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Daily Archives: September 5, 2012

Business & Politics

Economy depends on energy, mining, forestry: Oliver

Sault Star
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The feds have a new arrow in their quiver in the battle for Canadian hearts and minds when it comes… developing other natural resource industries. “Our natural resources hold tremendous potential for Canadian prosperity and security, for jobs, for hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue to support critical social programs – literally trillions of dollars of economic development,” said Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver in Toronto on Tuesday. He made the comment after releasing a new government statistical study that concludes the energy, mining, and forestry sectors drive almost 20% of Canada’s economy.

Forestry, energy sector driving economy: stats from the Canadian Press

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CN acquiring more than 2,200 freight cars, 1,300 containers in 2012

Canadian Manufacturing
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL—In what it’s calling a bid to support traffic growth, CN Rail announced plans to acquire more than 2,200 freight cars and 1,300 new containers in 2012. CN’s largest rolling stock addition in 2012 is the acquisition of 600 premium 60-foot, double-door box cars for forest products, and metals traffic. These higher payload cars help improve loading efficiency, according to the rail firm.

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VIDEO: Burns Lake blast survivor’s story

Global BC News
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ken Michell, one of the 19 workers severely burned in the Babine Forest Products Mill explosion, tells his terrifying story of survival. John Daly reports. Click below to watch the video.

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Houses for players

Kids clambering across quirky structures at midway
Vancouver Sun
September 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Seven quirky playhouses at the PNE are providing young fairgoers whimsical timeouts from roller-coasters and cotton candy. The unorthodox structures – all built through collaborations between the province’s top forestry companies, architects and builders – range from colourful cube-like mazes and winding spirals to elaborate pirate ships and stylized airplanes. …Each house – built as part of Can-for’s Playhouse Challenge – was made with a B.C. forest products company donating building materials, an architectural team contributing designs and local builders helping with construction.

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No human error in mill fire

Recent fires in Maple Ridge levelled two homes and a mill’s workshop
Maple Ridge Times
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Human error is not to blame for a fire that burned part of a mill in Ruskin. The Aug. 26 fire destroyed the production shop of the Waldun Forest Products shake and shingle mill, putting 60 people temporarily out of work. A main electrical box, which was not due for inspection until October, has been deemed the cause of the fire, according to the mill’s vice-president Kirk Nagy. “This piece of electrical equipment gets X-rayed annually, and wasn’t due again until October. Everyone tries to do everything right, so it was a relief to hear that it wasn’t human error,” he said.

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Forest contractors say they’ve been left out of NewPage funding

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

Eleven Nova Scotia businesses have reached the end of the road in government-financed work but are looking for a little bit more in the short term. The group sent an open letter to Premier Darrell Dexter on Saturday criticizing the government for being “left out” of funding intended to keep the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in a resale-ready state. The independent contractors say that when NewPage Corp. declared bankruptcy last fall and the Point Tupper mill was shuttered indefinitely, about $450,000 worth of road building work on Crown land was “disallowed from any settlement.

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Wash. lumber market improving slowly; no new jobs

Seattle Post Intelligencer
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Washington’s lumber industry is starting to show signs of economic improvement, but home building is not taking off fast enough to force lumber companies to put more people to work. Housing starts nationally are up 20 percent so far this year, but the numbers are still well below figures from 2008, The Daily News reported.

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DEP poised to OK torrefied wood facility for Millinocket

Bangor Daily News
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — State officials are reviewing the second of two permits for a proposed $48 million torrefied wood pellet facility at the Katahdin Avenue paper mill site and expect to issue that permit by Oct. 1. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection approved a land development permit for Thermogen Industries LLC’s proposed facility at the paper mill wood lot on Aug. 16, said Samantha Depoy-Warren, the department’s spokeswoman. Department officials are reviewing the air-quality permit and expect to OK it by the end of September.

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Scale back: the corporate lessons of Tasmania’s forestry debacle

The Conversation
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest industry is experiencing its worst downturn in a decade, prompting a much-needed restructuring. While analysts focus on factors like exchange rates, the key lesson really has to do with corporate scale. The larger the company the greater the impact, for good and bad. Given this equation, large companies need to be held to much tougher accountability, transparency and sustainability requirements than they currently are. …URS predicts that Forestry Tasmania — either in its current or
restructured form — will continue to incur losses of around $25 million
per annum for the next five years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Surrey’s Quattro Completes Lower Mainland’s First Six-Storey Wood Frame Condominium

Daily Commercial News
September 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Surrey’s largest-ever residential and commercial development, Quattro completed its third mid-rise building on August 15, 2012. It has the distinction of setting a new construction standard in the Lower Mainland for being the first six-storey wood frame structure… “We are proud to lead Lower Mainland developers with this new marker for wood-frame construction. It helps keep Quattro’s home prices more affordable for both homebuyers and investors,” says Charan Sethi, president and CEO of Tien Sher Group of Companies… There are a number of benefits to building with wood including lower costs and increased environmental sustainability.

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Hardwood Federation Doubtful of New Farm Bill Before Election

Hardwood Floors Magazine
September 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In June, the Senate passed to the House a new farm bill that, maintaining funding for wood exporting and lacking language to alter the Lacey Act, enjoys the support of the Hardwood Federation; however, there are a number of factors working against the House’s chances of passing that bill on to President Obama before the approaching election, according to Dana Lee Cole, the Hardwood Federation’s executive director. Even though there exists bipartisan support for moving the bill, there are only eight legislative days on Congress’s calendar before the election on Nov. 6.

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Enhancements to OSB Products Improve Residential, Light Commercial Construction

Building-Products.com
September 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Many builders choose oriented strand board over plywood for its lower price. When it comes to selling OSB, though, it’s equally important to emphasize performance. As dealers know, competing on price alone can be a race to the bottom. Keeping and growing a customer base usually depends on showing value, not just the lowest price. Within the OSB market is a wide range of products-from commodity sheathing to specialty floor and roof panels

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Could Skyscrapers Be Made of Wood?

The Simthsonian
September 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

It’s hardly a challenge anymore to build ceilings that kiss the sky. Saudi Arabia will have a 1000 meter high tower in the next few years. And experts think we can go much, much taller. No, the new extreme building challenge is materials. It was steel that made skyscrapers possible to begin with. But, with new technology, could we build one of those monster structures out of wood?  This question doesn’t come simply from the love of an abstract
challenge. In Canada, about half of the pine trees might die soon.

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ASCD Receives Three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative

ASDC.org
September 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Alexandria, VA — ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has been awarded three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative…  ASCD began its work toward certification in 2007 and was awarded two Green Globes in 2009… Since 2009, the association reduced its paper consumption by 22 percent and has instituted an environmental purchasing policy with Staples so that a minimum of 25 percent of the association’s office supplies are made from green or recycled products.

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Forestry

Protect Mackenzie River, water policy group urges

‘Cold Amazon’ plays vital role in global climate patterns
Ottawa Citizen
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s Mackenzie River basin needs better protection as a vast northern “refrigerator” slowing global climate change, say organizers of this year’s Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy… “The watershed is important not just for North America but for the globe,” said Thomas Axworthy, president and CEO of the Toronto-based Gordon Foundation, a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto which promotes freshwater resources and is helping fund the talks in Vancouver this week about new ways to protect the river.

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The Tyee — Working in the Woods

In words and pictures, a Labour Day essay on life in BC’s changing timber industry.
The Tyee
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“The romance is gone. In the ’70s, if you had some iron, a timber sale, some men, you were making money. All you needed to do was get the wood to the beach. Today, there’s no romance. It’s all business now.” My guide told me this recently as we bumped along the goat trails in Knight Inlet. He was answering the question I’ve been pursuing with my camera these past few years. What is it like to be working in the woods today in British Columbia?

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Museum scrambling after departure of forest group

Prince George Citizen
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent departure of tenants has put the Central British Columbia Railway & Forestry Museum in a financial bind. Museum executive director Ranjit Gill said her organization is looking for new companies to occupy the seven offices they have available after the the Central Interior Logging Association left late last month for a new location in the former Northern Family Health Society location in South Fort George.

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Atikamekw reach a last-minute deal to protect their environment

Montreal Gazette
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…But the aboriginals of Wemotaci fear that encroaching logging camps, a growing housing crisis and dangerously high levels of poverty all threaten to erode their well-established culture. About midnight Friday, three Atikamekw chiefs reached an agreement in principle with the Liberal government that would see greater levels of environmental protection over the First Nation’s traditional land claim, a sprawling patch of the boreal forest that covers thousands of square kilometres in Quebec’s Haute Mauricie region. Neither side could reveal any substantial details of the agreement, as it is still in its preliminary stages.

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Forest fire near Los Angeles: Fight hampered by steep, rugged terrain

Los Angeles Times
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 3,600-acre brush fire continued to burn in the Angeles National Forest about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday as crews worked in the steep, rugged terrain to bring the blaze under control. Aided by four air tankers, 10 helicopters and a host of other equipment, nearly 800 firefighters battled the Williams Fire, said L’Tanga Watson of the U.S. Forest Service. … “It’s in a really rugged area — there are no trails, no roads,” she said. “Everybody can go to Google Earth and take a look at it, but we need to see what exactly is there.”

Calif. wildfire stays in forest, away from cities from the Associated Press

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Federal plan for Giant Sequoia monument limits cutting, relies on fire for forest health

Associated Press
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government’s long-awaited plan for managing the health of the largest forest of giant sequoias on earth limits logging and emphasizes fire as the primary means to restore the forest’s health. The U.S. Forest Service’s plan for the Giant Sequoia National Monument in the Sierra Nevada was released Tuesday, and initial readings have environmental groups cheering that logging would be a method of last resort. …Forest service officials hope that the new plan will work to restore watersheds and habitat for wildlife that depend on old forests for food and shelter.

US tightens limits on cutting timber in Sequoia Monument from the Los Angeles Times

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RFFI works to sustain a way of life and protect forests

Redwood Times
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

President of Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI) Kathleen Moxon was the guest speaker at last week’s Garberville Rotary Club... In 2007, with a loan from Bank of America, RFFI purchased the 50,000-acre Usal Redwood Forest for $1,100 an acre, which was full-market value at the time. They currently owe $65 million on the loan with hopes of paying it off within the 20-year agreement. The timber companies were concerned when RFFI purchased the Usal Redwood Forest at such a high price. They believed this would cause the price of other timberland to be cost-prohibitive for other companies to purchase.

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Forest fires prompts evacuations in several Idaho towns

Reuters AlertNet
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALMON, Idaho – A cluster of lightning-sparked wildfires roaring through national forests in Idaho threatened hundreds of homes on Tuesday, prompting evacuations from several small towns and sending clouds of ash cascading over the region. The so-called Mustang Complex blaze has devoured more than 240,000 acres since originating as several smaller fires that erupted from thunderstorms in late July in remote stretches of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, then merged during the ensuing weeks.

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No growth reported for North Pass Fire in Mendocino National Forest

Enterprise-Record
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COVELO — The North Pass Fire in the Mendocino National Forest did not burn any additional acreage Tuesday, and containment was increased to 65 percent. Full containment is expected by Monday. Started by lightning Aug. 18, the fire has burned 41,983 acres, seven homes and nine outbuildings. Nine people have been hurt fighting the fire. It has reached the Middle Fork of the Eel River and it is holding there. Most of the fire activity is on the north and west flanks.

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Calif. wildfire stays in forest, away from cities

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 3,600-acre fire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains is one key ingredient short of potential calamity: Santa Ana winds. Without winds like the notorious Santa Anas, the fire burning in the Angeles National Forest made no move Tuesday toward Los Angeles suburbs at the southern foot of the mountain range and was remaining in the wilderness.

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Liberia’s failed logging promises

BBC News
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…The chiefdom of Korninga, where Henry Town is located, signed a social agreement with a logging company in 2009 which promised a road, a clinic, a school, land rent and even monthly salaries for the elderly. The agreements are part of the requirements for firms to be granted a Private Use Permit (PUP). …The Korninga community had signed a social agreement with BODECO, one of 66 logging companies now operating in Liberia. Two years later, the company was given a PUP logging contract by the government for more than 90,000 hectares of land. To date, the community says they have not received anything.

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Forest conservation saves vanishing eagle

Business Mirror
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Philippines – Diminishing forests aggravated by the threats of disasters and climate change continues to threaten the survival of the rare and endangered Philippine Eagle and other wildlife species in the country, according to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB). While the natural ecosystem continues to be threatened, more comprehensive programs such as reforestation of remaining forests and denuded watershed, mangrove planting and protection of natural heritage parks should be vigorously undertaken, said PAWB Assistant Director Nelson Devanadera.

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UPM Forest developed the new planting machine

Lesprom Network
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Moscow – Mechanical planting will take a big step forward once the new planting machine equipped with an automatic seedling feed function has been presented at the FinnMETKO fair held in Jämsä, Finland. UPM Forest has developed the new planting machine in co-operation with Risutekniikka Ky, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network. “The new planting machine has a considerably larger plant container than the planting machines currently in use. More than 2300 plants can be placed in the plant container at a time. 

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The great chestnut trees of Europe are dying

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

GHENT, Belgium … In all those places — and over much of Europe — the horse chestnut tree is under threat… The culprits: a moth that produces leaf-eating larvae and a bacterium that makes trunks bleed and die. Without any clear reason, the moth became rampant and spread through much of Europe about a decade ago. In Britain, it first surfaced in Wimbledon in 2002 and soon spread across England and Wales. It has flourished across the continent. The moth lays eggs in leaves and the larvae start devouring them, causing foliage to turn color as soon as July

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EDITORIAL: Taxpayers fund carbon trust

Nanaimo News Bulletin
September 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

On occasion government spin slips into a deceptive state and that is where B.C.’s much-lauded “carbon neutral” status resides today. In the annual report of the government-controlled Pacific Carbon Trust is the claim: “The most notable accomplishment of the last fiscal year … was the achievement of carbon neutrality for the provincial government.” In fact, carbon status is a tax-shifting sleight of hand dispensing corporate welfare to less-than-needy businesses.

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General

NH site key part of forest project

Nashua Telegraph
September 4, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Folks in the White Mountain National Forest usually aren’t crazy about seeing new things built amid the trees and hills, but some people can’t wait for a big, geeky-looking, power-hungry tower to show up in the woods near the town of Bartlett next year. The tower will be part of a long-term, continent-sized ecological research project called the National Ecological Observatory Network, or NEON, and it won’t be alone. …By “they,” he means scientific researchers, because the tower will bring the 5,600-acre Bartlett Experimental Forest into the biggest and perhaps most interesting research project that ecology science has even seen.

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