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Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

Business & Politics

Pulp mill’s check list

The Mercury
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RICHARD Chandler Corporation wants to find out if Gunns has a social licence and broad community support for its pulp mill before it invests $150 million in the timber firm. In its first comment since a Gunns’ statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on February 8, the corporation, heralded as a white knight for the pulp mill project, confirmed it was considering injecting money. The statement did not specifically mention the $2.3 billion Bell Bay mill but said its “investment framework” would look closely at the degree of community support.

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Forestry

Caribou recovery plan swamped by public feedback

Minister may delay decision as environmentalists go back to court to force emergency action
CBC News
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Environment Canada had to be dragged into court before it came up with a recovery strategy for Canada’s endangered woodland caribou. But that proposed conservation strategy is so controversial, the government will be forced to delay its final decision on the method of conservation by a month due to an overwhelming amount of public feedback. Wednesday was the deadline for comments on the recovery strategy and Environment Canada received 14,000 submissions.

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No Longer A ‘Sunset’ Industry, Canfor’s President Predicts Bright Future For Forestry

HQ Grande Prairie
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Securing foreign markets, investing in infrastructure and technology, and searching high and low for the next generation of workers interested in forestry as a career: Those are just some of the things Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne says the company is working on. Kayne gave a glimpse into Canfor’s future plans in his remarks at the Growing the North Conference. Kayne says there are many reasons the Grande Prairie operation is a key element in Canfor’s re-investment strategy.

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Logging starts in spotted owl habitat

Chilliwack Progress
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging has started in spotted owl habitat located near Chilliwack, sparking a “protest vigil” by angry residents. “The fallers are here now,” Post Creek resident Betty Ann Belisle said early Wednesday morning. “It was a protected area for the spotted owl, now they’re not protecting it,” she said. The logging will also shatter the scenic beauty of the area for residents — and for recreational users alike, she added.

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Routley: government can’t see the forest for the lack of trees

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you go down to the woods today, says Cowichan Valley’s MLA, you’re in for a big surprise. “In some areas, you can’t see the forest for the lack of trees — that’s the problem,” Bill Routley lamented. Routley, who also serves as the B.C. NDP’s deputy critic for forests, lands and natural resource operations, is demanding answers after reading the Auditor General John Doyle’s report, An Audit of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Management of Timber.

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Slow markets, labour shortages lead challenges for Revelstoke forest industry

Revelstoke Times Review
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jim Scott spends his days out in the bush logging. As the owner of Two Guys Logging, a logging contractor, he admits that he’s at the bottom of the totem pole in the forestry industry. Still, he’s seen the industry’s struggles first hand. “There’s no doubt it’s changed a lot in the last five to 10 years,” he said. “I’m employing 15 guys, I used to have a crew of 35.” Those workers he no longer employs have scattered all over, he said. Some have gone to work in the oil fields while others have gone into mining.

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US Forest Service Research Used in New, Invasive-Plant Software

USDA Press Release
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service research and funding have led to the development of a free software application that will help people identify and control destructive invasive plants in Southern forests and grasslands. Development of the application is part of the Forest Service’s multi-faceted strategy to reduce the impact of nonnative species – animals, pathogens and plants. These foreign invaders deplete water supplies, poison wildlife and livestock, and damage property in urban and rural areas at a cost of about $138 billion annually. Congongrass, nonnative privets, autumn olive and tallowtree are among the most common plants plaguing the South.

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Let’s work together on logging truck decision

Lincoln News Messenger
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The “elephant in the room” has finally been let out of its cage. That “animal” is the logging trucks traveling on Highways 193 and 65 to and from the Sierra Pacific Industries’ sawmill at 1445 Highway 65 in north Lincoln. And it’s good timing, as the highly-anticipated completion of the Highway 65 bypass is quickly approaching. When the bypass opens this summer, one third to one half of the cars traveling through Highway 65’s downtown portion should be diverted, according to Lincoln’s public-services director Mark Miller last August.

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City worries billboard law will hurt tree canopy

Charlotte Observer
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The city of Charlotte, which is trying to protect its diminishing tree canopy, worries that a new state law designed to give billboards more visibility will result in significant tree loss along interstates and other state highways. City arborist Don McSween says the law, which goes into effect March 1, will result in trees cut down along Interstates 77 and 85, and the Brookshire Freeway near Beatties Ford Road, among other places.

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More forest land for projects after PM intervention

Hindustan Times
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has agreed to divert additional 25% forest land that was earlier categorised as no-go area for setting up projects concerning infrastructure ministries such as power, road and coal. This is after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stepped in and pushed the ministry to fast-track project clearances. Government sources said the move has come as a huge relief for the industry, as around 30-50 projects will now be taken up for consideration. It will also provide access to some of India’s best sites for natural resources deep inside forests in tribal areas. “We are working on the finer print,” an official said.

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