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Today’s Takeaway

Raw log exports – feels like a ‘full-court press’

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 2, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

According to Merriam-Webster, a full-court press is “an all-out effort or offensive. To not give up on trying until you actually get what you want”. Such appears to be the strategy behind headlines like “rising raw log exports bad for forests, workers” in the Times Colonist by Unifor (and friends).


250 News’ Peter Ewart links the debate over the “
high level of raw-log exports” to globalization and the kind of issues that “rose to the fore in the US presidential election regarding trade agreements and loss of manufacturing jobs”. Although government and industry claim “nothing can be done”, Ewart asks: “Is this true?  Or is it another example of dogma and ossified thinking?”


What’s missing from the log export debate is the Fraser Institute’s comprehensive analysis of BC’s log export policy in 2014 by Joel Wood. His conclusion, “
an outright prohibition on log exports from BC would be very costly relative to all alternatives. Both free trade in logs and a quota policy allowing limited log exports are preferable to a ban on exports”.

Finally, Vancouver-based environmental group Canopy has successfully pressured VF Corporation—America’s largest apparel conglomerate—to join their efforts to “halt destruction of endangered forests”. VF Corp will no longer buy pulp from “sources that contribute to the loss of ancient and endangered forests or rights taken from Indigenous people and local communities.”
–Tree Frog Editors

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Forestry

Forest Stewardship Council Commends establishment of Canadian Working Group of Ministers to implement UNDRIP

The Forest Stewardship Council
Canada Newswire
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada today commended the Canadian government’s recent announcement to review the laws and policies related to its commitment to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a document that describes both individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the world based on the principles of equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. The Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s leader in forest certification system, the only system that requires consultation with local Aboriginal Peoples with the intention of protecting their rights. FSC forest management requirements include an entire section dedicated to the rights of Aboriginal peoples (Principle 3), and are widely recognized as most extensive at specifically addressing the needs of Aboriginal Peoples. 

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Big fashion brands join B.C. group’s efforts to halt destruction of endangered forests

By Carol Off and Jeff Douglas
CBC As it Happens
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An interview with Nicole Rycroft, director of Vancouver-based environmental group Canopy: Major clothing brands like Timberland, Vans, Nautica and The North Face say they will no longer make products derived from ancient, endangered forests. VF Corporation — which owns more than 30 apparel brands including Wrangler jeans, Vans footwear and JanSport backpacks — announced Monday it will no longer buy pulp from “sources that contribute to the loss of ancient and endangered forests or rights taken from Indigenous people and local communities.” Nicole Rycroft, director of Vancouver-based environmental group Canopy, which partnered with VF on the initiative, called it “a major breakthrough for environmental conservation around the world.”?

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Timber practices OK

By Kate Bouey
Castanet
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It wasn’t an A grade for logging companies working in the Okanagan and Shuswap regions but they didn’t fail either. A one-year audit of the Okanagan Shuswap district portion of the BC Timber Sales Okanagan-Columbia business area found compliance with most requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released this week. The audit was carried out by the Forest Practices Board, an independent watchdog. “BCTS and timber sale licence holders complied with most requirements of the legislation,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Auditors did find that BCTS had errors in its reporting of silviculture activities in the government database. These were mainly data entry errors and late submissions.” While the errors were administrative, Ryan stressed they were numerous and auditors considered this non-compliance significant.

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B.C. streamlines online hunting forms, wildfire investigations

By The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of British Columbia
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Legislative amendments introduced today will make it easier for hunters to complete licensing, permitting and reporting activities online, and also will give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and streamline the cost-recovery process associated with human-caused wildfires. With the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill 5), the B.C. government is acting on previous commitments to streamline processes and move more services online. …The B.C. government also intends to give the BC Wildfire Service and other government agencies more time to investigate wildfires, since those sorts of investigations can be both complex and time-consuming. The extra time will allow them to better determine whether the government should pursue the recovery of costs associated with fire suppression, fire damage, or contraventions of wildfire-related legislation.

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Speak up to stop logging in Whistler

Letter by Alan G. Whitney
Pique Magazine
March 2, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The residents of Whistler need to be aware that we are about to lose an area of forest around the mouth of Wedge Creek, and the northern end of our Comfortably Numb trail. Some of this area is old-growth forest, and is part of the largest contiguous block of old growth near our community. In reality this forest stretches from the boundaries of Blackcomb Mountain through to Wedge Creek and contains stands of cedar marked for cutting. …The fact that this area is to be logged by the Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) — Whistler’s and our partner’s community forest — does not make it any different than if it were to be logged by any other forest company. …We are not a logging community, we are a resort community.

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He Will Soon Run a Fifth of the Nation. Meet Ryan Zinke.

By Julie Turkewitz
The New York Times
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States


…President Trump has tapped Mr. Zinke, 55, a House member and fifth-generation Montanan who grew up in this timber-and-tourism community, to be secretary of the interior. He was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 68 to 31. …The position puts Mr. Zinke in control of 500 million acres of United States land — roughly a fifth of the nation — and charged with balancing the department’s contradictory duties of conserving land and mining it for resources at a time of intense pressure from energy producers, environmental activists, state lawmakers and his own boss, who made fossil fuel jobs a crucial part of his campaign platform. …Here in the West, where officials like to say the interior secretary’s power is second only to that of the president, many are training a careful eye on Mr. Zinke’s past, searching for clues to how he will chart their future.

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Sen. Murray, Rep. Kilmer renew commitment to Wild Olympics legislation

By Dan Hammock
The Daily World
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Derek Kilmer on Wednesday re-introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to “protect environmentally sensitive parts of the Olympic Peninsula, support outdoor recreation opportunities, and preserve and grow jobs on the Olympic Peninsula,” according to a statement by Murray’s office. …Rep. Jim Walsh of Aberdeen is not among those supporters. “The Wild Olympics bill is bad for this area,” he said. “Its supporters have tried to make it less bad — but it’s still bad. It erodes the property rights of Washingtonians who live in rural parts of the Peninsula. It’s bad for our timber industry, which is already struggling. It would have a chilling effect on other industries that might consider locating in this area. And it’s not even good from a forest-management perspective: Forest land that’s untended wilderness is more prone to disease and wildfire than forest land that’s well managed.”

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Basalt wants Fryingpan logging project pared down for sake of recreation

By Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
March 2, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Basalt town government and the U.S. Forest Service are at loggerheads over a proposed timber sale in the Upper Fryingpan Valley. The Basalt Town Council wants 233 acres around Diemer and Seller Lakes eliminated or significantly reduced from a vegetation-management project that will cover about 1,800 acres. Basalt wants the 233 acres eliminated because the timber harvested there will be hauled out of the forest via Frying Pan Road and through Basalt. …”What’s sticking for me is we’re not a logging town, we’re a recreation town,” Councilman Auden Schendler said Tuesday night in a meeting between the council and Forest Service representatives.

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200 more acres burn in Lincoln Forest wildfire

By Adrian C Hedden 
Carlsbad Current-Argus
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wild fire burning in Lincoln National Forest grew by about 200 acres Tuesday night after a day of heavy wind gusts and increased personnel working to contain the blaze. The Seven Cabins Fire, first reported Sunday morning, grew from about seven acres to 630 by Wednesday, burning plant debris and grass across rugged terrain in the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the forest. About 70 firefighters were involved in fighting the fire, deploying water tenders, bulldozers and engines to destroy the brush providing fuel for the blaze.

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Forest Sale Creates Unusual Fight Among Top Oregon Elected Officials

By Jeff Mapes
Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three top elected officials in Oregon are now embroiled in a messy political struggle over whether to privatize an 82,500-acre state forest near Coos Bay. The infighting among Gov. Kate Brown, Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson — the three members of the State Land Board — is highly unusual in a state dominated by Democratic officials who tend to prize cooperation over confrontation. But Read, a Democrat, has joined forces with Richardson, who last fall became the first Republican elected statewide since 2002 and the first Republican on the land board since 1993 Together, they voted to push forward with the sale of the forest to the Roseburg-based Lone Rock Timber Management Co., which is partnering with a tribal consortium.

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Northwest Bats’ Deadly Syndrome Has Scientists Scrambling For Answers

By Michael Werner
Northwest Public Radio
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


A decade ago bats in the Northeast started dying by the millions. The culprit was a disease that for years, stayed largely confined to the eastern U.S. and Canada. But in 2016, the disease suddenly and mysteriously appeared in the Pacific Northwest. Ever since researchers have been racing to find out what bats here are in for. …Scientists had hoped the natural barrier of the Rocky Mountains would protect West Coast bats. But it somehow jumped more than 1,300 miles to the forest east of Seattle. “We don’t know how white-nose syndrome came to be in Washington state, and that’s obviously an area that we are investigating now,” Coleman said.

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Southern Oregon forest restoration may take precedence over spotted owl habitat

By Oregon State University
Phys.org
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Restoring parts of the Fremont-Winema National Forest in southern Oregon to withstand a warmer, more fire-prone future may require thinning young trees and promoting the growth of large, old ponderosa pine. However, such activities may not maintain habitat for northern spotted owls, which surveyors have detected in these forests over the past several decades, researchers say in a recent study. …The decision to prioritize restoration over habitat may depend on whether the area contributes to owl survival and recovery and the degree to which habitat, created as an unintended consequence of public policy, is at risk of loss to uncharacteristic stand-replacing fire or extensive drought-induced mortality.

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Scientists report why forests with more tree types grow better, faster

By John Myers
Bemidji Pioneer
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn.—It’s been known for years that forests with lots of different tree species grow better and faster than forests with just one kind of tree. Now, for the first time, scientists say they know why. It’s shapes. It turns out trees of different species find a way to get along with their neighbors by spreading branches out to fill in gaps where sunlight is available — they play off each other’s shape. And that maximizes their combined ability to soak up the sun falling on a particular plot of land. The new information could not just help foresters provide more fiber for the region’s wood products industry, it could also help reduce climate-changing effects of greenhouse gases.

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Victorian forests the battleground in battle to find balance between industry and environment

By Stephanie Anderson
ABC News, Australia
March 2, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ken Deacon has run a trail riding business in the Rubicon Valley, north-east of Melbourne, for 30 years. “That beauty of the Mountain Ash forest and the Alpine Ash forest … it’s just got a beautiful aura about it that just makes you want to keep riding,” he said. But Mr Deacon no longer takes groups riding through the mountains. …And the tracks the groups once rode are now locked away inside logging coupes, where safety exclusion zones prevent the public from entering. “We’ve just been forced out of the forest,” Mr Deacon said. …The Rubicon Forest Protection Group has been fighting against logging in the area, turning to Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) for help. …Forest issues appear to be coming to a head in Victoria. 

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Congo Expels 2 Greenpeace Researchers Investigating Logging

By Reuters
Voice of America
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KINSHASA — Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have expelled a filmmaker and researcher working for Greenpeace following a trip to forest communities affected by industrial logging. The expulsions last month follow similar moves against foreign researchers over the past year that have drawn accusations the government is cracking down on criticism due to heightened political tensions. The government denies this. Government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters the Greenpeace representatives were expelled for misrepresenting themselves as journalists and said he had fired a member of his staff for providing them accreditation.

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Government to approve ‘long-awaited’ forestry reforms on 21 March

The Portugal News Online
March 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, announced on Wednesday that the cabinet meeting scheduled for 21 March is to approve the “forestry package” – a group of bills that are to constitute the basis for a structural reform of the sector in a country that has one of the highest proportions of forested land in Western Europe. Government to approve ‘long-awaited’ forestry reforms on 21 March… “It’s time for us to do now in the forest a reform with the scale of the reform that 10 years ago was done in civil defence,” Costa said.

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Company & Business News

Canada’s best bet to win trade war: Ignore Trump, take case directly to states

By Jason Martin, CEO of iotum, a SAAS collaboration company
CNBC News
March 2, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

…Canada’s government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has adopted a smart approach — get ahead of change, and show great eagerness to engage with the United States. Negotiate bilaterally — and quickly — without Mexico at the table. This strategy might mitigate damage, but it’s unlikely negotiations will result in concessions to Canada, such as a change in dispute mechanisms. For example, Canada’s longstanding desire to change the softwood lumber rules to allow subsidies will not be solved. It may get worse. Canadian politicians have pointed out the disproportionate impact Canadian trade has on 35 U.S. states. It is conceivable the GOP may carve out the deeply integrated supply chains for manufacturing and commodities exchange that occur under NAFTA in these 35 states. Effectively, this would create a ‘mini NAFTA.’ Actually, more like a renegotiation of the FTA and Auto Pact.

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The Ugly Truths of a Volatile Lumber Market

Structural Building Components Association
February 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

History, it seems, is simply repeating itself. Random Lengths.com points out, “The three-week surge in lumber prices just ahead of anticipated duties on Canadian exports to the states looks similar to the one that occurred in 2001 just before the U.S. imposed countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canada.” Here’s what is contributing to the surge… If and when CVD and AD duties are imposed, there will suddenly be a two-tiered lumber market in North America. Lumber purchased in Canada will be duty-free, while Canadian lumber purchased in the U.S. will be approximately 30 percent higher due to the CVD and AD duties. Higher prices and a restriction of supply from Canada will immediately increase demand for U.S. sources of lumber, and that will drive up the cost of U.S. lumber accordingly… Again, lumber experts indicate the petitioners would prefer to reduce Canadian market share down to between 20-26 percent, which is considerably lower than the 30-33 percent that has traditionally existed, with the goal of altering the current lumber supply-demand equation.

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Uncertainty around softwood lumber

By Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr has announced that Ottawa is establishing a federal-provincial task force on softwood lumber; a move that was welcomed by the BC Lumber Trade Council (BCLTC). “Coordination of efforts between the federal and provincial governments is critical as we work to understand the potential impacts of the softwood lumber trade dispute with the U.S. on our workers and communities,” says BCLTC president Susan Yurkovich. “We appreciate that the federal government has made softwood lumber a top priority.” Steve Thomson, B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, also welcomes the announcement.

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Forest industry – new ideas or old dogmas?

By Peter Ewart
250 News
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West


More and more logs are going to be shipped out of Timber Supply Areas in the Interior of BC as more and more mills are shut down. That was the message communicated last week by Dave Peterson, Assistant Deputy Minister, from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Peterson was speaking on a panel at the annual Conference of Association of BC Forest Professionals in Prince George which included representatives from the largest forest companies in the province, Michael Armstrong of COFI and Rick Jeffrey of the Coast Forest Products Association. Essentially, all three panelists are saying the same thing. Nothing can be done about the large forest companies continuing to hold on to timber rights even after they shut down mills.

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B.C. should start playing to win

Letter by Ray Travers, RPF (Ret)
Prince George Citizen
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Increasing Log Exports (Prince George Citizen, Feb. 27, 2017). The contentious issue of rising log exports is here again, and B.C. continues to play lose – lose. Since 1987, 50 of 80 coastal sawmills have closed. Pulp mills have also permanently closed at Port Edward, Kitimat, Ocean Falls, Campbell River, Gold River, Tahsis and Woodfibre. With these closures, employment and revenue have fallen. Logging contractors, forest workers and forest communities have good reason to be concerned. …One Canadian forestry winner is the Ontario Blue Water Alliance. It is a cluster of wood products manufacturing companies successfully working together to benefit its customers, members and industry.

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Rising raw log exports bad for forests, workers

By Scott Doherty, executive assistant to Unifor national president
Victoria Times Colonist
February 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Events that have recently unfolded near the Crofton pulp mill underscore a troubling development on Vancouver Island, one that should deeply concern all Island residents who care about our shared forests and economy. To the uninitiated, a massive parking lot beside one of the Island’s remaining pulp mills might be a bit of a head-scratcher. Until, that is, one sees all the raw logs being delivered by truck to the site and the ocean-going freighters waiting nearby. TimberWest, one of British Columbia’s biggest log exporters, is behind the project. The new blacktop amounts to a massive new delivery area for logs, mainly from the Island. Logs delivered to the site will ultimately run through a machine known as a “debarker,” which strips away the outer layers, leaving logs that are smaller in diameter and primed to run through a sawmill. Except those logs will never be run through sawmills in B.C., but rather in the United States or China or somewhere else far away… This is not a future British Columbians deserve.

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Cutting through the softwood lumber dispute

By Sheri Regnier
Rossland News
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Softwood lumber strife between Canada and forestry titans to the south is certainly burning up headlines this year. …With so many jobs in the West Kootenay tied to forestry, the Trail Times talked about the current industry climate with ATCO Wood Products owner Scott Weatherford. The family-owned Fruitvale company has been operating since the 1950s, now producing softwood veneers for plywood customers in Canada and the United States. The Weatherfords (Scott and wife Rebecca) took over the business 10 years ago, and in that time, ATCO has joined the U.S./Canadian Sustainable Forestry Initiative program and become well known for their long-term business model and community-minded vision. Weatherford points out that although softwood lumber is hot on the radar, the industry has long been the centre of trade disputes between the neighbouring countries.

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Minister meets with Digby, rest of province to discuss industry

Cape Breton Post
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

DIGBY, NS – A provincial cabinet minister says input from local business people are key to bringing forestry and mineral industries back to southwest Nova Scotia. Minister Lloyd Hines held a meeting Feb. 28 at MLA Gordon Wilson’s Conway office, where he met with local business people. The meeting’s purpose was to hear their ideas on how to rejuvenate natural resource industries, mainly mineral and forestry, back to the county and its neighbours. Hines said reaction was positive from people who attended, who all provided ideas on where to go from here. …The burden to improve and create new initiatives within forestry lies with landowners, said Hines, since they own a vast majority of Nova Scotia’s forest cover. Privately owned land makes up for 77 per cent of Nova Scotia’s trees, while Crown land held by the government makes up the remaining 23 per cent.

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Boise Cascade increases production in Kettle Falls

The Statesman Examiner
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

KETTLE FALLS, WA — Boise Cascade announced Feb. 21 that a third shift will be added to their planer operations in Kettle Falls. The planer in Kettle Falls has been operating under a two shift configuration since the 2012 acquisition of the Arden sawmill from Stimson Lumber. “We strongly believe the log supply is sufficient to support the increased production,” said RJ Glover, Boise Cascade’s Washington Region Manager. “The increase in production hours at the planing mill will allow for more efficient utilization of the two sawmills.” The Arden sawmill processes small diameter pine logs and has recently seen an increase in productivity. The Kettle Falls sawmill processes large diameter pine logs and has become more efficient through a focused, continuous improvement process referred to as the Boise Improvement Cycle.

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Bennett Lumber Products Recognized as February “Small Business of the Month”

By Mia Carlson
Daily Fly
February 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, DC – US Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has named Bennett Lumber Products, Incorporated as the Small Business of the Month for February. The company, which has mills in Princeton and Clarkston, will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the US Senate. “Bennett Lumber epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit of Idaho,” Risch says. “It is not easy to grow and adapt in the ever-changing regulatory climate that impacts small business owners, especially those who deal with natural resources, but these challenges have not kept Bennett Lumber from thriving while at the same time making great efforts to manage land and forests sustainably. “

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Port official: Tests show no hydraulic oil spill at Port Angeles log yard

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News
March 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles resident’s claim is “completely false” that log-yard operator Merrill &Ring has been spilling 50 gallons of hydraulic oil on the ground and into the stormwater system on a daily basis at its log yard at William R. Fairchild International Airport, John Nutter, port director of finance, said this week. But recent tests showed there was evidence of a diesel fuel spill five times greater than the level allowed by the state Model Toxics Control Act that the company will have to address, Nutter said Monday. “If it was a major spill, it would have gotten a much higher reading,” Nutter said. Nutter said that it was not known how much fuel had spilled, but that how it would be cleaned up would be determined in the coming weeks.

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NZ log exports recover strongly with improved demand

Timberbiz
March 2, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Log exports have recovered strongly following the improved demand over the past year from China, New Zealand’s largest market for logs and sawn timber. Sources: New Zealand Herald, Bay of Plenty Times The recovery follows a slump caused by excessive inventory in 2015. The healthier China market was reflected in Port of Tauranga’s interim first half results announced this week, which showed log exports from Tauranga had rebounded from the previous corresponding period, increasing 21% in volume to nearly 3 million tonnes. Tauranga is New Zealand’s major log export port, accounting for around one-third of total exports.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BLOG: Architectural Millwork with Martin Berryman

Journal of Commerce
March 1, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada’s (AWMAC BC) British Columbia chapter president Martin Berryman was the speaker for the “Architectural Millwork” session at the Wood Design and Construction Solutions Conference held March 1 in downtown Vancouver. Quality, Berryman said, is measured in more than just dollars. It’s fundamentally the customer’s perception of the value of supplier’s work. It’s also conformance to valid requirements, a fulfillment of expectation and in the end it’s “when the customer returns and the product doesn’t.” AWMAC BC has its own set of quality standards, Berryman said, involving a 12 step system for woodworkers contained within a manual. Half the manual is for informational purposes, he said, but any section with a green column across the top is binding to manufacturers.

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BLOG: CLT Firewalls with Conroy Lum

Journal of Commerce
March 1, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

FPInnovations research leader for advanced building systems Conroy Lum was the presenter at the “CLT Firewalls” session at the Wood Design and Construction Solutions Conference held March 1 in downtown Vancouver.Lum began by explaining FPINnovations has done two service penetration tests and two closure penetration tests will CLT as a firewall or fire separation. The tests used were a test of firewalls, door assemblies and wall systems. Mass timber chars when heated, which produces a gas that burns when heated. “It’s not the wood that’s heated, it’s the gas,” Lum said. Char does not burn and protects uncharred wood. But Char, he said, has no strength and may fall off. CLT charring in one direction is observed to be consistent at about 0.6 mm per minute, he said.

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Making sure that lumber measures up

By the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Phys.org
March 2, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States


For some, it is a shocking revelation. But most Americans eventually come to accept the fact that a “two by four” board is actually 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches (38 x 89 mm). But is it really? How accurate are the dimensions of boards found at hardware stores and lumber yards? It’s the job of state and local inspectors to answer that question by making measurements periodically at retail locations, or earlier in the supply chain. But at present there are no nationally agreed-upon test procedures for inspectors to follow in checking the accuracy of softwood lumber dimensions. To rectify that problem, NIST’s Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) has drafted a set of proposed test procedures designed to ensure that those measurements are made uniformly, accurately, and reliably. …Determining whether lumber is produced to proper sizes by the mill is complicated by numerous factors.

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Timber-framed vs traditional houses – which are better?

March 2, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In normal circumstances, timber-framed houses are every bit as solid and robust as more traditional block-built houses. This is largely because houses have to be built to meet certain minimum standards from a building regulations perspective. This is perhaps confirmed by the fact that you can get a 10-year Homebond guarantee with a timber-framed house which is equal to the block built house. The main weaknesses of timber-framed houses relates to how the house performs in certain circumstances including leaks/flooding and fire damage scenarios. 

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Timber-framed vs traditional houses – which are better?

March 2, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In normal circumstances, timber-framed houses are every bit as solid and robust as more traditional block-built houses. This is largely because houses have to be built to meet certain minimum standards from a building regulations perspective. This is perhaps confirmed by the fact that you can get a 10-year Homebond guarantee with a timber-framed house which is equal to the block built house. The main weaknesses of timber-framed houses relates to how the house performs in certain circumstances including leaks/flooding and fire damage scenarios. 

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