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Daily Archives: May 11, 2015

Business & Politics

Interfor buys sawmill in Ark. for US$29.3M

Canadian Press
May 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER – Interfor Corp. is buying a sawmill in Monticello, Ark., for just under US$29.3 million plus the cost of log and lumber inventories and certain pre-closing capital expenditures. The mill, about 145 kilometres southeast of Little Rock, produced about 75 million board feet of lumber in the past year, Interfor said in a statement announcing the purchase from The Price Companies Inc. It says improvements underway should increase that to about 100 million board feet in the near future. As a result of the purchase, Interfor’s total annual lumber capacity will increase to 3.2 billion board feet, including some 1.3 billion board feet in the U.S. Southeast. The deal is expected to close in June.

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Congresswoman steering through safe waters

Longview Daily News
May 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is steering through safe waters in her home district by calling for removing more sea lions from the Columbia River and cutting more trees in national forests. Both pieces of legislation will sit well with many of her constituents in a region with many anglers and loggers. Whether the bills succeed is by no means assured, however… When it comes to forest management, Herrera Beutler uses phrases that environmentalists might echo, such as “strive to create a diverse landscape that is managed for the whole ecosystem.” However, she also is calling for increased national forest thinning and apparently moving away from protection for the spotted owl, though the details aren’t available. As with sea lions, it may be hard for her to convince those outside timber country that more logging is a good idea.

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Let’s talk timber, Mr. President

Statesman Journal
May 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Dear President Obama, …But there’s an even more important issue that cries for your help: increasing timber harvests on federal lands. Trees are a renewable resource. Timber jobs are good-paying jobs. For generations, they were the glue that held Oregon communities together. People could make enough money in the woods or in the mills to feed their families and also to support community organizations. Not so today. …So we need your help, Mr. President. Get Republican Greg and Democratic Ron in a room. Leave them there until they negotiate a timber plan that can pass Congress this year and gain your approval.

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Forestry Tasmania to axe 50 full-time positions as redundancies rolled out

ABC News, Australia
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has confirmed 50 full-time positions will be axed from the struggling state-owned company over coming months. The Resources Minister is making no apologies but unions say public safety will be put at risk. Twenty north-west Forestry Tasmania employees are set to lose their jobs which equates to about half the staff in the region. Staff at Forestry Tasmania’s Camdale and Smithton operations were invited to apply for voluntary redundancies. Two weeks ago the State Government said there would be no more public subsidies or equity transfers to Forestry Tasmania.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Unique ‘Treehouse’ awarded double LEED Platinum

Your Houston News
May 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Treehouse Memorial City, a 14,700 square-foot building that serves as MetroNational’s development office, meeting space and showroom for current and future Memorial City projects, has been certified double LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With a score of 95 points, The Treehouse Memorial City has achieved LEED BD+C: CS (Core and Shell) Platinum Level, marking this project as the highest credit point total in Texas and the second highest in the U.S. for this rating system. In addition, The Treehouse received LEED ID+C: (Commercial Interiors) Platinum Level with a score of 80 points.

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Forestry

Tree Canada announces $83,000 to help reforest urban Alberta

660 News Radio
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the City of Calgary is working double-time to get through even a portion of the damaged trees from ‘Snowtember’, individual Calgarians also have a lot of work left to do. Tree Canada has sent representatives to Calgary’s Disaster Alley on Saturday, to announce some help in the form of $83,000. Mike Rosen, president of the not-for-profit charitable organization, said they actually got the ball rolling a couple of years ago when he was visiting the Calgary Stampede and witnessed the damage caused from the 2013 flood.

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Forestry industry optimistic at annual Vernon trade show

Global News
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON – The parking lot at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place is filled with large-scale forestry equipment this week. It’s part of an annual industry trade show and conference put on by the Interior Logging Association (I.L.A.). Organizers estimate attendance is up about 25 per cent compared to last year and many attendees are bullish about the industry’s future. “The industry has come through a very challenging time but [there is] lots of optimism and opportunity,” says Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. However, there are still challenges.

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Forest Service-funded study: Timber sale lawsuits impact local jobs, tax revenue

The Missoulian
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — The largest potential economic impacts to communities from timber sale lawsuits come in the form of lost jobs, labor income and federal, state and local taxes, according to a study by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The report was paid for by an agency that often has to defend itself against timber sale lawsuits, the U.S. Forest Service, and a pro-timber industry coalition, the Montana Forest Products Retention Roundtable. It was conducted by BBER director of forest industry research Todd Morgan and director of survey research John Baldridge. The report provides information on government costs and other impacts associated with lawsuits filed against timber sales in the Northern Region of the Forest Service.

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Australian parrot faces extinction

Birdwatch UK
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The iconic Swift Parrot of Tasmania is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found. “Swift Parrots are in far worse trouble than anybody previously thought,” said leader of the study, Professor Robert Heinsohn, from The Australian National University (ANU). “Everyone, including foresters, environmentalists and members of the public will be severely affected if they go extinct.” Swift parrots are major pollinators of blue and black gum trees which are crucial to the forestry industry, which controversially continues to log swift parrot habitat. 

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World’s critical habitats lost Connecticut-size area of forest in a decade

Mongabay
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Many of the world’s endangered animals live in only one place, making them hugely susceptible to environmental upset. One fell swoop, and entire species could disappear from existence forever. New analysis shows that possibility may be edging closer and closer to reality in some areas, with forests known to harbor high-risk species losing an area of tree cover the size of Connecticut in a little over a decade. In 2010, the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) mapped out these sole areas of habitat for endangered species, finding 587 areas critical for the conservation of 920 species.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. failing to meet greenhouse emission targets: Federal government

Metro News
May 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is on track to increase greenhouse gas emissions – not reduce them – according to a letter from Canada’s environment minister. Leona Aglukkaq wrote to her provincial counterpart, Mary Polak, on April 10 with Environment Canada’s latest greenhouse gas projections as B.C. struggles to meet its 2020 goal of reducing emissions to 33 per cent below 2007 levels. Instead of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), the 2014 Emissions Trend Report says B.C. is actually on pace to increase emissions 11 per cent by 2020 (from 2005 levels)… In an emailed statement to Metro, the Ministry of Environment says the province met its 2012 interim GHG reduction target of six per cent and claims the federal data “does not incorporate all of B.C.’s GHG reduction actions,” such as carbon offsets in the forest sector.

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Cochrane Power biomass plant to shut down tonight unless government acts

Timmins Press
May 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

After seeking a renewal to their energy selling agreement with the provincial government for over a year in order to remain open, the Cochrane Power plant will be shut down if doesn’t get a new contract, or an extension to its current one, by midnight tonight. Northland Power, which owns the plant, has until tonight to secure a new long-term agreement with the government-run Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), to allow them to continue selling the electricity they produce using biomass – sawdust, bark, wood chips — taken from local mills. As of Sunday evening, Northland Power confirmed that were no negotiations for a last-minute deal to save the power plant and the company expects they will have to shut down the Cochrane facility after Monday.

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