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Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

Business & Politics

NS: FPANS announces new executive director

Daily Business Buzz
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[HILDEN, NS] — Kari Easthouse, president of Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia (FPANS), announced officially today the appointment of Jeff Bishop as the new executive director of the industry association. Bishop has been with FPANS for five years in the role of communications coordinator, and now takes over as executive director following the retirement of Steve Talbot. Talbot had served as executive director for the past 21 years. .

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Forestry firm finds niche in healthful haskap crops

Chronicle Herald
February 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A tiny berry that packs a ton of nutritional punch promises to put a group of Nova Scotia entrepreneurs in the international spotlight. LaHave Forests was founded in 2010 as a sustainable forestry firm, but with hecatres of immature trees, the group of owners knew they needed an immediate money-making crop. After a bit of research, some taste-testing and a trial plot, the modest haskap berry that hails from Siberia and northern Japan more than fit the bill, company spokesman Liam Tayler said Tuesday.

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Huge Domtar reassessment sends city back to drawing board on budget

The Dryden Observer
February 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An unforeseen and significant drop in the assessed value of Domtar Dryden’s mill operations will have a major impact on the 2013 City of Dryden Budget. The mill property’s assessed value, as determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation is used to calculate the amount of taxation it owes to the city. City Manager Joe van Koeverden confirmed that the city’s management team were on the case of reconciling some drastic new figures within a budget that has already overcome a $700,000 deficit.

M-PAC Assessment Bad News for Dryden from CKDR.net
Mill reassessment costs $1 million from Kenora Online

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Forest deal puts firms in jeopardy

Tasmania Examiner
February 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BUSINESSES that rely on speciality timbers say Tasmanian industry could be wiped out within a decade if the forest peace deal goes ahead. Furniture designers and boat builders are among the businesses that rely on rare timbers like Huon pine and blackwood, and which yesterday lobbied for a proposed law to be changed. Fifth-generation furniture designer and manufacturer Craig Howard yesterday predicted his business would close if all the forests earmarked under the deal were protected.

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Forest inquiry told Gunns was ‘going rogue’

ABC News, Australia
February 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest peace deal inquiry has heard timber company Gunns was ‘going rogue’ in the early days of the process. A former head of the company has been accused of making threatening phone calls to industry participants in the talks. The allegations have emerged at an Upper House inquiry scrutinising the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill. The agreement is designed to end the state’s forest wars by protecting half a million hectares of trees from logging.

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Calls to aid struggling forestry industry rejected

ABC News, Australia
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The State Government has rejected calls for it to play a greater role in stimulating the struggling forestry industry, a position which has drawn strong criticism from the Opposition. Local forestry businesses say their trade is struggling and confidence has suffered since Tasmanian timber company Gunns Group collapsed last year. …Forestry minister Terry Redman says the global financial crisis is the main reason for the industry’s struggles and it will improve once the economy rebounds.

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Forestry

Sustainable forestry — not carbon credits — key to prosperity

By Tom Tevlin and Trevor Figueiredo – Opinion: Industry, employees and communities have given up a great deal in forfeiting long-term timber rights
Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

…Among many others is the question: Can short-term gains from selling carbon credits make up for long-term forestry employment lost through the current 35 per cent reduction in harvesting in the region, and an additional hit yet to come? …Carbon credits are not a panacea for lost forestry jobs and community development. Instead, sustainable forest management, promoted for more than two decades by environmental groups and others as the holy grail of commercial forestry, is by definition a long-term model of socially and environmentally responsible harvesting.

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US Edition of CLT Handbook Now Available

from FPInnovations
Canada Newswire press release
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – FPInnovations – in collaboration with the American Wood Council, the United States  Forest Products Laboratory, APA, and U.S. WoodWorks – has published a guide to cross?laminated timber  applications in the U.S. Developed for building professionals, the publication provides technical information and illustrates CLT applications adapted to current codes and standards. 

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It’s a Jubilee day for scientist

Castanet
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dr. Michael Carlson, emeritus scientist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. The medal, which commemorates the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, was presented to Carlson by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson in a ceremony at the Kalamalka Forestry Centre today.

Click here to read the press release from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

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It’s time for B.C. to take a new approach to the civil service

by Darryl Walker, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.
Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…There are things the province can do to raise revenues and cut wasteful spending without making cuts to services. Here are 10 suggestions: …Review forest policy. The auditor general reported on the effects of cuts to forest inventory and research services which have been cut further this year. The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals estimates foresters are basing decisions on data that is decades out of date.

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Leave the owls alone

Letter by Larry Barnes
Prince George Citizen
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… The U.S. Forest Service, along with other scientific researchers, conducted a multi-year study in the forests where a moratorium was in effect to protect the population of spotted owl in the U.S…. Research showed that the natural expansion of the Barred owl was the reason for the continuing decline in the spotted owl population, not logging as proclaimed by Gwen Barlee. This report was released and acknowledged by Pat Bell, the Minister of Environment at that time, even knowing the cause of declining numbers, government was forced to initiate the futile Spotted Owl Recovery Program.

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Community Forest idea taking root

The Queens County Advance
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Will Martin, director of Forestry and Forest Products at Windhorse Woods, made a presentation to Region of Queens council on Jan. 31 on the progress of creating at community forest. Martin is specifically involved with the group looking to create the Medway Community Forest Co-op. “The reason we are using a co-operative model is because it is basically open membership,” he said. Anyone can buy in to the co-op and create a plan for part of it.

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Portland, Seattle Rank Top 10 For Urban Trees

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Surprise, surprise: Portland made the American Forests list of the top 10 U.S. cities for urban trees. The forest conservation group recognized the city for turning a former freeway into the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, for depaving parking lots and filling them with greenery, for maintaining the 5,100 acres of Forest Park and the hundreds of species of trees and shrubs at Hoyt Arboretum. Unlike most cities in the country, the group found, Portland’s urban canopy has been growing in recent years.

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Doubts over paper giant’s rainforest pledge

ABC News, Australia
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservationists say they are suspicious of an announcement by one of the world’s biggest pulp and paper companies, which says it will no longer log virgin rainforest. …”APP has committed to stop logging in all natural forest,” the firm’s sustainability head Aida Greenbury told the AFP news agency. “We will only expand operations on open land and scrubland.” …WWF’s Aditya Bayunanda says the announcement “is a big deal, and if they’re serious with this commitment I think the conservation movement will appreciate this.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trade deal one big sinkhole

Letter by Les Watmough
Terrace Standard
February 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

That was a nice article I read in the Sun recently, talking about the carbon trade made with the Great Bear Rainforest. …We now have to not log our forests so that they may be carbon sinks for the polluters in the rest of B.C. Do any of your staff, from the owner on down, understand just what the “ carbon trade” is? It allows a polluter to buy credits from someone who has credits (us up here) so they can keep on polluting. We are now expected to not log but to lay off good workers and shut down our industries.

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General

Forest Industry Launches Greenest Workforce Recruitment Campaign and Internship Contest

from The Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
February 6, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

MONTREAL- The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), with support from the Government of Canada, is today launching TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country. The industry is also launching a competition to give eight promising students across Canada a paid Green Dream Internship that includes a four month paid summer placement at a forest products company, an iPad Mini and a chance to win $5000.

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