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Daily Archives: February 10, 2016

Business & Politics

US trade officials speed up tariff review for Irving, Catalyst

Bangor Daily News
February 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. trade officials have agreed to give an expedited review to duties imposed on Canadian paper imports at the request of UPM Madison and Verso Paper, which is going through a bankruptcy restructuring. U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins said the Commerce Department plans to put that review on an expedited schedule. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Gov. Paul LePage also wrote to the department requesting that quick review. The tariffs on imports of supercalendered paper grades from Canada received final approval in November, putting a 20.18 percent duty on such paper from the Port Hawkesbury mill in Nova Scotia, a 17.87 percent duty on Resolute Paper and an 18.85 duty on such imports from Irving Pulp and Paper and Catalyst Paper Corp., which owns the Rumford mill.

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Letter disregards well being of workers

Letter by Gillian LeCompte
Cowichan Valley Citizen
February 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to Amanda Marchand’s letter regarding the Catalyst Mill’s pollution, I have three points to make.  Firstly Ms. Marchand does not have to live near to the smoke stack. The mill has been here for decades, probably way before Ms. Marchand chose her home. Secondly, I would like to know more about the Halalt Nation’s vision that “involves solid thinking about jobs…and the economy”. Just how do they plan to replace what is probably the biggest employer in the Cowichan Valley? Thirdly, I am sure the hundreds of workers who lose their livelihood if the mill closes will be relieved to know that they can comb local beaches for untainted shellfish to feed their children.

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Sale of Weyerhaeuser’s Federal Way campus means more intensive development

The buyer is a Los Angeles real-estate investment group that specializes in revitalizing old corporate campuses.
The Seattle Times
February 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Los Angeles-based Industrial Realty Group paid $70.5 million Tuesday for the Federal Way campus of Weyerhaeuser and says it plans to sell off large pieces for redevelopment. The corporate campus, about 23 miles south of Seattle along Interstate 5, covers 425 acres and nearly 811,000 square feet of office, lab and industrial space, officials said. With suburban office markets across the nation in a slump, Federal Way officials and neighbors are eager to see what the buyer proposes to do with surplus land surrounding existing buildings. …Weyerhaeuser, one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest companies, moved from Tacoma to the campus in 1971. But in August 2014, it shook up the region’s office market by announcing it would relocate to a new building in downtown Seattle in summer 2016.

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Eastern mill tour part 2: The sawyer and the forest

Woodworking Network
February 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

On the second day we traveled out into the forest, onto a privately owned tract of land where Northwest Hardwoods was harvesting maple, cherry, and ash trees. The timber crew that we observed was a three-man operation, which is a typical size, two of which were father and son. Northwest Hardwoods subcontracts out all of its timber harvesting operations to a few dozen small outfits throughout the Pennsylvania and West Virginia region. The crews work all year long, except during the wettest weeks in the spring, when the ground is to wet to drive the heavy machinery through the forest. Out of the two dozen crews working for NH, the majority use fairly simple equipment, chain saws and a grapple skidder, to harvest the trees, but a few have invested in the newer automated tree harvesting machines.

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Sappi first quarter profits triple on significantly stronger performance.

Canada Newswire press release
February 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“Operating performance in the quarter was strong and substantially above the equivalent quarter last year. The group increased EBITDA excluding special items by 21% to US$175 million, operating profit excluding special items by 51% to US$112 million and profit for the period by 213% to US$75 million. “The Specialised Cellulose business continued to generate good returns during the quarter, with EBITDA excluding special items of US$74 million despite the impact of a severe drought in South Africa which had a negative impact of US$6 million on these results. US Dollar spot prices for dissolving wood pulp increased for most of the quarter. However, as the quarter ended, lower textile prices and the weaker Chinese RMB placed pressure on our viscose staple fibre customers. The weaker Rand/Dollar exchange rate led to increased Rand prices.

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Forestry

Agreement fails to protect rare karst landscapes, expert warns

by Larry Pynn – Great Bear Rainforest largely protected by new accord, but caves and sinkholes left out
Vancouver Sun
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The newly signed Great Bear Rainforest agreement is under attack for failing to adequately protect of one of the world’s most fragile landscapes — subterranean karst, including features such as caves and sinkholes. The agreement “does not address karst specifically, it’s left to chance,” warned Paul Griffiths, a karst authority and scientist based in Campbell River. “If you have a cave in the Great Bear Rainforest it is not automatically protected. They need to address karst directly with a specific objective.” Karst refers to soluble rocks such as limestone and marble formed by naturally acidic water seeping through the subsurface calcium carbonate rock.

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Woodlot works

from Dave McNaught, director, Truck Loggers Association
Nanaimo Bulletin
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Minister refuses to cancel logging permit, Jan. 21
I know planning harvest operations close to town can invoke the interests of many stakeholders and, as a result, can be challenging to manage. However, what better way to have forestry done in these rural-urban interface areas than with small-scale harvesting done by local residents? It’s low-impact, small in size and the benefits stay local as well. Woodlot 1475 was acquired 10 years ago and this is the fourth harvest in that time. It is 245 hectares and each harvest has been three to five hectares in size – approximately two per cent of the entire woodlot area. The trees planted after the first harvest are now 10 to 12 feet tall and make a healthy young forest.

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BC VIEWS: Protesters fear peace in woods

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Northern View
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After 20 years of representing B.C. coastal First Nations to negotiate what U.S.-directed activists labeled the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, a weary Dallas Smith expressed his relief and frustration. “My communities still aren’t better places to live yet,” he said. But the land use agreement with the province and forest companies over a vast coastal area up to the Alaska border means the years ahead will be better….He said when he started it was like being caught in a divorce between the B.C. forest industry and international environmental groups. Dutch-based Greenpeace, its California offshoot ForestEthics and others moved on from their Clayoquot Sound battle to the B.C. coast, looking to continue the blockades against logging.

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Western Water Threatened by Wildfire

USDA Blog
February 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As we get ready for the 2016 wildfire season, a recent report from the American Forest Foundation (AFF) looks at one of the most important, but often overlooked, issues related to forest health: the relationship between water supply and the risk of fire to our forests. Using U.S. Forest Service data, the report entitled Western Water Threatened by Wildfire: It’s Not Just a Public Lands Issue examines the wildfire risk across the West. It focuses on the need to protect important public water supply watersheds. The report’s authors argue that solutions require a shared, public-private approach. AFF researchers examined land in 11 Western states for wildfire risk.

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Fixing Cal Fire with more bureaucracy?

Orange County Register
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…A recent Sacramento Bee article provides a summary of the department’s multiple scandals: “[A] series of reports by the Sacramento Bee over the last year exposed allegations and admissions that Cal Fire employees drank on state time, used state property for personal business, stored and shared inappropriate pictures and sex links on their state phones, sexually harassed and assaulted women and cheated to win promotions. One employee admitted to using state property to arrange liaisons with prostitutes.” In addition, “In November, a Bee investigation revealed that Cal Fire administrators were concerned that academy cadets and instructors conspired to boost students’ exam averages by giving questions and answers in advance of tests, padding scores by throwing out questions and allowed some failed tests to be retaken rather than flunk a student out of the academy.”

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Forestry students pass along knowledge to youngsters

The Philomath Express
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The reasons may be varied, but Philomath High School forestry students on hand for Saturday’s 25th annual Starker Forests tree-planting day had an end result in common. Senior Nicky Mickenham’s family background includes working in the woods. Junior Anna Collins wants to get into forest management. Sophomore Anita Acevedo enjoys getting outside and experiencing nature. All three PHS students, along with about 20 classmates, played roles in introducing youngsters to the forest and teaching them about not only the mechanics of planting trees, but why it’s necessary. Mickenham is a first-year forestry program student and now in the forestry club.

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Wisconsin Senate approves managed forest overhaul

Associated in the Bristol Herald Courier
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. — The state Senate has approved a bill that would re-shape Wisconsin’s managed forest program. Program participants get property tax breaks if they keep their land open to the public and follow timber management plans. Participants can close their land but get a smaller tax break and must pay a fee. The bill would cap closed land at 320 acres, reduce the fee for withdrawing early from the program and allow property owners to lease their land. It also would eliminate local taxes on timber harvested from program land but allow local governments to keep 80 percent of closed acreage fees. Right now 100 percent of those fees go to the state forestry account. The Senate approved the measure 20-11 Tuesday. The proposal goes next to the state Assembly.

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DNR, Consulting Foresters Sign Green Tier Charter in Tomahawk

Northwoods Radio
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Consulting Foresters officially signed a Green Tier charter at the recent Wisconsin Council on Forestry meeting right here in Tomahawk. According to the DNR, the agreement formalizes their relationship and lays the ground work for continued and enhanced environmental activities. Wisconsin Consulting Foresters is a nonprofit that emphasizes continuing education, ethics, sound science and sustainability. Its members are independent, private sector professional foresters. The charter establishes methods and compliance commitments to improve forest management practices for consistent protection of Wisconsin’s forest resources. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says they value WCF’s efforts to help others manage forest lands in a sustainable manner.

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Secondary Tropical Forests Store More Carbon Than Old-Growth Forests, Researchers Say

Nature World News
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Climate change mitigation largely focuses on old-growth tropical forests, but a new study from the University of Minnesota, suggests that regenerated or secondary tropical forests may play a much larger role in storing carbon than previously thought. “Secondary forests are literally the forests of the future,” Jennifer Powers, U of M ecologist, said in a news release. “Our study focuses much-needed attention on overlooked tropical secondary forests, which now comprise more than half of all tropical forests.”  …”We also used these data to produce a potential biomass recovery map for Latin America,” co-author Danaë Rozendaal added in the university’s release.

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Steep slope forestry harvester attracts more international sales

Stuff.co.nz
February 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An innovative forestry tree harvester designed to work on steep slopes is creating increasing interest in the United States after successful sales drives in Canada. Nigel Kelly, of Kelly Logging, said the ClimbMAX winch-assisted harvester had been working in Marlborough and Nelson forests since being developed in 2005 to increase production and reduce accidents. The seven month manufacturing turnaround for each machine is steadily grabbing the attention of more offshore buyers. Marketed by ClimbMAX International, five machines have been sold to Canada but more inquiries were coming from the US with contracts already signed to supply three machines, he said. “The machine is revolutionising the way harvesting is viewed globally, and this is been shown by increasing interest from the more traditional logging sectors in the Pacific North West.”

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‘No evidence’ that EU’s illegal timber policy is working

Leaked review shows that EU law is failing to prevent $100bn a year trade in illegal timber – or that rules are even being implemented
The Guardian
February 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There is “no solid evidence” that an EU law has done anything to prevent the illegal timber trade or even that it has been implemented, according to a draft commission review seen by the Guardian. Nine EU countries have still not imposed penalties or taken action against timber traffickers and six others have yet to carry out checks on importers as required by the EU’s timber regulation. The review finds that “only a fraction” of private sector firms use independent monitoring groups to source their timber, and that loopholes anyway exempt many types of timber import from scrutiny.

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Nigeria: Why Nigeria Must Invest Heavily in the Forest Sector – Stakeholders

All Africa
February 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Stakeholders in the forest sector, have urged governments at all levels to invest heavily in the sector because of its huge potential in addressing the nation’s emerging environmental, social and economic challenges. …The stakeholders expressed dismay that Nigeria is blessed with a large expanse of land and different vegetation types that are not sustainably used or managed, with the attendant impact of climate change. …The guest lecturer and President, Forestry Association of Nigeria, FAN, Prof. Labode Popoola said Nigeria with a total land area of 923, 678km square has a forest area that has been on a continuous decline owing to its increasing population among other factors.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How California Uses Forests – and Economic Forces – to Fight Climate Change

by Mark Tercek President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Huffington Post
February 9, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

It’s easy sometimes to get frustrated about climate progress, even after the historic and ambitious Paris agreement in December. But one key player is making big progress and again showing a smart way forward. California Gov. Jerry Brown, who we saw constantly swarmed by reporters at the U.N. climate conference in Paris, is helping California lead the way in fighting climate change. The state is using a market-based approach to reduce emissions at the lowest cost possible — while protecting forests at a significant scale. And remember, California is not just one more state — it’s the eighth largest economy in the world. Here’s how it works: California’s forest carbon offset program recognizes that reforestation, improved forest management and avoided deforestation can all reduce carbon emissions. The program turns these practices into valuable carbon offset credits that can be used in its existing cap-and-trade program.

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