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Business & Politics

Canada-US softwood lumber deal set to expire Oct. 12; priority for BC

Global News BC
October 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VICTORIA – The softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the United States expires Monday, and British Columbia is signalling that reaffirming lumber trade stability between the two countries must become a top priority of the new government in Ottawa following the federal election. B.C. Premier Christy Clark said the importance of a renewed lumber deal between Canada and the U.S. is her first topic of discussion with the federal government. “For lumber producers, and the communities throughout (B.C.) that depend on them, we need to avoid an unnecessary trade dispute with our most significant market,” Clark said in a statement at the B.C. legislature.

Softwood Lumber deal will be first order of business with new PM, Clark says from the Alaska Highway News
Softwood lumber agreement ends Oct 12 from the Canadian Press in CBC News
BC Premier Christy Clark pledges to prioritize lumber deal from the Globe and Mail

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Analysts say Canada’s lumber industry needs to brace for risk with softwood deal expiring

CKNW News
October 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement set to expire tomorrow, analysts are warning the industry needs to prepare for risk. Naomi Christensen of the Canada West Foundation says the best way Canada can do that is to bulk up it’s roster of trading partners. “To continue diversification. There’s been a lot of focus on China in the last decade, which is great because we are selling a lot to China. B.C. sells the most to all the provinces. But there are some other markets like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia as well.” Christensen says with a softwood deal off the table – Canadian lumber producers will likely soon be butting heads with their U.S. counterparts.

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U.S. lumber futures surge 4 pct as trade deal with Canada expires

Reuters
October 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Oct 12 U.S. lumber futures jumped 4 percent to their highest levels in a month on Monday as inventories of the building material ran low and a nearly decade-old trade deal with Canada expired, traders and analysts said. Investors and wood users who bet on lower lumber prices following the expiration this week of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada have been covering their short positions – in both physical supplies and futures. The trade deal, known as SLA, taxed lumber exported from western Canada into the United States. The exports were taxed at escalating rates as cash timber prices declined, making the Canadian wood more competitive with pricier supplies produced by U.S. saw mills.

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All the news(paper) that’s fit to print

St. Albert Gazette
October 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The paper you hold in your hands wasn’t made in St. Albert. Like almost every newspaper in Alberta, the paper the Gazette is printed on comes from a single giant factory just outside of Whitecourt. Housed within a stadium-sized light-blue building surrounded by thick clouds of steam, the Alberta Newsprint Company is the only place in the province that creates newspaper… The Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC) employs about 400 people and is one of the maybe 30 North American companies that still make newspaper, Smith says. It’s won two Alberta Emerald Awards for environmental stewardship and is one of only four companies to achieve champion status under the province’s EnviroVista program.

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Trade deal doesn’t fix U.S. lumber issue: Harper

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Peace Arch News
October 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement doesn’t resolve Canada’s long-running dispute with the United States over softwood lumber, or remove restrictions on log exports from B.C. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday the Canadian government would like to renew the Canada-U.S. softwood agreement, expired as of Thanksgiving Day. It’s a side deal outside the North American Free Trade Agreement, and it won’t be covered by the proposed TPP deal either. “Obviously we would like to see this agreement move forward, and I think industry on both sides of the border would, but for reasons that were not entirely clear, the American administration hasn’t seen it that way,” Harper said in an interview with Black Press.

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TPP puts Japan within easier reach: exporters

Business in Vancouver
October 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC companies that want to be big in Japan are expecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to provide a boost. …The Canadian Press reported in July that Japan had been pushing for Canada to relax restrictions of raw log exports in return for lower tariffs on wood imports. In B.C., log exports have been controlled in an attempt to maintain a steady supply for local sawmills. But it is the B.C. government’s understanding that although wood product tariffs have been lowered, log export restrictions have not been affected by the trade deal, according to a response to a query from Business in Vancouver to B.C.’s Ministryof International Trade. The full details of the agreement have not yet been released.

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BC Lumber Producers Urge the Canadian Government to Pursue Softwood Lumber Trade Discussions

BC Lumber Trade Council
Canada Newswire press release
October 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, – The BC Lumber Trade Council is urging the federal government to engage with the U.S. government to determine a way forward following the expiration of the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement. … “It is important for governments on both sides of the border to take steps to avoid another lengthy and unnecessary trade dispute in softwood. In the past, these disputes have created uncertainty, hurt consumers and producers, and impeded the growth of the North American market,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council.

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Marathon pulp mill demolition expected to be complete by December

CBC News
October 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When the former Marathon Pulp Inc. is demolished, it will bring to an end the era of another northern Ontario employer — but also make way for new opportunities. The demolition will allow the town to market the property, and attract a new industry to the former pulp mill site. For Stan Johnson, who worked at the mill, and who is now documenting the demolition, it’s hard to watch the backbone of the community crumble… Johnson said he believes new industry will come to Marathon, as the site and deep water port is “too good” to be ignored by business.

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Montana wood products industry concerned about expiration of Canadian trade agreement

The Missoulian
October 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Approximately 500 jobs supported by Montana’s wood products industry have dried up this year alone, and with the expiration Monday of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U.S., even broader repercussions are expected to hit the state’s economy. In a nutshell, the U.S. wood products industry has a long-standing trade dispute – going back to the 1950s – with the Canadians because the Canadian lumber industry is subsidized by its government. The prices charged to harvest timber – called the stumpage fee – are set by the government there, rather than being determined by the free market, which is the case in the U.S.

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Timber Industry Begs Governor Bullock to Save Jobs With Fuel Reduction Funds

KGVO
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Experts from a variety of fields admit that Montana’s timber industry is in dire straits as a trade agreement with Canada fades this month and a surplus of cheap lumber causes prices to plummet. Executive Vice President of the Montana Wood Products Association Julia Altemus said there is something Montana can do to help save the industry, and the groundwork has already been laid.  “Back in 2013, the state legislature passed HB 354, which was a bill that set aside $5 million per biennium for fuel reduction, depending on how much money is in the coffers as far as fire suppression goes. I think we are around on $70 or $80 million right now, sitting in the fire suppression fund, so there is another $5 million that is open for the next two years.”

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Climate Change Drives Canadian Lumber Buying Spree

Arkansas Business
October 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The purchase by Canfor Corp. of Anthony Forest Products is just the latest in a series of acquisitions by Canadian companies of sawmills and lumber manufacturers in Arkansas and other Southern states. The reason? Climate change. A mountain pine beetle epidemic that began in the 1990s had by 2012 killed 946 million cubic yards of pine trees in British Columbia. More than 45 million acres of forest have been affected. Milder winters and warmer summers have meant higher survival rates for the pest. “Successive years of favourable summer and winter weather combined with an abundance of mature suitable pine hosts on the landscape have been cited as factors contributing to the massive epidemic that occurred in the 1990s and 2000s in British Columbia,” Canada’s natural resources agency said.

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Forest Resources Center’s Matthew Pelkki on Why Timber Industry Isn’t Falling

October 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

…1. Market access for Arkansas’ timber will be improved though joint recognition of all major forest certification systems (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm System) by the U.S. Green Building Council, which now recognizes only the Forest Stewardship Council certification system. Recognizing the SFI and ATFS will allow more Arkansas timber to be used in LEED-certified construction and lower the cost of these programs to landowners. 2. Logging capacity in the state declined by some 25 percent from 2007 to 2013 and is slowly rebuilding. Existing logging firms need access to low-interest-rate guaranteed loans and support for training programs to develop a younger logging workforce that can take us well into the 21st century. 

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Indirect costs of more potential paper mill closures hit loggers hardest

Bangor Daily News
October 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

….Loggers are generally seen as a primary factor for why wood costs in Maine are higher than in other areas of the country. But this really isn’t the case. The rates loggers are paid to deliver wood from stump to roadside have largely remained the same for the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the costs associated with the logging process — fuel, equipment, parts, insurance — have increased exponentially. Yes, wood costs have increased, but it’s important to note that loggers aren’t responsible for this and, in fact, have been marginalized in the process. Just as mills have struggled to manage their rising expenses, so have loggers, and loggers are certainly not getting rich in the process — many are struggling.

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Timber production soars as industry reaps benefits of 1960s tree-planting boom

October 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber! That cry is being heard a lot more around Britain these days, as the wood processing industry is experiencing a huge growth in production, largely thanks to trees planted decades ago that are finally reaching maturity. The UK is reaping the rewards of a frenetic period of conifer sowing in the 1960s, producing a record 12 million tonnes of timber in 2014, according to new figures from the Forestry Commission. Last year’s production was a third higher than in 2008, helped by rising investment and increased promotion by the Government. “A lot of conifer forests were planted in the 1960s and 70s and they’re now coming to maturity” said Stuart Goodall, head of the private forestry and wood processing industry body ConFor. “They take about 40 years to grow and this is the optimum time to be harvesting those trees.”

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Timber production soars as industry reaps benefits of 1960s tree-planting boom

October 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber! That cry is being heard a lot more around Britain these days, as the wood processing industry is experiencing a huge growth in production, largely thanks to trees planted decades ago that are finally reaching maturity. The UK is reaping the rewards of a frenetic period of conifer sowing in the 1960s, producing a record 12 million tonnes of timber in 2014, according to new figures from the Forestry Commission. Last year’s production was a third higher than in 2008, helped by rising investment and increased promotion by the Government. “A lot of conifer forests were planted in the 1960s and 70s and they’re now coming to maturity” said Stuart Goodall, head of the private forestry and wood processing industry body ConFor. “They take about 40 years to grow and this is the optimum time to be harvesting those trees.”

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Russia exported 8% more lumber in Jan-Aug 2015

IHB The Timber Network
October 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first 8 month of 2015 Russia exported less logs and more sawn timber than in the respective period of last year. These conclusions may be drawn based on the statistical data provided by the Russian Federal Customs Service. Thus, for the indicated period Russia exported 12.072 million m3 of logs, having reduced exports in volume by 9.88% year on year. In value terms, Russian log exports decreased more significantly: from $1.175 billion in the first eight months of 2015 to $867.2 million in Jan-Aug 2015, or by 26.22%. Russian lumber export dynamics for the above mentioned period was slightly different. A moderate increase in volume terms was observed. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Los Angeles Orders Quake Retrofit for Many Older Buildings

Fire Engineering
October 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of older wood and concrete apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake would get costly upgrades under sweeping retrofitting rules passed Friday by the Los Angeles City Council. The mandate would affect as many as 13,500 so-called soft-first-story buildings, which are typically wood-frame structures with large spaces such as parking lots on the ground floor. As many as 1,500 brittle concrete buildings would also require upgrades. The measure passed on a 12-0 vote… Wood apartments will be given seven years to complete construction once an owner is ordered by the Department of Building and Safety to retrofit the building. Owners of brittle concrete buildings will have 25 years to do the work.

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ultramoderne’s cross-laminated timber pavilion opens in chicago

Designboom
October 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The winning pavilion of the chicago lakefront kiosk competition has opened on the shores lake michigan. the contest saw a total of 421 entries from over 40 countries, with rhode island-based studio ultramoderne selected to realize their ‘chicago horizon’ design. as well as providing shelter, the pavilion houses a food and beverage vendor, creating a new public space along the city’s waterfront. the pavilion is located on the shores of lake michigan. Influenced by two chicago prototypes… the pavilion uses cross-laminated timber to build an expansive canopy supported by a series of slender columns. ‘the design for the kiosk became a quest to create the largest wood roof possible — to demarcate a zone of the city for all to enjoy,’ explains ultramoderne.

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Kilmer Calls on Key Federal Agencies to Use Innovative Building Materials at Construction Sites

Real Estate Rama
October 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) called on key agencies to increase their use of innovative building materials at federal construction sites. In a letter to the Secretaries of the Defense and Agriculture Departments, Kilmer asked for an update on report language he authored in an appropriations bill this year that directed the two agencies to work together to use materials such as Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) more frequently. The use of CLT products could help reduce future building costs, improve environmental impact, strengthen structures in the face of seismic disturbances, and provide needed opportunities to strengthen our nation’s timber industry.

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Wood construction resurges at UMass

The Suffolk Blog
October 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Two-thirds of Chicago was constructed of wood when a devastating fire ripped through the city 144 years ago this week… The Great Chicago Fire also prompted new building codes in cities across the country that still hamper the widespread adoption of modern wood construction. But that’s beginning to change as recent research has found that new innovative heavy timber systems are, in fact, safe in fires. Moreover, these systems are environmentally friendly and can rise as high as 12 stories or more. Advocates of this high-tech wood construction, known as “mass timber,” are forcing regulators and owners in the United States to take the resurgence of timber-frame construction more seriously. “This is the future of construction,” Robert Malczyk of Vancouver-based Equilibrium Consulting told us.

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Timber firm taps innovation fund

Herald Scotland
October 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK’s first prefabricated party wall system has become one of the first six projects to receive investment funding from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. The patented timber frame wall system is the brainchild of Aberdeen-based Stewart Milne Timber Systems, which will receive almost £100,000 of funding from the CSIC to help bring the product through the industrial research and development stage and onto the market. Glasgow Caledonian University and Edinburgh Napier University will contribute to product design and performance validation in a laboratory and site environment to analyse the product’s structural, acoustic, fire and thermal performance.

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Forestry

The Rapid and Startling Decline

Yale Environment 360
October 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of the huge boreal forest that spans from Scandinavia to northern Canada. Unprecedented warming in the region is jeopardizing the future of a critical ecosystem that makes up nearly a third of the earth’s forest cover. But Dennis Murray, a professor of ecology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, thinks the dying moose of Minnesota and New Hampshire and elsewhere are one symptom of something far bigger – a giant forest ecosystem that is rapidly shrinking, dying, and otherwise changing. “The boreal forest is breaking apart,” he says. “The question is what will replace it?” Many scientists, in fact, are deeply concerned about the state of the world’s largest forest. The Arctic and the boreal region are warming twice as fast as other parts of the world. Permafrost is thawing and even burning, fires are burning unprecedented acres of forest, and insect outbreaks have gobbled up increasing numbers of trees. Climate zones are moving north ten times faster than forests can migrate.

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Seeing the forest and the trees

by Tom Fletcher
Merritt Herald
October 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – There was a flurry of excitement in the B.C. legislature last week, as Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington released documents suggesting that a multinational manufacturing company continued to buy up B.C. farms for carbon offsets after they said last June they would stop. False alarm, as it turns out. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick clarified that three more farms in the Peace and Cariboo region had indeed been bought, but the company was merely following legal advice to close deals on farms that it had already agreed to purchase. The company, British-based cleaning product and pharmaceutical maker Reckitt Benckiser (RB) confirmed this. A company official reiterated that its program to buy farms and replant them with trees is suspended.

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City going ahead with forest fire reduction plan

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
October 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Council has authorized city staff to enter into a professional services agreement for the completion of a Forest Management Plan for city-owned forest lands. The agreement is with RW. Gray Consulting Ltd, and is up to a maximum value of $13,500, which will be funded out of the city’s Fire Hazardous Fuel Fund Reserve. …The city noted that the revenue generated through the harvest treatment of lands identified in the forest management plan will be used to replenish the Fire Hazardous Fuel Fund Reserve and fund future hazardous fuel treatments. …In developing the Forest Management Plan concept and associated CBT applications staff worked directly with Robert Gray, of R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd., which the city noted is a well-regarded fire ecologist in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada.

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UNB lumberjill prepares team for season’s first competition

50th annual UNB Woodsmen Competition being held Saturday, Oct. 17th
CBC News
October 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The president of the UNB Woodsmens Team is busy getting the teams ready for the first competition of the season, the 50th annual UNB Woodsmen Competition. Kendra King says she’s not a stereotypical woodsmen but adds lumberjills are becoming more common across the country. Still, she admits most people are puzzled when she tells them what she does. “They usually don’t know what I’m talking about. Then I tell them we compete in lumberjack sports and they’re even more bewildered.” King competes with the fourth ranked UNB Woodsmens women’s team. The team is made up of six members and each on has to compete in four of the six team events.

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Subcommittee reviews 2015 fire season and long-term trends of forest fires

House Committee on Agriculture
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the 2015 fire season and long-term trends of forest fires. Members heard from Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell as well as a second panel of affected stakeholders on the many reasons why forest fires are becoming increasingly more destructive and burning more acres per fire, the impacts these fires are having, and possible solutions to this growing issue. …“In July, the House passed H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, which is a great step in addressing this major issue of forest fires.

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Does logging company benefit from California fire fee?

Trees cleared on private land owned by Soper-Wheeler
KCRA
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE OROVILLE, Calif. —The fire fees that California homeowners pay are supposed to be used for fire prevention and fuel reduction, but a KCRA 3 investigation found some of the money goes to benefit a logging company. The state has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from homeowners in the foothills and other areas where the state provides fire service. Cal Fire has distributed some of the money for the first time this year, and how it’s being spent has some homeowners alarmed and angry. Deep in the foothills east of Lake Oroville, loggers are thinning out the forest.

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Forest In Focus

East Face Project In The Elkhorn Mountains
Baker City Herald
October 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is proposing one of its bigger timber sales in the past 25 years. The East Face project is on the east slopes of the northern Elkhorn Mountains, mainly from the Anthony Lakes Highway north toward Ladd Canyon and the Grande Ronde Valley. It includes about 48,000 acres of public land, mostly national forest, with about 1,200 acres of BLM ground. According to the 293-page environmental assessment the Forest Service released Wednesday, the East Face project is designed to reduce the risk of large wildfires in the area and to begin to restore forests that have been harmed by past logging and many decades of fire suppression.

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US Forest Service wants more controlled burns in Washington

Associated Press in The News Tribune
October 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE  – The U.S. Forest Service wants more controlled burns in Washington forests to help make them more resistant to summer wildfires. But The Seattle Times reports rules administered by the state Department of Natural Resources are a roadblock to this fire prevention approach in Washington. Controlled burns are endorsed by scientists as an important tool for keeping forests healthier and less susceptible to devastating wildfires. “It’s a very low-risk kind of policy where they’re very averse to putting fire on the landscape. Consequently, it’s been very hard to get the burning done,” said Rick Graw, a Forest Service air quality manager for the Pacific Northwest region.

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Firefighters still battling two blazes in Kootenai National Forest

The Missoulian
October 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LIBBY – It ain’t over till it’s over, and it’s still a very active wildfire season in the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. Two wildfires there, at least one of which has been burning since August, continue to concern officials, especially considering winds and record-threatening temperatures are forecast in the coming days and precious little precipitation fell this month. The Klatawa fire is the largest of the two, at 5,112 acres. “Most of the fire growth is topography-driven and, with the winds, fire personnel are expecting to see continued creeping and backing into the hand lines that have been constructed,” according to Willie Sykes, Kootenai National Forest spokesman. “Fire personnel will continue to monitor and reinforce fire lines to keep the fire from spreading toward private property and homes.”

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Logging litigation myths debunked

The Missoulian
October 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell was in front of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry last week and blew the phony “litigation is stopping logging” myth out of the water. The truth, he told Congress, is that only 5 percent of the nation’s logging proposals are being litigated, adding that the Forest Service expects to meet 97 percent of its timber production for this year. But while Tidwell was letting Congress in on the truth, Montanans are subjected to the never-ending chorus of high-pitched whining from most of our politicians and both political parties claiming “serial litigators” were responsible for “shutting down logging” on our national forests.

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Judge lifts logging injunction on 2 Montana state forests

The Missoulian
October 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement between state officials and three conservation groups that allows logging projects in northwest Montana to move forward with added protections for grizzly bears. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Friday lifted a 2014 injunction that had barred logging on portions of the Stillwater and Coal Creek state forests. The settlement prohibits permanent roads within seven “security zones” encompassing 34 square miles. Logging and motorized vehicle use will be allowed only when bears are denning for winter.

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State losses from forestry

Jakarta Post
October 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

State losses from potential non-tax state revenues in the forestry sector between 2003 and 2014 have been estimated at Rp 60 trillion (US$4.48 billion), according to a study by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). “According to the study from KPK’s research and development [division], the state losses in round wood production, which are still in the forests so that the value is still there, reached Rp 5 trillion per year for 12 years,” KPK deputy head Zulkarnain told a press conference in Jakarta on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency. Zulkarnain said that the number was based on the calculation that all forestry products can be collected and it showed the necessity to establish a non-tax state revenue (PNBP) system to prevent illegal logging.

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New zone to boost protection for threatened long-footed potoroo in East Gippsland

ABC News, Australia
October 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Government will create a special management zone to protect an area in East Gippsland for the long-footed potoroo. The Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) sent a report to the State Government three years ago, after spotting a long-footed potoroo at Mount Jersey, outside of Goongerah. The State Government has written to the group to say it will create a special 150 hectare management zone around the site. GECO’s Ed Hill said there needed to be more research into the region’s endangered species. “If the current Labor Government are committed to ensuring logging doesn’t drive endangered species in East Gippsland to extinction, they urgently need to protect more of their habitat,” he said.

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Largest beech tree on record discovered in Herefordshire

Hereford Times
October 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

EVERYONE’S heard about the biggest aspidistra in the world, as sung by Gracie Fields, but Herefordshire can proudly claim to have the largest beech tree on record. Gareth and Verena Bowen expected to find some particularly spectacular trees during their survey of nature reserves in the county, but they were astounded to find a venerable 400-year-old beech with an enormous girth in excess of 15 metres. Carrying out their role as Ancient Tree Hunt Verifiers, they found the giant tree at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Leeping Stocks reserve on the Doward. The woodland site holds a fascinating history as part of the area fall within an ancient woodland category untouched since 1600.

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China set to help fight forest fires

Jakarta Post
October 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China has emerged as the latest nation to extend a helping hand to Indonesia, promising to “try its best” to help it put out forest fires raging across Kalimantan and Sumatra. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country is in talks with Indonesia and is preparing to deploy rescue forces to the affected areas, after the Indonesian government sought its help, the official Xinhua news agency reported Friday. The news comes after Indonesia announced earlier in the day that it plans to fly drones over fire-prone areas to offer emergency workers real-time alerts on hot spots. This would help them respond faster to the fires and put them out before they spread to other areas, said Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan Friday. 

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Swedish Forest Agency expects gross fellings decline in 2015

Lesprom Network
October 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Gross fellings is expected to decline marginally according to forecast by Swedish Forest Agency According to the forecast from the Swedish Forest Agency the gross fellings in the year 2015 is estimated to 91 million cubic metre standing volume (stem volume over bark from stump to tip). There is a small decrease compared with 2014, as Swedish Forest Agency said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The estimates are based on industry’s production of soft sawnwood and wood pulp. The consumption of roundwood is estimated with the help of ratio for roundwood equivalent for the products.

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Queensland private forestry consultant calls for native harvest exemption to protected plants survey

ABC News, Australia
October 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A private forestry consultant says a state government measure to streamline red tape around the harvest of trees has had the opposite effect, and is proving costly and time-consuming for landholders. Sean Ryan says requirements to survey for protected plants are onerous and expensive (ABC Rural) The Newman Government introduced the Protected Plants Flora Survey Trigger Map as part of changes to the Nature Conservation Act in 2014. It shows high-risk areas for protected plants and was designed to simplify the process for determining if a flora survey was necessary to clear land. But Private Forestry Service Queensland executive officer Sean Ryan said the system was onerous, and could cost land holders thousands of dollars looking for plants that might not even be there.

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General

The Rise of Wooden Skyscrapers

Motherboard
October 12, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Earlier this month, the University of British Columbia announced that construction on its new student residence was set to begin. No ordinary residence, the 18-story building will be constructed using wood. Upon completion, it will be the tallest wood building in the world. But an 18-story building, made of wood? Isn’t wood flammable? And can you really build a wood building that tall? These are all valid concerns—but also, concerns that architects are working to dispel with increasing urgency in the search for eco-friendly alternatives to fuel-intensive concrete and steel.

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Forest Resources Center’s Matthew Pelkki on Why Timber Industry Isn’t Falling

October 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

…1. Market access for Arkansas’ timber will be improved though joint recognition of all major forest certification systems (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm System) by the U.S. Green Building Council, which now recognizes only the Forest Stewardship Council certification system. Recognizing the SFI and ATFS will allow more Arkansas timber to be used in LEED-certified construction and lower the cost of these programs to landowners. 2. Logging capacity in the state declined by some 25 percent from 2007 to 2013 and is slowly rebuilding. Existing logging firms need access to low-interest-rate guaranteed loans and support for training programs to develop a younger logging workforce that can take us well into the 21st century. 

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