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Business & Politics

Court overturns $67M Yukon sawmill settlement

CBC News
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Federal Court of Appeal is taking away a $67 million settlement which was awarded to a failed Yukon sawmill. The owners of the sawmill in Watson Lake said they would never have built a mill in the territory if they had not been guaranteed they’d be able to cut enough trees to fill it. South Yukon Forest Products claimed federal officials lied to them and promised they would have a long-term supply of wood. Two years ago, a federal court judge awarded the owners of South Yukon Forest Products the damages because those promises were broken.

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Inaction hurts lumber towns

Victoria Times Colonist
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

No one should have expected the provincial government to come up with bags of cash to rescue Catalyst Paper, teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and a forced sale. But the B.C. government has failed coastal communities with its inaction on a crisis that threatens thousands of jobs, the pensions of employees and the stability of communities. Catalyst operates mills in Port Alberni, North Cowichan Bay and Powell River, after closing a Campbell River mill. It employs 1,700 people in good jobs and supports some 7,000 indirect jobs.

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Stella-Jones Announces Retirement of CFO George Labelle

Marketwire press release
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC  – Stella-Jones Inc. today announced that George T. Labelle, Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer will retire on August 10, 2012 after more than twelve years of service with the Company. …As per the Company’s succession plan, Eric Vachon, Stella-Jones’ Vice- President and Treasurer, will assume the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Vachon joined Stella-Jones in February of 2007 and has previously served as the Company’s Vice-President Finance, U.S. Operations and Director, Treasury and Financial Reporting.

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Corner Brook union leader fears mill will close

CBC.ca
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A western Newfoundland union leader fears many people could lose their livelihoods after a meeting between Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Corner Brook pulp and paper mill owner Joseph Kruger did nothing to secure the mill’s future. “I personally have more at stake than just about everybody out there. That means [owner] Joe Kruger himself, the government, that’s my livelihood,” said Bruce Randell, president of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) union Local 242.

Also Kruger “concerned” about future of mill in The Telegram

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NewPage buyer plans to save $32m on Year 1 power rates

Canadian Press
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — The company planning to buy the idle NewPage mill in Cape Breton expects to save about $32 million in electrical costs in its first year of operation — providing regulators approve. That information is among details about the deal contained in documents filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board last week. In the documents, Vancouver-based Pacific West Commercial Corp. says that if the proposed agreement with Nova Scotia Power Inc. is not approved, the mill will not be economically viable.

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Grim mood follows Kruger’s talk with premier

June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Joseph Kruger’s tone was bleak as he spoke briefly to the media following a two-hour meeting with Premier Kathy Dunderdale about the future of his mill in Corner Brook.
“I’m very very concerned,” he said. “I’m discouraged and I’m concerned about the future of the mill. It’s going to take the people of Corner Brook to make this happen.”

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International Paper Divests 3 Mills

Zacks.com
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper Co. is selling its three containerboard mills for $470 million to fulfill its agreement with the Department of Justice (DoJ) in connection with its acquisition of Temple-Inland. As per the mandates of the DoJ, International Paper was required to divest 970,000 tons of containerboard capacity. International Paper had agreed to divest Temple-Inland’s mills in Ontario, California and New Johnsonville, Tennessee, and its existing mill in Hueneme, California.

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Local millworker celebrates 50-year career

Mail Tribune
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WHITE CITY — Days after receiving his Crater High School diploma in June of 1962, Willie Debrick rode off to work with his father at the Olson-Lawyer Lumber planing mill just off Highway 62. Debrick still makes the daily drive a half-century later. While it might be the same place, the company name, the industry and the world have changed. With few exceptions, Debrick, now 68, has shown up bright and early, often six days a week, for work. For the past several decades, he has overseen what is now Boise Cascade’s log yard.

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Southern Pine Industry Eyes Recovery Signals

Building-Producs.com
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

During this first half of 2012, some faint glimmers of hope have appeared for the recovery of home construction markets, perhaps in the not-too-distant future. Building permits are up one month, down a bit the next. Indexes measuring builder confidence have reached a plateau, while production volume of southern pine lumber runs ahead of last year’s pace-a good sign. Uncertainty prevails. The lumber industry remains cautiously optimistic, recalling the last prosperous days of 2005, when a modern-era record of 19 billion bd. ft. of southern pine was produced; 13.34 billion bd. ft. was produced in 2011.

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UK Timber Frame Boom Good for BC Producers

HQ Prince George
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There has been plenty of emphasis on China and other Asian markets as a destination for B.C.’s wood products. But a potential construction boom across the Atlantic could have an impact on our province’s forest sector. A recent report suggests timber frame construction sales in the United Kingdom will grow by 60% in volume and 80% in value over the next four years. It’s a market Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation minister Pat Bell says can be very lucrative for B.C. producers.

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Russia-China fund to form, eyes forestry deal

Reuters
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

(Reuters) – A multibillion-dollar investment fund set up by Russia and China is expected to make its first investment, into a Russian forestry company, as economic ties between the neighboring countries grow closer.  Plans for the fund – a venture between sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp and the state-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund – were announced in October. …The first investment is expected in the next month and is likely to be into one of Russia’s largest forestry firms, which exports a substantial amount of wood to China, Dmitriev said.

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Fluctuations in Lumber Demand in the Global market

Azom.com
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Recession has affected the global demand for lumber in 2008 and 2009, which has enabled the worldwide trade of softwood lumber to increase by 25 percent more than the past two years. China, Spain, South Korea and Japan witnessed a significant rise in import volumes between 2010 and 2011, whereas key importers such as US, Egypt, France, Italy and UK reduced imports by between 5-10 % year after year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Paper strikes back: defending books, mail and dollar bills

Reuters
June 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON- Crumple it, drench it, lock it in a hot attic or a damp cellar but paper can come back to life. It is doing so now, after taking a battering from environmentalists, the Internet and a glum economy. Paper partisans are pushing back, defending greenbacks as preferable to dollar coins, physical mail as hacker-proof and turning-page books as more permanent than digital formats. Even some environmental objections to paper have turned around as companies work with green groups to foster recycling and grow sustainable forests. “There’s been kind of this rush to villainize paper: it’s old-fashioned, it’s wasteful, it’s inefficient,” said Lewis Fix, a vice president at papermaker Domtar.

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Wood That Reaches New Heights

New York Times
June 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON — Among the many apartment buildings in the London borough of Hackney, the nine-story structure on the corner of Provost Street and Murray Grove stands out, its exterior a mix of white and gray tiles rather than the usual brick. …It was built three years ago using laminated spruce panels, up to half a foot thick and 30 feet long, that were fabricated to precise specifications in Austria, shipped across the English Channel and bolted together on site to form the exterior and interior walls, floors and roof. Even the stairwells and elevator shafts are made from these solid panels, called cross-laminated timber, which resemble supersize plywood. …Developed in Europe in the 1990s, cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is among the latest in a long line of “engineered” wood products that are strong and rigid enough to replace steel and concrete as structural elements in bigger buildings.

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Forestry

As web sites go dark, ministers sell Tory vision of resource exploitation

Victoria Times Colonist
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Opposition to the Harper government’s controversial omnibus budget bill went viral Monday as more than 500 organizations shuttered their web sites to protest measures they say will destroy the environment and silence dissent. But there was little sign the federal Conservatives were listening. As hundreds of web sites went “dark,” the government dispatched 10 of its ministers across the country from St. John’s, N.L., to Surrey, B.C., to sell its vision that having fewer checks on resource exploitation isn’t necessarily bad for the environment.

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New Look and Range for Natural Resource Officers

Opinion 250 News
June 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- There is a new look to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations enforcement folk. The 169 officers will now be known as Natural Resource Officers, and they have expanded the range of issues they can enforce under natural resource legislation. In the past, the “Compliance and Enforcement Officers” could only deal with certain acts they were specifically designated to uphold. As Natural Resource Officers, they will be able to enforce a broader range of statutes which should shorten response time and improve their effectiveness in the field.

Press Release from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

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Old Trees Part of New Tourism Plan

Opinion 250 News
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The 2,000 year old trees in the Ancient Forest, about 70 miles east of Prince George, are on the list of “100 BC Moments”, a new tourism marketing plan now underway in key markets across the continent. Barkerville and the Forestry and Railway Museum are also featured in the campaign. The ‘100 BC Moments’ campaign features tourism products that are B.C.’s competitive advantage and of highest interest to target audiences ( Torontoo, Los Angelese and San Francisco): city experiences, touring, Aboriginal tourism and outdoor adventure.

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Massive forest fire SW of Timmins not expected to spread

Forest industry suffers losses following fire
CBC News
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The massive forest fire burning southwest of Timmins is now listed as “being held” and is not expected to spread. The change of status in the fire is largely in part to the wet weather, but fire crews are still working to put out the hot spots. Over the weekend many residents returned to homes and cottages near the fire line this weekend and Highway 144 is now open to traffic. However the forest industry in the north has suffered significant losses of wood supply and logging equipment that might result in temporary layoff notices

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Too many ash trees dying

Letter from DONNA DUBREUIL
Ottawa Citizen
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Ottawa couldn’t be doing a better job if it tried in terms of ensuring that the vast majority of our ash trees, accounting for a quarter of this city’s tree cover, are left to die. In spite of the fact that there is a cost-effective treatment for Emerald Ash Borer, less than three per cent of the city’s 75,000 trees have been injected in the four years since the beetle was discovered in Ottawa. Thousands of trees that could have been saved have already been cut down, resulting in decreased property values to residents, higher energy costs and greater threat from storm water run-off, not to mention a less healthy and attractive city. See greenspace-alliance.ca.

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Spotted Owl Plan May Have Economic Benefit

Courthouse News Service
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – A newly completed draft economic analysis suggests the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s critical habitat plan for the northern spotted owl may have a positive economic impact. The analysis suggests that the incremental implementation of the proposal may have a positive economic impact on communities dependent on logging if more ecological logging practices are employed. Such practices are usually more labor intensive and over the long term are less destructive to forests, according to the analysis. In addition, more timber actually may be harvested after more extensive surveys of areas occupied by the northern spotted owl are conducted, the analysis says.

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Firefighters battle fire that doubled in size to 1,000 acres in Sequoia National Forest

Associated Press
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — More air tankers and firefighters are being sent to Sequoia National Forest to battle a wildfire that has nearly doubled in size. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Alonzo said Sunday afternoon winds fanned the fire across control lines and expanded it to more than 1,000 acres. The fire broke out Friday afternoon and had consumed about 522 acres by Sunday morning. Alonzo said the fire was in a giant sequoia grove that hasn’t been burned in more than 140 years.

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Firefighting plane cause for concern in fleet

Associated Press
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — Once a Cold War-era submarine attack plane, the Lockheed P2V has for years been both a mainstay of the nation’s aerial firefighting arsenal and a cause for concern. Flying in the turbulent, unforgiving skies above raging wildfires, the planes have crashed at least seven times from either mechanical problems or pilot error, causing 16 deaths, dating back to 1990 when they were slowly added to the nation’s firefighting fleet. …”As the air tanker fleet continues to atrophy, it’s going to reduce the country’s ability to get there early, which is why so many of these fires mushroom,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Forestry Subcommittee, said Monday. 

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Federal forest officials collect spotted owl comments

Record-Searchlight
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Diane Richards was ready to chew out some public officials Monday. There were plenty on hand at the Redding Convention Center, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public information session about a proposal to expand critical habitat for the northern spotted owl. The Hayfork resident thinks federal officials are going in the wrong direction in their effort to assist in the survival of the spotted owl, which is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. And she told them so. “Their policy now is to let it burn, and that is killing off many nesting pairs,” Richards said, referring to just one forest management policy she says is not good for the survival of the owls. Changes in the spotted owl’s habitat plus the barred owl are hurting the spotted owl, federal officials said.

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W.Va. logger killed while cutting trees with crew

Associated Press
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A 31-year-old logger is dead after a tree fall in north-central West Virginia. Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter has identified the victim as Terra Alta resident Jason Scot Wiles. The accident happened Monday as Wiles and his co-workers were cutting trees near the Harter Hill area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Sawmill Museum receives award

Clinton Herald
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CLINTON — Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area recently awarded an Interpretive Planning Grant to the Sawmill Museum. The grants gave $59,147 to 12 northeast Iowa sites, communities and organizations to help them tell their own part of the American agricultural story. The Midwest Lumber Museum, Inc. (Sawmill Museum), received $3,000 to study the relationship between the early settlers of eastern Iowa who primarily worked as farmers and those who primarily worked as lumbermen or mill owners.

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President prunes forest reforms

June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Although Rousseff denied environmentalists’ push for a full veto, she removed many of the bill’s contentious provisions, including one that would have effectively granted an amnesty for any illegal deforestation conducted before July 2008. …Rousseff restored obligations for landowners to recover forests that were cut down illegally, although she created exemptions that could relieve numerous small properties of this obligation.

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Satellite images will help protect Russia’s forests

Pulp and Paper News
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DigitalGlobe, one of world’s biggest commercial providers of earth imagery products, recently announced it will significantly expand delivery of high-resolution imagery to Roslesinforg, a division of the Federal Forestry Agency of Russia. Forested regions account for approximately half of Russia’s land mass. In total, they are equivalent in size to the entire land mass of the United States, and represent about 22 percent of the world’s forests.

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Zimbabwe: New Forest Management Standard Welcome, but . . .

AllAfrica.com
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE rapid production and consumption of wood as a major renewable energy source in Zimbabwe has stimulated serious socio-economic and environmental concerns and responsibilities. …A new certification scheme by the Standards Association of Zimbabwe plans to stop all that, or at least achieve some difficult balance on sustainability, economics, renewable energy use and biological diversity. …With wood energy constituting over 50 percent in the national energy mix, there is still a lot of work to be done in trying to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and land degradation, now a major world concern.

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President prunes forest reforms

June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Although Rousseff denied environmentalists’ push for a full veto, she removed many of the bill’s contentious provisions, including one that would have effectively granted an amnesty for any illegal deforestation conducted before July 2008. …Rousseff restored obligations for landowners to recover forests that were cut down illegally, although she created exemptions that could relieve numerous small properties of this obligation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Air quality chief answers biomass questions at Port Angeles market

Peninsula Daily
June 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — The executive director of the state agency responsible for regulation and enforcement of Clallam and Jefferson County’s air quality made a special appearance last weekend at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, and primarily fielded questions about a $71 million biomass co-generation expansion at the Nippon Paper Industries USA Inc. plant in Port Angeles. “Even though we don’t have regulations for small particles, it doesn’t mean we are not going to pick them up,” Francea McNair said on Saturday, citing new federal clean-air regulations expected August 2013 that will assist the agency she heads, the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency — or ORCAA — in monitoring so-called “ultrafine” or “nanoparticulates” that are about 1/30th the width of a human hair.

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Carbon Forestry Landscape Changing

Scoop Independent News
June 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon forestry investments in New Zealand and Australia have taken a blow from the combined effects of legislative uncertainty and the depressed prices for carbon based on Euro problems, but the sector remains cautiously optimistic. In Australia Carbon Conscious Chief Executive Officer, Peter Balsarini, confirmed they are on track to achieve results in line with previous guidance to the market. Their current programme, one of the largest carbon forestry projects in Australia, includes 10,000 hectares of mallee eucalypt planting in the Australian Wheatbelt. 

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Western Australia’s catastrophic forest collapse

The Conversation
June 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Recent, unprecedented, climate-driven forest collapses in Western Australia show us that ecosystem change can be sudden, dramatic and catastrophic. These collapses are a clear signal that we must develop new strategies to mitigate or prevent the future effects of climate change in Australian woodlands and forests. But society’s view of forests is ever-changing: are we willing to understand ecosystems and adapt to changing conditions? The south west of Western Australia has experienced a long-term climate shift since the early 1970s, resulting in dryer and hotter than average conditions. This shifted baseline, or average, has also led to more frequent extreme events. In 2010, the region experienced the driest and second hottest year on record.

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General

A Balanced Approach Between Selective Logging and Conservation

Woodworking Network
June 4, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

GAINESVILLE, FL – Responsible forestry in selectively logged tropical forests can provide economic well-being of forest-dependent communities, says a new study from the University of Florida. A study published in Conservation Letters, one of the leading conservation journals, offers a fascinating look at the work being done to protect the tropical forests of the world. “Sustaining Conservation Values in Selectively Logged Tropical Forests: The Attained and the Attainable,” is the work of some 12 experts in tropical forest research.

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Grim mood follows Kruger’s talk with premier

June 5, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Joseph Kruger’s tone was bleak as he spoke briefly to the media following a two-hour meeting with Premier Kathy Dunderdale about the future of his mill in Corner Brook.
“I’m very very concerned,” he said. “I’m discouraged and I’m concerned about the future of the mill. It’s going to take the people of Corner Brook to make this happen.”

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