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Daily Archives: June 25, 2015

Business & Politics

Canfor’s Contractor Awards

CEO Don Kayne’s Blog
Canfor.com
June 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor’s contractors play a key role in our company’s success, and we rely on exceptional companies across our operations as part of our day to day business. Yesterday, we had the pleasure of recognizing excellence in performance amongst our forestry contractors – companies who harvest timber for us on our tenures in BC and Alberta. These companies undertake challenging and extremely important work for us, delivering the fibre to supply our western Canadian sawmills. Congratulations go to the following recipients of Canfor’s 2015 Contractor Awards: Myatovic Bros. Logging – Safety Award, Goat Creek – Quality Award, Blue Valley – Business Leadership Award, Young’s Mills – Top Canadian Contractor.

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B.C., Tsilhqot’in to mark historic Supreme Court anniversary with five-year deal

Canadian Press
June 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A horse-drawn wagon train carrying aboriginal youths and elders is slowly rolling and rumbling this week towards the Williams Lake Stampede from central British Columbia’s Nemiah Valley.  …The history making is not over, though. William said he expects the seven Tsilhqot’in Nation chiefs to sign on Friday a five-year protocol with the B.C. government, setting the terms and goals for negotiating land, governance and resource agreements over the vast territory that encompasses much of central B.C.’s coastal mountain area.

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Northern Pulp mill allowed to restart

Canadian Press
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU, N.S. – Northern Pulp has received the Nova Scotia government’s approval for a key piece of equipment that will allow the mill to resume operations. The province issued a legally binding order last August directing the paper mill in Abercrombie Point to replace its precipitator and get its emissions in line. The plant shut down on May 30 to complete the installation of the precipitator. The government says the equipment is expected to reduce emissions at the mill, which were above legal limits last year.

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Mill jammed with logs

June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

After struggling for the past several years to come up with enough logs to mill, Sierra Forest Products in Terra Bella today has an abundance of logs. The only lumber mill in the southern half of the state and one of only seven mills remaining in California, Sierra Forest Products has so many logs it is not too anxious to acquire more right now, said Kent Duysen, manager and co-owner along with his father and brother. “We’re having a hard time adjusting, but it’s very, very good,” he said of the dilemma the mill now faces.

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Mill jammed with logs

June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

After struggling for the past several years to come up with enough logs to mill, Sierra Forest Products in Terra Bella today has an abundance of logs. The only lumber mill in the southern half of the state and one of only seven mills remaining in California, Sierra Forest Products has so many logs it is not too anxious to acquire more right now, said Kent Duysen, manager and co-owner along with his father and brother. “We’re having a hard time adjusting, but it’s very, very good,” he said of the dilemma the mill now faces.

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Lathams reports annual profit rise

Timber Trades Journal
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber importer and distributor James Latham plc has announced a £1.4m increase in group pre-tax profits to £10.1m for the financial year ended March 31. Group turnover was £174.9m, 7.2% up on last year’s £163.1m. “Revenue continued to grow during the year due to increased volumes both in ex-warehouse and direct business,” said chairman Peter Latham. “Year on year growth was slightly lower in the second half of the year, because 2013/14 had been a very strong final quarter, however, both panels and timber grew revenues throughout the year. The gross margin per cent, before warehouse costs, increased by 0.4 percentage points, due to a better product mix.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian wood builders target overseas markets, but not just for their materials

Globe and Mail
June 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

Thanks to Canadian know-how, people in Tokyo may soon be visiting their relatives in the first five-storey wood home built for seniors in the country. “It’s going to be the largest wooden structure in Japan,” said Paul Newman, the executive director of market access and trade for the Council of Forest Industries. Canada started to make serious inroads in the Japanese market for wood in the 1980s, according to Mr. Newman, but Canadian expertise in working with it may be just as important as the raw material. Western Canada has always been a large exporter of wood. It is one of the region’s largest resources.

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Canfor supports European innovation event

Pulp and Paper Canada
June 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

This year, for the first time, the prestigious Schweighofer Innovation Prize included participation of a North American forest products company. Canfor Corp. sponsored 10 researchers from universities across North America to attend the prize ceremony and present as part of the wood innovation workshop in Vienna, Austria on June 15 and 16, 2015… The Schweighofer Prize awards innovative ideas, technologies, products and services in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the forest-based sector. This year’s winners were related to engineered wood products for the construction sector.

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Lacey Act Amendment Goes Before Senate

Woodworking Network
June 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Buried in the midst of recent trade agreement legislation is an amendment to revamp the Lacey Act and remove criminal penalties for all violations. Reintroduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures (FOCUS) Act of 2015 would amend the Lacey Act by substituting criminal penalties with a “reasonable” civil penalty system, and reducing maximum fines from $500,000 to $200,000. It would also remove all references to “foreign law” within the Lacey Act. Sen. Paul first introduced the FOCUS Act in 2012.

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Berkeley joins criminal probe into balcony collapse

San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

After declaring their probe into last week’s deadly apartment-balcony collapse finished, Berkeley authorities have done an about-face and joined a criminal investigation led by Alameda County prosecutors, The Chronicle has learned. Berkeley authorities made the decision hours after city officials said Tuesday that the laminated-wood supports holding up the fifth-floor balcony at 2020 Kittredge St. had become “severely dry rotted” before the collapse. The 176-unit apartment building was completed just seven years ago.

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Canada’s coolest canoe paddle

Globe and Mail
June 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, Canada

Stockbrokers live by risk. But few can match Brian Dorfman’s big bet 40 years ago when he jettisoned an unfulfilling broker job at Dominion Securities to start whittling canoe paddles. He wasn’t much of a woodworker then, but he knew a market opportunity. In the early ’70s, the movie Deliverance drew thousands of baby boomers to canoeing, and Dorfman realized manufacturers couldn’t meet the demand. “When we started doing trips to Algonquin Park and Temagami, we could never get nice paddles,” he says. “We’d rent a canoe up there and basically get a couple pieces of timber to paddle with.”

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Imported construction materials putting buildings, lives at risk: industry leaders

ABC News Australia
June 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s construction landscape is riddled with substandard imported materials that are potentially putting property and lives at risk, building industry leaders are warning. “Non-compliant products have reached tipping point. It’s flooding in at the moment,” Tracey Gramlick of the Australian Windows Association (AWA) said. Yesterday, the Senate voted to hold an inquiry on non-conforming building products, after sustained pressure from industry.

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Australian softwood timber industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) registered

Thinkstep.com
June 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Melbourne – The Australian timber industry has today registered the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as part of the new Australasian EPD Programme. The Australian timber industry has supported development of the EPD through Forest and Wood Products Australia. The EPD was produced by the Timber Development Association and sustainability expert thinkstep. The EPD will be available for building and design professionals via the WoodSolutions website. It is already available on the Australasian EPD Programme website. The EPD confirms sawn Australian softwood as a “better than carbon neutral” building material considering cradle-to-gate and a typical landfill scenario.

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Forestry

More Firefighters Deployed Out of Province

Kelowna Now
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Wildfire Management Branch has sent 31 firefighters to the Yukon to help crews battling a massive wildfire there. This latest deployment comes on the heels of the 77 firefighters sent to Alberta to help crews battle a large blaze. Another 21 personnel have been deployed to Alaska to assist crews there. Considering the current and forecasted fire situation in British Columbia, sufficient personnel and resources remain in the province to respond appropriately to any fire activity here. Crews can be deployed out-of-province for up to 19 days, but they can be recalled at any time.

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Bennett addresses Elkford’s clear cutting concerns

The Free Press
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MLA Bill Bennett was invited to the Elkford Lamplighter Pub on Wednesday, June 17 to discuss several issues, including Jemi Fibre’s cutting near Josephine Falls. The meeting, hosted by the Elkford Chamber of Commerce, invited locals, councillors and District of Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher to bring forward their concerns, many of which were addressed by Bennett. Highlighted concerns included the amount of land that was clear cut near Josephine Falls, the lack of cleanup following the clear cutting and the way the trail system was poorly treated during the logging process. “Our main concern of course is Josephine Falls and the trail system in there and the way that they’ve been logging it,” McKerracher said of Jemi Fibre’s logging practices.

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NB’s silviculture program must be improved: MacPherson

Atlantic Farm Focus
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While expenditures on silviculture activities over the past 30 years will contribute to increases in the future timber supply, there are deficiencies in the oversight, management and administration of New Brunswick’s silviculture program. That was the conclusion Auditor General Kim MacPherson made in her latest report. She told the legislative assembly in Fredericton June 23 that in particular, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) did not have processes to determine if annual spending of $29 million provides value for money to the province and to determine the expected future value from current silviculture expenditures. MacPherson noted significant government delays in providing strategic direction for Crown forest management from 2009 to 2014.

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GREEN PARTY LEADER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT ON SILVICULTURE

David Coon MLA
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fredericton – Today, Auditor General, Kim MacPherson, presented the second volume of her annual report. In it, she uncovered an apparent bias toward industry in its stewardship of Crown forests. “We have known anecdotally that government after government has prioritized corporate interests in New Brunswick over sustainable management of our forests,” said David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick. “Now we know the numbers.” According to the Auditor General’s report, government has invested over $122 million in public funds over the last five years to support forest management with no direct financial benefit to New Brunswickers.

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AG concerned about private wood supply and forest marketing boards

Atlantic Farm Focus
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Auditor General Kim MacPherson is concerns about the respective roles of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the New Brunswick Forest Products Commission’s (NBFPC) in their oversight of the province’s private wood supply. In particular, the Auditor General told the legislative assembly in Fredericton June 23, she found the department has no documented, measurable goals and objectives specific to their role in private wood supply. Also, DNR does not comply with legislated requirements under the Crown Lands and Forests Act specific to their role in private wood supply.

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Oregon Department Of Forestry Tightens Fire Restrictions

Jefferson Public Radio
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire season started early in Oregon and most of the state is experiencing drought conditions. That’s prompted the Department of Forestry to issue tighter restrictions on outdoor activities. Open fires and cigarette smoking are just a few of the restrictions prohibited in wooded areas. The tightened measures have been implemented to curb the risk of human caused fires.  ODF’s Greg Wagenblast says the upcoming heat wave and low humidity will make the wildfire risk even greater.

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Wildfire near Lake Tahoe inches toward mountain town

LA Times
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s sustained drought continued to take its toll Wednesday as wildfires chewed through parched trees and vegetation from Shasta to San Bernardino counties. The spread of the Lake fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed, the U.S. Forest Service reported. The blaze has burned 18,875 acres and is 38% contained, officials said… Farther north near Lake Tahoe, the Washington fire has burned 16,544 acres and is 5% contained, the Forest Service said. It is burning through timber and vegetation that is “feeling the stress from over three years [of] cumulative drought and historically low snowpack,” officials said on the fire’s incident page.

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State adopts emergency regulation for removing dead and dying trees

Santa Cruz Sentinel
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Monterey >> With a historic drought and wildfire season in full swing and eight blazes currently being battled in the state, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has adopted an emergency regulation for removal of dead and dying trees. “It’s a way to expedite the process,” said George Gentry, California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection executive director, “and minimize the cost to the landowner.” The emergency regulation will allow individual landowners or professional foresters to apply for an exemption to cut dead and dying trees of any size without the typical timber harvest plan, submission requirements, and completion and stocking report requirements.

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Beetles impact Sage Hen

Messenger-Index
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Western pine beetle and pine engraver beetle are actively infesting ponderosa pine trees across some areas of the Boise National Forest. Aerial detection surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service have recorded a three-fold increase in ponderosa pine mortality with approximately 5,900 acres impacted. The majority of trees affected occurred west of High Valley, with pockets of infested trees also in the Sage Hen Reservoir area. Another area with an increase is Boise Basin in the vicinity of Placerville and Centerville. More ponderosa pine mortality is expected this year especially in areas of high tree density or with weakened trees due to dry conditions and where fires occurred in the last few years.

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Utah can best manage its public lands

The Spectrum
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recent press release by a Washington, D.C.-based organization calling itself the Campaign for Accountability has accused the American Lands Council and its director of fraud for its advocacy of transferring federal land to the states. The assertion being that a legal challenge compelling such a land transfer may be unconstitutional and, therefore, using CFA’s logic, any funds raised in support of said effort, whether they be used for educational purposes, advocacy or preparing for litigation, must be fraudulent. The Washington County Board of Commissioners recognizes its right and responsibility to be involved in matters impacting public health, safety and welfare.

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Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Daily Mail
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight. But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee for safety. A study released Wednesday reinforces a trend revealed by state records, showing that wildfires have been blistering Alaska with greater frequency and intensity. The findings have left forest managers and climate scientists to try to explain why and predict what’s next. “Fire seasons seem to be starting earlier and lasting longer,” said Tim Mowry, a state Division of Forestry spokesman.

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Timber company closes SW Washington land due to fire threat

The Daily News
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A large Southwest Washington timber company has closed its lands to general public access due to “extreme fire danger.” The move by Olympic Resource Management is highly unusual for this time of year and reflects the region’s spring drought and forecast for near-record temperatures this weekend.  The tree farms affected by the closure cover 65,000 acres. They are located near Morton and Riffe Lake in Lewis County, Swift Reservoir in Skamania County and Raymond area of Pacific County. The closures will remain in effect “until significant rainfall occurs, likely throughout the summer months,” according to a statement the company issued Tuesday.

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Evacuations ordered as wildfire in San Bernardino National Forest burns toward homes

Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pockets of residents in Southern California remained under mandatory evacuation Thursday morning as firefighters in two counties battled flames that inched closer to homes. Though evacuations were lifted for some 1,000 homeowners in Santa Clarita, a similar order for residents in the San Bernardino National Forest remained in place Thursday morning, authorities said. The weather, meanwhile, isn’t exactly cooperating. Crews in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties face another day of hot, breezy conditions that will continue to dry out fuel in the path of the flames, the National Weather Service said.

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Helicopter logging begins in Clackamas River Ranger District

Estacada News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You may have seen helicopters flying over the Mt. Hood National Forest near Estacada, but public affairs official Laura Pramuk is assuring the public that there are no forest fires in the Clackamas River Ranger District at this time. Rather, the helicopters are part of the logging efforts in Jazz Thinning Project areas within the Clackamas and Collawash River drainage systems. The Jazz Project will thin second-growth plantations of 30- to 60-year-old trees dispersed throughout approximately 2,053 acres in the Collawash Watershed in the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

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Film Documents Loggers Felling Redwood Trees

Jefferson Public Radio
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A film produced in the 1940’s, titled “Redwood Saga,” tells the story of how loggers chopped down California coastal redwood trees in the 1940’s. The producer, Guy Haselton, filmed the 10-minute, black-and-white movie in 1946. It demonstrates how the redwoods, “now the object of awe and protection, were then regarded simply as commercial assets.” Home builders around the world sought the redwood lumber because of its beauty and resistance to termites and disease. The film records how loggers with only double-bitted axes and crosscut saws felled trees up to 20 feet thick; how drag saw teams cut logs to length; how Donkey engines loaded sections onto railroad flat cars that moved logs to a pond near a sawmill; and how huge band saws ripped logs into lumber.

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Judge OKs Bullock’s right to designate priority forest work

The Missoulian
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Steve Bullock was not wrong to privately gather opinions before recommending 5 million acres of Montana forest for priority attention from the U.S. Forest Service, according to a district court judge. Three environmental groups sued the governor last spring, claiming Bullock broke Montana’s open meeting laws by not seeking public comment or review before making his recommendations. Bullock contended that he had sole discretion to respond to a U.S. Forest Service request stemming from a provision in the 2014 farm bill.

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Logging business booming in Halifax County

The Gazette-Virginian
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Kenneth Hodges, owner of H & M Logging, and his son, Kevin, who owns Ke’Jaeh Logging, reported to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority board members Friday morning the logging industry is alive and well here. During the board’s regular monthly meeting Friday, the premiere business owners outlined the history of their businesses and changes they have seen in the wood products industry over the past decades. Wood products is one of five targeted sectors the industrial development authority tries to market in Halifax County.

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Knoxville releases first Urban Forestry Progress Report

WBIR
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Knoxville released its first Urban Forestry Progress Report during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The study found Knoxville has a 40 percent tree cover within the city, which is the same percentage as 1997. The report says the city planted 565 trees during the 2014 planting season, and 552 trees in 2015. “Knoxville has made many strides in recent years in improving our urban forest,” said Kasey Krouse, Knoxville’s Urban Forester. “I think it is important to address those accomplishments but also provide an update for what we need to do moving forward.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Readying for a Regulatory Landing

June 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan directed the EPA to work closely with states, industry and other stakeholders to establish carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants, which currently account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). On June 2, 2014, the U.S. EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to help reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 emission levels by 2030. The federal initiative began making headway in 2010, and although biomass could serve as one of numerous methods to help achieve this aim—and its landing in the mandate looks favorable—nothing is certain until touchdown.

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Readying for a Regulatory Landing

June 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan directed the EPA to work closely with states, industry and other stakeholders to establish carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants, which currently account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). On June 2, 2014, the U.S. EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to help reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 emission levels by 2030. The federal initiative began making headway in 2010, and although biomass could serve as one of numerous methods to help achieve this aim—and its landing in the mandate looks favorable—nothing is certain until touchdown.

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Wood waste legislation boosts green energy industry

PR Newswire
June 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Peak industry body Timber Queensland congratulates cross-bench Senators for supporting the reinstatement of native forest wood waste in the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which was voted through the Senate late on Monday Rod McInnes, CEO Timber Queensland said this legitimate use of a biomass waste product is a no-brainer for a society that is trying to move away from dirty energy and increase the use of renewable power. “The waste can only come from legal and responsibly managed forests certified by the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and the Forest Stewardship Council,” said Rod McInnes.

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