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Business & Politics

New Westminster workers found dead under lumber pile

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
January 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two workers killed at a lumber yard in New Westminster on Saturday were apparently crushed by lumber that fell on them, according to WorkSafeBC. The deaths of two employees of the Pacific Reload lumber yard is being investigated by police, the B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC., the province’s chief workplace safety agency. The names of the workers have not been released. The pair were found dead at the lumber yard, located in the Queensborough area of New Westminster adjacent to the Fraser River, on Saturday just before 1 p.m. “We do know that two workers were killed. We also know at this point this was an unwitnessed incident. Others found these two workers under lumber that apparently fell on top of them,” WorkSafeBC spokesman Scott McCloy said Sunday. “It’s just tragic. It’s just the kind of stuff you dread.”

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Two Lawsuits Filed by Halalt First Nation Against Catalyst

Canada Newswire press release
January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper (TSX: CYT) announced today that it has been served with two Notices of Civil Claim by the Halalt First Nation and its business partners. Catalyst denies the allegations contained in both claims and intends to vigorously defend itself. The first claim was filed by the Halalt and its members alleging Catalyst has illegally trespassed on, and caused damages to, the Halalt’s asserted territories and fisheries resources through the operation of Catalyst’s Crofton Mill since 1957. The Halalt is seeking an interim and permanent injunction restraining Catalyst from conducting its operations at the Crofton Mill that interfere with the Halalt’s claimed riparian, water and land rights and are also seeking approximately $2 billion in damages.

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HP Forest Products new office on track for spring opening

South Peace News
January 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction of a new office building for High Prairie Forest Products is well under way. “We’re about one third of the way through the project,” says Lee Barton, general manager of HPFP, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd. “It’s going to be a really good focal point and a positive to build the site around.” …With wood products from West Fraser, the office will be rather homey. “The new building will have a lot of wood accents, with lots of windows to make it bright,” Barton says. 

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Shirley Bond: Province has done a lot to improve workplace safety

The Province
January 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jan. 20 was the fourth anniversary of the sawmill explosion at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake. I want to extend my condolences again to those who were injured and those who lost loved ones. They have shown grace and dignity during unimaginably difficult times. I want to be clear that government is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that British Columbians have safe workplaces so they come home to their families at the end of the day. Workplace accidents are a terrible thing. No one expects to go to work and to be hurt or worse. That is why every employer has a duty to their employees to ensure safe and healthy workplaces. I fully expect WorkSafeBC to hold employers accountable when that doesn’t happen. 

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Two people killed at B.C. lumber yard

Canadian Press in BC Local News
January 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Two people have died in an apparent industrial accident at a lumber yard in the Metro Vancouver area. Spokeswoman Barb McLintock says British Columbia’s Coroners Service was called on Saturday afternoon to the lumber yard in New Westminster. She says there were two workers who were dead in what appeared to be an industrial accident. McLintock didn’t provide the names of the workers, nor did she have the name of the lumber yard. The province’s workplace investigations agency says it’s aware an incident occurred and has investigators standing by. Trish Knight Chernecki of WorkSafeBC says investigators are waiting to gain access to the scene from New Westminster Police.

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Sale of WynnWood sawmill to Canfor secures Creston Valley jobs

Creston Valley Advance
January 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Same employees. Same management team. Same products. That was the message that Wynndel Box and Lumber Ltd. CEO Michael Combs delivered to the sawmill employees yesterday when he announced the sale of the mill to Canfor Corporation. “Our first five-year plan stated a goal to save the jobs in the mill,” Combs said this morning. “The priority in our second five-year plan was to secure those jobs for the future. And we have accomplished that.” Wynndel Box and Lumber Ltd., rebranded WynnWood in 2014, was founded in 1913 by Monrad Wigen. After 102 years operating a family business, WynnWood is committed to a long future as a key employer — about 100 jobs currently — in the Creston Valley.

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Meeting may be key to reopening lumber mill, says Hornepayne mayor

January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mayor of Hornepayne hopes today’s meeting between the owner of the local lumber mill and government officials will result in a reopening of the mill. “I am hoping this meeting will be a positive one that some workable arrangement will be arrived at so we can get our people back to work before they find elsewhere employment,” said Morley Forster, mayor of Hornepayne. The meeting was to be held this morning between Anmar — who own the Haavaldsrud Timber mill and Becker cogeneration energy plant — and the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Finance and representatives from Ministry of Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines. Forster said about 146 people are out of work as result of the shutdown, which occurred almost two months ago.

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Pike pellet mill dead as final option expires

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
January 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FERNWOOD, MISS. – Plans for a wood pellet mill in Pike County have fallen through. The county’s economic development director, Wayne Sterling, tells the board of supervisors that Pike BioEnergy’s option to buy land for the plant expired Dec. 31. He says the British-owned company doesn’t plan to request an extension. Supervisors tell the Enterprise-Journal that changes in Britain’s economy and political scene, may have influence the decision. Lambert says falling fuel prices may also have been a factor.

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Verso Corp., owner of Jay mill, reportedly ready to file for bankruptcy protection

The Androscoggin Mill has laid off 300 workers over the last few months and its owner has missed a grace period on money owed to creditors.
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
January 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The company that operates the Androscoggin Mill in Jay is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection just weeks after about 300 workers were laid off from the paper mill. Verso Corp. is preparing the filing as a grace period on a missed interest payment nears expiration, the Associated Press reported Friday, citing two anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter. The paper maker, which is backed by Apollo Global Management LLC, employs more than 700 people. The company missed payments owed to two sets of creditors earlier this month.

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Export log prices jump on low shipping rates, weak kiwi

New Zealand Scoop
January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices jumped higher this month, as falling oil prices pushed down shipping rates while a decline in the kiwi dollar made the country’s goods more attractive to overseas buyers. The average wharf-gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $115 a tonne in January, from $104 a tonne in December, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The in-market price of A-grade logs in China, New Zealand’s largest market, remained stable at US$117/JAS – a benchmark measure – amid steady inventory levels at Chinese ports. However, prices for the logs in New Zealand were bolstered by shipping rates to China that were 7 percent lower than last month and 26 percent lower than a year ago. 

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Eight Australian workers killed in 2016 so far

SafetyCulture
January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Recent statistics from Safe Work Australia show 8 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2016 so far. The Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces have so far recorded the highest number of fatalities (3). Two construction workers have been killed on the job this year while the Health care & social assistance, Retail trade and Professional, scientific & technical services workplaces have each recorded one fatality. A total of 186 workplace deaths occurred in 2015, according to figures from Safe Work Australia. The figures show 53 Transport, postal & warehousing workers died on the job in 2015, while Agriculture, forestry & fishing industry recorded 52 workplace deaths.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BLOG: Construction of Treet at the 2016 International Wood Symposium

Journal of Commerce
January 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The presentation of Construction of Treet: A 14?storey timber apartment building at the 2016 Interntational Wood Symposium in Vancouver was helmed by Ole Herbrand Kleppe the chief project manager at BOB Eiendomsutvikling AS and Rune Abrahamsen, the CEO of Moelven Limtre. Both firms are in Norway. Bergen, Kleppe said, is the “capital of rain,” which makes wood construction difficult. The site of the Treet project is in the city centreand is part of a revitalized area that is being converted from industrial to residential. Treet will be a 14-storey timber apartment building and normally the size of a building in the area is capped at nine storeys (the height of a nearby bridge.)

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BLOG: Ready? Set. Reset! at the 2016 International Wood Symposium (Part 1)

Journal of Commerce
January 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Robert Malczyk, a principal from Equilibrium Consulting Inc and Oliver Lang, an architect and partner at Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc. presented “Ready? Set. Reset!” at the 2016 International Wood Symposium in downtown Vancouver. …Malczyk explained that most times a smaller building is wood frame. “There’s nothing wrong with wood frame, it’s a flexible material, he said, but he added that it is being stretched too far when it is used in five to seven-storey buildings. He added that there isn’t enough wood or enough designers, pilot projects, pre fabrication, mass timber or erectors. Bringing experts in from Europe, who use different methods is also problematic, he said. Malczyk also said interest and momentum has been lost for wood projects, with more of an emphasis on concrete and steel.

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Forestry

Environmental laws primarily benefit lawyers

The number of environmental lawsuits filed in the U.S. indicates the environmental industry is alive and well.
The Capital Press
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The environmental law business continues to flourish, if one considers the number of lawsuits filed each year in federal courts. Hundreds of environmental lawsuits are filed each year — more than 800 last year alone — indicating the appetite for courtroom combat continues unabated. In the past decade, 7,935 environmental lawsuits were filed in federal courts. About 2,406 of them, or 30 percent, were filed in the 9th Circuit, which includes Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and the Pacific territories of Guam and the Mariana Islands. Last year alone, the number of environmental lawsuits filed nationwide increased by 60 percent, from 526 to 862. Although such lawsuits fall into a broad category of natural resources-related issues, the overall trend is clear.

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Northen letter: Protect public lands

Idaho Statesman
January 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Protect our public lands. For Rep. Raul Labrador to call the armed takeover of our wildlife refuge an act of civil disobedience cannot be compared to Thoreau. It is insurrection. These men need to be removed from our refuge and arrested. Remember that the lands managed by the government belong to all the people. The Taylor Grazing Act was put in place to protect our lands from overuse and abuse. There are many ranchers who follow the rules and pay their grazing fees. The second fire started by the Hammonds was during a red flag warning and endangered the lives of firefighters.

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Cornet-Windy Ridge salvage logging begins

Salvage logging is underway where the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire burned last summer.
East Oregonian
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has started salvage logging on a portion of the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire, which burned more than 100,000 acres last summer. The first timber sale is for 7.5 million board feet of dangerous tree removal along open roads in the burned area. More than 30,000 acres of the blaze happened on national forest land. A total of 11 million board feet of wood will be logged from the fire area in 2016. The first operation will take place in the Dooley Mountain area along Denny Creek Road, Ebell Creek Road and Lower Mill Creek Road.

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Report: Some yellow cedars to remain healthy through 2100

Red cedar may replace yellow in some locations
Juneau Empire
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It turns out polar bears and yellow cedar trees have something common. So do ice seals and red cedars. That commonality: One is negatively impacted by climate change; the other appears to be a climate change “winner.” Just the same, yellow cedars don’t appear to have it as bad as polar bears. A recent 400-page report from lead author and U.S. Forest Service forest pathologist Paul Hennon, based at the Pacific Northwest Research Station’s lab in Juneau, along with seven other scientists, shows that though the trees have been dying off in large numbers in Southeast Alaska, some large populations should remain healthy for at least the next 100 years.

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Locals fault forest plan for impacts to deer, salmon habitat

KFSK
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Testimony in Petersburg this month on subsistence use on the Tongass National Forest focused on deer and salmon habitat and potential impacts from logging. U… Only two people testified at a subsistence hearing in Petersburg. Joe Sebastian directed his comments toward that committee, or TAC. “What does a timber-lopsided TAC know about salmon production on the Tongass?,” Sebastian asked. “What does a TAC know about subsistence use patterns and needs in the Tongass? What does the TAC know about wildlife interactions and seasonal changes of forest dependency on these creatures? This sham panel of self-interested forest exploiters on the TAC is a new low for the U.S. Forest Service.”

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Thinning project in Prescott National Forest to begin

Associated Press in ABC News
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRESCOTT, AZ – The U.S. Forest Service will begin work on thinning acres of trees in the Prescott area for the next few months. Forest officials say a contractor with heavy equipment will start thinning 500 acres of the Prescott National Forest on Monday. The thinning will be of chaparral and small trees north of Groom Creek and east of Goldwater Lake. The Forest Service advises the public to be cautious while hiking or doing any recreating in the area. The project is expected to last for three months. It is funded by a landscape restoration program founded by the Forest Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

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Group forms to develop wildfire plan for McPhee Reservoir

Goal is to develop mitigation strategy
The Journal
January 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new wildfire risk-assessment group has formed to minimize impacts on the Upper Dolores River watershed and McPhee Reservoir. The goal is to identify valuable areas at high risk for wildfire damage, then develop and implement mitigation projects. Possible plans include more thinning, prescribed burns, and timber harvesting. “We want to be proactive and work to avoid the severe impacts like those that seen at Vallecito Reservoir” from the Missionary Ridge Fire, said Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. “They took a huge hit with debris after the fire.” Controlling wildfire risks above the reservoir is critical, he said, because the Dolores River and McPhee are depended on by area towns and the region’s agriculture economy.

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Local forestry society presents awards

Hungry Horse News
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The owner of a North Fork land management consulting service is the 2015 Field Forester award winner presented by The Flathead Chapter of the Montana Society of American Foresters. Allen Chrisman of Kalispell received the award at the group’s Christmas Banquet. Chrisman, a SAF member since 1980, owns A.B. Chrisman Forest Management Services, a consulting service that manages family-owned property in the North Fork of the Flathead. He lives in cabins on family property up Trail Creek when working on a land management project. He retired from the Forest Service in 2008 with over 30 years of service.

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Award lauds collaborative approach to forest management in George Washington National Forest

Southern Environmental Law Center
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The George Washington National Forest Stakeholder Collaborative recently received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s 2015 Partners and Community Engagement Award. The group was recognized for its collaborative approach to planning national forest management and building consensus among a wide group of interests. SELC has participated in the group since its formation in 2010. The collaborative consists of 20 local organizations and individuals with diverse interests who worked together on the revision of the George Washington National Forest’s management plan and the Lower Cowpasture Restoration and Management Project.

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PFES and REDD+ in Vietnam – A two-pronged approach to forest conservation Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research

Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam is no stranger to forest conservation payment schemes. Its national Payments for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) program offers incentives to communities who sustainably manage and protect their forests, by compensating them for their efforts. REDD+ is another performance-based scheme that aims to reward and compensate communities and governments for protecting forests and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Now Vietnamese officials are considering how the two approaches can be combined, linking REDD+ to the existing PFES system.

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Minister asked to step in and bring EPA to account Clarence Valley

Daily Examiner
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE North East Forestry Alliance (NEFA) has called on NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman to force the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to do its job, after what it described as “yet another failure by the EPA to properly investigate breaches of logging conditions by the Forestry Corporation”. While the EPA found the Forestry Corporation guilty of “picking” eight vulnerable Onion Cedars, it ignored evidence that another 18 plants were affected and that the offences occurred when the Forestry Corporation bulldozed an illegal road through an Endangered Ecological Community Lowland Rainforest, said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

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Bob Brown arrested at Tasmanian logging coupe

ABC New Australia
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Former Greens leader Bob Brown has been charged over a protest at the contentious Lapoinya logging site in north-west Tasmania. The Friends of Lapoinya Action Group (FLAG) said Brown and three other people walked into the Lapoinya Forest exclusion zone this morning. Brown and a 67-year-old Tasmanian man were arrested, while the others were escorted out by police and fined. Brown said he was walking towards a bulldozer, which backed off when it saw him, before he was arrested. “The police arrived and directed us to leave and three of my companions did, but Roger Bradley … and I stayed there and we were arrested,” he said

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Tasmanian bushfires ‘worst crisis in decades’ for world heritage forests

Conservationists express fears for ancient, slow-growing species of native pine in high-altitude areas where fire is not a natural part of the ecology
The Guardian
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fires burning across Tasmania are producing the worst crisis the world heritage forests there have faced in decades, says a long-term conservationist from the area. Geoff Law, formerly a conservationist at the Wilderness Society, told Guardian Australia: “In my opinion – and I’ve been working on these issues since 1981 – it’s the gravest crisis the world heritage area has faced in that time.” “As we speak there are areas burning inside the world heritage area, on the central plateau, where there are ancient species of native pine, which are very slow-growing and up to 1,000 years old,” Law said. “Some of those are being killed as we speak.” For many Australian forests, fire was a natural part of the ecology. But that was not the case for all of the areas now being threatened in Tasmania, Law said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Guysborough County forester worries about fate of areas like Giants Lake

Chronicle Herald
January 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

GIANTS LAKE — In 10 to 20 years, Daniel George expects to see six-wheel-drive porters dropping off spruce at the bottom of this Guysborough County woods road. He expects they will head to Port Hawkesbury Paper, where they will be sorted so that most will become glossy magazine paper, some will be turned into electricity at Nova Scotia Power’s biomass boiler and maybe a few of the best sticks will get sent to a sawmill to become the lumber with which we build our homes. …“The problem is we’re just murdering the land for hog fuel,” said Russell Huntington, owner of M.B. Pulp Ltd., on Friday.  “They’re flattening choice logs for hog fuel.”

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General

Meeting may be key to reopening lumber mill, says Hornepayne mayor

January 25, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

The mayor of Hornepayne hopes today’s meeting between the owner of the local lumber mill and government officials will result in a reopening of the mill. “I am hoping this meeting will be a positive one that some workable arrangement will be arrived at so we can get our people back to work before they find elsewhere employment,” said Morley Forster, mayor of Hornepayne. The meeting was to be held this morning between Anmar — who own the Haavaldsrud Timber mill and Becker cogeneration energy plant — and the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Finance and representatives from Ministry of Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines. Forster said about 146 people are out of work as result of the shutdown, which occurred almost two months ago.

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