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Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Business & Politics

Ranking Island business taxes

Nanaimo Daily News
January 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ladysmith has the highest industrial tax rate on central Vancouver Island. Heavy industry operators can expect to pay more than $106.07 per $1,000 of assessed value, almost double the next highest of cities north of the Malahat to as far north as Campbell River. By comparison, Port Alberni taxes its two heavy industry properties at a rate of $53.78 per $1,000, and Campbell River has the third-highest industrial tax rate on the Island, at $32.39. …In today’s global economy, municipalities need to be competitive to attract investment, said Levi Sampson, president of Harmac pulp mill, at Nanaimo’s Duke Point industrial park. …Taxes were cited as one reason the Catalyst mill in Campbell River closed. At $32.39, that city currently has an industrial tax rate roughly a third that of Port Alberni, where together, the Catalyst mill and Western Forest Products contribute 22 per cent of the city’s total budget.

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Research Analysts Set Expectations for Interfor Corp’s Q2 2016 Earnings (IFP)

Intercooler Financial
January 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) – Analysts at Dundee Securities issued their Q2 2016 earnings per share estimates for Interfor Corp in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, according to Zacks Investment Research. Dundee Securities analyst S. Atkinson forecasts that the brokerage will post earnings per share of $0.17 for the quarter. Dundee Securities also issued estimates for Interfor Corp’s FY2016 earnings at $0.94 EPS. …Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) traded up 8.44% during trading on Thursday, reaching $10.54. 526,097 shares of the company traded hands. The firm’s market capitalization is $738.12 million. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $13.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $13.86. Interfor Corp has a 52 week low of $8.86 and a 52 week high of $23.61.

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County, timber company remain at odds on land values

The Oconee Enterprise
January 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A mediation hearing between Oconee County and Plum Creek Timber resolved little if anything, said Allen Skinner, the county’s chief property appraiser. The county, represented by attorney Mike Pruitt, and representatives from Plum Creek tried to mediate a dispute about land valuations in a closed meeting Monday. Skinner told the Board of Assessors Tuesday that the two sides are still far apart. “There was no resolution,” Skinner said. “They came up a couple of hundred dollars, but they wanted us to come down 10 percent. We got stuck there. Neither side wanted to give in. They wanted us to come down to a ridiculous value.” Skinner said that Plum Creek also asked for attorney’s fees, which the company said already stand at $100,000.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at Barrow paper mill

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a blaze at a paper mill in Barrow.
NW Evening Mail
January 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Two fire engines, from Walney and Ulverston, were tasked to Kimberly-Clark in Park Road at around 8pm last night after a fire broke out in a log saw machine, which is used to cut the large paper rolls into smaller, toilet rolls. The fire, which was brought under control thanks to the quick actions of the crews, was extinguished using a hose reel jet, two breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera. The two crews returned to their bases after an hour. No one was injured during the fire although it is understood the log saw machine is likely to need extensive repairs.

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Metsä Wood reduced softwood plywood production

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
January 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Metsä Wood business division, which belongs to Finnish Metsä Group, reduced production at the Suolahti softwood plywood plant over the new year period. According to an internal statement, the company is thus responding to the increased competitive pressure imposed by low-priced softwood plywood imports on the most important European sales markets. The changes to production haven taken place over additional holiday days between Christmas and new year, and are independent of the ongoing negotiations about job cuts at three Finnish Metsä Wood plants. 

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Timber industry calls for more prescribed burns, criticises West Australian state forest management

ABC News, Australia
January 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The representative body for the West Australian timber industry has criticised state forest management after major bushfires. Thousands of hectares of timber plantations were inundated during the Esperance fires in November and the Waroona fires, which have been contained and downgraded this week. Forest Industries Federation of WA executive director Melissa Haslam said major fires had been more frequent since timber harvesting in old growth forests ended in 2001. Ms Haslam said the state government had “dropped the ball” on forest management. “We know there is a drying climate, which contributes to these things,” she said.

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New appointments to three CRI boards

New Zealand Scoop
January 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of three new members to the boards of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), and the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion). …Dr Jon Ryder has been appointed to the Scion Board. He has held senior management and leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand. He is Chief Executive and Managing Director of Oji Fibre Solutions, previously known as Carter Holt Harvey, and is director of the Wood Processing and Manufacturing Association of New Zealand and the New Zealand Wood Council.

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Oji’s Pan Pac forestry unit to invest $23M to expand Milburn

New Zealand Scoop
January 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The New Zealand forestry unit of Japan’s Oji Group plans to invest $23 million to consolidate and expand capacity at its sawmilling and drying facilities in Otago. Oji’s Pan Pac Forest Products unit bought the sawmilling and drying assets at Milburn and Milton in Otago in November 2014 when previous owner Southern Cross Forest Products was placed in receivership. The company plans to consolidate operations at the Milburn site, which will be redeveloped, it said in a statement. Work will start next month and is slated for completion in April 2017.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LP expands FlameBlock OSB capacity

Timber Trades Journal
January 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific has broken ground on a project that will add a FlameBlock fire-rated OSB Sheathing line at its OSB mill in Clarke County, Alabama. “This is an important moment for our OSB business and for LP,” said CEO Curt Stevens said. “The production line in Clarke County will meet the growing demand in the single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction markets for our FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing.” LP selected the Clarke County mill for the FlameBlock sheathing production line because of its strong workforce and proven performance in manufacturing commodity OSB from a safety, quality and environmental perspective. 

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Talking Timber: Developers recognise benefits of wood

The Daily Examiner
January 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AUSTRALIA is often at the forefront of technological innovation and development, but when it comes to the growing trend of using timber for mass construction, we have been playing catch up – until now. Major developers are starting to recognise the benefits of building with wood, especially Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). Europeans have been using CLT technology for a significant number of years because it is cost competitive and quick to build with. If the demand for wood rises, a CLT plant in Australia could provide green jobs and a boost to the economy.

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Forestry

Forest industry commits to new forest management approach to mimic elements of nature

National Post
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) have agreed to follow an innovative approach to sustainable forest management that takes its cue from nature. The approach, known as Natural Range of Variation (NRV), is aimed at recreating natural landscapes by harvesting in patterns that are similar to the impact of wind, fire, insects and other natural disturbances. FPAC members committed to follow this approach after working collaboratively with environmental groups under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The pledge to implement NRV is considered a major step towards the environmental and industry CBFA goal of making Canada a world leader in sustainable forest management.

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Innovative New Commitment to Natural Landscapes in Canadian Boreal Forest

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A major step to increase the similarity between natural and managed forest landscapes has been agreed after collaborative discussions between a group of Canadian forest products companies and leading environmental organizations. Forestry companies belonging to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) have committed to using a management approach that comes closer to recreating natural landscapes. This involves using knowledge about the structure and compositions of ecosystems to guide forest management activities – in effect, taking our cues from nature. It includes harvesting in patterns that more closely resemble the impact of fire, winds, insects and other natural disturbances. This is what we call natural range of variation (NRV).

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First Female President for the Truck Loggers

Truck Loggers Association
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

January 14, 2016, Vancouver – In an historic vote, the members of The Truck Loggers Association elected their first female president, Jacqui Beban, at their AGM in Vancouver this week.  Jacqui Beban, 40, is the first female elected president of any BC logging association. Beban is a partner in Nootka Sound Timber Co. Ltd. which manages a forest license on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Gold River. Born and raised in Nanaimo, she has called Qualicum Beach home for the last 15 years.

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Spray Lakes logging trucks don’t belong on country roads with school buses, say Ghost-Waiparous residents

Residents say Spray Lakes logging trucks are breaking rules, threatening safety with Ghost Lake hauls
CBC News
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents west of Cochrane say Spray Lakes logging trucks are sharing narrow country roads with school buses and threatening their safety as trees are harvested north of Ghost Lake. “I don’t want someone to be killed or injured or anything before someone realizes, ‘Gee, this is a bad idea. It’s not good,'” said Patti Reyes, who lives along Jamieson Road. She’s one of about 30 residents who met with their MLA Thursday evening to call on the province to ensure rules are followed before there’s an accident. This week, Spray Lakes Sawmills started hauling logs out of harvesting areas north of Ghost Lake. Residents say they’re appalled the trucks — more than a lane wide — are permitted to run down the narrow road used daily by local residents and school buses.

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Environmentalists say Tongass plan doesn’t act fast enough

Alaska Public Media
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal proposal to make Southeast Alaska’s logging industry sustainable while preserving old growth in the Tongass National Forest does too little, too slowly–according to one conservation group. The Oregon-based Geos Institute says the Tongass National Forest draft plan is out of step with a global agreement to reduce climate change. …In a nutshell, the federal plan outlines dramatically reducing old-growth logging. While ensuring a sustainable supply of young-growth trees. The problem, DellaSala says, is the plan isn’t aggressive enough.“Those acres of trees over time being cut down would be equivalent to 4 million additional cars on Alaska roads every year”

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Frog communication goes way beyond ‘ribbit,’ scientists say

Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Brazilian torrent frog stakes his small claim by the side of the stream, where he spends the day uttering a high-pitched chirp. When a rival male gets too close, he lets out a series of peeps and squeals and waves his arm at the intruder. The offender retreats. Message received. Torrent frogs (Hylodes japi) have some of the most sophisticated communication methods yet observed in frogs, using a diverse repertoire of movements and sounds to ward off competitors frogs and attract mates, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE. To get their point across to their fellow frogs, torrent frogs may do more than chirp and wave their arms: They also tap their toes, shake their heads, inflate their vocal sacs or use a number of squeaks and squeals.

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Starker Lecture Series to tackle wildfire issues

Corvallis Gazette-Times
January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With wildfires increasing in frequency and threatening urban as well as rural communities, Oregon State University’s annual Starker Lecture Series will tackle trends in living with fire in the Pacific Northwest. The series, “Burning Questions: People, Forests, and Fire,” is hosted by the OSU College of Forestry. It begins Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. with a film, “Legacy of Fire: The Story of the Tillamook Burn,” followed by a talk by Doug Decker, state forester, at the Whiteside Theater, 361 S.W. Madison Ave. in downtown Corvallis. Told through the voices of the men and women who lived through a series of severe wildfires in the 1930s and 1940s, the film also shows the dramatic forest that grew from the ashes.

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Increasing our natural resources is imperative

Letter by Pamela S. Padula
Record Searchlight
January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….”The recommendation of the Interior Department is that all timberlands in the vicinity of the sources of the principal streams be withdrawn from sale or occupancy and kept as woodland reserves, and that the timber on forest land reservations shall not be disposed of except in such a way as will provide against the destruction of the forests.” What have we forgotten? Please, look for yourself. Pull up Google Earth and view the devastation wrought by local lumber companies, often enabled by questionable land swaps, in all directions emanating out from Dunsmuir and McCloud, affecting some of the largest and most important watersheds in California.

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My Turn: The Forest Service offers bountiful opportunities

Juneau Empire
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week, Alaska’s policy makers will turn their attention to resolving the state government’s fiscal crisis while maintaining critical services and supporting local and regional economic opportunity. With almost 22 million acres of land within the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, the Forest Service contributes to Alaska’s economic prosperity through employment wages and benefits, affordable energy, transportation and infrastructure, unique forest products and access to capital. In 2015, the Forest Service employed over 600 permanent and 220 seasonal workers in Alaska. …The Forest Service is here, in Alaska, supporting families, businesses and communities and doing its part in supporting local, regional and statewide economic prosperity.

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Viewpoint: Collaboration a good thing for wilderness areas

Ravalli Republic
January 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wilderness Preservation System certainly made my career with the U.S. Forest Service immeasurably more rewarding. In my final career assignment, I was supervisor of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, a forest of 6.3 million acres, including 1.2 million acres of congressionally-designated wilderness. In addition, the H-T has about 3 million acres of roadless areas, de-facto wilderness as it were, that was the subject of intense battles to determine what part should be formally included by Congress in the Wilderness Preservation System. Managing wilderness is also challenging and much more than a passive exercise in “let it be.”

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Committee approves managed forest overhaul bill

Associated Press in WEAU
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. — A legislative committee has approved a bill that would overhaul Wisconsin’s managed forest land program. The Senate’s forestry committee approved the bill 3-2 on Thursday. The vote clears the way for a full vote on the Senate floor. Landowners who enroll in the managed forest program get huge property tax breaks if they keep their land open to the public for recreation and abide by a timber management plan. Participants who close their land get a small tax break and must pay a fee.

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Minnesota DNR becomes member of the Forest Stewardship Council

KXRA
January 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is the first state government agency in the nation to become a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which sets standards for responsible forest management. “The DNR is a member of FSC because we are concerned with the environmental, economic and social impacts associated with managing forests,” said Tim Beyer, DNR forest certification consultant. “This gives the DNR the opportunity to participate and provide input to policy, standards and governance of the organization.” …The DNR is excited to provide input into standards that protect the environment and benefit society while insuring landowners manage their lands sustainably, Beyer said.

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Report says over 2.5m acres of land better suited to forestry than agriculture

Agriland
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new report released today has identified 1.08m hectares of land currently used for agriculture that it says would be ‘better suited’ to forestry. Minister of State for Forestry, Tom Hayes launched the report entitled Land Availability for Afforestation, – Exploring opportunities for expanding Ireland’s forest resource. Of the 1.08m hectares classified as ‘limited agricultural use’, beef farming accounts for 49% of the farming practices that take place on these lands. Dairy farming makes up 18% and sheep farming accounts for 27% of the practices on the 1.08m hectares that, according to the report, would be better suited to forestry.

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Forestry contractor fined for logging offences

Northern Star
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A FORESTRY contractor working west of Casino has been fined $6600 for logging offences on private properties. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued the harvesting contractor two penalty notices for work done between October 19 and November 25 on two properties in Hogarth Range. EPA Principal Forestry Manager Michael Hood said the penalty was for operating in riparian exclusion zones and for conducting operations on a property not covered by a current Private Native Forestry (PNF) Property Vegetation Plan (PVP). “These are significant offences,” he said. “Senior EPA officers made considerable efforts to advise the contractor of the requirements of the PNF Code and the laws around PNF PVPs.

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Decade-long effort begins to replace Eucalyptus tree “graveyard” on Monaro Plains in New South Wales

ABC News, Australia
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A decade-long effort has begun to regrow and replace dying Eucalyptus trees on the Monaro Plains in south eastern New South Wales. The dieback spanned about 2, 000 square kilometres, an area larger than the Australian Capital Territory, and baffled scientists. “It really does look like a tree graveyard,” Nicki Taws from Greening Australia said. The Government has committed almost $500, 000 towards a 10-year conservation project investigating the dieback. “The trees seem to be killed off by a Eucalypt Weevil… It’s a native insect and we really don’t understand why it proliferated to such an extent that it can now kill the trees it’s feeding on,” Ms Taws said.

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People don’t want big moonscapes: lodge owner

The Advocate
January 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The path into the forest is cool on Thursday afternoon and members of the Forests of Lapoinya Action Group (FLAG) are prepared to protest any attempt to log the area. Forestry Tasmania is ready to begin harvesting operations, starting with road improvements, next week. But FLAG’s Stewart Hoyt still talks about the planned logging as an “if”, not a “when”. He says Forestry Tasmania should log elsewhere. “They can be flexible, they can simply change the three-year plan,” he said. It would be better to leave the coupe for 30 years and selectively log it, he said. “Leave it, grow it and profit,” is his slogan.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Metro Vancouver plans wood burning crackdown

By Jeff Nagel
BC Local News
January 14, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood fireplace owners who smoke up the neighbourhood may be in for a fight with Metro Vancouver. Air quality planners at the regional district will propose to gradually restrict wood burning in the region to reduce the health hazard posed by fine particulate. The move is expected to rekindle a contentious debate that pits fireplace fans’ right to burn against neighbours’ right to breathe. …”The wildfires in the summer were hopefully an eye opener for people to realize the kinds of smoky conditions that we saw in July are happening on a nightly basis in some neighbourhoods in the region.” Details of the potential regulations haven’t been released – and they would require approval of the regional district board – but Quan said Metro is looking closely at the approach taken by Montreal.

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