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Daily Archives: May 11, 2012

Froggy Foibles

UM president orders Breathalyzer tests for Foresters’ Ball attendees

The Missoulian
May 11, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom wants everyone who attends next year’s Foresters’ Ball to take a Breathalyzer test at the door. He delivered the order in a recent memo to forestry students, as a response to their suggestions for eliminating binge drinking and debauchery at the 95-year-old on-campus party. …After the 2012 Foresters’ Ball, UM administrators vowed to curb drunkenness at the chainsaw-slinging, jitterbug-swinging dance – citing the number of students who were either thrown out or refused entry for excessive intoxication, and the history of such behavior.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper Q1 results impacted by restructuring costs

Canada News Wire press release
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper recorded a net loss of $25.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 due primarily to the impact of restructuring and reorganization expenses of $27.6 million. Before specific items, the net loss was $9.6 million. This compared with a net loss of $708.0 million and $41.7 million before specific items in the fourth quarter which was impacted by significant impairment charges on Canadian operations and on Snowflake mill lands, restructuring costs and foreign exchange.

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Domtar announces the acquisition of EAM Corporation

Canada News Wire press release
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that it has acquired EAM Corporation, a leading privately-held manufacturer of high quality absorbent composite solutions, from Kinderhook Industries, LLC for $61 million. “The acquisition of EAM Corporation will give us long term research capabilities to further differentiate our full line of adult incontinence products while integrating the best available technology to grow our existing businesses,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. “EAM’s patented airlaid manufacturing process provides the performance, quality, and cost competitiveness that we believe to be keys to success in the personal care market.”

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Canadian forest product companies post improved Q1 results – all signs point to a light at the end of the tunnel for 2013, with Asia fueling demand

by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Canada News Wire press release
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Preliminary results from PwC’s Net Earnings Summary for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 indicate that most Canadian forest and paper companies have posted improved results for the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, but most reported losses which are well below the level of earnings posted for the same period in 2011. The data was released today at PwC’s Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference taking place in Vancouver, BC. European companies have so far reported lower results from Q1 2011, similar to Canadian companies, while US-based forest and paper companies have reported strong results compared to the previous quarter and this time last year.

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Sinclar Group President Overwhelmed By Community Support

Prince George, BC
Opinion 250 News
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It has been a little over two weeks since the fatal explosion and fire at the Sinclar Group owned Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George. Greg Stewart, President of Sinclar Group Forest Products, says the community’s response to the explosion and fire at the Lakeland Mill, has been overwhelming and the company will continue to do what ever it can to support the families so adversely effected by the tragedy… Stewart says the core of the business is people, “You can’t have a business without people and the reality of the situation that so many people have been impacted by this disaster, two families in particular have lost their loved ones which is devastating and overwhelming all in itself, and then you think of the injured and the families that have been impacted by that…”

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Slow path back to profits for BC’s wood products industry

By GORDON HAMILTON
Vancouver Sun
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After enduring five years of low prices and mounting costs to convert beetle-killed timber into lumber, B.C. forest companies are on a slow path back to profitability, according to industry consultants PwC. …“The trend is in the right direction,” Bruce McIntyre, leader of PwC’s Canadian forest, paper and packaging industry practice, said in an interview. He said he expects the B.C. industry to return to profitability by the fourth quarter of 2012 or early in 2013. But don’t expect a sudden turnaround, he said.

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Bumpy road ahead, but 2013 looks rosier

Pulp, lumber demand expected to give sector a lift
The Province
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Canada’s forest sec-tor swam through blood in the first quarter of this year but better times are coming, PricewaterhouseCoopers says in a report released today. Preliminary first-quarter results for the West’s forest industry show a collective loss of $33.4 million, PwC said as it released quarterly performance figures in association with its annual forest-industry conference in Vancouver. That’s a sharp decline from profits of $92.3 million the western industry saw a year ago, the PwC report showed. But the industry suffered less red ink than it did in the fourth quarter of 2011 when it lost $55.2 million, the report said.

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Crisis shows pension problem

By Les Leyne
Victoria Times Colonist
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Just as B.C. politicians started debate on a major rewrite of pension legislation, hundreds of people are in the midst of a crisis that illustrates how badly it’s needed. Past and present employees at several Vancouver Island pulp and paper mills are bracing for a creditors’ vote on the future of Catalyst Paper. It’s set for May 15 and there’s a degree of optimism that a restructuring plan will be approved, and the company will emerge from creditor protection. There will still be a sizable shortfall in the pension plan, but the worst-case scenario will have been averted for a time. If it goes sideways, there could be a dramatic impact on hundreds of people’s pension plans, let alone current jobs.

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Logging convention rolls into town

Vernon Morning Star
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Interior Logging Association’s 54th annual conference and trade show takes place today and Saturday in Vernon. “The theme this year is training our next generation,” said Reid Hedlund, ILA chairperson. “Using the theme will allow universities, colleges, licensees and suppliers to exhibit future job opportunities and training within our organization and industry.” …The guest speaker during the luncheon will be Steve Thomson, B.C.’s forests minister. Seminars will include a presentation from consultant Murray Hall on life after the mountain pine beetle and the emerging bio-mass industry in B.C.

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PM announces new Northern Hardwood Research Institute in Edmundston

Institute will create jobs and revitalize forestry sector in New Brunswick
Office of the Prime Minister
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced federal support to establish the Northern Hardwood Research Institute at the Edmundston campus of the Université de Moncton (UMCE). The Prime Minister was joined by Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)(La Francophonie), Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, and Yvon Fontaine, Université de Moncton President and Vice-Chancellor.  The Institute will contribute to the development of a sustainable hardwood industry in New Brunswick.

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Mill closings prompt Nova Scotia power company to seek higher rates

Globe and Mail
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s power company blames two troubled paper mills for forcing it to raise electricity rates for the second time in less than a year. The province’s power rates are already among the highest in the country – and now, Nova Scotia Power Inc. is asking ratepayers for even more, citing the shutdown of one mill and reduced operations at the other. …It’s all because of deep trouble at its two largest customers: the NewPage paper mill in Cape Breton, which shut down last September, and the Bowater Mersey Paper Co. on the province’s south shore, which is operating intermittently.

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NewPage pension plan trimmed back

Interest rates, stock market returns cited
Chronicle Herald
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — Norman Warner upheld his side of the bargain. For 32 years, he made paper and paid into a pension plan at the Point Tupper pulp and paper mill. But last week, he and some 1,500 other members of three defined benefit plans at the mill learned that they’ll receive hundreds less per month than they were promised. “We’re trying to piece it all together,” said Warner. “I feel betrayed. It seems somebody forgot about all the people who made them money over the years, but didn’t forget about their shareholders or CEOs.” So how did it happen? How did what was supposed to be an ironclad pension plan go so far into the red, and could this happen to other Nova Scotians?

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Poplar Hardwood Shortage Could Impact Prices

Woodworking Network
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

North American hardwood sawmills reported steady lumber sales last week. Nearly every mill said they could sell far more poplar than they could produce. However, profits remained elusive throughout the industry. Concentration yards were generally receiving almost all the lumber they needed. Distribution yards sales were being impacted by the shortage of poplar. Canadian flooring manufacturers have slowed their buying of oak, but are buying slightly larger volumes of hard maple.

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This “Hated” Sector Could be Buffett’s New Favorite

Jutia Group
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders is one of the most highly anticipated reports in the financial community. (You can find a copy of his latest letter here). …Believe it or not, Buffett, in his 47th annual letter, has given a ringing endorsement to what is arguably the most spurned of all investments: housing.  In fact, he boldly claimed that it would be smart for affluent investors to purchase not just a second or third home, but “load up” on “hundreds of thousands” of single-family homes. …Of course, we’ve been waiting for the housing recovery to kick off for some time now. But the past few months have brought real, tangible signs of progress.

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Sawdust fire answered in seconds

The St Tammany News
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A fire in the large rear workshop at the Woodwright Shop on the corner of New Hampshire and Lockwood streets in Covington yesterday morning was answered by the Covington Fire Department in less than 30 seconds. “The call came in at 9:23 a.m., and the first truck responded at 9:23 a.m. and 23 seconds,” said Covington Fire Chief Richard Badon. “It doesn’t get much faster than that.” Spontaneous combustion of sawdust in the business’ sawdust collection system is the cause of the fire, said Badon. Dust had also gotten into the ductwork in the building.

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Weaker forest industry production in Finland in first quarter

Papernet.se
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Difficult market conditions led to weaker forest industry production in Finland in early 2012, while timber sales were lively. The Finnish forest industry’s production environment was difficult in the first quarter, and demand for several product categories was sluggish in the main market areas. Finland produced 2.6 million tons of paper and paperboard in January-March 2012, down twelve percent from the corresponding period previous year.

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Kempsey timber mill disappointed in Greens & ALP

ABC Local
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A north coast timber mill owner has accused Labor of hypocrisy and the Greens of trying to shut down the native hardwood industry. Kempsey’s Australian Solar Timbers and has just laid off over 30 percent of its workforce and cut mill operations to four days a week. Owner Douglas Head said the decision not to let wood waste be burned as bio-fuel has hurt the industry and its secondary markets. He said it is not true it would have led to excessive logging. “What we are talking about is sawdust, shavings can be converted to renewable energy using Australian technology,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Printed word still drives revenues

Publishers weigh in on digital versus print debateBy Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
May 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Despite the impact of digital media, the printed word is not going to disappear soon, three of Canada’s leading publishers said at a Vancouver forest and paper industry conference Thursday. Kevin Bent, western vice-president of Postmedia Network, owner of The Vancouver Sun; John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star; and Douglas Knight, president of magazine publisher St. Joseph Media, all see a continuing role for print in the evolving digital world. They were speaking at consulting group PwC’s annual forest industry conference in Vancouver. “We’ve seen a lot of change and we are going to see more change,” said Bent, who is also publisher of the Pacific Newspaper Group.

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Wood 2.0: mass timber and the tall buildings of tomorrow

Ars Technica
May 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

In a remarkable 240-page report simply entitled Tall Wood, architect Michael Green makes the case for wood as the ideal building material for skyscrapers and their structures. Green argues that it is imperative that society builds tall buildings out of wood rather than less-sustainable, more-polluting materials, and he claims that wood is a sorely underrated building material that is capable of much more than is typically asked of it. …In both the construction industry and the broader public, wood suffers from something of an image problem… Ask Joe Public and one is liable to hear that wood rots, burns, shrinks, and gives off unpleasant gas, Green reports.

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Columbia Forest Product Introduces Columbia Radius Bending Plywood

AZoBuild
May 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

US-based hardwood veneer products and plywood manufacturer is now offering the Columbia Radius Bending Plywood for applications that have a curved contour. This new product is ideal for applications which have curved cabinetry, arches, furniture and columns when continuity from a straight edge is required and unnecessary formaldehyde resulting out of wood products is to be avoided. Columbia Radius™ Bending Plywood from Columbia Forest Products is an amazingly flexible, high-performance panel that shapes to almost any curved contour. The plywood has the ability to bend at minimum radius of 12” and can bend at smaller radiuses when additional force is applied.

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Rethinking Wood, HygroScope: Meteorosensitive Morphology

Core77.com (blog)
May 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Achim Menges and Steffen Reichert think about [wood] as a fluctuating material that can work with changes in climate, not against it. …What they eventually came up with is a radical new system they’ve called a HygroScope, “a climate-responsive natural composite that can be physically programmed to compute different shapes in response to relative humidity,” they explained.

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Toronto seminar highlights infrastructure opportunities in India

Daily Commercial News
May 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Eighty per cent of the India of 2030 has not been built yet, which provides great opportunities for Canadian companies, says the head of the Canada-India Business Council. “It’s one big construction site in some of the major cities,” said Rana Sarkar, president and CEO of the Canadian-India Business Council. …The construction boom is creating a huge appetite for equipment and materials. In the past, India has used materials such as concrete and steel for building but wood is a new market being established in the country.

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Forestry

Salvage logging raises risk of big Fraser flood: expert

Surrey Leader
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Fraser River is at risk of much more frequent and devastating floods because of the rapid pace of logging in the B.C. Interior to salvage vast stands of beetle-killed timber, according to a UBC researcher. Younes Alila, an associate professor of forest hydrology, says the provincial government must take a hard look at the downstream threat from the high rate of logging. “The public needs to know how much they’re at risk so they are prepared,” he said. “People’s lives are at stake. Economic disruption is at stake.”

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Vivian Krause: Crusading blogger

The Province (blog)
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Vivian Krause sees it, a campaign involving foreign interests is pouring money into B.C. in efforts to foment dissent and block proposed infrastructure meant to carry Alberta crude oil to Asia, to the detriment of Canada’s highest geo-political aims. If Krause didn’t have the experience she has… her theories could easily be laughed off. She insists that she has no connection to any of the resource industries — oil, forestry, mining, farmed salmon — that her research appears to support. But after going ahead with research, she has received thousands of dollars in honorarium payments from some of these industry groups for conference speeches.

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Monashee cut block remnants destined for burn piles?

Arrow Lakes News
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’ve travelled along Highway 6 between Edgewood and Cherryville recently, you have probably seen a sizeable patch of trees cut down next to the road. Bundles of slender trees litter the blocks in what look like giant burn piles. And that’s what they are, at the moment. So why are the trees being cut down, and what’s happening with the ones that are too small to be milled? When I asked Murray Wilson, Tolko’s Woodlands Manager for Okanagan Forestry, if the trees had been cut down because they were infested with the infernal pine beetle ripping its way through western forests, he said not exactly.

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There is a way to fix logging industry

Letter to the Editor by Kurt Wind
Courier Islander
May 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

My hat goes off to Ben Parfitt for his column in May 2 Courier-Islander. He brought up the issues that we loggers have been saying since Weyerhaeuser took over MacMillan Bloedel. We were all appalled at the site of all the lumber mills being dismantled and shipped just over the border to the U.S. We could see the hand writing on the wall when it came to the job loss in B.C. because of that decision. One of the things I didn’t really see was the fact that a lot of the good pulp wood that they are now allowed to leave in the bush because it’s not efficient to log, could have been going to try and salvage some lumber (Timber West sawmill) and then sending the rest to the pulp mill (Catalyst). This may have saved a lot of the jobs here in Campbell River and elsewhere. Read

Log exports: waving the white flag of economic defeat
Courier-Islander – May 02, 2012 (by Ben Parfitt) — That’s right, a company rescued by mill employees wants to reverse the disastrous, job-killing decisions of its predecessors – MacMillan Bloedel and later Weyerehaeuser – who, in an effort to placate corporate shareholders, split Harmac’s operations into its constituent parts.

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Cochrane, Ont., makes its case for North of Hollywood North

National Post
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Now, a small Northern Ontario town hopes to court the film and television industry by touting its coolness — both in appeal and temperature. “We’ll be the ‘Firewood of the North,’ ” says Peter Politis, Mayor of Cochrane, Ont., a community of about 6,000 located in the Arctic Ocean watershed. “The district of Cochrane is right in the center of Canada’s Boreal Forest, which supplies firewood to all Canadians burning wood.” …The film office announced last week that a new TV show will be shot, produced and filmed in the district. The series, tentatively titled Man and Environment, follows workers in extreme outdoor environments, harvesting timber in -40C weather or fighting their way out of forest fires.

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Logging Protesters Run Their Message Up State Capitol Flagpole

OPB News
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. – A group that’s against logging on state-owned forest lands drew a crowd of onlookers at the Oregon State Capitol Thursday morning. A member of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a flagpole and draped a large banner that read “Schools versus Trees? We want both!” The protester climbed down after about 90 minutes and was promptly arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. As Perry Graham was led away in handcuffs, he explained the reason for his flagpole-sitting.

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Professional group honors Mike Cloughesy as Oregon’s forester of the year

The Oregonian
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s forester of the year works in Portland? Yes, Mike Cloughesy, forestry director for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, received that honor at the annual Oregon Society of American Foresters meeting in Seaside. The award honors foresters for public and professional work advancing forestry while benefiting society at large, according to an association news release. In a 33-year career, Cloughesy has organized and led 30 major forestry conferences, led tours and taught more than 200 classes and workshops.

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Judge tosses out timber contract dispute

Capital Press
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a family logging company in California accused the U.S. Forest Service of violating timber sale contracts. Pew Forest Products of Crescent Mills, Calif., had won two timber sale contracts offered by the agency in the Plumas National Forest in 2007. Negotiations between the Forest Service and environmental groups that sued to stop timber sales stalled the agency’s approval of Pew’s contracts after the company was declared the high bidder. Even after the timber sales were officially awarded, logging was further stalled by a project to eradicate an invasive fish in the area and by other environmental concerns.

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Logger forced to pay more than $5000 in restitution

Bangor Daily News
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Oakfield logger has been ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution for failing to pay a landowner for harvested trees, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Conservation. Jason Siltz, 38, was ordered to pay a total of $5,058.37 to a Massachusetts resident for trees harvested between June 2010 and February 2011 on a 90-acre lot in Linneus. The case was one of several heard by District Judge Bernard O’Mara on Tuesday in Houlton District Court. The cases were investigated by Maine Forest Service rangers and brought to court by Ranger Investigator George Harris and Ranger Chris Beyer of the Houlton office.

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Call to build on success of Scotland’s forestry sector

Scotsman
May 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry sector in Scotland is already vibrant, with a huge amount of money ready to buy land with trees on it as investors increasingly look at some tangible asset. It also has a modern and efficient processing sector with a large throughput of timber currently meeting a strong demand. But, according to one industry expert, forestry suffers when compared with agriculture as its lobbying power is less than the political pressure that the farming industry can impose. As a result, the negative messages that get out about growing trees become common currency and hinder what could be a far larger industry in this country.

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Study: Selective logging could save forest

UPI.com
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GAINESVILLE, Fl — Logging in tropical forests may not be as damaging to those ecosystems as once assumed, a study led by a University of Florida researcher suggests. Researchers said selective logging may be one of the few feasible options left for conserving tropical forests in the face of huge financial incentives driving tropical nations to convert primary forests into agricultural plantations. While harvesting forests for timber has impacts on biodiversity and carbon retention, the losses are survivable and reversible to a degree if the forest is given adequate time to recover, they said.

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Lord Mandelson confirms he is advising company accused of illegal logging

Peer’s consultancy works for paper and pulp multinational alleged to have chopped down protected trees
The Guardian
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Lord Mandelson has been recruited to advise a multinational company accused of illegally chopping down endangered rainforest. The Labour peer and his staff in the political consultancy that he set up after leaving government have been meeting officials on behalf of Asia Pulp and Paper. For more than a decade, APP, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, has been accused by environmental groups such as Greenpeace of destroying thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and endangering some of the world’s rarest animals. A growing number of firms have boycotted APP.

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Unions concerned over plans to corporatise forests

ABC News, Australia
May 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The public servants union has held talks with Coffs Coast workers over planned changes to Forests New South Wales. The government said it wants to improve the financial performance of the state’s forests. But Public Service Association (PSA) spokesman Shane O’Brien is worried it could make it easier if the government decides to sell. He said there have already been research and job cuts and more could go. “There needs to be a balance struck.

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Logging plan counterintuitive in face of changing climate

Science Network Western Australia
May 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Conservation Commission of WA’s Forest Management Plan 2014–2023 Environmental Scoping Document is meeting with fierce opposition from academic and environmental groups. The major concern is expansion of native forest logging. According to Forest Product Commission (FPC) data, average logging of Jarrah was 7,255 ha/yr and Karri 1,456 ha/yr from 2004–2010. The new plan proposes a 15 per cent increase to 10,000 ha/yr. According to Murdoch University’s Prof Giles Hardy, the move paradoxically reflects forest health.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Greenhouse gas levy funds forestry, water studies

Edmonton Journal
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Alberta’s industry-supported carbon fund will spend $7 million on three projects intended to help prepare the forestry industry and dry regions of the province for climate change. “Timely action is necessary to ensure we minimize impacts to Alberta’s environment and economy,” Eric Newell, chairman of the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation, said Thursday in a statement. The Foothills Research Institute and Tree Improvement Alberta — a forestry industry and provincial government consortium — will receive $3 million to conduct a variety of work, including tests to determine the genetic tolerance to climatic stresses, including drought, of major native Alberta conifers.

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With high-tech wood pellets and efficient burners, brothers push forest biomass as energy good for Oregon

By Eric Mortenson
The Oregonian
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ST. HELENS — It could be the ultimate expression of a heated sibling rivalry. The younger brother makes something and the older one burns it up. But in this case, Chris and Francis Sharron are partners in a problematic revival of the oldest human heating method: setting fire to wood. Chris Sharron’s West Oregon Wood Products compresses mill sawdust and shavings into wood pellets. His plants have a combined production capacity of 80,000 tons annually, and he employs 50 to 60 people.

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General

Forestry group opposes study of river

Says it would affect private owners, logging
Austin News
May 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

LUFKIN, Texas (KXAN) – The Texas Forestry Association, a nonprofit organization which represents 2,900 forest landowners, loggers and forest products manufacturers in Texas, has announced its opposition to S.2324 recently introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The bill would allow study of the Neches River in East Texas for possible designation for protection under the National Wild & Scenic River Act.  “Designation of the Neches River as wild and scenic is not in the best
interest of landowners and would have devastating effects on the forest
industry and surrounding communities,” said Ron Hufford, executive vice
president of TFA.

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Sixty five thousand trees on the chopping block

EMC Ottawa South
May 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Out of 75,000 ash trees on City of Ottawa property, only about 10,000 will be saved, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. Ottawa’s ash trees are under the attack of the Emerald Ash Borer – a highly destructive wood-boring beetle that feeds under the bark of the tree, killing it over the course of a couple years. Matt Muirhead, president of the Kanata Lakes Community Association, said he is extremely worried about what happens to these trees.

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