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Daily Archives: June 20, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Colin Firth’s Green Building Plans Rejected

Contactmusic.com
June 20, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Colin Firth (the King’s Speech) wanted to install a large solar panel at their home in the posh Bedford Park suburb of the British capital … Planning inspector Roger Shrimplin insists the electricity-saving device would be “unduly large” and would harm the historic neighbourhood.

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Business & Politics

Forest industry applauds Pacific trade talks

Canada News Wire press release
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes the government’s acceptance into negotiations to reach a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) aimed at reaching a free trade deal with a group of important markets including Australia, Vietnam and Peru. Canadian forest companies recognize the need to deepen trade relations with these lucrative and growing consumer markets.

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Domtar releases updates to its online tool – The Paper Trail

Canada News Wire press release
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – To bolster its industry-leading transparency tool, Domtar Corporation today announced an expansion of its award-winning site, The Paper Trail (www.domtarpapertrail.com). The move adds more products and an additional mill, among other updates, to help customers learn even more about the environmental and social impacts of Domtar paper.

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Eurocrisis mashes pulp profits

Between fiscal tightening in China and recessionary conditions in Europe, Mercer CFO feels like the economy is hitting bottom
Business in Vancouver
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Number 11 on the Top 100 public companies of B.C., Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq:MERC; TSX:MRI.U) is a Vancouver-based major pulp producer with three state-of-the-art kraft mills.  With combined annual capacity of about 1.5 million tonnes, Mercer operates Celgar near Castlegar and two mills in Germany, each employing about 500 workers.  …Business in Vancouver talked with Mercer CFO David Gandossiabout the state of the industry and the company.

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Catalyst gets court approval to discuss new creditor plan

Alberni Valley Times
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper says it has won court approval for meetings to consider a new creditor plan that could save the insolvent pulp and paper company. Meetings of secured and unsecured creditors will take place June 25 in Richmond. Catalyst asked for another round of meetings on an amended plan of arrangement after the first plan failed to win enough support from lenders and was also rejected by unionized workers at its Crofton mill.

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Workers credited with helping injured colleague at Barriere mill

Kamloops Daily News
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An owner at Gilbert Smith Forest Products credited workers for quickly reacting to help a colleague who hit by a collapsing lumber pile Tuesday. The company and WorksafeBC continue to investigate the industrial accident that send a man to hospital with broken bones in the mid-afternoon. He remains at Royal Inland Hospital in stable condition. Greg Smith said a lumber pile at the cedar mill fell on the worker.

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Barriere worker injured at mill in The Kamloops Daily News

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Government helps keep mill functioning

CKNW
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Mayor of Powell River says the Province has come through in a big way as Catalyst Paper has been given a reprieve from shutting down.. Mayor Dave Formosa says while there are still challenges to face, a Judge has ordered shareholders to again vote on restructuring. Formosa says the Judge made the ruling based on some last minute help from the BC Government, “The Minister of Finance has recommended to Cabinet to do an Order-in-Council to allow the pensioners the ability to not have their funds go into annuity, if they don’t want. They can pull them out and invest them themselves.”

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Dunderdale rules out subsidies for Corner Brook mill

Premier hasn’t specified how the province can help the mill
CBC News
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Subsidies from the provincial government to keep Corner Brook Pulp and Paper operating are not an option, according to Premier Kathy Dunderdale. “I am ruling out operational subsidies,” she said Monday. “We’re not going there, and we’ve been quite clear on that to begin with, but they need to settle the matter that is very particular to them and that is the matter of wages and benefits.” The premier has said the province wants to do what it can to keep the mill open but she didn’t elaborate on exactly what the province might do to help the struggling mill.

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Future would be brighter with forest in public hands

Chronicle Herald
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The closure of Resolute Forest Products is a devastating body blow to hundreds of workers and their families, to the town of Liverpool and to the forest industry in Nova Scotia.  As investors turn their backs on Nova Scotia, the rest of us are left to pick up the pieces. Is it possible that out of these ashes, there may still be a future for forestry in the province?  I say yes, but only if the provincial government acts quickly and decisively to acquire the timberlands of Resolute and integrate them into Nova Scotia’s public forests. …The province should immediately purchase the private forest lands owned by the company to ensure the citizens of Nova Scotia have access to forest-dependent jobs and their community for the long run.

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Premier Announces Staff Resource Support for Communities Impacted by Bowater Closure

Government of Nova Scotia
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Darrell Dexter today, June 20, took another step to support workers, families and small businesses owners on the South Shore by forming a provincial response team. …The team will support transition advisor Ron Smith, who was appointed earlier this week to help communities impacted by the Bowater mill closing, map their future. The provincial team will take options and ideas submitted by Mr. Smith’s transition committee and determine what the province can do to implement them. The province’s response team is also identifying all provincial supports, programs and services that can help impacted families and make them available.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

NDP Skeptical of Wood Innovation Centre

HQ Prince George
June 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province continues to filter through a number of bids for design and construction of the long-awaited Wood Innovation and Design Centre for downtown Prince George. But the NDP’s Forestry critic is still skeptical the project will ever be built. Norm Macdonald says after years of promises to build the project, following last year’s final announcement the building continues to change. “The last annoucnement that I was at the Premier talked about a ten storey building, shortly after that it was clarified that it was likely going to be a six storey building, so, an awful lot of questions,” said Macdonald.

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Forestry

Kaibab National Forest to treat over 17,000 acres with thinning, burning south of Williams

Project could move forward in August pending any appeals
Williams Grand Canyon News
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams has approved a plan to treat more than 17,000 acres on the Williams Ranger District south of the city of Williams through a combination of tree thinning and prescribed burning. The McCracken Project, which is located between three and 12 miles south of the city of Williams, will improve the health and sustainability of the forest by reducing tree densities and fuel loadings.

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Forest Service fighting fires before they start (with video)

KTVB
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO CITY– The Forest Service has been hard at work trying to keep homes protected from future wildfires in Idaho City. Over the past 10 years, Boise National Forest fire crews have done prescribed burns, removed trees and even helped develop a community response plan. It is impossible to keep fires from starting but crews hope their work will keep fires small. “We want to live in the forest but that brings its own inherent dangers with it,” said John Roberts, the Boise County Emergency Management Coordinator.

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The O&C’s New Man At The Scene Of The Crime

By: Jim Petersen, Co-founder and Executive Director, The Evergreen Foundation
Evergreen Magazine
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Tom Tuchman to be his new man at the scene of the crime that is the administration – dare I say the management – of the Oregon and California Railroad Lands, commonly known as “the O&C lands.” …Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is running this silly show, and he seems to find anathema in the Western Oregon Plan Revision, an exhaustive and scientifically sound idea that he took off the table as soon as the Obama Administration took power. He apparently believes it was a gift from the outgoing Bush Administration to its friends in the timber industry. It was not. In fact, what was left of the industry had already gone to court over the proposed harvest level.

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US Forest Service adds four heavy helicopters to support wildfire suppression

USDA Forest Service Press Release
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced the agency is adding four heavy helicopters to the aviation firefighting fleet. “The addition of these helicopters to our aviation fleet will increase our ability to respond quickly and aggressively to fight wildfires and protect lives and property,” said Tidwell. “We will continue to mobilize our firefighting assets when and where they are needed as we respond to a very challenging wildfire season.” The helicopters will be available this summer for large fire support and initial attack to any location in the United States.

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Colo. firefighters make progress on large wildfire

Associated Press
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BELLVUE, Colo. — Firefighters are making progress on a 93-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado that has destroyed more homes than any other in state history, but more residents were warned Tuesday to be ready to leave because of a spot fire that ignited near the main fire. Meanwhile a fire burning on an estimated 250 acres of private land west of Craig was threatening structures and prompted an unknown number of evacuations Tuesday night, Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Boyd said. The larger blaze west of Fort Collins was 55 percent contained after firefighters labored in temperatures in the 90s to extend lines around the fire Monday. Cooler temperatures were expected Wednesday, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms Thursday.

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Forest Service seeks input on prescribed burn

Morganton News Herald
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The National Forests in North Carolina are in the initial stages of collecting public input for a proposed prescribed fire project in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. The project would use prescribed fire and lightning ignited fire in the 11,786 acre wilderness and 4,800 acres of National Forest System land adjacent to the wilderness. Comments are requested by June 23, but comments will be accepted until the time a final decision is made. District Ranger John Crockett of the Grandfather Ranger District said people can comment throughout the duration of the project.

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Virginia Dept. of Forestry relocating to Amherst

Nelson County Times
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Virginia Department of Forestry is consolidating the Nelson, Amherst, and Campbell County offices. Beginning June 26, the Nelson and Campbell county branches of the forestry department will operate out of the Amherst office, combining the three localities. No layoffs or new hires are planned. The move is part of a statewide forestry department initiative. The Amherst office, at 177 East Monitor St., was chosen as the main office for the area because of its central location and because the agency owns the building.

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Aquino warns illegal loggers: Prison awaits you

Business Mirror
June 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PRESIDENT Aquino has ordered concerned Cabinet officials to step up the campaign against illegal loggers to ensure that these criminals are convicted and jailed. At the 25th anniversary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at Malacañang’s Heroes’ Hall, Mr. Aquino said he has been told “there are those who don’t believe that we are really serious in [imposing] the ban on logging” and have continued with their illegal activities with the help of some civil servants. “Since they are challenging us, I accept the challenge.

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A toothless ban

Manila Standard Today
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The joke among some environmentalist groups yesterday was that President Noynoy Aquino’s chances of “reforesting” his own thinning scalp are a lot better than the possibility that his government will succeed in protecting the country’s disappearing tree cover through a total logging ban. For all the tough talk of this administration about stopping the destruction of whatever forests we have left, after all, there seems to be no end to the denudation….The sad fact of the matter is that prices of lumber have fallen to all-time lows these days, when a total logging ban has been in place for more than a year. That’s because there is a glut in the supply of illegally-cut lumber despite—or really because of —the nationwide ban.

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Ta Ann downsizing tests could save trees

ABC News, Australia
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Veneer processor Ta Ann Tasmania is considering overhauling its operations to help the forest peace talks. Ta Ann’s rotary veneer mills process native logs, 20 to 70 centimetres in diameter. But the Resources Minister, Bryan Green, has revealed the company will trial using smaller and lower quality peeler logs. He says a permanent change could free up forests for reservations under the state’s peace talks to reduce native forest logging.

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Govt ‘sitting on’ forestry report

ABC News, Australia
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government says it is not ready to release the second stage of an independent review of Forestry Tasmania. The Premier, Lara Giddings, has confirmed she has received the long-awaited second stage of the review. It will guide how a $110 million budget allocation for the state-owned company will be spent. The Opposition believes the money will be used to shut it down.

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Landsat Sets Standard For Maps Of World’s Forests

RedOrbit
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International


Landsat Sets Standard For Maps Of World’s Forests (via redOrbit)

[ Watch the Video ] NASA’s Earth-observing fleet of satellites provides a worldwide and unbiased view with standardized scientific data — information crucial for tracking the health of the world’s forests. Countries like Brazil are using data from NASA satellites to track and measure their forests…


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Timber giant fears Hancock prices to cost jobs

ABC Online
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australia’s largest timber company says jobs losses will be the end result of an American company’s stranglehold on the timber supply. Carter Holt Harvey says the Hancock Timber Resource Group is charging too much for its logs, making Australian timber uncompetitive on the world market. Hancock is the only supplier of wood to mills in Queensland and Victoria and is trying to acquire all of South Australia’s plantations. Ian Tyson from Carter Holt Harvey says Hancock’s pricing structure will eventually send sawmillers broke.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Eat Less Meat to Tackle Climate Change Says Exeter University

Bude People
June 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

We need to eat less meat and recycle our waste to rebalance the global carbon cycle and reduce our risk of dangerous levels of climate change. New research from the University of Exeter shows that if today’s meat-eating habits continue, the predicted rise in the global population could spell ecological disaster. But changes in our lifestyle and our farming could make space for growing crops for bioenergy and carbon storage.

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