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Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

Business & Politics

Grexit and the mysterious case of the near doubling of Fortress Paper shares

Globe and Mail
May 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A mysterious spike in the shares of a small Canadian pulp and paper stock is rumoured to foretell an exit of Greece from the euro zone. Fortress Paper’s stock has taken off in recent days despite the lack of any material catalyst, aside from speculation the company is positioned for a deal to print new Greek banknotes. Greece would only require such a service, of course, were it to withdraw or be expelled from the European Economic and Monetary Union, a fate the country may yet avoid.

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Spallumcheen residents angry over mill soot

Global News
May 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Residents of Palisades mobile park home in Spallumcheen are speaking out against their neighbouring mill tonight. The ash from wood chips is piled near their trailer park, with the soot flying all over their properties. The problem is particularly noticeable on windy days. They say they are frustrated with cleaning up the filth and worried it could be affecting their health. “Why should I be a prisoner in my own home on windy days,” asks James Streeter. He tells Global News he’s been dealing with the problem for more than five years. Though the Tolko Mill has been cooperative — watering down the ash when he complains — Streeter is still frustrated with the situation.

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Lakeland?s ongoing tragedy

Prince George Citizen
May 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…And so it goes, on to the coroner and the jury, who made more than 30 sincere and helpful recommendations that could go a long way to prevent something like this happening again. The testimony provided much-needed insight on mill operations leading up to that night but there it ends. For the Roche and Little families, as well as the living Lakeland victims, that is small consolation. They have heard the apologies made by Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group, the owner of Lakeland Mills. Now they are looking for someone to accept blame, to be accountable for what happened.

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Lakeland recommendations will be taken “very seriously”, says Clark

Prince George Citizen
May 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government will take a close look at the recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the fatal Lakeland Mills explosion and fire, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said Friday. Twenty-two of the 33 recommendations were addressed to provincial ministries and agencies, many of them aimed at Jobs Minister Shirley Bond and WorkSafeBC. “We’re going to take every single one of them very seriously,” Clark said.

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Lumber – Worth It’s Weight In Gold: Offense And Defense In Active Portfolio Management

ValueWalk.com
May 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Prior academic research focuses on commodities in isolation as leading economic indicators, ignoring the message price behavior may have on other asset classes. We find that the relative movement of Lumber to Gold provides important information on economic growth and inflation expectations, which gradually diffuses with a lag to stock and bond markets. Lumber’s sensitivity to housing, a key source of domestic economic growth in the U.S., makes it a unique commodity as it pertains to macro fundamentals and risk-seeking behavior. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Gold, which is distinctive in that it historically exhibits safe-haven properties during periods of heightened volatility and stock market stress. We find that the relationship between Lumber and Gold helps to answer the critical question of when to “play defense” and when to “play offense” within the context of active portfolio management.

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Agencies commit to scrutinize B.C. coroner’s inquest directions after mill blast

Canadian Press
May 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Agencies targeted in a British Columbia coroner’s inquest are committing to review a number of recommendations made after a deadly sawmill explosion in Prince George, B.C. A five-person jury deliberated for eight hours Thursday before it released 33 recommendations and ruled that the 2012 blast at Lakeland Mills was accidental. The recommendations are directed at a variety of agencies, including WorkSafeBC, the RCMP, B.C. Ambulance Service and provincial, federal and municipal governments. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said Friday her ministry will evaluate the situation and then take steps to ensure B.C. workers are safe.

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Bank, insurer sue over who pays $24.5 million verdict

Associated Press
May 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. — First Interstate Bank and its insurer are suing each other over who gets to pay a defunct Missoula logging company its $24.5 million verdict upheld by a state judge in April. The Missoulian reports  Kelly Logging Inc. went out of business after its bank seized stimulus money from its checking account to repay a loan that was not in default. The company sued First Interstate Bank, and a jury awarded a verdict and punitive fees of nearly $17 million.

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KapStone to layoff at least 33 workers, union says

The Longview Daily News
May 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. told its union this week that it will lay off 33 hourly employees in Longview as part of a companywide effort to cut costs. The job reductions will be spread out among the store room, yard, paper mill and old corrugated cardboard departments, said Greg Pallesen, vice president of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers. The timing of the layoffs was not specified. The company also said there would be layoffs of salaried employees, according to the union, but no specific information was available. KapStone declined to comment.

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Local sawmill provides unique service

Emporia Gazette
May 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Kevin Church, owner and operator of Tallgrass Custom Wood Products, has found a niche market in the sawmill industry in central Kansas. His mill — just a few miles north of Emporia on Road 205 — is a good blend of hobby and commercial work. Church has a doctorate in forest ecology, and after years of working for various agencies and teaching at universities, decided to get out of that game and start his own mill back in Kansas. His career has taken him through several states, but moving back to the area was the perfect idea in his mind.

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Forestry Tasmania ‘pushing’ for job cuts before pay rise kicks in, union says

ABC News, Australia
May 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Unions claim the Tasmanian Government is trying to shed about a quarter of Forestry Tasmania’s workforce before a pay rise its workers have been awarded kicks in. Forestry Tasmania is consulting on a plan to shed between 50 and 100 full-time equivalent positions as part of its bid to downsize and become profitable. Community and Public Sector Union secretary Tom Lynch said the company was working to a deadline of June 30, a timeframe denied by the agency. “It seems to be the push, as there’s a wage increase that applies at Forestry Tasmania from the first of July [of] 2.5 per cent,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Two B.C. projects earn top RAIC innovation honours for 2015

Daily Commercial News
May 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA—Two British Columbia projects that demonstrate new ways to use wood and steel have garnered the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture award for 2015. …As the first tall wood building in Canada built beyond current building codes, WIDC is a demonstration project for the future of building in wood. The eight-storey building (six storeys plus mezzanine and penthouse) stands 29.5 metres tall, making it North America’s tallest contemporary timber building. To prove that all life safety requirements could be met, the project team conducted extensive mock-ups, testing, and detailed studies.

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NY FARM BUREAU PRAISES ROUGH CUT LUMBER DECISION

New York Farm Bureau
May 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

New York Farm Bureau is pleased that the members of the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council have listened to the hundreds of farmers who wrote them about their concerns and chose to continue the current policy of allowing for the use of rough cut lumber in building construction. While the final 2015 Uniform Code proposal must still go through the public comment process before reaching the Governor’s desk, our farmers are hopeful that today’s unanimous decision will ensure a continued local supply of lumber will be available, saving farms money and supporting the state’s forestry industry. The Council was considering adopting the International Building Code standards that would have required lumber used for load bearing purposes in construction to be graded and marked by a lumber grading or inspection agency, something many sawmills didn’t have access or could afford to do. 

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Mayor proposes a parking garage for Glenwood — made of wood

Springfield wants to be in forefront of innovative building method
Register Guard
May 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Christine Lundberg wants a parking garage built in Glenwood — and she wants it made of wood. And before you laugh, understand, first, that the mayor is serious, and, second, she deems the project­ as a way to promote what could become a game-changer for the timber economies of Springfield, where mills continue to be an important source of jobs, and for the rest of Oregon, the nation’s leading lumber producer. Lundberg is firm in her belief that the project would stand out because of its special ingredient: cross-laminated­ timber, or CLT­­ —­ an advanced, or engineered, wood product slowly gaining ground in the United States that advocates say could take wood construction to new heights.

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Cox and Bacon build wooden structure with a lower carbon footprint than an iPhone 6

Dezeen Magazine
May 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: British designer Sebastian Cox has collaborated with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to create The Invisible Store of Happiness – a large wooden installation comprising a skeletal frame and intricate ribbon-like swathes. Created for Clerkenwell Design Week, which starts tomorrow, the structure consists of two freestanding pieces made from steam-bent and twisted lengths of wood, and is located under the 16th century arch, St John’s Gate. Cox specialises in designing and making furniture from coppiced hazel, while Ellen Bacon is known for creating large, site-specific pieces of woven and knotted wood that twist and arch over pathways and around existing structures.

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For the love of homegrown wood: an exhibit

Athens News
May 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Imagine walking around your backyard in search of a few select trees. After selecting some choice beauties, you carefully fell the trees, harvest the wood, and create handsome and useful objects of museum quality in your own shop. That’s exactly what four long-time residents of Athens County have been doing for decades, and their handcrafted furniture is on display at the Athens County Public Library in the exhibit “For the Love of Wood: Handcrafted Wood by the Splinter Group.” Thomas Bennett, Rick Duff, Kevin Smyth and Tom Zano have been working with wood for decades and recently formed the Splinter Group to display their creations.

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Forestry

Board to audit BCTS operations in the Grand Forks area

BC Forest Practices Board
May 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program in the Boundary Timber Supply Area, during the week of May 25, 2015. The auditors will examine harvesting, silviculture, wildfire protection, road and bridge construction, maintenance and deactivation and operational planning carried out by BCTS and timber sale licence holders. The audit area is over 659, 000 hectares and includes the communities of Rock Creek, Greenwood, Midway, Grand Forks and Christina Lake, the Kettle and Granby Rivers, and Granby and Gladstone provincial parks.

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Log Train Trail set for harvesting

Hupacasath consults with user groups as operations are set to begin on their land at the end of May
Alberni Valley Times
May 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Users of the Log Train Trail off Burde Street will soon be seeing signs of active logging in the area. As part of their ongoing economic growth, the Hupacasath First Nation have implemented plans for their forestry-related woodlots. Located at Great Central Lake, along the Beaufort Range and above the Log Train Trail, the plan includes management and small segments of land being logged at a time. Consultants are also working with user groups and residents to minimize objections, clearly outline their plans and balance careful economics with the environment.

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Mounties join investigation of Prince George-area wildfire

by Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
May 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The RCMP have joined an investigation into a wildfire in northern B.C. over the possibility arson was involved. The police put out a call on Sunday for the public’s help in the investigation of the wildfire that has already burned an area nearly 60 times the size of Stanley Park. Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass said police and forestry investigators believe the fire was human caused. Whether the fire was set accidentally or intentionally has not been determined, but they have an active investigation underway, he said. “Where the investigation will lead hasn’t been determined, but if there is criminality involved under the (federal) Criminal Code, the police are involved,” said Douglass.

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Eyes in the woods

Prince George Citizen
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s Forest Practices Board (FPB) is 20 years old. It was created in December 1994 to provide independent oversight of forest and range practices in B.C. and to help ensure compliance with legislation. In 1999, B.C.’s Supreme Court (and later the Supreme Court of Canada) upheld the board’s right to comment on the soundness of forest practices beyond just looking at compliance, thus affirming the board’s essence as a public watchdog. In 2004, the results-based Forest and Range Practices Act replaced the prescriptive Forest Practices Code, and the FPB’s oversight role took on added significance as onus shifted to reliance on industry’s resource professionals.

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Fire crews suffer setback in battle against wildfire in B.C.’s Interior

Kelowna Daily Courier
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A large fire raging in British Columbia’s Central Interior has grown dramatically over a 24-hour period, reversing some of the progress achieved by crews struggling to contain the aggressive blaze. The Little Bobtail Lake fire southwest of Prince George has ballooned more than 40 per cent since Saturday, from 170 square kilometres to 240 square kilometres. The increase was in large part thanks to unseasonably dry conditions in the region and heavy winds, with gusts peaking at 50 kilometres per hour, said Melissa Klassen, a fire information officer with the province’s Wildfire Management Branch. “We had 20-per-cent containment as of Saturday morning,” she said, but by Sunday crews had lost part of that headway.

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Little Bobtail Lake fire grows again

Large fire burning southwest of Prince George still increasing in size despite massive firefighting effort
CBC News
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A massive wildfire burning southwest of Prince George, which has forced 80 people from their homes, grew another 1,000 hectares Monday and now covers a radius of 250 square kilometres. The Little Bobtail Lake forest fire grew by 40 per cent over the weekend. The fire service had been hoping that wetter weather expected in the region between now and Thursday would give firefighters a bit of a break. But scattered showers on Monday also brought thunderstorms and gusting winds which instead helped the fire expand.

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Alberta NDP facing pressure to halt logging project

Party campaigned on pledge to protect the Castle Wilderness Area
CBC News
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If Alberta’s new government sticks to its campaign platform, a controversial logging project could come to a halt The NDP’s environment platform in the recent election included a promise to protect the Castle Wilderness Area, in the southwest corner of Alberta, near Pincher Creek. That region has been the centre of a years-long dispute over whether it should be logged or not. “The Castle was the only conservation area that was specifically mentioned in the platform, so we’re really optimistic we can get something done,” says Katie Morrison, conservation director for the Southern Alberta office of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

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DNR names new forest practices chief

The Olympian
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is appointing environmental scientist Stephen Bernath as Deputy Supervisor for Forest Practices. Bernath, who previously served in senior forestry roles at DNR, is replacing State Forester Aaron Everett, who is moving into the role of DNR policy director. Everett will also continue to serve as the agency’s federal relations coordinator. “I’ve asked Stephen to join my team because he brings great technical expertise and experience to overseeing timber harvests in our state,” Goldmark said in a news release.

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OSU ranks 9th in agriculture and forestry among 200 universities globally

Oregon State University
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking ninth in an international survey. The listing appeared in the QS World University Rankings of approximately 200 top institutions for agriculture and forestry worldwide in 2015. “Our world ranking is a testament to the continued great work of our faculty and researchers,” said Dan Arp, dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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USDA: Forest Health Can Improve Water Supply

USDA
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie says controlled burns and forest thinning are imperative as California deals with drought and an increased threat of wildfires. He says when forests aren’t choked with small trees there is another benefit. More snow and water can soak into the ground and replenish streams, rivers and reservoirs. “There’s such a critical link between the health of our forests and the health of our watersheds,” says Bonnie. “The Sierra provides an enormous amount of water for all of California agriculture and the water people use and drink every day.”

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Forest Service proposes fire treatment in Lamoille Canyon

Ellko Daily Free Press
May 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELKO – A proposed U.S. Forest Service project to clear dense brush and trees from areas in Lamoille Canyon is intended to reduce fuel in the event that wildfire strikes. The plan, according to a Forest Service memo, calls for fuel breaks near the Thomas Campground, the Powerhouse and Terraces picnic areas and scout camp, as well as a 60-foot wide buffer along both sides of Lamoille Canyon road where overgrowth is an issue. “Treatment will primarily include hand thinning with chainsaws,” the documents states. “The project will also include chipping of any brush or woody debris to a depth not to exceed 4 inches. Truck wood from larger trees will be made available for firewood in campgrounds.”

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Group sues to stop Kootenai logging project

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

KALISPELL, Mont. — An environmental group is suing to stop a logging project in the Kootenai National Forest near Libby. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies says in its federal lawsuit the project violates environmental laws and threatens lynx and grizzly bear habitat. The East River Project calls for 8,845 acres of commercial logging, 5,563 acres of pre-commercial thinning and another 10,000 acres of burning or slashing. Alliance Executive Director Mike Garrity calls it a massive clear-cut and logging project that would affect the forest and five tributaries of the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa.

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Montana ready to fight fire by helicopter

Great Falls Tribune
May 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – As he thought about the potentially terrible fire season to come, safety pilot Tal Williams looked across the Helena valley to one of the most challenging fires he’s ever fought. From the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation aircraft hangar, Williams said the June 2012 Corral Fire, which burned 1,800 acres in the Scratchgravel Hills alongside Helena, involved 50-mph winds and the urban challenges of houses, vehicles, power lines and people. Every fire is unique, shaped by terrain, wind, moisture, temperatures and hazards. The DNRC’s fleet of helicopters is ready for the upcoming fire season and will soon spread out around western Montana. Williams said he’s ready, too.

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‘Let It Burn’: Enviros Push for Return to Traditional Klamath Forest Management

The North Coast Journal
May 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Controversy over a proposed salvage logging operation in Klamath National Forest seems poised to leverage the National Forest Service into restoring historic stewardship rights to the Karuk tribe. Environmental groups have accused the NFS of “fast-tracking” the Westside Fire Recovery Project, which was proposed in October 2014 as a response to massive summer wildfires across the national forest system and private lands. …Craig Tucker, national resources policy advocate for the Karuk tribe, says Forest Service supervisors haven’t been in the region long enough to appreciate the impact of a century of cyclical burning, logging and even-age plantation planting

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A fire investigation that is failing the public

Letter to the editor
The Washington Post
May 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Benjamin B. Wagner, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, criticized Kathleen Parker’s Dec. 21 op-ed column, “A wildfire of corruption,” in a May 2 Free for All letter [“Charges ‘devoid of . . . substance ’?”]. He proclaimed that the public was “well represented by the assistant U.S. attorneys in this office who worked to hold Sierra Pacific accountable for its acts.” Mr. Wagner has no basis for this statement. The only judge to assess the facts from this joint state and federal prosecution found there was insufficient evidence to proceed, that the state’s case was “corrupt and tainted ” and that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) must pay $32.4?million in sanctions for its conduct. Cal Fire’s partners in this effort were prosecutors from Mr. Wagner’s office.

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Ravaged by drought and bugs, North Coast forests prone to go up in flames

The Press Democrat
May 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thousands of trees in North Coast forests are dying, apparent victims of more than three years of drought and the bark-boring pests that flourish when water is scarce. The dead and dying trees, mostly pines, are adding flammable fuel to forests where the fire risk is already high because of California’s prolonged drought. The dead wood won’t cause more fires, but once ignited, flames will burn hotter and be much more difficult to control, posing potential danger for rural residents and firefighters, fire officials say. “It increases the intensity of the fire,” said Jim Wright, a Cal Fire division chief in Lake County, where most of the area’s dead trees have been found.

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Coalition fights LBL timber sales

Murray Ledger & Times
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LYON COUNTY, Ky. – The trickle of Demumbers Creek has morphed into a swell of muddy water from farther upstream. The spaces between the dense trees are still alive with squirrels and birds where the current surrenders to the lake at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Amid the mild sounds in these backwaters, an unfamiliar clatter interrupts a placid retreat. The whine of heavy engines and huge logging trucks echo from deep inside the forest here. Occasionally the ground shakes from a fallen tree.

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Iran, Germany to sign agreement on forestry cooperation

PressTV
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Iran and Germany are planning to sign an agreement to boost cooperation between the two countries in the field of forests and forestry. Deputy head of Iran’s Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), Behzad Angouraj, told IRNA on Tuesday that the agreement will be soon signed as a follow-up to a conference held between the two countries on the opportunities and challenges related to sustainable management of Iran’s Caspian forests.

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Major logging in the Newnes State Forest

ABC News, Australia
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two major timber harvesting operations are about to get underway in the Central West. Pine plantations that have been established over a 35 year cycle are being logged in the Newnes State Forest, near Lithgow.  “The plantations are now mature so we will start harvesting so there will be heavy vehicles and machinery operating in the forest,” said Harvest Supervisor with the New South Wales Forestry Corporation Jack Cotterill.

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$5m new funding for forestry research partnership

Scoop.co.nz
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government will invest $5 million over seven years in a research partnership to increase the competitiveness of the forestry sector, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today. “Forestry is New Zealand’s third largest export earner – behind dairy and meat, contributing around $5 billion to our exports. This investment aims to strengthen the ties between research organisations and the industry to produce excellent research driven by industry needs,” says Mr Joyce. The new partnership is led by Future Forests Research, an industry-operated entity, in collaboration with Scion, the University of Canterbury, and the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative.

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Sarawak Forestry Corporation: No hanky-panky in felling of protected trees

The MaylayMail Online
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR — The Sarawak Forestry Corporation has refuted “unfair” allegations that its “rogue officers” had allowed the illegal felling of a protected tree species on native-owned land in the state. The state-owned firm said preliminary findings of a probe into the case in Sungai Kain revealed that the complaint had nothing to do with illegal logging, revolving instead around a dispute between the timber firm involved and residents on compensation for entry into the land. “The logging company concerned is the holder of a valid timber licence as well as permit to extract Engkabang logs from within the said timber licensed area, both issued by the Sarawak Forest Department,” SFC chief executive Wong Ting Chung was quoted as saying by The Borneo Post.

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Lumberjack Brad Delosa sets new world record in cutting through four tree trunks in less than 58 seconds

Daily Telegraph
May 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International
LITHGOW fitter Brad Delosa has set a new record to become the world’s fastest lumberjack — and he doesn’t even use his strongest hand. Delosa, who lists Blackheath as his hometown, is naturally right-handed for most tasks but chops wood with his left hand. And he does it extremely quickly. Taking on seven others in the global event in Italy at the weekend, Delosa ripped through four tree trunks in just under 58 seconds, using a chainsaw, manual saw and an axe.

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Larch forests of south Wales fall victim to disease

The Guardian
May 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Over the past 50 years, the larch forests clinging to dizzyingly steep mountain sides have become a familiar feature of the south Wales coalmining valleys. But the chainsaws are buzzing, the timber lorries trundling and contractors have started the painstaking process of felling more than 6m diseased trees. Large areas of Wales have been infected by larch disease, Phytophthora ramorum, which spreads through air currents, mists, and even raindrops, from tree to tree. The Welsh government has ordered Natural Resources Wales to fell infected trees, a multimillion pound project that is likely to last until 2020.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Editorial: Build a market for woody biomass

The Bend Bulletin
May 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The federal government spent $1.7 billion in 2013 fighting wildfires that devoured forests and rangeland. That year, wildfires burned some 4.3 million acres. If that sounds bad, the situation may only grow worse unless Congress invests more heavily in forest restoration. The U.S. Forest Service has said it has 82 million acres of land in need of restoration. Of that land, 65 million acres are at high risk of catastrophic wildfire. The Bureau of Land Management has about another 16 million acres it manages that needs restoration. One thing that could help is to create a better market for the woody biomass that is removed from forests during restoration work.

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General

Clarifying timber sale losses

Letter to the Editor
Helena Independent Record
May 18, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Region: United States

Helena — I would like to clarify my comments in Missoulian reporter Rob Chaney’s article on the Alliance for the Wild Rockies’ lawsuit to stop plans to massively clearcut lynx, bull trout and grizzly bear habitat in the Kootenai National Forest. Chaney wrote that I “claimed” the Forest Service would lose $2.6 million on the East Reservoir timber sale. The fact is that rather large sum came directly from the Forest Service’s own environmental impact statement in Chapter 3, page 408… Whether we should be dropping nearly $2.6 million federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize an environmentally damaging logging project in an area where only 1 percent of the old growth still exists is a serious debate the public needs to have. 

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