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Business & Politics

BC workers, families seek class action suit over deadly sawmill explosions

The Kelowna Daily Courier
January 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Ten people connected to a pair of deadly sawmill explosions in British Columbia are asking a judge to certify a class-action lawsuit seeking damages for physical and mental injuries. The separate blasts in 2012 killed four workers and injured 42 people at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in Prince George. A notice of civil claim named the Workers Compensation Board of B.C. and the provincial government. In a statement Tuesday, Scott McCloy with WorkSafeBC said the agency had no immediate comment on the allegations. Patrick Michell was inside the Babine mill when it blew up in January 2012. He and nine others are seeking general, special and punitive damages, as well as declarations that WorkSafe’s inspections and investigations were negligent.

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Lakeland and Babine sawmill blast victims launch lawsuit against WorkSafeBC

Business in Vancouver
January 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Victims of the fatal explosions at B.C.’s Lakeland and Babine sawmills three years ago have launched a class action lawsuit against WorkSafeBC. Robert Luggi, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42, died in the January 20, 2012 blast that destroyed Babine Forest Products outside Burns Lake and left 19 other employees with injuries, many of them serious. Slightly more than three months later, Glenn Roche, 46, and Alan Little, 43, died from the severe burns they suffered in the April 23, 2012 explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George, which also left more than 20 others with injuries. They’re claiming that prior to the January 20, 2012 disaster at Babine, WorkSafeBC “knew or ought to have known that in sufficient concentrations, wood dust is combustible and poses a serious risk of explosion.”

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Northland Forest Products inks deal with Millar Western

Athabasca Advocate
January 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northland Forest Products has purchased Millar Western’s Boyle sawmill. The Fort McMurray-based company signed the deal on Dec. 22 to buy the mill and the mill’s timber quotas for $30.7 million. The deal was made public on Dec. 24. The sale included harvestable land located between Boyle and Fort McMurray. “The Boyle operation is a good strategic fit for Northland Forest Products,” Northland president Howard Ewashko said in a statement. “ “…Whether the sawmill gets back up and running will depend on Northland
after an assessment period – which could take up to a year, according to
Nikki Zarr, a controller at Northland.

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North Bend man is DeFazio’s guest at State of the Union

Coos Bay World
January 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

NORTH BEND — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio invited Steve Phillips, a North Bend millwright, to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Phillips is a casualty of the trade policy Obama has pursued, DeFazio said, and DeFazio wanted to draw attention to his story. In 2003, the Weyerhaeuser containerboard mill in North Bend closed, idling 158 workers, including Phillips. The mill was profitable, but the market for the packaging material it made had moved overseas.  …DeFazio believes the flight of U.S. manufacturing overseas was facilitated by U.S. participation in free-trade agreements. He’s an ardent opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a treaty among Pacific Rim nations, championed by President Obama, that will break down many of the world’s remaining trade barriers.

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Louisiana-Pacific adds production line at Clarke County mill

Birmingham Business Journal
January 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. recently broke ground on a project that will add a FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing line at its Clarke County oriented strand board (OSB) mill. A new facility will be constructed to house the production line for the company’s fire-rated sheathing product. Louisiana-Pacific CEO Curt Stevens said the new line in Clarke County will meet the growing demand in the single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction markets. The company selected the Clarke County mill for the new line because of its strong workforce and proven performance in manufacturing commodity OSB from a safety, quality and environmental perspective, Louisiana-Pacific said in a release.

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CPO price recovery likely to boost Ta Ann’s earnings

The Star Online
January 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR: Affin Hwang Capital Research has raised the target price for Ta Ann Holdings Bhd to RM6.22 after pegging the plantation business’ 2016 estimate earning per share to a higher price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 15 times. “The share price has appreciated by around 18% in the past one month driven by firm log and crude palm oil prices, a weaker Ringgit and anticipation of the Sarawak state elections. “We see more upside as the market better appreciates the under-valuation of its plantation business,” Affin said, adding that it has maintained a “buy” call on Ta Ann. Firm demand for tropical logs and the global log shortage are keeping selling prices high, which together with a stronger US dollar have benefitted timber companies, including Ta Ann, and offset the drop in log exports.

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Södra’s Värö sawmill produced nearly 600,000 cubic metres of lumber in 2015

Lesprom
January 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to the aggregated results for 2015, Södra’s sawmill at Värö is the largest in Sweden. In 2015, Värö produced a sawn volume of nearly 600,000 cubic metres. Systematic work with planning, maintenance and efficiency improvements underlies the increase in production volumes. The total raw material consumption is 1.2 million cubic metres, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “The type of construction timber produced at Värö is used for housing construction, for example, and is in high demand,” says Anders Pålsson, Sawmill Manager.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tall wood building committee will work on 2021 global building codes

Woodworking Network
January 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LEESBURG, Va. – American Wood Council says the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors approval of the formation of a Tall Wood Ad Hoc Committee. The committee will be made up of stakeholders, code officials and other interested parties. The committee will study tall wood construction and may develop code changes to be submitted for the 2021 International Building Code. Tall wood is an industry term to identify the use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other heavy timber manufactured wood products in building heights greater than six stories. “Other nations have already seen the benefits of tall wood construction – from the low carbon footprint, ease of construction and reduced construction time.

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Paul Kaptein’s Warped Wooden Sculptures Show at New York’s Krause Gallery

Highsnobiety
January 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East

Designed from hand-carved wood, Perth-based artist Paul Kaptein has created a series of distorted sculptures that play with the idea of transformation. Kaptein’s wacky figures are made from laminated wood and give off a warped illusion, playing with the ideas of materialism and virtual reality. With intricate gaps and cut-outs creating this morphed effect, Kaptein’s craftsmanship touches on ideas of digital information that we commonly see on the screens we use. Paul Kaptein’s “Future Perfect” exhibition opened its doors on December 5, 2015 and will run through until January 26, 2016.

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Are Tall Timber Buildings the Way of the Future?

Sourceable
January 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

As the push to use materials which are friendlier to the environment and safer, faster, easier and less costly to build with gathers pace, a movement toward more extensive use of timber as a structural material in commercial and multi-residential buildings in Australia continues to expand. Throughout the world, designers working with timber on multi-storey buildings are reaching for the sky. In May, Vancouver architect Michael Green unveiled a proposal for the world’s tallest timber building in Paris. The 35-storey tower, known as Baobab, would comprise a mix of market and social housing, a student hotel and urban agriculture. Other 30 storey buildings made from wood are planned in Stockholm, Vancouver and Vienna.

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Forestry

Adapting to Steep Change: Staying Competitive in the Global Forest Industry

Truck Loggers Association
January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

January 12, 2016, Vancouver – BC’s coastal forest industry has never been under this much pressure to keep pace with the global market place. The TLA’s 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show will take place January 13 – 15, 2016 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Over this three-day event, we find out how our industry needs to evolve to succeed in the face of steep change. “With this year’s theme, Adapting To Steep Change, we take a hard look at how the forest industry can work together to stay competitive,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We have a supply chain at risk unless we improve conditions for contractors. This week we look at what’s being done and still needs to be done to ensure long-term global competitiveness.” “Our delegates have a packed schedule,” said Elstone.

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BC VIEWS: Avatar sequel bombs in Walbran

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Campbell River Mirror
January 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…I watched Avatar on TV over the holidays for the first time since its 2009 release, and was able to see past the bombastic special effects to examine it for what it is, an anti-capitalist propaganda film…. Cast in the role of evil corporation is Teal-Jones Group, a B.C. forest company trying to operate in what is now the most environmentally restricted forest in the world. It keeps about 2,000 people employed in logging and its sawmills in Surrey, where investments have been made to handle second-growth coastal timber as well as what little old-growth they are allowed to harvest. Protesters have dubbed their latest target, the tiny 3.2 hectare cutblock 4424, “Black Diamond Grove” for media and fundraising purposes.

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2016 Interior Safety Conference

January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans are well underway for the 2016 Interior Safety Conference. Building on the success of the Northern BC Forest Safety Conference, the forest industry is working to build a similar event in the BC’s Interior. This event is being held in partnership with the Interior Logging Association Conference which is being held on May 6 and 7, 2016, also at the Vernon Atrium Hotel & Conference Centre. The conference will bring the latest health and safety information to those working in the forest industry. The conference’s goal is to bring together participants from every phase of the forest industry from harvesting to wood products manufacturing.

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US Forest Service upgrades Sherpa fleet with Garmin G950 flightdeck

Flightglobal
January 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The US Forest Service (USFS), which operates a substantial fleet of fixed-wing aircraft for fire-fighting missions, is upgrading its fleet of Shorts SD3-60 Sherpas with the Garmin G950 integrated flight deck. The retrofit is designed to increase the mission effectiveness of the twin-engined turboprops – previously in service with the US Army – and extend the type’s operational life within USFS where it is deployed for passenger and cargo transportation, fire management and smokejumper missions. Field Aviation is carrying out the modernisation at its Oklahoma City base, with the first aircraft inducted into the upgrade process in October last year.

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Hot smoke, cold smoke: Wildfires burn both ways on the heels of a destructive season in the Northwest

Backcountry Magazine
January 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“What pictures will never give you is the smell of the smoke,” says Stefan Hood, a Forest Protection Technician and backcountry skier from Houston, British Columbia. “You’re smelling the organics of the soil burning, and you’re smelling trees [that] are on fire. That kind of smoke permeates everything. It permeates your clothes and your hair; everything ends up taking on that scent.” For Hood, who has grown accustomed to picking soot boogers out of his nose, the shroud of smoke is a part of everyday life—this summer more than any other he’s experienced.

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Forest project would cover 34,962 acres

Daily Inter Lake
January 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Flathead National Forest will hold a public meeting Thursday to accept comments and answer questions on the proposed Beaver Creek Landscape Restoration Project south of Condon. The project area spans 34,962 acres in the forest’s Swan Lake District, including 20,026 acres within the Mission Mountains Wilderness. …Sarah Canepa, a National Environmental Policy Act planner for the forest, said the wilderness component of the project is aimed at reducing the threat that a wildland fire could pose to nearby residences clustered along the lake. “It’s been almost 100 years since we’ve had a large fire event in this project area,” Canepa said Monday.

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Fighting Wildfires May Do More Harm Than Good Payson Roundup

Payson Roundup
January 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest fires the U.S. Forest Service has extinguished for decades would have provided much better protection from even worse fires had they been allowed to burn, according to a study by the Rocky Mountain Research Station. The research demonstrates the likely benefits of thinning and fire management practices increasingly common in Rim Country, as applied this past summer when the Forest Service took advantage of wet monsoon conditions to manage many fires rather than rushing to put them out. …The Rocky Mountain Research Station researchers essentially computer modeled that sort of approach to wildfires based on decades of fire records in the watersheds around Yosemite and Sequoia Kings-Canyon in California.

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Organization poised to file suit to protect California spotted owl

The Times-Standard
January 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to protect California spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups petitioned for the owls’ protection in December 2014, but the agency has failed to issue a decision on whether they warrant protection. The owls are in steep decline on national forest and private lands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; they face a host of threats, including clearcutting on private lands and commercial and post-fire logging on public lands, as well as climate change, development and competition from the barred owls that are now increasingly present in the Sierras.

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Scientists say Sierra forests need thinning

But no one knows where money will come from
Calaveras Enterprise
January 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scientists say that 10 years of study completed in December convinced them that the U.S. Forest Service should proceed with aggressive forest -thinning projects in the Sierra Nevada. The problem, say observers and even representatives of forest management agencies, is that they don’t have the funding needed to do the necessary work. The benefits of thinning forests include increased yields of water for farms, cities and rivers and reduced chances that catastrophic wildfires will destroy forests, homes and habitat, according to the study. And as the size and intensity of wildfires gradually increases, the danger posed by failing to act is increasing, according to a report issued by the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project.

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Forest Stewards Guild names Michigan Tech lands a Model Forest

Upper Michigan’s Source
January 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


HOUGHTON — The Forest Stewards Guild has named several Michigan Technological University lands a Model Forest. The designated forestlands include 620 acres of the Michigan Tech Trails and Recreation Forest on campus and 3,597 acres of the Ford Center Forest farther south in Alberta, Michigan. James Schmierer, School forester and an instructor in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, manages the forestlands that were recently designated by the Forest Stewards Guild. “It is critical that we ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk,'” Schmierer says.

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Donation grows Cornell Plantations forest in Newfield

Ithaca Journal
January 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Cornell Plantations’ Fischer Old-Growth Forest Natural Area in the Town of Newfield is growing, thanks to a donation of more than 17 acres. David K. Bandler, emeritus professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, donated the property, which has been named the Bandler Family Tract, according to a news release from Cornell Plantations. The donation expands the preserve to nearly 60 acres; almost 30 acres are old-growth forest. “We are very grateful to the Bandler family for their support of Cornell Plantations,” said Christopher Dunn, the E.N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations, in a statement. “Their gift will allow us to expand our mission to protect and preserve unique and beautiful native landscapes for years to come.”

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How dense can you get?

Forest density is a critical measure that strongly affects forest health, plant composition, stand structure, and ecological function. Forest density is easily measured and can be managed.
Michigan State University
January 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In many forest stands, the amount of light is the most limiting ecological factor, especially for regenerating trees and other plants. The forest canopy determines how much light reaches each tree and forest floor. Canopy characteristics are often highly variable. Forest management manipulates canopy characteristics and light penetration, among other things, to work towards specific goals. Here are some tips from Michigan State University Extension on how to manage your forest density. Light is required to drive the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis produces sugar, which stores chemical energy, converted from light energy. The energy is consumed in respiration so that plants and animals can live, grow, and reproduce. These chemical reactions fuel life as we know it.

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Forestry program at UGA’s Warnell School reaccredited for 10 years

January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has once again received full accreditation from the Society of American Foresters, marking nearly 90 years of continuous accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources degree. The SAF also put its seal of approval on the school’s Master of Forest Resources degree in the first year the Warnell School applied for accreditation for the program. The school continues to be the only one in Georgia that offers SAF-accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry. Forestry graduates from Warnell have enjoyed 100 percent job placement for the past two academic years and appear to be on pace for a third such year, said Dale Greene, dean of the Warnell School.

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Throwback logger: U.P. man gets back to basics in harvesting timber

The Mining Journal
January 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HERMANSVILLE – Forwarders and harvesters are among the common giants in the woods around any commercial logging operation, but one Upper Peninsula man – though practicing on a smaller scale – has help from a whole different type of giant: his Belgian draft horses. Horse-powered logging is something John Boyd, of Hermansville, has been doing off and on since 1989 and is what Boyd calls a labor of love. …Boyd and his girlfriend, Cat, use their three male Belgian draft horses, Brownie, Eeyore, and Moose, to work in the woods where they haul logs, and in the fields where they mow and rake.

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Forestry program at UGA’s Warnell School reaccredited for 10 years

January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has once again received full accreditation from the Society of American Foresters, marking nearly 90 years of continuous accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources degree. The SAF also put its seal of approval on the school’s Master of Forest Resources degree in the first year the Warnell School applied for accreditation for the program. The school continues to be the only one in Georgia that offers SAF-accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry. Forestry graduates from Warnell have enjoyed 100 percent job placement for the past two academic years and appear to be on pace for a third such year, said Dale Greene, dean of the Warnell School.

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New South West bushfire threat The West Australian

The West Australian
January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International


UPDATE Homes in Waroona and Cookernup are again under threat after the massive South West fire broke containment lines late this afternoon. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a ‘watch and act’ alert for Waroona and Cookernup. The alert also applies to people in an area bound by the coast, Preston Beach, Forestry Road and Nicholson Road. The DFES statement said Preston Beach was not included in the ‘watch and act’ alert. “The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as fire activity has increased due to weather conditions,” DFES said. “The fire has broken containment lines near the intersection of Forrest Highway and Forrestry Road. This means homes in the area may be threatened by fire.

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Campaigners call for new British charter for trees

January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A coalition of UK conservation groups is calling for a new national charter for trees, woods and people. Led by the Woodland Trust, 48 conservation and cultural groups have launched a campaign for a new charter in 2017, the 800-year anniversary of the signing of the original Charter of the Forest by Henry III. This protected and restored the right of people to access and use the royal forests – crucial at the time for grazing livestock, collecting firewood and foraging for food. The coalition says it is time for a new charter, as woods come under “unprecedented threat” from development, pests and disease and climate change and trees risk being “neglected, undervalued and forgotten”.

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Campaigners call for new British charter for trees

January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A coalition of UK conservation groups is calling for a new national charter for trees, woods and people. Led by the Woodland Trust, 48 conservation and cultural groups have launched a campaign for a new charter in 2017, the 800-year anniversary of the signing of the original Charter of the Forest by Henry III. This protected and restored the right of people to access and use the royal forests – crucial at the time for grazing livestock, collecting firewood and foraging for food. The coalition says it is time for a new charter, as woods come under “unprecedented threat” from development, pests and disease and climate change and trees risk being “neglected, undervalued and forgotten”.

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