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Daily Archives: October 10, 2014

Business & Politics

Three injured in Burns Lake wood pellet mill explosion

Vancouver Sun
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One man suffered third-degree burns and two other employees were injured in an explosion at a wood pellet plant in Burns Lake on Thursday. Leroy Reitsma, president of the Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant said a “fire-related incident” happened at the Burns Lake mill, located on Highway 16 east of Burns Lake, at about 8 a.m. He said the fire broke out inside of some equipment used to dry wood fibre and it caused an explosion. One victim was transferred to Burns Lake hospital in critical condition, according to B.C. Ambulance, while two others were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Pinnacle wood pellet plant explosion injures 3 in B.C. from the CBC News
Three workers injured in fire at pellet plant in Burns Lake from Global News
Three hurt as fire, explosion hit wood pellet mill at Burns Lake in northern BC from the Canadian Press
Explosion leaves three injured at Burns Lake Mill from The Globe and Mail

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Christy Clark departing on trade mission to India

10-day trip is B.C. premier’s 6th trade mission
The Canadian Press
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says expanding trade relationships with countries other than the United States is like having more than one friend to call on a lonely Saturday night… “But in B.C. we have worked really hard to develop relationships around the world, and so there are markets we can call on to export our goods,” Clark said. She said when the U.S. housing market crashed and the demand for B.C.’s timber fell, B.C. entrepreneurs sought lumber markets in China. Similarly, she said B.C. found markets for its resources beyond U.S. borders.

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Employment income for men plummets since 1970s

Trend is national, but most pronounced in B.C.
Vancouver Sun
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Median employment earnings for men in B.C. have plummeted by a third since 1976, a change economists say is driven by immigration, fewer well-paying jobs in the forest and paper industries and increasing numbers of retirees cutting back to part-time hours before leaving the labour force. …But there are other factors at play: a drop in the number of manufacturing jobs in Ontario and Quebec, and in B.C. fewer well-paying jobs in the forest and paper industries as a result of softer demand and mechanization, Fortin said.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How sawmill dust explosions happen

Global News
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

According to part five of the Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines, “a layer of dust as thin as a dime dispersed throughout a room can create an explosion hazard.” How can that possibly happen? A dust explosion is a perfect storm of events, and the key word is “dispersed.” Dispersal is one of five things needed before a harmless pile of fine wood dust (sometimes called “flour”) can be transformed into the fuel for a devastating explosion. Experts call it the “explosion pentagon.” If even one element is missing, there will be no blast.

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Pinnacle President on Explosion “It’s a hard day”

250 News
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C.- The President and COO of Pinnacle Pellet, Leroy Reitsma, has confirmed to 250News that three employees at the Burns Lake operation were injured in an explosion at that facility this morning. “It’s a hard day” says Reitsma, “I can’t tell you how hard we focus on this issue of the safety of our employees and the cleanliness of our plants, you know whenever an event like this occurs it sends somewhat of a shockwave through all of us.” Reitsma says the blast occurred in the area of the drying system around 8 this morning “We were actually at the time of the event, in a maintenance shut down.”

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The Face of Investment in Coastal Forestry – Part 1 of 3

Coast Forest Products Association
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coastal forestry companies in British Columbia have been re-investing in their operations. In fact, over the past five years, during some of the darkest economic times in the history of our industry, Coast Forest companies have invested an estimated half a billion dollars in operations and systems upgrades and improvements. Investment in British Columbian companies is a good thing. One of our competitive advantages in the global marketplace is our access to high tech.

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Port of Nanaimo loses tenant with mill closure

Nanaimo News Bulletin
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The closure of Western Forest Products’ waterfront Nanaimo mill will not only have an effect on workers, it will have an effect on the port as well. The mill is set to close at the end of the year and according to Bernie Dumas, Nanaimo Port Authority president and CEO, the port will lose a tenant in the process. “The port has been leasing the property since the late ’70s, so we have a very strong relationship with Western Forest Products and we’re a bit sad about them closing the operation, but we fully understand what they need to do, so it’s going to affect the port, as far as a revenue source,” Dumas said, adding that details of the arrangement could not be disclosed.

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Softer demand for OSB wood panels could hurt Ainsworth stock performance: RBC

Canadian Press
October 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO – RBC Capital Markets has lowered its expectations for Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (TSX:ANS) in its preview of North American lumber producers ahead of the sector’s third-quarter financial reports. RBC says the lowered expectations for Ainsworth reflects the bank’s outlook on oriented-strand board prices amid a slower recovery of U.S. home construction than previously anticipated. The bank lowered its rating for Vancouver-based Ainsworth to “sector perform” and reduced its target price for Ainsworth shares by 50 cents to $2.75, which is still above Thursday’s closing stock price at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Nova Scotia announces 10-year forestry allocations

Chronicle Herald
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government’s new fibre allocations in the western Crown lands will be for 10 years and based on a percentage of available land. Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill announced the changes on Thursday. Churchill said the allocations to mills are based on a calculation of available land deemed sustainable to harvest, which right now totals 698,000 green metric tonnes. Spruce and fir, the two most desired trees, can only account for about half of that harvest.

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Domtar makes unspecified payment on outstanding taxes to Dryden

TB Newswatch
October 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN, Ont. — There’s been a breakthrough in the financial dealings between the town of Dryden and the Domtar Mill. In a joint news release, the city and the company announced the mill has made an unspecified but “substantive payment” on its outstanding taxes. The City of Dryden increased Domtar’s taxes by more than 120 per cent this year, and the company had yet to pay.   The tax hike was in response to a 2012 property assessment that reduced
the mill’s value from $51 million dollars to $14 million and reduced
its tax burden by $1.1-million.

No one from the City of Dryden or Domtar was available for comment.

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Idaho County hires consultant to find ways to cut more federal timber

The Associated Press
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — Idaho County commissioners have approved hiring a consultant to find a way to cut more timber on federal land. Commissioners approved spending up to $2,000 to hire Doyle Shamley of Veritas Research Consulting, The Lewiston Tribune reported Thursday. Plans call for him to visit Grangeville from Oct. 26 to 28 and meet with U.S. Forest Service officials from Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. “What I want to do is bring them in and get advice,” said Commissioner Jim Chmelik. 

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NZ log export log prices lift on Chinese buying, lower kiwi

Scoop Independent News
October 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices have lifted from a two-year low as Chinese importers resume buying and local returns are bolstered by a decline in the New Zealand dollar and cheaper shipping costs. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs fell to $76 a tonne in July, the lowest since April 2012, but have since recovered to $80 a tonne in August and $88 a tonne in September, according to Agrifax’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmills. This month’s survey, which is still being collated, is also likely to show a gain, Agrifax said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New agreement promotes B.C. wood in China

BC Government
October 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jiangsu Province is the latest Chinese province to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Province of B.C. to increase the use of wood-frame construction, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The agreement enhances co-operation and communication between the two governments, and is an opportunity to apply wood-frame construction in Jiangsu, since wood-frame buildings are energy-efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

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Pioneer Millworks’ Team To Assemble At Greenbuild Expo 2014

Woodworking Network
October 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Farmington, NY – Pioneer Millworks’ team of leading Wood Experts will travel to New Orleans for the 2014 Greenbuild Expo, the premier sustainable building annual event. They’ll join more than 750 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology available in today’s market. Wood Experts from all regions of the nation will be available for meetings, lunch and learns, local project walk-throughs and conversation. “Our team is excited to connect with clients, new and known. During the Expo we’ll reinvigorate our commitment to sustainability and reconnect with other like-minded, eco conscious folks,” said Jennifer Young, General Manager of Pioneer Millworks.

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Forestry

Woodlot Planned For Enderby Area

1075kiss.com
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


A new woodlot has been tendered by the province east of Enderby that is being touted as a potential job creator. Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the nearly 1,189 hectare lot is near Ashton Creek. He says the province is accepting bids until December 3 to manage the area which includes two separate blocks and an annual allowable cut of 4,250 cubic metres. Thomson says woodlots combine private and Crown land to generate local jobs in areas like harvesting, road construction, reforestation, and small-scale timber processing.

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Comment: Clark’s impoverished view of B.C.’s future

by Vicky Husbad
Victoria Times Colonist
October 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I fear this week’s throne speech represents a low point in British Columbia’s political history, as it contains the most impoverished view of B.C.’s future ever promoted by a premier. …The throne speech then makes the outrageous claim that expanding the market for lumber products into China has put B.C.’s forest sector and forest-dependent families in a “good position.”  Our forest industry is in crisis. Mills are still shutting down. More job losses are being added to the tens of thousands of jobs that have been lost in the forest sector under the B.C. Liberals’ watch. And forest companies have publicly warned the government that more mill closures and job losses are yet to come.

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$11K in logging equipment stolen

RCMP are investigating the theft of fuel and other items over the weekend
Alberni Valley Times
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It wasn’t just lumber but stolen goods hauled from Mount Arrowsmith last weekend during a logging site theft resulted in $11,000 of lost fuel and equipment. Thieves reportedly pilfered the goods at a logging site some time between noon last Friday and 6:45 a.m. on Monday. The equipment belongs to AGG Logging Ltd., the company working the site when the alleged theft took place. Port Alberni RCMP are currently investigating the crime and welcome tips from anyone with information.

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Government can’t get its wilderness act together

Chronicle Herald
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jamie Simpson’s Oct. 4 opinion piece expresses concern about a Crown land harvest in a “sensitive area.” However, there is no effort made to explain just what this term means. Environmental sensitivity can cover a wide range of issues, from a need for wider buffer areas to the possibility of special lichens in the general area described, and so on. It’s unknown what area of concern was involved in this site. Mr. Simpson is certainly leaving the impression that environmentally sensitive areas should not be harvested. 

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Ash borer moving quickly

October 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Emerald ash borer infestation is spreading rapidly in Hamilton and the city is stepping up its removal project to deal with the escalating devastation that is expected to eventually destroy 23,000 ash trees on municipal property. The department is in the midst of a $26.2-million, 10-year plan to cut down 2,300 ash trees a year. But Steve Barnhart, manager of forestry and horticulture for the city, says he feels that plan will have to be fast-tracked because of the fierce pace of destruction caused by the insect.

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Transferring federal lands to states will mean better management

by Sen Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls
The Missoulian
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“There are no losers to what we are going to propose,” said Kane County Commissioner Doug Heaton, a founding member of American Lands Council. “Let me be really clear about this,” he said as he explained why he has taken a leadership role in compelling Congress to transfer federal lands to the states. “We are not against anybody. We are for managing the resources so we don’t actually burn our forests to the ground, destroy our watersheds, or kill millions of animals in the process. We are for not putting more pollution into the environment – than all our industrial processes combined – because of mismanagement and the wildfires that are occurring.

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Hunters from logging counties must seek game elsewhere; Daines bill would make worse

Letter by Tom Schoonen
The Missoulian
October 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recreationists statewide must hang together in the upcoming election or suffer separately. Surprisingly, the logging bill introduced in Congress by Rep. Steve Daines was endorsed by the Montana Board of Outfitters, apparently without their fully understanding the long-range negative impacts on our wildlife, fisheries and watersheds. …Excessive timber harvest mandates more road building, which causes more siltation in our headwater streams. The Big Hole River, for example, runs clear the majority of the fishing season and is enjoyed by hundreds of recreationists. Silted streams from road building degrade fisheries and spawning areas.

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Yosemite park officials: Sparks from vehicle caused wildfire that led to pilot’s death

Associated Press
October 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot this week, officials said Thursday. Fire investigators found that the blaze broke out Tuesday because of hot metal fragments from a vehicle creating sparks, Yosemite said in a statement. Investigators had not determined what type of vehicle or what part may have caused the sparks, saying it “could be the result of several things such as trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, vehicle brake parts generating a spark or other sources.”

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Experts: Thinning Forests Could Help Increase Ground Water Supply (& audio)

CBS News
October 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) – Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say there are too many trees in the Sierra, creating a major fire hazard and sucking up much-needed water. Some researchers say cutting down more trees could help ease California’s water problems. In a rural piece of forest in Tuoloumne County, an important experiment is underway that could influence California’s future of fire and water.  UC Merced graduate student Michael Pickard and hydrology professor Roger
Bales monitor a group of 15 “nodes” that record snowpack, snow melt and
soil moisture.

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High-voltage decoys can alert for emerald ash borer and other tree pests, say researchers

Horticulture Week
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Decoy female emerald ash borer beetles which electrocute males which attempt to mate with them could provide early warning of the devastating tree pest, an international team of researchers has said. The researchers, including entomologists and engineers at Penn State University in the USA, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Forest Research Institute and the US Department of Agriculture, created a range of decoys by various means including 3D printing. 

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A Scientist Who Traveled the World to Study the Forest, and the Trees

Columbia University
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gordon Jacoby Jr., a Columbia University researcher who hiked, flew, dove and paddled into some of the wildest corners on earth in search of trees that could reveal the planet’s workings, died on Oct. 1 at a hospital near his home in Raphine, Va. He was 80. Jacoby was an early pioneer in the science of dendrochronology, the study of tree rings. In 1975, he co-founded the Tree-Ring Lab at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, only the second lab of its kind in the United States.

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Researcher finds emerald ash borer may have spread to different tree

Phys.org
October 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, a researcher at Wright State University suspects. Biology professor Don Cipollini, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree. White fringetree is native to the United States and grows wild from New Jersey south to Florida and west to Oklahoma and Texas. It is also a growingly popular ornamental tree that has been planted in other parts of the country, including Ohio.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

From Waste to Wisdom: Can biomass energy extraction go mainstream?

Humbolt State University
October 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Wood chips, dead trees, branches, and tops left after timber harvest operations are typically burned or left on the ground to rot. But what if you could turn all that material into energy—to fuel your car or even heat your home? That’s the idea behind a multimillion-dollar research project being led by HSU Forestry Professor Han-Sup Han. For the next three years, HSU students, faculty, and a team of researchers from around the country will study the potential of forest residues. Their goal? To find an easy, economical way to convert all that untapped waste into renewable energy.

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General

Ash borer moving quickly

October 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Emerald ash borer infestation is spreading rapidly in Hamilton and the city is stepping up its removal project to deal with the escalating devastation that is expected to eventually destroy 23,000 ash trees on municipal property. The department is in the midst of a $26.2-million, 10-year plan to cut down 2,300 ash trees a year. But Steve Barnhart, manager of forestry and horticulture for the city, says he feels that plan will have to be fast-tracked because of the fierce pace of destruction caused by the insect.

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