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Daily Archives: March 11, 2016

Business & Politics

U.S., Canada vow to fix long-standing softwood lumber dispute

Reuters
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The United States and Canada on Thursday vowed to settle a long-standing dispute over Canadian exports of softwood lumber which could erupt again this October when an earlier agreement on the problem expires. …Faced with the prospect of the U.S. timber lobby pressing for penalties when the grace period runs out this October, President Barack Obama and recently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked officials to work out possible solutions and report back within 100 days. …”We’re pleased we’re getting this high level of attention,” said Susan Murray, spokeswoman for Forest Products Association of Canada. The Coast Forest Products Association, which represents forestry firms operating along the coast of British Columbia, said the announcement was good news.

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12 things Trudeau and Obama agreed on today

CBC News
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The brief meeting this morning between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama produced a 2,500-word joint statement and another 5,800 words of additional affirmations and commitments from the Prime Minister’s Office. …The leaders were not able to announce a new agreement on the recurring trade dispute, but officials have been asked to explore options and report back within 100 days on how to address the issue. At the joint press conference after the leaders’ meeting Thursday morning, Obama told reporters progress had already been made and the issue would be resolved “in some fashion,” adding wryly that the eventual solution would be “undoubtedly to the dissatisfaction of all concerned.”

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West Fraser Issues Statement On MDF Explosion And Fire

My Cariboo Now
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


West Fraser has issued a statement about the explosion and fire at it’s WestPine MDF plant in Quesnel last night. The company says it occurred in the equipment and that it’s employees acted quickly, safety procedures were engaged and the mill was evacuated. As for when the mill might re-open, the company can only say at this point that the fire caused damage and the facility will not be operational for a period of time.
100 people are employed at the mill.

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Sean Curran Appointed Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Catalyst

SYS-CON Media
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper has appointed Sean Curran as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing effective Monday, April 18, 2016. He replaces Jim Bayles, who will retire on April 1, 2016. Sean was formerly the Vice President, Sales & Marketing with Canfor, and brings nearly 30 years of experience in global pulp, paper and energy markets, as well as strategic positioning and marketing partnerships, to this senior leadership role at Catalyst.

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Investigation into Quesnel, B.C. wood mill fire could take months

Globe and Mail
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Al Johnson, WorkSafeBC’s vice-president of prevention services, said Thursday the agency inspected the Quesnel mill about 10 times since 2012. He said it also conducted another five to seven consultative visits. Mr. Johnson said orders were written against the mill over two elements of its combustible dust program. However, he said the company complied both times and has an active dust-management plan. He also stressed that the investigation into the explosion has just begun. “We thought that they could do more thorough inspections for combustible dust. So they were doing inspections, but we thought that there were a few areas that they could inspect more regularly or more thoroughly, that sort of thing. That was one area where we had written for them to make improvements,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview.

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Quesnel mill explosion could have been deadly

Dust may be factor in explosion and fire
CBC News
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire and explosion Wednesday at a Quesnel mill could have been catastrophic and deadly, says Al Johnson, Vice President of Prevention Field Services for WorkSafeBC. Thirty workers inside West Fraser’s WestPine MDF plant were evacuated safely. It took crews almost five hours to put out the fire. “There was the potential here for being catastrophic,” said Johnson. “We’re very fortunate there were no injuries. There was a potential for workers to be seriously injured or worse.” A critical incident response team was sent to Quesnel to offer emotional support. “[The explosion] will resonate with people and possibly bring back memories of explosions in mills that have occurred in the past,” said Johnson.

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Teacher finds pulp mill plume can be a headache

Kamloops This Week
March 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Brock middle school teacher is hoping Domtar will foot the bill to keep his gym classes indoors on days when the smell from the pulp mill is at its worst. Bruno Penner said he typically takes his gym classes outside in warmer weather, but is forced to bring them indoors a few times each year when the wind blows from the south, directing the plume from Domtar’s high stack directly towards the school. …Company spokeswoman Bonny Skene said particulate matter isn’t linked to the odour Penner is smelling, which is attributed to total reduced sulfur (TRS). “Through the closure of older equipment and improving the reliability of continuing operations, we have recently reduced odorous emissions by nearly 80 per cent,” Skene said in an emailed statement.

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No injuries as fiery blast damages wood products mill in Quesnel, B.C.

Canadian Press in the Vancouver Sun
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL, B.C. – WorkSafeBC has launched an investigation into the cause of an explosion and fire at a forest products mill in Quesnel, B.C. Al Johnson, vice-president of prevention services, said a team of WorkSafe investigators took over the scene from the RCMP on Thursday morning, barely 12 hours after fire tore through a section of the WestPine medium-density fibreboard mill, about 600 kilometres north of Vancouver. Between eight and 30 workers were on site when it happened at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and all were safely evacuated, he said. …Johnson said while it’s too early to speculate on the cause of the fire or explosion, they occurred in an area with four baghouses, or dust collection towers, that were either directly or indirectly involved.

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Christy Clark applauds Canada-U.S. move to sign softwood lumber deal

Globe and Mail
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says she is optimistic about a top-level agreement to try to head off another Canada-U.S. softwood lumber trade conflict. British Columbia sent $3.3-billion of softwood lumber to the United States last year, but the expiration of the 2006 softwood lumber agreement means that U.S. forestry interests have an opportunity to launch another trade war starting in six months – if a new deal is not reached first. On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama announced a commitment to seek a new deal in the next 100 days. That is “fantastic news,” Ms. Clark told reporters in Victoria. …“Premier Clark led a huge delegation to Ottawa on Feb. 5, but she did not take the Forests Minister with her.” He said the Premier should have reduced her communications delegation to make room for Forests Minister Steve Thomson on the trip. “These are real jobs at stake, not fantasy LNG jobs,” Mr. Ralston said.

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Protocol talks continue after signing delay

Brockville Recorder
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PRESCOTT – Another deadline passed, another delay. A proposed municipal land sale that would bring the Fort Town its biggest new manufacturer in decades is still on the table despite a signing deadline that passed without a deal on Friday for property in Prescott’s north-end industrial park. Prescott mayor Brett Todd said talks are continuing behind the scenes in confidence between municipal officials and the proponents of a wood pellet manufacturing plant under the name Protocol Biomass. …The project is expected to create 60 full-time jobs at the site as well as spin-off employment within the region’s depressed forest industry in Eastern Ontario, western Quebec and in northern New York.

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Sierra Pacific Shelton mill could be running in early 2017

KMAS News Radio
March 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HELTON – A ‘state-of-the-art’ Sierra Pacific Industries sawmill could be under construction in late spring or early summer and completed in early 2017. “We think that it’s going to be one of the highest-tech mills in the nation,” said Lisa Perry, community relations representative for Sierra Pacific. Using laser technology to size up and to cut logs, the mill is to produce wooden boards used in construction. The goal is to produce 500 million board feet of “studs” a year, Perry said. The mill is to be tooled to produce 2 by 4s, 2 by 6s and 4-by-4 studs, she said. The 172,000-square-foot mill with other buildings fronting Oakland Bay would employ up to 200, 100 of which would work on the site at a given time, Perry said.

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A Lumber Executive Loses His Voice and Finds Balance

The New York Times
March 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CASCO, Me. — Kevin Hancock, chief executive of his family’s lumber company, thought things could not possibly get worse: The housing market was sputtering, hundreds of lumberyards had shut down and his company had to resort to painful cuts, hiring freezes and layoffs at its sawmills and retail stores. The future of Hancock Lumber, started in 1848, and the livelihoods of hundreds of workers weighed heavily. “It was pretty stressful,” Mr. Hancock said. Then, he lost his voice. …He wondered whether he could continue as chief executive. He did.

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Port of Tyne reports record shipment of wood pellets

Biomass Magazine
March 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Port of Tyne recently recorded the largest ever cargo of wood pellets ever handled in a single shipment at the port—the MV Agnes bulk cargo vessel delivered a record 57,845 metric tons of wood pellets into the Port of Tyne. The wood pellets are destined for one of the U.K.’s largest energy producers Drax Power based in North Yorkshire. Arriving from Virginia in the United States, at 225 million long the MV Agnes is also the largest wood pellet vessel ever handled at the Port of Tyne. Steven Harrison, chief operating officer Port of Tyne, said, “The Port was the first to work in partnership with Drax in handling large volumes of wood pellet as it began to convert from coal derived electricity generation to renewable energy in 2010.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Investigators: Wood high-rise condo, design contest winner, illegal under current law

WABC-TV
March 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Designs for a new high-rise condominium in Manhattan are raising all sorts of concerns because the plans call for the structure to be built with something that’s been outlawed since the 19th century. Later this year, developers hope to begin construction of the nation’s first all-wood 10-story heavy timber condo in the heart of Chelsea. It will be the first of it’s kind in Manhattan and in the nation, for that matter. It was one of two winners in the U.S. Tall Wood Building Contest, with the developers at Arup winning $1.5 million for their design, which under current New York building code would be illegal if built. But when the prize money was being awarded last Fall, New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler was on hand praising the project.

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New wood products partnership launched

New Zealand Scoop
March 11, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The formal launch today of the Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership, marks a new chapter for the forestry sector in New Zealand, Associate Primary Industries Minister, Jo Goodhew says. “I welcome the launch of this new partnership, and the ground-breaking research that will be undertaken. Forestry is a key export earner for New Zealand that is worth around $5 billion annually, and employs nearly 20,000 people” Mrs Goodhew says. The research project, entitled “New Regional Value Chains for Specialty Wood Products Matching Species, Site, Processing, Product and Market”, is part of a seven year partnership between central government and industry. It aims to investigate the development of new wood products from specialty species.

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Forestry

Forest Harvesting and Streamflows in the Bonneau Creek Watershed

BC Forest Practices Board
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In June 2014, a landowner near Echo Lake, east of Lumby BC, complained to the Board that forest harvesting in the Bonneau Creek watershed was altering streamflows through his private land. During the spring, high flows were causing damage to his property and, by mid-summer, the stream was dry. As well, the complainant says that the woodlot licensee did not consider his concerns about harvesting effects on streamflows. The report examined: 1) whether forest harvesting affected streamflows in Bonneau Creek; 2) whether licensees considered the risk of harvesting on streamflows; and 3) whether the woodlot licensee’s public consultation met FRPAs requirements.

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Some fines will triple under amended wildfire laws

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is taking a tougher stand to discourage behaviour that contributes to increased wildfire risks, to help protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfire damage. Proposed legislative amendments introduced today as part of the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 12) include provisions aimed specifically at people who interfere with firefighting efforts in British Columbia. Additional legislative changes will result in significantly increased ticket fines for 19 different violations under the Wildfire Act and for seven different violations under Wildfire Regulation. These changes mean that British Columbia now has some of the highest wildfire-related violation ticket fines in the country.

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Province seeks hefty fines for anyone who violates BC Wildfire Act

Vancouver Sun
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s forest firefighters face enough difficulties controlling raging walls of flames that threaten homes, properties and lives without having to worry about drones and pleasure boats getting in the way of their efforts, Forests Minister Steve Thomson said Thursday. Last summer, when an out-of-control blaze threatened the south Okanagan community of Oliver, firefighters had to ground helicopters and water bombers after a drone was spotted in the fire zone and recreational boaters blocked aircraft from filling their tanks on Okanagan Lake, he said. Thomson introduced amendments to the Wildlife Act that would increase penalties and fines for failing to comply with fire restrictions and interfering with the actions of firefighters.

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Nichols: The needs of the community

Alaska Highway News
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Recently Council and Administration met with CANFOR forestry officials and two of the three major contractors. The forest industry, without question the backbone of Chetwynd’s economy and the single largest employer in the valley, has its own set of challenges, many of which mirror the challenges faced by other public and industrial employers. In simple language, one of the major challenges is to attract and retain a suitable, dependable workforce. Should we be surprised? Yes, frankly. Chetwynd offers a desirable lifestyle with many of the amenities of much larger centres plus the freedom of a smallish community and access to the natural environment that could be the envy of those wearing out their lives in the cities of the nation. CANFOR, aside from being perhaps the largest employer in the area, pumps 72 million into the economy each year. That includes 55 million spent on logging alone.

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A lego approach to salmon enhancement

Campbell River Mirror
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What resembles a giant-sized Lego is helping coho and steelhead populations in the Quinsam River. Instead of Lego pieces, however, large, specifically cut sections of yellow cedar logs have been strategically anchored to the bottom of the river. Their placement is designed to direct river flows to overcome upstream migration problems of steelhead and coho during periods of high and low water. The project, involving two cascade sections of the Quinsam directly below Lower Quinsam Lake, used a Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter to get the logs, donated by Western Forest Products, to the riverbed, part of an approach the designers say will reduce the footprint such projects can have on the surrounding environment.

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Fines increasing for forest fire violations

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Victoria News
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The pilot of a recreational drone that forced water-bombers from smoke-filled skies around Oliver last summer was never located, but future offenders who impede forest firefighters will face higher fines. Fines for 19 offences under the Wildfire Act, including interfering with wildfire protection efforts, are being increased to among the highest in Canada, Forests Minister Steve Thomson said Thursday. The fine for failing to comply with fire restrictions such as campfire bans will increase from $345 to $1,150. A new penalty of failing to comply with a stop-work order made because of fire risk will carry a maximum penalty of $100,000 and one year in prison.

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UBCM Forest Survey Results Confirm Need for Better Consultation

Courtesy of the Union of BC Municipalities website
Cariboo Politics
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Results from UBCM’s forestry survey found that 85% of respondents felt that they are not adequately consulted or engaged when tenure holders make forestry decisions that will impact their communities. Members will recall that UBCM’s Community Economic Development Committee launched its forestry survey on December 16, 2015. The purpose of the survey was to inform the Committee about existing communication and consultation practices between forest tenure holders and local governments, and the impact of forestry decisions upon communities. …In fact it confirms what our members and other organizations have been saying for years; communities need to be consulted and engaged in forest policy decision-making. A lack of community engagement and consultation has led to varied and significant consequences.

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A celebration of Saskatoon’s trees

The Star Phoenix
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’ve never been ashamed of being a tree hugger. After almost four decades, I still pause and reflect on the beauty of the trunks and orange peeling bark of Scots pines as I enter my driveway. For a metropolitan city in the midst of a treeless prairie, Saskatoon is fortunate to have such a large, diverse and healthy urban forest — much of it planted almost a century ago by individuals with foresight who will for the most part remain anonymous. But their legacy is with us. The new full-colour edition of the Saskatoon Tree Tour booklet tells the story of 25 of Saskatoon’s largest and oldest trees, including the ones mentioned below. To find out where you can obtain a free copy, go to the SOS Elms website: http://www.soselms.org/.

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Injunction sought to stop logging north of Sudbury

Sudbury Star
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of residents who have been calling for almost a year for a halt to logging in Benny Forest are taking that battle to court. Art Petahtegoose, Clyde McNichol and Barbara Ronson McNichol have filed an application in Sudbury’s Superior Court of Justice for an interlocutory injunction against three logging companies and two government departments. They want sustainable forest licence holders to immediately stop cutting trees, building roads and spraying herbicides by air in the environmentally sensitive area north of Cartier, about an hour from Sudbury. The three maintain logging, building roads and spraying defoliants are taking place on lands promised to First Nations for survey by treaty more than 150 years ago, without meaningful consultation or the consent of the applicants.

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Nova Scotia may allow clear cutting near Scout Island camp

Clear cutting 350 hectares of former Bowater Mersey land will make an ‘ugly eye sore,’ scouts say
CBC News
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scouts Canada says it has “concerns” about a large clear cut proposed for Crown land bordering a camp used for generations in the St. Margaret’s Bay area outside Halifax. “It’s mostly aesthetics,” said Jeff Parks, a deputy commissioner with Scouts Canada Nova Scotia Council. “To have an ugly eye sore in there is not what anyone wants.” The proposed harvest of 350 hectares on former Bowater Mersey lands is made up of 20 separate parcels. The plan is being endorsed by the forest industry and attacked by environmentalists….The “mature forested stands” are used frequently by many local people, as well as the scout troops, Mike Lancaster of the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association said in an email to CBC News.

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The Real Measure for a Conservation Group

George Wuerthner is a former MWA board member, an ecologist
Flathead Beacon
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The recent commentary on community collaboratives that was signed by a number of timber company representatives and foresters along with the Montana Wilderness Association promotes myths instead of truth with regards to forestry issues in western Montana. As a former MWA board member, it is particularly disturbing to see the organization championing frivolous timber sales that cost taxpayers money and destroy forest ecosystems. It appears the MWA is suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome …Furthermore, the MWA supports the timber industry propaganda about thinning.

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Don’t privatize Elliott State Forest

Letter by David Mildrexler
The Register-Guard
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Public lands are a treasure that elevate the quality of life in the West. The shared lands are a big part of why many people move to Oregon. But we don’t have to look at the recent armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to see the threats to existence of public lands. …Imagine a 94,000-acre temperate rainforest that includes old-growth trees and is home to imperiled species and countless streams that support native salmon runs. That’s our Elliott State Forest, nestled in the Coast Range just northeast of Coos Bay. It’s currently threatened by privatization because historic obligations linked school funding with logging, and now the State Land Board believes it’s not generating enough money for our schools.

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Environmental groups again sue Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Helena Independent Record
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUTTE — Two environmental groups have filed another lawsuit against the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Missoula, and Native Ecosystems Council, Willow Creek, are suing the Forest Service and Leanne Martin, regional forester, in Missoula federal court. The environmental groups contend a timber sale in Moosehorn Ditch, southwest of Wisdom, violates the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. The sale, in the Gibbonsville Road area, consists of 845 acres, with 89 acres of clear cutting in one contiguous cut. 

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Bill would give US Forest Service funding for ongoing wildfire fight

Summit Daily
March 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service continues to combat a two-front battle of annually diminished budgets and soaring wildfire expenditures, but help may be on the way. Along with Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), who represents the state’s 2nd congressional district, introduced updates late last month to the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) guidelines for distributing relief funds in emergency situations. The aim of the Wildfire Prevention Act of 2015 is to redefine ever-increasing wildfires, so they are treated the same as such natural disasters as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.

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Randy Hanvelt: Action can’t come soon enough for California forests

Forest Service estimates state has 9 million acres at risk
The Modesto Bee
March 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last year, a staggering 893,000 acres burned across California – including over 537,000 acres of national forest land. Heavy fuel loads in our national forests, combined with the effects of drought, insect, disease and climate change, mean this wildfire season could bring more destruction to the Golden State. While there is broad agreement on the need to treat fighting wildfires like other natural disasters, this crisis demands a more comprehensive solution. …The situation in our national forests also exasperates the effects of climate change and drought. Reducing fuel loads and tree densities should play an important role in California’s efforts to confront both of these challenges.

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Revolutionary forest management model continues to grow FSC® certification in U.S. South

PR Newswire
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States, US West

ASHDOWN, AR, – Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced the partnership it helped spearhead to increase Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) group certification among small landowners has enrolled over 500,000 acres in the four-states region. With the Ashdown Mill’s strong support, the Four States Timberland Owners Association (FSTOA) was successful in reaching this significant milestone less than five years after the group’s creation and initial enrollment of 70,000 acres of forestland. “To reach this milestone in such a short time span is a significant accomplishment,” stated Digger Pond, the Fiberline Manager at Domtar’s Ashdown mill. “I am extremely proud of our team and even prouder that local landowners embraced something so important to Domtar and the Ashdown Mill.”

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Indonesia starting firefighting early as dry season begins

Associated Press in The Washington Post
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s top security minister said Friday that authorities have started efforts to fight forest and peatland fires that often pollute Southeast Asia’s air as the dry season begins this month. Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for politics, legal and security affairs, said the government wants to avoid mistakes made last year when lack of prevention resulted in fires burning out of control. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had to ask help from other countries to bring the blazes under control. Forest fires have been an annual problem in Indonesia since the mid-1990s, causing a toxic haze that often drifts into neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

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Minister Should Go for Abysmal Failure on Swamp Kauri Exports

New Zealand Scoop
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The cover-up of the Ministry of Primary Industries’ failure to stem the tide of swamp kauri log exports has been so intense the High Court has been forced to rule that it release documents, says New Zealand First. “What is the Ministry and the Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy hiding? The answer is their failure to act in the public interest and uphold the law. “The Ministry and the Minister have been conniving right through this sorry episode. It’s time for Mr Guy to go and be accountable for this cover-up. Against this background of murky information the Ministry spokespeople behaved diabolically, they should go as well.

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Industry looks beyond radiata

New Zealand Scoop
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Future generations of New Zealanders may live in a patchwork landscape where several different forest species compete on the hills for growing space with the familiar Pinus radiata. “Radiata is a great multi-purpose tree that grows well in many places. But it is not perfect for all growing situations or market needs. And there are obvious risks in having all our eggs in one species basket,” says Forest Owners Association research and development manager Russell Dale. “We are therefore thrilled as an industry that the government is joining us in the Specialty Woods Products Research Partnership. This is a major programme that will investigate new products and markets for alternative species and build the confidence of forest growers in planting those species that show promise.”

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Talking Point: Just who should be certified?

The Mercury
March 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AUTHOR Jared Diamond, in his groundbreaking 2005 book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, has a small seven or eight-page section on the creation and development of the Forest Stewardship Council in the early 1990s, and its progress to 2003-2004. He concludes that: “The effectiveness of the Forest Stewardship Council has received the ultimate compliment from logging companies opposed to it: they have set up their own competing certification organisations with weaker standards … It remains to be seen whether, in the future, these competing industry attempts at self-certification will be outcompeted by the FSC through losing credibility in the eyes of consumers, or will instead converge on FSC standards in order to gain credibility.”

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