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Daily Archives: September 7, 2016

Special Feature

BC Wood Group Hosts 350 Buyers from 18 Countries

75% from Asia-Pacific markets including India, China and Japan
BC Wood
September 7, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whistler BC – BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood) is hosting 350 international buyers at its 13th annual Global Buyers Mission (GBM) September 8-10 at Whistler, BC. With more than 300 wood manufacturing and sales representatives expected from BC and elsewhere in Canada, and 100 architects, the event is widely recognized as Canada’s largest and most important show for wood buyers and sellers. Each year the show generates about $40 million in new direct sales but according to BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh, “the larger benefit lies in the number of quality leads and relationships fostered for future sales, as well as the time and money saved by smaller firms who lack the critical mass to market overseas”.

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Business & Politics

B.C.’s plan to bolster forestry industry rolls out some help, remains work in progress

by Derrick Penner
The Vancouver Sun
September 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Buried in the middle of the province’s new plan for making the forest industry more competitive is a commitment to make the so-called value-added sector exempt from export duties that might come in a new softwood lumber trade agreement with the U.S. “That’s the thing we’re really, really pleased that (Forests Minister Steve Thomson) is acknowledging,” said Russ Cameron, president of the Independent Wood Processors Association of B.C., “because that’s the thing that’s going to kill us if we have to once again pay a tax.” It was a small measure in the overall plan, unveiled last week as the province comes under pressure to bolster what remains a key industry in many regions, but is being squeezed by uncertainties including the renewal of the U.S. trade dispute and the decline in timber supplies caused by the mountain pine beetle infestation.

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Lack of softwood deal a sour note

News Kamloops
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A prolonged commodities downturn has put a crimp on economic growth in the Thompson-Okanagan region, but there’s another, potentially greater challenge waiting in the woods… The Okanagan housing market is humming along and forestry is performing well, Yu said.“The forestry sector should be in real positive status at this time,” he added, with a caveat. Unless negotiators in Ottawa can achieve a softwood lumber deal amid the political volatility of a U.S. election year, the regional economy could be in for a big hit. “But a potential trade barrier, that is definitely a risk, not only in the Thompson-Okanagan but for a lot of forestry regions of B.C.,” he said.

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Discontinuance of Two Lawsuits Filed By the Halalt First Nation Against Catalyst Paper

Marketwired
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper Corporation is pleased to announce that the Halalt First Nation has discontinued two lawsuits previously commenced against Catalyst. The commencement of the two lawsuits was previously announced and described in the company’s news release of January 25, 2016. “We are pleased Halalt has chosen to discontinue its participation in the litigation against Catalyst,” said Joe Nemeth, President & Chief Executive Officer… The first claim was filed by Halalt against Catalyst alleging that Catalyst has illegally trespassed on, and caused damages to, Halalt’s asserted territories and fisheries resources through the operation of Catalyst’s Crofton Mill since 1957… The second claim was filed jointly by Halalt, Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp. alleging Catalyst disclosed certain confidential information pertaining to a proposed anaerobic digester facility in breach of a confidentiality agreement.

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Freres plywood boosts Springfield project

Statesman Journal
September 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Rob Freres can appreciate a little sweat equity. That’s part of the contribution delivered by those who benefit from helping hands through Habitat for Humanity. Hence, Freres Lumber Company provided its own helping hand to a recent summer project in Springfield, working through the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC). The Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a home for the Nayeli Navarrete Bravo family, a project that’s currently underway and bolstered considerably by plywood provided by Freres. The build has progressed smoothly since that initial, ceremonial day.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WoodTALKS at the GBM Whistler Conference Centre

BC Wood
September 7, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whistler, BC — The 13th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ kicks off this week with over 800 delegates descending on Whistler from all over the world. This includes about 100 architects and specifiers as part of two-day wood education extravaganza (Sept 8-9). Keynote speakers include master carpenter and building conservator Gordon Macdonald, renowned Vancouver architects Darryl Condon and John Patkau, and wood and carbon expert Peter Moonen of BC Wood WORKS!. The event also includes a site tour of the Audain Art Museum, a great example of integrating the aesthetics of wood into a concrete and steel structure. Contact BC Wood’s Roy Manion 604-882-7100 or rmanion@bcwood.com for more information. Click here to download the full program.

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Forestry

SFI Continues to Engage the International Forest Community Through PEFC Endorsement

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, DC — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc. announced today that the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard has again met the rigorous third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This is SFI’s fourth PEFC assessment. The SFI Program was first endorsed in 2005. PEFC is an umbrella organization that endorses national forest certification systems developed collaboratively by diverse stakeholders, tailored to local priorities and conditions. “SFI makes important contributions that address the unique needs of North America’s forests and communities, and is a valuable national member working with PEFC to elevate the role of responsible forestry,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC.

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Helicopter was searching for mountain pine beetles before deadly crash

A 44-year-old woman died, a man and woman were injured in the Monday incident
CBC News
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are at the scene of a deadly helicopter crash near Fox Creek that killed one woman and sent two others to hospital. The Bell 206 helicopter crashed around 4:20 p.m. Monday about 25 kilometres south of the northern Alberta town. The aircraft was searching the boreal forest for signs of the invasive mountain pine beetle just before it crashed. A 44-year-old woman who was a passenger on the chopper was killed. A male passenger, also involved in the scientific survey work, suffered minor injuries. The female pilot is recovering from severe injuries, including a broken leg and bruises.

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Alberni firefighters study forest fires

Alberni Valley News
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been a wet summer here in the Alberni Valley but that doesn’t mean local fire departments are letting their guard down. The Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s (SLFD) members were packed into the No. 3 fire hall last Tuesday night for their weekly fire practice—but this time, covering something a little outside their wheelhouse. “The S100 is the forest firefighter course,” said deputy Chief Rick Geddes. The fire department does it every year but after last year’s local fire season, knowing your way around the bush has taken on a new importance. “Basically the S100 course is designed for people in the bush to learn to fight fires safely,” said SLFD duty officer Derrick Cyr.

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Board to audit five range tenures in Kamloops area

BC Forest Practices Board
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will audit the planning and practices on five range tenures for grazing cattle in the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District, during the week of Sept. 12, 2016. Auditors will examine range activities for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act. The grazing areas that will be audited range in size from 2,773 to 24,100 hectares and are located near the communities of Barriere, Cache Creek, Chase and Kamloops. Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations then will be released to the public and government.

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America’s trees and forests under attack: State Foresters poised to respond

The Hill
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Covering more than one-third of the United States, our forests are the cornerstone of American industry, infrastructure, health and well-being. Nowadays, America’s trees and forests are under attack; threats include catastrophic wildfire, forests being broken into smaller tracts, and attacks from insects and disease. Healthy forests do not happen by chance and require investments of dollars, time and expertise. …In spite of these compounding threats, the nation’s State Foresters and their partners are making progress to address these challenges. This month, the National Association of State Foresters, in coordination with the USDA Forest Service, issued an annual report describing that progress. State Foresters—directors of the nation’s state and territorial forestry agencies—developed and are implementing Forest Action Plans.

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Here’s what Bogus Basin’s dying trees look like

Idaho Statesman
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOGUS BASIN Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area General Manager Brad Wilson has been through this before. As a vice president and director of marketing at Brian Head Resort in Utah, he saw what beetle kill can do to a ski area’s forest. The blue spruce trees at Brian Head were decimated. “It went from a very nicely wooded ski area with delineated trails to a bare ski area, and the quality of the skiing changed dramatically with that,” Wilson said Tuesday, while giving me a tour of the damage done by dwarf mistletoe and bark beetles to the forest at Bogus Basin. “The beetle kill was predicted years before. Salvage logging was tied up in court and postponed. By the time they were able to log, it was too late. This is kind of deja vu all over again for me.”

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Environmentalists, loggers may work together to save dying trees in California

ABC News
September 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ten months after Governor Brown declared an emergency because of the massive tree die-off in the California, the situation has gotten worse. The latest wave of wildfires adds to worry that many of our forests may disappear in the next few decades. Besides burned trees, millions more are being killed by drought and insects. It’s so bad that loggers and environmentalists have actually found something to agree on. A sawmill northeast of Sacramento is like most others in the state, it’s got all the business it can handle now. Mark Luster is with Sierra Pacific, the largest lumber producer in California. “It really is kind of overwhelming us,” he said. After years of battles with environmentalists the state’s logging industry had been in a nose dive. “We’ve seen since the mid-80s, over a 100 sawmills that have actually closed in California,” Luster said.

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Rathdrum Mountain clear-cut harvest planned

CDA Press
September 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RATHDRUM — As Frank Waterman walked on Rathdrum Mountain, rows of volunteer alder trees lining the sides of an old road provided a scenic backdrop. “They’re pretty — unless you’re trying to grow (fir and Ponderosa pine) trees up here,” Waterman, the Mica/Cataldo manager for the Idaho Department of Lands, said on Friday. IDL is planning to put a tree harvest out to bid in April on about 300 of the 436 acres on the mountain that are owned by the Idaho Endowment Trust that benefits public schools. “Everything is still in the preliminary stages,” said Jeanne Bradley, forestry resource supervisor for IDL’s Mica region. The property is on the central part of the mountain behind Rathdrum and extends to the top.

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Burned forests better than thinned?

Letter by Lori Ortiz
Ravalli Republic
September 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Enough is enough already! It has been for a long time. Over 8,000 acres constitutes the Rock Creek fire. The burn from Rock Creek to Gold Creek is heartbreaking. There are no words that can describe the devastation and destruction that numbs your eyes as you drive along the highway. Trees turned to charcoal, viable soil burned with such intensive heat that it is made sterile for future rehabilitation. Nothing is left to slow down erosion. Blackened earth causing higher temperatures and earlier snowpack run-off. The cost for the fire is astronomical. Millions of dollars for the fire and millions for private property lost. There are many other costs too. People with respiratory diseases suffer greatly from our smoke-filled valley.

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Texas billionaires limit snowmobile access on Idaho land, reverse course on logging

By Rocky Barker
Idaho Statesman
September 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging companies were abruptly told in August to pull their crews off of 172,000 acres of private land that for decades was owned by Boise Cascade. But a representative of new owner DF Development LLC, apparently affiliated with Wilks Development and owned by two Texas billionaire brothers who have been buying land across the West, told loggers in an email late Friday that they’d be able to get back into the woods. “We will try to get operations up and going as soon as we can,” the company said in the email. The email came after the Statesman reported earlier. Friday that at least four logging companies have been forced to lay off around 100 loggers and truckers, causing economic upheaval in Valley, Boise and Gem counties.

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Logging Deer Mountain

Letter by Rosa Gaona
SitNews
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am from Ketchikan and currently living in Juneau, Alaska and I feel very strongly that logging Deer Mountain is a quick fix but a very bad idea. Whoever is in charge of this idea for quick monies needs to consider the impacts involved! My vote is NO to this quick fix scam.

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Former Oregon forest supervisor Jim Furnish to speak at lecture

Statesman Journal
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Jim Furnish, author and former Siuslaw National Forest supervisor, will speak Sept. 8 at the Straub Environmental Lecture. His talk will focus on twin tales of transformation, both within the U.S. Forest Service and within his evolving environmental consciousness. Furnish joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1965. During his 34-year career he served as the agency’s deputy chief and as Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor in Corvallis. Siuslaw National Forest managers had been “getting out the timber cut” for decades, ringing up substantial receipts for the Forest Service and racking up sizeable environmental deficits, Furnish says.

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Logging OK’d on 40,000 Acres in N. Idaho

Courthouse News Service
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge found nothing wrong with the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a 40,000-acre logging project in northern Idaho, despite environmentalists’ claims that it could hurt native trout. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and others sued the Forest Service in June 2015, claiming its approval of the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project violated the Endangered Species Act. The project allows more than 22,000 acres of commercial logging and 17,700 acres of noncommercial logging in the New Meadows Ranger District of the 2.3 million-acre Payette National Forest.

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Fighting wildfires needs more emphasis on preventing them

Herald and News
September 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Blue Cut Fire in Southern California exploded from five acres to more than 30,000 in just 24 hours. About 82,000 residents were evacuated because of another exceptionally bad fire year. California’s lessening drought is surely a contributing factor, but with the best wildland firefighters, the largest wildfire suppression budgets, and some of the most advanced fire detection and management equipment, we might expect to get better at managing wildfires. But we are not. …The Forest Service still spends substantially more on suppression than proactive fire management, which may be understandable given the emergency nature of many fires.

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Fire costs adding up

Baker City Herald
September 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Rail fire has burned through a lot more than beetle-killed lodgepole pine since it started July 31 in southwestern Baker County. About $30 million, for instance. That’s pretty near a million bucks a day. And the $30 million is more than Baker City and Baker County governments, combined, spend in a full year. We point out the considerable size of this tab not to imply that we think the government ought not have spent our tax dollars to fight the fire. Rather, we highlight the amount to emphasize how vital it is for the Forest Service and other land-managing agencies to be willing, and able, to deal with insect infestations and other factors that make public lands much more vulnerable to wildfire. The “able” part might be the more important of the two ingredients.

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LETTER: Increased forest management will enhance our quality of life

Daily Inter Lake
September 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While the Flathead was recently ranked as the fastest growing county in the state, our unemployment rate still stands above the state average despite our growth. We’ve seen layoffs at some of our oldest employers like Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., mill closures at Weyerhaeuser, and diminished numbers in some of our older sources of revenue like agriculture and mining. …We urge Congress to give the Forest Service new tools to improve the health of our forests. We believe made-in-Montana projects that are developed through the hard work of diverse stakeholders should be put on a fast track to implementation. We also urge Congress to protect these projects from habitual obstructionists who routinely sue against the very projects needed to conserve our forests, improve habitat, and protect our recreational economy.

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Managing forests could be a key to handling future droughts

The Post and Courier
September 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The native longleaf pine getting replanted in the Lowcountry might turn out to be as sweet as sipping rain from a leaf. The trees drink only half as much water as the commercial pines that have supplanted them across acre after acre in the region, studies have shown. That means more makes it into the ground to feed the streams. That could be a small difference-maker as the region battles the longer, more severe periods of drought that are forecast as climate warms. Forest tree species as a whole, in fact, might have to be managed more intensively and cooperatively to keep a balance between their natural carbon-sequestration abilities and tendency to hoard water. About two-thirds of South Carolina alone is forest, much of it in private hands, some 13 million acres.

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State’s biggest logging equipment show set for Itasca County

Mesabi Daily News
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The 63rd Annual North Star Expo opens Friday, Sept. 16, at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. Admission to the two-day event is free. The Expo features more than 100 exhibitors, including over $15 million in the latest logging, trucking, and sawmill equipment and technology. Loggers, vendors, and timber industry representatives from Minnesota and around the Upper Midwest will attend, as well as lawmakers, policy makers, and other stakeholders from around the state, making the Expo “the Great Minnesota Logging Get-together.” “We’re thrilled to be back in Grand Rapids,” said Ray Higgins of the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change may be factor in spread of tree fungus

Commercially valuable tree stands take hit in Pacific Northwest
Summit County Voice
September 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Global warming may be a factor in the spread of a fungus affecting valuable Douglas fir forests in the Pacific Northwest. Needle cast disease has recently spread across 590,000 acres in Oregon, quadrupling since the start of surveys in 1996. The annual economic loss has been estimated at $128 million. “The correlation between disease severity and climate factors, such as spring moisture and warm winter temperatures, raises the question of a link between disease expansion and climate change,” said researcher Gabriela Ritokova. “Those factors, in combination with lots of Douglas fir and with large springtime fungal spore production, have us where we are now.” The fungus, Phaeocryptopus gaeumannii, doesn’t kill trees, but can slow growth but up to 50 percent. 

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The Art of Turning Climate Change Science into Music

Environmental researchers are transforming big data into classical music and giving voice to not-always-accessible environmental issues. Call it the sound of science.
Outside
September 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In the summer of 2011, Lauren Oakes, age 30, found herself limboing through a chaos of fallen trees on Alaska’s Chichagof Island, a densely forested land mass situated between the Gulf of Alaska and the Inside Passage. She had come to gauge the health of Alaska’s temperate rainforest, which is suffering from a kind of fever. The problem, as Oakes saw it, is that climate change is killing great swaths of Callitropsis nootkatensis, the Alaska yellow cedar… His desire to further plumb the brain’s pleasure centers led him last spring into Stanford’s mysterious “mansion of music” so he might learn to convert big data into an environmental message pleasing to the ear.

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