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Business & Politics

Hardwoods Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results

Canada Newswire press release
August 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY, BC,-  Hardwoods Distribution Inc. today announced strong financial results for the three-and-six months ended June 30, 2016. Hardwoods is North America’s largest wholesale distributor of high-grade hardwood lumber, specialty panels and interior architectural building materials, with a strong US and Canadian distribution network. …On June 13, 2016 Hardwoods signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets used in the business of Rugby Architectural Building Products (“Rugby”), and assumed certain of Rugby’s liabilities for a base purchase price of $138.8 million (US$107.0 million), plus up to another $16.9 million (US$13.0 million) based on future performance. The acquisition closed on July 15, 2016.

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Northern Pulp mill fails emissions testing again

Nova Scotia’s environment minister has ‘every expectation’ power boiler will be fixed soon
CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pictou, N.S., resident Terry Dunbrack is keenly aware of the Northern Pulp mill’s presence in his community. “That particulate matter that they’re spewing out gets into my lungs and the lungs of everybody else and eventually it causes harm,” Dunbrack told CBC’s Information Morning, adding that the Nova Scotia Lung Association and doctors in the area have attested to that. Dunbrack is concerned with the latest test results from June, which show the mill is emitting over 10 per cent over the acceptable limit for emissions according to the terms and conditions of the province’s industrial approval. But Northern Pulp is “optimistic” it will be able to fix its power-boiler problems during an annual
shutdown in September, and so is the province’s environment minister.

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Gull Bay to vote on $8.2M offer

By Carl Clutchey
The Chronicle Journal
August 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gull Bay First Nation band members could soon receive another financial windfall if a proposed settlement for illegal logging that occurred about 80 years ago is approved next month. About 1,300 members are eligible to vote Sept. 10 on the proposed $8.2-million settlement with the federal government. The amount is for unauthorized logging on the reserve that occurred over a 12-year period before the Second World War, Gull Bay Chief Wilfred King said Wednesday. Gull Bay is located on the western shore of Lake Nipigon. Today, many band members live in Thunder Bay. In a news release, King said the settlement was reached after the band “produced new historical reports and developed estimation models as to damages and losses incurred.”

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Weyerhaeuser to End Production at Columbia Falls Mills Next Week

By Justin Franz
Flathead Beacon
August 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Montana Resources Team Leader Tom Ray says 72 employees will lose their jobs at the mills. Seventy years of lumber production will come to an end next week when the Weyerhaeuser Company starts to shutdown its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls. Weyerhaeuser Montana Resources Team Leader Tom Ray said lumber production will end Aug. 19, although some employees will stay on for a few weeks after to plain and ship the final loads. The closure comes nearly two months after the Seattle-based timber giant announced it was shuttering two mills in the Flathead Valley.

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SFPA: Exports of Southern pine lumber increased by 42% in June

Lesprom Network
August 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Exports of Southern Pine lumber soared in June, amounting to a monthly record of 65.57 million board feet (MMbf), according to the latest reports from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. This volume represents a giant jump of 42% above the same month last year, contributing to a significant year-to-date increase of 11% when compared with the first half of 2015. Offshore shipments during June roughly break down as 37.5 MMbf dressed, 10.8 MMbf rough, and 17.2 MMbf treated lumber.

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Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuations

By The Wood Council of New Zealand Inc
Scoop Independent News
August 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The pan forest and timber processing industry organisation, the New Zealand Wood Council (Woodco) says there is a supply challenge for many regions in the domestic processing industry. Woodco Chair, Brian Stanley says timber processors are being hindered by a current lack of logs, especially in the higher grades. He says small scale woodlot owners are being enticed into quick export contracts instead, where the buyers are not providing the domestic processors with an opportunity to purchase these logs. “The problem is not so much with the large scale dedicated forest operators who depend on being able to supply a constant volume into both the local and export markets and are managed and equipped for this.”

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Norske Skog improves EBITDA and net profit

EUWID
August 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

As a result of higher deliveries of publication papers, the EBITDA and net profit at Norske Skog showed sharp year-on-year improvement in the second quarter. According to the quarterly report published on 20 July, the EBITDA was up by 143% to NKR335m. Net profit was shown as NKR229m, after the previous year had seen a loss of NKR678m. However, the operating loss tripled to NKR1.146bn, as the planned sale of the geothermal power plant in Tasmania meant that that plant no longer appeared in the balance sheet under “Production Sites and Equipment” but under “Other Fixed Assets”. Concern turnover increased by 4% to NKR2.891bn.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Brock Commons shows tall wood construction potential

By Steve McLean
Real Estate News Exchange
August 11, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The final wood panel was installed in the University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons, which will be the world’s tallest timber structure, this week. Brook CommonsThe student residence is scheduled to open in mid-2017 and could usher in a new era in wood construction as it has attracted international attention. UBC Properties Trust is managing the project. Its architect, Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, is collaborating with Austrian wooden structure specialist Architekten Hermann Kaufmann. Vancouver-based Fast+Epp is the structural engineer. “It’s a good example of building a tall wood building for a good price and very quickly,” said Fast+Epp founder Paul Fast of the 18-storey structure

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Michigan State effort turns felled trees into furniture, art

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
August 11, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

EAST LANSING, Mich. – A program at Michigan State University is turning storm-damaged and other felled campus trees into tables, chairs, picture frames and works of art. Dan Brown, a specialist in the Department of Forestry, said the East Lansing university loses around 300 trees a year because of old age, disease and other factors. Earlier this year, for example, a storm with high winds caused the school to lose 21 mature trees. The program provides a sustainable alternative to turning trees into wood chips or putting debris in a landfill, Brown said. An on-campus sawmill is used and a kiln is used for drying the wood. He said students are involved in every part of the process.

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Forestry

Bullying tactic

Letter by David Elstone, RPF, Roberts Creek resident and Truck Loggers Association Executive Director
Sunshine Coast Reporter
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Elphinstone Logging Focus ad in the Coast Reporter, July 29. Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF)’s advertisement in Coast Reporter last week named local business owners who bid on a recent timber sale on Mt. Elphinstone. What is ELF’s goal with this tactic? It looks like bullying and intimidation to me.  Timber harvesting on Mt. Elphinstone’s slopes creates jobs for Sunshine Coast residents and supports other local businesses. The roads built in a working forest are used by mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders to access trails throughout the backcountry. While I respect Roberts Creek’s official community plan, Mt. Elphinstone’s forests are part of the provincial forest resource and owned by all British Columbians. As Roberts Creek residents, we are fortunate to be able to share this working forest for many uses.

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Eyes in the sky a no go for ethical hunters

By Othmar Vohrigner, an animal behaviourist and outdoor writer for hunting magazines in Canada
Merritt Herald
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last month the government of British Columbia amended the provincial Wildlife Act by adding drones as illegal equipment to operate or possess, or use data obtained by drones while on hunting or trapping excursion. Furthermore, it is illegal for a third party owning a drone to help a hunter or trapper in gathering data with a drone. This is now an addition to section 27 of the Wildlife Act which outlines the illegality of helicopters or other aircraft for hunting. …A large part of this ethics code discusses “fair chase.” Fair chase in summary is the legal and ethical sportsmanlike pursuit of a wild animal that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over the animal.

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Alberta firefighter pilot was victim of tornadic ‘fire whirl,’ TSB says

By Marion Warnica
CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The family of a 38-year-old air tanker pilot now has answers about how he died in Cold Lake last year — his plane was caught in the middle of a tornadic whirl caused by the fire he was fighting.  The details of his last moments are outlined in a report from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), released Thursday. The pilot flying the Conair air tanker had just completed two successful drops of firefighting material on the fire and was completing his third, when he hit rough air. He had unknowingly flown into the centre of a tornadic fire whirl and spun out of control.

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Forestry supports my family

By Stirling Angus, RPF (scroll down to see this letter, as well as the letter he is referencing)
Pique Magazine
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

My name is Stirling Angus and I am a professional forestry consultant living and working in the Sea to Sky area. I am responding to a letter written in The Question this week by Louise Taylor (and also published in this week’s Pique). There is a high likelihood that the logging trucks she referred to in her letter were carrying logs that when sold help pay my salary and thereby support my family. There are many others like me whose livelihood is dependent on forestry and the sale of logs into the market. I respectfully disagree with the points she brings up in her letter.

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83 Mile, 83 Mile West Forest Service roads to close permanently

Province of British Columbia
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The public is advised that 83 Mile (9237.01 Road) and 83 Mile West (9237.02 Road) Forest Service roads near 100 Mile House will be discontinued and permanently closed beginning Aug. 22, 2016, due to ongoing maintenance issues and environmental concerns. 83 Mile and 83 Mile West Forest Service roads are located off the 83 Mile public road in the vicinity of Green Lake, about 27 kilometres south of the town of 100 Mile House. These roads are part of B.C.’s 55,000-kilometre Forest Service road network that provides access to British Columbia’s backcountry. END OF STORY

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Ministry of Natural Resources unveils new fire management centre in Sudbury

CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada, United States

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has unveiled new changes to its Forest Fire Management Centre in Sudbury. The centre underwent a major expansion to its offices, warehouse and tarmac area. France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt, took a tour yesterday to see the renovations, and said the updates were long overdue. “It used to be a bunch of trailers really…it was not I would say, ‘human-friendly’ as in where do you have meetings?,” she said. “Now, they have room to move, they have room for their maps. They have room to do their work properly.”

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Volunteers help track a major forest pest, the budworm

By Angela Walker
CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Twenty-five volunteers across P.E.I. are trapping and collecting spruce budworm moths this summer as part of the budworm tracker program. Four-hundred volunteers across eastern Canada and in Maine collect the information and samples during flight season in July and August. Each day volunteers collect the moths, then put them in the freezer before sending them along to scientists. The budworm, which attacks spruce and fir trees and is the major pest of forests in eastern Canada, cycles every 30 or 35 years, and scientists believe we are in the early stages of the next outbreak. Dr. Rob Johns, a forest insect ecologist with the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton, N.B., and the lead of the project, said there was a recent mass migration of the budworm in the Campbellton, N.B., area and information from volunteers showed echoes as far east as Shediac.

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Milan Man Killed In Logging Accident

By Mike Perleberg
Eagle Country Online
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(Ripley County, Ind.) – Rich Solano, corporate treasurer at Pike Lumber Company’s Akron, Indiana corporate headquarters made the following statement: “Josh was a valued employee. He’s been with the company for just over nine years. He was a great guy and a very loving husband and father”. A lumberjack died in a tree-cutting accident in Ripley County. Employees of Pike Lumber were working at a location along the 2100 block of State Road 229 east of Napoleon Wednesday morning, according to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office. Josh W. Beam, of Milan, was cutting a tree alone when a large limb fell and struck him. Two other employees nearby located him and called 911. Beam, 33, died despite the efforts of his co-workers and first responders to resuscitate him at the scene.

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Dillon Ranger District continues forest fuel reduction efforts

Summit Daily News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Dillon Ranger District continues much-needed fuel reduction efforts in consequential areas around Summit County in order to minimize potentially hazardous situations on National Forest land adjacent to local communities. Such treatments remove downed trees and other fire-prone materials from these locations in case a wildfire were to spark in the region. Left untouched, these dead and dying trees affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic of the last decade are susceptible to add fuel to a possible fire, as well as fall and snag, which increases maintenance costs and creates an unsafe recreation environment.

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Liberals to blame for national forest problems

Letter by Jay Hahnkamp
Montana Standard
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…. Liberals stopped timber cutting 30 years ago; this has resulted in the death and decay of our forests. Take a ride … anywhere in the government-owned forests and you will see miles and miles of dead trees, what the beetles haven’t killed, overgrowth has. Liberals have cost Montana $7 billion in lost revenue in the lumber, trucking and lumber mills and in our tax dollars being spent on fire suppression in the last 20 years. One would like to blame the Forest Service for not letting the trees get cut for various reasons. However, lawsuits and litigation brought about by liberal groups like Earth First! stop all timber sales for any reason.

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Forestry practices in Oregon are, and must be, rigorous

By Steve Zika – CEO of Hampton Lumber, a Portland-based wood products company
The Oregonian
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregonian/OregonLive recently published an opinion by Chris Smith (“Timber barons as Robin Hoods? Not a chance,” July 31) that questioned the appropriateness of the wood products industry’s active interest in a breach of contract lawsuit between the counties and the state. Smith mischaracterized that lawsuit as one that’s about the management of state forests, when the court is not being asked to decide how those forests should be managed but whether or not the state violated its contract with the counties.  Smith finds it troubling that forest companies would support our communities in their lawsuit against the state. I would find it troubling if we didn’t.  Our relationship with rural Oregonians runs deep.

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In Mexico, high avocado prices fueling deforestation

By Mark Stevenson
Journal Times
August 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Americans’ love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico’s pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand. Avocado trees flourish at about the same altitude and climate as the pine and fir forests in the mountains of Michoacan, the state that produces most of Mexico’s avocados. That has led farmers to wage a cat-and-mouse campaign to avoid authorities, thinning out the forests, planting young avocado trees under the forest canopy, and then gradually cutting back the forest as the trees grow to give them more sunlight.

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Forest Fires

Nova Scotia forest fires showcase volunteer firefighter solidarity

By Preston Mulligan
CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

‘Whatever we can do to help the surrounding communities, we try to help,’ says Dwayne Coolen. As dozens of firefighters battle fatigue and extreme heat in the burning woods of Queens County, N.S., Sue Conrad is struggling to keep up on the homefront. “It’s been a little crazy. It’s been tiring,” said the wife of the chief of the Greenfield and District Volunteer Fire Department. On Thursday afternoon, Conrad was waiting in the carpool lot at Exit 13 in Bridgewater because she had received a call from the community of Hubbards that crews had a van loaded with water, Gatorade and cash they wanted to drop off.

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Forest fire in northwestern Ontario provincial park extinguished

CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

A massive wildfire that burned over 70,000 hectares in a provincial park in the northwest has been officially declared out. Wildfire officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry confirmed this week that Red Lake 003 is no longer burning. The fire was started by a lightning strike in Manitoba in May and crossed into Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, west of Red Lake, Ont. Park officials have said the wildfire burned about 20 per cent of Woodland Caribou park.

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Forest fire near Kejimkujik burns entire Christmas tree farm

By Rachel Ward
CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

A long-time Nova Scotia farmer says his burned field of Christmas trees would have sold for at least $100,000.  The lush, green trees caught fire this week as a forest fire swept through woodlots in Seven Mile Lake near Kejimkujik National Park.  “I could make Charlie Brown trees,” farmer Dan Rowter, 63, said Thursday afternoon. “The Christmas tree thing for me, due to my age, that’s the end of that.” Rowter toured the damage to his entire 25 to 30 acre Christmas tree lot Thursday, and found only blackened skeletons of trees left. “It was just a black mess of soot,” Rowter told CBC’s Maritime Noon after the tour. …The Christmas tree farm was not insured, he told CBC’s Maritime Noon. Nova Scotia’s department of Agriculture confirmed by email that Christmas trees are not an insurable crop under provincial programs.

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Idaho’s Pioneer Fire commands big share of nation’s firefighters

Idaho Statesman
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City is massive — 65,285 acres as of Thursday — but its growth has been slowed by milder temperatures and light winds, the Boise National Forest reports. The fire, which started in mid-July, grew only 400 acres Wednesday, according to a Thursday news release. But the 1,500 firefighters assigned to Pioneer represent about 24 percent of firefighting resources mobilized nationwide, the Boise National Forest tweeted Thursday evening. The fire is 37 percent contained, with full containment forecast for the end of September. Fire managers said Pioneer is still fairly active north and west of Lowman, but evacuation fears for the community have eased.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

FPInnovations Welcomes New Scholar-in-Residence

August 12, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Pointe-Claire, Quebec – FPInnovations is proud to announce Dr. Robert Beauregard as its scholar-in-residence for a one year term starting August 8. Dr. Beauregard brings to the organization over 35 years of experience as an educator, forestry and carbon management expert. As Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Beauregard will work in collaboration with the organization’s researchers and partners to study the management of forests and forest products within the context of climate change.  FPInnovations’ scholar-in-residence program provides opportunities for professors on sabbatical from their home institution to spend a year at FPInnovations to broaden their pedagogical expertise, engage in research and help develop scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest industry.

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Kwadacha First Nation step closer to building biomass facility Dawson Creek Mirror

Dawson Creek Mirror
August 11, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Kwadacha First Nation is a step closer to replacing diesel generators that power its reserve with a biomass facility. The isolated nation, located on the north side of Williston Reservoir, received a $250,000 grant to build a bioenergy facility from Northern Development Initiative Trust. The plant would provide around 145 kilowatts of energy for the community of 300. In February, Kwadacha First Nation Chief Donny Van Somer said the co-generation facility would burn wood waste and offset the cost of fuel for its BC Hydro generators—which were supplied to power the off the grid community.

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General

FPInnovations Welcomes New Scholar-in-Residence

August 12, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Pointe-Claire, Quebec – FPInnovations is proud to announce Dr. Robert Beauregard as its scholar-in-residence for a one year term starting August 8. Dr. Beauregard brings to the organization over 35 years of experience as an educator, forestry and carbon management expert. As Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Beauregard will work in collaboration with the organization’s researchers and partners to study the management of forests and forest products within the context of climate change.  FPInnovations’ scholar-in-residence program provides opportunities for professors on sabbatical from their home institution to spend a year at FPInnovations to broaden their pedagogical expertise, engage in research and help develop scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest industry.

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