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Business & Politics

Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry becomes minister of natural resources and forestry

By Jackie Sharkey
CBC News
June 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry has been named to Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal cabinet as minister of natural resources and forestry. The former critical care nurse and first-time MPP was elected in June 2014 and named parliamentary assistant to the minister of transportation. “It’s an honour to be asked to join the premier’s cabinet. As MPP for Cambridge, it’s important to ensure Waterloo region’s voice is heard at the cabinet table and I look forward to doing that as I serve as minister of natural resources and forestry,” McGarry said in a news release Monday. 

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New sawmill opened in Mackenzie

Prince George Citizen
June 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A grand opening was held Monday for a new sawmill in Mackenzie. Duz Cho Forest Products will produce cants for export to China and the Middle East with a small percentage to the United States and will use small diameter logs – primarily beetle-attacked pine – not used or wanted by other manufacturers in the area. The mill has also experimented with processing aspen logs. In all 28 people work at the mill. Nine of them are from the McLeod Lake Indian Band and nine from other First Nations. And 10 of the employees are women. “We are proud of our diverse workforce,” Duz Cho CEO Al Humphreys said in a press release from the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations.

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New Brunswick’s economy expected to move into recession in 2016 – Forestry a bright spot

CBC News
June 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s economy is likely to join Alberta’s in recession in 2016, according to the latest forecast issued by the Conference Board of Canada — the only two provincial economies likely to shrink this year. …One of the few bright spots is the forest industry, which is expected to make strong gains over the next two years because of growing demand in the United States, the report said. The forestry sector is predicted to grow at 6.2 per cent and 10.7 per cent in the next two years. Statistics Canada reported in May that New Brunswick’s economy grew by 1.9 per cent in 2015.  

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Invercargill City Forests invests in forestry management to benefit Southland and NZ

Stuff.co.nz
June 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Invercargill City Forests has bought a 24.9 per cent stake in forestry management company IFS Growth. Invercargill City Forests is a subsidiary of council-controlled organisation Invercargill City Holdings, while IFS Growth is an Invercargill-based company which works in forest management throughout New Zealand. Invercargill City Forests chairman Les Pullar said the council had nearly 3000 hectares of forestry and was aiming to increase that figure to between 5000 and 6000. The council had added about a thousand hectares to its portfolio in the last three years, Pullar said. “We made a conscious effort to expand and get more forests.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood tower at the University of British Columbia a game-changer for construction

Canadian Press in 680 News
June 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A student residence under construction at the University of British Columbia could set a new precedent for wooden towers in Canada. The 18-storey Brock Commons is intended to show developers and the public that wood can be as effective as steel or concrete, better for the environment and support the country’s forestry industry. “This project should effectively demonstrate that mass wood structures can be commonplace,” said Russell Acton, principal architect on the project. Taller buildings require so-called mass timber supports and special cross-laminated timber plates that act similarly to concrete slabs. Mass timber is a large section of wood, suitable for competing with concrete, masonry or steel construction. While 17 floors of Brock Commons will be built with mass timber, the building’s base and two cores are made of concrete.

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The giant timbers from Welsh forests that go to make high rope courses around Britain

Wales Online
June 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Giant timbers from Welsh forests are being used to build high rope courses around Britain. The 14-metre posts weigh in at up to 900 kilos each – almost 2,000 lbs – and are supplied by Ruthin-based Clifford Jones Timber to J M Adventure, a leading provider of high ropes courses. The latest consignment of posts has just been erected by JM Adventure’s specialist team at Pavilions in the Park, in Horsham, Sussex, for the High Places high rope course. …Mr Jones added: “Many people might think that we make a fairly basic product. We’re the UK’s biggest producer of fence posts but we pride ourselves on our versatility and we have a wide variety of customers for our product, many of them in the leisure industry. “We’re delighted to be able to supply these extra big poles though and there’s nothing more eco-friendly than timber.”

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Chemicals from wood waste

By ETH Zurich
Science Daily
June 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Vitamins, medication, solvents, crop protection products and polymers — in future, it will be possible to manufacture many of these from wood waste. The processes will also be at least as cost-effective, environmentally friendly and safe as current oil-based processes, says an international team of researchers. The present-day chemical industry is based on oil: many chemical products — from plastics through to detergents and solvents to medication and crop protection products — have their origins in oil and its constituents. Since oil reserves are finite, scientists have been looking for ways to manufacture these products from sustainable materials. An international research team has now demonstrated just such an alternative manufacturing method for a major basic chemical product: succinic acid. …The researchers identified wood or cellulose waste from the forestry and paper industries as their source material of choice.

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Forestry

Board to audit BCTS operations in the Vanderhoof district

BC Forest Practices Board
June 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber sale licence holders in the Vanderhoof Resource District, during the week of June 20, 2016. The auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, road, silviculture and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The audit includes all forestry activities carried out in the last year in the Vanderhoof district portion of the Stuart-Nechako Business Area of BCTS. The audit area consists of low-rolling and upland terrain, primarily forested with spruce and pine, and includes the headwaters of the Fraser, Stikine and Mackenzie river systems.

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Woodland Caribou: Our shared past, shared future

By Scott Harris
The Chronicle Journal
June 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

From May 16-20, our community hosted nearly 400 biologists, policy-makers, First Nations, environmentalists, forestry, oil and gas interests to discuss the most recent scientific findings on the decline of woodland caribou across Canada. An evening, organized by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, was dedicated to sharing information with the general public. At that session, Paul Kennedy, the moderator of CBC’s Ideas, referred to woodland caribou as the “canary in the coal mine,” suggesting that the disappearance of this species from parts of Northern Ontario and our Lake Superior shores, and across Canada, may signal a decline in the general health of the boreal forest. Woodland caribou have been an important part of our local history. 

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Groups plan to sue over Pacific fisher

Conservationists disagree with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision not to list the predators as threatened
The Mail Tribune
June 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conservationists disagree with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision not to list the predators as threatened. … Those efforts include the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project in the Ashland watershed, where biologists are studying, among many things, the impacts of forest thinning and selective logging on fishers and how they use those altered habitats. The conservation groups say the decision against listing fishers came with no new science pointing to improved health for the isolated fisher populations in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as well as those in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. They also claim the service dismisses the threats of rodenticides at illegal marijuana operations.

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Dead trees in forest logged to reduce hazard

Great Falls Tribune
June 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Trees killed by mountain pine beetle that are now hazardous are being logged in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. RY Timber began work last week along Moose Creek Road, also known as Forest Road 204, which is 20 miles north of White Sulphur Springs. “We’re not clear-cutting the roadsides,” said Carol Hatfield, the ranger for the forest’s Belt Creek and White Sulphur Springs districts. “We’re just targeting the hazard trees.” In 2014, the forest approved a hazard tree removal project for 200 miles of road in the Little Belt Mountains totaling 146 acres to address the mountain pine beetle epidemic that swept through Montana’s forests. Two- to five-acre patches with high levels of mortality are being targeted, Hatfield said.

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The future challenges facing our forests

By Rod Keenan
Policy Forum
June 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating implemented a revolutionary change to the framework for managing Australia’s forests. A quarter of a century later the time has come to revisit the forest agreements, argues Rod Keenan. Another Australian election campaign, another call from environmental NGOs for federal intervention in native forests. Native forest timber harvesting has been a feature of federal election campaigns since 1989 when right-wing Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson famously underwent a green epiphany and promoted World Heritage listing of rainforests in north Queensland.

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Forest Fires

Washington state official praises B.C. wildfire crews

The Georgia Straight
June 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Washington state official gave a talk about forest fires to Lower Mainland fire chiefs and members of the B.C. Wildfire Service at the U.S. consul general’s residence yesterday (June 9). Peter Goldmark, commissioner of public lands, is the person responsible for defending Washington from forest fires such as the ones that ravaged the state last year in its worst wildfire season in history (one that did not go unnoticed by Vancouverites). …“The landscape is the same on both sides of the border,” Goldmark stressed to the Georgia Straight in an interview after his multimedia presentation. “The border is a kind of artificial interruption, and we all face that same challenge in terms of protecting both people and resources.”

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Fort McMurray wildfire is finally ‘being held’

Edmonton Journal
June 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort McMurray — The Fort McMurray wildfire is no longer growing. On Monday morning, the province announced it had updated its condition to “being held.” However, this does not mean the fire is under control. Wildfire information officer Lynn Daina said that “being held” means that, with current weather conditions and resources, the flames were not expected to grow past expected boundaries. “When it is under control, that means we will have it completely contained and it will be extinguished,” she said. “It’s so dependent on the weather, but given the resources we have, we’re looking at a month or two when there is no more smoke.” The fire covers 589,617 hectares. There are 1,035 firefighters and forestry workers battling the flames, joined by 47 helicopters. The province also has 133 pieces of heavy equipment building fire breaks. There are 540 kilometres of dozer guard around the fire. Daina says the fire is 88-per-cent contained.

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Update: Forest fire risk high in some parts of the northeast

Sudbury.com
June 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are still three active fires burning in the northeast, while the risk for more fires ranges from low to moderate across most of the region. The three active fires have been burning for more than a week, but the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says its fire fighters have brought all of them under control. Wawa 7 is currently 294 hectares in size, and is the smallest of the three. Hearst 4 and Hearst 5 are the largest fires, burning at 475 hectares and 2,574 hectares respectively. The forest fire hazard ranges from low to moderate across most of the region, with the exception of Greater Sudbury and surrounding areas, which is showing a high hazard.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy key for sustainability, advocate says

by Frank Peebles
Prince George Citizen
June 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is more energy than ever inside the simple tree. Humans have burned wood for heat, hewn it for shelter, carved it for tools since the dawn of species existence, but the world is only beginning to understand all the things a tree can do. ….Few events in the world bring that to brighter light than the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition held biennially in Prince George. T… “We have a lot of research and development going on, but it only brings up how much more needs to happen,” said one of the delegates coming to Prince George for the event running Wednesday through Friday. Derek Nighbor is the CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, one of the leading agencies advocating for the cutting edge of wood.

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Fort Mac Fire Sparked Little Media Talk of Global Warming

By Mychaylo Prystupa
The Tyee
June 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

‘If not now, then when would be a good time to discuss climate?’ asks journo prof. The wildfire that scorched Canada’s oilsands city of Fort McMurray, endangered lives, and burned 1,929 homes provoked hardly a murmur in news stories about whether climate change was a factor in the blaze, a Tyee analysis has found. A search of Google News from the first two weeks of the crisis for “Fort McMurray” and “fire” produced 367 unique articles. Only about six per cent of those news stories focused on global warming. News coverage was overwhelmingly about personal stories, sympathy for the city’s escapees, trivia about the blaze, and how Canadians, firefighters, and oil companies rose to the disaster challenge.

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The atmosphere has hit a grim milestone — and scientists say we’ll never go back ‘within our lifetimes’

By Chris Mooney
Washington Post
June 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point. Humans walking the Earth today will probably never live to see carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere once again fall below a level of 400 parts per million (ppm), at least when measured at the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, where the longest global record of Co2 has been compiled. …That means that even in September of this year, when annual concentrations are typically at their lowest (as northern hemisphere trees lose their leaves and vegetation growth declines heading into winter), they’ll likely still be slightly over 400 parts per million, scientists forecast.

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Wildlife in Southeast will need help to survive global warming

By Bob Berwyn
Summit County Citizens Voice
June 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, US West

Natural habitat in the eastern half of the U.S. has been so fragmented by roads, farms and cities that many plants and animals won’t be able to survive global warming without a lot of help. That means thinking about the concept of climate connectivity, according to a new study that aims to give policy makers tools to consider climate change for development and conservation planning. The research, reported June 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how creating climate-specific movement corridors could give many species a better chance to survive the warming expected in the coming decades.

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General

BC hardwood wholesaler buying US distributor in US$107-million deal

The Canadian Press in Canadian Business
June 13, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

CALGARY – A B.C. wholesaler of hardwood lumber, plywood and other products is buying an American rival for US$107 million to gain access to new U.S. markets for its products. Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (TSX: HWD) of Langley, B.C., said Monday that it is buying most of the assets of Rugby Architectural Building Products from its New Hampshire-based owner. The deal includes the payment of up to another US$13 million based on future performance. Rugby operates 31 facilities and employs 560 people in the United States. Its leadership team and employees are expected to remain in place.

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