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Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

Business & Politics

Mayor of Chetwynd Not Worried About Pulp Mill Closure

HQPrinceGeorge.com
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Following news Tembec will put its Chetwynd pulp mill into an indefinite shutdown by mid September, the District’s mayor isn’t too concerned about the impact on the community. Merlin Nichols says the region is seeing a real boom in other sectors and he doesn’t expect those left unemployed after the mill’s closure to be out of work for long. “Most of the mill workers are highly skilled trades people who probably will be absorbed into the other industries in the area that are having a difficult time recruiting.”

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Explosion at Skookumchuck pulp mill

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was an explosion at the Skookumchuck pulp mill on Thursday, July 12, Tembec is reporting. It occurred shortly after a power outage at around 3 p.m. on Thursday in the plant’s chemical preparation area and chlorine dioxide plant. No one was injured in the blast, but the mill was evacuated. “Our Emergency Response Team handled the situation very well,” said Linda Coates, Tembec’s Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. The pulp mill was closed over the weekend. Tembec was in the process of restarting operations on Monday.

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McLeod Lake BC Logging Company Honoured with Leadership Award

Canada Newswire press release
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO  – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) are pleased to announce that Al Humphrys, the General Manager of Duz Cho Logging has won the FPAC/AFN Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award. The company is 100% owned by the McLeod Lake Indian Band, from McLeod Lake, B.C. Duz Cho was honoured today at the AFN General Assembly in Toronto.   “FPAC is pleased to recognize Al Humphrys and the whole team at Duz Cho
Logging for their excellent business leadership,” said Catherine
Cobden
, President and CEO of FPAC. 

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‘Little guy’ won’t be left out of NewPage creditors’ vote, court hears

Canadian Press
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Local suppliers and other small, unsecured creditors owed money from a shuttered paper mill in Cape Breton won’t be shut out from the sale of the operation, the monitor handling the transaction said Tuesday. The sale of NewPage Port Hawkesbury to Vancouver-based Pacific West Commercial returned to Nova Scotia Supreme Court to address several orders, including one dealing with a creditors’ meeting next month. The Aug. 15 meeting in Port Hawkesbury will give secured and unsecured creditors a chance to accept a proposal on what they’re owed.

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White Birch Paper plans to reopen paper mill in Quebec

Gives it a second chance
Pulp and Paper News
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

White Birch Paper Company announces that it plans to reopen the Stadacona paper mill in Quebec City. The paper mill was idled on December 9, 2011 due to tough market conditions. “This marks a new beginning for the Stadacona mill. A second chance. One that was only accomplished through hard work and sacrifice by many.

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Terrace Bay mill sale cloaked in drama

Chronicle Journal
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The drama over Terrace Bay’s idle pulp plant continued Monday in a Toronto courtroom, with a Chinese company insisting that its offer is better than the Indian bid recommended by the province and the financial firm monitoring the sale.  In a sworn affidavit made on Sunday, Tangshan Sanyou Group Xingda Chemical Fibre said it would offer $35 million for the Terrace Bay plant and retain the mill’s current workforce level of 350 employees.  The province-backed proposal by India’s Aditya Birla Group would see the mill sell for $2 million and employ a reduced workforce of 275.

Also
Terrace Bay Pulp stakeholders wait on judge’s decision from CBC News

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Innovation, but when?

Chronicle Journal
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FOR A TIME it appeared that the Terrace Bay pulp mill was finished. Now, not only is there a solid offer to purchase, but the 65-year-old mill is the subject of a corporate tug-of-war. . …To recap: No company from North America, which has led the world in forestry, was able to present a successful offer for this mill. After the North American garment industry surrendered to Asian competition, Indian and Chinese interests are bidding fiercely for a Terrace Bay mill abandoned by domestic interests and will convert it to make rayon with which to manufacture clothing to sell largely to North Americans.  On this front, Vision2020 seems to be about eight years too late.

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Sierra Pacific Reaches $114.5 Million Wildfire Settlement

Bloomberg
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sierra Pacific Industries Inc., a California lumber company, agreed to pay $47 million and convey 22,500 acres of land worth $67.5 million to the U.S. to resolve a lawsuit claiming it was responsible for a 2007 wildfire. The fire in Plumas County in northern California damaged 46,000 acres of national forest. It started when a bulldozer working on a Sierra Pacific timber project caused a spark, the U.S. government said in a 2009 complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento, California. The blaze was among the most devastating forest fires in California history, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said in an e- mailed statement.

Also
Logger reaches record $122.5 million settlement for California wildfire from Reuters
Feds announce settlement details in Moonlight Fire From the Sacramento Bee
Lumber Giant Agrees to Big Fine for Moonlight Fire from Capital Public Radio
US, lumber giant Sierra Pacific reach settlement over California wildfire From McClatchy.com

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Sierra Pacific Corrects Misstatements Made by United States Attorney on Moonlight Fire

Sierra Pacific Calls for Legislative Reform to Reign-In Bounty Hunter Mentality, Provide Clear Guidelines for Damage Assessments
PR Newsire
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…”Typically, a settlement signifies the end of a dispute, but this is just the beginning,” Warne stated.  Despite the settlement, the government’s press release still attempts to blame the fire on Sierra Pacific’s operations. “The government’s lawyers were at the same depositions that we were; they saw the same investigative mistakes, the same hidden photographs and diagrams, and the same buried or altered witness statements, so when the government tries to say today that Sierra Pacific’s operations started the fire, I am not sure what fire they are referring to,” said Sierra Pacific’s lawyer William Warne.

Also
Sierra Pacific: Bounty Hunters in US Attorneys’ Office from Woodworking Network

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Elders completes forest assets sale

ABC News, Australia
July 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Elders says its proposed sale of forestry assets announced back in April has now been completed. It says the sale of most pulpwood forestry assets in the south-east region of South Australia and south-west of Western Australia is valued at about $60 million.

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Birla goes on a shopping spree

Six acquisitions in just over a year – Kumar Mangalam charts out bold expansion plans
Business Standard
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After two big-ticket acquisitions in 2011 within a gap of a mere 10 days, a journalist asked Kumar Mangalam Birla: “Are we meeting again next week for a new acquisition announcement?” Birla chuckled and said: “No, now you won’t be hearing such news from us for quite some time.” The group went on to make three more acquisitions….That vision is reflected in the acquisition this month of Canadian Terrace Bay Pulp Mill for $300 million ($44 million for the plant and some $250 million in plant upgrades) as well as Swedish specialty pulp-maker Domsjo Fabriker for $340 million around a year ago.

Also
Thai Rayon part of Birla’s pulp mill buy-out from The Nation

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FSC wood and Canada’s Greenest Home

Endeavour Centre
July 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A typical house in North America uses a lot of lumber, and many homes aiming to be more sustainable are not much different in terms of the actual amount of lumber used. Given the demands on our forests, lumber can only be considered a sustainable material if it is properly harvested and processed to minimize damage to forest ecosystems and to ensure continued supplies of wood for the future. ….This should mean it’s easy to get sustainable wood, right? Well, not necessarily. We’ve already documented our trials in sourcing FSC certified plywood for the project (The Plywood Dilemma). Things didn’t get easier when it came to ordering framing lumber…

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Misleading Labels and Greenwashing: What’s A Consumer to Do?

StateImpact Texas
July 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Woe is the eco-conscious consumer. Just when they think they’re buying green, something screws it all up. The latest group allegedly mucking things up is the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which is losing corporate sponsors amid allegations of “green-washing.” …Many of the companies trending away from SFI have instead chosen to become certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the regulatory foresting agency that ForestEthics supports. And caught in the middle are consumers, who still aren’t sure of a “green” label’s worth.

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Timber Design Awards finalists announced

Voxy
July 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

New Zealand’s only Timber Design Awards achieved a massive jump in entries this year, reflecting the desire of professionals to differentiate themselves and their practices from the rest,” says NZ Wood CEO Jane Arnott. “Winning an NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Award provides a competitive edge that is compelling in a marketplace that values expertise. The Awards cater to such expertise, and they help draw a line in the sand between mediocrity and brilliance. In these tough economic times, what better way to do this than to put your work forward to be judged alongside your peers,” says Ms Arnott.

Click here for details on the finalists and their projects

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Forestry

Board to audit forestry operations near Kamloops

BC Forest Practices Board
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — The Forest Practices Board will audit the forest practices of West Fraser Mills Ltd. on Forest Licence A18694 in the Kamloops Timber Supply Area, starting July 23, 2012. The audit will look at harvesting, silviculture, protection, road construction, road maintenance and deactivation, and operational planning that took place in the past two years for compliance with forest practices legislation.West Fraser Mills Ltd. operates under this licence in two areas.

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It’s time to rethink forest policy

July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

….But all is not lost. British Columbia is a rare developed economy that has retained public ownership of substantially all of its productive forest land. This level of state control presents the opportunity to respond to changed circumstances by adapting our forest policies. …The paradigms we once took for granted have shifted, there are new voices to be heard with new stories to tell. It is time to re-examine our forest policies, determine what British Columbians want from their forests and then design the policy tools to get us there. Small focused steps like the legislature’s special committee on timber supply are not enough. After 36 years, it’s time for another royal commission on forestry in B.C.

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Alaska, Ontario crews fight forest fires

Canadian Press
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters from Alaska and Ontario landed Monday in northern Alberta to help fight a forest fire threatening an isolated hamlet. Wildfire information officer Heather Hawkins said 11 firefighters from Alaska and eight from Ontario, along with helicopters and other equipment, were joining more than 300 firefighters who have taken shifts battling the blaze, which is 12 kilometres northeast of Zama City. Some crews arrived last week from the Yukon and New Brunswick.

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Lightning strikes blamed for new forest fires

North Bay Nugget
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The number of forest fires in the province so far this year has almost doubled compared to previous years, although they’re much smaller in size, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Many of the new fires over the weekend in Northeastern Ontario were caused by lightning strikes, said an MNR spokeswoman. There were 60 new fires confirmed in the region this weekend,

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Protest rally against logging on Algonquins’ reserve to be held in Montreal on Wednesday

Montreal Gazette
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – A struggle over indigenous rights will make its way from Quebec’s wilderness to the streets of Montreal on Wednesday. For the last two weeks, about 60 Algonquins in the northern community of Barriere Lake have camped out near a logging site on their reserve to protest against a forestry operation on the grounds of a traditional moose habitat. …We consulted with the band council, who have a responsibility to consult
with their constituents,” Choquette told The Gazette. “We’re operating
with permits issued to us by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wilfdlife.”

Also
Barriere Lake Stands Against Resolute from The Dominion

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Resolute Forest Products Provides Clarity About its Woodlands Operations Near Barrière Lake, Quebec

Canada Newswire press release
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL,- In light of today’s protest by members of the Algonquin First Nations in front of Resolute Forest Products’ headquarters in Montreal, the Company wishes to provide clarity about its ongoing woodlands operations in the Barrière Lake area located in the Outaouais region of Quebec. The wood volume allocation near Barrière Lake was granted to Resolute by the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife (QMNRW) under the terms of the Forest Act of the province of Quebec. This wood allocation supplies the Company’s sawmill located in Maniwaki.

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Nothing fab about these beetles: emerald ash borer threatens ash trees

Montreal Gazette
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…First seen in Montreal last July, the small green insects had destroyed 15 trees by April. Since then, at least seven other damaged trees have been found. …It’s not easy to detect the presence of the insect until the tree is very, very, very badly damaged,” Montreal spokesperson Valérie de Gagné said Tuesday. …Between now and 2015, Montreal will spend $2 million to try to slow the spread of the insect by injecting trees with a pesticide, cutting down damaged trees and encouraging residents to separate branches from other yard waste for green-waste collections.

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Mill Fire 75 percent contained; backfire operations completed

Colusa County Sun Herald
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters have kept the Mill Fire above Goat Mountain Road and away from homes in western Colusa County as backfire operations have now been completed, US Forest Service officials said. The fire, which started July 7 and has consumed 29,552 acres as of Tuesday morning, is 75 percent contained as crews continue to secure a perimeter around the entire blaze in Colusa and Glenn counties.

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Ruidoso forest group pushes for policy changes

Ruidoso News
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A newly formed Ruidoso area group that labeled itself “grassroots” will press Washington to change its policies on wildfire mitigation and suppression. The Little Bear Forest Reform Group also may ask Lincoln County commissioners to take a role in dealing with overgrown areas of the Lincoln National Forest. “We want to try to kind of figure out what happened in this fire and things to be changed,” said Mary Weaver, a real estate associate broker who led a second meeting of the group on Monday that included 30 area residents. “Maybe we can do something to mitigate the potential loss in the future.”

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Three Callaway County brothers honored for forestry management

Fulton Sun
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Three brothers who own and manage a tree farm in Callaway County have been honored by the Missouri Tree Farm Committee for 25 years of exemplary forest management. The award was presented to Carey, Mike and Kevin Riley. They also own the General Motors auto and truck dealership in Jefferson City — Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac — that serves much of Central Missouri. “There are 650 tree farmers in Missouri, and this year the Missouri Department of Conservation recognized 29 family forest owners who have been participating in the Tree Farm program for more than 25 years,” said Brian Schweiss, forestry field program supervisor for the state conservation agency.

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Forest fires ravage parts of Russia

DigitalJournal.com
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tyva – Forest fires are ravaging parts of Russia due to irresponsible handling of fires and grass being cut for agricultural purposes. The St.Petersburg Times reports, authorities declared a state of emergency in seven federal subjects in Russia’s eastern and far eastern territories as forest fires spread across the Country.

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Inquiry urges probe into forestry sale process

ABC News, Australia
July 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A parliamentary inquiry has recommended the auditor-general investigate the sale process of forestry rotations in south-east South Australia. The inquiry’s final report was tabled in Parliament yesterday, with all non-government members of the committee saying the sale should not proceed. Treasurer Jack Snelling has repeatedly said there is no way the sale will be stopped.

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General

It’s time to rethink forest policy

July 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

….But all is not lost. British Columbia is a rare developed economy that has retained public ownership of substantially all of its productive forest land. This level of state control presents the opportunity to respond to changed circumstances by adapting our forest policies. …The paradigms we once took for granted have shifted, there are new voices to be heard with new stories to tell. It is time to re-examine our forest policies, determine what British Columbians want from their forests and then design the policy tools to get us there. Small focused steps like the legislature’s special committee on timber supply are not enough. After 36 years, it’s time for another royal commission on forestry in B.C.

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