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Daily Archives: May 30, 2012

Business & Politics

Effects of CP Rail strike could linger past legislated end

Disruptions in supply lines are snowballing and will take time to clear
CBC News
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

After tabling back-to-work legislation in the House of Commons, federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt says she wants to see Canadian Pacific Railway trains moving again by Thursday. But transportation and commodity experts say it could take quite a while for CP’s rail service to get back to normal once the strike is brought to an end. …Those in the primary sector, such as mining and forestry, may be feeling the strike’s effects more deeply because of the sheer volume of products they ship per day, which makes shifting to road transport almost impossible. “They really will be stuck,” said Bob Ballantyne, president of the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association.

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Embattled Catalyst Paper put up for sale

Ailing papermaker forced to seek buyer for its mills in B.C. and Arizona after creditors sink plan to salvage the company
Business in Vancouver
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…But now Catalyst must enter a stalking-horse bid sale process, a type of sale agreement that allows the company to select the initial bidder for its assets, which would likely be first lien holders. An initial offering summary and confidentiality agreement has been distributed to first lien holders. The process is expected to take upward of three months. Once an acceptable purchase or investment bid has been selected, an auction for the company and its assets will occur. Forest sector researcher Kevin Mason said he was surprised that the Catalyst’s unsecured creditors rejected the company’s restructuring plan, though he doesn’t expect the sale process to affect the company’s operations.

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Catalyst solutions will take much work

By Les Leyne
Victoria Times Colonist
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River Mayor Dave Formosa deserves some credit for creating a bit of optimism Tuesday over Catalyst Paper’s chances of carrying on. Premier Christy Clark and Catalyst Paper CEO Kevin Clarke sat down in her office with union officials and Formosa and other mayors. But sources say it was Formosa’s meeting. He did the legwork in getting all the players into the same room at the same time. …Clarke pointedly complained about Bell in a letter to the premier written after the restructuring plan failed on a close vote last week. He disputed Bell’s various public comments that the government was working closely with the company.

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Coastal BC mayor pleads for premier’s help to save pulp mill town

Canadian Press
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark is offering help to three coastal British Columbia communities struggling to prevent the loss of their major employer, but it comes after a leaked company letter highly critical of the Liberal government’s approach to the file. Clark said Tuesday she appointed former finance minister Colin Hansen to help workers, pensioners and the communities of Port Alberni, North Cowichan and Powell River work through the financial crisis they face as Catalyst Paper Corp., struggles to survive. Clark said the finance ministry will work with Catalyst Paper to address its financing issues, but she made no promises.

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Premier holds talks on Catalyst options

Alberni Valley Times
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas said a meeting with Catalyst Paper officials and the premier has “put us on their radar” and he is “rationally optimistic.” The meeting took place yesterday in Victoria, and Douglas said they had Premier Christy Clark’s ear for approximately 45 minutes. The premier met with three Catalyst officials, mayors from Powell River, North Cowichan and Port Alberni, three union representatives, one from each mill, and a number of government officials. …”They’re engaged, they get it, but they’re being cautious,” Formosa said.

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Premier to talk about Corner Brook mill with Kruger CEO

CBC.ca
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathy Dunderdale is expected to discuss the future of the paper mill in Corner Brook today at a meeting scheduled with the parent company’s chief executive officer, Joseph Kruger. Kruger officials said in mid-May that they were reviewing whether the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper could remain open, after unionized workers turned down a pension restructuring proposal.

Another nail in mill’s future?
Western Star – May 30, 2012
If an unconfirmed radio report Tuesday that Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill is closing for five months this summer proves to be accurate, it will be just the latest in a series of negative developments at the once-mighty facility. read more

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New interest shown in dormant Marathon pulp mill

The Chronicle Journal
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The fate of Marathon’s dormant pulp mill could be known in a matter of weeks, with new and familiar names being bandied about as possible new owners of the waterfront property. Marathon Mayor Rick Dumas said Monday he expects Tembec, the company currently in charge of the mill site, to make an announcement in “two to three weeks.”  “We don’t want to create false hopes, but at this point we are taking a positive outlook,” said Dumas. “There are still opportunities for this site.” …Last week, it became known that an Illinois-based company with a history
of resurrecting industrial brownfields has also been eyeing the
Marathon property.

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Cascades Announces that Norampac – Trenton Will Remain Open

by Cascades Inc.
Canada News Wire press release
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, – Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and the manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that further to a vote by a significant majority of employees in favour of its final offer, it will not proceed with the closure of its containerboard mill located in Trenton, Ontario, as planned and announced last April. “We are satisfied to be able to finally reach an agreement with the union and the employees in Trenton. By keeping the mill open, we are saving 130 jobs in this community and avoiding significant financial losses for the local forest industry.

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Explosion at Verso mill’s plant in Sartell, Minnesota

Pulp and Paper News
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A major explosion has occurred at Verso Paper’s mill in Sartell, Minnesota, that resulted in a large fire. It killed one man and injured 4 others. The mill, which has been producing paper for 105 years, was indefinitely idled by Monday’s events. The vast majority of the damage was contained to part of the paper warehouse.
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Companies win forestry tenders

Marlborough Express
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Marlborough Regional Forestry has let its Waikakaho Forest logging and cartage contracts to Marlborough firms Pelorus Contracting and CRB Transport, chairman Francis Maher said yesterday. Marlborough Regional Forestry is jointly owned by the ratepayers of Marlborough and Kaikoura through their district councils. Mr Maher, who is also a Marlborough district councillor, said the bids for the one-year contracts to harvest and cart 50,000 tonnes of logs were well prepared and it was pleasing to see companies in the region step up.

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Tas timber workers say mill closure causing job losses

ABC News, Australia (Radio)
May 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Resources Minister says the new manager of the Triabunna woodchip mill have told him the key export facility won’t reopen until the forestry peace deal is finalised. The woodchip mill has been bought by environmental entrepreneurs who eventually want to turn the waterfront site into a tourism venture. The mill that used to be owned by Gunns has been closed for more than a year and timber workers say jobs have been lost as a result.

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Another red herring from Asia Pulp & Paper on its deforestation problem

Mongabay.com
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In a press release issued last Thursday, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) asserted that the presence of mixed tropical hardwood fiber (MTH) in its products “does not come from the felling of virgin tropical rainforest trees in Indonesia”.  …Greenpeace is targeting APP for its continued conversion of tropical forests and peatlands for single-species acacia plantations, not because the paper giant is destroying “virgin tropical rainforest” in Sumatra, as APP seems to imply. Conversion of “logged-over” forests — which are highly variable depending on their level of degradation — and peatlands to plantations can result in substantial carbon emissions and steep losses in wildlife. Orangutans and tigers fare far better in logged forests than they do in industrial pulp plantations.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber losing its hard edge

Softwood supplies will be plentiful, not so much with hardwood.
Business Day
May 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia – The construction industry will be able to count on the supply of plantation softwood timber increasing by about 27 per cent over the next 20-30 years. But the volume of plantation hardwood for similar and higher value use will lag far behind over the same period.  By 2040-44, hardwood plantation log volumes will only be about half that of today’s level of native forest timber, and probably lower in quality, according to national forecaster ABARES.

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Major fire hits Stockport timber frame construction site

Timber Trades Journal
May 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A large fire has hit a four-storey timber frame building under construction in Stockport town centre.  Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire crews consisting of 60 firefighters fought the blaze in the early hours of Monday. It said the blaze had threatened neighbouring properties and residents were evacuated as a precaution. …He said the development, which featured a masonry basement, had been managed according to the UK Timber Frame Association’s SiteSafe initiative, which aims to minimise fire risk on development sites.

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Forestry

Western spruce budworm treatment planned in Okanagan

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC government press release
May 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to aerially treat up to 28,000 hectares of Douglas fir forest in the Okanagan to reduce populations of western spruce budworm. …The biological agent Foray 48B will be applied by helicopter on or about June 10-15, 2012, weather permitting.

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Sixteen new fire starts recorded on May 28

BC Forest Fire Info
May 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE — The Prince George Fire Centre responded to 16 new fire starts on May 28 after lightning moved through the northern portion of the fire centre. All 16 fires are believed to be have been caused by lightning, with the largest covering 20 hectares. Air patrols will occur today and crews will move into areas of concern. None of the fires are threatening any structures at this time.

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State of emergency lifted in Kirkland Lake, Ont.

Canadian Press
May 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. — The state of emergency for the northeastern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake has been lifted. Firefighters have been battling a large forest fire on the north edge of town for the past 10 days. The fire has been as close as three kilometres to the community of more than 9,000 people. On Tuesday morning, the status of the fire was downgraded to “being held” as crews managed to surround the 10-kilometre-long fire with fire hose. The lifting of the emergency order will allow people to get back to some normalcy, said Sgt. Dana McLean of Ontario Provincial Police.

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Cloned Ontario tree gives hope for Canada’s decimated elms

National Post
May 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Armed with their gift of $500,000, Prof. Praveen Saxena at the University of Guelph embarked on a mission to make genetically identical copies of a potentially disease-resistant elm tree on Guelph’s campus. It had survived, even as neighbouring trees did not.  After 18 months of failed attempts, Prof. Saxena and his team – Prof. Alan Sullivan and post-doctoral fellows Mukund Shukla and Maxwell Jones — succeeded in cloning the 100-year-old tree that had survived repeated onslaughts of Dutch elm.

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The “no-go” zone around Forest Fire No. 9 has been expanded

MNR increases the size of the emergency area order.
Timmins Times
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources today increased the size of the “emergency area” for Timmins Forest Fire No. 9. The order was signed by MNR district manager Randy Pickering to include extra townships near the fire zone. This does not mean the size of the fire has increased. It means the area surrounding the fire is now busy with Fire Rangers, water bombers and heavy equipment such as excavators and bulldozers needed to fight the fire. Essentially, the emergency area is the “no go zone”.

Also
MNR update for Tuesday evening May 29, 2012 from the Timmins Times
Video of Timmins wildfire captured leaping highway from The Globe and Mail

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Colt Summit Project – interview with The Wilderness Society

Yellowstone Public Radio: Home Ground
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s fairly common for the U.S. Forest Service to be taken to court by environmental groups. It isn’t common for other conservation groups to take the forest service’s side—but that’s what’s happening with the Colt Summit Project.

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Congress must protect water quality, forestry jobs in Oregon

The Oregonian
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s an environmental success story in Oregon’s timber industry you may not know about — one that’s helped forest owners protect our rivers and streams from pollution for more than 35 years while supporting tens of thousands of critical jobs in Oregon. That success story is the Oregon Forest Practices Act. Since 1971, this policy has helped protect soil, air, water, fish and wildlife, as well as forest resources, while also supporting one of Oregon’s top-producing industries: timber. But this balance between protecting our environment and supporting a critical natural-resource-based economy is at risk. …The bottom line is that rules exist that have protected rivers and streams in forestland from pollution for more than 30 years. Congress needs to protect these rules, rather than allow an uncertain rulemaking process to be subject to years of court battles or to allow the 9th Circuit’s misguided decision to muddy the water.

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NM fire close to becoming largest in state history

Associated Press
May 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest are close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about 152,000 acres by Tuesday — just 5,000 acres from breaking the state record. It is about 15 miles east of Glenwood, N.M., a small town with a few hundred residents.

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Michigan forest fire takes out homes, businesses

Sault Star
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A store, a motel and 34 homes and cabins have fallen victim to a forest fire that continues to burn in nearby Northern Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources continues to battle the Duck Lake Fire, which at last count encompassed an area of 21,694 acres, less than half of which is contained. The fire has been burning since last week when it was sparked by lightning.

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Opinion: NJ Forest Stewardship Bill is a giant leap for conservation

The Times of Trenton – NJ.com
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The op-ed denigrating the Forest Stewardship Bill (S1085), “Logging in N.J. forests would grow deer population” (May 17), by Susan Russell of the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, perhaps is best used as a teachable moment for understanding the basic elements of forest health and to highlight the purpose and thoroughness of the bill. The foundation of healthy forest ecosystems is regeneration: the act of renewing plants and trees. Nature accomplishes regeneration through disturbance by using the forces of fire, wind, disease, insects and other energies. To the lay person, disturbance may appear to be forest destruction, but deliberate doses of fire, disease, insects and other forces provide for varying forest age classes, on which the survival of plant and animal species depend.

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Review: “Forest Analytics with R: an introduction”

Quantum Forest
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry is the province of variability. From a spatial point of view this variability ranges from within-tree variation (e.g. modeling wood properties) to billions of trees growing in millions of hectares (e.g. forest inventory). From a temporal point of view we can deal with daily variation in a physiological model to many decades in an empirical growth and yield model. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is a rich tradition of statistical applications to forestry problems. At the same time, the scope of statistical problems is very diverse. As the saying goes forestry deals with “an ocean of knowledge, but only one centimeter deep”, which is perhaps an elegant way of saying a jack of all trades, master of none. Forest Analytics with R: an introduction by Andrew Robinson and Jeff Hamann (FAWR hereafter) attempts to provide a consistent overview of typical statistical techniques in forestry as they are implemented using the R statistical system.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass heat recovery power plant almost done

Journal of Commerce
May 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first biomass heat recovery power plant in the Canadian forest industry is in the final stages of construction at an integrated sawmill and pellet operation in central BC. …Nechako Lumber started construction in September 2011 on a waste heat recovery and electrical generation system, which will capture lost heat from the flu stack of an existing biomass recovery system and turn it into a new source of electricity.  The new $7 million power plant will be located in a pre-manufactured structure immediately adjacent to an existing Nechako Lumber company building, which is 2.7 km west of Vanderhoof, BC.

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Where and how trees are used affects greenhouse gas emissions

The Aggie
May 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on the part of the world where the trees are grown and how they will be used, according to a new study by UC Davis researchers. In the study, lead author and doctoral student with the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Jeffrey Mason Earles, along with Sonia Yeh and Kenneth E. Skog, found that when trees are felled to create solid wood products such as furniture or lumber for housing, the wood stores carbon for a longer period of time. However, when the trees are used for bioenergy or paper, almost all of their stored carbon is released into the atmosphere, contributing to greenhouse gases.

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Disagreement on REDD finance during the “stalemate” climate negotiations in Bonn

Redd Monitor
May 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Last year, emissions of carbon dioxide increased by 3.2% to 31.6 billion tonnes, according to figures released by the International Energy Agency. Faith Birol, IEA’s chief economist told Reuters that, “[T]he trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (by 2050), which would have devastating consequences for the planet.” You wouldn’t know that from the UN climate negotiations that took place in Bonn from 14 to 25 May 2012. “There is a total stalemate,” said Artur Runge-Metzger, the chief negotiator for the European Union. Of course this is nothing new. But previously when there was little or no progress in climate meetings REDD proponents could point to REDD and claim that at least some progress was made. But after the Bonn meetings, even that wasn’t possible.

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