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Daily Archives: April 17, 2015

Business & Politics

Paper machine fire at Catalyst

Alberni Valley News
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

No cause has been determined yet for the paper machine fire that broke out at the Catalyst paper mill late in the evening on Thursday, April 16, Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley said. “It was a paper machine fire. So a paper machine fire is volatile, they flash up big really fast and die down often. This fire didn’t die down, it was more sustained than we’re use to seeing,” Pley said. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire which was extinguished around 2 a.m. on Friday. “I’m not aware of anybody being injured,” said Pley.

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Voting Green won’t split vote: May

Alberni Valley News
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Right now the Greens are on a roll on Vancouver Island,” May said, citing polling results on the Island as more than 21 per cent in favour of the Green Party. May said that the perception of an anti-logging Green Party shouldn’t turn off a forest industry heavy Alberni Valley. “We’re really committed to sustainable resource economies and the forest industry’s a really important part of that,” May said. “We need jobs, we need a sustainable economy. How do we re-imagine a forest industry so we can be competitive?” Key to that, according to May, is stopping raw log exports. “We want to see value added, we want to see jobs in the forest industry.”

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Editorial: Treaty-making process needs reform

Vancouver Sun
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

These are uncertain times for a treaty process that was supposed to bring certainty to development encumbered by aboriginal rights. British Columbia foolishly sought to deny its obligation to deal with those rights for more than a century. Even when it did, about half of the province’s bands refused, in effect saying they trusted the courts more than the province. Now the process intended to bring closure to old injustices, assumptions and miscalculations once more seems off the rails — or shunted onto a siding, at least.

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Squamish schools to open after fire at Nexen Beach Terminal

CBC News
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire at the dock at Squamish Terminals at Nexen Beach in Squamish, B.C., was reported to be mostly contained by early Friday morning. School district officials announced that because of improved air quality, schools would be open this morning, but students will be kept inside for the day as a precaution. Residents reported thick smoke, and noxious fumes last night, and into the early morning hours.

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Fire hits Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody

Tri-Cities Now
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

METRO VANCOUVER — The cause of a stubborn fire at the Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody that took crews more than 12 hours to douse may never be known. A day following the Wednesday morning blaze, Port Moody fire chief Remo Faedo said at this point the cause of the fire was unknown and will be difficult to determine. He noted the damage to the planer mill was so severe, it’s unsafe to do a complete investigation. However, Faedo did note that investigators don’t believe the fire is suspicious in any way.

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Labour talks on way to conciliation

Chronicle Journal
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Contract talks between Domtar and 550 Unifor members at the Dryden pulp mill and woodlands operations are headed to conciliation. Negotiations begin on Monday. Contract negotiations broke down in late January and Unifor then applied for conciliation for 225 maintenance, production and office employees and over 325 log harvesting, chipping and trucking members.

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US exports of logs and lumber continue slide

Journal of Commerce
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. exports of logs and lumber via ocean container declined year-over-year in January for the fourth consecutive month, partly because of declining demand from China and unfavorable exchange rates. After growing 9 percent in 2014, the trade outlook for logs and lumber for 2015 looks disappointing as the housing market restriction measures undertaken by top market China markedly cooled down the housing market in the second half of 2014.

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Universal Forest Products CEO ‘walking on sunshine’ after earnings report

Mlive.com
April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -Universal Forest Products CEO Matthew J. Missad said he was “walking on sunshine” on Thursday, April 16, after the company reported a 41 percent increase in first quarter profits on a 14.3 percent increase in sales. Investors felt the same way as Universal’s stock price closed at $56.20, up $1.52, or 2.78 percent at the end of trading on Thursday. The Grand Rapids-based lumber products company said each of its operating units showed strong growth, led by its industrial sector. Universal offers a variety of lumber related products through retailers and to manufacturers of lumber products.

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Hancock NZ chief McCallum upbeat on outlook for timber

Scoop.co.nz
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Hancock Forest Management (NZ), the local division of the world’s largest timberland investment manager, is confident about the outlook for New Zealand timber. “The domestic market right now is on a pretty firm footing. There is some pretty solid construction activity in New Zealand right now,” said Bill McCallum, general manager of Hancock’s local unit, which sells 70 percent of its volume domestically. “We’re very confident in the outlook for timber and New Zealand’s ability to produce timber on a sustainable basis so our investors are confident about the outlook.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Coulson gifts city hall a new look

Alberni Valley News
April 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

City hall’s exterior is about to get a facelift courtesy of Coulson Forest Products. “Coulson Forest Products is donating the material to re-clad the exterior of city hall,” Mayor Mike Ruttan announced on April 9. CEO Wayne Coulson said that his company is donating $100,000 worth of cedar panelling to cover… portions of city hall. The installation of the new exterior is expected to cost $35,000 and will be completed by city staff. …The cedar used in the panelling comes from the west coast of the Island, Coulson said, adding that his company tries to buy many of the logs they use from local first nations forestry operations. “This is 100 per cent local fibre. It grew here, it’s produced here, it’s manufactured here and it’s sold here.”

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NWCB 2015 Outstanding Projects – Interior Residential: The Remy

Daily Journal of Commerce
April 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Remy is a master-planned urban village and the first six-story, wood-framed residential development permitted in British Columbia. It was developed, built and designed by Oris Consulting, Penta Builders Group, Cotter Architects and Jane McCutcheon Designs. …The Built Green design focuses on making life more comfortable, conserving water and energy, and protecting the environment. …Judge’s comment: “B.C.’s first six-story, wood-framed residential development features an eco-friendly design and modern living environments. The build team faced many challenges when a massive fire destroyed much of the project but did an excellent job of bringing the job to full completion despite the setback.”

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Wood Industry Builds a Fire-Safe Future

Durability and Design
April 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC—Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States? The American Wood Council thinks so, and is partnering with the nation’s leading fire-protection group to find out. Jumpstarted by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the council will conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation and the Property Insurance Research Group.

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NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2015 “Stage One Entries Open”

New Zealand Scoop
April 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Showcase your examples of timber design excellence. Both local and international companies will be looking to NZ for timber design inspiration in 2015/16. This is New Zealand’s only Timber Design award event and allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders to showcase innovation using timber. One of the two new categories “Excellence in Engineered Wood Products” has been added to the award categories, due to growth of engineered timber buildings in New Zealand. The second NZ Wood new award is “Novel Application of Wood Award” for using new wood products or systems in a manner that characterises its unique features. 

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Forestry

Allow nature to exist

Prince George Citizen
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Environmentalists are known for demanding that others take responsibility for their actions while they do not. Not only are they responsible through their avocations, protests and lobbying for the death of these animals but are responsible in part for planet wide environmental damage. …”save a tree, don’t accept paper grocery bags’ which pushed plastic bags into the forefront. …”if you drink tap you will die because of the contaminants in it” …created a fear in people that caused them to turn to bottled water giving rise to the plastic water bottle …These were hailed as great victories for the environmental movement, now these products are condemned by the same people, but they do not accept any responsibility for their part in these situations.

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Province monitoring trumpeter swans near logging site

Calgary Herald
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A pair of trumpeter swans has returned to Kangienos Lake in the Ghost Valley, raising residents’ hopes that the birds will halt the logging planned in the immediate area. The large birds, which are a species of special concern in Alberta, returned earlier this month after spending time there last year. “They’re here,” said Lori Haywood, a landowner in the area and a spokeswoman for the Stop Clearcut Logging group. “They’ve been here for six years. “We’re hoping the birds’ presence will make the case that they should protect at least that part of the lake.”

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Tree falls on men

Vernon Morning Star
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafe B.C. is investigating a logging accident east of Lumby Wednesday morning that resulted in one man being airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital. Three men from an Enderby contracting firm were working in the bush 34 kilometres east of Lumby off Highway 6 and approximately 45 kilometres up a forest service road, in the Keefer Lake area, when a dislodged tree came sliding down the mountainside, striking the three men. Emergency personnel were called just before 8:30 a.m. after the loggers reported to the company that they had been injured. The contracting firm had first aid on-site.

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Injured logger air lifted to hospital

Man transported from forest with head trauma: WorkSafe BC
Alberni Valley Times
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A private helicopter landed at the West Coast General Hospital carrying a logger reported to be suffering from serious head trauma on Thursday afternoon. A handful of emergency responders and hospital staff quickly brought the injured forestry worker into the facility’s emergency department shortly after the aircraft landed at approximately 1 p.m. “The patient was, I believe, unconscious but breathing,” said Capt. Randy Thoen of the Port Alberni Fire Department, which sent a medical response truck to the helipad to assist with moving the man into the medical facility. “Normally that would be an ambulance crew but my understanding was that, while the ambulance did arrive on scene, they were delayed so that’s why we were called in to assist.”

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Rocky Mountain National Park continues hazard tree mitigation, spraying

SkyHi Daily News
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bark beetles continue to be active in conifer trees within Rocky Mountain National Park. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property, according to Park officials. For several years, Rocky Mountain National Park has had a proactive bark beetle management program, and that will continue in 2015. The park will engage in mitigation efforts, including applying insecticide, removing hazard trees, prescribed burns, utilizing an air curtain burner, pheromone treatments and implementing temporary closures in a variety of park locations.

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Big Thorne timber injunction denied

Juneau Empire
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an injunction requested by environmental groups, allowing the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island to move forward Saturday. The Thursday announcement follows a March appeal by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to the 9th Circuit over the U.S. Forest Service’s sale of 6,000 acres of old growth and 2,000 acres of new growth forestland to Viking Lumber, one of the last local lumber mills in the region. Plaintiffs asked for the sale to be halted while the appeal is considered. The injunction only applied to the old growth trees.

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4FRI contractor gets grant

AZ Daily Sun
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The company that holds the principal contract on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative has received almost $250,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to facilitate a program to compost biomass thinned from the forest. Good Earth Power AZ, the company tasked with thinning almost 300,000 acres of northern Arizona’s forests over the next eight years, announced the composting operation early this year. With the Flagstaff company Roots Composting now under its umbrella, GEPAZ’s plan is to mix nitrogen-rich food waste collected in and around Flagstaff with carbon-rich wood chips to produce soil amendments.

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Oregon decides to buy wildfire insurance

Associated Press
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The state of Oregon has decided to continue buying insurance against the cost of fighting wildfires, even though it comes at a much higher premium and deductible. Tim Keith of the Oregon Department of Forestry says the state bought the $25 million policy from Lloyd’s of London on Wednesday. Once firefighting costs go over $50 million, the policy will pay up to $25 million, with the state and private timberland owners splitting the premium of $3.75 million. Last year, state wildfire costs were slightly over $75 million.

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9th Circuit denies Big Thorne injunction

KRBD
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion for an injunction that would have delayed the Big Thorne Timber Sale pending an appeal of a lower-court ruling. Thursday’s denial was the latest action related to the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. The U.S. Forest Service last summer made a final decision to move forward with the project, which includes about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest. Environmentalists, arguing that it’s critical habitat for deer and wolves, quickly sued to stop the timber sale. Lawsuits were filed in federal court by two separate coalitions of conservation groups.

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Missoula Ranger District plans prescribed burn

The Missoulian
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoula Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burning Friday and Saturday if weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and effective operations. The burning location is in the Blue Mountain Recreation Area southwest of Missoula. There are approximately 80 acres of ecosystem management burning located approximately three miles up Forest Road 365 from Blue Mountain Road. If ignition takes place, there is potential burning could limit public
access in this area. For public safety, recreationists are asked to be aware of fire crews and vehicles in this area. Prescribed fire signs will be posted at the main Blue Mountain trailhead, Forest Road 365 as well as forest trails near where burning is taking place.

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Questions about the revision of the forest plan

Daily Inter Lake
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Having participated in the preparation and review of the original Environmental Impact Statement and the Flathead National Forest plan of 1986, I attended the March 17 open house to see what changes were proposed. I was not surprised to see that most of the forest (with the exception of Tally Lake District and the “Island Unit”) was either proposed as new wilderness, wild and scenic creeks, or some other “look, but don’t touch” recreational area. This plan is supposed to determine the management emphasis for the next 15 years, but when an area is designated as wilderness or a wild and scenic river, this 15-year revision option no longer exists.

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Tribes looking at land options

Private timber or acquiring national forest land an option
Herald and News
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Klamath Tribes are still searching for a land base to fill the void left by the sale of the Mazama Forest. “Hopefully we’ll be able to find a replacement for the Mazama Forest and move forward,” said Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry. “I’m optimistic.” He said options may include purchasing any available private timber land or acquiring land within the Fremont-Winema National Forest. In February, the hard-won Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act was jeopardized after a Singapore-based company purchased 197,000 acres of land in Klamath and Deschutes counties.

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Vt. commissioner warns of forest fragmentation

Times Argus
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONTPELIER — For the first time in a century, Vermont is losing forestland and the existing forests are being broken into smaller, fragmented parcels that threaten the state’s cherished relationship with those forests, Vermont’s top forestry official told lawmakers Thursday. Michael Snyder, commissioner of forests, parks and recreation, told members of five legislative committees that more than 80 percent of that land is owned privately, the landowners are getting older and 75 percent of Vermont is forested — making it the fourth most forested state in the country. As forest parcels get smaller through development and the splitting up of family parcels, managing forestland for things like timber or animal habitat gets harder.

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Tas forest review open for submissions

AAP
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE management of Tasmania’s public and private forests is again up for review with the state and federal government launching the latest assessment and calling for public feedback. FIRST signed in 1997, the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement aims to strike a balance of environmental, economic and social considerations, and applies for 20 years with a review each five years.  Community groups and individuals can make a submission at stategrowth.tas.gov.au/forestry/rfa until May 29, after which time the Tasmanian and federal governments will negotiate an extension of the agreement, which is due to expire in 2017.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

American Companies Are Shipping Millions Of Trees To Europe, And It’s A Renewable Energy Nightmare

Thing Progress
April 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

In late March, a loosely affiliated coalition of southerners gathered outside of the British Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia with an unusual concern: wood pellets. The group, primarily made up of outdoors enthusiasts and conservationists, had traveled from multiple states to British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford’s doorstep. Chief on their minds was the rapidly increasing use of the pellets, a form of woody biomass harvested from forests throughout the southeastern U.S. and burned for renewable electricity in Europe. According to the group, what started as a minor section of Europe’s renewable energy law has now burgeoned into a major climate and environmental headache.

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UK acorn crop ‘being hit by climate change’

Drop in abundance of acorn crop could be due to warmer years leading to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, Woodland Trust analysis concludes
The Guardian
April 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change could be affecting the quality of acorn crops from the UK’s oak trees, the Woodland Trust has said. Research using data recorded by members of the public for the trust’s Nature’s Calendar survey of the changing seasons has found that warmer years tend to lead to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, and as a result smaller crops. Professor Tim Sparks, from Coventry University, analysed more than 160,000 pieces of data and found that the more first flowering dates varied, the poorer the acorn crop was.

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General

Beam Me Up

A “tall timber” alliance aims to position Oregon as a front runner in the glamorous new world of wooden skyscrapers.
Oregon Business
April 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Created by the railroad, raised on timber jobs, Riddle, Oregon, population 1,180, has been ground down by timber’s downward spiral. As timber employment dwindled, so did Riddle’s services. Gone are the gas station, grocery store, retail shops and most of the restaurants and taverns that once did steady business. Gone too is much of the hope in this hamlet located 24 miles south of Roseburg. Now, an unlikely alliance of urban developers and architects, academics and timber industry executives may be about to reverse Riddle’s fortunes, and those of other timber towns, as they seek a new way of using trees to construct buildings.

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