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Daily Archives: May 22, 2012

Business & Politics

Contractors willing to share expertise about mill safety

Journal of Commerce
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Electrical contractors in B.C. are ready to help regulatory authorities increase safety at sawmills across the province, after recent deadly explosions and fires at two facilities. “The ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of B.C.) fully supports the B.C. Safety Authority in their efforts to make the British Columbia sawmill industry a safer place”, said Deborah Cahill, president of the association. “Our members stand by to provide their expertise to help in these efforts to prevent any more injuries or loss of life.

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Abbotsford mill fire likely not linked to wood dust: Firefighters

Vancouver Sun
May 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large fire that burned part of an Abbotsford lumber mill to the ground early Saturday morning does not appear to be linked to the wood dust suspected in two fatal mill explosions earlier this year, according to local fire officials. The blaze, which destroyed Absolute Lumber Products’ main building, was visible from kilometres away early Saturday morning. 

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Bittersweet moment arrives as pulp mill workers rehired

The Chronicle Herald
May 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After months in limbo, former NewPage Port Hawkesbury workers are getting calls from the Cape Breton paper mill’s potential new owner. Pacific West Commercial Corp. is hiring back 229 of the roughly 550 unionized workers, based on a mix of seniority and past job performance. “It’s bittersweet,” said Steve MacDougall, recording secretary for Local 972 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, in an interview Monday.

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Formaldehyde spills into North Bay’s drinking water

Toronto Sun
May 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTH BAY – North Bay residents who are on a private water system on Trout Lake in the immediate area of a chemical spill on Highway 63 Monday are warned not to drink the water. …Police are continuing to investigate whether the driver died as a result of the collision or exposure to the highly toxic formaldehyde he was transporting from Longueuil, Que., to the Tembec plant in Temiscaming, Que.

Another article on this topic in the North Bay Nugget

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NewPage owner may bypass senior workers for recall

Pacific West picks and chooses among staff it wants if mill reopens
The Chronicle Herald
May 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some former senior employees of the NewPage paper mill in Point Tupper won’t be returning to work if the idle plant reopens. Prospective buyer Pacific West Commercial Corp. started sending out notices last week, offering jobs to some and telling others there was no work for them, despite long service at the mill. A clause in the collective agreement allows the company to ignore seniority when calling back 20 per cent of the workforce.

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Canadian, southern leaders meet to talk business in Myrtle Beach

SCNow
May 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The 5th annual Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Trade Conference continued Monday in Myrtle Beach… The goal of the conference is for businesses from each country to meet and discuss partnerships together. Canfor, a Canadian wood manufacturer based out of Vancouver, expanded into the American lumber market and South Carolina… Dodge was with New South Lumber Company, Inc. when it was bought by Canfor. He said switching to the new management was simple during a difficult time when the construction industry was not doing so well.

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PepsiCo and Wal-mart Partner with Nonprofits to Protect Amazon

Bloomberg BNA
May 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

PepsiCo and Wal-mart have entered into a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and several nonprofit groups to protect Brazil’s Amazon rain forest and other ecosystems. The companies will conduct an ecosystem review to identify ways to profit while protecting or restoring ecosystems and biodiversity… They partnered with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Center for Sustainability Studies of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development as well as USAID.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nashville politician Lamar Alexander fights to keep guitars out of border agents’ hands

Nanaimo Daily News
May 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

A U.S. senator has made it his mission to save country music in Canada this summer from nitpicking, guitar-snatching U.S. government agents who might try to enforce a “confusing” American law that targets products made of wood from endangered tree species around the world. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander… is taking steps to ensure that Nashville superstars don’t have their guitars, or those used by their backup bands, confiscated at airport inspection stations or the Canada-U.S. border.

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Construction Concerns for Firefighters

FireEngineering.com
May 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

.. The building in the photos is a Type V (wood-frame) single-family residence built on the side of a hill; it has several additions using different types of framing methods. It was one-story on the A (front) side and two stories on the C (back) side. This structure was acquired for live fire training by a fire department in 2010. The all-day fire training event was conducted according to the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1403, Live Fire Training Evolutions (2007), with the coordination and assistance of fire service training instructors from the technical college district.

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Not All Carbon From Cleared Forests is Released Into Air

Hardwood Floors Magazine
May 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on how the trees will be used and in which part of the world the trees are grown, according to researchers at UC Davis. The researchers published their findings in the journal “Nature Climate Change.” They determined that, 30 years after a forest clearing, between 0 and 62 percent of carbon from that forest might remain in storage. “Previous models generally assumed that it was all released immediately,” said lead author J. Mason Earles, a doctoral student with the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. 

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Vanport International cuts for Japan through thick and thin, shipping lumber to the tsunami zone

The Oregonian
May 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SENDAI, Japan — Carpenter Harunori Itami selects a thick piece of lumber and does what no ordinary U.S. framer would do. He slips the post into a factory-cut notch and bolts it in place. Itami is framing a house in Sendai, the booming gateway to Japan’s tsunami zone, using his country’s time-honored post-and-beam technique. Instead of nailing in spindly 2-by-4 studs as Americans do, he’s using stockier posts that support heavy, handsome Douglas-fir beams from the Northwest. 

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What all those “green” terms mean when buying wood furniture

OregonLive.com
May 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

From bookcases to serving bowls, toy trains to end tables, wood is a natural choice for durability and good looks, and manufacturers are riding the wave of environmental consciousness by promoting these products as “green.” But how do you sort out the claims and make sure your new dining table didn’t come from an endangered rain forest?  We offer some tips on what all those words — like reclaimed, upcycled or SFC-certified — mean, plus places to shop for easy-on-the-Earth furniture and home accessory options. 

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Rochester businessman adding plastics to green movement

Post-Bulletin
May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

After extensive research, Schmitt has created an artificial wood from recycled plastics. It mixes fly ash, which is mineral waste from coal-burning power plants, with pellets of recycled plastic milk jugs. Testing different formulations, he found that his artificial wood could be cut, drilled, painted and nailed. He says it’s stronger than wood, impervious to to salt water, more durable and can be reprocessed up to 12 times.

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Japanese importers accuse their government of favoring domestic lumber over foreign wood

The Oregonian
May 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SHIOGAMA, Japan — Last year’s tsunami tore apart the Miyoshi lumber company here, launching logs into neighboring buildings and sweeping an employee onto a rooftop where he froze to death. Grieving workers spent weeks cleaning up the family-owned import business, which suffered a $2.5 million loss. But Yukiya Koizumi, Miyoshi Zaimoku Co. president, said Japan’s government won’t compensate his company or other lumber importers, even as it subsidizes the domestic lumber industry.

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European demand for African lumber still well below last year’s level in April and early May

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The majority of European importers report that demand for African lumber in April and the early days of May remained below the levels recorded for the same time last year. After a good start in January, demand weakened noticeable throughout the course of February.

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A Wind Turbine Made With Wood

Energy Matters
May 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Looking somewhat like a Hills Hoist that has come off second best in a tussle with a tornado, the Hercules wind turbine combines cutting edge technology and old world material – wood. The Hercules Wind Generator, manufactured by Italian firm ENESSERE, boasts an output capacity of 5 kW. The vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) is constructed from titanium, wood (cedar), carbon fiber and stainless steel. The shape of the rotor and sails is the result of extensive aerodynamic studies.

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Forestry

Public Review: Proposed New Wildfire Act

Govt of Saskatchewan
May 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A proposed Wildfire Act is under development to replace The Prairie and Forest Fires Act. The current Act, which was completely updated in 1982, has not kept pace with current wildfire practices and requires a complete rewrite to align with the ministry’s move to a Results-Based Regulatory approach. Learn more about the proposed Act and opportunities to participate in consultation meetings here

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Critics say province is failing to protect Vancouver Island parks

Nanaimo Daily News
May 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Outdoor enthusiast Philip Stone finds solace in the backcountry amid old growth forests, towering peaks and clean air, but he believes a history of cuts to parks budgets have diminished B.C.’s outdoor splendor. Things may be turning around, however, for the provincial parks system after the Ministry of Environment announced a 27% budget increase over last year. 

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Forest industry turning into east coast cod fishery, Simpson says

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
May 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s forest industry is going the way of the east coast cod fishery, independent MLA Bob Simpson is warning, as a legislative committee has been formed to find ways to increase the timber supply that feeds B.C. sawmills. “When West Fraser built its mill in Quesnel, when Canfor invested in the mills in Vanderhoof and Houston, the so-called supermills, they knew they were building mills overcapacity to the long-term sustainable cut levels,” Simpson, the MLA for Cariboo North, said Thursday. “To suggest that somehow now we have to adjust the cut to keep those mills operating is…. exactly what happened with the cod fishery.

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Mackenzie Area Timber Licensees Pass Audit

HQ Prince George
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales and 24 timber sale licensees in the Mackenzie District north of Prince George have passed an audit. The area was randomly selected for a review of forest planning, silviculture, fire planning, harvesting, and road activities. Forest Practices Board Chair Al Gorley says the only issue was with one bridge and a short section of road.

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A slippery slope: Budget bills and the erosion of environmental rights

The Chronicle Journal
May 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The tabling of the Ontario Minister of Finance’s budget this spring confirms an emerging trend where political expediency is valued over democratic principles. …For example, the proposed changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA) will provide the Minister of Natural Resources with the power to dispense with the current requirement to prepare a forest management plan for the harvesting of public timber and also provide the minister with the power to forego requirements to log only within established sustainable harvest limits. The CSFA, the result of seven years of exhaustive public review of forest operations, is now being changed without our input.

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Timmins Fire No. 9 now the largest fire in Ontario, 25,000 Hectares!

Rain and low winds are helping MNR fire crews.
Timmins Times
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Timmins Fire No. 9, also known as the Gogama Fire, has become the largest fire currently in Ontario and one of the largest in Canada at more than 25,000 hectares, the Timmins Times learned today. A Ministry of Natural Resources spokesperson, Lindsay Marks, confirmed the number and added the fire increased in size dramatically overnight to roughly 45 kilometres in length. Marks said while significant effort is being made to fight the fire, the first priority at this time is to protect existing properties within range of the fire. 

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Disease-resistant elms aim of Canadian research

CBC.ca
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scientists at the University of Guelph are cloning elm trees they believe are resistant to Dutch elm disease, a fungus that has devastated the North American elm tree population. Their work features a method that is the first of its kind for replicating elms that have survived the onslaught of the European tree sickness.  “I was surprised myself that American elms are very, very difficult to clone,” said Dr. Praveen Saxena, the head of the university’s research project. 

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Forest fire that threatened Halifax neighbourhood declared under control

Canadian Press
May 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A forest fire that forced the evacuation of 60 homes in a Halifax neighbourhood has been declared under control. Dave Meldrum, a spokesman for Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, says a steady rainfall that began earlier today has helped ground crews douse remaining smouldering spots near Williams Lake in Spryfield. He says as a result an evacuation order that was put in place on Monday has been lifted.

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Evacuation lifted for homes Halifax brush fire by CBC News
Forest fire now under control in the Chronicle Herald

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The Other Forest: The Disappearing Boreal Ecosystem

By Douglas Santos (NRDC writer)
Greener Ideal
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

.. Like the tropical rainforests that straddle the equator, the boreal forest’s soils are surprisingly nutrient-poor. Unlike the more fertile mid-latitude temperate forests, where species regeneration comes easily, the boreal forest is a fragile ecosystem that does not tolerate wholesale disruptions like commercial logging. In Canada alone, over one million acres are lost to logging each year, mostly for the paper and furniture industries. Some logging operations produce open, stump-covered areas of 20,000 acres or more, reducing the forest to rubble as far as the eye can see.

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Forest Service enters new era with massive stewardship contract

Arizona Daily Sun
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The news that the Forest Service has finally awarded its massive, 300,000-acre stewardship contact for northern Arizona is certainly welcome. The big wildfires of recent years, combined with hotter summers, have underscored the continued risks that the forests and local communities are under unless decisive action is taken.

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Crews gain upper hand battling wildfires in Southwest

Reuters
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews gained a fragile upper hand against stubborn Arizona wildfires on Monday, but cautioned that tinder-dry conditions and high temperatures could jeopardize containment efforts in coming days. Blazes in rugged, mountainous areas of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado have forced the evacuation of several small towns and torched more than 65 square miles (168 square km) of forest, brush and grass in the U.S. Southwest.

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Forest Service Timber Contracts Stinks of Cronyism

Kansas City infoZine
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Flagstaff, AZ – The U.S. Forest Service awarded one of the largest-ever tree-cutting contracts in the history of the national forest system to a timber company represented by a retired Forest Service official. While he was a federal employee, the official was the agency’s liaison to that same company’s timber-sale inquiries in the same region. The contract calls for timber harvesting on approximately 300,000 acres of ponderosa pine in northern Arizona as part of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative.

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SRP, NAU study forest restoration effects

Ahwatukee Foothills News
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scientists say Arizona’s overcrowded forests are affecting the natural processes of a healthy ecosystem. Past studies have shown that much of Arizona’s ponderosa pine forests have hundreds of trees more per acre than existed prior to 1900. This overstocking has had dramatic impacts on the hydrologic cycle, as well as related impacts to range conditions and wildlife habitat. In addition, where fire was once a welcome visitor to the forest in helping to thin trees and recycle nutrients, fire now is prone to explode into a catastrophic stand-replacing wildfire.

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Congressional panel debates Northwest Forest Plan’s future at Longview event

Longview Daily News
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Former President Bill Clinton’s two-decade old federal forest management plan has killed thousands of jobs and failed to adequately protect the threatened northern spotted owl, forest industry supporters told a congressional committee Monday in Longview. Efforts by the federal government to double the amount of protected habitat for the spotted owl and old-growth forest ecosystems will only make things worse, panel members said.

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Tree-killing beetle could be heading to Texas

KENS 5 TV
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Forest Service is on the look out for an Asian beetle that could soon threaten millions of the city’s trees. More than a dozen states have already been devastated by the emerald ash borer. The non-native beetle so far has been responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This week, the Texas Forest Service will be examining 20 traps it set eight weeks ago in Bexar County for the beetle.

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Forest diversity hinges on seedling survival

Futurity: Research News
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

INDIANA U — How well tree seedlings survive under their parents is a big influence, on a spatial scale, on a forest’s diversity of species, say biologists. Scientists have long considered conspecific negative density dependence, a process where the mortality of a species rises in coincidence with its increasing abundance, to be a key mechanism maintaining diversity at the local scale. In new research published in the journal Science, researchers show that this mechanism is driving diversity from the boreal forests to sub-tropical forests.

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Buckeye earns forestry certifications

Lesprom Network
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Buckeye Technologies announced that Buckeye Florida has achieved forestry certifications from three internationally recognized organizations that promote responsibly managed forests: the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)… Buckeye, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials, is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The Company currently operates facilities in the United States, Germany, and Canada.

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Premier defends Forestry Tas bailout

ABC News, Australia
May 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greens MP Kim Booth has told Parliament Forestry Tasmania is, or has been, insolvent. The State Government’s budget allocation of $110 million to the state-owned business has dominated Question Time. The Government said the payment was a contingency to help Forestry Tasmania deal with market pressures. Greens MP Kim Booth questioned whether Forestry Tasmania has told the Government it was insolvent. “Clearly they are now, or were, insolvent,” he said.

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Forest sale conditions given green light

ABC News, Australia
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The South East Forestry Industry Roundtable has given its final approval for the conditions for the forward sale of state timber forests. A roundtable sub-committee has spent the last few weeks examining the draft conditions and consulting with Treasury and crown law solicitors. Chairman Trevor Smith says the committee handed down its report on Friday which the roundtable considered before giving its approval

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Forest Management Plan proves controversial

Donnybrook Mail
May 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE state government’s newly released Forest Management Plan (FMP) has proved controversial among conservation and green groups. Conservation Council WA (CCWA) president Piers Verstegen said the government’s next forest management plan will be a death sentence to endangered animals. However, the Forest Products Commission (FPC) said the concerns were premature. A scoping document for the FMP argues 10,000 hectares of native timber should be available for logging each year from 2014.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Critical views of California’s carbon offsets from the USA and Mexico

Redd Monitor
May 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Two views of California’s new cap and trade programme, both looking at problematic forestry offsets. The first looks into carbon offsets from forestry operations in California. The second looks at the impact of REDD-type projects in Chiapas, Mexico. Last week, NBC Bay Area broadcast a short investigation into the risks of using California’s forest operations to generate carbon offsets by “improving forestry management”. Bruce Castle, an activist with Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch tells NBC Bay Area, “This is a bonus to them to be collecting millions of dollars for the carbon offsets that they were going to do anyway.”

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Grants available in bid to source far more wood

shropshirestar.com
May 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

There are about 170,000 hectares (420,000 acres) of unmanaged woodland in the UK. Many are on farms and are not realising their full potential in terms of timber production and environmental benefits due to a lack of economic incentive and management in the past. Markets are now available for wood products, which, until fairly recently, were considered non-commercial. Revenues from poorer grade timber now more than covers felling costs, particularly with good road access.

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General

Slow growth in German softwood lumber prices

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

No fundamental upswing was noticeable on the German softwood lumber market by the beginning of May. In spite of a still reduced pace of cutting activity, many businesses have so far been unable to achieve a satisfactory degree of capacity utilisation. In the last two to three weeks, producers have had to reduce or in some cases even completely cut the shifts they had planned for the bank holiday owing to sluggish receipts of orders.

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Lumber outlook improving, analyst says

Prince George Citizen
May 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

A U.S. forest industry consultant is upbeat about B.C. Forestry Research Associates, based in Bainbridge Island, Wash., says lumber producers are slowly returning to profitability after the collapse in the U.S. housing market and the onslaught of the mountain pine beetle. “We have always had faith in Canada’s forestry industry because the demand for timber just keeps growing,” FRA analyst Peter Collins said in a press release.

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