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Daily Archives: September 11, 2012

Business & Politics

Resolute Announces Further Debt Reduction and Share Repurchase Milestone

Canada Newswire press release
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced today that it would take advantage of its strong liquidity position to redeem an additional $85 million of its 10.25% senior secured notes due 2018. The Company also announced that it had now repurchased 3.7 million shares of its common stock under the existing $100 million share repurchase program.

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N.S. Supreme Court judge puts off approving orders on the sale of NewPage mill

Canadian Press
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge put off approving two motions Monday related to the sale of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill so changes can be made to a court order. Judge John Murphy said he has no problem sanctioning a plan that creditors approved last month, but he said the court order included releases that would prevent a third party who is not affected by the plan from coming to court with concerns in the future. Peter Wedlake, the chief restructuring officer for Grant Thornton Ltd., said minor changes will hopefully be made to the court order within the next 24 hours.

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NewPage work crew back at the mill Monday

Chronicle Herald
September 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Posses of middle-aged men on tricycles circled the two-football-field-long Paper Machine 2 on Monday. For the past week, over 100 workers at the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill have been changing hoses, cleaning the massive paper machine rolls and checking each piece of equipment to bring the mill from a hot idle to an operational state. Potential buyer Pacific West Commercial Corp. is waiting for a ruling, expected mid-month, from the Canada Revenue Agency on its plan to swap tax credits on the former operator’s losses at the mill to Nova Scotia Power for a significantly reduced electricity rate over the next seven years.

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Fibria to sell 100,000 hectares of forestlands in Brazil

Pulp and Paper News
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Fibria announces that it has received and accepted a binding offer from CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. for the purchase of forestry assets and lands located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (“Losango”), Brazil consisting of approximately 100,000 hectares of owned areas and nearly 39,000 hectares of forestland of eucalyptus in these owned areas and in third parties leased areas, for a total amount of R$ 615,000,000.00 (six hundred and fifteen million reais) to be paid, in currency, in three different installments:.

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Gunns’ mill man still working

Tasmania Mercury
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TIMBER company Gunns Limited is continuing to employ its Bell Bay pulp mill project director on $13,812 a week despite conceding the project is “probable not to proceed”. Timo Piilonen was employed in October 2010 on a package worth $718,274 a year as project director Bell Bay pulp mill project. Cash-strapped Gunns is continuing to operate through “ongoing lender support”. “Timo is still employed because the board only indicated that their level of confidence had changed on an accounting basis,” a Gunns spokeswoman said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Innovation Design Centre down to three bidders

Prince George Free Press
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three companies have been shortlisted to submit a request for proposal for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. Maple Reinders/Cree, W/C Design + Build and PCL Westcoast Constructors 1057 Inc. were the three of the seven who took part in the request for qualifications process. MLA Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training announced the names of the three companies moving forward in the process alongside Mayor Shari Green on Monday on the steps of city hall.

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Laurentian’s School of Architecture construction to showcase cross-laminated timber technology

Journal of Commerce
September 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A provincial investment of $350,000 through the province’s Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIB) will help fund incorporation of cross-laminated timber technology (CLT) in the construction of Laurentian University’s new School of Architecture. The CRIBE grant will allow Laurentian Architecture to showcase the first significant use of cross-laminated timber in a public building in Ontario, the university said.

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How the new lumber tax might affect Humboldt; Local lumberyards caught off guard

Times-Standard
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Humboldt County timber experts say a new 1 percent lumber tax that squeaked through the California legislature late last week will be largely beneficial for area timber producers and environmental groups. But, it’s caught some retailers off guard. ”Boy, did they slip that on through,” said Eric Almquist, owner of Almquist Lumber in Arcata. “I get industry newsletters, and I haven’t seen anything on it.”

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Booshoot and Kimberly-Clark Sign Development Agreement to Support Production of Tissue Products Made With Bamboo Fiber

World’s Largest Tissue Manufacturer Teams With Global Leader in Bamboo Forestry to Develop Fiber Alternatives and Protect Threatened Natural Forests
NASDAQ
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. and DALLAS — Booshoot, a biotechnology company focused on bamboo forestry, agriculture and nursery wholesale, and Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), today announced an important development agreement that will enable Kimberly-Clark to explore the manufacturing of tissue products containing fiber derived from Booshoot’s proprietary bamboo propagation technology. The partnership marks a significant breakthrough for the tissue industry and the planet, as the companies will work together to develop high-yield fiber alternatives that can be grown domestically on a mass agricultural scale in environmentally and socially responsible ways.

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The Timber Wind Turbine Tower

Energy Matters
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

More steel is being used in the wind energy industry than in shipbuilding – it’s expensive and the production of steel is carbon intensive. Enter the timber wind turbine tower. According to German company TimberTower GmbH, a 100m high tower made from wood can save approximately 300 tons of sheet steel. Additionally, emissions generated in the manufacture of the towers are offset by the wood itself, which acts as a carbon sink. The company says wood turbine towers also offer logistical advantages. 

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Forestry

Tackling Pine Beetle Problem A Team Effort

HQ Grande Prairie
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Mountain Pine Beetle appeared on the Alberta landscape, industry leaders understood they’d be scrapping short and long range plans in order to save a resource and protect the industry itself. Jim Stephenson is Canfor’s Chief Forester in Alberta: He says two major in-flights from BC — one in 2006, and another in 2009 — were devastating to the pine forests of the Peace Country.

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Part Five: Forestry’s ‘perfect storm’

BY LARRY PYNN – Fifth in a five-part series on the lingering effect of the mountain pine beetle infestation and the strategies used to fight the pest and salvage as much wood as possible.
Vancouver Sun
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BIG CREEK VALLEY, B.C. – The Chilcotin’s beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests are saturated with water. The harvesting crews have been sent home. And logging trucks known as Super-B Trains, hauling 300 to 400 logs apiece, are inching their way through deep mud wallows. Tolko Industries Ltd. needs 125 loads per day to feed its two operating mills in Williams Lake, and likes to maintain a raw-wood inventory of a week or so. Conditions in the bush have reduced that to as little as one day when The Vancouver Sun visits.

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Authorities order evacuation from wildfire raging near Peachland, BC

TheTyee.ca
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PEACHLAND, B.C. – Thousands of people grabbed their most cherished possessions and fled with a few moments notice Sunday night from the path of a forest fire in the British Columbia’s Okanagan region that was whipped into a frenzy by high winds. The fire was reported in an area called Trepanier Bench, on the west side of Peachland, B.C., around 3 p.m., by RCMP officers conducting a speed patrol on the highway. Within a half hour, the first evacuation order was issued as winds up to 40 kilometres an hour stoked the flames.

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Carney, Clark to address Island summit

Victoria Times Colonist
September 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and B.C. Premier Christy Clark are the headline speakers at the sixth annual State of the Island Economic Summit next month in Nanaimo. Carney will deliver the opening address and Clark is the keynote speaker during the Oct. 15-16 event that will cover everything from infrastructure and transportation on the Island to sustainable energy, agriculture and the future of forestry.

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Fire season continues in West; evacuations ordered

Coos Bay World
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews in central Washington and Wyoming worked Monday to protect homes from two of the many wildfires burning across the West as a destructive fire season stretches into September with no relief expected from the weather anytime soon. Winds and temperatures remain high in parts of the region, worrying officials who had hoped cooler temperatures and moisture would eventually tamp down the threat. The National Weather service issued red-flag warnings for wide swaths of eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, Montana and all of Wyoming, meaning conditions could exacerbate blazes.

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Pole Creek fire grows to 4300 acres, destroys vehicles

The blaze destroys four vehicles at a trailhead, and dozens of recreationists are evacuated
The Register-Guard
September 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SISTERS — Strong winds and dry fuels caused the Pole Creek Fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness to almost triple in size Monday, with approximately 300 firefighters now battling the 4,300-acre blaze. About 35 recreation users were successfully evacuated from the area, Deschutes National Forest spokeswoman Janice Madden said late Monday afternoon. Earlier, the fire destroyed four vehicles and damaged several others at the Pole Creek Trailhead, the U.S. Forest Service said.

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Region 1’s new top forester faces challenges

The Missoulian
September 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — With the 2012 fire season winding down and the planning season speeding up, new Forest Service Region 1 Forester Faye Krueger won’t have much time to settle into her Missoula office. In charge of a dozen national forests and two national grasslands in five states, Krueger will oversee a swath of public land facing major changes. From congressional budgets to fire science and shifting climate, Region 1 will experience much of it first. The Forest Service has not significantly changed its firefighting strategy this year,

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Ball: A forester for all seasons

Brookings Register
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Can’t see the trees for the forest or the forest for the trees? That old proverb doesn’t apply to John Ball. He’s at home one-on-one with a single tree and its owner or with a forest full of trees, in the Black Hills or in China. In the course of his job he admits to wearing three hats. Ball is a professor of forestry at South Dakota State University, a forestry specialist for South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, and a forest health specialist for the state Department of Agriculture.

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Fewer trees dying from beetles in Western forests

Associated Press
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, Mont. — A pine beetle outbreak that has left many Western states with vast stands of dead and dying trees has eased for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday. With fewer trees left for the beetles to eat, officials said a 2011 aerial survey recorded beetle-killed trees on 3.8 million acres of public and private land. That’s down by more than half from 2009, when about 9 million acres with dead trees were tallied. But the good news is tempered by more trees dying at higher elevations as beetles take advantage of warm winters to gain a new foothold, said Robert Mangold, the Forest Service’s acting associate deputy chief for research and development.

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Forestry talks on track: Burke

ABC News, Australia\
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Environment Minister is confident Tasmania’s forestry peace deal will succeed despite a key party considering pulling out. It is believed the Forest Industry Association of Tasmania will abandon the talks for a month while the State Government restructures Forestry Tasmania. The group will announce its decision later today after negotiations with the government.  Tony Burke believes the issue will not derail the deal.

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Forest group set to reveal its stand

ABC Online
September 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

VIDEO NEWS STORY – The Forest Industries Association will announce today whether it will abandon Tasmania’s long-running forest peace talks. The association walked out of the peace talks earlier this month over the State Government’s plan to split Forestry Tasmania. It planned to declare whether it would return to the talks yesterday but put off the announcement, saying it needed to finalise “a number of internal and external communications”.

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Larch trees next to face being wiped out as half of Britain’s species at threat from diseases from abroad

Daily Mail
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Half of Britain’s trees could be wiped out by diseases shipped into the country through the boom in horticulture and gardening, an expert warned today. Centuries-old oaks, beautiful horse chestnut ‘conker’ trees and host of other treasured native species are threatened by the lack of control over imports, said William Theed, whose Brendon Hill forests in Somerset were the first in the UK to be diagnosed with the larch-killing phytophthora ramorum disease.

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Forestry workers ejected from government forum

ABC News, Australia
September 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Dozens of timber workers have been ejected by police from a South Australian Government-organised forum at Mount Gambier. The invitation-only Economic Diversification Forum had been called to explore ways to broaden the south-east region’s economic base. Representatives from a broad range of local industries were involved, but forestry workers wanted their industry to take priority. About 250 held a protest in Mount Gambier’s main street.

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