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Business & Politics

New Sawmill to Bring 30 Jobs to Union County

WKMS
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A Union County family is investing $1.1 million to transform a five-building former lumberyard in Sturgis into a zero-waste sawmill. The Wood Mill is expected to create 30 jobs. Amy, Jim, and Matt Hutchison along with Perry and Michael Hopper decided to start the mill after discovering there were no local facilities to process forest waste from their logged land. The Wood Mill will produce pallets, railroad ties, heat-treated firewood, sawdust and crafted wood specialty products. The owners will source wood from their own land and purchase logs from local individuals and companies. Production could begin as early as June.

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Mill workers issue strike notice over health concerns

Stuff.co.nz
March 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Workers at Napier’s Pan Pac timber mill have ceased work on a troublesome kiln due to health and safety concerns. The First Union said workers from the mill’s lumber division had issued a health and safety strike notice at 10am on Thursday due to “ongoing health and safety breaches” at the mill. “Our members are fed up with repeated health and safety issues with the company’s new TMT [Thermally Modified Timber] kiln,” says union general secretary Robert Reid. The kiln treats pine lumber at high temperatures without chemicals, but the heating process meant the wood’s natural resins and chemicals were emitted as gases.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2016 Wood Design Awards honour homegrown projects

Journal of Commerce
March 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Not only are we playing an important role in sustainable development and climate change mitigation, we are also creating a contemporary built environment that celebrates our heritage. The forest industry is the foundation of our province and we’re proud to showcase our sustainably sourced wood products in our remarkable buildings to the world,” Embury-Williams said. …A Special Recognition Award was presented to University of British Columbia for the university’s leadership in wood design and building. UBC is the site of many iconic buildings featuring technologically advanced wood products and systems made in B.C. …The Wood Champion Award was presented to Vancouver-based and nationally recognized specialist in fire engineering, Andrew Harmsworth of GHL Consultants Ltd. Harmsworth is a long-time advocate of using wood as a safe and fire-resistant construction material.

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Forestry

PHOTO GALLERY: ABCFP AGM & Conference 2016

Tree Frog Creative Communications
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

We are pleased to release our full gallery of images captured last week at the annual conference for the Association of BC Forest Professionals. The conference—hosted in Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel—had record attendance. The program included something for everyone, with sessions filled to standing room only. The Minister of Forests took advantage of the full house to make several announcements. Please contact Sandy at the Tree Frog news if you would like complimentary full resolution copies of any of the images and we can make arrangements for digital transfer. Enjoy!

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The toad that divided the town

Arrow Lakes News
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents have taken a stand against Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR), a local logging company, in its decision tolog an area of forest which is part of the habitat for the Western Toad. They have set up an blockade at the bottom of NACFOR’s logging road. The toads are currently on British Columbia’s Yellow List, and are considered a species of conservation concern. “It’s very, very distressing. This is a small community, we all know each other, and it’s a terrible thing to ask them to turn the NACFOR people back, it’s very upsetting and disturbing for us,” said Janet Spicer. “No one should think we have a sense of glee,it’s quite the reverse, but these little creatures, they’re so fragile, they’re so vulnerable.”

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Timber Harvesting Impacts on Water Flows near Clearwater

BC Forest Practices Board
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In May 2015, the owners of the Sunset Village Mobile Home Park, near Clearwater, complained that harvesting by the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation increased seepage from a cutbank beside the mobile home park threatening several homes. As well the park owners were concerned about loss of access to the Star Lake Road. The report focusses on the impact of harvesting by the Community Forest on seepage beside the mobile home park, compliance with legal obligations, the consideration and management of risks from water flows and access to the Star Lake Road.

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Local organization wins Sustainable Forestry Award of Merit

My Cariboo Now
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Award of Merit in Sustainable Foresty was given from the Association of BC Forest Professionals to a group of organizations referred to as the South Chilcotin Stewardship plan. They are made up of the Tsilhqotin nation, Fraser Basin Council, West Fraser Mills, Tolko, BC Timber Sales and the BC Provincial Government Mike Simpson, Senior Regional Manager with Fraser Basin Council in Kamloops, speaks on behalf of the group and the effort they made to win it. “We took community concerns from Stone and Toosey about what was happening with forest management and access concerns for moose populations and we incorporated those, the forest companies Tolko, West Fraser and BC Timber Sales and we developed a plan for the south Chilcotin area.

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B.C. a world leader in forest management

Christine Gelowitz, RPF, CEO of the Association of BC Forest Professionals
Prince George Citizen
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing in response to the letter in the Feb. 19 edition titled “B.C. has poor record of resource management” by Harry Coates. Forest management certainly hasn’t been perfect over the past century; however, B.C. is a world leader in forest management practices. … It is simply not true to state we have destroyed the forest land base and “have virtually no new stands ready for harvest…” There are strict rules in place from the government when it comes to harvesting trees and forest professionals are involved throughout the cycle of management. …The ABCFP welcomes the opportunity to support a conversation with the public about our forests.

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N.S. drops FSC certification

Wood Business
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Government of Nova Scotia has announced that it will discontinue Forest Stewardship Council certification on the Medway District in western Nova Scotia. The lands will now have one forest management certification rather than two. “The decision to relinquish the FSC certification is based on duplication in certification,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “The government is a strong supporter of forest certification, and the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certificate that remains in place on the Medway lands, complements our comprehensive forest management regulations, and meets customer needs.” Forest management certification is carried out by independent organizations that assess forestry operations against standards for sustainable forest management. Nova Scotia was the only provincial government in Canada that held the Forest Stewardship Council certificate.

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Bighorn protection plan in Idaho upheld by federal court

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO – A ruling on Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the reduction of domestic sheep grazing in Payette National Forest in Idaho by about 70 percent to protect bighorn sheep from diseases. The three-judge panel said the U.S. Forest Service had met the requirements of federal law in deciding to reduce sheep grazing in the area. “Today’s ruling shows that taking precautionary measures to protect native wildlife is a reasonable approach to managing our public lands,” said Ken Cole, Idaho director of Western Watersheds Project, one of three environmental groups that intervened in the lawsuit on the side of the Forest Service.

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LA GRANDE: Tom Insko, two others, named to forestry board

My Eastern Oregon
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Legislature has reappointed three Board of Forestry members to four-year terms. Cindy Deacon Williams (Medford), Nils Christoffersen (Enterprise) and Tom Insko (La Grande) will begin their second terms March 1, 2016, and serve through Feb. 29, 2020. The seven-member citizen board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state senate. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote sustainable management of Oregon’s public and private forests….The term of office is four years and no member may serve more than
two consecutive full terms. The State Forester serves as secretary to
the Board.

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Photo: Endangered Selkirk Mountains caribou still hanging on

The Spokesman-Review
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Wildlife biologists have been in the air in northeastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle recently trying to keep track of of the last remaining caribou in the lower 48 states. The woodland caribou are the country’s most imperiled wildlife species. … Dramatic measures have been undertaken in attempts to save the herd, which suffers from old-growth habitat destruction, highway collisions in Canada and predation. Lawsuits have challenged U.S. Forest Service decisions to reduce habitat protections for caribou. ..Over the past decades, wildfires and logging have reduced old-growth habitat. Deer, elk and moose have moved into reforested areas that were
once the domain of caribou. Cougars and wolves have followed.

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Feds are soliciting forestry proposals

Yamhill Valley News Register
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Siuslaw National Forest is soliciting proposals from around the region for projects aimed at improving forest conditions. The projects qualify for funding under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. This will be the second round of projects. Last year, $620,000 was allocated to 29 projects, both on and off national forest lands. Proposals are due by March 31. They will be reviewed by the forest Resource Advisory Committee in June.

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Tester Pushes for Firefighting Equipment to Montana

KMMSAM
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After wildfires burned more than 350,000 acres across Montana in 2015, Senator Jon Tester is pushing Forest Service and Air Force leaders to transfer additional firefighting equipment to the Montana Air National Guard. In a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Air Force Secretary Deborah James, Tester urged the agency to reassign the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFs) units that are currently used by the Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Montana Air National Guard’s 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls.

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New Details About Rim Fire Resilience Money

My Mother Lode
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County leaders learned more about the federal National Resilience Competition money that will be coming to fund post Rim Fire projects. …The funding is being broken down into three major categories. At today’s board of supervisors meeting, County Administrator Craig Pedro stated that $40-million was requested for “Forest and Watershed Health,” but only $28.6-million will be allocated. The lead agency in charge of overseeing the use of the money will be the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and partners will include CAL Fire, the US Forest Service and the California Conservation Corp. …$22-million was requested to build a Biomass Facility and Wood Products Campus, and the full allocation was approved by HUD.

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National park proponents, opponents spar at monument bill hearing

Bangor Daily News
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — The first hearing on Wednesday on a bill that would effectively bar national monuments from Maine featured 2½ hours of far-ranging debate over the future of the state’s northern woodlands and many of its industries. The testimony heard by the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government fell along expected lines. Monument opponents said LD 1600 would protect Maine from an unwanted incursion of federal authority that would damage existing forest products industries while following a legal precedent set by Connecticut and Virginia. Monument advocates said the law would set a dangerous precedent and keep Maine from enjoying a powerful economic tool that would preserve precious woodlands.

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Tree Thinning Builds Forest Health, Safety

Zip06
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In a selective logging operation, the Valley Shore Y is thinning the forest surrounding its building, parking lots, and fields. The goal of the project is to promote forest health, improve privacy and screening by promoting growth of the understory, and eliminate potential hazards to people presented by falling trees and limbs.  Of the Valley Shore Y’s 22 acres on Spencer Plains Road in Westbrook, 11 of the 22 acres are undeveloped forest land. “The trees in the forest were too crowded and needed selective thinning to strengthen those that will remain and to allow the undergrowth to grow. We want to extend the life of the remaining trees by giving them and their crowns breathing room to grow strong and be healthy,” said Y Executive Director Chris Pallato.

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Putting a halt to the great timber heist in Papua New Guinea

The Interpreter
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a new report released last month, The Great Timber Heist: The Logging Industry in Papua New Guinea, the Oakland Institute exposed massive tax evasion and financial misreporting by foreign logging companies, allegedly resulting in the nonpayment of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes in Papua New Guinea (PNG). A puzzling finding of this research is that despite decades of operations in PNG, and the country today being the largest exporter of tropical timber in the world, logging companies barely declare any profit. The financial filings of many logging firms report losses year after year…. These companies, working mostly at a loss, have accumulated over US$30 million of tax credit in just seven years. This will allow them to not pay the 30% income tax on their profits in the years to come. Why are they still in business if they don’t make profits?

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Kinky GE laws need ironing out

New Zealand Scoop
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest owners say kinks in the laws covering the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) need to be ironed out. They say it’s no longer clear what’s a GMO and what’s not. Also, the decision by some regional councils to regulate GMOs in their regions is “simply unworkable”. Forest Owners Association technical manager Glen Mackie says the Forest Owners and Farm Forestry Associations have decided to support Federated Farmers’ appeal about a rule in the draft Northland Regional Plan that will allow the council to regulate GMOs in their region. He says foresters also support a change to the GMO regulations to clarify the definition of a GMO. This follows a 2014 High Court decision which changed the commonly accepted definition, making many crops and animals bred in New Zealand technically GMOs and therefore illegal.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trudeau signals a new green direction for Canada at Vancouver’s Globe conference

Business in Vancouver
March 2, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to do it all at March 2 speech during a sustainable business conference in Vancouver: build oil pipelines and invest in renewable energy, all while meeting Canada’s commitments to reduce carbon emissions. “The world’s most advanced economic players already get this,” he said. They’re already competing in a fast-moving global economic marketplace that thrives on doing more with less. “It demands doing the right thing for the planet and the bottom line. The future is happening now and Canada needs to be a part of it.” …The province [of BC] has struck a new Climate Action Team to recommend updated policies, but Clark said she would not consider raising the tax without a corresponding tax cut for British Columbians.

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UBC-Vancouver cuts greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent

Vancouver Observer
March 2, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent in 2015 compared with 2007 levels, the university announced today at the GLOBE 2016 conference. “These reductions in absolute emissions are even more significant given our student population increased by 20 per cent and our campus footprint by 16 per cent over the same time period,” said James Tansey, executive director of UBC’s sustainability initiative. “UBC’s 20-year sustainability strategy, the Climate Action Plan, will continue our commitment to environmental stewardship, including further reducing greenhouse gas emissions 67 per cent by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2050 from 2007 levels.”

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Boeing eyes B.C. forest waste as jet fuel

Airline giant working with UBC to examine potential of biofuels to power passenger planes
Vancouver Sun
March 2, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Boeing is considering unused wood from B.C., agricultural waste from Alberta and old cooking oil from China for the production of biofuels to create more efficient airplanes, the Globe 2016 conference in Vancouver heard Wednesday. …Boeing is closely examining biofuels for its airplanes, including working with the University of B.C. to examine the potential of B.C. wood waste. … “It’s not chopping down trees, but using wood residues,” Deborah Barros Leal Farias, a UBC post-doctoral research fellow, said in an interview at the conference. “From all the industry harvesting, there is a lot of stuff left behind, burning piles and everything. The idea is to take that kind of residue and make it into something with more added value. It’s not like you’re taking up all this land to actually plant something.”

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