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Daily Archives: April 30, 2015

Business & Politics

Aspen Planers to be Temporarily Shut Down (video)

CFJC TV
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Aspen Planers in Merritt is feeling the pinch of a poor lumber market. President and CEO Surinder Ghog says the plant will be temporarily shut down in the coming weeks to account for a buildup of inventory. Ghog states.  We are taking a bit of downtime to control our inventory, due to the fact lumber is not moving.  and if it is moving, it is at very poor prices right now.   He adds it’s hoped the regression in the market is short term – which would allow the plant to re-open before long.

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Paper Excellence expected to restart Chetwynd in May

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reports out of Chetwynd, B.C. suggest that the town’s idled pulp and paper mill is about to restart. According to a story in Business in Vancouver, Paper Excellence plans to reopen the mill as early as May 1st. The former Tembec mill has been shut down since September of 2012. The report was unconfirmed by Paper Excellence, but officials for the union representing mill workers confirmed that the company is working towards restarting the mill.

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Stella-Jones to buy Ontario wood treatment company Ram Forest; shares surge

Montreal Gazette
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones is expanding its wood treating capabilities for the residential lumber market, saying it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Ontario supplier Ram Forest Group and Ramfor Lumber for an undisclosed price. Ram Forest subsidiaries operate treating facilities in Gormley and Peterborough that generated about $90 million in sales last year. A wood milling plant operated by the company in Uxbridge is not part of the transaction. The deal announced Wednesday is expected to close in October 2015. Shares of Montreal-based Stella-Jones (TSX:SJ) hit an all-time high of $44.27 after the company announced strong first-quarter results.

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Nova Scotia bill aims to address legacy of ‘environmental racism’

‘Act to Address Environmental Racism,’ to propose committee to hold public meetings on issue
CBC News
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new private member’s bill is being introduced today to address, what some say is, a legacy of “environmental racism” in Nova Scotia. Ingrid Waldron, assistant professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing, says she has researched environmental racism as part of an examination of how social factors shape community health. While the concept has been around since the 1970s, Waldron says the definition will be new to many Nova Scotians. “The disproportionate location of industries that produce toxic waste, contaminants, and pollutants in racialized communities. In other words, non-white communities,” she says.

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Chamber lays out position supporting Northern Pulp

The Pictou Advocate
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce says it supports Northern Pulp and the province’s decision to close the treatment facility in Boat Harbour. Chamber president Jim Fitt issued a statement last Friday outlining its position regarding the pulp mill and the treatment facility. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis introduced the Boat Harbour Act on April 17 that passed second reading on April 21 to end the use of the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility for Northern Pulp by Jan. 31, 2020. Fitt said the chamber “supports the province’s decision to close and remediate the industrial treatment plant at Boat Harbour. “We value a balanced approach in relation to environmental stewardship and a diverse economy.”

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Province must strike balance between Northern Pulp, environment

The Chronicle Herald
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

I am writing to express my concern over some of the conditions in Northern Pulp’s recent Industrial Approval Permit that appear to be causing the new owner, Paper Excellence of Canada, to question its long-term commitment to this province. … In addition, being a private woodlot owner, I and many other woodlot owners rely on wood processing facilities such as Northern Pulp and its many sawmilling partners to provide markets for products from our woodlots. These products are generated from large investments of time and money by the landowner and supported by the faith that good markets will be available when needed.

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Zambia’s forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 Billion to national economy

eTurboNews
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NAIROBI, Kenya – Zambia’s forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study. …The report goes beyond elements already counted as value added in Zambia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)—for example, wood products—to consider regulating, supporting and cultural services services such as eco-tourism, erosion control and sediment retention, pollination and carbon storage. …In addition, Zambia’s forests provide about 1.4 million jobs, supporting 60 per cent of rural Zambian households who are heavily dependent upon the use of natural resources to supplement or sustain their livelihoods.

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Forestry

Resource roads’ effect on wildlife ignored

Letter to the editor
Vancouver Sun
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent Forest Practices Board report, B.C. Resource Roads an Asset and Liability, is a reminder of the long-standing tradition to ignore how more roads is one of the main reasons many wildlife populations have collapsed. In a 1987 report titled Deer Harvest Management in the Okanagan: Past Results and Future Directions by biologist R. C. Lincoln states, “In the Okanagan where roads are abundant suggesting a potential for localized over harvest and where the wildlife management staffing capacity does not allow for careful monitoring of local deer status, it is prudent to be fairly conservative in harvest strategy.”

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Alert to doctors on Surrey gypsy moth spraying contradicts public assurances

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Fraser Health Authority has written doctors advising them to be on the lookout for a long list of potential health complaints from patients related to aerial gypsy moth spraying in Surrey and Delta. …Health complaints from past sprays have included headaches, eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and dermal and GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms. …The $1.3-million spraying program involves the use of low-flying helicopters in the early morning hours across 4,576 hectares of Surrey and 204 hectares in Delta. …“Members of the public are unlikely to experience any symptoms if inadvertently exposed to Btk spray, and no special precautions are necessary or required,” according to Health Canada.

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Community Forest CEO challenged at AGM

The Local Weekly
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest has generated more than $1.3 million dollars in revenue for the District over the past 10 years, company CEO Glen Bonderud told an annual general meeting at which he later had to publicly field a series of questions from local forestry activists. Bonderud reported to the meeting, held at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, that the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) had another year of markedly higher income, with revenues of more than $2.95 million, compared to $2.13 million in 2013… Members of Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) later took Bonderud to task at an open meeting following the formal AGM.

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TimberWest Works With Students During Earth Week

Nanaimo Business News
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Today, tree-farming – logging as it is commonly known – employs a broad range of sustainability techniques and practices. For TimberWest, the science of protecting the environment and forest assets is as critical as the actual logging itself, and the company invests heavily in people and knowledge to ensure that the land is protected. …To bolster student and youth interest in forestry and tree-farming, TimberWest contributed over 500 new fir seedlings to local students for Earth Day activities. More than 350 seedlings made their way to the Nanoose Bay area as well as the Penelakut Island Learning Centre for school Earth Day planting activities.

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Oregon Counties To Receive $61 Million In Timber Payments

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released information on how much money states will receive from the Secure Rural Schools Act, known as timber payments. Oregon counties will receive nearly $61 million over two years. Curry is one of several counties that struggled to pay for public services as timber subsidies decreased. This year, the county is slated to receive 2.2 million federal dollars. Curry County Commissioner David Brock Smith says he’s grateful for the federal funding this year. But he says his county made severe budgets cuts as timber payments waned.

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$4 million in US projects aim to protect sage grouse habitat

Associated Press
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho  — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will use the money in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Oregon to counter wildfire threats, invasive grasses and flammable juniper trees encroaching in native sagebrush habitat. …Though Congress voted last year to withhold funding to list the sage grouse as threatened or endangered, protections could complicate energy development.

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MPs at loggerheads over forestry

Herald Sun
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Liberals say they are taking decisive action to fix Forestry Tasmania, as their political opponents blast them for having no plan at all. Greens MP Nick McKim was ejected and Greens leader Kim Booth suspended for 24 hours during a rowdy Question Time today revolving around the forestry issue. Resources Minister Paul Harriss was constantly on his feet as he was attacked by the Opposition and the Greens over the Government’s restructure of Forestry Tasmania. The State Government wants Forestry Tasmania to investigate selling off hardwood plantations to create revenue to replace public subsidies.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Gov. Brown Speeds Up California’s Climate Change Response With New Executive Order

CBS San Francisco
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — Governor Jerry Brown wants California to slash its carbon footprint even more quickly than is already called for in the continent’s most ambitious climate change law. Determined to take the national lead, Brown issued an executive order Wednesday to speed up the state’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The lengthy executive order requires the state to cut its carbon emissions to 40 percent below what they were in 1990, when the state had far fewer people and cars, within 15 years. He spoke about  “I’ve set a very high bar, but it’s a bar we must meet,” and for good reason, Brown says. “There is something called global warming. We’re four-degrees warmer than we were historically. Our forest fire season is months longer. It’s almost year round.”

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Forest canopies buffer against climate change

Phys.Org
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When temperatures rise and less water falls, forests respond. Forest canopies can buffer juvenile trees from drought and heat by providing shade for the younger trees below the leaf and needle cover. Adult trees have deep roots and can handle hot and dry conditions better than juveniles of the same species. However, current models of how forests will respond to climate change don’t account for this difference between adult and juvenile trees. Recent research by Solomon Dobrowski, a University of Montana professor of forest landscape ecology, finds that climatic buffering from forest canopies is important to consider when projecting the likelihood of regeneration in future forests. “Models that forecast forest change should consider where juvenile trees can make a living – and this might not be where the adult trees currently grow,” Dobrowski said.

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