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Daily Archives: March 19, 2015

Business & Politics

Federal Court of Appeal Continues its Stand Against Forest Ethics

Forest Ethics Advocacy Association v. National Energy Board, 2014 FCA 245 (CanLII)
Canlii Connects.org
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On January 23, 2015, Justice Nadon of the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an application by a group for leave to appeal the National Energy Board’s Ruling No. 34 concerning the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The group was led by Forest Ethics Advocacy, an environmental organization that claimed that the National Energy Board was infringing on people’s Charter rights by restricting public participation in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project pipeline hearing. The Federal Court of Appeal did not provide reasons for its decision to dismiss the application, which is its usual practice. However, in October 2014 the Federal Court of Appeal released a decision in a different case in which the Court dismissed Forest Ethics Advocacy’s application for judicial review and held that Forest Ethics was a classic busybody and it was not “directly affected” by the National Energy Board’s decision relating to Enbridge’s Line 9 project.

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Interfor jobs move to Castlegar

Arrow Lakes News
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over the next few months, five of the eight salaried Interfor employees in Nakusp are being relocated to Castlegar. Larry Price, General Manager of Woodlands, spoke to the affected Nakusp employees in early March. “Many of the employees received a promotion with a broader scope,” said the Interfor Regional General Manager for the Interior, Andrew Horahan. The decision was made to blend Woodlands employees in Grand Forks, Castlegar, and Nakusp by centralizing them into a single Kootenay division. Woodlands has committed to a $50 million expansion of the Castlegar manufacturing facilities.

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Forestry plan indecision jeopardizing jobs, Tories allege

Gallant government ‘taking way too much time’ to announce any changes to cutting amounts, says MLA Glen Savoie
CBC News
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives say mixed messages from the Liberal government are jeopardizing thousands of potential forestry jobs in the province. For the second straight day, the PCs demanded to know whether promised Liberal changes to a provincial forestry plan would affect the amount of wood companies can cut. But Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry didn’t give them much clarity. “It’s possible some things will change in the plan, maybe some things that aren’t major, maybe some things that are major,” Landry said in Question Period on Wednesday.

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Local timber industry anticipates stable pricing, demand this year

The Meadville Tribune
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Local sawmill owners claim the timber and lumber industry is facing an overall stable outlook for 2015, possibly for the first time in about seven years since the start of the Great Recession and collapse of the housing market. “What we’re seeing and telling our landowners is that the stability now is going to be the new norm,” said Mark Brown, president of Clear Lake Lumber in Spartansburg. “We seem to have found an equilibrium that works for both landowners and manufacturers.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED Platinum Plaque Gets Place of Honor in Gateway

Unveiling helps kick off Green Building Conference
State University of New York
March 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

One of the top priorities for the construction of the ESF Gateway Center was to meet the industry’s highest standards for energy and environmental design. That meant an innovative design to use the least amount of energy possible to heat, cool and light the building. It meant incorporating an innovative combined heat-and-power system using a combination of wood pellets and natural gas, and a unique green roof that is a mix of native plant species. The effort was successful and the Gateway Center was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest standard set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Actions, not homes, cause fire hazard

Dores
March 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

When hearing of house fires, people automatically associate them with wooden houses. Edgars Bukš?ns, the technical laboratory manager of Research and Development Institute of Forests and Wood Manufacturing (MeKa), explains how safe is wood and that the construction material makes little difference when acting recklessly. The low and predictable rate of charring of wooden constructions provides the required levels of fire-resistance. …Also buildings made of concrete and other non-organic materials does not eliminate potential fire hazard.  …In summary, fire hazard is not defined by the construction or the construction material; fire hazard is caused by our own actions. 

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Forestry

Canadian forestry has cleaned up its environmental act

By David Lindsay, president and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
The Chronicle Herald
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

As we approach the United Nations International Day of Forests on March 21, Canada can feel proud that its forest products industry has become a world leader in environmental credentials. For an industry that was admittedly once an environmental offender, the past few decades have been a remarkable journey. To start, the latest statistics show that with more than 160 million hectares, Canada makes up 43 per cent of the world’s independently certified forests. This is four times more than any other country. Certification means that companies follow progressive social and environmental forest management practices, as assessed by an independent third body. 

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Sludge a success story for Whitecourt-area farmers

Alberta Farm Express
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…employees at Alberta Newsprint Company noticed tomato plants growing in a pile of pulp sludge. The result is a ‘superfertilizer’ that area farmers can’t get enough of. …One project at a site near Mayerthorpe showed a one-time sludge application at 50 tonnes per hec-tare yielded the same quality and quantity of barley as application of 200 kilograms per hectare of 35-10-0 fertilizer applied annually for three years. And given the pulp sludge is free, it’s no wonder farmers stop delivery trucks. …Among the findings was that because the nitrogen is in organic form, the sludge acts as a slow-release fertilizer and delivers nutrient benefits for up to five years. It also improves soil structure and tilth, thereby increasing water-holding capacity.

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State’s largest wildfire disaster captures lawmakers’ attention | 2015 Session

North Kitsap Herald
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — It’s been almost eight months since the largest wildfire in Washington’s history scorched the Methow Valley, and criticism over the official firefighting response by the state’s Department of Natural Resources continues to rage. What began with four individual fires quickly expanded into the 268,764-acre Carlton Complex fire. Over the course of a month, the fire engulfed more than 300 homes and caused more than $65 million in damages, according to DNR. Many victims have filed lawsuits against the state for damages, charging that the department was negligent in its handling of the disaster.

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Daines says Congress is ‘out of touch’ (& video)

Great Falls Tribune
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress are more concerned with their own success than with their constituents’ well-being and need to be held accountable, Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said Tuesday in his first major floor speech. Daines, who served one term in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate last fall, said Washington is “out of touch with the day-to-day struggles” of farmers and ranchers, union workers and tribal members. During the 11-minute speech, the former business executive who grew up in Bozeman chided Washington for overreaching and putting up barriers that have hindered job growth.

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Fragile forestry industry causing concern

Radio New Zealand
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The body representing forestry contractors says about 200 people could lose their jobs as the result of one of the country’s largest logging contractors ceasing operations. The Forest Industry Contractors Association said the logging and harvesting contractor Harvestpro had its equipment possessed by finance companies last week, forcing its work to stop. Harvestpro has not yet spoken publicly but its website said it employs more than 200 people in Gisborne and Northland. Association chief executive John Stulen said it was concerned more contractors could go out of business because of the fragile state of the industry.

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Carbon-storing Amazon forest is losing its touch

CBS News
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Amazon has long been seen as a life preserver of sorts in the global warming fight, its lush forest storing billions of tons of carbon. But now a paper published in Nature Wednesday says that the Amazon is losing its capacity to serve as a carbon sink. In a 30-year study of the South American tropical forest, an international team found that the Amazon has gone from storing 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year in the 1990s to half that now. As a result, emissions across Latin America have now overtaken the amount of carbon dioxide stored.

Amazon’s trees removed nearly a third less carbon in last decade – study from The Guardian

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