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Daily Archives: January 26, 2016

Business & Politics

Halalt First Nation lawsuit calls for Crofton mill closure

Canadian Press in the The Victoria Times Colonist
January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The Chemainus-based Halalt First Nation and its business partners are suing Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT), alleging that a 59-year-old mill is trespassing and that the company has disclosed sensitive information, despite signing a confidentiality agreement. The paper and pulp company, based in Richmond, says it denies the allegations contained in two separate civil suits and plans to defend itself vigorously. Among other things, it says the trespassing suit is seeking $2 billion and a permanent order to prevent Catalyst from conducting operations at the Crofton mill near Duncan. Catalyst says the Halalt First Nation claims the Crofton mill — operating since 1957 — interferes with its water and land rights and has caused damage to fisheries and land within the Halalt’s territory.

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Northern Pulp can meet conditions: CBCL report to NS CBC.ca

Northern Pulp disagrees with CBCL’s findings
CBC News
January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CBC News has obtained a report from CBCL Limited — an environmental engineering firm hired by the province — that states Northern Pulp should be able to meet stricter environmental conditions. The CBCL report, obtained through freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation, says it’s doable for those pertaining to water and wastewater. Paper Excellence, the company that owns the mill, asked the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a review of water and a total of 20 conditions on the grounds that some are “impossible to meet” and would require “building a new mill” to do so.

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Sierra Pacific Announces Permanent Closure of Arcata Sawmill; More than 100 Jobs Lost

Lost Coast Outpost
January 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

And another one gone. Humboldt County’s timber industry continues its long and steady decline with the following announcement from Sierra Pacific Industries: …Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) today announced it will close its sawmill in Arcata, CA. “This is a particularly sad day for Sierra Pacific and for my family” said A.A. “Red” Emmerson, chairman and president emeritus of SPI. “Our company started in the Arcata area when my father and I leased our first mill there in 1949 near Jacoby Creek. We went on to build the Arcata mill on the Samoa Peninsula, which we’ve run steady since 1951,” he noted.

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Japanese Firm Mulls Construction of Woodworking Plant in Russia’s Far East

Sputnik News
January 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TOKYO — According to the Japanese publication Nikkei Asian Review, Iida Group has recently acquired 25 percent of Russia’s forester Primorsklesprom shares for 500 million yen. In 2016, the holding company plans to start the production of wooden houses and the construction of a wood processing plant near Vladivostok in Russia. The lumber is expected to be partly delivered to Japan, according to the media outlet. Iida Group is also planning to enter markets of the United States, China and Southeast Asia. According to the newspaper, the Japanese company aims to boost overseas sales due to decreasing domestic demand.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Trio of wooden cabins forms Little House on the Ferry in Maine

Dezeen
January 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

US design-and-build firm Go Logic has completed a summer house on the rocky coastline of Maine made up of three wooden cabins, each linked by terraced decks. Located near the waterside in Vinalhaven, the 890-square-foot (82 square metres) house comprises a main building with living and dining areas, and two freestanding bedroom structures linked by decks. Named Little House on the Ferry, the buildings are made entirely of factory-cut cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels – a type of engineered wood made by layering up sections of wood – which were brought to the island site by boat.

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Forestry

Environmental groups want Supreme Court to stop wolf cull

Victoria Times Colonist
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two non-profit environmental groups filed a petition with the Supreme Court of British Columbia last week challenging the provincial government’s legal authority to shoot wolves in the South Peace and Selkirk regions. The petition, filed by the Pacific Wild Alliance and Valhalla Wilderness Society Jan. 18, would have the court halt the wolf cull until the province meets its legal obligations under the federal Species at Risk Act to protect “critical habitat” for caribou. The groups allege the province opted for a wolf cull instead of protecting or improving critical habitat to please the province’s logging industry who they say were unwilling to hinder logging operations in or near these areas.

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UNBC professor spearheads journal

Terrace Standard
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A University of Northern BC (UNBC) professor based in Terrace is now one of two editors of the monthly scholarly journal Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Phil Burton, a botanist by training, teaches in Terrace and specializes in forest ecology in addition to duties here as a program administrator for the university. This is a volunteer position and Burton’s been one of 47 associate editors of the journal, all also volunteers, since 2011. Between them, the editors pour over approximately 500 submissions a year with 15 published each month. …The journal may have the word Canadian in its title and while it is one of nearly 20 scientific journals financially supported by the federal government, the other co-editor is American and submissions come from all over the world, Burton added.

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Waswanipi Cree demand virgin forest, caribou be protected from logging

‘Our people … are able to see there’s something that’s bringing a disturbance upon the wildlife,’ says chief
CBC News
January 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, Que. is fighting to protect one of Quebec’s last remaining virgin boreal forests from forestry development. Located about 730 kilometres north of Montreal, the community of Waswanipi describes itself as the “gateway to northern Quebec.” The Waswanipi Cree territory covers an area slightly smaller than Switzerland, and Chief Marcel Happyjack says 90 per cent of that territory has already been harvested or carved up by logging. Now the community is taking a stand to protect the remaining 10 per cent — or about 4,000 square kilometres — of virgin boreal forest called the Broadback Valley forest.

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Linn County’s planned logging lawsuit sends a timely signal: Editorial Agenda

The Oregonian
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Last week county officials announced they would bring a class action suit against Oregon on behalf of Linn County and any county that wanted in. The enticement is large: $1.4 billion in foregone timber revenues, both in the past and in the future. Oregon’s modern economy may no longer be about chainsaws and sawmills, but the value of trees to rural counties remains. Portland attorney and lobbyist John DiLorenzo, retained by Linn County, calculated that ever since the state adopted an administrative rule requiring that trust lands would be managed to achieve “greatest permanent value,” logging has been too difficult to ramp up sufficiently to foot the county’s bills. The rule in question, adopted in 1998, is a model of aspiration in that it comprises so many of the values that have combined to drive logging down.

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As We See It: Kudos to Linn County for suing state over forest management

The News-Review
January 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Well, somebody had to do it. Kudos to Linn County for a bit of push-back it’s giving the state on forestland management. Linn County announced last week it will sue the state for failing to manage forestlands the state has held in trust for 15 counties since the 1930s. When the state took the lands, it made a promise to manage them for maximum timber production and give the revenues to the counties. … Our own Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, who has become the lead commissioner on timber issues in his first year in office, told News-Review reporter Carisa Cegavske recently that he supports Linn County’s decision. “The counties have been at the table, trying to make sure the lands were managed the way they have been promised to manage, to no avail. All that’s left is litigation,” Freeman said.

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EDITORIAL: Federal employees don’t care about locals

Colorado Springs Gazette
January 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…At stake is our famous forested backdrop on the city’s southwest quadrant. A patchwork of private, state, city, county and federal land, the area could become a hellscape of dead trees ready to go up in flames the first time lightning strikes. Mountainsides of conifer death will threaten homes and lives, lower property values and discourage tourism at an expense to the region’s economy. Because of what’s at stake, state and local agencies are in high gear with expensive plans to kill the western spruce budworms and Douglas fir Tussock moths that are killing the trees. ..All efforts to kill the bugs could prove futile if federal officials won’t allow eradication to save the 1,300 acres of infected U.S. Forest Service trees. The bugs won’t obey jurisdictional boundaries and will migrate into areas of the forest others tried to save.

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California Awarded $70 Million in Federal Disaster Resilience Funding for Rim Fire in Tuolumne County

Sierra Sun Times
January 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

January 22, 2016 – SACRAMENTO—California will receive more than $70 million in federal funding for an innovative disaster recovery and resilience program in Tuolumne County following the devastating 2013 Rim Fire. The funding, part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, will be used to help restore forest and watershed health, support local economic development and increase disaster resilience in the rural mountain areas affected by the fire. …In competing for the federal dollars, partners from federal, state, and local agencies collaborated with residents of Tuolumne County to develop the Community Watershed and Resilience Program.

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Wider stream buffers sought for southwest Oregon

Mail Tribune
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Advocates for wild fish and clean water want the state’s top environmental managers to apply new Oregon Department of Forestry rules that expand streamside riparian protection rules on Western Oregon’s private and commercial forestlands to southwest Oregon. Forrest English, program director for Ashland-based Rogue Riverkeeper, said Gov. Kate Brown or the state Environmental Quality Commission should step in and enact wider no-cut buffers to shade fish-bearing streams and provide other benefits for wild salmon and other inhabitants. English said the Siskiyou Mountains region was improperly left off those new buffers that will be applied to the rest of Western Oregon once the rules to put the board’s November policy vote in action are written.

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Passion for forest management

Daily Inter Lake
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When it came time to recognize someone for the 2015 Field Forester Award, the Society of American Foresters’ local chairman, Brad French, didn’t have to look far for the perfect candidate. The organization’s local chapter recently honored Allen Chrisman with the designation, citing his more than 35 years of work in practically every aspect of forest management and stewardship. Wildfires have consumed much of Chrisman’s career with the Forest Service, but he’s done everything from on-the-ground timber sale planning to forestry consulting, writing management plans for National Forests and working with a multitude of organizations dedicated to forest stewardship.

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Teagen Blakey: Oppose Forsythe II project

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

…The result of current USFS forestry work has actually been to increase our fire danger by replacing healthy, mature forests with new growth of ground and ladder fuels, dry, high wind prone ground, and literally thousands of slash piles. In addition the USFS has based their latest plans for “forest restoration” on the inaccurate assertion that these forests belong to the lower montane zone, when in fact they are in the upper montane zone. This means that by attempting to “restore” them to the open Ponderosa forests of lower elevations the USFS is destroying the natural ecology. As for the wildlife this is supposed to benefit, they “will study it later.”

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Ambitious effort seeks to restore forests, protect water

The Taos News
January 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…“It’s roughly 110 or so years old,” he says, craning his neck to peer toward the top of the towering pine. What’s interesting about this tree isn’t necessarily its age. It’s the pattern in the rings themselves. About 40 years ago, Arciniega says the Forest Service did a timber sale in this exact spot. Crews came in and took some trees for lumber, while leaving others standing. Today, the rotting stumps of those felled trees surround this and a handful of other ponderosas that were left behind. Arciniega says that strategic cutting did wonders for the forest’s health on the few acres that were thinned. And the evidence is obvious, not just in the park-like meadow that’s there today, but in the growth rings themselves.

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Warm winter causes problems for some timber harvesters

The Pilot-Independent
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An unusually warm December has posed problems for some Cass County timber permit holders, Land Commissioner Josh Stevenson reported Jan. 19 to the county board. The operators haven’t been able to move across frozen ground to harvest some timber tracts. With 34 permits expiring in March 2016, many operators have asked for permit extensions, either under the Land Department’s old extension policy or the current one. Allowing operators to choose between the policies, which vary in how much is paid up front, could result in about $5,000 in lost revenue, Stevenson said. About 10 percent of permits that need extensions have already paid 25 percent of the bid price as down payments (under current policy), so no additional money down would be needed to extend a permit.

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Tasmanian Bushfires: Seed Bank could be saviour as bushfires ravage Tasmania’s ancient wilderness

ABC News, Australia
January 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As fears grow about the impact of widespread fires in Tasmania’s north and north-west, researchers say it could be possible to restore ancient plant species feared destroyed. Seed Bank coordinator James Wood said it would be possible to replant forests that had been lost. Just last year, during a rare flowering, the Seed Bank collected thousands of seeds from native conifers. “The seeds themselves germinate very readily for most of these species, but actually getting establishment can be tricky because there’s a lot of grazing pressures,” he said. Replanted forests would likely need to be fenced off to prevent them being grazed off by native animals before they could be established.

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Wildfire Consumes 1600 Hectares of Los Alerces National Park

The Argentina Independent
January 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

However, complicating matters further, another fire broke out on Sunday in a forest near the town of Trevelin. The town’s firefighter chief Eduardo Pérez told local radio yesterday that “the fire is out of control”, with latest estimates suggesting that 100 hectares have already been burned. Alerce trees are among the oldest native species in the region, with some in the 250,000km2 national park measured to be over 50m tall and more than 2,500 years old.  Environment Minister Sergio Bergman, who travelled to the region on Sunday, said that these historic trees had not been caught up in the fire, which was elsewhere in the part, and praised the work of local firefighters. “The firefighters, with aerial support, have been working tirelessly for five days. 

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