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Daily Archives: June 26, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Mount Vernon’s Booshoot: growing bamboo for the loo

Mount Vernon-based Booshoot recently landed a deal with Kimberly-Clark to work on developing a mass-market toilet paper using 20 percent bamboo fiber.
Seattle Times
June 25, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

MOUNT VERNON — Jackie Heinricher, Booshoot’s founder and CEO, took a deep breath as she walked into a greenhouse full of hundreds of bamboo plants.  The fast-growing bamboo plants pump out more oxygen than trees do, and this concentrated atmosphere makes people smile, she said, so “when this is full, we bring clients in here.” …Kimberly-Clark recently announced an agreement to work with Mount Vernon-based Booshoot to develop a mass-market toilet paper using 20 percent bamboo fiber.

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Business & Politics

Millar Western Appoints New Officers

Canada News Wire press release
June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. (“Millar Western”) today announced two executive appointments. Both appointments take effect July 1, 2012, and both are made to replace retiring officers of the company.

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Catalyst Paper restructures debt

Vancouver Sun
June 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper creditors voted 99 per cent in favour of a plan to restructure the company’s debt Monday, ending months of uncertainty for the 7,000 people in communities whose jobs depend on the coastal papermaker. “We are pleased to announce the outcome was fantastic,” Catalyst president Kevin Clarke said in an interview shortly after the vote was tabulated. Catalyst has been in court-ordered creditor protection since Jan. 31. Attempts by the company to get its secured and unsecured creditors to agree on an exit plan had been unsuccessful until Monday’s vote; the second time creditors have voted on Catalyst’s future.

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‘Seniors’ moment’ pays off for Catalyst

By Les Leyne
Victoria Times Colonist
June 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s something compelling from a generational perspective about the latest chapter in Catalyst Paper’s bid to carry on as an industrial force in B.C. A determined bunch of pensioners with shrewd lawyers played an important role in getting the company’s restructuring plan approved Monday, the second time around. …But the hedge funds holding some of Catalyst’s debt tried to block [the restructuring plan], just to squeeze a few more cents on the dollar out of the process. …Except the pensioners decided to fight back. They are retired salaried staff of all the predecessors that have owned Catalyst properties in years gone by – MacMillan Bloedel, Fletcher Challenge, B.C. Forest Products, et al. Those names have faded into history. But the pensioners sure haven’t.

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Methane levels force closure of planer mill

Tests detect gas at site of deadly April explosion
Canadian Press
June 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

High levels of methane gas have shut down a Prince George planer mill at the site of an explosion that killed two workers and injured two dozen others in April. Lakeland Mills spokesman Greg Stewart said Friday that company soil tests detected the methane and prompted a shutdown of the recently reopened planer mill and closure of the mill energy system, which provides heat to some area businesses.

Also
Methane detected at Lakeland Mills Site prompts planer shut down from The PG Free Press
High Methane gas levels shut down B.C. milllon site where blast killed two From the Globe and Mail

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Canfor sues province over forest fire response

Business in Vancouver
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) is suing the province over what it alleges was a negligent and inadequate firefighting response to a 2010 wildfire near Vanderhoof. A statement of claim filed June 15 in BC Supreme Court claims that the fire occurred on June 18, 2010, approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. … However, it alleges that those efforts didn’t extinguish the fire. It further alleges that, the following morning, the ministry didn’t take “any or, alternatively adequate” steps to control and suppress the fire.

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Skilled trades crunch expected at Corner Brook mill

CBC News
June 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two groups of skilled trades workers who rejected a Kruger Inc. final offer are warning of further shortages at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, as the company prepares for another round of cost-cutting. Most unionized workers at the newsprint mill accepted an offer from Montreal-based Kruger Inc. that incorporates unspecified wage cuts. Kruger says the cuts are unfortunate but necessary as it continues to evaluate if the mill can be saved.

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Marshall open to Corner Brook mill financing

CBC News
June 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

Finance Minister Tom Marshall says Newfoundland and Labrador is willing to support the struggling Kruger newsprint mill in Corner Brook with some sort of financing, even thought direct subsidies have been ruled out. …”There are different ways that we can offer support to the mill,” he told CBC News. “It can be a loan, it could be cash, it could guarantees but you know that we’ve made it clear we are not going fund operational losses.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Newsprint sales keep dropping

By Robert Gibbens
Monrtreal Gazette
June 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Newsprint shipments continued their drastic fall in May and Canadian mills that have been exporting 40 per cent or more of their output to Asia and Latin America ran into tough competition from European producers because of the euro’s decline and the high Canadian dollar. Total shipments were down 10.9 per cent year-to-year and 9.4 per cent in the first five months of this year.

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Paper, Print and the Environment

MarketWatch (press release)
June 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES  — Print on paper isn’t depleting our forests, overwhelming our landfills, or causing global warming. In fact, just the opposite is true–and companies calling for less print or a no-print day, such as Toshiba’s recently abandoned campaign, don’t take into account that paper, and print on paper, is a renewable and recyclable resource. …As Dr. Patrick Moore, Co-Founder, Greenpeace…said: “To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees and to produce more wood. That means we can then use less concrete, steel and plastic …. Trees are the only abundant, biodegradable and renewable global resource.”

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Green Building’s Growing Pains

The Atlantic Cities
June 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

While LEED remains the dominant tool and marquee brand to certify a building’s green design, some niche building-design rating systems are emerging to address perceived shortcomings in LEED. …With so many choices now, the growing legion of green building evaluation mechanisms is leading to some confusion among green developers, owners, and consultants about whether some of the standards overlap and which third-party program to prioritize. …Congress’s decision to limit LEED occurred for two main reasons, according to industry and political observers. …But the secondary reason was much more surprising: Congress became a battleground in the so-called wood wars.

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Changes are on the horizon for federal policy on green building

Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon
June 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

On May 8, the House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee’s subcommittee on investigations and oversight held a hearing titled “The Science Behind Green Building Rating Systems.” The subcommittee heard testimony from a number of organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council, the Green Building Initiative and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. …The subcommittee’s decision to call the hearing in the first place is important for two crucial reasons. First, whether driven by lawsuits, the floundering economy or something else, Congress is focused on implementing a green-building policy at the federal level.

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Pushing the green concrete envelope

International Water Power and Dam Construction
June 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Scientists believe they have made a revolutionary breakthrough in the development of a new cement which not only has green credentials but, Blue World Crete believes, will give Portland cement a run for its money. Scientists at Blue World Crete have announced new discoveries in green building materials technology. The first of these is a hybrid of geo-polymer and nano-ceramic cement which, the company claims, looks set to be a complete low carbon footprint alternative to Portland cement.

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Forestry

Forest industry is fragile, group of MLAs told

Canadian Press
June 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The message is virtually the same in every British Columbia community where an all-party government meets – we’re hurting, don’t hurt us any more. Forest companies stress that timber supplies impact their bottom lines and communities remind the politicians that forestry feeds their Main Streets, committee deputy chairman Norm Macdonald said Friday. Macdonald, the Opposition New Democrat’s forestry critic, said after visits to Valemount and McBride on Friday, the seven committee members, who have until Aug. 15 to provide a report to Forests Minister Steve Thomson, are deeply aware of the needs of the industry and communities.

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Province to ease logging restrictions in Fraser region

By Larry Pynn – After a request by the timber industry, sections of scenic Crown lands subject to no, or restricted, harvesting will lose protection
Vancouver Sun
June 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government plans to relax logging restrictions on about 9,500 hectares of Crown land, including the well-loved getaway of Harrison Lake. Areas slated for reduced protection within the Fraser timber supply area include upper Stave Lake and Chehalis Lake, as well as upper Harrison Lake. They had been partly protected previously because of their natural beauty. The planned changes result from an industry-requested review of Crown lands managed under “visual quality objectives” of the Forest and Range Practices Act.

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B.C. warned not to touch reserves for short-term supply

By Gordon Hamilton – Province pitches extension of plan to open logging in areas previously off limits
Vancouver Sun
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When a special committee of the provincial legislature came to the Interior town of Valemount last week seeking views on how to maintain timber harvests in forests decimated by the pine beetle, it reopened some old wounds for Valemount Mayor Andru McCracken. … And he is concerned that the province may end up taking even more timber from the Robson Valley to feed beetleaffected mills to the West. …The Association of B.C. Professional Foresters, environmentalists and even the forest industry and the University of B.C. dean of forestry have expressed concerns, specifically over the second look at forest lands that are set aside for ecological reasons.

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New beetle the next enemy in efforts to keep Alberta Dutch elm disease-free

Edmonton Journal
June 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – In a city full of elm trees, the tiny banded elm bark beetle is unwelcome. At three to four millimetres long, the beetle is a potential tree killer. In large numbers, they can seriously weaken elms. …Edmonton, and Alberta as a whole, have managed to maintain the largest population of Dutch elm disease-free trees in the world. So nobody was happy last summer when city insect traps captured banded elm bark beetles for the first time — one in southwest Edmonton and another in Stony Plain.

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New tenures promote bioenergy, cut back on wasted wood

BC government press release
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today regulatory changes that provide access to logging slash and wood waste fibre needed by bioenergy producers and manufacturers of wood pellets and other bio-products. Amendments to regulations under the Forest Act, the Forest and Range Practices Act, and the Wildfire Act will bring into effect a residual forestry licence to cut, as well as a fibre supply licence to cut, for wood biomass.

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Irving continues to harvest Crown land despite ban

Halt order doesn’t apply to J.D. Irving Limited, says spokesman
CBC News
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s biggest forestry company says the provincial government’s ban on harvesting pulpwood on Crown land does not apply to its operations. J.D. Irving Limited is still harvesting Crown pulp, company spokesperson Robert Fawcett confirmed on Monday. But he says Irving has permission from the minister of Natural Resources. “We are in full compliance with the correspondence we have received from the minister’s office,” Fawcett said. …On June 12, Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup announced he had issued a halt order for cutting pulpwood and whole tree chipping on Crown land.

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Court: Can EPA regulate mud from logging roads?

Associated Press
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The timber industry is hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will maintain business as usual on controlling muddy water running off logging roads into salmon streams.  The high court decided Monday to take up a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that federal regulators should treat stormwater on industrial timberlands the same as pollution discharged from a factory, changing the longstanding practice that treats it like water coming off farm fields. …Tom Partin, president of the American Forest Resource Council, said increased regulation would cost money and offer conservation groups new opportunities for blocking logging without producing any cleaner water.

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Forest Owners Applaud Supreme Court Decision to Review Forest Roads Case

MarketWatch (press release)
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The National Alliance of Forest Owners responded enthusiastically to news that the U.S. Supreme Court will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling in NEDC v. Brown. The Ninth Circuit ruled last year that forest roads are “point sources” of water pollution requiring industrial discharge permits typically applied to factories and sewage plants, a decision that overturns EPA’s 35 years of successful regulation of forest roads under the Clean Water Act.

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Antelope Fire north of Whitehall keeps burning

KPAX-TV
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITEHALL- The Antelope Fire, burning near Whitehall in the Bull Mountains, has spread to 682 acres Monday morning. The fire is expected to become more active with today’s weather, especially in the mid-afternoon, according to public information officer John Hagengruber of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Hagengruber expects the fire to remain highly active until Tuesday.

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As wildfires roar across west, climate change, forest health debate heats up

RealVail
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fears that Colorado’s snow-starved winter would fuel one of the worst wildfire seasons in history have been realized as the High Park Fire has grown into the state’s second-biggest on record while home-wrecking fires that popped up in Estes Park, Colorado Springs and elsewhere bring the total to at least nine. Waves of evacuations have plagued subdivisions north of Fort Collins since the High Park Fire began burning June 9, destroying nearly 200 homes. But while crews gained ground Saturday, fires erupted in Estes Park, where 21 homes were lost, and Colorado Springs, where residents scrambled to safety beneath dark, menacing skies.

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Fighting Western wildfires: Does Forest Service have enough air power? (+video)

With huge wildfires scorching the West, the US Forest Service chief says the aging and depleted fleet of air tankers is just one part of the firefighting mix. But he has secured extra aircraft for the season.
Christian Science Monitor
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As large fires scorch vast tracts of land from Alaska to Colorado and Arkansas, the debate over the nation’s fire-fighting preparedness is also heating up. …But those numbers don’t tell the whole story – and they are too little, too late, says former wildland firefighter Bill Gabbert, founder of WildfireToday.com, a fire news blog. He points to numerous fatal crashes, two this year, attributable in part to aircraft age and metal fatigue. “Eight of the nine planes in the core fleet today date back to the Korean War era,” he points out, adding, “We are in a crisis.”

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Tree pest ID’d in 40 areas of US forest in W.Va.

The Republic
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELKINS, W.Va. — Scientists with the U.S. Forest Service have identified 40 sites in the Monongahela National Forest as treatment areas for combating the spread of a non-native insect that has been devastating hemlock trees in the East for more than half-a-century. The woolly adelgid was first reported in the United States near Richmond, Va., in 1951. Since then, the tiny pest had established itself in 16 states.

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BLM says Dump Fire 80 percent contained

Daily Herald
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The massive wildfire that ravaged the hills above Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain last week was 100 percent contained by about 5 p.m. Monday. According to Jason Curry, a spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, authorities also reduced the estimated number of burned acres to 5,507, down from the more than 6,000 acres previously reported.

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Federal judge: Forest Service can improve wilderness area

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has decided against a local group that claimed the U.S. Forest Service could not make rules that improve a wilderness study area. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ruled against Citizens for Balanced Use, which claimed the Gallatin National Forest could not restrict snowmobile use in the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn wilderness study area.

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6 arrested in Oregon Capitol protest over logging

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. — Six people have been arrested in a demonstration at the Oregon state Capitol. Two of the demonstrators climbed flag poles Monday and attached homemade banners protesting plans to increase logging on state land. The others were arrested more than three hours after they chained themselves together Monday in the offices of Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Several dozen other demonstrators remained in the building throughout the day, singing songs that echoed through the building.

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Wildfire in Croatan National Forest now 80 percent under control

Associated Press
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW BERN, N.C. — Firefighters in eastern North Carolina are closer to getting a wildfire in the Croatan National Forest under control. Authorities said Monday morning the fire that has been burning for more than a week is now 80 percent under control after burning more than 21,000 acres near New Bern.

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Georgia task force combats timber thefts

The Augusta Chronicle
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Georgia lags other states in its ability to track and investigate timber thefts, according to the Georgia Forestry Association, which has created a task force to explore the problem. “Most people probably don’t even report timber theft, especially if a long period of time has gone by,” said Steve McWilliams, the nonprofit trade group’s president. “It is also very difficult to prosecute.” …The task force hopes to work with law enforcement, state forestry commission leaders and – eventually – the General Assembly to forge better solutions.

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Upper House spotlight on forestry bailout

ABC News, Australia
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Upper House will be asked today to support the Opposition’s push to block a multi-million dollar budget allocation for Forestry Tasmania. Legislative Councillors will debate the budget, which includes an initial payment of $35 million for the ailing state-owned company. Several Upper House MPs have told the ABC they are angry the strategic review of Forestry Tasmania is being kept secret. The Opposition will move an amendment to block the payment until the Government explains what it is for.

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Forestry ‘can offer benefits to Scottish economy’

KMS Baltics
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The chief executive of sustainable forestry organisation Confor, Stuart Goodall, has pointed out that increased forestry investment can offer many benefits to the Scottish economy. Mr Goodall was responding to a report presented by Woodland Expansion Advisory Group chairman Dr Andrew Barbour that revealed planting 100,000 hectares of woodland before 2022 will be a positive move for Scotland. However, it also stressed that serious changes will be needed to the application process in order to streamline the planting system.

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Tropical forest carbon stores overestimated, UofT researchers find

UoT Faculty of Forestry blog
June 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The tropical forests of the world store about half of the earth’s terrestrial carbon, most of which is locked up in the wood of huge, living trees. …Until now, studies have tended to assume that half the dry weight of a tree is composed of carbon. This means a tree weighing two metric tonnes was expected to store one metric tonne of carbon, but Martin and Thomas discovered that not all trees store that much. After chemically analyzing wood from 59 Panamanian tree species, Martin and Thomas concluded that global tropical forest carbon stocks and fluxes are often overestimated by 4 to 7 per cent.

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‘Forestry is not the only debris source’

Gisborne Herald
June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY leaders are tired of being labelled as the major culprit for hill country erosion and say other land uses and extreme weather events have played a part. Despite the finger-pointing, Juken New Zealand forests general manager Sheldon Drummond believes the debate is one worth having and the industry is always looking at ways to improve practices. “There is no doubt that forestry, like all land uses, needs to foster continuous improvement practice to minimise such effects,” he said.

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EC may take Czechs to court over bark beetle-hit trees

June 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Union’s executive arm has asked the Czech Republic to stop felling spruce trees in the Šumava National Park infested with bark beetles and may ask a court to issue a preliminary injunction to ban it, the Czech state news agency ?TK reported Monday. Joe Hennon, a spokesman for EU Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik, told the news agency the European Commission had sent a letter to the Czech government in mid June outlining its concerns but has yet to receive an answer.

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EC may take Czechs to court over bark beetle-hit trees

June 26, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The European Union’s executive arm has asked the Czech Republic to stop felling spruce trees in the Šumava National Park infested with bark beetles and may ask a court to issue a preliminary injunction to ban it, the Czech state news agency ?TK reported Monday. Joe Hennon, a spokesman for EU Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik, told the news agency the European Commission had sent a letter to the Czech government in mid June outlining its concerns but has yet to receive an answer.

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