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Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Teachers Learn Lessons in Coastal Forestry

Twenty BC teachers enjoyed the forest as their classroom as they embarked on this year’s ‘Festival of Forestry’ tour based in Campbell River. Over three days, these teachers received a world-class opportunity to learn about everything from managed forests to marmots. The BC Festival of Forestry is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality professional development experiences for school teachers. These annual, complimentary tours take interested teachers to different resource-based communities in BC. The tours provide an interactive learning experience to enhance teachers’ understanding of the complexities of sustainable forest management issues and to share great ways to bring this information into their classes. Click here to read the full article.

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Wood Dust Explosion Prevention Seminar – September 17th-18th, 2012

Upgrades and New Installations, Getting it Right the First Time

Dust explosions are one of the major preventable losses of life and property in industry today. Many installed systems are either old or non compliant to today’s standards, are recent installations without the necessary explosion prevention features or poorly maintained resulting in questionable reliability of the installed safety features. This seminar is intended to cover all aspects of dust explosion prevention including NFPA and OSHA code requirements as well as recommended proven engineering practices which control the collection, transport, storage and disposal of explosive dusts. Click here to find out more.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

A new dawn, new day, new life for forestry

Modern practices used in today’s coastal B.C. forestry sector have evolved substantially throughout the years. Nevertheless, old stereotypes die hard, and one of the biggest misconceptions is that our forest industry is dirty, dangerous and filled with bearded, axe-happy lumber-jacks. While this image still pervades the minds of many, it is our responsibility and task as an industry to communicate the new reality. Today our sector comprises log, lumber, pulp and paper producers made up of people of all ages, back-grounds and expertise. From Vancouver to towns and cities up and down our coast we are guided by an overall zeitgeist of innovation, creating new frontiers in modern forestry. Our work ranges from advancing our management structures and processes so they reflect our ecological and economic priorities as British Columbians to discovering novel uses for wood and wood products. In addition, we are developing new markets within our rapidly shifting global economy and pioneering a groundbreaking new bio-economy. Click here to read the full article.

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Minister says the future of forestry is better

Provincial Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson is encouraged by the recent $6.7 million investment Western Forest Products committed to its Alberni Pacific Division mill. He was in Port Alberni for the announcement, Wednesday, and called it a sign that the lumber and forestry industry is coming out of the toughest recession it has faced. The government did not provide funds for the investment, but Thomson said he believes his government was instrumental in providing a framework that has enabled the gradual turnaround. In fact, he said, the future in forestry looks good and young people would do well to consider a career in it. Click here to read the full article.

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Building our future … with wood

Bioproducts could eventually be used not just for energy, but to build homes, planes and more

In resource towns like Castlegar in the West Kootenay, the future of B.C.’s  forest industry is already starting to unfold. It’s all about sustainability and it’s on display in the lower emissions,  shrinking environmental footprint and diversified revenue stream at Mercer  International’s Celgar pulp mill, one of a number of B.C. mills that is  beginning to tap the province’s forests for new bio-products — from energy to  bio-chemicals. Click here to read the full article.

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Western Positioning for the Future With a $6.7 Million Investment in Autograding Technology

Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western” or “the Company”) is continuing to implement our strategic capital plan which will position the company to be more competitive in the global marketplace. The latest investment is a $6.7 million dollar installation of automatic lumber grading technology into the Alberni Pacific Division (APD) planermill in Port Alberni, BC. Automatic lumber grading technology has been used in the commodity lumber business around the world for over a decade. The technology has proven effective in assessing lumber grades quickly, accurately, and consistently, increasing value, recovery and efficiency. Click here to read the full article.

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Employment Opportunity

TITLE: TECHNICAL ADVISOR, WOOD PRODUCTS, MUMBAI INCUMBENT: VACANT
BACKGROUND/CONTEXT: British Columbia is home to one of the world’s most sustainable and globally competitive forest sectors. Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII) is a Provincial crown agency mandated to work with the forest industry and other government agencies in maintaining existing markets and pursuing new market opportunities. Click here to read full description.

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The B.C. forest industry: a bright future

Wood’s energy efficiency, carbon sequestration and seismic performance attributes are second to none.

The economic future of the B.C. forest industry holds great promise. Industry is cost competitive, produces green sustainable products, generates thousands of well-paying jobs and has a great story to tell about the role of wood in society. Market expansion and diversification in Asia has been successful, and new high-tech solid wood and bio-economy products are emerging. Housing starts in the U.S. are starting to creep up, as are lumber prices. As The Economist put it recently, there is a “new world order” in the B.C. forest industry. Click here to read the full article.

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INFORMATION BULLETIN – Combustible Dust Strategy (Phase 11)

Why do we have a combustible dust strategy? After the explosions of two mills earlier this year, WorkSafeBC took the extraordinary step of issuing orders to sawmill employers in B.C. to conduct full-hazard identification, risk assessment and safety reviews, with particular focus on sawdust accumulation and potential ignition sources. That was Phase I of the strategy. What does this mean for my company?WorkSafeBC delivered directive orders to all sawmills as part of Phase I. In Phase II, other similar operations will be inspected with a particular focus on combustible dust. Officers will ask you to remove accumulations of combustible dust and ensure that control measures are in place to mitigate the accumulation of the combustible material. Click here to read full bulletin.

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Important Information Regarding Mill Safety: Forest Industry Task Force

British Columbia’s wood products manufacturers have come together in an unprecedented collaboration to advance research and best practices in improving mill safety in response to the devastating explosions at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills. This page contains information that will help sawmills manage dust and keep informed about the Task Force activities and findings. Click here to go to page.

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