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Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

Business & Politics

U.S. housing turnaround buoys B.C. forestry sector

Sales increase for B.C. lumber makers, nail producers and kitchen cabinet suppliers as U.S. housing starts hit four-year high
Business in Vancouver
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The turnaround in the U.S. housing market is raising B.C. softwood lumber prices and optimism among local companies that supply the U.S. housing sector. “They’re starting to run out of housing inventory in certain areas of the U.S – the southwest particularly,” said Vancouver’s Futura Corp. CEO Amar Doman, whose company generated $1.2 billion in 2011 on sales from a variety of investments. “Foreclosed homes, or homes where people are underwater on their mortgages, are either being cleaned up and sold or there’s so many problems with them that it’s not true good inventory.”

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NS finance minister defends pulp millions

Chronicle Herald
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald offered a defence of the province’s $125-million package in support of restarting the pulp mill in Richmond County in her first speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. … “Some of the reports that I’ve seen regarding Pacific West and the government package are not factually accurate but have characterized the province’s investment as simply a massive direct subsidy or giveaway, which is simply … not the case,” MacDonald said. “It’s a complex package with a number of elements, each complex.”

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Pfleiderer announces agreement to sell UNIBOARD Canada Inc

Canada Newswire press release
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LAVAL, QC,  – Pfleiderer Canada Inc., the parent company of Uniboard Canada Inc., a North American leader in engineered wood products, has entered into an agreement to sell its Particleboard, MDF, Thermally Fused Melamine and Laminate Flooring facilities to a subsidiary of Kaycan Ltd., a North American leader in vinyl, aluminum and engineered wood siding, trim and aluminum building products for over 38 years, in an all cash deal.

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Cascades Announces Investments of $22 Million in its Folding Carton and Microlithography Operations

Canada Newswire press release
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC,- Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, announces major investments in several of the folding carton and microlithography plants of its Norampac Division. Thanks to a total investment of $22 Million, the Viau (Montréal, Québec), Mississauga (Ontario), Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Cobourg (Ontario) plants will benefit from the installation of new modern equipement that will optimize their production and efficiency.

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Bowater transition team holding public meetings

Queens County Advance
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The advisory committee appointed to engage Nova Scotians in a discussion on potential economic opportunities for the region will be hosting two public, round-table discussions in September. “These meetings are about engaging people in a dialogue around the opportunities in the region to create new jobs and grow the economy,” said Ron Smith, chair of the transition advisory team. Residents, businesses and other interested groups will be asked for their ideas on how to focus economic development in the region, and what steps can be taken to move toward a more diverse economy.

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Court told of prep work required for NewPage mill

Cape Breton Post
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Repairs will be required to some machinery at the NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill prior to it resuming operations under a new owner, and the timing of the work is considered crucial to restarting the mill. An affidavit filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court by chief restructuring officer Peter Wedlake outlines the measures that will be required to put the mill, which Pacific West Commercial Corp. is currently working to buy, back into a state where it will be able to produce paper. Wedlake said there is a need to take immediate action beyond what has taken place during the almost year-long hot idle of the mill.

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Gunns sells another mill

Tasmania Mercury
September 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

STRUGGLING timber company Gunns Limited has reportedly sold a sawmill in South Australia to a Mount Gambier company. It was reported that the buyer, South East Pine sales, would retain the 18 employees. Gunns is relying on banks to allow it to use money from asset sales to continue to pay about 580 staff — including about 350 in Tasmania — after recording a $904 million loss for 2011-12.

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Second attack on logging company ABC NewsAustralian Broadcasting …

ABC News, Australia
September 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Tasmanian logging company targetted twice by vandals is concerned the about the possibility of further attacks. Police believe accelerant was used to set multiple fires to the New Norfolk offices of Les Walkden Enterprises on Tuesday night. On Saturday, vandals caused about $700,000 worth of damage to the company’s machinery in a Central Highlands logging coupe. Owner Les Walkden says it is clear someone does not want the company logging.

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Volume of sales of Scandinavian lumber still low

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At the end of August, central European buyers of Scandinavian softwood lumber were still acting very cautiously. According to information from market players, shippers have been able to arrange hardly any contracts for the third quarter. Mostly one-month contracts are being agreed at the moment. Industrial planing works say their restraint with new contracts is due to adequate stocks of lumber.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. innovations in wood lure buyers from around the globe

By Gordon Hamilton – Delegations from India, China and Russia among those attending Whistler conference
Vancouver Sun
September 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A Port Alberni forest company with a new engineered wood product that uses one of the world’s most sought-after lumber species – Western Red Cedar – is at the cutting edge of a rebirth of British Columbia’s value-added forestry sector. Coulson Lumber Manufacturing is taking the best of the best – clear cedar boards – cutting them down to an eighth of an inch in thickness and then laminating them to a plywood core. In the process of making a new product, Coulson has taken a step away from the commodity lumber business that is the staple of the B.C. forest industry and moved into the world of high-valued wood products where esthetics, not price, rules.

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Idled pulp mill in Ontario to be converted to a dissolving pulp mill

Pulp and Paper News
September 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new owner, Aditya Birla, of an idled pulp mill in northwestern Ontario proposes to restart it in October 2012, and gradually convert the mill to dissolving pulp, according to Pulp&Paper Canada. In early July, Aditya Birla Group of India signed an agreement in-principle to purchase the assets of Terrace Bay Pulp in Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada.

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Govt to give ‘eco-points’ for use of lumber from Japan

Daily Yomiuri
August 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The government plans to offer people who use domestic lumber to build a house “eco-points” that can be exchanged for furniture and other items, sources said, a plan aimed at boosting the anemic housing industry and regional economies. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry will include about 10 billion yen for the subsidy in its fiscal 2013 budgetary request, the sources said. Under the envisioned system, points will be awarded according to the amount of domestic lumber used to build a house, according to the sources. A wooden house would likely accrue between 200,000 points and 300,000 points, with each point earning the owner 1 yen in the subsidies, the sources said.

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Forestry

Artists issue ‘Red Alert’ on Castle logging

Lathbridge Herald
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of artists has developed a series of visual concepts as another way of protesting continued logging efforts and resource issues in the Castle Special Place. The project, titled Red Alert for the Castle Watershed, began this summer with various art pieces contrasting red and brightly-coloured forms with the natural landscape. Spokesperson Barbara Amos says the idea is to make a striking statement, through metaphor, about the relationships between the human and natural worlds.

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Pine beetles thick as rain clouds over British Columbia

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you thought the beetle-killed forests in Montana look bad, check out the Idaho-sized hole they’ve chewed in British Columbia. Investigative reporter Andrew Nikiforuk brought some equally massive metaphors to describe the impact the insect “the size of a mouse turd” has had on Canadian ecology and politics. The combination of high-grade logging for spruce and fir and drought conditions has increased British Columbia’s lodgepole pine population from 17 percent to 53 percent of the provincial forest in the last few decades. And that’s attracted swarms of mountain pine bark beetles so large, they get mistaken for rain clouds on airport radars in Prince George, B.C.

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More government support for B.C.’s tech sector needed: report

Vancouver Sun
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government needs to increase the tax credit program for B.C.’s technology sector, suggests an interim report by the British Columbia Jobs and Investment Board. The report, released Wednesday, was compiled by 18 people from business, labour, academia and First Nations to help the province improve economic development in B.C. …Building a global Centre of Excellence in the B.C. Interior for the forest products industry and addressing a skills shortage in a skills shortage in the mining, natural gas and international education sectors are also among the report’s initial 33 recommendations.

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NASF Joins Forest Roads Brandeis Brief

State Foresters Inform Supreme Court Ahead of NEDC v. Decker Decision
Marketwire
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Association of State Foresters joined the Society of American Foresters, Association of Consulting Foresters, and many scientists in the academic community in filing a Brandeis Brief with the United States Supreme Court. This brief provides factual information to inform the Court as it prepares to review a May 2011 decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that determined forest roads used for timber harvest are “point sources” requiring special industrial discharge permits under the Clean Water Act.

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Rain aids battle against California forest fire

Associated Press
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — Rain arrived Wednesday to help in the assault on a 3,800-acre fire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Remnants of Tropical Storm John brought the precipitation and darkened the skies over the Angeles National Forest where firefighters have been working on steep slopes since Sunday to put out a blaze in chaparral that hasn’t burned in 15 or 20 years. With the showers came the risk of dry lightning, which has already started more than 50 fires in California this summer, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto.

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Forestry board prompts conservation debate

Coast River Business Journal
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TILLAMOOK – A recent decision by the state Board of Forestry has stirred another debate among timber companies, conservationists and public agencies. More than a hundred people attended a Board of Forestry meeting here July 27 that resulted in a decision by the board to ensure the visibility of conservation areas in state forests. The board focused on how to better identify and protect the areas on state forest lands that are set aside for the public. It moved to identify “high-value conservation areas” in an effort to increase the visibility of those portions of the forests off-limits to logging.

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Calm winds help crews battle wildfires near White Salmon

KVAL.com
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – Two wildfires burning five miles north of here lit up the sky Wednesday night forcing the evacuation of dozens of homes and threatening hundreds of others. Fire officials say the flames have charred about 1,570 acres and are burning out of control in grass, timber and brush in steep terrain. State Highway 141 was closed. Firefighters first got word of four separate fires burning around 1:40 p.m. Two fires were quickly extinguished, but two others quickly grew, according to Debbie Robinson with the Washington Department of Natural Resources

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Guest column: Reward good forestry practices, protect our economy

Mymonticellonews
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When contractors for the George W. Bush Presidential Library sought bids for hardwood floors, they excluded wood flooring from five-sixths of Arkansas’s sustainable, certified forests because the wood was not recognized by one specific certification system. The same holds true for the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, which utilized bamboo floors manufactured in China. Bias of this type could dramatically impact Arkansas’ forestry industry and businesses like mine.

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Professors seek to save chestnut trees

RU Daily Targum
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

 …To help save the American chestnut tree, the University is working with Duke Farms, the American Chestnut Foundation and geneticists from Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University, Handel said. … While Bradley Hillman, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, is working to solve the problem of the fungal virus that is taking hold of the American chestnut tree, Handel works with hybrid nuts to create a chestnut tree resistant to disease, he said.

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Protesters block loggers from clearing Keystone XL’s East Texas path

Fuel Fix
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


Protesters locked themselves on Wednesday to logging equipment being used to clear trees in the northeast Texas path of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. The protest in Saltillo came as TransCanada gave Nebraska regulators a new map for routing the pipeline through the state to avoid the Sand Hills region and other areas with similar sandy, erodible soils. The latest map refines an alternative route following public meetings and comments.

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Timber, paper demand contributing to destruction of rainforests

Mongabay.com
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Demand for timber and paper is contributing to destruction of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests and worsening climate change, argues a new report issued Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, “Wood for Good: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Wood Products,” says that certified wood products, timber and fiber from plantations on non-forested lands, and government policies to encourage less-damaging practices are three paths toward reducing deforestation and forest degradation for paper, packaging, furniture, and construction materials.

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Destructive disease found on larch trees in South East England for first time

UK Forestry Commission
September 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A highly destructive tree disease has been found on larch trees in South East England for the first time. Ramorum disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum), has been confirmed in larch trees in two woodlands: one in West Sussex, and the other in Surrey. The Forestry Commission first became concerned when larch trees showing symptoms were spotted during a helicopter survey of the region in June, and ground-based checks confirmed the surveyors’ suspicions.

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Corruption in Africa shock

National Post
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was much hailed when she took over as president of Liberia in place of the deeply corrupt warmonger Charles Taylor. …Sirleaf introduced stricter logging regulations when she became president, but a loophole has allowed private operators to buy up huge swaths of the country. Sirleaf says she has suspended the head of the Forestry Development Authority, Moses Wogbeh, and “commissioned an independent body to conduct a comprehensive review of the policies and procedures.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pinnacle Pellet Set to Redevelop Old Grain Terminal in Prince Rupert

250 News
September 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince Rupert, B.C.- Pinnacle Pellet of Prince George, has been given the green light for a project that will reduce the cost of shipping its wood pellet products to its European customers, and improves access to a future market in Asia. … “It means we will be able to use much larger ships than we have in the past, and we will be able to take better advantage of the Prince George to Prince Rupert transportation corridor” says Leroy Reitsma, President and COO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group.

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Tasmanian forests worth $3b in carbon cash

The AAP
September 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TASMANIA’S wilderness could be worth nearly $3 billion in carbon cash, a landmark study has found. A report commissioned by the state’s Labor-Green government, the most comprehensive conducted in Australia, has found the island’s forests store 4.4 billion tonnes of carbon. Consultants CO2 say that could be worth $280 million in current voluntary carbon markets but up to 10 times that amount if Australia commits to the Kyoto Protocol’s article 3.4 on forest management.

New report assesses Tasmania’s forest and soil carbon from the ABC News, Australia

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