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Daily Archives: November 23, 2016

Special Feature

Indigenous Youth From East and West Coasts Win Forest Industry Skills Award

Forest Products Association of Canada
November 22, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), in partnership with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), presented the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth to Gregory Daniels and Christian Francis today in Ottawa. …The Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth is open to First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals aged 18 to 30 who are enrolled in an apprenticeship program, college or university, with strong academic standing, and a demonstrated commitment to their field of study and a career in the revitalized forest sector.

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Business & Politics

Fibria invests $5.3 million in CelluForce

By Cindy Macdonald
Pulp and Paper Canada
November 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Brazilian forestry company Fibria has entered a strategic partnership with CelluForce, a Canadian manufacturer of cellulose nanocrystal. Fibria has invested $5.3 million to become a strategic shareholder in the company, joining Domtar, FPInnovations and Schlumberger as shareholders. The partnership provides Fibria with the exclusive right to sell and manufacture CelluForce NCC in the South American market, and CelluForce and Fibria will jointly develop additional cellulose nanocrystal applications. CelluForce describes its CelluForce NCC product as “a form of high quality cellulose nanocrystals (CNC).” A statement from the company says the partnership “is an important milestone that builds on its leadership in the development of applications and production technologies for CNC.”

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Alleged Subsidies to Catalyst Paper Preliminarily Found to be Negligible and Non-countervailable by U.S. Department of Commerce

MarketWired press release
November 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Richmond, BC — Catalyst Paper Corporation today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce issued Preliminary Results in its expedited review of Catalyst, finding that Catalyst received a negligible (de minimis) amount of subsidies during the applicable period of review and therefore, subject to confirmation in the DOC’s Final Results, Catalyst’s exports of supercalendered paper into the U.S. market would not be subject to countervailing duties. “Today’s decision confirms that Catalyst did not receive any material subsidies from the Government of Canada or Province of British Columbia,” said Joe Nemeth, President & Chief Executive Officer.

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What’s at stake for Canada, Mexico and the U.S. in Trump’s new NAFTA

by Barrie McKenna
Globe and Mail
November 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Canada and Mexico say they are ready and willing to reopen NAFTA – if that’s what Donald Trump wants. … Mr. Trump’s team also wants to scrap a NAFTA provision that allows Mexican and Canadian companies to challenge U.S. regulations outside the court system, according to the Wall Street Journal. It is not clear whether this refers to the dispute mechanism system, which has been used successfully by Canada to fight off duties on lumber and steel products, or the more controversial Chapter 11 arbitration system that allows foreign investors to directly sue NAFTA governments for compensation.

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Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Trail project receives new support from TimberWest

TimberWest
November 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s section of The Great Trail is now one step closer to province-wide connection, thanks in part to a recent $100,000 donation from TimberWest. Located on Vancouver Island, Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Trail is a vital link in BC’s section of the Great Trail, creating an important connection between the Malahat Connector Trail to Shawnigan Lake — a popular Cowichan Valley vacation destination — and the City of Langford, near the southern tip of Vancouver Island. TimberWest’s support will help fund the construction of 21 kilometres of non-motorized wilderness trail, for the enjoyment of hikers and cyclists. 

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the Softwood Lumber Board

US Department of Agriculture
November 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States


WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed six members to the Softwood Lumber Board to serve 3-year terms of office beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Newly appointed manufacturer Furman Brodie, of Florence, S.C., and re-appointed manufacturer Danny White, of Brewton, Ala., represent the U.S. South. Re-appointed manufacturer Charles W. Roady, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, represents the U.S. West and re-appointed manufacturer Alden J. Robbins, of Searsmont, Maine, represents the Northeast and Lake States. Re-appointed importers are Don Kayne, of B.C. Canada, representing Canada West; and Francisco Figueroa, of Santiago, Chile, representing all other importing countries.

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Hancock Timber Resource Group Celebrates Planting of One Billion Trees Since its Founding

By Hancock Timber Resource Group
PRNewswire
November 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOSTON — The Hancock Timber Resource Group is celebrating the planting of its one billionth tree since the organization’s founding in 1985. The Boston-based timberland investment management organization recently celebrated the milestone with a group of conservation stakeholders at an event in McCloud, California at the McCloud Forest, one of the company’s longest held properties. “It is an honor to be leading our organization as we recognize this achievement, but what we truly celebrate today are the hundreds of Hancock Timber and Hancock Forest Management employees who have managed our forests since 1985. Their hard work and commitment every day make our long held belief that ‘good stewardship is good business’ a reality,” said Bill Peressini, HNRG Chief Executive Officer. 

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Roseburg sawmill challenges investigators of state energy tax credit program

By Ted Sickinger
The Oregonian
November 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Managers of a Roseburg sawmill say investigators hired to audit Oregon’s controversial business energy tax credit program made a negligent mistake that harmed its reputation. The audit, undertaken in part to find problem tax credits among more than 14,000 processed by the Department of Energy in the last decade, flagged $5.1 million in tax credits the mill received in 2006 and 2012 as “illogical projects with contradictory benefits.” Richard Mathews, general manager at Douglas County Forest Products, wrote to the private investigative audit firm last week.

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Timber exporters welcoming bigger chance at China

by Hannah Bartlett
NewstalkZB
November 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The New Zealand Wood Council is welcoming the chance to upgrade New Zealand’s free trade agreement with China, and up our forestry exports in the process. Prime Minister John Key has announced talks will begin on improving the agreement that came into force eight years ago, reviewing both dairy quotas and reducing forestry trade restrictions. Wood Council Chair Brian Stanley said they’d like to see more production and processing done here in New Zealand and sold into China at a globally competitive price. He said despite fears that could increase building costs here in New Zealand, it’s the cost of land that’s causing problems for building houses, not the cost of timber.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is wood harvested in a waning moon (Moon Wood) better for building?

By Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
November 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…I believe that dowel laminated timber is one of the most interesting ideas in wood, primarily because it is just that, solid wood with no chemicals, no glues. … It uses a lot of wood but Holz100 is made from totally sustainable sources. There are other pluses, including energy efficiency, a healthy, biophilic environment …However there is one feature of Holz100 that really caught my eye. The home is suitable for allergy sufferers because of the fungal resistance of the ‘moon’ wood we use and solid wood’s natural reduction in household dust. ‘Moon’ timber refers to wood harvested during the waning moon when the sap in the trees are at its lowest. The wood is then left to dry vertically, upside-down with, its bark and a few branches left intact. …In fact, a quick search showed that moon wood is a thing among guitar and violin makers, who are convinced it makes a better wood. One guitar maker site notes that it is all about gravity, the moon pulling on the sap.

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First Complete Cross Laminated Timber Building to be Built in New York by New Energy Works Timberframers

PRWeb
November 22, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

FARMINGTON, NY—Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction, an economically and environmentally conscious alternative to steel and concrete construction, is being introduced in the first full CLT building in New York State by New Energy Works Timberframers. Known throughout the industry as innovators and a people and planet focused company, New Energy Works broke ground for the foundation of their CLT building last week. “We’re extremely excited to bring this alternative building method to New York State. We see CLTs as the wave of the future and are investing in our Western New York campus to better position the region and our industry to ride the wave,” states Jonathan Orpin, New Energy Works Founder and President. “The opportunities with CLTs are abundant for businesses and housing and offer dramatic environmental benefits.

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Forestry

Why are these the best jobs in Canada?

By Aaron Broverman
Yahoo News
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The best jobs in Canada are forestry or mining manager according to Canadian Business Magazine. These jobs were also the top job in 2015. They have a median wage of $104,000 with wage growth of 19 per cent and five-year employee growth of 44 per cent. They also have an estimated demand of more than one job per seeker by 2021. But what is it like to actually be a forestry or mining manager and what makes these jobs so great beyond their prospects and median salary? At its core, being a forestry manager is about seeing the bigger picture of a logging operation by balancing various competing interests and trying to satisfy all parties. Mauro Calabrese has worked in forestry for 20 years and as the planning superintendent for West Fraser Timber in Williams Lake, B.C., he does this juggling act every day.

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CVRD wasting money going after businesses

Letter by W.E. (Bill) Dumont, RPF
Cowichan Valley Citizen
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The CVRD has recently decided to take another local business, a small and much-needed sawmill, to court because of a minor noise complaint from a neighbour. Rather than deal with the real noise issue, the out of touch regional director and CVRD staff are using the sledgehammer zoning process and expensive courts to shut down and malign a vital public service. There are no areas near our communities zoned to permit a small mill under the Community Plan. The secondary forests of Shawnigan Lake are maturing and a small mill is needed for homeowners wanting to have their own trees cut into lumber. A public meeting earlier this year attended by several hundred residents overwhelmingly supported this mill. The failure of the CVRD to zone for small mills is no reason to waste more public funds to harass a business in our community.

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Local MP’s call on Ottawa to restore funding to tackle mountain beetles

By Tyson Fedor
CFTK TV
November 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conservative and New Democrat MP’s have joined forces to demand that Ottawa come forward with long-promised money to deal with the impacts of the mountain pine beetle. Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen and Cariboo-Prince George Conservative Todd Doherty joined members of the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition Friday in Prince George, where they called on the federal government to restore $680,000 in funding for mitigation strategies. Cullen says the Liberal party needs to see the issue first-hand.

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Ecoforestry Institute Society’s bid for Wildwood a winner

by Carla Wilson
Victoria Times Colonist
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ecoforestry Institute Society has succeeded in its bid to buy the Wildwood ecoforest near Cedar thanks to a last-minute fundraising blitz. The possession date for the 77-acre property is Dec. 20, spokeswoman Kathy Code said Tuesday. “People wanted to see Wildwood kept in the public domain,” she said. “We are very humbled and proud.” The B.C. Supreme Court decided Tuesday to approve the society’s bid for the well-known site, which has served as a model of sustainable forestry since Merv Wilkinson started working the property in 1938. The decision came after the judge ordered sealed bids be presented to court. … Code said the society plans to develop a centre of excellence for ecoforestry at Wildwood that will see a sustainable harvest plan that upholds Wilkinson’s legacy.

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Longer trucks save forest companies money, fuel

a series by Tom Fletcher
Williams Lake Tribune
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Times are tough for the forest industry in northern and central B.C., and every efficiency loggers and mill operators can find makes a difference. With timber stands heavily damaged by the mountain pine beetle across the region, companies have to haul longer distances than ever, and new technology offers ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. …One of those new technologies seems deceptively simple. It’s adding more axles to a log-hauling truck and trailer, to increase payload beyond the six, seven and eight-axle trucks currently in use. That’s a project of FPInnovations, the industry-government research and development group with operations in B.C. and across Canada.

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Groups pushing for Crater Lake wilderness area

by Andrew Theen
The Oregonian
November 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conservation groups are stepping up the pressure on Oregon’s congressional delegation to designate more than 500,000 acres of public land, including Crater Lake National Park, as a federal wilderness area. Representatives from Oregon Wild and Environment Oregon on Monday delivered a petition with 37,000 signatures in support of the proposal to Sen. Ron Wyden’s office in Northeast Portland. The Democrat sits on the Senate’s energy and natural resources committee. Several steps are required to achieve protected wilderness status, and they start with Congress. The bill, which couldn’t happen until 2017, would need to pass both chambers and garner President-elect Donald Trump’s signature to become law.

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The Race to Save the World’s Biggest Trees

By Jen Viegas
Seeker
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For nearly two decades, Anthony Ambrose has been scaling trees to study them, but even this seasoned climber is awestruck by his view from the top of massive sequoias in the Giant Forest of western Sierra Nevada, Calif. The biggest trees on Earth are in this forest, including the planet’s single largest tree, General Sherman, which is 2,100 years old, weighs 2.7 million pounds, measures 100 feet wide at its trunk and towers 275 feet. General Sherman and the surrounding trees are considered to be among the ultimate survivors, yet they are showing worrisome signs of climate change-related stress. Ambrose, a scientist from Berkeley, forest ecologist colleague Wendy Baxter and their team are on a mission to save these giants, and it sometimes means climbing to the very top of them. He summarized the experience in two words: “Absolutely amazing.”

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Massive project proposed to remove juniper trees in Idaho

Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Boise Idaho — Idaho Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and might also benefit cattle ranchers. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced it’s taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate the trees from 940 square miles in Owyhee County in southwest Idaho. “For juniper, these numbers are unprecedented,” said Karen Launchbaugh, director of the University of Idaho’s Rangeland Center. “This is bold.” Launchbaugh said the sheer scale of the project could give scientists new insights into how to deal with vast juniper forests across the West that have sprung up in the last century. The project must first go through an analysis that includes an environmental impact statement.

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Forest fires in Sierra Nevada driven by past land use

By The University of Arizona
Environmental Research Web
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest fire activity in California’s Sierra Nevada since 1600 has been influenced more by how humans used the land than by climate, according to new research led by University of Arizona and Penn State scientists. For the years 1600 to 2015, the team found four periods, each lasting at least 55 years, where the frequency and extent of forest fires clearly differed from the time period before or after. However, the shifts from one fire regime to another did not correspond to changes in temperature or moisture or other climate patterns until temperatures started rising in the 1980s.

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Bid for Elliott State Forest passes early review, heads to state land board

by By Andrew Theen
The Oregonian
November 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The lone $220.8 million bid from a timber company and tribal government to buy Oregon’s Elliott State Forest passed a preliminary review this week. The state said the 75-page proposal to manage the forest, submitted last week by Lone Rock Timber Management Partners and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, met the minimum requirements for keeping public access to the land, generating jobs, protecting older forest stands and managing the areas surrounding creeks and rivers on the 82,500-acre territory. …The unusual partnership of the tribe and timber company presented the lone bid for the state forest, which was put on the auction block last year due to slumping timber revenue.

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Southern wildfires continue spread as arson probes launched

By JEFF MARTIN
Associated Press in the St. Louis-Post Dispatch
November 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — Firefighters have made progress in battling many of the large wildfires burning in the Southeast, but several blazes continue to creep into new areas — and investigators say more fires are being lit each day by suspected arsonists. There are 44 uncontained large fires in the South, covering a total of more than 120,000 acres, national fire officials said Tuesday. Arson investigations are underway in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky. …The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has reached out to the Forest Service, offering to help investigate, Special Agent Larry Priester said.

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Mother of dead forestry worker says he should have had more training

by MIRI SCHROETER
Stuff.co.nz
November 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The mother of a Horowhenua forestry worker crushed to death by a tree say he should have received more workplace training. The second day of a coronial inquest into the death of Lincoln Kidd, of Levin, was held in Palmerston North on Wednesday. Kidd, 20, died when a tree crushed him on the Aratangata forestry block, between Foxton and Levin, on December 19, 2013. Speaking away from the inquest, his mother, Lesley Kidd, told Stuff her son needed and wanted more training. …During the coronial hearing, it was revealed Paul Burr Contracting Ltd had no record of training Kidd and could not prove whether he knew the health and safety standards.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rotorua Scientists make fuel out of sawdust

New Zealand Herald
November 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

One of New Zealand’s priorities is to address climate change by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Now, scientists at Scion Laboratories have found a way to significantly reduce these emissions, using wood for transportation fuels. Science Leader for Green Technologies at Scion Dr Paul Bennett says there is potential for wood to be used as an alternative to fossil fuels in the transport sector. “The biggest sector by far in terms of total energy used is the transport sector. And there’s very little renewable energy going into that at the moment. And that’s what we’re trying to do in this lab,” Mr Bennett said. According to Mr Bennett, wood from forests is one of our biggest untapped renewable energy resources, much of which is left from the harvesting trees in plantations and excess from sawmills.

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