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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Business & Politics

FPAC applauds new rail bill as critical but recommends changes to ensure success

Canada Newswire press release
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA- The Forest Products Association of Canada supports the intent of the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, Bill C-52, to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of the rail system but it recommends changes to help reduce the regulatory burden and help the legislation reach its stated intent. FPAC appeared today before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities that is studying the legislation. The bill was brought in by the Government to level the playing field and address the imbalance in market power between shippers and the monopoly power of the railways.

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Lumber Coalition Attacks British Columbia Log Export Fees

Woodworking Network
February 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, Canada West

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Lumber Coalition says it is “seriously concerned” by log export policy changes in British Columbia, especially an increase in the “fee in lieu of domestic manufacturing” applied to many log exports that will take effect on March 1 …”In effect, British Columbia has increased the implicit subsidy from log export restrictions for BC Coast lumber mills,” said Luke Brochu, president of Pleasant River Lumber Company in Maine. Brochu also heads the coalition.

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Catalyst goes black for one week

For first time in four years, mill will be cleaned out and put back together
Alberni Valley Times
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper’s Port Alberni mill will be shut down for a week, starting Sunday, for a planned “total mill outage.” Catalyst president and CEO Kevin Clarke was in the Alberni Valley Tuesday to update residents on the mill’s progress after returning to publicly traded status. When the mill is taken apart on Sunday and put back together, it will be the first time this has happened in four years. “It’s like rebuilding your engine,” Clarke said. Turbo generators and all of the parts of the mill need to be cleaned and replenished.

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2012 Loss for Conifex

HQ Prince George
February 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber is reporting yet another loss to close out 2012. The company which operates sawmills in Fort St. James and Mackenzie posted a $3.6 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 with a yearly loss of $16.2 million. This compares to a $16.9 million loss in 2011. CEO Ken Shields is not wanting to focus too heavily on the past year saying the future looks far more bright.

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Port Alberni mill reaches 10-year year milestone as supplier for Rolling Stone Magazine

Canada Newswire press release
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI, BC, – Catalyst Paper’s Port Alberni mill is marking 10 years as the supplier of coated mechanical paper for Rolling Stone Magazine, Wenner Media’s flagship publication. As the only producer of coated mechanical paper in Western North America, Catalyst’s Port Alberni mill also supplies paper for the popular Men’s Journal, and the Westcoast edition of Us Weekly.

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Log yard activity increases

Terrace Standard
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been just about two weeks since Yaorun Wood inked a 10-year deal with the City of Terrace to lease a portion of the old Skeena Cellulose property on Keith Ave, and already the area is buzzing with activity.   …There are about 10 people working at the site and at least another 20 in the field, said Bryan Halbauer, CEO of Bryco Enterprises which has been contracted by Yaorun to manage the site activity.

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EACOM Timber Corporation Provides an Update on its Timmins Mill

Canada Newswire press release
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, – EACOM Timber Corporation announced that it has concluded with its insurer the negotiation of a global settlement in the amount of $48,250,000 in respect of the fire that occurred at its Timmins mill in January 2012. As at September 30, 2012, the Company had received $23,700,000 of insurance proceeds, of which $13,700,000 related to business interruption and $10,000,000 for damage or destruction of assets.

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Plum Creek to reopen Evergreen sawmill, as lumber prices double

The Missoulian
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rising lumber prices have convinced Plum Creek Timber Co. to reopen its Evergreen stud mill, starting April 1. “We expect to have about 30 jobs coming back to the mill,” said Tom Ray, Plum Creek’s vice president for Northwest resources and manufacturing in Columbia Falls. “We’ll restart with one shift. We’re trying to find the appropriate balance between log supply and the market.”

Plum Creek reopening Evergreen sawmill, 30 jobs from the Independent Record

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Sawmills Restart Around the U.S.

Woodworking Network
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

DAVENPORT, NY – A sawmill revival, driven by home building recovery and exports to China, is behind increased hiring at timber and lumber manufacturing companies around the country. Baillie Lumber, headquartered in Hamburg, NY, will reportedly reopen a sawmill in Davenport, NY that has been closed for over four years. “There’s going to be a gradual increase in demand,” Jeff Lisk, Baillie’s general manager told the Wall St. Journal yesterday.

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Markets sought for pine beetle infested wood

Star Tribune
February 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

If Neiman Enterprises could clone customers like Steve and Kathi Mullins, the mountain pine beetle epidemic ravaging the Black Hills National Forest wouldn’t be quite so painful to Tom Shaffer. Shaffer, chief operating officer for Neiman, manages its four sawmills, including mills in Hulett, Hill City, S.D., and Spearfish, S.D. … But once pine trees have been infested with beetles and show signs of the telltale blue stain caused by the fungus that beetles leave behind, it earns a lower rating — and a lower price.

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Touring a Sawmill in Northern California VIDEO

A Colorful Adventure blog
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

One of the more unique stops during my trip through Oregon and California this winter, thanks to my Twitter friend Mark Lathrop aka Twitter’s @SustainableWood, was a visit to a saw mill in Anderson, California. The only other time I had seen a sawmill, was a very small one in India without many modern technologies. This sawmill was a commercial-scale operation though and with that came a lot of differences! Here is a video of short clips I took as I walked through the mill.

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In Oregon, Commerce Meets Conservation

USDA Blog
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

USDA and the Obama Administration are committed to creating jobs in rural America, so when a job creation effort also protects family forest lands, preserves important natural habitats, and produces beautiful, sustainable white oak wood products, there is reason to celebrate. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to appreciate such a success during a recent visit with Ben Deumling and his mother Sarah of the family owned Zena Forest Products in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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Reduction of roughly 4% in Finland’s lumber output

EUWID
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finland’s output of softwood lumber in the fourth quarter of 2012 also failed to match the reference figure of 2011 with an estimated 2.3m m³ after reductions had already been recorded in each of the preceding quarters. Industry representatives say cutting in December in particular remained well behind the otherwise usual figures

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Report urges Gunns liquidation

ABC News, Australia
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A comprehensive report on timber company Gunns has recommended the Tasmanian business be wound up. Administrator PPB Advisory released the report to Gunns’ shareholders last night. It says the decline in the woodchip market contributed to the company’s downfall, as did failed attempts to restructure the business. The report makes damning conclusions about Gunns’ plantation schemes, calling them an “onerous and significant drain on cash”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cross-Laminated Timber Passes Fire Tests

DesignBuild Source
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A new timber-based building material which is revolutionising multi-storey construction both in Australia and around the world has stood up well in fire resistance tests. Tests performed in Canada by the National Research Council and FPInnovations proved that even without gypsum board protection and under full loading conditions, cross-laminated timber (CLT) achiev ed fire resistance of close to three hours. A relatively new building system, CLT is designed and produced in a factory environment.

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WIDC Deal Close

250 News
February 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Construction of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre is getting close and the topic is heating up. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development, Pat Bell, says the contract is expected to be signed in 3-4 weeks, and depending on the weather, construction could start in 6-8 weeks. …But the WIDC remains a hot issue in the Provincial Legislature where the subject dominated Question Period because of allegations made by Dan McLaren of Commonwealth Campuses Corporation.

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First five-storey wood-frame going up in Chilliwack

Chilliwack Progress
February 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction on the first five-storey wood-frame building in Chilliwack is about to start. Englewood Courtyard will be the sixth and final phase of Englewood Village, a master-planned community on Keith Wilson near Vedder Road in Chilliwack. ..The province made changes to the BC Building Code in 2009 that allowed developers to erect five- and six-storey wood-frame structures for the first time. It was seen as a means to achieve cost-effective housing, as well as an acceptance of wood-based construction as an alternative to concrete and steel, with the use of modern fire protection materials and certain code restrictions.

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BC minister accused of misleading bidders on development

Jobs minister Pat Bell ‘breached protocols, broke promises,’ complaint alleges
CBC News
February 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A CBC News investigation has uncovered serious allegations against the B.C. government and provincial Jobs Minister Pat Bell related to the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre project in Prince George. Bell and the government are accused of promising to influence what was supposed to be an independent bid process in favour of two developers with ties to the B.C. Liberal party.

Complaint filed over government bidding process from the Vancouver Sun
Bell deflects wood centre allegations from the Prince George Citizen

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Cross Laminated Timber Taking Hold in America: First Ever CLT Conference in US

Green-Buildings.com
February 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Tonight, February 27th, 2013, marks the beginning of the first U.S. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) symposium in Seattle, Washington. The three day event, hosted by WoodWorks, will educate attendees on how to design and build CLT projects according to the International Building Code. There are two symposium tracks, one for designers and contractors and another for engineers, so that the speakers can cater to the professionals’ needs and skill sets.

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Melbourne Launches The World’s Tallest Timber Building

DesignBuild Source
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Melbourne is now home to the tallest timber apartment building, a 10-storey site dubbed Forté that challenges conceptions surrounding mainstream construction materials. …Designed and produced in a factory environment, Forté was 30 per cent faster to build, safer and with higher precision than traditional construction materials,” explained Lend Lease Australia head of operational excellence Daryl Patterson

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Forestry

Forestry Town Hall Meeting Tonight

250 News
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A forestry town hall meeting has been organized for this evening Prince George. “The forestry industry in and around Prince George has been hard hit over the last decade by job losses, raw log exports, and the mountain pine beetle devastation. Over the last decade, viable mills were shutdown while raw log exports grew dramatically,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “People in forest communities understand it’s not just about the direct jobs in the forest, or related milling and manufacturing jobs, it’s also about the indirect jobs and benefits to local communities that come from forest workers.”

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Millions of historic aerial photos available this fall

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A collection of over 2.2 million aerial photos of B.C. will be available for public viewing and research, thanks to a new partnership between the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the University of British Columbia’s department of geography. The aerial photos date back to 1936 and represent a unique visual history of the province, its resources and its development over the past eight decades.

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Forest giveaway simply bad policy

by Ben Parfitt
Cowichan News Leader
February 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A government plan to introduce a scant two-paragraph bill granting it powers to fundamentally alter the course of forestry in B.C. is disturbing to say the least. …TFL lands still remain publicly owned and the government still collects timber-cutting or stumpage fees from the companies logging them. But once a TFL is granted, a company has something that is very difficult for the province to take back without triggering prohibitively expensive payouts. Worse, TFLs become tradable or sellable assets.

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This Is Huge’: Sweeping Forest Bill Gathers Foes

Enviros, other opponents say vast ‘giveaway’ looms with scant public input.
The Tyee
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A British Columbia government bill that would radically shift the management of public forests is drawing criticism from environmental groups, the head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and opposition politicians. …”This is huge,” said Vicky Husband, a long time conservationist whose efforts have been recognized with an Order of B.C. award. “It’s the biggest giveaway of our forest lands in about 60 years… There has been no conversation, no consultation on this.” …The UBCIC worries such a rollover will lead to an infringement of aboriginal rights, said Phillip.

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Campbell River forester receives top honour

Campbell River Mirror
February 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


A Campbell River forestry veteran has received the highest honour from the Association of BC Forest Professionals. Rick Monchak, a professional forester for 35 years, received the Distinguished Forest Professional award last Thursday night at the association’s annual general meeting in Prince George. Monchak works for TimberWest Forest Corp. in Campbell River.

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NS: Plans in works to start consultations on forest use

Canadian Press
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government will start public consultations next month on how best to use 600,000 hectares of Crown land in western Nova Scotia. …Gary Ramey, the member of the legislature for Lunenburg West, says the land could be used for mineral exploration, renewable energy projects and agricultural. Ramey says the government will also consult Mi’kmaq groups, municipalities and industry representatives.

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Species-at-risk legislation draws fire

February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a packed Renfrew County council chambers Friday, more than 60 people attended a fact-collecting forum on the impact of the Endangered Species Act. Speaker after speaker condemned the act for its negative impact on the local economy, but perhaps none more so than Admaston-Bromley beef farmer and municipal councillor Michael Donohue….Those impacts include huge planning-process
delays, including such provincial restrictions or requests as
environmental assessments, restricted windows for cutting in forested
areas, and lack of flexibility in farmers’ hay harvesting guidelines.

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Public sessions to start on use of Crown land

Chronicle Herald
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTHFIELD — The province said Tuesday it will begin public hearings next month to find out how Nova Scotians want more than 400,000 hectares of Crown land in western Nova Scotia used. “We want to hear people’s ideas, suggestions, concerns and comments on ways to best manage this land,” Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey said at a news conference at the Northfield District Fire Rescue hall in Lunenburg County. The province said in December it would seek public input before developing a land-use plan. The lands include former Resolute Forest Products property.

Click here to read the press release from the Government of Nova Scotia

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Can we have a talk about ecologically sustainable forestry?

Times-Standard
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Greg King raised issues about the ecological sustainability of industrial forestry recently (”Green Diamond: Enemy of forests,” Times-Standard, Feb. 20, Page A4) and drew a vitriolic response from Eric Blair (”Anti-Green Diamond screed just silly,” Times-Standard, Feb. 21, Page A4). I would like to explore the topics raised less emotionally…. However, data show that industrial forestry practices such as theirs have not been ecologically sustainable. Additionally, in attempting to rebut King’s arguments Mr. Blair invokes science, but since Green Diamond never shares data, there is no supporting evidence.

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Logging proposed near Crater Lake National Park sparks a timber wars reprise

The Oregonian
February 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A logging proposal just outside Crater Lake National Park has reignited the Northwest’s logging wars in miniature, pitting timber groups anxious for jobs against environmentalists who have gathered 10,000 comments in opposition. The U.S. Forest Service’s proposed Bybee timber sale covers 16,215-acres, running up to the western border of Oregon’s only national park. …The Bybee proposal “plays right into what (environmental groups) have been asking for,” Schott said. “It’s not like they’re going to cut down every old, big tree there is. Nobody in the agencies is proposing big clear cuts anymore.”

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Livermore gets $44,490 from logger who cut town forest

Sun Journal
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LIVERMORE, Maine — The town has received $44,490 for payment for a timber harvest trespass settlement. The figure includes timber valuation and legal fees, town administrator assistant Kurt Schaub said Wednesday. The town had requested logger John Korhonen of Jay pay $40,690 without factoring in legal fees after he cut about 10 acres of the town’s Memorial Forest without permission in 2012. Selectpersons agreed to accept the settlement earlier this month.

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Voting opens in forest referendum

from FOREST GROWERS LEVY TRUST
Scoop.co.nz
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Polls in the Forest Voice referendum will be open from 1-29 March, a week longer than originally intended. The organisers, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, say this will make voting more convenient for the many forest growers who live in districts where on-line voting is not possible, because of difficulties with internet access. Trust chair Geoff Thompson says that if the referendum is successful, a small levy on harvested logs will be used to fund work that benefits all forest owners.

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Bid to exclude logging area from heritage move

ABC News, Australia
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government wants a nomination to expand the Tasmanian’s Wilderness World Heritage Area changed to allow for logging. A parliamentary inquiry has heard the Government has written to the Federal Environment Minister requesting pockets of land be excluded from the 170,000 hectare nomination. The State Government wants logging to continue on some of the land. Emma Campbell from the Federal Department of Environment says she does not know how much land is involved or where it is located.

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Irish Timber Council: Sale of forestry rights puts 2500 jobs at risk

BreakingNews.ie
February 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The proposed sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights could lead to the closure of all ten of Ireland’s sawmills with the loss of 2,500 jobs, according to the Irish Timber Council (ITC). Coillte’s forestry harvesting rights will be debated in the Dáil this evening since, under the bailout programme, the Government is planning to sell the rights for an estimated €600m. An ITC report finds that it makes no sense for the Government to proceed with the sale from a commercial, economic or financial point of view.

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Move opens up 1.2m hectares of native forest to logging

Bundaberg News Mail
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE opening up of 1.2 million hectares of native Queensland forests for the timber industry would not lead to a mass logging operations, Timber Queensland chief executive Rod McInnes said on Wednesday. Mr McInnes said the industry was more than comfortable with the release of the native forests for sustainable timber harvesting, after the forests were removed from the industry’s reach in 1999. The plan was revealed after leaked departmental documents showed Agriculture Minister John McVeigh had in January signed off on the release of the native forests for logging.

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Forest peace deal saves 500 jobs: report

ABC News, Australia
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Regional Development Minister insists a report on the job impacts of Tasmania’s forestry peace deal is credible, despite one of its authors working in the industry. The study into the socio-economic effects of the deal shows it would save at least 500 jobs in the sector. It was commissioned by the Federal Government when signatories signed the forestry peace deal and has been released by the Minister Simon Crean in Hobart.

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Forest peace deal study flawed: Opposition

ABC News, Australia
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A long-awaited socio-economic study into the impact of implementing Tasmania’s forest peace deal is being viewed with scepticism by the Opposition and business lobby, but the forest union says it proves the agreement will save jobs. …The Opposition’s forestry spokesman, Peter Gutwein, says this scenario is flawed as it assumes that logging will not continue outside the 570,000 hectares of native forest under contention. “Absolutely no doubt that the worst case scenario is a doomsday-based scenario.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Logging B.C. old-growth forests accelerates climate change: Sierra Club report

Canadian Press
February 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — One year of logging old-growth forests in southwestern B.C. blows away a year of carbon-emissions reductions made through climate-change fighting initiatives such as the carbon tax, says a Sierra Club report released Wednesday. …Jeffery said he agreed that forests store carbon but disagrees that, once old-growth trees are cut, they release massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Products from trees, such as houses and furniture, end up storing carbon, and scientific research indicates that second-growth forests also act as carbon-storage sources.

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Willow power topic of upcoming seminar

The Guardian
February 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

So apparently willow bushes can be used by farmers as biomass fuel to help heat farms — who knew? Well, Tyler Wright, soil and water engineer at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, knows all about it and he’d like to share that information with anyone who would like to know. He’s inviting anyone who wants to hear more about willow production to a half-day seminar in Charlottetown on Feb. 28.

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General

Species-at-risk legislation draws fire

February 28, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

In a packed Renfrew County council chambers Friday, more than 60 people attended a fact-collecting forum on the impact of the Endangered Species Act. Speaker after speaker condemned the act for its negative impact on the local economy, but perhaps none more so than Admaston-Bromley beef farmer and municipal councillor Michael Donohue….Those impacts include huge planning-process
delays, including such provincial restrictions or requests as
environmental assessments, restricted windows for cutting in forested
areas, and lack of flexibility in farmers’ hay harvesting guidelines.

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