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Daily Archives: September 30, 2016

Business & Politics

Editorial: Bailing out Tolko in The Pas could make sense

Flin Flon Reminder
September 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s easy for commentators and so-called taxpayer advocates to sit back and wax philosophical about how the government has no place handing over taxpayer dollars to private corporations. But when you’re in a community about to lose its primary employer – as our neighbours down Highway 10 in The Pas are – it’s difficult to stand firmly atop that ideological foundation. Putting both politics and emotion aside, there is room for government subsidies in private business simply because there are times when taxpayers have more to gain by providing subsidies than by withholding them. In other words, if the government can provide, say, $5 million in support to a business, but still generate $10 million back in revenue by saving jobs, preserving property tax revenue, keeping people in the province and so on, then such a move may make financial sense.

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Editorial: Power players

Williams Lake Tribune
September 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was bad news and good news in Merritt this week. Tolko Industries announced Sept. 22 that it will permanently close its doors at its Merritt mill on Dec. 16. The closure will deliver a heavy blow to the Interior community with a direct loss of more than 200 jobs. …A few days later, however, Merritt Green Energy Limited Partnership announced Merritt will be the site of a new 40 megawatt, biomass-fired power plant for BC Hydro. The project will create about 250 jobs during the construction phase and some 80 new direct and indirect jobs during the plant’s 30-year operation.

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UMaine, USM receive $116K for forest product support

MaineBiz
September 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine will receive a $116,667 federal boost to continue providing technical assistance to the state’s forest products industry. The program aims to bolster Maine’s forest products industry and the communities it supports by attracting innovation to the state and engaging Maine’s entrepreneurial community in research and development.  “The continued effort to strengthen the forest products economy requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, which is why we welcome this additional investment from the Economic Development Administration,” U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said in a joint statement.

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Weyerhauser To Boost Work At Millport Mill

Press Release at WCBI.com
September 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MILLPORT, Alabama — Weyerhaeuser announced today it will make a capital investment over the next several years to upgrade its softwood lumber mill in Millport, Al. his investment, which is consistent with Weyerhaeuser’s existing capital plan, is designed to improve cost competitiveness and long-term mill viability. In addition, it will add jobs and expand product offerings. “We are extremely excited for this reinvestment opportunity at Millport that will benefit both our community and region,” said Steve Higdon, unit manager at Weyerhaeuser’s Millport lumber mill. “I also want to recognize our talented team of associates who work very hard to keep this mill safe and successful.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Castlegar wins award for Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park

Boundary Sentinel
September 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Castlegar was one of six communities to receive Community Recognition awards from Wood WORKS! BC at the annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Victoria this week, in honour of the Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park. “We congratulate these six local governments for their visionary initiatives which resulted in beautiful new wood structures that truly enhance their communities and streetscapes,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC.

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

Mississippi Business Journal
September 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in a grant match for the design studio. The design studio will be used by fourth-year undergraduate students at Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.

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Forestry

Old growth forests are important for environment and economy

Coast Forest Products Association
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to UBCM Resolution C-27, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson re-affirmed government’s commitment to Vancouver Island’s old growth forests and stated there was no need to cease logging. The province’s old growth forests, including those on Vancouver Island, are managed for a multitude of resource values. There’s approximately 1.9 million hectares of Crown forest land on Vancouver Island, and over 840,000 hectares of that is considered old-growth. Over half of those old growth forests will never be logged. The Vancouver Island Land Use Plan designated areas for protection and areas suitable for resource development, including forestry. Over 13% of Vancouver Island’s land base is fully protected from development.

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Compromised for decades

Letter by John Dafoe
Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to John Gleeson’s editorial concerning Elphinstone Living Forest (“We need peace on the mountain,” Sept. 23), compromise has been the order of the day for decades. We have compromised biodiversity, water quality and lost economy. May I explain? • Native plant and animal communities need a reasonable amount of old growth forest, significant mature forest and a degree of “natural disturbance” to thrive. Let us presume that logging is a natural disturbance; in the Sunshine Coast region, it is a holocaust of disturbance.

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A thoughtful look at Mount Elphinstone

Letter by David Elstone, RPF, Roberts Creek resident and TLA executive director
Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’ve spoken to BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and confirmed the only trees being harvested in Block A87125 are mature second-growth less than 145 years old. There are some veteran trees in the stand – trees that survived the fire 400 years ago – and those trees are being preserved for biodiversity. …Over and above the local jobs created by the logging contractors, log sorts and small mills on the Sunshine Coast, BCTS generated $20 million in gross revenue from the Sunshine Coast in 2015-16. That $20 million helps fund important things like the $41 million budget for School District 46 and the $44 million expansion of the Sechelt Hospital. Timber harvesting on the Sunshine Coast supports the local economy and creates jobs so people can work where they live.

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UBCM convention: Politicians reject old-growth logging

Victoria Times Colonist
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…MacKinnon noted Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests are a limited resource. He said the province “routinely inflates” the amount of old growth remaining on the Island and the amount that is protected. “On productive forest land base, we’re down to about six per cent old-growth forest on southern Vancouver Island and much less than one per cent on southeastern Vancouver Island. “We’re also logging more than about 9,000 hectares of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island a year,” MacKinnon said. He said the resolution was not calling for an end to logging on Vancouver Island. “The day will come when we stop logging old growth on Vancouver Island and run our industry entirely on second growth. This resolution simply seeks that that comes sooner rather than later,” he said.

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Omineca Beetle Action Coalition on the ropes

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local politicians are scrambling to keep the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition alive in the face of an end to direct funding from senior levels of government. Formed in 2005 to develop strategies to mitigate the economic fallout from the mountain pine beetle epidemic. It will have gone through $5.6 million worth of funding from the federal and provincial governments by the time it’s wrapped up the last of its current tasks at the end of March 2017. But with the spruce beetle now threatening 156 square kilometres of forest north of Mackenzie and a looming downfall in the annual allowable cut, “it’s even more important than ever to have an organization like OBAC,” said Albert Koehler, one of two Prince George city council members who sit on the coalition’s board of directors.

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Paltry return on forest

Letter by Ross Muirhead, Elphinstone Logging Focus
Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The loss of another important intact forest on the Elphinstone slopes is very troubling, and in light of the tiny economic contribution that timber revenues will provide to the province, is equally shocking. The stumpage fees from this timber sale of approximately 23 hectares of old growth forest paid to the province is a paltry $1.3 million – the equivalent of an East Vancouver 30-ft. by 60-ft. property. Are residents getting enough value from these low-elevation, high-use forests? The locally based Peninsula Logging may pocket several hundred thousand themselves; however, what investment did this logging company put into the development of the product they’re benefiting from? Zero

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Weather killing Edmonton birch trees, researcher says

Researcher says Edmonton has lost 60 per cent of birch trees since 2008
CBC News
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A study is looking into why birch trees are dying off in the prairies and British Columbia, but a researcher says they can be saved. Natural Resources Canada started the study in 2008 to focus on the state of birch health. The study has examined over 300 birch tree plots in urban centres. David Langor, a research scientist working on the study, noticed birch trees were starting to die off at a rapid rate in 2003 and set out why. Langor says Edmonton has lost 60 per cent of its ;birch population since 2008. So far he’s found that the deaths are climate related. He speculates it’s a combination of drought and more frequent freeze-thaw periods in the winter.

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Judge ends logging protest injunction

Sunshine Coast Reporter
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has lifted an interim injunction against blocking a logging operation on Mount Elphinstone, but the Sept. 27 decision leaves the door open for a new injunction. Peninsula Logging was granted an interim injunction in late August, naming Ross Muirhead, Laurie Bloom, Hans Penner and other protestors (John and Jane Doe). …TLA executive director David Elstone is also a resident of Roberts Creek, and he’s been closely watching developments on Mount Elphinstone.  Elstone told Coast Reporter this week that logging conflicts like the one around A87125 are not as common as they once were in the province, and he thinks if people knew more about how the logging is being done it would make a difference.

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Feds buy $4M of logged lands from Alaska Native corporation

Associated Press in the Washington Times
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska – A $4 million deal between the U.S. Forest Service and a southeast Alaska Native corporation will return 4,500 acres of heavily logged forest on Admiralty Island to wilderness. The Forest Service purchased the land on the west side of the island near Cube Cove with money from its Land and Water Conservation Fund. The deal announced earlier this month covers two of 13 parcels owned by the Sitka-based corporation Shee Atika, CoastAlaska News reported. The two parcels about 30 miles south of Juneau were once forested and acquired by the corporation under terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The land was logged for nearly two decades until 2002.

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Greens Fight Post-Fire Logging in Idaho

Courthouse News Service
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ ALENE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service’s conclusion that post-fire logging projects in northern Idaho do not threaten animals and their habitat is full of holes, environmentalists say in Federal Court. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued the Forest Service on Tuesday, challenging its approval of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Tower Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project, and the Grizzly Fire Salvage and Restoration Project. The Alliance says that burned forests provide important food and nesting resources.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Destruction of California Spotted Owl Habitat in Mature Forests in Sierra Nevada

Center for Biological Diversity
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Earth Island Institute today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to halt the logging of critical California spotted owl habitat on the Tahoe National Forest. Six owl territories are slated to be logged in the “Sunny South” project, all of which are important contributors to the overall owl population given the high degree of successful owl reproduction in these old forested areas. California spotted owls are in steep decline on national forest and private lands in the Sierra Nevada region and are being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act, due in part to the severe impacts of logging, which has significantly reduced the amount of mature forests.

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Woodpeckers warn of ash borer infestation

McCook Gazette
September 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

McCOOK, Neb. — What’s the first evidence of a possible EAB problem? A pretty good clue to the existence of EAB is an over-abundance of woodpeckers. “They know where the larvae are,” Dr. Harrell said. Look for woodpeckers’ cone-shaped holes in the tree bark. Dr. Harrell said typically the first evidence is an ash tree that is becoming “thin,” losing foliage within its canopy. From that point, arborists will look up-high for those tell-tale D-shaped holes and scrape back the bark with a draw knife. If they find tunnels and larvae, and adult-stage beetles, it’s all downhill from there. And homeowners and city tree officials will have some really tough decisions to make.

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Five years left to solve horse chestnut problem

Pests or diseases have damaged most of Britain’s 470,000 horse chestnut trees and there are just five years left to find a solution, according to experts.
Horticulture Week
September 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In lowland England the “vast majority of places have leaf miner and it is here to stay”, said Dr Michael Pocock, organiser of the Conker Tree Science project and an ecologist at the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. “The project has been running for a few years and is coming to an end in terms of tracking the main thrust of the spreading of horse chestnut leaf miner.” He added: “In the long term, I don’t think it’s looking good for horse chestnuts.” While horse chestnut leaf miner causes premature leaf loss, it is horse chestnut bleeding canker that is likely to cause the demise of the tree in England, he added. “Bleeding canker is a much more serious problem because it can cause tree death. Once it enters the tree, it has basically got it for life and can hasten death.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forester advocates for making logging debris affordable

Williams Lake Tribune
September 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Williams Lake forester is urging the business community and local politicians to lobby the provincial government, B.C. Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission to make it more affordable for companies to retrieve biomass fuel from the forest. Speaking to the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce at its regular lunch meeting Thursday, Tsi Del Del Enterprises manager Philippe Theriault told members the move comes as Atlantic Power Corporation has been granted an amended permit to burn up to 50 per cent rail ties at its biomass-fired generating facility in Williams Lake. For two years Theriault and Marcel Therrien ran a biomass grinding company in Williams Lake.

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