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Daily Archives: December 19, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Lost and found: An incredible reunion more than 55 years in the making

Q13 Fox
December 18, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

CENTRALIA, Wash. — A good logger knows that every branch has a trunk, every trunk has a root and every root has a story. One such story connected a lumberjack with a complete stranger who lives nearly 3,000 miles away. But the root of the story took more than a quarter of a century to surface. “It was a little small cedar tree and I’m digging in the roots and flipped that ring out,” said logger Nick Buchanan. Buchanan found a gold diamond ring while on a hike in 1997. He knew it had to belong to the couple who died in the plane crash back in 1959. For nearly 20 years he kept the ring safe.

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Business & Politics

STAR FORUM: Canada’s forest products industry — green and growing

By David Lindsay,President and CEO, FPAC
The Western Star
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Dear Editor: As 2014 comes to a close, the forest products industry is looking to 2015 with cautious optimism about prospects for growth and with a strong commitment to further environmental progress. The industry, which spent the better part of a decade weathering a number of crushing economic blows, has refocused and reinvested in itself. The sector’s new confidence is captured in Vision2020, which sets ambitious goals in the area of the economic growth, environmental credentials and employment. The economic objective is to generate another $20 billion in new products and markets by the end of the decade.

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First Nation chief says Site C approval a ‘spit in the face’

Globe and Mail
December 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the B.C. government’s announcement that the $8.8-billion Site C dam is going ahead, First Nations and land owners in the Peace River Valley say the battle against it is still on and will spark opposition to other resource projects. …“We’re not going to be walking happily down the trail of consultation with proponents now,” Mr. Willson said. “We’re going to be reviewing all the LNG, all the pipelines, all the forestry, everything that’s going on and pushing back as much as we can. We are going to cause as much problems as we can on this.”

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Simpson selling sawmills to Canadian forest products company

The News Tribune
December 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Canadian forest products company, Interfor Corporation, announced late Thursday it is buying four sawmills, including mills in Tacoma and Longview, from privately held Simpson Lumber Co. The sawmills’ sale is the second major sale for Simpson Investment Co., the lumber company’s parent…The Interfor sale includes two mills in the Southeast, one in Meldrim, Georgia and the other in Georgetown, South Carolina…The sawmills will add 30 percent to Interfor’s capacity and raise the proportion of its U.S. lumber production from 57 percent to 67 percent of the company’s total.

Simpson Lumber Co, selling Longview sawmill to Canadian firm from The Daily News

Press Release from Interfor

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Timberparts Ltd. to expand facilities

Atlantic Farm Focus
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Timberparts Ltd. in Sussex, New Brunswick has received federal funding to expand its facilities and increase their productivity and efficiency. Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) Rob Moore joined Timberparts Ltd. owner Marc Poirier to make the announcement Dec. 15. Incorporated in 1997, Timberparts Ltd. is an aftermarket remanufacturer that specializes in refitting and repowering fabricated products. Its customers are primarily in the forestry industry but the company is now attracting business from the mining, industrial and construction sectors.

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Public sector jobs fuel Thunder Bay’s economy: CEDC report

CBC News
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay’s economy depends heavily on the public and institutional sector, a report from the Community Economic Development Commission says. Only one of the city’s nine biggest employers is in the private sector. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre tops the list with about 2,700 employees. …The days of heavy manufacturing in pulp and paper and sawmills are gone, Murray said. However, the forest industry still provides a lot of jobs overall, he added. “If you put everything associated with what Resolute does in this end of the world, and put them altogether in a room, we would be tapping further up the top-10 list.”

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Former NewPage workers’s pension case settled

About 200 pensions miscalculated by about $5 million, says new pension administrator
CBC News
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A dispute involving millions of dollars in pension money at the former NewPage paper mill in Port Hawkesbury has been resolved. But some pensioners are not happy their cheques will be smaller for the next 10 years. The company Morneau Shepell took over the pension plan in 2012. It said the previous administrator, Aon Hewitt, had miscalculated the pensions of about 200 pensioners by roughly $5 million. The two companies went to arbitration. Paul Chang, who speaks for Morneau Shepell, says details of the settlement are confidential. But he says a number of pensioners will have to repay some of the money they received in error.

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Anonymous environment complaint policy not yet ready for rollout

Chronicle Herald
December 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A pilot project preventing provincial environment inspectors from accepting anonymous complaints is concerning some inspectors, particularly in the northern region, where complaints about Northern Pulp are often anonymous. Minutes from meetings in the province’s four regions to discuss the draft complaints-handling policy and procedure were forwarded to The Chronicle Herald on Wednesday. While the notes outline comments and feedback on multiple aspects of the draft policy, the strongest reaction is to the potential change for handling anonymous complaints.

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CEO returns bonus because its “the right thing to do”

Human Resources Online
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Is this a Christmas miracle? It’s not often you see the CEO standing up and saying he doesn’t deserve his bonus, but that’s exactly what Rick Holley, CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co. has done. According to a regulatory filing, Holley disclosed he returned 44,445 restricted stock units back to the business, because “he does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return”.

Meet the virtuous CEO who returned his $1.9-million bonus from The Globe and Mail

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Sierra Pacific to start construction on new Washington sawmill

IHB The Timber Network
December 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sierra Pacific, U.S. second-largest lumber producer, will begin construction of a major new sawmill at Frederickson in southern Pierce County (75 km south of Seattle, U.S.). As Random Lengths reports, Sierra Pacific purchased the property earlier this year with the intent of expanding its milling capabilities in Washington, where it currently operates in Aberdeen, Mt. Vernon, and Centralia According to Lisa Perry, quoted by Random Lengths, community relations manager for Sierra Pacific, permits have been issued to prepare the site, with clearing and grading to start in the next couple of weeks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Arson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire

Associated Press
December 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday. The Dec. 8 fire burned the seven-story, 1.3-million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. Investigators from the Fire Department and a national response team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sifted through 75,000 square feet of debris to find the cause, a Fire Department statement said.

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Forestry

Cherryville residents frustrated

Vernon Morning Star
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

We in Cherryville have learned where the arrogant attitude of B.C. Timber Sales comes from. The logging industry is self-regulated, meaning there are little or no consequence for any mistakes. BCTS would do well to try and learn where the distrust in Cherryville comes from. They should go to You-Tube and watch “Cherryville mud slide.” (only 13 minutes) There they will see another of our local timber giants conducting a tour of their proposed Cherry Ridge logging to a large cross-section of concerned Cherryville residents who feared landslides. They will see the exact same words used. “If we think there is an issue, we’ll bring in the experts.”

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Whiteshell Provincial Park expands 5

Winnipeg Sun
December 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Whiteshell Provincial Park is bigger than ever. The local chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society announced Wednesday that 23,325 hectares of lands and waters was added to the province’s protected areas network this week in an effort to better protect areas within the original boundaries. Approximately 2,950 hectares of new protected lands will join Whiteshell Park to the Whitemouth Bog Ecological Reserve and Whitemouth Bog Wildlife Management Area. Another 20,375 hectares within the park’s original boundaries was also rezoned to prohibit industrial developments in the area.

Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park to undergo expansion from CBC News

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Crees File Motion Against Québec to Stop Illegal Logging and Compensate for Past Damages

Canada Newswire press release
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEMASKA, QC, – Today, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) instituted legal proceedings before the Québec Superior Court in order to suspend forestry management plans approved by the Minister of Natural Resources that authorize illegal logging operations on Cree family hunting territories east of the Mistissini and Oujé-Bougoumou height of land. The motion also includes a request for the Court to order the Québec Government to provide more than $13 million in past damages.

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Lake Oswego group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

Associated Press
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation’s biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for environmentally responsible logging, including replanting after harvest, protecting water and biological diversity, and complying with environmental laws and regulations. The complaint covers Plum Creek logging in Oregon’s Coast Range, citing 11 civil citations over the past six years for violating state logging regulations, including four citations for exceeding the clear-cutting limit of 120 acres. 

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Pine beetle, women’s rights defined tenure of retiring Summit County forest manager

Summit Daily
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s not easy being green, and in Summit County, those who wear the green uniform of the Forest Service are charged with protecting natural resources for the future and the sometimes conflicting community values of the present. Jan Cutts became head of the Dillon Ranger District in 2008 at the height of the mountain pine beetle epidemic that killed huge swathes of the county’s lodgepole pines. The beetles were still swarming when Cutts replaced the previous district ranger, Rick Newton, and locals were asking the Forest Service to do something. The beetles became a defining challenge in her 25-year career with the federal agency.

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Cost of compromise

Missoula Independent
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Dec. 3, Rep. Steve Daines stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh in a joint press conference announcing the attachment of a sweeping and, as the trio dubbed it, “historic” package of public lands bills to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act. The news sparked a mix of praise and condemnation over the measures, and confirmed for some in Montana’s conservation community rumors that began circulating shortly after Election Day. It also answered a question that has persisted for nearly two years: What would it take for Daines to support the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act?

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What drives extreme fires? It’s mostly the weather

Summit County Citizens Voice
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — A detailed new study of fire behavior of the 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite provides a nuanced view of the effectiveness of forest health treatments. The Rim Fire was the largest recorded fire in the Sierra Nevada region, and U.S. Forest Service researchers said in their study that the fire burned with moderate to high intensity on days the Rim Fire was dominated by a large pyro-convective plume, a powerful column of smoke, gases, ash, and other debris — regardless of the number of prior fires, topography, or forest conditions. The study was led by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and recently published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. 

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Kitzhaber can protect Oregon’s rivers

Statesman Journal
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregonians love their rivers. …Opportunities abound. The governor can lead the way toward reform of our Oregon Forest Practices Act. He can support continued safeguarding of riparian habitat in national forests. He can champion legislation to minimize suction dredge mining. He can back permanent protection for Siskiyou Mountain streams threatened by the 1872 Mining Law. He can designate more of our finest rivers in the State Scenic Waterways system. Of course, all reforms require cooperation extending far beyond the governor’s office. That’s what leadership is all about.

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Report suggests forest-cutting can have an immediate effect on climate

The Washington Post
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RIO DE JANEIRO — The critical role that vast tropical forests like Brazil’s Amazon play in suppressing climate change is well-known: They store huge quantities of carbon, acting as “carbon sinks.” But as a new report out this week argues, scientists are making the case that cutting down these forests does more than simply release carbon into the atmosphere — it has a direct and more immediate effect on the climate, from changes in rainfall patterns to rising temperatures. The amount of water that forests pump into the air is key to this. But scientists don’t agree on how that happens.

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General

Michigan forest plan passed by split Legislature

9&10 News
December 18, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan legislators have voted to curtail state regulators’ consideration of biological diversity when designating sections of state forest land. The Republican-controlled House’s party-line vote Thursday night came despite objections from environmentalists who say the “anti-science” bill guts practices in place for nearly 100 years. The measure heads to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The timber industry says the legislation is needed to prevent large areas of state-owned land from being declared off-limits to logging and motorized recreation Officials say that isn’t their intention.

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