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Daily Archives: May 25, 2016

Special Feature

Canada’s forestry sector at vanguard of climate change action

Industry focused on pursuing sustainable and innovative technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says CEO of FPAC
Mountain View Gazette
May 24, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

As the world’s nations work towards reducing their dependence on fossil fuels in favour of cleaner and more sustainable alternatives, industries must either adapt and innovate or face obsolescence. This fact is not lost on the Forest Products Association of Canada, which recently announced a plan for the sector to reduce its emissions by 30 megatons by the year 2030. “This is not a fashionable cause for the forest sector,” said Derek Nighbor, the association’s chief executive officer. “We wanted to be clear with governments about the forest sector’s ability to do more.” The association is quite proud of the role the forest sector has played in climate change in recent decades, and strongly believes that by 2030, the industry can contribute to a reduction of 30 megatons of CO2. 

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper stock soars 700% on proposed acquisition

By Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
May 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Shares in Richmond-based Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) jumped more than 700% Tuesday after the company announced that Indian papermaker Kejriwal Group International is interested in acquiring it.The Mumbai, India-based company has committed to paying $6 a share for Catalyst shares not held by the company’s four largest stakeholders, prompting the surge in price for Catalyst shares.The deal involves KGI acquiring the shares of Catalyst held by the four principal stakeholders and exchanging the debt instruments they hold in the B.C. pulp and paper company for a new term loan. They also plan on exchanging payment-in-kind notes for a US$260.5 million term loan.

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Canada could be pressed into reopening NAFTA, U.S. lawmaker says

By Alexander Panetta
Canadian Press in The Chronicle Herald
May 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

WASHINGTON — Canada might be forced to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement if the next U.S. president insists upon it, a Washington lawmaker said Tuesday. The California congressman said the northern neighbour is so trade-reliant on the U.S. that it couldn’t easily ignore an American ultimatum on revising the deal. “We could walk away from NAFTA any time,” said Darrell Issa, who sits on different congressional committees dedicated to intellectual property, foreign affairs and trade. “We’ve always been able to.”

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Catalyst Paper Corporation a target for takeover

By Dave Brindle
Powell River Peak
May 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation (CPC) has received an expression of intent for its acquisition from an international corporation with headquarters in India. If accepted, the acquisition would give Kejriwal Group International (KGI) majority control of CPC. The proposed acquisition involves CPC’s four largest shareholders, including Mudrick Capital Management, Cyrus Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Stonehill Capital Management. Mudrick, Cyrus, Oaktree and Stonehill currently controls 79 percent of CPC shares. The expression of intent details a transaction in which KGI acquires majority shares at $6 per share. On news of the potential acquisition, shares in CPC rose dramatically on the TSX, from 59 cents on Friday, May 20, to a close of $5 on Tuesday, May 24, an increase of almost 750 per cent and their highest level in more than five years.

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Pulpmills in Eastern Canada Have Become More Competitive

from Wood Resources International LLC
Businesswire Press Release
May 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HELSINKI—Wood costs for pulp mills in Eastern Canada have fallen dramatically the past four years, and the region has some of the lowest wood fiber costs in North America, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. In 2012, pulp mills in Ontario and Quebec had some of the highest wood fiber costs on the continent. Softwood fiber prices in Eastern Canada have been in steady decline for over four years, and in the 1Q/16 were at their lowest levels in almost 15 years. The shrinking pulp industry in Ontario and Quebec has become more competitive with fiber costs matching many other regions of North America in early 2016, as reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR).

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One-on-One With Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle Simons

REIT Magazine
May 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

…Fast forward to today, and the company Weyerhaeuser founded continues to think big. In November 2015, Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) announced it would merge with rival timberland REIT Plum Creek. The transaction was finalized in February, making Weyerhaeuser one of the largest REITs in the U.S. and the nation’s largest non-governmental owner of timberland. Doyle Simons, the company’s president and CEO, recently spoke with REIT magazine about the merger, the outlook for timber prices, the growing role of wood in commercial construction and more.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The incredible possibilities of ‘invisible’ wood

By Stephy Chung
CNN
May 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Wood has been the building block of some of the world’s greatest architectural feats for thousands of years. As architects and engineers look for more sustainable, green materials to build with — new research has brought the material back into the limelight, in an entirely unexpected way Over the past year, scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park have worked to develop a superior, transparent version of wood. The “invisible” wood — as Dr. Liangbing Hu of the University’s Department of Material Science and Engineering describes it — is sturdier than traditional wood, and can be used in place of less environmentally friendly materials, such as plastics.

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Forestry

Clearcut city? Rise of Condos Means Razed Trees, Bird Evictions

Vancouver has lost hundreds of hectares of canopy in just two decades.
The Tyee
May 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The logging crew made short work of the forest, tearing down the trees, yanking out the roots and feeding the branches — just coming into bud — into a shredder. The forest, clearcut this spring to make way for the massive River District development in southeast Vancouver, was a wild tangle of cottonwoods and shrubs that made ideal habitat for woodpeckers, chickadees and hummingbirds. The birds scattered as the trees fell. And migrating songbirds, such as the yellow warblers featured in the River District’s promotional materials, now arriving in “bird friendly” Vancouver will have to look elsewhere for food and nesting sites. The city says it is committed to creating “conditions for native birds to thrive” as part of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s bid to make Vancouver the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. Yet the urban forest has shrunk at an alarming rate, and it continues to shrink as condominiums rise across the city.

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Timmins man fined for illegal timber harvest

Timmins Press
May 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – A Timmins man has been fined $7,515 for illegally harvesting Crown timber. Alexander Blaquiere pleaded guilty to harvesting timber in a Crown forest without a forest resource licence. Court heard that on April 19, 2015, a conservation officer observed evidence of logging activity in the McKeown Township area, southwest of Timmins. An investigation determined that Blaquiere was responsible for the logging operation, which included the use of heavy equipment to pull cut trees out of the Crown forest. 

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BLM reopens comments on monument transportation plan

Mail Tribune
May 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument users will have more chances to speak their mind about federal land managers’ plans to close or decommission from six to 165 miles of old logging roads within the monument to help preserve the land’s biodiversity but retain public access. The Bureau of Land Management has reopened public comment on its long-awaited draft transportation plan, which grapples with how to address 412 miles of roads that everyone from hunters and birders to wildland firefighters use to access a 60,434-acre chunk of the monument east of Ashland. The initial public comment period lapsed May 9, but BLM managers today extended that deadline on its Draft Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Transportation Management Plan and Environmental Assessment through Aug. 18.

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Guest Opinion: BLM’s management plan is insufficient

By Colleen Roberts and Kelley Minty Morris
Mail Tribune
May 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We Oregonians love our public lands. We also love clean air and safe communities and we expect the federal government to keep its promises. The recent proposal by the Bureau of Land Management for managing local lands into the foreseeable future doesn’t promote the Oregon we love. It does not ensure clean air, it takes away our access to vital county services like jails and sheriff’s deputies, and it breaks the promise the federal government made with the people under the O&C Act. The O&C lands are legally unique: Congress directed all timber lands shall be managed under the principles of sustained yield. “All” means exactly that. Yet the BLM has allocated a mere 19 percent of the planning area to long-term sustained yield management under the proposed plan. 

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Use of parasitic wasps to fight ash borer grows to 24 states

Associated Press in The Washington Post
May 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DES MOINES, Iowa — Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states as the battle against the tree-killing borer is now biological. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has researched and approved for release four species of parasitic wasps that naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer, which has killed an estimated 38 million ash trees in urban and residential areas. The estimated cost of treating, removing, and replacing the lost trees is $25 billion, according to a report written by USDA and U.S. Forest Service entomologists earlier this month.

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Forest Fires

Fort McMurray wildfire strength dampened by cooler conditions; multiple oilsands camps cleared for re-entry

By Paige Parsons
Edmonton Journal
May 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cool, damp weather across Alberta during the Victoria Day long-weekend has been a boon for firefighters, and improved conditions have allowed re-entry to begin for many oilsands facilities.  Fort McMurray didn’t get the drenching of rain–or snow–that other parts of the province did, but Alberta wildfire information officer Laura Stewart said lower temperatures and a forecast of rain for the next 48 hours had allowed for positive development. “Conditions have improved with the cooler, wetter weather. Things are going really well and firefighters continue to meet objectives,” Stewart said on Monday morning. Environment Canada was forecasting a high of 20 C for Fort McMurray on Monday, with a 60 per cent chance of showers. 

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B.C. firefighters head to Alberta and Ontario

Province says crews can be recalled at any moment if B.C. wildfire conditions get worse
CBC News
May 24, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 200 B.C. firefighters and dozens of wildfire personnel are headed to Alberta and Ontario to help fire crews there, the provincial government announced Tuesday. Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said 98 firefighters will be deployed to help put out the wildfire near Fort McMurray and 100 firefighters will go to Thunder Bay to fight wildfires in northern Ontario. “Now that the level of fire activity has decreased in B.C., I am pleased that we are able to increase our level of assistance to Alberta and to provide assistance to Ontario,” Thomson said in a written statement.

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11 human-caused wild fires each day of long weekend reported: MNR

By Jon Thompson
Thunder Bay News Watch
May 24, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Despite a two-week-long fire ban across Northwestern Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry responded to 11 human-caused wildfires every day over the May long weekend. “We have all of these resources committed and we’re still running into a major problem with people not adhering to the ban,” said MNRF fire information officer Debbie MacLean. Ministry staff laid charges for illegal campfires, bonfires and garbage fires across the region. MacLean said teams are fighting forest fires in the Kenora, Fort Frances, Red Lake, Wawa, Nipigon, Greenstone and Thunder Bay districts, along with a 75,000-hectare fire in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and adding double-digit, human-caused fires to that workload daily is putting undue strain on the MNRF’s capacity.

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New forest fire may pose threat to White River area

Forest fire Wawa 7 has consumed over 20 hectares of forest near White River and closed both highways that meet in that community
Sudbury.com
May 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hydro ONE is reporting power outages between White River and Mobert along Highway 17. That outage was caused by forest fire Wawa 7. About 600 people are affected and crews are working to restore power. Hydro ONE is aiming to have power on to those people by 11 p.m. this evening. There is another outage reported between Hearst and Parthia on Highway 11 as well as further north up the highway in the vicinity of Highway 631. There is also a power outage on Highway 17 in the vicinity of Highway 614. This outage has been attributed to a pole fire and power is expected to be up again shortly.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Not all wood pellets are carbon-neutral, says environmental advocate

‘When wood pellets are made up of… whole trees you end up increasing carbon emissions’
CBC News
May 25, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

An environmental advocate says the wood pellet industry is damaging ecosystems in the United States and wants emerging jurisdictions like the Northwest Territories to proceed cautiously. Sasha Stashwick, a senior advocate with the National Resource Defense Council in New York City, said the international demand for wood pellets is growing dramatically, and weak regulations allowed clear-cutting in the southeast United States. She said when living trees are used to make wood pellets, instead of wood-mill leftovers, wood pellets are no longer carbon neutral — one of the reasons the N.W.T. government decided to promote the product as a replacement for fossil fuels.

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