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Daily Archives: August 12, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Inside the £350,000 forest retreat where the thatched roof is made of SEAWEED

The UK Daily Mail
August 11, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The idyllic thatched roof cottage is a dream for many, and the designers of this eco-friendly house were no different – so made one out of seaweed The remote forest home has a roof made entirely from water-based plants, which also coat several walls. A thatched roof is normally made out of straw, rushes or heather, but when inland vegetation was nowhere to be found, the Danish team behind the eco-home turned to a nearby lake.

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Business & Politics

Canfor closes deal to acquire Alabama lumber firm for $80 million

Canadian Press
August 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Canfor Corp. has closed a deal to buy Alabama-based Scotch & Gulf Lumber for $80 million plus working capital. The acquisition will take place over a three-year period, with Canfor acquiring a 25-per-cent interest in the lumber producer during the first phase. Scotch has headquarters in Mobile and has sawmills in Mobile, Fulton and Jackson, Ala. The company makes lumber products from Southern yellow pine and has a production capacity of 440 million board feet. The deal was announced at the end of May.

Also covered by the Wall Street Journal
It’s Official, Canfor Buys Alabama-based Company from The 250 News

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Sauders plan to exchange shares

The conversion will mean a single class of company stock for Interfor.
Vancouver Sun
August 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Descendants of late British Columbia industrialist Bill Sauder have decided to relinquish his estate’s voting control over the board at International Forest Products (Interfor), the company he founded. Interfor CEO Duncan Davies said Lawrence Sauder, Bill’s son and a longtime company director, informed the company Thursday that the family was exercising its right to exchange their Class B shares, which controlled voting rights for the board of directors, for Class A common shares.

International Forest Products to have a single class of shares after conversion from The Canadian Press

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NewPage Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

PRNews wire
August 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MIAMISBURG — NewPage Holdings Inc. today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2013. Net sales in the second quarter of 2013 were $720 million compared to $759 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease was primarily the result of lower sales volume and lower average paper prices, partially offset by improved mix. Net loss in the second quarter of 2013 was $13 million compared to net income of $84 million in the second quarter of 2012.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian paper packaging industry has got a brand new bag…website

Solid Waste Magazine
August 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council has launched a website intended to serve as a fact versus fiction reminder about the use of bags in Canadian society. Website Paper Bags Canada offers readers a rundown on different types of bags — from light paper to multi-wall sacks — and how they’re made. One of the primary agendas for the website is to dispel the myth that paper bags equate to the destruction of trees. 

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Letter: LEED’s preference for certified wood

Sun Journal
August 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Policymakers at all levels of government should look to remove arbitrary barriers in the way of commerce that serve little purpose other than to stifle growth and innovation. Throughout the past year, many state legislatures and governors took steps to boost the forest products industry in response to misguided policies surrounding timber. These steps should be applauded by states with large amounts of forestland, such as North Carolina. “LEED” standards drafted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and enforced in cities nationwide are a clear example of government interfering with timber markets.

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Albany, Long Buried in Paper, Resolves to Save a Small Forest

New York Times
August 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East

…In June, after years of inaction even as other states moved to reduce legislative paper consumption, New York lawmakers gave their final approval to a measure that would allow the Legislature to publish bills electronically, rather than on paper. …More than half of the country’s state legislatures have taken steps to go paperless or reduce paper use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. …International Paper, which has contracts to supply the state government with copy paper, lobbied against eliminating the bill, arguing that its Ticonderoga pulp and paper mill is an essential part of the North Country economy. On the other side, a firm hired by Apple, which stands to benefit if MacBooks or iPads replace paper in the legislative chambers, reported lobbying on the measure, although it was not clear how much.

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Forestry

Forest thinning plan gains support

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Canadian municipalities struggle to deal with wildfire risk from surrounding forests, a B.C. fire ecologist has come up with a series of policies that could solve the problem. Robert Gray spoke to the Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors on Thursday, August 1, seeking support for a policy paper set to be published in an industry magazine later this year, at the behest of the provincial government. The policies boil down to a simple concept: municipalities should be able to decide how wide an area around each community should be kept as a fire buffer.

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Mass arrests during War in the Woods 20 years ago prompted lasting change

Canadian Press
August 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

It is the quiet amid the chaos just as the logging trucks and police rolled in that Tzeporah Berman remembers acutely about the War in the Woods, the fight by environmentalists 20 years ago over Clayoquot Sound that the now-seasoned campaigner says set the stage for today’s battles over pipelines and other resource development issues. …Despite more than 800 arrests, including the iconic mass arrests of more than 300 people on Aug. 9, 1993, the protesters prevented the rainforest from being clear-cut, and sparked a new kind of environmental campaigning.

The Sumer BC’s Woods Roared Back from The Tyee

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B.C. considers closing North Island park amid fears ‘hippie’ gathering will cause chaos, damage

Victoria Times Colonist
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Parks and forests ministry staff, with an RCMP officer, helicoptered into Raft Cove Provincial Park Thursday to monitor early arrivals at the World Rainbow Gathering amid talk that the North Island park might need to be closed. …Western Forest Products, with tenure on Crown land surrounding the 787-hectare park, is concerned about fire risks and Rainbow campers travelling through logging sites. “When you have active logging, increased traffic on the road and inexperienced people in the back country, there are safety hazards,” said Western spokeswoman Makenzie Leine.

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Apex view intact for now

Penticton Western News
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Property owners at Apex Mountain have won a stay of execution for a highly visible stand of trees that was scheduled for harvesting. The 21-hectare cutblock on Green Mountain, easily seen from the ski slopes on Apex, will be left alone while Sn’pink’tn Forestry, which had intended to log there, re-evaluates its plan. That was one of the concessions contained in a five-party memorandum of understanding signed in late July and requested by the Apex Property Owners Association, which was concerned about visual and environmental impacts of logging in the area.

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Land Conservancy sees a bright future based on a past built by Merv Wilkinson

Nanaimo Daily News
August 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Volunteers with The Land Conservancy are hoping for a fresh start locally, and have launched a new initiative to draw support for the Wildwood sustainable forest woodlot once famously owned by Merv Wilkinson. …It was this intricate interaction between the health of a forest and the corresponding health of the surrounding watersheds, and its effect on salmon, that got Hepburn thinking more about forestry. “At the time that Clayoquot was going on, they were buzz-cutting every other watershed on the coast, especially on Vancouver Island. .. here on this part of the island there is less than one per cent left remaining of coastal Douglas Fir habitat,” he said.

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Forestry students learn to look into the future with NACFOR

Arrow Lakes News
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

You may or may not have seen Sandy Ramsden and Jenny Burrows around town, but the two forestry students have been working hard in the bush collecting data and preparing a 20-year plan for NACFOR. Their work takes them into their field, the forest, to find out what kind of trees are growing in what kind of terrain. “We’re getting a better handle on what is out in there of forest cover types,” said Ramsden. The more information they get, the more detailed the level of planning they can make.

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Fire danger shuts down logging

HQ Comox Valley
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Most of the logging operations around Vancouver Island have been shut down because wildfire risks are currently between high and extreme throughout the region. Every year loggers plan for summer shut downs but they are still going to cause problems. “First of all it shuts down logging which puts people out of work temporarily but if this stretches out further it will also cause shortages of logs entering into the system,” said Truck Loggers Association president Bill Markvoort.

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Clayoquot Sound – then and now

By Stephen Hume – Twenty years after protesters against West Coast clearcutting endured mass arrests, the event continues to shape environmental movement
Vancouver Sun
August 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

It’s hard to believe, for me at any rate, that Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the mass arrests at Clayoquot Sound, an event that transformed the face of environmentalism and forced governments and corporations to start taking such concerns seriously. …However, at Clayoquot Sound, the protest went big and it went mainstream. People came from all over the country and beyond. Teachers, artists, musicians, university students and their professors, working folk, soccer moms, dentists, doctors and First Nations elders descended on the West Coast to put a stop to clearcutting by blockading a road.

Mark Hume at the Globe and Mail prints his spin on “Twenty years after” with a focus on a new wave of unrest on the horizon.

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Blame still being laid in McLure-Barriere wildfire

Kamloops Daily News
August 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The McLure-Barriere wildfire reached a 10-year anniversary this month but a legal feud between the province and Tolko Industries Ltd. remains smoldering. Sixty days are set aside in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in January to hear a trial that will determine who, beyond acknowledged fire starter Michael Barre, is to blame for the corporation’s losses. Tolko, which lost its Louis Creek sawmill in the 2003 blaze, is blaming the province for a host of issues.

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Youbou truck wash in negotiations

Cowhichan News Leader
August 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is now in negotiations with TimberWest to complete the necessary legal work before construction can begin on the Youbou truck wash, says Youbou Director Pat Weaver. “(TimberWest) promised me that the truck wash could be up in running in six weeks, but obviously to protect the people of Area I and the CVRD, it has to go through all the legal parameters,” says Weaver. “I’m hoping it will be done by September because right now, we are living through the worst of it.”

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In battle to protect power grid, trees often lose

Associated Press
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States


In the part of Ohio where a high-voltage line sagging into a tree in startled residents with a boom and burned out appliances in August 2003, utility workers and contractors have been threatened, and some property owners have even been thrown into jail, according to Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. “Homeowners, rightly so, have a strong allegiance and a strong affinity for the trees on their property or adjacent to their property,” said Wes Kocher, a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.

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Calif. faces longer, tough wildfire season

Associated Press
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California truly is the Golden State this summer _ golden brown _ and that has fire officials worried heading into the peak of the wildfire season. It’s still weeks before the fire-fanning Santa Ana winds usually arrive and already it’s been a brutal fire season, with nearly twice as many acres burned statewide from a year ago, including 18,000 scorched this week in a blaze still raging in the mountains 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

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23 illegal campfires found in Bitterroot National Forest

The Missoulian
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot National Forest is warning campers to be cautious of their campfire use. Twenty-three illegal, abandoned or escaped campfires have been found by firefighters on the forest in the past seven days. Numerous fires escaped campfire rings and could have spread easily had crews not been nearby, a news release states. Many of the fires were discovered outside approved campgrounds, where fires are now prohibited.

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Containment of Idaho fires increases slightly

Associated Press
August 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Firefighters increased their efforts Sunday to contain two large complexes of central Idaho fires and ordered the evacuation of 200 rural homes. The Pony Complex of fires have experienced “extreme” behavior in recent days and grew to cover roughly 187 square miles by Sunday, the U.S. Forest Service said. Officials said that about 200 firefighters and support staff were fighting the fire complex, which was 20 percent contained. The fires were somewhat less active Sunday due to a heavy smoke inversion, but flames consumed two cabins and an outbuilding in Syrup Creek.

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Walden talks jobs, forests, health care

Herald and News
August 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After swinging through Bend, Prineville, John Day, Burns and Lakeview, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., toured a uniquely Klamath business venture Saturday. Walden sat down with members of the local business community in the Southern Central Oregon Economic Development District office to discuss jobs, forests and health care. Among the attendees were representatives of Klamath Algae Products, Inc., a company that harvests and produces algae from Upper Klamath Lake, among other sources.

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Forest Service Chief Tours Tongass with Murkowski

Associated Press
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU- The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says his visit to southeast Alaska is giving him an up-close look at some of the challenges faced by residents on the country’s largest national forest.  Thomas Tidwell has been touring the Tongass National Forest with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Their itinerary included stops at a lumber yard and tree-thinning site as well as a meeting that included tourism, mining and timber interests. Friday’s schedule includes a flyover of the proposed Niblack Mine.

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Wyden needs to step up on timber issue

He is the key to reinvigorating harvest levels to boost blue-collar Oregonians
Mail Tribune
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ron Wyden likes to remind you that he’s Oregon’s senator. Suggest that his constituency is based in Portland and the Willamette Valley and he’ll quickly inform you that he represents the entire state. Now he has a chance to prove it. Wyden is the key to any hopes of making actual, real, significant change in the litigious stalemate that has largely removed the final word from the phrase “federal timber harvest.” 

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Barry Point timber salvage step closer to reality

Herald and News
August 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Decisions that could lead to harvesting more than 25 million board feet of timber damaged by last year’s Barry Point Fire were approved by the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Forest Supervisor Fred Way announced Thursday that two decisions have been signed on the Barry Point Salvage Project Environmental Assessment that could lead to timber harvesting beginning later this year, probably in September.

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Federal agency disputes logging old growth trees that support threatened sea bird

Associated Press
August 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two federal agencies are at loggerheads over a decision to remove five old-growth trees from the habitat that supports a threatened sea bird during breeding season. The U.S. Forest Service cut the massive trees — one was 238-feet tall — in late April at the Sunshine Bar Campground near Port Orford in southwest Oregon. The threatened marbled murrelet nests in the campground, though it’s unknown if any were in the trees at the time they fell. The agency generally must get a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take a tree during the breeding season. But Fish and Wildlife did not know the trees were gone until getting a tip in late July.

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Forest Service: Ash borer spread leads to woodpecker boom

U.S. Forest Service
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The scourge of forests, the emerald ash borer, or EAB, is usually described with words like “destructive” and “pest.” A recent study based on data collected by citizen scientists suggests that one more adjective might apply, at least from a bird’s perspective: “delicious.” In a study published this week in the journal Biological Invasions, U.S. Forest Service entomologist Andrew Liebhold and Cornell University scientist Walter Koenig and others document how an EAB invasion fueled a population boom for four species of birds in the Detroit area.

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Financing Urban Forestry

University of North Carolina
August 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Before joining the staff at the Environmental Finance Center at UNC, I spent a lot of my time in graduate school exploring another passion: urban forestry. After all, what’s not to love about trees, and shouldn’t all cities have lots of them? I think so, and so do lots of other people out there. But coming to the EFC inspired me to think about urban forestry in a new light: here at the EFC, we love to ask “how do you pay for it”? So it seems natural that I should explore how cities in the US are paying for the maintenance and improvement of their urban forests and how we can ensure that urban forestry programs are financed in a sustainable way.

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Reducing the toll in our forest industry

Gisborne Herald
August 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A CAMPAIGN is about to start to make the New Zealand forestry industry safer after almost as many fatalities in the past five years as there were in the Pike River mining disaster. Since 2008, 28 New Zealand forestry workers have been killed on the job — only one less than the number of miners killed at Pike River, said Franois Barton of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Six forestry workers were killed in work accidents last year, with three of those deaths happening in the Gisborne district.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Signs of Forests Adapting to Growing CO2 Levels

Climate News Network
August 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

LONDON—Trees may be getting more efficient in the way they manage water. They could be exploiting the higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, growing foliage from a lower uptake of groundwater. If so, then the carbon dioxide fertilisation effect – predicted by theorists and observed in laboratory experiments – could be real. This is a provisional finding, because it is pretty difficult to measure the precise economy of a whole forest or an open wilderness.

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Sen. Udall applauds Gypsum biomass plant

Vail Daily
August 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

GYPSUM — U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the Gypsum biomass power plant is a “win-win-win” project when he and state Sen. Gail Schwartz toured the plant’s construction site on Friday afternoon. The Gypsum biomass plant is the first of its kind in Colorado and is on schedule to go online this December. The “woody” biomass plant will produce 11.5 megawatts of electricity per year by burning dead timber collected mostly from the White River National Forest. That main fuel source will be supplemented by other sources, such as wood construction waste that normally goes to the landfill.

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Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Associated Press
August 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In a sign of how swiftly and extensively climate change is reshaping the Arctic environment, a new study has found that the region’s mighty boreal forests – stands of mighty spruce, fir, and larch trees that serve as the gateway to the Arctic Circle – have been burning at an unprecedented rate during the past few decades. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the boreal forests have not burned at today’s high rates for at least the past 10,000 years, and climate change projections show even more wildfire activity may be to come.

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