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Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

Business & Politics

EACOM Timber Corporation announces its second quarter results and the …

Canada Newswire press release
August 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to announce its second quarter results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012. EACOM recorded a positive EBITDA of $2.9 million for the second quarter EACOM generated positive cash flows from operations of $3.2 million during the quarter Upgrades underway at Nairn Centre and Elk Lake Commencement of reconstruction of the Timmins mill.  A significant improvement in housing activity had a positive impact on lumber consumption during the quarter, contributing to a stronger pricing environment and higher mill realizations for the Company.

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Conifex Records $2.4M Loss in 2nd Quarter

250 News
August 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Conifex Timber limited is reporting a net loss of $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2012.  That is an improvement over the first quarter of the yer when the company reported a net loss of $6.5 million and better than the same period last year, when the company reported a net loss of $3.6 million.

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From a Mammoth Energy Efficiency Project, New Products Grow

Triple Pundit
August 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

One of the most significant energy efficiency projects in recent years is underway in the State of Washington, and it could set the stage for new growth in the U.S. paper industry. The largest paper mill in the U.S., Weyerheuser’s NORPAC plant in Longview, is getting a new system for pretreating wood chips that is expected to save the company 100 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The project is noteworthy not only for its sheer size, but also for demonstrating the potential that new conservation technologies have for generating new products and services.

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Columbia Forest Products Plans $9M Mill Upgrade

Woodworking Network
August 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GREENSBORO, NC – Columbia Forest Products will invest $9 million to upgrade its sawmill in Boardman, OR, that ultimately services cabinet, furniture and other secondary wood product manufacturers. Columbia Forest Products’ capital improvement project will allow the mill to peel hybrid poplar logs harvested from the GreenWood Tree Farm, a 35,000-acre forest operated by Collins Companies.

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Ribbon-cutting held for Franklin mill

WAVY-TV
August 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday, making the opening of Franklin’s fluff pulp mill official. The plant was shut down for two years, and repurposed to suit International Paper company’s needs. “You don’t see anybody with a long face anymore,” Dallas Jones with the Southampton County Board of Supervisors said. “Everybody is smiling because jobs are coming back to Franklin and Southampton County.”

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Forestry Tasmania must face reality

The Australian Financial Review
August 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The usual rules of politics don’t seem to apply to Forestry Tasmania. This government business enterprise has a long history of public support. But the facts are that Forestry Tasmania, which is 100 per cent owned by the Tasmanian taxpayer, has lost $435?million in the past two years, selling something it never paid for. …Admittedly, it managed to turn things around a bit in 2011, registering a loss of $129 million. That’s nearly $1000 per Tasmanian. It gets worse. A closer look at Forestry Tasmania’s annual reports reveals a large, and steadily growing, unfunded liability for employee superannuation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Australian House Passes Lacey-Like Bill to Fight Illegal Logging

Hardwood Floors Magazine
August 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, according to Radio Australia. The bill aims to restrict commerce in illegally logged timber from abroad and contains “due diligence” provisions, much like the U.S. Lacey Act, and it has provisions to restrict the processing of domestically grown logs that have been illegally sourced. The bill is supported by the Australian Greens party; however, certain House members have raised concerns that the bill could damage relations with Australia’s neighbors like Indonesia and New Zealand, and that the bill could violate rules set by the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to the Herald Sun.

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Australian Greens want illegal logging bill to go further

Radio Australia
August 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Australian parliament is considering legislation which would prohibit the import of timber that’s been illegally logged and impose significant fines on anyone bringing it in. Timber products from illegal operations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, often end up in Australian homes, because they carry no labelling to indicate their origins. The prohibition bill has been passed by the lower house in Canberra, but it still has to be approved by the Senate.

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Forestry

Outgoing Alberta Party leader trades election planks for pulp mill

National Post
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sitting in a small box of a room hidden in a pulp mill in Hinton, Alta., Glenn Taylor’s unflinching, calm voice is interrupted only by the static of incomprehensible panic cutting through the nearby two-way radios. The leader of the Alberta Party is trying to get the mill up and running, heating woodchips into pulp. A computer in front of him, he spends almost an hour on the phone talking about his political career while keeping an ear on the chatter of 21 production workers. It’s not a large leap from where he was a year ago, managing dozens of volunteers attempting to transform the fragments of a political party into a full-blown grassroots movement that could oppose an emergent Wildrose Party.

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Thomson: B.C’s forest industry still important player in B.C.

Kelowna Capital News
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In government, I have often found that the most important events and processes are seldom the most glamorous. A case in point this week was the bipartisan Special Committee on Timber Supply released a unanimous report. The committee made 20 recommendations to increase both the supply and value of mid-term timber. That may sound like fairly standard news, but as the minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, I can assure you this was a tremendously significant report. Let me explain how it affects you directly.

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B.C. forests would do better with more local control

Letter by George Delisle
Vancouver Sun
August 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For 27 years the management of B.C.’s forests has been supervised by registered professional foresters. So why are forests in such poor condition? The mountain pine beetle demonstrates letters behind a name are no guarantee of good forest management. Large forest companies demonstrate time and again they have no social conscience or loyalty to B.C. communities.

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Firefighters frenetic as forest blazes rage on

Globe and Mail
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s wildfire season is picking up steam after a wet and cool start to the summer. Dozens of firefighters have been called in from out of province, and officials say the warm weather and lightning strikes anticipated for this week could spark a flurry of new fires. “Right now for the fire danger rating for the province we’re sitting at a ‘high’ across the board, with many pockets of ‘extreme,’ ” provincial fire information officer Erin Catherall said in an interview Sunday.

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Out-of-province crews assist B.C. firefighters

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – British Columbia is welcoming 79 firefighting personnel from the Yukon, Saskatchewan and Ontario to assist B.C. crews with an anticipated increase in fire activity, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister announced today. Twenty-one firefighters and one agency representative from the Yukon will arrive in Williams Lake on Saturday. An additional 20 firefighters and one agency representative from Saskatchewan will arrive in Abbotsford on Sunday. Also, 35 fire personnel and one agency representative from Ontario will arrive in Kamloops.

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One-day strike for forestry workers, mine inspectors and others set for Monday

The Province
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A one-day strike Monday will hit provincial Ministry of Forests offices in Prince George, Cranbrook, Nelson, Dawson Creek and Burns Lake. The strike, by members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, will take place during operating hours and is the third job action by the union in its effort to get a collective agreement. Also taking job action will be members of the Professional Employees Association, a labour union representing professionals like mine inspectors, bridge and geotechnical engineers and wildlife veterinarians.

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Union happy logging in protected areas is off the table

Timber supply report makes 22 recommendations to address dwindling timber supply
News1130
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER  – The province is not about to allow logging in BC’s pristine areas. …Arnold Bercov of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada had feared that with BC’s timber supply shrinking, the province would be forced to look for timber in protected areas. But he says the report recognizes the value of BC’s wilderness. “It really cements what we’ve been talking [about], that people want to retain eco-values and they don’t want parks and protected areas to be opened up for logging. The environment is important,” believes Bercov.

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Fort Nelson-area wildfire covering 2,400 hectares

Prince George Citizen
August 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Travellers who plan on on visiting the Eskal region southeast of Fort Nelson might be prohibited from reaching their destination. A wildfire that has grown to 2,400 hectares that started Thursday is burning out of control and the Prince George Fire Centre has issued a public access restriction. If conditions allow, firefighting crews plan to start small fires to reduce the amount of flammable material and reduce the fire risk.

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MLAs aren’t facing the truth: B.C. forests are tapped out

By Anthony Britneff, Ben Parfitt
The Province
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Since May, when a special committee of the legislature was appointed to address a looming “timber supply” crisis, questions have arisen about what the committee would say about one community in particular. …Rather than focusing on the core issue (how many trees are left, and what the future holds for our forests) committee members allowed themselves to be swayed by dramatic yet unrelated events. … But let’s be clear: the loss of the mill has nothing to do with a looming timber supply crisis. Rather, it underscores the severity of the problems ahead for numerous communities, Burns Lake included.

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BRIGHTON: Province cuts forest industry slack on clearcutting

Chronicle Herald
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

By 2016, great swaths of Nova Scotia’s interior landscape will still resemble a buzz cut — with just a bit more growth left on top. After promising in 2010 to slash the rate of forest clearcutting to half the total harvest within five years, the provincial government has at last determined what will not constitute a clearcut: all the mature trees may be removed, so long as a partial cover of chest-high shrubs and saplings remains. Land will only be deemed to have been clearcut if less than 60 per cent is covered with spaced “trees” at least 1.3 metres tall.

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Colorado: Forest Service moves forward with controversial Wolf Creek land trade and development plan

Summit County Citizens Voice
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service is looking to forge ahead with a controversial land trade at Wolf Creek Pass. The southwest Colorado swap could enable development of a new 1,500-unit residential village surrounded by national forest lands full of wetlands and critical to lynx and other sensitive species. The agency this week released a draft environmental study for the land swap, outlining a preferred alternative that would trade about 204 acres of public land for 178 acres of private land.

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New fire forces evacuations in Northern Calif.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of people were told to leave their homes Sunday as a growing wildfire burning out of control in thick forest threatened rural communities in far Northern California. …The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department has declared a State of Emergency for the county, with evacuations expected to continue through Sunday. … The fire, burning in a rugged area of thick forests about 170 miles north of Sacramento, is one of handful of new fires in Northern California.

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Tahoe NF legal battle similar to forest road disputes in Eldorado NF, Humboldt-Toiyabe in NV

Associated Press
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. — A national group representing off-highway recreationists is suing the U.S. Forest Service to try to overturn a new travel management plan on national forest lands in the Sierra west of Reno they say is overly restrictive. … “We are filing this lawsuit to stop the U.S. Forest Service from illegally padlocking vast areas of the Tahoe National Forest and blocking the public from enjoying responsible recreational use of public lands,” Brandon Middleton, foundation attorney, said in a statement.

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Forest Service re-examines Lolo logging project

Associated Press
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — The U.S. Forest Service has re-examined the effects of a logging project on lynx habitat in an attempt to lift a judge’s block of the Lolo National Forest project. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled in June that the Forest Service did not properly analyze the cumulative effects of the 2,038-acre Colt-Summit project on lynx habitat. He ruled in favor of the rest of the proposal but sent that part back for further consideration. The analysis is required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

Associated Press
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess. This season is different. ….The U.S. Forest Service’s decision is temporary. But after years of upholding fire’s natural ability to clean up the landscape, the agency’s about-face has drawn criticism from watchdog groups, some scientists and others who fear the agency might be setting the stage for an even more destructive season next year.

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Hundreds of thousands of acres in West still burning as wildfires rage

CNN
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires continued to scorch large swaths of the western United States on Sunday, with firefighters doing their best to corral a host of blazes despite high temperatures, low humidity and possible lightning in many locales. Two of the biggest, still raging conflagrations are in Idaho’s expansive Salmon-Challis National Forest, one of several places — along with most of the rest of the Gem State as well as parts of Oregon, Utah and Montana — where the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings through at least Sunday night.

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Mega wildfires will become the norm without change

Opinion Piece by Gary Morishima
The Seattle Times
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mega wildfires will become the unfortunate norm unless Congress, state legislatures and agency administrators are convinced of the need for fundamental change in policy direction for forest management… There are multiple factors that are moving us backward. Administrative withdrawals of federal lands prevent forest management in areas such as northeast Washington. There, infestations of spruce bud worms and pine beetles are reaching crisis levels.

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Sawmills move out of the forest, into the city

Bloomberg Businessweek
August 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEWARK, N.J. — It looks like any sawmill in the forest — piles of cherry, walnut and oak tree trunks stacked high, trucks rumbling in and out, workers operating a saw. There’s one exception though: There’s seemingly no forest near its location, right off the highway in New Jersey’s largest city. Citilog begs to differ. The Newark company takes unwanted trees from the so-called urban forest — parks, yards, streets and wherever else a tree might grow in a city — and turns them into furniture, flooring and other materials.

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Forest fire threatens Lacanau resort in western France

BBC News
August 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

About 200 firefighters are battling a wildfire that has ravaged about 550 hectares (1360 acres) of pine forest near a resort popular with surfers on France’s Atlantic coast. Water is being dumped from four planes in an effort to control the blaze, near Lacanau, about 25km (16 miles) west of Bordeaux. The task is being hampered by high winds and temperatures of up to 40C.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Analyst: Wood pellets from Bowater lands ‘long shot’

Chronicle Herald
August 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

If Emera is negotiating to buy Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd.’s assets, they face lots of hurdles, says an energy analyst. Bowater’s majority owner, Resolute Forest Products Inc. of Montreal, is trying to sell the Brooklyn, Queens County, paper plant it shuttered in June and its 220,000-hectare forest, the largest private landholding in Nova Scotia. But Tom Adams is skeptical about a report that Emera wants to gets its hands on the woodlands to make torrefied wood pellets that would feed Nova Scotia Power’s coal-fired plants.

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General

Firefighters hold back flames threatening towns in Idaho, California

Reuters
August 17, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Firefighters in Idaho’s Boise National Forest held the line on Friday against a week-old blaze closing in on a small mountain resort, while evacuation orders were lifted for two communities menaced by lightning-sparked flames in Southern California. The so-called Trinity Ridge blaze on the edge of the Rockies and a cluster of wildfires northeast of San Diego had posed two of the most immediate threats to populated areas among dozens of fires raging out of control in recent days across the sun-baked western United States.

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