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Daily Archives: March 13, 2015

Business & Politics

WPAC approves Michele Rebiere as its new president and director

Biomass Magazine
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

On March 10, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada announced that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Michele Rebiere as the new president and director of the trade association. …Rebiere brings five years of industry advocacy experience with her to her new role as president and director, having served as vice president of WPAC and a member of the board of directors. “I had not considered a natural progression from vice president to president previously,” Rebiere said. “My goal was to continue to serve on the board as long as I was effective and had the time to dedicate to the role.”

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US investigates SC paper imports from Canada

EUWID Pulp and Paper
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The anger among US magazine paper manufacturers about increasing imports of supercalendered paper (SC paper) from Canada seems to be growing apace as demand on the domestic market is decreasing. US paper manufacturers, united in the “Coalition for Fair Paper Imports”, have now asked the US Department of Commerce (DOC) and the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to impose countervailing duties on what they consider unfair and subsidised SC paper imports from Canada. The Coalition … alleges that the Canadian government and various provincial government are providing direct or indirect countervailable subsidies to … and that the US domestic paper industry is being materially injured by reason of unfairly traded SC paper imports from Canada.

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Investigator details Lakeland blast

Prince George Citizen
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A WorkSafe B.C.’s lead investigator elaborated Wednesday during a coroner’s inquest on what he believes happened when a sawdust-fueled explosion ripped through Lakeland Mills sawmill nearly three years ago.Alan Little and Glenn Roche died from the injuries they suffered in the April 23, 2012 explosion which also injured more than 20 others, several seriously. Like he did when giving a presentation Tuesday, Paul Orr said the ignition point was a fan on a gear reducer in the sawmill’s basement that heated up to the point where it ignited some surrounding sawdust after coming lose and jamming into a screen.

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Pulp mill demolition goes out for bid

Prince Rupert Northern View
March 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Prince Rupert is calling out for bids for the demolition and salvaging of infrastructure at the former pulp mill on Watson Island. In September, the city announced it had awarded a contract to Stantec Engineering to arrange a course of action for decommissioning the former pulp mill and put two notices on B.C. Bid related to the work earlier this month. The first notice was a request for proposals for the demolition, salvage and removal of structures, contents and equipment at Watson Island and the second was an invitation for offers on industrial equipment from the site.

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Inquest Queries Managers on Clean Up and Safety

250 News
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Alan Little has shifted its focus from the events of the night of the explosion and follow-up investigation, to the managers who had input on the day to day safety practices and procedures.The WorkSafeBC investigation into the explosion concluded it had been sparked when the shaft of a jammed cooling fan on a gear reducer, overheated as it continued rotating, causing friction . The gear reducer was in an area where there was a significant amount of wood dust. The Fire Prevention Officer’s inspections over an 18 month period, repeatedly cited Lakeland for failing to have a Fire Safety Plan, and called upon the mill to develop policies and procedures for dust clean up and removal.

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Court overturns $1.75 million forestry fine

Alaska Highways News
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A judge has ruled that the province does not need to pay $1.75 million to a logging firm for losing access to timber sales near Fort Nelson. The firm, Moulton Contracting, alleged that the province failed to consult them properly by not telling them about threats made by a Fort Nelson First Nation man to blockade the project. The long-standing case goes back to 2006, when the province offered timber sales licences to Moulton Contracting to allow them to harvest trees on land near Fort Nelson First Nation. 

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Zellstoff Celgar to begin annual shutdown maintenance Saturday

Castlegar News
March 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An annual major maintenance shutdown at Zellstoff Celgar will start Saturday at 6:30 p.m. According to a statement issued by the pulp mill, the critical job for this shutdown is the inspection and repair of the recovery boiler, which recovers spent cooking liquor and converts it to green liquor which is in turn converted into white liquor by the addition of lime, and returned to the fibre cooking cycle. It takes approximately 36 hours to shut down the mill so the majority of maintenance in most areas will officially begin on Monday.

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Kruger recycling plant in Beauharnois destroyed by fire (& video)

Montreal Gazette
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A fire has destroyed the Kruger Inc. recycling plant in Beauharnois.  The fire broke out at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and produced a thick plume of smoke that could be seen several kilometres away. The local fire department appealed to neighbouring municipalities for assistance to battle the blaze, which was fanned by strong winds. There was no indication of any injuries as no staff were in the building when the fire began. The forest products company says the plant consists of a 65,000 square-foot warehouse that recycles paper and plastic and various other products.

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Lumber Liquidators to pay for safety testing of flooring

Helena Independent Record
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns. The Toano, Virginia, company addressed concerns raised following a “60 Minutes” report said the company’s laminate flooring made in China contained high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. The report earlier this month said the company’s laminate flooring fell short of California’s standards, something it denies. Lumber Liquidators has said that it complies with all regulations for its products. “We are confident that all of our products are safe and none of our products pose significant health or safety issues,” CEO Rob Lynch said, adding it would “never knowingly” put customer health or safety at risk.

Lumber Liquidators Comeback: Air Testing, Floor Replacements from The Woodworking Network

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Builders assure customers after Lumber Liquidators scare

CNBC News
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Phones have been ringing off the hook at flooring companies nationwide in the wake of allegations that Chinese laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators contains excessive levels of formaldehyde. No surprise that some of the nation’s largest home builders have also been quick to check and recheck their product lines and assure customers they are safe. While about half of all laminate flooring comes from China, according to industry sources, it is not widely used by major builders. Still, they do use some. We contacted some of the biggest and asked if customers should be concerned

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Georgia-Pacific Concludes Deal For Alabama Lumber Facility

PR Newswire
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA– Georgia-Pacific today announced it has concluded an agreement with RoyOMartin for the transfer of RoyOMartin’s Mexia, Alabama, Rocky Creek lumber operations to Georgia-Pacific. The Rocky Creek lumber facility employs approximately 110 employees. Terms of the agreement are undisclosed. Closing of the transaction is expected shortly. “We are eager to add the Rocky Creek lumber facility to our other lumber operations. This facility is a high-quality asset with a team of talented employees and we’re looking forward to combining best practices so that we can enhance our ability to serve new and existing customers and become the lumber supplier of choice,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager for Georgia-Pacific lumber.

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How was 2014 for the global forestry industry?

HD FestForest
March 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New figures have been released regarding the performance of the global forestry industry last year.  According to the latest Global Sawlog & Pulpwood Price Report from Wood Resources Quarterly, global softwood log trade reached an eight-year high at the end of 2014, with a total volume of 85 million cubic meters. Much of this increased trade went into China, with the Asian nation now accounting for 40 per cent of imports of the product, IHB reports.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber Kings cabin in Big White selling for $9.2 million

CBC News
March 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’re in the market for a log castle, you’re in luck. A 9,000 sq. ft. log home built with salvaged old growth cedar logs is for sale in Big White, B.C. for a cool $9.2 million. The log cabin was built in 2012 by Pioneer Log Homes, the Williams Lake, B.C. company featured in the popular HGTV reality show Timber Kings. According to realtor Justin O’Connor with Sotheby’s International Realty one of the owners’ grandfathers used to build castles in Germany and they ordered the home as a custom build. …The recovered cedar logs range in age between 500 and 1,800 years old, said O’Connor. 

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Less space, more happiness

Kelowna Daily Courier
March 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ten years after it was first envisioned, the six-storey Sole mixed-use building is finally finished. “It’s a design pioneered in B.C.,” said Mark West of Epic Real Estate Solutions, the firm selling the commercial units and condominiums at Sole. “Basically, it’s a three-storey concrete commercial building with three storeys of wood-frame condos on top of it.” Previously, no building with a wood-frame component in B.C. could exceed four floors for fear the taller building wouldn’t be strong enough. But wood has been deemed to be super-strong when used right and combined with other materials, so the provincial government now allows, and encourages, construction with wood-frame up to six floors.

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Time for change in building codes

Patrick Reardon, Executive Director, Portland Cement Assocaition
The Princeton Packet
March 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Now is the time for substantial changes to New Jersey building codes to avoid a future disaster such as the fire at Avalon at Edgewater and better ensure preservation of life and property. The Northeast Region of the Portland Cement Association, along with representatives from several concrete, masonry, steel, and fire protection industry groups, urge state officials to amend the building code to limit construction with wood materials and put in place regulations that call for “reliability enhancement” for construction that prohibits reductions in safety measures simply due to the presence of sprinklers. This includes sprinkler systems in concealed combustible spaces.

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Wood Plastic Composite Industry 2018-2019 Forecasts for Global and Chinese Regions

PR Newswire
March 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Market Research Report on Global and Chinese Wood Plastic Composite Industry, 2009-2019 is a professional and in-depth market survey on Global and Chinese Wood Plastic Composite industry. The report firstly reviews the basic information of Wood Plastic Composite including its classification, application and manufacturing technology. The report then explores global and China’s top manufacturers of Wood Plastic Composite listing their product specification, capacity, Production value, and market share etc. The report further analyzes quantitatively 2009-2014 global and China’s total market of Wood Plastic Composite by calculation of main economic parameters of each company

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Forestry

Hupacasath no longer receiving Burde Street woodlot addition

Alberni Valley News
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Hupacasath First Nation will not be getting an additional 9.5 hectares added to their woodlot W1902 at the eastern end of Burde Street after the city raised concerns to the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations over the dedicated road right-of-ways located in the area. City engineer Guy Cicon told council during their Feb. 23 meeting that the proposed additional lands included “significant areas of publicly dedicated road right of ways under city ownership.” “In our view the timber values arising from the dedicated roadways should accrue to the city,” Cicon’s report to council read.

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Rural advisory council named

Williams Lake Tribune
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the newly-formed rural advisory council were named by the Minister of Forests Steve Thomson and MLA Donna Barnett Wednesday. The 14 members come from different areas of the province, including Tolko’s Woodland’s manager Tom Hoffman who will represent the Cariboo region. Of the 87 people nominated for the council, 11 were from the Cariboo. Barnett, who will co-chair the council, said choosing the members was a tough decision. “Quite a few of us sat down in government and looked into diversity, and people in some regions that had an affiliation with the mountain pine beetle coalitions.”

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Wilkinson legacy to be preserved at Wildwood

Nanaimo Daily News
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When The Land Conservancy of BC purchased Wildwood Ecoforest from Merv Wilkinson, we pledged to protect the site forever. Although TLC is no longer in a position to own Wildwood, we will protect the property for the future through a restrictive covenant. Merv not only wanted his property protected from clear-cutting, but even more important to him was that his method of sustainable tree harvesting be continued. TLC’s proposal will protect that legacy by a covenant and Forest Management Plan that outlines how Wildwood will continue to be run the way Merv did.

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Georgina considers changes that could halt forest development

York Region
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A potential large-scale Metrus development in the North Gwillimbury Forest is back on the radar in Georgina after the town endorsed proposed changes to conservation guidelines that may stop it in its tracks. But whether those policies would effectively stop development or just add one more planning hoop to a complex paper trail of approvals that may still require opening up the province’s Greenbelt Plan for any resolution is yet to be determined. …The draft guidelines recently endorsed by the town have also been given the stamp of approval from Ontario Nature, the David Suzuki Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.

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NAN – Lakehead University Research Project Receives Award

Net News Ledger
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno congratulated the researchers and participating First Nations as NAN’s joint research on climate change with Lakehead University was one of the 50+ Research Stories recognized at the Research and Innovation Week Awards Reception on Thursday afternoon. “A two-way exchange of knowledge key to this project, with researchers sharing the latest scientific knowledge on climate change and First Nations sharing their traditional knowledge of the land,” said Grand Chief Yesno.

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U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa pushes for hearings on U.S. Forest Service ‘inaction’

The Union
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service is not meeting its goals on forest management to prevent wildfires, or to quickly salvage burned timber after fires take place, according to U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa. “We’re looking at having hearings this year on the U.S. Forest Service’s forest management action or inaction — ‘inaction’ being the key word,” LaMalfa said this week. “We need to be doing a lot more if we’re not going to have the catastrophic fires that we’ve had.” LaMalfa, R-Richvale, vice chair of the public lands subcommittee of Congress’s Natural Resources Committee, said the hearings date has not yet been scheduled but that he is pushing for it to happen sometime this year.

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Meet the Agencies: Touring the US Forest Service’s Modern New Digs

NextGov
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service turns 110 this year. Its long and remarkable history features larger-than-life figures, such as Theodore Roosevelt who championed the creation of the agency, and noted conservationist Gifford Pinchot, who served as its first chief. But when it came time to renovate a historic D.C. building that would serve as the agency’s new headquarters, it was thinking futuristic. The renovated Sidney Yates Building houses over 250 employees, recently moved from their rented headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia. In the process, the Forest Service is saving $5 million a year on rent and $200,000 a year on shuttle buses.

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Community members weigh in on Superior National Forest’s potential land swap exchange

Northland News Center
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Duluth, MN — The Superior National Forest is seeking public input for its proposal to exchange land parcels with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The proposed exchange would call for the U.S. to acquire nearly 30,000 acres of state school trust land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. USDA Public Affairs Officer Kris Reichenbach said it is not an acre for acre exchange—but rather a value exchange. Reichenbach said the exchange would be mutually beneficial.

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USFS study: Post-fire logging cuts fuels for decades

One more element to consider after big wildfires
KTVZ.com
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Harvesting fire-killed trees is an effective way to reduce woody fuels for up to four decades following wildfire in dry coniferous forests, a U.S. Forest Service study has found. The retrospective analysis, among the first to measure the long-term effects of post-fire logging on forest fuels, is published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. “Large wildfires can leave behind thousands of acres of fire-killed trees that eventually become fuel for future fires. In the past, post-fire logging has been conducted primarily to recover economic value from those fire-killed trees,” said David W. Peterson, a Wenatchee-based research ecologist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station who led the study.

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Tenmile-South Helena Collaborative addresses wildlife impacts

Helena Independent Record
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The proposed U.S. Forest Service Tenmile-South Helena Project would have the most impact on habitat for Canada lynx and elk, with some effects to grizzly bears and low impacts to moose and wolverines, agency biologists told a collaborative on Wednesday. Forest Service biologists Brent Costain and Denise Pengeroth presented a wildlife analysis addressing the project’s potential effects to species and habitats, to the Tenmile-South Helena Collaborative. Wildlife and habitat were organized into high priority, meaning those most affected by the project, followed by medium and low priorities.

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Logger aims to get damages for canceled contract

Daily Inter Lake
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eureka-based EM Logging is looking to recover $2.5 million in damages after winning an appeal of a terminated logging contract on Kootenai National Forest. A federal appeals court on Feb. 20 overturned a lower court ruling that the Forest Service had acted appropriately in terminating the contract, awarded in August 2010, for alleged “flagrant violations” committed by the company’s owner, Enos Miller. A press release from Doney Crowley P.C., the Helena law firm representing Miller, stated the appellate court found a lack of support for the federal agency’s allegations.

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Forestry advisory committee seeks members

The Oregon Department of Forestry is looking for Oregonians to advise on state forests.
The Daily Astorian
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations and projects is seeking applications to fill four vacancies. Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides oversight for implementing forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry stakeholders and serves as a forum for discussing agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals. The committee specifically covers issues related to Oregon Department of Forestry district annual operation plans, best operations for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, among other technical topics.

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John Logan: Why environment should take precedence over profits

The Modesto Bee
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Still, I never thought I would begin to see the importance of nature and the environment in much the same light as they see it. What opened my eyes, literally letting me see the trees for the forest, was when I flew over the Mother Lode. The scenery was breathtaking, with visibility for miles. It was a good thing my brother was busy flying the plane as I was gazing in awe, looking for landmarks to get my bearings. …It is understood the local timber interests provide those few decent-paying jobs that exist in the Mother Lode, and they pay taxes, too. And the thinning of dense forest and clearing of fallen trees and brush is also essential to good forest management. But is clear-cutting sustainable? Is it a tool we can use for the long-term?

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You Call This a Farm?

Urban farmers and foresters are benefiting from a gaping property tax loophole.
Willamette Week
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Joe Angel is a real-estate developer and investor best known for once owning 28 Portland-area Burger Kings. Angel also helped develop three downtown hotels—the Westin, the deLuxe and the Lucia. …Angel, 71, also owns one of the largest private properties in Portland city limits, a stunning 46-acre, hilltop spread at the pinnacle of the West Hills on Northwest Skyline Boulevard. …You might think Angel’s estate incurs hefty property tax bills. In fact, he pays about $9,000 a year for the 2,600-square-foot house on the property and the parklike grounds surrounding it. Angel benefits from a property tax break originally designed to promote farming and commercial timber harvests.

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One misstatement does not undo Tester’s track record

Helena Independent Record
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Tester misspoke regarding the timber lawsuits — end of story. He has also apologized for his misstatement. It may be time to move on. Chastising a man for a misstatement is nothing more than politics, and it is petty. Instead of focusing on a statement that was retracted and apologized for shortly after it was said, maybe we should focus on Tester’s overall track record. The senator has always been a fearless advocate for the local timber industry. Jon Tester has gone to bat for Montana’s timber industry time and time again. He worked tirelessly to ensure that Montana’s mills would not be negatively impacted by future free trade agreements ….

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Viewpoint: Letter to Daines on forest management

Ravalli Republic
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I attended the roundtable hosted at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula last week. We appreciate the opportunity to engage you on the issues important to Montana. Much was stated by industry regarding the federal government’s mismanagement of forests. You know as well as we that the mismanagement of forests has been two sided – extraction industries have left us with a legacy of ruined forests and waters of Montana. Whether the state or industry can responsibly manage Montana’s natural resources is questionable. For example there are 470 impaired water bodies in Montana and the state and counties have done little to bring them back. If anything is Montana’s greatest asset it is water.

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Fix wildfire budgeting

The Register-Guard
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With Western states facing a fire season that is expected to start earlier, last longer, burn hotter and cost more than in recent years, it’s time for Congress to solve the problem of funding fire suppression. The cost of fighting wildfires has soared, increasing from 16 percent of the U.S. Forest Service budget in 1995 to 42 percent last year. If predictions of a catastrophic fire season this year prove to be on target, wildfire suppression costs could run hundreds of millions of dollars over budget, once again wreaking havoc on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management budgets. Cost overruns in recent years have forced these federal agencies to shift money from other vitally important programs such as road maintenance, timber sales, recreation and, most significantly, fire prevention.

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Forest restoration work begins west of Bend

KTVZ
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. – Contractors on Wednesday began forest health restoration work in an area south of the Cascade Lakes Highway, about 10 miles west of Bend. On Monday, the Storm King bike trail will be temporarily closed for approximately four days to accommodate the work and provide for public safety. The work is part of the West Bend large landscape restoration project. Contractors will begin by grinding up brush and small trees (mastication) in the area. The grinding or mastication work will take three to four days. Following the mastication of the brush and small trees, the contractor, Scott Logging, will begin thinning and timber sale activities in the area.

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FLC to live-stream beetle presentation

The Durango Herald
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fort Lewis College will live-stream a San Juan National Forest Service presentation on the spruce beetle epidemic and its impact on Colorado forests. The presentation is set to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Vallecito Room in the Student Union. There is no cost.  The college’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/FLCDurango will carry the live stream. The presentation also can be seen directly at www.http://youtube/DXHZcybbQQo.  A Colorado State Forest Service report last year cited the spruce beetle as the state’s most widespread insect threat.  An estimated 485,000 acres have been affected by 2014.

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Brazil creates police unit to battle illegal logging in Amazon

Global Post
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government of Brazil announced the creation of a special police unit tasked with preventing illegal logging in rainforests of Amazonia. Under an agreement between the justice and interior ministries and the National Economic and Social Development Bank, or BNDES, some 200 officers will be permanently assigned to key points in the Amazon region. The forest guard will be staffed by officers from the National Security Force, an elite corps under the direct control of the Justice Ministry. …”Fighting against deforestation is no simple task and it demands plenty of dedication and a large structure,” Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso said in a statement.

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China’s forestry development in 2014

IHB The Timber Network
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT TO SEE THIS WHOLE STORY: China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) on Thursday released a bulletin showcasing development in the forestry sector to mark the country’s 37th Arbor Day. …The combined export and import value of Chinese forest products like wood and bamboo climbed to 138 billion U.S. dollars last year. The figure represented growth of 9.5 percent from 2013. Total output of the forestry industry reached 5.26 trillion yuan (858 billion U.S. dollars) in 2014, up 11.1 percent. Of the total, wood and bamboo products along with commercial forest planting each contributed more than 1 trillion yuan.

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“You are only concerned when the hurley shortage happens’: GAA urged to fight forest fungus

March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A FUNGUS COULD be threatening the future of hurley production. The ‘Ash Dieback’ disease has been spreading across Europe and infecting trees which hurleys have been traditionally made of. Fine Gael MEP and former president of the GAA, Seán Kelly, has called for the GAA to help combat the spread of the disease. Speaking at the European Parliament yesterday, Kelly urged GAA clubs across Ireland to support the work of Treemetrics – a Cork-based company focused on identifying and treating trees that are infected with Ash Dieback.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. should take lead in use of residual logging biomass

Williams Lake Tribune
March 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent (2014) and very detailed report provides the current status of forest biomass policy in Canada. According to the authors, B.C.’s harvest in 2009 was about 48 million cubic metres and covered an area of 122,620 hectares. It was estimated that we had the largest volume of roadside harvest residuals (tops, branches and cull logs) in Canada — 13.7 million bone dry tons (bone dry means zero per cent moisture content). This is almost half of the Canadian total and double that of Quebec with the second greatest amount. The potential exists for B.C. to provide 50 per cent of its current fossil fuel needs from existing biomass resources associated with forestry, agriculture and municipal waste.

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General

Cascades posts Q4 loss, reduced adjusted earnings as it undergoes transition

Canadian Press
March 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, Que. – Cascades Inc. (TSX:CAS) posted a $47-million net loss in for the fourth quarter, which included a number of expenses such as asset write-downs and a loss on discontinued operations. Excluding those items, the Quebec-based packaging and tissue producer had $8 million of net earnings, down from $18 million or 19 cents per share a year earlier. Sales rose to $879 million from $844 million a year earlier. The company says several initiatives that had a negative impact on its fourth-quarter will improve its results in the future.

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