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In It For The Long Run: Struggling to Support Our Rural Communities

Categories: Special Feature
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Truck Loggers Association

Vancouver – Independent timber harvesting contractors—the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities—are struggling in a business climate that doesn’t support locally owned forestry businesses.  The TLA’s 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show will take place January 18 – 20, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Over this three-day event, we’ll find out what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors, suppliers and the communities where they live and work. “Recent industry polling tells us that two in three coastal British Columbians feel government should be doing more to support the forest industry,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We agree. We want timber harvesting contractors to be in it for the long run too.”

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Forest Fires

B.C., Ontario to lead economic growth in Canada in 2017: Scotiabank

By Emma Crawford Hampel 

Categories: Forest Fires; Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Business in Vancouver

The Canadian economy will strengthen this year due to recovery in the U.S., increasing oil prices and a low Canadian dollar, and British Columbia and Ontario are set to show the most significant growth, according to a Scotiabank forecast released January 17. Real GDP is expected to increase 2.3% in the two top provinces, while nationwide growth is forecast to reach 2%. B.C. was Canada’s bright spot in 2016 with real GDP growth of 3.1%, so although the province remains at the top of the list, 2017’s forecast calls for a moderation of growth that will continue for the next two years... “For the forest products sector in B.C. and other regions, the risk of adverse trade developments persists until a Softwood Lumber Agreement is signed.”

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Forestry

Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections

By David Suzuki

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Georgia Straight

For decades, scientists have warned that we’re on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption, and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but a means... But in assuming the mantle of “dominant” species, we’ve shifted to thinking we’re at the centre of everything. This anthropocentric perspective leads us to imagine that our needs and demands supersede those of the rest of nature. The failure to see our interconnectedness and interdependence is most striking in the way we manage government affairs. Forestry, environment, and fisheries-and-oceans ministers’ priorities are not to protect forests, the environment, or fish and oceans but to rationalize our actions and ensure that whatever we do benefits us.

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Company fined $1.1 million for devastating fish-bearing streams in Haida Gwaii

by Alistair Taylor

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Campbell River Mirror

“Cataclysmic” damage to fish habitat on Haida Gwaii has lead to $1.1 million in fines to a now-dissolved company controlled by Campbell River-based Pallan Group Ltd. The fines to Howe Sound Forest Products Ltd. are part of a sentencing by Judge Michael Brecknell in Masset provincial court on Jan. 9 that include fines to two other companies, I. Crosby Contracting Ltd. and Gwaii Wood Products Ltd., that total $2.2 million. “It would not be an exaggeration to describe the damage to DL (District Lot) 413 from the actions of I. Crosby under the lack of supervision by Howe Sound and Gwaii as cataclysmic,” Judge Brecknell said in his reasons for sentencing.

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Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches almost $10 billion: study

By Bob Weber

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Canadian Press in the Edmonton Journal

An assessment of the total financial impact of last spring’s Fort McMurray wildfire is pegging the direct and indirect costs of the blaze at almost $10 billion. The $9.9-billion figure includes the expense of replacing buildings and infrastructure as well as lost income, profits and royalties in the oilsands and forestry industries, said MacEwan University economist Rafat Alam. It also includes early estimates on indirect costs such as environmental damage, lost timber and physical and mental-health treatment for residents and firefighters. The estimate will go even higher, Alam said Tuesday. “It’s not fully done yet. More data kept coming and I’m sure it will keep coming in.” Alam said it can take up to 10 years to get a complete picture of everything that happened and what it cost.

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Deteriorating weather and limited visual reference led to the fatal September 2015 helicopter accident

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada East
Jan 17, 2017
Edmonton Journal

WINNIPEG - In its investigation report released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada found that deteriorating weather and departure under conditions of near darkness led to the fatal September 2015 crash of a Robinson R44 helicopter near Foleyet, Ontario. On 8 September 2015, at approximately 2015 Eastern Daylight Time, an Apex Helicopters Inc. Robinson R44 departed a camp on Horwood Lake, Ontario, for the Foleyet Timber Camp with one pilot and one passenger on board. Sometime after liftoff, northwest of the Foleyet Timber Camp, the helicopter struck trees on elevated terrain and was destroyed by impact forces. There was no post-impact fire, and the occupants sustained fatal injuries.

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Leading Interior is a great honor, responsibility

By Rep. Ryan Zinke

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Jan 17, 2017
Billings Gazette

As a son of a plumber and a kid who grew up in a small timber and railroad town next to Glacier National Park in Montana, I am humbled to be the president-elect’s designee for secretary of the Interior. I am also humbled because of the great responsibility the position holds to be the steward of majestic public lands, the champion of our great Indian nations, and the manager and voice of our diverse wildlife. Upfront, I am an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and believe he had it right when he placed under federal protection millions of acres of federal lands and set aside much of it as National Forests... It is also these lands that many communities, like Whitefish, the town I grew up in, rely on to harvest timber, mine, and to provide our nation with energy. Without question, our public lands are America’s treasure and are rich in diversity.

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GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

By Matthew Brown and Matthew Daly

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Jan 17, 2017
Associated Press in the Missoulian

BILLINGS — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists. Now, with the ascension of President-elect Donald Trump, Republicans see an opportunity to advance broad changes to a law they contend has been exploited by wildlife advocates to block economic development.

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Landmark old growth redwood in Aptos felled by storms

By Ryan Masters

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Jan 17, 2017
Santa Cruz Sentinel

APTOS - The Advocate Tree, a 1,000-year-old landmark redwood tree in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, was toppled by last week’s storms. On Monday, holiday hikers clambered over a slick log jam in Aptos Creek to pay their respects to the 260-foot goliath, which lay broken into several monumental pieces. A bouquet of red roses rested on the tree’s 40-foot-tall root ball... One of the last old-growth trees in the state park, The Advocate Tree was alive when William of Normandy invaded England and the Anasazi built their cliff dwellings in the southwest United States. It pre-dated the Declaration of Independence by at least 700 years.

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Interior pick firmly against fed land transfer, with wiggle room for Alaska

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Jan 17, 2017
Alaska Public

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Interior Department sat for a confirmation hearing today, chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She used the opportunity to condemn the Obama administration for its many resource protections in Alaska. Murkowski said the actions amount to trying to safeguard the state from Alaskans. “Our current president and (Interior) secretary seem to see us as ‘Alaska: the national park and wildlife refuge, a broad expanse of wilderness with little else of interest or value,’” Murkowski said... But later, under questioning from Murkowski, Zinke sounded amenable to some transfers of Alaska’s federal land... He did not sound on board with another bill Alaska’s congressional delegation favors, which would carve out part of the Tongass National Forest to create a state forest. 

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State wants land owners to change forests

By Mike Grant

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US East
Jan 17, 2017
Washington Times Herald

The Indiana Division of Forestry wants southern Indiana land owners with old woods to swap some of it out for new woods. The new forest wildlife habitat program has almost $1-million in funding for private landowners in 43 southern Indiana counties, including Daviess, to create 3,000 acres of young forest habitat. The Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry will lead the 5 year program. “We chose southern Indiana because we felt that area would give us the biggest return,” said State Forester John Seifert. “This will also give us more state and federal land to partner with.”

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Greenpeace says HSBC among banks funding palm oil companies ‘destroying’ Indonesian rainforests

By Alun John

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Jan 17, 2017
South China Morning Post

A report issued by Greenpeace on Tuesday accused HSBC of having loaned hundreds of millions of US dollars to some of the most destructive palm oil companies in Indonesia. Greenpeace said that HSBC had issued loans and financial services to palm oil companies responsible for destroying rainforests, seizing land from locals, abusing workers and using child labour. “HSBC claims it’s a respectable bank with responsible policies on deforestation. But somehow these fine words get forgotten when it’s time to sign the contracts. said Annisa Rahmawati, senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
In response to the allegations... “HSBC has no interest in financing customers involved in: illegal operations; land clearance by burning; the conversion of high conservation value areas".

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Hundreds of jobs at Victorian sawmill under threat over lack of timber supply

By Stephanie Anderson

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Jan 17, 2017
ABC News Australia

Hundreds of jobs are on the line at a sawmill at Heyfield in Victoria's east if it does not get access to a long-term supply of timber, the ABC understands. Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), which employs about 250 staff, processes about 150,000 cubic metres of timber each year supplied by state-owned logging company VicForests. Spokesperson for ASH, James Lantry, said the owners would meet with staff tomorrow. The mill operates under a long-term timber supply (around a 20-year) agreement," he said in a statement.

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Company & Business News

The Canadian government should replace NAFTA, or scrap it

By Common Frontiers

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada
Jan 17, 2017
Rabble Blogs

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trilateral trade agreement between Canada, United States and Mexico that went into effect January 1, 1994. It is the largest agreement of its kind in the world and was implemented in the face of considerable opposition in all three countries. ...Canada's softwood lumber is one area being targeted by Donald Trump, seeking to extract more favourable terms by slapping quotas or limits on Canadian lumber exports to the United States. The softwood lumber dispute is further proof that Canadians stand to lose more than they will gain under Trump's vision of trade. Current trade policy is designed to promote the interests of agribusinesses and other multinational corporations over those of small farmers. NAFTA has devastated rural communities and failed to address very real problems of price volatility and environmental sustainability.

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B.C., Ontario to lead economic growth in Canada in 2017: Scotiabank

By Emma Crawford Hampel 

Categories: Forest Fires; Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Business in Vancouver

The Canadian economy will strengthen this year due to recovery in the U.S., increasing oil prices and a low Canadian dollar, and British Columbia and Ontario are set to show the most significant growth, according to a Scotiabank forecast released January 17. Real GDP is expected to increase 2.3% in the two top provinces, while nationwide growth is forecast to reach 2%. B.C. was Canada’s bright spot in 2016 with real GDP growth of 3.1%, so although the province remains at the top of the list, 2017’s forecast calls for a moderation of growth that will continue for the next two years... “For the forest products sector in B.C. and other regions, the risk of adverse trade developments persists until a Softwood Lumber Agreement is signed.”

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First Nation Forestry Council and four B.C. Pulp & Paper Companies work together to promote greater co-operation

By the First Nations Forestry Council

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
Digital Journal

VANCOUVER - The First Nation Forestry Council and four B.C. pulp and paper companies are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote and support the growing role and influence of First Nations in the B.C. forest sector... The MOU encourages the development of shared information on industry activity and First Nation participation in the industry. It also commits the parties to work together to promote projects, policies and regulations to benefit of First Nations and the participating companies. "This agreement underscores our commitment to work closely with First Nations to develop strong relationships and create mutually beneficial economic opportunities," says Joe Nemeth, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Paper.

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B.C. Liberals 'asleep at the switch' on softwood lumber, says NDP leader

By Rafferty Baker

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
CBC News

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan is attacking what he perceives as inaction from B.C. Premier Christy Clark when it comes to defending jobs in the province's forestry industry. The criticism comes in the wake of a preliminary finding by the U.S. International Trade Commission that Canadian softwood lumber products have materially harmed American producers... The New Democrat leader said the B.C. Liberal government "appears to be asleep at the switch," continuing its preoccupation with liquefied natural gas, rather than promoting the forestry industry. "[Christy Clark has] been focusing on an industry that does not exist in British Columbia, while a critical industry in B.C. has been shrinking and shrinking and shrinking," said Horgan... Horgan said negotiators should be using other issues like the Columbia River Treaty to get what they want on the softwood lumber issue.

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Bracing for looming lumber war, B.C. town cautiously hopeful

By Chris Brown

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
CBC News

Mackenzie, B.C., hopes reinvented sawmill will help Trump-proof community. Bracing for uncertainty under the new U.S. administration, British Columbia's lumber producers are hoping diversification will be the key to survival. They already made profound changes to the industry over the past 10 years, moving away from a total reliance on the American market in the wake of a lumber war between Canada and the U.S. In 2015, B.C. sent 21 per cent of its lumber exports — over $1.14 billion worth — to China. A decade ago, that market was almost non-existent. One B.C. operation that adapted is the Duz Cho sawmill in Mackenzie, which sells all of its product in China and Saudi Arabia... The industry's biggest players, including Canfor and West Fraser, have spent tens of millions of dollars to make their Canadian mills as modern and efficient as possible to help withstand the impact of the duties.

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Bracing for looming lumber war, B.C. town cautiously hopeful

By Chris Brown

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jan 17, 2017
CBC News British Columbia

Bracing for uncertainty under the new U.S. administration, British Columbia's lumber producers are hoping diversification will be the key to survival. They already made profound changes to the industry over the past 10 years, moving away from a total reliance on the American market in the wake of a lumber war between Canada and the U.S. In 2015, B.C. sent 21 per cent of its lumber exports — over $1.14 billion worth — to China. A decade ago, that market was almost non-existent. One B.C. operation that adapted is the Duz Cho sawmill in Mackenzie, which sells all of its product in China and Saudi Arabia. Almost nothing in the company's warehouse gets shipped to Canada's traditional lumber buyers in the states.

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Nova Scotia officials optimistic softwood lumber deal can be reached

By Andrea Gunn

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada East
Jan 17, 2017
The Chronicle Herald

Nova Scotia Trade Minister Michel Samson said he is optimistic after softwood lumber meetings in Washington on Wednesday. Samson, Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines, as well as representatives from the provincial lumber industry travelled to the U.S. capitol to meet with David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and Zoltan van Heyningen, executive director of the United States Lumber Coalition and its legal counsel. Samson said while no firm commitments or agreements had been achieved, the delegation made clear Nova Scotia’s position on the importance of maintaining the Atlantic province’s longstanding exclusion from tariffs. “I think there's a recognition by everyone that Nova Scotia has had competitive stumpage rates on both Crown land and on private land.

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Sen. Tester addresses state House of Representatives

By Sam Wilson

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States; US West
Jan 16, 2017
Daily Interlake

HELENA — Touching on a bevy of issues from banking regulations to the expired lumber agreement between the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester unveiled his sweeping “Employ Montana” plan during an address to the state House of Representatives on Monday. “‘Employ Montana’ will rebuild our infrastructure, create a marketplace for our products, pave the way for innovation, invest in our workforce and responsibly develop our natural resources,” said Tester, a Montana Democrat and former president of the state Senate. ...Lumber mills in Western Montana, already suffering from a decades-long decline in production, have expressed concerns over last year’s expiration of an agreement between the U.S. and Canada that set pricing controls on softwood lumber. The stateside lumber industry has initiated a trade complaint against Canada, alleging that the country’s government subsidizes timber cut from public land, in turn allowing their mills to out-compete U.S. producers.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

University Expands Sustainable Practices, Earns Recognition from Organizations

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US East
Jan 17, 2017
UT Dallas

In 2016, UT Dallas' sustainable practices were acknowledged by five sustainability programs and associations, garnering national and international recognition.The Bioengineering and Sciences Building is certified as a LEED Gold building... The most recent building to receive a LEED certification was the Bioengineering and Sciences Building (BSB). Designed and constructed following green and sustainable guidelines, BSB is certified as a LEED Gold building. The building has sustainable wood products throughout and a lighting conservation system that adjusts to the amount of light outside the building using daylight harvesting sensors. In addition, rainwater collected from the roof irrigates the grounds of BSB and Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory.

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Finalists Announced for Resene NZ Wood Timber Design Awards

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: International
Jan 17, 2017
Scoop NZ

NZ Wood has announced the eagerly-awaited Stage One Finalists for the Resene Timber Design Awards 2017. “We’re delighted to have had strong support again this year,” said Debbie Fergie, NZ Wood’s Promotion Manager... She explained that competition had been extremely tight, with many entries missing out by only one point. “Thank you to everyone who entered the awards,” she said. “We hope you will be encouraged to enter again in the future.”... All winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 9 March 2017.

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