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Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

Business & Politics

Lakeland Mills sawmill warned multiple times before fatal blast

by Gordon Hoekstra – Inspection photos show dust buildup at Prince George facility
Vancouver Sun
August 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Five months before a deadly explosion at Lakeland Mills sawmill, photos show combustible wood dust built up on ledges, under a machine, and on hand railings, light fixtures and pipes for the water-sprinkler system. In several photos of the Prince George mill, obtained by The Vancouver Sun under a freedom of information request, the dust is so thick it is visible in the air as hazy, luminescent dots. A five-year span of fire inspection reports, as well as the Nov. 29, 2011 photos, show Lakeland Mills was warned several times about combustible dust hazards before the April 23 explosion that killed two workers.

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Province announces $124M package for NewPage buyer

CBC News
August 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government is promising more than $124 million over 10 years for the British Columbia-based company that wants to buy the Newpage paper mill in the Port Hawkesbury area. Premier Darrell Dexter announced the details of the package to help Pacific West Commercial Corp. at a news conference on Monday.  Dexter said the package will safeguard more than 1,000 jobs in the region.  A favourable tax ruling from the Canada Revenue agency is still required, but the province said it’s ready with a variety of loans and incentives over the next few years to try to help the mill restart and
run profitably.

Nova Scotia announces $124.5 million in incentives for NewPage paper mill from Canadian Press
Mill gets millions in NS cash from Chronicle Herald

Click here for press release from Government of Nova Scotia

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NL: Kruger workers accept pension plan changes

Montreal-based Kruger Inc., owner of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, said in a statement that the changes are ‘essential’ to the competitiveness of the paper mill.
Daily Business Buzz
August 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[CORNER BROOK, NL] — Unionized workers at a financially strapped paper mill on Newfoundland’s west coast have voted to accept changes to their pension plan.
Montreal-based Kruger Inc., owner of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, said in a statement Friday the changes are “essential” to the mill’s competitiveness. A spokeswoman for Kruger said the approval gives the company 10 years instead of five to pay back a pension deficit.

Kruger Moving Forward After Vote from VOCM.com

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Dexter confident $125M deal can turn N.S. mill around

‘Good day’ for Port Hawkesbury and N.S., Dexter says
CBC News
August 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Darrell Dexter is confident the province’s near $125-million investment can help turn around a failed paper mill in Cape Breton. “We are confident that Pacific West is well-positioned to be the most competitive and best supercalender paper mill in the world,” Dexter told a news conference in Port Hawkesbury. …”We’ve done everything that we can to ensure that this remains a long-term part of the economic foundation of the province. After all, the province is only strong when all parts of the province are strong.”

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Softwood log prices in Austria remain at level of first half-year

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Softwood prices in broad sweeps of Austria in the third quarter 2012 remain more or less at the level that applied at the middle of the year. In many cases the sawmilling industry went into the negotiations conducted until the end of July 2012 for follow-on deliveries with demands for price cuts whereas most forest owners were ready to discuss retention of the existing prices.

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Norske Skog announces changes in corporate management

August 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skog’s corporate management will be reduced from seven to three members with effect from 1. September 2012. The new team will consist of CEO Sven Ombudstvedt, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rune Gjessing and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Trond Stangeby.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Synthetics Rising in Exterior Millwork

Building-Products.com
August 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When it comes to exterior trim and millwork, how much do homeowners care about “authentic” or “natural” products? According to the residential builders we queried at this year’s International Builders Show, what’s most important is getting the right look and eliminating as much maintenance as possible. Even in high-end houses and historical renovation projects, maintenance concerns are starting to outweigh insistence on “authentic” materials. Or, as one builder put it, “Nobody likes to do maintenance.”

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Forestlands and LEED certification: Green building standards should be expanded

OregonLive.com
August 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

[Oregon’s] private forestlands support 120,000 jobs and the livelihoods of countless families that depend on forest products for consumer goods, according to a report from the National Forest Owners Alliance. …Forty-four percent of the private forests in Oregon belong to family woodland owners. A few Oregon Small Woodlands Association members’ woodlands are certified under the FSC. More than 95 percent of association members are certified under the American Tree Farm System… Both are credible systems for family-managed small woodlands. Many large landowners and wood-processing mills use the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard.

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Work under way on O.C.’s house of the future

OCRegister
August 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

IRVINE – The house of the future is taking shape today at the Orange County Great Park. …Walls of the Future: The exterior walls of the home are made from 2-by-6-inch lumber set 24 inches apart, instead of the traditional 2-by-4’s spaced 16 inches apart. Wider lumber allows for wall “studs” to be further apart, reducing the amount of wood used by about 40 percent.

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Georgia Governor Signs Green Building Standards Executive Order

ForConstructionPros.com
August 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal formally recognized the multiple benefits of using certified sustainable wood in green buildings, including wood certified to the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) standards.  The executive order, publicly released and signed by Governor Deal on August 10, promotes the use of green building standards in Georgia’s state buildings.

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Illegal logging bill passes house

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

The federal government has begun a crackdown on illegal logging in Australia and overseas with legislation passing the lower house. The bill bans the importation and sale of any wooden products which contain illegally logged timber. Liberal MP Dan Tehan said consultation around the bill had been “nothing short of a disgrace” and it had failed to take into account the interests of Australia’s neighbours. Instead, the government was telling other countries what to do and causing grave damage to international relations.

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Forestry

Leveling the certification playing field protects American jobs

Town Hall
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Green energy has become a focal point of President Obama’s jobs agenda. … Unfortunately, it is Obama’s allies that have received the boost, as opposed to the American workers. One clear – albeit underreported – example is the way that forests are certified. …In recent years however, government agencies and environmental activists have tried to uproot the voluntary system, distorting the market so as to force landowners to register with the FSC and abandon other systems. …While FSC has the endorsement of leftist environmental groups, there is no evidence that FSC-certified products perform better than timber certified by other programs.

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Timber Bill Could Free up Logging

HispanicBusiness.com
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A bill making its way through the California state Legislature that already has the support of Gov. Jerry Brown could improve the prospects for timber harvesting on private lands in the state. On Tuesday, Kent Duysen of Sierra Forest Products in Terra Bella told the Tulare County Board of Supervisors that the proposal that was originally part of the governor’s May Revised budget, would place a limit on fire liability, extent the time frame of timber plans and place a 1% surcharge on all lumber sold in California to pay for states management of timber harvesting. 

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Crews clear beetle-killed trees from near 72 miles of Colorado roads

Denver Post
August 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews have started clearing beetle-killed trees along 72 miles of Colorado roads because the weakened trees could fall without warning.  The Colorado Department of Transportation and the U.S. Forest Service began the work in July and should be done by mid-October, said Forest Service spokeswoman Kate Jerman.  Drivers will see crews working U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass and Colorado 125 at Willow Creek Pass to Rand. Work on Interstate 70 from the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel started in late July and is wrapping up near the East Vail exit.

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Forest Service to try nighttime water-drops — again

Press-Enterprise (blog)
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A deadly mid-air collision 35 years involving a U.S. Forest Service water-dropping helicopter illustrates the dangers of aerial nighttime firefighting – which the agency ended 29 years ago in 1983. But last week, the forest service announced that beginning next year it will operate one contract helicopter that will be available for nighttime firefighting in Southern California.
“The decision follows extensive analyses that indicate helicopter night operations can keep down the costs and risks of wildfires by helping keep fires small,” agency officials announced Aug. 16.

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Central Washington fire 47 percent contained

Associated Press
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Taylor Bridge Fire east of Cle Elum has burned across more than 36 square miles of grass, sagebrush and timber. About 1,000 firefighters were fighting the blaze. On Monday, some of them conducted controlled burns of potential fuel. Fire management officials said they hoped for full containment by Tuesday. Meanwhile, a new, lightning-caused fire near Wenatchee was reported close to full containment. The Keane Ranch Fire has burned 1 square mile of grass, brush and timber. It has not threatened or damaged any structures. That fire was reported Sunday.

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DNA Tests Tell Trees From the Wood; Curb Illegal Logging

Reuters
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Unlike the Crime Scene Investigators from the popular TV series, these detectives are hired to look for evidence of rogue wood from stores increasingly worried about being duped by a global trade in illegal timber now worth billions. They take wood samples into their lab and put them through DNA tests that can pinpoint the species and origin of a piece of timber. They also track timber and timber products from forest to shop to ensure clients’ shipments are legal.

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Liberals urge forestry rethink

Tasmania Mercury
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LIBERAL leader Will Hodgman has called for Labor to abandon the forest peace process and adopt his policy for the industry. But despite calling for negotiations, Mr Hodgman said he was not willing to budge from his position of not a “single stick more” of forest in reserves. Mr Hodgman yesterday released an open letter to the Government, forestry industry, and community before a Liberal forestry meeting in Huonville.

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Libs attack Govt over forestry peace delay

ABC News, Australia
August 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition has used the first day of Parliament to continue its attack on the Government over the forest peace deal. Parliament has resumed after an eight-week winter break and Tasmania is still without a final agreement from industry and environmentalists. Opposition Leader Will Hodgman was ready to pounce. “When will you get the message to rip up this disastrous deal?”

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Timber workers press ahead with strike plan

ABC News, Australia
August 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A union has given more details of a planned strike next week by timber workers at Mount Gambier. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union says about 700 employees of the timber company Carter Holt Harvey will go on strike for 24 hours next Tuesday. They want log prices charged by the South Australian Government-owned Forestry SA to be reduced. The SA Government has offered a multi-million-dollar assistance package to the company.

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Major fire on eastern Greek island of Chios

Atlanta Journal Constitution
August 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ATHENS, Greece — Hundreds of firefighters were battling a major forest fire on Greece’s eastern Aegean island of Chios on Monday as it ravaged forests, agricultural land and groves of the island’s famed mastic trees for the third day. Gale-force winds were hampering efforts by about 360 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers, as well as firefighting planes, helicopters and 50 vehicles. Residents of nine villages and hamlets evacuated their homes over the weekend as a precaution.

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Timber firm works to avoid land clearing repeat

ABC News, Australia
August 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plantation timber company Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) says it has improved its planning processes to avoid repeating damage to environmentally sensitive areas. The federal Environment Department ordered the company to spend more than $300,000 to repair and protect critically endangered grassland, after a contractor illegally cleared land south-west of Ballarat last year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NewPage power rate discount approved

Federal tax rulings also required for mill to re-open
CBC.ca
August 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board has approved a controversial rate deal that will give the idled pulp mill in Port Hawkesbury cheaper electricity. Pacific West Commercial Corp. of British Columbia had said it would restart the mill, only if it’s able to get the discounted power rate, known as a load retention rate (LRR).

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General

Lumber Sales Are Up Slightly in California

After hitting a record low in 2009, California timber sales have been inching up over the last few years.
Capital Public Radio News
August 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The 2008 collapse of the housing market devastated California’s already faltering lumber industry. The housing market has been slow to recover, but new home construction has risen in the last year. David Bischel of the California Forestry Association says that’s translated into a slight uptick in lumber production. BISCHEL: “There’s been an increase in sales because there’s been a small increase in housing production; our markets are very closely tied to housing markets.”

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Norske Skog announces changes in corporate management

August 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Norske Skog’s corporate management will be reduced from seven to three members with effect from 1. September 2012. The new team will consist of CEO Sven Ombudstvedt, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rune Gjessing and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Trond Stangeby.

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