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Business & Politics

Cascades earns $7 million in second quarter as it focuses on two core segments

Canadian Press
August 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, Que. – Cascades Inc., a maker of cardboard packaging and tissue paper, earned $7 million in the second quarter amid a series of internal changes to focus on its core tissue and packaging businesses. The Quebec-based company earned eight cents per share for the period ended June 30, compared with $122 million or $1.27 per share a year ago when the company sold its Dopaco paper cup and food carton business. …President and CEO Alain Lemaire said the company’s strategy of focusing on its two core sectors is “working to our advantage in a soft economic environment.”

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Cascades profit slumps on lower sales in Europe from Reuters

Click here for press release from Cascades Inc.

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Two minor fires hit Somass Mill

Damage minimal as WFP operation has mechanical blazes twice in as many days
Alberni Valley Times
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three Port Alberni Fire Department trucks were dispatched to the Western Forest Products Somass Sawmill Division Friday morning. According to Port Alberni Fire chief Tim Pley, there was a mechanical failure near the sawmill’s headrig, which caused some embers to get into the dust collection system. “That system is wind-driven,” Pley said. “Once it’s in the dust collection system, that stuff can flare up pretty good.”

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Former Bowater workers get information on services

Chronicle Herald
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. workers now have direct access to information on the services available to them several weeks after the mill in Brooklyn, Queens County, shut its doors. … “A couple of things are a lot more clear than they were then,” Smith, a business and financial leader, said in telephone interview Wednesday. A website, toll-free 1-855 number and an email address has been created, and people are also able to visit the community navigator at the committee’s office on Henry Hensey Drive in Liverpool.

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Kruger’s Corner Brook Mill receives FSC© certification for its woodland operations

Canada Newswire press release
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK, NL,- Kruger Inc. today announced that Woodland Operations at its Corner Brook Mill have achieved certification under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) National Boreal Standard. Issued by QMI-SAI Canada Limited, an FSC-accredited organization, the certificate recognizes that all woodland operations comply with FSC requirements, including management planning, road construction and maintenance, harvesting operations, fibre transportation, silviculture and support activities.

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How Traditional Japanese Homebuilding Reversed The Fortunes Of One Idaho Sawmill

StateImpact Idaho
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Before the recession hit, the sawmill in the North Idaho town of Laclede was known for its reliability. It had never seen a shutdown, not in Steve Spletstoser’s nearly 30 years of working there. Then came 2008..“It was really eye-opening to see,” Spletstoser says. “Your livelihood is hanging in the balance.” Day after day, the mill cut lumber, and day after day it piled up. Very little left the lot.   “There was 21 million feet of packaged lumber sitting here,” Spletstoser recalls. “There was no place to park. You almost couldn’t see to drive in here because it was solid wood and it was all ready to ship, and there was no one buying it.”

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Boise-Cascade’s Profits Soar on Wood Price Spikes

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, ID – Boise Cascade Holdings LLC capitalized on rising lumber pirces and increased demand to post net income of $15.0 million on sales of $733.0 million for the second quarter, reflecting Q2 year-over-year improvements of 782% and 24% respectively. …”Our improved operating results experienced in the first quarter continued into the second quarter,” said CEO Tom Carlile. “We are encouraged by the improved operating environment and are cautiously optimistic the improved demand for our products will carry through to the second half of the year.”

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Australia: Timber demand is growing

IHB
August 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian sawn timber industry is experiencing a temporary threat from imports as a result of a strong dollar and a global surplus of timber following the Global Financial Crisis, according to leading independent economic forecaster and industry analyst, BIS Shrapnel. In the two years to 2011, imports have increased by 30 per cent. However, imports are not a significant long term threat, as they are still well below the historical levels of 20 years ago.

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Gunns loses legal costs case

ABC News, Australia
August 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber company Gunns has been ordered to pay costs after losing another appeal against the Tasmanian Conservation Trust’s legal challenge to the pulp mill. Gunns appealed against its rejected application to make the trust pay a bond in the event it loses the challenge. The company wanted the court to hold the trust’s cash reserves and public donations pending the outcome.

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Court loss adds to Gunns’ woes from Adelaide Now

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Timber mill fire bill may rise to $3m

ABC News, Australia
August 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Auswest Timbers says a fire that caused major damage at a timber mill near Manjimup could cost the company more than $3 million. The fire was initially estimated to close the Deanmill facility for eight weeks, costing the company about $2 million. However, Auswest’s managing director, Gary Addison, says plans to partially reopen the mill after two months have been abandoned.

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Ilim Group’s production in Siberia remains flat over first six months of 2012

Pulp and Paper News
August 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Over the six months of 2012, OJSC Ilim Group’s mills in Siberia (the Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk Mills) manufactured 732,000 tons of pulp and paper products. As compared to the first six months of the previous year, production output remains flat.  This includes 626,000 tons of market pulp, which is slightly better than the similar period performance in 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada’s “stick builders” ready to use wood?

Journal of Commerce
August 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…We build good houses, and the reason they’re so good is that we’ve had stringent building codes for a long time. The result, boosters say, is that Canadians have become “the best stick builders in the world.” Most of our houses, of course, are built of sticks — 2x4s, chipboard, trim, even cedar shingles on the roof at times and in some places. …In North America, we have one low CLT building nearing completion on the campus of the University of British Columbia, and another low building (for a martial arts studio) in Whitefish, Mont. And that’s about it.

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Gibson Guitar CEO Speaks Out on Lacey Settlement

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Still claiming Gibson Guitar was “inappropriately targeted” for Lacey Act violations, CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said in a statement, “We felt compelled to settle as the costs of proving our case at trial would have cost millions of dollars and taken a very long time to resolve. This allows us to get back to the business of making guitars.” The statement, released late Monday night by Gibson, follows news of the company’s criminal enforcement agreement with the U.S. government for the illegal purchase and importation of Madagascar ebony.

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Wood Component Maker Turns Waste into Profit

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Walnut Creek Planing has expanded the definition of lean manufacturing. The Millersburg, OH-based wood products manufacturer has literally removed the waste from its production process ­­— and turned it into a profit-generating enterprise. … The remaining 7 percent is through sales of its Eco-Brick briquettes, which the company produces from the approximately 30 tons of wood waste generated per day.

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Forestry

Western Forest Products to turn over land to CRD

Sooke News Mirror
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products will be handing over 250 hectares of land adjacent from the Sooke Potholes to the Capital Regional District on Aug. 15. The land is valued at $1.3 million, and will remain part of the Sea to Sea Regional Park Reserve, according to Lloyd Rushton, CRD general manager for parks and community services. The transfer is phase three of an agreement the CRD made with WFP in 2010 to transfer 2,350 hectares of park and watershed lands for $18.8 million. The amount was to be paid over three year instalments.

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B.C. waterbomber vandalized as fire risk rises

CBC News
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A waterbomber needed to douse forest fires in British Columbia is out of action after being damaged by vandals, as the fire risk in the province continues to climb. Port Alberni RCMP are investigating after the horizontal canvas stabilizers on the Martin Mars waterbomber were torn by at least one trespasser climbing on the aircraft. The damage is believed to have occurred on Saturday night. The waterbomber, moored at Sproat Lake, is contracted out by the province but is owned by the Coulson Group.

Also
Water bomber back on fire service from Alberni Valley Times
Vandals damage tail of water bomber from Alberni Valley Times
Rare flying tanker hit by vandals from The Province

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Trail proposal for Lantzville woodlot taking shape

Nanaimo News Bulletin
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans to create a trail through a 244-hectre provincially owned woodlot in Lantzville, commonly referred to as the Copley trail area, are moving ahead. Woodlot 1475 has been used by Lantzville residents for decades for recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding and cycling. But the Copley trail and its various side paths are informal and were created by different user groups over the years. Lantzville’s parks and recreation commission is now working with the province in a joint partnership to create legitimate trails and improve accessibility and safety.

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Bragg Creek fire sale

FFWD
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A plan endorsed by the Alberta government to clear-cut 704 hectares of forest in West Bragg Creek is receiving increased public opposition. …Many in attendance who rose to ask questions following the presentation said they are not convinced the cutting is necessary, or that the recreational value of the area will be maintained. Sustain Kananaskis, a group that was instrumental in getting ESRD to hold the session, estimates one million people use the forests surrounding Bragg Creek, primarily for hiking, biking, horseback riding and skiing.

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Wages are too high to process logs within B.C

Letter by Joe Sawchuk
Nanaimo Daily News
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: ‘Forest industry hurt by exporting raw logs’ (Your Letters, Aug. 7) Raw log exports keep B.C. taxpayers working. Del Horn forgets to remember that B.C. is not the only place in the world to buy lumber from. If he wants raw log exports to stop and the logs made into lumber here in B.C., he must decide on how that will be done.

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All clear in Sandy Lake

Chronicle Journal
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the smoke from forest fires clearing, all evacuees from the remote community of Sandy Lake were flown home on the weekend. About 650 residents, including children, elders and individuals with health problems, had been evacuated to Thunder Bay and Fort Frances last week due to heavy smoke conditions caused by forest fires burning along the Manitoba/Ontario border.

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Tom Lindquist Named to American Forest Foundation Board of Trustees

MarketWatch (press release)
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SEATTLE, — Tom Lindquist, Plum Creek’s chief operating officer, recently joined the American Forest Foundation’s Board of Trustees. . …”Plum Creek is proud to recognize ATFS, SFI and other credible forest certification standards and to unite with other forest products companies to advocate for the growth of certification standards like ATFS and SFI,” said Lindquist.

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Diseased trees found to be new source of methane in air

Newstrack India
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington – Diseased forest trees, aged between 80 to 100 years and infected by fungii, may be a significant new source of methane that causes climate change, according to US researchers. Sixty trees sampled at Yale Myers forest contained concentrations of methane that were as high as 80,000 times ambient levels. Normal air concentrations are less than two parts per million, but the Yale researchers found average levels of 15,000 parts per million inside trees. “These are flammable concentrations,” said Kristofer Covey, doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, who led the study.

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Proposed Streamlining of Land Management Plan Review Process

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington – The U.S. Forest Service today published in the Federal Register a proposed regulation that will improve the administrative review process for proposed projects and activities implementing land management plans. …The proposed rule for an objections process will be applied to all projects and activities that implement land management plans requiring an environmental analysis or environmental impact statement. The publication of the proposed rule will provide a 30-day public comment opportunity. All comments received will be considered before a final rule is published.

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Forestry bill with lumber tax emerges in California Legislature

Sacramento Bee (blog)
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to impose a 1 percent lumber tax and limit wildfire liability awards formally surfaced in the Legislature this week amid heavy lobbying from the timber industry. The wide-ranging forestry package that has drawn mixed reviews from environmentalists was amended Tuesday into Assembly Bill 1492. Environmentalists generally like the fact that money will be raised for regulating the industry but are concerned about other provisions that reduce the frequency of environmental reviews and limit how much landowners will pay if they spark wildfires.

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Congressman Schrader advances forest roads/jobs protection plan

Oregon Natural Resources Report
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced a bipartisan effort to support approval of the “Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act”, which would protect forest owners from costly new federal regulations and permit requirements for forest roads. Due to a recent court decision, the federal government may soon regulate run-off from roads in the woods the same way they regulate discharge from factories or sewage treatment plants. This would force private and public land owners to get permits for their roads, increasing their costs for compliance and opening the door for new lawsuits.

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Feds consider regional challenges in fire planning

Billings Gazette
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal officials on Thursday released the latest iteration of their national wildfire management strategy as they deal with limited resources and an active fire season that already has blackened hundreds of square miles in states from New Mexico to Michigan. The U.S Department of Agriculture and the Interior Department have been working for more than a year to develop the strategy. The latest phase… population trends, climate changes and different priorities that will help with the creation of action plans due next spring.

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Forest inventory: Forest land covers 12.4 millon acres in Kentucky

Forest area remains same, growth rate still greater than removal rate
The Lane Report
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FRANKFORT, Ky. —Forest land in Kentucky covers an estimated 12.4 million acres, according to a Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) Factsheet recently released by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. The report — a compilation of data collected by the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s FIA program – also included information about forest composition, common trees, forest land ownership, standing-tree wood volume and average growth and removals. “

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Tasmanian trade-off: jobs or trees

WA today
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

These are good times for Tasmanian trees but less so for Tasmanians. Gunns, formerly the island state’s biggest company, this week all but ended its eight-year battle to build a $2.3 billion pulp mill in northern Tasmania. With it goes potentially thousands of jobs. And tomorrow, state and federal ministers meet yet again to try to salvage a $276 million “peace deal” between loggers and conservationists to end three decades of the “forest wars.” Although unrelated, the two events highlight the challenges facing Australia’s least populous and poorest state, unkindly dubbed by one West Australian MP “the Greece of Australia”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Counting the carbon cost of the EU’s woods

Biomass use in EU rising, imports set to increase
Reuters
August 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BRUSSELS – The woody core of EU climate strategy, biomass, has won its place because the bloc deems it carbon neutral, an assumption that hides fatal flaws in its credentials, critics say. Increasingly, the EU relies on biomass – covering anything from olive stones to old blackcurrant bushes – to generate heat and power. …The reality is much more complicated, say environmentalists, who are concerned creative accounting is belying the true state of the world’s forests, while EU climate goals slip from grasp.

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General

Forest Service gets more aggressive on small fires

FireRescue1.com
August 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The U.S. Forest Service is suspending a policy of letting small fires burn in isolated areas as several big fires in the western U.S. strain its resources. Spokesman Joe Walsh says widespread drought also concerns the Forest Service. He says the agency wants to put fires out early so they don’t “get ahead of us.” The Forest Service’s longstanding policy has been to let natural fires burn if they don’t threaten homes or buildings. Scientists say fire is part of the forest’s life cycle.

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Forest Service gets more aggressive on small fires

Associated Press
August 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Forest Service has directed supervisors on federal forest lands to temporarily abandon its policy of letting small fires keep burning in isolated areas, with rampant forest fires in the country’s western half putting a strain on firefighting resources and concerns over the possibility of more fires in drought-stricken areas. “We’re concerned about how dry it is,” said Joe Walsh, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington. “It was this concern, and this comes down from our chief, that we need to get in and suppress fires early and not let them get ahead of us.”

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