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Daily Archives: July 5, 2012

Business & Politics

Western Forest Products carves coastal niche

Business in Vancouver
July 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture was looking to replace masts from a 400-year-old tall ship damaged in last year’s tsunami, the local government turned to coastal B.C.’s Western Forest Products. The company’s donation of coastal logs to repair the Japanese tourist attraction was not only an example of corporate goodwill but also underlined WFP’s focus on specialty wood products and Asian alliances to move from the shadow of creditor protection to the light of positive cash flow. Under tough global market conditions, including the freefall of the U.S. housing market, the company has posted 10 straight quarters of positive pre-tax earnings.

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Timber talk may spark war of the woods, industry fears

July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A government committee looking into ways to increase dwindling timber supply to Interior forests decimated by the pine-beetle epidemic is short-sighted, short on time and may be a short fuse to igniting another “war of the woods,” say industry observers. …Bob Simpson, independent MLA for Cariboo North and former NDP forestry critic, is more succinct.  “If we get any kind of buzz that we’re undermining our sustainable forest management, then this industry can go to hell in a hand-basket awfully fast,” he said.

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Haida-owned company takes ownership of second on-island tree farm license

Prince Rupert Northern View
July 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

June 30 marked a significant achievement for the Haida-owned Taan Forest Limited Partnership as it took ownership of TFL 60 from Western Forest Products. TFL 60 covers more than 130,000 hectares on Graham, Moresby and Louise Islands, and is the largest forest tenure on Haida Gwaii. Taan Forest Limited Partnership, HaiCo’s forestry company, also holds other forest tenure in the Haida Gwaii Timber Supply Area. The two tenures have a combined allowable annual harvest of more than 440,000 cubic metres

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B.C. sawmills failed to clean up after deadly explosions

by Gordon Hoekstra – At least 11 sites in the Interior still had hazardous dust levels following fatal explosions
Vancouver Sun
July 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At least 11 B.C. Interior sawmills had hazardous levels of wood dust a week after WorkSafeBC issued cleanup orders following two deadly explosions in early 2012.  The provincial safety agency issued new rules for managing wood dust and ordered sawmills across the province to clean up the day after an explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills in Prince George on April 23 killed two workers and injured two dozen. It was the second fatal sawmill explosion this year in northern B.C. The first, at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake on Jan. 20, killed two workers and injured 19.

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Haida buy tree farm licence from Western Forest Products

Business in Vancouver
July 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Richmond-based Western Forest Products Inc. has sold one of its tree farm licences on Haida Gwaii to Haida business group Haida Enterprises Corp. for $12.2 million. The sale includes 130,000 hectares of timber and associated infrastructure in TFL 60. The tree farm licence is the largest forest tenure on Haida Gwaii and ranges over three islands – Graham, Moresby and Louise. Taan Forest Limited Partnership, which is owned by Haida Enterprises (HaiCo), also holds forest tenures in the Haida Gwaii timber supply area. The two tenures have a combined annual allowable harvest of more than 440,000 cubic metres.

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The B.C. forest industry: a bright future

by John Allan, COFI
Business in Vancouver
July 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The economic future of the B.C. forest industry holds great promise. Industry is cost competitive, produces green sustainable products, generates thousands of well-paying jobs and has a great story to tell about the role of wood in society. Market expansion and diversification in Asia has been successful, and new high-tech solid wood and bio-economy products are emerging. Housing starts in the U.S. are starting to creep up, as are lumber prices. As The Economist put it recently, there is a “new world order” in the B.C. forest industry.

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Nearly out of the woods

Canadian forest industry plans to add jobs and additional $20 billion in revenue by 2020
Business in Vancouver
July 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada has lost 100,000 forestry sector jobs over the last decade, thanks to a depressed housing market in the U.S., pressure from environmentalists to change its harvesting practices, declining demand for paper and, more recently, the European financial crisis. …Catherine Cobden, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, says there is reason for optimism, however.

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Logging Fundamentals Training

WFP and its Contractors need Loggers!  
Western Forest Products
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the objective of preparing people for entry into the logging industry, Western has developed a comprehensive training program which will focus on worker safety and the core skills necessary for entry into this demanding occupation. Beginning in the Fall of 2012, Western will run a seven week pilot project to test this innovative program at the Company’s Englewood Forest Operation in Woss, BC.

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Timber talk may spark war of the woods, industry fears

July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A government committee looking into ways to increase dwindling timber supply to Interior forests decimated by the pine-beetle epidemic is short-sighted, short on time and may be a short fuse to igniting another “war of the woods,” say industry observers. …Bob Simpson, independent MLA for Cariboo North and former NDP forestry critic, is more succinct.  “If we get any kind of buzz that we’re undermining our sustainable forest management, then this industry can go to hell in a hand-basket awfully fast,” he said.

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Terrace Bay Pulp sold for $300 million

Net News Ledger
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Terrace Bay Pulp has been purchased by the Aditya Birla Group company Grasim Industries. The reported price is $300 million. The company, which has been closed for the past two months has access to 285,000 tonnes of paper grade pulp capacity. A report from India states that the pulp mill will be converted into rayon grade pulp to be used by Grasim for its viscose staple fibre operations. Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle is slated to make an announcement today on the changes at the mill.

Also
Grasim acquires Canada’s Terrace Bay Pulp for $300 million from the India Times

Press Release from the Ontario Government

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Former Bowater workers courted

Chronicle Herald
July 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BRIDGEWATER — Former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. workers are being courted this week by some major employers, which Premier Darrell Dexter said is a testament to their skills and work ethic. Northern Pulp Nova Scotia of Abercrombie Point, Pictou County, and J.D. Irving Ltd. of New Brunswick held job fairs in Liverpool this week hoping to recruit some of the more than 300 Bowater employees who immediately lost their jobs when the mill closed less than a month ago. An estimated 2,000 jobs are indirectly linked to the Bowater mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Local timber building innovators in spotlight at world event

Scoop Independent News
July 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australasia’s role as world leaders in timber engineering will come to the fore this month, as a host of researchers from a local research consortium take to the stage at a significant international gathering. The largest event in timber engineering with a worldwide reach, The World Conference on Timber Engineering will be held in Auckland for the first time from July 16-19. The conference will bring together more than 500 engineers, architects and researchers from 36 countries, providing the opportunity to learn about the latest developments, and inspiration to use timber in a wider range of structures.

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Forestry

The unforeseen consequences

Letter by Judy Stratton
Prince George Citizen
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In all the numerous articles in local papers and ads for the public hearings now taking place, the question always asked is how can timber supply in BC’s central interior be increased?… The Liberal Party’s forest management policies of reckless abandonment over the last decade has brought us to no timber inventories, few replanting/restocking requirements, doubling and tripling of the sustainable harvest and underfunding/gutting the Forests Ministry.

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John Rafferty – An update on the forestry industry in Canada and Ontario

Net Newsledger
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Leaders Ledger – This week I would like to offer up an update on the forestry industry in Canada and Ontario. Unfortunately, new data shows that in 2011 employment in the forestry sector in both jurisdictions declined for the sixth consecutive year under the “leadership” of the Harper government. According to Natural Resources Canada, the number of people employed in the forestry sector in Canada has declined each year from 2005 to 2011.

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Urban forest feels the burn in Toronto heat wave

Toronto Sun
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s tough being a tree in Toronto. Many trees in the downtown core are in too-small concrete planters, have to fend off insects and drink whatever little water falls nearby. The latest heat wave and dry spell have been making life even more difficult for the city’s urban forestry. “We’re not at that critical point, but climate change has a significant impact on tree health, so you’ve got climate change, you’ve got invasive insects like (Emerald Ash Borer) and gypsy moth, Asian longhorn beetle, that all have an interest in our urban tree canopy,” said Jason Doyle, director of the City of Toronto’s urban forestry department. “Those interests conflic

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$1 Million for Woodlot Owners to Access Land

Nova Scotia Government
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is making $1 million available so private woodlot owners, including those in Queens County and the South Shore, can access more of their forest land. The provincial fund is helping woodlot owners build and maintain woodlot roads. “Woodlot owners want to improve access to their woodlands in order to manage, harvest, and protect them,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “This initiative advances the province’s natural resources strategy by engaging and helping small, private landowners to improve the management of their forested lands.”

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Dixie National Forest Wildfire Threatens Utah Homes, More Fires Burn Across Western U.S.

Associated Press
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Parts of Colorado celebrated Independence Day sans fireworks with some communities banning the holiday displays to guard against the further spread of wildfire across the region. Though rain cooled Colorado’s blazes Wednesday, more than a dozen wildfires elsewhere in the West chewed through bone-dry timber and brush. Wildfires in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado sent haze and smoke across Colorado’s Front Range, prompting air-quality health advisories as firefighters warned of growing fires in sparsely populated areas.

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Super fires’ like in Colo. nearly inevitable in NorCal

Red Bluff Daily News
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO Intense and deeply destructive “super fires,” like Colorado’s current Waldo Canyon Fire, which has claimed two lives and burned 350 homes, are almost assured in Northern California’s future, according to a U.S. Forest Service scientist. “Typically we’re seeing an earlier fire season and that fire season is lasting longer,” said Malcolm North, plant ecologist with the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. North works out of the station’s Davis, Calif., office. The culprits, said North, are weather fluctuations and climate change. He said the warmer temperatures and drier winters seen recently in the region are creating ideal conditions for intense and hard to control fires like the Colorado fire.

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Audit clears Forestry Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has been cleared of unsustainable harvesting practices. An investigation was launched after claims the state-owned company had been logging native forest at double the sustainable yield. It has been re-certified for a further three years under the Australian Forestry Standard. It comes just months after it was claimed Professor Jonathan West had found Forestry Tasmania had been logging native forest at double the sustainable yield.

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Government pledges not to sell public forests

The Independent
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Controversial plans to sell off England’s public forest estate were finally abandoned by the Government today, after an expert panel called for the 637,000 acres of woodlands owned by the Forestry Commission to remain in public ownership. …Today, barely minutes after the report was published online, Mrs Spelman announced that she accepted its main recommendation and that the idea of a sell-off, one of the first of the Tories’ ‘Big Society’ policies, had been given up for good. “Our forests will stay in public hands,” she said.

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China Committed to Fully Promote CFCC Certification Standards

The ‘Responsible Procurement in China’s Forest Products (Pulp and Paper), Certification Workshop 2012’ Reiterates the Urgent Need for Responsible Forest Management
Business Wire press release
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SHENZHEN, China, — The Chinese Academy of Forestry hosted the ‘Responsible Procurement in China’s Forest Products, Certification Workshop 2012’ in Shenzhen, China on June 29, along with PEFC China, the DNV Sustainability Center, as well as Green China magazine. At the event, representatives from the State Forestry Administration of China stressed that the nation’s forest certification standard — the China Forest Certification Council – has been established and remains adhered to the highest standards of sustainable forest management, and called on countries worldwide to adopt CFCC-certified products in their national procurement policies.

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India’s Western Ghats rainforest declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mongabay.com
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

India’s Western Ghats, considered one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world, has been dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In total, 39 different sites in the tropical rainforest—home to Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, lion-tailed macaques, and thousands of other species—have made it under the listing.

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Russia orders probe of opposition leader Navalny

Atlanta Journal Constitution
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MOSCOW — Russia’s chief investigator on Thursday ordered a review of a closed probe against prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, raising the pressure on those leading protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Investigative Committee ran a probe into Navalny’s alleged embezzlement of a state-owned timber company in the Kirov region from 2011 to May this year, when the case was closed. Speaking at an annual assembly of investigators from all over the country, Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee, chided the chief investigator for Kirov on Thursday for closing the probe without informing his Moscow bosses.

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Guardian Global Development Liberia’s hasty forest sell-off risks more conflict

More than half of Liberia’s forests have been granted to logging firms, bypassing environmental laws and with few benefits to the people
The Guardian
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More than half of Liberia’s forests have been granted to logging companies according to figures released to the Guardian from Global Witness – and all of the contracts have been issued during Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government. “What we’ve seen over at least the past 18 months is an explosion of logging concessions,” said Jonathan Gant, policy adviser at Global Witness.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Interactive BC Carbon Map: Lessons Learned

The Tyee
July 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Are BC forests a sink or source? Eelgrass a super-sequesterer? What we know and don’t know about our footprint. … B.C.’s share of the northern boreal forest, considered in isolation,
continues to soak up enormous quantities of CO2. But the broad swath of
light gray that appears along the B.C. coast in the map, indicating
ambiguity and uncertainty in the data, is a startling reminder that our
historic forest carbon “sink” may be switching to a net emitter
of greenhouse gases — a testament to wide-ranging changes in
everything from forest decay rates to insect plagues unleashed by warmer
winters.

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NY farmers encouraged to grow willow for fuel

Wall Street Journal
July 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MEXICO, N.Y. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has earmarked $4.3 million to encourage northern New York farmers to grow shrub willows as a renewable energy source. The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry has been researching and developing willow as an energy source for 25 years. Under the USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program, payments are available to farmers to plant up to 3,500 acres of willow in 2013 and 2014. Land preparation will start this year.

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