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Daily Archives: November 25, 2015

Business & Politics

Talks to revive Softwood Lumber Agreement standing still (& audio)

Energetic City
November 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

There still remains no sign of any move toward talks aimed at retooling or renegotiating the now-expired Canadian/American Softwood Lumber agreement. American industry groups have long argued Canada subsidizes its lumber production, and it took five years of court battles to reach the 2006 agreement to regulate Canadian softwood exports to the US. Earlier this fall, Premier Clark told the legislature the US has refused to renegotiate despite two years of requests, and now says a new deal will be her first topic of discussion with newly elected Prime Minister Trudeau. Susan Yurkovich of the Council of Forest Industries says a new deal would benefit both countries lumber industries and the sooner talks begin the better.

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Trade missions paying off?

Castanet
November 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests Minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Premier Christy Clark came home from her third trip to China, in early November, proudly waving one letter of intent, one strategic co-operative agreement, two strategic partnership agreements and 18 MOUs, signed by 28 companies on the mission. One company re-announced a 2014 investment agreement. Add the new dollar announcements in the mission backgrounder all up and they total $25.9 million. Meanwhile – as Clark was warming up for the Terry Fox run in Hong Kong – Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne announced $1.2 billion in new agreements on the first stop of her trade mission to China. By the time Wynne left, she was clutching $2.5 billion in agreements.

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Canfor mill wants to be included in Fort St. John boundary expansion

Alaska Highway News
November 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canfor mill just outside of Fort St. John’s eastern boundary has asked to be included inside the city as part of its expansion efforts. Right now, the mill is part of the Peace River Regional District. It’s unclear why Canfor wants to be included within the city. An administrative report that will come before city councillors at today’s meeting did not include a rationale, and calls to Canfor asking for comment about its request were not returned as of press time. The city is attempting to expand its boundaries past the Swanson Lumber Road to include a number of vacant properties and some residential areas. “City staff met with Canfor’s Plant Manager on November 12, 2015, and a subsequent letter requesting consideration of Canfor’s properties being included in the proposed boundary extension was received,” the report reads.

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FSC Canada responds to Quebec Forest Industry Council’s Premature Concerns

November 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On October 28th 2015, the Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) sent a letter to FSC Canada with their concerns regarding FSC’s global initiative to protect Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL). In a letter to the CIFQ, FSC Canada acknowledges the QFIC’s concerns, but considers them a bit premature as the impact of IFL protection has not been assessed in Canada. Dear Mr. André Tremblay, On October 28th, I received your letter detailing the concerns of the members of your Association regarding Resolution 65 adopted by FSC International on Intact Forest Landscapes, especially relating to its impact on the safeguard of the wood supply to the Quebec forest industry. At the outset, I would like to clarify FSC’s sensitivity to the importance of adequate access to the wood supply, essential to assure long-term sustainability and viable economic conditions for the forest industry. 

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Resolute Forest says Forest Stewardship Council certificate reinstated

Canadian Press in the Province
November 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP) says its Forest Stewardship Council certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest in northern Ontario has been reinstated. The certificate was suspended in January 2014 following an audit by the Rainforest Alliance that resulted in a legal fight between the company and the review agency. Resolute says it underwent two audits this year that confirmed it is in compliance with the FSC standard. However, the company raised concerns about changes with the FSC certification process. Resolute says until “significant” progress is made in addressing these issues, it will work to maintain its existing FSC forest certificates where possible, but will not seek new certification.

Press release from Resolute Forest Products

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DNR Timber Report Optimistic (& audio)

KONP
November 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Port Angeles – The Department of Natural Resources gave an optimistic report to the County Commissioners about Clallam County timber sales over the next few years. Sue Trettevick and Drew Rosanbalm from the DNR, gave that presentation to the County Commissioners at their Monday morning work session. The report included and extensive look at timber sales trends along with the fluctuating price of timber. All in all, Commissioner Jim McEntire, who represents 21 timber counties on the DNR board, thought that the report offered some good news for Clallam County in the long run.

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Mendocino Redwood Company re-certified as sustainable over objections of environmentalists

The Press Democrat
November 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Mendocino Redwood Company has been re-certified as using sustainable forestry methods, despite an outcry over its practice of poisoning oak trees and leaving them standing, a timber-management approach some fire district officials and others say increases fire hazards. A group of rural Mendocino County residents attempted to sway the Rainforest Alliance’s decision to label the timber company “sustainable,” but the nonprofit certifying agency dismissed their concerns and re-issued the stamp of approval Nov. 13. “The Rainforest Alliance interviewed many individuals with decades of fire suppression experience — their expertise indicated that the dead and dying tan oak does not significantly impact fire hazard,” Stefan Bergmann, the Rainforest Alliance’s associate manager of forest management, said in an email.

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James Thompson: Improving county is our job, not Plum Creek’s

The Gainesville Sun
November 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Alachua County staff created a 137-page report urging against moving forward with the Plum Creek plan to develop east Alachua County. It is unfortunate that the Planning Committee of our county allowed this proposal to move forward against staff recommendation. As the report shows, Plum Creek continues to provide no evidence or examples of how they could be held accountable to their promises. The development would likely create more liabilities for the county than benefits or income. In the areas of land use, public facilities and conservation, the plan undermines the democratically determined Comprehensive Plan of our county. In short, Plum Creek seeks exemptions from conservation, economic and social responsibilities that the people of Alachua County have determined other developers must follow.

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Michigan looks to expand forest products opportunities

Great Lakes Echo
November 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s ongoing campaign to increase the value of the state’s forest products industry to $20 billion annually by 2018 got a major boost with the recent announcement of a particle board manufacturing plant locating in Grayling. The plant is touted as the soon-to-be largest of its kind in North America and will bring a $325 million investment and 250 jobs to Michigan when construction is completed in 2018, according to Arauco, the Chilean company in charge of the project. Andy Such, director of regulatory and environmental policy for the Michigan Manufacturers Association, said the project represents the growth of manufacturing in the forest products sector.

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Maine’s forest industry should stop denying reality, help to create a better future

by Jym St. Pierre
Bangor Daily News
November 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

On Nov. 17, the Maine Forest Products Council published an OpEd in the Bangor Daily News, coinciding with the “Transforming Maine’s Pulp and Paper Industry for the Future” conference held in Bangor the same day. Maine has been producing paper for nearly three centuries, but the industry is facing unprecedented, if predictable, challenges. It is not going to vanish. However, neither is it adequately adapting, as the OpEd suggested. …How much can Maine afford to spend propping up pulp and paper? In recent years, the state has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in failed attempts to resuscitate failing mills. We need a realistic assessment of where public funds can best be invested to build our future economy.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New Mountain Equipment Coop store in Kelowna will have prominent wood features

Global News
November 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At a wood design conference in Kelowna Tuesday, participants learned about the growing use of wood in the commercial building construction industry. “It is definitely on an up-tick,” says Lynn Embury-Williams of the Canadian Wood Council. “The more buildings that are designed and built, the more we learn. And because it’s so successful, everybody wants to be in that game.” One of those in the game is conference speaker Greg Piccini. His company, Proscenium Architecture, designed the new Mountain Equipment Co-op head office in Vancouver which incorporates a lot of wood features.

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Technology Advances Drive Design Innovations in Wood Materials

Woodworking Network
November 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Design driven materials in wood products manufacturing, supplies — adhesives, hardware, veneer, laminates, edgeband — took on leading roles during 2015. The sweet-spot where technology meets material has set in motion new vistas of design possibilities in cabinetry and furnishings.  In fact, technology has enabled production of super high-gloss cabinetry, seamless, zero-joint edgebanding, and textured laminates with grain or other patterns embossed in register with the decor paper images. Hardware has moved in concert with the interior planning trends that include open plan living, aging in place and urban chic. That calls for functional hardware like barn-door rollers, hide-a-beds, and powered flap doors that lift up and out of the way.

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Forestry

Two board members reappointed to the Forest Practices Board

BC Forest Practices Board
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today that Dr. William B. McGill and Ralph Archibald have been reappointed to the Forest Practices Board for terms of two years each. “Bill and Ralph’s contributions and experience have been greatly appreciated by the board,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “I am very pleased to have them continue on the board team.” McGill, vice-chair, P. Ag., a professor of ecosystem science and management at the University of Northern B.C., has over 40 years of academic experience, including 23 years of leadership as department chair, associate dean and dean. In addition, he is a founding board member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, the vice chair of the Resources North Association, and vice president of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.

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Licensees work to stop Douglas-fir bark beetle infestation

Williams Lake Tribune
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The impacts from the Douglas-fir bark beetle infestation will be seen and felt within city neighbourhoods in the coming months as logging companies try to stem the damage. “It is getting worse in the Cariboo region,” said Jodi Axelson, acting provincial entomologist with the Ministry of Forests. “Everybody is really concerned.” Axelson said the problem is at the point locally where it is all hands on deck in terms of the major licensees, the woodlots and getting some small scale salvage people involved in sanitation harvesting. That work, Axelson said, involves removing red and yellow trees during the winter while the beetles are overwintering under the bark. If trees are cut and removed from the forest before beetle flight, which is typically in April, the wood can be taken to mill yards and the beetles will be removed from the forest and the forest population.

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Two Forest Practices Board members reappointed

BC Gov News – Province of British Columbia
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson has announced the reappointment of William B. McGill as vice-chair and Ralph Archibald as part-time board member of the Forest Practices Board for terms of two years each. Both board members have been with the board since December 2011. McGill, a professional agrologist, is a professor of ecosystem science and management at the University of Northern B.C. He specializes in the study of biogeochemical cycles and their application to global change, sustainable land use, resource recovery and soil remediation.

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B.C. VIEWS: Lights out for Site C opponents

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Victoria News
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The fall session of the B.C. legislature petered out two days early last week, as the ruling B.C. Liberals and the opposition NDP agreed to turn out the energy-efficient lights and head for home. …A coalition of U.S. and Canadian environment groups is also demanding that Site C be stopped, using typical arguments to appeal to their low-information donor base. According to the Sierra Club and others, Site C is not renewable energy because the (largely idle) farmland it floods is a “carbon sink.” Forests do store carbon, albeit temporarily, but farmland where the trees have been cleared? This is gluten-free gobbledegook.

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FWP considers doubling size of Nevada Lake winter range

The Missoulian
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A plan to nearly double the size of the Nevada Lake Wildlife Management Area in Powell County is up for public review. The proposal would add 760 acres to the wildlife management area eight miles southeast of Helmville. The Nature Conservancy acquired the land in 2003 from Plum Creek Timber Co. as part of its Blackfoot Community Project three years ago. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are considering buying the property with money from the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program, matched by state Habitat Montana dollars and a donation from TNC. The price is expected to be not more than $598,500.

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Wyoming State Forestry Division to burn slash piles

Sheridan Press
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUFFALO — When conditions are right, the Wyoming State Forestry Division will safely burn slash piles this fall, winter and spring that were created during timber harvesting and fuels mitigation project activities over the last few years. Foresters will burn areas of Johnson County in the Bighorn Mountains, including state land parcels in the Billy Creek area. Piles are from past timber sale activities and a fuel mitigation project for the Johnson County Youth Camp Building, as well as a community burn pile along Billy Creek Road.

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Wildfire reforms still needed

Herald Net
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is how persistent wildfires can be: It was only last week — mid-November — that a wildfire in the Olympic National Park’s rainforest, which had been burning since May, was finally extinguished by a series of storms that dropped several feed of rain. …he state of Washington could do more itself regarding the last point. A report in the The Seattle Times in October compared spending on prescribed burns in Washington state on state and federal lands to that in other Western states. Between 2002 and 2014, the Forest Service used prescribed burning on 131,752 acres in Washington state, compared to 728,892 acres in Oregon and 385,314 acres in Idaho. State Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark prefers thinning to burning, because of smoke complaints from nearby communities, the Times reported.

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Blackfoot-Clearwater friends keep pushing for public land agreement

The Missoulian
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A decade down the road, the coalition that revolutionized how Montanans think about public lands has refocused on its unfinished business. Original and new members of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project gathered in Missoula last week to see where things stand on bringing more jobs, adding more wilderness and having more fun in their fringe of the Rocky Mountains. While many of the goals they set out back in 2005 have come about, others still await congressional action. …The Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project was an informal agreement among loggers, ranchers, wilderness advocates, snowmobilers and others arrayed along the arc of mountains between Seeley Lake and Lincoln to work together for common goals.

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Protect our forests

Letter from Tom Partin
Lake Oswego Review
November 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 65 million acres of national forest lands are in need of treatment due to poor forest health associated with insects, disease, a century of fire suppression and the resulting build-up of hazardous fuels. We witnessed the disastrous results of our current forest policies this summer when more than 9 million acres burned and federal wildfire suppression budgets were exhausted. On July 9, the U.S. House approved H.R. 2647 to give federal agencies policy and legal tools to make federal forests less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease while putting more Americans back to work. It will expedite critical forest health projects, speed post-fire recovery efforts and fix wildfire funding.

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Collins, King, Poliquin offer way forward on national park issue

Bangor Daily News
November 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation deserve praise for seeking a sensible way forward on the contentious issue of a establishing a national park in northern Maine. In a letter to President Barack Obama dated Friday, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin outlined conditions the president should incorporate if he plans to designate land near Baxter State Park as a national monument, a potential precursor to a national park. The three did not say they supported such a designation and, in fact, raised numerous objections to it. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, supports the national park plan.

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Ashes to ashes: logging and fires have left Victoria’s magnificent forests in tatters

The Conversation AU
November 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In February 2009 the Black Saturday bushfires swept through the Mountain Ash forests of Victoria, burning 72,000 hectares. These forests are home to the tallest flowering plants on the planet, and iconic species such as the Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s animal emblem. In the six years since the fires, we and other scientists have been investigating how the forests have recovered, summarised in our new book. This research was in turn built on 25 years of research before the fires. There’s some good news and some bad. The forests and their inhabitants have a remarkable capacity for recovery from natural disturbances like fire. However, the forest ecosystem is in a precarious state, largely due to the continuation of Victoria’s logging industry.

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Log truck drivers to identify danger spots

Gisborne Herald
November 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FEEDBACK from log truck drivers entering Eastland Port is expected to cast further light on danger spots for truck roll-overs in this district, with a new report already having identified accident “clusters” in four areas on the district’s roads. A report from the Gisborne District Council’s truck roll-over party this week said some clusters of reported and unreported roll-overs had been identified at Rototahi Swamp, Anaura Bay intersection and Tolaga Bay gorge — all on State Highway 35 — as well as around the lower end of Mata Road.

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Five homes evacuated as Marlborough fire rages on

Stuff.co.nz
November 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Don Sutton just watched his retirement go up in flames. His family were one of five evacuated from Waikakaho Valley, near Blenheim, on Wednesday afternoon as a large forest fire burned through his forestry plantation. “The forest was only 21-years-old, not ready to harvest. That’s 2 to 3 million dollars worth of forest gone,” Sutton said. His daughter-in-law Sharlene Verry saw the smoke clouds on her way home after picking her daughter up from school at 3pm. They were escorted to their house on Kaituna-Tuamarina Rd by police and had 40 minutes to pack their valuables before they were moved to safety. Verry secured their six dogs and their lamb Boris in the back of the truck and they watched six helicopters fling water over their property from the corner of Kaituna-Tuamarina Rd and Waikakaho Valley Rd.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trees Lost To Emerald Ash Borer Are Now Heating Buildings In Boulder County

KUNC
November 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Wood infested with an invasive beetle is being used to heat some Boulder County buildings, including the jail. The Emerald Ash Borer has been in Colorado for years now, but remained undetected until 2013, when it was found in the city of Boulder. So far, it’s the furthest point west that EAB has been detected, prompting a quarantine to keep Ash wood from leaving the county. No one has been able to stop or eradicate the EAB. “The best way to get rid of [EAB infested wood] is to grind it up, and that’s the perfect size of material for us to use in our biomass boilers,” said Boulder County Open Space Resource Manager Therese Glowacki. “The quantity of wood that we ground is going to supply the jail with about two months worth of heat.”

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Washington Project Ensures Forest Stores Carbon for Decades

Associated Press in ABC News
November 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier faced clear-cutting before an effort in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to help finance the project to offset its carbon footprint. The effort by two environmental groups keeps 520 acres of Douglas fir and western hemlocks intact so the trees can store carbon dioxide for an additional 100 years. These types of projects, which can range from wind farms to projects that capture methane from landfills, allow companies and individuals to buy credits to offset the amount of greenhouse gas they send into the atmosphere.

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Del Bottcher: Shutting biomass plant hurts local economy

The Gainesville Sun
November 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States


Mayor Ed Braddy and the other conservative commissioners have taken great pleasure in using a clause in the Gainesville Renewable Energy center contract to shut down the biomass plant. They brag that the move saved the utility about $20,000 to $25,000 per day, implying these savings will eventually pass to GRU’s customers. Absent though is any discussion of other adverse impacts of a prolonged shutdown. One concern is for the wood resource suppliers who are independent contractors, not employees, of GREC. These small businessmen have taken out large loans to finance the expensive trucks and equipment needed for their livelihood. During the shutdown, they had no income. The lost revenue is about $60,000 per day with more than 2,000 man-hours of lost work each day.

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General

FSC Canada responds to Quebec Forest Industry Council’s Premature Concerns

November 25, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

On October 28th 2015, the Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) sent a letter to FSC Canada with their concerns regarding FSC’s global initiative to protect Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL). In a letter to the CIFQ, FSC Canada acknowledges the QFIC’s concerns, but considers them a bit premature as the impact of IFL protection has not been assessed in Canada. Dear Mr. André Tremblay, On October 28th, I received your letter detailing the concerns of the members of your Association regarding Resolution 65 adopted by FSC International on Intact Forest Landscapes, especially relating to its impact on the safeguard of the wood supply to the Quebec forest industry. At the outset, I would like to clarify FSC’s sensitivity to the importance of adequate access to the wood supply, essential to assure long-term sustainability and viable economic conditions for the forest industry. 

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