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Daily Archives: October 28, 2016

Business & Politics

Canada takes a stand in lumber talks

By Adam Behsudi
Politico Morning Trade
October 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CANADA TAKES A STAND IN LUMBER TALKS: Canada may have all but given up last week in Wallonia, but it struck a more defiant tone this week defending against accusations it isn’t offering serious proposals in negotiations for a new softwood lumber agreement. That message in a sternly worded missive from north of the border will set the tone for another round of talks today between U.S. and Canadian officials.

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Premier pledges platform tailored to Vancouver Island needs

By Carla Wilson
Victoria Times Colonist
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — Premier Christy Clark unveiled plans today for a 2017 economic and investment platform tailored to Vancouver Island needs and development in the next decade. “Vancouver Island is growing, vibrant, and unique — with its own opportunities and challenges that deserve government’s full attention,” she said. …Horgan mocked Clark’s promise of “continued support” for the forestry industry in a region that trucks raw logs past shuttered mills and ships them overseas for processing. “I think that that’s offensive to Vancouver Islanders, and the Liberals didn’t get it then and don’t seem to get it now,” Horgan said.

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Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd. garners Aboriginal Business Award

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tsi Del Del Enterprises has come a long way in 25 years said Alexis Creek First Nation Chief Ervin Charleyboy in reference to his community being the recipient of an Aboriginal Business award in recognition of its partnership with Tolko Industries. “From a small logging operation that started in 1992 with three buckermen, one old triple six ranger skidder, and a 1966 loader, we were doing six loads a day back in those days,” Charleyboy said. The partnership started off with Jacobson Brothers, went to Riverside and eventually found its home with Tolko, he added. Charleyboy, along with Band Coun. Percy Guichon, and Tolko’s Tom Hoffman, accepted the Aboriginal – Industry Business Partnership of the Year award for the joint venture at a ceremony in Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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Why we need a Softwood Lumber Agreement

By Robert Sopuck, MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa
Portage Daily Graphic
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trade negotiations have become a major topic in the House of Commons, with Belgium holding up the signing of the proposed Canada-Europe Trade Agreement, the Liberal’s indecisiveness over the Trans Pacific Partnership, and their inaction on reaching a Softwood Lumber Agreement with the United States. Although agriculture dominates the southern portion of our large constituency, forestry is a major industry in the northern areas. I had the opportunity to stand up in the House of Commons last week and explain to the Liberal government why rural communities across Canada need them to negotiate a new agreement immediately, or risk losing thousands of jobs across the country. 

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West Fraser invests $33 million in expansion sawmill operations in South Carolina’s Newberry County

Lesprom
October 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser, a diversified wood products company, is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations. The project is expected to bring $33 million in new capital investment, as South Carolina Department of Commerce reports. Since 2007, the company has invested millions to modernize the mill and plans to invest $33 million more to procure wood, services and goods in Newberry County. West Fraser also plans to install a log merchandiser designed to increase production by more than 37%.

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What’s Next For Canfor Corporation After Today’s Huge Increase?

Frisco Fastball
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP) is a huge mover today! About 54,212 shares traded hands. Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP) has declined 13.07% since March 22, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.15% the S&P500. The move comes after 7 months positive chart setup for the $2.07 billion company. It was reported on Oct, 27 by Barchart.com. We have $20.28 PT which if reached, will make TSE:CFP worth $683.10 million more. Out of 4 analysts covering Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP), 3 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 1 “Hold”. This means 75% are positive. $31 is the highest target while $16 is the lowest. The $22.88 average target is 50.03% above today’s ($15.25) stock price. Canfor Corporation has been the topic of 11 analyst reports since August 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. 

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Narrowing in on Trading Indicators for Western Forest Products Inc.

By Sonny Harmon
Wall Street Confidential
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Let’s take a quick look at some popular technical levels on shares of Western Forest Products Inc. (WEF.TO). The current 14-day RSI is noted at 46.87, the 7-day is 50.49, and the 3-day is seen at 61.64. The RSI, or Relative Strength Index is a popular oscillating indicator among traders and investors. The RSI operates in a range-bound area with values between 0 and 100. Many traders keep an eye on the 30 and 70 marks on the RSI scale. A move above 70 is widely considered to show the stock as overbought, and a move below 30 would indicate that the stock may be oversold. Traders may use these levels to help identify stock price reversals.

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How the Trump effect is hampering Canadian companies now

By Catherine McIntyre
Canadian Business
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…While a Trump presidency is looking less and less likely, many Canadian companies with stakes in the U.S. are, like Bedard, feeling skittish about their business prospects in the lead-up to the November 8th vote. “There’s a huge level of uncertainty as to what the playing field will look like going forward,” says Steve Rhone, president of Mississauga, Ont.-based Weston Forest Products. Part of that apprehension stems from not knowing how Trump or even Clinton (who has, to a degree, latched onto American protectionist sentiments) would reform trade agreements. But in Rhone’s industry, forestry, the election has also stalled negotiations on the softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S.—a deal that expired earlier this month.

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Domtar beats expectations as Q3 profits surge despite lower revenues

Canadian Press in The Chronicle Herald
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Domtar beat expectations as it recorded higher profits in the third quarter despite weaker overall revenues. The Montreal-based maker of pulp, paper and personal care products said it earned US$59 million, or 94 cents US per diluted share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compared to US$11 million, or 17 cents US per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items such as closure and restructuring charges, adjusted earnings increased 31 per cent to US$71 million or US$1.13 per share.

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Timber-r-r-r … Lumber Plays Getting Felled

By Bruce Kamich
The Street Real Money
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

What happens when you see four stocks in the same industry with similar looking charts? Answer: You draw a conclusion. Taking a look at the charts of four companies in the lumber/wood products industry we came to the conclusion that investors must be anticipating that business is going to weaken. That may or may not be the fundamental driver, but I can say the charts look weak and could fall further. Deltic Timber …Weyerhauser …Louisiana-Pacific …Universal Forest Products

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Canada expresses willingness to finish softwood lumber deal

By Vicki Needham
The Hill
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Top Canadian officials say they are eager to forge a new softwood lumber trade deal with the United States. Chrystia Freeland, minister of international trade, and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, sent a letter on Wednesday to President Obama and a bipartisan group of about two dozen senators countering arguments that they are reluctant to complete an agreement. “We have responded on many occasions, including in writing, to the most recent U.S. proposal and area ready to respond to any serious proposal,” Freeland and MacNaughton wrote. …“Unfortunately, the unchanging position of the U.S. Lumber Coalition for the last five months has been to insist on an inflexible, protectionist measure that would see a reduction in Canada’s share of the U.S. lumber market of more than 30 percent,” they wrote.

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Timber lawsuit splits Washington County commissioners

By Peter Wong
Hillsboro Tribune
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A lawsuit filed by another county splits two commissioners in Washington County over logging in state forests and the proceeds from timber sales. Washington County is the most populous of the 15 represented by the Council for Forest Trust Land Counties — Clackamas County also is a member, but Multnomah County is not — and also was the third largest recipient of state timber sales in 2015. Part of Washington County lies within the Tillamook State Forest, which emerged from the lands known as the Tillamook Burn in the 1930s and 1940s. “Now we have these forests and everybody thinks that is the way it has always been,” Board Chairman Andy Duyck said. “But it has not always been that way.” 

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Senators join call for new timber deal with Canada

My Eastern Oregon
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama today, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and 21 other Senators called for any new softwood lumber agreement with Canada to protect U.S. timber jobs and communities. “Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs and thousands of U.S. rural communities depend on fairness in trade in softwood lumber. That is why we will continue to urge you, and any future Administration, to seek a fair, effective, and sustainable agreement with Canada on softwood lumber trade, and in the absence of such an agreement, to fully enforce U.S. trade laws,” the senators wrote.

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Wicker joins bipartisan effort to urge fair trade agreement on Canadian lumber

The Ripon Advance
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined a bipartisan group of senators to urge the Obama administration to push forward on trade talks with Canada on a lumber agreement that would protect Mississippi’s $1.1 billion forestry industry. In a letter to President Obama, Wicker encouraged the administration to reach a trade agreement that addresses the effects of subsidized Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States. The lawmakers who signed the letter stated the importance of not allowing subsidized exports to hurt U.S. jobs and rural communities. “A fair trade agreement between Canada and the United States is critical to the lumber industry in Mississippi,” Wicker said. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood WORKS! BC awards local governments

Journal of Commerce
October 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized by Wood WORKS! BC with the announcement of its 2016 Community Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to local governments that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This is demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project or through initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood. …Recipients of awards for Southern Interior Local Government Association and Vancouver Island Local Government Association will be announced at a later date. “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, in a statement.

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Carpenters’ build up their mid-rise timber skills

By Ian Harvey
Daily Commercial News
October 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

With changes to the Ontario Building Code starting in January there’s been some traction in the mid-rise wood structure sector. This mid-rise wood configuration is at the Carpenters’ training facility in Vaughan, Ont. The Carpenters’ built this wood structure to help with its carpenter training because six-storey wood framed buildings are now allowed in Ontario. The structure allows them to learn how to integrate materials into the timber structures. Now that wood framed buildings can rise to six storeys, several owners have opted to go that route, citing speed of construction and cost as their prime motivators. While there’s not a stampede away from masonry or even steel, there is a shift and that will in turn mean there’s a need for carpenters who are trained in how to handle the materials integrated into the timber structures.

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Big New EWP to Challenge CLT

By Stephanie Ornelas
Building Products
October 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

An innovative new wood product, Mass Plywood Panel, is hitting the market thanks to Freres Lumber Co., Lyons, Or. “MPP” is currently being tested and refined through a partnership with Oregon State University and the new Center for Advanced Wood Products.  A veneer-based engineered wood product, MPP is a massive, large-scale plywood panel with maximum finished panel dimensions up to 12 ft. wide by 48 ft. long and up to 24 inches thick. The panels may be customized to fit specific projects; constructed in 1-inch thick increments that provide superior strength and performance.

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Sandy Springs’ action is guise to slow development growth

Letter by Robert Glowinski, President & CEO, American Wood Council, Washington
Northside Neighbour
October 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

With a recent vote by the Sandy Springs City Council, the city banned wood construction in buildings more than three stories in height and larger than 100,000 square feet under the guise of building safety, but it had everything to do with limiting development. The American Wood Council sent information to the city addressing what now seems to be surrogate reasons for their action in a process that appears to have been predetermined. The city’s decision lacks any substantive technical basis and can be seen for what it is – simply a means to slow-down growth and development. We have seen similar attempts before – jurisdictions want to slow development using the artifice of building safety to attack the most economical methods of building.

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Mixed-use apartment building to go up near Sandy Springs city center

By Becca J. G. Godwin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A national development company is in the process of bringing a few Atlanta concepts to fruition — and one of them is in Sandy Springs.  Mill Creek Residential is developing Modera Sandy Springs, a wood-frame building with 340 apartment homes, 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a controlled-access parking garage, according to the website. It will be located across from City Springs, the new town center and municipal complex that recently won a Community Redevelopment Award, despite still being under construction.

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New public sports hall planned for King’s Cross redevelopment site

By Dan Carrier
Camden New Journal
October 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A NEW sports hall and centre for training building apprentices has been designed for the King’s Cross railway lands development. …the land chosen for the sports centre sits directly above three Victorian train tunnels – so the new building is set to be constructed in the lightest building materials possible. …the answer was to use a steel frame with cross laminated timber planks – you can’t have anything super heavy.” …“It means we can take advantage of this beautiful material. Exposed timber feels very inviting and will allow people passing by to see inside and feel they are welcome.”

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Valmet-supplied high consistency bleaching system started up at Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden

Lesprom
October 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Valmet-supplied high consistency bleaching system was started up according to plan at Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden. The start-up was smooth and the 48 hours test run was approved, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The bleaching system is the first step in a larger rebuild project, called Agenda 500, at the mill. The long term goal is to increase both availability and the total production volume of Rottneros two pulp mills to reach a capacity of 500,000 ton per year. Bleaching is part of the pulp production process. In bleaching the brightness of the pulp in a mechanical pulping line is increased by peroxide.

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Forestry

Parks Canada Striving To Help Whitebark Pines Avoid Extinction

National Parks Traveler
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Whitebark pines, a keystone species that can impact spring runoff, nourish grizzly bears when they most need protein, and provide feasts for other wildlife, face a variety of threats, from climate change to a fungal disease. So important are these trees that researchers with Parks Canada are working to raise a veritable disease-resilient forest of whitebark pines.  According to the agency, whitebark pine, a long-lived five-needle species, is threatened throughout its Canadian range by the introduced pathogen white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetles, fire suppression and climate change. It is listed as “endangered” under the Species at Risk Act as the Canadian population is in decline. Some stands in Waterton Lakes National Park just north of Glacier National Park in Montana have an 80 to 90 percent infection rate of invasive white pine blister rust.

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Slippery logs are a safety hazard

Letter by Joe Dougherty, Roberts Creek
Sunshine Coast Reporter
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent storms have made apparent the need to eliminate the logging industry litter cluttering up Roberts Creek beach. Fewer and fewer people have the desire or ability to climb over a chaos of slippery logs to get to the rocks and sand of this lovely bay. There is nothing natural about their presence. They are an epitome of how contractors over the years have transformed the forests on the Coast into private profit at public expense. This mess at the pier and all along the beach is a safety hazard to young and old. Those with the authority to do so should move them to a booming ground as quickly as possible and tax the industry to recover the costs. END OF LETTER

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Whitebark pine population being restored in Waterton

By Dave Mabell
Lethbridge Herald
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In maturity, the whitebark pine can stand 20 metres tall and live 500 years. But the once-hardy species is now threatened throughout Canada. White pine blister rust, fire suppression, the mountain pine beetle and climate change are all taking their toll, biologists report. Some stands in Waterton Lakes National Park are reported to have an 80- to 90-per-cent rust infection rate. And whitebark pine is found in all our mountain parks, not just Waterton. So Parks Canada teams are taking steps to improve the natural renewal of this at-risk species.

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Planning is the way forward

Letter by Dougald MacDonald, Gibsons
Sunshine Coast Reporter
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Our community loses yet more of a beautiful and irreplaceable old forest with each timber sale on Mount Elphinstone. The Ministry of Forests boasts of multiple-use management but does considerably less today than 20 years ago. The forest industry will never stop clamouring for logs and wields huge political influence. In response, the Ministry of Forests has become gradually “meaner” (weaker) and has assumed a supporting role as industry apologist. In a recent letter to the editor, Forests Minister Steve Thomson described us as “disingenuous” in defence of his public consultation programs (?) in our community. Insult acknowledged, Mr. Thomson, but it extends much further than you imagine. We respect our loggers, truckers and all others in the forest industry whose families have for generations helped to build this community. 

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A landslide of findings

By Kate Bouey
Castanet
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Practices Board has issued a report on the 2014 Cooke Creek landslide east of Enderby when Dale Lake spilled its banks, dragging debris and tearing a hole in Mabel Lake Road. There was extensive damage done to the area.  The independent watchdog launched an investigation after a public complaint about road maintenance on the Cooke Creek Forest Service Road, finding issues with road maintenance, culvert design and the government’s response to public concerns. “The board is concerned that the district and BC Timber Sales did not comply with legislation or their own risk management policies, procedures and systems,” said board chair Tim Ryan.

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Heritage awards handed out

[How did we miss this??]
Maple Ridge News
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three awards were given out by the Maple Ridge heritage commission to recognize those who are helping preserve the past. Tim Woodland saw some valuable business records from the old logging company Mossom-Boyd and bought them from a collector. Then he turned around and donated them, in return for which Woodland was recognized for his Significant Contribution for the Preservation of an Historical Collection. “He has a particular interest in logging history and postal history,” said Smith. Mossom-Boyd used to do business with Abernethy Lougheed Logging Company in Maple Ridge, Smith pointed out. Allco Park at the north end of 248th Street in Maple Ridge now bears that name.

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Complaint finds forest road maintenance issues

BC Forest Practices Board
Forest Practices Board
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation of a public complaint about road maintenance on the Cooke Creek Forest Service Road near Enderby in the Okanagan Shuswap Resource District has found issues with road maintenance, culvert design and government’s response to public concerns. “The board is concerned that the district and BC Timber Sales did not comply with legislation or their own risk management policies, procedures and systems,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “Improvements are also needed in training, management, record keeping and the way in which public concerns and complaints are recorded and acted upon.”

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“West Coast Logging” web series

Submitted by Tim Woodland
Sev. Photography
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This is a teaser to series I shot on West Coast logging here in British Columbia Canada I was privileged enough to go up with a logging crew in midcoast British Columbia. I was closer to Prince Rupert that I was to Powell River in one of the most remote places I have been. This series showcases the hard-working people in the logging industry and their stories of the job. Sustainability is their goal with sustainability their livelihoods have a secure future. The best way I was explain it was their process of tree removal was large-scale farming with bigger tractors and in the mountains. See episode 1 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At58JHjrwlQ

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Fort McMurray wildfire will smoulder underground all winter

By Vincent McDermott
Edmonton Journal
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort McMurray — The massive wildfire that destroyed much of Fort McMurray last May is under control and contained, but will likely burn underground throughout the winter. According to Lynn Daina of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the flames have long been extinguished, but embers are still burning across an area estimated to be 589,552 hectares in size, including a portion within northwestern Saskatchewan. It was declared under control July 4. It is the biggest fire in Wood Buffalo since 2011, when the Richardson Fire burned an area of 705,075 hectares. That fire burned from mid-May until September.

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Government blasted over Cooke Creek slide

Vernon Morning Star
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A provincial agency is being linked to a major washout east of Enderby in 2014. An investigation into the Cooke Creek Forest Service Road challenges the Okanagan-Shuswap Resource District’s road maintenance and culvert design, as well as the response to public concerns. “The board is concerned the district and B.C. Timber Sales did not comply with legislation or their own risk management policies, procedures and systems,” said Tim Ryan, Forest Practices Board chairperson. “Improvements are also needed in training, management, record keeping and the way in which public concerns and complaints are recorded and acted upon.”

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Group urges Hydro-Québec to avoid woods in proposed line to northeastern US

By Antoni Nerestant
CBC News
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A non-profit group that manages a forest in southeastern Quebec says it can’t support a Hydro-Québec plan to build an 80-kilometre power line that would go through the forest. If built, the line would be linked to another 300-kilometre line built in the U.S. by energy company, Eversource, in an effort to bring Hydro-Québec’s power to the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The $125 million line would go through the Hereford forest in the town of Saint-Herménégilde in the Coaticook region. Forêt Hereford, the group that manages the forest, stressed during the hearings that it received the 65-square-kilometre stretch of land as a donation, and with it came legal obligations that would be not be respected if the utility’s project goes ahead as planned.

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SFI Hosts Science Conference to Help Measure the Conservation Impact of Sustainable Forests

By The Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Canada Newswire
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) convened researchers, conservationists, academics and government officials from across North America this week for the first full-scale meeting of the SFI Sounding Board to provide guidance for the SFI Conservation Impact Project. This project, launched by SFI in September at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, is a large-scale effort to quantify conservation benefits of well-managed forests stretching across North America from British Columbia to Florida. Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than 280 million acres/113 million hectares. Millions more benefit from the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

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Opinions divided on proposed monument expansion

By Vickie Aldous
The Mail Tribune
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners listened to widely differing views on the proposed expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument during a public hearing Thursday night attended by more than 400 people. Commissioners held their own hearing at North Medford High School after an earlier meeting called by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., in Ashland attracted mostly expansion supporters. Merkley and fellow Democratic Senator Ron Wyden have proposed doubling the size of the 66,000-acre monument east of Ashland, which was created in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to protect the area’s biodiversity.

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How Is A 1,600-Year-Old Tree Weathering California’s Drought?

By Christopher Joyce
National Public Radio
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s been a brutal forest fire season in California. But there’s actually a greater threat to California’s trees — the state’s record-setting drought. The lack of water has killed at least 60 million trees in the past four years. Scientists are struggling to understand which trees are most vulnerable to drought and how to keep the survivors alive. To that end, they’re sending human climbers and flying drones into the treetops, in a novel biological experiment. …Nate Stephenson, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the drought and high heat combine to do things he hasn’t seen before. “We don’t really understand a lot of things,” he says, “like exactly how a drought kills a tree, or what’s going on underground. Where is the water flowing in areas we can’t see?”

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4 teens charged with starting $11 million Roaring Lion fire

By Perry Backus
Billings Gazette
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON — Three 18-year-old Hamilton men and a 16-year-old girl face felony and misdemeanor negligent arson charges for allegedly starting this summer’s Roaring Lion fire, which destroyed 16 homes and cost $11 million to fight. The four built a campfire four days before the fire sprang to life on a small bluff just off Roaring Lion Creek. Investigators believe the campfire, which was not fully extinguished, crept through pine needles, twigs and duff before a cold front swept through the area and sent the flames into the canopy to create a blaze that would eventually burn more than 13 square miles.

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The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade suggested temporarily limiting exports of the Russian birch

IHB – The Timber Network
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade suggested temporarily limiting exports of the Russian birch in connection with the plywood raw material deficit on the domestic market. The respective draft decree was published on the Russian Federal Statutory and Regulatory Enactments Portal on October 27, 2016.  According to the draft decree in question it is proposed to temporarily limit exports of “birch log whose diameter is equal to or surpasses 15 cm but is not superior to 24 cm, and whose length is equal to or supasses 1 m” and “birch logs whose diameter is greater than 24 cm, while their length is not inferior to 1 m”.  

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Brazil’s forest production worth USD 5.8 bn

Brazil-Arab News Agency
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rio de Janeiro – The value of forest extraction and silviculture in Brazil in 2015 was BRL 18.4 billion (USD 5.8 billion), down from BRL 19.2 billion (USD 6.1 billion) in 2014. The numbers are from the survey 2015 Produção da Extração Vegetal e Silvicultura (Pevs), released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) this Thursday (27). The figures show that silviculture, an activity directly tied to forest regeneration and planting, accounted for 74.3% of total production value, or BRL 13.7 billion (USD 4.3 billion). Forest extraction (collection of products in native forests and woods) accounted for 25.7% (BRL 4.7 billion, or USD 1.5 billion).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UK biomass power industry is a vital part of the renewable energy mix

Nina Skorupska – Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association
Ecologist
October 27, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Contrary to arguments advanced in a recent Ecologist article, the biomass industry supplying the Drax power station in North Yorkshire is a model of sustainability, writes Nina Skorupska, and delivers genuine, substantial emissions reductions compared to coal. Writes Skroupska “The UK’s biomass power industry is a vital part of the renewable power mix, embraces rigorous external scrutiny of its sustainability practices, and demonstrates clear emissions reductions. EU bioenergy actively saves millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year and benefits the local environment and forests. This point has been examined and re-examined by numerous Government studies and by independent organisations. “

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