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Daily Archives: September 7, 2012

Business & Politics

IPG to unveil recruitment effort

Prince George Citizen
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Finding workers and keeping them is one of Prince George’s civic priorities.  …Bill Kordyban has been in the Prince George lumber business all his life, inheriting the management of Carrier Lumber from his mother and father, Mary and the late Bill Kordyban Snr….”Pay can only go so far. You have to have other things to attract people, keep people. Quality of life and quality of work are important as well,” he said, standing inside the fully equipped gym and squash/racket ball court at Carrier’s head office.

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Canfor ‘Excited’ About High-Value Wood Exports to China

Bloomberg
September 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. (CFP), the second-largest North American softwood producer, is “excited” about the increase in “high-value” shipments of Canadian wood to China, said Wayne Guthrie, the company’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “We’re pretty excited about the shift in value,” Guthrie said today at the Bloomberg Canada-Asia Conference in Vancouver. “It’s been an exciting 10-year ride since we started in China with no sales.”

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Prince George sawmill fire quickly doused

Canadian Press
September 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE — There’s been another fire at a B.C. sawmill — the fourth this year — but fortunately this one was quickly knocked down and no one was hurt. The fire in the roof of the PG Sawmill in Prince George Thursday night caused less than $5,000 in damage. In April, an explosion and fire at the Lakeland sawmill in Prince George killed two workers, while a similar fire at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake in January also killed two workers. Last month, a fire destroyed the Waldun Forest Products mill east of Vancouver, but no one was injured.

Minor Fire at PG Sawmill Planer from 250 News

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China Tamps Down Lumber Demand

Woodworking Network
September 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In August, lumber demand for American hardwood for Far Eastern markets was quite strong by historic standards, but down a bit from previous months.  Shipments to China slowed, in part due to government efforts to slow the housing market and “chase inflation down.” Despite temporary slowing, Chinese domestic demand for North American hardwoods is growing, and distributors are setting up in more and more mid-sized cities to supply local demand. Sales were steady to Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia, and improved to Taiwan and Thailand.

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German softwood-plywood imports decline again

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The recovery shown in terms of German softwood-plywood imports in the first quarter of 2012 did not continue in the second quarter. According to the German federal statistics agency, imports from April to June, at 105,122 m³, again showed a considerable overall year-on-year fall of 34%.

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Hardly any upswing on French softwood market

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Demand for softwood lumber remains slack in France even though the holidays are now over. With the exception of individual, though only minor replenishment purchases in the first few days after the holidays, French buyers’ purchasing activity is still very slow. These few orders continue to be placed at very short notice. At the end of August, many sawmills’ backlogs of orders were only enough to last two to three weeks for lumber for the building trade as well as lumber for the packaging and pallet industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Burns Lake hospital project shortlist

Journal of Commerce
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has shortlisted three qualified teams to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the competitive selection process to design and build a new hospital near Burns Lake. …The new building will be designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, and will optimize the use of wood in the interior and on the exterior, consistent with the Wood First Act.

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Forestry

Timber committee calls for scientific approach

Merritt Herald
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. timber authorities need a scientific approach to expand harvestable wood to end the mountain-pine-beetle-fueled blow to the economy, says a Special Committee on Timber Supply report. …According to Cariboo North Independent MLA Bob Simpson, more needs to be done. “These recommendations will not support sustainable change,” he said in a release. “What I see in this report are politicians on both sides passing the buck to local communities with no long-term strategy for success.” He went on to say the recommendations allow communities to log their own forests, “but what happens when they are gone?”

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Charbonneau: Forest plan a ‘flight of fancy’

Kamloops Daily News
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Our image of B.C. is so integrated with forests that it’s impossible to imagine “the best place on earth” without trees. Verdant forests teem with wildlife. Tree-covered mountains and thicket-ringed lakes occupy our mental landscape. … The new reality is one with so few trees that lumber mills may have shut down. The report from the Special Committee on Timber Supply says that up to 70 per cent of our interior forests could be decimated by 2021 …, in a further flight of fancy, they imagine that we could simply cut down old-growth forests that were previously off-limits.

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Forest fire rating remains at extreme

Nanaimo Daily News
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest fire rating is at extreme, and caution is advised for anyone who spends time outdoors.  Chances of a forest fire are as high they can be right now, with the forest fire risk in the extreme range in the woods around Nanaimo.  A lack of rain, combined with warm temperatures have created tinder-dry conditions that can allow a fire to start and spread quickly. That is only expected to get worse through the weekend, with Environment Canada calling for hot temperatures through Saturday.

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Water issues dominate concerns about Wells Gray logging

Letter by Roland Neave
Kamloops Daily News
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regarding your Aug. 31 article, Logging a Threat to Wells Gray, other vital issues for many Clearwater Valley residents are water quality and quantity. I am very concerned about the potential impact that logging and road building by Canfor could have on the west slope of Trophy Mountain. I own nearly 500 acres in the Clearwater Valley, half of it directly below the area of proposed logging. I operate two guest cabins which attract an international clientele.

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Input sought on Chilliwack District old growth areas

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The public is invited to review and comment before Nov. 5, 2012 on the draft land use order to establish more than 23,000 hectares of old growth management areas in Chilliwack District.  Old growth management areas (OGMAs) protect the biological diversity of old growth forests. The ministry is proposing to establish OGMAs in the following landscape units: Alouette (2,415 hectares), Fraser Valley South (1,479 hectares), Hatzic (5,272 hectares), Pitt (5,569 hectares), Stave (5,072 hectares), and Widgeon (4,003 hectares).

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Forestry profession honours John Somerville

Simco.com
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ALLISTON – Somerville Nurseries founder John Somerville was presented with a handful of lifetime achievements recently for his contributions over the years to the forestry profession and landscaping industry.  Close to a dozen representatives from
associations and organizations across the province, including the
Ontario Forestry Association, the Canadian Institute of Forestry, the
County of Simcoe and Trees Ontario paid tribute to Mr. Somerville at an
unprecedented special awards ceremony held Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the
Riverwood Retirement Home in Alliston.

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NDP critical of looming MNR cuts

TB Newswatch
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEEN’S PARK – In light of looming cuts to the Ministry of Natural Resources, NDP critic Sarah Campbell is calling on Minister Michael Gravelle to lay out a clear plan for the cuts, and to consult with affected communities. Communities across the North, such as Ignace, have voiced concerns that these government cuts could mean the closure of local MNR offices. Campbell raised the issue at Queen’s Park Thursday and asked the government to commit to full public disclosure and consultation before the government makes further cuts.

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The cost of not saving Ontario’s ash trees

Ottawa Citizen
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you could have saved the mature elm trees of Ottawa from the ravages of the Dutch elm disease, would you have done it? If I offered you the chance to in-vest, say, $1,000 spread over six to eight years (approximately $150/year) in return for $2,000 to $3,000, would you be interested? If I told you that the oxygen that we breathe every day and the shade that we seek on a hot summer day is at risk of being depleted by up to 10 per cent within the next three to five years and that much of this depletion is completely avoidable, would you be concerned? Would you want to know more?

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Firefighters contain Eastern Wash. blazes

San Jose Mercury News
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YAKIMA, Wash.—Firefighters working in hot weather and dry terrain made progress Thursday against a wildfire that forced the evacuation of more than two dozen homes in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge. The Highway 141 Fire was 10 percent contained and didn’t grow significantly Thursday, Forest Service spokesman Stan Hinatsu said Thursday evening. No structures have been burned and no one has been injured, he said. About 450 firefighters tackled the blaze Thursday.

One fire contained, another at 1,500 acres from the Yakima Herald-Republic

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Fire burning in Angeles National Forest is 69% contained

Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters continued to make headway Thursday in their efforts to contain a wildfire that has charred 4,180 acres in the Angeles National Forest above Glendora. The blaze, called the Williams fire, was 69% contained Thursday evening as firefighters were aided by cooler weather and relative humidity as high as 39%, the U.S. Forest Service said. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon and quickly spread, prompting authorities to evacuate residents and recreational users from campgrounds, picnic areas and a mobile home park.

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Forest cases head to Supreme Court

Oregon Natural Resources Report
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On June 25th, the US Supreme Court agreed to review NEDC v. Brown, the damaging 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would subject forest roads in the Northwest states to “point-source” pollution permit regulation under the federal Clean Water Act, with unwanted oversight & control by the Environmental Protection Agency. Forest sector allies nationwide seek to have the Supreme Court overturn the 9th Circuit’s wrongheaded decision, because future EPA regulation of logging roads would be obstructive and unworkable.

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Giant Sequoias — Safe at Last?

Huffington Post (blog)
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week, Sierra Club supporters made a giant difference in protecting one of the greatest natural treasures on Earth. The giant sequoias are direct descendants of the enormous trees that once covered North America and loomed over dinosaurs in vast forests of fern and evergreen. Now they survive in just one small redoubt — the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. …Is it perfect? No. There’s still the possibility that some exemptions and loopholes could allow too much logging in the wrong places in the name of fire prevention.

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Deforestation a Clearcut Problem in Honduras

Honduras Weekly
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Much has been made in the international press about the loss of forests in Honduras. In the last four years, the country has lost more than 33 percent of its once-abundant forests, triggering problems ranging from mudslides and erosion to flash floods and road washouts. The effect of deforestation on watersheds is more subtle, yet devastating over the long term. A forested hillside acts like a sponge for absorbing rainwater. Forests not only prevent heavy rains from wreaking havoc as they tear down slopes in a torrent, they retain water long enough that underground sources can be replenished.

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Asia Pacific Focus – Anger over Australia’s illegal logging legislation (with video)

Australia Network
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Illegal logging has led to catastrophic decline in forests in many parts of the Asia-Pacific, and it’s proving tough to stop. Australia is having a go. But two big suppliers, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, say the law is poorly written and will have a devastating impact on trade. Liam Cochrane reports.

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APP establishes deforestation moratorium in Jambi; greens remain skeptical

Mongabay.com
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has established a moratorium on natural forest conversion in Jambi province on the island of Sumatra, according to a report issued by the Indonesian forestry giant. The moratorium covers 55,584 hectares of forest land, including concessions owned outright by APP and two independent pulpwood suppliers. APP says it has now conducted a preliminary high conservation value forest (HCVF) assessment across 80 percent of its concessions in Jambi and Riau and 50 percent of its concessions in West Kalimantan. APP and its affiliates own about 1 million hectares of forest concessions, while its suppliers control 1.5 million ha.

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Vic forest firefighters reach pay deal

Ninemsn
September 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Victorian forest firefighters say preparations for the coming fire season are back on track after they reached a new pay deal with the state government. More than 900 Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) forest firefighters had imposed bans on backburning and administrative duties as they negotiated a new enterprise bargaining agreement. Australian Workers Union (AWU) Victorian secretary Cesar Melhem said the parties had agreed to an annual increase of 3.5 per cent, despite the government’s 2.5 per cent guideline rate plus productivity increases.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. should revisit carbon tax, attract angel investors: report

BC Jobs and Investment Board recommends policy changes in eight sectors
Vancouver Sun
September 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia should slash or eliminate its carbon tax as part of a broad based effort to create jobs and stimulate the provincial economy, a government-appointed board said in a report released Thursday. The BC Jobs and Investment Board noted there would be implications for taxpayers if the government was obliged to seek alternate revenue sources, but said the carbon tax introduced by the provincial Liberals in 2008 was hurting B.C.’s competitiveness against rivals in the transportation and energy sectors in particular.

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The Five Worst States for Renewable Energy Development

sustainblog.org
September 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Despite the availability of clean and sustainable energy sources like solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, many states depend on outdated and dirty energy sources. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee are among the most in need of an energy portfolio diversification. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has identified solutions for these and other states.

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Study reveals forests’ hidden value (& video)

ABC News, Australia
September 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is preparing to sell carbon credits generated from public forests protected from logging under a peace deal. Up to 572,000 hectares of forest could be reserved from logging under the peace deal. A new government report estimates the 4.4 billion tonnes of carbon stored in Tasmania’s forests is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The Climate Change Minister, Cassy O’Connor, wants to ensure any new reserves generate cash for the state.

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Environmentalists and indigenous people against carbon offset trading

Latinamerica Press
September 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Central American environmentalists and indigenous people are intensifying efforts to prevent governments in the region from participating in a program promoted by the World Bank that seeks to include these countries in the carbon credits market, claiming it will have deleterious effects on the environment and the people. Social organizations have sent letters to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, or FCPF, the body that coordinates the program, demanding that it either reject admission requests made by the region’s governments, or clarify a number of deficiencies and irregularities.

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