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Daily Archives: May 30, 2017

Today’s Takeaway

What’s destabilizing BC’s wild salmon stocks? Not sea lice apparently.

Tree Frog Forestry News
May 30, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

While the NDP and Green Party claim their “historic agreement to share power” reflects voter’s desire for change, BC columnist Tom Fletcher suggests a switch from NDP to Green in two constituencies, may “signal the opposite”. Columnist Deborah Yedlin (Calgary Herald) writes that “this is not only bad news for the energy sector, but Canada’s economic prosperity“. 

What’s destabilizing BC’s wild salmon stocks? Not sea lice, according to a story in Business In Vancouver. Years after several studies concluded that “salmon stocks faced extinction as a result of sea lice”—in the Broughton Archipelago for example—”the stocks surged dramatically in 2014“. As a result, some scientists fear that the “attention activists have focused on the fish farm issue might be diverting attention from climate change, ocean ranching and other threats that deserve at least as much scrutiny as fish farms”.

Wired Magazine—which focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture and is known for coining terms such as ‘crowdsourcing’—is featuring a story on Tall Wood buildings. I guess that means ‘wood has arrived’.


Finally, an unfortunate story out of California, “female Forest Service workers reported enduring sexual misconduct, harassment and a fear of retaliation if they complained.

Know someone who works in Canada’s forests or sawmills and deserves to be recognized as a future leader? Check out the Canadian Forest Industries’ annual Top 10 Under 40 contest!  


— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

2017 Sustainable Forestry Initiative Annual Conference

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
May 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The SFI Annual Conference brings together thought leaders and influencers from the forest sector, conservation and community partners, tribal and indigenous leaders as well as some of the most engaged forest product customers in North America. This year’s conference theme – Forests. A Way of Life – will highlight how we all depend on forests whether we are harvesting professionals, landowners, producers, customers, Indigenous peoples, or individuals using forests for recreation. To enjoy our shared quality of life, we need to ensure our forests are responsibly managed, so we have clean air, clean water, biodiversity, sustainable communities and forest products that improve our quality of life.  

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Nominate a future leader in forestry

Wood Business
May 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Know someone who works in Canada’s forests or sawmills and deserves to be recognized as a future leader? Nominations are now open for Canadian Forest Industries’ annual Top 10 Under 40 contest! The Top 10 Under 40 recognizes the achievements of the newest generation of forest industry workers in Canada. We’re looking for candidates who demonstrate strong work ethics, leadership by example, and efforts to grow the quality of our industry. …Get your nominations in by June 30, 2017. 

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BC Timber Sales undergoes audit

By Darlene Oman
BC Forest Practices Board
May 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber sale licence holders in the Skeena-Stikine Natural Resource District portion of the Babine Business Area from June 5 to 9. Auditors will examine harvesting, road and bridge construction and maintenance, silviculture, fire protection, and associated planning for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The audit includes all forestry activity from June 2015 to June 2017. 

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What’s destabilizing B.C.’s wild salmon stocks?

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
May 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2007, a study published in Science magazine made an ominous prediction: Broughton Archipelago pink salmon stocks faced extinction by 2015, as a result of sea lice from area fish farms infecting wild salmon stocks. …But wild pink salmon stocks in the Broughton Archipelago didn’t collapse – they surged dramatically in 2014. And in 2010, Fraser River sockeye made a stunning comeback, with a return of 28 million fish, followed four years later with a return of 19 million. That’s not to say that some wild salmon stocks in B.C. aren’t struggling. Chinook numbers, in particular, remain low throughout the Pacific region. But some fisheries scientists say recent surges of pink and sockeye salmon should have put to rest the theory that fish farms are wiping out wild salmon stocks. “The abundance of pink salmon is not at all affected by those fish farms, no matter what anybody says,” said Dick Beamish, a retired Pacific Biological Station fisheries scientist. “That could be easily demonstrated, and it has been.”

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Winnipeg cutting back on tree planting by 20 per cent

By Bartley Kives
CBC News
May 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Winnipeg is cutting back on tree planting this year to devote more resources to mitigating the effects of Dutch elm disease. In 2016, the city and its contractors planted 2,757 trees. This year, the city expects to plant only 2,200 — a cut of 20 per cent — as only contractors will be doing any planting for the city, Winnipeg spokesperson Lisa Fraser said in a statement. City staff who who planted trees last year will be removing diseased elms instead, Fraser said. “At the start of the DED [Dutch elm disease] removal season in fall 2016, there were 6,459 elms requiring removal. There are over 1,300 elms that still need to be removed,” Fraser said. “Elm tree removals must be completed in a timely manner to prevent further increases in the spread of DED — failure to do this increases disease potential, and is expected to result in a continued high volume of elm losses.” The city will consider planting more trees if resources become available, Fraser said.

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Poland ignores ‘final warning’ from EU over clear-cutting in primeval forest designated a world heritage site

By Matthew Day
Vancouver Sun
May 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BIALOWIEZA — It is one of the last significant tracts of the primeval woodlands that once carpeted northern Europe, but now swathes of Poland’s Bialowieza Forest are being systematically cut and cleared. Backed by the Polish government and in defiance of repeated warnings by the European Commission, foresters have this year radically increased their operations, slicing down trees in areas that had remained free of human intervention for centuries. Land once covered by a near-impenetrable canopy of trees and thick undergrowth, rich with flora and fauna, has been reduced to muddy fields of tree stumps. After “a final warning” that the clear-cutting risks causing “serious irreparable damage” to one of Europe’s unique natural environments, the European Commission last month gave the Polish government 30 days to call a halt to the logging or face prosecution for breaching EU conservation regulations.

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Amazon rainforest may be more resilient to deforestation than previously thought

By the University of Bristol
Phys.org
May 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The Amazon forest stores about half of the global tropical forest carbon and accounts for about a quarter of carbon absorption from the atmosphere by global forests each year. As a result, large losses of Amazonian forest cover could make global climate change worse. In the past, researchers have found that a large part of the Amazon forest is susceptible to a tipping point. The tell-tale sign is satellite data showing areas of savannah and rainforest coexisting under the same environmental conditions. Theories from nonlinear dynamics would then suggest that both states are alternative stable outcomes. This so-called bistability means that shocks such as forest clearance or drought could lead to a dramatic increase of fire occurrence and tip an area of rainforest into savannah.

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Forest Fires

Out-of-control wildfire burning south of Lillooet triples in size

By Patrick Johnston
The Vancouver Sun
May 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent run of hot, dry weather has sparked up a wildfire south of Lillooet. The fire is at the southern end of the Fountain Valley, less than 10 kilometres from the community. It is zero per cent contained. The fire was estimated at 30 hectares at 3:30 p.m. Monday, and has tripled in sized since Sunday. According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, 20 firefighters, two helicopters and two water tenders are fighting the fire, with another 19 firefighters set to arrive late Monday afternoon. “Crews are establishing hose lay and water delivery and will be preparing to conduct burning off operations (on Tuesday),” the BCWS reported on its website. Two homes in the area are on evacuation alert but “are not threatened at this time.”

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Crews fighting to contain two wildfires near Lillooet and Tete Jaune Cache

By Doug Collins
CFJC Today Kamloops
May 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — Wildfire crews are working to suppress an interface fire that broke out yesterday near the Fountain Valley Road, eight kilometers east of Lillooet. Air tankers worked the blaze yesterday, and crews on the ground have been working through the night to try to increase containment. At last report, which was late last night, the fire had consumed 9 hectares. Two homes had been placed on evacuation alert, but are not reported to be immediately threatened. Helicopters are also assisting ground crews in attacking the fire. As of this point, the fire is zero percent contained. No cause for the fire determined yet.

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Martin Mars water bomber to be airworthy this summer

By Simon Druker
News 1130
May 28, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – With the arrival of wildfire season in British Columbia, people will inevitably start asking about the plane that has been the face of firefighting for years. The iconic Martin Mars water bomber has been around since World War II, hasn’t flown since last year and hasn’t seen any real firefighting action in even longer. The iconic red and white plane has become an icon in British Columbia over the years, but was damaged en route from an air show in Wisconsin last year. Wayne Coulson runs Coulson Flying Tankers which operates the plane. “The Mars, when we were in Oshkosh at the air show last year, we bumped the bottom of the lake so we’ve had to do some repairs to it. They’re just about finalized. And we started a program called the ultimate flying experience.”

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Extremely dry conditions as crews fight wildfire near Haines Junction

CBC News
May 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters in Yukon continue to battle a wildfire 40 kilometres northwest of Haines Junction, near the Alaska Highway. Officials with Yukon Wildland Fire Management said on Sunday the fire was human-caused, and about 23 hectares in size. On Monday, they were better able to map the fire at 13 hectares. “The initial burning conditions of this fire were very challenging due to the dry fuels in the area,” said Kris Johnson, Yukon duty officer, in a news release. Johnson said crews responded immediately to the blaze after it was reported on Saturday evening due to the fire’s close proximity to the highway and community. Two helicopters and both air tanker groups are assisting in fighting the fire. As of Sunday evening, the fire was reported as active but not growing. Fire crews are expecting to continue working the fire this week until it is fully contained.

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Company & Business News

Canfor Prince George Fights Cancer as Top Fundraising Team

By Don Kayne
Canfor Blog
May 24, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the 25th annual Prince George Relay for Life, the Canfor team came out as the top fundraising team, having raised over $30,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. The 35 members of the ‘Canfor Cancer Crushers’ took turns running and walking the track at Masich Place Stadium on May 13. The event brought out over 1,100 participants and 127 teams and is currently the only 24-hour Relay for Life in Canada (other are typically 6 or 12 hours). The Canfor team was also joined by co-workers who came out to show their support.  The team did an outstanding job fundraising for this event. At the time of writing, their 2017 total is $30,143,75 which is more than double what they raised in 2016 and far exceeds their $20,000 goal. 

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Yes, Clark won the election

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
May 29, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some of the news outlets that breathlessly covered the recent B.C. election as if it was a sporting event had trouble digesting the final score. It’s 43-41-3. The B.C. Liberals got the most votes and the most seats. They won. Christy Clark is still premier, until the B.C. Liberal government is defeated in a confidence vote in the legislature, or she decides to resign as party leader. …Does Green support from 16.8 per cent of voters, much of it in and around the comfortable isolation of southern Vancouver Island, translate into a mandate for them to adjust the voting system in their favour? Self-serving nonsense. Does a switch from NDP to Green in two South Island constituencies signal voters’ desire for an NDP-Green coalition? Likely the opposite. …We’ll have another election sooner rather than later, and more people will pay attention.

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B.C.’s NDP-Green alliance troubling for Canadian economy, energy projects

By Deborah Yedlin
Calgary Herald
May 30, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

So much for those prognostications of a Liberal minority government in British Columbia supported by the Green Party. …An NDP-Green Party minority government is bad news not only for the energy sector, but Canada’s economic prosperity. The investment climate in B.C. is about to be shredded. And while Alberta might now look like the better dance partner for investment, this is not the B.C. government Premier Rachel Notley expected. …The new B.C. political climate presents a huge headache for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr. …The question now is whether Trudeau can channel his late father and muster his own “just watch me” moment, which is likely what will be needed for the Trans Mountain Expansion to be built.

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Province’s dispute with mill owner threatens to delay Grassy Narrows cleanup

By David Bruser & Jayme Poisson
The Toronto Star
May 30, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada


A dispute has broken out over who should pay to search for possible mercury contamination on and near the pulp and paper mill property upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation. On Monday, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change said it intends to order Domtar, the current mill owner, to find out whether mercury is still leaking from the mill property into the nearby Wabigoon River in northern Ontario. Domtar fired back, saying it will start legal proceedings to halt the order and adding it is concerned the province is “seeking to transfer its responsibilities for the management of historical mercury contamination associated with the mill site in Dryden to an innocent bystander.” Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister said he is worried that “a fight over the bill” will distract from the effort to find what is causing elevated mercury levels. “We need to know right away whether the Dryden mill site is leaking mercury and poisoning the fish that our families eat,” he said.

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Firefighters tackle blaze

Chronicle Journal
May 28, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three Thunder Bay city fire trucks attended a blaze that started in a chip bin at Resolute Forest Products on Darrel Avenue Saturday morning. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue arrived around 10:30 a.m. to the scene where a lot of smoke was initally coming from the bin. The fire was reduced to a smoulder by 1 p.m. (END OF STORY)

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EACOM Joins Forest Products Association of Canada

Forest Products Association of Canada
May 29, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest Products Association of Canada is pleased to announce that EACOM Timber Corporation has become a member of the association. Established in 2008, EACOM is a major wood products company in Eastern Canada. Its operations include the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of lumber and wood-based value-added products, and the management of forest resources. “EACOM’s commitment to sustainable forest management practices, innovative advanced technology, and providing good jobs to talented people makes us proud to have them as an FPAC member” says Derek Nighbor, CEO FPAC. “They are a welcome and invaluable addition to the FPAC family and we look forward to working with them to advance the success of the forest products industry.”

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Forest Service women: We faced assault, mistreatment, retaliation if we complained

By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Bureau The Charlotte Observer
May 29, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Female Forest Service workers in California reported enduring sexual misconduct, harassment and a fear of retaliation if they complained, according to a previously unreleased study obtained by McClatchy under the Freedom of Information Act. While many Forest Service employees voiced general satisfaction with their workplaces, women were much more likely than men to identify serious problems in the 2015 survey. Their grievances spanned a wide range, from misdeeds to mismanagement, and they echoed complaints lodged by women in the military and other federal agencies. “Concerns included inappropriate supervisor behaviors, derogatory or patronizing attitudes towards females, a lack of accountability when issues arise and a lack of respect toward subordinates,” the 56-page study noted. “The fact remains that a male-dominated workforce can lead to a variety of negative consequences for women,” it added.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations at PaperCon 2017

FPInnovations
May 16, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…the city of Minneapolis, Minn., was host to TAPPI’s PaperCon, the world’s largest technical conference for the paper, tissue, non-woven, and packaging industry. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, PaperCon 2017 was held under the theme “Renew, Rethink, Redefine the Future.” The event attracted nearly 1600 people, most of whom were from the pulp and paper and supply industry. FPInnovations was well represented, with researchers giving three technical presentations, chairing two sessions, and contributing to one poster session in addition to hosting an exhibition. …After three years of active presence at PaperCon, FPInnovations’ booth is becoming a “must-visit” for conference participants. As the institute becomes better known, current and potential clients referred by other exhibitors frequently stop to enquire about how FPInnovations can help solve their most challenging mill problems.

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Are you in the Wood Industry and Considering Transitioning out of the Industry, Selling, or Retirement?

BC Wood
May 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Please join our webinar for a discussion with industry experts regarding topics affecting you, your family, and your business. This webinar is open to all in BC’s wood products industry (you do not need to be a member of BC Wood to participate). Topics of discussion:

  • Tax Considerations
  • Do you have a written retirement and/or business transition plan
  • How will you be exiting your business? 
  • Have you evaluated all the potential tax strategies to withdrawing funds from your company?
  • Does your business qualify for the $800,000 SMALL BUSINESS CAPITAL GAINS EXEMPTION? Are you aware of how you can magnify this exemption?
  • Are you aware of the current value of tax owed on the shares of your company if they were sold?
  • How much of your retirement will be funded through your business?

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Get Ready for Skyscrapers Made of Wood. (Yes, Wood)

By Liz Stinson
Wired Magazine
May 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When CHICAGO’S John Hancock Center was built in 1965, it required 5 million pounds of aluminum, roughly enough metal to manufacture the equivalent of 96 tour buses. Five years later, engineers did Hancock one better when they constructed the Sears Tower, a 1,400 foot skyscraper that used more than 176 million pounds of steel. Chicago has always been a city defined by metal and concrete, but now, an ambitious new proposal promises to introduce a new material to Chicago’s skyline, and to skyscrapers around the world: wood. Today, on a site along the Chicago River, architects are exploring a new kind of high-rise structure built entirely from timber. The River Beech Tower is a spindly, beechwood building whose 80 stories cut a blonde silhouette against Chicago’s dark, glassy horizon. 

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New Nail-Laminated Timber Design & Construction Guide is available

reThinkWood
May 30, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Download the NLT Handbook today. Simply complete our online form you will have immediate access to our download feature. 

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Two Guys Built A Nature-Themed Motorcycle Completely Out Of Wood That Runs On Algae Oil

By Gwyn D’Mello
India Times
May 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A major pain for any car or bike enthusiast isn’t that parts are hard to come by or minor scratches can ruin the pristine look. It’s that rising fuel prices make it considerably more expensive to use a modified vehicle to commute, let alone take joyrides. So what if you could modify your ride to not need fuel at all? Two Dutch innovators, designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij, teamed up to do just that—modify a motorcycle so it doesn’t run on petroleum. However, the alternative they chose wasn’t electricity or solar power; they instead went with fuel made from algae. Mans designed a custom off-road motorcycle where much of the bike, including the frame, handlebar and swingarms, is made from wood. To complement that natural theme, Mooij supplied a specially created fuel made from microalgae, and the result is as effective as it is innovative. 

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