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Daily Archives: August 3, 2012

Business & Politics

Canfor Pulp president and CEO steps down as company integrates with Canfor

Canadian Press
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. says its president and CEO Joe Nemeth will step down from his role as the company integrates its management with Canfor Corp (TSX:CFP). Nemeth will exit the role effective Sept. 30. Canfor president and CEO Don Kayne will serve in the role for both companies.

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International Forest Products Limited: Higher Volumes and Prices Boost Interfor’s Q2 Results

Marketwatch press release
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED reported net earnings of $0.3 million or $0.01 per share in the second quarter of 2012. Excluding restructuring costs and other one-time items, the Company’s net earnings in the second quarter were $0.9 million or $0.02 per share compared with a net loss of $5.2 million or $0.09 per share in the first quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $3.2 million or $0.06 per share in the second quarter of 2011.

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Unions exploring merger

Prince George Citizen
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some Prince George forestry, railway and media workers could soon be part of Canada’s largest private sector union. Talks between the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW) have progressed enough that leadership of both organizations are recommending they join forces to form a new union. Two CEP locals currently represent forestry workers in Prince George and another local represents workers at the Prince George Citizen. CAW locals also represent workers at Canadian National Railway.

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NSP not responsible for contamination on mill site

Cape Breton Post
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — The province has offered protection to Nova Scotia Power from being liable for any environmental contamination that may be found at the NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill site. …This week, the province filed with the Utility and Review Board an order-in-council dated July 20 authorizing an environmental indemnity for NSPI. The indemnity does not apply to NSPI lands on which the biomass generation facility is being constructed.

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Eight parties made binding offers for Terrace Bay Pulp

Four additional applicants turned down for being past deadline
CBC News
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Terrace Bay Pulp had a lot of suitors. Newly-released documents show the people in charge of the company’s affairs received multiple offers for the mill. A judge’s written reasons for approving the sale of Terrace Bay Pulp to an India-based firm show there was substantial interest in the mill. A total of 13 companies made initial inquiries. By the March deadline, eight had made binding offers. Another four parties showed interest after the deadline.

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Eacom’s Timmins mill to reopen in April

Some employees have picked up work at the company’s Nairn Centre sawmill
CBC News
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Work is beginning to rebuild a Timmins sawmill destroyed by fire this past winter. About 120 people were put out of work in January when the Eacom mill was shutdown after the blaze. Company vice-president Mel Lemky said he’s ordering new machinery. In the meantime, some of the Timmins employees have been working in Eacom’s sawmill in Nairn Centre, just west of Sudbury. Lemky said an extra shift was added at the Nairn mill, to keep up with rising demand for lumber.

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Forest products dispute escalates

J.D. Irving Ltd. unhappy with purchasing through marketing board
CBC News
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A dispute between J.D. Irving Ltd. and the province’s forest products marketing board has escalated. The company has suspended deliveries of pulpwood from some private woodlot owners. This follows a recent ruling by the province’s Forest Products Commission that requires the company to buy through the marketing boards. Robert Fawcett, JDI’s director of forestry relations, says the board’s involvement creates uncertainty. “What one marketing board manager last week at a meeting said what he wanted to do was supply us with a list of names once a week on who might want to sell us wood, and we just can’t run our business on a week of hope, we need certainty of supply,” Fawcett said. The province’s wood producers aren’t happy.

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AF&PA Statement on EPA’S Risk and Technology Review Final Rule for Paper Mill Air Emissions

AF&PA Press release
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Pulp and Paper Industry, also known as the residual risk and technology review rule. “EPA’s reaffirmation of the core elements from the 1998 maximum achievable control technologies (MACT) rule is welcome news.

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Timber could be growth industry if housing soars

USA TODAY
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

For some reason, investors seem to be wary of stocks. It may be because bonds have beaten the stuffing out of stocks for the past 20 years. It may be the stream of scandals plaguing Wall Street. Or it may be that they are Facebook shareholders. So today’s column is about timber. And, yes, there are stocks involved. But for those who want a true long-term timber investment, you’ll also get some tips on how to grow your own.  Timber tumbled, as you might expect, in the housing collapse. From February 2005 through February 2009, traders chopped lumber futures prices down 65%, according to Bloomberg.

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TIAA-CREF Acquires Majority Stake in GreenWood Resources, Inc.

TIAA-CREF.org
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK – TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, today announced it has acquired a majority stake in GreenWood Resources, Inc, one of the nation’s leading timberland investment management organizations. The combination strengthens the size, geographic diversification and scalability of TIAA-CREF’s natural resources platform and underscores the firm’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices.. … As part of the transaction, Clark Binkley, Ph.D. will join GWR as managing director and chief investment officer.

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Who is buying the Mill Valley Lumber Company?

Owners of 120 year-old lumber have accepted an all-cash offer for the land
Marinscope Community Newspapers
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The owners of the 120-year-old Mill Valley Lumber Company have accepted an offer to buy their Miller Avenue property. The buyers of the property are interested in preserving the historic buildings, said listing agent Dianne Andrews of Mill Valley-based McGuire Real Estate.

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Red Tape Chokes California Lumber Industry

Cal Watchdog
July 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

California’s private forest lands are some of the most productive in the world. But state regulation of timber harvesting practices have become so overbearing and complex that the industry is losing lumber manufacturers by the droves, production has been drastically reduced and nearly 10,000 jobs have been lost. California’s forest land permit fees are 10 times more expensive than the permits of land owners in neighboring states.

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Verso Paper closes Minn. mill damaged by fire

Associated Press
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SARTELL, Minn. — Verso Paper Corp. won’t reopen the Sartell paper mill that was heavily damaged by a Memorial Day explosion and fire, putting nearly 260 people out of work, the company said Thursday. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company said it based its decision on the length of time it would take to rebuild and on market challenges. “The decision is not based lightly,” Lyle Fellows, senior vice president of manufacturing for Verso, said at a news conference in Sartell. Fellows also said the Sartell mill, which is more than a century old, has not been competitive for many years.

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Verso Closes Sartell paper mill; Dayton to meet with task force today from Equities.com

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Southern sawmillers swamped by timber waste

ABC News, Australia
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Growing mountains of waste wood are said to be threatening the future of several sawmills in southern Tasmania. Many have started to run out of room to store thousands of tonnes of residue which has been piling up since the closure of the Triabunna woodchip mill last year. Dunalley sawmiller, Ike Kelly, says the absence of a woodchip exporter in the south has reduced his income by a third and he fears some businesses will have to close if a solution is not found urgently. “There’re two mills down the Huon that have 2,000 or 3,000 tonne between them and it’s just sitting there,” he said.

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Mercer profit falls on lower pulp prices

Reuters
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Pulp producer Mercer International Inc reported a nearly 90 percent fall in its second-quarter profit on lower pulp prices and lower demand from China. Net income attributable to common shareholders fell to 1.5 million euros ($1.82 million), or 3 euro cents per share, from 14.4 million euros, or 26 euro cents a share, a year ago. Revenue fell 13 percent to 204.1 million euros.

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Mill blaze to spark production move

ABC News, Australia
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Auswest Timber says it is working to move some production to its Pemberton mill to avoid putting its employees, and others in the industry, out of work because of a fire that caused significant damage. About 20 per cent of the facility in Deanmill was badly damaged yesterday morning in a fire authorities say was sparked by unsafe grinding or welding work. The mill had been back in operation for just a few months after being shut down by Gunns early last year.

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Stability restored to exports of Elliotis pine plywood

EUWID
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After a prolonged period of decline, Brazilian exports of Elliotis pine plywood stabilised at last year’s level in the first six months of 2012. The export statistics produced by Abimci show only a minor reduction of 1% to 487,753 m³ for the period of January to June.

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Norske Skog Targets Cheapest Bonds Over Maturity in Buy Backs

Bloomberg
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skogindustrier ASA (NSG), Europe’s third-largest maker of newsprint, is targeting the bonds trading the cheapest rather than those with the shortest maturities as it buys back debt to trim its balance sheet. “We are looking at the yield” when doing repurchases, Chief Financial Officer Audun Roeneid said today in an interview in Oslo. Norske Skog is looking at the bonds maturing 2014 through 2017, he said. The company, based in Lysaker, Norway, bought back $46.9 million of its euro and dollar denominated bonds in the second quarter, according to Bloomberg calculations.

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Losses still being counted after timber mill fire

ABC News, Australia
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A blaze broke out early yesterday morning at a timber mill in Manjimup, causing an estimated two million dollars damage. Authorities are still assessing the scene but the Fire and Emergency Services Authority said the cause of the fire was accidental. Other than farming, timber is the main industry of the region and 42 employees rely on Deanmill for work. Auswest Timbers only bought the mill and processing plant late last year, Managing Director Gary Addison says it’ll take a lot to get the mill back up and running.

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Triabunna ‘ghost town’ fears (& video)

ABC News, Australia
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Triabunna community on Tasmania’s east coast is appealing for help to revive the town’s economy after the closure last year of the woodchip mill. Four businesses have closed in the past few months and some now open for only a few hours a day. Triabunna resident Trish Bluett says her husband, who is a log truck driver, has been forced to work interstate with a fly-in, fly-out operation and only returns home for six days every month. She says about 30 other families are in the same position because of the downturn in the forestry sector.

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Norske Skog reports 2Q EBITDA of 393 million ($65.5 million)

Lesprom
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Higher capital utilisation and lower costs strengthen Norske Skog’s gross operating earnings in the 2Q compared with the same quarter last year, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the 2Q were NOK 393 million ($65.5 million), up from NOK 248 million ($41.3 million) in the same period last year, mainly due to lower costs and better capacity utilisation. The result is on the same level as the 1Q 2012, despite the closure of production at Follum and the sale of Bio Bio in Chile.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New Zealand Wood Processors Appoint Interim Chair

New Zealand Wood Processors
Scoop Independent News
July 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Wood Processors Association (WPA) today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Jon Tanner, is taking on the role of Interim Chair, following the resignation of Chairman Mark Hansen. Jon Ryder will act in the role of Deputy Chair, while continuing as Chief Executive Officer of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper. Dr Tanner said “WPA thanks Mark for the enormous amount of time and energy he put into helping the development of our organization, and the wood processing sector”.

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Forestry

New forest management to mitigate declining log supplies in Canada

Pulp and Paper News
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sharp reduction in timber harvest in British Columbia caused by mountain pine beetle infestation  Can changes in forest management regimes in British Columbia mitigate the sharp reductions in timber harvests caused by the mountain pine beetle? Timber harvests in British Columbia plunged by over 40 percent between 2005 and 2009, but have since recovered and were close to the 25-year average in 2011. As a consequence of the infestation of the mountain pine beetle, long-term log supply is estimated to be about 20 percent below historical levels unless different management regimes are implemented.

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B.C. government and Ulkatcho reach land use agreement

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Ulkatcho First Nation now is eligible to apply for funding to promote sustainable economic development after signing a Strategic Land Use Planning Agreement governing the area known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Ulkatcho is the latest of 29 First Nations on the Central and North Coast to sign such an agreement. …The land use
agreement with Ulkatcho First Nation supports EBM by protecting key elements of
old growth forests, such as representative ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems
and critical grizzly bear habitat.

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Alberta pine beetle population in check

Calgary Sun
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta continues to hold back tree-killing pine beetles in the mountains west of Calgary but the threat from B.C. remains, says a provincial forestry official. And even after a warmer-than-normal winter, beetle numbers in the province’s north have either been reduced or held nearly in check, said Erica Samis, senior forest health officer. Two years after eliminating the insect scourge from southwestern Alberta, the area remains essentially beetle-free, though that could change at any time, she said.

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Wildfire forces evacuations in N. Calif. forest

Associated Press
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

REDDING, Calif.—More than 300 firefighters are battling a wildfire that threatens about 100 homes and other structures in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California. Fire officials say the Salt Creek Fire has consumed 900 acres and forced evacuations along Interstate 5 near the community of O’Brien. It was about 20 percent contained Thursday night, with full containment expected Sunday evening.

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Fire threatens historic Forest Service buildings

KTVB
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STANLEY — A forest fire near Stanley has grown to more than 9,626 acres after it sparked during a lightning storm six days ago. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Halstead Fire is currently burning about 18 miles north of Stanley near the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The fire caused an evacuation at the nearby Bradley Boy Scout camp on Saturday.

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Forest plan relies on old rainfall data

The West Australian
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government is using outdated data to underpin the next 10-year South West forests blueprint, provoking outrage from conservationists who say the move makes a mockery of scientific process. Documents released under Freedom of Information laws reveal the Government will use rainfall figures from 1961 to 1990 as a baseline for setting logging targets in the next Forest Management Plan. The statistics will be a cornerstone of the plan, which will run from 2014 to 2023, because rainfall assumptions are a key part in determining how many trees can be logged each year.

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Forest fires spreading in Siberia despite rains

Russia Beyond The Headlines
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The fire-stricken forest area in the Siberian Federal District has increased from 17,600 to 17,900 hectares over the past 24 hours, the federal district’s Forestry Department said in a statement. Thirty-eight forest fires have been put out on an area of 17,200 hectares, including ten major fires on an area of 16,100 hectares. The firefighting effort involved personnel of the forestry department, the federal reserve of the airborne firefighting service Avialesookhrana and services from other regions, the statement says.

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Siberia in flames from Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Amanda Bryan appointed Forestry Commissioner

Forestry Commission News
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Amanda Bryan as a Forestry Commissioner for Scotland. Ms Bryan is a self-employed rural development consultant working across the Highlands and Islands, with a background in sustainable marine, rural and community development. She specialises in community consultation and engagement on projects and initiatives championing woodland and biodiversity management, forestry, tourism and recreation.

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Amazon deforestation falls again

Data from satellite images shows 23% reduction in deforestation from August 2011 to July 2012 against the previous year
The Guardian
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has fallen again in the past 12 months, according to preliminary data published by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The reduction follows the passing of Brazil’s Forest Code in April, which green campaigners say weakened forest protection measurements, despite a partial veto by president Dilma Rouseff of the most controversial elements. Data from satellite images shows a 23% reduction in deforestation from August 2011 to July 2012 against the previous year, with 2,049 sq km being cleared compared with 2,679 sq km in the previous 12 months.

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Agency to Implement Recommendations On Forestry

AllAfrica.com
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WITH the establishment of a Tanzania Forest Services agency, recommendations of the 2007 Traffic report will finally be effectively implemented. TFS First Legal Officer, Dr Ismail Aloo, told the ‘Daily News’ that the government has implemented at least 50 per cent of the recommendations but the coming of the agency would accelerate the implementation. “Saying that the government has implemented 50 per cent of the recommendations hardly means anything if there isn’t effectiveness in the supervision of illegal logging at check points and so forth,” he said.

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Invasive insects cause staggering impact on native tree

Eureka! Science News
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The beautiful, endemic and endangered cycad, Cycas micronesica was once a dominant forest tree on the island of Guam, but recent plant mortality predicts extirpation from Guam habitats by 2019. This dire prediction by scientists at the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (WPTRC), University of Guam is validated by the research of Thomas E. Marler and John H. Lawrence, which has concluded that Cycas micronesica is the only native host for the invasive scale insect Aulacaspis yasumatsui.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Crown corporation draws taxpayer group’s ire as carbon credit sales plummet

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
August 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Private companies bought fewer carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions in 2011-12 than in the previous year from the Pacific Carbon Trust, showing the province’s carbon corporation is a failure, according to a taxpayers’ group. In 2010-11, the carbon trust sold 7,385 tonnes to private clients such as Helijet Inter-national, Coast Hotels and the Vancouver Aquarium. But that figure dropped to 2,167 tonnes in 2011-12 after the trust lost West Coast Air as a client.

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Numbers offer more proof Carbon Trust should be shuttered

Vancouver Sun
August 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

In his letter to the minister of finance, Chris Trumpy, the chairman of the board of the Pacific Carbon Trust, paints a rosy picture of a well-run Crown corporation that is fiscally solvent and effectively delivering an important public benefit. The details in the pages that follow tell a different story, one that the provincial government has heard several times before but has yet to heed. The most telling aspect of this dismal tale is where the revenue is coming from and where it is going.

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