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Business & Politics

Canfor Reports Results For Second Quarter Of 2016

Canada Newswire
July 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


VANCOUVER,  – Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP) today reported net income attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net income”) of $36.0 million, or $0.27 per share, for the second quarter of 2016, compared to shareholder net income of $26.0 million, or $0.20 per share, for the first quarter of 2016 and shareholder net income of $11.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the second quarter of 2015. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company’s shareholder net income was $62.0 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to $40.4 million, or $0.30 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2015.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announces second quarter 2016 results and quarterly dividend

Canada Newswire
July 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (“CPPI”) (TSX: CFX) today reported net income of $2.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of 2016, compared to $23.1 million, or $0.34 per share, for the first quarter of 2016 and $17.7 million, or $0.25 per share, for the second quarter of 2015. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company’s net income was $25.3 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to $45.7 million, or $0.65 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2015.

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Regulators propose higher levels of toxic chemicals in Florida’s water

By Mary Ellen Klas
Tampa Bay Times
July 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

TALLAHASSEE — A state panel will decide today whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state’s water quality standards in 24 years. …Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s new cancer-risk measurement is supported by the pulp and paper industry, which sees it as “more scientifically advanced as it addresses compounded conservatism, links risk targets with environmental concentrations, improves transparency and makes greater use of available data,” Jerry Schwartz of the American Forest and Paper Association wrote in a letter to DEP last month.

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Domtar Corporation Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Business Wire
July 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FORT MILL, S.C.—-Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today reported net earnings of $18 million ($0.29 per share) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to net earnings of $4 million ($0.06 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 and net earnings of $38 million ($0.60 per share) for the second quarter of 2015. Sales for the second quarter of 2016 were $1.3 billion. Excluding items listed below, the Company had earnings before items1 of $38 million ($0.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to earnings before items1 of $22 million ($0.35 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 and earnings before items1 of $39 million ($0.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2015.

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Hardwood flooring maker Lumber Liquidators sales fall

Reuters in CNBC
July 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber Liquidators’ quarterly sales fell for the fifth straight quarter as the company struggles to convince customers its hardwood flooring is safe amid fears that some of its products could cause cancer. The company’s shares fell nearly 6 percent in light premarket trading. Lumber Liquidators has been facing heat not just from regulators but also from consumers and shareholders after CBS’s “60 Minutes” report alleged in March last year that the company had sold flooring with dangerously high levels of formaldehyde. Sales at stores open at least a year dropped 7.2 percent in the second quarter ended June 30.

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NZ forest industry heading for a crash

By New Zealand First Party
New Zealand Scoop
July 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand’s third largest export earner, forestry, is heading for a major crash unless steps are made to restrain the excessive exporting of raw logs, says New Zealand First. “The growth of unprocessed log exports, mainly to China, has got out of control and it is destroying any chance of growth to the value added sector here in New Zealand,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. “Today we have no control, no laws, and no careful and astute management of one of our greatest resources. “Instead we’re reaching a level where our forests are being plundered. “In 2000 the amount of raw logs exported was 5806 cubic meters – in 2011 it was up to 11,679 and it has stayed in this excessive range ever since – last year it was 16,099 cubic meters.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2015 Wood Design Manual is now available!

Canadian Wood Council
July 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Wood Design Manual is the essential wood design publication. The 2015 edition (published 2016) is updated in compliance with National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2015 and CSA Standard O86-2014. The major updates include the mechanics based approach for determining the shear resistance of shearwalls and diaphragms along with the selection tables that were developed based on this methodology, updated nails, screws and bolts selection tables, and design information on mid-rise wood frame construction. The 2015 Wood Design Manual includes the “Engineering design in wood” Standard (CSA O86-14).

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Forestry

Moth infestation in northern N.B. likely spruce budworm

People in Campbellton and Dalhousie reporting massive infestation, coating cars and parking lots
CBC News
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The milllions of moths that have been carpeting parking lots, cars and even people in the Campbellton-Dalhousie area over the past couple of days are likely related to the dreaded spruce budworm. Rob Johns, an insect ecologist with Natural Resources Canada, says the influx seems to be a migration of spruce budworm moths and is likely due the current weather conditions.”These naturally warm weather conditions tend to cause updrafts, which allow the moths to be pulled up into the atmosphere and they can be carried hundreds of kilometres away.” Johns says this mass migration is likely coming down from the Baie Comeau area of Quebec, which is experiencing a spruce budworm outbreak.

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Wilderness expansion closes many out of recreational opportunities

By Harold Brunstad
The Daily World
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Regarding The Daily World article of July 2, “REI, Patagonia throw their weight behind Wild Olympics,” apparently the Wild Olympics campaign has been successful in drumming up some new heavyweight support to advance their Olympic National Forest Wilderness agenda while they are tied up in negotiations with peninsula lumber mills as one of the chosen stakeholders in Congressman Derek Kilmer’s Olympic Peninsula Forest Collaborative. With the objective of squeezing a little more timber harvest from the Olympic National Forest, the collaborative’s negotiation parameters are guided by the National Forest Management Act overlain by the very harvest restrictive Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) which reduced the Olympic Forest harvest from 150 million board feet to 35 million board feet per year.

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Why Oregon’s timber harvest fell below the 4B board feet mark

Portland Business Journal
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s timber harvest fell by 8 percent in 2015, dipping below 4 billion board feet for the first time since 2012. The Department of Forestry attributed the decline to a range of factors, but mostly to a drop in exports to Asia, where a slowing economy in China is reducing demand for Oregon logs. Despite the overall decline to 3.79 billion board feet, there were segments in the state that saw increases, including on United States Forest Service lands on the east side of the Cascades. That harvest was up 14 percent, marking a second consecutive year of growth, which ODF credited to stewardship contract work. Under an innovative 10-year contract awarded in 2013, restoration work on the Malheur National Forest is structured to provide a steady stream of timber for local processing.

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In Phoenix, an ambitious plan aims to cover 25% of the metropolis with tree shade

By William Yardley
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This Southwest capital presents a distinctive postcard: brutal heat, desert peaks, sprawling subdivisions and endless asphalt. Richard Adkins wants to add another image: trees. “I’ve heard most of the jokes and I can deal with them – ‘Phoenix, really, you have trees?…” Under a plan Adkins is developing with the support of city officials, 25% of Phoenix would have tree canopy by the year 2030. That would be a notable increase from the current situation: A recent study determined that overall canopy in the city is less than half that. …The way Adkins describes one non-native he and other arborists in the Southwest have grown fond of, the Chinese pistache, offers a window into just how much is asked of a tree in urban Arizona.

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They did it their way

The World Newspaper
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS COUNTY — Thousands of years before scientists and federal officials began managing forests, Coquille Indians tended the woods their own way. They lived by the rule, “Take what you need, but leave some for the others.” That philosophy still guides the tribe’s approach to forest management, though on a much smaller scale…. “We are the only ones that took that Northwest Forest Plan and put it out on the landscape and made it a success,” said George Smith, the tribe’s executive director. Unlike other public lands agencies, the tribe has met the Clinton-era plan’s economic, biological and environmental standards. Its sustainable, ecosystem-friendly approach to forest management also has been certified as meeting the environmental, social and economic performance standards of the international Forest Stewardship Council — the acknowledged gold standard for forest management.

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New model is first to predict tree growth in earliest stages of tree life

By Nathan Hurst
Phys.Org
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Land managers, forestry professionals and conservationists seek to predict how trees will grow so they can better manage existing forests and regrow forests after logging operations. Previous tree growth models can reasonably predict how trees grow once they are about 20 years old and achieve “crown closure” with the trees in the forest around them. Crown closure occurs when trees in a specific area grow wide and tall enough that their canopies connect. Now, University of Missouri researchers have created a new statistical model that accurately predicts tree growth from when they are first planted until they reach crown closure.

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How tree hugging can give you a natural high

By Lizzie Pook
iNews UK
July 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… I’ve been busy hugging trees – not in the metaphorical “conservation warrior” sense, but in a very literal way, throwing my arms around the trunk of a willow or yew. …Recently published research found that only 3 per cent of us believe we spend enough time with nature, despite the fact that over 90 per cent say that it makes us feel happier. …“When we’re in the presence of trees, our heart rate changes, calming and rebalancing the systems that regulate our emotions,” says Richardson. He believes we should be quite literally embracing nature, because trees have what he calls a “soft fascination”, which “gently occupies our senses, providing a soothing influence”.

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Waroona pines see new lease on life

Mandurah Mail Australia
July 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One million seedlings have been planted in Waroona by the Forest Products Comission since the devastating Yarloop bushfires in January, with work increasing further into the year. Forestry Minister Mia Davies, who visited replanting operations in Mclarty Block this week, said the Federal Government had comitted $6.7 million to replant 2,200 hectares of damaged softwood. About 2,800 hectares of pine plantation were damaged by the bushfires. “The commission is on track to replant 864ha of state-owned plantations this year at a cost of $2.3 million, with 1,626ha to be planted next winter,” Ms Davies said. “Replanting this valuable resource will support the sustainability of the softwood industry into the future.”

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Environmentalists launch tree frog-removal project

By Huang Shu-li and William Hetherington
Taipei Times
July 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An invasive species, the spot-legged tree frog, has reportedly disrupted the local ecosystem, prompting conservationists to track down and remove the animals from wetlands. Members of the Wild Bird Society of Yunlin and the Taiwan Sustainable Union on Saturday launched an operation to remove the frogs from local forests, saying they were concerned that the frogs, which breed rapidly and feed on the eggs and tadpoles of local frog species, are a threat to the survival of the indigenous population. Taiwan Sustainable Union secretary-general Chan Tsung-ta (???) said the spot-legged frog is indigenous to southern China, Indochina and South Asia and was first seen in Taiwan in Taichung in 2006.

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Forest Fires

Forest fire in Enderby

Castanet
July 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hugh Murdoch with the B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire is one hectare in size and not expected to grow. “We are pretty confident it will not get any bigger,” said Murdoch. Along with one helicopter, there is a B.C. Wildfire Service initial attack crew and unit crew – totalling 21 forestry firefighters – assisting the Enderby fire department in tackling the blaze. There is no word on the cause of the fire. …Ground crews and a helicopter are attacking an interface fire in the Enderby area. Darren Popoff was working near the Twin Lakes District where the fire is burning Tuesday afternoon.

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Fires in northwest Wyoming grow, more evacuations

Associated Press in the Billings Gazette
July 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE — A large wildfire burning in the Shoshone National Forest in northwest Wyoming has prompted more evacuations and attracted more resources, including a Wyoming National Guard unit. The fire west of Dubois has burned nearly 11 square miles and is threatening about 290 seasonal homes and guest ranches in the area. Wyoming state forester Bill Crapser said about 900 people have been evacuated. No structures have been lost so far. Gov. Matt Mead activated a National Guard medivac helicopter and its crew to assist. More specialized firefighters and large air tankers are being added to the fight. There is no containment.

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Intensive effort keeps fast-growing brush fire away from Avimor homes

Idaho Statesman
July 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Flames and firefighting planes came close to the Avimor subdivision Tuesday evening, but no homes were threatened and the active fire headed away from the development, officials said. As of 8:30 p.m., the fire was 10 percent contained, burning in grass and brush, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reports. Its leading edge was 50-percent active and heading northeast, away from homes, BLM reports. The Highway 55 Fire grew fast in hot, dry conditions, going from 30 acres to 250 acres within a couple of hours and prompting intensive response from various agencies to protect structures. The fire began on private property and efforts were led by the Eagle Fire Department, but by 7:30 p.m. it had burned onto BLM land, the agency reports.

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Sand fire updates: More than 37,000 acres burned in Santa Clarita Valley mountains

Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The effort to control the raging Sand fire in the Santa Clarita Valley mountains has drawn firefighters and emergency crews in the hills toward Acton. So far, the fire has burned 37,701 acres. A total of 2,982 firefighters are battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The wildfire prompted the evacuation of at least 10,000 homes, although late Monday, officials allowed most evacuees to return to their homes. The blaze is 25% contained. At least 18 homes have been destroyed. A state of emergency was issued Tuesday for Los Angeles County, where the Sand fire has scorched 37,473 acres, destroyed homes and led to at least one fatality.

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Most evacuations canceled for Southern California wildfire

Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman
July 25, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The majority of some 20,000 people forced from their homes by a wildfire that exploded during the weekend were told they could return home Monday night, though an army of firefighters continued battling flames in the rugged hills and canyons northwest of Los Angeles. Residents of two neighborhoods still under threat had to remain out of their homes, the U.S. Forest Service said, after a day when the fire grew only slightly to about 55 square miles (142.26 sq. kilometers). So far 18 residences were confirmed destroyed in the blaze that started Friday afternoon and quickly tore through drought-ravaged brush that hadn’t burned in decades.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Alberta awards $13M to researchers and companies for biomass development

Canadian Press in Canadia Business
July 27, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it is providing nearly $13 million in funding to help create new uses for agricultural and forestry products through the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions agency. The funding is to go to 61 researchers and companies looking to develop industrial bioproducts or technologies that use plant materials known as biomass. The government says the program is meant to help diversify and strengthen the economy by adding value to the province’s renewable resources. Projects ranging from early research to commercial applications will receive funding, including ones developing smart windows, fire retardants and building materials.

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This year’s wildfires are bad. Climate change will make future ones worse

By Anthony LeRoy Westerling
The Guardian
July 26, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Once again, it is fire season in the western United States. This month, the extreme fire that seems to test the bounds of our recent, place-based memory of how fires behave is the Sand Fire burning north of Los Angeles. Last year, there was the Butte fire in northern California and the Okanogan complex in Washington. In 2014 and 2013, the King and Rim fires in Sierra Nevada forests. The Black Forest fire in 2013 in Colorado. In 2012, the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires among others in Colorado, the Long Draw and Miller Homestead fires in Oregon and the Whitewater-Baldy complex in New Mexico. In 2011, the Wallow and Horseshoe fires in Arizona and the Los Conchas in New Mexico. The list goes on.

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Flashmob criticizes forest destruction during American Pellet Fuels Institute Conference at Grove Park Inn

From the Dogwood Alliance
Mountain Xpress press release
July 26, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Asheville, N.C. – In the early evening of July 24, as attendees were arriving at the American Pellet Fuels Institute Conference at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, a spontaneous Flashmob broke into song and dance playfully criticizing key conference goers Enviva and Drax for their role in the logging and damage to precious forests across the Southern United States. The group sang revised lyrics to the Talking Head’s “Burning Down the House,” which they titled “Burning Down the Forest.” The goal of the event was to highlight how some of the largest companies at the conference have been actively clearcutting forests across the Southern U.S. to turn them into wood pellets and ship them to Europe to be burned for electricity at the expense of our forests, climate, and rural communities.

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