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Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

Business & Politics

Fibrek to take market-related downtime at Fairmont Mill

by Fibrek
Canada News Wire press release
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. announced today that it will be taking market-related downtime for approximately five weeks, beginning February 20, 2012, at its Fairmont Mill to manage its inventories as a result of current market conditions, while continuing to fulfill all customer commitments. This measure will remove approximately 25,000 tonnes of RBK pulp from production. The Fairmont Mill has an annual capacity of 215,000 tonnes of RBK pulp.

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Has Tolko installed a new smokestack?

Merritt News Reader Question
Merritt News
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of our readers asked, has Tolko installed a new smokestack? -According to Tolko’s Merritt plant manager Clayton Storey, the answer is a resounding “no”, though looks may be deceiving. “The blower system was upgraded last summer but the functionality has not changed,” he says.

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Canfor Earnings & Pulp & Lumber Outlook

Video report
MSN News Video
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although widening spreads between North American and Chinese pricing will mean weak fourth quarter results for many lumber and pulp companies, including Canfor which reports today, Daryl Swetlishoff, analyst, Raymond James, is expecting prices to trend upwards into the spring.

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Stalling the development of natural resources

Letter to Editor (Gordon Catherwood)
Coast Reporter
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am pleased that we finally have a Prime Minister with economic plans for Canada expounded at Davos that extend beyond the next election and are not solely concerned with the winning of the next election. In particular, I strongly support efforts to find other foreign customers for our natural resources, other than the U.S. that, at times, has been an extremely difficult customer with which to deal — note the softwood lumber trade conflicts which resulted in Canadian lumber producers paying the U.S. for the “privilege” of selling lumber to them by way of import duties that should have been paid by the U.S. consumer. The “salt in the wound” of this payment was that it went to U.S. lumber producers as a subsidy to compete with Canadian lumber producers.

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Bowater considers shorter shutdown

Chronicle Herald
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A three-week shutdown of the Bowater Mersey mill could be shortened, its parent company said Friday. Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced that the Brooklyn, Queens County mill will shut down again from March 11 to April 1. This will be the second shutdown of the mill in the last several months, after a month-long break that ended on Jan. 16. But this shutdown could be shorter than originally planned, company spokesman Seth Kursman said. “We shared with the union executives that, unfortunately, the mill will take another three weeks of downtime in the first quarter,” he said in a phone interview from Montreal.

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Forestry finds backed in investment press

Forestry Investment Blog
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Don Miller of Money Morning has recently written an article pointing out the gains to be made through investing in timber stocks. He writes that timber has outperformed equities and that returns have averaged some 14 per cent per year between 1987 and 2010. His argument is that timber investment offers a low-risk chance to make some cash, while supporting ethical projects that can even help to reduce deforestation in countries like Brazil. His claims that forestry funds are lucrative are backed up with evidence from a range of sources, including The Campbell Group, which advises on timber investments and points out that timber’s 14 per cent gains tower over the average gains of 9 per cent for the Standard & Poor’s Index 500, while offering a lot less volatility to boot.

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Weyerhaeuser Company Declares Dividend

By Weyerhaeuser Company (press release)
Sacramento Bee
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., Feb. 9, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) on February 9, 2012, declared a dividend of $0.15 per share on the common stock of the corporation payable March 15, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business March 1, 2012.

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Lumber mill closing in Arlington with 40 jobs lost

Associated Press
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Northwest Hardwoods lumber mill in Arlington is closing Thursday, putting about 40 people out of work. A vice president of the Tacoma-based company, Brian Narramore, told The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/fJ36kn) the mill had problems with supply and demand – a shortage of local timber and a low demand for lumber for new houses.

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Building Blocks – Lumber Exchange

Finance and Commerce
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The 12-story Lumber Exchange is among the oldest commercial buildings still standing from the late 19th century… The Lumber Exchange is reportedly the nation’s tallest 19th century high-rise building still standing except for a few early skyscrapers in New York City. The building housed lumber dealers until around 1910, when the state’s forestry industry began to wane.

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Rugby man new No 2 at timber exporter

Nelson Mail New Zealand
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Former Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Peter Barr has been appointed deputy chief executive of Nelson Pine Industries (NPI) in a move the company says sets in place a succession management plan. …managing director Murray Sturgeon said it was imperative that NPI, one of the world’s largest single-site producers of medium-density fibreboard, had such a plan in place. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Another feather in Woodland’s cap

Comox Valley Record
February 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

After winning a MISTIC (Mid-Island Science Technology & Innovation Council) Award in the Value Added Products category for the third time in five years, Woodland Flooring was nominated for a Business Excellence Award. The Comox company received a forestry company-of-the-year nomination at the Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, presented recently in Victoria. Another company won that award. …Woodland has been producing wideplank flooring from sustainably harvested forests in B.C. since 1998. The company sources its wood locally, mostly from natural forest mortality, creating unique styles of flooring from wind-fallen, fire-killed, beetle-killed and mature hardwoods.

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Forestry

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe

February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Before Charlotte Gill, 40, of Powell River, B.C., became a prize-winning short-story author (Ladykiller, 2005) she was a tree planter. A professional tree planter, in fact, and for 17 years—long enough to plant a million seedlings on the West Coast’s windblown mountaintops, mist-shrouded sodden valleys and all the terrain in between. It was a job of constant physical misery and intermittent moments of emotional and intellectual clarity, a job she loved and loathed. And one Gill had to write about, in Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize, to fully grasp the pull it exerted on her and her companions, and still does. “We still think of ourselves as planters,” she says.

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Canada responds to caribou decline with plan to kill wolves

By Dean Kuipers
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Woodland caribou herds in Canada are declining, and tar sands development is a big part of the reason why. But Canada’s national and provincial governments know what do about that: Kill the wolves. That’s the crux of new posts by both Grist and the National Wildlife Federation, which are following this issue. Both are revisiting the environmental costs of tar sands development in Alberta. The federation cites numerous studies released in 2011 that found that oil and gas development in Canada is contributing to the decline of woodland caribou herds. Both the national government and the province of Alberta acknowledge that tar sands development adversely affects the herds.

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Green groups: government moving too slowly on protecting Canada’s Great Bear rainforest

Mongabay
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three environmental groups have submitted a letter to British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark, to ask the government to speed up the process of implementing the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, which is meant to ensure 70 percent of old-growth forest is maintained. “For the communities of the Great Bear Rainforest, a healthy economy depends on a healthy forest,” Valerie Langer, Senior Campaigner with ForestEthics, said in a press release. “British Columbians need the province to show leadership by following through on their commitments to protecting the forest and improving the lives of the people in the region.” Forestethics, along with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, authored the letter.

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Logging truck crashes into power pole

Terrace Standard
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A DRIVER escaped injury when his logging truck slammed into a power pole after he lost control of it on icy pavement along Hwy 113 near Rosswood. The logs slid half off the trailer and were wrapped up in the power lines, said Terrace RCMP spokesperson Const. Angela Rabut, about the accident that happened Feb. 6. “The driver did manage to gain control of the truck, but the logs had shifted on the trailer,” said Rabut, adding the roads were extremely slippery at the time of the crash.

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Breathing for us

February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Trees are the lungs of the earth — inhaling carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen. The health of our own lungs may in fact be more interconnected with surrounding trees than we may think, according to Trees Ontario ( www.treesontario.ca), the largest tree planting partnership in North America. While the production of oxygen, purification of air, protection against soil erosion, the sequestering of carbon, and the countless other benefits provided by trees is well known, health benefits of trees have largely been overlooked.

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CEQ and Forest Service announce project to improve efficiency of federal environmental reviews

USDA Forest Service Press Release
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON —The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today announced a new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Pilot project under an initiative launched in March 2011 to increase the quality and efficiency of Federal environmental reviews and reduce costs. CEQ has selected a U.S. Forest Service proposal to develop NEPA best practices for forest restoration projects using lessons learned from two restoration projects currently being analyzed in Arizona and Oregon.

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Logging Conference panel discusses what to do if you stumble on illegal pot garden in forest

Gun-toting growers among perils
The Record Searchlight
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

How the federal and state marijuana laws interact was the most useful part of a discussion on outdoor marijuana grows for Roger Alderman. That’s because he’s already familiar with their many other problems, he said. “I’ve found five different grow sites,” said Alderman, a 31-year-old logger from Sonoma. He called law enforcement on three live grow sites he found. “It’s why I got a concealed-carry permit (for my) Glock .40-caliber.”

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Montana wood products industry just a sliver of its past

KPAX News
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- The Wall Street Journal recently called “lumberjack” the worst job in America, even worse than taxi driver and garbage collector. But, Montana’s modern-day loggers would disagree with that report, as reporter Breanna Roy found out on her recent trip into the woods of western Montana. Logging can be demanding, dirty and dangerous, but another reason ranked so low in the Wall Street Journal report is the dwindling number of jobs. It used to be one of the top industries in the state, but today wood products is just a sliver of a sliver of Montana’s economy: it represents about 18 percent of manufacturing jobs which are just four percent of the state’s jobs.

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Fire zone vote could be conflict of interest

Coastline Pilot
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Laguna Niguel city staff must decide whether three council members have conflicts of interest when it comes to passing a state-mandated ordinance. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is required by state law to identify “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones” in every city, City Manager Tim Casey said Wednesday…. The building code is related to wildfire construction and details how to better safeguard homes in that area.

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Live coverage of Sierra Cascade Logging conference today

The Record Searchlight
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 63rd annual Sierra Cascade Logging Conference starts today in Anderson with a breakfast. Etna rancher Jeff Fowle is the keynote speaker. He will talk about the importance of social media. Live coverage will begin about 8 a.m. from inside Fusaro Hall at the Shasta District Fair grounds. Readers can ask the reporter questions via the comment system within the blog feed, or contribute.

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US Forest Service schedules burn on NC mountain

Charlotte Observer
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. The U.S. Forest Service has postponed a 1,200-acre prescribed burn in the Bearpen Mountain area in of the Pisgah Ranger District in the Pisgah National Forest. Fire managers canceled the burn Friday because of increased humidity levels and cloud cover, which they say reduces the quality of burning conditions.

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The Winner of the North American Forest Hero(es) of the Year is ….

Forest Justice
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Drumroll please……..Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen! The two 16-year-old Girl Scouts from Michigan. You might be asking: Are there many forests that need protecting in Michigan? Well their concerns are about the impacts the Girl Scout cookies they sell, (YES, the clear favorites at Forest Justice are Thin Mints), have on tropical forests in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Amazon.

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State Forester John Shannon resigns after scathing audit criticizes commission’s finances

The Republic
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Forestry Commission improperly borrowed more than $6.4 million from federal grants to prop up its strained budget, according to a legislative audit to be presented Friday to lawmakers who are studying the commission’s finances. The Division of Legislative Audit found 59 instances since September 2007 in which money was transferred from federal grants to pay for the commission’s operations.

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Trees dying over nearly 6000 acres in Sam Houston National Forest

The Huntsville Item
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HUNTSVILLE — Nearly 6,000 of the more than 160,000 acres in the Sam Houston National Forest have trees that are dead or dying because of ongoing drought conditions. The Sam Houston National Forest has 161,508 acres with 54,153 acres in Walker County, 47,609 acres in Montgomery County and 59,746 acres in San Jacinto County. Ernie Murray, public affairs specialist with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, said the drought is the worst its been in 100 years. “The dead and dying trees are endangering people, structures, roads and power lines,” Murray said. “East Texas is some 30 inches below normal rainfall totals for the year and during the summer, lakes are at historic lows. Combined with temperatures that were above 100 degrees for 56 days, thousands of drought and heat-stressed pines are dying and some are being infested by Ips beetles.”

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Maine’s chief forest ranger retires after more than 30-year career

Bangor Daily News
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — After more than 30 years tending to Maine’s woods, the Maine Forest Service’s chief ranger has retired. Bill Williams submitted a letter of retirement on Wednesday …An interim or permanent successor has yet to be named, Curran said. When contacted at his home Thursday, Williams, who has been chief ranger for the Maine Forest Service for more than a decade, said he actually retired a year ago but was asked to stay on and did so. As chief, Williams supervised a division of about 100 employees, more than half of them forest rangers.

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Communities plan to grow green with trees

By Stephanie Hacke 
South Hills Record
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Streets that once were lined with trees and foliage now are bare. It could be that the trees grew into a utility line and had to be cut back, or a resident chopped down the vegetation for one reason or another, local officials explained. “I lament very much streets that I grew up on and played on that are now treeless,” Whitehall Mayor James Nowalk told borough council members at their meeting last week…Having healthy and strategically planted trees on public properties and right-of-ways does a lot for a community, Jones said. 

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Trees mark Queen’s anniversary year

February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

West Cumberland Lions planted the trees this week to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952. The 420 trees were free from the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project, which will fund new woods across the country to mark the jubilee.

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Forest Hero: UN awards Amazon Campaign Director

Greenpeace International blog
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Paulo Adario, who heads up our Amazon campaign, may not be your archetypal hero (we’ve never seen him don tights), but we’re proud to announce that he has just been awarded the honour of “Forest Hero” by the UN. He’s not one to tout his own accomplishments, so we’re going to tell you more about Paulo’s work, as he receives his award today at the United Nations ceremony for the Year of the Forests in New York. Paulo Adario’s career of Amazon protection is an inspiration to all of us and proof of what can happen when one person decides to take action.

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Killing Of Female Forester Condemned

Manila Bulletin
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MANILA, Philippines — Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has condemned the killing of forester Melania B. Dirain and asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to speed up its investigation into the murder. Paje said the killing may be related to the anti-illegal logging campaign in Cagayan. “The investigation is ongoing, but we could not help somehow link her murder to our stepped up campaign against illegal logging,” Paje added.

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41% of country’s forest cover has suffered degradation: Kasturirangan

The Economic Times of India
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PUNE: The 12th five year plan related to biodiversity will focus on reclaiming wetlands, inland lakes and ponds, assess coastal biodiversity resources, use and sustainability, implementing recovery plan for identified 16 wildlife species, improve forest production and maintain biodiversity, and target greening five million hectare under Green India Mission, said K Kasturirangan, member, planning commission and former head, Indian Space Research organisation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

A Carbon Allowance in Every Pot

New York Times (blog)
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

Imagine carbon allowances as a playground commodity, like the marbles and baseball cards of earlier generations. That’s a subset of an idea from Ian Gough, a researcher at the London School of Economics. Citing the failure of international climate change policy to achieve results, he proposed a different approach in a recent article, arguing that the distribution and trade of personal carbon allowances — along with shorter working hours and higher taxes — should be embraced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly and equitably.

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A Plutocrat Takes On the Plutocracy

By Dean Robinson
New York Times (blog)
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Here’s how Grantham, an ardent environmentalist, recommended applying that dynamic to the problem of a hot planet: People are naturally much more responsive to finite resources than they are to climate change. Global warming is bad news. Finite resources is investment advice.

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Alternative energy found in timber

Mississippi State University
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Producing and using alternative energy is more important now than ever before, and scientists at Mississippi State University are focusing on timber as a possible source for energy. “Whether you buy into the idea of climate change or not, we are all interested in protecting the environment,” said Randy Rousseau, a forestry professor and specialist with the MSU Extension Service. “The only thing I can see that would prevent us going forward with the development of renewable biofuels is for us to find undiscovered reserves of fossil fuels and cleaner ways to use those fossil fuels.”

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Firm shelves city biomass plant

The UK Press Association
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An energy company has withdrawn its plan to build a biomass plant at a city port.
Forth Energy said it is reassessing the situation after new proposals were unveiled which would develop the Port of Leith at Edinburgh into a hub for offshore renewable energy manufacture and support.

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Active Energy to focus on Ukraine biomass business

By Philip Whiterow
Proactive Investors UK
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Active Energy is to shut its two UK-based businesses to focus on its recently acquired Ukraine biomass operation. The AIM-listed group said that since the end of 2011 trading had deteriorated significantly at voltage optimisation specialist Active Energy Limited (AEL) while Redline Engineering has continued to disappoint.

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General

Bioenergy project receives $200K

By Tamara Cunningham
Nanaimo Daily News
February 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: Canada, Canada West

Staff members at the Nanaimo Regional District anticipate the will see the first royalties from a flagship bioenergy company in 2014, as the project undergoes major expansion.
Nanaimo Bioenergy Centre, a public-private partnership, is shifting into its second phase, installing power-plant equipment that will allow it to turn a profit for the first time since opening in 2009. Until now it’s only been able to generate electricity with the methane gas collected at the Cedar Landfill.

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Creston sawmill – ‘One man, one forklift, one dog’ operation

By Judy Bedell
Paso Robles Press
February 9, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Saturday, Feb. 4, members of the Central Coast Woodworkers’ Association and the Central Coast Woodturners’ Association were guests of Cam Berlogar, owner of the Creston Sawmill, and were given a unique behind the scenes tour of his unique operation. The Creston Sawmill is a one man, one forklift and one dog operation. Berlogar takes pride in his work, and whether he is logging local timber, milling lumber for a high-end Hollywood shoe store or carefully selecting and milling Old Growth Redwood for interior siding, customer service and satisfaction is of prime importance. 

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Moffat and Jedburgh forests sold for more than £10m

February 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The sale of the sites, predominantly planted with Sitka spruce, was carried out on behalf of a UK pension fund. The Leithope and Badlieu forests had a combined asking price of £7.1m, but ended up fetching significantly more.

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Weak pulp demand hurts Resolute Forest results

Reuters
February 9, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Resolute Forest Products , formerly known as AbitibiBowater, reported a fourth-quarter loss on Thursday on lower demand and weaker pricing for its pulp products. Montreal-based Resolute said its loss in the quarter ended Dec. 31 came in at 6 million, or 6 cents a share. That compared with a year-earlier profit of 4.2 billion, or 44.82 a share, when results benefited from a huge gain related to the company’s reorganization.

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