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Daily Archives: September 14, 2015

Business & Politics

B.C. invests $2.2 million to promote new uses for wood

Government of BC
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of B.C. wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products. The funding is being awarded to six industry trade associations and institutions with proven records in research, development and marketing of wood products and skills training to carry out Wood First activities. They include: BC Wood Specialties Group – $558,910; Canadian Wood Council – $770,109; University of British Columbia – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $359,166; University of British Columbia – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – $65,000; FPInnovations – $428,928; Design Build Research Institute – $51,762

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What about the Prince Albert Pulp Mill?

Prince Albert Daily Herald
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coun. Don Cody suggests that more can be done to reignite the mill. It’s been almost two years since Paper Excellence provided the last public update about the Prince Albert Pulp Mill’s future. At the time, they estimated that the mill would be developing fluff pulp by the summer of 2014 — a target that still hasn’t been reached. It’s been about a year since Paper Excellence shut down the mill’s co-generation project, which they opened in 2012 and which employed about 40 people. On Friday, Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Larry Fladagar noted that he hasn’t heard “a thing” about the mill’s future.

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Deer Lodge sawmill lays off 50 workers

Helena Independent Record
September 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DEER LODGE — Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge has shut down the night shift in the sawmill, planer and finger-jointer operations, resulting in the layoff of almost 50 workers. That leaves 115 people working at the mill. Owner Sherm Anderson said Friday the layoff decision was difficult, but a dramatic drop in the price of 2×4 and 2×6 studs and the high cost of logs made the decision necessary. Anderson said prior to 2008 the price for studs peaked at $500 per thousand board feet (mbf) and the mill was paying $400 to $500 per mbf for logs.

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The Austrian sawmill industry on the road to recovery

IHB – The Timber Network
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After a record low in lumber production in the past year, with 8.4 million m3, the Austrian sawmill industry reports an upward trend for the first half of the year. Warehouses are currently filled, and the supply of the sawmill industry lies 5% above the previous year and the slightly higher lumber demand could be well served. The supply of sawn softwood lumber had inferior sharp fluctuations in the first half. There are also large quantities of damaged wood. As a result of high summer temperatures, this quantity is expected to rise, even in neighboring countries.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Local builders and suppliers covet beetle-kill

The Durango Herald
September 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Despite vast spreads of beetle-kill in the region, La Plata County’s lumber suppliers and custom-home builders are looking elsewhere to obtain the wood. The cost of building in the area has led to heightened efforts to find cheaper ways to construct homes. One of those ways is to build with the cheap, abundant wood, often pine. The beetle-kill wood is recognizable by its blue tinge… He began building with beetle-kill three years ago, though the motivation was the wood’s unique look, which was in high demand, rather than savings.

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Forestry

Castle designation will mean lost forestry jobs

Letter by Robert Murray
Lethbridge Herald
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

So our environment minister can smile and laugh while potentially putting sawmill workers, truckers, tree planters and loggers out of work in the Castle area. But we’re going to create minimum-wage jobs for transients in the tourism industry. Those jobs are much more valuable than the jobs of folks who live in our communities, pay taxes, and coach kids’ sports teams. With the headline on the news release the NDP government has just told 18,000 Albertans who work in the forest industry that you are not welcome. These folks have made Alberta their home, not been parachuted into Alberta from B.C, Ottawa or Manitoba.

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Provincial Safety Centennial Conference

Wawa News
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Thursday, September 24, Ontario celebrates a century of worker health and safety in the forestry, pulp and paper industries at a special conference in Thunder Bay. …“This is a very important milestone in workplace health and safety,” says Ballanger-Michaud, “especially when you look at how dangerous logging and sawmills were in the early years. We’ve come a long way since then, and we’re inviting all businesses involved in Ontario’s forestry, pulp and paper industries to join us in in Thunder Bay on September 24 and help mark the occasion. A special thank you to our sponsors Resolute and Domtar. There’ll be a full day of presentations, workshops, safety awards, equipment exhibit, and trade show.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation takes Ontario to court over clear cutting

Court case will test whether Charter of Rights can protect people from environmental harm
CBC News
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, is taking legal action Monday to stop Ontario’s plan to allow logging near the community’s traditional territory. Research shows that clear cutting can release methylmercury — a neurotoxin — into the environment, a pressing concern among Grassy Narrows residents already suffering mercury poisoning. Chief Roger Fobister said the court action is necessary after Ontario turned down the First Nation’s request for an individual environmental assessment of the latest forest management plan.  “We’re trying to protect our people’s health here, our fundamental human rights,” Fobister said.

Grassy Narrows sues Ontario over mercury health threat from clearcut logging from The TB Newswatch

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Petition calls for end of herbicide already banned for cosmetic use in Ontario

Thunder Bay News Watch
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — A thousand people across Northern Ontario have signed a petition calling for an end to the use of an herbicide the World Health Organization calls “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Ontario banned glyphosate for cosmetic use in 2008 but forestry companies are still aerial spraying the chemical in reforesting areas to control competing vegetation.  “At that time, there was a discussion of protecting human health from unnecessary and potentially toxic chemicals,” said Julee Boan, Ontario Nature’s Boreal program manager. …Thunder Bay-based Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet presented the petition entitled, “Stop the spraying of Monsanto’s controversial VisionMax herbicide in the Boreal Forest in Canada” to Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro this week.

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Guilty plea in poaching of big leaf maples in national forest

Associated Press in Komo News
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TACOMA, Wash. – A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to illegally harvesting bigleaf maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington and selling the most valuable portions to a local lumber mill. Ryan Justice entered his guilty plea to theft of government property in federal court in Tacoma Thursday. Federal prosecutors have recommended 15 months in prison. He is to be sentenced in December. Justice admitted that he and others cut down 16 bigleaf maples in the forest near Randle over about two weeks in late 2011, as well as other trees. The maples were worth more than $40,000.

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Saws needed to make forest stands resilient

Summit Daily
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GUNNISON, Colo. – With not much left to feed on, the mountain bark beetles of northern Colorado have been faltering the last few years. But spruce trees in south-central Colorado have been getting hit hard. Foresters estimate 30 percent mortality of spruce trees on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. “What we’re really facing is a natural process exacerbated by all the droughts we’ve had,” said Scott Armentrout, the forest supervisor. In one area of the San Juan Mountains, near Lake City, all spruce trees larger than 3 inches in diameter have been attacked.

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Feds say New England cottontail doesn’t need protection

Associated Press in Yahoo News
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DOVER, N.H.  — Public and private conservation efforts have helped the New England cottontail rebound to the point where it can be taken off the list of species under consideration for protection, the federal government said Friday. The small, brown rabbit has been threatened by a loss of habitat throughout its range in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. It’s vanished from Vermont. …The cottontail does best in tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests. The rabbit’s habitat is destroyed when forests mature and large trees replace small ones. Habitats also have been lost to development. Since the 1960s, the rabbit’s range contracted by 86 percent.

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Bay of Plenty forestry worker killed

NZ City
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A man was killed in a forestry accident in the Bay of Plenty this week, WorkSafe New Zealand has confirmed. The accident happened in Tuhoe Forest, Waiohau, between Murupara and Whakatane, on Wednesday morning. A WorkSafe spokesman confirmed they were investigating but would not reveal any further details. The Whakatane Beacon reports it believes the victim was in his 60s and from Kawerau. The forest industry is improving its safety performance following a horrendous spate of deaths. According to the Council of Trade Unions the forestry accident rate has dropped by 60 per cent and there has been one fatal forestry accident in 15 months before Wednesday’s death. END OF STORY

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Ethiopia: Stepping Up Efforts in Forest Management

The Ethiopian Herald
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In accordance with the recently published report of FAO , the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 per cent over the past 25 years… By the same token, Ethiopia has been getting involved in a nationwide afforestation campaign over the past two decades, as a result , most of the barren lands and deforested areas have turned into forest areas .Apart from protecting the natural forest areas in Ethiopia , reafforestation areas have been dramatically increasing from time to time. However, so much more remains to be done on sustainable forest use and enhancing forest management knowledge as well as skills through out the country.

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Sawmill owners fear Pilliga forest in NSW being destroyed by timber contract pressures

ABC News Australia
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sawmill owners in western New South Wales fear they are destroying the Pilliga forest in order to meet their timber contracts. They say they are being forced to harvest increasingly younger trees — including saplings of the bare minimum size — which they say will ultimately devastate the forest. The Baradine Sawmill signed wood supply agreements 10 years ago with the New South Wales Forestry Corporation. The Forestry Corporation allocates areas to be logged based on its estimates of the timber in the forests, but it is up to the sawmills and their logging contractors to find and harvest what is out there.

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Ugandan Community Leader Receives Top Forestry Prize

All Africa
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ugandan forestry activist Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi was today awarded the 2015 Wangari Maathai ‘Forest Champions’ Award in recognition of her efforts to promote the conservation and sustainable use of her country’s forest resources. Given in recognition of outstanding efforts to improve and sustain forests, the award was established in 2012 by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which is chaired by FAO. Its name honours the memory of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

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Forest Fires

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Helps Control Montana Wildfires

SNJToday
September 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MAYS LANDING – The United States Forest Service requested Larry Birch from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and 19 other Mays Landing area firefighters to help control the wildfires in Montana. “It went to a level five, so they were so in need of resources, and we went out,” said Birch. “We ended up sending two crews out, two hand crews, and three of our water tenders. Our out west program, the state’s out west program, we go out and suppress the out west fires, or help support them.” Birch works for the Forest Fire Service in Hamilton Township by watching over South Jersey for forest fires. With 15 years experience, Birch worked for two weeks with his crew working around the clock to help control the wildfires in Montana.

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State, federal officials close to resolving dispute

by Rob Chaney
Helena Independent Record
September 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Federal and state firefighters appear to have fixed a problem that left some Montana helicopters off the call list for initial attack missions this wildfire season. “They found our operations to be safe and effective,” state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation director John Tubbs said of a federal inspection team’s analysis of five modified helicopters Montana uses for water-drops on forest fires. “They still have some rule changes necessary on the federal side for them to fully engage our helicopters in future fires.” The problem surfaced a year ago, when U.S. Department of Agriculture officials informed DNRC that the five helicopters were carrying water buckets larger than federal standards allowed.

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Singapore says Indonesia to share names of companies causing forest fires

Reuters in Daily Mail Online
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 – Indonesia has agreed to share with Singapore the names of companies suspected of causing forest fires that have led to a deterioration of air quality in the city state. Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, told Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Vivian Balakrishnan, that the names would be shared once the information had been verified, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement. Haze has engulfed Singapore and Malaysia for several days, pushing the PSI air quality index to unhealthy levels of over 100 in the city state on a 24-hour basis.

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