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Daily Archives: April 1, 2016

Froggy Foibles

Movie review: An imaginative, absurd journey in ‘Lester Leaps In’

The Missoulian
April 1, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

Expressions of love often come in the form of small, seemingly mundane actions. They don’t get more mundane than the vehicle chosen by the protagonist of “Lester Leaps In.” The middle manager of a lumber mill sets out to express his love for mill owner Lana by creating the most impressive workplace safety film ever created. In this 28-minute feature film, the process of creating this movie tips poor Lester into the madness of creation, with its flights of fancy, frustrations, failures and flaunting realities.

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Business & Politics

Premier announces $75 million dividend fund

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune BC Local News
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark announced a $75 million boost for rural communities with populations less than 25,000 while touring Williams Lake Thursday. The newly-created BC Rural Dividend will make $25 million a year available for the next three years to help communities with capacity building, and workforce, community and economic and business sector development. “Wealth leaves rural communities from mining, forestry and agriculture and doesn’t come back,” Clark said during a press conference held at the Pioneer Log Homes of BC site at Sugar Cane. …Driving the creation of the dividend was the Rural Advisory Council, chaired by Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett who said the announcement is timely because it will help communities facing mill closures, the impacts of the pine and spruce beetle and other impediments. …Clark also made a passionate speech …praising Barnett, Clark said she stands up for rural B.C.

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Premier Christy Clark to headline COFI Convention

Council of Forest Industries
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to welcome Premier Christy Clark as the closing keynote speaker at its 2016 Annual Convention, to be held at the Delta Grand Resort and Convention Centre in Kelowna, B.C. from April 6-8, 2016. “Premier Clark’s attendance at the COFI Convention demonstrates her understanding of the importance of the forest sector to the economy of B.C.,” said COFI president and CEO Susan Yurkovich. “Our operating environment is key to the ability of our companies to continue to compete successfully in a global marketplace and to provide jobs and opportunities across our province. The Premier understands this and she and her government are committed to ensuring the future competitiveness of the industry. We appreciate her ongoing commitment.”

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Tlowitsis hoping to create a ‘home community’

Campbell River Mirror
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tlowitsis Nation is hoping to create a reserve on York Road where it can establish a home community. …“The Tlowitsis Nation finalized a purchase agreement with TimberWest through its Couverdon subsidiary for the establishment of a community over Lots 3 through 8 on York Road,” CAO Dave Leitch wrote in his report to council. “The Tlowitsis are in the final stages of completing an application to be given reserve status for these lands by the Additions to Reserves (ATR) process through Indigenous Affairs.” …According to Leitch’s report, the Tlowitsis Nation finalized a purchase agreement with TimberWest on July 3, 2015, for Lots 3-8 on York Road, which adds up to about 624 acres.

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Kelowna gearing up to welcome B.C. forest industry convention

Kelwna Capital News
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When you hold your annual convention in an MLA’s riding, it’s often easy to get that MLA out to speak. When the riding belongs to B.C.’s premier, sometimes that can be more difficult. But when the subject is forestry, one the largest industries in the province, the group gathering is the Council of Forest Industries and they are getting together in her riding, having the premier as your keynote speaker would appear to be a given. Premier Christy Clark will deliver the closing keynote address to the delegate of the annual COFI convention next week in Kelonwa. The convention will run April 6 to 8 at the Delta Grand Resort. “Premier Clark’s attendance at the COFI Convention demonstrates her understanding of the importance of the forest sector to the economy of B.C.,” said COFI president and CEO Susan Yurkovich in making the anouncement.

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Softwood and hardwood pulpwood prices reach lowest levels in 10 years

Woodworking Network
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

SEATTLE, Wash. – Wood cost is the factor that often determines the competitiveness of a pulp manufacturing plant or region, because it is the largest cost component when producing wood pulp. During the past few years, this cost has varied between 45% and 70% of the total cash cost, depending on product grade and the costs of other components such as chemicals, energy and labor. Hardwood fiber prices continued to fall in most of the major pulp-producing countries in the world in the 4Q/15. The biggest declines were seen in Brazil, Chile, Russia, France, Germany and Indonesia. In most regions, the price adjustments occurred in both in the local currencies and in US dollar terms.

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Gov. Paul LePage says Madison must reinvent itself after paper mill closes

More than 200 to lose jobs in Madison
WMTW
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Maine —Gov. Paul LePage addressed concerns of Mainers directly affected by the state’s struggling pulp and paper industry Wednesday night in Madison. Residents of Madison are preparing for the loss of one of their biggest employers. The paper mill announced it’s closing in May, putting 200 people out of jobs. Most of the questions Wednesday night centered on LePage’s plans to help the community following the latest hit to its local economy. “You need to demand that the candidates you put in office work for you,” LePage said. The governor said regulations have made it all but impossible for paper mills to survive in Maine. “If the person who’s in charge of the paper mill is a 1 percenter and we don’t appreciate him and we don’t welcome him, then he’s going to leave here and I think might go to Minnesota,” LePage said.

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LePage proposes Tree Growth tightening that would have barred Poliquin

Bangor Daily News
March 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage has submitted yet another late bill to the Legislature, this time in a bid to increase the amount of wood cut in southern Maine. The timing could sink the bill, as it’s three weeks from the end of the 2016 legislative session, leaving lawmakers little time to consider it. But the bill is interesting because it would limit access to Maine’s Tree Growth program, the law giving property tax breaks to landowners who manage forests for commercial timber harvesting. It wouldn’t allow into the program parcels that are within 10 miles of the ocean or cover less than 25 acres. LePage asked lawmakers for more authority after the recent announcement that the Madison paper mill will close in May. 

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Worldwide pulpwood prices hit new low in 2015

IHB – The Timber Network
April 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Pulpwood costs have fallen substantially worldwide with the softwood and hardwood pulpwood price indices in the 4Q/15 being at their lowest levels in over ten years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The largest cost component when manufacturing wood pulp is the cost of wood fiber. This cost has declined substantially in US dollar terms the past few years with the Global Price Indices being down almost ten percent in 12 months, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Wood cost is the factor that often determines the competitiveness of a pulp manufacturing plant or region, because it is the largest cost component when producing wood pulp. During the past few years, this cost has varied between 45% and 70% of the total cash cost, depending on product grade and the costs of other components such as chemicals, energy and labor.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

PHOTO: UBC Student Union Building is a 2016 Wood Design Winner

by WOOD WORKS! BC
Journal of Commerce
March 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The UBC Student Union Building in Vancouver received a Jury’s Choice award as part of the 2016 Wood Design Awards in British Columbia. The jury gave the UBC Student Union Building high accolades, stating, “It’s a noteworthy project for its use of wood to create a warm, comfortable space on an institutional scale.” The Journal of Commerce will continue to celebrate this year’s winners via “spotlight” photos over the coming weeks.

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These DIY micro-homes on wheels start at $7000 — take a look inside

Tech Insider
April 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

If you’re a nomad looking to scale down, 84 Lumber’s tiny wooden cabin on wheels may be your dream home. The company, known for selling building materials, designed micro-homes that owners can build themselves. Some fully furnished home packages come ready to move in, and others can be completely customized. Take a look inside one of the four models, which start at less than $7,000 and give owners the freedom to live anywhere.

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Toyota uses traditional Japanese wood joinery to assemble Setsuna concept vehicle

Designboom (blog)
March 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

scheduled to debut at milan design week 2016, toyota’s ‘setsuna’ concept defies the notion that cars should always be seen technological marvels with the latest gadgets. the unique wooden roadster was conceived to embody the affection owners grow to feel for their cars and to show how cars continue to change and offer real value over time. toyota engineer kenji tsuji and his team used wood that responds directly to longevity with color changes that can be passed on from generation to generation. despite being a concept, the ‘setsuna’ offers basic vehicular performance and is able to drive, turn and stop. to achieve this, each type of wood was selected for a specific application. the body is composed of 86 handmade panels. 

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Forestry

Happy Birthday Mike Apsey!

Tree Frog News
April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

If you write a book about 2x4s and share with the world that not only were you born on April Fools Day but that your father was too, it’s a fact that’s pretty hard for a reader to forget. The Tree Frog news editors would like to wish our dear friend Mike a very happy birthday – and wishes for a year ahead full of continued adventure, health and happiness! Cheers Mike!

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Locals fear loss of trees in Douglas Street bus plan

By Kendra Wong
Victoria News
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of activists are pushing back against B.C. Transit after learning the company plans on cutting down dozens of trees to make room for an express bus lane on Douglas Street. Earlier this week, the Victoria Citizens Action Network, a group of citizens working together on local and regional environmental and social justice issues, tied yellow ribbons to 26 trees between Hillside Street and Tolmie Avenue as part of a campaign to stop B.C. Transit from cutting down the trees. …However, locals are concerned about the loss of the trees, many of which are dozens of years old and were planted in 1921 to honour local soldiers who died in World War I, activists said. 

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City’s managed forest land bylaw stands

By Alistair Taylor
Campbell River Mirror
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest has decided not to launch a final challenge of the City of Campbell River’s authority to raise the tax rate on managed forest lands within city boundaries. The 60-day period for TimberWest to appeal a BC Court of Appeal ruling on the City of Campbell River’s 2014 Tax Rates Bylaw expired on March 29, meaning the BC Court of Appeal’s ruling is final. On Jan. 29, 2016 the BC Court of Appeal issued its judgment on TimberWest Corporation’s appeal of the BC Supreme Court decision upholding the City’s 2014 Tax Rates Bylaw. In its ruling, the BC Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed TimberWest’s argument that the city did not have the authority to raise the tax rate on managed forest lands within City boundaries. “We are pleased to hear that the BC Court of Appeal has upheld the City’s 2014 Tax Rates bylaw,” says Mayor Andy Adams. 

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SCRD still waiting to meet with Thomson

Coast Reporter
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the latest controversy over logging in the Chapman Creek watershed nears the two-month mark, Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) officials are still waiting for a face-to-face meeting with the Minister of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations. AJB Investments started logging a block of private managed forest it owns in the area north of the airport in early February. The group Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) threw up a blockade within days. SCRD chair and Area B director Garry Nohr had been hoping to meet Minister Steve Thomson during a trip to Victoria this week, but it couldn’t be arranged. Nohr told Coast Reporter he’s now hoping for a meeting “in the next week or so.” ELF, meanwhile, continues to pressure the SCRD to buy the land from AJB.

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Logging on the Eastern Slopes prompts debate about watershed health

Calgary Herald
April 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Hidden behind a wall of trees, the feller buncher — a type of harvester used in logging — cuts the bottoms off several pine trees, bundles them together and throws them on to a pile. Its operator makes quick work, bringing down a stand of trees in minutes. The skidder, another heavy logging vehicle, pulls the cut trees out of the downed forest. …The industry has come under fire in recent years, particularly after the June 2013 flood swept through southern Alberta when some suggested clear cuts, roads and trails contributed to the deluge. It took another hit last fall after the NDP government banned logging in the Castle Wilderness Area. Despite the ban in southwestern Alberta, other operations along the Eastern Slopes — along with one in the Ghost wilderness area near Cochrane — continue to be the target of criticism about clear cut logging and watershed health.

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Ranching operations near Merritt audited

BC Forest Practices Board
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The holders of five range agreements for livestock grazing generally met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, according to an audit report released today. The audit identified a couple of streamside areas that were being impacted by cattle use, but overall, the range agreement areas are being well managed. “The board is pleased to see these range agreement holders are working hard to manage their livestock grazing on public land,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “The board recognizes that this area has been subject to serious drought conditions, reducing the forage available for grazing. In response, some range agreement holders have shown stewardship by voluntarily reducing the number of cattle they are grazing.”

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New Salmon Arm diploma option maps ties between information and geography

Nation Talk
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new two-year Environmental Studies diploma option at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus is focused on a growing area of research and study that integrates information and computer-based mapping. Beginning this fall, students can take the Geographic Information Science option in the Earth and Environmental Studies Diploma program. It is a field of expertise that is in increasing demand by everyone from police forces to forest companies, First Nations to smartphone app developers.

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Allowable annual cut decreased for Merritt area

The Merritt Herald
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s chief forester has immediately decreased the allowable annual cut in the Merritt timber supply area (TSA) from 2.4 million cubic metres down to 1.5 million. By March of 2021 it will decrease to 1.2 million cubic metres. This is the second decrease of Merritt’s TSA in six years. In 2010, the allowable annual cut decreased from 2.8 million cubic metres to 2.4 million. This new allowable annual cut is comparable to those set before the mountain pine beetle epidemic began. “Now that we have nearly completed salvage harvesting of mountain pine beetle-affected stands in the Merritt timber supply area, my new determination signals a return to more sustainable harvesting practices that will support and ensure the long-term timber supply,” said chief forester Diane Nicholls in a press release.

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A losing battle against an ash killer

Official say it’s likely all ash in Guelph are now infested with the killer beetle
Guelph Today
April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The losing battle against the emerald ash borer continues in Guelph and the surrounding area, as forestry experts take measures designed primarily to protect the public. Nothing much can be done now to keep the little green bug at bay and the trees alive, those experts say. But there is some hope for ash survival in the future. Martin Neumann, Guelph’s manager of parks operations and forestry, said Thursday it is likely that most ash trees in Guelph are now infested with the beetles. Once a tree is compromised, he said, it has about a year or two to live. Dead trees will eventually fall, and so they much be cut down wherever they pose a threat to people and property. Proactive management is happening now to ensure public safety in the future, he indicated.

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Northern Sierra snowpack much improved; local surveys are today

The Porterville Recorder
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Snow surveyors with Sequoia National Forest and Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest are conducting their April 1 snow surveys today. On Wednesday, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) found a Northern California snowpack in better shape than in any of the past four years. …  Gehrke’s message today was essentially the same one he delivered four weeks ago at Phillips: “While for many parts of the state there will be significant gains in both reservoir storage and stream flow, the effects of previous dry years will remain for now.”

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U.S. Forest Service conducts large-scale tree-felling operation

The Porterville Recorder
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PONDEROSA — The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are bustling with activity as workers clear overgrowth and fell dead and hazardous trees. On Tuesday, three units of at least 18 crew members were dispersed throughout the Western Divide Ranger District of the forest between the Coy Flat Campground near Camp Nelson and Ponderosa near Quaking Aspen meadow. Working grueling 10-12 hour shifts, the crews fell or clear 80-240 trees a day. But it’s a drop in the bucket, or a leaf in the forest, when one considers that 70,000 dead trees surround the 3,000-acre patch of land around Camp Nelson. “It’s a challenge, absolutely,” said Seneca Smith, a public information officer for Sequoia National Forest as well as a fire prevention officer based out of the Angeles National Forest.

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Bat-killing disease found in Washington state, first in West

Associated Press in The Washington Post
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — A fungal disease that has killed millions of bats nationwide has spread to Washington state, the first time white-nose syndrome has turned up in the western United States, federal wildlife officials said Thursday. Testing verified the disease in one bat found about 30 miles east of Seattle. The disease does not affect people or other animals, but bats are valuable because they eat mosquitoes and other insects that damage trees and commercial crops. The news is concerning, though not entirely surprising because the fungal disease spreads rapidly, wildlife officials say. It has killed more than 6 million hibernating bats in 28 states and five Canadian provinces since it was first documented nearly a decade ago in New York.

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Experts Optimistic About 2016 Northern Rockies Fire Season

Montana Public Radio
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana wildfire experts have peered into their crystal ball, and they like what they’re seeing. “Right now we’re feeling pretty confident that we’re going to have an average fire season across the Northern Rockies region this year, as opposed to the well-above-average fire season that we had last year.” That’s meteorologist Bryan Henry at the Northern Rockies Coordination Center in Missoula. “We typically have a severe fire season once every three years. Last year was our latest severe fire season.” According to the Forest Service, last year’s fire season nationwide was the most expensive on record. It cost almost $2 billion to fight the fires that burned almost 10 million acres. Montana alone shelled out almost $11 million to battle wildfires that cooked over 334,000 acres.

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Judge rules against Forest Service in N. Idaho road dispute

Associated Press in Salt Lake Tribune
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Boise, Idaho • The U.S. Forest Service erred in deciding Idaho officials planning a logging project didn’t need a special use permit to use a road that crosses private property within a Wild and Scenic River corridor, a federal judge has ruled. The Forest Service failed to consider requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act pertaining to the Selway River in northern Idaho, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in the ruling issued Monday. “It’s a good strong ruling under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act,” said Laird Lucas, an attorney for Advocates for the West representing Idaho Rivers United and property owners Morgan and Olga Wright.

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Tree Grower of the Year

Harrington resident uses land for profit and conservation
Smyrna Clayton Sun Times
March 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Daniel R. Tartt says protecting the Earth’s natural resources is a matter of common sense: “If you don’t take care of your natural resources they’re going to leave you.” The Harrington resident has spent the past 13 years raising trees on a 50-acre farm. He isn’t in the business of harvesting trees for timber alone. Much of the property is dedicated to creating a natural wildlife habitat, where he grows loblolly pine and other native Delaware species. His interest in combining business and conservation efforts earned him 2016 Tree Farmer of the Year from the Delaware Forestry Association. Tartt was given the award at the March 18 Delaware Forestry Association meeting.

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Governor signs bill honoring long-time working forest owners

Associated Press in The Washington Post
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed into law legislation aimed at honoring Virginia families who have owned working forestland for a century or more. The state Department of Forestry said Wednesday that the program is the first of its kind in the country. State officials estimate that 1,000 families are eligible to be part of the “century forest” program. To receive the designation, a property must have been owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years, have at least 20 contiguous acres of managed forest and have a history of timber harvests.

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Cold Stream may be Maine’s last wildlife habitat conservation project

By George Smith, past Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
Bangor Daily News
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It was great news for sure. After years of work, Maine has purchased the Cold Stream forest, 8,159 acres near the Forks that includes more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering area and lots of fantastic wild brook trout habitat. …The Trust for Public Land and Trout Unlimited made the purchase, using a variety of funding, and transferred the land to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, where it has become part of the state’s Public Reserve Lands. …But it could be the last wildlife habitat conservation project, at least for the next several years. The funding for this purchase, $7.34 million, came from the US Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program (FLP) and the Land for Maine’s Future Program (LMF).

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Milroy appointed to forestry council

Superior Telegram
April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, was appointed to the Wisconsin Council on Forestry. Created in 2002, the Council on Forestry brings together leaders to guide sustainable forestry initiatives in Wisconsin. Appointed by the governor, council members include elected officials, industry leaders and forestry representatives. The counties of northwest Wisconsin are among the most heavily-forested in the state. The 73rd Assembly District, which Milroy represents, is home to many businesses in the forest-products industry, an industry that employs more than 62,000 workers statewide. Milroy understands the diverse challenges facing the forestry industry.

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Safety fears after forestry death

New Zealand Herald
April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Police have released the name of the forestry worker who died after a tree fell on him in Northern Hawke’s Bay yesterday. He was Blair David Palmer, 53 of Napier. Mr Palmer was an experienced forestry foreman and had worked in the industry for some time. …Worksafe NZ are investigating the incident and the man’s death has been referred to the coroner. Meanwhile Workers’ unions are asking safety inspectors to investigate whether pressure to get logs out of forests amid a surge in timber prices could be behind a spate of tragedies. The call came after yesterday’s death in Pohokura Forest. Police said the alarm was raised just after 1pm, and police and an ambulance went to the scene inland of Tutira and north of the Napier-Taupo highway.

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Deaths should strengthen industry’s resolve to work harder

By the Forest Industry Safety Council
New Zealand Scoop
April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The deaths of four workers in the past three months is a sad reminder that the forestry industry still has much work to do to improve its safety performance, the Forestry Industry Safety Council (FISC) says. “These deaths are a tragedy for the families and forestry crews involved,” says FISC National Safety Director Fiona Ewing. “They should strengthen the industry’s resolve to work even harder to make forestry safe for the people working in the industry.” The fatalities compare with three forestry death in all of 2015 and one in 2014. Forestry fatalities hit a high of 10 in 2013 – which prompted an independent review that among other things recommended the creation of FISC to coordinate industry and government harm prevention efforts.

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Being hard-headed on softwood forests

April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

YOU don’t have to live in a forest, for wood to be all around you. It might not always look like wood, and it’s rarely ever labelled as wood, but so much of our everyday environment is made from it. You can get up from your wooden bed, open the wooden door in your timber-framed house and spend all day living, working and playing surrounded by wood. Food packaging, kitchens, furniture, buildings, newspapers (if, like me, you still enjoy turning and folding your pages), park benches, the carton your coffee or tea comes in and much more. These products are made from wood and it comes from forests. …This link from wood products back to the forest is widely appreciated in most other countries, but we lost our “wood culture” many decades ago, even in Scotland. Now the UK is the third largest net importer of wood in the world. We expect others to produce our raw materials.

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New safety laws force forestry industry to take stock of shocking fatality record video

Stuff.co.nz
April 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the back blocks of Te Horo, a handful of forestry workers are tackling one of the country’s more challenging sites. With a road that feels much steeper than the 18 degrees gradient it’s on, there’s lots of slipping and sliding involved for the men working on the slope after the tree-fellers have done their job. . …Forestry is an industry which has had more than its fair share of fatalities. Twenty-seven forestry workers have died in the last five years, four of them this year alone. So there are high hopes that new health and safety rules coming in on Monday will improve those statistics. But the industry suffered another death on Thursday when a forestry worker was crushed by a tree while on working on Pan Pac’s Pohukura forestry block north of Napier.

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Europe’s oldest forest is threatened by a beetle infestation – let nature take its course

The Conversation
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bia?owieza Forest is the kind of place you imagine from the Grimm fairy tales. Huge firs, oaks and ashes tower over you, woodpeckers and other birds call all around you and the guides who work there know the intimate history, and names, of many individual trees. …Felling around Bia?owieza has been controlled in the past; quotas were set in 2012 to limit how much wood could be removed. However by 2015, 90% of that quota had already been logged – and the new proposals will triple the permitted volume of logging. …However, both local scientists and NGOs, such as Greenpeace Polska, argue that removing damaged trees will cause more harm than good and that further logging is driven by economic rather than management interests.

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Forestry Tasmania restructure to be outlined in April

The Advocate
March 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE state government is expected to this month provide details on a wood residue solution for the South. Detailed proposals were due in February, and the forest industry has criticised the time taken to find a solution. Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein said on Thursday he would “provide clarity” in April. Forest Industries Association Tasmania chief executive Terry Edwards said in February the process had been “highly secretive” and was impacting on which coupes Forestry Tasmania could log. The government has indicated that a biomass plant is one option short listed, and 15 proposals went to the final stage. Meanwhile, a contract to oversee the sale of Forestry Tasmania’s plantation assets is yet to be awarded more than two months after closing.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Government, Industry Representatives Examine Wyoming’s Biomass Industry

KOWB
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Representatives of government agencies and private industry met in Laramie Tuesday to begin a three-day conference regarding the management of Wyoming’s biomass. Carson Engelskirger of the Wyoming State Forestry Division says the conference will run through Thursday at the UW Conference Center with an aim of developing an action plan to expand a sustainable forest biomass industry in Wyoming. “We have an abundance of dead trees on the surrounding forest throughout Wyoming following the pine beetle,” says Engelskirger. “We have increased wildfire activity in the summers, and so is there a balance here that we can do to utilize this resource before it burns up?”

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Wyden supports additional FY 2017 bioenergy funding

Biomass Magazine
March 31, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is advocating for increased production of sustainable biomass to heat and power homes and businesses while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. Wyden issued two letters to Senate appropriators in March, highlighting the important role of biomass programs at the U.S. forest Service and U.S. Department of Energy. According to Wyden, bioenergy not only provides a source of low-carbon energy, it provides a way to utilize dead trees, underbrush and other wood material that overcrowd forests and worsen the risk of wildfires. As a result, the production of biomass energy helps restore healthier, more resilient forests.

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Biomass Power’s Momentum in Maine

Biomass Magazine
March 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In the first few months of 2016, Maine lawmakers and the media have shown that when the (wood) chips are down, they will rally to do everything in their power to keep plants open. Biomass currently provides 25 percent of Maine’s total power, not just renewable electricity, and it is encouraging to see that many Mainers want to keep it that way. On Jan. 1, Massachusetts put into effect new regulations that require any biomass facility selling power on the New England grid to meet an arbitrary 50 percent efficiency standard to qualify for Massachusetts renewable energy credits (RECs). This disqualifies any standalone biomass facility without a steam host, a category into which falls the entire New England biomass fleet operating today. As a result, two Maine facilities have announced impending closure by the end of March, if the policy is not reversed.

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General

Being hard-headed on softwood forests

April 1, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

YOU don’t have to live in a forest, for wood to be all around you. It might not always look like wood, and it’s rarely ever labelled as wood, but so much of our everyday environment is made from it. You can get up from your wooden bed, open the wooden door in your timber-framed house and spend all day living, working and playing surrounded by wood. Food packaging, kitchens, furniture, buildings, newspapers (if, like me, you still enjoy turning and folding your pages), park benches, the carton your coffee or tea comes in and much more. These products are made from wood and it comes from forests. …This link from wood products back to the forest is widely appreciated in most other countries, but we lost our “wood culture” many decades ago, even in Scotland. Now the UK is the third largest net importer of wood in the world. We expect others to produce our raw materials.

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