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Daily Archives: August 5, 2016

Business & Politics

Editorial: Fix problem with Canadian timber subsidies

The Bend Bulletin
August 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Portland, must sometimes feel that old issues never die, they simply fade into the background for a time. Thus, this week he urged negotiators to come up with a trade agreement that will slow the influx of Canadian wood to the U.S. It’s a problem he’s faced periodically since first going to Washington as a U.S. representative in 1981. . … Since the pact expired, lumber imports from Canada have increased by 43 percent. Worse, American timber companies cannot compete with Canadian prices, which, they argue, the government subsidizes. It does so, they contend, in part by charging Canadian timber companies far less to harvest from government land than they would pay in the U.S.

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Fair trade is a jobs issue (Opinion)

by Steve Swanson, President and CEO, Swanson Group
The Oregonian
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Oregon jobs are at risk from subsidized Canadian lumber. Unless we can find a solution in the coming months to address Canadian government policies that give Canadian mills a regular supply of logs at below-market rates, thousands of jobs could be lost. As an active board member of the U.S. Lumber Coalition, a lumber mill owner and a member of a great community here in Oregon, I know too well what the impact will be if we aren’t able to stanch the massive flow of subsidized lumber from Canada. …The forestry, logging and wood products industry directly employs approximately 32,000 workers here in Oregon, with an estimated payroll income for those workers exceeding $1.6 billion per year. Because Canada refuses to play by the rules, many of those jobs, that income and associated tax revenues are at risk of being eliminated.

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Crofton mill outages impact Catalyst quarter

Cowichan Valley Citizen
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper, which owns the Crofton mill, recorded a net loss of $26.6 million for the second quarter of the fiscal year, which ended on June 30. That’s compared to the company’s net earnings of $16.9 million in the previous quarter. A statement from Catalyst attributed the loss in the second quarter to the fact that the company’s operating results were negatively impacted by the stronger Canadian dollar, lower production and sales volumes, the continued impact of the countervailing duty on exports to the United States of “super-calendered paper”, and higher maintenance and power costs for its Canadian operations.

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Sino-Forest auditor BDO agrees to multimillion settlement

By Janet McFarland
The Globe and Mail
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Former Sino-Forest Corp. auditor BDO Ltd. has agreed to pay $8.77-million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by investors who alleged BDO allowed the forestry company to misrepresent its financial statements in 2005 and 2006. The payment, which still requires court approval, comes on top of a $117-million settlement negotiated with Ernst & Young LLP, which was Sino-Forest’s auditor from 2007 until the company’s collapse in 2011. END OF STORY

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Weyerhaeuser Lags Q2 Earnings, Revises Segments

Nasdaq
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Company’s WY second-quarter 2016 results came in below expectations. The company’s earnings, before special items were 17 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate 20 cents by 15%. Also, the bottom line decreased 22.7% from the year-ago tally of 22 cents. Talking about Weyerhaeuser’s top-line performance, net sales totaled $1.655 billion, below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.84 billion. However, the top line grew 23% year over year. During second-quarter 2016, Weyerhaeuser announced the sale of its pulp and liquid packaging board facilities and hence, has treated the entire Cellulose Fibers segment as discontinued item in the quarter.

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Northwest Hardwoods lays off more than 40 amid supply shortage

Longview Daily News
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


Northwest Hardwoods laid off more than 40 employees at its Longview mill in the wake of the company’s struggle to secure a steady supply of raw materials. The hardwood company says it temporarily laid off second-shift workers in July, but last week made those layoffs permanent. The raw material shortage means the company can’t support a second shift, said Brian Narramore, vice president of human resources at Northwest Hardwoods. The lumber company is a big regional player in the hardwood industry, processing alder and maple woods in Longview and several other locations in Washington and Oregon.

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Businesses worry over new water pollution rules

Longview Daily News
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Under a new proposed state rule, Washingtonians will one day be able to eat more fish without worrying about increasing their risk of cancer from toxic substances.  The state submitted its updated clean water rule for federal approval this week. In part, the proposal regulates water pollution by measuring people’s risk of cancer from eating fish. The updated rule would set stricter regulations for all businesses and government entities that deal with treating wastewater, including the KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. and Weyerhaeuser Co. paper mills in Cowlitz County and the regional sewage treatment plant on Fibre Way. It’s the result of a four-year long effort to rehash how the state controls water pollution.

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Hammond lumber mills again are first in safety

Boothbay Register
August 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Northeast Lumber Manufacturers Association (NeLMA) announced in June that it has given Hammond Lumber Company four awards for outstanding safety performance during 2016 at Hammond’s sawmill and planer mill in Belgrade. The awards are given to mills operating in the New England states, plus New York and Pennsylvania. A Maine family-owned business founded in 1953, Hammond finished first in Division 2 for the combined operations of both mills. Divisions are determined by the number of worker-hours logged during a calendar year. A Division 1 classification represents 1 to 25,000 hours, while Division 2 represents 25,000 to 50,000 hours.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Millions of FSC-certified products will be used at Rio 2016

By the Forest Stewardship Council
Eco-Business
August 4, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Attending Rio 2016 this summer? If so, you’ll almost certainly come into contact with more than one FSC-certified product and, by extension, will be supporting the growth of responsible forestry worldwide. In preparation for the Rio Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has released a comprehensive list detailing all of the places where responsibly managed wood-based products have been used for the construction and promotion of the Games. This has been enabled by a partnership with the Rio 2016 Committee to increase environmental awareness around the games, and ensure the responsible use of forest products.

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Forestry

B.C. man uses poplar trees to take recycling to a whole new level

By Mark Hume
The Globe and Mail
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

David Derbowka has long turned to trees to clean up toxic landfills, using plantations of poplars to draw contaminants from polluted soil. Now he is teaming up with a University of British Columbia chemist in a project aimed at extracting from the trees the chemicals they absorbed through their extensive root systems. It is taking recycling to a new level, using plant metabolism and modern science to reclaim chemicals that otherwise might pollute aquifers. “My hope is to provide hope for people on the Earth – to just show the world there is a way to repair the damage that’s been done,” Mr. Derbowka, founder and chief executive of Passive Remediation Systems Ltd., said Thursday.

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Logging project helped trigger Cherryville landslide

By Megan Turcato
Global News
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


More than four years after a Cherryville landslide almost destroyed a home, provincial documents that shed light on the cause of the slide have been made public. The reports backup what locals have feared all along – an upslope logging project helped trigger the slide. Both Weyerhaeuser (WEYCO), which built logging roads in the area, and Tolko, which did the logging, have now been fined in connection with this slide. In a compliance and enforcement report an investigator wrote that “Tolko’s harvesting on steep ground failed to maintain surface drainage which resulted in a landslide that caused damage to crown timber, soils, water, biodiversity and endangered the public.”

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Report into 2012 Cherryville slide made public

by Richard Rolke
Vernon Morning Star
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents are reigniting calls for restricted logging activities on the hills above them after viewing details into a landslide. Freedom of Information requests have led to the Ministry of Forests releasing investigation and geotechnical reports into a slide that roared down Cherry Ridge and came close to a home in April 2012. …A ministry report indicates that staff were at the slide site May 15, 2012 and “the resulting investigation identified the lack of drainage structures and improper placement of drainage structures directly contributed to the cause of the Cherry Ridge landslide.” …As a result of the 2012 slide investigation, the ministry assessed $14,500 in penalties against Weyerhaeuser and $12,000 against Tolko Industries.

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UBC partnership aims to recycle environmental contaminants

Kelowna Daily Courier
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

UBC is partnering with a BC company to turn soil contaminants into household products. As part of the partnership, UBC Okanagan chemist Susan Murch will work with Passive Remediation Systems Ltd. (PRS) to find ways to pull natural and industrial chemicals out of vegetation that is being used to remediate a decommissioned landfill in Salmon Arm, BC. …The project involves 1,100 poplar trees planted at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District landfill in 2011. The trees act as a sponge, drawing chemicals out of the ground, and UBC will be looking at ways to extract the chemicals absorbed by the poplars so they can be recycled.

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Thinning Project Near Roaring Lion Fire Stopped By Lawsuit (audio)

Montana Public Radio
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Part of the Bitterroot National Forest that’s burning in the Roaring Lion fire southwest of Hamilton was just a couple of weeks away from being logged and thinned – both to sell timber and to reduce fire danger. But a lawsuit filed three weeks after the project was approved put a halt to it. Timber sales and thinning projects can have an impact on whether wildfires start and their ability to spread, but don’t necessarily guarantee improved fire safety. To get the background on the logging and thinning project the lawsuit opposes, I talked to Eric Winthers, the ranger for the Darby-Sula district on the Bitterroot National Forest. He spoke outside a crowded public meeting in Hamilton on Monday.

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Town considering expansion of Scrag Forest

By Chris Keating
The Valley Reporter
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Waitsfield could add 110 acres to Scrag Forest if voters are willing to tap funds from the town’s conservation fund to be added to a federal grant that the town has received. On July 28, the Waitsfield Conservation Commission and Liza Walker of the Vermont Land Trust presented this idea to the public in a public forum at Waitsfield Elementary School. In 1991, the Scrag Mountain Corporation donated 360 acres of forest to Waitsfield, earmarked for recreation, habitat protection and sustainable logging practices that would benefit the town. Since then, through anonymous donors, the town forest has grown to 640 acres.

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Local fire officials concerned over Forestry layoffs

By Geoff Pender
The Clarion-Ledger
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Mississippi Forestry Commission has laid off 25 workers, including all its arson investigators and equipment mechanics, and eliminated six vacant positions because of state budget cuts. State Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said late Thursday that his office would take over forest fire investigations after the Forestry layoffs. A Forestry official said this week that “services to the public won’t be affected” by the layoffs and that firefighting crews were not cut. But state and local-level fire officials, who said they were caught by surprise by the layoffs, and others say that’s not true. They said other agencies lack expertise to investigate forest arson. They said many of the mechanics being laid off did double duty in firefighting or other services.

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New seedlings from conservation expedition will replace Kent’s tallest tree

UK Forestry Commission
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Kent’s tallest tree, the “Old Man of Kent”, has been an iconic part of the Forestry Commission’s conifer collection at Bedgebury National Pinetum, near Goudhurst, Kent, and sadly it has now reached the end of its natural life and was felled yesterday. …Believed to be around 150 years old and standing at 50 metres tall, the tree which was part of the original Bedgebury estate plantings, has become well-known as Kent’s tallest tree and well regarded with great affection by Bedgebury’s many visitors and staff over the years. Whilst it is sad when a majestic old tree comes to the end of its natural life, the important conservation work that is carried out at Bedgebury means that there is hope for the future protection of endangered species with new seedlings being grown in the nursery all the time.

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Forest Fires

Ten new forest fires reported in the Northeast today

Forest fire hazard is high to extreme across most of the region.
Sudbury.com
August 4, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

…North Bay 32, located 12.5 km west of Latchford in Kittson Township (more specifically: east of East Lady Evelyn Lake), has been resized at 59 hectares and its status is not under control. There is no imminent threat to any structures or values at this time. Aerial and ground suppression efforts are ongoing. 6 ground crews are currently committed to North Bay 32, they are working to establish a perimeter around the fire. Cochrane 11 is being observed at 15 hectares, Hearst 12 is being held at 5 hectares, North Bay 35 is being held at 1 hectare

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More than 2 dozen large wildfires burn in Western states

Voice of America
August 4, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Federal officials say 27 large wildfires are burning in the West. Hot, dry temperatures often combined with winds have made firefighting conditions difficult, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. Here’s a look at some of the fires burning Wednesday on a state by state basis…
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Roaring Lion Fire calms Thursday, giving firefighters a chance to build containment lines

by PERRY BACKUS
Ravalli Republic
August 4, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters had a good day Wednesday building line and dousing hot spots on the Roaring Lion Fire and expect the same for Thursday. The hope is to have lines shored up on the southern end of the fire before the next weather front blows through sometime over the weekend. Nonetheless, residents are not being allowed to return to the mandatory evacuation because dangers, such as falling trees and downed lines, remain. … The fire grew by over 500 acres Wednesday and is currently estimated to cover 7,752 acres. The cost of firefighting efforts so far is over $2.1 million. On Thursday, the fire danger was moved to “very high” on the entire Bitterroot National Forest. That means fires will spread rapidly and a have a quick increase in intensity following ignition.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Viewpoint: Wood pellet demand in U.K. holds promise for Georgia’s forest industry

By Tim Echols
Atlanta Business Chronicle
August 4, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

For decades, generating electricity has been all about boiling water. Typically, you can boil water by burning coal, oil or natural gas or even through a nuclear reaction using uranium. That steam turns a turbine which turns a generator creating our electricity. On a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I had the opportunity to see a Georgia product being burned to produce electricity for the British. It is something we may need to consider in our own state one day. I visited the Drax Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire. First opening its doors in 1974, Drax is the largest power station in the UK, responsible for supplying around 8% of the country’s electricity. While the power station was originally constructed as a coal-burning facility, Drax embarked on a journey in 2003 to shift toward using renewable biomass as the primary fuel source for its power generation.

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