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Daily Archives: August 8, 2012

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results

Marketwire press release
August 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2012 second quarter EBITDA of $2.3 million. For the first quarter of 2012, EBITDA loss was $1.8 million and for the second quarter of 2011, EBITDA was $4.6 million. …Net income for the second quarter of 2012 was $12.5 million or basic and diluted net income of $0.87 per share.

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Weak Pulp Markets Expected Short-term

HQ Prince George
August 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Poor pulp markets are being blamed for Tembec decided to shutdown its pulp mill in Chetwynd as of mid September. Are more Northern B.C. mills in jeopardy because of poor international markets? Inudstry analyst Hakan Ekstrom says mills in Europe have suffered as of late as well thanks to the same combination of factors as those in North America, that being financial instability in Europe and Asian countries like China consuming less paper products.

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In Lean Times, Lumber Companies Look Abroad

StateImpact Idaho
August 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lately, StateImpact has reported a series of stories on the timber industry. We’ve reported on a Montana entrepreneur’s effort to start up a small mill in Emmett, Idaho with the help of federal stimulus funding. We’ve also considered the divergent economic realities of counties associated with agriculture and counties associated with the timber industry. Next up: timber exports. In the pre-recession years, before the housing boom busted, relatively little U.S. lumber went overseas. There was robust demand at home, and prices were good. There was no reason to undertake the effort (or the shipping cost) of sending lumber abroad. The recession changed that.

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Cascades to invest $750,000 to modernize board mill in Michigan

Pulp and Paper News
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Cascades announces that it will make investments of up to $750,000 to modernize its Cascades Enviropac HPM, LLC plant located in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). The upgrade projects, which Cascades expects to complete by the end of 2012 and beginning 2013, include new equipment to modernize the plant and optimize its overall efficiency from the competitiveness, quality and service standpoints.

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Log exports to China drop sharply, improving the timber supply to Northwest mills

By Eric Mortenson
The Oregonian
August 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

China’s slowing economy may benefit Oregon’s lumber and plywood mills by making more timber available at reasonable prices, industry observers say….In the United States, log exports are controversial. By law, logs from public land — state and federal forests — cannot be exported, but private timber companies increasingly shipped raw logs overseas when the U.S. housing market crashed and took lumber demand with it. At the same time, China’s red-hot economy meant its buyers were willing to pay higher prices for logs. That appears to be changing, said Tom Partin, president of the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council.

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Battle against Gunns mill ‘not over’

Sydney Morning Herald
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE environmental group fighting a court battle against Gunns’ proposed northern Tasmanian pulp mill is refusing to declare the controversial project dead and buried. Gunns conceded for the first time on Monday that there was uncertainty about the future of the $2.3 billion Tamar Valley mill, as it wrote down $800 million in assets. The once mighty timber company has been unable to attract an investment partner for the mill and has been in a trading halt for almost five months.

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Gunns rejects insolvency scrutiny claims

ABC News, Australia
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian timber company Gunns has rejected reports an insolvency firm has been inspecting its books. Gunns says it has hired the firm KordaMentha to provide advice on the sale of some of it woodchip processing assets. Newspaper reports claim the insolvency specialists were appointed by lender ANZ to examine Gunns’ finances. Gunns has revealed an $800 million devaluation of a range of assets because of a fall in global woodchip process, leaving its balance sheet in the red.

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Forestry

Abandoned campfires and hot weather cause concern

BC Wildfire Management Branch
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CASTLEGAR — A surge in the number of abandoned campfires and high temperatures throughout the Southeast Fire Centre has fire officials urging recreationalists to be extremely careful with campfires. Fire wardens responded to 34 abandoned campfires over the B.C. Day long weekend, raising the number of abandoned campfires to 133 this season. Abandoned campfires can start wildfires. This season, two campfires have escaped and caused wildfires.

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Bragg Creek residents oppose Province’s plans to clearcut

Rocky View Weekly
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Roughly 150 area residents voiced their opposition to the Province’s plans to harvest more than 700 hectares of forest in the West Bragg Creek area during an information session at the Bragg Creek Centre on Aug. 2. The harvest plans are part of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s (ESRD) Greater Bragg Creek Wildfire Mitigation Strategy, which serves to reduce the “high to extreme” risk of wildfire assessed in the area. The plan was developed in consultation with the Bragg Creek FireSmart Committee and Rocky View County Fire Services.

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Land use agreement signed between B.C. and local First Nation

Prince George Citizen
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local First Nation has reached a management deal with the provincial government for the Great Bear Rainforest.. . …”[We place] tremendous importance on the Central and North Coast as a key area of our traditional territory, a sacred landscape and a vibrant ecosystem,” Zach Parker, chief or the Ulkatcho First Nation, said. “We are encouraged by the province’s efforts to work with First Nations with respect to creating a healthy coastal economy.”

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Trees get help in fight against emerald ash borer

Mississauga.com
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Mississauga is injecting ash trees with a special insecticide designed to prevent an invasive pest from ravaging the tree canopy. Early this morning, pest control and environmental experts began treating about 600 trees against the devastating effects of the emerald ash borer, which poses a threat to more than 23,000 of the City’s ash trees. The budget for the undertaking is $100,000.

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Diseased trees new source of climate gas

e! Science News
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Diseased trees in forests may be a significant new source of methane that causes climate change, according to researchers at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in Geophysical Research Letters. Sixty trees sampled at Yale Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut contained concentrations of methane that were as high as 80,000 times ambient levels. Normal air concentrations are less than 2 parts per million, but the Yale researchers found average levels of 15,000 parts per million inside trees.

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Helicopters, chain saws OK’d for wilderness fires

Coos Bay World
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters got permission Tuesday to use helicopters and chain saws to battle a bunch of small wildfires in a wilderness area along the Oregon-California border. Federally designated wilderness areas are generally off limits to mechanized equipment such as ATVs and mountain bikes, but that restriction can be lifted by regional foresters. Under less volatile conditions, firefighters would use hand saws rather than chain saws, and no helicopters would be used.

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S. Ore. wildfire growing in national forest

Coos Bay World
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lightning-sparked wildfire about 20 miles southwest of Lakeview in south-central Oregon has grown dramatically, burning across about 1,500 acres or more than two square miles. The Barry Point Fire is burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest and private lands. Forest Supervisor Fred Way says the fire is a holdover from Sunday’s lightning storm. It grew quickly late Monday and Tuesday, aided by high temperatures, low humidity and lots of fuel.

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Earth First! Blocks Sierra Pacific Logging Truck at Sawmill

Bay Area Indymedia
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Manila, Ca. – 30 Earth First! activists protesting Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) logging practices rallied peacefully outside the gates of SPI’s Arcata mill on Monday, demanding a stop to the company’s logging of old-growth. “We’re here to expose SPI’s destructive logging” said Jeremy Jensen. “They claim to be sustainable under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative label but SPI intensively clear-cuts and logs old-growth forests all over California.” Demonstrators blocked the logging truck entrance to the mill, holding banners reading “SFI is a scam” and “Stop old-growth logging.” They stood in front of a truck trying to enter the mill, disrupting logging traffic for over half an hour.

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Timber group not fazed by email leak

ABC News, Australia
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of the signatories to Tasmania’s forestry peace deal says a leaked email about walking away from the talks will not have a negative impact on the process. In the internal email, Timber Communities Australia’s chief executive Jim Adams told his members it was difficult to determine if green and industry groups were only staying in negotiations because neither side wanted to be the first to walk away. Mr Adams says he sent the email to members to keep them abreast of the negotiations, but says he is still committed to the peace process.

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VicForests logging case adjourned

ABC News, Australia
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A case against VicForests over allegations of illegal logging in East Gippsland has been adjourned until next year. VicForests was due to appear in court on Monday, accused of illegally logging rainforest at Murrungowar, but the case was adjourned until August 2013.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Fibre inventory said vital to attracting business

Campbell River Courier-Islander
August 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Helping investors know what fiber is available in the Campbell River area could be key to developing a biomass energy project. That’s the hope of the people behind Campbell River’s BC Jobs Plan pilot project. Last month, Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell announced a $930,000 high-tech geo-science survey of the North Island, intended to help make Campbell River a mineral exploration centre. Almost lost in the announcement was a similar wood fibre inventory with a similar goal.

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Carbon Trust’s focus on government emissions

Letter by James Tansey CEO, Offsetters Vancouver Offsetters
Vancouver Sun
August 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Crown corporation draws taxpayer group’s ire as carbon credit sales plummet, Aug. 2 As the CEO of Offsetters, I can fill in one important detail about the Pacific Carbon Trust and its loss of private sector clients. The Trust lost the contract with West Coast Air because the company was acquired by Harbour Air, one of Offsetters’ clients. The new owners decided they wanted to deal with only one offset company. In addition, the Trust’s primary focus is to make the B.C. government carbon neutral and that makes the province unique in the world.

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Ore. working group outlines strategy to improve biomass industry

Biomass Magazine
August 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group has issued a forest biomass strategy which includes four key initiatives. Made up of more than 40 stakeholders from the forestland management, conservation, government and other related industries, the FBWG believes following the four market development measures will expand the biomass industry in Oregon. First, the strategy calls for more development in the biomass thermal sector. Second, distributed generation of heat and electricity at existing wood product facilities will build a successful forest biomass industry.

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General

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Woodworking Network
August 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Seattle – China’s phenomenal GDP growth of between 9 and 14 percent annually over the past decade slowed down last year and is forecasted by International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be “only” 8.25 percent in 2012. Reduced investments in public projects and a cooling residential property market have resulted in a decline in the importation of sawlogs during the first six months of 2012. Softwood log imports in the first and second quarter this year were 6.2 million m3 and 6.6 million m3, respectively, down from all-time high of 8.6 million m3 seen in the 3Q/11, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com).

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