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Business & Politics

Irving Pulp & Paper’s Pulp Mill Modernization Project On Track

Paper Age
August 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Aug. 19, 2015 – Irving Pulp & Paper mill is in the midst of the largest modernization project in Canada since 1993, and yet the daily operation of the mill continues. “We have not had a single break in production,” said Mill Manager, Cory Gallant. “Despite the incredible amount of construction activity on site, we have remained fully functional with over 340 employees producing pulp products every day for markets at home and abroad.” Gallant says excellent communication between mill employees and project leaders has made the difference. “Around here we say we have two groups on site, but one team,” Gallant said.

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Elmsdale part of proposed wood plant venture

The Chronicle Herald
August 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Two Quebec-based companies are looking to expand their reach and profits by forming one of Eastern Canada’s largest producers of treated wood, with seven plants in four provinces. The joint venture would own Goodfellow Inc.’s three plants in Delson, Que., Elmsdale, and Deer Lake, N.L., and Lebel Cambium’s two Ontario plants (Bancroft and Caledon) and two Quebec plants (Degelis and St-Joseph). Goodfellow Inc. of Delson would be the exclusive distributor for the joint venture. “We think that this is really going to add to our ability to serve customers in terms of being more competitive,” said Goodfellow CEO Denis Fraser.

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Solomon Islands timber industry reaches agreement with NZ

By Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access
Scoop Independent News
August 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Last week the Solomon Islands sawn timber industry hosted a delegation of the New Zealand timber industry. Solomon Islands currently exports around SBD 23 million (NZ$4 million) of sawn timber to New Zealand each year with the value of the trade …Solomon Islands timber industry reaches agreement with New Zealand market Last week the Solomon Islands sawn timber industry hosted a delegation of the New Zealand timber industry. Solomon Islands currently exports around SBD 23 million (NZ$4 million) of sawn timber to New Zealand each year with the value of the trade having increased significantly over the past 10 years.

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Australia-China trade deal faces hurdles

Financial Times
August 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It took a decade to negotiate, offers benefits to Australian businesses and is arguably the flagship achievement of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement could be derailed by a trade union campaign Down Under. The deal, which was signed in June but requires legislation to be passed in parliament, would cut tariffs and remove other impediments to exports while relaxing rules on Chinese inward investment. It underpins a deepening relationship between Canberra and Beijing, which this year saw Australia join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank against the wishes of its key ally, the US.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

A real LEEDer in green building is ready to go

Medicine Hat News
August 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A newly minted apartment building in Southlands will be southern Alberta’s first affordable housing unit that meets certified environmental and energy standards above the norm. “There’s likely nothing you can see on the building that says ‘That’s what they did differently,’” said John Bulmer with Medicine Hat’s land and properties department, on the 16-unit building on Southlands Blvd. that will soon welcome tenants. The building is set to meet the silver LEED standard… Use of construction material was reduced by using wider spacing on studs and wood tressing, said Hermanson, and there was also almost a 40 per cent diversion of construction waste from the project, with clean wood reused and recycled.

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Cement, steel oppose taller wood buildings

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press in BC Local News
August 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Canada’s cement and steel sectors say Quebec is favouring one industry and possibly putting public safety at risk by allowing wood to be used in the construction of buildings up to 12 storeys high. The Cement Association of Canada said Wednesday that the province’s new guide for the construction of taller wood buildings is primarily aimed at supporting Canada’s forest industry. “The government has a duty to protect the health of its citizens, not that of a particular industry,” said association president Michael McSweeney. The association added that the use of cross-laminated timber building systems is no more environmentally friendly than other building systems already recognized in the code, when considering the full life cycle of a building.

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Canada poised to export wood building knowledge

The Government of Quebec has launched a guide to build wood buildings up to 12 storeys.
Journal of Commerce
August 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The guide, titled Construction of Mass Timber Buildings Up to 12 Storeys, outlines the technical principles required to design and construct wooden buildings up to 12 storeys using mass timber. According to FPInnovations, the group the government relied on for researching the publication, research in Canada and internationally has shown that it is possible to construct safe and secure wooden buildings greater than six storeys in height and that, at those heights, rather than light wood framing, mass timber construction materials must be used such as cross-laminated timber. “We are very proud to have contributed the scientific expertise necessary to enable the Government of Quebec to develop this manual,” said FPInnovations CEO Pierre Lapointe in a release.

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Quebec Government Decision to Allow Construction of Taller Wood Buildings Compromises Public Interest in Favour of Wood Industry Lobby

Canada News Wire Press Release
August 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA – The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) calls the decision of the Couillard government to bypass the usual rigourous building code development process questionable, as it allows the construction of taller wood buildings on the basis of a guide developed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec and FPInnovations, a private research centre dedicated to supporting the Canadian forest industry. The guide was launched earlier this week by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. This guide is not recognized by the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC), and FPInnovations is not a standards development organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Moreover, the construction of cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings and taller wood buildings are not recognized by the National Building Code (NBCC).

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Forestry

SITE C DAM: Two First Nations will suffer if old-growth forest are cleared — lawyer

Treaty 8 wants stop-work order for the clearing of the equivalent of 4,500 truckloads of timber along the south bank of the Peace River.
Vancouver Observer
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two northeastern British Columbia First Nations will suffer “irreparable harm” if thousands of hectares of old-growth forest are cleared to build the Site C dam, their lawyer says. John Gailus told B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver that a stop-work order should be issued to halt the first phase of the nearly $9-billion hydroelectric project from proceeding along the Peace River. He said the Crown granted permits for the preparatory phase of construction without consulting with the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, which are members of the Treaty 8 Tribal Alliance.

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Kamloops and area sees drought rating rise to highest level

Vancouver Sun
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has upgraded the drought rating for the North Thompson region, including Kamloops, to Level 4, the highest level. The government says the drought rating increased because conditions are “extremely dry” and there are low stream flows throughout the region. …Meantime, the current drought across most of the southern half of the province is stressing timber across the Interior. Lorraine Maclauchlan says photosynthesis drops when water is scarce, making trees more vulnerable to damaging attacks from insects such as bark beetles. The beetles bore through bark and munch on the nutrient-carrying layer just underneath, so Maclauchlan says trees use resin as a defence, pumping out the sticky fluid in order to flush away attacking insects.

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Another threat to B.C. fire? Retardant from forest fires

CKNW News Talk 980
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s beleaguered fish stocks could be facing yet another threat this time from fire retardant. With the record fire season still raging huge quantities of the fire suppressant slurry, known to harm aquatic life, are being dumped across the province. “We’ve been applying a lot of fire retardant this year. And when you apply fire retardant from the air you have to be exremely careful around streams, because the slurry that’s used can potentially be toxic to fish.” But fish and rivers expert Mark Angelo says while the risk is real the situation is much better than it would have been a decade ago.

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Alberta backs off energy leases on caribou range

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press
CP in BC Local News in Terrace Standard
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Alberta is backing away from selling more energy leases on caribou ranges as the province’s new government grapples with saving the threatened herds while still allowing for energy development. Some 24 square kilometres of caribou range was removed from an auction sale of exploration leases held this week. And no caribou range is contained in leases to be offered for sale next month. That’s highly unusual, say wildlife advocates. “The Department of Energy is thoroughly reviewing all land sales in caribou ranges,” said Brad Hartle, press secretary for Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd. “The minister has made decisions to defer some but not all land sales.” …Carolyn Campbell of the Alberta Wilderness Association said removing habitat from this week’s sales was good news.

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Seeds planted for Timmins forestry centre

Timmins Press
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Timmins Mayor Steve Black said the city began preliminary discussions this week with the Ontario government toward the idea of creating a forestry innovation and training centre in Timmins. Black told The Daily Press Tuesday that was the result of just one of the several meetings he had this week where he and other members of city council were attending the annual convention of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in Niagara Falls. He said the project they discussed was an innovation and training centre for forestry. Black said at this point, talks are very preliminary. “We are looking to arrange a meeting with Millson Forestry to look at some opportunities we have and they have,” said Black.

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Editorial: Forest collaboratives do find success

Bend Bulletin
August 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest collaboratives are a bid by the Forest Service to keep whatever it does in the forest from becoming a legal brawl. But some environmental groups, including the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project from Fossil, have already declared they have had enough and won’t be a part of them. They wrote pages of criticisms, summarizing by saying, “In essence, collaborative groups are backroom decision-making processes disguised as feel-good endeavors which aid agency decision-makers.” We have editorialized before criticizing how the Forest Service works with the collaboratives. But the collaboratives do get important work done. They do bring together people who don’t often sit across the table — loggers, landowners, environmental groups and Forest Service officials.

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The REDD scheme: putting a price on forests in order to save them

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

It’s called REDD and it’s designed to save endangered forests by recognising them as an economic commodity—but one that’s worth more alive than dead. This contentious UN scheme is little known outside environmental circles, but as Antony Funnell reports, its potential impact could be huge. …When we think of the wholesale destruction of forest reserves in a country like Indonesia, it’s easy to imagine the process as predominantly clandestine, involving illegal operators with chainsaws and handguns and corrupt local authorities paid to look the other way. But an overwhelming percentage of the logging that occurs in the developing world and elsewhere is officially sanctioned. For decades, environmental organisations have been trying to save the world’s forests by appealing to non-economic considerations, like the need for biodiversity or the welfare of forest animals. 

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Forest Fires

Military, National Guard join Western firefighters

Associated Press In Vernon Morning STar
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHELAN, Wash. – National Guard troops used shovels and axes to dig fire lines as they joined hundreds of people fighting huge, destructive fires near this central Washington resort town. The guard units working in Washington Tuesday were part of a massive response to blazes burning unchecked throughout the West. The situation is so urgent that the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise this week called in 200 active-duty military troops to help contain roughly 95 wildfires. It’s the first time since 2006 that the agency has mobilized soldiers for fire-suppression. Outside Chelan, the Guard units helped set controlled burns to use up fuel as helicopters dropped water.

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Wildfire breaks out near Tumbler Ridge

Prince George Citizen
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch is keeping an eye on a forest fire that broke out earlier this week 30 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge. The blaze is visible from the community of 3,000 people 403 kilometres north of Prince George as well as from Highway 29. It is also 2.5 kilometres uphill from a gas plant, “but it is not expected that the fire will grow in the direction of the gas plant,” fire information officer Jillian Kelsh said in a press release. As of Wednesday afternoon it was covering about five hectares and was expected to grow but was not threatening anything of value.

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Steelworkers give $20,000 to displaced families

Daily Commercial News
August 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO—Aboriginal and northern families recovering from evacuations triggered by forest fires in northern Saskatchewan are getting a helping hand from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, in the form of $20,000. The fund is contributing to Food Banks of Saskatchewan and its Food For Fire Evacuees program, a release explains. “The forest fires have disrupted and traumatized thousands in northern Saskatchewan and left many needing a helping hand to recover,” said Steelworkers Humanity Fund President Ken Neumann in a statement.

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Rock Creek wildfire culprit could be on hook for ‘millions,’ says MLA Mike Morris

CBC News
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

If B.C. finds out who started the devastating Rock Creek wildfire, the culprit could be on the hook for “millions of dollars,” says the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. Officials are looking for a video rumoured to show the massive wildfire, which ripped through the small community, destroying 30 homes so far, was sparked by a flicked cigarette. “They would be facing a fine of significant proportions, probably up to about $10,000 depending on the circumstances around that,” said Mike Morris, who is also MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie. ?”They could also be held responsible for the total cost of fighting the fire as well, which of course is in the millions of dollars.”

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State closes logging in eastern Washington because of fires

Associated Press in The Longview Daily News
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State officials have closed logging and other business activities in eastern Washington forests because of the extreme fire danger. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced on Wednesday a Level 4 Industrial Fire Precaution Level for the eastern half of the state. Banned activities include timber harvest and road construction. The ban will be phased in county-by-county, with some restrictions starting Wednesday and others beginning on Thursday and Friday.

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3 firefighters die in wildfire after vehicle crashes

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
August 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

TWISP, Wash.  — Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was likely caught by flames as they battled a blaze Wednesday in Washington state, authorities said. Four other firefighters were injured. The casualties came as firefighters on several fronts fought against raging wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state. The accident occurred near the town of Twisp, the National Forest Service said, relaying information from Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. “The firefighters were engaged in initial attack operations and were involved in a vehicle accident when it is believed that the fire overtook the vehicle,” Rogers reported, according to the statement from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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North entrance of Crater Lake remains closed

Part of Pacific Crest Trail also off limits
Herald and News
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Crater Lake National Park has closed the north entrance road between State Highway 138 at the park’s north boundary and the Crater Lake west rim drive at north junction. This precautionary closure facilitates fire operations and provides for the safety of firefighters and park visitors. A segment of the Pacific Crest Trial is also closed from the park north boundary to the junction with Lightning Springs Trail. Today’s Activities: Weather permitting, firefighters are ready to invoke a burnout operation along the prepared dozer line between Highway 230 and Highway 138.

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Forest Service chief: Tough wildfire season is ‘new normal’

Associated Press in The Longview Daily News
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — The intense wildfire season ravaging the West and taxing fire crews and equipment to their limits is the new normal, the chief of the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday at a fire site in Oregon. The statement came as Chief Tom Tidwell visited the scene of the major fire 150 miles east of Portland that burned 36 homes last week before 600 firefighters started corralling it. The succession of intense fire seasons shows the need for thinning forests to make the landscapes less vulnerable to fire, Tidwell said. Nationwide, 26,000 firefighters were battling blazes, including 8,500 in the Northwest. Talks were under way to bring in fire management personnel from Australia and New Zealand.

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Governor and Forest Service chief to visit Canyon Creek fire

Associated Press in Statesman Journal
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — The chief of the U.S. Forest Service and Gov. Kate Brown are visiting the wildfire south of John Day in Eastern Oregon where authorities now say 36 homes were destroyed. Brown and Chief Tom Tidwell were scheduled Wednesday to visit victims and firefighters on the Canyon Creek fire, which has burned through 75 square miles, mostly on the Malheur National Forest, since starting from a lighting strike last week.

Gov. Kate Brown and Forest Service chief Thomas Tidwell speak to media in John Day (video) from The Oregonian

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Oregon blaze declared nation’s top firefighting priority

Mail Tribune
August 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A fire in remote eastern Oregon that destroyed 36 homes and was threatening 500 more today was declared the nation’s top priority for resources. The priority level for the fire near John Day, about 150 miles east of Portland, was based on the threat to homes and human life, and the closure of U.S. Highway 395, a major artery in the region, said Carol Connolly, a spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. After starting from a lightning strike last week, the Canyon Creek Complex fire has burned 75 square miles, mostly in Malheur National Forest. There are 649 firefighters assigned to the blaze — one of 11 large fires burning across Oregon. Smoke from the fires made air quality moderate to unhealthy for special groups across most of the state.

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Smoke from forest fire forces plane to redirect

Jakarta Post
August 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Thick smoke filling the air in Jambi province in Sumatra prevented a plane carrying Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin from landing at Sutan Thaha Syaifuddin Airport in Jambi on Thursday. The plane was redirected to land at Hang Nadin Airport on Batam Island, Riau Islands province. …Meanwhile, the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) reported that the number of hot spots in Jambi increased to 299 on Thursday from 107 on Tuesday. BMKG information official Kurnia Ningsih said that the condition was based on the monitoring carried out at 5 a.m. Head of Jambi Disaster Management Ageny Arif Munandar said fire fighters found it difficult to extinguish the fire as the forest fire spread rapidly.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USDA has incentives for biomass crop production

Farm Futures
August 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini on Wednesday announced that enrollment is now open for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products within designated projects areas. The funds are available from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill… In June, USDA began accepting applications from foresters and farmers seeking financial assistance for removing biomass residues from fields or national forests for delivery to energy generation facilities; the deadline for those applications is Sept. 4, 2015. The retrieval payments are provided at a cost-share match of $1 for $1 up to $20 per dry ton with eligible crops including corn residue, diseased or insect infested wood materials, or orchard waste.

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General

Fire at Tolko mill

Castanet
August 19, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

The Lumby Fire Department was called to the Tolko mill near Lumby early Wednesday morning after a report of a fire in the hog fuel pile. The hog fuel pile – which consists of sawdust and wood waste – caught fire just before 5 a.m. Fire Chief Tony Clayton said there was smoke and fire coming out of the pile when crews arrived. “It’s about 10-feet deep by an acre,” he said, adding the fire had a lot of potential to become a significant blaze. When crews arrived, Clayton said the fire was “burning around two edges of the pile.” He said the wood waste generates its own heat and the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion.

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