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CN Rail forced to cancel 400 trains, adding to forest industry woes

The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 20, 2020
Category: Today's Takeaway
Region: Canada, United States

CN Rail was forced to cancel more than 400 trains amid rail blockades, driving up forest industry supply chain costs. In other Business news: Canada’s Natural Resources Committee plans to study the sector’s challenges; BC’s budget pleases Andrew Weaver but disappoints the opposition; as the government’s North Island MLA says the ‘working forest‘ message is being heard. Meanwhile, Nova Scotia adds an innovation rebate program to its forestry transition program.

In Forestry/Climate news: the forestry downside of Alberta’s Teck Mine approval; Canadian Parks & Wilderness calls for more protection; the fishery value of not logging in Alaska’s rainforests; and a new golden era for forestry in Scotland.

Finally, sustainable fashion—seeing the wood for the trees.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

CN Rail layoffs will ‘further complicate’ tangled supply chain, industries say

By Rachael D’Amore
Global News TV
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Blockades across Canada’s railway system have choked branches of the supply chain for two weeks. Now, industries are facing a new hurdle — the layoffs of hundreds of CN Rail workers. …“Our last situation like this was the CN Rail strike in November… and it took us over a month to recover,” Joel Neuheimer, VP for the Forest Products Association of Canada. …“Given that we’re in day 13 of the blockade now, it’s going to take at least twice that to recover.” …CN says it’s been forced to cancel more than 400 trains and keep a significant portion of the network at a standstill. …Canada’s forest sector — which includes lumber and wood products like pulp and paper — has already seen a loss of $100 million since the blockades sprang up two weeks ago. The pulp side of the industry is being hit the hardest, Neuheimer said.

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Some forestry workers returning to work just days after strike-ending deal ratified: union president

CBC News
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It may not have been audible, but many union forestry workers on Vancouver Island exhaled with relief when a tentative agreement with Western Forest Products was ratified… and now some may be returning to work as early as this week, the union’s president said. …Brian Butler says there is still anger toward the company over some issues but he is pleased with what members have achieved under the new deal. …Butler said the union had a mandate to make no concessions to the company, and did not. “They misjudged the strength of our membership,” he said, adding the company has been making record gains for years and the concessions on the table were unwarranted. …The union did not get back the right to control alternate shifts, but Butler said it did gain the right for members to propose other alternate shifts.

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Nanaimo mill workers back on the job after 7-month strike

By Scott Cunningham
CTV News
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — Operations are about to ramp up at a large mill outside of Nanaimo, which for months has been shut down due to a strike. The union representing Western Forest Products workers confirms that its members have been recalled by the employer to the Duke Point Saw Mill. “Duke Point is doing two days of safety training prior to production start-up next Monday,” union president Brian Butler told CTV Vancouver Island Thursday. …Butler says the ball is now WFP’s court in terms of restarting operations in the backcountry and in manufacturing. …Exactly how many staff members have been recalled to the Duke Point Mill is unknown. Work officially begins on Monday. 

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Cariboo-Prince George MP says it’s time to end illegal rail blockades

By George Henderson
My Cariboo Now
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Todd Doherty

The MP for Cariboo-Prince George is gearing up for a full day of debate on what he calls the national crisis created by the “illegal” rail blockades that have shut down much of the country’s rail system. Todd Doherty says the Prime Minister has so far been missing in action whether it’s… the logs that are sitting in West Fraser’s lot right now or Dunkley’s lot right now, the grain that goes form the prairies worldwide, it all moves by rail.” Doherty says the way he sees it, we’ve allowed a small group of economic disruptors to have just a disastrous effect on our economy, and put the livelihood and prosperity of First Nations and non First Nations in jeopardy.

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Computer malware stalls operations at Vancouver Island pulp mills

By Scott Cunningham
CTV News
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pulp and paper mill operator Catalyst Paper says its production capabilities have been curtailed and deliveries to its customers might be missed after malware was discovered on company computers. …Hackers sometimes use malware to extort money from companies. Paper Excellence Canada owns the Catalyst mills in Port Alberni, Crofton and Powell River. The company confirms each of those mills has been affected.  “The event has impacted the company’s ability to utilize its communications as well as certain production capabilities,” said Paper Excellence spokesperson Graham Kissack. External advisors are being called in to help the paper company deal with the problem. 

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Domtar Looking to Bring new Fibre to Kamloops Pulp Mill

By Jeff Anreas
Radio NL 610
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar says its long-term goal in Kamloops is that wastewood can be brought to the mill economically. Fibre manager Andrew Lavigne says right now it’s only economical to get some of that wastewood because of government funding, through the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. The province has provided up to $1.25 million dollars for wastewood to be brought to Domtar, which would otherwise be burned in slash piles. …Lavigne says accessing that wood wouldn’t be economically viable right now otherwise. …The mill needs 2.3 tonnes of fibre to make one ton of pulp, and he says it’s been trying to replace the loss of sawmills in Vavenby and Chasm. …“Up to this point, we haven’t had to take any curtailments. And we’re working hard to make sure the fibre that’s needed in this facility is in place.”

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Rural grant program missing from budget as $25M redirected to forestry crisis response

CBC News
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Carole James

Small town mayors in B.C. are lamenting the absence of a grant program in this week’s provincial budget that supported economic development projects for rural communities. The $25-million Rural Dividend Program provided grants to rural communities of up to 25,000 people for projects ranging from infrastructure to planning and training. But the program funding was reallocated last September toward a new $69-million fund to help unemployed sawmill workers. …B.C. Finance Minister Carole James defended the decision… “I think all communities, particularly rural communities, understand the pressure that is being faced by forest communities right now,” James said. “I think they understand the fact that there was a critical need there for communities, for families who were losing their jobs, for businesses that were going under,” James said. …the Ministry of Forests said the program remains in the ministry base budget despite the reallocation of most of its funds to support forest workers.

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‘We were fighting for people before us and in the future:’ forestry workers due back on the job

By Alex Rawnsley
Nanaimo News Now
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — An incredibly tough nearly eight months off the job is coming to an end. An agreement between United Steelworkers 1-1937 and Western Forest Products (WFP) was ratified by 81.9 per cent. Bill Merriman, a long-time boom operator at WFP’s Duke Point mill, told NanaimoNewsNOW the strike impacted a lot of younger workers with families. …“A lot of the younger people realized that we were fighting for people before us and in the future. That’s what kept people really strong, we didn’t want to go backwards.” …Merriman believed the contract will help in future negotiations with other companies and unions around the province. …He said pressure mounted from those outside the industry to stop strike action and return to work while negotiations continued.

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North Island MLA on forestry sector: ‘Their message is being heard’

By Troy Landreville
My Campbell River Now
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, says she’s listening to the concerns of the forest industry. This comes in the wake of yesterday’s B.C. Forestry Alliance rally in Victoria. … They were calling on the government to defend the harvestable land base. …Trevena said she went out to the lawns of the legislature to speak with a few people at the rally. “Obviously their message is being heard,” Trevena said. “We know that forestry is vital for not just communities but for the economic health of the province, and we continue to work to try and make sure that it is viable.” She pointed to the Coast Forest Sector Revitalization Initiative, and the $5-million Coast Logging Equipment Support Trust designed to help contractors avert foreclosure of logging equipment on the coast, as examples of what the province is doing to support the sector. Trevena said forestry is “still foundational” to B.C.’s economy.

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Cariboo North MLA and forest industry workers want more from BC Budget

By George Henderson
My Cariboo Now
February 18, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes says at first glance, it appears today’s provincial budget doesn’t have a lot for those being impacted by the downturn in the forest industry. That won’t sit well with forestry workers who were rallying outside on the front lawn of the legislature. Oakes says they represented small businesses, contractors, and logging truck drivers. “The message really is that the forest sector is in crisis. We are in a time of significant change and we all know that. The challenge is the folks out on the front lawn want to know what are the elected officials going to do.” …“Last year when they took the money out of the rural dividend they said that they were going to restore that funding, and we were hoping to see that in this budget. …We’ve lost 32,000 private sector jobs and we really want to see what the plan was to get that back.”

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Budget 2020: Weaver ‘delighted,’ minority B.C. NDP stable

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. NDP government’s latest budget carries on with its post-election program of subsidized housing, climate measures and taxes, while building up capital debt to record levels for hospital upgrades, transportation and other public works. …The budget offered little new for the forest industry, as loggers rallied outside the legislature, with a $13 million fund to pursue the government’s waste wood recovery and delivery of a $69 million package for communities that have lost sawmills. …Former B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver said he is “delighted” with the budget, including one of its few new spending measures, a grant program for post-secondary studies including diplomas and certificates under two years. …The budget projects small operating surpluses for three years, helped by personal and business income tax revenue and strong employment from projects including the Trans Mountain and Coastal Gaslink projects.

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B.C. forestry crisis having an impact on Interior real estate market

By Ashley Legassic
CFJC Today
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — The province’s forestry crisis appears to be having an impact on the B.C. real estate market. BC Real Estate Association Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson says most housing markets in B.C. are expected to experience a recovery this year — but that likely won’t be the case for communities impacted by the declining forestry sector. …“I think the one that’s probably the most prominent in its struggles is the forestry industry and we’re starting to really see that link into things like housing demand as well,” he says. “So in the big forestry-focused communities — Kamloops, Vancouver Island and the north — we’re off to a pretty slow start in 2020 with all of those markets actually experiencing declining sales year over year in January.”

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Stalled exports have caused a growing backlog of ships waiting off B.C.

By Alex Binkley, Ontario Farmer
Ontario Farmer
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) are among the agrifood groups calling on the federal government to quickly end the blockade of rail lines by activists supporting a faction in a British Columbia native community. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association, CropLife Canada, Fertilizer Canada, the Canadian Meat Council, Food Processors of Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada are among the groups supporting the wider business community including the Forest Products Association of Canada and the Mining Association of Canada. At latest count, close to 70 ships are waiting off B.C. ports for cargo and the delay will cost the Canadian shippers mounting demurrage costs.

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Lumber Producers Want To See North American Trade Deal Ratified Soon

By Brad Perry
Huddle Today
February 19, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW BRUNSWICK — Lumber producers in New Brunswick are calling on Parliament to ratify the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement. The trilateral free trade agreement, which has already been ratified by the U.S. and Mexico, is still being studied by a House of Commons standing committee. New Brunswick Lumber Producers (NBLP) said ratification may allow for a final settlement in the ongoing softwood lumber dispute. “Currently, the majority of NBLP members are paying a crippling duty of over 20 percent on exports to the United States,” said the NBLP. …On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland urged her fellow MPs to ratify the new agreement as quickly as possible.

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Ottawa to study forestry issues

By Mike Aiken
Kenora Online
February 20, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Natural Resources Commitee in Ottawa will be taking a closer look at the issues facing the forest industry. Kenora MP Eric Melillo says…“I’m pleased… The forestry sector has seen reduced revenues, mill closures and job losses across the country, and the Kenora riding has not been immune.” The committee’s work will be a wide-ranging study that will incorporate insights from a variety of experts and stakeholders. It coincides with work at the provincial level. …The news comes sawmill workers deal with the bankruptcy of Kenora Forest Products, in part due to American tariffs on softwood. The deadline for bids to purchase the facility passed Feb. 14, and a proposal by the bankruptcy trustee is expected in early April.

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Finance & Economics

Canfor Pulp Announces 2019 and Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

February 21, 2020
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, United States

Canfor Pulp Products reported a 2019 operating loss of $31 million; net loss of $31 million, or $0.47 per share. Fourth quarter of 2019 reported operating loss of $24 million; net loss of $20 million, or $0.30 per share. …Commenting on the results, Don Kayne said, “Clearly, this was an extremely challenging year and another difficult quarter for our pulp business given the weak market fundamentals.. we are very focused on optimizing our production performance, reducing costs, and maximizing fibre utilization in the coming months, as we look to fully capitalize on the projected improvement in market conditions through 2020 and 2021.”

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Canfor Announces 2019 and Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

Canfor Corporation
February 20, 2020
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, United States

Canfor Corporation reported a 2019 operating loss of $294 million; adjusted operating loss of $92 million; shareholder net loss of $263 million, or $2.10 per share. Fourth quarter 2019 results were an operating loss of $60 million; adjusted operating loss of $33 million; shareholder net loss of $39 million, or $0.31 per share. …Commenting on the results, Don Kayne, Canfor’s President and CEO, said “The challenging global lumber and pulp market conditions of 2019, particularly across all our BC operations, overshadowed the transformational global diversification undertaken by the Company during the year, with the acquisition of Vida and the expansion in our business in the US South.”

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BC housing-start drop not due to demand: Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation

By Andrew Duffy
Business in Vancouver
February 21, 2020
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province expects a precipitous drop in housing starts this year and another slip in 2021, but housing experts warn that is no indication demand for housing has dropped off or that homebuilders are about to down tools any time soon. Busy construction crews, housing supply in the midst of construction and delays in development approvals at the municipal level are among the factors at play in forecasts that suggest housing starts will fall to 35,021 this year in B.C. from 44,932 last year. Budget documents released Tuesday showed starts are expected to slip to 32,040 in 2021 and 30,515 in 2022.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Funky East Van furniture designer Judson Beaumont dies at 59

By Winston Szeto
CBC News
February 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Judson Beaumont

Vancouver designer Judson Beaumont — whose wacky and whimsical furniture pieces often highlighted the annual Eastside Culture Crawl — has died at the age of 59. Tiko Kerr is a Vancouver artist who worked with Beaumont at Parker Street Studios in East Vancouver for 30 years. He spoke to On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko remembering the “wonderful trusting relationships” that the Saskatoon-born designer had developed with him and other fellow artists that made them all “cohesive.” “He just had a capability of really learning in the present and being one of the most positive human beings you could possibly imagine. There’s nothing that’s more appealing in life than an artist who is really connected to his creativity, and Jud had been in that position for his entire practice.”

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Growing demand for log homes

By Brittany Gervais
The St. Albert Today
February 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Business owner Paul Murray is helping to make log cabin dreams come true for clients of M&H Wood Specialties.  Murray has more than 30 years of experience constructing custom log homes, along with restoring and refinishing log structures worldwide.  His small business inside the ProNorth Industrial Park in St. Albert serves clients across Alberta and abroad, with homes built from Inuvik all the way to New Mexico, Murray said. All the lumber used is Alberta wood, including spruce and pine.  “What we build is handcrafted,” he said. “The wood is left in its natural state, with just the bark removed.” …Wood buildings meet, and in some cases exceed, new building code requirements, Murray said. The company had done energy audits on the homes they’ve built, and participated in a research program around energy efficiency before the building codes changed in Alberta. 

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In Memory of Judson Beaumont, the Furniture Designer Who Changed the Way We Thought About Furniture

By Anicka Quin
Western Living Magazine
February 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Judson Beaumont

As anyone who’s toured 1000 Parker Street in Vancouver knows, the first time you stumbled into Judson Beaumont’s studio, Straight Line Designs, was a trip. …He created a dreamscape of designs that delighted kids and adults alike. “My rule is: if you can draw and design it, you can build it,” he said on Straight Lines’ website. “I love it when someone tells me, ‘You cannot build that’ or ‘No one would want that.’ These words only encourage me more.” …And so we were deeply saddened when we heard that Judson had passed away suddenly on Monday, February 17, at the all-too-young age of 59.  …Longtime friend and designer Brent Comber remembers, “Judson loved people and was deeply interested in everyone’s story. He poured his heart into his work as it seemed to be the best way to reach people and make them smile. He also loved to devilishly nudge you out of your comfort zone.

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Adapting quickly to changing markets

By SM2 Initiative
FPInnovations
February 14, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the sawmill industry develops, it is facing many challenges; however, it is being offered many business opportunities as well. With this in mind, FPInnovations recently conducted a detailed study mainly aimed at presenting the sawmill industry with new product and market opportunities. The study showed the changes in wood-using industries and the need for the primary wood processing industry to acquire agile and flexible processing methods. The project, funded by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, was specifically designed to support and guide ongoing research projects under the SM2 Initiative, in order to meet the demand for new products and to present 4 or 5 products that have passed the summary analysis tests and that offer the best potential for success as new business opportunities or research projects.

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Forestry

Government’s historic nature investment is producing results, but more needed

By Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Cision Newswire
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released a report today to mark two years since Budget 2018, when the federal government announced the biggest-ever investment in Canadian nature. The CPAWS report finds that the historic $1.3-billion investment has stimulated provincial and territorial government efforts, resulting in new protected areas. …The CPAWS report also finds that the federal investment has unleashed an equally historic investment by the private sector, ultimately reaching $500 million. …However, the report also makes clear that the federal government’s latest targets, to protect 25% of Canada’s lands and freshwater by 2025 and 30% by 2030, will require more investment. Canada currently protects 12.2%, with current projects expected to push that number to roughly 17%.

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Port McNeill’s Barb Drennan named forest technologist of the year

North Island Gazette
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Barb Drennan, RFT, of Port McNeill was named BC’s forest technologist of the year by the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) at its annual forestry conference in Nanaimo last week. “Recognition as the forest technologist of the year is based on nominations submitted by other forest professionals. Peer recognition of a job well done or extended excellence over the course of a career is both humbling and extremely meaningful to the forest professionals responsible for caring for one of BC’s most treasured resources,” said ABCFP president Trevor Swan, RPF. Drennan was the first registered forest technologist to become a woodlands supervisor at BC Timber Sales, a role that was typically held by professional foresters. …Her work with the Heiltsuk First Nation is a model for other forest professionals.

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Pacific Wild wants aerial gunning wolf cull in B.C. to end

By Tracy Teves
Energetic City
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA, B.C. – Pacific Wild released a Cease and Desist letter to B.C’s Minister of Forests Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Natural Development, Doug Donaldson regarding the province’s ongoing wolf cull and that aerial gunning is unlawful. The B.C. government has stated it will continue culling from helicopters in 2020. According to Pacific Wild, it has retained legal counsel and believes there are grounds to prove it to be illegal under B.C. law. Ian McAllister, Pacific Wild’s Executive Director shares wolves are being killed each year in a horrific way at taxpayers’ expense. …McAllister claims the government has been unlawfully issuing permits to shoot wolves from a helicopter and wants the government to respond to that allegation. Pacific Wild is a wilderness and wildlife protection non-profit organization in British Columbia.

 

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Public engagement on North Cowichan forest reserve begins this month

By Robert Barron
BC Local News
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Megan Turnock and Erik Lees

North Cowichan intends to reach as many people and stakeholder groups for input as it can as the municipality works toward short and long-term strategies for its municipal forest reserve. Representatives from Lees & Associates, the firm chosen by the municipality to be its community engagement facilitator in the process, revealed its engagement strategies at the council meeting on Jan. 29. Lees & Associates’ Erik Lees said a main goal of the community engagement strategy is to satisfy council’s mandate that it “go broad and go deep” in gathering input from as many different people and groups on the issue as possible. …Many in the community had been demanding for some time to have more say in management plans for the municipally-owned 5,000-hectare forest reserve. …Mayor Al Siebring said he’s “thrilled” to get the engagement project underway.

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Wanted: sightings of bats (dead or alive)

By Pedro Arrais
Victoria Times Colonist
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Habitat Acquisition Trust is asking for many eyes on the ground to report dead bats or any sightings of winter bat activity as the deadly white-nose syndrome arrives on the West Coast. The trust, in collaboration with the provincial government, has launched the Southern Vancouver Island Community Bat Program, a citizen-scientist program to monitor winter bat activity. Local bats are at risk of contracting white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease responsible for the deaths of more than six million bats in eastern North America since it was first confirmed in 2006. The disease has pushed some bat species to the brink of extinction. …The disease has recently been confirmed in King County in Washington state, just 150 kilometres south of the border. There is no known treatment for the disease. Although devastating for bats, the disease has no effect on humans.

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Williams Lake company takes a holistic approach to forestry

By Maria Church
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For central B.C. logger Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd., harvesting is just one component of how they manage forest licenses belonging to the Tsideldel First Nation and other First Nations west of Williams Lake, B.C. The 27-year-old company – a joint venture between Tsideldel and Tolko Industries – is a fully integrated forestry company. …Based in Williams Lake, B.C., Tsi Del Del Enterprises started up in the early ’90s as a way to keep resources within the First Nations’ traditional lands and to improve the community’s economic and social conditions …Today the company employs nearly 100 staff members and subcontractors, running around 40 machines in the bush. Depending on the year, they harvest between 340,000 and 400,000 cubic metres annually – about 40 to 45 loads a day.

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Nanaimo Art Gallery explores forest ecology and industry in new publication

By Josef Jacobson
Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jesse Birch

A five-year Nanaimo Art Gallery project is coming to an end with the release of the gallery’s newest publication. On Feb. 23 the NAG is holding a book launch for The Mill at Wildwood Ecoforest in Ladysmith. The book concludes Silva, a three-part contemporary art project exploring the forest ecology and lumber industry of Vancouver Island. …The Mill features poems, stories, essays, photographs and illustrations concerning humanity’s interactions with the forest. …The book launch will include a tour of Wildwood led by book contributor and ethnobotanist Nancy Turner. The tour will lead to the homestead of Wildwood founder Merv Wilkinson, where Birch will discuss The Mill.

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Groups in Terrace receive grants from logging profits

By Rod Link
Terrace Standard
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eight local groups will share $50,000 in logging profits from the Terrace Community Forest (TCF) through the latest round of grants from the City of Terrace-owned company. …With this $50,000 the TCF has now provided $500,000 in grants to community groups for recreational projects since its start in 2007. And TCF has also provided $1.2 million to the city, $750,000 of which was forwarded last year and which has been placed in a land acquisition reserve account. …TCF can cut approximately 30,000 cubic metres a year, roughly equivalent to about 600 loaded logging trucks. “A lot of second-growth forests in our operating areas are too dense for the trees to grow properly. “By thinning out these areas, we promote biodiversity while also creating a revenue stream for the city and grant opportunities for the community,” said Kim Haworth, TCF general manager.

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Mayor of BC town hit hard by shuttered sawmill says provincial bureaucracy is delaying progress

CBC News
February 21, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Merlin Blackwell

The mayor of Clearwater BC says he’s prepared to lead a delegation to the legislature because he fears government indecision is jeopardizing a bid to revive forestry operations around a nearby sawmill. Mayor Merlin Blackwell says a proposal to purchase the timber cutting rights and assets of Canfor’s shuttered Vavenby Mill appears to be stalled within the Ministry of Forests. …In response to a question from Liberal MLA Peter Milobar in the BC legislature,  Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said: “I have not received a proposal from Interfor or Canfor on my desk at this point.” That response left Blackwell stunned… because the investor behind the proposal is on the brink of withdrawing the proposal on Feb. 28 unless significant progress occurs. …Blackwell said… those people deserve to know if the deal is moving forward.

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Three First Nations get good forestry audits

BC Forest Practices Board
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of three non-renewable forest licences (NRFL) held by the Ts’elxweyeqw,  Leq’a:mel and Skwah First Nations in the Chilliwack Natural Resource District found compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a new report. NRFL A75807 is held by Ts’elxweyeqw Forestry Limited Partnership. Its operations were located near Chilliwack Lake. NRFL A79504 is held by Leq’a:mel Forestry Limited Partnership. Its operations were located in the Statlu Creek area, west of Harrison Lake. NRFL A90380 is held by the Skwah First Nation. Its operations were located near Wahleach (Jones) Lake. “Our audit found that all three licensees carried out good forest practices and met the requirements of forest practice legislation,” said Kevin Kriese, chair, Forest Practices Board.

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Residents convey concerns to BCTS and Tsain-ko over logging in Egmont

By Sophie Woodrooffe
The Coast Reporter
February 19, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and Tsain-ko have agreed to meet with residents for a second time after hearing their concerns that logging in the Egmont area could threaten drinking water, harm the economy and create traffic problems during the height of tourist season. Tom Johnson, woodlands manager for BCTS’s Chinook business area, said BCTS and Tsain-ko agreed to meet again with the North Lake Residents’ Association and Egmont Community Club in mid-March. He told Coast Reporter the cutblocks slated for harvesting in 2020 are “in the early stages of development” and “plans will be fine-tuned as we move forward.” At separate meetings with the two organizations on Feb. 13, residents sought information on how the logging proposed for 2020 and 2021 would affect their neighbourhoods and recreation areas essential to the tourism industry.

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What the Teck Mine Will Destroy

By Andrew Nikforuk
The Tyee
February 19, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Any day now, the Trudeau government is expected to render its verdict on the $20-billion Teck Resources Frontier mine. …There’s been a lot of published debate about whether the economics make any sense. Less covered has been the environmental toll. …Despite finding “significant adverse effects,” the panel declared that the mammoth project was in the public interest. …In the meantime, here’s what the panel said the mine will destroy or imperil: The project will destroy 292 square kilometres of the boreal forest, most of which is prime waterfowl habitat. …The report adds, “The project is likely to result in a significant adverse effect to biodiversity, primarily as a result of the loss of wetlands and old-growth forests.” …In addition, the project “has the potential to make an incremental contribution to already existing significant adverse cumulative effects to woodland caribou.”

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Clinton and District Community Forest passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
February 19, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of the Clinton and District Community Forest in the 100 Mile House Natural Resource District has found nearly all activities in compliance with British Columbia’s forestry legislation. The audit examined forestry activities carried out between September 2017 and September 2019 to see if they met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. During this period, the community forest harvested approximately 63,000 cubic metres of timber in 17 cutblocks, 70% of which was salvage of timber damaged by the Elephant Hill Wildfire. “The community forest worked closely with government staff for operations within the Elephant Hill wildfire complex,” said Kevin Kriese, chair, Forest Practices Board.

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Ford Government’s Temagami Forest Plan Prompts Climate Change Lawsuit

By Samantha Beattie
The Huffington Post
February 20, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — Ontario has failed to consider how chopping down parts of one of the world’s largest old-growth pine forests will impact climate change, environmental groups allege in a lawsuit filed against the Doug Ford government earlier this month. Friends of Temagami Forest and Earthroots Coalition say in their application that the Ministry of the Environment’s 10-year management plan for Temagami forest does not detail how much carbon will be released when up to 341,000 cubic metres of trees are harvested. “What you’re doing is cutting old-growth forest and releasing ancient carbon,” Earthroots chair Gord Miller, former environmental commissioner of Ontario, told HuffPost Canada. “It’s not as bad as fossil fuels, but it’s still carbon.”

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Pre-DEMO Conference on the digital transformation in forest operations

FPInnovations
February 5, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FPInnovations is partnering with the Canadian Woodlands Forum, Laval University and the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre in the organization of the September pre-DEMO 2020 Conference entitled “Digital Transformation in Forest Operations: A leap forward in driving business growth and competitiveness.” Scheduled for September 22-23, the conference is taking place just before the large DEMO 2020 equipment live demonstration. The two-day conference will provide a forum to explore upcoming technological leaps at the doorstep of forest operations. Exciting recent developments in the fields of topics such as robotics, automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data will be presented.

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Nova Scotia announces rebate for investments in forestry operations

By Adam MacInnis
The Cape Breton Post
February 19, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government has launched a program it believes will help the forestry sector adopt new technology and approaches to become a more competitive and sustainable sector. The province announced the Forestry Innovation Rebate Program for forestry companies that invest in their operations to grow, diversify and increase competitiveness in global markets. …The program has been endorsed by the Forestry Transition Team and will be administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. It will apply to eligible capital projects worth between $1 million and $15 million. Companies could be eligible for a rebate of 25 per cent up to a maximum rebate of $3.75 million. …Government will fund the rebate program with $5 million in both 2020-21 and 2021-22. This is in addition to investments already announced and separate from the new $50 million forestry transition trust.

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Nova Scotia sleepwalked into Northern Pulp crisis

Letter by Joel Henderson
The Cape Breton Post
February 19, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The closure of Northern Pulp is a serious blow to woodlot owners and forestry workers across Nova Scotia. …Many lessons can be learned from this catastrophe. The one I wish to focus on is this: it is imperative that a robust planning process be in place to ensure that industries which are systemically important to Nova Scotia can be supported or transitioned in as orderly and non-disruptive a fashion as possible. …It’s not a transition so much as it is shock therapy for communities that are over-reliant on single industries. The problem is that decisions of when to support these industries… how to diversify local economies and what to do when these sectors falter, is highly politicized. …There should be a non-political, arm’s-length provincial entity mandated to identify, monitor and plan for the future of critical industries like forestry.

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