K’ó moks and Qualicum First Nations will pilot SFI Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-09-17 04:00

Comox, BC: K’ómoks First Nation, in partnership with Qualicum First Nation, welcomed TimberWest, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) to the K’ómoks First Nation Band Office to announce that they will pilot the SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities. This is to be implemented on Rosewall Forest Tenure Holdings Ltd, the jointly managed working forest of K’ómoks First Nation and Qualicum First Nation.

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CPAWS welcomes Canada’s first marine National Wildlife Area for BC’s Scott Islands

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2018-09-13 15:30
Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement regarding the establishment of Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area (mNWA). This announcement comes after nearly 17 years of consultation with federal, provincial, and First Nations governments, as well as various stakeholder groups, including CPAWS. As Canada’s first marine National Wildlife Area, its aim is to protect and conserve the millions of seabirds and other marine life that breed, forage, and overwinter at the Scott Islands.
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CPAWS Congratulates Calgary Olympic Bid Committee on Considering Nature

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-09-11 17:11
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s potential venue announcement from the Calgary Olympic Bid Exploration Committee, which excludes the use of Lake Louise in Banff National Park as an Olympic venue. We applaud the Committee for listening to Albertans and Canadians, and for making the most appropriate decision for nature in our parks.
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Congratulations to Shawn Mansfield for being named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-09-11 13:38
Shawn Mansfield has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Life Science Division. This award recognizes Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field.
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Meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-09-10 22:04
Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial forest ministers concluded the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) in Halifax, and announced their commitment to renewing the CCFM’s Vision for Canada’s Forests. Source: Timberbiz Renewing this vision will ensure that Canada’s forests and forest sector continue to provide diverse environmental and social values while providing good jobs and sustainable economic growth. The Council’s annual meeting provides a venue for federal, provincial, and territorial forest ministers to discuss shared priorities, common challenges, and emerging themes affecting Canada’s forest sector. Ministers also recognized the hard work and sustained efforts by personnel combatting this summer’s intense forest fires. Ministers reiterated their commitment to collaboratively accelerating implementation of the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy, which outlines the partnerships and actions required to better prepare for and mitigate wildland fire risks across Canada. Ministers also noted the opportunity to inform the newly-established federal Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on the 2018 BC Wildfires to help further advance partnerships at the federal level. Competitiveness, innovation, and trade remain important forest sector priorities, and the Council devoted several sessions to these topics. The Council agreed to further collaboration on implementing the Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada and presented updates on how the Framework is promoting economic innovation and environmental goals. Ministers discussed natural resource competitiveness, including the importance of stable and predictable international trade agreements. At the conclusion of the meeting, Nova Scotia transferred the role of Council Chair to Saskatchewan. The role of Council Chair rotates each year, and next year’s Council meeting will be hosted by Saskatchewan. The Forum of Canadian Forests took place prior to the CCMF meeting. This year’s meeting focused on increasing diversity in the forest sector, supporting Indigenous partnerships, and enhancing competitiveness and innovation in Canada’s forest economy and bioeconomy. During the Forum, the Ministers participated in a panel discussion on increasing diversity in the forest industry, which remains a priority across all orders of government. To better understand and address these issues, the Forum met with Indigenous and industry representatives to understand their concerns and discuss potential strategies. The Forum of Canadian Forests was also an opportunity to discuss the importance of respectful collaboration with Indigenous communities. Participants discussed case studies including examples of successful partnerships to advance innovation and fight wildland fire. These case studies were used as the jumping-off point for a fruitful discussion on lessons learned, best practices, and opportunities for successful collaborations. The Forum also afforded participants the chance to explore how governments and industry are delivering on the CCFM Forest Bioeconomy Framework by supporting the excellent work of Canadian industry leaders – such as the Canadian Wood Council and the WoodWORKS!/Cecobois offices in each region of the country – to advance and promote timber engineering and the increased use of wood in construction across Canada. The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers was established in 1985 to provide a forum for federal, provincial and territorial governments to work cooperatively to address issues of common interest. The CCFM provides leadership on national and international issues and sets direction for the stewardship and sustainable management of Canada’s forests.
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CPAWS applauds investment in meeting protected area goals in Quebec urban municipalities

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-08-07 16:15
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) applauds today’s announcement by the Quebec government to invest $2.6 million over 5 years in meeting protected areas goals in Quebec.
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CPAWS Statement on Changes to Western Brook Pond Trail and Infrastructures in Gros Morne

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2018-08-03 10:39
Over the past several weeks, many have spoken out in traditional media and on social media regarding the changes to the boardwalk trail at Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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CPAWS 2018 AGM Notice and Nominations for the National Board

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-07-31 17:04
The CPAWS Annual General Meeting will be held by conference call on Monday, September 24, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. To confirm your attendance, please contact Andrée Charlebois at and she will provide you with call-in information and circulate the AGM agenda in advance of the meeting.
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CPAWS 2016 AGM Notice and Nominations for the National Board

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-07-31 17:04
The CPAWS Annual General Meeting will be held by conference call on Monday, September 24, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. To confirm your attendance, please contact Andrée Charlebois at and she will provide you with call-in information and circulate the AGM agenda in advance of the meeting.
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CPAWS welcomes new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans,  and the Canadian Coast Guard

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2018-07-20 11:35
CPAWS welcomes the recent appointment of a new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO). We congratulate the new Minister on the promotion from his previous role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
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Annual Parks Report outlines action plan for meeting Canada’s land and freshwater protection targets

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-07-17 07:07
OTTAWA – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its annual Parks Report today, What’s Next: Parks and Protected Areas to 2020 and Beyond, which recommends how governments in Canada – federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous – can work together to achieve Canada’s international commitment to protect at least 17% of our landscape by 2020, and to plan for the longer-term work needed to reverse the catastrophic and ongoing decline in nature. Canada has the greatest opportunity in a generation to protect nature – and this report provides a roadmap for action.
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Neither unconstitutional nor disguised expropriation

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:00
OTTAWA – In a landmark judgment rendered two years to the day following the announcement of an emergency order to protect the Chorus Frog in La Prairie, Federal Court Judge René Leblanc concluded that the emergency order provision of the Species at Risk Act to protect a species and its habitat on private tenure is constitutional and not a disguised expropriation. The judgment also confirms that the specific prohibitions of the emergency order, and consequently the associated offenses and penalties, are valid in criminal law.
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Wood Buffalo National Park receives $27.5 million investment in its future

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2018-06-29 13:22
Edmonton, AB.– CPAWS Northern Alberta is thrilled with Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change latest action on protecting our wilderness. The Minister announced that the Government of Canada will dedicate $27.5 million over the next 5 years to the protection of Canada’s largest, and most at risk, national park, Wood Buffalo National Park.
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CPAWS’ Statement on federal, provincial, territorial ministers meeting on advancing nature conservat

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2018-06-28 17:14
CPAWS appreciates the work done today towards a plan to deliver on Canada’s commitment to expand the proportion of Canada’s landscape that is protected from10.6% to at least 17% by 2020. In particular we welcome the launch of the federal government’s Nature Fund with a “quick start” component for protected spaces that will support efforts by Indigenous governments, provinces and territories and other partners to work towards this short-term target.
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New marine protected area in the Gaspé Peninsula

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2018-06-28 15:59
Montréal, QC and Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the announcement of the upcoming creation of the American Bank marine protected area, an action that has just repaid several years’ work by the organization and demonstrates the Quebec and Canadian governments’ determination to protect our marine species and reach the international target of 10% marine protected areas by 2020.
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Beetles, bushfires and the President push lumber prices up

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-06-27 19:17
What do forest fires, wood-eating beetles and US President Donald Trump have in common? They have all helped push the price of lumber to historic heights, leading to record share prices for lumber producers and higher prices for US homebuyers. Source: Financial Times The price of lumber has increased 57% since the start of 2017, according to the Random Lengths framing lumber composite price index, going from US$356 to US$571 per thousand board feet. Analysts attribute the price spike to steadily increasing demand and a coincidence of supply shocks in British Columbia, one of the world’s largest producers of softwood lumber. “When you have a tight supply chain, as soon as one thing goes wrong, prices skyrocket,” said Brendan Lowney, principal and macroeconomist at Forest Economic Advisors. “You almost have a vertical supply curve.” The run started early last year, when the market began pricing in expectations that the US Department of Commerce would implement countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber. With a new protectionist ally in the White House, the US Lumber Coalition filed trade remedy petitions in November 2016, that argued Canadian government leases of publicly owned timberland effectively subsidised the industry and its US$5.6bn worth of imports to the American market in 2016. By the time the first duties were announced last April, the price of lumber had risen 20.7% — pricing in nearly exactly the 20.83% average duty ultimately levied on Canadian producers. But of the factors driving current prices, duties are only “number three on the list,” said Mr Lowney. More important was a historic 2017 wildfire season that was so severe the Canadian government’s senior climatologist called it the “summer of fire”. Between April and November, more than 1300 fires consumed more than 1.2m hectares of British Columbia. The fires and dry conditions forced many sawmill owners to halt operations and restricted much of the province’s logging activity. The slowdown came at a most inopportune time thanks to another, slower moving shock to the industry: throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, British Columbia’s forests saw the largest infestation of mountain pine beetles on record, and the consequences are being felt now. It only takes a few hundred of the hard-shell black bugs, each roughly the size of a grain of rice, to overwhelm the defences of a healthy, towering pine. As they burrow through the tree’s bark to lay their eggs, they also introduce a fungus that changes the colour of its wood. “The tree is as good as dead within 48 hours,” said Katherine Bleiker, a bark beetle ecologist with Natural Resources Canada. The epidemic hit hardest in the heart of British Columbia’s logging country, affecting more than 18m hectares and killing about 54% of the province’s merchantable pine. But despite their changed colour, standing trees killed by pine beetles can still be harvested for lumber. Many are usable for up to eight years, and some last up to 12. After the epidemic’s peak in 2005, the provincial government increased annual harvest allowances, hoping to capture what value they could from the dead pines. The fire-shortened summer of 2017 was one of the last chances to harvest many of the affected trees and the government’s harvest allowances are now decreasing sharply. “We’re hitting that point where the supply curve really starts to bend down on the standing inventory in British Columbia ,” said Mr Lowney. By the last quarter of 2017, it had looked as if prices had settled around US$435 per thousand board feet. But when a harsh winter slowed down Canadian rail traffic, other commodities were prioritised and lumber orders piled up at mills, giving a new leg-up to prices. “What’s unprecedented about this run compared to other record runs is the length of it,” said Shawn Church, who has covered the industry for 28 years at trade publication Random Lengths. With the spring and summer building season now under way, prices are still climbing. The US residential sector is the country’s biggest lumber consumer, and new housing starts hit a post-2007 high in May High prices and high demand meant massive first-quarter profits for lumber companies. Share prices for the two largest Canadian lumber corporations, Canfor Corporation and West Fraser Timber Co Ltd, and Weyerhaeuser Co, the largest US producer, have all hit record highs this month. As lumber companies rake in profits, the costs are shifted to builders and eventually on to homebuyers. Analysts differ in their estimates, but the increase in lumber costs alone has probably added between US$3000 and US$9000 to the cost of the median new home. “It is making it harder to build affordable units at a moment when the housing market desperately needs them,” said Aaron Terrazas, economic research director at real estate website Zillow.
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Canada’s failure to protect Wood Buffalo National Park to be raised at UNESCO meeting in Bahrain

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-06-26 12:45
FORT MCMURRAY— As UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee convenes this week for its annual meeting in Manama, Bahrain, Indigenous and environmental groups are calling on Canada to do more to protect its largest park, Wood Buffalo National Park.
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NEW POLL: Canadians overwhelmingly support 
protecting much more land and sea

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-06-25 09:30
A major new public opinion survey commissioned by the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) found that Canadians overwhelmingly believe protected areas are necessary and want about half of our land and sea protected for nature.
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Diverse Canadian voices call for action on protected areas

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:30
June 15, 2018, Ottawa, Ont. - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the diverse voices calling for action on protected areas in today’s public release of Canada’s Conservation Vision: A Report of the National Advisory Panel.
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CPAWS Applauds US and Canadian Mayors’ Announcement to Protect Natural Spaces

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2018-06-14 17:11
June 14, 2018, OTTAWA – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) celebrates today’s announcement by Canadian and U.S. mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region of the creation of the Mayors’ Council on Nature and Communities, a new venture aimed at protecting natural spaces in urbanized areas.
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