Forestry

New report on Marine Protected Areas in Quebec: “Guidelines for reaching your destination”

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2018-06-07 10:06
Montreal, Que. - On the eve of World Oceans Day and the opening of the G7 in Charlevoix, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Québec Chapter released its 2018 report on marine conservation: "Marine Protected Areas: guidelines for reaching your destination". In the report, CPAWS highlights the encouraging signals from Quebec and Canadian governments to reach the 2020 international target to protect at least 10% of our ocean and emphasizes the importance of minimum standards for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPA).
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Inventory Forester / Inventory Technician in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada with Ecora Engineering & Resource Group Ltd

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Wed, 2018-06-06 23:42
Job Description:

Ecora Engineering & Resource Group Ltd. is a British Columbia employee-owned engineering, environmental and forestry professional service firm. Ecora is committed to creating and delivering quality products to our valued clients. Our team has extensive experience in providing a wide range of consulting services to clients including first nation communities, provincial government, municipalities, architects, developers, and contracting firms throughout British Columbia. Our team of specialists is supported by a wide network of associates that enable Ecora to deliver a full suite of services throughout western Canada and around the world. Ecora is built around its core values of commitment to our staff, our relationships, our community and our environment. 

   Ecora is continuing to expand our Resource Inventory services in both Canadian and international markets and is currently seeking resource inventory staff. As an integral member of our Resource Inventory Team, you will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of all aspects of forest inventory projects throughout BC and other regions. 
    
   The position includes work in both field and office environments. The field activities involve field sample planning, establishment and reporting. The office activities include project planning, and photo interpretation and delineation to appropriate jurisdictional and company standards. Both work environments require compliance with our comprehensive occupational health and safety program, producing quality work on budget and on time, communicating effectively, and working collaboratively with fellow staff and clients. The position will include periodic travel. 
    
   We are seeking to fill inventory staff positions at the junior, intermediate and senior levels. Individuals with a current BC VRI air photo interpretation certificate will be given preference. 
    
   This is a permanent, full-time position with training opportunities, competitive remuneration and company-paid benefits, including participation in a profit sharing incentive plan and potential for share holding. This is an opportunity to grow with an emerging dynamic company. 
   
Job Qualifications:

  The successful candidate will possess the following: 
   • Valid Class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent) and clean driving record 
   • Legally eligible to work in Canada 
   • The ability to view images in stereo / 3-dimensions and in colour is mandatory 
   • Proficient in computer use, with excellent oral and written communication skills 
   • A minimum of 1 years’ work experience in operational forestry     

Miscellaneous:

   Additionally, the successful candidate could possess the following: 
   • Familiarity with British Columbia’s Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) 
   • Registration with a professional association (e.g. ABCFP) is preferred but not required 
   • Experience with Python and SQL programming languages 

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Harvesting Superintendent in Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada with Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Mon, 2018-06-04 03:05

Who We Are:
Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.

As we continue to grow our company and our markets, find out how you can grow your career with us. 

The Opportunity: 
Canfor is currently looking for a motivated individual with proven leadership experience in the forestry industry to join our team as a Harvesting Superintendent.

The Role: 
The Harvesting Superintendent is responsible for delivery of volumes to meet manufacturing facility needs and Company commitments. This is a full time position and the successful candidate will be a member of the Mackenzie Woodlands team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure activities are conducted in compliance with all applicable Occupational Health and Safety requirements, forestry legislation, Canfor's Environmental Policy, Forestry Principles, and Forestry Management System.  
  • Implement and sustain identified efficiencies and cost savings initiatives through performance management.
  • Management of a strong staff and contractor workforce, to achieve size, species cost profile targets for Canfor’s manufacturing facilities.
  • Deliver safety results that improve practices and deliver safety leadership within the Canfor’s operations as well as within the forest industry generally.
  • Facilitate delivery of appropriate volume to meet manufacturing facility needs while driving improvements to Canfor’s supply chain strategy.
  • Participate in the development of annual budgets and rolling monthly outlook projections to achieve cost targets.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of commitment to continuous improvement initiatives by implementing cost effective management processes and actively participating in the Canfor Operating System deployment strategies
  • Participate and lead initiatives to grow / improve Canfor’s business and customer relationships.
  • Providing and supporting a positive atmosphere for personal, professional and team development.

The Candidate:

  • University Degree or Technical Diploma with a minimum of 10 years forestry experience, experience in a mill setting is an asset.
  • Eligibility for professional designation with the ABCFP.
  • Excellent leadership, communication and project management skills, with an ability to work within a team environment
  • Excellent knowledge of applicable BC legislation and policies
  • Excellent computer skills and related software knowledge including forestry applications
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license

The Incentive
Canfor offers a comprehensive, flexible benefits package that allows you to customize your benefits to meet your individual needs, and includes health and dental coverage as well as life, accident and disability insurance.  In addition to this, we offer pension and other benefits.

Grow with us 
At Canfor, we understand that our strength comes from our skilled and dedicated employees and we work hard to support their ongoing professional development. We offer a number of training programs and development opportunities to support each of our employees in their pursuit of career advancement and growth. Whether you want to develop upon your skills or advance your career with Canfor, we offer a promote-from-within culture that will give you these opportunities.

Canfor Values
At Canfor, our values are at the core of everything we do. Safety comes first, and we are proud of our unwavering commitment to excellence, and customer satisfaction, which allows us to safely and efficiently deliver quality products to our customers around the globe.

  • Safety comes first.
  • We succeed when our customers succeed.
  • We are resilient and resourceful. We always find a way forward.
  • We are a good neighbour in our communities and a responsible steward of the environment.
  • We demonstrate integrity by doing what we say we are going to do.

Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today!

In order to be eligible for this position, you must be legally entitled to work in Canada for our company.

There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook for Canfor news, career opportunities, and upcoming events!

Mackenzie, BC.
Mackenzie is the gateway to endless outdoor adventure and Beautiful BC at its finest. Located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mackenzie is a compact community that is ideal for having fun outdoors all year round and carries on the spirit of adventure and wilderness exploration of its namesake – overland explorer Alexander Mackenzie. For more information, visit http://canfor.com/our-company/our-communities/mackenzie-bc

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Canadian OSB exports are stable

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-05-28 19:43
Canadian OSB exports stabilised in the first quarter at the level reached after soaring in the third and fourth quarters of 2017. Source: Euwid Figures from Statistics Canada show that Canada’s OSB industry booked a double-digit year-on-year growth for the third quarter in a row with a 16.6% upswing to 1.592m m3. Exports had jumped 14.9% to 1.563m m3 in the third quarter of 2017, with the fourth quarter faring even better with an 18.1% improvement to 1.598m m3. The value of these exports rose just 4.1% to CAD481.2m in the first quarter. The third quarter had ended with a 12.6% increase in the value of exports to CAD509.2m, with the fourth quarter producing a 10.1% upswing to CAD496.7m. The discrepancy was even larger when it came to shipments to the US. The amount exported was 16.3% higher than the prior-year period at 1.488m m3, but their value was up just 2.8% at CAD448.8m. US exports have consistently risen in the past four quarters. Canada had shipped 1.314m m3 to its neighbour to the south in the second quarter of 2017, followed by 1.448m m3 in the third quarter and 1.463m m3 in the fourth quarter.
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Inventory Forester / Inventory Technician in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada with Ecora Engineering & Resource Group Ltd

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Sun, 2018-05-27 23:56

Ecora Engineering & Resource Group Ltd. is a British Columbia employee-owned engineering, environmental and forestry professional service firm. Ecora is committed to creating and delivering quality products to our valued clients. Our team has extensive experience in providing a wide range of consulting services to clients including first nation communities, provincial government, municipalities, architects, developers, and contracting firms throughout British Columbia. Our team of specialists is supported by a wide network of associates that enable Ecora to deliver a full suite of services throughout western Canada and around the world. Ecora is built around its core values of commitment to our staff, our relationships, our community and our environment. 

 Ecora is continuing to expand our Resource Inventory services in both Canadian and international markets and is currently seeking resource inventory staff. As an integral member of our Resource Inventory Team, you will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of all aspects of forest inventory projects throughout BC and other regions. 
    
   The position includes work in both field and office environments. The field activities involve field sample planning, establishment and reporting. The office activities include project planning, and photo interpretation and delineation to appropriate jurisdictional and company standards. Both work environments require compliance with our comprehensive occupational health and safety program, producing quality work on budget and on time, communicating effectively, and working collaboratively with fellow staff and clients. The position will include periodic travel. 
    
   We are seeking to fill inventory staff positions at the junior, intermediate and senior levels. Individuals with a current BC VRI air photo interpretation certificate will be given preference. 
    
   This is a permanent, full-time position with training opportunities, competitive remuneration and company-paid benefits, including participation in a profit sharing incentive plan and potential for share holding. This is an opportunity to grow with an emerging dynamic company.     

Qualifications:

 The successful candidate will possess the following: 
   • Valid Class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent) and clean driving record 
   • Legally eligible to work in Canada 
   • The ability to view images in stereo / 3-dimensions and in colour is mandatory 
   • Proficient in computer use, with excellent oral and written communication skills 
   • A minimum of 1 years’ work experience in operational forestry     

Miscellaneous:

Additionally, the successful candidate could possess the following: 
   • Familiarity with British Columbia’s Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) 
   • Registration with a professional association (e.g. ABCFP) is preferred but not required 
   • Experience with Python and SQL programming languages 

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Winner: Grand Chief Herb Norwegian awarded Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2018-05-24 10:37
World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are honoured to announce that unparalleled conservation leader Grand Chief Herb Norwegian, 66, of Dehcho First Nations is the winner of the 2018 $10,000 Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize.
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Record lumber prices can’t last in the US

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-05-23 21:20
Lumber prices have rallied more than 30% this year to reach their highest level on record, as US duties on imports of the commodity from Canada have contributed to tighter supplies and soaring home-construction costs. Source: Market Watch But analysts are growing wary of tall timber prices. Among the possible threats is the World Trade Organization’s recent compliance with Canada’s request to examine the dispute by establishing two panels to rule on higher US lumber duties. Technical analysts claim lumber prices are vulnerable because they’ve gotten above their fundamental value. The most recent impetus to higher prices came last year, when the US Commerce Department announced anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on lumber imports from Canada. The duties were implemented in January and average 20.23% for most Canadian lumber producers. July lumber LBN8, -2.46% settled at US$602.70 per 1000 board feet on Friday—a record high based on the most-active contracts, according to FactSet data going as far back as early November 1984. Prices trade nearly 35% higher year to date. “The Canadian situation is clearly a factor here,” says Walter Zimmermann, chief technical analyst at ICAP, the world’s largest interdealer broker. He recalls that in 1996, the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the US and Canada created a comparable spike in prices, to US$488 per 1000 board feet from US$346, a roughly 41% gain. The higher price was “sufficient to fully discount that factor.” That spike marked a double top, he says, against what he refers to as the “Spotted Owl Spike” of 1993. A double top is defined as a chart pattern with two consecutive price peaks, which signals a potential bearish reversal. Prices in 1993 spiked amid logging restrictions to protect the northern spotted owl. The current price situation in lumber, however, is more extreme, says Zimmermann. The WTO has given no indication of when it might rule on the US duties, he says, and lumber prices have already rallied 34.5% from their January lows. Data also show sharp gains in each of the last two years, with 2017 boasting a nearly 42% surge from the end of 2016. The lumber market has “all the hallmarks of an unsustainable bubble,” says Zimmermann. And “in line with the bursting of bubbles in the financial markets,” lumber prices may peak by midyear, then drop over the next few years and on into 2021-22, he says. Based on technical analysis, larger patterns “suggest a retest of the 2016 lows is a realistic target” by then, he says. Lumber futures fell to a low near US$233 in January 2016. That would mark a drop of more than 50% from current prices. At the same time, US average home prices have reached all-time highs, with a long-term chart also suggesting “an unsustainable super bubble,” he says. “Issues of affordability will arise. And rising interest rates will already be a factor for 2019.” There’s no sign of immediate problems in housing. CoreLogic says its latest home-price index reading revealed national yearly price growth of 7% in March. The real estate data provider had forecast a year ago that home prices would rise only 4.9% on a year-over-year basis from March 2017 to March 2018. The strong growth backs a strong outlook for lumber demand. Investors are positive. Portfolio manager Matt Kennedy says his Angel Oak High Yield Opportunities fund ANHAX, +0.00% is “positive on the outlook for the economy and the housing market in particular.” The fund is overweight in basic-materials and capital-goods bonds and owns the debt of several home builders, suppliers, and distributors of home-building materials. “We look to capitalize on the demand for housing as well as the potential for increased infrastructure spending,” he says. “The economy is doing well, unemployment has improved to less than 4%, and aggregate wages are increasing around 2.6% year over year,” says Kennedy. “Combined with what are still historically low interest rates, and millennials entering their prime household-formation years, demand for housing is very strong, contributing to the demand for lumber and building materials.”
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23rd International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2018

Canadian Forestry Events - Mon, 2018-05-21 15:17
Distinguished as the oldest and most renowned Forestry and Environment Symposium in South Asia, the International Forestry and Environment Symposium is the premier event where researchers, academia, professionals, policy makers and the industry meet to discuss and learn about the latest developments in forestry and environment sectors.
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Austria, Canada, UK and Uruguay achieve PEFC re-endorsement

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2018-05-18 08:05
The Austrian, Canadian, UK and Uruguayan national forest certification systems have successfully achieved PEFC re-endorsement, confirming they continue to meet our globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks. Combined, these four systems account for over 40 million hectares of sustainably...

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Practices Forester in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada with BC Public Service Agency

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Thu, 2018-05-17 03:22

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Terrace

Practices Forester

$56,662.05 - $70,770.36 annually

This is a temporary appointment with an anticipated end date of April 30, 2019, working with BC Timber Sales, Skeena Business Area, in Terrace BC

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) plans, develops, and sells through auction, a substantial and representative portion of the Province’s annual available timber volume. The bid prices received from auctioned timber support the Market Pricing System (MPS) in setting stumpage rates for coastal and interior operating areas of the province. The costs incurred by BCTS also provide data for the Tenure Obligation Adjustments, contributing to another integral part of the MPS. The goal of BCTS is to provide credible representative price and cost benchmark data for the MPS through auctions of public timber.

To find out more about our program check out the BCTS website.

The Practices Forester is accountable for performing a wide variety of professional services including operational planning, cut block and forest road layout and development, planning and evaluating silviculture activities, and ensuring compliance with the Forest Stewardship Plan. The range of duties assigned to a particular Practices Forester will vary from Business Area to Business Area due to the geographic location, apportionment and management requirements.

Qualifications for this role include:

·        A Registered Professional Forester (RPF), or be eligible for registration as an RPF with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) AND two years (gained within the last five years) of experience in operational forestry such as forest tenures, cut-block and road development, engineering, silviculture, harvest operations or compliance and enforcement.

·        Must possess at minimum a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License that does not limit or restrict the ability to conduct the duties of the job

·        Please include your registration number with Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) within your application, as you, must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with ABCFP. If you are not yet registered with the ABCFP, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a registered RFP member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to ABCFP)

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Harvesting Supervisor in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada with Canadian Kraft Paper

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Thu, 2018-05-17 00:38

Canadian Kraft Paper offers a work environment that promotes diversity, embraces change, and encourages continuous growth and development for every team member. We offer a workplace where everyone plays an essential role in the success of our Company and where individual efforts are acknowledged. If you thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment, we want you to be a part of our team! We are seeking a highly skilled professional to help take us even further as we continue to produce High Performance Kraft Paper for globally distribution.

Our structure and culture encourages innovation, growth and change in an open environment, and we believe in and practice environmental sustainability.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Under the direction of the Harvesting Superintendent, the Harvesting Supervisor is responsible for all operational activities within an assigned unit for the Forest Management License. The Harvesting Supervisor is accountable to provide input to forest planning and silviculture, harvesting and hauling, road layout and construction, and block layout in accordance with predetermined key production, safety and financial performance targets ensuring that all Company operations comply with government regulations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The incumbent must have completed a recognized Post-Secondary Forestry Program.

    • Recognized programs include a Forestry Degree or Forestry / Resource Management Diploma.  

  • Minimum 3 years related harvesting operations experience.

  • The incumbent must possess technical forestry and logging related skills as well as a thorough understanding of forest policy, guidelines and regulations and other applicable forestry legislation.

  • The successful applicant is required to be a self-starter with excellent organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills and must possess the ability to work with minimal supervision and changing priorities.

  • The ability to pay keen attention to detail is essential and must have working knowledge of computer programs.

  • The ability to work safely, alone outdoors in all weather conditions, in remote areas.

  • The incumbent must be able to operate in a team environment as well as manage relationships with contractors, government agencies and other outside resources.

  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License

LIVING IN THE PAS:

The Pas community is one of the oldest and most striking settlements in Northern Manitoba.  It is truly a place to call home for all those that love the outdoors with an abundance of outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, ATV and skidoo trails; and camping, boating, hunting and fishing are at their finest!  Boasting one of the three true blue lakes in existence, its raw natural beauty attracts visitors from around the world.

Learn more from the website at www.townofthepas.com about the wonders of The Pas, where the Northern Lights shine year-round.


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CPAWS Celebrates Alberta’s Announcement of the World’s Largest Boreal Protected Areas Network

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-05-15 19:27
Edmonton - Canada’s boreal forest faces a brighter future with today’s exciting protected areas announcement from the Government of Alberta! This afternoon, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks announced the creation and expansion of five wildland provincial parks in northeast Alberta, making up an addition of 1.36 million hectares to Alberta’s protected areas network.
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Sawmill Sid’s Tree and Wood Recovery Centre

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-05-14 08:37
Sidney Gendron runs Sawmill Sid, a family-run sawmill that collects felled and diseased trees at its Tree and Wood Recovery Centre in Mississaug, Canada. Source: CBC Canada Once processed, downed trees can be repurposed as furniture, art pieces or materials for housing and construction. Sawmill Sid is part of a nascent wood recycling industry that aims to combat climate change by diverting landfill waste and reducing the carbon footprint of the forestry industry. “When trees come down because of storm or disease we try and play our part in making sure as much is used as possible,” said Mr Gendron, who runs the sawmill in partnership with his wife, Sheila, and daughter, Sacha. “We make sure that we get the highest and best value out of that wood,” he said. Mr Gendron said his sawmill has already received 15 to 20 dump-truck loads of wood from a recent windstorm. “Our yard is pretty full right now,” he said. Mr Gendron buys logs and trees from city woodlots or takes donations from private companies looking to get rid of used wood. They sort it, cut it and the resell the lumber to suppliers who make it into finished products. The company’s customers include developers, renovators and restaurateurs who want to buy local, but also artisans and craftspeople who turn the wood into art and other products. Richard Posa is an artist and builder who recently became a customer of the Gendrons. He uses salvaged wood to make art, sculptures and furniture. “Out of every tree, every chunk of wood, something can be made from it,” said Mr Posa. Mr Posa says the variety of wood he has access to has increased since meeting the Gendrons. “The wood resource is practically endless now,” he said. “Especially with the storm that came down the other day.” Mr Gendron says much of the “wood waste” generated each year is turned into wood chips and sent to landfills, where it releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A city spokesperson says Toronto paid some Can$450,000 last year to companies who chip wood in tub grinders — large machines that convert logs and trees into wood chips — while charging companies like Sawmill Sid to get access to the wood. However, all chipped wood from city-owned trees is reused in the Toronto’s tree planting programs. Mr Gendron would like it to be easier for companies like his to access used wood. “We are taking wood that would normally be chipped and putting it into the hands of woodworkers across Ontario and allowing them to be sustainable themselves,” said Mr Gendron. “We’re building sustainable neighbourhoods and businesses within the GTA.” On top of diverting landfill waste, reusing trees and logs keeps the carbon inside the wood, said Gendron. The company claims it captured over 6800 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2016 by making re-used wood products. Sacha Gendron, Sidney’s daughter, believes this number will rise in the coming years. “As climate change progresses we’re going to see more storms, more damage and more wood waste,” she said. “We need to get the public to understand that there are alternatives to common practices that are taking place such as chipping.” Jim Donaldson, the CEO of the Alberta-based Canadian Wood Waste Recycling Business Group, says it will take a big shift in government thinking for the wood recycling industry to take off. His group is bringing together industry and academia to shepherd the development of a wood recycling industry across Canada. “The biggest problem is lack of education at a governmental level,” said Donaldson. “The City of Toronto has a pretty good wood reuse program but where they’re missing is reusing used wood.” Donaldson says a lot of wood that is burned or chipped and sent to landfill can easily be repurposed. One of the main problems, he says, is the lack of reliable data. His business group is conducting 35 feasibility studies to fill in this knowledge gap. For the Gendrons, it’s only a matter of time before people catch on to the value of recycling wood. “Recycling was tough to get started but now everyone does it without even thinking,” said Sidney Gendron. “We need to start thinking about what’s the right thing to do here, and keep on doing it.”
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Trump’s gift of high lumber prices

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-05-14 08:36
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange futures contract for the softwood two-by-fours used in framing houses closed at its highest price ever. Source: Justin Fox for Bloomberg If one adjusts for inflation, current prices are no longer record-setting. But an interesting pattern does appear if one adds in a few other key data points. It appears that every time the US picks a fight with Canada over its alleged subsidies of softwood lumber, which comes from coniferous trees such as pines, firs and cedars, US lumber prices go up. The US-Canada softwood lumber war first flared up in the early 1980s. Imports of lumber from Canada had been on the rise as environmental restrictions cut back on logging in US National Forests, and the US timber industry began to complain that Canadian local, provincial and national governments, which own almost all of the country’s forest land, were charging such low prices for timber that it amounted to an unfair subsidy. That has remained the chief complaint ever since. Various bi- and multi-lateral trade organizations have been charged with evaluating it, and as my former Bloomberg Opinion colleague and longtime softwood-lumber-trade-dispute aficionado Megan McArdle put it in a column last year: After that happens, the tariffs go down again and lumber prices drop … until another president decides to make a stink about Canadian softwood lumber. Donald Trump started doing that soon after taking office, and now the average duties on Canadian lumber are up to 21%. Unlike some of Trump’s other trade actions, this clearly does not signify a major departure from past presidential practice. But it’s worth asking whether it makes any sense. The main beneficiaries of these softwood lumber trade spats appear to be owners of the land on which softwood-lumber-producing trees are grown. Most timberland in the US is in private hands, and the biggest owner by far, according to the latest survey by Forisk Consulting Weyerhaeuser Co., a publicly traded real estate investment trust that has seen its stock price rise about 20% since the beginning of 2017. Billionaire John Malone is also in the top 10, as are the California and Massachusetts state employee pension funds. Yale University’s endowment does not appear on Forisk’s list but reported owning more timberland in 2009 than any entity but Weyerhaeuser does now. Investment returns on timber in US have been on a long decline, but they do seem to have perked up in the past during softwood lumber trade disputes. If cheap Canadian lumber has been hurting the US timber industry it’s been helping the much-larger US housing construction industry and the many buyers of its products. And for home builders, the recent price increases have been a challenge, as Bloomberg’s Jen Skerritt reported in March. I’m willing to believe that there are cases where restricting trade or otherwise favoring domestic producers makes sense — to protect a nascent industry, for example, or to keep key technological capabilities from slipping into the hands of an economic or political rival. No such justification springs to mind here. I also have some trouble with the notion that Canada is somehow cheating by selling its softwood lumber at a lower price than US timber owners think it should. Maybe it’s just cheaper to grow pine trees in Canada.
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CEOs of Canada’s 12 largest environmental groups grade the federal government on progress

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-05-09 09:42
OTTAWA – A report released today by the leaders of Canada’s top environmental organizations reviews the progress of the federal government in meeting its platform and mandate commitments on environmental issues across the country.
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The Government of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society reach an important agreement

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-05-08 14:17
Today, an important step was taken to protect species at risk in Canada. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society agreed that, moving forward, the Government of Canada will track and report unprotected critical habitat for species at risk on non-federal lands, 180 days after critical habitat has been identified. In addition, the federal government has committed to addressing Species at Risk Act reporting requirements.
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CPAWS welcomes 2017 Round Table Response

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-05-07 12:56
OTTAWA – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the release today of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change’s formal response to her 2017 Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada in which she unequivocally reaffirms that ecological integrity will be the first priority in all aspects of national park management, and that this will take precedent over the use of our national parks.
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CPAWS Frustrated with Wait for Minister’s Response to the Round Table on Parks Canada

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-05-02 16:50
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society today expressed its disappointment and serious concern with the lack of action by the federal government and Parks Canada on improving the management of our national parks.
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Timber Industry Brexit Forum

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-04-30 22:17
The timber industry sees a copy of checks on the Canadian-US and Norwegian-Swedish borders as part of preparations for a possible hard Brexit to minimise its impact on Irish-British and cross-border trade. Source: The Irish Times Concerned that the UK will crash out of the European Union in March 2019 without a deal, the industry made the observations in a new report aimed at preparing Ireland for the worst post-Brexit. The industry supports 12,000 jobs and relies on unrestricted trade north and south of the Border and between the UK and the Republic. It has already felt the pinch from Brexit as the fall in the value of sterling is costing the industry an estimated €40 million to €50 million a year. Among the measures highlighted by the Timber Industry Brexit Forum that includes semi-State forestry firm Coillte are practices in use on the Norwegian-Swedish border such as interchangeable customs officials, mutual trust and training of border officials, and mutual recognition of customs officials and police. The forum has taken the most effective practices used at the Scandinavian and North American borders to map out measures to reduce the cost of trade in wood products between the Republic and the UK in the report called Brexit: Protecting Growth in the Irish Timber Industry. “We see elements of these models, together with other smart solutions, as providing the basis for a bespoke model for UKEU trade which would minimise the impact of Brexit on the Irish timber industry and indeed across many industries in Ireland,” Fergal Leamy, chief executive of Coillte said. Other solutions include agreeing matching regulations between the EU and the UK on low-risk products and adopting the best international technological practices on number-plate recognition and data collection as well as a mutually recognisable single database for trades. The industry wants the EU and the UK to agree advanced authorisation mechanisms at the busiest Irish border crossings and British and Irish ports, and to introduce a fast-track program similar to one in place under a free-trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico for regular cross-border travellers.
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Forestry Summer Students in Gold River, British Columbia, Canada with West Coast Timber Consultants Ltd

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Sun, 2018-04-29 23:50

THE COMPANY 

West Coast Timber Consultants Ltd . (WCTC) is a consulting firm specializing in the Management of 
Natural Resources, based out of Courtenay, BC. The company was established on the basic principle of 
providing clients with high quality management services within the natural resource sector. We are 
currently seeking summer student to meet our client’s goals. 

Location – Gold River, BC 

The Village of Gold River (http://www.goldriver.ca/) The Gateway to Historic Nootka Sound on Canada’s pacific coast, this is where the road ends and true Canadian wilderness begins. Easy ocean access to the world’s best salmon and halibut fishing. Wilderness and wildlife abound; this is the land of discovery! Whether you get your kicks fishing for halibut and salmon weighing over 30 lbs., mountain biking remote trails through old growth forest, spelunking hundreds of feet underground, or surfing set after set of perfect waves coming in off the Pacific on a deserted beach, Gold River is your start and end point. 

Position – Summer Student - Assistant Engineer (2) 

Career opportunities for individuals looking to expand on their professional development with exposure to a diverse and complex forestry operation on West Vancouver Island. Field work is physically demanding with exposure to all types of weather and ground conditions. 

Primary responsibilities include:
Assist in completion of road and cut block layout, road designs, and deactivation plan preparation. 

Additional duties include daily mentoring of junior crewmembers and safety program implementation. 

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and organizational skills. Enrolled or just graduated from a post-secondary forestry program and a valid driver’s license and 1 Aid. 

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