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Daily Archives: March 13, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Colchester County man vies for new world record in chainsaw juggling

March 13, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stewart set out to break the Guinness World Record of juggling a running chainsaw and two balls on March 8 at the Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV Show in Halifax. “To be honest I lost count” [Truro, NS]- Ian Stewart has done his part. Now all he can do is wait. So said the North River (Nova Scotia) resident who set out on Saturday (March 8) to break the Guinness World Record of juggling a running chainsaw and two balls. The previous record off 114 tosses had been set in the UK. On Saturday, in front of a live audience at the Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV Show in Halifax, Stewart successfully tossed (and caught) the chainsaw more than 150 times.

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Colchester County man vies for new world record in chainsaw juggling

March 13, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stewart set out to break the Guinness World Record of juggling a running chainsaw and two balls on March 8 at the Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV Show in Halifax. “To be honest I lost count” [Truro, NS]- Ian Stewart has done his part. Now all he can do is wait. So said the North River (Nova Scotia) resident who set out on Saturday (March 8) to break the Guinness World Record of juggling a running chainsaw and two balls. The previous record off 114 tosses had been set in the UK. On Saturday, in front of a live audience at the Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV Show in Halifax, Stewart successfully tossed (and caught) the chainsaw more than 150 times.

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Business & Politics

‘A big problem’: Vancouver port labour dispute causes forestry logjam, draws ire of Stephen Harper

Financial Post
March 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The logjam created by the trucker strike at Port Metro Vancouver has brought rail shipments of forestry products at the country’s busiest port to a virtual standstill. And it drew a sharp comment from Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday. The congestion at the port has some shippers looking at rerouting pulp and lumber shipments to ports in Prince Rupert, Seattle, and as far as Montreal, and considering more drastic measures as the dispute lingers on.

BC lumber exports constrained by Port Metro Vancouver trucking dispute from The Vancouver Sun
Clark, Harper spar over who should end Vancouver truckers’ strike from The Globe and Mail

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WorkSafeBC knew how to investigate deaths to get criminal charges: 2007 agreement

by Gordon Hoekstra – Knowledge of proper interview, evidence-seizure rules dates back to 2007
Vancouver Sun
March 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A 2007 agreement with B.C.’s solicitor general to give WorkSafeBC investigators special powers requires them to know how to conduct interviews and seize evidence so it can stand up in court. Those requirements are among key issues cited by the Criminal Justice branch in rejecting charges in January in the deadly Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion two years ago. The special constable agreement — obtained by The Vancouver Sun through a freedom of information request — raises more questions about why WorkSafeBC investigators did not use search warrants during its investigation and warn interviewees of their Charter rights to remain silent.

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J.D. Irving Ltd. to invest $513M in its mills

Announcement comes on heels of new provincial forestry strategy being unveiled
CBC News
March 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd. is investing $513 million in its mills across the province, the company announced to a standing ovation at its Saint John pulp and paper mill on Thursday. The company is calling it the “largest pulp mill investment in Canada since 1993.” The announcement comes one day after the Alward government unveiled the province’s new forestry plan, which increases the amount of softwood that can be cut annually on Crown land by 20 per cent, or 660,000 cubic metres.

Irving mill to get upgrade a day after New Brunswick lifts softwood cap from The Canadian Press

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Five years after shutdown, Marathon mayor says site of mill catching investors’ eyes

TB Newswatch
March 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Marathon’s Mayor remains hopeful that there will still be some work done at the former pulp mill site in his community. Mayor Rick Dumas said despite the sale of the mill to an American company falling apart in January, something could still be done with the site. “We’ve taken some opportunities to meet with some investors on that site,” the mayor said during an interview with CKPR Radio. “Obviously we can’t talk about those issues, but we are working behind the scenes and there are some opportunities there.”

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RockTenn to acquire Simpson Tacoma Paper Mill

Recycling Today
March 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

RockTenn, based in Norcross, Ga., has signed an agreement to acquire Simpson Tacoma Kraft paper mill located in Tacoma, Wash., from Simpson Lumber Co. LLC, for about $343 million. RockTenn structured the transaction as an asset purchase. In 2013, the mill produced 465,000 tons on two paper machines and two pulp dryers that made various paper grades including containerboard, specialty kraft paper and pulp. Additionally, the Tacoma Kraft Mill operates a 55-megawatt green biomass fuel cogeneration facility that was completed in 2009 and sells electricity under a long-term contract.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New recycling rules bring fears from paper industry

Requirements allow Valley’s diversion program to expand, but job losses expected
Alberni Valley Times
March 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Upcoming recycling regulations have caused alarm for B.C. companies that rely on producing large quantities of paper – especially newspapers. On May 19 the province will require larger companies to pay for the recycling of their printing and packaging of paper products, taking the waste management burden away from municipalities. … Peter Kvarnstrom, chairman of the Canadian Newspaper Association, said that newspapers in B.C. already have an 85 per cent recycling rate, making the initiative an unnecessary burden that will “dump a massive cost onto the back of a fragile industry still challenged to stay standing.”

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Centennial Beach Pavilion gets Wood Works! award

Delta Optimist
March 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local building received accolades last week for its use of wood. John Wall, an architect and principal with Public: Architecture + Communication, was honoured with the Environmental Performance 2014 award at the 10th annual B.C. Wood Design Awards for his work on the Centennial Beach Pavilion in Tsawwassen. The awards were handed out by Wood Works! B.C. at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Wood Works! is a national campaign of the Canadian Wood Council aimed at increasing the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction. 

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Sawdust fuel fires Australia’s first carbon neutral bricks

Architecture and Design
March 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s first certified carbon neutral bricks have been launched by Brickworks Building Products. Manufactured at Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Longford facility, they are the first certified carbon neutral bricks under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard. They include the range of bricks and pavers available from Austral Bricks (Tasmania) and Daniel Robertson. The carbon neutral certification of the range of pavers and bricks manufactured at the operation near Launceston, Tasmania, is largely achieved by the use of a unique fuel for kiln firing. 

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Forestry

How Slocan’s beach became a sawmill

Nelson Star
March 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

First of two parts – The demolition of the Springer Creek Forest Products sawmill now underway closes the books on a plant that has been Slocan City’s lifeblood for nearly 50 years. But the circumstances and controversy that surrounded the mill’s lakefront location are now recalled by only a few old-timers. The debate first surfaced in the Nelson Daily News on February 4, 1964 as Canadian Pacific Railway subsidiary Pacific Logging Co. eyed Slocan’s public beach as a possible mill site.

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Softwood harvest expanded in N.B.

The Canadian Press
March 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is going to allow its forestry industry to harvest an additional 660,000 cubic metres of softwood a year — a hike of 20 per cent from existing levels. Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said Wednesday the increase in the province’s new forestry strategy will bring the total to about 3.9 million cubic metres of spruce and fir, enough to add 500 new jobs. The government says the 10-year plan is expected to generate more than 1,200 construction jobs as 40 mills around the province begin to modernize.

More Crown wood for NB forestry sector from The Global News
New forestry plan provides more crown wood to industry from CBC News

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New Crown forestry plan greeted with shock, dismay

Line in the sand to protect wildlife, nature has been crossed, says forestry professor Graham Forbes
CBC News
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Alward government’s decision to increase the amount of softwood that industrial forest operations will be allowed to cut on Crown land is being greeted with shock and dismay in some corners. The new forest policy was announced Wednesday. It boosts the amount of softwood that can be cut on Crown land annually by 20 per cent, or 660,000 cubic meters. To help achieve that, the amount of Crown land that is off-limits to the forest industry — such as old growth forest and deer wintering habitat — has been reduced to 23 per cent, from the traditional level of 30 per cent.

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Speak out for Green Renewable Jobs in Ontario NOMA, FONOM, and OFIA do not support Bill 83- Freedom to Slander

Written by The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA), the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM), and the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA)
Wawa News
March 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, and the Ontario Forest Industries Association are concerned about Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2014 and its potential impacts to Ontario’s sustainable forestry sector, which employs 150,000 people in this province. …A recent Supreme Court ruling proves that lawsuits cannot be used to suppress legitimate expressions. There is no need for Bill 83. There is however, evidence of Green peace previously misleading the public and making false claims against a forestry company operating in Ontario. It is not surprising that Green peace also strongly supports this bill.

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Rare redwood faces chopping block in California

The Associated Press
March 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COTATI, Calif.—It’s a tree so rare that there are only 10 of its kind in the world, and it could be chopped down to make way for commuter trains in Northern California. Preservationists are hoping to raise public awareness and save the albino chimero coast redwood growing in the small Sonoma County town of Cotati, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. Fewer than 10 of the genetically mutated trees still exist, researchers say. Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) officials say it’s out of their hands, that federal regulators have determined the 52-foot tree must come down for safety reasons. 

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Sustainable forestry important amid climate change

Julia Altemus writes on behalf of the Montana Wood Products Association.
The Missoulian
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…No matter which side of the debate you’re on, sustainable forest management and carbon storage in wood products are significant countermeasures to greenhouse gas emissions. Forests are carbon sinks, as a result of natural processes such as growth, and human activities such as harvesting and afforestation. Harvested areas regenerate. In any year, there is substantial new carbon sequestration occurring on the areas previously harvested. The idea behind using forests to help mitigate climate change involves managing to reduce their potential to be a net carbon emitter (as in the case of wildfire) and increase their potential to sequester or store carbon.

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South Dakota Legislature OKs $1.95 million to fight mountain pine beetles across the state

The Associated Press
March 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PIERRE, South Dakota — The South Dakota Senate has agreed to authorize $1.95 million to suppress pine beetle infestation. Senators voted 30-4 in support of the measure that the state House previously approved. The bill will go next to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. If approved, the funding will be immediately available for use by state agencies. The original draft came from the governor and called for $350,000 to address the problem in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. 

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State creating forest areas locally

Post Star
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state is buying nearly 13,000 acres of woodlands and grasslands in the region that will be set aside for conservation and public use in the coming months. Two new state forest areas will be created in Washington County, covering 6,465 acres in Kingsbury, Fort Edward, Argyle and Whitehall. Nearly 4,000 acres will be used to create Washington County Grasslands State Forest in Kingsbury, Fort Edward and Argyle. About 2,000 acres will be purchased, while another 2,000 will be managed under conservation easement.

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Canadian State Forest in limbo

ABC News
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jeff Rootes, Friends of the Canadian Corridor convenor, says prior to the 1950s the native forest was logged. But since then 300 hectares was cleared for pine plantations under former Victorian Premier Henry Bolte, who served from 1955 to 1972. “Those pine plantations were locked up under 99 year leases, that occurred in 1994 when Jeff Kennett sold them to private companies, so the forest has been sitting there for all that time.” “It’s in the process of being handed back to state government.”

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Retreat on protected areas unfortunate: experts

The Sydney Mornng Herald
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s leading expert body for protected areas has made an unprecedented entry into the political debate, calling on Australia to rethink its growing antagonism to national parks, world heritage sites and other conservation land. All 114 Australian members of the World Commission on Protected Areas have sent Prime Minister Tony Abbott an open letter, urging his government to take a leadership role in protecting nature. The letter follows Mr Abbott’s speech to a timber industry dinner last week when he vowed not to “lock up” any more forests in national parks.

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Coalition ‘misled’ UN over bid to strip heritage listing from Tasmanian forest

Photos show 90% of the 74,000 hectares the government claims is degraded are ecologically pristine forests, says Bob Brown
The Guardian
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government has been accused of misleading the UN in its bid to strip world heritage protection from tracts of Tasmanian forest, after the release of pictures purportedly showing that ecologically pristine areas will be delisted. Bob Brown, the former Greens leader, has released a tranche of photos from the Weld Valley, one of several areas where the government wants to remove a total of 74,000 hectares of the world heritage protection. 

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Forestry agreement doubts

ABC News, Australia
March 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The former ACTU Secretary Bill Kelty says ‘ripping up agreements is, I think, a terrible thing to do.’ ‘Failing to understand what goes into making an agreement… verges on immaturity,’ warned Mr Kelty. Mr Kelty says the 2011 agreement, which ended 30 years of conflict over the forests, is critical to attracting investors. ‘If everything you try to do in Tasmania is subject to dissent and conflict and petty politics they’ll go somewhere else.’ Meanwhile both loggers and conservationists fear a return to the days of warring over forests.

Forestry peace pressure (video) from ABC News, Australia

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Tasmania’s World Heritage Area: World Heritage Committee advisor raises concerns over plan to reduce protected area

ABC News, Australia
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A key advisor to the World Heritage Committee has flagged concerns with the Federal Government’s plan to delist 74,000 hectares of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. In 2013, the committee approved an extension to the area, adding about 172,000 hectares to take the total protected area to about 1.6 million hectares. The Federal Government vowed to reduce the area to help Tasmania’s economy as part of an election commitment.  As part of the World Heritage Area boundary change, areas of the
Southern Forests, the Styx and the Florentine were given protection.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Researchers focus on new uses for pulp byproducts

Kenora Online
March 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lorne Morrow is the spokesman for the CRIBE — Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy. A former mill manager, he thinks there are ways to find new products and new markets that can be derived from the pulp-making process. “Exactly. The whole thing is to take that forest biomass stream. So, when you make pulp, you have a stream of pulp that goes out that you make paper and pulp from, and you have a waste stream, but it’s not a waste stream,” he said. 

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Post carbon consumption examined

The Bayonet
March 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Fort Benning environmental experts recently worked with the Georgia Forestry Commission to determine carbon consumption that is captured through the management of local forests.
The Georgia Forestry Commission performed a carbon sequestration analysis of 148,000 acres on Fort Benning at the request of the Plans, Analysis Integration Office and Directorate of Public Works Land Management Branch. This effort, which more than a year to develop, highlights the success of the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by the installation and provide numerous ecological benefits to the nearby communities.

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Carbomap Completes Costa Rica Survey

Environmental Leader
March 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbomap says the actual carbon content of a Costa Rican forest it surveyed is 22 percent higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. The environmental survey company completed a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica to value the asset for trading. Estimated using approved methodologies by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the global forest carbon stocks are believed to contain 638 billion metric tons of carbon, which may be valued at more than $3.8 trillion (at an average price of $6 per metric ton).

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