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Daily Archives: August 1, 2012

Business & Politics

Sino-Forest says several companies that owe it millions no longer exist

National Post
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO — The business of Sino-Forest Corp. continues to disintegrate in China, as third parties that allegedly owe it money have simply ceased to exist. It raises troubling questions about who these companies are, and about the general nature of Sino’s third-party relationships. Sino-Forest, which is operating in bankruptcy protection, said that three so-called “authorized intermediaries” (or AIs) that owe its subsidiaries a total of US$504.8-million have been deregistered under Chinese law.

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Resolute and Fibrek Complete Second Step Arrangement

Canada Newswire press release
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Resolute Forest Products Inc. and Fibrek Inc. announced today the completion of their previously announced second step plan of arrangement transaction (the “arrangement”), whereby Fibrek and RFP Acquisition Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Resolute, have amalgamated resulting in Resolute indirectly owning 100% of the shares of Fibrek Inc.

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Resolute Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2012 Results

Canada Newswire press release
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today reported a net loss of $20 million for the second quarter, or $(0.20) per share, on sales of $1.2 billion. This compares with net income of $61 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, on sales of $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2011.

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Western Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Marketwire (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Western Forest Products Inc. (“Western” or “the Company”) today announced results for the second quarter of 2012. The Company reported EBITDA of $20.4 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to EBITDA of $9.3 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $21.2 million for the second quarter of 2011.

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Western Forest Products Appoints Don Demens as President

MarketWatch (press release)
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Jul 31, 2012 — The Board of Directors of Western Forest Products Inc.  today announced the appointment of Don Demens as President of the Company, effective immediately. Originally hired in 2009, Mr. Demens was later appointed Sr. Vice President, Sales and Manufacturing and in 2011 assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Demens has over 25 years of coastal forest industry experience including time spent in Japan.

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Group of seven struggles with pine beetle aftermath

The industry’s biggest concern is the domino effect of changing regulations in one forest district and not others
Business in Vancouver
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

All eyes in B.C’s multibillion-dollar forestry industry this summer are focused on the province’s own group of seven, which has been given the task of redefining the value of beautiful B.C.’s landscape. But unlike the famous painters who redefined the Canadian art scene nearly a century ago, this seven-member party of MLAs is knee-deep in annual allowable cut regulations, old-growth management areas and a host of other bark-and-branch terms that amount to one question: How can the government alter B.C.’s timber harvesting regulations to keep Interior mills running in the aftermath of the mountain pine beetle infestation?

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The small town trap: Conflagration and collapse

July 20 marked six months since an explosion at Burns Lake’s sawmill destroyed the town’s major industry. In this first in a two-part series, Joel McKay travels to northern B.C. to gauge the impact of such disasters on the economy of single-industry towns
Business in Vancouver
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For more than a century, forestry, mining and railroad towns have risen and collapsed on the back of cyclical resource industries.  The tragedy at Burns Lake is the latest example of one such boom-and-bust town forced to grapple with the financial realities of being dependent on one major employer.  The Babine Forest Products mill, jointly owned by Oregon-based Hampton Affiliates and the Burns Lake Native Development Corp. (BLNDC), was the economic lifeblood of the community of 2,000.

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Louisiana-Pacific 2Q loss widens on charges

CBS News
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Losses widened during the second quarter at Louisiana-Pacific Corp. as the building products company refinanced debt. The company’s adjusted profit fell short of Wall Street predictions and its shares tumbled nearly 10 percent in midday trading. Louisiana-Pacific posted a loss of $37.3 million, or 27 cents per share, compared with a loss of $35.5 million, or 27 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

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Brookfield Infrastructure retooling its portfolio

Globe and Mail
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Brookfield Infrastructure is looking to shuffle a portion of its portfolio by adding in areas like toll roads and utilities, and by divesting assets tied to timber and other non-core groups. …But while Brookfield keeps adding, it also announced that it is looking to sell off some “timber and certain non-core assets” to “reinvest capital in assets that offer superior returns.” Few details were provided, but obviously Brookfield thinks it can make more money elsewhere.

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Weyerhaeuser Earnings Up Eight-fold on Housing Rebound

Woodworking Network
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, WA – Driven by housing recovery, Weyerhaeuser’s (NYSE: WY) second quarter net earnings rose more than eight-fold to $84 million, on net sales of $1.8 billion. This compares with net earnings of $10 million on net sales from continuing operations of $1.6 billion for the same period last year. “We are seeing signs of a rebound in the U.S. housing market, and as markets strengthen, the operational improvements within our Wood Products business are yielding clear results,” said Dan Fulton, president and chief executive officer.

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Green light for forestry sale

Timaru Herlad
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Craigmore Sustainables has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy about 9199ha of North Island forestry land. The company is the brainchild of South Canterbury businessman and farmer Forbes Elworthy and is based in London. It also has offices around New Zealand. 

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International Paper reports second quarter earnings

Pulp and Paper News
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

International Paper recently reported second-quarter 2012 net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaling $134 million ($0.31 per share) compared with net earnings of $188 million ($0.43 per share) in the first quarter of 2012 and $219 million ($0.51 per share) in the second quarter of 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED changes generate debate

Capital Press
July 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Proposed changes to a popular “green building” program have raised concerns among dueling groups that certify sustainable timber production. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, or LEED, is revamping its system for rating earth-friendly building practices. The role of ecologically harvested timber will change under the proposed rating system, which has drawn the attention of two groups that have been sparring over the issue. Until now, only wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council has been recognized under the LEED system.

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Defra unveils wood consultation

Materials Recycling Week
July 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Defra’s latest proposals tacitly rule out a fully-blown ban on landfilling wood and suggest ministers could consider no restrictions at all. The consultation document, Call for Evidence – Restricting Wood Waste to Landfill in England, does not explicitly mention the prospect of a ban in any of the 36 questions. Moreover, Defra has asked for views on alternative measures to restrictions and stated they are “interested in the ‘do nothing’ option”.

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Forestry

Rendezvous brings historic forest vessels to Victoria

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Have you ever wanted to board a piece of provincial history? You now have the chance as the annual Ex-Forest Service Vessel Squadron Rendezvous comes to Victoria this long weekend. The rendezvous is a multi-day event from Aug. 3-6 organized by the Ex-Forest Service Vessel Squadron, a group of private individuals dedicated to preserving the rich floating history of our province’s Forest Service.

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More logging won’t cure trade’s ills

By Ken Wu – Coastal forest industry’s job losses are the result of resource depletion and ecosystem collapse
Vancouver Sun
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberal government stirred up controversy recently by proposing to remove scenic forest protections in the Harrison, Chehalis and Stave Lakes regions near Vancouver. Their “quick-fix” attempt to provide more timber for logging fails to recognize that the coastal forest industry’s 20-year decline has fundamentally been driven by their own resource depletion policies. …This practice of high-grade resource depletion and the accompanying job losses in B.C.’s forests has its parallels throughout the history of unsustainable resource extraction. As always, those responsible for the crisis deny all evidence that the resource is being over-exploited – until the very end.

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Board to audit Stella-Jones’s forestry operations

BC Forest Practices Board
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — The Forest Practices Board will audit the forest practices of Stella-Jones Canada Inc. on Forest Licence A20196 starting August 7, 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. .

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More Local Say in Forest Management

Government of Ontario News
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario has entered into an historic partnership with Obishikokaang Resources, a forest management corporation owned by Lac Seul First Nation, by issuing an enhanced Forest Resource Licence that will create jobs and boost the local economy. This is the first Forest Resource Licence that enables a community to not only harvest wood, but manage the forest it comes from.

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Province, First Nation reach forestry deal

KenoraOnline
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle announced an agreement with Lac Seul First Nation Tuesday for the joint management of the forest and its resources. The province says it’s part of their Grow North Plan, as well as their efforts to modernize forest tenure, while providing more local say in how the land is used. In their consultations regarding updating the allocation of the wood supply in the province two years ago, Queen’s Park suggested forming less management areas involving larger areas of land. The government hoped these management units would be more responsive to market conditions, in the wake of the forestry crisis.

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Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories officially opens

Sault Star
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sault Ste. Marie is now the official home of Canada’s one and only insect production and quarantine laboratory. Natural Resources Canada Minister Joe Oliver, Sault MP Bryan Hayes and MPP David Orazietti marked the official opening of the multi-million-dollar retrofit project Tuesday. The project turned 16,000-square-feet of existing Great Lakes Forestry Centre space into a production and quarantine laboratory, where invasive species will be studied by both provincial and federal government research scientists. Oliver said the facility is the only one of its kind in Canada and the largest single investment in forest insect research in the country.

Click here for press release from Government of Canada

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Quebec forest fires up by 30 per cent

Open-air camp fires forbiddent
Montreal Gazette
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Mid-way through the two-week construction holiday, Quebec’s forest fire protection agency, the SOPFEU, is reminding people to be cautious while on vacation. Open-air camp fires are banned in or near forests in several northern sectors of the province, including in Abitibi-Temiscamingue and in the Mauricie.

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West’s forests might see century of drought, study finds

msnbc.com
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Western forests could be facing a 100-year drought, turning to scrubland by the end of the century – and taking their ability to soak up carbon with them, according to a new study. The new research, published in Nature Geoscience July 29, suggests the western evergreen forests, which cover an area from southern Canada to northern Mexico, took up a lot less carbon from the atmosphere during the drought that lasted from 2000-2004. That’s normal, and expected. The question is what happens after that.

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Western wildfire recovery likely to take years

Associated Press
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — A once-thriving Colorado neighborhood of homes and healthy trees has been reduced to a barren expanse of ash and debris. Across the state, a river prized for its trout, rapids and pristine water instead flows as an oily, black brew every time rain falls on nearby slopes charred by wildfire. ,,,Erosion from seared hillsides buries roads in mud and pollutes rivers that supply tap water. The point was driven home earlier this week when a mudslide following heavy rain in Colorado’s Waldo Canyon burn area temporarily closed U.S. 24 near Manitou Springs.

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My turn: Juneau’s 100-year forest

Juneau Empire
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The CBJ Assembly is charged with the wise utilization and management of boroughs assets, including natural, renewable resources, such as timber. The CBJ is 3,244 square miles, just over two million acres and it owns over 22,000 of those acres which are covered in second growth timber. At the turn of the 20th century Juneau’s timber was harvested for housing, boat building, firewood and the mining industry. That utilization of timber 100 years ago created our current second growth forest which is ripe for harvest given the information contained in the U.S. Forest Service’s new Tongass National Forest management plan

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Timber salvage sought in NW Montana

Associated Press
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The manager of the Swan River State Forest in northwestern Montana says an attempt to put together a timber salvage is being made for 1.5 million board feet from various types of trees blown down during a severe storm last month.  Dan Roberson tells the Daily Inter Lake that most of the trees blown down in the June 26 storm are in the White Porcupine forest management project.

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Maintaining Kalispell’s urban forest a constant challenge

Daily Inter Lake
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From dealing with wind damage to Dutch elm disease, regular pruning needs and backed-up requests for new tree plantings, Kalispell’s “urban forest” has been keeping the city’s Parks and Recreation Department busy. Windstorms earlier this summer forced the parks crew to strike a balance between tree-branch cleanup and tree removal — which lasted for weeks after the storms — and other summer duties such as cleaning and mowing city parks. Crews were “spread a little thin,” said Mike Baker, Kalispell’s director of parks and recreation.

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Control burn now or pay price later

Lake Country Record Bee
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The wildfires on Cow Mountain and near Rodman Slough on Saturday left more than a few Lake County residents a little anxious…. Fifty years ago ranchers routinely burned the mountain during the winter months. In fact, Cow Mountain was the site of control burns annually and not only did the burning provide excellent habitat for wildlife, but it also protected the homes in Scotts Valley. There is no question that much of the county needs to be controlled burned to prevent major wildfires.

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Michigan Tech revives forestry, conservation program for Flint youth in the Upper Peninsula

MLive.com
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Dick Laing recalls with pride working with Michigan Tech University on a residential “boot camp” style program in forestry and conservation skills in the Upper Peninsula that helped disadvantaged youngsters develop life skills. The program eventually fell victim to budgetary neglect, he says. Laing never doubted, however, the value of the effort to put children from urban areas out into the natural wonders of Michigan.

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Green group sees red over court case –

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

The North East Forest Alliance will meet with the Environment Protection Authority today to find out why legal action over logging breaches was dropped. NEFA spokesman Dailan Pugh says a court case over logging breaches in an area west of Evans Head was supposed to start last week. He says 120 trees were illegally cut down in the Doubleduke State Forest. Mr Pugh says Forests NSW should be facing fines of up to 16 million dollars.

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Timber plunder upsets envoys

The Citizen Daily
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Finland and Norway have expressed concern over Tanzania’s failure to implement land policies aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the forestry sector, particularly in reducing illegal harvesting of the country’s precious timber. In their joint statement yesterday the Finnish ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Sinikka Antila and a counsellor with the Norwegian Embassy, Ms Inger Naess, said various studies have revealed massive illegal harvesting of timber, but the government was doing nothing tangible to arrest the situation.

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Planet Ark founders cut ties with ‘lost’ organisation

ABC News, Australia
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The founders of environment group Planet Ark are speaking out about the charity they say has lost its way. Environmentalist Jon Dee and tennis great Pat Cash founded Planet Ark 20 years ago. …After National Tree Day at the weekend, Mr Dee and Mr Cash have told 7.30 they are particularly upset about Planet Ark’s links with the timber industry. Planet Ark has allowed its logo to be used on advertisements for timber, paid for by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA).

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Greens accuse Libs of forestry backflip

ABC News, Australia
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens have accused the Liberals of playing populist politics, by changing their forest policy after a fiery logging debate. The Greens Leader, Nick McKim, says up until the past 48 hours, the Liberals’ policy was to reserve up to 150,000 hectares of native forest. The party’s website has now been amended and says: “After taking relevant information for 18 months, we have now decided enough is enough and we won’t be supporting anymore lock-ups.”

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Forestry worker admits health and safety breach

Newstalk ZB
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forestry worker has admitted to breaching the Health and Safety Act after a co-worker was struck by a log hauler cable in Mohaka Forest, North of Napier. Layton Te Ngahue was in charge of an operation to move felled trees and failed to ensure that other workers were out of the way before beginning the process.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

It’s time to scrap the Pacific Carbon Trust

The Province
July 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government’s Pacific Carbon Trust has become frighteningly adept at taking taxpayers’ money – $14 million last year – and transferring it to big businesses.  It’s time for the provincial government to scrap the trust, and end corporate welfare disguised as environmentalism. …Encana, with sales of nearly $7. 5 billion, was paid for 84,276 credits. Canfor, a $2.5-bil-lion company, was paid for 41,573 credits. Other beneficiaries included TimberWest and Interfor.

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Coast Guard, USDA strategize for biomass in southeast Alaska

Biomass Magazine
July 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In an effort to reduce overall heating costs for its larger Alaskan facilities, the U.S. Coast Guard is making efforts to convert from heating oil to wood pellets and is collaborating with the USDA’s Forest Service to further progress. The Coast Guard recently signed an interagency agreement with the Forest Service to support this and other forest product and renewable energy initiatives.

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