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Froggy Foibles

Wood in Space and aging Whisky

National Post
September 9, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Remember when Ardbeg Distillery sent a vial of unmatured malt whisky into space? Well the space Scotch has returned! And it has allegedly been changed by its time in microgravity. The BBC reports that taste tests have detected “major differences” between Earth-bound whisky and the vial that flew in the International Space Station for some three years, where it matured along with the same charred oak that was aging with whisky on Earth. …According to Ars Technica, chemical analysis of the samples showed no major differences in the non-alcoholic compounds that contributed to flavor. But analysis did suggest that the sample matured in microgravity had been influenced less by the oak it was aged with than the Earth sample. “In the future, the altered range of wood extractions could lead scientists to be able to detail the ratios of compounds expected in whiskies of a certain age,” Ardbeg director of distilling Bill Lumsden told the Guardian.

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Business & Politics

Canfor announces permanent closure of Canal Flats sawmill

Shutdown, slated for November 9, will put more than 70 people out of work
Business in Vancouver
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. announced Wednesday that is is permanently closing its Canal Flats sawmill, laying off 65 workers and nine staff members… It’s the second time in less than a year that the small village of Canal Flats has been hit with layoffs. Canfor cut back production at the mill last May, going from two shifts to one. Wednesday’s announcement came “out of the blue,” said Doug Singer, president of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 at nearby Cranbrook. He said after May’s layoffs, workers believed that the mill would survive… The Canal Flats closure was announced to workers at the mill Wednesday morning by Canfor president Don Kayne. He said the company will do what it can to ease the transition. All employees are to be offered the chance to transfer to other divisions in the company, he said. 

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Canfor to close Canal Flats mill

The Kimberly Daily Bulletin
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor will be closing the Canal Flats saw mill as of November 9, it was announced to employees Wednesday. “Our CEO and members of the senior management team were in Canal Flats today to announce the permanent closure of the facility,” said Corrine Stavness. “While we understand how difficult this will be for our employees and the community of Canal Flats, recent downturns in the oil and gas and lumber markets that the mill served combined with a lack of economically available fibre for the mill have brought operating losses we can no longer sustain. “Moving to permanent closure means that the employees impacted by this announcement will be entitled to severance.

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Man, 31, killed in lumber mill accident near Big River, Sask.

Worker had been doing maintenance on equipment, RCMP say
CBC News
September 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A worker is dead following an accident at a northern Saskatchewan lumber mill on Tuesday. It happened at the mill south of Big River, Sask., at around 8:45 p.m. CST, the RCMP said. The man, 31, was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. He died before the emergency services crew arrived. The incident is under investigation by the Big River RCMP detachment and the province’s occupational health and safety branch. Police haven’t released the man’s name or home community.

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Analysts Set Interfor Corp PT at $24.31

WKRB News and Analysis
September 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shares of Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eight analysts that are currently covering the firm, Analyst Ratings Net reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation, four have given a buy recommendation and two have issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is C$23.38.

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B.C. First Nations aim for reconciliation deal with Premier Christy Clark

CBC News
September 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 500 aboriginal leaders in British Columbia are meeting this week with Premier Christy Clark with the aim of reaching an agreement on how to move forward together following the historic Tsilhqot’in land rights ruling. The June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that granted aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in Nation in B.C.’s Central Interior has transformed government and First Nations relations, including potentially lucrative and environmentally sensitive resource projects. Clark has said ignoring the Supreme Court of Canada decision would put B.C.’s future in peril and she said she wants to use the ruling to work together with aboriginals. Tsilhqot’in Chief Roger William, who has called the ruling a legal weapon, said it is poised to dominate proceedings at the gathering in Vancouver on Wednesday and Thursday.

Northern BC aboriginal leaders speak in unified voice for ‘fair’ consultation from The Canadian Press

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Tasmania’s forestry industry on its way back, says Minister

Daily Telegraph
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE reopening of a dormant woodchip mill behind Burnie is another sign Tasmania’s plantation industry is on its way back, the state’s Resources Minister says. Paul Harriss’ upbeat forecast was today matched by the chairman of Forico, which owns the former Gunns mill that is back exporting woodchips from Burnie port. “The forestry sector in Tasmania has been through a tough five years but is finding its feet again,” David Brand said at the official opening this morning. The mill started processing plantation logs again in July and will create 150 direct and indirect jobs when production ramps up to 1 million tonnes of woodchips per annum. The reopening of the mill comes as a training facility to skill people up to fill jobs in Tasmania’s recovering forest plantation industry is due to open in Launceston in November.

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Russian court puts Angara Paper into bankruptcy

Planned to build a 1.2 million tpy softwood and hardwood pulp mill
Pulp and Paper News
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to Euwid, the Arbitrage Court of the Region of Krasnoyarsk in Russia has opened bankruptcy proceedings against Russia’s Angara Paper. Angara Paper planned to build a 1.2 million tpy softwood and hardwood, pulp mill for export to Asia.The company has accumulated debt of RUB470m (€6.2m), according to the court. According to court information, Angara Paper has accumulated debt… The planned giant pulp miill in the Krasnoyarsk region should have a total capacity of 1.2 million tpy.

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China’s log imports down 14% in 1H 2015

Lesprom Network
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first half of 2015 China’s log imports were 23.123 million cubic metres valued at $4.38 billion, down 14% in volume and 32% in value on the same period in 2014. The average FOB price for imported logs fell 21% to $190 per cubic metres, ITTO reported. As the adjustment of China’s economy progresses and because of the decline in investment in housing January to June the imports of softwood logs fell sharply while imports of hardwood logs were generally flat. Softwood log imports amounted to 15.466 million cubic metres, a year on year decline of 18%. The average FOB price for imported softwood logs fell 19% to $129 per cubic metre.

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Tasmanian forestry businesses set up a hub to source ‘better’ workers

ABC News, Australia
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian forestry businesses are establishing a training hub to bring skilled workers into the plantation and wood sector. The Tasmanian Government has provided $150,000 in seed-funding for the forestry training hub, ARBRE, which will be matched by businesses including Forico, Timberland, Norke Skog, IFarm and Elphinstone Engineering. A board of industry leaders has also been appointed and ongoing costs will be funded by industry and with income from training programs.

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Renewed calls for WA Forest Products Commission to lose controlled wood accreditation over karri logging

ABC News, Australia
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Environment groups have renewed calls for WA’s Forest Products Commission (FPC) to have its controlled wood accreditation withdrawn. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation is provided so consumers can be assured they are buying from ethical forest managers and companies. But the Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation said despite the certification, karri logging had been wrongly endorsed. Wilderness Society national forest campaign manager Warrick Jordan said FSC auditors had not considered all the available information in the past.

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Woodchip mill in northern Tasmania reopens as plantation forestry surges on Chinese demand

ABC News, Australia
September 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A woodchip mill near Burnie has been officially reopened, five years after the financial woes of Tasmanian timber giant Gunns forced its closure. About 25 people are now employed at the Hampshire mill, and another 100 have jobs harvesting and transporting wood from the surrounding plantations. Bryan Hayes, the CEO of Forico, the mill’s new owner, said he expected more indirect jobs to be created in nearby communities. “The multiplier of forestry is typically two to three, maybe four, so you could say there’s probably another 300 to 400 jobs that will be created in the community as those economic benefits flow out,” Mr Hayes said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New city sculpture celebrates Rotorua’s timber heritage

New Zealand Scoop
September 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West, International

A four metre high contemporary sculpture by Rotorua artist Jamie Pickernell was lifted into place by crane this morning at the intersection of Tutanekai and Haupapa streets. The artwork, called ‘Shavings, has been designed to complement Rotorua’s Wood First Policy and to acknowledge the importance of timber and wood products to the Rotorua economy. It is one of the final touches of an upgrade of the busy city intersection, and part of Rotorua Lakes Council’s strategy to revitalise the inner city.

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Forestry

Canada’s resource industries are facing what some have called an all out assault while many environmental NGO’s lobby for even more stringent regulations

from Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Canada News Wire press release
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

CALGARY  – Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released Senior Fellow Elizabeth Nickson’s paper “The Failures of Forest Certification and the Implications for the Public Wealth of the Canadian North”. In this paper, Nickson posits that the forest certification movement not only had a devastating effect on the value of the forest industry, there is evidence it has been destructive of the forest biosphere itself. Ms. Nicksons suggests that if the environmental movement is successful in forcing the same model on the pipeline, oil sands, and fracking industries, it is likely to see the same devastating devaluation that the forestry industry suffered.

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Logging on city lands creates revenue

Powell River Peak
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River Community Forest made a profit of close to $750,000 from logging city-owned property this year. At the Tuesday, August 18, City of Powell River committee of the whole meeting, Greg Hemphill, president of community forest board of directors, and Chris Laing, manager of forest operations, spoke regarding the management strategy for the community forest and other municipal forest lands. Hemphill reminded councillors that the community forest had made a presentation to council in October 2014 regarding opportunities at the airport reserve and other city-owned lands. “Since that time we have conducted operations and you can say, at this stage, we are at a substantial completion,” Hemphill said. “We thought we’d give you a summary of how the harvesting went and some of the reforestation activities.”

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New Alberta parks make unprotected B.C. stand out ‘like sore thumb’

Alberta’s NDP government just created two new parks, protecting 100,000 hectares next to B.C. border
CBC News
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists in the Kootenays say it’s time British Columbia stepped up and matched its neighbours to the east. Alberta’s NDP government just created two new parks in the Rocky Mountains, covering 100,000 hectares of the Castle Wilderness area, on the border with B.C. Non-profit environmental group Wildsight now wants B.C. to match Alberta in the nearby Flathead River Valley, where environmentalists have long dreamed of a new park. “Now really more than ever we have the Flathead, which stands out like a sore thumb as a big, unprotected area adjacent to other protected areas,” said Ryland Nelson, Southern Rockies Program Manager.

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County Moves To Hire Timber Consultant

KONP
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Port Angeles – Former District Three County Commissioner, Phil Kitchel, was approved for hire to be a consultant related to the proposed Trust Lands Advisory Committee. In a move to avoid any conflict of interest, Commissioner McEntire recused himself from the vote for Kitchel, citing a personal friendship along with McEntire’s current appointment to the Washington State Association of Counties representative for the Board of Natural Resources. The Board has several responsibilities including approving timber and property sales with state trust lands and establishing the sustainable harvest level for forested trust lands.

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A divided house: Real and pseudo-environmentalists

The Missoulian
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am dismayed at what I read in the newspapers about many pseudo-environmental organizations abandoning their roots and joining forces with politicians, logging interests and snowmobilers in efforts to defeat the great work being done by traditional, legitimate environmental organizations and individuals. Famous real environmental organizations like Michael Garrity’s Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Arlene Montgomery’s Friends of the Wild Swan and Keith Hammer’s Swan View Coalition, along with long-time park ranger with a master’s degree and highly respected independent wildlife biology consultant Brian Peck, are diligent hard workers defending wildlife and their habitat – especially the grizzly bear and wolf.

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Learning To Live With Fire

Payson Roundup
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Communities like Payson must find a way to live with wildfire by changing land use patterns and adopting new building codes, according to a study by an international team of experts published in the scientific journal Nature. Moreover, several other new studies say predicted rises in temperature will make that adjustment far more urgent by shifting forest boundaries and putting trees on millions of acres under potentially lethal stress. Firefighters can no longer count on putting out fires in overstocked, drought-prone forests, concluded an international research review led by the University of California, Berkeley. The Forest Service and other agencies should give up on the hopeless effort to prevent forest fires and instead emphasize thinning and prescribed burns.

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Prescribed Burn Planned on the Santa Fe National Forest

KRQE News 13
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Borrego prescribed burn area, a total of 200 acres, is located approximately six miles south of Truchas and six miles east of Cordova. Fire managers would like to complete the Borrego prescribed burn by October 31, 2015, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

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Commentary: Devastating fires destroy timber and federal budgets

AgAlert
September 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Healthy forests provide all Californians with an abundant source of clean water, clean air and unsurpassed recreational opportunities. California’s forests store and filter 60 percent of the state’s water supply. They provide jobs for tens of thousands of forest products workers and they generate $85.4 billion in recreation and economic activity. When our forests are unhealthy, all that depends on them is threatened. The 2015 fire season is a living illustration of the immense impact catastrophic wildfire can have on the forests that California’s economy depends on. Lost timber resources and wildlife habitat, increased soil erosion, lost jobs, damage to private property and degradation of watersheds are only some of the examples of negative impacts from fire.

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Hunt misinformed on forestry and Leadbeater’s possum

Greg Hunt has relied too heavily on the advice of green groups and anti-logging scientists. His decision-making has suffered as a result.
ABC News, Australia
September 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LAST MONTH, THE Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, invited the Victorian Government to apply for funding from the Emissions Reduction Fund to buy out a major portion of the state’s native forest timber industry to pave the way for a new national park that would supposedly save Leadbeater’s possum. The inference drawn from this is that Minister Hunt regards Australian native timber production as a greenhouse emission. This, plus his earlier decision to list Leadbeater’s possum as ‘critically endangered’, has created concerns amongst forest scientists about the quality of advice he is receiving.

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Govt’s sustainable forestry claims challenged

The Farm Forestry Association is challenging what the government calls New Zealand’s ‘sustainable forestry story’.
Radio New Zealand News
September 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Associate Minister of Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has been at the World Foresty Congress in Durban, South Africa, to demonstrate New Zealand’s sustainable management of natural and planted forests. Farm Forestry Association president Dean Satchell said the government was being flippant, given that the national plantation estate has decreased by 100,000 hectares since 2002. He said the deforestation was due to problems with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). “It was originally supposed to encourage forestry – and, in fact, it appeared we’re going backwards in terms of the area in forest in New Zealand,” he said.

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Park will not save possum: forestry group

AAP in Yahoo News Australia
September 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Creating a national park will do little to save the highly endangered Leadbeater’s Possum and will cost thousands of jobs, a leading forestry group says. The peak body for Australia’s professional foresters, the Institute of Foresters of Australia, says a national park would largely close Victoria’s timber industry. “The social cost would be extreme with thousands of timber industry and forest management workers losing their jobs,” the group says. The group says the decline of the species is a consequence of bushfires causing trees to collapse, not of logging.

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Forestry Tasmania urged to help save swift parrot by reducing logging area by 3 per cent

ABC News, Australia
September 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is being urged to stop logging in 3 per cent of its native forest logging area because it is habitat for the endangered swift parrot. Analysis by the Wilderness Society used publicly available information to plot the location of important habitat in state forest areas. It argues if Forestry Tasmania fully implemented the Threatened Fauna Adviser protections developed by the Forest Practices Authority, it would impact less than 0.1 per cent of forest production and could help save the parrot. They say the swift parrot population will drop by 80 per cent within three generations because of logging and predation by the introduced sugar glider.

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Forest Fires

Rock Creek residents to be paid for fighting wildfire threatening their homes

Vancouver Sun
September 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

In an unusual acknowledgment of their efforts to save Rock Creek from a fast-moving forest fire, the tough and resilient residents of Kettle River East Road who stayed behind and fought it until the B.C. Wildfire Service arrived will be paid for their service. But in an act of generosity, the dozen families who worked on the fire line have decided to donate their wages to local charities aimed at helping the 30 families who were burned out. Almost from the day in late August when the provincial government decided it would pay the citizen firefighters, they said they didn’t want to keep the money but instead planned to help victims who had lost everything. The amount is about $20,000.

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Editorial: Time for Congress to recognize wildfires as natural disasters

The Spokesman Review
September 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The rains have finally come, but many wildfires are still expected to burn into October. About 9 million acres have been torched across the country this summer, mostly in the West. It’s been a record fire year in Washington, with the North Star and Tunk Block fires near Omak burning 370,000 acres, much of it on the Colville Indian Reservation. About 3,000 households are under evacuation notices. Three firefighters have died; untold wildlife and livestock have perished. The charred landscape and dangerous smoke send a clear signal: This is a natural disaster that demands an emergency response. But government isn’t set up to treat it that way. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell acknowledged this shortcoming while visiting the fire camp in Omak, and she called for much-needed reform.

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Active forest management will reduce fire consequences

by Lindsay Warness, forest policy liaison with Boise Cascade Co.
Statesman Journal
September 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

I saw the glow of the Phillips Creek Fire in the distance long before I reached the area where I assisted in issuing evacuation notices. We could sense undercurrents of frustration and helplessness as people scrambled to pack belongings, transport livestock and load farm equipment, all while watching the fire grow closer and bigger. The most disconcerting part of the experience was meeting the families while delivering the evacuation notifications. These were people who worked their entire lives to build a home and a life and this one wildfire could wipe them out.

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After the Smoke

September 10, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…But I am getting sick and tired of relying on blind luck – I’d rather rely on forest management skill. The Sheep Fire (above the railroad trestle across from Goat Lick) presented the biggest, most consistent scare. Depending on wind, the fire could (and might still) either jump down into Essex, or blow across the river and blast off the face of Snowslip Mountain, or both. So far, neither has happened, but let me say it wasn’t a particularly smart idea to put the Great Bear Wilderness boundary (and all its management restrictions) so close to the railroad, highway, gas line and Essex.

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After the Smoke

September 10, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…But I am getting sick and tired of relying on blind luck – I’d rather rely on forest management skill. The Sheep Fire (above the railroad trestle across from Goat Lick) presented the biggest, most consistent scare. Depending on wind, the fire could (and might still) either jump down into Essex, or blow across the river and blast off the face of Snowslip Mountain, or both. So far, neither has happened, but let me say it wasn’t a particularly smart idea to put the Great Bear Wilderness boundary (and all its management restrictions) so close to the railroad, highway, gas line and Essex.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Letter: Taking climate change seriously

By David Lindsay, president and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
Montreal Gazette
September 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Re: “Boreal forest on the brink, study warns” (Extra, Sept. 5) Canada’s forest products industry is actually part of the solution to climate change. It is unfortunate that the article by freelance writer Kevin Dougherty did not seek wider views on the health of Canada’s boreal forest. He used a Science article on the global boreal forest to conclude Quebec’s boreal is on the brink. In fact, the article mentions that Canada has the least intensively managed boreal forest in the world (35-40 per cent of our area is managed for industrial wood production, compared with 58 per cent in Russia and 90 per cent in Norway, Sweden and Finland).

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