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Logging and Tourism Create Win-Win on Maurelle Island

Categories: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 19, 2014
Truck Loggers Association

Although not the usual headline, the successful cohabitation between logging and tourism on Maurelle Island (near Quadra Island) this summer is worth celebrating. Both industries are important to BC’s economic and social well-being and balancing the industries’ combined interests results in far more benefits than choosing one over the other. And, like many forestry/tourism news stories, it didn’t start out that way. ...Not every tourism/logging issue can be reconciled in this manner. But recognition that the sum of both industries is greater than either individually is a good place to start. ...In the Maurelle Island example, this led to both harvesting and kayaking in the waterways surrounding the island—a clear win-win for the communities and industries involved.

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Forestry

Ducks Unlimited Canada Wins SFI President's Award for Excellence for Leadership in Forest Conservation and Community Objectives

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada
Sep 17, 2014
CNW

For consistently showing leadership on behalf of wetlands that support millions of ducks, geese and other wildlife, and partnering with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has won the SFI President's Award. DUC is demonstrating how to conserve wetlands while constructing resource roads, taking the initiative to promote the benefits of forest certification, encouraging community outreach, and providing valuable input into the SFI® Standard revision process. 

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Groups makes pitch for world heritage site designation

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 19, 2014
Prince George Citizen

The Ancient Forest and surrounding area has what it takes to be a world heritage site, according to representatives from the Caledonia Ramblers and UNBC who addressed the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Thursday afternoon. "I've had the good fortune to visit similar sites around the world. Sites that have the same values as the Ancient Forest trail site in developed countries are nearly all world heritage sites," said Darwyn Coxson, who was one of the authors on a discussion paper published in 2012 suggesting the area has the defining qualities for a nomination for such an accolade.

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Time for public pressure on forest tenure system

by John Hilton

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 18, 2014
Williams Lake Tribune

Good news, the Tree Farm Licences expansion program was dropped.  Government should now use resources to help small- to medium-sized forest companies.  The following statement by the Minister of Forests was welcome news for those of us concerned about the proposed TFL expansion program: ...It is hard to say if the government got the message that large tenure holders are doing OK but the same can’t be said for the small business programs in forestry which are impacted by a tenure system dominated by a few large companies. The following article highlights some of the concerns that has been evident for the last few decades.

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Worst forest fires in 30 years cost N.W.T. $55 million

On the bright site, harvesting for firewood has never been easier; 2015 morels should be amazing

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 18, 2014
CBC News

Crews have gone home and the worst forest fire season in the Northwest Territories has come to a close. "Mother Nature finally came into our corner," says Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. "The fire season is pretty well officially over." Even this late in the year, many fires are still burning, but most are under control. The department is preparing for a post-mortem examination of the season, once the last of the work is done, including gathering tons of equipment — and kilometres of hose — scattered throughout the territory.

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Restoring Calgary’s snow-damaged urban forest to cost ‘many, many millions’

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 17, 2014
Metro News

In addition to at least $8 million in immediate clean-up costs from last week’s record-setting snowfall, Calgary will need to spend “many, many millions of dollars” to replace trees lost to the storm, Mayor Naheed Nenshi predicts. “We’re going to have to plant a lot of trees – what I call Johnny Appleseed work,” Nenshi said Wednesday, as the city officially closed its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), which had been the post-snow response headquarters for the past week. The parks department is taking over the clean-up and restoration effort now. Parks director Anne Charlton said the work will take months.

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Beach resident and U of T student Mathew Brown mapping Toronto’s trees

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 19, 2014
Inside Toronto

With an estimated 10 million trees in the City of Toronto, University of Toronto postdoctoral fellow Mathew Brown’s goal of mapping out each and every one of them is certainly a tall task. Brown has created a website that aims to locate and identify each and every tree within the confines of the city, something he said was prompted in part by a push by Mayor Rob Ford to cut into Toronto’s tree planting budget. “He didn’t seem to know the value of trees,” he said. “They’re CO2 absorbing so they offer air pollution benefits and temperature regulating benefits.”

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Carleton student's research finds mystery in tree leaves

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 18, 2014
Ottawa Citizen

In an age when biology means studying molecules, Zoe Panchen has gone into the forest to look at plants — great big ones — and the simple-sounding topic of leaves. Specifically, she studies when trees and shrubs produce leaves. She has charted a range of times when plants “leaf out” in spring, surprising experts and learning things about how they relate to the forest community. The annual wave of new leaves “has a great impact on ecological communities on a bigger scale,” the Carleton University PhD student said.

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FS awards next slate of work on Malheur

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 16, 2014
Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY – The second task order of the 10-year-stewardship contract is good to go. The Forest Service announced Friday it has awarded the task order, the next major piece in a decade of restoration work under way on the Malheur National Forest. The task order is one of a series in the integrated resource stewardship contract, awarded last September to John Day-based Iron Triangle LLC, that specify where commercial harvest and integrated restoration activities will occur. Officials lauded the contract for providing a predictable and sustainable volume of timber, adding jobs and bolstering the local economy, while tackling crucial restoration work on large areas of the forest.

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Richardson Claims Kitzhaber’s Forest Management Policy Contributing to Fires

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 19, 2014
GoLocalPDX

Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson has blamed the uptick in severe Oregon fires in recent years on what he sees as Gov. John Kitzhaber's mismanagement of the state's forests. “While climate change could be a factor, overwhelming evidence points to the poor management of public lands as having a huge impact on conditions that lead to forest fires,” Richardson, a Republican, said in an emailed statement to GoLocalPDX. “Perhaps if the governor spent less time in Bhutan studying "gross national happiness" and more time in DC fighting for better forest practices on Oregon's federal lands, we could combat those conditions more effectively.”

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Weather Helps Firefighters Attack Wildfire Near Estacada

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 18, 2014
OPB

Cooler weather has helped a firefighters make headway containing the 36 Pit wildfire near Estacada, and some residents were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday, but the community is still on edge. More than 800 firefighters are battling the blaze which has grown to more than 4,000 acres and is 30 percent contained. Estacada is a town of about 3000 people on the banks of the Clackamas River. Murals on the buildings downtown show people logging, fishing, and picking mushrooms in the Mount Hood National Forest nearby.

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California Governor Brown declares state of emergency for northern counties as wildfires rage

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 18, 2014
The Sydney Morning Herald

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a request for aid that can cover up to 75 per cent of the state's costs to fight the King fire; federal aid already had been approved for the Boles fire, as well as the Courtney fire in Madera County.

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Onion Mountain fire grows to nearly 3,000 acres; flight-restriction area widened near Grants Pass

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 16, 2014
The Oregonian

The Onion Mountain wildfire in Josephine County grew overnight by a thousand acres, prompting an expansion Tuesday morning of a flight-restricted area near the Grants Pass Airport. Officials expanded the area east toward the airport as the fire grew to nearly 3,000 acres. Helicopter firefighting crews are using the air lane to reach support crews at the airport. ...The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is urging pilots to check the Federal Aviation Administraion's website for Notices to Airmen, or NOTAM, before flying. Pilots should also be watching for helicopters between the airport and Robertson Bridge.

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Committee Charts a Path for Developing Recommendations for Forest Management on the Tongass

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Sit News

...The Committee continued to work effectively and efficiently as a team. Designated Federal Official (DFO), Jason Anderson, expressed a theme common among the group, “I am always impressed by the candor and respect that the Committee members display between interest groups, and the listening that goes on within the group. I have very high hopes for the products that the Committee will ultimately bring forward as recommendations.” The products could come forward sooner than originally planned – the Committee agreed upon the goal of submitting their initial recommendations by January 2015.

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California wildfires: Over 3,000 firefighters battling most serious blaze

About a dozen major wildfires currently burning in drought-parched state

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 18, 2014
Reuters

....The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires raging across the drought-parched state, has scorched nearly 11,331 hectares of state land and the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. As of Wednesday, a force of 3,300 firefighters had managed to carve containment lines around five per cent of the blaze's perimeter, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's website.

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Weed wildfire damage tally hits 200 structures

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house in Weed on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90.

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Associated Press

WEED, Calif. — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed. The figures marked a big increase from the initial estimate that 150 structures had been burned in the blaze that began Monday. Four firefighters lost their homes. Elsewhere, a wildfire east of Sacramento kept growing and about 1,000 additional firefighters streamed into the area to bring it under control.

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Wyden's O&C bill secures date for work session

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Statesman Journal

Sen. Ron Wyden has finally secured a work session date for his bill to increase logging on more than 2 million acres of Oregon's federal forest land. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee plans to "mark up" The Oregon and California Land Grant Act Nov. 13. "It is terrific news and strong leadership from Sen. (Mary) Landrieu, D-Louisiana, that she is pushing ahead with a markup of this legislation that is so important to Oregon," Wyden said in a statement. "I have made clear that I am pulling out all of the stops to pass this critical legislation."

Oregon O&C timber bill now on post-election calendar for Senate energy committee from The Oregonian

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Maps provide early warning of California fire risk

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Associated Press

ORANGE, Calif. — Fire-hardened Southern Californians know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, a wildfire probably isn't very far behind — the only questions are where it will erupt and how bad it will be. A new online mapping tool rolled out Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service and San Diego Gas & Electric will help homeowners and emergency responders answer both those questions with a color-coded early warning system indicating which areas have the highest fire risk when the hot, dry wind blows.

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SFI® Awards Montana Forest Restoration Committee for Helping Grizzly Habitat and Restoring Forests

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
CNW

Sustainable forestry is helping improve wildlife habitat for grizzly bears and other species in Montana. The Montana Forest Restoration Committee is cooperating with a variety of groups to restore wildlife habitat in three national forests — Bitterroot, Helena and Lolo. But bears are just part of the story. The committee guides forest restoration work to address wider ecological, economic and social needs, including community vitality. One of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee's many projects involves realigning logging roads and returning other roads to their natural state to help accelerate the ecological recovery of National Forest lands. 

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Crews battle California fire’s explosive growth

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Associated Press

WEED, Calif. — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the fire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento, bringing the number fighting the blaze to more than 2,500 personnel. That was an increase of about 1,000 from the previous day.

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University acclaim for lifetime’s work in forestry

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
UK Forestry Commission

A life’s work dedicated to forestry and its history saw Norman Davidson awarded the accolade of Master of the University of the Highlands and Islands today (Saturday 20 September). ...Following a long and distinguished career in forestry – mostly with the Forestry Commission – Mr Davidson has, since 2008, been a driving force behind the UHI Centre for History’s project recording the ‘Social History of Forestry in Twentieth Century Scotland’. The project has also been supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish Forestry Trust.

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Greenpeace loses the plot: Motion 65 shambles, and an ugly failure to protect ‘intact forests’

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
FSC Watch blog

Motion 65 to the FSC’s General Assembly, its highest decision-making authority, was tabled by Judy Rodrigues of Greenpeace International. The motion was intended to set out new requirements for the FSC when certifying logging companies in what Greenpeace describes as ‘intact forest landscapes’ (or IFLs). These are important large areas of forest which remain undamaged, and are rapidly declining and being fragmented – often by commercial logging – the world over. Greenpeace rightly wishes to see these forests better protected – but has failed to prevent the FSC from legitimising their destruction.

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Forest Reset. Meteorite That Doomed Dinosaurs Impacted Forests

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Sep 17, 2014
Newsledge

6 million years ago, the meteorite that killed off the dinosaurs also decimated the Earth’s forests. The impact helped kill off the slow-growing evergreens. According to a new study, published in PLOS Biology, the harsh conditions that followed the impact benefitted fast-growing flowering plants. ...Lead author, Benjamin Blonder released a statement on his work. “When you look at forests around the world today, you don’t see many forests dominated by evergreen flowering plants. Instead, they are dominated by deciduous species, plants that lose their leaves at some point during the year.” In the time of the dinosaurs, forests were dominated by evergreen angiosperms.

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Greens poster draws fire for calling Tasmanian Forest products conflict products

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
ABC News, Australia

The Tasmanian Government has accused the Greens of comparing timber from Tasmanian forests to blood diamonds in Africa. Greens Leader Kim Booth has authorised an internet poster that claims Tas Forest products are conflict forest products. The poster has been uploaded to the party's Tasmanian Facebook page with the tagline Thanks Liberals. Resources Minister Paul Harriss told Parliament the term "conflict forest products" was a clear reference to minerals extracted from war zones in developing countries.

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Company & Business News

Opinion: FIPA with China, finally (and about time too)

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Sep 17, 2014
Vancouver Sun

...Capital abhors uncertainty and while, even with this agreement, there is no guarantee Canadian investors will not run into difficulty in China from time to time, there is now protection against discriminatory and arbitrary practice and an impartial redress mechanism. This will raise comfort levels and deter governments in China from taking capricious actions. This is a real gain for Canadian companies, both large and small, seeking to go global. Canada, like many countries, has run a substantial trade imbalance with China for many years.

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ERT at Vanderhoof Mill

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 18, 2014
250 News

Vanderhoof, B.C. – Some tense moments in Vanderhoof over the lunch hour as there were concerns of a bomb in the sawmill at L&M Lumber. The sawmill shift was sent home, RCMP Emergency Response Team arrived, the area cordoned off. It is not yet known if there was in fact any explosive device, but the community has been buzzing on the Vanderhoof Message Board on Facebook. We are awaiting more information from the RCMP and will relay that information when it becomes available.

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COFI Says Future Bright for Forestry

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 18, 2014
250 News

Prince George B.C.- “Things are good in the forest industry” that’s how Council of Forest Industries President and CEO James Gorman started a roundtable discussion with media today. COFI is in Prince George for its annual Community Dinner which will be held this evening. There are many issues on the table for forestry in B.C, and there are plenty of positives. The US housing market starts are still below the predicted 1.1 million, but Gorman says prices are improving “The US market is getting stronger, at the same time, the Asian market is very strong.

Forestry organization feels optimist for future from The Prince George Citizen

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Residential leads construction – even in “booming” north

More than twice as much money is being spent on building homes in British Columbia than on all industrial, commercial and government projects combined and ...

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 17, 2014
Business in Vancouver

More than twice as much money is being spent on building homes in British Columbia than on all industrial, commercial and government projects combined and the trend is seen even in areas touted as the province’s resource boomtowns. ...In Northeast B.C. site of the largest LNG gas exploration and extraction projects in the province, total residential building permits this year are expected to total $170 million, more that twice that of non-residential permits, at $76 million, which are down 35% from a year earlier.

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Date set for preliminary hearing in Western Forest Products mill shooting

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 18, 2014
Nanaimo News Bulletin

A preliminary hearing for the accused in the Western Forest Product’s mill shooting is scheduled to take place March 10-13 in Nanaimo. Kevin Douglas Addison was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in relation to the incident last April and according to Bobby Movassaghi, a lawyer representing Addison’s legal counsel, a trial date could come at the conclusion of the hearing. “[The hearing] is two-fold. It’s one, for Crown counsel to introduce its case to see if it has enough to go to trial and the second tier of that would be for the accused to see the case that is being presented against [them],” said Movassaghi.

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Firewood shortage sparks concern

P.E.I. producers can't keep up with demand for dry firewood

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 18, 2014
CBC News

Some Prince Edward Islanders who heat their homes with wood are having a hard time buying seasoned firewood this fall. Many firewood harvesters say there is a shortage of the dried wood. Edwin Desroches of Desroches Firewood in Miscouche said he usually is able to supply the wood year-round, but he's been sold out of seasoned hardwood for about two weeks now. "I think a lot of it is the hard winter last winter to get some wood cut. And there are a few people went out of business as well," said Desroches.

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Photo exhibit puts focus on effects of Northern Pulp emissions

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 17, 2014
Chronicle Herald

The Clean Air, a Basic Right photo exhibit will open on Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the DeCoste Centre in Pictou. Co-ordinators Dr. Gerry Farrell and Marianne Fraser said in a news release the the exhibit intends to raise awareness of the effect that the Northern Pulp emissions have on the town of Pictou and daily life in Pictou County and beyond. “It is not only the discomfort of the sulphur smell, that causes sore throats, burning eyes and headaches, but there is great concern among a big part of the population that the air they breathe is toxic and can have grave consequences for their health now and in the future,” the release said.

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Wood cut at Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador a tough sell

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 18, 2014
Cape Breton Post

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Newfoundland and Labrador government is having a hard time selling the wood cut from the Muskrat Falls hydro project site in Labrador. Two separate expressions of interest have been issued by the province in hopes of finding someone to take the wood away, while local residents are also being offered the wood for personal use. A Nova Scotia company recently removed one truck load of wood from the site to see if it suits their purposes.

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Premier to Paper Excellence: comply or be shut down

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 18, 2014
Cape Breton Post

Premier Stephen McNeil said he had a positive meeting with representatives from Northern Pulp Nova Scotia’s parent company Paper Excellence when he travelled to Shanghai on Sept. 5. He met with Pedro Chang, deputy CEO, David Kerr, VP operations Paper Excellence Canada and Jackson Wijaya, chairman Paper Excellence. “I reiterated the province’s position and made it clear that they are expected to fully comply with the environmental laws of Nova Scotia or be shut down,” said McNeil.

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Pulp mill workers subject to mounting public pressure over emissions

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 18, 2014
Cape Breton Post

A longtime employee working at Northern Pulp said he is frustrated with the negativity in and around his workplace. The worker, who asked not to be identified out of concern for his job and public retaliation, told The News Tuesday that some of his co-workers have been harassed by members of the public who feel the local mill should be closed. “One guy was at the grocery store and someone saw his Northern Pulp jacket and followed him around the store giving him crap about where he works,” he said.

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City hopeful for quick resolution of Domtar taxation issues

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 17, 2014
The Dryden Observer

After lengthy and ongoing negotiations with Domtar to resolve outstanding debt issues, timing of the upcoming municipal election is less than ideal. Dryden City Council, now effectively lame ducks, met Sept. 11 to grant the city’s senior administration and legal staff the necessary direction to continue to work to resolve outstanding taxation and legal issues with the local pulp mill. The lame duck period will last until Dec. 1 when the newly elected council officially takes office. Those issues include the 2009 to 2012 Assessment Review Board (ARB) decision and 2013 and 2014 outstanding municipal taxes and a pending tax appeal by Domtar.

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Pulp mill workers subject to mounting public pressure over emissions

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Sep 17, 2014
The News

PICTOU – A longtime employee working at Northern Pulp said he is frustrated with the negativity in and around his workplace. The worker, who asked not to be identified out of concern for his job and public retaliation, told The News Tuesday that some of his co-workers have been harassed by members of the public who feel the local mill should be closed. “One guy was at the grocery store and someone saw his Northern Pulp jacket and followed him around the store giving him crap about where he works,” he said. 

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New sawmill brings jobs to Williams, helps thin forests (& video)

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
AZ Central

A new sawmill opened Monday west of Flagstaff after two years of planning. Newpac Fibre, LLC opened its sawmill in Williams at the location of a former sawmill site that closed in 1995. The company is bringing back an industry that died decades ago to a town that now mostly relies on tourism traffic. This resurgence is not only a sign of economic growth in the area, but also signifies a priority by the forest service and state to reduce fire damage by thinning forests. "We're excited to come in, bring this industry here, combine that with the social mandate to have these forests thinned," said Newspac CEO Chris Stephan.

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Mill City man crushed to death in lumber mill

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Sep 18, 2014
Statesman Journal

Deputies with the Linn County Sheriff's Office are investigating a death that occurred on the job at a Mill City lumber mill. According to the sheriff's office, 33-year-old Millwright Bryan Dodge was killed at 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday at Freres Lumber, located in the 47000 block of Lyons Mill City Drive. Dodge was repairing a wood press when it activated and crushed him. Police are investigating the situation along with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

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Fire Retardant Paint Saved Calif. Timber Mill Building

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Associated Press

WEED, CA— Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time. With a maintenance shed reduced to twisted sheet-metal and the main manufacturing facility suffering structural damage, but still standing with a new coat of pink fire retardant, the Roseburg Forest Products veneer mill on the outskirts of Weed was out of commission Tuesday while workers began assessing the damage, said Kellye Wise, vice president for human resources of the company based in Dillard, Oregon. 

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Roseburg mill damaged but still standing

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Sep 17, 2014
Record Searchlight

WEED, California - Damaged by the Boles Fire in Weed, the Roseburg mill, one of Siskiyou County’s largest employers, is not operating today. But company officials won’t know the extent of the damage until they can get a team into the facility to take inventory. With 135 employees, the softwood veneer plant is an economic force in the region. “Our priority is making sure that our employees are safe and taken care of,” Roseburg Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations Kellye Wise said this morning. “We have some folks who did lose homes in the fire and we are in the process of compiling information on who this is, so that’s our first priority.”

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Germany expands sawn pine lumber exports to China and Egypt in the first half

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Sep 19, 2014
IHB

Germany’s sawn pine lumber exports jumped in volume by about 29% in the first half. In value, the increase was slightly higher (33%) supported by a surge in export price: the average price of €172.72/cubic meter registered in H1/2013, moved up in H1/2014 to €178.10/cbm. Especially, German sawn pine lumber shipments to China and Egypt expanded considerably. In Europe, deliveries to the Netherlands went up by 50% in volume, while those to Belgium increased by more than 90%. Exports to Poland and France decreased in volume, however, due to higher export prices, they've managed to rise in value.

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From forests to fashion

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
Timmins Press

TIMMINS - Choosing clothes makes an individual fashion statement ― but it can also say something about how the individual feels about the environment. A growing number of discriminating consumers are paying attention to where products are manufactured and where materials are sourced. Buying “green” and protecting our environment has become an important goal ― one that has sparked discussion on the value of using forest products to produce fabrics, such as rayon and viscose, for fashion and other textiles. Right now, a Canadian spruce tree can be the raw material for the rayon used in an Indian sari you might see in a Bollywood movie.

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Uruguay Considering Another Finnish Pulp Mill

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
Institute of American Studies

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica is visiting Finland to try to boost negotiations with Finnish forest products company UPM to build another paper plant. Mujica’s three-day visit started on Monday and he met with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö. He is also to meet with Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and UPM chief executive Jussi Pesonen among others.  UPM's first plant opened in 2007 in on a river dividing Argentina and Uruguay. Argentina said that the plant was polluting the river, and has been the source of long-running diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million

Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million.

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US West
Sep 16, 2014
The Capital Press

Two biomass facilities in California that use agricultural waste to generate electricity claim the federal government owes them about $22 million. The plaintiffs — Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass and Merced Power — claim the U.S. Treasury Department is wrongly withholding funds from an economic stimulus program that helps pay for renewable energy projects. Each company invested more than $40 million to build facilities in Chowchilla and Merced that rely on boilers and turbines to produce energy from agricultural byproducts, such as orchard trimmings and nut shells, as well as other sources of waste.

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Climate Action Planners Confront Biomass Project

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US East
Sep 17, 2014
WAMC.org

Activists who have been working for months on a climate change plan for Springfield, Massachusetts say they must factor in an unwanted development — the possible construction of a wood-burning power plant in the city. Neighborhood representatives, community organizers, and people from health-focused organizations have been brainstorming ways to improve the environment and reduce greenhouse gases with a goal to present a plan to the Springfield City Council by the end of the year.

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The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
mongabay.com

Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world's forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) finds that same amount of money could have secured the legal rights of indigenous and local people to 450 million hectares of forest, an area 40 percent larger than India. 

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REDD+ readiness strategies largely overlook root causes of deforestation

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
Sep 18, 2014
Forests News

BOGOR, Indonesia – Most countries devising national strategies to curb carbon emissions through avoided deforestation and forest degradation do little to actually address the root causes of deforestation, a new study has found. The study examined 98 readiness documents from 43 countries undertaking REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) programs. It found that only 10 nations had planned interventions that explicitly addressed particular drivers of deforestation. Nineteen others acknowledged the importance of addressing drivers in their documents without targeting specific drivers; 14 made no mention of drivers at all.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

Two Sooke schools start to take form

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 16, 2014
Journal of Commerce

It's not often that a school district simultaneously builds two new high schools, but the Sooke School District on Vancouver Island has been racing to have both facilities open by September 2015. ...The school will also have a two-storey library sporting a wood ceiling, to fulfill B.C.'s Wood First Act, as well learning areas and technology and arts centres.


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Carving new life into old lumber

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: Canada; Canada West
Sep 17, 2014
Prince Albert Daily Herald

Felled by a combination of beavers and loggers, artists Kevin Bendig and Douglas Lingelbach have breathed new life into old lumber. The two totem-style carvings that bookend the Prince Albert Arts Centre’s main doors are a fitting introduction for what awaits in the Hicks Gallery upstairs. Lingelbach’s carving stands to the left and Bendig’s carving stands to the right – two pieces carved from one log that was cut in half. Similar to how the two pieces come from one log, the two artists come from a similar frame of mind in preparing the exhibit, titled Transformations, Bendig said.

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Vaughan-Bassett Furniture To Star in Tom Hanks HBO Mini Series

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Sep 16, 2014
Woodworking Network

Factory Man, the bestseller based on Vaughan-Bassett Furniture chairman John Bassett III’s fight to take on China’s furniture manufacturers and save American jobs, will soon be made into a mini-series for HBO. ...Factory Man was written by journalist Beth Macy and chronicles Bassett’s battle to save the American furniture industry, as well as his family’s legacy. The book, released July 15, was reviewed in the August edition of Wood Products magazine. A longer excerpt is scheduled for the November issue - now relaunched as Woodworking Network magazine.

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The Green Building Wars

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Sep 17, 2014
Arch Daily

What’s the “most despised” buzzword in the building industry, according to one survey? Green. Little wonder, since the word can mean so many different things to different people. Before the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in 2000, there was little consensus in this country about what constitutes a “green building.”... Founded by Ward Hubbell, a former PR executive in the timber industry, Green Globes reportedly was set up as a shelter for wood products that don’t readily comply to LEED, which the American Forest and Paper Association has said “disadvantages our companies,” while “Green Globes is much more wood-friendly.” 

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Update On The Lowes 2X4 Story and Controversy

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US East
Sep 16, 2014
ShawnMcCadden.com

...Additional information has now surfaced. I had originally found the information in an article posted to ProSales magazine, a publication for professional building products dealers. Remodeling magazine recently posted an update about the story, offering some clarifications provided by the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA). In the article WCLBMA clarified the $1.6 million final judgment Lowe's reached with the State of California appears, at least in part, to involve labeling certain non-wood products as wood as well as the incorrect labeling of certain other lumber products.

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wood louvers wrap mantois technology center by badia berger in france

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Sep 19, 2014
Design Boom

Designed by paris-based badia berger architectes based on a winning competition entry, the mantois technology center has been completed as the first phase in a university development project in mantes-la-ville. the 12,000 square-meter program unites science and technology learning and research facilities, and is intended to accommodate 1,500 students. the structure is composed of two distinct building elements: a concrete base level and an elevated volume clad in vertically-oriented wood louvers. the former’s façade is visually porous, with an irregular arrangement of windows and a large glass-clad atrium which links it to the upper mass.

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Misconceptions that shadow the use of cross laminated timber

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Sep 17, 2014
Ecofriend

Cross laminated timber was first used in Europe as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction. It has proven to be an innovative building material that eases the process of construction of various types of houses. Since it is flexible, it can be used on surfaces such as walls, floors and roofs. However, there are numerous myths and misconceptions related to the use of cross laminated timber and here are some of the most common.

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