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Daily Archives: August 28, 2012

Froggy Foibles

US Forest Service Scientist Joins NASA Project for Mars Exploration

U.S. Forest Service
August 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Accurately measuring atmospheric gas swirls as they interact with the atmosphere and the ground is a complicated process on this planet — let alone Mars. But this is exactly what U.S. Forest Service scientist Bill Massman will be doing for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The swirls Massman will measure are referred to as turbulent eddies… the mechanism by which energy, momentum, gasses and aerosols are exchanged between the surface and the atmosphere on a completely alien world.

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Forest Razing by Ancient Maya Worsened Droughts, Says Study

The Earth Institute
August 21, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

For six centuries, the ancient Maya flourished, with more than a hundred city-states scattered across what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America. Then, in A.D. 695, the collapse of several cities in present day Guatemala marked the start of the Classic Maya’s slow decline. Prolonged drought is thought to have played a role, but a study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters adds a new twist: The Maya may have made the droughts worse by clearing away forests for cities and crops, making a naturally drying climate drier. 

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper announces new Board of Directors in preparation for exit from creditor protection

Canada Newswire press release
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper today announced that the following individuals have been selected by certain of the senior secured and unsecured noteholders in accordance with the terms of the Court-sanctioned second amended Plan of Arrangement to form the new Board of Directors on the company’s emergence from creditor protection.

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Maine paper mills concerned over Canadian aid plan

Portland Press Herald
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A government financial package aimed at reopening a failed paper mill in Nova Scotia could threaten production and jobs in Maine, officials with the state’s paper industry said. …Maine paper mills are concerned that provincial subsidies would allow the Canadian mill to sell its products at lower prices, thereby putting Maine mills at a competitive disadvantage, said Maine Pulp and Paper Association President John Williams. …‘In a market where we’re already over capacity, it puts more pressure on prices,’’ he said.

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Sawlog prices trended downward worldwide in past 12 months

Pulp and Paper News
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Wood costs have fallen the past year for many sawmills in the major lumber-producing countries worldwide. The Global Sawlog Price Index was US$82.90 per cubic meter in the 2Q/12, which was 11.5% lower than in the 2Q/11, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Sawlog prices have declined the most in Europe the past year.  Softwood sawlog prices continued their slide throughout the world in the
2Q/12, and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was down for the fourth
consecutive quarter to $82.90 per cubic meter, according to the Wood
Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

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Alberta’s forestry sector has a pulse

Troy Media
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON, AB – The impact of the higher Canadian dollar and weak U.S. market on the auto industry is garnering a lot of media attention, but those same forces have, perhaps, wreaked even more havoc on the forestry industry over the past couple of years. Forestry has been adapting, and, thankfully, the news has started to be more positive. …The second quarter of 2012 saw a continued rise in the value of forestry products shipped from Alberta, to $582 million, up nearly 7 per cent from the first quarter and up 5.6 per cent from a year prior. The industry is nearing a post-recession high in output, but is still about 15 per cent below pre-recession values.

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Government fire inspectors ignored Burns Lake mill before deadly explosion

August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire inspections were not held at the Burns Lake mill that exploded and burned earlier this year, killing two workers. The Babine Forest Products Mill, which is on a northern B.C. first nation’s reserve, slipped through regulatory cracks. Federal, provincial and local fire inspection authorities all believed they were not responsible for enforcing fire safety standards at the sawmill. As a result, the mill was not inspected under either the federal or provincial fire safety code for years before the deadly blast on Jan. 20, and possibly never in the mill’s existence.

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Union: In-depth inquiry needed into sawmill fires

Latest fire in Maple Ridge razes sawmill and leaves 50 out of work
News 1130
August 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RUSKIN (NEWS1130) – A sawmill fire in Ruskin is prompting renewed calls for an in-depth inquiry into why BC’s mills are going up in flames. …Steve Hunt with the United Steelworkers Union is frustrated that the safety of employees is overseen by different agencies, like WorkSafe BC and the BC Safety Authority. “It’s been brought to light very recently that they’re not talking to one another or if they are, not very well. In fact, we say it needs to be looked at very seriously so we don’t continue seeing exploding and burning mills,” he says. He thinks by cutting corners, companies are risking employees’ lives.

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Forest company strives for thorough probe of mill explosion

by Greg Stewart
Vancouver Sun
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sinclar Group Forest Products is a family-owned, B.C.-based business that has provided employment for thousands of people during our 50-year history. We consider the people who work for us, some of them for three generations, part of our family. The health, safety and welfare of our employees is, was, and always will be, our No. 1 priority. As president of the company, that is my commitment and my responsibility. So it is with dismay that I read what I consider to be an unfair portrayal of Lakeland Mills. Lakeland Mills has a strong health and safety record.

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Mill owner hopes to rebuild after devastating fire

CTV News
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owners of a Maple Ridge cedar mill that was destroyed by fire Sunday says he wants to rebuild, despite their losses. Waldun Forest Products owner Kirk Nagy said Sunday he wasn’t certain if the family-owned business, located near the Lougheed Highway in Ruskin, would be rebuilt — but on Monday, Nagy announced that he hopes to lease machines at nearby mills and restart production. “As long as the insurance company is fair with us and our bank’s fair with us, we’re going to rebuild,” Nagy said.

Fire Ravages Maple Ridge Cedar Mill from The Province

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Government fire inspectors ignored Burns Lake mill before deadly explosion

August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire inspections were not held at the Burns Lake mill that exploded and burned earlier this year, killing two workers. The Babine Forest Products Mill, which is on a northern B.C. first nation’s reserve, slipped through regulatory cracks. Federal, provincial and local fire inspection authorities all believed they were not responsible for enforcing fire safety standards at the sawmill. As a result, the mill was not inspected under either the federal or provincial fire safety code for years before the deadly blast on Jan. 20, and possibly never in the mill’s existence.

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MHAs meet with former, current mill workers

Western Star
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Finance Minister Tom Marshall was in MHA mode Saturday, keeping the lines of communication open between government and former and current Corner Brook Pulp and Paper employees concerned about the mill’s future. The Tory legislature member for Humber East and Vaughn Granter, the minister’s counterpart from Humber West took some time to meet with retiree and union representatives to update them on the unfolding process of determining the operation’s viability.

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Deltic Timber Corporation Stock Downgraded

TheStreet.com
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Deltic Timber Corporation has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold… Compared to other companies in the Paper & Forest Products industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DELTIC TIMBER CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500

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Poplar Price Gain Prompted By Hardwood Exports, Market Trends

woodworkingnetwork.com
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Poplar prices have risen almost continuously for about 18 months, one of the longest sustained runs in recent memory. While prices ticked up slightly in 2011, the big gains have come in 2012. Since the start of this year, Appalachian 4/4 Poplar prices have climbed 10 to 24%. Today, 4/4 FAS/1F prices are at five-year highs, 4/4 #1 and #2 Common prices are at two-year highs, and some prices are approaching their highest levels in at least 19 years.

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Mary’s River Lumber will rebuild

KXRO
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Following the massive fire at the Mary’s River Lumber Mill over the weekend, Manager Terry Smith says the facility will rebuild. Smith told KXRO that the facility will rebuild the mill immediately following the fire investigation. It is still too early to know how long that investigation will take, but the company is optimistic. Smith commends not only the emergency responders for their quick response and ability to keep the fire contained, but he thanks the Grays Harbor community for the positive support.

Montesano lumber mill destroyed by fire from The Bellingham Herald
Sawmill in Washington State Goes Up in Flames from The 250 News

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OSHA Cites St. Regis, MT, Sawmill for Safety Violations

Woodworking Network
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tricon Timber LLC in St. Regis for 27 serious and repeat safety violations. OSHA opened an inspection upon receiving a complaint alleging that workers had been injured at the sawmill. Proposed penalties total $128,700.

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Official says WA mill hit by fire will rebuild

Sacramento Bee
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MONTESANO, Wash. — An official at a Montesano lumber operation says a saw mill destroyed by fire will be rebuilt. A blaze that began late Saturday at Mary’s River Lumber quickly engulfed the saw mill. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other structures at the site. KXRO Radio reports that Manager Terry Smith says the burned mill will be rebuilt once the fire investigation is complete. It’s not clear how long that will take. No one was injured in the fire. The Mary’s River operation in Montesano employs about 100 people. END

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Georgia-Pacific Hardboard Closing to Cost 141 Jobs

Woodworking Network
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, MN – Georgia-Pacific Corporation said it will permanently close its hardboard plant in Duluth this Thursday, putting up to 141 people out of work. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged to help the displaced workers receive unemployment insurance, retraining and other assistance, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The average age of the workers to be laid off reportedly is 57.

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Striking timber workers rally over log prices

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Hundreds of timber workers are rallying at Mount Gambier after walking off the job for 24 hours in the south-east of South Australia. The dispute is affecting five Carter Holt Harvey sites at Mount Gambier and Nangwarry, involving about 700 employees. Union organiser Brad Coates said the staff want to give a message to Forestry SA that log prices are unsustainably high in the current market.

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Leaked email reveals Forestry Tas split

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A leaked email has revealed the Tasmanian Government’s struggling forestry arm could be split up. The Government commissioned a sweeping review into Forestry Tasmania last year. In a leaked email, senior Forestry Tasmania executive Ken Jeffreys tells staff the review recommended splitting the company, with its non-commercial functions being transferred to the Environment Department. The strongly worded email says Government Ministers had promised the state-owned company would not be divided.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is Direct Mail a Green Marketing Medium After All?

DigitalJournal.com
August 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

… Whether or not global warming is in fact a truth, there has been a recognizable need to conserve our planets resources and reduce energy expenditure. Many corporations set goals of being paperless striving to follow green values but those companies are also unaware of the processes taking place behind the scenes. Printing and paper companies are just aware as everyone else of green initiatives, and rather than being reactive, they long ago put strategies in place to make the EPA smile.

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Structural wood used for new Earth Sciences Building at UBC

Journal of Commerce
August 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two distinctive structural systems support the University of British Columbia’s new Earth Sciences Building (ESB). The new structure consolidates four science departments under one roof and is being touted as North America’s largest panelized wood project to date. The ESB has two five-storey wings connected by a large atrium. Architect Jana Foit, in the Vancouver office of Perkins + Will Canada, said the two kinds of structural systems make it a distinctive project.

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Details on Wood Innovation and Design Centre Soon

Opinion250 News
August 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- It could be just a couple of weeks before there is a solid design for the long promised wood innovation and design centre. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell, has made it clear his wish list for the centre would be a building of 6 to ten storeys in height. It is anticipated the building would see mixed use, with retail offered on the main floor. The Request for Qualifications has closed, and final decisions are soon to be revealed on who will make it to the shortlist of preferred proponents.

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Forestry

Truck Loggers Association Appoints Dwight Yochim New Executive Director

Truck Loggers Association
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Vancouver, BC (August 28, 2012) – The Truck Loggers Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dwight Yochim, RPF as new Executive Director, effective September 1, 2012. “As the coastal logging sector emerges from perhaps the greatest recession in the 70 year history of the TLA, the importance of leadership in the form of a steady hand and a visionary may never have been so important” said Bill Markvoort, President of the TLA. “Although change may be the only constant these days, adapting to change is critical and strong leadership is key. It is therefore fitting that Dwight Yochim – an industry veteran, a hands-on forester and a community leader, should take on the leadership of our association”.

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Pine beetle epidemic is no sign of poor forest management

by Sharon Glover
Vancouver Sun
August 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: B.C. forests would do better with more local control, Letters, Aug. 18 George Delisle highlights his concern regarding who is making the decisions about forest management in B.C., particularly after the mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic.  …The mountain pine beetle epidemic is not a result of mismanaged forests. It is a naturally occurring pest that has attacked B.C.’s forests many times in the past.

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New Fire Fighting Centre Being Built in Valemount

250 News
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Valemount, B.C.- Work will start this week on the $1.2-million firefighting centre in Valemount. The two-storey structure will replace the Wildfire Management Branch’s existing trailer complex on property leased from the Village of Valemount. The 350-square-metre building will house a fire zone office and initial attack base, featuring an operations centre, staff offices, briefing room, workshop and fire crew facilities.

Work to begin on Valemount firefighting centre from the Prince George Citizen

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New app will help fight invasive plants

Alberni Valley Times
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If one day you detect an invasive plant while talking a walk in the Alberni Valley area, you will now be able to report it to the government through a new smartphone app. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations partnered with the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) and Victoria firm Hipwood Digital to develop an application dedicated to stopping invasive plants. The free application is called Report-a-Weed B.C. and is now available for both iPhones and Android phones.

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Province urged to buy back forests

Chronicle Herald
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MILFORD — A public campaign is heating up to convince the Dexter government to buy back thousands of hectares of Bowater Mersey lands to prevent it from falling into the hands of a multinational forest company from outside the province. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to regain control of those forests,” Nicole Oliver, community research co-ordinator with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, said in a weekend interview. The institute, spearheading the campaign, is a non-profit co-operative that promotes biodiversity, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Council won’t endorse buying all Bowater lands from The Queens County Advance

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New fire restrictions coming to Western Montana

KPAX-TV
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- Fire management officials in southwest Montana are instituting Stage 1 fire restrictions as of midnight on Wednesday, August 29th as our stretch of hot and dry weather continues. The new rules specifically apply to campfires and smoking on the Flathead Indian Reservation and the Lolo National Forest. The Bitterroot National Forest and the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge already have the tougher rules in place.

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Seiad Valley prepares for evacuation as Goff fire grows

Mail Tribune
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a 12-hour evacuation notice for the community of Seiad Valley, warning residents there is a chance they may have to leave their homes because of the growing Goff fire. The evacuation notice included phone calls to the 85 homes in the area as well as door-to-door notification by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department deputies. About 350 people live in the area about 20 miles east of Happy Camp.

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Tree spraying in Shoshone National Forest campgrounds to begin in Washakie

County 10
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cody, Wyoming – From September 5th through the 17th most Shoshone National Forest campgrounds in Fremont County will be closed for public safety for a day or two each to allow workers to spray insecticides on trees, according to the Shoshone National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Cody. The insecticide Carbaryl will be applied to protect trees from bark beetle attack and help save the trees around the campgrounds.

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Two of three N.D. wildfires controlled

Jamestown Sun
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BISMARCK (AP) — Firefighters have controlled two small wildfires in the western North Dakota grasslands and are getting a handle on a larger one. The U.S. Forest Service said the Deep Creek 12 and Sail fires were controlled Sunday. Both were northwest of Amidon, and both were less than a square mile in size.

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Mayor undermines Forest Service’s stance

Letter by Lisa Tasker
Aspen Times
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am writing to share my utter dismay at Mayor Mick Ireland’s call “to all of Aspen to power up the Pass today,” which landed on Thursday’s front page of the Aspen Daily News. …It is as if anyone who enjoys our wonderful landscapes — pick your recreational pursuit — feels authoritative enough to tell land managers, informed by biologists and resource specialists, how things should be. Even in supposedly environmentally friendly Aspen, wow, how the almighty dollar or personal interests often win over any creature considerations.

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Forest management for a changing world

Phys.Org
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When it comes to devising a forest management strategy, recommendations for rotation lengths, thinning years and thinning intensities are usually made. However, a new EU-funded study from Finnish researchers now suggests that in light of uncertain growth and economic conditions, these methods may no longer be the most effective. Writing in the journal Forestry, Timo Pukkala and Seppo Kellomäki explain that forest management should adapt to changing situations, in particular the uncertainties surrounding tree growth and timber price.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass bucks for research centre, wood pellet maker

Northern Ontario Business
August 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Confederation College in Thunder Bay received almost a half-million dollars from a forestry innovation organization to develop a bio-energy learning facility. CRIBE (Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy) is providing $467,212 to the college for its Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre. The facility will house a fuel testing lab and demonstration space with a separate 150-kilowatt boiler dedicated for research on emissions monitoring equipment.

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Study finds increased biomass in West Africa despite forty year drought

Phys.Org
August 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers from Ghana and the UK have found that contrary to what might be expected, biomass in West Africa has been increasing during the ongoing forty year drought, leading the trees there to harbor more carbon than has been theorized. The team has been looking at more than 10,000 trees in the area and have found, as they describe in their paper in Ecology Letters, that rather than succumbing to the drought, the area has prospered as the encroachment of more tolerant species has been taking over.

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Govt scraps $15 carbon floor price

The Australian Financial Review
August 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Federal Government has announced it will scrap the $15 carbon floor price and link with the European Union emissions trading scheme from July 1, 2015… “Linking the Australian and European Union system reaffirms that carbon markets are the prime vehicle for tackling climate change and the most efficient means of achieving emissions reductions.”

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