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Daily Archives: July 30, 2015

Special Feature

B.C. forests protected—Logging in province under strict oversight and regulation

Letter to the Editor by David Elstone, Executive Director, Truck Loggers Association
Vancouver Sun
July 29, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Penalties for violations low, should be published, board says; July 22
The last paragraph of this article says “B.C.’s forests ‘are in increasingly poor condition’ due to destructive logging.” This is wrong. The Forest Practices Board, the industry watchdog, was created in 1994 and established audit and investigation programs for the industry. The Forest and Range Practices Act, passed in 2004, specifies requirements to conserve soils, reforest logged areas, and protect riparian areas, fish and fish habitats, watersheds, biodiversity and wildlife. …British Columbia has more forest area certified than any other jurisdiction in the world, with the exception of Canada as a whole. B.C.’s forest industry is sustainable and well regulated.

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Business & Politics

Interfor is dealing with a steep decline

Globe and Mail
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Thanks for the assignment. This will be the first time that I examine the charts for Interfor Corp. (IFP-T). IFP is driving growth through acquisitions with a focus on their U.S. operations. The company operates in British Columbia, The U.S northwest, and the U.S. south. Two-thirds of the company’s production capacity is in the U.S. and 76 per cent of their volume is sold in the U.S. When you are investing in the lumber business, you are leaning into the housing market and, in this case, IFP is leveraged to the health of the U.S. housing market. There are a number of factors that influence housing demand, including interest rates and employment growth.

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Norbord Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
July 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $18 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $14 million in the first quarter of 2015 and $46 million in the second quarter of 2014. The year-over-year change is primarily due to lower North American oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $11 million in the quarter, unchanged from the prior quarter and compared to $37 million in the same quarter last year.

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Shortage of fence posts caused by forest fires and high demand

CBC News
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Farmers and ranchers around Saskatchewan may be waiting a bit longer to put up new fences this summer, as some agro centres struggle to keep the classic fence post in stock. A combination of forest fires, bad weather and high demand are behind the shortage, according to Bob Romanchuk, production manager of Aallcann Wood Suppliers near Prince Albert. The most in-demand posts are 4-5 inches wide and five feet long, which are the standard posts farmers and ranchers use to fence in their fields. Agro centres at some Peavey Mart and Co-op stores both said they have waiting lists.

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Minister’s statement on U.S. imposing duties on Catalyst Paper

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision to impose 11.19% duties on Catalyst’s exports of supercalendared paper: “Of course, we are disappointed in the decision which puts onerous duties on the company’s exports and significantly affects its competitiveness. The allegation that Catalyst received government subsidies is unwarranted and we believe a full investigation will confirm this. “The British Columbia government takes its international trade obligations seriously, and we are confident that our programs are consistent with international trade rules.

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Jury in Babine Inquest Has Started Deliberations

250 News
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C. – The inquest into the deaths of Robert Luggi Jr. and Carl Charlie in the explosion and fire at the Babine Forest products mill in January of 2012, is winding down. The presiding Coroner, Chico Newell has completed his charge to the jury. The jury is expected to deliberate until 5:30 this evening, If they have not completed their deliberations, they will retire for the night, and resume deliberations at 9 tomorrow morning. The inquest started July 13th and has heard from about three dozen witnesses, many who had also testified at the inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Allan Little at Lakeland Mills.

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Raw log export? Better get used to it

Port Alberni’s mayor leaves meeting with B.C. forest minister feeling resigned
Alberni Valley Times
July 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni’s reliance on raw log shipments is a reality the local forestry industry has to accept in order to stay afloat, says Mayor Mike Ruttan. Members of city council met with Forest Minister Steve Thomson and other provincial officials in June and on July 17 to discuss the growing trend of unmanufactured wood heading from Port Alberni’s shore to Asian markets. While local sawmills are employing a fraction of the workforce they had a generation ago, the number of logs shipped to overseas mills has surged from 82,272 tonnes in 2006 to 783,381 tonnes last year, according to the Port Alberni Port Authority’s records.

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Resolute Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2015 Results

Canada Newswire press release
July 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL,  – Resolute Forest Products Inc.oday reported net income of $7 million (excluding special items), or $0.07 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to net income of $17 million (excluding special items), or $0.18 per share, in the same period in 2014. Sales were $926 million in the quarter, down $165 million, or 15%, from the second quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss was $4 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to a net loss of $2 million, or $0.02 per share, in the second quarter of 2014.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper refutes U.S. Department of Commerce ruling

CBC News
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper is contesting a U.S. Department of Commerce preliminary ruling that says the Nova Scotia company is unfairly subsidized. The investigation sets the way to levy duties on supercalendered paper, glossy paper used for magazines and catalogues. The ruling says the Port Hawkesbury plant’s exports to the U.S. are being subsidized at 20.3 per cent. That rate could be used to determine the level of duties. Port Hawkesbury Paper says the commerce department miscalculated its electricity costs, and included subsidies given to the previous mill owner.

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N.S. mill says it plans to fight U.S. decision on paper subsidies

Canadian Press in CTV
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — A Canadian paper mill that relies on exports to the United States to maintain more than 330 jobs at its Cape Breton mill says it will fight hard against a decision by the U.S. government to slap large tariffs onto its coated paper products. Port Hawkesbury Paper said Wednesday the interim duty of 20.33 per cent announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce is unfair and without merit. “We are very confident in our ability to reduce these interim duties substantially, or eliminate them entirely, as part of the process,” said Marc Dube, development manager of Port Hawkesbury Paper.

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EDITORIAL: Port Hawkesbury Paper mill faces new adversity

Chronicle Herald
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury, no stranger to uncertainty, is facing yet another challenge. On Tuesday, the United States Department of Commerce issued a preliminary ruling that Port Hawkesbury Paper’s supercalendered paper exports into the U.S., along with those of several other Canadian companies, were being unfairly subsidized. That followed a preliminary finding last spring by the U.S. International Trade Commission — based on the same complaint by an American industry group — that the Canadian companies’ exports were materially hurting U.S. producers. Port Hawkesbury Paper, which observers say was the main target in this complaint, faces the highest potential duties on its products entering the U.S. market.

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Domtar Corporation reports preliminary second quarter 2015 financial results

Strong operational results in Pulp and Paper and Personal Care
Canada Newswire press release
July 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FORT MILL, SC, – Domtar Corporation today reported net earnings of $38 million ($0.60 per share) for the second quarter of 2015 compared to net earnings of $36 million ($0.56 per share) for the first quarter of 2015 and net earnings of $40 million ($0.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2014. Sales for the second quarter of 2015 were $1.3 billion.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Trestle restoration moving forward despite significant loss of lumber

Bonnyville Nouvelle
July 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Work to rebuild the Beaver River Trestle appeared to suffer yet another setback last week after a large amount of timber construction crews had brought in to use on the project was stolen from a storage area in Cold Lake. According to Marianne Price, administrative coordinator for Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail, four hefty pieces of lumber were snatched from the Cold Lake staging area, located behind the McDonald’s on Highway 28, sometime on July 21. Speaking to the Nouvelle last week, Price admitted she was “bitterly disappointed” to see someone stealing materials originally bought for the betterment of the entire community.

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Lamphier: Shift to multi-family homes nails lumber market

Edmonton Journal
July 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stock markets charged higher Wednesday …There was one conspicuous group of laggards, however: lumber stocks. Shares of major producers such as Interfor, West Fraser Timber, Canfor and Western Forest Products tumbled again Wednesday, extending a month-long slide that has lopped 15 to 20 per cent off their stock prices. The hiccup in lumber stocks is a surprise to many. Lumber has been considered one of the bright lights of Canada’s struggling export sector, especially with the loonie sagging in value. Investors now are having doubts. …The tepid enthusiasm for lumber stocks may also reflect signs of a fundamental shift in the U.S. housing market, with demand for rental accommodation growing along with a pickup in sales of multi-family units, while sales of big, single-detached homes lag.

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Sustainable Timber Basis for Innovative Green Building Solutions

Midland Paper
July 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

“Sustainable, PEFC-certified timber provides architects and the construction industry with great opportunities,” highlighted Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, at a recent conference on promoting green procurement in green buildings. “The possibilities are rather exciting in addressing the challenges of growing populations, especially in Asia where there is a need for housing constructed with as minimal environmental footprint as possible.” …During his presentation on the benefits of wood and forestry products certification, Mr. Gunneberg highlighted the advantages of using certified wood over uncertified wood, including the results of a life cycle analysis study by Quantis which found that just one cubic meter of non-certified wood is linked to the deforestation of an area of almost 5 square meters.

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The debate over changing N.J. building code

Letter by Robert Glowinski, President and CEO of the American Wood Council.
NJ.com
July 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Rushing to pass legislation, such as a bill proposed by Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Passaic), to ban light-frame construction is shortsighted. Unfortunately, no structure can be built completely fire safe, and all construction materials can be damaged by fire – claims to the contrary by competing building material interests, simply seeking greater market share, are patently false. Fires in code-compliant buildings occur every day that are well controlled by the construction, suppression systems and the fire service. Clearly then, something went wrong in the Avalon at Edgewater fire.

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Impressive environmental results for paper sacks

Pulp and Paper News
July 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Between 2007 and 2012, the European kraft paper and paper sack industry significantly improved its carbon footprint. This is the conclusion reached by a recent study conducted by the Swedish research institute Innventia, which regularly analyses the carbon footprint of the entire supply chain of the European paper sack industry on behalf of EUROSAC and CEPI Eurokraft.

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Forestry

New effort to preserve Robson Valley’s Ancient Forest

The Rocky Mountain Goat
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has just announced a new partnership to work to protect the Ancient Forest, a unique temperate rainforest between McBride and Prince George. The province, the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society announced the partnership on Friday to work to designate the forest as a protected area. The province says it is calling for public input into the planning process, and to help determine the forest boundaries and the legal designation of the protected area. A high level of protection by the province or federal government is a requirement to apply for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, as researchers from UNBC argue the forest deserves.

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Conservationists hear advice for winning in woods

July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the fight for Powell River’s forests may have gone quiet over the summer, conservationists say they expect it to heat up come fall. That is why they invited Ken Wu, director of Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), to speak on what has worked to protect land in other BC communities. More than 50 people gathered at Powell River United Church on Thursday evening, July 23, to hear Wu speak and brainstorm ideas. “One of the most important things to do is get on the ground and get good photos,” Wu said, adding that means not just taking ones featuring the area’s most interesting or beautiful places, but also of marked trees and the extent to which harvesting has already taken place.

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National park in Northwest Territories to have significant aboriginal input

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LUTSEL K’E, N.W.T. – The expected boundaries of a vast new protected area in the Northwest Territories have been revealed, along with the unique relationship Parks Canada is to have with the aboriginal people who live there. “This is not your grandfather’s national park,” said Steve Nitah, head negotiator for the local Dene. Federal, territorial and aboriginal officials were on hand Wednesday in the remote community of Lutsel K’e to outline the negotiated extent of Thaidene Nene (pronounced tie-DEH-nay NEH-nay), which means Land of the Ancestors in Dene. “It’s been a lot of hard work,” Nitah said. Thaidene Nene…is to cover 27,000 square kilometres of spectacular and pristine waterways, forests and Canadian Shield around the eastern arm of Great Slave Lake.

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Ray Mears to guide contest winners on trek through northern Ont. wilderness

CBC News
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Four travellers from Canada and the United Kingdom have won an eight-day bushcrafting expedition through the northern Ontario wilderness as part of the Great Canadian Boreal Forest Adventure contest. The Ontario Tourism Marketing and Partnership Corp. announced Wednesday that Doug Temoin and his son-in-law Levon Young of Delta, B.C., along with John and Joanne Armstrong of Manchester, England, will travel through Wabakimi Provincial Park between Aug. 6 and 13. The group will begin in Thunder Bay and venture into the park via canoe and bush plane, since the park contains no roads, and wrap up by travelling in a Via Rail dome car through the Canadian boreal forest.

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Logger found dead near Little Narrows

Cape Breton Post
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

LITTLE NARROWS — A forestry worker has been found dead in the woods near Little Narrows. At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Baddeck RCMP responded to a call about a man who had not returned from his work as a skidder operator in the Little Narrows area. A search ensured involving ground search-and-rescue personnel, the RCMP’s police dog service, members of the Iona Volunteer Fire Department and workers from a nearby mining operation. After several hours of searching, the body of the 54-year-old man was found just past midnight near the logging equipment.

Little Narrows man killed in forestry accident from The CBC News
Body of Little Narrows man found by logging skidder from The Chronicle Herald

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The Smell of Rain

July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Early in June, U.S. Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, introduced bill HR 2644, the National Forest Collaborative Incentive Act. Greens, especially the sue-crazies, are upset, but I’m not. I’m impressed, and surprised. The bill would put limits on lawsuits brought against forest management proposals in certain circumstances – those covered by community wildfire plans, those proposed by a resource advisory committee (RAC), or projects that come out of the “collaborative process” authorized by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003.

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REGIONAL: Firefighters declare dead trees public nuisance, file initiative

Lake County News
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NORTH COAST, Calif. – Firefighters in Mendocino County filed a citizen initiative today to address the danger posed by millions of trees killed and left standing in the forest. …The timber industry in Mendocino County kills over one million “undesirable” hardwood trees each year and leaves them standing dead in the forest because they see it as the cheapest and easiest way to restore the more profitable conifers. Retired CAL FIRE Air Attack Captain Kirk Van Patten observes: “In ten years of aerial wildland firefighting in Mendocino County, one of the most profound and troubling observations I made was the timber management practice of hack & squirt. This clearly has created a serious wildland fire threat for the firefighters and citizens of Mendocino County.”

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Fuel reduction project back for consideration

Jackson Holes News & Guilde
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A large wildfire fuels-reduction project meant to protect subdivisions near forestland from the Tetons to the Snake River is being pursued once again by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A U.S. Forest Service document completed this week outlines plans to thin 1,757 acres and conduct controlled burns on another 12,524 acres. Snags would be removed in 27 areas and 7 miles of precautionary fire line would be built if the Bridger-Teton’s preferred plan, alternative three, is OK’d as is.  he Teton to Snake wildland-urban interface area is one of the highest fire risk areas on the Bridger-Teton National Forest,” a summary of the project says.

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Emerald ash borer traps appear; no tree pests yet

There are four traps in ash trees in south Jeffco, but there is no cause for concern yet, officials say.
The Denver Post
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JEFFERSON COUNTY —As Mary Mahaffey scraped various insects, leaves and other debris off a three-sided purple triangle that sat in an ash tree for about two months, she had good news for her companions with the Foothills Park and Recreation District. “No emerald ash borer here,” she said. Mahaffey didn’t expect to find any of the highly destructive pests that have tormented the Midwest and parts of the Eastern U.S.; nothing has been found in Colorado outside of Boulder County. But that hasn’t stopped the U.S. Department of Agriculture from placing traps around the Denver metro area to detect any early signs of emerald ash borer when it’s still possible to save an ash tree.

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Our forests are in crisis

Napa Valley Register
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California has problems – 12 million of them. The drought is killing the trees – by the millions. A recent survey by the U.S. Forest Service shows that the drought is literally killing our forests; in fact, more than 12 million trees across the state have died in the past year alone. …California has problems – 12 million of them.  ….By changing the way we pay for our nation’s wildfire suppression
efforts, we can better safeguard the Forest Service budget from erratic
and sharply climbing wildfire suppression costs and protect critical
forest management and restoration programs.

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DellaSala and Hanson vs. Objective Science

A New Century of Forest Planning
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I recently received a copy of a book, “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix,” edited by Dominick DellaSala and Chad Hanson. In the August edition of The Forestry Source, I write that the book is “advocacy first and science second.” You can get a sense of this in a NY Times op-ed by DellaSala and Hanson from last week, “More Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires,” in which they write: “In the case of the Rim Fire, our research found that protected forest areas with no history of logging burned least intensely. There was a similar pattern in other large fires in recent years. Logging removes the mature, thick-barked, fire-resistant trees. The small trees planted in their place and the debris left behind by loggers act as kindling; in effect, the logged areas become combustible tree plantations that are poor wildlife habitat.”

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Daines was wrong to put trust in government

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The editorial from July 19, “Kudos to Daines for putting Montana first,” was biased, deceitful and a deliberate attempt at misrepresenting reality. It exhibits an ivory tower ignorance and prejudice towards Montana recreationists. Having served in Congress 16 years and lobbied for a sportsman another 14, I have observed the negative impact of land management agencies getting a blank check. The Land and Water Conservation fund has been used by lock-up agencies and obstructionist groups to deny Montanan’s access to our public lands. It’s a favorite slush fund for such groups to deny Montanan’s opportunity to enjoy our great outdoors.

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Comment by July 31 on huge logging proposal

Telluride Daily Planet
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest recently came out with a draft environmental impact statement for an 8 to 12-year program called the “Spruce Beetle Epidemic Aspen Decline Management Response” (SBEADMR). It could involve logging, prescribed fires and other treatments on up to 120,000 acres of public lands. Sheep Mountain Alliance has worked with other conservation nonprofits to analyze the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. You can view SMA’s draft comments at: http://www.sheepmountainalliance.org/category/public-lands/forest-health/ or see suggested talking points below, so you can send your own letter.

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GUEST COLUMN: New forest supervisor, no change

Wallowa County Chieftain
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (WWNF) is fully into another year of planning, and never so self-evident as shown by the “guest comment” submitted by Tom Montoya in the Capital Press. The current planning process on the forest is to test the waters, hope the public is not paying attention, and wait for light public response at meetings throughout the region, or which is not happening. he forest service has started its re-engagement with local communities on the forest plan revision, focusing on access, grazing and pace & scale of restoration.

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USFS Regional Forester Visits LBL, Talks Pisgah ‘Pause’

WKMS.org
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The United States Forest Service’s southern region forester stopped by Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Tuesday, where he said the forest service’s controversial Pisgah Bay Project has been temporarily shelved – not fully scrapped. Tony Tooke participated in a meet-and-greet with local leaders, members of the nonprofit Friends of Land Between the Lakes and college students at Kenlake State Resort Park’s Cherokee Park meeting room. Earlier this month, LBL officials announced the Pisgah Bay Project – aimed at improving forest health through controlled burns and logging – was cancelled as proposed.

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Alarm over ‘timber grab’ from Cambodia’s protected forests

BBC News
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ancient, highly valuable forests are being lost at an “unprecedented” rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report. The analysis, from campaign group Forest Trends, says that large corporations are using legitimate development permits to illegally clear land. Around 2,000 sq km of forests are being lost every year, they say. Effective governance of the forests in Cambodia has broken down, they argue. Forests have long been a big issue of concern in Cambodia and across south east Asia.

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Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners

AP in The Missoulian
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


YANGON, Myanmar — More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners. Others who were freed included former military intelligence officials purged by their army colleagues more than a decade ago, and at least a handful of journalists and social activists. An Information Ministry statement said 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, were being freed across the country “on humanitarian grounds and in view of national reconciliation.”

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Forest Fires

Puntzi Lake fire evacuation alert lifted

Williams Lake Tribune
July 29, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Effective at 12 p.m. Wednesday, the remaining Evacuation Alert area for the Puntzi Lake fire has been rescinded. The Cariboo Regional District said its Local State of Emergency will expire as well. Residents and visitors to the area are reminded that the fire suppression efforts will be ongoing. People living in or travelling through the areas that have been affected by the Puntzi Lake wildfire should use caution as some hazards, such as dangerous trees or hot spots, may still exist. The Puntzi Lake fire is currently estimated at 8,078 hectares and is 85 per cent contained.

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Martin Mars snub should result in job termination

Letter by Milt Levins, Port Alberni
Alberni Valley Times
July 30, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Good for Kathi Donovan to continue the Martin Mars controversy. I will say again as I said before, this is either political, or it is personal. People being ushered out of their homes, for safety, but the forestry tanker service of BC says the Mars is not needed in Kelowna. Maybe ask those who have already lost their homes. How fast would the Mars be there if it were your home,or your family? Christy Clark says whatever it takes, no matter the cost. .. or did they just sign a contract for one month just to shut everyone up. Shame on all you. You deserve to be let go of a position at which you are obviously not qualified.

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Firefighters battle brush fire east of Lake Cowichan

Victoria Times Colonist
July 29, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

More firefighters will be brought in Thursday to battle a brush fire east of Lake Cowichan near Skutz Falls. The 10-hectare fire is burning on a rugged slope of private forested land about 10 kilometres east of Lake Cowichan. The blaze can be seen from Cowichan Lake Road. Twenty per cent of the overall fire — the portion on the bottom of the slope — had been contained, fire information officer Marg Drysdale said Wednesday. The addition of more firefighters will bring the total tackling the fire to 75. Drysdale said the fire is in a logging area containing felled and bucked timber.

Bomber douses Cowichan blaze from Alberni Valley Times

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What It’s Like to Plunge Into the Heart of a Forest Fire

A smokejumper explains the risks and rewards and cautions that fires will become even more frequent and bigger.
National Geographic
July 29, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

For most of us jumping into a fire would be the stuff of nightmares. But for Jason Ramos, author of Smokejumper: A Memoir By One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters it’s a job and way of life. Every summer, when fire season begins, he heads for the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington to do battle with the flames. A series of ‘megafires’ in recent years has made his summers especially busy and dangerous. Talking from his home in Washington State, he explains why the quality of the gear he carries is so crucial and why he is working with the private sector to improve it; why smokejumpers have to be good at sewing; and how altered patterns of habitation and a lack of effective forest management are fueling ever bigger fires.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Alberta Innovates ready to sink up to $1M into biomass technologies

Organization looking to boost green sector with available grants
Canadian Manufacturing
July 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

DMONTON—Alberta Innovates is on the hunt for companies looking to commercialize new bioindustrial products or technologies. The organization’s Bio Solutions funding program is offering grants to companies looking to take advantage of the province’s abundant, renewable biomass resource with new products or technologies. It is offering a minimum $250,000, and up to $1 million for projects that need pilot or scale-up work, or prototype development that will be ready for the market within three years. Alberta-based companies are invited to apply by submitting a Letter of Intent.

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General

Tembec reports financial results for its third quarter ended June 27, 2015

Canada Newswire press release
July 30, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada

MONTREAL,  – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended June 27, 2015, were $365 million, as compared to $404 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated a net loss of $16 million or $0.16 per share in the June 2015 quarter compared to net earnings of $30 million or $0.30 per share in the June 2014 quarter. The current quarter results include approximately $12 million of incremental costs related to planned major maintenance conducted at two large operating sites.

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