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Daily Archives: July 23, 2015

Business & Politics

Boyden Leading CEO Search for Forest Products Assn. of Canada

Hunt Scanlon
July 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Executive search firm Boyden has been selected by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. David Lindsay, who has led the organization since 2012, announced his intention to move on by the end of 2015. Eric Lathrop, a partner in Boyden’s Ottawa office, is leading the search. Mr. Lathrop has a long track record in recruiting leaders for associations representing a number of Canada’s industries, including forestry, aerospace, tourism, and defense. …“We appreciate that David has given us advance notice of his intentions so we can conduct a thorough search and proper transition as we move to the next phase of our association,” said board chair of FPAC, Curt Stevens, CEO of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.

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Babine mill owner testifies at coroner’s inquest

Prince George Citizen
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika told a coroner’s inquest Wednesday he was concerned about the level of dust at the Burns Lake sawmill the company owned but did not think it would have fueled an explosion. …A WorkSafeBC investigation concluded the dry, powdery sawdust from beetle-killed pine, provided the fuel for the blast. Under questioning from coroner’s counsel John Orr, Zika said he would visit Babine on a quarterly basis and came away concerned about the haze the dust left in the mill’s air.

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Lane County commissioners approve tax break for International Paper revamp of Springfield mill

The Register-Guard
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In a unanimous vote, the Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to a five-year tax break totaling $8.56 million for the International Paper linerboard mill in Springfield. The company requested the break as it considers a $101.6 million upgrade to its 66-year-old mill, mainly to replace two “functionally obsolete” pieces of heavy equipment. Under the deal, the company isn’t promising to add any new jobs to its Springfield workforce of around 280. The agreement allows the company to reduce its workforce by 20 percent at any point during the five years, though company officials say they don’t plan to do so.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada first in the world for LEED green buildings

Business in Vancouver
July 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

For the second year in a row, Canada takes top spot in the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual LEED green building ranking list. The USGBC rates countries in terms of gross square metres and number of LEED projects to date. In order for a project to be LEED-certified, it must meet strict limitations on energy and water usage and carbon emissions. “At a time when the world needs real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders, policymakers and consumers have turned to LEED to show the international community what we can do at the local level to promote real, substantive change,” said USGBC CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi.

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Forestry

Chairman Roberts Reviews Forestry Bills, Hears from USDA

US Senate Committee
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a legislative hearing to review pending U.S. Forest Service and forestry-related bills. “I hope this hearing serves as a reminder to the U.S. Forest Service and stakeholders that we are a resource and an ally to address policy questions now before Congress, such as catastrophic wildfire and forest management,” Chairman Roberts said. “Forestry, much like production agriculture, faces many similar challenges whether it be an over-reaching regulation from EPA, complying with burdensome and time consuming environmental laws and regulations, or protecting countless species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Bigger logging buffers considered to protect salmon

Herald and News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS (AP) — A state board is considering how much to increase the numbers of trees that must be left standing along small and medium streams on private timberlands to shade the water and keep it cool for salmon. A study known as RipStream has shown logging buffers on small and medium-sized streams under the Oregon Forest Practices Act don’t do enough to maintain shade, allowing water temperatures to rise more than twice the standard of 0.54 degrees set by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission.

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Judge clears barred owl removal study

The Capital Press
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A barred owl removal study doesn’t violate environmental laws, a federal judge ruled. Killing barred owls to study the potential effects on threatened spotted owls does not violate federal environmental laws, according to a federal judge. Populations of the northern spotted owl, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, have continued to decline in recent decades despite strict limits on logging. Federal scientists believe the problem is partly due to the barred owl, a rival species that’s more adaptable, occupies similar habitats and competes for food.

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Myanmar gives 153 Chinese life in jail for illegal logging

AP in The Missoulian
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

YANGON, Myanmar — A court in northern Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on Wednesday after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing. Two Chinese minors received 10-year sentences for the same offense, while a woman in the group received an additional 15 years on a drug charge, said Khin Maung, the lawyer for the defendants. Life terms are generally treated as 20 years in Myanmar’s judicial system. Myanmar’s army in January arrested the Chinese and some Myanmar nationals in Kachin state near the Chinese border, also seizing 436 logging trucks.

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Forest Fires

Two fires were caused by humans

Comox Valley Record
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A small forest fire near Comox Main which could be seen from Comox Lake along with a larger fire in Campbell River were both human caused, confirmed the Coastal Fire Centre Tuesday. The .1ha fire on Crown Land near Comox Lake was in patrol Tuesday, but was not completely declared out, said fire information officer Marg Drysdale. …The Elk River Main fire which grew to 1.5ha from its discovery Monday, was 40 per cent contained by Tuesday. The fire is on private forest land. “It’s July; we haven’t even reached the peak of fire season which is around mid-August,” added Drysdale.

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Quickly growing fire in Glacier now 800-1,000 acres

Great Falls Tribune
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wind-blown wildfire near Grizzly Point along the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park on Tuesday closed the road and prompted evacuations. “It’s growing quite quickly,” park spokeswoman Denise Germann said. By 9 p.m. the fire, which first was reported at 3:45 p.m., had grown to an estimated 800 to 1,000 acres. It was moving quickly in heavy timber with extreme spread potential, Germann said. Rising Sun Motor Inn, operated by Glacier National Park Lodges, and Rising Sun Campground, were evacuated Tuesday evening, she said.

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Cabin Gulch fire at 2,500 acres; 100 acres of timber sale burned

Billings Gazette
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.) — The 2,500-acre Cabin Gulch Timber sale was evacuated yesterday from the Cabin Gulch Fire. Ed Regan of RY Timber said the fire burned through some of lower timber units in the east fork of Cabin Gulch, with a very rough estimate of about 100 acres affected. Logging crews left equipment on scene yesterday, and were able to return today with the Forest Service to move equipment from the area. If winds shift there is the concern of pushing the fire to the north and burning more of the timber sale, Regan said.

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