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Business & Politics

Canada, Japanese importers at odds over TPP side deal

Deal on forest products leaves Japanese importers expecting more.
Embassy News
November 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

A short political agreement between Canada and Japan on forest products has apparently caused confusion among stakeholders in the two countries over Canadian restrictions on wood exports from British Columbia. The agreement, tacked on to the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal as a small side letter, has been interpreted by some Japanese importers of Canadian tree trunk logs and media as a promise by Canada to relax restrictions on the export of unprocessed logs from the BC coast. The governments of Canada and BC have both promised that the TPP would not undermine a rule that bars the export of logs from BC unless they have been deemed surplus to the needs of local mills.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc Draws Bearish Focus After Its Gap Down Today

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

The stock of Canfor Pulp Products Inc (TSE:CFX) gapped down by $0.06 today and has $12.59 target or 7.00% below today’s $13.54 share price. The 5 months technical chart setup indicates high risk for the $942.99M company. The gap down was reported on Dec, 9 by Barchart.com. If the $12.59 price target is reached, the company will be worth $66.01 million less. Gaps down are helpful for identifying a resistance level and to could also be used as a tradeable event. If traders are short the stock and it experiece gap down, then its usually advisable to hold the short for a bigger down move. Back-tests of such patterns show that two-thirds of the these patterns the stock performance worsens after the gap. 

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Doherty looks for softwood shout-out

By Charelle Evelyn
Prince George Citizen
December 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George’s newest MP used his first speech in the House of Commons to press for action on the softwood lumber agreement. On Tuesday morning, Cariboo-Prince George representative Todd Doherty rose to add his response to last Friday’s speech from the throne. In keeping with other Conservative party member critiques of the Liberal government plan as read out by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Doherty keyed on what he saw as missing from the outline – particularly mentions of softwood lumber, mining, agriculture and tourism. …On the issue of softwood lumber, Doherty said he wants to see the government commit to sitting down with its American counterparts and negotiate some sort of extension to the agreement that expired on Oct. 12, at least until the U.S. wraps up its elections next year.

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Second union voices concern about safety at Visy’s Tumut paper mill

ABC News Australia
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Visy and Safe Work NSW are yet to respond to allegation’s that Tumut’s biggest employer, the Visy Paper and Pulp Mill, has had a string of potentially fatal incidents and near misses in recent weeks. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says Safe Work NSW must step in and place the work practices at Visy Tumut under scrutiny before someone is killed or seriously injured. The CFMEU has joined the Electrical Trades Union in raising concerns about incidents including a roof collapse and an apprentice receiving a high voltage shock.

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Falling dollar-denominated pulp prices cannot compensate for slide in euro

EUWID
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Prices on the global pulp market have fallen during November. However, buyers in Europe could not benefit from the reductions as prices were stable or higher in euro terms. Prices for pulp in Europe were influenced by the downward trend in the euro exchange rate during November. Even the reductions both for softwood and hardwood pulp could not compensate for the disadvantage European buyers faced as a result of their weakening currency because the price steps in US dollar terms were too small.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Award Program: Call for submissions!

Wood WORKS! Alberta
December 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – The awards program recognizes projects and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, advance the use of wood in all types of construction.  We are currently seeking submissions in the following categories: Commercial Wood Design, Institutional Wood Design, Recreational Wood Design, Residential Wood Design, Interior Wood Design Showcase.  Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2011 and December 22, 2015 to be eligible. Deadline to Submit: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST

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Toronto’s first six-storey wood building in the works

Daily Commercial News
December 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO—Quadrangle Architects has applied to build the first six-storey wood-frame residential building in Ontario. The company recently submitted a building permit application to the City of Toronto for Heartwood the Beach Condos at 1884 Queen Street East. It’s the first application in Toronto for a six-storey wood-frame residential building since the provincial building code raised the number of storeys permitted from four to six on Jan. 1, 2015, explains a release. Quadrangle Architects was engaged to design the wood-frame residential building by Fieldgate Urban, with Hullmark Developments. The building is slated for the northeast corner of Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue in Toronto’s The Beach neighbourhood.

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Green concrete stores carbon

Journal of Commerce
December 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Canadian company is hoping to make the concrete industry greener with new technology that allows the product to store carbon dioxide (CO2). Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure, after success with CO2 infused bricks and masonry products, has developed a method to introduce CO2 into the mix during production via a retrofit at plants. The CO2 gas is sourced from the smokestacks of industrial emitters. Then it is chemically converted into solid calcium carbonate, essentially limestone, which is permanently embedded within the concrete. When the concrete structure is demolished and pulverized, the gas won’t escape – because it no longer exists. According to the company, a typical building project made with CarbonCure concrete products may reduce as much CO2 as an acre of forest will sequester over the course of a year. 

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Portland developers leading by design, but not LEED-ing 12/07/2015

OregonForests.org
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

I interact with a fair number of architects and developers as part of my job. Lately I’ve noticed some of them are eschewing green building certifications, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), in favor of investing more in added features to the buildings themselves. When LEED was first introduced in 2000, knowledge of green building techniques was not nearly as widespread among the design and build community as it is today. We’ve come a long way since then, and we have LEED to thank for much of that. Today’s architects, engineers and contractors are much more knowledgeable and committed to addressing environmental considerations than ever before. And the market looks for, and places value on, buildings with sustainable features.

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Forestry

Connecting the dots on conservation in B.C.

December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

North America’s Pacific Northwest is world-renowned for its biodiversity and its system of parks and protected areas. However, as development and industry rapidly encroach into B.C.’s wilderness areas, we are faced with an urgent question: do our protected areas achieve successful biological conservation? Alarmingly, the answer is no. B.C. has traditionally approached conservation by protecting bits and pieces of the landscape without providing for connectivity between them. As a result, critical habitat corridors have been fragmented by highways, development, and disruptive industrial activities like logging.

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B.C. VIEWS: Business not as usual on B.C. farmland

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Campbell River Mirror
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick has released the latest update to the B.C. Liberal government’s “strategic growth plan” for farm and food products. …Opposition MLAs formed their own agriculture committee… One of those is foreign purchase of farmland, a matter subject to regulation in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba but not B.C. …We’ve seen a British food and drug conglomerate buy up B.C. Interior farms to plant trees for carbon offsets, a project that was wound down after local protests. …“We have countries that are actively seeking food producing land, because their countries are having difficulties producing under drought conditions,” Popham said. “So before we know it, our farmland could be bought up by other countries

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Woodlot pillaging a result of undervaluing the resource

By Will Martin – president of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association 
The Chronicle Herald
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The recent story about the illegal harvest of a significant area in Long Lake Provincial Park was shocking for many. …Twenty acres or more of land were cut before anyone realized what happened. As the Dec. 2 letter to the editor from Mark Sweeny and Jennifer James correctly points out, this story might be surprising to many, but for Nova Scotia’s woodlot owners it is not so unusual. Stories of trespass and wood theft are well known. …It is also increasingly clear that the business models that ran the forest industry for the past few generations are not the ones that will work for the next generation. The world is changing. Commodity products must compete globally, production capacity is increasingly expensive and large-scale, and social expectations are all driving a need for transformation in the industry.

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US Forest Service looking to hire more women wildland firefighters

KFSN
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — The US Forest Service is looking for a few good women interested in a career in wildland firefighting. A group of 25 women just completed a five-day wildland fire training camp in Los Padres National Forest. It’s a profession dominated by men, but the US Forest Service hopes to bridge the gender gap on the fire lines without preferential treatment. There are no guarantees after graduation, but the women get a sense of how hard the job is and if they want to keep going. “As long as you work hard, and you’re heart’s in it, they are going to respect you for it,” said Emily Hovendick, forestry tech. “We see the benefit of having male and females working together. Organizations that have a more balanced percentage of representation thrive,” explained Batt. Chief Jay Enns, Santa Barbara Ranger District.

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Forest officials to give nod to project reducing fire risk

Associated Press in the Arizona Daily Sun
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Forest officials are giving the go-ahead this week for a project to reduce the risk of wildfire on more than 15,000 acres near Williams. The project surrounding the Bill Williams Mountain includes mechanized forest thinning, prescribed fires by ground and air, road construction and trail improvements. A signing ceremony is scheduled Thursday at the Williams Ranger District office. The work on the Kaibab National Forest is expected to begin next year. The forest decided against cable logging after the public raised concerns.

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NALA Encouraging Leadership on Environmental Issues

By Michael Zervas, CEO of the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance
Flagstaff Business News
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Those of us living in Northern Arizona are acutely aware of our environment. …Recently, there has been a spate of conversations and meetings regarding the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) and concerns about meeting some of the goals outlined in the plan. 4FRI is a massive collaborative effort between the Forest Service and key community and industry stakeholders to thin and ecologically restore the forest ecosystems on portions of four national forests – Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto – along the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona. 

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Forestry Collaboration Draws Criticism

A long time conservation activist is critical of the move to collaboration between the Timber Industry, Forest Service, and environmental groups.
Spokane Public Radio
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In recent Years, The NorthEast Washington Forestry coalition has brought together parties that used to be on opposite sides in lawsuits involving timber sales. The alliance of timber companies, conservationists, business owners, and forestry professionals has touted itself as a way to improve forest health and preserve jobs, by coming together and finding agreement on project goals, avoiding the gridlock of court cases. One member of the conservation community believes the coalition has been a cop out by those who should be worried about increased logging and associated environmental damage. Barry Rosenburg is the former executive director of the Kootenai Environmental alliance, and former forest watch director for the Lands Council. He is critical of the collaborative efforts, and more specifically of a proposed recent timber sale, the A to Z sale, in the Colville national Forest.

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Appeals court clears salvage logging project

The Capital Press
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental groups have failed to convince a federal appeals court that salvage logging in Southern Oregon was approved in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling, which found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service properly considered the impact of salvage logging on the threatened northern spotted owl. The controversy dates back to the 2013 burning of about 25,000 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management property as part of the Douglas Complex Fire.   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to approve salvage logging
of about 1,600 acres despite some destruction of spotted owl habitat
because the project wouldn’t jeopardize the overall species.

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Tongass Forest advisers finish review of logging transition plan

Alaska Public Media
December 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Les Cronk is a committee co-chair and a timber industry representative. He said the committee was happy with the Forest Service’s use of their recommendations in the agency’s preferred alternative.The Tongass Advisory Committee ended a 16-month series of meetings Thursday, formally completing its effort to advise the Tongass National Forest in a transition from old to young growth logging. The committee met in Ketchikan last week to finalize its recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service and review the agency’sdraft Environmental Impact Statement for a forest plan amendment. …Les Cronk is a committee co-chair and a timber industry representative. He said the committee was happy with the Forest Service’s use of their recommendations in the agency’s preferred alternative.

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The Cultural Legacy of Forestry in Rural Oregon

December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. government saw the forest for the trees back in 1916 and reconveyed lands once given to the Oregon and California Railroad, later declaring that the forests be “sustainably managed” indefinitely. For nearly 80 years, the government has shared profits from its timber sales with the 18 affected Oregon counties, offsetting the loss of property taxes and timber proceeds. But the shared revenues have fallen, alongside timber production.

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Experts: Grizzlies declare defeat in some food container tests; storage problem persists

The Missoulian
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An unexpected problem has developed in the world of bear-resistant food storage testing: The grizzly bears responsible for tearing containers to shreds are getting bored or depressed. “With some of these containers, the bears are no longer interested in testing,” U.S. Forest Service national carnivore program leader Scott Jackson told the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meeting in Missoula on Tuesday. “For the metal cases that are bolted to the ground that they can’t tip over and knock around, that’s becoming more and more of a problem. They just lick the bait off the outside and leave them alone. The manufacturers are kind of left in limbo.”

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The Cultural Legacy of Forestry in Rural Oregon

December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. government saw the forest for the trees back in 1916 and reconveyed lands once given to the Oregon and California Railroad, later declaring that the forests be “sustainably managed” indefinitely. For nearly 80 years, the government has shared profits from its timber sales with the 18 affected Oregon counties, offsetting the loss of property taxes and timber proceeds. But the shared revenues have fallen, alongside timber production.

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Lawmakers to hold hearing on overhauling managed forests

Associated Press in Channel 3000
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. -The Assembly’s forestry committee is set to hold a public hearing on a bill that would overhaul Wisconsin’s managed forests program. Landowners in the program get substantial property tax breaks if they keep their land open for recreation and adopt a state-approved plan to manage timber harvest on the property. Landowners who enter the program but keep their land closed to the public get smaller tax breaks and must pay an additional fee. The Republican-authored bill would eliminate the 160-acre cap on closed lands, allow buildings on program land and eliminate taxes on timber from program lands.

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Teen killed after being pulled into wood chipper

Atlanta Journal Constitution
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — A teenager, who police said was killed when he was pulled feet-first into a wood chipper, has been identified. Emergency crews responded to the accident Saturday in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The victim was identified as Mason Cox, 19. According to WSOC, Cox had just started working for Crawford’s Tree and Stump Grinding Service in Belmont, North Carolina. Saturday was his first day on the job. Investigators said no one witnessed Cox getting pulled into the wood chipper. Jon Crawford, the owner of the business, suffered a heart attack at the scene and had to be rushed to the hospital, police said.

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‘Malaysia committed to stop forest loss, degradation’

Borneo Post
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUCHING: Malaysia is committed in maintaining at least 50 per cent of forest and tree cover in perpetuity through ‘zero net deforestation and degradation’; thus, halting net forest loss by deforestation and stopping net decline in forest quality. This would be achieved by reforestation and enrichment of degraded land to increase carbon sequestration and mitigate climate change effects, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar in his speech for joint high-level segment of COP21/CMP11 in Paris, France on Dec 7.

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Firefighters battle large forestry fire in North Canterbury

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

Six fire crews and a helicopter are battling a large forestry fire in North Canterbury. The blaze started in a forestry block on Thongcaster Road, in the Eyrewell Forest near the Waimakariri River. Fire fighters are working to contain it. Two other crews are on their way to the fire, which is about 200m long and spreading at a rate of about 2km/h.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Natural ecosystems conservation integral to any effective Canadian climate change strategy

Hill Times
December 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

As the attention of the world focuses on our collective response to climate change, the role of nature and the conservation of natural systems should be part of our overall strategy. Canadians can be proud of our commitment to protect our natural habitats for the measurable effects they have on reducing CO2. …Canada has a rare opportunity, indeed an obligation, to be a world leader in the conservation of natural habitat and by doing so to contribute directly to the fight against climate change. Unlike many other nations at the Paris talks, much of our natural habitat is still intact. Our globally significant natural areas not only conserve our biodiversity, they store enormous amounts of carbon. With more than a quarter of the world’s northern forests and a quarter of its wetlands, Canada is home to extensive natural systems that have measurable impacts on containing the planet’s rising CO2 levels.

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Opinion: Climate justice, Canada and COP21

By David Tindall – Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. 
Vancouver Sun
December 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

PARIS — Climate justice refers to the idea that some groups make greater contributions to greenhouse gas emissions than others, and that some groups are more greatly affected by climate change than others. The geographical coincidence is that the wealthy countries of the (mostly) north have historically made greater contributions to GHG emissions, while the poorer countries of the (mostly) south are more greatly adversely affected by climate change. However, climate justice also refers to a number of different social dimensions beyond geography. …There are several different ways of looking at climate justice. One perspective is that climate justice is a moral lens for viewing the world: those who contribute more to climate change have a moral responsibility to help those who contribute less, but suffer more. 

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BC to join Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force

BC Gov News
December 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environment Minister Mary Polak announced British Columbia is the first Canadian jurisdiction committed to joining the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) – a unique subnational collaboration between 29 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the United States. By first participating as an observer to the GCF, B.C. will work with members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation while helping to build the credibility of forest carbon programs on a global scale, demonstrating these programs can be done rigorously while enhancing the preservation of forests both at home and around the world.

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Opinion: Alberta should lead the way on developing bioindustry

Edmonton Journal
December 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s government has set forth a bold vision to combat climate change. It has also taken concrete steps to diversify the province’s economy with the creation of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy. These initiatives create an extraordinary opportunity for Alberta and Canada to take a leadership role in the development of the emerging global bioindustry. Bioindustry develops ways to effectively use abundant, low-value biomass to create high-value chemicals, fuels and materials. For instance, animal fat, wood chips, low grade canola oil, and even garbage can be converted into an array of value-added products including biofuels, specialty chemicals for use in foods and cosmetics, lubricants, plastics, coatings, spray foam insulations and other products.

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Why U.S. Forests Should Be at the Forefront of Global Climate Talks (But Aren’t)

by Danna Smith is the Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance,
Huffington Post
December 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The world’s attention is focused on Paris for the COP-21 climate treaty negotiations, where international negotiators are attempting to hammer out a treaty to address the rapidly growing threat of climate change. It is vital that we reevaluate our relationship with forests and upgrade our thinking for the 21st century – especially when it comes to the forests of the Southern US. There is a growing need to scale up forest protection. While climate talks have resulted in increased commitments to protect forests in the tropics, the accelerated practice in recent years of burning trees from the US in place of coal to generate electricity has gone under the radar. We must seek innovative strategies to invest in the protection of natural forests and the restoration of degraded forests; instead we have opened the floodgates to new markets for increased logging in the region.

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General

Connecting the dots on conservation in B.C.

December 9, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

North America’s Pacific Northwest is world-renowned for its biodiversity and its system of parks and protected areas. However, as development and industry rapidly encroach into B.C.’s wilderness areas, we are faced with an urgent question: do our protected areas achieve successful biological conservation? Alarmingly, the answer is no. B.C. has traditionally approached conservation by protecting bits and pieces of the landscape without providing for connectivity between them. As a result, critical habitat corridors have been fragmented by highways, development, and disruptive industrial activities like logging.

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