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Daily Archives: October 5, 2016

Special Feature

Canadian Forest Service launches new mobile app

Canadian Forest Service
October 5, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

In celebration of National Forest Week, the Canadian Forest Service launched My Tree, a mobile application that allows the Government of Canada to share previously published scientific information in an innovative way to a wide audience. Users can identify their hardiness zone, apply search filters, and explore the native trees of Canada that could be planted on their property and in their neighbourhood. Over 80% of Canadians now reside in urban areas and while they may not be as familiar with traditional forest activities and research as their rural counterparts, they value and benefit from the trees that grow in their towns and cities. In fact, this year’s State of Canada’s Forest Report highlights the importance of adapting our urban forests in a changing climate.

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COFI Launches Community Photo Contest

Council of Forest Industries
October 5, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine and prize sponsor London Drugs, today announced the launch of a photo contest that celebrates the importance of the forest industry in B.C. and the diversity of the people who are part of it. “Those of us who work in the forest sector understand the innovation, diversity, commitment to sustainability, and sense of community that this industry has to offer,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “With this community photo contest, we would like to provide all British Columbians an opportunity to capture the images that reflect the industry of today – the diversity, the innovation, the people and the communities that make it great.”

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Business & Politics

Trade War Over Trees Looms as Canada, U.S. Remain at Impasse

By Jen Skerritt
Bloombern News
October 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Canada and the U.S. are gearing up for another fight over trees. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will meet Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian industry groups in Toronto Wednesday in an attempt to end gridlock in a softwood lumber dispute that has been simmering for decades. The U.S. could seek tariffs that top 30 percent against Canadian producers such as West Fraser Timber Co. as early as next week. The duties could prompt Canadian companies to curtail output or shut down mills. “It’s going to be ugly,” said Kevin Mason, managing director of ERA Forest Products Research, a Vancouver-based financial research company. “There’s going to be mill closures. It’s going to be messy.”

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Georgia judge says clean up Altamaha River

By Dan Chapman
Atlanta Journal Constitution
October 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An Atlanta judge sided with environmental groups in ruling that a huge pulp mill in Southeast Georgia discharges too much pollution into the Altamaha River, known fondly as “the Little Amazon.” Administrative law judge Kimberly Schroer last week nullified, in essence, a wastewater permit allowing the Rayonier Advanced Materials mill in Jesup to dump millions of gallons of treated wood pulp daily into the river. The state’s Environmental Protection Division issued the permit for the mill, built in 1954, last December. Conservation groups, as well as citizens who fish, swim and kayak in the river, have long complained that the dun-colored discharge — visible for miles downstream and linked to a nasty odor — ruins fishing and recreational activities.

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Weyerhaeuser to sell printing papers business to One Rock Capital Partners

PR Newsire
October 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today announced an agreement to sell North Pacific Paper Company (“NORPAC”), the company’s printing papers business, to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC (“One Rock”). Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the after-tax proceeds from the transaction for the repayment of debt. The transaction includes the printing papers mill located in Longview, Wash. Weyerhaeuser has operated the business through a joint venture with Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This announcement completes the company’s strategic review of the Cellulose Fibers business. The company recently announced the sale of its pulp mills and liquid packaging board business.

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China’s sawnwood imports down 2% in 1H 2016

Lesprom Network
October 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s sawnwood imports totalled 15.61 million cubic metres valued at $3.82 billion in the first half of 2016, down 2% and 17% respectively over the same period of 2015. The average landed price for imported sawnwood was $245 per cubic metre, a year-on-year drop of 17%, ITTO reported. Of the total, sawn softwood imports amounted to 9.02 million cubic metres, or 58 % of all sawnwood imports, a year-on-year increase of 24%.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tall wood building trend puts pressure on at D.R. Johnson mills

Woodworking Network
October 4, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND – If the vast potential of timber construction isn’t obvious, a new exhibit at Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum aims to clear things up. Running through May 2017, and sponsored by the USDA, Timber City is drawing attention to the recent boom in a worldwide movement toward timber construction. It’s opening up a new market that has been turning the mills at a growing number of wood products companies, including Montreal’s Nordic Structures and Sauter Timber in Rockwood, Tennessee. Oregon-based D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, a subsidiary of D.R. Johnson, specializes in the manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated beams from Douglas fir and Alaskan yellow cedar.

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Adaptive Re-Use and Recycling: Shipping Containers with Pioneer Millworks Reclaimed Wood

PR Web
October 4, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Farmington, NY – The new Networking Lounge check-in area and Passport to Prizes drop-off location at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be housed in two repurposed shipping containers fitted with Reclaimed Wood Flooring and Paneling from Pioneer Millworks, a leader in the reclaimed wood industry. The containers will accommodate the numerous meetings, introductions, and interactions that take place during the week. 

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Pak delegation leaves for UK to participate in furniture expo

By Salim Ahmed
Pakistan Observer
October 4, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Lahore—A delegation of Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) Monday left for Birmingham UK to participate in the international furniture exhibition to explore the avenues of export of made in Pakistan furniture and share the expertise, new designs and modern skills with their counterparts. …He said the establishment of joint ventures with foreign producers of woods for the provision of required machinery can bolster the quality of our furniture products and brings them at par with international standards. “Therefore, there is a dire need to transform our furniture business from cottage or small scale to highly innovative industry, for which training of skilled labour and high-end supplies are required,” he added.

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Forestry

City council reacts to rumours of Rapattack base closure

By Jim Elliot
Salmon Arm Observer
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The possible closure of the B.C. Wildfire Rapattack barracks in Salmon Arm came up at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention which ran from Sept. 26 to 30 in Victoria. Salmon Arm coun. Ken Jamieson said the possibility of closing the barracks in Salmon Arm was discussed during a meeting with B.C. Minister of Forests Lands and National Resource Operations (FLNRO) Steve Thomson. Jamieson described the progress of a plan to close the base as preliminary. “We made the case to the minister that that’s not a good idea, not in Salmon Arm,” Jamieson said adding forest-fire season coincides with vacation season making the rental market for firefighters living seasonally in the area difficult.

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Community forest takes longterm view

Clearwater Times
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wells Gray Community Forest is planning for the longterm, according to general manager George Brcko. That was the theme of a tour of the community forest held recently as part of National Forest Week. Despite the community forest recently announcing that it had up to $1 million available in its new “major grant funding envelope,” and the hundreds of thousands of dollars it has already distributed in grants to local community groups and projects, less than a half-dozen members of the public showed up for the tour. Wells Gray Community Forest was the first community forest in the province to have sophisticated planning using terrestrial ecosystem mapping (TEM) and vegetative resource inventory (RIM), he said.

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Drones disrupted aerial efforts to combat flood, forest fires, aircraft company says

Commercial operator says mapping efforts disrupted by unmanned aerial vehicles
CBC News
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Drone flights over Manitoba flood and forest-fire zones have disrupted aerial mapping efforts to help emergency personnel on the ground, says the business development manager for Taiga Air, a Winnipeg-based commercial aircraft operator. Taiga Air business development manager Rob Walker says his company had to suspend mapping operations over the Portage Diversion flood zone in 2011 and forest-fire hotspots this spring because the amateur use of drones posed a threat to his aircraft. “They’re dangerous. If you take that into an engine of an aircraft or if you take out a piece of your instrument, your rotors … you have to ground until the aircraft is clear,” said Walker, whose company uses helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and drones.

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2016 Forestry Photo Contest

Wood Business
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ready, set, click… the Council of Forest Industries and our media partner Canadian Forest Industries Magazine are happy to announce the launch of the Community Forestry Photo Contest! Starting September 21 and running until December 9, we will be accepting photo entries that capture the essence of the forest industry in the interior of British Columbia through the lenses of the people who live, work and play there. Special prizes from our generous supporters at London Drugs are available for the winners who will be announced. In case you were looking for inspiration, we’ve created a variety of themes into which you can submit your photo(s)!

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Natural Resources Canada on the hunt for invasive species

By Catherine Harrop
CBC News
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Researchers using traps fitted with pheromones to trap bugs—Using intensely-coloured purple and green traps, and pulling them high into a tree’s canopy, is one of the latest tactics being used by scientists attempting to capture more insects in the hunt for invasive species. Natural Resources Canada is trying out the latest forms of traps in an attempt to snag any invasive species that might spell future problems in New Brunswick’s forests. Using a long yellow pole, with a slingshot end, biologist Vincent Webster shoots a line over a high tree branch. Then, a line of green inverted cone traps is pulled up.

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Province raises fines for illegal logging

Chronicle Herald
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province has jacked up the fines for illegally cutting timber on Crown land. The fine has increased from $2,000 to $50,000 for individuals — or $250,000 for businesses — for a first offence. “Government knows that Nova Scotians care a great deal about our forested Crown land, so we are updating regulations with tougher penalties to prevent illegal cutting on Crown land,” Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines said in a Tuesday news release. The release says individuals could be fined up to $50,000 for a first offence. For each subsequent offence, they could face up to $100,000 in fines, imprisonment for up to a year, or both.

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A U.S. first: Bees added to endangered species list

By the Washington Post News Service
Herald and News
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The bees are dying. For the first time in the United States, bees have been placed on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday determined that seven species of yellow-faced bees, all native to Hawaii, should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. All seven species belong to the Hylaeus genus of bees. Together, the wasp-ish looking bees are more commonly known as “yellow-faced” or “masked” for their yellow-to-white facial markings. These species are responsible for pollinating some of Hawaii’s indigenous plant species, many of which are threatened themselves.

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Daines calls for litigation, logging changes in energy bill

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a bipartisan move, U.S. senators Steve Daines and Dianne Feinstein have pushed for logging and litigation reforms in a coming energy and natural resources bill. “As conference negotiations on comprehensive energy legislation continue, we write to share our common priorities and urge you to include strong reforms that are needed to improve the health of forests in our states and address the chronic challenges that are impeding current forest restoration efforts,” wrote Daines (R-Mont.) and Feinstein, (D-Calif.). The letter went to the Republican chairs and Democratic ranking members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

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Aerial spraying rattles coastal residents

The Daily Astorian
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ARCH CAPE — Nancy Webster became concerned about aerial spraying after smelling pesticides in the air near her Rockaway Beach home. “That began the growing concern of what’s happening with our drinking water and our air,” Webster said, adding that the spraying could affect birds, fish, soil and more. “This is happening up and down the coast.” …According to the citizens group, Weyerhaeuser recently clearcut parcels of forestland, including several bordering Oswald West State Park, Arch Cape and Neahkahnie Mountain. Weyerhaeuser completed the aerial spraying on the harvested forest land near Oswald West on Wednesday, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Sonora summit will explore how to deal with dead timber

Modesto Bee
October 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


A summit Friday in Sonora will deal with the millions of Sierra Nevada trees killed by drought and bark beetles in recent years. The organizer of the free event, the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, urges increased logging to remove the dead timber and make the remaining trees more healthy. The 15th annual Natural Resource Summit will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sierra Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, off Highway 49-108 just south of downtown. Informational displays will be up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The speakers will include two Republican lawmakers whose vast districts include the county – Rep. Tom McClintock and state Assemblyman Frank Bigelow.

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Bring Back Logging

Letter by Ted Paulk
Payson Roundup
October 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It has now been two weeks since the “Managed” Fulton Fire began choking the folks in Northern Gila County. We can’t see the Rim or the Mazatzals along with difficulty in breathing. Many of us remember when the air around Payson was famous as the cleanest in the world. Of course, in those days the logging operations kept the forest thinned and the logging roads allowed access to fire fighters. Lumber was harvested and people had jobs because of the Whiting family, Southwest Forest Industry, and the dozens of other successful logging companies in Northern Arizona.

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Department of Natural Resources issues plan to guide West End forest management

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — The state Department of Natural Resources has released a blueprint for forest management in western Clallam and Jefferson counties. The Olympic Experimental State Forest, or OESF, Forest Land Plan will help guide DNR management of more than 270,000 acres of forested trust lands on the West End of the Olympic Peninsula, officials said. The 171-page document is available on the DNR website, www.dnr.wa.gov. “Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of many citizens, local landowners, user groups and others who provided their input, we have a plan to launch a new era of management for this forest,” DNR Deputy Supervisor of State Uplands Kyle Blum said in a news release.

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Summer wildfires leave behind a scorched path of damaged timber lands

NBC16.com
October 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – After a slew of human-caused wildfires, the district forester said the 2016 season was worse than usual in western Lane County. The High Pass fire west of Junction City was the largest and costliest of the season. Now, more than a month after the fire was extinguished, landowners are examining its financial repercussions. It cost $2.7 million to put out the fire that tore through the hills west of Junction City. But that’s just the beginning. For the companies that own these lands, they’ll now need to make up decades of lost profit. “These are very productive timber lands, grow some of the best, most productive forest lands in the world in this area,” said Cary Hart, chief forester of Giustina Land and Timber.

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IDNR revitalizing forests by cutting down trees

WPSD Local 6
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNION COUNTY, IL – Forestry experts are working to bring back native trees and ecosystems in southern Illinois forests by letting in the sunshine. It’s not too often you hear the sound of chainsaws inside Trail of Tears State Forest in Union County, Illinois. But Tuesday was an exception. “Conservationists normally plant trees, not cut them down,” said Ben Snyder, district forester with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He, along with other area leaders and forestry experts, was in the forest Tuesday, keeping an eye on the progress to alterations in the forest canopy there. They’re there, not to weed out invasive populations, but to better protect the forest’s native oak trees and the wildlife that needs them for food and shelter.

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New and Improved Tools Help Adapt Forests to Changing Conditions

USDA Blog
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Collaboration between scientists and managers resulted in the publication Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. This publication provides a suite of materials enabling land managers to consider the likely effects of climate change and increase the ability of forests to cope with climate change impacts. The toolkit was originally developed in 2012 by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and partners as part of a pilot adaptation effort in northern Wisconsin entitled the Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF). As the CCRF has expanded in the intervening years, the toolkit has been used by hundreds of land managers and natural resource professionals across the Midwest and Northeast to integrate climate change into planning and decision-making.

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Emerald ash borer quarantine expanded in northeast and central Arkansas

SW Times
October 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Plant Board said Monday it has expanded a quarantine aimed at stopping the spread of a beetle that infests and kills ash trees. The board said in a news release it added Clay, Fulton, Greene, Lawrence, Sharp and Randolph counties in northeast Arkansas and Pulaski and Perry counties in central Arkansas to the emerald ash borer quarantine. Certain items must not be moved from a county inside the quarantine to a county outside the quarantine without a certificate or permit. The items include firewood of all hardwood species and the following ash items: nursery stock, green lumber with bark attached and other material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, pulpwood, stumps, roots, branches, mulch and chips.

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Invasive insects cost the world billions per year

By the University of Adelaide
EurekAlert
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ecologists have estimated that invasive (non-native) insects cost humanity tens of billions of dollars a year – and are likely to increase under climate change and growing international trade. Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and CNRS and Paris-Sud University in France have compiled the first comprehensive and robust database of the global economic costs of invasive insects — but say estimates are likely to be greatly under-estimated because of the lack of research into costs in many parts of the world. Previous estimates have been “spatially incomplete and of questionable quality”.

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