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Daily Archives: June 28, 2016

Business & Politics

Temporary layoffs at Port Hawkesbury Paper over, could happen again

Weeklong shutdown affected about half the mill’s 330 employees
CBC News
June 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Port Hawkesbury Paper mill has ended its temporarily layoffs as planned after one week. The facility in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., temporarily stopped production of supercalendered paper — the smoother, thinner paper often used in magazines. The development manager at the mill, Marc Dube, said about half the mill’s 330 employees were affected, and about 40 per cent of them took the stoppage as vacation. He said he can’t guarantee that similar stoppages won’t happen, but he’d prefer they didn’t. Dube said their customers’ orders change size so the mill can’t produce stock rolls in advance.

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NZ export log prices fall in June

By Tina Morrison
New Zealand Scoop
June 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices slid to a five-month low in June as returns were hurt by a stronger local currency and an increase in shipping costs. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs dropped to $116 in June, from $120 a tonne in May, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and saw millers. That’s the lowest level since January’s $115 a tonne. Shipping costs to China, the country’s largest log export market, rose this month to US$16.20/JAS, from US$14.70/JAS last month, following an increase in oil prices and a decline in ship visits as demand waned for fertiliser and palm kernel. The New Zealand dollar also strengthened 4 percent over the month after the Reserve Bank refrained from cutting interest rates, making the nation’s log exports less competitive.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood buildings reaching higher

By Wallace Immen
The Globe and Mail
June 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Liberty Village, just west of Toronto’s core, is a beehive of construction, and the materials of choice are concrete and steel. But the developer of a planned new office building at 80 Atlantic Ave. is taking a radical approach that once wasn’t radical at all. It will be the first mid-rise commercial building in Ontario to be built of wood in nearly a century. “We’re trying to create more supply of the kind of office environment in demand,” explains Jeff Hull, president of Hullmark Development Ltd. …Their material of choice for 80 Atlantic is cross-laminated wood: structural members made of layers of fir and spruce that are laid in different directions and pressure cured with environmentally safe adhesive. There will be a concrete foundation with two storeys of underground parking. The first floor will also be a concrete slab, but from there up, the structure will have wood posts, beams and floors.

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Dubai teens honoured for fireproof foam invention – made from wood

By Dana Moukhallati
The National
June 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Three teenagers are hoping that their environmentally friendly and fireproof foam made from wood will soon be used in the construction industry. Aisha Al Zarooni, 17, Shahed Al Hoot, 16, and Meera Al Hashmi, 16, all of Al Ittihad Private School Jumeirah, were recently honoured by Civil Defence for their invention. Maj Gen Jassem Al Marzouqi, Civil Defence Commander-in-Chief at the Ministry of Interior, said that the girls’ innovative creation could end up saving lives and property. …We found that the main cause of the [recent high-rise] fire incidents was the heat-insulating materials that are currently used, since they aren’t efficient enough to deal with the climatic conditions in the UAE,” said Aisha. …Shahed, who aims to be a chemical engineer, said she wanted to be one of the first girls to solve the problem of fires. “We found polystyrene material was one of the main causes.”

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Canning Bridge: One of Perth’s original timber crossings still strong after decades of wear and tear

ABC News, Australia
June 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Canning Bridge has been linking Perth to Fremantle since 1849, and despite having to be rebuilt four times, the timber structure remains strong. The bridge, which crosses the Canning River between Como and Applecross, is only eight kilometres from the centre of Perth. …But the bridge had also reached the end of its life after 30 years, when the fourth and final bridge was built in 1939, adjacent to the third bridge. “It’s constructed of timber. Karri, Jarrah and Wandoo and they are fairly resistant to fire, particularly Jarrah which wears extremely well in water,” he said.

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France’s Avril targets wood panel industry with rapeseed-based resin

Reuters
June 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

French oilseed group Avril announced on Monday a joint venture to invest 72 million euros ($79 million) in producing a resin ingredient from rapeseed that it says will let the wood panel industry make savings on traditional chemicals. The joint venture with Israeli start-up Biopolymer Technologies and state investment bank BPI France is the latest effort by Avril to find new markets for oilseed crops produced by the French farmers that control the group. …The new venture plans to launch a pilot this year after doing tests with wood panel firms, before progressively building up industrial capacity with the aim of producing around 50,000 tonnes per year of the biosourced chemical by 2020-2022.

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Australia’s first sustainable timber office building at Barangaroo

Construction Industry News
June 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LENDLEASE has set a new benchmark in the use of sustainable building materials with the announcement that Barangaroo will be home to Australia’s first engineered timber office. To be completed next year, International House Sydney will be made from cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (Glulam). Constructed with wood, CLT has a far lower carbon footprint than other building materials; the production process produces zero waste; and timbers are sourced from certified sustainably managed forests. The building is designed by Jonathon Evans and Alex Tzannes from architectural practice Tzannes.

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Forestry

‘Significant gaps’ in knowledge of caribou and fish in N.W.T.: audit

Effects of climate change, development and predators on caribou populations one of the missing pieces
CBC News
June 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new audit on the environment in the N.W.T. says there is ‘significant’ research missing on the caribou and fish populations in the territory. The 2015 Northwest Territories Environmental Audit was tabled in the legislative assembly today. The audit, which was conducted by Ontario-based consulting company Arcadis Canada Inc., looks at how well the territory is evaluating the trends of its environment — most importantly, the trends of specific caribou herds, fish species and bodies of water. The audit says the territory’s Mackenzie Valley regulatory system has been “generally effective” and has “continued to improve” since it was last reviewed in 2010. But it also says there is still a lot of work to be done because there are “significant information gaps” that need to be closed.

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Weevil invasion chews through Nova Scotia’s beech trees

The European weevil mines European beech trees and extracts nutrients from the leaves
CBC News
June 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A tiny insect is eating its way through Nova Scotia’s beech trees, but scientists think a new treatment could be approved this fall to stop the invasion. Dr. Jon Sweeney, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, says the province has had beech leaf mining weevils since at least 2012. Trees infected then are dying now. “When the populations are high, it almost looks like the foliage has been scorched,” he said. Sweeney said fall 2015 saw “quite a bit of mortality,” especially around Bedford. In 2014, scientists monitored areas known to have the insect (Bedford), areas known to have a few (Oakfield Provincial Park) and those clear (Mount Uniacke). It is still only found in Nova Scotia, but it is spreading and thickening.

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Forest Service seeks input on West Yellowstone thinning project

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
June 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal officials are seeking public input on a 5,900-acre project that includes logging and prescribed burning near Hebgen Lake. On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service released an environmental assessment and a draft finding of no significant impact for the North Hebgen Multiple Resource Project, which includes plans to thin and burn areas north of West Yellowstone. The work is meant to reduce wildfire risk and improve habitat for wildlife and tree species. “It’s really a fuels reduction project and a project designed to enhance aspen and whitebark pine stands,” said Marna Daley, a Forest Service spokeswoman. The project comes after months of analysis by forest officials and work done by the Custer Gallatin Working Group, a community collaborative that includes people from environmental groups, county commissions and industry representatives.

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Company fakes beaver attacks to produce aspen tree seeds

The Telegraph
June 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Seed sellers are faking beaver attacks on aspen trees in an attempt to halt their 20-year decline as they are resistant to killer disease ash dieback. Aspen trees rarely give up their seeds and send up tiny suckers through the surrounding ground which makes breeding them difficult. Since ash dieback started to spread from the continent to the UK in 2012, fears have been raised over the supply of aspen trees as landowners favoured the species. Now a Shropshire tree provider is ripping bark off aspen trees to emulate attack from beavers, which are extinct in the UK. Stress has been shown to cause aspen trees to produce seeds.

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‘Rule-breaker’ forests in Andes and Amazon revealed by remote spectral sensing

EurekaAlert!
June 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Washington, DC– It turns out that forests in the Andean and western Amazonian regions of South America break long-understood rules about how ecosystems are put together, according to new research led by Carnegie’s Greg Asner and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their findings could help scientists understand how tropical forests will respond to global climate change. One of forest ecology’s fundamental undertakings has long focused on how tree growth is influenced by a host of environmental factors ranging from soils and elevation to hydrology and climate.

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Forest Fires

As peatlands dry out from climate change, wildfire risk increases

‘Megafires’ result from severe drying, says McMaster researcher
CBC News
June 28, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Peatlands are one of the staples of the boreal forest that sweeps across Canada. The 185 billion tonnes of mossy wetlands across the country can act as firebreaks, literally dampening the flames as they move across the landscape. But when dried, the peatlands are a tinderbox — and a new study says the latter is becoming more and more common as the climate warms. “Fire risk is going to become greater,” says researcher Dr. Mike Waddington of McMaster University. “It’ll burn more often, the area burned will increase, but most importantly is the severity of that burning.” Peat fires are especially smoky. A 2010 peatland fire near Moscow was responsible for more than 3,000 deaths from poor air quality. They can also burrow underground and re-emerge days or even months after appearing to have been put out.

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Chemawawin, Easterville to lift state of emergency after Manitoba forest fires

CBC News
June 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The state of emergency for Chemawawin Cree Nation and Easterville is expected to be lifted Monday afternoon after a rainy weekend helped combat forest fires near the Manitoba communities. The area about 400 kilometres north of Winnipeg has been under the state of emergency since last week as flames crept as close as 100 metres to homes. Chemawawin Chief Clarence Easter said late Sunday evening that provincial conservation officials reported the fire was no longer affecting the community.

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Thunderstorm sparks fire on Whistler Mountain

Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm warning for the region earlier on Monday
CBC News
June 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Forestry crews are battling a wildfire on Whistler Mountain Monday night. Whistler Blackcomb spokesperson Lauren Everest said the fire is burning but is under control. She said the fire was started by a lightning strike and grew to two hectares, with no risk to people or buildings. Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region earlier on Monday evening, but it has since ended. People in the area were reporting pea-sized hail, heavy rain and intense lightning and thunder.

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As Fort McMurray rebuilds, fire chief wants more wildfire resilience

Canadian Press in the Victoria Colonist
June 28, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The man who led the fight against the wildfire that devastated parts of Fort McMurray in May is urging changes to the way homes are rebuilt to avoid similar destruction in the future. Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen says houses in the northern Alberta city should be built much further away from the dense boreal forest that surrounds them and be made out of materials that prevent fire from spreading as easily — from the kind of shingles used to a home’s siding. “Maybe they’re not allowed to have a wooden fence anymore, maybe it’s a wire fence. Maybe the front row that backs onto that wildland, they must have a stucco interior or a metal exterior — not siding, not cedar shingles. .

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Forest fire hazard remains extreme today

Sudbury.com
June 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are two new forest fires burning in the northeast, and ongoing dry conditions mean the forest fire hazard remains extreme in some parts of the northeast. The two new fires are Algonquin Park 10, which is not under control, at 0.1 hectares; and North Bay 20, also not under control, at 0.5 hectares. …The current forest fire hazard is low to extreme across the Northeast Region.

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Bouctouche fire crews have blaze ‘contained’

No evacuations, 10,000 were without power
CBC News
June 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters in Bouctouche have now contained a forest fire near the town. The New Brunswick government’s website listed the fire as out of control earlier on Monday, but firefighters now say they have it under control. “The latest is that we’ve got it contained,” said Guy Richard, assistant chief with Saint-Antoine’s fire department. “DNR (Department of Natural Resources) is going to have some guys there overnight just to watch it, and they’re probably going to continue on the fight there tomorrow.” Richard said the call first came in at 3:39 p.m. and the contained fire area is about 6.5 hectares, located along Chemin St Joseph.

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Forest fire could take several days to extinguish

The Telegram
June 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East

FENWICK, N.S. – It’s likely going to take more than a day to extinguish a forest fire burning between Fenwick and Chignecto. Firefighters from several county fire departments, including Amherst and Springhill, were called to the area late Monday afternoon to deal with the fire. Helicopters and an aerial water bomber were also in use as the fire proved stubborn. “It’s very, very dry in there and the wind was pretty strong,” Mike Johnson of EMO Cumberland Couty said on Monday night. “The wind is easing up and the temperature is dropping so it’s helping.” Natural Resources was expected to call fire crews out of the woods at dusk and firefighting operations will resume early in the morning. Johnson expects firefighters will be at it for several days before the fire is out completely.

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Beaver Creek Fire expected to spread

Wyoming Tribune Eagle
June 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters continued efforts to fight the Beaver Creek Fire, which is entering its second week of burning. The fire is now about 6,200 acres and is just northwest of Walden, Colorado, and about two miles south of the Wyoming state line. Smoke from the fire has been visible in parts of the Front Range, including Cheyenne, since the fire began. Due to weather patterns, residents in communities closer to the fire, including Laramie, may smell smoke today. According to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, two outbuildings (structures such as sheds) have been burned, but residences in the area have been saved so far. About 60 residences or cabins are threatened by the fire. The fire is expected to spread due to weather conditions.

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General

Forest fire index hits high across P.E.I.

CBC News
June 28, 2016
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada East, Canada

Continuing warm, sunny weather has raised the forest fire index to high from one end of P.E.I. to the other. Strong winds had pushed the index to extreme in the eastern and central areas of the province early last week, but they fell to moderate as the winds died down. All burning permits in the province are invalid. Campfires for cooking are permitted provided they are built in properly constructed campfire sites. With temperatures hitting 27 C Monday and a forecast high of 26 C Tuesday, the index could increase again.

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