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Daily Archives: January 26, 2012

Business & Politics

US and Canada agree Softwood Lumber Agreement extension

UK Timber Trades Journal
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A two-year extension to the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) has been agreed, granting “stability” to the volume softwood trade between the US and Canada.
The SLA, which had been due to expire later this year, was signed by the US and Canadian governments without modification, thereby continuing to give Canadian mills free access to the US market unless softwood prices fall below a certain level (activating export charges and volume limitations). Both the Canadian and US lumber industries welcomed the extension, but the US Lumber Coalition warned Canadian sawmills to abide by the rules or it would lobby the US government to take enforcement steps.

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Norbord downgraded to sell

Eric Lam
National Post
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

When your business is dependent almost entirely on the U.S. and European housing markets, well, you can excuse analysts for being a little pessimistic considering the current climate. So it comes as no surprise that Norbord Inc., a lumber company that makes oriented strand board (engineered wood panels used in home construction), has been downgraded to a sell, high risk by Richard Kelertas with Dundee Capital Markets. The company has actually had quite a good run recently, up 49% since touching a 52-week low of $7.13 in December. The stock is currently trading at an 18% premium to Mr. Kelertas’s 12-month target price of $9, suggesting that short-term holders should consider taking in some profits.

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Domtar consolidates its ownership of the Attends brand with an acquisition in Europe

by Domtar
Canadian News Wire press release
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately-held Attends Healthcare Limited (“Attends Europe”), manufacturer and supplier of adult incontinence care products in Europe, from Rutland Partners for 180 million Euro. The closing of the transaction is expected during the first quarter of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions.

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CelluForce celebrates the inauguration of the world’s first NanoCrystalline Cellulose demonstration plant

by Celluforce
Canadian News Wire press release
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – CelluForce officially inaugurated today the world’s first NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) demonstration plant at the Domtar pulp and paper mill site in Windsor, Quebec. …CelluForce is ramping up its production of NCC with a target of reaching a 1,000 kg (1 metric ton) per day production rate in 2012. Trials integrating NCC into the manufacturing process of different products are currently taking place through technical collaboration agreements between CelluForce and 15 companies based in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia in four main industrial sectors: paints and coatings, films and barriers, textiles, and composites.

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Catalyst Paper gains additional support for recapitalization

by Catalyst
Canada News Wire press release
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ – Catalyst Paper Corporation announced that it has gained additional support for the proposed recapitalization transaction and now has the support of holders of approximately 69.8% of the company’s 11% senior secured notes due 2016 (the Senior Secured Notes) and holders of approximately 40.1% of the company’s 7 3/8% senior notes due 2014 (the Senior Notes were issued under the company’s former name, Norske Skog Canada Limited).

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Tentative contract deal for Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada union and Crofton mill owners

Ladysmith Chronicle
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fresh five-year contract between Crofton’s pulp-mill owners and one of its two unions faces a worker ratification vote Saturday. “We came to a tentative agreement with the company last night at about 10 p.m.,” Kevin McPetrie of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada said Tuesday about strenuous talks with mill owner, Catalyst Paper. He declined to give any other details about the pending deal affecting PPWC’s 400=some members. “We agree this is the best possible agreement under these (tough market) conditions,” McPetrie said. Balloting happens at 3 and 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Crofton Community Hall.

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Rebuilding destroyed mill hinges on damaged forest

Burns Lake area hit hard by pine beetle, but sufficient timber might justify expense
CBC News
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mill workers in Burns Lake, B.C., will be collecting their final pay cheque Thursday as the company that owns the mill that was levelled in a fire last week tries to decide if there’s enough timber in the area to justify rebuilding. Two workers were killed and 19 others were injured when the Babine Forest Products mill blew up and burned Jan. 20, destroying the workplace of the major employer in the town, 200 kilometres west of Prince George. A once richly forested area, Burns Lake is located among the province’s woodlands that have been devastated by the pine beetle infestation. When asked directly if there’s enough timber to make it worth the company’s while, B.C.’s Chief Forester, Jim Snetsinger, hedged his bets. “The simple answer is, there is no simple answer,” Snetsinger told CBC News. “We’re in the wake of a mountain pine beetle epidemic and it’s affected a large part of the timber supply.”

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Help is at hand for Babine Forest Products employees

Burns Lake Lakes District News
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Help for those affected by the Babine Forest Products fire and explosion, that decimated the sawmill last Friday night, is at hand. The Burns Lake Tragedy Relief Fund is now accepting donations to assist the community. The fund is overseen by a committee of local members who assist with screening applicants to ensure their needs are adequately addressed. Donations to the Burns Lake Tragedy Fund can be made at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada (CIBC) Burns Lake branch, or any CIBC branch across Canada. Donations can also be made to the Burns Lake Rotary Club at PO Box 616, Burns Lake, V0J1E0, or online using Paypal, Visa or Mastercard at www.rotaryburnslake.org.

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B.C. sawmill’s high dust levels flagged before fatal blast

WorkSafeBC tests in November showed dust in air more than twice acceptable level
CBC News
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A WorkSafeBC report written just weeks before an explosion and fire that killed two and levelled a sawmill in northern B.C. on Jan. 20 noted dust levels in the facility’s basement were more than twice the acceptable level. High dust levels in places like sawmills can pose respiratory difficulties for workers and can also be an explosion hazard. Results from 10 samples taken at the Burns Lake mill in November found the unacceptably high dust levels in the basement cleanup area. Several mill workers interviewed by CBC News talked about large amounts of dust inside the mill. “All those saws in there make pine dust, and it’s really dark in there, you can’t see from one end of the mill to the other because of the dust,” said John Wiebe, who was one of 19 workers injured in the blast and fire.

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Don’t link fire, dust report, official says

By Susan Lazaruk, The Province
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Workers at the Burns Lake sawmill, destroyed by fire after an explosion last Friday, were exposed to high levels of sawdust late last year. A routine inspection by WorkSafe B.C. determined that the levels of sawdust tested in late November were higher than those considered safe over an eight-hour shift. “Workers in various positions in the sawmill are exposed to pine wood dust in excess of the exposure limit, which suggests that the current ventilation systems and water misters are not adequately protecting some workers,” said the inspection report, dated Dec. 28. But WorkSafe B.C. officials on Wednesday were making no links with those levels to the explosion and fire that killed two and injured 18. “There’s a huge desire to correlate this occupational exposure measurement to combustible atmosphere results and you can’t do that easily,” said Al Johnson, WorkSafe B.C.’s saw-mill safety expert.

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Mill holdouts wait for word

Chronicle Herald
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Those who remain at the Bowater Mersey mill are adjusting to the new reality, the union president said. The Brooklyn, Queen County, plant reopened Jan. 16 after an extended shutdown over the holiday period. Originally scheduled to open Jan. 9, the date was pushed back “due to lack of orders … and the markets being so weak,” said Jim Peach, acting president of Local 141 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. Fewer workers were around for the reopening than before the annual shutdown took place in mid-December. The mill’s parent company, Resolute Forest Products Inc. of Montreal, had threatened closure if new protocols to reduce labour costs to $80 per tonne from $97 and manufacturing costs to $480 per tonne from $537 were not put in place prior to the original reopening date. In December, the company negotiated a $50-million deal with the province that included $25 million for energy-efficient upgrades to the mill.

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EACOM committed to Timmins sawmill despite fire

Timber Trades Journal
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canadian sawmilling and lumber distribution business EACOM Timber has vowed its commitment to operations at the fire-hit Timmins mill, Ontario. The Timmins mill, which EACOM acquired in 2010 from Domtar, suffered a major fire on January 23, damaging the sawmill line, although the planer mill, kilns and lumber inventories were undamaged. “EACOM continues to be committed to its operations in Timmins and is undertaking an assessment of the current situation and its options around rebuilding,” it said in a statement.

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U.S. Lumber Coalition Welcomes President Obama’s Commitment to Continued Strong Trade Enforcement

by U.S. Lumber Coalition
Newswire press release
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Lumber Coalition welcomes President Obama’s statement during the State of the Union address in which he underlined the Administration’s continued strong commitment to trade enforcement. President Obama stated that he would “not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules,” further explaining that “[i]t’s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they’re heavily subsidized.” Steve Swanson, Chairman of the Coalition and President of the family-run Swanson Group in Oregon, applauded the President’s statements on trade enforcement. “The U.S. lumber industry proves every day that what President Obama said is true – that America’s hard-working men and women are among the most productive on the planet,” said Swanson, “the U.S. lumber industry can compete against any foreign industry on a level playing field.”

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US, Canada Clinch Two-Year Extension of Softwood Lumber Deal

International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Washington and Ottawa have signed an extension of their landmark softwood lumber agreement, just days after US President Barack Obama announced his rejection of a plan to build a pipeline that would have carried crude oil from Canada’s oil sands down to the US state of Texas. The lumber pact, which was set to end in 2013, will now remain in effect for two additional years until October 2015, according to statements from both governments made earlier this week. The extension included no modifications to the agreement, which was originally signed in 2006 (see Bridges Weekly, 12 July 2006). Softwood lumber is one of Canada’s largest exports to the United States; in the first 11 months of 2011, Canada exported US$2.6 billion of softwood lumber to the US, according to Canadian trade ministry data.

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Current West Coast Log Price Are Not Sustainable

Building-Producs.com
January 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

Market support for log prices in the West Coast region of the U.S. has started to erode and prices are expected to move lower well into 2012. Initially strong demand for logs in the export market pushed prices up in late 2010 and well into 2011, to levels well above those in the South, severely damaging the competitive position of the lumber and plywood producers in the Coast region. In turn, these high prices tripped off a series of market responses that will erode support for log prices in the Coast. The damage done to lumber and plywood producers in the Coast is clearly illustrated in the chart at lower right, which contains the log costs at the mill in both the West Coast and the South.

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Montana sawmills should benefit from continued restrictions on Canadian imports

Rob Chaney,
The Missoulian
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DEER LODGE – A renewed deal restricting Canadian lumber imports should be good for Montana sawmills, wood products dealers agreed on Wednesday. The United States and Canada signed a two-year extension of their softwood lumber agreement on Monday. “It’s pretty important they went ahead and renewed it,” said Sherm Anderson, owner of Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge. “Once the housing market rebounds, it will be an issue for everyone.” The treaty grew out of disputes in the 2000s where American lumber firms accused Canadians of unfairly subsidizing timber sales on provincial public land. Before the original deal was signed in 2006, the U.S. government had levied almost $5 billion in tariffs and fines on Canadian lumber exporters.

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Springfield zoning board revokes Biomass plant permit

CBS3Springfield
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) – It’s been a battle between petitioners. For more than two years now, the City of Springfield and Palmer Renewable Energy have been fighting over whether the plan for the Biomass plant on Page Boulevard should be allowed to move forward. Tonight in the latest of many meetings on the issue, resident after resident said no. The proposed plant would burn about 99,000 pounds of waste wood an hour. And that’s why residents living around the area began the fight against it. “I think it was the right decision. I think it was a simple decision to make,” said Patrick Markey, who spoke against the plant tonight.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why bamboo floors won’t make your house green

Sacramento Bee
January 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Along with solar panels, so called “green” bamboo floors are another stereotypical material that people latch onto when thinking about green homes …Generally, bamboo floors are a good, sustainable product. Bamboo is a grass that grows very fast, so harvesting it instead of using old growth wood can be a good thing, but not always. In some countries, forests are being cut down just to grow bamboo to meet market demand. This isn’t good – retaining old forests is better for the environment than creating new bamboo plantations. On top of this, most bamboo flooring is glued and finished before it arrives on the jobsite, often with adhesives and sealers that contain urea formaldehyde, an irritant and carcinogen that you need to keep out of a green home. There are bamboo floors made with materials that come from sustainable plantations and have no urea formaldehyde in processing, but they are not always easy to find.

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The Green Home Furnished with Sustainable Wood Products

About My Planet Blog
January 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When it comes to reducing your environmental impact, you have dozens and dozens of choices today that weren’t available years ago. What’s more, you needn’t break the bank to opt for the eco-friendly choice, with a wider range of affordable green alternatives. An excellent way to make your home earth-friendly is to furnish it with sustainable wood products. This type of furniture relies on wood sources that can be replenished to keep up with demand. Harvesting timber is not a bad choice if it is done right. The Forest Stewardship Council offers certification for products that meet their standards of excellence and sustainability.

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Vaughan-Bassett announces reopening of furniture plant in Galax

Winston-Salem Journal
January 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East

Doug Bassett, the company’s chief operating officer, said its orders are up about 20 percent in the past year compared with an industry growth rate of 2.6 percent, according to Mann, Armistead and Ep. The equipment will go for its “rough end” operations, the section of a plant that cuts the lumber into a workable length, width and thickness and removes any defects from the wood. The manufacturer said it would spend $8 million overall on the expansion projects. $56,250 in incentives from the city of Galax, $200,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund and $75,000 from the Virginia Jobs Investment program. “We need this expansion because we are growing quickly, and we have reached full capacity in our Galax factory,” said Wyatt Bassett, president and chief executive of Vaughan-Bassett. It had $84 million in sales in 2011.

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Colorado GOP’s beetle-kill timber bill questioned

By Ivan Moreno
Associated Press
January 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

DENVER – In their war against red tape, Colorado Republicans cited local regulations they say prevent lumber businesses from selling lumber made from trees killed by beetles, which otherwise goes to waste. House Speaker Frank McNulty highlighted the plight of a Montrose business owner during a speech to start this year’s legislative session, saying “unnecessary government restrictions” prohibit the use of the beetle-kill timber and that a GOP bill would tackle the problem. There’s only one problem: The red tape Republicans say blocks the sale of beetle-kill timber doesn’t exist, according to the Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Counties Inc. The building-code confusion is calling into question the validity of one of the centerpieces of the Republicans’ job package this year and underscores what happens when best intentions meet reality at the Legislature. The proposal, which directs municipalities to adopt building codes to allow the use of beetle-kill timber, was scheduled to be heard this week. But it’s been delayed amid confusion about what the bill would do.

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Forestry

Healthy Forest Report Calls for Transformative Change in Long Term Forest Management

Opinion 250 News
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- After a year of gathering input from the public, stakeholders and communities, the Health Forests- Healthy Communities Initiative has issued a set of recommendations that call for long term stewardship of B.C’s Forests. …The report says the public has an expectation that the Provincial Government will manage the Crown Lands, ( which represent 94% of the Province) in the public’s best interest specifically to protect social, cultural and economic values over the long term and provide residents with expected products and services.

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The Castle holds out

Despite reports, logging protest still going strong
Fast Forward Weekly
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Reports that government officials broke the picket line in the Castle-Crown wilderness area January 23 were greatly exaggerated, say protest spokespeople. Gordon Petersen, president of the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, says the protest camp is intact and operational. Petersen says he read a news story on the evening of January 23 about the camp’s eviction. A member of the ad hoc Stop Castle Logging group immediately went to the site to see if the story was true. Petersen says the false eviction report to the media was “from the government spin doctors, and it’s most irritating.” He confirmed government officials from the Department of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) did visit the camp at around noon that day.

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Environmental groups raise alarm about forestry on Flores Island

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Environmental groups are raising concerns about possible logging on Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound. The issue surfaced after Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. applied to the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for heli-drop zones. Although those applications were received, as of January 25 the ministry had not received an application for a cutting permit. Environmental groups are concerned that if the permits go through, it will greatly impact the natural ecosystem. “There is so much scientific evidence coming in now that these ecosystems are rare and should be protected,” says Dan Lewis, executive director at Friends of Clayoquot Sound. “It’s not like there are square blocks of old growth forests out there. They are actually in a valley. When you have an intact watershed, it means it’s functioning the way it was designed to function, with no industrial impact.”

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Nature Conservancy of Canada reintroducing Acadian forest in region

Sackville Tribune Post
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Regional Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff members are excited about a project currently under way in Southeastern New Brunswick that has them breaking the mold when it comes to their traditional area of focus. As their name suggests, the NCC is primarily in the business of conservation, but work has begun on a 160-acre parcel of land in Baie Verte to recreate an Acadian forest. The pristine piece of coastal property, which was acquired last year by the NCC, was previously home to a Girl Guide camp, and prior to that it was farmland.

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New Forest Planning Rule Seeks to Restore the Nation’s Forests through Science and Collaboration

USDA Forest Service Press Release
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signaled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s intent to issue a new planning rule for America’s 193-million acre National Forest System that seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of our rural communities, by releasing online a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. Today’s action honors the commitment made by Secretary Vilsack in his 2009 speech on forest management, and by the President in the America’s Great Outdoors Report. USDA and the Forest Service carefully considered nearly 300,000 comments received on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement issued last February, to develop the agency’s preferred course of action for finalizing the planning rule.

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GOP’s push to ease rules on sale of Colorado beetle-kill timber called into question

The Columbus Republic
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

DENVER – In their war against red tape, Colorado Republicans prepared to move against state regulations that they say prevent lumber companies from selling timber made from trees that had been killed by beetles, arguing the rules essentially force businesses to throw away money and jobs. There was only one problem: The bureaucratic obstacles Republicans went looking to eliminate don’t exist, according to a pair of state government associations. House Speaker Frank McNulty, during a speech to start this year’s legislative session, said the “unnecessary government restrictions” prohibited a Montrose business from selling repurposed bark-beetle infested trees as home-building material in the state.

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Lincoln project demonstrates new approach to logging

Helena Independent Record
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

LINCOLN – The buzz of Jim Critchlow’s chainsaw cuts through the quiet forest northwest of here, where 700 people lived in the late 1800s. Today, the only remnants of this historic town site are buried under snow as are many of the early residents, who lie in the cemetery up the road. Like those early residents, many of the lodgepole pines here also have died, and on this windy winter day Critchlow is laying those to rest at a rate of about two a minute. Since this is a historic site, though, the logging here is being done as lightly as possible by the crew of Barry Smith Logging Inc., and Smith is delighted to hop into the cab of his custom Komatsu long-reach log loader to show how it works.

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Warrensburg logger killed in accident

Post Star
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

KINGSBURY — A Warrensburg logger died Wednesday afternoon while cutting logs off Aviator Way just north of Hicks Road and the Warren County airport, police reported. Maurice DeMars, 66, of Pratt Road, was cutting logs at about 3:40 p.m. when a large log rolled off the top of a pile of 18 or 20 logs and onto him, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Other loggers working with him found him, police said. DeMars was cutting logs by himself at the header, the place where the workers were leaving the logs once they skidded them out of the woods, according to Sgt. Nick Spiezio of the Sheriff’s Office.

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CDO, Iligan protesters demand stop to logging

Inquirer News
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Protesters, including those displaced by the Dec. 17 disaster here and in Iligan City, marched on this city’s streets to demand a stop to logging that had turned floods in Iligan on that day to a murky graveyard for nearly 1,000 residents of the city. Carrying placards bearing the images of the dead, the protesters marched from the Pilgrim College in the downtown area to the Kagay-an Bridge. …Aldeem Yanez, media coordinator for Balsa Mindanao, said the protest was aimed against illegal logging and commercial plantations in areas around the city. These activities, he said, was being blamed for the devastating effects of the flood.

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Economic slowdown leads to the pulping of Latvia’s forests

Mongabay.com
January 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The economic crisis has pushed many nations to scramble for revenue and jobs in tight times, and the small Eastern European nation of Latvia is no different. Facing tough circumstances, the country turned to its most important and abundant natural resource: forests. The Latvian government accepted a new plan for the nation’s forests, which has resulted in logging at rates many scientists say are clearly unsustainable. In addition, researchers contend that the on-the-ground practices of state-owned timber giant, Latvijas Valsts mezi (LVM), are hurting wildlife and destroying rare ecosystems. The issue hit a head in 2010 when the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) abandoned LVM due to concerns with some of its practices. However, LVM is now pursuing re-establishing its FSC credentials, which certifies forests around the world as sustainably managed. To date, the FSC has re-certified four of LVM’s forest management districts according to the company.

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Logging company denies charge

The Marlborough Express
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A logging company has denied a charge laid over the death of an employee in a forestry accident in Blenheim last year. Blacklaws Logging has been charged under the Health and Safety in Employment Act after a Labour Department investigation into the death of Blenheim man Peter Cowan in February last year. The company has denied the charge of failing to take practical steps to ensure the safety of an employee, specifically to ensure Mr Cowan was not exposed to a hazard, namely broken tree limbs.

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TCCI forest peace deal call

ABC News, Australia
January 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s peak business lobby wants a halt to the forest peace deal until the State Government conducts a cost-benefit analysis of the proposal to protect almost all native forests from logging. The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has made 25 recommendations in its May budget wish list. It is also calling for an assurance that the locking up of any forests is re-evaluated when federal funding for economic development under the peace deal runs out. The lobby’s chief economist Mark Bowles says the $120 million is expected to last for 15 years.

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2,500 Battling Mountain Forest Fire in SW China

China Radio International
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

About 2,500 people are struggling to put out a forest fire near a famous snow mountain in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said Thursday. The fire began at the foot of the Dongshan Mountain in Lijiang city at around 10 a.m. Thursday, the city government’s press office said in a statement. It said the fire site is about 5 km from Yulong Snow Mountain, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lijiang.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Province Puts Money Into Bio-Economy Research

Opinion 250 News
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Province is giving $700 thousand dollars to FP Innovations to gauge the extent of the bio-economy in B.C.. That project will also help industry identify cost-effective fibre for new projects, including areas which have been hit by the Mountain Pine Beetle. The province hopes this investment will help forest companies create new jobs as they turn what is now considered a waste product into a valued bio-product. FPInnovations will also assess mills in the B.C. Interior for opportunities to add innovative bio-product streams to their current operations.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon

Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
USDA Press Release
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB will operate a 25 million gallon per year biorefinery, which will be constructed on an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, along the Columbia River. …The feedstock will consist of approximately 30 percent agricultural residue, such as wheat straw and corn stover, and 70 percent woody biomass from a local hybrid poplar farm. This poplar biomass carries a Forest Sustainability Council (FSC) certification, giving this cellulosic ethanol project particular merit as a model of environmentally-responsible, sustainable feedstock dependence.

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Eastern Oregon biofuel refinery wins $235 million federal loan backing to make ethanol from poplar trees

The Oregonian
January 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

In a few years, you could be filling up with fuel made from Oregon poplar trees, wheat straw and corn stalks. Financed in part with a $235 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today, ZeaChem plans a $390 million biofuel refinery in Boardman capable of producing up to 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. The Colorado-based energy company expects to be producing fuel and valuable by-products by late 2014. It’s the third U.S. commercial-scale advanced biofuel refinery on the drawing boards.

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Proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield dealt a setback by city board

Associated Press
January 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Plans to build a $150 million wood-burning power plant in Springfield have been dealt a setback by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, which overturned two building permits. The permits granted by the city’s Building Code Enforcement Commissioner were overturned unanimously Wednesday after the board agreed with an appeal filed by residents that the commissioner had overstepped his authority. The Republican reports that city councilors and residents argued that the permits for the biomass plant are invalid because the council revoked a special permit for the project last year.

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General

Angry Babine Forest Products employees erupt during a public meeting

By Rebecca Billard – Burns Lake Lakes District News
January 25, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Hundreds of locals poured into the Island Gospel Church on Monday night to ask questions of local officials, government representatives and Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika. Hampton Affiliates own a 90 per cent share of Babine Forest Products. After days of uncertainty following the Jan. 20, 2012 explosion and fire at the Babine Forest Products sawmill, many said they had gone through enough. “We want answers and we want them now,” said Melvin Joseph to Steve Zika, Hampton Affiliates CEO.

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Forest jobs bill an act of compromise that clearly creates jobs

Letter, Missoulian
January 26, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act balances timber harvests with conservation of the most scenic and wild places in Montana. Intended to promote cooperation and collaboration in the management of national forests, it is the result of just that. The bill already has the backing of timber interests from the Montana Wood Products Association to the Montana Logging Association, as well as local timber mills like Sun Mountain Lumber and RY Timber. It also has the backing of conservation groups, from Montana Trout Unlimited to the Montana Wilderness Association.

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