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Business & Politics

Intelligent Living Announces Launch of “Spirit” Series Green Built

Marketwire (press release)
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Intelligent Living Corp., a leading supplier of green building solutions and innovative home automation and control technology systems, today announced the launch of the Company’s “Spirit” series of modular designed buildings. Targeting the unique needs of First Nations and emergency relief, ILC’s modular buildings are low cost, high quality, energy efficient, and deliver cutting edge building envelopes with minimal environmental and site impacts. …The structures utilize modular construction techniques including: partial structural insulated panels (SIPs), engineered truss joists (TJI®)…

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Pulp mill delayed by 3 weeks

PANow.com
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Expected to be up and running by the middle of last month, it has now been learned that the Prince Albert Pulp Mill is almost three weeks behind schedule. The problem has nothing to do with the site or the machinery; it has to do with a lack of qualified workers. “The reason we’re delayed is because we’ve had a difficult time hiring people,” explained Dale Patterson, General Manager for the mill. “This would be people that are licensed for steam tickets to operate boilers.”

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West Fraser and CNC Sign Education Agreement

Opinion 250 News
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel, B.C.- West Fraser Mills has signed an education partnership agreement with the College of New Caledonia. Under the agreement, there will be local training opportunities for West Fraser employees as well as increased access to programs for students in north-central B.C. The agreement means CNC’s Quesnel campus will become the “College of Choice” for West Fraser Mills employees. “We will collaborate with West Fraser Mills on designing and delivering programs to meet industry-related needs such as millwrights,” said Doug Larsen, CNC Quesnel Regional Director.

Also CNC links with West Fraser Mills in The Prince George Citizen

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Western Canadian resources can help us all

By Pat Bell, BC Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Victoria Times Colonist
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Get the diagnosis wrong and there is not much hope for the treatment plan, if one is required at all. In its Sunday editorial, the Times Colonist continued the debate around federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s “Dutch disease” diagnosis of the Canadian economy. …Since this country was founded, natural resources have been the backbone of our economy. Such natural advantages, when properly managed, entice investors and entrepreneurs and skilled workers, people who benefit each Canadian province and territory. They also provide us the opportunity to develop value-added manufacturing industries, to adapt to shifting economies and take advantage of the demand for products such as wood pellets for bioenergy and softwood lumber for woodframed homes.

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Owner of struggling Kruger mill in Newfoundland imposes contract deadline

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

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — The owners of a struggling newsprint mill in western Newfoundland have given their employees until June 15 to reach a collective agreement. The surprise ultimatum came Tuesday, a day after the chairman of Kruger Inc., Joseph Kruger, met with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale to discuss the future of the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Inc. mill.  Kruger officials said Tuesday the deadline for a new labour contract is important because the mill is facing intense competitive pressures.  Last month, a union representing workers at the mill in Corner Brook rejected the company’s request for measures to deal with the unfunded liability of the workers’ pension plan.

Also Kruger issues ultimatum to unions in The Western Star

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Mill closure would deal blow to forest industry

The Telegram
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A shutdown at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper (CBPP) would saw through the entire forest industry, the province’s Finance minister says. Tom Marshall expects there’d be a detrimental hit to the sector because the bigger sawmills would lose a major customer and partner. The Corner Brook operation is an outlet for lumber byproducts from the sawmills and accepts pulpwood, pulp chips, bark, sawdust and shavings.

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Labour deal saves Norampac Trenton from closure

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

Almost 130 employees can breathe a sigh of relief that they will not be losing their jobs due to the closure of the Norampac containerboard mill in Trenton, Ont. The mill’s owner, Cascades Inc., had announced the imminent closure in April, after the union rejected the company’s offer, but has now decided the mill will stay open. A second vote resulted in a significant majority of employees deciding in favour of Cascades’ final offer.

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Corner Brook mill unions keen to sit down with Kruger

Pulp and paper company says agreement crucial by mid-June
CBC News
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A union leader at the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill is pleased Kruger is calling for a new collective agreement by June 15. “We’ve been trying to get back to the table for three weeks. So, great, we’re going back to the table,” said Bruce Randell, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Local 242 at the mill. He said workers are looking forward to sitting down with Kruger officials to see if they can save the operation because months of uncertainty have already hurt the mill. “Every week we’re losing people. The people are moving away. I mean, we’re losing absolute total talent that we need to keep this mill running, and that’s on the management side, too,” said Randell.

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Bangor timber company purchases Ashland-based flooring line

Bangor Daily News
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND, Maine — A division of an Ashland-based lumber company has been purchased by a land and timber management company based in Bangor. Seven Islands Land Company, a family-owned business managing forests and timber in Maine since 1840, announced Tuesday that it had acquired MooseWood Hardwood Flooring, a line of Kelly Lumber Sales Inc. John McNulty, president of Seven Islands Land Company, said Tuesday that the acquisition process began three months ago and that Seven Islands has been operating under an agreement for the past three weeks.

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Maine hardwood flooring company sold to Seven Islands Land Co. of Bangor

The Republic
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ASHLAND, Maine — Seven Islands Land Co. says it has acquired MooseWood Premium Hardwood Flooring from Kelly Lumber Sales Inc. of Ashland. Seven Islands, a family-owned forest and timber management company in Bangor, says it intends to keep MooseWood’s current workforce of 16 employees while investing in operations and strengthening distribution of the premium hardwood flooring.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Going green pays off for Vancouver print firm

Vancouver Sun
June 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nikos Kallas believes green is the printing industry’s most striking colour. The president of Vancouver’s family-owned MET Fine Printers has been a longtime believer that a zero-waste policy, including environmentally friendly inks and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-approved paper, is not only right but profitable. “I believe it [and adherence to green principles] is the future, not only in the printing industry, but in all industry,” said Kallas, whose company has won several awards and recognition as one of Vancouver’s leaders in green business.

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LEED Upgrade Being Delayed to 2013

EcoGeek
June 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The US Green Building Council has announced that the planned revision of the LEED green building system which was due later this year has now been delayed until at least the middle of next year. What was supposed to be called LEED 2012 is being renamed LEEDv4 (the current version, LEED 2009, was version 3). LEED is a developing system, not a fixed standard. Previous transformations have revised and reoriented the rating system, and this has helped to advance the cause of green building. …Arguments over standards for the certification of wood have been particularly contentious. And just this week, congressional hearings on green building science are being held. 

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Forestry

Coalition targets Tories on regulatory changes

Environmental groups, natives and unions join forces, call omnibus budget bill an attack on democracy as Conservatives counter-attack
Vancouver Sun
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Declaring democracy in Canada is at risk, scientist and activist David Suzuki helped launch a campaign Monday to fight a Tory omnibus bill opponents say weakens environmental protections. The campaign – which encourages the public to speak out against Bill C-38 – includes more than 500 environmental organizations, as well as union groups, some businesses and first nations, which represent millions of Canadians, say organizers. In a symbolic gesture as part of the Black Out, Speak Out campaign, organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation… blacked out their websites for the day.

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The case for strong environmental assessment

Vancouver Sun
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. – Winston Churchill.  Canadians should worry about Bill C-38 – Ottawa’s bid to gut the Environmental Assessment Act. Let’s not forget that there is a compelling reason for environmental assessments of industrial projects….The current federal environmental assessment regime has largely worked. While it approves the vast majority of projects, it often improves them and reduces environmental impacts. And, very occasionally, it rejects particularly harmful projects. For example, it nixed Taseko Mine’s
proposal to drain B.C.’s Fish Lake, a premier fishing lake home to 85,000 rainbow trout.

Related article
Budget bill triggers national campaign in defence of nature and democracy” from the Vancouver Sun

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Special Committee on Timber Supply

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On May 16, 2012, the Legislative Assembly agreed that a Special Committee on Timber Supply be appointed to examine, inquire into and make recommendations with respect to mid-term timber supply for British Columbia resulting from the pine beetle epidemic-related loss of timber supply in the central interior, and to conduct consultations on this issue with the public and local governments, including communities and First Nations, by means the Special Committee considers appropriate, with a final report due August 15, 2012.

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Christy Clark’s $1-a-year economic adviser quits to rally support for Premier

Globe and Mail
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jim Shepard, the former Finning and Canfor CEO, is quitting his post as a $1-a-year economic adviser to Premier Christy Clark to rally a citizens movement to save the B.C. premier at the polls in the provincial election next May. …Mr. Shepard, 73, elaborated after the speech. He said he will step down on Friday, and form a group called The Concerned Citizens for British Columbia, with one goal: “to get Christy Clark and the free-enterprise government re-elected.”

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Fire hazard heads west

Northern Life
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The fire hazard situation is shifting to the northwest, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Forest fire activity was quiet on June 4 with two new fires confirmed in the province, making for a total of 12 active fires burning 47,854 hectares. The fire hazard remains low in the northeast, but is climbing in the northwest region. There was one confirmed fire June 4 in the northeast region; Cochrane 19 is currently being fought. Suppression efforts continue and good progress is being made on all existing fires.

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Regulation of logging roads needs a permanent solution, Wash. timber leaders say

by Washington Forest Protection Association
PRNewsire press release
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

OLYMPIA, Wash.– The recent news that the U.S. EPA will regulate logging roads with state-managed best management practices instead of federal permits is encouraging, but much more work remains to provide long-term legal certainty to forest landowners, …For Washington forest owners to have certainty, either the U.S. Supreme Court must take the Ninth Circuit case, or failing that, Congress must approve a permanent stay of the Ninth Circuit ruling. The Supreme Court is expected to make its decision on whether to take the case later this month.

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Boy Scouts Team with SFI in Forest Stewardship Program

Triple Pundit
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Boy Scouts of America has joined with the industry certification group Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., in an effort that could see more SFI stakeholders volunteering to help scouts earn merit badges related to forestry and environmental science. The two organizations will partner up to “show scouts the value of our natural environment and how the future of our forests depends on the actions we take today,” according to a statement by Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America.

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U.S. Forest chief surveys massive New Mexico wildfire

Associated Press
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A rugged swath of forest in southwestern New Mexico pumped out more columns of smoke Tuesday as U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell surveyed the burn scar being left behind by what has developed into the largest wildfire in the nation. Tidwell took an early morning aerial tour of the blaze, which has scorched more than 400 square miles since being sparked by lightning about three weeks ago. The fire became the largest in New Mexico’s recorded history after making daily runs across tens of thousands of acres as winds whipped fiercely. Tidwell said his flight over the fire brought home its size and the ruggedness of the Gila wilderness.

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A losing hand

Letter by Bill Hallinan
Helena Independent Record
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s a rule in argumentation that the first one to throw the Nazi card loses. Michael Garrity lost. He stepped over the line on Memorial Day by equating the timber corporations to Nazis and the supporters of wild lands as traitors. Let’s take the Garrity litmus test: Do you work in the timber industry? Nazi party member. Do you sell lumber and forest products? Nazi sympathizer. Do you buy forest products from any local mill or store? Nazi. …Mr. Garrity, please reconsider your words on Memorial Day. People who work in the timber industry are Americans. People who work to preserve wild lands are patriotic and passionate.  

Original article Montana’s no place for ‘lawless logging’ in The Great Falls Tribune

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4FRI contract awarded for forest thinning: Will affect Apache NF in Greenlee County

Eastern Arizona Courier
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has selected its contractor for the largest stewardship contract in the agency’s history. Pioneer Forest Products was selected as the contractor to perform treatments on the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests in Arizona. A Forest Service news release said the contract will result in 300,000 acres of restoration-based thinning over 10 years. It will also improve forest health by reducing the risk from wildfire to communities, creating jobs and improving local economies.

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Forest Service buildings crunched by storm-hit trees in Valley County

About 7,000 customers were still waiting for power on Tuesday.
The Idaho Statesman
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wind gusts of 66 mph knocked down more than two dozen 120-foot-tall trees near a compound Monday night. Trees fell on three buildings and a U.S. Forest Service truck at the Krassel Work Center, which has bunkhouses for seasonal and temporary employees, said Laura Pramuk, public affairs officer for the Payette National Forest.

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Forest restoration contract sparks a firestorm of criticism

Payson Roundup
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service’s choice of an out-of-state contractor to thin 300,000 acres of overgrown, fire-prone forests has drawn a seemingly universal chorus of complaints from groups closest to the process. …However, the most strident criticism of the contract selection came from precisely those outside officials on that monitoring group who spent years hashing out a consensus on how to restore forest health and reduce wildfire dangers by sparing the big trees and making it profitable for timber companies to remove the brush and small trees.

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Their View: Responsible forest management is imperative

Silver City Sun News
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For two weeks, a massive fire has burned nearly 200,000 acres in the Gila Wilderness and National Forest. … We appreciate the heroic efforts of the more than 1,000 personnel battling this inferno. These heroes put their lives on the line to help others, and show us what it truly means to be a public servant. Still, thousands of New Mexicans continue to wonder why our forests are allowed to become powder kegs that invite bigger and hotter fires every summer. It isn’t a matter of if our beautiful state’s forests are going to burn — it is only a matter of when. It does not have to be this way. The biggest hindrance is the U.S. Forest Service bureaucracy in Washington, which caters to extreme interest groups that stop responsible forest management.

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Forestry officials show off new wildfire equipment

Associated Press
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina Forestry officials are heading to the Statehouse to show off their newest equipment to fight wildfires. The agency will display two of its new closed-cab fire suppression units Wednesday to Gov. Nikki Haley and other state leaders. The Forestry Commission is buying 10 of the new units with $3 million given to the agency last year. The agency says the closed-cab units are much safer because they filter out smoke and keep the operator cool, allowing for better decision-making.

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USDA to celebrate first log exports from Virginia to China under 6-month pilot project

The Republic
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SUFFOLK, Va. — Agriculture officials are celebrating the first log exports from Virginia to China under a new pilot program. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are set to mark the inaugural shipments under the program at the Royal Fumigation facility in Suffolk on Wednesday. China banned exports of un-milled soft- and hardwood logs from Virginia and South Carolina in April 2011, citing pests found on U.S. exports.

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Logging company to be investigated

Solomon Star
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A LOGGING company will be investigated for allegedly breaching the quarantine and customs law after soil was found in a number of their imported machineries last week. This was confirmed yesterday by Quarantine director Francis Tsatsia. He said once information are being collected and the company is identified investigation will kick off.  The company imported a number used machineries and upon quarantine check at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) soil have been which had been described as a breach of the quarantine regulation.

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China adds 60m hectares of forest area

China Daily
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING – China’s total forest area has increased to 195 million hectares from 134 million hectares in 1992, marking a net gain of 60 million hectares within 20 years, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) said Monday. Despite a decreasing global forest reserve, China’s forest inventory expanded by 3.6 billion cubic meters to reach 13.7 billion cubic meters during the past 20 years, SFA Vice Minister Yin Hong said at a press conference.

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Asia Pulp & Paper Group Charts a Course to World-Class Industry Standards in Sustainable Business

Financial Post
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has today published its Sustainability Roadmap for 2020 and beyond, a period in which it aims to put conserving Indonesia’s natural resources at the heart of its business strategy. The publication of APP’s Roadmap follows just two weeks after the Group committed itself to the internationally-accepted principles of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF), and suspending natural forest clearance on its own plantations. Current independent suppliers will have until the end of 2014 to comply with APP’s new HCVF rules.

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Three million pine seedlings ready to plant

Cowra Community News
June 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THREE million pine seedlings will be planted in forests at Bathurst, Orange, Oberon and Lithgow beginning this week, says Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson. “These seedlings are part of a Forests New South Wales planting operation that will see approximately nine million seedlings across 7500 hectares around the state,” she says. “The re-establishment process is vital to the sustainability of the Central West softwood forestry industry, which employs approximately 2000 people in full-time or equivalent jobs across the forest management and timber processing sectors.

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