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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Froggy Foibles

Tanja logging on hold following koala discovery

ABC News Australia
July 31, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Logging operations planned for Tanja State Forest are on hold after a recent survey found evidence of koalas in one of the proposed logging compartments. A Forests NSW spokesperson today confirmed that the operations will not proceed until the harvest plan is amended with appropriate koala protection prescriptions.

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Forestry

Ministry encourages compromise in Pritchard logging

Kamloops Daily News
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province will encourage a forest company with rights to log in watersheds above Pritchard to work out differences with residents of the rural community. The board of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District asked the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on Thursday to place a stop-work order on logging in the Martin Creek and Laveau Creek watersheds… A joint venture by Tolko Industries Ltd. and Neskonlith Indian Band has a licence to take the equivalent of more than 1,000 logging truck loads of timber from the watersheds of the two creeks.

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Wildfire triggers West Kelowna evacuation alert

Residents of Wilson’s Landing warned be ready to leave at a moment’s notice
CBC.ca
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An evacuation alert has been issued for approximately 50 properties in the Wilson’s Landing area of West Kelowna, B.C., after a wildfire jumped a fireguard late Sunday night. The fire was sparked by lightning on Friday and was declared contained by noon on Sunday. However, on Sunday night winds in the area picked up and fanned the flames and on Monday morning officials said what was a fire of 4.4 hectares had grown to 26.6 hectares, and was only 20 per cent contained.

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Forest deal sends wrong message on conservation: environmentalists

Canadian Press
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Environmentalists say new deals signed between the Alberta government and two forestry companies will make it harder for the province to balance industry and conservation. The Alberta Wilderness Association says the 20-year forestry management agreements, posted last week, tie Alberta’s hands as it writes land-use plans to manage increasing pressure on public forests. “The government is sending an unfortunate signal that just looking at the forest as timber supply seems to be the direction it wants to go,” said spokeswoman Carolyn Campbell.

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Musical revue celebrates BC Forest Service centenary

BC Government
Press release
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The government of British Columbia has provided $50,000 to enable a tribute in music, poetry and stories honouring the BC Forest Service’s 2012 centennial year to tour the province. Inspired by the logger poetry of Robert E. Swanson, B.C.’s Bard of the Woods, “Good Timber – Songs and Stories of the Western Logger” presents a spirited depiction of life in the logging camps and communities central to the cultural legacy of forestry in British Columbia.

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Hupacasath First Nation compensated for TFL 44 land removal

Alberni Valley News
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni’s Hupacasath First Nation has signed off on an agreement with the provincial government that compensates the tribe for the removal of private land from Tree Farm License 44. TFL 44 lands are part of 232,000 hectares that comprise the traditional territory of the Hupacasath. The lands in question were removed in 2004. The tribe will receive $305,000 over five years for consultation purposes.

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Restructure and renew Natural Resources Department

Letter to the Editor: From Dale Smith – a conservation planner with a long record of experience in parks
TheChronicleHerald.ca
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Thursday, July 19th edition of your newspaper published two letters to the editor, respectively from representatives of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association and the Friends of Redtail Society. These letters offered positive suggestions to government about long term environmental and economic forest sustainability and engagement of local communities in forest resource management. An underlying theme common to each is the contention that provincial policies regarding Nova Scotia’s forests have been far too heavily weighted toward industrial approaches to forest resource development, for pulp and paper manufacture and export. 

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Lightning sparks new fires

Chronicle Journal
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lightning-caused forest fires continue to concern Ministry of Natural Resources fire managers. Over the past three days almost two dozen new fires — seven on Wednesday alone — have been started by lightning strikes in Northwestern Ontario.  Fire information officer Heather Pridham said “lightning associated with some pretty heavy rainfall” moved through southern areas of the region on Thursday and dropped the fire hazard to low and moderate south of the Trans-Canada Highway.

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End moose problem in southern Sask

Star Phoenix
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the past 20 years they’ve come by the thousands, flocking to the plains of southern Saskatchewan – moose of every shape and size. Typically creatures of the boreal forest and the heavily wooded north country, where 50,000 moose are found, in recent years an estimated 5,000 to 7,500 moose have been living in the wide open prairies of southern Saskatchewan. As evidenced by the latest fatality – RCMP Const. Derek Pineo, killed while on a late-night call after his police cruiser collided with a moose on Highway 14 near Wilkie – moose collisions pose a much higher risk of death.

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USDA Urges the Public to Report Asian Longhorned Beetle Sightings

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is asking the public to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the devastating invasive pest and a critical time for building the public’s awareness of ALB. ALB was first discovered in the United States in 1996, likely arriving via wood packing material from Asia. 

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More views on forest certification programs

Asheville Citizen-Times
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In a July 23 commentary, David Young argued that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program is flawed because it only gives credit to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, excluding other admirable programs such as Tree Farm. All forest certification programs deserve immense recognition for improving forest management, and there’s little value in pitting them against one another. FSC does deserve special recognition because it’s the world’s most rigorous standard for addressing the broad array of complex ecological, economic and social sustainability issues that pervade forest management.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOCRISY: MASSIVE FOREST FIRES ARE UNNECESSARY

By Investigative Journalist, Barry R. Clausen
NewsWithViews.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service employees throughout the west say an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Review can take from one to ten years to complete. Upon completion, there is an additional process for logging contracts or to thin trees on our National and State forest lands. Upon conclusion of that process, environmental groups file lawsuits to stop any logging while homes burn along with our forests and in some cases causing deaths… As environmentalists fight to stop all logging in the forest, one has to wonder if they are just stupid or do they realize what dangers they are permitting to families, their homes and the forests.

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US Forest Service rejects firefighting aircraft study

Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is dismissing a study it commissioned that recommends a major overhaul in its approach to fighting wildfires, suggesting swapping out expensive retardant-dropping air tankers in favor of less costly water-scooping planes. A Rand Corp. study examined the optimal combination of large planes and helicopters deployed to fires, providing an analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of each type of aircraft. 

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
RAND: Put water scoopers at core of firefighting
A think tank says the U.S. Forest Service should pursue a much different strategy for using airplanes to fight wildfires, one that relies more heavily on planes that scoop up water on the fly…

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Greenspace: Forest Field Day to teach woodland management

Post-Bulletin
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…But the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District hopes to teach folks a bit more about our arboreal neighbors. The district’s Forestry Field Day will be held just west of Chatfield today… The seminar will include a walk along private property in Fillmore County as well as a short trek down the Lost Creek Hiking Trail…“They’ll be talking about basic forestry, how to identify trees, forestry management and what your trees are worth,” Ryg said.

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Ark. Forestry Commission seeks budget increase

Associated Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Forestry Commission wants legislators to approve a $1.9 million budget hike next year so it can restore 20 positions that were cut after the agency ran into financial trouble. State Forester Joe Fox told a legislative committee Thursday that 13 of the 20 positions would be for firefighters. The Southwest Times Record reports (http://is.gd/zpMxtR ) that Fox wants to be able to send out firefighters in relief of those who need a rest.

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Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that infests, kills ash trees now in Kansas City area

The Republic
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An insect that destroys ash trees has arrived in the Kansas City area, and officials in neighboring Kansas said they’ve been working to halt the pest’s westward movement. The Missouri Department of Agriculture said the emerald ash borer, which eats and kills ash trees, has been found recently in Platte County. The insect, which was first found in the U.S. in 2002 in Michigan, is thought to have been brought to the country from Asia in cargo ships. The ash borer has since spread to more than 15 states, primarily through firewood. It was first detected in Missouri’s southeastern section in 2008.

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Minn. forest managers deal with tree blowdown

Associated Press
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CASS LAKE, Minn. – Forest managers are trying to determine how best to clean up fallen trees scattered across miles of public lands after straight-line winds roared through northern Minnesota in early July. The July 2 storm knocked down hundreds of thousands of trees from Bemidji to Grand Rapids. Norway Beach on the south shore of Cass Lake was hit hard. Giant, old-growth red pines — many between 100 and 200 years old — are strewn across the landscape, Minnesota Public Radio News reported Friday.

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Tree farmers in France aim to replant Les Landes forest

Drive to repopulate up to 40m saplings in region devastated by Klaus windstorm
The Guardian
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three years ago Gilles de Chassy lost almost 90% of his 220 hectares of pine forest. “All that timber on the ground, with a full range of growth, added up to 30 years’ investment wiped out in just a few hours. It meant that neither myself, nor my children, will earn a penny from our woodland. But for the sake of my grandchildren I’ve decided to replant,” says De Chassy, now retired. “A tree farm is an environmental common good too and it’s our job to maintain it.”

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Forestry workers heckle minister

ABC News Australia
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tempers have run high at a forestry debate near Hobart with a sawmiller ejected by police and the meeting calling for an early election. The Resources Minister, Bryan Green, went head-to-head with Opposition Leader Will Hodgman over the industry’s future. About 150 people attended the debate in Brighton, mostly frustrated forest workers and their families.

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Planet Ark sails in to timber storm (includes video)

ABC News Australia
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Planet Ark is one of Australia’s highest profile environmental groups, backed by celebrities like Pierce Brosnan and Kylie Minogue, and famous for its campaigns on recycling and tree-planting. But the charity, cofounded by tennis great Pat Cash is under attack from its fellow green groups, accused of selling out to the forest industry. 7:.0 has learned that Planet Ark has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship from a timber lobby group and allowed its logo to be used on advertising for wood products. Tonight the organisation’s founders speak out for the first time in this exclusive report from Adam Harvey.

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Siberia ablaze: Raging forest fires engulf five Russian regions

RT.com
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Siberian cities are cloaked in smoke from raging wildfires whipped up by winds. The blazes are raging in five regions, covering an area over 22,200 acres (90 square kilometers). ­The situation is hampered by extreme temperatures. And though all flights in the regional city of Omsk have been grounded by the blaze, firefighters say it poses no threat to populated areas or industry. Thick smoke is holding back containment work and is preventing the emergency planes and helicopters from reaching the worst-hit areas.

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Company & Business News

Sino-Forest Provides Update on the Status of its Accounts Receivable

Canada NewsWire (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Sino-Forest Corporation today provided a status update regarding its efforts to collect accounts receivable owing to subsidiaries of the Company… As at March 30, 2012, a total of $79.6 million was owing to wholly foreign-owned subsidiaries of Sino-Forest, a total of $887.4 million was owing to British Virgin Island (BVI) subsidiaries from authorized intermediaries arising from the sale of standing timber forestry assets and a total of $126.2 million was owing to other BVI subsidiaries from the sale of imported logs and wood products.

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Domtar should consider selling pulp assets: analyst

Financial Post
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

Pulp only accounts for about 15% of Domtar Corp.’s earnings, but the volatile commodity nonetheless tends to be a key driver of the company’s share price. So while prices for northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK), the paper industry’s benchmark for pulp, may take some time to recover given that China is oversupplied, JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh thinks they may be near a bottom. If that’s the case, Domtar should begin to perform better, as it did in both 2010 and 2011, the analyst told clients, upgrading the stock to overweight from neutral.

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Catalyst Paper to close Snowflake recycle mill in Arizona, 308 workers affected

Equities.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Pulp and paper producer Catalyst Paper has announced the permanent closure of its Snowflake recycle mill in northeastern Arizona and its subsidiary, the Apache Railway Company. The move will put 308 workers out of a job after production at the operations shuts down on Sept. 30. The Richmond, B.C.-based company cited flagging demand for newsprint, price volatility and higher freight costs as reasons for the closure.

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Domtar Kamloops ‘above water’ in tough market

Pulp and paper producer reports net earnings of $59 million
Kamloops Daily News
July 27, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar’s Kamloops pulp mill is likely eking out a small profit at today’s falling prices, an analyst said Friday. The international pulp and paper producer reported net earnings of $59 million in the second quarter of this year. That compares with $54 million for the same period in 2011. Revenues were down slightly to $1.37 billion.

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BC pulp mill fined $150k in ‘acutely lethal’ spill

CBC News
July 27, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zellstoff Celgar has been fined $150,000 for spilling millions of litres of effluent into the Columbia River, from their pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C. In 2008, more than 209 million litres of effluent containing “black liquor” — a byproduct from pulp processing used as fuel in the plants — gushed into the Columbia River over two days. In a written release, Environment Canada described the material spilled as “acutely lethal effluent.”

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Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products, Named RISI’s 2012 North American CEO of the Year

Canada NewsWire (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

BEDFORD, Mass. RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced Mr. Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Forest Products, has been selected as RISI’s 2012 North American CEO of the Year. RISI, the leading information provider for the forest products industry, gives the award to honor industry leaders who have made significant achievements over the past year.

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Housing demand boosts lumber sales

CBC.ca
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s been a good summer for sawmills in northeastern Ontario — and that has some thinking optimistically about the forest industry for the first time in years. More Americans are building houses this summer, bumping up lumber prices. This is good news for the mill in Nairn Centre, located west of Sudbury, which was purchased by Eacom from Domtar two years ago. The Nairn Centre mill still has a key client in Domtar’s Espanola pulp and paper mill — where Eacom’s Brian Nicks said his company sells the leftover wood, which is still a big part of their business.

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Weyerhaeuser PT Raised to $23.00

Jags Report
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) had its price target upped by Deutsche Bank from $19.00 to $23.00 in a research note released on Monday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the stock.

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US Fencing Market

MarketWatch (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Demand for fencing in the US is forecast to expand 7.1 percent per year to $8.3 billion in 2016, totaling 835 million linear feet. Growth will be driven by an expected rebound in building construction from a depressed 2011 base. In addition, advances will be supported by rising use of high-value fencing materials, such as ornamental metal and plastic and composite lumber. Consumers will opt for these materials because of their favorable aesthetic qualities and performance properties.

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Harvard still happy with NZ trees

Sky News Australia
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

Harvard University is reaping the rewards of investing in plantation forests in New Zealand when forestry investments were unfashionable. At a CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference where many fund managers talked about shorting the euro and the dire state of European bond markets Jane Mendillo, chief executive of Harvard Management Company, said she really liked natural resources, and in particular timberland. It was a rare appearance from the head of the secretive company that manages the $US32 billion endowment of the ivy league university but the position is consistent.

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Hollund Industrial Marine Set to Finalize Exclusive Technology License

MarketWatch (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

BLAINE, Wash – Hollund Industrial Marine announced today that the company expects by Friday, August 2nd, 2012, to have completed negotiations concerning the company’s acquisition of an exclusive license for the patented underwater logging technology. “For the past few weeks, we’ve been negotiating with the technology owner to secure a multi-year exclusive agreement for the rights to market and operate the patented underwater timber harvesting robotic system,” stated Peter Meier, President of Hollund Industrial.

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Opinion: Timber Tax Terrible Idea for California

By Dan Oney
PublicCEO.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Californians may see a new tax placed on the purchase of lumber products, with Gov. Brown’s proposed Timber Harvest Plan Reform, which includes a new tax on the sale of lumber products, designed to support state regulatory agencies. Rather than reforming the aggressive regulations placed on the timber industry, the governor’s office is suggesting new taxes to pay for the regulations. This tax may very well force small businesses and consumers to look outside the state to purchase lumber products, further weakening the California economy.

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Pellet plant breaks ground in Va., brings economic growth

Biomass Magazine
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

A new 500,000 ton per year pellet production facility in Southampton County, Va. represents the biggest economic development in the county over the past 20 years, according to Michael Johnson, Southampton County administrator. The pellet production facility will be owned and operated by Maryland-based Enviva LP, and following the recent groundbreaking held at the 139-acre site Enviva purchased for $1.5 million, the facility will be operational by the end of 2013.

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Deltic Timber Corporation Stock Upgraded

TheStreet.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Deltic Timber Corporation has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share.

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Pre-Ramadan softwood prices almost unchanged

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 31, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

At the beginning of the third quarter, the majority of central European shippers have been unable to get importers on the softwood lumber markets of North Africa and the Middle East to accept higher selling prices. From what shippers say, importers still have an adequate supply of softwood lumber even for prompt deliveries.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USDA program aids three Maine wood pellet cos.

Mainebiz Daily
July 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Three Maine wood pellet companies are among 125 biofuel producers nationwide receiving payments under a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of sources, including waste products. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Scholastic Reports 2011 Progress toward Industry-Leading Goals for Use of FSC

Company surpassed goal for FSC-Certified Paper by more than 18%
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced another year of significant progress toward the company-wide goal of strengthening its sustainable paper procurement practices and increasing the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council – certified and post-consumer waste recycled paper purchased by the company.

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Wood Industry Worker Shortage?

woodworkingnetwork.com
July 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CINCINNATI, OH – A national shortage of technically qualified employee candidates may be impacting the woodworking industry as well. Ad-Ex International Inc., the 125-employee Cincinnati-based exhibition and retail display manufacturer says it has had six positions open for months, but cannot fill them. Mike Pierdiluca, co-owner of Ad-Ex, tells the Wall St. Journal he gets hundreds of applications for job openings, but most are unqualified. “Based on present economic conditions, we have to be cautious,” Pierdiluca told the Journal. “It’s expensive to train someone.” Younger job seekers don’t have carpentry and painting skills, and one spot has been open for more than a year, he says.

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UK softwood timber production ‘to rise in decades to come’

KMS Baltics
July 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK’s private sector forests will see a rise in their production of softwood timber over the coming 25 years, according to Forestry Commission research… This is due to extensive planting of new conifer forests between 1960 and 1990, which is set to result in a peak in the potential amount of timber available for market. However, the commission noted that the actual amount of timber that will be harvested is dependent on environmental and operational constraints.

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