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Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Tree swings like they used to make them

Cool Mom Picks
July 15, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East

The handmade tree swing from Philly woodworkers Margaux and Walter Kent is totally made of reclaimed wood and each one is made to order. The one in the photo is reclaimed old growth pine, that was a 19th century house floor joice in its past life. I’d bet if it could talk it would have some really amazing stories. The swing has got nearly a 700 pound tension limit which I imagine should cover most kids–although I love that the shop claims “we do not take any responsibility for ruckus and mayhem that may occur on this swing.”

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Business & Politics

Canfor Pulp, union reach tentative five-year deal

Canada.com
July 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The union representing workers at Canfor Pulp Ltd., says members at two mills in Prince George have reached a tentative five-year deal with the company. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the new contract includes increases in wages and benefits. It also says the agreement will provide labour stability until 2017. Union representatives are recommending that members approve the deal. It says the agreement will serve as a pattern for the industry.
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Krestova residents not happy with pulp mill bio solids in back yard, want product removed

Castlegar Source
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents in Krestova are outraged and concerned an application of bio solids from the Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar to a neighbouring property will contaminate their ground water and threaten their health. “I feel we’re just being used as a dump site,” said Nick Kootnikoff whose well is within the 30-meter legal limit of the dump site. “If I knew what was in there, I’d feel more comfortable, but from what I’ve heard it has sewage sludge in it … I’m uncomfortable with sludge that has human waste in it.”

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Mill electricians still without contract

Western Star
July 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK Electricians at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper have yet to reach a collective agreement with the company, but their union president is hopeful it will happen. Robert Aucoin is the president of Local 96 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) Union. His union was the only one of the five CEP locals at the mill to reject the labour contract offered to them by parent company Kruger Inc. in June. Since that time Aucoin said there have been talks, but still no agreement yet. He wouldn’t provide any details of what has been discussed and expects that more meetings will be scheduled for August.

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Laid-off workers to vote on deal

The Chronicle Journal
July 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The union representing laid-off workers at Terrace Bay’s idled pulp mill reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new contract. The deal is expected to be a key part of getting the plant back in production under a new owner by October. Steelworkers staff rep Herb Daniher said details won’t be released until after the agreement has been ratified. Final voting is set for Monday at 2 p.m. The tentative deal was reached following four days of intense negotiations in Thunder Bay between the Steelworkers and the plant’s intended new owner, India-based Aditya Birla Group.

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BRIGHTON: NewPage casualties piling up

Chronicle Herald
July 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Private contractors say a government aid package for the forestry sector in eastern Nova Scotia is pushing them out of the market and delivering cheap wood from Crown land to Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. on the taxpayer’s dollar. “The price has killed the private contractors,” says Russell Huntington, a spokesman for the recently formed Eastern Nova Scotia Private Wood Producers Association. Huntington claims Northern Pulp is stocking up on subsidized pulpwood under a scheme meant to benefit contractors. Almost a year ago, the government delivered a $14-million aid package to keep contractors busy cutting wood on Crown land.

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Restart of the Stadacona Plant – A sustainable future for our company, exciting prospects for our employees

Canada Newswire press release
July 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUÉBEC – White Birch Paper Company today announced that it plans to reopen the Stadacona mill in Quebec City on August 2nd, which has been closed since December 9th, 2011. The announcement comes after several months of joint efforts with the Government of Quebec and the Syndicat canadien des communications, de l’énergie et du papier (SCEP) Unionized employees, to obtain a sustainable operating plan.

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Chinese firm fought hard for pulp mill

The Chronicle Journal
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Even as a large Indian multinational was negotiating a new collective agreement and working out other crucial details regarding its purchase of Terrace Bay’s pulp mill, a Chinese contender was as late as last week ardently promoting its own multi-million dollar bid as a superior plan. The suspenseful story is outlined in documents to be presented in Toronto today at Ontario’s Superior Court to recommend the mill be sold to India’s Aditya Birla Group.

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Kruger sends pensioners same package

Western Star
July 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — Information packages on Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s proposed pension plan funding relief measure have once again gone out to active employees and pensioners. Kruger Inc., the mill’s parent company, is seeking an extra five years to fund the roughly 30 per cent unfunded portion of its pension plan. That request was initially turned down in May, but remains a part of the mill’s future viability. But this time around Gerald Parsons doesn’t see a need for pensioners to vote on the relief measure.

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Terrace Bay Pulp – More details on the deal with Aditya Birla Group

Net News Ledger
July 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – There are more details coming out on the sale of Terrace Bay Pulp to the Aditya Birla Group. Terrace Bay Pulp has been purchased by the Aditya Birla Group company Grasim Industries. The reported price is $300 million. The company, which has been closed for the past two months has access to 285,000 tonnes of paper grade pulp capacity. A report from India states that the pulp mill will be converted into rayon grade pulp to be used by Grasim for its viscose staple fibre operations.

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Forest Capital Partners sells its timber portfolio

Associated Press
July 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

PORTLAND, Ore.— Forest Capital Partners sold its 1.88 million-acre timberland portfolio on Friday to Hancock Timber Resource Group and Molpus Woodlands Group. The company, which has headquarters in Portland and Boston, originally paid $1.65 billion for the timberland. The financial terms have not been disclosed. Hancock Timber is acquiring 573,000 acres in Oregon, 376,000 acres in Louisiana, 264,000 acres in Washington and 138,000 acres in Idaho. Molpus is buying 286,000 acres in Minnesota, 110,000 acres in Louisiana and 138,000 acres in Idaho.

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Mill brings familiar aroma to downtown

Tidewater News
July 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN—Angela Watson calls it the smell of money. “That’s what my dad used to call it when I was growing up here and would tell him it stinks,” Watson said. …The 35-year-old jeweler and sales associate with Smith Jewelers was talking about the familiar smell that comes from making wood pulp at International Paper, which last week restarted operations to make fluff pulp. The pungent smell is hardly noticed by some downtown employees, while others are happy for its return. Debbie Daughtrey, owner of New Life Resale Boutique, said she’s barely noticed any odor.

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Sawmill meeting gauges local interest, availability of timber

Dailyleader.com
July 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MEADVILLE – A new sawmill may be coming to Franklin County. An unidentified mill has expressed interest in coming to the area, according to consultant Dan Seale, who has been hired by the company to conduct research. Seale held a meeting Thursday evening in Meadville to get input from the community and identify people to supply or be loggers for the mill. He said company officials have already selected a site within the county where they would like to build if they were to come.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

US hardwood Exports at 72-Month High

Woodworking Network
July 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Just released trade statistics for May 2012 included welcome news. U.S. hardwood lumber exports in May totaled 121.4 million board feet (MMBF), the highest level in 72 months and the fifth highest monthly total ever.  For the first five months of 2012, hardwood lumber exports totaled 570.3 MMBF. May shipments to China totaled 46.5 MMBF—the highest ever. June statistics may look even stronger. In a recent survey, we found that nearly 60 percent of North American exporters reported higher shipments in June than in May, with increased activity in Asia, Mexico and the Middle East offsetting reduced business in Europe.

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Superior Logging Company Gets National Attention

WDIO-TV
July 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

An urban logging business from Superior is getting national attention. An unnamed TV program is filming Old Globe Reclaimed Wood Company as they take down the Globe Elevator. The old grain elevator used to the largest in the world but was condemned in 1988. Owners of the Old Globe however have turned this old building into a business, dismantling the elevator and selling it’s parts. Hit hard by the recession employees are finally working full time again after a three year slump.

See Old Globe website here.

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Forestry

Think of future when logging, special committee told

‘We have concerns about opening up our protected areas to harvesting’
Kamloops Daily News
July 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Area First Nations told a special legislative committee meeting in Kamloops on Thursday the province should not allow logging of every last stick of timber in order to prop up jobs. “We have concerns about opening up our protected areas to harvesting,” said Shane Gottfriedson, chief of the Tk’emlups Indian Band and chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council. “It’s a short-term solution. . . . We plan for seven generations.” The committee of Liberals and New Democrats finished its tour of B.C. at a final meeting at Kamloops Coast Hotel and Conference Centre.

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Activist Communiqué: Algonquins of Barriere Lake in standoff with the Sûreté du Québec to prevent logging

rabble.ca (blog)
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake are protesting unauthorized logging on their territory since Resolute Forest Products (formerly known as Abitibi Bowater) began logging last Tuesday without proper community consultation or informed consent to the Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation. The logging area in question is near Poigan Bay, Quebec, within territory that includes Algonquin sacred sites and important moose hunting grounds.

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Hot, dry conditions in Central Canada and Maritimes prompt concerns

TheTyee.ca
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Extreme heat and dry conditions in parts of Central and Eastern Canada have led to a surge in forest fires, limitations on water use, and concerns that crops could be ruined if there’s not more rain soon. This summer has seen record-setting temperatures in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, along with far less rain than normal in many areas. “We’ve definitely beaten a few records in a few areas,” Roberta Diaconesco of Environment Canada said Sunday.

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13 new forest fires

Lake Superior News
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY, ON  —- The day started early for FireRangers with the first confirmed fire being Red Lake Fire Number 39recorded at 8:53am central. Since then it has been non-stop across the region dealing with new fire starts and active fires. Every district in northwestern Ontario had new fires start by the evening of July 14, 2012. There were 13 new forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the time this report was prepared July 14 and more reports were coming in. On July 13, there were a total of 21 new confirmed fires.

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More forest fires in Quebec

CJAD
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are some 20 forest fires burning at the moment in Quebec. They’re primarily in the southern part of the province; the Laurentians, a few the Abitibi and Temiscamangue region. So far this year, there’ve been over 460 forest fires.

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Forestry industry receives $4.2M funding boost

Financial support from the federal and New Brunswick governments will go toward research into innovation and markets.
Daily Business Buzz – Nova Scotia
July 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The federal and New Brunswick governments have announced $4.2 million in funding for new research into innovation and markets for the province’s forestry industry. The money is going towards research and development at the new Northern Hardwood Research Institute at the University of Moncton’s campus in Edmundston.

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Would logging stop Utah’s beetles and blazes?

July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kamas • As vast as Utah’s wildfire season has been already, there are legions of dead, red trees in the Uinta Mountains quietly waiting their turn to burn. It didn’t have to be this way, according to Kamas-based logger and lumber mill owner John Blazzard. He believes a stronger commitment to forest management would have slowed the spruce beetles now killing the range’s Engelmann spruce and the mountain pine beetles that took out lodgepole and ponderosa pine before them.

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Pearce cuts funding, then blames Forest Service

Las Cruces Sun-News
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila Wilderness is the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history and the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso is the more expensive and tragic, causing well over 200 homes to be lost and one lost life was attributed to the fire. These fires could cost upwards of $50 million to contain. Early on, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce began assigning blame. He blames the lack of logging as the reason why the fires are so huge. He says the Forest Service does not thin the forest. He’s wrong. They do. Pearce excels at pointing fingers and misrepresenting the facts. Let’s look at these situations rationally.

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Forest Service spends millions to grapple with immediate effect of Western wildfires

Associated Press
July 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year’s wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts. …Once their work is done, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman said he expects spending to increase significantly.  “This is a very critical stage in the process,” Sherman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “Obviously if we can deal with potential flooding and erosion concerns early on, we will all be much better off.” 

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Forest Service halts logging approvals for old-growth area in southern Utah

Associated Press
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal foresters have backed away from logging a high-country swath of spruce in southern Utah, handing a victory to environmental groups fearing for the survival of a rare hawk. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Utah Environmental Congress say logging would have removed old-growth forests north of Escalante that support a dwindling population of goshawks. They held up the logging plan in federal courts and took credit for the reversal by the U.S. Forest Service. Logging proponents say the decision leaves conditions in the dense forest ripe for a catastrophic wildfire in the area north of Escalante.

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Would logging stop Utah’s beetles and blazes?

July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kamas • As vast as Utah’s wildfire season has been already, there are legions of dead, red trees in the Uinta Mountains quietly waiting their turn to burn. It didn’t have to be this way, according to Kamas-based logger and lumber mill owner John Blazzard. He believes a stronger commitment to forest management would have slowed the spruce beetles now killing the range’s Engelmann spruce and the mountain pine beetles that took out lodgepole and ponderosa pine before them.

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DNR works to stop logging on 640 acres of Atchafalaya basin cypress swamp

Associated Press
July 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says an agreement with the St. Martin Parish School Board has been hammered out to save 640 acres of cypress and hardwood forest under threat of being logged in the Atchafalaya basin. The school board had allowed the tract to be logged but environmental groups recently intervened and threatened to sue. The lawsuit prompted DNR’s conservation plan, according to Dean Wilson, the head of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper.

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Landowner and logger pay for forest harvest violation

WLBZ-TV
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PALMYRA, Maine — After surveying a parcel of land in Palmyra, Forest Rangers with the Maine Forest Service found a landowner and logger committed a forest violation and harvested more trees than the law permits. New Hampshire landowner Janey Barnard and logger Gerhard Grignon, of Athens, Maine, created an “unplanned, clearcut” over 31 acres of land, according to Forest Ranger Jim Ecker. The landowner and logger paid a total of $2 thousand in fines for the Forest Practices Act violation.

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Forester named apprentice of year

Otago Daily Times
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When Gareth Williams was at school, all he wanted to do was play hockey. But since then he has found another focus in his life – forestry – and he says he has “knuckled down” and works hard. Mr Williams (23) gained the top regional title at a recent graduation of Otago-Southland forestry trainees. The Forestry Industry Training and Education Council (Fitec) graduates gained national certificates in forestry disciplines and business skills.

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Political leaders to debate forestry future

Opposition Leader Will Hodgman will take on the Deputy Premier in a forestry industry debate a week after a deal by peace talks signatories is due.
ABC Online
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The debate has been scheduled for a public forum at the end of the month. By then peace deal signatories will have decided whether they can agree on a future for the industry. After a full week of talks, they now have seven days to reach an agreement, but there are no guarantees that the signatories will be successful. Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne is hopeful industry and environmentalists will reach agreement. “It has been a really tough negotiation,” she said.

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Timber groups urged to ‘walk away’ after new peace demands

ABC News, Australia
July 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber groups are being urged to pull the plug on Tasmania’s forest peace talks, just 10 days out from a final deadline. It comes as an influential environment group reiterates it will not accept anything other than all high conservation value forests being given full protection from logging. Markets for Change is not a signatory to the deal but has issued a new list of conditions it wants included. The talks were due to conclude by the end of June but the deadline has since been extended until July 23.

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General

Timber harvest report re-enforces rural Oregon’s need for new industries

The Oregonian
July 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Oregon’s timber-dependent counties have reached the point that good news isn’t really good news. …Enough numbers. The point is that timber harvests in Oregon remain well below the average for the past 25 years, much less the 1970s harvests to which some rural Oregon counties became addicted. Despite some ongoing political efforts to make it easier to cut timber on some government land, it is inconceivable that the timber industry can expand enough to boost Oregon’s hardest-hit counties. We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: Rural Oregon must nurture job-creating industries other than timber. It can be done.

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Roundtable welcomes Arcand, appoints Negris as vice chair

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
BC Government Press Release
July 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

VICTORIA – B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable welcomes MaryAnne Arcand to its board and announces Cybele Negris as the new vice chair. Arcand brings a wealth of diverse business experience and is currently executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association. Negris has been a member of the board since 2009 and is co-founder and president of Webnames.ca. Established in 2005, B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable is co-chaired by Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell and Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger.

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