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Business & Politics

Stella-Jones Reports Strong 2016 Second Quarter Results

MarketWired
August 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC– – Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016. “Stella-Jones’ strong sales growth in the second quarter stems from its greater reach in the residential lumber category and sustained demand in the railway tie category. Further improvement in operating profitability reflects economies of scale generated by higher volumes as well as our ongoing focus on optimizing network efficiencies,” said Brian McManus, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Toughen timber trade deal

The Register Guard
August 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Maybe Donald Trump ought to think about building his wall along the border between the United States and Canada — better yet, make it a wooden fence. Since a softwood trade agreement between the two countries expired last year, Canada’s lumber exports to the United States have increased 43 percent, and prices have been driven down by 25 percent. Canada is able to flood the market with low-cost lumber because its wood products industry is subsidized — a practice trade agreements are supposed to prevent. …Real fairness would require that Canadian timber be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Such a process would allow prices to accurately reflect the market value of timber, while also accounting for such factors as distance to markets, the quality of the timber and labor costs — as occurs in the United States. Producers on both sides of the border would then compete on the basis of their comparative advantages.

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More air quality testing

Castanet
August 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coldstream council is hoping the Ministry of Environment will conduct more air quality tests on emissions from the Tolko Industries and Pinnacle pellet plant operations in Lavington. A letter is being sent to the province in light of Tolko’s decision to request an amendment to its permit. “We’re asking that additional testing sites be established so we can eliminate the effect of the background pollution,” said Coun. Richard Enns. The ministry’s primary testing site is established close to the mill operations, he said. “The very small 2.4 microns is the harmful stuff,” said Enns, adding that particulate matter of that size is invisible to the eye and able to access the deepest recesses of the lungs.

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What’s Wrong With Resolute Forest Products

By Terry Schumacher
Seeking Alpha
August 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products, which is most notable for being the largest newsprint manufacturer in the world, looks like it is significantly undervalued in the stock market. Based on a recent stock price of $5.89, 89.5 million shares outstanding, net debt of $571 million, and latest twelve-month adjusted EBITDA of $267 million, the stock looks significantly undervalued. Enterprise value to adjusted EBITDA is just 4.1, and there is even the realistic prospect for earnings to improve in the coming years. However, it’s understandable why investors don’t tend to like the company and its stock.

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Industry off the hook for mercury monitoring at mill that poisoned Grassy Narrows First Nation

By Jody Porter
CBC News
August 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Taxpayers, not industry, will have to pay for environmental monitoring at a pulp mill in Dryden, Ont., infamous for its poisoning of people in two northern Ontario First Nations, according to a recent ruling by an Ontario court. Ontario was attempting to get two former owners of the mill to pay for ongoing monitoring at the mills former disposal site where 9,000 kilograms of mercury was dumped into the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s and 70s. But a deal struck by Ontario to facilitate the sale of the mill in 1979, helped protect the future owners of the mill, according to a ruling by the Ontario Superior Court in July.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fast+Epp: World’s Tallest Wood Building — One Step Closer to Completion Today

By Fast + Epp
Marketwired
August 9, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC–Today, the final wood panel is being installed in the UBC Brock Commons building by lead engineer Paul Fast of Fast+Epp Structural Engineers bringing the building one step closer to becoming the world’s tallest timber structure when it opens mid-2017. Thanks to three engineering features spearheaded by the engineering team, the University of British Columbia’s newest student residence overcame regulatory resistance and broke down numerous barriers standing in the way of using wood as the primary material in future mid-rise buildings in North America. There is a surge in US interest in using wood for large office and apartment buildings spurring Fast+Epp to recently expand operations into the US with offices in Seattle and New York. The UBC Brock Commons building is an engineering achievement that can be attributed first to simplicity; second to modularity; and, third to the use of cross laminated timber (CLT).

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UBC completes tallest wooden building in the world

by Jen St. Denis
Metro News
August 9, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was the real-life equivalent of the construction scene from The Lego Movie, minus the danceable soundtrack: workers rapidly built an 18-story building according to “the instructions” and lowered the final piece into place on Tuesday afternoon. The building on the University of British Columbia campus, which will be a new student residence, is currently the world’s tallest wood building. B.C.’s building and lumber industries are hoping it can serve as an example of a new type of construction. “Timber is a really underutilized building material,” said Paul Fast, founder of engineering firm Fast+Epp and lead engineer for the project. Wooden highrises are built with a product called cross-laminated timber (CLT): pieces of wood glued together to created blocks of various sizes

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Cross-laminated timber achieves safety requirements

Woodworking Network
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

RIDDLE, Ore. – D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, the nation’s first certified U.S. manufacturer of Cross-Laminated Timber, has become the first North American CLT manufacturer to achieve significant fire safety requirements under tests designed to gauge flame spread and fire resistance. No other manufacturer of CLT has been certified under the new APA/ANSI manufacturing standard and has subjected its panels to such rigorous tests. “We’re proud of our team and the quality of the CLT panels they’re manufacturing,” said Valerie Johnson, President of D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations. “Our panels are manufactured to the highest possible standards and perform safely under tough conditions. These tests prove you don’t sacrifice safety when you build with CLT.”

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Bugs in the Box American

By Matt Guasco, INF Marketing and Logistics, Inc. President
Journal of Transportation
August 9, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In 1996 the Asian Longhorn Beetle was responsible for millions of dollars in damage and destruction to maples, elm, horse chestnut, and willow trees in Brooklyn and the greater New York area. By 1998 a second infestation was discovered in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The Asian Longhorn, native to China and other Asian countries, was now threatening the mass destruction of trees almost seven thousand miles away. It was inconceivable! How could this happen? Where did it come from? How did the beetle manifest itself in the United States? … In order to salvage some of the harvest, tainted lumber was used to manufacture shipping pallets, pallets that came into the high volume ports of New York and Chicago with your apparel and holiday toys literally on its back.

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Concrete industry group questions cross-laminated timber safety

By Karl D. Forth
Woodworking Network
August 9, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Build with Strength, an industry campaign of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, is questioning the use of cross-laminated timber in construction. The group said that wood products can be a questionable building material for several reasons, and that concrete is more fire resistant, provides improved air quality, and is more environmentally responsible. The trade group said that the only houses standing in parts of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina were made with concrete. In the event of a large fire, such as those that have burned parts of the western states, the group said that concrete would be a better material.

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UN report pushes for wood in construction as Tasmania develops timber-first policy

ArchitechtureAU
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Using wood and wood-based materials in construction and products in place of non-renewable materials like concrete, metal, brick and plastic could lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The July 2016 report, titled Forestry for a low-carbon future: Integrating forests and wood products in climate change strategies, has highlighted the important role that green or resource-efficient wood-based buildings will play in the transition to a sustainable built environment while delivering economic benefits. …The report says increasing the use of wood in construction and building products will result in lowering greenhouse gas emissions because of wood’s ability to store carbon, and because of the low level of emissions released during the industrial processing of wood compared to manufacturing other materials such as cement and steel.

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Forestry

Woodland licence signed with Lake Babine Nation

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Province has issued a First Nations woodland licence to Lake Babine Nation, enhancing employment and economic opportunities in the region. The area-based licence has an initial term of 25 years. It covers 36,500 hectares and has an allowable annual cut of about 74,000 cubic metres. It is unique among First Nations woodland licences in that it extends through two timber supply areas – the Morice and Lakes timber supply areas. This First Nations woodland licence also supports ongoing reconciliation discussions between the Province and Lake Babine Nation. This is the seventh First Nations woodland licence issued since the Province began the program in 2011.

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Cutting forestry deaths

Canadian Press in Castanet
August 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia Forest Safety Council reports headway in one area as it aims to cut fatalities and injuries in the forest industry. Council CEO Rob Moonen says there have been just three logging truck rollovers this year, compared to 51 in 2013. But while he appreciates that success, Moonen says it has been difficult to curb injuries related to tree falling. He says the injury rate among B.C. tree fallers reached 29.6 per cent in 2015, translating to one injury among every three fallers. Moonen says he is relieved the injuries appear less serious than in the past. The Forest Safety Council says fatalities in the industry doubled to eight last year from the year before, with five recorded so far this year. END OF STORY

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Scientist joins war on beetle

The Chronicle Journal
August 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A federal scientist will be joining the ranks of the City of Thunder Bay’s team as they continue to detect, monitor and manage the tree-killing emerald ash borer. The city announced on Monday that Krista Ryall, a forest ecological entomologist with Natural Resources Canada, will be joining city and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff to tackle the beetle problem. Ryall is a specialist in insect pests and how to minimize their impact on forests. She will be studying insects and bark samples from municipal trees while she is in Thunder Bay.

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Lawsuits Target Controversial Forest Plan For Western Oregon

by Jes Burns
Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just days after the Bureau of Land Management finalized two forestry plans for Oregon, conservation and timber interests have each filed lawsuits in federal court. …In their lawsuit, eight conservation groups accuse the BLM of violating federal environmental law and backtracking on watershed protections. The complaint says the agency’s new plans “drastically change the science-based management of BLM forest lands in southwest Oregon.” Currently the forests are governed by the Northwest Forest Plan. The timber industry lawsuit, headed by the American Forest Resource Council, asserts the forests were originally set aside for logging in the Oregon and California Railroad Act of 1937. The complaint says the harvest promised in the latest plan – 278 million board feet annually – does not meet that obligation.

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US government sues utility to recover firefighting costs

by MATT VOLZ
Associated Press in The Missoulian
August 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – The U.S. government, facing rising firefighting costs as blazes rage more frequently and with greater intensity across the West, wants Montana’s largest utility to compensate it for a 2010 wildfire near Canyon Ferry Lake east of Helena. Over three days in July 2010, the Lakeside fire burned nearly 900 acres of federal, state and private land. It destroyed a cabin and two other structures and forced the evacuation of residents north of the lake. More than 200 people from various agencies and led by the U.S. Forest Service responded to the fire. NorthWestern Energy’s negligence of a power line caused the fire, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. A Forest Service investigation concluded the fire was started after the power line malfunctioned, severed and ignited the grass and timber on the ground.

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BLM plan draws timber lawsuit

by Caitlyn M May
Statesman Journal
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Loggers and environmentalists wasted little time challenging the updated plan for federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon. Both the American Forest Resource Council and the group Earth Justice quickly sued the agency in federal court. The American Forest Resource Council, which represents approximately 60 landowners and wood manufacturers, contends the plan violates the O&C Act of 1937 and limits timber harvests small businesses and communities depend upon. “Conservation of species and environmental values can be accomplished through many different management approaches,” said Travis Joseph, president of the forest resource council.

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OSU Forestry Extension adds new positions

Oregon State University
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New Extension faculty in forestry and natural resources are now on board in Lane, Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Douglas, Coos and Curry counties and on the Oregon State University campus. Francisca Belart joins Extension’s Forestry and Natural Resources on-campus faculty as a statewide specialist. Belart will conduct research and outreach programs on sustainable timber harvesting and forest operations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Austral University in her native Chile and a master’s in forest engineering from OSU. She completed her doctorate in sustainable forest management at OSU this year.

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BAKER CITY: Forest Service, BLM sign off on East Face Project

My Eastern Oregon
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management recently both signed separate final Decision Notices (DN) for the combined 47,000 acre East Face Vegetation Management Project, which will implement Alternative 2 modified of the Environmental Analysis (EA). This decision focuses on strategically located treatments aimed at meeting the goals of the National Cohesive Wildfire Strategy (CWS) to restore and maintain resilient landscapes and create fire-adapted communities. This project is part of a multi-agency partnership, which focused on treatments across all ownerships within the East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains. …Project activities on Federal lands include a combination of commercial harvest, small tree thinning, manual and mechanical fuels treatments and application of prescribed fire across more than 16,000 acres of the East Face project area.

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Salvage fire-killed timber, stabilize burned site

by State Sen. Pat Connell
Montana Standard
August 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot fires of 2000 were still smoldering when the Montana State DNRC foresters were out on the Sula State Forest sections developing what wound up being an extremely successful timber salvage and site rehabilitation program. Now, to accomplish similar results on the Roaring Lion Fire Area, the Bitterroot National Forest and the state need to take advantage of the passage of the Federal Farm Bill. Since Montana having signed up to the “Good Neighbor” authority it authorized, it’s time for the U.S. Forest Service to delegate to Montana the authority and responsibility to both salvage fire-killed timber, stabilize and protect the site from overland mud flows, and re-establish seedlings in the appropriate areas of the Roaring Lion Fire.

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Forest Fires

Forest fire near near Kejimkujik National Park spreads to 350 hectares

CBC News
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest fire near Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Soctia burned an additional 110 hectares overnight and crews are working around the clock to try to curb its spread. The size of the fire is now 350 hectares, the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday morning. “Today is supposed to be a beautiful day if you’re on vacation, but a horrible day if you’re fighting forest fires,” said Jim Rudderham, the department’s forest protection operations manager. He says air tankers are attacking the fire from above with crews trying to extinguish it on the ground. The fire is moving forward and backward, pushed by the wind into places it has already burned.

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Forest fire risk so high that keeping people out only option, DNR says

By Elizabeth McMillan
CBC News
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Department of Natural Resources is urging the public to stay out of the woods due to the forest fire risk and volunteer groups are taking it upon themselves to spread the word about the hiking ban. The province doesn’t have the resources to keep new fires from spreading, says spokesman Walter Fanning. “We’ve got conditions now built up in the soil and vegetation that almost make the fires explosive…right now, it’s so dry the fire will grow out of control very quickly,” he said. …The decision to restrict people from entering wooded areas to camp, hike or fish was based on calculations weighing how dry conditions are with how much muscle the province has to throw at any new fires, he says.

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Forest fire near Seven Mile Lake grew 100 hectares overnight

By Elizabeth McMillan
CBC News
August 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Twenty firefighters from New Brunswick will be arriving Wednesday to help battle a persistent forest fire near Kejimkujik National Park in western Nova Scotia. The provincial Department of Natural Resources said weather conditions Tuesday night provided more favourable conditions for crews actively battling three fires in the province… Environment Canada issued special weather statements for Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Queens counties on Tuesday, warning of smoke and reduced air quality due to the Seven Mile Lake fire. “Higher pollution levels are expected to persist through Wednesday,” the agency said.

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McAdam forest fire remains out of control

Fire crews aim to contain blaze in Modsley Lake area on Wednesday
CBC News
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fire crews battling a forest fire near McAdam hope to have the blaze contained by noon on Wednesday. The fire in the Modsley Lake area has been burning out of control since the weekend. The size of the burned area remains about 15 hectares. There are 37 firefighters battling the fire. Two small fires were reported in the Bathurst area on Tuesday. They are being patrolled.
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Evacuations ordered after 500 acre wildfire sparks 30 miles northwest of Cody

By Mike Kordenbrock
Billings Gazette
August 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Squaw Creek area in Wyoming is being evacuated after a 500 acre wildfire in the Shoshone National Forest began in the area Tuesday night roughly 30 miles northwest of Cody, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Forest Service.  The amount of structures threatened was not available as of 10 p.m. but structures threatened include private residences and recreational summer cabins housed on U.S. Forest Service land, according to Kristie Salzmann, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service. The fire’s primary fuel is timber and its cause is currently unknown, Salzmann said.

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Brush fire breaks out on Weyerhaeuser property

Pamplin Media Group
August 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A brush fire on undeveloped timber property in Scappoose broke out Friday evening, Aug. 6. According to the Scappoose Fire District, crews were called to a natural cover fire on Holaday Road, off JP West Road at 10:22 p.m. Friday. Firefighters reported several “slash,” or natural debris piles burning in a steep ravine. Weyerhaeuser owns several thousand acres of forest land in Columbia County. Fire crews, including personnel from Scappoose, Columbia River Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry and Weyerhaeuser, stayed on scene through the night to keep the flames from spreading.

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Winding down: Roaring Lion fire resources begin steady drawdown

By PERRY BACKUS
Ravalli Republic
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


The storms that dropped rain and hail across the Bitterroot Valley somehow missed the place where the precipitation was needed most Monday.  But even without it, firefighters continued to make good headway on the 8,270-acre Roaring Lion Fire Tuesday. “They were still doing some good work with the cooler temperatures and higher humidity,” said Forest Service Public Information Officer Mike Cole. The fire is now considered 50 percent contained. Many of the firefighting resources assigned to the fire are being released. “We’re seeing a steady drawdown going on right now,” Cole said. “That will continue as we have less need for firefighters on the line.”

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The Latest: Big Sur Fire Grows to More Than 100 Square Miles

Associated Press in ABC News
August 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

California’s biggest wildfire expanded overnight to more than 104 square miles north of scenic Big Sur. An army of more than 5,000 firefighters and an air force of tankers and helicopters made progress, however, surrounding 50 percent of the nearly three-week old fire. Due to increased wind and flames from the spreading fire, Highway 1 was closed Monday night but reopened early Tuesday. More temporary closures could follow. Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes, but some evacuation orders remained in place, while others were reduced to warnings. Five state parks on Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles remained closed.

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On a mission

Mail Tribune
August 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK — Firefighters scratching a line around the Bybee Creek fire burning in Crater Lake National Park happened upon an old and abandoned car far from any roadway. The crews noted its GPS coordinates, flagged it so it would be avoided like the rare Mount Mazama Collomia plants firefighters happen upon, and they notified the parks’ cultural resources specialist, who is part of the team fighting this roughly 1,200-acre fire. “Let’s see if it has a story behind it,” says Adrienne Freeman, a National Park Service public information officer working the fire. “It could be part of that shared culture we have in our parks.” …When it comes to fighting wildfires in Southern Oregon, the tactics employed by crews on the ground and in the air can vary widely depending upon the government agency entrusted with protecting those lands and the diverse missions they follow.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

My Turn: Sustainable truth about biomass

by Brad Simpkins, director of the Division of Forests and Lands, New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development
Concord Monitor
August 8, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Recently, National Public Radio broadcast a segment on its popular Morning Edition program that was critical of using biomass – wood and pulp chips and other scrap wood – to generate electricity. …NPR quoted one academic who claimed biomass is not carbon neutral, calling burning wood for energy “unsustainable.” This statement is not seeing the forests for the trees. Here in New Hampshire, we have a long history of sustainable forestry. …According to the most recent forest inventory statistics, the Granite State’s forests are getting older and increasing in volume. …Clearly, the use of biomass in our state is more than just carbon neutral; our forests are providing a positive benefit.

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