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Daily Archives: February 26, 2016

Froggy Foibles

Lumberjack ‘Timber Tina’ teaches art of logrolling in Bangor

Bangor Daily News
February 26, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

“Pitter patter! Pitter patter!” Tina Scheer called out, reminding the teenager to move his feet constantly up and down as he walked across the floating log. Standing chest deep in the warm water of the Bangor YMCA Means pool, Scheer grasped the end of the 600-pound log in both hands, keeping it steady for the novice logroller. “Arms out and look down here,” she said, pointing to the end of the log, which was covered with dents and gashes from countless lumberjack shows and competitions. Scheer — known almost exclusively as “Timber Tina” — has spent her whole life promoting logging sports and working in the lumberjack entertainment business.

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Business & Politics

B.C.’s 35 most influential women: the full list

BC Business
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last year when we did a feature on women having an outsized influence in the province, we took a rather expansive view of the topic: 50 women, in six categories, who by virtue of their deeds or office are having a big impact on their industry or our world. This year, we sharpened the focus: Who are the women who are having a disruptive impact on those spheres? Who are the women who are not only leaders among men but shaking up the status quo—women using their positions to effect change?  Including: Susan Yurkovich
President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries

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EACOM Welcomes Ontario Budget, Including Measures that Support Forestry

Canada Newswire press release
February 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, – EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to welcome the 2016 Ontario provincial budget, delivered today by Finance Minister Charles Sousa. EACOM is especially pleased with Premier Wynne’s sustained commitment of $60 million in public resource access roads funding for 2016-17. This funding demonstrates the Government’s support for building and maintaining public resource access roads in Northern and rural Ontario that benefit all Ontarians. “We’d like to thank Minister Bill Mauro and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for their continued support of Ontario’s forest products sector,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM Timber Corporation.

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Citizen comment over, vote to come on Plum Creek plan

The Gainesville Sun
February 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

After listening to more than three hours of staff and applicant presentations and more than 11 hours of citizen comment — all spread over the course of three days — the County Commission decided Thursday night it would wait until a fourth date to begin its deliberations on transmitting the Plum Creek Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the state for review. After listening for more than three hours to the remaining members of the public who signed up to have their voice heard Thursday evening the commission decided it would be better to start fresh next week rather than deliberate into possibly the wee hours. …At the end of Thursday’s meeting Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson said the next steps would include the commissioners asking questions of staff and the applicant, putting motions on the table and deliberations.

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Sweden’s lumber output rose to roughly 18.1m m³

EUWID
February 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At an estimated 18.1m m³, the Swedish national output of softwood lumber in 2015 was roughly 4.6% higher than the year before and thereby reached the highest level since 2007. The provisional figures published by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation (Skogsindustrierna) on 11 February are thus higher, too, than the forecast of 17.9m m³ given at the middle of the year. According to information from Mats Kinnwall, chief economist at Skogsindustrierna, 58% of the output was accounted for by spruce, and 42% by pine.

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Ecocis’ deinked pulp mill in France to start-up soon

EUWID
February 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New capacities for deinked pulp will soon reach the market. The Voreppe mill in France with a capacity of 140,000 tpy is almost ready to start-up. The commercial start-up of the deinked pulp mill of Ecocis, formerly known as Delion France, in Voreppe is imminent. A company spokesman told EUWID that production is to be launched in the first week of March. The start-up date had been postponed several times since Delion France’s takeover of the mill in March 2014. The Voreppe site has an annual capacity of 140,000 tpy of deinking pulp.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BILD: Six-storey wood buildings come to the GTA

Toronto Sun
February 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The first six-storey wood buildings in the GTA are about to begin construction and these projects provide new homebuyers with more choices for new homes in mid-rise structure. Mid-rise buildings, which are generally five to 11 storeys, are an important built form for the future growth of the region and the home building and land development industry wants to construct more of them. Building them can be challenging but the ability to use wood helps to make them more achievable. Wood is a sustainable resource, it’s a lighter material to transfer and work with, it’s faster to build with and it’s ideal for building on small sites, which all leads to making mid-rise buildings more financially feasible.

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Speaker in Eugene: Sky the limit for new wood buildings

Register-Guard
February 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Michael Green has high hopes for cross-laminated timber, an engineered wood product he said could be used to build tall buildings. Green, an architect from Vancouver, B.C., spoke Thursday at the Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene. He described how he and other designers examined how builders used steel to create the 102-story Empire State Building in New York in 1930. They concluded that builders today could use engineered wood in the same design… Wood researchers at OSU, with the support of a nearly $500,000 federal grant, are testing cross-laminated timber to ensure it meets state building codes. Until the material is deemed to conform to the codes, and can routinely be used, individual building plans must include reports on how cross-laminated building components perform, said Thomas Maness, dean of the OSU college of forestry.

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Forestry

Gov’t tries jets over prop planes for aerial firefighting

Alberni Valley News
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coulson Group’s C-130s will not be a part of the B.C government’s forest firefighting force this summer—not even on a pilot basis. Instead, the province will be testing Conair Group’s Avro RJ85 airtanker. “The C-130 is a prop aircraft, which is the same technology as the current fleet uses, whereas B.C. Wildfire Service is looking to test the cost-effectiveness of a jet aircraft this summer,” Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations public affairs officer Greig Bethel wrote in an e-mail. The next-generation RJ85 will supplement B.C. forest service’s current fleet of air-tankers on a pilot basis this summer.

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Take a stand for our drinking water

Letter by Denise Lagasse
Coast Reporter
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last summer’s drought was a huge stress for our families and businesses as we all struggled together to save every drop of water from our showers and baths and kitchen sinks. We had to leave plants in our food gardens drying out because we were in Stage 4 Water restrictions. What point will water meters serve or spending millions of dollars to increase the water holding capacity of Chapman Lake if Surespan, a private company from North Vancouver, can trash our watershed with logging? Trees are water storage tanks, drawing water up from deep in the ground, storing the water and then releasing it as transpiration throughout the year.

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Huu-ay-aht gets $1.5 million — the first award by tribunal

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

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation near Bamfield has received a $1.5-million legal award, the first ever issued by the Specific Claims Tribunal. Kate Blomfield, lawyer for the 750-member Huu-ay-aht nation, said the tribunal ordered the federal government to pay the money in compensation for granting a timber licence on Huu-ay-aht reserve land. Blomfield said the licence was first granted in 1943. But by 1948, prices for lumber were up and no logging had taken place. The Huu-ay-aht chief asked the government for a new deal and was refused. Logging, however, carried on from 1948 to 1969. The tribunal ruled in 2014 that the timber licence granted to a corporate precursor of forest company MacMillan Bloedel, which was bought by Weyerhaeuser in 1999, was illegal. “It is rewarding, after so many years, to have the tribunal settle on a partial payment amount,” Chief Robert J. Dennis Sr. said in a statement.

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West Cracroft Island Visual Quality

BC Forest Practices Board
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In January 2015, Spirit of the West Adventures, a guided adventure tourism company that has a base camp at Boat Bay, complained that proposed harvesting by TimberWest Forest Corp. would adversely affect their clients’ kayaking experience. The complainant was also concerned that neither TimberWest nor the district manager of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, North Island Central Coast District, addressed its concerns about visual quality in a reasonable manner.

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Jobs vs nature: a BC fight

Radio Canada International
February 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fight is dividing a small town in the interior of British Columbia. The fight is over toads, and logging. The provincial government has approved logging near the small Summit Lake, a few kilometers south of the town of Nakusp. That lake is the core habitat of the “western toad” which has been listed federally as a “species of special concern”. The conflict is between local residents who want to save the toad, and those who are concerned about maintaining forestry jobs. …He adds, “The best way to protect this provincially significant population is not through questionable logging practices but through expanding the current proposed Summit Lake Park to include the core forested toad habitats on the mountain. All of Summit Lake and the lower south side are already approved for park expansion. Why not include the core critical toad habitat on the mountain as well?”

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New plantings to rebuild Surrey tree canopy

24 Hrs Vancouver
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Surrey City Hall is working to get its tree canopy numbers to stop dropping in a new shade tree management plan. According to city numbers, the tree canopy — amount of tree visible from overhead — has shrunk 5% from 2001 to 2013, down to 28% of coverage. A report last year from Urban Systems predicted the numbers will continue to drop even further, to 21% of coverage, in 50 years. Neal Aven, urban forestry and environmental programs manager at Surrey, said on Thursday he intends to plant “one tree for every 10 metres of curb” along streets adjacent to new developments in the city.

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Blockade in Chapman watershed continues

Elphinstone Logging Focus
Coast Reporter
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is maintaining the blockade it set up Feb. 12 to prevent work crews from getting into AJB Investments’ property in the Chapman Creek watershed. The blockade followed news the company had begun road building and logging on a cutblock known as DR7. More than two dozen supporters gathered at the blockade last Friday to mark the end of the first week. ELF’s Hans Penner told the crowd the fight over logging in the Chapman Creek watershed is about more than saving trees. “With Chapman Creek, although we’re trying to protect the forest, we’re also trying to protect the water supply,” he said. “I think most of us agree that the supply of fresh water is the most important thing on a day-to-day basis. No matter what your opinions politically, we all drink water.”

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Greenpeace to Quebec: Respect Cree Territories

Watershed Sentinel
February 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Today, Greenpeace lent its voice to representatives of the Waswanipi Cree Nation, as well as to scientists and other environmental organizations, urging Premier Couillard to protect the last pristine forest on Cree ancestral territory. Proposed logging roads and clearcuts, currently under government review, threaten over 113,000 hectares of forest, south of the Broadback River. “The roads and logging in the Broadback Endangered Forest are direct threats to the Cree way of life, to the survival of the woodland caribou, and to the integrity of one of Quebec’s last great forests,” said Nicolas Mainville, forest campaigner at Greenpeace. “The Cree have waited long enough. We now ask Mr. Couillard to act by July 2016 in order to protect this extraordinary forest once and for all.”

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Washington lawmakers mull fighting fire with fire

The Capital Press
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Legislation to give state land managers more flexibility to permit controlled burns in Central and Eastern Washington is catching on, a policy that may emerge from the state’s worst-ever million-acre wildfire season. House Bill 2928 seeks to slip past obstacles to intentional blazes by relaxing air-quality rules that apply to other types of outdoor burning. The bill passed the Democratic-led House 97-0 on Feb. 16 and received a hearing Wednesday from the Republican-led Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, told the committee that forests that were once naturally thinned by fire have grown choked with brush that fuels catastrophic wildfires.

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Idaho’s Labrador presses plan to give states control of federal land

GOP congressman says it would mean better management, less expense
Idaho Statesman
February 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington – With nearly two-thirds of all Idaho land controlled by the federal government, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador says it’s time his home state and others control some of the property. On Thursday, Labrador made his case to a House subcommittee, urging his colleagues to approve a plan that would allow pilot projects that would allow state and local officials to manage up to 2 percent of the 193 million acres of federally owned forest land across the country. “Let’s give control to the people who are closest to the land and know it best,” said Labrador, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.

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Bill would allow states to buy national forest land

Eastern Oregonian
February 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A bill floating in Congress proposes to allow states to buy up to 2 million acres of qualifying national forest land. An Alaska congressman wants to allow states to acquire up to 2 million acres of national forest land from the federal government to manage primarily for logging. Republican Rep. Don Young introduced the State National Forest Management Act of 2015 in September, four months before armed militants began occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns… Young’s bill — the State National Forest Management Act of 2015 — would let state legislatures decide if they want to buy national forest land from the Forest Service, or exchange land of equal value with the feds.

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Western GOP Congressmen Promote Transfer Of Federal Forests To States

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Republican Congressmen from several Western states are running with a theme that emerged during the recent armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. A panel of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Thursday discussed two measures that would let states take over management of large swaths of federal land. The Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard Alaska GOP Congressman Don Young pitch his idea to let states buy national forest land from the federal government to increase timber production. The panel also listened to Idaho Republican Raul Labrador pitch an alternative. It would let interested states take over management of at least 200,000 acres of national forest within their borders.

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The 78th Annual Oregon Logging Conference Comes to Eugene

KEZI.com
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. — Over the next few days, the City of Eugene will be playing host to the 78th annual Oregon logging conference. The event aims to keep the logging industry running in Oregon for years to come. The conference is a three day event where guests visit with dealers and manufacturers to learn about the latest and most innovative equipment.
Organizers say they’re expecting around 6,000 people to attend. Forestry professionals can also earn logger credits by attending seminars on topics like log market trends and tire and wheel safety. The logger’s foundation will hold auctions to help fund more educational programs.

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Penn State Mont Alto forestry students take second in Quiz Bowl

Penn State News
February 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Eleven Penn State Mont Alto forest technology students joined forestry instructors Beth Brantley, Craig Houghton and Peter Linehan at the Allegheny Society of American Foresters Winter Meeting Feb. 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. Highlighting the day was the students’ participation in the annual Quiz Bowl, which tested their forestry knowledge against other participating schools. Colton Groff, Josh Hersl and Dominic Lenzi represented Penn State Mont Alto. They beat Allegany College of Maryland but later lost to the Penn State University Park team in the final round. Two University Park teammates are former Mont Alto students, Alex Storm and Seth Yoder.

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In My Opinion: Support needed for forestland tax change

by Thomas E. Williams, president of the Adirondack Landowners Association.
Press Republican
February 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

New York state is blessed with over 19 million acres of forest land, more than 75 percent of which is in private ownership. These forestlands serve as open space, wildlife habitat, protection for critical watersheds and, through carbon sequestration, help stem the problems of climate change. These private woodlands at the same time support a forest products industry with annual sales of over $9 billion and a forest-based recreation economy that exceeds $8 billion per year — a blessing indeed. What jeopardizes these public benefits is the burden of property tax on privately owned forest lands. Taxes are a large and annual expense that all forest landowners face. The public benefits provided, in most cases, do not generate revenue for the land owner. Occasional timber harvests do, but these are periodic and subject to many variables.

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Take This Job and Love It: Georgia Forestry pilots

WGXA
February 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In our Take This Job and Love It Series, WGXA News is highlighting unique and interesting jobs around Middle Georgia. Typically when people think of the Georgia Forestry Commission, he/she may think of rangers on the ground fighting fire but the Georgia Forestry Commission employs pilots who help fight fire from the sky too. There are eighteen aircraft, ten full-time pilots and about twenty-three part-time pilots that fly with GFC. Georgia is divided into sections with pilots assigned to each one. A pilot will fly around twenty counties at a time patrolling for smoke, water quality issues, monitor construction near rivers, help with insect and disease control in forests that GFC manages, help with passenger transportation and assist in law enforcement missions.

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Greens take concern about Mid North Coast forest logging to NSW Parliament

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

Greens MP David Shoebridge is urging the State Government to stop the Forestry Corporation logging in steep terrain near the Bellinger River estuary. There’s been old growth forest identified in it, indigenous artefacts identified in it, this is a forest that’s vastly more valuable standing than logged. Mr Shoebridge said the Tarkeeth State Forest, a former Australian Paper Mill (APM) plantation between Raleigh and Bellingen, was an important habitat for threatened and endangered species. He said he had put a notice of motion to the NSW Parliament that was aimed at scrapping the proposed June 16 harvest plan for Tarkeeth.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Work with nature on carbon footprint

By Laurie Gourlay 
Times Colonist
February 26, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada needs to get serious if it’s going to address the unprecedented threat to our way of life that is climate change. The least-expensive, simplest and quickest way would be to restore forested lands and coastal marine ecosystems so they sequester carbon. Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea offer some of the easiest and best pickings to be had anywhere, and we’re long overdue. Promised and re-promised for 20 years, the need to mitigate our greenhouse-gas emissions might finally tip the scale in favour of a national marine conservation area for the southern Strait of Georgia… And while we’re asking, the southern Strait of Georgia conservation area would be a good start to get those economic and ecological benefits up and away for the West Coast, followed by national marine conservation areas on all our coasts. Breathing new life into our forests, right across the country, wouldn’t hurt either.

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General

Seeing the forest for the trees

District and Nation step toward a community forest
Squamish Chief
February 25, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

The District of Squamish and the Squamish Nation are moving forward on plans for a community forest. District council passed resolutions at its special meeting Tuesday to establish the Squamish Community Forest Corporation, a general partner equally owned by the district and the Squamish Nation. Council also resolved to approve the shareholder agreement between the Nation and the district and approve the limited partnership agreement between the district and Northwest Squamish Forestry Limited. “A community forest is essentially a forest that is managed by in our case a partnership with the Squamish Nation and us,”

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