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Daily Archives: July 31, 2013

Business & Politics

The ILMA’s ‘timber grab’

Nelson Star
July 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ILMA and its member timber companies are campaigning to increase log flows to Kootenay mills, arguing that too much forest has been put off limits to protect endangered species and old growth forests. But they don’t say it that way. They say: “Sustainable economic development from the forest industry…is at risk.” …Except that when you look at their numbers, it’s not. ILMA members have been cutting less than they are allowed to, due to a soft market. …. So they have mounted a lobby to maximize logging activity so mills can run at full capacity. This is not sustainability. It’s a timber grab.

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Panel takes up Tester, Baucus forest bills

Associated Press
July 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester told their colleagues Tuesday that it is time to pass their bills expanding forest protections. Both Democrats testified in Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Senate Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee on measures that failed to clear the last Congress. Tester’s plan to both mandate more logging and expand wilderness area was first introduced in 2009 and is billed as a compromise between timber mills and environmentalists.

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Judge rejects Calif. lawsuit over forest fire

Associated Press
July 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California’s largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California. State and federal officials have blamed Sierra Pacific Industries for the Moonlight Fire, which they said was caused by two unsupervised employees who operated bulldozers on a red-flag warning day with high fire danger.

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Weyerhaeuser seeking tax break to make upgrades

Cottage Grove Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser NR Company cleared one hurdle on the way to a proposed $3 million technology upgrade at its Cottage Grove sawmill last week with a resolution from the Cottage Grove City Council that will waive a requirement for a possible tax abatement. Municipalities such as cities and counties often create enterprise zones as areas where policies are put in place to encourage economic growth and development. Currently, the state of Oregon has 60 such enterprise zones, with 50 in rural areas and 13 in urban settings.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Energy-efficiency certification comes to multi-family homes

Calgary Herald
July 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Built Green Canada has branched out with a new plan for energy efficiency in multi-family development. Since 2003, the third party national certification program has offered builders a rating based on the construction methods and materials used in single-family homes. In June, Built Green Canada launched its High-Density Program, which certifies energy efficiency in wood-frame construction of residential structures three-and-a-half storeys and taller. “The same principles we built our single-family program on were applied to HD,” says Built Green Canada executive director Jenifer Christenson.

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Ad angers pro-wood construction community

Journal of Commerce
August 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A recent ad that took a shot at wood construction, which appeared in the Toronto Star newspaper, has left some members of the pro-wood community looking for answers from the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA). …“It’s primarily an issue of bad marketing,” said Marshall Leslie, a member of the RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Central Ontario) Technical Council, and the person who sent out an e-mail, in the form of an open letter, that addressed the ad.

Click here to see the CCMPA ad

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Forestry

BCTS urged to spare old-growth forest

Coast Reporter
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two Sunshine Coast environmental groups want B.C. Timber Sales (BCTS) to scrap plans to auction 68 hectares of old-growth forest in Dakota Bowl on Mount Elphinstone. Both Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) and the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA) are opposing the planned logging of five cutblocks on Elphinstone’s upper slopes and last week requested the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) call on BCTS to cancel the timber sale.

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B.C.’s “firestorms” a decade ago serve as warning of what could still happen today

The Canadian Press
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Lou Wilde’s 17 years as a firefighter did not prepare him for the “firestorm” that ravaged Kelowna a decade ago this summer. “You can find pictures on the Internet of huge walls of fire coming down the valley, but that’s not what burned neighbourhoods down,” said Kelowna’s Deputy Chief, recalling how just a few embers from those walls were enough to engulf a home. More than 2,400 wildfires ravaged B.C. in the summer of 2003. As many as 45,000 thousand people were forced to flee as flames licked at doorsteps, eventually burning through almost 250,000 hectares and leaving hundreds homeless.

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BC wildfire management could be better

HQ Prince George
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A UBC Forestry professor says BC is getting better at wildfire management but still has a long way to go. Associate Professor Lori Daniels says over the years wildfire risk has been as high as it is now because of overly aggressive fire fighting. By suppressing fires not endangering habitated areas, the province let the amount of natural fuel to build up beyond natural levels. “When those fires burned at short intervals, you kept your fuel loads low.

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Cougar den may have been lost to logging, Port Alberni man says

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An avid, amateur cougar enthusiast in Port Alberni fears that logging on the Alberni Hump has destroyed a cougar den used by generations of the big cats. “Island Timberlands has built a road right up to it, and there’s flagging tape right at the entrance,” said Ray McLellan, who has tracked and watched cougars at the small cave since he was growing up in Port Alberni in the 1970s. “Now the last little section on top of the hump has been logged. They could have left a nice buffer around it,” said McLellan, whose father was a cougar hunter.

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Perry Ridge wildfire a provincial priority

Nelson Star
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Type I Command Team has taken over the Perry Ridge forest fire as the blaze becomes a priority location in the province. As of early Tuesday afternoon the wildfire west of Winlaw was estimated at 97 hectares in size. It was first spotted last Wednesday. “Crews report that the fire was fairly quiet overnight,” Southeast Fire Centre spokeswoman Karlie Shaughnessy told the Star. “The crews have made progress and have established approximately 1,860 metres of handguard on the southern portion of the west and east flanks.”

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Feds have until 3 p.m. today to buy Quadra Island park land with community-raised funds

Victoria Times Colonist
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Years of planning and fundraising for a new Quadra Island provincial park could be lost Thursday if the B.C. government fails to hit a deadline to purchase the private land. The government has until 3 p.m. to submit a bid to buy 395 hectares of waterfront property for sale by forest company Merrill & Ring, based in Washington state. Quadra Island’s roughly 3,000 full-time residents have led a charge to raise more than $200,000, to try to push the province into action to save the property from logging or development.

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Mars bomber back on fire duty

Alberni Valley Times
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Hawaii Mars water bomber went back on duty Monday afternoon after experiencing engine troubles on Saturday. The Hawaii Mars was in the Castlegar region doing drops on a wildfire burning on the Perry Ridge, which is west of Winlaw, when one of the aircraft’s motors started having troubles in the afternoon. Coulson Group of Companies CEO Wayne Coulson said the company decided to fly the Hawaii Mars back to its Sproat Lake base. “We decided to switch the motor,” he said. The company keeps spare engines for the aircraft at the base. Coulson explained it was the third time in the last seven years that the Hawaii Mars motor was switched.

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Summit County firefighters: Black Forest burn area looked like home

Summitt Daily
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Presenting a slideshow in front of the Summit Board of County Commissioners, firefighters Keith McMillan and Tim Caldwell flip to a picture of a single-family home surrounded by a neatly kept yard, few trees and featuring a stone wall on one side. It’s nearly obscured in a haze of smoke, but it’s still standing. The 4,000-square-foot home next to it burned to the ground in the Black Forest fire that destroyed nearly 500 houses in June.

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Letter: Why kill one owl to benefit another?

The Oregonian
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I was first pleased and then appalled with The Oregonian’s editorial coverage of the region’s owl controversy (“When killing means saving,” Editorial, July 28). I was pleased that The Oregonian recognized the importance of the issue and then appalled that the editorial board’s position is to kill some barred owls in favor of the spotted owl. The apparent justification for a planned killing of barred owls is that by doing so we may discover new insight and understanding that will provide “tools” for protecting the spotted owl from extinction. Recent coverage leads directly to two basic questions: What more must we know and at what price?

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Oregon Department Of Forestry Shifts Resources To Meet Major Wildfire Threat?

Albany Tribune
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With more than 35,000 acres burning on lands under its protection, primarily in southwestern Oregon, and fire danger persistently high or extreme across most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is in the midst of its largest wildfire response in more than a decade. In addition to employees regularly devoted to firefighting, staff from all parts of the agency are away from their regular jobs to serve on fire lines, in fire camps or in other fire-related roles.

Northwest named wildfire priority as crews brace for thunderstorms from The Oregonian
Gov. declares state of emergency in southwest Oregon from The Herald and News

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Crews take advantage of weather to conduct ‘burnout’ on fire near Arlee

The Missoulian
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ARLEE – “We’re going to create a very large fire here,” Tony Bacon said as a team of Chief Mountain Hotshots readied their drip torches. A very large fire – the Firestone Flats wildfire east of Arlee – had already burned 1,750 acres at the foot of the Mission Mountains above the Jocko River. On Tuesday afternoon, Bacon planned to burn a few more in hopes of cutting off the dragon’s head. The division supervisor with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation was overseeing a “burnout” maneuver at the leading edge of the fire. The plan: to take advantage of Tuesday’s high humidity and calm air to use flame as a tactical weapon.

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Timber Industry Suffering From Recent Moisture (& video)

WTVY.com
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The summer’s moisture has put a damper on Alabama’s $21 billion timber industry. Summer is usually a busy time for the timber industry. “Normally we’ve been in drought conditions, it hasn’t been a lot of moisture in the summertime especially. We get some winter rains, but nothing like we’ve had in the last four, five weeks,” S.E. Forest Industries Chief Executive Officer, Toby Warr said. But recent moisture has bogged down more than the ground, it’s bogging down business.

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Greens leader talks tough on forest protests

ABC News, Australia
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The long-term success of Tasmania’s forest peace deal is looking increasingly unlikely, despite calls from the Greens leader to halt protests. Greens Leader Nick McKim has toughened his language on anti-logging protesters but has stopped short of condemning them. When protesters targeted the veneer producer Ta Ann earlier this month, Mr McKim labelled it “counterproductive”. The wording put him at odds with other senior ministers and the Premier Lara Giddings and was criticised by the State Opposition as being too weak.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Spend Carbon Trust Surplus On Schools, Say NDP

250 News
July 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – The BC New Democrats say cash-strapped schools and hospitals should be the beneficiaries of the current $30-million dollar surplus in the Pacific Carbon Trust, not carbon offset projects put forth by the private sector. NDP Environment critic, Chandra Herbert, says the public institutes are forced to pay into the Trust and it’s racking up a hefty profit each year. “The least we should expect is that those contributions will come back to our public institutions to help reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs in the future.”

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New Liskeard pellets Euro-bound

Northern Ontario Business
July 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

While Ken Doupe felt the effects of the decline in the forest industry five years ago on his logging company, he wasn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. “I always liked working in the bush and wanted something else to do with forestry,” said the president of KD Quality Pellets. Two years and a great deal of research later, he decided that a pellet plant would be a feasible endeavour. The pellet producer, located north of New Liskeard in Harley Twp., is ready to make the transition from idea to a producing plant. It was expected to become operational by the end of July.

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