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Daily Archives: October 13, 2016

Froggy Foibles

OktoberForest- Love Your Beer, Love Your Forest

The Nature Conservancy
October 13, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

OktoberForest begins October 1– check out this one minute video on how beer relies on healthy forests!

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Business & Politics

Doherty calls out feds over softwood

Prince George Citizen
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Conservative MP Todd Doherty slammed the federal government’s approach to the softwood lumber deal as “an afterthought” after the year-long standstill period expired. “(The deal was) not mentioned in the Liberal campaign platform. It’s not mentioned in the (trade minister’s) mandate letter. It’s not mentioned in the speech from the throne,” said Doherty. “It’s almost like an afterthought. And now they’re catching up and behind the eight ball from the beginning.” The first-time MP said the previous Conservative government set the stage to finalize a new agreement between Canada and the United States.

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Softwood deal collapse could drive up U.S. lumber prices

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber producers in Montana don’t expect big changes after midnight Wednesday, when the U.S.-Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement expires without a replacement. But that doesn’t mean little ripples won’t turn into waves later on as loggers on both sides of the border try to meet American housing market demand for 2x4s. …. “If there’s less lumber coming from Canada, that’s good news for the American sawmills,” said Hakan Ekstrom, president of Wood Resources International, a Seattle-based timber market consulting firm. “But that also means with less competition, lumber prices go higher, which is a negative to the consumer going to Home Depot to buy lumber. We expect lumber demand will continue to go up as we see more housing starts in the next three to four years.”

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Flood of lumber imports could lead to U.S., Canada trade war

by David Murray
Great Falls Tribune
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States


A simmering trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada over lumber imports is threatening to boil over. The last vestiges of a decade-old agreement constraining the flow of Canadian softwood lumber into the U.S. expired Wednesday, leading many to warn that one of the most enduring and contentious trade issues between the two countries could soon reignite. “At the end of the day this is a jobs issue,” said Zoltan van Heyningen, executive director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition. “Do we allow unfair Canadian lumber imports to kill off U.S. jobs in order to save or grow Canadian jobs? For two-and-a-half years we’ve been hitting our heads against the wall with Canada trying to get them to actually negotiate. At this point we’re kind of in a zone where one of the few options left is to initiate trade cases. That’s very likely to happen very soon.”

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Resolute President and CEO Takes Strong Position in Support of Free Trade

Canada Newswire press release
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau today reaffirmed the company’s support of free, unencumbered access for softwood lumber exports from Central Canada (Quebec and Ontario) to the United States. Mr. Garneau has been a leading figure in the ongoing softwood lumber dispute between the U.S. and Canada, and draws on over 40 years of experience and leadership in the forest products industry across Canada. …. Richard Garneau has consistently challenged the claims by some that the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada produced predictability and stability. “Managed trade increases volatility, creating an unpredictable and unstable trade environment between two of the world’s largest trading partners,” stated Mr. Garneau.

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Canada’s lack of unity hurting its softwood lumber talks with U.S., lawyer says

by Arturo Chang
Business News Network
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Canada could lose out in softwood lumber negotiations with the U.S. if it doesn’t get its “act together” and form a unified front, according to international trade lawyer Mark Warner. The two governments said Wednesday said they are continuing talks to try to reach a new softwood lumber deal, even though a one-year standstill period is set to expire Thursday. The lack of national coherence on what softwood producers all want has weakened Canada in the trade talks, Warner, principal at MAAW Law, said in an interview with BNN on Wednesday. Warner said Canada should be trying to simplify the agreement, but instead, Canadian regions are divided over what they want from the deal.

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Softwood lumber dispute highlights ‘free trade’ failure

by Jeff Nielson
Stockhouse
October 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Thirty years ago; Canada and the United States negotiated their first, supposed “free trade agreement”, the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement. One of the key trade irritants between the two nations at the time was the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the U.S. The nexus of the dispute was the claim by the U.S. that there was an intrinsic price for softwood lumber, totally independent of market fundamentals, and the U.S. insisted that its own calculation of that (arbitrary) number was the “correct price” for softwood lumber. …Supposedly, the initial Canada/U.S. trade agreement had a dispute resolution mechanism. The problem was that the panel which heard such disputes was only able to issue non-binding decisions – the proverbial toothless tiger.

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U.S., Canada to continue lumber trade talks as deadline passes

Reporting by David Lawder in Washington and Andrea Hopkins in Ottawa
Reuters
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The top U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators said on Wednesday they would continue talks toward a new trade agreement on softwood lumber, despite the expiration of a “standstill” period prohibiting legal challenges over the long-standing dispute. …In a joint statement, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Canadian Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland said negotiators were meeting in Washington this week.  “In those negotiations, we will work to meet the mandate agreed to by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when they met in Ottawa in June — a new agreement that is designed to maintain Canadian exports at or below an agreed-upon U.S. market share to be negotiated, with the stability, consistency and flexibility necessary to achieve the confidence of both industries,” they said in a joint statement.

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Canadian timber firms brace for U.S. softwood duties

by Steven Chase
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Hefty U.S. duties could be slapped on Canadian timber exports to the United States by early 2017 after a one-year standstill period expired on Wednesday in the long-running softwood lumber dispute between Canada and its biggest trading partner. The U.S. Lumber Coalition would not say precisely when it would file formal trade complaints with the U.S. government – only that it would do so “at the most appropriate time.” It is widely expected in Ottawa that the coalition will file within days. Zoltan van Heyningen, executive director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition, said he is disappointed that the Canadian government has failed to offer more constructive proposals during the negotiations.

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Awaiting the opening shot: Canada-US softwood wars poised to reignite

By Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press in the Chronicle Journal
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON – Canada’s once-a-decade softwood lumber trade war with the U.S. appeared on the verge of reigniting Wednesday with the end of a legal grace period that threatens to kick off another round of petitions, panels and punitive tariffs. The American softwood lobby has confirmed plans to launch a process that could culminate sometime next year in duties on its northern neighbour’s lumber, barring sudden progress toward a so-far-elusive deal between governments. “(We have) no choice but to move to initiate trade cases against unfairly traded imports from Canada at the most effective time,” said the U.S. Lumber Coalition. As the old agreement wound down, the group said it spent three years urging new negotiations. Talks only got serious in recent months. While those talks continue, the sides remain far apart on formulas involving import limits and duties.

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Western Forest Products and Interfor downgraded as lumber dispute looms

by Jonathan Ratner
Financial Post
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

With the U.S. Lumber Coalition free to file a new trade case against Canadian lumber producers as early as October 13, share prices across the sector are expected to come under pressure. West Fraser Timber Co., Canfor Corp., Interfor Corp, Resolute Forest Products Inc., Western Forest Products Inc. and Conifex Timber Inc. are all vulnerable, as the market reacts to potentially negative developments relating to yet another lumber dispute, according to CIBC World Markets analyst Hamir Patel. He warned that following the expiry of a one-year standstill agreement, duties may come in earlier and higher than previously expected. Patel downgraded Western Forest Products to sector performer (from sector outperformer), but maintained a $2.50 price target on the stock.

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NDP says BC Liberals unprepared for softwood lumber fallout

My PG Now
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The standstill period on softwood lumber trade between the US and Canada officially expires today and, with the possibility of trade action looming, the NDP says the BC Liberals and Premier Christy Clark haven’t done enough to prepare the province for the possible fall-out. “50% of the lumber that’s sold in the United States comes from British Columbia,” says Bruce Ralston, the opposition spokesperson for the softwood lumber agreement. “We’re an important part of the American market and it’s important for BC jobs and companies. This issue really needs to be taken more seriously. Despite her rhetoric, we haven’t heard from the premier on this in quite some time.” Ralston says the the impact to the Canadian lumber industry could be “massive and almost immediate.”

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B.C. lumber towns braced for U.S. trade assault

By Peter O’Neil and Rob Shaw
Vancouver Sun
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — B.C. is bracing for pain as the U.S. lumber industry stands poised to launch a punitive softwood lumber trade battle as early as Thursday. That’s when a one-year “standstill” agreement tacked onto the 2006 Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires, opening the door to years of costly litigation and likely mill closures and job losses. “With the expiration of the standstill and no agreement attained, the Coalition has no choice but to move to initiate trade cases against unfairly traded imports from Canada at the most effective time,” the U.S. Lumber Coalition told Inside U.S. Trade in a statement Wednesday. That news will be harsh, if not devastating, to interior communities like Quesnel, the town of just over 10,000 people (2011 census) that faces the possible shutdown of two mills and a loss of 400 jobs if Ottawa can’t find a solution, said Conservative MP Todd Doherty.

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Tolko soot irks neighbours

Castanet
October 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another event at Kelowna’s Tolko mill Tuesday night has some neighbours in the area up in arms. Dr. Charles Lund, who lives in the area, said soot from the mill blanketed the neighbourhood. It was so bad, he said they had to water down their patio furniture. Cars in the area were also covered with a dusting of the black particles. Lund said this is the third such event in the last several months. “We’ve had a period of fairly clean air for some weeks now, however, last night, there was a tremendous noise coming from the plant,” said Lund. “This morning, everything was covered in large, particulate soot.” Lund, an anesthesiologist, said the soot can be dangerous to those people breathing it in.

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New lumber transload facility opens on Ridley Island

By Kevin Campbell
Prince Rupert Northern View
October 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Port of Prince Rupert has made it more attractive for clients farther away to ship lumber through Prince Rupert versus Vancouver. A brand new lumber transload facility, CT Terminals, is up and running on Ridley Island, brought to the area by a limited partnership consisting of Tidal Coast Terminals and Coast Tsimshian Enterprises. The investment complements Tidal Coast Terminals’ main operational site at Prince Rupert’s Industrial Park at Butze Bay (a former saw mill location) which sorts logs, handles containers, reloads forest products and bagged cargo, and barges breakbulk cargo to vessels.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

South Australia’s First Timber Apartment Building Under Construction

The Urban Developer
October 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

South Australia’s trendy city fringe suburb of Kent Town will soon be home to the state’s first timber apartment building. The building, Verde, has slowly started to take shape as the huge engineered timber structure is put into place. But this building is not only noteworthy in South Australia. While it is set to become the first timber apartment building in the state, Verde will also become only the second Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) multi-level apartment building to be constructed in Australia. CLT consists of multiple layers of softwood, oriented at 90 degree angles to each other, which are glued together under pressure to form large pieces. CLT is prefabricated in a factory before then being assembled on-site. …Morgan and Hansen Managing Director Andrew Morgan said CLT had been chosen for Verde as much for the lifestyle benefits as the construction benefits.

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Lenzing Invests $110M in Pulp Production

By Genevieve Scarano
Sourcing Journal Online
October 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Lenzing is expanding its pulp production facilities with a major investment. As part of its new corporate strategy sCore Ten, Lenzing is investing $110 million in its dissolving wood pulp production sites in Austria and the Czech Republic. The funding will be split to approximately $66 million for Lenzing and $44 million for Paskov, in order to modernize both facilities’ manufacturing equipment. New capacities of approximately 35,000 tons will also be added over the next 2.5 years. “We aim to increase our own dissolving wood pulp production from currently 56 percent to 75 percent of the group’s requirements for the production of botanic cellulose fibers by the end of the decade,” Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky said.

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Construction begins on world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

The Local Austria
October 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Construction work has started on a wooden skyscraper in Vienna that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world. The 84-metre HoHo project is being built in the Seestadt Aspern area and will have 24 floors. It’s not designed for residential apartments but will house a hotel, a restaurant, a wellness centre and offices. It’s expected to cost about €65 million. The firm Kerbler is behind the building and said wood was chosen as the building material because of its environmental benefits. It will be more expensive than a conventional skyscraper, and fire precautions will be a major factor. With 76 percent of the building expected to be made from spruce wood, architects say it will save 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions when compared with a similar concrete structure, the equivalent of driving a car 40km every day for 1,300 years.

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Forestry

Board to audit two forest licences near 100 Mile House

By Kairry Nguyen
BC Forest Practices Board
October 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forestry activities of Norbord on non?replaceable forest licences A81492 and A84592 in the 100 Mile House Resource District, during the week of Oct. 17, 2016. Auditors will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The audit includes all forestry activities carried out from Oct. 1, 2014, to Oct. 21, 2016, by Norbord, in the 100 Mile House timber supply area (TSA). Norbord’s operations are located throughout the TSA, which includes the communities of 100 Mile House and Clinton. It is bounded on the west by the Fraser River and on the east by the Cariboo Mountains and Wells Gray Provincial Park.

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Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $69000 to Fort McMurray Recovery

By United Steelworkers
Canada Newswire in Edmonton Journal
October 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $69,000 to recovery efforts following the massive wild fires that swept through Fort McMurray and region earlier this year. “The wild fires and evacuation have deeply affected individuals and families, not only for the physical destruction but the emotional trauma that many continue to struggle with,” said Steelworkers Humanity Fund President Ken Neumann. “The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is supporting three organizations that make special contributions to vulnerable and traumatized individuals and families, and can make good use of additional resources,” Neumann said.

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Winnipeg wants its urban forest to branch out from American elms

By: Stephanie Taylor
Metro News
October 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 200 new trees sprouted up on Winnipeggers’ lawns this fall thanks to a new program aimed at replacing lost elms. In mid-September, participants registered with the Winnipeg ReLeaf program were handed out trees and attended workshops that showed them how to plant new trees on their own private property. …More than 80 per cent of trees uprooted due to Dutch elm disease come from private property. But the city only replants trees on public land, such as in parks and on boulevards. She said our city—which still boasts the largest population of American elms in North America—is at risk of losing entire areas of trees because of the species’ vulnerability to Dutch elm disease.

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Viewpoint: Forestry needs long-term approach

by Jason Addy
Powell River Peak
October 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… These are just two examples of all of the forest being cut in this region every month. The mix-up of these two meetings was a good reminder that the logging we see happening in our neighbourhoods, in areas such as Millennium Park, Valentine Mountain and Roberts Road, are only a small reflection of what is happening in the backcountry. This town was founded on forestry and it will likely remain a big part of our economy. But without a long-term plan that does not rely on residents addressing problems in a piecemeal approach, essential forest values, both environmental and personal, will be lost to a liquidated landscape.

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Opponents use old report to fight DNRC timber sale south of Bozeman

By Michael Wright
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
October 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Opponents of a logging proposal south of Bozeman say a decades-old state report that said logging and roadbuilding couldn’t be done in portions of the area bolsters their arguments against state plans to chop down trees on about 730 acres of state trust lands. …The document from the early 1980s was never formally adopted, which means DNRC is not bound to its recommendations. Craig Campbell, the DNRC’s Bozeman unit manager, said they don’t put much stock in the document, and that they are still working to determine what the Limestone West project will look like. “At this point we are still analyzing the area for what we can do and how we can do it,” Campbell said. Limestone West is meant to make money for the state’s trust and to reduce fire risk and eliminate dead trees beaten up by insect infestations.

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Healthy Watershed Grant Consortium Program Grows

By Peter Stangel
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities,
October 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. (Endowment) today released the 2017 Request for Proposals for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. Additional grant funds are available in 2017 – 2018 through a new partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Up to $2 million is avail able for the 2017 Healthy Watershed Consortium grant cycle. NRCS joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Endowment as Healthy Watershed Consortium Grant Program funders. The program’ s focus is to accelerate the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Project Beetle Could Cause $17 Billion Damage to Loblolly Pine in South

By Brad Buck, University of Florida
Newswise
October 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers, who have already seen ambrosia beetles damage part of Florida’s avocado crop, know that more of the species will come from Asia in the next decade. Anticipating their arrival, UF/IFAS researchers set up a hypothetical invasion of the beetle, and found out that loblolly pine owners in the South could lose up to $17 billion in trees in 20 years. Private companies use loblolly for timber production. Small landowners also harvest and sell some of their loblolly pines, said Andres Susaeta, a research assistant scientist in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. But small landowners are also interested in aesthetics, preserving the environment and passing the land on to their heirs.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

RFP for Forest Biomass Cogeneration in the Obedjiwan Community

By Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Hydro Quebec
October 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hydro-Québec will soon be issuing a request for proposals for the purchase of electricity produced by forest biomass cogeneration to power the Obedjiwan off-grid system. The RFP will be issued in partnership with the community. “In keeping with our Strategic Plan 2016–2020, we want to progressively convert off-grid systems to more reliable, cleaner, less expensive energy sources that truly reflect the social context of the communities they serve,” said Hydro-Québec Distribution president, David Murray. “With this objective in mind, we will launch a request for proposals to bring biomass to Obedjiwan.”

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