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Daily Archives: October 28, 2015

Special Feature

Wood is Good: A Contractor’s Perspective at the Wood Solutions Fair

Journal of Commerce
October 27, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Boys, president of Nicola Log Works, Merritt, B.C. and John Davidson, senior site supervisor for Bird Construction, Kelowna, B.C. presented Wood is Good: A Contractor’s Perspective at the Wood Solutions Fair in downtown Vancouver. They have worked on two projects together, the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia as well as the Student Union Building, also at UBC. …For the Earth Sciences Building, there were many good components. Boys said it was a creative, well considered design. It also had very creative engineering with simple clean connections (for the most part). …Boys noted several difference between the use of CLT in Europe vs North America. In Europe its often covers and just replaces concrete and steel because it’s cheaper, but in North America we use it an exposed architectural feature, which isn’t necessarily cheaper, he said.

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Timber for the Masses at the Wood Solutions Fair

Journal of Commerce
October 27, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Liam Dewar, the director of Eurban Limited in London, England presented Timber for the Masses at the Wood Solutions Fair in downtown Vancouver. Dewar discussed the evolution of mass timber in the U.K. It started with nail laminated timber (NLT) and its use was accepted and grew. He said that NLT does have some challenges as the product will only expand and not shrink, so being aware of the initial and subsequent moisture levels is important. He showed a study showing that the number of heartbeats are reduced in a timber building and how it’s better for human health. …Concrete Frame Construction would take 236 concrete deliveries, 10 rebar deliveries and 25 site operatives. Mass timber construction, by comparison, would require 30 timber deliveries, one steel delivery and only seven site operatives. The mass timber construction also reduced the overall building schedule by 40 per cent.

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Business & Politics

Prince Rupert business leaders welcome Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Northern View
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many political pundits have already weighed in on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signed by the Canadian federal government earlier this fall will affect different sectors of the Canadian economy. …Here in Prince Rupert, the TPP brings exciting prospects to many businesses and residents who call the North Coast home. With tariffs on Canadian exports to Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, coming down in the coming years, as well as decreased tariffs in countries ranging from Chile to Malaysia to Vietnam to Singapore, the Port of Prince Rupert, which already ships and receives millions of tonnes of cargo per year, consisting of agri-food, biofuel, metallurgical coal, wheat, canola, logs, containers and more, may potentially see a drastic rise in traffic volumes as Canadian exporters take advantage of the trade deal.

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Northern Pulp mill water usage examined by 3rd party

Mill claims water use reductions are unachievable
CBC News
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government has hired independent experts to evaluate claims made by the Northern Pulp paper mill that water limits placed on it by the province are unachievable. The provincial government ordered the Pictou County mill to cut its water usage by more than 34 per cent. That was part of a five-year provincial industrial approval or IA that was issued in January. Northern Pulp said that is unachievable and appealed to the courts and to the province. The government is examining the company’s concerns over the new water limits. “The company submitted additional information,” said Environment Minister Andrew Younger.

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results and Announces Dividend Increase

Marketwired
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Acadian Timber Corp. ((TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results1 for the three months ended September 26, 2015 (the “third quarter”). “Acadian’s financial performance remained strong through the third quarter”, commented Mark Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian. “Continued solid demand across our product mix along with higher selling prices led to higher net sales and a 13% increase in Adjusted EBITDA.” For the third quarter, Acadian generated net sales of $22.6 million, $1.0 million more than in the same period last year, reflecting improved selling prices across almost all products partially offset by a 4% decrease in sales volumes.

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Northern Pulp emissions prompt directive from Nova Scotia government

$35M precipitator has lowered air particulate emissions, but emissions from power boiler exceeding limits
CBC News
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s good news and bad news emerging from the stacks at the Northern Pulp paper mill in Pictou County. The most recent test results — taken in September — show a new $35-million precipitator has lowered air particulate emissions from the mill recovery boiler to well below government limits. But particulate emissions from the power boiler are still exceeding the limits, prompting a directive from the Nova Scotia government on Tuesday. The Environment Department has ordered Northern Pulp to carry out an independent engineering review and evaluation of the entire boiler system by Nov. 30. “We are incredibly pleased with the results of the recovery boiler precipitator,” says Kathy Cloutier, a spokesperson for Northern Pulp. “We are 100 per cent committed to resolving the issue of power boiler emissions.”

NS issues directive after Northern Pulp emission test above limits from The Chronicle Herald

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Plum Creek Timber Co. Releases Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Estimates By $0.07 EPS

WKRB
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber Co. (NYSE:PCL) announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.07, ARN reports. The company had revenue of $414 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $375 million. PCL has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Dundee Securities raised shares of Plum Creek Timber Co. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $42.00 to $43.00 in a research report on Wednesday, September 16th.

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U.S. pushes for new lumber deal

Daily Inter Lake
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Following the Oct. 12 expiration of a major trade agreement between the United States and Canada, American timber companies are pushing for a new deal that will limit the flow of cheap lumber into the states from their neighbors to the north. The softwood trade agreement was finalized by the two countries in 2006 after decades of trade grievances arising from two starkly different styles of timber harvesting. Zoltan Van Heyninegen, the executive director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition, said that the main problem lies in how the American and Canadian governments award timber contracts. “About 80 to 90 percent — depending on where you are — of the delivered log fiber supply is owned by the [Canadian] government,” Van Heyninegen said Friday. “The government in Canada therefore sets the price of that fiber supply for the industry.”

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Newberg mill closure impacts wood recycling in the Portland region

Oregon Metro News
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A paper mill closure in Newberg is affecting some recycling customers in the Portland region, who have lost their main option for recycling scrap wood. On Oct. 15, the WestRock paper mill in Newberg announced it would close indefinitely on Nov. 15. That facility, formerly known as the SP Paper Mill, received approximately 85 percent of the greater Portland area’s recovered wood, burning much of it to fuel boilers that produce both steam and electricity for the plant. With no other facility readily available to receive and process the amount of wood waste that WestRock managed, the closure poses significant challenges for the Portland area’s wood markets and overall wood recycling efforts.

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How one lumber company adapted in the Recession

Snohomish County Tribune
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SNOHOMISH — As the Recession of 2008 comes to a close and the economy recovers, some industries had to make hard changes to survive. In the mist of day-to-day operations, Chinook Lumber of Snohomish weathered the storms of uncertainty and soon noticed the beginnings of recovery in late 2013. They added 10 people with experience in lumber to their staff. To survive market fluctuations, industries learn to trim in the lean times and grow as things get better. Upticks in major businesses in the Puget Sound, such as Boeing building more planes, means more new housing built, and housing means lumber. Chinook Lumber survived the storm by making hard choices.

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Remind Canadians that clock is ticking

By Zoltan van Heyningen, Executive Director Of The U.S. Lumber Coalition
The Missoulian
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

I completely agree that, as stated in your Oct. 18 editorial “New agreement needed to sustain Montana’s mills,” Montana’s wood products industry is facing tough times – and that a new trade agreement with Canada is needed. Unfortunately, the decline in the lumber industry in Montana and other parts of the United States was not halted by the now expired 2006 U.S.-Canada trade agreement. As world timber and lumber markets have evolved, the old agreement was becoming increasingly ineffective and outdated. In Canada, most softwood lumber is produced from trees from public lands – and priced to keep Canadian industry producing and their infrastructure in place, not according to market realities. This gives Canadian lumber an unfair advantage in the U.S. market.

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Bulk of 300 Jay mill layoffs to come before holiday season

Bangor Daily News
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — The bulk of 300 previously announced layoffs at Verso’s mill in Jay will come before the holidays, making for the second year in a row of fourth-quarter layoffs for the struggling U.S. paper giant. Verso notified state officials and workers last week that the bulk of its previously announced layoffs would occur between Dec. 4 and Dec. 18. Additional layoffs would take place between Dec. 28 and Jan. 11 and a final batch of layoffs between June 16, 2016, and June 30, 2016. The company notified state officials of the timeline for the layoffs in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice, or WARN. The WARN Act requires employers to provide written notice of at least 60 calendar days in advance of possible plant closings and possible mass layoffs.

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Setra cuts redwood lumber production by 20% at its three sawmills

Lesprom
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Setra is making production cutbacks at three redwood sawmills during the 4Q to guard against the uncertain market development in North Africa, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “In the current more turbulent situation, in the North African markets in particular, our assessment is that a market adjustment of the production level is necessary,” says Olle Berg, Market & Business Development Director at Setra. “Our biggest concern is the present shortage of foreign exchange in Egypt and in the current situation we do not see any immediate solution to the problems this causes. It mainly affects our redwood production and sawmills that are most exposed to the North African markets. .

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

High-tech timber: Universities, timber industry craft new product

KMTR.com
October 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

RIDDLE, Ore. – Cross-laminated timber is touted as a high-tech, sustainable product developed by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, put to work by the University of Oregon’s architecture school – and manufactured by D.R. Johnson Lumber in Riddle. CLTs are basically huge wooden panels glued together, made in a factory and set in place on site to build the next generation of buildings as opposed to using concrete or steel. Think huge Legos. The universities and manufacturer are coming together to try and revitalize the timber industry in rural Oregon. OSU’s new Forestry Complex will also be built out of the material.

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Seriously, What’s With All Those Soviet Apartments?

Dallas Observer
October 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

…The reason developers have only now settled on the beige, four- to six-story rectangle as the model of urban living can be traced to a change in the International Building Code in 2009 that allowed a wood frame for mid-rise (Type III-A) construction. With that, builders could add a couple of additional stories to apartment projects, increasing density and profits in the process, without having to switch to pricier steel and concrete. Shortly after the rule was changed in 2009, Multifamily Executive reported that switching from concrete to wood shaved as much as 40 percent from a five-story loft development in Virginia. …Philipsen also questions the longevity of the wood-frame mid-rises, predicting that they will decay quickly and have to be razed within a few decades. The timber industry, which has been aggressively pushing use of wood in mid-rise construction, disagrees.

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Discarded wood, diseased trees turned into furniture

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PITTSBURGH — When Seth Cope looks at a forest filled with fallen trees, he sees furniture. “I can’t help but think, ‘Look at all those dressers and tables just lying out there,’” he laughs. Cope is co-owner of The Whistling Duck Furniture Co. (www.whistlingduckfurniture.com) Whistling Duck, which is based in Denver, is committed to finding the beauty in wood many manufacturers would discard. Walker, who grew up in Apollo, Pennsylvania, admired the way his longtime friend, Cindi Conti, was repurposing furniture in Pittsburgh. After a few conversations, they decided to work together. “This is the fourth store we have opened in three months,” said Walker.

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Seized timber to be used in HMS Caroline restoration

BBC News
October 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Almost 20 tonnes of timber seized by the UK Border Force will be used in a major conservation project in Belfast. Instead of being destroyed, the timber will re-deck the HMS Caroline, a World War One ship which is being restored in a £14.5m project. The endangered Latin American cedar has been heavily exploited and is subject to import controls to protect it. The timber was offered to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which passed it onto the restoration project.

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Sky’s building is showcase for timber construction

Trada
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It is the tallest commercial timber building in the UK and was constructed in half the usual time by the use of modern precision-engineered timber construction systems – Sky’s Believe in Better building is an exemplar of sustainable design, achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, and creating a space that accommodates the rapidly changing technology and working practices of the media industry. Read our latest case study on the construction and timber installation on this project. The building had to be finished in time for Sky’s 25th anniversary in November 2014, then only a year away. To meet such a remarkably tight deadline, timber was the best choice; a structural frame of glulam timber beams and columns with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor slabs could be prefabricated off-site and erected at speed while eliminating wet trades from the superstructure (CLT slabs can be installed at twice the rate of reinforced concrete slabs).

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50 Shades of Wood is a Timber Dentist Surgery in Bruges

de Zeen Magazine
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Declerck-Daels Architecten used different varieties of timber and “frivolous” colours for this surgery in Bruges, in an attempt to make going to the dentist more bearable… “The project is the result of a strong symbiosis between architecture, interior design, structural engineering, technical engineering, landscaping and decoration – padded out with playful accents,” said the architects. “It is gracious, warm and welcoming. It’s an original and perhaps funny approach to a dental practice.”

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Forestry

Big Effort To Better Understand Bats Takes Wing

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces has been working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat loss and wind energy development. The North American Bat Monitoring Program involves acoustic surveys to detect the high-pitched frequencies emitted by the flying mammals as they capture bugs and navigate in the dark. “It’s long overdue,” said Patty Stevens, the U.S. Geological Survey’s branch chief for Trust Species and Habitats at the Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado where the program’s data will be stored and made available. “It’s going to provide a lot of information to natural resource managers.”

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Biosphere region secures its designation

Parksville Qualicum Beach News
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region has a new supporter in the Town of Qualicum Beach. Town council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vancouver Island University (VIU) recently to collaborate in the United Nations designated region. “This is another step in the right direction for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region,” said MABR Communications Coordinator Monica Shore. She said the designation, which roughly corresponds to the Parksville Qualicum Beach, or District 69 region, is now very secure after several years of struggle, including a threat of being delisted in 2011.

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Regional district condemns board’s actions towards director

Campbell River Mirror
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Strathcona Regional District is rallying behind one of its directors who has been told he is no longer welcome on the forestry board he has sat on for the last seven years. Gerald Whalley, director for electoral Area A, was told to leave a meeting of the Mid Island Forestry Lands Advisory Group (MIFLAG) on Sept. 22 and to not come back. Whalley said he angered the Western Forest Products representatives who sit on the advisory group board by questioning the group’s clean audit. His reasoning, he said, was he had become suspicious of the forestry group following a controversial vote on a motion related to Western Forest Products’ use of herbicides in the Sayward Valley.

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BC wolf cull: did industry unduly affect policy?

CBC News
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wilderness Committee says documents obtained in a freedom of information request point to meddling by logging companies in B.C.’s decision to cull wolves to protect mountain caribou. But Environment Minister Mary Polak says that’s not the case. Wilderness Committee policy director Gwen Barlee told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen that the FOI documents she received about how B.C. decided to begin the cull were full of “red flags.” “What it shows was that the B.C. government was working hand in hand with the logging industry in writing and drafting and creating recovery strategies for species at risk in this province, including caribou,” Barlee said.

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Beaconsfield to take two owners of land in Angell Woods to court over for ignoring call to manage ash tree threat

Montreal Gazette
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Beaconsfield has mandated a lawyer to pursue legal action against private owners of large tracts of Angell Woods over the issue of controlling the spread of the destructive emerald ash borer beetle. Last week, city council unanimously tabled a resolution aimed at land owners who have yet to submit an action plan to protect wooded areas from the spread of the ash borer, whose presence had been confirmed within Beaconsfield’s territory as well as some neighbouring West Island municipalities. Under the city’s bylaw adopted last fall to manage the attack on ash trees, private owners of one hectare or more of forested areas are required to submit a silviculture prescription, a plan to manage a treed area, including the possible felling or treatment of ash trees, by this past spring.

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Cape Breton Highlands park dances with wolves

The Chronicle Herald
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parks Canada briefly considered reintroducing wolves to Cape Breton Highlands National Park as one way to control the moose population that is eating itself out of house and home. However, the idea was quickly rejected for a variety of reasons, says Derek Quann, the park’s resource conservation manager. But that doesn’t mean wolves will never be part of the park ecosystem, he said. “It’s a standard strategy, when we’re dealing with a hyper-abundant wildlife, that needs to be at least raised and discussed,” said Quann. “That’s very common if, for instance, a wildlife is hyper-abundant because of the lack of a natural predator, then the exploration needs to take place.”

Cape Breton moose cull needed for a healthy ecosystem, co-ordinator says – CBC News
…the cull is important for the health of the whole ecosystem on North Mountain, which Parks Canada has been trying to reforest in the wake of the spruce budworm problem decades ago. …”The moose are interfering with [regeneration], in essence, eating themselves out of house and home.”

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Two Aboriginal youth win Forest Industry Skills Award

Forest Products Association of Canada
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in partnership with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) today awarded the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth to Taylor Wale and Patrice Bellefleur. Wale is a 22-year old woman from the Gitxsan First Nation studying Natural Resource Conservation in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, with the goal of becoming a professional biologist. Bellefleur, a 27-year old member of the Innu of Pessamit, will soon start his Master’s degree in Forest Science at Laval University with a long-term goal of helping to improve the integrated management of forest resources in his community. FPAC and CCFM wish to congratulate both winners on their impressive academic records and community commitment and look forward to their future accomplishments in the forest sector.

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App that maps all 30,000 City of Waterloo trees wins open data hackathon

Timber app uses publicly-available data to map every tree Waterloo owns
CBC News
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An app that maps every single one of the 30,000 trees owned by the City of Waterloo took home top honours in the city’s first hackathon this past weekend.  The winning team behind the Timber app, which included two students from Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School and one student from the University of Waterloo, used publicly-available data to create the app. 

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Why does firewood cost so much? Fracking’s part of it

Washington Post
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

CONCORD, N.H. — Northeasterners who are digging deeper into their pockets to pay for firewood this season can add a new scapegoat to the roster of usual market forces: fracking. …a timber industry representative in New Hampshire said hydraulic fracturing well sites in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation… are using construction “mats” made of hardwood logs … to get heavy equipment over mucky ground, wetlands or soft soils. …New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, said …pipelines and transmission wires — really any large-scale construction project — have in the past three years ramped up the appetite for the perfect mat log: a hardwood trunk, 16 to 20 feet long and 8 to 10 inches in diameter. …When oil prices started to bubble up, more people in the forest states saw wood as a desirable, locally sourced, cleaner and cheaper alternative. But even as heating oil prices tanked this year, wood got more expensive.

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Forest management needs new approach

The Missoulian
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fighting a costly, losing war against the forces of nature destroys forests ultimately to serve the timber industry and its bankers. Manipulating the forest and public perception has nothing to do with reducing risks associated with large-scale wildfire. The whole idea that forests are “out of whack” is a myth concocted to justify unprofitable, unsustainable thinning and clearcutting on unsuitable ground. For sawmills, it’s all about more profit. For the Forest Service, it’s all about bigger annual agency budgets. For paid collaborators, it’s all about a seat at the political table and perceived “credibility.” And for the media, it’s all about ratings and the bottom line.

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Como timber project under way

Bitterroot Star
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Work has begun on the Como Forest Health Project which covers 2,200 acres of national forest land located between Lake Como and Lost Horse Canyon. The Bitterroot Community Wildfire Protection Plan identified the project area as a “high priority” for fuels reduction in the wildland-urban interface. …” The purpose of the project, she said, is to improve forest health and reduce hazardous fuels while maintaining the scenic qualities of the area. The project includes 1,040 acres of timber harvest that will provide nearly 6.5 million board feet of timber, or about 1,500 truckloads, to Pyramid Mountain Lumber’s sawmill at Seeley Lake.

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Portland logger gets timber licence reinstated after 22 years

Gilbert Ash happy to be back in business
Clarenville Packet
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After 22 years of lobbying, Gilbert Ash from Portland is now able to cut timber and make use of the forested area near his home. In a story this past March, The Packet reported that Ash had been trying since 1993 to get his permit reinstated so he could cut timber on Crown land. The 60-year-old made his living as a logger at a lumber mill that’s been in his family for close to 100 years. He found out 22 years ago that he was late in reinstating the permit at the time when forestry regulations concerning crown land changed; Ash was convinced an error was made. Since then he has continued to cut and saw lumber to sell to Jamestown Lumber but was unable to access the unused forest surrounding his mill.

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Blue Mountains Forest Revision Plan meetings continue

Wallowa County Chieftain
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Discussions about the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision have been scheduled for other counties in the first two weeks of November. The content and presentation of these discussions will be the same as the discussion held in Wallowa County on July 20. The Forest Service is simply picking up where it left off during the summer, said Maura Laverty, Range Program Manager for the Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla Zone. “Fire season interrupted our outreach,” Laverty said. “We’re picking it up again to try and reach Union and Baker counties now. The information we gathered in Wallowa County has not been acted on yet. We will wait until we have finished gathering all of the information from other counties.”

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Public Symposium Launches Next Phase Of Forest Plan Revision

Los Alamos Daily Post
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANTA FE ? The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today hosted a public symposium on Forest Plan Revision to give the community an overview of the process and an opportunity to hear from Forest Service specialists who recently completed assessments of the current ecological, economic and social conditions on the forest. The Forest Plan is a comprehensive document that guides forest management, use and protection for a period of 10 to 15 years. Topics presented at the day-long symposium included water, vegetation, soils, air, minerals, and species as well as cultural and historic resources, economic sustainability, range and grazing, recreation and scenery, and infrastructure.

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WildEarth Guardians challenges forest restoration plan in Jemez Mountains

Albuquerque Journal
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Santa Fe-based WildEarth Guardians environmental group has lodged a formal objection to a forest restoration plan in northern New Mexico for forest restoration activities on 170 square miles of the Santa Fe National Forest in the Jemez Mountains. WildEarth Gaurdians said it objects in particular construction and reconstruction of 120 miles of road to access timber. “WildEarth Guardians worked with the Santa Fe National Forests and other collaborators for over five years to develop a good restoration project,” said Bryan Bird, an ecologist with WildEarth Guardians. “In the end, however, the Forest Service chose the ‘bull in the china shop’ approach. There will be more harm done than good.”

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Montana-based company awarded fire aviation contracts

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. — Neptune Aviation has been awarded five-year contracts to fly four retardant bombers in the U.S. Forest Service’s fire aviation fleet. The Missoulian reports the four BAe-146 planes are part of the Forest Service’s “next generation” firefighting program and the contracts are worth about $5 million a year, per plane. Neptune also has an agreement to convert 15 military surplus planes into smokejumper and cargo aircraft. Neptune has six remodeled BAe passenger jets fitted with 3,000-gallon retardant tanks.

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Prescribed fires set in Helena National Forest

Great Falls Tribune
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Helena and Townsend ranger districts in Helena National Forest are implementing prescribed burn projects in and around the Helena and Townsend areas, and smoke may be visible. Prescribed fire operations will begin as weather and fuel conditions allow and could continue into late fall and early winter. A fire along Jimtown Road was set Monday. Burning is anticipated south of Helena in the Unionville and Chessman Reservoir area, northeast of Helena near Favorite Gulch, Indian Flats and Grouse Ridge and near York along Jimtown Road. The burning will include both broadcast and pile burning. Prescribed fire units totaling approximately 440 acres in the Kimber Gulch and Weasel Creek areas of the Elkhorn Mountains will be treated, these units are part of the Bighorn Sheep and Elk Winter Range Project and are designed to restore grasslands.

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TN Division Of Forestry Discusses Emerald Ash Borer Problem

NewsChannel5.com
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RANKLIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Division of Forestry has begun a series of meetings to discuss how to protect trees from a beetle that has invaded Middle Tennessee. It’s called the Emerald Ash Borer. It is a tiny beetle from Asia that attacks Ash trees. It came from Asia to the United States in the 1990s but began attacking Ash Trees in East Tennessee in 2010. Five years later, the bug has migrated to the west and has infested trees in many Middle Tennessee counties. The beetles can be found in half of the state’s counties, and have been reported to kill an entire tree in just three years. Several mid-state counties have issued an Emerald Ash Borer quarantine Williamson and Davidson counties, which means firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other materials that can spread the pests cannot be moved.

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Scotland’s tree of the year: a Glasgow oak with history

Herald Scotland
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AN OAK tree planted in Glasgow almost 100 years ago as a tribute to the struggle faced by the city’s suffragettes has been named Scotland’s tree of the year. The Suffragette Oak in Kelvingrove Park won a public vote from six trees that were shortlisted in a competition searching for the one best-loved by the nation. It was planted on April 20 1918 by a number of suffrage organisations to mark women being granted the right to vote earlier that year. The oak was nominated and championed by Glasgow Women’s Library, who were presented with the Scottish Tree of the Year trophy during a reception in the Scottish Parliament.

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Forestry Tasmania ‘working hard’ on environmental green tick

ABC News, Australia
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is facing delays in gaining a crucial environmental approval but is more confident it will eventuate, chairman Bob Annells has said. The agency is trying to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, which indicates to consumers that products are from sustainably managed forests. The annual report released on Tuesday said it would be “very surprising” and “virtually unprecedented” for a business of its size to pass a crucial audit of its logging practises at the first attempt. Chairman Bob Annells told 936 ABC Hobart “great strides” had been made since the process started and he was more confident than he had been 12 months ago.

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The Role of Certification in Forest Management

By Simon Dorries, wood scientist and respected developer of standards for engineered wood, CEO of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.
Sourceable
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sustainable forest management, certification, research, fauna protection and new log-flow monitoring technologies were high on the agenda for those who gathered for a recent briefing at Wild Horse Mountain, 124 metres above Beerburrum’s plantation estate on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The inspection of HQPlantations’ southeast Queensland pine plantations at Beerburrum and Beerwah and an analysis of auditing programs for forest certification were both part of Operation Handshake. Such inspections endeavour to give a clear and positive overview of how forestry standard certification is impacting forest managers and again how this is broadening the awareness of AFS Ltd’s Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, encompassed under the PEFC banner.

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