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Daily Archives: October 17, 2016

Special Feature

Presidential Proclamation: National Forest Products Week, 2016

By President Barack Obama
Forest Business Network
October 16, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: United States

Filtering the air we breathe and the water we drink, and providing the
habitats that are home to diverse species of fish and wildlife, forests
are an essential part of our planet. Across America, they offer a wide
range of cultural and recreational activities that have sustained and
entertained people since long before our Nation’s founding. Today,
forests provide products we use each day, including paper, wood, and
building and packaging materials. During National Forest Products Week,
we express our appreciation for the incredible bounty forests provide
and we renew our commitment to ensuring the next generation can enjoy
their irreplaceable resources. …NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim October 16 through October 22, 2016, as
National Forest Products Week.

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Wood – nature’s stroke of genius

Trae DK You Tube
October 17, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: International

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Business & Politics

Uncertain future for Montana timber industry

By Mackenzie Allen
ABC Fox Montana
October 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

KALISPELL – Uncertainty for the United States timber industry, as the clock runs out on an agreement with Canada, agreement that’s designed to keep Canadian subsidies from hurting the American lumber market. For decades, the US and Canada have worked within the Softwood Lumber Agreement. The agreement essentially levels the playing field to keep timber prices competitive between the two countries. The last agreement was signed in 2006 and ultimately expired in 2015. In order to keep negotiations on track, the US agreed to allow Canada to export subsidized timber for a year. But now, time has run out on even that plan. In a statement today, Senator Steve Daines urged President Obama to secure a new deal to protect the timber industry.

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Editorial: B.C. lumber producers brace for U.S. assault

by Vancouver Sun Editorial Board
The Vancouver Sun
October 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

B.C.’s forest products industry may not have the economic heft it had 25 years ago, but it remains the lifeblood of many small communities in the Interior and on the North Coast. So the expiry on Wednesday of a standstill agreement that had effectively extended the 2006 Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Accord, which officially ended last October, is cause for concern for communities such as Quesnel, where trade action by U.S. producers could put two mills and 400 jobs in jeopardy. Although B.C.’s lumber exports are not as dependent on the U.S. market as they were when the trade accord was signed, the U.S. remains the destination for more than 40 per cent (by value) of provincial lumber exports.

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Temporary U.S. softwood deal ends

by Frank Peebles
Prince George Citizen
October 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

This week, the legal safety net was removed from the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement, but it is mostly business as usual so far for area lumber production. The trade pact ran past its actual due date more than a year ago, but there was a one-year provisional carry-on of the deal and once that passed there was an additional standstill period during which no legal action could be taken by either side. …Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, said the provincial flow of wood products into the United States was only slightly higher than normal for this time of year, and there was no market pressure to either slow it down or speed it up due to this deadline. …Asked whether she thought the American lumber lobby would let Canadian lumber flow freely for the time being, she expressed doubt. “No, I expect they will file legal action shortly,” she said.

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NDP Say Not Enough Being Done After Expiry of Softwood Lumber Agreement

By Kasi Johnston
My Cowichan Valley Now
October 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The NDP’s spokesperson on the softwood lumber agreement says the government has not done enough to prepare for the expiration of the softwood lumber agreement with the US.
The agreement expired a year ago and the year-long standstill that was in place after the agreement expired on Wednesday. Bruce Ralston says the Premier said getting a new agreement was a top priority, but not much has happened…Ralston says should the U-S begin filing petitions against Canadian softwood lumber it could have huge impacts on communities across the province.

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Edmundston plant issues public apology for gas leaks

By Matthew Bingley
CBC News
October 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


An Edmundston pulp and paper mill has issued a public apology over several gas leaks with a full page ad in a local newspaper. Beginning in June, the Twin Rivers plant released chlorine dioxide gas five times. The chemical is used to bleach pulp, and while the company said it posed no long-term health risks, several people in the community were alarmed. The gas was accidentally released following mechanical failures caused by power outages. On one occasion in early September, emergency services responded when locals reported smelling the gas in the community center.

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Tories approve plan to help Tolko sale

By Dean Pritchard
Winnipeg Sun
October 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government has identified a potential buyer for the Tolko Industries kraft paper mill in The Pas and approved a new regulation aimed at helping secure the deal. Tolko announced in August it planned to close the mill by Dec. 2, throwing more than 300 people out of work. Tolko confirmed last month it had received a letter of intent to purchase the mill. The potential buyer has now been positively identified as American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC). A new statutory regulation passed by the provincial government would allow AIAC to defer payments to the pension reserve fund — worth approximately $20 million — for a period of three years.

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Manitoba government offers pension deferral to prospective pulp mill buyer

Canadian Press in CTV News
October 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has approved a deferral of pension payments to help the sale of the troubled Tolko Industries pulp and paper mill in The Pas. The province is allowing the mill’s prospective buyers to defer, for three years, pension contributions that would normally be required to keep the mill’s pension plan fully funded. Premier Brian Pallister says the payments total roughly $20 million, and he cautions the potential sale to American Industrial Acquisition Corporation is not a done deal. Tolko announced plans last month plans to close the mill Dec. 2 because it is no longer financially viable — a move that would throw 300 people out of work.

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Cantimber controversy addressed

by Karly Blats
Alberni Valley News
October 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A third party consultant has confirmed that there are no chemical additives added to Cantimber Biotech’s operations, despite recent accusations. Chad Darby, from Golder and Associates, was hired by the Port Alberni Port Authority(PAPA) to conduct a study of the Chinese owned and operated mill’s operations. An open meeting was held on Thursday, Oct. 13 to disclose the data collected from Golder’s review and to address issues and concerns that have arisen regarding how Cantimber’s operations are affecting air quality. “We’ve been through the facility, we’ve looked at the process top to bottom and I can assure you that there are no chemical additives added to this process,” Darby told a packed audience in the Dogwood Room at Echo Centre.

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Manitoba steps in to assist sale of Tolko mill, deal still not complete

By Laura Glowacki
CBC News
October 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The government of Manitoba has approved a regulation at the request of both Tolko Industries and a potential purchaser of the kraft paper mill in The Pas, Premier Brian Palliser said on Friday. Tolko Industries, the largest employer in The Pas, announced in August that it would be closing the mill in early December, putting 332 people out of work. Earlier this month, sources told CBC that New York-based American Industrial Acquisition Corporation was looking at buying the plant. Pallister confirmed the potential purchaser on Friday. The regulation announced Friday will allow the company to defer contributions to the pension reserve fund for three years. The change should help facilitate the sale of the mill, said Pallister.

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Lawsuit Filed by Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp. Against Catalyst Paper Discontinued

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

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) is pleased to announce that Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp. have discontinued the lawsuit previously commenced against Catalyst. The commencement of the lawsuit was previously announced and described in the company’s news release of January 25, 2016. This discontinuance filed by Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp. brings this litigation to an end. Another party to the lawsuit, the Halalt First Nation, had previously filed a discontinuance, which was previously announced and described in the company’s news release of September 6, 2016.

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Weyerhaeuser’s strategy changes with times

By Bill Virgin
The News Tribune
October 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Three news items concerning Weyerhaeuser Co. appeared in recent weeks, all playing into the longer-term saga of the company’s dramatic downsizing and restructuring, with the most prominent one being perhaps the least significant of the three in that story. So we’ll start with that one. The company has officially opened its headquarters in Pioneer Square in Seattle, meaning that business reporters such as this one will have to train themselves to stop reflexively writing “Federal Way-based company.” …Weyerhaeuser announced earlier this month it is selling its North Pacific Paper Co. operation in Longview, a newsprint and printing-papers mill in Longview, to One Rock Capital Partners. …The kraft-paper mill on the Tacoma Tideflats has gone through multiple owners over the years, currently residing with WestRock (formerly Rock-Tenn, just to confuse matters).

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

How Montreal is giving new life to trees lost to emerald ash borer

Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie among communities turning trees felled by infestation into public good
CBC News
October 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Faced with the devastation of the emerald ash borer, Montreal and other cities are giving new life to trees lost to the invasive beetle. One in five trees in Montreal is an ash and more than 13,000 trees have already been killed by the emerald ash borer. And the worst is yet to come. The City of Montreal says the 200,000 ash trees on public property are at risk from the infestation, in addition to all those on private property. The deaths of so many trees is sparking some creative thinking about what to do with them in the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough. A collaboration between the borough and non-profit groups working with job-seeking youths and adults is now turning the wood from felled ash trees into flower boxes and public benches for parks, paths and borough streets.

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Fire tests completed for first mass timber high-rise building in the U.S.

by Bob Drake
Civil & Structural Engineer
October 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Portland, Ore. — The Framework Project, LLC announced that the company has successfully completed two significant fire tests on Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) as a building material, demonstrating for the first time the feasibility of tall mass timber buildings in the U.S. The test results were revealed by Thomas F. Robinson, Principal, Lever Architecture, during a “Spotlight on Design” talk at the National Building Museum “Timber City” exhibition in Washington, D.C. These two tests provide proof that a mass timber assembly using CLT and glue-laminated timber (glulam) can be used safely as high-rise construction materials within the U.S., and meet stringent fire code requirements. Tall wood buildings using CLT and glulam has already been permitted in Europe, Australia, and Canada.

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Forestry

Province to cut firefighter housing in town where rental market ‘almost nil’

By Liam Britten
CBC News
October 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province will no longer provide food and shelter for specialized firefighters based in Salmon Arm, and that has Mayor Nancy Cooper concerned for the future of local firefighting. The Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations confirmed it will stop providing catering services for Rapattack firefighters in Jan. 2017 and housing in 2018. “It really does worry us. We live in a forest here, you know,” Cooper told Radio West guest host Josh Pagé. “Our fear is that they will have to close the base and some of council just figure that’s the way they’re actually going.”

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Brothers humble about woodlot management award

by Kathleen Saylors
Boundary Creek Times
October 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s not every day Boundary residents are recognized province wide for their outstanding work. But to hear the Davidsons talk, you’d think their names were chosen out of a hat for the prestigious provincial award for woodlot management. Bob and Dan Davidson, Rock Creek residents who manage a ranch and a substantial woodlot, were recognized this month for their … When asked why they thought they won the award, the brothers were typically humble. “Maybe because we’ve had [the woodlot] so long. Though that doesn’t mean we should get an award,” Bob Davidson said, laughing a little.

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Takla taking on BC Timber Sales over logging licence

by Mark NIELSEN
Prince George Citizen
October 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Takla First Nation is taking B.C. Timber Sales to court, alleging the band was not property consulted before it gave a Vanderhoof-based logging contractor the go-ahead to carry out operations on its traditional territory. According to a petition filed Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, BCTS granted DNT Contracting Ltd. a licence in January 2015 to harvest timber without anyone “first speaking with or receiving correspondence from Takla or its members.” It said BCTS appears to have sent the consultation package to the band in March 2012, at a time when it was going through “significant financial management issues caused by previous Takla administrations.”

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Governments make educational funding splash in Thunder Bay, Sault

Northern Ontario Business
October 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The infrastructure wish lists of post-secondary institutions in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie are being fulfilled after the federal and provincial governments went on a funding tear. …Institutions in Sault Ste. Marie also scored big with $23.5 million allocated to Algoma University, Sault College and the Shingwauk Education Trust. The college landed $15.6 million to create an Institute for Environment Education and Entrepreneurship (iE3), aimed at establishing a centre of excellence in forestry and clean tech, which will include activities in bioenergy, water management, land rehabilitation and forest management.

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Invasive beetle could render N.S. ash trees extinct

by ZACK METCALFE
Chronicle Herald
October 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

I was still a junior reporter when I first heard of the emerald ash borer, an invasive Asian beetle laying waste to ash trees across the United States. To date, 21 states have been infected and tens of millions of trees destroyed, but back then, in my early career, the figures hadn’t yet become so dire. I was covering a council meeting in the town hall of Teeswater, Ont., where a forester of some description explained everything to my municipal government. I remember the evening very clearly because the devastation he described seemed imminent and, to a tree enthusiast like myself, horrifying.

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White River National Forest wildland fire triples in size with zero containment

By Tamara Chuang
Denver Post
October 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews were battling a wildland fire north of Ruedi Reservoir that grew to 294 acres by noon Sunday — triple the size it was the previous evening. The fire was burning north of the reservoir between the Two by Four and Freeman Creek drainages. Officials said the active fire, referred to as the Freeman fire, was at zero containment. …On Sunday, 80 people were fighting the fire, including three helicopters, two 20-person Hot Shot crews, two 20-person hand crews and three federal agencies. Fire officials said that crews are focusing on “putting in hand and saw line around the east and west flank of the fire and keeping the fire north above Fryingpan Road.”

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Lynx rule becomes law of land, but will the law stand?

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A court order to do more work on protecting Canadian lynx in Rocky Mountain forests could become a late-season battleground for congressional action this winter. Last week, the Supreme Court let stand a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the U.S. Forest Service has to take a big-picture look at how it protects critical lynx habitat across 12 million acres touching 11 national forests. While wildlife advocates claimed a major win for the Endangered Species Act, timber industry supporters vowed to rewrite laws to speed up logging projects. “It’s now known as the Cottonwood decision, and it affects pretty much the whole Northwest,” said Julia Altemus of the Montana Wood Products Association.

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State Board of Natural Resources to talk timber harvests Monday

Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
October 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — The state Board of Natural Resources on Monday will tackle the last of three key issues that will help shape timber harvests on state trust lands for the next decade. The six-member board, which sets policies that guide state Department of Natural Resources forest land management, will study the impacts of riparian harvests on the 10-year sustainable harvest calculation in a special meeting in Olympia. …A sustainable harvest calculation is the amount of timber that can be logged on state trust lands in a given decade. The 10-year target is designed to protect the environment while meeting DNR’s trust mandate to generate revenue for trust beneficiaries.

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Forest Service Will Set Thousands Of Acres On Fire

By Pete Aleshire
Payson Roundup
October 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Controlled burns from more than 3,000 acres of new fires will generate smoke throughout Rim Country throughout the week of Oct. 17-20, according to Tonto National Forest fire specialists. The deliberately set fires will add to the smoke and benefit to the forest produced by several ongoing fires, started by lightning during the monsoon and still burning fitfully in the fire-adapted ponderosa pine forests. …The cheerful news releases from the Forest Service on the progress of
nearly a dozen large fires scattered across Northern Arizona underscores the dramatic change in philosophy about wildfire.

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Surging plantation timber industry used to build case for logging Tasmanian reserves

ABC News, Australia
October 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government appears to be building a case for opening up protected logging reserves, pointing to new figures showing an increase in private forest harvests. Forestry Tasmania has suggested lifting a moratorium on logging for 400,000 hectares reserved until 2020 so the ailing business can meet contractual obligations. An annual report from Private Forests Tasmania — yet to be publicly released — showed a 48.5 per cent rise in harvests in private forests over the 2015-16 year. Resources Minister Guy Barnett said it was a sign the industry was strengthening. But he conceded the growth was mostly in plantations, while Forestry Tasmania’s request was related to native forests.

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’The Forestry Tasmania business model is broken’, says Forestry Minister Guy Barnett

by Matt Smith
The Mercury
October 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY Minister Guy Barnett surprised just about everyone when he announced he would consider accessing 400,000ha of forest earlier than expected. Political Editor Matt Smith asks why. When people think about the forest industry, there seems to be a view that we need FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. Is that still the view do you think, and is it achievable? Yes and yes is the answer. Forestry Tasmania advise that their objective is to obtain FSC. The announcement, with respect to looking at the option of going to the future potential production forest and if it were to occur, would occur on the basis that it would not impede any application by Forestry Tasmania for FSC.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Letter: Law should not encourage wood burning

Letter by Robert Greenberg
Salt Lake Tribune
October 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Congress is proposing to ignore science and rewrite reality! Thanks to the influence of heavily forested states, legislation now in conference could classify wood burning (biomass) as carbon neutral. Aside from the bad science and disastrous impact on carbon emissions, we in Utah know how bad wood burning is for air quality and public health. Such legislation promotes an approach to energy that is even dirtier than burning coal. The notion of wood fired power plants is frightening. About 20 years ago, I removed my wood burning stove and replaced it with gas heat because I could not in good conscience accept the contribution I was making to dirty air in the Moab valley.

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Is biomass really more polluting than coal?

by Jocelyn Timperley
Business Green
October 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New economic comparison of different renewables finds much of the biomass used in the UK could be producing higher emissions than coal, raising questions over the scale of its use in the energy system The long-running debate over whether bioenergy is the right choice to supply a significant part of the UK’s energy was today reignited with the launch of a new report from the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC). The study, conducted for the NRDC by energy specialists Vivid Economics, concludes that rather than making a positive contribution to the UK’s efforts to cut carbon emissions, the country’s use of biomass in power stations is actually leading to higher emissions.

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