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Daily Archives: July 22, 2016

Business & Politics

U.S. Senators ‘inaccurate’ on lumber claim: Premiers

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in the Langley Times
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Premier Christy Clark and other provincial and territorial leaders have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to refute the latest lumber trade action by U.S. interests. “Unfair and inaccurate allegations of Canadian lumber subsidies” have been made by 25 U.S. Senators to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, seeking a reduction in the cap on Canadian lumber sales, the premiers wrote from their meeting in Whitehorse this week. The premiers cited decisions by the World Trade Organization and NAFTA in 2006 that found Canadian subsidies to be less than one per cent and ineligible for trade action.

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West Fraser Announces Second Quarter Results

Marketwired
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BC – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. reported earnings of $98 million or $1.22 basic earnings per share on sales of $1,111 million in the second quarter of 2016. These results compare with previous periods as shown in the table below. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted earnings and Adjusted basic EPS as described in this News Release reflect the adjustments described in the tables referred to in the section titled “Non-IFRS Measures” on page 12 of our 2016 second quarter Management’s Discussion & Analysis. … Our second quarter operating results affirm our expectation that we should exceed our 2015 lumber production by over 400 MMfbm. We expect to see continued gradual improvement in lumber prices as U.S. new home construction returns to average historical levels.

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Chamber pens forest industry recommendations

by Mike Davies
Campbell River Mirror
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Campbell River Chamber of Commerce has presented the provincial government with a list of recommendations for how to address some of the challenges facing the forestry industry. The letter from the chamber was submitted to the BC Chamber Policy Review Board this past February and was approved at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting in May. The document, titled, “Creation of a Stable and Prosperous Forest Industry,” says that the provincial forestry industry – one of the key economic drivers of this region, in particular – is struggling because too much land is being taken away from the timber harvesting land base (THLB) for the creation of “Protected Areas and Conservancies.”

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Canfor opens two wood pellet plants in British Columbia

Bioenergy Insight
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood processing specialist Canfor has opened two new wood pellet plants worth C$58 million (€40.3m) in Canada’s British Columbia. The two plants, located at Fort St. John and Chetwynd, were built at Canfor’s existing sawmills and have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets, Prince George Citizen reports. …”[The plants] play an important role in maximising the value of our fibre with their production of sustainable wood pellets from once waste-bound sawmill residues,” Canfor CEO Don Kayne said in a statement. Kayne says the installation of an organic rankine cycle (ORC), which functions as a power plant, has made the Chetwynd pellet plant self-sufficient in renewable heat and electricity.

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Hanley Wood and The Hanly Foundation Announce 2016 Hanley Award and $50,000 Prize Go to Rick Fedrizzi

Press Release Rocket
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood announced today that Rick Fedrizzi, Founding Chair and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C., has been selected as the seventh recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability. The Hanley Award is recognized as the largest and most prestigious annual award for sustainability in the built environment. …The award is dedicated to identifying and honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to sustainability, and who have greatly influenced policy and industry response to critical environmental challenges in the United States.

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Closures prompt uncertainty for Flathead lumber industry ?

NBC Montana
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL, Mont. – The closure of two Columbia Falls lumber mills is sending shockwaves across the entire Flathead lumber industry. Rep. Ryan Zinke toured Stoltze Lumber Thursday. The company is still open. Zinke is in town to promote the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, a bill that would directly affect the lumber industry. The vice president of Stoltze, Chuck Roady, says the closure of two Weyerhaeuser mills left the area without infrastructure other mills depend on. “Some of the plants that Weyerhaeuser has, we need to stay in place,” Roady said. “And even though we compete mightily at the big table for that timber and that wood, we need the infrastructure of all of us to remain viable so we can all remain in Montana.”

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Boardman timber mill will close, eliminating 67 jobs

By Mike Rogoway
The Oregonian
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Upper Columbia Mill in Boardman will close in September, laying off 67 people who worked at the site, facility operator Collins Management Corp. told state officials Thursday. A small number of jobs may extend beyond the September 19 shutdown date, with a few operations continuing through October. The mill is closing because a well-known poplar tree farm adjacent to the site was sold several months ago to make way for a dairy and agricultural crops. The $35 million mill opened in 2008 and became one of the largest hardwood mills in North America.

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Blue Ridge Lumber increasing worldwide exports

WHSV
July 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced new exports of Virginia lumber to the United Kingdom. One of those companies is Blue Ridge Lumber, in Fishersville, which exports wood to more than 20 countries. The company started off small –35 years ago. They sell a variety of different kinds of wood. The company tells us they do up to $30 million in sales per year. The president of the company, Tom Sheets, said building relationships over the years has led to establishing reliable customers. …So far they have sold 670 truckloads of lumber this year. By the end of year, they expect to sell more than 1000 loads.

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Russia: log and lumber exports up in Jan-May 2016

IHB – The Timber Network
July 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In January-May 2016 Russia managed to increase its exports of log and lumber against the respective period of the last year, indicates the statistical data provided by the Russian Federal Customs Service. Thus, during the first 5 months of the current year, Russia exported 8.181 million m3 of unprocessed wood. In the respective period, the total amount of the Russian log exports came up to $560.9 million. In January-May 2015 Russian log exports reached 7.498 million m3 in volume terms, and $564.3 million in value terms. Therefore, in January-May 2016, Russian log exports grew in volume by 9.1%, but reduced in value by the insignificant 0.69%.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Quebec’s Origine project overcame hurdles

By Mary Baxter
Daily Commercial News
July 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

For any new development, the municipal approvals process can be daunting. So imagine the hurdles involved when the construction approach is something that has never been tried before in North America. Convincing government officials at different levels that a 13-storey condominium, with wood used to build 12 of those storeys, meets current building code standards was the task faced by a Quebec development team who broke ground on their project in June in Quebec City. The development will be the tallest such wooden structure in North America. “We started almost four years ago talking about that project,” says André Huot, Nordic Structures Inc. business development manager.

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Forestry

Debris of 4,900 trees cleared from Watkiss Way property

By Katherine Dedyna
Victoria Times Colonist
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The removal of massive amounts of debris from 24 acres on Watkiss Way — where 4,900 trees were cut down late last year to make way for hay — got underway Wednesday, with landowner Allen Vandekerkhove at the helm of an excavator. …Vandekerkhove logged the second-growth Douglas firs and cedars opposite Victoria General Hospital in December after failing to get Saanich council sanction to consider siting a regional sewage-treatment plant amid the trees. …The removal of the trees sparked an outcry in Saanich. Mayor Richard Atwell tried to intercede when the trees started to come down, but Vandekerkhove had already been issued a permit and could not be persuaded to cease logging to discuss other options.

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Sechelt Nation pens deal with province for 288 hectares

By Christine Wood
Sunshine Coast Reporter
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation has signed three agreements with the province that will see them get about 288 hectares of Crown land, a share of provincial forestry revenue of up to $484,137 per year, and $100,000 in capacity funding – and that’s just the beginning, both parties agree. The Nation has signed a reconciliation agreement, an interim forestry agreement and a government to government agreement with the province that will grant them certain rights and territory now, while leaving the door open for more negotiations in the future. The parcels of land included in the reconciliation agreement represent 148 hectares split between both sides of the head of Narrows Inlet, 100 hectares at the southwest mouth of Salmon Inlet and 40 hectares on the west side of Sechelt Inlet dubbed the Egmont Parcel.

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Regeneration dedicated to John Phare and wildfire fighters

By Jan Degrass
Sunshine Coast Reporter
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A dedication ceremony for Regeneration, an artwork by Gordon Halloran, took place outdoors by the Sechelt Visitor Centre last Saturday afternoon. The artist, District of Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne and the Sunshine Coast Community Forest’s David Lasser spoke to the public and thanked many contributors to the project. The sculpture, two charred cedar trees, is dedicated to all those who protect the forest from wildfires and especially to tree faller John Phare, who lost his life fighting the Old Sechelt Mine fire. In honour of Phare’s memory, eight members of the Wildfire Management Forest Service crew were also on hand to watch while Forest Protection staff member Stephen Gemmell unveiled the memorial plaque.

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Ideas floated around for forest

By Valerie MacDonald
Nothumberland Today
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTHUMBERLAND – While adopting a five-year silviculture (timber harvesting and forest conservation) plan during Wednesday’s meeting, some Northumberland County councillors offered suggestions about other potential development in the Northumberland Forest. “What about a theme park?” Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan said after county forest manager Ben Walters explained that as pines are harvested it is difficult to get good hardwood deciduous trees to grow well in the forest’s sandy soil. …Walters told councillors that the forest is governed by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act and an area of “the highest protection” – and some of these ideas would not be allowed.

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Assembly supports timber sale in special meeting

By Dan Rudy
Wrangell Sentinel Alaska
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The City and Borough of Wrangell has officially endorsed a plan being put forward by the United States Forest Service concerning future timber sales on the island. In a special meeting on July 15, the Borough Assembly gave its input on a letter of support being drafted by economic development coordinator Carol Rushmore. A final copy was formally submitted to the Wrangell Ranger District on Monday, the last day of the public comment period for its Wrangell timber sale’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The DEIS puts forward five alternatives for a Wrangell sale, with the agency-preferred Alternative 2 proposing the harvest of 65.1 million board feet (MMBF) on 5,309 acres of land over a 10-year period.

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Guest opinion: Zinke should support local public land collaboration, not D.C. mandates

By Tim Aldrich of Missoula – a founder of Hellgate Hunters and Anglers and a long-time leader of numerous other Montana outdoor conservation organizations
Billings Gazette
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke’s recent vote for a bill that would take up to 4 million acres of national forest out of public hands was a kick in the face to Montanans who support keeping public lands in public hands. Zinke has said time and again that he opposes transferring public lands, but actions speak louder than words when you vote for a bill like the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, HR 2316. Zinke has tried to talk his way out of responsibility for his vote. But all you have to do is read the bill to see how it would transfer control of federal public lands away from officials charged with representing all the citizens of this country and into the hands of a four-person committee of political appointees. 

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Letter: Cutting Forestry Service staff will hurt WV

By Diana C. Druga, Clarksburg
Charleston Gazette-Mail
July 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I am writing as a concerned citizen over the cutbacks on our Forestry staff! We, as West Virginians, pride ourself on our amazing land, how well our forests are cared for and maintained. Our land is part of all of us. Our forests bring tourists, which bring commerce and new businesses to our already struggling counties. Do not further hinder our well-being. Please, do not make this cut in our Forestry staff. I urge the governor not to do this to our land and communities! END OF STORY

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The land east of Baxter is special and worthy of a national monument

July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Everywhere I go all that I hear is there’s nothing there at the site of the proposed national monument but clearcuts and barren land. Well, I have to say that there is something special about the land Elliotsville Plantation Inc. wants to donate to the American people. There are several reasons the land is worthy of national monument designation: its natural beauty, cultural heritage, historical significance and the need to protect it before it disappears. One can sit on the edge of the Wassataquoik Stream watching the waters flow over the rocks knowing that upstream there are no signs of civilization. A stream filled from bank to bank with giant boulders dropped there by the glacier, its edges lined with a twisting esker. 

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Forestry and foreign policy with Don Carson

New Zealand Herald
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

We’d better get into some serious stuff on The Country or Dom will get fired. Thank goodness for Don Carson and The Farming Muster. Don has been in Otaki and Tolaga Bay and has seen some amazing technology in the forestry industry. The advances are vital for health and safety issues which have plagued forestry recently. Dom asks Don about the potential trade stoush with China. Dom hasn’t had much luck getting a definitive answer this week from politicians. Will Carson come down from the fence and have an opinion on the issue?

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Forest Fires

Woodland Caribou fire still rages, 20 per cent of provincial park consumed

CBC News
July 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire in a provincial park west of Red Lake, Ont. that started in May has still not officially been declared out by forest fire officials in northwestern Ontario. The blaze, known as Red Lake 003, is a suspected lightning-caused fire that started in Manitoba and crossed the provincial border into Woodland Caribou Park. It’s since burned over 74,000 hectares in Woodland Caribou, or about 20 per cent of the park. Acting park superintendent Lori Skitt said the fire is “by far largest forest fire that we’ve had in Woodland Caribou in recent history.” “Speaking with some of the water bomber pilots, who have over 20 years experience, this was some of the most extreme fire behaviour that they had seen,” she said.

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Does Using Airplanes to Put out Forest Fires Actually Work?

Precenomics
July 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

…Wildland firefighting is dangerous in its own right, even without the addition of military-grade aircraft. Since wildfire fighting became the business of the federal government in 1910, nearly 1,100 firefighters have died in the field. More aggressive firefighting policy and more severe fires have escalated the death rate. According to an analysis by the CDC, over 20 firefighters died each year between 2000-2013. A quarter of these were aviation-related. …Aerial firefighting—by helicopter, scooper plane, or chemical retardant-bearing airtanker—is dangerous, but it is also expensive, regularly misused, and, as some experts argue, emblematic of a long-standing, but entirely misguided, approach to U.S. forest fire policy. While wildland firefighters and forest fire researchers agree that the “aerial attack” can be an important component of effective firefighting strategy, its imprudent use can come at a steep financial, ecological, and human price.

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Bitterroot National Forest fire danger to move to high

NBC4 Washington
July 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON, Mont. – The following information was sent out by the Bitterroot National Forest. Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest will move back to High starting tomorrow. To date, fire crews have responded to 9 human-caused fires and 10 lightning-caused fires. All fires, except the Observation Fire, have been extinguished. …The Cedar Fire in Idaho, had smoke visible from the Bitterroot Valley this afternoon. This fire is located 23 miles northwest of Hamilton, burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forest. This fire is currently estimated to be 50 acres. Due to its relative remote location and its close proximity to previous years fires, long-term management of the fire is planned.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Love our forests — don’t burn them

July 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

…Industrial-scale wood pellet companies like Enviva are sending our forests to Europe to be burned as energy and employing some of the most destructive practices to log North Carolina forests. Since their entry to the Southeast, we have suffered greatly. By a conservative estimate, Enviva has harvested over 100,000 acres of standing forests since 2013 in North Carolina alone — an area 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. The vast majority of this is coming from precious hardwood and bottomland forests. All is to be sent to other countries for energy — and, even more, companies and politicians are labeling it as “green energy” that supposedly benefits the climate and our planet.  Burning forests to keep the lights on increases carbon emissions in the atmosphere for decades.

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Love our forests — don’t burn them

July 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

…Industrial-scale wood pellet companies like Enviva are sending our forests to Europe to be burned as energy and employing some of the most destructive practices to log North Carolina forests. Since their entry to the Southeast, we have suffered greatly. By a conservative estimate, Enviva has harvested over 100,000 acres of standing forests since 2013 in North Carolina alone — an area 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. The vast majority of this is coming from precious hardwood and bottomland forests. All is to be sent to other countries for energy — and, even more, companies and politicians are labeling it as “green energy” that supposedly benefits the climate and our planet.  Burning forests to keep the lights on increases carbon emissions in the atmosphere for decades.

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General

The land east of Baxter is special and worthy of a national monument

July 22, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Everywhere I go all that I hear is there’s nothing there at the site of the proposed national monument but clearcuts and barren land. Well, I have to say that there is something special about the land Elliotsville Plantation Inc. wants to donate to the American people. There are several reasons the land is worthy of national monument designation: its natural beauty, cultural heritage, historical significance and the need to protect it before it disappears. One can sit on the edge of the Wassataquoik Stream watching the waters flow over the rocks knowing that upstream there are no signs of civilization. A stream filled from bank to bank with giant boulders dropped there by the glacier, its edges lined with a twisting esker. 

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