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Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Products Enters Oversold Territory

Forbes
July 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…In trading on Tuesday, shares of Resolute Forest Products Inc (Toronto: RFP) entered into oversold territory, hitting an RSI reading of 28.1, after changing hands as low as $10.00 per share. By comparison, the current RSI reading of the S&P/TSX Composite Index is 47.9. A bullish investor could look at RFP’s 28.1 RSI reading today as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side.

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Pulp unions disagree on contract deals

Prince George Citizen
July 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A split formed Friday in the union movement at Prince George’s pulp and paper facilities. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (two Locals: 603 and 1133) accepted a new contract from Canfor Pulp for its workers at the three local plants but the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (Local 9) have turned down virtually the same contract. “This is fairly new territory when we have turned it down but the other union has accepted it. They have a deal; we have to do what we’ve got to do,” said pulp and paper woodworkers national first vice president Frank Robertson.

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West Fraser shares rally after second-quarter results

Timber Trades Journal
July 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser Timber Co’s shares rose by 2% as it reported second-quarter earnings of C$27m and earnings per share of C$0.63 on sales of C$774m. For the first six months of 2012, earnings were C$10m and earnings per share were $0.24, on sales of C$1.5bn. The company said it expected its lumber and panels businesses to improve, as long as new home construction in the US continued to recover.

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Mills look abroad for lumber sales

Prince George Citizen
July 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thanks to Wednesday’s ruling in BC’s favour on the allegations of dumping lumber into the United States, area sawmills can now sell lumber products across the U.S. border with less concern about financial penalties. The decision comes at a time when the BC lumber market is pondering if there is much of a need to sell wood products to American customers. . …“It’s not as simple as just flipping our wood over to some other country, but it is definitely more difficult to do business when the market is distorted by politics,” said Bill Kordyban, president of Carrier Lumber, which sells anywhere from one-third to one-half of its finished products to American customers.

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Province to accept NewPage cleanup liability

Chronicle Herald
July 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is preparing to issue an environmental indemnity that would accept liability for Nova Scotia Power Inc. for any cleanup needed at the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury operation. Last week, an order-in-council authorized an environmental indemnity in favour of Nova Scotia Power, issued under the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund Act and the Finance Act. Pacific West Commercial Corp., a subsidiary of Stern Partners Inc. of Vancouver, has a proposal that would give the mill a so-called load retention tariff by making Nova Scotia Power a partner in the Point Tupper operation.

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SPI worker killed at mill

Union Democrat
July 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A Sierra Pacific Industries worker was killed Monday evening in an accident at the Sonora Lumber Mill in Standard. Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Coroner Rob Lyons confirmed area resident Ron Billings, 25, died at the SPI mill on Standard Road. Family members of mill employees said Billings was killed in an accident involving a piece of equipment, but Lyons could not confirm the nature of the man’s death pending an investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

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State OKs doubling pollution at Old Town pulp mill

Pine Tree Watchdog
July 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The pulp mill in Old Town that has been propped up with millions in federal and state aid has tentatively won its battle to double its allowed pollution rather than fix or replace its aging boiler. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on July 14 it would grant most of the Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill’s request to increase its permitted carbon monoxide emissions. The mill has asked to go from 407 tons per year to 1,045; the state approved a 929-ton maximum. Average permitted daily emissions would also be allowed to increase.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Two Sides U.S. and the Forest Legality Alliance Collaborate to Promote the Responsible Production and Use of Paper

MarketWatch (press release)
July 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CHICAGO, IL — Two Sides U.S. has joined the Forest Legality Alliance (FLA), a joint effort of WRI and the Environmental Investigation Agency, supported by the United States Agency for International Development and companies in the paper and forest products sector. With goals to reduce illegal logging and eliminate illegal fiber in paper products, FLA’s diverse membership includes organizations such as Staples, Ikea, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

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New Legislation Threatens American Jobs and Forests

Huffington Post
July 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

If there’s one thing the Sierra Club and the timber industry can agree on, it’s that our natural resources have precious value. The U.S. forest products industry employs nearly 900,000 men and women and produces approximately $175 billion in products annually. …But, this vital protection is under attack by Representatives Blackburn (TN), Bono-Mack (CA), and Cooper (TN) who want to gut the Lacey Act with a new bill, H.R. 3210. If they are successful, this bill would only benefit illegal loggers and allow them to loot our forests with little accountability or repercussions.

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Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association Welcomes New Member

Woodworking Network
July 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PITTSBURGH – The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association welcomes Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, Inc., Huntland, Tenn., as its newest member. Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods was founded in 1993 as a hardwood manufacturer and wholesaler. Since then, the company expanded its product offerings to include 500,000 board feet of cypress per year.

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Doubts over Australian illegal logging bill

Lesprom Network
July 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia intends its anti-illegal log-ging bill to be the equivalent of the EU Timber Regulation and America’s Lacey Act – a means of minimising the risk of illegally harvested wood entering its market from both overseas and domestic sources, as TTJ reported. But, according to government, industry and NGOs, continuing debate over the content and operation of the bill leaves its introduction date in doubt.

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Forestry

Political leadership needed to reform B.C.’s inefficient forest tenure

The tragedy of the current tenure system is that Crown forests in B.C. currently achieve one of the lowest levels of timber productivity in the western world
Business in Vancouver
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Speculative investors in B.C.’s forest sector are becoming increasingly excited about the prospects of a lumber “super-cycle.” Their excitement is justified. The outlook for a windfall of super-profits within the next several years is supported by an unprecedented rising imbalance between timber demand and supply. Not just in B.C., but in many regions globally. …One good thing arising from the pine beetle tragedy is this: there’s an emerging recognition that it’s time for structural changes in B.C.’s timber supply model. In other words, bold tenure reform.

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Budworm outbreak wreaks havoc on Interior forests

By Larry Pynn – B.C. government sprays record number of hectares to kill pests
Vancouver Sun
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has aerial-sprayed a record 108,000 hectares this summer in the Interior to combat a massive and sustained budworm out-break that is wreaking havoc on valuable Douglas fir forests. More than 600,000 hectares of fir forest from Quesnel to the U.S. border have been hit by the native pest, said Lorraine Maclauchlan, provincial forest entomologist for the Thompson-Okanagan region. The 108,000 hectares were sprayed with Foray 48B – a biological bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki – found naturally in the soil and known to be harmful to the budworm larvae.

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Ontario forest fires prompt evacuations in cottage country

CTV News
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two separate forest fires fueled by hot and dry conditions have forced more than 50 residents from their homes in Ontario’s cottage country. Evacuations were ordered Tuesday in the Milford Bay area of Muskoka as a brush fire over six hectares in size burned out of control in a populated area. …Murphy said the fire was contained for a time, but the Ministry of Natural Resources said that the fire was not considered under control.

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Forest fire near St. John’s still deemed out of control

CBC News
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire just west of St. John’s was still classified as out of control late Tuesday night. The fire was first reported shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, a few kilometres south of the Trans-Canada Highway, near Cochrane Pond Park. It forced the evacuation of numerous campers, as well as workers at the nearby Country Ribbon chicken farm. As of late Tuesday the fire had burned about 8.5 hectares of woodland, but there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

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Active forest management to reduce fire could help protect northern spotted owl

Science Codex
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The northern spotted owl, a threatened species in the Pacific Northwest, would actually benefit in the long run from active management of the forest lands that form its primary habitat and are increasingly vulnerable to stand-replacing fire, researchers conclude in a recent study. Whatever short-term drawbacks there may be from logging, thinning, or other fuel reduction activities in areas with high fire risk would be more than offset by improved forest health and fire-resistance characteristics, the scientists said, which allow more spotted owl habitat to survive in later decades.

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Washington’s forests will lose stored carbon as area burned by wildfire

e Science News
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forests in the Pacific Northwest store more carbon than any other region in the United States, but our warming climate may undermine their storage potential. A new study conducted by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington has found that, by 2040, parts of Washington State could lose as much as a third of their carbon stores, as an increasing area of the state’s forests is projected to be burned by wildfire.

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SD residents can soon apply for pine beetle help

Associated Press
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE, S.D.  — Residents of South Dakota’s Black Hills hoping to learn whether their trees are infested with mountain pine beetles can ask the state to survey their properties starting Aug. 1. The state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry will accept applications through Sept. 17 for the selective program. Officials say that not everyone who applied last year was accepted because there were so many applicants.

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Forestry expert says 2011 drought weakened Texas trees but other stress may have caused deaths

Associated Press
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A forestry expert says the 2011 Texas drought weakened trees but dehydration was likely not why millions of trees died. Eric Taylor is a forestry specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Taylor says in most cases trees that died likely were already stressed from environmental factors, such as overcrowding, age and compacted soil.

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Farmers, forestry workers and fishermen happier than the rest of us, ONS study to find

The Telegraph
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Results from the Government’s first ever survey of National Well Being, published by the Office for National Statistics, are likely to show that people who work in farming, forestry and fishing are happier than others. The ONS – more used to weighing up public sector finances or crime statistics – was given the rather subjective task of asking how happy Britons are by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010.

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Step up forest campaign, state told

The Star
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FOREST conservationists and stakeholders have asked for an intervention to ensure the Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service reach an understanding to save Kenya’s dwindling forest cover. Officials of the Kenya Forests Working Group revealed that the country loses more than Sh32 billion annually through charcoal burning. They added that if the forests are properly managed, they could boost Kenya’s economy. KFWG said the country loses about 12,000 acres of forest cover annually due to illegal loggers and charcoal burners.

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Premier not fazed by forestry peace leak

ABC Online
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Premier, Lara Giddings, is not concerned about the apparent leaking of forest peace deal details. The Australian newspaper has reported that 525,000 hectares of forest will be protected from logging. Environmental and forest industry groups negotiating a reduction in native logging will not confirm or deny the figures. The signatories have been given an extra two weeks to do more modelling on the impacts of a peace deal on industry.

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Leaked figure sparks Tas forestry fears from AAP

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FSC appoints Kim Carstensen as new Director General

Lesprom Network
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The international Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) appointed Kim Carstensen as Director General, starting October 1st, as FSC said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Kim Carstensen brings to the Forest Stewardship Council an extraordinary track record in multi-stakeholder leadership on complex social and environmental issues. He is an international specialist in a wide range of conservation and development issues who in recent years has focused on global climate issues, a topic of critical importance to FSC.

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Deal or no deal Tasmanian style

ABC News, Australia
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A wide ranging discussion on Statewide Mornings with Leon Compton has given insight into where the IGA negotiations stand, after a two week extension was given for representatives to come to agreement. A few things are becoming clearer in relation to the parameters of the discussions, which are being held in confidence. More Commonwealth money may be required in order to fullfil a final agreement that will compensate sawmillers and other workers in the timber industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood Fired Power Plants Often Cited for Polluting

Woodworking Network
July 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

BLUE LAKE, CA – Wood-fueled and other biomass fired electric generating plants are losing green credentials as they rack up citations for air and water pollution, says a Wall St. Journal report. The Journal highlights Blue Lake Power, operated by Renewable Energy Partners, Inc. in Blue lake, CA, cited multiple times for polluting the air. The Journal report says 85 biomass-fueled power plants have been cited for air or water pollution of the 107 operating as of January 2012. The period studied covered the past five years. Some infractions were minor.

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