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Daily Archives: July 6, 2012

Business & Politics

Canada-Japan take first step to full-fledged free trade negotiations

Canadian Press
July 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada and Japan are taking initial step toward free trade negotiations with the first formal meeting of senior officials since the March declaration the two countries intended to seek closer economic relations. …Ottawa has identified key sectors it believes could benefit from a free trade deal with Japan, including agriculture, food and beverages, information and communications technology, aerospace and defence, environmental industries and clean technology, energy, mining and forestry, and life sciences.

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Raw log exports have Canadians at loggerheads

By Chadwick Wasilenkoff
Vancouver Sun
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Does the export of raw logs to China hurt or help British Columbia’s economy?  NDP leader Adrian Dix is rallying for export tariffs on logs, which would put a hard stop on the export of raw logs from B.C. that are being shipped and processed in China instead of here. …According to the B.C. Liberal party website, about 2,000 loggers and sawmill workers are employed today because of log exports. With forest product exports exceeding $9.9 billion in 2011, ensuring free trade with the Asia-Pacific markets is crucial to the fiscal health of our region.

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Terrace Bay Mill returning to operation after purchase agreement

Sault Star
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Terrace Bay Mill in Northwestern Ontario is returning to operation, supporting more than 1,900 jobs across the province. Aditya Birla Group has agreed to purchase the assets of the idled mill, subject to court approval, and plans to invest more than $250 million to convert the facility to dissolve wood pulp for rayon fibre.

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Tembec announces summer shutdowns

Lesprom Network
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec has announced the following summer closures for its Quebec mills: Senneterre will be closed for two weeks beginning July 16 and reopening July 30. La Sarre will be closed for three weeks beginning July 2 and reopening July 23. Bearn will be closed for two weeks commencing July 23 and reopening August 6, as Random Lengths reported. In Ontario, Tembec’s Cochrane mill will be closed for two weeks beginning July 30 and reopening August 13. Kapuskasing will be closed beginning July 6 and reopening July 16. Hearst will be closed for six days beginning July 30 and reopening August 7.

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Longview Fibre announces resignation of its CFO

The Columbian
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LONGVIEW — Longview-based Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc. on Thursday announced the resignation of Heidi Pozzok, chief financial officer, who stepped down June 30 to pursue other opportunities. “We thank Heidi for her contribution to Longview’s successful turnaround during her five-year tenure as our CFO. We appreciate the strong financial team that she helped to build here at Longview and we wish Heidi all the best in her future pursuits,” Randy Nebel, president of the company, said in a written statement

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Buckeye Florida Mill Back in Full Operation

MFRTech (press release)
July 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–Buckeye Technologies Inc. today announced that its Florida wood cellulose manufacturing facility has returned to full operation. Both of the plant’s paper machines were damaged when a steam drum failure occurred on June 17. The specialty pulp line returned to production on June 23; the fluff pulp line began its start-up on July 4, as previously targeted and communicated in the Company’s June 25 press release.

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Aditya Birla to buy Terrace Bay Pulp Mill

Financial Express
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Delhi: Aditya Birla group today said it is acquiring Terrace Bay Pulp Inc, a North American paper grade pulp company, for USD 110 million (over Rs 600 crore) and would make a further investment of over USD 250 million (about Rs 1,400 crore) on this company in a phased manner. This would be the group’s sixth acquisition in about six months and 28th overall. The group’s Grasim Industries would acquire 40 per cent stake in a special entity created for this acquisition, while the remainder would be held by Thai Rayon Public Company Ltd.

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An Industry First: Asia Pulp & Paper Mills Achieve SVLK Certification, Indonesia’s New World-Class Legality Verification Standard

Press Release by Asia Pulp & Paper Group
Financial Post
July 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper Group today announced that three of its mills have secured SVLK certification, marking the first pulp and paper mills in Indonesia to achieve certification under the country’s new Wood Legality Verification System. The certifications were granted in a ceremony hosted by Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry in Jakarta today. Enacted in 2009 by the Indonesian government, the SVLK system creates a rigorous chain of custody process designed to ensure that mills only receive and process timber from legal sources and that all products exported from the country are traceable to verifiable points of origin.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood First program gets $2.3 million investment to broaden use of B.C. wood products

Journal of Commerce
July 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than $2.3 million is being invested this year in the Wood First! Program, an initiative to promote the use of British Columbia wood products in commercial, government and mid-rise buildings. According to the 2012-2013 Wood First Investment Strategy, funding will go towards growing the culture of working with wood in British Columbia, maximize wood use in public and private projects, and strengthen capacity for production of high-quality wood based products and building systems.

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Wood First Initiative Benefits Northern BC from HQ Prince George
Press Release from BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

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Forestry

Job Posting – Truck Loggers Association Executive Director

Truck Loggers Association
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Truck Loggers Association—official voice of independent forest contractors in Coast BC—is conducting a search for an Executive Director. Reporting to the President and the Board of Directors the Executive Director provides the strategic vision, planning, and operational leadership to ensure the Association’s membership interests are promoted as a key stakeholder in the growth and development of the coastal forest industry.

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Campbell River audit finds compliance problems with timber sales program

BC Forest Practices Board
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) Strait of Georgia Business Area has found several instances of non-compliance with provincial forestry legislation by timber sale licence holders and BCTS operating within the Campbell River area. Only one of 24 timber sale licensees had no problems noted with its operations. “While the auditors did not find evidence of significant environmental harm at the time, these practices increase the risk of damage to resources and the environment occurring,” said board chair Al Gorley.

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WorkSafeBC expands wood dust cleanup

by Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has expanded an order to clean up wood dust that is an explosive hazard to include panel and wood pellet plants. The order released today also includes pulp and paper mills. The workplace safety agency already ordered the cleanup of sawmills in April after two deadly explosions in northern B.C. earlier this year killed four workers and injured dozens. “Wood processing and paper product operations have been selected because of their high risk of combustible dust explosion due to large amounts of dust produced or handled in these facilities,” Betty Pirs, vice-president of prevention services, said in a news release.

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What’s the value of an old growth forest?

July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To understand the logging protest of the lower slopes on Mount Elphinstone, one needs to use eagle vision that looks at things from altitude with a bigger perspective. …Come out walking with Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) on Sundays and you will experience the living temple of the forest, creating all the air that you breathe. It is the life force of the planet in you. And what is the monetary value of this piece of old growth forest? Upset price by BCTS was put at less than $4 per cubic metre in 2010, in other words, $40,000. There is something seriously wrong with an economic system and government that would trade ancient rainforest for the price of one new truck.

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Roberts Creek forest threatened

By Roberts Creek Community Association
Coast Reporter
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The following letter was sent to Norman Kempe, planning forester; Tom Jensen, assistant deputy minister, Forests Lands and Natural Resources; and Don Hudson, timber sales manager, and copied to Coast Reporter. It has come to our attention that you are planning to put to tender BC Timber Sales Cutblock A84612 (DK045) this summer. As the organization of community members elected to represent Roberts Creek and its people, we want a moratorium on the sale and logging of this area. The cutblock is located between two wildlife habitat areas established to protect the marbled murrelet seabird, which nests only in old-growth forests.

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Foresters cited for violations

Canadian Press
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An audit by B.C.’s forestry watchdog has found that 23 of 24 timber-sales licence holders it investigated failed to comply with provincial legislation. Auditors from the Forest Practices Board discovered instances where fish habitat was not being adequately protected because of sediment introduced into streams. The board says some B.C. Timber Sales licence holders failed to maintain the natural drainage patterns of several small streams while others did not have an adequate fire suppression system on site during extreme fire hazard conditions.

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B.C. committed to healthy forests

By Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of BC
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Ensuring a sustainable timber supply, with the right mix of tree species, is a top priority for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. …This government has also been investing in forest inventory, despite the challenges in today’s economic climate. As part of being fiscally responsible, inventory efforts are being focused on areas where knowledge is lacking or conditions are changing quickly because of the mountain pine beetle infestation. The ministry is also increasingly taking advantage of innovative and cost-effective tools (such as satellite imagery) to help ensure a reliable forest inventory.

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What’s the value of an old growth forest?

July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To understand the logging protest of the lower slopes on Mount Elphinstone, one needs to use eagle vision that looks at things from altitude with a bigger perspective. …Come out walking with Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) on Sundays and you will experience the living temple of the forest, creating all the air that you breathe. It is the life force of the planet in you. And what is the monetary value of this piece of old growth forest? Upset price by BCTS was put at less than $4 per cubic metre in 2010, in other words, $40,000. There is something seriously wrong with an economic system and government that would trade ancient rainforest for the price of one new truck.

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Forest fires heating up again in North

Sault Star
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Ontario is starting to heat up again and warm weather, dry timber and numerous lightening strikes are increasing the chances of more forest fires. The same forecast is expected to last over the next few days and crews are ready to act on any forest fires reported, the Ministry of Natural Resources reports. Resources across the region are on alert for initial attack for any new fires reported and are continuing suppression efforts on existing fires. On Wednesday, three new fires had been confirmed in the Northeast fire region.

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NS invests $1m in woodlot road access

Chronicle Herald
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is putting more money into encouraging woodlot owners to harvest their lands. The latest announcement sets aside $1 million in assistance to improve road access to woodlots. Eligible landowners can apply for funding to build roads or maintain and upgrade substandard ones on their woodland, the Natural Resources Department said in a news release Thursday. Landowners must have landholdings of at least 20 hectares and no more than 20,000 hectares. They also must “own, occupy or have lease control of the woodlot,” the release said.

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NASA Teams with Forest Service to Highlight Wildfires, Science

FireEngineering.com
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

NASA and the U.S. Forest Service signed a Space Act Agreement that unites the two agencies in raising awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety.
The partnership will highlight areas of common interest in wildfires, forest and plant growth research and materials science. According to a release, the joint effort will be enhanced by the personal interest of astronaut Joe Acaba, a flight engineer currently aboard the International Space Station. 

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Dry Creek Fire north of Laurel 50% contained

KXLF Butte News
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAUREL – The Dry Creek Fire is 50% contained Thursday. Two homes and three outbuildings have been lost in the fire, which was reported Tuesday afternoon outside of Laurel. The Laurel Fire Department reports good progress on fighting the fire, now estimated at 2,000 acres. According to the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started when a homeowner was using a metal grinder in violation of the burn ban. The sparks from the grinder ignited his garage, which quickly spread to grass and timber, fueled by triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds. The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for those conditions earlier in the day.

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OSU appoints new dean for college of forestry

Corvallis Gazette-Times
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Changing society’s perception of an entire industry seems like a near-impossible task. But Thomas Maness, the newly appointed dean of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, says he’s up to the challenge. Maness currently is the head of the forest engineering, resources and management department in the college, a position he has held since he came to OSU in 2009. “I’m very excited to start,” Maness said. He thinks the evolving state of forestry-related affairs in Oregon makes this an opportune time to take on a leadership role. “We’re really changing the profession of forestry. Something we have to work on is foresters earning the public’s trust.”

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Colorado’s perfect firestorm

Conflagrations such as the Waldo Canyon fire may make climate change skeptics easier to convince.
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…No one can say that the Waldo Canyon fire was a direct result of climate change. But fires like it, and the weather conditions that create them, are exactly what climate models are predicting for arid Western landscapes from California to the Rocky Mountains. Colorado this year has been far drier than normal and has seen record-high temperatures. Streams are at something around 10% of their usual flow, and the spread of pine bark beetles has created tons of deadwood. Droughts have been a fact of life in the region for millenniums, but climate change is predicted to make them both more common and more severe.

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Moderating weather helps Western fire crews

Atlanta Journal Constitution
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Firefighters around the West took advantage of moderating conditions to make inroads against wildfires that have destroyed homes, forces residents to evacuate and burned hundreds of thousands of acres of timber and brush. In Colorado, crews expect to fully contain the state’s most destructive wildfire by Friday. Colorado Springs officials lifted evacuation orders for 126 more homes at the 28-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire, which damaged or destroyed nearly 350 homes and killed two people.

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With visions of fires past and present, NJ debates forest management

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The devastation from the forest fires was unlike any in New Jersey since record-keeping began in 1906. …Last week, the state Senate passed a controversial bill that would inventory woodlands and permit cutting trees on public land and selling the wood to pay for the program. The state Department of Environmental Protection would choose a contractor to oversee the effort, plan the logging, and get the best price for the timber. The bill has been referred to an Assembly committee, which is expected to act in September or October. …Conservationists, ecologists, certified foresters, scientists, and politicians agree the woodlands are under attack from fire, insects, disease, invasive plant species, and deer. They don’t agree on how to address the problems. 

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Six homes evacuated near large forest fire in Chadwick

Springfield News-Leader
July 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Six homes have been evacuated because of a large fire that has consumed about 150 acres in the southeast corner of Christian County. Two homes are in immediate danger, officials said about 5:30 p.m. The fire is south of Chadwick — north of Martin Road, south of Christian County UU and east of Missouri 125. Fifty acres are still burning, fire officials said. The fire is about 25 percent contained, said Sparta Fire Chief Brian Loula.

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One dead in timber-harvesting accident

Morning Sentinel
July 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

JACKMAN — A heavy-equipment mechanic from Canada was killed Wednesday in a timber-harvesting accident in the northern Somerset County town, police said Thursday. Bruno Cloutier, 46, of St. Zacharie, Quebec, was pinned between a timber harvester and a service truck as the harvester was being moved Wednesday about 11:50 a.m., Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department said in a release.

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