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Daily Archives: March 14, 2014

Business & Politics

City sticks by forest land tax hike

Campbell River Mirror
March 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city wants TimberWest to drop its tax challenge and reconsider taking the city to court for the second time in five years. Last month, TimberWest, the city’s largest private timber and land management company, filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court to fight the city’s tax increase for its forest lands. City Manager Andy Laidlaw said it will be Campbell River taxpayers who will be punished if TimberWest takes the city to court. “It is unfortunate that TimberWest, as a corporate taxpayer, has taken this action against council policy, which aims to set an equitable tax rate for managed forest lands, phased in over three years,” Laidlaw said in a news release.

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Irving mill to get upgrade a day after New Brunswick lifts softwood cap

News 95.7 Halifax
March 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Irving Pulp and Paper is planning to spend about $450 million to modernize a mill in Saint John, making the announcement a day after the New Brunswick government lifted a cap on the amount of softwood it will make available to the forestry industry from Crown land. The company says work on its mill on the west side of the city is slated to begin this spring and will create the full-time equivalent of 600 jobs. CEO Jim Irving thanked the province Thursday for making a supply of wood available. …Irving Pulp and Paper says its spending on the project is the largest investment in a pulp mill in Canada since 1993.

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Sino-Forest settlement valid, Supreme Court says

Financial Post
March 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada this morning refused to intervene in a $117 million court-approved settlement between Sin0-Forest’s major creditors and investors seeking to recover their losses by way of a class action. By refusing to grant leave to appeal from an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that let the settlement stand, the Supreme Court has effectively shut down a group of dissident investors represented by Kim Orr Barristers P.C. 

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From real estate to biofuels – the timber industry is changing (Radio)

Montana Public Radio
March 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Mike Covey went to work for the Plum Creek timber company right after getting his forestry degree from the University of Montana in 1980, and stayed with Plum Creek for 23 years. Covey is now chairman and CEO of the Spokane-based Potlatch Corporation, another big timber holder in the Pacific Northwest. Covey was in Missoula this week to lecture at his alma mater and he also took time to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk, to talk about the sweeping changes in the timber industry in the last few decades.

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Maine mill to invest $120 million, add 80 jobs

Portland Press Herald
March 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Maine’s struggling paper industry got a boost Wednesday when the parent company of Woodland Pulp in Baileyville said it will invest about $120 million to install two tissue machines. The decision will provide a lift to Down East Maine, with about 80 new jobs at the mill and an estimated 200 to 300 indirect jobs, including drivers to take truckloads of tissue paper for paper napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue and facial tissue to East Coast markets.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Jacuzzi Selects Eco Building Products Protective Coatings And Paints

Market Watch
March 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

VISTA, Calif. — Eco Building Products announced today that Jacuzzi®, one of the world’s leading spa manufacturers, has agreed to move forward with Eco Building Products, Inc. as their manufacturing partner for the production of the protected lumber for export into Mexico… Popular for use in the pre-fab industry, Canadian Spruce lumber is received at Eco’s coating facility in Colton, California which is then treated with Eco Red Shield lumber coatings and Eco Armor paint, providing unparalleled, eco-friendly protection on lumber. 

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The Promise of Wood-Based Nanotechnology

USDA Forest Products Laboratory
March 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The concept of nanotechnology can be a tough one to grasp, and making a connection between wood-based nanomaterials and forest restoration might seem like a stretch. But a recent article in The Consultant, an annual magazine published by the Association of Consulting Foresters, provides a clear and comprehensive look at the science that is often deemed the way of the future and how it relates to forestry. In short, “finding new, high-value, market-based outlets for excess forest biomass is vital to forest restoration.” Cellulose nanomaterials, with unique and desirable properties applicable across many industries, have the potential to provide solutions to costly forest restoration issues.

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Forestry

Too Abundant to Disappear? Not Quite: The Lessons of the Passenger Pigeon.

by Kevin Dennehy
Yale School of Forestry
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

During the mid-19th century, the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world, with populations believed to number in the billions. Traveling in formations that might be impossible to imagine today, the bird was ubiquitous across New England, the Midwest and parts of Canada… Because the bird’s populations had been so enormous, Greenberg said, most people assumed it was simply impossible for the passenger pigeon to ever become extinct. But as new technologies opened up national markets for the birds’ meat, and the loss of forests and wetlands deprived them of their habitat, their populations collapsed.

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AAC reduction – Who will come out on top?

250 News
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Questions are growing about what will happen when the Allowable Annual Cut (AAC) is dramatically reduced in Timber Supply Areas in the Interior of BC as a result of the widespread devastation of the forests by the mountain pine beetle infestation. This AAC reduction is expected to reach 20% across the region, with some areas hit as hard as 50% or more. Will the reduction hit all sectors of the industry more or less equally, or will some players be more equal than others?

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Students tackle future of Slocan mill site

Nelson Star
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What awaits Slocan following the demolition of its waterfront sawmill and the corresponding blow to its tax coffers? What will become of the land and how can the village support itself without major industry? Second-year students from Selkirk College’s integrated environmental planning program have been asking those questions of themselves and others over the last few months while working on ideas to further the goals of the village’s recently adopted official community plan. 

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Ministry Of Forests, Lands And Natural Resource Operations 2014 Estimates Debate

Links provided to the Tree Frog News by Anthony Britneff
Ministry Of Forests, Lands And Natural Resource Operations
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Day 2:  Grizzly Bears; Caribou (1506); Wolves (1520); TFL Rollover (1526); Stumpage (1628); Rotation Age (1639); AAC Overestimation (1647); Growth Models & Mortality (1730); Overcutting of AACs (before1800).

Day 3 (morning):  Carbon Overestimation; Water Usage & Revenue (1146); Fraser R. Water Leases (1353).

Day 3 (afternoon):  Research; Roberts Bank Wildlife (1348); TFN Land Issue (1370); Water Usage (1401); Water Fees & Fracking (1403); Water Fees (1412); Groundwater Contamination in Shawnigan Lake Watershed (1413); AAC Apportionment (1416); Zebra & Quagga Mussels (1451); Road Density & Grizzlies (1503); Funding for Invasive Species (1513); Road density continued (1517); Road Deactivation (1528); Status of Natural Resource Road Act (1533); Operating Expenses (1538); Inventory Funding (1600); MacKenzie Fibre Licence (1613); LNG Impacts(1619); Monitoring of Rivers, Streams & Fish (1623); Cumulative Effects (1631); IT Logging on FN Land (1643); Species At Risk (1647); Waste (1653); Pest Management (1708); Wildlife Rehabilitation (1716); Wildfire & WUI (1724); Inventory Funding (1734); Reforestation (1737); Licence Swapping & FN Consultation (1751); Derelict Vessels (1802); Log Exports (1809); Clapp Basin on Haida Gwai (1812); Wrap-up (1816)

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Forestry Plan Denounced As “Devastating”, Will Result In Local Extinction of Wildlife

Country 94 News
March 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As politicians and business leaders celebrate JDI’s $513 million dollar investment in its mills, environmental groups are condemning the Alward government’s new Crown forestry plan as a tragic blow to our forests and wildlife. Close on the heels of the new forestry plan in an announcement today at the Irving Pulp and Paper Mill, JDI spokesperson Mary Keith stated the $513 million dollar investment will create 326 new jobs in Saint John. Tracy Glynn of the New Brunswick Conservation Council tells CHSJ News the idea this investment in mills will create long-term jobs is patently false–in fact, she says, modernizing the mills will ultimately reduce the amount of manpower needed. 

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New forestry management strategy to create jobs, investment

The Sackville Tribune Post
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON, N.B. – A forestry management strategy released yesterday will encourage investment, maintain thousands of jobs, create hundreds of new jobs and manage Crown forests in a sustainable way. Putting our Resources to Work, a Strategy for Crown Lands Forest Management is expected to lead to the harvesting of an additional 660,000 cubic metres of softwood on Crown land, creating more than an additional 500 permanent private-sector jobs and 1,200 construction jobs as mills modernize.”This strategy will put boots in the woods by providing clarity and a framework for businesses and workers to plan their future and the future of the forestry sector,” said Premier David Alward.

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April Suspends Forest Operation To Fight Sumatra Fires

National News of Malaysia
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SINGAPORE (Bernama) — Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) Indonesia on Friday suspended forestry operations on an island off Sumatra, transferring 130 field staff to the fire lines to save its plantations. Asia’s second-largest pulp and paper manufacturer said the extraordinary measures were necessary because dry conditions and high winds are spreading fires illegally set to clear land on Pulau Padang. “The fires are starting outside our forest concessions but with the heavy, circular winds, they’re jumping everywhere,” said Kusnan Rahmin, President Director of APRIL’s Indonesia operations.

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Baby tree kangaroo emerges at Taronga Zoo

ABC News Australia
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The female joey was born in September last year, but keepers have only just begun seeing her tiny head peeking out from her mother’s pouch. Mother Qwikila arrived from Belfast Zoo in January 2013 and her successful pairing with Taronga’s resident male, Parum, is a triumph for the Zoo. Native to Papua New Guinea, Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are classified as endangered, with numbers in the wild decreasing due to habitat loss and encroaching human activity.

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Research and development: Forest Genetics

Research and development doesn’t always happen in the obvious places.
The New Zealand Herald
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The humble radiata pine might not seem an obvious target for millions of dollars of research and development. But that’s been precisely the focus since Mike and Sue Carson, plant breeding scientists with decades of forestry experience, established Forest Genetics 12 years ago. The Rotorua business, which has the equivalent of five full-time workers, focuses on growth rate, wood density, log quality, timber stiffness and disease resistance, leading to the development of 25 varieties. 

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Erosion of Forests in Asia and Pacific

Press Release: FAO
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Forest loss and degradation remain major problems confronting the Asia-Pacific region which, if not addressed, will leave future generations a legacy of damaged ecosystems and irrecoverable losses of biodiversity, FAO is warning. Forest and grasslands cover 57.5 percent of Asia-Pacific’s massive land surface and provide vital ecosystems that support agriculture and livelihoods, which in turn ensure food security and nutrition for billions of people. 

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Tasmania’s Will Hodgman: Blue blood, jobs and trees

Will Hodgman looks set to win Saturday’s election in Tasmania, ending more than a decade of Labor rule and potentially reigniting the fiery battle over old growth forests. Andrew Darby reports.
Fairfax Media
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Will Hodgman climbed into a narrow wooden race in a dusty sheep yard outside Hobart and pounced on the nearest woolly animal with the enthusiasm of a ram shearer in a Tom Roberts painting. Its head pulled back, the sheep reared up, and the man likely to be Tasmania’s next premier grappled hard with the struggling animal – but with little effect. “Our plan focuses on growing the [forestry] industry … not appeasing environmentalists.”

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Fires in Indonesia at highest levels since 2013 haze emergency

Guarding Environmental Network
March 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In early March 2014, forest and peat fires in Indonesia’s Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, spiked to levels not seen since the previous Southeast Asian haze crisis of June 2013. Nearly 50,000 Indonesians are suffering respiratory ailments due to the haze, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency. Dramatic satellite images of heavy smoke plumes show the large amount of pollutants being discharged to the atmosphere. The fires are extensive in areas with deep peat soils, suggesting high volumes of carbon are being released, contributing to climate change.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Guest column: The future of wildfire in Douglas County may be shaped by climate change

NR Today
March 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A few stump holes continue to stubbornly smolder within the Whiskey Fire, one of several wildfire complexes in Douglas County from our record-breaking fire season. The year 2013 went down in the books as the driest year on record in Roseburg and much of southwest Oregon. Local fires resulted in evacuations, massive firefighting costs, and substantial economic impacts to private property as well as threats to public safety. As local landowners and federal managers finish tallying the impacts and costs from the previous season, fire managers facing another winter of unusually low snowpack and record low rainfall are beginning to brace for another busy fire season ahead. 

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Shifting to heating with renewable wood byproducts

Stories in the News
March 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – Currently, Southeast Alaska consumes an estimated 22 million gallons of heating fuel annually, all of which is produced outside the region. And the U.S. Forest Service says Ketchikan is currently leading the state in the adoption of a cost-effective renewable wood byproducts energy resource. One of the priorities of the Tongass National Forest is to promote economic development and address climate change by shifting the energy economies of Southeast communities from heating with fossil fuels to heating with regionally sourced renewable energy, specifically biomass energy in the form of wood pellets.

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U.S. Hardwood Forests Vulnerable to Climate Change

Woodworking Network
March 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ST. PAUL, MN — Hardwood forests in the U.S. will be impacted by climate change with higher temperatures, more precipitation and drought expected in the region, according to a recently published study from the U.S. Forest Services on the Central Hardwoods Region covering Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. This report is part of the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework project, which enlists researchers, forest managers and landowners in considering climate change effects in forest management.

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Biomass appeal: Stockton plant focused on clean way to turn wood waste into power

March 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Resting on the footprint of what was once the county’s grossest-polluting business, this new $100 million biomass plant went online just a few weeks ago. the new plant should burn much cleaner than its predecessor, the old POSDEF power plant that closed in 2009. Instead of coal, the biomass plant will burn wood waste collected from across the region – perhaps trimmings from a farmer’s orchard that otherwise would have been burned, or perhaps construction waste that otherwise would have been buried in a landfill. Biomass is considered a form of renewable energy, just like solar or wind. But in California, biomass has remained a very small slice of our energy pie. That’s slowly changing.

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