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Monthly Archives: June 2019

Today’s Takeaway

Softwood lumber prices continue dizzying reversals

The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 26, 2019
Category: Today's Takeaway

Softwood lumber prices continue their dizzying reversals; while the strengthening Canadian dollar threatens to squeeze forest industry profits. In other Business news: Conifex’s decision to sell its Fort St. James mill was “extremely difficult” (CEO Ken Sheilds); Liberal’s don’t understand the “real issues” (Mayor Bob Simpson); “more shutdowns are coming” (CEO John Brink) and “we will get through this difficult transition” (CEO Susan Yurkovich).

In Forestry news: Canada’s first faculty of forestry is set to close; Nova Scotia announces shift to biomass heat; David Suzuki says “caribou and industry can coexist”; Patrick Moore says “trees are the answer”; and Bill Moomwa says Massachusetts forestry “isn’t sustainable for the climate”.

Finally, mass timber makes headlines in Montreal, Toronto; Colorado, Washington DC and Wales.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

North American softwood lumber prices continue dizzying reversals

By Kéta Kosman
Madison’s Lumber Reporter
June 25, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The sheer plummet, then flat-line, of North American construction framing softwood lumber prices for most of this year continued last week the massive reversal of the previous week. Wholesaler prices of benchmark dimension softwood lumber commodity Western Spruce-Pine-Fir KD 2×4 #2&Btr last week corrected up somewhat further. The ability of Eastern Spruce-Pine-Fir suppliers to raise their prices significantly confirms the upward price movement of lumber commodities in the past two weeks. Confusion reigns still, however Tuesday lumber futures on the Chicago Merchantile Exchange might provide some clarity, as it closed unchanged from Monday’s levels of just below US$400 on the July and September contracts. …Sales activity wasn’t as “crazy” as it was the previous week for purveyors of WSPF lumber in the US. However prices continued to advance and sawmills were definitely in the driver’s seat during negotiations.

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Tolko recognized with 2019 employer initiative of the year award

Tolko Release
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) with the 2019 Employer Initiative of the Year Award (Western Canada) for its ‘Leadership Impact for Women’ program. …CCDI’s Awards of Success are designed to recognize significant contributions to diversity and inclusion in Canada. The Employer Initiative of the Year Award recognizes an employer for a specific initiative or practice that has had an impact on a diverse group. Tolko’s ‘Leadership Impact for Women’ program was started in 2017 and consists of four modules designed to give female employees at Tolko the skills and tools they need to become stronger leaders. 

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Hampton mills stand out for avoiding curtailments

BC Local News
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steve Zika

More than a dozen sawmills shut down across the province in June amid industry difficulties but the two locals mills of Hampton Lumber are still running. …“Certainly Babine and Decker Lake are not immune to the challenges resulting from a weak lumber market and extremely high log costs,” said Steve Zika, Chief Executive Officer of Hampton Affiliates, which owns the two mills. The CEO pointed to a few factors that have helped the company avoid curtailments at its mills in B.C. “We believe the synergy between Babine and Decker, our strong sales group which is focused on market diversity, a focus on cost reduction and a commitment to continual improvement from everyone at the mill sites all adds up to help us better protect the mills from curtailments.” …Zika hopes the recent improvement in lumber prices will lift up the prospects for other mills in the province.

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Strike vote results from WFP mills pending

By Don Bodger
The Ladysmith Chronicle
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Results of a strike vote taken at Western Forest Products mills, including Chemainus, and logging operations in the region are expected to be known Friday. United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 and the company are far apart in negotiations for a new contract. WFP Ladysmith and WFP Value Added employees are represented by the Public and Private Workers of Canada and not involved in current negotiations. The issues are vast between the two sides, resulting in a stalemate at this stage of negotiations and precipitating the strike vote. “It was clear Western Forest Products was not going to respond to our proposals in a meaningful way,” said Local 1-1937 President Brian Butler. “They themselves tabled some massive concessions.” …“Hopefully, it doesn’t end up in a labour dispute. They’ll have time to respond to us after a vote and get things back on track.”

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“We will get through this difficult transition”: COFI President on sawmill curtailments, closures

By Brendan Pawliw
My Bulkley Lakes Now
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Susan Yurkovich

The Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, record-breaking wildfire seasons and challenging market conditions are still being blamed for the recent challenges in BC’s forestry sector. That’s according to Council of Forest Industries President Susan Yurkovich who spoke with Vista Radio following the announcement of curtailments. …However, she is pleased Hampton Lumber is planning to build a new facility in Fort Saint James following an agreement to purchase the sawmill from Conifex for 39-million dollars. “You know, that’s exactly what needs to happen. We have to go through this difficult transition as I mentioned earlier and what we need to do is have the right milling capacity or the right configuration of mills to be able to match with the available timber.” …Yurkovich is confident the industry can move through this difficult stage and wants to see the milling capacity match the fibre available.

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Caribou plan divides communities

By Dan Davies, MLA for Peace River North
Energetic City
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dan Davies

By the time former MLA Blair Lekstrom had been brought in to salvage a caribou recovery plan for the northeast section of the province, it was already too late. Nearly two years of closed-door meetings produced an agreement that by Lekstrom’s estimate, excluded 97 percent of residents who live and work in the region, including local governments, business, the outdoor recreation community and even certain First Nations. My colleagues and I consistently called on the government for transparency. To make matters worse, forests minister Doug Donaldson took a done-deal on the road and tried to pass off hastily organized information sessions as “public engagement.”  …Our local forest industry is already hurting enough. The last thing we need is another hammer blow to the job losses we have already suffered. And rest assured, the oil and gas and mining industries are closely monitoring what is unfolding as well.

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‘There likely will be more’: CEO of Prince George’s Brink Forest Products predicts more forestry downfall

By Jessica Fedigan
Prince George Matters
June 25, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Brink

It’s only getting worse. Numerous mills in B.C. have had to either curtail their production or entirely shut down their facilities. …While many hope the market will go into an upswing, Brink Forest Products Ltd. CEO John Brink, sees it differently but says there are multiple contributing factors. …”There is simply not enough fibre for the amount of capacity that we have right now and in a way, that all relate back to the time of the pine beetle academic through the interior of the province.” …”The other factor, in my opinion at least, is global warming,” he says. …The other part is the incremental part of the timber that may be available in the open market is so minimum that there’s so much competition for it which makes it not viable for some of the operations.

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B.C. Liberals still clueless on forest sector needs

By Bob Simpson, Mayor of Quesnel
The Province
June 25, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bob Simpson

Quesnel, and the rest of B.C., experienced more permanent mill closures and forest-sector job losses during the B.C. Liberal’s time in government than at any other time in the province’s history. …If Andrew Wilkinson’s [recent] letter reflects the Liberal’s forestry agenda, it proves two things: One, the Liberals still don’t understand what the real issues are and, two, they would rather play petty politics than support the deep policy shifts needed to tackle the underlying issues that created the crisis. It’s important to note that Quesnel, and the rest of B.C., experienced more permanent mill closures and forest-sector job losses during the B.C. Liberal’s time in government than at any other time in the province’s history, including those we are experiencing today. …Admittedly, Wilkinson wasn’t premier when the Liberals made a mess of the forest sector but the approach he demands that Premier John Horgan take to solve the current crisis is contradictory, hypocritical and stale. 

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Stimson Lumber Calls For Boycott of Oregon Businesses That Support Cap and Trade Bill

By Elise Herron
The Willamette Week
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The carbon cap legislation that caused 11 Republican Senators to flee Salem this week is also stirring conflict among Oregon businesses. Despite the surprise announcement from Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) June 25 that the bill does not have sufficient Democratic support to pass, Portland-based Stimson Lumber today called for a boycott of Oregon Business for Climate, a coalition of business that supported the legislation. …This isn’t the first time Stimson has used its economic clout to protest Oregon politics. In May, the company announced that it would lay off 40 percent of its workforce in Forest Grove, and move operations to Idaho and Montana. …Miller accused businesses in support of House Bill 2020 of not caring “if mills shut down or our families are impacted.” …Over 100 businesses support Oregon Business for Climate—including Adidas, the Portland Trail Blazers, Uber and Airbnb.

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UMaine gets $1 million grant to help strengthen state forest economy

By Greg Fish
The Sun Journal
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Susan Collins & Andrew Moreira

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced the Northern Border Regional Commission will award $1 million  in grant funding to the University of Maine. The funding will help strengthen Maine’s forest economy and create jobs in rural Maine by increasing production of advanced bio-based products and support the purchasing of a former mill site. …The University of Maine will use the grant to build a demonstration scale nanocellulose plant to advance next generation bio-based products. …Last month… launch of a first in the nation large-scale bio-based additive manufacturing program. …In March… announcement… to initiate the Mass Timber University Grant Program. The projects… aim to diversify the state’s wood products businesses, attract investments, and develop greater economic prosperity for rural communities impacted by mill closures.

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Global trade of softwood lumber increased in Q1 2019

By Wood Resources International
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
June 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…Global trade of softwood lumber reached 120 million m3 in 2018, the second highest level on record. The uptick in demand for lumber continued in early 2019, with most of the major lumber-exporting countries increasing their shipments as compared to early 2018. …The free fall of lumber prices in the U.S. came to a halt in early 2019, when prices were close to a four-year low. …Oversea supply of softwood lumber… increased for six consecutive years and in 2018 reached their highest level seen in 11 years. …Softwood lumber exports from Canada were down six per cent year-over-year in 2018, with the biggest decline being in shipments to China. …For the first time in five years, Swedish exports of softwood lumber fell year-over-year in 2018. …Chinese lumber imports rose unexpectedly in the Q1/19 by as much as 14 per cent. …Russia increased exports of softwood lumber by seven per cent from 2017 to 2018 to reach almost 30 million m3. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

​Highlights from Google’s Ambitious Utopian Toronto Project

By Stephen Kanaval
Equities.com
June 26, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In an attempt to persuade the city of Toronto and its suspicious residents, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs released a 1,524 page plan to transform 12-acres of industrial waterfront east of the city center into the “most innovative district in the world.” …Toronto has been wary of the plan since its inception in 2017 as residents and city leaders have ultimately dismissed Sidewalk Lab’s plans as a power grab by …Google, an outsider. …Sidewalk Labs (via third-party analysis) says in the proposal that up to 93,000 jobs could be generated. …Sidewalk Labs has proposed building structures from mass timber. …Google has decided to build exclusively with the material… and have proposed investing significantly in a mass timber factory creating an additional 2,500 jobs by 2040. …It is these ideas that led Prime Minister Trudeau to say: “Today’s announcement is about creating a new type of neighbourhood that puts people first.”

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Tech companies are stepping back in time to fight climate crisis

By Matt McFarland
CNN Business
June 26, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Washington, DC — Wood was thought to be ill-suited for constructing apartment buildings and office towers. But timber is enjoying a renaissance, thanks in part to climate change. Rather than building with concrete and steel, some tech companies are revisiting wood to help lower carbon emissions. Microsoft, for instance, is using timber as it renovates its Silicon Valley campus, and expects a carbon savings of more than 20%. Sidewalk Labs, the urban development arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, plans to build an entire neighborhood in Toronto out of wooden buildings. It expects to set world records with timber structures 30 stories high, provided regulators are convinced the buildings are safe. …The technique, called cross-laminated timber, is so new to the United States, that environmental groups are only starting to take note and endorse it. Businesses focused on wood buildings are springing up around the country. 

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It’s time for Northern Conservatives to unite

By David Robinson
Northern Ontario Business
June 26, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has announced a pilot project that he hopes will boost “dwindling economies” in Northern Ontario. …The problem is that it will do very little for the Northern economy. …The real challenge is to increase labour demand in Northern Ontario, not supply. …What does Northern Ontario have? One obvious answer is trees: lots of trees. But trees standing in the forest have pretty limited economic value. Someone has to cut them down, saw them up, maybe laminate or glue chunks together, and move the result to where it is needed. This adds economic value. …Unfortunately, with improved technology, we need fewer and fewer Northerners to ship out the wood. That is why our economy is “dwindling.” We won’t get a lot more trees to cut, so the one strategy remaining is to add more value to each tree. How? That is the key question for  Northern Ontario economic development.

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Mass timber and high-tech meet in Sidewalk Labs’ vision for Toronto

By Antonio Pacheco
The Archinect
June 25, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sidewalk Labs, Snøhetta, Michael Green Architecture, and Heatherwick Studio have unveiled a controversial $1.3 billion plan to reprogram a portion of Toronto’s industrial waterfront into a new smart city prototype that envisions a wireless, data-driven, and mass timber-filled future for the city. …The scheme also features a mass timber “library of parts” system developed by Sidewalk Labs that has been interpreted by the architectural teams into a series of design proposals. Michael Green Architecture, for example, has created a residential scheme that assembles the various mass timber modules into a series of interconnected housing towers. Snøhetta, on the other hand, proposes to arrange the components in a semi-circular configuration around a central courtyard with the housing components lifted above the plaza on a series of stilts. With characteristic flare, Thomas Heatherwick Studio envisions a series of mid-rise wooden towers marked by projecting circular balconies and ground-level gothic arches. 

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Winning ecological project a model for future cities, Plante says

By Marian Scott
Montreal Gazette
June 25, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A municipal works yard squeezed in-between the Bonaventure Expressway and the Lachine Canal will be transformed into an example of what an ecological city of the future would be like. On Tuesday, Mayor Valérie Plante announced the winner of a competition sponsored by Reinventing Cities, a global initiative to encourage sustainable real-estate developments on underused sites in 14 cities [around the world]. The winning design, Demain Montréal, backed by real-estate firm Ivanhoë Cambridge, builder Pomerleau and real-estate manager Cogir, proposes a carbon-positive wood-structure highrise complex with 250 mixed-income housing units and co-working spaces… It will include an indoor farm in the basement that will produce 423,200 kilograms of food annually, beehives on the roof, a “souk” (public market) for events featuring zero-waste grocery stores and restaurants, and an orchard. Skyscrapers constructed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) — large, prefabricated wood panels — have a significantly lower carbon footprint and are much lighter than concrete buildings.

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Keynote Speaker Covers Sustainability, Energy, the Future at Summer Conferences

Window & Door
June 24, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Patrick Moore

A self-confessed “Greenpeace dropout” spoke about why he chose to leave the organization to find alternate routes toward protecting the environment during the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Conferences. Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for longer than 45 years. …For his presentation, Moore discussed materials. The solution to evaluating a material’s impact, says Moore, is full life cycle analysis: measuring all impacts on air, water and land, as well as materials and energy use. “Trees are the answer to a whole bunch of questions,” says Moore, noting that “Trees are the Answer” is also the name of his book, and the foundation for his theology on the benefits of wood across multiple aspects of life. “Trees are an abundant source of renewable material.”

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Mimicking the ultrastructure of wood with 3D-printing for green products

By Chalmers University of Technology
EurekAlert
June 27, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in 3D printing with a wood-based ink in a way that mimics the unique ‘ultrastructure’ of wood. ..Through emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, they now present the ability to create green products derived from trees, with unique properties. …The way in which wood grows is controlled by its genetic code, which gives it unique properties in terms of porosity, toughness and torsional strength. …Unlike metals and plastics, it cannot be melted and easily reshaped, and instead must be sawn, planed or curved. …But the new technology now presented allows wood to be, in effect, grown into exactly the shape desired for the final product, through the medium of 3D printing.

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Tomsk State University is testing contactless fire resistance of building materials

By Tomsk State University
Phys.org
June 25, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Staff of the Tomsk State University Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics has proposed an original contactless method for testing the fire resistance of wooden structures and building materials. Various wood construction materials (oriented strand board, plywood, and chipboard) covered with flame retardants were taken for the experiments. The results will be used in the development of fire hazard test methods. The new methodology and related software were presented at an international seminar in Saint Petersburg. In the experiments, the scientists directed a constant stream of heat from the radiator to the sample and, at the same time, fixed the moment of ignition—the appearance of a flame on the surface. …The main goal of the experiments was to create a technique for working with an infrared camera to assess the fire hazard characteristics of various materials.

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Innovative wood manufacturer gets £5m boost

By Josh Morris
Insider Media
June 25, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A wood manufacturing business based in the Vale of Glamorgan [Wales] is set to ramp up production after receiving £5m of development capital. Lignia  Wood Company, which has its manufacturing site on Barry, plans to increase capacity after receiving the funding from institutional investors, which will also serve as working capital. The company, which has been established in Barry for three years, is now looking to commercialise its products in the UK, US and continental Europe.Lignia  uses FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified softwood harvested from legal and sustainably-managed forests and modified through a unique process which enhances its stability and durability. This creates products which have performance characteristics and aesthetic properties similar to those of popular hardwoods for use in a number of applications including yachts.

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Forestry

Why sustainably managed forests mean green jobs

Resource Works
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Jessica Kaknevicius

Resource Works caught up with Jessica Kaknevicius, vice president of community engagement, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree Canada, to hear about innovation and new ideas in forestry. Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada), an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), advances environmental education and career pathways using trees and forests as windows on the world. We strive to create a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests and the great outdoors. One of the ways in which we are achieving this is by supporting youth in the exploration of their career pathways, right now focused on the Government of Canada-funded “Green Jobs” initiative. This initiative provides wage-matching support for employers to place youth in rewarding work experiences in the great outdoors across Canada. Since 2018, we have helped to support over 2,000 youth in green jobs in the forest, conservation and parks sectors.

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’98 percent’ of Jasper pine beetles froze this winter

The Fitzhugh
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jasper’s plague of pine beetles is nearly over as 98 per cent of the tree-killing bugs were wiped out by our bitterly cold winter. And once the red needles drop, new green forest will naturally regenerate and we will soon see more growth of bushes, ferns, and wildflowers. A survey of pine beetle numbers was undertaken in May by Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Forest Service, and the impressive results were sent to Parks Canada. “The results are better than expected,” said David Argument, a resource conservation manager for Parks. “The red forest is still on the landscape but there is an end in sight of the area impacted.” He said the Forest Service described the pine beetles as having a collapsing population. In late 2018, about 163,000 hectares of pine forest was affected by pine beetles – up from about 93,000 in 2017.

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Sharing our forests with the Lakes District Goshawk

BC Local News
June 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Northern Goshawk is a powerful raven-sized forest raptor that was once common in the Lakes District and across much of British Columbia. During the land use planning initiatives that took place some 15-20 years ago this bird was viewed as an umbrella species for ecosystem health. A healthy goshawk population was seen as indicative of a robust ecosystem, through the abundance of forest birds and mammals that they relied upon for food, and the old forest structure that provided for their nest sites. …But about five years ago we noticed fewer and fewer birds. Over the intervening years, at the request of licensees and the government, we systematically surveyed goshawk nests for any signs of recent occupation. In the 36 local areas surveyed, we found that nobody was home. Across the larger region (From Terrace to Fraser Lake) we have now resurveyed more than 100 known goshawk nest sites and 90 per cent are abandoned.

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Exciting new possibilities for the North Cowichan Municipal Forest

Letter by Rob Fullerton
Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

 

UBC Forestry, 3GreenTree Consulting and the Coastal Douglas-Fir Conservation Partnership presented some exciting new possibilities to the North Cowichan Forest Advisory Committee. Their presentation highlighted new ways to manage and maximize the value of our community forest using carbon credit offsets and scenario planning. 3GreenTree Consulting showed how we could generate substantial revenue through carbon credits if we removed some sections of the Municipal Forest from the operable logging inventory. …Some have expressed doubts about the value of carbon credits in reducing carbon. A positive example brought up in the meeting was a seaplane company buying carbon credits to cover the period before they convert to electric engines. These credits could be used to offset the loss of logging revenue for North Cowichan. …The highest and best use of the community forest might a combination of protected lands generating ongoing carbon credit revenue and harvesting zones generating logging revenue.

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Protected land added to two provincial parks

By Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Government of British Columbia
June 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of BC is adding land to two provincial parks – Gladstone and Garibaldi – to protect ecologically sensitive areas, promote biodiversity and enhance recreation opportunities. …Valued at $1.74 million, the Province purchased two lots from a private vendor at the north end of Christina Lake for a six-hectare addition to Gladstone Provincial Park near Grand Forks. Featuring a natural beach/lake frontage, open forest and pockets of old growth, the properties were the last remaining private inholdings of the Sandner Creek drainage, which is used by 70% of the stream-spawning kokanee in Christina Lake. …The Province also purchased 5.6 hectares that were completely surrounded by Garibaldi Park near Squamish. Valued at $955,000, the property will help provide more opportunities for recreation in the Diamond Head area of the park.

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Collaborative Community Forest Project Leads to Unique Prescription Recommendations

Forest Enhancement Society of BC
June 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logan Lake, B.C. — The management of wildfire risk is increasingly important to British Columbians. A collaborative planning project funded by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) in the Logan Lake Community Forest (LLCF) brought together First Nations, registered professional foresters, and key stakeholders to develop an implementation plan focusing on areas of highest risk to ensure work done is strategic and priority-based. “Thanks to a grant from FESBC, the Logan Lake Wildfire Risk Management Plan (WRMP) was initiated in January of 2018,” said Garnet Mierau, RPF, Senior Planning Forester with Forsite and Management of the LLCF. “The plan involved many steps [and] developing management strategies in response to the risks identified. The final report highlights the areas of most significant risk to wildfire, and we’ve already begun work on the ground to mitigate this risk to an incredibly important asset, our community forest.”

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Can caribou and industry coexist?

By David Suzuki
Rabble Blogs
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The economy-versus-environment debate is wrong-headed in elevating a changeable human construct to the same level or above the natural systems on which our health and well-being depend. And in many cases, it would be more accurate to characterize it as “environment versus corporate interests.” Although those interests often align with economic benefits and jobs, sometimes they just mean bigger profits for company CEOs and shareholders at the expense of the common good. When “economy” is regarded as more than just profit-taking, it can be compatible with environmental protection. With caribou conservation, there can be room for both. …Room for Both, a new study by the David Suzuki Foundation, Alberta Wilderness Association and Ontario Nature, demonstrates that caribou conservation and industrial resource activity need not be mutually exclusive. It examines ways for caribou and industrial activity to coexist, and concludes that effective habitat restoration can create economic opportunities and help advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

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New Billboard Celebrates Northwestern Ontario Forest Sector

By Forests Ontario
Markets Insider
June 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN, ON – The newest billboard under the It Takes a Forest public awareness initiative was unveiled today in Northwestern Ontario. Representatives from local sponsors including the Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee (CCSIC), Domtar Inc., Resolute Forest Products, and Dryden Forest Management Company Ltd. joined Scott Jackson, Director of Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations from Forests Ontario at the billboard in celebration of the forest sector’s key role in supporting the province’s economic, social, and environmental well- being. Representing a collaborative effort of more than 40 organizations, the It Takes A Forest initiative promotes and increases awareness of Ontario’sworld-class forests and forest management practices. The initiative aims to reach Ontarians across the province with fact-based information and spread the message that forests are central to our lives.

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Ecological Forestry Forum updates stakeholders on changes to forestry industry

By Alicia Draus
Global News
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry held a forum for stakeholders on Ecological Forestry Tuesday at Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus in Truro. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin and Deputy Minister Julie Towers were present to update stakeholders on current projects supporting the government’s response to the independent review of forest practices that was released by Bill Lahey last year. Rankin said their goal was to show people what they’ve been working on. “But also more importunately to get feedback from interested Nova Scotians on the things we are working on,” said Rankin. …The department will be compiling comments from the forum and including them in a summary report to be posted online in two weeks. Towers said they plan to have additional opportunities to consult and get feedback from stakeholders as they move forward with the various projects

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Uncertainty looms over Forestry’s identity ahead of final vote on closure today

By Michael Teoh
The Varsity – The U of Toronto Student Newspaper
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Governing Council will issue a final vote today on U of T’s proposal to disestablish the Faculty of Forestry and restructure it as a graduate unit under the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. The vote follows recommendations by the Planning and Budget Committee and the Academic Board. …If approved, Canada’s first forestry faculty will close on July 1, after 112 years of operation. The university administration and the deans of Daniels and Forestry all maintain that, despite the faculty’s probable disestablishment, Forestry programs and research would continue as usual under Daniels. However, the Forestry Graduate Students’ Association and Forestry faculty members and alumni have criticized the proposal for its perceived failure to ensure that Forestry would still retain its distinct identity, a concern they say was brought up during the university’s consultation periods.

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Retired Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire program manager awarded Ontario’s highest honour for public service

Thunder Bay News Watch
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

David Cleaveley

THUNDER BAY — David Cleaveley… has been awarded the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration. It is the province’s highest honour for public service. Cleaveley retired at the end of last year from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire program. At the time, he was the Response and Operations Manager for the Northwest Region, overseeing fire management services and 800 staff located in 13 different work locations. …He was responsible for the planning and delivery of more than $100 million in capital investment to upgrade aging MNRF infrastructure. In an announcement about his award, Cleaveley is cited for leadership and innovation in managing Indigenous initiatives, including a 2004 fire protection agreement between the MNRF and Grassy Narrows First Nation. It was the first agreement of its kind in the province, and led to similar arrangements with other First Nations.

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Two arrested for trespassing at logging protest

By Patricia Maravelias
KRCR News
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Courtney Dressler and Stanton Wood

RIO DELL, Calif. — Two people were arrested on Monday and Tuesday for trespassing while protesting on logging company land, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). On Monday deputies were called to Humboldt Redwood Company …for a report of one person being detained by the company’s private security. This is the second time in just over a week protestors have been reported at the location. HCSO found Courtney Dressler, 26 of Arcata on scene and learned she had been found trespassing on company property. …The following morning, deputies say they were again sent to the same location for a report of around 15 protestors blocking the company’s access to a gate on Monument Road. …Deputies arrived on scene and located the protestors. They say they also found Stanton Wood, 33, of Eureka locked to the excavator further into the property.

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Tongass forest supporters rally in favor of roadless rule

The Associated Press in the Seattle Times
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — About 150 people turned out in Juneau for a rally opposing expanded development in the Tongass National Forest. The Juneau Empire reports the rally Saturday was in support of the 2001 National Roadless Rule. The U.S. Forest Service is developing a state-specific program for the Alaska that could open parts of the Tongass. The Roadless Rule was established in 2001 to protect roadless forests, which make up one-third of National Forest lands. State Rep. Sara Hannan of Juneau told the crowd the Tongass remains the crown jewel of the national forest system.

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Virgin Forests All Around the World Are Disappearing Fast

By Abelardo Canelo
The Costa Rica News
June 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Between 2014 and 2016, the virgin forests of the world lost an area of 90,000 square kilometers per year. …Despite some efforts to combat deforestation, almost 10% of the world’s primary forests were parceled, degraded, or simply destroyed since 2000, according to satellite image analysis presented at a conference on intact forests in Oxford. On average, they are more than 200 square kilometers lost per day for 17 years. …The intact forest landscape, which includes wetlands and meadows, is defined by the absence of major human activity over an area of at least 500 square kilometers. …At the current rate, the primary forests will have disappeared by 2030 in Paraguay, Laos, and Equatorial Guinea, while by 2040 the same will happen in the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Burma, Cambodia, and Angola. …The scientist also criticized the effectiveness of the system of certification of the sustainable development of the forest industry Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

FutureMetrics criticizes treatment of biomass in EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule

By Erin Voegele
Biomass Magazine
June 24, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

FutureMetrics has released a statement criticizing the U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program’s discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions “misguided.” …The program replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and establishes emissions guidelines for states to use when developing plans to limit carbon dioxide at coal-fired power plants. While biomass co-firing was discussed as a potential compliance option in the proposed rule, the final rule specifies that biomass co-firing cannot be used to comply with the ACE program. …Within the final ACE rule, the EPA clarifies “that biomass does not qualify as a system of emission reduction that can be incorporated as part of, or in its entirely, as BSER,” noting that the “BSER determination must include systems of emission reduction that are achievable at the source.”

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Solution grows on trees

By John Keppler
The Times and Democrat
June 25, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Americans are tired of half measures on climate change. Seven in 10 Americans want utility companies to overhaul their operations and generate 100% of the nation’s electricity from renewables in the near future. That’s ambitious. …Fortunately, there’s an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels that utilities can use around the clock. Wood biomass, trees and the parts of trees that the timber industry can’t use, is plentiful and reliable. And it helps utilities dramatically reduce their carbon footprint on a lifecycle basis. Replacing fossil fuels with wood biomass should be part of our approach to preventing catastrophic climate change. …There’s no shortage of talk about solar and wind energy. And rightfully so. These sources help reduce emissions. But wood biomass also should play a role in the renewable energy revolution.

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Are We Cutting Down The Wrong Trees In Massachusetts?

By Craig LeMoult
WGBH
June 25, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BOSTON — When it comes to the growing threat of climate change, the shrinking rainforests of South America get a lot of attention. …Bill Moomaw, an emeritus professor of international environmental policy at Tufts University a new paper in the journal “Frontiers in Forests and Global Change,” argues that here in the U.S., and specifically in New England, the practice of “sustainable forestry” is not sustainable for the climate. “You ask a forester when is a tree ready to be cut down, and he’ll say it’s when it’s between about 9 and 11 inches in diameter,” Moomaw said. “For a lot of our species, that’s somewhere around 75 years, which is why the median age of trees in the northeast is 75 years. …If the goal is removing more carbon from the atmosphere, Moomaw says that’s exactly the wrong time to cut down trees.

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Health & Safety

Scientists say health impact from smoke rises with more intense wildfires

By Matthew Brown
The Associated Press in the Peninsula Daily News
June 26, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, Mont. — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists have said will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths, according to scientists. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities and rural areas alike to prepare for another summer of sooty skies along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains. …Even among wildfire experts, understanding of health impacts from smoke was elusive until recently. …With the 2019 fire season already heating up with fires from Southern California to Canada, authorities are scrambling to better protect the public before smoke again blankets cities and towns. Officials in Seattle recently announced plans to retrofit five public buildings as smoke-free shelters. Scientists from NASA and universities are refining satellite imagery to predict where smoke will travel and how intense it will be.

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Man airlifted with serious injuries after getting stuck in conveyor at Stimson Mill

KHQ
June 26, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: United States, US West

A man was transported by Life Flight after what emergency crews called an accident involving him being stuck in a conveyor at the Stimson Mill in Priest River, Idaho, Tuesday afternoon. Bonner County EMS responded to the incident at Stimson Lumber Co. after initial reports from 911 dispatch indicated a man was trapped in a conveyor, though dispatchers soon advised he was no longer trapped. Units arriving first on scene found the man seriously injured, stabilized him and transported him to the Priest River airport. He was airlifted to definitive care at Kootenai Health, where his condition is unknown at this time. [END]

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