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Daily Archives: November 2, 2015

Opinion / Editorial

Renew the SLA 2006? … No thank you

By Russ Cameron
Independent Wood Processors Association of BC
November 2, 2015
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Independent Wood Processors Association (IWPA) keeps hearing that BC’s forest industry wants to extend, or roll-over as is, the now expired Softwood Lumber Agreement. But that’s not quite true. We do understand why the members of the influential BC Lumber Trade Council (BCLTC) want a roll over. They have exclusive and renewable access to the BC Public’s non-competitive timber resource. But the fact is that the majority of BC’s wood processors buy their wood competitively and don’t want a roll over. We may be small and we may only have the opportunity to make value added products from about 5% of the logs and lumber produced in BC, but there are a lot of us. Or should I say, there used to be a lot of us. BC has lost over half of its small family owned and operated wood processors in the last dozen years primarily due to the SLA 2006 and SLA inspired Forest Policy changes which allowed control of the non-competitive harvest to be consolidated into a very few hands. (Read More takes you to the IWPA homepage, follow link at the bottom of that page).

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Business & Politics

Mill fire still under investigation

The Albany Democrat-Herald
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SWEET HOME — Sweet Home firefighters spent Sunday evening dousing hot spots at the former Willamette Industries sawmill, while investigators continue to look into the cause of Saturday’s blaze. The former mill site houses a business, Family Pallet Lumber, as well as numerous vacant mill buildings. The department determined Family Pallet Lumber had not sustained any damage to its business. Battalion Chief Eli Harris said as best as the department can tell, the fire broke out in what had been an office area at 2210 Tamarack St. Most of the other buildings are open to the weather and likely wouldn’t have generated enough heat to cause the kind of damage that Saturday’s fire caused, he said. The fire destroyed an empty lumber storage building that had been several hundred feet long and several hundred feet wide. Eight units responded.

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Gail Clarke: Forestry an investment where money grows on trees Scotsman

Returns are as solid as the product, says Gail Clarke
The Scotsman
November 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…Our commercial forests are somewhat different, the deep green trees found there hardly change in appearance from one season to the next. That’s because they have been planted for the specific purpose of providing a raw material that is essential to a myriad of industries and, as such, they play a key role in Scottish exports both to other parts of the UK and overseas. For the investor in forestry, returns have been as solid as the product itself: the market in Scotland has out-performed all other forms of investment over the past 20 years in terms of rate of return. This trend is predicted to continue for the next 15-20 years with the current IRR (internal rate of return) being about 15 to 20 per cent.

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Forestry

Cull not needed; Cape Breton moose already disappearing

By Al Muir lives, Plymouth
The Chronicle Herald
November 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Moose sign had decreased significantly in the area, a decline that moose hunter guide Dennis Day attributes to the heavy snowfalls of last winter. Those snows, in all probability, were in part responsible for the decline I witnessed. The continuing decline of the herd due to the growth of vegetation above their reach, a population too large for the new habitat to sustain, and the resultant elimination of plants still within their reach cannot be discounted as limiting factors. …The planned cull of moose in these areas at this late stage in their cycle is little more than closing the barn doors after the cows have gotten out.

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Lane County agency fines logger for illegally burning demolished mobile home

The Register-Guard
October 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lane County air pollution regulators have fined a Dallas, Ore., logging company $3,822 for deliberately — and illegally — burning an old mobile home and a shop building as part of a logging slash burn northwest of Springfield in 2014. But whether the Lane Regional Air Protection Authority will ever be able to collect the fine is unclear. LRAPA earlier this month filed a default order and judgment against the logger, Harlan Howard Logging LLC. Company owner Harlan Howard confirmed to LRAPA that he burned the two buildings — which he owned — and he hasn’t contested the fine, LRAPA said.  Howard also confirmed that he had not taken the legally required step of having an asbestos inspection performed before destroying the buildings, LRAPA said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

DuPont to open $225M cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

Idaho Statesman
October 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

NEVADA, IOWA  – A refinery designed to make ethanol from cornstalks, leaves and cobs — not the grain itself — opened Friday in central Iowa, the culmination of a $225 million construction project and millions more invested in its engineering and design. The plant, owned by chemical and biotechnology company DuPont, will use the same bacteria that tequila distillers use to make ethanol instead of yeast, which is most prevalent in the ethanol industry. It’s one of the new innovations DuPont said it has incorporated into the plant, touted as the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant; DuPont expects it to eventually make 30 million gallons of the fuel additive a year.

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