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Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

Business & Politics

Sawmills face soaring insurance rates after fatal blasts

CTV News
May 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

B.C. sawmill operators are facing skyrocketing insurance rates after the industry was hit by two fatal explosions in the span of three months. Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody was forced to shut down last week after the company was told insurance premiums were jumping from $300,000 a year to $1.1 million. “We have one thing after the other, we have markets collapsing, and now this,” Flavelle’s David Gray said. “That order of magnitude, we’re just not able to absorb it.”

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Forest industry leaders establish safety task force

Vancouver Sun
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s wood products manufacturers have come together in an unprecedented collaboration to advance research and best practices in improving mill safety in response to the devastating explosions at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills. Until we receive the investigation conclusions from WorkSafeBC, we cannot say for certain what caused the events at those two facilities. We feel strongly that the severity of the two incidents demands an immediate and comprehensive safety response. Four members of our sector lost their lives and we will not wait to take action.

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Fortress Paper subsidiary Landqart AG to sell hydro assets for undisclosed price

Canadian Press
May 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Fortress Paper Ltd. says its Landqart AG subsidiary has agreed to sell its hydropower assets and real estate to a Swiss utility company for an undisclosed price. The Vancouver-based forestry company said late Monday that Landqart has also secured a long-term power purchase agreement in order to maintain power supply to its operations at competitive rates. The sale of the assets is subject to regular closing requirements and is “anticipated to complete imminently.”

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Slocan mill co-owner strikes deal

Nelson Star
May 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Springer Creek Forest Products’ co-owner has a potential deal to sell “certain assets” to Montreal’s Stella Jones Inc., but it’s unclear if the Slocan mill is part of it. Reached on his cell phone Monday, Brisco Wood Preservers CEO Peter Mason said a non-disclosure agreement prevents him from going into specifics. “I’m not in a position to talk about it,” he said. “A lot of balls are in motion and it will be a while before I can make any announcement.” Last week, Stella-Jones, which makes pressure treated wood products for railways and utility companies, said it had signed “a non-binding letter of intent to acquire certain pole treating assets of Brisco Wood Preservers Ltd.”

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Bell Expresses Confidence in Saw Mill Rebuilds

Opinion 250 News
May 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC.- Minster of Jobs Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell says he feels “pretty confident” that both the Lakeland and Babine Forest Products sawmills will be rebuilt and will reopen.  Both mills were destroyed by explosion and fire, which claimed two lives at each site, and injured dozens more. “Certainly I feel more confident about Lakeland , but I feel confident about Babe as well. I’ve spent a lot of time working with Steve Zika who is the CEO for Hampton( Hampton Affiliates owns the Babine mill) a lot of time with Albert Gerow, the representative Chief of the six Bands in the area, Luke Strimbold, the Mayor. I think everyone’s on the same page so I’m felling pretty good about Burns Lake and Lakeland. So I think we will break the trend of mills that have suffered fires not being rebuilt by seeing both of these rebuilt.”

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Tembec reviewing lumber, high-yield pulp businesses amid weak Q2 results

680 News Radio
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec says a special board committee is considering the future of its lumber and high-yield pulp businesses which continue to struggle in the face of weak market conditions. Chief executive James Lopez said the Montreal-based producer has to decide whether to invest up to $60 million in its lumber facilities or pursue alternatives. “We’re not announcing that we’re spinning off the lumber business or selling or anything like that today, but all those things are up for review,” he said Thursday during a conference call after posting disappointing quarterly results.

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LP turns in brighter 1st quarter; says housing in US on rebound

Associated Press
May 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific’s stock rose nearly 6 percent in trading on Monday after the company said it had cut its losses in the first three months this year compared to 2011 and forecast further U.S. housing gains. The Nashville-based building materials maker singled out improving sales throughout North America as an encouraging sign for housing. The net loss for the quarter of $11.2 million amounted to 8 cents per share, or roughly half the red ink experienced a year earlier when LP lost $22.9 million, or 18 cents per share in the first three months of 2011.

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Louisiana-Pacific Launches $300 Mln Senior Notes Offering

RTT News
May 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. said Monday that it has commenced an offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due 2020. The company said it plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to repurchase, redeem or otherwise retire all of its outstanding 13% Senior Secured Notes due 2017, to pay related transaction costs and for other general corporate purposes.

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Pulp friction? No, Gunns is upbeat

Stock and Land
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

GUNNS boss Greg L’Estrange and adviser Moelis & Co have been talking up the successful development of its Bell Bay pulp mill project to half a dozen possible cornerstone investors in the United States and Asia. A draft prospectus is being finalised while potential investors conduct due diligence, The Australian Financial Review reports.

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Malaysian timber exports expected to rise five per cent this year, from RM20.03 bln last year

Borneo Post
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR: The export of Malaysian timber and timber-based products is expected to rise five per cent this year from RM20.03 billion last year, said Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Hamzah Zainudin. He said for the first two months this year, exports of timber and timber-based products hit RM3.2 billion, a 5.3 per cent increase compared with the corresponding period last year. “Japan, United States and India remain our core export destinations,” he told reporters after officiating the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, here yesterday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CRIBE announces major investment to add wood fibre into auto parts boosting the auto and forestry industries

CNW (press release)
May 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

CONCORD, ON – The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is partnering with Magna Exteriors and Interiors on a project to integrate wood fibre in auto parts. This initiative will help create jobs in the automotive, pulp and paper, and packaging industries. Pulp is not just for paper anymore. Magna plans to develop high-volume process and product technology that integrates wood fibres from Northern Ontario and Canadian-sourced pulp into its automotive parts. Currently, Magna moulds a number of components and sub-systems using long glass filled polypropylene (LGFPP) for global automotive manufacturers.

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Northern Pulp: What lies ahead in 2012

Daily Business Buzz – Nova Scotia
May 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Entering its 45th year of operation, Northern Pulp continues to focus on the future, balancing the challenges of the global economy, adjusting to new ownership and completing an aggressive capital spending program. Wayne Gosse, president and chief financial officer, compares the events of 2011 to those of a close hockey game.

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Plywood Laminated Without Formaldehyde, says States Industries

Woodworking Network
May 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, OR – States Industries, the Eugene, OR-based manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood, has converted 100 percent of their production to the use of soy based, formaldehyde free resins. States has steadily increased the use of soy based adhesives over the last five years and prior to this conversion employed it in 60 to 65% of their production.

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Sustainability Campaign calls for Wood First rule for all public buildings

May 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood for Good, the UK timber industry’s sustainability campaign has launched its 2012 campaign: “Wood First”.  The campaign calls for the introduction of a “Wood First” rule in local authority planning guidance. This would require sustainably sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. The organisation states that this will help the UK meet local, national and sectoral targets for carbon reduction. Such a rule is already in place in many other parts of the world, most notably France, as a key element of climate policy. Current proposals from the European Commission will enable the carbon stored in harvested wood products to be taken into account in national carbon budgets.

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Forestry

Environment laws getting facelift to accelerate projects: Joe Oliver

Ottawa Citizen
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Are Canada’s environmental protection laws under attack, being systematically dismantled and replaced through the back door via legislation the government has tabled to implement its budget? While some environmentalists fear the answer is ‘yes,’ the Conservatives argue they are trying to handle environmental oversight more effectively as they focus on the economy.

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MNR to stop trapping, relocating nuisance bears

CBC.ca
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources will no longer send technicians to trap and relocate pesky bears. Minister Michael Gravelle said bears just return to the community — so the program isn’t effective. But that worries Nipigon mayor Richard Harvey, who said people may start shooting bears if the trapping option is no longer available. “One of the concerns that always [come] in this kind of situation is … people [will] move towards the ‘shoot, shovel and shut up’ mentality,” Harvey said. “That is not an appropriate response, I believe.”

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Logging Industry Needs Skilled Workers

Opinion 250 News
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The logging industry in and around Prince George is very busy. “We are really seeing a ramping up of the industry” says MaryAnne Arcand of the Central Interior Logging Association.  She says the predictions are for the activity to increase over the next few years, the problem is finding the people to do the work.”We have a tremendous worker shortage, I could used 500 trucks today” says Arcand, who says when spring break up is upon us, loggers will end up leaving wood on the ground because there aren’t enough equipment operators or drivers to make sure the logs get out of the bush.

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Crashing bat population likely to hit PEI

CBC.ca
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The white nose fungus killing hibernating bats in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will almost certainly have an impact on populations in P.E.I., says a scientist at the Atlantic Veterinary College. The fungus has killed millions of bats in Eastern North America, causing them to wake from hibernation too early and die of starvation and exposure.

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NM governor unveils wildfire-warning system

The Idaho Statesman
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state forestry officials on Monday unveiled a new statewide email notification system for alerting residents of potential dangers from wildfire. Martinez said the effort is aimed at raising awareness about the high fire danger around the state. With last year being the worst fire season in New Mexico’s recorded history with hundreds of square miles charred, she said access to timely and accurate information will be key for limiting the risk this year.

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Our too-thirsty forests

Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ronald Reagan once justified logging with “a tree is a tree; how many more do you need to look at?”… We cringed at his biases. Yet due to forces none foresaw, Reagan’s gaffes may now ring true. Today, the hottest and thirstiest parts of the United States are best described as over-forested. Vigorous federal protection has stocked semiarid regions of public land with several billion trees too many. And day after day these excess trees deplete a natural resource that has become far more precious than toilet paper or 2-by-4’s: water. Scientists and water managers report that 39 states face water scarcity. 

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Lawsuit filed against McKenzie Bridge logging project

May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

McKENZIE BRIDGE — Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a U.S. Forest Service logging project near here, to the delight of frustrated residents who say they feel powerless to halt the 2,100-acre Goose Project. Cascadia Wildlands and Ore­gon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, are the only entities with legal standing to file such a lawsuit because they’re the only parties to have appealed the project back when it was approved in 2010. That’s part of why the residents — who only learned of the project in recent months — are relieved. They had no real recourse to fight the project, which would harvest an estimated 38 million board feet of lumber from federal land in and around McKenzie Bridge.

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ATA, industry groups issue letter supporting proposed EOBR mandate

Truck News
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations, along with several other industry and advocacy groups, is urging the retention of the US Senate’s proposed mandate for electronic logging devices. “The National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly recommended to the DOT that all trucks and buses be equipped with [electronic logs] as an effective strategy to improve the accuracy of carrier [Hours-of-Service] records,” the groups said in a the letter sent to members of the House and Senate currently negotiating the highway bill in conference. “In fact, in 2010-2011, the NTSB included this recommendation on the agency’s ‘Most Wanted List’ of transportation safety improvements.”

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WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center to Host 6-Day Logging Program

WBOY-TV
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As a state blanketed in trees one would think West Virginia would be thriving with loggers, but recently the number of loggers in the industry is down. To change that trend the WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center is hosting a six-day program at Cooper’s Rock to help people become certified loggers. According to organizers, there is a need for loggers in our community.

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Forestry officials bring battle against cogongrass to Augusta

The Augusta Chronicle
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There are plenty of reasons the invasive weed known as cogongrass sits atop the Georgia Forestry Commission’s “most wanted” list. “It grows almost anywhere and has started showing up in Augusta, too,” said Forest Health Specialist Mark Raines, a Waynesboro-based detective of sorts who investigates invasive plant cases for the Forestry Commission’s 53-county central region. The weed forms a dense root mat that makes it resistent to most control methods and chokes out native vegetation and crops including young pine trees. 

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Eucalypt forestry advocates eye Maori lands

Radio New Zealand
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Many Maori communities could benefit from the development of a durable timber industry in New Zealand, according to the Dryland Forests Initiative. A cross-sector research and development project, the initiative wants to have several species of eucalypt planted on pastoral land which is prone to drought or erosion. Initiative chairman Shaf van Ballekom says stands of eucalypt could provide another income stream for Maori-owned farms, many of which are sited in drier parts of the country.

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Ghana Imports Wood

IHB
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ghana is currently considering importing logs from Cameroon after losing its forest cover, which stood at 8.2 million hectares a little over a century ago. Recently, Minister of Lands & Natural Resources, Mike Hammah, led a team to Cameroun to explore how Ghana could buy logs from the West Central African country while it restores its forest. Cameroon’s Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Ngole Phlips, who welcomed the move, assured journalists that his country was looking forward to trading with Ghana to reduce its dependence on the international market following the economic crisis in Europe.

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Anger on north coast over remote forest logging

ABC News, Australia
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is under fire from conservationists over what’s alleged to be illegal logging west of Macksville. The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) said the government was warned about habitat destruction in the Styx River State Forest two months ago. It says a 300 metre protection zone should be left around the habitat of the Rufous Scrub bird, a threatened species. But NEFA spokesman Dalian Pugh said that did not happen and the logging has been badly managed.

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Indonesian Government Denies Increased Deforestation

Jakarta Globe
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government has declared that a report regarding the country’s loss of almost five million hectares of forest and peatlands since the implementation of a moratorium on deforestation is misleading. “The report cannot be understood because it’s different from the forestry ministry’s record, which says the deforestation rate over the past few years has drastically decreased to around 500,000 hectares annually,” said Agus Purnomo, a presidential special aide on climate change on Monday. But Greenpeace adamantly claims that Indonesia is still losing forest lands at an alarming rate. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C.’s ‘Carbon Neutral’ Controversy

By Christopher Pollon
BC Business
May 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The bet was that collecting a carbon tax and investing in offsets would create a whole new “green economy.” Five years into B.C.’s experiment in legislated carbon neutrality, where’s the payback? Imagine a vast green swath of pristine forest, wetland and lakefront, where the owner gets paid to simply let the trees grow. Like a green ATM, the forest dispenses money. Such a place exists today in B.C., across 55,000 wild hectares in the Kootenays. It’s called Darkwoods, and when the project was announced in June last year it was the largest carbon-offset forestry deal ever forged in North America. The Nature Conservancy of Canada, which had bought the land in advance of the deal, earned over $4 million on the sale of carbon offsets.

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Mapping Carbon in the Forests: Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees

By Matteo Luccio
V1 Magazine
May 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas. As forests grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, in a process called sequestration, while deforestation and forest degradation release it back into the atmosphere. Therefore, the amount of carbon stored in forests is of great scientific, economic, and political interest. The effects of deforestation are often dramatic…. Therefore, a key component in the global effort to mitigate climate change is to measure and map the amount of carbon stored in forests.

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Massachusetts Sets Strict Regulations for Biomass: Will This Influence Further Restrictions?

Renewable Energy World
May 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

New Hampshire — The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources released a new set of strict standards for biomass in early May that have the potential to cut subsidies for developing plants. According to these new requirements, all qualifying biomass plants must generate power at 50 percent efficiency to qualify for one-half Renewable Energy credit per MWh, and 60 percent for one full REC. These new standards are up from the previous 25 percent efficiency requirements. Plants will also be required to analyze lifecycle emissions to demonstrate at least 50 percent reductions over 20 years.

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Ministers plug for carbon sink

Marlborough Express
May 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Two Government ministers are visiting Marlborough on Friday to celebrate the purchase of a forest to be used as a carbon sink by NZ Carbon Farming. The carbon credits to be generated by a 400-hectare Wairau Valley forest managed by PF Olsen have already been sold to Fonterra to offset the dairy company’s emissions. Climate Change Minister Tim Groser and his associate minister, Simon Bridges, are expected to join NZ Carbon Farming officials, PF Olsen, Kaikoura MP Colin King, and iwi representative Richard Bradley to open the forest, on the hillside above State Highway 63.

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Australia experts look to climate ‘time machine’

BBC News
May 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An ecological time machine has been set up that Australian scientists hope will provide an unprecedented glimpse into the impact of climate change. Half a dozen giant steel frames nine storeys high tower over native bushland as part of one of the world’s most complex experiments looking at the influence of rising levels of carbon dioxide. The project, near the town of Richmond northwest of Sydney, will mimic future climatic conditions by imposing higher levels of CO2 on an entire ecosystem, from fungi and soil bacteria to the trees and insects that live in them.

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General

Lawsuit filed against McKenzie Bridge logging project

May 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

McKENZIE BRIDGE — Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a U.S. Forest Service logging project near here, to the delight of frustrated residents who say they feel powerless to halt the 2,100-acre Goose Project. Cascadia Wildlands and Ore­gon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, are the only entities with legal standing to file such a lawsuit because they’re the only parties to have appealed the project back when it was approved in 2010. That’s part of why the residents — who only learned of the project in recent months — are relieved. They had no real recourse to fight the project, which would harvest an estimated 38 million board feet of lumber from federal land in and around McKenzie Bridge.

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Sustainability Campaign calls for Wood First rule for all public buildings

May 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Wood for Good, the UK timber industry’s sustainability campaign has launched its 2012 campaign: “Wood First”.  The campaign calls for the introduction of a “Wood First” rule in local authority planning guidance. This would require sustainably sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. The organisation states that this will help the UK meet local, national and sectoral targets for carbon reduction. Such a rule is already in place in many other parts of the world, most notably France, as a key element of climate policy. Current proposals from the European Commission will enable the carbon stored in harvested wood products to be taken into account in national carbon budgets.

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