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Daily Archives: April 2, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Diaper drive a hit at Weyerhaeuser

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
April 2, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anyone who has had to look after a baby knows how expensive diapers can be, and a local company is doing what it can to help out. In a two-week period, the staff at Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie has collected more than 13,000 diapers – or 20 per employee. Company-wide, including five different mills in the U.S., the company has collected more than 150,000 diapers. “The people in Grande Prairie just ran with it,” said public affairs manager Wayne Roznowski. 

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Business & Politics

Resolute Reduces Minimum Tender Condition and Extends its Offer for Fibrek to April 11

Canada News Wire press release
April 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, today announced that it has reduced to 59,502,822 shares the minimum tender condition of its offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Fibrek Inc. Presently, 59,502,822 Fibrek shares are committed to Resolute’s offer pursuant to the previously disclosed lock-up agreements, representing approximately 45.7% of shares currently outstanding. The Company also announced that it has extended the expiry time of its offer to 11:59 p.m. on April 11.

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Northern Pulp tops competition for safest mill in Canada

The News
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Northern Pulp was the safest operation in its class for 2011, according to Pulp & Paper Canada magazine. The Magazine’s Safest Mill in Canada competition, announced this month, showed Northern Pulp had the lowest total recordable incident rate in Canada, compared to other mills in its category. The annual competition sees 45 to 50 mills in Canada compete for top safety honours in categories determined by the number of hours worked in the calendar year. Northern Pulp falls into the under 600,000 hours worked, along with 25 other mills. 

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GDP edges higher in January

Victoria Times Colonist
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — The manufacturing and utilities sectors were bright spots in an otherwise weak Canadian economy in January, Statistics Canada reported Friday.  The country’s gross domestic product edged up a bare 0.1 per cent in January, in line with economists’ forecasts, after rising 0.5 per cent in December — upwardly revised from 0.4 per cent. …Other sectors that contracted in January included agriculture, forestry and fishing, construction, and public administration. Gains came in the finance and insurance sector, wholesale trade and some tourism-related industries.

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Alexandria Moulding Announces Acquisition of Royal Woodworking Co. Ltd.

By Alexandria Moulding
CNW Press Release
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

ALEXANDRIA, ON  – Alexandria Moulding, a leading manufacturer and distributor of mouldings and related millwork products, today announced that they have acquired Royal Woodworking Co. Ltd. of Bradford Ontario (www.royalwoodworking.com), a family owned company founded in 1976 by the Rowe and Gerrits families specialized in manufacturing Hardwood solid and custom mouldings, boards and stair components.

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New strategy can stop export of B.C. logs, jobs

BY BEN PARFITT
The Province
April 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more and more raw, unprocessed logs leave B.C.’s coast in ships bound for the far side of the world, a common refrain from some in our forest industry is that we have no choice. Because workers in mills in China are paid so little, log-buyers there can afford to pay more for our logs than domestic buyers pay. The result, we’re told, is that we have no alternative but to sell our logs overseas. But there’s much to suggest that such a defeatist argument doesn’t hold water, and that the real problem is a lack of investment in mills here at home.

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NL: Province needs to build economy to survive and thrive

Daily Business Buzz
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Newfoundland and Labrador always was largely dependent on its natural resources and economist Wade Locke says that is not going to change. …To no one’s surprise, the numbers show that the more traditional resources like fishing and forestry have dramatically declined in terms of their contribution to the province’s gross domestic product and overall revenues. Expectedly, the contributions being made by offshore oil and mining have increased dramatically.

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LUMBER PRICES SAY THIS IS A TOP FOR HOUSING STOCKS

McClellan Financial
April 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

…Now the commentary I hear on the business TV channels seems largely bullish toward housing stocks. They cite the growing economy, falling unemployment, rising rental prices, and other factors that should benefit the housing sector. In response, I just cite the message from lumber prices, which peaked a year ago and fell throughout the rest of 2011. Because lumber’s price movements tend to get echoed a year later in the HGX Index and other housing related sector indices, the implication is that we are at a top for housing stocks. Perhaps lumber knows something that the economists don’t.

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Kimberly-Clark mill is part of the Everett we’ve lost

HeraldNet
April 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A.J. Hazen planned to work at a mill on the city waterfront until he retired, just like his father.  He expected the job would pay his mortgage, put food on the table and allow his wife to stay home with their baby daughter.  But, as he put it, life has turned upside down since the announced closure in December of the Everett pulp mill and tissue plant owned by Kimberly-Clark. …It’s also the reality for Everett, the City of Smokestacks that will no longer have any once Kimberly-Clark closes.  Everett’s been changing for decades, moving away from lumber, pulp, paper and fishing to aerospace, health care, the military and light industry.

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Voices of the mill: Cecil Baldwin, 92, of Everett

HeraldNet
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Cecil Baldwin started work for the Scott Paper Co. as a chemist. In the early 1950s, he came to Everett to help the company merge with the Soundview Pulp Mill. It was a new business strategy for the combined company: control every step of the process. Scott Paper owned its own timberlands where it logged trees. Those were turned into pulp that was sold in bundles or turned into the paper that became paper towels and toilet tissue. “It worked terrifically,” Baldwin said.

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Mike Hazen, 57 of Marysville

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MP hints at Gunns pulp mill funding plan

ABC News, Australia
April 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It has been claimed the Federal Government is working on a draft cabinet submission to provide financial assistance to Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill. The Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie called a media conference late yesterday saying he had been tipped off by an “impeccable source”. Mr Wilkie says the Federal Government is strongly considering financial assistance to progress the mill and a draft cabinet submission is being circulated.

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Tasmanian Mercury

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Sawmills in China Industry: Rapid Urbanization is Driving Double-Digit Growth

PR Newswire press release
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Los Angeles, CA – China’s urbanization rate increased from 45.7% in 2008 to an estimated 50.0% in 2011. The rapid development of the real estate market created huge demand for construction wood, wood for decoration, and wood furniture, which resulted in growing demand for products from the Sawmills industry. Fast growth in the transportation sector also boosted demand for special timbers and sleepers provided by sawmills. As a result, IBISWorld estimates that the Sawmill industry in China will generate $9.1 billion in 2012, reflecting 24.8% annualized growth over the past five years.

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Gunns federal aid ruled out

THe Mercury Australia
April 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE Federal Government has shied away from claims it was planning to provide funding for the Gunns pulp mill. However, it did not deny that a secret Cabinet document outlining a potential funding arrangement by a government body existed. The claims were made on Saturday by Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie who cited an “impeccable source” as having seen the document linking potential funding to the Government’s Export Finance and Insurance Commission.

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Shares in the Tasmanian timber company Gunns will remain in a trading halt, as the company finalises the details of its capital-raising plan.

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Beech sawmills push through minor increases in prices

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
April 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The slightly growing demand for beech lumber since the beginning of the year has spread to other assortments and sales markets in the course of the last few weeks. An increasing number of sawmills has been using this as an argument for price increases. After a sluggish start to the year, beech sawmills have been able to step up their business activity with lumber assortments to German timber merchants in recent weeks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Showing their metal

Aylmer couple opts for new steel technology in building their green home
Ottawa Citizen
March 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

… But one Aylmer couple has taken a chance on a new sustainable steel technology that reduces residential construction waste and increases their home’s durability, all while keeping their budget intact. …But building with steel? …local green builders The Healthiest Home (thehealthiesthome.com)… suggested they try a steel-panel technology new to Canada called K-tect . They plan on manufacturing the panels in Ottawa by fall or early winter. They are sold on it because it creates little to no waste and increases productivity. “The building goes up much much quicker with the vapour barrier already built in and ready for windows. The house in Aylmer, we had the thing up in nine days,” says Serafini, who estimates it would have taken six weeks to build the wood frame.

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Canada’s wood firms cluster for survival – and growth

Globe and Mail
March 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

Three hours northwest of Toronto, a group of Ontario manufacturers is throwing the traditional rules of business out the window. Business owners visit each other’s factories. They share secrets. They plan long-term hiring strategies, collaborate on research and development, and ponder productivity enhancements. They help solve each other’s problems on a shared website. ..Several have boosted output and sped up their manufacturing processes.
Others’ operations have become more green by reducing waste. And they
are now jointly exploring the feasibility of exporting to new markets,
such as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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Aussie Designers Lead Timber Trend

DesignBuild Source Australia
April 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…Recently, the Australian interior design sector has seen a boom in the use of wood to create the desired atmosphere. Wood, especially timber, has been trending upward as a key material in flooring and furniture. However, given timber’s low environmental impacts, it is also starting to become a popular choice when it comes to cabinetry, fixtures, built-in shelving and interior structural forms. Due to the relatively low labour and energy use levels required for the manufacturing of wood, costs will be kept low. This is especially true in light of the imminent carbon tax, which is leading to a rise in the use of wood in commercial developments of a larger scale.

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Forestry

John Ivison: Forestry shows path for peace between environmentalists and oil-sands industry

National Post
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A central plank of this week’s federal budget was the pledge to bring forward legislation to streamline the regulatory process faced by large resource projects such as the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. …A decade ago, the forestry industry was public enemy number one, accused of clearing boreal forest with scant regard for caribou and other wildlife. Avrim Lazar, who retired as chief executive of the Forest Products Association on Friday, said at the time the industry was performing relatively well, thanks to a low dollar, and the environmental movement was viewed as little more than an irritant that was sapping the Canadian forestry brand.

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Forestry Critics Visit Region

Opinion250 News
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Prince George, B.C.- Forestry was on the agenda for three members of the NDP caucus visiting Prince George today. Forestry critic MLA Norm Macdonald along with MLAs Claire Trevena and Harry Lali have been talking with forestry companies and employees as they prepare their forestry platform for next spring’s election. “What Adrian’s ( Adrian Dix provincial NDP leader) asked us to do is, to go into forestry communities, test the ideas that we have, make sure that we have detail around them to make sure we can be effective immediately given the opportunity” says Macdonald.

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‘Heritage trees’ stand as unique symbols of how community developed over time

Nanaimo Daily News
April 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo’s urban forests are filled with unique and unusual trees that serve as living remnants of the past. Spiky-branched Chilean Pines stand out in the front yards of downtown character homes while short rows of Black Locusts, planted about a century ago, still provide shade in some parts of Harewood. There’s even a rare Cedar of Lebanon, normally found in the Middle East, that towers over Milton Street. Back in 1910, middle class Nanaimo residents began planting these foreign species of trees as Britain developed a fascination with botany and unique plants. 

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ELF targets Day Road Forest

Sunshine Coast Reporter
April 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has set its sights on a new target following the Feb. 29 sale of a contentious BC Timber Sales cutblock. The Day Road Forest is part of an Island Timberlands (IT) district lot, an area the group describes as an important wildlife corridor and popular recreational destination. “The Day Road Forest campaign will heat up over the next few months,” said ELF president Ross Muirhead. “Another thing that is happening is the organizing of a ‘knitting bomb’ in that forest. This is being done by Joah Lui of Rolling Earth Retreat who has property adjacent to the IT property.”

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Politics trumps reason as BC eyes bid to raid protected forests

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
April 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fire that destroyed the lumber mill in Burns Lake this winter was sudden and catastrophic, sending a small town into shock. Overnight, 250 jobs vanished. Imagine a blow that severe landing on a dozen different communities and you have a sense of what is coming in central and northern British Columbia, in three or four years, when the harvestable forest resource is exhausted. And that looming crisis is leading to panic in the government – where politicians are now talking about keeping mills running by raiding forested areas that have long been protected.

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DNR released its 10 year management plan. Industry concerned with lack of long term timber objective

by New Brunswick Forest Products Association
Press Release
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fredericton – The New Brunswick Forest Products Association members received the 2012 management plans from the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Bruce Northrup in Fredericton today. The new ten year plan format offers more predictability and stability in the planning process and is an improvement on the past five year period plans. However, the ten year management plan Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) is not a clearly defined reliable long term timber objective that was promised by the Minister and the Premier at the 2010 Forestry Summit.

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Biomass heating unit will help PEI forest industry

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prince Edward Island’s forestry industry got a shot in the arm this week when a new biomass heating unit was installed at Community Hospital in O’Leary. Community Hospital is the first of three government-owned facilities being equipped with the new wood-chip boiler systems provided by Wood4Heating.  Bluefield and Three Oaks high schools will also be equipped with new boilers in the coming months. Under a different contract, another company will provide new units at M.E. Callaghan and Hernewood Schools.

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Schiff Criticizes Forest Service for Delaying Night Flight Decision

Patch.com
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, released a statement Thursday criticizing the U.S. Forest Service for continuing to delay a decision on whether to allow night flights for fire crews during a brush fire emergency. The Forest Service’s rules on night flying prevented federal aircraft from being used at night to help battle the 2009 Station Fire, the largest wildfire in L.A. County’s history.

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Aerial survey shows decline in Montana beetle-kill

KPAX-TV
April 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- A newly released study show some encouraging news in Montana’s battle against the mountain pine beetle. The U.S. Forest Service reports that an aerial check of Montana’s forests shows some signs that the state’s beetle infestation is abating, but new concerns are now emerging about western spruce budworm and pine butterfly, particularly in northwestern Montana and the southern Bitterroot Valley. The 2011 Montana Forest Insect and Disease Conditions report … offers county-by-county information gathered from aerial detection flights and ground surveys covering roughly 20.5 million forested acres across Montana, and includes lands of all ownerships.

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Pine beetles’ life cycles are speeding up

Denver Post
April 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In May 2008, I was walking through limber pines at 10,000 feet in Boulder County, when a mountain pine beetle landed on my sleeve… Mountain pine beetles kill trees to reproduce, attacking in mass to overcome a pine’s defenses. Colorado reports say that pine beetles historically take flight in July and August and are rare above 9,000 feet. The cycle of adults killing trees, laying eggs and the eggs maturing to kill more trees historically took one or more years for most beetle populations.

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Feds issue plan to cut national forest grand firs

Herald Times Reporter
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BAKER CITY, Ore. (WTW) — A tree-thinning project that intends to encourage the reintroduction of pine and conifers to an area of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest would involve the removal of grand firs. The project is noteworthy because of an 18-year U.S. Forest Service plan which forbids the removal of live trees larger than 21 inches in diameter, something environmental groups support.

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Wagon Road pilot timber sold

Coos Bay World
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — The Wagon Road Pilot Timber Sale was sold Friday at an oral auction, the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday. Scott Timber Company of Dillard purchased the 6.1 million board feet of timber for $561,990.80 ($105.80/per thousand board feet of Douglas fir), slightly higher than the appraised price of $551,082.00. Three qualified bidders submitted bids: Swanson Group Manufacturing, Scott Timber Company, and Webber Logging.

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Forest planning biggest timber sale in many years

Baker City Herald
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has released detailed plans for Snow Basin, a multi-year endeavor in eastern Baker County that forest officials say would improve forest health and also produce more timber than any project on the forest in the past decade. The Wallowa-Whitman’s goal in Snow Basin, which encompasses about 28,500 acres north of Richland and west of Halfway, is to return to historic conditions with “open, park-like stands dominated by single-storied forests of large ponderosa pines surrounded by small patches of mixed conifers,” said Monica Schwalbach, forest supervisor.  

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Why I won’t be spraying my trees for pine beetles

Denver Post
April 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Beetle kill is real. My fear of losing majestic pine trees around our neighborhood and in our yard is palpable. Witnessing the loss of seven big trees on a tiny lot upon which our mountain cabin stood in Idyllwild, Calif., in 2004, left me with something akin to post trauma stress. Watching tree removal workers, who happened to be prisoners trained and supervised by the California state prison system, scale, section and drop to the ground 75-year-old trees surrounding our cabin remains etched in my memory as a nightmare does.

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Juneau fisherman takes his case to Washington

Anchorage Daily News
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service is the primary management agency for the Tongass National Forest, a 17-million-acre rain forest that covers most of Southeast Alaska. According to Shelton, the Forest Service announced in May 2010 that it would transition away from old-growth logging and focus more on second-growth management, salmon watershed restoration, tourism, fishing and other industries. Shelton was encouraged by the announcement but said the federal agency’s budget for the Tongass has yet to reflect its stated goals. Citing the Forest Service’s budget figures, Shelton said the agency spends $25 million per year on logging and roads compared with the $1.5 million on restoring watersheds.

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Senate kills Red Cedar bill

Shawnee News Star
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SHAWNEE, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Senate has killed what was known by supporters in the community and around the Capitol as “the cedar bill”.  Six members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee were unwilling to work with Vice Chair and Senate author Ron Justice to make changes in a Conference Committee and simply killed the bill without offering options.  

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Invasion of the Chinese tree killers: Asian beetle poses the biggest threat to woodlands since Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s

Daily Mail
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Chinese beetle is threatening to wreak havoc on Britain’s trees on a scale not seen since the devastation of Dutch Elm Disease 40 years ago. If unchecked, the Asian long-horn beetle threatens to lay waste to millions of poplar and willow trees as well as maple, sycamore, elm, horse chestnut, apple, pear and cherry species.

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Forest peace acheivable

Tasmania Mercury
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WHEN I tell friends I’m hopeful an end might finally be in sight for the “forest wars”, most conclude I’m naive. Many tell me so, in no uncertain terms. And it’s true, the 35-year conflict over our forests does seem to be never-ending, resurfacing every few years and every election. Many Tasmanians have grown up with a forest war. They assume there’s always been a forest war, and always will be. So how could it end? One thing’s for sure: the war won’t end with “victory” for either side.

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Big jobs target from forestry funding

ABC Online
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government has delivered $8 million of funding from Tasmania’s forest peace deal to help diversify the state economy and create hundreds of jobs. The second round of grant money from the deal has been delivered to 26 businesses. The Innovation and Investment Fund was set up under the $276 million deal to end most native forest logging and aims to generate jobs for displaced forest workers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass heating unit will help PEI forest industry

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prince Edward Island’s forestry industry got a shot in the arm this week when a new biomass heating unit was installed at Community Hospital in O’Leary. Community Hospital is the first of three government-owned facilities being equipped with the new wood-chip boiler systems provided by Wood4Heating.  Bluefield and Three Oaks high schools will also be equipped with new boilers in the coming months. Under a different contract, another company will provide new units at M.E. Callaghan and Hernewood Schools.

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Port Townsend Paper praises biomass project court decision

Peninsula Daily
April 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — In the wake of an oral court ruling that upheld his company’s permit for a $55 million biomass energy project, Port Townsend Paper Corp. mill President Roger Loney said the expansion will reduce fuel oil consumption by 1.8 million gallons per year, cut particulate emissions by 70 percent and create 30 full-time jobs. “We believe that the benefits of the project are pretty clear,” said Loney in a rare interview with the media. …Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee on Thursday upheld the “notice of construction” permit that was issued by the state Department of Ecology in October 2010 and later upheld by the state Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Sen. Susan Collins leads on boiler rules that affect Maine’s paper mills

Bangor Daily News
March 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Recent hyperbolic claims on the op-ed pages of the Bangor Daily News by critics of Sen. Susan Collins’ Boiler MACT legislation assert their own facts on this issue. Those who purport to want the regulations are precisely the ones who have drawn out the process and had the previous rules vacated by the courts. Put simply, Collins has shown true leadership in working to allow for rules to be actually implemented. The Environmental Protection Agency has not been clear in defining biomass — often wood waste that is a byproduct of the papermaking process — as fuel rather than waste. If biomass is considered waste, the boilers that burn it are regulated differently than if it is considered fuel. If mills are unable to burn the biomass, it must be landfilled.

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General

Forest peace deal advertising blitz

ABC News, Australia
April 1, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The Tasmanian Government has launched a new advertising campaign to help sell the forest peace deal.  Television, print and online advertisements will start running this weekend, to explain the steps being taken to achieve a compromise between environmentalists and the forest industry.  Signatories to the agreement have only two weeks to negotiate a final outcome, before the government needs to start drafting forest reserve legislation.

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Morgan Sindall installs new roof at St Mary’s University College in UK

World Interior Design Network
March 31, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

US-based construction company Morgan Sindall has used Metsä Wood Kerto to create an undulating roof for the sports facility at the St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, UK. …[it has] an undulating roof, made using Kerto engineered timber. The roof has a gentle curve, which softens the rectilinear sports hall behind it, and provided a generous covered entrance area. The Metsä Wood Kerto has been developed by Metsä Wood, a UK-based supplier of wood-based products, systems and services. The product is a laminated veneer lumber (LVL), as stated by The Construction Index. Kerto has superior strength to weight ratio and adds a beauty quotient to the building. It has a long life, which was required for the relatively small cross sectional area. Additionally, it offered faster installation.

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