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Daily Archives: July 31, 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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Business & Politics

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

Canada NewsWire (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
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: Business & Politics
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: Business & Politics
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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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: Business & Politics
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: Business & Politics
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: Business & Politics
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: Business & Politics
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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Hollund Industrial Marine Set to Finalize Exclusive Technology License

MarketWatch (press release)
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
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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Pellet plant breaks ground in Va., brings economic growth

Biomass Magazine
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
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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Pre-Ramadan softwood prices almost unchanged

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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