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Daily Archives: March 17, 2016

Froggy Foibles

When beer becomes politically active

New Zealand Scoop
March 17, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Skyline Queenstown to launch The Tenacious Timber craft beer for wilding pines awareness. They have taken a novel approach to raising awareness about a major local environmental issue. The tourism operator has partnered with award-winning Queenstown craft beer company Altitude Brewing to produce an exclusive tap beer that acknowledges the threat of wilding pines in the area. …Wilding pines are a major threat to the Wakatipu landscape. They replace native beech forests and tussock and are capable of significantly changing the landscape. Skyline runs quarterly eradication programmes to control a large area on Bob’s Peak, tackling seedlings and medium-growth trees. Skyline also donates a significant amount of money to the WCG each year.

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Business & Politics

North America log exports to Japan dropped 17% in 2015

Global Wood Markets Info
March 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North America log exports to Japan decreased by 17.1% in 2015, reaching 2,565,063 cbm, the lowest level since 2010. The Canadian log export dropped by 30%, to 802,687 cbm, while the US log exports declined 8.7%, reaching 1,762,000 cbm. Thus, the log share of the US to Japan (of the N. American exports) increased to 68.7%, compared to the 62.5% in 2014. The Canadian log exports declined because the Japanese plywood mills cut a lot of their production in the second half of 2015. Thus, the demand of Canadian Douglas fir logs, which is used for long length plywood, sharply decreased. In 2015, the volume of Canadian Douglas fir log was 36.5% less, reaching 623,000 cbm.

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Fuel, glue products spill into Shuswap Lake traced to Canoe Forest Products

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
March 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A spill into the Shuswap Lake of fuel and glue products that temporarily shut down water use by the City of Salmon Arm has been traced to Canoe Forest Products. The company said Wednesday afternoon that it appeared that water from collection vats outside the mill may have escaped and possibly entered the Shuswap Lake shoreline. …The area of discharge has also been contained and will be remediated as necessary, said the company. “We take responsibility for this accident, and we will work with the proper agencies to ensure impacts are minimized,” said Marcello Angelozzi, Canoe Forest Product’s operations manager.

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Shuswap fuel and glue spill forces Salmon Arm to shut primary water intake

Spill near Canoe Forest Products leads to public advisory warning against drinking or recreational water use
CBC News
March 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The town of Salmon Arm was temporarily forced to stop using water from its primary intake on Shuswap Lake after several thousand litres of run-off containing glue and fuel products washed into the lake from a plywood plant just north of it. An advisory issued by the Interior Health authority warned the public to avoid boating, fishing or swimming in the area at least 300 metres off the log booms. It also advised people with private water sources from the lake to find an alternative until further notice.

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Stella-Jones to hike dividend 25 per cent following double-digit growth in 2015

Canadian Press in Canadian Business
March 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) will be increasing its next quarterly dividend payment by 25 per cent. The increase to 10 cents per share payable April 29, from eight cents, follows a $33-million net profit in the fourth quarter. That was up $10 million or 43.5 per cent from $23 million in the same period of 2014. Earnings per share increased to 48 cents, from 33 cents, and sales rose to $357.5 million from $289.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Dovetail Partners joins 2016 Midwest Wood Solutions Fair

Woodworking Network
March 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, will present at the 2016 Midwest Wood Solutions Fair in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 23. Wood Solutions Fairs are hosted by WoodWorks across various regions of the U.S. to provide information and insights on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. There is no registration fee for the one-day event, walk-ins are welcome, and continuing education credits are available. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail’s Program Director for Responsible Materials, will present a seminar titled “Carbon Implications of Construction Material Selection”. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

I Want One: Cylindrical Glass House Built Around Tree

Geekologie
March 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

This is the ‘Tree In The House’ conceptual home rendered by the folks at A. Masow Architects. It consists of a four-story cylindrical glass house built around a tree. No word what happens when the tree outgrows the home, but my guess is some expensive roof repairs. Or, if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, the perfect opportunity to add another floor to your home. While still only conceptual, I want one very badly. I don’t even care if mine doesn’t have a bathroom, the world is my bathroom and it’s right outside the door. Or I could just pee on the roots of the tree. Is pee good for trees? Because it’s not good for my roommate’s potted plants, I can tell you that. My only concern with this design is whether or not neighboring trees will rise up and attack when they realize you’ve imprisoned one of their friends.

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Forestry

Lantzville votes against trying to buy woodlot

by Nicholas Pescod 
Nanaimo News Bulletin
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lantzville will not be examining ways to protect a woodlot popular for recreational activities. The District of Lantzville council voted unanimously Monday against instructing staff to investigate trying to purchase Woodlot 1475 for the protection of a watershed. Woodlot 1475 is a 256-hectare property located in upper Lantzville and is more than 95 per cent Crown land. The woodlot is designated as a timber production forest and is currently being logged by John Gregson, who is the licence holder for the woodlot. The issue surrounding the property stems from last year, when a local community group known as Save Lantzville Forest began pushing various levels of government to change the woodlot’s designation to a permanently protected area and compensate Gregson. 

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Old-growth forest park proclaimed

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s newest Class A provincial park is an 11,000-hectare expanse of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest east of Prince George. Called the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Wudujut, the region is being added to B.C.’s parks by legislation introduced this week. Premier Christy Clark said the province is also applying to have the park named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Dedicated volunteers and community members have worked for years to protect this special habitat,” said Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “Several of the trees in this historic natural wonder are more than 1,000 years old, with trunks measuring up to 16 metres around.”

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Premier commits to swift action to battle spruce beetle epidemic

My Cariboo Now
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark says the province is committed to not repeating past mistakes when it comes to dealing with the recent spruce beetle epidemic. “What happened in the 1990s with the pine beetle infestation and how government sort of seat back and let it roll across the province is a legacy we are still suffering from today. And we are determined to make sure that that does not happen with this spruce beetle problem.” The province has committed an extra $1 million to spruce beetle detection activities, on top of the $850,000 it spent last year. Clark says the money will be spent studying the problem and how far the beetle has spread. She admitted that it could be an uphill battle, with multiple factors at play.

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CEO letter an embarrassment

Letter from Michelle Connolly
Prince George Citizen
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a member of the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals, I was embarrassed to read the letter in the March 2 edition entitled “B.C. a world leader in forest management,” written by the CEO of the ABCPF in response to a member of the public. Harry Coates named specific concerns about forest management in BC and the CEO’s response letter addressed none of them in a substantive way. Instead of being clear and thoughtful, her letter was a series of disparate and unsupported statements….When a member of the public expresses concern about the way forests are managed, we should ask ourselves why that is.

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Landowners scramble to adopt habitat plans before fisher listing decision

The Capital Press
March 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, Calif. — Private landowners in Northern California and parts of the Northwest are scrambling to adopt conservation plans for the fisher, which may soon be added to the federal list of protected species.  In Northern California, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comments through April 1 on Sierra Pacific Industries’ proposed 10-year enhancement-of-survival permit, which would allow incidental take of fishers in exchange for improving their habitat on its timberlands.  Measures the timber company would undertake on about 1.5 million acres in 16 counties would include limiting logging activities during critical denning periods, taking steps to keep out trespassers growing marijuana and making sure fishers can’t get into water tanks at logging sites and drown, according to USFWS.

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County fears BLM undercutting influence of local governments

Post Independent
March 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Garfield County commissioners wrung their hands Monday over what they perceive as an effort by the Bureau of Land Management to undercut local government influence in public lands planning. Among the 244 pages of BLM planning rules changes dubbed “Planning 2.0,” which county staff has yet to wade all the way through, are changes that deteriorate local governments’ priority in public lands planning, said Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director. Such an approach undermines the county’s role in planning on items such as the BLM’s Resource Management Plans, and at the same time elevates public input from people well outside Garfield County, he said.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect California Spotted Owls Under Endangered Species Act

Center for Biological Diversity
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking much-needed protection for the imperiled California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act. These owls are jeopardized on national forest and private lands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by clear-cutting and post-fire logging, as well as climate change, urban development and competition from barred owls. A decision on whether to protect the owls under the Endangered Species Act was due in January of this year, but the Service has yet to act. …As with their northern spotted owl relatives, these owls’ old-growth forest habitat continues to be decimated by logging.

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Mountain Pine Beetle infestation forces University of Idaho to destroy 50 trees around campus

KLEWTV.com
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MOSCOW, ID — A bug is forcing the University of Idaho to take down dozens of trees around campus. They’re all in the Shattuck Arboretum, and an infestation hasn’t been seen like this on campus since 1967. And that bug is the Mountain Pine Beetle. School officials say about 50 of its trees on campus are infested. If left unchecked, the beetles can kill trees within two years. This means, the insect has the ability to wipe out large portions of forest. Officials believe the outbreak is due to the weather over the past couple of years. “A lot of it has to do with the drought, heat conditions for the last two years and I would suspect some of the older timber was probably where we had some Mountain Pine Beetle to start with and they’ve just moved on out,” said Charles Zillinger, Director Landscape and Exterior Services.

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Washington forest hazards spring up after summer fires

The Spokesman-Review in the Bend Bulletin
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Rolling rocks, debris and toppled trees are common in fire areas where foliage is no longer present to slow and absorb their descent, according to officials from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. With forests throughout North Idaho and Eastern Washington recovering from one of the worst fire seasons on record, plenty of areas require extra caution. “When you enter a burned area, treat it as if you have never been there,” the forest officials said in a media release after surveying the borders of the Teepee Complex Fires. “Conditions change minute to minute in recently burned areas, especially in the springtime.

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State and forest industry get ready to fight spruce budworm

WCSH6
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA — State government and leaders of Maine’s forest products industry say land owners in the north woods will need to make changes to fight the spruce budworm. The small insect devastated the industrial forest back in the 1970’s and 80’s. Now its coming back. According to Maine’s state entomologist Dave Struble, the budworm is already chewing up forests in Quebec and New Brunswick. The last budworm infestation on Maine killed thousands of acres of trees and the industry says it cost them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wood value. It also led to a massive aerial spraying program that was often controversial. The state and forest industry spent the past two years researching the budworm threat, and have just released a report with 70 recommendations for landowners and others to mitigate the harm.

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Environmental groups spar over forestry plan

Aubudon at odds with other environmental groups
Bernardsville News
March 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A controversial forestry plan has state conservation groups at odds with one another. The Sparta Mountain Forest Wildlife Management Area Stewardship Plan calls for the removal of about 20 acres of forest from the park per year for the next 10 years. The stewardship plan is the first phase of a larger plan to be implemented over 60 years across 3,400 acres of the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Sparta Township, Hardyston Township, Jefferson Township and Ogdensburg. ….The New Jersey Sierra Club and New Jersey Highlands Coalition say cutting down trees on protected land contradicts the reason the land was purchased in the first place.

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Marlborough’s economic potential lies in tourism and forestry

Stuff.co.nz
March 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Marlborough’s economy is looking “rosy” with sustained economic growth that is building confidence in the region, an economist says. Agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing, public administration and pubic professional services such as lawyers and accountants had all contributed to a 2.4 per cent increase in the region’s gross domestic product last year. Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson outlined a positive economic performance during a Marlborough District Council regional planning and development meeting on Thursday.

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Mackenzie’s ‘lemon’ of a pine forest could harvested and become grazing country

Timaru Herald
March 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A 37-hectare block of Muricata pine forest near Lake Pukaki could be harvested early by the Mackenzie District Council and the gently-sloping land made available for grazing. At a meeting of the Mackenzie Forestry Board in Fairlie on Tuesday, district forester Terry O’Neill recommended the Simons Hill Plantation trees be harvested and sold. O’Neill said the Muricata pines, planted in 1985, were originally scheduled to be cut down in 2020 but there was now harvesting taking place on a neighbouring property to develop irrigation systems. Given the cost of getting log harvesting equipment to the remote area and the reasonable prices for logs at the moment it seemed a good opportunity to also harvest their forest, O’Neill wrote in a report to the board.

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Goodhew needs to back local forestry companies

By The New Zealand Labour Party
Scoop Independent News
March 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jo Goodhew needs to come up with new ideas to back local forestry companies, instead of siding with overseas forest owners who simply send unprocessed logs overseas, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash. “Overseas companies are buying up forests and selling the logs directly offshore, cutting local sawmills out of the process, even though local sawmills are prepared to pay export-equivalent log prices. That’s not good enough. In Gisborne one sawmill can’t get guaranteed logs, despite being based on the doorstep of a large forest owned by an overseas consortium.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trees Deal With Climate Change Better Than Expected

New York Times
March 16, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The bend-don’t-break adaptability of trees extends to handling climate change, according to a new study that says forests may be able to deal with hotter temperatures and contribute less carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than scientists previously thought. In addition to taking in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, plants also release it through a process called respiration. Globally, plant respiration contributes six times as much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as fossil fuel emissions. Until now, most scientists have thought that a warming planet would cause plants to release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which in turn would cause more warming.

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Shrinking of forest carbon sink under climate change may be ‘less than anticipated’

Carbon Brief
March 16, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The world’s forests take up around a third of human-caused CO2 emissions, playing a critical role in helping to moderate climate change. But as temperatures rise, scientists are concerned the delicate balance of how trees use CO2 could be upset, potentially reducing their capacity to buffer rising CO2 levels. A new Nature study suggests that trees are able to adapt to rising temperatures better than previously thought. But it’s only partially good news, the researchers say, as warmer conditions will still see the buffering effect from trees reduced. …The results suggest tree respiration increases by around 5% in a climate that is 3.4C warmer. This is less than half the increase in respiration reported by other studies, and less than the 23% the researchers expected had the trees not adapted to the higher temperatures.

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