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Business & Politics

Conference board writes LNG prospects into latest provincial economic growth forecast

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia will continue leading Canadian economic growth over the next two years, the Conference Board of Canada is forecasting, presuming that the petroleum giant Petronas gives the go ahead to its $11-billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in Prince Rupert. …Bernard said B.C.’s forestry sector will benefit from its exposure to a slowly growing U.S. housing sector, but will be limited in its growth by constraints on provincial timber supplies in the aftermath of the mountain pine-beetle epidemic. “British Columbia won’t be able to take advantage of that (U.S.) growth,” Bernard said. “We started to see that in 2014, (timber supplies) will be an issue, more so in the next few years.”

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Lawsuit of the week: Teal Cedar claims Western Canada Wilderness Committee organized unlawful blockade

Business in Vancouver
December 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Teal Cedar Products Ltd. is suing the Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) over a blockade of logging road construction in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. Teal Cedar filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on November 24. Defendants also include WCWC employees Torrance Coste, Dave Cascagnette, Trevor Schinkel and “persons unknown.” The company claims the Wilderness Committee and Coste organized the blockade, consisting of about 10 people, which has been impeding access to the area where Teal wants to upgrade roads and build a landing pad to support its helicopter logging operations. The blockade, according to the claim, began on November 9, but the protesters did allow a company contracted by Teal to apply rock surfacing to prevent erosion. They resumed the blockade on November 23 and have allegedly refused to leave.

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Wood Industry Will Help New Brunswick’s Economy Pick Up Speed

Woodworking Network
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Manufacturing is expected to provide a solid base for the provincial economy over the next few years. Wood product manufacturing will get a boost this year from healthy U.S. home construction, while production of the non-combat vessels for the federal government is expected to ramp-up at the Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver. The province’s manufacturing sector is poised to grow by 4.2 per cent in 2015 and will average 2 per cent growth from 2016 to 2020.  …More than 8,000 new jobs are expected to be created in Nova Scotia over the next two years. Construction will be another bright spot in the provincial economy, with both residential and non-residential investment forecast to see double digit growth in 2016. However, as work is completed on several large-scale projects, construction activity will
slow down in 2017.

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B.C. workplace safety agency doubles number of fines for infractions

By Gordon Hoekstra,
Vancouver Sun
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WorkSafeBC has handed out nearly double the amount of fines for industry safety infractions this year and 2014 over the previous two years, part of a new approach to use penalties as deterrents. In 2014, 433 penalties were issued totalling $6 million. As of last week, already 509 penalties have been handed in 2015 out with a total value of $6.4 million, according to figures provided by WorkSafeBC at the request of The Vancouver Sun. …Two dozen sawmills and pellet plants were also hit with fines, some of those for wood-dust buildup. In 2013 and 2012, 233 and 260 penalties were issued respectively. The total value of penalties handed out in those two years was less than $6 million.

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Clark County Tax Vote Beginning To Pay Off

Georgia-Pacific Impact
Arkansas Business
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

As the national housing market has recovered, so has Clark County, which relies heavily on the timber industry. Georgia-Pacific announced late last year that it was investing $37 million at its Gurdon lumber mill. The expansion will increase the mill’s production capacity by 60 percent and position the facility for long-term success. “As the housing market continues a slow but steady improvement, our plans to invest at Gurdon ensure our ability to meet the growing needs of our customers and become their lumber supplier of choice,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager for Georgia-Pacific’s lumber business. “This is an opportunity to broaden our product offerings, enhance quality and improve our cost competitiveness.”

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Timber Trade Federation appoints David Hopkins new Director

Timber Trade Federation
December 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Timber Trade Federation has announced the appointment of David Hopkins as new Director. Mr Hopkins is currently Director at Wood for Good, the timber industry communications campaign. He will now take a position on the Board of Wood for Good as he moves into his new role at TTF. During his time at Wood for Good, Mr Hopkins led the award winning ‘Wood First’ & ‘Building with Carbon’ campaigns, helped develop the timber industry lifecycle assessment database, and focused on putting timber’s low carbon properties at the front of the national agenda. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events, most recently promoting timber’s role in a low-carbon economy to policy makers at the European Parliament.

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Sawlog Prices, Falling Faster in Europe, Hit 5 Year Low

By Hakan Ekstrom
Woodworking Network
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE – Sawmills in Europe have had substantially higher wood raw-material costs than sawmills in other parts of the world over the past ten years. The European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI), a volume-weighted price index comprising average softwood sawlog prices in nine of the largest log-consuming countries in Europe, tracked the global sawlog price trend fairly closely from 1995 to 2005. After the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, sawlog prices grew faster in Europe than in the rest of the world. From 1995 to 2007, the ESPI Price Index was on average US$12/m3 higher than the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI), while from 2008 to 2015 the average discrepancy between the two Indices had increased to US$32/m3.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UBC residence will be one of world’s tallest wood buildings

University Affairs
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new student residence under construction on the University of British Columbia campus will be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world. UBC says the 18-storey structure builds on the university’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. The eco-friendly structure will stand 53 metres tall and house more than 400 students after its completion, planned for 2017. Building code regulations in B.C. cap the height of wood buildings at six stories, but exceptions are made for structures created with innovative materials – in this case, mass timber, defined as large dimension engineered wood products including glue-laminated columns and cross-laminated timber floor panels.

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Video Shows Millennials Working in Wood Industry Careers

Woodworking Network
December 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ANAHEIM, CA – The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers has released a video to support the “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” campaign, a comprehensive marketing effort to acquaint and interest young people in careers in wood products manufacturing. In an attempt to dispel outdated myths about jobs in manufacturing and build the number of young skilled workers who will consider wood products manufacturing in their career choices, the campaign is designed to clarify 21st century manufacturing as modern, high-tech and with a variety of challenging careers available for young people today.

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WSU partnership: A path to healthier buildings, forests

WSU News
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – Imagine a material that allows us to construct new buildings more quickly. Helps to combat climate change. Supports restoration of our forests while also helping revive our local rural economies. And, as an added bonus, delivers an interior surface so pleasing that you don’t want to paint it. That material is cross-laminated timber, or CLT. The massive building panels can be manufactured with lumber from thin trees that are susceptible to pest-outbreaks and pose catastrophic fire threats like those that we experienced in our state this summer. Manufacturing cross-laminated timber in Washington would make use of those trees, while supporting local businesses and growing jobs in our rural towns that once depended on the timber industry.

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3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood

Architecture and Design Australia
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Hardwood has been relied upon by designers and builders for centuries as a proven and flexible building material across architecture, furniture and interior design projects. However, the increasing international demand for tropical hardwood has led to the destruction of rainforests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, contributing to climate change. Contractors, architects and builders today have access to timber products from environmentally and socially responsible sources such as those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). But FSC hardwood is also costly and the user is responsible for ensuring the FSC timber products they source come from a reliable local provider.

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Forestry

Buying a Christmas tree ‘a feel good experience all around’

‘No one ever walks through the gate with a frown on their face’
CBC News
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The tradition of purchasing a Christmas tree is an anticipated event for many families over the holiday season. “I think they have a more nostalgic feel,” says Landan Poettcker, organizer of this year’s University of Alberta Forest Society Christmas tree sale. “The biggest thing too is the smell.” In the video produced by Sam Martin, Poettcker offers tips for picking a Christmas tree and talks about why he thinks the real thing makes a better tree.

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Harvesting a Christmas tree on Crown land

By Tom Fletcher
Campbell River Mirror
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Free use permits to cut a Christmas tree on Crown land are available from forest district and FrontCounterBC offices in most areas of the province. Local district offices can identify areas of Crown where one tree may be legally cut for personal use. Permits are not available for the Chilliwack and South Island forest districts due to population density and tree demand. The ministry’s Christmas tree website has links to offices that offer tree permits for designated areas, with online permits available in some regions. The website has links and phone numbers for FrontCounterBC and forest district offices.

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Largest FSC Certificate Holder in Canada Says No to New Certifications

Hardwood Floors Magazine
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products, a Canadian pulp and wood product manufacturer with a production capacity of 2.5 billion board feet of lumber per year, said it will not seek new Forest Stewardship Council certifications for its forests in Canada. Resolute is the largest FSC certificate holder in Canada and the second-largest in the United States. The company is concerned about a proposal under FSC consideration from the environmentalist group Greenpeace that would protect intact forests undisturbed by roads or settlements from logging.

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Calls to protect one of the last “old growth” forests in Quebec

Radio Canada International
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The northern areas of Canada while very sparsely populated are nonetheless the site of much activity by resource companies. In northern Quebec, which holds an absolutely huge expanse of the boreal forest, one of the last “untouched” forests is in the Broadback Valley. Although forestry companies have voluntarily held off exploitation for the time being, the pressure for access into the previously untouched forest remains. Much of the forested area of northern Quebec and the traditional territory of the Waswanapi Cree has been disturbed by a network of over 32,000 kilometres of access roads for forestry companies.

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Applegate Partnership Seeks Healthy Forests and Employment

Jefferson Public Radio
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

During contentious times in the early 1990’s, conversations between an environmentalist in the Applegate River watershed and a logger revealed common interests about forest management. They invited others to a series of community meetings to explore how watershed conservation and timber cutting could coexist. The Applegate Partnership that grew out of those meetings tackled two goals: healthy forests and employment. The Partnership formed a Watershed Council that initiated stream restoration projects with working groups focused on buying local, helping small loggers market timber, helping develop Adaptive Management Areas in public forests, and widely circulating the Applegator community newspaper.

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Owl Concerns Won’t Fell Klamath Logging Plans

Courthouse News Service
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Concern for the Northern spotted owl need not interrupt a fire-recovery project in Oregon’s Klamath Mountains, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday. The project at issue – created in response to the Douglas Complex Fire, which burned 48,000 acres in the mountains – involves the salvage logging of about 1,600 acres of fire-killed or injured trees, as well as the logging of interior forests for economic benefit. Cascadia Wildlands and two other environmental nonprofits sought court review after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the project was “not likely to result in jeopardy to the species or destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat.”

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Kilmer hosts timber talk in Forks to find commonalities

Peninsula Daily News
December 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — Environmental advocates and timber industry officials are finding common ground on the Olympic Peninsula. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer on Friday hosted the first of five public meetings featuring the Olympic Peninsula Forest Collaborative, a new panel of industry leaders and conservation groups working to increase timber harvests while helping the environment in Olympic National Forest. Kilmer, a Port Angeles native, spearheaded the collaborative after being elected in 2012. The idea is to bring together the once diametrically opposed logging and environmental interests to create a “win-win” for the forest, the environment and the communities that rely on timber sales. “Growing up around here, I’m conscious of how these issues can divide us,” Kilmer told an audience of about 50 at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks.

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EDITORIAL: U.S. Forest Service putting trees at risk

The Colorado Springs Gazette
December 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mayor John Suthers and a host of other government, business and neighborhood leaders are in high gear to ensure we don’t lose more than 8,000 acres of forest to an infestation of the Tussock moth and Western Spruce budworm. The bugs kill trees. If not exterminated in the coming spring, chunks of our mountain forests may die. This acreage directly faces our city and will be seen dead or alive by all who live here and visit. …Because of diligence by the governor and mayor, we could have a good chance of saving thousands of acres of trees. There is one big problem: The Obama administration’s U.S. Forest Service. Federal forest officials seem to think tree-killing bugs have a right to life.

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OPINION: Time to pass the Resilient Forests Act

Daily Inter Lake
December 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Our federal forests have become overgrown, which crowds out forage for big game and game birds. More than 5 million acres in Montana are currently at risk to insects, disease and catastrophic fire. Attempts to remedy this problem using timber sales and thinning projects, which provides the successional habitats wildlife need, also reduces fuel loads and creates jobs, have been derailed by over-analysis followed by appeals or litigation. The second problem is the cost of catastrophic wildfires. This year, the Forest Service spent more than $2.6 billion on wildfire-related expenses, with $700 million coming from accounts intended for forest management activities and recreation improvements.

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State agencies soon will begin annual forest burn program

Ocala.com
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Forest Service and the Florida Forest Service will soon began prescribed burning of overgrown forests in Marion County ahead of the annual spring wildfire season. The U.S. Forest Service plans to burn up to 45,000 acres in the Ocala National Forest to help prevent wildfires and promote a healthy forest. The Florida Fire Service will conduct prescribed burning of local state forests, specifically Ross Prairie east of Dunnellon and Indian Lake north of Silver Springs State Park, through spring. Officials from both agencies said the prescribed fires, known as controlled burns, will likely begin right after the first of the year when weather conditions permit. Susan Blake, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service in Tallahassee, said the annual burning of forests are critical to the ecosystems.

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Watch for ticks on the Xmas tree this year, health officials warn

Atlanta Journal Constitution
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ticks are not usually a problem on cut Christmas trees, but they could show up on more trees this year because of warmer weather in the Northeast this year. New York state health officials say adult deer ticks have beeen active and will continue to be active until temperatures stay below 40 degrees for awhile; and if they hitch a ride on your Christmas tree, they could be active in your living room. Wherever you live, if you bring a cut tree into your home for the holidays, don’t be surprised to find insects on it. 

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South Carolina loggers, mills struggling after flood

Bluffton Today
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s forestry industry is expected to suffer an estimated $130 million hit from October’s historic flooding, after officials and property owners fully assess the production losses. South Carolina Forestry Commission officials arrived at the number after factoring in forest planting and inventory data, aerial surveillance, mill reports and consultations with foresters, loggers and landowners. State Forester Gene Kodama told a Senate committee Monday that the $65 million in estimated production losses was based on losses from Oct. 3 through Oct. 13. The final number, he said, would probably be double. About 2,000 acres of trees in the coastal counties will probably have to be replanted, said Kodama.

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Carnaby’s cockatoos found breeding in badly burnt Perth Hills bushland

ABC News Australia
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists are cautiously optimistic about the future of the Carnaby’s cockatoo population in bushland badly burnt in the Parkerville fires, in the Perth Hills area, two years ago. Local bird enthusiast and documentary maker Simon Cherriman met with staff from the Western Australian Museum last week to check on breeding activity levels in several artificial nesting boxes and natural tree hollows. …Following the fires, Mr Cherriman was commissioned by the Shire of Mundaring to install artificial nesting boxes in trees in the area. …Last week they found one breeding pair sitting on a clutch of two eggs in a nesting box and, 25 metres up a Marri tree, in a natural hollow, a female Carnaby’s cockatoo was spotted with a chick.

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Forest & Bird seek to overturn land exchange for Ruataniwha

New Zealand Scoop
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental lobby the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand will today argue in court that the Department of Conservation shouldn’t have allowed a land exchange deal letting 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Park be flooded as part of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. The case will be heard in the High Court in Wellington today before Justice Matthew Palmer, where Forest & Bird is seeking to overturn the director-general of conservation’s decision revoking the conservation status of the land that lay within the footprint of the proposed reservoir. A land exchange was preferred over Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Co seeking a concession application which was unlikely to be in line with the Conservation Act.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Strongest sinks of carbon are in dynamic landscapes

Phys.org
December 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The strongest forest carbon sinks in eastern forests are within landscapes not completely dominated by forests. Using a new framework for forest carbon accounting, a team of USDA Forest Service scientists found that landscapes with 50-60 percent forest land use had statistically the same sink strength as landscapes with 90-100 percent forest. “Monitoring Network Confirms Land Use Change is a Substantial Component of the Forest Carbon Sink in the Eastern United States,” a study by Forest Service scientists and collaborators, describes land use change as a substantial part of a strong forest carbon sink in the Eastern United States. The study was published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Are Promises To Reforest Africa All About Getting Donor Funding?

AFKInsider
December 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

From space, Madagascar looks like it’s bleeding into the ocean, according to the World Wildlife Foundation. Its fertile red soil, eroded by decades of unregulated logging, is getting washed into the sea, leaving behind craters unsuitable for farming, Associated Press reports in BusinessInsider. Deforestation has contributed to climate change by producing up to 15 percent of global carbon emissions, says the U.S. nonprofit World Resources Institute. A coalition of at least 10 African countries and global donor organizations have made an unprecedented commitment at the U.N. Climate Conference — underway through Dec. 11 in Paris — to restore 31 million hectares (76 million acres) of degraded and deforested land by 2030, according to a BusinessStandard report.

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Rights-based forest management key to achieve climate change goals, Fern claims

Confederation of Timber Industries
December 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

According to the environmental NGO Fern, “restoring degraded forests can meet the world’s need to remove emissions from the atmosphere if fossil fuel emissions are simultaneously brought to zero by 2050.” This statement is the main outcome of the briefing run by Fern, Friends of the Earth Norway and Rainforest Foundation Norway on 3 December 2015. Focusing on the latest Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) report, the briefing found that, if industrial emissions are brought to zero by 2050 and deforestation is halted by 2020, only a limited amount of increased carbon sequestration is needed to keep within 2C or 1.5C temperature limits.

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Our forestry good for world climate

Working forests are the lifesaver of our generation.
The Mercury
December 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

THERE’S a simple message the scientists advising the climate change talks in Paris would have for those interested in forestry in Tasmania – if you really care about the climate, back forestry. That’s a summary of their sentiment anyway. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group of hundreds of scientists who provide the highest level advice to governments, spelt it out in their fourth assessment. They said: “A sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.”

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General

WILDFIRES: White House in talks to reform budgeting, streamline NEPA

Not Without A Fight
December 7, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

LAS VEGAS — The White House is trying to cut a deal with Congress to overhaul how the nation budgets for wildfire and allow some streamlined logging in national forests, according to multiple sources close to Capitol Hill. The deal would be bundled into the omnibus bill to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2016, according to those familiar. The White House and a large contingent of Republicans and Democrats have been trying for years to reform how the Forest Service and Interior Department pay for wildfires, which have grown larger and more expensive as a result of drought, overgrown forests and increased housing development in the wildland-urban interface.

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