vancouver, may be able to save as much as five per cent on deals with China once the Industrial Commercial Bank of China Ltd. begins direct yuan-trading operations in Canada on March 23, B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong said in an interview. “We are really at a stage now where our focus will shift to ensuring our businesses acquire an understanding of how to use the tool,” de Jong said in London on Tuesday. “It is really a case of implementation and getting it up and running.”

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‘I’m still on fire’ — Lakeland blast survivor recounts events at coroner’s inquest

Prince George Citizen
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For Don Zwozdesky, the fatal explosion that ripped through Lakeland Mills nearly three years ago was something he’d sooner forget but will always remember. “I blinked and then the whole damned world was different,” Zwozdesky said at one point Tuesday when asked to give a coroners’ inquest his account of what happened that night. An electrician at the mill, Zwozdesky related a scene of chaos, confusion, frustration and fear that began when he heard the beams of the facility’s sawmill rumble and shake. Next thing he knew, a fire ball flashed over, knocking him onto the catwalk.

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Much less sawdust at rebuilt mill, inquest told

Prince George Citizen
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A worker in the Lakeland Mills sawmill described a marked difference in dealing with sawdust since the facility was rebuilt following the explosion nearly three years ago that killed two men and injured 20 others. In particular, Wayne Cleghorn said during Wednesday testimony that almost everything is enclosed “so there is very little sawdust everywhere,” and if the baghouse is down, the mill automatically shuts down so that no lumber can be processed. He said that has happened a number of times since the sawmill returned to operation.

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Job Cuts Led to Dust Issues Says Lakeland Worker

250 News
March 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – An employee of Lakeland Mills for nearly 33 years, Lorne Hartford has testified at the Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Alan Little, that the mill’s state of cleanliness was in a steady decline in the months leading up to the deadly blast in April of 2012.Hartford is the shop steward at the mill, and was shop steward at the time of the tragedy. He told the inquest job cuts meant regular maintenance was being overlooked.

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Lakeland Survivor Questions Cause of Blast

250 News
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- You cannot convince Donald Zwozdesky that friction from a gear reducer sparked the Lakeland Mill explosion and fire. An electrician on shift that fateful night in April 2012, he has testified at the Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Alan Little that experienced mill workers learn to recognize certain odours. He compared it being “kind of a dog”, that you could recognize the smell of an oil leak, smouldering fire, mechanical heat, and his nose didn’t give him any warning of an issue. “When there was a fire, you didn’t go to the spot to help out because you were asked, you went because you smelled it.” He said there were no telltale sounds of mechanical problems, no clinging, no vibration.

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Alberni sawmill expected to reopen this week after fire

Alberni Valley Times
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI — Operations at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Port Alberni, which came to a halt because of a fire Tuesday night, are expected to resume later this week. No timeline has been set, but the company was developing plans Wednesday for work to safely resume in the portions of the mill not affected by the fire, said company spokeswoman Amy Spencer. She said the company did not expect the shutdown to last much beyond today. Spencer could not say where or how the fire started. “We can’t release those details until the investigation is complete, although there was a lot of speculation that it was in the head rig area.”

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First Nations seek injunction barring development in Fort St. John region

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When he was a boy, Marvin Yahey lived mostly off the land, hunting and trapping year-round with his family in the game-rich forests in northeastern British Columbia. But an explosion of resource development over the past three decades has so fractured the landscape that that kind of life isn’t possible any more, he says, except in a few small areas that remain untouched. Now, as chief with the Blueberry River First Nations, he is going to court in an attempt to stop the continued spread of oil and gas projects, mining, forestry and hydro development in the area around Fort St. John.

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Lumber Liquidators executives skip Florida appeareance

Associated Press
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

TOANO, Va. — Executives with Lumber Liquidators backed out of an investor conference in Florida where they were expected to appear Wednesday. The company is fending off claims that laminate flooring produced for the company in China contained elevated levels of formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen. Shares have tumbled almost 22 percent since the report about its flooring aired Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

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Senator asks for federal investigation of Lumber Liquidators

Associated Press
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK • A U.S. Senator is requesting that three federal agencies investigate Lumber Liquidators following a “60 Minutes” report that said the company’s laminate flooring made in China may not meet California’s health and safety standards. …U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sent a letter Wednesday to the heads of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission in which he called for independent testing of the laminate flooring to see if it potentially poses a health risk to the public.

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Bigfork grad wins prize for forestry business plan

Bigfork Eagle
March 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation student Stephen Jenkins from Bigfork and recent forestry graduate Jena Trejo from Marcola, Oregon, were first runners-up in the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by the National Forest Foundation and supported by donor Craig Barrett, recognizes business ideas that solve natural resource challenges in America’s national forests. Jenkins and Trejo developed a business plan to convert logging slash and other wood waste into methanol and liquid carbon dioxide through a mobile gasification unit.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. ‘leads way’ in shift to wood construction

by Derrick Penner – Designers rewarded for turning wood into spectacular structures
Vancouver Sun
March 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver architect Marie-Odile Marceau and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, designed by the firm Michael Green Architecture, were among the big winners at the 11th annual Wood WORKS B.C. Wood Design Awards, handed out in a ceremony this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Marceau, a principal at the firm McFarland Marceau Architects, was named winner of the Wood Champion Award for a “long and distinguished career,” championing the use of wood in a portfolio of projects that includes many schools in First Nation communities.

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Photos: Winners of 2015 Wood Design Awards

Vancouver Sun
March 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — These are some of the B.C. winners in architectural wood design, chosen from 107 nominations in 12 categories. The projects “showcase distinctive and unique qualities of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness,” according to Wood WORKS! BC, which organized the awards, held earlier this week in Vancouver.

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Building Material of the Future – Wood?

Green Building Elements
March 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

No, the headline is not a typo. Wood is going to places it’s never been before – up! The T3 project (which stands for “Timber, Technology, and Transit”) in Minnesota will be the tallest wood-framed building in the United States at seven stories. The 210,000 square foot office building is causing a bit of an uproar around the country. “This building is very unique,” Vancouver architect Michael Green says. “It is the first large-scale office building built of timber in America. It is part of a revitalization of century old ideas of how to build buildings.”

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The largest cross laminated timber building in world started in Hackney

OBASuk
March 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Construction of a residential block in Hackney has started and when it’s completed it will be the largest cross laminated timber (CLT) structure in the world. CLT was developed in Switzerland in the earl 1990s to allow dimensional stability and strength in framing systems. It’s made from multiple layers of wood, which are layer orientated crosswise. This can be used in roofs, floors and walls to create hugely stable structures and normally arrives pre-finished (thereby reducing labour costs) whilst providing a modern look to a construction project.

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Forestry

Property owners concerned with extent of logging near Apex Ski Resort (video)

Global News
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEAR PENTICTON – The property owner’s association at the Apex Ski Resort west of Penticton wants less logging activity in the area.  They say the proliferation of cut-blocks is a visual blight, could reduce their property values and might limit the area’s recreational development potential. “This is an intensive recreation area. If we want to cut more trails to encourage more people to come up here for mountain biking and cross country skiing, well you don’t hike in a clear cut, you hike in a forest,” says association spokesperson Jeff Brown.

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Playing in the Community Forest

Alberni Valley News
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberni Valley Community Forest (AVCF) has been quietly operating in the Alberni Valley for a little over 7 years in two locations around Sproat Lake. The Sproat Block is a 3000 ha property up the hill behind Sproat Lake Landing (formerly known as the West Bay Hotel). And the Taylor Block is 3400 ha and block runs up the slopes of Mount Klitsa, and extends to Sutton Pass on the south side of the Taylor River. Although one of its objectives is to manage the land to produce timber, another is to accommodate and even encouraged. The new manager, Chris Law, has a fresh perspective that is far more supportive of the recreational on environmental aspects of the AVCF.

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Forest licensees and ranchers need to work together

BC Forest Practices Board
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation of how well forestry operators maintain natural range barriers has found room for improvements, according to a report released today. The board concludes that forestry operators and ranchers need to work co-operatively where forest and range tenures exist on the same land base. … “Our investigation found that overall, forestry plans are not clearly stating how forest companies will protect range barriers and that ranchers and forest companies need to improve co-ordination of their activities and interests,” said board chair Tim Ryan.

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UBC scientists find key to deadly poplar tree fungus

Vancouver Sun
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – University of B.C. scientists say they have discovered why a certain type of fungus is killing poplar trees. The researchers’ study, published this week in the The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the fungus, Mycosphaerella populorum, uses extra genes to produce a toxin that can cause fatal lesions on the leaves, stems and branches of poplar trees. The extra genes were found through genome sequencing, the mapping of an organism’s DNA, according to the report. Lead researcher Richard Hamelin, a forestry professor at UBC, says the discovery will help scientists develop better methods to detect the fungus and prevent it from spreading.

BC researchers battle tree-killing fungus from 24hrs Vancouver

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Daines should balance conservation, extraction interests

Montana Standard
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Steve Daines was elected to the U.S. Senate on a campaign promise to strike a balance between conservation and responsible development. But will he keep it? After taking his oath in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, Sen. Daines told the Great Falls Tribune, “Montanans are tired of the gridlock. They are tired of the partisanship. They want to see results. We are here first and foremost to represent the people of Montana.” However, since his election only three months ago, Daines already shows signs of turning his back on his message of unity.

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Feds turning Tongass land over to Sealaska

KTOO
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sealaska Corp. gets its new land on Friday. The federal Bureau of Land Management will sign paperwork that day turning over 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the corporation. The agency’s Ramona Chinn says the land must still be surveyed and patented. But as of Friday, it’s Sealaska’s. “It’s a milestone for the land-transfer program. Sealaska is one of 12 regions and this would finalize their entitlement,” Chinn says.

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Board of Forestry to meet March 23-24

Sit News
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Anchorage, AK – The Board of Forestry will meet in Juneau and by teleconference on March 23-24 to discuss statewide forestry issues and participate in a forest fisheries forum. The meeting and forum will be held in Juneau and the public is invited to attend. The board will discuss statewide forestry issues from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, March 23, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester: Same lies spread by many others

Letter by Larry Campbell
The Missoulian
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has been awarded the lowest grade, four Pinocchios, by the Washington Post fact checker for Tester’s big lies saying “every logging sale” in the state was “under litigation.” Truth is only 14 percent are under litigation and only 4 percent are stalled due to litigation.Local and state politicians, timber industry officials as well as “conservation” groups join in as junior Pinocchio puppets when they spread permutations of the Big Lie and castigate so-called “extremist” grassroots forest watch groups for supposedly stopping timber supply. The media, with a few exceptions, spread the lies instead of reporting facts.

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Senators Again Seek Wildfire Funding Reforms

Bill would boost wildfire budget by 50 percent, require major thinning
Payson Roundup
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators have once again teamed up to introduce a bill to increase wildfire fighting funds along with money for forest restoration projects needed to prevent community-consuming megafires. The FLAME Act Amendments of 2015 would require the federal government to increase the budget for fighting wildfires from about $1 billion to about $1.5 billion. It would also require the federal government to spend about half that much on forest thinning and restoration projects, while streamlining the approval process for such projects.

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Pine beetles infest Jacksonville Woodlands trees at trailhead

29 Ponderosas felled at Sarah Zigler trailhead
The Mail Tribune
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pine beetle-infested trees that posed hazards at a popular trailhead in the Jacksonville Woodlands were taken down last week, but the infestation appears to be spreading in the woods. Bartlett Tree Service of Medford removed 29 dead and dying Ponderosa pines, some as tall as 120 feet, at the start of the Sarah Zigler Trail three-quarters of a mile west of city limits off Highway 238. The trees were on city-owned land. “They had to come down. This is a major trailhead,” said Larry Smith, executive director of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association. The group, the city and the Bureau of Land Management manage the Jacksonville trails system under a joint agreement.

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Colorado trees showing damage from fall freeze, winter scorch

Colorado State University
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORT COLLINS – Like homeowners who still hadn’t winterized their sprinklers during last fall’s mild weather, many eastern Colorado trees were unprepared for the record-breaking cold in early November. Temperatures in Denver plunged from the high 60s to minus 14 degrees over just four days, and as a result, many trees suffered needle and bud damage that will impact tree health this year. “Foresters along the Front Range have been getting calls on damaged evergreens in particular, with homeowners suspecting mountain pine beetle or another tree pest,” said Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service.

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Steve Daines: Future depends on healthy lands

Letter by Carol Edwards
The Missoulian
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines: Regarding the email that I just received today about “lawsuits holding up the timber output” of Montana, and “responsible timber extraction”: There is no responsible way to increase timber harvests! We have irresponsibly logged the forests of Montana ever since we set foot in this great state, and stripped this state of every valuable resource we could find in it, as if there were no end in sight. Well, the end is right under our noses now. It’s time to teach and to pay every logger to stop cutting and start planting, every miner to stop digging and start filling, and every oil worker to cap the wells and start installing solar panels.

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Senator clears up misstatement

Sidney Herald
March 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., discussed a number of issues including the necessity of the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and a factual blunder he made earlier in the week during his monthly phone conference with Montana reporters Thursday. “The misstatement I made on a blanket statement on litigation isn’t the point here,” Tester said. “The point is we’re having good forestry projects held up by certain folks, I think, unnecessarily.” The act, Tester said, would seek to limit what he called “frivolous” lawsuits that hold up forestry projects, while protecting legitimate claims. The bill also includes recreation and wilderness protections he said are necessary for the bill to get enough votes to get through Congress.

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Greens plan to silence the saws in State Native Forests

Guardian News
March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GREENS candidate for Oxley Carol Vernon has stressed her party’s policy on forestry would only impact on State Native Forests. The policy was launched this week and calls for: * An end to all logging and mining in State Native Forests by 2016 * High conservation State Native Forest to be immediately transferred to the National Park estate * The balance of State Native Forest to be managed by Department of Environment so that: (a) Environmental values are highest priority

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EU vows to preserve climate ambition in use of forests

March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Union will preserve the ambition of its climate action targets in the way that it accounts for forests, its Energy and Climate Commissioner told RTCC on Wednesday. The European Commission last week published proposals for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020, under a new global climate agreement to be reached in Paris at the end of the year. Some member states and environmental groups criticised the Commission proposal for confusion over how the EU would account for the impact of forests.

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Attack of the killer pine cones! Bunya trees dropping bumper crop of giant cones in Parramatta

Daily Telegraph
March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THEY’RE high in protein and said to taste a bit like chestnuts when cooked, but you don’t want to be anywhere near the base of a bunya tree when these giant cones are dropping. These potentially deadly bunya cones or nuts are as big as watermelons and they’re currently falling from trees in Parramatta. In fact, a few years ago one giant cone killed a cockatoo underneath a tree, according to volunteers at Parramatta’s Hambledon Cottage, and residents are urged to be on the lookout.

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Forestry leases returned to M?ori owners

By the New Zealand Government
Scoop Independent News
March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew joined M?ori owners and the community in Northland today to celebrate the surrender of a 740 hectare forestry lease. The ceremony included the felling of the final trees to mark the end of what was originally a 99 year Crown lease. The trees are to be replanted by the landowner, Parengarenga A Incorporation. “Partnership between the Incorporation and the Crown has been important to the development of forestry in the Far North,” Mrs Goodhew says. “By stabilising moving sand on the Aupouri peninsula this once unproductive land has been developed into a productive forest.

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‘Robin Hood’ Major Oak fails to win in Euro tree competition

BBC News
March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An oak tree associated with the Robin Hood legend has lost its bid to be named the best in Europe. The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, which is thought to be up to 1,000 years old, came up against 13 other trees in a public vote. It had won England’s first Tree of the Year competition in November, but lost out on Euro glory to a tree in Estonia. Nottinghamshire County Council said it was pleased the competition gave the Major Oak such a high profile.

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Oak on Estonia football pitch crowned European tree of the year

An Estonian oak tree in a football field has left UK trees in the shade by scooping the European tree of the year award with almost 60,000 votes
The Guardian
March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An Estonian oak tree in a football field has left UK trees in the shade by scooping the European tree of the year award with almost 60,000 votes. The highest-scoring UK tree in the competition, decided by a public vote, was the Major Oak, in Sherwood Forest Country Park, which is associated with Robin Hood and is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, with 9,941 votes. Scotland’s Lady’s Tree, a 100-year-old Scots pine at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes reserve, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, home to a famous osprey, Lady, for nearly a quarter of a century, came 9th with 4,193 votes.

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General

Russian newsprint is hurting producers here

Montreal Gazette
March 4, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, International

Low-cost Russian newsprint is biting a big piece out of North American producers’ traditional export markets in Asia and Latin America – especially India. The Russian shipments, offered at prices reflecting the Ukraine sanctions and the ruble’s 50 per cent drop against the U.S.dollar, added to a rough 2015 start for the North American newsprint industry, analysts said Wednesday. January domestic shipments were down 16 per cent year-to-year (and down 10.1 per cent from December, 2014) while actual demand dipped 15 per cent from a year earlier, accelerating from the 2014 level of 9 per cent, according to the industry’s January statistics..

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EU vows to preserve climate ambition in use of forests

March 5, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

The European Union will preserve the ambition of its climate action targets in the way that it accounts for forests, its Energy and Climate Commissioner told RTCC on Wednesday. The European Commission last week published proposals for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020, under a new global climate agreement to be reached in Paris at the end of the year. Some member states and environmental groups criticised the Commission proposal for confusion over how the EU would account for the impact of forests.

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