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Lumber Declines Despite A Dovish Fed

By Andrew Hecht
Seeking Alpha
July 17, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

…The lumber futures market has done an excellent job of predicting price action in the commodities market. …The price of lumber traded to its high in May 2018, before many other raw material prices fell on the back of the ongoing trade dispute with China. Therefore, the lumber has been a leading indicator, at times. …The weekly chart highlights that lumber futures have been steadily declining since mid-June, even as other commodities have displayed price strength. The news that the Fed plans to cut the Fed Funds rate by the end of 2019 has not supported the price of lumber, which is a critical component when it comes to construction. While a falling interest rate environment should favor the price of wood, the price has declined in what has been a “buy the rumor and sell the fact” reaction to the prospects for lower US interest rates.

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Muted demand keeps softwood lumber prices low as futures tank

By Madison’s Lumber Reporter
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
July 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Until Tuesday all eyes were on trading of softwood lumber futures on the Chicago Merchantile Exchange. The July contract closed Monday unchanged at $360. By Tuesday morning the September contract was down $12 and trading at $336, with little optimism of the recent price drops reversing direction. For it’s part, cash price for benchmark construction framing dimension softwood lumber commodity Western Spruce-Pine-Fir 2×4 was down $10 on the previous week, at U.S. $392 mfbm. At producers, sawmill order files were barely longer than a week, although most manufacturers were quoting a two-week order file. …Among players in the west there were rumours circulating of still more curtailments and down-time. …The U.S. housing market looks tepid at best, but not because people are not looking to buy property.

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US Lumber Cos. Fight Duty Relief For Canadian Producers

By Craig Clough
Law 360
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A US Court of International Trade judge temporarily blocked the US Dept of Commerce from revoking a countervailing duty on five Canadian lumber companies, in response to a suit by a group of American lumber companies that say the department unfairly let those companies off the hook. Judge Thomas J. Aquilino Jr. issued a restraining order shortly after American companies… filed a complaint. The companies say the Commerce Department exceeded its authority when it carried out an expedited review and lifted countervailing duties on…  Canada’s Les Produits Forestiers D&G Ltee, Marcel Lauzon Inc., North American Forest Products Ltd. and others. …“Section 103 does not provide the discretion for an agency to directly undertake perceived international treaty obligations, such as the WTO’s Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, without prior authorization from Congress,” the American companies said in the complaint. “As such, Commerce’s findings in the final results are in excess of its statutory authority.” [to access the full story requires a Law 360 subscription]

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CN announces David Trent as Vice-President and Chief Digital Officer

By CN
Global Newswire
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

David Trent

MONTREAL — CN is pleased to announce that David Trent, a global IT leader with over 20 years of experience, will be joining the company as part of the railway’s objective of modernizing its scheduled railroading model. In his most recent role, David was appointed Vice-President, Technology and Digital at Canfor Corporation. …In his role, David will assume the overall responsibility to build a digitally agile organization and provide the best digital thinking and solutions to the business and CN’s customers. …Based in Montreal, David will report to Michael Foster, executive vice-president.

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NAHB National Association of Home Builders : Building Materials Price Declines Led by Lumber and Plywood

The Market Screener
July 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction decreased by 1.1% in June according to the latest Producer Price Index released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The decline broke a four-month trend of increases and was only the fifth month over the past two years in which prices fell. Over the past 12 months, building materials prices have decreased 1.6%, just the fifth June year-over-year decrease since 2000. The decline is a sharp reversal of June 2017 to June 2018, during which prices increased 8.8%. The PPI report shows that softwood lumber prices decreased (-1.7%, not seasonally adjusted) in June-the index’s third consecutive monthly decline. …One of the special indexes published by BLS tracks lumber and plywood in one category. Similar to softwood lumber, the lumber and plywood index fell 2.3%. Prices paid for softwood lumber and lumber and plywood have decreased 23.1% and 17.6%, respectively, since June 2018.

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Sawmill closures hurt B.C. communities

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
July 17, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jim Girvan

The current wave of sawmill closures and curtailments rippling through B.C. had been expected for at least a decade. But few expected that wave to hit so fast and furious. In recent weeks, B.C. forestry companies have announced the closure of four sawmills, and several have eliminated, or plan to eliminate, shifts at mills that are still operating. …Jim Girvan, a forestry consultant who estimated in 2010 that 16 Interior lumber, veneer and plywood mills would shut down in B.C. by 2019 – which is exactly how many did – more recently predicted in May that another 13 mills will have to go. Since his May prediction, four mill closures have been announced, which mean nine will follow before long if his projections are correct. And because B.C.’s forestry sector is so highly integrated, the next wave of plant closures could be pulp mills and other processors that use wood waste from nearby sawmills.

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Liberals MLAs worried over inaction on forestry

By Frank Peebles
The Prince George Citizen
July 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry is reeling from a flurry of economic blows, some global and some local. The strongest sign of a sector in trouble is the number of mill closures, production curtailments and unscheduled or protracted shutdowns …at a large number of sawmills… The rural caucus of the opposition BC Liberal Party met in Prince George this week to make public their greatest concern: lack of action from the sitting NDP/Green coalition government. The Citizen asked the Ministry of Forests Lands & Resource Operations for details on the government’s plan of action and received no explanation. …”Given the forestry sector in B.C. is now in the middle of what can only be described as a crisis, the Official Opposition is calling on you (the sitting government) to take the following actions to address this situation,” said a letter signed by opposition leader.

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Council Supports Interfor Timber Rights

By the Village of Chase
Chase Sunflower
July 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As was reported in the Sunflower on June 28, representatives of Interfor, Adams Lake Division spoke to Council and those in the gallery at Council’s meeting of June 25, 2019. Interfor has applied to purchase timber rights from Canfor as a result of the closure of Canfor’s Vavenby mill. Some new rules recently implemented by the Province of BC require that transfers of tenure ownership must now be subjected to a ‘public interest test’ as determined by the Forest Minister. The Interfor representatives outlined the benefits of additional log supply for the Adams Lake mill, and all those people and businesses connected to it. Village Council then voted in support of a motion of community support for the transfer of the timber rights. The Adams Lake Lumber mill is within the boundary of the Village of Chase, and consequently pays annual property taxes to the Village. The rate for this tax is set by the Taxation (Rural Tax Area) Act which is an enactment of the Provincial government. In addition to paying annual taxes, the Adams Lake Lumber Mill employs a number of Chase residents who also pay taxes, and support the local economy by patronizing local business. Some employees also have children enrolled in the local schools.

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B.C. Liberals layout plan to support B.C. Forestry

By Adam Reaburn
Energetic City
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Liberals have outlined what they would do to support B.C. struggling forestry sector. On June 13, the Liberals sent a letter to Premier John Horgan that outlined suggestions from the Liberal Rural Caucus to immediately support communities affected by the recent downturn in the forestry sector. The four immediate actions include a program to match employment opportunities with displaced employees and increasing social services, including mental health for workers in each community. The Liberals also say a forest fire fuel mitigation program could employee workers immediately, and the Provincial Government must ask for Federal programs that support retirement bridging and work-sharing.

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As B.C. forestry strike enters 3rd week, concern grows over effect on community

By Bridgette Watson
CBC News
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of Port Alberni, B.C., have seen hard times before. The forestry industry has been a significant employer in the Vancouver Island community for decades and the city has experienced a lot of booms and busts over the years. But as forestry workers enter a third week of strike action against Western Forest Products (WFP) and the sawmills sit silent, the town’s mayor is growing increasingly concerned about the impact on the local economy.  “We’ve been a one-industry town for a long time,” Mayor Sharie Minions told On The Island host Gregor Craigie. “Most families kind of plan to be able to survive maybe a few weeks off work but when it gets into that longer term … we’re really going to feel the impacts.” …Roughly 200 families that rely on a WFP paycheque live in Port Alberni.

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Canada Supports Indigenous Participation in Northern Quebec’s Forest Sector

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

OUJÉ-BOUGOUMOU, QC,  – Canada’s forest sector continues to be an important generator of good jobs in communities across the country, including rural, remote and Indigenous communities in Quebec. The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous peoples to ensure that they not only participate in sustainable forestry projects but also benefit from initiatives created by their community, for their community. The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $2.7-million investment to Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation for a sustainable forestry project that will create jobs, boost the local economy and displace diesel use in the remote community. The funding will be used to upgrade and expand an existing biomass district heating system — a cost-effective, renewable-energy fuelled system — for the community, while also providing a market for local sawmill waste.

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Canfor only bought the right to harvest; they do not own the trees in our area

Letter by Glen Small
Clearwater Times
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Glen Small

Canfor bought the right to harvest timber in this area from Slocan Forest Products, Canfor only bought the right to harvest; they do not own the trees. If Canfor closes down their mill at Vavenby then they lose the rights to the timber. The timber belongs to the people of the valley, not to any forest company. The reason that a lot of us are even here is because of the vast quantity of timber in this valley. The timber is the backbone of our employment opportunities right here, we should not allow Canfor to sell it off for huge profits to be manufactured somewhere else. Canfor should have realized that buying out a large mill operation already established in any community automatically takes on the responsibility expressed by the previous owner.

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Implications of reducing stumpage to help companies during poor markets

By Jim Hilton
The Quesnel Cariboo Observer
July 14, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the recent announcements of mill closures and pressure on the government to make changes to help lower production costs, I think it is a good time to review how stumpage is calculated and what are the best ways to make adjustments which will help and not hinder the situation. …When markets are high and stumpage is relatively low, lumber profits are good. …Companies’ profits drop quickly when the markets bottom out and the stumpage still remains high because of the review times built into the MPS formula. For example, the Stumpage Rate determination is designed to be an objective approach and is adjusted every 12 to 18 months for timber sales input and quarterly for the stand selling price. …While trying to tamper with the stumpage rate may not be a good idea… Maybe the 12-to-18-month adjustment period needs to be shorter.

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Resolute sells mothballed Fort Frances mill to Riversedge

By Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
July 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The news that Riversedge Developments now owns the shuttered Fort Frances pulp and paper mill doesn’t inspire much confidence from the town’s mayor. June Caul said the CEO of the brownfield redevelopment company paid an unexpected visit to town hall, July 10, to advise… that the deal with Resolute Forest Products has been finalized. Despite the encounter, …Veldman gave them no indication of his future plans for the site. A promised public announcement… never came to be, leaving it to Resolute to break the news. Caul… openly questions whether the developer is working in “good faith” with the town, or if Veldman remains under a gag order from Resolute from fully disclosing his plans to possibly scrap the entire site. …Veldman and Riversedge are no strangers to Northerners due their acquisitions and subsequent demolitions of paper plants in Sault Ste. Marie, Iroquois Falls and Red Rock.

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Statement confirms sale of Fort Frances mill

The International Falls Journal
July 16, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The paper mill in Fort Frances has been sold by Resolute Forest Products according to a statement issued Monday. …The Town of Fort Frances wishes to confirm for all of its citizens, stakeholders, and regional partners that the properties comprising the pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances have been sold by Resolute Forest Products. These properties have been transferred to a new owner, which we understand to be a subsidiary of Riversedge Developments that is held in partnership with a local entity. …The town’s goal has been — and continues to be — returning this key economic asset to productive use that preserves its operating capacity and makes use of our region’s publicly-owned forest resources. …Judson said while Monday is a milestone, there are still details to be learned.

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Quebec lumber company Stella-Jones plunges as long-time CEO Brian McManus steps aside

By Nicolas Van Praet
The Globe and Mail
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Brian McManus

An unexpected changing of the guard at Stella-Jones Inc. is stoking concern among investors as Brian McManus gets set to leave the Canadian wood-products manufacturer after an 18-year run as chief executive. …Stella shares fell 6 per cent to close at $44.03 on the Toronto Stock Exchange Monday. The CEO’s departure… “may be interpreted by some investors as a sign that the long-term growth prospects for Stella-Jones are dimming,” CIBC Capital Markets analyst Hamir Patel said. Since Mr. McManus joined Stella in 2001, the company’s share price has increased from $0.55 to $46.87, he noted. …The company pushed past $2-billion in annual revenue for the first time in 2018 but it has faced headwinds over the past two years. Mr. McManus… emphasized the management team he has assembled… and he rejected the suggestion that Stella’s best days are behind it. [to access the full story a Globe & Mail subscription is required]

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Wood products producer Stella-Jones says CEO Brian McManus to step down

The Canadian Press in the Prince George Citizen
July 15, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Wood-products producer Stella Jones Inc. says company president and CEO Brian McManus will step down later this year after 18 years at the company. The company’s share price was down almost seven per cent in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after announcing the news. Stella-Jones says McManus will leave his post on October 11 and will work with management on the leadership transition. The Montreal-based company says senior vice-president and chief financial officer Eric Vachon, who’s been with the company for 12 years, will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Commercial Real Estate: Net Zero Energy-Ready building competition winners announced

By Evan Duggan
The Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A mass-timber office project in Vancouver and a four-storey timber-frame rental apartment in West Kelowna are among the 11 winners of the province’s pilot Net Zero Energy-Ready Competition (NZERC). The 11 ongoing development projects were selected by a jury of government, utility and industry leaders with knowledge of high-performance buildings. The winners will receive up to $390,000 each to put toward completing their buildings. …Highstreet Ventures won a construction incentive for one of its four-storey wood-frame rental apartment buildings at their Carrington View complex. …The jury also selected a 10-storey mass-timber office project at 2150 Keith Dr. in east Vancouver. The Bentall Kennedy building, designed by Dialog architects, will have offices, meeting areas and a research and innovation department. The building will have a highly efficient mechanical system, passive design elements, a high-performance building envelope and will incorporate renewable materials, including B.C. timber.

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Cricket for all: UBC researchers use algorithms to produce affordable cricket bat

By Rehmatullah Sheikh
CBC News
July 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Phil Evans

As New Zealand and England battle it out in the 2019 Cricket World Cup final in London, an attempt to transform a crucial aspect of the sport has begun thousands of miles away at the University of British Columbia.  UBC forestry professor Phil Evans is leading a project that uses an algorithm to design a cricket bat that’s cheaper to produce but just as powerful as the one used by professional cricketers.  Evans said his aim is to see a high-quality cricket bat in the hands of every aspiring cricketer. “In India alone hundreds of thousands of kids play cricket and idolize cricketers, and they want a bat that resembles the one that cricketers are using,” said Evans who spoke to CBC from Australia.  “We need to use cheaper material but we don’t want to give them a bat that’s not a good one.” …According to Evans, the process can be used on cheaper wood alternatives like Kashmir willow or Canadian-grown poplar to make mass-producing bats more affordable. 

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Forestry

Saskatchewan pilots join Quebec foresters in fight to halt spruce budworm

By Julia Caron
CBC News
July 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Aerial spraying of microbe toxic only to larvae saves foliage, ‘brings Eastern and Western Canada together’. Canada’s political leaders could learn a thing or two about interprovincial co-operation from the pilots helping to save Quebec’s most valuable forests from the scourge of the spruce budworm. Throughout June and early July, the airport in Mont-Joli, in Quebec’s Lower Saint Lawrence region, buzzed with activity, as five planes owned by a company based in Yorkton, Sask., carried out targeted spray operations, beginning as soon as dawn broke each morning. “When the buds start opening on the tree, we have to be out there spraying,” said pilot Kevin Labrecque. Labrecque spent five weeks conducting aerial spraying in Quebec, far from his home in Battleford, Sask.

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Caribou debate in Revelstoke makes international headlines

By Liam Harrap
Revelstoke Times Review
July 17, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The caribou debate has crossed an ocean. The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, recently posted an article exploring the thread between caribou and Revelstoke’s economy. “At stake: three herds of caribou. Or, potentially, the entire town,” notes the article. The three herds of concern are the Columbia North, Columbia South, and Frisby-Boulder-Queest. To sum up, the article asks Revelstoke residents how much they are expected and willing to sacrifice to save an endangered species. According to provincial figures, southern mountain herds have declined from 2,500 in the mid-1990s to 1,200 today.

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District receives $1 million to reduce wildfire danger

BC Local News
July 17, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Removing material along the Buck Flats Road to reduce the chances of a wildfire threat against the community is going to take place thanks to a $1 million grant received by the District of Houston. The project is to be managed by Protech Forest Services and it will also provide consulting services over the course of the project. “The current timeline projects a completion date in 2020, although this is subject to several conditions being met,” said District of Houston chief administrative officer Gerald Pinchbeck. …The project money came from a financial boost provided by the province to the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. and Houston’s application was one of 40 wildfire risk reduction projects to divide $19 million. Thirty-six of the 40 approved projects are for fuel management projects that will directly reduce wildfire risk within two kilometres of a community.

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Fort Nelson mayor ‘dancing on the ceiling’ after getting province’s largest community forest

By Andrew Kurjata
CBC News
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gary Foster

The mayor of Fort Nelson said he’s “dancing on the ceiling” following a pair of forestry announcements made Tuesday. First, the province’s deputy chief forester revealed the region’s annual allowable cut is being increased. …Then came news the province is converting 191,000 hectares of Crown land into B.C.’s largest community forest to be jointly managed by the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. …The deal comes after years of lobbying from local government leaders for more control over regional forests. …”The rest of the province has been challenged with a loss of fibre for the forest industry,” he said. “We have an abundance of fibre and we’re expecting that we’ll attract a lot of industry to our area and with it.”

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Canadian Forest Products 2018/2019 Initial SFI Certification Audit

By KPMG Performance Registrar Inc.
Canfor.com
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Between October 16, 2018 and March 1, 2019 an audit team from KPMG Performance Registrar carried out a SFI certification audit of Canadian Forest Products’ B.C. and Alberta woodlands operations and fibre procurement activities, assessing them against the 2015-2019 Sustainable Forestry Initiative®  Forest Management and Fibre Sourcing standards. …The audit found that Canfor’s sustainable forest management system and fibre sourcing program: were in full conformance with the requirements of the SFI 2015-2019 forest management and fibre sourcing standards included within the scope of the audit, except where noted otherwise in this report; have been effectively implemented, and; are sufficient to systematically meet the commitments included within the organization’s environmental and SFM policies. …As a result, a decision has been reached by the lead auditor to recommend that Canfor be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 forest management and fibre sourcing standards.

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Fort Nelson community forest approved, annual cut increased

By Matt Preprost
Alaska Highway News
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has announced its approval of the Fort Nelson community forest, and has added nearly one million cubic metres of timber to the region’s annual cut. The community forest, which will be managed jointly between the Northern Rockies municipality and the Fort Nelson First Nation, allows for annual cut of 217,650 cubic metres per year. It is B.C.’s largest community forest, and long considered a key part of rebooting the region’s forestry sector, according to the ministry of forests. …It’s estimated community forests create one full-time job for every 3,000 cubic metres of wood harvested, with average total sales of $2.3 million in communities with 3,000 people or less.  Also on Tuesday, the province announced that the annual cut for the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area has been increased to 2.58 million cubic metres. That’s a 59% increase from the 1.62 million cubic metres that sat unchanged since 2006.

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Board to audit forest licence in Houston area

BC Forest Practices Board
July 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Northern Engineered Wood Products on non-renewable forest licence A85566 in the Nadina Natural Resource District during the week of July 23, 2019. Auditors will examine whether harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning, carried out by Northern Engineered Wood Products between July 1, 2017, and July 25, 2019, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The forest licence is located in the Morice Timber Supply Area, which includes the communities of Houston, Topley and Granisle. The area provides a wide range of natural resource benefits, such as forest products, minerals, grazing, recreation and tourism amenities, as well as fish and wildlife habitat.

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Fort Nelson poised for benefits from B.C.’s largest community forest

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of BC
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents and area communities that have long fought to revive Fort Nelson’s forest sector are starting to realize the benefit of their efforts with the approval of the Fort Nelson Community Forest Agreement, in partnership with the British Columbia government. …The agreement has an allowable annual cut of 217,650 cubic metres per year from 191,571 hectares of Crown land, including a BC Timber Sales volume reservation of 32,650 cubic metres annually. …The applicants submitted a management plan for approval that includes stand-level retention targets of 8.9% for wildlife tree retention areas, ungulate winter ranges and consideration of possible future impacts to the timber-harvesting land base for boreal caribou management. Old growth retention targets will be a minimum of 37% in the Northern Boreal Mountains and 17% in the Boreal Plains.

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New cut level set for Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
The Government of BC
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Effective July 16, 2019, the new allowable annual cut (AAC) for the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area is 2,582,350 cubic metres, announced Shane Berg, deputy chief forester. The new AAC is a 59% increase from the previous allowable annual cut of 1,625,000 cubic metres set in 2006 and includes partitions to encourage an expansion of forestry opportunities in the northwest portion of the TSA and promote a return to harvesting the deciduous timber profile. “The Fort Nelson TSA contains a vast area of mature deciduous stands,” said Berg. “I am confident that my decision will encourage forestry opportunities for First Nations and other operators, while maintaining responsible management of biodiversity objectives.” …Wildlife in the TSA, including boreal caribou, northern caribou and Stone’s sheep, are protected by ungulate winter ranges and wildlife habitat areas. 

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Wolves not to blame for declining deer populations, says researcher

By David Gordon Koch
Campbell River Mirror
July 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent wolf sighting in Campbell River raised questions about the animal’s conservation status on Vancouver Island, and whether wolves are responsible for reduced numbers of animals including deer and marmots. Chris Darimont, a leading wolf expert and Raincoast Research Chair at the University of Victoria, says there’s no immediate threat to wolf populations on Vancouver Island, and forestry practices, not wolf populations, are to blame for a decline in animals such as deer. “They’re a convenient scapegoat,” Darimont said in an interview. “But decades of research… reveal very little evidence that wolves cause declines in prey populations.” …“The demise of marmots and the decline in deer share a common cause, and that is whole-scale conversion of ancient forests into a series of logging roads and tree plantations,” he said. “We should be reconsidering how forests are managed.”

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First Nations, environmentalists, mill workers push province to overhaul forestry rules

By Chad Pawson
CBC News
July 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is taking the next step in overhauling an act that manages B.C.’s trees, wildlife, helps slow climate change, and supports reconciliation with First Nations. …stakeholders hope it will be updated in a way that will not only make forestry more sustainable in B.C. but maintain and even increase industry jobs in the province. …The B.C. NDP campaigned on reforming the forestry sector in 2017 by consulting more with First Nations and managing the province’s wild spaces so that ecosystems are preserved while maintaining logging jobs in the province. …”We can no longer apply yesterday’s thinking to today’s challenges,” said Doug Donaldson as part of a public engagement process. …FRPA was introduced in 2004 by the Liberal government and some people criticized it for reducing the power the province had to monitor and manage forestry operations.

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Stakeholders to discuss opportunities, challenges of resource supply chain

Northern Ontario Business
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario — Industry stakeholders will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the resource and manufacturing supply chain during a July 26 panel discussion hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. “Resources are key to Canada’s prosperity today and tomorrow. As part of the resource and manufacturing supply chain… their impact is felt in every community across Canada,” said chamber president Don Mitchell. “The connection between the resource-energy-manufacturing supply chain is a significant economic driver and job creator of the future.” The event will include Sault Ste. Marie investment updates from Tenaris Algoma Tubes and Noront Resources as well as a panel discussion with national industry association leaders who will discuss Canada’s resource sectors in the context of national and global contributions.

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A trillion trees – Medway forest co-op manager not scared by the ‘afforestation’ numbers in report

By Lawrence Powell
Amherst News
July 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MAITLAND BRIDGE, N.S. — …when the journal ‘Science’ came out with a report about how many trees could be planted around the globe to bring down carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 25 per cent, the numbers didn’t scare Mary Jane Rodger. …The report from ‘Science’ shows where those trees can be planted and how many are needed. “The report is positive, creating future forests is a step in the right direction, but can’t be our only solution in the fight against climate change,” said Rodger, general manager of the Medway Community Forest Co-op where they’ve already planted almost 100,000 trees in areas on Highway 8 in Annapolis County. …Rodger said … ordinary people can get involved. “Get their hands on a few trees and plant in their own backyard,” she said. “If every homeowner in Canada did this, we’d already make a huge impact.”

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Why Halifax is cataloguing up to 30,000 trees on the peninsula

By Frances Willick
CBC News
July 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Halifax Regional Municipality is planning to create an inventory of almost every tree on municipal property in peninsular Halifax. The municipality issued a tender last week for a company to collect data on each tree’s global positioning system (GPS) location, species and trunk diameter. While the project may seem daunting to industry outsiders, Crispin Wood, the municipality’s superintendent of urban forestry, doesn’t characterize it that way… “We decided to start small,” he said. “This shouldn’t be a huge amount of labour.” The inventory will include all trees that were intentionally planted, but will not include trees in naturalized areas. Wood estimates there are 20,000 to 30,000 trees on the peninsula that will be eligible for inclusion in the inventory. The data will be used to improve budget planning for pruning, removal and replanting, as well as to help monitor and prevent the spread of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer.

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Feds announce funding for youth employment program in forestry sector

By Michael Charlebois
The Thunder Bay News Watch
July 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY –  Zac Wagman had a dream of biking across Canada, he just needed a purpose. This summer, that purpose came in the form of an opportunity for young Canadians as a part of Project Learning Tree Canada and the Green Jobs program. …On Friday, the federal government announced $4.4 million in funding for the Project Learning Tree Canada. …Wagman, biking with his brother Nick, made a stop at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay on Friday, where they were greeted by Minister Patty Hajdu to announce the investment, which will support more than 500 local and Canadian youth, particularly those facing barriers. …The investment is part of the Youth Employment Strategy launched by the Liberal government in June. …Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of Project Learning Tree Canada, says the funding provides opportunities for over 100 employers throughout the country to provide employment opportunities.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada’s domestic climate refugees

By Linda Solomon Wood
The National Observer
July 16, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Canada is at risk of creating a new class of climate refugees. People are fleeing their homes here in Canada. A transformation is needed before this becomes a trend. …The environment is emerging as the key issue as the 2019 federal election nears. According to a public opinion poll taken by the Forum Poll, the environment is tied with the economy as the most important issue. …Bruce Blackwell of B.A. Blackwell and Associates, is a forestry and environmental management services company in North Vancouver. …“This is a 40- to 60-year problem, and it’s not going away,” Blackwell told Wilson. “The fires we are seeing are so big the government doesn’t fight them. Instead, it focuses on getting people out of the way.” But we still have a long way to go as a country in taking the threat of our warming climate seriously.

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Climate protection is not a partisan issue

By David Suzuki
The Georgia Straight
July 16, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Media and politicians often regard environmentalists as a special-interest group with political priorities served by “green” parties. …It’s absurd to think an issue like climate change belongs to one party. It should be the highest priority for every politician and candidate and should receive daily media attention. …In Canada, where temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate, we’re already experiencing impacts: …forest infestations of pests like the mountain pine beetle, vanishing glaciers that feed watersheds, …huge fires, massive floods. …Global warming affects almost everything in our lives and the biosphere. It’s not a special interest touted by enviros or the Green Party. It’s a crisis for all humanity. …Once the challenge is seized, opportunities will open up as we transform society’s energy foundation. …It’s time to dream big.

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Changing Climate, Vanishing Old Growth Bring Increase Fire Risk for Coastal Forests

By Brandon Wei, graduate student, UBC School of Journalism
The Tyee
July 15, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

It rains in Zeballos. …But despite the region’s average annual precipitation of 163 inches — more than three times that of Vancouver — the community of about 100 people was threatened when lightning sparked a wildfire last August. …The fact that some of the wettest forests in North America are now considered candidates for wildfires signals the severe shifts being caused by climate change. It means that old growth trees, critical for forest resiliency and traditionally quite fire resistant, are increasingly under threat. “We’re seeing impacts in places in coastal B.C. that are very unique, [which] speaks to the multi-year drought we’ve been experiencing,” said Lori Daniels, a professor at the University of British Columbia. …Much of the forests in coastal B.C. have been logged over the last century. Now younger second-growth forests dominate the landscape, and they are not nearly as fire resistant.

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Health & Safety

Bat flew into hand of B.C. man who died of rabies infection

By Cheryl Chan
Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nick Major

Nick Major was not doing anything out of the ordinary [when] he had a brief but fatal encounter with a bat infected with rabies. …Major, 21, had been driving and pulled over on the side of the road on Vancouver Island when a bat flew into him. Health authorities confirmed the patient was outdoors and in broad daylight when the nocturnal creature “struck” his hand then flew away. …Major had no visible puncture wound or scratch marks — something that’s not unusual because bat scratches can be microscopic… He developed symptoms of rabies six weeks after exposure. …He died Saturday, the first confirmed death from rabies contracted in B.C. since 2003… Rabies is a virus that attacks the nervous system. …Once symptoms appear, it is usually too late for effective treatment. …It is also unusual for bats to be flying during the day and could be a sign it is infected with rabies. Anyone who spots bats in daytime should take extra precautions.

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Forest Fires

Regional Chief asks communities to accept forest fire evacuees

By Rocco Frangione
My North Bay Now
July 15, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

As forest fires continue to affect more remote regions of Ontario, Ontario’s Regional Chief, RoseAnne Archibald, has a question about the evacuations. Archibald is trying to find out why members of the Pikangikum First Nation are being sent to Saskatchewan. Archibald is thanking the local leadership at PFN as well as the Canadian Rangers, Ontario Fire Marshall, Emergency Management Ontario, Indigenous Affairs Ontario and Indigenous Services Canada for all the work everyone has done to get people safely out of the community. However, Archibald is wondering why the community members are being evacuated to Saskatchewan. “There’s no good reason why we aren’t looking after our own here in Ontario,” Archibald says in a release. “We are requesting that municipalities open their doors to their northern neighbours during this crisis.”

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Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region

The Net News Ledger
July 15, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are currently 20 active fires in the region. Seven are not under control, one fire is being held, two fires are under control, and ten fires are being observed. Red Lake Fire Number 23 is 8 kilometers south of the community of Keewaywin. This fire is 95,623 hectares in size. …Red Fire Number 39 –The fire size has been remapped to 44,736 hectares. …Red Lake Fire Number 40 is not under control at 30,212 hectares and is located near Nungesser Lake, approximately 40 kilometres north of Red Lake.  Recent precipitation has assisted in suppression efforts. …The fire hazard in the Northwest Region is generally low to moderate with rain either occurring today or overnight in the forecast. Some stations in the far north and in the Nipigon District will remain in the high range for another day until the forecast precipitation occurs.

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