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Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

Business & Politics

Forest NB reception highlights lack of lobbyist registry

‘We extend an invitation to all MLAs, regardless of party lines’
CBC News
March 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A provincial cabinet minister says there may have been some lobbying at a recent forestry industry reception for MLAs, an event that highlights the lack of a lobbyist registry in New Brunswick. It’s been more than eight years after a Liberal government promised to establish a lobbyist registry, and members of the legislature are still meeting privately with dozens of organizations looking to influence public policy. The latest example was Wednesday evening, when both Liberal and Progressive Conservative MLAs attended a reception with Forest NB, the group that represents the forestry industry. Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry said whether the reception can be considered a lobbying session depends on what individual industry representatives and stakeholders said to individual MLAs.

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Global timber market prices continue to decline

Woodworking Network
March 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International


SEATTLE, Wash. – Prices for global timber have declined dramatically over the past two years with the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) falling 21.6%, according to Wood Resources International. Challenges in the global market, from Asia to Europe, putting a damper on demand include a variety of fundamental economic issues as well as the strengthening U.S. dollar. For the fourth quarter the GSPI fell 4.8%. Prices have fallen the fastest in Europe with the European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI) dropping to its lowest level, US$91.00/m3, since the first quarter of 2009. The U.S. lumber market continues to grow with consumption up nearly 5% and import volumes were also 10% higher. The strong domestic market along with weaker demand from Asia could also mean lower prices for U.S. consumers as availability increases.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UNBC helps BC’s wood building industry hit new heights

Business in Vancouver
March 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) new student residence is completed next year, it will eclipse the eight-storey Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George as the tallest wooden building in B.C. …Fast + Epp and Equilibrium Consulting Inc. are two B.C. companies that have been developing expertise in this area, and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) will soon be yielding engineers who specialize in solid-wood engineering, thanks to a new master of engineering in integrated wood design degree program. …Eric Karsh, a principal with Equilibrium, welcomes the new engineering program. “It’s multidisciplinary,” Karsh said. “It really takes the approach that the design of timber buildings has to be integrated. You need to not just know how to make things work structurally, but you need to understand acoustics, you need to understand fire protection, you need to understand how wood behaves during construction when it’s exposed to difficult climate.”

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Governor General David Johnston to visit Emily Carr’s Opening Doors project on March 3

The Georgia Straight
March 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As part of their official visit to Vancouver, Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon will attend the Aboriginal Gathering Place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design to view Opening Doors, a carving project that celebrates the story-telling traditions of B.C.’s aboriginal artists. …Along with UBC forestry professor Chris Gaston, Emily Carr’s aboriginal program manager Brenda Crabtree led the project, which she says “allows us to create a business model that showcases aboriginal carving, B.C.’s forestry products and contemporary technology to create limited edition reproductions.”  A collaboration between Emily Carr, UBC’s Centre for Advanced Wood Products, FPInnovations, and the Freda Diesling School of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art, Opening Doors invited 10 Aboriginal artists from B.C. to receive mentorship and training from some of the province’s most renowned carvers.

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Newsmakers 2016: DR Johnson Lumber Company

Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon
March 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

DR Johnson Lumber Co., based in the small Oregon town of Riddle, is poised at the forefront of what could be a revolutionary use of wood as a building material in the Northwest. Don R. Johnson founded the mill in 1951. Following his death in 2010, his daughters Valerie Johnson and Jodi Westbrooks decided they needed to move the millworks company in a new direction. Their father had been quick to jump on laminated beam products early on and the millworks had manufactured them for decades. Following the lead of their father’s eye for innovation, Valerie and Jodi decided to expand the mill’s manufacturing through a division called Riddle Laminators to include a new product they had heard about.

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Forestry

Foresight and FPInnovations partner on an ARCTIC Challenge

Solution could result in improved land management practices and up to $100m in annual savings
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia — Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and FPInnovations are launching the first-ever “ARCTIC Challenge” in the forestry sector, which will elicit proposals from cleantech innovators on solutions to current environmental challenges in the sector. A potential challenge could focus on remote sensing solutions for conducting forest inventories. Remote sensing would not only reduce costs by up to 75% as well as lower the carbon emissions associated with traditional surveying, but will result in more precise data and enable more efficient operational planning before harvesting. Research has indicated that savings of up to $100 million/year for the B.C. forest sector could be realized.

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Local man battling herbicide spraying of area forests

Prince George Citizen
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A long-time campaigner against the use of herbicide spray on area forests is urging others to join him as B.C. Timber Sales is in the process of reviewing a five-year plan to continue the practice in the Prince George area. James Steidle says spraying stands of lodgepole pine to rid them of such broadleaf species as aspen, birch and cottonwood not only takes away valuable habitat for moose, birds and insects but poses an economic consequence. “Aspen’s actually a great wood,” Steidle said. “I’m a woodworker, I work with it all the time, it’s beautiful… why not utilize that beautiful tree that makes a nice fibre, that grows twice as fast and supports all this wildlife? “Industry isn’t being creative. They’re being creative in other places but they don’t want to spend money on a new machine, a new process.

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Director says forest company audit flawed

Campbell River Mirror
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Strathcona Regional District director will appeal the results of an investigation into Western Forest Products and the group that advises the company. Area A Director Gerald Whalley said an investigation, triggered when Whalley appealed the clean audit findings of Western Forest Products, was not done properly. “Because this report is based on very shallow investigating and because I believe that many of its conclusions are false, I have appealed this report,” Whalley told the regional district board at its Feb. 25 meeting. “This is my final recourse available to me through this whole certification process.”

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Province denies Wildlife Defence League claims

Boundary Sentinel
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s Year Two of British Columbia’s controversial wolf cull and questions have been raise regarding the techniques used by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The tactic in question is something the BC-based conservation organization, Wildlife Defence League (WDF) is calling a “Judas Wolf”. ….WDL release also claims that members of their organization have witnessed active logging operations in the protected area, but the Ministry has denied this. “There is no active logging within core mountain caribou habitat within the South Selkirk,” said a Ministry representative. Areas in which the WDF have claimed to witness active logging are Dodge Creek and Topaz Creek. As of the time of this article, the Ministry has not responded to these claims, but clarification will be added upon receiving confirmation or denial from the FLNRO.

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ELF logging blockade enters fourth week

Coast Reporter
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) blockade in the Chapman Creek watershed is entering its fourth week – and although nothing’s been settled, it appears all sides are still talking. Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) chair Garry Nohr told Coast Reporter the SCRD and ELF were set to meet March 3. Nohr also said the regional district has continued meeting with representatives from the Sechelt First Nation and AJB Investments, the company that owns the disputed cutblock. ELF, meanwhile, made fresh proposals to SCRD officials this week.

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Don’t saturate forests with chemicals

Letter by Ed Pitt
Alaska Highway News
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Pest Management Plan Reference Number 402-557-2016/2021, Peace and Fort Nelson Forest Districts (Alaska Highway News, Feb. 26, 2016) It is common knowledge that at least one of the herbicides/pesticides planned to be used cause ecological/environmental damage. At least one of these chemicals has been banned in other countries. These chemicals kill bees and many other pollinators, worms etc. These chemicals find their way into ponds, lakes, rivers, etc., adversely affecting the health and life cycles of aquatic life. …Nature has always been the best caretaker of our forests. We need to manage our forest resources in a much more responsible, sustainable manner. Stop harvesting our forests faster than they can grow.

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Spruce budworm citizen science project seeks volunteers

People can sign up to receive traps in the mail to catch spruce budworm moths
CBC News
March 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A citizen science project that tracks spruce budworm activity in eastern Canada and Maine is expanding this year and needs more volunteers. The effort is part of a bigger, four-year Budworm Tracker project funded by the federal government. Spruce budworm feed on balsam fir and spruce trees. Outbreaks have already destroyed millions of hectares of forest in Quebec. New Brunswick hasn’t had a budworm outbreak in 35 years, but the pest is heading east and scientists have identified a hotspot of activity near Campbellton. Rob Johns is a forest insect ecologist with the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton and is leading the project. “We are trying to understand the extent to which moth migrations coming from these areas where we have these large populations is driving the spread of the outbreak itself,” he said.

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Protesters camp out near Benny, Ont. in opposition to logging on aboriginal lands

CBC News
March 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A First Nations man and a small group of supporters have camped out near Benny, Ont. to protest against logging in the area. Clyde McNichol and his wife Barbara have set up camp by the small town just an hour north of Sudbury. They’ve been there since Saturday. They intend to stay until the end of the week. For the past year, the couple has been spearheading a campaign to stop companies like Eacom Timber from taking away trees from the forest. Last April, they saw loggers come into Benny where they had set up a camp for First Nations youth. Clyde, who is from the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, says the land belongs to his ancestors and government should be consulting with the first nations community before any work is done in the area.

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Ballot initiative pushes to ban aerial herbicide spraying

Statesman Journal
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups and anti-toxics organizations are pushing for three Oregon ballot initiatives that would ban post-logging aerial herbicide spraying and strengthen other forest laws. The Register-Guard reports that Mountain Rose Herbs executive Shawn Donnille said Wednesday that he has become chief petitioner in the drive to get all three measures on the November ballot. Mountain Rose, based in Eugene, grows, blends and sells certified organic herbal products. The groups have turned in 1,300 voter signatures in support of each initiative.

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Forest Health Series talk promotes working together

Ruidoso News
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While project updates from three separate agencies — U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico State Forestry and the Village of Ruidoso — were the topic for Tuesday’s Forest Health talk, the lessons of working together was the common theme. Both Timber Management Officer Frank Silva from the Capitan district for State Forestry and Dan Ray, fuels specialist for the Smokey Bear Ranger district referred to the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP), a federal program specific to New Mexico that provides up to $5 million annually towards cost-share grants for experimental forest restoration projects and that requires a collaborative effort, as the funding source and often the impetus for several recent thinning and prescribed burns on public lands in both Lincoln and Otero Counties.

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‘Nuisance’ Federal Lands Bill Clears Senate Committee

Magic Valley Times News
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE • A Senate panel has passed a bill to let counties demand action from the federal government to fix what county officials view as potentially dangerous maintenance issues on federal lands. Sponsored by Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, the bill allows county commissioners or a sheriff to declare a “catastrophic public nuisance” if the maintenance of federal lands could lead to a big wildfire or other public health or safety risk and ask the federal government to fix it. If the feds don’t respond, the counties could consult with a county prosecutor and state attorney general’s office on taking legal action. It passed the Senate Resources and Environment Committee on a party-line vote.

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Anchor Forests Video Series, Part 4: Forest Policy And Economics

Evergreen Magazine
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Anchor forestry is the application of tribal forestry over multiple ownership landscapes for the benefit of all. This video is the fourth in our four-part series on anchor forests. It is time to further public policy that enables an innovative, culturally based, historically proven method of forest management. Sustainability in forest policy and economics are not mutually exclusive principles. Good stewardship allows us to work at managing a forest to ensure a healthy landscape, while still providing for the needs of the people. Anchor Forests are acres of forest lands that are managed for forest health and timber production over multiple landscapes. The revenue generated and the reduced costs for risk mitigation, gives us the ability to manage a natural, renewable resource in an increasingly holistic manner.

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DNRC seeks comments on beetle-kill timber harvest near Bozeman

Balgrade News
March 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation today opened an initial public scoping process to evaluate a potential timber harvest project on state trust lands in the Limestone/Nichols Creek area southwest of Bozeman. Harvest activities would encompass up to 850 acres within five state sections totaling 2,725 acres. Craig Campbell, DNRC Bozeman Unit Manager, said public input will help the department determine the extent of the project. “This is an important natural area for many Bozeman residents,” Campbell said. “…Campbell said lodgepole pine in the area have been infested by
mountain pine beetle; a majority of the trees are now dead or dying, with the remaining healthy trees at high risk for infestation. Douglas fir stands aren’t reaching their full growth potential due to overstocked growing conditions, and would benefit from selective harvesting methods, he said.

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Forestry agency announced 8,800 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 detected from cedar pollen with 2 other data concealed

Fukushima Diary
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On 2/1/2016, forestry agency announced they measured 8,800 Bq/Kg from cedar pollen in Fukushima. The sampling date was 11. 2015. Because radioactive cedar pollen spreads from Fukushima to Tokyo area, they analyze the pollen at 24 locations from 2011. The highest reading was 8,800 Bq/Kg. However, they did not publish the data collected at 2 of 24 locations. They comment they could not enter one of the 2 locations for some reason. 

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Forestry school facility opened at site in Balloch

Horticulture Week
March 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Inverness College UHI (University of the Highlands & Islands) formally opened its new Scottish School of Forestry facility at its Balloch site 10km east of the city last month. It was opened by Scottish Natural Heritage chairman Ian Ross, fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, a former lecturer at the site who led the development of its first degree course. Lying within a 10ha woodland that serves as a practical training environment, the new larch-clad building will accommodate more than 150 students each year. An arboretum is planned on the site of the former building.

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