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Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

Business & Politics

Former Skeena Cellulose pulp mill an economic albatross for Prince Rupert

by Gordon Hoekstra – Prince Rupert puts hope in sale to seaport consortium, resolution of environmental liability
Vancouver Sun
January 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The future of the former Skeena Cellulose pulp mill — shuttered for more than a decade now — needs to be settled in order to chart better economic waters, Prince Rupert city officials say. …But the long-defunct pulp mill remains a drag on the city’s economic potential. While the north coast city has offset the $1-million annual cost of looking after the site with revenues from an exclusive development agreement with a consortium that wants to turn the 300-acre site into a seaport — as well as some leases — city staff and council are spending too much energy on managing and trying to sell the industrial lands, says Prince Rupert mayor Jack Mussallem.

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Rayonier Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

iStock Anallyst
January 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rayonier today reported fourth quarter net income of $76 million, or 59 cents per share, compared to $56 million, or 45 cents per share, in the prior year period. The 2011 results included a $4 million increase in a disposition reserve for a closed mill site. Excluding this item, 2011 fourth quarter pro forma net income was $60 million, or 48 cents per share. Full year 2012 net income totaled $279 million, or $2.17 per share, compared to $276 million, or $2.20 per share, in 2011.

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Forestry

Sierra Club to review ban

Organization considers lifting its prohibition on civil disobedience
Vancouver Sun
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

One of Canada’s largest environmentalist organizers will decide later this month whether to drop its prohibition against civil disobedience – and if the Sierra Club Canada takes that step the first target will be proposed oilsands pipelines to the B.C. coast. Spokesman John Bennett, noting that the Sierra Club’s U.S. cousin has already taken that step, said the organization’s board is responding to grassroots members exasperated by the lack of government action on climate change.

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Forestry sector helps keep project-based learning alive

Alberni Valley Times
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Tuesday morning, Ryan Dvorak, Mike Ruttan and Sean Flynn were able to show off the Alberni School District’s project-based learning program, one that may not have lived into this school year had it not been for some hefty donations. Western Forest Products, Timber West and the Truck Loggers Association all helped fund the program, and on Tuesday their contributions were officially paid to the school district, a donation of more than $39,000 to pay half a teacher’s salary.

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Clark calls Dix out on log exports

By Les Leyne
Campbell River Courier-Islander
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

 …”There are those who will say they have policies on forestry and log exports and they’re gong to tell you what those are after the election. “We’re supposed to be in a democracy, in a competition of ideas. How can you have a competition of ideas when only one person has their ideas out on the table?” …Dix will eventually release some kind of platform, on or before the campaign kickoff in March. But he will probably hold off on commitments for as long as possible.

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B.C.’s forest economy must become stronger

Letter by Ray Travers
Victoria Times Colonist
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. exports logs to other countries because they can produce more value from this timber than we do. For example, offshore markets will pay $90 per cubic metre, while in B.C. it sells for $50. …The weaker our forest economy, the more logs we export. Coastal pulp mills have permanently closed at Port Edward, Kitimat, Ocean Falls, Campbell River, Gold River, Tahsis and Woodfibre. For every pulp-mill closure, three sawmills permanently close. When B.C. has a strong forest economy, the incentive to export logs will be reduced.

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Island Timberlands deserves recognition

Alberni Valley Times
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sometimes the little people are heard and do win. When news broke last week that a section of the forest along Highway 4 was going to be logged, a lot of people in the community were outraged. It was the first most of them had heard of the logging plans, and they did not want to see it go ahead. …Island Timberlands listened to their concerns, and they halted plans to log the 40-hectare plot of land. The peaceful protest was turned into a celebration on Monday night. …The public was quick to condemn Island Timberlands, now it’s time to give credit where credit is due.

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Ministry wants information

Sault Star
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Labour wants information from a Sault Ste. Marie logging company after one of its workers was badly injured earlier this month. Investigators have asked to see training, log and maintenance records from Henson and Tregonning Logging. An employee, a 48-year-old male, was found unconscious by the side of his tractor-trailer on Carp Road in Fisher Township on Jan. 9.

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New SFI Vice President & COO to Promote Sustainable Forestry and Responsible Sourcing

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monique Hanis has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. as Vice President of Marketing and Communications & COO to lead efforts to further SFI brand recognition through the promotion of SFI’s sustainable forestry and responsible sourcing programs. She also assumes COO duties including managing financial and administrative operations for the independent, nonprofit organization.

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Looking for the biggest trees? Group keeps score for each species

Associated Press
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A few months ago I happened upon an enormous cucumbertree magnolia. “Must be the biggest cucumbertree magnolia anywhere,” I thought.  Such speculation doesn’t have to be idle. In a Washington, D.C., office, the American Forests organization keeps the National Register of Big Trees. …Not all Big Trees are necessarily big. Each is merely the biggest of its species. The smallest Big Tree is in Texas, a Reverchon hawthorn in Dallas which “soars” to 9 feet tall and around whose trunk you could wrap your hands. You can probably guess which is the biggest Big Tree: the General Sherman sequoia in California,

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Old-growth Forest in Humboldt County Spared From Clearcutting

Center for Biological Diversity
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO— Twenty-two acres of old-growth Douglas fir forest in Humboldt County, including trees more than a century old, are no longer slated for logging, thanks to public opposition. The trees provide important habitat for spotted owls and other wildlife. After the public spoke out, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Forestry launched additional review of the logging plan; and on Friday, in response to the additional scrutiny, Sierra Pacific Industries withdrew the old-growth stand from a timber harvest plan near Redwood Creek.

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More than 1000 trees cut on Livermore forest without permission

Bangor Daily News
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LIVERMORE, Maine — A forester has determined that about 1,250 trees of varying sizes were illegally cut from the town’s Memorial Forest, town administrative assistant Kurt Schaub said Tuesday. Forester Mark Brown of Vassalboro, who was hired by selectpersons in September, also determined roughly 99 percent of the trees cut were hardwood. Brown is now in the process of calculating the total value of the cut, based upon the size of each stump counted, Schaub said.

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Scientists point to research flaw that has likely exaggerated the impact of logging in tropical forests

Mongabay.com
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The impact of logging on tropical forest species has likely been exaggerated by statistical problems, according to a new study in Conservation Biology. Reviewing 77 studies on how logging affects tropical biodiversity, scientists found that 67 percent were flawed by a technical problem known as ‘pseudoreplication.’ The debate over logging in tropical forests has garnered significant attention recently as some scientists argue that well-managed logging areas can actually retain impressive numbers of species, while others say logging does irreparable harm to the ecosystem’s ecology.

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